Digest for 01-12-14


LOCAL

Bulldogs start off 1-0 in 5A-South

WHITE HALL — White Hall started 5A-South Conference play in boys basketball Friday with a 46-43 win over Hope.

J’Breun Steen scored 15 points to lead White Hall (4-7, 1-0 in 5A-South) and Tyler Pirson added 11 points.

Trailing 21-14 at halftime, Hope started the second half with an 8-0 run. White Hall responded with a 13-4 stretch to close out the quarter.

Hope fell to 2-3 and 0-1 with the loss.

White Hall will visit Hot Springs on Tuesday.

Lady Bulldogs dominate Lady Bobcats

WHITE HALL — A 30-6 first half gave White Hall all the spark it needed in a 47-13 girls basketball win over Hope on Friday.

Hailey Wilkins had 11 points and JaeLisa Allen netted 11 for White Hall (9-3, 1-0 in 5A-South). Hope dropped to 0-1 in the conference.

Dollarway junior high wins conference opener

The Dollarway junior high boys team defeated Heber Springs 42-22 Friday night for its conference opener at home.

Eighth grader Teon Johnson led Dollarway with 13 points and was 3 of 4 from the free throw line.

Kuron Brown contributed with 11 points and Demetrius Johnson chipped in with nine. The Cardinals held Heber Springs to single digits in every quarter.

Dollarway (5-7, 1-0 2-4A) extends its winning streak to three games and will host Stuttgart Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

REGIONAL

Sooners deal Cyclones first loss of season

NORMAN, Okla. — Ryan Spangler converted a go-ahead, three-point play with just over 2 minutes left, sparking an Oklahoma surge that helped the Sooners hand Iowa State its first loss of the season with an 87-82 decision on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Melvin Ejim capped a 7-0 Iowa State sprint with a three-pointer that put the Cyclones on top, 77-76, with 2:41 to play, but Spangler answered with a three-point play at the other end to put the Sooners in front for good. After Ejim missed a triple on ISU’s next trip, Buddy Hield finished a layup and the Cyclones went scoreless over their next four possessions, allowing the Sooners to seal the outcome by going 6 of 8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Hield hit six three-pointers en route to a team-high 22 points, while Spangler supplied 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 90-83 setback against Kansas their last time out. DeAndre Kane contributed a game- high 23 points to go with nine boards and four assists, but committed seven of the Cyclones’ 13 turnovers in the setback.

Iowa State (14-1, 2-1) had won a program-record 14 straight games.

NATIONAL

No. 5 Spartans dodge upset loss at home

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling poured in 24 points, including eight in overtime, as No. 5 Michigan State recovered from a late second-half collapse to dispatch Minnesota, 87-75, at Breslin Center.

Gary Harris followed with 19 points, while Kenny Kaminski added 15 for the Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten), winners of eight in a row since their lone loss to North Carolina. Andre Hollins totaled 24 points and Malik Smith posted 17 for the Gophers (13-4, 2-2), whose two-game win streak came to a halt despite forcing the game beyond regulation by wiping out a late five-point deficit.

Tigers surprise Blue Devils by 13

CLEMSON, S.C. — K.J. McDaniels had a game-high 24 points and the Clemson Tigers upset the 16th-ranked Duke Blue Devils, 72-59, in an ACC tilt at Littlejohn Coliseum.

McDaniels added 10 rebounds and three blocks to help Clemson (11-4, 2-1 ACC) defeat Duke for the first time since 2009. Jaron Blossomgame had a career-high 14 points with 14 boards for the Tigers, who have won three of their last four.

Rodney Hood paced Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) with 20 points and Jabari Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds in the Blue Devils’ second loss in three games.

Mizzou dodges upset at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — Jordan Clarkson netted a team-high 20 points, as No. 21 Missouri earned a hard-fought 70-68 victory over Auburn on Saturday at Auburn Arena.

Earnest Ross supplied 16 points and seven rebounds, while Jabari Brown added 15 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 SEC), which bounced back from an overtime loss to Georgia in its conference opener.

K.T. Harrell led all scorers with 27 points, while Tahj Shamsid-Deen donated 13 points and six assists for Auburn (8-5, 0-2), which has dropped two straight on the heels of a four-game win streak.

— Staff and wire reports