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Posted on: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Charleston upsets No. 9 No. Carolina


Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. Bobby Cremins isn't even sure how his College of Charleston team managed this upset.

"Going on a 12-1 run with 4 minutes to go against North Carolina, usually that's lights out," Cremins said. "So I've got to watch the tape tonight to figure out what happened."

North Carolina won't want to be reminded how it happened.

The ninth-ranked Tar Heels (11-4) squandered an 11-point lead down the stretch and lost, 82-79, in overtime to the Cougars last night.

Charleston's Andrew Goudelock scored the last eight points in regulation, including the tying 3-pointer from about 28 feet over 6-foot-10 Ed Davis with 2 seconds left.

Donavan Monroe opened the overtime with a 3-pointer to put the Cougars ahead for good as they defeated a Top 25 team for the first time since beating the then-third ranked Tar Heels, 66-64, on Dec. 5, 1998.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said the team was as low as it could be with the loss.

"It hurts," said Davis, who led North Carolina with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Along with his go-ahead 3-pointer, Monroe hit two free throws with 16 seconds left for the final margin.

Goudelock scored 24 points, none bigger than his fadeaway jumper that forced overtime.

"He was so far back, and it was contested," Monroe marveled. "It was just the slowest shot ever."

And it pretty much took the life out of North Carolina.

"This takes our confidence sky high," Goudelock said. "We try to look at everything in positive way. We're going to take a lot from this one."

The Tar Heels' Dexter Strickland missed a layup with 4 seconds left and Charleston's Willis Hall rebounded. Hall missed the front end of a one-and-one and North Carolina's Davis rebounded and his cross-court pass was picked off by Monroe and the celebration began.

No. 18 Florida St. 94, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54: Deividas Dulkys scored 17 points to lead the host Seminoles (13-2) to their seventh straight win by beating the Islanders (5-8).

The Seminoles hit a season-high 12 3-pointers, led by Dulkys' five.

Demond Watt led the Islanders with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 23 Pittsburgh 74, Cincinnati 71: Gilbert Brown scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ashton Gibbs made three free throws in the final 7.4 seconds as the Panthers (13-2, 3-0 Big East) stretched their winning streak to six games by beating the Bearcats (10-4, 2-1).

The Panthers have won nine of their last 10. They made 8 of 11 free throws over the final 62 seconds to protect their lead.

Yancy Gates led the Bearcats with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

WAC MEN

San Jose St. 78, Idaho 75: C. J. Webster scored a season-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds while Adrian Oliver added 22 points and made a key 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to help lead the host Spartans (8-5, 1-0) over the Vandals (8-5, 1-1).

Chris Oakes matched his season high with 18 points for San Jose State. Mac Hopson had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Idaho.

Louisiana Tech 82, Utah State 60: Magnum Rolle scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the host Bulldogs (14-2, 2-0) in a rout of the Aggies (10-6, 0-2).

Jamel Guyton added 17 points and Kyle Gibson had 16 for the Bulldogs. Nate Bendall scored 14 points for the Aggies.

Nevada 77, New Mexico State 67: Luke Babbitt led the Wolf Pack (9-6, 1-1 WAC) with 26 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the host Aggies (8-7, 1-1).

Five players scored in double figures for NMSU, led by junior forward Wendell McKines, who had 16 points and six rebounds.

WOMEN

No. 1 Connecticut 84, South Florida 42: Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 22 points as the Huskies (13-0, 2-0 Big East) extended their winning streak to 52 games by beating the visiting Bulls (8-5, 0-1).

Maya Moore added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the defending national champions who went 39-0 in last season's national championship run.

Moore's 3-pointer with just under 7 minutes left gave her 1,680 points for her career and moved her into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list, passing UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph.

No. 3 Notre Dame 79, Purdue 75: Melissa Lechlitner scored a career-high 20 points, and the Irish (13-0) beat the host Boilermakers (7-7).

Lechlitner, who was averaging 6.2 points per game, made 7 of 15 shots, including four 3-pointers. Skylar Diggins and Lindsay Schrader each scored 15 points.

Purdue had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Devereaux Peters blocked Samantha Woods' 3-pointer.

No. 10 Texas A&M 90, Lamar 57: Danielle Adams had 17 points and seven rebounds and the host Aggies (12-1) routed the Cardinals (10-4).

Tanisha Smith had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Aggies.