Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 1/22/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, January 22, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Michigan State 66, Penn State 60
Western Michigan 69, Miami (OH) 58
Central Michigan 84, Buffalo 73
Bowling Green 74, Eastern Michigan 58

Michigan State 66, Penn State 60 – Dawson’s double-double helps Michigan State win 66-60
Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night. Gavin Schilling added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten).  Denzel Valentine scored 11 points and Travis Trice and Matt Costello 10 each. D.J. Newbill, the nation’s No. 4 scorer, had 18 of his 27 points in the second half and nearly gave the Nittany Lions (12-7, 0-6) their first win since Dec. 22. But a technical foul on frustrated Penn State coach Patrick Chambers helped Michigan State pull away when the game was tied for the final time at 51.

Western Michigan 69, Miami (OH) 58 – Western Michigan comes back to beat Miami (Ohio) 69-58
Austin Richie scored 16 points and Tucker Haymond added 15 as Western Michigan came back to beat Miami (Ohio) 69-58 on Wednesday for its fourth straight win. Richie made four of Western Michigan’s seven 3-pointers and Haymond hit eight of the Broncos 20 free throws.

Central Michigan 84, Eastern Michigan 73 – Central Michigan rallies to beat Buffalo 84-73  
Chris Fowler scored 14 points as Central Michigan rallied to beat Buffalo 84-73 last night. Fowler is only 47 assists shy of becoming the Chippewas’ all-time assists leader. Central Michigan hit 53.6 percent overall and were even better from the 3-point arc at 55.2 percent.

Bowling Green 74, Eastern Michigan 58 – Bowling Green races past Eastern Michigan 74-58
Anthony Henderson made three of Bowling Green’s 11 3-pointers to help the Falcons beat Eastern Michigan 74-58 last night. The 11 3-pointers tied a season high for Bowling Green. Richaun Holmes and Zack Denny both had double-doubles for Bowling Green. Tim Bond led Eastern with 13 points.

Tonight
(8) Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – Shootout

Blackhawks 3, Penguins 2 – SO – Blackhawks top Penguins in shootout
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both scored during the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. After David Perron’s backhander rang off the post, Toews froze Marc-Andre Fleury and shot the puck under his pads for the first goal in the skills competition. Corey Crawford made pad stop in tight on Sidney Crosby and Kane stickhandled his way up the middle and ended the game with a shot stick side. Marian Hossa tallied a goal and an assist, David Runblad also scored and Crawford made 33 saves for the Blackhawks, who halted a two-game skid heading into the All-Star break. Zach Sill scored his first NHL goal, Steve Downie lit the lamp and Fleury stopped 24 shots for the Penguins, who have lost 4 straight.

Tonight
No Games, NHL All Star Break, All Star Game Sunday at Columbus, 5:00 p.m.
Red Wings resume next Tuesday at Florida
Blackhawks resume next Wednesday at Los Angeles

NHL – Red Wings send LW Teemu Pulkkinen to AHL
The Detroit Red Wings assigned left wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on Wednesday. Pulkkinen scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday night in Detroit’s victory over the Minnesota Wild. Now the Red Wings are off for the All-Star break. Pulkkinen is expected to represent the Griffins in AHL All-Star events Sunday and Monday in Utica, New York.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 128, Orlando Magic 118

Pistons 128, Magic 118 – Jennings brilliant as Pistons turn back Magic 128-118
Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Orlando Magic 128-118 on Wednesday night. Andre Drummond added 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 12 of 15. Detroit nearly blew a 21-point third-quarter lead, but Jennings helped the Pistons hold off the Magic’s rally in the fourth. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points. Greg Monroe had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which never trailed. The Pistons led by 11 after the first quarter and by 17 at halftime. Orlando cut the lead to two in the fourth, but the Pistons went on a 14-2 run to regain a comfortable margin.

Tonight
San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Western Michigan 82, Bowling Green 52
Eastern Michigan 56, Miami (OH) 38

Tonight
Georgia Tech at (6) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan State at (7) Maryland, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan at (20) Iowa, 8:00 p.m.

