West Virginia Sports NewsLast Update: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:01 AM EST
Price wins managerial debut, Reds top Indians 8-3
Bryan Price won in his managerial debut, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto singled home runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Wednesday.
Price was elevated from pitching coach to manager when the Reds fired Dusty Baker after last season despite their third playoff appearance in four years. Price managed a game for the first time at any level.
Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer and a double in the spring training opener for both Ohio teams. Ludwick has recovered from a shoulder injury that cost him most of last season and limited him after his return.
Billy Hamilton, who stole 13 bases for the Reds last September, drew a walk and stole a base as the Reds leadoff hitter.
Ryan Raburn doubled and scored for the Indians.
T25-WEST VIRGINIA-IOWA ST
No. 15 Iowa State beats West Virginia 83-66
Georges Niang scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa State beat West Virginia 83-66 on Wednesday night for its seventh win in eight games.
Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones , who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.
Iowa State rolled despite playing nearly the entire second half without star Melvin Ejim, who sat because of foul trouble.
Dustin Hogue helped cover for Ejim's absence inside with 15 points and nine rebounds, including a rare 3 with 3:17 left that put the Cyclones ahead 79-65.
Juwan Staten had 19 points and Eron Harris added 15 to lead West Virginia , which lost its third straight.
T25-TEXAS TECH-WEST VIRGINIA
No. 11 West Virginia beats Texas Tech 69-37
Bria Holmes scored 28 points and No. 11 West Virginia cruised past Texas Tech 69-37 on Wednesday night.
The victory was the eighth in a row for West Virginia , second in the Big 12, which goes on the road to take on first-place and sixth-ranked Baylor on Sunday. It was Baylor that ended West Virginia's 13-game winning streak on Jan. 8.
The Mountaineers only made 3 of 16 3-point attempts against Texas Tech but shot 42.9 percent overall, which was enough against a Lady Raiders team that shot only 26.2 percent and was outrebounded 52-32. Averee Fields had 10 rebounds for West Virginia.
Ivonne CookTaylor scored 12 points for Texas Tech.
Texas Tech had scoreless stretches of 8:15 and 5:15 in the first half with West Virginia taking a 33-14 lead at the break. Holmes matched Tech with 14 first-half points.
Tulane over Florida Atlantic 72-64
Jonathan Stark scored 21 points with five assists to lead Tulane to a 72-64 victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday.
Louis Dabney added 18 points for the Green Wave . Jay Hook had 17 points and Trevante Drye scored nine and led the team in rebounds with 14.
Florida Atlantic went 19-4 to start and led 31-23 at the break. Jay Hook hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half as part of a 16-7 Tulane run to help the Green Wave achieve a 39-38 lead with 16:16 to play. A Stark jumper with 3:10 left gave the Green Wave a 63-52 advantage. Then Stark, Dabney and Payton Henson combined for 8 of 10 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.
Pablo Bertone led the Owls with 28 points and five rebounds.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT-SELLOUT
Big 12 tournament sold out in KC once again
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Next month's Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center has sold out for the fifth consecutive year, though standing-room tickets may become available closer to the event.
The tournament, which was played at Kemper Arena for years, also sold out when it returned to Kansas City in 2008. It's also been played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and Ford Center, now the Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Oklahoma City.
As other conferences struggle to sell tickets, that has never been an issue for the Big 12 in Kansas City. That's one reason why Sprint Center has been awarded the tournament through 2016.
This year's tournament begins March 12. The championship game is March 15.