No. 2 Kansas tops Wake Forest, 87-78
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and No. 2 Kansas moved into the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, downing previously unbeaten Wake Forest 87-78 on Thursday.
Frank Mason scored 13 points and Joel Embiid added 10 for the Jayhawks (5-0), who had a 14-point halftime lead trimmed to four before hanging on in the final minutes.
Kansas will play Villanova on Friday night for a spot in the title game.
Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half for Wake Forest (5-1). The Demon Deacons held Kansas to a season-low 47 percent from the field, but lost forward Devin Thomas after he was ejected for two technical fouls with 7:28 remaining.
No. 11 North Carolina cruises past Ark. St. 93-60
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 24 points as No. 11 North Carolina easily beat Arkansas State 93-60 on Thursday.
The Tar Heels (5-1) entered the game ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to only 27.8 percent shooting in its first five games.
It was much of the same against Arkansas State (4-2), which shot 25.7 percent (18 of 70) for the game.
North Carolina shot 62.1 percent in the first half, held Arkansas State to 5-of-32 shooting and led 50-21 at halftime. DeShields had 14 at the break and Xylina McDaniel made both of her 3-point attempts, adding 10. Stephanie Mavunga had three blocks in the first half.
DeShields was one of five players in double-figures for North Carolina. McDaniel had 16, Allisha Gray 12, Danielle Butts 11, and Jessica Washington added 10.
Jalen O'Bannon led the way for Arkansas State with 15 points.
Gardner-Webb defeats IUPUI 61-54
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Naji Hibbert scored 15 points and Donta Harper 14 as Gardner-Webb defeated Purdue-Indianapolis (IUPUI) 61-54 at the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (3-5) led by as many as 18 early in the second half and fended off a series of comeback attempts by IUPUI (1-6). Ian Chiles scored 11 of his game-high 22 points and was the only Jaguar to reach double-figures, which he's done in every game this season. IUPUI didn't get closer than five points, its 31.7 percent field-goal shooting and five assists were both season-lows.
Gardner-Webb shot 45.1 percent, forced 13 turnovers and made 10 steals - Harper and Tyler Strange with three each.
Harper and Hibbert combined for nine points as Gardner-Webb broke away after halftime. Harper, (6 of 6 from the line), and Josh Castellanos (4-4) iced the game with two free throws each in the final 40 seconds.
Liston leads No. 2 Duke women over Xavier 81-54
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) - Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help No. 2 Duke beat Xavier 81-54 at the Paradise Jam on Thursday.
Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils (6-0). Chelsea Gray had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
Duke led by three 7½ minutes in before scoring 20 of the final 29 points of the half to take a 40-26 lead at the break. Liston had nine points during the burst. Liston has gone over 20 points in three of Duke's games this season.
Xavier could get no closer than 13 in the second half.
Jenna Crittendon scored 16 points to lead the Musketeers (2-3)
Panthers WR Smith has no plans to slow down
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Steve Smith spent his childhood emulating NFL players and dreaming of playing professional football.
Now in his 13th season with the Carolina Panthers, Smith said it's still not enough.
"Now that I'm here, being here isn't satisfying," Smith said of his NFL career. "I want to be something special. I want to be one of those special guys."
Smith is entering special territory.
He needs 51 yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay to move past Hines Ward and Derrick Mason into 20th place in yards receiving. He ranks 25th in receptions, last week passing Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
"I look at Jerry Rice and to be, not in the same category, but on the same list... that's pretty cool," Smith said. "My agent told me I passed Steve Largent. I'm a huge Steve Largent fan. I respect the heck out of him. I think what he did was remarkable. I just passed him, and that's pretty cool.
"To see my name next to his, (above) his, that's pretty cool. It's humbling when I read it."
But it's still not enough for Smith.
Smith has 823 receptions for 12,033 yards, but said his goal is to finish his career with at least 1,000 catches and "close to" 14,000 yards receiving.
"I want to be in the top 10," Smith said.
UNC's Switzer emerges as dangerous returner
(AP) - The wins started piling up for North Carolina at the same time freshman Ryan Switzer began racking up touchdowns.
That might not be a coincidence.
The receiver and returner has accounted for eight TDs during the five-game winning streak that brought the Tar Heels from a 1-5 start to bowl eligibility.
Switzer leads the nation and has tied an ACC record with four punt returns for touchdowns - and they've all come in North Carolina's past three games.
He's the second player in Division I history with TDs on punt returns in three straight games.
Switzer says that he's grown more comfortable as the season has progressed.
North Carolina (6-5, 4-3) hosts to No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2) in the regular-season finale on Saturday.
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