No. 1 UNC crushes No. 13 Mich. St. in Detroit test drive

Basketball Top 25

December 04, 2008|By From Sun news services

The top-ranked North Carolina men were impressive in what they hope will be the first of three games at Ford Field in Detroit.

Tyler Hansbrough scored the first basket of both halves and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Tar Heels to a 98-63 rout of No. 13 Michigan State last night.

The Tar Heels (8-0) took control with an 11-3 run late in the first half, led by 14 at halftime, then built a 30-plus-point cushion at the home of the Detroit Lions and the 2009 Final Four. Barring injuries or an upset, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll seems destined for a return trip to the Motor City.

"I'll be back, and I hope my team is with me," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

The Spartans (4-2) started the season ranked sixth but lost a lot of luster with an 18-point loss to Maryland last week.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 78, Duquesne 51: : Sam Young scored 23 and DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 17 rebounds to help the host Panthers defeat the Dukes (4-2) to improve to 8-0 for the seventh consecutive season.

No. 10 Tennessee 87, UNC Asheville 69: : Tyler Smith had the first triple double in school history - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - and the host Volunteers (6-1) routed the Bulldogs (3-4) to give coach Bruce Pearl career victory No. 400.

No. 14 Xavier 81, Auburn 74: : B.J. Raymond scored a career-high 32 against the visiting Tigers (3-4), and the Musketeers (7-0) gave coach Sean Miller his 100th victory.

No. 15 Wake Forest 83, Indiana 58: : James Johnson scored 21, and the host Demon Deacons (7-0) shot 61.5 percent to pull away from the Hoosiers (4-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 16 Syracuse 88, Cornell 78: : Jonny Flynn scored 24 and the host Orange (8-0), which trailed by 16 in the first half, shot 75 percent (18-for-24) in the second half to beat the Big Red (4-4).

Women

No. 1 Connecticut 96, Holy Cross 37: : Freshman Caroline Doty (11 points) extended her school-record streak of made three-pointers to 10 as the host Huskies (6-0) routed the Crusaders (1-6) by breaking the 90-point barrier for the fifth straight game. Doty went 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

No. 2 North Carolina 72, No. 18 Ohio State 63: : Jessica Breland scored 29, and the visiting Tar Heels (9-0) held the Buckeyes (6-2) scoreless for more than nine minutes of the second half for a win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 6 Oklahoma 69, Creighton 49: : All-America center Courtney Paris recorded her 99th straight double double (11 points, 16 rebounds), and the host Sooners (5-2) used a 12-0 run to beat the Bluejays (2-4).

No. 14 Auburn 95, North Carolina A&T 74: : Dewanna Bonner had 26 points and 11 rebounds, leading the host Tigers (8-0) past the Aggies (3-3).

Georgia Tech 70, No. 21 Michigan State 57: : Alex Montgomery scored 20 and the host Yellow Jackets (6-2) closed on a 20-5 run to upset the Spartans (6-2).

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