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THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 IC College Basketball Free throw seals Gamecocks' win How the Top 25 Fared Men Htw Nw tap IS teams hi The Associated Prtn' college basketball pell Imn4 Friday: 1 North Carolina (7-0) vs. Chattanooga. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday. S. South Carolina (44) beat Virginia Tech 74-73. Next: vs. Chattanooga, Saturday. 10. Iowa (5-0) beat Rice 1-152. Next: vs. Weber State, Saturday. 14. Mississippi (441) beat Long Island University W2-99. Next: vs. Ball State, Saturday. o ." .fl Jk Aft ,-' i x I. I 1 JI R ; v r y 7 It p 1 wf- 1992 FILE PHOTO John Thompson's team applauds Syracuse after losing to the Orangemen in the 1992 Big East championship game. Thompson's sequestering his players before NCAA Tournament play in the 1980s gave rise to the term "Hoya Paranoia." . A maverick with a 6-10 overview The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. Melvin Watson scored a career-high 24 points, including a free throw with 3.5 seconds left, as No. 5 South Carolina overcame cold shooting to beat Virginia Tech 74-73 Friday night Virginia Tech tied it at 73 when Kenny Harrell hit a running three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left. But the Hokies' Rolan Roberts was called for a foul away from the ball after the shot, sending Watson to the line. He made the first but missed the second, and Harrell raced down and put up a 35-footer that bounced off the back of the rim as time expired. South Carolina shot only 32 percent from the field, but still improved to 4-0, the school's best start in nine years. Watson, a senior guard whose previous career high was 23 points, made 6 of 10 shots from the field. The rest of the Gamecocks were 11 of 43. South Carolina got 18 points from BJ McKie and 14 from Ryan Stack. Tech, picked to finish near the Atlantic 10 basement, overcame a lack of size and experience to frustrate a team that is expected to battle for the Southeastern Conference title. Freshman Jenis Grindstaff led Tech (3-1) with 18 points. Eddie Lucas had 16 points for the Hokies, while Roberts added 13 points and nine rebounds. McKie, South Carolina's leading scorer with an 18-point average, scored all seven of his first-half points on free throws. He was 0-for-6 from the field in the first half and finished the game 1-for-11. There were 11 ties and seven lead changes before the Gamecocks went on an 11-2 run midway through the second half. Watson had six points in the surge, which put South Carolina up 55-46 with 8:59 to play, the biggest lead by Men's Top 25 either team. Virginia Tech stormed back by scoring the next eight points, including four by Grindstaff, to make it 55-54. But South Carolina gradually pushed its lead back to six, and the Hokies were unable to threaten again until a pair of free throws by Brendan Dunlop made it 68-66 with 1:02 left VIRGINIA TECH (71) - Ray 0-2 M 0, Browne M 0- 0 6, Wheeler 0-4 M 0, GulHory 2-5 2-2 7, Grindstaff 1- 15 04 10, Roberts 5 2-3 13, Dunlop 3-10 1-2 1, Harrell 2-6 0-0 5, Lucas 5-10 4-4 I. Totals 21-67 Ml 73. SOUTH CAROLINA (74) - Gallman 27 4-4 I, Stack 4-7 5-4 14, McKie 1 11 15-11 II, Watson 6-10 10-12 24, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Ross UMl Rouse 1-1 04 I Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, Nix 0-0 0-0 0, Formanek HMO, Grant 1-3 1-3 4. Totals 17-53 35-47 74. Halt time-South Carolina 36, Virginia Tech 32. Three-point goals-Virginia Tech 1-22 (Lucas 2-5, Grindstaft 2-6, Roberts 1-1, Gulllory 1-3, Dunlop 1-1 Harrell 1-4), South Carolina 5-17 (Watson 2-4, Stack 1-2, Grant 1-2, McKie 1-3, Ross 0-1, Davis 0-5). Fouled eut-Wheeler, Gulllory, Grindstaff, Dunlop. Rebounds-Virginia Tech 41 (Roberts ), South Carolina 40 (McKie, Johnson I). Assists-Vlrglnla Tech 12 (Dunlop 4), South Carolina 5 (McKie 2). Total fouls-Virginia Tech 36, South Carolina 16. A NA. LATE THURSDAY II No. 17 Clemson 78, No. 23 Maryland 65 (OT): Terrell Mclntyre scored 21 points, including the game-tying free throw in regulation, and the Tigers (4-2) shut out the visiting Terrapins (3-2) in overtime. Clemson trailed 65-61 with 1:18 left when Mclntyre hit a long three-pointer and tied it with the second of two free throws with 16 seconds to go. Mclntyre made a three-pointer and had two steals in overtime as Clemson broke a two-game losing streak. The Terrapins missed five shots and had two turnovers in the extra five minutes. MARYLAND (3-2) - Profit 4-12 2-4 KA Elliot 6-9 2-6 IS, Ekezle 2-4 3-7 7, Stokes 4-6 2-2 12, Jasikevlclus 3-0 1-1 o, Mardeslch 3-3 0-0 4, Morris 3-5 0-0 6, Ko-varlk 0-1 M 0, Cephas 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 25-41 10-20 65. CLEMSON (4-2) - Iturbe 2-4 54 9, Jamison 2-4 1-4 5, Wideman 3-4 0-0 6, Mclntyre 6-13 7-9 21, Buckner 1-16 5-7 21, Miller 4-7 0-0 11, Christie 0-2 2-4 2, Whltt I-6 0-0 2, Won! 0-2 1-2 1, Allenspach 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 21-34 71. Half time Clemson 21, Maryland 27. End of regulationMaryland 65, Clemson 65. Three-point goals-Maryland 5-10 (Stokes 2-4, Jasikevlclus 2-6, Elliot 1-2, Morris 0-1, Profit 0-5), Clemson 5-17 (Miller 3-5, Mclntyre 2-5, Iturbe 0-1, Whltt 0-1, Christie 0-2, Buckner 0-3). Fouled out-Elliot, Jasikevlclus. Rebounds-Maryland 32 (Ekezle 10), Clemson 36 (Mclntyre 9). Assists-Maryland 14 (Jasikevlclus 7), Clemson II (Mclntyre 9). Total fouls-Maryland 27, Clemson 19. A-11,200. FIU, Branzova stun No. 10 Georgia 83-68 Is -'jf j A YT.. p? il I, Thompson, too, has changed his tune about the ultimate priority of graduation, telling The Washington Post "I don't look at a kid who's poor, a kid who's talented, and say that I'm not going to take that kid because he might leave in one year or two years. I feel that Georgetown University has made a major contribution to the lives of Allen Iverson and Victor Page." Iverson was the NBA's No. 1 draft pick, by the Philadelphia 76ers, in 1996. Page went undraft-ed. Even Thompson's focus seemed to waver a bit last year when he applied for a gaming license to join a casino-owning friend in the operation of a lucrative slot-machine business at the Las Vegas airport. Georgetown's president, the Rev. Leo J. O'Dono-van, told Thompson he couldn't coach the Hoyas and cash in on slot-machine gamblers at the same time. The coach relented, dropping the application request. The question remains, however, if Thompson has begun to look beyond Georgetown. Earlier this year, when the Orlando Magic job came open, Thompson took a quick look at the opportunity. "I'm curious about the profes sional game," he said, "particularly because of the younger kids going in. By the same token, I like what I'm doing, too. I'm not closed . either way." Chuck Daly eventually took the Magic job and Thompson stayed put at Georgetown, where a 6-foot-ll center from Senegal, Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (pronounced Boom Chay Boom Chay) has become his latest project. Centers of attention The list of Georgetown players that have gone on to prosper in the NBA is heavy on centers. The Heat, of course, have Mourning (Class of '92). Ewing (Class of '85) leads the New York Knicks. Di-kembe Mutombo (Class of '91) has the Atlanta Hawks off to one of the league's fastest starts. One look at Thompson and you understand why the coach is so good at identifying and relating to great post players. He's enormous. He was 6-feet-10 