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Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018

Nebraska got 29 points and five assists from James Palmer Jr. and the Huskers pulled away in the second half to defeat Oklahoma State 79-56 last night at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Playing in front of essentially a home crowd, Nebraska also got 16 points and five rebounds from Isaac Copeland Jr. and 14 points and two steals from Thomas Allen. The Big Red outscored the Cowboys 47-26 in the second half after leading 32-30 at halftime. Nebraska improves to 9-2 while Oklahoma State falls to 4-6.

Top-seeded Stanford won an NCAA-record eighth national volleyball championship, with Kathryn Plummer finishing with 19 kills and ten digs and Holly Campbell adding 15 kills for the Cardinal in a five-set victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. Audriana Fitzmorris had 14 kills and Morgan Hentz had 32 digs for Stanford, which won 28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12 despite hitting only .250 against a Huskers team that pushed hard for a second consecutive title. Mikaela Foecke had 27 kills and a game-high 29 points for seventh-seeded Nebraska, which kept the two-time national player of the year Plummer from taking over but couldn’t pull away from a towering Stanford team that finished the season on a 32-match winning streak. Stanford finishes 34-1 in front of a crowd of 18,113 while Nebraska concludes at 29-7.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep is the new number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Lincoln Pius X stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High is once again first. In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca is the new number one after moving up from second, Hartington Cedar Catholic & Lutheran High Northeast enter the rankings at five & six respectively, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge slips from eighth to ninth, and BRLD drops from first to tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan is the new number one, Fullerton falls from first to third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family & Boyd County enters the rankings at number six & ten respectively, and Burwell drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock is once again first, Osmond moves up from fifth to fourth, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number six, Stuart jumps from tenth to eighth, and Wynot enters the rankings at number nine.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team has entered the Omaha World Herald rankings at number six in Class ‘C-2’. The 6-0 Eagles, who beat Norfolk Catholic & Homer last week, are outscoring their opponents on average 55.8-47.8. It is just the fourth time in school history the program has started 6-0. Lutheran High Northeast return to action on Tuesday when they host third ranked in Class ‘D-2’ 5-0 Riverside.

The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 2-4 on the season after a 41-34 road win at Boone Central/Newman Grove last Friday night. The Knights have beaten Omaha Gross and Boone Central/Newman Grove while falling to Lincoln Lutheran, Bishop Neumann, Battle Creek, and Lutheran High Northeast. Norfolk Catholic is being outscored on average through six games 48.3-42.7. The Knights return to action on Friday when they visit 2-2 Winnebago in a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM.

The Omaha World Herald ninth ranked and Lincoln Journal Star tenth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Laurel/Concord/Coleridge boys basketball squad is 6-1 to start the 2018-19 campaign. They have beaten Siouxland Community Christian of Iowa, Crofton, Homer, Emerson/Hubbard, Randolph, and Plainview while falling to Ponca. The Bears are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 79.1-51.4 through seven games. Their remaining home schedule includes games with Winnebago, Wayne, Hartington/Newcastle, Battle Creek, Osmond, and Wisner/Pilger. The Bears return to action on Tuesday when they visit 4-2 Bloomfield.

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 1-5 on the year and have dropped five in a row after dropping a contest at Homer last Friday 57-43. The Lady Eagles have beaten Wisner/Pilger while falling to West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Twin River, Pender, Norfolk Catholic, and Homer. They are being outscored on average through six games 57.3-40.8. Lutheran High Northeast returns to action on Tuesday when they host Class ‘D-2’ 0-5 Riverside.

Local Scores: WSC 75 Minnesota-Crookston 52 (MBB); WSC 88 Minnesota-Crookston 83 (WBB); Florida St. 71 Creighton 52 (WBB); Montana St. 59 Nebraska-Omaha 56 (WBB); (7) North Carolina St. 18 (11) Nebraska 17 (WR Dual).

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Brooklyn 144 Atlanta 127

Final Philadelphia 128 Cleveland 105

Final Indiana 110 N-Y Knicks 99

Final Washington 128 L.A. Lakers 110

Final Sacramento 120 Dallas 113

Final Miami 102 New Orleans 96

Final Denver 95 Toronto 86

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Vegas 4 N-Y Rangers 3

Final Carolina 3 Arizona 0

Final Calgary 7 St. Louis 2

Final Buffalo 4 Boston 2

Final OT Winnipeg 5 Tampa Bay 4

Final San Jose 7 Chicago 3

Final Vancouver 4 Edmonton 2

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Tennessee 17 N-Y Giants 0

Final Baltimore 20 Tampa Bay 12

Final Chicago 24 Green Bay 17

Final Buffalo 14 Detroit 13

Final Minnesota 41 Miami 17

Final Cincinnati 30 Oakland 16

Final Atlanta 40 Arizona 14

Final Indianapolis 23 Dallas 0

Final Washington 16 Jacksonville 13

Final OT San Francisco 26 Seattle 23

Final Pittsburgh 17 New England 10

Final Philadelphia 30 L.A. Rams 23

New Orleans at Carolina 8:15 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (9) Michigan St. 104 Green Bay 83

Final (24) Houston 68 Saint Louis 64

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