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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Dexter Strickland scored 14 points to help No. 5 North Carolina beat Nicholls State 99-49 on Monday night.
Freshman James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 14 off the bench for the Tar Heels (10-2), who dominated the undersized and overmatched Colonels for their fourth straight victory. North Carolina had a poor shooting start and missed a bunch of free throws, but the Tar Heels snatched away every loose rebound to get plenty of extra looks.
They finished with a 72-35 advantage, including 31 on the offensive glass that led to 36 second-chance points.
The 31 offensive boards were second-most in program history. The Tar Heels had 39 rebounds by halftime to match or exceed their total for six games this season, and their 72 for the game were tied for second in school history and the program's most since 1954.
DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Quinn Cook scored all of his season-high 14 points in the second half, and No. 7 Duke routed UNC Greensboro 90-63 on Monday night.
Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Austin Rivers added 14 points for the Blue Devils (10-1). They shot 54 percent from the field, shook off a sluggish start and overcame 18 turnovers to win their third straight since the one-sided loss at No. 2 Ohio State.
Playing its first game since beating Washington on Dec. 10 in New York, Duke needed an 18-4 run late in the first half to take the lead for good. The Blue Devils then pulled away by opening the second half with a 29-8 burst that pushed the lead into the 30s.
BLACKSBURG - Dorenzo Hudson scored 16 points to help Virginia Tech win its fourth straight game, an 84-55 decision over North Florida in non-conference action on Monday night.
With the win, the Hokies moved to 9-3 on the season. North Florida fell to 5-7 overall.
The Hokies broke open a close contest with an 8-0 run to close the first half. Jarell Eddie's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left - his only points of the half - gave Tech a 40-31 halftime lead.
Tech used a 19-5 run over a 7-minute stretch in the second half to put the game away. Erick Green and Robert Brown combined to score 13 of the 19 points in that run for the Hokies. Tech went on to lead by as many as 29 points in the game and shot 61.3 percent in the final 20 minutes (19 of 31).
CLEMSON, SC - Devin Booker scored 13 points and Milton Jennings added 12 in leading the Tiger men's basketball team to a 70-45 victory over Alabama State on Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.
It was Clemson's (6-4) second consecutive win heading into the Christmas holiday, which the team will spend in Honolulu, HI at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
The Tigers used offensive balance and defensive pressure to pick up the victory, much as they did in Saturday's 60-40 win over Winthrop. Booker was 3-of-7 from the floor, but he nailed seven of his eight free throw attempts and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Tigers in both categories. Jennings made all four of his field goal attempts and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line. Clemson shot exactly fifty percent (24-48) for the game.
The two forwards led a solid effort for the Tigers inside. They outrebounded the Hornets 40-27 and brought down 12 offensive boards. The Tigers were also able to attack the rim and get to the foul line, where they converted 18-of-25 free throw attempts.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Glen Rice Jr. scored 21 points and Mfon Udofia added all 16 of his in the second half to help Georgia Tech overcome a sluggish offensive start in a 65-54 win over Alabama A&M on Monday night.
The Yellow Jackets (7-4) won their third straight despite turning the ball over on four of their first six possessions and 21 times overall. Georgia Tech trailed 10-5 eight minutes in.
Despite the poor start, Georgia Tech rebounded behind its defense.
The Yellow Jackets who held their previous three opponents to 35-percent shooting or worse, held the Bulldogs (2-5) to 20-for-57 shooting (35.1 percent.) Georgia Tech took advantage of the misses, outrebounding Alabama A&M 47-22.