and 230 pounds during his playing days and is considerably heavier today at the age of 56. Thompson played on twoworld championship teams with the Boston Celtics. He also played on an NIT championship team at Providence College and led John Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., to two city championships. "It was intimidating the first time I met him," Mourning said. "I was almost in awe, considering the feelings I had as a Hoya fan since the age of 12. Not only that, but coach Thompson was the backup to the one of the greatest players of all time, Bill Russell, on some of the greatest Celtics teams." If there ever was an urge to practice in the low post with his Georgetown players, Thompson resisted it. Probably just as well. "He's so big," said Mourning, "that he'd probably bump us right off the court." Tonight at Miami Arena, Mourning will welcome Thompson to his home court and then get out of the way. There is business to be conducted. Hoya business. Thompson fights to keep up the standards, teaching the same relentless defense that always has marked his teams and searching for players willing to make the sacrifice. "When Iverson and Page carried such a bulk of the offense and you keyed on them, it had a tendency to disrupt their offense," Hamilton said. "They're back to playing the basketball they've been known for. Typical Georgetown, all agressiveness." Typical John Thompson, too. Over your head and in your face. Vital r a. ' 2 2, Friday's scores Men EAST Adrian 79, Caienovia M Army 57, Bethany.W.Va. 31 Clarkson 74, Hamilton 61 ' College of West Va. 107, Dominican, N.Y. 93 Husson 94, Green Mountain 12 John Jay76,CCNY63 Johns Hopkins 74, Brandeis 52 Kings Point 77, York, N.Y. 54 Manhattan 64, lona 62, OT Manhattanville 62, St. Joseph's, L.I. 47 Oneonta St. 46, Geneseo St. 44 St. Lawrence 90, Hobart 69 Vassar 77, Union, N.Y. 74 SOUTH Asbury Ml, Clrclevllle Bible 49 - Barry 90, American U P R. 94, OT Chowan 76, Greensboro 60 ,' Cumberland, Ky. (6, Indiana-Southeast 66 Emory 61, Carnegie-Mellon 41 King, Tenn. 19, Berea 17 Llndsey Wilson II, Tougaloo 55 ..' Martin Methodist 99, Johnson t Wales, S.C. 76 Milllgan 76, Covenant 72 N.C. Wesleyan 91, Warren Wilson 49 Oklahoma City 88, Faulkner 14 Queens Coll. 95, St. Andrew's 80 '' South Carolina 74, Virginia Tech 73 , . St. Mary's, Md. 75, Mary Washington 64 West Florida 17, Talladega 61 ! Wlngate 52, Livingstone 49 MIDWEST . , Anderson, Ind. 96, Indiana-East 71 Buffalo 70, NE Illinois 59 Campbellsvllle 82, Indiana Wesleyan 62 Doane 83, Bethany, Kan. 74 LeTourneau II, Bartlesville Weslyn 79 , , Minnesota 63, W. Carolina 46 Morningside 106, Iowa Weslyn 53 St. Louis Christian 127, Messenger 75 SOUTHWEST . Ark.-Montlcello 31, Ala.-Huntsvllle 30 . Oklahoma Christian 65, Taylor 60 Panhandle St. 95, Rockhurst 60 . TOURNAMENTS Ameritas Classic First Raund Nebraska 85, N C. -Wilmington 61 . Augustana Invitational First Round Webster 77, Marycrest Intl. 64 C. F. Parks Catawba Classic First Round Catawba lot, Allen 15 Coca-Cola Classic First Round ' Lincoln Memorial 92, Piedmont 63 Collier Tournament First Round ' Hanover 70, Huntington 67 Cyclone Challenge First Round Coppin St. 60, SW Texas St. 59 Don Glick Invitational First Round Bridgewater,Va. 106, Capitol 44 First Bank Classic First Round St. Bonaventure 59, Ohio U. 46 First Merchants BankCVC Classic First Round ' Ball St. 99, Qulnnlpiac 46 Mississippi 102, Long Island U.99 Fox 105-Jaycee Classic) First Round Emporia St. 81, Tabor 72 Hillyard Tournament First Round William Jewell 76, Mo. Southern 67 Jim Reed Chamber Classic First Round Georgetown, Ky. 15, Concordia, III. 50 Olivet Naiarene 98, Barber-Scotia 50 Lopata Classic First Round Babson 99, Occidental 