Digest: Alabama earns home NIT date with Terps

March 24, 2013|Sports Digest

Men's college basketball

Alabama earns home NIT date with Terps

Sophomore guard Levi Randolph led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed six rebounds as host Alabama eliminated defending champion Stanford, 66-54, in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Saturday, earning a home quarterfinal game Tuesday night against Maryland. The second-seeded Terps (25-12) would have hosted the Cardinal if the Crimson Tide had lost. The winner Tuesday night will advance to the semifinals April 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Maryland has won four of five games since the regular season ended — two in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and two in the NIT. Alabama
(23-12) and Maryland last played in Puerto Rico early last season — a 20-point Crimson Tide win. Alabama hasn't lost at home since Dec. 30 in a 53-50 loss to Tulane. Since then, the Tide has 12 straight wins at home.

Colleges

Terps wrestler Sheptock finishes sixth at NCAAs

One night after earning All-America honors, Maryland junior wrestler Jimmy Sheptock finished sixth at the NCAA championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Sheptock began the final day with a shot at third place at 184 pounds but lost to fourth-seeded and defending national champion Steve Bosak of Cornell to drop into the fifth-place match, where the junior lost to 12th-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa. Against Bosak, Sheptock fought off multiple first-period shots before finally giving up two points. Bosak added a point with an escape in the third to seal a 3-0 decision. In the sixth-place match, Lofthouse connected on shots in the first and third periods. He added an escape and a point for riding time to defeat Sheptock, 6-2. Maryland scored 16.5 team points to finish in 27th place. The Terps' Josh Asper (Hereford) and Christian Boley each fell one match short Friday of All-America status.

Baseball: Maryland scored five runs in the final two innings, but its comeback fell short as visiting Wake Forest (13-12, 2-6 ACC) held on, 8-7, against the Terps (14-8, 3-5). The Demon Deacons scored eight runs in the eighth for an 8-2 lead after Terps starter Brady Kirkpatrick had pitched seven shutout innings. The teams will finish their series today at noon, one hour earlier than originally scheduled. ... Brandon Gonnella pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to lead Towson (13-9, 5-4) to a 9-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Old Dominion (13-9, 4-5) in the opener of a doubleheader. The Monarchs used a 10-run eighth to win the nightcap, 13-4. ... Sophomore right-hander Brett Collacchi pitched his second complete game of the season, scattering seven hits and one run over seven innings, to help Salisbury (15-3, 4-1 Capital Athletic Conference), ranked No. 1 in Division III, salvage a doubleheader split with St. Mary's, winning the second game, 2-1. The Seahawks won the opener, 4-3.

Women's gymnastics: Competing in its first East Atlantic Gymnastics League championship meet since 2004, Towson finished eighth with a 192.675 team score. North Carolina State (195.175) won the event in Chapel Hill, N.C., by edging Maryland (195.100).

Et cetera

JHU men set D-III national mark in 800 freestyle relay

The Johns Hopkins men claimed two NCAA Division III titles and a national record at the NCAA swimming and diving championship Friday night in San Antonio. Sophomore Dylan Davis won gold in the 100 backstroke, and the 800 freestyle relay team earned a title and a national record. Davis came from behind on the last lap to win by a hundredth of a second, touching in 48.62 seconds. In the 800, juniors Anthony Lordi and Will Kimball and seniors Dylan Coggin and Nick Schmidt led from start to finish and finished in an NCAA-record time of 6:29.27. The quartet shaved 1.13 seconds off the national mark and 6.30 seconds off the program record. The Hopkins women won the 800 free relay by 1.70 seconds to claim their first NCAA relay title. Sophomore Ana Bogdanovski rallied the Blue Jays from third place with a final-leg split of 1:47.42.

More college swimming: Towson junior Kaitlin Burke (Loch Raven) finished 13th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:09.01 seconds at the NCAA championships Saturday in Indianapolis. Her time was the second-fastest in program history.

Major League Lacrosse: CBS Sports Network will air 20 games nationally this season in addition to all 18 episodes of “Inside the MLL,” a 30-minute magazine show. Chesapeake Bayhawks games that will be broadcast are: June 1 vs. Hamilton Nationals, 7:30 p.m.; June 6 at New York Lizards, 7 p.m.; June 15 vs. Denver Outlaws, 6:30 p.m.; June 22 at Charlotte Hounds, 5:30 p.m.; July 18 vs. Boston Cannons, 7:30 p.m. Play-by-play duties again will be handled by Dave Ryan, and “Inside the MLL” host Evan Washburn will provide commentary. “Inside the MLL” will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting April 25.

Minor league basketball: Despite 27 points from Rocky Coleman (Walbrook, Towson University), the host Bay Area Shuckers (10-6) ended their American Professional Basketball League regular season with a 123-114 loss to the Beltway Bombers (13-3).

NHL: Washington Capitals right wing Joey Crabb cleared waivers and was assigned to the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears.

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