LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA’s decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men’s basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment.
While acknowledging the scandal was unacceptable, Postel believes the school’s cooperation should have counted for more than it did. But Tuesday, Louisville announced that an NCAA appeals panel had upheld sanctions against the men’s program. As a result, the Cardinals have to vacate not only the championship, but 122 other victories and return some $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.
The decision is the culmination of the NCAA’s investigation that followed allegations in a 2015 book by escort Katina Powell that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits.
Pitino has repeatedly denied knowing about the activities described in Powell’s book, but the blemish on the program will never be forgotten – not after Tuesday’s sanctions.
SUFFOLK 69, ST. JOSEPH’S 65: Michael Hagopian scored 25 points as the sixth-seeded Rams (15-11) beat the third-ranked Monks (16-10) in a GNAC quarterfinal in Standish.
Ian Mileikis scored 19 points for St. Joseph’s.
KEENE STATE 92, SOUTHERN MAINE 48: DeVon Beasley scored 18 points off the bench, hitting six 3-pointers, and the second-seeded Owls (18-8) built up a 44-16 halftime lead before beating the Huskies (5-21) in Keene, New Hampshire.
Christian McCue scored 11 points to lead Southern Maine.
ROGER WILLIAMS 88, UNE 81: The Hawks (18-8) held off a second-half rally by the Nor’easters (12-14) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Gavin Dibble led UNE with 19 points.
ST. JOSEPH’S 83, MOUNT IDA 54: Kelsi McNamara scored 26 points, Julia Champagne added 22 and the top-seeded Monks (25-1, 16-0) rolled past the eighth-seeded Mustangs (13-13, 6-10) in a GNAC quarterfinal game in Standish.
Champagne shot 9 of 10 from the floor while McNamara added seven rebounds and two steals. Emily Benway had 10 points and six rebounds.
St. Joseph’s advances to play fifth-seeded Albertus Magnus in the semifinals Thursday night.
SOUTHERN MAINE 54, KEENE STATE 45: Miranda Nicely scored 15 points and the third-seeded Huskies (13-10) used an 11-1 advantage in the second quarter to get by the sixth-seeded Owls (6-19) in a Little East quarterfinal at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham.
Emily Nicholson added 13 points, 10 in the second half, while Chantel Eells had seven points and 13 rebounds.
Southern Maine advances to play second-seeded UMass-Boston in the semifinals on Friday.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 73, EASTERN NAZARENE 63: Olivia Shaw scored 20 points, Ashley Coneys added 17 and the top-seeded Nor’easters (21-5) beat the No. 8 Lions (12-14) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.
Jocelyn Chaput added 14 points for the Nor’easters, who took a 52-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. UNE advances to play fourth-seeded Western New England in the semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m.