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UT Martin falls to Stephen F. Austin 9-4

UT Martin falls to Stephen F. Austin 9-4

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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The top four batters in the University of Tennessee at Martin lineup combined for seven of the Skyhawks’ eight hits tonight but Stephen F. Austin came away with the 9-4 win at Jaycees Field.

Chase Young, Taylor Douglas and Phil Sorensen each had multi-hit outings for the Skyhawks (1-8). Zack Malone drove in a pair of runs while Jake Deason reached base three times on walks and scored twice for UT Martin.

On the mound, Taylor Cox (0-3) fanned six batters in six innings but was charged with the loss after conceding six earned runs. John Skubina finished off the game with two innings, allowing only one earned run.

The Skyhawks put baserunners on the corners with just one out in the top of the first but couldn’t push across a run. Stephen F. Austin (4-5) then scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead.

Cox struck out back-to-back Lumberjacks to end the second inning and made short work of Stephen F. Austin in the third frame.

UT Martin got on the scoreboard in the fourth, as a Deason leadoff walk got things going. He came in to score two batters later when Malone reached on an error. After the Skyhawks got a runner thrown out on the basepaths, three straight UT Martin hitters reached base safely with two away to extend the rally. Max Balter drew a five-pitch walk while Young singled to third base to load the bases. Douglas then singled to right to score Malone but Balter was thrown out at the plate while trying to make the score 4-3.

A Stephen F. Austin bases-clearing three-run double in the fourth inning stalled the UT Martin comeback attempt momentarily but Cox recovered with scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth.

UT Martin added a pair of runs in the fifth. Sorensen pulled a one-out single into the gap in right center and Deason followed with a four-pitch walk. Two wild pitches later, Sorensen came in to make the score 7-3. A Stephen F. Austin error allowed Deason to cross the plate and pull the Skyhawks within three runs after four-and-a-half innings of play.

The Lumberjacks then tacked on one run in the seventh and one run in the eighth to provide the final margin of 9-4.

It was announced this evening that because of the threat of inclement weather, the game scheduled for Sunday, March 2 has been moved up to Saturday, March 1. Game 2 will start at 2 p.m., while a seven-inning game will follow afterwards for the series finale.

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Cumberland comes from behind to win 6-5

Cumberland comes from behind to win 6-5

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Sam Lind’s RBI triple tied the game and Ricky Coleman followed with a run-scoring single, as 10th-ranked Cumberland scored twice in the ninth to take a 6-5 victory over No. 23 Georgetown College on Friday in the Mid-South Conference series opener at Robert N. Wilson Field in Georgetown, Ky.

The Bulldogs (10-4, 1-0 Mid-South) had an early lead and were ahead, 4-2, when Georgetown plated three runs in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a Lind error on a ball that looked to be a doubleplay. Duran Elmore’s two-run triple gave the Tigers a 5-4 edge before CU’s comeback in the ninth.

Chris Hall started the rally with a one-out single to rightcenter, his third hit of the game, and Justin Byrd followed with a single down the rightfield line, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Lind made up for his earlier mistake with a triple to center and Coleman followed with a single to center. Coleman collected three hits as well for CU, which pounded out 14 hits but stranded eight baserunners in the victory.

Stevie Smith (3-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Cumberland starter Anthony Gomez set a career-high with 12 strikeouts but gave up four earned runs in 6.1 innings with three walks.

Georgetown’s Edwin Santiago (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in the ninth inning. GC starter Shaun Meyer lasted 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a run in the second inning after a leadoff single from Ricky Coleman. He went to second on a balk and third on a groundout from Brady North before Tyler Anderson’s RBI single through the leftside.

The Tigers took advantage of a pair of walks in the third to take the lead to take the lead.

Tanner Unkel drew a leadoff free pass and went to second on a wild pitch with one out. Duran Elmore also walked, albeit on a check swing on the full count pitch, and Tyler Coker’s double to leftcenter plating both runners for a 2-1 Georgetown edge.

