INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL DRAW

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1. LAKE CENTRAL (7)

G1: LAKE CENTRAL VS. HAMMOND MORTON. TUES

G2: HAMMOND CENTRAL VS. HIGHLAND. WED

G3: GARY WEST SIDE VS. MUNSTER. WED

G4: EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

2. PORTAGE (7)

G1: HOBART VS. PORTAGE. TUES

G2: VALPARAISO VS. MERRILLVILLE. WED

G3: CHESTERTON VS. LOWELL. WED

G4: CROWN POINT VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

3. PLYMOUTH (6)

G1: MISHAWAKA VS. MICHIGAN CITY. TUES

G2: SOUTH BEND ADAMS VS. SOUTH BEND RILEY. TUES

G3: LAPORTE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: PLYMOUTH VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

4. ELKHART (6)

G1: WARSAW COMMUNITY VS. PENN. TUES

G2: CONCORD VS. ELKHART. TUES

G3: NORTHRIDGE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: GOSHEN VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

5. DEKALB (6)

G1: FORT WAYNE SNIDER VS. FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE. TUES

G2: EAST NOBLE VS. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP. TUES

G3: DEKALB VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

6. HUNTINGTON NORTH (6)

G1: HUNTINGTON NORTH VS. HOMESTEAD. TUES

G2: FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE VS. COLUMBIA CITY. TUES

G3: NEW HAVEN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: FORT WAYNE WAYNE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

7. LOGANSPORT (6)

G1: LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON VS. MCCUTCHEON. TUES

G2: MARION VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE). TUES

G3: LOGANSPORT VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: KOKOMO VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

8. NOBLESVILLE (6)

G1: ZIONSVILLE VS. NOBLESVILLE. TUES

G2: WESTFIELD VS. FISHERS. TUES

G3: CARMEL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

9. GREENFIELD‐CENTRAL (7)

G1: MUNCIE CENTRAL VS. NEW PALESTINE. TUES

G2: PENDLETON HEIGHTS VS. MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE). WED

G3: GREENFIELD-CENTRAL VS. ANDERSON. WED

G4: RICHMOND VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

10. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (7)

G1: LAWRENCE NORTH VS. INDIANAPOLIS CRISPUS ATTUCKS. TUES

G2: NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL. WED

G3: LAWRENCE CENTRAL VS. INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL. WED

G4: WARREN CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

11. BEN DAVIS (6)

G1: SOUTHPORT VS. PIKE. TUES

G2: RONCALLI VS. BEN DAVIS. TUES

G3: PERRY MERIDIAN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: DECATUR CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

12. TERRE HAUTE NORTH VIGO (6)

G1: TERRE HAUTE NORTH VIGO VS. MOORESVILLE. TUES

G2: PLAINFIELD VS. TERRE HAUTE SOUTH VIGO. TUES

G3: BROWNSBURG VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: AVON VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

13. GREENWOOD COMMUNITY (6)

G1: SHELBYVILLE VS. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY. TUES

G2: GREENWOOD COMMUNITY VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL. TUES

G3: WHITELAND COMMUNITY VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CENTER GROVE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

14. MARTINSVILLE (6)

G1: COLUMBUS EAST VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH. TUES

G2: BLOOMINGTON SOUTH VS. MARTINSVILLE. TUES

G3: COLUMBUS NORTH VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: EAST CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

15. SEYMOUR (6)

G1: JEFFERSONVILLE VS. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE. TUES

G2: FLOYD CENTRAL VS. JENNINGS COUNTY. TUES

G3: SEYMOUR VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: NEW ALBANY VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

16. EVANSVILLE NORTH (6)

G1: EVANSVILLE REITZ VS. EVANSVILLE CENTRAL. TUES

G2: JASPER VS. EVANSVILLE NORTH. TUES

G3: EVANSVILLE HARRISON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CASTLE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

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17. HANOVER CENTRAL (5)

G1: LIGHTHOUSE CPA VS. GRIFFITH. TUES

G2: CALUMET VS. RIVER FOREST. FRI

G3: HANOVER CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

18. KANKAKEE VALLEY (5)

G1: CULVER ACADEMIES VS. KANKAKEE VALLEY. TUES

G2: NEW PRAIRIE VS. KNOX. FRI

G3: WHEELER VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

19. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (6)

G1: SOUTH BEND CLAY VS. JIMTOWN. TUES

G2: SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON VS. GLENN. TUES

G3: MISHAWAKA MARIAN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

20. MACONAQUAH (7)

G1: BENTON CENTRAL VS. WEST LAFAYETTE. TUES

G2: TWIN LAKES VS. MACONAQUAH. WED

G3: PERU VS. WESTERN. WED

G4: NORTHWESTERN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

21. WAWASEE (5):

G1: TIPPECANOE VALLEY VS. WEST NOBLE. TUES

G2: WAWASEE VS. LAKELAND. FRI

G3: NORTHWOOD VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

22. GARRETT (7)

G1: LEO VS. ANGOLA. TUES

G2: WOODLAN VS. FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER. WED

G3: FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN VS. GARRETT. WED

G4: FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

23. NORWELL (6)

G1: HERITAGE VS. NORWELL. TUES

G2: BELLMONT VS. MISSISSINEWA. TUES

G3: EASTERN (GREENTOWN) VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: OAK HILL VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

