Men’s top 25 roundup

No. 12 UNC drops No. 4 Gonzaga

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers while No. 12 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat fourth-ranked Gonzaga 103-90 on Saturday night.

Luke Maye added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who led by 14 at halftime and never let the Zags closer than eight after the break. The marquee nonconference game featured two of the nation’s best offensive teams who lived up to those reputations, yet it was the Tar Heels’ work on the boards that proved just as important.

The Bulldogs sat at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 about a week ago, but they’ve lost two straight — though both games were serious nonconference tests that are sure to prepare the Zags for later in the season.

They lost a close one last weekend against No. 3 Tennessee, then fell behind early Saturday night and never could catch up against a UNC offense that looked very comfortable on its home floor.

Elsewhere:

No. 18 Mississippi St 70, Cincinnati 59: Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters scored 14 points each, Reggie Perry and Tyson Carter both added 12, and No. 18 Mississippi State beat Cincinnati.

Mississippi State (9-1) used a 7-0 run midway through the second half — holding the Bearcats scoreless for more than four minutes — to break a tie game and take a 52-45 lead.

NO. 3 TENNESSEE 102, MEMPHIS 92: Admiral Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as Tennessee snapped a three-game skid to its in-state rival.

The Volunteers (8-1) avoided any letdown after a weeklong layoff for finals since upsetting then-No. 1 ranked Gonzaga last weekend in Phoenix. Grant Williams added 19 points for Tennessee.

NO. 5 MICHIGAN 70, WESTERN MICHIGAN 62: Charles Matthews made a layup just before halftime to give No. 5 Michigan its first lead, and the smooth-shooting guard matched a season high with 25 points to help the undefeated Wolverines beat Western Michigan.

Michigan (11-0) is off to its best start since it was 16-0 six seasons ago.

NO. 14 BUFFALO 73, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 65: Nick Perkins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Buffalo beat Southern Illinois.

CJ Massinburg scored 14 points, Davonta Jordan had 11 and the Bulls (10-0) continued their best start since 1930-31, when they finished 15-0. They have won 17 consecutive home games dating to last season.

NO. 15 OHIO STATE 73, BUCKNELL 71: Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held off a comeback bid by Bucknell.

Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to take an 11-point lead with under 10 minutes remaining, but Bucknell stormed back to within three with a 10-2 run and a late 3-pointer by Avi Toomer. The Bison got the ball with 14 seconds left, but a 3-point try by Bruce Moore hit the front of the rim.

NO. 19 KENTUCKY 88, UTAH 61: Freshman Keldon Johnson scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and Kentucky beat Utah.

Johnson made a career-high six shots from long range on seven attempts as Kentucky (8-2) made a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Both Gach led the Utes (4-5) with 22 points, followed by Jayce Johnson with 11.

NO. 23 FURMAN 93, UNC WILMINGTON 50: Clay Mounce tied his career high with 26 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 23 Furman ran past UNC Wilmington, moving to 12-0.

The Paladins long ago surpassed their best previous start to a season (5-0) and have won 19 of their past 20 games.

OLD DOMINION 68, NO. 25 SYRACUSE 62: B.J. Stith scored all of his 18 points in the second half, and Old Dominion overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to stun Syracuse.

Xavier Green had 15 points and Marquis Godwin added 11 for the Monarchs (8-3), who trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 11 early in the second before rallying for their sixth straight victory. Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 23 points on just 5-of-14 shooting.

NO. 25 INDIANA 71, BUTLER 68: Rob Phinisee hit a deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, and Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 35 points to give the Indiana a victory over Butler in the Crossroads Classic.

The Hoosiers (9-2) barely won their fourth straight, scrambling to get a shot before time ran out. Phinisee eventually wound up with the ball in his hands and threw up the decisive 25-footer.

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