Cumberland tied the contest in the fifth when Josciel Veras singled to rightfield with one out and went to second on Tyler Alford’s groundout. He scored on Chris Hall’s two-out single to left, knotting the score at two.

In the second North doubled to right to leadoff and Anderson followed with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Richie Seaton then singled to right, scoring one run, and rightfielder Coker booted the ball, allowing the runners to move up to second and third. Alford’s groundout gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 advantage.

Georgetown took advantage of a big error by the Bulldogs to take the lead with three runs in the seventh.

Steven Mancilla doubled to leadoff the seventh and Unkel followed with a walk. David Higuera bounced to second for what looked to be a doubleplay, but the ball went between the legs of Sam Lind and into rightfield, allowing a run to score. Both runners moved up on the throw to third before a two-run triple down the rightfield line by Elmore, ending the day for Gomez and giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

Cumberland and Georgetown play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Central Time.

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Vols smash Quinnipiac 13-2

Vols smash Quinnipiac 13-2

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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The Quinnipiac University baseball team fell to the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville 13-2, in the first of three games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Bobcats drop to 0-4 on the year while No. 28 Tennessee improves to 8-0 on the year.

Prior to the start of the game, Jane Nelson – mother of Quinnipiac sophomore Ryan Nelson – threw out the ceremonial first pitch.University of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano worked with Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley in organizing the series so that Ryan’s father – Eric – and his family would get to see his youngest son play. Eric Nelson recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Vols had 13 runs off 13 hits and limited Quinnipiac (0-4) to just three hits today. Will Maddox hit a homerun in the second innning and finished with 3 RBIs in the game. Scott Price also had 3 RBIs and two hits for the Vols. Vincent Jackson had a triple in the 5th and wound up scoring and knocking in two.

Bobcats junior Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn) and sophomore Lou Ianotti (North Haven, Conn) led the way offensively for the Bobcats. Guglietti went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored while Ianotti was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Guglietti doubled down the right field line to lead off the top half of the 5th inning and later scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, N.Y.). Ianotti led off the top of the 9th by scorching a ball to the right-center field gap that rolled all the way to the wall for a triple. Junior Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) then worked his second walk of the game to give Quinnipiac runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Sophomore Mike Palladino’s (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) double-play ball scored Ianotti and made the score, 13-2.

Tennessee added to its SEC lead in triples in the fifth inning, as Jackson drilled a two-RBI line drive down the right field line to put Tennessee up 7-1. Jackson made it 8-1 when Nathaniel Maggio hit into a 4-6-3 double play. The Vols now have six triples in 2014.

Williams kept the Bobcats off the board again in the sixth, sitting them down in order with two of his five strikeouts. The senior retired the first three batters he faced in six of his seven innings of work.

The Vols will host Quinnipiac Saturday and Sunday at home

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WKU Softball Falls Short in Pair of Games vs. Green Bay, UNI

WKU Softball Falls Short in Pair of Games vs. Green Bay, UNI

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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The Western Kentucky University softball team (9-6-1) fell in a pair of games Friday afternoon in the opening day of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic, as Green Bay (1-1) sneaked by 6-5 and Northern Iowa (10-5) took a 6-3 win.

GAME ONE—Green Bay 6, WKU 5

Down three runs going into the seventh inning, the Green Bay Phoenix used four runs in its final at-bats to take a 6-5 win against WKU.

Freshman Hannah Miniard (4-1) pitched 1.2 innings of relief to take the loss, after giving up the four hits Green Bay needed to take the lead. Miniard walked two while striking out a pair. Junior Janna Scheff started the game, going five innings before coming back in to get the final out of the game. Scheff gave up four hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three.

Junior Preslie Cruce, senior Olivia Watkins and sophomore Brooke Holloway had a pair of hits each, as WKU had nine to Green Bay’s eight. Freshman Marley Harmon added two RBI in the contest.

