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Drake Beats North Dakota 70-64 Wednesday in CIT 1st Round


March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa–Junior Ben Simons scored a game-high 24 points and sophomore Rayvonte Rice added 19, all in the second half, to propel the Drake Bulldogs to a 70-64 win over North Dakota Wednesday in the first round of the CollgeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) at the Knapp Center. It was Drake’s first win in a postseason tournament beyond a conference tournament since 1975, and improved the Bulldogs’ record to 18-15. It is the highest win total for Drake under head coach Mark Phelps, and best since the 2007-08 team won 28 games. Drake will now play at Rice in the second round of the CIT on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. (CT).

(Courtesy Drake Athletics)

UConn Latest on Iowa State’s List of Grueling Foes


March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Iowa State has already knocked off Kansas, Baylor and Kansas State. So forgive the Cyclones if they’re not all that fazed at facing defending national champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament. True, UConn has three national titles and a roster full of future NBA stars. But as Scott Christopherson said Wednesday, “Kemba Walker’s not coming back, is he?” Fact is, it’s the Cyclones (22-10) who are the higher seed going into Thursday’s game, a No. 8 to UConn’s No. 9. And it was the Huskies (20-13) who struggled down the stretch in the regular season, dropping nine of their last 13 going into the Big East tournament.

Cards’ Lynn Strong in 1st Start in Loss to Astros


March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis starter Lance Lynn retired the final eight batters he faced in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to Houston on Wednesday. Lynn was destined for the bullpen when spring training opened. But the Cardinals said this week Lynn would be treated like a starter until Chris Carpenter shows he can return to the rotation. A 24-year-old right-hander, Lynn made his major league debut in 2011, going 1-1 in 18 appearances (two starts) with a 3.12 ERA. He appeared in 10 postseason games and was 2-0. His two spring appearances before Wednesday came in relief. Lynn allowed a pair of one-out singles in the first Wednesday before striking out Jack Cust and inducing a lazy fly ball from Jimmy Paredes. He cruised through his final two innings without allowing a base runner.

Chiefs Sign Free-Agent RB Peyton Hillis


March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back Peyton Hillis, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles. Hillis had a drama- and injury-filled second season in Cleveland after rushing for 1,177 yards in 2010. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately disclosed. He won a nationwide fan vote to be the cover figure for “Madden NFL 12,” but then rushed for just 587 yards last season. Hillis sat out last Sept. 25 against Miami with a bout of strep throat, an incident that didn’t sit well with some teammates. He also missed a treatment for his ailing hamstring when he left during a work week to get married. Hillis, a seventh-round pick out of Arkansas in 2008, also played two seasons with Denver.

Northern Iowa Tops Saint Joseph’s 67-65 in NIT


March 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seth Tuttle sank two free throws with 1.3 seconds left and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Northern Iowa to a 67-65 win over Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT. Marc Sonnen scored 15 points for the Panthers (20-13), who play at Drexel in the second round. The Dragons advanced with an 81-56 win over Central Florida. Ronald Roberts Jr. tied the game for the Hawks (20-14) on a thunderous dunk with 7 seconds left to bring them back after they trailed most of the second half. But Roberts fouled Tuttle with the game tied at 65. Hawks coach Phil Martelli pounded the scorer’s table in frustration. Tuttle made the first and appeared to try and miss the second on purpose, but the ball rattled around and in for a 67-65 lead. The Hawks turned the ball over on their last possession. Carl Jones scored 24 points and C.J. Aiken had 16 for the Hawks. Halil Kanacevic grabbed 12 rebounds.

UNI, Drake Men Play Post-Season Games Tonight


March 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

It’s not the big dance, but Northern Iowa and Drake each have post-season tournament games tonight in men’s college basketball.  The Panthers, a #7 seed, will play a first round NIT game tonight on the road at St. Joseph’s.  UNI is 19-13 on the year and will face a Hawks team that is 20-13 and seeded second playing out of the Atlantic 10 Conference.  Game time is 6:15 pm central in Philadelphia.

Drake will play at home against North Dakota tonight in the first round of the 32-team CollegeInsider.com Tournament.  The Bulldogs are 17-15 overall and 12-3 in the Knapp Center and will face a 17-14 Fighting Sioux team.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm tonight.

Carpenter Plays Catch, Says He Feels Stronger


March 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter played catch with teammate Jake Westbrook on Wednesday morning, a step the Cardinals’ ace hopes gets him closer to prepared for the season.

Carpenter has been dealing with a bulging neck disc and has yet to appear in a game this spring for the World Series champions.

Carpenter says he does not know what the next step in his recovery will be. He says he’s aiming to “continue to go in the right direction” and that he’s been able to stay in shape through running and weightlifting. His workouts have been tempered because of the neck issue, but his full range of motion has returned in recent days.

Carpenter went 4-0 in last year’s playoffs, winning Game 7 of the World Series against Texas.

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Iowa Rolls Past Dayton 84-75 in NIT Opener


March 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Freshman Aaron White scored a career-high 25 points, sophomore Zach McCabe tied a career high with 20 and seventh-seeded Iowa rolled past Dayton 84-75 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT. Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (18-16), playing in their first postseason tournament game in six years, broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half to go ahead 65-52. Kevin Dillard had 23 points for Dayton (20-13), which beat Minnesota, Alabama and Mississippi this season. Though the Flyers were the higher seed, the game was played in Iowa City because Dayton’s home gym was hosting the NCAA tournament.  Iowa will play at Oregon in the second round on Sunday.  The Duck beat LSU 96-76 in their first round game Tuesday night.  Sunday’s game can be heard live on KJAN with the pre-game at 3:00 pm and tip-off at 4:00 pm.

Iowa State’s Risky Hire of Fred Hoiberg Pays Off


March 13th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The debate over Iowa State’s decision to hire Fred Hoiberg two years ago included at least one point everyone could agree on.

Even if Hoiberg could make the transition from NBA executive to Big 12 coach, it was going to take time.

Well, “The Mayor” has arrived and he’s way ahead of schedule.

The Ames native and former Iowa State star has improbably pushed his local legend to new heights. Just 23 months after taking his first coaching job at any level, Hoiberg was named the Big 12’s co-Coach of the Year and his Cyclones (22-10) are in the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

Eighth-seeded Iowa State will face defending national champion Connecticut (20-13) on Thursday.