Zeller lifts Tar Heels

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 30 points in his final home game to help No. 6 North Carolina beat Maryland 88-64 on Wednesday night.

Zeller went just 5 for 12 from the field for the Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), but finished with his best scoring performance in an ACC game thanks to the number of times he went to the free-throw line.

Zeller made 20 of 23 attempts, breaking Tyler Hansbrough’s Smith Center record for made free throws in a game.

Nick Faust had 17 points to lead Maryland (16-13, 6-9).

NO. 7 MISSOURI 78,

IOWA STATE 72

In Columbia, Mo., Michael Dixon scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures and Missouri (26-4, 13-4) beat Iowa State (21-9, 11-6), clinching the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 Tournament.

CINCINNATI 72,

NO. 8 MARQUETTE 61

In Cincinnati, JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 28 points, leading Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6 Big East) over Mar­quette (24-6, 13-4) and enhancing the Bearcats’ NCAA Tournament chances.

NO. 10 OHIO STATE 75,

NORTHWESTERN 73

In Evanston, Ill., Jared Sullinger banked in a turnaround shot with 3.1 seconds left and Ohio State (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) recovered after squandering a 13-point second-half lead to beat Northwestern (17-12, 7-10).

SOUTH FLORIDA 58,

NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 51

In Louisville, Ky., Jawanza Poland scored 16 points and South Florida (19-11, 12-5 Big East) ruined senior night at Louisville (22-8, 10-7) with a victory that gives the Bulls a signature win for their NCAA Tournament résumé.

NO. 23 TEMPLE 90,

MASSACHUSETTS 88 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Khalif Wyatt scored 26 points, including the winning layup in the final seconds of overtime, to help Temple (23-6, 12-3) beat Massachusetts (19-10, 8-7) and clinch the top seed in next week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament.

BOSTON COLLEGE 56,

GEORGIA TECH 52

In Boston, Matt Humphrey scored 13 points and Boston College (9-20, 4-11 ACC) held off Georgia Tech despite nearly blowing a 17-point lead.

Daniel Miller paced Geor­gia Tech (10-19, 3-12) with 13 points and Kammeon Holsey had 12.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 69,

SOUTH CAROLINA 67 (OT)

In Columbia, Brian Bry­ant made a layup off an inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded to give Mississippi State an overtime win over South Carolina.

Bryant scored 16 points as the Bulldogs (20-10, 7-8 Southeastern Conference) ended a five-game losing streak and kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

South Carolina (10-19, 2-13) is guaranteed to finish last in the SEC for the second time in six seasons. Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks with 17 points.


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