WWAY’s Friday night sports – March 21; David Pellom & Tigers move on

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Submitted: Sat, 03/22/2014 - 3:35am
Updated: Sat, 03/22/2014 - 6:11am

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Second Round
at AT&T Center
Final Baylor 74 Nebraska 60
Final Creighton 76 Louisiana-Lafayette 66
Final North Carolina 79 Providence 77
Final Iowa St. 93 NC Central 75

at PNC Arena
Final Mercer 78 Duke 71
Final Tennessee 86 UMass 67
Final Memphis 71 George Washington 66
Final Virginia 70 Coastal Carolina 59

at Scottrade Center
Final Stanford 58 New Mexico 53
Final Kansas 80 E. Kentucky 69
Final Wichita St. 64 Cal Poly 37
Final Kentucky 56 Kansas St. 49

at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
Final Arizona 68 Weber St. 59
Final Gonzaga 85 Oklahoma St. 77
Final OT Stephen F. Austin 77 VCU 75
Final UCLA 76 Tulsa 59


SAN ANTONIO (AP) – James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night.

Providence’s Bryce Cotton scored a career-high 36 points and made one dazzling shot after another down the stretch. But he also fumbled a long rebound in the final moments, robbing the Friars of a chance for a last-second miracle.

Had North Carolina (24-9) lost, it would’ve been the first time since 1979 the Tar Heels and rival Duke lost on the same day of the tournament.

The Blue Devils fell earlier to 14th-seeded Mercer, and the Friars nearly handed North Carolina a similar stunner.

Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 19 points.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset in the NCAA tournament.

The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded Chanticleers before pushing ahead for good with about 9 minutes left.

A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and the Cavs (29-6) ensured history would wait at least another year.

Evan Nolte came off the bench and hit two huge 3-pointers to help Virginia finally push away from the Big South champion Chanticleers (21-13), who were in the tournament for the first time in 21 years.

The game was tied at 47 before Nolte’s 3s powered a 23-7 spurt that finally put the game away.

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Note: Laney grad Elijah Wilson netted 6 points for Coastal Carolina, 2 for 13 from the field.


RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71.

Jakob Gollon added 20 points for the 14th-seeded Bears.

The Bears were simply too much for a Duke team with stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.

Mercer scored 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It’s the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.

Mercer won the Atlantic Sun conference championship. That’s the same conference that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The chant started with one player in the Memphis locker room. Tigers forward Shaq Goodwin picked up on it, and it spread to a few other players who clapped with each syllable.

“Big-shot Mike!” they chanted.

Nobody on George Washington’s team was arguing.

Top sixth-man Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off the Colonials 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.

“It’s simple – sixth man of the (American Athletic) Conference, which has elite-level talent,” teammate Geron Johnson said of his teammate.

“Sixth-man of the year, man. That’s what it is. Perfect name for it,” he added.

Joe Jackson added 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-9), who are halfway to Johnson’s post-AAC tournament guarantee of two wins in the first weekend of the NCAAs.

“As long as we think big and we play hard, the sky’s the limit,” Jackson said. “We’ve just got to continue to think that we can get there. We’ve got to know we can get there.”

They entered the tournament having lost three of five to fall out of the national rankings, and shot 49 percent in this one but struggled to put the ninth-seeded Colonials away until the final seconds.

Isaiah Armwood scored a season-high 21 points after picking up his fourth foul with 12:02 left for ninth-seeded GW (24-9), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range yet never fell behind by more than 10 points.

“It definitely changed my defense, because when I’m on defense, I’m usually active. I couldn’t foul,” Armwood said. “It definitely hurt us because I gave up some layups that I don’t usually give up.”

Leading scorer Maurice Creek – who averages 14 points – finished with nine on 2-of-13 shooting for GW, but he airballed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied it.

Patricio Garino added 10 points for the Colonials, who were making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007 and hung around all game before making a final late push.

They had the ball down 67-64 after Jackson threw the ball away with 1:16 left.

But Creek’s jumper in the lane was short and so was Nemanja Mikic’s 3-point attempt from the right wing with less than a minute remaining.

