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UNC topples Louisville

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — What a difference a week makes.

Seven days after suffering a stunning loss at home to Belmont, No. 24 North Carolina celebrated an upset of its own, topping No. 3 Louisville 93-84 Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

"It's a completely different feeling than it was seven days ago at the end of the Belmont game when we didn't play," coach Roy Williams said. "(Sunday) I thought we played exceptionally well."

Marcus Paige had 32 points, putting up a career high for the second straight day in the tournament. He had 26 Saturday in a win over Richmond.

Brice Johnson added 13 points and Kennedy Meeks had 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (4-1).

"We just wanted to come here and give better effort. We had a bad taste in our mouth, cause we had to watch the whole film of the Belmont game," Paige said. "We wanted to come here with the mind-set that we can change our season and get back in the right mind frame that we're one of the best teams in the country if we play together and hard."

Russ Smith led all scorers with 36 for Louisville (5-1), which went into the game on a school-record 21-game winning streak.

DUKE AVERTS SHOCKER: Rodney Hood's free throw with five seconds left helped the No. 6 Blue Devils dodge Vermont's upset bid in a 91-90 victory.

Jabari Parker scored 26 and Hood 22 for Duke (5-1), which won its 106th straight nonconference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium — barely.

Duke blew a 15-point lead and allowed the Catamounts to shoot 65 percent. Candon Rusin's four-point play with 10.4 seconds left for Vermont tied it at 90. Hood drove the lane and drew contact from Clancy Rugg, then bounced his first free throw off the rim before swishing the second.

G'TOWN 84, NO. 10 VCU 80: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 26 points, and the Hoyas fought off the Rams (4-2) in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

CHARLOTTE 63, NO. 14 MICH. 61: Terrence Williams put back his miss with 0.4 seconds left, and the 49ers stunned the Wolverines (4-2) in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

NO. 17 OREGON 100, SAN FRAN. 82: Elgin Cook had 18 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Ducks (4-0), who shot 32-of-60 from the field.

NO. 19 UNM 79, DAVIDSON 58: Alex Kirk had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lobos (4-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season to take third place at the Charleston Classic.

NO. 22 UCLA 106, CHATTANOOGA 65: Jordan Adams had 22 points and Norman Powell and Zach LaVine 19 each for the host Bruins (5-0) in a regional game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

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TAMPA — USF was hindered by poor shooting and inconsistent defensive play en route to a stunning 68-63 loss to Clemson at the Sun Dome.

The defeat was the Bulls' first since a season-opening loss to eighth-ranked Maryland.

"We just refused to defend," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "We refused to guard dribble-penetration and we wanted to block shots rather than come over to help and take charges."

USF (4-2) shot 33 percent (21-of-63) from the floor, including 3-for-23 from 3-point range.

NO. 4 L'VILLE 69, FSU 59, OT: Asia Taylor scored six and had an assist in overtime as the host Cardinals (6-0) outscored the Seminoles (4-1) 15-5 in the extra session. Louisville's Jude Schimmel made a steal and layup to tie the score with 24.3 seconds left.

NO. 1 UCONN 88, ST. BONAVENTURE 39: Kiah Stokes scored a career-high 19 for the Huskies (8-0) on the final day of the Hall of Fame Classic in Hartford, Conn.

NO. 2 DUKE 78, MARQUETTE 61: Elizabeth Williams had 23 points and Alexis Jones 19 for the visiting Blue Devils (5-0), who scored seven straight midway through the second half to break it open.

NO. 3 TENN. 84, OAKLAND (Calif.) 50: Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the host Vols (5-0), who blew it open with a 21-0 run midway through the game.

NO. 7 KENTUCKY 84, MTSU 72: Bria Goss had 16 points for the visiting Wildcats (6-0), who won at the Murphy Center for the first time since Jan. 8, 1989.

UCLA 82, NO. 10 OKLA. 76: Atonye Nyingifa had career highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Bruins outrebounded the Sooners (4-2) 49-29.

NO. 11 NEB. 87, SOUTHERN 64: Jordon Hooper had 23 points and eight rebounds for the host Cornhuskers (5-0).

NO. 12 UNC 91, COPPIN ST. 51: Diamond DeShields had 16 points as the host Tar Heels (4-1) rolled.

NO. 17 CAL 65, N'WESTERN 51: Reshanda Gray had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the host Bears (3-2), whose All-Pac-12 forward Gennifer Brandon took a leave from the team for personal reasons.

NO. 22 IOWA ST. 89, DRAKE 47: Hallie Christofferson had 25 points for the host Cyclones (5-0), who took control with a 14-0 run to close out the first half.

NO. 23 GEORGIA 63, GA. TECH 56: Khaalidah Miller had 20 points and the host Bulldogs (5-0) held off a comeback to improve to 32-4 against the Yellow Jackets.

Times correspondent Jeff Odom contributed to this report.

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