Center Brad Daugherty scored 28 points, forward Joe Wolf provided 14 points and 14 rebounds, and guard Kenny Smith got all 12 of his points in the second half to propel top-ranked North Carolina over North Carolina State, 90-79, yesterday in Chapel Hill.
For UNC (14-0), it was the Atlantic Coast Conference season opener and the Tar Heels' last game in 10,000-seat Carmichael Auditorium. They are to move into the 22,000-seat Student Activities Center Jan. 18.
The Tar Heels had to rally from 10 points down, and again from seven behind after catching up, in the first half as N.C. State's Charles Shackleford and Chris Washburn (21 points for the game) led an early charge. UNC responded with a 10-0 scoring run the first time, then with a 12-0 burst.
Then the Tar Heels had to hold off a Wolfpack threat in the second half. This they accomplished by shooting 62.9 percent from the field after intermission, 22 of 35.
UNC Coach Dean Smith said the Tar Heels needed the tough game after a run of recent easy ones. "State did a great job of hanging in and scoring against our defense."
N.C. State Coach Jim Valvano didn't let the ceremony of the last game in Carmichael go without his own personal recognition. After shaking Smith's hand at midcourt, he took a basketball and scored a layup for the last basket in the 20-year-old building.
"I thought we would come here and play well and we did," Valvano said in the locker room. "What we've got to learn now is to handle the runs during a ball game, the good teams coming back."
Nate McMillan scored five points to guide the Wolfpack (8-4, 1-1 in the ACC) on its final charge to wipe out most of a 63-53 lead. N.C. State got to 65-63 on Walker Lambiotte's reverse layup with 9:16 remaining. Smith scored four of North Carolina's next eight points as the Tar Heels made it 73-67 with 6:11 left. Memphis St. 83, Kansas 80
Seven-foot junior William Bedford made 22 points and 5-10 senior point guard Andre Turner 20 as Memphis State, No. 9 in the AP poll, rallied to defeat No. 5 Kansas in overtime at Memphis.
Memphis State's 12-0 is its best start ever. Kansas, led yesterday by Calvin Thompson's 21 points and Greg Dreiling's 18, is 12-2.
The victory meant a little extra to Turner. Last season he missed the Tigers' game at Kansas because of his father's funeral; the Jayhawks won, 75-71. LSU 90, Mississippi St. 84
In Baton Rouge, No. 8 Louisiana State equaled its best season start ever, 14-0, and moved to 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference as sophomore forward John Williams got 29 points. The Bulldogs (3-8, 0-2) got 26 from freshman guard Greg Lockhart and created four ties in the second period but never drew ahead.
Mississippi State Coach Bob Boyd, who announced this week he would be stepping down at season's end, said, "I thought we played quite well. I have no idea what my announcement had to do with the performance." Kentucky 80, Vanderbilt 71
Forward Kenny Walker scored 25 points and the 12th-ranked Wildcats (10-1), in their SEC opener, held off a frantic second-half rally in Nashville. Vanderbilt is 7-4, 1-1. Michigan 78, Ohio State 68
Gary Grant scored 19 of his 23 points for the No. 2 Wolverines in the second half at Columbus. Michigan (14-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) cashed in numerous turnovers by Ohio State (7-4, 1-1). The Buckeyes' Dennis Hopson, averaging 25.3 points coming in, was held to 12, but teammate Brad Sellers had 25 points and 15 rebounds. Iowa 60, Illinois 59
The Hawkeyes (11-4, 1-1) scored a Big Ten upset in Champaign as Gerry Wright scored 18 points and freshman Roy Marble made a tie-breaking free throw with :30 left. No. 14 Illinois (10-3, 1-1) took its first loss in 32 games at home as Anthony Welch, who led all scorers with 23 points, missed a jumper from the corner near the finish. Syracuse 96, Seton Hall 75
Seniors Rafael Addison and Wendell Alexis scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, as No. 4 Syracuse (10-0, every game at home) moved to 2-0 in the Big East.
