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.
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.
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.
TOCCOA FALLS-THE CITADEL
The Citadel tops Toccoa Falls 71-58
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ashton Moore made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and P.J. Horgan had 18 to help The Citadel beat Toccoa Falls 71-58 on Wednesday night.
Brian White added 14 points and 12 rebounds for The Citadel (1-2). Moore was 7 of 21 from the field, including 6 of 15 3-pointers.
Toccoa Falls (5-2), a National Christian College Athletic Association member, was led by Josh Barrett with 27 points. He was 8 of 16 from the field, including 4 of 7 from behind the arc, and made 7 of 9 free throws. Derek Westfall added 10 points for the Eagles.
The Citadel jumped out to a 16-0 advantage and led 38-17 with 2:15 left before Toccoa Falls closed the half on a 6-0 run to make it 38-23.
Toccoa Falls trailed by 20 with 2:29 left in the game, but scored the final nine points.
The Citadel dropped both games last weekend in the All-Military Classic.
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.