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College Basketball: UNC Pulls Away Late, Tops Notre Dame

  • North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) drives to the basket while Notre Dame's Elijah Burns defends as North Carolina's Luke Made (32) assists during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Notre Dame's Austin Torres (1) grabs a rebound while North Carolina's Cameron Johnson (13) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's Kenny Williams drives for a shot while Notre Dame's Austin Torres (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Chapel Hill, n.c. — Theo Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to go with 10 rebounds, helping No. 14 North Carolina pull away late to beat Notre Dame, 83-66, on Monday night.

Joel Berry II added 21 points for the Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed a tough stretch with their third game in five days. The first two were emotional rivalry wins, the first coming at home against Duke and Saturday’s coming at North Carolina State.

This time, UNC needed a 13-0 burst in the final 5½ minutes to finally get some separation against a team that just kept hanging around.

Top scorer Luke Maye struggled to just eight points on 3-for-11 shooting after scoring 33 at N.C. State. But UNC still shot 57 percent after halftime for a fourth straight win.

Martinas Geben and John Mooney each scored 18 points for the Fighting Irish (15-11, 5-8).

The Fighting Irish have been just trying to stay afloat with preseason Associated Press All-American Bonzie Colson sidelined with a broken foot. They had lost seven straight — point guard Matt Farrell missed some of that time with an ankle problem — but they had found a bit of a groove since with consecutive high-scoring wins as Farrell returned to health.

They were right in this one, trailing just 67-63 before UNC’s clinching run, despite Farrell scoring nine points on 3-for-18 shooting (including 1 for 12 from 3-point range).

Ranked Women

No. 1 UConn 69, No. 4 Louisville 58

Storrs, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and top-ranked UConn used an early run to beat No. 4 Louisville.

Napheesa Collier added 14 points and Gabby Williams had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies (25-0), who won their 76th consecutive home game and ended Louisville's 13-game road winning streak.

Louisville (25-2) scored the first three points and UConn rattled of 19 straight.

No. 13 Missouri 84, Arkansas 58

Fayetteville, Ark. — Sophie Cunningham scored 18 points with four 3-pointers, Jordan Frericks had 15 points and eight rebounds, and No. 13 Missouri beat Arkansas 84-58 on Monday night.

For the first time since 1984-87, Missouri (20-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) has three straight seasons with 20-plus victories.

Jordan Chavis added 12 points off the bench for the Tigers, who shot 51.7 percent from the floor with 11 3-pointers. Hannah Schuchts scored 10.

Missouri made 9 of its first 10 shots, including 6 of 7 from distance, to take a 31-10 lead. It was 49-29 at halftime after shooting 60 percent from the field and the Tigers led by 31 with 4:31 to go in the game.

Jailyn Mason scored 15 points and Bailey Zimmerman added 14 for Arkansas (12-13, 3-9), which fell to the Tigers 88-54 on Jan. 21.

The game originally scheduled for Sunday was postponed due to the Tigers' weather-related travel issues.