3.22.17:  Red Wings clip Canadiens 2-1 in OT




MONTREAL (AP) — Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Mantha scored his 15th of the season on a wrist shot from close range to give the Red Wings their third win in four games.

Justin Abdelkader scored in the first period for Detroit while Artturi Lehkonen tied it for Montreal late in the third.

The Red Wings led 1-0 for almost 56 minutes until Lehkonen tied the game at 17:31 of the third period.

Collecting the puck in his zone, the Finnish rookie skated in and, using Niklas Kronwall as a screen, fired a wrist shot from the slot inside a post for his 13th of the season.


3.22.17:  Jumper at buzzer gives Nets 98-96 win over Pistons


NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris’ follow shot with 2.4 seconds left.

Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and shot the jumper as it appeared he might lose control of the ball, making the shot to cap a 29-point night.

Harris had 24 points for the Pistons, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 19. Andre Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds, but he left midway through the fourth quarter after appearing to injure his knee.


3.21.17:  Kalamazoo Central’s Livers named Mr. Basketball in Michigan




DETROIT (AP) — Isaiah Livers of Kalamazoo Central has been named Mr. Basketball for the state of Michigan.

Livers, who has signed to play at Michigan for the Wolverines next season, edged Xavier Tillman of Grand Rapids Christian in voting by members of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. The Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award is given to the state’s top senior by the coaches group in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press. Schram covered high school sports for the Free Press for over 40 years.

Past winners of the award include Chris Webber, Glen Rice, Shane Battier and Jason Richardson.

Livers averaged 17.5 points and 14 rebounds per game during the regular season. Kalamazoo Central faces Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday in a Class A quarterfinal.


3.21.17:  Red Wings lost to Buffalo: 2-1




DETROIT (AP) — Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods, and the Buffalo Sabres held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Robin Lehner made 34 saves for the Sabres.

Tomas Tatar scored in his third straight game, pulling Detroit within a goal midway through the second.

The Red Wings had power plays early and late in the third period but failed to take advantage of their opportunities to tie the game, falling to 0 for 4 with an extra skater.

Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for Detroit.


3.20.17:  MI upset Louisville




TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to help Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a 90-70 victory over Michigan State on Sunday. Miles Bridges scored 22 points to lead the Spartans, despite leaving briefly in the first half with an injury.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 Sunday and into the Sweet 16. The seventh-seeded Wolverines have won seven straight — six since a frightening plane accident before the Big Ten Tournament.


3.17.17:  Middle Tennessee, Xavier pull off mild surprises




UNDATED (AP) — Middle Tennessee State and Xavier pulled off the biggest upsets during the first round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday. The 12th-seeded Blue Raiders rode Reggie Upshaw’s 19 points to an 81-72 win against Minnesota. Trevon Blueitt scored 21 points and Sean O’Mara had 18 in the Musketeers’s 76-65 decision over Maryland.


— Top seeds Villanova and Gonzaga have moved into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the Wildcats opened the second half on a 21-6 run before completing a 76-56 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Przemek Karnowski provided three big baskets down the stretch to help the Bulldogs pull away in a 66-46 win against South Dakota State.


Michigan and Michigan State both play their first round games today.


3.16.17:  Pistons and Red Wings both get beat



(AP) – The Detroit Pistons lost to Utah: 97-83.  They will take Thursday off and be back in action Friday against Toronto.


J.T. Compher scored his first NHL goal, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday night. Matt Duchene scored his first goal in 12 games and Carl Soderberg added his first in 18 games as the NHL-worst Avalanche won at home for the third time in four tries.


3.15.17:  Cornerstone gets beat by Union College




(M-Live)–Cornerstone struggled for a few minutes in the second half, and that was all it took for No. 1-seeded Union of Kentucky to take advantage Tuesday in the NAIA Division II championship.

An 11-2 run over a five minute period starting six minutes into the second half was enough to propel the Bulldogs past No. 2 Cornerstone, 72-69, in Point Lookout, Missouri.

“We had a tough stretch in there where our shots didn’t fall, we had some turnovers and just couldn’t get stops during that time and we couldn’t come back from that,” said Cornerstone coach Kim Elders.

The Golden Eagles, who finish 33-4, were down by a point, 36-35, at halftime and were briefly ahead twice early in the second half on baskets by Kyle Steigenga.

But after Michael McLaughlin’s basket at 14:39 made it 45-45, the Golden Eagles got only a pair of free throws over the next 5:37 as the Bulldogs pulled ahead 59-47.

Cornerstone didn’t get another field goal until Cory Cox’s jumper at the 8:04 mark that made it 61-52.

“They did everything we expected,” Elders said. “They’re a high-pressure defense, and strong offensive rebounding and athletic. We knew all that was going to be there. We just didn’t handle it as good as we needed to.”

Cornerstone shot 41.2 percent, including 26.3 percent beyond the arc.
Steigenga had 30 points on 10 of 17 from the field along with 10 rebounds. Michael McLaughlin had 16 points.

It marked the first time Cornerstone had lost in the finals. The program was 3-0 previously, with the last time coming in 2015..

“We have to look at the big picture, and we had a great season,” Elders said as the team prepared to go to a post-game reception. “I told the guys to hold up their heads. They’ve got so much to be proud of.”

3.14.17:  CU beat Bellevue Univ.: 69-57




-#2 Cornerstone pulled away in the second half of Monday’s NAIA DII National Semifinal game against #22 Bellevue to post a 69-57 win.

The victory lifts the golden Eagles to 34-3 on the year and into the program’s fourth ever national title game.

CU will play #1 ranked Union College (KY) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN 3.

3.13.17:  MI & MSU play first round games Friday




— March Madness is underway and the  NCAA Tournament seeds and first-round matchups were announced Sunday.

Michigan, which won the Big Ten Tournament championship earlier Sunday, was named the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region. The Wolverines will play No. 10 Oklahoma State on Friday. The game will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Michigan State received the No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region. The Spartans will play No. 8 Miami (Fla.) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also on Friday.


 Villanova is the first overall seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as it seeks a second straight national championship. Kansas is No. 1 in the Midwest despite its loss to TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals. North Carolina has the top seed in the South, and Gonzaga heads the West Region.