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No. 5 Maryland women stunned by St. Joseph's

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No. 5 Maryland women stunned by St. Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Saint Joseph's had lost 10 straight against ranked teams and hadn't defeated a top-five opponent in nearly 36 years.

The Hawks changed all that Saturday, stunning No. 5 Maryland 50-49 behind Chatilla van Grinsven's 18 points.

Saint Joseph's (2-1) beat a ranked foe for the first time since a victory over No. 15 Auburn on Dec. 29, 2007. The Terrapins are the highest-ranked team the Hawks have defeated since upsetting No. 3 Montclair State way back on March 11, 1977.

"This win means so much," van Grinsven said. "We've been so close so much, and to come through is a great feeling. We're celebrating this win. We played as hard as we could and made some plays at the end."

Saint Joseph's had dropped 10 straight games to the Terrapins before this one but held Maryland scoreless over the final seven minutes.

Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 15 rebounds while Laurin Mincy added 14 points for the Terrapins (2-1), who opened the season with a 39-point victory over Mount St. Mary's and a 43-point win over Loyola.

"This has been a great week for this program," said Saint Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin, whose team defeated Drexel on a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday. "I think we're not perfect, but we're finding ways to win. I think we're tough. I think our players are tough."

Maryland, a regional finalist in last season's NCAA tournament, couldn't shake the Hawks, even after building a 47-38 lead with 9:10 remaining.

"I thought St. Joe's had a terrific game plan and made us work for everything," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "They made it difficult for us to get into our offense."

Saint Joseph's went on a 12-2 run to take a 50-49 lead with 4:21 left. The Terrapins committed five of their 19 turnovers during the spurt.

Thomas hit a jumper for a 49-44 lead with seven minutes remaining, but that was all the offense the Terrapins would muster the rest of the game.

Still, Maryland had three chances to win in the final 19 seconds.

Katie Rutan missed a jumper and Thomas had her follow shot blocked by van Grinsven.

The Terrapins had one last chance with less than a second left, but Tianna Hawkins misfired from the baseline and the Saint Joseph's bench erupted in celebration.

"This win is the result of our hard work and preparing," van Grinsven said. "It's a great day for our program here."

Erin Shields added 10 points for the Hawks, who won despite being outrebounded 47-27. Thomas had nine offensive rebounds.

Neither team hit a 3-pointer in the second half. Hawkins managed just two points after scoring 51 in the first two games.

Maryland plays No. 15 Nebraska and No. 2 Connecticut in the next two weeks.

"Obviously, we have a thin margin for error," Frese said. "Obviously, we've got to come ready to play. This will absolutely humble us."

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

The NCAA is a dumb and monumentally stupid organization with rules that often don't make sense for the student-athletes they govern. One of those is paying, or more specifically not paying, athletes.

In an incredible twist of irony, Maryland will give one lucky regular student (that isn't an athlete) $10,000 for something an athlete (not a regular student) could potentially perform on the football field.

This is a highly specific play that will have to happen in order for one lucky student (again, not an athlete) to win the money, but the hypocrisy is incredible and this entire situation is so backward.

A student-athlete could score a touchdown (while not being paid) for the university and while scoring said touchdown will be helping make money for the university (money they will never see a dime from). The university will then turn around and give money to a student who did nothing to earn it, except decide to stay around in the second half for a game that is expected to be lightly attended, thanks to the achievement of a student-athlete who is incapable of receiving said money. 

That makes sense. Totally.

This comes on the heels of a report earlier this week that Division 1 coaches were "spooked" and against new rules that would allow students who met a minimum GPA to transfer and have immediate eligibility.

This is all totally fine.

Anyway, I can't believe someone didn't see the irony here and think "eh, we just had one of the biggest upsets of the weekend and should have a better way to capitalize on our momentum with something cool to entice people to stick around against Towson?"

I guess not.

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Virginia Tech beats West Virginia 31-24 in electric showdown at FedEx Field

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Virginia Tech beats West Virginia 31-24 in electric showdown at FedEx Field

LANDOVER, Maryland -- Virginia Tech made FedEx Field feel like Lane Stadium Northeast and got to bring that Black Diamond Trophy back to Blacksburg for the first time in more than a decade.

Oh, and the Hokies' new quarterback looks like a keeper, too.

Josh Jackson passed for 235 yards, ran for 101 and accounted for two touchdowns in his first start for Virginia Tech, and the No. 21 Hokies made a last-second stand to beat No. 22 West Virginia 31-24 on Sunday night.

The 52nd meeting between the Appalachian region rivals was the first since 2005. It ended up being a classic. The Hokies rushed the field after their defense held the Mountaineers out of the end zone on two last plays from the 15, and their fans screamed along to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" to celebrate.

"This was a fantastic win," Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds said with a huge grin.

Jackson, the redshirt freshman who won a three-way competition for the job, was up and down with his passing, but showed off some nifty moves running in the opener for both teams.

"I felt calm," said Jackson, the son of former longtime Michigan assistant coach Fred Jackson.

Josh Jackson's 46-yard keeper up the middle -- which ended with him taking a hard low hit -- set up Travon McMillian's 3-yard touchdown run that put Virginia Tech up 31-24 with 6:30 left.

"I felt that one pretty good," Jackson said about the hit.

Jackson said he read a blitz on that play and the Mountaineers gave him all kinds of room inside.

"That was a bad, bad call by me," West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said.

West Virginia's new quarterback was just as impressive. Florida transfer Will Grier, who left Gainesville after being suspended by the NCAA for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2015, pass for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

He got one more chance to tie after usually reliable Virginia Tech kicker Joey Slye missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt with 1:55 left.

Grier slinged and scrambled West Virginia down to the Virginia Tech 15. Hokies coach Justin Fuente used a timeout before the last two plays because he was worried his defense was getting gassed chasing the shaggy-haired quarterback.

"You just want them to hold on for one more," Fuente said.

Grier's second-to-last pass into the end zone under pressure was a little behind David Sills and it went through the falling receiver's arms.

"I thought I had him," Grier said. "I got hit and I couldn't see. I thought he caught it. That's the one I'd like to have back to get it up more for him."

It was a tough ball to catch, but Sills wasn't hearing that.

"I just got to make that play," he said. "That's really all it comes down to."

Grier's last throw sailed high and away, but a couple of penalties on the West Virginia offensive line made it moot.