Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 1/15/15

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NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
(12) Notre Dame 62, Georgia Tech 59
Western Michigan 95, Ball State 93 – 2 OT
Central Michigan 105, Miami (OH) 77
Kent State 65, Eastern Michigan 59

(12) Notre Dame 62, Georgia Tech 59 – Grant, Vasturia help No. 12 Notre Dame edge Georgia Tech
Jerian Grant scored 12 points, Steve Vasturia added 11 points and No. 12 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 62-59 on Wednesday night. Despite the absence of starting forward Zach Auguste, the Fighting Irish (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) secured their best start to a season since 1978-79. Pat Connaughton, V.J. Beachem and Bonzie Colson each finished with 10 points, and Demetrius Jackson had nine for Notre Dame, which has won 12 of 13. Irish coach Mike Brey said Auguste, who has averaged 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, missed the game because of an academic matter, but Brey would not speculate on a timetable for his return. Demarco Cox scored 17 points and Chris Bolden added 13 for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets (9-7, 0-4 ACC) haven’t lost a league game by more than seven points this season.

WMU 95, Ball State 93 – 2 OT – W. Michigan beats Ball St. 95-93 on tip-in at buzzer in 2OT
David Brown scored a career-high 35 and Connar Tava tipped in the game-winner as time expired in the second overtime to lift Western Michigan over Ball State 95-93 on Wednesday.  Western Michigan’s Austin Richie was forced to double-clutch a well-defended 3-point attempt and missed as the shot clock expired, but Tava was left alone and his putback beat the final buzzer. Brown made a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 89. He fouled out with 4:09 left in the second overtime. Brown made seven of his eight 3-point attempts in the second half to help the Broncos (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American) rally from a 14-point deficit early in the period to a 71-66 lead with 3:58 left.  Ball State (7-7, 2-1) pulled even at 71, but Ritchie hit a 3 and Tucker Haymond made a pair of free throws to put the Broncos back up by five with 21 seconds left. As Zavier Turner made a 3-pointer for Ball State, Sean Sellers drew a foul on Mario Matasovic. Sellers hit two free throws to finish the five-point play with 4.9 seconds left, tying the game at 76 and forcing the first overtime. Turner led Ball State with 21 points and Matt Kamieniecki added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

CMU 105, Miami (OH) 77 – Central Michigan routs Miami (Ohio) 105-77
Josh Kozinski scored 19 points to lead five Central Michigan players in doubles figures and a 105-77 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night. Central Michigan bounced back after having its six-game winning streak snapped against Ball State, 83-65 on Jan. 10. Chris Fowler had 16 points, Austin Keel and John Simons scored 15 apiece, and Rayshawn Simmons chipped in 14 for Central Michigan (12-2, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Fowler and Simmons each added nine assists.  The Chippewas shot 35 of 51 for 68.6 percent, and nailed 19 of 27 for 70.4 percent from long range to break the century mark for the third time this season. Kozinski was 6 of 7 from the perimeter and Simons hit all five attempts from deep.  Eric Washington scored 23 points and dished out six assists to lead Miami (6-10, 1-2). Geovonie McKnight and LJ Livingston each added 11 points for the Redhawks.

Kent State 65, EMU 59 – Kent State holds off Eastern Michigan, 65-59
Chris Ortiz scored 19 points as Kent State held off an Eastern Michigan comeback for a 65-59 Mid-America Conference victory Wednesday night.  Eastern Michigan (11-5, 0-3 MAC) led by 10 at intermission, but the Golden Flashes battled back quickly in the second half. Derek Jackson’s 3-pointer with 15:23 left gave Kent State the lead for good, 41-40, but it was never a comfortable advantage as Kent State (11-5, 2-1) struggled through two prolonged scoring droughts. After Jimmy Hall’s jumper with 9:50 left pushed the lead to nine, 51-42, the team went scoreless until Hall’s layup with 5:40 to go. After Ortiz’ jumper with 4:55 left the Golden Flashes were scoreless until another Ortiz jumper with 2:03 came after Eastern Michigan cut the lead to a point at 55-54. Ortiz was 6 of 8 from the field, 6 of 9 from the line. Mike Talley led the Eagles with 16 points.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Ohio 82, Eastern Michigan 59
Central Michigan 60, Miami (OH) 54

(7) Notre Dame at (12) North Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Illinois at Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
New Orleans Pelicans 105, Detroit Pistons 94
Washington Wizards 105, Chicago Bulls 99

Pelicans 105, Pistons 94 – Davis has double-double as Pelicans beat Pistons, 105-94
Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans brought the Detroit Pistons back to earth with a 105-94 win Wednesday night. The Pistons came in having won of nine of 10, but were never competitive with New Orleans, which led by 20 with 3:15 to play. The Pelicans were missing Jrue Holliday (ankle), but easily picked up their second win in five games. Tyreke Evans added 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Pelicans, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 17. Brandon Jennings had 19 for the Pistons, while Greg Monroe had 16 points and eight rebounds and was the only other starter to reach double figures.

