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WWAY's Thursday night sports - January 16

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THURSDAY NIGHT SCOREBOARD

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
GIRLS
EAST BLADEN 56 - UNION 9
LACEY SUGGS LED THE EAGLES WITH 21
NEW HANOVER 49 - SCOTLAND COUNTY 39
KAPRIA PRESSLEY LED THE WILDCATS WITH 21
NYASIA WADDEL ADDED 14 FOR THE WILDCATS

BOYS
NEW HANOVER 45 - SCOTLAND COUNTY 33
RIDELL CAMIDGE HAD 10 POINTS, 8 ASSISTS AND 8 REBOUNDS
EAST BLADEN 63 - UNION 37
JAQUAN JONES LED THE EAGLES WITH 21 POINTS

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
NORTH CAROLINA 78 - CLEMSON 55
NC STATE 80 - 57

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Note: David Pellom is a graduate of New Hanover High School

MEMPHIS, TN (U OF MEMPHIS) -- A tie game with 5:22 to play, UConn (14-3, 2-2 American) was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe the rest of the way as it handed the No. 17 University of Memphis men's basketball team (12-4, 3-2 American) an 83-73 loss Thursday night at FedExForum.

Michael Dixon Jr. led the Tigers with 16 points while Austin Nichols totaled 13 points from the floor and pulled down five boards. Joe Jackson (11) and Shaq Goodwin (10) also notched double figures for Memphis, who shot 44 percent compared to the Huskies' 57 percent.

UConn was led by DeAndre Daniels, who tallied 23 points on 4-of-5 from behind the arc while adding 11 rebounds to his stat line. Shabazz Napier added 17 points and 10 assists for the Huskies, and Lasan Kromah chipped in 13 on 5-of-5 from the floor.

The Huskies jumped out to an 11-6 advantage in the first three and a half minutes of the game with five points coming from Daniels. Memphis answered on the other end with back-to-back threes from Chris Crawford and Geron Johnson to put the Tigers up by one.

Tied at 14, UConn put together a 7-0 run in a span of a minute to distance themselves from the Tigers. The Huskies looked to be in control until a turnover fueled the Tigers to five-straight points capped off by a three-pointer from Dixon Jr., which pulled Memphis within two, midway through the half.

After a UConn bucket, Dixon Jr. continued to keep the Tigers in it with two free throws and another triple to help Memphis to a 24-23 lead with 9:05 to play.

A layup from Jackson at the 7:20 mark gave the Tigers a one-point lead as Memphis never relinquished its advantage the rest of the half. Nichols hit five-straight from the charity stripe to put the Tigers up 36-31 with 2:39 to go.

The Huskies' shooting from behind the arc continued to keep them in the game, hitting two in the final two minutes of the half to pull within one, 40-39, at the break.

UConn stormed out to a seven-point lead out of the half, hitting its first four shots to go up 49-42. After a Memphis timeout, the Tigers responded with back-to-back threes from Johnson and Crawford to bring the U of M within one. On the next play, a dunk from David Pellom gave the Tigers the lead at 50-49 with 14:23 to play.

Holding a one-point lead, the Huskies extended it to seven with two buckets from Daniels followed by a layup from Tyler Olander to make it 61-54 with 8:20 remaining.

The Tigers rallied once again with an 8-1 run to knot it up at 62-all after a jumper from Goodwin with 5:22 to play.

It would be UConn the rest of the game as the Huskies built a 70-63 lead with 2:56 to play and never allowed Memphis to get within four in the final minutes on their way to an 83-73 win.

Memphis continues its homestand Saturday when the Tigers welcome LeMoyne-Owen to FedExForum. The game is set to tip-off at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on SportSouth.

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CHAPEL HILL (AP) -- North Carolina has stopped the research of a reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of football and basketball players at the school until she receives approval from a review board.

The school said Thursday evening it has notified Mary Willingham that she can't continue to use data with information that could identify the subjects until she applies to the university's review board that governs human research.

In a statement, the school said researchers don't require board approval for research if it doesn't include identifiable information on the subjects.

In a CNN story last week, Willingham said her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level.

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

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BOCA RATON, FL (AP) - Jackson Trapp scored 23 points and hit 6 of 11 from beyond the arc as Florida Atlantic won its first home game as a member of Conference USA, beating East Carolina 78-67 on Thursday night.

