Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 1/13/16

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Michigan 70, (3) Maryland 67
Ball State 74, Western Michigan 65
Central Michigan 92, Akron 81
Eastern Michigan 81, Buffalo 69

Michigan 70, #3 Maryland 67 – Michigan holds on for 70-67 upset over No. 3 Maryland
Zak Irvin scored 22 points for sharp-shooting Michigan, and the Wolverines held on for a 70-67 victory over No. 3 Maryland when Rasheed Sulaimon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds Tuesday night. Maryland’s nine-game winning streak came to an end despite 22 points and 11 rebounds from Diamond Stone. Michigan (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) held Maryland’s backcourt duo of Sulaimon and Melo Trimble to 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Wolverines were without guard Caris LeVert, their leading scorer. The senior missed a third straight game with a lower left leg injury. Derrick Walton had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, and Duncan Robinson added 17 points. Maryland (15-2, 4-1) had been an NCAA-best 15-1 in games decided by six points or fewer since 2014-15.

Ball State 74, WMU 64 – Weber scores 26, Ball State beats Western Michigan 74-64
Ryan Weber made 10 of 12 field goals and scored a career-high 26 to lead Ball State to a 74-64 win over Western Michigan on Tuesday night. Franko House scored 15, on 6-of-7 shooting, while Jeremie Tyler added 11 points for Ball State (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Naiel Smith had six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Weber capped a 16-3 run with back-to-back 3-pointers and put the Cardinals up 49-30 with 16 minutes to play. A layup by Jeremiah Davis about three minutes later pushed the lead to 20 _ the biggest of the game. Ball State made just two field goals over the next 6 1/2 minutes as Western Michigan (6-10, 0-3) trimmed its deficit to 62-54 on a jumper by Anthony Avery Jr. with 7:08 left. House scored four in a row to push the lead back to double digits and Ball State held on from there. Thomas Wilder scored 18 and Tucker Haymond added 14 for Western Michigan.

CMU 92, Akron 81 – Central Michigan snaps Akron’s 10-game win streak, 92-81
Braylon Rayson scored 24 points, Chris Fowler had 20 and Central Michigan snapped Akron’s 10-game win streak with a 92-81 victory on Tuesday night. Central Michigan (9-7, 2-1 Mid-American) had lost 14 of its last 16 against the Zips, and beat them for the first time since 2008.  Akron had a 58-57 lead with 10 minutes to play. Rayson scored seven points as part of a Central Michigan 9-0 spurt to take a 66-58 lead with 6:21 remaining, and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Rayshawn Simmons had 18 points with five assists, and Luke Meyer added 14 points for the Central Michigan, which has won 24 of its previous 26 home games. Reggie McAdams scored 21 points to lead Akron (13-3, 2-1). Noah Robotham chipped in 19 points. Isaiah Johnson’s layup pulled the Zips to 68-66. Central Michigan answered with a 10-0 surge and led 78-66 with 2:12 left.

EMU 81, Buffalo 69 – Toney, Eastern Michigan pull away for 81-69 win over Buffalo
Ty Toney scored 17 with a career-high five steals, and freshman James Thompson IV had his eighth double-double to help Eastern Michigan beat Buffalo 81-69 Tuesday night. Thompson finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots. He made 9 of 12 free throws as the Eagles hit 34 _ their most since making 41 against Central Michigan on Jan. 9, 2005 _ of their 47 foul shots to overcome shooting just 13.3 percent (2 of 15) from 3-point range. Raven Lee and Brandon Nazione scored 14 apiece and Willie Mangum IV added 11 points for Eastern Michigan (10-6, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Toney scored four and Mangum added six during a 12-3 run that put the Eagles up 62-49 with 7:42 left and Buffalo trailed by at least eight the rest of the way.  Blake Hamilton had 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Bulls (8-8, 1-2).

NCAA Basketball – Former Butler star dies
Former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 25. The 6-foot-11 Smith played in two national championship games for the Bulldogs.  He was diagnosed with and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma late in 2014. His body rejected a bone marrow transplant last November.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Nashville Predators 2

Blackhawks 3, Predators 2 – Shaw helps Blackhawks beat Predators 3-2 for 8th straight
Andrew Shaw scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated coach Joel Quenneville’s contract extension Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators for their eighth consecutive victory. Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago, which was without center Artem Anisimov due to an illness. Corey Crawford made 41 saves and Marian Hossa added two assists on his 37th birthday. The Blackhawks closed out a perfect four-game homestand hours after they announced a three-year extension with Quenneville that runs through the 2019-20 season. Quenneville, the only active coach with three Stanley Cup titles, also moved into a tie with Al Arbour for second on the NHL list with his 782nd victory, trailing only Scotty Bowman (1,244).

