Jefferson, Walker lead Bobcats past Nuggets 105-98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 as the Charlotte Bobcats won their seventh straight game at home, defeating the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night.
Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field-goal attempts and also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Walker added seven assists for the Bobcats, who also received a big boost from Gary Neal off the bench. Neal made his first six field-goal tries, including three 3-pointers, and ended up with 19 points.
Josh McRoberts added 15 points for Charlotte, including a key 3-pointer with 6:15 left at the shot-clock buzzer to extend Charlotte's lead to 90-82 after Denver had cut it to five at 87-82.
Ty Lawson scored 24 points to lead the Nuggets.
Wofford tops W. Carolina 56-53 for SoCon title
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Karl Cochran scored 23 points, and Wofford beat Western Carolina 56-53 on Monday night to capture the Southern Conference championship and a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Cochran, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was 8 of 16 from the field and had five 3-pointers. He made two big free throws with 5.3 seconds left to give Wofford a three-point lead.
The Catamounts, which never led, had a last chance to send the game into overtime but Trey Sumler's 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
It will be Wofford's third trip to the NCAA tournament in the last five years, but its first since 2011.
Lee Skinner had 11 points and C.J. Neumann added nine points for the Terriers (20-12), who entered as the tournament's third seed.
Western Carolina (19-15) was led by 17 points from Brandon Boggs.
Chattanooga tops Davidson for SoCon women's title
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Alex Black scored 22 points, and Chattanooga beat Davidson 71-45 on Monday to win the Southern Conference championship and clinch a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Taylor Hall, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, added 12 points and seven rebounds. Reserves Faith Dupree and Ka'Vonne Towns each had 10 points as Chattanooga won its sixth conference tournament title in the past nine years.
Black was 9 of 13 from field and provided a big spark on the offensive end, repeatedly knocking down pull-up jumpers off the drive.
The Lady Mocs (29-3) enter the NCAA tournament with a 24-game winning streak.
Laura Murray finished with 17 points, converting a late layup to finish her career as Davidson's leading scorer with 1,880 points. Dakota Dukes added 14 points for Davidson (16-16).
APPALACHIAN STATE-CAPEL OUT
Capel out as Appalachian State's hoops coach
BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Capel has been let go after four seasons at Appalachian State.
Athletic director Charlie Cobb said Monday that the school will not renew his contract.
Capel is in the final year of a four-year deal that expires at the end of March. The former North Carolina guard - whose brother Jeff is on Duke's staff - was the youngest coach in Division I when he was hired in 2010.
The Mountaineers went 9-21 this season, were 5-11 in their final season in the Southern Conference and were eliminated in their league tournament opener by Samford. They went 53-70 in four seasons under Capel.
Appalachian State joins the Sun Belt next season and Cobb says the program needs "new leadership" in its new league.
Warren, Parker lead all-ACC 1st team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State's T.J. Warren and Duke's Jabari Parker lead the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Warren and Parker are unanimous selections. They're joined by North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Clemson's K.J. McDaniels.
The team was announced Monday by the league and chosen by 77 voting members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The media members selected Paige as the league's most improved player and Virginia's Justin Anderson as its top sixth-man.
Warren is the league's top scorer with an average of 24.8 points - more than five points ahead of the No. 2 scorer, Parker. Warren closed the regular season with the first consecutive 40-point performances in the ACC since 1990.
Panthers tender offers to OL Bell, Scott
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers announced they've extended contract tenders to restricted free agent tackle Byron Bell and exclusive rights free agent guard Chris Scott, two starters from last year's team.
Carolina also said Monday it re-signed reserve fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and backup offensive lineman Garry Williams to a one-year deal.
Financial terms were not released.
Bell started 14 games last season at right tackle, helping the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC South championship. Scott joined Carolina in training camp and started eight games at guard due to injuries to other players.
Brockel played in 16 games seeing spot duty at fullback, tight end and on special teams.
Williams started the 2013 season opener at right guard but injured his knee and landed on injured reserve.
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