T25-ACC-WAKE FOREST-NORTH CAROLINA
No. 13 UNC women beat Wake Forest 69-65 in ACCs
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 17 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:44 left to help No. 13 North Carolina beat Wake Forest 69-65 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-8) trailed 39-27 at halftime and 62-61 before DeShields' 3. She hit two clinching free throws with 10.4 seconds left, sending UNC into Friday's quarterfinals against eighth-ranked and third-seeded Maryland.
Dearica Hamby scored 29 points and Chelsea Douglas added 20 for the 11th-seeded Demon Deacons (15-16) in a game delayed more than 20 minutes by a power outage early in the second half.
Wake Forest shot 59 percent before halftime, but went 6-for-23 (26 percent) afterward in its 12th straight loss to UNC dating back to 2004.
UNC played the second half without second-leading scorer Allisha Gray, who hit her head on the court while being fouled late in the first half.
T25-ACC TOURNAMENT-POWER OUTAGE
Lights go out in ACC tournament 2nd-round game
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A power outage caused a more than 20-minute delay in Thursday night's game between No. 13 North Carolina and Wake Forest in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The lights in the Greensboro Coliseum went out briefly at the 16:19 mark of the second half, though the scoreboard, shot clock and electronic display on the scorer's table immediately came back on. However, much of the main lighting system didn't immediately turn on again.
Officials said they expected a delay of about 15 minutes to get everything back on line. The game resumed after 23 minutes, though the main scoreboard hanging over midcourt wasn't working by the time of the restart.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the outage.
The Tar Heels won the game 69-65.
NC CENTRAL-NORFOLK ST
NC Central hangs on for 76-70 win over Norfolk St.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Jeremy Ingram scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting as North Carolina Central hung on Thursday night for a 76-70 win over Norfolk State.
Leading by 3 at the break, N.C. Central (25-5, 15-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) used a 16-5 run capped by an Emanuel Champman jumper to build its largest lead of the game, 68-53, with 4 minutes to go.
But Norfolk State (17-13, 11-5) battled back, scoring 13 of the next 16 points, pulling to within 71-66 on a Pendarvis Williams layup with 36 seconds left before the drive stalled. The first-place Eagles protected what was left of their lead from the free throw line down the stretch.
Jordan Parks contributed 14 points, Chapman finished with 13 and Alfonzo Houston had 10 for NCCU, which shot 53 percent from the field to win its 17th straight game.
Malcolm Hawkins led the Spartans with 31 points and six rebounds.
Hampton dismisses NC A&T 89-71
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Deron Powers scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Hampton over NC A&T 89-71 on Thursday.
Brian Darden and Dwight Meikle each added 13 points and Du'Vaughn Maxwell had 11 points and eight rebounds as Hampton (18-11, 13-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) shot 52 percent, including 10 of 20 from beyond the arc.
NC A&T (9-22, 5-11) was led by Richaud Pack's 14 points. Lamont Middleton had 12, Khary Doby added 11 and Jeremy Underwood chipped in with 10.
Hampton trailed by one with 3:49 left in the first, but closed on an 11-6 run - including a 3-pointer by Breon Key - to lead 45-40 at the break.
The Pirates ran away with it in the second half. An 11-2 run early, then a 19-3 stretch that covered 7:14, sealed NC A&T's fate.
EAST CAROLINA-OLD DOMINION
Mosley leads Old Dominion over East Carolina 68-47
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Ambrose Mosley was 5 of 10 from 3-point range with 17 points as Old Dominion outshot East Carolina for a 68-47 victory on Thursday night.
Richard Ross added 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Old Dominion (15-16, 9-7 Conference USA), which finished the first half on a 7-1 run and extended it to 21-4 early in the second for a 42-24 lead with 14:50 to play.
East Carolina (16-15, 5-11) answered with four straight points to close the deficit to 14 and that was as close as it would get.
Aaron Bacote had 13 points and Dimitri Batten scored 12 for the Monarchs who shot 29 of 49 (59.2 percent) while holding the Pirates to just 14 of 47 (29.8 percent).
Caleb White had 12 points and Paris Roberts-Campbell added 10 for ECU. White was 5 of 15 from the field and Roberts-Campbell was 2 of 10.