24. NEW CASTLE (6)

G1: NEW CASTLE VS. JAY COUNTY. TUES

G2: YORKTOWN VS. DELTA. TUES

G3: HAMILTON HEIGHTS VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: MUNCIE BURRIS VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

25. FRANKFORT (7)

G1: CRAWFORDSVILLE VS. TRI-WEST HENDRICKS. TUES

G2: DANVILLE COMMUNITY VS. GREENCASTLE. WED

G3: FRANKFORT VS. MONROVIA. WED

G4: NORTH MONTGOMERY VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

26. EDGEWOOD (7)

G1: EDGEWOOD VS. SOUTH VERMILLION. TUES

G2: WEST VIGO VS. NORTHVIEW. WED

G3: OWEN VALLEY VS. BROWN COUNTY. WED

G4: BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

27. LEBANON (6)

G1: INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE VS. BREBEUF JESUIT. TUES

G2: CHRISTEL HOUSE VS. INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD. TUES

G3: LEBANON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: GUERIN CATHOLIC VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

28. SPEEDWAY (6)

G1: BEECH GROVE VS. HERRON. TUES

G2: INDIAN CREEK VS. INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON. TUES

G3: INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SPEEDWAY VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

29. CONNERSVILLE (7)

G1: RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED VS. LAWRENCEBURG. TUES

G2: GREENSBURG VS. CONNERSVILLE. WED

G3: FRANKLIN COUNTY VS. BATESVILLE. WED

G4: SOUTH DEARBORN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

30. SALEM (7)

G1: NORTH HARRISON VS. CHARLESTOWN. TUES

G2: SALEM VS. SILVER CREEK. WED

G3: MADISON CONSOLIDATED VS. SCOTTSBURG. WED

G4: CORYDON CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

31. PRINCETON COMMUNITY (5)

G1: PRINCETON COMMUNITY VS. PIKE CENTRAL. TUES

G2: WASHINGTON VS. SULLIVAN. FRI

G3: VINCENNES LINCOLN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

32. BOONVILLE (6)

G1: GIBSON SOUTHERN VS. HERITAGE HILLS. TUES

G2: EVANSVILLE BOSSE VS. MT. VERNON. TUES

G3: EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: BOONVILLE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

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33. WHITING (6)

G1: ANDREAN VS. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN. TUES

G2: LAKE STATION EDISON VS. BOWMAN ACADEMY. TUES

G3: HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: WHITING VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

34. NORTH JUDSON‐SAN PIERRE (7)

G1: WESTVILLE VS. BOONE GROVE. TUES

G2: NORTH JUDSON-SAN PIERRE VS. SOUTH BEND CAREER. WED

G3: SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) VS. LAVILLE. WED

G4: HEBRON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

35. WESTVIEW (7)

G1: CHURUBUSCO VS. CENTRAL NOBLE. TUES

G2: FAIRFIELD VS. BREMEN. WED

G3: EASTSIDE VS. WESTVIEW. WED

G4: PRAIRIE HEIGHTS VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

36. BLUFFTON (8)

G1: SOUTH ADAMS VS. WHITKO. TUES

G2: MANCHESTER VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN. TUES

G3: WABASH VS. ADAMS CENTRAL. WED

G4: FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY VS. BLUFFTON. WED

G5: WINNER OF G1 VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

G6: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G5 VS. WINNER OF G6. SAT

37. WINAMAC COMMUNITY (6)

G1: ROCHESTER COMMUNITY VS. LEWIS CASS. TUES

G2: DELPHI COMMUNITY VS. WINAMAC COMMUNITY. TUES

G3: NORTH NEWTON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: RENSSELAER CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

38. WESTERN BOONE (6)

G1: WESTERN BOONE VS. CLINTON PRAIRIE. TUES

G2: FOUNTAIN CENTRAL VS. SEEGER. TUES

G3: ROSSVILLE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CARROLL (FLORA) VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

39. TIPTON (6)

G1: MADISON-GRANT VS. BLACKFORD. TUES

G2: TIPTON VS. TAYLOR. TUES

G3: EASTBROOK VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SHERIDAN VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

