Xavier Sneed (6'5''-F-97) set up on the baseline and dropped in a 3-point shot, giving Kansas State a two-point lead over No. 1 Baylor with 10 minutes remaining. There was still a long way to go, but K-State was on the verge of grabbing momentum in a tight ballgame. As Sneed's shot ripped through the net, K-State coach Bruce Weber called a timeout. Bramlage Coliseum was rocking with 'Sandstorm' blaring and the crowd at a fervor pitch, but instead of seizing the moment the Wildcats lost their grip. Baylor displayed the form that vaulted it to the top spot in the polls earlier in the week, ripping off a 13-4 run to gain control and go on to a 77-68 victory over the No. 25 Wildcats on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. 'It was to give us some rest,' Weber said of the timeout. 'We've had trouble defending in second halves and I wanted to make sure we had legs. I guess it was a change of momentum for them so you can put that on me. 'I felt we had struggled for three or four possessions in a row on offense. We got stops on the other end, then Xavier hit the shot and I just wanted to give us a little breather there.' Sneed's 3-pointer gave the Wildcats - 13-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12 with their third loss in four games - a 47-45 lead with 9:59 to play at the timeout. 'It was more of a breather to calm down and come back strong and get stops,' Sneed said of the timeout. 'It was a good timeout by coach to calm us down. That was a time they didn't go 1-3-1 (zone) and we talked about man sets in that timeout.' It was the Bears (16-1, 4-1) who gathered themselves. Ishmail Wainright hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and had another trey in the decisive spurt that gave them a 58-51 lead with 6:32 remaining. 'We were able to get some stops and get into transition and make a couple of 3s,' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. 'Ish had a huge 3 and his tip dunk (for a 68-60 lead) was a big momentum boost. He hit huge shots.' The Wildcats trailed 31-30 at halftime, unable to take full advantage of foul trouble on Baylor's top two players, point guard Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) (three) and forward Johnathan Motley (two) that limited them to 10 minutes each. 'We struggled a little bit with that zone early,' Weber said. 'We didn't look over it and I kept telling them to look down the field because they have four guys up top. We got it to the corners a little bit and made some 3s, but we forced some shots out of rhythm. We should have had a little bit of a lead at halftime.' The teams traded shots early in the second half, but K-State hurt itself with turnovers - 12 of its 15 in the second half - and giving up 16 offensive rebounds to the Bears. 'Second-chance points hurt us, 18-5,' Weber said. 'Points off turnovers hurt us with 15 turnovers and we only had three at the half. Too many turnovers, which led to a couple of easy hoops and allowed them to get their head up.' The Wildcats were never closer than five points over the final six minutes. 'They out-toughed us those last 10 minutes and were able to finish off the game,' said D.J. Johnson, who led K-State with 20 points. 'We didn't execute and do the little things. They did, and that's why they got the win.' Manu Lecomte finished with 26 points while Wainright and Allerik Freeman (6'3''-G-94) had 15 each for the Bears. 'Their guards are good and they executed and made plays,' Weber said. 'We just didn't have an answer for them. 'We competed but they were just better today. That's why they're No. 1.' Courtesy of: cjonline.com
USA Women All-Stars Top Canada In Opening Game of Tour - 2 days ago
Weng'an, China - Brittany Crain scored 16 points to lead the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars to a 64-53 win over Canada in front of 3,841 fans in Weng'an in the opening game of a nine-game China tour. Alisia Jenkins added 11 points and eight rebounds while point guard Simone DeCoud contributed seven assists and five steals against only one turnover. Kyanna Pingue-Giles led Canada with 19 points and 11 rebounds [read more]
Weng'an, China - Brittany Crain scored 16 points to lead the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars to a 64-53 win over Canada in front of 3,841 fans in Weng'an in the opening game of a nine-game China tour. Alisia Jenkins added 11 points and eight rebounds while point guard Simone DeCoud contributed seven assists and five steals against only one turnover. Kyanna Pingue-Giles led Canada with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The USA All-Stars took an early 19-9 lead before the Canadians battled back to take a 26-25 lead just before halftime. Crain then hit a three-pointer to give the Americans a 28-26 lead into halftime. The Americans then outscored Canada 21-12 in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach. The USA extended the lead to 16 midway in the fourth quarter and then coasted to the win.
It was the first game the Americans played together and it showed. The USA All-Stars took 21 more shots than Canada but shot only 26-for-82 (31.7%) from the field. They did make nine three-pointers (9-of-27) with Crain drilling three and Kari Korver and Leslie Lopez-Wood two each. The Canadians had a +8 edge on the boards but that was mainly the result of the USA missing 15 more shots than Canada. The USA came up with 19 steals and forced Canada into 22 turnovers.
