SAN DIEGO (AP) — Xavier Thames scored 23 points and No. 10 San Diego State raced back from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat No. 21 New Mexico 51-48 Saturday night and win the outright Mountain West Conference title.
Patric Young scored 18 points in his home finale and top-ranked Florida routed No. 25 Kentucky, 84-65, on Saturday, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play.‘‘This is the way to go out,’’ Young said. ‘‘You couldn’t have scripted this one any better . . . What else could you want?’’Fellow seniors Casey Prather (15) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures for the Gators (29-2, 18-0), who have won 23 straight and 32 in a row at home.‘‘When you invest four years likes these guys have invested, it means something to them,’’ Donovan said. ‘‘They’re going to carry this with them for the rest of their lives.‘‘They've done something that’s not happened here before.’’
Doug McDermott scored a career-high 45 points and became the eighth player in Division 1 history to go over 3,000 for a career, and No. 13 Creighton rolled to an 88-73 victory over Providence on Saturday night in Omaha, Neb.McDermott passed the milestone with a 3-pointer midway through the second half. After the ball went in, he ran backward with his right hand in the air, three fingers raised. McDermott scored 22 points in the first half as the Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East) put away the Friars (20-11, 10-8) quickly.Bryce Cotton, the Big East’s second-leading scorer, had all of his 23 points in the second half for Providence.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Rhamel Brown scored 18 points, 11 after halftime, and Michael Alvarado added 17 as second-seeded Manhattan broke away from seventh-seeded St. Peter's 72-58 in a Metro Athletic Association quarterfinal Saturday night.
Former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston sued the NCAA and five major conferences Wednesday, saying they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of an athletic scholarship at less than the actual cost of attending school.
The NFL has reinstated Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, the player announced Tuesday night on Twitter. Browner was hit with a one-year suspension Nov. 25 for violating the league’s substance policy. An appeal was denied and the league suspended him indefinitely in December. Browner is set to become a free agent on March 11 and is free to sign with any team .
It has been an arduous season for the Harvard men’s hockey team.The Crimson’s performance during the season has fluctuated wildly.They won three straight in early February but followed that with a 1-3-1 stretch to end the season.When the Crimson began their ECAC first-round series with 16th-ranked Yale on Friday night, it was a spitting image of their season’s woes.After killing off a penalty a the start of the game, Harvard turned around and allowed two goals just 2:08 apart later in the first period en route to a 4-0 loss at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.Jesse Root and Gus Young scored in the first and Alex Lyon made 24 saves for Yale.
On March 26 of last year, David Quinn was named the 11th hockey coach at Boston University, his alma mater. Quinn, who replaced Jack Parker at the conclusion of his 40-year reign, told a packed crowd on campus that he was stepping into his dream job.Taking over for a legend is difficult enough but Quinn had to face some adversity early on. Left wing Matt Nieto left after his junior year to sign with the San Jose Sharks. Also, one of the team’s top defenseman, sophomore Matt Grzelcyk, a Bruins draft pick, was lost because of season-ending shoulder surgery. Those absences significantly affected the Terriers’ power play.Other players jumped ship and others were let go, which frequently happens when there is a change in the coaching staff.
For college hockey fans in the greater Boston area, this weekend turned out to be the worst-case scenario in that all three Hockey East single-elimination playoff games are significant distances away.The five teams that earned byes will be watching to see how these three contests affect them with regard to next week’s best-of-three league quarterfinals.
Freshman center and top NBA prospect Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for eighth-ranked Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game, and it’s possible he could be out through the Big 12 tournament. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said that Embiid re-aggravated the injury and that experts have told the team’s training staff that the best remedy is simply rest. An MRI exam taken on his lower back came back negative.In other news: The Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday. Collins signed his original deal Feb. 23, becoming the NBA’s first openly gay player, and it expires Tuesday.
Nearly 30 demonstrators, including current and former student-athletes, rallied Saturday in support of Boston University women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg after four players alleged Greenberg emotionally abused them, causing them to quit the team.Clutching placards that read “Coach Greenberg Cares’’ and “We Love Coach Greenberg,’’ the group gathered in front of Agganis Arena before the men’s basketball team played Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament.
WALTHAM — This is where it all happens, in Barbara Stevens’s warm and inviting office on the second floor of Bentley University’s Dana Center. A large bookshelf behind her neatly arranged desk in the far left corner of the room is adorned with trophies and nets cut down from Northeast-10 title games and framed photos of the teams she has coached in 28 seasons as the head coach of Bentley’s wildly successful women’s basketball program.“I keep telling my players if they keep winning them, then I’ll keep putting them up,’’ Stevens jokingly remarked to an office visitor Thursday afternoon.But this is where Bentley’s unrelenting pursuit of perfection is mapped out on a daily basis. It is where Stevens doggedly prepares through exhaustive film study and advanced scouting. And, as anyone will tell you, Stevens, 58, is nothing if not a evangelical minister of the coaching gospel, “Practice makes perfect.’’
All seemed fine in mid-January. Kyle McGuire was cruising, unbeaten in his first 15 matches for the Trinity College wrestling team.
Then the 2011 Mansfield High graduate lost consecutive matches, the start of a rough stretch that saw him drop several close decisions.
“I lost some confidence and wasn’t enjoying myself,” said the 6-foot, 220-pound McGuire, who is 24-5 overall this season.
The fun is back.
Last weekend, McGuire captured the heavyweight title at the NCAA Division 3 Northeast Regional Championship at Wesleyan University. With the win, McGuire qualified for the NCAA championships next weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Unseeded entering the tournament, McGuire won all four of his matches, including a 3-2 win over top-seeded Lance Moore (Cortland State) for the title.
SEATTLE (AP) — Cassie Harberts scored 10 straight points for USC in the final three minutes, and the Trojans held on in the closing seconds to upset No. 4 Stanford 72-68 in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals on Saturday night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame's romp through its new league is nearly complete. One more win, and the No. 2 Fighting Irish will have an Atlantic Coast Conference championship trophy to go with their still-perfect record.