ATLANTA — Jerian Grant scored 12 points, Steve Vasturia added 11 points and No. 12 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 62-59 on Wednesday night.
Despite the absence of starting forward Zach Auguste, the Fighting Irish (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) secured their best start to a season since 1978-79.
Pat Connaughton, V.J. Beachem and Bonzie Colson each finished with 10 points, and Demetrius Jackson had nine for Notre Dame, which has won 12 of 13.
Irish coach Mike Brey said Auguste, who has averaged 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, missed the game because of an academic matter, but Brey would not speculate on a timetable for his return.
Demarco Cox scored 17 points and Chris Bolden added 13 for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets (9-7, 0-4 ACC) haven’t lost a league game by more than seven points this season.
No. 14 Maryland 73,
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Dez Wells scored 17 points, Jake Layman had a career-high 13 rebounds and No. 14 Maryland (16-2, 4-1) used a late surge to beat Rutgers (10-8, 2-3) in a duel between Big Ten newcomers.
No. 15 North Carolina 81,
N.C. State 79
RALEIGH, N.C. — Marcus Paige scored 23 points and No. 15 North Carolina (13-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) barely held off a late comeback to beat rival North Carolina State (12-6, 3-2).
No. 13 Wichita State 67,
Southern Illinois 55
WICHITA, Kan. — Darius Carter scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting, leading No. 13 Wichita State (15-2, 5-0 Missouri Valley) past Southern Illinois (7-11, 0-5).