96 Pepsi Cola Shootout First Round Arkansas Tech 57, Mlssourl-Rolla 55 Phoenix Classic Third Place Hartford 85, Cent. Connecticut St. 72 Plui Hut Classic First Round Bowling Green 89, Maine 83 Pecono Classic First Round East Stroudsburg 96, Wilmington, Del. 76 ' Fayettevllle St. 84, Bridgeport 74 Ricky Williams Basketball Classic First Round Johnson C. Smith 80, Clark Atlanta 79 N.C Central 64, Morris Brown 57 SSU Holiday Tournament First Round .Brescia 74, Geneva 47 Shawnee St. 67, Glenvllle St. 64 Salisbury Optimist Tournament first Round . Lincoln. Pa. 85, Shenandoah 77 Super Chevy Shootout First Round Weber St. 81, Mount St. Mary's, Md. 73 TCBY Holiday Tournament First Round Ark. -Little Rock 92, Miss. Valley St. S3 rhe JamFest First Round E. Washington 68, Columbia 59 rom Roberson Classic Eirst Raund Jacksonville St. 86, Bethel, Tenn. 70 JSF Invitational :lrt Round Richmond 70, Samford 38 low the Top 25 Fared Vomen How the top 25 teams In The Associated ress' women's college basketball poll tared riday: No. 10 Georgia (3-1) lost to Florida Interna-anal 83-68. Next: vs. Florida State or Chorles-n Southern at Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday. no. ii Arizona (2-uj vs. Nortneaitern. Next: i. Wichita State or No. 12 Nebraska, Sunday. No. 12 Nebraska (8-1) beat Wichita Slate 71-I. Next: vs. No. II Arizona or Northeastern at ucson, Ariz., Sunday. No. 17 Western Kentucky (7-1) vs. Oregon, ext: vs. Kentucky, Monday, Dec. 8. No. 18 Auburn (5-0) beat Southern Mlsslsslp-77-39. Next: at Kentucky, Sunday, Dec. 14. No.. 23 Stephen F. Austin (2-2) vs. Pacific, ext: vs. Texas Southern or Lamar, Saturday. riday's scores omen AST Bridgewater.Mass. 84, Wheaton, Mass. 76 Cabrini 74, Notre Dame,Md. 65 Daemen 77, Defiance 72 Dominican, N.Y. 85, S. Vermont 42 Hamilton 57, Clarkson 47 Indiana 67, La Salle 51 Johns Hopkins 74, Brandeis 55 Md.-E. Shore 60, Wagner 50 Potsdam St. 58, Russell Sage 53, OT Rider 64, Long Island U. 52 Slippery Rock 67, Kutztown 62 Vassar 48, Swarthmore 38 IUTH Auburn 77, Southern Miss. 39 Emory 75, Carnegie-Mellon 42 Florida Southern 86, Oakland, Mich. 73 Lenolr-Rhyne 96, Limestone 53 Jpscomb 97, Michigan 35 M.C. Central 65, Bluefield St. 57 3ueens, N.C. 70, St. Andrew's 55 IOWEST Buffalo 83, NE Illinois 68 :incinnatl 93, Cleveland St. 65 5ooe 83, Bethany, Kan. 74 :ort Hays St. 79, Western St .Colo. 41 Joshen 87, Cincinnati Bible 37 'urdue 75, N. Illinois 45 3urdue-Calumet 84, Trinity, III. 52 iegis 85, Fort Lewis 81 UTHWE5T -amar 83, Texas Southern 68 )klahoma St. 63, New Mexico St. 34 iockhurst 94, Panhandle St. 63 i Nazarene 97, E. Central U. 72 'rlnlty, Tex. 63, Colorado Col. 57, OT R WEST lyeck 72, Practical Bible 47 URNAMENTS it westernCoca-Cola Classic st Round lumberland, Ky. 70, Clinch Valley 65 Incoln Memorial 78, Union, Ky. 54 mmerce Bank-Wildcat Classic st Round llah 61, Wis Green Bay 55 il Classic I Memory of Caret Eckman jrna st Round idlana, Pa. 66, West Chester 64 Mllerivlllo 72, Longwood 67 rlda State Classic st Round la. International 83, Georgia 68 io Hackman Rice Classic st Round anta Clara 75, Va. Commonwealth 60 lenviile Invitiational t Round Imhurst 76, Baptist Bible, Mo. 25 reenville65, Lincoln Christian 53 ght Classic-it Round ebraska 71, Wichita St. 69 riot Inn-Bloomsburg University Holiday it Round dinboro 92, Pitt -Johnstown 67 oly Family 56, Bloomsburg 47 one Classic it Round ast Stroudsburg 63, Lock Haven 49 lyettevllle St. 83, Bridgeport 64 sbury Optimist Tournament it Round ildwIn-Wallece 93, Salisbury St. 68 . in Sitters Tournament ,t Round ount Holyoke 64, St. Joseph Conn. 59 ellesley 63, Bryn Mawr 23 I Bus Lines Tournament t Round ippemburg 91, Ohio Valley 59 . Vincent 76, Shepherd 67 1 3-1 r t i f