Dec 21

South Carolina wins Shrine Bowl for third straight year

South Carolina beat North Carolina 21-12 to win the 78th Shrine Bowl.  / Shrine Bowl The South Carolina All-Stars beat the North Carolina All-Stars 21-12 to win the 78th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Saturday at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Spring Valley’s Jordan Williams returned a blocked field goal 74 yards to donate South Carolina a 7-0 advantage. Dutch Fork’s Lane Ecton blocked the kick. The Sandlappers took a 14-0 halftime lead & never trailed. North Carolina rallied to score early in the third quarter. But Marlboro County’s Trey Woods blocked the extra point to keep the South Carolina lead to eight points. Woods had eight tackles, including three for losses with one sack. Woods was a late addition to the South Carolina roster. Dillon’s Eri-Reon Hayes made six tackles for South Carolina. …

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Dec 21

South Carolina wins Shrine Bowl 21-12

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina survived five turnovers & several tricks plays to beat North Carolina 21-12 victory Saturday in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Both offenses struggled, yet South Carolina received a special teams touchdown for the game’s first score & capitalized on a late North Carolina fumble to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away. South Carolina’s Matthew Colburn had a 36-yard TD run that put his team ahead 14-0 just before halftime. The player from Dutch Fork was named South Carolina’s offensive MVP. North Carolina has a field goal blocked & returned 74 yards for a touchdown by Spring Valley linebacker Jordan Williams in the first quarter. The team ran several fake kicks after that mistake. North Carolina’s offensive MVP was Joshua Ladowski from Lake Norman & the defensive MVP was Brandon McMillian of Scotland County. South Carolina’s defensive MVP was Hassan Belton of Blythewood. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. …

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Dec 21

No. 1 South Carolina Tops Central Michigan 80-45

Tiffany Mitchell withstood a bloody nose & a tough assignment in Crystal Bradford to assist No. 1 South Carolina beat Central Michigan 80-45 on Saturday in the Minnesota Subway Classic. The Gamecocks are off to the best start in program history at 11-0, one win shy of tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Coach Dawn Staley, a former WNBA star, has the Gamecocks on top of their game in her seventh season. “We’re moving in the right direction,” Staley said. “We’re really proud of our players to be one of a few teams still undefeated.” Mitchell, the reigning Southeastern Conference player of year, briefly caused a delay in the game when she took a hit to the nose approximately 14 minutes into the game, drawing blood. Mitchell returned & finished with 18 points, five steals & four rebounds in a scoring bout with Bradford, the reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the year, who finished with 20 points for Central Michigan (4-4). Alaina Coates added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting & had 10 rebounds for South Carolina. South Carolina outscored the Chippewas 43-21 after halftime. “I felt in the second half we took better care of the ball,” Staley said. …

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Dec 21

No. 11 Lady Vols trounce No. 7 Stanford 59-40

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is starting to play the kind of defense its coach has wanted to see from the Lady Volunteers.Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday as the 11th-ranked Lady Vols breezed past No. 7 Stanford 59-40 for their fifth consecutive victory. Never before in its storied history had Tennessee held a top-10 opponent to such a low point total.”I loved it,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. ”I’m sure everybody else loved watching it. I enjoyed watching it.”Her former boss enjoyed it as well.After viewing the game from her seat at Thompson-Boling Arena, former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt tweeted, ”Great defensive effort today by Lady Vol hoops! A lot of pleasant to watch. Enjoy your five-day Christmas break.”Stanford (6-4) has lost consecutive games for the first time since December 2010 & has been held below 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1976-77. The Cardinal lost 54-46 at Chattanooga on Wednesday.”Well, we’ve played a lot better than that,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. ”To compliment Tennessee, they came out with a lot of energy. …

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Dec 21

Johnson’s 18 points help No. 24 North Carolina beat No. 12 Ohio State

Updated DEC 20, 2014 5:26p ET CHICAGO   —   Playing in Michael Jordan’s longtime home is a huge deal for North Carolina, & the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance. Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, & No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday. Jordan led the Tar Heels to the national championship in 1982, & then powered the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles during his Hall of Fame career. The Tar Heels had their picture taken in front of Jordan’s statue at the United Center on Friday, & Johnson said he received the chills when he looked up during Saturday’s national anthem & saw Jordan’s No. 23 hanging from the rafters. “Just a tremendous opportunity to be here & just be able to obtain a win here,” said Johnson, who moreover had nine rebounds. Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), & Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 boards & two blocked shots. Meeks & Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage in the opener of a college basketball doubleheader at the home of the Bulls & NHL’s Blackhawks. …

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Dec 21

Johnson’s 18 points help No. 24 North Carolina beat No. 12 Ohio St

[unable to retrieve full-text content]CHICAGO (AP) Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting & nine rebounds, & No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.

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Dec 21

No. 24 North Carolina beats No. 12 Ohio St 82-74

<!– google_ad_section_start –> CHICAGO (AP) — Playing in Michael Jordan’s longtime home is a huge deal for North Carolina, & the Tar Heels honored their most famous basketball alum with a winning performance.Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, & No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.Jordan led the Tar Heels to the national championship in 1982, & then powered the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles during his Hall of Fame career. The Tar Heels had their picture taken in front of Jordan’s statue at the United Center on Friday, & Johnson said he received the chills when he looked up during Saturday’s national anthem & saw Jordan’s No. 23 hanging from the rafters.”Just a tremendous opportunity to be here & just be able to obtain a win here,” said Johnson, who moreover had nine rebounds.Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), & Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 boards & two blocked shots. Meeks & Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage in the opener of a college basketball doubleheader at the home of the Bulls & NHL’s Blackhawks.Johnson & Meeks ”have done a tremendous job this year of being an inside presence,” Paige said. ”We wanted Kennedy to complete a little stronger around the basket today, yet Brice was great.”Marc Loving made five 3-pointers & scored 19 points for Ohio State (9-2), which had won four in a row. Sam Thompson scored 17, & D’Angelo Russell had 11 points & eight rebounds.But the Buckeyes shot 35 percent. They were averaging 84.2 points & shooting 53.7 percent coming into the day.”That’s one of the best defenses in the country, & you look at the size, you’re going to have to make some tough shots in order to beat those guys just in terms of their length,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.The Tar Heels led by as many as 18 in the second half, yet Thompson helped the Buckeyes obtain back in the game by attacking the rim. The former Chicago high school star had an alley-oop jam & a rebound dunk, & then added four consecutive foul shots during a 10-2 Ohio State run that pulled the Buckeyes within eight with 5:48 remaining.Ohio State trailed 77-70 with 1:19 to go & had a chance to obtain even closer yet went cold from the field down the stretch. …

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