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College basketball: Duke barely beats Clemson

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Duke guard Luke Kennard, left, guards Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) College basketball: Duke barely beats Clemson
Duke slips past Clemson ( … ) The Associated Press
Duke guard Luke Kennard, left, guards Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Luke Kennard made two clutch jumpers in the final 2:04 to help No. 14 Duke thwart a rally by Clemson and advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a 79-72 victory Wednesday in New York. The Blue Devils (24-8) are set to play No. 8 Louisville on Thursday. Kennard finished with 20 points, as did Jayson Tatum (Chaminade) and Frank Jackson. Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson (17-15) with 19 points.
Miami upends Syracuse • Kamari Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Miami hold off Syracuse 62-57 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in New York. The Hurricanes (21-10) advance to play No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday after their victory seemingly solidified their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. No. 8 seed Syracuse (18-14) is in danger of missing the NCAA event.
Bucknell enters NCAA field • Kimbal Mackenzie’s 18 points led Bucknell by visiting Lehigh 81-65 in the Patriot League tourney title game. The Bison (26-8) gained the conference’s automatic NCAA tourney bid for the first time since 2013. The Mountain Hawks are 20-12.
KU suspends player • Kansas suspended star freshman Josh Jackson for the Jayhawks’ opening game in the Big 12 tournament after he backed into a parked car last month and fled the scene. He will miss Thursday’s game against eighth-seeded Texas Christian, in Kansas City. He’d be eligible to play in the semifinals if the Jayhawks advance.
“He didn’t tell me about it until Monday,” KU coach Bill Self said.
MU women’s coach honored • Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton unanimously was voted The Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference coach of the year by a panel of media members who cover the league. Pingeton was also voted SEC coach of the year by her fellow coaches. She’s also a Naismith Coach of the Year National semifinalist. Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham earned first-team AP All-SEC honors . Cunningham, who leads the Tigers with 17.7 points per game and 3.4 assists . She was joined on the AP All-SEC first team by Kentucky’s Makayla Epps, South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, also voted league player of the year, Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians and Florida’s Ronni Williams. Cunningham is Mizzou’s first first-team All-SEC pick since Bri Kulas in 2014. Cunningham also was a first-team selection by the league’s coaches. The Tigers (21-10) finished third in the SEC and will find out Monday where and who they’re playing in the women’s NCAA tourney.
From wire, staff reports

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