Men’s basketball: Former longtime coach Eugene (Denny) Alexander died Tuesday at age 70, Xavier University of Louisiana announced. No cause was given. Alexander coached at Detroit East Catholic High and was an assistant coach at Central Michigan before heading to New Orleans to coach Xavier Louisiana. Alexander led the Gold Rush in 1978-90, amassing a program-record 212 victories. Xavier’s website describes the school as “Catholic and historically black.”
Men’s soccer: Host Michigan State opened its Big Ten season with a 4-0 win over Rutgers. Jimmy Hague made one save for his first career shutout for the Spartans (3-1).
Field hockey: Host Michigan State defeated Columbia, 7-2. Megan Fenton scored four goals, and Kendal Anderson had three assists for the Spartans (4-1). MSU outshot the Lions, 27-5, and generated 12 corner kicks while allowing one. Michigan State has won four straight after an opening loss. The Spartans host No. 8 Louisville on Sunday. Columbia (1-2) and CMU play in a neutral-site game earlier in the same venue.
Women’s tennis: Western Mchigan hired Nathan Robinson as an assistant coach. Robinson served as an assistant at Oklahoma State for the past two years. He helped lead the Cowgirls to a 29-5 record and second-place finish in the NCAA tournament last season.
Volleyball: Grand Valley State beat Davis & Elkins, 3-0, and Adelphi, 3-2, at the Vulcan Invitational in California, Pa. Staci Brower had 32 kills in the matches.