K-Heart Sports – 11/28/21

K-HEART SPORTS – SUNDAY – 112821 – 0700
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – One of the definitions of the word captain is someone who is the leader of a team. University of North Dakota senior wing and team captain Mark Senden filled that role to perfection Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 11,617 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Senden had a career-best two goals and added one assist to have a hand in every goal the No. 6-ranked Fighting Hawks scored in a 3-2 victory over No. 11 Minnesota to split the non-conference series with the long-time rival Gophers.
Senden scored on a wrist shot on a power-play rush at 13:37 of the second period and tapped in a pass from Connor Ford after fierce forechecking by UND led to his second goal at 5:53 of the third period to make it 3-0. That was enough to withstand a power-play goal by Minnesota’s Ben Myers at 7:35 and an extra attacker goal by Chaz Lucius at 16:30 of the closing period that made a game dominated by UND close at the end.
After UND lost 5-1 to Minnesota Friday night, a series of team, group and individual meetings followed Saturday afternoon, leading to Saturday’s vastly-improved performance. The victory kept the Fighting Hawks from being swept at home for the first time since Nov. 16-17, 2018 by Western Michigan, and also gave UND five wins over the Gophers in their last six meetings.
BURLINGTON, Verm. (UND) – The Fighting Hawks women’s basketball team (1-4) held the lead until just under two minutes in the fourth quarter, but Bucknell’s (3-2) free throw shooting pushes them past the Fighting Hawks on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vermont. Claire Orth led the Fighting Hawks on offense with 15 points. She also had three steals and three rebounds. Following Orth as a leader was Kacie Borowicz with 12 points, five assists and seven rebounds. While Borowicz helped offensively, Joli Daninger was UND’s defensive rebound leader with nine. North Dakota will play the second game of the TD Bank Classic against Brown on Sunday, Nov. 28, with tip-off scheduled for 10 a.m. CT.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team jumped out to a 12-3 advantage early and led from start-to-finish in a 90-73 victory over Idaho on Saturday night inside the Scheels Center. Rocky Kreuser (21 points), Grant Nelson (18), and Tyree Eady (17) combined for 56 points on 22-for-39 shooting for the Bison. Freshman Andrew Morgan added 13 points off the NDSU bench. Kreuser and Eady both pulled down 10 boards to record double-doubles – the 10th career for Kreuser, and the second career double-double for Eady. The Bison scored 42 points in the first half – despite not making a three-pointer – and led 42-24 at halftime. NDSU never trailed in the game and led by as many as 23 on multiple occasions. NDSU will travel to Omaha to take on Creighton on Tuesday, Nov. 30, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.
ABERDEEN, SD – The Minotauros pushed their winning streak to five before ultimately seeing it end this weekend in Aberdeen. On Friday the Tauros picked up their fifth consecutive win with 4-3 victory but then dropped a 4-2 decision on Saturday to see the streak end. The five-game win streak ties the longest the Tauros have had each of the last three seasons.
MINOT, ND – Saturday scoreboard.
High School Boys Hockey
Fargo North 8, Bismarck High 0
West Fargo 5, Bismarck Legacy 3
High School Girls Hockey
Jamestown 8, Bottineau 19U 1
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – Avante Cox had a career-high 10 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown, Romeir Elliott scored on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and Southern Illinois beat South Dakota 22-10 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Southern Illinois improved to 4-3 all-time against the Coyotes. Despite both teams being in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the programs hadn’t faced off since the Salukis won 48-28 at South Dakota in 2019. The Salukis (8-4), ranked No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll, plays at third-ranked and No. 2 seed North Dakota State – another MVFC member – next week. Southern Illinois won its last meeting with the Bison 38-14 on Feb. 27, ending NDSU’s 39-game win streak.
Other FCS playoffs:
– Isaiah Davis and Pierre Strong combined for over 400 yards rushing, Dalys Beanum had three interceptions and South Dakota State routed UC Davis 56-24 in the first round of the Football Championship Series playoffs. The Jackrabbits (9-3), who finished with a program-playoff record six interceptions, will face fourth-seeded Sacramento State in the second round. Beanum’s 59-yard pick-6 stretched the Jackrabbits’ lead to 56-17 midway through the fourth quarter. Hunter Rodrigues had a 14-yard touchdown run late in the fourth, but he finished with four interceptions for UC Davis.
– Holy Cross 13, Sacred Heart 10
– Kennesaw State 48, Davidson 21
– UIW 35, Stephen F. Austin 28 (OT)
– UT Martin 32, Missouri State 31
– Eastern Washington 19, Northern Iowa 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a decisive steal and assist in the final seconds of the second overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 121-120 victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Embiid had 42 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. Philadelphia lost seven of those games without the four-time All-Star and has now dropped eight of 10. Russell also made a go-ahead 3 late in the first overtime. Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 10 rebounds but didn’t play in the extra sessions after fouling out, and Anthony Edwards had 19 points. Minnesota has won six of seven.


