INDIANA REGIONAL BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
Penn 49 Chesterton 42
Northridge 62 Munster 53
Penn 74 Northridge 72
Carmel 58 Fort Wayne Northrop 42
Zionsville 52 Huntington North 41
Carmel 53 Zionsville 39
New Palestine 64 Avon 59
Ben Davis 75 Lawrence Central 65
Ben Davis 53 New Palestine 47
Center Grove 65 Jasper 40
Bloomington South 68 Jeffersonville 52
Center Grove 64 Bloomington South 41
Culver Academy 55 Hanover Central 37
Hammond 64 West Lafayette 40
Culver Academy 62 Hammond 41
Marion 59 Angola 38
Delta 54 Tippecanoe Valley 28
Marion 45 Delta 39
Beech Grove 52 Greencastle 37
Indianapolis Attucks 88 Owen Valley 61
ndianapolis Attucks 68 Beech Grove 63
Princeton 53 Batesville 43 OT
Silver Creek 79 Evansville Memorial 50
Silver Creek 67 Princeton 58
Andrean 71 Marquette Catholic 70
Westview 62 Bluffton 48
Andrean 60 Westview 49
Frankton 57 Wabash 54
Covington 77 Alexandria 64
Frankton 73 Covington 53
Northeastern 58 Monrovia 54
Shenandoah 62 Heritage Christian 55
Shenandoah 42 Northeastern 37
Linton-Stockton 72 Paoli 71
Tell City 54 Southwestern (Hanover) 48
Linton-Stockton 45 Tell City 36
Argos 53 Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 34
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 65 Gary 21st Century 57
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 77 Argos 39
North Vermillion 59 Southern Wells 53
Lafayette Central Catholic 65 Randolph Southern 43
Lafayette Central Catholic 80 North Vermillion 43
Greenwood Christian 65 Morristown 55
Bloomfield 49 Indianapolis Metro 43
Bloomfield 52 Greenwood Christian 50
Lanesville 55 West Washington 46
Barr-Reeve 48 Evansville Day 41
Barr-Reeve 69 Lanesville 36
Class 2A | Frankton (25-3) vs. Andrean (19-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 4A | Carmel (24-1) vs. Penn (24-3) | 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT
Elkhart Central (North Side Gym)
Class A | Lafayette Central Catholic (24-4) vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (26-2) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 3A | Marion (19-7) vs. Culver Academies (23-3) | 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton (26-3) vs. Shenandoah (26-1) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Silver Creek (23-3) vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (20-8) | 3 pm ET / 2 pm CT
Class A | Barr-Reeve (25-2) vs. Bloomfield (20-7) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Center Grove (21-8) vs. Ben Davis (19-7) | 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT
STATE GYMNASTICS FINALS
Lake Central 110.175
Columbus North 108.575
Columbus East 103.600
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Virginia 73 Louisville 68
#3 North Carolina 79 #4 Duke 70
Auburn 84 #5 Tennessee 80
#6 Kentucky 66 Florida 57
#9 Michigan State 75 #7 Michigan 63
#8 Texas Tech 80 Iowa State 73
#10 LSU 80 Vanderbilt 59
#11 Purdue 70 Northwestern 57
#13 Kansas 78 Baylor 70
#14 Florida State 65 Wake Forest 57
Georgetown 86 #16 Marquette 84
#17 Nevada 81 San Diego State 53
#18 Kansas State 68 Oklahoma 53
#22 Wofford 99 VMI 72
Seton Hall 79 #23 Villanova 75
Temple 67 #25 Central Florida 62
Pittsburgh 56 Notre Dame 53
Clemson 67 Syracuse 55
North Carolina State 73 Boston College 47
TCU 69 Texas 56
Oklahoma State 85 West Virginia 77
Bradley 53 Loyola Chicago 51
Northern Iowa 60 Drake 58
Oregon State 85 Washington state 77
Arizona State 72 Arizona 64
Utah 92 UCLA 81
Colorado 78 USC 67
Oregon 55 Washington 47
South Carolina 66 Georgia 46
Mississippi State 92 Texas A&M 81
Ole Miss 73 Missouri 68
Arkansas 82 Alabama 70
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Baylor 100 Texas Tech 61
#2 Connecticut 92 E. Carolina 65
#3 Louisville 78 #9 North Carolina State 68
#4 Notre Dame 91 #18 Syracuse 66
#5 Mississippi State 71 Missouri 56
#6 Oregon 88 #25 UCLA 83 OT
#7 Stanford 72 Washington 61
#8 Maryland 73 Michigan 72
#10 Iowa 72 Rutgers 67
Arkansas 58 #15 Texas A&M 51
#19 Iowa State 75 Kansas 58
#21 Texas 66 TCU 64
#22 Drake 95 Bradley 63
VCU 61 Dayton 52
Central Michigan 78 Toledo 45
Ohio 76 Bowling Green 68
South Dakota State 88 Purdue Fort Wayne 50
Eastern Michigan 67 Ball State 57
Southern Illinois 80 Evansville 60
Missouri State 76 Indiana State 66
Kent State 62 Buffalo 53
Miami Ohio 66 Akron 49 Valparaiso 81 Loyola Chicago 74
Northern Illinois 74 Western Michigan 71
Providence 70 Xavier 62
Cincinnati 68 Memphis 48
Sacramento 102 New York 94
Brooklyn 114 Atlanta 112
Minnesota 135 Washington 130 OT
Boston 120 LA Lakers 107
Milwaukee 131 Charlotte 114
Portland 127 Phoenix 120
Colorado 3 Buffalo 0
San Jose 3 St. Louis 2
Toronto 3 Edmonton 2
Boston 3 Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 3 Detroit 2
Philadelphia 5 NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 4 New Jersey 2
Columbus 4 Pittsburgh 1
Arizona 4 Los Angeles 2
Carolina 5 Nashville 3
Chicago 2 Dallas 1
Biggest 6 Vancouver 2
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago 1 Orlando City SC 1
Columbus 2 New England 0
FC Dallas 2 Los Angeles 0
Houston 2 Montréal 1
Real Salt Lake 1 Vancouver 0
Minnesota 3 San Jose 0
Seattle 2 Colorado 0
Kalamazoo 7 Earlham 5
Arizona State 8 Xavier 3
Nebraska 2 Baylor 0
Butler 7 Fort Wayne 1
Cansius 2 Dayton 1
Iowa 18 Evansville 7
Oregon State 8 Indiana 3
Indiana State 7 Mercer 3
Ball State 12 Mount St. Mary’s 9
Michigan State 7 Ohio State 1
Purdue 9 New Jersey Tech 8
Ball State 7 St. Joseph 5
South Carolina 3 Valparaiso 2
Stetson 12 Maryland 7
Toledo 15 Buck nailed 6
Central Florida 5 Penn State 3
USC 4 Michigan 1
Central Michigan 9 Villanova 1
Notre Dame 7 wait for us 4
Wright State 13 Ohio 0
Ball State 10 Georgetown 0
Ohio State 9 Idaho State 3
Indiana 6 South Carolina Upstate 4
Ohio 5 Long Beach State 1
Purdue 4 North Dakota State 1
Notre Dame 5 Illinois State 1
Ohio 5 San Diego State 1
Seattle 3 Ohio State 0
Ball State 3 Presbyterian 0
Rutgers 9 Evansville 1
St. Joseph’s 8 Toledo 5
Indiana 3 S. Florida 2
Wright State 10 St. Louis 9
Wright State 2 Western Kentucky 1
Purdue 5 Yale 4
Western Michigan 6 Miami Ohio 1
MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Oglethorpe 19 Earlham 4
Ohio State 14 Hofstra 8
Notre Dame 10 Denver 7
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING
Cleveland 7 Colorado 1
Milwaukee 11 Oakland 2
Chicago White Sox 12 Texas 2
Chicago Cubs 11 LA Angels 4
LA Dodgers 2 Seattle 0
Chicago Cubs 8 San Francisco 0
Milwaukee 5 LA Angels 1
Arizona 13 Kansas City 5
Colorado 5 Arizona 1
San Diego 6 Cincinnati 2
NY Mets 10 Boston 2
Atlanta 6 Detroit 4
Toronto 8 Philadelphia 7
Minnesota 10 Pittsburgh 1
Houston 9 St. Louis 3
Baltimore 17 Tampa Bay 15
NY Yankees 6 Baltimore 1
Miami 2 Washington 1
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Purdue Clinches A Share of Big Ten Men’s Basketball Championship
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Purdue men’s basketball team clinched a share of the 2018-19 Big Ten Championship after defeating Northwestern, 70-57, at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday. The Boilermakers finished 16-4 in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers have now won a conference record 24 Big Ten men’s basketball championships and their second in three years, claiming the title in 2017.
Purdue will share the title with the winner of the Michigan at Michigan State game which takes place Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.
Carsen Edwards tallied 21 points while Nojel Eastern added 15. Matt Haarms posted 11 points and seven rebounds.
The 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. All-session and single-session tickets for the men’s tournament are now on sale. Tickets will be available at the United Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Orders are limited to eight all-session tickets.
Purdue improved to 23-8 overall and 16-4 in the Big Ten Conference with a 70-57 win over Northwestern … the win was Purdue’s 17th in the last 20 games after starting the season 6-5.
The win enabled Purdue to win its 24th Big Ten Championship, the most in the league’s history … Purdue became the first team with two titles in three seasons since Ohio State in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Michigan State in 2010 and 2012.
Matt Painter won his third Big Ten regular-season championship (2010, 2017, 2019) … depending on the outcome of Michigan State vs. Michigan tonight, Purdue will share the lead for the most Big Ten titles in the decade (Michigan State could win its fourth).
Purdue’s 16 Big Ten wins tied a school record and gave Purdue 45 league wins over the last three years, the third most in league history (48 by Indiana in 1974-76; 46 by Indiana in 1991-93).
Matt Painter moved into 10th place on the Big Ten all-time wins list (league games) with 158 victories.
Purdue’s senior class has 106 wins, one shy of the school-record 107 victories by the Class of 2011.
Nojel Eastern scored a career-high 15 points with five rebounds and three assists.
Carsen Edwards became Purdue’s career leader in 3-pointers made with 252 … he finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists … Edwards will finish the season as the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21.4 points per game … it marks the third time since the 2010-11 season that a Purdue player has led the league in scoring; no other team has done it more than once.
Matt Haarms finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks and will likely become the first player since Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2007 to lead the league in field goal percentage (.636) and blocked shots (2.4 bpg).
Butler MBB Falls at Providence, 83-70, in Regular Season Finale
A big first half propelled Providence to an 83-70 win Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Rhode Island.
Providence got out of the gates early, jumping out to a 33-13 lead with six minutes to play in the first half that was capped by a 19-2 run. The host Friars led, 48-27, at the half behind 8-of-13 shooting from three-point range. Twenty-one of A.J. Reeves’ game-high 24 points (and five of his six three-pointers) came in the opening 20 minutes.
With the win by Providence, the Friars and Butler finish the regular season tied at 7-11 in the BIG EAST standings. The Bulldogs will learn their seed for next week’s BIG EAST Tournament in New York City once the complete slate of conference games concludes tonight. Butler will play in one of Wednesday’s two first round games at Madison Square Garden.
Providence (17-14) shot 51 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 from behind the arc. The Friars went 18-of-22 from the free throw line and had a 38-23 rebounding advantage. In addition to Reeves’ 24 points, Isaiah Jackson had 20 points.
Paul Jorgensen led Butler (16-15) with 17 points. Kamar Baldwin had 15 before fouling out. Joey Brunk had 13 points off the bench. Butler shot 45 percent.
Rally Falls Short At Pittsburgh
(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (13-17, 3-14) rallied in the final minutes behind 12 consecutive points from freshman Nate Laszewski, but could not get off a shot at the end of the game to fall to Pittsburgh (12-18, 2-15) 56-53 at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish built a 7-2 lead at the first media break behind a mid-range jumper from Prentiss Hubb, a corner three from Laszewski and a driving layup from T.J. Gibbs.
Pitt cut the lead to four, but Laszewski answered with two corner three pointers to give the Irish a 20-10 lead and force a Panther timeout. The home team answered with a 10-0 run to cut Notre Dame’s lead to one, 26-25, at halftime.
Both teams traded offensive plays back and forth to reach the first media timeout of the second half tied at 33. Pitt then ripped off another run, 12-2, to build a 42-35 lead and force a Notre Dame timeout with 12:31 remaining.
Goodwin stepped up to score six straight points to cut into the Pitt lead and the Irish went into the under eight minute timeout down five at 47-42. The Panthers answered right back with five straight points to seize back control of the contest with a 50-42 lead.
Laszewski put the Irish back into the game, hitting back-to-back three pointers to cut the Panther lead to four points at 52-48 with 2:31 remaining.
With Pitt clinging to a one point lead, Xavier Johnson hit a running jump shot in the lane to put his team up three. Laszewski answered with two free throws, then Johnson missed the front of a one-and-one.
On the next possession, Notre Dame missed two shots, pulled down two offensive rebounds and Gibbs was eventually fouled with 32 seconds remaining. He missed the front end of the one and one, PItt hit one of their next two free throws and a desperation heave at the end of the game fell short for the Irish.
Johnson at 2 minutes – 54-51 Pitt 114 – Nate at the line for 1 and 1
NOTRE DAME PLAYER OF THE GAME
Nate Laszewski scored a career-high 23 points (the first 20-point game of his career), shooting seven-for-11 from the floor, six-for-nine from three point range and pulled down seven rebounds.
Notre Dame will be back to campus briefly for Saturday night and Sunday morning before heading to Charlotte, NC, for the 2019 ACC Championship. The Irish will be the No. 15 seed in the tournament and play No. 10 Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12.
No. 9 Michigan St beats No. 7 Michigan 75-63 for B10 title
Cassius Winston struggled to make shots for more than a half and his rivals took advantage, controlling a game with a share of the Big Ten title at stake.
When Winston started to finally get shots to drop, though, he took over and there wasn’t much anyone could do about it.
Winston made five straight baskets in the second half to lead a stunning surge and finished with 23 points and seven assists, lifting No. 9 Michigan State to a 75-63 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Saturday night.
The Spartans (25-6, 16-4 Big Ten) earned a share of the Big Ten title and top seeding in next week’s conference tournament.
