Top 25 basketball roundup: N.C. State ends reign by Duke

first_imgEngin Atsur scored all 21 of his points after halftime to help avenge a 23-point regular season loss to the Blue Devils (22-10), who had won seven of the previous eight ACC tournament titles, including the past two. Greg Paulus led Duke with 18 points and Josh McRoberts and DeMarcus Nelson both scored 17. The Blue Devils fell behind 73-70 on Costner’s three-point play in the opening minute of overtime and never fully recovered. Duke played without freshman Gerald Henderson, who served a mandatory one-game suspension for a flagrant foul that broke Tyler Hansbrough’s nose during the closing seconds of a loss to North Carolina last Sunday. The loss was the third straight for the Blue Devils. No. 5 Memphis 92, Marshall 71: Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt scored 19 points apiece to lead the Tigers (28-3) in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. No. 9 Georgetown 62, Villanova 57: Roy Hibbert scored eight of his 14 points in Georgetown’s opening 26-2 run, and the Hoyas (24-6) held on in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. No. 10 Nevada 88, Idaho 56: Marcelus Kemp scored 17 points and the Wolf Pack (28-3) gave their starters plenty of rest in the quarterfinal round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. No. 12 Louisville 82, West Virginia 71, (2OT): Terrence Williams scored 21 points and Earl Clark added 17 as the Cardinals (23-8) won in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big East conference tournament. No. 13 Pittsburgh 89, No. 18 Marquette 79: Aaron Gray scored 22 points to help the Panthers (26-6) beat the Golden Eagles (24-9) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Miami 67, No. 17 Maryland 62: Jack McClinton scored 17 points, Brian Asbury added 12 and the undermanned Hurricanes (12-19) upset the Terrapins (24-7) in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. No. 20 Notre Dame 89, Syracuse 83: Russell Carter scored 24 points to help the Irish (24-6) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, ending the Orange’s run for a third straight championship. LSU 76, No. 22 Tennessee 67 (OT): Returning to the site of its victorious 2006 NCAA Tournament regional, the Tigers (17-14) rode Glen “Big Baby” Davis to an overtime victory over the Vols (22-10) in the first round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. No. 23 BYU 77, TCU 64: Trent Plaisted scored 22 points and the Cougars (24-7) cruised in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. No. 25 UNLV 80, Utah 54: Kevin Kruger, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Arizona State to play for his father this season, scored 21 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (26-6) in a quarterfinal win in the Mountain West Conference tournament. WOMEN Iowa St. 57, No. 13 Texas A&M 51: Heather Ezell and Alison Lacey scored 11 points apiece and the Cyclones (25-7) used a late run with its leading scorer on the bench to advance to the Big 12 championship game in Oklahoma City. No. 11 Oklahoma 78, No. 18 Baylor 64: Courtney Paris had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sooners (25-4) held off a second-half rally by the Lady Bears (25-7) in a Big 12 Conference tournament women’s semifinal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Costner helped the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (16-14) accomplish that Thursday night, scoring a career-high 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds to help end No. 21 Duke’s reign as tourney champions 85-80 in overtime in Tampa, Fla. “As you all know, the rivalries are great on Tobacco Road, and nothing will make our fans and us happier than to beat Carolina and Duke,” Costner said. “To succeed in beating them this year is a great accomplishment.” center_img Freshman Brandon Costner already knows what makes a disappointing season bearable at North Carolina State. Try beating North Carolina during the regular season, then knocking off Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. last_img read more

Exclusive – Van Gaal may decide he doesn’t need Rooney now, warns Man United legend

first_imgPaul McGrath believes Wayne Rooney has put his status as a guaranteed Manchester United starter in jeopardy by being sent off against West Ham.Louis van Gaal indicated earlier this season that he views his captain as the only untouchable outfield player in his star-studded squad.But McGrath believes the Dutchman may revise his opinion should United impress while the striker serves a three-match ban for his wild kick at Stewart Downing during the narrow victory over the Hammers at the weekend.“They have got so much talent up front that Wayne is probably not going to be missed as much as people think he is,” said the Red Devils legend, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Van Gaal is going to have to change the whole front system around and it might work better. You never know.“I would have Wayne Rooney in there every time but he has given himself a problem by getting out [of the team] so simply. He has given Van Gaal a problem because he can say, ‘do we really need Wayne sprinting round the pitch, kicking people and maybe being petulant?’ And we are going to find out whether he does.”United’s victory over West Ham will have come as a huge relief to Van Gaal, who has endured a tough start to his Old Trafford reign.But McGrath still feels United are a work in progress and expects his old club to miss out on Champions League football for another season.“I hate to say this as an ex-Man United player and supporter but I think it is a case of sorting this lot out and being patient and waiting for the rise of Manchester United, probably later on in this season. I don’t think a top four finish will be on the cards,” he said.last_img read more