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Tournament Hoops! NC State men advance & UNCW women move on

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've posted scores and notes from Thursday high school sports.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
ASHLEY EDGED LUMBERTON 10-8
MATT DAVIS WAS THE WINNING PITCHER FOR ASHLEY
HOGGARD BEAT WHITE OAK 13-3

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
TOPSAIL BEAT DIXON 18-5
KALIEGH BORDEAUX HAD A HOME RUN FOR TOPSAIL
KERI WHITE HAD 3 RBI'S FOR THE PIRATES
ZOE HOWARD WAS THE WINNING PITCHER FOR TOPSAIL

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER CARDINAL GIBBONS BEAT NEW HANOVER 6-0
WEST COLUMBUS BEAT LORIS 5-3
CHELSEA BRITT HAD 4 GOALS FOR THE VIKINGS
JENNA GREEN HAD 9 SAVES FOR WEST COLUMBUS
HOGGARD BEAT TERRY SANFORD 2-0
VIKINGS ARE NOW 4-2 ON THE SEASON

IN GIRLS TENNIS TOPSAIL BEAT SWANSBORO 7-2

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) - Richard Howell scored 22 points with 12 rebounds while Lorenzo Brown led the defensive effort on league player of the year Erick Green to help North Carolina State beat Virginia Tech 80-63 in Thursday's first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

C.J. Leslie scored 15 points for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (23-9), who shot 52.8 percent (28 of 53) and took control with an 11-0 second-half run. N.C. State led by 17 points after that spurt and never let the 12th-seeded Hokies (13-19) get the margin under double figures again.

Brown had nine points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but did his best work as a nagging defense presence against Green - the nation's leading scorer at 25.4 points per game. Green finished with 15 on 5-for-19 shooting for one more frustrating ACC tournament performance in the senior's final game.

The Wolfpack advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to face fourth-seeded Virginia.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) - Olivier Hanlan set an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament record for freshmen with 41 points and Boston College beat Georgia Tech 84-64 on Thursday in the first round.

The ACC's rookie of the year had the highest-scoring game in the tournament by any player regardless of class since 1970 and broke the old mark of 40 set two years ago by North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.

He was 14 of 18, made his final 12 shots and was a one-man show in bringing the eighth-seeded Eagles (16-16) back from an early 15-0 deficit and into a Friday quarterfinal against No. 9 Miami, the tournament's top seed.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (16-15), who have lost five of seven and now are likely left to hope for an invitation to the NIT.

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

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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) - Dez Wells scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Maryland beat pesky Wake Forest 75-62 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Alex Len and Seth Allen added 11 points for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (21-11).

They struggled for about 30 minutes against a Wake Forest team they previously beat twice by a combined 36 points.

But they held the Demon Deacons without a field goal for a critical 8 ½-minute stretch while using a late 24-8 run to pull away for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland will face No. 2 Duke, the tournament's second seed, in the quarterfinals Friday night.

C.J. Harris scored 19 points and Devin Thomas added 14 for the 10th-seeded Demon Deacons (13-18). They ended their season by losing 10 of 13 and were denied their first ACC tournament win since 2007.

