Sports News-February 28, 2013

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Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, J.R. Smith hit the tie breaking shot with 1:10 left, and the New York Knicks overcame Stephen Curry's NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 last night.  Curry was 18-28 from the field, finishing one shy of the NBA record with eleven three-pointers, in a performance that had the crowd hanging on his every shot.  But the Knicks finally stopped him with 1:28 to play when Raymond Felton blocked his shot with the score tied at 105.  That led to a jumper by Smith, who finished with 26 points.  Anthony followed with another basket and the Knicks hung on to spoil former Knicks star and Warriors coach Mark Jackson's homecoming.

Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and Penn State upset fourth ranked Michigan 84-78 last night for its first Big Ten win of the season.  The Nittany Lions had lost 18 straight regular-season conference games dating to last season, but they roared back from a 15-point deficit with 10:39 left behind the energetic play of Marshall.  The junior guard scored 19 in the second half, including four three-pointers that whipped Jordan Center fans into a frenzy.  D.J. Newbill added 17 points for Penn State, which hit a season-high ten three-pointers.  Marshall's twisting drive to the basket gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead before Michigan's Glenn Robinson III misfired on a three-pointer with 17 seconds left.  Penn State improves to 9-18 overall and 1-14 in the Big Ten while Michigan is now 23-5 overall and 10-5 in the conference.
Doug McDermott had another big game at Carver Arena, scoring 32 points, and Creighton moved into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 80-62 victory over Bradley last night.  Will Artino added ten points and seven rebounds.  The win, coupled with a Wichita State loss to Evansville, leaves the Bluejays and Shockers tied atop the conference standings with a 12-5 record.  The two teams meet Saturday at Creighton in the regular-season finale.  McDermott, who also had eleven rebounds, has made himself at home on Bradley's home court.  As a freshman, he had a career-best 17 rebounds here, and last season he set a Carver Arena opponent record with 44 points in a 92-83 Bluejay win.  Creighton used a 31-6 run over a span of 8:52 to turn a 42-40 lead into a 73-46 advantage with 6:13 left.  The Bluejays improve to 23-7 overall while Bradley drops to 16-14 overall and 7-10 in the conference.

After canceling play in the Lamar Tournament last weekend due to travel and weather related issues, the Creighton baseball team has seen its three game series at BYU moved from Provo, Utah four hours south to St. George, Utah due to weather complications.  Originally scheduled to face the Cougars once on Friday and twice in a doubleheader on Saturday.  The Jays will now play BYU at Dixie State College of Utah in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 12:00 and complete the series on Saturday at 11:30.  The switch in game times is in part due to a lack of lights at the Dixie State College field.

Wayne State Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced yesterday that Shane Drahota has been hired as Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Affairs and will begin his new position with the Wildcat athletic department on March 4.  Drahota comes to Wayne State from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota where he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services since November, 2007.  At Minnesota State, he oversaw compliance and rules education efforts for 20 sports and also served as the women’s bowling coach for two years.

Bemidji State shot 62% in the first half and never let Wayne State back in the game as the Beavers rolled to a 71-54 win last night over the Wildcats in the opening round of the NSIC Tournament in Bemidji, Minnesota.  Wayne State ends the season at 17-12, the most wins for a Wildcat men’s basketball program since 1999-2000.  Senior guard Amry Shelby closed out a stellar career in a Wayne State uniform with 21 points.  Teammates Derrell Williams and Ayron Worthington also reached double figures scoring ten points apiece.  

Wayne State could not overcome a 44-26 rebounding deficit and a career-high 22 points by Northern State’s Sadie Stotesbery as the Wolves topped the Wildcats 69-59 last night in the first round of the NSIC Women’s Basketball Tournament played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Northern State snapped an eleven-game losing streak to the Wildcats dating back to February 1, 2008 and improves to 16-11 on the season while Wayne State ends the season with a 17-10 record.  Jordan Spencer led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points followed by Addy Roller with 15 and Ashton Yossi with twelve points.

The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team’s season came to a close last night with a 102-77 loss to NJCAA fourth ranked in Division I Iowa Western Community College in the semifinals of the Region XI Tournament at Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Khapri Alston led four players in double figures for the Hawks with 20 points and seven rebounds.  Teammate Rasheed Fairley had 15 points and seven boards.  Sean Scott & Kyle Kilgore added 14 & 13 points respectively.  Northeast trailed 56-34 at halftime.  The Hawks final record is 16-15 in their first year in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.

The National Junior College Athletic Association updated their women’s college basketball rankings yesterday.  The Northeast Hawks dropped from eleventh to 17th in Division I.  They are 27-3 on the season after falling to 16th ranked Iowa Western last Saturday in Council Bluffs 85-65.  The Hawks’ 16 game win streak was snapped with the loss.  They will return to action on Saturday for the Region XI Championship at 5:00 where they will play Iowa Western at Council Bluffs again.  The two teams split two games this year with the Hawks’ win occurring on January 26th at home 76-65.

The Girls State Basketball Tournament gets underway today at various sites in Lincoln.  Concerning area teams, in Class “C-1” at Pershing Center, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106, Norfolk Catholic will take on Kearney Catholic at 2:00.  Pregame coverage at 1:40.  In a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97-5 &, Pierce faces Minden at 8:45.  Pregame coverage at 8:25.  In Class “C-2”, at Lincoln East High School, Crofton battles North Bend Central at 2:00 and Homer meets David City Aquinas at 3:45.  In Class “D-1”, at Lincoln Northeast High School, Pender plays Palmer at 2:00, Emerson/Hubbard goes head to head with Friend at 3:45, West Point Guardian Angels faces Arapahoe at 7:00, and O’Neill St. Mary’s battles Sutherland at 8:45.  In Class “D-2”, in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97-5 &, Osmond meets Deshler at Lincoln Northeast High School at 10:45.  Pregame coverage at 10:25.  In games at Lincoln East High School, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX &, Lindsay Holy Family faces Wauneta/Palisade at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40.  Also, Wynot takes on Giltner at 8:45.
Local Schedule:  South Dakota St. At Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00).

Local Scores:  Creighton 80 Bradley 62 (MBB); Bemidji St. 71 WSC 54 (NSIC MBB Tourn.); Northern St. 69 WSC 59 (NSIC WBB Tourn.).

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