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Eckerd to play host at dome

The Eckerd College men's basketball team is scheduled to host Barry University at Tropicana Field in a Sunshine State Conference game Feb.

18, Tritons athletic director Jim Harley said. The game was moved from Eckerd in an effort to meet the NCAA's requirement that at least one college basketball game be played at the facility before it hosts the South Region tournament.

The requirement is in place to make certain the support staff is prepared for the regional tournament, which will be held March 20-22. "I'm interested that the floor (is in place), the clock works, the scoreboard works. That's the whole purpose," said Mike Davenport, president of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Sports Foundation, which is helping coordinate the tournament.

Eckerd expects to lose some revenue by holding the game in the dome instead of the Tritons' facility. Still, "we're happy to participate," Harley said.


FLORIDA 4, AUBURN 0: The Gators (15-2-1) tied a school record with their 12th straight win, finishing the SEC regular season with an 8-1 record.

Andi Sellers scored three of the Gators' goals at rain-soaked Percy Beard Field for her second hat trick, the first coming against Louisiana State on Sept.



FLORIDA: The Gators (22-1, 10-0) remain the only SEC team undefeated in league play, defeating host South Carolina (17-4, 9-1) 15-7, 15-17, 15-7, 15-8. Nina Foster led four players in double-digit kills with a UF career-high 28 kills.

USF: Paula Araujo had a match-high 22 kills and Katiane Simonetti had 15 kills and 22 digs to lead the host Bulls (20-6, 11-1 C-USA) to their 13th straight win, 15-4, 15-10, 15-13 over Southern Miss (16-13, 6-6).

TAMPA: The Spartans (24-1, 6-1 Sunshine State Conference) raised their winning streak to 13 with a 15-6, 15-2, 15-5 win over FIT.

MESA STATE: Most of the players on the volleyball team have been suspended, forcing the coach to forfeit the rest of the season. An assistant coach confirmed that 11 of 12 players were suspended. The Division II Mavericks were 13-14 with five regular-season games left.

FSU: Jennifer Werrick and Holly Schneider had 20 kills each as the host Seminoles (20-5, 7-4 ACC) beat North Carolina 15-12, 9-15, 15-10, 15-13. Maya Starks had 20 kills for the Tar Heels (13-13, 5-7).

Other sports

CROSS COUNTRY: Miami's women finished ninth and men 12th in the Big East championships in New York. Shannon Sarabyn led the women in the 5K, finishing in 18 minutes, 47 seconds; Nick Gramsky was 44th in 26:26 over the men's 5-mile course to lead the Hurricanes.

SWIMMING: Florida State's teams remained undefeated, beating ACC opponent North Carolina State. The men's team won 149-79 and the women won 134-109. Both FSU teams improve to 5-0. The Gator men beat Miami 78-35 and South Carolina 90-21, and the women beat Miami 170-73.

TENNIS: South Florida's doubles team of Boris Babic and Silviu Nistor reached the quarterfinals of the LSU Fall Showcase in Baton Rouge, beating Harvard's Kunj Majundar and TCU's Sebastian Iannariello 8-6.