Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 12/9/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, December 09, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
(19) SMU 82, Michigan 58
Notre Dame 86, Stony Brook 61
Eastern Michigan 86, Rochester College 58

SMU 82, Michigan 58 – Tolbert dunks for 23 points, No. 19 SMU beats Michigan 82-58
Jordan Tolbert got most of his 23 points on rim-rattling slam dunks and had nine rebounds as No. 19 SMU stayed undefeated with an 82-58 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night. Nic Moore had 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers before assisting on consecutive dunks by Tolbert during a 13-2 run late in the first half that put the Mustangs (7-0) in total control. Tolbert had nine dunks and finished 11-of-12 shooting. Keith Frazier also had 15 points for SMU, off to its best start since winning its first 10 games in 1997-98. Ben Moore and Sterling Brown each had 10 rebounds. Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 15 points for Michigan.

Notre Dame 86, Stony Brook 61 – Auguste, Jackson lead Notre Dame past Stony Brook
Zach Auguste had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson 19 points and 10 assists to lead Notre Dame over Stony Brook 86-61 on Tuesday night. All five starters scored in double figures for the Irish, including V.J. Beachem, who finished with 14 points and was 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Notre Dame (6-2) won its second straight game after dropping two of three in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, Florida, to close out the month of November. This was the first game in six days for the Irish since winning at Illinois, 84-79 on Dec. 2

EMU 86, Rochester College 58 – Eastern Michigan cruises past NAIA Rochester (Mich) 86-58
James Thompson IV picked up his fifth consecutive double-double to help lead Eastern Michigan to an 86-58 defeat of NAIA Rochester on Tuesday night. Thompson is the first Eastern Michigan player to make five straight double-doubles since Brandon Bowdry in the 2009-10 season.

Tonight
Maryland Eastern Shore at (1) Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.            WCSY-FM 6:00

MLB – Reliever Mark Lowe and Tigers complete $11M, 2-year contract
The Detroit Tigers have completed an $11 million, two-year contract with reliever Mark Lowe, adding a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez. A 32-year-old right-hander, Lowe was 1-3 with a 1.96 ERA for Seattle and Toronto this year, striking out 61 in 55 innings. He did not allow a run in 49 of 57 appearances. Tigers general manager Al Avila says “Mark solidifies the back end of our bullpen.” Lowe is 9-24 with a 3.80 ERA and six saves in 10 big league seasons, also pitching for the Seattle Mariners (2006-10), Texas (2010-12), the Los Angeles Angels (2013) and Cleveland (2014). He gets $5.5 million a year with the Tigers.

MLB – Zobrist agrees to 4-year deal with Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist have agreed to a four-year contract. The team announced the deal on Tuesday night. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is worth $56 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not announced.  Zobrist, 34, is a switch hitter who plays second, third and the outfield, and he was an important spark for the Kansas City Royals in their run to the World Series title. With the agreement, the Cubs then traded infielder Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren and a player to be named.

MLB – Yankees get INF Castro from Cubs for RHP Warren, plus player
The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named. The Cubs and free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist reached agreement on a four-year contract earlier in the day. Castro hit .265 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs last season. Warren went 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA last season.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Washington Capitals 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 – Shootout
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Nashville Predators 1

Capitals 3, Red Wings 2 – SO – Capitals beat Red Wings in shootout, 3-2
T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals got a key goal from Alex Ovechkin in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. After Ovechkin tied the game at 10:51 of the third period, Washington killed a Detroit power play in overtime to force the shootout. Oshie began by beating Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, and Gustav Nyquist was denied by Braden Holtby on the other end. Kuznetsov followed by with an easy goal off a deke to his right and Pavel Datsyuk missed to provide the Capitals with the win. Justin Williams also scored for Washington. Howard stopped 38 shots. Despite the loss, the Red Wings earned a point in an 11th straight game (8-0-3), their longest streak since 2010. Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit.

