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Monday, December 21, 2009

Eagles play well but lose at Ball State

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:57 PM

N.C. Central was respectable on the road, but once again the Eagles came up short. Malik Perry had 17 points while Jarrod Jones chipped in 16 points with 10 rebounds for Ball State, which topped the visiting Eagles 59-45. Dijon Manns (pictured) led the Eagles (2-10) with 13 points, followed by C.J. Wilkerson with 11 and Nick Chasten 10. Terrence Watson added 12 points for Ball State....

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Duke blows away host Black Bears; McCallie banner raised to rafters

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Bridgette Mitchell and Karima Christmas each scored 16 points as No. 8 Duke rolled to a 75-34 women's basketball victory at Maine. The win came on a night that Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie (pictured), who began her head coaching career at Maine in 1992, was honored with a banner bearing her name raised to the rafters of Alfond Arena. McCallie is the first former Maine coach so honored. Joy Cheek added 14 points for the 9-2 Blue Devils, who led 37-20 at halftime. Brittany Williams came off the bench to lead Maine with seven points....

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UNC's DeGraffenreid ACC women's POW

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:25 PM

UNC's Cetera DeGraffenreid was named ACC women's basketball player of the week, while Maryland's Tianna Hawkins was rookie of the week for games ending Sunday. Junior guard DeGraffenreid (pictured) had one of the better games of her career, with a career-high 26 points as well as 10 assists to tie her career high in that department in a 93-85 win over South Carolina in Myrtle Beach on Sunday. DeGraffenreid, who helped the Tar Heels overcome a six-point second-half deficit, committed only three turnovers in 37 minutes in the victory....

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Rangers' Lundqvist frustrates 'Canes in 3-1 loss

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> The Hurricanes pelted New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with 33 shots Monday night but only wound up with one second period tally to show for it. The ‘Canes’ three-game home winning streak ended and the Rangers won their third in a row. The packed pre-Christmas crowd, something that hasn’t been the norm this season, added a level of intensity that hadn’t quite been there through 18 home games. Adding to that was the sea of blue jerseys, as Yankee transplants took the chance to come see their old team in action....

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McCallie takes heavily favored Blue Devils home to Maine

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 12:52 AM

Coach Joanne P. McCallie (pictured) is taking her Duke women's basketball team to Maine, where she starred as a high schooler and then began her career as a head coach, and the Blue Devils will again be heavily favored. The No. 7 Blue Devils (8-2) had no trouble with the Black Bears (2-6) last season in a 98-31 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Maine would be taking a big step forward if tonight's 7 p.m. contest is competitive. The Black Bears are coached by Cindy Blodgett, who starred for the current Duke coach during McCallie's eight-year tenure at Maine...

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Eagles again look for an upset when they travel to Ball State

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 12:15 AM

N.C. Central completes its two-game trip to Indiana tonight at 7, when the Eagles visit Ball State in the schools' first meeting. The Eagles (2-9), who fell 81-58 on Saturday night at Indiana, are still looking for first-year coach LeVelle Moton's first win over a Division I opponent. C.J. Wilkerson leads the Eagles in scoring, while Michael Glasker (pictured) is the assist leader. Following tonight's contest, the Eagles will be off until a Dec. 29 road date with High Point....

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eagles get their first victory; Tar Heels rally late to knock off Gamecocks

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 11:50 PM

N.C. Central finally got a win in women's basketball, while No. 9 UNC had to come back to beat South Carolina on a day when both of those teams were playing on neutral courts. Freshman Joanna Miller (pictured) led NCCU (1-9) with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team while three teammates were in double figures as the Eagles topped Houston Baptist 75-60 in the consolation game of the USF Shootout. In the nightcap, East Carolina won the title with a 63-60 victory over host South Florida. Meanwhile, Cetera DeGraffenreid scored a career-high 26 points and added 10...

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Heels get done in Dallas, fall to Longhorns 103-90

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Longhorns basketball team outmuscled and generally beat up North Carolina 103-90 on Saturday. The first basketball game held at the enormous new Dallas Cowboys football stadium, the Horns and Heels tipped off for a nationally televised game in which two things were confirmed: Texas is a potential national title contender, and, this year, North Carolina probably is not. The Heels simply didn’t have any answers for Texas center Dexter Pittman — all 6-feet-10, 290 pounds of him. Pittman bullied the tall-but-skinny Heels inside for 23 points and 15 rebounds. By far, the...

