Daily Noontime – March 12, 2012

Kobe Bryant once again led the L.A. Lakers past Boston, 97-94! (Photo Credit: Slate.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday to everyone, and welcome back to the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines to kick-start and jumpstart your day!

* The Boston Celtics couldn’t hang onto a three-point advantage late in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angles Lakers rallied to defeat the Green and White, 97-94. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points, while Rajon Rondo paced the Celtics with 10 assists. Boston will return to the Staple Center on Monday when they tip-off against the Los Angles Clippers.

* On Sunday, the NCAA announced that Harvard University’s men’s basketball team earned the No. 12 seed in the eastern bracket of the upcoming March Madness tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Mar. 15. The Crimson will begin their journey toward a NCAA crown against Vanderbilt University.

* Sources confirmed late Sunday evening that University of Massachusetts’ (Amherst) men’s basketball team earned a spot in the upcoming NIT tournament. The Minutemen will tip-off against Mississippi State on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

* The Boston Bruins earned their second consecutive loss on Sunday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Black and Gold, 5-2. Pittsburgh netted three goals in the first frame, while adding one strike in the second and third period, while Tim Thomas and Marty Turco combined for 27 saves. The Bruins will look to snap their two-game skid on Tuesday when they travel to Tampa Bay.

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