- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

From combined dispatches


PENN STATE 67, NOTRE DAME 59: The Nittany Lions made JoePa proud.

Talor Battle scored 17 points, Andrew Jones had career highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds and Penn State hung on for dear life after squandering a big lead in a victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jamelle Cornley added 15 points and Stanley Pringle had 10 for Penn State (26-11), which set a school record for wins in a season and will play Baylor for the championship Thursday night.

Cheered on by football coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions beat one of their former gridiron rivals at their own game, relentlessly pounding Luke Harangody inside and harassing sharpshooter Kyle McAlarney whenever he touched the ball on the perimeter.

Harangody, a second-team All-American, finished with 17 points to lead the Irish (21-15).

BAYLOR 76, SAN DIEGO ST. 62: Curtis Jerrells scored 25 points and LaceDarius Dunn had 23, leading the once-downtrodden Bears into the championship game with a victory over the Aztecs.

Kevin Rogers added 15 points for Baylor (24-14), which has won seven of its last eight games and matched the 1947-48 team that lost in the national championship game for the second-most wins in school history.

Kyle Spain scored 15 points to lead San Diego State (26-10), which long ago set a school record for wins in a season.


OLD DOMINION 66, BRADLEY 62: Frank Hassell, playing with a stress fracture in his right leg, had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Monarchs to a win over the Braves for the title of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com tournament in Peoria, Ill.

Marsharee Neely added 16 points for Old Dominion (25-10) of the Colonial Athletic Association, which held off a late surge by Bradley (21-15).

“I feel kind of bad for Bradley. They played a great game,” Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor said. “But we won it, and we ain’t giving it back.”



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