“It meant the world after all we’ve been through to come out on top,” Winston said.
The crafty, junior point guard has been leading a team missing two of its best players, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford, due to injuries.
The Wolverines (26-5, 15-5) will be seeded third in Chicago after falling to third place behind their rivals and No. 11 Purdue.
“We’ll take the lessons we learned from this game, apply them to the Big Ten tournament so that we can win that again,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “If we can’t, we’ll apply it to the NCAA Tournament.”
No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke 79-70 to earn share of ACC title
Third-ranked North Carolina took down its biggest rival again, this time to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.
Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and UNC hung on late to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday, securing their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils in a decade.
Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the Tar Heels (26-5, 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6 1/2 minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Blue Devils, who played yet again without injured freshman star Zion Williamson. Duke lost starting big man Marques Bolden early in this one, too.
The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get as close as 75-70 on RJ Barrett’s 3-pointer with 2:19 left. Ultimately UNC held on to finish tied alongside second-ranked Virginia atop the final league standings.
Virginia secured the No. 1 seed for the league tournament by beating Louisville earlier Saturday. The Cavaliers owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tar Heels by winning in Chapel Hill last month – which is UNC’s only loss since mid-January.
UNC had last swept the two-game set with Duke on Tyler Hansbrough’s Senior Day in 2009 for a team that went on to win the NCAA title.
Barrett scored 26 points to lead the Blue Devils, who shot just 23 percent after halftime.
Duke came in shorthanded with Williamson out for the fifth straight game since suffering a sprained right knee early in last month’s first meeting with the Tar Heels. On Friday, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski had said Williamson had gotten in his “first really good workout” on Thursday as he continued his recovery. The next step, he said, was working on Williamson’s conditioning and getting him used to contact again.
Jerome helps rally No. 2 Virginia past Louisville 73-68
Four Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles in six years might make it seem like old hat at No. 2 Virginia, but after the Cavaliers earned that fourth one by coming back to beat Louisville 73-68 on Saturday, Ty Jerome said it was time to celebrate.
Even if the ACC Tournament still beckons, followed by pursuit of the school’s first national championship.
“You can’t take this for granted,” Jerome said after the Cavaliers cut down the nets with most of the 14,000-plus fans remaining in John Paul Jones Arena and cheering each snip. “Like coach (Tony) Bennett said, over an 18-game stretch to only lose two games, you can’t take that for granted. You have to be thankful for that, but we’ve got to stay humble and we have to know what we’re still trying to do.”
Jerome scored 24 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 5:34 remaining, as the Cavaliers rallied for their eighth straight win.
They will head to Charlotte, North Carolina, as the top seed and with a double-bye. No. 3 North Carolina tied for the top spot when it beat No. 4 Duke on Saturday night, but the Cavaliers had the tiebreaker for the seeding by virtue of their 69-61 victory at UNC on Feb. 11.
“Now we’ve just got to get back in the gym and work really hard and get into an extra gear going forward,” Jerome said.
Kyle Guy added 13 points and Jay Huff also made huge contributions at both ends for Virginia (28-2, 16-2), which has now won or shared the ACC title nine times in its history. Guy said the way the Cardinals made them fight for it can only bode well for Virginia going forward.
Auburn upends No. 5 Tennessee 84-80 in regular-season finale
The Auburn Tigers saved their best for last, and so did Jared Harper.
Harper made four straight free throws over the final 31 seconds and two late 3-pointers to help Auburn clinch an 84-80 victory over No. 5 Tennessee on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
The Tigers (22-9, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) collected their fourth straight win and biggest of the season in a packed Auburn Arena. It was Auburn’s first win over a Top 5 team since beating Arkansas in 1995.
“Everybody in the country recognizes that Tennessee is a Final Four team,” said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, a former Tennessee head man. “Everybody in the country now recognizes that Auburn is capable of beating and, in fact, did beat a Final Four team.”
The Volunteers (27-4, 15-3) could have clinched at least a share of the SEC regular-season title with a win but now need No. 10 LSU to lose to Vanderbilt. They have never won back-to-back league crowns.
“A year ago, you think about it, we win the league with five losses,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “This year we only have three. You have to learn from this. Some of the mistakes we made today, we can’t make. Not at this time of year.”
The two teams shared the SEC regular-season title last year and Auburn spent six weeks ranked in the Top 10 before falling from the rankings.
Auburn relished the spoiler role this time. The Tigers will be the No. 5 SEC seed and receive a first-round bye in the league tournament.
No. 8 Texas Tech clinches at least share of 1st Big 12 title
For the first time, Texas Tech can call itself champions of the Big 12.
After his performance on Saturday, Jarrett Culver might soon be able to call himself the league’s player of the year as well.
Culver scored a career-high 31 points, Davide Moretti added 20 and No. 8 Texas Tech clinched at least a share of the league title by beating Iowa State 80-73.
Kansas State could also claim a piece of the Big 12 championship if it beat Oklahoma later Saturday.
“I think you’ve got to give all of our players the credit. They’re the ones that believed,” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, now in just his third season in charge. “You can imagine the outside noise. It starts in the recruiting process when people say, `Man, you can’t win the Big 12 at Texas Tech.’ I’ve always disagreed. You get the right people in the locker room, it’s all about culture and it’s all about belief and expectations.”
Matt Mooney added 13 points for the Red Raiders (26-5, 14-4 Big 12), winners of nine straight heading into the postseason. Their last league crown came in the defunct Southwestern Conference in 1996.
Lindell Wigginton and Marial Shayok each scored 17 points for the Cyclones (20-11, 9-9), who have lost six of eight. And even though Tech pulled through down the stretch, Iowa State’s performance was encouraging after a 15-point drubbing at West Virginia on Wednesday.
“I think we got better, and I think we came together,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.
IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: SPRING ARBOR 89, IU EAST 77
(IU EAST RELEASE)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball season came to an end March 9 in the Round of 8 at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. A hot-shooting Spring Arbor University team knocked off the Red Wolves by an 89-77 score in the Sanford Pentagon.
IU East was making its fourth consecutive appearance in the national tournament quarterfinals.
UPDATING THE RECORDS
IU East, the No. 4 seed in the tournament’s “Liston Bracket,” finishes 26-9. Spring Arbor (28-7), the No. 2 seed in the “Liston Bracket,” advances to the national semifinals for the first time in its history.
* After eight ties in the first 12 minutes, Spring Arbor finished the first half with a 16-6 run to take a 45-35 lead into the locker room. The Cougars then scored the first seven points of the second half to extend their lead to 17 points. IU East found itself playing uphill the rest of the afternoon.
* Brandon Durnell’s running 3-pointer for Spring Arbor from 25 feet out and the shot clock running out after the ball had been knocked into the backcourt just a few moments earlier was the play the summed up the afternoon. Those points put the Cougars ahead 64-46 with 11 minutes to go. IU East could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
* Spring Arbor finished with a .600 field goal percentage, the best percentage for a Red Wolf opponent since Jan. 1. Spring Arbor has now shot .600 or better from the field in all three of its national tournament games.
* IU East finished with a record of 110-34 in the four-year careers of seniors Aaron Thomas and Nate Niehoff. Fellow seniors Kendall Rollins and Ray Ramsey also played their final games in IU East uniforms.
