March 19, 2005 |
JamesOn Curry hesitated for a split second, then jumped and let loose a three-pointer right in front of his coach's seat. When the shot fell through, the 19-year-old freshman didn't keep his excitement inside. He pumped his fist as he walked toward midcourt, giving second-seeded Oklahoma State the boost it needed in its 63-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana yesterday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's Chicago Regional The Cowboys move on to play Southern Illinois tomorrow.
March 25, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Iowa State came up a half-second short of yet another wild West upset. Making it hurt even more, the nation's leaders in three-point shots ended up being beaten by a trey. Aaron Craft dribbled in place as the clock ran down and hit a three-pointer with a half-second left Sunday, sending second-seeded Ohio State to a 78-75 victory and a school-record fourth straight trip to the round of 16. Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) overcame a late 13-point deficit by hitting threes - the Cyclones' specialty - but couldn't stop the one that made the difference.
November 22, 1988 |
It was November 1986, and college basketball coaches were in an uproar. "Send the NCAA petitions," Villanova's Rollie Massimino cried. "It's idiotic," La Salle's Speedy Morris opined. "A travesty," Southern California's George Raveling decreed. Jim Boyle of St. Joseph's felt duped, claiming he had not known that he was voting on an official rule change. Then these disgruntled coaches had their worst fears realized, and even before the season officially began.
January 18, 2011
JIM MORA HAD a lot of very compelling reasons to tell Andy Reid thanks but no thanks if he was offered the Eagles' defensive coordinator's job. You can start with the fact that he is being paid - and being paid quite handsomely - not to work. The Seahawks, who fired Mora just 1 year into a 4-year contract following the 2009 season, still owe him $8 million. The Great American Dream is to get fired by a dimwitted employer a year into a 4-year, $16 million contract. You still get the money, but don't have to put in the 16-hour days or put up with columnists and talk-show hosts calling you a village idiot.
February 6, 2013 |
WHILE IT never came to kicking and screaming, Tony Nayan did not go quietly. The last thing a shy, reserved kid wants to hear from his mother is that he'll have to switch high schools, especially when a change in cities is also part of the unappreciated package. Though Nayan, a 5-10, 145-pound senior wing guard for Northeast's basketball team, sports no accent, he spent his childhood in Bahston and still misses former friends and coaches. He's still kinda quiet, too. Guess what?
June 4, 1988 |
Nostalgic for those cheapo hitchhiker pictures that schlockmeister Roger Corman used to make? You know, grade-Z movies in which close-ups of burning rubber substitute for car chases and crashes? Well, The Drifter - which Corman executive-produced - is a yupscale version: In this, obscene phone calls substitute for plot. On her way from San Francisco to L.A., pert fashion designer Julie (played by All My Children star Kim Delaney) gets a flat. Naturally, Trey (Miles O'Keeffe), the road-warrior hitchhiker she's just bypassed, changes her tire.
February 9, 2006 |
For the La Salle Explorers, it was about a night of streak-snapping. With their 65-44 victory at Massachusetts last night, La Salle (14-7, 6-4 Atlantic 10) clinched its first non-losing season since 1992-93 and broke the hosts' 12-game win streak at the Mullins Center. Darnell Harris scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half and Mike St. John added eight of his 13 as the Explorers pulled away. Harris buried a trio of three-point shots and scored off his own steal as La Salle blew out to a 44-28 lead about 8 minutes into the second half.
February 18, 2000 |
It was the best of both worlds. Dawan Robinson, a 6-2 senior guard for Martin Luther King High's basketball team, could beam and slap five and not feel the slightest bit guilty. Robinson is the Public League scoring champ. He is also part of the first King team to reach giddy heights in almost two decades. Early last evening, before an overflow crowd, Robinson scored nine of his 27 points in a 20-12 fourth quarter to lift the Cougars past visiting Olney, 62-59. The effort finalized Robinson's average at 31.5 (13 games, 410 points)
February 23, 2012 |
ONE THING about an extra-long winning streak: It can be just as bad as good. "It's great to keep winning like this," Hanif Sutton said. "But it also makes for a lot of pressure. Even teams that don't do too well against inferior teams are really going to be coming after you. They're going to give you their best shot. " Did someone say best shot? Last night at the fabled Palestra, Ss. Neumann-Goretti posted a bunch of those early and wound up (mostly) not having much trouble in besting Roman Catholic, 73-56, in a Catholic League semifinal.
February 26, 2011 |
Lower Merion put forth a balanced scoring effort in Friday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball quarterfinal vs. Neshaminy. Problem was, on the other end, the Aces fouled the wrong player and did it too many times. Ryan Arcidiacono, a junior sharpshooter and Villanova recruit, feasted at the free-throw line, draining 17 of 20 attempts en route to 33 points, and the host Redskins notched a hard-earned, 64-61 victory at Fred Gerst Gymnasium to gain their first berth in the district semifinals.