40. ALEXANDRIA MONROE (7)

G1: ALEXANDRIA MONROE VS. LAPEL. TUES

G2: FRANKTON VS. WAPAHANI. WED

G3: MONROE CENTRAL VS. ELWOOD COMMUNITY. WED

G4: WINCHESTER COMMUNITY VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

41. HAGERSTOWN (8)

G1: SHENANDOAH VS. NORTHEASTERN. TUES

G2: KNIGHTSTOWN VS. HAGERSTOWN. TUES

G3: UNION COUNTY VS. EASTERN HANCOCK. WED

G4: CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN VS. CENTERVILLE. WED

G5: WINNER OF G1 VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

G6: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G5 VS. WINNER OF G6. SAT

42. PARK TUDOR (6)

G1: PARK TUDOR VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN. TUES

G2: INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDIANAPOLIS). TUES

G3: IRVINGTON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: UNIVERSITY VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

43. SOUTH PUTNAM (7)

G1: CLOVERDALE VS. PARKE HERITAGE. TUES

G2: RIVERTON PARKE VS. SOUTHMONT. WED

G3: CASCADE VS. NORTH PUTNAM. WED

G4: SOUTH PUTNAM VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

44. SOUTH RIPLEY (5)

G1: MILAN VS. NORTH DECATUR. TUES

G2: SOUTH DECATUR VS. SOUTH RIPLEY. FRI

G3: TRITON CENTRAL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

45. SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (6)

G1: SWITZERLAND COUNTY VS. AUSTIN. TUES

G2: SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) VS. HENRYVILLE. TUES

G3: PROVIDENCE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CLARKSVILLE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

46. TELL CITY (5)

G1: PAOLI VS. CRAWFORD COUNTY. TUES

G2: EASTERN (PEKIN) VS. PERRY CENTRAL. FRI

G3: TELL CITY VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

47. NORTH KNOX (5)

G1: NORTH KNOX VS. EASTERN GREENE. TUES

G2: MITCHELL VS. SOUTH KNOX. FRI

G3: LINTON-STOCKTON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

48. SOUTHRIDGE (6)

G1: SOUTHRIDGE VS. NORTH POSEY. TUES

G2: FOREST PARK VS. TECUMSEH. TUES

G3: SOUTH SPENCER VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: EVANSVILLE MATER DEI VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

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49. KOUTS (7)

G1: KOUTS VS. MORGAN TOWNSHIP. TUES

G2: HAMMOND S&T VS. 21ST CENTURY-GARY. WED

G3: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE). WED

G4: MARQUETTE CATHOLIC VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

50. TRITON (7)

G1: WEST CENTRAL VS. ARGOS. TUES

G2: TRINITY GREENLAWN VS. TRITON. WED

G3: OREGON-DAVIS VS. CULVER COMMUNITY. WED

G4: LACROSSE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

51. FREMONT (5)

G1: HAMILTON VS. FREMONT. TUES

G2: ELKHART CHRISTIAN VS. LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN. FRI

G3: BETHANY CHRISTIAN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. SAT

52. TRI‐COUNTY (6)

G1: TRI-COUNTY VS. NORTH WHITE. TUES

G2: FRONTIER VS. PIONEER. TUES

G3: CASTON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SOUTH NEWTON VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

53. SOUTHERN WELLS (6)

G1: NORTHFIELD VS. SOUTHWOOD. TUES

G2: SMITH ACADEMY VS. LAKELAND CHRISTIAN. TUES

G3: NORTH MIAMI VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SOUTHERN WELLS VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

54. ATTICA (6)

G1: FAITH CHRISTIAN VS. ATTICA. TUES

G2: CLINTON CENTRAL VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC. TUES

G3: NORTH VERMILLION VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: COVINGTON VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

55. WES‐DEL (6)

G1: LIBERTY CHRISTIAN VS. TRI-CENTRAL. TUES

G2: DALEVILLE VS. ANDERSON PREPARATORY. TUES

G3: WES-DEL VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: COWAN VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

56. BLUE RIVER VALLEY (6)

G1: BLUE RIVER VALLEY VS. UNION CITY. TUES

G2: RANDOLPH SOUTHERN VS. SETON CATHOLIC. TUES

G3: UNION (MODOC) VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: TRI VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

57. WHITE RIVER VALLEY (7)

G1: BLOOMFIELD VS. SHAKAMAK. TUES

G2: WHITE RIVER VALLEY VS. CLAY CITY. WED

G3: LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN VS. NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG). WED

G4: EMINENCE VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

58. BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (7)

G1: TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN VS. INDIANA DEAF. TUES

G2: INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN VS. RIVERSIDE. WED

G3: INTERNATIONAL VS. INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE. WED

G4: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

59. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (6)

G1: PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN. TUES

G2: CENTRAL CHRISTIAN VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN. TUES

G3: VICTORY COLLEGE PREPARATORY VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: TINDLEY VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

60. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) (7)

G1: RISING SUN VS. JAC-CEN-DEL. TUES

G2: HAUSER VS. MORRISTOWN. WED

G3: SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) VS. OLDENBURG ACADEMY. WED

G4: WALDRON VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G5: WINNER OF G2 VS. WINNER OF G3. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G4 VS. WINNER OF G5. SAT

