Derwin Kitchen scored 22 points and Florida State pulled off its latest upset of No. 1 Duke, snapping the Blue Devils' 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night in Tallahassee, Fla.
Chris Singleton added 18 points for Florida State (12-5 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the defending national champions. It was the third time since 2002 that the Seminoles beat a top-ranked Duke team at home.
“We came together tonight,” Singleton said. “It just feels good. If we can beat them we can beat anybody.”
The Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1) hadn’t lost since a 79-72 setback on March 3, 2010, at Maryland. From there, they went on to win the ACC and NCAA tournaments for their fourth national title.
The 25-game winning streak was the second-longest in Duke history.
“They’re very fundamentally sound. They play outstanding defense and they’re committed to it,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Their defense just dominated our offense for about 25 minutes in the ballgame.”
Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Nolan Smith had 19 for the Blue Devils, who missed their first 10 3-point attempts and shot 31.1 percent overall.
No. 2 Ohio State 68, at Michigan 64: William Buford scored 19 points and the Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0 Big Ten) used a 12-0 second-half run to hold off the Wolverines (11-6, 1-3), who were playing in front of new football coach Brady Hoke. The win puts Ohio State in position to step up to No. 1 in the poll after Duke was upset Wednesday night.
No. 3 Kansas 84, at Iowa State 79: Marcus Morris set career highs with 33 points and 13 rebounds, and the Jayhawks (16-0) never trailed against the Cyclones (13-4, 0-2 Big 12) in winning their 20th straight conference opener.
No. 4 Syracuse 76, at St. John’s 59: Kris Joseph scored 18 points and the Orange (17-0, 4-0 Big East) remained one of four major unbeatens with a win over the Red Storm (10-5, 3-2).
No. 5 Pittsburgh 72, at No. 22 Georgetown 57: Ashton Gibbs hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the Panthers (16-1, 4-0 Big East) to a road win over the skidding Hoyas (12-5, 1-4).
At No. 6 San Diego State 55, UNLV 49: Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead the Aztecs (18-0, 3-0 Mountain West) past the Runnin’ Rebels (13-4, 1-2).
At No. 7 Villanova 88, No. 18 Louisville 74: Corey Stokes scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East), who beat the Cardinals (13-3, 2-1) for 10th straight win.
At Arizona State 69, Tulsa 59: Ty Abbott scored 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Sun Devils (9-7), who snapped a two-game skid with a win over the Golden Hurricane (8-8).
No. 1 Baylor 87, at Texas 72: Brittney Griner fought through a tough shooting night to score 27 points and lead the Bears (15-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) past the Longhorns (11-5, 0-2), who got 25 points from Chassidy Fussell.
No. 2 Connecticut 84, at St. John’s 52: Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points each as the Huskies (15-1, 5-0 Big East) handed coach Geno Auriemma his 750th victory by racing past the Red Storm (12-5, 1-3).
Freshman guard Gary Franklin is transferring to Baylor after starting 11 of California’s first 13 games this season. Dick Vitale agreed to a contract keeping him at ESPN through 2014-15.