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Greensboro ends Ferrum's season in semifinals

Friday, February 22, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- No. 3 seed Greensboro (N.C.) College swished 13 of 23 shots from 3-point range Friday night en route to a 98-82 victory over No. 2 seed Ferrum College in the semifinals of the USA South Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament at the Crown Center Arena.

With the win, Greensboro advances to the finals against No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Christopher Newport University. It's a rematch of last year's tournament title game won by the Captains.

Greensboro takes a 10-game winning streak and a 12-1 record in its last 13 games into the finals.

Oddly enough, that lone setback was to the Panthers.

Ferrum (14-11) ends its season with the loss.

Ferrum, which is 10-24 in the USA South tournament since making its debut in the postseason event in 1989, failed in its attempt to conquer the Pride for the third time this season and for the 12 time in the last 13 games of the series.

The Pride (18-8) outscored the Panthers 54-40 in the second half en route to the victory.

Greensboro's 39-18 advantage in points from the 3-point arc proved to be instrumental. For the game, the Pride converted 32 of 61 (52.5 percent) of their shots, while the Panthers made 31 of 59 (52.5 percent) of their attempts from the field.

Ferrum was 6 of 16 from 3-point range.

Also, Greensboro converted 23 of 30 tries from the free-throw line as opposed to Ferrum's 12 of 17 clip.

The Panthers outrebounded the Pride, 36-30. They collected 18 assists, but committed 17 turnovers, while the Pride registered 13 assists and committed 12 turnovers.

After going 1 of 16 from the field in his previous two games, senior Lamont King was 7 of 12. He led the Panthers with 17 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Also, freshman J.D. Wallace, the USA South's Rookie of the Year, netted 16 points and sophomore Jamal Pullen tallied 11.

Greensboro, which led 44-42 at halftime, placed five players in double figures.

Brian Thomas scored 17 points to lead the Pride, while Luqman Tijani (16), Damian Dixon (14), Devonta Davis (14), Chakiris Moss (14) and Tracy Jester (10) finished in double figures.

Also scoring for Ferrum were Brian Clarke with eight points, Charles Warren and Josh Bruce each with seven, Marshall Hamilton with six, Donte Thomas with five, Alek Ayer with three and Shon Goode with two.

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TIP-INS: Christopher Newport defeated Greensboro 81-74 in Saturday's championship game to claim the USA South's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Captains, who begin play in the Capital Athletic Conference in all sports except football with the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year, bested the Pride in the championship game for the second year in a row.

 
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