Ralph Sampson III scored a career-high 17 points to help No. 23 Minnesota to its best start in 60 seasons, beating visiting High Point, 82-56, last night to improve to 12-0.

Lawrence Westbrook scored 13 points for the Golden Gophers and Blake Hoffarber, Devron Bostic and Devoe Joseph added 11 each as Minnesota coach Tubby Smith beat his alma mater for the fourth time without a loss.

In other games yesterday:

* At North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 1 UNC routed Rutgers 97-75 for its school-record 12th straight double-figure victory. Ty Lawson added 19 points and Danny Green had 18 for the Tar Heels (12-0).

* At Indiana, Adnan Hodzic and Michael Teller each scored 19 points, and the Lipscomb Bisons rallied from a 21-point deficit to shock Indiana 74-69. Josh Slater and Brandon Brown each had 11 points for Lipscomb (5-6), which won its first road game outside of the Atlantic Sun Conference since December 2007.

* At Marquette, Lazar Hayward scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Wesley Matthews added 21 points as the Golden Eagles (11-2) cruised to an 84-45 victory over Presbyterian. It was the final tuneup for Marquette before it opens Big East play Thursday against Villanova.

* At UCLA, Josh Shipp returned from a two-game absence to score 16 points, and the 13th-ranked Bruins (10-2) never trailed in beating outmanned Louisiana Tech 78-55.

* At Georgia Tech, Calvin Baker scored a layup with 10 seconds remaining in overtime to break a tie and help Virginia to an 88-84 victory over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Sylven Landesberg led Virginia (6-4) with 25 points, while Gani Lawal led the Yellow Jackets (7-4) with 21 points. *