GIRLS SECTIONAL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Northwestern 70, McCutcheon 38
New Palestine 64, Anderson 53
Winchester 69, Yorktown 32
Greensburg 41, Lawrenceburg 29
Shenandoah 55, Northeastern 48, OT
Blue River 42, Tri 41
STATE GIRLS SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD
Munster 46 Lake Central 44
Crown Point 50 Portage 38
LaPorte 51 Michigan City 38
Penn 45 Warsaw 44
Carroll (FW) 75 FW Northrop 55
Fort Wayne South
Homestead 44 FW South 41 OT
Northwestern 70 McCutcheon 38
Fishers 50 Hamilton SE 42
New Palestine 64 Anderson 53
Lawrence North 61 North Central 58
Ben Davis 50 Decatur Central 44
Brownsburg 50 Avon 38
Franklin Central 36 Center Grove 32
East Central 49 Columbus East 39
BN Lawrence 64 Jennings County 32
Evansville North 56 Castle 44
Lighthouse CPA 52 Calumet 51
Knox 38 Kankakee Valley 33
Mishawaka Marian 53 SB Washington 45
NorthWood 56 Lakeland 34
Fort Wayne Concordia
Garrett 32 FW Concordia 31
Benton Central 61 West Lafayette 34
Norwell 37 Bellmont 36
Winchester 69 Yorktown 32
Danville 48 Greencastle 27
Brownstown Central 66 West Vigo 34
Heritage Christian 53 Chatard 46 4OT
Indianapolis Ritter 67 Indian Creek 55
Greensburg 41 Lawrenceburg 29
Salem 54 Silver Creek 52
Washington 61 Sullivan 30
Evansville Memorial 58 Boonville 40
Andrean 63 Hammond Noll 58
South Central 53 North Judson 38
Bremen 60 Westview 33
Adams Central 32 Bluffton 30
Rochester 39 Manchester 33
Lafayette CC 42 Seeger 31
Eastbrook 35 Taylor 31
Frankton 50 Wapahani 39
Shenandoah 55 Northeastern 48 OT
Triton Central 65 Eastern Hancock 43
Covenant Christian 63 Western Boone 35
South Putnam 68 Parke Heritage 43
North Decatur 35 South Ripley 29
Eastern (Pekin) 39 Crawford County 36
Linton-Stockton 55 South Knox 33
Evansville Mater Dei 56 Forest Park 52
Morgan Twp. 58 Kouts 38
Oregon-Davis 65 LaCrosse 50
Fort Wayne Blackhawk
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 42 Elkhart Christian 29
Pioneer 64 Caston 20
Northfield 54 Southwood 29
North Vermillion 49 Clinton Central 43
Daleville 63 Tri-Central 54
Blue River 42 Tri 41
North Central 40 Bloomfield 24
Bethesda Christian 73 Indianapolis Riverside 38
Greenwood Christian 82 Indianapolis Lutheran 44
Jac-Cen-Del 40 Waldron 36
Lanesville 54 New Washington 51
Trinity Lutheran 47 West Washington 38
Loogootee 44 Orleans 32
Tecumseh 53 Springs Valley 42
GIRLS REGIONAL PAIRINGS
Crown Point [26-0] vs. Penn [25-2]
Munster [22-5] vs. LaPorte [18-7]
Fishers [23-1] vs. Northwestern [26-0]
Homestead [25-1] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [17-6]
Ben Davis [13-11] vs. Lawrence North [22-4]
New Palestine [18-7] vs. Brownsburg [20-8]
Franklin Central [15-11] vs. East Central [22-5]
Bedford North Lawrence [19-5] vs. Evansville North [20-5]
Mishawaka Marian [22-5] vs. NorthWood [24-3]
Knox [24-1] vs. Lighthouse CPA [16-7]
Norwell [21-4] vs. Winchester [23-3]
Benton Central [24-3] vs. Garrett [16-8]
Indianapolis Ritter [16-9] vs. Brownstown Central [24-3]
Heritage Christian [18-7] vs. Danville [20-5]
Evansville Memorial [22-3] vs. Greensburg [23-3]
Washington [21-3] vs. Salem [22-3]
Andrean [15-12] vs. Bremen [18-7]
South Central (Union Mills) [19-7] vs. Adams Central [19-7]
Eastbrook [12-13] vs. Frankton [18-7]
Lafayette Central Catholic [19-7] vs. Rochester [18-7]
Shenandoah [23-2] vs. South Putnam [18-6]
Triton Central [24-0] vs. Covenant Christian [17-8]
Evansville Mater Dei [10-14] vs. Linton-Stockton [21-5]
Eastern (Pekin) [18-8] vs. North Decatur [14-11]
Fort Wayne Blackhawk [18-7] vs. Morgan Twp. [22-3]
Oregon-Davis [19-4] vs. Pioneer [22-2]
North Vermillion [20-6] vs. Blue River [14-9]
Daleville [11-13] vs. Northfield [19-6]
North Central (Farmersburg) [18-7] vs. Bethesda Christian [18-6]
Greenwood Christian [21-5] vs. Jac-Cen-Del [21-4]
Lanesville [23-3] vs. Trinity Lutheran [24-3]
Tecumseh [18-5] vs. Loogootee [23-2]
Tech 87, Indianapolis Home School 70
Kokomo 66, Tipton 61
Central Catholic 69, Harrison 61
Warren Central (Ky.) 67, Lafayette Jeff 64
Shawe 73, Seton Catholic 66
Hagerstown 78, Franklin County 71
Knightstown 37, Herron 35
Morristown 54, Centerville 35
Waldron 65, Tri 60
Carroll 58, Shenandoah 51
Eastern Hancock 59, Cowan 41
Monroe Central 63, Frankton 62
Wapahani 100, Union (Modoc) 52
Batesville 69, Madison 46
Columbus North 77, East Central 54
Greensburg 82, Jac-Cen-Del 60
Lawrence North 76, Connersville 39
Lawrenceburg 48, Switzerland County 41
Rushville 74, Hauser 52
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING-REGIONALS
1 EAST CENTRAL 193
2 CENTERVILLE 77
3 NEW CASTLE 66
4 LAWRENCEBURG 57
5 MILAN 55
6 KNIGHTSTOWN 54
7 RICHMOND 51
8 SOUTH DEARBORN 42
9 RUSHVILLE 41
10 NORTHEASTERN/SHENANDOAH 24
12 GREENSBURG 21/TRI 21
14 CONNERSVILLE 17.5
15 BATESVILLE 16.5
16 LINCOLN/FRANKLIN COUNTY 16
18 HAGERSTOWN 14
19 UNION COUNTY 0
- 1st Place – Garret Condo of Milan
- 2nd Place – Dylan Lengerich of East Central
- 3rd Place – Ryan Holcomb of New Castle
- 4th Place – Bryson Hale of Centerville
1st Place Match
- Garret Condo (Milan) 41-2, Sr. over Dylan Lengerich (East Central) 38-6, Fr. (Dec 6-1)
3rd Place Match
- Ryan Holcomb (New Castle) 22-10, So. over Bryson Hale (Centerville) 22-2, Fr. (Fall 3:00)
- 1st Place – Blake Wolf of East Central
- 2nd Place – Jake Necessary of Richmond
- 3rd Place – Chris Gardner of Tri
- 4th Place – Jackson Marker of Centerville
1st Place Match
- Blake Wolf (East Central) 44-0, Fr. over Jake Necessary (Richmond) 33-7, So. (Fall 5:04)
3rd Place Match
- Chris Gardner (Tri) 33-6, Jr. over Jackson Marker (Centerville) 34-9, Fr. (Fall 3:29)
- 1st Place – Brevan Thrine of New Castle
- 2nd Place – Tyler Schneider of East Central
- 3rd Place – Evan Bray of Greensburg
- 4th Place – Ashton Myers of Milan
1st Place Match
- Brevan Thrine (New Castle) 39-1, Fr. over Tyler Schneider (East Central) 33-6, Sr. (MD 11-2)
3rd Place Match
- Evan Bray (Greensburg) 31-9, Jr. over Ashton Myers (Milan) 33-10, So. (Dec 6-2)
- 1st Place – Eli Otto of South Dearborn
- 2nd Place – Sekaye Maitland of Richmond
- 3rd Place – Rider Searcy of East Central
- 4th Place – Matthew Bertram of Rushville Consolidated
1st Place Match
- Eli Otto (South Dearborn) 35-3, Jr. over Sekaye Maitland (Richmond) 26-10, Jr. (MD 16-3)
3rd Place Match
- Rider Searcy (East Central) 40-4, Fr. over Matthew Bertram (Rushville Consolidated) 29-14, Sr. (Fall 2:16)
- 1st Place – Devin Frazier of Centerville
- 2nd Place – Corbin Walston of Lawrenceburg
- 3rd Place – Gavin Sherwood of Cambridge City Lincoln
- 4th Place – Shane Lonneman of Milan
1st Place Match
- Devin Frazier (Centerville) 41-1, So. over Corbin Walston (Lawrenceburg) 30-3, So. (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match
- Gavin Sherwood (Cambridge City Lincoln) 31-11, . over Shane Lonneman (Milan) 37-7, Sr. (Dec 10-4)
- 1st Place – Nick Walsh of Knightstown
- 2nd Place – Adam Crouch of Franklin County
- 3rd Place – Charlie Euson of East Central
- 4th Place – Josh Miles of Cambridge City Lincoln
1st Place Match
- Nick Walsh (Knightstown) 21-4, Sr. over Adam Crouch (Franklin County) 30-7, Jr. (Fall 1:46)
3rd Place Match
- Charlie Euson (East Central) 32-11, So. over Josh Miles (Cambridge City Lincoln) 27-4, . (Dec 8-1)
- 1st Place – Ben Wolf of East Central
- 2nd Place – Gabe Phillips of Centerville
- 3rd Place – Jayce Bohan of Lawrenceburg
- 4th Place – JT Linkel of Batesville
1st Place Match
- Ben Wolf (East Central) 41-3, Jr. over Gabe Phillips (Centerville) 21-1, Jr. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match
- Jayce Bohan (Lawrenceburg) 31-6, So. over JT Linkel (Batesville) 36-8, Sr. (Dec 7-2)
- 1st Place – Bryer Hall of East Central
- 2nd Place – Tyler Vredeveld of Centerville
- 3rd Place – Josh Mobley of Batesville
- 4th Place – Orlan Foster of Connersville
1st Place Match
- Bryer Hall (East Central) 37-0, Jr. over Tyler Vredeveld (Centerville) 41-1, Sr. (MD 17-6)
3rd Place Match
- Josh Mobley (Batesville) 36-7, So. over Orlan Foster (Connersville) 22-13, Fr. (Dec 3-1)
- 1st Place – Andrew Roth of Lawrenceburg
- 2nd Place – Kasey Carr of East Central
- 3rd Place – Eric Lowe of Greensburg
- 4th Place – Javin Payne of Hagerstown
1st Place Match
- Andrew Roth (Lawrenceburg) 40-1, Sr. over Kasey Carr (East Central) 34-10, Sr. (Fall 1:33)
3rd Place Match
- Eric Lowe (Greensburg) 21-17, Sr. over Javin Payne (Hagerstown) 29-11, . (Fall 4:10)
- 1st Place – Marcus Malson of Rushville Consolidated
- 2nd Place – Tytus Ragle of New Castle
- 3rd Place – Leo Calderon of Centerville
- 4th Place – Brady Rullman of East Central
1st Place Match
- Marcus Malson (Rushville Consolidated) 38-4, Sr. over Tytus Ragle (New Castle) 42-4, Sr. (Fall 1:51)
3rd Place Match
- Leo Calderon (Centerville) 36-6, So. over Brady Rullman (East Central) 28-16, Sr. (Dec 7-2)
- 1st Place – Kole Viel of East Central
- 2nd Place – Aiden Orcutt of Knightstown
- 3rd Place – Nick Lawler of Rushville Consolidated
- 4th Place – Kenneth (Dylan) McGill of South Dearborn
1st Place Match
- Kole Viel (East Central) 43-2, Jr. over Aiden Orcutt (Knightstown) 30-3, Sr. (MD 20-8)
3rd Place Match
- Nick Lawler (Rushville Consolidated) 37-5, Sr. over Kenneth (Dylan) McGill (South Dearborn) 28-12, Jr. (Dec 5-4)
- 1st Place – Silas Allred of Shenandoah
- 2nd Place – Kyle Krummen of East Central
- 3rd Place – Liam Orcutt of Knightstown
- 4th Place – Guy Shaffer of Hagerstown
1st Place Match
- Silas Allred (Shenandoah) 31-0, Sr. over Kyle Krummen (East Central) 39-1, Sr. (Fall 2:27)
3rd Place Match
- Liam Orcutt (Knightstown) 29-4, Jr. over Guy Shaffer (Hagerstown) 25-9, Sr. (Fall 1:25)
- 1st Place – Blaine Pierce of Richmond
- 2nd Place – Jack Taylor of New Castle
- 3rd Place – Evan Shafer of Connersville
- 4th Place – Noah Rowlett of Lawrenceburg
1st Place Match
- Blaine Pierce (Richmond) 33-3, Sr. over Jack Taylor (New Castle) 31-8, Jr. (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match
- Evan Shafer (Connersville) 27-4, Jr. over Noah Rowlett (Lawrenceburg) 27-9, Jr. (Dec 15-9)
- 1st Place – Josh Berger of Northeastern
- 2nd Place – Brady Myers of Milan
- 3rd Place – Jackson Goodall of South Dearborn
- 4th Place – Robby Pandoli of Tri
1st Place Match
- Josh Berger (Northeastern) 43-2, Sr. over Brady Myers (Milan) 37-7, Sr. (Fall 2:41)
3rd Place Match
- Jackson Goodall (South Dearborn) 22-7, So. over Robby Pandoli (Tri) 25-10, Sr. (Dec 5-3)
@ JAY COUNTY
- 1st Place – Kyle Lawson of Bellmont
- 2nd Place – Toby Abbott of Cowan
- 3rd Place – Eli Johnson of Norwell
- 4th Place – Blayne Daniels of Union City
1st Place Match
- Kyle Lawson (Bellmont) 33-2, Sr. over Toby Abbott (Cowan) 28-3, So. (MD 13-4)
3rd Place Match
- Eli Johnson (Norwell) 25-7, So. over Blayne Daniels (Union City) 32-4, So. (Fall 3:27)
- 1st Place – Josh Beeks of Southern Wells
- 2nd Place – Gage Schuckman of Norwell
- 3rd Place – Alec Mowery of Bellmont
- 4th Place – Nicholas Wells of Union City
1st Place Match
- Josh Beeks (Southern Wells) 27-2, Sr. over Gage Schuckman (Norwell) 23-7, Sr. (MD 11-0)
3rd Place Match
- Alec Mowery (Bellmont) 16-10, So. over Nicholas Wells (Union City) 25-8, Sr. (SV-1 12-10)
- 1st Place – Caden Friedt of Bellmont
- 2nd Place – Christian Summersett of South Adams
- 3rd Place – Tyson Enis of Yorktown
- 4th Place – Alex Franklin of Winchester Community
1st Place Match
- Caden Friedt (Bellmont) 33-3, Sr. over Christian Summersett (South Adams) 22-5, Jr. (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match
- Tyson Enis (Yorktown) 27-6, Sr. over Alex Franklin (Winchester Community) 21-16, Sr. (Fall 1:53)
GIRLS SWIMMING RESULTS NEW PALESTINE
1 Greenfield-Central 531
2 Shelbyville 303
3 Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 262
4 Centerville 196.5
5 New Palestine 188
6 Connersville 146
7 Hagerstown 141.5
8 Richmond 135
9 New Castle 105.5
10 Eastern Hancock 100.5
11 Seton Catholic 67
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Baylor 78 Oklahoma State 70
#2 Gonzaga 90 St. Mary’s 60
#3 Kansas 60 TCU 46
#4 San Diego State 89 Air Force 74
#5 Louisville 80 Virginia 73
#6 Dayton 71 St. Louis 65
#7 Duke 98 North Carolina 96 OT
#8 Florida State 99 Miami Florida 81
#12 Seton Hall 70 #10 Villanova 64
#11 Auburn 91 #18 LSU 90 OT
Oklahoma 69 #13 West Virginia 59
Oregon State 63 #14 Oregon 53
#15 Kentucky 77 Tennessee 64
Michigan 77 #16 Michigan State 68
#17 Iowa 96 Nebraska 72
#21 Creighton 94 St. John’s 82
#22 Penn State 83 Minnesota 77
UCLA 65 #23 Arizona 52
#24 Colorado 81 Stanford 74
Purdue 74 Indiana 62
Milwaukee 80 IUPUI 79
Wright State 83 Oakland 71
Illinois Chicago 71 Green Bay 58
Youngstown State 67 Cleveland State 55
Northern Kentucky 84 Detroit 65
Ohio 77 Miami Ohio 46
Western Michigan 68 Ball State 64
Bowling Green 85 Toledo 83
Akron 59 Eastern Michigan 58
Illinois State 74 Indiana State 67
Fort Wayne 70 Denver 63
Boston College 77 of Virginia Tech 73 OT
Pittsburgh 73 Georgia Tech 64
Syracuse 75 Wake Forest 73
Xavier 64 Providence 58
Georgetown 76 DePaul 72
Utah 60 California 45
Arizona State 66 USC 64
South Carolina 74 Texas A&M 54
Ole Miss 68 Florida 51
Alabama 105 Georgia 102 OT
Mississippi State 80 Vanderbilt 70
Missouri 83 Arkansas 79 OT
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Baylor 54 Kansas State 40
St. Mary’s 70 #11 Gonzaga 60
Ball State 60 Akron 52
Northern Illinois 92 Bowling Green 87 OT
Toledo 78 Buffalo 62
Ohio 63 Kent State 57
Central Michigan 99 Miami Ohio 87
Eastern Michigan 83 Western Michigan 79
IUPUI 89 Oakland 63
Wright State 75 Cleveland State 73
Valparaiso 61 Indiana State 45
Loyola Chicago 77 Evansville 47
Denver 83 Fort Wayne 57
Milwaukee 112 Orlando 95
New York 95 Detroit 92
Dallas 116 Charlotte 100
New Orleans 124 Indiana 117
Toronto 119 Brooklyn 118
Minnesota 142 LA Clippers 115
LA Lakers 125 Golden State 120
Denver 117 Phoenix 108
Sacramento 122 San Antonio 102
Winnipeg 5 Ottawa 2
Boston 4 Arizona 2
Montréal 2 Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 3 NY Islanders 1
Pittsburgh 3 Florida 2
New Jersey 3 Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 7 Washington 2
Colorado 2 Columbus 1
Edmonton 3 Nashville 2
Dallas 3 St. Louis 2
Calgary 6 Vancouver 2
Carolina 6 Vegas 5
DC 31 Seattle 19
Houston 37 Los Angeles 17
Return of the Hoosier: Knight back at Indiana after 20 years
Bob Knight’s short stroll from the practice gym to Assembly Hall ended a 20-year journey home.
