Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 2/11/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 106, Charlotte Hornets 78
Chicago Bulls 104, Sacramento Kings 86

Pistons 106, Hornets 78 – Monroe scores 23, leads Pistons to 106-78 win over Hornets
Greg Monroe had 23 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin added 18 points and the Detroit Pistons handed the Charlotte Hornets their third straight loss 106-78 on Tuesday night. Monroe, who had 14 double-doubles in January to tie a franchise record, was dominant inside and on the drive when the Pistons build a 23-point lead at the end of the third quarter. They coasted to an easy win.  Monroe has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds 48 times since the 2011-12 season, which is the most 20-10 games in the Eastern Conference during that span. Jodie Meeks and Anthony Tolliver each had 16 points for the Pacers, who are 16-9 over their last 25 games.

Bulls 104, Kings 86 – Snell scores career-high 24 as Bulls rout Kings, 104-86
Pau Gasol continued his strong play with 26 points and 16 rebounds, Tony Snell had a career-high 24 and Derrick Rose added 23 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-86 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. It was Gasol’s NBA-best 34th double-double of the season. He now has 13 straight. Snell was 9 for 11 from the field, including 4 for 6 on 3-pointers. His previous high was 20 points. The trio combined to go 30 for 43 (69.8 percent) from the field as Chicago (33-20) won its third straight. The Kings (18-33) have dropped 12 of 14. Rudy Gay led Sacramento with 24 points, while DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and eight rebounds.

San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
(10) Notre Dame 60, Clemson 58
Michigan State 68, Northwestern 44
Bowling Green 65, Western Michigan 49
Eastern Michigan 83, Miami (OH) 69
Central Michigan 68, Ohio 57

(10) Notre Dame 60, Clemson 58 – Grant leads No. 10 Notre Dame to 60-58 win at Clemson
Jerian Grant scored 22 points and Demetrius Jackson hit the tying and go-ahead baskets as No. 10 Notre Dame outlasted Clemson 60-58 on Tuesday night. The Tigers (14-10, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) missed two shots at the end, including a 3-pointer by Damarcus Harrison that hit off the rim as time ran out. The Irish (22-4, 10-3) overcame a four-point deficit down the stretch to push past Clemson with Grant a major factor in the rally. Notre Dame trailed 56-52 after Rod Hall’s three-point play for the Tigers with 4:07 to go. But Grant followed with two foul shots, then stole the ball to lead to Jackson’s tying layup. After Jackson’s basket put Notre Dame up for good 58-56, Grant hit a fadeaway jumper. Notre Dame bounced back after a 90-60 loss at home last Saturday to No. 4 Duke.

Michigan State 68, Northwestern 44 – Michigan State cruises to 68-44 win at lowly Northwestern
Travis Trice had four of Michigan State’s season-high 13 3-pointers, leading the Spartans to a 68-44 victory over lowly Northwestern on Tuesday night. Trice finished with 16 points and Denzel Valentine scored 14 for the Spartans (16-8, 7-4 Big Ten), who bounced back from a 59-54 home loss to Illinois on Saturday. Bryn Forbes had 11 points, and Branden Dawson added seven points and 10 rebounds. Playing in a reserve role for the second time this season, Trice was 5 for 11 from the field in 25 minutes. The senior co-captain had started Michigan State’s last eight games. Northwestern (10-14, 1-10) shot 36 percent (15 for 42) in its 10th consecutive loss. Tre Demps led the Wildcats with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Michigan State used its outside shooting and stifling defense to put Northwestern away in the first half, 38-14.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Ohio State 77, Michigan 73

Michigan State at Penn State, 7:00 p.m.
Toledo at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women
Lake Michigan College at Lansing Community College, 5:30 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men
Lake Michigan College at Lansing Community College, 7:30 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MLB – Detroit’s Martinez expected back by opening day
Victor Martinez is expected to be ready for the start of the season after the Detroit slugger had surgery on his left knee Tuesday. The Tigers say their designated hitter should resume full activity in 4-6 weeks. General manager Dave Dombrowski says they are happy the surgery went well. Detroit announced last week that Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during offseason workouts. Dr. James Andrews performed surgery in Pensacola, Florida. Martinez is expected back by the time the Tigers start their bid for a fifth straight AL Central title, although it remains to be seen how the knee will hold up over the course of the $68 million, four-year contract he signed this offseason.

LLWS – Little League eyeing residency questions about Chicago team
Officials from Little League International are meeting to discuss whether Chicago’s national championship Little League team added top suburban players in violation of the organization’s rules. Little League International  started studying whether Jackie Robinson West violated residency rules late last year after an official with a suburban athletic organization alleged the league had added some suburban players to its roster.  A  Little League spokesman says the organization’s charter committee was meeting Tuesday. This meeting comes several weeks after the organization announced it had found no violations of residency rules but that it would reopen its investigation if new evidence was presented. The team made national and international headlines when it won the national championship before losing to South Korea in the world championship game.

NFL – No surgery for Sherman
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman says he will not have surgery on his injured left elbow and will let the ligament damage heal on its own.  Sherman suffered the injury in the NFC championship game, but competed in the Super Bowl without a brace on the elbow.  It was initially feared that Sherman would need Tommy John surgery to repair the damage.  Sherman had three tackles in the Super Bowl.

NFL – Butler gets MVP truck
New England cornerback Malcolm Butler has his hands on Tom Brady’s new truck.  Brady earned the prize for winning the Super Bowl MVP for the third time. But he said he would give it to Butler, the undrafted rookie whose goal line interception in the final minute sealed the Patriots win over Seattle.  Butler took delivery of the shiny red truck at a Boston-area dealership on Tuesday afternoon.

