AMES, Iowa (AP) — Solomon Young scored 14 points, Prentiss Nixon added 13 and Iowa State eased past Southern Miss 73-45 on Tuesday for its second straight win.Tyrese Haliburton had 12 points with nine assists and three steals for the Cyclones (3-1), who used a 15-2 run to close the first half to pull away.After a sluggish start, Iowa State held the Golden Eagles scoreless for nearly five minutes in building a 33-20 halftime lead. The Cyclones then reeled off 11 points in a row to make it a 60-34 game midway through the second half.Iowa State once again struggled from beyond the arc though. After going just 3 of 25 in a win over Northern Illinois, Iowa State was 5 of 22 against the Eagles.George Conditt had nine points, six rebounds and four blocks off the bench for the Cyclones.Boban Jacdonmi scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles (1-3). Southern Miss went 0 of 16 from the 3-point line and didn’t shoot its first free throw until there was 2:47 left.Iowa State is now 3-1 and will face Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament next Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM. CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa Panthers close the regular season at home this weekend against Western Illinois. The Panthers are 7-4 after getting hammered at South Dakota State.That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says it is a similar Western Illinois team to the one that beat the Panthers 37-17 a year ago.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 1 o’clock. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Trae Berhow poured in a career-high 36 points and Northern Iowa breezed to an 87-67 victory over UT Martin on Tuesday night.Berhow made 13 of 17 shots from the floor, including 8 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.AJ Green had 14 points and nine assists for the Panthers (5-0). Austin Phyfe added 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Isaiah Brown pitched in with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.Parker Stewart hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 for the Skyhawks (2-3). Derek Hawthorne Jr. added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Quintin Dove tallied 12 points and nine rebounds.The Panthers knocked down 32 of 54 shots (59%) overall and 16 of 34 from distance (47%).UT Martin shot 41.5% (22 of 53) and 36% from beyond the arc (9 of 25).UNI turns right around and hosts Cornell College tonight at the McLeod Center before heading off to the Cancun Challenge next week. IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he is not surprised with the success that Illinois is enjoying this season. Winners of four straight the Illini visit Iowa in the final game in Kinnick Stadium.Ferentz says the rebuilding efforts of fourth year coach Lovie Smith are taking shape.Iowa has won five in a row in the series and 10 of the last 11.Kickoff in Iowa City is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. AMES — Iowa State will honor 20 seniors on Saturday when the Cyclones host Kansas. ISU coach Matt Campbell says it is a class that had blind faith when he took over the job.It is a senior class that Campbell says has been a big part of the turnaround of the program.Campbell says Kansas has made strides under first year coach Les Miles. The Jayhawks are 3-7.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice, Alex Stalock made 30 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-2-1 in their last seven. Brandon Montour scored for the Sabres and Linus Ullmark stopped 22 shots. Buffalo is on a 1-6-2 skid and battling injuries at the forward position following 9-2-1 start.
“It’s huge for everyone in this room, not only myself but every guy in the room,” said LaBarbera, who replaced Jean-Sebastien Aubin for the final period of a 4-3 loss in Calgary on Thursday. “We played well the last three games and played well last night and just didn’t get the result. It’s nice to be able to come in here and get the win.” LaBarbera, a Vancouver native, was stuck in the AHL while the Kings went through five goalies last season. But they couldn’t recall him despite the fact he was en route to earning AHL Goalie of the Year honors because of fears they would lose him on recallable waivers. This year was supposed to be LaBarbera’s big chance, but instead he watched as prize rookie Jonathan Bernier started four of the first six games before being sent back down to junior hockey earlier this week. He watched Aubin start the next two before making his third start Friday, winning his first NHL game since April 2006 and giving the Kings their first road win in four tries. Matt Cooke beat him on a rebound in the first period, and Mattias Ohlund scored on a high blast over his glove with 5:47 left. But LaBarbera made a game-saving glove stop on a similar shot by Taylor Pyatt with 4:01 left, then preserved the win by stopping Brendan Morrison alone in tight with 1:02 left. “All his saves were huge,” Cammalleri said. “It’s been well documented we’ve had our troubles starting from the back end the last few years. But like a lot of the guys that have played with Barbs before, I’m not shocked. This guy can play.” Roberto Luongo made 12 saves for the Canucks, who have lost four of five at home. It was the second straight game Vancouver has been undone by one bad stretch. They lost to San Jose on Monday after giving up three goals in a 3:20 span early in the third period, and were undone Friday by three goals in a 6:53 stretch. “For some reason we’re getting five, six minutes putting us behind the 8-ball and it’s a tough league to come back in,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. Johnson, a prized defensive prospect playing his first full season, converted a pass from Kyle Calder on a 3-on-1 after a bad Canucks giveaway, and Cammalleri gave the Kings the lead on a power play. Luongo made a save on Cammalleri alone in front and managed to stop the rebound, but the forward was untouched and converted on his third try. “One of the top scorers in the NHL gets three whacks at a puck in front of our net there’s a good chance it’s going to end up behind him,” Vigneault said. Frolov finished the burst with a tap-in from the side of the net after a great fake shot slap pass from defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I know it’s there,” LaBarbera said of the starting job. “I know it’s an opportunity for me. I struggled a bit early but hopefully I can just build off this and take it from here because I know I’m capable of doing it.” After using eight goaltenders since the start of last season, the Kings would love to see LaBarbera take control of the crease. He started early against the Canucks, making nine saves while stopping all four power plays in the first period, then robbing Alexandre Burrows on the two-man break 1:24 into the second. The Kings’ offense broke out less than two minutes later, scoring three times in just over seven minutes. Jack Johnson scored his first NHL goal at 3:04 for the Kings. Mike Cammalleri added his NHL-leading eighth goal on a power play at 5:41 and Alexander Frolov made it 3-1 at 9:57. Dustin Brown was credited with an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left as the Kings won for the second time in three games after losing five straight. NHL: Goaltender’s stop on a break sparks a momentum switch in a victory over Vancouver. By The Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Jason LaBarbera knows the Kings’ No. 1 goaltender job is up for grabs. He made a strong case to hold onto it Friday night. LaBarbera made 26 saves, including stopping a 2-on-none break early in the second period that sparked a three-goal outburst, to lead the Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.