Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 2/23/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, February 23, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Michigan 64, (24) Ohio State 57
Michigan State 60, Illinois 53

Michigan 64, (24) Ohio State 57 – Albrecht helps Michigan upset No. 24 Ohio State 64-57
Spike Albrecht scored 16 points to help Michigan upset No. 24th-ranked Ohio State 64-57 on Sunday. The Buckeyes (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half before closing to 49-46 with seven minutes left with a 14-0 run. Zak Irvin answered with a 3-pointer a minute later and Ohio State never got closer than four points the rest of the day. D’Angelo Russell had 16 points and Keita Bates-Diop scored 12 as the Buckeyes lost their second straight. Irvin added 15 and seven rebounds for the Wolverines (14-13, 7-8), who defeated a top-25 opponent for the first time this season.

Michigan State 60, Illinois 53 – Michigan State, Trice withstand Illinois charge, 60-53
Travis Trice scored 18 points off the bench, including a pair of late free throws, to help Michigan State seal a win over Illinois Sunday night, 60-53. Michigan State (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) ran its winning streak to four games in a physical, sometimes chippy road victory. The Spartans led by as many as 11 with less than five minutes to play. But Illinois (17-10, 7-7) closed to within three points and with 38 seconds to play had a chance to tie, but Kendrick Nunn missed a 3-pointer. Trice brought down the rebound, drew a foul and hit the free throws. Denzel Valentine led Michigan State with 20 points and nine rebounds. Branden Dawson added 13 points and seven boards. Matt Costello fouled out late. Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 17 points and Rayvonte Rice added 15. The Illini have lost two straight.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 106, Washington Wizards 89

Pistons 106, Wizards 89 – New-look Pistons beat Wizards 106-89
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 26 points, Andre Drummond added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the new-look Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 106-89 on Sunday. The Pistons are 2-0 since coach and president Stan Van Gundy traded four players to get Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince at the trading deadline Thursday. Greg Monroe had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Jackson finished with 17 points as Detroit put seven players in double figures. Marcin Gortat had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards. John Wall finished with 10 points and 12 assists.

Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Boston Bruins 6, Chicago Blackhawks 2

Bruins 6, Blackhawks 2 – Bruins rout Blackhawks 6-2, end 6-game losing streak
Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring with his 200th goal, then added two assists in Boston’s four-goal second period and the Bruins snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 6-2 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Reilly Smith had a goal and assist for the Bruins, who were 0-4-2 during the slide, their longest winless stretch since 2010. Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell and Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston, which pulled away in the finale of five-game road trip. Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight (0-2-1) for the first time since last March. The six goals against Chicago matched a season high and the four against the Blackhawks in the second set a season mark for a period. Boston’s Tuukka Rask made 26 saves and coasted to the win, despite taking two penalties late in the first period.

Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m.

NASCAR – Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win
Joey Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, has won his first career Daytona 500.  Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining on Sunday. Once out front, his Ford was stout and he seemed to have the race in control until a caution with three to go at Daytona International Speedway stopped the race.  NASCAR needed nearly seven minutes to clean the track, which gave Logano a two-lap sprint to the finish. He got a terrific jump on the field, and as Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. mounted a push for the lead, a wreck further back brought out the yellow flag.  It froze the field and Logano won under caution.  Logano was looking for work near the end of 2012 when Joe Gibbs Racing decided to cut him loose. He was snatched up by Roger Penske, and rewarded “The Captain” with owner’s second Daytona 500 title.   Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon wrecked on the last lap of his final Daytona 500.  Austin Dillon turned Gordon in the middle of a huge pack vying for position in the closing two miles at Daytona International Speedway. Gordon spun, banged into other cars and then eventually sputtered across the finish line in 33rd place.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Michigan State 60, (19) Rutgers 50

Michigan State 60, (19) Rutgers 50 – Michigan State women upset No. 19 Rutgers 60-50<
Aerial Powers scored 18 points and matched a career-high with 18 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season to help Michigan State upset cold-shooting No. 19 Rutgers 60-50 Sunday. Powers has now scored 600 points this season, breaking the school’s single-season scoring record.  Rutgers (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) falls into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Ohio State for third place in the conference. Michigan State (13-14, 5-11) is now 2-7 against ranked opponents this season. Rutgers shot 20 of 64 from the floor (31 percent). Tyler Scaife, who averages 43 percent shooting per game, was held to just two points on 1-of-14 shooting.  Tori Jankoska finished with 21 points for the Spartans, who led 27-20 at the break, and had its largest lead, 52-38 with 3:41 left.  Scarlet Knights’ center Rachel Hollivay left the game with 3:41 remaining after injuring her left knee.

(8) Louisville at (4) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – Beasley, Williams impress on 3rd day of combine workouts
Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley was Sunday’s big winner at the NFL scouting combine. Southern California’s Leonard Williams was a close second. Beasley had the fastest time, finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He also shared the distinction of bench-pressing the most reps, 35, at 225 pounds. The 246-pound Beasley tied 321-pound defensive lineman Deon Simon. Williams, a 302-pound defensive tackle, clocked a 4.97 seconds in the 40, matching Jameis Winston’s time. He had not lifted. Among other top prospects, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray put up 21 reps but had not run. Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton had 34 reps and ran a 5.64. Florida linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. ran a 4.60 and had 19 reps while Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory had  a 4.64 and 24 reps.

Golf – PGA – Hahn gets first PGA win
James Hahn has won the Northern Trust Open in a three-man playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Hahn clinched it with a 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole for his first PGA Tour title and a trip to the Masters. He saved par on the 18th in regulation for a 2-under 69 and a 6-under total.

Golf – LPGA – Teenager wins
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko was a winner in her second start as the top-ranked women’s golfer, shooting a final-round 2-under-71 for a two-stroke victory over South Korea’s Amy Yang in the Women’s Australian Open. The South Korean-born Ko was 9-under on the composite course at Royal Melbourne.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women’s
Kellogg Community College at Lake Michigan College, 5:30 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Kellogg Community College at Lake Michigan College, 7:30 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
San Antonio Rampage 5, Chicago Wolves 2

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Wheeling Nailers 4, Kalamazoo Wings 1
Toledo Walleye 12, Gwinnett Gladiators 0    (YES 12-0)

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
Fort Wayne Mad Ants 91, Grand Rapids Drive 81

NCAA Hockey
Last Night
Michigan 5, Ohio State 2

NCAA Softball
Last Night
Michigan 10, James Madison 0
Utah State 3, Michigan State 2

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Boys Basketball
Watervliet Grace Christian at Michigan Lutheran
Dream Academy at Brandywine
Berrien Springs at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Battle Creek Lakeview at Kalamazoo Central
Cassopolis at Centreville
White Pigeon at Howardsville Christian

Girls Basketball
Centreville at Marcellus
Edwardsburg at Coloma
Gobles at Otsego
Battle Creek Lakeview at Kalamazoo Central