Yunio Barrueta finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to help the Barry Buccaneers as they fell 93-83 to Florida Southern in the Sunshine State Conference final.
Barry (24-5) was awaiting its NCAA Division II Tournament fate. Pairings were announced Sunday night. Florida Southern (30-1) will likely host the eight-team South Regional next weekend in Lakeland.
Florida Southern led by as much as 23 in the second half, but the Bucs cut it to 12 with 6:36 remaining.
Arie Williams hit a three with 1:02 on the clock to slice the deficit to nine. Adrian Gonzalez's putback with 47 seconds to play brought Barry within eight. But the Mocs sank seven of their final 10 free throws to prevent Barry from making a comeback.
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▪ Nova Southeastern 61, Barry 51: Danielle Robinson and Alex Murphy each scored 16 points and the Sharks (24-5) defended their conference title with a win over the Buccaneers (15-6) in the SSC final in Kissimmee. Robinson was named the tournament’s Most Oustanding Player. The Sharks were selected as the South Region's No. 2 seed for the NCAA Division II tournament.
▪ FIU 7, UConn 4: The Panthers recorded 12 hits and avoided a three game series sweep at home to the Huskies.
FIU pitcher Chris Mourelle (3-1) started strong with a 1-2-3 first, second and third inning. Mourelle retired the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a single to Joe Deroche-Duffin in the fifth.
In the third, FIU (8-7) scored two unearned runs following an error fielding a bunt.
Edwin Rios put FIU up 4-0 in the fifth with a two run home run. It was Rios’ second homer of the season. He is the first Panther to reach two home runs this season.
The Panthers went up 6-0 in the sixth as runs scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.
Rios picked up his third RBI on a double in the eighth that put FIU up 7-2. Rios almost had five RBI with a two-run shot in the sixth, but the call was reversed and ruled that his hit was caught for an out.
▪ Louisville 5, Miami 4: With the bases loaded and one out, Brendan McKay sent a single into shallow right to lead the host Cardinals (10-5,2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) over the Hurricanes (10-6,1-2).
▪ Barry 6, Gwinnet 3: The host Buccaneers took two of three doubles and four of six singles matches to knock off the defending NAIA national champions Gwinnett (Georgia), halting the Grizzlies 27-match winning streak.
▪ Barry 6, Gwinnet 1: The host Buccaneers (6-1) won a battle of No.1 teams and defending national champions as they defeated defending NAIA champion Gwinnett. Barry is the top women’s team in NCAA Division II.