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White, Chattanooga defeat High Point 68-61

White, Chattanooga defeat High Point 68-61

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Ronrico White netted a career-high 21 points and Chattanooga topped High Point 68-61 Friday night in first-round action at the Dr. Pepper Classic.

White was 5-of-10 shooting and 9 of 11 from the foul line, while Z. Mason netted 15 points with nine rebounds for the Mocs (4-8).

John Brown again paced the High Point (4-7) offense with 23 points and 16 rebounds and is averaging 22.4 points and 10.8 boards over his past four games.

The Mocs entered with the 26th best rebound margin (plus-8.1) in the country, but Brown helped the Panthers win the battle on the glass 45-32.

Devante Wallace pulled High Point within 62-61 with a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, but White hit 4 of 4 free throws and Mason 2 of 2 to close out the scoring.

Chattanooga is 37-6 all-time in its holiday tournament, including 22-1 in the opening round.

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Report: Orioles and Mets will play at Naval Academy on March 24

Report: Orioles and Mets will play at Naval Academy on March 24

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Orioles will play the Mets at the Naval Academy on March 24, just two days before Opening Day. 

The game will take place at Max Bishop Stadium at 2 p.m. and will be on the Orioles Radio Network and 105.7 The Fan. The two teams will end spring training in Florida a day before with a final game. 

It will be the first game at the Naval Academy since April 1, 2017, when the Nationals played the Red Sox and just the second since 1987. There have been 12 total exhibition games.

But according to the Post article, there’s more behind the scenes. 

The Orioles hold territorial rights, according to Major League Baseball, to Anne Arunel County — where Annapolis and the Naval Academy are located. Meaning, the Orioles allowed the Nationals to play the Red Sox in 2017 but declined any future games from happening. 

Tickets will not be made available to the public, but, according to Jake Russell, "select Orioles season-ticket holders will have an opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets.”

The Orioles and the Naval Academy have a “multi-dimensional” partnership together, one that includes various events and programs for the Orioles to honor the Naval Academy.

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Looking back at Cliff Tucker's buzzer-beater that carried Terps over Georgia Tech in 2010

Looking back at Cliff Tucker's buzzer-beater that carried Terps over Georgia Tech in 2010

With 1.5 seconds to go and down by one, Maryland guard Eric Hayes scanned the floor and found his teammate Cliff Tucker on the left wing. 

Tucker didn't have to time to make a move, so he simply let it go from three and canned the game-winner to give the Terps a shocking late-season win over Georgia Tech. It was the third victory of a seven-game winning streak to close the 2010 season for Gary Williams and his group. 

It's been 10 years since Tucker stunned Georgia Tech with his epic buzzer-beater, which is still one of Maryland's best basketball moments in the program's history.

The 2010 Terps, led by Grieves Vazquez finished the season on a 10-1 sprint into the ACC tournament. They won the regular-season conference championship, beating out the eventual National Champion Duke Blue Devils, but ultimately lost their conference tournament opener to, guess who, Georgia Tech. 

Maryland entered the NCAA tournament as a four-seed. After an easy win over Houston in the first round, the Terps fell to Michigan State by two points. The Spartans went on to the Final Four thanks to Northern Iowa upsetting top-seeded Kansas, so Maryland was left to wonder what could have been if they got past Tom Izzo's bunch. 

So in the end, the season wasn't the success it was setting up to be as Tucker helped lead a late-season surge. But hey, they'll always have his buzzer-beater. 

Tucker passed away in a car accident in 2018. 

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