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No. 1 Spartans Fall

Louisville's Russ Smith, center, goes in for a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri-Kansas City, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated UMKC 90-62. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Louisville's Russ Smith, center, goes in for a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri-Kansas City, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated UMKC 90-62. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

East Lansing, Mich. — J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.

The Tar Heels (5-2) have been talented enough to defeat the top-ranked Spartans and then-No. 3 Louisville this season, but they’ve also lost to Belmont and UAB.

Michigan State (7-1) fell to an unranked nonconference team at home for the first time in more than a decade.

The Tar Heels took control from the start, never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:02 left.

Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points for North Carolina and Brice Johnson had 14. Marcus Paige and Nate Britt added 13 apiece.

No. 5 Ohio St. 76 Maryland 60

Columbus, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to lead Ohio State to an early lead and a victory over Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Sam Thompson added 14 points, including four rim-rattling dunks, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12. Aaron Craft created havoc on defense and chipped in with 10 points as the Buckeyes (7-0) controlled the game at both ends.

No. 7 Louisville 90 UMKC 62

Louisville, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures as the Cardinals routed Missouri-Kansas City.

Facing first-year Kangaroos coach Kareem Richardson, Louisville reminded the former Cardinals assistant what he left behind to take the UMKC job.

No. 8 Wisconsin 48 Virginia 38

Charlottesville, Va. — Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Wisconsin won a defensive struggle against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers.

No. 14 Villanova 77 Penn 54

Villanova, Pa. — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and James Bell had 14 to lead Villanova over Penn.

JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points and the Wildcats (8-0) overcame a 7:29 scoreless stretch to open the second half, winning their first game as a ranked team in almost two years.

No. 25 Dayton 56 Delaware State 46

Dayton, Ohio — Matt Kavanaugh scored 11 points and Dayton overcame a sluggish first half, poor free throw shooting and a late slump to defeat Delaware State.

Harvard 72 Northeastern 64

Boston — Kyle Casey scored 17 points and collected three rebounds as Harvard beat Northeastern.

Wesley Saunders had 17 points with three rebounds and a pair of assists and Evan Cummins came off the bench to score 10 points with six rebounds. Siyani Chambers chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Harvard hit 56.5 from the field overall and downed 63 percent from the line.

The Crimson (8-1) led 34-29 at the break and maintained a single-digit edge over Northeastern through most of the second period.

CCSU 65, New Hampshire 56

New Britain, Conn. — Matt Hunter scored 13 points and Faronte Drakeford added 12 as Central Connecticut State held off New Hampshire (2-5).

Women’s Hoop

No. 4 Notre Dame 77 No. 10 Penn State 67

State College, Pa. — Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Notre Dame over Penn State.

No. 8 Maryland 67 Ohio State 55

College Park, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 18 UNC 75 No. 15 Nebraska 62

Chapel Hill, n.c. — Xylina McDaniel hit 11 of 15 shots and scored a game-high 25 points to lead North Carolina over Nebraska.