college basketball roundup
North Carolina finds foe pesky
• NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 78, WOFFORD 58: Brice Johnson had 16 points and 14 rebounds, as the Tar Heels (3-0) rolled over the Terriers in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry II added 16 apiece for the Tar Heels. They shot 52.5 percent, outscored Wofford 50-18 in the paint and outrebounded the pesky Terriers 42-24 but couldn't pull away until late. The Terriers were within 58-50 with nine minutes left. "We should have used our size to our advantage instead of shooting turnaround jumpers and 10-foot hooks," Johnson said.
• NO. 21 PURDUE 96, INCARNATE WORD 61: Isaac Haas scored 17 points and Purdue shot 72 percent from the field during a 53-point first half in a rout Incarnate Word in a Hall of Fame Tipoff game at West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers (3-0) made 11 of their first 12 two-point attempts. By defeating the Cardinals, the Boilermakers improved to 36-1 in November home games in Matt Painter's 11 seasons at his alma mater.
• NORTHWESTERN 79, FAIRFIELD 72: Bryant McIntosh scored 20 points and Trey Demps added 14 in the Wildcats' close win over visiting Stags. McIntosh's acrobatic driving layup and free throw with 52 seconds left pushed the Wildcats lead to eight points after Fairfield had pulled within three.
• PROVIDENCE 60, ILLINOIS 59: Rodney Bullock's free throw with 43 seconds left gave the host Friars the victory over the Illinois. Illinois missed three shots in the final 10 seconds. Malcom Hill drove to the basket and missed a layup. Michael Finke grabbed the rebound but missed a dunk. Illinois again got the rebound but Hill missed a three-pointer.
• AKRON 88, ARKANSAS 80: Antino Jackson scored a career-high 23 points as the Zips defeated a SEC team for the second time in as many seasons, this time it was the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. The win is the third in the past two seasons over a Power 5 conference team for the Zips (3-0), who defeated Southern Cal and South Carolina last year. Reggie McAdams added 18 points for Akron, which had five players score in double figures and never trailed.
• NO. 12 TEXAS A&M 72, NO. 14 DUKE 66 (OT): Courtney Walker and Courtney Williams combined for eight of Texas A&M's nine points in overtime as the Aggies beat the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. Duke (2-1) led 64-63 when Williams hit a jumper and Walker scored the Aggies' next six points. Walker scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds. Williams had 12 points for Texas A&M (3-0). Rebecca Greenwell made eight of 10 shots and led Duke with 22 points while Azura Stevens had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
• NO. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA 67, CLEMSON 41: Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points to lead the Gamecocks (3-0) to a sluggish win over the visiting Tigers. South Carolina missed nine three-pointers in a row as Clemson (1-2) packed it in, and led just 25-19 late in the second quarter. But South Carolina started on a 33-9 run that carried it through the end of the third quarter. "Every time we step on the floor we need to look like national champions and not take two steps back," said Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks coach.