Gillis' 22 leads Coastal to Big South title
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Warren Gillis had 22 points and Josh Cameron added 19 to lift Coastal Carolina to the Big South Conference tournament title and its first NCAA trip in 21 years with a 76-61 victory over Winthrop on Sunday.
It was the first conference tournament title for Chanticleers coach Cliff Ellis in 39 years of coaching at four schools. He joins nine others who have led four schools to the NCAA tournament, trailing the mark of five set last season by Oklahoma's Lon Kruger.
Coastal Carolina (21-12) took control with 12-0 first-half run, eventually building the lead to 57-39 midway through the second half.
Winthrop (20-13) cut the lead to 61-52 on Keon Johnson's free throw with 4:36 left, but got no closer. Keon Moore led Winthrop with 19 points before fouling out.
Fans rushed the court at the HTC Center on Coastal's campus when it was over, cheering their team's first league title since 1993.
McClanahan leads Winthrop to title with 87-74 win
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Dequesha McClanahan had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Winthrop to its first-ever Big South Conference tournament title and NCAA berth with an 87-74 victory over High Point on Sunday.
Big South player of the year McClanahan kept her career going as she rallied the Eagles (24-8) to a 17-7 run midway through the second half to take control and win in their first championship game appearance since 1996.
The Eagles knocked off league powerhouse Liberty - the Flames had won 15 of the previous 17 Big South tournaments - in the semifinals on Saturday night and eliminated the league's top seeded Panthers (22-10) in this one.
Stacia Robertson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for High Point, which fell to 0-4 n tournament finals.
McClanahan dribbled out the final seconds with a wide grin, pointed to the sky and screamed with joy before getting mobbed by teammates.
No. 2 ND routs No. 10 Duke 69-53 for ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final.
Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) - last year's Big East champions - win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks.
Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-6), who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers.
They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series.
Pairings set for ACC tournament in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Virginia has the top seed for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers, who lost at Maryland in overtime Sunday, have a bye into Friday's quarterfinals along with No. 4 Duke, No. 7 Syracuse and 14th-ranked North Carolina.
The Orange have the No. 2 seed, followed by the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, No. 6 seed Clemson, No. 7 seed North Carolina State and No. 8 seed Maryland have byes into Thursday's second round.
The tournament begins with No. 12 seed Wake Forest and No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday, followed by No. 10 seed Miami against No. 15 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech against No. 14 seed Boston College.
Keselowski edges Junior on last lap in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brad Keselowski surged ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski swept a weekend's races for the first time in his career with his first Cup victory at Las Vegas. He also won Saturday's Nationwide Series race.
Keselowski capitalized when Earnhardt's fuel gamble failed. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion earned a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after missing it entirely last season.
Earnhardt was just a few ounces of fuel shy of earning his second victory in three races to start the season. He also finished second last week at Phoenix.
Paul Menard finished third in front of Keselowski's teammate, pole-sitter Joey Logano. Carl Edwards was fifth.
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