Sports News-January 24, 2013

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It wasn't just an upset.  It was a blowout.  For the first time, Miami has knocked off a team ranked first in the Associated Press rankings, and the Hurricanes did it up right.  Top-ranked Duke went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the first half and 25th ranked Miami routed the Blue Devils 90-63.  The Hurricanes took command with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the first half.  It's the third-worst loss ever for a team ranked first in the AP poll.  Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for the Hurricanes, and Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22 for the 'Canes.  In another upset, Ramon Galloway went the length of the court for the winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to send La Salle to a 54-53 victory over ninth ranked Butler for the Explorers' biggest win in 33 years.

Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-93 last night, handing the Lakers' their fourth straight loss and tenth in twelve games.  Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni had talked before the game about how having an All-Star team with players not having learned their pecking order.  Yet Los Angeles lost its seventh consecutive road game, and center Dwight Howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder in the first half.  Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added twelve points a piece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points.  Randolph also grabbed ten rebounds.  The Grizzlies had a 60-34 edge in the paint with Howard out the second half.  Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers, Metta World Peace added 15, Pau Gasol 13 and Earl Clark eleven.

Richard Carter scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures and Drake stunned 17th ranked Creighton 74-69 last night, handing the Bluejays their first consecutive losses of the season.  Carter also collected seven rebounds.  The Bulldogs blew a 16-point lead before rallying for their first win over a ranked opponent in five years.  Grant Gibbs brought Creighton within 71-69 with 32 seconds left, and the Bluejays got the ball back on a steal.  But Gibbs missed a layup and Drake’s Ben Simons sealed the win with a steal and two free throws with 0.5 seconds left.  Doug McDermott had 19 points and six boards to lead Creighton, which shot just 24% from three-point range, but McDermott had just two points in the second half and didn't touch the ball on the team’s last two possessions.  Gibbs totaled 18 points, eight assists, and four steals while teammate Austin Chatman had ten points.  The Bulldogs improve to 9-10 overall and 3-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Bluejays drop to 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

The Nebraska football team has landed another recruit.  Defensive back Boaz Joseph became the last commit to the Huskers according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 6’1, 190-pound Joseph’s versatility could allow him to compete at various spots in the secondary.  A product of Florida, Joseph’s Cypress Bay High School team went 12-3 this season, making it to the state championship game.  Nebraska’s footprint in the state of Florida this recruiting season also continues to be a story line.  NU now has four recruits from the state, tied with Ohio for the most.  All of the commitments from the Sunshine State have come in the past month.  Cornerback was considered a position of need down the stretch in this recruiting class, which now features 24 players.

Wayne State seniors Taylor Baumert of the football team, Tyler Hohenstein of the baseball squad, and Melanie Placke of the volleyball team have received the fourth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.  The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher and are exhausting their eligibility and on track to graduate.  A total of 80 student athletes from the 16 institutions in the NSIC will receive the award in its fourth year.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Boone Central/Newman Grove at Albion (GBB-8:00); LHNE at Battle Creek (GBB-7:45); LHNE at Archbishop Bergan at Fremont (WR Dual-6:30); Lincoln SW at Nfk High (G&B SW Dual-4:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Univ. Of South Dakota at Vermillion, SD (MBB-7:00).

Friday Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is at Humphrey St. Francis at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
    
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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Atlanta              104    Charlotte              92
      Final  OT    Miami                  123    Toronto                116
      Final          Brooklyn              91    Minnesota              83
      Final          Denver                105    Houston                  95
      Final          Chicago                85    Detroit                  82
      Final          Memphis              106    L-A  Lakers            93
      Final          San  Antonio      106    New  Orleans        102
      Final          Utah                      92    Washington            88
      Final          Portland            100    Indiana                  80
      Final          Phoenix              106    Sacramento            96
      Final          Golden  State    104    Oklahoma  City      99
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Toronto              5    Pittsburgh      2
      Final  OT      N-Y  Rangers      4    Boston              3
      Final  2OT    Vancouver          3    Calgary            2
      Final            Phoenix              5    Columbus          1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (25)  Miami                    90    (  1)  Duke                          63
      Final    (  7)  Indiana                72              Penn  St.                  49
      Final    (  8)  Florida                64              Georgia                    47
      Final              La  Salle              54    (  9)  Butler                      53
      Final              Northwestern      55    (12)  Minnesota                48
      Final    (15)  New  Mexico          66              Colorado  St.          61
      Final    (16)  Oregon                  68              Washington  St.      61
      Final              Drake                    74    (17)  Creighton                69
      Final    (20)  Wichita  St.        62              Missouri  St.          52
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  1)  Baylor              66    (24)  Iowa  St.              51
      Final          (  2)  Notre  Dame      73              Pittsburgh          47
      Final  OT              Kansas  St.      76    (12)  Oklahoma  St.      70

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