AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A girls regional first round — Newman vs. Northwood-Kensett — 6:45
AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake boys vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura — 7:30
MASON CITY — Girls high school tournament basketball gets underway tonight with first-round games in Class 1A, pending the weather. All game are scheduled to start at 7 o’clock:
== 1A Region 2
(top half of bracket)
Northwood-Kensett at Newman (AM-1300 KGLO, 6:45)
Rockford at North Butler
CAL at North Iowa
#6 West Hancock — receives a first-round bye
(bottom half of bracket)
#9 Kee High of Lansing — receives first-round bye
Central Elkader at Edgewood-Colesburg
Riceville at Turkey Valley
West Central of Maynard at Tripoli
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman guard Zhaire Smith scored a career-high 21 points and No. 7 Texas Tech beat Iowa State 76-58 for its fifth straight win. The Red Raiders are the first Big 12 team to reach 20 wins overall, and they are tied with No. 10 Kansas atop the conference standings. After Iowa State scored seven straight points in a 77-second span to get within one after halftime, Smith had a steal that led to his alley-oop dunk. Jarret Culver added 16 points and Keenan Evans 15.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Wyatt Lohaus scored a career-best 25 points and Northern Iowa snapped a three-game skid, beating Bradley 74-65 on Wednesday.
Lohaus was 7 of 11 from the field including six 3-pointers for the Panthers (12-13, 4-9 Missouri Valley Conference). Klint Carlson added 12 points and led with nine rebounds. Bennett Koch had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Lohaus hit his first 3-pointer early in the half to put the Panthers up by two and they never trailed before intermission, holding on to lead 32-30 at the break.
Bradley surged 18-10 to open the second half and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye’s layup put the Braves (17-9, 7-6) on top 48-42 with 13:19 to play. Lohaus led a 17-4 run after that, draining three 3-pointers and a jumper, and the Panthers led 59-52 with 7:52 left and they cruised from there.
Lautier-Ogunleye finished with 19 points for the Braves who have lost the last two after winning four straight.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cameron Krutwig scored 17 points, Clayton Custer added 14 and Loyola Chicago pulled away from Drake 72-57 on Wednesday night.
The pair combined for 22 points in the second half when the Ramblers (20-5, 10-3 Missouri Valley Conference), who led 32-28 at the break, made 4 of 9 3-pointers, shot 57 percent (17 of 40) from the field and had 12 of their 21 assists with just one turnover.
The win gave Loyola its second 20-win season in four years but it is the first time the Ramblers hit 20 wins before a conference tournament since 2007, the last year they won 10 league games (in the Horizon League). Loyola reached double figures in conference wins for just the fifth time in school history.
Nick McGlynn and Reed Timmer both had 16 points for the Bulldogs (13-13, 7-6).
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a jumper at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. James made his 18-foot fadeaway over Jimmy Butler as the Cavs snapped an eight-game losing streak on national TV. James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. He also blocked Butler’s potential go-ahead shot with 1.3 seconds left in OT.
IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz put the finishing touches on a recruiting class of 22 players with three new signees on Wednesday. It concludes the first year with an early signing date and Ferentz felt it benefited the Hawkeyes.
Iowa has enjoyed great success with walk-ons over the years and the Hawkeyes are bringing in 18 walk-ons in the hopes of adding depth.
Ferentz does not find recruiting as distasteful as many coaches do but he says it has changed since he first entered the coaching ranks in the 1980s.
AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell wrapped up a recruiting class of 21 players by landing quarterback Brock Purdy out of Gilbert, Arizona. The Arizona Player of the Year chose the Cyclones over the likes of Texas A&M and Alabama.
Campbell says the class is a good fit for the program.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Philadelphia Eagles fan who stole a seat from the Minneapolis stadium that hosted the Super Bowl has agreed to pay for its replacement. U.S. Bank Stadium manager SMG said Wednesday that it doesn’t plan to take further action against the fan. Video of the man with a purple seat in the stadium’s coat check generated more than 190,000 views on Facebook by Wednesday afternoon. The cost to replace the seat, including labor, is estimated to be $125.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin will miss the next three to four weeks recovering from a broken left hand that required surgery. Brodin leads the team by far with a plus-19 rating. He was hurt in the second period of the Wild’s win at St. Louis.