MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: T-Wolves down Pistons at home
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love amassed 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 114-101 rout of the Detroit Pistons at Target Center.
Three other Minnesota starters finished in double figures in the Timberwolves' eighth straight win over Detroit and seventh in nine games overall. Kevin Martin added 24 points, Nikola Pekovic had 17 along with nine rebounds and Ricky Rubio tallied 11 points, nine assists and eight boards. Greg Monroe totaled 20 points and 15 rebounds for the fading Pistons, with Brandon Jennings and Will Bynum picking up 17 points each in Detroit's sixth loss in its last seven outings. The Timberwolves put this one away early, stringing together a 16-4 first- quarter run to build a 29-11 lead nine minutes in following back-to-back Corey Brewer baskets. Detroit never got within 16 points over the remainder of the half, with the margin expanding as high as 24 after a 5-0 sequence capped by J.J. Barea's short runner made the score 55-31 just past the midway mark of the second quarter. Minnesota cruised into the break owning a commanding 66-45 advantage behind 14 points apiece from Love and Martin, and continued to increase the differential in the third quarter as the Pistons put forth another dull effort. Pekovic's tip-in with 4:26 elapsed in the stanza put the T-Wolves up by 30 at 81-51, and Minnesota went into the fourth ahead comfortably with the score 97-69. Bynum recorded all 17 of his points in the final period and triggered a 15-5 run that made the outcome more respectable, with the spurt trimming Detroit's deficit to 108-97 with 2:44 left.
Chris Colabello went 3-for-3 and hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Grapefruit League play. Danny Santana and Wilkin Ramirez both had a double and an RBI, while Brandon Waring and Max Kepler added an RBI apiece. Vance Worley gave up five runs on seven hits over 1 1/3 innings. Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and Travis Snider knocked in two runs. Wandy Rodriguez pitched two scoreless with two strikeouts for the Pirates.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team walloped Ohio State 5-1 in Columbus Friday at the Schottenstein Center. The No.1 ranked Golden Gophers were led by goals from Kyle Rau, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata, Connor Reilly and Vinni Lettieri. Three of the U's goals came in the second period after the took a 2-0 lead in the firts. Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox made 30 saves. Reilly and Rau both had assists and Cammarata had two assists. The series concludes this evening.
The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team advanced to the finals of the WCHA tournament with a 4-1 win over the University of Minnesota-Duluth Friday evening at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. After a 1-1 second period, the U scored three goals in the third from Rachel Bona, Millica McMillen and Dani Cameranesi. Winning goalie Amanda Levillie made 21 saves. The Golden Gophers, 35-1-1 overall, will play No. 9 North Dakota, which upset No. 2 Wisconsin 1-0 in the other semifinal, in tonight's finals starting at 7:07 p.m. Katie Schipper had two assists for the U and Bona and Cameranesi also had assists. Kelly Terry had Minnesota's other goal.
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament quaretfinals in Indianapolis Friday. Jordan Hooper scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska beat Minnesota 80-67. The Golden Gophers, 20-12 overall, now wait to see if they get an NCAA Tournament bid. Stabresa McDaniel led the U in sscoring with 14 points from off the bench.