- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 3 N. CAROLINA 89, N.C. STATE 80: Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points to help the Tar Heels (24-2, 10-2 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (14-10, 4-7) on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Danny Green added 19 points for North Carolina, which pulled away in the second half to win its 10th straight game. North Carolina shot 55 percent for the game to improve to 12-1 against its nearby rival since Roy Williams took over at his alma mater before the 2003-04 season.

The Tar Heels used a 14-0 run early in the second half to take control, pushing a three-point halftime lead to 53-38 with 16 minutes left. N.C. State got no closer than six points and trailed by 19 down the stretch.

Javi Gonzalez scored 18 points to lead the Wolfpack, who shot 54 percent but couldn’t keep pace with the Tar Heels after halftime.

No. 5 MEMPHIS 90, SMU 47: Shawn Taggart scored 19 points and Doneal Mack added 15 points as the host Tigers (23-3, 11-0 C-USA) cruised to a victory over the Mustangs (7-17, 1-10).

Robert Dozier had 14 points, and Tyreke Evans and Antonio Anderson each scored 13 for Memphis, which won its 17th straight. Memphis also extended its winning streak in the conference to 53 games, including the postseason.

No. 7 LOUISVILLE 94, PROVIDENCE 76: Terrence Williams had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the host Cardinals (20-5, 11-2 Big East) overcame a shaky first half and pulled away for a victory over the Friars (16-10, 8-6).

Edgar Sosa paced led Louisville with 18 points, Samardo Samuels added 17 and Earl Clark had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Louisville moved into a three-way tie for second place in the conference with No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 10 Marquette behind No. 1 Connecticut.

No. 8 WAKE FOREST 87, GA. TECH 69: James Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Demon Deacons (20-7, 7-4 ACC) avenged their worst loss of the season by holding off the Yellow Jackets (10-15, 1-11) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Less than three weeks after the Yellow Jackets stunned the Demon Deacons for their only ACC win of the season, Wake Forest saw a 23-point lead cut to five before pulling away behind Johnson’s dominance inside.

No. 15 KANSAS 72, IOWA STATE 55: Cole Aldrich had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Jayhawks (21-5, 10-1 Big 12) extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 38 games with a win over the Cyclones (13-13, 2-9 in Lawrence, Kan.

Sherron Collins added 22 points and six assists for Kansas, which overcame 18 mostly sloppy turnovers to reach 10 conference wins for the 15th straight season. The Jayhawks made up with the offensive lapses with another superb defensive game, holding Iowa State to 32 percent shooting.

PENN STATE 38, No. 18 ILLINOIS 33: Talor Battle made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to lead the Nittany Lions (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten) to a win over the Illini (21-6, 9-5) in Champaign.

Battle finished with 11 points for Penn State, which committed 13 turnovers and made just 28 percent of its shots.

WIS.-MILWAUKEE 63, No. 21 BUTLER 60: Avery Smith had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Panthers (15-11, 10-6 Horizon) appeared to benefit from a clock malfunction in the closing seconds of a victory over the Bulldogs (22-4, 13-3).

With 5.9 seconds left, Butler’s Gordon Hayward passed the ball to Willie Veasley behind the baseline and the clock appeared to start prematurely. Veasley passed the ball to Zach Hahn, who never got a shot off before time expired.

No. 23 LSU 72, ARKANSAS 69: Marcus Thornton scored 28 points and made a key defensive play in the final minute to help the Tigers (22-4, 10-1 SEC) rally past the Razorbacks (13-11, 1-10) in Fayetteville, Ark.

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