De­mons fall to ND in 1st road test

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY DALE BOW­MAN For the Sun-Times

Max Strus scored 15 points and Jalen Cole­man-Lands 12, but DePaul lost 95-70 to Notre Dame on Satur­day in South Bend, In­di­ana. It was the first road game of the sea­son for the De­mons (3-1).

DePaul trailed 39-36 at half­time, but Notre Dame (5-1) outscored the De­mons 32-10 in the first 8:12 of the sec­ond half for a 71-46 lead and never saw its ad­van­tage dip be­low 18 the rest of the way.

“I thought we were late to our cov­er­ages [in both halves],” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “It was just that we made shots [in the first half], so it kind of cov­ered it up. The sec­ond half, [Notre Dame] be­came more ag­gres­sive, and we were still a step slow.”

Rex Pflueger, Notre Dame’s only se­nior schol­ar­ship player, scored a ca­reer-high 20 points (6-for-7 from the field, in­clud­ing 4-for-4 on three-point­ers), while T.J. Gibbs matched his sea­son high with 18 points.

DePaul had out­re­bounded each of its first three op­po­nents by dou­ble dig­its, but the Ir­ish had a 39-32 ad­van­tage on the glass.

◆ Mar­cus Ottey scored 20 points and God­win Boa­hen 19 as UIC (3-3) cruised past vis­it­ing Wis­con­sin-Park­side 94-74.

◆ Eu­gene Ger­man scored 17 points and Lacey James 15, but North­ern Illi­nois (3-2) lost 78-74 to James Madi­son at the Oak­land Hoops Chal­lenge in Rochester, Michi­gan.

Jets’ Laine scores 5 goals

Pa­trik Laine scored five goals in the Jets’ 8-4 vic­tory against the host Blues. It was the 61st five-goal game in league his­tory. Dar­ryl Sit­tler of the Maple Leafs was the last player to score six in a game, in 1976 against Bos­ton. The last player to score five in a game was Jo­han Franzen of the Red Wings in 2011. The record is seven goals by the Cana­di­ens’ Joe Mal­one in 1920.

◆ The Sabres won their ninth con­sec­u­tive game with a 3-2 shootout vic­tory against the Red Wings.

◆ Canucks for­ward An­toine Rous­sel was fined $5,000 by the NHL for bit­ing Sharks de­fense­man Marc-Edouard Vla­sic.

◆ Filip Hronek scored 2:36 into over­time to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 4-3 vic­tory against the Wolves at All­state Arena. Tyler Wong, Kee­gan Kole­sar and Grif­fin Rein­hart scored for the Wolves (10-5-2-1).

War­riors’ Du­rant tal­lies 44

Kevin Du­rant scored a sea­son­high 44 points, but the War­riors needed a Klay Thomp­son put­back of his own miss with five sec­onds left to se­cure a 117-116 vic­tory against the vis­it­ing Kings.

The War­riors’ Stephen Curry (strained groin) was re-ex­am­ined and is pro­gress­ing well. He should re­turn dur­ing the five-game road trip, which starts Thurs­day.

◆ Rookie Collin Sex­ton scored a sea­son-high 29 points to lead the Cava­liers to a 117-108 vic­tory against the vis­it­ing Rock­ets. James Har­den scored 40 points for the Rock­ets, who played without Chris Paul (rest).

◆ An­thony Davis (strained right hip) did not play, and the vis­it­ing Pel­i­cans fell 124-114 to the Wizards.

◆ The Pack­ers put out­side line­backer Nick Perry (knee) on in­jured re­serve.

◆ Turner Sports said it will of­fer re­funds to those who paid $19.95 for the pay-per-view golf match be­tween Phil Mick­el­son and Tiger Woods af­ter a tech­ni­cal glitch forced providers to stream the event for free Fri­day.

Liz Kuh­lkin had just fin­ished her shift at a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket — her job when not on the bowl­ing tour — the Wed­nes­day be­fore Thanks­giv­ing and was happy to talk about Beat the Cham­pi­ons.

“I am very honored to be in­vited,’’ Kuh­lkin said. “This will be a first for me. I have bowled in some lo­cal char­ity events.’’

She un­der­stands the long his­tory of pro bowlers who set tar­get scores in BTC, the Chicagoland Bowl­ing Pro­pri­etors As­so­ci­a­tion’s char­ity bowl­ing event. The Sun­Times is the me­dia spon­sor.

Kuh­lkin and Rhino Page each will get their first chance to set the tar­gets in the 58th BTC. The tar­get broad­cast, which will be recorded at Rolling Lanes in Coun­try­side, airs on Christ­mas on NBC Sports Chicago. Con­test week for league bowlers is Dec. 2-8.

Win­ners of the U.S. Open are in­vited to set the tar­gets. Kuh­lkin won the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open in June in Or­lando, Flor­ida, her sec­ond Pro­fes­sional Women’s Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Tour ti­tle.

Kuh­lkin is build­ing an im­pres­sive his­tory of her own in bowl­ing. The 25-year-old right-han­der was the NCAA Divi­sion I Player of the Year in 2015 at Ne­braska. Then, on Oct. 17, 2016, she bowled the high­est three-game score by a wo­man (890). She opened with two 300s in Reis Group Kim Brown Me­mo­rial League at Sch­enec­tady’s Towne Bowl­ing Academy, her home cen­ter in up­state New York, then spared and fin­ished with 11 strikes.

“This is a dif­fer­ent event, I think about hav­ing fun,’’ Kuh­lkin said. ‘‘But I def­i­nitely am a com­peti­tor. Like most ath­letes, I like to win.’’

Both the men’s and women’s cham­pi­ons in the fi­nals in March win a cash prize of $7,500. But the real win­ner is char­ity. More than $2.8 mil­lion has been raised in BTC’s first 57 years by nearly six mil­lion en­tries.

JEFF ROBER­SON/AP

Jets winger Pa­trik Laine (29) is con­grat­u­lated af­ter scor­ing one of his five goals against the Blues on Satur­day night in St. Louis.

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