Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 2/3/17

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95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, February 03, 2017

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan State 72, Nebraska 61

Michigan State 72, Nebraska 61 – Miles Bridges’ 16 points leads Spartans over Huskers 72-61
Miles Bridges scored 16 points to lead five Michigan State players in double figures, and Michigan State shot 63 percent in the second half to pull away from Nebraska for a 72-61 victory Thursday night. The Spartans (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten), who beat Michigan on Sunday, won consecutive games for the first time since December and ended a three-game losing streak against the Cornhuskers (10-12, 4-6). Michigan State’s bench outscored Nebraska’s 31-9, with Alvin Ellis III scoring 11 points and Nick Ward and Cassius Winston adding 10 apiece. Kenny Goins also had 10 points. Michigan State made eight of its first 10 3-pointers in the second half and finished 11 of 17. Ellis and Joshua Langford made three 3s apiece.  Michigan State held Nebraska to three points and no field goals over the last 3:54 of the half and led 32-26 at the break.

Tonight
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 4:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Michigan, 6:00 p.m.      WSJM Sports 5:30
(20) Notre Dame at (12) North Carolina, 6:00 p.m.

NFL – Super Bowl LI – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Sunday
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons, 6:30 p.m.                  95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 2:00

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Arizona Coyotes 3

Blackhawks 4, Coyotes 3 – Kane, Blackhawks beat Coyotes 4-3 to snap 3-game skid
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, Duncan Keith added two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Thursday night to stop a three-game slide. Chicago led twice by three goals but gave up three in the second period and had to hold on. Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa and Artemi Panarin also scored for the Blackhawks. Christian Dvorak and Brendan Perlini each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for Arizona. The Blackhawks scored twice in 72 seconds during the first period, their first goal coming 15 seconds into a power play. Kane’s left-handed shot pinged off the crossbar and down into the cage at 8:44 of the period. Hartman made it 2-0 at the 9:56 mark, his long shot zipping through several players in front of the net and past Arizona goalie Mike Smith.

Tonight
New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NHL/IOC – IOC to get involved in NHL negotiations
Two people familiar with the gathering say key decision-makers are meeting Friday regarding the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. A person, who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement was not made about the development, says the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation requested the meeting.  The person says IOC President Thomas Bach, IIHF President Rene Fasel, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr will gather to discuss the 2018 Games for the first time. Fasel has met with Bettman and Fehr, trying to make sure the best hockey players in the world compete in a sixth straight Olympics. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last weekend league owners are leaning against it .

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(7) Notre Dame 76, Virginia Tech 59
Michigan State 69, Indiana 60

#7 Notre Dame 76, Virginia Tech 59 – Ogunbowale leads No. 7 Irish past Virginia Tech, 76-59
Arike Ogunbowale had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and No. 7 Notre Dame pulled away after halftime to beat Virginia Tech 76-59 Thursday night. Kathryn Westbeld added 15 points and Brianna Turner and Marina Mabry added 13 each for the Irish (21-3, 9-1 ACC). Notre Dame led by just 34-29 at halftime, but scored 15 of the first 19 points after the break. The Hokies got no closer than 11 thereafter.

Michigan State 69, Indiana 60
Michigan State had four players in double figures as Taya Reimer, Tori Jankoska, and Taryn McCutcheon each had 15 points in a 69-60 win over Indiana. Branndais Agee added 11 points.   Michigan State has won three straight to improve to 16-7 and 6-4 in the Big Ten.

Saturday
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Iowa at Michigan, 2:00 p.m.

WNBA – Former WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne traded from Sky to Mystics
The Washington Mystics have acquired Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the second overall pick in this year’s draft. The 2015 WNBA MVP is arguably the biggest name to ever be traded in the 21-year history of the league. Thursday’s move gets Delle Donne closer to her Delaware home. Delle Donne averaged 21.5 points and seven rebounds a game last season for the Sky, helping them reach the playoffs. She missed the postseason after thumb surgery. The 6-foot-5 forward continues to deal with the lingering effects of Lyme disease that she has battled since 2008. It forced her to leave China less than 48 hours after she arrived there earlier this month to play in the country’s professional basketball league.

