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Williams hits for 42 as N.C. nips Ga. Tech

North Carolina needed two overtimes to become No. 1.

The Tar Heels took over the top spot in college basketball after beating Georgia Tech 107-100 Sunday in double OT behind Shammond Wil-liams' career-high 42 points.Carolina, ranked No. 2 last week, routed then-No. 1 Duke by 24 points on Thursday. But the Tar Heels had a tough time against unranked Georgia Tech, which almost won at the end of the first overtime with a tip-in by Michael Maddox that came just after the horn sounded.

"We were lucky to escape that first overtime," Carolina coach Bill Guthridge said. "(Senior) Makhtar Ndiaye gave our team a real good pep talk going into the second overtime. I think we played a lot better and were really into it."

Williams scored 12 points in the second OT for the Tar Heels (24-1, 10-1 ACC), who vaulted to No. 1 in Monday's Associated Press poll. He made 8 of 11 shots from 3-point range and was 12-of-12 from the foul line.

"Williams was absolutely sensational," Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. "I thought we played as well as we could defensively, trying to take away the lobs and the sensational dunks, but the one thing we couldn't take away was Williams' 3-pointer."

Maddox scored a career-high 32 points for Tech (14-9, 3-7), which overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 1:21 of regulation and forced the first overtime when Maddox made a 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds remaining.

"If we can take the No. 1 team in the nation to the ropes, it shows how good we can be," said freshman Dion Glover, who scored 21 points for the Yellow Jackets.

NO. 2 DUKE 65, N.C. STATE 49: At Raleigh, N.C., Duke rebounded from its loss to North Carolina by beating North Carolina State behind a career-high 27 points from Roshown McLeod.

The Blue Devils (21-2, 10-1 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (12-10, 3-8) for the sixth time in their last seven meetings at Reynolds Coliseum.

Trajan Langdon added 17 points for Duke, while C.C. Harrison led the Wolfpack with 18.

NO. 4 KANSAS 80, MISSOURI 70: At Lawrence, Kan., Paul Pierce scored 29 points and Raef LaFrentz added 22 as Kansas extended its home winning streak to 58 games.

Missouri, which upset Kansas 74-73 in Columbia on Jan. 19, lost for the 20th straight time on the road. The Tigers were the last team to win at Kansas (26-3, 10-1 Big 12).

Kelly Thames scored 17 points for Missouri (13-10, 5-5).

NO. 7 KENTUCKY 79, VILLANOVA 63: At Philadelphia, Jeff Sheppard and Nazr Mohammed each scored 18 points and Heshimu Evans had 17 as Kentucky beat Villanova.

Mohammed also had 11 rebounds and five steals for Kentucky (21-3), which has won 11 of its last 12 games.

Howard Brown and Jermaine Medley each had 15 points for Villanova (9-12). Brown also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

NO. 20 MASSACHUSETTS 73, XAVIER 62: At Cincinnati, Charlton Clarke scored 18 points and Massachusetts built an 18-point lead before holding on to defeat Xavier.

Massachusetts (17-6, 9-1 Atlantic 10) improved to 5-0 in road conference games and bounced back from a loss to Temple last Tuesday that snapped its 10-game winning streak.

Gary Lumpkin scored 19 points for Xavier (15-6, 7-4), which lost for the first time this season at Cincinnati Gardens, where it had won 16 in a row.