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Maryland dropped its first two ACC games. Duke, taking advantage of the Terps' defensive lapses, scored numerous back-door baskets to win, 88-78, at Maryland for the first time in seven years. Jim Spanarkel's 33 points paced the Blue Devils. Against Wake Forest, the Terps blew an 11-point lead and lost 84-75 as the Deacons got 23 points and 18 rebounds from Rod Griffin and 24 points from sophomore Guard Frank Johnson.
When Duke took an early seven-point lead at North Carolina State, the Wolfpack shifted to a 1-3-1 zone. The Blue Devils made 26 turnovers and scored only 20 points in the second half as State rallied to win 74-50.
Georgetown was impressive in a 72-61 victory over St. John's. With the Redmen taking away their inside game, the Hoyas worked for high-percentage jumpers, led 34-31 at the half and then increased their margin as Guard John Duren scored 27 points.
Penn opened the Ivy League season with a 78-63 win at Princeton as Keven McDonald scored 23 points. The Quakers got 56 more points from McDonald as they beat Harvard 86-81 and Dartmouth 74-51. Princeton came back to defeat the Crimson 83-64 and the Big Green 60-47.
During a 100-65 breather against Fordham, Ron Perry of Holy Cross connected for 26 points. Perry had 22 more as the Crusaders outlasted Army 78-76.
Providence beat Brown 68-52 and Canisius 82-72, with Guard Dwight Williams scoring a total of 49 points.
Despite 37 points by Rutgers' James Bailey, Penn State, which had trailed 60-41, trimmed the Scarlet Knights 81-79 in an Eastern-8 contest. Jeff Miller of the Nittany Lions had 30 points and scored the winning basket with 11 seconds remaining. Penn State then lost 54-48 to Duquesne, while Rutgers handed Massachusetts its first defeat of the season, 78-74.
Clarence (Bighouse) Gaines picked up his 602nd coaching win as unbeaten Winston-Salem defeated Norfolk State 80-74. Gaines, 54, who holds the record for victories by a small-college coach, is sixth on the overall list, which is topped by Adolph Rupp's total of 874.