OAKLAND, Calif. - Travis Niesen scored 26 and Kyle Bailey made three second-half 3-pointers as Santa Clara upset No. 4 North Carolina 77-66 on Friday in the Pete Newell Challenge.
The Tar Heels lost their opener for only the fifth time since 1930 and will fall from their highest preseason ranking in seven seasons. They shot 36.5 percent and went 14-for-24 from the free-throw line.
"I've got to do a heck of a lot better job and do the little things we've talked about all along," coach Roy Williams said. "We are extremely disappointed. Ticked off is what I am, but I'm ticked off at myself not at the kids."
Bailey made consecutive 3-pointers to give the Broncos a 45-32 lead 4:44 into the second half. And Santa Clara made big baskets down the stretch to avoid any drama.
NO. 1 KANSAS 68, VERMONT 61: Wayne Simien had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the host Jayhawks, who pulled away in the final two minutes. The Catamounts took a 58-54 lead on Taylor Coppenrath's short jumper with 4:24 left. But Christian Moody, a walk-on starter, made two free throws to give Kansas a 61-59 lead with 2:49 left and start a 9-2 run.
NO. 3 GEORGIA TECH 74, ALABAMA ST. 37: Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and host Georgia Tech held Alabama State scoreless for more than nine minutes at the start.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 77, NO. 24 MEMPHIS 62: Hakim Warrick scored 25 and Gerry McNamara 21 for the Orange in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final.
NO. 6 ILLINOIS 87, DELAWARE ST. 67: Dee Brown scored 17 for the host Illinois.
NO. 7 OKLAHOMA ST. 91, NORTHWESTERN ST. 53: John Lucas scored 24 for the host Cowboys.
NO. 13 MICH. ST. 104, FAMU: 72Kelvin Torbert scored 21 for the host Spartans.
NO. 15 MARYLAND 93, JACKSON ST. 57: Travis Garrison scored a career-high 21 points, and the host Terps pulled away after halftime.
NO. 16 TEXAS 95, TEXAS STATE 63: P.J. Tucker scored 18 for the host Longhorns.
NO. 18 ALABAMA 97, W. CAROLINA 66: Kennedy Winston scored 24 for the host Crimson Tide.
NO. 19 N.C. ST. 100, EAST CAROLINA 66: Tony Bethel made his first five shots - including four 3-pointers - and scored 22 to lead the Wolfpack in the championship game of the BCA Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.
NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 66, HARVARD 59: Chris Quinn scored 20 and Chris Thomas 17 for the host Irish.
NO. 22 WASHINGTON 89, SEATTLE-PACIFIC 71: Brandon Roy scored 23 and Nate Robinson 22 for the host Huskies. Washington scored the final seven of the first half to lead 38-23 and wasn't threatened again.
NO. 25 GONZAGA 98, PORTLAND ST. 80: Ronny Turiaf scored a career-high 33 for the host Bulldogs. Tied at 46 at halftime Jake Schroeder made two 3-pointers to pull Portland State within 64-59. But Turiaf scored 12 in a row to help make it an 11-point game with nine minutes left.
AUBURN 80, TEMPLE 78: Ian Young made the winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, one of a team-record 18 for the visiting Tigers.
VANDY 73, TOLEDO 57: Mario Moore scored 12 of his 15 during in the second half for the host Commodores, who led throughout.
LSU 83, TULANE 58: Glen Davis had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the host Tigers. Up 34-21 at halftime, LSU opened the second half with a 27-8 run.
MISSISSIPPI 91, TENNESSEE TECH 68: Tommie Eddie scored a career-high 24 to lead four players in double figures for the host Rebels, who closed the first half with a 40-18 run for a 50-34 lead.
CINCINNATI 88, VALPARAISO 70: Jason Maxiell scored 18, including three consecutive baskets during a 13-3 run that gave the host Bearcats a 71-62 lead with 6:39 left. Valparaiso did not get closer than five the rest of the way. Cincinnati played without junior forwards Armein Kirkland and James White for undisclosed reasons.
CHARLOTTE 93, LONG BEACH ST. 64: Mitchell Baldwin scored 25 on his 22nd birthday for the host 49ers, who led by as many as 21 during the first half.
TCU 90, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 61: Marcus Shropshire scored 21 for the host Horned Frogs, who led 40-29 at halftime.
CLEMSON 98, HAMPTON 54: Shawan Robinson scored 22 of his 26 during the first half for the host Tigers, who set a school record with 25 steals.
VA. TECH 81, LOYOLA (MD.) 58: Carlos Dixon scored 21 and freshman Deron Washington 20 on 9-of-11 shooting in his debut for the host Hokies.
VIRGINIA 88, ROBERT MORRIS 55: The host Cavaliers scored the game's first 14 and were never threatened.
NO. 1 TENNESSEE 68, CHATTANOOGA 34: Shyra Ely had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Vols. After making 2 of 22 shots during the first half, the Mocs cut it to 39-24 4:16 into the second. But the Vols got it back to 20 on Ely's three-point play.
NO. 4 UCONN 107, BUFFALO 40: Ann Strother scored 20 for the host Huskies, who led 51-15 at halftime.
NO. 5 GEORGIA 98, FURMAN 76: Tasha Humphrey scored 25 and Sherill Baker 23 for the host Bulldogs., who led 52-39 at halftime.
NO. 6 DUKE 66, NO. 23 PENN ST. 58: The host Blue Devils rallied from 11 down. Mistie Williams tied it at 49 with 8:03 left. Wynter Whitley scored the go-ahead basket, and Monique Currie added a 3-pointer to make it 54-49.
NO. 7 STANFORD 63, UTAH 57: The visiting Cardinal did not score for the final 4:41 of the first half and first 4:38 of the second. That helped the Utes take a 45-44 lead, but the Cardinal went on a 7-0 run, started by Candice Wiggins' 3-pointer.
NO. 8 BAYLOR 60, INDIANA 47: Sophia Young had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bears. Baylor led 39-34 with 10 minutes left but scored seven in a row, all on free throws.
NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 86, ELON 40: Ivory Latta made four 3-pointers and shot 6-for-6 from the field for the host Tar Heels, who led 50-18 at halftime.
NO. 13 VANDY 102, ST. FRANCIS 47: Carla Thomas scored 23, Ashley Earley 22 and Dee Davis a career-high 21 for the host Commodores, who led 39-16 at halftime.
NO. 14 MINNESOTA 82, ARKANSAS ST. 45: The host Gophers went on a 20-0 run to lead 35-12 at halftime.
NO. 19 KANSAS ST. 85, WYOMING 42: Kendra Wecker had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wildcats. The Cowboys made 2 of 17 shots and had 14 turnovers to trail 39-13 at halftime.
NO. 20 DePAUL 96, MURRAY ST. 58: Charlene Smith scored 20 on 9-of-11 shooting for the host Blue Demons.
NO. 21 OKLAHOMA 84, SE MISSOURI ST. 62: Dionnah Jackson had 23 points and eight assists for the host Sooners. It was tied at 38 at halftime before the Sooners slowly pulled away.
NO. 24 MARYLAND 94, APPALACHIAN ST. 74: Crystal Langhorne scored 25 on 11-of-14 shooting for the visiting Terps.
FSU 56, XAVIER 48: Holly Johnson hit a runner in the lane and followed with a fastbreak layup and free throw to ignite a 17-8 run in the final 5:59 that carried Florida State to a season-opening 56-48 win against Xavier. Alicia Gladden led FSU with a career-high 17 points, and Johnson had 12.
Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.