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Florida State 73
Clemson 69

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD (UNCW) -- Sophomore Kelva Atkins poured in a career-high 24 points
to lead No. 9 seed UNCW to a 60-46 victory over No. 8 seed George Mason in the first
round of the 2013 CAA Women's Basketball Championship, presented by Jani King,
Thursday at Show Place Arena.
The Seahawks improved to 5-25 overall and advanced to the quarterfinal round, they
will face top-seeded Delaware Friday at Noon. The Patriots finished their season at
9-21.
Atkins powered a UNCW lineup that shot 44.0 percent (22-of-50) from the field,
including 12-of-26 (.462) from the floor in the first half. It was the seventh
double-digit effort in the past eight games for Atkins, who also contributed six
rebounds, four assists and three steals in an all-around effort. Senior Karneshia
Garrett posted her team-leading 14th double-double of the season with 15 points and
12 rebounds while junior Jessica Freeman joined the duo in double figures with 10
points.
Junior Janaa Pickard tallied 18 points and added 12 rebounds to lead a George Mason
lineup that shot just 34.0 percent (17-of-50) from the field, including a frigid
26.1 percent (6-of-23) effort in the first half. Senior Amber Easter finished with
nine points and added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.
UNCW never trailed in the contest, knocking down six of its first seven attempts
from the floor on its way to building a quick 14-2 edge. The Seahawks took
advantage of a sloppy start to the contest for the Patriots that saw them commit
five turnovers and attempt just two shots during the opening spurt.
Mason responded to the Seahawks run, tallying 11 of the next 15 points to make it an
18-13 contest with 7:22 remaining in the opening frame.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Lee and would bring the Patriots spurt to a close and
ignite an 18-4 stretch that lasted more than nine minutes and gave the Seahawks
their largest lead of the game, 36-17, early in the second half.
Mason would once again cut into the Seahawks advantage, however, rattling off 11
unanswered points over a 3:30 span that made it a 36-28 ballgame with 13:46 on the
clock to see the Seahawks answer with a 9-2 stretch that pushed the UNCW advantage
back to double figures, 45-30.
Easter and Pickard led the Patriots back into the contest once again, teaming up to
score 13 of Mason's 16 points during a six-minute span that would make it a
one-possession game, 49-46, with 4:13 remaining.
Atkins kept the Patriots from getting any closer, converting a contested baseline
jumper at the 3:46 mark to start an 11-0 run that would last until the final buzzer
and give the Seahawks the 14-point victory.
GAME NOTES:
UNCW moved to 29-35 all-time against George Mason as it picked up its 19th win in
the past 23 meetings between the two programs. The Seahawks also improved to 5-2
all-time against the Patriots in the CAA Championship.
The Seahawks improved their all-time record in the CAA Women's Basketball
Championship to 16-28 as they increased their record to 6-4 all-time in the first
round. UNCW has won at least one game in each of its last six appearances in the CAA
Championship.
UNCW did not use a substitution in the contest as all five starters played 40
minutes. It is the first time this season that the Seahawks went an entire contest
without inserting a substitution.
Thursday's game marked only the second time this season that the Seahawks have not
trailed in a contest (Nov. 28 vs. NCCU).
The Seahawks 15-point advantage was the largest halftime lead that UNCW has posted
this season. The largest halftime lead the Seahawks had enjoyed this season prior to
Thursday's contest was an eight-point edge at the break at Old Dominion on Feb. 3.
UNCW shot 40 percent or better from the floor for the 10th time this season and
improved to 5-5 when doing so. The Seahawks have shot 40 percent or higher from the
field in three of their last five contests.
The Seahawks were out-rebounded for the 23rd time this season as the Patriots held a
41-25 advantage on the glass. UNCW is now 2-21 this season when finishing with fewer
rebounds than its opponent.
UNCW enjoyed a 26-12 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 14-6 edge in
the second half.
The Seahawks committed a season-low seven turnovers against the Patriots, breaking
the previous season low of eight set at Xavier on Dec. 18. The Patriots, meanwhile,
were charged with 18 miscues as UNCW converted those into 12 points.
UNCW moved to 3-3 this season and 70-8 since the start of the 2007-08 season when it
holds a double-digit lead in a contest.
The Seahawks shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line for the second
straight contest and the 11th time this season as they were 10-of-14 from the
charity stripe. The Patriots were just 7-of-12 from the line for a 58.3 percent
success rate.
UNCW held its opponent below 40 percent shooting for the first time in six games as
it limited the Patriots to just 32.0 percent (17-of-50) shooting from the field. The
Seahawks have held 16 of their 30 opponents below 40 percent shooting this season.

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