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N. Iowa into the round of 32 with 71-54 win over Wyoming

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points, Seth Tuttle added 14 and the fifth-seeded Panthers held off the comeback of No. 12 seed Wyoming for a 71-54 victory in an East Region matchup on Friday. The Panthers (31-3) built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the second half. That huge lead was whittled to seven points twice but the Cowboys could get no closer. Wes Washpun scored eight of his 10 points in the final 9 minutes to help the Panthers advance.

Larry Nance Jr. led Wyoming (25-10) with 16 points, but was mostly invisible in the first half. Nance had one point and one shot in the first half before coming alive in the second half to try and lead Wyoming’s comeback bid.

Malott helps No. 7 Dayton beat 10th-seed Iowa State 78-66

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ally Malott had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help seventh-seeded Dayton beat No. 10 Iowa State 78-66 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Nicole Kidd Blaskowski’s 3-pointer cut Iowa State’s 17-point deficit to seven with 2:32 remaining. But that was as close as the Cyclones would come before succumbing to Dayton. Iowa State also had nine of its 12 turnovers in the second half.

First in the Atlantic-10 conference this season in field goal percentage, Dayton continued that trend into the post-season; it shot 48 percent, including 16-of-28 in the first half. Malott was efficient in scoring her game-high 18 points, going 7-of-13 from the field.

Dayton will move on to the second round Sunday to play the winner between No. 2 Kentucky and No. 15 Tennessee State. The Cyclones finish their season 18-13.

Des Moines officials head to Omaha for NCAA tourney tips

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A delegation from Iowa’s largest city is in Nebraska’s largest city today (Friday) for the N-C double-A men’s basketball tournament, but they’re not at the CenturyLink Center just to watch the games. Deb Ward, with the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it’s a learning experience for everyone involved in putting on the Big Dance. “We’ve got a contingency from Des Moines coming in,” Ward says. “Des Moines is going to host this thing next year. They’ve never done that before so they’re sort of looking to Omaha for some expertice. Same thing with Wichita. We’ve had a contingency from Wichita. They’re hosting it in a couple of years.”

Omaha has hosted several big sporting events in recent years, including the U-S Olympic swimming trials in 2012. With huge crowds expected this weekend, Ward says it’s an opportunity for the Omaha-Council Bluffs area to shine — and to enjoy an economic boost.  “Back in 2012, we saw a 31% increase in hotel demand over the year prior,” Ward says. “I can imagine it’s going to be that and more.” Ward says most of the 93-hundred hotel rooms in Douglas County, Nebraska, are booked this weekend and those in surrounding areas are filling up. She says area businesses are preparing for large crowds.

“The beauty of this is, of course, there’s things to do between the games and there’s the Saturday off day when we’ll have a lot of visitors looking for things to do,” Ward says. “They’ll be out exploring the bars and restaurants and shops and attractions which is a bonus.” The Henry Doorly Zoo and the Durham Museum are expecting an increase in visitors, along with Omaha’s Old Market area, and the casinos on the Iowa side of the river.

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(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/20/2015

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Ohio State rides strong start for NCAA wrestling team lead

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ohio State carried the momentum of a strong start to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships into the evening session Thursday. Ohio State leads the team points with 23, followed by Iowa (21), Oklahoma State (19.5), Penn State (18.5), Missouri (18) and Nebraska (18).

The Buckeyes went 5-2 in the second round in front of 18,414 at Scottrade Center and 6-4 for the entire session. Logan Stieber led Ohio State, following a technical fall win in the first round with a pin of West Virginia’s Mike Morales in the second. Stieber is the No. 1 seed at 141 pounds.

At 165, Bo Jordan followed a pin-fall win in the first round with a hard fought 7-2 decision over Cornell’s Dylan Palacio. Nathan Tomasello was dominant at 125. Tomasello, the No. 4 seed, won both of his matches by pin and major decision, respectively.

Niese helps Mets’ split squad beats Cardinals 7-2

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jon Niese struck out six in four innings, and a New York Mets’ split squad defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Thursday. Niese allowed one run and three hits and walked none in his third and longest outing of spring training. Daniel Murphy singled and scored on John Mayberry’s single in the first inning, then left between innings with what the Mets said was right hamstring tightness.

David Wright and Lucas Duda also made the trip. Jaime Garcia struck out seven in four innings but also gave up four hits, including Wilmer Flores’ third-inning homer. Peter Bourjos broke a 1-for-24 spring training start with a solo homer in the eighth against Jon Velasquez.

 

Stage set for Sweet 16 trip for Iowa?

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Hawkeyes have never had a better chance to reach the Sweet 16 under coach Lisa Bluder than they do this weekend. Despite reaching the NCAA Tournament 12 times in 15 seasons under Bluder, Iowa has never broken through with a trip to the regional semifinals.

Iowa (24-7) is seeded third and will serve as the host school — in a gym it hasn’t lost in all season — for the opening two rounds of the Oklahoma City Region. The Hawkeyes open tournament play Friday when they face American (24-8). Miami (19-12) and Washington (23-9) will open the doubleheader.

You can hear the action beginning at 1:15-p.m. Friday, on KJAN.

Northern Iowa in the spotlight preparing to face Wyoming

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) — Now it’s Northern Iowa’s turn to carry the flag for the Missouri Valley Conference into the NCAA Tournament. After Wichita State and Creighton got the spotlight in recent seasons, it’s the fifth-seeded Panthers getting the attention this time around as they to face No. 12 Wyoming on Friday.

The Panthers (30-3) were the beneficiaries of all the attention focused on their Missouri Valley competitors in previous years. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 10 in The Associated Press Top 25 this season because of their performance but also the high regard the Valley has earned.

Wyoming (25-9) needed to win the Mountain West Conference tourney to reach the NCAAs, but the Cowboys’ similarities to the Panthers led Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson to say he wished for a different style matchup in the opener.

14th-Seeded UAB Blazers Upset 3rd-Seed Iowa State 60-59

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March 19th, 2015 by Jim Field

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers upset ninth-ranked Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005 by notching the first big upset of this tournament.

The Cyclones (25-9) came in seeded third in the South Regional looking for a much longer run than a year ago when they reached the Sweet 16 without top scorer Georges Niang due to injury. But they just couldn’t match the scrappy Blazers on the boards in a second half where the Cyclones couldn’t hold onto a 55-51 lead with 3:13 left.

The Blazers, who outscored Iowa State 9-4 down the stretch, will play either SMU or UCLA on Saturday.

 

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 3/19/15

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March 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.

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