Big Ten-ACC Challenge 2018: Scores, Highlights and Reaction from Tuesday

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 28, 2018

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 21: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots a free throw during the first half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii.  (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten-ACC Challenge men's basketball series entered its 20th season on Monday, as Nebraska beat Clemson and Boston College took down Minnesota.

The competition continued Tuesday with six games capped by a matchup between No. 3 Duke and Indiana. Another six games will occur on Wednesday.

Here's a look at all of the action from Tuesday evening.



Penn State 63, Virginia Tech 62

Notre Dame 76, Illinois 74

Louisville 82, Michigan State 78 (OT)

Wisconsin 79, NC State 75

Iowa 69, Pittsburgh 68

Duke 90, Indiana 69


Virginia Tech at Penn State

Penn State freshman guard Myreon Jones scored 18 points off the bench, and junior forward Lamar Stevens added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Nittany Lions upset No. 13 Virginia Tech, 63-62, in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Senior guard Justin Robinson scored 19 points, senior guard Ty Outlaw added 16 more and junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies had their chances down the stretch to take the lead after Robinson hit two free throws with 1:24 left to cut the PSU deficit to 63-62. However, four possessions came up empty, including one that ended in a bad pass with three seconds left.

Despite the Hokies' late offensive struggles, Jones' efforts proved to be the catalyst for PSU's win. His 18 points were four more than he scored in his first five college games combined. Thirteen of those points occurred in the second half.

Penn State somehow held off Virginia Tech despite the three-point shooting difference on both sides. Outside of Jones, the Nittany Lions made just five of their 21 attempts, while the Hokies went 10-of-19 from deep.

PSU moved to 4-2 with the win, while the Hokies fell to 5-1.


Illinois at Notre Dame

Junior guard T.J. Gibbs and sophomore guard D.J. Harvey each scored 19 points as Notre Dame withstood a late charge from Illinois for a 76-74 victory in South Bend, Indiana.

Senior guard Aaron Jordan scored 23 for Illinois, and freshman forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 22.

After trailing by 12 points with 5:19 remaining, Illinois closed the gap to 75-74 after a Jordan three-pointer with nine seconds left. Following a foul, Notre Dame went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, giving Illinois one final chance. Sophomore guard Trent Frazier had a good look from three, but his shot rimmed out.

The Fighting Irish put on a block party, as they swatted 10 shots, including five from junior forward Juwan Durham.

Notre Dame also got to the free-throw line far more frequently than the Fighting Illini, as the Fighting Irish hit 24 free throws on 39 attempts compared to Illinois' 13-of-15 effort. As Scott Richey of the News-Gazette noted, Notre Dame was in the bonus before the midway point of the second half.

Notre Dame improved to 6-1, while Illinois is now 2-5.


Michigan State at Louisville

Junior guard Ryan McMahon scored 24 points off the bench as Louisville upset Michigan State, 82-78, in overtime at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Five Michigan State players scored in double digits, led by junior forward Kyle Ahrens and junior guard Joshua Langford with 15 each. Senior forward Kenny Goins had the line of the night with 17 rebounds and zero points (on zero shots).

The two keys to the game were on the boards and the free-throw line. Michigan State hung around thanks to its 45-28 edge on the glass. However, Louisville made 30 of its 41 free-throw attempts compared to just 14 of 23 charity-stripe makes for Michigan State. McMahon made 12 of his 13 shots alone.

In overtime, the Cardinals took a 75-73 lead off a three-pointer from sophomore forward Jordan Nwora with 2:09 left. Louisville never relinquished that advantage, although MSU freshman forward Gabe Brown hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 79-78. But two McMahon free throws, two missed Langford free throws and a Nwora free throw sealed the game.

A bizarre sequence ended the second half. With the game tied at 67, Louisville senior guard Christen Cunningham missed the second of two free throws. Goins grabbed the rebound but was accidentally poked in the eye and then fouled with nine seconds left.

Goins had to step up to the free-throw line after that moment, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one. Louisville couldn't convert on the other end, though, leading to the extra session.

This was a big win for Louisville's first-year head coach Chris Mack, who arrived from Xavier in the offseason. Not only were the Cardinals listed as five-point underdogs, per OddsShark, but the victory also broke a two-game losing streak.

Louisville is now 4-2, while MSU fell to 5-2.


NC State at Wisconsin

Senior forward Ethan Happ had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and sophomore guard D'Mitrik Trice added 18 points, six assists and three steals as No. 22 Wisconsin beat North Carolina State, 79-75, at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Junior guard Markell Johnson scored 21 to lead the Wolfpack, while junior guard C.J. Bryce had 18 points and senior guard Torin Dorn added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Although it doesn't show up in the box score, the most impressive performance may have come from sophomore guard Brad Davison. Per Seth Davis of CBS Sports, Davison drew five charges, which accounted for nearly half of NC State's 11 turnovers.

None were bigger than the last, as Davison drew one on Johnson with 18 seconds left. Wisconsin, which was up 76-73 at the time, then iced the game from the free-throw line.

The Badgers also overcame a 57-47 deficit with 13:01 remaining. They slowly crawled back throughout the latter portion of the second half before Happ hit a jumper with 2:21 left to give Wisconsin a lead it would not relinquish.

Wisconsin and NC State now have matching 6-1 records.


Pittsburgh at Iowa

Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and senior forward Nicholas Baer contributed 16 points as No. 14 Iowa came from behind to defeat Pittsburgh, 69-67, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Freshman guard Xavier Johnson scored 18 to lead the Panthers.

Despite shooting just 36.5 percent from the field, Iowa was able to pull out a victory thanks in part to a remarkable defensive effort from junior guard Jordan Bohannon, who had six steals. Iowa also got to the free-throw line consistently, as the Hawkeyes made 19 of 28 attempts compared to Pitt's 8-of-13 showing.

Iowa trailed by six at the half but took the lead for good when Baer hit a three-pointer to put the Hawkeyes up 64-62 with 6:07 left. The two teams then went ice cold, as they each hit just one field goal until the final buzzer.

Pitt had a chance to win late after Iowa missed two free throws, but a couple of attempts fell short:

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Iowa is now 6-0, while Pitt is 6-1. Despite the loss, Pitt is just two wins away from matching its victory total from last year.


Indiana at Duke

Freshman forward Zion Williamson had 25 points and six rebounds as No. 3 Duke never trailed in a 90-69 win over Indiana at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

Fellow freshman forward R.J. Barrett was just as impressive with 22 points and nine rebounds. He and Williamson combined to outscore Indiana, 34-29, in the first half.

Freshman guard Tre Jones added 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 13 points.

As impressive as Duke's freshmen were on this night, the team defense was just as noteworthy. Indiana was held to 39.1 percent shooting and committed 20 turnovers, and Duke also had 10 blocks and 11 steals.

Otherwise, Williamson posted his usual highlight-reel dunks. One came on the fast break to give Duke a 38-24 first-half lead:

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Another occurred on a second-half alley-oop:

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Overall, Duke bounced back as well as possible following an 89-87 defeat to Gonzaga, which was the Blue Devils' first loss of the season. While Duke was a heavy 15-point favorite leading into the IU game, per OddsShark, the Blue Devils led by 18 or more points for the last 21:39.

Duke is now 6-1, while Indiana fell to 5-2.


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