Friday Night Update: Hoops and Hockey

In our Friday night update, we find that the OSU women's basketball team won its seventh straight and advanced to the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Plus, the OSU hockey team dropped an overtime decision at Miami (Ohio). And, one of OSU's basketball signees (Troy's Matt Terwilliger) advanced with his team in the sectional tournament. Click here for more.

We cover three of the bases in our Friday Night Update. Here goes:

* OSU Women's Basketball -- The Buckeyes won their seventh straight game and prevailed for the 10th time in 11 games with a 58-50 win over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis.

Third-seeded OSU (20-8) advances to meet second-seeded and sixth-ranked Purdue in Sunday's 6 p.m. semifinal. Fifth-ranked and top-seeded Penn State meets fifth-seeded Michigan State in the 3:30 p.m. semifinal.

Caity Matter led the Buckeyes with 24 points, while Jessica Davenport added 10 points. Minnesota's Janel McCarville had a triple double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals and six assists.

The win should help OSU's NCAA Tournament seed as the Buckeyes beat the 18th-ranked Gophers for the third time. Minnesota (20-7) played without injured leading scorer Lindsay Whalen.

The semifinal is a rematch of last year's tournament final, won by Purdue 67-65. Purdue also won both games against OSU this year, including 74-68 in Columbus and 57-54 on Feb. 8 in West Lafayette. That game is OSU's only loss dating all the way back to Jan. 25.

Purdue advanced with a 78-55 pasting of Michigan on Friday. That semifinal game is slated to be televised by Fox Sports Net Ohio. The championship game, set for 7 p.m. Monday, will be televised by ESPN2.

* OSU Men's Hockey -- OSU dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3 at Miami (Ohio) in overtime. The loss means OSU will finish no better than fourth in the CCHA and, should OSU lose Saturday night to the RedHawks, could fall to sixth.

OSU (20-15, 15-12 CCHA) outshot Miami (20-11-4, 17-7-3) 33-23. But Miami's Chris Michael scored on a power play goal 3:18 into overtime for the game winner.

OSU's Matt Beaudoin knotted the game at 3-3 with a power play goal 10:18 into the third period. Scott May and Sean Collins also scored for OSU. Goaltender Mike Betz had 19 saves.

The Buckeyes wrap up regular season play at 8 p.m. Saturday night against Miami (Ohio) at Value City Arena. OSU's nine seniors will be recognized.

OSU will host a best-of-three CCHA first-round series next weekend.

* Boys Basketball -- Two of OSU's men's basketball signees were in action Friday night in Ohio tournament action.

Troy, with Matt Terwilliger, thumped Dayton Stebbins 84-58 to improve to 21-1 and set a school record for wins. Terwilliger had 27 points. Troy advances to face Vandalia Butler and Iowa signee Seth Gorney in a Division I sectional final at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Dayton.

The news was not as good for Lima Shawnee's Jamar Butler, whose team fell to Van Wert 51-47 to end the year 17-5.

Butler had a rough night, finishing with nine points on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor.

Unbelievably, after four years of great play, Butler never made it out of the sectionals at Shawnee.

And, just as tough he missed finishing among Ohio's top 10 all-time scorers by just three points. He ended his career with 2,382 points, three shy of former OSU guard and 10th-place Allan Hornyak (2,385). Ironically, ninth on that list is current Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins (2,438), whom Butler spurned when he switched his verbal from UC to OSU. Jerry Lucas is eighth at (2,460).

Going into the game, Butler was averaging 31.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game for Shawnee.


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