San Diego State beats College of Charleston 72-52
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Winston Shepard scored 15 points and Matt Shrigley added 12 to lead San Diego State to a 72-52 win over the College of Charleston in Thursday's first round of the Wooden Legacy, at Cal State Fullerton.
The Aztecs (3-1) scored 17 of the first 18 points of the game and extended their lead to 22 points before settling for 37-21 advantage at the half.
The Cougars (2-4) turned up the defensive pressure to start the second half, scoring points on consecutive steals, but San Diego State kept pulling away, extending their lead to as many as 25 points.
Xavier Thames scored 11 points for San Diego State and JJ O'Brien added 10. Shrigley scored a game-high four 3-pointers and the Aztecs shot 57.4 percent from the field.
Adjehi Baru led the Cougars with eight points. Charleston shot 33.3 percent from the field on 18-of-54 shooting.
No. 6 Tigers, No. 10 Gamecocks show mutual respect
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier truly likes Clemson's Dabo Swinney. The Gamecocks coach also likes the mutual respect coming from both sides of the Palmetto State's biggest rivalry.
No. 6 Clemson (10-1) plays at No. 10 South Carolina (9-2) on Saturday night. The Tigers are trying to end a four-game losing streak in the rivalry, while the Gamecocks look to continue a school-record 17-game home win streak.
And there's not much off-the-field spice in the 111th meeting. Instead, it's been a mutual admiration society headed up by the head coaches.
That hasn't always been the case. Two years ago, Swinney took exception to a comment wrongly attributed to Spurrier and went on a rant tearing down Gamecocks football.
Spurrier last season said Swinney usually talks a "bunch of garbage."
Palmetto State has 3 FCS teams in the playoffs
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The Palmetto State has its share of top-notch football teams at the FCS level.
While the attention of most college football fans in the state will be centered on Saturday's matchup between No. 6 Clemson and No. 10 South Carolina, three state schools will be playing in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs - the most of any state in the country.
Southern Conference co-champion Furman (7-5) will play at South Carolina State (9-3) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while Big South Conference co-champion Coastal Carolina (10-2) hosts Bethune-Cookman (10-2).
Alabama and Louisiana have two schools participating, the only others with multiple teams in the 24-team tournament.
Furman reached the playoffs after opening 2-4. The Paladins won five of their final six to win the league's berth.
No. 2 Kansas tops Wake Forest, 87-78
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and No. 2 Kansas moved into the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, downing previously unbeaten Wake Forest 87-78 on Thursday.
Frank Mason scored 13 points and Joel Embiid added 10 for the Jayhawks (5-0), who had a 14-point halftime lead trimmed to four before hanging on in the final minutes.
Kansas will play Villanova on Friday night for a spot in the title game.
Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half for Wake Forest (5-1). The Demon Deacons held Kansas to a season-low 47 percent from the field, but lost forward Devin Thomas after he was ejected for two technical fouls with 7:28 remaining.
No. 11 North Carolina cruises past Ark. St. 93-60
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 24 points as No. 11 North Carolina easily beat Arkansas State 93-60 on Thursday.
The Tar Heels (5-1) entered the game ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to only 27.8 percent shooting in its first five games.
It was much of the same against Arkansas State (4-2), which shot 25.7 percent (18 of 70) for the game.
North Carolina shot 62.1 percent in the first half, held Arkansas State to 5-of-32 shooting and led 50-21 at halftime. DeShields had 14 at the break and Xylina McDaniel made both of her 3-point attempts, adding 10. Stephanie Mavunga had three blocks in the first half.
DeShields was one of five players in double-figures for North Carolina. McDaniel had 16, Allisha Gray 12, Danielle Butts 11, and Jessica Washington added 10.
Jalen O'Bannon led the way for Arkansas State with 15 points.
Liston leads No. 2 Duke women over Xavier 81-54
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) - Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help No. 2 Duke beat Xavier 81-54 at the Paradise Jam on Thursday.
Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils (6-0). Chelsea Gray had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
Duke led by three 7½ minutes in before scoring 20 of the final 29 points of the half to take a 40-26 lead at the break. Liston had nine points during the burst. Liston has gone over 20 points in three of Duke's games this season.
Xavier could get no closer than 13 in the second half.
Jenna Crittendon scored 16 points to lead the Musketeers (2-3)
Panthers WR Smith has no plans to slow down
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Steve Smith spent his childhood emulating NFL players and dreaming of playing professional football.
Now in his 13th season with the Carolina Panthers, Smith said it's still not enough.
"Now that I'm here, being here isn't satisfying," Smith said of his NFL career. "I want to be something special. I want to be one of those special guys."
Smith is entering special territory.
He needs 51 yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay to move past Hines Ward and Derrick Mason into 20th place in yards receiving. He ranks 25th in receptions, last week passing Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
"I look at Jerry Rice and to be, not in the same category, but on the same list... that's pretty cool," Smith said. "My agent told me I passed Steve Largent. I'm a huge Steve Largent fan. I respect the heck out of him. I think what he did was remarkable. I just passed him, and that's pretty cool.
"To see my name next to his, (above) his, that's pretty cool. It's humbling when I read it."
But it's still not enough for Smith.
Smith has 823 receptions for 12,033 yards, but said his goal is to finish his career with at least 1,000 catches and "close to" 14,000 yards receiving.
"I want to be in the top 10," Smith said.
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