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Parks leads The Citadel past W Carolina in SoCon opener

ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) Preston Parks scored 28 points and ninth-seeded The Citadel used a late 8-0 run to defeat eighth-seeded Western Carolina in the opening game of the Southern Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Haboubacar Mutombo's 3-pointer with 7:02 to go put the Catamounts up 62-61 with 7:02 to play. Parks started the key surge with a pair of free throws. Six of the eight points came from the line. Western Carolina missed eight shots before Mutombo's layup with 4:09 to play. He kept the Catamounts in it with two more layups as he scored their last 16 points.

The fifth and final 3 by Mutombo, who had 25 points, with 2:42 to play made it a two-point game but Western Carolina missed three shots and Ezekiel Balogun had a basket before four free throws in the final 30 seconds sealed it.

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Leaders
Points: H. Mutombo11.7
Rebounds: M. Gosselin6.8
Assists: D. Peterson3.6
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: No qualifiers
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: D. Peterson1.2
Blocks: M. Gosselin0.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Southern Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East Tennessee State 14-4 27-8
UNCG 14-4 25-10
Furman 14-4 23-12
Chattanooga 10-8 19-12
Wofford 10-8 16-17
Mercer 9-9 15-17
Samford 8-10 20-16
Citadel 4-14 12-21
Western Carolina 4-14 9-23
VMI 3-15 6-24
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