West Virginia’s Darryl Bryant and Georgetown’s Chris Wright watch a loose ball during the second half Thursday in Washington.AP photo
ATLANTA — Alex Montgomery had 17 points and 10 rebounds in Georgia Tech’s 66-62 upset of No. 2 North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels consecutive losses for the first time since their final two games of the 2003-04 season.
Coming off an embarrassing 88-58 home loss Monday to No. 1 Connecticut, North Carolina blew a 15-point lead with 17:18 remaining.
Montgomery’s 3-pointer with 3:37 left made it 60-57. North Carolina (17-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered with a 147-14 record since the end of 2003-04, when it closed with a loss to Duke in the ACC tournament and another to Middle Tennessee in the NCAAs.
Georgia Tech (14-4, 2-2) got 14 points from Jacqua Williams and 12 from Iasia Hemingway.
ATHENS, Ga. — Ashley Houts scored 18 points, Angel Robinson had 16 and Georgia beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
Porsha Phillips added 15 points, including five points in the final 2:31, for Georgia.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Ten scoring and rebounding leader Jantel Lavender had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 19 Ohio State past Illinois.
Star Allen added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State (15-3, 6-1), which had rolled over the Illini 67-35 on the road 11 days ago.
WASHINGTON — Da’Sean Butler scored 27 points, a relentless defense forced 19 turnovers and the Mountaineers knocked hard on the door of the conference’s eight ranked teams with a win over No. 12 Georgetown.
In a game in which nearly every basket was hard-earned — and steals were sometimes canceled out by quick counter-steals — Butler stood out by going 11-for-18 from the field. The Mountaineers shot 58 percent in the second half, while the No. 1 scoring defense in the Big East limited the Hoyas to 33 percent shooting after the break.
INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Howard scored 15 points and Butler got its offense in sync in the second half, rallying to beat conference rival Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The Bulldogs won their ninth in a row overall, their ninth straight over the Phoenix and are now 17-1 (8-0 Horizon League) for the first time in school history.
Rahmon Fletcher scored 22 points for Green Bay (14-6, 6-2), which lost for only the second time in 10 games.
MINNEAPOLIS — Behind relentless defensive pressure, and 19 points and five blocks from JaJuan Johnson, the Boilermakers banged their way to a victory.
E’Twaun Moore added 16 points for Purdue (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten), which won its fourth straight conference game after an 0-2 start. The Boilermakers entered charged-up Williams Arena with the second-ranked field goal percentage defense in the country and made life miserable all evening for the Gophers (16-3, 4-3).
Al Nolen had 17 points on 3-for-14 shooting and four steals for Minnesota, which shot a season-low 27.6 percent, including 3-for-19 from 3-point range, to lose its second in a row.