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Hillsdale Men’s edges out Tiffin

Knicks rout Pistons NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer

By Ryan Czachorski

HILLSDALE – Hillsdale’s defense put the clamps on in the second half as they outlasted the Tiffin Dragons 78-69 Saturday afternoon. After the two teams were tied at 36-36 following the first half, the Charger defense held Tiffin to 30 percent shooting in the second half and pulled away for good. They remained close throughout, with the game being tied 10 separate times after 30 minutes of play. But with the score tied 53-53, Hillsdale went on a 12-3 run and seized control for the rest of the game. Hillsdale’s free-throw shooting down the stretch iced the game and their ninth straight win dating back to Dec. 1. The Chargers are now 13-1 and 7-0 in the GLIAC, tops in the conference. Brad Guinane had a big day, scoring 21 points and hitting four three pointers. He also had five rebounds and two steals. Tyler Gerber had 15 points, including going 8for-8 from the free throw line, and had seven assists. Brandon Pritzl had 10 points, Brent Eaton finished with nine points and Nick Washburn had nine points, three blocks and a team-high 11 rebounds. Hillsdale faces a familiar foe Thursday as they kick off a three-game road trip. They travel to Wayne State, who they defeated 57-48 last Thursday to snap a threegame losing streak to the Warriors. Wayne State (85, 5-2) lost their second


Darius Ware dunks against Tiffin Saturday afternoon. JIM DREWS PHOTO

straight game Saturday, losing 68-63 to Findlay. Karl Finley led the Dragons with 24 points, while Iman Johnson, Keenan Barlow and Joe Graessle had 10 points each. Grassle finished 4for-19 from the field and 1-for-10 from three-point


range. The Chargers only committed seven turnovers on the night, while shooting 41.1 percent and drilling 22-of their 27 free throw attempts. Tiffin grabbed 43 rebounds, and 16 on the of-

fensive end, although their 30 second chance points weren’t enough to take down the GLIACleading Chargers. Thursday’s game begins at about 7:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the Hillsdale/Wayne State women’s game.

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 to lead the New York Knicks to an easy 10380 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points in three quarters for New York, which led 64-42 at halftime and by 29 after three. The Detroit fans had little to cheer about — except when highlights of Lions touchdowns from their playoff game in New Orleans were shown on the big screen. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 19 points. Bibby has scored 27 points in his last two games after scoring seven through New York's first six. Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey sat out with a groin injury, and the Pistons were also without forwards Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva, who had sore ankles. Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert made his first career start, replacing Toney Douglas. He finished with 11 points, including an alley-oop dunk late in the game that made it 99-73. New York led by just a point after the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second. With the score tied at 32, the Knicks went on a 26-4 run, highlighted by a onehanded dunk by Anthony over Detroit big man Greg Monroe that made it 52-35. Moments later, Bibby made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 20, and he added another shot from long distance at

the shot clock buzzer to make it 58-36. Bibby led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, making all four of his 3-point attempts. Detroit gave the Knicks far too many extra chances in the half, turning the ball over 11 times and allowing nine offensive rebounds. The Pistons finished with 20 turnovers. They've lost three straight, each by decisive margins. Chicago beat them by 16 before Philadelphia defeated Detroit 96-73 on Friday night. New York was playing the second game of a back-to-back set as well, having edged Washington 99-96 the previous night. The Pistons haven't been drawing well this season, although Saturday night's announced attendance of 12,044 was mitigated by the fact that the Lions were playing their first playoff game in a dozen years at the same time. The area's basketball team has a ways to go if it's going to reach the postseason. The Pistons looked disoriented on defense throughout, allowing several easy dunks and doing little to slow the Knicks. After an alley-oop from Anthony to Tyson Chandler and a dunk by Stoudemire, New York led 79-53 in the third quarter. Josh Harrellson, the Knicks' 6-foot10 rookie, added a 3-pointer to make it 8255. NOTES: Anthony was called for a technical foul in the third. ... Greg Monroe scored 15 points for the Pistons. ... The Knicks committed a defensive 3-second violation 15 seconds into the game.


