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January 24, 2017

DURHAM — Duke looked like it had another game-winning run on Monday. N.C. State shut down that notion.

The Wolfpack pushed ahead on the shoulders of point guard Dennis Smith Jr., earning an 84-82 victory. It was the ACC win N.C. State (14-7, 3-5 ACC) desperately needed, and the first time its…


Ferrum College handles N.C. Wesleyan men; Greensboro women outlast Bishops

January 22, 2017

For Ferrum  basketball coach Bill Tharp, this season has featured a mix-and-match rotation.

Eight of his players average more than 15 minutes per game and have played in at least 14 of the Panthers’ first 15 contests.

They displayed that depth against N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday. Thirty-…


Rocky Mount Academy sweeps Faith Christian in basketball doubleheader

January 21, 2017

Faith Christian School had its rival in sight.

Trailing Rocky Mount Academy by 3 in the fourth quarter’s closing minutes on Friday, the Patriots readied for their final push. That comeback never materialized.

FCS (9-9) was called for three technical fouls that all but handed the 65-58…


Rocky Mount High boys hold off Southern Nash; Gryphons girls secure big win

January 21, 2017

Rocky Mount High basketball coach Michael Gainey has a few ideas about where to play Joseph Blue. The thing is, the sophomore continues to break away from traditional thinking. His shooting should draw him further from the basket, but the way he manuevers around the basket has him playing in the…