61. BORDEN (6)

G1: ROCK CREEK VS. NEW WASHINGTON. TUES

G2: CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA VS. LANESVILLE. TUES

G3: BORDEN VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

62. EDINBURGH (6)

G1: SHAWE MEMORIAL VS. WEST WASHINGTON. TUES

G2: TRINITY LUTHERAN VS. EDINBURGH. TUES

G3: MEDORA VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: CROTHERSVILLE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

63. LOOGOOTEE (6)

G1: NORTH DAVIESS VS. WASHINGTON CATHOLIC. TUES

G2: ORLEANS VS. LOOGOOTEE. TUES

G3: SHOALS VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: BARR-REEVE VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

64. SPRINGS VALLEY (6)

G1: VINCENNES RIVET VS. CANNELTON. TUES

G2: SPRINGS VALLEY VS. WOOD MEMORIAL. TUES

G3: NORTHEAST DUBOIS VS. WINNER OF G1. FRI

G4: EVANSVILLE DAY VS. WINNER OF G2. FRI

CHAMPIONSHIP: WINNER OF G3 VS. WINNER OF G4. SAT

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY 71 OAKLAND 66

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Michigan coach Howard hits Wisconsin assistant after a loss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Angry about Wisconsin calling a late timeout, Michigan coach Juwan Howard began arguing in the postgame handshake line.

Moments later, he hit a Badgers assistant in the head, and mayhem followed.

The Wolverines’ inability to boost their NCAA Tournament credentials was the least of their concerns after a 77-63 loss Sunday at No. 15 Wisconsin. Their head coach could be facing major discipline after his poke turned a pushing-and-shoving scrum into a punch-filled brawl.

Howard struck Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft after jawing with Wisconsin coach Greg Gard during the handshake line. The Big Ten said it planned to “take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review.”

During his postgame news conference, Howard said he didn’t like Wisconsin calling for a timeout with 15 seconds left and the Badgers leading by 15.

“I thought it was not necessary at the moment, especially being a large lead,” Howard said.

Gard said he called the timeout because his reserves were in the game and only had four seconds to get the ball past midcourt. A timeout gives them 10 seconds.

“I was not going to put them in position, where the ball had already gotten knocked out of bounds, to have to break a press in four seconds,” Gard said.

After the game, Howard pointed a finger at Gard while complaining about the late move. Later on, Howard reached through a crowd to get to Krabbenhoft – replays showed Howard had his hand open as he struck Krabbenhoft on the left side of the head.

Players from each side got involved in the skirmish, and video appeared to show Michigan’s Moussa Diabate and Wisconsin’s Jahcobi Neath throwing punches.

Howard said he reacted after someone from Wisconsin put hands on him. He said that “at that point, I felt it was time to protect myself.”

Video showed Gard had his hands touching Howard’s arm or wrist area while trying to explain why he called the timeout.

“Someone touched me, and I think it was very uncalled for, for them to touch me, as we were verbalizing and communicating with one another,” Howard said. “That’s what escalated it.”

Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh said he already had contacted Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren about the situation, adding that Wisconsin had staff members who were “affected and injured.”

“There’s no room, no space for conduct like that in any competition, much less a Big Ten competition,” McIntosh said. “The Big Ten takes pride in sportsmanship. The Big Ten takes pride in acting with class. That didn’t happen today.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel issued a statement saying that he had apologized to McIntosh and that Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman had contacted Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank “to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior.”

“There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others regardless of instigating factors,” Manuel said.

The Big Ten issued a statement saying it’s “aware of a physical altercation involving Michigan head coach Juwan Howard” and that it’s assessing the incident. Howard said he’d respect whatever decision the Big Ten makes.

“We will review the situation more thoroughly and work with the Big Ten Conference as they determine their disciplinary actions and will determine if further disciplinary actions are warranted,” Manuel said.

This isn’t Howard’s first high-profile incident with another Big Ten coach.

Last season, Howard got into a shouting match with then-Maryland coach Mark Turgeon during the conference tournament. Howard had to be restrained. He drew two technical fouls and was ejected from a game Michigan ended up winning 79-66.

Johnny Davis scored 25 points to help Wisconsin (21-5, 12-4) break open a close game. Wisconsin outscored Michigan 44-25 over the last 18 1/2 minutes.

Davis went on a personal 9-0 run and blocked a shot in a span of 2 minutes, 12 seconds to give the Badgers a 56-41 lead.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21 points for Michigan (14-11, 8-7), which shot just 4 of 25 from 3-point range. Eli Brooks had 14 points, and DeVante’ Jones finished with 11.

Steven Crowl scored 11 points for Wisconsin, and Brad Davison, Chucky Hepburn and Tyler Wahl added 10 each.

Wahl said nothing out of the ordinary occurred during the game that could have foretold what would happen afterward.

“I would say it was just a good 40-minute basketball game – physical game, Big Ten basketball,” Wahl said.

That all changed in the postgame handshake line.

