Saturday, December 21, 2013
Lakers outlast Timberwolves 104-91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xavier Henry, the fourth player to start at point guard this season for the injury-ravaged Lakers, scored 21 points and Los Angeles began another long stretch without Kobe Bryant by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-91 on Friday night.
The Lakers returned from a 2-2 road trip and ended a three-game home losing streak. Pau Gasol, the only player to start all 26 games for the Lakers, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Nick Young scored a team-high 25 points off the bench, including a 4-point play that gave the Lakers a lead after Corey Brewer fouled him behind the arc with 2:37 left in the third quarter.
Kevin Love scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds for Minnesota, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Heat stay hot, roll past Kings 122-103
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat put up a season high for points, rolling past the Sacramento Kings 122-103 on Friday night.
LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won four straight overall and 18 of its last 19 against the Kings.
Ray Allen added 18 and Mario Chalmers scored 16 for the Heat, who shot 61 percent.
DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 27 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. Ben McLemore scored 20 and Rudy Gay added 14 for Sacramento, which has now dropped the first three games of its four-game trip.
Ducks win 7th straight, 3-2 over Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri scored at 2:37 of overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to seven with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Palmieri, from nearby Montvale, N.J., swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked a wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.
Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who matched the franchise record with their second seven-game winning streak this season. Jonas Hiller made 19 saves in the win.
Andy Greene and Michael Ryder had the Devils goals.
Princeton dispatches Pacific in Las Vegas, 83-58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — T.J. Bray scored 20 points and dished out eight assists to lead Princeton to an 83-58 win over Pacific in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic Friday night.
Bray, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, set a school record with 13 assists in his last game, an 81-79 win over Penn State in overtime.
Princeton (9-1) is off to its best start since the 1997-98 season. That squad was ranked No. 19 in the nation after nine games.
Princeton got 13 points from Hans Brase and 12 from Spencer Weisz while the Tigers shot a crisp 27 of 53 from the field (50.9 percent) and 18 of 39 from 3-point range.
Pacific (8-2) got 12 points from Sama Taku and 10 from T. J Wallace.
Princeton plays Portland Saturday in its final game of the tournament. Pacific plays Bradley.
UC SANTA BARBARA-UTAH ST
Utah State beats UC Santa Barbara 77-71 in OT
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 77-71 victory over UC Santa Barbara in overtime Friday night.
After trailing by three at the break, UCSB came back in the second period on an 11-3 run to lead 49-39 at 9:23.
Butterfield hit a 3-pointer at 6:57 to bring the Aggies (8-2) to within three and a layup near the two-minute mark to tie the score 62-62. A Marcel Davis free throw gave the lead back to the Aggies with 44 seconds remaining.
Kyle Boswell hit a 3-pointer to put the Gauchos back up 65-63 with 41 seconds remaining and the Aggies' Kyle Davis sank a tip shot to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Butterfield's seven points made the difference in overtime to give the edge to Utah State.
Boswell led the Gauchos (6-4) with 27 points.
UC Riverside tops UIC on game-winning layup 57-56
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Nick Gruninger made a game-winning layup with 2.6 seconds remaining to lead UC Riverside past Illinois-Chicago 57-56 on Friday night.
Gruninger's game-winner came after Kelsey Barlow hit a go-ahead jumper for Illinois-Chicago with nine seconds left.
Chris Patton led UC Riverside (4-6) with 15 points while Taylor Johns added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gruninger finished with 11 points.
Illinois-Chicago (5-7) trailed 40-30 with under 16 minutes to play but went on a 20-6 run to build a four-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.
UC Riverside regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Sam Finley with 3:09 left, putting the Highlanders up 55-54. Neither team scored after that until the game's final nine seconds.
Barlow led the Flames with 17 points.
SMU beats Wyoming 62-54
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Markus Kennedy scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds as SMU continued its defensive dominance with a 62-54 win over Wyoming on Friday night.
Wyoming (7-4) was led by Larry Nance Jr.'s 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jerron Granberry added 12 points and Josh Adams 10 for the Cowboys.
The game featured five ties and 10 lead changes before the Mustangs (10-2) took the lead for good at 54-52 on a 3-pointer by Nick Russell with 3:55 remaining. After Adams missed a 14-footer and Nance failed to hit a free throw, Keith Frazier clinched it with a 3 with 1:42 left.
SMU, which entered the game holding opponents to 35.7 percent from the field, stayed true to form, limiting Wyoming to 34.8 percent (16 of 46).
The Mustangs won their fifth straight and outrebounded the Cowboys 39-29, marking the 11th time in 12 games that SMU has won the boards.
