CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Freshman Bruce Brown needed only 11 shots to score a career-high 30 points, and the Miami Hurricanes deployed a swarming zone defense Saturday to upset the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels 77-62, ending their seven-game winning streak.
The Tar Heels' point total was a season low and 27 below their average, and they shot only 35 percent. The Hurricanes repeatedly got their hands on the ball against the taller Tar Heels, especially in the lane.
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Miami also had a 41-36 edge in rebounding against the Tar Heels, who lead the nation in that category.
North Carolina (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had climbed to the top of the league standings with its winning streak, was playing for the second time in three days and looked it. The Hurricanes (14-6, 4-4) beat a ranked team for the first time this season, and won for the 23rd time in their past 24 home games.
BOX SCORE: MIAMI 77, NORTH CAROLINA 62
The Tar Heels had scored at least 85 points in a school-record seven consecutive league games, but that streak was doomed by a season-low first-half point total. They missed 18 of their final 19 shots and trailed 39-22 at halftime.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams subbed for his entire lineup at one point in the second half, but no combination worked. The Tar Heels played without injured swingman Theo Pinson.
No. 5 Baylor rallies to top Mississippi 78-75
No. 5 Baylor rallied to beat Mississippi 78-75 on Saturday in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Baylor (20-1) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win its fifth straight game. The Bears trailed 50-40 early in the second half, but pushed ahead to take their first lead at 56-54 with 10:25 left after Motley made a pair of free throws.BOX SCORE: BAYLOR 78, MISSISSIPPI 75It was a close game from that point forward. Lecomte hit a decisive 3-pointer with 23 seconds left that made it 78-72 and sent many of the Ole Miss fans to the exits.
Brown had 23 points before he missed a shot, and he finished 8 for 11, including four 3-pointers. His previous high was 17 points. He also had five assists.
Ja'Quan Newton added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Hurricanes, whose biggest lead was 55-33. The Tar Heels were never closer than 11 after that.
Justin Jackson led North Carolina with 21 points. Joel Berry II went 0 for 8 and scored two points, 13 below his average.
North Carolina's frustration boiled over late in the half when guard Berry received a technical foul. The Tar Heels' previous losses were all by 12 points or less.
Miami outscored North Carolina 20-2 during a 12-minute span, and the Tar Heels went the final 8:36 of the first half without a basket.
North Carolina went 7 for 24 from 3-point range after sinking a season-high 14 baskets from beyond the arc in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech.
North Carolina raced to an 11-2 lead, but the Hurricanes sank 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to get back into the game.
C. Michigan's Keene joins impressive group of scorers
Central Michigan is not known as a college basketball powerhouse, but the Chippewas are providing plenty of excitement. BOX SCORE: CENTRAL MICHIGAN 105, KENT STATE 98 (OT)Star guard Marcus Keene is the main reason why.MORE: Josh Jackson leads undermanned Kansas past Kentucky on the roadKeene was at it again Saturday, in a 105-98 win against Kent State by scoring 41 points with 10 rebounds and four assists. It was Keene's fourth 40-plus point game of the season, tying him with Jimmer Fredette and Stephen Curry for college basketball's most in one season in the last 10 years.
Symbolic of Miami's performance was a free throw by Newton that bounced three times on the left side of the rim before dropping through the net. Everything fell right for the Hurricanes.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels fell to 8-3 against the Hurricanes in Miami.
Miami: The Hurricanes improved to 5-4 against North Carolina under coach Jim Larranaga. The win was the fifth for the Hurricanes against a Top Ten ACC team under Larranaga.
North Carolina will try to bounce back at home against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Miami plays host to another Top Ten team — No. 6 Florida State — on Wednesday.
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North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks reacts during the second half against Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Jan. 26. North Carolina won 91-72.
Washington State Cougars center Conor Clifford shoots as Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier defends during the first half at McKale Center in Tucson on Jan. 26.
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South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson grabs a rebound in front of Georgia's Caliya Robinson, left, and Shanea Armbrister in the first half Jan. 26 in Athens, Ga. South Carolina won 62-44.
