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No. 4 seed Maryland gets a stop on the final possession in knocking off No. 13 seed Valparaiso

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Maryland has been great in close games throughout the 2014-15 season and that trend continued in a 65-62 win over No. 13 seed Valparaiso on Friday in the Midwest Regional. The No. 4 seed Terrapins went 11-1 in games decided by six points or less during the season, and once again, played with tremendous confidence and poise down the stretch in a tight game.

The Crusaders had a chance to tie on the game’s final possession, but junior point guard Keith Carter’s 3-pointer was stripped by Maryland senior guard Varun Ram, and Terrapin forward Evan Smotrycz grabbed the ball as time expired. The play probably could have been whistled for a foul, but no call was made by officials.

The offense for Maryland was balanced as senior guard Dez Wells and freshmen Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens all finished with 14 points each. Valparaiso was able to stay in the contest thanks to strong 3-point shooting (12-for-26), but couldn’t get over the hump in the game’s final minutes. Sophomore forward Alec Peters led the Crusaders with 18 points, while guard Tevonn Walker contributed 14 points.

With the game tied at 49 with 6:23 to go, Nickens nailed two free throws to give Maryland the lead for good. From there, Maryland held a lead between one and six points for the rest of the game as they closed out another tight game thanks to solid free-throw shooting (18-for-24) and a big 3-point play from Wells with 1:44 left off of a fantastic offensive rebound and finish in traffic.

Mark Turgeon’s team moves on to face No. 5 seed West Virginia in the Midwest Regional on Sunday. The Mountaineers defeated No. 12 seed Buffalo earlier on Friday.

Late Night Snacks: No. 7 Gonzaga, three other teams claim automatic bids

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Robert Morris 66, St. Francis-Brooklyn 63

One night after William & Mary fell short of its goal of earning the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament bid, NEC regular season champion St. Francis-Brooklyn met the same fate on their home floor. Rodney Pryor led five Colonials in double figures with 17 points and Elijah Minnie grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Tyreek Jewell had a chance to tie the game with three free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining, but he missed the first two and missed the third intentionally.


1. No. 7 Gonzaga 91, BYU 75

The Bulldogs avenged their lone WCC loss Tuesday night, and WCC Defensive Player of the Year Gary Bell Jr. was a key reason why. Bell was the primary defender on BYU’s Tyler Haws, who scored 15 points but did so on 6-for-14 shooting. Six Bulldogs finished in double figures, led by Kyle Wiltjer who scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds, and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth led all scorers with 28 points. While Gonzaga will likely be a two-seed, an anxious five-day wait begins for BYU.

2. Valparaiso 54, Green Bay 44

Both teams defended well but the Crusaders were just a bit better on that end, as the limited the Phoenix to 30.2 percent shooting. David Skara scored 12 points off the bench and E.Victor Nickerson added 11 for Valparaiso, whose head coach (Bryce Drew) was on the team that’s responsible for both of the program’s NCAA tournament victories (1998). Keifer Sykes scored 14 points for Green Bay but he shot 5-for-15 from the field, and Carrington Love made just one of his ten shots from the field.

3. North Dakota State 57, South Dakota State 56

Lawrence Alexander scored 25 points, with 16 coming in the second half, to lead North Dakota State to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Both teams were solid defensively, but the Bison holding the Jackrabbits to less than 32 percent from the field gave them the upper hand. Cody Larson led South Dakota State with 19 points.


1. Virginia Tech’s Jalen Hudson

Hudson scored 32 points and made the game-winning shot in the Hokies’ one-point win over Wake Forest.

2. Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan

Like Hudson, Hanlan’s late-game heroics were the difference in a one-point win. Hanlan scored 25 points in a 66-65 win over Georgia Tech.

3. Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer

Wiltjer scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 91-75 win over BYU.

4. North Dakota State’s Lawrence Alexander

Alexander scored 25 points, shooting 6-for-9 from three, in the Bison’s 57-56 win over South Dakota State.


1. Georgia Tech’s Quinton Stephens

Stephens struggled mightily in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Boston College, shooting 1-for-12 from the field.

2. Green Bay’s Carrington Love

Love shot 1-for-10 from the field in Green Bay’s 54-44 loss at Valparaiso in the Horizon League title game.