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
San Antonio Spurs 109, Detroit Pistons 99
Milwaukee Bucks 106, Chicago Bulls 101

Spurs 109, Pistons 99 – Spurs beat Pistons 109-99 for ninth straight win
Tony Parker scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 109-99 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.     Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped. Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who return to San Antonio trying to extend their 31-game home winning streak Thursday against Cleveland. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points, while Andre Drummond added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Bucks 106, Bulls 101 – Antetokounmpo scores 29, Bucks rally to beat Bulls 106-101
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks used a late rally to slip past the Chicago Bulls, 106-101 on Tuesday night.  Greg Monroe added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee. Jimmy Butler scored 30 points and Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell added 17 apiece for Chicago, which used a 25-9 run late in the third quarter and early into the fourth to seemingly gain control of the game. The Bulls, who have lost three straight, have scored 100 or more points for 12 consecutive games. But Chicago has allowed at least 100 points in eight of hose games.

NFL – NFL approves Rams to LA, Chargers option to join
NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility. The Oakland Raiders, who also wanted to move to the area, were left out of the deal, but could move to Los Angeles if San Diego doesn’t, Commissioner Roger Goodell said. The moves end the NFL’s 21-year absence from the nation’s second-largest media market. The compromise_ the Chargers and Raiders wanted to share a new stadium in Carson, California, and the Rams wanted to move to nearby Inglewood _ was approved 30-2 after the other options did not get the 24 votes needed for approval. The Chargers can continue to negotiate with San Diego for a new stadium deal, while keeping the option of joining at the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke at the $1.8 billion complex he is building. The Rams _based in the LA area from 1946-94 _ will play in a temporary facility _ probably the Los Angeles Coliseum _ until the new stadium is ready, most likely for the 2019 season.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
(18) Michigan State at Indiana, 7:00 p.m.
Kent State at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 5, Charlotte Checkers 3
Rockford Ice Hogs 5, Chicago Wolves 2

Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Charlotte Checkers, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Orlando Solar Bears 6, Kalamazoo Wings 2

NBADL – NBA D-League
Tonight
Canton Charge at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Lansing-area coach known for technical fouls quits
A high school basketball coach in the Lansing area has resigned amid scrutiny over his technical fouls. Steve Ernst tells the Lansing State Journal that he quit as Charlotte’s coach Monday rather than attend a meeting with district officials. He says he was told he’d be suspended if he didn’t attend. Ernst had six technical fouls in 30 games, but only one so far this season. Technical fouls are given to coaches who aggressively challenge referees. Charlotte officials declined to comment. More than 150 people attended a school board meeting Monday, urging that he return to coach the Orioles. Ernst says technical fouls aren’t “pleasant.” But he says there are times “to let your players know that you’re fighting for them.”

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Benton Harbor at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
St. Joseph at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.

BCS
Berrien Springs at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:15 p.m.

SAC
Hartford at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Gobles at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Fennville, 7:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
Lawton at Parchment, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC
Gull Lake at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.

SAC
Bangor at Hartford, 7:00 p.m.
Gobles at Coloma, 5:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Fennville, 5:30 p.m.

Non-Conference
Lawton at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Boys Basketball Poll
Class A
1. Detroit U-D Jesuit (5)          (8-0)   75
2. Macomb Dakota                     (4-0)   53
3. Detroit Renaissance              (6-0)   51
(tie) Saginaw Arthur Hill           (6-0)   51
5. Muskegon                               (6-1)   49
6. Clarkston                              (4-1)   39
7. Ann Arbor Pioneer                 (10-0)  38
8. North Farmington                  (6-1)   35
9. Ypsilanti                                (6-1)   30
  10. Kalamazoo Central           (5-1)   21          
(tie) East Lansing                       (6-0)   21
Others receiving twelve or more votes: Detroit Western International (5-2) 20, Walled Lake Central (5-1) 16, Hudsonville (7-1) 14, Canton (8-0) 13, East Kentwood (5-1) 13, Grand Rapids Union (6-1) 12, Rochester Adams (6-0) 12.

Class B
1. Wyoming Godwin Heights (3) (6-1)  72
2. River Rouge (2)                      (6-0)  66
3. Onsted                                    (6-0)  62
4. Wayland                                  (5-1)  57
5. Lansing Catholic                    (6-0)  56
6. New Haven                             (5-1)  55
7. Chelsea                                   (6-0)  37
8. Frankenmuth                           (6-0)  25
9. Haslett                                   (5-1)  23
(tie) Alma                                     (5-1)  23
Others receiving twelve or more votes: Williamston (5-2) 19, Detroit University Prep (7-0) 14.

