Top 25 Capsules
ATLANTA (AP) Jerian Grant scored 12 points, Steve Vasturia added 11 points and No. 12 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 62-59 on Wednesday night.
Despite the absence of starting forward Zach Auguste, the Fighting Irish (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) secured their best start to a season since 1978-79.
Pat Connaughton, V.J. Beachem and Bonzie Colson each finished with 10 points, and Demetrius Jackson had nine for Notre Dame, which has won 12 of 13.
Irish coach Mike Brey said Auguste missed the game because of an academic matter, but Brey would not speculate on a timetable for his return.
Demarco Cox scored 17 points and Chris Bolden added 13 for Georgia Tech (9-7, 0-4).
NO. 13 WICHITA STATE 67, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 55
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Darius Carter scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting, leading No. 13 Wichita State past Southern Illinois.
Ron Baker had 11 points and Tekele Cotton added 10 as the Shockers (15-2, 5-0 Missouri Valley) won their 23rd straight conference game.
Deion Lavender scored 15 points, Bola Olaniyan had 12 and Anthony Beane 10 as Southern Illinois (7-11, 0-5) lost its seventh straight.
NO. 14 MARYLAND 73, RUTGERS 65
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Dez Wells scored 17 points, Jake Layman had a career-high 13 rebounds and No. 14 Maryland used a late surge to beat Rutgers.
Layman and Jared Nickens each scored 12 points for the Terrapins (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten), who finished with an 18-6 run to avert an upset.
Coming off a 67-62 win over then-No. 4 Wisconsin, Rutgers (10-8, 2-3) appeared poised for an encore after taking a 57-51 lead with 7:27 left.
Myles Mack scored 19 points for Rutgers, and Bishop Daniels and Mike Williams each had 12.
NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 81, N.C. STATE 79
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Marcus Paige scored 23 points and No. 15 North Carolina barely held off a late comeback to beat rival North Carolina State.
Kennedy Meeks added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They led by 12 in the second half and by double figures near the 4-minute mark before watching N.C. State (12-6, 3-2) twice claw within a point in the final seconds.
Ralston Turner scored 20 points to lead N.C. State, including a couple of big 3-pointers late in the Wolfpack’s comeback.