Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sports

UNC routs N.C. State

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds as No. 7 North Carolina beat N.C. State 74-55 Thursday night

Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 ACC), who have beaten their longtime rival 11 straight times.

While N.C. State (15-6, 4-2) was off to its best start in the conference in six years under new coach Mark Gottfried, the Tar Heels made this game look like almost every other in the five years since the Wolfpack last beat them.

North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 in the second half.

Scott Wood scored 11 to lead the Wolfpack, which had its worst scoring total of the season and shot 37 percent.

Asked about being winless against UNC, Wood paused four seconds and responded curtly: "I don't know. Has your wife ever cheated on you? That's probably about how frustrating it is."

It was North Carolina's first game since losing starting guard Dexter Strickland, its best perimeter defender, to a season-ending knee injury last week. Bullock started for him and hit 4 of 9 shots, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and finished with five rebounds and three assists.

"I had to pick up my intensity of play, defend, rebound," Bullock said. "It's just basically how I play coming off the bench. I just had to start off like that for 40 minutes of the game."

Harrison Barnes added 15 points for the Tar Heels, and Zeller and former Sickles High standout John Henson played strong inside defense.

No. 25 Wis. 57, No. 16 IU 50: Ben Brust scored 13 and Jared Berggren had a career-high five blocks for the Badgers (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who defeated the Hoosiers (16-5, 4-5) for the ninth straight time. Indiana has lost four of five.

No. 19 Virginia 66, BC 49: Mike Scott scored 18 and the host Cavaliers (16-3, 3-2 ACC) went on a 22-3 run in the second half.

Women

No. 1 Baylor 89, Okla. 58: Brittney Griner had 18 points and seven blocks and the visiting Bears (20-0, 7-0 Big 12) ran away in the second half. Leading by 32, Griner asked coach Kim Mulkey to let her shoot a 3. Mulkey called timeout with 3:14 left and put her front-liners in, and Griner hit her first 3 of the season.

No. 6 Kentucky 66, Auburn 48: A'dia Mathies scored 20 and the visiting Wildcats (19-2, 8-0 SEC) forced 30 turnovers to move within two wins of matching the school's best start, in 1982-83.

No. 7 Tennessee 86, 'bama 56: Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 for the visiting Vols (15-5, 6-1 SEC).

Va. Tech 75, no. 8 Md. 69: Monet Tellier tied a career high with 31 points and led a late charge for the visiting Hokies (7-14, 3-5 ACC). The Terrapins (18-3, 5-3) were without leading scorer Alyssa Thomas (sprained left thumb suffered in practice).

No. 9 Ohio St. 73, Indiana 55: Tayler Hill, the Big Ten's leading scorer, hit all 18 of her points in the second half for the visiting Buckeyes (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten).

No. 10 Miami 64, Wake 39: Stefanie Yderstrom and Riquna Williams scored 14 each as the Hurricanes (18-3, 7-1 ACC) cruised to a 36th consecutive home win.

No. 12 Wis.-Green Bay 60, Butler 36: Julie Wojta scored 13 of her 15 in the first half for the visiting Phoenix (18-0, 7-0 Horizon).

No. 13 Purdue 80, N'western 70: Courtney Moses scored a career-high 29 and KK Houser added 21 for the visiting Boilermakers (18-3, 8-0 Big Ten).

No. 15 del. 84, hofstra 66: Elena Delle Donne had 41 points and 15 rebounds as the host Blue Hens (17-1, 8-0 Colonial) won a matchup of the top two teams in the conference.

Vandy 68, No. 17 Georgia 48: Christina Foggie scored a career-high 34, hitting seven 3-pointers, as the host Commodores beat the foul-plagued Bulldogs (16-5, 5-3 SEC).

No. 18 Penn St. 77, Mich. 56: Maggie Lucas had 23 points and eight rebounds as the visiting Lions (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) won their fifth straight.

No. 19 Nebraska 60, Iowa 53: Jordan Hooper recorded her Big Ten-leading ninth double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Cornhuskers (17-3, 6-2) held off a late rally.

No. 22 Gonzaga 79, Loyola Marymount 61: Reserve Stephanie Golden scored a career high 15 for the Bulldogs (18-3, 7-1 West Coast Conference).

Bowling green: Coach Curt Miller will miss at least Saturday's game at Central Michigan after doctors determined he suffered a mild stroke late in a game Sunday. Associate head coach Jennifer Roos will fill in.

Comments
Lightning-Devils: How the NHL’s top offense went on the defensive

Lightning-Devils: How the NHL’s top offense went on the defensive

TAMPA — It was a couple of days after the Lightning beat the Bruins at home late in the regular season when associate coach Rick Bowness talked about how the defensive effort used in that shutout victory was the one the Lightning would need in ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev’s playing like a seasoned pro

Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev’s playing like a seasoned pro

TAMPA — Pardon Mikhail Sergachev if he isn't so good at one of hockey's greatest traditions. After all, growing a Stanley Cup playoff beard isn't easy when you're still just a teenager.As he stood in the Lightning locker room Saturday evening w...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bay’s clinching 3-1 victory in Game 3

Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bay’s clinching 3-1 victory in Game 3

TAMPA — Closers.That's what the Lightning looked like as it closed out the New Jersey Devils in five games with a 3-1 win Saturday.Nikita Kucherov's star power blazed again, the defense controlled the game and not even Jersey goaltend...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Roger Mooney’s takeaways from the Lightning’s first-round series

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from the Lightning’s first-round series

TAMPA — In the postseason, teams want to bank days off so they are as fresh as can be for the next round. That's why it was so important for the Lightning to close out Jersey in five. The fewer the games, the less wear and tear on the body, les...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning stays patient, even through 0-for-5 power-play drought

Lightning stays patient, even through 0-for-5 power-play drought

TAMPA — The Lightning so dominated the second period Saturday that the Devils had more penalties (five) than shots on goal (four), and yet Tampa Bay was unable to build on a 1-0 lead as they sought to clinch the opening-round series.Nowhere was...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Nikita Kucherov’s goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

Nikita Kucherov’s goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

TAMPA — After clinging to a 1-0 lead for more than two periods Saturday, the Lightning got a long-awaited cushion — and ultimately the winning goal — when Nikita Kucherov scored with 7:33 left in the final period of a 3-1 victo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning wins 3-1, advances to the semifinals

Lightning wins 3-1, advances to the semifinals

TAMPA — The Lightning closed out its quarterfinal series against the Devils with a suffocating defensive effort.The Devils finally solved Andrei Vasilevskiy in the waning moments with goalie Cory Schneider on the bench and the Devils skati...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Game 5, Lightning wins 3-1 over the Devils advancing to the semifinals

Game 5, Lightning wins 3-1 over the Devils advancing to the semifinals

Tampa Bay Lightning fan Atlas Hamid, 3, of Treasure Island, joins his parents in Thunder Alley before the start of Saturdays 4/21/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

TAMPA — Shaquem Griffin wakes up knowing each day will be better than the last and barely able to wait until tomorrow."It's just a whirlwind,'' Griffin said.On Thursday, he will walk the red carpet with his family, including his twin brother, S...
Updated: 3 hours ago