Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: North Carolina rallies past Wisconsin, 60-57

North Carolina's John Henson guarded Wisconsin's Ryan Evans in the first half Wednesday. The No. 5 Tar Heels rode an 18-5 run midway through the second half to victory at home.
North Carolina's John Henson guarded Wisconsin's Ryan Evans in the first half Wednesday. The No. 5 Tar Heels rode an 18-5 run midway through the second half to victory at home. AP

Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin 60-57 on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.

Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who had to show plenty of fight and toughness to outlast the Badgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coming off its first loss of the season, North Carolina trailed by five points midway through the second half before going on an 18-5 run that finally put the Tar Heels ahead for good.

Barnes was critical in that run, knocking down two three-pointers and a jumper. But on a night when their fast-paced attack rarely got out in transition, the Tar Heels only fought off Wisconsin (6-1) after stringing together enough defensive stops and getting enough defensive rebounds to aid their struggling offense.

For the Badgers, almost everything went to plan except for the outcome.

North Carolina's next game is at top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday.

No. 15 Kansas 77, Florida Atlantic 54: Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and host Kansas overcame some sloppiness on offense to rout Florida Atlantic.

Playing their first home game in nearly three weeks, the Jayhawks (4-2) committed 17 turnovers that turned into several easy baskets for the Owls (4-4). But the play underneath by Robinson, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, was enough to carry them to victory.

Tyshawn Taylor added 18 points, Travis Releford had 11 and Jeff Withey 10 for Kansas, which hadn't played at Allen Fieldhouse since a season-opening win over Towson on Nov. 11.

Since then, the Jayhawks lost to top-ranked Kentucky at Madison Square Garden, beat Georgetown and UCLA in the Maui Invitational, and then lost to No. 3 Duke in the championship game.

Much of the Jayhawks' success against Florida Atlantic came from the free-throw line, where they were 24-for-31 — it certainly didn't come from the three-point arc, where they were just 4-for-13.

Elijah Johnson, the team's top outside shooter, missed all three of his attempts. He also committed seven turnovers and at times looked completely lost on offense, just over a week after he scored a career-high 23 points against UCLA.

Dennis Mavin and Pablo Bertone scored 17 points each for the Owls, who have lost nine straight against ranked teams. Their last win against a ranked team came against No. 11 Oklahoma State on Dec. 1, 1998.

The defending Sun Belt regular-season champions started well, building a 9-3 lead and forcing Kansas Coach Bill Self to call a timeout less than 4 minutes into the game.

No. 17 Pittsburgh 80, Duquesne 69: Duquesne guard T.J. McConnell said before Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh that if the host Dukes (4-3) couldn't rebound against the bigger Panthers, they couldn't win.

He was more right than he even he imagined.

Despite shooting 52 percent from the field and forcing 23 turnovers, the Dukes fell to their crosstown rivals in the annual City Game by getting crushed on the glass.

The Panthers outrebounded the Dukes 39-15, pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and scored 18 second-chance points to win their 11th straight in the series.

Arkansas 97, Mississippi Valley State 64: Mardracus Wade scored a career-high 20 points to lead host Arkansas over Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night.

The Razorbacks (5-1) led the whole way, making 59.3 percent of their field-goal attempts, including 11 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Wade made four three-pointers. The sophomore scored 15 points by intermission, giving Arkansas a 47-30 halftime lead.

Julysses Nobles added 16 points for the Razorbacks while Devonta Abron scored 13 and BJ Young and Rickey Scott each added 11.

Terrence Joyner and Cor-J Cox each scored 15 points to lead the Delta Devils (1-6).

While the majority of its points came from its guards, the undersized Arkansas team dominated the interior. The Razorbacks scored 34 points in the paint and had 20 second-chance points in their third straight win.

No. 25 Texas A&M 56, Alcorn St. 44: Ray Turner scored 16 points and host Texas A&M overcame a sleepy start and awful shooting to defeat Alcorn State.

David Loubeau added 14 points and Naji Hibbert had eight rebounds for the Aggies (5-1), who won their 64th consecutive nonconference home game.