Sunday, December 03

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Wayne Ellington had 17 points and fellow freshman Brandan Wright added 16 to lead No. 7 North Carolina to a 75-63 victory over Kentucky yesterday in a game between college basketball's winningest schools. Reyshawn Terry also scored 16 points and capped the Tar Heels' decisive run with a pair of 3-pointers.

North Carolina (7-1) never trailed and won its second high-profile nonconference game of the week at the Dean Smith Center, where the team is 3-0 this season.

The Tar Heels overcame Randolph Morris' 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting to earn their third straight victory in this series. North Carolina is 41 behind the Wildcats' NCAA record of 1,930 victories.

Wright has scored at least 10 points in each of his eight games as a Tar Heel. For Terry, this was his second consecutive strong performance against Kentucky. He had a career-high 25 in the Tar Heels' win last December.

The pivotal 11-2 stretch in this one started with a lecture. Coach Roy Williams pulled his five starters with 17:16 remaining, apparently upset that they allowed Kentucky to make its first three shots in the second half and pull within 36-33.

Moments after Wright started the run with a hook shot, he and the other starters were benched for about 2 1/2 minutes while they caught grief from their coach.

When they returned, Terry apparently showed he got the message, hitting two 3-pointers 26 seconds apart to push the Tar Heels' lead into double figures for the first time, 47-35, with just over 13 minutes left. Kentucky never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Joe Crawford had 16 points and Bobby Perry added 12 for the Wildcats (4-3), whose three losses have come against ranked teams.

North Carolina, playing three days after a wild 98-89 victory over No. 3 Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, found itself in an entirely different style of game against the Wildcats.

For the most part, Morris was Kentucky's offense in the first half. He was 5-of-5 shooting with 11 points during the opening 20 minutes. The rest of the Wildcats were a combined 6-for-23 and went 0-for-9 from 3-point range — out of character for a team that entered shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.

Gonzaga 87, Texas 77

PHOENIX (AP) — Derek Raivio made seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points, and No. 22 Gonzaga beat Texas in the opening game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.

No. 16 Arizona played Illinois in the second game of the doubleheader at US Airways Center.

Raivio, 7-of-14 on 3s, fell two short of the school record of nine set twice by Dan Dickau. Jeremy Pargo added 18 points and Josh Heytvelt had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-1).

Freshman Kevin Durant matched his season high with 29 points on 8-for-18 shooting and 10-for-10 from the foul line. He also had nine rebounds. Another freshman, Justin Mason, had 17 points for the Longhorns (5-2), who shot 41 percent, 32 percent in the first half.

The Bulldogs led 87-59 before Texas scored the last 18 points of the game. Down 51-39, Texas used a 12-4 run to cut the lead 55-51 on a pair of free throws by Durant with 14:04 to go. But Gonzaga scored the next 12 to go up 67-51 after Pargo's three-point play on a fastbreak layup with 11:38 remaining.

The run reached 24-4 on Heytvelt's tip-in and the Zags led 79-55 with 8:01 to go.

Texas A&M 74, Pacific 62

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Joseph Jones had 24 points and Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 23 to lead No. 9 Texas A&M past Pacific.

The Aggies (7-0) avenged their only nonconference loss in two-plus years under coach Billy Gillispie. Pacific (3-4) beat Texas A&M 63-56 last season.

Jones and Kavaliauskas scored 30 of the Aggies' 39 first-half points. Jones was 6-of-8 and Kavaliauskas 6-of-9 as Texas A&M led by 10 at halftime.

Anthony Brown had 19 points and Anthony Esparaza added 13 to lead Pacific, which became the first team this season to shoot better than 35 percent against the Aggies. They shot 49 percent (22-of-45).

Memphis 77, Manhattan 59

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Dozier had 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 14 Memphis used defensive pressure and inside dominance for a victory over Manhattan.

Dozier connected on 7-of-11 shots from the field as Memphis (5-1), which had five players in double figures, never trailed. The Jaspers managed only one tie, midway through the first half.

Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 14 points for Memphis, while Willie Kemp, Jeremy Hunt and Joey Dorsey scored 10 points each. Dorsey also had 12 rebounds.

Devon Austin led Manhattan with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Darryl Crawford scored 10 points.

Manhattan (2-5) is on a four-game losing streak.

Northeastern 58, UNC-Wilmington 51

BOSTON (AP) — Bennet Davis had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to lead Northeastern to a win over UNC Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.

Adrian Martinez scored 12 points and Bobby Kelly added 11 for the Huskies, who beat the defending CAA-champion Seahawks for the first time.

After Jeff Horowitz tied it a 49 with 2:34 remaining, Northeastern (2-5, 1-0) went on a 9-0 run before Montez Downey made a layup with three seconds left.

Xavier 95, W. Carolina 61

CINCINNATI (AP) — Justin Doellman scored a season-high 18 points to lead Xavier to a win over Western Carolina, ending the Catamounts' three-game winning streak.

Justin Cage added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Xavier (6-1) had its best offensive day of the season. Josh Duncan and Johnny Wolf each scored 11 points.

The Musketeers led 46-29 at halftime and went on a 16-4 run in the second half to put the game away.

Antonio Russell scored 20 points for Western Carolina (4-2). Kyle Greathouse added 10.

Clemson 74, S. Carolina 53

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — James Mays had 16 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Clemson to a 9-0 start for the third time in four seasons after a victory over rival South Carolina.

The Tigers, who also opened with nine straight wins in 2002-03 and last season, pulled away at the end of the first half after K.C. Rivers hit a jumper and two 3-pointers for a 31-22 lead.

Then Mays, a junior, took over after the break and guaranteed the Gamecocks (4-2) would never get back in the game.

It was Clemson's third-straight victory in the series.

Mays played only nine minutes of the first half because he had two fouls. He did not show any tentativeness the final 20 minutes, hitting six of his eight attempts.

Seton Hall 93, St. Mary's 82

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jamar Nutter hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and freshman Eugene Harvey atoned for two missed free throws at the end of regulation with seven points in overtime to lead Seton Hall to a victory over Saint Mary's.

Nutter finished with 24 points before fouling out with 40 seconds to play in leading the Pirates (4-1) to their third straight win. Paul Gause came off the bench and added a career-high 21 points and a school record-tying eight steals.

Harvey had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four of the Pirates' 14 steals in making fans forget the two free throws he missed with 3.1 seconds to play and the score tied at 76.

Brett Collins overcame two early fouls to score a season-high 28 points for Saint Mary's (5-4). Ian O'Leary added 19 points before fouling out late in regulation, while Diamon Simpson had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Seton Hall never trailed in the overtime as Harvey banked in an off-balance driving layup for a 78-76 lead.


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