Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Notre Dame escapes North Carolina with 1-point win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Zach Auguste's basket off an offensive rebound with 1:07 left helped No. 13 Notre Dame hold off No. 18 North Carolina 71-70 on Monday night.

Auguste's basket got the lead back for the Fighting Irish (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had led by 11 points in the second half only to see the Tar Heels (11-4, 1-1) briefly push ahead late. Then Notre Dame survived two shots by preseason all-American Marcus Paige in the final seconds, the last a desperate three-point heave that wasn't close as the horn sounded.

Now Notre Dame is 3-0 in league play for the first time — Big East or ACC — and off to its best start in 15 seasons under Mike Brey.

Auguste finished with 18 points while Pat Connaughton had 16 for the Irish, who shot 46 percent and overcame their own cold shooting down the stretch to hang on.

Paige finished with 15 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 37 percent and couldn't quite complete the comeback on a night when they struggled to get consistent defensive stops until the final 10 minutes. North Carolina missed 13 of 14 shots in the final 7-plus minutes to fall a basket short.

No. 14 West Virginia 78, Texas Tech 67: Juwan Staten scored 16 points and Devin Williams added 14 to lead the Mountaineers. Daxter Miles Jr. and Gary Browne added 12 for WVU.

Staten scored all but three of his points in the second half. The Mountaineers dominated inside, getting 36 points in the paint to 18 for the Red Raiders.

West Virginia's full-court pressure caused fits for Texas Tech, which made it difficult for the Red Raiders to set up their half-court offense. The Mountaineers (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) created 22 turnovers and got 16 points off of them.

The Red Raiders (10-5, 0-2) made just 19 baskets, 10 of those coming in the second half.

West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins moved to 3-2 all-time against Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith.

No. 16 Oklahoma 70, No. 10 Texas 49: Buddy Hield's 13 points led five Sooners in double-figure scoring in a game that was decided by halftime.

The Sooners (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) jumped out to a 21-6 lead and led 33-14 at the break. The Longhorns (12-3, 1-1) nearly kept pace with Oklahoma in the second half — they were edged 37-35 in scoring — but it was too little too late.

Pikeville 108, Florida College 71: Kenny Manigault scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 boards in the Bears' thrashing away from home.

Pikeville Coach Kelly Wells earned his 200th college victory with the win.

Texas St. 77, Georgia St. 74 (2OT): Ryan Harrow, who transferred from Kentucky, scored 29 points in the Panthers' loss to the Bobcats.

Lady Vols top intrastate rival 'Dores

Andraya Carter scored a career-high 19 points for the Lady Vols, who topped Vanderbilt 57-49 to win their eighth straight.

The Commodores (8-6, 0-2 SEC) have lost four of their last five.

Despite its strong defensive effort, the Lady Vols (12-2, 2-0) struggled on offense shooting just 36 percent from the field.

WKU women end top-25 drought

For the first time since the 1997-98 season, Western Kentucky's women's team was in the Associated Press' top-25 rankings. The Lady Hilltoppers (12-2), who have won nine straight games, were ranked 25th in this week's poll

Western's losses this season were both on the road at No. 6 Louisville and No. 14 and undefeated Mississippi State.

■ Ian Chiles' short career as a Tennessee basketball player is likely over. The graduate transfer guard from IUPUI will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, Vols Coach Donnie Tyndall said. Chiles, who starred in high school at Ballard, appeared in just three games and played only 14 minutes this season.

■ Alice Lloyd junior Tyler Rogers was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference's men's basketball player of the week. The former Paul Laurence Dunbar averaged 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in three games.

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