Saint Mary's blows first half lead to Utah State

Saint Mary's blows first half lead to Utah State

Feb. 19, 2011BOXSCORE NCAASCOREBOARDSAINT MARY'SPAGE

MORAGA (AP) Tai Wesley and Brockeith Pane scored 22 points apiece to help No. 25 Utah State bolster its position for an NCAA tournament bid by beating Saint Mary's 75-65 Saturday night in a BracketBuster game.The Aggies (25-3) rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the second half by the strong inside play of Wesley and a tight defense that forced the Gaels (23-6) to miss 16 of their first 20 shots in the second half for their first home loss of the season.Brady Jardine put the exclamation point on the victory with an emphatic dunk over Mitchell Young for a three-point play that made it 68-59 with 2:26 to go.Utah State accomplished exactly what it wanted in the BracketBuster, earning its first win all season against a team currently in the top 100 of the RPI. That's exactly the credential that was missing for the Aggies and could become crucial if they lose next month's WAC tournament in Las Vegas and need an at-large bid to the tournament. Utah State has already won at least a share of the regular-season conference title.Utah State fell behind by 12 points in the first half and trailed 39-29 early in the second before Wesley took over despite a broken nose that he re-aggravated a couple of times during the second half. He scored 10 points during a 19-2 run that gave the Aggies a nine-point lead as Saint Mary's struggled to get anything going offensively.Saint Mary's lost second leading scorer Rob Jones, who fouled out with 8:56 to go, and fell behind 59-49 on a deep 3-pointer by Pane with just under 7 minutes to go.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Clint Steindl got the crowd back into it for the Gaels before Jardine silenced them with his dunk.The second-half collapse was all-too familiar for the Gaels, who blew an 11-point second-half lead at San Diego on Wednesday before falling to a team that had only beaten three other Division I teams this season.
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The two losses have put the Gaels' hopes of making it consecutive NCAA tournaments for the first time in school history in peril. They now might need to win the WCC tournament in Las Vegas next month to feel secure heading into selection Sunday. Saint Mary's can still clinch the regular season conference title by beating Gonzaga at home Thursday night, ending the Bulldogs' 10-year run as WCC champs.Mickey McConnell scored 16 points and Young added 11 to lead the Gaels, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time all season.The Gaels got in trouble early when they fell behind 20-14 and had Jones sent to the bench with his third foul midway through the first half.But McConnell picked up his game from there to help Saint Mary's take control with a 20-2 run as the Aggies went nearly 9 minutes without a basket. McConnell got his first points of the game on an off-balance 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to give Saint Mary's its first lead of the game. He hit a 32-footer the next trip down the court and added a difficult jumper from the foul line during the spurt.Young scored eight points during the run, capping it with a layup off a nice feed from Matthew Dellavedova and then a putback that made it 34-22. The Gaels led 36-27 at the break.

Sharks begin second day of draft by selecting a defenseman

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Sharks begin second day of draft by selecting a defenseman

CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first pick on the second day of the draft to select defenseman Mario Ferraro at 49th overall.

The Sharks acquired the second round pick from New Jersey earlier in the week as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.

Ferraro, a five-foot-11, 185-pound Toronto native, will attend the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the fall. The 18-year-old posted 41 points (8g, 33a) in 60 games for Des Moines of the USHL last season.

“I describe myself as an offensive defenseman that takes pride in the d-zone,” Ferraro said. “Obviously, I like to get involved offensively. I think I’m a good skater, and I transition the puck up the ice quick. I also like to be physical in the d-zone and use my body.”

Ferraro said he needs to work on "my shot, especially. Getting pucks through to the net to create scoring chances, and I also want to work on when and when not to get up in the play, and reading the play better.”

Ferraro, the 78th-ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting and a left-handed shot, had about 20 friends and family in attendance at the draft.

“I’m very honored to be wearing this jersey right now. It was amazing. It’s been an amazing day so far.”

The Sharks chose center Josh Norris with their first round pick (19th overall) on Friday.

A's call up top prospect Franklin Barreto, place Pinder on DL

A's call up top prospect Franklin Barreto, place Pinder on DL

The A's called up top prospect Franklin Barreto on Saturday morning, giving the middle infielder his first major league call-up with Chad Pinder hitting the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. 

In the span of just over a week, the A's have promoted both of their highest rated position player prospects in Barreto and third baseman Matt Chapman, though Chapman himself is on the DL with a knee infection. 

Barreto, 21, is hitting .281 with eight home runs and 32 RBI for Triple-A Nashville. He ascended to the top of Oakland's prospect rankings shortly after being acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade of November 2014. His bat is the strength of his game, and the A's believe he has the potential to be an excellent hitter near the top of the batting order. 

Pinder injured his hamstring in the A's 3-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night.