Sports News-February 14, 2013
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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is making progress in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery but his left leg "still isn't right." Rose spoke with reporters after last night's 71-69 loss to the Celtics in Boston. He says he's doing more every week, but he still can't dunk. Rose says the team is leaving it to him to decide when he feels ready, but he says he won't let the injury change the way he plays. He wants to make sure he can handle being banged around inside. Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. He told USA Today this week that he is prepared to miss the whole season rather than come back too soon.
Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three three-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut upset sixth ranked Syracuse 66-58 in the last scheduled game between the national powers. Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked. Ryan Boatright had 17 points for Connecticut, which ups its record to 17-6. The Orange fall to 20-4 with Michael Carter-Williams leading the way with 15 points.
Jake Koch had 14 points, ten rebounds, and three blocks to lead Northern Iowa to a 61-54 victory against suddenly-skidding Creighton last night. Seth Tuttle and Deon Mitchell added twelve points each for the Panthers. Doug McDermott had 15 points and twelve rebounds for the Bluejays, which dropped its third straight. At the start of last week, Creighton was ranked 16th but tumbled out of the Top 25 after losses to Indiana State and Illinois State. Once in the driver's seat for the MVC regular-season title, the Bluejays have fallen into a second-place tie with Indiana State. Both schools are a game behind Wichita State, which has won two in a row after a three-game losing streak. Matt Bohannon's three-pointer with 3:16 remaining gave Northern Iowa the lead for good at 52-49. Creighton made 5-14 free-throw attempts for the game. Grant Gibbs had 14 points and five assists for the Bluejays while teammate Gregory Echenique added eleven points and six boards. The Panthers are now 15-11 overall and 8-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Creighton drops to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in the conference.
Cody Zeller scored 16 points while teammate Christian Watford finished with 13 points and eleven rebounds to help top ranked Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47 last night. The Hoosiers have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead. They are tied with Michigan State. The Cornhuskers, put up a fight in the first half frustrating Indiana by limiting possessions and repeatedly taking the shot clock inside of ten seconds. Dylan Talley scored ten of his 16 points in the first half to lead N-U. The Hoosiers took charge after Zeller went to the bench with his second foul midway through the first half. It used a 10-0 run to take a 21-14 lead and closed the half on a 6-0 run to make it 27-18, then opened the second half on another 6-0 run. Nebraska didn't get closer than eleven points again. Indiana improves to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten while the Huskers fall to 12-13 overall and 3-9 in the conference.
The National Junior College Athletic Association updated their women’s college basketball rankings yesterday. The Northeast Hawks moved up from 13th to twelfth in Division I. They are 24-2 on the season and winners of 13 games in a row and 14 of their last 15 after a road win over Southwestern Community College of Iowa 83-47 last Saturday. The Hawks will return to action on Thursday when they host the Morningside JV of Iowa.
Northeast Community College has added another volleyball recruit to its newly reinstated program. Emma Heerman of Wisner/Pilger High School has signed a letter of commitment to play next fall. She had 180 kills last year and averaged 4.1 digs per set this past fall for the Lady Gators. Northeast has already signed Overton’s Grace Ecklund, Allen’s Brittany Sullivan, Nazya Thies of Winside, Randolph’s Kirsten Fink, Stanton’s Kennedy Cheyney, and Sarah Maxson of Wayne. The college has reinstated volleyball after the program was disbanded in 2002-2003 with Amanda Schultze being named as the head coach.
The city of Norfolk will be represented today with 15 wrestlers in first round & quarterfinal action of the State Wrestling Championships at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Participating for the Norfolk Panthers in the Class “A” competition are Dylan Grey (106), TeJai Clausen (113), Caleb Licking (126), Daniel Kumm (145), Kyle Freudenburg (170), Cody Merchant (182), Kyle Temple (195), Cameron Dickie (220), and Christian Hernandez-DeHorta (285). Norfolk Catholic will be represented in the Class “C” bracket by Dylan Field (145), Brandon Becker (170), Mitch Hoferer (182), and Joe Lopez (285). Lutheran High Northeast will have two wrestlers in competition in Class “D” with Jacob Woockman (220) & Cody Woockman (285). 142 wrestlers from the area will be involved. Classes “A” & “D” start their competition at 9:30 AM. Classes “B” & “C” compete at 4:30. Reports can be heard throughout the day with Michael Carnes on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.
Local Schedule: Nfk Cath Vs. Pierce at Nfk High (GBB C-1-8 Sub-Dist. Final-7:00); LHNE Vs. Elgin Public/Pope John at Nfk Cath (GBB C-2-6 Sub Dist. Final-7:00); Nfk High at Lincoln SE (GBB-7:30); Morningside JV at NECC (W&M BB-6:00).
Tonight: The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team faces Elgin Public/Pope John in the C-2-6 Sub-District Final from Norfolk Catholic High School at 7:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Local Scores: Northern Iowa 61 Creighton 54 (MBB); (1) Indiana 76 Nebraska 47 (MBB).
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Atlanta 108 Orlando 76
Final Indiana 101 Charlotte 77
Final San Antonio 96 Cleveland 95
Final Boston 71 Chicago 69
Final Brooklyn 119 Denver 108
Final Toronto 92 New York 88
Final Detroit 96 Washington 85
Final Milwaukee 94 Philadelphia 92
Final New Orleans 99 Portland 63
Final Utah 97 Minnesota 93
Final Dallas 123 Sacramento 100
Final L-A Clippers 106 Houston 96
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 4 Ottawa 2
Final OT St. Louis 4 Detroit 3
Final Calgary 7 Dallas 4
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 1) Indiana 76 Nebraska 47
Final ( 2) Duke 73 North Carolina 68
Final ( 3) Miami 74 Florida St. 68
Final UConn 66 ( 6) Syracuse 58
Final Charlotte 71 (11) Butler 67
Final (17) Oklahoma St. 91 Texas Tech 67
Final (19) New Mexico 54 Fresno St. 48
Final OT (21) Notre Dame 82 DePaul 78
Final (22) Memphis 93 UCF 71
Final (23) Oregon 65 Washington 52
Final (24) Colorado St. 66 San Diego St. 60
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (25) Oklahoma St. 64 West Virginia 54