Georgia Southern beats South Carolina State 79-61
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Angel Matias scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Georgia Southern handily defeated South Carolina State 79-61 on Saturday.
Matias was 8 of 12 from the floor to pace the Eagles (5-5). Tre Bussey and Curtis Diamond both added 14 points while Jelani Hewitt chipped in with 13 points. Georgia Southern finished 10 of 23 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc and shot 50 percent overall from the floor.
Adama Adams led South Carolina State (2-7) with 21 points, the only Bulldog to score in double figures.
SCST trailed by just two after an Adams layup with 6:10 left in the first half. But Southern went on a 10-0 run, including 3-pointers by Hewitt and Diamond, to break things open en route to a 12-point halftime lead.
The closest the Bulldogs got in the second half was 11.
Georgia Southern outscored SCST 29-8 on points off turnovers.
Gardner-Webb trumps The Citadel 67-55
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Donta Harper scored 13 points to lead Gardner-Webb past The Citadel 67-55 Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Strange added 11 points for the Runnin' Bulldogs (5-5), while Tyrell Nelson chipped in with 10.
The Citadel (3-8) was led by Brian White with 13 points and C.J. Bray added 11 points. The Citadel shot just 38 percent from the floor, including just 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.
Gardner Webb ran up a 9-point halftime lead while leading as much as 13 in the frame. Harper made an emphatic dunk to open the second half, but The Citadel cut the lead to 40-33 at 15:22 on Bray's jumper. They got as close as four points after a pair of free throws by Tom Koopman at 10:23, but Gardner-Webb used an 18-6 run to blow it open late in the game.
GWU outscored The Citadel 30-24 in the paint.
Arkansas held off late Clemson rally to win 74-68
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Michael Qualls scored 17 points as Arkansas held off a late Clemson rally to win 74-68 Saturday.
Arkansas (6-2) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but the Tigers pulled within 70-66 on a K.J. McDaniels dunk with 29 seconds left. Playing the nation's leading scoring defense, Arkansas made only two field goals in the game's final 10 minutes.
Rashad Madden finished with a season-high 14 points for the Razorbacks.
McDaniels led all scorers with a career-high 27 points for Clemson (7-2).
Clemson used an 11-2 run to pull within 65-60 on a McDaniels 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining. The Tigers twice trailed by four points in the final minute, but couldn't get any closer.
Clemson out-rebounded Arkansas 45-30 and recorded 19 offensive rebounds. The Tigers, who shot 32.8 percent, rarely capitalized, though, finishing with 14 second-chance points.
Arkansas has won 19 straight games at home.
William & Mary edges Wofford 63-60
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Tim Rusthoven scored 17 points and Marcus Thornton 15 as William & Mary edged Wofford 63-60 on Saturday.
The Tribe (5-4) won for the fourth time in five games.
Julian Boatner's basket with 1:25 left gave the Tribe the lead for good at 59-57, and two free throws had them up by four with 35 seconds left.
Wofford's Indiana Faithfull then drove to the basket, scored and was fouled. His free throw cut the lead to 61-60. The Terriers (3-5) pressed and forced a turnover but Jaylen Allen's floater in the lane missed. Kyle Gaillard wrapped up the win with a pair of free throws with a second left.
William & Mary shot 56.1 percent, led by the strong inside game of Rusthoven, who made 5 of 7 shots.
Spencer Collins led the Terriers with 15 points with Allen scoring 13 and Karl Cochran 11. Lee Skinner grabbed 11 rebounds.
Furman rallies to defeat Presbyterian 74-59
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) - Stephen Croone scored 24 points as Furman came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Presbyterian on Saturday night.
Croone, a 6-foot-1 point guard, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and had seven assists. Stephen Wideman added 21 points, 15 on 3-pointers. William Gates Jr. scored 12 points.
Keith Belfield hit two 3-pointers, his only points of the game, to bookend a 16-2 run that put the Paladins ahead 67-54 with 2:05 to go. Croone assisted on three of the 3-pointers during the run while adding a bucket of his own.
Furman shot 54 percent and hit half of its 22 3-point attempts.
Jordan Downing scored 21 points for the Blue Hose (3-8), but only six in the second half. William Truss added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season while Danny Herrera scored 12 points. Reggie Dillard added nine assists.
Ross, Coastal Carolina ice Montana 42-35
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Alex Ross threw for three touchdowns and Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for two touchdowns as Coastal Carolina pushed past the No. 8 seed Montana 42-35 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs on a frigid Saturday.
Coastal Carolina (12-2), which survived minus-5 degrees at kickoff, will play at two-time defending champion North Dakota State (12-0), a 38-7 winner over Furman next weekend.
Ross's three touchdowns came in the first half, including two to Niccolo Mastromatteo as Chanticleers scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to build a 35-14 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies (10-3) opened the second half with a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Johnson to Jamaal Jones. Johnson found Jones again in the fourth quarter for a 72-yard touchdown, to pull within seven, but Coastal Carolina ran out the clock to seal its victory.
Johnson led Montana with 388 yards passing, four touchdowns and had one interception.
Jensen, ND State roll Furman in 2nd half, 38-7
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Brock Jensen threw a touchdown and had a long run for another in the second half as two-time defending national champion North Dakota State pulled away from Furman for a 38-7 win in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday afternoon.
The Bison (12-0) are home against Coastal Carolina, which won at Montana 42-35, next weekend.
NDSU scored three TD's in the third quarter. Sam Ojuri had a short run, Jensen hit Andrew Bonnett for 7 yards and Reese Hannon returned an interception 61 yards to make it 31-7.
Jensen wrapped it up with a 53-yard scoring run.
The Paladins (8-6) hung with the Bison early. After Jensen opened the scoring with a 52-yard TD pass to Zach Vraa, Furman answered with a 75-yard drive, capped by Marcus Anderson's 1-yard. run. NDSU got a 37-yard FG on the final play of the first half to lead 10-7.
High school assistant arrested on way to game
WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for the Fairfield Central High School football team has been arrested on his way to the school's state championship game.
State troopers said 36-year-old David Toney was charged with simple possession of marijuana after the drugs were found on his car when he was stopped for speeding on state Highway 34 around 6 p.m. Friday.
Fairfield Central would go on to lose 41-3 to Dillon High School in the Class 2A Division I title game.
Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis says assistants sometimes drive to games because there isn't enough room on the bus. He didn't want to talk about the arrest.
Toney has coached at the school for three years. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.
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