Men's Basketball

Reid's 32 lead Louisville women past Pitt in first round

Monique Reid tied a career high with 32 points to lead Louisville to a 79-71 win over Pittsburgh in the first round of the Big East Tournament at Hartford, Conn.

Keshia Hines added 13 points for the 13th-seeded Cardinals (14-16), who trailed for much of the second half, but outscored the Panthers 12-2 over the final 41/2 minutes.

Brittaney Thomas had 21 points for Pittsburgh (16-14), which had beaten the Cardinals 72-69 last month.

The Cardinals will face No. 6 Notre Dame in the second round Saturday.

NCAA rules on Sidney

The NCAA ruled Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney will have to repay $11,800 in improper benefits and sit out the remainder of this season and nine games next season if he wants to play for the Bulldogs.

Sidney, a highly regarded recruit who grew up in Jackson, Miss., and played at a Los Angeles high school, received preferential treatment and improper benefits because of his talent, an NCAA statement Friday. The statement also said he violated ethics rules by providing false or misleading statements.

Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury said the school will appeal the 6-foot-10 freshman's penalty.

First bid goes to Cornell

Cornell became the first team this season to earn an NCAA Tournament bid, clinching its third straight Ivy League championship by beating Brown 95-76 on Friday night with a record-tying display of three-point shooting. The Big Red (26-4, 12-1) made 20 of 30 attempts from three-point range and held Brown to 30 percent shooting in the second half while cruising to their 24th victory in 26 games.

Scruggs won't be retained

Rick Scruggs, who led Gardner-Webb to a shocking victory against Kentucky two seasons ago, won't return as head coach, the school announced. Scruggs was 199-218 at Gardner-Webb and the Runnin' Bulldogs were 8-21 this season. He coached at Pikeville College from 1991 to 1994.

Mid-South men

Georgetown 86, West Virginia Tech 62: Eddie Gray went 7-for-11 from three-point range and scored 23 points to lead the Tigers to a victory in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at Frankfort.

Campbellsville 93, Rio Grande 77: P.J. Rase scored a game-high 34 points and was 17-for-17 from the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough to slow down top-seeded Campbellsville (25-6). Nestor Colmenares paced the Tigers with 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Cumberlands 58, Lindsey Wilson 47: Cumberlands (21-9) built a 16-point halftime lead, which helped it overcome a 19-point second half. Chad Byron led the Patriots with 16 points. Tanner Jacobs had 11 points and eight rebounds.

St. Catharine 62, Pikeville 60: Arthur Latham scored 22 points, Josh Edwards had 20 points and five rebounds and St. Catharine (21-10) held off a surge led by Trevor Setty to beat Pikeville. Setty had 15 points.

Mid-South women

Campbellsville 82, Lindsey Wilson 59: Top-seeded Campbellsville (31-1) scored the game's first 13 points en route to a rout in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference women's tournament at Frankfort.

Conference player of the year Whitney Ballinger had 28 points and 13 rebounds. The junior also had five blocked shots.

Cumberlands 83, Pikeville 53: Lauren Martin scored 20 points to lead Cumberlands to an easy victory against Pikeville in the other semifinals. Sherika Puckett added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Patriots (24-8).

Thomas More wins opener

Freshman Chelsea Tolliver scored a 14 points to lead the 13th-ranked Thomas More women to a 68-49 win over visiting Fontbonne in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Early exit for Centre

Danny Noll scored 17 points, Alex Lloyd added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Centre lost to Eastern Mennonite 63-53 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Harrisonburg, Va.

Thorobrettes eliminated

Benedict's women's team scored 24 points off 23 Kentucky State turnovers in a 55-41 victory in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals at Atlanta. The Thorobrettes were led by Kiarra Morgan and Jessica Vaughn, who each had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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