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WWAY's Sunday night sports - Feb. 10

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BOSTON (AP) - Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left on Sunday to help No. 4 Duke rally from early and late deficits to beat Boston College 62-61.

Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who watched the three teams above them in the AP Top 25 lose to unranked opponents this week - and then nearly joined them.

Olivier Hanlan scored 20 points for Boston College (10-13, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Eagles led by five points with 2:15 left and had a chance to win it after Plumlee made one of two free throws but Hanlan's jumper was wide and the rebound popped out of bounds as the buzzer sounded to end the game.

Duke (21-2, 8-2) won its fifth straight game.

The Eagles entered the day tied for last in the conference, but they jumped to an eight-point lead midway through the first half and held onto a tie at halftime. Duke quickly erased the deficit as the second half began and opened a six-point lead but then went cold again, scoring just one free throw over a 4 1-2 minute span and allowing BC to make it 61-56 with 2:15 to play.

But Quinn Cook made his third 3-pointer of the game, then Plumlee hit a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left to tie it 61-all. BC's Joe Rahon put a 3-point attempt off the top of the backboard and Plumlee was brought down hard as he grabbed the rebound.

The Blue Devils forward misses the first foul shot but made the second to make it a one-point lead.

After a timeout, Hanlan dribbled down the clock, before faking the drive and pulling up for an open shot inside the foul line that was wide. Ryan Anderson grabbed the rebound but lost control as he fell to the floor and the ball popped out of bounds as the buzzer sounded to end the game.

Plumlee celebrated from his back as the Blue Devils improved their chance to move up from the No. 4 ranking after losses for the top three teams: Indiana, Florida and Michigan - all to unranked teams. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 five weeks during the regular season, the last on Jan. 21.

Fans dug themselves out after the weekend's blizzard to watch the Eagles play their best game of a season that includes losses to Harvard and Bryant. BC had lost six of seven, including a 22-point loss to No. 8 Miami on Tuesday.

Duke went scoreless for the first five minutes of the game and trailed by as many as eight points, 13-5, in the first half, and it led 21-14 before scoring 11 of the next 14 points, taking its first lead of the game on Plumlee's three-point play with 1 minute left in the first half.

It was 27-all at the half before Curry and Cook hit 3-pointers and Curry followed with a four-point play that gave Duke a 39-34 lead.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CLEMSON, SC (AP) - Scott Wood hit a 3-pointer with one second to go to lift North Carolina State to a 58-57 win over Clemson on Sunday.

Wood's bucket helped the Wolfpack (17-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) end a three-game ACC losing streak.

N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown, returning after missing two games with an injured ankle, drove to the hoop before passing to Wood on the winning basket. Brown scored 15 points in a game the preseason pick to win the ACC needed to keep from slipping below .500 in the league.

Clemson (12-11, 4-7) led for almost the whole game, but Milton Jennings missed the front end of a 1-in-1 with 12.3 seconds left. Freshman Jordan Roper led Clemson with 17 points in his first ACC start.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC) -- The Cape Fear Community College women's basketball team suffered another tough loss this afternoon against nationally-ranked number four Roxbury Community College 59-46 at the Schwartz Center. CFCC rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half and took lead by as much as ten points after the half, but just couldn't maintain the momentum. Leading the Sea Devils on the scoreboard was Alexis Redd with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Local standout Shanta Williams got 7 steals followed by Alexis Adams with 9 points and 4 steals.

The team's current NJCAA record is 3-5 and 8-10 overall. The women take to the home court again next Monday, Feb. 18 vs. Louisburg College at 6 p.m.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The 39th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team made it two easy wins on the weekend with a convincing 8-1 victory over visiting Winthrop on Sunday at the UNCW courts.

Playing under sunny skies, the Seahawks increased their record to 5-1 by playing the nine-point format for the second time this spring.

“Winthrop is a very talented, but young team,” said sixth-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “They came out with a lot of intensity. We were able to get some good things going early and we never really let off the gas. Our group really maintained a high level of focus and energy and today was a great team effort. Kaue Pereira and Rafael Aita came out on fire and rest of the group fed off of it.”

UNCW secured the doubles point in just 40 minutes on Sunday after the top two units won easily. The No. 1 team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, ranked 10th nationally by the ITA, blanked Peter Nagovnak and Yuta Hirokawa, 8-0, before the No. 2 tandem of Aita and Sam Williams cruised past Dylan Comerford and Corey DeCandia, 8-2.

