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KNICKS START SECOND HALF WITH 18-0 RUN
The Knicks lost to Memphis Friday night, 120-106, despite scoring the first 18 points of the second half. New York's 18-0 run to start the second half is the largest this season. The previous high this season was a 15-0 run by Utah against Minnesota on March 5.
DUNLEAVY SCORES 25 POINTS, PACERS WIN
Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points in Indiana's win over Minnesota. The Pacers are 11-4 this season in games in which Dunleavy scores at least 25 points; they're 17-37 in all other games.
NUGGETS SCORE 663 POINTS IN LAST FIVE GAMES
The Nuggets have scored 663 points over their last five games. That's the most points over a five-game span by any NBA team since the Bulls scored 668 over five games in November/December 1990
VALIQUETTE'S SHUTOUT STREAK IN PHILADELPHIA ENDS
Mike Richard's goal at 4:37 of the first period ended Steve Valiquette's shutout streak in Philadelphia at 151:13. That's the second-longest shutout streak by a visiting goaltender in Philadelphia, behind Martin Brodeur (158:41, from Jan. 10, 2002 to Feb. 18, 2003).
DUBIE BEATS LOCAL RIVALS AGAIN
Wade Dubielewicz, who beat New Jersey 3-1 on Friday night, is 5-1-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average in six career starts against the Islanders' local rivals, the Devils and Rangers. Dubielewicz is 5-10-1 with a 2.98 goals-against average in 16 career starts against the rest of the NHL.
CAPS BIG COMEBACK
The Capitals trailed the Thrashers, 3-1, with under nine minutes to play in the third period but Washington scored four unanswered goals to beat Atlanta, 5-3. It was the first time that the Capitals won a game in which they trailed by two (or more) goals in the last 10 minutes of the third period since Dec. 6, 2002, when they beat the Thrashers 7-6 in overtime, after trailing by two goals with less than three minutes to play in the third. It was Washington's first such win in regulation time since March 11, 2001 versus Ottawa (trailed 5-3, won 6-5).
THE BIG 6-OH FOR THE BIG O
Alex Ovechkin scored his 59th and 60th goals of the season in Washington's win at Atlanta. Ovechkin, who was 22 years, 186 days old when he did it, is the fifth-youngest player in NHL history to reach the 60-goal mark in a season. The four players younger than Ovechkin at the time of their 60th goal were Wayne Gretzky in 1981-82 (20 years, 359 days old) and 1982-83 (22-41), Pavel Bure in 1992-93 (22-11), Mike Bossy in 1978-79 (22-62) and Mario Lemieux in 1987-88 (22-167).
OKPOSO'S FIRST CAREER GOAL IS A LATE GAME-WINNER
Kyle Okposo scored the game-winning goal - the first goal of his NHL career - at 17:25 of the third period in the Islanders' 3-1 win over the Devils. Okposo is the third player in Islanders' history whose first goal was a game-winner in the final five minutes of the third period or in overtime. The two others were Germaine Gagnon on October 12, 1972 against the Kings (18:51 of the third period) and Radek Martinek on October 18, 2001 against Carolina (3:43 of overtime). The game that Gagnon did it in was only the second game in Islanders' history and their first win.
NCAA Men's Basketball
BRACKETS BUSTED! SIX LOWER SEEDS WIN FRIDAY
There were 16 games in the NCAA Tournament Friday. The lower seed won six of those 16 games: Villanova over Clemson, Western Kentucky over Drake, Siena over Vanderbilt, San Diego over Connecticut, Davidson over Gonzaga and Arkansas over Indiana. Only twice in the history of this tournament have more lower seeds won on the same day. Seven lower seeds won games on March 16, 1989 and on March 15, 2001.
LUCKY DAY FOR #13 SEEDS
Siena, a #13 seed, routed Vanderbilt, a #4 seed, 83-62 Friday night. It was the 20th time a #13 seed beat a #4 seed in the first round. Of the previous 19 such instances, only one had a larger margin of victory: Navy beat LSU by 23 in 1985 (78-55).
San Diego, another #13 seed, beat Connecticut on Friday as well. It was only the third time that two #13 seeds won in the same year. It also happened in 1987 (Xavier over Missouri and S.W. Missouri State over Clemson) and 2001 (Kent State over Indiana and Indiana State over Oklahoma).
COX SCORES 29 POINTS AND GRABS 16 REBOUNDS FOR WESTERN KENTUCKY
Jonathan Cox scored 29 points and had 16 rebounds in his first NCAA Tournament game, a 101-99 overtime win for Western Kentucky over Drake. Cox is the first player in 28 years to score that many points and grab that many rebounds in his first NCAA Tournament game. LSU's Rudy Macklin was the last to do it. Macklin had 31 points and 19 rebounds in his first tourney game, March 9, 1980 against Alcorn State.