It seemed as if he never left.
When the former Indiana Hoosiers coach walked through the tunnel Saturday and onto his old court for the first time since his firing in September 2000, the crowd went wild – chanting his name, roaring with approval, thanking him for all the success and banners he brought to Bloomington.
“It was one of the greatest and most emotional things for me,” said former player Randy Wittman, who had a key role in the reunion. “I don’t know if we’ll see something like this again in college basketball. When he moved back here, I told him you’re back here because this is where you belong.”
The sellout crowd and dozens of former players lauded Knight after watching a video detailing Knight’s contributions.
He walked in with his son, Pat. He hugged Isiah Thomas. He was assisted into the arena by Quinn Buckner. And the 79-year-old Knight reveled in the moment, pumping his fist, pretending to direct Scott May in a practice drill and even leading fans in a chorus of “de-fense, de-fense.”
No, he didn’t wear his trademark red sweater or throw a chair. But he did appear to get a little misty-eyed as the fans cheered.
“We love you, Bobby,” one shouted.
Knight did not speak to the crowd over the public address system. He didn’t need to.
Everyone in attendance understood what the combustible coach had on his 29-season resume: A school record 662 victories, 11 Big Ten championships, five Final Four appearances and, yes, three national titles.
They knew some of the stories, too – the Olympic gold medal he won in 1984 with Michael Jordan after cutting Charles Barkley; the infamous chair-throwing incident in 1985; and the firing that took place Sept. 10, 2000, causing the rift between Knight and the university.
University officials put Knight on a zero-tolerance policy earlier that year following an investigation into whether he had choked a former player, the late Neil Reed, during a practice. Then, in September, a student accused Knight of grabbing him in a hallway.
Knight responded by calling his own news conference, bringing witnesses to help explain his version. Two days later, the late Myles Brand announced Knight’s firing.
That was his last public appearance in the building – until Saturday.
Despite the tireless efforts of university officials, led by athletic director Fred Glass, Knight refused every chance to come back.
He skipped championship team reunions and even declined to attend his own induction into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 because he said he didn’t want his presence to detract from other class members.
The thaw began in earnest last spring when he made a surprise appearance at an Indiana baseball game. In July, he bought a house three miles from the basketball arena.
“I visited Coach in Montana and Texas,” former player Mike Woodson said. “This is home. I’ve spent the last month back here in Bloomington with him and had dinners a few times with him and we were happy as hell he wanted to come back.”
Knight hadn’t exactly been invisible around Bloomington or the state after the firing.
He took the Texas Tech job, and then retired in 2008 with a then-record 902 career wins. He worked on ESPN as a color analyst. He gave speeches, attended fundraisers, signed autographs and attended basketball games and practices around Indiana.
He just didn’t associate himself with the Hoosiers.
He also spoke at a Donald Trump rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October 2016 and at another Trump rally on the south side of Indianapolis in November 2018.
And yet everyone associated with Indiana basketball still had one question: Will he ever come back?
“When he moved back here, I knew he was in a good place,” Wittman said. “I knew he was happy here, living, and I told him you belong here.”
It didn’t take long for the rumors to start.
Some expected his return to come against Ohio State, his alma mater, on Jan. 11. Instead, he attended a game that day at Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis, where another former player, Steve Downing, is the athletic director.
But with the Hoosiers playing their biggest rival, Purdue, longtime friend and rival Gene Keady seated in the front row and his 1980 Big Ten championship team being honored Saturday, Knight made it to Assembly Hall and delivered one of his traditional pregame speeches to the current Hoosiers before their 74-62 loss to the Boilermakers.
“I was standing there and he was coach Knight,” Wittman said. “It was like he hadn’t left that locker room. The words he gave to those players before they went out on the floor, it was fabulous.”
The fans thought so, too, sending Knight home with one lasting chant: “Thank you Coach, thank you Coach.”
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hoosiers Fall to Purdue, 74-62
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It was a time for tears, cheers, laughs and, yes, defensive demands.
After 20 years, Bob Knight was back in Assembly Hall.
The Cream ‘n Crimson problem — Indiana’s winning ways didn’t return with him.
The Hoosiers lost their fourth straight game — and second straight at home — with their 74-62 Saturday afternoon defeat to Purdue.
“They played hard,” IU swingman Jerome Hunter said. “We played hard, too. They played harder this game. We have to find a way to come back from it.”
On Saturday, turnovers once again ruined momentum. Defensive breakdowns squandered opportunity. Offensive inefficiency — including twice missing a wide-open Race Thompson under the basket during a crucial second-half possession — crushed hopes.
All that was left was to wonder about what might have been.
“I’m disappointed for our players,” coach Archie Miller said. “I’m disappointed for our fans. I’m disappointed for everyone that came back for the reunion. And I’ll take full responsibility on the loss.”
IU has lost six straight to Purdue, including four straight at Assembly Hall.
“I don’t think it was an effort standpoint,” forward Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “We played hard. We knew what was at stake, especially against a rival opponent. I don’t think it was a question of playing hard. I think it was mental lapses, leaving shooters open.”
A season rich in promise just a few weeks ago — see the upset win over Michigan State that had Indiana at 15-4 and on the cusp of a national ranking — has lost its luster.
IU is 15-8 overall, 5-7 in the Big Ten. The grueling conference run continues with Thursday night’s home game against No. 17 Iowa.
“You’re only as good as the next one,” Miller said. “Today, as disappointing as it is, you have to find a way to be about the right things over the next three to four days to give yourself a chance against another great team.
“One way or another, you have to earn the right to break through. We’ve got to find a way to do that.”
IU had its chances, but the Boilers’ 14-0 run to end the first half and start the second gave them control they never lost, although the Hoosiers’ mini second-half rally briefly offered hope.
“It was about having some poise, continuing to execute, continuing to play hard and try to limit them as much as we could,” Boiler coach Matt Painter said. “Not let them get into a rhythm.”
Purdue (14-10, 7-6) scored 17 points off the Hoosiers’ 14 turnovers, crucial in a game in which each possession meant so much.
“There was one segment in the first half where we had five turnovers in a four-minute segment,” Jackson-Davis said. “That’s a big thing. After we get one, we start stringing them together. We’ve got to keep our composure and play through that.”
Jackson-Davis led IU with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Hunter added 10 points, his second double-figure effort in three games.
The Hoosiers, one of the Big Ten’s best rebounding teams, were out-rebounded for the second straight game, 29-28.
“We’re not rebounding at all right now,” Miller said. “Our offensive rebounding is nonexistent.
“Why? I don’t know other that concentration and effort level on Purdue’s part. At one point it was a strength of ours. Now, it’s not.”
In so many ways, the game was a side story to the main event — Knight’s emotional return to a place he had dominated for 29 seasons, winning 662 games, 11 Big Ten championships and three national titles.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever see something like this again in college basketball,” former player Randy Wittman said. “Coach Knight was back where he belongs.”
Still, it was a day for Hoosier big names not named Robert Montgomery Knight.
There was the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Big Ten title team, with Wittman, Isiah Thomas and Mike Woodson among those making appearances.
There were the 49 former Knight players from the 1970s to the 1990s who attended the halftime ceremony.
It was a day for businessman, investor, Dallas Mavericks owner and IU alum Mark Cuban (IU’s Mark Cuban Center is named after him), as well as ESPN broadcasters Dick Vitale and Sage Steele (also an Indiana alum).
Everything was set for a nationally televised victory to energize the Hoosiers’ NCAA tourney return quest — except a winning performance.
Not even a pre-game talk from Knight could help.
“He told us to play hard, which I thought we did,” Jackson-Davis said. “It’s just not the outcome we wanted. But he’s a legend. He’s the reason why people talk about IU basketball.”
IU opened on the inside attack, drawing fouls and getting the to line.
Purdue responded by continuing its three-point sharpshooting from three days earlier against Iowa (when it made 19) by hitting its first three long-range shots.
The Hoosiers countered with three-pointers from Devonte Green and Hunter to edge ahead 13-11.
Purdue pushed ahead 21-17. Indiana pushed back to take a 28-25 lead on a Green layup and a pair of Jackson-Davis free throws.
Purdue scored the final 12 points of the half to take a 37-28 lead.
The Boilers built second-half leads as large as 16 points before the Hoosiers fought their way back.
With nine minutes left, Indiana closed to 56-50, then lost its offense, and then the game.
“We had our opportunities,” Miller said.
In the aftermath, Miller pushed perspective. A game was lost. A season didn’t have to be.
“It’s not about the doom and gloom,” Miller said. “Yeah, it stinks and you’re really disappointed and it makes you sick, but the doom and the gloom’s got to go away as soon as possible because the next one is coming right down the line. And that’s a great opportunity as well against Iowa.
“That’s what’s going to be the separator of our team and the rest of the teams in the league is who continues to find a way to just plug along, play through it and find a way.
“We need some guys to respond on Thursday.”
PURDUE BASKETBALL: Purdue Wins Fourth Straight in Assembly Hall
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue shot 48.1 percent from the field and was never seriously threatened in the second half of a 74-62 decision over Indiana. The win was Purdue’s sixth in a row over the Hoosiers.
Eric Hunter Jr. scored 12 points and Aaron Wheeler added 11 to lead Purdue past Indiana 74-62 on Saturday.
Trayce Jackson-Davis had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Indiana (15-8, 5-7), which lost its fourth in a row. Justin Smith added 11 points and five rebounds.
The result ruined the long-awaited return of longtime Hoosiers coach Bob Knight. He hadn’t made a public appearance inside Assembly Hall since he was fired by the university on Sept. 10, 2000.
Knight was introduced during a halftime ceremony along with former players including members of the Hoosiers’ 1980 Big Ten championship team.
But Purdue swung the game by closing the first half on a 12-0 run that gave the Boilermakers a 37-28 lead. They extended the margin to 54-38 with 12:39 left to play.
The Hoosiers responded with a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 56-50, but Purdue scored the next seven points and never looked back.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have found some solutions to their scoring struggles and road woes. They have topped the 60-point mark in three consecutive road games, winning two of them. And with four of their last seven at home, where they score 17.2 points more per game, they could have a strong finish.
Indiana: After beating Michigan State three weeks ago, it appeared the Hoosiers might make a move. Instead, they’ve taken a step back. The offense struggled to get in sync Saturday and 10 first-half turnovers certainly didn’t help. Now, after four straight losses, Indiana is running out of time to turn things around.
Purdue: Sasha Stefanovic had 10 points. … The Boilermakers were 8 of 16 on 3-pointers and had a 33-17 scoring advantage off the bench. … Purdue also had a 28-20 edge in points in the paint.
Indiana: Jerome Hunter added 10 points. … Indiana was 7 of 21 on 3s and had only four turnovers in the second half. … The Hoosiers were outscored 11-1 in fast break points and fell to 12-3 at home.
Purdue improved to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten Conference with a 74-62 win over Indiana at Assembly Hall … the win was Purdue’s third straight, matching a season-best winning streak.
Purdue has now won six games in a row and nine of the last 10 contests against Indiana … Purdue has won four straight games at Assembly Hall, the second-longest winning streak by any team EVER in Assembly Hall history (Wisconsin – 5; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013).
Purdue’s 12-point victory is the largest victory in Assembly Hall since 1977 (80-63 margin) … it’s the second largest margin of victory by Purdue in facility history.
All nine Purdue players that saw action scored at least five points … Eric Hunter Jr., led the team with 12 points.
Purdue went 8 of 16 from long range and is now 27 of 50 (.540) from 3-point range in the last two games.
Purdue improved to 156-16 under Matt Painter when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field.
Purdue is 33-1 since the start of last year when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
Purdue has won 13 straight games against Indiana when holding the Hoosiers to 69 or fewer points.
Purdue has won seven straight games in the month of February.
Purdue’s sophomore class scored 39 points … the Boilermakers are 12-4 this year when the group reaches 30 points.
Purdue’s bench went 12 of 18 from the field and 5 of 6 from long range for 33 points.
In the last two games, Aaron Wheeler is 8 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range, scoring 20 points in 33 minutes.
BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Can’t Stop Broncos in Tight Loss in Kalamazoo
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Ball State hit nine first-half 3-pointers, got an impressive offensive performance from its freshman backcourt and led for much of the second half Saturday at Western Michigan.