Joel Berry II of North Carolina drives between Virginia Seth Allen, left, and Ty Outlaw of Virginia Tech during the first half in Chapel Hill, NC. Jan. 26. North Carolina won 91-72.
Gonzaga forward Zach Collins dunks during the first half against San Diego in Spokane, Wash. Jan. 26. Gonzaga won 79-43.
Xavier Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett reacts after scoring against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first half in Cincinnati on Jan 26. Cincinnati won 86-78.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Tadric Jackson grabs a rebound against Florida State Seminoles forward Jarquez Smith in the first half at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta on Jan. 25.
Baylor gets by
Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is defended by Texas Tech forward Anthony Livingston during the first half in Waco, Texas on Jan. 25. Baylor won 65-61.
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Florida forward Devin Robinson, left, knocks the ball loose from LSU forward Duop Reath in the first half Jan. 25, in Baton Rouge, La.
Behind the back
Kansas State forward Breanna Lewis rebounds over Baylor forward Kalani Brown during the first half in Manhattan, Kan. on Jan. 25.
Creighton center Justin Patton goes to the basket against Georgetown guard L.J. Peak during the second half Jan. 25 in Washington. Georgetown won 71-51.
Martin makes a move
Butler forward Kelan Martin drives to the basket against Seton Hall forward Ismael Sanogo during the first half Jan. 25 in Newark, NJ.
Three pointer look
Katin Reinhardt of the Golden Eagles reacts to a three-point shot against the Wildcats on Jan. 24 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette won 74-72.
West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad (23) takes a jump shot as Kansas' Landen Lucas (33) attempts to block him on Jan. 24, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia won 85-69.
Going for the basket
Tennessee's Robert Hubbs III goes for a shot past Wenyen Gabriel (32) of Kentucky on Jan. 24 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 82-80.
Mind the gap
The Cavaliers' London Perrantes (32) dribbles as the Fighting Irish' forward Bonzie Colson (35) defends on Jan. 24 in South Bend, IN. Virginia won 71-54.
Cardinals drop Panthers
The Cardinals' David Levitch and Tony Hicks battle for the ball with the Panthers' Jamel Artis (1) on Jan. 24 in Pittsburgh, PA. The Cardinals won 106-51.
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Finding a way out
The Badgers' Bronson Koenig (24) attempts a pass over the Nittany Lions' Terrence Samuel (5) on Jan. 24 in Madison, WI. The Badgers won 82-55.
Battling a loose
Caleb Swanigan of the Boilermakers and Nick Ward of the Spartans fight for a loose ball on Jan. 24 in East Lansing, Michigan. Purdue won 84-73.
The Terrapins' Melo Trimble (2) passes as the Scarlet Knights' C.J. Gettys fouls him from behind on Jan. 24 in College Park, MD. The Terrapins won 67-55.
South Carolina's Duane Notice (10) reaches for a loose ball against Auburn on Jan. 24 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 98-69.
Connecticut's Gabby Williams (15) and Kia Nurse (11) compete for a rebound against East Carolina's Dominique Claytor (23) on Jan. 24 in Greenville, N.C. Connecticut won 91-44.
Stretching to victory
Andrew White III (3) of the Orange reaches for a rebound against the Demon Deacons on Jan. 24 in Syracuse, NY. Syracuse won 81-76.
Getting over Duke
North Carolina State's Abdul-Malik Abu dunks over Luke Kennard, left, and Jayson Tatum of Duke during the Jan. 23 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. State won 84-82.
Hit the deck
Portland guard Jazz Johnson dives for the ball as Gonzaga guard Silas Melson, left, and forward Killian Tillie look on during the first half on Jan. 23 in Portland, Ore. Gonzaga won 83-64.
Giving her the runaround
South Carolina center Alaina Coates drives to the hoop against Mississippi State center Zion Campbell during the second half on Jan. 23 in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 64-61.
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Shooting for the rafters
TCU forward JD Miller shoots a three-pointer over Oklahoma State guard Jeffrey Carroll during the first half on Jan. 23 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State won 89-76.
