KEENE, N.H. – Patrick Lawlor and Franklin Reis each scored twice Wednesday to lead Bowdoin to a 10-7 victory against Keene State in a men’s lacrosse game.

The Polar Bears (3-1) scored six unanswered goals in the first half, and led 7-1 after three periods before the Owls (1-4) scored six in the fourth.

Brandon Hughes won 12 of 20 faceoffs and collected 15 groundballs for Bowdoin, which was 22 of 25 on clears and outshot the Owls, 47-32.


ILLINOIS: Virginia Commonwealth basketball coach Shaka Smart ended speculation that he might take the open job at Illinois by announcing he’ll stay with the Rams.

The decision was cause for celebration among VCU fans and disappointment for their Illini counterparts — Illinois’ search for a replacement for fired coach Bruce Weber has begun to resemble the search last year for a new football coach, when the school’s top choices reportedly turned down the Illini.

VCU said in a news release that Smart’s $1.2 million contract will be adjusted but provided no details.

TELEVISION: Coaches Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth and Frank Martin of Kansas State will serve as guest analysts for NCAA tournament coverage this week.

IOWA STATE: Sophomore forward Royce White said he’s leaving the school after playing one season and declaring for the NBA draft.

White, the Big 12’s newcomer of the year, said he intended to sign with an agent soon. The 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward from Minneapolis led the Cyclones with 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season and helped Iowa State reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

White was at his best in the tournament, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds Saturday in an 87-71 loss to top-seeded Kentucky.

NEBRASKA: Apparently in response to an Omaha, Neb., newspaper report that Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall turned down a $2 million offer to become Nebraska’s basketball coach, Athletic Director Tom Osborne issued a statement saying the school has not offered the job to anyone.

The Omaha World-Herald, citing two unnamed sources, reported that Marshall rejected the offer.

A LAS VEGAS hospital spokeswoman said doctors decided to keep Jerry Tarkanian, the storied former UNLV basketball coach, overnight for observation after a mild heart attack.

Tarkanian’s status had not changed despite the change from plans to release him Wednesday. The spokeswoman said he’s still doing “very well.”

Tarkanian’s daughter, Jodie Diamant, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that her father started wheezing during a doctor’s visit Tuesday and was taken to the hospital. An EKG test showed he was having a heart attack.

MICHIGAN: Forward Evan Smotrycz is one of the three players leaving the Wolverines to transfer, and point guard Trey Burke is at least considering a jump to the NBA.

Smotrycz, fellow sophomore Colton Christian and freshman Carlton Brundidge are transferring. Smotrycz started 42 games over the last two seasons.


CONNECTICUT: The Huskies decided to do a little performing before the NCAA tournament by dressing up in wigs, visiting the local Wal-Mart and shooting a music video.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” said center Stefanie Dolson, who has been part of several of these team-made productions, the latest being a take on Carly Rae Jepson’s song “Call me, Maybe.” “Our team has so much fun together, so when we were all together, we wanted to make a video. It just kind of shows our personality.