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Northern Iowa beats Illinois State 80-72

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March 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Anthony James scored 19 points and Jake Koch and Seth Tuttle each had double-doubles Saturday night as Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State 80-72 in the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season finale for both schools. Koch had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tuttle had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Marc Sonnen also scored 18 points for the Panthers (18-13, 11-7), who will be the No. 3 seed in the MVC tournament next weekend in St. Louis. Tyler Brown led the Redbirds (17-14, 8-10) with 28 points and nine rebounds. Johnny Hill scored 14 for Illinois State.

Northern Iowa held a 42-26 rebounding advantage, including 19 offensive boards that led to an 18-4 edge in second-chance points. The Redbirds jumped to a 19-8 lead, but the Panthers came back to lead 39-32 at halftime.

Early works late to preserve win for S. Illinois

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March 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jeff Early scored four points in the final 16 seconds to help preserve Southern Illinois’ 66-63 victory over Drake on Saturday night. Early finished with a game-high 26 points and had three steals. Southern Illinois (14-16, 6-12 Missouri Valley) also got 15 points from Desmar Jackson, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Drake (14-16, 7-11), which is expected to face Bradley in the conference tournament this week, got 15 points from Ben Simons and 12 from Jordan Clarke. Simons had four 3-pointers. Southern Illinois won despite making just 5 of 9 free throws for the game. Early converted 4 of 5. Southern Illinois had an 18-5 scoring edge off turnovers.

TCU women upset No. 23 Iowa State 61-58

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Zahna Medley scored 18 points and TCU upset No. 23 Iowa State 61-58 on Saturday. Delisa Gross, a senior playing in her final home game, added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench for the Horned Frogs (9-19, 2-15 Big 12), who led by as many as 16 points before Iowa State rallied. Brynn Williamson led the Cyclones (20-7, 11-6) with 20 points. Hallie Christofferson, who had scored 20 or more points in nine straight games, was held to 13 on 4-of-15 shooting.

Chelsea Poppens had a game-high 13 rebounds. Iowa State fell into a second-place tie with Texas Tech in the Big 12 with one game remaining before the conference tournament next weekend in Dallas. TCU lost its first 13 conference games before beating Oklahoma State on Feb. 20. The Horned Frogs finished 9-9 at home.

Oklahoma beats Iowa State 86-69

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Romero Osby had 22 points and nine rebounds and Oklahoma tied the NCAA record for free throws without a miss in an 86-69 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. Osby had 10 of the Sooners’ 34 free throws — which matched Samford in 1990 for most in a game without missing at the foul line.

Sam Grooms had 19 points and six assists for Oklahoma (19-9, 10-6 Big 12), which never trailed on Saturday. Steven Pledger added 14 points, Amath M’Baye scored 11 and Andrew Fitzgerald had 10 points. Oklahoma jumped to a 12-2 lead and shot 52 percent in the first half on the way to a 40-28 lead. They extended the lead to 26 at one point in the second half.

Tyrus McGee led Iowa State (19-10, 9-7) with 22 points. Babu Palo added 12 points and Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang scored 10 each for the Cyclones.

Wainwright struggles Cards’ 6-2 loss to Nats

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright struggled with location in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off the Cardinals’ ace leading off the second and scored on Chris Marrero’s single. One out later. Anthony Rendon homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter’s eye beyond the center-field wall. Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza’s single. Chris Marrero added an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1.

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Harlan Cyclones play for the Championship in girls Class 4-A tonight, in Des Moines

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Cyclones’ basketball team enters the championship round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines this evening, and their 10th chance to take home Class 4-A trophy. Previous efforts have come up short.

The 23-2 Cyclones will take on a 19-9 team from Cedar Rapids/Xavier, beginning at 6-p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Harlan advanced to the final round with a 41-36 win over Waverly-Shell Rock, in Class 4-A.

ISU is on the road at OK this afternoon/Hawkeyes taken on #1 IN tonight

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Cyclones (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) returns to action when it plays at Oklahoma (18-9, 9-6) this afternoon. Tip-time at the Lloyd Noble Center is 12:45-p.m. The Cyclones are coming off a crushing OT loss to Kansas, though the Big 12 has acknowledged officiating mistakes that cost Iowa State dearly in the closing seconds. The Cyclones pounded the Sooners 83-64 in Ames earlier this season.

The Iowa Hawkeyes (18-10, 7-8 Big Ten) meanwhile, look to move to .500 in the Big Ten – and boost its NCAA tournament hopes – when it plays at No. 1 Indiana (24-4, 12-3) tonight at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers beat Iowa 69-65 in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Indiana likely won’t overlook the Hawkeyes after losing at Minnesota on Wednesday. Pre-game coverage on KJAN begins at 5:30-p.m., with tip-off at 6:30.

Kelly pitches 2 hitless innings for Cards

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Kelly opened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation with two hitless innings, and Adron Chambers hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 8-8 tie against the Houston Astros. Among three candidates to replace the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cards’ rotation, Kelly walked one hitter in each inning. Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma had two hits and drove in two runs each for the Cardinals, who have won five straight.

Chris Carter homered for the Astros, a fifth-inning drive off closer Jason Motte. Brandon Barnes and Brandon Lair also homered for Houston. Houston starter Bud Norris struck out one and walked one in three innings, allowing Descalso’s two-run single in the second. With Houston trailing by two runs in the ninth, Brandon Laird homered off Victor Marte leading off and Rene Garcia singled with one out. After a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Jackson, pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored on Marte’s wild pitch.

Girls State Basketball Championship Scores: from March 1st 2013

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Class 1A State Tournament
State Championship

Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 63, Newell-Fonda 61

Class 2A State Tournament
State Championship

Western Christian, Hull 75, Lawton-Bronson 58

Class 3A State Tournament
State Championship

Assumption, Davenport 62, Estherville Lincoln Central 40

Class 5A State Tournament
State Semifinal

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 50, Mason City 43

Southeast Polk 40, Ankeny 38