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April 03, 2017 - 3:31 am

HURRICANES-PENGUINS

Penguins hold on late, edge Hurricanes 3-2.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary scored power-play goals, Scott Wilson picked up his eight of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Sunday.

Matt Murray finished with 33 saves for the Penguins, who moved into second-place in the Metropolitan Division with a week to go in the regular season.

Jeff Skinner collected his 33rd goal of the season for Carolina and Justin Faulk's 17th of the year halfway through the third period gave the Hurricanes momentum but Pittsburgh tightened up in front of Murray to beat Carolina for the seventh straight time.

Eddie Lack made 23 stops for the Hurricanes in his first start since being taken to the hospital with a strained neck last week. The loss inched Carolina closer to missing the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season.

HORNETS-THUNDER

Walker scores 29; Hornets overcome Westbrook's triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 29 points to help Charlotte overcome Russell Westbrook's sixth straight triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-101 Sunday.

Westbrook finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It was Westbrook's 40th triple-double of the season, putting him one behind Oscar Robertson's NBA record of 41, set during the 1961-62 season. It was Westbrook's first career triple-double against Charlotte.

Frank Kaminsky had 18 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 16 for Charlotte, which entered the day in 10th place in the East, two games behind Chicago, Indiana and Miami, who were tied for seventh.

Walker went 6 of 12 from 3-point range. It was the 14th time this season Walker hit five or more 3-pointers in a game.

NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

South Carolina wins 1st national title, beats Miss St 67-55

DALLAS (AP) — A'ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Dawn Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night.

Staley made the Final Four three times as a player at Virginia but never won. She also led the Gamecocks to the national semifinals two years ago before losing to Notre Dame.

The victory in front of a sellout crowd came one day after the Gamecocks men's basketball team lost in the Final Four in Phoenix.

Mississippi State had all the momentum on its side after a shocking win over UConn on Friday night that ended the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs couldn't muster the same effort against their SEC rival. Morgan William, who had become the face of the tournament with the game-winner against the Huskies after a 41-point performance against Baylor, was held to just eight.

FINAL FOUR-TAR HEELS PARTY

Tar Heels students dance around bonfire over NCAA title game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Officials are reminding college basketball fans at the University of North Carolina that bonfires are prohibited on the main street adjoining the campus.

Chapel Hill officials said Sunday two people were injured after about 12,000 people rushed Franklin Street following UNC-Chapel Hill's victory late Saturday in the men's basketball NCAA semifinal game. The party continued into Sunday morning, when regular traffic resumed through downtown Chapel Hill.

The town is stressing ahead of Monday night's national championship game that open fires on the town's commercial street are illegal and dangerous. Police will be on the watch Monday for fans trying to cart combustible materials into downtown Chapel Hill.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

Gonzaga, North Carolina preparing for national title game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gonzaga and North Carolina have turned their attention toward Monday's national championship game.

The teams are holding news conferences and a closed practice at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon after both earned tough wins in the national semifinals the night before.

The Zags beat South Carolina 77-73 in the first game. Then the Tar Heels beat Oregon 77-76 in the nightcap.

Gonzaga (37-1) is in the Final Four for the first time, while North Carolina (32-7) is in the Final Four for a record 20th time. That includes last year's run to the national championship game, where the Tar Heels lost to Villanova on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

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