Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to freshman sensation Zion Williamson, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 8 North Carolina past No. 1 Duke 88-72 in Durham, N.C., on Wednesday night.
A star-studded crowd that included former President Barack Obama, Spike Lee and Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. packed into Cameron Indoor Stadium looking for another highlight-filled show from Williamson — arguably the most exciting player in college basketball.
But the ACC's second-leading scorer at 22.4 points per game went down during the Blue Devils' opening possession. Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after slipping awkwardly and falling when his left shoe fell apart as he planted hard while dribbling near the free-throw line. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe from the heel to the toes along the outside edge, with Williamson's foot coming all the way through the large gap.
While describing the sprain as mild and the knee as stable, coach Mike Krzyzewski said he doesn't know how much time Williamson will miss.
"Obviously it has an impact [on the game]," Krzyzewski said. "You lose the NPOY [national player of the year] on the first play."
Cameron Johnson added 26 points and Garrison Brooks had 14 to help the Tar Heels (21-5, 11-2 ACC) earn their most lopsided victory at Cameron in 30 years.
By winning their ninth in 10 games and beating a top-ranked team for the first time since 2013, they pulled into a first-place tie with the Blue Devils (23-3, 11-2).
Duke's RJ Barrett matched a season best with 33 points.
Florida 82, No. 13 LSU 77 (OT): Kevaughn Allen highlighted a 21-point performance with a pair of three-pointers late in overtime, and the Gators (15-11, 7-6 SEC) beat the Tigers (21-5, 11-2) in Baton Rouge, La. Naz Reid had 16 points and 15 rebounds for LSU, which lost for only the second time in 16 games and saw its four-game winning streak end.
•Forward and former DeLaSalle star Reid Travis of No. 4 Kentucky will miss up to two weeks because of a knee injury against Missouri on Tuesday, coach John Calipari said.
Women's top 25
No. 1 Baylor 80, Kansas 40: Kalani Brown reached career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and the Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) clinched at least a share of their ninth consecutive regular-season conference championship by beating the Jayhawks (12-13, 2-12) in Waco, Texas. Brown finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.