WKU quickly went ahead with a run in the first two innings before the visitors tied it with two runs in the fifth. A three-run sixth inning gave WKU the advantage at 5-2 after the Lady Toppers posted five hits in the frame.

Green Bay capitalized on four hits and two runs in the final inning to post the winning runs.

GAME TWO—Northern Iowa 6, WKU 3

WKU couldn’t overcome two home runs from UNI in the day’s final game, as the Lady Toppers fell 6-3 to the Panthers.

A solo shot in the second and a two-run home run in the fourth led UNI to the win, as the Panthers posted seven hits to WKU’s six. Senior Olivia Watkins led WKU at the plate with a 2-for-4 night, as she scored the Lady Toppers’ first two runs of the contest.

Senior Emily Rousseau (5-5) went the first six innings, giving up six hits and five runs while walking three and striking out seven. Scheff came in for an inning of relief, allowing one hit and one run.

Watkins’ two runs put WKU ahead 2-1 after three innings of play. The Panthers then added a pair in the fourth before putting up a run in each of the final three innings.

The Lady Toppers added one more run in the bottom seventh after Scheff reached on an error before crossing home plate on a senior Amanda Thomas sacrifice fly.

WKU is back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT versus Indiana State and again at 3:30 p.m. CT against Wright State. All games take place at Michael O. Buchanon Park.

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Cumberland splits MSC opener at Rio Grande

Cumberland splits MSC opener at Rio Grande

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Senior starting pitcher Courtney Maynard threw a complete game, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four as the Cumberland softball team split a doubleheader versus the University of Rio Grande to open Mid-South Conference Play at the Rio Softball Complex.

The Lancaster, Tenn., native threw three perfect innings, allowing both of her hits in the fourth while walking a batter in the fifth, before working a pair of clean frames in the sixth and seventh to earn her fourth victory on the season.

Cumberland opened the game with a run in the first inning, a feat the squad has accomplished in four of the last six games. Kassydi Montgomery opened the stanza with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Devon Jamerson.

Sydney Broderick followed with a single to push Montgomery to third and Roper added an RBI single to left field to bring the lead runner home.

CU was scoreless for the next five innings, as the RedStorm brought the game even with a pair of hits in the fourth. The lone run came on a two-out RBI single from Ariel Roder, who roped a single up the middle to plate Cheyenne Hamaker.

The Bulldogs’ big inning came in the seventh when the club rallied to push three runs home. Montgomery again led the charge with a leadoff single, and Jamerson attempted to sacrifice. Instead, the senior reached when an errant throw sailed wide of the second baseman covering first.

The play left runners on first and third and, an out and a walk later, Emily Nicholson delivered with a single that skipped past the third baseman to score a pair. Sarah Murray followed with a single to move Nicholson to third and Shawnee Kirk brought home the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Cumberland run production all but disappeared in the second game, when the squad left six runners aboard and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Bulldogs did get another first inning run thanks to a two-out rally, culminating in an RBI single from Nicholson. Crystal Bryant got things started with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Roper, Nicholson punched a line drive back up the middle to score the first run of the game.

Rio Grande answered immediately with a run in the bottom of the inning, as Jenna Jones doubled to the right-center field fence to bring home one.

Roper brought home one of her own in the third inning, plating Jamerson who reached on an infield single. She then stole second, and moved to third on a fly out from Bryant. Roper lifted a fly ball to deep center and CU took a 2-1 advantage.

Again, the RedStorm answered in the same inning, knocking in a run on a groundout with a runner on third. The home team took the lead one inning later. With two on and no outs, senior Jessica Lozano came on to pitch for the Bulldogs.

Lozano struck out the first two batters she faced, but, with two away, Hamaker sent a single to left field, scoring both runners to give Rio Grande what would be the game winning RBIs.

