North Carolina Sports News
Last Update on December 20, 2013 08:37 GMT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton and the Panthers can clinch their first playoff appearance since 2008 by winning either of their final two games.
But the Panthers also know the benefit of winning both.
If the Panthers (10-4) can defeat New Orleans at home Sunday and Atlanta on the road the following week, they would win the NFC South and secure the No. 2 seed, which means a first-round bye and at least one playoff game at home.
Carolina is 6-1 at home.
For now, the team's focus is on the Saints and snapping the five-year playoff drought.
"We're looking at it as, `Why not us,"' Newton says. ". If we do what we have to do, if we win this game, we have our confirmation of being in the playoffs."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jabari Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Duke used a patient offensive attack to beat UCLA 80-63 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Blue Devils (9-2) poked and prodded UCLA's 2-3 zone from the perimeter, making 11 3-pointers in a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Parker went 4 for 8 from long range while going over 20 points for the ninth time in his 11 college games.
Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook both had 14 points for the Blue Devils.
David Wear led the Bruins (9-2) with 16 points and Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He entered the game averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
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ELON, N.C. (AP) -- Ryley Beaumont scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as six Elon players hit double figures in a 126-78 win over Central Pennsylvania Thursday night.
Elon (6-6) shot 59 percent from the field and set a school record for most points scored in a game. The previous record of 124 had stood since 1955.
Sebastian Koch contributed 21 points for the Phoenix, while Lucas Troutman added 16 and nine rebounds. Tanner Samson scored 14 points, Kevin Blake chipped in with 13 and Christian Hairston with 10.
Central Pennsylvania, a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, kept the game close midway through the first half before Elon took control with a 27-13 run to carry a 56-36 advantage into the break. The Phoenix continued to pull away in the second half.
Andres Batte led Central Pennsylvania with 31 points, while Devon Dorsey contributed 18 and Tyree Tucker had 14.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Brandan Stith grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and did not miss a shot on his way to 10 points to lead East Carolina over Virginia Military Institute 103-94 Thursday night.
East Carolina (10-2) won its fourth game in a row and is off to its best start under coach Jeff Lebo.
Stith, East Carolina's leading rebounder, was 4 of 4 from the floor and made both free throw attempts. Stith's tip-in capped a 17-5 run to open the second half and stretch ECU's lead to 66-50.
Caleb White scored 24 points to lead six Pirates in double figures. Prince Williams had perfect shooting from the floor and line for 22 points.
Rodney Glasgow scored a game-high 25 points and had seven assists to lead VMI (6-5). Glasgow's 3-pointer pulled VMI within nine points, 96-87, but with 2:09 remaining. QJ Peterson added 14 points and six assists for the Keydets.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's Juwan Parker had 12 points and teammate Marcus Thornton added 11 on Thursday as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Gardner-Webb 58-49 and recorded their fourth straight victory.
Parker led with a game-high nine rebounds and Thornton finished with seven as the Bulldogs went over the .500 mark for the first time since their season opener.
Gardner-Webb's Naji Hibbert led the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-7) with 14 points and Tyler Strange scored 10 points. Donte' Williams added nine points for Georgia.
Georgia (5-4) held a pair of 10-point leads early in the second half but Gardner-Webb stayed within reach, even moving to within one point (38-37) with 6:32 left to play.
But the Bulldogs went on an 18-11 run in the final five minutes to hold off Gardner-Webb, which lost 85-66 on Monday to No. 8 Duke. Georgia has now won four straight after a four-game losing streak.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Haley Peters scored 17 points to help No. 2 Duke beat Albany 80-51 on Thursday night.
Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils (11-1), who shot 59 percent from the floor in their first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday.
Albany (8-2) led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.
The Blue Devils opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt and scored on their first 10 possessions of the half.
Shereesha Richards scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half for the Great Danes.
Richards, who scored her team's first 14 points, made 10 of 15 shots from the floor in the first half. Her teammates made 1 of 15 during that span.