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CHAPEL HILL, NC(AP) – P.J. Hairston is no longer enrolled as a student at North Carolina.
In an email Thursday, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Hairston isn’t enrolled for spring semester classes according to the university registrar’s office. The Tar Heels’ leading scorer never played this season after the school decided last month not to seek his reinstatement for NCAA rules violations, including using rental vehicles tied to a felon and party promoter in Durham.
Hairston wore a suit and sat on from the bench for home games through the fall semester until the Northern Kentucky game on Dec. 27, a week after the school’s decision.
In an email, Hairston family spokeswoman Crystal Howard said the family had no plans to make any statements Thursday.
Spring semester classes began Wednesday in Chapel Hill.
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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 20 North Carolina State 79-70 on Thursday night.
Xylina McDaniel added 15 points for the Tar Heels (13-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 24-2 run late in the first half to take control after an early 10-point deficit. UNC led 45-29 at halftime and by double figures for most of the second half, though the Wolfpack (14-2, 1-1) rallied to within five points three times in the final 3 minutes only to fall short.
Markeisha Gatling had 18 points to lead N.C. State, which had its first national ranking since the 2006-07 season under late Hall of Famer Kay Yow. First-year coach Wes Moore’s team was trying for its first 2-0 ACC start since 2000.
The Tar Heels shot 51 percent, with DeShields scoring 10 points during UNC’s big run.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Freshman Brie Mobley poured in a season-high 20 points, but Northeastern used a 16-2 run midway through the second half to defeat UNCW, 64-50, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Thursday at Trask Coliseum.
In the league opener for both programs, the Huskies evened their season mark at 7-7 while the Seahawks slipped to 1-14 overall.
Junior A’Lece Mark tallied 21 points to power a Northeastern attack that shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the floor for the contest, including 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from 3-point range. Sophomore Tiffany Montagne and junior Amencie Mercier joined Mark in double figures as they finished with 13 and 10 point, respectively. Sophomore Samantha DeFreese pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to power
the Huskies to a 43-36 advantage on the glass.
Mobley poured in a season-high 20 points for UNCW, who was just 19-of-63 (.302) from the field for the game, highlighted by a 1-for-18 (.056) effort from beyond the arc. Mobley was the only UNCW player to reach double figures as freshman Naqaiyyah Teague chipped in eight points and junior Kelva Atkins finished with seven.
Moments after a jumper by Teague capped a 10-2 spurt that pulled the Seahawks within one, 37-36, a 3-pointer by sophomore Kazzidy Stewart at the 11:55 mark ignited the game-changing spurt that lasted 5:28 and put the Huskies in front, 53-38. Northeastern converted all five of its field goal attempts and were 3-of-4 at the free-throw line during the run while the Seahawks missed all 10 of their field goal tries.
The Huskies would cruise the rest of the way, maintaining a double-digit lead over the final 6:27 of the contest to post the 14-point victory.
Northeastern never trailed in the contest, knocking down seven of their first 12 attempts while limiting the Seahawks to just 2-of-12 shooting on their way to building an early 16-4 advantage.
The Huskies would expand their lead to as many as 13 during the opening frame before a jumper by Atkins sparked a 13-5 run that would pull the Seahawks within five, 26-21, with 2:30 remaining.
Northeastern took a 31-24 lead into the halftime break and held a 35-26 advantage early in the second half when back-to-back jumpers by freshman Ryan Flowers sparked the Seahawks to their 10-2 spurt and set up the Huskies decisive run.
Both teams return to action Sunday. UNCW hosts Hofstra in a 1 p.m. contest while Northeastern travels to Towson for a 2 p.m. matinee.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY Full Court Press co-host Chasity Melvin made her national broadcasting debut recently in Raleigh. Melvin provided color commentary on Sunday’s ESPN3 telecast of the NC State women’s basketball team vs. Syracuse.