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N. Carolina regroups, throttles Clemson

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 18, 2007


CLEMSON, S.C. - Brandan Wright had 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting and No. 4 North Carolina recovered from the loss that knocked it from No. 1 with its sixth straight victory over No. 19 Clemson, 77-55 Wednesday night.

Wright, the ACC leader in field-goal percentage, was 1-for-8 in Saturday's 94-88 loss to Virginia Tech. This time, the freshman hit his first seven shots to lead the Tar Heels (16-2, 3-1).

Less than a week ago, Clemson was 17-0. The perfect record ended Saturday with a 92-87 loss at Maryland, and the Tigers fell to 17-2 (3-2) as K.C. Rivers, Clemson's leading scorer, was held to four points, 12 below his average.

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BOSTON COLLEGE: Center Sean Williams and forward Akida McLain have been dismissed from the team because of an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Al Skinner said.

SEC

VANDY 94, NO. 10 ALABAMA 73: Shan Foster scored 27 and the host Commodores (12-6, 2-2) hit a season-high 15 3-pointers in pulling off their second home upset of a ranked team in eight days. They beat then-No. 16 Tennessee 82-81 on Jan. 10, and never let the Crimson Tide (14-3, 1-2) get close after the opening minutes.

AUBURN 83, NO. 22 TENN. 80: Quan Prowell made four free throws in the final 22 seconds and the host Tigers (12-7, 2-2) rallied from a 14-point deficit over the final 10 minutes to beat the Vols (13-5, 1-2).

NO. 16 LSU 62, OLE MISS 55: Tasmin Mitchell scored 19 and Terry Martin had 15 as the host Tigers (13-4, 2-1) pulled away late from the Rebels (12-6, 1-3).

Big East

VILLANOVA 102, NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 87: Freshman Scottie Reynolds scored 27, Curtis Sumpter had 21 and Dante Cunningham added 19 as the host Wildcats (12-5, 2-3) hit 10 3-pointers. Russell Carter hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 for the Irish (15-3, 3-2).

SYRACUSE 77, CINCINNATI 76: Eric Devendorf made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left as the host Orange (15-4, 4-1) handed the Bearcats (9-8, 0-3) their fifth straight loss - their longest losing streak in 19 seasons.

SETON HALL 69, PROVIDENCE 68: Jamar Nutter hit three 3-pointers in the final 3:32 as the host Pirates (11-6, 3-2) held on as Geoff McDermott of the Friars (12-5, 2-2) missed a layup at the buzzer.

GEORGETOWN 68, RUTGERS 54: Roy Hibbert had 16 points as the visiting Hoyas (12-5, 2-2) sent the Scarlet Knights (8-10, 1-4) to their third straight defeat.

Top 25

NO. 2 WIS. 69, PURDUE 64: Michael Flowers scored 15 as the host Badgers (18-1, 4-0 Big Ten) won their 14th consecutive game despite a late run by the Boilermakers (13-6, 2-3).

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 73, N'WESTERN 41: Mike Conley Jr. scored a career-high 17 points as the host Buckeyes (15-3, 3-1 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats (10-8, 0-5) in Columbus, Ohio, for the 24th consecutive time.

NO. 18 BUTLER 67, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 39: Pete Campbell scored a season-high 17 points as the host Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 Horizon League) went 14-for-24 from 3-point range.

State

UCF 64, SMU 56: Jermaine Taylor scored 18 as the host Golden Knights (13-4, 2-1 C-USA) sent the Mustangs to their third straight loss.

ECKERD 88, PALM BEACH ATL. 60: Matt Cenatus scored 20 for the host Tritons (13-3).

ROLLINS 70, SAINT LEO 57: Jonny Reibel scored 20 and the host Tars overcame Richard Blue's 15 points for the Lions (8-7, 2-3 Sunshine State Conference).

FLA. SOUTHERN 81, TAMPA 73: The host Moccasins used an 11-0 second-half run to overcome Jeff James' 16 points for the Spartans (9-8, 1-4 SSC).

Nation

ILLINOIS 64, MINN. 52: Warren Carter had 17 points as the visiting Illini (14-6, 2-3 Big Ten) extended their win streak against the Gophers (7-11, 1-3) to 16 games.

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