CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 5 North Carolina put together a dominating first-half run to blow out Elon early and extend its home winning streak.
Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Tar Heels beat the Phoenix 100-62 on Thursday night, tying a Smith Center record with their 25th straight win in the arena. It was North Carolina's first game after an eight-day layoff following a 19-point win against Texas.
"We didn't want to take a step back," point guard Kendall Marshall said. "Coach (Roy Williams) always tells us that you're either going to progress or regress."
Leading 18-14, the Tar Heels (12-2) ran off 23 straight points. Former Sickles High standout John Henson (16 points) had two of his six first-half dunks in the run that gave North Carolina a 41-14 lead.
The Phoenix missed 31 of 39 shots in the first half, including 13 of 15 3-point tries.
Vandy 74, No. 14 Marquette 57: Jeffery Taylor scored 19 as the Commodores held the host Golden Eagles (11-2) to a season-low 32.2 shooting percent from the field.
No. 17 Kansas 89, Howard 34: Tyshawn Taylor and Connor Teahan scored 13 each, and the host Jayhawks (9-3) rolled.
No. 18 Mich. 71, Penn St. 53: Tim Hardaway scored 26 as the host Wolverines (11-2) won their first Big Ten opener in coach John Beilein's five seasons.
No. 24 Harvard 67, BC 46: Reserve Laurent Rivard scored 18 on 7 of 12 shooting as the visiting Crimson (11-1) beat the Eagles for the fourth straight season on their floor.
UCF 80, Stetson 70: Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, scored 26 and the host Knights (9-3) won their 18th straight nonconference home game. UCF plays Rhode Island at 7 tonight in the UCF Holiday Classic title game.
Tampa 72, Brock 56: The host Spartans (3-7), who trailed 33-29 at halftime, pulled away in the second half as guard Ashton Graham finished with a game-high 23 points and four steals.
USF women fall short in comeback attempt
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — USF's Jasmine Wynne scored a season-high 26 and Tiffany Conner added 12, but the Bulls' rally from a 14-point deficit fell short in a 73-63 loss to Dayton in the Saint Peter's Holiday Classic.
The Bulls (7-6) went on a 16-4 run to cut the Flyers' lead to three with 3:27 left, but Justine Raterman (26 points) and Dayton (7-4) staved off the rally.
"We had a bunch of wide open looks, and the ball has to go in the basket," said USF coach Jose Fernandez, whose team plays at 5 today against Saint Peter's, which lost to Binghamton.
No. 2 UConn 93, Fairfield 40: Tiffany Hayes scored 23 and Stefanie Dolson added 22 as the host Huskies (11-1) hit 59 percent of their shots.
No. 5 Md. 85, No. 19 Del. 76: Laurin Mincy scored a career-high 25 and Alyssa Thomas added 23 as the host Terrapins (13-0) used a strong second half to defeat the Blue Hens (10-1).
No. 12 Miami 91, VCU 61: Morgan Stroman scored 23 and the Hurricanes (11-2) rode a 22-3 run to victory in the title game of the Miami Holiday Classic. UM has won 32 consecutive home games.
No. 15 G'town 65, Vermont 53: Sugar Rodgers tied her career high with 34 points and the visiting Hoyas (11-2) extended their winning streak to 10 games.
No. 18 Wis.-GB 80, Ill.-Chi. 63: Sarah Eichler scored a career high 19 points as the host Phoenix (11-0) won its Horizon opener.
No. 24 UNC 74, Savannah St. 21: Center Chay Shegog had 11 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double double of the season as the host Tar Heels (9-2) surrendered a school-record low in points.
No. 25 Vandy 81, W. Carolina 36: Christina Foggie scored a career-high 27, including five 3-pointers, as the host Commodores (12-1) rolled.