College basketball: No. 7 Michigan rolls past No. 11 North Carolina

North Carolina v Michigan
Jon Teske of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a three pointer in the first half.
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Charles Matthews had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Zavier Simpson spearheaded another impressive defensive effort by No. 7 Michigan, which rolled to an 84-67 victory over No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the Wolverines (7-0), who led 39-35 at halftime and then shut down the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offense for a while. North Carolina (6-2) came in averaging 96.6 points per game, but Michigan was allowing half that at 48.3. The Tar Heels ended up between those two extremes, but a good deal closer to the lower number.

Michigan outscored North Carolina 34-16 in the first 12:13 of the second half. At times, just getting a shot to the rim felt like an accomplishment for the Tar Heels. An alley-oop dunk by Jon Teske put the Wolverines up 49-39, causing North Carolina to take a timeout. Matthews provided an even more emphatic highlight later on, slamming home an offensive rebound while drawing a foul.

No. 4 Virginia 76, at No. 24 Maryland 71: Kyle Guy scored 18 points and No. 4 Virginia combined effective outside shooting with its usual stout defense to slip past 24th-ranked Maryland 76-71 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


The Cavaliers (7-0) blew most of a 17-point lead before making six free throws in the final 37 seconds to hand Maryland its first loss. Ty Jerome scored 17 and De’Andre Hunter had 15 for Virginia, which improved to 121-35 in nonconference games under coach Tony Bennett.

Guy nailed five 3-pointers and the Cavaliers went 10 for 22 beyond the arc. Virginia committed only two turnovers and had assists on 15 of its 28 baskets.

Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 15 for the Terrapins (6-1). After trailing 48-31 with 16:29 left, Maryland closed to 63-59 before Jerome popped a 3-pointer and Jack Salt added a dunk to quell the comeback.

at No. 6 Tennessee 95, Eastern Kentucky 67: Grant Williams had 21 points and 11 rebounds as No. 6 Tennessee bounced back from its first loss of the season.


Tennessee (5-1) was playing for the first time since falling in overtime to No. 2 Kansas on Friday at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

Eastern Kentucky (3-4) and Tennessee were tied 11-all seven minutes into the game before the Volunteers scored 13 straight points to pull ahead for good.

Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and shot 8 of 9 from the floor for Tennessee. Jordan Bone added 14 points and seven assists. Williams had five assists to go along with his double-double.

Nick Mayo led Eastern Kentucky with 23 points and nine rebounds.

at No. 8 Auburn 99, St. Peter’s 49: Anfernee McLemore and Bryce Brown each scored 19 points as Auburn rolled past Saint Peter’s.

The Tigers (6-1) scored the game’s first 13 points and led by as many as 32 before halftime over the Peacocks (1-5), who have lost five straight.

McLemore tied a career-high in points and Auburn had five players score in double figures.

Austin Wiley had 16 points and nine rebounds. Malik Dunbar scored 14 off the bench, including four 3-pointers, and Chuma Okeke added 12. Okeke was 5-of-5 shooting.


Davauhnte Turner and KC Ndefo scored 12 points each for the Peacocks.

at No. 10 Kentucky 90, Monmouth 44: Tyler Herro had 16 points, Keldon Johnson added 15 and Kentucky cruised past Monmouth for its sixth straight victory.

The Wildcats (6-1) never trailed, though the winless Hawks (0-8) used a 12-5 spurt to get within 22-18. Kentucky took charge from there, closing the first half on a 22-4 run over 8:46 for a 44-22 halftime lead and stretching the lead to as many as 47 with 2:40 remaining.

Quade Green had four 3-pointers for 14 points, and Reid Travis scored 13 for the Wildcats.

Ray Salnave had 14 points for Monmouth, which shot just 2 of 16 from behind the arc.

at No. 15 Florida State 73, No. 19 Purdue 72: Trent Forrest forced a turnover with 16 seconds left and drove the lane to hit a pull-up jumper with 5.2 seconds remaining as Florida State rallied to beat Purdue.

The basket was Forrest’s only one of the second half, but the defensie play was part of a critical sequence as the Seminoles (6-1) held on after Purdue led by eight points with 3:43 left.

Purdue (5-2) didn’t score after holding that eight-point lead. That included a pair of missed free-throw attempts by Carsen Edwards, who led the Boilermakers with 24 points on 7 of 19 shooting.


Ryan Cline added 21 points, including four 3-pointers after halftime, for Purdue.

M.J. Walker scored 13 points to lead the Seminoles.

Syracuse 72, at No. 16 Ohio State 62: Tyus Battle scored 20 points and Elijah Hughes added 18 to help Syracuse upset Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Syracuse (4-2) won its second straight by shooting 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. C.J. Jackson had 19 points for Ohio State, and Kaleb Wesson contributed 13 for the Buckeyes (6-1).


UC Irvine 80, at St. Mary’s 75: Evan Leonard scored 22 points and UC Irvine beat Saint Mary’s 80-75 on Wednesday night.

UC Irvine (7-1) won at Saint Mary’s for the first time since 2002, and snapped a four-game losing skid against the Gaels. The Anteaters also rebounded from a 67-60 loss against Toledo in the Gulf Coast Showcase title game in Florida.

Leonard was 7 of 11 from the field and made four of UCI’s seven 3-pointers. Max Hazzard added 14 points for the Anteaters. Collin Welp had 12 points, and John Edgar Jr. and Robert Cartwright chipped in with 11 apiece.


at USC 62, Fresno State 61: Mariya Moore scored with five seconds to play to lift the Trojans (7-0) in a seesaw game. Candice White scored 22 points for the Bulldogs (3-2). Moore had 12 points and her sister Minyon scored 15.