CLEVELAND Jawad Williams made a critical 3-pointer with 1:27 left and No. 9 North Carolina survived a scare Saturday with an 82-76 victory over gutsy Cleveland State.
Williams, who went to high school in Cleveland, drilled his 3 from the right wing as the Tar Heels (3-0) overcame a four-point deficit by scoring the game's final 10 points.
Omari Westley scored 20 points and Percell Coles had 15 all on 3-pointers for the Vikings (2-1), who won just eight games last season but more then held their own against one of the nation's elite programs.
Williams scored 24 points, Sean May 19 points and Rashad McCants 18 for North Carolina, which trailed 76-72 when Coles buried his fourth 3-pointer of the second half with three minutes left.
No. 3 Michigan St. 77, Penn 52
EAST LANSING, Mich. Shannon Brown had 12 points, including three spectacular dunks on his 18th birthday, to help No. 3 Michigan State beat Penn 77-52 Saturday in the first game of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic.
Kelvin Torbert had 15 points at power forward, a new position, and Chris Hill added 13, all in the final 21 minutes for Michigan State (2-1). Tim Begley had 17 points for the Quakers (1-2).
No. 5 Missouri 90, Oakland, Mich. 85
ROCHESTER, Mich. Jimmy McKinney and Rickey Paulding scored 21 points each in Missouri's season-opening victory.
The Tigers led Oakland (2-4), in just its sixth season of Division I-A play, by only one with less than three minutes to play. Rawle Marshall led Oakland with 27 points.
No. 12 Illinois 75, Temple 60
PHILADELPHIA Roger Powell had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 18 points and Dee Brown 16 for Illinois.
Illinois (3-0) opened the game on an 18-5 run, keyed by four 3-pointers, including three by Williams.
David Hawkins led Temple (0-2) with 28 points.
No. 13 St. Joseph's 75, Old Dominion 72
NORFOLK, Va. Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, including a half-court shot with less than 10 seconds left, for St. Joseph's.
A steal by Troy Nance and a layup by Isaiah Hunter with 20 seconds left capped a 15-4 run and pulled Old Dominion to 72-70.
After Nelson's long distance 3-pointer, Hunter hit an off-balance jumper in the lane with 1.7 seconds left to pull Old Dominion within three, but St. Joseph's (4-0) inbounded the ball and time ran out.
Alex Loughton had 22 of his career-high 24 points in the second half for the Monarchs (0-2). He also had 15 rebounds.
No. 16 Gonzaga 82, Georgia 76, OT
SPOKANE, Wash. Ronny Turiaf scored all 11 of Gonzaga's points in overtime and made key defensive stops.
Turiaf led Gonzaga (3-1) with 22 points. He also grabbed the final rebound of the game to seal the victory.
Jonas Hayes had 20 points for Georgia (2-1).
Iowa 70, No. 17 Louisville 69, OT
INDIANAPOLIS Greg Brunner scored a career-high 26 points, and Pierre Pierce made a free throw with 9.2 seconds left in overtime for Iowa.
Brody Boyd added 22 points for the Hawkeyes (3-0). Luke Whitehead led Louisville (0-1) with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 18 Wake Forest 86, Yale 61
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Jamal Levy led four Wake Forest players in double figures with 19 points.
Levy also had seven rebounds for Wake Forest (3-0), which forced 20 turnovers. Justin Gray added 15 points, Eric Williams 12 and Vytas Danelius 10. Dominick Martin had 15 points for Yale (3-2).
No. 19 Cincinnati 76, Coppin St. 56
CINCINNATI Field Williams matched his career high with 24 points, hitting eight of his 10 3-point shots, and No. 19 Cincinnati relied on its trapping defense to beat Coppin State.
Cincinnati (3-0) forced 29 turnovers that set up 30 of its points and prevented Coppin State (2-4) from getting too close.
Tony Bobbitt added 21 points for the Bearcats. Jimmy Boykin scored 21 points for Coppin State.
No. 21 Notre Dame 78, Mount St. Mary's, Md. 64
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Chris Thomas scored 22 points, and Chris Quinn added 15 for Notre Dame.
Torin Francis scored 13 points, making all three field goals and all seven free throws he attempted, and Torrian Jones chipped in with 12 for the Irish (2-0). Mount St. Mary's (0-5) has lost eight straight road games dating to last season.
No. 15 Wisconsin 55, Rutgers 43
MADISON, Wis. Devin Harris scored 18 points and No. 15 Wisconsin atoned for poor 3-point shooting with an excellent performance at the foul line.
The Badgers (4-0) won their 15th straight home game despite making just 3-of-20 shots from beyond the arc.
They made 18 of 22 free throws. Harris epitomized the Badgers' night by missing all five of his 3-pointers but going 8-of-9 from the line.
Herve Lamizana scored 15 points for Rutgers (2-1).
No. 24 Oklahoma St. 84, Pepperdine 82
STILLWATER, Okla. Tony Allen hit the go-ahead free throw with 2.5 seconds left and Joey Graham rebounded Allen's miss on the second attempt and made a free throw for Oklahoma State.
Allen scored 17 points and Ivan McFarlin added 12 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Cowboys (3-0) win their 30th straight nonconference home game and 109th of their last 110.
Shaun Davis scored 21 points and had five assists to lead Pepperdine (1-2).
No. 11 Texas 94, Centenary 59
AUSTIN, Texas P.J. Tucker scored 15 points and James Thomas added 13 for Texas (3-0).
Rickey Evans led Centenary (1-2) with 17 points.
