College Hoops Wrap: La Salle holds off Duquesne

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College Hoops Wrap: La Salle holds off Duquesne

Jordan Price scored 18 points with four three-pointers, Pookie Powell added 16 points and five assists, and La Salle made 20 second-half free throws to beat Duquesne 88-81 on Saturday night to win its second straight.

B.J. Johnson also scored 18, Isiah Deas scored 11, and Demetrius Henry had 10 with 10 rebounds for the Explorers (8-5, 2-1 Atlantic 10), who made 24 of 25 free throws (96 percent).

Tied at 36 at halftime, Tony Washington dunked, Price hit a 3 and LaSalle pulled ahead 53-46 early in the second half after two lead changes, then led 71-59 after Price's 3-pointer with 7:05 left.

Duquesne closed to 71-68 on Emile Blackman's 3, but La Salle pulled away 78-71 after Cleon Roberts' two free throws, then sealed it by making six free throws in the final 51 seconds.

Emile Blackman and Rene Castro scored 18 apiece for the Dukes (8-8, 1-2).

Bryce hits for 27pts as UNC Wilmington tops Delaware, 91-81
NEWARK, Del. -- C.J. Bryce scored a career-high 27 points and all five starters scored in double-digits as North Carolina-Wilmington picked up its seventh win in eight road games, beating Delaware 91-81 on Saturday.

The Seahawks have 15 wins in 17 games, including a 4-0 start to the Colonial Athletic Association season, for the best start in school history.

Bryce hit 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc. Denzel Ingram added 23 points, hitting 5 of 11 from deep, and the Seahawks as a team shot 30 of 52 (57.7 percent) from the field and 13 of 31 from distance. The Seahawks grabbed 11 offensive rebounds out of 28 total boards and had 22 assists on 30 made baskets.

Ryan Daly scored 28 points and Chivarsky Corbett added 18 more off the bench. Delaware (7-10, 0-4) has lost four straight.

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.

Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.

Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.