K-Heart Sports – 12/05/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 12/05/22 – 0700
YPSILANTI, Mich. (UND) – The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Michigan, 79-73, on Sunday afternoon at the George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. UND (5-3) has now won three straight games dating back to last weekend, captured its first road victory of the season and handed Eastern Michigan (5-1) its first loss of the year. Kacie Borowicz put together another sparkling performance, notching another 30-point game. The senior tallied 34 points on 10-of-19 shooting to just miss her career best, previously set this season, by a single point. The Roseau, Minn., native also finished with seven rebounds, five assists and a steal in 38 minutes of action to finish as the team’s leading scorer for the eighth straight game. Claire Orth also reached double figures for the Fighting Hawks, matching her season-best with 16 points.
In game that saw 12 lead changes and 10 ties, North Dakota trailed for a majority of the third quarter until a bucket from Nakiyah Hurst gave the Hawks a 57-55 advantage late in the stanza, but a 5-2 run by the Eagles put the hosts in front by just one, 60-59, after 30 minutes. Borowicz helped put the Hawks back in the lead midway through the fourth, knocking down a jumper to make it 65-64 before collecting a defensive rebound and finding Orth for a basket on the ensuing possession to extend the advantage to 67-64 with six minutes to play. After a pair of free throws from Daninger kept the visitors up by three, 71-68, EMU eventually tied the game at 71 with just over a minute to go, but Borowicz connected on a jumper from a Gordon assist to restore the lead for good. Borowicz then hit six straight at the charity stripe to polish off the 79-73 victory. North Dakota returns home to battle former Big Sky Conference foe Weber State next Saturday from the Betty Englestad Sioux Center at 1 p.m. 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the tension of these habitually tight finishes, the Minnesota Vikings have become quite the confident and comfortable team. Justin Jefferson’s touchdown catch with 8:33 left gave the Vikings a large enough lead to hang on for a 27-22 victory despite a relentless rally by the New York Jets on Sunday. Camryn Bynum’s interception at the 1-yard line with 10 seconds left finally sealed it for the Vikings (10-2), who completed a four-game sweep of the AFC East in their typical high-wire fashion. But nail-biters? Nah, they’ve been leaving that part for the fans. “It feels like any other play,” Bynum said. “I know pressure’s on us. We’re in the red zone, fourth down, one play to lose the game or win the game, but to us that’s normal football.”
Mike White, who was picked off twice, was 31 of 57 for 369 yards in his second start this season for the Jets (7-5). He scored on a fourth-and-goal sneak from the 1 to pull within five points with 6:45 to go after a replay review reversed the initial ruling that he was stopped short. With 1:43 remaining with the chance to take the lead, White’s fourth-and-goal pass from the 1 was incomplete when Braxton Berrios bobbled it and the ball hit the turf. “They’ve been winning like this all year, and we didn’t make the play that we needed to make,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. The Jets had all three timeouts left and got the ball right back at the Minnesota 43, but with White under plenty of pressure they stalled out at the 19. “When these moments do arise,” linebacker Jordan Hicks said, “nobody has a doubt that we’re going to win the game.”
Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison rushed for second-quarter touchdowns and Greg Joseph made his two field goals and three extra points for the Vikings, who took a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter. Kirk Cousins finished 21 of 35 for 173 yards. Blowouts just aren’t their thing, though. They netted 10 yards on three third-quarter possessions and found themselves in their ninth one-score game of the season — all wins. The Vikings are one win or one Lions loss from clinching the NFC North and have a healthy lead for the No. 2 seed in the conference. “I do feel like we’re going to be able to rely on these experiences, how we’ve won games,” first-year coach Kevin O’Connell said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers led three fourth-quarter scoring drives and the Green Bay Packers rallied to beat the Chicago Bears 28-19. Packers receiver Christian Watson ran for a 46-yard touchdown in the closing minutes after Jaire Alexander intercepted Justin Fields. Green Bay trailed 19-10 after three quarters but made enough plays down the stretch to come away with its eighth straight win over the Bears. Rodgers improved to 25-5 against the Bears, including playoffs. Chicago has lost six straight. Fields ran for a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter and finished with 71 yards on six attempts. He was 20 of 25 passing for 254 yards but threw two interceptions.
DALLAS (AP) — Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Frederick Gaudreau scored on Minnesota’s three shootout attempts and the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Sunday after blowing a four-goal lead in the third period. Coming off a 5-4 shootout victory over Anaheim on Saturday, Minnesota ran its winning streak to four. Roope Hintz had his second career hat trick for the Stars, who earned points for the 10th time in 11 games. Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski scored to open the shootout, but Hintz’s backhander rolled just short of the goal line, giving Gaudreau the chance to end it. Hintz’s final goal, with an extra skater on, tied it at 5 with 2:11 left in regulation.

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