LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Ulis shook off a bloody cut by his right eye to score 12 key second-half points and lead top-ranked Kentucky to a hard-fought 58-50 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.
An inadvertent elbow by Louisville's Chris Jones in the first half left Ulis with two thin bandages. He hit two big 3-pointers to give the Wildcats (13-0) a cushion in this showdown between unbeaten Bluegrass State rivals.
Fellow freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles joined in to help stake Kentucky to a 50-38 lead with 4:43 left.
Towns had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Booker added nine points for Kentucky, which held Louisville (11-1) to 26 percent shooting.
Terry Rozier scored 15 points and Jones had 13 for Louisville.
NO. 15 MARYLAND 72, OAKLAND 56
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jake Layman had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 15 Maryland extend its winning streak to five games with a 72-56 victory over Oakland.
Dez Wells, the Terrapins' scoring leader the past two seasons, was back in the lineup after missing the past seven games with a broken right wrist. Wells came off the bench and finished with 10 points.
Freshman Melo Trimble was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and had 17 points for Maryland (12-1).
Jalen Hayes scored 13 points and Kahlil Felder added 12 for Oakland (4-10).
NO. 20 NORTH CAROLINA 89, UAB 58
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Marcus Paige scored 16 points to lead No. 20 North Carolina past UAB.
Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and Justin Jackson had 13 for the Tar Heels (9-3), who never trailed and led by as many as 36 while shooting 50 percent.
C.J. Washington had 12 points and Robert Brown added 11 for the Blazers (4-9). They were just 3 of 25 from 3-point range and lost their third straight.