Ed Davis had 18 points to help No. 9 North Carolina beat Albany 87-70 on Wednesday.
Deon Thompson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (11-3), who had an easy time in their next-to-last game before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play. Despite being short-handed, North Carolina built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and coasted the rest of the way for its third straight win since losing to No. 2 Texas.
The Tar Heels played without fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard and sophomore Justin Watts. Watts injured his right ankle during Monday's win against Rutgers, while Ginyard has missed two straight since spraining his right ankle in practice.
Will Harris scored 22 points to lead the Great Danes (4-10), who ended an eight-game road trip with just one victory. Albany hasn't played at home since beating Robert Morris on Nov. 22.
For the Tar Heels, it was a drama-free night — and that's a good thing considering the way they played in Monday's win against Rutgers. In that game, they saw a 17-point second-half lead whittled all the way to four with about 2 minutes left before taking an 81-67 victory.
Afterward, coach Roy Williams said he was “so ticked off it is unbelievable” at the performance, which included everything from guys forgetting repeated instructions not to try to save the ball under their defensive basket to one play in which two players lined up to guard the same guy.
Williams said his team can't afford to keep making the same mistakes with the ACC opener against Virginia Tech looming next weekend.
VIRGINIA 72, NO. 24 UAB 63 — In Charlottesville, Va., Sylven Landesberg scored 19 points and had two free throws and two key assists in the final 2:36 as Virginia ended No. 24 UAB's 10-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers (7-4) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since they topped Clemson last February, giving first-year coach Tony Bennett his biggest victory at Virginia.
WILLIAM & MARY 83, MARYLAND 77 — In College Park, Md., William & Mary claimed another Atlantic Coast Conference victim, defeating Maryland to extend its winning streak to nine games and hand the Terrapins their first home loss of the season.
Sophomore Quinn McDowell scored a career-high 28 points and Danny Sumner added 17 for the Tribe (9-2), who beat Wake Forest in November.
It's the first time in school history that William & Mary has defeated two ACC foes on the road in the same season.
FLORIDA 79, PRESBYTERIAN 38 — In Gainesville, Fla., Chandler Parsons scored 21 points and Alex Tyus and Erik Murphy each had double-doubles.
The Gators (10-3) scored 13 of the game's first 14 points and led the Blue Hose (2-12) by more than 30 for most of the second half.
Parsons' all-around game as Florida's sixth man included two 3-pointers and three dunks.
GEORGIA 64, PEPPERDINE 47 — In Athens, Ga., Travis Leslie scored 14 points to lead Georgia.
The Bulldogs (7-4) trailed 6-5 early, but led the rest of the game.
Trey Thompkins scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Georgia, and Ricky McPhee added 10 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 85, LONGWOOD 50 — In Blacksburg, Va., freshman Erick Green scored 15 points and Jeff Allen added 13.
Green played a career-high 30 minutes in relief of Atlantic Coast Conference scoring leader Malcolm Delaney, who sprained his left ankle just over a minute into the game and did not return.
MIAMI 73, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 55 — In Coral Gables, Fla., James Dews scored 12 points as Miami overcame an early Bethune-Cookman threat.
Dews, Garrius Adams and Malcolm Grant each hit 3-pointers during a 13-2 spurt, which helped Miami build a 33-21 lead late in the first half. Grant's conversion behind the arc with 3:30 remaining capped the run.
Adams, Dews and Grant also hit 3-pointers in the first 7:59 of the second half, helping the Hurricanes (13-1) increase their lead to 49-31.