3.27.15:  4 winners advance, 4 more games tonight


 (AP) — Kentucky doubled up West Virginia 78-39 in a one-sided Midwest Regional semifinal last night that sends the 37-0 Wildcats into the Elite Eight. Trey Lyles scored 14 point and Andrew Harrison added 13 for the 37-0 Wildcats, who face Notre Dame in Saturday’s Midwest final.


Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and third-seeded Notre Dame dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists.


Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. Zak Showalter came off the bench to score six points in the Badgers’ 19-7 comeback run that sent them into the West Regional final Saturday against No. 2 seed Arizona.


Second-seed Arizona earned the right to play Wisconsin for the West final by rallying past Xavier 68-60. T.J. McConnell scored 17 points for Arizona, which went on a 19-7 run in the final seven minutes to win.



Four regional semifinals are scheduled for tonight. In the East, N.C. State plays Louisville and Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team plays Oklahoma. In the South Region, UCLA plays Gonzaga followed by top-seed Duke taking on Utah out of the Pac-12.


3.26.15:  NCAA Tournament is back


UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Tournament resumes this evening with games in Cleveland and Los Angeles. On the home court of the NBA Cavaliers, the first game has Notre Dame playing Wichita State while in the second contest it’ll be Kentucky and West Virginia. In the building where the Lakers and Clippers play their home games, the Wisconsin Badgers are facing North Carolina and Arizona plays Xavier.

 Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield might need to deliver when Oklahoma faces Michigan State tomorrow night for a trip to the Elite Eight. He’s made big plays before. He drained two 3-pointers in overtime during a win at Texas Tech after going 1 for 10 from the field in regulation. His putback with 0.2 seconds left gave Oklahoma a 75-73 win over Kansas.


3.25.15:  2 area teams move on to the semi-finals


Boys High School Basketball quarter-finals took place Tuesday with 5 area teams participating.

  • (Class A) Lansing Everett beats Muskegon; 75-52
  • (Class B) Godwin Heights beats Spring Lake; 78-56
  • (Class B) Milan beats Otsego; 69-60
  • (Class C) NorthPointe Christian beats Shelby; 48-36
  • (Class D) Morenci beats Tri-Unity Christian; 60-43

The semi-finals will take place Thursday on the campus of Michigan State University.


3.25.15:  The Pistons gets a win but Red Wings & Tigers fall


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson had 28 points and nine assists as the Detroit Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 108-104 last night. Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for 54 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the game without committing a turnover. DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors.


DETROIT (AP) — Mike Smith made 33 saves to lead the Arizona Coyotes over the banged-up Detroit Red Wings 5-4 last night. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Coyotes. The Red Wings have lost seven of 10 and are clinging to third place in the Atlantic Division.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Detroit Tigers in a 9-8 loss last night to the New York Yankees. Cabrera had an opposite-field single in the first and drew a second-inning walk. He struck out to end the fourth and again leading off the seventh. The Tigers slugger has been the designated hitter in both of his games this spring.

3.24.15:  The Detroit Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers all back in action Tuesday


The Detroit Red Wings, Pistons, and Tigers had Monday off and all 3 teams are back in action Tuesday.


The Detroit Red Wings host Arizona, the Pistons take on Toronto, and the Detroit Tigers face the N.Y. Yankees in Spring Baseball.

3.23.15:  Trice leads Michigan State over Virginia again 60-54


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons under coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse, New York on Friday.

With top seed Villanova having lost Saturday, it is the first time a No. 1 and 2 seed from the same region didn’t advance to the Sweet 16 since Kentucky and Gonzaga in 2004.

The Spartans stole a page from last year’s regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2 of 17 from 3-point range.

Last year, the Spartans upset the top-seeded Cavaliers in the regional semifinal by holding Virginia to 35.1 percent shooting.

The Cavaliers (30-4) were led by Anthony Gill’s 11 points and Darion Atkins’ 10 points and 14 rebounds.


MSU will take on Oklahoma Friday  night at 10:07 p.m.

3.20.15: NCAA tournament play results in some early upsets by #14 teams


UNDATED (AP) — For the first time in 20 years a pair of 14th seeds has advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Robert Brown scored 21 points and William Lee provided the final four points for UAB in a 60-59 triumph over third seed Iowa State. R.J. Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped Georgia State’s comeback from a 12-point deficit in a 57-56 victory over No. 3 Baylor.


Meanwhile, top seeds Kentucky and Villanova easily advanced to the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds in sending top-ranked Kentucky past Hampton 79-56, leaving the Wildcats 35-0. Dylan Ennis had 16 points as Villanova rolled to its 16th consecutive victory, 93-52 over Lafayette.


Michigan State gets ready to take on Georgia this afternoon around 12:40 p.m.

3.19.15;  The Detroit Pistons fall to 76ers while Tigers get beat by Pirates


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ish Smith scored 15 points to pace a balanced offense, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Jason Richardson added 14 points for Philadelphia, which won for just the second time in 10 games. The 76ers continued to have success against the Pistons, winning three of four meetings this season.

Philadelphia rookie big man Nerlens Noel left with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third quarter with a right foot contusion and didn’t return. Noel, who sat out all of last season with a left knee injury, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 12.



BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Tony Sanchez, Starling Marte and Willy Garcia homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Detroit Tigers 8-7 Wednesday night.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his fifth straight game because of lower body soreness. Outfielder Jose Tabata fouled a pitch off his left foot in the third inning and left the game on a golf cart.

Marte also doubled and singled, raising his spring average to .370.

Ian Kinsler doubled and singled twice for the Tigers.

Starting pitchers A.J. Burnett of the Pirates and Shane Greene of the Tigers both went 3 2-3 innings and allowed two runs.

3.18.15:  Cornerstone beat Dakota Wesleyan 66-45


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – (Mlive) - Cornerstone had to wait to celebrate an NAIA Division II basketball title Monday, even though the Golden Eagles were ready to burst by halftime.

An outstanding first half, which featured an 18-point lead within 10 minutes, set up a second half of defensive maintenance before Cornerstone could whoop it with a 66-45 victory against Dakota Wesleyan at Point Lookout, Mo.

Then the No. 3-seeded Golden Eagles did with an exclamation point in the program’s third national championship to finish 33-5.


Ben Lanning had 24 points and 10 rebounds freshman Kyle Steigenga – who was named the tournament MVP – had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a title game that was an unexpected rout.

No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan (32-5) came in as the top scoring team in NAIA at 87 points a game, but left with nearly just half that total and shot 23 percent (13 of 57), and just 19 percent beyond the arc (5 of 26).

Defense beat offense in this case. Cornerstone, which led the nation in 3-point defense percentage (29.4 percent) and was third in overall defense (39.4 percent), did a number on the Tigers, who had the lowest total in an NAIA title game.

It was quite a shock for Dakota Wesleyan, which rolled past WHAC co-champ Davenport in the semifinals on Monday 80-51.

It left coach Kim Elders in awe of what he witnessed.

“I’ve never seen it before and never been a part of anything like this,” he said. “This is the best defensive performance I’ve ever been apart of in my 22 years at Cornerstone.

“I am so proud. They deserve this and they worked so hard for this.”

The team gained the fundamentals of a difficult defense during a brief walk-through in the morning.

“We focused pretty hard on what they do,” said Lanning. “We switched a lot, we communicated and we got through screens. They kind of have an unorthodox offense but we didn’t have many breakdowns and played great defense and got the job done.”

The Golden Eagles had early leads of 12-3 and 27-12 as Steigenga and Lanning each had eight points within 11 minutes.

The first 20-point lead came on Justin Pepper’s jumper with 2:26 remaining before the Eagles left the court with a 42-20 lead at halftime.

Dakota Wesleyan’s Jalen Voss had 15 of his team’s 20 points and finished with 20 of their 45.

Cornerstone had just six points through 12 minutes of the second half, both on 3-pointers by Lanning. But defense was the emphasis as the Golden Eagles maintained a lead of at least 16 points throughout the remainder of the game.

Lanning’s first thought at the buzzer?

“We’re national champions and it really hadn’t hit me and I don’t know if it will hit be until we get back,” he said. “I can’t wait until we get back to Grand Rapids and see that (team) picture up in our little lounge there and the banner goes up in the gym. It’s just a surreal feeling right now.”

Lanning had 14 of the Golden Eagles 24 second-half points, including three 3-pointers.

The Golden Eagles also won national titles in 1999 and 2011.

3.17.15:  Cornerstone Men’s Basketball team will take on Dakota Wesleyan


GRAND RAPIDS, MI -(Mlive) - Cornerstone University reached the NAIA Tournament championship thanks to a strong second half Monday in a 91-81 win against Embry-Riddle in the semifinals in Lookout, Mo.

The Golden Eagles used a 12-0 run to go up 60-52 and held control the rest of the way to advance to Tuesday’s 6 p.m. (EDT) final against Dakota Wesleyan.

Dakota Wesleyan defeated Davenport in the earlier semifinal, 80-51.


No. 2-seed Cornerstone (32-5), in search of their third national title, bounced back from a slow start in the second half against No. 3 Embry-Riddle (35-2). The Golden Eagles led 41-37 at halftime, then slipped behind 52-48 to prompt a timeout. Cory Cox then went on a run, getting a steal and a bucket, followed by a 3-pointer to put the team in front to stay.

“We were getting pushed around,” Cornerstone coach Kim Elders said of the timeout. “You got to be a man in this game and we needed to step up and we let them know.”

Cox, a 6-foot-5 sophomore who came in hitting 42 percent of his 3-pointers, had a game-high 19 points on 4 of 8 beyond the arc.

Embry-Riddle closed within six late, at 83-77, on a basket by Cesar Pastrana before Michael McLaughlin had a pair of baskets as part of an 8-4 run to finish it off.

“This is great, this is what we’ve been working for,” Elders said. “We felt like we could have a championship-caliber team and now we have one more game to get there.”

Cornerstone shot 59 percent in the second half, and finished at 52 percent, highlighted by 14 of 25 (56 percent) beyond the arc.

Kyle Steigenga and Travis Wells each added 14 points. The Golden Eagles had six players score in double figures. Ban Lanning had 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Golden Eagles reached the semifinals after a 75-64 win against No. 9 St. Francis (Ind.) on Saturday.

Cornerstone is in its 13th tournament appearance with an overall record of 31-10. The Golden Eagles won it all 1999 and 2011.