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Tar Heels Cruise Past Long Beach State, 93-67....by AARON BEARD....CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina keeps sharing the ball and putting up big numbers, proving the fifth-ranked Tar Heels still have plenty of offensive punch despite losing a lot of production from last year.

 

Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is more focused on getting more consistency from his team on the defensive end, and maybe a little more attention to detail, too.

Joel Berry II scored 23 points and UNC shot 53 percent to beat Long Beach State 93-67 on Tuesday night for a third straight lopsided win to open the season.

Kennedy Meeks added 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who scored the game's first 14 points and led by 23 points by halftime. That dominating start was enough to erase any doubt about the outcome, though Williams was aggravated enough at one sloppy second-half stretch that he angrily punched a clipboard to the court during a timeout.

"That first 10 minutes of the second half ... that was about as bad offensively as I've seen us in 31 practices and three games and one exhibition," Williams said, adding he also wants more from his team defensively.

Still, that stretch was little more than a blip, the kind of moment that will give Williams something to focus on in coming practices. The Tar Heels — who shot 59 percent in the opening half — never let the 49ers closer than 16 after halftime.

Gabe Levin scored 17 points for Long Beach State (1-2), who never recovered from an awful start that included making 8 of 31 shots (26 percent) in the first half. The 49ers finished at 36 percent and missed 20 of 26 3-pointers.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't take advantage of the opportunity to come out here and play a little better early," Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said.

 

BIG PICTURE

Long Beach State: This game came roughly 48 hours after a loss at Wichita State as part of a demanding opening stretch that includes stops at UCLA, Washington and Kansas before the end of November. So far, at least, Long Beach State is struggling to keep up, losing the past two games by a combined 63 points.

UNC: Berry is off to a fast start in his development as UNC's No. 1 threat, while the Tar Heels are sharing the ball (20 assists on 32 baskets) and putting up big point totals (at least 93 points in all three games). So far, so good for an offense with new people inheriting key roles from last year's NCAA finalist.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UNC's three wins have come by an average of nearly 29 points per game, part of the reason the Tar Heels climbed one spot in this week's AP Top 25 poll.

BERRY'S START

Berry is off to a fast start in his development as UNC's No. 1 threat. He matched his career-high scoring total set in the opening win against Tulane to go with six rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 21 minutes.

The junior is shooting 60 percent from the floor so far this season.

"I'm just taking open shots," Berry said. "I'm not trying to force anything, not trying to play outside of my game and trying to do what I have to do to help this team."

UP NEXT

Long Beach State: The 49ers continue their nationwide trek with a Thursday stop at No. 12 Louisville.

UNC: The Tar Heels head west for an extended trip, first to play Hawaii on Friday before beginning play in the Maui Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

No. 1 Duke Falls to No. 7 Kansas 77-75 in Final Seconds

NEW YORK -- Kansas had already gone through a tough loss this season, falling in overtime to Indiana in Honolulu.

On Tuesday night, the Jayhawks went from looking like easy winners to facing another excruciating loss. But a short jumper by Frank Mason III with 1.8 seconds to go gave the Jayhawks a 77-75 victory over top-ranked Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

"The play was to (isolate) me, and my teammates did a good job of spacing the floor," Mason said. "It felt good when it left my hand."

A long 3 at the buzzer by Duke's Frank Jackson was off line.

The Jayhawks (1-1) beat a top-ranked team for the eighth time.

"This was more of a must-win for us than it was for Duke. Not that there's must-win this time of year, but I think it will do something for us because for the first time we won a game where we shot it like crap," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "So hopefully we learned some lessons and know that you cannot be great offensively and still win if you (don't) do little things and play aggressively. So I think it should bode well for us moving forward."

Self was all smiles talking about his senior point guard.

"He's made a lot of big plays for us," Self said of Mason. "I don't know if he's made any game winners but he's made plays to put us in overtime. Yeah, he's a stud."

"Mason made a big-time play, and it was well-guarded," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He just made a big-time play."

Kansas was ahead 62-50 with eight minutes to play, but the Blue Devils (2-1) -- despite an off night by Grayson Allen, the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team -- managed to suddenly start hitting shots, and they tied the game at 75 with 15 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jackson.

Kansas called a timeout with 8.2 seconds left and set up the game winner.