No. 4 Duke 119, Stephen F. Austin 53
DURHAM, N.C. Iciss Tillis scored 23 points and Mistie Bass added a career-high 21 to lead Duke on Saturday in the first round of the Duke Classic.
Alana Beard added 20 points and seven Duke players scored in double figures. The Blue Devils will face No. 25 Auburn, a 79-72 winner over Creighton, in Sunday's championship game.
Jessica Foley scored 14, Monique Currie 12, Lindsay Harding 11 and Vicki Krapohl 10 for Duke (3-1).
Reserve Latoya Mills scored 12 points to lead the LadyJacks (0-3).
No. 5 Texas Tech 77, SMU 37
DALLAS Jia Perkins scored 22 points and No. 5 Texas Tech set a school record by holding SMU to 17 percent shooting from the field in the championship game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic.
SMU shot a school-low 16.9 percent (11-of-65) and went 14:33 without a field goal. During the drought, Texas Tech (6-0) outscored the Mustangs (1-2) 31-4.
LaToya Davis scored 12 points for Texas Tech. Alesha Robertson had 11 and Jametra Clark added 10.
No. 7 Penn St. 69, No. 9 Kansas St. 56
FREEPORT, Bahamas Tanisha Wright had 23 points in No. 7 Penn State's 56 victory over No. 9 Kansas State in the championship game of the Junkanoo Shoot-out .
Jess Strom added 15 points and had six assists for Penn State (3-1), Nicole Ohlde had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Kelly Mazzante finished with 16 points.
Megan Mahoney led Kansas State (2-2) with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Kendra Wecker added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 8 Purdue 76, Wake Forest 57
ORLANDO, Fla. Shereka Wright scored 19 points and No. 8 Purdue pulled away late to beat Wake Forest in the Golden Knights Classic.
Beth Jones added 12 points and Erin Lawless scored 11 for the Boilermakers (4-1), who closed the game on a 14-4 run.
Liz Strunk finished with 17 points and Cotelia Bond-Young added 14 for Wake Forest (3-1).
No. 11 Minnesota 84, Southern Cal 61
FREEPORT, Bahamas Janel McCarville had a career-high 27 points and added eight rebounds in No. 11 Minnesota's win over Southern California in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam's Lucayan division.
Lindsay Whalen added 15 points, seven assist and five rebounds, and Shannon Schonrock had 13 points for the Gophers (5-0).
Jamie Higaya led Southern Cal (1-2) with 12 points, Rometra Craig added 11 and Ebony Hoffman had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 13 North Carolina 76, Maryland-Baltimore County 34
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Leah Metcalf and Ivory Latta scored 16 points to lead No. 13 North Carolina to a 76-34 victory over Maryland Baltimore-County.
Metcalf and Latta shot a combined 7-for-13 from 3-point range, and Camille Little finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (4-0).
Anastasia Goncharova shot 6-for-13 from beyond the arc and led UMBC (0-3) with 18 points.
No. 18 Louisiana St. 73, Rice 51
HOUSTON Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and Temeka Johnson finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals for No. 18 Louisiana State (2-2).
Anne Peck led Rice (0-3) with 13 points, and Michelle Woods added 10 points and nine rebounds.
No. 21 Arizona 67, Navy 61
HONOLULU Shawntinice Polk scored 19 points and sparked two key runs to lead No. 21 Arizona past Navy and into the fifth-place game at the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Dee-Dee Wheeler also scored 19 points for Arizona (2-2).
Courtney Davidson led Navy (2-2) with 21 points. Adrienne Roseti added 15 for Navy, which missed 19 of 24 3-point attempts.
No. 23 TCU 79, BYU 74
PROVO, Utah Amy Pack scored 18 points and had five rebounds to lead No. 23 Texas Christian past Brigham Young.
Sandora Irvin added 16 points and seven rebounds and Ebony Shaw scored 10 for the Lady Frogs (3-0).
Ambrosia Anderson scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead BYU, which was 20-for-53 from the field.
No. 25 Auburn 79, Creighton 72
DURHAM, N.C. Le'Coe Willingham scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half, helping No. 25 Auburn rally for a victory over Creighton in the first round of the Duke Classic.
Mandissa Stevenson added 16 points, and Louise Emeagi scored 10 for the Tigers (4-1).
Laura Spanheimer's 22 points paced Creighton (1-2).
No. 20 Colorado 74, California 63
BOULDER, Colo. Tera Bjorklund had 21 points and nine rebounds, leading No. 20 Colorado past California in the championship game of the Coors Classic.
Colorado (5-1) got 14 points from freshman Emily Waner and 13 apiece from Randie Wirt and Kate Fagan. Wirt added 10 rebounds.
Nihan Anaz scored 17 points to lead California (3-1), which committed 30 turnovers. LaTasha O'Keith had 15 points and Leigh Gregory added 14 points and eight rebounds.
No. 22 Utah 66, Fresno St. 53
FRESNO, Calif. Kim Smith scored 22 points to lead Utah past Fresno State in the championship of the Fresno State Classic.
Mandie Little added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Utes (3-1). Aritta Lane led Fresno State (1-2) with 16 points and eight rebounds.
No. 24 Oregon 83, N.C. State 78
EUGENE, Ore. Cathrine Kraayeveld had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Andrea Bills added 17 points for Oregon in the first round of the Oregon Classic.
Oregon (5-0) will face Kansas in the championship game Sunday. Kansas beat Sacramento State 70-64.
Kaayla Chones scored 25 points for the Wolfpack (2-2).
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