But the Cardinals (13-10, 6-4 MAC) simply couldn’t stop the Broncos. In particular, they couldn’t stop Brandon Johnson.
The powerful WMU junior post player scored 29 points to lead his team to a 68-64 victory at University Arena. He hit 12-of-14 from the floor for a Broncos squad (11-12, 4-6 MAC) that shot 62 percent as a team, by far the best against Ball State this season.
“(Brandon Johnson) was really difficult,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “At the end of the day, we obviously couldn’t stop them. We’ve been an elite defensive team, and we weren’t an elite defensive team today.”
Despite the Broncos’ gaudy shooting numbers and the fact WMU attempted 20 free throws to Ball State’s five, the Cardinals still managed to hold the lead in the final minutes.
Luke Bumbalough’s fifth 3-pointer of the game put the Cardinals up 60-56 with 2:55 to play, but Western Michigan outscored BSU 12-4 the rest of the way. Johnson scored the first nine WMU points in that closing stretch.
Ball State had the ball trailing 67-64 as the clock ticked down, but Tahjai Teague’s potential tying 3-pointer rimmed in and out.
Teague, averaging a double-double in MAC play, scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and grabbed eight total rebounds. Bumbalough led the way with 15 points, while fellow freshman guard Jarron Coleman added 14 points to go with five assists and three steals.
The Cardinals assisted on 16 of their 24 baskets and turned the ball over only eight times. But they couldn’t get stops defensively, and Western Michigan continually limited them to one look throughout the second half.
After playing six of its past eight games on the road, Ball State will return home for five of its next seven. The Cardinals will welcome MAC West Division leader Northern Illinois to Worthen Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday, Feb. 11. As a special “2 for $11 for 2/11” promotion, fans can buy two tickets for a total of only $11 when purchasing before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
MIAMI MBB: Tough Shooting in First Half Leads to 77-46 Loss to Ohio
ATHENS, Ohio – A tough shooting performance in the first half created too large of a deficit for the Miami University men’s basketball team to overcome as it fell to Ohio, 77-46, Saturday afternoon in Athens. The RedHawks are now 9-14 overall and 2-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats improve to 11-12 overall and 3-7 in the MAC.
The first half proved to be the undoing for Miami as it finished the period 3-for-29 (10.3 percent) from the field. The ‘Hawks did better in the second half, finishing 12-for-28 (42.9 percent) from the field, but were unable to sustain an offensive run.
Redshirt freshman guard Myja White led off the scoring with a driving layup to give Miami a 2-0 lead. After an Ohio triple, junior guard Nike Sibande drained a three-pointer to put the RedHawks on top 5-3 with 17:05 to go in the half before the shooting drought began.
Miami did not score for the next 10:05 of the period. The ‘Hawks defense held strong keeping Ohio with only five points for the first five minutes of that drought. The Bobcats began to heat up, eventually increasing their advantage to 18-5 before a pair of Sibande free throws ended Miami’s scoring drought. The RedHawks did not get their next field goal until redshirt sophomore guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands drained a three-pointer with 22 seconds to go, sending Miami into the break trailing, 34-11.
The RedHawks showed fight in the second half as sophomore forward Elijah McNamara had a dunk and a layup. After trailing by 32 at 48-16 with 14:07 to go, Miami got as close as 19 at 58-39 at the 8:28 mark before another scoring drought allowed the Bobcats to finish off the win.
Sibande led Miami with 12 points, while Lairy and McNamara each had eight. Jason Preston had a triple double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Ohio.
The RedHawks return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Toledo for a 7 p.m. game that will air live on ESPN+. Miami’s next home game comes on Saturday, Feb. 15 when it hosts Northern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. as part of One Miami Weekend, a celebration of the University faculty and staff, as well as the greater Oxford community.
Jones, Moore help No. 7 Duke top rival UNC 98-96 in OT
Freshman Wendell Moore scored on a putback as time expired to help No. 7 Duke rally past North Carolina 98-96 in overtime in a wild renewal of the rivalry Saturday night.
Moore’s follow of Tre Jones’ missed off-balance jumper finally ended this one, a game that saw Duke rally from 13 down in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation. Jones forced overtime, hitting a contested jumper at the regulation horn after corralling his own intentionally missed free throw.
Jones finished with 28 points to lead the Blue Devils (20-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed most of the night and led for only 1:47 of game action.
“He was at another level tonight,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We won because of that kid.”
Cole Anthony scored 24 points to lead the Tar Heels (10-13, 3-9), who appeared unexpectedly in control of this one much of the way – only to be undone by missed free throws and an inability to come up with one or two more clutch plays to close this one out.
A disputed no-call in the final seconds of overtime gave Duke the ball and its chance to win. After a driving basket by Moore brought the Blue Devils to within 96-95 with 12 seconds left, the Tar Heels tried to inbounds the ball to Andrew Platek – only to see Moore knock the ball away and off Platek while making contact near the sideline.
Jones drew a foul with 6.6 seconds left on a drive and hit the first free throw to make it 96-all, but he missed the second only to have the rebound batted out beyond the arc. The Blue Devils got it back and Jones tried to follow his OT-forcing shot with an even bigger one.
He missed, but Moore was right at the rim for an easy putback at the horn, sending the Blue Devils spilling from their bench onto the court to celebrate one of the wildest games in the rivalry’s recent history.
“If you don’t care who won the game, you had to enjoy that as a big-time college basketball game,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “I care who won the game, so I did not enjoy the final outcome.”
No. 3 Kansas gets 20th win 60-46 over TCU, No. 700 for Self
Bill Self got a basketball marking his 700th career victory, and Kansas matched an NCAA record with its 31st consecutive 20-win season after a powerful performance by 7-footer Udoka Azubuike.
“Amazing,” point guard Devon Dotson said of Azubuike. “He worked hard to get his spots down low, and when he did, he converted. He was dominant, finished around the basket … he was great.”
Azubuike had 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 10th double-double this season, and the Jayhawks beat TCU 60-46 on Saturday. He had five dunks in an early 13-3 run that put them ahead to stay.
“The way they defended us, it was a perfect day for Dok to have a big game,” Self said. “If we could just throw in the ball more often, I think he could have had a huge game. That was our best offense, just throw the ball to Dok.”
As for becoming the second-youngest coach to reach 700 wins, Self said it was special to be able to mark the occasion by taking pictures with his granddaughter.
On joining joined North Carolina (1971-2001) as the only teams to win 20 games in 31 consecutive seasons. Self called the program’s consistency “pretty remarkable” but said that 20-game seasons don’t mean as much as they did back in the 1980s when fewer games were played.
“I know he’s not content. He’s going to keep going as he should,” guard Devon Dotson said.
Dotson had 18 points and 11 assists for the Jayhawks (20-3, 9-1 Big 12), who have actually won at least 23 games each of the past 30 seasons since a 19-win season in Roy Williams’ first season as their coach.
Desmond Bane had 20 points for TCU (13-10, 4-6), which has lost five in a row.
“Stay together. Stay positive. We’ve lost to all good teams,” Bane, a senior, said about what the young Frogs need to do. “A lot of players haven’t been through this, haven’t hit true adversity like this in high school or at another level. Stick together is the message and I feel like we’re doing that.
RJ Nembhard had 11 points and PJ Fuller 10. Kevin Samuel was scoreless but had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Nembhard got the Frogs to within 44-40 with seven minutes left on a 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 run. That spurt included Nembhard’s ally-oop pass to Fuller for a flying layup after Dotson’s bad pass.
Powell leads No. 12 Seton Hall past No. 10 Villanova 70-64
Myles Powell took a seat on the bench with his fourth foul, put his cheerleader hat on and had full confidence in his Seton Hall teammates – and they showed why.
Powell had 19 points, Sandro Mamukelashvili scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and the No. 12 Pirates snapped a 17-game road losing streak to Villanova with a 70-64 victory over the No. 10 Wildcats on Saturday.
Quincy McKnight added 14 points for the Big East-leading Pirates (18-5, 10-1), who last won at Villanova on Feb. 26, 1994.
Powell knocked down a 3 from the top of the key to make it 46-42 with 10:18 left, but the Seton Hall star took a seat next to his coach due to foul trouble with 9:31 to play. Powell re-entered with 4:54 left and Seton Hall ahead by four.
“I felt like we were going to win the game,” Powell said. “I stood up and said this should be our best defensive group right here. I never lacked confidence. That’s the best part about this group. Just like they have confidence in me, I have confidence in them.”
Pirates coach Kevin Willard praised his senior guard.
“It just shows what type of player and person Myles Powell is,” Willard said. “The whole time he was calling plays, telling guys what to do. It shows the type of leadership he has.”
Saddiq Bey scored 22 points and Collin Gillespie added 12 for Villanova (17-6, 7-4), which has lost three in a row.
“They just played better than us; we didn’t play poorly,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We have to play better to beat one of the best teams in the country.”
The teams were meeting for the 118th time, but it was the first matchup when both were ranked in the AP Top 25.
The victory not only erased some ugly history for the Pirates, but it also further solidified their spot among the top teams in the country. Earlier Saturday, Seton Hall was projected as a No. 3 seed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Pirates have made the NCAA Tournament the last four seasons but haven’t made it past the opening weekend.
“Last year we were fighting for our lives,” Willard said. “Now we’re being talked about as a 3 seed. That’s great. That’s where this program is. Our fans should be excited about that, (our players) should be excited about that. We just have to keep our head down and stay focused.”
McCormick’s OT basket lifts No. 11 Auburn past No. 18 LSU
J’Von McCormick’s floater bounced high off the rim before finally going through the net, one last bit of suspense in a game and a performance filled with it.
McCormick’s basket with 0.1 second left in overtime lifted No. 11 Auburn to a 91-90 win over No. 18 LSU in a dramatic Southeastern Conference showdown Saturday.
“I felt like it came off my hands pretty good,” said McCormick, who is from New Orleans. “I work on those shots all the time, so it was just nothing to me.”
Before that, he made three consecutive 3-pointers in a 20-second span to help force overtime.
Auburn (21-2, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 14-point second half deficit and moved into a tie with LSU (17-6, 8-2) for the league lead. It’s Auburn’s third overtime win in the last four games and this one took 18 3-pointers.
McCormick drove toward the basket in the final moments for the game-winner. He followed his coach’s instructions of not pulling up.
“It’s a simple matter of J’Von’s the quickest guy on the floor,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “J’von was smart enough not to settle for that jump shot.”
It came after Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams led an LSU comeback from a quick seven-point deficit in the extra period.
Mays scored on two free throws and a drive then had a steal and dished to Williams for a dunk and the lead with 11 seconds left.
Samir Doughty led Auburn with 26 points and made five 3-pointers. McCormick just missed a triple double with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists while also delivering in the key moments.
“He stepped up,” Doughty said. “That’s what we expected. Of course, we wanted the ball in his hands and he just delivered.”
Devan Cambridge made seven 3s for 21 points after failing to score in the last four games since a career-high 26 against South Carolina. He replaced starter Danjel Purifoy, who was out with the flu.
No. 5 Louisville tops Virginia 80-73 for 10th straight win
Louisville’s latest quest to end its frustration against Virginia appeared close to slipping away again as the Cavaliers had momentum and a late lead.
It took the No. 5 Cardinals just 38 seconds to reclaim it for good by forcing action down low, getting to the foul line and converting frequent opportunities. That helped them finally end a run of losses to Virginia and extend their current hot streak.
Steven Enoch scored 13 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 2:47 remaining, and David Johnson, Ryan McMahon and Malik Williams combined for eight more from the line to lift Louisville past Virginia 80-73 on Saturday for its 10th consecutive victory.
The Cardinals (21-3, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led most of the way before the Cavaliers stormed back to go ahead 70-68 on Kihei Clark’s two technical free throws with 3:25 left. Johnson’s jumper tied it before Enoch’s two free throws put Louisville ahead for good.
Williams and Johnson each made one from the line before later adding two each to seal a hard-fought victory against Virginia after nine consecutive losses. McMahon sandwiched two in between as Louisville finished 21 of 24 from the line after shooting none in the first half.
“We’ve had a bunch of chances to beat them, and somehow they always find a way to win,” forward Jordan Nwora said. “It was good just being able to finish the deal today.”
Nwora had four 3-pointers and 22 points for Louisville, which finished shooting 51% despite hitting just 37% in the second half. Williams was 7 of 8 from the line for 13 points including the final two with 11.9 seconds left.
Louisville also outscored Virginia 26-18 in the paint on the way to posting a season high against the nation’s top scoring defense. The Cavaliers entered allowing just 50.4 points per game and holding opponents to 36% shooting, which held form in the second half as the Cardinals hit just 7 of 19 and 1 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Louisville kept pounding and drew 15 second-half fouls before hitting free throws that ultimately made the difference against a team that had won four of five on the Cardinals’ home floor.
“It was really tough,” Williams said of the Cavaliers. “They’re a disciplined team, a pack(-line defense) team like us, so it’s hard to penetrate the lane. I think we did a good job, with Steve posting deep and getting the ball inside and looking for late windows to get the ball inside.”
No. 1 Baylor 78-70 over Oklahoma State for 20th win in row
MaCio Teague felt like he was in the quiet of a practice gym when he stood at the free throw line for No. 1 Baylor in the closing seconds. And he kept making them.
Teague’s 24 points included six consecutive free throws in the final 14 seconds, four after frustrated Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton was ejected because of consecutive technical fouls, and the Bears won 78-70 for their 20th victory in a row.
“I just try to shoot them and make them all net,” Teague said. “It just felt like I was in the gym getting practice shots. It felt quiet all around. It felt great.”
Jared Butler added 15 points for Baylor (21-1, 10-0 Big 12), which had five players score in double figures. Freddie Gillespie had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cowboys (11-12, 1-9) also had five players in double figures and were within 70-68 after Lindy Waters III, playing with a protective mask, made two free throws with 35 seconds left
But they also had four players foul out of the game. Boynton’s technical fouls came with nine seconds left after Jonathan Laurent was the fourth to get five fouls.
“Just a lot of frustration,” Boynton said. “I’ve got four guys foul out of the game, that’s pretty hard to understand. The game was obviously pretty physical both ways. So that’s about all I’ll say about that.”
Before leaving the court, with the crowd still buzzing, Boynton patted Teague on the back while he stood near the line, then went over and shook hands with Drew and some of the Baylor assistant coaches.
Baylor was 12-of-25 on free throws before Teague made two with 14 seconds left. He was back at the line a few seconds later after the technicals, then hit four before Gillespie, who had been fouled by Laurent, made his two.
Butler had consecutive 3-pointers that put Baylor up 64-55 with 6:08 left, less than three minutes after the game was tied for the only time. Butler also had a jumper in that 13-4 run, though Oklahoma State wasn’t done until the closing seconds.
Waters had 16 points after missing Oklahoma State’s game because of a fracture near his sinus area after getting hit in the face against Oklahoma last Saturday. Cameron McGriff and Isaac Likekele each had 11 points, while Thomas Dziagwa and Kalib Boone both had 10.
Baylor gets top seed in NCAA committee’s initial rankings
San Diego State has rolled through its schedule, charging into February as the only Division I team still undefeated.
But if teams were selected for the NCAA Tournament today, the Aztecs would travel across the country to play in New York.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee gave San Diego State a No. 1 seed in its preliminary rankings released Saturday but stuck the Aztecs in the East Region.
Based on games through Friday, Baylor was No. 1 overall, with Kansas and Gonzaga getting the other two top seeds. The Zags were No. 1 in the West Region, so the committee opted to ship the Aztecs out East – for now.
“If someone is legitimately a top-four team they must be a 1 seed and then you work your way down,” said Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, vice chairman of the NCAA basketball committee. “You don’t artificially break up the bracket.”
