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AMES, IA (UNCW) -- High-flying Iowa State dialed "Long" distance in every sense of the word early Sunday, cruising to a 95-62 season-opening victory over visiting UNCW behind the impressive marksmanship of sophomore guard Naz Long.
The Cyclones unveiled their 2013 NCAA Tournament banner in style and then rode the hot hand of Long, who drained 8-of-11 three-point attempts, to an easy victory before a sellout crowd of 14,384 faithful at raucous Hilton Coliseum.
"They shot light's out from the three-point line and made it difficult for us," said fourth-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson. "They hurt us by spreading out the floor and then got some in transition, too. It's very frustrating, but we have to keep fighting and get ready for the next one."
Long, a 6-4, 205-pound shooter from Mississauga, Ontario, put on quite a shooting exhibition. He fired in 9-of-12 field goal attempts for his game-high 26 points as all five ISU starters reached double figures. Georges Niang added 16 points, DeAndre Kane scored 13 and Matt Thomas and Dustin Hogue chipped in 10 apiece for the Cyclones.
Senior guard Chris Dixon anchored three Seahawks in double digits with 15 points. Junior guard Addison Spruill scored 12 and junior forward Cedrick Wiliams had 12 - all in the second half - for UNCW.
The elusive Long had 20 points at intermission on 7-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-8 from deep, to get the Cyclones rolling early and ISU poured it on, leading by as many as 43 points in the non-conference contest. The game concluded a two-game swing to the Hawkeye State for the Seahawks, who faced Iowa on Friday night in Iowa City.
Long centered a long range display in the first half that carried the Cyclones to a comfortable 52-22 lead at the break. Eight of ISU's 18 field goals came behind the line as Fred Hoiberg's club unleashed an outside attack the Seahawks couldn't slow down.
"They really pushed the ball hard," Peterson said, "and found Naz Long in transition. Meantime, they were doing a nice job on Cedrick, but he battled back."
ISU scored the first seven points of the contest and still led, 14-7, when Kane connected at 12:33.
But the Seahawks scored 10 of the next 12 points to pull within, 14-13, with just over 10 minutes left in the opening period. A pair of free throws and a jumper near the free throw line by Spruill sliced the lead to 14-13 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first period.
ISU answered with a 24-5 spurt, however, behind Long's shooting to break away late in the first half. Long canned three triples in the sequence and Hogue's layup over Luke Hager at the 4:32 mark completed the run and gave the Cyclones a 38-18 bulge. Another 14-0 run made the score 52-20 before two free throws by Dixon with 35 seconds left the halftime score at52-22.
It was all ISU from there as the Cyclones of the Big 12 Conference coasted. A conventional three-point play by Hogue delivered ISU its largest lead of the game, 77-34, with 12:51 on the clock.
Long set a UNCW opponent record for most three-pointers made with his eight trifectas after four other players had accomplished the feat in the past. He also set an opponent mark for best three-point percentage in a game with his 8-of-11 (.727) performance and tied the opponent record for treys attempted (UWGB's Ryan Borowicz in 1999 and Navy's Joe Gottschalk in 1988)
Poor shooting plagued the Seahawks for the second straight game. UNCW shot just 29.7 percent, compared to 52.4 percent by the Cyclones. The Seahawks did take care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers against the home team.
UNCW continues its three-game road trip to open the season on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. pairing against Charleston Southern at the cozy Buc Dome. The Seahawks then return to Wilmington for their home opener Saturday against NCAA Division II Wingate.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks went 5-of-16 from three-point range…Ten of UNCW's 11 players scored…ISU outscored UNCW, 43-40, in the second half…UNCW never led in the contest…Craig Ponder and Tanner Milson had three assists apiece for the Seahawks…No player had more than four rebounds for the Seahawks…UNCW went a solid 19-of-24 at the free throw line…ISU scored 28 of its 95 points in the paint…The Cyclones attempted twice as many three-pointers, 32-16, than the Seahawks.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 23 Buffalo 10
Final OT Baltimore 20 Cincinnati 17
Final Detroit 21 Chicago 19
Final Jacksonville 29 Tennessee 27
Final N-Y Giants 24 Oakland 20
Final Philadelphia 27 Green Bay 13
Final Seattle 33 Atlanta 10
Final St. Louis 38 Indianapolis 8
Final Carolina 10 San Francisco 9
Final Denver 28 San Diego 20
Final Arizona 27 Houston 24
Final New Orleans 49 Dallas 17
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First, tight end Vernon Davis went down with a concussion. Then it was standout rookie safety Eric Reid.
Perhaps more concerning for San Francsico than a lackluster 10-9 defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday is the loss of a key player from each side of the ball along with a handful of other injuries as the reigning NFC champions head into the season's stretch run.
With two tough road games up next, too.
Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Colin Kaepernick in the final minute to seal it as the Panthers snapped the 49ers' five-game winning streak.
Coach Jim Harbaugh didn't yet know much about how Davis and Reid were doing.
"Just saw them in the locker room and they seemed as good as could be expected," he said.
Still, both players will be put through a concussion protocol involving several different steps and an evaluation once they become symptom-free.
The Niners (6-3) hit the road next week for New Orleans, then go to Washington.
"We'll do what we do, bounce back, regroup, refit and reorganize and come back this week," Harbaugh said.
Davis didn't return after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter, then Reid went down on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Mike Tolbert in the third. Earlier, Reid recovered a fumble to give him five takeaways in an already-stellar rookie season that also includes three interceptions.
Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up as the Panthers (6-3) twice shut down Kaepernick on last-ditch drives with swarming defense.
DeAngelo Williams broke two tackles for a 27-yard touchdown run late in the first half that pulled Carolina within 9-7. Gano missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal in the third period, but came through later.
