Top 25 roundup: No. 5 Virginia battles past No. 7 North Carolina

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[December 09, 2019]    Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points as fifth-ranked Virginia pulled away from a defensive tussle to defeat No. 7 North Carolina 56-47 on Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

 

Guard Tomas Woldetensae scored a season-high 11 points and Francisco Caffaro had a season-best 10 points for Virginia, which was facing a nationally ranked team for the first time this season.

Virginia (8-1, 2-0 ACC) reached the 50-point mark for the first time in a four-game stretch (reaching that level with 4:40 remaining). The Cavaliers are one of four teams without an ACC loss this season.

Cole Anthony's 12 points and Armando Bacot's 11 points paced the Tar Heels (6-3, 1-1), who had a second-half stretch of about eight minutes without a field goal.

No. 9 Gonzaga 83, No. 22 Washington 76

Filip Petrusev had team-high totals of 17 points and 10 rebounds as the ninth-ranked Bulldogs held off the 22nd-ranked Huskies in a nonconference game in Seattle.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Bulldogs (10-1), who beat the Huskies (7-2) for the sixth straight time and the 13th time in the past 14 meetings. Washington holds a 29-19 lead in the all-time series, which dates to 1910.

Ryan Woolridge tallied 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, Corey Kispert and Killian Tillie each scored 15, and Joel Ayayi had 12 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining. Tillie had six assists and five rebounds, and Ayayi had four assists.

No. 11 Michigan State 77, Rutgers 65

Cassius Winston scored 23 points to lead the Spartans to victory over the Scarlet Knights in East Lansing, Mich.

Winston also had seven assists as Michigan State (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) bounced back from a loss to Duke last week to open Big Ten play with a victory. Sophomore Gabe Brown scored a season-high 14 for the Spartans, while junior Xavier Tillman added 14 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Aaron Henry chipped in 12 points.

Graduate transfer Akwasi Yeboah scored 17 to lead Rutgers, which remained winless against Michigan State in 10 all-time meetings. Junior guard Jacob Young added 12 points for the Scarlet Knights (6-3, 0-1).

Iowa State 76, No. 16 Seton Hall 66

Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and George Conditt IV had a career-high 17 points and tied a career high with five blocked shots as the Cyclones upset the Pirates.

Rasir Bolton added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Iowa State used a late 14-3 run to take control, avenging an eight-point loss to Seton Hall in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, the Bahamas, on Nov. 29.

All-American candidate Myles Powell had 19 points and four 3-pointers before fouling out with 54 seconds remaining for Seton Hall. The Pirates were unable to overcome the loss of second-leading scorer Sandro Mamukelashvili, who broke his wrist on a hard fall less than five minutes into the game.

No. 17 Florida State 72, Clemson 53

Devin Vassell paced the Seminoles with 14 points and nine rebounds as Florida State bounced back from a loss by beating the visiting Tigers in an ACC game in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State (8-2, 1-1 ACC) trailed 33-27 at halftime but started the second half on a 10-0 run to grab control. The Seminoles extended the run to 25-8 by the midpoint of the half, stretching the lead to 52-41 on a 3-pointer by Trent Forrest.

The Seminoles, who lost 80-64 at Indiana on Tuesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, outscored Clemson 45-20 in the second half. Florida State's Anthony Polite scored 12 points, and fellow guard M.J. Walker added 11 points. Clemson (5-4, 0-2) committed 18 turnovers and lost its third consecutive game.

No. 19 Dayton 78, Saint Mary's 68

Jalen Crutcher scored 21 points and Obi Toppin added 16 to lead the Flyers to a win over the Gaels in the Air Force Reserve Jerry Colangelo Classic in Phoenix.

Crutcher scored 19 first-half points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He cooled off in the second half and finished 7-for-13 from the field but also recorded six assists.

Trey Landers was clutch down the stretch for the Flyers (7-1) and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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