Top 2012 picks Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis out 4-6 weeks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist became the latest former Kentucky star to be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand.
The Bobcats announced Wednesday that Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during Tuesday night's game at Dallas.
Strangely enough, Kidd-Gilchrist's former college teammate and friend Anthony Davis, who was picked No. 1 last year, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. The Pelicans power forward was injured Sunday night against the Knicks.
As freshmen they helped Kentucky win a national title in 2012 before turning pro.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game and shooting 50 percent from the field.
Panthers 'D' looks to limit big plays vs. Saints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play this season.
He saves apparently his team likes "to bite on the double moves."
The Panthers have allowed the fewest points in the NFL, but the secondary has been susceptible to big plays the last two weeks. Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson beat Drayton Florence for a 60-yard gain Sunday. Mike Wallace beat Captain Munnerlyn for 53 and 57 yards the week before that in Miami.
Rivera says, "We just need to be a little bit more disciplined."
Carolina's secondary faces its toughest test of the season Sunday night when it faces Drew Brees and the league's No. 3 passing attack with sole possession of first place in the NFC South on the line.
South Carolina QB Shaw to play in all-star game
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game next month.
Shaw said via Instagram that he accepted an invitation to the game that will be played January 18th in Los Angeles. Shaw is a senior who is the Gamecocks all-time leader in victories with a 26-5 mark as starting quarterback. That includes a 17-0 mark at home, where Shaw wrapped up his career at Williams-Brice Stadium with a 31-17 victory over rival Clemson.
Shaw has thrown for 2,135 yards and 21 touchdowns with just one interception this season. He's also rushed for 511 yards and five TDs.
Shaw said in his posting on the social networking site he was grateful for the opportunity to play in front of NFL scouts.
W CAROLINA-COASTAL CAROLINA
Coastal Carolina surges past W. Carolina 76-68
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Elijah Wilson shot 11-of-15 from the field, scoring 23 points, and Josh Cameron added 17 as the two led a late run to help Coastal Carolina to a 76-68 win over Western Carolina on Wednesday night.
After Western Carolina took a 61-60 lead with 5:06 remaining - its first lead since the game's opening minutes - Wilson and Cameron combined to score the game's next nine points to give Coastal Carolina (3-5) a 69-61 advantage with two minutes to play. The Chanticleers then made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
Despite going just 3-of-19 on 3-pointers, Coastal Carolina shot 19-of-23 from the free throw line, including 10-of-11 from Cameron. Western Carolina (5-6) made just 14 of 25 free throws.
Michael Enanga led the Chanticleers with 10 rebounds and added 10 points.
Brandon Boggs scored 12 for Western Carolina.
Navy fends off The Citadel 79-74
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Tilman Dunbar scored a career-high 28 points, including four of six free throws in the final 34 seconds, as Navy held off a late surge from The Citadel 79-74.
Dunbar, averaging 10 points per game, went off for 7 of 12 from the field, 14 of 17 from the free throw line and had eight rebounds - all career highs - as Navy (5-3) won its third-straight and fifth in the last six games.
Citadel had jumped ahead early until Navy's Word Smith scored four straight baskets (wrapped around one by Dunbar) to put the Midshipmen ahead 10-4 in less than two minutes. Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half.
The Bulldogs (3-7) closed to within four points late when Marshall Harris III (season-high 19 points, all after halftime) hit three free throws and layup to get to 76-72 with 18 seconds left.
Wofford edges past Gardner-Webb 65-62.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) - Spencer Collins scored 14 points and shot 6 for 9 from the field to edge Wofford past Gardner-Webb 65-62 on Wednesday night.
Both teams were evenly matched in a game with 12 ties and six lead changes; the score was tied at 26 heading into the break.
Karl Cochran, who finished with 9 points and six rebounds, made a free throw with 42 seconds remaining to give Wofford (3-4) its largest lead of the game putting the Terriers up 64-56.
Gardner-Webb (4-5) quickly answered with two late 3-pointers from Tyler Strange to bring the Runnin' Bullodgs within 2. However, It wasn't enough, and an inbound steal with 3 seconds left gave the Terriers the cushion they needed to weather the late resurgence.
Lee Skinner and Jaylen Allen also scored in double figures for the Terries and both finished with 11. Tyrell Nelson led Gardner-Webb with a game-high 16.
NORTH GREENVILLE-APPALACHIAN ST
Appalachian St. beats North Greenville 78-70
BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Obacha scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Appalachian State came from behind to beat Division-II North Greenville 78-70 on Wednesday night.
Obacha shot 70 percent (7 of 10) from the line and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds for second-chance shots. Mike Neal came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for the Mountaineers (2-5).
North Greenville (6-2) held a 43-37 lead at the break, but Appalachian State went on a 15-2 run five minutes into the first half to lead by as many as 10 points. The Crusaders went on a run of their own and got within one point with five minutes to play.
Chris Dean scored 19 points to lead two other North Greenville players in double-figure scoring. The Crusaders shot better than Appalachian State from every point on the floor, but gave up 25 points off of 30 fouls.
FSU's Winston voted ACC player of year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has picked up two more individual awards from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC on Wednesday selected Winston as both its overall and offensive player of the year, one day after he was picked as rookie of the year.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald also was voted the ACC's defensive player of the year.
Winston is the first redshirt freshman in the 61-year history of the league to win the award.
He received 47 of 65 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association for the overall award. Boston College running back Andre Williams had 13 votes and Donald had four.
Winston led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a berth in the ACC championship game opposite No. 20 Duke.
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