Duane Washington Jr. scored 18 points, and No. 6 Ohio State dominated the second half in a surprisingly lopsided 74-49 victory against No. 7 North Carolina on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Just when it looked as if North Carolina might make a final late-game charge, the Buckeyes (8-0) scored 14 consecutive points. The score went from 57-47 to 71-47, and by the time the Tar Heels scored again, there was only 3:02 remaining. They went almost 4 1/2 minutes without a point.
North Carolina (6-2) hasn’t scored 80 points in a game this season while Ohio State hasn’t allowed an opponent to reach 60.
E.J. Liddell scored 12 points, and 10 more apiece from CJ Walker and Kaleb Wesson gave Ohio State a well-rounded offense. Wesson also had nine rebounds. Cole Anthony topped the Tar Heels with 15 points but made just 4 of 15 field-goal attempts.
No. 3 Maryland 72, Notre Dame 51
Jalen “Stix” Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Terrapins to a win over the Fighting Irish in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at College Park, Md.
The Terrapins improved to 9-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Eric Ayala added 14 points, Aaron Wiggins 11 and defensive ace Darryl Morsell 10 for Maryland.
John Mooney led Notre Dame (6-2) with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Prentiss Hubb chipped in 13 points.
Purdue 69, No. 5 Virginia 40
Sasha Stefanovic scored 20 points to power the revenge-minded Boilermakers to an upset of the Cavaliers in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue (5-3) avenged last season’s Elite Eight overtime loss to Virginia, which went on to claim its first national championship.
Purdue posted its first win against a top-5 nonconference opponent at Mackey Arena and improved to 14-3 at home against ranked teams since the start of the 2014-15 season. Virginia (7-1) had won 13 straight games dating to the ACC Tournament semifinals last March.
Stefanovic, a sophomore making his first career start, hit 6 of 10 3-point attempts. Jahaad Proctor added 16 points for the Boilermakers. Jay Huff scored 11 points and Mamadi Diakite had 10 to lead the Cavaliers, who shot 37.2 percent overall and 16.7 percent (4 of 24) from 3-point range.
No. 9 Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62
Corey Kispert recorded 17 points and seven rebounds to help the Bulldogs roll past the Tigers in Spokane, Wash.
Joel Ayayi added 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs (9-1) rebounded from an 82-64 loss to Michigan on Friday in the Bahamas. Filip Petrusev, Killian Tillie and Drew Timme scored 12 points apiece for Gonzaga.
Tyrik Armstrong made all four of his 3-point attempts while scoring 15 points for Texas Southern (2-6). Yahuza Rasas had nine points, nine rebounds and three steals for the Tigers.
No. 20 Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64
McKinley Wright IV and D’Shawn Schwartz scored 16 points apiece, Tyler Bey had 13 points and eight rebounds, and the Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Lions in Boulder, Colo.
Daylen Kountz scored 11 for Colorado (7-0), which pulled away late to avoid the upset.
Eli Scott led Loyola Marymount (3-5) with a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Loyola Marymount led by nine points early in the second half before the Buffaloes rallied.
No. 21 Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43
Yves Pons scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to help the Volunteers build a 21-point lead on the way to a rout of the Rattlers at Knoxville, Tenn.
John Fulkerson scored 15 points, and Olivier Nkamhoua had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Volunteers (7-1), who led by as many as 34 points in the second half.
Evins Desir had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Rattlers (0-7). Florida A&M failed to get closer than 19 points in the second half or within 27 points during the final 9:53.
No. 22 Washington 90, Eastern Washington 80
Quade Green’s 20 points and eight assists off the bench led the Huskies past the Eagles in Seattle.
Jaden McDaniels scored 17 points before fouling out, and Washington made 29 free throws to Eastern Washington’s 12. The Huskies (7-1) tuned up for a showdown with No. 9 Gonzaga on Sunday.
Kim Aiken Jr. led the Eagles (4-3) with 26 points, making six 3-pointers. Jacob Davison added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Tyler Kidd also scored 12 points for Eastern Washington.
No. 23 Villanova 80, Pennsylvania 69
Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 27 points and the Wildcats held off Big 5 rival Pennsylvania for a home victory.
Justin Moore scored 17 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (6-2). Collin Gillespie had 11 points despite being in foul trouble.
Penn snapped Villanova’s 25-game Big 5 winning streak last season at the Palestra. AJ Brodeur led the Quakers with 18 points and 14 rebounds while Jordan Dingle added 18 points and Devon Goodman had 16. Ryan Betley also had 13 for Penn (5-4).
No. 25 Utah State 71, San Jose State 59
Justin Bean recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Aggies held off the host Spartans in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
Utah State (8-1, 1-0 Mountain West) got off to a sluggish start, shooting just 2 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 10 from the free-throw line in the first half. However, Utah State outscored San Jose State 46-22 in the paint and extended a three-point halftime lead to double digits for much of the second half.
San Jose State (3-6, 0-1) hung around with a balanced scoring effort, paced by Seneca Knight’s 17 points. Seven Spartans scored at least five points, including Christian Anigwe, who had eight points and tied Knight for the team high with six rebounds.
—Field Level Media