"That was quite a play we called, just get out of his way," Self said.

"I just took advantage of the separation I created and I just shot the ball," Mason said. "It felt good when it left my hand, and I just thank God that it went in."

Mason, who had a career-high 30 in the loss to Indiana, led Kansas with 21 points. Freshman Josh Jackson added 15, and Devonte' Graham had 13.

Luke Kennard led five Duke players in double figures with 22 points. Allen finished with 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting.

"I think Grayson had a very frustrating game," Krzyzewski said of Allen, who started the game by making one of 12 shots from the field. "I think you can't expect to get a foul. I think he's going to a point where he makes a move and it's a good move and he expects a foul. I'm not saying they're not calling fouls. You can't do that. That can't be what you're doing. The last few minutes, he moved well. He's playing hard when he gets the ball and he needs to play harder when he doesn't have the ball. It's what he did in the last few minutes."

Kansas finished 2-for-17 from 3-point range, but the Jayhawks shot 50.8 percent overall (33 of 65), including making 60.6 percent (20 of 33) in the second half.

Duke shot 48.9 percent (23 of 47) for the game, including going 8-for-19 on 3s.

BIG PICTURE
Duke: In their first two games, the Blue Devils held opponents to 55.0 points per game on 32.3 percent shooting, including 16.2 percent from 3-point range while forcing an average of 17 turnovers. ... This was the 950th consecutive game the Blue Devils made at least one 3-pointer. That's the fourth-longest stretch in Division I history. ... Duke played again without freshmen Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. Krzyzewski has said they will be brought along slowly as they rehab from injuries.

Kansas: The Jayhawks were facing an AP No. 1 team for the 24th time and the first time since the 2014 Champions Classic, when they lost to Kentucky 72-40. They are 8-16 all-time against No. 1s. ... The Jayhawks' opening game was a 103-99 overtime loss to then-No. 11 Indiana in Honolulu. "If you're going to travel 11,000 miles, you might as well get a win," Self said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS
Duke was No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first voting of the regular season. That will change this week with the loss. Kansas was No. 3 in the preseason poll and dropped to seventh with the loss to Indiana, but the Jayhawks should move up a couple of places with the win over Duke.

HELLO MELO
Krzyzewski walked onto the court before the game and went straight across to see Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. The two shared a hug and a laugh. They combined to win three Olympic gold medals for the United States.

 

App State Men’s Hoops Toppled by Tennessee in Valiant Effort

KNOXVILLE –– After withstanding a 21-0 run early in the first half, Appalachian State University men’s basketball did not surrender on Tuesday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Appalachian closed to within just seven points at 99-92 with 58.0 seconds remaining, but eventually fell to Tennessee 103-94.

With 6:28 left in regulation and Tennessee’s Grant Williams connecting on a layup, UT led the Mountaineers (0-2) 92-69. Instead of coasting to a win, the Volunteers watched as the Black and Gold instituted a 23-7 relentless run that saw them close the lead to just seven points.

The run was sparked by back-to-back threes from the game’s leading scorersPatrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) and Ronshad Shabazz(Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)). Both Good and Shabazz finished with a game-high 21 points. The total for Good is a career-high in his young career. 

Good finished an impressive 8-for-10 from the floor, including a stellar 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Shabazz was 7-for-17 from the floor and connected on three 3-pointers, while chipping in four free throws.

Despite the nonstop rally from the Mountaineers, the Volunteers (1-1) hit four free throws in the game’s final seconds to close out the nine-point victory.

The Apps would get off to a hot start with a 7-3 run to open up the contest with Shabazz matching a Jordan Bowden 3-pointer and adding a jumper coupled with an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) layup. 

Tied 9-9, two free throws from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) would give the Mountaineers its last lead. With an 11-10 advantage, the Volunteers would orchestrate its 21-0 run to grab a firm grip on the game in the opening half.

With things looking bleak, much like in the second-half, the Mountaineers rallied and finished the period on a 22-8 run to close to within 12 points. Down 42-16 with 5:00 to go in the half, an old-fashioned three point play from Shabazz sparked the Mountaineer run.

Shabazz’s play was followed by a Good three and two free throws from Kinney. From there, with UT leading by 20 points at 44-24, a 14-4 run closed the gap to just 10 points but a late layup from Williams made it a 12 point lead at the break.