The NCAA created the sneak peek into the selection process to generate buzz before the 68 teams that make the NCAA Tournament are officially revealed on Selection Sunday, which is March 15. The Final Four is March 27-29 in Atlanta.
Baylor was an obvious choice for the No. 1 overall seed. In a season of parity – a record-tying seven different No. 1 teams – the Bears have provided stability at the top, spending the past three weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25.
The committee made Baylor the top seed in the South Region in Houston with Louisville, Seton Hall and Auburn. Houston is about a three-hour drive from Waco, so the Bears would have plenty of fan support if they made it that far.
Third-ranked Kansas was the No. 2 overall seed and placed in the Midwest Region in Indianapolis with Dayton, Florida State and Michigan State.
No. 2 Gonzaga was the third overall seed and topped a West Region in Los Angeles with West Virginia, Villanova and Oregon.
With Gonzaga edging out San Diego State in the overall rankings, the Aztecs were No. 1 in the East Region in New York with Duke, Maryland and Butler.
“There was no question that San Diego State was a No. 1 seed,” Barnhart said. “Gonzaga had a couple of wins just slightly better than San Diego State’s with a win over Oregon and Arizona, and that was just the razor’s edge difference between the two.”
That fine line, if it holds up, would send the Aztecs cross-country instead of on a bus ride to Los Angeles. If both teams won their first three games in the East Region, San Diego State also would have to face Duke, which has historically played well and has a big following in New York.
“At the end of the day, there’s also the geography piece and the way we place our teams to stay within the next available place for them to play, closest place, unless it throws off the balance of the brackets, and we want to make sure that we get that right,” Barnhart said. “And we want to make sure that we stay true to the seed list in all of that. That’s how we drive to the bracket decisions that we get to.”
Of course, much can change between now and Selection Sunday. There’s still about 1,500 games left to play.
EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
Barnes drops 37 points on Hanover to lead men’s basketball past the Panthers
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College junior Jamel Barnes Jr. scored 37 points and drained six 3-pointers to lead the Quakers past the visiting Hanover College Panthers, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball matchup on Saturday at the Druley Performance Gym.
Barnes went 11-of-17 from the floor and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity on his way to a career night.
Final Score: Earlham 81, Hanover 69
Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym
Records: Earlham 8-13, 4-10 HCAC / Hanover 15-6, 9-5 HCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
After some wild momentum swings over the first 10 minutes of play, the Quakers eked out a lead late in the opening frame thanks to a 10-0 run that left Earlham in front, 26-22, with 4:54 remaining. The Maroon and White stretched its lead to seven points by the 2:19 mark on a John Sakaleros bucket followed quickly by a Barnes trey, but five straight points from the Panthers over the final two minutes of the half resulted in the Quakers taking a 31-29 advantage into the halftime break.
Both teams came out of the locker room for the second half with offenses firing on all cylinders, with seven ties and 10 lead changes over the final 20 minutes.
A 9-0 Earlham run that featured 3-pointers from Barnes and senior Chainey Zolman left the Quakers with a 62-54 lead with 6:37 showing on the clock, but Hanover rallied to cut the margin to three points. Three consecutive Earlham treys – two by Barnes and another from Zolman – helped extend the Quakers’ lead to 73-64, and brought the “Beach Day” student crowd to life.
Barnes went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line over the final 1:15 to help preserve the Earlham victory, and give the Quakers a season sweep over Hanover for the first time since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Barnes was one of three Earlham players in double figures; he was joined by AJ White and Chainey Zolman with 13 and 12 points apiece. Both Barnes and White grabbed five rebounds to lead the Quakers on the glass. Senior Blake Bonin dished out eight assists while White handed out seven to aid the Earlham cause.
Hanover’s Kevin Williams led the Panthers with a career-high 30 points.
Earlham shot 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the floor, its sixth .500-or-better shooting effort this season, but barely managed to top a Hanover squad that fired at a 51.7 percent (30-of-58) clip.
Earlham men’s basketball heads to Defiance, Ohio, this Wednesday, Feb. 12, to face Defiance College. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Women’s hoops stopped at home by Hanover
RICHMOND, Indiana – Hanover College’s 8-0 run in the first quarter broke open a tied game and the visiting Panthers went on to defeat Earlham College women’s basketball, 70-52, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday at the Druley Performance Gym.
Final Score: Hanover 70, Earlham, 52
Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym
Records: Earlham 5-16, 4-10 HCAC / Hanover 14-6, 13-1 HCAC
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the score tied 10-10 in the first quarter after a strong early showing by the Earlham Quakers, four different Hanover players scored points in an 8-0 Panther surge lasting just over two minutes. That allowed Hanover to hold a 22-13 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
Hanover extended its lead to 35-23 by the end of the second quarter, as a four-minute Earlham scoring drought allowed the Panthers to score eight unanswered points.
Earlham showed more spark in the second half. The Quakers used a 10-2 run over a nearly four-minute span to cut a 14-point deficit down to six points, 41-35, following a Kayla Bowling 3-pointer with 3:47 left to play in the frame – one of two she drained during the surge. Cambie Poole also connected from long range during the Earlham run. The Quakers stalled at 35 points, however, and the Panthers scored the next eight points to extend their lead to 13, 48-35.
The Quakers were unable to catch the Panthers in the final quarter, as Hanover extended its lead to 19 points twice during the frame.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Senior Zoe Curtis led Earlham with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, while senior Amy Weisner chipped in with 11 points. Bowling finished with nine points while grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
Acacia Tenette dished out a team-high five assists.
Hanover’s Alexis Nall amassed 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor and hauled down a game-high seven rebounds. Katie Hartman and Kristin Mills were each in double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Earlham women’s basketball plays game three of its four-game home stand on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when the Quakers host Defiance College. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 18 Hoosiers Travel To Nebraska On Sunday Afternoon
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In the first of two meetings this season, No. 18 Indiana travels to Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 3 p.m. ET on BTN+.
NO. 18/22 Indiana (18-6, 8-4 B1G) AT NEBRASKA (15-8, 5-7 B1G)
Sunday, February 9, 2020 • 3 p.m. ET
Pinnacle Bank Arena • Lincoln, Neb.
ABOUT THE HUSKERS
Nebraska has lost three-straight including a 76-60 loss at Iowa on Thursday night. Sophomore forward Leigha Brown leads the way as she comes off the bench for the Huskers with 13.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Sam Haby adds 10.8 points per game along with 3.4 assists per game. Senior guard Hannah Whitish averages 9.3 points and 3.4 assists while junior center Kate Cain adds 9.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Nebraska is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and averaging 71.4 points per game.
Indiana leads 6-5
2/3/19 – W, 82-78 (Lincoln, Neb.)
The Hoosiers will look to get back in the win column after falling to No. 13 Maryland, 79-69, on Thursday night at home that snapped a four-game win streak.
Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and had her first double-double this season against Maryland with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. She is averaging 13.8 points per game and a team-high 5.4 assists per outing.
Sophomore guard Grace Berger is just behind Patberg in scoring with 13.5 points per game while two others in freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes (11.8 ppg.) and junior guard Jaelynn Penn (10.8 ppg.) are all averaging double figures this season.
Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe also recently moved in to a tied for 10th place all-time with 73 career blocks as she leads the way with 40 swats for the Hoosiers this season.
Senior forward Brenna Wise is a Top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. She’s the second IU finalist in three seasons as former guard Tyra Buss was also a Top 10 nominee for the award in 2017-18. Fans can vote unlimited times daily for Wise to win the award at seniorclassaward.com.
Indiana has owned the series with the Huskers as of late, winning four of the last five in the series including an 82-78 win in the Vault last season. This will be the first of two meetings for the two teams as it also faces off with Nebraska on Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Indiana visits Champaign, Ill. when it takes on the Fighting Illini on Thursday night. Tipoff at State Farm Center is set for 8 p.m. ET on BTN+.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Purdue Set for Beat Cancer Pinkout on Sunday
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team makes its return to Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon for an impactful game in more ways than one. The Boilermakers will host current Big Ten Conference co-leader No. 20/20 Iowa at 2 p.m. for the Beat Cancer Pinkout.
The game will be streamed on BTN+, and Tim Newton will be courtside with the call on 95.3 BOB FM.
Purdue (15-9, 6-6) vs. No. 20/20 Iowa (19-4, 10-2)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: PurdueStats.com
For the 13th straight season, the Boilermakers will celebrate a “pink game” by wearing special Nike uniforms. The pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds going to the Community Cancer Network, an organization that provides support to cancer patients and their families in the surrounding communities. The coaching staff will wear yellow laces to Lace Up 4 Cancer to help combat pediatric cancer in local hospitals.
Dominique Oden has continued to find another gear as she hits the final stretch of her final regular season at Purdue. The senior leads the Boilermakers in conference play with 15.8 points per game, finishing in double figures in all but two contests. Oden was the first Boilermaker since 2017-18 to score at least 20 points in three straight games. She is currently tied with Courtney Moses for eighth in program scoring with 1,674 points
PROMOTIONS TO KNOW
- Boilermaker Kids Club Game – BKC members can claim two free tickets to the game by calling the ticket office.
- Boilerpalooza – Fans fest in Holloway Gymnasium opens at 1 p.m.
- Celebrate Sunday Package – 4 lower-value tickets for $20
- Beat Cancer Pink Out – Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off on the concourse with all proceeds Benefiting the Community Cancer Network
- Pink Rally Towel Giveaway – Pink rally towels will be placed on all lower-bowl seats.
- The Boilermakers hold a 40-32 lead all-time against the Hawkeyes.
- Purdue has won three of the last four meetings against Iowa, including a pair when the Hawkeyes were ranked.
- The Boilermakers are looking for their first win against a ranked opponent this season.
- Junior Karissa McLaughlin is currently 20 3-pointers away from tying Courtney Moses for the Purdue record of 240.
- Purdue is 10-3 in the Beat Cancer Pinkout games.
- McLaughlin, Oden and Ae’Rianna Harris have combined for 44.9 points per game over the last 10 games.
- Fatou Diagne dropped a career-high 11 points off the bench against Michigan, while leading the team in rebounding for the first time in her career.
- Purdue has assisted on 61.8% of its field goals this season, led by Kayana Traylor and McLaughlin with 83 and 80 dimes, respectively.
- In the 2019 edition of the Pinkout, McLaughlin drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining.
NOTRE DAME WBB: GAME 24 PREVIEW: PITT
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three wins in a row – that’s what’s at stake when the Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (9-14, 4-7) hosts Pittsburgh (4-18, 1-10) on Sunday, Feb. 9, inside Purcell Pavilion. Tip is slated for 4 p.m. ET, airing live on ACC Network. Brett Dolan and Monica McNutt have the call. Fans can also listen to the game on Pulse FM radio.
The Irish will also be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday. We will have a poster giveaway at gates 8, 9 and 10. We will also have a halftime recognition with several Notre Dame student athletes. Pink Zone t-shirts will be on sale Sunday as well, along with Pink Zone chocolate.
Lastly, the women’s basketball squad will host its final post game autograph session, which will occur in Heritage Hall after the game.HISTORY WITH PITT
Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Pitt, 28-3, including an unblemished mark of 13-0 at home. The Irish and Panthers have already met this season, as Notre Dame looks to complete the season sweep after defeating Pitt, 60-52 on Jan. 2. Mikki Vaughn and Destinee Walker shone bright in the previous matchup, scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively.
ACC FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Notre Dame can certainly make its point in having an ACC Rookie of the Year candidate. Anaya Peoples was arguably the early favorite. At the time of her injury she led all ACC freshmen in rebounds (8.1), shooting percentage (.457) and steals (1.9), and ranked second in points (12.6). Now, look no further than Sam Brunelle or Katlyn Gilbert.
Gilbert leads all ACC freshmen in scoring, averaging 13.8 ppg, while Brunelle sits right behind at 13.7 ppg. In fact, the Irish would have boasted the top three scoring spots for freshmen when you add in Peoples’ 12.6 ppg. The next highest is Clemson’s Amari Robinson at 11.2 ppg.
Nationally, among freshmen at power-five schools, Brunelle’s scoring average ranks 8th while Gilbert ranks 7th.
Brunelle is 1-of-12 freshmen nationally to average over 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Also Brunelle leads all ACC freshmen in the Points + Assists + Rebounds/Game category at 21.4.
Next, there are only two freshmen pairs in all of Division-I women’s hoops to both average 13.5 ppg or higher –> ND’s Brunelle and Gilbert and Fresno State’s Haley & Hanna Cavinder.
All-in-all, Brianna Turner, who remains the program’s lone ACC Rookie of the Year, averaged 13.8 ppg when she won it back in 2015.
HEATING UP FROM THREE
After winning the three-point shooting contest at the McDonald’s All-America game, Sam Brunelle was expected to help the Irish from three-point range this season. The freshman struggled early on, going 13-of-68 (.191) from beyond the arc over the first 14 games. However, she’s flipped the script as of late.
Brunelle has converted multiple treys eight times over the last nine games. In fact, since Jan. 5, she has converted 22-of-62 (.355) from three. Also since Jan. 5, Brunelle is averaging 2.4 made three’s/game, which ranks 6th in the ACC in that timespan.
LIFE WITHOUT PEOPLES
Brunelle has certainly stepped up since the news that fellow freshman Anaya Peoples was lost for the season following the NC State game. Since, Brunelle is leading the Irish in scoring at 16.0 ppg in that span, earning double-digit points in 5-of-6 games. She is shooting 39.8 percent from the floor and 34.9 percent from three.
Brunelle tallied 16 points at Duke (1/16), then followed that with a game-high 25 points in the win over Miami. Brunelle went off in the second half vs. the Hurricanes, scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field. Brunelle then notched her second straight 20+ effort with 21 in her homecoming game at Virginia, and almost garnered a double-double against No. 5 Louisville with 17 points and 9 boards.
Coach McGraw has stressed the need for consistency from all five starters in order to succeed and win. When looking at stats in wins versus stats in losses, one can see we go when Walker goes. In losses, Walker averages 11.4 ppg on 31.7 percent shooting, with a 13-for-71 clip from three. In wins, Walker averages 17.9 ppg on 44.9 percent shooting, with a 13-for-40 mark from three. Thus, same amount of threes in five less games and 31 less attempts.
WALKER WILLS IRISH TO WIN
After sitting with just two points at the half at Wake Forest on Feb. 6, Destinee Walker absolutely took over the game to help the Irish earn the 75-71 win. Walker scored 12 points in the third, followed by 10 points in the fourth. Her 22 second half points were scored on 7-of-9 shooting, including a 7-of-8 mark from the free-throw line.
MIGHTY MIK IN ACC PLAY
No one in the league has been more efficient from the field than Vaughn, who is shooting 58.2 percent from the field in ACC play. Since returning, Vaughn has recorded six double-digit scoring games, recording at least 16 points in five of those games.
For example, when Vaughn tallied 18 points at Duke (1/16), recording her second double-double with a career-high tying 11 boards. Also when Vaughn poured in a career high 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting at Georgia Tech (2/2).
Lastly, Vaughn dished out a career best five assists vs No. 5 Louisville, marking her first 5+5+5 Stat Stuffer game, earning eight points and five boards as well.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT?
This young Irish squad has struggled in closing out multiple games for the win this season; yet, three times over the last few weeks, the Irish have flipped the late-game script.
–> Jan. 19 vs. Miami – Tied 32-all with 7:58 left in the third, the Irish close out the period on a 20-2 run and defeat the Hurricanes, 76-53.
–> Feb. 2 at Georgia Tech – With 5:09 left in the third quarter, the game was tied at 33-all. The Irish then produced a 17-4 scoring run and went on to win, 59-51, against the nation’s then second-best defense.
