OVC-E ILLINOIS-SE MISSOURI
SE Missouri St. advances, beats E. Illinois 79-61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tyler Stone scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and sixth-seeded Southeast Missouri State beat seventh-seeded Eastern Illinois 79-61 in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Wednesday night.
Stone hit 11 of 17 field goals as the Redhawks shot 50 percent from the field and 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Antonius Cleveland added 15 points for Southeast Missouri State while Nino Johnson had 12, Darrian Gray scored 10 and Lucas Nutt finished with 10 assists.
Southeast Missouri State built a 39-27 halftime lead and led by as many as 22 in the second half en route to its fifth straight win.
Sherman Blanford led Eastern Illinois with 22 points and Chris Olivier added 19 but the Panthers shot just 37.3 percent from the field.
The Redhawks advance to play third-seeded Eastern Kentucky in the quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Dayton knocks off No. 17 Saint Louis 72-67
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Reserve Jalen Robinson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including two key 3-pointers in the put-away run, helping Dayton upset No. 17 Saint Louis 72-67 on Wednesday night, the Billikens' third straight loss.
The Billikens still clinched at least a tie for a second straight Atlantic 10 title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament anyway when George Washington beat Saint Joseph's 76-71 on Wednesday night. After the home finale, Saint Louis honored its five senior starters in a low-key ceremony.
Jordan Sibert had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Flyers while Dyshawn Pierre had 11 points and Devin Oliver had nine points and nine rebounds.
Ross, Missouri hold off Texas A&M 57-56
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Earnest Ross converted two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to give Missouri its first lead of the night and help the Tigers survive a scare from Texas A&M with a 57-56 win on Wednesday night.
Ross, honored before the game for Senior Night, only scored five points before hitting his game-winning shots. With 2.2 ticks left, Ross broke up a pass from Texas A&M's Alex Caruso's inbounds pass, and the Aggies couldn't put up another attempt.
Jabari Brown scored 20 points for Missouri, which overcame 26.9 percent shooting in the first half and trailed by no more than four points during the final 10 minutes, but never caught Texas A&M until the final seconds.
Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 16 points, but committed a turnover with 17.4 seconds remaining and missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 8.1 seconds left.
Grant leads Mississippi State past Missouri 73-70
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Kendra Grant scored 17 points, Martha Alwal added 16 and Mississippi State beat Missouri 73-70 in the first round of the women's Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday night.
No. 13 seed Mississippi State will play fifth-seeded Florida on Thursday afternoon.
Brianna Kulas finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Sierra Michaelis scored 16 for 12th-seeded Missouri. The Tigers have lost two straight.
The Bulldogs, who snapped a two-game skid and won an SEC tournament game for the first time since 2010, never trailed after Alwal's two free throws made it 69-68 with 2:07 remaining.
In the closing seconds, Jerica James hit one free throw for Mississippi State, stole the ball from Maddie Stock and hit another free throw to make it 73-70 before Stock missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
WICHITA STATE'S RUN
Shockers bring unbeaten record into Valley tourney
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The last school to go unbeaten in the regular season, St. Joseph's in 2004, lost its first game in the Atlantic 10 tournament by 20 points to Xavier.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall plans on throwing that factoid at his players before the Missouri Valley Tournament. The reminder: No one's invincible, but it's also not the end of the world if they lose. St. Joseph's advanced to the East Regional in 2004 before losing to Oklahoma State.
Indiana State and Northern Iowa are the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in a field with one marquee entrant playing for a potential No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.
The second-ranked Shockers are 31-0 overall. They will play the winner of the Drake-Evansville game Friday.
Shields sharp in Royals'6-5 win over Diamondbacks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
A.J. Pollock's leadoff single in the third was the only hit Shields has allowed in four innings this spring. Shields struck out three with no walks.
Patrick Corbin, set to be Arizona's opening-day starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, on March 22, gave up two runs on four hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Moustakas' deep shot to right off lefty Joe Paterson was his third homer of the spring. He had four RBIs in the game, giving him 10, most of any player in spring training.
Miller helps Cardinals beat Red Sox 8-6
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Shelby Miller gave up a leadoff home run in his spring training debut Wednesday, then retired eight in a row to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6.
The game was a relaxed rematch of last year's World Series, won by the Red Sox in six games.
Miller, who was held out of the World Series because the Cardinals didn't want to add to the rookie's season-long workload, gave up a homer to Daniel Nava on his second pitch. That was the lone baserunner allowed by Miller, who struck out five, four looking, and reached 95 mph on the radar gun.
Red Sox newcomer Chris Capuano, pitching his first game, went two innings and allowed two runs on a homer by Xavier Scruggs.
Xander Bogaerts homered for the Red Sox.
Hochevar to miss 1st 2 months after hurting elbow
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar likely will miss at least the first two months of the season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Hochevar, the first pick in the 2006 amateur draft, felt something unusual in the elbow during his next-to-last pitch Monday in a two-inning outing against the Chicago White Sox, according to manager Ned Yost.
The sprain was revealed in an MRI taken Tuesday.
Yost said Wednesday Hochevar won't throw for two-to-three weeks and "probably the best-case scenario" would be a return at the end of May or early June.
Hochevar was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last year and was a candidate for the final rotation slot this season. He is earning $5.21 million and is eligible for free agency after the season.
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