No. 13 UNC beats Michigan 86-71 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge; State, Duke also win

Luke Maye (WSOC photo)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Luke Maye scored 27 points and No. 13 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat Michigan 86-71 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Joel Berry II added 17 points on a bounceback offensive night for the Tar Heels (6-1). They were coming off a 63-45 loss to No. 3 Michigan State in the PK80 Invitational that included them shooting a program-record-low 24.6 percent. But North Carolina had no troubles against the Wolverines (6-2). The Tar Heels closed the first half on a 17-5 run for a 51-37 lead, then went a 17-2 run to blow the game open. That 34-7 run over roughly 13 minutes turned a 34-32 lead into a 68-39 romp with more than 13 minutes left. Moe Wagner scored 20 points to lead Michigan, which cooled quickly after a hot start and couldn't keep up with UNC and its refound offensive touch. BIG PICTURE Michigan: The Wolverines started the game with an efficient attack that spread the court, knocked down 3-pointers and caught UNC backdoor. Charles Matthews even banked in a 3 to beat the shot clock and cap the team's 8-for-8 shooting start, but Michigan quickly faded. The Wolverines shot roughly 35 percent the rest of the way, including 6 of 30 from behind the arc. UNC: The Tar Heels spent much of the game shooting around 60 percent to let loose some pent-up frustration from the blowout loss to the Spartans, who locked down on UNC and were far tougher than the Tar Heels. Maye posted his fifth 20-point game on 11-for-16 shooting after struggling against the Spartans (eight points on 3-for-13 shooting). Maybe it helped that they were back home for the first time in two weeks after an extended trip west that included a win at Stanford before three PK80 games in Portland, Oregon. UP NEXT Michigan: The Wolverines host Indiana in their Big Ten opener Saturday. UNC: The Tar Heels travel to Charlotte to face Davidson on Friday.


Yurtseven helps NC State top Penn State, 85-78 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Omer Yurtseven had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and North Carolina State held on to beat Penn State 85-78 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Al Freeman scored 17 points while fellow graduate transfer Sam Hunt added a season-best 14 and hit four of the Wolfpack's season-high 10 3-pointers. N.C. State (6-2) hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to snap the two-game losing streak that followed its upset of then-No. 2 Arizona last week in the Bahamas. Lennard Freeman finished with 10 points and Torin Dorn added 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack. Tony Carr scored 29 points on 12-of-25 shooting for Penn State while Lamar Stevens finished with 13 points and Shep Garner added 10. In losing for the second time in three games, the Nittany Lions (6-2) - who usually thrive on generating steals - instead had 18 turnovers, including two in the final minute. The Wolfpack never trailed in the second half and led by 13 with just over four minutes to play before Penn State rallied, closing to 79-76 on Lamar Stevens' stickback with 43.1 seconds remaining. After Markell Johnson hit a free throw with 41.4 seconds left, the Nittany Lions threw the ball away on their next trip downcourt. Braxton Beverly hit two free throws with 30.9 seconds left to stretch it to 82-76, and after Carr hit a jumper, Johnson added two more to make it a six-point game. Carr was called for an offensive foul with about 10 seconds left and Beverly iced it with a free throw with 4.7 seconds left. BIG PICTURE Penn State: The Nittany Lions lost their first true road game of the season. Carr continued his scoring tear, but Penn State couldn't get much from another of its key scorers. Mike Watkins, a 10.3-point scorer, finished with eight on 4-of-10 shooting, but did have 14 rebounds. N.C. State: The Wolfpack took care of the hallmarks of first-year coach Kevin Keatts' uptempo system - shooting 3s and forcing turnovers. They have forced an average of 22.4 takeaways in their five home games, and even Yurtseven got into the 3-point-shooting act, knocking down three of them. UP NEXT Penn State: Begins Big Ten play on Saturday at Iowa. N.C. State: Plays host to South Carolina State on Saturday.


No. 1 Duke uses late run to pull away from Indiana 91-81 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Marvin Bagley III finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Grayson Allen added 21 points to help No. 1 Duke get past pesky Indiana 91-81 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It sure wasn't easy for the Blue Devils (9-0), who needed a late 17-4 spurt to finally pull away for their first true road win of the season. Wendell Carter Jr. had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Indiana (4-3) was led by Robert Johnson with 17 points and De'Ron Davis with 16 as its three-game winning streak ended. Duke turned what had been a back-and-forth game with a 10-4 spurt to close the first half, taking a 42-38 lead. When the Blue Devils jumped to a 52-42 lead just 94 seconds into the second half, it looked they would pull away. Instead, the Hoosiers charged back with seven straight points, tied the score at 57 on Collin Hartman's long 3-pointer and took the lead when Hartman made two free throws with 12:17 left to make it 61-59. Neither team could take more than a two-possession lead until Gary Trent Jr.'s three-point play gave Duke an 86-77 lead with 2:24 left. Indiana never seriously challenged again. BIG PICTURE Duke: The Blue Devils might be even better than advertised. They've won nine games in 20 days, beaten two Top 10 teams and now have their first true road win. No, it wasn't pretty, but they get the job done. Indiana: The Hoosiers fought valiantly. They played defense, took care of the ball and hung around most of the game. It was an impressive performance, a better effort and the first big indication that new coach Archie Miller is getting things on track in Bloomington. UP NEXT Duke: Hosts South Dakota on Saturday, its first home game since Nov. 20. Indiana: Opens Big Ten play Saturday at Michigan.


Cornhuskers use late run to put away Havelock's Bowman, Boston College 71-62 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland scored 15 points apiece, and Nebraska broke open the game late in a 71-62 win over Boston College on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cornhuskers (6-2) went on a 12-0 run after Boston College (5-3) had trimmed their lead to 59-57. Palmer, who scored 11 points in the second half, started the spurt. Copeland ended it, leaving the Huskers with a 71-57 advantage with 1:30 to play. Evan Taylor added a season-high 13 points and Glynn Watson Jr. had 10 points and six assists for the Huskers, who never trailed. Jerome Robinson had 17 points, Havelock High School grad Ky Bowman added 13 points and eight rebounds and Nik Popvic had 10 points for the Eagles (5-3), who have lost three straight in the Challenge. Vin Baker Jr.'s 3 pulled the Eagles within 51-50, and after the Huskers tried to pull away, Bowman scored inside to trim it to 59-57. Boston College then missed seven straight 3s and a layup during a six-minute scoring drought, and Nebraska went on its decisive run. The Eagles were coming off a 20-point loss to Providence four nights ago and were missing starting guard Jordan Chatman (shoulder). Freshman Steffon Mitchell made his first start in Chatman's place. The Huskers played without forward Isaiah Roby (ankle). Nebraska, which entered the game shooting 34.8 percent on 3-pointers, made 8 of 13 from deep in the first half, including one by Watson just ahead of the buzzer to give the Huskers a 44-36 lead at the break. Nebraska was just 1 of 6 from beyond the arc in the second half and finished 9 for 19. BIG PICTURE Boston College: Even though the Eagles came in shooting 33 percent on 3s, they were eager to shoot them and went just 4 of 22, including 2 of 15 in the second half. Nebraska: The Huskers have won three straight and beat a Power 5 conference opponent for the first time this season. UP NEXT Boston College visits Hartford on Saturday. Nebraska visits No. 3 Michigan State on Sunday.