* IU East is one of two schools in the nation to reach the quarterfinals at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship in each of the past four seasons.
* Bishop Smith led IU East in scoring with 21 points. Kendall Rollins came off of the bench to add 17 points. Aaron Thomas had 10 rebounds to finish his career with a program-record 1,176 rebounds.
* Paul Marandet and Brandon Durnell scored 20 points apiece for Spring Arbor.
“We didn’t play our best game. We had spurts of playing well, but couldn’t put it together. It’s kind of been our story all year, trying to put together a full 40 minutes. It’s the same story, different day.
“Thanks to IU East for giving me the opportunity to come and play basketball and go to school. Our four years, Nate (Niehoff) and I, and the three years (fellow seniors) Ray (Ramsey) and Kendall (Rollins) have been a part of it, it’s been a blast. I’ve got a lot of memories I’ll cherish.” – Aaron Thomas
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#4 Irish Advance to Sixth Straight ACC Tournament Title Game
(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Notre Dame women’s basketball will be competing for the ACC Tournament title. The top-seeded Irish knocked off fifth-seeded Syracuse, 91-66, in Saturday’s first semifinal matchup.
Notre Dame will now challenge second-seeded Louisville in Sunday’s championship bout set for Noon ET on ESPN2.
“I thought we got our transition game going. I thought defensively in the second half we got a little bit better. Syracuse was probably a little tired from the third game they had to play but i thought we executed really well in the second half,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. “Really proud of Marina Mabrey in her accomplishment of becoming the all-time three-point shooting record holder in Notre Dame history.”
With a 4-for-9 shooting performance from beyond the arc, Marina Mabrey became the program’s all-time leader in made three-pointers with 263, surpassing Alicia Ratay (262). Mabrey finished with 16 points.
For the seventh time this season, Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young recorded double-doubles together. Shepard tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds while Young finished with 18 points and a season high tying 13 boards.
Lastly, all five starters ended in double figures for the 12th time this year as Brianna Turner poured in 14 points, followed by 12 points from Arike Ogunbowale.
How It Happened
Syracuse jumped out to a 13-9 lead at the 6:08 mark behind a 3-for-3 start from three-point range. However, the Irish went on to outscore the Orange 22-8 for the rest of the quarter, receiving points from six different players including a big three from Abby Prohaska. All-in-all, Syracuse went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc in the quarter but Notre Dame’s offense pushed ahead 31-21.
After 52 combined points in the first, it was a defensive battle in the second. The Irish edged ahead 13-10, ending the half on a 8-2 scoring stretch for a 44-31 halftime lead. Both Young and Shepard reached double digits with 10 points each.
The Irish used an early 7-0 run in the third to garner a 20-point lead at 53-33, but Syracuse countered with an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 55-44 at the 4:40 mark. Yet, Notre Dame answered with a game-changing 15-2 scoring spurt to end the quarter, building a 70-46 advantage. Both Shepard (16 pts / 12 reb) and Young (15 pts / 10 reb) had double-doubles by the end of the third, while all five starters were in double figures already.
Notre Dame tacked on 21 more points in the fourth, turning to its bench for the final 3:30 of the game. Mabrey’s record breaking three came at the 5:49 mark in the fourth.
Irish move to 16-1 all-time in ACC Tournament play.
Notre Dame moves to 34-2 all-time vs Syracuse with a 2-0 mark in conference tournament play.
With four three-pointers today, Marina Mabrey becomes Notre Dame’s all-time made threes record holder. She surpassed Alicia Ratay (262) and now boasts 263 in her career.
For the seventh time this season, Shepard and Young recorded double-doubles in the same game.
Shepard notched her 13th double-double on the year with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She tallied 15 with the Irish last season.
Young earned her ninth double-double on the year, which continues to break the single season record for a guard at Notre Dame. Young tallied 18 points and a season high tying 13 boards on Saturday.
Young’s 14 career double-doubles ranks second all-time at Notre Dame by a guard and sits three back from the record holder Lindsay Schrader.
Turner is 44-of-56 from the field over the last seven games — she has made 78.6 percent of her shots in that span.
Young has now dished out an impressive 37 assists over the last four games.
Shepard earned her 17th straight game with double-digit points. Her career high is 21.
All five starters finished in double figures for the 12th time this season.
MIAMI REDHAWKS WBB
The Miami University women’s basketball team will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s Mid-American Conference Tournament. Miami will play the winner of No. 6 seed Toledo and No. 11 seed Ball State on Wednesday, March 13 in Cleveland, Ohio. Estimated start time is 7:30 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets to Cleveland by clicking HERE. The ticket office will be open during normal business hours for those that want to call (513-529-4295). Tickets can also be purchased at the arena from a Miami table in the ticket lobby. Adult tickets are $10 and Miami student/seniors/youth tickets are $5.
MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Visit Myrtle Beach
Monday, March 11, 2019 — First Round (High Seed Campus Sites)
Game 1: No. 9 Eastern Michigan at No. 8 Akron, 5 pm ET (ESPN+)
Game 2: No. 12 Bowling Green at No. 5 Kent State, 7 pm ET (ESPN+)
Game 3: No. 10 Western Michigan at No. 7 Northern Illinois, 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT (ESPN+)
Game 4: No. 11 Ball State at No. 6 Toledo, 7 pm ET (ESPN+)
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — Quarterfinals
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Central Michigan, 12:00 pm ET (ESPN+)
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. No. 4 Buffalo, TBA* (ESPN+)
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. No. 2 Ohio* (ESPN+)
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. No. 3 Miami* (ESPN+)
Friday, March 15, 2019 — Semifinals
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 11:00 am ET (ESPN+)
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner * (ESPN+)
Saturday, March 16, 2019 — MAC Championship
Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 11:00 a.m. EST (CBS Sports Network)
No. 1 Baylor women rout Texas Tech 100-61 in Big 12 quarters
Baylor’s depth completely overwhelmed Texas Tech.
Kalani Brown and NaLyssa Smith scored 14 points each Saturday to help the top-ranked Lady Bears rout Texas Tech 100-61 in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
Baylor’s bench outscored Texas Tech’s 52-0. Smith and Aquira DeCosta, who scored 10 points, led a freshman class that had 40 of the reserve points.
“I hate using the word bench because those kids could start for us,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “They’re all that good. It’s just y’all don’t get to see them. They’re freshmen, and what you saw today is the future here.”
The freshmen understand their roles when they go in.
“We’ve got to do what we can do and we’ve got to rest our starters for bigger and better things down the road,” Smith said.
Graduate transfer Chloe Jackson and sophomore Moon Ursin scored 12 points apiece for Baylor (29-1).
The Lady Bears had seven players reach double figures – a record for a Big 12 Tournament game. Just one starter played in the fourth quarter for Baylor, yet the Lady Bears outscored the Lady Raiders 28-17 in the final quarter to close out their 21st straight win.
UDWBB Falls To No. 1 VCU In A-10 Semifinals
PITTSBURGH –The University of Dayton women’s basketball team battled to the end, but their title hopes ended in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals Saturday at the Palumbo Center.
The Flyers (17-13) were unable to pull off the upset of the top-seeded Rams (23-8).
4th quarter – VCU outscored Dayton 30-15 in the fourth quarter, including scoring on 10 straight free throws down the stretch.
