Feb 09, 2020 9:42 AM

Sunday Sports Headlines

Posted Feb 09, 2020 9:42 AM

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Roope Hintz scored the game-winner at 2:19 of overtime and finished with two goals, leading the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Hintz flipped in a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle for the winner and his 17th goal of the season. Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas. Anton Khudobin made 23 saves. Colton Parayko scored two first-period goals for the Blues. 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points and Luka Garza added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa bounce back from its worst loss of the season with a 96-72 win over Nebraska on Saturday. Garza and Wieskamp came into the game averaging a combined 38 points per game, the sixth-best scoring duo in NCAA Division I play. Wieskamp's previous career high was 26 in the 67-49 win over Maryland on Jan. 10. Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) was coming off a 104-68 loss at Purdue on Wednesday, and guard CJ Fredrick said during Friday's media availability that the Hawkeyes were "embarrassed" after that defeat. They took it out on the Huskers (7-16, 2-10).

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No. 3 Kansas has another 20-win season and coach Bill Self has his 700th career victory. Udoka Azubuike had 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Jayhawks beat TCU 60-46. It is their 31st consecutive 20-win season, matching North Carolina's record. Azubuike had his 10th double-double this season and had five dunks in a 13-3 run early that put Kansas ahead to stay. Devon Dotson added 18 points and 11 assists for the Jayhawks. Desmond Bane had 20 points for TCU, which lost its fifth game in a row. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski scored 23 points to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the 21st-ranked Bluejays beat St. John's 94-82. Creighton shot a season-best 60% from the field and matched its season high with 13 3-pointers but couldn't separate from the Red Storm until the middle of the second half. Marcellus Earlington scored a career-high 25 points for the Red Storm. The sophomore was 3 for 4 on 3s after coming in 3 for 21 for the season.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin scored 17 points and Jalen Crutcher led a second-half rally that swept No. 6 Dayton to a 71-65 victory over Saint Louis. Dayton has won 12 straight, vaulting to its highest ranking in 53 years. The Flyers are unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 Conference but the Billikens have given them their two closest calls. Crutcher's last-second 3-pointer in overtime rallied the Flyers to a 78-76 victory on Jan. 17 on the Billikens' court. He scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as Dayton broke open a tight game Saturday. Jordan Goodwin led Saint Louis with 22 points.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA's preliminary rankings. The Bears are the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. The preliminary rankings are based on games through Friday. They are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on Selection Sunday, which is March 15. The Final Four is March 27-29 in Atlanta.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Solomon Young scored 20 points, Terrence Lewis added 12 points off the bench, and Iowa State held off Kansas State for a 73-63 win. The Cyclones led by as many as 21 points and played the final 13 minutes, 46 seconds without star guard Tyrese Haliburton — who sustained an injury seconds before halftime. Cartier Diarra scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats, who used a 13-3 run to pull within four points with 7:54 remaining but could get no closer.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Xavier Pinson scored a career-high 24 points to lead Missouri to an 83-79 overtime victory over Arkansas on Saturday. Pinson, a sophomore guard, went 12 of 13 from the free throw line in a foul-plagued game in which the teams combined to shoot 83 free throws. Javon Pickett scored 14 points and Reed Nikko finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (11-12, 3-7 Southeastern Conference). Mason Jones and Jimmy Whitt Jr. scored 17 points each for the Razorbacks (16-7, 4-6). Reggie Chaney added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

AP-Scorecard

Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Milwaukee 111 Orlando 95

Final Dallas 116 Charlotte 100

Final New York 95 Detroit 92

Final Toronto 119 Brooklyn 118

Final New Orleans 124 Indiana 117

Final Minnesota 142 L.A. Clippers 115

Final L.A. Lakers 125 Golden State 120

Final Denver 117 Phoenix 108

Final Sacramento 122 San Antonio 102

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Winnipeg 5 Ottawa 2

Final Boston 4 Arizona 2

Final New Jersey 3 Los Angeles 0

Final Colorado 2 Columbus 1

Final Tampa Bay 3 N-Y Islanders 1

Final OT Montreal 2 Toronto 1

Final Philadelphia 7 Washington 2

Final Edmonton 3 Nashville 2

Final Pittsburgh 3 Florida 2

Final OT Dallas 3 St. Louis 2

Final Calgary 6 Vancouver 2

Final SO Carolina 6 Vegas 5

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1)Baylor 78 Oklahoma St. 70

Final (2)Gonzaga 90 Saint Mary's (Cal) 60

Final (3)Kansas 60 TCU 46

Final (4)San Diego St. 89 Air Force 74

Final (5)Louisville 80 Virginia 73

Final (6)Dayton 71 Saint Louis 65

Final OT (7)Duke 98 North Carolina 96

Final (8)Florida St. 99 Miami 81

Final (12)Seton Hall 70 (10)Villanova 64

Final OT (11)Auburn 91 (18)LSU 90

Final Oklahoma 69 (13)West Virginia 59

Final Oregon St. 63 (14)Oregon 53

Final (15)Kentucky 77 Tennessee 64

Final Michigan 77 (16)Michigan St. 68

Final (17)Iowa 96 Nebraska 72

Final (21)Creighton 94 St. John's 82

Final (22)Penn St. 83 Minnesota 77

Final UCLA 65 (23)Arizona 52

Final (24)Colorado 81 Stanford 74

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TODAY'S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Boston at Oklahoma City 3:30 p.m.

