February 10, 2016

In Draffenville, Marshall County rallied from 11 down at the half to force overtime, but Murray High prevailed 70-66 to claim the 4th District regular season title and the top seed in the 4th District Tournament. James Boone led the Tigers with 28 points and Ethan Clark added 16 as the Tigers improved to 22-5. Murray’s next game is Saturday night when they host UHA.

Carlisle County made 9 treys on 45% shooting beyond the arc and went on to a 65-43 win at Calloway County. Jeremey Darnell led the Lakers with 15 points. Calloway is now 6-16 on the year and return to action at 7:30 pm Friday when they host Marshall County. In other boys games:

Graves County 83, Ballard Memorial 52
Mayfield 80, Fulton City 50
McCracken County 65, St. Mary 33

Alexis Burpo and Macey Turley each scored 17 points as 4th ranked Murray High strtched its winning streak to 18 games with a 64-42 win at Marshall County. The Lady Tigers raced out to a 20-9 first quarter lead and never looked back in improving to 26-1 on the year. The win also clinched the 4th District regular season title and the top seed in the 4th District Tournament. The Murray girls are off until Saturday when they host Madisonville-North Hopkins.

Charlee Settle scored 16 points and Megan Greer added 15 as Calloway County snapped a seven-game skid with a 61-53 win over Carlisle County at Jeffery Gymnasium. The 6-19 Lady Lakers return to action on Friday night at 6 when they host Marshall County. In other girls games:

Graves County 63, Ballard Memorial 23
Mayfield 53, Fulton City 27
McCracken County 73, St. Mary 21
Caldwell County 60, Dawson Springs 49
Lyon County 41, Webster County 33

Jamal Murray scored 24 points and Tyler Ulis added 14 as 22nd ranked Kentucky crushed Georgia 82-48. The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to a season-low 22 percent shooting from the field. Murray made 8 of 14 from the field including 6 of 10 from 3-point range as the Cats improved to 18-6 overall and 8-3 in the Southeastern Conference. In other SEC games:

Tennessee 71, Auburn 45
Florida 77, Ole Miss 72
Mississippi State 78, Arkansas 46

Cincinnati 69, UCF 51
Wichita State 74, Drake 48

The Murray State women’s basketball team hits the road to face SIU Edwardsville at the Vadalabene Center tonight at 7. SIUE nipped the Racers 64-61 last month when the teams met in Murray. SIU Edwardsville is led by one of the top players in the OVC in Preseason Player of the Year Shronda Butts. Butts who is averaging 23.2 points per game in league play. MSU is currently in ninth place in the OVC standings and is a game behind three teams for the eighth and final OVC Tournament seed. Airtime for the game tonight is 6:45 on WNBS and That means tonight’s Cardinals Hot Stove Report will air delayed at 9:06 on WNBS.

The Racer men swing back into action Thursday night at SIUe. Despite the hot shooting of Jeffery Moss who is averaging 25 points over his last three games, Murray State is 1-2. One reason is a struggling Bryce Jones. The JUCO transfer was a huge part of the Racers early season success with a 3 to 1 assist to turnover ratio and a scoring average around 14 points a game. But Jones has struggled making shots recently, and it has carried over into his floor game where he has 13 turnovers in the last two Racer losses. MSU head coach Matt McMahon has no problem sticking with Jones, who he says must move forward past his recent strugges. Airtime for Thursday night’s 7pm game is 6:25 on FROGGY.

The inaugral Murray High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm Friday inside the Bob Rogers Auxiliary Gym at Murray High. This first group to be inducted includes former Murray High football coach, Preston “Ty” Holland who coached MHS Football and basketball from 1920 to 1973. Also being inducted: Members of the 1961 and 1974 Football Championship teams, Eli Alexander, Tony Boone, Jimmy Boone, Steve Doran, Don Faughn, Bill Furgerson, John Hina, Tim Masthay, Velvet Milkman, Cary Miller, Steve Porter, Mel Purcell, Dub Russell, Dr. Dick Stout, and Roy Weatherly. Prior to the ceremony, a reception will be held inside the gym at 6 p.m. and is open to the community. Guests are also invited to attend Saturday night’s special game recognition of all inductees. For more information, or to RSVP, call Terri Dick at 270-753-4363.