CU brought the game within one in the sixth when Kirk tripled down the right field line to bring home Stoll, but could not get any closer, leaving a runner stranded in the seventh.

Senior Caroline Curran took the loss in the circle, her first of the season. Curran worked three innings, allowing five hits and for runs while striking out three. Lonzano pitched three innings in relief and did not surrender a run.

CU is back in action Saturday in Mid-South Conference play versus Shawnee State. The Bulldogs and Bears will square off in a twinbill beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

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MTSU crushes Kent State 12-4

MTSU crushes Kent State 12-4

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Junior LF Jared Allen had a career-high five RBI, leading a fine-tuned offensive attack in a 12-4 win by the Middle Tennessee baseball team over Kent State on Friday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. In the win, the Blue Raiders improve to 4-4, while the Golden Flashes fall to 5-3.

Allen and SS Dustin Delgado both had three-hit games, while senior 3B Hank LaRue and junior 2B Austin Bryant each had two hits on the day. Delgado and LaRue have been aboard in all eight games to begin 2014.

Senior LHP Zac Curtis got the start for the Raiders, going 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out a career-high 10.

Middle Tennessee scored its runs by putting up crooked numbers in three different innings to account for the 12 runs. After allowing a 2-0 Kent State lead, an RBI ground out by Delgado got the Raiders on the board with two outs in the third. LaRue and senior 1B Trent Miller then reached on a two-out single and walk before Allen launched a three-run homer to left field to give the Raiders a 4-2 lead.

Kent State scored one in the fourth and one in the sixth to tie it before the Raiders stormed back for the final eight runs of the ballgame on a five-run sixth and three-run eighth.

The Golden Flashes looked poised to get out of the sixth with just one run allowed, but botched the turn on the double play to keep the frame alive. Middle Tennessee would capitalize, as the next two batters each singled home a run, followed by LaRue doubling into the gap to score both and make it 9-4.

MT would score three in the eighth on a Miller sacrifice fly and Allen two-run single to put the game at the final 12-4 margin.

Curtis moved to 2-0 in the win, while Brian Clark was charged with the loss for Kent State. Sophomore RHPs Garrett Ring and Heath Slatton combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief to close out the game.

Middle Tennessee and Kent State will be back at it on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.

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Lady Vols beat San Diego State 3-1

Lady Vols beat San Diego State 3-1

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Madison Shipman hit a two-run homer to center and Melissa Davin had an RBI double off the wall in left to help lead No. 2 Tennessee to a 3-1 win over San Diego State late Thursday night in the San Diego Classic.

Tennessee (15-1) scored two in the third inning and one run in the sixth. San Diego State (11-6) scored one run in the bottom of the fifth.

UT starter Ellen Renfroe (9-0) tossed seven strong, striking out six and allowing one unearned run.

Shipman went 2-for-3 with the two-run shot. She has been on a tear lately, hitting five home runs in UT’s last four games.

San Diego State ace Danielle O’Toole (10-3) took the loss after allowing three earned runs over seven innings. O’Toole held UT, which came into the weekend with a .348 average and 15 home runs, hitless until the top of the third inning when Megan Geer hit a one-out single and Madison Shipman followed with a homer on a 3-0 pitch. It was the only two hits allowed by O’Toole until the sixth, when Tennessee pounded out four more hits. San Diego State, however, got two runners out on base and only gave up one run in the inning.

After leaving two runners stranded in the second inning, UT broke through in the third. With one out, Megan Geer singled through the right side. Shipman then sent a 3-0 pitch from O’Toole deep over the fence in straightaway center field to give UT a 2-0 lead.

San Diego State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With two runners on and no outs, Katie Mathis ripped an RBI single to center field to draw the Aztecs to within 2-1.

In the top of the sixth, Davin came through with a big hit to push UT’s lead back to two runs. With pinch runner Jennifer Burroughs on third base and two outs, Davin knocked an RBI double off the wall in left center.