1ST Quarter: Dayton 16, VCU 10
VCU struck first with a fastbreak layup at the 8:51 mark and followed up with two free throws to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Dayton’s first points came with 7:24 on the clock thanks to free throws from redshirt sophomore Araion Bradshaw.
Seven of the first eight points between the two teams came from the free throw line.
Midway through the quarter, the score was tied at 8-8.
The free throw show continued after the break with the next six points coming from the charity stripe.
Dayton pulled ahead 14-10 on a Julia Chandler jumper with under two minutes to go in the quarter.
Junior Jayla Scaife led the way with seven points while redshirt junior Shakeela Fowler had four points.
VCU shot 13 percent in the first 10 minutes.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 27, VCU 20
The second quarter started in the same fashion with junior Brittany Ward sinking a pair of free throws to put UD up eight.
VCU converted a layup at the 8:24 mark to end a five minute scoring drought.
The Rams turned the ball over and were forced to call a timeout as the Flyers led by double figures, 22-12 with 6:49 in the quarter.
Scaife was the first Flyer to reach double figures scoring with 11 points just 12 minutes into the game.
The Rams cut it to six under the five minute mark, but senior Lauren Cannatelli drilled a three to end the rally.
The Flyers led by seven going into the locker room.
Dayton shot 27 percent in the first half while holding VCU to 21 percent.
UD was 11-of-12 from the free throw line for 92 percent.
Scaife led with 11 points and Ward added five points.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 37, VCU 31
VCU took control over the first two and half minutes, cutting into the margin.
Bradshaw and Ward both had great drives in the paint to keep the Flyers in front.
The Rams hit a three with just over five minutes to play to make it a five-point game, 31-26.
By the media break, it was just a three-point Dayton lead.
Freshman Kyla Whitehead’s free throw after the timeout ended a 3:00 scoring drought.
The pace slowed down the final few minutes of the third, but the Flyers maintained the lead.
VCU was 0-for-4 down and had a 3:04 scoring drought down the stretch while Dayton was 2-for-10.
4th Quarter: Dayton 52, VCU 61
Cannatelli hit a big three to start the fourth to add to Dayton’s lead.
The Rams pulled back within two on a three of their own, 42-40 with 5:35 to go in the fourth.
VCU hit a three out of the media timeout to take a 43-42 lead.
The Rams got their lead up to four at 48-44.
Senior Maddy Dennis hit a three from the corner with 2:28 to go to make it a one-point game.
In the end, the Flyers were unable to catch back up to the Rams.
VCU scored their final 10 points from the free throw line as Dayton tried to foul its way back into the contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
29 – Dayton shot just 29 percent from the floor while VCU shot 33 percent.
21 – Jayla Scaife had yet another 20+ point game with 21 points to go with six rebounds.
15 – The first quarter saw 15 of the 26 combined points come from the free throw line.
8 – UD committed just eight turnovers in the game while forcing 15.
6 or more – Dayton had four players with six or more rebounds in the game.
Free throws – VCU made seven more made free throws than Dayton attempted.
Dayton will look to see if it receives a selection in the WNIT on Monday, March 18.
Lakers’ Ingram out for season with deep venous thrombosis
Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a deep venous thrombosis in his right arm.
The Lakers announced their decision on the former No. 2 overall draft pick Saturday.
Ingram has missed the Lakers’ past two games after he reported shoulder pain following a morning shootaround last Monday. Lakers coach Luke Walton said earlier this week that Ingram had pain whenever he attempted to lift his arm.
A deep venous thrombosis is a condition caused by a blood clot, frequently accompanied by swelling and pain in a limb. The condition usually occurs in legs, but can occur in the upper body.
Blood clots have affected several prominent athletes including Chris Bosh and Serena Williams in recent years. Bosh eventually retired due to blood clotting issues, but many other athletes have continued to play.
Inram is averaging a career-best 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game along with 3.0 assists.
The lanky swingman’s chemistry with LeBron James has improved markedly over the course of the season despite several weeks of trade rumors linking Ingram and the rest of the Lakers’ top young players to a deal for New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis. Ingram particularly excelled after the All-Star break and the trade deadline, averaging 27.8 points in his six most recent games.
X-rays negative on Harden’s wrist; will play Sunday
James Harden will play on Sunday night when the Houston Rockets visit the Dallas Mavericks after X-rays on his injured right wrist were negative.
Harden first injured it last Sunday in a win over Boston and aggravated it on Friday night in a fall in the first half of a victory over Philadelphia. The win extended Houston’s winning streak to a season-high seven games.
Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 36.6 points a game. He said when he fell on Friday night that he was worried the injury was worse than it was.
He says: “I was. But I’m happy it’s not.”
As for what he can do to protect his wrist, Harden says: “Just try to not fall on it. That’s the only thing I can do. Keep icing it, keep getting treatment on it. But when you keep falling on it, it keeps aggravating it and it keeps getting worse.”
Houston’s recent surge has the team in third place in the Western Conference behind Golden State and Denver. After Sunday’s trip to Dallas, the Rockets play four straight home games, highlighted by a visit from the Warriors on Wednesday night.
AP source: Raiders acquire WR Antonio Brown from Steelers
The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.
A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Raiders finalized the deal with the Steelers and will give Brown a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million instead of the $38.925 million he was owed by Pittsburgh. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday.
Pro Football Talk first reported the deal and says Pittsburgh will get third and fifth-round draft picks from Oakland.
The trade makes final what became a very messy and very public divorce between Brown and the team that helped turn the sixth-round pick into arguably the greatest wide receiver of his generation.
It also gives the Raiders a high-profile addition for second-year coach Jon Gruden after trading away two of the team’s biggest stars last year in edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper.
Oakland got extra first-round picks in those trades but didn’t need to give up any of its four picks in the top 35 in the upcoming draft to acquire Brown, who has topped 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons. The Raiders have had only one player reach those marks in a single season in franchise history, with Hall of Famer Tim Brown accomplishing the feat in 1997.
Brown now gives quarterback Derek Carr his biggest offensive weapon since entering the league in 2014 and the Raiders a legitimate star before they move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
The Raiders’ top wide receiver last season was Jordy Nelson, who had just 63 catches for 739 yards.
NFL teams propose major changes to replay and overtime
NFL teams proposed major changes to replay and overtime on Saturday after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed.
Among the proposals teams have made to the league’s competition committee are an increase in the number of plays subject to video replay review and a change to the overtime format.
The idea of more or even unlimited coaches’ challenges is not new, but could have stronger support now. Also, the league is reluctant to expand replays for officiating because it would slow games even further.
The competition committee will present teams’ proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27.
Several teams are proposing major moves.
Washington wants any play to be subject to coaches’ challenges or to automatic review by the officiating department in New York. The Redskins also suggested that all personal fouls be subject to review, while Kansas City added potential personal fouls that were not called on the field be looked at.
Philadelphia seeks scoring plays and turnovers negated by a penalty be immediately reviewed, and Denver suggests adding all fourth-down plays that are spotted short of a first down or the goal line, and all extra-point tries.
The Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Eagles want to include reviews of designated player safety-related fouls whether called or not on the field.
Kansas City proposes that both teams possess the ball at least one time in overtime even if the first team with the ball scores a touchdown.
