Cal holds off Mississippi 77-74 in NIT first round


Cal holds off Mississippi 77-74 in NIT first round

BERKELEY (AP) Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help California hold off Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.California (18-14), which played without starting center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, advanced to play at top-seeded Colorado on Friday. The Buffaloes beat Texas Southern 88-74 earlier.Chris Warren scored 23 points for Ole Miss (20-14) and became the fourth player in Southeastern Conference history to have 2,000 points and 400 assists in his career. Zach Graham added 17 points.Ole Miss, which lost in the semifinals of the NIT a year ago, pulled within 73-72 after Warren's driving layup with 49.8 seconds remaining. After Kamp made a 13-foot jumper for Cal, Mississippi's Terrance Henry sank two free throws before Gutierrez sealed the win for the Bears.Henry's desperation 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim and bounced away as time expired.Gutierrez made his first five shots from the floor and had 17 points in the first half. Crabbe then led Cal's charge in the second half when the Bears held off the Rebels down the stretch."If (Gutierrez) doesn't make some plays, who knows," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "Jorge was ready to play. If he didn't, we were going to struggle and I think he knew that."
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Sanders-Frison, Cal's leading rebounder, dislocated his right shoulder in practice on Tuesday and watched the game on the bench with his arm in a sling.Freshman Richard Solomon, who started in place of Sanders-Frison, went to the bench six minutes into the game with a bloody nose after getting hit in the face. Solomon later returned and finished with five points while tying his season-high of 10 rebounds.Ole Miss trailed by eight points early in the second half but crept back into the game behind Warren and Henry."They knocked in rhythm shots early and then it became contagious," Rebels coach Andy Kennedy said. "I thought our guys did a good job of weathering that and getting back in the game. Unfortunately we've been on this side more times than we would like to admit."Warren made a 3-pointer early in the first half to join LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green as the only players in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists.California's game against Colorado is a preview of sorts for next season when the Buffaloes join the conference and it becomes the Pac-12.

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

The San Jose Sharks not only lost in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but also lost their second-leading scorer to injury. 

Joe Thornton left the final minute of the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. With Jets forward Andrew Copp backchecking, Mikkel Boedker collided into Thornton's knee in front of the Sharks bench. 

Thornton took a stride on each leg as he skated gingerly to the bench, and did not return to the game. 

The 38-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee this summer. He missed the final three games of the regular season last year, but returned to play in San Jose's final four postseason games in a first round, six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Thornton is second on the Sharks with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists), and has scored nine points in his last seven games. He is second among forwards in average ice time, and is playing 18:20 per night in his 20th NHL season. 

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.