Top seed Mount St. Mary's will meet fifth seed Wagner in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference women's tournament tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg. In the first semifinal, sixth seed Long Island will meet second seed Fairleigh Dickinson at 6 p.m. The championship game will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Both higher seeds in Tuesday's games were defeated on their home courts. Fifth seed Wagner defeated fourth seed St. Francis (Pa.), 61-51. Sixth seed Long Island defeated third seed Marist, 69-56.
* A judge in Pocatello, Idaho, scheduled a March 23 hearing on whether to permanently block the Big Sky Conference's one-game suspension of Idaho State coach Herb Williams. Meanwhile, 6th District Judge Peter McDermott said Tuesday's temporary restraining order against the suspension was binding, and Williams would coach tonight in the Bengals' first-round Big Sky tournament game against Weber State.
* Representatives of Jim Valvano, ESPN analyst and former North Carolina State coach, negotiated with Wichita State officials, who hope to hire him as coach. Valvano's lawyer, Woody Webb, said a decision could be reached as early as this morning. The five-year deal would pay Valvano $625,000 plus fringe benefits and incentive clauses that could generate another $250,000 to $300,000.
* Pittsburgh coach Paul Evans said there were no improprieties in the recruitment of former New York high school star Jamal Faulkner, now a sophomore at Arizona State. The NCAA is investigating Pitt's program for possible violations in Faulkner's recruitment three years ago, the New York Daily News reported.
George Branham III averaged 239 over 12 games to take the second-round lead in the PBA's Johnny Petraglia Open in North Brunswick, N.J. He totaled 2,870 pins. Martin Letscher of Bel Air is 33rd with 1,333. Raymond Atkinson of Pasadena and Jack Bogan of Gaithersburg are tied for 51st with 1,304.