HONORING FINLEY

Wisconsin raised former Badgers star Michael Finley’s No. 24 jersey to the rafters during a halftime ceremony. Wisconsin’s pep band wore white No. 24 T-shirts throughout the game.

Finley joins Ab Nicholas (No. 8) and Frank Kaminsky (No. 44) as the only Wisconsin players to have their jerseys in the rafters. Those three numbers are still able to be worn by current and future Badgers.

“It wasn’t something that I came to the university as a goal,” Finley said before the game. “My main focus was to win as many basketball games as I could, put the Wisconsin basketball program on the map, and whatever happened after that, happened.”

Finley, the first Badger to score 2,000 career points, played for Wisconsin from 1991-95 and led the 1994 team to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 47 years. He played in the NBA from 1995-2010, won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 and earned two All-Star selections.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: The Wolverines squandered an opportunity to boost their NCAA Tournament credentials and heard the Wisconsin crowd chanting “NIT” in the final seconds. But the bigger issue for now is the immediate future of Howard and what discipline he could be facing.

Wisconsin: Davis is the guy who could carry the Badgers on a deep postseason run, but the performances of Crowl and Hepburn also offer cause for encouragement.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

By following up a victory at Indiana with this home triumph over Michigan, Wisconsin should move up a few spots Monday as it tries to get back into the top 10.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Hosts Rutgers on Wednesday.

Wisconsin: At Minnesota on Wednesday.

No. 8 Providence rallies from 19 down, beats Butler in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ed Cooley found himself settling in and settling down as No. 8 Providence steadily cut into Butler’s lead Sunday.

The Providence coach believed his tested, talented roster would eventually respond to the challenge of erasing a 19-point, second-half deficit. He wasn’t disappointed.

Jared Bynum made two free throws with 38 seconds left in overtime and No. 8 Providence got the defensive stop it needed to rally for a crucial 71-70 victory.

“We like playing in close games,” Cooley said. “It’s not luck. When it’s close, that’s when I’m the most comfortable.”

Apparently, so is his team.

Over the final 22 minutes, the Friars (22-3, 12-2 Big East) led for exactly 102 seconds. Before that, they hadn’t led since it was 4-2. Yet, somehow after after opening the game 4 of 24 from the field, the Friars still managed to come up with a winning combination.

Nate Watson scored 22 points, including the putback that finally gave Providence a 69-68 lead with 2:08 left in overtime. Noah Horchler had 15 points, 11 rebounds and delivered the long two-pointer that finally tied the score at 64 with 23.5 seconds left in regulation as well as the rebound to seal it.

The Friars trailed by a point before Bynum made his two foul shots to finish with 18 points. He delivered the defensive plays, too.

“I was never worried,” Watson said. “We’ve been in a lot of games like this and I have trust in our coach and faith in my teammates to execute at the end.”

Chuck Harris had 17 points and Aaron Thompson added 16 for Butler (13-15, 6-11), which has lost three in a row – none more disappointing than this one.

The Bulldogs never trailed over the final 36 minutes of regulation, still led by seven with 2 1/2 minutes to play and had a chance to win at the end of regulation and overtime. But Thompson’s layup was blocked at the rim to force the extra session and Jayden Taylor missed an open 3-pointer at the end of overtime.

“That’s tough one to swallow, obviously,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. “We couldn’t get the stop when we needed. It came down to the last possession, we got a good look at it but it didn’t drop.”

Providence trailed cut 43-24 less than three minutes into the second before steadily climbing back. It cut the deficit to 52-43 with 8:53 left and closed to 56-54 on Watson’s dunk with 4:20 remaining. When the Bulldogs answered with five straight points, the Friars had one more flurry.

They tied it at 64 on Horchler’s basket and did just enough to hang on late.

BIG PICTURE

Providence: A week ago, the Friars looked like they might coast to their first Big East regular-season crown. Sunday’s victory should keep them in the hunt, even with a trip to No. 10 Villanova still looming following Tuesday’s home loss to the Wildcats. But a loss at Butler would have seriously hurt their chances.

Butler: The Bulldogs nearly got back to .500 for the first time since mid-January with what would have been a second straight win over a ranked foe. Instead, with three regular season games and the Big East Tournament still remaining, Butler needs to do some major work – just to make a postseason tournament.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

On Monday, the Friars earned their highest ranking in more than six years. It still could be a short stint in the top 10. But surviving this one should take some of the sting out of Tuesday’s loss.

MISSING OUT

Providence played without injured starting guard Al Durham, a sixth-year senior who is their second-leading scorer and one of the nation’s top free-throw shooters. The announcers on the television broadcast said e was out with a sports hernia and Cooley said it’s unclear when Durham could return.

“He’s been in pain for the last month and we thought right now it would be the right thing to do to keep him out,” Cooley said. “We were disheveled without him.”

UP NEXT

Providence: Hosts Xavier on Wednesday.

Butler: Visits Seton Hall on Wednesday.

