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Late 3s keep Duke perfect

Associated Press
Published January 19, 2006


DURHAM, N.C. - Playing third fiddle to fellow Duke seniors J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams doesn't bother Sean Dockery. He gets plenty of attention and respect where it matters most: in his locker room.

"If people overlook me, oh, well," Dockery said. "My team and my coach, that's my family, and they know what I'm doing. That's a great feeling."

Helping No. 1 Duke stay unbeaten feels pretty good, too.

Dockery made a go-ahead 3-pointer and set up Lee Melchionni's 3 an instant later to help the Blue Devils beat No. 14 North Carolina State 81-68 Wednesday.

Redick had 28 points and Williams 21, but it was Dockery's plays down the stretch that helped Duke reach 17-0 (5-0 ACC) for the second time. The other was during a run to the NCAA title in 1992.

The game featured 16 lead changes and nine ties, the last at 65 after a free throw by the Wolfpack's Gavin Grant. Then Dockery swished a 3 as Tony Bethel slammed into him.

When his free throw clanged off the rim, Dockery chased down the rebound and found Melchionni alone at the top of the key. His jumper also found the mark.

MIAMI 62, CLEMSON 38: Guillermo Diaz scored 12 as the host Hurricanes (11-6, 3-1) won their fourth straight, their longest winning streak of the season.

WAKE 86, GA. TECH 71: Justin Gray scored 25 to help the host Demon Deacons (12-5) snap a three-game losing streak to open conference play.

Big East

NO. 9 PITT 76, RUTGERS 68: Aaron Gray scored nine of his 20 in the final three minutes, and the visiting Panthers (15-0, 4-0) held the Scarlet Knights to five points in the first 17 minutes of the second half.

ALABAMA 78, ARKANSAS 75 (OT): Ronald Steele forced overtime with three free throws with 10 seconds left, then had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in OT for the host Crimson Tide (10-6, 3-1).

S. CAROLINA 66, VANDY 64 (OT): Tre Kelley hit a driving layup with 3.6 seconds left to lift the visiting Gamecocks (10-7, 1-3). South Carolina's Brandon Wallace forced overtime with a 3-pointer with eight seconds left.

LSU 71, MISS. ST. 57: Glen Davis had 17 points and Darrel Mitchell 15 as the visiting Tigers (11-5, 3-0) won their third straight and fourth in five games.

Top 25

NO. 4 MEMPHIS 88, TENNESSEE 79: Shawne Williams had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Rodney Carney added 22 points as the host Tigers (16-2) won their fifth straight.

NO. 19 OHIO ST. 77, NO. 15 WISCONSIN 67: Jamar Butler and Je'Kel Foster made critical shots down the stretch as the host Buckeyes (13-2, 3-2) ended the Badgers' seven-game Big Ten winning streak.

NO. 18 UCLA 66, USC 45: Jordan Farmar scored 11 of his 13 in the first half for the host Bruins (15-3, 5-2 Pac-10), and the Trojans scored their fewest in the series since 1969.

NO. 23 IOWA 76, MINNESOTA 72 (3OT): Erek Hansen scored a career-high 20 and the Hawkeyes (14-4, 3-1 Big Ten) relied on clutch free-throw shooting to win the first triple-overtime game at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

State

S.D. STATE 69, UCF 64: Matt Cadwell scored 19 of his 26 in the second half, and the visiting Jackrabbits (5-12) erased a 17-point halftime deficit.

Nation

PENN ST. 74, PURDUE 54: Geary Claxton had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Walker's outside shooting sparked a key first-half run by the host Nittany Lions (10-5, 2-2 Big Ten).

MICHIGAN 68, N'WESTERN 51: Lester Abram scored 20 and Dion Harris 15, and the host Wolverines (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten) broke open a close game with 11 straight points bridging the halves.

KANSAS ST. 58, TEXAS A&M 54: Cartier Martin scored 17 and forced a critical held ball with 4.2 seconds left, and the host Wildcats (11-4, 2-2 Big 12) held off a second-half comeback.

COLORADO 81, BAYLOR 48: Richard Roby scored 21 and Chris Copeland 17 on four 3-pointers as the host Buffaloes (12-3, 2-2 Big 12) dealt the Bears their 17th straight loss.

CAL: Rod Benson, the Bears' leading scorer and rebounder last season, needs knee surgery and will be out at least four weeks.