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RICHMOND, VA (CAA) -- The pairings are set for the CAA Men's Basketball Championship, which will be held March 7-10, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.

Tournament play opens at 7 p.m. on Friday as #8 Hofstra (9-22, 5-11 in CAA) takes on #9 UNCW (9-22, 3-13 in CAA) in opening round action.

In Saturday's quarterfinals, top-seeded Delaware (22-9, 14-2 in CAA) meets the Hofstra/UNCW winner at Noon, followed by #4 Drexel (16-13, 8-8 in CAA) against #5 Northeastern (10-20, 7-9 in CAA) at 2:30 p.m. The evening session begins at 6 p.m. with #2 Towson (22-9, 13-3 in CAA) against #7 James Madison (11-19, 6-10 in CAA), and quarterfinal action wraps up at 8:30 p.m. as #3 William & Mary (18-11, 10-6 in CAA) faces #6 College of Charleston (14-17, 6-10 in CAA).

The four winners will advance to Sunday’s semifinals, which are set for 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The CAA championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

Tickets are available by logging on to TicketMaster.com, calling the Baltimore Arena box office at (410) 347-2020 or by visiting the box office of any CAA school.

All four quarterfinal games of the championship will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS and SNY. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Friday’s first-round game will be televised online by CAA.TV.

CAA Men's Basketball Championship
March 7-10, 2014 – Baltimore Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Friday, March 7

G1 - #8 Hofstra vs. #9 UNCW – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

G2 - #1 Delaware vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner - Noon
G3 - #4 Drexel vs. #5 Northeastern – 2:30 p.m.
G4 - #2 Towson vs. #7 James Madison – 6 p.m.

G5 - #3 William & Mary vs. #6 College of Charleston – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9
G6 - Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 – 2:30 p.m.
G7 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 - 5 p.m.

Monday, March 10
G8 - CAA Championship Game - 7 p.m.

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SUPPLY, NC (BCC RELEASE) -- The 2014 Division I Men's NJCAA Region X Tournament will be held at Brunswick Community College on March 6, 7, and 8. This will be a single elimination tournament.

#3 USC-Salkahatchie vs #6 Clinton Jr. College 3/6 (Game 1) 5:00 PM

#4 Spartanburg Methodist vs #5 Denmark Tech 3/6 (Game 2) 7:00 PM

#1 Brunswick CC vs winner of game 2 3/7 (Game 3) 5:00 PM

#2 Cape Fear CC vs winner of game 1 3/7 (Game 4) 7:00 PM

winner of game 3 vs winner of game 4 3/8 (Championship) 2:00 PM

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Cape Fear Community College vs. Catawba Valley Community College
@ Raleigh, NC - Region 10 Women's Basketball Tournament March 7-9 5:00 PM

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MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice's franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107 on Monday night.

James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.

Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.

James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.

Al Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, his huge night merely an afterthought.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon kept trying to find somebody — sometimes two somebodies — to guard N.C. State star T.J. Warren.

Dixon eventually ran out of volunteers and options.

Warren never ran out of shots.

Hot from the start and scorching at the finish, Warren poured in a career-high 41 points to lift the Wolfpack to a 74-67 win over the Panthers on Monday night.

"T.J. was special," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said.

Unstoppable too.

The ACC's leading scorer made seven straight shots at one point and finished 16 of 22 from the field. His emphatic dunk in the final seconds sealed it to give the Wolfpack's flagging NCAA tournament hopes a needed boost.

"It was a pretty cool night," Warren said. "I was just moving without the basketball, finding open spots."

And his teammates kept finding him.

N.C. State (18-12, 8-9 ACC) won for just the second time in its last six games, riding Warren for much of the second half. Warren's 41 points were the most by an N.C. State player since Rodney Monroe scored 48 against Georgia Tech in 1991.

"We tried to double-team him," Pitt center Talib Zanna said. "He just kept making shots."

The Wolfpack came in having lost four of five, including brutal one-point losses to Syracuse and North Carolina. There would be no late collapse this time.

N.C. State beat the Panthers at their own game, dominating the glass and taking over the lane.

The Wolfpack outrebounded Pitt 35-23, including 13-2 on the offensive glass. It led to a 16-0 advantage in second-chance points, including a pair of clutch baskets in the final minutes as the Panthers turned away one last-gasp comeback after another by the Panthers.

The 23 rebounds by Pitt were its fewest in Dixon's decade on the sideline.

"We have to outrebound people and we didn't get it done today," Dixon said.

Josh Newkirk led Pitt (22-8, 10-7) with a career-high 20 points but the Panthers had no answer for Warren.

Not that they didn't try.

Pitt threw a series of players at Warren, from Patterson to defensive specialist Cam Wright to power forward Jamel Artis. The Panthers even mixed up the defense, running zone at some point while mixing in a little man-to-man and the occasional double team.

It hardly mattered, though Warren didn't exactly do it alone.

