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UNC rallies past Duke

Marcus Paige gets a lift from Kennedy Meeks after hitting key shots late to lead the Tar Heels to an eighth straight win.

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Marcus Paige gets a lift from Kennedy Meeks after hitting key shots late to lead the Tar Heels to an eighth straight win.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marcus Paige scored 13, all in the second half, and hit two big shots in the final 2½ minutes to help North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 74-66 Thursday night in a game delayed by weather last week.

Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 ACC), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).

It was North Carolina's eighth straight win as it digs out from an 0-3 conference start.

The Blue Devils, led by Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker, led 37-30 at halftime and extended the lead from there. Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Hood scored 16.

But the Heels used a few defensive wrinkles, including some zone, and Duke became a jump-shooting team.

no. 13 mich. st. 94, purdue 73: Gary Harris scored 25, Adreian Payne added 23 and the visiting Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) hit a school-record 17 3-pointers. Harris and Payne combined for 10 3-pointers. Michigan State had just one two-point field goal in the first half. The Spartans are alone atop the league, with a game at Michigan on Sunday.

No. 21 uConn 68, Temple 55: Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and the visiting Huskies (21-5, 9-4 American Athletic) won their fourth straight despite shooting 2-for-13 on 3-pointers.

No. 22 Memphis 64, Rutgers 59: Michael Dixon scored 13 of his 15 in the second half and the visiting Tigers (20-6, 9-4 American Athletic) led the whole way. The victory extended Memphis' school record of 20-win seasons to 14 straight.

lights-out shooting: Wednesday night's Division II game between Johnson C. Smith and Winston Salem State was halted for safety reasons after a player heaved a fullcourt shot and knocked out two lights, leaving the score tied with 0.3 seconds left. The game will be completed this afternoon, starting with a five-minute overtime.

rule clarification: The NCAA clarified a rule that allows for an automatic ejection of players who go into the stands and commit an "unsporting act." The men's basketball rules committee said a player will be charged with a flagrant, noncontact foul 2 and ejected.


No. 2 Notre Dame 86, Wake 61: Jewell Loyd had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Irish (26-0, 13-0 ACC) overcame 39.4 percent shooting. Notre Dame forced 22 turnovers, held the Demon Deacons to 35.7 percent shooting and outrebounded them 49-39. Notre Dame and UConn are the only undefeated teams.

No. 4 South Carolina 81, No. 15 Kentucky 58: Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Gamecocks (24-2, 12-1 SEC) set a school record for regular-season victories. The Wildcats (19-7, 7-6) were outrebounded 44-19.

No. 7 Duke 83, No. 14 N.C. St. 70: Tricia Liston scored 24 points and the host Blue Devils (24-3, 11-2 ACC) held on after the Wolfpack (22-5, 9-4) trimmed a 24-point deficit to four. Kody Burke had career highs of 30 points and six 3-pointers for N.C. State. Duke moved into second in the conference behind Notre Dame.

No. 8 Maryland 87, Fsu 77: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds for her fourth triple double of the season, Katie Rutan tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and the host Terrapins (21-5, 9-4 ACC) beat the Seminoles (17-9, 5-8). Natasha Howard scored 35 on 13 for 17 shooting and Morgan Jones added 18 for Florida State, which has lost eight of 11. Thomas, a senior, is 74 points short of matching Crystal Langhorne's school record of 2,247.

No. 9 Penn St. 82, N'western 73: Maggie Lucas scored 26 and the host Lions (21-5, 12-2) won their fourth straight to stay on top of the Big Ten standings.

No. 10 Tenn. 93, Auburn 63: Meighan Simmons scored 26 for the host Vols (21-5, 10-3 SEC). Last year she averaged 26.5 in two wins over the Tigers.

No. 11 UNC 80, Virginia 74: Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Tar Heels (21-6, 9-4 ACC) opened the second half with a 24-7 run.

No. 16 Texas A&M 73, Miss. 61: Courtney Williams scored 26 and Karla Gilbert had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Aggies (21-6, 11-2 SEC).

No. 17 Neb. 67, Ohio St. 59: Rachel Theriot scored 26 for the visiting Cornhuskers (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten). Nebraska, trailing 52-44 with 8:02 left, went on a 17-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless until 43 seconds remained.

Georgia 71, No. 19 LSU 67: Erika Ford scored 20 and the host Bulldogs held off the Tigers (18-8, 7-6 SEC).

No. 21 Purdue 63, Minn. 42: Courtney Moses scored 27 for the visiting Boilermakers (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten). Moses, a senior, has 1,591 career points and passed Purdue coach Sharon Versyp and Camille Cooper for No. 11 on the school list.

No. 23 MICH. ST. 76, WISC. 66: Becca Mills scored 15 to lead a balanced offense that kept the visiting Spartans the Spartans (18-8, 10-3) 1½ games behind Penn State in the Big Ten.

mizzou 81, uf 76: The host Gators (17-9, 7-6 SEC) gave up 12 3-pointers as the Tigers (16-10, 5-8) rallied. Kayla Lewis led Florida with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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