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03.25.07: Barton captures Division II national hoops title ... Tar Heels student mascot in critical condition ... Knicks sign Kentucky center Morris
03.24.07: Kass, Clay, Pinkney take turns at QB ... Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs ... Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops
03.23.07: Pirates to stage first scrimmage ... Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th ... Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft ... Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time
03.22.07: Easley presents Yow with highest honor ... Heels football coach undergoing chemotherapy ... Mountaineers send Wolfpack packing in NIT
03.21.07: Mathews, Mollenhauer earn national recognition ... Texans on clock to match Giants' offer for Leach ... Kansas aide named Redbirds hoops coach
03.20.07: SMU tops first day at Pinehurst ... Health issues sideline Indiana football coach ... Durant faces decision on NBA after Texas loss
03.19.07: Depth prevails as Tigers advance to Sweet 16 ... Herd forms search committee for hoops coach ... Vols advance with 77-74 win over Cavaliers ... ECU women netters post pair of triumphs
03.18.07: Amaker dismissed as Wolverines hoops' coach ... Hibbert powers Hoyas over Boston College ... Weather puts quietus on East Carolina softball
03.17.07: Streaking Memphis moves ahead in NCAA ... Pack advances in NIT with win at Reynolds ... Tar Heels suspend RB Edwards indefinitely
03.16.07: Pirate men's tennis upends Coastal Carolina ... Fayetteville prep product lifts VCU over Duke ... Football powers horn in on March Madness ... Samford joins Southern Conference
03.15.07: ECU splits softball doubleheader ... Pack returns to Reynolds for NIT 2nd round ... NCAA-bound Arizona disciplines reserve guard
03.14.07: Conference USA honors Pirates hurler Hose ... Texas women's coaching icon retires ... Study shows Buckeyes losing in classroom
03.13.07: Lady Pirates' opponent will be Scarlet Knights ... East Carolina baseball returns to national polls ... ECU golfer Thorsen shares lead after 36 holes
03.12.07: Harrell sets KO mark as ECU softball streaks on ... Top seeds: Gators, Buckeyes, Jayhawks, Heels ... Memphis heads to Big Easy as 2nd seed
03.11.07: ECU's Frasure, Myers excel in NCAA indoor track ... ESPN plans weekday show for college football ... Vols' QB out of spring drills with knee injury
03.10.07: Chatman won't coach LSU women in NCAA's ... Ballots distributed for college grid hall of fame ... NCSU ends Duke's tournament supremacy
03.09.07: Camels plan to break ground on new stadium ... Fans invited to watch brackets with Lady Pirates ... ECU concludes second week of spring drills
03.08.07: Pirates announce Homecoming, special dates ... ECU women edge Wolfpack for golf title ... C-USA honors Rice's Almond, UCF's Speraw
03.07.07: NCAA designates four schools as unacceptable ... ECU soph is C-USA softball hitter of week ... Three make All-ACC as unanimous choices
03.06.07: Pirate softball notches another tourney title ... Krzyzewski denies intent on flagrant foul ... Illinois State gives hoops coach the boot
03.05.07: Lady Pirates take down Rice for C-USA title ... GMU playing for return trip to big dance ... East Carolina men's tennis halts losing streak
03.04.07: East Carolina women knock off UAB in semis ... Pirates put on pads for practice on Monday ... Patterson leaves Louisville to rejoin Tulsa staff
03.03.07: Wreck kills six aboard Bluffton baseball bus ... Cotton Bowl game leaving Cotton Bowl Stadium ... Fulmer gets two- year extension at Tennessee
03.02.07: ECU's Campbell sidelined by heart procedure ... Deacons sign Grobe through 2016 ... Glanville fills coaching vacancy at Portland State
03.01.07: Lady Pirates duo gets 2nd team C-USA honors ... Pirate golfers finish fourth in Wexford event ... Duke receiver charged in automobile fatality
02.28.07: Notre Dame's Quinn slides in draft projections ... Defensive back killed in arena football game ... C-USA recognizes UAB's Guzman
02.27.07: Memphis's Douglas-Roberts gets C-USA honor ... Baseball accolades go to Luna, Belanger ... ECU women receive bye for C-USA Tourney
02.26.07: Terps rally to deal Tar Heels 89-87 defeat ... Lady Blue Devils top seed for ACC Tournament ... Duke lacrosse resumes with pair of victories
02.25.07: Lady Pirates roll to 7th straight win ... Houston, Rice capture C-USA track titles ... ECU women's tennis hands Coastal its first loss
02.24.07: Young leads Lady Pirates to sixth straight win ... Lobos will make a coaching change in hoops ... Boise State rewards football coach
02.23.07: Lowe released from hospital after loss to Heels ... Host Houston a favorite in
C-USA indoor track ... Calipari a finalist for Phelan coach of year
02.22.07: East Carolina athletes making the grade ... ECU dominant in women's tennis win at Elon ... Pirate women's golf team captures third place
02.21.07: Appalachian to open 2007 season at Michigan ... ECU's Mills earns C-USA recognition ... Big effort from Houston's Lafayette not enough
02.20.07: Pirates third in Conference USA swimming ... Memphis' win streak reaches 15 games ... ECU track preps for C-USA championships
02.19.07: Wolfpack hammers Hokies, faces Heels next ... Net result an East Carolina victory at Davidson ... Southern Miss takes three wins in its tourney
02.18.07: Young keys Lady Pirates' upset of Tulane ...
C-USA women's hoops getting CSTV exposure ... Gators' win streak stopped at 17 games
02.17.07: Knight draws reprimand for criticizing officials ... Lady Pirate comeback sends UTEP to defeat ... Blazers name Mackin director of athletics
02.16.07: C-USA basketball tourney remaining in Memphis ... Morgan State coach cited, hold the mayo ... Football speed-up rules get makeover
02.15.07: Hokies stun UNC again, this time in Chapel Hill ... C-USA baseball honors go to Berry, Cesario ... Wolfpack rolls past ECU in men's tennis

