Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 home victory last night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines (6-0) with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16, but it was Burke who controlled the game, equaling his previous career high of nine assists in the first half and going the whole game without a turnover.

N.C. State (4-2) trailed 73-58 before going on a 10-0 run, capped by T.J. Warren's layup with 2:11 remaining. Hardaway answered with a driving bank shot. It was 75-70 when the Wolfpack forced a turnover and called a timeout with 54.4 seconds to play, but C.J. Leslie was called for an offensive foul.

Pittsburgh 70, Howard 46: Lamar Patterson and Tray Woodall scored 15 points each for host Pittsburgh. Talib Zanna added 12 points and eight rebounds and freshman point guard James Robinson had 11 points and eight assists for the Panthers (6-1).

Vermont 85, Harvard 78: Sandro Carissimo netted a career-high 25 points for visiting Vermont. Carissimo was 8-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. Clancy Rugg pitched in 16 points off the bench for the Catamounts (4-1).

Providence 61, Holy Cross 42: Bryce Cotton's dominant second half powered Providence to the home win. Cotton scored 17 of his 27 points after the break for the Friars (5-2). He and LaDontae Henton, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, proved too much for the Crusaders (4-3). -- AP

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