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rrr MMrmvnn rTVTvtTrTM v rt'TTTTT t T' 1 1 T T'T T T VT T t T VtT YV TTI'1 VTTVStT . 6C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 Gophers outlast Bulldogs to reach NIT championship Glades Central sweeps :The Raiders' April Jones and Danella Bythwood team up for six first-place finishes. By Paul Pedersen Special to the Palm Beach Post JUPITER April Jones and Danella Bythwood have battled each other in track for six years. Track and field j, --.. , The Associated Press NEW YORK Kevin Clark scored a career-high 30 points, and Sam Jacobson added 24 as Minnesota advanced to the NIT championship with a 91-89 overtime victory against Fresno State. Fresno State's season of scandal, which included arrests, suspensions and substance abuse problems for some of its star players, was recently the focus of a 60 Minutes feature by CBS correspondent Mike Wallace. After the story was aired, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian criticized Wallace for not being up front with him about its content. But at half time, Wallace, a guest of Tarkanian's, said he and the coach had spoken before the game and had "a very civilized conversation." The Gophers (19-15) left Jerry Tarkanian's club with only a consolation game remaining while advancing to play the winner of Tuesday's second semifinal between Penn State and Georgia on Thursday night in the final. "This loss really hurts because of all the adversity we went through," Tarkanian said. Minnesota, which won the NIT in 1993, is playing in its second straight national semifinals after making it to the Final Four last year. "We feel this is our Final Four," Gophers coach Clem Haskins said. Fresno State was done in by poor shot selection down the stretch and a costly technical foul late in regulation. With the Bulldogs leading 70-66 with five minutes left, Fresno State's Kevin Roberson was whistled for attempting to trip Quincy Lewis after a rebound. After Eric Harris made both technical free throws, Jacobsen hit a three-pointer to put Minnesota up by one. "The technical was the key point in the game," College basketball Tarkanian said. "I didn't see what happened." Jermaine Fowlkes led Fresno State (21-12) with 25 points and Chris Herren had 14. Quincy Lewis made two free throws with 48 seconds left in overtime, and the Gophers closed it out at the free throw line. In regulation, Fresno State was up 77-74 with 23 seconds left LATE MONDAY Tennessee 76, North Carolina 70: Trailing in the second half for the first time in more than three months, the top-ranked Lady Vols stormed back from 12 points and beat the Tar Heels in the Mideast Regional final at Nashville. The comeback keeps alive Tennessee's hopes of a record third straight national championship, a perfect season and a place in history as the greatest women's team. Tennessee (37-0) rallied after trailing 61-49 with less than TA minutes left. The Vols out-scored Carolina 15-1 in 2xh minutes to go up 64-62. Ail-American Chamique Holdsclaw, who finished with 29 points, keyed the burst with eight points. North Carolina finished at 27-6. B Arkansas 77, Duke 72: Christy Smith made four free throws in the final 31 seconds after Tennille Adams scored the go-ahead basket on a putback, sending underdog Arkansas to its first Final Four with a victory over Duke in Oakland, Calif. Sytia Messer's 20 points led the ninth-seeded Lady Razorbacks (22-10), who became the lowest seeded team to advance to the women's Final Four. JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer Glades Central's B.J Lovett leaps to his winning distance of 22 feet, 2V2 inches in the long jump in Tuesday's track and field meet at Jupiter. The two seniors, who just happen to be best friends and Glades Central teammates, once again Competed against each other and a six-team field and combined for six first-place finishes Tuesday in the Raiders' boys and girls sweep of the Jupiter track meet. "We're pretty competitive, but we look at going against each other as a chance to push the other one to the next level," said Jones, who beat Bythwood (44.83 to 45.33) in their head-to-head running of the 300 hurdles. "Our goal is to always come in 1-2. It doesn't matter which one it is just so one of us is first." .. Jones also won the 100 hurdles (15.29) and ran a leg in the winning ? 1-mile relay. "I hadn't planned on things going this well so soon," said Jones, who is the 1997 state champion and record-holder (44.32) in the 300 hurdles. "I wasn't looking for 44s (in the hurdles) this early in the season. It's pretty impressive to me." 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