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Sportshorts for Monday, March 18, 2013

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:16 p.m. CST

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ross, Chicago State take tourney title

Dixon native Matt Ross had 10 points and six rebounds as Chicago State defeated Houston Baptist 75-60 for the Great West Tournament championship Saturday night in Chicago.

Ross hit 2 of his 8 shots, and missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Russell shines in ISU defeat

Rock Falls native Jamie Russell had 27 points in the Illinois State Redbirds’ 69-65 loss to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Tournament championship Sunday afternoon in St. Charles, Mo.

Russell shot 12-for-20 from the field and contributed five rebounds, five steals and two assists in 38 minutes.

ISU (23-10) advanced to the title tilt with a 64-61 overtime win over Creighton in the semifinals. Russell finished with 13 points on 5-for-15 field goals and 3-for-4 free throws, to go with five rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist in 37 minutes.

NHL

Hawks rout Stars on Saturday

Jonathan Toews scored the first two goals of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 8-1 rout of the Stars on Saturday night in Dallas.

Corey Crawford made 19 saves, Marian Hossa also scored twice, and Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists.

AUTO RACING

Busch wins Nationwide event

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch barely edged upstart Kyle Larson at the checkered flag after a grueling battle to win Saturday’s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The victory should come as no surprise, as Busch continues to be the NASCAR Nationwide Series all-time race winner (53) and collected his fifth win at Bristol.

GOLF

Streelman earns first career win

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before.

Streelman didn’t make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn’t miss a shot over the last 11 holes Sunday on his way to a 4-under 67. That gave him a two-shot win over Boo Weekley in the Tampa Bay Championship.

Streelman won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour. The win puts him into the Masters for the second time in his career.

Lewis wins LPGA event in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato’s collapse on the 16th hole.

The American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.

 

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