EAST LANSING, Mich. — J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.
The Tar Heels (5-2) have been talented enough to defeat the top-ranked Spartans and then-No. 3 Louisville this season, but they’ve also lost to Belmont and Alabama-Birmingham.
Michigan State (7-1) fell to an unranked nonconference team at home for the first ti
“One of the more disappointing performances of my career here,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “From the jump ball, they kind of took it to us.”
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The Tar Heels never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:02 left.
Adreian Payne had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans, whose last loss at home against an unranked nonconference team was Toledo on Dec. 30, 2002.
The Tar Heels beat a No. 1 team for the first time since March 4, 2006, at Duke, and they have a nation-high 13 wins over top-ranked teams. They’ve won seven straight against the Spartans, including in the 2009 NCAA final.
PULLMAN – Washington State used seven three-pointers in the second half to post a 68-59 victory over Cal State Northridge (2-6).
Tia Presley led the Cougars (5-4) with 21 points, her fourth 20-point game of the season, and senior forward Sage Romberg recorded 12 points and eight rebounds.
Washington State outscored the Matadors 44-29 in the second half.
At No. 5 Ohio State 76, Maryland 60
LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four three-pointers, to lead Ohio State over Maryland (5-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sam Thompson added 14 points, including four rim-rattling dunks, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12. Aaron Craft created havoc on defense and chipped in with 10 points as the Buckeyes (7-0) controlled the game at both ends.
At No. 7 Louisville 90, Missouri-Kansas City 62
Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points to lead five Louisville (7-1) players in double figures.
No. 8 Wisconsin 48, at Virginia 38
Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Wisconsin won a defensive struggle against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers.
The Badgers (9-0) extended their best start since opening 11-0 in 1993-94. They limited Virginia to 23 percent shooting (11 for 47). London Perrantes led Virginia (7-2) with eight points.
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No. 4 Notre Dame 77, at No. 10 Penn State 67
Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Notre Dame (7-0) over Penn State (5-2).