Freshman sparks Duke to win
• NO. 6 DUKE 80, YALE 61: Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and played a key role in the defensive switch that helped Blue Devils (5-1) beat the Bulldogs on Wednesday night in Durham, N.C. Justin Sears scored 19 points for Yale (3-2). Matt Jones had 17 points and Grayson Allen scored 14 for Duke, which went to a 1-3-1 zone defense — with the 6-foot-9 Ingram as the front man — to shake off a lethargic start. "If you're going to throw it over the top of him, you're going to throw it way too high," Allen said. "And trying to throw around him is a really difficult task."
• WAKE FOREST 80, UCLA 77: Devin Thomas had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Demon Deacons (4-2), despite not making a basket over the final 5:40, beat the Bruins for third place in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Wake Forest had a huge advantage at the free-throw line, going 30 of 42 compared to UCLA's eight of 14. Thomas was nine of 11 from the line, and Cornelius Hudson, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, was 11 of 16 on free throws. Tony Parker had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Bruins (3-3).
• UNLV 72, NO. 13 INDIANA 69: Patrick McCaw scored 20 points and the Runnin' Rebels (5-1) hung on through the frantic final seconds for a victory over the Hoosiers (4-2) in the fifth-place game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Indiana trailed by 15 points in the first half but used solid defense to get back in the game.
• DENVER 79, IDAHO STATE 69: Joe Rosga, a freshman from Cretin-Derham Hall, scored a season-high 20 points as the Pioneers (4-1) beat the visiting Bengals for their fourth consecutive victory.
• NO. 21 OREGON 91, ARKANSAS STATE 68: Dwayne Benjamin scored 25 points, Chris Boucher had 17 points and a school-record nine blocks for the Ducks in their rout of visiting Arkansas State.
• NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 84, TEXAS 73: Danuel House had 19 points, Anthony Collins scored 15 and the Aggies beat the Longhorns in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. It was the first meeting since 2012.
•Kansas 6-9 freshman Cheick Diallo has been cleared to play for the No. 5 Jayhawks beginning next week, ending a laborious months-long investigation by the NCAA into the five-star prospect's education and background. The NCAA ultimately ruled Diallo, a native of Mali, had received a limited amount of impermissible benefits. The result is a five-game suspension that includes five games he already has missed.
• The NCAA lessened its punishment of Syracuse University, reducing the penalty of lost basketball scholarships from 12 to eight over four years. The sanctions were imposed in March after a long-term investigation of the athletic department by the NCAA Committee on Infractions and the school appealed. The NCAA report, released in early March, found several violations, particularly with the men's basketball program. Violations involved academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university's drug testing policy.
• Tom Izzo will go for his 500th career victory when the No. 3 Spartans (4-0) play Boston College (3-0) in Thursday's quarterfinals of the Wooden Legacy
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