CHAPEL HILL – Three-time All-America Sam Perkins, a standout on some of Dean Smith's greatest teams at the University of North Carolina, is one of six players and two coaches who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday evening in Kansas City, Mo.

Perkins is joined by Houston's Otis Birdsong, Arizona's Sean Elliott, Arkansas' Sidney Moncrief, Morgan State's Marvin Webster and Southern California's Paul Westphal, College of Charleston coach John Kresse and Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles in the Class of 2018.

Perkins came to Carolina from Latham, N.Y., and graduated after four outstanding seasons as the Tar Heels' all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker and the second-leading scorer behind only Phil Ford.

He was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1981, ACC Tournament MVP as a freshman, earned consensus first-team All-America honors in 1983 and 1984, and was a three-time All-ACC first-team pick. As a sophomore in 1982, he was part of a famed starting five with senior Jimmy Black, junior James Worthy, sophomore Matt Doherty and freshman Michael Jordan that won the NCAA championship. In 1984, as a senior, Perkins led UNC to a 14-0 regular-season record in conference play, just the second unbeaten ACC record in school history. He was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

He is one of six Tar Heels to start in two national championship games, earned NCAA all-regional honors in 1981 and 1982 and was an All-Final Four selection in New Orleans in 1982 after going head-to-head in the semifinals and finals with Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon and Georgetown's Patrick Ewing, respectively.

Perkins co-captained the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team in 1984. The Dallas Mavericks chose him with the No. 4 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, and he played 17 seasons in the NBA, scoring more than 15,000 points. He played in the NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Sonics and Indiana Pacers.

Thirty-four years after playing his final collegiate game, Perkins is still second in UNC history in rebounds (1,167), third in scoring (2,145), third in blocked shots (245) and fourth in double-doubles (47). He played in 56 ACC wins, the school record prior to league expansion and subsequent 16- and 18-game league schedules.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City's Sprint Center.

Tar Heels Top WCU, 49-26

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Nathan Elliott passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns to help North Carolina beat Western Carolina 49-26 on Saturday.

Javonte Williams rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns for the Tar Heels (2-8), who ended a six-game losing streak.

North Carolina amassed a season-high 654 yards in its first win since Sept. 22, when it defeated Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh 38-35.

North Carolina walk-on Manny Miles, son of former LSU coach Les Miles, threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jake Bargas on a Hail Mary on the final play of the first half.

The Tar Heels led 35-16 at halftime despite throwing two interceptions, losing a fumble and failing to score on two of four trips into the red zone.

Western Carolina (3-8) ended its season with its eighth consecutive loss.

Tyrie Adams passed for 290 yards and rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Catamounts.

Will Horton made field goals of 43, 45, 33 and 26 yards for Western Carolina.


North Carolina: Near the end of a second consecutive rough season, the Tar Heels took out some frustration. North Carolina improved to 8-0 under coach Larry Fedora against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision, winning those games by an average of almost 37 points per game.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels wrap up their season at home against rival North Carolina State, which has won three of the last four in the series.
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Bears Advance Past Florida Tech in NCAA Playoffs; Will Host Wingate Next Saturday

HICKORY, N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team extended its winning streak to 11 straight with a 43-21 win over Florida Tech in the opening round of the 2018 Division II NCAA Playoffs. The LR defense forced six turnovers and the offense held the ball for nearly 40 minutes as the Bears advance to take on Wingate in the Second Round.

Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 43, Florida Tech 21
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1), Florida Tech (8-4)
Location: Hickory, N.C. | Moretz Stadium
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• Eric Jackson led the defense with an incredible effort. The safety had two interceptions and forced a fumble all in a 4:29 span to start the second half. For the game, the sophomore registered seven tackles and added a pass breakup to his stat line.
• Sophomore kicker Chase Allbaugh broke a program record with his five made field goals on the day. Allbaugh went 5-for-5 with a long of 40 and also tied the team record for most field goals in a season with 15.
• Jaquay Mitchell finished with three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, including a 67-yard screen pass that he took down to the two yard line. Mitchell added seven carries for 27 yards.
• One game after breaking the single-season record for most touchdown passes, Grayson Willingham threw three more and accumulated 247 yards passing. The redshirt sophomore now has 23 TD tosses on the season, shattering the previous high of 18.
• Sherrod Williams and Javoris Smith each picked off passes as the defense held Florida Tech to 14 completions on 36 attempts. Each team finished with three sacks on the day.

• For the first time this season, Lenoir-Rhyne failed to rush for multiple touchdowns in the game. The lone rushing score came courtesy of Ameen Stevens on a two-yard plunge in the first quarter.
• Florida Tech's J.T. Hassell finished the game with 19 tackles and DE Adonis Davis had three tackles for loss and a sack.
• The Bears have scored 30 or more points in every game this season and entered today's game as the No. 4 scoring offense in the nation.

LR takes on familiar rival Wingate next Saturday at Moretz Stadium. The Bulldogs are the region's No. 7 seed but upset the No. 2 seeded West Georgia Wolves 41-31. Thanks to that upset, next week's contest will be played in Hickory.

Photo Courtesy: Sam Perkins, UNC Sports