The Chiefs also want to eliminate overtime for the preseason, and get rid of the overtime coin toss so that the winner of the coin toss to begin the game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend in OT.
Fans and many media members have vociferously expressed displeasure with the current system regarding coaches’ challenges since a blown call late in the NFC championship game – officials missed a blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl.
But New York Giants owner John Mara said last month at the NFL combine that the powerful competition committee might not feel the same way.
“I just don’t sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I don’t sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either,” Mara said. “We’re early on, so that might change, but that’s my sense of where we are right now. I’m not saying it won’t change.”
While the league is wary of expanded replays, the Eagles’ suggestion on scoring plays and turnovers negated by penalty being reviewed could garner support.
Kansas City’s overtime proposals also stem from recent developments, including the Chiefs losing the AFC championship after rallying to tie New England. The Patriots won the coin toss, drove downfield and scored a touchdown without KC ever touching the ball.
The 2017 Super Bowl ended in similar fashion.
Denver recommended an alternative to onside kicks by allowing a team once during the fourth quarter to play offense instead. That team must notify the referee of its intention to forgo a kickoff or safety kick. The ball will be spotted on the kicking team’s 35-yard line and that team will have one down to gain 15 yards, essentially a fourth-and-15 play. If the play succeeds in gaining a first down, that team keeps possession as if it recovered an onside kick.
AP source: Chiefs sign RB Hyde to $2.8M contract for 2019
The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their young, relatively unproven backfield Saturday by signing veteran running back Carlos Hyde to a $2.8 million contract for the 2019 season.
The deal includes $1.6 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed.
The 28-year-old Hyde was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, and the Chiefs moved swiftly in inviting him for a visit. They were seeking help behind Damien Williams and Darrel Williams, who became their top two running backs when Kareem Hunt was released last season.
“We certainly like a bigger back,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during last week’s scouting combine. “I certainly have a thing for 220-pound backs that can run and catch and block.”
The 6-foot, 229-pound Hyde certainly fits that mold.
He was a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2014, and he came within 50 yards of eclipsing 1,000 twice during his four-year stay in San Francisco. Hyde signed a $15 million, three-year deal with the Browns last season, but he appeared in just six games before a midseason trade to Jacksonville.
Hyde wound up making two starts and appearing in eight games for the Jaguars, though he never made much of an impact. He finished with 58 carries for 189 yards and never reached the end zone, and the Jaguars decided Friday to release him when no trade opportunities materialized.
Still, he represents a low-risk, high-upside addition to a dynamic Chiefs offense.
Former Patriots TE Allen agrees to 2-year deal with Dolphins
Tight end Dwayne Allen has agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl last month.
Allen made nine starts for the Patriots during the regular season, his seventh in the NFL, and was used primarily as a blocker. He made only three receptions but has 139 career catches and 20 touchdowns.
Rookie Mike Gesicki was Miami’s leading receiver among tight ends last year with 22 catches. Tight ends A.J. Derby and MarQueis Gray become free agents this offseason.
Allen’s deal was confirmed Saturday by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Chargers re-sign LB Denzel Perryman to 2-year contract
Linebacker Denzel Perryman signed a two-year deal Saturday to remain with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Perryman was a second-round selection by the Chargers in 2015 and has started 35 of the 42 games he has played. He is one of the team’s best defenders when it comes to stopping the run, but has missed 20 games the past three seasons due to injuries.
The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Perryman started the first nine games of last season and led the team in tackles before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Oakland on Nov. 11. He finished the season with 64 tackles and an interception.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Tanaka to start Yankees’ regular season opener vs Orioles
Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees’ opening day starter March 28 against Baltimore, taking the spot left open by Luis Severino’s shoulder trouble.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the decision before Saturday night’s spring training game with the Orioles.
Tanaka is replacing Severino, who will not make the start at Yankee Stadium because of right shoulder inflammation. Severino was scratched from his first planned start of spring training on Tuesday after feeling discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.
“Masa has clearly shown through his life really that he’s really good in the big spot,” Boone said.
Yankees newcomer James Paxton will start the second game and J.A. Happ will pitch the third game against the Orioles.
Tanaka discussed what it means to start the opener after his outing Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.
“Obviously, if you’re given the opportunity to pitch on that day, you want to go out and do your best,” Tanaka said through a translator. “If you look back, I don’t think I’ve necessarily been good on opening days. I’ve gotten some experience. We’ve gone through playoffs. So, if that situation were to arise, I can go out there and give a good performance.”
Tanaka has made three previous opening day starts (2015-17) for the Yankees. New York lost all three games, with Tanaka charged with the loss in two.
Severino had his first opening day assignment last year.
Tanaka was 12-6 with 3.75 ERA in 27 starts last season.
Gonzales to start Mariners opener in Japan; Kikuchi Game 2
Left-hander Marco Gonzales will get the opening day start for the Seattle Mariners when they begin the 2019 season in Japan against the Oakland Athletics on March 20. New Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will get the ball for the second game of the series.
Seattle manager Scott Servais announced the starters for the opening series on Saturday. The announcement was expected based on the Mariners’ rotation during spring training.
Kikuchi already was going to be in the spotlight returning to Japan after signing with Seattle in the offseason, but getting the start in the second game against the A’s will only heighten the attention.
Gonzales getting the nod for the opener ends Felix Hernandez’s run of 10 straight opening day starts for Seattle. Gonzales is beginning his second full season with Seattle and is coming off a 13-9 record and 4.00 ERA.
AP source: Royals sign Maldonado to $2.5M deal for 2019
The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado on Saturday, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a season-ending injury.
The deal includes up to $1.4 million in incentives for games caught, according to a person familiar with the terms, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Maldonado still must pass a physical for the contract to become official.
Maldonado spent last season with the Angels and Astros, hitting .225 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 119 games. But his biggest strength has been his ability to frame pitches and play defense, and his experience should help what is expected to be a young Royals team this season.
In fact, Maldonado’s Gold Glove in 2017 broke Perez’s streak of four straight.
Perez underwent Tommy John surgery last week after tearing a ligament in his throwing arm during a spring training workout. Perez is expected to remain with the club while rehabbing this season, and the hope is that the six-time All-Star will be ready by next spring.
“We move on. That’s the way it is,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Salvy is going to be with us all year long, he’s going to be there doing his rehab – the rehab is a difficult process. But we have to continue to move forward.”
Perez’s injury meant the Royals were poised to enter the season with Cam Gallagher, a defensive-minded career backup, and 22-year-old Meibrys Viloria, who has had just 22 big league at-bats.
They had also been mulling the use of Frank Schwindel, a college catcher now at first base.
Texas fires former QB Vince Young from part-time job
Former Texas quarterback Vince Young, whose last-minute touchdown against Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl delivered the Longhorns’ only undisputed national championship in the last 50 years, has been fired by the school from his part-time job as a development officer for poor performance and often being absent from work or not in touch with his supervisors.
The move comes after job warnings dating to 2017 and a second drunken driving arrest within three years on Feb. 4. After initially accepting responsibility for the drunken driving incident, Young has said he will fight the charge.
Young was notified March 1 he’d been fired from the $50,000 job “for not demonstrating significant and sustained improvement in the performance of your job responsibilities and failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university,” the letter said.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter and Young’s personnel file through an open records request. Young declined to comment Saturday. A Texas spokesman said the school would not comment on a personnel matter.