No. 14 Houston edges Wichita State 76-74 in double OT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) J’Wan Roberts’ dunk with 1.3 seconds remaining in double overtime gave No. 14 Houston a stirring 76-74 victory over Wichita State on Sunday.

It was Roberts’ only basket of the game and followed Wichita State’s Craig Porter hitting a tying 3-point shot with 5.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime.

The Cougars’ Jamal Shead took the inbounds and raced up the floor, hitting Roberts for the uncontested game-winner.

Houston coach Kelvin Sampson credited a loss to Wisconsin earlier this season, when the Cougars failed to execute in the final five seconds. That situation was addressed in practice repeatedly

“We kept putting five seconds on the clock, five seconds on the clock, five seconds on the clock to get a feel for what we can do in that amount of time,” Sampson said. “Jamal learned from failure, and that led to this success.”

Josh Carlton scored 11 of his 23 points in the two overtimes, finishing 9 of 14 from the floor for Houston (22-4, 11-2 American).

Shead scored 13 points for the Cougars while Kyler Edwards, Fabian White and Ramon Walker each added 11.

Porter and Ricky Council each scored 17 for Wichita State (13-10, 4-7) while Tyson Etienne added 15.

“This is a confidence builder for us,” Etienne said. “They’re a great team, and we took them to the wire.”

Much of that credit goes to Porter, who scored eight points in the second overtime. The Shockers started clearing out for him every possession.

“But then Houston went zone, and that gave us a problem,” Wichita State coach Isaac Brown said. “Credit Houston for that. They made some crucial plays.”

Houston built a six-point lead in the first overtime behind Carlton, but Wichita State rallied and Porter’s free throw tied it with 18.1 seconds left. Walker’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short sending it to a second OT.

The Cougars are still excelling despite listing starting guards Tramion Mack and Marcus Sasser to injuries mid-season. Sampson said victories like this one make all the difference.

“I had two kids play 49 minutes tonight,” said Sampson, who improved to 8-2 against Wichita State. “Think about that. I’ve neer had that. To win six of seven (conference games) on the road for this group is a really big deal.

ON THE BOARDS

Houston leads the American in rebounding margin and offensive rebounding percentage (37.2 coming into the game).

But the Shockers outrebounded the Cougars 20-19 in the first half, allowing Houston only four offensive rebounds in 20 first-half opportunities. Wichita State was even better in the second half, outrebounding the Cougars 15-12. But in the first overtime, Houston grabbed four of the first five rebounds while quickly building a six-point lead And near the end of the second overtime, two Houston offensive rebounds led to Carlton’s three-point play with 13 seconds to play. Wichita State outrebound Houston 43-42 for the game.

“Offensive rebounds were big in the second half,” Sampson said. “As the game wore on, I thought our culture really helped us.”

ONE DEFENSIVE ISSUE, KIND OF

Wichita State was 23 of 26 from the free throw line. To Samson, that looked familiar. Memphis went 18 of 19 from the free throw line while beating Houston on Feb. 12, and SMU was 21 of 27 against Houston in the game before that.

“I don’t know what it is about us,” Sampson said. “We bring out the best from the other team in the free throw line.”

YOUTH MOVEMENT

One of the things that pleased Sampson the most was his younger players coming through in a tough road game.

“We had three freshmen on the floor tonight,” Sampson said. “Ramon Walker was supposed to redshirt before we had all the injuries. And he got picked on defensively tonight by Porter, but he also banged home three 3-pointers. Those were huge shots for us.”

BIG PICTURE

Houston: The Cougars remain in sole possession of first place in the conference and keep momentum heading toward March.

Wichita State: In position to get a home victory that eased some of the season’s disappointment, the Shockers could not finish off Houston.

UP NEXT

Houston: at Tulane on Wednesday

Wichita State: At Memphis on Saturday

Cindric wins Daytona 500 to celebrate Penske’s 85th birthday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Austin Cindric drove his brand new NASCAR ride to victory in the Daytona 500 to celebrate team owner Roger Penske’s 85th birthday.

“Oh, my God. I’ve got so many people to thank,” a stunned Cindric said after climbing from his car and saluting the capacity crowd of some 120,000 spectators.

“First and foremost Roger Penske, happy birthday!”

Cindric drove a masterful race at Daytona International Speedway and the Ford drivers synched their strategy all week, then executed their plan to perfection Sunday night. The blue oval drivers pushed each other over 500 miles and were bunched together for the final restart in overtime.

Cindric was the leader on the restart from the top lane and pulled out to a sizeable gap. He then ducked down to the bottom line in front of his Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney so that Blaney and Cindric could work together over the final two-lap sprint to the finish.

Blaney on the final lap made his move for the lead, and Bubba Wallace ducked low for his own look at the front. Cindric slid up to block Blaney, but still had to hold Wallace off in a drag race.

“Appreciate Ryan being a great teammate,” Cindric said. “Obviously, he wants to win this one.”

