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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (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.
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 3-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.
They made the Tar Heels work for their shots. They repeatedly made them defend into the final seconds of the shot clock. And coach Roy Williams grew so frustrated at one point in the second half that he ripped off his suit jacket and yelled at his players.
But North Carolina - which despite the NBA potential on its front line had been outrebounded three times this season - responded by controlling the boards behind John Henson, who finished one shy of a career-high with 17 rebounds.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - C.J. Harris drove in for a layup with 3.4 seconds left to give Wake Forest a 55-53 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Wake Forest 7-footer Carson Desrosiers had career highs with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and he even made a couple 3-pointers. Chase Fischer added 13 points, Harris 12 and Travis McKie 11 for Wake Forest (5-2), which was 1-11 on the road last season.
Bo Spencer had 13 points and Jorge Brian Diaz and Toney McCray 12 apiece for the Cornhuskers (4-2).
Spencer had missed a floater in the lane before Wake Forest called timeout with 16.6 seconds left. Harris was unchallenged on his winning shot, driving past Brandon Richardson and Diaz on his way to the hoop.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Indiana scored the final 10 points in a fast-paced 86-75 victory over NC State in an BIG Ten-ACC Challenge game at a boisterous RBC Center on Wednesday night, handing the Pack its second loss of the season.
The two teams were separated by just a point, 76-75, after the Hoosiers were called for goal-tending on a layup by senior C.J. Williams with two minutes to play. Indiana junior Jordan Hulls nailed a 3-pointer with NC State's DeShawn Painter flying in his face, regaining the momentum for a team that had given up a double-digit lead in the first half and played back and forth with State to that point in the second half.
The Wolfpack, which had held a 63-58 lead just a few minutes before, didn't score again.
Sophomore Lorenzo Brown led the Pack with 19 points, followed by junior Scott Wood with 16. Both Painter and C.J. Leslie had 10 points.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Matt Humphrey led Boston College with 15 points as the Eagles lost to Penn State, 62-54, Wednesday night in front of 4,326 fans at Conte Forum as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Humphrey was 5-for-6 from the foul line and had four rebounds. Sophomore Gabe Moton scored 10 points for the second-straight game and also went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. He had four assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes of action. Freshman Ryan Anderson led the team with six rebounds.
It was the first loss for BC in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in six games.
Boston College jumped out to 12-4 lead in the first 5:37 of the game on the heels of Kyle Caudill's six-straight points to start. Moton and Anderson both hit 3-pointers in that run to provide the eight-point cushion.
Penn State responded with 10 unanswered points over the next two minutes to take a 14-12 lead with 12:13 on the clock. Jermaine Marshall scored five points in the run, including the go-ahead 3-pointer. Graduate student John Cahill ended BC's 4:58 scoring drought when he hit a shot from beyond the arc to give the Eagles the lead again. BC took a 29-26 lead into the locker room at the half.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- It may have been different weather and a different country, but the result was the same for the Florida State men's basketball team.
Four days after falling to No. 4 UConn, 78-76, in overtime in the Bahamas, the Seminoles lost a hard-fought game to Michigan State, 65-49, Wednesday night in East Lansing, Mich.
The 'Noles (5-3) traded sand for snow before playing in this year's edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and didn't forget to pack their defense for the trip north. FSU held the Spartans (5-2) to their second-lowest points output this season.
But as has been the issue in what is now a three-game losing streak, the Seminoles have struggled on the offensive end of the basketball court and have failed to get to the free-throw line on a consistent basis.
Against Michigan State, FSU turned the ball over 18 times and only had a season-low six opportunities from the free-throw line. The Spartans, on the other hand, gave the ball away 12 times and finished 15-of-20 from the charity stripe.
Bernard James posted a double-double, scoring 13 points -- 11 of which came in the first half -- and grabbing 12 rebounds. He also blocked three shots and took just two free throws.
Michael Snaer added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists and Jeff Peterson and Okaro White had seven points apiece.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Virginia Tech fell to Minnesota, 58-55, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Tech is now 5-2 on the season, while Minnesota improves to 7-1 overall.
Tech fell behind early, but fought back and took a 28-25 lead into intermission. The Hokies and Golden Gophers battled back and forth throughout the second half, before Minnesota took a 56-55 lead with 18 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Julian Welch. Welch made two more free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining to give the Golden Gophers the lead, 58-56. Erick Green, who had been knocked off the elevated court in William Arena in the final half minute of action, attempted to hit a game tying three-pointer at the buzzer, but the ball spun off the rim and Minnesota claimed the victory.
Green scored a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers. Robert Brown added 13 points and Victor Davila scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Welch led the Golden Gophers with 15 points. Green made four of eight from three-point range and handed-out a team-high four assists without committing a turnover. He suffered a bruised shoulder on the fall, but was able to return in the final seconds of play.
Tech out rebounded Minnesota, 32-30, but shot just 37.7 percent from the floor. The Hokies made all seven free throw attempts, but just two came in the second half.