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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Love and basketball


NBA: Kevin Love amassed his 52nd consecutive double-double Wednesday night to pass Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-double since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. In the Timberwolves 101-75 thrashing of the Pacers, Love racked up 16 points and 21 rebounds. ... The L.A. Clippers, who sit in third-to-last place in the West, upset the top-ranked team in the East, the Boston Celtics, Wednesday night 108-103. Mo Williams had 28 points en route to the Clippers' fourth straight win.

Men's college basketball: There were only three ranked teams in action Wednesday, all of which were playing in the Big East tournament. No. 18 St. John's edged out Rutgers 65-63 Wednesday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals in a game that ended in controversy. With about 1.7 seconds left on the clock, Justin Brownlee of St. John's traveled, stepped out of bounds and then hurled the ball into the crowd. There was no whistle from the officials on any of Brownlee's missteps, therefore time ran out and St. John's held on to win. Rutgers head coach Mike Rice frantically searched for an official, but all the referees had already exited the court. ... The other two Top 25 teams playing Wednesday faced off against each other. No. 19 Connecticut continued its run through the Big East tournament by knocking off No. 22 Georgetown 79-62. ... Defending Big East tournament champion West Virginia was knocked out of the tourney in the second round Wednesday, losing 67-61 to Marquette. ... Long Island nabbed its first NCAA bid in 14 years by beating Robert Morris 85-82 in overtime to win the Northeast Conference tournament. ... Northern Colorado will be heading to the Big Dance for the first time in school history after beating Montana 65-60 to win the Big Sky tournament.

Women's college basketball: Four Top 25 teams took to the courts on Wednesday, the highest ranked of which was No. 3 Baylor. The Lady Bears clawed their way past Kansas 86-51, advancing to the Big 12 tournament semifinals. ... In a Texas-sized showdown, No. 8 Texas A&M sailed past Texas 77-50 to also advance to the Big 12 tournament semis.

NHL: Two of the top five teams in the Western Conference stumbled Wednesday night. Los Angeles, who sits in seventh place in the West, beat second place Detroit 2-1. The Red Wings have now lost four straight. ... The fourth-place team in the Western Conference, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, fell to Tampa Bay, the fifth place team in the Eastern Conference, 4-3 in a shootout. The Lightning's Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-best 42nd goal in the win.