Heat win again, rallying to beat Hornets 108-101
MIAMI (AP) -- Dion Waiters scored 24 points, Goran Dragic added 22 points and 10 assists, and the Miami Heat moved within a half-game of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by beating the Charlotte Hornets 108-101 on Wednesday night.
Luke Babbitt scored 12 points, Hassan Whiteside had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and James Johnson added 10 points for Miami, which is 20-4 in its last 24 games -- the NBA's best record in that span.
Miami outscored Charlotte 27-15 in the final quarter.
Kemba Walker scored 33 points for Charlotte, which got 16 from Nicolas Batum, 14 from Marvin Williams and 12 from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Heat made 17 3-pointers, outscoring Charlotte 51-21 from beyond the arc.
Kennard comes through late for No. 14 Duke against Clemson
NEW YORK (AP) -- Luke Kennard made two clutch jumpers in the final 2:04 to help No. 14 Duke thwart a rally by Clemson and advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a 79-72 victory Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Blue Devils (24-8) play fourth-seeded and No. 8 Louisville on Thursday at Barclays Center.
Kennard took a while to find his shot but finished with 20 points. Freshmen Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson each scored 20 and picked up the slack while Kennard was cold.
Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson (17-15) with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Duke built a 13-point lead midway through the second half but could not put away Clemson. Marcquise Reed converted a 3-point play with 2:51 left in the game to cut Duke's lead to 69-68 and get the small contingent of Tigers fans pumped up.
Kennard answered with a jumper to push the lead back to three. He dropped in a fall-away from the baseline with 1:14 left to up the lead to 75-70.
ACC-WAKE FOREST-VIRGINIA TECH
LeDay lifts Va Tech over Wake Forest 99-90 at ACC tourney
NEW YORK (AP) -- Zach LeDay had a career-high 31 points to go with 15 rebounds as Virginia Tech stopped Wake Forest's late-season charge with a 99-90 victory Wednesday night.
Seth Allen scored 18 points and Justin Bibbs had 15 for the seventh-seeded Hokies (22-9), who took over in the second half after a slow start. They will play second-seeded and 16th-ranked Florida State in the quarterfinals Thursday night.
Bryant Crawford had 21 points for No. 10 seed Wake Forest (19-13), which had won four straight in a desperate drive for its first NCAA Tournament trip since 2010.
John Collins, runner-up for ACC player of the year, added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest before fouling out with 1:06 to play.
Wake Forest won 89-84 at Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale for both teams last Saturday, a huge victory for the Demon Deacons in their postseason push.
UAB edges Charlotte on Lee's dunk with 6 seconds left
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- William "HaHa" Lee dunked a teammate's airball with six seconds remaining to give seventh-seeded UAB a 74-73 victory over No. 10 seed Charlotte on Wednesday night in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.
Andrien White hit a baseline 3-pointer following a steal by Jon Davis with 12 seconds left to give Charlotte (13-17) the lead. Hakeem Baxter airballed a contested floater which Davis jammed through the hoop. White then had a good look at a 3-pointer but it went off the rim.
UAB takes on second-seeded Louisiana Tech in a Thursday quarterfinal.
Lee finished with 19 points, Chris Cokley 18 points and 13 rebounds and Dirk Williams 16 points for the Blazers (17-15).
Davis scored 25 points with 10 assists and four steals for Charlotte. White made 5 of 7 3-point attempts and finished with 24 points.
UAB had the game's largest lead at nine points.
Troy routs Appalachian St. 84-64 in Sun Belt tourney opener
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Wesley Person scored 29 points and Troy rolled to an 84-64 victory over Appalachian State on Wednesday night in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
No. 6 seed Troy (19-14) plays third-seeded Georgia Southern in a Thursday quarterfinal. No. 11 seed Appalachian State (9-21) lost five of its last six.
Person was 8 of 13 from the field and made five 3-pointers. Jordon Varnado added 17 points and Jeremy Hollimon chipped in 16 for the Trojans, who shot 57 percent from the floor and 8 of 16 from 3-point range.
Shabazz Ronshad scored 22 points to lead the Mountaineers.
