Friday, April 20, 2018
Sports

Bethune-Cookman upsets MEAC's unbeaten, advances to semis

NORFOLK, Va. — Adrien Coleman closed regulation with five consecutive points to force overtime, and Bethune-Cookman handed top-seeded Norfolk State its first conference loss this season, 70-68 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats (14-19) trailed 63-58 before Coleman converted a three-point play with 1:43 remaining. After a Spartan miss, Coleman added a layup with 1:13 left to tie it at 63.

Coleman finished with 24 points, and his tying layup made him the 27th Bethune-Cookman player to eclipse 1,000 for his career. He finished the game with 1,002.

Alex Smith's free throw with 2:41 left in overtime put the Wildcats ahead 67-66, and they led the rest of the way.

Pendarvis Williams, who had 19 points for Norfolk State (21-11), missed a tying jumper with two seconds left.

Kevin Dukes and Paul Scotland each added 11 points for B-CU, which faces the winner of tonight's Morgan State-Savannah State game in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

SEC: Fred Thomas scored a career-high 21 as No. 13 seed Mississippi State (10-21) defeated No. 12 seed South Carolina 70-59 in the first round in Nashville. … Elston Turner had 22 points to lead 11th-seeded Texas A&M (18-14) past 14th-seeded Auburn 71-62.

bucknell gets berth: Mike Muscala scored six of his 20 during a 10-2 second-half run to help top-seeded Bucknell (28-5) capture its second NCAA Tournament berth in three seasons with a 64-56 win over Lafayette in the Patriot League title game at Lewisburg, Pa.

NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 59, WYOMING 46: Tony Snell scored 15 and the top-seeded Lobos (27-5) led all game in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.

KENTUCKY: Freshman center Nerlens Noel is "doing fine" after surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, coach John Calipari said.

SAN JOSE STATE: Coach George Nessman was fired after eight seasons.

Women

NO. 20 GREEN BAY 80, VALPO 59: Adrian Ritchie scored 27 to lead the top-seeded Phoenix (27-2) over Valparaiso 80-59 in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament in Green Bay.

USC: Michael Cooper resigned as coach after four seasons.

Comments

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosXfinity: ToyotaCare 250 qualifying4 p.m.FS1Monster Energy Cup: Toyota Owners 400 qualifying5:30 p.m.FS1Xfinity: ToyotaCare 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRoyals at Tigers1 p.m.MLBTwins at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMIndians at Orioles7 p.m.MLBMarlins at ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

TAMPA – Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery to repair a broken ankle he suffered in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the season in question.Beckwith was passenger in car driven by former L...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 19

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballDixie Hollins 8, Canterbury 0Northeast 13, Lakewood 3Calvary Christian 5, Berkeley Prep 2
Updated: 6 hours ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Turns out, Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready for the playoffs

Turns out, Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy is ready for the playoffs

TAMPA — The second period was not even four minutes old Wednesday night when Devils right wing Patrick Maroon skated all alone toward Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was a moment that could turn a game and even a series.A goal and the score would be tie...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup’

Former UCF and Lakewood High standout Shaquem Griffin understandably has been focused on the NFL draft next week in Arlington, Tex., where he is projected as a potential second-day pick.But the Lightning's playoff run  hasn't escaped his attenti...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

The 2018 NFL schedule won't be released until 8 p.m. tonight, but the Bucs' eight home games were posted early — and presumably accidentally — on the team's site, showing what would be a daunting start to the upcoming season.Multiple outl...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Published: 04/19/18
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Published: 04/19/18