CHAPEL HILL, NC – Transfer of graduates Cameron Johnson scored 21 points, the highest number of the season, to help No. 15 North Carolina beat No. 20 Clemson 87-79 on Tuesday for the night, keeping his perfect record at home against the Tigers.
Joel Berry II scored 14 of his 17 points after halftime for the Tar Heels (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who stood their ground despite having seen most of an 18-point lead points eliminated by Clemson. -mediating shot.
Luke Maye added 11 points while playing with a stitched cut on his nose suffered shortly before halftime.
The victory improved the Tar Heels to 59-0 all-time at home against Clemson, including 28-0 at the Smith Center. It is the longest winning streak against a single opponent in the history of the NCAA.
Marcquise Reed scored 21 points for the Tigers (15-3, 4-2), who made 15 of 16 shots from halftime and closed with two points in the last 10 minutes three times apart.
NO. 3 PURDUE 78,
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Vincent Edwards scored 21 points and Carsen Edwards added 20, leading No. 3 Purdue to a victory over Wisconsin.
The Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) have won 14 consecutive in total, 19 in a row at home and have equaled the best record of 20 games in the history of the school. The only other time that Purdue did it was 1987-88 when he also won his first seven conference games.
Ethan Happ had 15 points, 7 badists and 6 rebounds to lead the Badgers (9-10, 2-4) who have lost three in a row, all on the road.
NO. 12 CINCINNATI 49,
CENTRAL FLORIDA 38
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gary Clark scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help No. 12 Cincinnati over Central Florida.
Jacob Evans added 10 points for the Bearcats (16-2, 5-0 American Athletic Conference), who won their ninth consecutive game.
UCF (12-6, 3-3) received seven points apiece from Tacko Fall, Terrell Allen and Dayon Griffin, but had problems with every game to enter the Bearcats defense. UCF shot just 30 percent for the game and committed 14 turnovers.
Cincinnati, which has undergone slow starts in its last three games, beat this by using speed in the transition to beat the Knights on the court. That was especially effective when Fall, UCF's 7-foot-6 center, was on the bench, which was when Clark made a layup to put the Bearcats ahead with 13:40 left in the second half.
Clark's basket was the start of a 10-2 run that gave Cincinnati a 38-30 lead.
UCF made a brief run when Fall added six consecutive points in two dunks and a layup to cut the deficit to 39-36, but the rally died when the center of the Knights missed two free throws on the next possession.
Clark took an alley pbad and crashed it home at the other end to push the Cincinnati lead to 45-36 with 3:52 left in the game and UCF never closer.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 80,
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – Quinndary Weatherspoon had 19 points and Aric Holman added 18 points and a personal record of 14 rebounds to lead the State of Mississippi over Vanderbilt in the Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (14-4 overall, 2-3 SEC) also scored 10 points from Lamar Peters.  9659002] Vanderbilt (6-12, 1-5) was led by Ejike Obinna's 14 points. Jeff Roberson added 10 points for the Commodores, who have lost four in a row.
Both teams had offensive problems in the first minutes, as they were two of 15 combined in the first five minutes. The Bulldogs held an advantage for most of the first half. Weatherspoon scored six while Mississippi State closed with a 12-2 run to lead 37-25 at halftime.
The Bulldogs shot 41 percent in the first half, while the Commodores were slightly better at 42 percent. Mississippi State had only one change in the interim, while Vanderbilt had six.
GEORGIA 61, LSU 60
BATON ROUGE – Yante Maten's field goal in the lane with five seconds remaining gave Georgia a SEC victory against LSU.  The Tigers (11-6, 2-3) advanced 60-59 in a basket for Duop Reath with 39 seconds left, and the winning field goal of the game followed an offensive rebound by Juwan Parker with 23 seconds left to play.  LSU Tremont Waters missed a three-point shot off balance with two seconds remaining.
Maten remained scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the game, but finished with a game of 21 points. Maten scored 17 of the 37 points in the second half of Georgia and caught 12 rebounds. Derek Ogbeide added 11 points for the Bulldogs (12-5, 3-3).
Brandon Sampson led the Tigers with 17 points. Reath added 12 points and Skylar Mays had 11. Waters, who averaged 16 points per game, remained at six points.
LEADERSHIP OF MONDAY
NO. 10 KANSAS 71, NO. 6 WEST VIRGINIA 66
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, including 12 in the last seven minutes, and Kansas recovered from a big deficit to beat West Virginia.
Devonte Graham added 16 points and Udoka Azubuike scored 10 for the Jayhawks (15-3, 5-1 Big 12).
Kansas has won four straight and broke a four-game losing streak at Morgantown to West Virginia (15-3, 4-2). The Mountaineers have lost two consecutive for the first time this season.
Sagaba Konate had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for West Virginia, but did not score in the last seven minutes. That Ahmad added 15 points and Jevon Carter scored 14 for the climbers.
Sports on 1/17/2018