MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — When Allisha Gray got going, so did No. 6 North Carolina.

Gray scored 11 of her 17 points after halftime and the Tar Heels bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Carolinas Challenge on Friday night.

Despite leading 14-0, North Carolina (10-1) found itself struggling to make shots and led the Black Bears (7-4) just 24-21 with 18 minutes remaining. That’s when Gray and the Tar Heels broke off a 20-3 run fueled by four of their five 3-pointers of the game.

“You see in the second half, the shots started falling and we got into the flow of the game,” said Gray, the sophomore who leads North Carolina in scoring.

Maine came in with a six-game win streak, it’s longest since taking 13 in a row in 2004-05, but could not shoot its way past North Carolina’s tough defense. The Black Bears had 26 turnovers as the Tar Heels collected 13 steals. Sigi Koizar led Maine with nine points.

(2) UCONN 98, (25) DEPAUL 64: Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and the Huskies returned from a 13-day break to rout DePaul at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

(9) BAYLOR 74, SYRACUSE 72: Nina Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and Niya Johnson hit the go-ahead basket with a minute left for Baylor at Winter Park, Florida.

(13) DUKE 95, UMASS- LOWELL 48: Sierra Calhoun scored 19 points and the host Blue Devils cruised.


EASTERN KENTUCKY 72, (18) MIAMI 44: Corey Walden scored 18 points to help Eastern Kentucky rout host Miami.

The Colonels (6-4) never trailed, led by two at halftime and pulled away with a 22-2 run early in the second half. Isaac McGlone keyed the surge with three 3-pointers, and his third conversion from behind the arc gave Eastern Kentucky a 43-27 lead with 13:21 remaining.

Miami (9-2) was scoreless for an 8:27 stretch until Davon Reed made two free throws with 10:40 left to make it 43-29.

(20) ST. JOHN’S 53, SAINT MARY’S (CALIF.) 47: D’Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and St. John’s overcame a 15-point halftime deficit against Saint Mary at New York.