Georgetown vs. UM RECORDS: Georgetown (3-2) vs. Miami (6-0). WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Miami Arena. TV: SportsChannel. TICKETS: Plenty remain. Call Ticketmaster at (561) 966-3309. DIRECTIONS: Take 1-95 south to Northwest Eighth Street (Exit 5A). Go left on Northwest Eighth Street and arena is three blocks on the right. Thompson's views haven't changed. He declined comment Friday on Latrelle Sprewell's NBA suspension for choking and punching his coach during a practice session but said that "there's a heck of a lot of difference in what the public is told and what actually goes on at the practice court or in the locker room. Those are different types of teaching situations that people can't always understand." A national title in 1984 confirmed both Thompson's motivational techniques and his remarkable coaching skills in developing Georgetown from a 3-23 team to a championship program in a span of 12 years. A different man might have shouted with joy after becoming the first black coach to win an NCAA title. When asked how it felt, Thompson chose to growl. "When you think about it," he said, "the question is insulting. Plenty of other black coaches could have won an NCAA championship if they ever had the opportunity." Influence on Hamilton Today black coaches are in charge of Florida's two hottest college teams. Florida State, with first-year coach Steve Robinson, is ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press national poll. Miami, which beat Georgetown twice in three games last year, is coached by Leonard Hamilton. The Hurricanes are 6-0, their best start to a season since 1962. "For whatever reason coach Thompson has always reached out to help me in many ways," said Hamilton, who earned his first head coaching job at Oklahoma State with Thompson's recommendation. "He's a person I feel comfortable calling early in the morning or late at night. In the arena, we compete like the dickens, but he's kind of like a big brother." Thompson has already had a remarkable career, with 576 victories at Georgetown, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, three Final Four appearances (1982, '84, '85) and being selected as coach of the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. Miami, for instance, defeated Georgetown twice in three tries last season. The Hoyas remain, however, the most important early gauge of the Hurricanes' Big East progress this season, even though Georgetown is 3-2 and coming off a 73-69 home loss to Villanova. "Georgetown has so much tradition that the general public will think that's a tremendous measuring stick for you when you have success against them," Hamilton said. "In actuality, every game we play in the Big East is a tough basketball game. That kind of gets lost in the shuffle." So does the drastic change in the way Thompson must maintain Georgetown's excellence. Until recently his was the only program able to resist raids by the NBA. In the past two years, however, Georgetown stars Allen Iverson and Victor Page have left following their sophomore seasons to turn pro. THOMPSON From 1C who routinely calls the NCAA wrong, who considered his 1996 application for a Las Vegas gaming license perfectly all right, who serves as a consultant and spokesman for Nike, just like Mike. Still, of all the passions that drive Thompson, none compares to the fierce loyalty Big John has to his players. Last May, as Mourning and Ewing opposed each other in the Eastern Conference semfin-als, Thompson was there. Watching from the front row. Dropping by each locker room for a pat on the back and an expression of pride. Standing by. Staying close. "Alonzo and Patrick are at the top of the list of those players that