Seton Hall (9-6, 0-2) began with Andre McCloud, one of its three top players, on the bench with a bad ankle. McCloud, of Washington, D.C., did play half the game, scoring 17 points, but the other two -- forward Ricky Burton and center Mark Bryant -- left injured in the first half.
Syracuse's freshman guard from Spingarn (D.C.) High School, Sherman Douglas, in 13 minutes playing time had 10 points, six assists and three steals. St. John's 78, Pitt 75
The No. 10 Redmen, extended to overtime a second time in three nights by a Big East rival, got 10 of their 11 points in the extra five minutes from Shelton Jones and Mark Jackson.
Walter Berry scored 26 points as St. John's (14-1, 2-0) prevailed after the Panthers (9-3, 1-1), down by as many as 13 in the first half, forged a 67-67 regulation tie. Boston College 61, UConn 60
The Eagles, at home, saw a 39-25 lead dissolve into a 46-all tie with 10:01 left before regrouping for a Big East victory. BC is 9-3, Connecticut 8-2. Va. Tech 85, W. Kentucky 71
Doctors gave Dell Curry the go-ahead to play on his injured ankles in Blacksburg, Va., and the athlete some NBA scouts consider the nation's top big guard prospect responded with 26 points to lead the Hokies to their 11th win in 13 games. Western Kentucky is 8-3. Oklahoma 103, SE La. 66
Tim McCalister paced No. 7 Oklahoma with 31 points and Daryl Kennedy got 21 in a Sooner Invitational rout in Norman. The Sooners (13-0) have scored in triple digits five times this season, including a 100-68 victory over Austin Peay in the invitational Friday night. Temple 76, Rhode Island 60
Senior Eddie Coe tossed in 23 points, including nine for nine from the foul line, to lead the Owls in an Atlantic 10 opener in Philadelphia. Temple (9-1) is 17-0 against Rhode Island (4-4) dating to 1941. St. Joseph's 72, Penn St. 42
Wayne Williams scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half as St. Joseph's beat its Atlantic 10 opponent in Philadelphia. The Hawks (6-2, 1-1) ran up leads of 20-4 and, at the half, 33-16, on the Lions (6-4, 1-1). W. Virginia 66, Duquesne 62
In Pittsburgh, Holman Harley scored West Virginia's final six points on four free throws and a breakaway dunk as the Mountaineers (5-5, 2-0 Atlantic 10) withstood Rick Suder's 22 points for the Dukes (6-3, 1-1). Freshman Darryl Prue of Washington, D.C., supplied 10 WVU points and nine rebounds. St. Bonaventure 64, Rutgers 57
Doug Turner scored 13 points and fellow guard Elmer Anderson 12 as the Bonnies (7-3, 2-0 in the Atlantic 10) led throughout against the Scarlet Knights (5-6, 0-3) at Piscataway, N.J. Villanova 87, Marist 71
Harold Pressley scored 17 points, Kenny Wilson 15 and Doug West 14 for the Wildcats (9-6) in their Nevin Field House farewell. Villanova went 317-51 and won its last 23 in the gym opened in 1932 and renamed for the school's former trainer, Jake Nevin, who died last month. An on-campus arena opens for Maryland's visit Feb. 1. Purdue 68, Minnesota 61
Troy Lewis scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Todd Mitchell had 18 as the Boilermakers won in Big Ten play at West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue is 13-2, 2-0; Minnesota 10-5, 0-2. Richmond 52, Wm. & Mary 36
Richmond (9-1), at home, led by only 19-16 at halftime before pulling away in a CAA opener. John Newman had 24 points. Notre Dame 77, La Salle 63
Sophomore guard David Rivers scored 24 points to lead the No. 17 Fighting Irish (7-1) over the Explorers (6-7) in Philadelphia. Louisville 94, Wyoming 62
Senior forward Billy Thompson scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-14 shooting as the No. 18 Cardinals (7-3) routed the traveling Cowboys (6-6).