Rachel Mitchell was impressive defensively for the USA coming up with four early blocks and Kiara Kudron (7 rebounds) came up big in the second half with some strong rebounding. Crain also grabbed seven boards and was very active in her time on the court.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach Perry Huang "I thought this was a good effort for the first time we've played together. We didn't hit our shots but I thought we played good defense most of the time in the second half and started to rebound better. We'll look for improvement in tonight's game."
China was impressive in the opener as they destroyed Lithuania 89-46. Six Chinese players scored in double-figures and they out-rebounded Lithuania by 15. China faces Canada in the first game tonight while the USA faces Lithuania in the nightcap.
ORU hires Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle basketball coach - 2 days ago
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Oral Roberts University announced the hiring of Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle head basketball coach in a press release Thursday afternoon. After 18 seasons, 328 victories, five Summit League titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Scott Sutton was fired by ORU President Billy Wilson on April 10. From a list of about 50 coaches who expressed interest in the position, athletic director Mike Carter is believed to have interviewed five finalists: Mills, current Go... [read more]
Oral Roberts University announced the hiring of Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle head basketball coach in a press release Thursday afternoon. After 18 seasons, 328 victories, five Summit League titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Scott Sutton was fired by ORU President Billy Wilson on April 10. From a list of about 50 coaches who expressed interest in the position, athletic director Mike Carter is believed to have interviewed five finalists: Mills, current Golden Eagle interim coach Rodney Perry, Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson, Baylor assistant Jerome Tang and North Dakota State assistant Kyan Brown. Mills has been a member of Scott Drew's Baylor staff since 2003. Last month, the Drew-coached Baylor program made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. A Houston native, Mills played high school basketball at Houston MacArthur and signed to play at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, but his college career was shortened by a back injury sustained during his freshman season. Mills then transferred to Texas A&M, from which he graduated in 1996 with a degree in finance. Before working at Baylor, Mills was a head coach at two Houston-area private high schools: North Belt Christian and Fort Bend Baptist Academy. According to the school's 2014 990 form, Sutton was being paid almost $435,000 per year. ORU is a private school and not obligated to release the details of its employee contracts, but it is believed that the university entered the search process with a preference of not paying a new coach more than $250,000 a year. A source said ORU may not go beyond three years on a contract. The NCAA Division I standard for head-coaching contracts is a five-year deal. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com
Farokhmanesh headed to Drake as assistant coach - 2 days ago
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Nebraska basketball staffer Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Missouri Valley Conference. Thursday reports of Nebraska's director of player relations and development heading to Drake became reality Friday, as the Huskers made Farokhmanesh's hiring as an assistant coach official with a news release. Farokhmanesh will be the third assistant on Niko Medved 's new staff at Drake, joining Dave Thorson and JR Blount. It will be the former Northern Iowa star's first on-the-court coaching jo... [read more]
Nebraska basketball staffer Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Missouri Valley Conference. Thursday reports of Nebraska's director of player relations and development heading to Drake became reality Friday, as the Huskers made Farokhmanesh's hiring as an assistant coach official with a news release. Farokhmanesh will be the third assistant on Niko Medved 's new staff at Drake, joining Dave Thorson and JR Blount. It will be the former Northern Iowa star's first on-the-court coaching job. Medved, a former assistant to Tim Miles at Colorado State, was hired by Drake May 26 after a four-year stint at Furman. "It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the University of Nebraska to accept an assistant coaching position at Drake University,' Farokhmanesh said in a news release. "I want to thank Coach Miles for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Husker basketball. It has been an honor to work with Shawn Eichorst and Marc Boehm, who have allowed me to be a part of a very special university and athletic department. I will always be grateful for the experience of working with Coach Miles and his staff. Under their leadership and trust, I have grown as a person and as a coach. I have had a remarkable three years at Nebraska with some very special student-athletes, and I will cherish those relationships. This program will go on to do great things." Farokhmanesh recently completed his third season on the Husker staff, first joining the Huskers in 2014 as a graduate manager before being promoted to his latest role prior to the 2016-17 season. According to his bio, Farokhmanesh played a major role in creating and implementing a mentoring program, as well as coordinating community outreach with Nebraska's Life Skills staff. He also assisted with recruiting, including on-campus hosting duties. Farokhmanesh, of course, is a legend in The Valley and the state of Iowa after helping lead Northern Iowa to a 30-5 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2010. His three-pointer against Kansas with 34 seconds to go that sealed the Panthers' 69-67 upset landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated and cemented his place as a March Madness legend. Courtesy of: journalstar.com
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