Sports Digest: Pumas men's basketball team captures first GLVC win

2014-01-05T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T21:19:09Z Sports Digest: Pumas men's basketball team captures first GLVC win nwitimes.com

Men's basketball

PUMAS CAPTURE FIRST GLVC WIN: Cameron Vines scored 33 points as St. Joseph’s College took a six-point lead at halftime into a 94-87 victory over Missouri S&T on Sunday.

Jon Smith notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Rebholz grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Pumas (4-8, 1-1 GLVC).

Women's basketball

PUMAS FALL IN GLVC GAME: Despite four 3s and 18 points from Allison Mattocks off the bench, St. Joseph’s College fell 79-65 to Missouri S&T in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.

Laura Furrer added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pumas (2-7, 0-2).

Girls basketball

WEATHER POSTPONES GAMES TODAY: Marquette Catholic at Hanover Central girls basketball game originally scheduled for today has been postponed because of weather.

In Illinois, the Wilmington at Illinois Lutheran game has also been postponed.

Makeup dates for either game have not yet been determined.

Pro basketball

THUNDER'S WESTBROOK ALREADY OFF CRUTCHES: Russell Westbrook already is off crutches and shooting free throws, but the All-Star point guard says he doesn't know when he'll be ready to return to the court for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook, who underwent his third knee surgery since April on Dec. 27, offered his first public comments since his latest surgery before the Thunder's game against the Boston Celtics.

Westbrook's on-court performance was fine -- he had a triple-double by the middle of the third quarter in a Christmas Day win over the New York Knicks -- he said he wasn't in any pain, but his knee "just kept swelling and swelling."

After he underwent an MRI, the decision was made to undergo arthroscopic surgery instead of just trying to rest.

He said there's "never a doubt" that he won't be able to return to form.

Olympics

CELSKI QUALIFIES FOR THIRD EVENT AT SOCHI: Apolo Anton Ohno tabbed J.R. Celski as a future star four years ago.

With Ohno now retired and doing TV commentary, Celski has stepped into the void as the dominant American short track speedskater.

He won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday, giving Celski three individual events to compete in at the Sochi Games.

Celski heads to his second Olympics looking to add to the pair of bronze medals he won at the 2010 Vancouver Games, when Ohno was ending his career as America's most decorated Winter Olympian.

Pro golf

ZACH JOHNSON TAKES 3-SHOT LEAD IN HAWAII: On the golf course with the widest fairways on the PGA Tour, Zach Johnson believes that keeping the ball in the short grass is key to success. On a course that favors power players because the par 5s can be reached in two, Johnson didn't make birdie on any of them Saturday.

Stranger still is that he matched the best score of the day and had a three-shot lead in the Tournament of Champions.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson birdied half of the holes at Kapalua for a 66 and was three shots behind, along with Matt Kuchar (68) and Jordan Spieth (70).

Zach Johnson was at 13-under 133.

Around the horn

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