Good finished the first half perfect from the floor on three field goals, including two 3-pointers. He began the second half hitting his next three shots and starting the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor.

Aside from Good and Shabazz, Kinney and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) also notched double-figure scoring efforts on the night. Kinney finished with 13 points, shot 7-for-10 from the charity stripe and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Robinson poured in 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and nailed one three.

Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with nine points and four rebounds.

As a team, the Mountaineers’ 18 turnovers proved to be extremely costly as the Volunteers would score 28 points off those turnovers - outscoring the Mountaineers in that category 28-16. Second-chance points (15-8) and fastbreak points (18-12) went the way of the Black and Gold.

Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround with a return to the court onThursday, Nov. 17 in its home opener against Warren Wilson College. Tip time from the Holmes Center is set for 7 p.m.

Notes: Patrick Good and Kelvin Robinson both turned in career nights with 21 points and 12 points, respectively … App State got to the foul line 37 times on Tuesday … the last time the Mountaineers attempted 30 free throws in back-to-back games was Feb. 8/13, 2014 (Seven total times under head coach Jim Fox previously to this year) … Kinney’s 13 points marks the first time in his career that he has gone consecutive games scoring in double-figures … Shabazz’s 21 points was his seventh 20-point game of his career.

 

App State Single-Game Basketball Tickets on Sale for 2016-17

BOONE, N.C. – With the first home game tipping off inside the Holmes Centeron Thursday, Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball single-game tickets are on sale for the 2016-17 season. 

The men and women will play 27 combined home games this season with the men playing in 14 contests at the Holmes Center, beginning with the men taking on Warren Wilson on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and the women’s home opener taking place on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. against College of Charleston. 

Also, Mountaineer fans can anticipate marquee matchups against in-state, former Southern Conference rival, Western Carolina (Saturday, Dec. 3), and 21-win power James Madison (Sat., Dec. 14). The women will welcome two highly-anticipated games against conference tournament champions against North Carolina A&T (MEAC) on Nov. 30 and UNC Asheville (Big South) on Dec. 21

During non-doubleheaders for women’s basketball games, tickets will only be sold at the southwest entrance and for all games, tickets will be sold one hour prior to tipoff.

Both Mountaineer squads will play in five Sun Belt Conference doubleheaders this season, a drop from the past two season where the Apps played in 10 doubleheaders. The conference made further schedule changes for league games this season, having the women now play on Thursday and Saturday while the men will play on Saturday and Monday

Single-game tickets cost just $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 3-12) for all men’s games and doubleheaders, while women’s games will cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12).

Additionally, fans can catch the exciting action of all 27 Appalachian State men’s and women’s basketball games at the Holmes Center by purchasing season tickets. 

For men’s basketball contests, season tickets are $100 for adults, $80 for faculty and staff and senior citizens (limit two tickets) and $50 for youth (ages 3 to 12). For women’s basketball games, it’s $50 for adults, $30 for current faculty and staff (limit two tickets) and senior citizens (limit two tickets) and $25 for youth (ages 3 to 12).

Single-game and season tickets can be purchased online atappstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

Five Lenoir-Rhyne Players Earn 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Football Honors
 

Rock Hill, S.C. - Five members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team garnered 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

Two Bears - senior punter Michael DeStephens (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) - were named to the all-conference first team.

DeStephens, a three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree (2014-16) averaged a league-leading 44.2 yards per punt - which also ranks fourth in the nation.

Singleton led the team in tackles with 77 this year to go along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Singleton, the 2013 SAC Defensive Freshman Of The Year, finished his career with 259 tackles.

Three players for the Bears picked up second team all-league accolades: redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.), junior center Jaleel Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior defensive lineman Chris Green (Albany, Ga.).

Brown led the team in rushing yards (902) this year to go along with six touchdowns this fall. In addition, Brown crossed the 200-yard mark on the ground in two league victories - Tusculum (Sept. 17) and Carson-Newman (Oct. 1).

