Purdue point guard P.J. Thompson (5'10''-PG-96) dribbled across half court, smiling, and stood in a casual dribble while chatting with teammate Carsen Edwards (6'0''-PG-98). This was a new NCAA Tournament experience for the Boilermakers - the stress-free final seconds when victory is assured and March Madness extends through the weekend. Which isn't to say 4 seed Purdue's 80-70 victory over 13 seed Vermont in Thursday's Midwest Region first round at Bradley Center came easy. The Catamounts led by eight points in the first half, trailed by one at halftime and kept their upset-minded claws within reach of the Boilermakers' hearts until the final four minutes. But Vincent Edwards came alive in the second half, Caleb Swanigan (6'9''-F-97) unleashed his fury and Purdue hit timely daggers to seal their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2012. "This year we had some guys step up big time when we needed it most, and we finally got the monkey off our back," Thompson said. Purdue advances to face 5 seed Iowa State, which defeated 12 seed Nevada 84-73, in Saturday's Round of 32. Ironically, the Boilermakers could have played the Cyclones in last year's second round in Denver. They led Little Rock by 13 with three-and-a-half minutes to play before falling in double overtime. The year before, a seven-point lead in the final minute against Cincinnati vanished in an eventual overtime loss. So even after Thompson's 3-pointer with 1:48 to play provided a 76-65 lead, the Boilermakers couldn't get comfortable. Not until Swanigan rejected Trae Bell-Haynes for his third block of the final 3:05 and Dakota Mathias (6'4''-G-95) grabbed the clinching rebound did smiles begin to pop up on the faces of Purdue players. They'd waited 364 days to put those painful memories to bed. "I've been sitting in front of you all ready to cry the last two years," Edwards said. "It feels great to finally get past the first round. It's something that's been haunting us the last two years." Another block, this one by Edwards, started a fast break in the final seconds of the first half. Thompson finished it with a pull-up jumper to give Purdue a 37-36 halftime lead. Those first 20 minutes, however, were a back-and-forth struggle. Vermont, which had no bodies with which to challenge Swanigan and Isaac Haas one-on-one, clogged interior passing lanes. Purdue too often tried to force passes through that front, or made careless passes over and around it. Eight first-half turnovers negated the Boilermakers' rebounding advantage. Three of those turnovers came from Edwards. Thompson challenged him to be more assertive in the second half and attack those same situations with another approach. Edwards scored on the Boilermakers' first three possessions after halftime, setting a tone that would follow throughout the next 20 minutes. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and didn't commit a turnover after halftime after committing three before. Swanigan finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting a Big Ten Conference record with his 27th double-double of the season. With about 5:40 left he grabbed an offensive rebound, started to forced up a shot through a double-team, then turned and tossed to Dakota Mathias for a 3-pointer, giving Purdue a 66-60 lead. Later he also kicked out to Thompson for a 3 with 1:57 left that put the Boilermakers up 76-65. Purdue made 5 of 10 from 3-point range and shot 45 percent overall behind the arc. "They had a decision to make, especially after we were making some, what they were going to do and where they were going to double from," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "They started coming on those doubles and those guys started kicking it out." Vermont, which came into the game with a nation-best 21-game winning streak, would not fold. The Catamounts shot 63.2 percent from the field in the second half, thwarting every Purdue attempt to separate. The early edge from the perimeter went to Vermont forwards Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) and Payton Henson (6'8''-F-94), who hit 5 of 10 from deep in the first half. Purdue switched larger bodies onto those shooters in the second half, and Lamb and Henson score only eight points after halftime. Lamb finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. A certain relief was evident in the Boilermakers' voices following the game. However, a certain conviction was evident in their words. "It's obviously exciting, but we don't want just one win in the NCAA Tournament," Mathias said. "We've got the tools and the personnel to make a run here. We're not satisfied with one win." Courtesy of: jconline.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
follow us on
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
follow us on
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
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.