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HORNETS-PACERS

Hill’s tip-in at buzzer lifts Pacers to win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Solomon Hill put back a miss by Rodney Stuckey as time expired, and the Indiana Pacers overcame an early 18-point deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 88-86 Wednesday night.

Hill finished with six points and the biggest basket of the night. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Pacers spoiled Lance Stephenson’s first trip back to Indianapolis since signing with Charlotte in July.

The Pacers trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half after the Hornets went on a 28-8 run. But Indiana closed the gap to six points by halftime and stayed close with Charlotte for the entire second half.

Luis Scola contributed 15 points and seven rebounds for Indiana.

Stephenson had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Al Jefferson added 28 points and eight rebounds. Kemba Walker was the only other Hornet in double figures with 12 points.

HORNETS-TAYLOR

NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor 24 games

UNDATED (AP) – The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month.

The third-year player will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13 games.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release Wednesday that, “This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it. Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”

Taylor, 25, was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.

T25-OKLAHOMA ST-NORTH CAROLINA

No. 11 Carolina women top No. 21 Oklahoma St 79-77

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored 18 points, including the game-winner with 34 seconds left, and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead No. 11 North Carolina to a 79-77 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

After taking a 40-29 advantage into the break, North Carolina (3-0) had to hold off an Oklahoma State (2-1) rally in the second half. Allisha Gray added 22 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Xylina McDaniel had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma State briefly retook the lead on a Brittany Atkins 3-pointer that made it 65-63 with 5:40 to go and tied it up again at 77-all with 53 seconds left when Roshunda Johnson, who had 21 points, hit another 3-pointer. But the Tar Heels quickly responded with Latifah Coleman dishing the ball to Mavunga for the winning shot.

LaShawn Jones had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Cowgirls.

WAKE FOREST-ARKANSAS

Arkansas makes quick work of Wake Forest, 83-53

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ky Madden had 11 points to lead six players in double figures as Arkansas used a 15-0 first-half run to pull away for an 83-53 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

The win is the 45th straight at home against unranked nonconference opponents for the Razorbacks (2-0), who were picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference in the preseason.

Twelve players scored for Arkansas, with Bobby Portis, Moses Kingsley, Anton Beard, Alandise Harris and Jacorey Williams each finishing with 10 points.

Devin Thomas led the Demon Deacons (2-1) with 19 points. Wake Forest, the preseason pick to finish 12th in the Atlantic Coast Conference, shot just 32.2 percent (19 of 59) from the field and committed 22 turnovers.

APPALACHIAN ST-FURMAN

Furman outpaces Appalachian State 84-65

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kris Acox scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Furman to an 84-65 win over Appalachian State on Wednesday night.

Furman (1-1) opened with a 15-3 run bookended by a pair of Stephen Croone 3-pointers to build a lead that was never challenged by its former Southern Conference foe. The Paladins carried a 47-30 advantage into the break, then continued to pull away in the second half. It was Acox’s first career double-double.

Croone, Larry Wideman and Kendrec Ferrara scored 12 points apiece for Furman, which shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many 26 points midway through the second half. William Gates Jr. added 10 points.

Frank Eaves scored a career-high 20 points for Appalachian State (0-2), which now plays in the Sun Belt Conferene. Tommy Spagnolo had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers.

JOHNSON & WALES (NC)-UNC ASHEVILLE

UNC Asheville routs D II Johnson & Wales, 87-48

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Rowsey scored 20 points and two other UNC Asheville players reached double figures Wednesday night in an 87-48 victory of Division II Johnson & Wales (NC).

UNC Asheville led 9-8 with 13:02 left in the first half when Kem Ubaru scored five straight to spark a 10-0 run, and the Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the way.

Alec Wnuk had 12 points and Ubaru added 11 for UNC Asheville (2-1) in its home opener. Ethan Wilmoth dished out four assists for the Bulldogs, who finished with 21.

Rowsey has scored in double figures in 31 straight games.

Rickey Porter scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Johnson & Wales. Dequincey Bennett chipped in 11 points, and Nick Crawford had four assists and four steals for the Wildcats.

NC A&T-NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Northern Kentucky defeats NC A&T 68-55

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Cole Murray came off the bench to hit 7 of 11 3-pointers for a career-high 21 points to lead Northern Kentucky to a 68-55 win over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.

After opening with two games at ranked Big Ten opponents, the Norse (1-2) returned home and made quick work of the Aggies (1-2), racing to a 33-16 lead. Murray knocked down 3s on three-straight possessions and with his career-matching fifth 3 late in the first half he had more points than the visitors as Northern Kentucky opened a 33-13 lead.

Northern Kentucky shot 49 percent, finishing 9 of 19 behind the arc.

Tayler Persons hit 6 of 9 shots to finish with 13 points.

Bruce Beckford led A&T with 19 points and Austin Williams added 10. The Aggies shot 40 percent.

T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE

No. 25 Duke, UNC meet in key ACC Coastal matchup

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — All those things No. 25 Duke did right all season went wrong in its last game.

If it happens again, the Blue Devils know they can forget about another Coastal Division title.

For Duke, the path to Charlotte is clear: Win two more games, starting Thursday night against rival North Carolina, and earn a title-game rematch with No. 1 Florida State.

It won’t be easy for the Blue Devils (8-2, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) against the Tar Heels (5-5, 3-3), who are one victory from bowl eligibility.

If there’s one thing North Carolina’s much-maligned defense does well, it’s force turnovers. The Tar Heels have at least one takeaway in every game and 20 for the season.

Duke turned it over three times in both of its losses.