ESPN sues Notre Dame over police records involving athletes
ESPN has filed a lawsuit alleging the University of Notre Dame has violated Indiana’s public records laws by withholding police records it requested about possible campus crimes involving student athletes. The lawsuit filed last week in St. Joseph County Superior Court says Public Access Counselor Luke Britt has twice issued advisory opinions that private universities in Indiana that have professional police forces should follow the state’s public records laws. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said Wednesday that the university believes its practices are in “full accord with the Access to Public Records Act and consistent with multiple advisory opinions that have addressed this matter over the past 12 years.” The lawsuit contends ESPN is entitled to an unspecified civil penalty, attorney’s fees, court costs and other expenses.

NFL – Bears hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator
Adam Gase is following head coach John Fox from Denver to the Chicago Bears, where he will become the team’s offensive coordinator, the same job Gase held with the Broncos.  In addition, the Bears have hired Ed Donatell as the team’s defensive backs coach, replacing Jon Hoke, who was released Wednesday.  The Bears interviewed Gase for head coach. He also had head-coaching interviews with the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons.  Gase comes to Chicago after six years in Denver. The last two was as offensive coordinator, during which the Broncos led the NFL in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense.  Gase joined the Broncos as the wide receivers coach in 2009.  Donatell is a 36-year coaching veteran, including 24 in the NFL. He spent the last four seasons as the secondary coach for the 49ers.

NCAA Football – BYU, Michigan St announce football home-and-home series
BYU and Michigan State announced plans Wednesday to meet on the football field for the first time in the schools’ history. BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said the Cougars will travel to East Lansing, on Oct. 8, 2016. The Cougars will host the Spartans in Provo on Sept. 12, 2020. Holmoe says he’s excited about the new series with one of the top programs in the Big Ten. Michigan State was founded in 1855, started playing football in 1896 and joined the Big Ten in 1953. The Spartans have won or shared six national championships. BYU was founded in 1875 and began playing football in 1922. The Cougars won a national title in 1984.

USA Soccer – Team USA goalie suspended
Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women’s national team for 30 days and won’t participate in matches next month in Europe. US Soccer did not explain the reason for the suspension. It follows the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Solo was in the car when Stevens was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, California, about 1:30 a.m. Monday for driving without headlights.

Tennis – Australian Open – Williams sisters into the third round
The Williams sisters have advanced to the third round at the Australian Open, with top-ranked Serena fending off set points before going on a 10-game roll to beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-love and Venus beating fellow American Lauren Davis in straight sets. Serena Williams, seeking a sixth Australian and 19th Grand Slam title, saved three set points in the ninth game before holding to swing the momentum of the match. Sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska easily advanced to the third round with a 44-minute, 6-love, 6-1 win over Johanna Larsson of Sweden. On the men’s side, American No. 19 seed John Isner beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic had an easier run, spending a minute less than Williams on Rod Laver Arena in his 84-minute, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 88-ranked Andrey Kuznetsov. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the third round for the seventh consecutive year with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Romanian qualifier Marius Copil.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 68, Kalamazoo Valley Community College 63

LMC 68, KVCC 63 – Red Hawks own division lead with win at KVCC
Lake Michigan College got a game high 26 points from Labradford Sebree in a 68-63 win at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  With the win, the Red Hawks hang on to the top spot in the MCCAA Western Conference as they improve to 5-0 in the league and 14-4 overall.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Kalamazoo Valley Community College 69, Lake Michigan College 65

KVCC 69, LMC 65 – Comeback attempt falls short for LMC
The Lady Red Hawks lost to KVCC 69-65.  LMC erased a ten point deficit to take a four point lead late, only to see the Cougars pull it out in the end.  Tammy Lee and Shalay Stevens paced the Red Hawks with 12 points apiece.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Wolves 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 2

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night –  2015 ECHL All Star Game – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
ECHL All Stars 8, Orlando Solar Bears 4

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Basketball
Lawrence 69, Watervliet 30

Girls Basketball
Lawrence 43, Watervliet 36

Wrestling
SMAC Quad at St. Joseph
–Loy Norrix 62, St. Joseph 18
–Loy Norrix 60, Benton Harbor 18
–Gull Lake 48, Benton Harbor 30
–Gull Lake 51, St. Joseph 23

SMAC Quad at Niles
–Lakeshore 56, Mattawan 18
–Niles 58 Mattawan 6
–Niles 69, Kalamazoo Central 4
–Lakeshore 66, Kalamazoo Central 12

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Buchanan at Lake Michigan Catholic     Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Cassopolis at Mendon
White Pigeon at Centreville

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside Academy