Troy had a seven-point halftime lead and Appalachian State pulled to 47-40 with 15:38 to play. The Trojans answered with an 11-6 surge and had a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Top-seeded North Carolina Central cruises into MEAC semis
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Dajuan Graf scored 18 points with nine assists, Patrick Cole had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and top-seeded North Carolina Central beat No. 9 seed Bethune-Cookman 95-60 on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
NCCU has been the No. 1 seed in three of the last four seasons -- with one tournament championship.
NCCU led 50-32 at halftime after shooting 54.1 percent and the Eagles finished 34-of-63 (54 percent) from the floor. Cole, the MEAC player of the year, was just 6 of 18, including 0 of 5 from distance.
Rashaun Madison hit five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, Del'vin Dickerson scored 13 and Kyle Benton 10 for NC Central (23-8). The Eagles had their second-longest winning streak in program history (13 games) snapped after closing the regular season with two straight losses.
Quinton Forrest and Reggie Baker each scored 13 points for Bethune-Cookman (10-22).
HALL OF FAME
Duncan, Stockton headline college hoops Hall of Fame class
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Wake Forest star Tim Duncan, Gonzaga's John Stockton and Duke standout Jay Williams headline the seven-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.
The 12th induction class was announced Wednesday.
Also entering the Hall of Fame are Winston-Salem State's Cleo Hill, Indiana's Scott May, Purdue star Rick Mount, Creighton's Paul Silas and Bo Ryan, who coached Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville.
Duncan led the Demon Deacons to four NCAA Tournaments before becoming a star for the San Antonio Spurs, while Stockton likewise became an NBA star with the Utah Jazz after his four-year career.
Williams led the Blue Devils to the 2001 national championship.
The induction ceremony, held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Classic, is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Allmendinger crew chief suspended 3 races and fined $65,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has fined three teams for penalties tied to last weekend's races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and hardest hit was AJ Allmendinger for loose lug nuts on his car.
NASCAR docked Allmendinger 35 points, and crew chief Randall Burnett was suspended three races. Burnett was also fined $65,000 after NASCAR found three loose lug nuts on Allmendinger's car.
The penalty dropped Allmendinger from 11th into a tie for 34th in the standings. JTG Daugherty Racing competition director Ernie Cope will replace Burnett during the suspension.
Also penalized was Joe Gibbs Racing because Kyle Busch's winning car was too low after the Xfinity Series race. Crew chief Scott Graves was fined $10,000 and suspended one race. JGR was docked 10 Xfinity Series owner points.
In the truck series, Chase Elliott's entry failed post-race inspection and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz was fined $5,000 and suspended for one race.
Panthers re-sign running back Fozzy Whittaker to 2-year deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have re-signed running back running back Fozzy Whittaker to a two-year contract as Carolina continued to retain potential free agents.
Financial terms of the new deal were not announced Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Whittaker served as Jonathan Stewart's backup last season in Carolina and rushed for 265 yards and averaged a team-high 4.6 yards per carry. He caught 25 passes for 226 yards.
He also served on special teams, returning 12 kickoffs for 275 yards.
Whittaker joined the Panthers in 2014 and has played in 55 games with four starts. He's rushed for 597 yards on 142 carries with two touchdowns and has 505 yards receiving on 63 catches with three touchdowns since his arrival.
The Panthers already have re-signed several players, including defensive linemen Charles Johnson, Mario Addison and Wes Horton; and wide receiver Brenton Bersin.
HULA BOWL-NORTH CAROLINA
Report: Hula Bowl revival in NC unlikely to happen
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It doesn't appear the Hula Bowl will be revived in North Carolina after all.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports correspondence obtained through a public-records request shows the college football all-star game is unlikely to come to Raleigh. The newspaper said the drive to bring the game last played in 2008 to North Carolina State's Carter-Finley Stadium was tied to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election bid.
McCrory touted the game after the state lost the NBA all-star game as well as NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events following passage of legislation limiting protections for the LGBT community. McCrory lost the November election to Roy Cooper.
Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said North Carolina State has had no additional communication regarding the Hula Bowl and doesn't anticipate hosting it.