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UNC-S. Carolina game headlines women's hoops event in Myrtle Beach

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 2:00 AM

UNC plays for state-line bragging rights today in the Tar Heels' annual visit to Myrtle Beach. The No. 9 Heels will take on South Carolina (6-3) at around 3 p.m. in the middle game of the Carolinas Challenge tripleheader at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. All six teams in the event have winning records. Francis Marion (8-0) will face Bluefield (8-4) at 1 p.m., with Coastal Carolina (7-3) facing Savannah State (8-5) in the nightcap that is supposed to start at 5 p.m. Right. UNC has played at least one game in Myrtle Beach each year since 1994 under Coach...

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Indiana blows past NCCU after halftime

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 1:52 AM

N.C. Central hung on for quite a while at Indiana on Saturday night, but the Hoosiers were just too strong in the second half. Freshman Maurice Creek had 29 points including five 3-pointers, leading Indiana to an 81-58 win over the Eagles. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) had 22 points to lead NCCU (2-9), which trailed just 36-33 at halftime. Dwayne Sims chipped in 11 points for the Eagles, while Michael Glasker had 10 assists. Christian Watford added 11 points for Indiana. The Eagles will stay in the Hoosier State for a visit to Ball State on Monday night....

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

'Canes finish home-and-home against Panthers with 3-2 win

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/RALEIGH – After yesterday’s winter weather headfake, 12,700 fans filled into the RBC Center to see some snow that hadn’t been washed away yet. What they saw was a game in which Carolina built a 3-0 lead through two periods and held on during a late scare for a 3-2 win. Don’t look for blowouts from this Carolina team this season. It’s become a comical trend this season – the ‘Canes jump out to a large lead and can never hold onto it, allowing their opponents to get within one...

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Wolfpack rallies after halftime to hold off pesky Winthrop

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 8:34 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State plays its final home game before its Christmas break, and the Wolfpack is in need of a win to keep its momentum headed in the right direction. It's a "guarantee" game against Big South member Winthrop, and the Wolfpack (6-4) - which hasn't lost to anybody by more than six points - will be favored. State has one brand-new player in freshman post Kelsie Lliteras, who took care of some academic concerns in the first semester at Durham Tech and is now ready to go. She's from Nebraska like freshman guard Marissa Kastanek, and they have...

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NCCU falls hard at South Florida

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 8:23 PM

N.C. Central is headed to the consolation game. Freshman Joanna Miller (pictured) led all scorers with 18 points, but that was nearly half her team's total as the Eagles fell to host South Florida 79-37 in the USF Shootout. Melissa Dalembert led the Bulls with a big double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Sequoyah Griffin also had 16 points. The win put the Bulls into Sunday's 2 p.m. title game against East Carolina, which walloped Houston Baptist 103-59 in the nightcap. NCCU (0-9) will look for its first win of the season in Sunday's noon consolation game against...

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Women's roundup: Wolfpack home favorite, NCCU underdog on road

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 1:30 AM

N.C. State will be favored in its final home game before Christmas this afternoon, while N.C. Central faces a big challenge on the road. Kellie Harper's Wolfpack (6-4) will host Winthrop at 5 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum, while Joli Robinson's Eagles will look for their first win of the season against South Florida in the USF Shootout. Freshman Marissa Kastanek (pictured) and Bonae Holston are the Wolfpack's leading scorers. South Florida won the WNIT last season. The Eagles will play the home team in the opener of the tournament at 4 p.m., followed by the other first-round game between East...

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Duke gets a quick start, big game from Cheek to hold off Evans, Dukes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:59 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke hits its home court on a nasty December evening, getting a bit more of a challenge than was apparent when the schedule was released. Tonight's opponent is James Madison, which comes in ranked No. 24 with a 7-0 record and two wins over ACC teams. The No. 7 Blue Devils are looking to bounce back from a tough go at No. 2 Stanford three nights earlier. JMU has one bona fide superstar in guard Dawn Evans, who comes in averaging 26.5 points per game including a 38-point performance in a two-point road victory over Virginia....

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Eagles try for big upset at Indiana

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 9:30 PM

N.C. Central will look for a huge upset Saturday night in men's basketball. The Eagles (2-8), will continue to seek their first win against a Division I team for first-year coach LeVelle Moton when they visit Indiana (4-5) at Assembly Hall. The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network, the Eagles' second appearance on that channel this season. NCCU lost 73-63 at Iowa on Nov. 28. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) is the leading scorer and rebounder for NCCU, which will not have junior wing Vincent Davis for the second straight game because of a personal leave of absence. Bawa...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Duke hosts surprising Dukes in Top 25 women's hoops battle at Cameron

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 9:49 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Joanne P. McCallie said that when she was making this season's schedule for her Duke women's basketball team, she expected James Madison to be pretty good. Just maybe not this good. The No. 7 Blue Devils (7-2) will be playing their fourth nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Friday night at 7, when the No. 24 Dukes (7-0) visit Cameron Indoor Stadium. JMU is 2-0 against the ACC this season, having beaten Virginia Tech 66-59 at home and No. 14 Virginia 75-73 on the road. Duke has won 19 straight home games and 33 straight December home...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Turnover-prone NCCU loses a tough one to some other Eagles