Golf – Tiger Woods withdraws from the Dubai Desert Classic
Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77 a day earlier. Woods’ manager, Mark Steinberg, said Woods suffered from spasms on Thursday night after dinner. “Tiger Woods went into a spasm in his lower back fairly late last night, got treatment done early this morning for 3 1-2 hours, but can’t get it out.” “He says it’s not the nerve, but back spasm, and he can’t get the spasms to calm down. He can move around, but he can’t make a full rotation in his swing.” Woods made a comeback after multiple back surgeries after a 16-month layoff, and was expected to play four times in five weeks, starting from last week’s Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines, where he missed the cut. The European Tour, without giving a reason, announced his withdrawal on Friday before Woods began his second round at Dubai. After Woods’ opening round, he said “I wasn’t in pain at all … I was just trying to hit shots and I wasn’t doing a very good job.”

MCCAAMBB – Men’s Junior College Basketball
Saturday
Lake Michigan College at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 3:00 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports

MCCAAWBB – Women’s Junior College Basketball
Saturday
Lake Michigan College at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 1:00 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Wheeling Nailers at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.
Reading Royals at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
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Lake Michigan Catholic 63, River Valley 13

  • Lake Michigan Catholic ran away with a 63-13 win over River Valley.  The Lakers opened the game on a 25-0 run and the Mustangs never recovered.  Ryan Tidey poured in 18 points to help lead Catholic to its 6th straight win.  Andrew Bellaire led River Valley with six points.

Girls Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic 23, River Valley 19

  • Lake Michigan Catholic rallied for a 23-19 win over River Valley.  The Lakers trailed 19-9 after three quarters but went on to outscore the Mustangs 14-0 in the 4th quarter to pull it out.  Jamie Tidey led Catholic with seven points.  River Valley got eight points from Ashley Jones.

Michigan Lutheran 58, Countryside Academy 29

  • Michigan Lutheran improved to 11-2 overall and 7-0 in the BCS White Division with a 58-29 win over Countryside Academy.  The Titans were led by Emily Witkowski who had 17 points, Erika Rosenbaum added 13 for the Titans in the win.  Shantal Thompson had a game high 19 points to lead Countryside.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC – Games at 7:15 p.m.
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Portage Northern at Niles
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan
Loy Norrix vs. Kalamazoo Central (at WMU)

Non-Conference/Independent
Benton Harbor at Portage Central, 7:15 p.m.
Covert at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine – Games at 7:15 p.m.
South Haven at Paw Paw    Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac
Allegan at Plainwell
Otsego at Three Rivers
Sturgis at Vicksburg

BCS
Parchment at Berrien Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at Centreville, 9:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 7:15 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.

SAC – Games at 7:30 p.m.
Coloma at Hartford
Watervliet at Saugatuck
Bangor at Gobles
Decatur at Lawrence
Martin at Eau Claire
Lawton at Delton-Kellogg
Marcellus at Bloomingdale
Fennville at Kalamazoo Christian
Constantine at Kalamazoo Hackett
Galesburg Augusta at Schoolcraft

Girls Basketball
SMAC – Games at 5:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Portage Northern at Niles
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan
Loy Norrix vs. Kalamazoo Central (at WMU)

Non-Conference/Independent
Benton Harbor at Portage Central, 5:45 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Plainwell, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Parchment at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Grace Christian, 6:00 p.m.

SAC – Games at 6:00 p.m.
Coloma at Hartford
Watervliet at Saugatuck
Bangor at Gobles
Decatur at Lawrence
Martin at Eau Claire
Lawton at Delton-Kellogg
Marcellus at Bloomingdale
Fennville at Kalamazoo Christian
Constantine at Kalamazoo Hackett
Galesburg Augusta at Schoolcraft

Ice Hockey
Lakeshore/St. Joseph vs. Valparaiso, 7:45 p.m.               (at Ice Box, South Bend)

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Dream Academy at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Wyoming Western Michigan Lutheran at Michigan Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.