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North Carolina suspends Leslie McDonald for three games

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North Carolina has suspended guard Leslie McDonald for three games for an undisclosed reason, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.

According to UNC coach Roy Williams, McDonald “did not do what we expect of our student-athletes,” in dealing with his responsibilities as a student-athlete.

The announcement comes hours before the Tar Heels were set to take on Georgia Tech Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

McDonald had missed North Carolina’s last three games with a knee injury, games in which the Tar Heels have gone 2-1. According to reports, he was medically cleared to return to game action this week, but the suspension will now keep him sidelined until Feb. 2 vs. Virginia Tech.

On the season, he is averaging 8.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. His best game of the season came in a Dec. 1 win over UAB when he scored 24 points and dished out five assists.

McDonald did not suit up for the Tar Heels last season while dealing with a knee injury.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.