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Last Update on February 27, 2015 08:39 GMT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL after a federal judge cleared way for Adrian Peterson's return to the league.
Hardy's agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday, "We are working very closely with the NFLPA on this process," adding that he hopes his client will be reinstated soon.
Like Peterson, Hardy spent the majority of last season on the commissioner's exempt list preventing him from playing.
Hardy was convicted last summer on two counts of domestic violence. He appealed and had both charges dismissed Feb. 9 when his accuser couldn't be located to testify.
The NFL says it is reviewing Hardy's case.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the ruling on Peterson is "irrelevant" to Hardy's case.
Hardy will become an unrestricted free agent March 10.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points, including game-winning putback with one second left to give No. 15 North Carolina a 72-70 win over Virginia on Thursday night.
Sarah Imovbioh's basket with 2:24 left started Virginia on a 9-0 run, with Mikayla Venson's jumper tying the game with 21 seconds left.
Allisha Gray, who put the Tar Heels up 70-61 with 4:19 left, missed a jumper with less than two seconds to go but Mavunga beat the buzzer with her putback.
N'Dea Bryant added 13 points for the Tar Heels (23-6, 10-5 ACC) -- who missed six field goals, three free throws and had a turnover between Gray's basket and Mavunga's game-winner -- and Brittany Rountree scored 10.
Faith Randolph had 24 points for Virginia (16-12, 6-9), which shot 50.9 percent but had 21 turnovers. Aliyah Huland El had 12 points, Imovbioh had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Lauren Moses had 11 points and nine rebounds.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State finished off an undefeated home season with Shakayla Thomas scoring 13 points and Brittany Brown adding 10 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-52 win over North Carolina State Thursday night.
FSU went 14-0 at home this season for the first time in program history. The Seminoles are the only undefeated ACC team at home this season.
Adut Bulgak had 10 points and nine rebounds for FSU (26-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has tied the program record for most regular-season wins.
FSU has won four straight games and 13 of 14 overall.
Dominique Wilson had 19 points to lead NC State (16-12, 7-8), but she fouled out with five minutes left in the game.
Thomas had nine points and Brown eight points and seven rebounds as Florida State jumped to a 39-27 halftime lead. The Seminoles were not challenged in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points.
HIGH POINT-UNC ASHEVILLE
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- High Point watched an 11-point lead dwindle down to two and scored just six points in the final 2:38 but still had enough oomph to hang on and defeat UNC Asheville 75-71 despite a season-high 39 points from Andre Rowsey Thursday night.
High Point (22-7, 13-4 Big South) got 19 points from John Brown and 11 from Brian Richardson as it tightened its hold on first place in the conference. The Panthers are just ahead of Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina, which both lost on Thursday.
Rowsey hit 13 of 27 shots for UNC Asheville and tied the school record with 8 3-pointers (8-of-15). He was 5 of 5 at the foul line and has now made 30 straight.
High Point outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-27 and won in Asheville for the first time since 2007. Brown and Devante Wallace had 10 rebounds each.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN-APPALACHIAN ST
BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Angel Matias scored 15 points and Trent Wiedeman 12 to lead Georgia Southern to a 77-58 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.
The victory gave the Eagles (20-6, 13-4 Sun Belt) their first 20-win season since 2005-06 and the eighth in their Division I era.
Frank Eaves scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (9-17, 6-11), who dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Matias hit a 3-pointer in the game's second minute and the Eagles never trailed, leading 20-2 with 10:44 left before the break. The Eagles led by as many as 24 in the second half.
The Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 44-22 in the paint and 17-5 off turnovers. Georgia State shot 48.3 percent and outrebounded Appalachian State 38-26.
The victory kept Georgia Southern on top in the Sun Belt, sharing first place with Louisiana-Monroe with three regular-season games remaining.
DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Jordan Williams and DeAndre Harris scored 17 points apiece and North Texas rolled to an 81-65 victory over Charlotte on Thursday night.
North Texas (14-13, 8-7 Conference USA) has won five straight, and is tied with Middle Tennessee (15-13, 8-7) for sixth in the conference.
Maurice Aniefiok added 15 points and T.J. Taylor 11 for the Mean Green, who shot 54 percent from the floor and 56 percent from long range.
The Mean Green opened the game on a 28-11 run and led 41-28 at the break before the 49ers pulled with 45-34 with 16:27 to play. North Texas answered with a 15-4 surge to stretch its lead to 20 points midway through the second half and cruised from there.
Terrence Williams scored 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Charlotte (12-16, 5-10). Torin Dorn chipped in 11 points for the 49ers.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) -- Tyler Strange scored 23 points with six 3-pointers as Gardner-Webb connected on 13 of 24 from long range to defeat Charleston Southern 91-81 on Thursday night.
Gardner-Webb (18-12, 10-7 Big South) opened the game with four straight baskets -- including a pair of 3s by Strange and one from Jarvis Davis. The Runnin' Bulldogs, who never trailed, broke the game open with a barrage of four more 3-pointers, including three more by Strange.
Charleston Southern's Saah Nimley scored 23 points, Arlon Harper added 22 and Aaron Wheeler 19, but the Buccaneers (18-10, 12-5) couldn't keep up with the rain of 3-pointers from Gardner-Webb.
After Strange, who also had nine assists and three steals, the Runnin' Bulldogs got 18 points each from Jerome Hill and Tyrell Nelson, and 15 from Jarvis Davis.
Charleston Southern host conference-leading High Point Saturday with a chance to share the title.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Croone scored 15 points, including the go-ahead bucket, to lead Furman to a 53-49 win over Western Carolina on Thursday night, snapping a seven-game skid.
Kris Acox contributed 12 points while pulling down 17 rebounds and Geoff Beans added 11 points -- all in the second half -- as Furman (8-20, 5-12 Southern) avenged a Jan. 5 loss to Western Carolina.
Trailing by five at the break, Furman took the lead during a 17-0 run in the second half that included Croone's go-ahead bucket. Western Carolina (13-16, 8-9) closed the game with an 8-2 run.
Neither team shot well. Furman hit 28.3 percent on 46 attempts from the floor while holding Western Carolina to 17 of 66 (25.8 percent). The Paladins enjoyed a 24-14 advantage in made free throws.
Mike Brown led the Catamounts with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while James Sinclair added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- RJ White scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds, leading four other UNC-Greensboro players in double figures, and the Spartans beat Samford 81-67 on Thursday night.
White had 13 points in the first half, including a three-point play that snapped a tie for a 36-33 Spartans advantage at intermission. He finished shooting 10 of 13 from the floor.
Tyler Hood hit a 3 to close the Bulldogs within two points with 16:08 to play, but Samford was never able to pull in front in the second half, and trailed by as many as 22 points.
Kayel Locke finished with 12 points for Greensboro (10-20, 6-11 Southern), Diante Baldwin and Nicholas Paulos each added 11, and Tevon Saddler chipped in 10 with eight assists.
Christen Cunningham had 19 points for the Bulldogs (12-18, 5-12), while Hood and Marcus Johnson each finished with 11.