Lennard Freeman added 10 points off the bench and provided a physical presence the Wolfpack used to bully Pitt around on what was supposed to be a celebratory Senior Night for Patterson and Zanna. Patterson finished with 17 points but made just 7 of 12 at the free throw line.

Even worse, the nearly unbeatable aura the Panthers have enjoyed at home since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2003 has disappeared. Pitt is 6-2 on the road in the ACC and just 4-5 at home.

"We got what we deserved," Dixon said.

Pitt led by as much as 13 in the first half but struggled to put away the Wolfpack.

The Panthers controlled play for long stretches in the first half but only led 36-31 at the break, with the Wolfpack doing their best work when Warren finally got some help. Pitt appeared on the verge of blowing out N.C. State only to get sloppy at the end of the half.

The Wolfpack used a late 8-0 surge to get back in the game, pushing the Panthers around in the lane with relative ease.

"Our guys had a mindset to go get it," Gottfried said.

A runner by Warren gave N.C. State its first lead of the second half at 48-46 and then followed it up by drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

The Panthers could never quite catch up. Several times they trimmed the deficit to a single point and each time N.C. State answered. A 3-pointer just before the shot clock buzzer by Warren made it 69-65 Wolfpack and he added a 15-footer that bounced off the rim and in.

Pitt would get no closer, and when a late Pitt turnover freed Warren up for a fastbreak dunk, the only sound was the roar of a small batch of Wolfpack fans who whooped it up as Warren's teammates celebrated.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 3:09 left and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins' driving shot on the final play to seal No. 14 North Carolina's 63-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night.

McAdoo finished with 14 points to lead the Tar Heels (23-7, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 14-point halftime lead and had to fight to the horn for their 12th straight win in their home finale. It is UNC's longest winning streak since 2008-09.

It marked the second straight close win for the Tar Heels against a team in the lower third of the ACC standings, following Saturday's 60-56 win at Virginia Tech. Still, they haven't lost since Jan. 20 heading into Saturday's finale at No. 4 Duke.

Atkins scored 21 points for Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12), which used a 22-5 run out of halftime to make a game of it.

McAdoo's basket started a 6-0 burst that gave UNC a 61-56 lead with 90 seconds left, but Pat Connaughton's three-point play cut the deficit back to two. Then, after Atkins' driving layup with 8.6 seconds left, Paige - shooting 89 percent from the free throw line on the season - made just 1 of 2 with 6.6 seconds left to give Notre Dame one more shot to tie or win.

Atkins drove into the paint against McAdoo and Paige, but Paige knocked the ball away and the horn sounded to end it.

Notre Dame, playing without senior center Garrick Sherman due to a hand injury, closed its regular season with two straight tough losses. The Fighting Irish lost 85-81 at home to Pittsburgh on Saturday and won't play again until next week's ACC tournament in Greensboro.

Connaughton had Notre Dame's first 10 points of the second half and finished 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

Notre Dame led 56-55 with about 4 minutes left before Paige found a trailing McAdoo for the go-ahead basket. Then, after a turnover from Atkins, Brice Johnson scored inside to push the lead to three and fellow sophomore J.P. Tokoto hit a jumper to beat the shot clock for the 61-56 lead with 1:28 to play.

Tokoto finished with 11 points for UNC, which managed nine points through the first 14 minutes of the second half. Paige finished with just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting.

Notre Dame shot 54 percent from the field in the second half to erase the 41-27 halftime deficit.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced today the return of three players for the 2014 USL PRO regular season. Midfielder William Heaney, defender Shaun Utterson and forward Mickael Oliveira will all be returning for their second consecutive season with the Hammerheads.

“I’m pleased to be back and I am looking forward to seeing the guys again,” said Heaney. “I missed Wilmington this offseason and I am looking forward to hit the ground running. Being a foreigner, I am so thankful for how helpful people in the Wilmington community have been to me over the past years.”

A native of Maryport, Heaney made his debut with the Hammerheads during the 2013 USL PRO regular season after previously training with the club in 2012 as a trialist. The midfielder tallied one goal and one assist last season in 14 matches. During the offseason, Heaney traveled overseas to play with Gretna FC of the Scottish Football League and Workington AFC.

Utterson returns to the Hammerheads after offseason play with Blyth Spartans AFC of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in Northumberland. A former player for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the defender made his official USL PRO debut with the Hammerheads in 2013; making 20 appearances.

“I am delighted to be back,” said Utterson. “Really looking forward to getting into preseason and gelling with the returning and new players. Wilmington is a great place to play football and I am very much excited to return to Legion Stadium.”

Oliveira made eight appearances overall during his professional debut with the Hammerheads in 2013 after being officially added to the roster mid-season. The Belgian forward tallied three goals and one assist before wrapping up his first season with the club.

“I am very excited to come back to Wilmington for my second season,” said Oliveira. “Seeing the fantastic fans that we have, I am excited to play a full season this time around.”

Wilmington Hammerheads FC kick off their 2014 USL PRO regular season on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. versus the Harrisburg City Islanders at Legion Stadium.

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