3. South Dakota State’s George Marshall

Marshall scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, but he shot just 2-for-11 from the field in the Jackrabbits’ loss to North Dakota State.


  • ACC first round: There were two one-point games in Greensboro Tuesday, with Boston College beating Georgia Tech 66-65 on an Olivier Hanlan jumper with 10.9 seconds remaining and Virginia Tech beating Wake Forest 81-80. Jalen Hudson, who scored 32 points, gave the Hokies the win with a shot with 11.7 seconds remaining. Wednesday’s second round: Florida State vs. Clemson, Boston College vs. No. 19 North Carolina, Pittsburgh vs. NC State and Virginia Tech vs. Miami.
  • MEAC first round: Coppin State and South Carolina State were the two winners in Norfolk, with the Eagles holding off Bethune-Cookman 64-60 and the Bulldogs beating North Carolina A&T 63-54. Wednesday’s quarterfinals: Coppin State vs. North Carolina Central, South Carolina State vs. Norfolk State.
  • SWAC first round: Alcorn State won the lone game, beating Grambling State 66-52. Next up for the Hornets is top seed Texas Southern. Wednesday’s quarterfinals: Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern, Mississippi Valley State vs. Alabama State.

– Also, Princeton beat rival Penn 73-52 in what was the final game for Penn head coach Jerome Allen. Princeton’s Hans Brase led all scorers with 18 points.

Pregame Shootaround: Valparaiso looks to clinch outright Horizon League title

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Valparaiso at Cleveland State, 10:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Bryce Drew’s Crusaders could have locked up the outright Horizon League title on Wednesday, but a three-point loss at Detroit scuttled those plans while also opening the door for the teams chasing them. One of those teams is Cleveland State, which is a game back and is 12-2 in home games this season. Valpo’s been the better defensive team this season, and in their 58-56 win over the Vikings January 10 the Crusaders limited Cleveland State to 38 percent shooting. If Cleveland State is to win they’ll need a better showing from guard Trey Lewis, who scored three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first matchup. Alec Peters led Valpo with 24 points in that game, but they cannot afford to commit another 19 turnovers if they’re to win the rematch.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: Iona at Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two weeks after the Gaels won in Riverdale, the two New York metropolitan area rivals meet again in New Rochelle. Iona’s going to be the one-seed in the MAAC tournament regardless of what happens in their final two games, but this is a good opportunity to get Isaiah Williams back into the flow of things. Williams hasn’t played since mid-January due to a broken foot, but he’s expected to play tonight. Get Williams going ahead of the MAAC tournament, and one of the nation’s best offenses becomes even tougher to stop. As for Manhattan, they can finish no higher than third in the MAAC (Rider swept the season series). The key for them is to make shots at a higher clip than they did in the first meeting, as they shot just 39.7% in the 70-67 loss.


1. Harvard looks to maintain its one-game lead atop the Ivy League standings, as they’re on the road to take on Cornell (7:00 p.m., Ivy League Digital Network). Tommy Amaker’s team outscored the Big Red 40-16 in the second half of their first meeting, a 61-40 Harvard win on Valentine’s Day.

2. Yale is a game behind Harvard, meaning that they need to at the very least keep pace with a home win over Princeton (7:00 p.m., Ivy League Digital Network). The first meeting didn’t lack for offense, as both teams shot at least 52 percent from the field in an 81-73 Yale victory 13 days ago, with Yale’s Justin Sears and Princeton’s Henry Caruso scoring 25 points apiece to lead their respective teams.

3. Siena and Quinnipiac (6:00 p.m., ESPNU) meet in a game that will impact seeding for next weekend’s MAAC tournament. The Bobcats are a game ahead of both Siena and Saint Peter’s in the race for the six seed.

4. MAC foes Ohio and Akron meet tonight (8:00 p.m., ESPNU). And while it’s been a difficult season for Ohio, which is just 4-11 in MAC play, Akron still has hopes of earning a share of the MAC East title (although they’ll need a lot of help). The first game these two teams played this season was highly entertaining, as the Bobcats won 83-82. Akron, down ten with 2:21 remaining, nearly came back to steal the win on the road.


  • Penn at Brown, 7:00 p.m. (ILDN)
  • Fairfield at Canisius, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saint Peter’s at Marist, 7:00 p.m.
  • Dartmouth at Columbia, 8:00 p.m. (ILDN)