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Three of four top seeds advance through SoCon men's quarterfinals

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(1N) UNC-Greensboro 65, (5N) Appalachian State 55
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) --
Trevis Simpson scored 17 points and UNC Greensboro rallied to beat Appalachian State 65-55 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament.

The Spartans (13-18) trailed 49-38 with 12:57 remaining in the game before finishing with a 27-6 run. The Spartans began the rally with a 13-2 stretch that tied the game 51-51 on a layup by David Williams with 8:16 to play.

Williams added 12 points and Derrell Armstrong had 11 for UNC Greensboro, which advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2008.

The Mountaineers led 39-32 at halftime and built a 12-point lead before the Spartans began their rally.

Appalachian State made only 6 of 29 field goal attempts in the second half and shot 36.2 percent (21of 58) for the game while the Spartans shot 37.7 percent (23 of 61).

Isaac Butts had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (13-18).

(3N) Western Carolina 82, (2S) Wofford 59
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) --
Harouna Mutombo led six players in double figures with 17 points as Western Carolina took down Wofford 82-59 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament.

Keaton Cole had 16, Tawaski King 14, Trey Sumler 12 and Brandon Boggs and Preston Ross had 11 apiece for the third-seeded Catamounts (16-17).

Wofford (19-13) entered intermission trailing 38-3, but Western Carolina opened the second half on a 13-4 run to take a 51-36 lead with 15:36 left to play.

The Catamounts pushed that lead to 77-59 behind a 3-pointer from Cole with 3:16 remaining.

Western Carolina outscored second-seeded Wofford 44-27 in the second half and held the Terriers to just 32.8-percent (20 of 61) shooting overall. The Terriers hit just 3-of-24 3-point attempts.

Brad Loesing led Wofford with 23 points despite shooting just 8-of-17 from the field.

Western Carolina takes on UNC Greensoboro on Sunday in the semifinals.

(1S) Davidson 73, (5N) Furman 54
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) --
A trio of Davidson players scored 17 points apiece, and the top-seeded Wildcats rolled past Furman 73-54 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament.

South division regular-season champions Davidson (23-7), which had a first round bye, advances to the semifinal round on Sunday.

De'Mon Brooks, Chris Czerapowicz and Tyler Kalinoski all had 17 points each for the Wildcats, who have won three straight games. Kalinoski knocked down five 3-pointers for the Wildcats.

Davidson never trailed in this one, opening on a 21-8 run and taking a 10-point lead at intermission. The Wildcats outscored the Paladins 36-27 in the second half to seal it.

The Wildcats edged the Paladins 47.4 percent (27 of 57) to 37.7 percent (20 of 53) from the floor.

The Reddick brothers, Charlie and Colin, scored 10 points apiece to pace the fifth-seeded Paladins (15-16) of the South division.

(2N) Elon 65, (3S) Georgia Southern 58
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) --
Jack Isenbarger scored 18 points to lead Elon to a 65-58 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday night in the Southern Conference quarterfinals.

The Phoenix (15-15), who won a quarterfinal game for only the third time in nine conference tournament appearances, faces Davidson in the semifinals on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

The win avenges a six-point loss to the Eagles in January. The Phoenix shot only 35.9 percent in that game but made 53.3 percent (24 of 45) of their field goal attempts on Saturday.

Elon led by 11 points in the first half and never trailed over the final 20 minutes. Georgia Southern tied the game once, at 48-48 and was down 60-58 after a jumper by Jelani Hewitt with 2:19 left in the game. But Elon finished with five unanswered points to seal the win.

Eric Ferguson scored 21 points for the Eagles (15-15).

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