• 77°

College basketball: NCAA gives NC State new deadline to respond to allegations

RALEIGH (AP) — The NCAA has given North Carolina State a new deadline of Dec. 9 to respond to a notice of allegations of violations in its men’s basketball program.

School spokesman Fred Demarest said the school received its new deadline Thursday.

The original deadline of Oct. 7 was changed because the NCAA in September suspended its deadlines for schools to respond to charges in the wake of college basketball’s corruption scandal.

After N.C. State files its response, the NCAA will then have 60 days to respond.

The NCAA charged N.C. State in July with four violations, including potential top-level counts against former coach Mark Gottfried and former assistant coach Orlando Early tied to guard Dennis Smith Jr., who played one season for the Wolfpack before leaving for the NBA.



ASHEVILLE (AP) — DeVon Baker scored 23 points to lead five UNC Asheville starters in double figures, and the Bulldogs made a school-record 19 3s in beating NAIA opponent St. Andrews 105-69 on Thursday night.

Tajion Jones added 16 points, Coty Jude had 14, LJ Thorpe 13 and Lavar Batts Jr. 12 for UNC Asheville (3-2). The Bulldogs were 19 of 50 from distance (38%), with a career-high five makes from Baker and four by Jude.

The Bulldogs were coming off a 79-49 victory in their home opener last Saturday, forcing Brevard into 31 turnovers — the second highest single-game total in more than a decade for the program.

Myron Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds for St. Andrews.

The teams met for the first time in more than 50 years last season, a game the Bulldogs won 87-47 for coach Mike Morrell’s first-career victory.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mason Faulkner, playing in his first game with Western Carolina, scored five of his 28 points in the second overtime and the Catamounts beat Jacksonville 96-94 on Thursday night.

Faulkner made two layups and his free throw with 10 seconds to play capped the scoring in the double-overtime. Jacksonville’s Kevin Norman missed a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining.

A redshirt sophomore guard, Faulkner made three 3-pointers and finished 10-of-16 shooting overall. Marcus Thomas added 21 points, Matt Halvorsen had 17 and Carlos Dotson 13 for Western Carolina (3-2).

Destin Barnes scored 20 points to lead Jacksonville (3-4). David Bell had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.



CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — These are the kind of games Clemson coach Brad Brownell loves: His team handles things early and he gets to reward hard workers who don’t always see time on the court.

Tigers freshman Al-Amir Dawes had a career-high 19 points and Clemson scored 23 straight points in the first half to put away Alabama A&M 87-51 on Thursday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Dawes, a 6-foot-2 freshman who has started every game, made 7 of 11 shots including three 3-pointers as the Tigers (4-1) had little trouble handing Alabama A&M (0-5) its 13th straight loss.

“We played a pretty clean game,” Brownell said. “It was a fun night because we got to put some guys in that were working pretty hard for us.”

The game was out of reach early as Clemson led 34-7 and was up 54-19 at half. So Brownell got to act like Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and bring in players like Paul Grinde, Wells Hoag and O’Neil McBride, who put the time in practice but don’t typically get the payout of games.



CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Keishawn Brewton scored 22 points and hit six 3-pointers, and Coastal Carolina beat Utah 79-57 on Thursday night in a Myrtle Beach Invitational quarterfinal.

Ebrima Dibba added 19 points, DeVante’ Jones had 16 points and Garrick Green finished with 12 for the Chanticleers (3-2). Playing on their home court, they shot 45%, hit 11 3-pointers and pulled away midway through the second half with a Brewton-led 26-9 run.

“It was one of those games that was a statement win for us,” Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis said.

“At the same point in time we know we’ve got 80 more minutes of basketball. The big test now is we have to put this one behind. At some point we’ll enjoy it but we’ve got Baylor (Friday).”

Timmy Allen had 15 points for the Utes (3-1), who never led outside of the opening 6 minutes but pulled to 44-38 on Jaxon Brenchley’s layup with 16½ minutes remaining.

Brewton hit four 3s during that game-breaking run, which Dibba capped with a free throw that made it 70-47 with 5:53 to play.

“We know what he can do,” Jones said of Brewton. “He’s a 3-point shooter and can also make plays off the bounce and he did that tonight. This is the beginning for us.”

