Sports Shorts 12.19.17 19 Dec 17

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Jimmy Butler sank two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to complete the rally and lift the Timberwolves past the Blazers 108-107 in Minneapolis.  Butler finished with 37 points as Minnesota rallied from 10 down in the final eight minutes to win for the fourth time in six games.  Jamal Crawford finished with 23 points in 23 minutes, including 16 in the fourth quarter for the T’wolves.  Minnesota improved to 18-and-13.  The Wolves begin a three-game west coast road trip tomorrow in Denver.

(Ottawa, Ontario)  –  The Wild continue their four-game road trip tonight in Ottawa against the Senators.  Minnesota opened the trek with a 4-1 loss in Chicago on Sunday.  The Wild have lost two in-a-row on the heels of a four-game winning streak and are now 17-13-and-3 on the season.  The Sens sit at 11-13-and-7.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Vikings are turning their attention to the Green Bay Packers.  The teams will meet Saturday night at Lambeau Field.  The Vikes will then close out the regular season hosting the Chicago Bears on New Year’s Eve.  Minnesota clinched the NFC North Division title with a 34-7 rout of Cincinnati this past Sunday.  The 11-and-3 Vikings are still seeking a first-round bye.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Golden Gophers are back in action on Thursday hosting Oral Roberts at Williams Arena.  Minnesota snapped its two-game skid with a 68-67 win over Drake last Monday.  The Gophers sit at 9-and-3 on the season.

(Tucson, AZ)  –  The Bison trailed by 16 at halftime and never recovered as they were clobbered by number-19 Arizona, 83-53, in Tucson.  Paul Miller paced NDSU with 12 points.  The only other North Dakota State player in double figures was freshman Cameron Hunter who finished with 11 points.  The Bison fell to 5-and-6.  NDSU will face UNC Wilmington in the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas on Thursday.

(Fargo, ND)  –  North Dakota State is preparing for the FCS Championship.  The Bison will meet undefeated James Madison in the title game on January 6th in Frisco, Texas.  NDSU advanced with a 55-13 rout of Sam Houston State on Saturday in the semifinals.