Second-ranked North Carolina lost its home opener for the first time in 71 years as Morris Peterson scored a career-high 31 points to lead No. 8 Michigan State to an 86-76 victory last night.

The Tar Heels (3-1), coming off three impressive wins at the Maui Invitational, last lost a home opener in 1928 to South Carolina.

The meeting of top 10 teams--part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge--was played without Michigan State star point guard Mateen Cleaves, who is sidelined with a stress fracture in his right foot.

The 6-foot-7 Peterson was effective from several places, going 7 for 10 in the first 20 minutes as the Spartans led by 12 points.

Peterson, whose previous career best was 27 points, made his first three shots of the second half as Michigan State (4-1) took control.

N.C. STATE 61, PURDUE 59: Justin Gainey made a three-pointer with 15.2 seconds remaining to help the Wolfpack beat the No. 19 Boilermakers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in West Lafayette, Ind.

North Carolina State (4-0) rallied from a 12-point deficit as Purdue (2-2) made two field goals in the final 13 minutes.

WEBER STATE 84, UTAH 72: Eddie Gill scored a career-high 25 points and Harold Arceneaux added 15 as the Wildcats (3-1) upended the No. 20 Utes (2-2) in Ogden, Utah.

Weber State Coach Joe Cravens, who was an assistant for Rick Majerus at Utah in 1990, beat his old boss as the Wildcats extended their home-court winning streak to 26 games and ended a four-game losing streak to Utah (2-2).

OKLAHOMA STATE 68, WICHITA STATE 56: Alex Webber scored 20 points and the No. 21 Cowboys scored the final 15 points to win at home.

Desmond Mason, who was held to two first-half points, had seven points in the 15-0 run. Joe Adkins made two free throws with 3:14 remaining to give Oklahoma State (5-0) a 57-56 lead.

TENNESSEE 78, MIAMI (OHIO) 59: Vincent Yarbrough scored 19 points to lead the No. 18 Volunteers at home.

Tennessee (5-0) limited the RedHawks (1-2) to 26 percent shooting in the first half and staved off a late rally to seal the win.

AUBURN 65, BELMONT 56: Mack McGadney had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 7 Tigers (3-1) overcame 6-of-18 free throw shooting to earn their 19th straight home win.

DEPAUL 104, CHICAGO STATE 57: In Chicago, Quentin Richardson, Bobby Simmons and Kerry Hartfield each scored 17 points to lead the No. 22 Blue Demons (4-1). The Cougars are 1-3.

UCLA 100, MORGAN STATE 39: In Los Angeles, reserve Billy Knight scored 15 points and Jerome Moiso and JaRon Rush added 14 points each for the No. 12 Bruins (3-0), who shot 68 percent. The Bears are 0-4.

MICHIGAN 80, GEORGIA TECH 77: Freshman Gavin Groninger scored all 18 of his points on three-pointers--including a key basket with 1:20 remaining--to lift the Wolverines (4-0) in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets fell to 3-2.

ARIZONA 86, BYU 62: Rick Anderson scored 10 of his career-high 16 points in a crucial stretch of the second half as the No. 4 Wildcats (5-0) won at home. The victory was No. 400 for Coach Lute Olson (400-120).

GONZAGA 71, BOISE STATE 55: Axel Dench scored 12 of his 15 points in an early second-half run as the No. 25 Bulldogs (4-0) won at home.


Michigan 80, Georgia Tech 77

N.C. State 61, Purdue, 59

Penn State 85, Clemson 75

Michigan St. 86, N. Carolina 76

Florida State 60, Northwestern 46