UNDATED (AP) – Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh finally has his first win against Ohio State. Hassan Haskins ran for 169 yards and tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns as the CFP No. 5 Wolverines whipped the No. 2 Buckeyes, 42-27. Blake Corum returned from a two-plus game absence to run six times for 87 yards, helping the Wolverines gain a total of 297 yards on a ground. Michigan had dropped eight straight to its archrival before Saturday’s win put the Wolverines in the Big Ten championship game for the first time. C.J. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 with two touchdowns for Buckeyes, who put their CFP semifinal hopes in peril.

In other Top 25 action:
– CFP No. 1 Georgia has warmed up for the SEC title game by blowing out Georgia Tech, 45-0. Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs secured a perfect regular season at 12-0. The Bulldogs allowed just 171 total yards in their third shutout of the season.
– John Metchie caught a scoring pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give CFP No. 3 Alabama a 24-22 comeback victory over rival Auburn. Young capped a 97-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown to freshman Ja’Corey Brooks with 24 seconds left in regulation. Metchie caught 13 passes for 150 yards.
– Notre Dame’s semifinal hopes remain very much alive after Jack Coan threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help the CFP No. 5 Fighting Irish hammer Stanford, 45-14. Coan finished 26 for 35 for 345 yards with the 1-yard TD run in the third quarter. The Irish have won seven straight since a loss to Cincinnati.
– Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma for the first time in their last seven meetings as Spencer Sanders threw for a touchdown and ran for another, helping the CFP No. 7 Cowboys beat the No. 10 Sooners, 37-33. Tay Martin had a 30-yard touchdown catch and a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The outcome puts Baylor in the Big 12 title game against the Cowboys.
– Blake Shapen and Abram Smith carried the offense as CFP No. 8 Baylor pulled out a 27-24 win over Texas Tech. Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for the Bears. Smith ran for 117 yards and a TD.
– Anthony Brown Jr. threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score in 11th-ranked Oregon’s 38-29 victory against Oregon State. Devon Williams had six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks, who will play for the Pac-12 title for the third consecutive season.
– Payton Thorne threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead No. 12 Michigan State to a 30-27 victory over Penn State. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as the 10-2 Spartans bounced back from last week’s 56-7 loss to Ohio State.
– LSU knocked off No. 14 Texas A&M, 27-24 to give coach Ed Orgeron a triumphant send-off in his final game in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers coughed up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Max Johnson hit Jaray Jenkins with a 28-yard scoring pass down the right sideline with 20 seconds left.
– North Texas running backs DeAndre Torrey and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for five touchdowns in a 45-23 rout of No. 15 UTSA. Ragsdale had a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas’ conference-leading rushing offense finished with 340 yards.
– Tanner Morgan led Minnesota on three scoring drives after halftime to send the Golden Gophers past No. 18 Wisconsin, 23-13. Morgan finished 11 for 16 for 199 yards, shaking off an early interception that was returned for a touchdown.
– No. 19 Houston cruised to a 45-17 win over UConn as Clayton Tune threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns. Alton McCaskill had a 31-yard touchdown run before leaving the game in the second quarter holding his right shoulder.
– Kenny Pickett threw for four touchdowns and 20th-ranked Pittsburgh beat Syracuse, 31-14. Pickett broke Dan Marino’s team record for touchdowns in a season.
– No. 21 Wake Forest advanced to the ACC title game as Sam Hartman threw for 236 yards and three scores in a 41-10 pounding of Boston College.
– Emani Bailey scored on a 2-yard run to give No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette a double-digit lead in the third quarter of a 21-16 verdict over Louisiana-Monroe.