Blaney bounced off the wall and cars began crashing around him, and Cindric was declared the winner. It was the first career Cup victory for the 23-year-old Cindric, who was promoted from the Xfinity Series to replace Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Ford and run for NASCAR’s rookie of the year honors.

“I know there’s going to be highs and lows, being a rookie in a field of drivers this strong,” Cindric said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity, excited to climb the mountain we’ve got ahead of us on the 2 team. But we’re in the playoffs. That’s one good box checked.”

The win was the third Daytona 500 victory for Penske, who also picked up the trophy in 2008 with Ryan Newman and 2015 with Joey Logano. Ford Motor Co. has won the Daytona 500 17 times, including two in a row.

Wallace finished second for the second time in his career in the Daytona 500.

“What could have been, right?” Wallace said. “Just dejected.”

A trio of Ford drivers rounded out the top five with Chase Briscoe third, followed by Blaney and Aric Almirola.

Kyle Busch was sixth to join Wallace as the only Toyota drivers in the top 10. Michael McDowell was seventh, followed by David Ragan and Keselowski, and finally Chase Elliott in the only Chevrolet to finish inside the top 10.

Cindric, meanwhile, gave his family another one of the crown jewel trophies in motorsports. He’s the son of Tim Cindric, the president of Penske’s racing organization, and the maternal grandson of the late Jim Trueman, who fielded Bobby Rahal’s winning car in the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Trueman died of cancer less than a month later at age 51.

Tim Cindric watched the finish from a suite high above the speedway alongside Penske and other team executives. During the victory lane celebration, the father said his son’s victory was still sinking in.

“We’ve had the chance in our family to experience nine Indy 500s, and a lot of other things,” Tim Cindric said. “But, obviously, nothing tops when your kids accomplish their goals. To me, that’s the biggest thing, watching your kid accomplish their goal along with all these people that believed in him.”

Cindric is considered the first rookie to win the Daytona 500, although Trevor Bayne won in 2011 but was not eligible to run for rookie of the year in the Cup Series. Cindric made his Daytona 500 debut in last year’s race, which was decided by a last-lap collision that collected Cindric and his Penske teammates. All the Penske cars ended last year’s race in a ball of fire.

“I just wanted one of them to win. When they were coming to the line, I was afraid we were going to end up like last year,” Tim Cindric said. “I just wanted one of our guys to bring it home. I think the teamwork was there all day long.”

Niemann keeps his distance and closes out big win at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) Joaquinn Niemann survived a few nervous moments at Riviera and polished off a big week Sunday when he closed with an even-par 71 to become the first wire-to-wire winner of the Genesis Invitational in 53 years.

Staked to a three-shot lead, Niemann’s margin was down to one when he made a 7-foot birdie on the eighth hole and PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young sailed the green and made bogey.

The 23-year-old from Chile chipped in for eagle on the par-5 11th to stretch his lead to five, and he held on for a two-shot victory over British Open champion Collin Morikawa (65) and Young, whose last hopes ended with a bogey from the bunker on the 16th. Young shot 70.

About the only thing Niemann missed was a chance to break the oldest tournament scoring record on the PGA Tour. With two bogeys on the back nine, Niemann finished at 19-under 265, one short of the score Lanny Watkins had in 1985.

Morikawa holed an eagle chip on the infamous and reachable 10th hole that one-hopped into the cup, and two late birdies gave him a chance. But he missed a 10-footer on the 18th in his bid to win and reach No. 1 in the world.

Young, making only his 12th career PGA Tour start, was a runner-up for the second time this season. He also tied for second in Mississippi. Given the prestige of the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, Young earned $1,068,000 for his tie for second. The purse was $12 million.

As for Niemann, Riviera hasn’t had a 23-year-old winner since Phil Rodgers in 1962, the tournament best known for Jack Nicklaus making his pro debut. Nicklaus tied for 50th and earned $33.33 that year.

Niemann picked up $2.16 million for his second PGA Tour victory.

No one else had much of a chance on a cool, breezy afternoon at Riviera. This was Niemann’s tournament from the start, when he opened with a pair of 63s and set or matched a tournament scoring record of some variety each day but the last one.

Charlie Sifford in 1969 was the last player to go wire-to-wire in the Genesis Invitational, significant because the elite tournament – it attracted everyone from the top 10 in the world this week – offers an exemption in Sifford’s name to promote diversity in golf.

This year is the 100th anniversary of when Sifford, the first Black golfer to win on the PGA Tour, was born. The No. 100 was on the first hole.

Niemann carved his own way around the fabled course. The most important birdie was at No. 8. He got plenty of breathing room with the eagle on No. 11.

Young was stayed close, even after a bogey on No. 10 when his flip wedge from short of the green failed to clear a bunker. He blasted out nicely to 4 feet but missed the par putt, slamming his bag with a putter as he left the green.

