Anthony's 26 paces Knicks past Cavs, 107-97
CLEVELAND (AP) - Carmelo Anthony shook off a horrid shooting start and scored 26 points, leading the New York Knicks to their third straight victory, 107-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York's front office.
Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which came in 3 ½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' No. 11 jersey at halftime.
Sabres recall D Chad Ruhwedel from AHL Rochester
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
The move on Saturday was made after defenseman Alexander Sulzer sustained a lower-body injury in Friday's 2-0 loss at Florida.
Ruhwedel, 23, has played in seven games for the Sabres this season. He hasn't recorded a point but has a team-best plus-3 rating.
The Sabres signed Ruhwedel out of UMass-Lowell in April 2013.
Whitecaps beat Red Bulls 4-1 in opener
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kenny Miller scored twice and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the New York Red Bulls 4-1 on Saturday night in the season opener before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
Vancouver gave Carl Robinson a victory in his first game as the team's head coach.
Miller scored in the 34th and 70th minutes. Second-half substitute Pedro Morales added a goal and an assist, and Sebastian Fernandez also scored for the Whitecaps.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored for New York with two minutes left.
Smyly pitches 3 scoreless in Tigers' loss to Mets
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Drew Smyly pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three in the Detroit Tigers' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday.
Smyly, who is returning to the Tigers rotation after going 6-0 last season while pitching in 63 games out of the bullpen, walked one batter in his third start of the spring.
Non-Roster outfielder Matt Clark outfielder had a two-run, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to give the Mets their only lead of the game.
Top prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs and walked three in three innings for the Mets. Juan Lagares raised his spring batting average to .400 with two hits.
Steve Lombardozzi, acquired from the Washington Nationals last winter, had two RBIs for the Tigers.
Johnson homers in Yankees' win over Astros (ss)
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Kelly Johnson homered after Mark Teixeira's first hit of the spring, and the New York Yankees beat a Houston Astros split squad 9-6 on Saturday.
Teixeira, playing in his second spring game after missing most of last season due to wrist surgery, led off the third inning with a long double off reliever Darin Downs. Johnson hit the next pitch for his first homer.
Chris Carter hit a three-run homer for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had two hits and scored twice.
Ivan Nova gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings in his second sprig start for the Yankees. Carter's first spring home run came off Manny Banuelos, the 23-year-old left-hander who didn't pitch last season after having elbow surgery.
Houston manager Bo Porter used his first replay challenge unsuccessfully in the second inning, disputing an out call at first base after a bunt by Jonathan Villar.
Quinnipiac over Niagara 89-80
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Shaq Shannon scored 20 points as third-seeded Quinnipiac held on for an 89-80 victory over 11th-seeded Niagara in a Metro Athletic Association quarterfinal on Saturday night.
The Bobcats (20-10) advance to Sunday's semifinal game against second-seeded Manhattan (23-7).
Ousmane Drame had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Bobcats. Ike Azotam added 18 points and Zaid Hearst had 15.
Niagara led through most of the first half before Shannon hit a jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers to help give the Bobcats a 38-36 advantage at the break. A Drame layup at 10:08 extended their lead to 63-57 and Evan Conti's 3-pointer a minute later gave Quinnipiac its first double-digit lead. The Purple Eagles (7-26) pulled to within five on a Wesley Myers 3 with 2:20 to play but the Bobcats finished with 5 of 6 from the line to hold on for the win.
Antoine Mason led Niagara with 28 points.
Manhattan ousts St. Peter's 72-58
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Rhamel Brown scored 18 points, 11 after halftime, and Michael Alvarado added 17 as second-seeded Manhattan broke away from seventh-seeded St. Peter's 72-58 in a Metro Athletic Association quarterfinal Saturday night.
The Jaspers (23-7) advance to Sunday's semifinal. Manhattan has reached the MAAC semis for the second straight year.
Manhattan, winners of nine of its last 10 games, battled through a close contest with the Peacocks (14-17) with five ties and eight lead changes until Brown found space inside for three straight buckets. The burst helped Manhattan break from 44-43 to 54-48 in about 4 minutes.
St. Peter's Chris Burke hit a 3-pointer to come as close as 58-52, but Manhattan finished on a 14-6 clip.
Alvarado scored 13 points at the free throw line as the Jaspers sank 29 of 42 attempts. Manhattan owned a 33-27 rebounding edge, with Brown collecting 10.
Marvin Dominique scored 14 for St. Peter's.
CAA-COLL OF CHARLESTON-WILLIAM & MARY
William & Mary beats College of Charleston 70-59
BALTIMORE (AP) - Marcus Thornton and Brandon Britt scored 16 points apiece as third-seeded William & Mary roared back in the second half to defeat sixth-seeded College of Charleston 70-59 in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal Saturday night.
The victory sends the Tribe (19-11) into a Sunday semifinal against second-seeded Towson.
