St. Joe's Charlie Brown named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team

St. Joe's Charlie Brown named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team

St. Joe's freshman and Philly native Charlie Brown was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team Tuesday.

Brown is second on the Hawks with 12.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. He also leads St. Joe's in free throw percentage (81.9), three-point percentage (37.6), and he's already set a Hawks freshman record with 67 made threes.

St. Joe's (11-19, 4-14 A-10) next plays Wednesday at 6 p.m. on CSN against UMass in its Atlantic 10 Tournament opener. The Hawks enter having won their last game to break a nine-game skid.

It's the second straight year that A-10 coaches voted a St. Joe's player onto the All-Rookie team -- Lamarr Kimble made it last season.

Other A-10 award-winners announced Tuesday:

Player of the Year: T.J. Cline (Richmond)

Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Martin (Rhode Island)

Most Improved Player: Marquis Moore (George Mason)

Sixth Man of the Year: Kyle Davis (Dayton)

Coach of the Year: Archie Miller (Dayton)

Temple: Rose makes AAC All-Rookie team
Temple guard Quinton Rose was named to the American Athletic Conference's All-Rookie team on Tuesday. 

Rose made an immediate impact for the Owls this season, particularly with his scoring. He has scored in double digits 17 times for an average of 10.0 points per game. The Rochester, NY native is seeking to become the first Temple freshman to average double figures in points since Mark Tyndale in 2004-05.

Rose also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season as he became the first Owls player since Lavoy Allen to be named to the All-Rookie team.

Rose joins Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati), Vance Jackson (UConn), Jeremy Sheppard (East Carolina) and American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year K.J. Lawson (Memphis) on the All-Rookie team.

Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals

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Penn State holds off Marquette to reach NIT semifinals


MILWAUKEE -- Lamar Stevens tied his career high with 30 points, Tony Carr added 25 and Penn State beat Marquette 85-80 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The Nittany Lions (24-13) will face Mississippi State (25-11) at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27. They advanced to the NIT semis for the first time since winning the 2009 tournament.

Stevens hit three crucial buckets in the final three minutes, including a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Josh Reaves for an eight-point lead with one minute left. The 6-foot-8 Stevens then maneuvered through a couple Marquette players to secure a rebound off Andrew Rowsey's missed 3 with 46 seconds left.

Carr went 5 of 8 from the foul line over the final 30 seconds to give Marquette another chance. Rowsey hit a 3 and a layup to get the Golden Eagles as close as 83-80 with six seconds left before the Golden Eagles ran out of time.

Shep Garner scored 19 points and set two Penn State records, including most 3s in a season (112). Garner's 73 career wins are the most in a four-year span since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992-93.

Rowsey, a senior, scored 29 points for Marquette (21-14).

The Golden Eagles had whittled a 14-point deficit early in the second half to 72-68 with 2:39 left on three foul shots by Rowsey. Penn State went nearly three minutes without a bucket and got sloppy with the ball and the sharpshooting Golden Eagles started hitting 3s to get back in the game.

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

No surprises on the Main Line and well, the Quakers have quite the hill to climb to advance.

Villanova on Sunday night was awarded the 1-seed in the East Region and will face the winner of the LIU Brooklyn/Radford game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. on TNT.

The Wildcats have been a top-two seed since 2014 and it's the second straight year they're a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova was the No. 1 overall seed in last year's tournament.

Penn was named the 16th seed in the Midwest Region and will face the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday at 2 p.m. on TBS in Wichita, Kansas.

Steve Donahue has the Quakers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 in his third season as Penn's head coach.

The Quakers are 24-8 and this will be their 24th-ever appearance in the tournament.

'Nova survived a scare from Providence on Saturday night to win its second straight Big East title and its third in the past four years.

If the Wildcats beat LIU Brooklyn/Radford, they'll face the winner of the No. 8-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 9 seed Alabama. Purdue is the No. 2 seed in the East.

Also in the East are No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Wichita State.