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In brief: Tar Heels bounce back, rout UCLA

North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto dunks during the Tar Heels’ win against UCLA at the Battle 4 Atlantis. (Associated Press)
North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto dunks during the Tar Heels’ win against UCLA at the Battle 4 Atlantis. (Associated Press)
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Men’s basketball: Marcus Paige scored 21 points and handed out five assists, Justin Jackson scored 12 points and No. 5 North Carolina had little trouble on the way to beating No. 22 UCLA 78-56 on Thursday night in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Isaiah Hicks and J.P. Tokoto each scored 10 points for the Tar Heels (4-1), who closed the first half on a 32-11 run and put the game absolutely away with a 15-0 second-half run.

Paige had back-to-back 3-pointers to get that second run going, as North Carolina turned a nine-point edge into a 62-38 lead with 9:12 left.

Norman Powell scored 15 points for UCLA (4-2), which dropped its second straight. Kevon Looney scored 11 points and Bryce Alford finished with 10 points for the Bruins.

It was a matchup of storied programs. Between them, North Carolina and UCLA have 35 Final Four appearances and 16 national championships – though both saw their chances of returning from the Bahamas with a title vanish with losses in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

• Wisconsin survives: Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes’ acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and No. 2 Wisconsin needed to rally in the second half to beat Georgetown (4-1) 68-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

The Badgers hadn’t trailed in the second half this season, but found themselves down 53-44 with 11:36 left. A 22-6 run put Wisconsin (5-0) up for good, and the Badgers could finally exhale when D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

• Sooners drop Butler: Isaiah Cousins scored 13 points and Oklahoma (4-1) beat frigid-shooting Butler (4-1) 59-46 on Thursday to earn a spot in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Jordan Woodard and TaShawn Thomas each scored 10 points for the balanced Sooners, who made their first 11 shots from 2-point range on the way to a quick 30-14 lead.

• Gators gut out win: Michael Frazier scored 14 points, Chris Chiozza added 13, and No. 18 Florida survived another rough offensive night to beat Alabama-Birmingham 56-47 in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Kasey Hill’s layup with 1:26 left – just the second 2-point basket after halftime for Florida – put the Gators up 51-47 and they held on from there, despite shooting 34 percent from the field.

Tosin Mehinti and Robert Brown each scored 12 points for UAB (2-4), which led by as many as seven early and was up 47-45 with 3:59 remaining.

• Jayhawks roll: Perry Ellis scored 17 points and No. 11 Kansas (3-1) beat Rhode Island (3-1) 76-60 in the opening round of the Orlando Classic in La Buena Vista, Florida.

Ellis had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes to help Kansas cruise to a 43-25 halftime lead. The Jayhawks went ahead 31-11 with just over 6 minutes before intermission on Ellis’ slam.

Top-ranked Gamecocks rout Wisconsin

Women’s basketball: A’ja Wilson scored 11 points and Jatarie White added 10 and No. 1 South Carolina beat Wisconsin (1-3) 67-44 in the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.

It was South Carolina’s first game as the No. 1 team in the country. The Gamecocks (4-0) will face No. 22 Syracuse today.

• Illinois surprises Kentucky: Chatrice White scored 23 points and Ivory Crawford added 22 to help Illinois upset No. 9 Kentucky 77-71 at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Illinois (5-0) led 40-39 early in the second half before scoring eight straight, including the last four by Crawford to open a nine-point lead. Kyley Simmons’ 3-pointer with 9:45 left extended the advantage to 57-45 before Kentucky (4-1) rallied to cut it to 66-63 with 2:15 left.

• Oregon State cruises: Ali Gibson scored 20 points and Sydney Wiese 19, with both hitting five 3-pointers, as No. 19 Oregon State rolled over Butler (0-6) 85-53 in the Tom Weston Invitational in Laie, Hawaii.

Jamie Weisner, who made a trio of 3-pointers, added 13 points for the Beavers (4-0).

Predators edge slumping Oilers

NHL: Filip Forsberg scored at 3:55 of overtime to give Nashville a 1-0 victory over visiting Edmonton, handing the Oilers their eighth straight defeat.

Pekka Rinne made 37 saves for the Predators, who have won three straight. He stopped Jordan Eberle on a penalty shot early in overtime.

• Alfredsson to retire: Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to announce his retirement in the city where he became an NHL star.

The Senators confirmed that Alfredsson will be in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 4 and will be part of a pregame ceremony before the team’s game against the New York Islanders.

Alfredsson spent his first 17 seasons with the Senators, scoring 426 goals and adding 682 assists in 1,178 regular-season games. The Swede signed a one-year contract with Detroit before last season and had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games.

• Garbutt, Lowry banned: Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games by the NHL while Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry received a one-game ban for separate incidents this week.

Garbutt was disciplined for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall in the Stars’ 3-2 victory Tuesday.

Lowry was suspended for boarding Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Buffalo.

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