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Top 25 basketball: Notre Dame beats No. 7 Duke 79-77 in ACC debut
First Published Jan 04 2014 09:54 pm • Last Updated Jan 04 2014 11:20 pm

South Bend, Ind. • Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish.

Two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, the Irish (10-4, 1-0) managed to hold on to improve to 13-6 against top 10 teams at home under Mike Brey.

At a glance

Saturday’s Top 25 scores

» No. 1 Arizona 71, Washington 62

» No. 2 Syracuse 49, Miami 44

» No. 3 Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53

» No. 5 Michigan State 73, Indiana 56

» Kansas State 74, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 71

» Notre Dame 79, No. 7 Duke 77

» No. 12 Florida 67, Richmond 58

» No. 13 Iowa State 73, Texas Tech 62

» No. 14 Louisville 83, Rutgers 76

» SMU 74, No. 17 UConn 65

» Cincinnati 69, No. 18 Memphis 53

» No. 23 UMass 73, Miami (Ohio) 65

» No. 24 Gonzaga 86, Pacific 64

» No. 25 Missouri 69, Long Beach St. 59

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The Irish scored the upset despite being without leading scorer Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from school for an academic violation the day after the Ohio State loss.

It was the first loss in an ACC opener for the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1) in seven seasons.

Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 27 points.

Gonzaga 86, Pacific 64

Spokane, Wash. • Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos each scored 16 points to help Gonzaga beat Pacific.

David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower Jr. had 13 points for Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 West Coast), which has won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.

Pacific (9-5, 0-3) returned to the conference this season after leaving in 1971.

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