North Carolina's Waltiea Rolle, who collected seven blocks Monday night, saved her most impressive swat for the final seconds of a 62-60 victory over Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C.
As Duke freshman guard Chelsea Gray raced the length of the court and snaked down the lane for a layup attempt, the 6-foot-6 UNC center waited with outstretched arms. Rolle blocked the scoop shot at the buzzer and handed the No. 13 Tar Heels (21-3 overall, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) an upset victory over No. 5 Duke (21-2, 7-1).
“She was coming hard,” Rolle said. “I just waited for her to go up before I blocked it and tried not to foul.”
North Carolina senior guard Italee Lucas scored a team-high 17 points, and Rolle finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Gray had a game-high 20 points, six rebounds and four assists for Duke, while teammate Jasmine Thomas had 18 points and five assists.
No. 4 Tennessee 73, at No. 15 Kentucky 67: Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and the Vols (22-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 13th straight despite turning it over 24 times against relentless pressure from the Wildcats (18-5, 7-3).
No. 19 Florida State 78, at Virginia 74: Cierra Bravard scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Seminoles (18-5, 6-2), who withstood a furious rally from the Cavaliers (13-12, 2-7).
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At No. 2 Kansas 103, No. 19 Missouri 86: Marcus Morris had 22 points and reserve Mario Little added 17, sparking a second-half charge that boosted the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) past the rival Tigers (18-6, 4-5) in a clash between the conference’s highest-scoring teams.
Markieff Morris added 16 points for Kansas, which shot 61 percent against Missouri’s pressure defense.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 71, at No. 25 West Virginia 66: Nasir Robinson scored 15 points and the Panthers (22-2, 10-1 Big East) got a balanced attack without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs, who is out up to two weeks with a left knee injury, to beat the Mountaineers (15-8, 6-5).
Wyoming (8-15 overall, 1-8 Mountain West) fired Heath Schroyer as its coach and made Fred Langley interim coach for the rest of the season. Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will return from an eight-game suspension from Southeastern Conference play this week. He was suspended for recruiting irregularities. Oklahoma State suspended starting forward Darrell Williams after he was charged with four felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two women without their consent. Mississippi State suspended guard Ravern Johnson indefinitely because of “inappropriate tweets.” He averages a team-high 17.7 points per game.