Late 3 lifts Belmont to upset of No. 12 Tar Heels

November 18, 2013 

J.J. Mann hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left to help Belmont upset No. 12 North Carolina, 83-80, on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mann finished with a career-best 28 points. His last basket gave the Bruins (3-1) an 81-80 lead. The Tar Heels (2-1) had rallied from 11 down in the second half to lead by eight with about 4 minutes left. After Mann’s basket, UNC’s J.P. Tokoto missed a shot for the lead from near the top of the key. Drew Windler grabbed the loose rebound and threw it ahead to Caleb Chowbay, who scored on a breakaway layup with 0.2 seconds left.

When the horn sounded, Belmont’s players spilled off the bench to celebrate near midcourt.

“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.”

NO. 7 MICHIGAN FALLS

Melvin Ejim scored 22 points, and Iowa State closed the game on a 23-10 run to shock No. 7 Michigan, 77-70, spoiling Wolverines star Mitch McGary’s debut.

Naz Long added 16 for the Cyclones (3-0), who held McGary – a preseason first-team All-American who missed two games with a lower back injury – to just one second-half point. He finished with nine.

Nik Stauskas led Michigan (2-1) with 20 points.

TOP 25 HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron Harrison scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half, and No. 1 Kentucky (3-1) rolled to an 87-49 victory over Robert Morris (3-1). ... DeAndre Daniels scored 24 points as No. 19 Connecticut (4-0) pulled away to beat Boston University (2-1), 77-60. ... Indiana State (2-1) handed No. 21 Notre Dame (2-1) its first November loss under 14th-year coach Mike Brey, 83-70. ... Cameron Bairstow scored a career-high 29 points, and Alex Kirk added 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 22 New Mexico (2-0) to a 109-93 win over Charleston Southern (2-2). ... No. 23 Baylor (3-0) got 20 points from Kenny Chery in an 87-68 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2).

PAC-12 MEN

Oregon State 90, at Maryland 83: With President Barack Obama watching from the stands, the Beavers held off the Terrapins.

OSU 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.

The Beavers (2-1) scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 46-38 lead and never trailed again. Roberto Nelson scored 31 points, and Devon Collier had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State.

Dez Wells scored 23 for the Terrapins (1-2).

Stanford 66, at Denver 57: Chasson Randle scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the second half the Cardinal (3-1) past the Pioneers (0-2). Denver hurt itself with 18 turnovers and a 15-for-25 performance from the free-throw line.

TAYLOR BREAKS 100, AGAIN

Jack Taylor scored 109 points for Division III Grinnell College on Sunday, shooting 24-for-48 on 3-pointers in a 173-123 win over Crossroads College. He scored 53 during the first nine minutes of the second half before heading to the bench.

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.

WOMEN’S TOP 25

Tia Gibbs scored 23 points, and No. 5 Louisville (4-0) held on to beat No. 11 Oklahoma, 97-92, to win the preseason WNIT title in Norman, Okla. The Sooners (3-1) were down 95-92 with 25 seconds left and had the ball after a turnover. But they missed two shots to let Louisville escape. ... Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers each scored 24 points, and No. 19 Michigan State (2-1) outlasted Dayton (2-2) in overtime, 96-89. Powers hit a layup with nine seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. … Bria Hartley tied a career high with 29 points to help No. 1 Connecticut (4-0) knock off its third Top 25 team of the week with a 72-51 victory over No. 13 Penn State (2-1). ... Tricia Liston scored 20 points, and Richa Jackson added 15 to help No. 2 Duke (3-0) get its 400th win at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 92-57 victory over Alabama (0-3).

PAC-12 WOMEN

Chiney Ogwumike had 28 points and 15 rebounds in helping No. 3 Stanford (3-1) beat UC Davis (0-3), 66-48. ... Rashanda Gray scored 15 points, and No. 10 California (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-52 victory over Georgetown (1-2). ... Allisha Gray had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead No. 12 North Carolina (2-1) to a 78-68 victory over UCLA (1-2).

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