Paige debuts in style to lead Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marcus Paige scored 20 points in his season debut following a hand injury to help No. 9 North Carolina beat No. 2 Maryland 89-81 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Brice Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who shot 53 percent and repeatedly capitalized on Terrapins miscues.
Melo Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists to lead Maryland (6-1).
This was the headlining matchup for the interconference series, pitting two Atlantic Coast Conference charter members with Final Four aspirations.
No. 4 KANSAS 94, LOYOLA 61: At Lawrence, Kan., Wayne Selden Jr. scored 18 points, Perry Ellis added 15 and Kansas used a big second-half run to rout Loyola in Cheick Diallo's much-anticipated debut with the Jayhawks. Diallo, a five-star prospect from Mali, had been idle while his eligibility was investigated. He had three highlight-worthy dunks, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes.
No. 5 IOWA STATE 84, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 64: At Ames, Iowa, Abdel Nader scored 21 points, Jameel McKay had 15 to go with a career-high 19 rebounds and Iowa State beat North Dakota State. Monte Morris had 18 points and six assists for the Cyclones (6-0), who overcame a sluggish outing to post their fifth straight win by double digits.
No. 8 VILLANOVA 86, SAINT JOSEPH'S 72: At Philadelphia, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart each scored 18 points and Villanova made 11 3-pointers to beat Saint Joseph's.Ryan Arcidiacono added 17 points for Villanova (7-0). The Wildcats have won four in a row against the Hawks in the Philadelphia Big Five series.
No. 10 VIRGINIA 64, OHIO STATE 58: At Columbus, Ohio, Malcolm Brodgon scored 22 points for his third straight game with at least 20 points to lead Virginia over Ohio State. The Cavaliers (6-1) won their fifth straight, but it was the first time in the streak they did not score at least 80.
No. 11 PURDUE 72, PITTSBURGH 59: At Pittsburgh, A.J. Hammons scored a season-high 24 points off the bench and Ryan Cline made four 3-pointers in the second half to lead Purdue past Pittsburgh. The Boilermakers are 7-0.
No. 21 MIAMI 77, NEBRASKA 72: At Lincoln, Neb., Davon Reed's 3-pointer gave Miami the lead in overtime and the Hurricanes made three free throws in the last 15 seconds to beat Nebraska.