Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 3/4/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, March 04, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Northwestern 82, Michigan 78 – 2 OT
Northern Illinois 65, Western Michigan 63
Central Michigan 85, Toledo 77
Eastern Michigan 67, Ball State 60

Northwestern 82, Michigan 78 – 2OT – emps, Olah lead Northwestern over Michigan 82-78 in 2OT
Tre Demps hit tying 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first OT, Alex Olah scored 25 and Northwestern beat Michigan 82-78 in double overtime Tuesday night. The Wildcats (15-15, 6-11 Big Ten) wiped out a 12-point deficit in the second half and came away with one wild victory thanks to some huge shots down the stretch by Demps, who finished with 20 points. Olah grabbed 12 rebounds, and Northwestern won for the fifth time in six games. Zak Irvin scored 28 for Michigan. Aubrey Dawkins added 21 points, but the Wolverines (14-15, 7-10) lost for the seventh time in eight games.

NIU 65, WMU 63 – Northern Illinois sneaks by Western Michigan, 65-63
Aaron Armstead scored 17 points to help lead Northern Illinois past Western Michigan 65-63 last night. Jordan Threloff added 13 points and seven boards for the Huskies. NIU has won three straight and snapped an 11 game losing skid to the Broncos. Brown scored 14 points to lead Western Michigan.

CMU 85, Toledo 77 – Central Michigan defeats Toledo 85-77 for share of MAC title
John Simons dropped in eight 3-pointers while scoring 28 points as Central Michigan clinched at least a share of the Mid-American Conference title with an 85-77 defeat of Toledo last night. Central Michigan had been picked to finish 11th in the MAC preseason poll.

EMU 67, Ball St. 60 – Eastern Michigan holds on to beat Ball State 67-60
Raven Lee scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as Eastern Michigan held on to beat Ball State 67-60 last night. Mike Talley, Karrington Ward and Anali Okoloji made the needed free throws to seal the win and hand Ball State its 15th straight loss. Talley was 9 of 9 from the free throw line for 16 points.

(12) Notre Dame at (16) Louisville, 7:00 p.m.
Purdue at Michigan State, 8:00 p.m.     Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM

NHL – National Hockey League
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 97, Washington Wizards 92

Bulls 97, Wizards 92 – No Rose, no Butler, short-handed Bulls beat Wizards 97-92
Nikola Mirotic scored 23 points to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 97-92 win Tuesday over the Washington Wizards. The Bulls were without former MVP Derrick Rose (right knee), all-star Jimmy Butler (left elbow), and trusted reserve Taj Gibson (left ankle) but still managed to improve to 4-2 on their season-high seven-game homestand. Along with Mirotic, Aaron Brooks had 22 points while Pau Gasol had 20 and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who had five players in double figures. Chicago’s starting lineup of Brooks, Tony Snell, Mike Dunleavy, Gasol and Joakim Noah was the 20th it has used this season. That’s the most since 2007-08, when the Bulls also used 20. Washington was led by John Wall’s 21 points and 11 assists.

Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Bills get McCoy from Eagles
Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan has said he wants his offense to rely heavily on a running attack. That attack now includes a former rushing champion. A person familiar with the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. ESPN first reported that the Bills were acquiring McCoy, who had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013.  Buffalo is expected to lose running back C.J. Spiller to free agency next week.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Detroit Tigers 15, Baltimore Orioles 2

Tigers 15, Orioles 2 – Cespedes off to slammin’ start, Tigers rout Orioles
Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in his first game for Detroit, Ian Kinsler added a three-run homer and the Tigers routed the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 Tuesday in a spring training opener. Cespedes connected in the fourth inning for an 11-0 lead. The Tigers got the slugger from Boston in an offseason trade. Coming off a disappointing year, Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs in 1 1-3 innings. He walked two, hit two batters and made a throwing error. Four Detroit batters were hit by pitches. Third baseman Nick Castellanos was hit in the left hand and exited soon after that, but manager Brad Ausmus said he might play Wednesday. Kyle Lobstein, vying for the final spot in the Tigers’ rotation, allowed two hits in two shutout innings. He began last year at Triple-A before going 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in six starts for Detroit at the end of the season.

Detroit vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

MLB – Cubs say they won’t seek to work all hours on Wrigley Field
The Chicago Cubs say they will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field, but not to work 24 hours a day. The comment Tuesday from the Cubs came after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said city building ordinances prohibit work being done at all hours. Cubs officials suggested Monday they would ask for city permission to work around the clock on the massive renovation project to get the iconic ballpark ready for the April 5 opening day. The team said Tuesday that it wants to expand the work schedule to 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The work is now being done from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Cubs say they need the additional hours because the winter weather has put the project behind schedule.