Class C
1. Flint Beecher (4)                    (5-1)  71
2. Ithaca                                     (7-0)  60
3. McBain                                    (6-0)  53
4. Beaverton                              (6-0)  51
5. Southfield Christian              (5-1)  49
6. Negaunee (1)                          (8-0)  43
7. Grandville Calvin Christian   (5-0)  39
8. Iron Mountain                        (6-0)  26
9. Bad Axe                                   (7-0)  16
10. North Muskegon                   (5-1)  14
(tie)Pewamo-Westphalia              (5-1)  14
(tie)Napoleon                               (8-0)  14
(tie)Shelby                                   (5-2)  14
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Detroit Loyola (5-3) 13,
Unionville-Sebewaing (6-0) 12.

Class D
1. Powers North Central (3)      (5-0)  59
2. Crystal Falls Forest Park     (6-0)  41
(tie)Adrian Lenawee Chr. (1)      (8-1)  41
4. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian  (4-1)  39
5. Hillman                                    (6-0)  35
6. Buckley                                   (5-0)  32
(tie)Frankfort-Elberta                 (5-1)  32
8. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (4-1)  31
9. Lake Linden-Hubbell               (6-0)  28
10. Climax-Scotts                       (6-1)  27
(tie)Waterford Our Lady              (5-2)  27
Others receiving twelve or more votes: Chassell (4-0) 16, Bellaire (5-1) 15, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (3-2) 15, Lansing Christian (4-2)14.

MHSAA – Girls Basketball Poll
Class A
1. Saginaw Heritage (3)             (8-0)   73
2. DeWitt (1)                             (8-0)   62
3. Southfield Lathrup (1)          (4-2)   54
4. Haslett                                   (7-1)   37
5. Ann Arbor Huron                   (7-2)   35
6. Detroit Renaissance              (8-1)   33
7. Marquette                              (10-1)  32
8. Farmington Hills Harrison     (7-1)   30
9. Midland Dow                          (7-2)   27
10. Caledonia                             (7-1)   24
Others receiving votes: Muskegon (5-1) 23, Clarkston (8-0) 19, Detroit King (5-1) 17, Dexter (7-1) 16, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (8-1) 15, Grosse Pointe North (6-0) 13, Novi (6-0) 12.

Class B
1. G.R Catholic Central (2)      (8-0)    70
2. Detroit Country Day              (8-1)    67
3. Williamston                             (8-1)    58
4. Bay City John Glenn (3)          (8-0)    56
5. G.R. South Christian             (7-0)    54
6. Frankenmuth                            (7-1)    52
7. Houghton                                 (5-1-1)  39
8. Perry                                        (5-0)    31
9. Goodrich                                 (6-1)    24
10. Manistee                                (6-2)    23
Others receiving votes: Marshall (7-1) 22, Birch Run (7-0) 22, Kalkaska (7-0) 15, Flint Powers (6-3) 13, Chelsea (6-2) 12.

Class C
1. Calumet (4)                            (9-0)  72
2. Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory   (8-1)  65
3. Flint Hamady (1)                     (6-0)  56
4. Ithaca                                     (7-0)  55
5. Laingsburg                             (7-1)  35
(tie)St. Ignace LaSalle                (7-1)  35
7. Traverse City St. Francis      (6-1)  34
8. Saginaw Nouvel                      (4-2)  29
9. Napoleon                                 (8-0)  20
10. Carson City-Crystal            (7-1)  18
Others receiving votes: Gobles (8-0) 17, Manchester (7-1) 17, Bath (7-1) 16, Maple City Glen Lake (6-1) 15, Blissfield (7-1) 15, Homer (5-2) 13, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (7-3) 13, St. Louis (5-1) 13.

Class D
1. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (2)           (8-0)  57
2. Pittsford (2)                                       (8-0)  55
3. Newberry                                             (7-0)  48
4. Bark River-Harris                               (8-0)  46
5. Waterford Our Lady                            (6-1)  38
6. Cedarville                                           (6-1)  28
7. Frankfort                                            (5-2)  25
  8. Mendon                                               (6-0)  21          
  9. Michigan Lutheran                         (4-0)  19          
10. Posen                                                 (6-0)  16
(tie) Crystal Falls Forest Park               (6-2)  16
Others receiving votes: Munising (5-2) 14, Climax-Scotts (6-1) 12, Stephenson (7-0) 12.