Grizzlies pull away in second half, beat Bobcats
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies turned up their offense in the second half to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-89 on Saturday night.
Marc Gasol added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kosta Koufos had 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 boards.
Al Jefferson scored 17 for Charlotte, shooting just 7 of 17 from the field. Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 15 points, his fourth straight game in double figures, but Kemba Walker had just 11 and 3-of-13 shooting. Charlotte shot 40 percent for the game.
Memphis broke the game open after halftime outscoring Charlotte 59-45 in the final two quarters.
Ruutu scores late, Devils beat Canes 5-4
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Tuomo Ruutu scored with 6:30 to play against his former teammates, and the New Jersey Devils earned a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes after squandering a three-goal lead Saturday night.
Red-hot Adam Henrique added two more goals, and Travis Zajac and Damien Brunner had the others as the usually defensive-minded Devils had another lax game in their own end.
Jeff Skinner, Jay Harrison, Nathan Gerbe and Alexander Semin scored for Carolina, which has lost seven of eight. Gerbe and Semin tallied in the third period to make it 4-4.
Ruutu, acquired by New Jersey from Carolina on Wednesday, scored the game winner with a shot from between the circles that was set up by an outstanding play by defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
No. 10 Duke women edge No. 13 UNC 66-61
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Ka'lia Johnson hit the go-ahead free throws with 44.1 seconds left to help No. 10 Duke rally past No. 13 North Carolina 66-61 in Saturday's semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Johnson's two free throws broke a 60-all tie and helped the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-5) avoid a three-game sweep by their fiercest rival. Duke went 6 for 6 at the foul line in the final minute of a tight game, holding off UNC freshman star Diamond DeShields and the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-9).
After Oderah Chidom hit two more free throws to make it 64-61 with 17.5 seconds left, DeShields launched a 3-pointer for the tie but it rattled out. Chidom got the rebound and was fouled, knocking down two more free throws with 9.2 seconds left to seal Duke's trip to Sunday's championship to face No. 2 Notre Dame.
No. 2 Irish beat No. 14 NC State 83-48 in ACCs
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 16 points to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 14 North Carolina State 83-48 in Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
Kayla McBride was among four in double figures with 10 points for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (31-0), who had no trouble putting away the injury-depleted Wolfpack. Notre Dame scored the first 12 points, led by 28 at halftime and by 37 from there to continue their dominating run in their new league.
The Fighting Irish, who shot 60 percent in a 26-point win against Florida State in Friday's quarterfinals, shot 52 percent in the first half on the way to their second lopsided win against the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-7) in a week.
That sent Notre Dame to Sunday's championship game, where the Irish will try to become the first team to go 19-0 through ACC regular-season and tournament play since Duke in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Miami tops Wake Forest 69-56
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Garrius Adams scored 22 points to lead Miami to a 69-56 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Adams shot 6 of 8 from the field and 9 of 9 from the free-throw line as the Hurricanes never trailed after a 14-0 run midway through the first half. Miami also withstood a Deacons' rally to end the first half.
The Hurricanes (16-15, 7-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) expanded a six-point lead at halftime and outscored Wake Forest 12-2 in the first 6:57 of the second half. Rion Brown's jumper with 13:03 remaining pushed the Hurricanes' lead to 41-25.
The Deacons got no closer than 45-35 after Aaron Rountree's dunk with 10:36 remaining. Keyed by Brown's 3-pointer and dunk, Miami outscored Wake Forest 11-2 in the next 4:04.
Brown finished with 19 points for the Hurricanes. Erik Swoope was Miami's third double-digit scorer with 10 points.
The win moved Miami past Wake Forest for a 10th place finish in the regular season conference standings.
Winthrop reaches title game, 80-79 over Asheville
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Keon Johnson scored the last five points as fourth-seeded Winthrop continues its giant-killer run through the Big South tournament, knocking off No. 2 seed UNC Asheville 80-79 in a semifinal Saturday. The Eagles ousted top-seeded High Point with a last-second shot Friday.
The Eagles (20-12) advance to Sunday's championship for the first time since 2010, facing Coastal Carolina (19-12).
Johnson finished with 16 points and hit a pair of jumpers with less than 2 minutes to play. Both scores came after Asheville misses. Larry Brown grabbed a board leading to a Johnson jumper that propelled the Eagles into the lead, 78-77. Next time down the floor, Joab Jerome rebounded an Asheville miss and again Johnson struck at the other end for an 80-77 edge.
Twenty of Winthrop's 26 rebounds were off the defensive glass.
The Bulldogs (17-15) missed a driving layup and a putback in the final 10 seconds.
Keselowski holds on for Nationwide win in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brad Keselowski overcame electrical trouble and held off Kyle Busch on Saturday to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.
In his eighth start on the desert track, Keselowski earned his 28th career Nationwide win on his 20th track.
Kyle Larson was third, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in front of rookie Chase Elliott, who posted his first top-five finish.
Busch came up from a 37th-place start to finish second on his hometown track, but couldn't catch Keselowski's Penske Ford.
Keselowski lost three spots early after sliding through his pit box. He later lost power because of a faulty alternator, forcing him to turn off equipment.
He still navigated through traffic on the final laps in an exciting finish.
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