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Jackson's 22 paces Memphis past Loyola (MD) 78-64

Jackson's 22 paces Memphis past Loyola (MD) 78-64

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Joe Jackson had 22 points and seven assists, Shaq Goodwin scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and Memphis pulled away for a 78-64 victory over Loyola (MD) on Sunday night.

Jackson connected on 5 of 6 from the field, including both shots from long range, and was 10 of 12 from the free throw line as Memphis (9-3) won its third straight. Goodwin was also 5 of 6 from the field, while Geron Johnson added 10 points for the Tigers.

Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds (9-5) with 25 points, connecting on 10 of 20 shots. Erik Etherly had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Robert Olson finished with 11 points. Etherly and Olson, however, were a combined 10 of 31, including Olson missing six of his seven shots from outside the arc.

Memphis broke the game open with 11 unanswered points in the second half.

Loyola dominated the boards, outrebounding Memphis 42-29, including 23 off the offensive glass, and held a 38-28 advantage in points in the paint.

But that was offset by the Greyhounds shooting 37.9 percent (25 of 66) and committing 19 turnovers, leading to 27 Memphis points.

Memphis led 37-33 at the half despite Cormier scoring 16 points for the Greyhounds and Loyola dominating the boards 27-16.

Cormier was 7 of 14 from the field, but the Greyhounds missed six of their seven shots from outside the arc in the frame. They would end the night 2 of 12 from 3-point range.

Jackson led Memphis with 12 points, including both of his shots from long range as Memphis connected on 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Memphis held a trio of 10-point leads in the first half, the final one coming with just over 11 minutes remaining before the break.

Loyola answered the double-digit advantage with a 10-2 run, all 10 points by Cormier. That pulled Loyola within 30-28, but the Greyhounds could not overtake the Tigers in the final minutes of the half.

Loyola did pull even shortly after halftime as Etherly began scoring inside. But despite hitting five of their first six shots in the half, the Greyhounds could not take the lead.

Memphis' advantage could have been even larger as Loyola was called for a flagrant foul and an intentional foul in the early minutes of the half. But the Tigers were only 4 of 10 from the foul line during the early stretch.

Several times before the midpoint of the second half, the Greyhounds were within one possession, but Jackson extended the Tiger lead.

Loyola trailed 53-52 after a jumper by Olson, when Memphis scored 11 unanswered points. Goodwin had seven in the stretch, with the only other points in the rally coming when Jackson hit a pair of free throws as Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos drew a technical. A dunk by D.J. Stephens to cap the run.

The Greyhounds did not threaten the rest of the way as Memphis built the lead to as many as 16.

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Capitals playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly ready for his second chance in Game 5

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Capitals playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly ready for his second chance in Game 5

ARLINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly will skate onto the ice at Capital One Arena tonight and the crowd will roar. They will chant “D-S-P!” and give him an ovation and he will try to keep a stone-faced focus, though it will be hard.

Not bad for a player who was cut in February, passed on by 30 other NHL teams and banished to the minors after a disappointing season and a salary-cap crunch. But that is life as a Stanley Cup playoff folk hero. After scoring seven goals with 19 points during last year’s postseason, including the game-tying goal in the decisive Game 5 of the final series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Smith-Pelly bought himself a lifetime of good will. 

Now, an injury to T.J. Oshie gets him another chance with the Capitals. Smith-Pelly will be in the lineup tonight when Washington hosts the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series (8 p.m., NBC). 

“I don’t know if weird is the word. It’s a business,” Smith-Pelly said. “It’s hard to go through something like that. I missed the guys a lot. I still kept in touch with pretty much everyone. It was just going there and doing what I had to do and waiting for a shot. It’s unfortunate that [Oshie] had to get hurt.”

Smith Pelly had just four goals and four assists in 54 games this season and was held out of several preseason games to get his conditioning where it needed to be. When the Capitals traded for forward Carl Hagelin on Feb. 21 they needed salary-cap space to make the move, according to general manager Brian MacLellan. He chose waiving Smith-Pelly over Dmitrij Jaskin. 

When Smith-Pelly cleared waivers, Washington sent him to AHL Hershey so he could play and be ready if needed again. That didn’t seem likely when the playoffs began and the salary cap was no longer an issue. MacLellan said the team had no immediate plans to recall Smith-Pelly just so he could sit. 

But the Capitals wanted him to stay in game shape in case injuries struck – and they finally did on Monday in Game 4. T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Smith-Pelly got the recall and is in the lineup tonight at right wing on the fourth line. It is another chance for a player who was once a second-round draft pick, but has been let go by three previous organizations (Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey) and found himself on tenuous ground with the Capitals. This isn’t how he wanted it to be. But now he’s back. 

“I wasn’t really thinking too much about it. I was watching the games and cheering the guys on,” Smith-Pelly said. “I wasn’t really sure. I definitely didn’t want to get a chance by someone else getting hurt. That’s for sure. So I don’t know. It’s kind of a weird spot. I’m focused on playing the playoffs there and helping the team there. I wasn’t really thinking about too much about what would happen.”

News and notes

Still no update on Oshie other than he’s out indefinitely, according to coach Todd Reirden. He will obviously not play in Game 5 after crashing into the boards following a nudge from behind by Carolina forward Warren Foegele. … Reirden’s lineup changes include Carl Hagelin moving to right wing on the second line and Chandler Stephenson joining Smith-Pelly and Nic Dowd on the fourth line. … After a nice first playoff game, rookie Jonas Siegenthaler will start with John Carlson, who moves to his natural right side. He'd been starting games on the left with Nick Jensen.  

Game 5 lineup

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Carl Hagelin

Andre Burakovsky – Lars Eller – Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson – Nic Dowd – Devante Smith-Pelly

 

Jonas Siegenthaler – John Carlson 

Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik – Nick Jensen 

 

Braden Holtby 

 

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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Maple Leafs pull ahead of Bruins, Avalanche eliminate Flames

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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Maple Leafs pull ahead of Bruins, Avalanche eliminate Flames

Thursday's games gave us another tied series with the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, a slugfest between the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets, and the San Jose Sharks avoiding elimination at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Friday's games pushed the Boston Bruins to the brink of elimination, and the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames in the Saddledome.

Here are all of Friday's results.

Maple Leafs take 3-2 series lead with 2-1 win over Bruins

Frederik Andersen and Tuukka Rask were sharp for the first two periods, but Auston Matthews broke the scoreless tie with a controversial goal 10 minutes into the third period. Boston challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal stood. Matthews now has four goals in the last three games of the series.

Kasperi Kapanen gave the Leafs the game winner on a 3-on-2 just two minutes later.

The Bruins battled back to make it 2-1 with a backdoor feed for David Krejci, but they couldn't force a tie to send the game to overtime. Should the Leafs hold on to win, not only would they reverse their two-year trend of losing in the first round of the playoffs, they would win a series for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Avalanche extinguish Flames, win series with 5-1 victory

The upstart Avalanche had four players hit three points in their Friday night upset over the Flames. Mikko Rantanen continued his punishing pace with two goals in the game, including the opening and closing goals.

Colin Wilson also notched a two-goal night, and Philipp Grubauer held steady with 28 saves.

This is Colorado's first series win since the 2007-08 season, and the Flames became the second first seed to be knocked out of these playoffs, as the Tampa Bay Lightning were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week.

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