MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Grizzlies down Timberwolves 94-90
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph poured in 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 94-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Courtney Lee added 16 points, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 11 for the Grizzlies, winners in five straight and 10 of their last 11 games overall. It wasn't all positive for Memphis, however, as star guard Mike Conley left the game in the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. Conley landed awkwardly on his left foot and it rolled under him before falling to the floor in obvious pain. Conley was carried off the court and to the locker room and did not return. He had 12 points and eight assists before exiting.
Kevin Love scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 14 points with Jose Juan Barea and Dante Cunningham adding 12 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who had won five of their last six entering the contest.
Randolph's layup 4 1/2 minutes into the second half made it 59-43. Minnesota, however, outscored the Grizzlies 23-7 to take its first lead of the contest. Love scored 16 points on the run on 6-of-7 shooting -- 3-of-4 from 3-point range -- and the Wolves shot 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the field over that stretch. Randolph got a tough bank shot to go 20 seconds into the fourth, but a Cunningham slam followed by a Martin runner put the Wolves ahead 71-68. The sides traded blows from there until back-to-back Randolph jumpers, followed by a Prince 3-pointer, made it 91-85 with 59 seconds left. Minnesota couldn't get closer than four the rest of the way.
The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team tied Michigan State at Mariuccia Arena 2-2 Friday and lost in the shoot-out 2-1 (6). The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Hudson Fasching's power play goal in the first period put the Golden Gophers on the scoreboard and Justin Kloos's goal at the 5:27 mark of the third period tied the contest. Adam Wilcox made 28 saves in goal for the U. The series concludes tonight at 7 p.m. at Marucci Arena.
The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team wiped out North Dakota 5-1 Friday in front of nearly 6,000 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. The Golden Gophers trailed 1-0 in the first before scoring five unanswered goals. Kate Schipper had two of those goals along with Maryanne Menefee, Meghan Lorence and Rachel Bona. The Gophers were a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play. Winning goalie Amanda Levielle made 31 saves. The series concludes Saturday evening with the face-off at 7:07 p.m.