LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - North Carolina looks determined not to play the part of a beatable favorite at the Maui Invitational, a showcase built on upsets.
Instead, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels used their first game in Hawaii as a tune-up for their players, easily beating Mississippi State 95-49 on Monday. North Carolina is the only ranked team in the field.
Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five Tar Heels in double-figures. P.J. Hairston had 18 points in 15 minutes, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Virginia Tech tandem of Erick Green and Jarell Eddie each registered career highs and spearheaded a 14-1 run late in the game that helped the Hokies to a 96-87 nonconference victory over UNCG on Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
UNCG trailed by as many as 14 in the first half and by eight with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Spartans used a 14-2 run to take a 77-73 lead, grabbing their biggest lead on a basket by Trevis Simpson with 6:08 left in the game. Simpson scored 12 of the 14 points in the run and finished with 25 points.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Travis McKie scored 23 points, including a dunk with 18 seconds remaining that gave Wake Forest its first lead of the game in a 74-71 victory over Mercer in the Paradise Jam on Monday.
Wake Forest (2-2) trailed by 10 with 10:34 left, but chipped away at the deficit.
After the Demon Deacons went up 72-71, Mercer (2-3) turned the ball over and Chase Fisher hit a pair of free throws with 4.4 second to go. Mercer got a good look for a tying 3-pointer, but Jakob Gollon's shot was off the mark.