Story, DCCC sink Wytheville CC, 93-88
Robert Story drilled five 3-pointers, including a game-sealing trey with 20 seconds to play, lifting Davidson County Community College to a 93-88 victory over Wytheville Community College on Saturday at Brinkley Gym.
Story, who finished with a team-high 21 points, gave the Storm (12-3, 2-1 Region X) a five-point cushion with his last 3-pointer.
C.J. Woodberry added 19 points for DCCC, while Daniel Lawson and Ace Chalmers tallied 14 points each. Trey Smith and Gerry Hairston netted 13 points apiece for the Storm, which visits Sandhills CC on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
N.C. A&T 70, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 67
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lamont Middleton hit two free throws with four seconds left, then stole the ball two seconds later to seal North Carolina A&T’s 70-67 conference-opening win over Bethune Cookman Saturday afternoon.
Jeremy Underwood gave the Aggies a four-point lead by hitting two free throws with :27 left, but missed a pair from the line 12 seconds later that left the door open.
Clemmye Owens drilled a 3-pointer for the Wildcats to make it 68-67 with seven seconds left.
Bethune Cookman (2-16, 0-3 Mid-East) trailed by seven points with 33 seconds left and rallied behind a pair of Tony Kynard free throws and a 3 by Mikel Trapp.
Middleton finished with 21 points to lead North Carolina A&T (4-11, 1-0), with Richaud Pack adding 19 points by going 10 for 10 from the line.
Trapp finished with 18 points to lead the Wildcats, Kynard and Owens each contributing 15 points.
WESTERN CAROLINA 68, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 67
STATESBORO, Ga. — Trey Sumler scored twice in the final minute to help Western Carolina hang on for a 68-67 victory at Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Sumler hit a jumper with 58 seconds left that put the Catamounts up 66-61 and another to extend the lead to 68-64 with 3.4 seconds left.
Jelani Hewitt made a deep 3 for Georgia Southern with 1.1 seconds left, but the Eagles were unable to get the ball back.
Brandon Boggs gave the Catamounts the lead for good at 50-48 on a jumper with 7:50 left. Boggs finished with 13 points and James Sinclair led Western Carolina (10-8, 3-0 Southern Conference) with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Hewitt paced the Georgia Southern (8-9, 1-1) with 23 points.
GUILFORD 69, BRIDGEWATER 60
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Matt McCarthy scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to rally Guilford College to a 69-60 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win at Bridgewater College Saturday afternoon.
The win snapped the Quakers’ (10-3, 4-0 ODAC) three-game losing skid and maintained their unbeaten league record. Bridgewater (7-5, 2-2 ODAC) was coming off a big road win over nationally ranked league foe Virginia Wesleyan College Wednesday night.
Guilford entertains Emory & Henry College Wednesday at 7 p.m.
CAMPBELL CHARGES BACK TO BEAT LONGWOOD
FARMVILLE, Va. — Reco McCarter scored 23 points to lead Campbell to a 75-67 victory over Longwood Saturday.
Darius Leonard contributed 10 points for Campbell (8-9, 2-0 Big South).
Longwood (5-12, 0-2) had a 36-28 lead at the half, but the Camels, who made 63 percent of their field goals in the second half, outscored Longwood 47-31 in the second period.
The Lancers extended their lead to 56-43 at the midway point of the second half and were ahead 60-50 with 7:44 remaining.
McCarter dunked and Antwon Oliver followed with a dunk that started Campbell on a 25-7 run to finish the game.
The Camels won the rebound battle 39 to 28.
Tristan Carey, who made 6 of 15 3-pointers, led Longwood with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Karl Ziegler added 16 points.
AGUSI, UTSA CRUISE PAST CHARLOTTE
SAN ANTONIO — Devon Agusi scored 22 points and Edrico McGregor added 13 with eight rebounds as Texas-San Antonio cruised past Charlotte 85-77 Saturday.
Nursing a 12-11 lead in the first half, the Roadrunners (6-9, 2-0 C-USA) pulled ahead with a 14-1 run sparked by a Jordan Sims 3-pointer and a three-point play by Hyjii Thomas. James Williams hit a 3-pointer, igniting a 16-5 run to open the second half and giving UTSA its largest lead, 54-33 at the 12:54 mark.