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:41 PM

McLENDON-McDOUGALD GYM/DURHAM It's a much bigger game for N.C. Central tonight than the fans seem to think. The Eagles are taking on another set of Eagles from Florida Gulf Coast University, which is also in a transition status into full membership in NCAA Division I. If NCCU can win tonight, it's the first win over a Division I team for first-year head coach LeVelle Moton. FGCU (2-6) is coming off a big victory, having won 86-82 at Atlantic Sun foe South Carolina-Upstate on Monday night to break a road losing streak of 24 games. NCCU (2-7) also won its last...

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Miller's 25 not enough as Eagles' comeback at UNCG falls short

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:37 PM

The second half of N.C. Central's game at UNC Greensboro was pretty good for the Eagles. The first, not so much. Freshman Joanna Miller (pictured) had a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds, but the Eagles couldn't recover from a 20-point halftime deficit and came up short in a 70-57 loss to the Spartans. Lakiah Hyson and Amy Clapper had 11 points each for UNCG (3-6), which also got 10 from Brey Dorsett. J'Mia Pollock was the only other double-figure scorer for the Eagles (0-8) with 10 points....

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Ruutu gets first career hat trick, 'Canes roll to 5-3 win over Dallas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - No dejected one-liners, no sorry statistics. The ‘Canes got almost a complete effort night and downed the Dallas Stars, 5-3, Wednesday for their eighth win of the season. Carolina put on a show for its home crowd again and got its second consecutive hat trick on home ice (the last was Erik Cole's against Vancouver last Saturday) thanks to Tuomo Ruutu’s first career hatter and a three-goal night from the power play. White rally towels were given out to fans before the game so it looked more like a...

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Duke inks standout Juco tight end

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Junior college tight end Cooper Helfet has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for Duke. The 6-4, 235-pounder from Santa Rosa (Calif.) J.C. is scheduled to enroll next month and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Helfet attended Johns Hopkins University on a lacrosse scholarship in the fall of 2007, then played the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Santa Rosa. As a freshman, he helped Santa Rosa to an 8-3 record with 28 catches for 382 yards. Last season, he had 40 catches for 657 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bear Cubs went 5-5....

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Duke's Vernon a freshman All-American

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Duke wideout Conner Vernon has been selected to the Freshman All-America team by The Sporting News. Vernon, who established Duke single-season records for pass receptions (55), receiving yards (746) and 100-yard receiving games (3) by a freshman, also finished with 1,041 all-purpose yards. Vernon is one of five ACC players on that Sporting News team, joined by Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Clemson safety Rashard Hall and Florida State punt returner Greg Reid. He is also one of seven Triangle-area players on the magazine's freshman All-ACC squad. Joining Vernon were Duke teammates Brian Moore...

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First-half deficit proves to be too much as Duke falls at Stanford

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:50 AM

The mountain was just too high for Duke to climb Tuesday night. Kayla Pedersen had 22 points and eight rebounds for No. 2 Stanford, as the Cardinal stretched its winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 34 games with a 71-55 win over the No. 7 Blue Devils. Karima Christmas (pictured) led the way with 16 points and Jasmine Thomas added 14 for Duke (7-2) which had defeated Stanford 56-52 in Durham last season. Nnemkadi Ogwumike chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinal (8-0), which built a 17-point first-half lead that the Blue Devils were unable to erase....

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Moton still seeking first Division I win as both NCCU teams play tonight

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 12:01 AM

With final exams in their rear-view mirror, both of N.C. Central's basketball teams hit the hardwood again tonight. LeVelle Moton's men's team is at home at McLendon-McDougald Gym against Florida Gulf Coast, another team still in its transition period to full membership in NCAA Division I. Both teams are nicknamed Eagles. NCCU is 2-0 at home this season, but Moton (pictured) will be looking for his first victory against a Division I opponent. Joli Robinson's women's club has a little tougher assignment at UNC Greensboro. The Eagles are still looking for their first victory of the season....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Duke defensive tackle Oghobaase named third-team All-American

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Duke defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase is an All-American. The 6-5, 305-pound senior has been named to the third team announced today by The Sporting News. Oghobaase (pictured) is the 59th Duke football player to be selected to an All-America squad. Oghobaase started eight games this season, missing the other four with injuries, and among his 37 tackles were 7 ½ for losses including 2 ½ sacks. He finished his Duke career with 165 tackles, 36 ½ tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He was one of seven ACC players honored by the magazine. Clemson kick returner C.J. Spiller was the...

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