Monday, December 29, 2014
MONDAY, DECEMBER 29
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 9 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Saint Joseph's at Denver, 9 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
UMBC at Penn, 7 p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.) at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at Marshall, 6 p.m.
Drexel at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Steelers top Bengals 27-17 to win AFC North
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on top of the AFC North.
Antonio Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and added a clinching 63-yard scoring grab with 2:50 to go in the Steelers' 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
Pittsburgh (11-5) earned its first division title since 2010 by sweeping the season series from the Bengals (10-5-1). The Steelers are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and will host Baltimore in the wild-card round Saturday night. The Bengals are the No. 5 seed and will play at AFC South champion Indianapolis on Sunday.
Brown had 212 all-purpose yards, including the late dazzling catch and run to the end zone.
The victory came at a potentially high cost. Running back Le'Veon Bell left in the third quarter with a hyperextended right knee following a collision with Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson.
Sanchez, special teams lead Eagles over Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles' special teams scored their seventh touchdown of this otherwise frustrating season in a 34-26 victory over the Giants on Sunday, in what could have been Tom Coughin's final game as New York's coach.
Backup tight end Trey Burton returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, and Nate Allen iced the game with a late interception. The Eagles (10-6) snapped a three-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention last week. The 10 wins matched their total last season when they won the NFC East.
Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. had 12 catches for a career-best 185 yards, including a 63-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got the Giants within 31-26. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Giants (6-10), who have missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Temple's long-range shooting bests Delaware State 66-56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jesse Morgan drilled five 3-pointers in the second half for 15 points and Jaylen Bond added 12 points and tied an arena record with 18 rebounds as Temple defeated Delaware State 66-56 on Sunday night.
The Owls (9-4), despite 33-percent shooting, were deadly from deep, hitting 8 of 16 3-point attempts after halftime.
Delaware State (5-8) opened the half on a 9-3 run, closing to 34-30, but Morgan scored Temple's next 12 points on four straight 3-pointers. Quenton DeCosey and Devin Coleman also drilled treys as Temple scored on six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Eight of Temple's 11 second-half field goals were from 3-point range
Amere May, who scored a Division I season-best 48 points earlier this month led the Hornets with 22, and Kendall Gray and Aric Dickerson added 11 each. Gray added 15 boards for his seventh double-double this season.
English and Laury lead Iona over Drexel 81-62
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. English scored 19, David Laury had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Iona made 10 3-pointers to beat Drexel 81-62 on Sunday.
Iona (8-4) scored 10 straight to go up 62-45 on Laury's 3-pointer with 9:27 left. Drexel (2-9) got the lead down to 70-58 with 4:50 to play, but Iona answered with another nine straight.
The Gaels took control in the first half with an 11-4 run to go ahead 28-21 on English's three-point play and ended the half with six straight points for their largest first-half lead at 40-29 on Schadrac Casimir's 3-pointer 10 seconds before the break.
Casimir finished with 16 points, Kelvin Amayo added 14 and Ryden Hines grabbed 10 rebounds for the Gaels.
Tavon Allen and Damion Lee led Drexel with 18 points apiece. Drexel cut the second-half deficit no closer than 52-45 on Lee's free throws with 12:55 to play.
Maryland-Eastern Shore drops Duquesne 78-69
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Myers had career-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds, Devon Walker hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Maryland-Eastern Shore defeated Duquesne 78-69 on Sunday.
The Hawks (7-8) beat an Atlantic 10 team for the third time this season after going 45 years without beating a team from the current A-10 and have one more win than they had last season.
Devin Martin added 10 points for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which shot 57 percent (28 of 49), including 9 of 15 from 3-point range, and was 13 of 19 from the foul line.
Micah Mason had 16 points and Derrick Colter had 15 for the Dukes (4-6), combining for seven 3-pointers.
With Duquesne within 24-22 midway through the first half, the Hawks put together a 12-0 run. The Dukes closed the half with eight straight points to get within 45-38 but Eastern Shore opened the second half with a 7-2 run.
