Joe's Morning Sports-Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Marcus Foster scored 23 points to lead five players in double figures and sophomore Martin Krampelj had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his first career double-double and Creighton routed North Dakota 111-68 last night.  The Bluejays have scored at least 100 points four times this season and are averaging 103.8 per game at home.  Creighton, who led 51-37 at halftime, improves to 6-2 while North Dakota falls to 4-4.

Glynn Watson Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and Nebraska opened up a 16-point lead early in the second half en route to a 78-68 win over 14th ranked Minnesota last night.  Watson Jr., who also had nine rebounds and three steals led three players in double figures for NU.  The Huskers held Big Ten scoring leader Jordan Murphy to ten points, eleven below his season average, and held high-scoring Minnesota 21 points below its season average.  Nebraska is now 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten while Minnesota falls to 8-2 and 1-1 in the conference.

Max Heidegger scored 25 points to lead four players in double figures as UC Santa Barbara won its sixth straight with a 77-70 victory home win over Nebraska-Omaha last night.  Zach Jackson led four players in double figures for the Mavericks with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Teammate Mitch Hahn added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  The Mavericks, who led 30-29 at halftime, drop to 1-9 while the Gauchos improve to 7-2.

 

Nebraska football coach Scott Frost has been named one of eight finalists for the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.  Frost was honored for his work this season at Central Florida, where he guided the Knights to the only undefeated season in the FBS ranks, just two seasons after inheriting a winless team.  Frost’s UCF team will enter the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 with a 12-0 record, following a double-overtime victory over Memphis last Saturday in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game.  Frost was introduced as Nebraska’s head coach on Sunday in Lincoln.  The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 14 and the official presentation of the award will be held on Jan. 6, in Atlanta during a reception in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship.  Frost was also honored yesterday as one of five American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year winners.  The AFCA will announce the 2017 National Coaches of the Year on Jan. 9.

Four members of the Nebraska volleyball team earned selections to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-North Region team today, and Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter was named the AVCA North Region Player of the Year.  The four Huskers in Hunter, Annika Albrecht, Mikaela Foecke and Briana Holman are now eligible for AVCA All-America awards, which will be announced next week.  The fifth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team will face Colorado at 1:00 on Friday at the Lexington Regional at Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum.

Five women from the Creighton volleyball team have been named All-East Region picks by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.  Lydia Dimke, Marysa Wilkinson, Jaali Winters, and Brittany Witt were named First Team All-East Region honorees, with Taryn Kloth being recognized as an Honorable Mention choice.  Creighton finished the 2017 season last weekend with a 26-7 record after a four-set loss to Michigan State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Bluejays won their fourth BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles in as many years and ranked 15th in the final AVCA Top 25 poll of the regular-season.

The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team had their eleven game win streak snapped last night at home.  The Hawks fell to North Dakota State College of Science 66-51.  Sierra Bell had twelve points to lead the team in the loss.  Northeast was outscored 14-4 in the first quarter and trailed at halftime 28-17.  They are now 11-1 on the season.  The Hawks had appeared in the NJCAA Division I rankings yesterday at number 20.

This week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to MJ Montgomery of the Norfolk High wrestling team.  Last Friday, at the Fremont Invite, he helped lead his team to the championship by pinning all three of his opponents in the first period.  Last night in a home dual win over Battle Creek, Montgomery pinned his opponent in 56 seconds.  He was nominated by Coach Justin Grey.  Congratulations to MJ Montgomery of the Norfolk High wrestling team, he is this week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Kansas at Lawrence, KS (WBB-7:00); Northern Iowa at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00).

Local Scores:  NECC 78 North Dakota State College of Science 59 (MBB); LHNE 57 Twin River 32 (BBB); Twin River 33 LHNE 29 (GBB); NC 52 Pierce 43 (GBB); Nfk High 51 Battle Creek 24 (WR Dual); Nfk High 128 Fremont 53 (B. SW Dual); Nfk High 148 Fremont 29 (G. SW Dual); Creighton 111 North Dakota 58 (MBB); UC Santa Barbara 77 Nebraska-Omaha 70 (MBB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  MJ Montgomery of the Norfolk High wrestling team.

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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Toronto                126    Phoenix      113

      Final    Oklahoma  City    100    Utah              94

      Final    Washington          106    Portland      92

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    New  Jersey        4    Columbus                1

      Final    Tampa  Bay          6    N-Y  Islanders      2

      Final    N-Y  Rangers      4    Pittsburgh            3

      Final    Detroit              5    Winnipeg                1

      Final    St.  Louis          4    Montreal                3

      Final    Nashville          5    Dallas                    2

      Final    Buffalo              4    Colorado                2

      Final  SO    Vegas                  4    Anaheim                  3

      Final    L.A.  Kings        5    Minnesota              2

      Final    Vancouver          3    Carolina                0

    

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          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL

    

      Final    (1)  Duke                        124    St.  Francis  (Pa.)      67

      Final    (3)  Michigan  St.          62    Rutgers                          52

      Final    (4)  Villanova                88    (12)  Gonzaga                72

      Final    (6)  Wichita  St.            95    S.  Dakota  St.              85

      Final    Arizona                            67    (7)  Texas  A&M              64

      Final    Ball  St.                          80    (9)  Notre  Dame            77

      Final    (10)  Miami                      69    Boston  U.                      54

      Final    Nebraska                          78    (14)  Minnesota            68

      Final    (18)  West  Virginia      68    (15)  Virginia              61

      Final    (20)  TCU                          94    SMU                                  83

      Final  OT    Texas  Tech                      82    (22)  Nevada                  76

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