Sunday, December 17, 2017

Quick start lifts Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In the middle of another rough shooting night, Tim Hardaway found himself open on the left wing.

With Michigan needing a basket, the talented sophomore didn't hesitate.

"It was a walk-in 3, and we got it from penetration. That's when, as a team, we strive to shoot those types of balls," he said. "Lucky enough, it went in."

Hardaway's 3-pointer with 2:58 left helped the 23rd-ranked Wolverines hold off No. 20 Indiana 68-56 Wednesday night. Michigan scored the game's first 13 and led by 20 before the Hoosiers rallied to cut the deficit to two. With the score 52-50, Hardaway and Stu Douglass made 3-pointers.

"Coach looked at us and was begging us to make open shots," Douglass said.

During the final seconds, the Michigan fans began chanting "Beat the Spartans!" The Wolverines will try for their fourth straight victory over Michigan State on Sunday in East Lansing.

Trey Burke scored 18 for the Wolverines, who improved to 13-0 at home. They got off to a quick start after last weekend's loss at No. 3 Ohio State.

Burke opened the scoring with a spinning layup and added two 3s, and Zack Novak's 3-pointer from the right corner put Michigan (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten) ahead 13-0.

The Hoosiers (17-6, 5-6) trailed 28-8 after a free throw by Michigan's Jordan Morgan.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 63, TEXAS A&M 60: Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put the visiting Bears (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) on top and added two free throws to seal it.

NO. 8 KANSAS 84, OKLAHOMA 62: Thomas Robinson had 20 points and 17 rebounds for the host Jayhawks (18-4, 8-1), who rebounded from their first Big 12 loss Saturday at Iowa State.

NO. 13 CREIGHTON 102, ILLINOIS ST. 74: Doug McDermott scored 25 to lead six players in double figures for the host Bluejays (21-2, 11-1 MVC), who won their 11th straight.

NO. 14 G'TOWN 58, UCONN 44: Hollis Thompson had 18 points, and the host Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East) held the Huskies to season lows in points and shooting (30 percent).

MIAMI 90, MARYLAND 86, 2OT: The host Hurricanes (13-7, 4-3 ACC) blew a 16-point second-half lead and had two players foul out and one sit out with an injury but still won, sinking seven consecutive free throws in the final 51 seconds.

TAMPA 98, ROLLINS 88: Ashton Graham had a career-high 30 points and Callum Townsend a career-best 26 for the visiting Spartans (5-15, 1-9 Sunshine State), who hit a season-high 16 3-pointers.

ECKERD 78, NOVA SE 72: Lance Kearse had 30 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Tritons (14-5, 7-3 SSC), who won their third straight game.

LYNN 61, SAINT LEO 50: The visiting Lions (9-10, 3-6 SSC) shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Beloved coach dies

Charlie Spoonhour won big wherever he went and left 'em all smiling.

The popular, homespun coach who put Missouri State on the map with five NCAA Tournament appearances and led Saint Louis to three more with a mixture of sharpshooting and tenacious defense known as Spoonball, died in Chapel Hill, N.C., after a two-year battle with a lung disease. He was 72.

"Charlie was one of a kind," Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin said. "He was magnetic, charismatic. Just an unforgettable character."

In 19 seasons as a Division I head coach, the last three at UNLV from 2001-04, Mr. Spoonhour went 373-202.

NO. 9 MICHIGAN ST.: Forward Draymond Green was diagnosed with a sprained left knee and is listed as day to day.

PROVIDENCE: Freshman forward Sidiki Johnson, who was suspended from Arizona then left the program in the fall, will transfer next season.

USF women fall 55-52

TAMPA — USF blew a chance to move back above .500 in the Big East, getting dominated on the boards in a 55-52 loss to West Virginia.

Jasmine Wynne had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (12-11, 4-5), who were outrebounded 51-28 by the Mountaineers (16-6, 6-3) and were outscored 13-5 on second chances.

"We knew what West Virginia did well; we just didn't do what we were supposed to in the paint," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

ROLLINS 79, TAMPA 51: The visiting Spartans (9-11, 2-8 Sunshine State) committed a season-high 25 turnovers.

ECKERD 50, NOVA SE 48: Krystal Charles had 17 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Tritons (12-6, 6-4 SSC), who held off a late rally.

LYNN 62, SAINT LEO 52: The host Fighting Knights used a 14-3 run early in the second half to rally past the Lions (6-13, 0-9 SSC).

NO. 1 BAYLOR 71, MISSOURI 41: Brittney Griner scored 18 and Kimetria Hayden had 15 points and four steals as the visiting Bears (22-0, 9-0 Big 12) rolled.

NO. 18 TEXAS A&M 67, NO. 25 TEXAS TECH 55: Adaora Elonu scored 16 for the visiting Aggies (15-5, 6-3 Big 12), who held the Raiders (15-6, 3-6) without a field goal for six minutes.


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