Firing Young is a remarkable step by Texas, which has kept several other prominent athletes and coaches close to the school as ambassadors, athletic department advisers and fundraisers long after their careers on the field ended.
Late Rally Lifts Irish Past Demon Deacons, 7-4
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team battled back and defeated Wake Forest 7-4 Saturday afternoon at David F. Couch Ballpark.
The Irish (5-6, 1-0) struck first with a solo homer for Daniel Jung in the fourth inning. Wake Forest (8-7, 0-1) jumped in front with two runs the next half inning.
The Demon Deacons held the lead until the eighth inning when Niko Kavadas belted a three-run bomb to regain the lead for the Irish. Cole Kmet came in and shut the door in the final two innings to secure the first conference win for the Irish.
How It Happened
Tommy Sheehan worked quickly through the Demon Deacons in the opening innings, recording two-straight 1-2-3 innings on eight pitches in the second and third inning.
Jung led off the fourth inning with a towering fly ball to right field that hit off the Nissan sign for a home run. It was Jung’s first home run of the season and was the first run of the afternoon for the Irish.
The Demon Deacons responded in the next half inning. After a runner reached based on a throwing error, Muntz sent a fly ball deep into left center and over the fence to give them a 2-1 lead.
Wake added to its lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Lanzilli took a fastball on the outside corner the other way to right and it just cleared the fence for a solo home run. Sheehan got a strikeout to end the inning and keep the Demon Deacons from adding any more runs.
The Irish got a run back in the top half of the sixth after stringing together a few hits. Ethan Copeland singled to begin the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error. Spencer Myers beat out a bunt single and a throwing error from the third baseman brought Copeland around to score.
Wake Forest did not waste time getting the run back in the next half inning. Muntz hit his second home run of the game to left center and the Demon Deacons regained their two-run lead.
The Irish were also quick to answer the Demon Deacons, as they manufactured a run in the top of the seventh. Eric Gilgenbach missed a home run by a few feet and ended up with a double to lead off the inning. Ryan Cole was up next and moved Gilgenbach over on a sacrifice bunt. Jared Miller followed suit with another sacrifice bunt up the first base line to score Gilgenbach and bring the deficit down to 4-3.
Notre Dame kept the pressure on in the top of eighth when Jung and Carter Putz had back-to-back hits and Niko Kavadas stepped up to the plate with two runners on and one out. With the count full, Kavadas turned on a breaking ball that was left up in the zone and he kept it inside the foul poul for a three-run homer to regain the lead for the Irish.
In the top of the ninth, the Irish added an insurance run to increase their lead. Miller led the inning off with a double and Myers brought him home with a double down the left field line with two outs.
Niko Kavadas launched a three-run homer over the fence in right for his third home run on the year.
Carter Putz extended his hit streak to eight games with a single in the first inning. His eight game hit streak is the longest by any Irish player this season.
Putz singled as part of the rally in the eighth for his fifth multi-hit game of the year.
Daniel Jung hit a solo homer to right for his first home run of the season and eighth of his career.
Jung added two more hits on the afternoon for his fourth three-hit game of the season.
Shane Combs tallied a strikeout to end a Wake Forest threat in the seventh and earned the first win of his career.
Cole Kmet pitched the final two innings for the Irish to lock down his second save of the season.
Spencer Myers lined a two-out RBI double down the line in left for his second hit of the afternoon and fourth multi-hit game of the season.
Notre Dame will play a doubleheader tomorrow to close out the weekend series with the Demon Deacons. Game one will start at 1 p.m. ET and game two will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
Baseball Suspended in Eighth Inning
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University baseball team nearly outran the rain in its game against Youngstown State on Saturday. However lightning came in the middle of the eighth inning forcing a suspension of the game. The RedHawks lead 5-2 and the game will resume in the bottom of the eighth at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Penguins struck first with a single run in the top of the first inning. The damage was limited however when junior pitcher Spencer Mraz was able to pick off the lead runner at second base to end the threat.
Miami took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. Sophomore centerfielder Cristian Tejada led off with a single up the middle. A failed pickoff attempt allowed him to get to third. Junior third baseman Landon Stephens and junior first baseman Charlie Harrigan each loaded the bases. Freshman designated hitter Cole Andrews hit into a double play, but Tejada scored to tie the score. Redshirt junior leftfielder Kyle Winkler followed with a single up the middle to score Stephens and make it 2-1.
In the bottom of the second Harrigan hit a sac fly to leftfield to score Tejada and make it 3-1.
In the bottom of the third junior shortstop Will Vogelgesang tripled to right center. He then scored on a throwing error by the catcher on a failed pickoff attempt.
Miami got one more run in the bottom of the fourth when Harrigan hit another sac fly to score junior shortstop Colin Shepherd. Youngstown State answered with an unearned run in the top of the fifth when it scored on an error. The score remained that way until lightning struck and forced the suspension in the eighth inning.
Mraz had a good outing for the RedHawks, going 5.0 innings. He allowed one earned run on four hits. Senior Shane Smith has pitched the last three innings, not giving up a hit and striking out five.
This game will resume at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The regularly scheduled doubleheader between Miami and Youngstown State will resume at noon.
WRIGHT STATE: WSU Basball Blanks Ohio
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Wright State completed a 2-0 start at home with a blowout victory over the Ohio Bobcats. Wright State lit up the scoreboard with 13 runs and recorded a shutout for the first time this season. Zane Collins impressed on the mound, recording his third win in seven innings of scoreless baseball. The lefty allowed just two hits all day and had a no-hitter entering the sixth inning. Chase Slone had a productive day at the plate and put together RBI singles in three consecutive innings. The Raiders conclude the home weekend with a rematch against the Ohio Bobcats.
Starter Zane Collins rolled through the first inning in just six pitches capped off by a diving catch by Zach Weatherford in centerfield to end the inning. In the home half, Chase Slone and Peyton Burdick drew back-to-back walks and Seth Gray took a free pass on four pitches. Bobcat starter Joe Rock escaped from the inning with a strikeout of Zach Weatherford.
After Collins needed only six pitches again to record the three outs in the second, Kyle Casserly earned a lead-off walk and Justin McConnell bunted for a single. JD Orr put a ball in play to score Kyle Casserly and the Raiders put the first run on the board.
Collins continued his dominance on the mound. The lefty ended another scoreless frame in the third with a strikeout, finishing the final at-bat with a perfectly placed breaking ball. He returned in the fourth with yet another three-up, three-down inning. Justin McConnell made back-to-back plays at second and a groundout to Seth Gray concluded a four-pitch fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, JD Orr took advantage of a Bobcat error and scooted to second on the same play. Chase Slone laced a ball back up the middle to score Orr, and Peyton Burdick and Alex Alders each drew walks to load the bases. Seth Gray ripped a ball into right field recording 2 RBI.
Ohio broke up the no-hitter bid with an infield single. Collins pitched around two baserunners in scoring position to continue his scoreless appearance. In the home half, Wright State added two more runs. Peyton Burdick smacked a double in the right field gap and Chase Slone scored his second run from first base.
