This is the first edition of a new daily blog I am starting, called The Morning After. Read these posts every morning to get a complete run down of all the sports action from last night, and a preview for what to look for that day in sports. Every post will also award player of the night honors.
Game of the Night
Murray State's perfect season was just not meant to be.
The Racers fell to Tennessee State last night, and with the loss their record dropped to 23-1. It looked like Murray State would pull away when they went up by 13 midway through the second half, but the Tigers kept clawing their way back. Three critical turnovers in the game's final 10 seconds ultimately cost Murray State the chance to get a shot to take the lead. The Racers will be back at it Saturday night against Austin Peay, but their chance at perfection is over.
In Other Action
No. 22 Wisconsin held off a late rally by Minnesota and defeated the Golden Gophers 68-61 in overtime. The Badgers now pull to 1.5 games out of first place in the Big Ten.
Saint Mary's suffered their first loss in WCC play, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs got a huge 73-59 win over the No. 13 team in the country. No. 23 Indiana defeated Illinois 84-71, behind a dominating second half performance. The Illini are now 5-6 in Big Ten play, and Bruce Weber may be sitting on the hot seat.
The NBA featured a light schedule last night, but it did not disappointment. The Lakers defeated the Celtics 88-87 on the road in overtime. Boston missed chances to win the game on buzzer beaters in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Kings stunned the Thunder at home with a 106-101 win, late last night. Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins both had big games to help lead the Kings to victory.
Thursday was a very busy night in the hockey world, with a full slate of NHL action. The Winnipeg Jets rallied back to stun the Washington Capitals last night. Evander Kane scored a goal with 2:15 to go in the third period, and then Dustin Byfuglien tied things up with a goal 12 seconds later. The Jets then went on to win 3-2 in a shootout.
The Rangers and Lightning also found themselves in overtime last night, but former Lightning star Brad Richards ended the game with an overtime goal and gave the Rangers a 4-3 win. Other close games included a 2-1 overtime win for the Coyotes over the Flames, a 4-3 win for the Flyers over the Maple Leafs and a 4-3 win for the Senators over the Predators.
Did Tiger Woods turn the corner yesterday at Pebble Beach? Woods fired a round of 4-under 68 yesterday, and put himself in good position to make a strong run this weekend. Charlie Wi, Danny Lee and Dustin Johnson are all tied for the lead as second round action starts. All three players shot 9-under 61 for the first round.
Stat of the Night
24-0. The moral of this stat? Don't let the St. Louis Blues score three or more goals against you.
The Blues got a 4-3 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils last night, and now have a record of 24-0 in games where they score at least three goals. Blues center Patrik Berglund scored the tying goal late in the third period last night, and the Blues went on the win the game in the shootout.
Player of the Night
Max Pacioretty wins the first player of the night award. Pacioretty had a hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 win over the New York Islanders last night. Pacioretty now has 22 goals on the season, and it was the first hat trick of his career.
Jeremy Lin will be all over Sportscenter tonight. Lin has been tearing it up for the New York Knicks over the last three games. Lin-sanity is all the rage in New York right now. Tonight the Knicks battle the Lakers in the first game of an ESPN Friday night double-header. Thunder vs Jazz follows that game. 24 teams in total will be in action tonight.
The No. 1 team in the NHL is at it again tonight. The Red Wings will try to increase their lead in the NHL standings when they take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Joe Louis Arena. After that the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks will square off in what should be an extremely entertaining game.
If you have not had a chance to see Harvard play yet this year, here is your chance. The No. 21 Crimson are the only team in the Top 25 of college hoops that is in action tonight. The 20-2 Crimson square off with Pennsylvania tonight.
Lastly, Tiger Tracker is in effect. Woods, along with the rest of the PGA field, tee off in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am today. It will be interesting to see if Tiger can continue his success from yesterday and continue to stay near the top of the leaderboard.
Thanks for reading.