Florida Atlantic (6-11, 2-1 Conference USA) went on an 11-2 run late in the second half to take a 65-57 lead with 5:35 to play. Florida Atlantic trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and didn't lead until the 15:33 mark in the second.

Justin Raffington and Pablo Bertone each added 12 points apiece for Florida Atlantic. Raffington led the Owls with 14 rebounds.

East Carolina (11-6, 0-2) shot just 36.8 percent from the field. Akeem Richmond led the Pirates with 20 points.

Florida Atlantic has won three of its last four after suffering a four-game losing streak.

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

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ATLANTA, GA (WINGATE RELEASE) -- Wingate University women's golf student-athlete Kathryn Rand (Hampstead, N.C.) was named a semi-finalist for the 10th annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. Rand is the only NCAA Division II golfer on the semi-finalist or finalist list. Athletes for a Better World president Fred Northup named five collegiate finalists and the professional athlete winner this week.

The five collegiate finalists are Ohio State basketball student-athlete Aaron Craft, Chestnut Hill (Pa.) tennis student-athlete Kelly Davis, Pennsylvania basketball student-athlete Dau Jok, Holy Cross hockey student-athlete Jeffrey Rappucci and Notre Dame soccer student-athlete Elizabeth Tucker. The professional recipient is Drew Brees, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

The Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. The collegiate award recipient will be announced at a ceremony held at the Atlanta History Center on April 23.

Rand is a four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs. In the classroom, she holds a stellar 3.67 GPA with her Human Services major. A vibrant member of Wingate's campus community, Rand has served three years on Wingate's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As a senior, she is the SAAC Make-A-Wish chairperson. Last year, Wingate's SAAC led the South Atlantic Conference in monies raised for Make-A-Wish.

"I enjoy my role (with the SAAC) so much because it allows me to invest in others, whom I hope to inspire to give their time and go out to do well in society," Rand says. Her volunteer efforts are not limited to Wingate's SAAC. Rand has spent two years volunteering at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center.

"Kathryn is an inspiration to all who know her and watch her from day to day," Wingate head women's golf coach Dr. Jerry Surratt says. "She is indeed investing her life in the future by realizing the future is composed of many todays…and every today is an opportunity to excel and to serve."

"Kathryn is selfless with her time in helping others and exudes leadership capabilities which make our entire campus better," Wingate associate athletic director Michelle Caddigan says. "She lives her life by a standard of integrity and is a wonderful example to her peers."

Wooden Award finalists
Aaron Craft, Ohio State, Basketball
Kelly Dennis, Chestnut Hill (Pa.), Tennis
Dau Jok, Pennsylvania, Basketball
Jeffrey Rappucci, Holy Cross, Hockey
Elizabeth Tucker, Notre Dame, Soccer

Wooden Award semi-finalists
Christian Bilkovic, Wayne State (Mich.), Baseball
Shayla Bivins, Georgia Tech, Basketball
Tera Bradham, Arkansas, Swimming
Whitney Canion, Baylor, Softball
Caroline Casey, Rhode Island, Volleyball
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State, Basketball
Chris Conley, Georgia, Football
Kastine Evans, Kentucky, Basketball
Danny Fisher, Bloomsburg (Pa.), Football
Alec Golini, Lafayette, Soccer
Jakob Gollon, Mercer, Basketball
Dave Harding, Duke, Football
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, Football
Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee, Football
Collen Klein, Kansas State, Football
Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, Football
J.J. Mann, Belmont (Tenn.), Basketball
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, Football
Courtney Moses, Purdue, Basketball
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, Basketball
Marlee Paton, Loyola (Md.), Lacrosse
Kathryn Rand, Wingate, Golf
Josh Richardson, Tennessee, Basketball
Rachel Ross, Wittenberg, Softball
D.T. Shackleford, Mississippi, Football
Chelsea Suitos, Arizona, Softball
Isabella Vidana, Lesley (Mass.), Soccer
Kelly Wallace, Northeastern, Hockey
Asa Watson, North Carolina State, Football
Avery Williamson, Kentucky, Football
Winston Wright, South Dakota, Football

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