News Nuggets, 03.30.05
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Night-time football on the menu for Pirate fans
Carolina southpaw takes Conference USA honor ... Beale
Street helps Memphis star cure the blues ...
helps Heels seal the deal over Badgers ... Scintillating
finishes supercharge TV ratings ...
Illini mount monumental rallies to reach Final Four ...
Terrapins dump TCU to win Garden date with South Carolina
... Sunday preview: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin ...
State bite the dust; Heels survive ... Louisville, WVU
rumble for spot in Final Four ... Fires plague Morgantown
after tourney win ... Players nabbed for passing fake
named to powerful USA Basketball panel ... ECU fans to have
rooting interest in NIT semis ... Triangle's Sweet 16 teams
converge at RDU ... Another DUI charge embarrasses
Memphis whips Vandy to advance to Garden ... NIT: Maryland
overcomes big Davidson lead ... Big East hops on replay
win over UNLV extends Stokes' ties to USC ...
Davidson-Maryland NIT matchup set for TV ... Activists file
suit over 'Chief Illiniwek' ...
over for East Carolina football team ... Frogs in NIT
quarterfinals after overtime win ... CBS reaping ratings
bonanza from tourney ... Baseball America & Collegiate
Baseball Polls ...
straps on visor, gets down to business ... NCAA Tourney
Sweet 16 pairings & schedule ... Tournament's TV ratings up
over 2004 ...
proves it still has Bearcats' number ... Memphis zaps
Hokies, starts thinking NIT title ... Davidson tames Bears,
turns focus to Terps ... Preview: (4) Louisville vs. (5)
Georgia Tech ...
leads Wolfpack to comeback win over 49ers ... Louisville
escapes upset bid by Ragin' Cajuns ... Preview: (7)
Cincinnati vs. (2) Kentucky ... Preview: (11) UAB vs. (3)
When East Carolina's 2005 football
campaign gets under way, Pirate fans may get a steady diet of night games
both at home and on the road until mid-October.
The Pirates' schedule, which includes
five games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and six on the road, does not include an
announced afternoon date until a 3:00 p.m. game on Oct . 15 game at Southern
That could change change, depending
upon the kickoff time of a Sept. 24 game at West Virginia. The start time
for that game and for a Nov. 19 contest at Marshall were the only two not
indicated in a Tuesday press release from the ECU athletic department.
The announcement listed the kickoff
times for the other nine games on the Pirates' schedule and noted
special-day designations for all five games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
ECU's first afternoon home game is Oct.
29, when the Pirate host Central Florida at 2:00 p.m. for Homecoming.
The Pirates open their season with a
7:00 p.m. home game against Duke on Sept. 3 and conclude the regular season
on Nov. 26 with a noon home game versus UAB.
2005 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL
Sep 03 #1 DUKE
Sep 10 Open Date
Sep 17 at Wake Forest
Sep 24 at West Virginia
Oct 01 #2 SOUTHERN MISS*
Oct 08 #3 RICE*
Oct 15 at Southern
Methodist* 3:00 PM
Oct 22 at Memphis*
Oct 29 #4 CENTRAL FLORIDA*
Nov 05 Open Date
Nov 12 at Tulsa*
Nov 19 at Marshall*
Nov 26 #5 UAB*
#1 = Pirate Club Weekend
#2 = Military Appreciation Day, Band Day
#3 = Family, Hall of Fame/Letterwinners Weekend
#4 = Homecoming
#5 = Academic Success Day
@ = Game times are subject to
change to meet possible television scheduling needs.
Home games in ALL CAPS; asterisk (*)
USA game; TBA denotes game for which kickoff time will be announced at a
Gamecocks top Terps to reach NIT title game
NEW YORK South Carolina wasn't going
to let Maryland pull this one out no matter how many people were rooting
for yet another comeback.
Carlos Powell scored 17 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Gamecocks thwarted the sloppy Terrapins 75-67
Tuesday night to reach the NIT championship game.
``We just tried to pick it up in the
second half,'' Powell said. ``We knew they were going to go on a run so we
just tried to stay a lot more aggressive than them.''
The Gamecocks (19-13) crashed the
boards all night, pulling down 20 offensive rebounds 44 overall.
Now they are in the NIT final for the
second time in four seasons and will face Saint Joseph's for the title on
The Hawks (24-11) eliminated Memphis
70-58 in the opener of the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.
That was good news for the Gamecocks,
who lost the 2002 NIT championship game to Memphis and were knocked out of
the NCAA tournament last year by the Tigers in the first round.
``Now that I don't have to play them, I
can say that's who I was pulling for,'' South Carolina coach Dave Odom said.
``I wanted one more shot at them ... that's not true.
``Memphis is a great team with a great
coach but Saint Joe's is the one that's been dealt to us and we'll have our
hands full with them.''
The Terrapins had made
coming-from-behind a common occurrence in the NIT. In the first round, they
trailed Oral Roberts by 13 in first half and by 16 in the second round to
Even in the quarterfinal victory over
Texas Christian, Maryland rallied from two second-half deficits to advance.
But those games were on its home floor. The partisan New York crowd tried to
make the Terps feel at home, but it wasn't enough.
Hawks halt Memphis in NIT semifinal battle
NEW YORK Pat Carroll and John Bryant
have won 96 games in four seasons at Saint Joseph's. They want to leave
school with a title.
``If we can end with a championship off
this year, that would just top off the year,'' said Carroll, who scored 13
of his 24 points in the second half of Saint Joseph's 70-58 victory over
Memphis on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals.
The Hawks (24-11), who had to win four
games just to get to Madison Square Garden, will face South Carolina for the
tournament championship on Thursday.
The Gamecocks beat Maryland 75-67 in
the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Saint Joseph's has won five straight
Atlantic 10 regular-season titles, but Carroll and Bryant haven't enjoyed a
They got close last year, when Saint
Joseph's advanced to the NCAA regional finals behind the star guard duo of
Jameer Nelson and Delonte West. Those guys are now in the NBA, and the Hawks
are in the NIT.
When they started the season 3-6, it
looked as though the postseason would be totally out of reach. But Saint
Joseph's is 21-5 since Jan. 1.
Carroll, the Atlantic 10 co-player of
the year, was 6-of-9 from 3-point range including 3-of-4 in the second
half, when the Hawks pulled away behind 56.3-percent shooting.
``Even though people look at us as the
small school little Saint Joe's we can play with anyone,'' said Carroll,
whose night started with an airball.
Dwayne Jones added 13 points and 14
rebounds eight offensive for Saint Joseph's.
Memphis won three times at home but
couldn't get past the Hawks, who are on the longest postseason run in school
Rodney Carney scored 21 points, 17 in
the second half, and freshman guard Darius Washington Jr. added 14 for
Washington finished 23-of-26 from the
free throw line in the NIT. It was his two misses with no time remaining in
the Conference USA championship game that sent Memphis to this tournament
instead of the NCAA.
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