Ty Lawson scored a career-high 26 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 20 points and 11 rebounds as No. 1 North Carolina rattled Rutgers, 93-71, last night in Piscataway, N.J.

The Tar Heels (9-0) are off to their best start since 1997-98, when they won their first 17 games on the way to the Final Four.

Freshman Corey Chandler scored 23 for the Scarlet Knights (7-4).

Late in the game, Hansbrough left after hitting the back of his head against the bottom of the basket support following a charge by Earl Pettis. He had a mild concussion and a welt on the side of his head, the team reported.

Texas A&M 64, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 37 - Josh Carter scored 16 points and the No. 14 Aggies (9-1) used stifling defense to top the Golden Lions (4-6) in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for nearly 10 minutes to start the game, then the Golden Lions went without a basket for an 81/2-minute span in the second half.

Arizona 69, Fresno State 50 - Jerryd Bayless scored 21 points as No. 21 Arizona routed Fresno State in Tucson, Ariz., for its fourth straight victory.

Chase Budinger had 16 points for the Wildcats (7-2). Kevin Bell scored 12 points for the Bulldogs (5-5).

Manhattan 71, Princeton 66 - Antoine Pearson scored 22 points and fellow guard Rashad Green added 16 points and seven rebounds to steer the Jaspers (6-4) past the host Tigers (2-8).

Princeton center Zach Finley scored 17 points.

Central Connecticut State 81, Delaware 48 - Shemik Thompson finished with 15 points and five rebounds as the Blue Devils (4-7) rolled past the Blue Hens (2-6) in New Britain, Conn.

Marc Egerson scored 14 points to lead Delaware.

Connecticut 82, Quinnipiac 49 - Jerome Dyson scored 23 points as the Huskies (7-2) crushed the Bobcats (4-5) in Hartford for their 62d consecutive win over other teams from the state.

Wake Forest 72, Bucknell 56 - Freshman Jeff Teague scored a career-high 18 points as the Demon Deacons (6-3) downed the Bison (3-5) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Illinois State 69, Bowling Green 58 - Dom Johnson scored 16 points and Osiris Eldridge contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Redbirds (7-3) over the Falcons (4-5) in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Vermont 73, Harvard 68 - Mike Trimboli scored 23 points, including two free throws in the waning moments, as the Catamounts (3-6) beat the Crimson (4-8) in Boston.

Old Dominion 72, Virginia Tech 69 - Brandon Johnson contributed 15 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals as the Monarchs (6-4) toppled the Hokies (5-4) in Norfolk, Va.