EYEWITNESS SPORTSSports Recap 3-9-13
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WVU, MU Lose Regular Season Finales; Historic Day Girls State Basketball Tournament
Reported by: Associated Press
Videographer: Courtesy WDTV/WCTI
March 9, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Will Clyburn scored 27 points to lead Iowa State to an 83-74 victory over West Virginia on Saturday in the final regular-season game for both teams.
Clyburn, who also had 10 rebounds, made 8 of 9 free throws in the final 90 seconds as the Cyclones (21-10, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) held off the Mountaineers (13-18, 6-12).
Korie Lucious added 21 points for Iowa State, George Niang notched 14 and Chris Babb 11.
Lucious made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range for Iowa State, which came in as one of the nation's leading 3-point-shooting teams. The Cyclones, who are fighting for berth in the NCAA tournament, came in averaging 9.8 3-pointers per game and already had made a school-record 295.
They added 14 to that total Saturday in 23 attempts (60.9 percent) -- the 11th time in their last 13 games they've made 10 or more -- and shot 56.5 percent (26 of 46) overall.
Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points to lead West Virginia (13-18, 6-12), which closed the regular season with a losing record for the first time since 2002-03.
Hinds scored 17 points, when the Mountaineers rallied from a 44-20 halftime deficit to trail by four, 76-72 with 48 seconds left, after consecutive baskets by Terry Henderson.
Clyburn responded with a pair of free throws 2 seconds later, and the Cyclones never trailed by fewer than six the rest of the way.
Eron Harris, Matt Humphrey and Aaric Murray scored 11 points apiece for West Virginia, and Henderson chipped in with 10.
The Mountaineers' winning percentage of 41.9, with the Big 12 tourney still to come, is the worst regular-season record for any team in coach Bob Huggins' 31-year career. His first NCAA Division I team, Akron, finished 12-14 overall (46.2 percent).
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Miguel Paul scored 22 points and handed out 10 assists as East Carolina defeated Marshall 86-79 Saturday night in their final game before next week's Conference USA tournament.
Maurice Kemp added 21 points for the Pirates (18-11, 9-7), who posted a winning conference record for the first time since joining in the 2001-02 season.
East Carolina will have a bye into the tournament quarterfinals Thursday. The Thundering Herd (13-18, 6-10), who defeated the Pirates 77-56 in their regular-season meeting, will play a first-round game Wednesday.
Paul's two free throws gave East Carolina an 84-79 lead with 12 seconds left. The Pirates made 27 of 33 free throws in the second half to Marshall's 10 of 12.
Akeem Richmond scored 18 points and Robert Sampson had 12 rebounds for East Carolina.
Marshall had three players with 20 or more points. Robert Goff scored 27, Elijah Pittman 21 and DeAndre Kane 20.
CLASS AAA GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Keya Bartlett scored 26 points to lead Parkersburg South to a 58-34 win over Logan in the girls Class AAA championship game Saturday night.
Third-seeded Parkersburg South (20-7) adds to championships it won in 2008 and 2006.
Leading by eight at halftime, Parkersburg South put the game away with a 19-1 run spanning the third and fourth quarters. Bartlett scored 14 points in the third quarter.
Katelyn Byrd added 11 points for Parkersburg South.
Bartlett tied a Class AAA tournament records with seven 3-pointers, while teammate Taryn McCutcheon tied another record with 13 assists.
Fifth-seeded Logan (17-10) was in the championship game for the first time. Shayna Gore led the Wildcats with 12 points and freshman Monica Mitchell scored 11.
CLASS AA GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Miki Glenn capped her domination of the Class AA tournament with 22 points and Bridgeport beat defending champion Westside 44-27 for its first girls title Saturday.
Second-seeded Bridgeport (25-2) got that elusive championship after losing to Greenbrier East in Class AAA a year ago.
Glenn averaged nearly 32 points in the three games. She set tournament records for free throws made, attempted and free-throw percentage.
Top-seeded Westside (25-2) shot just 20 percent from the floor and was held to its lowest point total of the season. The 27 points were one shy of the lowest scored in a Class AA championship game.
Hope Lester led Westside (25-2) with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Westside and Bridgeport were 1-2 all season in The Associated Press Class AA poll.
CLASS A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Griffin Dempsey scored 26 points, Mychal Johnson had a triple-double and St. Joseph earned its record fifth consecutive girls Class A championship Saturday with a 73-32 win over St. Marys.
It marked the third time in four years that St. Joseph beat St. Marys in the finals.
Top-seeded St. Joseph (25-1) broke the mark of four Class A titles it shared with the Mercer Christian teams that won from 1999-2002. St. Joseph tied the all-classes mark with Summers County, which won five Class AA crowns from 2007-2011.
Johnson had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Asia Petitte added 18 points for St. Joseph.
Dempsey made seven 3-pointers to break the Class A single-game tournament record.
Audra Clark led third-seeded St. Marys (25-2) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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