After allowing two runners, Collins recorded two fly outs and Zach Weatherford threw a bullet to third to keep the lead runner on second. A ground ball ended the seventh. Weatherford hit a ball to the right field fence to lead-off the seventh and ended up on third, where Kyle Casserly scored him on an eight-pitch at bat. Wright State proceeded to load the bases and JD Orr came through with a two-RBI double. Chase Slone hit an RBI single for the third straight inning as the Raiders recorded their eleventh run of the game. Weatherford recorded his second hit of the inning as the hit parade continued. Wright State scored seven runs in the seventh on five hits.
Tyler Luneke entered the game on the mound in the eighth and set down the Bobcats in order after Peyton Burdick made a beautiful diving catch in right to end the inning. Jake Schrand came on in relief in the final inning to complete the shutout.
MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE
FINAL SCORE: Oglethorpe 19, Earlham 4
LOCATION: Atlanta, Ga. (Oglethorpe Field)
RECORDS: Earlham 1-2, Oglethorpe 4-2
THE SHORT STORY: Oglethorpe University scored the game’s first four goals and held a 12-3 lead at the intermission on its way to a win over visiting Earlham College men’s lacrosse, in the Quakers’ first of three spring break games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Oglethorpe tallied four goals from four different players to open the game and never looked back. Earlham’s Joel Dominguez notched a pair of scores for the Quakers in the first quarter.
The Stormy Petrels used a five-goal run at the start of the second quarter to take a commanding 11-2 lead. Cole Burrell answered for the Quakers at the 5:02 mark of the frame off an assist from Wil Frye, ending the Oglethorpe run and giving Earlham its third goal of the game.
Another four-goal run by Oglethorpe at the start of the third quarter extended the Stormy Petrels’ lead into double digits, 16-3.
Joel Dominguez charted three goals for the Quakers, while Cole Burrell finished with one.
Josh Perkins started in the Earlham goal and recorded 10 saves over his 30 minutes played. Blake Francis played in the second half and notched seven saves.
Oglethorpe outshot Earlham, 50-15, and had 31 groundballs to the Quakers’ seven.
Earlham men’s lacrosse continues its spring break slate on Monday, March 11, at Piedmont College. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.
INDY CAR NEWS
Will Power continues Penske domination with IndyCar pole
Roger Penske’s teams are off to such a strong start to the motorsports season that his IndyCar group arrived at the season-opening event under pressure to match the performance.
No problem at all.
Will Power and Josef Newgarden swept the front row in qualifying to put a pair of Penske’s Chevrolets out front for Sunday’s race through the downtown streets of St. Petersburg. Not long after the IndyCar race concludes, Penske driver Ryan Blaney will start from the pole in the NASCAR race in Phoenix as the organization seeks its third consecutive Cup victory.
Last weekend, reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin swept the season-opening pair of races in Australia for Penske.
“I think when (Roger) refers to V8 Supercar races, and the last two NASCAR races, the teams are firing on all cylinders,” Power said. “The pressure is on us for us to follow the lead.”
The pole for Power is his eighth in the last 10 years at St. Pete and 55th of his career, second on the all-time list behind Mario Andretti.
Roger Penske was on Power’s radio when he shot to the top of the board and the 82-year-old team owner gave a hearty “Woooo!” in celebration.
Power was stunned to learn he’d moved to P1 in his Chevrolet.
“I was over the moon, I really didn’t think I’d get pole,” Power said.
But Penske and team President Tim Cindric knew the three-car IndyCar lineup would be strong this weekend, in part fueled by the success of the rest of the organization. The sports car program opened the year with a podium finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and races next week in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“The IndyCar guys showed up this weekend and our drivers were like, `It’s up to us now,'” said Cindric. “In a healthy way it spurs them on. They can’t get too comfortable.”
Newgarden, disappointed to be nipped by teammate Power, said the expectation inside the Penske organization is to put in maximum effort at every turn to achieve results.
“That’s what you feel when you join Penske,” Newgarden said. “I don’t know that it’s pressure but I just think Roger expects you to understand and appreciate the history, and you feel the need to get the most out of yourself. You just push yourself to be the best you can be, and generally Roger puts the best people together.”
The second row Sunday belongs to Chip Ganassi Racing. Felix Rosenqvist will start third in his IndyCar debut alongside reigning series champion Scott Dixon. Both Rosenqvist and Dixon advanced through qualifying because of penalties to two other drivers. Dixon made it out of the first round when Takuma Sato’s time was disallowed, and Rosenqvist made it into the Fast Six when Colton Herta’s times were disqualified for interference in the second qualifying session.
7-time champ Johnson still searching for answers in Phoenix
Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold.
It’s the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion tried on a cool morning in the desert but quickly bailed, putting off the resumption of his Boston Marathon training for another day.
As if Johnson doesn’t have enough to deal with right now.
The cold hit him hard last weekend at Las Vegas, when he was in the midst of another ho-hum run in another shaky start to the season for Hendrick Motorsports. But it really whipped Johnson early this week, when the team was turning its attention to Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
He has four wins at the track, second only to Kevin Harvick, and that’s a good omen as he tries to end a winless drought stretching 62 points races to his victory at Dover in June 2017.
“The last couple of years we’ve just been off a bit,” Johnson said, “and you can point fingers in a lot of different directions, and believe me we have. And we’ve tried to address everything we think is necessary to get back on top and we’re trending the right way, but not at the pace we want.”
Johnson’s winless season a year ago was his first in 17 full-time seasons with Hendrick, and he later acknowledged it “put a strain” on his relationship with crew chief Chad Knaus. So after working together since his rookie season in 2002, the two split heading into this season.
Johnson’s new crew chief, Kevin Meendering, had worked his way up through the organization, and earned the opportunity to take charge of the No. 48 team. It was no small change: The quirky, sometimes volatile but nevertheless brilliant Knaus had formed a sort of ESP with Johnson where they could often communicate without words, while the more reserved Meendering is temperamentally opposite.
It was an adjustment – a big one – but one that Johnson found rather refreshing.
“They’re definitely different guys,” Johnson said. “Kevin is a quiet guy. He really likes to absorb everything. He doesn’t say a lot but when he does, he’s ready to talk. So there’s maybe less conversation, less being told, but I can see the wheels turning in his brain.”
Krejci’s late goal helps Bruins extend points streak to 19
The points – and comebacks – keep coming for the Boston Bruins.
David Krejci scored on a tip-in with 44.7 seconds left and the Bruins extended their NHL-best run of 19 straight games with a point by beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Saturday night.
“It’s a nice number,” Krejci said. “We know what we’re playing here for, and obviously (tonight was a) good finish from the team.”
This was Boston’s third come-from-behind victory this week. Brad Marchand and Chris Wagner also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 15-0-4 in their last 19 to establish the second-longest points streak in franchise history – the 1940-41 club holds the team mark with 15 wins and eight ties over a 23-game run.
Boston trailed by two in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win against Carolina before falling into the same hole in Thursday’s 4-3 win over Florida.
Ottawa led by a goal early in the third before Wagner’s tying goal set up Krejci’s winner.
Danton Heinen skated into the slot and took a wrist shot that Krejci re-directed past Senators goalie Craig Anderson, giving Boston its sixth straight win overall and 10th in a row at home.
“Obviously it would be nice to play with the lead, but at the end of the day two points is two points,” Krejci said. “We’ll take it.”