News Nuggets, 03.26.08
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Georgetown overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and scored 14 straight points in overtime to defeat top-seeded North Carolina 96-84 in the East Regional final Sunday in East Rutherford, NJ.

The win lands the Hoyas in the Final Four for the first time since 1985, when the coach was John Thompson, Jr., and the star was Patrick Ewing.

Georgetown (30-6) did it this time with Coach John Thompson, III, calling the backdoor plays he learned at Princeton and Patrick Ewing, Jr., making key contributions.

The Hoyas' cause was helped by a collapse from the Tar Heels (31-7), who made only one of 23 field goal attempts over a 15-minute span.

Alford moving from Hawkeyes to Lobos

Steve Alford has been named New Mexico's basketball coach. Alford spent the past eight seasons at Iowa. The Lobos and Alford have agreed on a six-year contract with total annual compensation of $975,000.

Alford, 42, has a 308-183 career coaching record in 16 seasons. His teams qualified for postseason play 11 times, produced 13 winning seasons and reached 20 wins on eight occasions.

ECU women's tennis tops Charleston Southern

Mireia Gol and Varinia Soler, who have raced out to a 5-0 mark as doubles partners this spring, recorded a 9-8 win in the No. 1 doubles to help East Carolina to a 5-2 non-conference team victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday in Charleston.

The Lady Pirates, winners of seven of their last nine matches, improved to 15-7, while the Buccaneers fell to 9-5.

March 25, 2007

Barton captures Division II national hoops title

Campbell transfer Anthony Atkinson had 10 points in the final 45 seconds, scoring on a drive at the buzzer to lift Barton College to its first NCAA Division II basketball title with a 77-75 victory over defending champion Winona State in Springfield, MA.

Winona led 74-67 with 45 seconds left but had a 57-game winning streak that spanned two seasons halted by Atkinson's heroics. The Bulldogs finished 31-5; Winona, located in Minnesota, was 35-1.

A small private school long known as Atlantic Christian College, Barton is located in Wilson.

Tar Heels student mascot in critical condition

North Carolina student Jason Ray, a member of the cheerleading squad who has worn the Rameses mascot uniform for the past three years, was injured late Friday afternoon while walking outside a hotel in Fort Lee, NJ, according to a Durham Herald report.

Ray was taken to Hackensack Medical Center, where he is in critical condition, according to a statement released by UNC-Chapel Hill. The statement described the accident as a "pedestriant/vehicle accident."

Knickerbockers sign Kentucky center Morris

First, Kentucky lost coach Tubby Smith to Minnesota. Now, the Wildcats are without center Randolph Morris, who was signed to a two-year contract by the New York Knicks on Friday.

