Brooks, No. 21 Houston rally for 60-50 win over Utah State

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — Armoni Brooks scored all of his 15 points in the second half and No. 21 Houston overcame a sluggish first half to rally past Utah State 60-50 on Thursday night.Brooks shot 5 for 10 in the second half and led the way as the Cougars (11-0) came back from a 10-point halftime deficit for their 24th consecutive home win. DeJon Jarreau had 10 points off the bench for Houston, which shot 32 percent from the field, including 39 percent in the second half.Dwayne Brown Jr. had 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and Quinn Taylor added 14 points and nine rebounds for Utah State (9-3), which shot 37 percent from the field but was 5 for 19 in the second half. Utah State lost its 15th straight against an AP Top 25 opponent.Houston opened the second half by outscoring the Aggies 29-10 over the first 12 ½ minutes to open up a 50-41 lead on Brooks’ 3-pointer. Brooks had all of his points in the run.The Aggies cut it to 52-47 on a free throw by John Knight III with 4:49 remaining, but got no closer as Houston finished the game with an 8-3 spurt.Utah State used an 11-0 run in the first half to take a 29-16 on Taylor’s dunk with 4 minutes remaining. Utah State led 31-21 at the half as the Cougars shot a dismal 7 of 30 from the field.BIG PICTUREUtah State: The Aggies missed an opportunity for a nice resume-building win, and fell to 16-100 all-time against AP Top 25 opponents. Utah State finished with 17 turnovers, which Houston turned into 17 points. The Aggies shot 10 of 14 from the free throw line but 4 of 20 from the 3-point line, including 1 of 10 in the second half.Houston: The Cougars used a strong defensive effort in the second half to mount the comeback, holding the Aggies to 3-for-14 shooting during their large run and forcing six turnovers over that span. Houston shot 13 of 15 from the free throw line to help overcome sluggish shooting from the field.UP NEXTUtah State: Hosts Eastern Oregon on Dec. 28.Houston: Hosts Coppin State on Sunday. Written by Tags: Utah State Aggies Basketball December 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Brooks, No. 21 Houston rally for 60-50 win over Utah State Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dark Star Orchestra Recreates 12/28/87 To Kick Off NYE Run In Philly

first_imgVeteran Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra launched their four-night New Year’s run at the newly-dubbed Franklin Music Hall (formerly the Electric Factory) in Philadelphia on Friday night. Generally in top form, the band smoothly played through a scorching setlist originally performed by the Grateful Dead at Oakland Coliseum Arena on December 28, 1987.About 2,500 fans packed the smoky venue, and the atmosphere in the Franklin stayed energetic and upbeat throughout the show. The crowd started to boogie as soon as the band eased into the opening chords of “Feel Like a Stranger”. Following the staccato ending to “Stranger”, beloved three-chord jam “Franklin’s Tower” gave lead guitarist Jeff Matson some space to find his balance for the night. He did so in dramatic fashion, delivering soaring solos between verses. “New Minglewood Blues” followed, finding rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton busting out slide licks and giving renowned keyboardist Rob Barraco a chance to perform a standout organ solo.The band slowed things down a bit with a masterful, sensitive take on “Row Jimmy”, then drew on Barraco’s powerful vocals to cover the Brent Mydland-written “Far From Me.” Eaton then led the band into one of the Dead’s favorite Bob Dylan covers, “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” before Mattson took the reins and steered the group right into an uptempo “Sugaree,” typical of the ‘87 era. The boys closed out their first set with a high-energy “Hell in a Bucket,” leaving the audience wanting more.Sure enough, Dark Star came back onstage to deliver the dance tunes. They began their second set with a remarkably good “China Cat Sunflower”, which inevitably flowed into its neighbor “I Know You Rider.” This early combination had everyone dancing in the standing-room-only venue, and the band kept the romping good times going with a notable performance by bassist Skip Vangelas during a blazing “Cumberland Blues”.That’s right! – “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” was up next, which kept the crowd standing and dancing right through the second-set staples of “Drums” and “Space”, which saw percussive theatrics from drummers Dino English and Rob Koritz. Emerging from the depths of “Space”, “The Wheel” would have been a major highlight of the show, with much of the audience belting the chorus of the familiar anthem. Yet, it found itself overshadowed by an absolutely flaming version of “Truckin’”, during which Mattson led the band to its highest peaks of the night before transitioning into a crawling, gritty take on the Howlin’ Wolf tune “Smokestack Lightning”.The clock struck midnight as the band geared up for sad, bluesy “Black Peter” before closing out the second set with a smoking hot “Sugar Magnolia.” The last tune’s “Sunshine Daydream” outro had everyone on their feet once more, and held the crowd over as the band disappeared backstage. Reappearing for the encore a few moments later, Dark Star Orchestra finished the show with a beautiful, tender “Black Muddy River”, which proved a fine ending to an excellent show.Dark Star Orchestra will finish their stand at the Franklin tonight (12/29) at 8:30 pm before heading up to play December 30 and 31 at 7 pm at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Franklin Music Hall | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: Feel Like a Stranger, Franklin’s Tower, New Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Far From Me, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Sugaree, Hell in a BucketSet 2: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Cumberland Blues, Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Drums > Space, The Wheel, Truckin’, Smokestack Lightning, Black Peter, Sugar MagnoliaEncore: Black Muddy Riverlast_img read more

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Former Ivory Coast midfielder Tiote dies aged 30

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Ivory Coast and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote collapsed and died at the age of 30 in training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises yesterday, his agent said.Tiote, who made more than 150 appearances in seven seasons at Newcastle, was an African Nations Cup winner with the Ivorians in 2015, although he missed the final through injury, and he also played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.“It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” agent Emanuele Palladino told Sky Sports.“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”There has not been any comment from his current club but Newcastle issued a statement on their website (www.nufc.co.uk).“We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30,” the newly promoted Premier League club said.“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”GREAT SADNESSNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez added: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”Born in Yamoussoukro, Tiote moved to Belgium as a teenager after being scouted by Anderlecht for whom he made his debut in the Champions League in 2005.He spent a season at Roda JC Kerkrade on loan and later moved to another Dutch club FC Twente where he won the 2009-10 Eredivisie title under former England manager Steve McLaren.The defensive midfielder was sold by Twente to Newcastle for £3.5 million in 2010 and cemented his place in club folklore with a long-range equaliser in the 4-4 Premier League draw with Arsenal at St James’ Park in February 2011.Tiote moved to Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played with Tiote at Anderlecht, said on twitter: “I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tiote was one of the nicest and toughest team mates I have ever had. Rest in piece brother.”last_img read more

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