Roberts just finished his second year as a starter and anchored the offensive line while Green totaled 42 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in earning all-league accolades for the second straight season.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 3-8 on the season including a 3-4 mark in South Atlantic Conference play under first-year mentor Mike Kellar.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry
RB - Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill
RB - Blake Hayes, Wingate
RB - Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman
WR - Markell Castle, Newberry
WR - Craig Rucker, Mars Hill
WR - Cole Watson, Newberry
OL - Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
OL - Daniel Owens, Wingate
OL - Bobby McNeil, Newberry
OL - Quinzavious Sands, Catawba
OL - Tyler Stasky, Newberry
TE - Baptiste Staggers, Newberry
PK - Caleb Baird, Wingate
LS - Steven Bartlett, Catawba AND Eddie Slyle, Brevard (TIE)
RS - Jay Boyd, Tusculum

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Ray Edwards, Wingate
DL - C.J. Barksdale, Catawba
DL - Jimmy Holmes, Newberry
DL - Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry
LB - Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
LB - Carl Mattox, Mars Hill
LB - Joe Blue, Newberry
LB - Trey Evans, Catawba
DB - Case Woodard, Catawba
DB - Rodney Singleton, Lenoir-Rhyne
DB - Ashud Moore, Brevard
DB - Jerry Miclisse, Carson-Newman
P - Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Kyle Johnson, Wingate
RB - Romelo Doctor, Newberry
RB - Nelson Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
RB - Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
WR - Jordan Berry, Wingate
WR - Sam Mobley, Catawba
WR - Braxton Ivery, Newberry
OL - Jaleel Roberts, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Austin Lewis, Carson-Newman
OL - Cabell Cantrell, Wingate
OL - Dakota Mozingo, Newberry
OL - T.J. Olsen, Catawba
TE - Kedar Bryant, Mars Hill AND Jake Jensen, Wingate (TIE)
PK - Brennan Lambert, Catawba AND Carson Wise, Carson-Newman
RS - Jordan Berry, Wingate AND Cole Watson, Newberry (TIE)

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Andre Foulks, Wingate
DL - Chris Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
DL - Brandon Williams, Tusculum
DL - Jamel Brintley, Mars Hill AND Josh Mills, WINGATE (TIE)
LB - Zack Singleton, Wingate
LB - Deres Benn, Tusculum
LB - Jamal Lackey, Catawba
LB - Lane Bloom, Carson-Newman AND Will Elm, Newberry (TIE)
DB - Rashaad Smith, Newberry
DB - Cornel Cheron, Wingate
DB - Chris Page, Catawba
DB - Jay Boyd, Tusculum
P - Jonathan King, Carson-Newman

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Craig Rucker, Mars Hill
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Jay Boyd, Tusculum
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry
DEFENSVIE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Ray Edwards, Wingate
JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY - Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
COACH OF THE YEAR - Todd Knight, Newberry

Statistical Champions
Rushing Yards Per Game: Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill (109.5)
Passing Yards Per Game: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (308.7)
Total Offense Per Game: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (341.8)
Receptions Per Game: Markell Castle, Newberry (5.8)
Receiving Yards Per Game: Markell Castle, Newberry (78.5)
All-Purpose Yards Per Game: Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill (123.5)
Passing Efficiency Rating: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (158.5)
Punt Return Avg.: Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman (8.7)
Kick Return Avg: Jay Boyd, Tusculum (26.0)
Punting Avg: Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne (44.2)
Scoring Average (TDs): Blake Hayes, Wingate (7.6)
Scoring Average (K): Caleb Baird, Wingate (7.5)
Field Goals Per Game: Caleb Baird, Wingate (1.09)
Field Goal Percentage: Caleb Baird, Wingate (.800)
Tackles Per Game: Ashud Moore, Brevard (8.9)
Sacks Per Game: Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (0.77)
Tackles for Loss Per Game: Brandon Williams, Tusculum (1.7)
Interceptions Per Game: Jay Boyd, Tusculum (0.6)
Team Scoring Offense: Newberry (36.6)
Team Scoring Defense: Newberry (18.7)
Team Passing Offense: Newberry (302.9)
Team Passing Defense: Brevard (149.5)
Team Rushing Offense: Carson-Newman (272.8)
Team Rushing Defense: Wingate (98.2)
Team Total Offense: Newberry (464.0)
Team Total Defense: Wingate (284.7)

Photoi Courtesy: Mike Krzyzewski. Duke Athletics



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