Lights go out in Greensboro; Tar Heel women advance

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:32 AM

A power outage caused a more than 20-minute delay in Thursday night's game between No. 13 North Carolina and Wake Forest in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The lights in the Greensboro Coliseum went out briefly at the 16:19 mark of the second half, though the scoreboard, shot clock and electronic display on the scorer's table immediately came back on. However, much of the main lighting system didn't immediately turn on again.

Officials said they expected a delay of about 15 minutes to get everything back on line. The game resumed after 23 minutes, though the main scoreboard hanging over midcourt wasn't working by the time of the restart.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the outage.

The Tar Heels won the game 69-65.

Florida State beats Miami 72-67 in OT in ACC

GREENSBORO — Natasha Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds to help Florida State beat Miami 72-67 in overtime in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Cheetah Delgado added a career-high 20 points for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-10), including a key 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left in OT as FSU protected a one-point lead.

Morgan Jones added two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, advancing FSU to Friday's quarterfinals to face top-seeded and second-ranked Notre Dame (29-0).

Necole Sterling scored 14 points and was one of five in double figures for the eighth-seeded Hurricanes (16-14), who led 33-26 at halftime and 55-49 with 5½ minutes left before Florida State rallied.

Howard gave FSU its first second-half lead with a putback with 49.8 seconds left, then hit two free throws to push the lead to 58-55. But Sterling answered with a 3-pointer with 30.2 seconds left to force OT.

Syracuse women beat Clemson 63-53 in ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brittney Sykes scored 10 points to help Syracuse beat Clemson 63-53 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Sykes scored two straight baskets to cap an 8-0 second-half burst for the fifth-seeded Orange (22-8), pushing Syracuse to a 52-41 lead with 6:47 left. Clemson got no closer than nine again.

The Orange advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to play No. 14 North Carolina State, the fourth seed.

Rachel Coffey, Brianna Butler and La'Shay Taft each scored nine points for Syracuse, which shot 40 percent with seven 3-pointers.

Nikki Dixon and Nyilah Jamison-Myers each scored 15 points for the 13th-seeded Tigers (13-19), who beat Virginia Tech in Wednesday's first round.

Georgia Tech women beat Virginia 77-76 in ACCs

GREENSBORO — Kaela Davis scored 28 points while Tyaunna Marshall added 26 to help Georgia Tech beat Virginia 77-76 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast conference tournament.

The seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (20-10) survived a chaotic finish to advance to Friday's quarterfinals to face 10th-ranked and second-seeded Duke.

The Yellow Jackets took a 77-74 lead on Aaliyah Whiteside's three-point play with 13 seconds left. But on the next play, Georgia Tech's Nariah Taylor was whistled for a technical foul for taunting after blocking Lexie Gerson's 3-pointer.

Virginia's Ataira Franklin hit both free throws with 3.7 seconds left and the Cavaliers got the ball back with a chance to win, but Franklin missed a hurried straightaway jumper at the horn.

Sarah Imovbioh had a career-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds for the 10th-seeded Cavaliers (14-17), who made 26 of 27 free throws.

Georgia Tech shot 48 percent.