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.
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Savannah State shuts down S. Carolina State 61-47
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Alante Fenner scored 15 points and Terel Hall had 14 as fifth-seeded Savannah State beat 12th seed South Carolina State 64-47 on Monday in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Jeremiah Hill added 10 points for Savannah State (11-6), while Jyles Smith had eight points, five assists and 13 rebounds.
Savannah State led 28-24 at halftime and was up by just five with 7 minutes left. Then the Tigers made eight free throws during a 10-0 run to lead 50-35 with 2:56 left.
South Carolina State (9-21) was led by Jalen White with 19 points and Matthew Hezekiah grabbed 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs hit just 14 of 53 shots (26.4 percent), made 15 of 25 free throws and were outrebounded 45-36.
Savannah State will play No. 4 Norfolk State on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
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.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin backed by players
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina freshman Sindarius Thornwell says those complaining about Frank Martin's sideline behavior don't understand the coach. He adds the players wouldn't have anyone else leading the Gamecocks.
Martin was suspended one game by the school for harsh language aimed at guard Duane Notice in a loss to top-ranked Florida last week. Assistant Matt Figger led the Gamecocks to a 74-62 win at Mississippi State on Saturday. Martin attended his 8-year-old daughter's cheerleading competition in Tennessee.
Thornwell said Martin's cursing is not demeaning, but how he demonstrates passion. Thornwell has had similar coaches, and he chose South Carolina because of Martin's intensity.
Martin will be in charge Wednesday when South Carolina (12-19) opens Southeastern Conference tournament play against Auburn (14-15).
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 are 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.
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Dawkins, Fredrick lead new SC athletic hall class
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former NFL defensive back Brian Dawkins, ex South Carolina shooting guard Zam Fredrick and Olympic gold medalist Monique Hennagan head up newest class of eight selected for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dawkins started three years at Clemson before playing 16 seasons with Philadelphia and Denver.
Fredrick led the country with an average of 28.9 points a game in 1980-81.
Hennagan won gold with the 1,600-meter U.S. relay team in Sydney in 2000 and in Athens four years later.
Others named to the class announced Monday include ex-South Carolina State offensive lineman Edwin Bailey, former South Carolina pitcher Randy Martz, ex-Newberry basketball player Carl Short, former Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams and state golf leader and organizer Happ Lathrop.
Induction ceremonies take place May 12.
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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