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Gamecocks edge Hoyas to reach NIT semifinals
By wire services
Published March 25, 2005
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carlos Powell scored 21 to lead South Carolina to a 69-66 victory over Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Thursday. The Gamecocks face the winner of tonight's Maryland-TCU game on Tuesday.
Tre Kelley's 3-pointer gave the Gamecocks a 49-47 lead with 9:51 left. It came during a 17-2 run that put South Carolina ahead 57-49 with 4:56 left.
Georgetown rallied behind Darrel Owens, who scored 26. He made three 3-pointers in the final 2:55, and his four-point play with 47.8 seconds left cut it to 64-63.
Kelley made two free throws with 43.1 seconds left. The Hoyas had two chances to tie, but Owens and Jeff Green missed 3-pointers.
Tarence Kinsey's free throw with 19.8 seconds left made it 67-63. He missed the second, but Antoine Tisby grabbed the offensive rebound.
Minutemen set to hire Eastern Kentucky coach
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Eastern Kentucky's Travis Ford will be named coach at Massachusetts, the Associated Press reported. It plans an announcement today.
He would replace Steve Lappas, who was fired last week after going 50-65 in four seasons.
Ford, 35, led the Colonels to a 22-9 record this season (the most wins in school history) and an NCAA Tournament bid, the school's first in 26 seasons. He went 61-80 in five seasons.
YOUNGEST COACH: Former Indiana star Dane Fife became the nation's youngest Division I coach when he was hired by Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Fife, at 25 five years younger than Virginia Commonwealth's Jeff Capel, helped lead the Hoosiers to the 2002 national title game against Maryland.
Fife spent the past two seasons on Mike Davis' staff at Indiana. He takes over for Joe Pechota, the interim coach who replaced Doug Noll in January. The Mastodons went 7-22 last season and 40-119 in five-plus seasons under Noll.
ALABAMA: Kennedy Winston will skip his senior season to enter the draft. He led the Tide at 17.9 points a game and was a first-team all-SEC pick.
CINCINNATI: Assistant Keith LeGree was suspended after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. The ex-Bearcat point guard was arrested Wednesday, less than a year after coach Bob Huggins was suspended for a drunk driving conviction.
WICHITA ST.: Coach Mark Turgeon received a three-year extension through 2010 after a second straight 20-win season and third consecutive NIT appearance.