Sports News-March 19, 2012
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John Henson had 13 points, ten rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, and North Carolina beat Creighton 87-73 yesterday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Kendall Marshall added 18 points and eleven assists for the top-seeded Tar Heels, who reached the Sweet 16 for a record 25th time. North Carolina got off to a fast start and built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control of the game and pushed the margin to 19 after the break on the way to its second straight double-digit victory in the Midwest Regional. Doug McDermott led four players in double figures with 20 points for the eight-seeded Bluejays, who shot 41% and couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Tar Heels. McDermott also had nine rebounds. Creighton’s Gregory Echenique netted twelve points and six boards while teammates Antoine Young & Josh Jones had ten points a piece. North Carolina improves to 31-5 while the Bluejays’ season ends at 29-6.
Derek Fisher says he has reached a buyout agreement with the Houston Rockets. Fisher's business manager announced the move last night, but gave no indication about the 37-year-old point guard's plans for the future. The Los Angeles Lakers traded the five-time NBA champion guard to Houston on Thursday for backup big man Jordan Hill. The Lakers made the move partly to clear playing time for Ramon Sessions, acquired earlier in the day from Cleveland. The deal upset the Lakers' veteran leaders, including Kobe Bryant. The guards were teammates for 13 of their 16 NBA seasons. Fisher had started 371 consecutive games over the past five seasons for the Lakers, but the NBA players' union leader was averaging just 5.9 points and 3.3 assists this year.
The Lincoln Journal Star has announced it’s All-State Boys & Girls Basketball Teams. Norfolk High’s Jalen Bradley was honored on the Boys Super-State First Team & Class “A” First Team while teammate Alex Starkel reached the Class “A” Second Team. Norfolk Catholic’s Connor Ketter made the Class “C-1” Second Team. Lutheran High Northeast’s Mitch Knobbe was honored on the Class “C-2” Second Team. Norfolk Catholic’s Michaela Barry reached the Girls Class “C-1” Second Team. Lutheran High Northeast’s Kelsey Dinkel made the Class “C-2” Second Team.
Local Scores: Kansas 57 Nebraska 49 (NCAA Women’s BB Tourn. First Round); St. John’s 69 Creighton 67 (NCAA Women’s BB Tourn. First Round); Louisiana Tech 6 Nebraska 5 (Bsbl); WSC 9-2 Bemidji St. 2-1 (Bsbl DH); Bradley 7 Creighton 4 (SB); WSC 9-1 Washburn Univ. 5-2 (SB DH).
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Ohio 62 South Florida 56; Cincinnati 62 Florida St. 56; Florida 84 Norfolk St. 50; Kansas 63 Purdue 60; Xavier 70 Lehigh 58; North Carolina St. 66 Georgetown 63; Michigan St. 65 Saint Louis 61.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Albert Gersten Pavilion
Final OT Loyola Marymount 84 Weber St. 78
at Bridgeport, Conn.
Final Fairfield 69 Manhattan 57
at Norfolk Scope Arena
Final SC-Upstate 0 Old Dominion 0
at John A Daskalakis Center
Final N. Iowa 0 Drexel 0
at Lawlor Events Center
Final Nevada 75 Bucknell 67
at Matthew Knight Arena
Final ( 3) Oregon 108 Iowa 97
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
at Carmichael Arena
Final Georgetown 61 Fresno St. 56
Final Georgia Tech 76 Sacred Heart 50
at Donald L. Tucker Center
Final Marist 76 Georgia 70
Final OT St. Bonaventure 72 Florida Gulf Coast 65
at Jack Stephens Center
Final Delaware 73 UALR 42
at Lloyd Noble Center
Final Oklahoma 88 Michigan 67
at Memorial Gym
Final Vanderbilt 60 Middle Tennessee 46
Final Duke 82 Samford 47
at Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Final Penn St. 85 UTEP 77
Final LSU 64 San Diego St. 56
at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Final California 84 Iowa 74
Final Notre Dame 74 Liberty 43
at Stroh Center
Final Florida 70 Ohio St. 65
Final Baylor 81 UC Santa Barbara 40
at Harrisonburg, Va.
Final OT James Madison 84 Wake Forest 76
at Jenny Craig Pavilion
Final San Diego 83 Pacific 75
at Lubbock, Texas
Final Texas Tech 69 Tulane 55
at Normal, Ill.
Final Villanova 58 Illinois St. 55
Final OT VCU 67 Saint Joseph's 65
Final Washington 52 Utah 39
at Stillwater, Okla.
Final Oklahoma St. 63 Wichita St. 44
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Atlanta 103 Cleveland 87
Final OT L-A Clippers 87 Detroit 83
Final Sacramento 115 Minnesota 99
Final Memphis 97 Washington 92
Final Miami 91 Orlando 81
Final Phoenix 99 Houston 86
Final Oklahoma City 111 Portland 95
Final Utah 103 L-A Lakers 99
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 2
Final Chicago 5 Washington 2
Final 2OT Columbus 2 Calgary 1
Final Nashville 3 Anaheim 1
Final 2OT Phoenix 3 Edmonton 2
Final Carolina 4 Winnipeg 3