Barrett Leads No. 1 Duke Past No. 4 Virginia 72-70

DURHAM, N.C. -- RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Zion Williamson had 27 and No. 1 Duke beat No. 4 Virginia 72-70 on Saturday night to give the Cavaliers their first loss of the season.

The Blue Devils (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from an overtime loss to Syracuse that could cost them their top ranking. They avoided their first two-game losing streak at home since 2016 and proved they can win without injured point guard Tre Jones.

DeAndre Hunter scored 18 points, and Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy had 14 apiece for the Cavaliers (16-1, 4-1), who entered as the nation's last unbeaten after No. 2 Michigan was upset at Wisconsin earlier in the day.

The fourth matchup of top-ranked teams in the sport's history -- Virginia entered at No. 1 in the coaches' poll -- was a tournament-caliber game throughout. There were 14 ties and 15 lead changes, and it was a one-possession game for a 14 1/2-minute stretch of the second half.

After the Cavaliers missed 11 of 12 shots during a late nine-minute stretch, they pulled within 69-66 on Guy's 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. Barrett hit two free throws with 20.9 seconds to play, and Virginia let too much time elapse before Braxton Key was fouled with 8.9 seconds remaining and hit both shots to make it 71-68.

Cameron Reddish hit a free throw to make it a four-point game before Hunter hit a jumper before the buzzer for Virginia.


Eller paces Red Hawks in 65-44 win over Eagles

HICKORY, N.C. — Overcoming a slow start with a strong finish, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team picked up its fourth-straight win on Saturday afternoon, knocking off conference foe Wake Tech 65-44 at the Tarlton Complex.

Freshman Ivy Eller paced the Red Hawks (11-2, 6-2 in Region X) with 19 points and four rebounds, while sophomore Zharia Brown added 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Red Hawks fought through a difficult first half to take a 21-19 lead at halftime against the Eagles (8-7, 4-5 in Region X). CVCC shot just 9-for-32 from the field in the first half and committed 14 turnovers.

Emerging from the locker room, Catawba Valley went on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter and would go on to outscore Wake Tech by a 27-8 margin during the quarter.

That margin allowed the Red Hawks to run away with the game in the second half en route to their sixth conference victory of the 2018-19 season.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when it travels to take on Louisburg College. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Hurricanes is set for 5 p.m.


MTEN: ETSU 7, App State 0

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-2) fell to ETSU (1-0) on Saturday morning Bristol Racquet Club.

Appalachian's tough start to the schedule continued against a Bucs squad that went to the NCAA Tournament last season and went undefeated in SoCon play including a conference title. Two of the first three opponents over the weekend for the Black and Gold combined to go 32-16 in 2017-18.

Highlighting the Apps' day was the freshmen tandem of Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) and /Viana Afonso (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal). The pair won their first collegiate doubles match with a 7-6 victory over Sergi Fontcuberta/David as the second duo in the book.

ETSU won the double point, but the Apps gave the hosts all they could handle. Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day)/Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to Frazier Rengifo/Yusuf Khamis, 6-3 before App tied up doubles. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) took Juan Lugo and Chris Mikrovas to the distance but fell in a close 7-5 contest.

The Bucs carried the momentum into singles play, capturing all six matches. Bargeron at the one position went three sets with his counterpart, forcing a third frame after falling in the first set, but suffered the defeat in the third stanza.

Appalachian's schedule doesn't get easier, as it faces Clemson next Saturday, Jan. 26 on the road.


McFall leads balanced Red Hawks in 105-56 victory

KINSTON, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team stretched its winning streak to four games on Saturday afternoon with a 105-56 road victory against Lenoir Community College.

Jonathan McFall led the Red Hawks (14-4, 6-3 in Region X) with 16 points — one of six CVCC men’s basketball players who reached double figures in scoring, including Cole Johnson (14 points), Everett Palmer (13), Isayah Johnson (12), Zach De La Cruz (11) and Brandon Reeves (11).

