UNC run clips Badgers
No. 5 Tar Heels up to the challenge
Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin last night in Chapel Hill, N.C., 60-57.
Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who had to show plenty of fight and toughness to outlast the Badgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coming off its first loss of the season, North Carolina trailed by 5 points midway through the second half before going on an 18-5 run that finally put the Tar Heels ahead for good.
Barnes was critical in that run, knocking down two 3-pointers and a jumper. But on a night when their fast-paced attack rarely got out in transition, the Tar Heels only fought off Wisconsin (6-1) after stringing together enough defensive stops and getting enough defensive rebounds to aid their struggling offense. For the Badgers, almost everything went to plan except for the outcome.
Kansas 77, Florida Atlantic 54 - Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and the No. 15 Jayhawks overcame some sloppiness on offense to rout the visiting Owls.
Playing their first home game in nearly three weeks, Kansas (4-2) committed 17 turnovers that turned into several easy baskets for Florida Atlantic (4-4). But the play underneath by Robinson, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, was enough to carry the Jayhawks to victory.
Pittsburgh 80, Duquesne 69 - Ashton Gibbs scored 18 points and the No. 17 Panthers defeated the crosstown rival Dukes in the annual City Game.
Dante Taylor added 15 points and Lamar Patterson scored 10 for Pitt (6-1), which dominated the glass to overcome serious turnover problems and beat Duquesne for the 11th straight time.
Sean Johnson led Duquesne (4-3) with 19 points, but the Dukes struggled against the bigger, stronger, deeper Panthers.
UNLV 94, UC Santa Barbara 88 - Mike Moser scored 34 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and Chace Stanback had all 19 of his after halftime as the No. 18 Rebels (8-0) beat the host Gauchos (4-2).
Texas A&M 56, Alcorn State 44 - Ray Turner scored 16 points and the No. 25 Aggies overcame a sleepy start and awful shooting to defeat the visiting Braves (1-6).
David Loubeau added 14 points for the Aggies (5-1), who won their 64th consecutive nonconference home game.
Boston University 73, Delaware 67 - Darryl Partin scored 27 points and the Terriers rallied to win their third straight game over a five-day span, beating the Blue Hens at Case Gym.
BU (3-4), which opened the season with four straight losses, won its final two games at the TicketCity Legends Classic, concluding a stretch of five consecutive games away from home.
Delaware (2-3) led at halftime, 38-37, and was still up, 57-52, before the Terriers went on an 11-1 run.
La Salle 68, Northeastern 51 - A 12-0 run early in the second half - a 3-point play, followed by three 3-pointers - snapped a tie and powered the host Explorers over the Huskies.
Jonathan Lee led Northeastern (3-2) with 11 points, while Reggie Spencer and Kashief Edwards each added 10. Earl Pettis scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures for La Salle (4-3).
Brown 65, Rhode Island 56 - Sean McGonagill scored 19 points and reserve Andrew McCarthy had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) for the host Bears, who beat the Rams for the first time since 2001.
Brown (4-4) trailed at halftime, 32-30, and opened the second half on a 10-2 run. Rhode Island (1-6) closed to within 55-53 with 6:16 left, but Brown answered with a 5-0 run.
New Hampshire 53, Dartmouth 50 - Alvin Abreu scored 21 points as the Wildcats overcame poor second-half shooting to hold off the visiting Big Green.
New Hampshire (2-2) led, 45-35, with 14:18 to go and still held a 49-42 advantage with 8:37 left. Dartmouth (2-5) then used an 8-0 run, capped by two Gabas Maldunas layups, to pull ahead with 3:31 to play.
New Hampshire tied it at 50 on Brian Benson’s free throw with 2:45 left, then neither team scored until a Chandler Rhoads steal set up Jordon Bronner’s layup with 1:18 to go.
Eastern Illinois 85, Maine 80 - Jeremy Granger scored all 9 points in overtime for the Panthers (4-2) in a home win over the Black Bears (2-2).