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WCU, ASU Play to a 4-4 Tie.

Boone, N.C. " Rain showers that peppered Beaver Field / Smith Stadium all afternoon turned into downpours amidst the bottom of the fifth inning prompting officials to call Sunday's Western Carolina " Appalachian State series finale in the top of the sixth after an hour and a half rain delay leaving the teams tied at four.

The rain intensified even more between innings and the umpires called for the tarp before the sixth got underway. The rain never let up and the game was called at 4:52 pm, nearly four hours after the contest's first pitch was thrown. The tie is the first for Appalachian (14-3-1, 2-3-1 SoCon) since 2006 and the first for Western Carolina (13-6-1, 1-4-1 SoCon) since 1996.

Western Carolina returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to UNC Asheville for a 3:00 pm. The game was originally scheduled to be played at McCormick Field, the home of the single-A Tourists, but instead will be held at UNCAs on-campus Greenwood Field.

Brevard falls in NCAA tournament Debut

Augusta, Ga. - Two Jaguars finished with double-doubles and top-seeded Augusta State pulled away from eighth-seeded Brevard in a 91-73 victory over the Tornados in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Southeast Regional at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Augusta State is now 27-3 on the 2009-10 season. Brevard concludes one of its best seasons in school history with a 21-10 record.

Roper was the star for the Tornados in their first ever tournament appearance with the guard scoring a game-high 27 points. Roper shot 50 percent from the field and he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Brevard's Whitson was the final player in double figures. He had 15 points in total to finish out his career as Brevard College's leading scorer with 2,028 points and finishes as the Tornados all-time leading rebounder.

WCU falls in second women's tourney

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Number 8 seed Western Carolina womens basketball (7-23) ended its season on Thursday, with a 57-55 loss to No. 9 seed UNC Greensboro (10-19) Thursday in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament in Bojangles Coliseum.

Trailing by two with eight seconds remaining, senior Jessica Jackson launched a three-pointer for the win, but it went wide and the Spartans ripped down the rebound.

Western Carolina tied the game, 1:13 left, when sophomore guard KailaShea Menendez drove in for a lay-up and was fouled. Down by one point, 55-54, Menendez drained the free throw to tie the game at 55. UNC Greenboro missed a bucket and Western Carolina had a chance to take the lead, with less then 20 seconds, but Caitlin Hollifield missed a field goal and on the ensuing rebound attempt she fouled the Spartan Lakiah Hyson. With 18 seconds remaing, Hyson connected on both free throws to give UNCG the 57-55 lead and eventual win.

UNCA falls in big south semis to coastal

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Kierre Greenwood led five Coastal Carolina players in double figures Chanticleers defeated North Carolina-Asheville 92-73 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Big South Conference tournament. Top-seeded Coastal Carolina (28-5), which moves into the championship game for the first time since the 2005-06 season, will face No. 3 seed Winthrop on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina won its seventh straight game and completed a three-game sweep of UNC-Asheville. Joseph Harris added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 16th double-double of year, while Chad Gray had 16 points for the Chanticleers, Mario Edwards had 13 and Logan Johnson 10.

 The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (15-16), who had won five of their last six games, were led by J.P. Primm with 16 points and Sean Smith with 15. Coastal Carolina led 46-25 at halftime and by as many as 30 before a 17-1 UNC-Asheville run.

Sectional Championship Matchups in prep hoops

Fourteen mountain prep basketball teams in sectional championship games Friday night. Here is the schedule.

2A Boys

Newton-Conover at Smoky Mountain. Pisgah at West Caldwell

1A Boys

Mitchell at Nantahala. Hendersonville at North Wilkes

4A Girls

McDowell at Hopewell. Reynolds at Lake Norman

3A Girls

RS Central at Erwin

2A Girls

Bandys at Pisgah

1A Girls

Avery at Robbinsville. Mitchell at East Wilkes

Second Round Matchups in prep basketball playoffs

Here is the schedule for mountain teams for the second round of the prep basketball playoffs which start on Wednesday.

4A Girls

Watuaga at McDowell. Reynolds at South Caldwell

3A Girls

RS Central at Franklin. St. Stephens at Erwin. North Buncombe at Freedom

2A Girls

Pisgah at Owen.Mountain Heritage at North Surry.

1A Girls

Murphy at Mitchell. Alleghany at Robbinsville. Cherokee at East Wilkes. Avery County at Hiwassee Dam.    

3A Boys

Enka at Freedom. Hibriten at North Buncombe. Burns at Tuscola.

2A Boys

Smoky Mountain at Mountain Heritage.Brevard at West Caldwell. PIsgah at West Stokes. Polk County at Newton-Conover. Salisbury at East Rutherford.

1A Boys

Robbinsville at Hendersonville. Mitchell at Murphy. Avery County at Nantahala.

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