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Last Update on November 27, 2014 08:31 GMT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 105-97 on Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Matthews was 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range as Portland (12-3) improved to 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams.
Damian Lillard had 22 points, and Robin Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Brian Roberts had a career-high 24 points for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and nine of 10. Al Jefferson had 21 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double.
Injuries keep piling up for the Hornets, who had two starters go down during the game. Marvin Williams left in the second quarter with a sprained left shoulder and Kemba Walker took an elbow to the head in the third. Walker returned in the fourth quarter, but Williams didn't.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Bjugstad scored an early goal that stood up, and the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 on Wednesday night despite an injury to Roberto Luongo.
The veteran goalie made 11 saves before leaving with 9:38 left in the second period with an upper-body injury. Luongo was replaced by Al Montoya, who stopped 22 shots in his sixth appearance of the season.
The Panthers won for the first time in three games and posted their first shutout since a 1-0 win at Buffalo on Oct. 17.
The Hurricanes lost for the sixth time in seven games and have an NHL-worst 2-9-2 road record.
Cam Ward made 27 saves for Carolina.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says his team has new life following losses by the Falcons and Saints this past weekend.
The Panthers (3-7-1) are now in control their own playoff destiny -- if they win their final five games they'll repeat as NFC South champions.
However, that will require a major turnaround from Carolina, which hasn't shown the ability to string together wins. The Panthers have won only one game since Sept. 14.
"I know it's a little different and a little odd, and some people might think it's embarrassing, but I don't," Rivera says of the possibility of winning the NFC South.
Carolina enters Sunday's game at Minnesota just a half game behind the Falcons and Saints with head-to-head matchups with both teams remaining on the schedule.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 24 points and No. 4 Duke routed Furman 93-54 on Wednesday night.
Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-0). They had little trouble remaining unbeaten, shooting 58 percent while holding the Paladins to 34 percent from the floor.
Kendrec Ferrara had 13 points and Stephen Croone added 12 for Furman (1-3).
The Paladins have only one player taller than 6-foot-8 on the roster -- Ferrara, who's 6-9 -- and that made defending the 6-11 Okafor a tough job.
Duke outscored Furman 54-18 in the paint and held a 40-27 rebounding advantage. The Paladins made just 34 percent of their shots from 2-point range.
Okafor finished 12 of 14 and has missed only five shots in three games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Matt Jones had 13 points and Quinn Cook added 11 for the Blue Devils.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- Alex Barlow scored 17 points, Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 17 more and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Roosevelt Jones scored 12 for the Bulldogs (4-0), who topped the Tar Heels in an early-season tournament for the second time in as many meetings. Butler beat North Carolina at the Maui Invitational in 2012, blowing the game open in the first half of that meeting.
A 16-4 run over a 5 1/2-minute second-half stretch was the key for Butler this time, turning a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.
Marcus Paige scored 18 for North Carolina (3-1), which allowed 29 offensive rebounds -- matching the most by the Tar Heels under coach Roy Williams. Brice Johnson added 11 and Kennedy Meeks blocked five shots.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marc Loving scored a career-high 18 points and No. 16 Ohio State again shot well from the field in beating Campbell 91-64 on Wednesday night.
D'Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes (4-0) with 22 points, while Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson each had 11 and Amir Williams, back after missing a game with a sore knee, had 10. Williams had a perfect night, making all three of his shots from the field and all four free throws.
Quinton Ryan had 17 points and D.J. Mason 10 for the Fighting Camels (1-3), who have lost three in a row since beating Barber-Scotia in their opener.
The first meeting between the schools came in the five-team Buckeye Classic.
The Buckeyes pulled away after taking a 9-8 lead. They ran off seven points in a row and, after a Campbell bucket, scored the next 10 points to make it 26-10.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- All five starters scored 12 points or better as South Carolina broke a two-game losing streak with an 89-75 win over UNC Asheville on Wednesday night.
