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No. 2 South Carolina women top No. 11 Mississippi St. 69-50

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell scored 16 points to lead No. 2 South Carolina to a 69-50 victory over No. 11 Mississippi State and clinch a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference championship Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (27-1, 15-0 SEC) can win the title outright Sunday — and match the 2011 Tennessee team as the only 16-0 champs in SEC history — with a win at No. 13 Kentucky. They would also claim the crown alone should the Lady Vols fall Sunday against Vanderbilt.

No matter what happens, South Carolina heads to next week’s SEC tournament as the No. 1 seed and team to beat. The Gamecocks showed that again, using an 18-5 first-half run to take control with a 39-23 lead.

The Bulldogs (25-5, 10-5) could not cut the lead to fewer than 10 points after that. Victoria Vivians and LaKaris Salter had 14 points each to lead Mississippi State.


Moore sinks game-winner; The Citadel beats ETSU 74-73

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ashton Moore went the length of the court and nailed a pull-up jumper with three seconds left to give The Citadel a 74-73 victory over East Tennessee State on Thursday.

Moore finished with 21 points and 11 assists, joining Cameron Wells and Marshall Harris III as the only players in program history to record a double-double with points and assists.

Moore had nine points and one assist over the final 4:03 to account for the final 11 points scored by the Bulldogs (11-17, 6-11 Southern). Meanwhile, Jalen Riley accounted for ETSU’s final 10 points, going back-and-forth with Moore to cause seven lead changes during that span.

Riley put the Buccaneers (16-12, 8-9) ahead twice with 3-pointers in the final two minutes and hit a jumper with 11 seconds left to put ETSU up 73-72.

Jake Wright added 15 points for The Citadel, which made all 18 of its free throws.


No. 23 Syracuse women stop late Clemson rally, win 60-55

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Briana Day scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 23 Syracuse held on to beat Clemson 60-55 on Thursday night.

Syracuse (21-8, 11-5 ACC) heads into the conference tournament with a first-round bye and a four-game winning streak.

With her seventh rebound, Day set Syracuse’s single-season rebounding record, and now has 305.

The Orange led by as many as 16 points in the second half, 43-27 at the 15:00 mark. But Clemson chipped away with a 28-13 run, capped by Shelbie Davenport’s 3-pointer, to pull within 56-55 with 1:21 to play.

Alexis Peterson answered with a jumper, and the Tigers missed two shots and had a turnover to seal it for the Orange.

Peterson scored 18 points for Syracuse, which forced 19 Clemson turnovers.

Nikki Dixon scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half before fouling out with 35.3 seconds left to lead Clemson (9-19, 1-14).


Gardner-Webb hits 13 treys, beats Charleston Southern 91-81

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Strange scored 23 points with six 3-pointers as Gardner-Webb connected on 13 of 24 from long range to defeat Charleston Southern 91-81 on Thursday night.

Gardner-Webb (18-12, 10-7 Big South) opened the game with four straight baskets — including a pair of 3s by Strange and one from Jarvis Davis. The Runnin’ Bulldogs, who never trailed, broke the game open with a barrage of four more 3-pointers, including three more by Strange.

Charleston Southern’s Saah Nimley scored 23 points, Arlon Harper added 22 and Aaron Wheeler 19, but the Buccaneers (18-10, 12-5) couldn’t keep up with the rain of 3-pointers from Gardner-Webb.

After Strange, who also had nine assists and three steals, the Runnin’ Bulldogs got 18 points each from Jerome Hill and Tyrell Nelson, and 15 from Jarvis Davis.

Charleston Southern host conference-leading High Point Saturday with a chance to share the title.


Furman hangs on to snap skid with 53-49 win over W. Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Stephen Croone scored 15 points, including the go-ahead bucket, to lead Furman to a 53-49 win over Western Carolina on Thursday night, snapping a seven-game skid.

