Pacific pounds Riverside

Tyler Hansbrough (50) scored 25 points in North Carolina's win.
Tyler Hansbrough (50) scored 25 points in North Carolina's win. AP

STOCKTON -- Chad Troyer scored a game-high 21 points and Steffan Johnson had 18 points and seven assists to lead Pacific to an 82-54 rout of UC Riverside in a Big West Conference opener Wednesday night.

The Tigers shot 60 percent from the field and had a 37-18 rebounding advantage to dominate on both ends of the court.

Pacific's lead never fell below 25 in the final 17 minutes.

Michael Kirby came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points, and former East Union High star Michael Nunnally had 11 points for Pacific (9-4, 1-0 Big West), which also made 45 percent of its 3-point attempts.

Larry Cunningham scored 14 points and Jalonni Diggs 12 for UC Riverside (3-9, 0-1 Big West).

Top 25

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 90, KENT STATE 61, at Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points to lead the Tar Heels (14-0) to a rout of the Golden Flashes (10-3). Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson both had 17 points for North Carolina.

No. 13 PITTSBURGH 96, LAFAYETTE 75, at Pittsburgh -- Keith Benjamin (20 points) and Tyrell Biggs (19) led the Panthers' (12-1) second-half comeback against the Leopards (8-5).

No. 14 TEXAS 67, TCU 59, at Austin, Texas -- Damion James scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Longhorns (12-2).

No. 18 MISSISSIPPI 86, ALABAMA A&M 50, at Oxford, Miss. -- David Huertas scored 17 points and the Rebels (13-0) beat the Bulldogs (3-7) for their school-record 13th consecutive victory.

No. 20 DAYTON 83, AKRON 81 (2 OTs), at Dayton, Ohio -- London Warren scored six points in the second overtime, including a big free throw, for the Flyers (12-1), who extended their winning streak to 11.

No. 23 RHODE ISLAND 94, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 63, at South Kingstown, R.I. -- Jimmy Baron scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures, and the Rams (14-1) extended their winning streak to nine.

No. 25 WISCONSIN 70, MICHIGAN 54, at Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Freshman Jon Leuer scored a career-high 25 points and Marcus Landry scored 15 for the Badgers (11-2) in a Big Ten-opening win over the Wolverines (4-9).


BOISE STATE 78, SAN JOSE STATE 63, at Boise, Idaho -- Matt Nelson scored 21 points as the Broncos (10-3) beat the Spartans (6-6) in a Western Athletic Conference opener. San Jose State was led by former Ripon High star Justin Graham with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Top 25 Women

No. 3 TENNESSEE 102, No. 15 DePAUL 68, at Chicago -- Benched for the first half for missing curfew, Candace Parker scored 17 points and the Lady Vols cruised past the Blue Demons. Parker, who grew up in nearby Naperville, didn't start for the first time in her career. She had close to 60 family and friends in attendance, including both grandmothers, who were seeing her play at the collegiate level for the first time.