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  • Tar Heels survive spirited Syracuse effort in home finale

    By Aaron Beard - Associated Press | February 29, 2016 - 10:58pm

    CHAPEL HILL – Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and the rest of North Carolina’s seniors earned one final home win to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • No. 15 Duke outplayed for all 40 minutes in loss at Pitt

    By Will Graves | February 28, 2016 - 10:46pm

    PITTSBURGH – The whereabouts of Grayson Allen’s legs were the least of Duke’s problems on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

  • Nash Central falls in overtime to Northern Guilford

    By Josh walfish | February 27, 2016 - 11:31pm

    Nash Central had been underdogs all season. Few people gave the Bulldogs a chance to win the Big East title – which they did with a 9-1 record.

  • Firebirds' run ends at Eastern Alamance

    By Conor O’Neill | February 27, 2016 - 11:31pm

    MEBANE – As a four-year varsity player for Eastern Alamance’s boys’ basketball team, Jacob Mann knew a run was coming from Southern Nash on Saturday night. “I always get a little nervous, especially when we’re up like that (by 17 at halftime), because against a team where they know it might be their last game, they’re going to do everything they can,” Mann said. “We knew they had a run in them, we just had to answer it long enough to where we could pull away.” Mann basically became the singular answer to Southern Nash’s run, scoring the Eagles’ first 14 points of the second half and helping Eastern Alamance to a 76-50 victory in the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs.

  • Tar Heels falter late in loss at No. 3 Virginia

    By Hank Kurz Jr. | February 27, 2016 - 11:16pm

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Malcolm Brogdon said he wasn’t trying to assert himself any more than usual. It just worked out that way.

  • Gbinije, Syracuse too much for N.C. State

    February 27, 2016 - 11:15pm

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Michael Gbinije scored a career-high 34 points and Syracuse limited N.C. State star Anthony “Cat” Barber to one of his lowest-scoring outputs of the season in a 75-65 win on Saturday.

  • Bishops' season likely over after USAS semifinals loss to LaGrange

    By FOSTER LANDER | February 26, 2016 - 11:31pm

    For the second night in a row, N.C. Wesleyan compiled a huge run to build a double-digit lead.

  • Nash Central eases past Erwin Triton

    By Josh walfish | February 25, 2016 - 11:44pm

    Terri Cash had plenty of reasons to smile Thursday night.

  • Bishops use transition game to beat Averett for third time this season

    By FOSTER LANDER | February 25, 2016 - 11:43pm

    Averett coach David Doino turned quietly to assistant coach Cornelius Snow early in the second half and told him if the Cougars could just make Thursday’s USA South quarterfinal against N.C. Wesleyan a halfcourt game, that the Battling Bishops would have all sorts of trouble scoring.

  • Southern Nash moves on to third round for first time since 1998

    By scott collie | February 25, 2016 - 11:42pm

    BAILEY – Senior Damien Bryant scored a game-high 14 points to lead Southern Nash to a 59-44 victory over Eastern Wayne and lead the Firebirds to the third round for the first time since 1998.

  • Duke finds energy to knock off Florida State

    By Joedy Mccreary | February 25, 2016 - 11:42pm

    DURHAM – Duke has been dealing with some injured players and even more ranked opponents.

  • Thomas keeps top-ranked Bishops a step ahead of the game

    By Josh walfish | February 24, 2016 - 11:33pm

    To say Nigel Thomas is obsessive about his work might be an understatement.

  • Tar Heels stay on track with win against Wolfpack

    By FOSTER LANDER | February 24, 2016 - 11:31pm

    RALEIGH – The easy narrative, one week to the day after North Carolina’s last-minute loss in Chapel Hill to Duke, is to say that the post-Duke bounceback for the Tar Heels is gaining steam.

  • STORYLINES: Five teams remain after wild first round

    Josh Walfish
    | February 24, 2016 - 11:30pm

    Everyone is still trying to catch their breath after an exciting first round on Tuesday.

  • Rocky Mount High girls advance with ease; boys fall in final minute

    By FOSTER LANDER | February 23, 2016 - 11:46pm

    In one sense, this year's Rocky Mount High team was relieved to not become the first Mike Gainey-coached group to miss the state playoffs, and that was evident by the way the Gryphons started Tuesday's game in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs, falling behind 12-2 in the opening minutes.

  • Nash Central boys' season ends at Southern Lee

    By ANDREW GIERMAK | February 23, 2016 - 11:45pm

    SANFORD – Sudden streaks of hot shooting are nothing new to Southern Lee this basketball season.

  • Hot start leads Northern Nash past Swansboro

    By Josh walfish | February 23, 2016 - 11:44pm

    Jahlia Williams has an interesting philosophy on when Northern Nash is successful.

  • Southern Nash moves into second round for first time since 2012

    By scott collie | February 23, 2016 - 11:42pm

    BAILEY – Southern Nash coach Robbie Kennedy knows that tournament basketball isn’t about style points.“People don’t ask you how you played,” Kennedy said. “They just ask you when are you playing again.”Thanks to senior forward Chris Lucas’ dramatic steal and go-ahead three-point play with 5.6 seconds to go, the Firebirds will live to fight another day, edging Western Alamance, 37-35, in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs on Tuesday night.

  • STORYLINES: NCHSAA playoffs tip off in Twin Counties

    By Josh walfish | February 22, 2016 - 10:04pm

    The road to Chapel Hill begins tonight with the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

  • Hamlin edges out Truex Jr. for Daytona 500 win

    By Jenna Fryer | February 21, 2016 - 8:09pm

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With a Hail Mary move, Denny Hamlin ended Joe Gibbs’ 23-year drought at the Daytona 500.

  • Mustangs survive Pirates’ 12 3-pointers

    By Stephen Hawkins | February 21, 2016 - 8:09pm

    DALLAS – While clearly biased, SMU coach Larry Brown and teammate Markus Kennedy are shocked every time they hear talk of national player of the year candidates without senior point guard Nic Moore even being mentioned.“I just kind of laugh,” Brown said. “Look at all of the dynamics that have gone into this year, what he’s done.

  • Gryphons’ Smith wins state title once again

    By Josh walfish | February 21, 2016 - 8:08pm

    After dispatching of the alleged state championship curse surrounding Rocky Mount High wrestling last year, there was only one way for Wilson Smith to follow that state championship -- win another one.

  • Tar Heels bounce back with victory against Miami

    By FOSTER LANDER | February 20, 2016 - 10:15pm

    CHAPEL HILL – Roy Williams didn’t sleep on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning after North Carolina’s one-point loss to Duke.

  • State playoffs basketball matchups set

    By Josh walfish | February 20, 2016 - 9:57pm

    After a full day of anxious waiting, the NCHSAA finalized the 2016 playoffs brackets for boys’ and girls’ basketball.

  • Duke wears down in loss at Louisville

    By JOSH ABNER | February 20, 2016 - 9:56pm

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski described his players as “warriors” six times after Saturday’s game at No. 18 Louisville.