Brad Daugherty and Joe Wolf led a second-half surge that carried North Carolina to a 76-57 victory over a stubborn Middle Tennessee State team Thursday night in a first-round NCAA Southeast Regional game at South Bend, Ind.
Daugherty scored 25 points and Wolf 18--16 in the second half--to help the Tar Heels improve to 25-8. The Blue Raiders, who led for most of the first half, ended up 17-14.
North Carolina went to Daugherty and Wolf more in the second half and emerged with a 44-39 lead with 14:37 remaining. But the Blue Raiders came back to score six straight points, including a dunk by Lonnie Thompson, to regain the lead, 45-44, with 11:32 to go.
North Carolina reeled off six straight points to open up a 50-45 lead with 10 minutes remaining and was not headed again.
The North Carolina victory was marred by a second-half injury to starting guard Steve Hale. Smith said Hale suffered a shoulder separation and would be out for the remainder of the tournament.
Notre Dame 79, Oregon State 70--David Rivers scored 10 of his 21 points in the last six minutes to help the Irish (21-8) hold off a late rally by the Beavers (22-9).
The Beavers were down, 55-45, with 9:41 left, but Tyrone Miller had two breakaways as Oregon State scored 11 of the next 12 points for a 56-56 tie with 6:33 left.
Rivers then scored 8 of Notre Dame's next 12 points, including two straight field goals to give the Irish a 68-61 lead with 2:41 left.
The Beavers' A.C. Green finished with 26 points.
Kansas 49, Ohio University 38--The Jayhawks (26-7) advanced to Saturday's second round as their defense forced Ohio (22-8) into several scoring droughts. Ron Kellogg and Greg Dreiling each scored 10 points, while Danny Manning added nine for the Jayhawks.
Kansas, hitting 8 of 12 shots in the first half, saw its 18-15 halftime lead erased when Ohio tied the score on a basket by Vic Alexander, who finished with 15 points, with 16:53 left.
The Bobcats trailed, 32-27, midway through the second half when they went nearly 4 1/2 minutes without a basket. Kansas took advantage of the cold spell, expanding its lead to 38-27 with 5:53 remaining.
Auburn 59, Purdue 58--The Boilermakers had a chance to win, but James Bullock's eight-foot turn-around jumper with three seconds left was no good. Auburn held on for its 21st win against 11 losses.