The highly touted freshmen class at Wake Forest and N.C. State's new head coach make their regular season debuts in basketball games tonight.
Wake Forest actually plays two games in as many days. The Demon Deacons host Howard at 7:30 tonight in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.The Demon Deacons made their mark in recruiting by bringing to Winston-Salem some North Carolina-born products. Forwards Rodney Rogers and Trelonnie Owens are expected to help second-year head coach Dave Odom improve on last year's 12-16 record.
Les Robinson will be at the helm tonight as N.C. State plays at Florida International. The Wolfpack is led by veterans Rodney Monroe and Chris Corchiani.
The rest of the league gets into action Saturday night as No. UNC hosts San Diego State at 7:30 in the Dean E. Smith Center, 18th-ranked Virginia plays Sienna in the Great Alaska Shootout, Clemson hosts Maryland-Baltimore County and No. 16 Georgia Tech entertains Augusta College.
Duke has a head start on the rest of the league, having already participated in the Big Apple NIT. The Blue Devils will play Notre Dame for third place tonight.
UNCG plays UNCW\ \ Coach Bob McEvoy's men's basketball squad travels to UNC Wilmington tonight for its first meeting with the NCAA Division I member. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.
UNCG is seeking to improve on its 6-22 record of last year. UNCW, a member of the Division I Colonial Athletic Association, is hoping to rebound from an 8-20 record under first-year coach Kevin Eastman.
UNCG women in tourney\ \ Coach Lynne Agee's women's team has a tough assignment when it opens against the University of Mississippi tonight at Boone.
Ole Miss has been ranked as high as No. 13 nationally in pre-season Division I polls.
Tip-off in the first-round game of the Appalachian State University Tournament is at 6 p.m. Host ASU and Morgan State University (Md.) meet at 8 p.m.
The championship game is at 4 p.m. Saturday and the third-place game at 2.
Newberry triumphs\ \ CLINTON, S.C. - Dwight Cummings rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown Thursday as Newberry beat Presbyterian 24-7, giving Indians coach Gary Smallen a victory in his final game.
Turnovers played a key role in the contest between the arch-rivals. Presbyterian lost four of its five fumbles, one of which led to Cummings's third-quarter touchdown.
Cummings gained his 107 yards on 17 carries, with a 15-yard run as his longest of the day. Newberry quarterback Tim Singleton completed 12 of 29 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.
Newberry's victory meant the Indians ended the season at 3-8 and kept possession of the Bronze Derby, which is given annually to the victor.
``I'm happy for the kids,' said Smallen, who resigned earlier this week. ``I'm glad for our fans - it's exciting for them to be proud of our kids. We have a group of great young men.'
Presbyterian finished at 2-9.
Furman heads list\ \ CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Furman placed ten players on the first unit of the All-Southern Conference team.
Heading the list is the league's top-rated passer, Frankie Debusk, and the conference's rushing leader, Carl Tremble, who averaged 94 yards per game. Debusk and Tremble led a Furman offense that produced an average of 416.8 yards per game.
Tennessee-Chattanooga placed six members on the all-conference team, including punter Pumpy Tudors and place kicker Rodney Allen.\ OFFENSE
QB Frankie DeBusk, Furman University; RB Carl Tremble, Furman University; RB Derrick Hollins, East Tennessee State; OG DeRhon Robinson, The Citadel; OG Eric Walter, Furman University; C Steve Duggan, Furman University; OT Greg Barnette, Appalachian State University and Carey Cash, The Citadel; WR Donald Lipscomb, Furman University; WR Andre Motley, Marshall University; TE Eric Ihnat, Marshall University; PK Rodney Allen, Tennessee-Chattanooga.\ DEFENSE
DL Troy Boeck, Tennessee-Chattanooga; DL Allen Edwards, Furman University; DL Billy Glanton, Tennessee-Chattanooga; DL Tony Hill, Tennessee-Chattanooga; LB Kevin Kendrick, Furman University; LB J.J. Davis, The Citadel; LB Rico Mack, Appalachian State; DB Brance Drain, Tennessee-Chattanooga; DB Joe Chirico, Marshall Unibersity; DB Jason Grant, Furman University; DB Ivan Johnson, Furman University; Punter Pumpy Tudors, Tennessee-Chattanooga.
UNCG in playoffs\ \ UNC Greensboro's volleyball team will face the University of Tampa tonight in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Spartans, 32-5 and ranked No. 20 nationally in the final poll, will play 11th-ranked Tampa, 32-10, at 7:30 p.m. in Lakeland, Fla. The winner of the first-round match will meet host Florida Southern College Saturday at 7:30. Florida Southern is 40-2 and ranked No. 6.
The Division II tournament is a 20-team event which begins with regional competition this weekend and concludes Nov. 30-Dec. 2 with quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.
Caraway finale\ \ ASHEBORO - Greensboro's Dickie Wyer edged Randy Paschal of Sanford to win the Turkey 200 Enduro race at Caraway Speedway Thursday.
High Point's Chuck Hill was third while Lynn Honeycutt of Autryville finished fourth and Mike Fagg of Troy was fifth.