Virginia’s sixth man sidelined
Top-ranked and topseeded Virginia will be without forward De’Andre Hunter, the ACC’s sixth man of the year, for the NCAA Tournament because of a broken left wrist.
The school announced Tuesday that Hunter, a 6-foot-7 swingman who can also play guard, suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament, but did not say how. He will have surgery Monday and miss 10 to 12 weeks.
Hunter, a redshirt freshman, sat out last season, but made an immediate impact once he joined Coach Tony Bennett’s lineup.
He averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games, reached double figures 16 times and led the Cavaliers in scoring on six occasions. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 19.
BONNIES ADVANCE » Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute, rallying St. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and its first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years.
The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (2012) in Dallas on March 14 in the East region. St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win.
RADFORD GET THE WIN » Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 71-61, over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four.
Carlik Jones added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders, who move on to face No. 1 seed Villanova on March 14 in Pittsburgh. Radford, the Big South champion, is making its third tournament appearance and first since 2009.
LIU Brooklyn stayed within striking distance for much of the game and got to within a point with five minutes left, but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders allowed them to close it out.
The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game.
TEBOW SENT DOWN » Tim Tebow was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor-league camp on Tuesday after he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Houston Astros.
The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (1 for 18) with 11 strikeouts in seven bigleague exhibition games. The 30-year-old, who is not on the Mets’ 40man roster, has been hampered by a left ankle sprain.
“I’ll just continue to work in all the areas we’ve been working and making progress. That’s really the focus to continue the process and the journey and keep working,” Tebow said to reporters following the game.
CURRY TO MISS ANOTHER WEEK» Stephen Curry will miss at least another week because of his troublesome right ankle, which he re-injured last Thursday against San Antonio. The Warriors said their two-time MVP would be re-evaluated in a week. That means he will sit out the next four games Tuesday at home against the Lakers, Friday at home against the Kings, then road games at Phoenix on Saturday and at San Antonio on Monday. Curry rolled his ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter in the win against the Spurs.
Golden State did not practice Tuesday as originally planned a day after the team celebrated Curry’s 30th birthday, which is actually today.