UNDATED (AP) – UCLA has put itself in position to move to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll following Friday’s loss by Gonzaga. Jules Bernard scored 18 points and had two blocks to lead the second-ranked UCLA over UNLV, 73-51. Tyler Campbell had 15 points and Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez each added 12 points each. The 6-1 Bruins shot 47% from the field and from 3-point range.

Also in Top-25 men’s basketball:
– AJ Green scored 35 points with four assists to lead Northern Iowa to a 90-80 win over No. 16 St. Bonaventure. Austin Phyfe and Nate Heise each had 15 points as the Panthers beat a ranked opponent for the first time since winning at then-No. 23 Colorado on Dec. 10, 2019.
– Azoulas Tubelis scored 22 points and Christian Koloko added 20 before leaving with an ankle injury in No. 17 Arizona ‘s 105-60 thumping of Sacramento State. The 6-0 Wildcats had 31 assists on 38 field goals and shot 55% to avoid a letdown after beating Michigan earlier this week.
– Te’Jon Lucas scored a season-high 18 points to lead No. 18 BYU to a 75-64 win over Utah. Alex Barcello had 17 points for the 6-0 Cougars.


UNDATED (AP) – It’s Sweet 16 for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have run their winning streak to 16 games by downing the Atlantic Division-leading Brooklyn Nets, 113-107. Phoenix never trailed and led by as many as 22 before improving to 17-3. Devin Booker scored 30 points and Chris Paul had 22 for the Suns, who are one away from tying the longest winning streak in team history. Paul added eight assists and five rebounds, becoming the first player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points, 10,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
– Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 18 as the Heat beat the Bulls, 107-104. Gabe Vincent made four three-pointers to score 20 off the bench to help Miami win without Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh), who was kept home because of illness.
– D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a decisive steal and assist in the final seconds of the second overtime, sending the Timberwolves to their sixth win in seven games, 121-120 at Philadelphia. 76ers center Joel Embiid had 42 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols.
– The Jazz rolled to a 127-105 thumping of the Pelicans behind Donovan Mitchell’s 21 points, seven boards and seven assists. Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson had 20 points apiece as Utah avenged Friday’s loss to New Orleans.
– Darius Garland scored a season-high 26 points and dished out 11 assists for the Cavaliers in a 105-92 downing of the Magic. Rookie Evan Mobley had 13 points in his return after missing Cleveland’s previous four games with a sprained right elbow.
– The Hawks’ seven-game winning streak is over after Alec Burks scored 23 points and Evan Fournier added 20 for the Knicks in a 99-90 decision over Atlanta. Trae Young finished with 33 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks dropped to 8-2 at home and 11-10 overall.
– Bradley Beal delivered 26 points and Kyle Kuzma had 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 120-114 decision over the Mavericks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the clinching four points in the closing seconds, helping Washington overcome a 33-point, 10-rebound performance by Dallas guard Luka Doncic.
– Charlotte had won eight of nine before Christian Wood scored a career-high 33 points and had 16 rebounds in leading the Rockets past the Hornets, 146-143 in overtime. Kevin Porter Jr. had 23 in Houston’s second straight win since a 15-game losing streak.


