- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2005

From combined dispatches

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ATLANTIC 10

Richmond 68, Rhode Island 60

CINCINNATI — Kevin Steenberge scored 22 points to lead the Spiders (14-14) to a victory over the Rams (6-22) in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament yesterday.

Richmond will play top-seeded Saint Joseph’s (17-10) in today’s quarterfinals. The tournament champion earns the conference’s automatic — and according to some pundits, only — bid to the NCAA tournament.

Jermaine Bucknor added 17 and Andres Sandoval shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute to reach 10 for Richmond, which finished fourth in the conference’s West Division.

Rhode Island, fifth in the East, lost 11 of its last 13 games and finished 1-13 away from home. Freshman Will Daniels led the Rams with a career-high 22 points.

La Salle 70, UMass 64 (OT)

Jermaine Thomas and Mike St. John scored all 11 of La Salle’s points in overtime to lead the Explorers (10-18) to a victory over the Minutemen (16-12).

La Salle, which finished last in the West Division, will play its next game today against Xavier (16-11), which earned a first-round bye as the West runner-up.

La Salle played the last two minutes of regulation and overtime without leading scorer Steven Smith, who left the court with an apparent injury to his right eye after scoring 19 points. He returned to the bench, but not to the game.

Fordham 65, Duquesne 53

Freshman Marcus Stout scored 31 points and the Rams (13-15) earned their first Atlantic 10 tournament win by eliminating the Dukes (8-22).

Fordham, which finished fourth in the East Division, plays West Division-champion George Washington (19-7) in today’s quarterfinals.

The Rams had lost the opener of each of their first nine tournaments since joining the conference for the 1995-96 season.

Dayton 78, St. Bonaventure 48

Norman Plummer scored 18 points and the Flyers (18-10) easily advanced with a win over the Bonnies (2-26).

Dayton, which finished third in the West Division, will play Temple in tonight’s final quarterfinal game. The Owls, the runner up in the East Division, defeated the Flyers 78-70 on Feb. 6.

Brian Roberts scored 12 points and Jimmy Binnie added 10 for the Flyers. All but one of the 13 players who saw the floor for Dayton scored and the Flyers enjoyed their widest margin of victory of the season.

Michael Lee scored 14 points for St. Bonaventure.

CONFERENCE USA

TCU 60, Marquette 57 (OT)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Corey Santee’s 3-pointer with 12.8 seconds gave the Horned Frogs (19-12) an overtime victory over the Golden Eagles (19-11) in the opening round.

Aaron Curtis had just hit one of two free throws with 18.8 seconds left to tie the game at 57 for TCU.

Santee’s 3-pointer came after Marcus Sloan batted away the ball after a Marquette inbounds pass — one of the Golden Eagles’ 23 turnovers on the afternoon. TCU relied on its defensive pressure to offset a horrid 15 percent shooting performance in the second half.

Steve Novak mishandled a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, ending Marquette’s chances.

DePaul 81, Tulane 71

Sammy Mejia and Quemont Greer each scored 18 points, and the Blue Demons (19-9) beat the Green Wave (10-18).

With the victory, fifth-seeded DePaul snapped a two-game losing skid and earned a berth against No. 4 seed UAB in the quarterfinals today.

Drake Diener added 14 points for DePaul, which is trying to improve its chance for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

Memphis 79, Saint Louis 59

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rodney Carney ended his shooting slump with 23 points and Jeremy Hunt added a career-high 22 points to lead the Tigers (17-14) to a victory over the Billikens (9-21).

Carney, who entered the game 1-for-19 from the field in his last two games at the FedExForum, missed only one of his nine shots and connected on all three from 3-point range.

Hunt started his first game of the season and was 7-for-13 from the field.

MEAC

Delaware State 66,Bethune-Cookman 43

RICHMOND — Darrin Shine scored 13 points and Aaron Williams and Jahsha Bluntt each added 12 to lead the Hornets (17-13) over the Wildcats (6-20) in a quarterfinal game.

Top-seeded Delaware St. will play the winner of today’s Norfolk St.-South Carolina St. game in tomorrow’s semifinals.

Delaware St. opened the game with a 17-3 run and just kept pouring it on to end the half up 29-17 over eighth-seeded Bethune-Cookman.

NORTHEAST

Fairleigh Dickinson 58, Wagner 52

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Center Andrea Crosariol scored 18 points and the Knights (20-12) earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1998 with a victory over the Seahawks (13-17) in the championship game of the Northeast Conference tournament.

Mensah Peterson scored seven of his 13 points in the final 3:28, including a critical 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds to play, as second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson gave coach Tom Green his fourth trip to the NCAAs in his 22-year career.

WOMEN

BIG 12

No. 14 Texas Tech 61,No. 18 Iowa State 59

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alesha Robertson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left and Iowa State’s last-second shot rimmed out to lift the Red Raiders (22-6) to a win over the Cyclones (23-6) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Robertson and Chelsey Dabbs each had 13 points to lead Texas Tech, which faces No. 6 Baylor in today’s semifinals. Erin Grant added 12 points and nine assists and Cisti Greenwalt had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Tied at 59 with under five seconds to go, Grant drove the lane but was fouled. After inbounding the ball to the post, Robertson was immediately fouled while attempting a shot and sank both free throws for the winning margin.

No. 6 Baylor 70, Missouri 52

Sophia Young scored 18 points and the Bears (25-3) moved into the semifinals with a win over the Tigers (11-18).

Chameka Scott hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for top-seeded Baylor. Latoya Wyatt added 11 points and Steffanie Blackmon had 10.

No. 11 Texas 65, Oklahoma 59

Tiffany Jackson scored 25 points, including nine down the stretch, to lead the Longhorns (21-7) to a victory over the Sooners (17-12).

Texas will play either Kansas State or Nebraska in tonight’s semifinal.

Trailing 44-42 with 14:07 left, Texas put together a 9-2 run to take a 51-46 lead. Oklahoma cut it to 52-50 on Britney Brown’s 3-pointer with five minutes to go, but Jackson converted a 3-point play in the post and a spinning layup a minute later to push the lead to 59-52.

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