–> Feb. 6 at Wake Forest – Irish trailed the Demon Deacons 52-51 heading into a fourth quarter which featured 13 lead changes and nine ties. Yet, Notre Dame dug deep and won 75-71.
MORE ROAD WINS THAN HOME WINS
Interesting to note, that the Irish are 5-4 on the road this year (three of which came in ACC play), yet 3-8 at home. ACC road wins have been tough to get, as only seven of the league’s 15 teams have more than one win away from their home gym in conference play.
OLYMPIANS ON THE HORIZON
In the 40-year history of the program, the Irish have had only two Olympians: Ruth Riley and Canada’s finest Natalie Achonwa. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics draw near, the Irish could finally add three more names to the list: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd. All three have suited up recently in either exhibitions versus college teams or FIBA Olympic qualifying action.
BALL STATE WBB: Defense Carries Women’s Basketball to 60-52 Win over Akron
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MUNCIE, Ind. – On a day when both offenses struggled to score, the Ball State women’s basketball defense proved to be the difference in its 60-52 victory over Akron Saturday afternoon inside Worthen Arena. The Cardinals are now 6-0 at home against league competition.
Ball State (15-7, 7-3 MAC) held Akron (10-11, 3-7) to just one field goal made over the final 9:50 of the contest. That basket came with six seconds left and the outcome already decided.
“We found a way to win,” Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. “Today we found a way by Deuce [Benson] going and getting second-chance opportunities and making a ton of hustle plays. Those are the types of plays you have to have to win.”
Two players on the Ball State bench played an important role in the win – Arbrie Benson and Anna Clephane. Benson finished with eight points and a season-high 10 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass. Clephane kept the Cardinals hanging around in the third quarter with seven of her eight points.
Akron used a 15-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to pull away from the Cardinals, 29-14. However, Ball State returned the favor by ending the first half on its own 15-0 run to even the score at 29-all.
The Zips went up by seven in the third quarter when Clephane single-handedly scored seven straight late in the stanza to even the score again at 40-all.
Jordyn Dawson’s lay-in right at the start of the fourth quarter put Akron in front, 44-40. From there, Akron would go ice cold, missing its next eight shots from the field and seven consecutive free throw attempts as well. Ball State capitalized by tallying nine straight points to take its first lead since 8-7 in the first quarter. Benson highlighted the winning stretch by following her own missed jumper with a putback lay-up to give the Cardinals a 45-44 lead with 8:19 left.
Another Benson offensive rebound and lay-up kept the Cardinals in front by six points, 53-47, with 1:37 remaining. Thelma Dis Agustsdottir iced the game on Ball State’s next possession by hitting her only jumper of the game and stretching the cushion to eight points.
All nine Ball State players who logged playing time made at least one field goal. Blake Smith was the only Cardinal in double-figures with 10 points.
Haliegh Reinoehl paced Akron with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ball State’s defense forced the Zips into 23 turnovers, two shy of their season high.
Ball State now hits the road for a pair of games this week. First up is a trip to Toledo on Wednesday, Feb. 12 on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.
MIAMI WBB: Chippewas Get Best of RedHawks, 99-87
OXFORD – Savannah Kluesner’s career-high 35 points were not enough for the Miami University women’s basketball team in a 99-87 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The game was tied at 33 apiece at the half, but CMU (18-4, 11-0 MAC) exploded for 37 points in the third quarter to gather a double-digit lead.
Kluesner’s 35 points is eighth-most in school history and sixth-most in Millett Hall history. The last RedHawk to score at least 35 points in a game was Lauren Dickerson versus Eastern Kentucky (37 points) on Nov. 20, 2019.
Joining Kluesner in double figures were Abbey Hoff (17 points) and Dickerson (16 points – 14 in the second half). Peyton Scott added nine points. Kluesner had a team-high seven rebounds, while Dickerson recorded a career-high 12 assists. Dickerson’s 12 assists rank fourth-most in Miami history. This was the second double-double of Dickerson’s career.
Central Michigan finished the game with 17 made three pointers (on 35 attempts) and were 30-for-57 from the field. Miami was 33-of-70 overall and 7-for-24 from behind the arc.
The game could not have started much better for the Red and White. Miami (11-12, 4-7 MAC) held a 13-2 advantage just 4:28 into the contest as four different RedHawks found the stat sheet, including a triple from Kenzie Schmitz.
CMU battled back to close the gap to 15-12 late in the opening quarter but a three pointer at the buzzer from Hoff pushed Miami’s lead to 18-12.
The Chippewas would outscore Miami 21-15 in the second quarter to knot the score at 33-33 at the half.
Both teams came out hot to begin the second half. Hoff scored a quick five points on Miami’s first two possessions and Dickerson added six points in the first 4:30 of the third quarter as the game remained tied at 48-48 with 4:49 left in the third.
Central Michigan would continue its hot shooting and maintain a 70-59 advantage after three quarters of play. In the quarter the Chippewas shot 82.4 percent and were 8-of-11 from behind the arc.
Miami’s comeback started early with back to back buckets by Kluesner and a triple from Dickerson. A Hoff layup got Miami to 84-78 with 3:00 to play, but the RedHawks could get no closer.
Miami returns to action on Feb. 12 at Northern Illinois.
Holiday’s 31 lead Pelicans to 124-117 win over Pacers
Not known for being expressive, Jrue Holiday couldn’t help himself when he got hot at the ideal time on Saturday night.
Holiday scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 2:26, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans beat the Indiana Pacers 124-117.
The key 3 broke a 108-all tie with 2:26 remaining. When he hit another 3-pointer for a 118-110 lead, Holiday let loose with a spirited scream.
“Just passion for the game,” he said. “I love to play this game. When you’re hot and got it going, sometimes that happens. Guess I was feeling it, huh?”
The Pelicans (22-31) were without Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, their top two scorers who combine to average 44.7 points. But they still improved to 10-4 in their last 14 road games while handing the Pacers (31-22) their fifth consecutive loss. Despite missing the injured forwards, the Pelicans owned a 53-37 rebounding edge.
Guard JJ Redick backed Holiday with 23 points off the bench.
“I would say that this is our best team win from the standpoint of I think everyone contributed at some stage and gave us a lift,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.
But it was Holiday, the seasoned 10-year pro, who capped his torrid finish with six consecutive free throws in the final 26.9 seconds.
“At the end, he did exactly what we needed him to do,” Gentry said. “He was aggressive, got the ball in the paint, and obviously made some shots.”
Holiday reminded how his team was humbled earlier this season when injuries ravaged the lineup, so he and his teammates know what it means to overcome adverse circumstances.
“We’ve been through a lot,” he said. “I know early on we lost 13 straight. We had a lot of guys out. At one point, I think we were playing with six or seven guys.”
The Pacers overcame a 12-point deficit in the second quarter to take a 103-99 lead with 5:57 remaining. Then Holiday hit a step-back 3-pointer as the Pelicans rallied.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan lamented his team’s lack of defense in game where the Pelicans hit 15 of 38 3-point attempts to the home team’s 9 of 26.
“We’re not closing,” McMillan said. “We’re not getting it done on either end of the floor.”
Jeremy Lamb led the Pacers with 26 points. T.J. Warren scored 22.
“They made shots, we didn’t,” Lamb said. “They got stops, we didn’t.”
Raptors top Nets 119-118, extend record winning streak to 14
Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw with 22 seconds remaining, and the Toronto Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-118 on Saturday night.
Terence Davis scored 20 points in his first home start, Matt Thomas had a career-high 15 and Serge Ibaka added 12 as the Raptors overcame the absence of All-Star guard Kyle Lowry for their 10th consecutive home victory over the Nets. Toronto has won 18 of 19 in the series, including six straight.
Davis shot 5 for 8 from 3-point range and VanVleet went 4 for 9 as the defending NBA champions remained unbeaten since a 105-104 home loss to San Antonio on Jan. 12.
The Raptors, who won at Indiana on Friday, swept their third straight set of back-to-back games.
Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points, going 6 of 7 from long range, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given Brooklyn the win. Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points and 11 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds, but the Nets lost for the first time in three games without injured guard Kyrie Irving (sprained right knee).
Davis started for Lowry, who was inactive because of a whiplash injury caused by an accidental collision with Ibaka in the third quarter Friday. Lowry was pictured on social media wearing a neck brace on the flight back to Toronto.
The Nets trailed by 12 points to begin the fourth but LeVert scored on three straight possessions to tie it at 118 with 35 seconds left
Siakam restored Toronto’s lead by splitting a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining. The Nets let the clock run down and gave LeVert a chance to win it, but his pull-up 3 bounced off the rim. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris grabbed the rebound, but missed from inside the paint as the buzzer sounded.
LeVert and Dinwiddie combined to make nine of 10 field goal attempts in the first, going 5 of 6 from 3-point range, as the Nets led 36-33 after one. LeVert missed one of his four 3-pointers, but the pair was otherwise perfect in the opening quarter, scoring 25 points between them.
Brooklyn missed seven straight shots to begin the second, a slump that ended on a reverse dunk by Jordan with 7:30 left in the quarter. Thomas scored 11 points in the second and Siakam had eight as Toronto outscored Brooklyn 33-18 to lead 66-54 at halftime.
Taylor takes 1-shot lead over Mickelson at Pebble Beach
For his final act on a day filled with short-game magic, Phil Mickelson hit a full-swing flop shot over a bunker that landed in just the right spot on the 18th green at Pebble Beach that it rolled out to 4 feet from the cup.
Somehow, it didn’t go in.
For a time Saturday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it seemed everything did.
“It seemed like my short game was pretty good today,” Mickelson said after a 5-under 67, that final birdie leaving him one shot behind Nick Taylor of Canada as Lefty goes for a record sixth title at Pebble.
Taylor had a cold start and a relatively quiet day at Spyglass Hill, away from all the hits and giggles around the celebrity rotation at Pebble Beach. He overcame two early bogeys with a 25-foot eagle putt on his 16th hole for a 69, and his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Taylor was at 17-under 198.
Mickelson and his sublime short game delivered more entertainment than all the athletes and celebrities combined during the Saturday show at Pebble.
He made the impossible look easy from a bunker behind the par-3 seventh green at Pebble Beach. He holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 13th and chipped in from 90 feet for birdie on the next hole.
In his post-round interview with CBS, he suggested hitting only nine greens wasn’t all that bad because he kept missing in the right place that left him a good angle, the exception being the par-3 12th where he made his lone bogey. And then he abruptly ended the discourse.
“Actually, that’s not true,” Mickelson said. “I had some pretty good up-and-downs.”
Topping the list was No. 7, the 110-yard hole down the hill toward the Pacific, the most picturesque hole at Pebble. It looked like a terror for Mickelson when his sand wedge went long and plugged into the back bunker.
“I was just trying to not make 5,” Mickelson said. “I was trying to get on the green and just make a 4, give myself a putt at a par. But it came out great.”
It splashed out of the sand so perfectly that it took a few hops in the rough before reaching the green, losing enough pace to trickle 2 feet away for a tap-in par. Even for Mickelson, it rates among his best.
“Yeah, it’s No. 2 in my all-time greatest bunker shots,” Mickelson said. “I made one in the final round at Memorial, Muirfield Village, the old 16th hole from under the lip, plugged, and I holed that one. This one didn’t go in, but it was the second-best I’ve ever hit.”
Taylor’s best was a 3-wood onto the green at the par-5 seventh that led to eagle and assured he would have the lead. His only PGA Tour victory was just over five years ago at the Sanderson Farms Championship, his fourth start of his rookie season. He will be in the final group, his first time playing with Mickelson.
“It’s going to be a new experience for that reason, if I am playing with him,” Taylor said. “Obviously, if he makes a putt or great shot, the crowd’s going to go wild. I’ve just got to do my own thing, try to block all that out. Easier said than done, without having to do it before, but I’ll do the best I can.”
This is a two-man show; however, Jason Day posted a 70 at Spyglass Hill and was only three shots behind at 14-under 201.
For others, it was a wasted opportunity.
Pebble Beach had more wind than earlier in the week, but still gentle enough that low scores were available. Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner at Pebble, was in striking range and could manage only a 72, leaving him eight shots back. Patrick Cantlay, at No. 8 in the world, played the final six holes in 2 over for a 72 and was nine shots back.
Mickelson started with a pair of birdies. He took a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-5 sixth.
And then the fun began.
After his par save at No. 7, his long bunker shot from short of the eighth green rolled inches from the cup.
Vasilevskiy stops 15 shots, Lightning beat Islanders 3-1
Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos and Carter Verhaeghe scored and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 15 shots and improved to 16-0-2 in his last 18 starts as the Lightning won their ninth straight home game and improved to 18-2-1 in the last 21 games.
Derick Brassard scored for New York, which lost in regulation for the first time in six games. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for the Islanders.
New York’s Mat Barzal scored with 37.8 seconds left in the first period, but the goal was overturned on an offside challenge.
Point put the Lightning in front with his 20th goal of the season, just 14 seconds into the second period. Nikita Kucherov picked up a puck that circled the boards and fed Point for a breakaway. Point skated in to the inside edge of the right circle and sent a slap shot past Varmalov, becoming the fourth Lightning player to reach 20 goals this season. He joins Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn and Kucherov as 20-goal scorers.
Barzal had a chance to tie the game late in the second period as he skated up ice on a partial breakaway, but Anthony Cirelli was able to keep pace with Barzal, who won the Fastest Skater Competition at the All-Star game, and gain leverage to lift Barzal’s stick and strip the puck, preventing a shot attempt.
Verhaeghe put the Lightning up 2-0 at 6:25 of the third period, coming off the left boards with a clear lane to the front of the net. He slipped a backhand shot under the left arm of Varlomov for his sixth goal of the season.
Brassard put the Islanders on the board at 12:12 as he gained inside position at the top of the crease and pushed a pass from Justin Bailey past Vasilevskiy with five seconds remaining on a power play.
Did Red Sox stall Mookie Betts trade over negative media reaction?
The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers had a trade in place involving Mookie Betts on Tuesday, but within days, the third part of the deal more or less fell apart.
The Red Sox were slated to acquire Alex Verdugo from the Dodgers and top prospect Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Betts and David Price. That trade stalled when the Red Sox voiced concerns over Graterol’s medical records, and they attempted to get a second prospect from the Twins. Minnesota has not been willing to significantly renegotiate their end of the deal, and that portion of the trade looks to be on life support as a result.
The deal was widely criticized by fans and players alike, with many stating that it looked like a salary dump and the Red Sox failed to get a fair return for an MVP-caliber outfielder, even if Betts is headed into the final year of his contract.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, some involved in the trade talks believe that Red Sox ownership became wary of criticism of the original deal.
If this is part of the reason, it would be a terrible look for the Red Sox, but Rosenthal makes it sound like a possible explanation. Boston’s issues with Graterol came about suddenly, especially when they already would have known he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016. It’s easy to understand why the Twins were very reluctant to negotiate when Boston suddenly sought another prospect. As unpopular as the original deal may have been, it’s not likely they can make a good one, as many Red Sox fans are simply opposed to trading Betts in the first place.
Justin Turner rips media over trade reports in awful take
Justin Turner took aim at the media on Saturday for the uncomfortable situation involving many of the players who were part of the recent trade talks.
On Tuesday night, news broke saying the Red Sox and Dodgers had agreed to a trade that would send Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles for Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers would also send Kenta Maeda to the Twins, and the Twins would trade Brusdar Graterol to Boston as part of the deal. Beyond that, the Dodgers had a second trade in place involving the Angels that would send Joc Pederson to Anaheim for Luis Rengifo.
