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Spartans crushed at home by Heels

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT
Michigan State's Adreian Payne grabs a rebound in front of North Carolina's Joel James during Wednesday's game in 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 UAB.

Michigan State (7-1) fell to an unranked nonconference team at home for the first time in more than a decade.

No. 5 Ohio St. 76, Maryland 60: LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to send Ohio State to an early lead against Maryland in Columbus, Ohio.

No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38: Josh Gasser scored 11 points and Wisconsin won a defensive struggle in Charlottesville, Va., giving coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers.

N.C. State 69, Northwestern 48: T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help the Wolfpack beat Northwestern in Raleigh, N.C.

Drew Crawford scored 17 to lead the Wildcats.

Purdue 88, Boston College 67: Terone Johnson scored a season-high 18 points, his brother, Ronnie, added 15 points and six assists, helping the Boilermakers pull away from Boston College in Indianapolis.

Nebraska 60, Miami 49: Terran Petteway scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Walter Pitchford added 13, and Nebraska posted a grinding victory over Miami in Lincoln, Neb.

The win allowed the Big Ten to forge a 6-6 tie in the 12-game, two-night Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten, by virtue of the tie, retains the Commissioner’s Cup and is 3-10-2 in the 15 Challenges.

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