Canucks edge Coyotes 3-2 in OT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Chris Higgins scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.
Vancouver squeaked out the win after squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation
The Canucks earned their fourth win in five games while the Coyotes suffered their third loss in four outings.
Higgins scored after he kicked the puck away from Phoenix center Mike Ribeiro in the Vancouver zone and then raced down the left wing and beat Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith with a quick shot to the far side.
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves for the win and Smith stopped 29 shots in defeat.
Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin also scored for Vancouver.
Antoine Vermette and David Moss responded for the Coyotes.
Morris' double-double leads Suns past Raptors
PHOENIX (AP) - Markieff Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their fifth straight loss, 106-97 on Friday night.
Morris, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, finished 11 of 14 from the field, tying his career high in field goals made. His scoring total was three shy of his career best.
Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, and P.J. Tucker had 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Suns.
Amir Johnson scored a season-best 22 for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry added 19 and Rudy Gay 17.
The Raptors lost Tyler Hansbrough with a sprained left shoulder in the first quarter.
ASU pulls away in 2nd half, routs DePaul 78-56
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Jahii Carson had 23 points and Jermaine Marshall added 18 points as Arizona State used a dominant second half to pull away for a 78-56 rout of DePaul on Friday night.
Carson, a 5-10 guard, was 9-of-16 from the field and also had nine rebounds and five assists. Marshall was 7-of-12 from the field.
Arizona State (8-2) had dropped two of its three previous games - losses to Creighton and Miami (Fla.) - after starting the season by winning six straight.
The Sun Devils led by just three points at halftime (28-25) before taking control in the second half.
Billy Garrett led DePaul with 14 points, but the Blue Demons struggled offensively throughout the game, going 19-of-65 for a season-low 29.2 percent.
DePaul (4-4) was coming off its most impressive win of the season, a 93-81 victory over Oregon State last Sunday.
Cardinal, Sun Devils face off in Pac-12 title game
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State is getting a rematch against Stanford.
This time, the Sun Devils will be at home.
In a rematch of a September game filled with huge momentum swings, No. 7 Stanford will face No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship with a spot in the Rose Bowl on the line.
The Cardinal won the first game 42-28 by racing out to a 29-0 halftime lead and holding off the Sun Devils, who scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State lost to Notre Dame two weeks later, but closed out the season with seven straight wins.
Stanford clinched the Pac-12 North after winning the Rose Bowl for the first time in 41 years last season.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Cervi wins second straight barrel racing round
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Season leader Sherry Cervi won her second consecutive barrel racing round Friday night in the National Finals Rodeo.
Cervi, from Marana, Ariz., had a 13.66-second run on Stingray and earned $18,630 to increase her season total to $184,677. She opened the rodeo Thursday night with a run of 13.77.
Defending season champion Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, is second in the standings with $148,233. She was third in the round at 13.89.
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