The trades have been on hold since the Red Sox supposedly found an issue with Graterol’s medical records, leaving all the involved parties in limbo. Rather than just acknowledge that it’s a crappy situation for the players, Turner, whose Dodgers are involved in the trades, decided to blame the media for reporting news of the deals.
Turner could not be more wrong.
Of course reporters care about being first. You want to know why? Because fans have a hunger for knowledge and want to be first to know and spread the word. Outlets that are first to report news become successful in a crowded field, and reporters who get information first also are compensated accordingly.
The reporters’ drive to report the news is in response to the hunger of fans for news about their favorite teams. That same fan interest is what keeps Turner making millions. He shouldn’t forget that. And if he would have a problem with someone saying he shouldn’t be paid what he makes, then he should not be calling out reporters for trying to do their job well, which is report news.
Moreover, his anger is misplaced on top of everything else. Reporters don’t know about trade information unless someone leaks it, so Turner really should be upset with the leakers. And guess what? Many people can’t keep their mouths shut when they have information. How does Turner know that it wasn’t a player involved in the deal who told a reporter? If he wants to be mad at someone, be mad at those leaking the information, or just accept that people sharing secrets is human nature and stop complaining.
This trade limbo is not fun for the players involved, and especially Joc Pederson, who was being traded in the middle of his salary arbitration. But just because it’s a bad situation, don’t go blaming the media for it when they’re not the ones responsible for this.
Report: MLBPA furious with league’s handling of Joc Pederson arbitration
The entire process surrounding the Mookie Betts trade is beginning to frustrate the MLB Players’ Union, but one aspect in particular stands out above the others.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is an indirect part of the trade, as there is a deal lined up to send him to the Angels contingent on the Dodgers acquiring Betts. However, Pederson had an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers scheduled for Thursday.
Pederson’s agents and the MLBPA filed a motion to try to postpone the hearing, citing the fact that Pederson was in trade limbo, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Both the league and the arbitration panel rejected the request, forcing Pederson to make an arbitration case against a team that is trying to trade him. Top Dodgers officials didn’t even show up to the hearing, which is unusual. Pederson ultimately lost, and will be paid $7.75 million next year instead of the $9.5 million he sought.
Players or clubs have the right to postpone an arbitration hearing if they show “substantial cause,” according to the current CBA. It was deemed that did not happen here, despite the fact that Pederson had already received texts from members of Dodgers management wishing him well with his new team. That did not matter, as the trade has not been formally completed.
This was part of the reason why MLBPA director Tony Clark issued a scathing statement urging the completion of the Betts deal, citing “the perversion of the salary arbitration process” as one of the reasons. There is a growing sense of frustration regarding MLB’s treatment of players from the union side of things, and this is only going to fuel that frustration going forward.
Luke Fickell looking likely for Michigan State job?
Michigan State is working hard to find a new football coach, but the list of candidates is shrinking against their wishes.
Colorado coach Mel Tucker pulled his name from consideration for the job Saturday, joining San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in declining to interview for the position. That, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, has essentially made the Spartan coaching search Luke Fickell or bust.
Fickell now holds all the cards here, as he’s the big name remaining in the search. He has a good gig with Cincinnati, so he can ask for a lot of money and use his leverage to his advantage if he does want to take the job. While it’s been reported that he’s a top target since Mark Dantonio’s departure, he has so far claimed to have no contact with anyone from Michigan State.
Michigan State isn’t a bad job, but the late date of Dantonio’s exit is likely making it hard to get top targets fully interested. If the pursuit of Fickell falls short, the Spartans are likely to stick with interim coach Mike Tressel for at least one season.
Jon Jones fends off title challenge at UFC 247
Jon Jones faced his most serious challenge in years and ultimately held off Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Saturday night, retaining his UFC light heavyweight belt following a surprisingly strong opening by Reyes.
The unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 was met with scattered applause and loud boos from the crowd, as many felt the challenger had proven enough to take the title.
Jones (26-1-1) handed the fourth-ranked Reyes (12-1) his first loss, improving to 15-0 in title fights. He became the all-time leader in UFC title defenses.
Jones was fighting for the first time since last July’s win over Thiago Santos at UFC 239, his longest period between fights in more than five years.
Reyes came out on the attack in the first round, briefly knocking Jones to the ground less than two minutes into the bout. Jones bounced back in the second round, landing several strong hooks to Reyes’ head.
The lively crowd swayed back and forth in support of either fighter, chanting both names at different points.
In the third round, Reyes landed blows to Jones’ head, and he drew blood early in the fourth round. Jones finished that round strong and the once-lively crowd became quiet and tense in anticipation of the final round.
Jones ramped up his attack in the final round, but Reyes seemed to keep enough separation from the champ to put it in the judges’ hands.
In the co-main event of UFC 247, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko defended her title against Katlyn Chookagian, stopping the challenger in the third round.
The Kyrgyzstan-native Shevchenko (19-3) won her fifth bout in a row, fending off Pennsylvania-native Chookagian (13-3), who entered as the top-ranked contender for the belt. After the fight, Shevchenko did her trademark cartwheels and dancing in the ring.
Earlier on the pay-per-view portion of the 12-bout event at the Toyota Center, Houston-native heavyweight Derrick Lewis (23-7) beat Ilir Latifi (15-8) via unanimous decision with a surging rally late. Lewis, the No. 6-ranked heavyweight who rescued flood victims during Houston’s Hurricane Harvey in 2017, played Houston hip-hop music entering and exiting the ring and had rousing support from the crowd.
Another Houston-native, heavyweight Juan Adams, had a much more bitter homecoming, getting stopped in under two minutes by New Zealand-born Australian Justin Tafa, who earned his first UFC win.
Also on the main card, featherweight Dan Ige (13-2) won his fifth straight fight, taking a split decision over Mirsad Bektic (13-3).
Before the pay-per-view portion of the event, the UFC honored Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the other seven victims of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash with a video tribute and a nine-second moment of silence. Bryant was a partner of UFC sponsor Body Armor and was an investor in the UFC, President Dana White said.
Houston sports stars spotted in attendance included J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Carlos Correa and others. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta sat near UFC fan and actress Halle Berry.
IU East wins RSC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship for first title in team history
TIFFIN, Ohio — Indiana University East claimed the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday, Feb. 7 from Tiffin University’s Heminger Center. The Red Wolves totaled 184 points to pace the field of eight teams by 73 points. It is the first time IU East has won a conference title in track and field.
The Red Wolves won seven events on the day with the sprinters leading the way. The Red Wolves claimed first place in everything from the 60 meters to the 600 meters (60, 200, 400, 600) and had those individual runners team up for the 4×400 relay and the 60-meter hurdle titles as well.
IU East’s sprinters included Will Mundy winning the 200 and 400, Seth Reynolds claiming the 60-meter hurdles, Justin Lowe taking the 600 meters and Joseph Brown winning the 60 meters. Mundy, Reynolds, Lowe and Brown made up the 4×400 relay, which set an NAIA ‘B’ national standard. Reynolds set an NAIA ‘A’ standard in the hurdles. Tamare Haygood won the long jump for the seventh team win.
IU East head coach Gus Schmader was named RSC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. In his third season, Schamader led the Red Wolves to 19 all-conference men’s performances on Friday in addition to the seven event victories.
Point Park (Pa.) University placed second in the team standings with 111 points, which edged out Midway (Ky.) University with 110 points. The Pioneers claimed runner-up honors with a victory in the distance-medley relay, the last event of the day.
Xavier Stephens led Point Park to second place and was named RSC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. He was a part of all four of the Pioneers’ event wins as he placed first in both of his individual events — the 800 meters and mile — and he also anchored Point Park’s winning relays in the 4×800 and distance-medley (mile leg). That totaled 40 points for the Pioneers and 25 points individually.
Montez Moore highlighted Midway’s third-place finish, and he was named RSC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year. A freshman, Moore totaled 20 points in the jumps as he was first in the triple jump and fourth in both the long jump and high jump. He was also a part of the third-place finish in the 4×400 relay to post a total of 21.5 points to his credit.
Zach Collins led University of Rio Grande (Ohio) to fourth place as a team. He claimed RSC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year by placing first in the weight throw. He posted an NAIA ‘B’ national qualifying mark in the win. That pushed Rio Grande to fourth place with 84 team points.
WVU Tech scored 80 points for fifth place followed by Ohio Christian University in sixth with 72, Brescia (Ky.) University in seventh with 71 and Carlow (Pa.) University eighth with 26.
Also named was the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Champions of Character Team. One individual from each team was nominated by their head coach for best displaying the NAIA Champions of Character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
2020 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD AWARDS
Team Champion: IU East – 184 points
Team Runner-up: Point Park (Pa.) – 111 points
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year: Xavier Stephens, Point Park (Pa.)
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Zach Collins, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Montez Moore, Fr., Midway (Ky.)
Men’s Coach of the Year: Gus Schmader, IU East
Point Park claims RSC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship for third year in a row
TIFFIN, Ohio — Point Park University made it a three-peat with the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday, Feb. 7 from Tiffin University’s Heminger Center. The Pioneers racked up 212 points to best the field of eight teams by 95 points. It was the third year in a row that Point Park claimed the conference indoor title.
Point Park had sophomore distance runner Alyssa Campbell lead the way as the RSC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She won first place in both distance events of the 3,000 and 5,000 meters and also ran key legs of winning relays in the 4×800 and distance medley. That racked up 40 points for the Pioneers and 25 points individually.
Point Park head coach Jim Spisak was named RSC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. The first-year coach led the Pioneers to the title in his first indoor conference meet with Point Park claiming victories in seven events.
Indiana University East placed second in the team standings with 117 points and five event wins. The Red Wolves had freshman Sheliece Watkins named RSC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Newcomer of the Year after earning all-conference in the 200 meters, 60-meter hurdles and 4×400 relay. Her hurdles time set an NAIA ‘B’ national standard.
University of Rio Grande freshman Kaila Barr shared the RSC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Newcomer of the Year with Watkins. Barr won the weight throw and also scored in the shot put in fourth place.
Carlow (Pa.) University’s Olivia Miller earned RSC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors leading the Celtics to fourth place as a team. She did so by earning all-conference in all three jumps placing first in the triple jump, second in the high jump and third in the long jump. She totaled 24 points in her field events and also threw the shot put placing ninth.
Brescia (Ky.) University was third in the team standings with 82 points followed by Carlow in fourth with 68 points. Midway (Ky.) University was fifth with 67 followed by Ohio Christian University in sixth with 59, WVU Tech in seventh with 55 and Rio Grande in eighth with 53.
Also named was the River States Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Champions of Character Team. One individual from each team was nominated by their head coach for best exhibiting the NAIA Champions of Character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
2020 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD AWARDS
Team Champion: Point Park (Pa.) — 212 points
Team Runner-up: IU East — 117 points
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year — Alyssa Campbell, Point Park (Pa.)
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year — Olivia Miller, Carlow (Pa.)
Women’s Co-Newcomers of the Year — Sheliece Watkins, Fr., IU East; Kaila Barr, Fr., Rio Grande (Ohio)
Women’s Coach of the Year — Jim Spisak, Point Park (Pa.)
IU EAST SPORTS ROUND-UP
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BERKLEY, W.Va. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team’s road to the postseason hit a detour Feb. 8 at WVU Tech.
The Red Wolves fell 88-85 against the Golden Bears in a matchup of River States Conference East Division leaders.
With three games remaining for both teams, WVU Tech now controls its own destiny in the chase for the RSC East Division title and the national tournament bid that goes to the RSC team with the best record in league games.
NAIA Division II No. 28 IU East (17-10, 11-2) had a seven-game winning streak snapped. No. 37 WVU Tech (18-7, 12-1) extended its own winning streak to seven.
Bishop Smith scored 31 points for IU East.
Dominik King matched his season-high with 21 points to lead five players who scored in double digits for WVU Tech.
IU East’s next game is Feb. 15 at home against Ohio Christian University. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. on Lingle Court in the second game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.
BERKLEY, W.Va. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team did its best to play spoiler Feb. 8 at WVU Tech’s Senior Day before falling by a 76-69 score.
WVU Tech clinched the River States Conference East Division title and an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.
IU East is 8-19 overall and 6-7 in the RSC. WVU Tech (21-6, 13-0), which moved up to No. 25 in this week’s NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll, won its 15th game in a row.
WVU Tech outscored IU East 24-4 at the free throw line.
Kamiylah Bomar matched her season-high with 24 points for IU East.
WVU Tech’s Kathylee Pinnock Branford scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead free throws with five minutes remaining.
IU East’s next game is Feb. 15 at home against Ohio Christian University. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. on Lingle Court in the first game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.
PARK FOREST, Ill. – The Indiana University East tennis teams opened the spring portions of their seasons Feb. 8 with competitive matches against Olivet Nazarene University.
Olivet Nazarene won both matchups by 5-2 scores. The matches were played indoors at Park Forest Tennis & Health Club.
Both IU East teams are 2-3 in duals for the 2019-20 school year.
The 24th-ranked Olivet Nazarene women are 2-2. The Tiger men are 3-2.
Both IU East teams face Grace College on Feb. 14. The matches will be played indoors at Pearson Automotive Tennis Club in Zionsville, Ind.
INDIANA TRACK: Morrison Sets Program Record and Philippines National Record to Cap Off Meyo Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Indiana Track & Field wrapped up competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Willie Morrison in the shot put and Ben Veatch and Teddy Browning in the Meyo Mile highlighted the last day of the meet.
On two different trips to the circle Morrison heaved a distance of 20.21m (66′ 3.75″) to set a new personal, program, and Philippines national record. He also finished as the top-collegiate in the field.
Veatch and Browning left it out on the oval as they finished 1-2 in the men’s Meyo Mile. Veatch won gold with a time of 4:04.21 while Browning followed up with a time of 4:04.95.
Grace Walther was the lone Hoosier in the women’s mile as she raced to a time of 4:54.28 to take ninth place overall.
Janii Jenkins, Lauren Thomas, and Shaton Vaughn all secured new personal bests Saturday afternoon in the 400m. Jenkins placed fourth with a time of 55.18 while teammate Thomas clocked a time of 56.30 to finish in 15th. Vaughn took home silver on the men’s side after dishing out a time of 47.66.
Also, in the men’s 400m, Micah Camble grabbed a time of 49.18 and placed 18th overall. Zubin Muncherji finished two spots later in 20th with a time of 49.19. Dushawn Tunstall nabbed a time of 49.55 to finish in 32nd.
In the women’s 800m championship, Joely Pinkston finished as the top-collegiate after laying down a time of 2:07.40. Mallory Mulzer captured a time of 2:13.30 and finished in 15th. On the men’s side, Cooper Williams led the Hoosiers with a fifth-place finish in a time of 1:49.46. Adam Wallace (1:50.14) and Jalen Royal (1:50.49) finished back-to-back in ninth and tenth.
To end the meet on track for Indiana, Jenkins, Pinkston, Mulzer, and Elizabeth Stanhope combined for a time of 3:47.70 in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. In the men’s race, Shaton Vaughn, Tunstall, Wallace, and Royal clocked a time of 3:12.96.
Khayla Dawson and Maddy Pollard went 3-5 in the women’s shot put. Dawson tossed a mark of 16.93m (55’6.50″) while Pollard heaved a distance of 16.70m (54’9.50″).
Up next, the Hoosiers will split up to attend the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invite while a group will remain home to host Hoosier Hills. Action is slated to begin on Feb. 14 and wrap up on Feb. 15.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Indiana Softball Sweeps Final Day Of Opening Weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. – Indiana Softball earned a two-game sweep in the final day of competition in the UCF Black & Gold Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 8). The Hoosiers defeated the Red Storm of St. John’s in run-rule walk off fashion by a final of 10-2 in the morning before battling back to win their first ever program meeting with Clemson University 5-4.
