Gophers cool off Spartans – Wednesday Morning Sports Update


NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
Minnesota 59, Michigan State 56
Kent State 63, Western Michigan 61
Akron 68, Central Michigan 47
Toledo 91, Eastern Michigan 87

Minnesota 59, Michigan State 56 – Christie’s sinks career-high 5 3s as Minnesota beats Michigan State
Freshman Cam Christie recorded 19 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and Dawson Garcia scored 10 points and Minnesota beat Michigan State for the first time since 2021 sinking the Spartans 59-56. Garcia’s 3-pointer with 1:27 ended a tie at 52 and Minnesota led the remainder. After the two teams traded possessions and missed baskets, Elijah Hawkins fouled Michigan State’s A.J. Hoggard on a 3 attempt with 20 seconds left. Hoggard made the first two, missed the third, and forced to foul, Michigan State’s Carson Cooper wrapped up Christie who made two free throws for a 57-54 advantage. Hoggard missed a two-point shot attempt with 10 seconds left and Hawkins made two foul shots to seal it. Tyson Walker led Michigan State with 20 points.

KSU 63, WMU 61 – Davis’ 19 help Kent State knock off Western Michigan 63-61
VonCameron Davis scored 19 points as Kent State beat Western Michigan 63-61 on Tuesday night. Jalen Sullinger made a layup on the left side of the lane to give Kent State a 63-58 lead with 52.8 seconds left.  Davis was 5 of 12 shooting, including 2 for 7 from 3-point range, and went 7 for 8 from the line for the Golden Flashes (12-11, 5-6 Mid-American Conference). Chris Payton scored 17 points and added six rebounds. Sullinger shot 7 for 17, including 1 for 7 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points, while adding four steals.  Javonte Brown finished with 14 points for the Broncos (8-15, 5-6). Javaughn Hannah added 12 points and six rebounds for Western Michigan. Owen Lobsinger also put up 12 points and six rebounds.

Akron 68, CMU 47 – Akron defeats Central Michigan 68-47
Enrique Freeman and Greg Tribble each scored 17 points in Akron’s 68-47 victory against Central Michigan on Tuesday night.  Freeman also contributed 15 rebounds for the Zips (18-5, 10-1 Mid-American Conference). Tribble shot 6 for 11 (2 for 3 from 3-point range) and 3 of 5 from the free throw line, and he also had seven rebounds. Tavari Johnson finished 4 of 8 from the field to finish with 10 points.  Aidan Rubio finished with 12 points for the Chippewas (13-10, 8-3). Central Michigan also got 11 points and six rebounds from Jemal Davis. Derrick Butler also had eight points. The loss snapped the Chippewas’ five-game winning streak.

Toledo 91, EMU 87 – Cochran, Moss each score 20 points to help Toledo secure 91-87 victory over Eastern
Tyler Cochran and Ra’Heim Moss scored 20 points apiece to lead Toledo to a 91-87 victory over Eastern Michigan 91-87 on Tuesday night. Cochran and Moss each grabbed six rebounds for the Rockets (15-8, 9-2 Mid-American Conference). Javan Simmons added 16 points.  Tyson Acuff led the Eagles (9-14, 2-9) in scoring, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Orlando Lovejoy added 16 points, six assists and three steals for Eastern Michigan. In addition, Arne Osojnik had 14 points.

(11) Wisconsin at Michigan, 7:00 p.m.                 News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:30
Notre Dame at (9) Duke, 9:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m.

WNBA – Mercury acquire Kahleah Copper from Sky for draft picks, Onyenwere and Turner
The Phoenix Mercury acquired 2021 Finals MVP Kahleah Copper from the Chicago Sky for four draft picks, including the No. 3 choice this year. Chicago also will receive Michaela Onyenwere and Brianna Turner from the Mercury. Copper had agreed to a two-year extension with Chicago last September and solidified herself as the centerpiece of the organization. She averaged 12 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists during her seven seasons with the Sky. She was stellar the past three seasons, including during the Sky’s championship run in 2021 when she averaged 17.7 points and 5.9 rebounds on the way to earning the Finals MVP.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Pacers 132, Houston Rockets 129
Chicago Bulls 129, Minnesota Timberwolves 123 – OT

Pacers 132, Rockets 129 – Pascal Siakam scores 29 and fuels third-quarter charge to lead Pacers past Rockets
Pascal Siakam scored 29 points and teamed up with T.J. McConnell to spur a third-quarter comeback, helping the Indiana Pacers rally for a 132-129 victory over the Houston Rockets. It was Indiana’s ninth straight win in the series. Jalen Green led the Rockets with 30 points while Dillon Brooks added 23. Rookie Amen Thompson had 13 points and 13 rebounds. But Houston failed to protect an 85-75 lead, getting outscored 31-14 over the final 9:53 of the third. The Rockets never fully recovered. They got as close as 130-127 in the waning seconds but never had a chance to tie the score or take the lead.

Bulls 129, T-Wolves 123 – OT – White rallies the Bulls to a wild 129-123 overtime win against the Timberwolves
Coby White and DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points apiece, and the Chicago Bulls erased a 23-point deficit in a 129-123 overtime victory over Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points for Chicago, and Andre Drummond finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Bulls were coming off a 123-115 loss to Sacramento in which they nearly rallied all the way back from a 30-point deficit. Edwards had 38 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which had won three of four. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points in the opener of a four-game trip.

Last Night
Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Nebraska 65, Michigan 59

Western Michigan at Kent State, 7:00 p.m.
Toledo at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Akron at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – Chargers GM Joe Hortiz is excited about partnership with coach Jim Harbaugh
Joe Hortiz is excited to partner with Jim Harbaugh as they try to turn the Los Angeles Chargers into a consistent winner. Hortiz is the Chargers’ new general manager and he spoke to reporters for the first time on Tuesday. He was hired last week after spending his entire 26-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, most recently as director of player personnel. Hortiz has a relationship with Harbaugh that dates to when the Chargers’ new coach was a quarterback for Baltimore. He says his goal for the offseason will be to build a solid cast around quarterback Justin Herbert.

NFL – Los Angeles Chargers hire Jesse Minter as defensive coordinator
Jesse Minter is following Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan to the Los Angeles Chargers. Minter was announced as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator on Tuesday night. He is the second member of Harbaugh’s Michigan staff to be confirmed as taking a job with Los Angeles. Ben Herbert was announced as the strength and conditioning coach last week. Minter directed the Wolverines’ defense the last two seasons. They were the top-ranked unit in the country last season as Michigan won its first national championship since 1997. Minter previously spent four seasons as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.

MCCAA – Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Women’s Basketball
Kalamazoo Valley Community College at Lake Michigan College, 5:30 p.m.
Southwestern Michigan College at Marian-Ancilla, 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Kalamazoo Valley Community College at Lake Michigan College, 7:30 p.m.
Southwestern Michigan College at Marian-Ancilla, 7:30 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 75, St. Joseph 49
-A night after scoring 34 at Lakeshore, Loy Norrix senior Cedric Huntley scored 27 at St. Joe as the Knights beat the Bears 75-49.  Kai Wyngarden had 16 points to lead St. Joseph who fall to 6-10.

Lakeshore 65, Gull Lake 45
-Cohen Hurdle scored 19 points and Zach Ort had 14 as Lakeshore beat visiting Gull Lake 65-45.  Gull Lake’s Kai Watts had a game high 20 points for the Blue Devils.  Lakeshore has won 6 straight.

Mattawan 64, Battle Creek Lakeview 63
Portage Central 71, Battle Creek Central 24
Kalamazoo Central 67, Portage Northern 43

Our Lady of the Lake 54, New Buffalo 53
-Owen McLoughlin had exactly half of the Lakers points as Our Lady  of the Lake beat New Buffalo 54-53.

Michigan Lutheran 82, River Valley 30
-Michigan Lutheran got 16 points from Connor Olson, 12 from Micah Herbst and 11 from Jacob Janke in the Titans 82-30 win over River Valley.  Owen Slavins had 11 for RV.

Eau Claire 69, Countryside Academy 63
Howardsville Christian 64, Covert 41

Watervliet 78, Delton-Kellogg 48
Coloma 66, Holland Black River 60
South Haven 51, Galesburg-Augusta 50
Allegan 65, Gobles 38
Saugatuck 58, Fennville 23

Southwest 10
Cassopolis 66, Bloomingdale 20
Decatur at Centreville, Cancelled
White Pigeon 75, Comstock 35
Lawrence 62, Bangor 46
Marcellus 52, Hartford 51 – OT

Battle Creek Pennfield 38, Paw Paw 35
Lawton 65, Vicksburg 37
Otsego 46, Marshall 44
Dowagiac 56, Three Rivers 48
Buchanan 54, Constantine 31
Kalamazoo Christian 40, Union City 39
Byron Center Zion Christian 61, Martin 27

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 29, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 26
-St. Joe’s Tess Kapelke hit two free throws with 7 seconds left to put St. Joe up for good as the Lady Bears won at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 29-26.  Ava Rommel had a game high 10 points to lead St. Joe.

Gull Lake 54, Lakeshore 39
Battle Creek Lakeview 42, Mattawan 34
Portage Central 52, Battle Creek Central 35
Kalamazoo Central 59, Portage Northern 25

Our Lady of the Lake 52, New Buffalo 9
River Valley 55, Michigan Lutheran 50 – OT
-River Valley’s Natalyn Heckathorn scored a game high 24 points as River Valley won 55-50 in overtime over Michigan Lutheran.  Peyton Swain added 12 and Kirsten Smith scored 11 for the Mustangs.  Mikayla LaBounty and Madison Zehner had 10 each for ML.

Howardsville Christian 60, Watervliet Grace Chr. 36
Countryside Academy at Eau Claire, Cancelled

Martin 46, Allegan 30
Gobles 64, Coloma 22
Saugatuck 39, Bridgman 25
Delton-Kellogg 33, Fennville 31
South Haven 71, Holland Black River 30
Watervliet 46, Galesburg-Augusta 31
-Watervliet senior Grace Chisek reached 1,000 career points as she scored 18 in the Panthers win over Galesburg-Augusta.  She’s only the 7th player in Watervliet history to reach the 1k point plateau.

Southwest 10
Cassopolis 70, Bloomingdale 26
Decatur 32, Centreville 21
Comstock 56, White Pigeon 15
Lawrence 41, Bangor 33
Hartford 50, Marcellus 34

Dowagiac 40, Three Rivers 28
Otsego 54, Marshall 51
Harper Creek 50, Sturgis 34
Vicksburg 46, Brandywine 38
Battle Creek Pennfield 34, Parchment 25
Kalamazoo Christian 55, Wyoming Potters House 39

Last Night
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor at Watervliet, 7:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Bridgman, 7:15 p.m.
Berrien Springs at South Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Eau Claire, 7:00 p.m.
Allegan at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Benton Harbor at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Paw Paw, 6:30 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 6:30 p.m.
Allegan at Plainwell, 6:00 p.m.

Wrestling (Team Districts)
Division 2 at Lakeshore
St. Joseph vs. Paw Paw, 5:30 p.m.
Lakeshore (Bye)
Championship, 6:45 p.m.

Division 3 at Coloma
Hartford vs. Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Watervliet (bye)
Championship, 7:15 p.m.

Division 3 at Dowagiac
Berrien Springs vs. Benton Harbor, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan vs. Dowagiac, 5:00
Championship, 6:30 p.m.

Division 3 at Fennville
Allegan vs. Hopkins, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven vs. Fennville, 6:00 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Brandywine
River Valley vs. Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.
Cassopolis vs. Eau Claire, 6:00 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Lawton
Lawrence vs. Kalamazoo Phoenix, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton vs. Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.