MILWAUKEE (AP) – Freshman Tyrese Hunter scored 23 points and Iowa State made itself at home in Milwaukee once again, topping No. 6 seed LSU 59-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Izaiah Brockington added 19 points as the 11th-seeded Cyclones got their first win in the NCAA tourney since 2017 – also in Milwaukee. They held the Tigers to 37% shooting and forced 19 turnovers, stopping a three-game slide. Tari Eason scored 18 points for LSU. The Tigers were playing their first game since coach Will Wade was fired amid allegations of NCAA violations. Next up for Iowa State is a second-round matchup with No. 3 seed Wisconsin.
BUFFALO, NY (AP) – Teddy Allen picked up the “Teddy Buckets” nickname as a freshman at West Virginia for his deft scoring ability. It took him five stops in five years to finally feel at home at New Mexico State. Allen’s roundabout journey began at West Virginia and then took him to Wichita State, Western Nebraska Community College and Nebraska. He finally landed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, this season. He’s the Western Athletic Conference player of the year and scored 37 points in 12th-seeded New Mexico State’s 70-63 win over Connecticut in an NCAA Tournament West Region first-round game on Thursday. The Aggies advanced to play fourth-seeded Arkansas on Saturday in Buffalo, New York.
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Ashley Joens scored a season-high 36 points and third-seeded Iowa State rallied to beat No. 14 seed UT Arlington 78-71 in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks were bidding to be the first 14-seed to ever win a game in the tournament and led by 12 in the first half before the Cyclones (27-6) came back. Emily Ryan made a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 64 and followed with a layup to give the Cyclones the lead. Joens hit a 3-pointer that gave Iowa State a 73-67 cushion with 1:43 left and that was enough for Iowa State to avoid the upset. Starr Jacobs finished with 19 points for the Mavericks (20-8).
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Ioanna Chatzileonti had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Holly Kersgieter scored 19 points and eighth-seeded Kansas beat ninth-seeded Georgia Tech 77-58 t in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks’ 6-foot-6 junior center Taiyanna Jackson finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks to extend her a single-season school record to 92 blocks. Digna Strautmane scored 18 points to lead the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s Lotta-Maj Lahtinen averaged 11 points this season but was held to seven points on 3-for-12 shooting, and just 1 of 6 on 3s.
BUFFALO, NY (AP) – The Princeton offense has a place in NCAA Tournament lore. Created by longtime coach Pete Carril, the Tigers famously took Alonzo Mourning and top-seeded Georgetown down to the wire with their methodical style in 1989. Theyknocked off defending champion UCLA with a signature backdoor layup in 1996. The elements of the offense are everywhere now , but Richmond and coach Chris Mooney, a former Princeton guard, are still using it heavily. The 12th-seeded Spiders upset Iowa in the first round and will try to follow it up Saturday against Providence.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Caitlin Clark had 27 points and 10 assists and Monika Czinano added 18 points as Iowa defeated Illinois State 98-58 in a first-round NCAA Tournament game Friday. Gabbie Marshall and Tomi Taiwo each had 13 points for the Hawkeyes. They are the No. 2 seed in the Greensboro Region and will play No. 10 seed Creighton on Sunday in the second round. It was the 16th double-double of the season for Clark, an Associated Press first-team All-American who leads the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game. JuJu Redmond led 15th-seeded Illinois State with 25 points and Mary Crompton had 11.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty will miss the start of the season and there’s no timetable for his return after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing right shoulder. The Cardinals are hopeful Flaherty could be ready by May, but haven’t ruled out the possibility that he could need surgery. Fellow pitcher Alex Reyes has been diagnosed with a frayed labrum in his throwing shoulder. Reyes isn’t expected to make his season debut until late May or early June after receiving a stem cell injection on Wednesday. Flaherty’s injection is designed to aid the healing of a small tear. He will rest for the next couple of days, then won’t be allowed to throw for two weeks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a $ 10.75 million deal for next season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending a physical, which should be completed soon. Smith-Schuster wasted little time in announcing the move himself, tweeting to Chiefs fans: “Let’s Go!” The Chiefs have been searching for a high-profile wide receiver to take the pressure off Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce in the passing game.
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