The Tribe trailed by 12 points at halftime but outscored the Cougars (14-18) in the second half 42-19 behind 56 percent shooting after a first half in which they made just 36.4 percent of their shots. The Tribe caught the Cougars with 8:15 left and were ahead by two with 3:43 left before finishing the game on a 9-0 run.
Willis Hall scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Anthony Thomas added 14 points and Anthony Stitt 11. The Cougars shot just 25.8 percent in the second half after shooting 48.4 percent in the first half.
Hartford cruises past Binghamton 69-42
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Mark Nwakamma scored 19 points and added a career-high six blocks as No. 3 Hartford coasted past sixth-seeded Binghamton 69-42 in the America East tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.
Taylor Dyson added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Hawks (17-15), who advance to face second-seeded Stony Brook (22-9) in Sunday's semifinals. Evan Cooper scored 12.
Yosef Yacob led the way with 10 points for the Bearcats (7-23). Jordan Reed, who came into the game second in the league with 15.7 points per game, finished with seven points on 2 of 12 shooting.
Hartford shot 52 percent from the floor and turned in its best defensive effort of the season to beat Binghamton for the seventh-straight time. Hartford held the Bearcats - 14 of 49 from the floor - to their second-lowest score of the year.
The Hawks jumped out to a 17-3 lead and took a 31-20 edge into halftime.
Pennsylvania clips Cornell 69-65
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Dau Jok scored 21 points - including 15 in the first half - and grabbed seven rebounds as Pennsylvania hung on to prevail 69-65 over Cornell on Saturday night.
Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 15 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Quakers (8-19, 5-8, Ivy League). Fran Dougherty added 14 points and five rebounds.
The Quakers hit 47.8 percent from the field overall, 90.5 percent from the line and outrebounded the Big Red 37-27.
Jok's 15 first-half points helped Pennsylvania establish a 36-35 lead at the break. With the game tied 40-40 early in the second period, the Quakers went 18-11 - including a pair of 3-pointers by Jok - to lead 58-51 with 4:35 remaining and held on for the win.
Nolan Cressler led the Big Red (2-26, 1-13) with 28 points and five rebounds.
Seniors star as VCU beats St. Bonaventure, 86-67
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Rob Brandenberg scored 18 points in his final home game at Virginia Commonwealth and the Rams used a 15-5 second-half run to finally put away St. Bonaventure for an 86-67 victory on Saturday night.
Fellow senior Juvonte Reddic added 13 points and 14 rebounds and Treveon Graham scored 18 for VCU (24-7, 12-4 Atlantic 10), which finished the season 15-0 at home and has won 20 in a row at the Sigel Center.
Matthew Wright scored 21 to lead the Bonnies (16-14, 6-10), who lost their fourth straight. St. Bonaventure used a 10-2 run to get within 60-54 with 9:05 to play, but Brandenberg started the game-clinching burst with a jumper from the foul line, and Graham followed a turnover with a 3-pointer.
The Bonnies turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 31 points for the Rams.
Stony Brook advances past Maine 80-54
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Conference Player of the Year Jameel Warney scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds as No. 2 Stony Brook crushed seventh-seeded Maine 80-54 in the America East tournament quarterfinals Saturday.
Carson Puriefoy added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting for the Seawolves (22-9), who advance to face the winner of the Binghamton-Hartford quarterfinal.
Xavier Pollard had 11 points before fouling out with 10:25 remaining for the Black Bears (6-23), while Troy Reid-Knight scored 10.
Maine, which came in averaging a league-best 72.8 points per game and 45 percent shooting, shot a season-low 31 percent from the field, including just 3 of 19 from 3-point range.
Behind a 19-2 spurt midway through the first half, Stony Brook headed into the break up 49-25. With its eighth-straight win over Maine, Stony Brook advanced to the conference semis for the fifth year in a row.
Boston University crushes Army 91-70
BOSTON (AP) - D.J. Irving scored 20 points and Maurice Watson added 10 points with 17 assists as No. 1 seed Boston University crushed fifth-seeded Army 91-70 in the Patriot tournament semifinal Saturday.
The Terriers (24-9) advance to the Patriot League final.
Dom Morris had 16 points for the Terriers. Malik Thomas scored 15 points and John Papale added 14.
Boston University led 39-35 at the half and opened it up further in the second period with a 13-2 run to a 68-52 advantage with 7:57 left to play. Papale hit two consecutive 3-pointers in the stretch to seal the Boston win.
Army hit just 42.4 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from 3-point range. They were also plagued by 17 turnovers, 10 of which came as Boston steals.
Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights (15-16) with 22 points.
Buffalo routs Bowling Green 88-65, wins MAC East
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Javon McCrea scored a career-high 34 points, hitting 13 of 18 from the field, as Buffalo routed Bowling Green 88-65 on Saturday to clinch its first outright Mid-American Conference East Division title.
Buffalo (19-9, 13-5 Mid-American) went on an 18-3 run in the second half to extend a nine-point lead to 66-42 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulls led by double digits for the rest of the game.
Jarryn Skeete added 11 points and Joshua Freelove had 10 as Buffalo avenged a 74-68 loss on Feb. 2 to Bowling Green (12-19, 6-12). The Bulls have now won eight of their last 10.
