College Basketball Roundup: Love, Bacot lead UNC past Notre Dame

UNCG, App State, UNCA, Davidson and High Point all won on Wednesday

UNC's RJ Davis shoots as Notre Dame's Trey Wertz defends during the Tar Heels’ win Wednesday in South Bend. (Michael Caterina / AP Photo)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Caleb Love and Armando Bacot scored 16 points each and Bacot had a milestone double-double, leading UNC to a 63-59 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Bacot grabbed 11 rebounds for his 67th career double-double, tying him with Tom Burleson for the fourth most in ACC history. Tim Duncan had the most with 87.

Pete Nance had 11 points and 10 rebounds for North Carolina (17-11, 9-8). R.J. Davis added 12 points.

Cormac Ryan had 14 points, Trey Wertz 13, and J.J. Starling 10 for Notre Dame (10-18, 2-15).

The Tar Heels overcame an eight-point halftime deficit, taking the lead at 32-31 on a layup by Davis with 16:41 remaining. There were six more lead changes, the last on Love’s offensive rebound and putback for a 53-52 UNC lead with 3:22 remaining.

Up 59-58 with 38 seconds left, UNC worked the shot clock before Leaky Black missed a shot with 11 seconds left. The Tar Heels grabbed the offensive rebound, and after another miss and offensive rebound, Love was fouled and made two free throws for a three-point lead. The teams then exchanged a series of free throws and UNC sealed it.

The Tar Heels held the Fighting Irish without a field goal over a five-minute period and 3 of 8 overall down the stretch.

Notre Dame led 27-19 at intermission after holding UNC to four points in the final eight minutes of the half. The Tar Heels shot 18.5% in the first half and missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts. The Tar Heels shot 33.3% for the game and were 2 of 23 from distance.

UNC hosts No. 6 Virginia on Saturday. Notre Dame will be at Wake Forest, also on Saturday.

UNC Greensboro 71, Western Carolina 71-52

GREENSBORO — Keyshaun Langley’s 28 points helped UNC Greensboro defeat Western Carolina 71-52 on Wednesday night.

Langley was 9-of-15 shooting, including 6 for 8 from distance, for the Spartans (20-10, 14-3 Southern Conference). Keondre Kennedy scored 14 points and added six rebounds. Bas Leyte finished with nine points.

The Catamounts (16-14, 9-8) were led in scoring by Tre Jackson, who finished with 17 points and two steals. Tyzhaun Claude added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Western Carolina. In addition, Vonterius Woolbright finished with nine points and eight assists.

Both teams wrap up their regular seasons on Saturday. UNC Greensboro visits East Tennessee State while Western Carolina hosts VMI.

High Point 69, Radford 64

HIGH POINT — Zach Austin scored 20 points as High Point beat Radford 69-64 on Wednesday night.

Austin added five blocks for the Panthers (14-15, 6-11 Big South Conference). Abdoulaye Thiam scored 12 points, and Bryant Randleman finished with 10 points while adding six rebounds.

The Highlanders (17-13, 11-6) were led in scoring by DaQuan Smith, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds and two steals. Justin Archer added 13 points, eight rebounds and two steals for Radford. In addition, Onyebuchi Ezeakudo had eight points.

Both teams next play Saturday in their regular-season finales. High Point visits Winthrop while Radford hosts Campbell.

Davidson 74, Saint Bonaventure 61

DAVIDSON — Foster Loyer had 27 points and handed out five assists as Davidson beat Saint Bonaventure 74-61 on Wednesday night.

Sam Mennenga scored 24 points for the Wildcats (13-14, 6-9 Atlantic 10 Conference).

The Bonnies (13-16, 7-9) were led by Moses Flowers, who posted 16 points. Daryl Banks III added 12 points for Saint Bonaventure. In addition, Chad Venning had nine points and three blocks..

Davidson visits Duquesne on Sunday.

Appalachian State 78, Georgia State 52

ATLANTA — Christopher Mantis had 22 points in Appalachian State’s 78-52 win against Georgia State on Wednesday night.

Mantis shot 8 for 11, including 6 for 9 from beyond the arc, for the Mountaineers (16-14, 9-8 Sun Belt Conference). Donovan Gregory added 16 points, and CJ Huntley finished with 14 points.

The Panthers (10-19, 3-14) were led by Brenden Tucker, who posted 19 points. Collin Moore added 11 points, four steals and three blocks for Georgia State. Kaleb Scott also had eight points. The loss was the Panthers’ sixth straight.

UNC Asheville 80, Charleston Southern 62

ASHEVILLE — Tajion Jones’ 30 points led UNC Asheville over Charleston Southern 80-62 on Wednesday night.

Jones shot 10 for 14, including 8 for 11 from beyond the arc, for the Bulldogs (23-7, 15-2 Big South Conference). Drew Pember scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds. Nicholas McMullen scored 10 points.

Kalib Clinton led the way for the Buccaneers (8-20, 4-13) with 19 points. Charleston Southern also got 16 points from Claudell Harris Jr. and 14 points from Taje’ Kelly. The loss was the seventh straight for the Buccaneers.

Winthrop 95, Campbell 93 (OT)

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Kasen Harrison had 24 points in Winthrop’s 95-93 overtime victory against Campbell on Wednesday night.

Harrison also had five assists for the Eagles (14-16, 9-8 Big South Conference). Sin’Cere McMahon scored 22 points, and Kelton Talford finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Ricky Clemons led the Fighting Camels (13-16, 8-9), finishing with 34 points, four assists and three steals. His 3-pointer from about 35 feet tied the game near the end of regulation. Anthony Dell’Orso added 23 points and seven rebounds for Campbell. Jay Pal had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Liberty 85, Queens 77

CHARLOTTE — Darius McGhee’s 35 points led Liberty past Queens 85-77 on Wednesday night.

McGhee was 11 of 24 shooting, including 5 for 11 from distance, for the Flames (23-7, 14-3 Atlantic Sun Conference). Colin Porter scored 13 points and added five steals. Kyle Rode recorded 12 points.

The Royals (17-13, 7-10) were led by BJ McLaurin, who posted 19 points. AJ McKee added 17 points for Queens. In addition, Jay’Den Turner had 15 points and 12 rebounds.