Capitals

No. 19 Michigan St routs Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76-44

201212052013728219041-p2.jpeg

No. 19 Michigan St routs Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76-44

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 19 Michigan State held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for almost 10 minutes and went on to win 76-44 on Wednesday night.

Garry Harris scored 13 points, Travis Trice had 12 and Branden Dawson added 10 for the Spartans (7-2).

Michigan State started the game with a 14-0 run, led 38-12 at halftime and kept a comfortable lead in the second half.

The Golden Lions (1-7) missed their first 13 shots and didn't score until 9:48 into the game.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's DaVon Haynes, who is from Detroit, scored a season-high 20 points - all after halftime.

The Golden Lions had seven points over the last 2:20 of the first half to finish with 12, the fifth-lowest total at halftime by a Division I team this season, according to STATS LLC.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference team was competitive - for at least a half - in its last two losses to Oregon and Arizona State. It trailed the Ducks 37-30 at halftime and lost by 21 and was behind the Sun Devils by two points in the first half before losing by 13.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's road-weary players might simply be tired of traveling all over the country. The Golden Lions haven't had a home game in Pine Bluff, Ark., and won't until Jan. 2, against Mississippi Valley State.

Michigan State, meanwhile, played at the Breslin Center for the sixth time in seven games - since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany and a win over Kansas in Atlanta - and will play its next two games in East Lansing.

The Spartans were not sharp offensively early against an overmatched team. They missed nine of their first 10 shots - including all five of their early 3-point attempts - but got second-chance points with offensive rebounds by taking advantage of their size and aggressiveness.

Michigan State made 14 of their next 20 shots to build a 26-point halftime lead.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo kept pushing his team even ahead by 30 points in the second half. After Haynes made an uncontested dunk, Izzo called a timeout with 8:29 left in the game to scream at center Derrick Nix about playing soft defense. The Spartans got a scare about a minute later when key reserve Adreian Payne fell hard and was slow to get up, but he came back in the game after being briefly evaluated on the bench.

Michigan State has won 69 straight home games against unranked nonconference teams.

---

Follow Larry Lage on Twitter:http://twitter.com/larrylage

Quick Links

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

These 2K simulations certainly do agree with the Wizards. Coming off a stunning victory over the Bucks Friday, Washington turned around on the second night of a back-to-back and beat the Lakers 73-66 at virtual Capital One Arena. 

LeBron James was a one-man wrecking crew for LA, Bradley Beal led the scoring attack for the Wizards and Thomas Bryant got revenge on the team that waived him. 

Here's how the Wizards picked up their fourth-straight 2K win. 

Offensive rebounds

The Lakers are one of the biggest teams in the NBA with James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard playing heavy minutes, but it was the Wizards who dominated the boards in this one. 

Bryant led the way for Washington on the glass with seven of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Lakers shot the ball significantly better than the Wizards (47% to 39%) but Washington was simply overwhelming them on the glass to create more opportunities. 

Washington grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and it ended being the major difference in the result. 

LeBron's one-man show

The real-life Lakers' biggest weakness is their lack of playmaking outside of James. In a game where James had everything working for him, the Lakers struggled to get anything going whenever he didn't have the ball. 

Rajon Rondo struggled mightily despite tallying eight assists (2-11 FG) and Davis had a bad game relative to his standards (10 points, one rebound, three blocks).

I'd be curious to see what virtual LeBron would have to say about his teammates after this particular game. 

Thomas Bryant's revenge

As we stated before, Bryant was waived by the Lakers after his rookie season and his virtual self took it all out on his former team Saturday night. 

He dominated the boards and once again protected the paint in a way that would make Elvin Hayes proud. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. 

With Bryant playing the way he has been the last few simulations, the Wizards' defense has been exceptional. Outside of defensive versatility, having a strong defensive center anchoring the defense is paramount to an effective unit. 

Other parting thoughts

Jerome Robinson continues to play well as a starter, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. The Wizards didn't get that long of a look at Robinson before the NBA suspended its season.

After acquiring him at the trade deadline in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, it'd be another steal by Tommy Sheppard if Robinson can play like this consistently in real life. 

Instead of erupting in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards secure a win, Beal went off for 14 points in the third this time. He finished with 24 points and went 12-for-30 from the field.

Markieff Morris made a return to DC in this one. The Lakers uniform looks weird on him. 

It's hard to capture just how quick Ish Smith is in a video game, but this spin move came pretty close. 

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE WIZARDS NEWS: