More col­lege bas­ket­ball in­side Joel Berry II scores 28 points as North Carolina holds off Duke.



Joel Berry II scored 28 points — in­clud­ing a crit­i­cal late-game burst of seven straight for his team — to help No. 5 North Carolina hold off No. 17 Duke, 90-83, on Satur­day night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Isa­iah Hicks added 21 points for the Tar Heels, who bat­tled through a nearly shot-for-shot fight with their fiercest ri­val to fin­ish un­beaten at home. The game fea­tured 24 lead changes and 14 ties be­fore UNC (26-6, 14-4 ACC) pushed ahead for good in the last six min­utes, with its fi­nal mar­gin the big­gest lead for either team all night.

Berry shot 9 for 14 and made all five of his three-point­ers. Luke Ken­nard fin­ished with 28 points to lead the Blue Devils (23-8, 11-7).

LOUISVILLE 71, NOTRE DAME 64: Dono­van Mitchell had 20 points, in­clud­ing four free throws in the fi­nal 22 sec­onds, and Deng Adel made a big three-pointer to lift the No. 8 Car­di­nals to a home vic­tory over the No. 19 Fight­ing Ir­ish.

Quentin Snider added 17 points, in­clud­ing four sec­ond-half three­p­oint­ers that gave Louisville the edge in a back-and-forth game. With Notre Dame trail­ing 62-60 with 50 sec­onds to go, Adel hit his piv­otal three 13 sec­onds later. Mitchell then sealed the hard­earned vic­tory at the foul line.

Man­gok Mathi­ang had 18 points and 11 re­bounds for the Car­di­nals (24-7, 12-6). Bonzie Col­son scored 20 points for the Fight­ing Ir­ish (23-8, 12-6).

VAN­DER­BILT 73, FLOR­IDA 71: In Nashville, Ri­ley LaChance’s layup with 1:35 left gave the Com­modores the lead for good as they ral­lied from a 12point deficit to sweep the sea­son se­ries with the No. 12 Ga­tors.

Van­der­bilt (17-14, 10-8 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) has won five of its past six games.

Luke Kor­net scored 24 points for Van­der­bilt. Canyon Barry led Flor­ida (24-7, 14-4) with 15.

SE­TON HALL 70, BUT­LER 64: Desi Ro­driguez scored 21 points and An­gel Del­gado added 20 points and 16 re­bounds to lead the Pi­rates to an up­set of the No. 13 Bull­dogs in In­di­anapo­lis.

The Pi­rates (20-10, 10-8 Big East) scored the game’s fi­nal seven points, tak­ing a 65-64 lead on Khadeen Car­ring­ton’s bas­ket with 1:24 re­main­ing. Myles Pow­ell’s three-pointer with 35.3 sec­onds left stretched it to 68-64.

Car­ring­ton, who fin­ished with 17 points, iced it with two free throws with 12 sec­onds to go, ex­tend­ing Se­ton Hall’s win­ning streak to four.

But­ler (23-7, 12-6) got 19 points from Ke­lan Martin but saw its four-game win­ning streak end.

KANSAS 90, OK­LA­HOMA STATE 85: Frank Ma­son scored 27 points to help the top-ranked Jay­hawks hold off the Cow­boys in Still­wa­ter, Okla.

Ma­son also had nine as­sists and eight re­bounds. Josh Jack­son had 17 points and nine re­bounds for Kansas (28-3, 16-2), which al­ready had clinched its 13th con­sec­u­tive Big 12 ti­tle.

Jef­frey Car­roll scored 27 points and Jawun Evans added 22 points and 15 as­sists for Ok­la­homa State (20-11, 9-9).

FLOR­IDA STATE 66, MI­AMI 57: In Tallahassee, Dwayne Ba­con scored 23 points and the No. 15 Semi­noles clinched a dou­ble bye in the ACC tournament.

The Semi­noles (24-7, 12-6) will be the sec­ond seed for the tournament, which be­gins Tues­day. It is their high­est seed­ing since they were sec­ond in 1993.

The win gives Flor­ida State its first un­beaten home sea­son (18-0) since 1977-76.

Davon Reed led the Hur­ri­canes (20-10, 10-8) with 22 points.

ORE­GON 80, ORE­GON STATE 59: Dil­lon Brooks had 25 points, and the No. 6 Ducks earned a share of the Pa­cific-12 reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle with a win over the Beavers in Cor­val­lis.

Jor­dan Bell added 13 points and 10 re­bounds for Ore­gon (27-4, 16-2), which shares the ti­tle with No. 7 Ari­zona, which also fin­ished 16-2 in con­fer­ence play. Be­cause the Ducks beat the vis­it­ing Wild­cats on Feb. 4, Ore­gon gets the top seed at the Pac-12 tournament.

Drew Eubanks scored 21 points for the Beavers (5-26, 1-17).

ARI­ZONA 73, ARI­ZONA STATE 60: Al­lonzo Trier scored 19 points, guard Rawle Alkins grabbed 15 re­bounds and the seventh-ranked Wild­cats (27-4, 16-2) pulled away in the sec­ond half on the road to clinch a share of the Pac-12 reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle.

Kodi Jus­tice led Ari­zona State (14-17, 7-11) with 17 points.

KEN­TUCKY 71, TEXAS A&M 63: De’Aaron Fox scored 19 points, and the vis­it­ing No. 9 Wild­cats over­came an early 15point deficit to claim the SEC reg­u­lar sea­son championship.

Ken­tucky (26-5, 16-2), which closed the first half with a 28-9 run, has won five reg­u­lar sea­son SEC ti­tles in eight sea­sons un­der Coach John Cali­pari.

Ad­mon Gilder led Texas A&M (16-14, 8-10) with 22 points.

BAYLOR 75, TEXAS 64: Johnathan Mot­ley had 17 points and 17 re­bounds to power the No. 11 Bears to vic­tory in Austin.

Jake Lind­sey added 16 points as Baylor (25-6, 12-6) matched school records for to­tal vic­to­ries and Big 12 wins. Jar­rett Allen scored 20 for the Longhorns (10-21, 4-14), who have lost seven straight.

SMU 103, MEM­PHIS 62: In Dal­las, Ster­ling Brown had 26 points and 10 re­bounds as the No. 14 Mus­tangs won the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

Brown, one of three SMU se­niors, was part of his school-record 106th vic­tory with the Mus­tangs (27-4, 17-1). Keon Cler­geot scored 14 for the Tigers (19-12, 9-9).

WI­CHITA STATE 78, MIS­SOURI STATE 63: In St. Louis, Shaquille Mor­ris scored 21 points, Con­ner Frankamp added 18 and the No. 21 Shock­ers reached the fi­nal of the Mis­souri Val­ley Con­fer­ence Tournament.

Wi­chita State (29-4) will play top-seeded Illi­nois State in the ti­tle game. Jarred Dixon scored 20 points­for the Bears (17-15).

JACK­SONVILLE STATE 66, TEN­NESSEE-MARTIN 55: In Nashville, Greg Tucker scored all 14 of his points in the first half and the Game­cocks (20-14) up­set the Sky­hawks (21-12) in the Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence championship game to earn their first NCAA tournament berth.


Justin Jack­son cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing fifth-ranked North Carolina’s tri­umph over No. 17 Duke.

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