David Carlyle led a second-half comeback that was capped by Sam Ivy's two free throws with three seconds remaining and Wake Forest upset third-ranked North Carolina, 83-80, last night in Greensboro, N.C.
Trailing by as many as 14 points early in the second half, Wake Forest (7-9 overall, 2-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) used a barrage of three-point field goals to cut a 54-43 deficit to 56-52 with 13:35 remaining.
Carlyle (21 points, 18 in the second half) hit the first two three-pointers; Cal Boyd (18 points) topped the spree with two more. Boyd added another three-pointer with 9:59 left, bringing Wake Forest within 64-61.
A 12-2 run lasting longer than three minutes gave Wake Forest a 73-71 lead. Ralph Kitley capped the rally with two free throws with 4:04 left. Ranzino Smith (19 points) hit a three-point basket to tie the score at 77 with 2:22 left, but Wake Forest responded with two free throws by Carlyle and a short jumper by Todd Sanders.
Jeff Lebo hit a three-pointer with 50 seconds left to bring North Carolina (14-3, 3-2) within 81-80 and Rick Fox blocked Ivy's shot from the baseline with 25 seconds left. However, the Tar Heels failed to capitalize when Pete Chilcutt was called for traveling.
Ivy (18 points), fouled by Fox, hit both ends of a one-and-one to clinch the upset.
Wake Forest, which ended a 12-game losing streak in the series, took charge by controlling the boards at both ends, outrebounding the Tar Heels, 33-21. The Demon Deacons gained a big advantage on the boards when North Carolina's J.R. Reid (19 points) fouled out with 7:02 left.
Michigan 74, Illinois 64:
Glen Rice scored 23 points and the No. 8 Wolverines took a 16-point halftime lead and went on to defeat No. 13 Illini in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ken Battle, Illinois' leading scorer at 16 points per game, didn't start because of disciplinary reasons. Coach Lou Henson finally put Battle into the game with 7:37 remaining in the first half and Illinois trailing, 18-13. He finished with just three points in 27 minutes.
The Illini (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten), behind Nick Anderson (23 points), began the second half with a 27-17 run that cut Michigan's lead to six with 8:40 to go. That was as close as Illinois got. Michigan is 17-2, 6-1.
Arizona 99, Arizona St. 59:
Sean Elliott scored seven of his 15 points during a 24-5 second-half run and the No. 1 Wildcats went on to crush the Sun Devils in a Pacific-10 Conference game in Tucson.
Arizona State (11-7, 5-4 Pac-10), which trailed at halftime by 43-24, scored the first four points of the second half before Arizona (19-1, 9-0) went on a 5 1/2-minute run that turned the game into a rout.
UNLV 87, Fresno St. 71:
Gerald Paddio scored 25 points, Keith James 23 and the No. 4 Runnin' Rebels cruised to a Pacific Coast Athletic Association victory over the Bulldogs in Las Vegas.
Paddio scored 21 of his points on three-point shots, James 15 as UNLV (18-1, 7-1 PCAA) hit 16 three-pointers to set school and PCAA records for most three-pointers in a game. The old records were 14; UNLV held the old league mark.
Jervis Cole led Fresno State (5-12, 2-6) with 24 points.
So. Miss. 95, Louisville 92:
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Casey Fisher scored 22 points and Randolph Keys and John White hit clutch baskets to key a late comeback by No. 20 Southern Missisippi in a Metro Conference game.
Southern Mississippi (15-2, 4-1 Metro), which this week entered the top 20 for the first time in school history, overcame a nine-point Louisville second-half lead and 28-point performance by the Cardinals' Pervis Ellison.
Louisville is 10-7, 1-2 Metro.
UTEP 53, Colorado St. 51:
Chris Sandle made two free throws with 11 seconds to play, putting a winning finish on the 18th-ranked Miners' comeback from a 14-point first-half deficit against the Rams in a Western Athletic Conference game in El Paso.
A three-point attempt at the buzzer by Colorado State's David Turcotte hit the rim.
Tim Hardaway led UTEP (17-3, 6-1 WAC) with 12 points; Chris Blocker had 11. Pat Durham scored 16 points for the Rams (11-5, 2-2), Turcotte 11.
Temple 87, St. Bonaventure 66:
Sparked by a 13-0 second-half run, the sixth-ranked Owls rebounded from their first loss of the season, to Nevada-Las Vegas on Sunday, by winning an Atlantic 10 Conference game in Philadelphia.
Four players scored in double figures for Temple (15-1 overall, 9-0 Atlantic 10). Senior forward Mike Vreeswyk had 25 points, freshman Mark Macon 14, Howard Evans 12 and Ramon Rivas 11.
The Bonnies (10-7, 4-4) were led by Dick McCormick with 19 points and Rocky Llewellyn with 13.