Thursday, November 21, 2013
Cousins scores 19 points, Kings beat Suns 113-106
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins overcame a sore shoulder to score 19 points and grab 12 rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Phoenix Suns 113-106 on Wednesday night for their first road win of the season.
The Kings took control in the third quarter, turning a five-point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage. They finished off a back-to-back sweep after beating Phoenix at home on Tuesday night.
The Suns lost their fourth straight game.
Cousins dislocated his left shoulder in Tuesday night's game. Kings coach Michael Malone said the big center got injured when he was fouled, but he continued to play that night and started Wednesday's game, playing 27 minutes.
Griffin, Paul carry Clippers past Wolves, 102-98
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds while dominating his matchup with Kevin Love and Chris Paul scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Paul finished with 20 points and 11 assists for his 12th straight double-double to open the season, breaking Magic Johnson's previous mark of 11 straight in 1990-91.
He scored 12 straight points for the Clippers in the final 3:41 to hold off another late charge from the Wolves.
Kevin Martin had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves.
But Love managed just 10 points on 2-for-14 shooting to go with 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who have lost two straight to start a tough stretch of five games in seven nights.
SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN-SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State routs San Diego Christian 93-41
SAN DIEGO (AP) — JJ O'Brien scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead San Diego State to a 93-41 rout over NAIA San Diego Christian Wednesday night.
Five players scored in double-figures for San Diego State (2-1) and nine of the ten players that saw the floor scored at least two points.
Josh Davis had 15 points, 13 rebounds and Dwayne Polee II added 14 for the Aztecs.
San Diego State scored the first 21 points of the game in route to a 49-23 lead at halftime. San Diego Christian was held to 22 percent from the field for the game. The Aztecs outrebounded the Hawks 51-34, and shot 56 percent from the field including 8-of-17 from 3.
Kwaminique Brandon led San Diego Christian with 14 points.
The Aztecs have now won 35-straight games versus teams from California. San Diego State will play in the Wooden Legacy Tournament on Thanksgiving night.
SAN JOSE ST-PEPPERDINE
San Jose State edges Pepperdine 83-77
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Jaleel Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Devante Wilson added 20 as San Jose State gave first-year head coach Dave Wojcik his first victory with an 83-77 win over Pepperdine Wednesday night.
Wilson hit six 3-pointers in the second half with four coming during a 20-8 run that gave the Spartans the lead at 13:12. They went ahead for good when Rashad Muhammad drove for a bucket and followed with a 3-pointer for a 78-75 advantage with 1:56 remaining. Stacy Davis' dunk made it a one-point game, but Williams made a 3-pointer and the Spartans added two free throws while Pepperdine didn't score again.
The Spartans (1-4) made 10 of 15 of their second-half 3-point attempts while the Waves (3-1) went 0 for 11 after making five in the first half. SJSU shot 51.9 percent from long range.
Brendan Lane scored a career-high 23 and Davis 20 for Pepperdine.
CAL POLY-FRESNO ST
Fresno State cruises past Cal Poly in 63-46 win
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Allen Huddleston scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Fresno State to a 63-46 win over Cal Poly on Wednesday night.
Huddleston was 4 of 9 from the field and got help from Marvelle Harris, who had 12 points, Cezar Guerrero with 11, and Alex Davis and Paul Watson with 10 points apiece. The Bulldogs (3-1) outrebounded Cal Poly 45-28 and went 18 of 22 from the free-throw line.
The Mustangs (0-3) jumped to an early lead that held midway through the first half before Fresno State took control with a 12-2 run and carried a 31-19 advantage into the break. The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the second half.
Chris Eversley led Cal Poly with 14 points and seven rebounds, while David Nwaba added 11 points.
Devils rally past Ducks late, winning 4-3 in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr scored the tying goal with 1:01 left in regulation, and the New Jersey Devils ended Anaheim's eight-game home winning streak to open the season with a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.
Travis Zajac got credit for the winning goal at 2:58 of overtime, but the Ducks put it in their own net. Ben Lovejoy hit teammate Corey Perry with the puck while attempting to clear the crease, and it caromed past Jonas Hiller to end the longest season-opening home winning streak in Anaheim history.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal, and Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the NHL-leading Ducks, who have lost five straight. Anaheim was the league's only remaining unbeaten home team.
Martin Brodeur stopped 22 shots for the Devils.
AP Source: Mike Iupati's injured knee not torn
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of Mike Iupati's injury says the San Francisco 49ers left guard sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee Sunday and it isn't considered to be season-ending.
An MRI this week revealed the sprained medial collateral ligament, and Iupati isn't expected to need surgery, the person said Wednesday, requesting anonymity because the 49ers didn't reveal specifics on what happened to Iupati. He was carted off in the third quarter of a 23-20 loss at New Orleans.
He was hurt when running back Frank Gore got tackled into the back of Iupati's left leg.
The 26-year-old Iupati, a staple in San Francisco's veteran O-line, has started every game since the 49ers selected him 17th in the 2010 NFL draft out of Idaho.
Ingram returns to practice with big hit vs Te'o
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Melvin Ingram has returned to the practice field with an impact that left rookie Manti Te'o on his backside.
Ingram was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in May.
During a blocking drill early in practice, Ingram went up against Te'o, who was holding a large pad. Ingram hit Te'o so hard that it lifted the rookie off his feet and knocked him onto his backside.
Says Ingram: "I didn't even mean to. Just being anxious to be back out there and just do something you love."
The Chargers have until Dec. 10 to either add Ingram to the active roster or keep him on the physically unable to perform list.
Ingram was a first-round draft pick in 2012.
McGloin to start again for Raiders at QB
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Matt McGloin will start at quarterback for the second straight week for the Oakland Raiders after throwing three touchdown passes in his debut performance.
Coach Dennis Allen announced Wednesday that he was going with McGloin over Terrelle Pryor on Sunday against Tennessee.
Allen says McGloin earned another chance to start after becoming the fourth player since the 1970 merger to throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first career start when he led Oakland to a 28-23 win at Houston.
Allen says Pryor is still nursing a sore right knee and will be the backup on Sunday if he is healthy.
Pac-12's list of bowl-eligible teams up to 8
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 has eight bowl-eligible teams and could get up to 10 if Washington State and Utah finish strong.
Problem is, the conference may have too many teams vying for bowl slots.
The Pac-12 has seven bowl tie-ins, including the Rose Bowl. But with perhaps 75 or more teams eligible for the 35 bowls, some Pac-12 teams may get left out.
Barring drastic changes, No. 5 Oregon is the conference's lone chance to get a spot in the BCS title game and the Ducks will need some help to get there.
The conference also could have just one team in a BCS bowl after Stanford's loss to Southern California last weekend.
Still, for a conference that couldn't fill its allotment five times in a decade, it's been a good season.