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Tampa Spartans coach Richard Schmidt gets win No. 600

NO DEFENSE FOR THIS: Kentucky guard Marquis Teague goes in for the slam for two of his 14 points.

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NO DEFENSE FOR THIS: Kentucky guard Marquis Teague goes in for the slam for two of his 14 points.

ST. PETERSBURG — In his third try, Tampa's Richard Schmidt became the fourth active Division II coach to reach 600 victories and the 12th overall as the Spartans defeated the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon 53-44 Saturday night at the Eckerd Classic in the MacArthur Center.

Schmidt is in his 29th season with Tampa and also spent two years at Vanderbilt. He now stands at 600-284 in his 31 years of coaching and is 572-257 at Tampa.

Schmidt reached victory No. 599 on Nov. 16 with a 53-48 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic. The Spartans lost to Florida Memorial on Tuesday and Shaw on Friday before finally giving their coach his milestone win.

Tampa has reached the NCAA Division II tournament 15 times under Schmidt and has had 26 winning seasons.

Ashton Graham had 15 points and seven rebounds and Stefon Barfield and Osby Kelly had 10 points each for the Spartans (2-3), who led the entire game.

After UPRB got within 26-25 early in the second half, Tampa responded with a 16-2 run to take a 42-27 lead with 9:44 left. Kelly hit consecutive 3-pointers during the spurt.

HARVARD 59, UCF 49: Kyle Casey had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Crimson over the Knights (4-2) in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Tournament MVP Keith Wright added 12 points and seven rebounds for Harvard (6-0), which upset No. 22 Florida State 46-41 Friday and is off to its best start since the 1984-85 season.

SHAW 78, ECKERD 73, OT: Junius Chaney had 10 of his 16 points in overtime to lead the Bears over the Tritons (3-1) in the final game of the Eckerd College Thanksgiving Classic.

SAINT LEO 118, TRINITY 50: Trent Thomas had 19 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Lions (4-2), who had their most points since 1991 and most in a win since 1984.

Top 25

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 87, PORTLAND 63: Terrence Jones and Darius Miller scored 19 each, Anthony Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds and the Wildcats (6-0) won their final tuneup before playing St. John's and No. 1 North Carolina this week.

NO. 11 WISCONSIN 73, BYU 56: Ben Brust had 21 points and made 7 of 10 3-pointers to help the Badgers win the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Wisconsin is 6-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

NO. 19 GONZAGA 78, W. MICH. 58: Robert Sacre had 15 points and Sam Dower added 15 off the bench for the Bulldogs (4-0), who were playing their annual game in the off-campus Spokane Arena.

NO. 20 CAL 80, DENVER 59: Allen Crabbe had 15 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to help the host Golden Bears (5-1) overcome a slow start.

NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 56, TEXAS A&M-CC 43: Elston Turner had 14 points and the host Aggies (4-1) used their stifling defense to hold the Islanders to 27.8 percent shooting.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE: Forward Stephan Van Treese is out indefinitely after reinjuring his left knee in practice. He participated in his first individual workout Nov. 14 after missing the start of the season with a left patellar tendon strain. The junior power forward was a reserve the past three games.

OBAMA ATTENDS GAME: President Barack Obama brought his family to Towson University near Baltimore for an afternoon game that pitted the Towson Tigers against the Oregon State Beavers. Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson is Oregon State's head coach. The Beavers won 66-46.

Tampa Spartans coach Richard Schmidt gets win No. 600 11/26/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 27, 2011 12:03am]
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