Tennessee will continue play in the San Diego Classic on Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET against Colorado State. The game will be played at the University of San Diego.

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Franklin sends Penn State truck to move his things from Nashville to State College

Franklin sends Penn State truck to move his things from Nashville to State College

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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As if poaching recruits wasn’t bad enough now James Franklin is rubbing salt in the wound of all the Commodore fans that didn’t want to see him go. The former Vandy coach sent a Penn State truck to move his things from his old house to his new place in Pennsylvania. It’s rumored that Butch Jones was there helping him pack and was glad to see him go.

The pic was taken by a neighbor then sent out as a tweet by a weatherman in Florida who’s aunt took the pic on her phone.

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Miller hits late 3 to down Morehead State

Miller hits late 3 to down Morehead State

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Patrick Miller scored a career-high 38 points including the game-winning three-pointer with two seconds left to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 70-68 victory over Morehead State on Thursday night.

Miller was 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the field and made 4-of-5 triple attempts for his sixth 30-point game of the season.

M.J. Rhett was the only other Tiger in double figures, finishing with 12 points and four rebounds.

Tennessee State (5-24, 4-11 OVC) forced 17 turnovers, leading to 27 points. The Tigers only committed seven of their own.

Morehead State (19-11, 10-5 OVC) led 16-4 through the first seven minutes of the game, but TSU went on a 16-3 run to take the lead with six minutes to play before halftime.

The Tigers extended their lead to five at one point in the first period, but a Rhett free throw gave Tennessee State a 34-31 lead heading into the break.

A Kennedy Eubanks jumper at the 10:18 mark put TSU up by 14 and TSU held the advantage all the way up until MSU’s Angelo Warner canned three free throws with 19 seconds to go to make the score 68-67 in favor of the visitors.

That set up Miller’s timely three-pointer to give TSU its first two-game winning streak this season.

TSU shot 39.3 percent in the first half, but upped that to 50 percent in the second. Miller also made all four of Big Blue’s threes during the final 20 minutes.

The Tigers will go for their third straight win on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Hilltoppers rally to beat Texas State 51-50

Hilltoppers rally to beat Texas State 51-50

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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For the fourth time this season and 11th time under head coach Ray Harper WKU came back from double-digits down to win, this time erasing a 12-point deficit and winning 51-50 at Texas State Thursday night. With the win, WKU improves to 19-9 overall and 11-4 in league play. Texas State drops to 8-20 and 4-11 with the defeat.

The win was the 50th of Harper’s WKU career, and the Hilltoppers are now 16-3 under the third-year head coach in games played on or after February 21. WKU has now won seven of its last eight Sun Belt Conference road games.

George Fant led WKU with 14 points, and T.J. Price had 11 second-half tallies while Trency Jackson finished with 10 points. Price also grabbed seven rebounds. Texas State was led by Joel Wright’s 15 points.

The first 20 minutes featured four ties and five lead changes, and Texas State led 25-22 at the break after a three-point play with less than half of a second remaining. Jackson led WKU with eight points, and Fant and Brandon Harris each had six. The Hilltoppers shot 35.0 percent in the first half (7-for-20), and Texas State converted at a 38.1 percent clip (8-for-21).

Each team had six first-half turnovers, but Texas State turned WKU’s miscues into 12 points while the Hilltoppers got just five points off Bobcat errors.

Texas State scored the first nine points of the second half, and WKU fell behind 34-22 before T. Price ended the drought with a bucket. With the score 36-24, WKU ripped off a 12-3 run and had the game within three points at 39-36 at the under-8:00 media timeout. During the sprint, T. Price poured in seven points and WKU went 5-for-7 from the field.

A T. Price jumper on the next possession had WKU within one point and capped off a 14-3 run, but Texas State had five of the next seven points to slow down the Hilltoppers and re-take a 44-40 lead.

