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UNLV runs past No. 1 Tar Heels

UNLV’s Chace Stanback (left) and Carlos Lopez celebrate with fans after the Runnin’ Rebels knocked off top-ranked North Carolina. UNLV’s Chace Stanback (left) and Carlos Lopez celebrate with fans after the Runnin’ Rebels knocked off top-ranked North Carolina. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
Associated Press / November 27, 2011
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Chace Stanback had a career-high 28 points and added 10 rebounds to help UNLV upset top-ranked North Carolina, 90-80, last night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Mike Moser added 16 points and 18 rebounds, Oscar Bellfield had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Anthony Marshall finished with 13 points for the Rebels (7-0).

P.J. Hairston and John Henson each had 15 points for North Carolina (5-1).

After North Carolina took a 42-38 halftime lead, UNLV opened the second half with a 14-0 run as the Tar Heels missed their first 10 shots and hit only 31 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Rebels built a 77-63 lead on Lopez’s basket off a rebound with 5:39 left.

The Rebels gambled early, shooting their first 10 of 15 shots from long distance and converting four. But the strategy paid off as the Rebels jumped to a 17-9 advantage.

The Tar Heels then held UNLV scoreless for the next four minutes and took their first lead, at 18-17, on Barnes’s baseline jumper with 10:30 left in the half.

Northeastern 78, St. John’s 64 - Joel Smith scored a career-high 29 points, including knocking down 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, to help the Huskies upset the Red Storm in New York.

Northeastern, which opened with an 11-2 run and trailed for only 37 seconds, hit 9 of 18 from long range compared with just a 2-of-16 performance by the Red Storm.

In just the second meeting between the teams, Jonathan Lee added 17 points for Northeastern (3-1), while Kauri Black had 12 and Kashief Edwards chipped in 11.

Smith, who turned in his second double-double of the season (29 points, 10 rebounds), tied a school record for most threes in a game. He also went 2 for 2 from the line to improve to 20 for 20 for the season.

Smith, who also contributed three steals and three assists, knocked down a 3-pointer just 27 seconds in for the game’s first points, setting a tone for the Huskies.

They led by 2 points at the break, but St. John’s fought back to claim a 43-42 lead with 13:41 left to play.

But another big three by Smith pulled Northeastern back ahead, 45-43, and his next 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run. Northeastern, which finished with a 44-29 edge on the glass, led the rest of the way.

God’sgift Achiuwa led St. John’s (4-3) with 17 points.

St. John’s coach Steve Lavin missed his second straight game and third this season as he recovers from prostate cancer surgery.

UConn 78, Florida St. 76 - Shabazz Napier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime and finished with 26 points, leading the No. 4 Huskies over the 22d-ranked Seminoles in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Napier also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals, bouncing back from a terrible performance in the Huskies’ 68-63 loss to Central Florida Friday. The point guard committed seven turnovers and went 1 for 7 from the field against the Knights.

Ryan Boatwright scored 14 points and hit three clutch free throws with seven seconds left in regulation to tie it at 71.

Boatwright wasn’t fazed when he went to the line in the closing seconds.

“I knew everyone thought I was going to miss those,’’ Boatwright said. “The way I grew up I had pressure every day, in a single-family home with my mom. My grandfather always used to say pressure was my middle name.’’

Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for Connecticut (6-1), which shot 48 percent from the field, including 11 for 25 from 3-point range. Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots.

Michael Snaer scored 20 points for Florida State (5-2), which lost to Harvard Friday. Delividas Dulkys had 14, and Bernard James finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

BU 70, Rhode Island 64 - D.J. Irving scored 21 points and dished out eight assists and Darryl Partin had 20 points to help the Terriers overcome an 11-point deficit to beat the Rams in the TicketCity Legends Classic in Kingston, R.I.

BU (1-4) trailed, 45-34, with 15:45 left in the second half when Rhode Island’s Jamal Wilson made two free throws. But BU outscored the Rams, 18-6, over the next six minutes to pull ahead by 1 point on Irving’s jumper.

BU did not surrender the lead again, pushing its advantage to 9 points late in the game.

Orion Outerbridge led Rhode Island (1-4) with 16 points, and Nikola Malesevic added 15 points.

Kentucky 87, Portland 63 - Terrence Jones and Darius Miller scored 19 points apiece, Anthony Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 2 Wildcats (6-0) routed the visiting Pilots (2-4).

Wisconsin 73, BYU 56 - Ben Brust scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers and the No. 11 Badgers (6-0) beat the Cougars (4-2) to win the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Gonzaga 78, W. Michigan 58 - Robert Sacre scored 15 points and the No. 19 Bulldogs (4-0) breezed past the Broncos (0-6) in Spokane, Wash.

California 80, Denver 59 - Allen Crabbe scored 15 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds, and the No. 20 Golden Bears (5-1) routed the Pioneers (4-1) to stay unbeaten at Haas Pavilion.

Texas A&M 56, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 43 - Elston Turner scored 14 points and the No. 25 Aggies (4-1) used stifling defense to beat the visiting Islanders (1-3), who were held to 27.8 percent shooting.

Northern Iowa 79, Providence 62 - Anthony James scored 22 points to lead the Panthers (5-1) over the Friars in the South Padre Island Invitational in Texas.

Vincent Council scored 26 points, LaDontae Henton 16, and Gerard Coleman 13 for Providence (4-2).

Vermont 64, Siena 62 - Matt Glass scored the final 2 of his 13 points on a last-second tip-in and the host Catamounts downed the Saints.

Vermont (4-2) matched its biggest lead of the second half when Luke Apfeld hit a layup with 1:36 to play for a 62-54 advantage. But Siena (2-3) made an 8-0 run to tie it at 62 on a layup by O.D. Anosike with 25 seconds remaining.

Yale 84, Army 75 - Austin Morgan scored 10 of his 19 points during a 23-6 first-half run and the Bulldogs (3-2) went on to beat the Black Knights (2-4) in West Point, N.Y.

In a seesaw first half, Army led by 9 points early, then fell behind by 8. The Black Knights rallied to take a 1-point lead with 13:17 to play, but Yale broke it open for good with a 24-9 run over the next 10 minutes.

Central Michigan 65, Dartmouth 48 - Trey Zeigler had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Chippewas (4-2) cruised past the Big Green (2-4) in the consolation game of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. David Rufful led Dartmouth with 15 points.

Central Conn. 92, Hartford 58 - In New Britain, Kyle Vinales scored 25 points and Robby Ptacek added 24 for the Blue Devils (3-2) in a rout of the winless Hawks (0-6).

MIT 81, Suffolk 59 - Mitchell Kates led four players in double figures with 22 points and the host Engineers (5-0), ranked 10th in Division 3, rolled past the visiting Rams (2-3).

Harbor Invitational - George Papadeas came off the bench to score 15 points and Trinity rolled past Wheelock, 64-47, to win the tournament at UMass-Boston’s Clark Center for the second straight year. In the consolation game, Isaac Jenkins scored a career-high 33 points and the host Beacons (1-3) took a 74-70 win over Framingham State (3-4).

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