Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 3/18/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament – First Four
(16) Hampton 74. (16) Manhattan 64
(11) Ole Miss 94, (11) BYU 90

Hampton 74, Manhattan 64 – Hampton advances to play Kentucky
Hampton defeated Manhattan 74-64 to qualify for the 64-team NCAA field and a first-round game against 34-0 Kentucky on Thursday night in Louisville, Ky. Quinton Chievous had 15 points and 13 rebounds but sprained his ankle late in the game.

Ole Miss 94, BYU 90 – Ole Miss rallies past BYU to meet Xavier
Mississippi rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Brigham Young 94-90 despite a 33-point performance by the Cougars’ Tyler Haws. Ole Miss did it with a 62-point performance in the second half and now advances to play Xavier Thursday night.

NCAA Tournament – First Four
(16) Robert Morris vs. (16) North Florida, 6:40 p.m.
(11) Dayton vs. (11) Boise State, 9:10 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – NIT Tournament
Last Night
NIT Tournament
(3) Louisiana Tech 89, (6) Central Michigan 79

Louisiana Tech 89, Central Michigan 79 – Louisiana Tech moves on in NIT, 89-79 over Central Michigan
Raheem Appleby scored 22 points and Jacobi Boykins added 18 and Louisiana Tech beat Central Michigan 89-79 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night. Appleby led Louisiana Tech (26-8) to its third consecutive NIT opening round win. The senior trio of Appleby, Michale Kyser and Kenneth Smith won their 100th game, the most of any senior class in school history. Central Michigan (23-9), which has never won a game in the NIT, made its first postseason appearance since 2003. The Chippewas made 6 of 23 3-pointers (43.8 percent) after averaging 10.2 per game. Louisiana Tech won its 30th straight game at home in front of the school’s eighth-largest all-time crowd of 6,904. Central Michigan was led by Chris Fowler’s 21 points while Braylon Rayson added 20 and Rayshawn Simmons had 18.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, New York Islanders 1

Blackhawks 4, Islanders 1 – Toews has 2 goals, 2 assists in Blackhawks’ win over Isles
Jonathan Toews scored twice and assisted on both of Marian Hossa’s goals to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday night. Toews recorded his first four-point game this season as the Blackhawks won their third straight and improved to 7-1-1 since Feb. 24 when leading scorer Patrick Kane broke his collarbone against Florida. New York’s Nikolay Kulemin scored at 5:29 of third period to end Corey Crawford’s shutout bid, but the Islanders lost their season-worst fourth straight. Although Crawford made 38 saves, he wasn’t tested heavily by the goal-starved Islanders. New York has scored only one goal in each of its four consecutive losses. The Islanders are five points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, who have played four fewer games.

Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers, 8 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Detroit Pistons 105, Memphis Grizzlies 95

Pistons 105, Grizzlies 95 – Jackson has 23 points, 20 assists, leads Pistons to win
Reggie Jackson had 23 points and a career-high 20 assists as the Detroit Pistons ended a 10-game skid with a 105-95 comeback victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The Pistons trailed by 15 at halftime, but Jackson dominated Beno Udrih, who was starting at point guard in place of injured Mike Conley (ankle). Jackson had 11 points and 13 assists in the second half to pick up Detroit’s second 20-point, 20-assist game of the season. Jeff Green led Memphis with 21 points, while Marc Gasol had 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit.

Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Washington Nationals 6, Detroit Tigers 4
Chicago White Sox 5, Seattle Mariners 5 – TIE
Chicago Cubs 4, Kansas City Royals 3

Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Detroit vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

NCAA Football – Michigan St suspends running back arraigned on gun charge
Michigan State running back Delton Williams has been suspended from all team-related activities, and court records show he was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of brandishing a firearm in public.  Coach Mark Dantonio released a one-sentence statement Tuesday saying Williams was suspended. Online records for Judicial District 54B listed an offense date of March 16 for Williams, and the records showed he pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Williams ran for 316 yards on 54 carries last season as a sophomore, finishing third on the team in rushing behind seniors Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill.

