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Rodney Pryor leads Hoyas to dominating win

Rodney Pryor leads Hoyas to dominating win

WASHINGTON — Rodney Pryor tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points Wednesday night and Georgetown cruised to a 96-44 win over Coppin State.

It was the second game this season with at least 30 points for Pryor, who made 10 of 13 from the field including 7 of 8 from behind the arc. L.J. Peak had a career-high 10 assists -- the first Georgetown player with double-digit assists since Markel Starks had 11 on March 3, 2014. Bradley Hayes added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots and Jessie Govan grabbed a career-best 11 boards.

The Hoyas (4-4) made 34 of 68 from the field, including a season-high 14 3s on 31 attempts (45.2 percent), tied a season-best with 22 assists and outrebounded Coppin State 55-28.

Joshua Treadwell had 17 points and Tre' Thomas scored 16 for the Eagles (0-9), who are off to their worst start since opening the 2005-06 season with 12-straight losses. Coppin State shot 27 percent and Thomas and Treadwell were the only two Eagles with more than one field goal.

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No. 12 seed Liberty shocks Mississippi State to earn first-ever NCAA Tournament win

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No. 12 seed Liberty shocks Mississippi State to earn first-ever NCAA Tournament win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Caleb Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:16 to play to send 12th-seeded Liberty to its first NCAA Tournament win in school history, 80-76 over fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night.

The Flames (29-6) were making their fourth tournament trip in school history, but lost twice as a No. 16 seed and once in the play-in game. This year's team had more respect, a higher seeding and capitalized on the opportunity.

Homesley helped rally Liberty from a 10-point deficit in the second half by scoring 14 points in a span of less than five minutes. Cabbil then hit from long range to make it 72-70 and celebrated with an enthusiastic fan section that made the cross-country trip from Virginia for the game.

Liberty did the rest at the foul line to spoil the first tournament trip for Mississippi State (23-11) in a decade.

The Flames advanced to the second round of the East Region to play the winner of the game between Saint Louis and Virginia Tech.

Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs and Reggie Perry added 21.

Cabbil finished with 18 points and Myo Baxter-Bell added 13.

Mississippi State appeared poised to take control when Peters started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and ended it with a layup that made it 63-53 midway through the second half.

The Bulldogs had used their superior size to control the paint on both ends and had broken open a tight game before the Flames responded. Homesley was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three foul shots. He then hit two from long range to cut it to 67-64.

Homesley also hit a backdoor dunk on a feed from Cabbil to make it a one-point game before hitting a long 3-pointer late in the shoot clock to put Liberty back on top 69-67 with 2:34 to play.

After three free throws from the Bulldogs, Cabbil's 3 provided the final lead change of the night.

BIG PICTURE

Liberty: The Flames showed early that they were poised to match up with a Power 5 team. They made seven 3-pointers in the first half and led by four points before Mississippi State scored the final six to lead 37-35 at the break.

Mississippi State: Coach Ben Howland's first recruiting class for the Bulldogs finished on a down note but had an impressive run building the program. Mississippi State went to the semifinals of the NIT last year and made the tournament for the first time since 2009 this year.

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Liberty advances to play the winner of the game between Virginia Tech and Saint Louis.

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Advice for Gardner-Webb fans from the man behind the UMBC Twitter account

Advice for Gardner-Webb fans from the man behind the UMBC Twitter account

This morning's Fresh Take comes from UMBC social media guru Zach Seidel, who captured the internet's hearts when the Retrievers upset Virginia last year.

One of the best things about social media is that it allows fans to interact with their favorite teams and players.

At first, teams used the medium as another way to send out press releases and statements, but over the past few years, many teams/programs have realized the value of using the interactive space as way to show personality and their inner fan. The LA Kings really started the trend during their first Stanley Cup run in 2012, the Colorado Rockies and Vegas Golden Knights have taken it to a whole other level, while the entire NBA is so ingrained in Twitter that #NBATwitter is its own sub-culture of social media. 

During UMBC’s NCAA Tournament run last year, the Twitter account went from 5,400 followers at tip-off of the first game on Friday night, to 111,000 followers by Monday morning. So, if you happen to be running a social media account when your team pulls an upset (though will anyone ever really be better than that one?), here are my tips:

1. Have Fun With It: People love it when famous people are “just like them”, same goes for athletes and teams. Just show some emotion in your tweets, acknowledge the pressure of the moment, make some jokes and answer some questions people ask.

2. Know Your Institution: The game is essentially an infomercial for your school, people are going to want to learn all about the place, so make sure you know important facts about the school to put out there. A key players major, maybe how great of a program that is at your school. Maybe a player is from out-of-state, mention out of state enrollment numbers, etc...It’s your moment to weave information and the game to best promote.

3. Celebrate, But Don’t Hate: People like underdogs, but don’t like arrogant winners. Make sure to celebrate your victory, but never put down the opponent. You can mention the win, but don’t say the other team lost, played poorly, or a certain player was bad. Keep all the focus on your program. Be gracious in victory and don’t “troll” opposing fan base/team/players, that will just turn people off from your school. 

In case you're too excited to listen to my very simple rules, here's a few that will always work:

1. Brb getting fitted for our glass slipper
2. Another 1 bites the dust

Virginia, in case you were wondering, tips off at 3:10 PM ET against 16-seed Gardner Webb. While we didn't make it back to the big dance, we will  always have a few shining moments to look back at on Twitter (and, you know, in NCAA tournament history).

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