Game One: Indiana 10, St. John’s 2
For the second day in a row, Annika Baez opened the scoring for IU as she knocked an RBI single in the bottom of the first that brought home Gabbi Jenkins from second base.
Indiana put together a huge inning in the second bringing four runs home. Taylor Lambert legged out a triple followed by Tete Hart reaching on a fielding error at first base that brought home Tatum Hayes. Grayson Radcliffe then reached on a SAC bunt, bringing home Hart. Gabbi Jenkins then singled to right center bringing in Radcliffe before Annika Baez followed her up with a single to center field, allowing her to score.
Desiree Dufek helped the IU infield get out of the bases loaded jam in the third inning with a throw out at third base. She followed it up with a towering leadoff home run to start the bottom of the frame to extend the Hoosier lead to 6-0.
Hannah Davis would bring two more home for Indiana with a 2 RBI single! Brittany Ford followed up a walk to bring home another making in 9-0.
St. John’s brought two across in the top of the fifth inning to stay alive. The Hoosiers responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth to finish off the Red Storm via run-rule off the bat of Desiree Dufek. INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Desiree Dufek hit her first career home run with the Cream and Crimson to leadoff the bottom of the third inning. She followed it up with an RBI single to end the ball game in the fifth inning.
Gabbi Jenkins recorded two hits, two runs and an RBI in the first game of the day. She has four hits so far this season.
Hannah Davis batted in her first two RBI’s for Indiana going two for three against St. John’s
Grayson Radcliffe and Tete Hart both reached base twice coming around to score both times. They also each picked up a stolen bag.
Senior right-hander Emily Goodin tossed 4.0 scoreless innings on the way to her first of two wins on the day. She only allowed three hits and got two K’s
Game Two: Indiana 5, Clemson 4
Indiana kept the hits coming to start the second game against Clemson as an E6 allowed Grayson Radcliffe to stride home in the first. Clemson was able to strand the remaining base runners keeping it 1-0.
Clemson got two in response in the bottom of the first as Hannah Goodwin doubled to left field to bring in two and take the lead. The Tigers got one more on a home run to extend the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
Annika Baez took the throw from Dufek making the tag on base at first to record the second out in the bottom of the fourth. Emily Goodin followed it up with her seventh strikeout of the game to keep the score.
Indiana battled back to tie it up in the top of the fifth as Tete Hart reached on an error by the Clemson infield allowing Desiree Dufek to score. Gabbi Jenkins then grounded out to second bringing in Hart tying the game 3-3.
IU took the lead in the sixth as Clemson misplayed a pop up from Bella Norton to bring home Annika Baez. Caraline Woodall was able to reach home extending Indiana’s lead to 5-3.
The Hoosier defense held strong down the stretch behind Emily Goodin only allowing one run for Clemson in the bottom of the seventh. IU hung on to win the ballgame 5-4.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Emily Goodin tossed another gem of a performance against Clemson pitching all 7.0 innings only allowing 1 earned run and recording 9 K’s over 118 pitches. This was her second win of the day. She is 2-2 after this weekend.
Taylor Lambert went 2 for 3 against Clemson connecting for three hits on the entire day.
Annika Baez continued her strong day with eight put-outs against Clemson. She had zero errors of the course of the weekend.
HEAD COACH SHONDA STANTON
“It’s a humbling game and you’ve got to be resilient. I think we saw that all weekend. I really felt the one thing we would do is play clean defense this weekend, and unfortunately that failed us. It was probably one of the worst weekend I’ve really ever seen, I’ve been coaching twenty years, of a defensive performance. – All these kids are making great adjustments, and we knew there’d be some limitations.
What I’m most proud of is what happened in the circle with Goodin right there in that game. All the mistakes that we made. Both teams were trying to give it away, and for her to stay strong and focused and to pick her team up. That’s what it’s about, you have to pick your team up.”
Indiana Softball continues play early in 2020 next weekend when they travel to Durham, North Carolina for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers will play two more against Duke, and two against Syracuse.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: Buckeyes Win Twice on Day Two of Carolina Classic
Ohio State outscored its opponents by an 18-5 margin
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Ohio State softball team (2-1) picked up a pair of wins on the second day of the Carolina Classic. The Buckeyes cruised by North Dakota State (0-3), 13-5, in the first game and blanked Southern Illinois (0-2), 5-0, in the nightcap at Carolina Softball Stadium.
GAME 1: Ohio State 13, North Dakota State 5
IN A NUTSHELL
RHP Jessica Ross (1-0) tossed a career-high 5.1 innings and picked up the first win of her career. She struck out one batter and gave up five hits and five runs. Righty Skylar Hayward pitched the last 1.2 innings with two strikeouts and two hits.
The Buckeyes got going in the opening frame. With two outs, Kaitlyn Coffman dropped a single into center field and Avery Clark followed up with a hard ball through the middle to put runners on the corners. Coffman took advantage of a wild pitch and slid across home plate.
NDSU responded in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back home runs by Montana DeCamp and Sam Koehn for a 2-1 lead.
Ohio State wasted no time in the third as it tacked on four runs. It began with Meg Otte, who was hit by a pitch. She stole second before Ashley Prange’s single moved her over to third. The Bison tried to jam up the Buckeyes on a squeeze but Otte made her way home to tie the score at 2-all.
After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Coffman was driven in by a two-run homer from Clark, the first round trip of her career. Next up, Niki Carver kept the scoring going on a solo home run over right center, which put the Buckeyes ahead 5-2.
The home runs continued in the fourth inning as Ohio State took a 7-2 advantage. Otte pushed the ball through the left side for a single and Prange knocked a two-run dinger all the way to South Carolina’s track and field facility.
Tegan Cortelletti’s single, a sacrifice bunt and fielding error put runners on first and third for the Buckeyes in the sixth. Coffman drove a run in on a RBI single up the middle.
The Bison managed to score three runs on a wild pitch, RBI double and sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-5 tally.
It was another big inning for Ohio State in the seventh with five runs on three hits and one error. After coming in as a pinch hitter, Summer Constable scored on Cortelletti’s RBI single. Otte brought two more in on a two-RBI double. Prange demolished her second homer of the day, a two-run shot over left field for a final score of 13-5.
GAME 2: Ohio State 5, SIU 0
IN THE CIRCLE
Payton Buresch (1-1) showed just how impressive she is after going the distance for the second time this season to secure her first win as a Buckeye. The righty held SIU to one hit while racking up seven strikeouts, a career high. She ended four of the seven innings on swinging strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ohio State opened the scoring in the bottom of the third. Meg Otte led off with a single through the middle before Ashley Prange drove a RBI double to left center. Kaitlyn Coffman continued the streak by sending the ball down the left field line for a RBI single and 2-0 lead.
The Buckeyes built on their advantage in the fifth, 4-0. Prange singled before advancing to third base on a groundout. Andi Farrah replaced Avery Clark, who was hit by a pitch, and stole second. Niki Carver was credited with an RBI after her grounder gave Prange enough time to come home. Taylor Pack got in on the action with an RBI double, the first extra-base hit of her career, which plated Farrah.
Tegan Cortelletti punched the ball through the middle for a single and Otte sent her across home plate with an RBI double in the sixth.
- Avery Clark and Niki Carver’s home runs are the first back-to-back dingers of the season and since April 21, 2019 against Michigan State.
- Ohio State’s four home runs versus NDSU ties for the most in a game since April 21, 2019 at Michigan State.
- The Buckeyes reached double-digit hits for the first time this season (15) against the Bison.
- Six players hit above .300 – Ashley Prange (.667), Meg Otte (.571), Kaitlyn Coffman (.556), Tegan Cortelletti (.429), Clark (.333) and Taylor Pack (.333).
- Prange went 6-for-9 with a 1.444 slugging percentage, 13 total bases, five RBI, four runs and two home runs on the day.
The Buckeyes close out the tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday against UNCG.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF
IU Closes Out Play in Big Ten Match Play Championship with Victory Against Rutgers
PALM COAST, Fla. – Indiana Men’s Golf closed out play on Saturday in the Big Ten Match Play Championship by defeating No.6-seeded Rutgers, 3.5-2.5. The Hoosiers end the tournament with a 1-1-1 mark.
The Hoosiers saw wins from Mitch Davis, Ethan Shepherd and Evan Gaessar on Saturday morning.
Tournament: Big Ten Match Play Championship
Location: Palm Coast, Fla.
Course: Hammock Beach Resort • Ocean Course
Indiana Team Standing: 1-1-1 in Consolation Bracket
Live Scoring and Full Results: Golfstat
Indiana – 3.5 Rutgers – 2.5
Mitch Davis (IU) def. Christopher Gotterup (RU) def. 5&4
Ethan Shepherd (IU) def. Tony Jian (RU), 1up
Xavier Marcoux (RU) def. Brock Ochsenreiter (IU), 2&1
Brendan Hansen (RU) and Jack Sparrow (IU), halved
Oliver Whatley (RU) def. Drew Giacchetto (IU) 4&2
Evan Gaesser (IU) def. Jack Doherty (RU), 4&3
PURDUE TRACK: Faust Breaks Purdue Record for Second Consecutive Day
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second consecutive day, junior Brian Faust broke a school record and another top-10 mark was set as the Purdue track & field team concluded the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Saturday.
Faust’s program record came in the 400-meter dash, a day after he set the 600-meter record, both times breaking a record that he held. Additionally, sophomore Jessica Bray recorded the fifth-best pole vault mark in school history on Saturday. On Friday, freshman Johnny Vanos joined Faust with top-10 marks, as he notched the No. 6-ranked weight throw mark in Purdue history.
Including the two personal-record marks set by Faust and Bray, the Boilermakers earned nine personal-bests. Seven student-athletes posted top-10 finishes in the 13 events Purdue competed in on Saturday.
In total at the two-day meet, the Boilermakers notched 14 personal-record times and had 12 top-10 finishes in addition to Faust’s two school records, Bray’s No. 5-ranked pole vault mark and Vanos’ sixth-best weight throw.
In the championship 400-meter event, Faust placed third overall with a time of 46.68. That beat the previous school record of 46.70, which Faust set exactly one year ago, on Feb. 8, 2019.
Bray earned Purdue’s best overall finish of the day, coming in second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.11 meters. That bested her previous personal-best of 4.10 meters, set two weeks ago that also ranked No. 5 all-time in program history.
Junior Jalil Brewer and Vanos posted top-10 finishes in the shot put. Brewer was third overall with a throw of 19.47 meters, while Vanos was ninth, with a mark of 16.36 meters. For the women, freshman Amaya King earned a personal-best mark of 14.29 meters.
Freshman Saran Kouyeth placed fifth overall in the women’s 400-meter open event. She finished in 55.48 seconds, one of three Boilermakers to set a PR in the race. Kouyeth was joined by freshmen Anna Maria Leszczynska (56.35) and Ella Robinson (56.59) with personal-bests.
Senior Samara Miller notched a ninth-place finish in the women’s championship 400-meter race. She finished with a time of 55.91.
Three Purdue distance runners set personal-record times. In the mile, junior Madeline Lilly (5:04.68) broke her PR for the second consecutive race, while freshman Ian Hunter also earned a PR (4:17.03). In the 3,000-meter event, freshman Blake Selm added a PR of his own in 8:29.85.
Complete results from today’s action will be posted here when they become available.
Up next, Purdue travels to Nashville for the Music City Invitational, from Feb. 14-15. Competition at Vanderbilt begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Additionally, the Boilermaker distance runners will travel to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. The meet is set to begin at noon ET/11 a.m. CT, both days.
NOTRE DAME TRACK: NUGUSE SETS PROGRAM AND TRACK RECORD IN FINAL DAY OF MEYO INVITE
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OTRE DAME, Ind. — Yared Nuguse, a two-time national champion, turned in an all-time performance in Loftus Sports Center in the 3,000m run at the second day of the Meyo Invitational.
The junior won the race with a time of 7:46.71, setting the Notre Dame program record, the Loftus Sports Center record and the top time in DI this season. Teammates Andrew Alexander (8:07.20) and Dylan Jacobs (8:09.91) took fourth and fifth place in the event.
The Irish hurdlers kept up their recent run of success, placing first and third in the 60m hurdles final. Summer Thorpe won the event with a time of 8.27, tying her personal record. Naya Sharp set her personal record, crossing the line in 8.36 to take third.
Sam Voelz turned in the best time of his career in the championship 800m race, finishing second in the event with a time of 1:49.22.
Another performer who turned in a personal best performance on Saturday was Maddy Denner. The sophomore finished third in the championship 3,000m race, finishing in 9:20.38.
In total, Notre Dame turned in 12 top-10 performances during the championship race portion of the Meyo Invitational.
The Irish are back in action at the Iowa State Classic and Music City Invitational. Both begin on Friday, Feb. 14 and conclude on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Loftus Sports Center
Notre Dame, Indiana
Feb. 8, 2020
9. Edward Cheatham, 48.79
36. Luis Cossio, 50.43
2. Samuel Voelz 1:49.22
14. Vincent Zona. 1:52.44
16. Clayton Goldman. 1:55.72
18. Connor Shields, 1:53.98
31. Peter Werling, 1:55.48
38. Luke Phillips, 1:56.92
3. Jake Renfree, 4:05.52
13. Brian Griffith, 4:07.65
19. Ryan Schweizer, 4:09.80
22. Matt Frazier, 4:10.73
46. Wil Zinkan, 4:18.91
48. Matthew Vietzen, 4:19.32
Ryan Shay 3,000m
1. Yared Nuguse, 7:46.71
4. Andrew Alexander, 8:07.20
5. Dylan Jacobs, 8:09.91
9. Tyler Keslin, 8:20.50
7. Tom Seitzer, 8:22.25
12. Dustin Macuiba, 8:23.60
13. Nicholas Mota, 8:25.19
14. Jack McNabola, 8:25.21
19. Quinn Gallagher,8:28.14
25. Alex Luz, 8:29.61
17. Michael Shoaf, 17.17m
60m Hurdles Final
1. Summer Thorpe, 8.27
3. Naya Sharp, 8.36
3. Erin Sullivan, 2:10.46
20. Laura Devito, 2:14.81
9. Rachel DaDamio, 4:49.39
10. AnnaSophia Keller, 4:52.26
3. Olivia Markezich, 4:50.27
20. Jessica Schneider, 4:58.72
35. Jocelyn Long, 5:12.27
38. Elizabeth Hannon, 5:16.52
3. Maddy Denner, 9:20.38
6. Erin Archibeck, 9:33.41
8. Meghan Scott, 9:42.43
18. Katie Rose Blachowicz, 10:00.43
9. McKenna Caskey, 3.76m
16. Alexandra Chlumsky, 3.46m
9. Rachel Tanczos, 15.42m
15. Abbey Kapitan, 14.29m
20. Alesis Juntunen, 13.60m
28. Ava Butterbaugh, 13.11m
NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH FALL ON OPENING DAY OF NFCA LEADOFF
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Notre Dame Softball team faced two defeats in the opening day of the 2020 NFCA Leadoff Classic, falling 3-1 to RV MIssouri and 4-1 to No. 23 Auburn. In both matchups, the Irish kept it close, holding opponents to just one run each in the first six innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Starting pitcher Payton Tidd and the Irish battled Missouri to start, holding each other scoreless in the first two innings. The Tigers struck first in the third inning, as Kendyll Bailey singled up the left side to score Brooke Wilmes. Thanks to quick defensive play, catcher Shelby Grimm tagged Cayla Kessinger out at home.
