National men's roundup

Tar Heels secure ACC

Blue Devils cannot rally in second half

Associated Press / March 6, 2011

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Harrison Barnes scored 18 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke, 81-67, last night in Chapel Hill, N.C., clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the top seed in this week’s league tournament.

Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists as the Tar Heels (24-6, 14-2) ended a three-game losing streak to their fierce rivals. North Carolina also avenged last month’s loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium in which the Tar Heels blew a 16-point lead in the first half.

Nolan Smith scored 30 points for Duke (27-4, 13-3), while Seth Curry had 20 points with six 3-pointers.

Duke shot just 36 percent, including 6 for 27 from 3-point range. Kyle Singler, went 3 for 14 and missed all five 3-point tries while finishing with just 8 points.

The Tar Heels led by 12 points at halftime and never let the Blue Devils get closer than 5 while avoiding a repeat of that second-half collapse at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Kansas 70, Missouri 66 — Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson had double-doubles and the second-ranked Hayhawks wrapped up their seventh straight Big 12 championship by holding on for a win that spoiled the Tigers’ unbeaten home season.

The Jayhawks (29-2, 14-2) held Missouri (22-9, 8-8) to 29.3 percent shooting, and have won 10 of 11 heading into the conference tournament.

BYU 102, Wyoming 78 — Jimmer Fredette scored 38 points as the third-ranked Cougars rolled in Provo, Utah.

Charles Abouo scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half for Brigham Young (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West), which earned its first win since Brandon Davies was kicked off the team for breaking the school’s honor code.

Pittsburgh 60, Villanova 50 — Ashton Gibbs had 18 points as the fourth-ranked Panthers (27-4, 15-3) beat the 19th-ranked Wildcats (21-10, 9-9) to clinch the outright Big East title.

Iowa 67, Purdue 65 — Jarryd Cole had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hawkeyes (11-19, 4-14 Big Ten) hurt the Boilermakers’ hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and clinched the conference title for Ohio State.

JaJuan Johnson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for No. 6 Purdue (25-6, 14-4), which went 5 of 25 from 3-point range and shot just 36.2 percent from the field.

Texas 60, Baylor 54 — Freshman Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 13 rebounds with some spectacular putback dunks, and the seventh-ranked Longhorns pulled out a win over the host Bears, whose NCAA Tournament hopes took another big hit.

The Longhorns (25-6, 13-3 Big 12), coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season, overcame a 9-point deficit in the second half to knock off Baylor (18-12, 7-9), which was led by LaceDarius Dunn, who had 22 points to become the Big 12’s career scoring leader. Dunn scored 12 points in a 22-6 run over a 7-minute stretch that spanned the closing 3 1/2 minutes of the first half and the start of the second half, putting the Bears up 34-25.

Notre Dame 70, UConn 67 — Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points despite fouling out with more than eight minutes left and the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish (25-5, 14-4 Big East) held off Kemba Walker and the 16th-ranked Huskies (22-9, 9-9) in Storrs, Conn.

Walker scored 34 points but missed a 3-point attempt with eight seconds left and UConn trailing, 69-67. Donnell Beverly also fumbled away a pass just before time ran out.

San Diego St. 66, Colorado St. 48 — Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points and Billy White added 13 as the ninth-ranked Aztecs (29-2, 14-2 Mountain West) pummeled the Rams at San Diego.

West Virginia 72, Louisville 70 — Truck Bryant sank two free throws with one second left as the host Mountaineers (20-10, 11-7 Big East) beat the 11th-ranked Cardinals (23-8, 12-5).

Syracuse 107, DePaul 59 — Rick Jackson had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks, making sure his final game in the Carrier Dome was one he would never forget as the 12th-ranked Orange overwhelmed the Blue Demons.

Florida 86, Vanderbilt 76 — Kenny Boynton scored 17 points and the 14th-ranked Gators (24-6, 13-3) won the SEC regular-season title with a win over the 21st-ranked Commodores (21-9, 9-7).

St. John’s 72, South Florida 56 — D.J. Kennedy scored 16 points and the 15th-ranked Red Storm (20-10, 12-6 Big East) bounced back from a loss to Seton Hall two days earlier to beat the Bulls (9-21, 3-14) in New York.

Cincinnati 69, Georgetown 47 — Yancy Gates scored 10 of his 13 points from the free throw line as Cincinnati (24-7, 11-7 Big East) completed a sweep of the 17th-ranked Hoyas (21-9, 10-8).

Arizona 90, Oregon 82 — Derrick Williams had 14 points despite early foul trouble and got plenty of help in what may have been his final home game, lifting the 18th-ranked Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) to a win over the Ducks and the outright Pac-10 title.

Xavier 66, Saint Louis 55 — Tu Holloway scored 25 points and the 23d-ranked Musketeers (24-6, 15-1 Atlantic 10) extended their winning streak to nine games with a win on the road.

Texas A&M 66, Texas Tech 54 — At College Station, Texas, David Loubeau scored 21 points to guide the 24th-ranked Aggies (23-7, 10-6 Big 12).

Utah State 70, Louisiana Tech 32 — Tyler Newbold scored 14 points and the 25th-ranked Aggies (28-3, 15-1 Western Athletic) used stifling defense to rout the Bulldogs (12-20, 2-14) in Ruston, La.

Atlantic Sun final — Mick Hedgepeth scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half as Belmont made the NCAA Tournament with an 87-46 rout of North Florida in Macon, Ga.

Big South final — Chris Stephenson scored 14 points and John Williams added 10 points and nine rebounds and North Carolina-Asheville (19-13) beat Coastal Carolina, 60-47, in Conway, S.C., to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio Valley final — Demonte Harper had 27 points and 11 rebounds as Morehead State (24-9) earned an NCAA bid with an 80-73 win over Tennessee Tech at Nashville, Tenn.