Sports News-March 22, 2013

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Harvard's men's basketball program has established an athletic achievement that ranks up there with some of the school's academic highlights.  The 14th seeded Crimson sprung the upset of the NCAA tournament so far dumping third-seed New Mexico 68-62 in the second round.  It's the first NCAA tournament win in for the Ivy League champs and comes against a Lobos team that was expected to advance deep into the tournament.  Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard had 17 to pace Harvard's advance to a meeting against Arizona.  Alex Kirk had 22 for New Mexico which hasn't made it out of the first weekend of the tournament since 1974.

Corey Brewer made three free throws with 2.1 seconds left to lift Denver to a 101-100 win over Philadelphia for the Nuggets 14th straight win.  Brewer finished with 29 points including a three-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that got Denver within two points of the lead.  Evan Turner had a chance to ice the game for Philadelphia but missed a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left to set the stage for Brewer to win it.  Damien Wilkins scored 24 for the 76ers and Jrue Holliday chipped in with 18 and 15 assists.

The Creighton men’s basketball team will play Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today at 1:45 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The 27-7 Bluejays are the seven seed in the Midwest Region after sweeping the regular-season and postseason Missouri Valley Conference championship.  The Bearcats are the ten seed after losing to Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.  Cincinnati is 22-11 on the season.  Creighton is 0-2 all-time against the Bearcats falling in 1962 & 1989.  The winner will advance to play Duke or Albany on Sunday.

Nebraska sophomores Jake Sueflohn and Robert Kokesh each earned two wins to advance to the quarterfinals yesterday during the first day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships.  Nebraska is in eighth place in the team standings with 13.5 points. Defending champion Penn State is in the lead with 32.5 points.  Josh Ihnen went 1-1 on the day while Ridge Kiley, James Green, Austin Wilson, and Caleb Kolb lost first round matches.  Green, Kolb, and Wilson all won consolation matches to stay alive in the tournament.  Action resumes today at 11:00.

The Plainview track & field invite scheduled for Friday has been postponed.  Norfolk Catholic and Lutheran High Northeast was to have participated.  The meet has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 28th at 9:30 AM.  The Millard West track & field meet scheduled for Saturday has been canceled as well.  Norfolk High was to have competed.

Local Schedule:  Schuyler at LHNE/Nfk Cath (G Socc.-4:00); Illinois at Nebraska (Bsbl-4:05); Creighton at Evansville, IN (Bsbl-6:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Northern Colorado at Greeley, CO (Bsbl DH-1:00).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  In the final show of the season, we’ll chat with Northeast Hawks men’s basketball coach Dan Anderson & women’s general Matt Svehla.  We’ll talk high school boys basketball with State Champion coach Lee Heimes of Wynot, Wayne’s Rocky Ruhl, and Matt Steffen of Hartington Cedar Catholic.  Also, State Champion coach Darren Sindelar of the Pierce Lady Bluejays.

Local Scores:  Northern Colorado 13 Nebraska-Omaha 12 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl); Nfk High at Columbus (G&B Socc.-Ppd.); Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-Ppd.).

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourn:  Wichita St. 73 Pittsburgh 55, Gonzaga 64 Southern U. 58; Arizona 81 Belmont 64; Harvard 68 New Mexico 62; Saint Louis 64 New Mexico St. 44; Oregon 68 Oklahoma St. 55; California 64 UNLV 61; Syracuse 81 Montana 34; Butler 68 Bucknell 56; Marquette 59 Davidson 58; Louisville 79 NC A&T 48; Colorado St. 84 Missouri 72; Michigan St. 65 Valparaiso 54; Memphis 54 Saint Mary’s 52; Michigan 71 South Dakota St. 56; VCU 88 Akron 42. 

      Final    Portland          99    Chicago                89
      Final    Denver            101    Philadelphia    100
      Final    Sacramento    101    Minnesota            98
      Final            Florida            3    N-Y  Rangers          1
      Final            Montreal          5    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final            New  Jersey      4    Carolina                1
      Final  2OT    Buffalo            5    Toronto                  4  (SO  Buffalo  2-1)
      Final            Boston              2    Ottawa                    1
      Final            Nashville        5    Calgary                  3
      Final            Washington      4    Winnipeg                0
      Final            Vancouver        2    Phoenix                  1
      Final            Dallas              2    Los  Angeles          0

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