LUBBOCK, Texas – Devaugntah Williams scored a game-winning layup with 2.2 seconds remaining to lead Texas Tech to a 46-44 home win against Auburn on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.Tahj Shamsid-Deen’s half-court shot at the buzzer abnked off the rim as Auburn lost a heartbreaker on the road.Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher (12 points) blocked a K.T. Harrell layup with 15 seconds remaining, and Williams gathered the ensuing loose ball. The Red Raiders called timeout before the final play with 10 seconds to go.The Red Raiders (5-1) played stronger on defense in the second half. They forced three turnovers and three missed Auburn shots over the first 3:22 after halftime before taking a 25-24 lead on a Zach Smith layup with 16:38 remaining.Justin Gray extended the Red Raiders’ lead with a steal and a dunk 13 seconds later, and Robert Turner added a jumper for a 29-24 Red Raiders lead with 15:52 left.The Red Raiders built a six-point lead, 36-30, with 8:34 remaining, but the Tigers (3-3) began chipping away. They evened the score at 37 with 4:53 left and took a 40-38 lead with 3:43 remaining on a 3-pointer by Jordon Granger.Norense Odiase (15 points) evened the score at 40 with 3:16 remaining, but Harrell (17 points) responded with a layup 30 seconds later for a 42-40 lead.Shamsid-Deen gave the Tigers a 44-42 lead with 52 seconds remaining, but Williams, who scored all four of his points within the final 41 seconds, evened the score at 44 on consecutive free throws with 41 seconds left. TIP-INS Auburn: Cinmeon Bowers has been a strong point this season for the Tigers but was limited against Texas Tech due to foul trouble. The junior entered Wednesday leading the SEC and ranked second nationally with an average of 13 rebounds per game. He had no points and one rebound after accumulating two first-half fouls in five minutes and finished with four points and eight rebounds.Texas Tech: Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith earned his 529th career win Sunday to take sole possession of 66th place among Division I coaches.He trails former Purdue coach Gene Keady, who won 531 career games, for 65th place. Smith ranks No. 18 among active coaches in wins. UP NEXT Auburn returns home to play Coastal Carolina on Friday.Texas Tech plays host to Fresno State on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s £58m strikeforce of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored the goals that settled the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park – but Everton were left complaining bitterly about Jack Rodwell’s controversial early red card.Rodwell was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson – who has shown 15 red cards since the start of last season – after 23 minutes for what appeared to be a legitimate challenge on Suarez.Everton had started well but were then forced to mount a rearguard action with 10 men following Rodwell’s dismissal.The hosts survived when goalkeeper Tim Howard saved Dirk Kuyt’s penalty late in the first half after Phil Jagielka felled Suarez.But with Goodison Park openly directing its full hostility towards Atkinson, Liverpool went ahead when Carroll turned in his first Premier League goal of the season after 70 minutes.And Suarez took advantage of a misunderstanding between Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin to add a second with eight minutes left. Everton boss David Moyes will be frustrated at the turn of events that halted his side’s early momentum – but counterpart Kenny Dalglish will happily take victory on his return to Goodison Park as Liverpool manager, the place where his first spell in charge ended more than 20 years ago.Tim Cahill was fit for Everton after suffering a shin injury at Manchester City last week – and his value was illustrated as he was swiftly into his stride and unsettling the Liverpool defence.It was Suarez, however, who had the first chance. Jagielka’s sliced clearance found Kuyt, but Suarez could only head his cross tamely into the arms of Howard.As a frenetic opening continued, Cahill – whose robust approach had already prompted Jamie Carragher to register his displeasure to Atkinson – rose above the Liverpool defence to force keeper Pepe Reina into an athletic tip over the top.Everton defender Distin then demonstrated neat footwork to evade a succession of challenges inside the area before sending a rising, angled effort narrowly off target. The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool’s players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony – but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.As half-time approached with Everton desperate to get into the dressing room and regroup, Liverpool were awarded a penalty for Jagielka’s rash challenge on Suarez. This time there was no disputing Atkinson’s decision, but Howard rescued Everton by diving low to his left to keep out Kuyt’s spot-kick.At the end of a frantic first 45 minutes, there was still time for Charlie Adam to strike the bar from 20 yards before referee Atkinson departed to a deafening chorus of jeering from Everton’s fans.Little had been seen of £35m man Carroll until just after the restart when he twice rose powerfully to meet corners, forcing Louis Saha to clear acrobatically off the line and Howard to save low at his post.Saha had been in lively mood after he was restored to the side and gave Reina an anxious moment with a low effort from distance that flashed just wide. It was the signal for Dalglish to contemplate changes and they came after 66 minutes when Adam and the subdued Stewart Downing were replaced by Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy.Liverpool had hardly been placing Everton under relentless pressure, but they finally forced their way through with 20 minutes left. Bellamy played in Jose Enrique, and when Kuyt ducked under his cross Carroll forced home from eight yards.Everton were, perhaps understandably, deflated at the setback and it was no surprise when Suarez added Liverpool’s second after 82 minutes. Distin and Baines were involved in a mix-up as the Uruguayan advanced into the area, and he was not about to pass up the gift to shoot low past Howard.Liverpool were now in command and collected the three points in comfort, with Kuyt striking the woodwork in the closing seconds.
SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors got his minutes Saturday night.But it didn’t make any difference in the outcome as the Jazz were beaten by San Antonio for the third time in three playoff games.After Favors played just 47 minutes total in the first two playoff games, during which time the Jazz actually outscored the Spurs, a lot of armchair quarterbacks wondered why he wasn’t playing more.Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shrugged off the criticism, saying, “We’ll see — at times it’s good for us and at times it’s not,” about using Favors with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap at the same time.Saturday Corbin increased Favors’ minutes, leaving him on the floor for the last 16 minutes of each half as he played 31:45 for the game.Corbin was happy with Favors’ overall play as he had a strong outing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.In the first half, Favors had seven points and seven rebounds. Favors elicited perhaps the loudest cheers of the night when he stuffed Tiago Splitter as he attempted a dunk early in the second quarter.The one downside to Favors’ game was his shooting as he made just 5 of 14 from the floor and 5 of 10 from the free throw line.OFF THE MARK: During the regular season, the Jazz made 75.4 percent of their free throws. In the first two playoff games they shot 83.3 percent.Saturday night the Jazz were an abysmal 53 percent, making just 14 of 26 from the line.Corbin was well aware of the Jazz’s poor shooting, pointing out that the Jazz lost by 12 and missed 12 free throws.”We just have to make our free throws,” he said.San Antonio finished with 17 of 22 from the line.BIG SHOT: Spurs’ reserve Matt Bonner came in with 3:51 left in the first quarter and picked up three quick fouls before the quarter was over.However, Bonner made perhaps the biggest shot of the night when he hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer off a designed play on a timeout with 3.4 seconds left. Manu Ginobili drove down the middle and fired a pass to Bonner in the right corner for the 3-pointer that gave the Spurs the lead at 52-50.LAST TIME: The Jazz and Spurs have played each other four previous times in the playoffs. It might seem like the Spurs have dominated, but that’s because, the latest Jazz-Spurs series in 2007 was a blowout for San Antonio, which won in five games.The other three series between the two teams were won by the Jazz — a 3-1 first-round series win in 1994, a 4-2 second-round win in 1996 and a 4-1 second-round win in 1998.In 2007, in the Western Conference finals, the Jazz came back to Salt Lake after losing two in San Antonio and blew out the Spurs 109-83 in Game 3, only to lose Game 4, 91-79.MISC: The Jazz outrebounded the Spurs 49-41 with Millsap, Jefferson and Favors getting 11 apiece. The Jazz had 17 rebounds offensive rebounds . . . The Jazz are now 20-5 all time in Game 3s played at home . . . Former Jazz point guard John Stockton and former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan were both in the EnergySolutions crowd watching the game . . . The last time the Jazz came home down 2-0 in a series was in 2010 when they lost to the Lakers 111-110 in Game 3 of the Conference Semifinals. They also lost Game 4 . . . Since drafting Tim Duncan in 1997, the Spurs are 14-1 in series where they took a 2-0 lead . . . Jazz guard Raja Bell, who didn’t play in the first two playoff games despite being healthy, didn’t play again Saturday night. His last action with the Jazz was on March 25.Email: [email protected]