IHSAA – IHSAA cancels Griffith, Hammond boys basketball seasons
The Indiana High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of Griffith and Hammond high schools’ boys basketball seasons in response to a weekend brawl. IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said Tuesday that “it is with regret yet purpose” the schools’ remaining basketball seasons have been canceled and other sanctions imposed. The governing body is also suspending the schools from participating in the boys state basketball tournament and directed that Sectional 17, hosted by Hammond Gavit, be reconfigured as a five-team tournament. The two schools also must pay a $500 forfeiture fee to each hosting school remaining on their schedules for away games. A brawl erupted Saturday in Griffith High School’s gymnasium after a Hammond player fouled a Griffith player, causing him to hit a wall head-first.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Central 76, Benton Harbor 43

Benton Harbor vs. Kalamazoo Central
Benton Harbor vs. Kalamazoo Central

Kalamazoo Central ran away with a 76-43 win over Benton Harbor.  Trailing by eight at the half, the Tigers were outscored 20-7 in the third quarter and never recovered.  Curtis Dawson led Benton Harbor with a game high 18 points.  The loss drops the Tigers to 12-4 on the season.

St. Joseph 70, Battle Creek Lakeview 54
Mac Shimulunas scored a game high 21 points off the bench while Sam Szwabowski had 19 as St. Joe knocked off Battle Creek Lakeview 70-54.

Lakeshore 48, Mattawan 44
Lakeshore rallied from a slow start trailing 12-4 after the first quarter to beat Mattawan 48-44.  Braden Burke had 15 points to lead Lakeshore, Rubin Conway added 12 points.  Mattawan’s Darek Ditto led all scorers with 16 points.

Holland Calvary 57 Michigan Lutheran 24
Corey Burnett had 14 points in defeat as Holland Calvary beat Michigan Lutheran 57-24.

South Haven 61, Buchanan 58 – OT
South Haven’s Alec Washegesic and Buchanan’s Josiah Smith each had 18 points, all on three pointers as South Haven beat Buchanan 61-58 in overtime.

New Buffalo 75, Dream Academy 64
New Buffalo got a game high 25 points from Jarek Hotwagner, as New Buffalo defeated Dream Acdemy 75-64.  Marquez Artz added 20 for the Bison.  Dewan Akman had 15 to lead the Toros

Howardsville Christian 58, Countryside Academy 53
Germaine Box had a game high 22 points for Countryside in a 58-53 loss to Howardsville Christian.

Niles 60, Gull Lake 40
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 53, Portage Central 39
Battle Creek Central 49, Portage Northern 48
Marcellus 65, Bangor 38
Bloomingdale 54, Lawton 41
Hartford 40, Gobles 36
Lawrence 56, Martin 46
Fennville 67, Watervliet 41
Saugatuck 61, Decatur 51
Comstock 44, Allegan 41
Kalamazoo Hackett 66, Berrien Springs 58
Edwardsburg 57, Elkhart Central (IN) 47
Paw Paw 78, Three Rivers 71
Hopkins 60, Plainwell 51
Wyoming Godwin Heights 75, Otsego 61
Harper Creek 66, Sturgis 54
River Valley 43, Watervliet Grace Christian 27

Girls Basketball
Benton Harbor 90, Kalamazoo Central 79
Kysre Gondrezick scored 43 points and 10 rebounds in her return to the Tiger lineup as Benton Harbor beat Kalamazoo Central 90-79.  Kalabryia Gondrezick had 16 points and 8 assists for the Tigers.

Battle Creek Lakeview 53, St. Joseph 37
St. Joe trailed the entire game in a 53-37 loss at Battle Creek Lakeview.  Shelby Madison had 9 points to lead St. Joe.

Lakeshore 61, Mattawan 27
Lakeshore got a game high 18 points from Lindsay Ebeling in the Lady Lancers 61-27 win over Mattawan.  Carley Dubbert chipped in 12 for Lakeshore.  Brooke Ditto had 15 to lead Mattawan.

Buchanan 52, Bridgman 23
Jayla Bibbs had 12 points in a 52-23 win over Bridgman.  Brooke Wesner added 11 points for the Bucks.  Kelsey Gnodtke had 12 points to lead Bridgman.  Buchanan improves to 13-2 on the season.

Gull Lake 54, Niles 30
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 60, Portage Central 36
Battle Creek Central 57, Portage Northern 47
Paw Paw 63, Three Rivers 49
Bangor 40, Marcellus 17
Lawton 54, Bloomingdale 51
Gobles 72, Hartford 19
Lawrence 58, Martin 47
Fennville 48, Watervliet 40
Decatur 44, Saugatuck 41
Comstock 44, Allegan 41
Schoolcraft 52, Edwardsburg 32
Plainwell 47, Hopkins 22
Otsego 50, Kalamazoo Hackett 22
Harper Creek 66, Sturgis 54
River Valley 34, Watervliet Grace Christian 29

Boys Swimming
St. Joseph 119, South Bend Adams 51

Wresting – MHSAA Districts
Division 3 at Allegan
Hopkins vs Otsego – 6 pm
Fennville vs Allegan – 6 pm

Division 3 at Comstock
Paw Paw vs Comstock – 6 pm
Parchment, Bye

Division 3 at Coloma
South Haven vs Coloma – 6 pm
Benton Harbor, Bye

Division 3 at Dowagiac
Buchanan vs New Buffalo – 5:30 pm
Dowagiac vs Berrien Springs – 5:30 pm