Top-ranked North Carolina avoided an early-season upset.
Wayne Ellington scored 20 points and made key plays late to help the Tar Heels avoid a major scare and a subpar second half from Tyler Hansbrough as they beat Davidson, 72-68, last night in Charlotte, N.C.
Trailing for much of the second half, North Carolina (1-0) closed the game strong. Ellington's free throw with 3:44 left put the Tar Heels ahead to stay. His jumper with just over a minute left made it a 3-point game. Ty Lawson then hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.
Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds, but he was ineffective in the second half and got into foul trouble.
Stephen Curry scored 24 points for Davidson (1-1), which nearly became the latest small school to knock off a major.
With Mercer beating Southern California and Gardner-Webb stunning Kentucky so far, Davidson was bidding to join the early-season surprises. The Wildcats returned all five starters from last season's team that won a school-record 29 games before losing to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Tennessee 101, Arkansas-Monticello 44 - Tyler Smith scored 15 points and JaJuan Smith added 14 to help the No. 7 Volunteers beat the Boll Weevils in the first round of the StubHub Legends Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tennessee used a 20-5 run to start the game and put it out of reach. The Vols (2-0), who reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season, beat Temple in their home opener last Friday.
Michigan St. 83, Louisiana-Monroe 65 - Freshman Chris Allen scored 17 points and All-American Drew Neitzel had 15 to help the No. 12 Spartans withstand a 3-point barrage and beat the Warhawks in a CBE Classic regional final in East Lansing, Mich.
The Spartans (2-0) blew a 47-35 halftime lead and trailed, 57-56, with 13:46 left. But with several second and third opportunities, Michigan State scored the next 11 points and held the Warhawks scoreless for 6:42.
Texas A&M 81, UTEP 76 - Josh Carter scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and the No. 15 Aggies held off a plucky Miners team in the preseason NIT at College Station, Texas.
Butler 76, Indiana St. 48 - A.J. Graves scored 26 points and the No. 25 Bulldogs beat the Sycamores in Indianapolis.
George Washington 69, BU 56 - Rob Diggs scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and had 12 rebounds to help the host Colonials beat the Terriers.
UNH 95, Suffolk 46 - Eric Gilchrese scored 25 points to lead the Wildcats over the Division 3 Rams in Durham, N.H.
It was the first time the Wildcats (1-1) have scored 95 points in a game since a 96-51 win over New England College Dec. 6, 2001. The margin of victory was the biggest for UNH since the 1941-42 season.
URI 75, Brown 61 - Will Daniels scored 26 points as the Rams defeated the Bears in Providence.
Rhode Island (2-0) scored 35 points off 22 turnovers by Brown (1-2).
Hartford 70, Sacred Heart 55 - Brian Glowiak and Morgan Sabia scored 14 points each to lead the Hawks over the Pioneers in West Hartford.
Binghamton 88, Quinnipiac 75 - Lazar Trifunovic had 24 points and 10 rebounds and new coach Kevin Broadus earned his first victory as the Bearcats won their home opener against the Bobcats.
UMass 69, BC 66 - Last season, the University of Massachusetts posted its first winning record in eight years. The Minutewomen raised the bar higher with a rousing victory over the Eagles in Amherst.
"We haven't won in many, many years [against BC]," said UMass coach Marnie Dacko. "It's a big step for the program in the direction that we want to go."
The Minutewomen (2-0), who hadn't beaten the Eagles since 1995 (0-5 since), were led by Stefanie Gerardot, who came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, including 15 in the second half. Gerardot hit 8 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
Connecticut 91, Holy Cross 36 - Maya Moore had 31 points and the No. 2 Huskies blew out the Crusaders in their final tuneup in Storrs before heading to the US Virgin Islands to play No. 5 Stanford.
The freshman, who had 21 in UConn's opener, had 22 at halftime on 11-of-12 shooting. She was 14 of 16 for the game and played just four minutes after halftime.
George Washington 75, Kentucky 65 - Jessica Adair scored a career-high 29 points to lead the No. 14 Colonials over the visiting Wildcats.
Ohio St. 88, Tennessee St. 41 - Jantel Lavender scored 23 points to help the 16th-ranked Buckeyes over the Lady Tigers in Columbus, Ohio.
Indiana St. 77, Vanderbilt 72 - Kelsey Luna scored 22 points and the Sycamores shot 85 percent from the free throw line to upset the No. 20 Commodores in overtime in Terre Haute, Ind.
Globe correspondent Marty Dobrow contributed to this report from Amherst.