Utah — which entered shooting 40% from 3-point range — shot just 18% from long distance and matched a season low with five of them. The Utes shot just 25% in the second half.


Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers looked right at home playing on their home floor — especially Brewton, a junior college transfer who’s making an immediate impact with his new team after scoring 24 in the opening loss to Campbell. Coastal Carolina shot 50% in the second half and made the most of their takeaways, turning 15 Utah turnovers into 19 points.

Utah: It’s hard to sugarcoat this loss for a young Utes team that started 3-0 with solid wins at Nevada and against Minnesota and set the school’s single-game scoring record with 143 points against Mississippi Valley State. Both Gach, who averages 17.7 points, finished with five on 2-of-11 shooting.

“The only way you get experience is time,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “The only way you heal when you’re mourning over somebody’s death is time. You can’t speed it up, you’ve got to live it and you go through and you chalk and your team hopefully grows if they’re made of the right stuff.”


Coastal Carolina: Faces No. 24 Baylor on Friday in a semifinal.

Utah: Will play Ohio on Friday in a consolation game.


More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

“At the end of the game, they got to play some significant minutes, so it was fun,” Brownell said.

Still, it was starting guard Dawes who was front and center of Clemson’s back-breaking first-half run, starting things off with a 3-pointer. Hunter Tyson, Curran Scott and Tevin Mack also had long-range baskets during the stretch, which Dawes closed with a bucket to put the Tigers ahead 34-7.

Texas Tech transfer Khavon Moore added a 3-pointer near the end of the half that grew the lead to 51-19 against the overmatched Bulldogs.

Mack, a graduate transfer from Alabama, scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs have not won since defeating Mississippi Valley State 78-63 last February.

Brandon Miller led Alabama A&M with 17 points off five 3-pointers.

Tigers sophomore Trey Jemison had a career best 10 points and four of his team’s seven blocks in putting away the Bulldogs.


Alabama A&M: The Bulldogs are in the midst of a rugged start to their season. They have two more games with Atlantic Coast Conference teams at Miami on Dec. 14 and at Notre Dame on Dec. 29, their last nonconference game before starting league play in the SWAC. Alabama A&M has also played at Cincinnati this season.

Clemson: The Tigers biggest nonconference tests start Sunday at a tournament in Las Vegas where they’ll face TCU and either Colorado or Wyoming. Then comes a post-Thanksgiving trip to Minnesota as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2.


Clemson backup forward Paul Grinde, a 6-10, 300-pound grad student, made 2 of 3 from the field and hit a pair of foul shots to finish with six points in five minutes. “There may come a time where he’s going to be out there when we play a Florida State or somebody big and strong when there’s fouls on the front line, and we need him for a couple of minutes in the first half. He’s working towards that,” Brownell said.


Alabama A&M returns home to face Troy on Monday night.

Clemson plays TCU in Las Vegas on Sunday.


For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25



I-85 road rage incident results in assault, child abuse charges


China Grove man arrested for sex crimes involving woman with disabilities


UNCC chancellor talks about strengthening partnerships in Rowan County


City adopts 2021-22 budget, discusses third quarter financial report


Landis, Kannapolis discuss extraterritorial boundary change with 1,000-home subdivision planned


Bill retires many NC coal-fired plants, boosts renewables

High School

High school baseball: East escapes with eighth-inning homer; South also wins in first round


Board of Elections moves forward with purchase of new voting equipment, software


‘New energy’ coming from QB Darnold


Museum loses contract over event deemed racially insensitive


NC tax revenue soars, $6.5B windfall predicted by mid-2023


Police: Grandmother of man who shot at officers found dead


Blotter: Gold Hill man charged with statutory rape


Man charged with killing 28-year-old found dead in crashed car


68-year-old woman identified as Jackson Street murder victim


Man arrested in Jacksonville for Salisbury murder


Rowan-Salisbury Schools finalizes normal, five-day schedule for fall


Council to vote on budget, consider permit for child care center near downtown


Landis adopts budget with reduction in residential electric rates, no tax increases


Political Notebook: Budd campaign touts boost in voter support after Trump endorsement


Seventh Dragon Boat Festival scheduled July 24


NC rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access


Sgt. Shane Karriker’s funeral procession travels through downtown Salisbury


Blotter: June 14