CS NORTHRIDGE-TEXAS A&M-CC
Dunk lifts CS Northridge past Texas A&M-CC, 67-66
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Stephen Maxwell's dunk with 1:18 left lifted Cal State-Northridge to a 67-66 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night.
Maxwell converted a pair of free throws to give CS Northridge a six point lead with 3:42 to play, but the Islanders got six straight points from Johnathan Jordan and a 3-pointer from Brandon Pyle to take a 66-65 lead with 1:37 left.
Both Jordan and Rashawn Thomas missed jumpers in the final minute.
Josh Greene and Stephan Hicks each scored 18 points to lead the Matadors (6-5). Aaron Parks added 12 points off the bench and Maxwell finished with 11. CS Northridge shot 23 of 44 from the field (52.3 percent).
CS Northridge held a six-point lead after a pair of Maxwell free throws with 3:42 left
Jordan led Texas A&M-CC (3-9) with 18 points, with Thomas adding another 10.
No. 24 Florida State edges Pacific 73-66
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Florida State to a 73-66 win over Pacific in the Long Beach Classic on Friday night.
Morgan Jones and Yashira Delgado contributed 11 points apiece for Florida State (10-1), which had hold off Pacific late in the second half by hitting 6 of 8 from the foul line in the closing minutes to preserve the win.
Pacific (4-5) trailed the entire game but kept the score close, narrowing the gap to four points on a 3-pointer by Madison Parrish to make it 67-63 with 1:37 left. But the Tigers couldn't overtake Florida State down the stretch.
Kendall Kenyon led Pacific with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while KiKi Moore added 14 points and Parrish had 10.
Florida State went 23 of 59 from the field and was just 1 of 11 from 3-point range.
BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN-CENTRAL CATHOLIC
Central Catholic beats Bakersfield Christian 36-23
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Freshman running back Montell Bland ran for 103 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead Modesto's Central Catholic High to a 36-23 win over Bakersfield Christian, and its second consecutive CIF State Football Bowl Championship, Friday night at the StubHub Center.
The Raiders, who ended their season with a 14-game winning streak, found themselves trailing early but they were able to take advantage of turnovers by the Eagles to get back on track.
Bakersfield Christian (12-3) scored on its first possession, only to give the points back with a fumble deep in its own territory. Jared Rice picked up the loose ball at the 22 and returned it for Central Catholic's first touchdown.
The Eagles regained the lead on the ensuing drive, with Brandon Jones scoring on a 2-yard run.
Trailing 14-7, Central Catholic (15-1) inched its way closer with a 30-yard field goal by Kenny Smart, and a safety. The Eagles had 237 yards of offense in the first half, compared to the Raiders' 115, but another Smart field goal gave Central Catholic a 15-14 halftime lead.
The Raiders added to their lead in the third quarter following Jackson Finch's interception of a Jones pass. That led to Bland's first touchdown, a run in which he broke six tackles and left several Bakersfield Christian players in his wake.
The Raiders controlled the ball and the tempo for most of the second half and had little trouble in securing the win.
Jones led Bakersfield Christian with 380 passing yards on a 26-for-41 night.
SBD-US GRAND PRIX
Anderson leads slopestyle qualifying
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Jamie Anderson moved closer to wrapping up a spot on the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team Friday, finishing first in slopestyle qualifying at the U.S. Grand Prix.
Anderson, a four-time Winter X Games champion, is trying for back-to-back wins in Olympic selection events. She won the Dew Tour last week.
She posted a 96.0 in qualifying and if she is the top American finisher in Sunday's final, she'll wrap up one of the two available slopestyle spots on the U.S. team with three qualifying events still remaining.
Oscillator wins turf feature at Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Oscillator overtook J and S Express in the final yards to win the $49,250 feature by a half-length at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday.
Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Oscillator ran six furlongs on the turf in 1:09.74 and paid $7.80, $4.20 and $2.80. It was her first win on the turf in four tries.
J and S Express returned $7.20 and $4.40, while Always a Chance was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $4.40 to show.
Oscillator has three wins in 12 career starts and earnings of $131,500.
The 75-year-old track has two days of racing left before it closes for good Sunday.
Los Angeles Lakers sign PG Kendall Marshall
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Point guard Kendall Marshall has signed with the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers.
With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota.
Marshall was a lottery pick by Phoenix in 2012, but the North Carolina product made little impact with the Suns, who traded him to Washington. Marshall set the ACC's single-season record with 351 assists in 2012.
Los Angeles is without Bryant, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake. Farmar's torn hamstring will be re-evaluated next week, but the rest of the Lakers' injured guards are out for several more weeks.
Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 swingman, is expected to be the Lakers' starting point guard in the near future.