Buffalo committed just five turnovers while forcing 16, which the Bulls converted into 25 points.
Cameron Black had 19 points for Bowling Green, which has now lost eight of its last 10.
Canisius rallies to beat Siena 71-65
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Billy Baron scored 17 points Saturday and Chris Perez added 13 as Canisius beat Siena 71-65 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal.
Fourth-seeded Canisius (21-11) advanced to the semifinals Sunday to face top-seeded Iona (21-9), which beat Rider 94-71 on Saturday.
Siena (15-17), a No. 5 seed, led 11-6 on a jumper by Imoh Silas, but Canisius led 21-11 on a 3 by Zach Lewis. The lead traded hands six times until Brett Bisping's two free throws gave Siena a 34-33 halftime lead.
Siena led 54-52 at 8:02 in the second after Ryan Oliver and Bisping each hit treys. Chris Manhertz put Canisius up 69-65 with a layup at 1:06, and Baron's layup clinched the game with 16 seconds to play.
Jordan Heath scored 11 for Canisius. Manhertz and Lewis had 10 each, and Manhertz grabbed 11 rebounds.
Bisping led Siena with 22, and Rob Poole had 14.
Bowman, Iona top Rider 94-71 in MAAC quarterfinals
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Tre Bowman had 28 points, David Laury had 18 points and 11 rebounds and top-seeded Iona handled eighth-seeded Rider 94-71 on Saturday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
The Gaels (21-9) opened on a 15-4 run, led 50-34 at halftime and never trailed in the game. After Rider (14-17) closed to 65-53, Iona went on a 15-3 run to put the Broncs comfortably out of reach. The Gaels advance to face No. 4 seed Canisius (21-11) in the MAAC semifinals on Sunday.
Bowman was 5 of 9 from 3-point range and Sean Armand was 4 of 7. As a team, the Gaels shot 11 of 25 from distance and 31 of 52 overall (59.6 percent).
Armand finished with 20 points and Isaiah Williams added 12.
Anthony Myles had 19 points, five assists and four rebounds to lead the way for Rider. Jimmie Taylor added 14 points and Daniel Stewart scored 12.
NEC-MOUNT ST MARY'S-WAGNER
Mount St. Mary's beats Wagner 77-72 in NEC semis
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Julian Norfleet had 16 points and seven assists and Rashad Whack scored 21 as fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary's defeated No. 2 seed Wagner 77-72 on Saturday.
Whack missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 28 seconds left but made 4 of 4 free throws from there to seal the win for Mount St. Mary's (15-16). The Mountaineers advance to face top-seeded Robert Morris (21-12) in the Northeast Conference championship on Tuesday.
The Mount took the lead for good during an 8-0 run to finish the first half ahead 35-31. Wagner (19-12) closed to within one point at 49-48 midway through the second half, and again at 71-70 with 1:04 left in the game.
Sam Prescott, who finished with 16 points, made two free throws and Whack hit two of his final four free throws to extend the Mount's lead to 75-70 before Kenneth Ortiz's layup cut it to 75-72 with 6 seconds left.
Ortiz had 26 points for Wagner.
St. John's survives, beats Marquette in 2OT 91-90
MILWAUKEE (AP) - D'Angelo Harrison scored 20 points and hit a clutch 3 in double overtime, Marquette's Derrick Wilson missed a jumper with 1 second left and St. John's held on for a 91-90-win Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Rysheed Jordan went 1 of 2 at the line to give the Red Storm the lead before Marquette called timeout with 13.9 seconds left. Marquette couldn't get a clean look for one of its top scorers, so Wilson took the shot that glanced off front of the rim at the buzzer.
St. John's (20-11, 10-8 Big East) clinched the fifth seed in the league tournament next week.
Todd Mayo finished with 20 points and hit a runner before the buzzer in regulation that tied the game for Marquette (17-14, 9-9).
Delaware rallies to beat Hofstra 87-76
BALTIMORE (AP) - Davon Usher scored 28 points Saturday and Jarvis Threatt added 22 as Delaware beat Hofstra 87-76 in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal.
Devon Saddler scored 15 for Delaware (23-9), Kyle Anderson 12, and the Fightin' Blue Hens forced 15 turnovers.
Hofstra (10-23) dominated the boards, out-rebounding Delaware 39-28, including 17-8 offensive rebounds.
The Pride took an early lead but Delaware tied it at 32 when Saddler capped a 10-2 run with a pair of free throws. Hofstra surged ahead on back-to-back treys by Zeke Upshaw and led 40-37 at halftime.
Delaware opened the second half with a 13-2 run in which Usher sank two 3s, then led 79-67 after an 8-2 run capped by a Carl Baptiste dunk. Delaware hit seven free throws in the final minute to clinch the win.
Upshaw led Hofstra with 23, Dion Nesmith scored 16 and Stephen Nwaukoni 13. Jordan Allen grabbed 10 rebounds.
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