Wizards 105, Bulls 99 – Pierce’s 22 points lead Wizards over Rose, Bulls, 105-99
Paul Pierce had 22 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 105-99 on Wednesday night, despite Derrick Rose’s season-high 32. John Wall scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal added 17, and the Wizards knocked off the Central division leaders for the second time in six days. Washington trailed by as much as 11 in the first half but outscored Chicago 32-19 in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead to the fourth. The Wizards hung on after Chicago pulled within one, giving the Bulls their fourth loss in five games. Rose was at his best right from the start, scoring 17 in the first quarter and nailing a half-court heave at the end of the period. The Bulls played the second half without Joakim Noah after he injured his right ankle.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Bears interview John Fox for coaching job
Former Denver Broncos coach John Fox interviewed for the Chicago Bears’ job. Fox met with the Bears on Wednesday, two days after he and the Broncos agreed to part ways. He is at least the sixth candidate to interview for the job. He is widely seen as a strong possibility given his record and his ties to consultant Ernie Accorsi and new general manager Ryan Pace. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1997 to 2001 when Accorsi was the GM. Saints coach Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator for part of that time, and he is tight with Pace, who was hired out of New Orleans’ front office.

NFL – Trio of coaches hired
The San Francisco 49ers have promoted longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. He replaces Jim Harbaugh, who had a successful four-year run with the Niners before accepting the University of Michigan’s head coaching assignment.  The Oakland Raiders have hired former Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. A source tells the AP that De Rio, most recently the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, gets a four-year contract with the Raiders.  The New York Jets are turning the coaching reins over to 51-year-old Todd Bowles, who most recently was defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. He replaces the fired Rex Ryan, who has resurfaced as the Buffalo Bills new coach.

NCAA Football – Michigan hires Jackson as secondary coach
Greg Jackson has been hired as the secondary coach at Michigan. Jackson will keep working with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. He spent the last four seasons working with defensive backs for the San Francisco 49ers while Harbaugh was their coach. Jackson also has experience coaching in the Big Ten. He was an assistant linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2010, while also coaching nickelbacks. Michigan announced Jackson’s hiring Wednesday.

NCAA Football – Mariota going pro
Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota is bypassing his senior year at Oregon to enter the NFL draft. Mariota won virtually every major college award this season, including The Associated Press Player of the Year, while setting a Pac-12 record with 58 TD passes in a season.

MCCAA Basketball – Women’s – Community College Basketball
Lake Michigan College 83, Lansing Community College 44

LMC 83, LCC 44 – Lady Red Hawks rout Stars 83-44
The Lady Red Hawks were 83-44 winners over Lansing Community College.  LMC took an 11-0 lead to open the game and continued to pull away from there.  Jasmine Love led Red Hawks with a game high 19 points.

MCCAA Basketball – Men’s – Community College Basketball
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 84, Lansing Community College 75

LMC 84, LCC 75 – Red Hawks hold off Stars
LMC held on for an 84-75 win over Lansing Community College.  Labradford Sebree poured in 28 points for the Red Hawks, including going 15 for 16 at the free throw line.  Both the men and women improve to 4-0 in the MCCAA Western Conference.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Utica Comets 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 2

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Home School 65, Andrews Academy 57 – OT
Angelo Suggs scored 17 points and Nathaniel Tchamba had 13 points but Andrews Academy fell to Kalamazoo Home Schoolers 65-57 in Overtime.

Martin 66, Gobles 58
Hartford 62, Lawton 56

SMAC Quad at St. Joseph
Lakeshore 72, Benton Harbor 0
Lakeshore 55, St. Joseph 12
Niles 84, Benton Harbor 0
Niles 69, St. Joseph 2

Wolverine Quad at Dowagiac
South Haven 40, Dowagiac 36
South Haven 48, Paw Paw 21
Dowagiac 63, Coloma 16
Paw Paw 36, Coloma 24

Wolverine Quad at B. Springs
Three Rivers 68, Berrien Springs 6
Sturgis 57, Berrien Spings 21
Edwardsburg 51, Three Rivers 27
Edwardsburg 36, Sturgis 33

Boys Basketball
Watervliet Grace Christian at Eau Claire
New Buffalo at Brandywine
Kalamazoo Phoenix at Covert
White Pigeon at Bronson

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran at Andrews Academy
Watervliet Grace Christian at South Bend Riley (IN)