CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brice Johnson collected a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds and No. 5 North Carolina defeated No. 11 Miami 96-71 in college basketball action on Saturday.
Johnson played a game-high 32 minutes and shot 7-of-11 from the floor, as four North Carolina starters scored in double-figures.
The Tar Heels (22-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) were rebounding from the midweek loss to Duke at home.
Justin Jackson added 15 points and eight assists, Isaiah Hicks finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson each scored 10 points for North Carolina, which shot 54.2 percent and led by as many as 38 points.
Angel Rodriguez scored 12 points, five rebounds and three assists and Ivan Cruz Uceda ended with 12 points to lead the way for Miami in the away defeat.
Anthony Lawrence Jr. who went 4-of-5 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-pointers, chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds and senior Sheldon McClellan ended with 10 points for the Hurricanes (21-5, 10-4).
Saturday’s defeat sees Miami’s five-game winning streak being snapped while the Tar Heels, who moved into first-place in the ACC conference standings, have won three of the past four games.
Meanwhile, senior guard Marcus Paige shot just 2-of-8 from the field and scored seven points on Saturday for North Carolina.
Paige, a preseason ACC All-American, also scored seven points in the defeat to Duke on Wednesday night.
In Pennsylvania, Josh Hart had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds and Kris Jenkins added 20 points, six boards and two blocks, and No. 1 Villanova got past Butler, 77-67 on Saturday in another college basketball contest.
Both players shot 50 percent from the field, with Hart going 8-of-16 and Jenkins shooting 6-of-12 on the day.
As a team, the top-ranked Wildcats (24-3, 13-1 Big East) shot 46.3 percent from the floor and led 34-25 at halftime and then used that lead to secure their seventh straight victory.
Kelan Martin had 19 points and Roosevelt Jones finished with 16 for Butler (18-9, 7-8).
Kellen Dunham added 13 points and eight boards for the Bulldogs, who dropped two of the past three games.
College Basketball Scores – Top 25
Saturday, February 20
No. 2 KANSAS 72, KANSAS STATE 63
No. 3 OKLAHOMA 76, No. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 62
No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 96, No. 11 MIAMI 71
No. 8 XAVIER 88, GEORGETOWN 70
No. 13 IOWA STATE 92, TCU 83
TEXAS A&M 79, No. 14 KENTUCKY 77, OT
ST. BONAVENTURE 79, No. 15 DAYTON 72
No. 16 OREGON 91, OREGON STATE 81
No. 22 INDIANA 77, No. 17 PURDUE 73
No. 18 LOUISVILLE 71, No. 20 DUKE 64
GEORGIA TECH 63, No. 19 NOTRE DAME 62
No. 25 BAYLOR 78, No. 24 TEXAS 64