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Morning Headlines for March 16, 2011

Texas Tech won its third straight game defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-7 in the final game of the Texas Tech Invitational at Dan Law Field Tuesday afternoon. Kelby Tomlinson went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Duke von Schamann made his collegiate debut on the mound as he earned the win for the Red Raiders pitching 3 innings. Texas Tech is now 12-6 on the season and will make their road debut this weekend in Big 12 play at Baylor this weekend.

Texas Tech hits the road for the first time in over a month, traveling to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF The Game Tournament where the 21st-ranked Red Raiders will play six games over five days, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday against Colorado State.

The madness of March got a dramatic jump-start in the new 68-team NCAA tournament format as Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm scored 22 each in North Carolina-Asheville’s 81-77 overtime victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. The 20-13 Bulldogs will now travel to Washington, D.C. to play Pittsburgh, top seed in the Southeast, on Thursday.

Clemson downed Alabama-Birmingham 70-52 in the other first-round game behind a career-best 22 from Jerai (zherh-RAY’) Grant in the other first-round game in Dayton. That sends 12th-seed Clemson into a second-round game against fifth-seeded West Virginia on Thursday in Tampa, Fla.

The final two games of the new 68-team NCAA tourney format will be played tonight in Dayton. Texas-San Antonio takes on Alabama State followed by Southern California against Virginia Commonwealth.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and Brandon Roy added 21 off the bench, including a key jumper with less than a minute to go, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-101 on Tuesday night. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which shot 59.7 percent for the game.

Houston Rockets guard Terrence Williams is expected to miss a week after undergoing minor surgery on Tuesday to relieve lower abdominal distress.

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