7 March 2017 Sports
Antetokounmpo, Snell lead Bucks past 76ers, 112-98
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, Tony Snell had 18 of his season-high 21 in the first half and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 112-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton added 13 apiece for the Bucks, who won their third straight game to stay close in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Milwaukee began the day 1 ½ games behind Detroit for the final playoff spot in the East. The Pistons hosted Chicago on Monday night.
Justin Anderson tied his career high with 19 points for Philadelphia, which has lost five of six. The 76ers were without big man Jahlil Okafor (knee) for the second straight game. They are so short of bodies that they received a hardship exception to sign Shawn Long to a 10-day contract on Monday. Long, in his NBA debut, had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Last-seed Milwaukee advances to Horizon League title game
DETROIT (AP) — Brock Stull had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds, Brett Prahl scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and last-seed Milwaukee beat Illinois-Chicago 74-68 on Monday night to advance to the Horizon League Tournament Championship game.
Cody Wichmann also had 15 points and Jeremy Johnson scored 10 for Milwaukee (11-23), which has won three in a row after losing nine in a row to close the regular season. The Panthers, who won four conference games in the regular season, will play No. 4 seed Northern Kentucky on Tuesday.
Milwaukee twice led by 10 in the second half, but the Flames (15-18) used a 12-3 run to tie it with 3:47 to play. Prahl hit jumper and a layup by Dominique Matthews made it 63-all before August Haas hit a 3 to put the Panthers in front for good with 1:54 to play.
Haas, a freshman, then stole it from Clint Robinson, drove the left side of the lane and fed a wrap-around pass under the basket to Prahl for a layup 18 seconds later that made it 68-63. After two free throws by UIC’s Godwin Boahen, Prahl’s putback of his own missed dunk sparked a 6-0 run to seal it.
Matthews scored 21 points, including four 3s, for No. 6 seed UIC.
January, No. 17 DePaul women advance to Big East title game
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jessica January hit three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to help No. 17 DePaul beat St. John’s 59-41 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East Conference Tournament.
January, the pre-season Big East Player of the Year who missed 15 games with a broken finger before returning on Feb. 24, was the only DePaul (26-6) player to score in double figures.
The top-seeded Blue Demons will face No. 3 seed Marquette in the finals on Tuesday.
After a conventional 3-point play by Akine Wellere put fifth-seeded St. John’s (20-11) up 8-7, the Red Storm went nearly 5½ minutes without a field goal and missed 15 of their next 17 shots. DePaul led by three points at the end of the first quarter, outscored St. John’s 17-4 in the second to take a 29-13 lead into break and led by double figures throughout the second half.
Wellere led St. John’s with 11 points. The Red Storm shot just 26 percent from the field and tied its season low for points.
Marquette women beat No. 23 Creighton in Big East semis
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Amani Wilborn shot 7 of 12 from the field, made 7 of 8 free throws and finished with a career-high 21 points, four assists and two steals to help Marquette beat No. 23 Creighton 72-65 on Monday to advance to the championship game of the Big East Tournament.
Allazia Blockton added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Danielle King scored 18 with five rebounds and five assists for third-seeded Marquette (24-7). The Golden Eagles, who have won seven in a row, will play top-seeded and 17th-ranked DePaul or No. 5 seed St. John’s on Tuesday.
King converted a 3-point play midway through the second quarter that gave Marquette the lead for good and sparked an 11-4 run that made it 36-30 at the break. Creighton, the No. 2 seed, twice cut its deficit to five points in the fourth quarter — the last of which came when Sydney Lamberty’s layup made it 66-61 with 3:45 to play. Blockton scored four points and Wilborn added two more, as the Bluejays missed 5 of 7 shots, in the final 2:40 to seal it.
Lamberty, the only Creighton (23-7) player to score in double figures, had career highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds.