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April 01, 2017 - 3:31 am

NUGGETS-HORNETS

Hornets make 17 3-pointers in 122-114 win over Nuggets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker had 31 points, and the Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky took over in the fourth quarter as the Charlotte Hornets preserved their slim playoff hopes with a 122-114 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

The Hornets shot 17 for 26 on 3-pointers, including 7 for 12 in the fourth quarter.

Charlotte trailed by eight entering the fourth, but scored 12 straight points to take control. Walker ignited the run with a long 3-pointer and then scored on a drive and drew a foul. Kaminsky, who had 22 points, and Belinelli each had three 3s in the fourth quarter as Charlotte outscored Denver 36-20.

Both teams entered the game on the outside of the playoff bubble. Charlotte was 2 1/2 games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Nuggets were 1 1/2 out of the eighth spot in the West.

Nikola Jokic led Denver with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

FINAL FOUR-STANFORD-SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina women beat Stanford 62-53 in Final Four

DALLAS (AP) — Allisha Gray scored 18 points, A'ja Wilson had a double-double and South Carolina is going to its first national championship game after beating Stanford 62-53 Friday night in the women's national semifinals.

Wilson had 13 points and 19 rebounds for the Gamecocks (32-4), who lost in the semifinal of their only other Final Four appearance two years ago. They went ahead to stay with 13 straight points in the third quarter.

Stanford (32-6) took a big hit when senior guard Karlie Samuelson sprained her right ankle with about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime after the Cardinal had taken an eight-point lead with a 13-1 run.

South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who played for Tara VanDerveer on the U.S. women's team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal, won as a coach against the Stanford coach for the first time in six tries.

Staley also made three consecutive Final Four appearances as a player for Virginia from 1990-92. Two of those included semifinal losses to VanDerveer and the Cardinal on way to their only national titles.

The victory kept up a big run by the South Carolina basketball teams. The men's team takes on Gonzaga in the Final Four on Saturday.

CBI-COASTAL CAROLINA-WYOMING

Dalton's 19 leads Wyoming to CBI title 83-59 over C Carolina

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Hayden Dalton scored 19 points with 11 rebounds and Justin James added 17 points to carry Wyoming to an 83-59 win over Coastal Carolina to claim the CBI championship on Friday.

Dalton sank 5 of 9 from long range in notching his 12th double-double of the season. Wyoming (23-15) won the last two games — at home — by routs in the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational finals series after dropping the opener by 10 on the road.

It was Wyoming's first national title since the 1943 NCAA championship.

Coastal Carolina (20-19) was led by Demario Beck with 17 points, while Jaylen Shaw had 10.

The Chanticleers, who never led, closed within 44-34 after a 3-pointer by Joseph Williams-Powell from the top of the key with 15:37 to play. But James' layup and a trey by Dalton ignited an 18-7 roll that left the Cowboys ahead 62-41.

The Chanticleers never got closer than 18 after that, and the lead eventually reached 81-51 late.

LGBT RIGHTS-ACC

ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to start holding events again in North Carolina after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement Friday, the league said its Council of Presidents has voted to again consider North Carolina sites to host events.

In September, the ACC pulled 10 neutral-site championships for the 2016 to 2017 season due to the law, including moving the football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando.

The league had made it clear that it would consider moving events already awarded to North Carolina for the 2017-18 season if there wasn't a change in the law.

Now the football title game will return to Charlotte in December while the women's basketball tournament will return to Greensboro after a one-year stop in South Carolina.

PERFECT FINAL FOUR BRACKET

Perfect pick: North Carolina seventh-grader nails Final Four

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Although many college basketball fans ripped up their NCAA Tournament brackets days ago, a North Carolina middle school student may consider having hers framed.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Sasha Anderson, a seventh-grader at Mountain Island Lake Academy in northwest Charlotte, correctly picked North Carolina, South Carolina, Gonzaga and Oregon to make this weekend's Final Four.

Key to her success was taking South Carolina to beat Duke in the second round, a pick Sasha said she made because her mother went to the school.

As for the championship Monday, Sasha picked North Carolina to beat Gonzaga.

Sasha's bracket was part of a competition designed by her math teacher, Denzelle Lawson. He uses the tournament as an opportunity to encourage his students to learn about colleges across the country.

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