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Coastal Carolina tops ASU in series opener

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun

Arkansas State’s Grant Hawkins tries to field a ground ball during Friday’s Sun Belt Conference opener against Coastal Carolina at Tomlinson Stadium. Coastal Carolina won 3-1. Game two is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight.

By Matthew V. Roberson
Sun Staff Writer
JONESBORO — Arkansas State got a pair of strong pitching efforts that gave it a chance against the Sun Belt Conference's defending champion.
It still wasn't enough to overcome the game turned in by Coastal . . .

Harper's 3 helps Auburn beat Charleston 62-58

Denis Poroy | AP Photo

Charleston guard Grant Riller (1), center, shoots as Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) defends and Charleston guard Marquise Pointer looks on during the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — Jared Harper made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:17 to go — his only basket of the game — and Auburn held off No. 13 seed College of Charleston 62-58 in a Midwest Region thriller to avoid becoming the second No. 4 seed upset at Viejas Arena on . . .

Martin, Baldwin lead Butler past Arkansas 79-62

DETROIT — Butler coach LaVall Jordan watched his team race out to a huge early lead, then give it all away before the first half was even over.
That could have been a huge emotional swing, but the Bulldogs kept their cool.
"We got up big and I didn't expect to . . .