Monday, November 30
Andy Dalton's 3 TD passes lead Bengals over Rams 31-7
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes — two of them to A.J. Green — and the Cincinnati Bengals ended their brief skid with a 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
After dropping a pair of prime-time games, the Bengals (9-2) were back in sync against a team that struggles to score. The Bengals' 31 points equaled the second-most against St. Louis this season.
The Rams (4-7) have dropped four in a row, in large part because their offense ranks last in the league in passing. Nick Foles returned as the starter and threw three interceptions, including one that Leon Hall returned 19 yards for a touchdown.
Dalton was 20 of 27 for 233 yards with touchdowns of 9 and 18 yards to Green. Tyler Eifert also had his NFL-leading 12th touchdown catch.
Crew reach MLS Cup with 2-1 aggregate win over Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The Columbus Crew earned only their second trip to the MLS Cup final in the 20-year history of Major League Soccer and their first since 2008 on Sunday night, losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls but advancing with a two-leg 2-1 aggregate victory.
Anatole Abang scored 3 minutes into second-half injury time and Bradley Wright-Phillips hit the post with a header 1 1/2 minutes later for the Red Bulls, who fell one step short of the MLS championship game for the second straight year.
Columbus will host the championship game at Mapfre Stadium on Dec. 6 against the Portland Timbers, who completed a 5-3 aggregate victory earlier Sunday with a 2-2 draw at FC Dallas.
The Crew will look to win their second MLS championship. They beat New York in Carson, California, seven years ago.
No. 23 Xavier beats Dayton 90-61 for AdvoCare title
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Edmond Sumner had 14 points to help No. 23 Xavier beat Dayton 90-61 on Sunday night in the AdvoCare Invitational title game.
Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis had 12 points apiece, and J.P. Macura, Jalen Reynolds and Remy Abel each had 11 for Xavier (7-0).
Xavier broke open an eight-point halftime advantage by outscoring Dayton 25-4 during the opening 8 minutes of the second half.
Kendall Pollard led Dayton (5-1) with 15 points, and Scoochie Smith had 13.
Bowling Green beats Urbana 96-55
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Spencer Parker and Matt Fox scored 15 points apiece and Bowling Green made 14 3-pointers in a 96-55 victory over Urbana on Sunday.
The duo only missed two shots combined and Fox made five 3-pointers.
It was tied at 26 before Bowling Green closed the first half on a 16-4 run for a 42-30 lead. The Falcons made their first seven field goals of the second half during a 15-0 run for a 59-32 lead. Parker and Wesley Alcegaire made back-to-back 3-pointers during the spurt.
Zack Denny had 13 points and eight rebounds for Bowling Green (4-2) and Ismail Ali had 10 assists. Rasheed Worrell and Antwon Lillard both scored 12 points, and Worrell grabbed eight rebounds.
The Falcons had a season-high 25 assists on 34 made field goals.
Carlas Jackson made five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Urbana. The Blue Knights were held to 20-of-64 shooting (31 percent).
Dayton upsets No. 22 Louisville at Gulf Coast Showcase 79-66
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Amber Deane scored a career-high 29 points and Dayton topped No. 22 Louisville 79-66 in the third-place game at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday.
Deane was 8 of 12 from the floor and perfect on 11 attempts from the line with six rebounds and six assists. Kelley Austria scored 18 points and Saicha Grant-Allen added 11 points.
Louisville was led by Mariya Moore with 23 points. Myisha Hines-Allen had 20 points and eight rebounds while Taja Cole added 11 points.
Dayton (5-1) started slowly, as Louisville ran out to a 14-2 lead and led 18-9 after one quarter. But Dayton went on a 14-0 run in the second and the teams were tied at 28 at halftime. The Flyers led by one with 8:16 left and outscored Louisville by 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals, which were ranked in the top 10 in the preseason, fell to 1-4 after consecutive losses.