Timberwolves beat Pistons 121-94
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Kevin Love had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 121-94 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Love only played 30 minutes, sitting out the fourth quarter with the big lead. Detroit was unable to stop him inside, outside or on the break. Several of his seven assists came on his trademark 70-foot outlet passes off missed shots.
Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin added 18 points each for Minnesota, which finished with six players in double figures.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points for Detroit, but Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond were held to a combined total of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pistons have relied heavily on their frontcourt this season, but didn't have the advantage in that matchup against Minnesota.
Boyes, Thomas lead Panthers past Red Wings in SO
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Brad Boyes scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Aleksander Barkov also scored in the tiebreaker for Florida, which has won three of four overall and two in a row against the Red Wings.
Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit in the shootout but Tim Thomas stopped shots by Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist.
Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim had goals in regulation for Florida. Thomas made 24 saves.
Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves and Johan Franzen had two assists.
Gordon's 26 lifts Indiana past Oakland 81-54
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Evan Gordon scored a season-high 26 points and had the crowd chanting his name in Indiana's 81-54 rout of Oakland on Tuesday night.
The senior guard added five rebounds and shot 10-of-12 from the field to help the Hoosiers improve to 8-2 with their second straight victory.
Troy Williams scored 13 points, Yogi Ferrell had 10 and Noah Vonleh finished with eight points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field. Indiana extended its nonconference home winning streak to 36.
Oakland (2-8) lost its 11th straight away from home. The Golden Grizzlies started 0-7 against a difficult schedule that included North Carolina, UCLA, California and Gonzaga. It won't get easier. They next face No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday.
Gordon made his first eight shots, one shy of matching a school record, before Oakland center Corey Petros blocked a layup.
GREEN BAY-E MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan holds off Green Bay in 67-58 win
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Ray Lee scored 17 points to help Eastern Michigan snap a three-game losing streak with a 67-58 victory over Green Bay Tuesday night.
Lee was 5 of 9 from the field, including two 3-pointers, as the Eagles (5-3) took control of the game with a 12-0 run midway through the first half to build a lead that would never be challenged. Karrington Ward, who entered the game averaging 16.5 points per game, was held to 13 points but hauled in seven rebounds. Da'Shonte Riley and Mike Talley added 11 apiece.
Green Bay (5-3) outscored the Eagles in the second half 40-38 but never drew closer than seven points in the final stretch. Alec Brown led the Phoenix with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Keifer Sykes added 13 points.
Eastern Michigan shot 43.9 percent from the field and had six fewer turnovers than Green Bay's 18.
T25-MICHIGAN STATE ARRIVES
Michigan St revels in Rose Bowl bid
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says the Big Ten title game was a lot like the Spartans' season as a whole.
Nothing came easy.
But in the end, the Spartans were convincing winners, taking the Big Ten championship with a 34-24 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night.
Now they'll play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.
It's the culmination of a seven-year rise under coach Mark Dantonio in which Michigan State went from national afterthought to the top of the conference.
Mich. St.'s Narduzzi wins Broyles Award
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for fourth-ranked Michigan State has won the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
Pat Narduzzi was named the winner Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. Narduzzi structured the Spartans' defense, lifting the team to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Stanford.
The award is named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who is noted for developing assistants into head coaches. A number of his aides went on to stellar careers, including Hayden Fry, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year's selection committee.
Other finalists this year were Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, Baylor's Philip Montgomery, Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt and Kurt Roper from Duke.
Michigan QB Devin Gardner bothered by turf toe
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is bothered by turf toe, and the Wolverines want to get him some rest.
Coach Brady Hoke says Gardner didn't practice Tuesday. Gardner has plenty of time to recover before Michigan plays Kansas State on Dec. 28 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Gardner limped to a news conference with a protective boot on his left foot following Michigan's one-point loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale Nov. 30.
Hoke says he's not going to speculate about how long Gardner will sit out. Bowl practices are now a chance for backup quarterback Shane Morris to get more reps.
Yzerman to play in Winter Classic alumni game
DETROIT (AP) - Steve Yzerman plans to play in the alumni game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 31.
The alumni game is scheduled for a day before the Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
Yzerman helped the Red Wings win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and is now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan are also among the Detroit alumni expected to participate.
MICHIGAN STATE-ROWDY CROWDS
4 arrested after Michigan State win arraigned
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Police say four people arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game have been arraigned.
East Lansing police say officers arrested 12 students and three others in the disorders late Saturday and early Sunday. Police say there were at least 57 fires.
Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.
The Lansing State Journal has posted video online (http://on.lsj.com/1iQcJRG ) showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire.
Police said Tuesday that the four people arraigned in East Lansing District Court are charged with disorderly conduct for remaining within 300 feet of a fire. The municipal ordinance charges can bring up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
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