Top 25 Capsules
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2½ minutes, to help North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 74-66 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win.
Senior Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).
It was by far North Carolina's most impressive win during the run that has helped the Tar Heels dig out from an 0-3 ACC start.
When it was over, UNC students and fans stormed to midcourt to celebrate a win that was came eight days later than they had hoped due to a winter storm that forced the game's postponement last week.
The Tar Heels shot 47 percent and made their last 10 free throws in the final 6 minutes after a disastrous start at the line.
Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook both scored 17 points to lead Duke, which led 51-40 with about 15 minutes left before going ice cold from the field. The Blue Devils missed 13 straight shots and went scoreless for 6 minutes at one point.
Duke shot 36 percent (11 for 31) after halftime and finished 5 for 22 from 3-point range for the game.
No. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 94, PURDUE 79
Harris and Payne combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who made 13 3s in the first half.
Payne scored eight points to open the second half, including a 3-pointer, to give the Spartans a 57-43 lead.
Denzel Valentine converted a three-point play and made two free throws before connecting with Harris on an alley-oop pass to give Michigan State a 66-47 lead with 14:07 remaining.
No. 21 CONNECTICUT 68, TEMPLE 55
PHILADELPHIA -- Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Connecticut.
Quenton DeCosey scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Temple (7-18, 2-11), at one point scoring all of his team's points for more than a 13-minute stretch. He grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
The Owls shot just 33 percent from the field.
The Owls went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal before DeCosey made a runner with 5:49 left to bring Temple within 52-40.
No. 22 MEMPHIS 64, RUTGERS 59
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Memphis, which led from start to finish.
Memphis beat the Scarlet Knights 101-69 in their first meeting on Feb. 4.
Memphis scored the game's first seven points and led by 11 three times. The last was 32-21 early in the second half.
The closest Rutgers got was 62-59 on a 3-pointer by Mack with 4 seconds left.
The victory extends Memphis' school record of 20-win seasons to 14 straight and the Tigers improved to 36-4 after a loss under coach Josh Pastner. Rutgers has lost three straight and 10 of 13.
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