Belmont shocks North Carolina

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — J.J. Mann had rehearsed hitting a game-winning shot so many times before. When the ball came his way late against No. 12 North Carolina, the senior didn’t squander the chance to give Belmont a stunning road upset.

Belmont's J.J. Mann celebrates as the final seconds tick away in the road victory over North Carolina. Mann hit a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds remaining to help lift the Bruins.  GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS
GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Belmont's J.J. Mann celebrates as the final seconds tick away in the road victory over North Carolina. Mann hit a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds remaining to help lift the Bruins.

The senior hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left, helping the Bruins beat the Tar Heels 83-80 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.

Mann finished with a career-best 28 points, with the last basket giving the Bruins an 81-80 lead. Then, after a missed shot from UNC’s J.P. Tokoto, Caleb Chowbay scored on a breakaway layup with 0.2 seconds left that sent Belmont players rushing onto the court to celebrate at the horn.

“There aren’t great victories unless you beat great programs,” longtime Belmont coach Rick Byrd said. “... It’s a big moment right now for us.”

Indeed, especially considering it appeared the Bruins (3-1) would be left lamenting one that got away.

Belmont had frustrated North Carolina by playing with poise and knocking down outside shots, leading by 11 points early in the second half.

Then the Tar Heels (2-1) rallied and led by eight with 2½ minutes left, only to see Mann and the Bruins push back.

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 87,
ROBERT MORRIS 49

In Lexington, Ky., Aaron Harrison scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half and Kentucky started all freshmen for the first time in rolling to a victory over Robert Morris.

After three games of starting four freshmen around sophomore 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, coach John Calipari rolled out a rookie lineup of Harrison and twin brother Andrew, James Young, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. That look lasted just 51 seconds as Cauley-Stein replaced Lee, but the Wildcats (3-1) used other combinations of highly touted recruits.

INDIANA STATE 83,
NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 70

In South Bend, Ind., Justin Gant scored 17 points, Manny Arop had 13 and Indiana State beat Notre Dame.

It was the first home November loss for Notre Dame under 14th-year coach Mike Brey, whose teams had been 48-0 in November entering Sunday.

Khristian Smith added 15 points for the Sycamores (2-1).

OREGON STATE 90, MARYLAND 83

In College Park, Md., President Obama stayed to the end of a thrilling game and Oregon State (2-1) rewarded him with a surprising victory, holding off Maryland (1-2) .

Beavers coach Craig Robinson is the older brother of Michelle Obama, who sat with her husband, the couple’s two daughters and Marian Robinson, the first lady’s mother.

FLORIDA STATE 89,
TENNESSEE-MARTIN 61

In Tallahassee, Fla., Ian Miller scored 13 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, finishing 5 of 5 from the floor and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line, as Florida State defeated Tennessee-Martin (1-4) .

Aaron Thomas scored 19 points and had six steals, while Okaro White added 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks for the Seminoles (3-0).

Coach Leonard Hamilton notched his 400th career win - and 200th at Florida State - in a victory over his alma mater.

PITTSBURGH 84, HOWARD 52

In Pittsburgh,Lamar Patterson scored 20 points on Sunday and Pittsburgh (3-0) shot a school-record 81 percent from the field in the first half to knock off Howard (2-3) .

BOSTON COLLEGE 82,
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 79

In Boston, Olivier Hanlan scored 15 of his 38 points in the closing 8:53 to lift Boston College (1-3) to its first win of the season, over Florida Atlantic (1-3) in the second round of the 2K Sports Classic.

NEBRASKA 83, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 57

In Lincoln, Neb., Ray Gallegos had 18 points to lead five Huskers in double figures and Nebraska (3-0) used a two second-half scoring spurts to run past South Carolina State (1-3).

OBITUARY: Joe Dean, a former Louisiana State basketball star and later the university’s athletic director, died Sunday. He was 83.

Dean, whose death in Baton Rouge was confirmed by LSU basketball spokesman Kent Lowe, is one of only three LSU players inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich.

Dean, a native of New Albany, Ind., was LSU’s top scorer in 1950 and ‘51. He became the second LSU player with 1,000 career points in 1952, when he was second on the team in scoring behind Pettit.

Dean was the athletic director at LSU for 14 years, beginning in 1987.

GRINNELL COLLEGE: Jack Taylor renewed his membership in the Century Club.

Taylor scored 109 points for the Division III school Sunday, shooting 24 for 48 on 3-pointers in a 173-123 win over Crossroads. He poured in 53 during the first nine minutes of the second half.

The 5-foot-10 guard from Black River Falls, Wis., set an NCAA record for any level by scoring 138 points last Nov. 20 in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible College.


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