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W.Va. guard breaks foot, out of NCAAs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant broke his right foot during practice Tuesday and will miss the rest of the NCAA Tournament.

The second-seeded Mountaineers, who won the Big East tournament, face 11th-seeded Washington on Thursday in Syracuse, N.Y., in the East Region semifinals.

The school said the sophomore fractured his fifth metatarsal.

"I feel sorry for Truck that this injury happened during this time of the season," coach Bob Huggins said.

Bryant started 31 games, averaged 9.3 points and was second on the team in assists (3.1) and 3-pointers (40).

Spartan ready: Korie Lucious is enjoying his newfound fame, relishing the buzz he created on Michigan State's campus with his buzzer-beater against Maryland. "I'm soaking it all up," Lucious said. "I'm happy I made it, but I can't dwell on that shot. We have to move on because there's more games to win. I'm trying to get to the Final Four." The fifth-seeded Spartans face ninth-seeded Northern Iowa on Friday in the Midwest Region semifinals. Lucious replaces star guard Kalin Lucas, who ruptured an Achilles' tendon in Sunday's win that ended with Lucious' 3-pointer.

Continuity crucial: When Matt Howard arrived at Butler, he was just trying to fit in. After spending a season adjusting and another teaching young teammates, the junior center is reaping the benefits of continuity. "When you get used to people, you can get into a rhythm," he said. What Butler has done in the past two seasons defies the conventional wisdom of today's game. At a time when one-and-done recruits dominate, Butler did not lose a player off last season's roster, and coach Brad Stevens has used the same starting lineup for 61 of the past 66 games. That's three sophomores, a junior and one senior. Now the fifth-seeded Bulldogs get to test that experience against top-seeded Syracuse on Thursday.

NIT quarterfinals: Former Sickles star John Henson tied a career high with 14 points as North Carolina (19-16) won 60-55 at UAB (25-9). The Tar Heels face Virginia Tech or Rhode Island in a semifinal. … Murphy Holloway converted a three-point play with three seconds left in the second overtime to give host Mississippi (24-10) a 90-87 win over Texas Tech (19-16). The Rebels face Illinois or Dayton in a semifinal.

NAIA title game: A.J. Hawkins scored 21 and Oklahoma Baptist rallied past Azusa Pacific 84-83 in Kansas City, Mo.

W.Va. guard breaks foot, out of NCAAs 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:42am]

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