UNDATED (AP) – The Florida Panthers were unable to set an NHL record for consecutive home wins to start a season. The streak stalled out at 11 games as Jordan Eberle (EH’-bur-lee) scored twice and Chris Driedger made 33 saves against his former team, leading the expansion Kraken to a 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Ryan Donato and Jamie Oleksiak added goals and Joonas Donskoi had two assists for the Kraken, who were facing Florida for the first time.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:
– Mikko Koskinen stopped 36 shots and earned his 11th victory as the Oilers beat the Golden Knights, 3-2. Vegas held NHL points leaders Leon Draisaitl in check, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman and Jesse Puljujarvi scored for Edmonton.
– Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick and an assist as the Avalanche ripped the Predators, 6-2. Cale Makar had three assists for Colorado, but his goal-scoring streak ended at five games.
– Pavel Buchnevich and Ivan Barbashev each scored twice and the Blues doubled up the Blue Jackets, 6-3. Justin Faulk and Jordan Kyrou also scored as St. Louis won for the third time in 10 games.
– Roope Hintz scored his seventh goal in eight games and the Stars extended their winning streak to four with a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes. Braden Holtby had 25 saves for Dallas, including two on point-blank shots midway through the third period.
– The Red Wings pulled out a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Lucas Raymond’s goal 25 seconds into overtime. Dylan Larkin and Filip Hronek assisted on Raymond’s goal, which came shortly after Buffalo forced the extra session with a goal late in the third period.
– Jake Allen handled 47 shots and the Canadiens put together a five-goal third period to end the Penguins’ five-game winning streak, 6-3. Josh Anderson led Montreal’s offense with two goals and an assist, while Christian Dvorak and Tyler Toffoli each added a goal and two helpers.
– The Kings were 4-2 winners versus the Senators as Carl Grundstrom scored twice. Viktor Arvidsson had a power-play goal and Arthur Kaliyev also scored to help Los Angeles end a five-game losing streak.
– Kyle Connor’s second goal of the night was the game-winner as the Jets came back from a two-goal deficit in a 4-2 victory over the Flames. Paul Stastny also scored, Andrew Copp had an empty-netter and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots for Winnipeg.


UNDATED (AP) – The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve. Brown is the Titans’ leading receiver with 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow wide receiver Julio Jones went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury Nov. 13.

In other NFL news:
– The Bills say Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s 31-6 victory over the Saints. White has started 72 games in his Bills career and has become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2019.
– The Browns have activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve and will play them in Sunday night’s critical game against AFC North-leading Baltimore. Hunt missed the past five games with a calf injury. Conklin was out for the past three with a dislocated elbow.
– Hall of Fame defensive lineman Curley Culp has died of complications from pancreatic cancer at age 75. Culp helped the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl during a 14-year NFL career.


UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has postponed a pair of New York Islanders games after additional players went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Saturday. The team would have had as many as eight players unavailable for games Sunday against the Rangers and Tuesday versus the Flyers. The Islanders have suffered eight straight regulation losses, a skid that began shortly after forward Josh Bailey became the team’s first place on the COVID-19 list.

In other NHL news:
– Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has been fined $5,000 for throwing one of his gloves at Bruins winger Brad Marchand. The episode occurred during the third period of New York’s 5-2 victory at Boston on Friday. Panarin was assessed a misconduct penalty.


UNDATED (AP) – Shortstop Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an 11-year, $182 million contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The deal could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached. The contract is the largest financial commitment to a player in the Rays’ 24-year history and the biggest in Major League history for a player with less than a year of Major League service time. The 20-year-old Franco batted .288 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games. He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. Franco put together a 43-game on-base streak to tie Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson for the longest in major league history among players under 21.

In other MLB news:
– The Red Sox have signed Michael Wacha to a $7 million, one-year deal, adding the right-hander to an already thin rotation that lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. Wacha was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season for Tampa Bay.
– The Mariners have acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Padres for two minor leaguers. The trade addresses one of Seattle’s biggest needs entering the offseason, finding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford.
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