The Citadel upsets UNCG 86-76 to advance in SoCon
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Ashton Moore scored 24, Matt Van Scyoc added 20 and 11th-seeded The Citadel beat No. 6 seed UNCG 86-76 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament.
The Citadel will face Wofford (17-12) in a semifinal game on Saturday.
Quinton Marshall's dunk, with 11:44 left in the first half, tied the game at 13 and sparked a 11-2 run by The Citadel (7-25), giving the Bulldogs a 22-15 lead. They wouldn't trail again.
The Citadel shot 52 percent from the floor (26 of 50) and 52.6 percent from 3-point range (10 of 19) while getting 31 points from its bench. Reserve P.J. Horgan scored eight points and grabbed career-high 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs out-rebounded the Spartans 36-29.
Kyle Cain led UNCG (14-18), which made just 2 of 12 3-pointers (16.6 percent), with 18 points. RJ White and Tevon Saddler added 15 points apiece.
BIGSOUTH-CHARLESTON SOUTHERN-COASTAL CAROLINA
Coastal Carolina tops Charleston So. 73-68, 2OT
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Josh Cameron scored 20 points as Coastal Carolina, the top seed from the South Division, beat Charleston Southern, 5th-seeded out of the South division, 73-68 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference tournament on Friday.
Coastal Carolina (19-12) overcame its second-worst shooting performance of the season by dominating the glass, out-rebounding the Buccaneers 59-41, including 25-9 on the offensive end. CCU made 22 of 76 field goals (28.9 percent) and 9 of 36 from 3-point range (25 percent).
The Chanticleers scored the first seven points of the second overtime, including five straight from Cameron, and El Hadji Ndieguene - who grabbed 14 rebounds - hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to ice the game.
Charleston Southern (13-18) made just 1 of 7 field goals in the second overtime and 3 of 20 from deep for the game.
Arlon Harper scored 20 and Sheldon Strickland 19 for CSU.
SC-CLASS 4A GIRLS
Dutch Fork tops Greenwood 62-55 for girls 4A title
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Zhane Green scored 21 points and Morgan Williams added 17 to help Dutch Fork withstand a late rally by Greenwood to claim a 62-55 victory in the Class 4A state championship Friday night.
The victory gives the Silver Foxes their third straight state championship, a feat last accomplished by Lower Richland from 2006-08.
Greenwood (22-7) trailed by 20 points, 50-30, with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter before they went on a 21-2 run to pull within 52-51. The Silver Foxes never lost the lead and closed it out by scoring the final six points, four by Sydney Shull and two by Green. After pulling within one, the Eagles only once had possession with a chance to take the lead.
Tianna Swearinger led Greenwood with 30 points, 24 coming in the second half. Shull and Olivia Anderson added 10 apiece for Dutch Fork (20-7).
No. 5 South Carolina advances to SEC semifinals
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Alaina Coates scored 13 points, Elem Ibiam added 12 points and South Carolina took an easy 67-48 victory over Georgia in the third round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Friday.
The top-seeded Gamecocks (27-3) advanced to the tournament semifinals for the second time in three years, yet just the second time in school history.
SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell finished with 11 points for South Carolina, which led the entire game.
South Carolina filled Georgia's passing lanes, ran through screens to pressure the perimeter and essentially never gave the ninth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (20-11) much of a chance.
Erika Ford, with 10 points, was the only Lady Bulldog to score in double figures.
Asheville beats Radford 96-87 in Big South tourney
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Jaron Lane scored 29 points, Andrew Rowsey 27 and D.J. Cunningham grabbed a Big South tournament-record 19 rebounds as UNC Asheville advanced to the semifinals with a 96-87 victory over Radford on Friday.
The Bulldogs (17-14), the No. 2 South Division seed, will now face Winthrop, the South's No. 4 in a Saturday semifinal. They split their two regular-season games.
Radford was the No. 3 North seed.
Lane scored 24 points in the second half after Rowsey carried the Bulldogs in the first half with 22 points. All the while, Cunningham was providing strength underneath with his career-high rebounding total along with 18 points.
Asheville led 47-36 at halftime. The closest the Highlanders got in the second half was four points, 77-73, with 4:12 left. A dunk by Sam Hughes made it a 10-point margin with 53 seconds left.
Rashun Davis scored 22 points for the Highlanders (21-12).
Winthrop upsets High Point 62-60
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Andre Smith made a 3-point shot over two defenders with .5 seconds left as Winthrop, the No. 4 seed out of the South Division, upset High Point, the North's No. 1 seed, 62-60 in a Big South quarterfinal on Friday.
It looked like High Point, which had trailed since the 3:21 mark, might avoid the upset after Adam Weary made a floater with 6 seconds left. But Smith took the inbounds pass, raced down court, and put up the winning shot from about 25 feet out. A desperation shot by High Point was late and off the mark.
Winthrop (19-12), which has defeated High Point (16-14) in all five of their tournament meetings, advanced to a Saturday semifinal against UNC Asheville.
Keon Moore finished with 23 points and Smith 12 for the Eagles.
Conference player of the year John Brown scored 17 points for High Point, which had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Georgia Southern rolls past Furman 65-50
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Jelani Hewitt scored 20 points and Tre Bussey 14 as seventh-seeded Georgia Southern shot out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, defeating No. 10 seed Furman 65-50 in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament on Friday
The Eagles (14-18), in their first SoCon tourney since 2002, face second-seeded Chattanooga (18-13) in a quarterfinal Saturday. Georgia Southern defeated Chattanooga Feb. 20.
Georgia Southern, which is moving to the Sun Belt next season, opened the second half on a 14-2 run, capped by a Hewitt dunk that built the lead to 49-29 with 13:35 remaining. The Eagles shot 57.1 percent in the half. Angel Matias added 10 points.
Charlie Reddick scored 18 to lead the Paladins (9-21) and Stephen Croone added 12.
Georgia Southern stole the ball 13 times (Hewitt with three), scoring 16 points off turnovers and 38 in the paint.
Gamecocks' Martin apologizes for harsh language
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week.
Martin was suspended one game by athletic director Ray Tanner on Thursday. He is not travelling with the team to its regular-season finale at Mississippi State on Saturday. Associate head coach Matt Figger will take over the team in Starkville.
Martin will resume his duties before the Gamecocks play in next week's Southeastern Conference tournament. Martin says he's talked to his players all year long about maturity and "I think it's time I work on my maturity as well."
Martin says he also apologized to Tanner on Wednesday when he saw that his tirade had gone viral.
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