Melvin Scott scored a career-high 20 points and Raymond Felton had 14 assists to lead North Carolina past Wyoming, 90-74, in the second round of the NIT Monday night at Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina (19-15) is trying to reach 20 wins for the 32nd time in the last 33 years. The Tar Heels went 8-20 last season, the worst record in school history, ending a streak of 27 straight trips to the NCAA tournament.
Donta Richardson scored 20 for Wyoming (21-11).
In other NIT games: Mike Sweetney had 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Georgetown (17-14) to a 67-58 victory over Providence (18-14) at Providence, R.I.... B.J. Elder’s turnaround jumper with three-tenths of a second left lifted Georgia Tech (16-14) to a 79-78 victory over Iowa (17-14) at Iowa City.... Marcus Hatten scored 30 points to help St. John’s (18-13) rally from an eight-point second-half deficit in a 73-63 victory over Virginia (16-16) at New York.... Maurice Hargrow scored 22 points and Ben Johnson had 18 to lead Minnesota (18-12) to an 84-70 victory over Hawaii (19-12) at Minneapolis.
Texas sophomore T.J. Ford and Connecticut junior Diana Taurasi won the Naismith Awards as the top college basketball players in the country.
Ford, a 5-foot-10 guard, leads the Longhorns in scoring (15.0), assists (7.4), and steals (1.96) per game.
Taurasi, a 6-foot guard from Chino, leads the Huskies with 16.5 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game this season.
New Mexico sophomore center Chad Bell quit the team, saying he wants to transfer to a school where he will get more playing time.
The 6-foot-11 Bell played about 11 minutes a game this season and averaged 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds. His best statistic was 24 blocked shots. Bell is from Inglewood and played at Westchester High.
Murray State coach Tevester Anderson retired after five seasons with the Racers. Anderson, 66, went 103-52 and led Murray State to two Ohio Valley Conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances.