State Line Hoops
THE TOP TEN
Duke ... The spat between Clemson coach
Larry Shyatt and Dahntay Jones of the Blue Devils looked like a bad
WWF script. Jones taunted Tony Stockman of the Tigers late in Duke’s
98-88 win at Clemson on Saturday night and Shyatt had to be restrained
as he went onto the court toward the Duke bench in response. Jason
Williams had 28 points in the win, which followed an 87-58 Duke
triumph at North Carolina on Thursday, the Tar Heels’ largest margin
of defeat ever in the Smith Center. Duke is 20-1 overall and 8-1 in
the ACC with an opportunity to avenge its only loss when Florida State
visits on Thursday night.
2. Wake Forest
... The Deacons (16-6, 6-3) have quietly moved into sole possession of
third place in the ACC with an 82-81 win at N.C. State on Wednesday
and an 89-80 victory at Florida State on Saturday. Good free throw
shooting was a consistent theme in both games as Wake hit 24 of 28 at
the line against the Wolfpack and 18 of 19 in the second half at
Florida State. Deacons guard Broderick Hicks made 12 of 13 foul shots
as he led Wake past the Seminoles with 23 points. Darius Songaila
contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds. Wake Forest hosts North
Carolina on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
3. Charlotte ... The 49ers’ 83-68 win
at Houston on Saturday night set the stage for a C-USA showdown with
Cincinnati in Charlotte at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Both clubs are 8-1
in the league, as is Marquette, which upset the Bearcats 74-60 on
Saturday. Jobey Thomas scored a game-high 26 points for Charlotte
(14-6) at Houston and is averaging a team-best 19.1 points per game.
He’s hitting 91 percent of his free throws and 43.3 percent of his
three-point attempts. Cam Stephens provides a solid post presence with
a 13.2 scoring average and a 9.4 rebounding rate.
4. N.C. State ... The Wolfpack fell to
16-6 overall and 5-4 in the league with an 89-73 loss to Maryland in
what projects to be the last game between the teams at Cole Field
House. State, played the Terps evenly until a 16-2 run by Maryland
midway through the second half. “We knew we had to take better care of
the basketball,” said State coach Herb Sendek. “Our goal was to have
10 or fewer turnovers. The 21 turnovers was hard to overcome.” The
Pack lost its 13th straight game at Cole Field House despite 19 points
from Anthony Grundy.
5. South Carolina ... After knocking
off Georgia 80-67 at home on Wednesday, the Gamecocks lost 91-74 at
Kentucky on Saturday despite 25 points and seven assists from Chuck
Eidson. Next up for USC (13-8, 3-5 SEC) is a visit from Florida at 7
p.m. on Tuesday. Jamel Bradley leads coach Dave Odom’s club with a
14.6 average and he’s hitting 44.4 percent behind the arc. Aaron Lucas
is averaging 10.1 points and 4.2 assists. The Gamecocks host Tennessee
at 7 p.m. on Saturday with the Volunteers looking to avenge a 94-60
pounding in Knoxville on Jan. 23.
6. College of Charleston ... The
Cougars stopped a two-game losing streak by beating Furman 62-45 on
Saturday to improve to 16-5 on the season and 6-4 in Southern
Conference play. Coach John Kresse’s club is tied with Chattanooga for
first in the league’s Southern Division going into the Cougars’ game
at The Citadel at 7:15 p.m. tonight. Jeff Bolton continues to lead C
of C in scoring with a 17.2 average while teammate Leighton Bowie
averages 11.2 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds.
7. UNC Wilmington ... The Seahawks
(14-7, 9-2 CAA) won 78-54 at home against Hofstra as Craig Callahan
scored 20 points and Anthony Terrell grabbed 13 rebounds. Coach Jerry
Wainwright’s club leads the league by 1 1/2 games over Drexel (11-10,
8-4) and hosts the Dragons at 7 p.m. tonight. Junior guard Brett
Blizzard leads UNCW with an 18.0 scoring average and is hitting 41.5
percent of his threes. Ed Williams is the Seahawks’ top rebounder at
8. UNC Greensboro ... UNC Greensboro
... The Spartans won their third straight, 80-75, over Western
Carolina on Saturday despite a 34-point outburst from Kevin Martin of
the Catamounts. Jay Joseph stepped up for UNCG with 21 points while
David Schuck and James Maye added 16 each. Maye leads UNCG (14-7, 7-3
Southern Conference) with a 14.4 scoring average. The Spartans visit
Davidson (15-6, 8-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a matchup of the top two
teams in the Northern Division.
... The Wildcats head into their showdown with UNCG with wins in eight
of their last nine games, including an 82-72 victory at Appalachian
State on Saturday in which 7-foot-2 Martin Ides of the Czech Republic
had 15 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. The
Wildcats hit 50 percent of their field goal attempts while limiting
the Mountaineers to 34.5 percent.
10. Clemson ... The loss to Duke
dropped the Tigers to 11-11 overall and 2-7 in the ACC going into a
home game with Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. It was the Blue
Devils’ 13th straight win over Clemson, which trailed 50-35 before
rallying to lead 67-66. The Tigers were within a point, 77-76, with
5:24 left before a 10-0 Duke run. Of the incident with Jones, Shyatt
said, “I probably didn’t treat it as I should have. It was a
spur-of-the-moment thing.” Edward Scott and Tony Stockman scored 20
points each in the loss.
THE NOT-SO-SWEET 17
11. The Citadel
12. North Carolina
15. East Carolina ...
Pirates coach Bill Herrion saw some good things in a 2-3 zone in a
75-48 loss at Cincinnati on Jan. 29 and used the alignment to subdue
Saint Louis 69-63 on Saturday night in Williams Arena at Minges
Coliseum. Freshman Moussa Badianne, sophomore Gabriel Mikulas and soph
Erroyl Bing played on the backline for the Pirates with Travis
Holcomb-Faye and Kenyatta Brown out front. Badianne blocked three
shots within a three-minute span late in the game to establish a
defensive presence for the Pirates as the Billikens struggled with
their shooting in the second half, hitting just 2 of 15 from behind
“We didn’t have any answers for the zone,” said Saint Louis coach
Brown hit 8 of 11 field goal attempts to lead ECU with 19 points.
Mikulas added 17, putting the Pirates ahead to stay at 53-51 on one of
six assists for Holcomb-Faye. ECU (8-13, 2-7 C-USA) hit 22 of 41 field
goal attempts for 53.7 percent. When ECU shoots well, it can compete
in its new league.
“We’ve won two games in Conference USA now, which is probably two
more than a lot of people thought we would win,” Herrion said.
The Pirates visit Marquette (19-3, 8-1) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and
DePaul (8-12, 1-7) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Bing, who had 13 points
against Saint Louis, leads ECU in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (8.6).
17. Western Carolina
19. Appalachian State
20. South Carolina State
21. UNC Asheville
23. N.C. A&T
25. Charleston Southern
26. High Point
27. Coastal Carolina