Kyle Ringo

  • Louisville rally leads to Rick Pitino's first victory over North Carolina

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Rick Pitino finally added a win over North Carolina to his considerable resume on Saturday and it came in sweet fashion.

    No. 10 Louisville rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and won 78-68 in overtime behind a monster effort from forward Montrezl Harrell who scored 22 points and snagged 15 rebounds. Terry Rozier also scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

    Harrell's day included an impressive ally-oop slam off a fast break during the Cardinals' rally. He caught the ball with one hand high and in back of him and threw it down.

    Pitino was 0-6 against the Tar Heels in his career, including a frustrating loss earlier this season in which the Cardinals gave up a 13-point lead to lose in Chapel Hill. Louisville stormed back from 18 down Saturday by grabbing 22 offensive rebounds leading to second-chance points. Harrell provided eight of those offensive rebounds.

    The Cardinals fell behind by 11 at halftime by allowing the Tar Heels to beat them in transition. They clamped down in the second half and allowed a total of 32 points in the second half and overtime after giving up 36 in the first half.

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  • Questionable foul in final seconds robs Arkansas at Florida

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Florida and Arkansas are tied in the middle of the SEC standings, but they shouldn't be.

    The Gators were gifted a victory Saturday on a highly questionable foul call with less than 2 seconds remaining that allowed Florida guard Michael Frazier II to go to the foul line where he made two free throws to win 57-56.

    Alandise Harris was called for the foul when it appeared he blocked Frazier's shot cleanly. Frazier had just grabbed an offensive rebound and was taking a potential game winner when his shot was blocked and he fell to the floor and an official blew his whistle. 

    Frazier on drawing foul with 1.9 seconds left "coach told us to crash the boards hard and that's what I tried to do."

    Arkansas coach Mike Anderson made it clear what he thought of the call when asked about it postgame.

     

    Mike Anderson on last-second foul call on Harris block: "All you've got to do is look at the replay. There's no way that was a foul."

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  • Pitt earns its best victory of the season in toppling No. 8 Notre Dame

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Pittsburgh's résumé still needs quite a bit of work, but the Panthers took a big step in the right direction Saturday in halting a three-game losing streak with an impressive 76-72 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame.

    It was the first victory over a top-10 team for the Panthers in two years and it came at a great time. Pitt was reeling entering the game having lost three straight, including, perhaps, the low point of the season, losing in overtime at Virginia Tech.

     Prior to Saturday's victory, Pitt's best win probably came way back in November when it got the best of Kansas State in the Maui Invitational. One top-10 win isn't going to be enough to get the Panthers into the NCAA tournament, but if they can build off this one and keep some momentum, maybe they'll look back on this victory as a turning point.

    A three-game stretch in mid-February against Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia will tell us if Pitt has a chance of going any further than an NIT bid in March.

    Still, he made enough plays down the stretch once again to put his team in position to win, but Pitt needed this one more.

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  • Virginia student wins $18,000 by draining half-court shot

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

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    University of Virginia sophomore Tyler Lewis drained his fourth attempt from halfcourt Saturday to win $18,000 from State Farm.

    Lewis sent John Paul Jones Arena into a frenzy when he found the bottom of the net. He ran around the court for a moment before jumping on the scorer's table. Unbeaten and second-ranked Virginia hosts No. 4 Duke tonight in a huge ACC game.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Capital gains: Xavier earns coveted road win at Georgetown

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    The Xavier men's basketball team met Speaker of the House and Xavier alum John Boehner on Tuesday and hours later ended its five-game road losing streak at No. 21 Georgetown.

    The Musketeers, who hadn't won a true road game since Dec. 13 at Missouri, were in control throughout and held what was a hot Georgetown team to one field goal during a span of more than 11 minutes in the first half of a 66-53 triumph.

    It's certainly the kind of win Xavier ought to be able to build on, but these Musketeers have proven incapable of seizing any momentum all season. While they seem to be in every game and have dropped a couple heartbreakers in overtime, they stumble just when it appears they're gaining confidence.

    It's the Big East and every game is a challenge, but there aren't many opportunities left for the Musketeers to claim boast-worthy road wins. So it was important for them to capture this one. Mylkes Davis scored 19 points and Matt Stainbrook added 12 to lead Xavier.