EMMENECKER DISHES OUT 14 ASSISTS FOR DRAKE
Adam Emmenecker dished out 14 assists in his first NCAA Tournament game. Emmenecker is the fourth player to record that many assists in his first tourney game, since that statistic became official in 1984. The others to do it: Dennis Boyd (15) for Detroit against Middle Tennessee State in 1977, Michael Lloyd (14) for Syracuse against Southern Illinois in 1995 and Carl Wright (14) for SMU against Miami-Ohio in 1984.
UCONN PLAYS THIRD CONSECUTIVE OVERTIME GAME IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Connecticut lost to San Diego in overtime. It was UConn's third consecutive overtime game in the NCAA Tournament, a record for this event. UConn's last two games in the 2006 tournament went to overtime, a 98-92 win over Washington and an 86-82 loss to George Mason.
CALHOUN FIRST-ROUND WINNING STREAK SNAPPED
Jim Calhoun won 14 straight first-round games in the NCAA Tournament, a streak that ended with a loss to San Diego Friday. Calhoun's winning streak was tied with John Thompson II for the third-longest such streak in NCAA Tournament history, behind Roy Williams - who extended his streak to 19 games with a win over Mount St. Mary's Friday night - and Dean Smith (17, 1981-1997).
MCCLINTON SCORES 38 POINTS IN HIS FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME
Jack McClinton scored 38 points in Miami's 78-64 win over St. Mary's, his first NCAA Tournament game. McClinton is the first player to score 38-or-more points in his first NCAA Tournament game since Farleigh Dickinson's Elijah Allen scored 43 points in his first and only NCAA Tournament game on March 12, 1998 in a loss to Connecticut. Allen's 43 points is a record for a player in his first tournament game. Prior to Allen, you have to go back to David Thompson - 40 points for N.C. State against Providence in 1974 - to find a player with that many points in his first trip to the dance.
20TH CONSECUTIVE TOURNAMENT LOSS FOR OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE TEAM
Austin Peay lost to Texas, 74-54. It was the 20th consecutive loss in the NCAA Tournament by a team from the Ohio Valley Conference, the longest current streak of its kind for any conference. The last NCAA Tournament victory by an OVC team was a 97-83 first-round win by the 13th-seeded Middle Tennessee State over Florida State in 1989.
BIG WIN FOR THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina beat Mount St. Mary's 113-74 Friday night. It was the fifth time in school history that the Tar Heels scored 110-or-more points in a NCAA Tournament game, the most by any school. Loyola-Marymount (three) is next on this list.
The 39-point margin of victory was the second largest in a NCAA Tournament game in North Carolina history. The Tar Heels beat Rhode Island by 45 points in 1993 (112-67).
HANSBROUGH 140 CAREER NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTS
Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points in North Carolina's win over Mount St. Mary's. Hansbrough now has 140 points in seven career NCAA Tournament games, matching the third-highest total through seven games by a North Carolina player. J.R. Reid scored 150 points in his first seven games (1987-1988), Al Wood scored 143 (1979-1981) and Lennie Rosenbluth scored 140 in only five tournament games.
LAWSON SCORES 21 POINTS IN 18 MINUTES
Ty Lawson scored 21 points in 18 minutes on Friday, making him the first player to score 20 points in less than 20 minutes of play in an NCAA Tournament game in 10 years, since Duke's Roshown McLeod had 23 points in 18 minutes in the Blue Devils' first-round win over Radford in 1998.
CURRY SCORES 30+ IN EACH OF FIRST TWO NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES
Stephen Curry scored 40 points in Davidson's win over Gonzaga Friday. Curry scored 30 points in his only previous NCAA Tournament game against Marquette last year. Curry is only the third player in the last 30 years to score at least 30 points in each of his first two NCAA Tour games. The other two are Purdue's Glenn Robinson, who did it in each of his first four games (36 vs. Rhode Island in 1993, 31 vs. Central Florida, 33 vs. Alabama and 44 vs. Kansas, the last three in 1994) and Weber State's Harold Arceneaux (36 vs. North Carolina, 32 vs. Florida, both in 1999).
Curry is the third player in the last 40 years to score at least 70 points in his first two NCAA Tournament games combined. Vann Williford scored 71 points in his first two games for North Carolina St. in 1970 and Roosevelt Chapman scored 70 points for Dayton n 1984
WILLIAMS WINS IN FIRST ROUND AS USUAL
Roy Williams has never lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, appearing in each of the last 19 tournaments and winning his opening game in all of them (14 with Kansas, five with UNC). No other coach has won a game in 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The previous record was 17 by Dean Smith (1981-1997).