Notre Dame quickly answered in the bottom of the third, as Leea Hanks singled to first and stole second, as Joley Mitchell reached first on a walk. Katie Marino singled to bring home Hanks, who scored Notre Dame’s first run, while Marino advanced to second on the throw.
Tidd and the Irish held the Tigers scoreless through the next three innings, and entered the seventh tied. Morgan Ryan entered the game in the seventh as relief for Notre Dame. Missouri scored two runs in the top of the seventh, before Ryan struck out the final batter. Unable to answer, Notre Dame fell, 3-1.
In the game immediately following, Auburn got on the board in the first inning as Abby Tissier singled to drive in Tyler King.
Notre Dame made impressive defensive plays to hold the Tigers without a run for five innings, including a fourth inning with three straight Joley MItchell-Miranda Johnson connections for outs, and a fifth-inning speedy diving catch by outfielder Leea Hanks in left field to end the inning with bases loaded. In the next outing, Shelby Grimm caught a pop foul and turned it to Katie Marino for a double play to end the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hanks marked a base hit, advancing to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. She scored for Notre Dame on a Katie Marino bunt, tying the game heading into the seventh inning.
Despite an impressive complete game from starting pitcher Alexis Holloway, Notre Dame ultimately fell to Auburn, as the Tigers scored three runs in the seventh.
The Irish will return tomorrow to take on Missouri State (3 p.m.) and Ole Miss (5:30 p.m.) in Day 2 of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, finishing out the weekend against South Alabama (Noon) on Sunday.
OHIO STATE HOCKEY: No. 13 Buckeyes Fall to No. 9 Penn State in Series Finale
Ohio State heads into bye week 16-10-4 on the year, 9-8-3-1 in B1G play
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey lost the regular season series finale to No. 9 Penn State, 6-3, Saturday in Value City Arena. Penn State led 1-0 after the first and had a 4-1 advantage entering the third. The Buckeyes made it a one-goal game with an even strength and extra attacker goal in the final stanza, but the Nittany Lions scored twice into the empty net for the victory.
The Buckeyes, who had their 11-game home unbeaten streak end, are now 16-10-4 overall and 9-8-3-1 in Big Ten play. Penn State improves to 18-9-3 and 10-7-3-0 in the Big Ten. Penn State stands in first place in the league with 33 points, while the Buckeyes, Michigan State and Minnesota are all tied for second, two points back (31). Notre Dame has 28 points and Michigan (currently leading Wisconsin) has 24. Penn State and Ohio State have both played 20 games, while the Spartans, Gophers, Irish have played 18 (with Michigan completing game 18).
Ohio State has a bye next weekend before a road trip to Michigan State Feb. 21-22, with puck drop at 7 p.m. each night. The regular season concludes with a series vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28-29. The teams will meet in Value City Arena at 6 p.m. in game one and 8 p.m. on Senior Night for game two.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“The guys battled tonight, but 3-0 is a tough hole to come back from. I believe in this group. We look forward to the week off and will get ready for the stretch run.”
Ohio State vs. Penn State
In the First … Denis Smirnov tallied on the power play at 7:23 of the opening period for a 1-0 Penn State lead. Shots were 14-12 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.
In the Second … Alex Limoges and Brandon Biro pushed the Penn State advantage to 3-0 with tallies at 7:50 and 11:36. Carson Meyer put the Buckeyes on the board at 14:03 with a power play goal. After a Tanner Laczynski faceoff win, Meyer drove the net, scoring on a backhand. Meyer has 11 goals this season, while Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and 27 points. Evan Barratt answered with just 16 seconds left in the period with a 4-on-3 power play score. Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 15-9, in the stanza.
In the Third … Buckeye senior captain Ronnie Hein tallied 1:14 into the period, as his shot off a rebound of a Tate Singleton attempt deflected in for his seventh goal of the year. Ohio State pulled its goalie with more than four minutes remaining and Ryan O’Connell took advantage, notching his first goal of the year at 17:42 for a one-goal game. Jaedon Leslie, who has a point in three straight games, and Eugene Fadyeyev assisted on the tally. Penn State pulled ahead by two on a Brandon Biro empty net goal at 18:15 and Cole Hults closed the game with an empty net score of his own at 19:20. The teams combined for just 14 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 8-6.
Shots … Penn State ended with the edge in shots, 33-31. Tommy Nappier played 57:11 in net and had 27 saves for the Buckeyes, while Peyton Jones made 28 stops in 59:58 for Penn State. Ohio State had 13 shot blocks, with Matt Miller leading the way with three and Wyatt Ege and Meyer each blocking two.
Special Teams … Ohio State converted 1-of-3 power play chances and Penn State was successful on each of its two opportunities.
OHIO STATE MGOLF: Ohio State Overpowers TTUN, 5-1, to Close Out Big Ten Match Play
The Buckeyes close out the Big Ten Match Play with a victory over TTUN to close the tournament with a 2-1 record
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team closed out the Big Ten Match Play with an impressive victory, overpowering That Team Up North 5-1 to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record. Felix Kvarnstrom and Patrick Schmucking ran the table in their matches, each finishing a perfect 3-0 for the tournament.
Ohio State vs. That Team Up North
The first match out for the Scarlet and Gray did not last long as Kvarnstrom jumped out to an early lead over his counterpart and continued to build. He made the turn three-up and won three of his next four holes to shake hands on the 13th green and record the first point for Ohio State. The senior had an impressive weekend winning all of this three matches by 6&5, 4&3 and 4&2 margins.
Laken Hinton came up big in his final match after struggling the day before, handily defeating his opponent five-and-three, winning four of his last six holes in route to the victory.
Schmucking led for nearly the entire afternoon, hanging on to a one-up lead through the 16th hole when it was brought back to all-square. The freshman tied the 17th hole before hitting clutch shots on 18 to win his third point of the tournament.
Kevin Stone won his match three-and-two to even his record up at 1-1-1 for the weekend. Grant Engle secured his first full point of the tournament as well, taking two of his last three holes to earn the two-up victory.
Freshman Jackson Chandler dropped his first match of the weekend on the 18th hole to finish the tournament 2-1.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: NOTRE DAME & NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCE 2020 KICKOFF TIMES
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NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame and exclusive football broadcast partner NBC Sports have announced kickoff times for the 2020 Fighting Irish football campaign. The slate will feature a pair of primetime games at Notre Dame Stadium and a night contest at Lambeau Field in the return of the Shamrock Series.
All six home games and the Shamrock Series in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be broadcast on NBC as Notre Dame and NBC Sports embark on the 30th season of their partnership.
Coming off three consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories, Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly and his squad will open the home slate on Sept. 12 when Arkansas visits for a 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff. It will be the first meeting on the gridiron between the Irish and Razorbacks. Western Michigan will then visit on Sept. 19 for another 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
The Shamrock Series returns on Oct. 3 when Notre Dame and Wisconsin meet at historic Lambeau Field. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m CT. It marks just the second Division I football game at the historic venue, named for Packers founder and former Notre Dame Football player Curly Lambeau.
The Irish return home for the first of two primetime games in the House That Rockne Built with the Legends Trophy on the line against Stanford in a 7:30 p.m. ET kick. Next on the home docket is a Halloween contest with the Duke Blue Devils set for 3:30 p.m. ET.
Nov. 7 will bring the Clemson Tigers to Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1979 with another contest under the lights (7:30 p.m. ET). The teams last met in 2018 at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
The home slate concludes with a Nov. 21 visit from the Louisville Cardinals set for a 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
Notre Dame opens its 2020 spring practice on March 5. The Blue-Gold Game is set for Saturday, April 18, with tickets on sale Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Ex-Astros Manager On If Astros Titles Are Tainted: I Hope Over Time It’s Proven That It Wasn’t
By Rafael Thomas
In his first interview since being fired by the Houston Astros, A.J. Hinch broke his silence this week and (kinda, sorta) answered questions about his former team. During the interview he was asked of the 2017 World Series title he was a part of in Houston was tainted by the sign stealing scandal that cost him his job last month; and his answer was, to say the least, interesting.
A.J. Hinch was proven by MLB investigators not to have devised or approved of the sign stealing scheme used by Astros players to obtain and relay signs to their hitters. Houston players told the same investigators that if asked to stop steal signs by Hinch, they would have; Hinch also told investigators that he found the entire scheme “wrong and distracting,” and on two occasions destroys a monitor outside the team’s dugout used as part of the scheme.
Speaking with veteran baseball reporter Tom Verducci, A.J. Hinch was asked if the World Series title he won with the Astros was tainted: “I hope over time it’s proven that it wasn’t. But I understand the question. It’s a fair question and people are going to have to draw their own conclusions. Unfortunately, we opened that door as a group. That question may never be answered.”
Hinch added, “We’re going to have to move forward and be better in the sport. Unfortunately, no one can really answer that question. I can’t pinpoint any advantages or what happened or what exactly would have happened otherwise. But we did it to ourselves.”
Clearly A.J. Hinch knows that what his team did in 2017 was wrong, why else would he have destroyed the monitor, because sending the team home without supper was not an option? Regardless of if there was any advantage was gained by stealing signs, the fact that the team was doing it calls into question their own integrity as well as the integrity of their World Series title that season. Many people try to say that steroids didn’t help players too much two decades ago, yet players did it; why, because it was fun? As athletes will often tell you, the mental confidence gained by believing you have an advantage can be just as powerful as actually having an advantage.
Hinch is not in the position to bash his former players or his former employee simply because he wants another job in baseball; an opportunity that is not likely coming anytime soon regardless of what he says in future interviews. Just as Alex Cora in Boston and Carlos Beltran in New York, Hinch was deemed too toxic to hold a job as manager, that that perception is not likely to change for this, or several seasons to come. And just like his former players probably don’t have anything they can say to save face, Hinch also doesn’t have any right way to answer any questions about how things transpired in Houston, because any honest answer will get him in trouble with a group of people, and further push him away from the game of baseball. In short, as bad as his answers were, the responses Hinch gave were the only ones he had available to him if he had any hope of securing a future job in Major League Baseball, which, at present, is a long shot at best.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1971
NEW YORK-One of the more memorable of the many philosophical gems scattered over the years by Leroy (Satchel) Paige was this: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” But Ol’ Satch looked back today and was pleased to see that his reputation as an extraordinary pitcher had caught up with him. Formal notification was given this ageless marvel at a Toots Shor reception that a special committee had elected him to a special section of the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
He will be formally inducted into the shrine next August at the same ceremonies and with the same Èclat as the newest Hall of Famers who were named. But his plaque of recognition will hang in a new and different part of the National Baseball Museum, one that has been set aside for some of the fabled heroes of the old Negro leagues.
Satch is the first, “a historic first” in the words of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Hereafter, one ancient black campaigner will be elected each year and it is presumed that the next one will be Josh Gibson, the black Babe Ruth, just as Satch was the black Cy Young or Walter Johnson. Other victims of baseball’s original color line will follow and resentment already has begun to stir in some quarters. Some observers are already regarding this as a pernicious form of segregation, keeping the Negro league stars apart from the other immortals.
Satchel showed little emotion when he stepped to the microphone to be interviewed. “I’m proud wherever they put me in the Hall of Fame,” he said. Satch pitched for more than 40 years. He says he will be 65 years old in three months. “I was born in August, no July, 1908,” he says. That would make him 62. Disregard all Satch’s statistics-except a few. He probably pitched somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 games, winning 90 per cent of them. In a barnstorming game he struck out the deadly eyed Rogers Hornsby five times. In pitching against Babe Ruth’s All-Stars he fanned 22 and also fanned 15 of Dizzy Dean’s big league troupe. “Let ’em arguefy,” once said Dean. “The best pitcher I ever seen is ol’ Satchel Paige. My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that li’l pistol-bullet Satch shoots up to the plate.”
“The prewar Paige was the best pitcher I ever saw,” said Bob Feller.
Throughout his baseball life, Satch heard one haunting refrain: “Too bad you ain’t white.” He unquestionably would have burned up the big leagues. Electing him to the Hall of Fame, therefore, is a belated acknowledgement of his extraordinary skills.
Satchel Paige is believed to have won more than 2,000 games in the Negro leagues between 1926 and ’48, when he joined the Cleveland Indians. Among other black stars later admitted to the Hall were Josh Gibson, the power-hitting catcher for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords from 1930 to ’46; James (Cool Papa) Bell, the speedster who played in the Negro, Mexican and Dominican leagues from 1922 to ’48; and Buck Leonard, first baseman and captain of the Grays from 1934 to ’48.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1946 While coaching a Hardy High School (AK) basketball team, Pirates hurler Preacher Roe suffers a fractured skull as a result of hitting the floor during an altercation with a referee. The 29 year-old southpaw, who will report a month late to spring training suffering from headaches and dizzy spells, will post a 3-8 record, compiling a 5.14 ERA before calling quits for the season in August.
1971 Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League star selected to the Hall of Fame. The right-hander, the oldest player in the majors to make his big league debut, became a legend during his professional career, which lasted from the 1920s until 1965, playing in several different Negro Leagues and with the Indians, Browns, and A’s.
1976 The Hall of Fame Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Oscar Charleston, considered by baseball historian Bill James to be the fourth-best ballplayer of all time. The outfielder made The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
1980 The Athletic Hall of Fame of Kent State University posthumously inducts Thurman Munson, the Yankee All-Star backstop who died in a plane crash last August. Hal Schoonover, the coach of the Golden Flashes baseball program, converted the young college outfielder into a catcher.
1981 At the age of thirty-seven, Joe Morgan inks a one-year deal with the Giants. The future Hall of Famer will play an additional season in San Francisco, winning the Silver Slugger award for being the best offensive second baseman in the National League.
1984 The Dodgers waive two-time All-Star Dusty Baker after he vetoes a trade to Oakland. The 35 year-old outfielder will sign as a free agent, hitting .294 in 100 games, with the Giants, before ending his career with the A’s, the team he had refused to play for when dealt last season.
1988 The A’s sign a one-year deal with free-agent Don Baylor. The 39 year-old designated hitter will appear in 92 games, hitting .220 for the American League champs before retiring at the end of the season.
2001 After 13 months of negotiations, Derek Jeter and the Yankees finalize a $189 million,ten-year contract. The deal makes the All-Star shortstop second only to Alex Rodriguez ($252 million/10 years) as the highest-paid player in the history of the sport.
2005 The Cubs trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth (4-5, 4.73) and a player to be named to the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Novoa (1-1, 5.09) and minor leaguers, Scott Moore, and Bo Flowers. Farnsworth’s inconsistency out of the bullpen last season made him very unpopular with the Wrigley Field fans.
2006 A jury, deliberating for a little more than four hours, rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago, the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, prompting the city where it plays to file a lawsuit, claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.
2007 Bernie Williams, before performing in a benefit concert in Connecticut, shares with reporters that he plans to decline the Yankees’ invitation to attend spring training on a minor league contract. The guitar-playing outfielder added he has been working out but is doubtful about playing for the Bronx Bombers this season.
2008 After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35 year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired prior to the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.
2009 Alex Rodriguez, two days after the story breaks on SI.com, admits to and then apologizes for his use of performance-enhancing drugs when he played shortstop for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003. In an exclusive interview conducted on ESPN, the Yankees superstar acknowledges using PEDs, hoping to fulfill the expectations after signing a record ten-year, $252 million contract with Texas.
2010 Greg Gagne is selected to be the twenty-second member of the Twins Hall of Fame. During his ten-year tenure with the team, which included the World Championship seasons of 1987 and 1991, the light-hitting shortstop known for his defensive prowess once hit two inside-the-park home runs in the same game in 1986.
2012 Nelson Cruz and the American League champion Rangers come to terms on a $16 million, two-year deal to keep the ALCS MVP in Texas. The agreement avoids a scheduled arbitration planned to take place next week.
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