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Posted on March 23, 2013 at 8:01 AM


Baylor beats Arizona State in 2nd round of NIT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Pierre Jackson had 26 points and had 16 assists to lead Baylor to an 89-86 win over Arizona State on Friday night in the second round of the NIT.

Cory Jefferson added 21 points, Brady Heslip had 14 and Isaiah Austin 13 for Baylor (20-14).

Carrick Felix scored 23 points to lead Arizona State (22-13). Jahii Carson — the top-scoring freshman in the country — had 20 points, Chris Colvin scored 15 and Evan Gordon 14.

Baylor was up 84-78 with 44 seconds left before Arizona State cut it to 85-83 with 26 seconds to play. Jefferson hit one free throw to put Baylor back up by three, but Carson turned the ball over under the Sun Devils' basket.

The teams then combined to shoot 10 free throws in the final 24 seconds.


Harvard gets ready for encore vs. Arizona

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Now, Harvard goes for an encore.

Coming off a win over New Mexico, the Ivy League champions try to add to their upset streak Saturday when they play sixth-seeded Arizona.

No. 14 Harvard won its first-ever NCAA tournament game Thursday night — a victory that reverberated from Salt Lake City to Seoul, where Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust was giving a speech.

Faust took time to call coach Tommy Amaker, who said that was one of the few calls he answered on a night when his cellphone was going crazy.

The Crimson (20-9) will look for another good night from Laurent Rivard, who made five 3-pointers in the upset.

Led by Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill, Arizona (26-7) is looking for its 15th trip to the Sweet 16.


Wolves rout Suns 117-86 to snap 9-game road skid

PHOENIX (AP) — Andrei Kirilenko scored 20 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the slumping Phoenix Suns 117-86 on Friday night to snap a nine-game road losing streak.

Reserve Dante Cunningham added 18 points, Greg Stiemsma had 14 and four others were in double digits for the Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in 16 games.

Minnesota set season highs for total points, first-half points (67) and second-quarter points (35) in snapping a 13-game road losing streak against Western Conference opponents.

Luis Scola had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 13 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who have lost six of seven and eight of their past 10.

Phoenix's last three losses have come by an average of 21 points.


Diamondbacks topple Indians 7-5

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — Mark Teahan went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He lost his command in the third inning, walking three and allowing a two-run single to Michael Brantley, but shut down the Indians on one hit in his last two innings in his longest outing of the spring.

The Indians' Justin Masterson pitched five innings. He allowed five runs, but only one earned. The Indians' infield committed two errors. Masterson gave up four hits and three walks but struck out seven.

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer off Arizona's David Hernandez. It was his third of the spring.


D-backs CF Eaton possibly out 2 months

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months with a left elbow sprain.

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said on Friday that Eaton had an MRI that revealed a small tear in the fibers around the ulnar collateral ligament. Eaton had been bothered by a sore elbow for a couple of weeks and the Diamondbacks had recently given him a couple days off.

Towers said Eaton, expected to be Arizona's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, will be shut down for four weeks and the best-case scenario for his return would be in six weeks, but could be as long as two months.

Eaton played 22 games for the Diamondbacks last season before he was hit by a pitch and broke his right hand.


Coyotes hold team meeting after latest loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes have gotten away from what made them successful the past three years.

They need to get back on track quick in this truncated season.

A team that relies on keeping it simple and playing with desperation, the Coyotes have gotten too complicated and too complacent during a five-game losing streak that's dropped them to 11th in the Western Conference.

The Coyotes' frustration boiled over after a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Thursday night, prompting a players-only meeting that lasted nearly 25 minutes.

Phoenix doesn't have much time to turn it around. Starting with Monday's home game against Detroit, the Coyotes have 17 games left to get in position for a fourth straight playoff appearance.