Chicago at Philadelphia 6 p.m.

Memphis at Washington 6 p.m.

New York at Atlanta 6 p.m.

Utah at Houston 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Cleveland 7:30 p.m.

Miami at Portland 9 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Boston at Detroit 12:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Buffalo 3 p.m.

Los Angeles at N-Y Rangers 6 p.m.

Chicago at Winnipeg 7 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(19)Butler at Marquette 12 p.m.

Wichita St. at (25)Houston 3 p.m.

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Feb 09, 2020 9:42 AM
WSU's Echenique Plays For His Country

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State center Jaime Echenique is a busy senior, what with playing the best basketball of his career and shepherding sophomores and freshmen toward the NCAA Tournament.

He always has time to represent his home, however, and the artwork on his Under Armour shoes is the latest example. Echenique used acrylics to paint Colombia's flag on the back of his all-white shoes. 

"They gave us them before practice and I was like 'I want to do something with these shoes,'" he said. "I took (art) classes in high school and I knew I could do it."

His fellow Colombians notice his artistic talents.

"People from back home love it," he said. "I want to be proud of where I'm coming from and I want to show my people I never forget. All the people who support me and are sticking up for me."

Echenique's game will again take the spotlight during Sunday's game at No. 25 Houston. The January game against the Cougars provided a harsh example of what he means to the Shockers. Foul trouble limited him to 14 minutes in that 65-54 loss and deprived the Shockers of a matchup problem they needed to dent the defense. He scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in those limited minutes.

Echenique has played 27 or more minutes in six of his past seven games. He averages 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds during that stretch, shooting 52.4 percent from the field.

Those are not the numbers that Echenique cares about.

"This is my last year and my last chance," he said. "I've never gone to an NCAA Tournament, but I want to go. I want to enjoy the experience. We went to the NIT last year, but it wasn't the right tournament for us."

The Shockers worked their way out of an offensive slump in Thursday's 80-79 loss to Cincinnati. Turning that performance into any kind of a hot streak won't be easy.

Wichita State shot 48.5 percent from the field against the Bearcats, its best in American Athletic Conference play. Its 36.4-percent accuracy from three-point range ranks second in conference games. 

According to Pomeroy's statistics, Wichita State played its third most efficient offensive game of the season, scoring 1.15 points per possession. The Shockers are 44-3 since the 2016-17 season in games in which it scores at that clip or better, according to kenpom.com.

Echenique played 31 good minutes and scored 19 points. Forward Dexter Dennis rebounded from a poor shooting night at Tulsa to make 4 of 6 three-pointers. The Shockers committed 10 turnovers in a high-scoring game.

"For a good amount of games down the stretch, we haven't been able to put the ball in the basket," guard Jamarius Burton said. "(Thursday) we were able to do so. We've got to get back to our calling card, which is defense and that has kept us in games. Hopefully, we can pair the offense and defense next game."

Houston will put Wichita State's scoring to another test. The Cougars held the Shockers to 30.4 percent shooting in the first meeting. Houston blocked nine shots and limited the Shockers to six second-chance points and three on fast breaks. That means the Shockers got very few easy baskets and had to work against Houston's set defense far too often.

Houston doubled Echenique and owns the rare set of defenders who could harass him and recover to bother shooters. The Cougars took Wichita State's guards – especially Erik Stevenson – out of the game with their defense. 

After that game, the Shockers talked about selfishness and a lack of execution on offense. They improved their passing and execution, but little comes easy on offense.

This is more of the same in the American. Sunday's game pits Wichita State against a defense ranked in Pomeroy's top 75 for efficiency for the ninth straight time. Thursday's game at UCF will make it 10 in a row.

Nine of the 12 American teams rank in the top 75, led by No. 10 Memphis. Wichita State is No. 17. 

The Shockers held the Cougars to eight offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points in the January meeting. Wichita State would love to match that effort on Sunday.

Houston ranks third nationally, according to Pomeroy, by grabbing 38.4 percent of available offensive rebounds.  

Houston has won six of seven games with the loss at Cincinnati (64-62) on Feb. 1. 

Guard Quentin Grimes returned to the starting lineup in Thursday's 75-62 win over Tulane and scored 15 points and handed out five assists. Freshman guard Caleb Mills came off the bench to make 4 of 7 three-pointers and score 18 points. Mills, who played 12 minutes and scored five points against the Shockers, averaged 14.8 points in the five games since and is 12 of 24 from three-point range.