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Duke’s McCrory heads All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team

Duke senior Nick McCrory has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming & Diving Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

A religion major from Chapel Hill

Nick McCrory.

Nick McCrory.

, McCrory won his fourth individual national championship in the platform dive discipline at the 2014 NCAA Championships, becoming the first to accomplish the feat in that event. In addition, McCrory earned All-America status on the one-meter board. McCrory completes his career as an 11-time All-American and a record 10 gold medals in ACC Championship competition.

Each of the ACC’s 11 schools that sponsor men’s swimming and diving are represented on the All-Academic Team, led by Virginia Tech with nine student-athletes. Virginia and Notre Dame have six apiece, while North Carolina has five, NC State has four and Georgia Tech has three. Duke and Florida State each had two, followed by Pitt, Miami and Boston College with one honoree.

Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins and Nick Tremols, along with Florida State’s Tom Neubacher, NC State’s Jonathan Boffa and Virginia’s Taylor Grey, were named to the league’s academic team for the fourth time in their careers.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Sean Murphy
Sr.
Finance & Info Systems
Boston College

Nick McCrory #
Sr.
Religion
Duke

Hunter Knight
Sr.
Psychology
Duke

Tom Neubacher %
Sr.
Sport Management
Florida State

Jason McCormick
Fr.
Business
Florida State

Andrew Kosic #
Jr.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Tech

Nico van Duijn #
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Georgia Tech

Mats Westergren
So.
Business Administration
Georgia Tech

Zach Nees
Sr.
Computer Science
Miami

Jack Nyquist
Fr.
Undecided
North Carolina

Patrick Myers #
Jr.
Business
North Carolina

Brad Dillon @
Sr.
Economics
North Carolina

Sam Lewis
So.
Mathematics
North Carolina

Dominick Glavich @
Jr.
Child Development & Family Studies
North Carolina

Jonathan Boffa %
Sr.
Graphic Design
NC State

Andreas Schiellerup
Fr.
Biological Sciences
NC State

Derek Hren
Fr.
Nutrition Sciences
NC State

Adam Linker
Fr.
Engineering
NC State

Joe Coumos
Fr.
Undeclared
Notre Dame

Colin Babcock
Sr.
Information Technology Management
Notre Dame

Zach Stephens
Jr.
Marketing
Notre Dame

Matthew Buerger
So.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Kevin Hughes
Jr.
Accountancy
Notre Dame

Cameron Miller
Jr.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Jon Lierley
Jr.
Finance
Pitt

Nathan Hart @
Sr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia

Luke Papendick @
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Yannick Kaeser
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Jack Murfee @
Sr.
English
Virginia

David Ingraham
Jr.
Commerce
Virginia

Taylor Grey %
Sr.
Environmental Science
Virginia

Ryan Hawkins %
Sr.
Architecture
Virginia Tech

TJ Shinholser
Fr.
Business
Virginia Tech

Morgan Latimer @
Jr.
History
Virginia Tech

Harrison Cefalo
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Brandon Fiala
Fr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Robert Owen
Fr.
University Studies
Virginia Tech

Kyle Butts #
Jr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Nick Tremols %
Sr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

CJ Fiala
Jr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

@ denotes two-time honoree

# denotes three-time honoree

% denotes four-time honoree

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Moore, NCSU women’s basketball coach, to speak at Raleigh Sports Club

Wes Moore.

Wes Moore.

Wes Moore will discuss his first season as the NC State women’s head basketball coach at the March 26 Raleigh Sports Club meeting. He’ll also look ahead to the next season and the future of the program.

The RSC will also welcome local Wake County student athlete Jon Jones, who plays basketball for the champion Apex High School. He will be honored as the student athlete of the week for outstanding achievement in the classroom, community and on the field.

Meetings are held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 12 noon. See http://www.raleighsportsclub.org/ for details.

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State’s Gwiazdowski upsets reigning wrestling champ for NCAA title

Nick Gwiazdowski.

Nick Gwiazdowski.

NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski upset two-time defending champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota 4-2 in the heavyweight finals of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament.

The No. 2 seeded Gwiazdowski got two take downs, clinching the match with the second with less than half a minute left.

Nelson beat Gwiazdowski 1-0 earlier in the year and after a scoreless first period this time, Nelson was able to stay on top of Gwiazdowski the entire second period to score one point and got a second point for riding time.

Gwiazdowski started the final period on his feet, rather than the bottom position that cost him in the second period. He was able to take Nelson down at the 1:30 mark. Following an injury timeout for Nelson, who tweaked an ankle, Gwiadzdowski got that second take down near the end to win it.

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State blows a 16-point lead to bow out of NCAAs

statebballNC State, in command with a 16-point lead with eight minutes to go, could not withstand Saint Louis full-court pressure or hit free throws down the stretch in an 83-80 overtime loss.

State’s TJ Warren scored 28 points but could not hit from the free throw line in regulation or overtime, going six of 14 in addition to committing a lane violation while shooting what would have been a good free throw. He fouled out with 28 seconds left in overtime.

Tyler Lewis had a chance to win it in regulation with a 12-footer than rimmed out at the buzzer.

Saint Louis got out to an early 9-6 lead but didn’t lead again until overtime.

The Pack led by double digits at 30-19 in the first half but went into the half up by only four at 30-26. Quickly the Pack regained control of the game in the second half, working the lead up to 55-39 with 8:11 left, until falling apart at the end.

NC State hit only 20 of 37 free throws for the game, missing six free throws in the last 2:11 of regulation.

State’s Ralston Turner had a chance to send the game into a second overtime with a three at the buzzer but, despite being on line, came up a little short.

Boxscore

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NC State pulls away late behind Warren to advance in NCAAs

TJ Warren.

TJ Warren.

NC State shot 55 percent for the game and pulled away late to defeat Xavier 74-59 in the NCAA Tournament.

It looked bad for the Pack early as TJ Warren rolled an ankle and picked up his second foul. The Pack managed to lead throughout the first half and led by 34-28 at the half.

Xavier had the lead down to 45-42 before Warren scored in bunches, including once on a steal and dunk and once getting out front on the fast break for another dunk on a long feed from Tyler Lewis, who had eight assists on the night.

The Pack went on a 13-5 run to take a 58-47 lead with eight minutes to go. State got the lead up to 17 before settling for the 15-point win.

Warren got 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to help open it up. He passed David Thompson as NC State’s single-season points leader with 843 points. Thompson had 838 in 1975 while Rodney Monroe at 836 in 1991.

The Wolfpack advances to play Saint Louis in the Round of 64.

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Duke, NC State news conferences: Coach K plugs Pack

Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Following Duke’s 75-67 victory over North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal, Blue Devil coach Mike Mike Krzyzewski put in plug for the Wolfpack. “This team we played today is really good. I think Mark’s done a fabulous job with this team. And again, you watch Warren. Do any of those kids look jealous? None. I mean, they got it going. They’re a tough out, man. They’re a tough out. They’d be a tough out. I wouldn’t want to play them in the NCAA Tournament.”

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Carolina tennis beats State 4-3

Brett Clark.

Brett Clark.

The 11th-ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team has made a habit lately of dropping the doubles point but rallying to win on the strength of its singles play. It followed that pattern again Friday evening when it outlasted conference foe NC State 4-3 in a match as tight as the score would indicate.

The match was played before 209 fans at the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium as Carolina improved to 14-2 on the season and won its league opener. The 25th-ranked Wolfpack is now 11-4 and 0-2 in the ACC. UNC’s win total for 2014 is already two more than it had last year when Carolina finished 12-13.

The match had multiple momentum swings but Carolina ended up pulling out the victory by recording four singles wins, including a pair of three-set triumphs off the rackets of Brayden Schnur and Oystein Steiro.

Carolina has now won a trio of recent matches against nationally-ranked teams after dropping the doubles point. Carolina beat TCU in that fashion last month and most recently downed seventh-ranked Texas in Chapel Hill last Monday 4-3

After freshmen Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray clinched an 8-3 win at #3 doubles, the Wolfpack rallied to win at #1 and #2 doubles to take a 1-0 lead in the team score. Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster prevailed 8-6 over Nelson Vick and Oystein Steiro at #1. The doubles point then came down to court 2 which needed a tiebreaker to decide the match. The 27th-ranked tandem of Nick Horton and Sean Weber defeated Brett Clark and Brayden Schnur 8-7 (7-3).

The Tar Heels put on their rally hats and got the four singles wins capped by Oystein Steiro’s come-from-behind victory at the #5 spot.

