Sports Digest: Purdue Cal's Kami Graber scores 1,000th point with Peregrines

2013-12-15T21:15:00Z 2013-12-26T18:46:16Z Sports Digest: Purdue Cal's Kami Graber scores 1,000th point with Peregrines nwitimes.com
December 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Men's basketball

PEREGRINES STREAK ENDS AGAINST HOLY CROSS: The Purdue Calumet men's basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end, as a sluggish start proved costly in a 70-64 loss to Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon.

The Peregrines, who lost their first road game of the year, shot a season-low 33.9 percent from the field, while Holy Cross knocked down 41.1 percent of its shots.

Kaspars Brencans scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, while adding a game-high nine rebounds. Roddy Richardson connected on a season-best five 3s en route to a 17-point, eight-rebound effort. Noah Allen added 13 points, three assists and three steals, while Dioscar Gomez scored 10 points.

Women's basketball

GRABER SCORES HER 1,000TH POINT VS. HOLY CROSS: Purdue Calumet's Kami Graber scored a game-high 21 points to become the 17th member of the program's 1,000-point club during a 74-59 victory over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon.

Graber led four Peregrines players in double-figures, as Brooklyn Short added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Cassidy Deno and Quinci Eller chipped in with 12 points apiece. Patrice McBee fell two points shy of a double-double, notching eight points to go along with a career-high 14 boards.

Pro golf

GARCIA CAPTURES FIRST VICTORY IN A YEAR: Sergio Garcia won for the Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday for his first victory in a year, closing with a 4-under 68 to beat Henrik Stenson by four strokes.

Garcia had a 22-under 266 total at Amata Spring for his fourth career Asian Tour title. The 33-year-old Spaniard won for the first time since taking the Asian Tour's Johor Open in Malaysia on Dec. 16, 2012.

Garcia's girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, served as his caddie.

Stenston, the Swede who swept the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and European Tour's Race to Dubai season points races, also finished with a 68.

France's Alexander Levy was third at 14 under after a 69.

In other golf tournaments:

* Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record.

Kuchar and English finished at 34-under 182, playing their last 28 holes at Tiburon in 25 under. They opened with a 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play and had a 60 on Saturday in better ball.

The duo beat Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen by seven strokes, matching the tournament record for margin of victory set by Curtis Strange and Mark O'Meara in 1989 in the inaugural event.

Kuchar and English, who replaced the injured Brandt Snedeker in the field, each earned $385,000.

Goosen and Jacobsen closed with a 61.

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter had a 59 to finish third at 26 under.

* Stewart and Connor Cink won the Father/Son Challenge, making two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory in the scramble event.

Connor Cink, a Clemson freshman who preferred hockey over golf as a teen, put the duo in front with a 30-foot eagle putt at No. 14. His father capped the day with a 20-foot eagle putt at No. 18, the last of nine consecutive 3s in a back-nine 27. They finished with an 11-under 61 for 22-under total.

Steve and Sam Elkington and Vijay and Qass Singh tied for second. The Singhs shot 61, and the Elkingtons 63.

The three-shot victory was the largest in the Father/Son since 2004. The Cinks also are the second team to win in their first start in event that returned last year from a three-year hiatus after the 2008 edition.

Defending champions Davis Love III and son, Dru, were fourth at 17 under after a 63. Next came 73-year-old Jack Nicklaus and son, Gary, who began the day two shots off the pace but faded with a 65 that left them tied for fifth at 16 under.

Around the horn

Army fired football coach Rich Ellerson on Sunday after five seasons at West Point and no victories against Navy. Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement released by the school that Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy. ... Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia center Daniel Orton were each suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Sunday for their altercation Saturday night. Leonard initiated an altercation by slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth in the fourth quarter of Portland's 139-105 victory in Philadelphia. Leonard sat out Portland's game at Detroit on Sunday, and Orton will miss Philadelphia's game at Brooklyn on Monday night.

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