“I think if we would have tied it, the momentum was sort of shifting and maybe we would have tied it, had some time outs and things would’ve been different,” GW coach Mike Lonergan said.

Crawford missed a 3 for Memphis with about 30 seconds left and the rebound went out of bounds off Jackson with 26.6 seconds left.

Joe McDonald beat Crawford off the dribble for a layup to make it 67-66 with 13.6 seconds left, and the Colonials fouled Dixon with 9.6 seconds left.

Dixon hit both free throws and the Colonials called a timeout to set up their final possession.

McDonald dribbled a few seconds off the clock before passing to Creek, whose final 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left left failed to draw iron.

“A shot I usually hit,” said Creek, a 41 percent shooter from 3-point range.

Dixon added two more free throws with 0.4 of a second remaining for Memphis, which could never push its lead past 10. Its last big lead came on Dixon’s jumper from the corner with 9½ minutes left.

Creek hit a 3-pointer – GW’s second, and last, of the game – before GW’s 1-3-1 zone forced a turnover and Garino made a layup to make it a 64-62 game with 2½ minutes left.

Out of a timeout, Memphis worked the ball to Dixon – who buried an open 3-pointer from the right wing and kept his shooting hand aloft for an extra moment.

At the time, that seemed like the dagger – but the Colonials kept scrapping.

“They made a run at the end,” Dixon said, “but we never got flustered or rattled.”

Both teams weren’t especially good behind either line on the court: Memphis was 11 of 16 from the free throw line and hit just 27 percent of its 3-point attempts, while GW was 14 of 24 from the free throw line in addition to its poor 3-point shooting.

“They’ve got a good inside-out punch,” Jackson said. “Fortunately, we kind of stopped them from shooting 3s because it probably would have been a long night for us.”

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Note: Former New Hanover Wildcat David Pellom scored 4 points on Friday for Memphis. Pellom was 2 for 2 from the floor.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) –– Casey Golden’s two-out infield single in the bottom of the 10th lifted UNCW past visiting West Virginia, 2-1, in the series opener on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks evened their record at 10-10 on the season with their first extra inning win of the season. The Mountaineers fell to 11-7 with the road loss and stand at 8-5 in away games.
Kelly Secrest (5-1) earned his team-leading fifth win of the season for UNCW, throwing a pair of shutout innings. Starter Mat Batts tossed eight innings of one-run baseball while allowing four hits, a walk and striking out five.
Reliever Pascal Paul (0-1) took the loss, allowing the winning run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. WVU starter Harrison Musgrave also gave his staff a strong start, going nine innings, allowing one run while striking out seven.
Ryan LaGrange and Luke Dunlap each had two hits for the Seahawks while Billy Fleming added two for WVU.
How it happened: In the 10th, Drew Farber open the frame with a single and Dillon Bass advanced pinch runner Andy Austin to second with a sac bunt. WVU intentionally walked Terence Connelly and Josh Abshire followed with a single to right. Austin, however, was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw from rightfielder Michael Constantini. With runners on second and third, Golden chopped a ball in front of the plate that bounced high and Paul was unable to make a play on the ball as Connelly came across with the winning run.
Inside the box score: WVU was just 1-for-8 in RBI opportunities while the Seahawks finished 3-for-7 … After landing all nine leadoff hitters on base safely against Coastal Carolina earlier in the week, UNCW was just 2-for-10, as was WVU … Batts and Secrest held WVU to one hit in 11 at bats with two out … Both teams combined for 25 fly ball outs.
Notes: It was UNCW’s first extra-inning game of the season … The Seahawks are now 2-0 against the Big 12 this season … For Secrest, it was his 15th career win … Batts dropped his ERA below 4.00 (3.89) … Corey Dick extended his career-long hitting streak to 16 games with a first inning single … UNCW strung together three two-out hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead … WVU’s only run came in the eighth on a two-out single by Taylor Munden … Musgrave is the reigning Big 12 Pitcher-of-the-Year … The Seahawks now lead the all-time series, 12-4.
Next: The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start. Jordan Ramsey (0-1) gets the start for UNCW while WVU counters with Sean Carley (3-0).

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