The Citadel upsets UNCG 86-76 to advance in SoCon
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Ashton Moore scored 24, Matt Van Scyoc added 20 and 11th-seeded The Citadel beat No. 6 seed UNCG 86-76 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament.
The Citadel will face Wofford (17-12) in a semifinal game on Saturday.
Quinton Marshall's dunk, with 11:44 left in the first half, tied the game at 13 and sparked a 11-2 run by The Citadel (7-25), giving the Bulldogs a 22-15 lead. They wouldn't trail again.
The Citadel shot 52 percent from the floor (26 of 50) and 52.6 percent from 3-point range (10 of 19) while getting 31 points from its bench. Reserve P.J. Horgan scored eight points and grabbed career-high 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs out-rebounded the Spartans 36-29.
Kyle Cain led UNCG (14-18), which made just 2 of 12 3-pointers (16.6 percent), with 18 points. RJ White and Tevon Saddler added 15 points apiece.
No. 10 Duke beats Ga Tech 82-52 at ACC tourney
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Elizabeth Williams scored 15 points and blocked five shots, and No. 10 Duke claimed its 37th straight win over Georgia Tech with an 82-52 victory Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
Haley Peters had 19 points, and Tricia Liston added 15 along with her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the second-seeded Blue Devils (26-5).
They shot 53 percent, held the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets to a season-worst 24 percent shooting and used a 29-8 run to push their lead into the 20s.
Duke advanced to the ACC semifinals for the sixth time in seven seasons under coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Tyaunna Marshall had 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for Georgia Tech (20-11).
The Yellow Jackets remained winless against Duke in tournament games, lost in the league quarterfinals for the 23rd time in 29 years and have not beaten the Blue Devils since 1995.
Joey Logano wins NASCAR pole in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph.
Logano will start on the front row next to Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second Friday at 193.099.
The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race, reversing their qualifying finish in Phoenix a week ago.
Logano and Keselowski are thriving in NASCAR's first three-round Friday session under the new knockout qualifying rules.
Clint Bowyer will start third alongside Austin Dillon in fourth. Jimmie Johnson is in fifth.
Most of the drivers surpassed the previous track speed record during qualifying. Bowyer says speed records will fall all season with the cars' new setups.
No. 14 NC State women beat Syracuse 79-63 in ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Markeisha Gatling scored a career-high 28 points before leaving with an injury, helping No. 14 North Carolina State beat Syracuse 79-63 in Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Kody Burke added 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-6), who trailed 48-39 before going on a 25-1 run fueled by Gatling's 14 points.
The 6-foot-5 senior left with 8:19 left after injuring her left knee and was helped to the locker room. It's unclear if she'll play in Saturday's semifinal against No. 2 Notre Dame.
Brittney Sykes scored 14 points for the fifth-seeded Orange (22-9), who missed 16 straight shots at one point during N.C. State's decisive run.
Syracuse, in its first ACC tournament, shot 10-for-38 (26 percent) after halftime.
The game was delayed three times in the second half due to lights and shot-clock outages amid a winter storm that caused numerous area power outages.
Winthrop upsets High Point 62-60
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Andre Smith made a 3-point shot over two defenders with .5 seconds left as Winthrop, the No. 4 seed out of the South Division, upset High Point, the North's No. 1 seed, 62-60 in a Big South quarterfinal on Friday.
It looked like High Point, which had trailed since the 3:21 mark, might avoid the upset after Adam Weary made a floater with 6 seconds left. But Smith took the inbounds pass, raced down court, and put up the winning shot from about 25 feet out. A desperation shot by High Point was late and off the mark.
Winthrop (19-12), which has defeated High Point (16-14) in all five of their tournament meetings, advanced to a Saturday semifinal against UNC Asheville.
Keon Moore finished with 23 points and Smith 12 for the Eagles.
Conference player of the year John Brown scored 17 points for High Point, which had a six-game winning streak snapped.
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No. 2 Notre Dame women beat FSU 83-57 in ACCs
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame past Florida State 83-57 on Friday in its Atlantic Coast Conference tournament debut.
Kayla McBride added 13 for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (30-0), who ran off 21 straight points in the first half to turn their quarterfinal matchup with the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-11) into a rout. Notre Dame shot 65 percent before halftime to build a 22-point lead at the break and never looked back.
Notre Dame advanced to Saturday's semifinals to face No. 14 North Carolina State, which lost by 24 points at home to the Fighting Irish less than a week ago.
Natasha Howard followed up her big second-round performance with 29 points to lead Florida State, which led 12-11 before Notre Dame took over.
Georgia Southern rolls past Furman 65-50
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Jelani Hewitt scored 20 points and Tre Bussey 14 as seventh-seeded Georgia Southern shot out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, defeating No. 10 seed Furman 65-50 in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament on Friday
The Eagles (14-18), in their first SoCon tourney since 2002, face second-seeded Chattanooga (18-13) in a quarterfinal Saturday. Georgia Southern defeated Chattanooga Feb. 20.
Georgia Southern, which is moving to the Sun Belt next season, opened the second half on a 14-2 run, capped by a Hewitt dunk that built the lead to 49-29 with 13:35 remaining. The Eagles shot 57.1 percent in the half. Angel Matias added 10 points.
Charlie Reddick scored 18 to lead the Paladins (9-21) and Stephen Croone added 12.
Georgia Southern stole the ball 13 times (Hewitt with three), scoring 16 points off turnovers and 38 in the paint.
Duke's Parker faces tough stay-or-go decision
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Jabari Parker says he still hasn't decided whether to leave for the NBA after this season.
The freshman phenom's final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium could come Saturday night when No. 4 Duke hosts rival North Carolina.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Parker says he hasn't made up his mind.
He says he probably will return if he feels as though he has room to improve or if has regrets after the season ends.
He also says he wants to go where he is "going to grow the most."
Parker leads the ACC in rebounding, is its No. 2 scorer and is the highest-scoring freshman in school history with an average of nearly 19 points.
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Lights go out 2nd straight day at ACC tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - For the second straight day, the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament is having trouble keeping the electricity running.
The quarterfinal game between No. 14 North Carolina State and Syracuse on Friday was stopped three times in the second half by electrical problems in the Greensboro Coliseum. A winter storm hit Greensboro overnight Thursday and Friday morning, leading to ice-coated trees and power outages near the arena.
Twice the main lighting system went out, causing 4- and 10-minute delays. The shot clock and arena display boards briefly shut off minutes later for another 3½-minute delay.
On Thursday night, a power outage caused a 20-minute delay during the second half of the second-round game between No. 13 North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Williams leads Samford past Appalachian St. 70-56
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Tim Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 8 seed Samford bounced ninth-seeded Appalachian State 70-56 Friday in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament.
The Bulldogs (13-19) face top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Davidson (19-11) in a Saturday quarterfinal.
Friday was the teams' third meeting in 23 days, Appalachian State sweeping the regular-season contests.
Williams contributed five points in a late burst as the Bulldogs edged to a 29-25 halftime lead, and scored 14 after halftime when Samford never trailed. Samford forced 15 turnovers and held a 37-33 rebounding edge.
Appalachian State (9-21), which is leaving the Southern Conference after this season, had won its five previous tournament openers. The Mountaineers were balanced - five players scoring 11 or 10 points - but cold, hitting just 20 of 51 shots, 2 of 14 on 3-pointers. Frank Eaves and Tab Hamilton scored 11 each.
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