Blackhawks 4, Predators 1 – Kane extends point streak as Blackhawks beat Predators 4-1
Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 23 games with an empty-net goal with 1:36 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night. Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 36 saves. Dennis Rasmussen scored in his NHL debut. Kane’s 17th goal was his 600th NHL point. The winger, who entered as the NHL’s leading scorer, has 14 goals and 23 assists during his franchise-record streak. Eric Nystrom scored for Nashville in its first meeting with Chicago since the Blackhawks won their first-round playoff series in six games last spring. Pekka Rinne blocked 20 shots for the Predators, who were coming off a 3-2 victory at Boston on Monday night.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics, 7:00 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Eastern Michigan 85, Harvard 81

Tonight
(25) Michigan State at Davidson, 6:00 p.m.
(18) DePaul at (3) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – He’s back
Johnny Manziel is back on top of the Browns’ quarterback depth chart. He’ll make his fourth start of the season this Sunday against San Francisco. He was relegated to third-string duties after being caught in a lie with the coaching staff. Manziel had been named the starter for Cleveland’s final six games on Nov. 17 only to throw away the opportunity with his partying.

NFL – Season over for Bears tight end
The Chicago Bears have lost their top tight end. Martellus Bennett will miss the rest of the season because of a rib injury that caused him to miss much of the Bears’ last two games. Bennett leads Chicago with 53 catches despite sitting out their Thanksgiving night win at Green Bay and most of Sunday’s overtime loss to San Francisco. The Bears filled the roster slot by signing former Arizona and Cleveland tight end Rob Housler.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Wolves 5, Iowa Wild 3

Tonight
Milwaukee Admirals at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
120815-sj-harpercreekBattle Creek Harper Creek 53, St. Joseph 50
St. Joe dropped its season opener, falling to Harper Creek 53-50.  The Bears built an 11 point second quarter lead, only to see the Beavers rally to take a four point lead at the half behind the hot shooting of Jeremiah Davis.  St. Joe got 12 points apiece from Javione Ballard and Sam Szwabowski.  Davis passed Harper Creek with a game high 21.

Lakeshore 68, South Haven 47
Lakeshore jumped out to a 15-0 lead after the first quarter and went on to beat South Haven 68-47 in the season opener for both teams.  Seniors Braden Burke and Logan Steffes had 18 points apiece to lead Lakeshore.  Game high honors went to South Haven’s Jerome Mahone who came off the bench to score 19.

Lawrence 56, Michigan Lutheran 39
Hunter Coombs had a game high 20 points for Lawrence as the Tigers beat Michigan Lutheran 56-39.  Lawrence outscored Lutheran 14-2 after the first quarter and took an 28-18 lead into the half.

Niles 47, Three Rivers 43
Edwardsburg 64, Cassopolis 55
Berrien Springs 42, New Buffalo 40
Bridgman 89, Countryside 52
Brandywine 54, Eau Claire 36
Saugatuck 49, Bangor 40
Coloma 70, Watervliet 67 – 2 OT
Kalamazoo Hackett 73, Hartford 46
Parchment 42, Allegan 27
Schoolcraft 52, Lawton 32
Mattawan 64, Paw Paw 45
Howardsville Christian 63, Centreville 47
Portage Northern 76, Plainwell 36
Kalamazoo Central 65, Portage Central 30
Holland Christian 54, Otsego 46
Battle Creek Central 59, Jackson 58
Coldwater 59, Battle Creek Lakeview 51

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 67, Berrien Springs 28
St. Joe had three players score in double figures as the Lady Bears blew out Berrien Springs 67-28.  Shelby Madison and Anna Fischer each had 12 points, while Katie Algyre added 11 for the 3-0 Bears

Michigan Lutheran 42, Lawrence 26
Emily Witkowski led the Titans attack with a game best 20 points as Michigan Lutheran defeated Lawrence 42-26.  Erika Rosenbaum added a dozen for the 3-0 Titans.  Mara Carter had 14 for Lawrence.

Niles 61, Dowagiac 25
Watervliet 36, Coloma 32
Three Rivers 71, Cassopolis 27
Holland Christian 49, Otsego 37
Parchment 46, Allegan 44 – OT
Bridgman 55, Countryside 48
Mendon 53, Marcellus 24
Kalamazoo Christian 42, Hartford 26
Schoolcraft 40, Lawton 25
Saugatuck 31, Bangor 18
Paw Paw 52, Mattawan 47 – OT
Gull Lake 55, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg 33
Kalamazoo Central 52, Portage Central 29
Battle Creek Lakeview 46, Coldwater 34
Portage Northern 41, Plainwell 37

Boys Swimming
Bridgman 112, South Haven 42

Tonight
Girls Basketball
River Valley at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Wrestling
South Haven at Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
St. Joseph at Parchment Quad, 6:00 p.m.
St. Joseph, Bloomingdale, Otsego, Parchment

Competitive Cheer
Wolverine Conference Jamboree at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming
South Haven at Allegan, 6:00 p.m.