CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin 60-57 Wednesday night.
Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who had to show plenty of fight and toughness to outlast the Badgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coming off its first loss of the season, North Carolina trailed by five midway through the second half before going on an 18-5 run that finally put it ahead for good.
Barnes was critical in that run, hitting two 3-pointers and a jumper. But on a night when their fast-paced attack rarely got out in transition, the Tar Heels fought off Wisconsin (6-1) only after stringing together enough defensive stops and getting enough defensive rebounds to aid their struggling offense.
For the Badgers, almost everything went to plan except for the outcome.
They made the Tar Heels work for their shots. They repeatedly made them defend into the final seconds of the shot clock. And coach Roy Williams grew so frustrated at one point in the second half that he ripped off his suit jacket and yelled at his players.
But North Carolina — which despite the NBA potential on its front line had been outrebounded three times this season — responded by controlling the boards behind former Sickles High standout John Henson, who finished one shy of a career high with 17 rebounds.
Jordan Taylor had 18 points to lead Wisconsin, which held UNC to 42 percent shooting.
NO. 15 KANSAS 77, FAU 54: Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for his sixth straight double double, and the Jayhawks (4-2) overcame 17 turnovers in their first home game in nearly three weeks.
NO. 17 PITT 80, DUQUESNE 69: Ashton Gibbs had 18 points for the host Panthers (6-1), who won the annual City Game for the 11th straight time.
NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 56, ALCORN ST. 44: Ray Turner had 16 points for the Aggies (5-1), who overcame a slow start and 40.3 percent shooting to win their 64th straight nonconference home game.
Indiana 86, N.C. State 75: Jordan Hulls scored 20 and hit a momentum-shifting 3 in the final two minutes to lead the visiting Hoosiers over the Wolfpack (5-2). Freshman Cody Zeller finished with 19 for Indiana (7-0), which has won all seven games by double figures.
ROLLINS 60, TAMPA 36: The visiting Tars handed the Spartans (2-4) their biggest loss this season in their Sunshine State Conference opener.
Fine's office searched
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Federal agents have searched the campus office of former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine as part of the investigation of child molestation allegations against him, the Associated Press reported.
Fine's office at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center was searched early Tuesday morning, according to AP. The U.S. Secret Service already searched Fine's house on Friday.
Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, would not say what they sought or found there, saying it was under seal. The warrant approving the search of his office also was sealed.
Three men, including two former Syracuse ball boys, have accused Fine of molesting them as children. He has denied the allegations. The university fired him Sunday after a third accuser went public and ESPN broadcast a 2002 audiotape, obtained and recorded by accuser Bobby Davis, of a conversation between Davis and a woman ESPN identified as Fine's wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew "everything that went on."