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No. 22 Ohio State loses 65-63 to Penn State PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANDY ELDER Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:40
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — With one shot, No. 22 Ohio State had a chance to wash away a game full of missteps and prevent Penn State from pulling off yet another upset of the Buckeyes.
Aaron Craft drew the defense to him and passed to a wide-open Lenzelle Smith Jr., but his 3-pointer with just seconds left drew iron. Penn State grabbed the rebound, and the win, 65-63 on Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
“Aaron made a great read. It was a wide-open shot,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “Small things win you games and small things lose you games. Tonight the little things lost us the game. We had a chance in the first half to open it up. We missed free throws and we missed point-blank looks at the basket. To Penn State’s credit, they kept fighting. They kept clawing.”
D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by the Buckeyes.
Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers didn’t think it was the matchup or the fact that it was Senior Night that allowed his team to beat Ohio State again.
No, it was something more basic.
Nyquist scores in OT, Red Wings edge Canadiens 2-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:39
MONTREAL — There was something familiar about the way the checking of Mike Babcock’s Detroit Red Wings smothered the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
It was almost exactly the way Canada won the gold medal under Babcock at the Olympics in Sochi.
And, it worked again this time as Gustav Nyquist’s rebound goal with 28 seconds left in overtime led the Red Wings past the Canadiens 2-1.
“(Babcock) always stressed that we play this way,” said Johan Franzen, who returned from a concussion to assist on both of Detroit’s goals. “This is how you win games.
“Especially coming down the stretch here and going into the playoffs, this is how you have to play hockey. You’ve got to track like never before, and always be above their guys and make it small for them so you can create turnovers. Then you give your team a lot of opportunities.”
Belinelli, balanced Spurs beat Pistons 120-110 PDF Print E-mail
Written by RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:33
SAN ANTONIO — The fact that San Antonio weathered a spate of injuries and a road trip that lasted nearly a month did not surprise Detroit coach John Loyer. But the efficiency the Spurs showed in their return home and return to health left him and the Pistons a bit awe-struck.
Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat the Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday night.
Playing without injured All-Star point guard Tony Parker, San Antonio matched its season high with 34 assists while going 44 for 82 from the field (54 percent).
“Against the Spurs, you do not guard against two or three players; you guard a system of players,” Loyer said. “They just plug guys in and find a way. Their ability to shoot the basketball separates them from being a very good team to close to a great team.”
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points for San Antonio in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken finger. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had 13 apiece, Boris Diaw added 12, Patty Mills 11 and Cory Joseph 10.
Irving scores 31, leads Cavaliers past Thunder PDF Print E-mail
Written by CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:36
OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn’t like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors.
Brooks didn’t like what he saw from Irving on Wednesday night, and it was no joke this time. The point guard made it look like All-Star weekend again, scoring 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Oklahoma City 114-104.
Irving also had nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.
“Kyrie had a huge performance for us,” Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. “He was very efficient in the 43 minutes that he played tonight, I thought offensively, especially.”
The young Cavaliers, still adjusting to roster changes since the trade deadline, picked up a meaningful victory. Cleveland shot 14 for 21 from the field in the fourth quarter against the Western Conference-leading Thunder.
No. 16 Michigan escapes Purdue with 77-76 OT win PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:31
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Glenn Robinson III wanted this win more than any other.
Michigan coach John Beilein put the opportunity squarely in his hands.
After Beilein took his final timeout, the sophomore forward caught an across-the-court lob pass in the right corner, spun away from a defender and rolled in a mid-range bank shot as the buzzer sounded to give No. 16 Michigan a 77-76 overtime victory on his father’s former home court.
“My teammates knew how much this game meant to me with my dad playing here and being from Indiana,” Robinson said. “It feels great.”
For the Robinson family, it was bittersweet.
Gelen Robinson, a soon-to-be Purdue football player, was in the crowd, cheering for his older brother. So was Glenn’s father, the former Boilermakers star and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, who celebrated with his son in the semi-private Mackey Arena tunnel as he watched his favorite fans leave in stunned silence.
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