Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No. 15 North Carolina Holds off Clemson, 87-79

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No. 15 North Carolina Holds off Clemson, 87-79

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Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson scored a seasonhigh 21 points to help No. 15 North Carolina hold off No. 20 Clemson 8779 on Tuesday night, preserving its perfect alltime home record against the Tigers.

Joel Berry II scored 14 of his 17 after halftime for the Tar Heels (154, 42 Atlantic Coast Conference), who hung on despite seeing most of an 18point lead erased by Clemson's torrid secondhalf shooting.

Luke Maye added 11 points while playing with a stitchedup cut on his nose suffered shortly before halftime.

The win improved the Tar Heels to 590 alltime at home against Clemson, including 280 in the Smith Center. It's the longest home winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA history.

Marcquise Reed scored 21 points for the Tigers (153, 42), who made 15 of 16 shots out of halftime and thrice closed within two points in the final 10 minutes.

Purdue (No. 3) 78

Wisconsin 50

Vincent Edwards scored 21 points and Carsen Edwards added 20, leading No. 3 Purdue to a blowout over Wisconsin.

The Boilermakers (182, 70 Big Ten) have won 14 straight overall, 19 in a row at home and have matched the best 20game record in school history. The only other time Purdue did that was 198788 when it also won its first seven conference games.

Ethan Happ had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Badgers (910, 24). Wisconsin has lost three straight - all on the road.

But they were never in it Tuesday.

Purdue made its first four 3point attempts to jump out to a 120 lead, and then things got even worse for the Badgers.

Wisconsin needed more than 7 1/2 minutes to make a basket, and then the Boilermakers continued to pour it on.

Purdue extended the lead to 3616 before the Badgers finally fought back to get within 3922 at the half.

The second half was a virtual replay when Purdue's first three baskets were again all 3s. And when Vincent Edwards drove in for a layup with 16:59 to go, the Boilermakers led 5029.

Cincinnati (No. 12)49

Central Florida 38

Gary Clark scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help No. 12 Cincinnati to a victory over Central Florida.

Jacob Evans added 10 points for the Bearcats (162, 50 American Athletic Conference), who won their ninth straight game.

UCF (126, 33) got seven points apiece from Tacko Fall, Terrell Allen and Dayon Griffin, but struggled the entire game to get inside the Bearcats defense. UCF shot just 30 percent for the game and committed 14 turnovers.

It was expected to be a defensive game and both teams played up to that for the entire 40 minutes.

Cincinnati, which has suffered slow starts in its last three games, overcame this one by using speed in transition to beat the Knights down the court. That was especially effective when Fall, UCF's 7foot6 center, was on the bench, which he was when Clark made a layup to put the Bearcats ahead for good at the 13:40 mark of the second half. …

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