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Miami win stresses out UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Kenny Kadji scored 18 and Miami pulled away to beat North Carolina 68-59 Thursday night.

Julian Gamble had 14 points for the Hurricanes (11-3, 2-0 ACC), who had the Smith Center crowd booing when they took a 65-55 lead with 3:04 left.

North Carolina (10-5, 0-2) lost its first two league games for the first time since 2008-09 and fell to 18-3 in the series. The Tar Heels visit FSU on Saturday.

Miami led most of the second half, shot 47 percent (25-for-53) and allowed one field goal during a late seven-minute span.

"Hopefully, now people take us seriously," Kadji said.

When North Carolina threatened to get back in it, Kadji blocked Reggie Bullock's layup try and then a dunk by J.P. Tokoto, both in 10 seconds.

Miami won its third straight, claiming its first 2-0 ACC start since joining in 2003-04 and beating North Carolina for the first time since 2006.

"I'm stressed," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "I'm going to come in and coach the (expletive) out of them. This is one of those no-sleep nights, but my God, I never sleep much anyway."

Arizona loses first: E.J. Singler scored 14 and Oregon overcame a slow start to beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66, dropping the Wildcats to 14-1, 2-1 Pac-12. The Ducks (13-2, 2-0) have won 17 straight home games, all 11 this season. Arizona took an 11-0 lead, then was outscored 41-19 the rest of the half. Mark Lyons scored 21 for the Wildcats.

No. 22 Mich. St. 62, Iowa 59: Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk for the visiting Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who have won eight of nine. Dawson ripped the ball away from freshman Mike Gesell and gave Michigan State a 58-56 lead with 49 seconds left. Anthony Clemmons missed a free throw that would have tied it with 12 seconds to go and airballed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Iowa lost its third straight.

Kentucky 60, Vandy 58: Kyle Wiltjer's jumper with 1:57 left put the visiting Wildcats (10-4, 1-0 SEC) ahead to stay and Kentucky held on after blowing a 16-point lead. UK's Nerlens Noel hit a jumper with 17.3 seconds left that went in after the shot clock buzzer went off; officials didn't review the play. Kedren Johnson made a 3 with 7.6 seconds left to pull the Commodores (6-7, 0-1) within 60-58, and Kyle Fuller stole the inbound pass, but Johnson missed a 3 just before the buzzer.

Stetson 72, East Tenn. St. 70: Former Clearwater High standout Adam Pegg and Chris Perez scored 17 apiece for the visiting Hatters (6-10, 3-2 Atlantic Sun).

RECORD-SETTER INJURED: Grinnell College sophomore guard Jack Taylor, who set the NCAA scoring record with 138 points in a game in November, is out for the season after breaking his right wrist Wednesday.

Women: FSU falls

TALLAHASSEE — Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 34 as Wake Forest used a second-half surge to upset No. 18 Florida State 80-72. Chelsea Davis scored 25 for the Seminoles (12-3, 2-2 ACC), who closed an 11-point deficit to two with 2:56 left, but the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1) put it away with a layup and 9 of 14 free throws. FSU hosts Miami on Sunday.

UF 61, Miss. State 55: Jaterra Bonds scored 17 and the visiting Gators (13-4, 2-1 SEC) hit 25 of 39 free throws to win a tight game against the Bulldogs (8-8, 0-3).

No. 4 Duke 82, Clemson 45: Elizabeth Williams scored 21 and the host Blue Devils (14-0, 4-0 ACC) never trailed.

NO. 6 UK 65, NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 62: A'dia Mathies scored 23 and the Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 SEC) rallied past the Aggies (12-5, 2-1). Kentucky extended school-record winning streaks of 14 overall and 31 at home.

No. 9 Tenn. 84, Missouri 39: Meighan Simmons scored 18 and the host Vols (12-3, 3-0 SEC) relied on suffocating defense to win their fifth straight.

No. 10 MD. 84, No. 24 Miami 62: Freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20 for the host Terrapins (12-3, 3-1 ACC). Morgan Stroman scored 14 for the Hurricanes (12-3, 3-1).

No. 11 UNC 70, N.C. State 66: Brittany Rountree scored 17, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, for the visiting Tar Heels (16-1, 4-0 ACC).

No. 18 S.C. 64, Vandy 48: The host Gamecocks (14-2, 2-1 SEC), third nationally in scoring defense at 47.4 per game, allowed fewer than 50 for the 12th time in 16 games.

Miami win stresses out UNC 01/10/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:01am]
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