Tar Heels dismantle William & Mary

Posted: Monday, January 03, 2005


  Bucknell forwards Donald Brown (4) and Darren Mastropaolo, rear, celebrate after beating the University of Pittsburgh 69-66 in college basketball action Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005 in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) GENE J. PUSKAR

Bucknell forwards Donald Brown (4) and Darren Mastropaolo, rear, celebrate after beating the University of Pittsburgh 69-66 in college basketball action Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005 in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sean May scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead No. 4 North Carolina past William & Mary 105-66 Sunday.

The Tar Heels (12-1) have won 12 in a row since losing to Santa Clara in the opener.

Jawad Williams had 19 points, Rashad McCants added 15 and Raymond Felton finished with 12 assists for North Carolina.

Corey Cofield and Nate Loehrke each had 16 points for William & Mary (4-6).

No. 5 Wake Forest 89, No. 25 Virginia 70

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Chris Paul had 21 points and nine assists to lead the Demon Deacons to their seventh straight win.

Wake Forest (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 44-39 then went on a 13-0 run with Justin Gray getting six points.

Freshman Adrian Joseph, starting in place of injured leading scorer Devin Smith, had 19 points for the Cavaliers (8-2, 0-1), who lost their 10th straight conference opener.

No. 6 Duke 62, Clemson 54

DURHAM, N.C. — J.J. Redick had 20 of his 24 points in the second half and role player Lee Melchionni made two clutch 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Shelden Williams finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Devils (9-0), who won their 18th straight over the Tigers.

Redick hit a 3 to start a personal run of 12 points in about 3 minutes, which included another 3-pointer, a putback and a nice layup in traffic to put Duke ahead 55-45 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.

Sharrod Ford led the Tigers (9-4) with 20 points.

Bucknell 69, No. 10 Pittsburgh 66

PITTSBURGH — Kevin Bettencourt made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining to give the Bison the lead in one of the biggest wins in school history.

Bettencourt's free throws made it 67-66 and Charles Lee added two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining for Bucknell (9-4), which has won six straight. Chris McNaughton led the Bison with 17 points,

Carl Krauser had 20 points for Pitt (10-1), which had a 48-game home winning streak against non-conference teams snapped.

The last time Bucknell defeated Pittsburgh was Jan 11, 1975, when the Bison were coached by Jim Valvano.

It was Bucknell's second straight road upset as the Bison defeated Saint Joseph's 69-62 on Tuesday. The last time the Bison won six consecutive non-conference games was 1958-59.

No. 13 Washington 76, Stanford 73

SEATTLE — Mike Jensen and Tre Simmons each had 17 points to lead the Huskies to their eighth straight win.

Washington (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped the two-time defending conference champion Cardinal (6-6) to their first 0-2 start in league play since 1990-91.

Jensen was 6-of-9 from the field and his two free throws with 12 seconds to play provided the final margin. Stanford's Nick Robinson missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game.

Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld each had 15 points for Stanford.

No. 14 Arizona 97, Arizona St. 79

TUCSON, Ariz. — Channing Frye had 21 points and Mustafa Shakur added 20, including a season-high four 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (11-2), who won their eighth straight in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Hassan Adams, Arizona's third-leading scorer, had eight points on 3-for-14 shooting, but had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Ike Diogu had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Arizona State (11-2), which had a nine-game winning streak snapped.

No. 15 Texas 89, UNLV 82

AUSTIN, Texas — P.J. Tucker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Longhorns (10-2), who used a late 12-1 run to take control.

Romel Beck and Jerel Blassingame each had 17 points for UNLV (6-5). They combined for nine points — all on 3-pointers — in a 10-0 run that gave the Runnin' Rebels a 50-48 lead with 13:30 to play.

West Virginia 82, No. 17 N.C. State 69

RALEIGH, N.C. — Johannes Herber and Mike Gansey each scored 15 points to give the Mountaineers their best start in more than 40 years.

Patrick Beilen and Tyrone Sally each scored 11 points for West Virginia, which improved to 10-0 for the first time since the 1959-60 season when Jerry West played for the Mountaineers. Six players scored in double figures and West Virginia shot 59 percent to beat a ranked team for the second straight game.

Freshman Andrew Brackman scored 19 points in his first start for the Wolfpack (10-3), who played without leading scorer Julius Hodge. Hodge, last year's Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, was sidelined with an ankle injury he apparently suffered in last week's lopsided loss to St. John's.

No. 19 Louisville 98, Tennessee St. 64

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Francisco Garcia matched his career-high with 29 points, including eight straight during a 27-4 run, and Louisville pulled away.

Garcia hit four 3-pointers and Larry O'Bannon added three over Tennessee State's zone as the Cardinals (11-2) hit 12 from behind the arc despite the absence of 3-point specialist Taquan Dean because of back spasms. O'Bannon and freshman Lorrenzo Wade each finished with 14 points and Ellis Myles added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Bruce Price had 24 points for Tennessee State (5-9), which pulled within 36-30 early in the second half.

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