After a timeout, Caden Dickerson buried a three-pointer in the corner to once again pull WKU within one point, 44-43. Chris Harrison-Docks followed with a coast-to-coast layup, and WKU took its first lead of the game since 22-20 in the first half at 45-44.

Three times in the final two minutes Texas State came within a point but each time WKU answered, starting with a Jackson layup and two huge buckets by Fant.

With the score 51-50 in favor of WKU Harrison-Docks missed the front-end of a one-and-one, but Texas State missed a layup on the other end and time expired with WKU on top.

WKU shot 46.4 percent in the second half (13-for-28) and finished the game at 41.7 percent (20-for-48). WKU won the battle of the boards, 32-31, and the Hilltoppers had just 10 turnovers.

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Red hot Lipscomb blows out Florida Gulf Coast  92-71

Red hot Lipscomb blows out Florida Gulf Coast 92-71

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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When the nation’s fourth-most prolific 3-point shooting team hits the first six shots from the beyond the arc you know it is going to be a good night. The Lipscomb basketball team did just that en route to a 92 to 71 win over Atlantic Sun Conference foe Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night at Allen Arena.

“We had a lot of guys contribute tonight and I thought our guys played their roles and played well,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Guys found a way to contribute and it was a total team win. We had a lot of guys play well, our team played well and that’s why we won the game convincingly.”

Redshirt-freshman point guard J.C. Hampton led the 3-point barrage draining 6-of-10 from deep to lead the Bisons (14-14, 9-8 A-Sun).

After jumping out to an 18-6 advantage, the Bisons kept pressing on the gas pedal eventually building a 20-point cushion over the Eagles (19-11, 13-4) at the 12:06 mark of the opening half when Hampton drained a trey to make it a 32-12 advantage. Lipscomb would go on to lead by 20 at the half after a season-best 58-point performance in the first half.

The Eagles would attempt to mount a comeback midway through the second half pulling to within 14 with 8:23 to play but that is as close as FGCU would come as the Bisons pulled away down the stretch.

“I really felt like anytime FGCU got some momentum we were able to answer and stem the tide a little bit and keep a comfortable margin,” said Alexander.

Hampton and junior forward Martin Smith each finished with 21 points just ahead of junior forward Malcolm Smith, who added 20. Sophomore forward Talbott Denny added 11 points off the bench.

FGCU was led by point guard Brett Comer who poured in a game-high 27 points. The spirited Lipscomb defense held the Eagles leading scorer Bernard Thompson to only two points after the veteran got into foul trouble.

The Bisons finished the game hitting 50 percent from the floor hitting a season-high 30 field goals in 60 attempts. Lipscomb also hit 50 percent from deep making 15-of-30, both season highs. FGCU shot 41.2 percent for the night including 30.8 from beyond the arc.

Lipscomb also held a 14-7 advantage in turnovers that the Bisons turned into 15 second-chance points.

“Eighteen assists to only seven turnovers against a really good, active defensive team is exceptional ball control,” said Alexander. “Then you throw on top of that, that we make 16 threes and shoot 50 percent from the floor. We even got nine offensive rebounds which seem like a record high for us. I’ve got no complaints tonight from the offensive end of the floor.”

The Bisons wrap up 2013-14 regular season play on Saturday morning hosting A-Sun foe Stetson at 10 a.m. at Allen Arena. The game is set to air on ESPN3 and on 94.9 Game 2 in the Nashville area.

“I’m so proud of our team for staying the course and coming to work every day and finding a way to win some games here and there that could have gone either way,” said Alexander. “ I’m happy that tonight wasn’t one of those.”

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MTSU falls to Louisiana Tech on the road 55-39

MTSU falls to Louisiana Tech on the road 55-39

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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The Middle Tennessee men’s basketball team (21-8, 11-3 C-USA) dropped a 55-39 decision Thursday night at LA Tech (23-6, 11-3 C-USA), snapping a nine game winning streak for the Blue Raiders.