J.P. Macura of the Musketeers slams home a dunk against the Hoyas on Jan. 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 86-75.
The Tigers' Sidy Djitte draws a charge from Justin Robinson (5) of the Hokies on a drive to the basket on Jan. 22 in Clemson, SC. Virginia Tech 82-81.
Up for grabs
The Wildcats' Vic Law (4) and teammate Sanjay Lumpkin (right) fight for a rebound with the Buckeyes' Trevor Thompson on Jan. 23 in Columbus, OH. Northwestern won 74-72.
The Fighting Irish's Brianna Turner (11) shoots against the Tar Heels on Jan. 22 in Chapel Hill, NC. Notre Dame won 77-55.
Battle of the basket
The Huskies' Jalen Adams shoots against the Pirates on Jan. 22 in Hartford, CT. UConn won 72-65.
Seton Hall's Angel Delgado (31) grabs one of his career-high 20 rebounds, finishing with 21 points against St John's on Jan. 22 in Newark, NJ. Seton Hall won 86-73.
Elijah Stewart of the Trojans goes to the basket against the Sun Devils on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 82-79.
The Huskies' Kia Nurse (top) and the Green Wave's Shakira Harding collide chasing a loose ball on Jan. 22 in Storrs, CT. The Huskies won 100-56.
Splitting the defense
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Nate Britt (0) drives between Boston College's Jerome Robinson (1) and Jordan Chatman during an ACC matchup at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Jan. 21. The Tar Heels defeated the Eagles 90-82.
Get a grip
Kansas State's Dean Wade (32) and West Virginia's Brandon Watkins battle for a rebound during the first half at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 21.
Kadeem Allen, right, of the Arizona Wildcats drives to the basket against Bryce Alford of the UCLA Bruins during the second half at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Jan. 21.
Kansas' Landen Lucas, bottom right, grabs a rebound against Texas' Andrew Jones (1) and Kerwin Roach during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 21. The Jayhawks won, 79-67.
In the air
Isaac Hamilton (10) of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass against Rawle Alkins of the Arizona Wildcats during the first half at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Jan. 21.
Luke Fischer, left, of the Marquette Golden Eagles grabs a rebound against Justin Patton of the Creighton Bluejays at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 21.
Got your back
Darryl Reynolds (45) of the Villanova Wildcats can't get the rebound against Emmitt Holt (15) and Ryan Fazekas of the Providence Friars during the second half at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 21. Villanova won 78-68.
On the floor
Kris Jenkins (2) of the Villanova Wildcats battles Rodney Bullock of the Providence Friars during the first half at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 21.
Putting one up
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams, center, shoots against D'Marques Tyson, left, and Rashad Jackson (3) of the Portland Pilots during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash., on Jan. 21.
Eye on the basket
Baylor Bears forward Terry Maston (31) looks to the basket against TCU's Brandon Parrish (11) during the first half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 21.
Passing around the bend
Baylor Bears guard Manu Lecomte (20) passes against TCU Horned Frogs guard Jaylen Fisher (0) during the first half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 21.
Fighting for the rebound
South Carolina Gamecocks forward Sedee Keita (24) fights for a rebound against Kentucky Wildcats forward Wenyen Gabriel during the first half at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 21.
Louisville Cardinals forward Mangok Mathiang (12) defends Florida State Seminoles forward Jonathan Isaac during the second half at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 21.
Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson grabs a rebound against Texas Longhorns forward Mareik Isom (14) during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 21.
Maryland's Kiah Gillespie, left center, is hugged by teammmates after scoring a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Terrapins to an 83-70 victory against Michigan on Jan. 19 in College Park, Md.
Maryland Terrapins guard Jaylen Brantley has the ball knocked away by Iowa Hawkeyes guard Isaiah Moss during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in iowa City, Iowa on Jan. 19. Maryland won 84-76.
Chasing it down
Louisville Cardinals forward Jaylen Johnson scrambles for a loose ball with Clemson Tigers guard Marcquise Reed during the first half in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 19. Louisville won 92-60.
Jordan McLaughlin of the USC Trojans handles the ball against Chance Comanche of the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles. Arizona won 73-66.