Siena holds off late charge, beats Bucknell 73-71
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Marquis Wright scored seven his 24 points in the final 64 seconds and Siena snapped a four-game losing streak with a 73-71 win over Bucknell on Sunday
Rob Poole gave Siena (4-7) the lead for good on a pair of free throws with 1:47 left and Wright made two more at the 1:04 mark to extend the lead to 68-64.
Bucknell (5-8) twice cut the lead to two and Wright answered each time to get the lead back to four. On the second instance, Siena went over the top on the inbounds play to get Wright an easy layup behind the defense, but Bucknell got within 72-71 on J.C. Show's 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds to go to.
Wright made 1 of 2 free throws with 5.1 seconds, and John Azzinaro missed a 30-footer for Bucknell at the buzzer.
Show, a freshman, set a season-high with 23 points.
Lehigh edges UMBC with 58-55 win
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tim Kempton scored 12 points, hauled in 11 rebounds and fueled a comeback run late in the second half to help Lehigh to a 58-55 win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Sunday.
Trailing 52-46 with 8:46 to go, Lehigh (6-5) got a bucket from Kempton to spark the winning 8-0 run. After a 3-pointer from Austin Price and a free throw from Kempton, Kahron Ross sank the go-ahead layup to make it 54-52. Kempton followed it up with another layup to pad the margin with 59 seconds left.
Wayne Sparrow, who finished with 24 points, hit a 3 at the other end to pull UMBC (2-10) to within a point but the Mountain Hawks got a pair of free throws from Ross with 5 seconds left and a steal by Price to cement the win.
Justin Goldsborough scored 14 points and also had 11 rebounds for Lehigh.
Hinrichs, Lindner lead Lafayette past NJIT, 76-71
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Seth Hinrichs scored 18, and Nick Lindner had eight assists and went 8 of 8 from the free throw line — all in the final 51 seconds — to help Lafayette hold off New Jersey Institute of Technology 76-71 on Sunday.
Hinrichs added eight rebounds and four steals. Dan Trist scored 17, Joey Ptasinski added 11 and Lindner finished with 10.
A 3-pointer by Ptasinski and a layup by Hinrichs gave Lafayette (8-3) its biggest lead of the game, 61-50, with 7:25 remaining.
Two free throws by Ky Howard and a three-point play by Tim Coleman sparked an 11-2 run by NJIT (5-9), cutting its deficit to 63-61 with 2:35 to go.
Lafayette, however, made 11 of 12 free throws in the final minute to seal it.
Damon Lynn led NJIT with 24 points, but made just 7 of 24 field goals, including 4 of 18 from 3-point range.
CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE-RADFORD
Radford wallops Central Penn 119-69, has 4 in double digits
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Cam Jones scored a career-best 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting and Radford placed four in double-digit scoring as it defeated Central Penn College 119-69 on Sunday.
R.J. Price scored 16 points, Kyle Noreen added a career-high 14 and YaYa Anderson added 11 as the Highlanders (9-4) made 70 percent of their shots (47 of 67) while pounding the smaller Knights of the USCAA.
Radford also made 10 of 15 3-pointers, outrebounded Central Penn 51-22 and outscored the Knights 64-36 in the paint and 64-12 in points off the bench.
Javonte Green, with two steals, set the Radford record for 196 career.
Andre Batte led the Knights (8-5), who tied early but never led, with 27 points.
Noreen scored just 1:07 into the game to put Radford up for good, and the Highlanders led by as many as 60 in the second half.
No. 23 Iowa beats Penn St. 77-52 in Big Ten opener
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Bethany Doolittle had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and No. 23 Iowa beat Penn State 77-52 on Sunday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Melissa Dixon was 5 of 12 from 3-point range and led the Hawkeyes (10-2) with 21 points. Ally Disterhoft, Whitney Jennings and Christina Buttenham each added 11 points. Jennings also had eight assists.
Lindsey Spann had 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for Penn State (3-9). Alex Harris grabbed 10 rebounds.
Iowa scored the first nine points and opened the game on a 16-1 run, but Spann's 3-pointer brought Penn State within 20-16.
The Hawkeyes took control back with a 13-2 run to go ahead 33-18 with 4:54 left in the half and started another 13-2 run in the final minute that stretched into the second half to lead 50-26.