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  • New Mexico governor's kindness leaves Hugh Greenwood 'speechless'

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez praised Lobos guard Hugh Greenwood on Mondya for standing up to a social media bully last week who made crude and insensitive remarks about Greenwood's mother's battle with breast cancer.

    Martinez then went a step further by donating $10,000 in unused innaugural committee funds to the 'Pink Pack' fundraising campaign started by Greenwood to honor his mother, Andree, who lives in Australia. Funds donated to the Pink Pack go to the Univeristy of New Mexico Cancer Center.

    “I am so proud of Hugh for standing beside his mother, for taking the high-road during the UNLV game, for having the courage to fight against cancer—for his own family and for others—and that is why I am standing by Hugh today,” Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal.

    Greenwood scored 22 points with eight rebounds in a 71-69 victory at UNLV last week and said one of the best performances of his career was motivated by the abuse he took from an anonymous poster on Twitter.

     

     

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  • Brandon Peel's improbable buzzer-beater sweetens a sour season

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 7 days ago

    The 6-foot-7 forward snatched a baseball pass out of the air near the 3-point line, spun and shot Saturday in game that was tied 50-50. The ball splashed through the nylon and Central Connecticut State snapped an 11-game losing streak with an improbable buzzer-beater 53-50 victory over Wagner.

    It was CCSU's first victory since Dec. 10 and only its third win of the season. It was also the first time the Blue Devils walked off the court victorious in a Northeastern Conference game this season.

    Peel, a junior from Forestville, Maryland, scored 17 points in the game with 13 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season.

    Here is another view of Peel's game-winner.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Buzzer-beater of the day: Ohio senior beats Buffalo with a dunk

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago

    Ohio senior Maurice Ndour pulled off a last-second, buzzer-beating dunk Saturday to give the Bobcats a 63-61 victory over Buffalo.

    Ndour, a product of Mdour, Senegal, who played his high school basketball in Japan, lingered near the free-throw line and received a long pass from a teammate. He spun and caught Buffalo forward Justin Moss out of position with a wide open lane in front of him. He attacked the rim and sent the winner through just in time.

    His team is having a tough season at 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-Amercan Conference, but Ndour has been one of the league's best players. He came into Saturday's contest averaging better than 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Ohio has won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the first two games of the season.

    Here's another look.

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    [Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Iowa loses Aaron White, a key Big Ten game and momentum in one outing

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago

    Momentum can come and go quickly in the middle of the college basketball season for any team, but it's especially true for those slogging their way through conference's as tough as the Big Ten.

    In the span of a week, No. 25  Iowa has experienced both ends of the spectrum. The Hawkeyes celebrated their sweep of Ohio State just a week ago and followed it up the next day with smiles from a top-25 ranking.

    But they were crushed on the road at No. 6 Wisconsin on Tuesday and lost leading scorer and rebounder Aaron White to a shoulder stinger early in the first half Saturday at Purdue. The Hawkeyes, led by guard Mike Gesell, gave themselves a chance to win late but faltered down the stretch to drop a second consecutive game 67-63 with a rematch against the Badgers looming and questions about White's status.

    ICYMI: Here's how @IowaHoops star Aaron White got injured early in today's game. http://t.co/BO5JXfdsCo

    Aaron White is questionable for the second half after sustaining a stinger early in today's game. #Hawkeyes

  • UNC forward J.P. Tokoto brings stuffed bear, Gerry, to press conference

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago

    Turns out, junior J.P. Tokoto has a stuffed bear friend he calls Gerry whom he brought along to his portion of the press conference.

    Nothing like a few laughs to help a team reeling from injuries right now. Tokoto seems happy to provide them. The Tar Heels could be without four players when they host the Seminoles. In addition to Pinson, Joel Berry, Nate Britt and Stilman White could miss the game.

    "Gerry is my friend, he's mine," Tokoto explained. "There is no real story behind it. He just popped up one day. We became friends. We hit it off instantly."

    Tokoto said teammate Desmond Hubert, a senior forward, originally brought Gerry into the locker room but just stuffed him in his locker. Tokoto said he rescued the bear and named him 'the first name that popped into my head.'

    "He's heartless," Tokoto said of Hubert.

     Tokoto said he plans to bring Gerry on road trips in the future. It wouldn't be a shocker to see the giant stuffed bear around the bench Saturday afternoon.

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