P.J. Hairston's career is over at North Carolina.
The school said Friday that it won't seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA after the junior committed several rule violations. Hairston hasn't played all season while the school and NCAA worked to resolve eligibility questions, many stemming from the use of cars linked to a felon and party promoter earlier this year.
Coach Roy Williams said Friday it was "probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've ever gone through as a head coach."
The news came two days after the school announced the NCAA had cleared senior Leslie McDonald to return after missing the first nine games because of related violations.
Hairston led the team in scoring last year and was a dangerous outside shooter. He flirted with entering the NBA draft before deciding to return, yet he never made it back on the court. He has practiced with the team as a member of the reserves, including Friday afternoon after the announcement, and has been on the bench for home games.
Athletic director Bubba Cunningham didn't release specifics, including when asked how much Hairston had received nor whether Hairston had been honest with investigators.
Syracuse 75, High Point 54: Trevor Cooney hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, C.J. Fair added 15 points, and the No. 2 Orange beat the Panthers in Syracuse, N.Y.
Syracuse (11-0) remained unbeaten, but it wasn't easy. High Point (3-7) trailed by just three points at halftime and led early in the second period before Syracuse responded with a 28-3 run to put away the game.
USF 76, Fresno State 47: Taylor Proctor had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Dons (5-6) rode remarkable second-half shooting to a victory over the host Bulldogs (6-4).
USF shot 69.6 percent (16 for 23) from the field in the second half, while Fresno State shot 17.2 percent (5 for 29).
Zhane Dikes scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Proctor was 9 for 12 from the field for the Dons, who shot 59.3 percent for the game to 29.1 for Fresno State.
Santa Clara 87, Georgia State 68: Ruta Zurauskyte scored a game-high 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting to lead the Broncos (4-7) past the visiting Panthers (4-8).
Nici Gilday scored 18 points, and Marie Bertholdt was 5 for 5 from the field for 14 points and added eight rebounds for Santa Clara. Raquel Avila scored 13 points to give the Broncos four double-figure scorers.
South Carolina 69, Winthrop 61: Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points and the No. 10 Gamecocks (10-1) held off a late charge by the Eagles (6-3) in Columbia, S.C.
N.C. State 89, LSU 79: Markeisha Gatling and Kody Burke each scored 25 points to lead the Wolfpack (11-1) over the No. 12 Tigers in Raleigh, N.C. Theresa Plaisance led LSU (9-2) with 18 points off the bench.