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 No. 7 Duke on Saturday 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.
The Irish were able to pull 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, including making 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Duke was 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.
Marquette pulls away from DePaul late
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- It took Davante Gardner almost two years to get back into the starting lineup and the bulky Marquette forward certainly made the most of the opportunity.
Gardner scored 21 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, leading Marquette to a 66-56 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams leveled a mild criticism of Gardner during the week for being lackadaisical at practice, but started the senior forward for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012 at Villanova, in place of junior guard Derrick Wilson.
"I did give him the start even though he hadn't earned it, and I took it away from Derrick, and Derrick had earned it," Williams said.
Williams started Gardner over Wilson to get all four of his seniors in the lineup. The Golden Eagles (9-6, 1-1 Big East Conference) were ranked 17th in the Associated Press preseason poll and were picked to win the Big East in the preseason coaches' poll, but have stumbled to open the season.
"If it can't be your seniors to take ownership, who will it be?" Williams asked rhetorically.
Morehead St. holds off Eastern Illinois
CHARLESTON -- Chad Posthumus scored 19 points for Morehead State and added 14 rebounds as the Eagles pushed past Eastern Illinois 85-77 in Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday.
Eastern Illinois (4-10, 1-2) gave up its lead with 6:37 to go, but kept the score close (70-67) with less than three minutes to play. Kareem Storey made four straight free throws and Morehead State got all 12 of its points in the final two minutes from the line. Storey was a perfect 12 of 12 on free throws and finished with 14 points.
Morehead State (11-6, 2-0) got 35 points from its bench - including the 19 from Posthumus - and scored 25 points off turnovers.
Reggie Smith scored 20 points for the Panthers and Chris Olivier added 19. Eastern Illinois finished 17 of 25 on free throws after going 1 of 2 in the first half.
Lemon's 31 leads Bradley past Drake
PEORIA -- Walt Lemon Jr., scored a career-high 31 points to lead Bradley to a 68-57 win over Drake on Saturday.
Lemon made 12 of 20 shots, including 3 of 5 3-pointers, as the Braves (6-9, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) shot 52 percent from the field.
Senior Aaron Hawley, who elected not to play last season, came off the bench to lead Drake with a career-high 27 points. He made 9 of 13 shots, including 4 of 7 3's and all five of his free throws, but the other Bulldogs shot 8 of 26.
Bradley had a 32-10 advantage on points in paint and 16-2 in second chance points. The Braves also had 14 points on fast break with the Bulldogs getting none. And although Drake had 15 turnovers, Bradley cashed in for 27 points.
Drake never led with Bradley building a 17-point lead in the first half, which ended 34-28.
William & Mary turns back Western Illinois
MACOMB, -- Marcus Thornton scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists to lead William & Mary to a 78-67 win over Western Illinois on Saturday night.
William & Mary (8-5) trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before capturing the lead with an 11-2 spurt that included 3-pointers by Julian Boatner and Omar Prewitt, and took a 37-34 advantage into the break. The Tribe then held off Western Illinois in the second half, responding with a 9-1 run that included a Thornton 3-pointer after the Leathernecks tied the game at 40 on an Adam Link layup - the last time its lead would be challenged.
Prewitt contributed 18 points while Thornton and Kyle Gaillard added 10 apiece for the Tribe, which closed out its non-conference schedule with the win.
Garret Covington led the Leathernecks (6-9) with 26 points and Michael Ochereobia had 12.
Chicago State edges Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Matt Ross' offensive rebound and layup with 3 seconds to play lifted Chicago State to a 57-55 win over Idaho Saturday night.
Corey Gray's jumper with 2:39 to play gave Chicago State (6-8, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) a 55-48 lead but Idaho rattled off seven straight points - including a pair of back-to-back Mike Scott layups - to tie the game with 1:05 remaining.
Quinton Pippen, who paced the Cougars with 18 points and hit four 3-pointers, missed a shot from long distance but Gray corralled the offensive rebound. A foul by Scott gave Chicago State the ball out of bounds with 12 seconds to play and a missed layup by Gray set up Ross' heroics.
Idaho (6-9, 0-2) out-rebounded the Cougars 36-24, including 13-6 on the offensive glass, but made just 12 of 22 free throws.
Stephen Madison led the Vandals with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals.