Thursday Morning Sports Update-01/27/2022

NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan 72, Northwestern 70
Notre Dame 73, NC State 65

Michigan 72, Northwestern 70 – Michigan escapes 72-70 as Northwestern misses 3 at buzzer
Freshman Caleb Houstan scored 18 points, DeVante’ Jones added 15 points with six assists, and Michigan escaped with a 72-70 victory over Northwestern. Michigan forward Jaron Faulds missed two free throws, leading 72-69, with 8.5 seconds left and the Wolverines elected to foul Boo Buie near midcourt before he could attempt at 3-pointer. Buie, an 80% free-throw shooter, made the first free throw and missed the second but Pete Nance grabbed the rebound and got it to Julian Roper for a 3-pointer that didn’t hit the rim at the buzzer.

Notre Dame 73, NC State 65 – Laszewski sparks Notre Dame in 73-65 victory over NC State
Nate Laszewski scored 18 points, including eight straight to give Notre Dame the lead for good in the second half, and the Fighting Irish defeated North Carolina State 73-65. Dane Goodwin finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame. Blake Wesley added 15 points and Prentiss Hubb 11 with five assists. Dereon Seaborn had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Wolfpack. Jericole Hellems added 14 points and Casey Morsell and Cam Hayes 10 each.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 8, Detroit Red Wings 5

Blackhawks 8, Red Wings 5 – Strome has hat trick as Blackhawks outlast Red Wings 8-5
Dylan Strome scored three goals and the Chicago Blackhawks had their highest-scoring game of the season in an 8-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Alex DeBrincat added two third-period goals for the Blackhawks, who led 4-0 in the first period but let Detroit get back into the game. DeBrincat’s empty-netter with 1:43 remaining finally put the game away as Chicago ended a four-game winless streak. Dominik Kubalik, Sam Lafferty and Brandon Hagel also scored for Chicago. Robby Fabbri, Tyler Bertuzzi, Pius Suter, Moritz Seiter and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit.

NHL – Blackhawks to consider candidates from outside hockey for GM
The Chicago Blackhawks are taking an unusual approach to their search for their next general manager and plan to make a decision before the NHL trade deadline in March. Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz says the interview process will include candidates “both inside and outside of hockey.” Wirtz and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner will lead the interview process, with help from an advisory group. Interim GM Kyle Davidson will interview for the position, and Wirtz says Davidson “will continue to have full autonomy of hockey decisions in the meantime.”

NBA – National Basketball Association
Charlotte Hornets 158, Indiana Pacers 126
Chicago Bulls 111, Toronto Raptors 105

Hornets 158, Pacers 126 – Hornets break franchise record with 158-126 win over Pacers
The Charlotte Hornets broke the franchise’s single-game scoring record on Wednesday night and notched the highest point total in the NBA this season in their 158-126 rout of the Indiana Pacers.  — also a career best. Indiana was led by Goga Bitdaze and rookie Isaiah Jackson, who both scored 17 points.

Bulls 111, Raptors 105 – DeRozan powers Bulls to 111-105 win over Raptors
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Zach LaVine added 23 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 111-105. Nikola Vucevic also scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, notching his fifth straight double-double and helping the Bulls win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 7. Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 32 points, while OG Anunoby added 23 points. Toronto has lost six of its last nine games.

NCAAWBKB – Women’s College Basketball
Bowling Green 67, Western Michigan 51
Akron 68, Eastern Michigan 64
Central Michigan 70, Miami (OH) 59

Syracuse at (20) Notre Dame, 6:00 p.m.
(7) Michigan at (22) Ohio State, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan State at Penn State, 7:00 p.m.

MLB – Triple the misery: MLB’s labor woes threaten third spring
Major League Baseball’s spring training games don’t count in the official standings. But they do count for fans who love to make the trip to Arizona and Florida each year. They also count for businesses that count on Cactus and Grapefruit League games each February and March for a big chunk of income. The mood for both groups is a little glum these days as the players’ union and owners continue to bicker over finances. The owners locked out the players on Dec. 2 and unless an agreement between the two sides is reached soon, the spring training schedule is in trouble. The first games are scheduled for Feb. 26.

Olympics – US bobsledder Williamson positive for virus, status unclear
U.S. Olympic bobsledder Josh Williamson has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t fly with his teammates to China, though he remains hopeful of getting there in time for the Beijing Games. Williamson was expected to be part of the USA-1 four-man team in Beijing. He tested positive Sunday and revealed his status Wednesday. He has spent the last few days at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic training site in Southern California, along with many other members of the Beijing-bound bobsled and skeleton teams.

Golf – PGA – Horschel leads, Rahm sharp
Top-ranked Jon Rahm closed with an eagle on the tougher South Course at Torrey Pines for a 6-under 66, trailing leader Billy Horschel by three strokes after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.  Horschel shot a bogey-free 9-under 63 on the North Course and led Michael Thompson by one stroke. Of the 30 players who shot 67 or better, 26 played the North. Rahm’s was the best score on the South by one over Luke List, Peter Malnati and Cameron Tringale.

NCAAFB – LSU associate AD says she’s been fired
Lawyers for an associate athletic director who filed a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit against LSU say she has been fired in retaliation and asked the court to add that claim to her suit. Sharon Lewis claimed in state and federal lawsuits filed in 2021 that she was denied pay raises and was verbally abused after reporting that former football coach Les Miles had sexually harassed female student workers and made racist remarks.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College 81, Muskegon Community College 75

Men’s Basketball
Muskegon Community College 91, Lake Michigan College 77

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Buchanan 76, Michigan Lutheran 38
Eau Claire 74, Countryside 62
Watervliet 63, Hartford 23
Kal. Christian 43, Kal. Hackett 36

Girls Basketball
Watervliet 54, Hartford 38
South Haven 36, Parchment 35
Brandywine 53, South Bend Riley (IN) 28
Bangor at Comstock, PPD
Kal. Christian 60, Kal. Hackett 34
Redford Westfield 71, Kal. Central 61

Portage Central, Portage Northern, St. Joseph at Lakeshore Quad

  • Lakeshore 78, Portage Northern 0
  • St. Joseph 60, Portage Central 18
  • Lakeshore 60, Portage Central 15
  • St. Joseph 71, Portage Northern 6

Boys Basketball
Portage Central at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.                  News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM
Battle Creek Central at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at BC Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.

River Valley at Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 7:30 p.m.
River Valley at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.