Brett Clark started the rally with a 6-4, 6-4 win over NCSU’s Thomas Wiegel at #3. Shortly thereafter, freshman Ronnie Schneider won at #2 singles over 98th-ranked Robbie Mudge 7-5, 6-3. The 32nd-ranked Schneider improved to 12-1 in dual matches this spring and 24-3 overall for the 2013-14 season.

NC State answered with a straight set win at #6 as Nick Horton downed Nelson Vick. But Carolina retook the lead at 3-2 with freshman Brayden Schnur winning over #41 Austin Powell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Schnur, ranked 18th nationally, is 11-0 in dual matches this spring.

State tied the match at 3-3 when Sean Weber rebounded from dropping the first set to beat UNC’s Jack Murray 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 at #4 singles.

All eyes then turned to court 5 where Steiro, a UNC junior, had lost the first set to Simon Norenius 7-4. But the Norwegian native persevered to win the second set 6-4 and then handily won the third set 6-1, serving an ace on his first match point.

Coach Sam Paul’s Tar Heels will be back in action again Sunday at 1 p.m. when it plays host to 13th-ranked Wake Forest at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

- News release

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Highlights of Wolfpack’s upset win over Syracuse

statewinThe NC State Wolfpack advance to their 3rd straight ACC Tourney Semifinals with an exciting 66-63 upset win over #11 Syracuse. ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren scored a game-high 28 points while Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis scored a team-high 21 points. Syracuse had a chance to tie on their final possession but missed 6-straight shots.

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Coach Gottfried’s comments after State defeats Miami in ACC tourney

Mark Gottfried.

Mark Gottfried.

COACH GOTTFRIED: All right, first of all, let me say I’m really really proud of my team. These young guys, most of our guys have never been involved in the ACC tournament. They came over here and played with great courage. It was a gutsy tough win.
Miami I thought in the second half offensively played really good. We had some trouble stopping them, but we stepped up and made some big plays late. TJ, as he always does, put us right on his back. Ralston stepped up and made a couple of huge shots for us. Key defensive rebounds late in the game I thought. We’re excited for these young guys to do what they’ve done this year. I’m really proud of them.

Q. Coach, the role of freshman, Ralston, he did a tremendous job tonight. How could he handle that pressure as just a freshman scoring so many points?
COACH GOTTFRIED: Ralston is a junior. Ralston has set out transfer. All of our guys, our point guards, Tyler and Cat combined, freshman and a sophomore, they get 11 assists with no turnovers between the two of them. Cat had seven, Tyler had four, but they didn’t turn the ball over. Young players. We forget sometimes TJ is just a sophomore. He’s just a young player too. Step in this environment, in a tournament setting, Lennard played big for us. Kyle made a couple of nice ones, all of those guys. So great to see the young guys step up.

Q. TJ, how much pressure does it take off of you especially when they’re playing box and one a lot for Ralston or somebody else to provide what they did tonight offensively?
COACH GOTTFRIED: Ralston stepped up and made a lot of big shots. My teammates, they do a great job finding me. I just keep working and keep moving with the basketball.

Q. Coach and TJ, can you talk about a second chance now with Syracuse for tomorrow and obviously that was such a close game up there, I know you’re probably looking forward to a rematch?
COACH GOTTFRIED: First of all, I think they’re really a great team. They spent more weeks I think at number one than anybody else in the country. We played well up there. But we let one get away. We were in a position to win and we didn’t close it out. I think with Jerami Grant back now, he missed some time, I think they’re playing with great confidence and they’re really good. And the only time they really haven’t been good is when he was out. So it’s a great opportunity for our players to play against a great team. So I think our guys are going to be excited about it.

Q. Coach, could you speak about your team’s defensive effort tonight, mainly with the disparity in turnovers that you created and also the number of points you created from those?

COACH GOTTFRIED: Well, I thought defensively we were good at times. There was a stretch in the second half we had a hard time stopping them. The good news was we were scoring. That was okay. We were trading baskets, but we had a difficult time. But I thought late in the game, in the last three minutes, our defense was better. Probably the best it had been all night. Maybe the first couple minutes of the game. Miami is a tough team to defend. They take the ball to the basket really well off the dribble. They get you spread out sometimes. And they’re hard to guard. But I thought late in the game our guys stepped up defensively and really did a nice job.

