No. 2 ND routs No. 10 Duke 69-53 for ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final.
Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) - last year's Big East champions - win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks.
Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-6), who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers.
They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series.
Pairings set for ACC tournament in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Virginia has the top seed for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers, who lost at Maryland in overtime Sunday, have a bye into Friday's quarterfinals along with No. 4 Duke, No. 7 Syracuse and 14th-ranked North Carolina.
The Orange have the No. 2 seed, followed by the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, No. 6 seed Clemson, No. 7 seed North Carolina State and No. 8 seed Maryland have byes into Thursday's second round.
The tournament begins with No. 12 seed Wake Forest and No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday, followed by No. 10 seed Miami against No. 15 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech against No. 14 seed Boston College.
W. Carolina comes back to beat Davidson 99-97, OT
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - James Sinclair hit two 3-pointers in overtime and had 26 points as fifth-seeded Western Carolina upset top-seeded Davidson 99-97 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament Sunday.
Western Carolina came back from a 15-point deficit and snapped Davidson's 13-game winning streak.
Western Carolina took a 70-66 lead, its largest of the day. But Jake Belford scored seven straight points for Davidson to regain the lead at 73-70. Later, De'Mon Brooks knotted it at 86 for Davidson and neither team scored in the final minute of regulation.
Sinclair's 3-pointer opened the overtime session and his second broke a tie at 92. Brooks made 1 of 2 from the line with 30 second left for 97-all. Trey Sumler was fouled in the lane and made both free throws for the win.
Sumler had 25 for Western Carolina (19-14) and Chris Czerapowicz had 22 for two-time defending conference tournament champion Davidson (20-12).
Western Carolina will meet No. 3 seed Wofford in the championship game on Monday.
Wofford eases past Georgia Southern 71-57 in semis
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Lee Skinner scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 3 seed Wofford beat seventh-seeded Georgia Southern 71-57 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament on Sunday.
Wofford advanced to its third tournament championship game in five years and will face No. 5 seed Western Carolina on Monday after it upset top-seeded Davidson. Wofford beat Western Carolina 71-60 on Jan. 20.
Wofford led by as many as 23 points (53-30) on Spencer Collins' basket with 10 minutes remaining.
Karl Cochran had 14 for Wofford (19-12), while Eric Garcia hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12.
Cochran's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Wofford a 33-20 halftime lead after the Terriers shot 43.3 percent and held Georgia Southern to 26.9, on 7-of-26 shooting.
Georgia Southern (15-19) was led by Brian Holmes and Tre Bussey with 14 apiece.
BOSTON COLLEGE-NC STATE
NC State beats Boston College 78-68
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Warren scored a career-high 42 points to help North Carolina State beat Boston College 78-68 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Warren had 22 by halftime and shot 14-for-23 for the Wolfpack (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 14-point second-half lead before pushing ahead in the final 6 minutes. It marked the third time in four games that the ACC's leading scorer had scored at least 36 points, including his previous career-high of 41 in his last outing at Pittsburgh last week.
Still, he had to outduel Boston College's Olivier Hanlan to level the Wolfpack's league record heading into this week's ACC tournament in Greensboro. Hanlan finished with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting for the Eagles (8-23, 4-14).
Warren, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was unstoppable all day. Fittingly, he came up with the go-ahead baskets that helped the Wolfpack avoid a bad home loss.
McClanahan leads Winthrop to title with 87-74 win
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Dequesha McClanahan had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Winthrop to its first-ever Big South Conference tournament title and NCAA berth with an 87-74 victory over High Point on Sunday.
Big South player of the year McClanahan kept her career going as she rallied the Eagles (24-8) to a 17-7 run midway through the second half to take control and win in their first championship game appearance since 1996.
The Eagles knocked off league powerhouse Liberty - the Flames had won 15 of the previous 17 Big South tournaments - in the semifinals on Saturday night and eliminated the league's top seeded Panthers (22-10) in this one.
Stacia Robertson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for High Point, which fell to 0-4 n tournament finals.
McClanahan dribbled out the final seconds with a wide grin, pointed to the sky and screamed with joy before getting mobbed by teammates.
Keselowski edges Junior on last lap in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brad Keselowski surged ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski swept a weekend's races for the first time in his career with his first Cup victory at Las Vegas. He also won Saturday's Nationwide Series race.
Keselowski capitalized when Earnhardt's fuel gamble failed. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion earned a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after missing it entirely last season.
Earnhardt was just a few ounces of fuel shy of earning his second victory in three races to start the season. He also finished second last week at Phoenix.
Paul Menard finished third in front of Keselowski's teammate, pole-sitter Joey Logano. Carl Edwards was fifth.
PUERTO RICO OPEN
Chesson Hadley wins Puerto Rico Open
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) - Chesson Hadley won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, holding off Danny Lee by two strokes.
Making his 13th PGA Tour start, the 26-year-old Hadley birdied the final two holes at Trump International for a 5-under 67. He's the first rookie winner since Jordan Spieth in July in the John Deere Classic.
Hadley finished at 21-under 267 and earned $630,000.
Lee birdied three of the last four holes for a 68. Hadley won twice last year on the Web.com Tour, taking the Rex Hospital Open in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., and the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. In Raleigh, the former Georgia Tech player began the final round five strokes behind Lee and closed with a 64 for a two-stroke victory.
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