Morris played two seasons with Kentucky after declaring his eligibility for the 2005 draft. The Knicks signed the Wildcats' top scorer as a free agent.

March 24, 2007

Kass, Clay, Pinkney take turns under center

Three quarterbacks took turns as the running game received emphasis during East Carolina's first scrimmage of spring practice at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.

The controlled scrimmage consisted of a series of 10-play possessions and closed with goal line situations.

"I thought today went pretty well, especially the way the weather cooperated with us," head coach Skip Holtz said. "We ran about 135 plays, which was probably the most complete scrimmage we have had since I have been here. In general terms, it was a good one but it also showed that we are a very young team. One of our goals was for everyone to have
an opportunity to get in and see some action and I think we accomplished that."

Sophomores Rob Kass and Brett Clay and junior Patrick Pinkney took turns guiding the Pirates' offensive unit during the succession of series, which also employed a total of 15 ball carriers and 13 pass receivers.

Senior tailback Chris Johnson, who spent the second half of the 2006 campaign lined up as a slot receiver, accounted for the game's only touchdown, rushing for a scrimmage-long 27-yarder on his second attempt of the contest while splitting time with junior Dominique Lindsay on the No. 1 offensive unit. Lindsay produced a pair of 23-yard runs and was on the receiving end of a six-yard pass thrown by Kass.

Kass guided ECU's top offense to a total of 11 first downs and helped convert six-of-10 third down situations. He also completed his first four passes of the scrimmage, which included a 17-yard strike to sophomore Jamar Bryant on his second attempt of the afternoon.

Pinkney recorded the longest completion of the day, connecting with junior transfer Ricky Johnson on 23-yarder.

Clay led all quarterbacks in rushing with 20 yards on four carries.

Prosser announces two players leaving Deacs

Freshman forward Casey Crawford and sophomore guard Shamaine "Joe" Dukes will leave the Wake Forest basketball program at the conclusion of the spring semester, coach Skip Prosser has confirmed.

Crawford and Dukes, both reserves this past season, will transfer to other schools with hopes of continuing their respective basketball careers. Neither has committed to another program at this time.

Gophers bring in Tubby Smith to direct hoops

Minnesota has named Tubby Smith its new basketball coach. Smith comes to Minnesota after having spent the past 10 seasons (1997-2007) as coach at Kentucky. During his tenure in Lexington, Smith, 55, led the Wildcats to the 1998 national championship, four “Elite Eight” appearances, five Southeastern Conference titles, five SEC Tournament titles and six “Sweet Sixteen” finishes.

March 23, 2007

East Carolina to stage first scrimmage today

East Carolina conducted a two-hour workout Wednesday afternoon and completed preparations for its first official intra-squad scrimmage today. The Pirates were off last week for spring break and returned to practice Monday.

The session was ECU's seventh practice of the spring period. Eight more workouts are scheduled, including two scrimmages and the annual Purple-Gold spring game set for April 14.

"Right now, it's hard to see the big picture," ECU coach Skip Holtz said. "We haven't been real sharp or crisp since getting back from the break. There's certainly talent and speed out there but we're not a very good team. It's been difficult to put it together because of our inexperience.

"There has been a lot of individual work done and now we're starting to put the team aspect together which sometimes is a slow process. The key will be for us to make that transition from start to finish."

Hoosiers capture Pinehurst golf; ECU 12th

Indiana finished with a 16-over par 880 to claim the team title at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate golf tournament. The Hoosiers entered the final round tied with Michigan at 14-over par, but carded a four-over par to capture the title. The Wolverines shot nine-over on the final 18 holes.

East Carolina tallied a three-round total of 909 (306-296-307) to finish in 12th place at plus-45.

Dukie McRoberts opts for NBA draft

Duke forward Josh McRoberts has declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA draft that will be held on June 28 in New York City.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he and McRoberts' family concurred with the player's decision.

During his sophomore season, McRoberts was Duke's second-leading scorer (13.0) while also leading the team in rebounds (7.9 rpg.), blocks (2.5 bpg.) and field goal percentage (.502 – 164-of-327).

Burning couch gets former OSU student jail time

A former Ohio State student was sentenced to 21 days in jail for setting a couch on fire after the Ohio State-Texas football game last fall.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien told The Lantern, the campus newspaper, that Jeffrey Peters moved the couch from a porch onto Summit Street and then set fire to it. Peters entered a guilty plea to criminal damaging.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2007 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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