I've gotten a lot of satisfaction out of," Thompson said. "It makes me feel absolutely great to see what they've done. To be competing furiously against each other during the games and still be friends, that's what it's all about." Competition and camaraderie, intensely expressed. That's the Georgetown family creed. "Every time I go to a Hoyas game," said Mourning, "all the memories come flowing back. All the good times and all the bad times, too. When I think about my development as a person, as well as a player, I realize how fortunate I was to be put in a position to receive guidance from someone like John Thompson and from someone like Mary Fenlon." Fenlon was Thompson's first hire when he took over the Georgetown program in 1972. She monitors the players' academic progress. There is no more sensitive point with Thompson, who consistently seeks scholarships for players whose admission test scores identify them as poor graduation risks. "Universities are put here to fit the needs of society, not to fulfill their reputation," Thompson told The Washington Post in August. "If the strong can't help the weak, who can?" Stand on SAT For years Thompson has opposed using SAT scores as a basis for admission to NCAA programs, saying that the test questions re flect a cultural bias against underprivileged applicants. In 1989 he staged a one-man boycott, walking out on two Hoyas games in protest of a proposed rule denying scholarship money to athletes with good high school grades but poor SAT scores. "It never ceases to amaze me that we talk all the time about being in the education business and now we want to take educational opportunities away from kids," Thompson said. "If I were a young player, I would feel insulted." In those comments Thompson's protective nature is revealed, a trait that often draws criticism from reporters who are denied access to Georgetown players or treated brusquely by . the coach. "Hoya Paranoia" was the term for it when Thompson first became an NCAA Tournament regular in the 1980s. Georgetown teams practiced for post-season games in isolation. Thompson alone spoke for the team, and did so as seldom as possible. "Us Against the World" seemed to be the Hoyas theme, a somewhat unusual approach for a small Jesuit institution serving students from 110 foreign nations. "The reason coach Thompson closed practices to reporters was that he wanted the freedom to coach his team his way," Mourning said. "It came from a desire to be a teacher and do it most effectively, whether that meant cursing at us or joking with us. He didn't want some person not involved with the team sitting in the stands and sitting in judgment." Women's Top 25 92, Oregon 90: Leslie Johnson scored 34 points as the Lady Toppers edged the Ducks in Bowling Green, Ky. Laurie Townsend hit two foul shots to give Western Kentucky (8-1) a 92-89 lead with 4.5 seconds left. With 1.9 seconds remaining, Lisa Bowyer of Oregon (2-2) was fouled while shooting a three-pointer that would have tied the game. But she missed two of her three free throws. B No. 18 Auburn, Southern Mississippi 39: Conswella Sparrow had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Tigers over the Golden Eagles (4-2). Kris Bernath added 12 points for Auburn, which improved to 5-0. Justine Agbatan had 11 points. LATE THURSDAY BNo.24 Washington 77, Montana St. 59: Jamie Redd scored 24 points and tied a school record with six three-pointers as the Huskies (4-0) defeated the Bobcats (2-3) in Seattle. to title game Today's games STATE MEN: Florida A&M at Auburn, 1 p.m.; USF at Ohio St., 2 p.m.; Jacksonville at FSU, 4 p.m.; Georgetown at Miami, 7:30 p.m. AREA MEN: Lynn Pepsi Classic (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.); PBCC