- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2008

From combined dispatches

No. 1 N. CAROLINA 98, No. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 63: Top-ranked North Carolina was impressive in what it hopes will be the first of three games at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Tyler Hansbrough scored the first basket of both halves and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Tar Heels (8-0) to a rout of the Spartans (3-2) on Wednesday night.

North Carolina took control with an 11-3 run late in the first half, led by 14 points at halftime, then built a 30-plus cushion at the home of the Detroit Lions and the 2009 Final Four.

Barring injuries or an upset, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll seems destined for a return trip to the Motor City.

Michigan State started the season ranked sixth but lost a lot of luster with an 18-point loss to Maryland last week.

No. 3 PITT 78, DUQUESNE 51: Sam Young scored 23 points, and DeJuan Blair was in control inside with 14 points and 17 rebounds, helping the host Panthers (8-0) overcome a sluggish start to defeat the Pittsburgh city rival Dukes (4-2).

Jermaine Dixon added 12 points as the Panthers improved to 8-0 for the seventh consecutive season.

No. 10 TENNESSEE 87, UNC ASHEVILLE 69: Tyler Smith had the first triple-double in school history, leading the Volunteers (6-1) to a win over the Bulldogs (3-4) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Smith finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, helping the Vols give coach Bruce Pearl career victory No. 400.

No. 14 XAVIER 81, AUBURN 74: B.J. Raymond scored a career-high 32 points, and the Musketeers (7-0) remained undefeated with a home victory over the Tigers (3-4) in Cincinnati for Sean Miller’s 100th win as coach.

No. 15 WAKE FOREST 83, INDIANA 58: James Johnson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and the host Demon Deacons (7-0) routed the Hoosiers (4-3) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

L.D. Williams added 16 points for Wake Forest, which continued its best start since 2003.

No. 16 SYRACUSE 88, CORNELL 78: Jonny Flynn had 24 points, Paul Harris added 21 points and nine rebounds and the Orange (8-0) rallied to beat the Big Red (4-4) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Cornell, playing its fifth straight road game, hasn’t beaten Syracuse in 40 years, suffering 31 straight losses.

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