MT now shares the top spot in C-USA with LA Tech. The Blue Raiders turned the ball over 19 times, while LA Tech recorded 18 turnovers. However, the Bulldogs turned MT’s miscues into 25 points, while the Blue Raiders scored just eight points off of LA Tech turnovers.

Middle Tennessee’s 39 points marks the lowest point total for the Blue Raiders all season. The 19 turnovers ties for the most this season for the Blue Raiders. MT recorded 19 turnovers against Akron Nov. 16.

“There are a lot of good college basketball teams that get beat here; that’s why they have won 31 out of their last 32 at home,” said MT head coach Kermit Davis. “They’re really good. They just press all over the floor. They switch everything; they over play everything. They force players to make plays. We just couldn’t generate the guard-play to try and make plays in the open floor. You got to give Louisiana Tech all the credit.”

MT was led on the night by Neiko Hunter, Reggie Upshaw and Shawn Jones all scoring eight points each. Senior point guard Tweety Knight added six points, while handing out four assists. Upshaw led the Raiders on the boards, pulling down five rebounds.

LA Tech jump out to a 27-19 lead to close out the first half, but the Raiders responded in the opening minutes of the second frame. MT used a 7-0 run to cut the Bulldog lead to 27-26 with 16:34 on the clock. LA Tech answered with a layup and a three-pointer to push its lead to 32-26 with 14:18 to go. Neither team scored again until MT’s Tavarres Jefferson hit a layup with 11:47 left.

Middle Tennessee cut the LA Tech lead to 32-30 with a layup from Hunter at 11:10. On the other end of the floor Jones swiped a steal and hit a jumper to knot things up at 32-32 with 10:50 left to play. The Bulldogs then used a 12-0 run to take a 44-32 lead with 6:27 to go. The Blue Raiders managed to the cut the deficit down to nine at 46-37 with 3:454 remaining, but LA Tech then rattled off a 9-2 run to claim the 16-point victory.

LA Tech was led by a pair of players scoring double-figures as Jaron Johnson paced the team with 15 points. Alex Hamilton put up 12 points, while Michale Kyser and Kenyon McNeail added nine points each. Kyser snagged a game-high seven rebounds and had eight blocks.

On the night, MT struggled from the floor connecting on just 17-for-48 for 35.4-percent, while LA Tech was 21-for-45 for 46.7-percent. MT shot just 16.7-percent from long distance, while the Bulldogs shot 20.0-percent from behind the arc. LA Tech won the battle of the boards 33-27, while also outscoring MT in the paint 32-24.

Middle Tennessee returns to action Saturday, March 1, hosting Rice at 5:30 p.m. for Senior Night.

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Cumberland knocks off Shawnee State 59-49

Cumberland knocks off Shawnee State 59-49

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Marquel Hickerson and Josh Wilkerson combined for 35 points off the bench and the duo knocked down all six free throw attempts in the final seconds to preserve a 59-49 victory over Shawnee State here Thursday night in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Both teams shot just 34 percent from the field and combined for 35 turnovers in the contest, a game in which the Bulldogs (13-13, 5-12 Mid-South) led just 22-16 at the half. The Bears (9-19, 4-13) did not score a field goal over the last 11:11 of the opening period, missing nine shots and committing six turnovers during the stretch.

Cumberland closed the half on an 11-1 run, with four points apiece from Hickerson and Lester Gude, until a foul near midcourt by senior Lamar Brinkley with 0.7 seconds remaining put SSU at the foul line. Dante Dunston made two of the three attempts, cutting the Bulldog lead to six at the break.

Mark Bryant hit a 3-pointer and Nick Gouch added a layup for the Bears in the first three minutes of the second half, cutting the CU lead to 24-23, but Wilkerson answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play and then hit another layup to swing momentum back to the home team.

Cumberland led just 33-29 with 11:16 remaining after an Andrew Bendolph jumper for Shawnee State, but Hickerson nailed consecutive 3-pointers, pushing the lead to eight, though Trevor Banks answered for the Bears with a bucket and then his own trifecta, making it a four-point game again with 8:06 to play.

