News Nuggets, 03.17.05
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Nothing heals like an NIT win for Tigers' Washington
not the Big Dance, but it's a win for DePaul ... NCAA
preview: UAB vs. LSU ... NCAA preview: Cincinnati vs. Iowa
... CORRECTED Final AP college basketball poll ...
Marquette makes quit exit from NIT ... New arena a factor in
Virginia's firing of Gillen ... Heart attack hospitalizes
Tech football coach ... Final 2004-05 college basketball
current, future C- USA teams earn NCAA or NIT bids ...
Finney dismissed by Tulane ...
free throws cost Memphis league title ... Marquette to host
Western Michigan in NIT ... Pac-10 jumps on instant replay
stand between Memphis and NCAA bid ... Pirates' head trainer
wins statewide award ... N.C. college baseball coach reaches
spawn unexpected C-USA semifinal pairings ... Updated
Conference USA Tournament brackets ... Fla. Intl. baseball
coach gets win No. 1000 ...
boosters anoint new leaders ... Tournament shocker: USF
ambushes Houston ... Basden, Pitino cop league's highest
honors ... Marshall football coach hangs up whistle ...
Basden, Pirates' Hammonds honored by C-USA ... Gamecocks'
Thompson surrenders to police ... Holiday Bowl doles out
highest all-time payout ...
QB derby a focus as spring drills kick off ... Pirate
pitcher recognized for taming Dogs ... 2004-05
All-Conference USA basketball team ... Cards top trio of
C-USA teams in hoops poll ...
membership no boon for Miami baseball ... C- USA Tournament
brackets and TV lineup ... C-USA Final Regular Season
Roundup: Cards buck trend on day of upsets ... C-USA Final
Regular Season Standings ...
chance for Cardinals to earn an outright title ... C-USA
basketball standings, scores, schedule & TV ... SEC football
to use instant replay next season ...
sprint sensation speeds to the big bucks ... Cards thump
49ers to nail down top seed ... C-USA basketball standings,
scores, schedule & TV ... Spurrier lays down law on behavior
at USC ...
MEMPHIS — Memphis fans let Darius
Washington know they are still behind him.
Playing for the first time since
missing two free throws that would have given the Tigers an NCAA tournament
bid, Washington received an extended standing ovation before Memphis
defeated Northeastern 90-65 Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
The win was a refreshing comeback after
Saturday's heartbreaking 75-74 loss to Louisville in the Conference USA
championship game. Washington, a freshman, missed two of three free throws
after time expired, relegating the Tigers to the NIT.
``It was important to get back and get
that sour taste out of our mouth from the loss to Louisville,'' said
Washington, who scored 13 points.
``That was the most important thing we
focused on the last couple of days was coming out with high intensity,''
Tiger center Arthur Barclay added. ``This is the NIT and there are a lot of
good teams in here if you look at the bracket.
``I'm trying to play until we can't
play anymore. We're not mad that we are playing in the NIT. We're looking at
it as a good thing.''
Jeremy Hunt scored a career-high 24
points and shot 10-for-15 from the field for Memphis (20-15), which will
face Virginia Tech in the second round.
Northeastern (21-10) played without
star guard Jose Juan Barea, who was suspended for ``unnecessarily rough
play'' while scrambling for a loose ball in the team's loss to Vermont in
the America East championship game. Barea ranks ninth in the nation in
scoring average at 22.2 points, and ranks seventh nationally in assists with
``It's tough to play without your
leading scorer,'' Northeastern coach Ron Everhart said.
Rodney Carney finished with 14 for the
Tigers, and Duane Erwin and Barclay each added 10 points.
Marcus Barnes led Northeastern with 19
points, and Adrian Martinez, starting in place of Barea, scored 15. Shawn
James, the America East conference rookie and defensive player of the year,
finished with 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Horned Frogs halt RedHawks' home streak
OXFORD, OH — Nile Murry hit an 18-foot
jumper with 4 seconds left to lift Texas Christian to a 60-58 win over Miami
of Ohio in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.
