Tar Heels again defeat Spartans
Ed Davis scored a career-high 22 points Tuesday night to help No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State 89-82 in a rematch of last season’s national championship game won by the Tar Heels.
Larry Drew II had a career-best with 18 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who led most of the game before having to hold off a rally in the final minutes. North Carolina shot 58 percent and led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, beating Michigan State (5-2) for the second straight year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Raymar Morgan scored 18 points to lead the Spartans, who shot 43 percent but were 2-of-20 from three-point range. Kalin Lucas added 15 points and helped the Spartans get as close as six points late before the Tar Heels hit enough free throws to hold on.
The teams met twice last season at Detroit’s Ford Field, with North Carolina beating Michigan State by 35 points in the early season Challenge. Then came the 89-72 win in April for the program’s fifth NCAA championship.
In Tuesday’s other Big Ten/ACC Challenge games:
-- (4) Purdue 69, Wake Forest 58—At West Lafayette, Ind., E’Twaun Moore scored 22 points, JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds and Robbie Hummel added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers (6-0), who are at their highest AP ranking since 1996.
C.J. Harris and Ishmael Smith each scored 14 points for Wake Forest (4-2).
-- Virginia Tech 70, Iowa 64—At Iowa City, Malcolm Delaney scored 18 points, Terrell Bell added 13 and Virginia Tech (5-1) held on to beat Iowa. The Hokies committed just five turnovers.
n Maryland 80, Indiana 68—At Bloomington, Ind., Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points and Landon Milbourne had 19, leading Maryland
(5-2) past Indiana (3-4).
Last updated: 2:06 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012