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Nets beat Cavs for 12th straight win at home PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:26
NEW YORK — After three long games on the road, the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of Cleveland back at home.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cavaliers on Friday night.
“It was great for him to come out and get us started and get us going, and then that second group kind of finished it off,” Nets guard Deron Williams said.
Joe Johnson added 14 points for the Nets, who played three straight overtime games on their road trip, losing the last two of them. But things were much easier inside Barclays Center, where they won for the 19th time in their last 21 games.
“It sure beats us getting booed earlier in the year,” Pierce said. “So we’re playing well here. We feel comfortable on our home turf.”
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Penguins clinch playoff spot with win over Blue Jackets PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:25
COLUMBUS — The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled at times in an injury-filled season.
When a game is in the balance, however, they still have the personnel and the experience to end up with the two points.
Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals 47 seconds apart midway through the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and the Penguins clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
“I thought to a man we stepped up,” coach Dan Bylsma said after his team ended a string of three regulation defeats. “We’re fighting for every inch we can get right now. Tonight, this was exactly what we’ve talked about and wanted from this game. It was a playoff-type game, with playoff-type intensity.”
The Penguins are now at 99 points to move closer to clinching the Metropolitan Division title.
But it was far from easy, particularly without star forward Evgeni Malkin (foot) and other injured mainstays such as Paul Martin, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang.
Bennett hadn’t played in the past 50 games after surgery on his wrist. Yet he came up with the game-winning goal.
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Updated 11:35 p.m., Michigan holds on late to beat Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:22
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead.
With six seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would try to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim.
Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coach’s advice and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor — perhaps embellishing the contact — but drawing the call that saved the game for Michigan and infuriated Tennessee’s “Rocky Top” contingent.
Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRae’s 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the floor as the buzzer sounded on a 73-71 Michigan victory.
“We got just enough stops,” Beilein said.
Tennessee thought they got one stop unfairly.
“With the magnitude of this game, I don’t think you could call a charge at that point,” McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 points.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 23:36
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UConn holds off Iowa St. in Sweet 16 at MSG PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:24
NEW YORK — DeAndre Daniels’ UConn teammates were going to keep passing him the ball until he cooled off.
By the time that happened, it was too late for Iowa State.
Daniels scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Huskies hung on for an 81-76 victory Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after UConn was barred from the NCAA tournament.
“DeAndre’s a scorer, and once you feel that you have that confidence, the next shot’s going to go in,” said senior Shabazz Napier, who knows a thing or two about scoring himself. “We kept feeding him, and he got super hot.”
Daniels hit his first six shots after halftime, the only Husky to make a field goal for over 8 1/2 minutes. His 3-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a 49-32 lead.
The third-seeded Cyclones rallied late, pulling within 67-63 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. But senior Niels Giffey hit a 3 in the corner for his first points since the game’s opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws in the final minute, the UConn fans packing Madison Square Garden could celebrate.
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Ferris State beats Colgate in NCAA hockey tourney PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 23:21
CINCINNATI — C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.
The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew’s power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.
The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal. They’ll play third-seeded North Dakota, which beat top-seeded Wisconsin 5-2 in the other semifinal.
The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.
Both were solid on Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn’t get one to go in.
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