EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — 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.
Gary Harris had 17 points and Keith Appling scored 13, but both Michigan State guards missed 10 of 15 shots. Adreian Payne had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans, whose last loss at home against an unranked nonconference team was Toledo on Dec. 30, 2002.
The Tar Heels beat a No. 1 team for the first time since March 4, 2006, at Duke, and they have a nation-high 13 wins over top-ranked teams. They’ve won seven straight against the Spartans, including in the 2009 NCAA final.
No. 5 Ohio State 76, Maryland 60
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to send Ohio State to an early lead against 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.
Ex-Xavier guard Dez Wells had 19 points, former Michigan swingman Evan Smotrycz scored 15 and Charles Mitchell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (5-3), which had won four in a row after losing two of its first three.
This is Maryland’s last ACC/Big Ten Challenge — well, at least as an ACC team. Next year, the Terrapins join the Buckeyes in the new 14-team Big Ten.
No. 7 Louisville 90,
Missouri-Kansas City 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — 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. Though less dominant on offense than in last December’s 99-47 victory over the Kangaroos, the Cardinals (7-1) controlled the game throughout and steadily pulled away in the second half.
They manhandled UMKC 44-24 in the paint, forced 20 turnovers that led to 29 points and outrebounded the Kangaroos 49-29, grabbing 22 on the offensive end.
Chane Behanan came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds. Chris Jones, Russ Smith and Luke Hancock each added 10 points and combined for five of Louisville’s 10 3-pointers.
Nelson Kirksey and Martez Harrison had 14 points apiece for UMKC (1-6).
No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — 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.
The Badgers (9-0) extended their best start since opening 11-0 in 1993-94. They limited Virginia to 23 percent shooting (11 for 47), including a stretch of nearly 22 minutes spanning halftime in which the Cavaliers managed just three field goals.
Wisconsin won going away despite shooting only 29 percent (15 for 52).
London Perrantes led Virginia (7-2) with eight points. Joe Harris, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer, finished 1 for 10 from the field with two points.
No. 14 Villanova 77,
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — 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.
The Wildcats catapulted from unranked to 14th this week, the first time they cracked the Top 25 since they were No. 19 in the Feb. 28, 2011, poll. Within a span of about 24 hours, Villanova defeated No. 2 Kansas and No. 23 Iowa to win the Battle 4 Atlantis last weekend in the Bahamas.
Miles Jackson-Cartwright led Penn (2-5) with 17 points. Villanova beat the Quakers for the 11th straight time.
No. 25 Dayton 56,
Delaware State 46
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Matt Kavanaugh scored 11 points and Dayton overcame a sluggish first half, poor free throw shooting and a late slump to defeat Delaware State.
Dayton (7-1) finally found some rhythm in the slow-paced game with a 14-2 run that pushed its lead to 50-30 with 7:51 to play.
Delaware State (2-6) responded with consecutive 3-pointers by Tyshawn Bell to spark a 9-0 run. The Hornets cut the lead to 54-46 with 1:32 left before Dayton finished it off.
Dayton played its first game as a ranked team since 2009 and looked jet-lagged from its trip to the Maui Invitational last week.
It was the Flyers’ first game back home since a third-place finish in Maui, and it was that tournament performance that elevated them into the Top 25.