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Barry men’s basketball advances to South Region semis

Coach Butch Estes and Barry University advanced to the NCAA Division II South Region semifinals with a 73-59 win over Union on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Florida Southern in Lakeland.
Coach Butch Estes and Barry University advanced to the NCAA Division II South Region semifinals with a 73-59 win over Union on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Florida Southern in Lakeland. Miami Herald Staff

Barry University men’s basketball team won its first NCAA tournament game since 2010, extending the best season in school history.

The No. 12-ranked Buccaneers advanced to the NCAA Division II South Region semifinals with a 73-59 win over Union (20-11) on Saturday at Florida Southern in Lakeland.

It is just the second NCAA tournament victory for the Bucs, who improved to a school-best 25-5 this season.

Second-seeded Barry will play sixth-seeded Lynn at 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We like kind of lost our identity down the stretch,” Barry second-year coach Butch Estes said. “We were doing a little bit too much one-on-one. We’re a team that really enjoys sharing the ball, moving the ball. Usually it results in about three or four or five guys being in double figures. If you look at our stats, it’s pretty balanced.”

Four players scored in double figures for the Buccaneers, who shot 32 of 63 from the field for 50.8 percent. The Bucs had 15 assists and 14 turnovers. Yunio Barrueta had his 14th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and matching his career-high with 16 rebounds. Jevoni Robinson scored a career-high 12 points, grabbed eight boards and had two blocks.

Women’s basketball

▪ Nova Southeastern 63, Rollins 51: For the third consecutive season, the Sharks advanced to the NCAA Division II South Region championship game, as they defeated the Tars in Jackson, Tennessee.

The second-seeded Sharks (26-5), who ran their winning streak to a season-best 10 games, came out on fire and led No. 6 seed Rollins (22-7) 13-2 less than five minutes in. Danielle Robinson led all scorers with 21, making a season-best five three-pointers. Jessica Valley scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds.

NSU will play the winner of the second semifinal between top seed Union and No. 4 West Florida. The final is at 8 p.m. Monday.

Baseball

▪ Nova Southeastern 7, Adelphi 6: The No. 6 Sharks (18-4) took Game 2 of the three-game series against the visiting Panthers (1-1). Alex Mateo earned his fifth win of the year, striking out eight in 51/3 innings of work.

▪ Broward College 2, Miami Dade College 1: Austin Langham’s RBI triple in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie to give the host Seahawks (12-14, 5-3 Southern Conference) a victory over the Sharks (14-11, 4-4). Michael Agis (3-3) pitched a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six.

Softball

▪ Barry 7-8, St. Thomas 3-0: The Buccaneers (20-5) swept a doubleheader from cross-town rival St. Thomas (2-10) at Bobcat Field.

In the first game, the Bucs jumped on top in the fourth inning. With one out, Dee Espinosa and Julie Brito hit back-to-back homers for a 2-0 lead. Taylor Sabol (6-3) picked up the win for the Bucs.

In the second game, Kristina Pazienza (4-0) got her third shutout.

Swimming

Nova Southeastern’s Anton Lobanov and Thiago Sickert won their second Division II national titles in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle, respectively, in Indianapolis.

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