- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 5 N. CAROLINA 83, VIRGINIA 61: Tyler Hansbrough scored 28 points, Ty Lawson had 19 and the Tar Heels (15-2, 1-2 ACC) beat the Cavaliers (7-7, 1-2) on Thursday night in Charlottesville to snap a surprising two-game losing streak in the ACC.

North Carolina lost at home to Boston College and on the road at No. 2 Wake Forest but avoided its first 0-3 start in conference play since the 1996-97 season with big efforts from its biggest stars.

Hansbrough drew double coverage all game and made just six field goals, but he went to the line 17 times and made 15. He also had 12 rebounds, while Lawson added nine assists.

Virginia was led by Jamil Tucker with 12 points and Calvin Baker and Mike Scott with 11 but got a subpar effort from scoring leader Sylven Landesberg. He scored Virginia’s first basket, missed eight of his nine shots and had two points, 16.5 below his average.

Leading 50-36 at halftime, the Tar Heels wasted no time taking command in the second half.

Lawson had seven points and Hansbrough had five in a 19-7 burst to open the half, giving North Carolina its biggest lead at 69-43. Danny Green finished the run with a thunderous dunk.

No. 4 CONNECTICUT 67, ST. JOHN’S 55: Freshman guard Kemba Walker scored 21 points and senior forward Jeff Adrien added 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies (15-1, 4-1 Big East) to a workmanlike victory over the Red Storm (10-6, 1-3) in New York.

The win was the fourth straight for Connecticut since it lost its conference opener at home to Georgetown.

This was the last of a three-game trip for UConn, the ninth time the Huskies have had that long a stretch under coach Jim Calhoun. This was the first time they won all three.

Sophomore guard Paris Horne had a career-high 24 points for St. John’s, which lost for the fifth time in six games with the lone win over then No. 7 Notre Dame. This was St. John’s third game against a top 10 team in the last 13 days; it fell 90-67 at No. 1 Pittsburgh on Sunday.

No. 15 XAVIER 67, RHODE ISLAND 65: Derrick Brown had 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Musketeers (14-2, 3-0 A-10) hold off the Rams (11-6, 0-2) in Kingston, R.I.

C.J. Anderson had seven rebounds, and scored nine of his 11 points in the first 3:55 of the second half for Xavier.

No. 17 BUTLER 78, LOYOLA (ILL.) 55: Freshman Shelvin Mack scored 20 points to help the Bulldogs (15-1, 6-0 Horizon) beat the Ramblers (10-8, 2-4) in Chicago.

Matt Howard had 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as Butler won its seventh straight. Freshman Gordon Hayward had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Ronald Nored added six assists for Butler, which improved to 7-1 on the road.

Ross Forman scored 13, Marcus Thomas had 12 and Leon Young added eight for Loyola.

No. 18 MINNESOTA 78, WISCONSIN 74 (OT): Lawrence Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation, then scored nine points in overtime as the Golden Gophers (16-1, 4-1) rallied for a victory over the Badgers (12-5, 3-2) in Madison, Wis.

Westbrook scored 29 points to lead Minnesota, which rallied from a nine-point deficit with 3:24 remaining to steal a rare road victory at Kohl Center. Minnesota hadn’t won at Wisconsin since Feb. 12, 1994 - and even that win was tainted by the academic scandal under former coach Clem Haskins.

No. 19 PURDUE 63, NORTHWESTERN 61: JaJuan Johnson hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and the Boilermakers (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten) capped a wild comeback from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat the Wildcats (8-6, 0-4) in Evanston, Ill.

Robbie Hummel scored 15 points for Purdue, which trailed by 11 with 7:45 to go.

Craig Moore and Kevin Coble scored 16 points each for Northwestern.

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