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.

       Second Round
       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
       Second Round
       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
       First Round
       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
       Second Round
       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
       at Philadelphia
     Final OT  VCU               67  Saint Joseph's       65
       at Seattle
     Final     Washington        52  Utah                 39
       at Stillwater, Okla.
     Final     Oklahoma St.      63  Wichita St.          44

     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
     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

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