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NC State: Gottfried won’t return as men’s basketball coach
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried won’t return for a seventh season but will coach the remainder of this season.
The school announced the decision Thursday, less than a day after the Wolfpack fell by 24 points to 10th-ranked rival North Carolina in the team’s sixth straight loss as a once-promising season continues to unravel. N.C. State hosts No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Gottfried had a 122-82 record with the Wolfpack, including NCAA Tournament trips in his first four years that included two Sweet 16 appearances. But N.C. State has slid to 30-30 over the past two seasons, including 8-24 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and struggled to maintain continuity amid transfers, players leaving early to pursue professional playing careers, and staff turnover.
T25-NC STATE-BOSTON COLLEGE
Wilson’s 23 helps No. 15 NC State reach 20 wins
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Dominque Wilson scored 23 points and No. 15 North Carolina State overcame a slow start to defeat Boston College 70-58 Thursday night, giving the Wolfpack their second-straight 20-win season.
Jennifer Mathurin added 14 points and Miah Spencer 12 for N.C. State (20-6, 10-3), which has won four straight and seven of eight.
Boston College (9-18, 2-12) scored the first six points and added an 8-0 run to lead 19-8 after one quarter. Wilson had 12 points in the second quarter as the Wolfpack closed within 33-31 at the half.
N.C. State scored the first four points, Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wilson had five in a closing a closing 7-0 run for a 55-49 lead.
The teams combined to go 7 of 25 in the fourth quarter but N.C. State made 8 of 9 free throws to pull way.
Mariella Fasoula hit 10 of 13 shots and scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists for the Eagles. Taylor Ortlepp added 18 points and six assists.
Brown scores 24, No. 13 Duke women drop Wake Forest 79-53
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 24 points with seven assists and four steals and No. 13 Duke took control in the third quarter to defeat Wake Forest 79-53 Thursday night.
Rebecca Greenwell added 18 points and seven rebounds and Oderah Chidom had 17 and eight for the Blue Devils (23-4, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth straight.
Duke had an 11-0 run in the second quarter to open a 13-point lead, but the Demon Deacons scored the last six to cut it 30-23 at the half. Then the Blue Devils made 12 of 19 shots in the third quarter to outscore Wake Forest 29-14. They had the first seven points, starting with a Greenwell 3-pointer, and the last eight, five from Brown, who also had the first of the four quarter to make it a 13-0 run.
Amber Campbell and Elisa Penna had 11 each for Wake Forest (14-12, 5-8), which has lost three straight.
Duke shot 51 percent, outrebounded the league’s top rebounding team 38-33 and held Wake Forest to 34 shooting.
Davis, Alaina lead No. 6 South Carolina past Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kaela Davis and Alaina Coates each scored 15 points to help No. 6 South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 82-51 Thursday night.
The game looked just like it did on paper — the Southeastern Conference’s best team playing its worst, which was just what the Gamecocks (22-3, 12-1) needed after a 66-55 loss to No. 1 Connecticut for the Huskies’ 100th straight victory.
South Carolina outscored Vanderbilt 50-10 in the paint. The Commodores (12-14, 2-11) had 20 turnovers and made 12 shots from the field — the second time in SEC play a team has had fewer field goals than turnovers against South Carolina.
The Gamecocks never trailed, opening the game on a 20-3 run. South Carolina led 23-6 at the end of the first quarter, as the Commodores had 10 turnovers and attempted just 10 shots in the first 10 minutes.
Coates also had seven rebounds. A’ja Wilson added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Gamecocks.
Christa Reed led Vanderbilt with 11 points.
No. 7 Notre Dame struggles to beat Clemson 84-80
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 24 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to help No. 7 Notre Dame hold off Clemson for its eighth straight victory, 84-80 on Thursday night.
The Fighting Irish (24-3, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in tied with No. 4 Florida State for the league lead and the Tigers figured to be little more than a speed bump for the Top 10 team. But when Nelly Perry rattled in a jumper with 11.5 seconds left, Notre Dame had let a 17-point lead slip to 82-80.
That’s when Mabrey saved the Irish with two clinching foul shots with eight seconds remaining. She surpassed her previous career best of 27, set in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette in November.
