No. 7 North Carolina 74, N.C. State 55
Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to help host North Carolina beat North Carolina State.
Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had no trouble winning their 11th straight against their longtime rivals.
While North Carolina State (15-6, 4-2) was off to its best start in the conference league in six years under first-year coach Mark Gottfried, the Tar Heels ended up making this game look like almost every other in the five years since the Wolfpack last beat them.
With its bigger front line dominating inside, North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 points in the second half.
Scott Wood scored 11 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose only real highlight came when Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn.
By that point, however, the Tar Heels led by 14 points and were on the way to turning the entire second half into a crowd-pleasing romp.
No. 14 Florida 64, Mississippi 60
Patric Young scored 15 points, Kenny Boynton added 12 and Florida rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to beat host Mississippi. Florida (16-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 20-4 in the opening minutes and trailed 38-28 at halftime. But the Gators worked their way back thanks to lockdown defense and clutch 3-pointers from Boynton and Mike Rosario.
Young was 7-of-10 from the field despite playing with tendinitis in his right ankle. Erving Walker had 10 points and nine assists.
Terrance Henry had 21 points for Mississippi (13-7, 3-3), while Nick Williams added 14. The Rebels shot 60.9 percent from the field in the first half, hitting all six of their 3-point attempts. They couldn’t duplicate that success in the second half, making just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from the field.
Nebraska 79, Iowa 73
Brandon Richardson scored a season-high 25 points and Nebraska rallied to beat host Iowa for the program’s first Big Ten road win.
Bo Spencer added 16 for the Cornhuskers (11-9, 3-6 Big Ten), who bounced back from an ugly loss to Ohio State with their third win in five games.
Nebraska used a late 14-4 run to take a 70-65 lead with just under three minutes left. Three-pointers from Matt Gatens and Eric May brought the Hawkeyes within two, but Toney McCray hit two free throws with 27 seconds left and Iowa couldn’t answer.
Zach McCabe matched a career high with 20 points for the Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5), who led by as much as 11 in the first half.
This was the first meeting in 36 years between these border-state schools, who will now see each other at least once a season.
Iowa will always remember the reunion as the one it let get away.
McCabe, who’d been brilliant all night, picked up his fourth foul with 5:29 left. Nebraska’s Brandon Ubel hit two free throws that tied the game at 61-all, and Richardson hit a crucial 3-pointer from the elbow to give the Huskers a 66-63 lead with 4:34 remaining.