Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, Jan 3, 2019
Paul George scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook dropped down a triple-double on the Los Angeles Lakers as the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up a 107-100 victory at Los Angeles. Westbrook had 16 rebounds, ten assists and 14 points despite 3-20 shooting.
Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points as the Boston Celtics topped the Minnesota Timberwolves, 115-102. Terry Rozier scored eleven of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season in place of Kyrie Irving, who scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio.
Jalen Smith made a driving layup with 3.8 seconds left to break a tie, and Maryland used a late push to get past 24th ranked Nebraska 74-72 last night. Bruno Fernando had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points and Smith accounted for the Terrapins’ final seven points to finish with 15. Maryland trailed 71-70 before Smith made a follow-shot off a three-point try by Cowan with 28 seconds left. After James Palmer converted one of two free throws for the Huskers, Smith drove the middle of the lane for his decisive layup. Following a timeout, Nebraska tried to work the ball up the court before Ricky Lindo Jr. knocked away a pass under the basket. Palmer scored 26 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals to lead three players in double figures for NU, whose four-game winning streak ended. They drop to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Maryland improves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Mitchell Hahn and Matt Pile combined to score 39 points to lead five players in double figures as Nebraska-Omaha rolled past North Dakota State, 90-77 to win their second Summit League game in three starts to open the conference season last night. The Mavericks bounced back after taking their first loss in five games Sunday, falling to Oral Roberts after knocking off Denver in the conference opener. Hahn scored 20 points and Pile added a double-double with 19 points and twelve rebounds. The Mavericks shot 34-61 for 56% from the field, knocking down 11-24 from long range. UNO is now 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the Summit League while North Dakota State falls to 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Creighton men’s soccer head coach Johnny Torres will serve as one of eight coaches at the 2019 Adidas Major League Soccer Combine starting today in Orlando, Florida. Top collegiate players from across the country will showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 24 MLS clubs during the weeklong combine. Torres was named Creighton’s head men’s soccer coach on Nov. 12 after spending each of the past twelve seasons as an assistant coach for the Bluejays.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Wyatt Smydra of the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team. Last Monday at the Pierce Invite, he won the 138-pound weight class in dominating fashion by pinning all four of his opponents. Smydra now stands 14-2 on the season. He was nominated by coach Henry Aschoff. Congratulations to Wyatt Smydra of the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: NC at Wayne (BBB-7:45); Nebraska at Iowa (WBB-7:00).
Tonight: The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball squad visits Wayne at 7:45. Pregame coverage at approximately 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Friday Evening: The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Lincoln Southwest starting with the girls’ game at 5:45. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, the Randolph girls & boys host Creighton starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Wyatt Smydra of the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team.
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Miami 117 Cleveland 92
Final Dallas 122 Charlotte 84
Final Washington 114 Atlanta 98
Final Brooklyn 126 New Orleans 121
Final Orlando 112 Chicago 84
Final Boston 115 Minnesota 102
Final Detroit 101 Memphis 94
Final Philadelphia 132 Phoenix 127
Final Oklahoma City 107 L.A. Lakers 100
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 7 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Calgary 5 Detroit 3
Final OT Vancouver 4 Ottawa 3
Final Dallas 5 New Jersey 4
Final Edmonton 3 Arizona 1
Final San Jose 5 Colorado 4
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (5) Kansas 70 (23) Oklahoma 63
Final (6) Nevada 72 Utah St. 49
Final (8) Michigan St. 81 Northwestern 55
Final (11) Texas Tech 62 West Virginia 59
Final (15) North Carolina 77 Harvard 57
Final (19) Houston 74 Tulsa 56
Final Maryland 74 (24) Nebraska 72