Vir­ginia’s sixth man side­lined

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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.

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