Mich. downs Wis. Lupul helps Maple Leafs beat Red Wings By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and freshman Trey Burke outplayed Jordan Taylor for most of the game, leading No. 16 Michigan to an impressive 59-41 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday. Burke scored 14 points for the Wolverines (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Badgers. Taylor, Wisconsin's star point guard, was held to 12 points, a majority of which came after Michigan had taken control of the game. The Badgers (12-5, 1-3) have lost three straight. Michigan bounced back from a two-point loss at No. 12 Indiana on Thursday night. The Wolverines began the game on a 10-2 run and led 25-19 at halftime. A three-point play by Burke in transition made it 43-26. Wisconsin was holding opponents to 47 points a game coming in, but it was Michigan's defense that was the story this time. Taylor was the only Badger to score in double figures. With both teams content to play at a methodical pace, even minor swings took on added importance. Hardaway began the second half with a 3pointer after Michigan came up with an offensive rebound. He then added

two free throws, and a basket by Jordan Morgan made it 32-19. Burke was part of two of the game's biggest highlights. His three-point play — with Taylor back defensively but unable to stop him — gave Michigan a 17-point lead. Later, when Wisconsin turned the ball over, Michigan's Stu Douglass and Zack Novak both went diving onto the court. Novak came up with the ball and flipped it over his head to Burke at midcourt, and the 5-foot-11 guard went all the way for an easy layup and a 49-33 lead. Novak scored 12 points. The Badgers did leave Hardaway open for a 3pointer that gave Michigan a 16-14 lead, and Evan Smotrycz followed with one of his own. Burke made a couple of shots late in the half, and the Wolverines took a sixpoint lead into halftime. Taylor finished the half with four points on 2-of-8 shooting. At halftime, Michigan introduced several former players, including Cazzie Russell and Rudy Tomjanovich, as part of a dedication weekend for the program's new player development center. Wisconsin's Josh Gasser was held to four points. It was Gasser's banked 3pointer at the buzzer that won the game for Wisconsin in Ann Arbor last season.

TORONTO (AP) — Joffrey Lupul scored at 7:10 of the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Saturday night. With the game looking to have slipped out of Toronto's control, Lupul grabbed a rare turnover from Henrik Zetterberg behind the net and lifted a shot over goalie Jimmy Howard for his 19th goal. More importantly for the Leafs, it resulted in a third straight victory during a key homestand and kept them climbing up the Eastern Conference standings. Phil Kessel scored on a penalty shot, and Dion Phaneuf and David Steckel added goals for Toronto. Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves to keep his run of starts going under Ron Wilson's winand-you-stay-in system. Todd Bertuzzi, Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit. There was plenty of buzz around Air Canada Centre with a number of Red Wings fans turning up for the only meeting between the Original Six teams this season. The Leafs were fortunate that it was played in their building because Detroit has been virtually unbeatable at Joe Louis Arena and a pedestrian 10-12-0 on the road. Toronto got off to a

Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel, top, scores on a penalty shot against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Toronto on Saturday. AP PHOTO/THE CANADIAN PRESS, FRANK GUNN

dream start. Kessel scored his 24th of the season at 4:30 on the penalty shot, dragging the puck across the top of Howard's crease before roofing a shot. Phaneuf, playing with a longer visor after taking a puck in the cheek Thursday night, then hammered home a point shot at 8:19. It was the seventh goal of the season for the exuberant Toronto captain.

And the Leafs kept on coming, with Steckel making it 3-0 just over 2 minutes later by completing a lovely passing play with Kessel and Lupul. Bertuzzi started Detroit's comeback at 6:46 of the second with a nice tip on a play that needed a lengthy video review. That was the first goal Gustavsson had surrendered in more than five periods. The game got even tighter when Kronwall

took the puck hard to the net and stuffed home his own rebound at with 4:21 left in the period, making it 3-2 heading to the final 20 minutes. Hudler tied it at 4:32 of the third period from the side of the goal and it looked as if the Leafs were on the verge of a collapse. But Clarke MacArthur followed with a nice individual rush and Lupul's goal came shortly afterward.

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