Belmont beats UNC on 3-pointer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — J.J. Mann hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left to help Belmont upset No. 12 North Carolina 83-80 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.
Mann finished with a career-best 28 points. His last basket gave the Bruins (3-1) an 81-80 lead. The Tar Heels (2-1) had rallied from 11 down in the second half to lead by eight with about 4 minutes left. After Mann’s basket, UNC’s J.P. Tokoto missed a shot for the lead from near the top of the key. Drew Windler grabbed the loose rebound and threw it ahead to Caleb Chowbay, who scored on a breakaway layup with 0.2 seconds left to seal a stunning win.
When the horn sounded, Belmont’s players spilled off the bench to celebrate near midcourt.
Mann hit five 3-pointers and added nine rebounds to lead the Bruins, who hit 15 of 37 3s.
No. 1 KENTUCKY 87,
ROBERT MORRIS 49
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half and Kentucky started all freshmen for the first time in rolling to a victory over Robert Morris.
After three games of starting four freshmen around sophomore 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, coach John Calipari rolled out a rookie lineup of Harrison and twin brother Andrew, James Young, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. That look lasted just 51 seconds as Cauley-Stein replaced Lee, but the Wildcats (3-1) used other combinations of highly touted recruits.
Trail Blazers 118,
Raptors 110, OT
TORONTO — LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard each scored 25 points, Nicolas Batum added 24, and Portland won its sixth straight.
Lillard was 3 for 3 from the floor in the extra period as the Blazers escaped after blowing a 17-point lead in regulation.
Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup and tied a season high with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 19.
The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers, finishing 15 for 32 from beyond the arc. Toronto made just three.
LAKERS 114, PISTONS 99
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Hill had career highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks and Nick Young scored 19 points apiece in Los Angeles’ victory over Detroit.
Steve Blake had nine points and 16 assists for the Lakers, who made a late surge for just their second victory in six games. Los Angeles scored 16 consecutive points in a rally spanning the third and fourth quarters, holding Detroit without a field goal for more than five minutes.
Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost five of six. Detroit has lost 38 of its last 40 road games against Western Conference teams.
GRIZZLIES 97, KINGS 86
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zach Randolph scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also had 10 rebounds to lead Memphis over Sacramento.
The Grizzlies led by 20 points in the third quarter and survived a second-half rally by the Kings to win their second straight on their four-game road trip that includes tough games today against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State.
Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley also had 19 points and nine assists, and Tony Allen added 12 points.