NCAA Football – Michigan football coach comes to aid of I-94 crash victims
State police say Jim Harbaugh took a break from rescuing Michigan’s football team to come to the aid of some SUV crash victims. WDIV-TV reports that the Wolverine’s new head coach and sports staff member James Minick were driving on Interstate 94 in Ann Arbor when they saw a Jeep Cherokee spin out of control, crash and overturn on the slippery roadway. The station says Harbaugh and Minick helped a 73-year-old woman get out of the vehicle and used their coats to keep her warm until an EMS crew arrived. WDIV says the men also helped the 53-year-old driver, who was partially ejected from the SUV. The driver and passenger were hospitalized with non-life
threatening injuries. Harbaugh was hired after Michigan’s disappointing 5-7 performance last season under Brady Hoke.

AHL – American Hockey League
Oklahoma City Barons at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:05 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Kalamazoo Wings at Evansville IceMen, 7:15 p.m. 

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Boys Basketball
Last Night
Niles 65, Benton Harbor 61
Benton Harbor fell victim to the upset bug last night falling to Niles 65-61.  Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by Gabe Stokes’ 21 points.  The Tigers got a game high 24 points from Jaton Gunn.  The loss is Benton Harbor’s second straight to close out the regular season.  The Niles win is its first in the division this season.

Portage Northern 62, St. Joseph 47
Portage Central jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in a 62-47 win at St. Joseph to sweep the season series.  Tre Humes had a game high 18 points to lead Northern.  St. Joe who trailed 19-2 after one period was led by 14 points from Javion Ballard

Lakeshore 44, Portage Central 42 – OT
Jimmy Gathright tied for game high honors with 12 points as Lakeshore needed overtime to defeat Portage Central 44-42.  Lakeshore’s Logan Steffes scored 9 points, but it was his steal and basket with 6 seconds left that sent the game to the extra session.   Austin McCollough also had 12 to lead Portage Central

Battle Creek Central 61, Battle Creek Lakeview 50
Mattawan 58, Richland Gull Lake 41

Non Conference
South Haven 58, Rockford 56
James Smith scored 13 points as the South Haven Rams beat the Rockford Rams 58-56.

Lawrence 61, Michigan Lutheran 24
Bridgman 60, Berrien Springs 35
Brandywine 65, Watervliet 34
Kalamazoo Hackett 45, Lawton 29
Marcellus 71, Howardsville Christian 47
Otsego 93, Marshall 62
Parchment 46, Allegan 43
Plainwell 58, Schoolcraft 53.
Coldwater 51, Sturgis 45
Cassopolis 76, Centreville 45
G.R. Covenant Christian 64, Fennville 58
Saugatuck 56, North Muskegon 42

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Girls Basketball – Districts
Tonight (MHSAA District number in parenthesis)
Class A at St. Joseph (1)
5:30 p.m. – Lakeshore vs. Kalamazoo Central           Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
7:00 p.m. – St. Joseph vs. Portage Northern             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

Class B at Buchanan (33)
6:00 p.m. – Benton Harbor vs. Berrien Springs         Updates on Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
8:00 p.m. – Buchanan vs. Dowagiac

Class B at Vicksburg (34)
5:30 p.m. – Sturgis vs. Edwardsburg
7:15 p.m. – Vicksburg vs. Three Rivers
Class B at Paw Paw (49)
5:30 p.m. – Plainwell vs. Hopkins
7:00 p.m. – Otsego vs. Paw Paw



Class C at Eau Claire  (65)
5:00 p.m. – Cassopolis vs. Brandywine
7:00 p.m. – Watervliet vs. New Buffalo

Class C at Schoolcraft (66)
5:30 p.m. – Schoolcraft vs. White Pigeon
7:00 p.m. – Decatur vs. Centreville

Class C at Kalamazoo Hackett (76)
6:00 p.m. – Bangor vs. Kalamazoo Christian
7:30 p.m. – Gobles vs. Kalamazoo Hackett

Class C at GR Covenant Christian (79)
5:30 p.m. – Fennville vs. GR Northpointe Chr.
7:00 p.m. – Calvin Chr. vs. Covenant Chr.

Class D at Michigan Lutheran (97)
6:00 p.m. – Lake Michigan Catholic vs. Lawrence
7:30 p.m. – Michigan Lutheran vs. Grace Christian

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