RALEIGH, N.C. — Glen Rice Jr. scored 22 points to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 82-71 on Wednesday night.
Mfon Udofia added 17 for the Yellow Jackets (8-8, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who went on a 19-3 run to end the first half and take control. Georgia Tech led by 11 at halftime, then pushed that margin to 16 points midway through the second half in a surprisingly one-sided win.
The Yellow Jackets had lost four consecutive games, but shot 51 percent and hit 9 of 15 3-pointers to give first-year coach Brian Gregory his first ACC victory.
C.J. Leslie scored 16 points to lead N.C. State (12-5, 1-1).
NO. 1 SYRACUSE 79,
In Philadelphia, Dion Waiters scored 20 points in his home city and Syracuse remained undefeated.
James Southerland added 15 points for the balanced Orange, who are 18-0 for the second consecutive season. The Orange (5-0 Big East) used a 20-2 run to dominate the struggling Wildcats.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4) lost for the fourth time in five games.
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 68,
In Auburn, Ala., Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb scored 14 points apiece, and Kentucky finished an uneven performance with a flourish to beat Auburn.
The Wildcats (16-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had a 23-6 closing run. They didn’t take a double-digit lead over the Tigers (10-6, 0-2) until Davis scored on an alley-oop pass from Lamb with 1:31 left.
Rob Chubb led Auburn with 14 points.
NO. 9 MISSOURI 76,
IOWA STATE 69
In Ames, Iowa, Matt Pressey led five players in double figures with 14 points and Missouri (15-1, 2-1 Big 12) bounced back from its first loss of the season by beating Iowa State (12-4, 2-1).
Scott Christopherson had 19 points for the Cyclones.
NO. 10 KANSAS 81,
TEXAS TECH 46
In Lubbock, Texas, Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kansas over Texas Tech (7-8, 0-3 Big 12).
Tyshawn Taylor scored 15 for the Jayhawks (13-3), who improved to 3-0 in Big 12 play.
NO. 13 MICHIGAN 66,
NORTHWESTERN 64 (OT)
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke scored 19 points – including Michigan’s last eight of overtime – to help the Wolverines (14-3, 4-1) hold off Northwestern (11-5, 1-3 Big Ten).
Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 19 points for Michigan.
NO. 25 MARQUETTE 83,
ST. JOHN’S 64
In Milwaukee, Davante Gardner had career bests with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Marquette (13-4, 2-2 Big East) over St. John’s (8-8, 2-3).
In Oxford, Miss., Murphy Holloway scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his first game back from a sprained ankle and Mississippi (11-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) beat Arkansas (12-4, 1-1).