Four Holy Cross players scored in double figures Tuesday night and the Crusaders beat visiting Loyola Maryland, 62-45, in the first round of the Patriot League men's basketball tournament, advancing to face No. 1 seed Bucknell on Thursday.
Matt Husek, Malcom Miller, Cullen Hamilton and Robert Champion scored 10 points apiece for the No.8-seeded Crusaders (14-15), who outshot the Greyhounds 51.1 percent to 31.6 percent. Justin Burrell had five assists and Taylor Abt blocked four shots.
Holy Cross opened with a 28-9 run capped by a 3-pointer by Champion and never trailed. Eric Laster scored 12 points, but the Greyhounds shot just 29.2 percent in the half and trailed 32-20 at intermission.
Husek scored consecutive layups and Holy Cross used an 18-12 second-half run to pull to a 50-32 lead, then used an 8-2 run to amass a 22-point lead.
Laster scored 14 points for the Greyhounds (11-19), who were outrebounded 41-29.
More men's college basketball: Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble has been named one of 10 finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced. The award is to be presented to the nation's best freshman April 14. Trimble entered Tuesday night fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game for the 10th-ranked Terps, and also led Maryland in assists (91) and steals (38). Trimble on Tuesday also was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Player of the Week. ... Mount St. Mary's sophomore guard Byron Ashe and junior forward Gregory Graves were named to the All-Northeast Conference third team. Freshman guard Junior Robinson made the rookie team. ... Hood senior guard Chris Cook, Johns Hopkins senior forward George Bugarinovic and St. Mary's sophomore guard Nicholas LaGuerre (Lansdowne) were named finalists for the Jostens Trophy by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.; the award will go to the best NCAA Division III player on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
More women's college basketball: Sophomore guard Lexie Brown of No. 4 Maryland is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy women's basketball Player of the Year and Brenda Frese is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year. Brown is averaging 12.9 points and 4.8 assists for the Terps, who were undefeated in regular-season Big Ten play. ... Loyola Maryland junior guard Colleen Marshall was named to the All-Patriot League second team. Greyhounds freshman guard Bri Betz-White and Navy freshman guard Taylor Dunham made the rookie team.
College Hall of Fame: Johns Hopkins will induct 11 members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Newton White Athletic Center. Inductees will be Steve Adams, Class of 2003, basketball; Scott Armstrong, 2003, swimming; Devin Balkcom, 1998, swimming; Kathy Darling, 2003, basketball, track and field; Nancy Funk, basketball and tennis coach; Stephanie Harbeson, swimming; Jamie Larrimore, lacrosse; Bill Nelson, basketball and tennis coach; David Perna, football; Yani Rosenberg, baseball; and Philip "Pete" Swindell, lacrosse. For reservations, contact Tatiana Motevalli-Oliner at 410/516-6132 or email@example.com.
Women's college lacrosse: James Madison senior goalie Schylar Healy (Liberty) was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week. Towson freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano was named Rookie of the Week.
College football: CBS hired former Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel as a studio analyst for its Saturday pregame show.
Rice's settlement with Ravens was for $1.588M
When the Ravens and former star running back Ray Rice reached a settlement on his wrongful termination grievance in January, the financial details were undisclosed. The sides wound up settling for $1.588 million, according to sources. Rice was seeking back pay from his $3.529 million base salary for the 2014 season. The settlement was agreed upon in advance of a hearing before NFL system arbitrator Shyam Das. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated in September after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic-violence incident. He filed the grievance in October.
Ravens cheerleading: The Ravens will host auditions Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Athletic Club. Saturday registration will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., and material will be taught from 10:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Formal auditions will begin at noon, with call-backs on Sunday. Prospective cheerleaders may apply Saturday without preregistering. For information, go to BaltimoreRavens.com/Cheerleaders.
NFL honor: The DC Touchdown Club will present Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka with the inaugural Founder's Award at the club's awards dinner March 26. Former quarterback Joe Theismann will receive a Career Achievement Award, and former coach Roy Lester will be inducted into the Touchdown Club's Circle of Legends. For ticket information, go to dctouchdownclub.com/awards-dinner or contact Steve Beck at 301-370-5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFL transactions: The Philadelphia Eagles released former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams. Williams was signed by the Eagles as a free agent in 2013 and started all 32 games over the last two seasons. He had five interceptions. The release saves $6.5 million against the salary cap. ... The Tennessee Titans granted former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard his request to be released. The move will free up the $3.1 million salary he was due in 2015. Pollard made 142 tackles for the Titans in 2013 but last season suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury Oct. 5.
WNBA: The Washington Mystics signed center Kia Vaughn to a contract extension.
Minor league baseball: Former Orioles corner infielder Brandon Snyder signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.