College Basketball: UNC Battles Back to Knock Off Duke

  • North Carolina's Kenny Williams (24) reacts following a three-point basket against Duke during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Chapel Hill, n.c. — Joel Berry II scored 21 points and No. 21 North Carolina rallied from 12 down in the first half to beat No. 9 Duke 82-78 in Thursday’s renewal of the fierce rivalry.

Kenny Williams made six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who roared out of halftime with a 16-2 run that erased what was left of Duke’s early lead.

Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels overcome the Blue Devils’ significant size advantage to own the glass (28-17) after halftime.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4), who have lost two straight.

Vermont 72, Albany 67

Albany, n.y. — Trae Bell-Haynes and Drew Urquhart combined to score 39 points and Vermont used timely free throw shooting in the final two minutes to pull out a victory over Albany and remain unbeaten atop the America East Conference.

Grieg Stire’s two free throws with 2:38 left gave Albany a 67-66 lead, but the Great Danes (18-8, 6-5) did not score again and Vermont (20-5, 10-0) pulled out its 20th win of the season.

Bell-Haynes led the Vermont offense with 20 points and dished five assists. Urquhart had 19 points and eight rebounds and Duncan added 15 points.

UNH 71, Maine 56

Durham, n.h. — Tanner Leissner scored 21 points, Iba Camara added 15 points and 16 rebounds and New Hampshire rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit.

Elijah Jordan had 13 points and Evan Horn scored 10 for New Hampshire (10-15, 6-5 America East).

No. 16 Clemson 72, Pitt 48

Clemson, s.c. — Gabe DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points, helping Clemson beat Pittsburgh.

DeVoe was 7 for 11 from 3-point range. Shelton Mitchell made three 3s on his way to 12 points, and Elijah Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (20-4, 9-3 ACC).


No. 2 Miss. State 98, Florida 50

Gainesville, Fla. — Roshunda Johnson scored 22 points, Teaira McCowan notched her 17th double-double of the season and Mississippi State stayed undefeated. The Bulldogs (25-0, 11-0 SEC) never trailed.

No. 7 S. Carolina 79Alabama 66

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — A’ja Wilson scored 21 points and had nine rebounds to lead South Carolina over Alabama.

No. 10 Maryland 76Michigan State 68

East Lansing, Mich. — Kaila Charles had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help Maryland beat Michigan State.

No. 11 Tennessee 90Arkansas 85

Fayetteville, Ark. — Rennia Davis had 33 points and 14 rebounds, both career bests, and Tennessee made 9 of 10 free throws in the last minute to hold off Arkansas.

No. 12 FSU 77, Virginia 62

Tallahassee, Fla. — Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points, A.J. Alix added 17 and Florida State turned back Virginia.

No. 13 Ohio State 90, Rutgers 68

Columbus, Ohio — Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting and had four assists to surpass 500 for her career to lead Ohio State over Rutgers.

No. 18 Georgia 67Vanderbilt 55

Athens, Ga. — Taja Cole had 11 points, seven assists and a career-high five steals, and Georgia turned back Vanderbilt.

No. 21 Michigan 84Northwestern 63

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Katelynn Flaherty scored 36 points, making nine 3-pointers, and Michigan snapped a two-game skid.

Miami 52, No. 23 N.C. St. 48

Coral Gables, Fla. — Keyanna Harris scored nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Miami upset North Carolina State, snapping the Wolfpack’s seven-game win streak.