College Sports

Frosh sparks Tar Heels

Freshman Dexter Strickland scored a season-high 18 points, including a key 3-pointer late, to help No. 9 North Carolina beat Rutgers 81-67 on Monday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Deon Thompson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who played without injured fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard. North Carolina turned in a relatively ho-hum performance coming out of a five-day Christmas break, gradually increasing a six-point halftime lead to 17 points midway through the second half.

But the Tar Heels never put away Rutgers (9-3), which hung in and even inched as close as four points with about two minutes left. Strickland responded by burying a three with 1:54 left that pushed the margin to 74-67 and ultimately helped the Tar Heels pull away late.

Mike Rosario scored 22 points for the Scarlet Knights, who were playing in their first road game of the season.

Rutgers came in with a six-game winning streak — the program's longest in eight years — though it came largely against a soft schedule. That didn't stop Rutgers from giving the Tar Heels and coach Roy Williams plenty of reason to feel frustrated.

The Scarlet Knights shot around 50 percent for much of the game. North Carolina shot 54 percent in the first half, but struggled from the field after halftime and missed plenty of shots in the paint that would have put some distance between the Tar Heels and the Scarlet Knights.

Ginyard's absence certainly didn't help matters. The versatile swingman, who is averaging 11 points per game, sprained his right ankle on a drive to the basket during Saturday's practice, with the school announcing Monday afternoon he would sit out against Rutgers. He was on the bench, but walked at times with the aid of a crutch and is considered doubtful for Wednesday night's home game against Albany.

By the final minutes of this one, Williams was so irked that he slammed his right hand down on his chair and slouched in his seat on the bench after the Tar Heels had to burn a timeout with a six-point lead and about 3 minutes left.

RUTGERS (9-3): Jackson 3-5 0-0 6, Mitchell 6-16 0-0 14, Ndiaye 3-5 1-2 7, Rosario 10-21 1-2 22, Beatty 0-4 0-0 0, Okam 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 5-10 1-4 11, Coburn 3-9 1-1 7, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-70 4-9 67 .

NORTH CAROLINA (10-3): Graves 3-7 2-2 10, Thompson 6-11 2-6 14, Davis 3-9 5-6 11, Watts 1-2 3-4 5, Drew II 4-9 2-5 10, Strickland 6-8 5-6 18, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Zeller 4-10 2-2 10, Henson 0-1 0-0 0, D.Wear 0-2 1- 2 1, T.Wear 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 27-59 24-35 81.

Halftime—North Carolina 39-33. 3-Point Goals—Rutgers 3-23 (Mitchell 2-9, Rosario 1-9, Miller 0-2, Beatty 0-3), North Carolina 3-7 (Graves 2-5, Strickland 1-1, Henson 0-1). Fouled Out—Ndiaye, Okam. Rebounds—Rutgers 34 (Mitchell 9), North Carolina 45 (Davis 15). Assists—Rutgers 14 (Beatty 6), North Carolina 13 (Drew II 5). Total Fouls—Rutgers 24, North Carolina 12. A—21,023.

No. 18 Temple 63, B. Green 39

BOWLING GREEN (5-5): Thomas 2-10 2-2 7, Larson 1-4 0-0 2, Polk 2-5 0-2 4, Jakubowski 2-8 0-0 5, Brown 5-11 0-0 10, Crawford 1-4 0-0 3, Kraus 0-1 0-2 0, Goins 0-1 0-2 0, Erger 0-1 0-0 0, McElroy 0-3 0-0 0, Marsch all 2-6 4-4 8. Totals 15-54 6-12 39.

TEMPLE (10-2): Allen 2-4 1-4 5, Eric 0-2 0-0 0, Brooks 7-11 1-3 19, Fernandez 4-10 0-0 11, Guzman 1-3 0-0 3, Wyatt 0-1 0-0 0, DiLeo 0-0 1-2 1, DeLeon 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 7-9 2-4 17, Williams 2-5 0-0 5, Jeffer son 0-2 2-2 2, Randall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 7-15 63.

Halftime—Temple 32-13. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 3-15 (Thomas 1-3, Crawford 1-3, Jakubowski 1-4, McElroy 0-2, Brown 0-3), Temple 10-23 (Brooks 4-6, Fernandez 3-5, Moore 1-2, Guzman 1-3, Wil liams 1-4, Allen 0-1, Randall 0-1, Wyatt 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling Green 33 (Polk 9), Temple 36 (Allen 13). Assists—Bowling Green 7 (Jakubowski 3), Temple 17 (Brooks 6). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 16, Temple 12. A—3,900.

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