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Jefferson, Williams lead Hornets past Lakers 104-103

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Mo Williams added 20 points and 13 assists and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 104-103 on Tuesday night for their third win in four games.

Williams, who came in averaging 23.4 points in his first five games since being acquired from Minnesota, had his third double-double with the Hornets.

Williams knocked down a big 3-pointer with a minute to play to push the lead to six and added five free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the win.

Gerald Henderson added 21 points, including several key baskets late in the fourth quarter. Cody Zeller had 10 points and 11 rebounds as all five Charlotte starters finished in double figures.

Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with 23 points off the bench, while Jordan Clarkson had 19.


NC State powers past Clemson, 66-61

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Ralston Turner scored 23 points and eight rebounds to lead North Carolina State to a 66-61 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night, avenging a January loss to the Tigers.

The Wolfpack (18-12, 9-8 ACC) held Clemson without a field goal for more than 14 minutes in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 25-5 over that span and built a 49-33 lead with just over four minutes to play.

The Tigers (16-13, 8-9) rallied late to cut what had been a 16-point deficit with just under three minutes to play to five at game’s end.

Anthony Barber added 16 for the Wolfpack.

Gabe DeVoe scored 18 points off the bench late for Clemson. Dante Grantham added 12 points.

The victory was N.C. State’s fourth in their last five ACC contests with only Syracuse remaining on its schedule. Clemson closes out its season at No. 12 Notre Dame Saturday.


USC Upstate advances in A-Sun; beats Kennesaw State 90-54

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Ty Greene, the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, scored 21 points on Tuesday to help No. 3 seed South Carolina Upstate beat sixth-seeded Kennesaw State 90-57 in the quarterfinals of the A-Sun tournament.

Greene led the conference with 20.1 points per game during the regular season.

ShunQuez Stephens added 14 points as Upstate (22-10) set a single-season school record for wins during the Division I era.

Kennesaw State made just three of its first 26 shots, including a basket on its first possession for a brief 3-0 lead, and trailed 27-10 with just over six minutes left. Upstate extended its lead to 42-17 at the break. Greene and Stephens had 10 points apiece as the Spartans made 50 percent of its shots compared with 16.7 percent for the Owls.

Nigel Pruitt led Kennesaw State (10-22) with 26 points.

Upstate will play No. 2 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday in the semifinals.


South Carolina, Tennessee headline SEC Tournament

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — South Carolina would love nothing more than to add to its growing resume than by winning its first Southeastern Conference tournament championship this week.

The No. 3 Gamecocks (27-2) enter the tournament, which begins Wednesday, having already clinched back-to-back regular-season league championships.

However, they must overcome a field that features five ranked teams and includes second-seeded Tennessee — which has won the tournament 17 times in 35 years, including seven of the last 10.

The Lady Vols (25-4) lost at South Carolina two weeks ago, but — like the Gamecocks — they are hopeful of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a strong showing this week.


Duke’s Williams leads all-ACC women’s hoops team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Duke center Elizabeth Williams has made the all-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball first team for the fourth straight year.

Two players each from Notre Dame and North Carolina lead the 10-player all-conference first team announced Tuesday by commissioner John Swofford and selected by a panel of media members and team representatives.

Williams is the second four-time all-ACC pick in league history, joining Alana Beard of Duke (2001-04).

Jewell Loyd and Brianna Turner represent the regular-season champion Fighting Irish. The Tar Heels placed Allisha Gray and Stephanie Mavunga on the team.

Also on the team were Florida State’s Adut Bulgak, Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis, Miami’s Adrienne Motley, Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel and Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby.

Loyd averages an ACC-best 20.7 points. Turner, a freshman, has a league-best 68 percent shooting percentage.


Big East schools take top billing at ACC women’s tourney

UNDATED (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball tournament has a Big East feel to it.

The tournament begins Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and three of its top five seeds are relative newcomers to the ACC.

Notre Dame (28-2) is the top seed, tournament and regular season defending champion and nation’s second-ranked team.

Third-seeded and No. 10 Louisville (24-5) is in its first season in the league while 22nd-ranked Syracuse (21-8) is the No. 5 seed.

Factor in No. 7 Florida State’s rise to the second seed, and a tournament once ruled by Duke, North Carolina and Maryland now has an entirely different look.


Wofford’s Cochran, Young head Southern Conference awards

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Wofford guard Karl Cochran was named the Southern Conference player of the year and the Terriers’ Mike Young the league’s coach of the year on Tuesday.

Cochran and Young won honors in separate voting from league coaches and media.

Furman guard Devin Sibley was named the league’s freshman of the year by coaches and media. The coaches also voted for a defensive player of the year, which went to Chattanooga forward Justin Tuoyo.

Cochran averaged 15 points and 5.8 rebounds this season to lead Wofford to the regular-season title.

Young was picked coach of the year by his peers for the third time in the past six years and second consecutive season.

The Southern Conference tournament starts Friday in Asheville, North Carolina.