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Warren beats out Parker for ACC player of the year; UVA coach honored

TJ Warren.

TJ Warren.

NC State sophomore T.J. Warren has been chosen as the 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Year, as announced today by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Warren was the choice of 48 members casting ballots. The Durham, N.C., native finished ahead of Duke freshman Jabari Parker, who placed second with 25 votes.

Parker was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year, while Virginia’s Tony Bennett received ACC Coach of the Year honors and Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

NC State’s Warren leads the ACC in scoring at 24.8 points per game and in field goal percentage at .532. The 6-foot-8 forward closed the regular season with back-to-back scoring games of 41 and 42 points in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Warren has scored at least 20 points in 26 of the 30 games in which he played, and has scored more than 30 points on nine occasions.

Warren is on pace to join Clemson’s Horace Grant (1987) and Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (1997) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in both scoring and field goal percentage. He ranks third nationally in scoring, and his 9.8 field goals made per game ranks first.

Warren also ranks eighth among ACC rebounders with 7.1 per game – including an ACC-high 3.17 offensive rebounds per game – and is eighth in minutes played at 34.9 per game.

This marks the eighth time that an NC State student-athlete has been honored as the ACC Basketball Player of the Year. Warren joins Ronnie Shavlik (1956), Lou Pucillo (1959), three-time winner David Thompson (1973-75), Rodney Monroe (1991) and Julius Hodge (2004).

Duke’s Parker, who was named the ACC Rookie of the Week a record-tying 10 times during the regular season, ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 19.2 points per game and leads in rebounding at 9.0 per contest. The Chicago native leads the ACC with 14 double-doubles on the season and will take a 15-game double-figure scoring streak into this week’s ACC Tournament.

Parker received 72 of a possible 77 votes, with fellow Wooden Watch Award finalist Tyler Ennis receiving four. Parker becomes the seventh Duke Freshman of the Year honoree, joining Jim Spanarkel (1976), Mike Gminski (1977), Gene Banks (1978), Chris Duhon (2001), Kyle Singler (2008) and Austin Rivers (2012).

Bennett led Virginia to a 25-6 overall record and a 16-2 ACC finish that produced the program’s first outright regular-season conference title since 1981. The Cavaliers, who were picked to finish fourth in the preseason by media in attendance at the ACC’s Operation Basketball, tied the conference record for league wins in a season and will head to this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro as the No. 1 seed.

Bennett’s Virginia team has allowed an ACC-low 55.4 points per game and opponents to shoot a collective .384 percent. Virginia’s 13 consecutive wins from January 18 through March 1 represented the school’s longest streak since 1981. Bennett was the choice of 68 ACSMA voters as the ACC Coach of the Year. North Carolina’s Roy Williams was second with six votes.

Virginia claimed ACC Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time. Bill Gibson received the award in 1972, followed by Terry Holland in 1981 and 1982, and Dave Leitao in 2007.

Clemson’s McDaniels was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the ACC in blocked shots during the regular season (2.8) per game. The leading vote-getter on both the ACSMA and the Coaches’ All-ACC Defensive Teams announced on Monday, the Birmingham, Ala., native also leads the Tigers in steals with 1.2 per game.

McDaniels was named on 39 ballots for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Virginia’s Akil Mitchell was next with 21.

Compare the All-ACC team to CapitalSportsNC’s Cliff Barnes’ ballot by clicking here. In short, he also chose Warren as player of the year, Bennett as coach of the year and Parker as rookie of the year.

ACSMA 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year Voting
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (48)
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke (25)
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (2)
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (1)
K.J. McDaniels, Jr., Clemson (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 ACC Freshman of the Year Voting
Jabari Parker, Duke (72)
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse (4)
London Perrantes, Virginia (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 Coach of the Year Voting
Tony Bennett, Virginia (68)
Roy Williams, North Carolina (6)
Jamie Dixon, Pitt (1)
Brad Brownell, Clemson (1)
Jim Larrañaga, Miami (1)

ACSMA 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year Voting
K.J. McDaniels, Jr., Clemson (39)
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia (21)
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech (5)
Jabari Parker, Fr., Duke (4)
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (3)
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (1)
Cameron Wright, Jr., Pitt (1)
Devin Thomas, So., Wake Forest (1)
Justin Anderson, So., Virginia (1)
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (1)