Sports: MSU Beats OSU
Big Ten Tournament
Denzel Valentine scored 23 points with eight rebounds and seven assists as third-seed Michigan State topped six-seed Ohio State 76-67 in the Big 10 Tournament quarterfinals from Chicago last night. Travis Trice finished with 18 points and Branden Dawson added 14 points. The Spartans advance to the semifinal game on Saturday against two-seed Maryland, which edged Indiana 75-69. Broadcast time is 2:30 on WBCK. If MSU wins, they’ll play in the Big Ten Championship game on Sunday at 2:30.
Frank Kaminsky tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds as fifth-ranked and top-seed Wisconsin pulled away late to beat ninth-seed Michigan 71-60 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center Friday. Zak Irvin scored a game-high 21 points for the Wolverines. The loss dropped Michigan to 16-and-16.
They are waiting to see if they get a bid to the NIT tourney.
Chris Fowler scored 26 points as top-seeded Central Michigan advanced to the championship of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 75-66 win over Toledo in the semifinals on Friday night. The Chippewas (23-7), seeking their first title since center Chris Kaman led them in 2003, will play second-seeded Buffalo on Saturday night for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off at the Quicken Loans Arena is 7:30 p.m. Central Michigan won both games during the regular season, most recently 75-74 on Feb. 14. John Simons added 23 for Central Michigan.
Pistons Lose Again
Damian Lillard had 28 points and nine assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-99 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Portland last night. Greg Monroe ended with 19 points for Detroit, which was handed its ninth straight loss. Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 17 boards in defeat. The Pistons finish their four-game road trip tonight when they visit the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is 9:00 p.m.
Tigers Beat Braves
Jason Krizan and Josh Wilson each drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers clobbered the Atlanta Braves, 12-2, in Grapefruit League play on Friday. Jordan Lennerton had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Tigers, who pounded out 13 hits in the contest. Shane Greene struck out two over three innings of work. The Tigers have split-squad games this afternoon in Florida against the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Both game times are 1:05 p.m.
The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice this afternoon when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers. The puck drops at the Wells Fargo Center at 1:00 p.m. The Wings are in third-place in the Atlantic Division.
Rams Sign Fairley
The St. Louis Rams continued their busy week on Friday, signing former Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley to an undisclosed contract. Fairley spent the first four seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions, appearing in 46 of a possible 64 games and recording 13 1/2 sacks and 98 combined tackles. His best season came in 2013 when he appeared in 15 games and recorded six sacks and 35 tackles. Last year, he played in just eight games and had one sack.
The 19th-ranked Michigan Wolverines beat the Michigan State Spartans 5-to-3 last night at Munn Arena in East Lansing. The Michigan win snapped the longest home win streak MSU had managed (seven) since 2002, souring Ryan Keller's first career hat trick in the process. Dexter Dancs and Cutler Martin scored for the Wolverines in the first period, and Dylan Larkin notched a goal in the second. Michigan State(16-15-2, 10-7-2-2 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (20-13-0, 12-7-0-0) face off again at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Yost Ice Arena on the Michigan campus.
High School District Finals
The Bellevue Broncos ended St. Phillip’s season with a 59-41 win last night at the Tiger Den. Broncos senior Chris Patterson scored 15 unanswered points to start the 4th quarter, and finished with a game-high 27. Bellevue advances to host Lansing Christian in the regional semifinals on Monday.
Harper Creek moves to 21-2 with a 55-43 win over Delton-Kellogg. It’s the third straight district championship for the Beavers. TraVon Johnson had 27 points to lead Harper Creek. The next step for Harper Creek is facing an Otsego team that knocked the Beavers out of the regional last year. We'll have the game on WBCK on Monday night, from Comstock High School.
Eaton Rapids 65, Olivet 47
Dansville 45, Galesburg-Augusta 38
Mendon 48,Athens 47
West Michigan Wolves
The West Michigan Wolves must win at home today to keep their season alive. The Wolves are down 1-0 in the best-of-3 second-round series with Wisconsin after a 3-2 loss on Thursday. The puck drops at 2pm today at the Rink. If West Michigan wins, it will force a deciding Game 3 at The Rink in Battle Creek at 2 p.m. Sunday.