No. 7 Blue Devils, No. 14 Tar Heels meet Sunday
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - No. 7 Duke is looking for ways to make up for a series of backcourt-crippling injuries. No. 14 North Carolina is still trying to solve some of its up-and-down ways.
The rivals are far from finished products as they meet Sunday to close the regular season and head to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Blue Devils have lost point guards Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones to knee injuries.
The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have beaten top-10 teams Duke and North Carolina State on the road. But they lost at home to a Virginia Tech team that had two league wins, then lost by 25 on Thursday at No. 2 Notre Dame.
UNC freshman Diamond DeShields says the teams "have two different struggles going on."
McAdoo leads NCarolina past Va Tech 60-56
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead No. 19 North Carolina past Virginia Tech 60-56 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory.
McAdoo hit 6 of 9 from the floor for the Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4), who started Atlantic Coast Conference play 1-4 and have not lost since. The Tar Heels haven't won this many games in a row since opening the 2008-09 season with 13 straight victories.
McAdoo scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including 10 after the Hokies had cut the Tar Heel lead to 42-40 on a basket by Jarell Eddie with 8:54 left in the game.
Leslie McDonald added 14 points and J.P. Tokoto finished with 12 for North Carolina.
Eddie led Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14 ACC) with 18 points.
Boston College beats Wake Forest 80-72
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Ryan Anderson scored 24 points to help Boston College beat Wake Forest 80-72 on Saturday.
Olivier Hanlan added 17 points for the Eagles (8-21, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for just the second time in the span of a month. BC had stunned then-No. 1 Syracuse on the road on Feb. 19 but lost its other seven games in February, including the past two at Miami and at home to Pittsburgh.
But BC earned its third road win this year, shaking free of its season-long struggles to hand the Demon Deacons (15-14, 5-11) the kind of home loss that won't help fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik's fading standing with the fan base.
Boston College came into the game as the ACC's worst rebounding team, but dominated the boards - including 13-2 on the offensive glass - and knocked down plenty of free throws to stay in control after halftime.
Miami pulls away for 85-70 win over NC State
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Rion Brown scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat North Carolina State 85-70 on Saturday.
Garrius Adams added 16 points and Manu Lecomte and Erik Swoope had 15 apiece for the Hurricanes (15-14, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The ACC's worst shooting team shot a season-best 58.7 percent and set a season high for scoring.
Miami erased its only deficit of the second half by reeling off 13 straight points and winning its third in four games.
ACC scoring leader T.J. Warren had 20 points for the Wolfpack (17-12, 7-9). His dunk off a steal by Desmond Lee with about 6 ½ minutes left put N.C. State up 65-64.
Tonye Jekiri followed with two free throws that gave the Hurricanes the lead for good. Adams banked in a jumper, Jekiri followed Brown's missed 3 with a dunk and Adams converted a key three-point play.
UNCG rallies to beat Wofford 73-71
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Kayel Locke scored 17 points, Tevon Saddler 14 and UNCG shot 78.3 percent in the second half to edge Wofford 73-71 on Saturday night in a Southern Conference finale.
The victory clinched the No. 6 seed for the Spartans (13-17, 6-9) in the conference tournament that begins on Friday in Asheville, N.C. They will play the 11th seed, The Citadel. That winner will play third-seeded Wofford (17-11, 11-4) in the second round.
Saddler's basket with 2:34 left gave UNCG a 73-66 lead with 2:34 remaining. Wofford got within two at 1:42 but neither team scored thereafter with the Terriers' Karl Cochran missing a final shot.
The Spartans trailed by nine at halftime but took the lead for good on RJ White's basket with 9:40 left.
White scored 13 points and Kyle Cain 10 for UNCG, which shot 61.7 percent.
Spencer Collins led Wofford with 15 points. Cochran added 12.
Davidson beats Elon 86-69 for 12th straight win
ELON, N.C. (AP) - Brian Sullivan scored 26 points and De'Mon Brooks added 24 as Davidson was all business in closing out its third straight and 23rd overall Southern Conference regular-season title with an 86-69 pasting of Elon Saturday night.
Elon was the only team to defeat Davidson (19-11, 15-1) in conference this season.
The Wildcats shot 62-percent from the field (31-50) and outrebounded Elon 31-21, taking the lead 2 minutes into the game on a Brooks drive and never giving it back. The lead was 10 at halftime and grew to 21 early in the second and nearly 30, 71-42, after a Sullivan 3-pointer with 10:06 to play.
Chris Czerapowicz and Jordan Barham scored 11 each for Davidson
Ryley Beaumont led the Phoenix (18-13, 11-5) with 19 points. Elon shot 45 percent but connected on just 23 field goals and is tied with Wofford, who beat them Friday, for third in conference.
Radford edges Liberty 87-83
LYNCHBERG, Va. (AP) - Javonte Greene scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Radford held on for an 87-83 victory over Liberty on Saturday.
Ya Ya Anderson had 19 points for the Highlanders (20-11, 10-6 Big South). Rashun Davis came off the bench to score 18 points and R.J. Price added 10.
Radford went 20-11 early in the second period to lead 54-51 before the Flames responded with a 13-2 run anchored by three John-Caleb Sanders 3-pointers to go back up 64-56 with 10:40 remaining. Trailing by nine with 5:17 to play, Anderson hit a pair of 3-pointers - and Price added another - to help the Highlanders build a 79-75 lead. They held on for the win, despite a Davon Marshall 3 in the final seconds that brought the Flames within two.
Antwan Burrus led the Flames (11-20, 5-11) with 19 points and eight rebounds.
UNC Asheville surges past Gardner-Webb 83-71
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Jaron Lane finished with 24 points and eight rebounds, and D.J. Cunningham added 11 points with 14 boards and eight blocks to help UNC Asheville defeat Gardner-Webb 83-71 on Saturday.
UNC Asheville (16-14, 10-6 Big South) shot 49.2 percent from the field and went 9 of 18 from the perimeter. David Robertson finished with 15 points and Andrew Rowsey had 11 with five assists.
Gardner-Webb (17-14, 10-6) was held to 25-of-67 shooting (37.3 percent) and got outrebounded 43-35. Tyler Strange scored 16 points and Naji Hibbert chipped in 15.
UNC Asheville led by one at halftime, but surged ahead with a 16-2 run sparked by a Lane 3-pointer and a Robertson three-point play to lead 62-47 at the midway mark in the second half.
The win puts UNC Asheville in a three-way tie with Gardner-Webb and Winthrop for second place in the South Division of the Big South Conference.
LA Kings hold off Canes 3-1 for 4th straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 11:45 to play, Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Saturday for their third victory in four days since the Olympic break.
Mike Richards scored his second goal since Thanksgiving and Justin Williams added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who have roared out of the break with three wins in three cities in about 70 hours. Low-scoring Los Angeles put up eight goals at Colorado and Calgary before holding off the Hurricanes in the Kings' return to Staples Center.
Andrej Sekera scored and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost three straight on their five-game road trip out of the break.
Busch wins third straight at PIR
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kyle Busch became the first driver to win three straight Nationwide races at Phoenix International Raceway, dominating his way through a rain-shortened race Saturday.
Busch took an early lead and was still out front when the race was halted with 32 laps left in the 200-mile race around Phoenix's odd-shaped mile oval. After a delay of more than two hours, the race was called, giving Busch his series-record 64th Nationwide victory.
Kevin Harvick finished second and pole sitter Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth.
Busch led 155 laps for his 10th overall victory at PIR and the fourth straight Nationwide win for Joe Gibbs Racing at the track. Joey Logano won for JGR in the 2012 fall PIR race.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
322 Shipyard Boulevard