NCAA Football – Kelly unsure how long it will take to decide on starting QB
Coach Brian Kelly doesn’t know how long it will take to decide whether Everett Golson or Malik Zaire will be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. Kelly spoke with the media Tuesday, a day before the Fighting Irish start spring practice. He says it is going to take time to see how the two will compete. Golson helped Notre Dame get to the national championship game in 2012 and started 12 regular-season games for the Irish last season. He is heading into his final season. Zaire played well after replacing Golson in the regular-season finale in a blowout loss to USC and started as the Irish upset No. 22 LSU 31-28 in the Music City Bowl in a game where both played. Zaire has three years of eligibility left.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Kalamazoo Wings 5, Indy Fuel 3
Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 4 – Shootout

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
Maine Red Claws 110, Grand Rapids Drive 104.

NJCAA – Junior College Basketball – Division II National Tournament – Women’s
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas – Round 1
(9) Chesapeake College 75, (8) Lake Michigan College 74

Chesapeake 75, Lake Michigan College 74 – LMC falls with late shot
The Lake Michigan College Lady Redhawks fell 75-74 in the opener of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.  The Skipjacks scored the game winning basket with 4.3 seconds left in the game.  Sabrina Trujillo had 21 points to lead the Lady Red Hawks.  Nicole Decker added 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds.  Shalay Stevens added 13 points.  LMC will play in the consolation round starting on Thursday at Noon against Phoenix College.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Girls Basketball Quarterfinas
Last Night
Class B at Eaton Rapids
Benton Harbor 77, Flat Rock 51
031715-bh-flrkBenton Harbor advanced to the Class B State Semi-Finals with a 77-51 win over Flat Rock.  The Tigers opened the game on a 10-1 run and steadily pulled away from there.  Kysre Gondrezick led four Benton Harbor players in double figures with a game high 25 points.  The Lady Tigers advance to take on Haslett Friday night at 6 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Class C at Comstock Park
Laingsburg 33, Brandywine 26
In a defensive battle, Laingsburg improved to 26-0 with a 33-26 win over Brandywine to advance to the Class C semi-finals.   Brandywine was held to just 12 points in the first half.   Lindsay Smith led Laingsburg with 15 points.  Brandywine was led by 7 points from Makenna Hartline.  The Lady Bobcats finish the season at 23-2.

Class D at Battle Creek Harper Creek
Pittsford 50, Michigan Lutheran 45
Michigan Lutheran’s season came to an end as undefeated Pittsford beat the Lady Titans 50-45 in the Class D quarterfinal at Harper Creek.  Hailey Maas led all scorers with 23 points.  Olivia Gallagher and Emily Witkowski scored 10 points each in the loss.  Pittsford was led by Madelyn Clark’s 21 points.  Lutheran finishes the season at 21-2.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Boys Basketball Regionals
Last Night – Regional Semifinals
Class B at Comstock
Benton Harbor vs. Otsego, 7:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor (18-6) | Otsego (21-3)

Class C at Watervliet
New Buffalo vs. Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian, 7:00 p.m.
New Buffalo (16-7) | NorthPointe Christian (18-5)

Class A at Holt
Kalamazoo Central vs. Lansing Everett, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central (23-1) | Lansing Everett (22-2)

Class D at Mendon
Mendon vs. Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Mendon (13-10) | Tri-Unity Christian (13-10)

MHSAA – Class changes for 2015-2016 season
The MHSAA has released the enrollment figures for the 2015-16 school year and the changes to school classification.  The only school in the area that will be changing classes is Lakeshore.  The Lancers will be dropping from Class A to Class B,  Lakeshore’s enrollment dropped 13 to 874, which makes the Lancers the largest Class B school in the state.   St. Joseph remains the largest high school in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties with 980 students.  The Bears did lose 48 students compared to last year’s numbers.  Niles remains second with 908 students, up 23 from a year ago.   Benton Harbor remains Class B with 631 at the high school, which is three below last year.  The largest drop happened at Coloma with a loss of 63 students from a year ago.

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