Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was surprised by the margin his ninth-ranked Blue Devils' beat No. 8 Florida Tuesday night in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl tournament at Tucson.
Duke's 93-70 victory improved its record to 6-0 and sent the Blue Devils into the championship game tonight against top-ranked Arizona, which disposed of Michigan State, 78-58, as Sean Elliott and Anthony Cook fueled a 15-point second-half scoring burst.
Elliott led all scorers with 24 points. Cook had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Tom Tolbert added 13 points.
Baskets by Michigan State center George Papadakos and Valentine cut Arizona's lead to 32-29 as the Spartans (5-4) managed to stay close in the first half.
With 14:04 remaining in the game, however, Arizona (11-0) led by 5 when it went on its scoring spree to take a 56-36 lead.
Duke's tenacious man-to-man defense keyed its fast break, and the Blue Devils' quickness more than offset Florida's height advantage.
Kevin Strickland led five Duke in double figures with 21 points.
Duke took a 15-4 lead and expanded the advantage to as much as 27 points three times, the last with 1:30 remaining on a jumper by Danny Ferry. The Blue Devils led by 26 points six times in the second half.
Ferry, a 6-foot 10-inch junior, picked up his third foul with 11:27 remaining in the first half and Duke leading, 23-15. The closest Florida (7-2) could get in the first half was six points.
"We were ready to play, but you get into a game like that and you're all shook up, and all of a sudden you're 25 down," Florida Coach Norm Sloan said. "We haven't played against a team that quick on defense, and also we played a poor game."
Florida's 7-2 center, Dwayne Schnitzius, scored 21 points, and guard Vernon Maxwell added 17. Livingston Chatman was held to 10 points, nine below his average.
Brigham Young 95, LaSalle 82--Mike Smith, a sophomore from Los Altos High School, scored 39 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the unbeaten Cougars at Provo, Utah.
BYU (8-0) used a 20-6 run midway through the second half to pull away from a 54-54 tie and hand the Explorers (8-4) their worst loss of the season. It was Smith's second consecutive 39-point game.
The 6-10 Smith led the Cougars to a 64% shooting performance, as he hit on 17 of 24 attempts from the floor, including three three-point baskets.
Temple 84, Southern U. 47--Freshman Mark Macon scored 27 points as the sixth-ranked Owls shut down the high-scoring Jaguars in the championship game of the Sugar Bowl tournament at New Orleans.
Temple (7-0) led from the outset, held a 42-20 lead at halftime and a 64-30 advantage midway through the second half.
Southern (5-4) had scored 114 points Monday night in beating Mississippi to reach into the championship game.
Southern's constant full-court press didn't bother Temple, and the Owls wouldn't let the Jaguars get into a running game. Mike Vreeswyk had 24 points for Temple.
It was the third straight year in which a Pennsylvania team won the Sugar Bowl. Villanova won last year, and Pittsburgh won in 1985.
Oklahoma 144, Oral Roberts 93--Harvey Grant scored 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Sooners over the Titans in the first round of the All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City.
"I didn't think we were alert and sharp tonight," Oklahoma Coach Billy Tubbs said. "We left a lot of things to be desired tonight. We had way too many careless passes and stupid fouls. We lost a lot of our continuity when we substituted."
Alluding to the Christmas break at Oklahoma, Tubbs said his players "think they should be on vacation. I think at times tonight they went on vacation."
Oklahoma (11-0) will play Illinois State, which upset No. 14 Iowa, 89-88, on Matt Taphorn's three-pointer with five seconds to play.
After Taphorn's shot from the left side, Iowa inbounded to half-court and called timeout with two seconds left. The ensuing inbounds pass was intercepted by Illinois State's Jarrod Coleman and time ran out.
Illinois State (5-4) trailed by 16 with 8:36 remaining, but the Redbirds used four three-pointers by Taphorn and two by Ricky Jackson to spark a 25-8 run to take an 84-83 lead with 1:32 left.
A three-point play by B.J. Armstrong gave Iowa an 88-86 lead with 36 seconds left. Taphorn missed a three-pointer 10 seconds later, but Iowa's Michael Reaves was called for traveling with 18 seconds remaining.
That gave the ball back to the Redbirds and set up Taphorn's game-winner.
Jeff Harris scored 30 and Taphorn had 25 for Illinois State. Iowa got 18 points from Armstrong, 17 from Roy Marble, and 16 from Al Lorenzen.
Seton Hall 104, Pacific 78--Ramon Ramos and Mark Bryant each scored 21 points to lead the Pirates past the Tigers in the first round of the Cable Car tournament at Santa Clara.
Seton Hall will play Santa Clara, a 74-54 winner over St. Joseph's of Philadelphia, in tonight's championship game. Mitch Burley connected on a school-record five three-point goals to pace Santa Clara (6-4).