Led by Laimonas Chatkevicius' 17 points and 13 rebounds -- his first career double-double -- the Gamecocks (3-3) overcame a Bulldogs team that ran the floor like a track meet and launched quick shot after quick shot.
UNC-Asheville (2-3) saw very few go in, hitting just 23 of 63 (36.5 percent). And with South Carolina limiting second chances with 10 blocked shots and a 39-35 rebounding edge, the Gamecocks began to pull away.
Demetrius Henry scored 15 for the Gamecocks with Duane Notice, Tyrone Johnson and Sindarius Thornwell added 12 apiece.
The Bulldogs were led by Andrew Rowsey, who sank six 3-pointers among his 30 points.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jack Gibbs poured in a career-high 37 points on 15-of-17 shooting and Davidson ran past Central Florida 95-69 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (3-1) shot 54.4 percent from the field and drained 13 3-pointers. Gibbs' only two misses came on 3-point attempts as he went 5 of 7 from deep, a perfect 10 for 10 inside the arc and 2 of 2 from the free throw line.
Tyler Kalinoski also put in a career-high, scoring 25 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Kalinoski hit five from the perimeter, and Nathan Ekwu chipped in 11 points.
Davidson led 45-38 at halftime, and pushed that advantage to 63-46 after 3-pointers by Ekwu and Kalinoski. Gibbs had a tip-in and two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that put the Wildcats up by 25 with 8:27 left.
Adonys Henriquez led UCF (3-1) with 14 points and Kasey Wilson added 13.
MOUNT ST MARY'S-WAKE FOREST
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 11 points and flirted with a triple-double as Wake Forest pulled away early in beating Mount St. Mary's 83-49 on Wednesday.
Cornelius Hudson had 10 points, and Miller-McIntyre added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Deacons (4-2), who also got 42 points from their bench players in winning their second straight.
Liam McManimon scored 10 points for the Mountaineers (1-3), who shot 35.3 percent from the field (18 of 51), including 6 of 28 on 3-pointers, and 43.8 percent from the free throw line (7 of 16).
Wake Forest shot 53.6 percent from the field (30 of 56), made 8 of 14 3-pointers, and outrebounded Mount St. Mary's 45-29. That allowed the Deacons to take a 24-point lead at the halftime break, and stretch it to as many as 41 points late in the second half.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Trevor Lacey scored a career-high 26 points to help North Carolina State beat Richmond 84-72 on Wednesday night.
Ralston Turner added 23 points for the Wolfpack, who improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
N.C. State closed the game on a 22-9 run after trailing 63-62 midway through the second half.
Kyle Washington made a layup with 9:13 left to give the Wolfpack the lead for good at 64-63. After a jumper by Lacey and a 3-pointer by Caleb Martin, BeeJay Anya made a free throw with 5:17 left to put the Wolfpack ahead 70-63.
The Spiders closed to within 70-66 on a 3-pointer by T.J. Cline with 4 minutes left, but N.C. State scored the next six points to seal the game.
Kendall Anthony and Cline scored 17 points each to lead Richmond (2-2). Terry Allen added 14 points for the Spiders.
CHICAGO ST-W CAROLINA
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- Torrion Brummitt scored 14 points and Rhett Harrelson had 11 points with six assists to lead Western Carolina past Chicago State 66-61 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic tournament on Wednesday night.
Devin Peterson made a pair of free throws to give Western Carolina its largest lead, 48-25, with 14:52 remaining. Chicago State answered with a 23-5 run to pull Chicago State within five points, 53-48, with 6:59 left. James Sinclair scored, Mike Brown hit a trey and the Catamounts shot 8 of 14 from the line to seal it.
Brown finished with 13 points and Justin Browning added 12 for Western Carolina (3-3).
Trayvon Palmer scored 13 points and Clarke Rosenberg had 10 for Chicago State (2-5), which shot just 22 of 61 for 36 percent from the field.