The Barry University men’s basketball team will play in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
The Buccaneers (25-6) play at No. 12 Alabama Huntsville (25-7) at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for the South Region title. The winner will advance to the Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas.
The Bucs matched their best record in school history set a year ago when they beat Union (Tennessee) in Sunday’s regional semifinals 74-65.
Barry All-American senior swingman Yunio Barrueta, a native of Hialeah, is the ninth-leading scorer (24.4) in the nation. He is the only player in Division II to score 40 or more points in three games this year. Barrueta was named a First Team All-South Region Monday by the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association. He also averages 9.2 rebounds per game.
Bucs senior guard Anders Haas is averaging 13.2 points and shooting a school career-best .906 from the free-throw line, which ranks sixth in the nation.
After two days at the Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Georgia,, the No. 3 Nova Southeastern men’s team is seventh, with three individuals in the top 25 ahead of the final round Tuesday. The Sharks have a 588 total after 36 holes, just eight strokes out of third and 15 behind leader West Florida.
▪ Miami 6, Columbia 1: The ninth-ranked Hurricanes beat the No. 38 Lions for their third consecutive match victory. UM (7-4, 3-2 ACC) conceded fewer than two games in nine of the 12 sets it won between singles and doubles.
▪ Two Nova Southeastern basketball players, Kayla Wright and Chris Page, were honored as 2015-16 D2CCA All-Region, in voting by member sports information directors from South Region schools and conferences. Wright, the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, was the second-highest vote getter, and earned her first award at the regional level as a member of the women’s first team.
Page, for the second season in a row, was chosen as a second-team member.
▪ Nova Southeastern softball player Dajia Jones was chosen as the SSC Player of the Week after going 9 for 19 with three home runs at the NTC Spring Games last weekend.
▪ Barry University’s Niclas Weiland was named the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. Weiland, a freshman from Linkoping, Sweden, won his first college tournament last week at Florida Tech’s Panther Invitational.
▪ For the third week in a row, FIU freshman pitcher Megan Kugelmann was named Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week. Kugelmann picked up two wins and her first career save in three appearances in the past week.