Kris Acox contributed 12 points while pulling down 17 rebounds and Geoff Beans added 11 points — all in the second half — as Furman (8-20, 5-12 Southern) avenged a Jan. 5 loss to Western Carolina.

Trailing by five at the break, Furman took the lead during a 17-0 run in the second half that included Croone’s go-ahead bucket. Western Carolina (13-16, 8-9) closed the game with an 8-2 run.

Neither team shot well. Furman hit 28.3 percent on 46 attempts from the floor while holding Western Carolina to 17 of 66 (25.8 percent). The Paladins enjoyed a 24-14 advantage in made free throws.

Mike Brown led the Catamounts with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while James Sinclair added 13 points and 11 rebounds.


Presbyterian beats Coastal Carolina 80-69

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Downing scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Presbyterian roll to an 80-69 victory over Coastal Carolina on Thursday night.

Presbyterian (10-20, 6-11 Big South) breaks a three-game losing skid while Coastal Carolina (21-9, 12-6) had its four-game win streak snapped and remains in third place in the conference behind High Point and Charleston Southern.

Presbyterian led 64-49 before Coastal Carolina used a 16-6 run, capped by Warren Gillis’ six straight points, to pull within 70-65 with 2:51 left. The Blue Hose hit 6 of 12 free throws before the Chanticleers made another basket with 1:23 remaining to seal it.

Markus Terry scored 19 points, DeSean Murray had 16 and William Truss 14 for the Blue Hose, who shot 53 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long range.

Gillis scored 18 points, Josh Cameron had 16 and Badou Diagne 10 for Coastal Carolina.


Campbell cruises to a 65-50 win over Winthrop

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Reco McCarter and Andrew Ryan combined for 31 points, leading Campbell to a 65-50 victory over Winthrop on Thursday night.

Campbell led 30-25 at intermission. McCarter hit back-to-back treys to open the second half, sparking a 12-4 run, and Winthrop could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way. Curtis Phillips converted two at the line, Quinton Ray made a layup and McCarter split a pair of free throws for a 19-point advantage with 2:50 left, the largest of the contest.

McCarter finished with 17 points and Ryan had 14 for the Camels (10-20, 4-13 Big South). Ray added a career-high 11 points while Phillips chipped in 10 with 10 rebounds.

Keon Moore scored 16 points to lead Winthrop. The Eagles (16-12, 11-6) shot 2 of 17 from distance and 37.7 percent overall as they dropped to fifth place in Big South standings.


Wofford claims Southern crown, tops Mercer 76-72

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Spencer Collins pumped in 26 points as Wofford wrapped up its third Southern Conference regular season crown and the No. 1 seed into the conference tournament with a 76-72 win over Mercer Thursday night.

The victory assures the Terriers (24-6, 15-2) the No. 1 seed into the Southern Conference tournament.

Collins scored 12 of his points in the first half as Wofford built a 10-point lead going into the break. Collins was 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Lee Skinner added 15 points and Karl Cochran added 13 as the Terriers shot 54.5 percent from the field (24 of 44) and 9 of 18 from distance.

Darious Moten scored 18 points to lead Mercer (16-14, 11-6), which will be the No. 3 seed into the conference tournament.

Wofford closes out the regular season Saturday at Furman.


Clemson, Leggett seeking needed wins over South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Jack Leggett is treating his latest series with South Carolina just like any other. The Tigers, though, understand the time is now to turn around a rivalry series the Gamecocks have largely owned the past decade.

Clemson (5-2) has lost 13 of 16 contests with South Carolina (6-1) and hasn’t won a season series from their state rivals since 2006. The Tigers took two of the three regular-season games in 2010, yet lost two straight to the Gamecocks in that year’s College World Series — the first of South Carolina’s consecutive CWS crowns.

So it hasn’t always been the easiest of times for Leggett with fans who consider the baseball rivalry second only to the school’s yearly football game.

The three-game series starts Friday night at Clemson.