Charlotte (10-5, 1-1) looked to storm back with a run of their own as Denzel Ingram hit two straight 3-pointers to pull within eight. UTSA countered, pushing the lead back to 19 after a pair of free throws by McGregor.
UTSA shot 49.1 percent from the field. Williams finished with 11 points, while Thomas and Keon Lewis each had 10.
Ingram led the 49ers with 17 points and Terrence Williams contributed 15.
TOWSON 60, UNC WILMINGTON 53
TOWSON, Md. — Jerrelle Benimon scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Towson to a 60-53 victory over UNC Wilmington Saturday.
Benimon went 6 of 13 from field and sank 8 of 10 from the line, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the second period.
Four McGlynn had 11 points and three assists for the Tigers (10-6, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Cedrick Williams scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for the Seahawks (6-12, 0-3).
FLORIDA A&M RALLIES PAST N.C. CENTRAL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Reggie Lewis scored 19 points — including half of Florida A&M’s final 16 points — to fuel a late rally and push the Rattlers into a 63-60 comeback over North Carolina Central on Saturday night.
Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 to play to put the Rattlers within one, 60-59. His assist to Jamie Adams for a 3 gave Florida A&M a two-point lead, and Lewis made a free throw to end the game.
Adams added 19 points, and he and Lewis combined for nine 3-pointers.
The Rattlers (5-11, 1-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic) had trailed from the start, but North Carolina Central allowed them back into the game and blew a 14-point lead after scoring just two points in the final 10:24. The Eagles (8-5, 0-1) missed 11 shots and turned the ball over four times in those final minutes.
Alfonzo Houston led North Carolina Central with 16 points.
HAIRSTON PLANS TO PLAY IN NBDL
CHAPEL HILL — Former North Carolina player P.J. Hairston said Friday he will play in the NBA Development League.
In a statement, Hairston — who never played a game this season due to NCAA violations — said he submitted paperwork to play in the league Friday afternoon. He also said he is taking an online course through UNC toward his communications major and turned in his first assignment Thursday.
Hairston’s statement comes exactly three weeks after the school decided not to seek his reinstatement from the NCAA for rules violations, including using rental vehicles tied to a felon and party promoter in Durham. He said he consulted with his family for several weeks before deciding on his next move.
There are 17 teams in the NBDL, the NBA’s official minor league, with teams playing a 50-game regular-season schedule from November to April. Hairston will go on the league’s waiver wire for two business days, where a team with the highest waiver priority — currently that belongs to the Texas Legends, an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks — can claim him.
If Hairston goes unclaimed, he would then go into a player pool where any team can claim him without affecting their waiver priority status — meaning it will likely be Tuesday before Hairston knows where he’ll play.
The 6-foot-6 junior swingman practiced with the Tar Heels through the fall semester. He wore a suit and sat on the bench for home games until the Northern Kentucky game on Dec. 27, a week after the school’s decision.
The 21-year-old flirted with entering the NBA draft after averaging 14.6 points and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore, sparking a late-season surge to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game and the third round of the NCAA tournament.
TIMBERWOLVES DEVOUR BOBCATS
MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic scored 26 points in 27 minutes, and the Minnesota Timberwolves blew off some steam with a 119-92 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.
Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Kevin Martin added 19 points and Minnesota’s bench had 20 points before Charlotte’s even got on the board late in the second quarter. Pekovic went 10 for 14 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line, finishing with 15 points in the third period alone.
Anthony Tolliver led the Bobcats with 21 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range, and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points. Al Jefferson came up with only eight points and seven rebounds, though, and the Timberwolves held a 54-33 rebounding edge to send the Bobcats to their seventh loss in the last eight games.
The Bobcats (15-22) entered the game still above the cut in the Eastern playoff chase, seeking just the second appearance in the franchise’s 10 seasons. Too many more performances like this, though, and they’ll have a hard time keeping up even in the far weaker of the two conferences.
HURRICANES WINNING STREAK ENDS AT FIVE
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Hurricanes’ season-best five-game winning streak.
Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four.
Playing his first game in front of the home fans after missing the first 40 games due to shoulder surgery, offseason free-agent acquisition Nathan Horton contributed with a first-period hit that led to Jenner’s goal.
The teams came in separated by five points in the Metropolitan Division, with the Hurricanes tied for fourth and the Blue Jackets in seventh.