Men's Basketball

Iowa wins at Chapel Hill; Spartans fall to Irish

Mike Gesell hit a driving layup through contact for the go-ahead three-point play with 1:16 left, helping Iowa upset No. 12 North Carolina 60-55 at Chapel Hill on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Gesell finished with 16 points for the Hawkeyes (6-2), who outfought the Tar Heels (5-2) on a night when both teams struggled to shoot straight.

Gesell's basket was the team's first after a 4-minute drought. The Hawkeyes won despite shooting 33 percent and going 3-for-20 from three-point range.

After UNC's Marcus Paige missed a three for the tie, Gesell hit two free throws with 1 second left.

Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 12 rebounds for UNC, which shot just 28 percent and never found any type of offensive rhythm.

Paige finished with 13 points, but went 4-for-16 from the floor and just 3-for-12 from behind the arc.

North Carolina pulled down 24 offensive rebounds but repeatedly missed second and third looks off those extra chances.

Notre Dame 79, No. 19 Michigan State 78 (OT): Jerian Grant scored a career-high 27 points and Demetrius Jackson added a career-best 22 to lift host Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

In the first meeting between the schools in 35 years, Jackson's three-point play 2:19 into overtime put the Fighting Irish (7-1) ahead by five. His free throw with 5 seconds left helped seal it.

Jackson scored six of Notre Dame's 10 points in overtime.

Denzel Valentine finished with 22 points and Branden Dawson had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Michigan State (5-3).

After Valentine dribbled the ball off his foot to give it back to Notre Dame with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, Grant had a shot to win it on a drive, but Valentine stripped the ball at the buzzer.

No. 23 Butler 77, Indiana St. 54: Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones each scored 14 points to lead visiting Butler past its longtime rival.

The Bulldogs (6-1) climbed into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 22 months. Indiana State (3-4) lost its third in a row.

State men

Tennessee-Martin 71, Northern Kentucky 56: Marshun Newell tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to help UT-Martin win at Northern.

Alex Anderson also scored 15 for UT-Martin (4-2).

Tayler Persons scored 15 points to lead Northern Kentucky (3-4).

Mount St. Joseph 73, Transylvania 68: In Cincinnati, offensive rebounds helped spark Mount St. Joseph's late second-half run in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.

The Lions chipped away at Transy's lead before taking a 64-62 lead with 4:18 left to play. Junior guard Parker Stansberry cut the lead to one, 64-63, with a free throw. Freshman Robert Dence put the Pioneers back on top with a tip-in.

Mount St. Joseph answered on their next trip down the floor with a three-pointer from Ken Kunkel, claiming the lead for good. The Pioneers fell to 0-4, 0-1.

State women

Transylvania 75, Mount St. Joseph 42: The host Pioneers extended their season-opening win streak to five in winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup.

Katelyn Smith went 10-for-13 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points. Senior Alex McKenzie added 18 points. Transy dominated in rebounding, 59-31.

Nation women

No. 2 Notre Dame 92, No. 15 Maryland 72: In an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game in Fort Wayne, Ind., Jewell Loyd had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Notre Dame quickly jumped to a 24-point lead and cruised in a rematch of an NCAA Tournament semifinal from last season.

Just like in the semifinal, which the Fighting Irish won by 26 points, Notre Dame (8-0) took control early and the Terrapins (6-2) never seriously threatened.

No. 12 Nebraska 60, No. 9 Duke 54: Emily Cady put back a missed shot with 49 seconds left to put host Nebraska up by five and seal a win over Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Nebraska (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten) which led by as many as 13 in the first half, held Duke (5-2, 0-0) to just four points in the last five minutes of the game while scoring eight, six of them from the free throw line along with Cady's putback.

No. 14 Tennessee 111, Saint Francis (Pa.) 44: Jaime Nared scored 20 points as the Lady Vols avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 1986. Tennessee (5-2) was back at home after falling 67-63 to Chattanooga and 72-59 to No. 4 Texas.