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Florida A&M makes the grade for tourneys

TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M will be eligible for postseason play next season.

The NCAA announced Thursday that it has lifted the Academic Progress Rate ban against the school. The Rattlers are in their second season of being ineligible for the NCAA and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournaments. Alcorn State, Stetson and Central Arkansas are also ineligible this season. FAMU had a score of 930 last year, which was below the multiyear minimum of 930 needed to be eligible.

The FAMU football program is also under APR penalties and will not have spring football.

No. 18 Indiana 74, Illinois 47: Yogi Ferrell scored 27 and the visiting Hoosiers (23-6, 12-3 Big Ten) used a huge second half to break away. The conference leaders trailed 28-27 at halftime, but Ferrell scored 19 second-half points to lead the rout for IU.

No. 24 SMU 69, Memphis 62: Sterling Brown scored 14 to help the visiting Mustangs (23-4, 11-4 AAC) shake off the pesky Tigers. SMU leading scorer Nic Moore was scoreless in the first half, but his floater with less than a minute to play gave the Mustangs a 65-62 lead.

STETSON 80, FGCU 73: Brian Pegg scored 19, Derick Newton 17 and Luke Doyle 18 with six 3s as the host Hatters (10-21, 4-10 A-Sun) upset the Eagles (17-14, 8-6), breaking a six-game losing streak and finding a spot in next week's conference tournament.

Women

No. 12 FSU 56, N.C. State 52: Leticia Romero scored 15, including two critical baskets on consecutive possessions late in the game, and Ivey Slaughter made two free throws with nine seconds left to lift the visiting Seminoles ( 22-6, 12-3 ACC).

UF 82, LSU 56: Florida hit 11 3-pointers, the most the host Tigers had allowed an opponent this season. The Gators (21-7, 9-6 SEC) forced LSU into 30 turnovers, scoring 35 points off them. Cassie Peoples led UF with 22 points.

No. 2 N. Dame 71, Clemson 52: Reserve guard Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 to help the host Fighting Irish (27-1, 15-0 ACC) run their winning streak to 20 and clinch a share of the league's regular-season crown as well as the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament.

No. 3 S.C. 66, OLE MISS 45: A'ja Wilson scored 16 and Tiffany Mitchell 12 to guide the visiting Gamecocks (27-1, 15-0 SEC), who have won five straight since their only loss to top-ranked UConn.

No. 6 Maryland 83, Wis. 77: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 of her 27 in the first half as the host Terrapins (26-3, 15-2 Big Ten) extended their winning streak to five.

No. 10 L'ville 79, No. 17 Miami 51: Myisha Hines-Allen scored 15 to boost the visiting Cardinals (23-6, 14-1 ACC), who broke the game open with a 20-2 surge that ended the second quarter. Louisville held Miami (22-6, 10-5) without a field goal the final 7:43 of the half.

NO. 11 TEXAS A&M 57, AUBURN 49: Courtney Walker and Khaalia Hillsman scored 16 apiece and the visiting Aggies (21-7, 11-4 SEC) pulled away in the fourth quarter for their season-high sixth straight win.

No. 15 UK 69, No. 24 MiZZOU 59: Janee Thompson scored 12 of her 24 in the fourth quarter as the host Wildcats (20-6, 9-6 SEC) pulled away against the Tigers (21-7, 8-7). Evelyn Akhator made 6-of-8 from the field and scored 15 with nine rebounds, and Makayla Epps added 14 points for Kentucky.

No. 16 Miss. St. 66, Vandy 61: Victoria Vivians scored 21 as the visiting Bulldogs (23-6, 10-5 SEC) handed the Commodores their eighth straight loss.

No. 18 Syracuse 71, BC 55: Brianna Butler hit five 3s and scored 19 as the visiting Orange (23-6, 13-3 ACC) won its ninth straight to clinch the third seed in the league tournament next week.

COACH TIRES OF ENTITLEMENTS: SMU coach Rhonda Rompola has said her decision to retire at age 55 is driven by a desire to spend more time with her husband. But she acknowledges the changing attitudes of student-athletes was another factor in her announcement this week that she will leave the school after 35 years there as a player and coach. "Kids are not as coachable as they were years ago," she said before Wednesday's 88-41 loss to top-ranked UConn. "I see kids sometimes talking back to their coaches, and it's like a way of life. I'm just being honest. The rules and everything they get, they haven't taken time to appreciate. I was happy to have a scholarship. Kids nowadays are more concerned about when their next cost-of-attendance check is. It's just a different world." She made it clear she wasn't talking specifically about her players, but players in general.

Florida A&M makes the grade for tourneys 02/25/16 [Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016 11:24pm]
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