Men's Basketball

Morehead State's Sean Woods taps LSU pipeline again

The Morehead State men's basketball team signed its second transfer from LSU this spring when Corban Collins agreed to join the Eagles.

In April, Jalen Courtney also transferred from LSU to Morehead State.

Both players will sit out the 2013-14 season and be eligible in 2014-15.

Collins will have three years of eligibility at Morehead. Courtney will have one.

Collins, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, played in 27 games for the Southeastern Conference's Tigers as a freshman. He averaged 2.6 points and shot 46 percent from three-point range in 9.1 minutes per game. Collins scored a career-high 19 points at Boise State.

"Corban is another young man who has played at the highest level of college basketball," said Coach Sean Woods, who is establishing a track record of collecting transfers since his arrival last season. "He has a strong body, great size for a guard and high basketball IQ."

Collins chose MSU over fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Murray State and Central Florida.

Earlier this spring, Woods signed Charlotte transfer DeMario Mayfield and junior-college players DeAndre Leatherwood, Kareem Storey and Billy Reader.

All of those players will be eligible in 2013-14.

Ex-Miami coach Coles dies

Longtime Miami (Ohio) basketball coach Charlie Coles, the school's all-time leader in victories, died Friday in Oxford, Ohio, the school said. He was 71.

No cause of death was reported, but Coles had a long history of heart issues.

Known for his colorful wit and competitiveness as the mid-major Redhawks often scheduled national powers for their non-conference games, the two-time Mid-American Conference coach of the year had 263 victories at Miami. He had a career record of 355-308 over 22 seasons at Miami and Central Michigan.

"The basketball world lost one of its great ambassadors in Charlie Coles today," Kentucky Coach John Calipari said via Twitter. "As a player, coach, mentor and teacher, no one was better than Charlie. He was a true, compassionate competitor ... ."

Coles retired in March 2012. In 1999, Miami made a long-shot run into the NCAA's round of 16, led by future NBA forward Wally Szczerbiak. Miami lost to UK.

Gun found in Heel's arrest

Officers seized a 9mm handgun and ammunition when North Carolina's leading scorer, P.J. Hairston, was arrested Wednesday on a marijuana possession charge, according to a police report.

Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael says the pistol was found on the ground outside the 2013 GMC Yukon during the search. Michael would not comment on whether officers have determined who owns the weapon.

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