Led by Johnson’s 14 first-half points, CVCC took a commanding 52-26 lead at halftime against the Lancers (6-11, 3-7 in Region X).

The Red Hawks continued their pace in the second half, outscoring the Lancers 53-30 in the second half to record their third 100-point game of the season. The 53 points are the most in a half this season by CVCC.

Catawba Valley connected on 14 3-pointers during Saturday’s contest — four from Johnson and three apiece from De La Cruz and Palmer.

The CVCC men’s basketball team goes for its fifth-straight win on Sunday when it takes on conference leader Pitt in Winterville, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Bulldogs is set for 3 p.m.

WTEN: Davidson 4, App State 3

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women's tennis (0-1) fell to a tough Davidson (1-0) squad, 4-3, in the season opener on Saturday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club

The Mountaineers enjoyed some impressive individual performances in their season opener against Davidson. The match was tightly contested despite the setback against the Wildcats, who are coming off a 16-5 mark last season.

App fell in the doubles portion of the contest while capturing three singles victories.

Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) had an impressive day with a single and doubles triumph. Sevo and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergotland Sweden/Fria Norrrköping) secured the lone victory for the Mountaineers in doubles play, downing Gabrielle Centenari/Mira Gladstone, 6-0.

Appalachian gained early momentum, but Davidson claimed the last two doubles matches with Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual/Colorado) and Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) suffering losses.

Zacarias bounced back in her singles match as the first finished in the No. 3 spot, defeating Centenari in convincing fashion, 6-0, 6-0. Sevo continued to shine with a 6-2, 6-2 win in singles over Megan Scholvinck, giving App the 2-1 lead.

Davidson tied up the match in the next completed contest. Daniel fell to Alexandra Abele in a matchup of No. 2's.

With the score tied 2-2, the final three singles matches came to the 4, 5 and 6 spots. The visitors won two of those three contests in hard-fought matches. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell to Elizabeth Truluck in the fifth spot of the lineup.

Earnhardt showcased a valiant effort against Samantha Armas in her first collegiate match. The redshirt freshman came back from a one-set deficit to tie up and force a third frame. Armas topped Earnhardt by a slim margin of 7-5.

Swope ended the Apps' day on a high note with an impressive triumph over Alyssa Hahn that went to three sets. Swope won the first set and lost the second in a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreak, but fought through for a 6-4 win.

App seeks for a bounce-back victory on Feb. 3 against Western Carolina at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

LMC Swimming turns in another strong day in Kentucky

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Lees-McRae College swimming teams continued to show improvement Saturday on the campus of the University of Cumberlands. Overall, the Bobcats competed against six teams Saturday, and they won four of the matchups.

Team Results – The men's team picked up wins over Life University (127-71) and against Bethel University (145-53) but fell to Cumberlands (176-81). The women's squad echoed these results with victories over Life (78-76) and Bethel (99-88) but came up short against Cumberlands (183-63).

Standout Swims – Much like Friday, there were several standout swims on the day for the Bobcats. The men's squad notched a total of five individual event victories Saturday. Arsham Mirzaei (50 yard freestyle, 100 yard butterfly) and Javier Sanchez (200 yard breaststroke, 400 yard individual medley) both notched a pair of wins, while John David McCray came out on top in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.74.

The women's team, meanwhile, notched a pair of event wins of their own. Kayla Fleming won the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:39.20 and Jennifer Paul won the 500 yard freestyle with mark of 5:34.32.

Coach's Take – "Both teams continued to improve on the second day even with the longer format and the short turnaround involved with swimming multiple individual events," said Lees-McRae Head Coach Sean Weddell. "This is a very positive thing going into our final dual meet next weekend."

Next Up – The Bobcats will look to keep things rolling next Saturday when it travels to Elizabethton, Tennessee to take on three schools: Milligan, Mars Hill and King. That meet is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start time.

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