Charlotte holds off Marshall 74-70
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) - Pierria Henry scored 26 points as Charlotte held off a late rally and defeated Marshall on the road 74-70 in the regular-season finale on Thursday night.
Henry shot 50 percent (8 of 16) from the floor and hit three 3-pointers. Mike Thorne Jr. added 18 points, Willie Clayton chipped in 15, and both finished with 10 rebounds each. Charlotte closed the season with two wins after dropping six straight contests.
The 49ers (16-13, 7-9 Conference USA) led by 10 with 3:31 left, but Marshall cut the deficit to three points with 8 seconds remaining after Kareem Canty scored 10-straight points for the Thundering Herd. Canty missed a last-second 3-pointer and Charlotte grabbed the rebound to close out the game.
Canty led Marshall (10-21, 4-12) with 22 points and seven assists, and Chris Thomas added 17 points and nine rebounds.
Georgia Tech women beat Virginia 77-76 in ACCs
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Kaela Davis scored 28 points while Tyaunna Marshall added 26 to help Georgia Tech beat Virginia 77-76 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast conference tournament.
The seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (20-10) survived a chaotic finish to advance to Friday's quarterfinals to face 10th-ranked and second-seeded Duke.
The Yellow Jackets took a 77-74 lead on Aaliyah Whiteside's three-point play with 13 seconds left. But on the next play, Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor was whistled for a technical foul for taunting after blocking Lexie Gerson's 3-pointer.
Virginia's Ataira Franklin hit both free throws with 3.7 seconds left and the Cavaliers got the ball back with a chance to win, but Franklin missed a hurried straightaway jumper at the horn.
Sarah Imovbioh had a career-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds for the 10th-seeded Cavaliers (14-17), who made 26 of 27 free throws.
Georgia Tech shot 48 percent.
Florida State beats Miami 72-67 in OT in ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Natasha Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds to help Florida State beat Miami 72-67 in overtime in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Cheetah Delgado added a career-high 20 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-10), including a key 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left in OT as FSU protected a one-point lead.
Morgan Jones added two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, advancing FSU to Friday's quarterfinals to face top-seeded and second-ranked Notre Dame (29-0).
Necole Sterling scored 14 points and was one of five in double figures for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (16-14), who led 33-26 at halftime and 55-49 with 5½ minutes left before Florida State rallied.
Howard gave FSU its first second-half lead with a putback with 49.8 seconds left, then hit two free throws to push the lead to 58-55. But Sterling answered with a 3-pointer with 30.2 seconds left to force OT.
T25-ACC TOURNAMENT-WEATHER DELAY
Friday's Syracuse-NC State ACC game delayed 1 hour
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Icy weather conditions in Greensboro have forced a one-hour delay for the start of Friday's quarterfinal game between No. 14 North Carolina State and Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The game was supposed to tip off at 11 a.m. It will start at noon.
A winter storm warning was in effect for the region overnight Thursday, with rain and dropping temperatures expected to lead to freezing rain, icy roads and possibly snow Friday morning.
In all, four quarterfinal games are scheduled at the Greensboro Coliseum, with No. 2 Notre Dame facing Florida State, No. 10 Duke facing Georgia Tech, and No. 8 Maryland facing No. 13 North Carolina.
Crafton on standby for Paul Menard
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will be on standby at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Paul Menard as the driver awaits the birth of his first child.
Jennifer Menard remained in North Carolina while Menard made the trip to Las Vegas for Sunday's race.
Crafton will be on standby for all practice sessions and the race. Crafton won the Truck Series championship last season, and although he has 317 career starts over 15 years, he has never raced in the Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR wanted to observe Crafton in the No. 27 Chevrolet on Thursday to approve him as the standby driver.
Crafton and Menard have been close friends since 2001, and he said he's honored Menard has the confidence in him to step in if needed.
Duke promotes grad assistant Faris to WR coach
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke has promoted graduate assistant Jeffrey Faris to receivers coach.
Coach David Cutcliffe announced Faris' promotion Thursday.
Faris played defensive back for the Blue Devils from 2008-11 and has been a graduate assistant working with the receivers for the past two years.
He takes over for Scottie Montgomery, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after Kurt Roper's departure for Florida in December.
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