South Carolina guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore, right, drives to the hoop against Mississippi guard Erika Sisk during the first half on Jan. 19 in Columbia, SC. South Carolina won 65-46.
Forward Ivan Bender of the Maryland Terrapins grabs a rebound against forward Nicholas Baer of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first half on Jan. 19 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa. Maryland won 84-76.
Tyler Dorsey of the Oregon Ducks drives to the basket on Charlie Moore and Jabari Bird of the California Golden Bears in the first half on Jan. 19 in Eugene, Ore. Oregon won 86-63.
Jordan Woodard of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after making the shot and a foul against Esa Ahmad of the West Virginia Mountaineers at on Jan. 18 in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma won 89-87.
Dunk and a win
Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins dunks the ball during the first half against the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Jan. 18. Virginia won 71-54.
Baylor Bears forward/center Kalani Brown, left, and guard Alexis Prince defend Iowa State Cyclones guard Jadda Buckley during the first half in Waco, Texas on Jan 18. Baylor won 68-42.
Battle under the basket
Temple Owls center Ernest Aflakpui fights for the ball against Cincinnati Bearcats forward Kyle Washington in the first half in Cincinatti on Jan. 18. Cincinnati won 81-74.
Against the wall
Florida guard Kasey Hill attempts a pass around South Carolina forward Maik Kotsar, left, and Rakym Felder during the first half Jan. 18 in Columbia, SC. South Carolina won 57-53.
Fighting from the floor
Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Matt Farrell, top, competes for the ball against Florida State Seminoles guard Dwayne Bacon in the first half in Tallahassee, Fla. on Jan. 18. Florida State won 83-80.
Florida Gators forward Devin Robinson blocks a shot by South Carolina Gamecocks guard Rakym Felder during the first half in Columbia, SC, on Jan. 18. South Carolina won 57-53.
Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, center, shoots in front of Tulsa forward Kendrian Elliott, left, during the first quarter on Jan. 17 in Tulsa, Okla. Connecticut won its 92nd-straight game, 98-58.
Motley comes up big
Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, center, goes up for a shot over Texas's Shaquille Cleare, left, and Jarrett Allen in the second half on Jan. 17 in Waco, Texas. Motley had 32 points and 20 rebounds in Baylor's 74-64 win.
Down on the block
Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, left, drives on Illinois center Mike Thorne Jr. during the first half on Jan. 17 in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 91-68.
Taking the hit
Kentucky Wildcats guard De'Aaron Fox, left shoots the ball and is fouled by Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Aric Holman during the first half on Jan. 17 at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. Kentucky won 88-81.
Determined against the D
Xavier's Trevon Bluiett shoots against Creighton on Jan. 16 in Cincinnati. Creighton won 72-67.
Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk drives past Iowa State guard Matt Thomas during the first half on Jan. 16 in Ames, Iowa. Kansas won 76-72.
Up for the dunk
Darryl Reynolds of Villanova dunks against Seton Hall on Jan. 16 in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats won 76-46.
John Gillon of Syracuse handles the ball as Joel Berry II of North Carolina defends during the second half on Jan. 16 in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina won 85-68.
Battle in Mississippi
Mississippi guard Alissa Alston, left, goes for a rebound against Mississippi State forward Breanna Richardson, center, and center Chinwe Okorie during the first half on Jan. 16 in Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State won 73-62.
Butler forward Kelan Martin shoots in front of Marquette guard Sam Hauser in the first half on Jan. 16 in Indianapolis. Butler won 88-80.
Cincinnati Bearcats' Jacob Evans (1) is called for charging on East Carolina Pirates' Elijah Hughes on Jan. 15 in Greenville, NC. Cincinnati won 55-46.
USC Trojans' De'Anthony Melton attempts to score over Colorado Buffaloes' Wesley Gordon on Jan. 15 in Boulder, CO. Trojans won 71-68.
Pass it on
Ohio State Buckeyes' JaQuan Lyle (13) makes a pass against Michigan State Spartans on Jan. 15 in Columbus, OH. Ohio State won 72-67.