The Grizzlies may go the rest of the season without their best player. Center Marc Gasol is sidelined indefinitely due to a broken bone in his right foot. The team will update his status after the All-Star break. He could potentially miss the rest of the year. Gasol is averaging 16.6 points and seven rebounds this season. The Grizzlies are on the road tonight to take on the Nets at the Barclays Center. Memphis has lost its last two games after winning five in-a-row. The team was last in action during a six-point overtime loss to the Trail Blazers Monday at home. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Cardinals pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training in Jupiter, Florida one week from today. The club will hold its first workout the next day. Position players arrive the following week with the first full-squad workout on February 23rd. The first exhibition game is March 2nd.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn’t apologizing, but he is explaining his terse post-Super Bowl press conference. After giving mostly one-word answers before walking out altogether, Newton says that’s just the way he was feeling at the time. Newton came under fire for being a poor sport and admits to being a “sore loser”.

The Super Bowl celebration is on in Denver. The Broncos held a victory parade and rally yesterday in honor of beating the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets as players and coaches drove by to celebrate the team’s third title in franchise history.

The Clippers are punishing forward Blake Griffin for his altercation with a team assistant equipment manager. Griffin has been suspended four games after breaking his hand in the incident. Griffin will also lose five games worth of salary.

A pair of NBA stars won’t be seeing the floor for a while. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will be out of action for three-to-four weeks due to a left knee sprain. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is sidelined indefinitely due to a broken bone in his right foot.

A pair of top-10 teams in college hoops were handed losses last night. Rapheal Davis hit a free throw with 4.6 seconds left in overtime to give 16th-ranked Purdue a wild 82-81 win over number-nine Michigan State. Meanwhile, Creighton clobbered fourth-ranked Xavier, 70-56.


San Antonio Spurs 119, Miami Heat 101
Washington Wizards 111, New York Knicks 108
Milwaukee Bucks 112, Boston Celtics 111
Utah Jazz 121, Dallas Mavericks 119 (OT)
Golden State Warriors 123, Houston Rockets 110

Los Angeles Kings 9, Boston Bruins 2
Florida Panthers 7, Buffalo Sabres 4
New Jersey Devils 2, Edmonton Oilers 1
Anaheim Ducks 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1
New York Islanders 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (SO)
Montreal Canadiens 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Winnipeg Jets 2, St. Louis Blues 1 (SO)
Washington Capitals 5, Nashville Predators 3
Dallas Stars 4, Minnesota Wild 3 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Vancouver Canucks 3, Colorado Avalanche 1
Calgary Flames 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball (“USA Today” Rankings)
#1 Villanova Wildcats 86, DePaul Blue Demons 59
#2 Maryland Terrapins 93, Bowie State Bulldogs 62
Creighton Bluejays 70, #4 Xavier Musketeers 56
#6 Kansas Jayhawks 75, #10 West Virginia Mountaineers 65
#7 Virginia Cavaliers 67, Virginia Tech Hokies 49
#8 North Carolina Tar Heels 68, Boston College Eagles 65
#16 Purdue Boilermakers 82, #9 Michigan State Spartans 81 (OT)
#11 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 65, Pittsburgh Panthers 63
#17 (tie) Dayton Flyers 76, Duquesne Dukes 74
#21 Kentucky Wildcats 82, Georgia Bulldogs 48
#24 Wichita State Shockers 74, Drake Bulldogs 48

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

7:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic
7:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. – Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons
7:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers
8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls
9:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns
10:30 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers

7:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings
8:00 p.m. – New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
9:30 p.m. – Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes

NCAA Top-25 Men’s Basketball
7:00 p.m. – #13 Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide
9:00 p.m. – #15 Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders
7:00 p.m. – #17 (tie) Providence Friars at Marquette Golden Eagles
8:15 p.m. – #19 Baylor Bears at Kansas State Wildcats