- - Monday, March 21, 2011

Wichita St. knocks Hokies out of NIT

BLACKSBURG, Va. | Joe Ragland’s layup with 2.6 seconds left in overtime lifted Wichita State to a 79-76 victory over Virginia Tech in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.

The Shockers (26-8) advanced to play the College of Charleston on Tuesday night.

It made for a sweet return for Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, who graduated from Cave Spring High school in Roanoke, Va., just a 45-minute drive from the Virginia Tech campus, and attended college at Randolph-Macon College near Richmond.

“I grew up coming to basketball games here and football games at Lane Stadium,” he said. “I’ve got some very good friends waiting on me as soon as I’m done here. I can’t wait to visit with them. … I’ve got a lot of people I want to touch and thank for sharing this experience.”

Ragland made it possible.

He made the shot after the Hokies’ Terrell Bell had made a layup to tie the game at 76 with nine seconds remaining. Ragland raced up the court, and Marshall decided against calling a timeout to set up a play. It worked as Ragland got into the lane to hit the go-ahead shot.


Texas Tech hires Gillispie as coach

LUBBOCK, Texas | Texas Tech hired Billy Gillispie as the new men’s basketball coach, two seasons after he was fired at Kentucky. He agreed to a five-year contract, according to a statement released by the school.

Gillispie will be introduced Wednesday at a news conference, school athletics spokesman Blayne Beal said Sunday. Gillispie replaces Pat Knight, who was fired this month.

In 2009, Kentucky fired Gillispie after the Wildcats went 40-27 in his two seasons and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.


Two-game ban for Lakers’ Bynum

LOS ANGELES | Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended two games for his flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley.

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