RedHawks senior Chet Mason was called
for an offensive foul with the scored tied at 58 and 35.5 seconds remaining,
leading to Murry's game-winner.
TCU (20-13) advances to play Western
Michigan in the second round. The Broncos defeated Marquette on Monday.
Miami (19-11) suffered its first loss
in 14 home games this season.
Mason finished with a game-high 22
points. Corey Santee led the Horned Frogs with 18 points.
Miami and TCU both were playing their
first postseason game since 1999. TCU has advanced to the second round in
each of its six NIT appearances.
Santee was 4-for-6 from 3-point range
and scored 16 points before intermission. His 3-pointer with 58 seconds left
in the first half gave TCU a 37-30 at the break. It was the largest of the
game for the Horned Frogs.
The RedHawks scored the first six
points of the second half, and neither team led by more than four points
The teams combined for 14 ties and
eight lead changes.
Davidson rips VCU for first-ever NIT victory
RICHMOND — Brendan Winters scored 14
points and Davidson used a 26-5 run spanning the halves to take command and
beat Virginia Commonwealth 77-62 in the NIT on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (22-8), given a chance to
write a new ending to their season after a surprising loss in the Southern
Conference tournament, won for the first time in four NIT appearances.
The Rams (19-13), beaten in the
Colonial Athletic Association championship by Old Dominion, scored 10
straight to get within 46-44 following Davidson's long run, then gave up
seven points in a row.
Winters hit four of the Wildcats' nine
3-pointers. Jason Morton also had 14 for Davidson, all after halftime, while
Logan Kosmalski had 11 points and eight rebounds and Kenny Grant and Conor
Grace scored 11 apiece.
Nick George and Michael Doles, who
played his final game at VCU, led the Rams with 20 points each.
Davidson outscored the Rams 7-2 at the
end of the first half to get within 31-28, then came out strongly after
halftime. The Wildcats hit three 3-pointers, two by Matt McKillop and one by
Winters, in the first 5:45 as their run grew to 26-5, giving them a 46-34
lead with 14:15 to play.
The Rams then scored 10 straight points
to get back within a field goal, but Ian Johnson scored on a putback,
Kosmalski hit a 12-footer and Morton's 3-pointer rebuilt the Wildcats' lead
to 53-44, essentially ending it.
Davidson had won 24 regular-season
games in a row in the Southern Conference but lost to UNC-Greensboro in the
Timeline on ECU hoops coach Ricky Stokes
RICKY STOKES QUICK FACTS AND
Full name: Roderick Leonard
DOB: March 29, 1962
Hometown: Richmond, VA
High School: Highland Springs (Richmond, VA)
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia, 1984
Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth, 1988
Children: Sydney, age 8
NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAYING
1980-81 Player, Virginia, Final Four
1981-82 Player, Virginia, Sweet 16
1982-83 Player, Virginia, Elite Eight
1983-84 Player, Virginia, Final Four
NCAA TOURNAMENT COACHING
1990-91 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, 2nd Round
1991-92 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, 1st Round
1992-93 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, Sweet 16
1993-94 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, 2nd Round
1994-95 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, Sweet 16
1995-96 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, Elite Eight
1996-97 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, 2nd Round
1998-99 Assistant Coach, Texas 1st Round
2003-04 Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 1st Round
COLLEGE COACHING RESUME:
1984-85 Graduate Assistant, Virginia
1988-89 Assistant Coach, Bowling Green
1989-97 Assistant Coach, Wake Forest
1997-98 Assistant Coach, Virginia
1998-99 Associate Head, Coach Texas
1999-2003 Head Coach, Virginia Tech
2003-2005 Assistant Coach, South Carolina
2005- Head Coach, East Carolina
Compiled from information
South Carolina Athletics.
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