CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Harrison Barnes scored eight of his 12 points in the final 31/2 minutes to help North Carolina rally from a 16-point deficit to beat Virginia Tech 64-61 on Thursday night.
John Henson scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime to help the Tar Heels (12-4) start 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in three years. North Carolina got off to a horrendous start before slowing Malcolm Delaney to get back in the game and earn its 300th victory in the Smith Center after a tense finish.
Delaney finished with 28 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the Hokies (10-5, 1-2), but he missed a long jumper over Kendall Marshall with his team trailing by a point in the final seconds. Marshall made two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to push the lead to 64-61, then Dexter Strickland stole Erick Green's desperation inbound pass to halfcourt as time expired.
Fisher scores 21, leads Pepperdine over San Jose State 82-69
— Keith Fisher III had a season-high 21 points as Pepperdine defeated San Jose State 82-69 on Monday night.
Pryor's bucket at OT buzzer lifts NMSU over New Mexico 78-76
— Nate Pryor’s over-the-back flip rolled in at the overtime buzzer to give New Mexico State a wild 78-76 victory over New Mexico, after which Aggies players stomped repeatedly on the Lobos’ half-court logo.
Timberlake scores 22 to carry Towson over Kent St. 73-58
— Nicolas Timberlake had 22 points as Towson defeated Kent State 73-58 on Monday night.