Men’s basketball roundup: Maye has double-double for UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina kept shoot, shoot, shooting from outside. The 11th-ranked Tar Heels didn’t miss much, either.
Luke Maye had 12 points and 12 rebounds while UNC hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to beat Western Carolina, 104-61, on Wednesday night, turning in a strong offensive performance to head into an 11-day exam break.
The Tar Heels (9-1) shot 57 percent and made 16 of 22 3-point attempts, coming one shy of matching the program record for made 3s in a game. It tied the record for made 3s under 15th-year coach Roy Williams, while the 72.7 percent conversion rate was a school record for a game in which the Tar Heels had at least 20 attempts.
It allowed Williams to rely on a bit of analysis he’s fond of throwing out on good shooting nights.
No. 5 Florida 59
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago stunned No. 5 Florida, handing the Gators a third consecutive loss.
Less than 48 hours after Florida coach Mike White said his team’s performance against rival Florida State was “the epitome of soft,” the Gators delivered another dud.
This one could knock them out of The Associated Press Top 25 next week, especially if they lose to 17th-ranked Cincinnati in New Jersey on Saturday. Arizona went from No. 2 to unranked earlier this season.
The Gators (5-3) shot 36.9 percent from the field, missed 17 of 19 3-point attempts and finished with seven assists.
No. 13 Xavier 96,
Kent State 70
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time heás had 20 this season — and No. 13 Xavier took control with an 18-point run, pulling away to a victory over Kent State.
The Musketeers (8-1) built upon their impressive week. They beat No. 16 Baylor 76-63 last Tuesday at the Cintas Center. Four days later, they hosted crosstown rival Cincinnati, got ahead by 23 points and beat the then-No. 11 Bearcats, 89-76.