San Francisco got the ball back with 5:25 left at its 1, then again with 1:02 to go.
Phil Dawson kicked a season-best 52-yard field goal among his three for the 49ers, who failed to recover a pair of Carolina fumbles in the closing moments. Jonathan Stewart fumbled and Mike Tolbert pounced on the ball. Cam Newton recovered his own bobble.
This was hardly the highly touted showdown between 2011 No. 1 overall pick Newton and Kaepernick, the sixth quarterback drafted that year, in the second round. They roomed together during the scouting combine.
Kaepernick went 11 for 22 for 91 yards with an interception and was sacked six times for a 42.0 passer rating. Newton was only slightly better, going 16 of 32 for 169 yards, an interception and four sacks for a 52.7 rating.
"It's unacceptable. We have a number of weapons on offense. We just have to do a better job of making it happen," wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. "Offensively, we didn't get it done. It's all on us."
For two teams that have been putting up points at a prolific pace for the past month, the defenses dictated this one. Frank Gore had 16 carries for 82 yards, accounting for most of San Francisco's 151 total yards.
Dawson put San Francisco ahead on a 52-yard field goal on the team's opening drive, then kicked second-quarter field goals of 43 and 25 yards.
But Kaepernick could never get his team in the end zone.
"For the most part, I don't really think they did anything that necessarily confused us," 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin said. "They only gave up nine points. It's hard not to give them credit. We expected it to be a physical game. Did we expect to only score nine points? Nah."
49ers pass-rushing specialist and 2012 All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith played about a dozen snaps after missing five games to undergo treatment for substance abuse.
"Oh, it's special to see a dominant player like that back," cornerback Tarell Brown said.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham started and had three catches in his season debut, nearly 11 months after a serious left knee injury that required surgery.
When San Francisco's Andy Lee had his punt blocked at the end of the first quarter, Florence tried to get out of the way, but went to grab the ball at the last second and it got away from him. Reid wrestled the ball from Josh Thomas for his second fumble recovery of the season and fifth takeaway.
Carolina got going after managing only minus-7 yards passing and 12 total yards in the first quarter. The Panthers finished with 250 total yards.
"This one really did come down to the way the defense played," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "Any time you put yourself in a position where you can force the other team to kick field goals, you get a chance to win."
Notes: The 49ers also lost TE Garrett Celek to a hamstring injury in the first quarter, while DT Ray McDonald hurt an ankle. ... Panthers LB Chase Blackburn did not return in the second half because of a foot injury.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Senior Christi Laite recorded nine kills and added six total blocks to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15) sweep of Hofstra in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 17-9 overall and evened their league mark at 6-6 as they finished the home portion of their schedule with a 9-2 mark, the best single-season home record in program history. The Pride, meanwhile, dropped to 15-12 and 5-7 as it suffered its fourth straight setback.
Laite's nine kills highlighted a balanced UNCW attack that combined for 25 kills and saw six different players record at least one spike during the match.
Senior Courtney Porter finished with a team-high seven block assists to team up with Laite's six rejections as the Seahawks recorded 13.5 total blocks, including eight in the final frame.
Senior Haley Collins tallied a team-high 12 digs. Junior Morgan Kline and freshman Nicole Lott added nine bumps apiece.
Junior Kelsie Wills notched a match-high 14 spikes to lead Hofstra, who ended the match with 36 attack errors and a (-.017) hitting percentage. Sophomore Kaitlyn Krause dished out 19 assists and freshman Sophia Black led three Pride players in double digits with 18 digs.
UNCW jumped all over Hofstra in the first set, scoring nine of the first 10 points of the frame on its way to a 25-18 victory and a 1-0 lead.
In a tight second set that featured a total of seven ties and four lead changes, Hofstra held a 16-12 advantage when a Pride attack error sparked the Seahawks to an 8-2 spurt and a 20-18 lead. The two teams would trade points until, with the score tied at 22-all, a bad set by Hofstra led to the Seahawks scoring the final three points of the frame to post a 25-22 triumph and build a 2-0 cushion.
Holding an 11-8 lead in the third set, UNCW rattled off six unanswered points to spark a 12-3 run that gave them a 23-11 advantage. The Pride responded with four of the next five points to pull within nine, 24-15, but a Pride attack error gave the Seahawks a 25-15 victory and the match.
Both teams return to action Nov. 15. UNCW travels Delaware for a 4:30 p.m. matinee while Hofstra hosts William & Mary in a 7 p.m. start.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats say head coach Steve Clifford will coach Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks after having two stents placed in his heart Friday.
The Bobcats' first-year head coach checked himself into a Charlotte hospital with chest pains Thursday night. He was hospitalized overnight and doctors performed the procedure the following day.
Associate head coach Patrick Ewing filled in as head coach against the New York Knicks on Friday night, a game the Bobcats lost 101-91 to fall to 3-3.
The 52-year-old Clifford joined the Bobcats during this offseason, replacing Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season.
Clifford will have a busy week as the Bobcats have four games in six days beginning Monday.
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HARRELLS, NC (HARRELLS RELEASE ) -- Harrells football will host Christ School in the second round of the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs on Friday, November 15 .
Come join the fun! Harrells Christian Academy will be holding its 1st Annual HCA run/walk for Technology 5k on Saturday, November 16 at River Landing in Wallace,NC. The run is being held to raise dollars for technology funding. The race starts at 9am and t-shirts will be provided to all participants who sign up by November 1st. Registration can be done on the link below.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- 4th round state playoff scores for boys soccer from Saturday night.
New Hanover 0
Green Hope 2
Wallace-Rose Hill 5