Road warriors and an island upset
The Hoyas and the Heat notched road wins, Washington State staged an upset in Hawaii and the Steelers and the Aztecs rolled on the gridiron as we serve up a steaming hot dish of basketball and football to get your Friday morning started off right.
Men's college basketball
Georgetown 86, Memphis 69: Georgetown led by just four points at halftime, but a strong second-half effort lifted the No. 9 Hoyas over the 17-ranked Tigers. Senior Austin Freeman led the way for Georgetown with 24 points and teammate Chris Wright chipped in 19. The win was Georgetown's third straight; the loss the Tigers' first since falling to Kansas on Dec. 7.
Washington State 77, Baylor 71: Klay Thompson's 20 points helped the Cougars to a big upset win over the 15-ranked Bears in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Five players scored in double-digits to lead Washington State to its fifth straight win and a spot in the tourney finals against the winner of the Butler-Florida State semifinal.
College football: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego State 35, Navy 14: San Diego State's first bowl win since 1969 was a convincing one, as they slid by Navy at a slippery Qualcomm Stadium. Days of heavy rain leading up to Thursday's contest forced organizers to pump 1.5 million gallons of rainwater out of the stadium -- and the Navy midshipmen may have fared better underwater. They got lit up by Aztec freshman Ronnie Hillman, who scored four touchdowns and ran for a career-best 228 yards, good enough to set a new Poinsettia Bowl rushing record.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Carolina Panthers 3: This one was over before you could spell R-O-E-T-H-L-I-S-B-E-R-G-E-R. The game was even more one-sided than the score indicates, as Big Ben picked apart the Panthers defense for 320 yards and two touchdowns -- one with his arm and one with his feet. With the win, Pittsburgh improves to 11-4 on the year and can clinch the AFC North with a Ravens loss on Sunday.
Miami Heat 95, Phoenix Suns 83: The Heat saw their 12-game win streak snapped by Dallas on Monday but bounced back with a solid victory in Phoenix Thursday night. LeBron James led the way for Miami with 36 points and Chris Bosh added a double-double of 23 points and 11 boards. Dwyane Wade sat out with a sore knee but the Heat did just fine without him.