Heat hope to rebound from poor effort on boards


Heat hope to rebound from poor effort on boards

MIAMI (AP) Coming off a rare home loss, the Miami Heat will try to rebound against the Washington Wizards.

That could be tough, because the Heat haven't rebounded well all season.

Poor board work was the focus of a team meeting Saturday. Players didn't practice but did review video of every rebound in Friday's home loss to the Chicago Bulls, when the Heat were outrebounded 48-28.

``This is something that we're going to fix,'' coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat rank last in the NBA in rebounds, and while they nonetheless have the best record in the Eastern Conference, the team's biggest weakness could undermine its bid for a championship repeat.

``We're improving in so many other areas, particularly offensively,'' Spoelstra said. ``Rebounding's the area that has to take the priority right now.''

The Heat rank first in the league in field goal percentage, second in 3-point shooting, third in turnovers and fourth in points per game. But they're being outrebounded by 2.8 per game.

``We've got to go out and do it,'' LeBron James said. ``If the ball is in your region, try to go up and get it. If not, box out your guy and let somebody else go get it.''

The Heat are smaller than most of their opponents, and the majority of their players- including James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh - are rebounding at about the same rate as a year ago for the title team. James, in fact, is averaging a career-best 8.5 rebounds per game.

Even so, Spoelstra expects more.

``We have enough guys who are capable of it,'' he said. ``Individually guys are capable of doing their job better, either block out or chase down rebounds. We need to have some career years from guys on the glass.''

The Heat had only four offensive rebounds against Chicago, but Spoelstra said poor work on the defensive boards bothers him most. The Bulls missed 44 shots and grabbed 19 of them while sending the Heat to only their third home defeat.

Miami was outscored 20-7 in second-chance points and is allowing 15.5 per game, second-worst in the league.

``It's hard not to have your spirit collapsed,'' Spoelstra said. ``It can be deflating when you have a great defensive possession for 18 or 22 seconds, and then it turns into an offensive rebound and you have to do it all over again.''

Miami will face the Bulls three more times during the regular season, and perhaps in the playoffs as well, which made the mismatch on the boards that much more worrisome.

When chasing missed shots, Spoelstra said, the Heat didn't respond well to the Bulls' physical style.

``This one was a little bit more about hand-to-hand combat, holding your own, group rebounding, getting guys into the fray, into the pack and not spectating and really competing after each ball,'' the coach said.

The challenge Miami faces Sunday will be slightly less daunting. Washington lost in two overtimes Friday against Brooklyn to fall to 4-27.

``On Sunday we must win,'' Bosh said, ``and we must rebound to win.''


Notes: Guard Terrel Harris was waived Saturday. He played in seven games and scored 10 points.

Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mike'L Simms had 11 points as VCU extended its home win streak to eight games, beating Missouri State 61-51 on Sunday night.

De'Riante Jenkins had 10 points for VCU (8-2).

After VCU outscored Missouri State 35-25 in the first half, both teams scored 26 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. The Rams' 26 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears (6-6). Keandre Cook added 12 points. Gaige Prim had 10 points.

VCU takes on College of Charleston on the road on Wednesday. Missouri State matches up against Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday.


Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

It was a showdown like no other in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday night.

Right down to the wire. 

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, it all came down to a seven round penalty kick shootout where a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero won it all for the Hoyas, 7-6.

Romero stopped Virginia's Axel Gunnarsson to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship. 

After scoring 17 goals, Georgetown University won the 2019 Men’s College Cup National Champions over UVA.

It was a very back and forth battle between the two teams. 

Virginia jumped out on top. In the 10th minute, Junior midfielder Joe Bell scored the first goal and his 7th goal this season putting Virginia ahead 1-0. 

Junior midfielder Paul Rothrock responded with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, putting Georgetown on the board and tying the game 1-1.

In the 22nd minute, Georgetown Freshman Daniel Wu had a set piece, scoring his first goal of the season and extending the Hoyas lead 2-1. 

Later in the 58th Daniel Steedman gave the Cavaliers a spark tying it up 2-2. 

It looked as if the Hoyas had it in the bag when Derek Dodson broke the tie in the 81st minute putting Georgetown on top 3-2 but that didn't last very long. 

Inside five minutes to go in regulation time, Daryl Dike attempted a header which was deflected but followed through with his own rebound regaining the tie 3-3 for UVA.

That is where things got interesting.

After a hard fought game, two ovetimes and a penalty kick shoot out the Hoyas would go on to take the title over the Cavaliers winning 7-6.