Arike Ogunbowale had 15 points and Lindsay Allen 11 for the Fighting Irish. They left with first place in the ACC despite the closer-than- expected win. Florida State, tied with Notre Dame coming in, lost at Virginia 60-51.
Perry had a career best 24 points to lead Clemson. Kobi Thornton added 20 points, also a career best.
Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner finished with just nine points, only the third time this season she was held under double digits.
COLL OF CHARLESTON-HOFSTRA
Charleston holds off Hofstra’s late rally, wins 76-72
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Joe Chealey scored 18 points, including three late free throws, and the College of Charleston held off Hofstra’s late rally for a 76-72 victory on Thursday night.
Charleston (20-8, 11-4 Colonial Athletic Association) snapped a two-game skid and remains a game back of conference leader UNC Wilmington. Hofstra (13-15, 5-10) has lost two of its last three.
Charleston closed on a 10-3 surge for a 40-34 halftime lead. The Cougars stretched it to 64-49 midway through the second half, and had a ten-point lead with 5:45 remaining. Hofstra used a 16-5 run, capped by Brian Bernardi’s 3-pointer, to pull to 73-72 with 16 seconds left. Chealey made 1 of 2 free throws, Nick Harris blocked a shot on the Pride’s next possession, and Chealey hit two more from the line to end it.
Justin Wright-Foreman scored 26 points and Bernardi had 21 to lead Hofstra. Rokas Gustys added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Morsell ties season high with 32 points in Towson’s win
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Mike Morsell scored 32 points to tie his season high and Towson rolled to its fifth straight victory Thursday night, beating Elon 85-66.
Zane Martin added 12 points for Towson (18-10, 10-5), who won their fifth straight game and remained in third place on the heels of first-place UNC Wilmington and second-place Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Morsell scored 11 points in the first half when Towson took a 37-33 lead then made all four of his 3-pointers in the final 61/2 minutes of the second half when Towson built a double-digit lead for good, reaching 21 points on Morsell’s final trey with 49 seconds left.
The Phoenix (16-12, 8-7), who remained in a tie for fourth with William & Mary, were led by Tyler Seibring with 22 points with Dainan Swoope adding 11 and Brian Dawkins 10. Elon led only in the opening minutes.
Towson made 10 of 24 3-pointers, shot 49 percent and outrebounded Elon 42-32.
Arris bumps primary sponsorship on Suarez car to 22 races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Communications giant Arris has renewed its multi-year sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing and will serve as the primary sponsor for 22 races with Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 Toyota.
Suarez, who won the second-tier Xfinity Series championship last season, will replace the retired Carl Edwards this season. Arris was the primary sponsor for 17 races last season.
Arris first partnered with JGR in 2014 and sponsored Edwards and Suarez, a Mexican who was the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series.
Arris also renewed sponsorship Thursday of Abraham Calderon, who last season won the Freightliner Truck Series in Mexico, and Mexican driver Fabian Welter, who is in the Telmex development program.
NASCAR sets stage lengths for 2017 season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has set the stage lengths for races this season, part of a radical revamp designed in hopes of making every lap matter.
The new format opens with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. The stages in NASCAR’s biggest race are scheduled to end on lap 60, lap 120 and lap 200.
The top 10 drivers at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be awarded points on a 10-through-1 scale. The third portion of the race will be for the overall victory, and although traditional point scoring will be applied for that stage, the win will be worth 40 points.
Under green flag conditions, pit road will be closed with two laps remaining in the stage.
The championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway has stages end on laps 45, 90 and 200.
NASCAR overhauls penalty system headed into Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system Thursday that could levy more punishments on race weekends.
Scrapping its six-level class, NASCAR moved to a two-level system where penalties assessed during qualifying or inspections at the track will be immediate and not handled later in the week.
Potential penalties at the track include loss of practice time, loss of pit selection, an end of field penalty and even the loss of track access.
NASCAR said Level 1 infractions that include failing weight, heights and missing three lugnuts will result in penalties of up to 40 points, a potential three-race suspension for a crew chief and a $75,000 fine. Level 2 infractions that target traction control, tire manipulation and illegal testing warrant a 75-point deduction, a six-race suspension for the crew chief or other team members, and a fine ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.
Safety penalties will be handled on case-by-case basis.