The Bulldogs put together an 11-1 spurt over the next six-plus minutes, with nine of the points at the foul line. The squad missed numerous chances for three-point plays during the stretch, but stepped to the charity stripe to knock down shots, making 9-of-11. That built the lead to 51-37 with just under two minutes to play, but the Bears would not go away.

Ethan Moffatt came off the bench and made two straight 3-pointers before a turnover in the corner by the Bulldogs set up another trifecta for Banks, cutting the deficit to five with just under a minute remaining. Cumberland made 7-of-8 at the foul line in the final minute, sealing the win and ending an eight-game losing streak for the club.

Wilkerson finished 10-of-12 at the foul line and posted 16 points, while Hickerson netted 19. The two players were the only ones in double figures for Cumberland.

Bryant led the Bears with 12 points before fouling out and Banks recorded eight.

Cumberland ends the regular season Saturday with a 4 p.m. home contest against the University of Rio Grande. Kenneth Stripling, Lamar Brinkley, E.J. Perry, Terry Williams and Lester Gude will be honored as part of Senior Day activities before the game.

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Lady Vols beat LSU 72-67

Lady Vols beat LSU 72-67

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

Lady Vols

The LSU women’s basketball team attempted to mount one of those comebacks of epic proportions against the No. 10 Tennessee, but the 21-point first half margin was just too large a hill to climb as the Lady Vols escaped with the 72-67 decision Thursday at the Maravich Center.

Meighan Simmons (31 points) and Cierra Burdick (career-high 22 points) combined for 53 points including 34 in the first half as Tennessee was doubling the Lady Tigers at intermission, 42-21.

Tennessee moved to 23-5 overall and 12-3 in the SEC. LSU, meanwhile, stands at 19-10 and 7-8 in the SEC as the Lady Tigers have lost five games in a row.

Isabelle Harrison posted her 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Burdick also had a double-double, as she corralled 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

The Lady Vols gained a measure of revenge as LSU upset then-#5 Tennessee on Jan. 2 in Knoxville, 80-77. This win was the 50th as a head coach of Holly Warlick, against just 13 losses in two seasons at the helm of the Lady Vols.

Down by 21 after 20 minutes, LSU battled all the way back to tie the game at 59 all on a pair of free throws from Jeanne Kenney with 3:28 left in regulation.

Kenney (17 of her team-high 21 points in the second half) keyed the comeback as LSU chipped away with a slow pace of play throughout the second half. Theresa Plaisance had a double-double for LSU with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Vols kept their composure and Simmons and Burdick each converted a pair of free throws to regain a two possession lead for the Lady Vols, 63-59 with 2:15 left in the game.

Simmons canned a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left in the game to put Tennessee ahead 68-63. That bomb gave Simmons her third career 30-point game and sealed the win for the Lady Vols.

Burdick knocked down two more free throws with 32.9 seconds left to put UT up 70-64. Andraya Carter blocked a Rina Hill shot with 22 seconds left for the final exclamation point for Tennessee.

The Lady Vols posted their 10th wire-to-wire win of the season, but in very unconventional fashion, fending off LSU, which trailed by double-figures for the final 14 minutes of the first half.

LSU ended up outscoring Tennessee, 46-30, in the second half.

The Lady Vols lead 42-21 at the half. Tennessee dominated the first half, taking a 30-10 lead less than 13 minutes into the game. Simmons (19) and Burdick (15) combined for 34 of UT’s 42 points. Tennessee out rebounded LSU, 26-14 in the first half and limited the Lady Tigers to just six field goals and 22.2 percent from the floor.

Tennessee closes its regular-season on Sunday as SEC regular-season champion South Carolina comes to Knoxville. That game tips at 2:30 p.m., and airs on ESPNU and the Lady Vol Network.

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