In singles, the Seahawks dominated and only lost one singles match in the rout.

Pereira, playing No. 2 singles, was first off the court after dispatching Juan Pablo Boada, 6-1, 6-0, and Aita, ranked 37th nationally, followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 romp over Comerford at the top of the lineup. No. 121 Williams then tacked on a 6-2, 6-1 triumph against Hirokawa at No. 3 singles.

Chris Cooprider, then added a 7-6 (5), 6-1 decision over Nagovnak at the No. 2 slot, while Zach Hublitz and Michael Reilly recorded victories at No. 5 and No. 6

At No. 7, junior Pedro Mol breezed past Michael Chen, 6-1, 6-0, before Winthrop’s Iva Aramburu picked up the Eagles’ lone point with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against UNCW freshman Christiaan Van der Burgh.

The Seahawks play their next match on Wednesday, Feb. 20, when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on South Carolina.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– Freshman Erin Brown recorded a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-all tie and lead UNCW to a 3-2 victory over Iona in the UNCW Beach Blast Sunday at Boseman Field.

The Seahawks closed out the season-opening tournament with a 3-2 record while the Gaels finished the weekend with a 1-4 mark. UNCW returns to action Friday as it opens the Florida Lipton Invitational with games against Western Carolina (9 a.m.) and the host Gators (4 p.m.).

“Today was a fantastic team win for our club,” said UNCW Head Coach Kristy Norton. “Our bench really showed up as we had solid innings from (Darian) Roberts and (Jordyn) Schmidt. Schmidt showed an extreme amount of confidence today in the circle.

Sophomore Casey Rowland and freshman CJ Moose tallied two hits apiece to pace a UNCW lineup that finished with seven hits in the contest. Brown, Moose and senior Lauryn Buckworth drove in the three UNCW runs.

“(Lauryn) Buckworth really came through as a bat off the bench and when our seniors perform well, that will benefit the entire team, said Norton. “Rookie Erin Brown was clutch. She took care of our three rookie pitchers today first and foremost. To top it all off she didn't act like a rookie when she stepped up to the plate in extra innings and brought home the game winner.”

Senior Beth Kaan was 1-for-2 with a solo home run to lead the Iona attack. Junior Katie Jansson went 2-for-4 with a RBI while sophomore Carly Argyle was 2-for-3.

Kaan put Iona up 1-0 in the top of the second, opening the frame with a leadoff home run to left field.

The Gaels threatened to expand their lead in the fourth, using a walk, a hit by pitch and a single to load the bases with one out. Freshman pitcher Kayla Pine and the Seahawks were able to work out of the jam, recording a strikeout and a flyout to keep it a one-run contest.

Iona once again looked to add to its advantage in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs, only to see Moose keep the Gaels off the board with a diving catch in right to end the frame.

The Seahawks would get on the board in the bottom half of the fifth, using two-out singles by senior Lauryn Buckworth and freshman CJ Moose to take a 2-1 lead.

Iona extended the contest in the top of the seventh. The Gaels opened the frame with a single and an error and moved both runners into scoring position with no outs. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt would retire the next two batters to bring the possible final batter to the plate, but Jansson would single to the shortstop to tie the game at 2-all.

With the international tie breaker rule in effect, Iona would look to take the lead in the top of the eighth as it loaded the bases with no one out, only to see Schmidt retire the next three batters in order to keep the game tied.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Seahawks moved the placed runner to third on a sacrifice bunt and had Wagner reach base on a fielder’s choice to bring up Brown, who lifted a 2-0 pitch to right field to score sophomore Jessica Rappe and give the Seahawks the win.

Schmidt picked up the victory in the circle for UNCW to even her season mark at 1-1. Schmidt pitched two innings of shutout relief, allowing just one hit. Argyle took the loss for the Gaels to move to 1-2 on the young season. Argyle allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks in 7.2 innings of work. She struck out six.

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BLACKSBURG, VA (UNCW) -– Daniel Crow picked up his second win of the meet on Sunday and Zach Sowers added a win of his own for UNCW, which capped its swimming regular season at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Crow won the 200 Backstroke on Sunday with a time of 1:51.85 while Sowers clocked in at 1:51.81 in the 200 Butterfly.
The Seahawks return to action on Feb. 27 at the Colonial Athletic Association championships in Fairfax, Va. UNCW’s men team enters the meet as the 11-time defending champion.

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