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College basketball: Wolfpack heats up as season's end draws near
N.C. State has won five of its past six games and is tied with Virginia for 4th place in the ACC with a week to go. The top four teams earn a bye in the tournament.
North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren (left) steals the ball from Georgia Tech guard Marcus Georges-Hunt on Sunday in Atlanta. Warren scored 14 points in the Wolfpack's 70-57 win.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
ATLANTA -- Richard Howell scored 18 points -- all in the first half -- and North Carolina State continued its late-season surge in the ACC by beating Georgia Tech 70-57 on Sunday.
With Howell contained in the second half, C.J. Leslie scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes as N.C. State (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) took its fifth win in its last six games. T.J. Warren had 14 points.
With the win, N.C. State moved into a tie with fourth-place Virginia in the race for one of four first-round byes in the ACC tournament. Boston College beat Virginia 53-52 on Sunday.
N.C. State led by 14 in the first half. Georgia Tech (15-13, 5-11) fought back to cut the deficit to one point late in the first half and again early in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets couldn't complete the comeback.
Georgia Tech had no player in double figures. Senior Mfon Udofia had nine points in his final regular-season home game. Robert Carter Jr. had eight points before fouling out with 1:12 remaining. Daniel Miller also had eight points.
UNC 79, Florida State 58
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - James Michael McAdoo scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and sparked the run that gave North Carolina a big lead on the way to beating Florida State 79-58 on Sunday.
Reggie Bullock added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-8, 11-5 ACC).
McAdoo scored 11 during the 20-3 first-half run that blew the game open and helped the Tar Heels to a season sweep of the Seminoles (15-14, 7-9).
Michael Snaer scored 17 to lead Florida State.
No. 4 Michigan 58, No. 9 Michigan State 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, then made another steal in the final seconds to give No. 4 Michigan (24-5, 11-5) a win over No. 9
Michigan State (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten).
The Michigan State loss clinches at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.
Purdue 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 56
MADISON, Wis. -- D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset No. 17 Wisconsin.
Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten).
Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5).
No. 23 Pittsburgh 73, Villanova 64
PITTSBURGH -- Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime as No. 23 Pittsburgh beat Villanova.
Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East). James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that gave the Panthers a five-point lead.
Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 23 points for the Wildcats (18-12, 9-8).
Zanna scored the first seven points of overtime.
Virginia 72, No. 24 Florida State 60
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points and Simone Egwu had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Virginia ended a five-game losing streak by defeating No. 24 Florida State.
The Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 ACC) overcame a 22-point performance by Florida State's Alexa Deluzio, whose six 3-pointers tied her career high.
Ataira Franklin scored 18 points for Virginia, which will be seeded sixth and play Thursday at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Leonor Rodriguez scored 14 points for fourth-seeded Florida State (21-8, 11-7), which has a bye into Friday's quarterfinals.
No. 7 Georgetown 64, Rutgers 51
WASHINGTON -- Taking over the game after Georgetown trailed early in the second half, Otto Porter Jr. finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, leading the Hoyas past Rutgers (13-14, 4-12 Big East) for their 11th consecutive victory.
The Hoyas (23-4, 13-3) lead the Big East with two games left before the conference tourney.
UCLA 74, No. 11 Arizona 69
LOS ANGELES -- Shabazz Muhammad grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and made both free throws with 9 seconds remaining, helping UCLA hang on for a victory over Arizona that moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with idle Oregon in the Pac-12.
The star freshman finished with 18 points.
Kyle Anderson added 17 points, Larry Drew II had 14 points and nine assists.
Grant Jerrett hit four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points for the Wildcats (23-6, 11-6 Pac-12).
No. 25 La Tech 88, San Jose State 61
RUSTON, La. -- Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and Louisiana Tech clinched at least a share of its first Western Athletic Conference championship.
Alex Hamilton and Jaron Johnson had 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs (26-3, 16-0 WAC).
Xavier Jones led San Jose State (9-18, 3-13) with 14 points.
Radford dismisses star Erwin Spencer
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer didn't play for the Radford women's basketball team on senior day Saturday, or on Thursday.
The senior guard was dismissed from the team Thursday for an undisclosed violation of team rules, according to the university.
The former All-Big South pick had been suspended for seven games earlier this season for a previous rules violation.
4 state teams alive in Division III tournaments
Three teams from the state are still alive in the NCAA Division III men's tournament, while one Virginia squad remains alive in the women's tournament.
On the men's side, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan and Christopher Newport won in Saturday's first round and have advanced to the round of 32 next weekend.
Randolph-Macon, a 69-60 winner at Stevens Institute of Technology, will next visit Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Virginia Wesleyan beat Delaware Valley 76-61 and will host Christopher Newport, an 84-72 winner over visiting Rutgers-Newark.
In the women's tournament, CNU advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 56-50 win over Marymount on Saturday.
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