Tar Heels rout Terps, 108-91

Published 3:34 am Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 34 points and No. 3 North Carolina hit a season-best 16 3-pointers in its sixth straight victory, a 108-91 rout of Maryland on Tuesday night.

Tyler Hansbrough had 24 points and Ty Lawson added 21 for the Tar Heels (20-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Danny Green finished with 16 points for North Carolina, which hit 11 of its first 14 attempts from behind the arc and finished one 3-pointer shy of the school record set against Florida State in 1995.

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The Tar Heels shot 51.4 percent, hit the 100-point mark for the sixth time and snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with its first win against Maryland since 2006.

Freshman Sean Mosley scored a season-high 19 points for the Terrapins (14-8, 3-5), who fell to 0-4 on the road.

No. 8 Marquette 76, DePaul 61

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Jerel McNeal scored 26 points and Marquette won its 12th straight, matching its longest winning streak in seven years.

The Golden Eagles (20-2, 9-0), the Big East’s only undefeated team, sent the Blue Demons (8-15, 0-10) to their 10th straight loss and kept them winless in the conference.

Will Walker hit five 3s and a career-high 30 points for the Blue Demons, who played without leading scorer Dar Tucker, who twisted an ankle in the morning shootaround. .

Wesley Matthews added 20 points for Marquette, while Dominic James had 15.

McNeal was 8-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3s, to go with six assists, five steals and four blocks.

Mississippi State 66, Kentucky 57

Phil Turner scored a career-high 18 points and all four of Mississippi State’s starting guards reached double figures as the Bulldogs (15-7, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) won at Rupp Arena for the first time in 14 years. Ravern Johnson added 17 points, Barry Stewart had 13 and Dee Bost had 10 points and four assists for Mississippi State.

Kentucky (16-7, 5-3) has lost three straight after briefly cracking the Top 25 a week ago.

Jodie Meeks managed just 15 points — 10 below his season average — before leaving late in the second half with a broken tooth. Patrick Patterson faced double and triple teams any time he touched the ball and finished with 15 points and nine boards.