Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 12/31/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, December 31, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Michigan 78, Illinois 68
Vanderbilt 86, Western Michigan 61

Michigan 78, Illinois 68 – LeVert, Donnal lead Michigan to 78-68 win over Illinois
Mark Donnal had 26 points, nine rebounds and three blocks _ all career highs _ and Caris LeVert scored 22 with a career-best tying 10 assists to help Michigan beat Illinois 78-68 Wednesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. LeVert scored the first nine points for the Wolverines (11-3), who have won five in a row. Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points to lead the Illini (8-6). Jalen Coleman-Lands added 13. Coleman-Lands hit a 3 to close the first half and give Illinois a 37-34 lead at
the break. Donnal scored seven during a 9-2 run to open the second half that put the Wolverines in front for good. Nunn made a layup to pull Illinois within two with 13:48 left, but Michigan’s Zak Irvin answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a 13-2 spurt and made it 61-48 about four minutes later and held off the Illini thereon.

Vanderbilt 86, Western Michigan 61 – Vanderbilt beats Western Michigan 86-61
Wade Baldwin IV scored 15 points to lead Vanderbilt to an 86-61 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday night. Damian Jones scored 13 points and became the 44th Commodore to score 1,000 career points. Western Michigan made only 2 of 18 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Lourdes at Central Michigan, 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night

(3) Notre Dame 85, Georgia Tech 76
Eastern Michigan 85, Detroit 68
Western Michigan 73, Ferris State 41
Benton Harbor’s Deborah Meeks (WMU) 14 points.  St. Joseph’s Katie Mavis (FSU): DNP, Injury

(3) Notre Dame 85, Ga Tech 76 – Cable leads No. 3 Notre Dame for McGraw’s at 799th win
Brianna Turner scored 20 points as No. 3 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 85-76 on Wednesday night for Irish coach Muffet McGraw’s 799th victory. Madison Cable scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half and the Irish. Ciani Cryor led Georgia Tech with 19 points.

(24) Michigan State at (9) Ohio State, 12:00 p.m.
Purdue at Michigan, 1:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 102, Indiana Pacers 100 – OT

Bulls 102, Pacers 100 – OT – Butler’s tip-in gives Bulls 102-100 OT win over Pacers
Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 Wednesday night despite playing without Derrick Rose. Butler scored 28 points and Aaron Brooks had 29 points to help Chicago win its third in four games. Chicago got 52 points from its bench and held Indiana to 38.1 percent shooting from the field. Pau Gasol had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rose was scratched an hour before the game with right hamstring tendinitis. Butler scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. Brooks’ floater with 58.7 seconds left gave Chicago a 100-95 advantage. Solomon Hill made two free throws, and Brooks’ turnover set up Monta Ellis’ tying 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left. On the final play, Butler tipped in Gasol’s lob from atop the key. Butler then defended Paul George on a lob to preserve the win. George Hill led Indiana with 20 points.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons, 6:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Bowls
Birmingham Bowl
Auburn 31, Memphis 10

Belk Bowl
Mississippi State 51, NC State 28

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Wisconsin 23, (25) USC 21

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
(18) Houston vs. (9) Florida State, 12:00 p.m.

Capital One Orange Bowl – SEMIFINAL 1
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
(4) Oklahoma vs. (1) Clemson, 4:00 p.m.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl – SEMIFINAL 2
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
(3) Michigan State vs. (2) Alabama, 8:00 p.m.
SuperHits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings, 6:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 17
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.               WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:00
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packe  rs, 8:30 p.m. WSJM-AM 7:45

NFL – Bears’ Jeffery to miss final game with hamstring injury
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery will miss Sunday’s season finale against the Lions because of a hamstring injury. The team has placed the former Pro Bowl receiver on injured reserve after being limited to nine games this season.

AHL – American Hockey League
Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 6:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Elmira at Kalamazoo, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Basketball
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor Earl McKee Holiday Tournament – Farnum Gymnasium – Benton Harbor High School
Benton Harbor 82, Paw Paw 63 – Championship Game
Bridgman 55, Coloma 40 – Consolation Game

Benton Harbor 82, Paw Paw 63
Benton Harbor won its annual Earl McKee Holiday Tournament with an 82-63 win over Paw Paw.  The Tigers held a one point lead at the half and a seven point advantage after three quarters, but outscored the Redskins 23-11 in the decisive fourth quarter to secure the win.  Jaton Gunn led Benton Harbor with a game high 26 points.  Paw Paw got 24 points from Nick Klingel.

Bridgman 55, Coloma 40
Bridgman pulled away in the second half to post a 55-40 win over Coloma in the consolation game of Benton Harbor’s Earl McKee Holiday Tournament.  The Bees outscored the comets 19-7 in the third quarter to break open a close contest.  Kole Hanke led the Bridgman attack with a game high 14 points.  Coloma got 11 apiece from Caleb McDaniel and Zach Goodline.

Sturgis Bank and Trust Holiday Classics – White Pigeon High School
Brandywine 51, White Pigeon 46 – Championship

Girls Basketball
Bridgman 41, Lake Michigan Catholic 38

Watervliet Tournament
White Pigeon 40, Hartford 34 – Championship
Holland Black River 43, Watervliet 37 – Consolation