Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sports Stuff For Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Rice scored the game's first 11 points and eventually led visiting Northwestern State by 20 points with 10 minutes to play, but had to hold off a furious rally by the Demons in a 100-93 win. Wild swings are nothing new to NSU...on Saturday, the Demons led UL-Monroe by 23 points early and had to hold on for a four-point win.

Junior Devonte Hall, a Bossier High alum, led NSU with a career-high 22 points and Zeek Woodley had 20 points. Former Byrd Yellowjacket, Chad Lott playing his first season at Rice after a knee injury shelved him last season, contributed 10 points and three assists for the Owls.

Rice knocked down 12-of-their-first-17 three-point shots while building a 79-59 lead with 10:36 to play, only to see the relentless Demons chip away down the stretch, eventually whittling the lead to six points with 18 seconds to play.

NSU is 5-5, with their next game at home on December 28th against Louisiana College.

LSU flipped the script on the College of Charleston. The Tigers knocked off the Cougars Monday night in the PMAC, 75-65, a reversal of last year's game on the road, won by Charleston by twelve.

Last night's game was tied, 65-65 with just under two minutes to play. A quick reminder: The Cougars finished with 65 points is a good indicator of how things fell into place down the stretch. Three layups, two by Brandon Sampson and one by Jaylyn Patterson, pushed the Tigers in front 71-65. Craig Victor, playing perhaps his best game of the season, hit three free throws in the final 20 seconds to nail the door shut on the Cougars. Victor finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds..

LSU was led by Duop Reath's 23 points. The Sudan native added 8 rebounds and three swats. LSU plays Thursday at Wake Forest before opening SEC play a week later in the PMAC against Vanderbilt.

LSU's recruiting fortunes continued to tick upwards since the hiring of offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The future play-caller for the Tigers helped bring quarterback Myles Brennan back into the fold for the 2017 recruiting class. The Tigers other target at quarterback in this class, Lowell Narcisse of St. James High School, recommitted to the Tigers on Monday. Just last week, Narcisse decommitted from LSU, questioning the direction of the offense.

Since then, Ed Orgeron brought Canada on board, obviously to the liking of the two quarterback prospects.

Another key piece of LSU's recruiting puzzle and overall success has been defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. With "DBU" aka, Defensive Backs University, annually churning out high NFL draft picks, it was obvious Raymond is good at his job with his alma mater. He is also one of the top recruiters on Orgeron's staff. Monday, Raymond agreed to a new contract extension through 2019, with bumps in pay each year. The lowest paid staffer this past season, Raymond will now earn $400,000 in 2017, $425,000 in 2018 and $450,000 in 2019.

Former Louisiana Tech star, Paul Millsap hit the go-ahead jumper with 10 seconds to play to lift the Atlanta Hawks past Oklahoma City on the road Monday night, 110-108. Pressed into playing center with Dwight Howard out, Millsap scored a season-high 30 points in the win. Russell Westbrook lit up the stat sheet with 46 points. After the game, Millsap said Westbrook, the league's leading scorer, is going to get his points. "The game plan was try to take everybody else out of it, " he said. With only two other Thunder players reaching double figures, Atlanta's game plan worked like a charm.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns to lead Carolina to a 26-15 win over Washington. The NFC East's defending champs are now a woeful 1-16 in their last 17 Monday Night Football games played at home. The loss also knocked Washington from the driver's seat for the final wild-card slot. If they had won their final three games, including last night's tilt, they were guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Now, their route to the post-season is much trickier.

Tim and Aly Fletcher
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