at Florida CC, 7:30 p.m.; South Florida CC at IRCC 7:30 p.m. STATE WOMEN: Florida A&M in Ronald McDonald Classic at Duke, TBA; FSU in Seminole Classic at Tallahassee, noon or 2 p.m.; FIU in Seminole Classic at Tallahassee, noon or 2 p.m.; Providence at Miami, 2 p.m.; Stetson at Winthrop, 2 p.m. AREA WOMEN: Hillsborough CC at PBCC, 2 p.m.; Santa Fe CC at IRCC, 6 p.m. The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE Center Gergana Branzova scored 33 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead Florida International to an 83-68 upset victory against No. 10 Georgia on Friday night. Georgia's Lady Bulldogs, who lost all five starters from last year's Final Eight team, fell behind 15-3 in the first 3:33. Branzova, who is 6-foot-4, scored six points and guard Donna Carrell added five during FIU's early run. FIU (3-0) led 51-35 at half time and Georgia (3-1) never got closer than eight points in the second half in the first round of the Seminole Cldssic H No. 12 Nebraska 71, Wichita St. 69: Nicole Kubik scored 20 points as the Corn-huskers came from behind to defeat the Shockers in the opening game of the Insight Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Cori McDill, who scored 10 points, hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put Nebraska ahead 71-69. Anna DeForge and Emile Thompson added 11 apiece for Nebraska. B No. 17 Western Kentucky Lynn advances Special to The Palm Beach Post BOCA RATON -Kevin Griffin scored 18 points and Coy Patterson and Charles Maina added 16 each to lead Lynn University to a 103-70 victory against the University of the Virgin Islands on Friday night. Washburn advanced to the title game with a 77-74 victory against Winston-Salem State. VIRGIN ISLANDS (1-4) - Wilson 6 2-2 15, Samuel 2 0-0 4, Labeet 10 1-3 21, John-Lewis 2 0-2 4, Conner 3 0-0 1, A. George 0 0-0 0, Watson-Willis 3 0-1 6, Scot-liffe 0 0-0 0, R. George 2 0-1 4, Bruney 4 04 1. Totals 32 3-11 70. LYNN (5-1) - Patterson 6 4-5 16, Howard 2 0-2 4, Maina 6 4-7 16, Jones 6 0-0, 13, Anders 2 0-0 4, Griffin 7 2-2 10, Hawthorne 3 0-0 9, Connelly 2 OO 5, Simmons 5 1-2 II, Gumbel 23-57. Totals 14 14-23 103. Half time-Lynn 55-23. Three-point goals-Virgin Islands 3-11 (Wilson 1-5, Conner 2-5, Bruney 0-1). Lynn 7 25 (Patterson 0-5,1 Jones 1-4, Anders 0-1, Griffin 2-5, Hawthorne 3-5, Connelly 1-5). Fouled eut-Gumbel. Rebounds-Virgin Islands 47 (Labeet 16). Lynn 43 (Howard 9). Assists-Virgin Islands 11 (Samuel 3). Lynn 23 (Anders 6). Total fouls-Virgin Islands 17, Lynn 14. B Palm Beach CC 110, St. Petersburg 99: Eric Asbury had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers (3-4) over the Titans (8-4) in Lake Worth. ST. PETERSBURG (1-4) - Draper 9 29, Williams 7 2-6 19, Adler 0 1-2 1, Turner 3 3-3 10, Preston 1-2 5, Scruggs 2 1-2 5, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Dancer 1 0-0 2, Evans 6 2-5 16, Dakradie 1 4-4 6, Russ 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 20-30 99. PALM BEACH CC (34) - Connor 2 1-2 7, Williams 10 2-3 24, Ferreira 2 4-4 7, Arroyo 1 0-0 3, Me-layess 2 0-06, Fenton 6 3-5 15, Hill 7 2-4 21, Asbury 10 5-7 27. Totals 40 17-25 110. Half time: St. Peterbsurg 48 -46. Rebounds: SP 29 (Evans ); PB 44 (Asbury 13). Assists: SP 16 (Williams 7); PB 29 (Connor 9). Three-point goals: SP 7-17 (Draper 5, Williams, Turner); PB 12-27 (Connor Williams, Ferreira, Arroyo, Melayess 2, Hill 5). Fouled out: Preston, Dakradie. B Barry 98, American Puerto Rico 94: Andre Taylor score seven of his career-high 27 points in overtime and the Buccaneers (6-1) beat American (1-5) in Miami Shores. ' -- Tri atiffmi Him tw H tufting i w TT P"n Trn 1ft im n th i

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