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No. 24 Ohio State comes back to beat Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:49
INDIANAPOLIS — After watching his team turn the ball over nine times and fall behind by three points at halftime, Ohio State coach Thad Matta had some choice words for the No. 24 Buckeyes.
“I told our guys at halftime, I said, ‘Look, with the nine turnovers we had, why don’t we just go out and give them the ball nine times and let them try to score,” Matta said. “And they took me literally, so we were down 18 points.”
The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) found themselves in a deep hole, but rallied to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67 on Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
Ohio State led for almost the entire first half, but the Cornhuskers (19-12) stuck around. Playing after a first-round bye for the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2012, Nebraska finally took its first lead on Shavon Shields’ layup with 48 seconds to play in the first half.
Cavaliers rally past Warriors 103-94 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:47
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cleveland Cavaliers found a way to shake off a horrid start to post another impressive road victory in their late-season playoff push.
Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Cavaliers erase an 18-point first-half deficit on the way to a 103-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
“We did a good job responding, not panicking in the first quarter when it seemed like we couldn’t do anythng to get a bucket,” Hawes said. “We stayed the course and it paid off.”
Dion Waiters added 18 points off the bench and Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving had 16 apiece for the Cavaliers, who overcame a slow start to take the game over in the final three quarters and snap a six-game losing streak against the Warriors.
The Cavaliers have won at Phoenix and Golden State to start this West Coast swing and hope to wrap up a perfect trip by beating the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Cavs are in a tie for ninth in the Eastern Conference, 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot.
Marleau scores twice, Sharks beat Blue Jackets PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBERT DENHARD Associated Press   
Friday, 14 March 2014 09:09
COLUMBUS— The talk in the San Jose locker room was about the save at the end of regulation that got them one point. Backup goalie Alex Stalock followed that by improving to 3-0 in shootouts in his career and not allowing a goal in 10 attempts to help get the other point.
On the offensive side, Patrick Marleau scored twice and Joe Pavelski had the lone shootout goal in the Sharks’ 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
“Huge save with 3 or 4 seconds left,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought he was very solid.”
Stalock finished with 35 saves — including 15 in the second period — and the one getting all the raves was a spectacular post-to-post stop on Jack Johnson late and Columbus on the power play.
“It was a puck you have to play and get over to,” Stalock said. “My job was to recover and get over there.”
After tying his career high of 66 points with an assist on Marleau’s second goal, Pavelski deked Sergei Bobrovsky and roofed a backhander in the shootout to give San Jose its fourth straight win.
Marleau scored his 27th and 28th goals and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 to move into a tie with Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead. Logan Couture had two assists.
Banged-up Red Wings beat Oilers 2-1 in SO PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:47
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are desperate for wins as they try to get into the playoffs for the 23rd straight time.
On a night in which they barely beat the worst team in the Western Conference, coach Mike Babcock didn’t diminish the importance of the much-needed victory.
Tomas Tatar scored on Detroit’s third shootout attempt, and Jimmy Howard stopped all three Edmonton attempts to lift the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Oilers on Friday night.
“Huge,” Babcock said. “Howie, obviously, in the shootout, bailing us out was a real positive for us.
“It gives us some confidence.”
Howard finished with 21 saves.
Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth tied the game midway through the third period. Smyth scored on a shot from the slot that was set up by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith’s backhanded giveaway.
No. 24 Ohio State holds off Purdue 63-61 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 14 March 2014 09:07
INDIANAPOLIS — Every twist seemed to put No. 24 Ohio State on the verge of closing out Thursday’s Big Ten tournament game.
Every turn put the defending tourney champs right back on the verge of becoming the victim of a stunning first-round upset.
After LaQuinton Ross and Aaron Craft combined for nine points during a key second-half spurt, No. 24 Ohio State still needed Terone Johnson to miss a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to hang on for a 63-61 victory over struggling Purdue.
“It’s finding a way,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter how ugly a game is at this point, it’s about trying to find a way to keep playing and luckily we were able to do that again.”
Little has gone right lately for the Buckeyes (24-8).
In their last trip to Indiana, March 2, they managed only one basket outside of about 10 feet and went 0 for 11 from 3-point range. On Thursday, back in the Hoosier State for the first time since that dreadful performance, they were only slightly better. Ohio State shot 35.9 percent from the field, made five shots outside the paint and after missing their first six 3s finished 1 of 14 from beyond the arc.
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