He still had a chance. Young drove into a bunker on the 15th, could only get out to the fairway and then holed out for birdie from 50 yards. Niemann missed a 4-foot par putt and took his second straight bogey, and the lead was down to two with three holes to play.

Young found a bunker for the second straight day on the par-3 16th. It wasn’t plugged like it was on Saturday, but he failed to get up-and-down. He birdied the par-5 17th to get back within two shots and needed some help. Niemann didn’t provide it, splitting the middle of the fairway, hitting to the back level of the green and two-putting for par from just inside 30 feet.

And then the celebration was on as his closest friends – Sergio Garcia of Spain, Mito Pereira of Chile and Carlos Ortiz of Mexico – formed a big group hug on the 18th.

Dustin Johnson says he’s sticking with the PGA Tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) A proposed Saudi-financed rival golf league took a massive hit Sunday when Dustin Johnson said he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour, and Bryson DeChambeau indicated he would stay where the stars were playing.

Johnson added his name to a growing list of golf’s top players who have said they are not interested in taking guaranteed riches from the “Super Golf League” that Greg Norman and his LIV Golf Investments are behind.

Rory McIlroy, the first to speak out against a rival league and the guaranteed riches two years ago, said Sunday’s development left the concept “dead in the water.”

“Who’s left? Who’s left to go?” McIlroy said. “I just can’t see any reason why anyone would go.”

Johnson, a two-time major champion who has spent more time at No. 1 in the world than any of the current players – he now is at No. 6 – had kept his intentions quiet over the last few months, leading to speculation he would join.

“I feel it is now time to put such speculation to rest. I am fully committed to the PGA Tour,” he said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to play on the best tour in the world and for all it has provided me and my family.”

Like some other players, Johnson said there are areas where the PGA Tour can “improve and evolve.”

Hours later, DeChambeau posted a statement on Twitter that appeared to cool his enthusiasm.

“While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I,” DeChambeau said.

Johnson’s statement means no one from the top 10 in the world have indicated any interest in signing up for the league. That doesn’t include DeChambeau at No. 12, or marquee names like Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth.

“I think it’s nice now that we all can sit down and say, `Look, we’re all on the same page here,” McIlroy said. “Are there things the tour could do better and they’re working on? Of course, but that’s the same in any business, in any sports league around the world.”

McIlroy, Koepka and world No. 1 Jon Rahm were among the first to reject a rival tour at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, and they doubled down on their support this week at the Genesis Invitational, where the chatter was loud about the proposed league getting close to announcing 20 players.

It picked up steam over the last two weeks because of Phil Mickelson, who is thought to be the lead player of a new league but has made comments that make it unclear what the six-time major champion actually is pursuing.

Mickelson accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” in an interview with Golf Digest while he was at the Saudi International for a seven-figure appearance fee.

And then Alan Shipnuck, who is writing a biography on Mickelson due out this spring, published an excerpt based on a November phone interview in which Mickelson called the Saudis “scary” and referred to the PGA Tour as a “dictatorship.”

Mickelson said three players paid attorneys to write the operating agreement for a new league. He also said he didn’t care if the new league succeeded, as long as it gave players more leverage in dealing with the PGA Tour.

“I’m sure he’s sitting at home sort of rethinking his position and where he goes from here,” McIlroy said.

Some details have been mentioned by agents who have seen the proposal, such as a schedule that includes as many as 10 events in the U.S., with the new league targeting courses owned by former President Donald Trump.

British media has reported without identifying sources that DeChambeau was offered $130 million to join (DeChambeau took to social media to say only it was “wrong”) and Ian Poulter was offered $30 million.

Johnson was asked at the Saudi International, where he was the defending champion, whether he was offered something similar.

“No, not similar,” Johnson said to laughter, indicating it was far greater.

Viktor Hovland said earlier this week his wish was to play on the PGA Tour, and all that could change his mind would be if the best players in the world went to the new league.

The 24-year-old from Norway, who is No. 4 in the world, didn’t see that happening at the moment.

“It seemed a lot of good players are voicing their support for the PGA Tour, so that’s certainly going to be a tall task for other leagues if the best players don’t want to go,” Hovland said.

Xander Schauffele, the No. 7 player in the world, fell in line with that thinking in an interview Saturday afternoon when he said, “For me, I want to be on the best tour possible and compete against the best players in the world.”

He was at the Saudi International, which is not part of the proposed league, but was not inclined to sign up with Norman’s group.

Schauffele said he hopes the threat of a new league can lead to the PGA Tour improving its product and perhaps making concessions on such items as media rights.

“At the end of the day, all I want is to be part of the best product possible,” he said.

Hurricanes edge Pens 4-3 to take lead in tight Metropolitan

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first four months of the season shadowboxing each other for the top spot in perhaps the NHL’s most competitive division.

Skating on the same sheet of ice for the first time in nearly two years, Carolina sent a very direct, very emphatic message: The Hurricanes are every bit as dangerous as the star-laden Penguins. And they have the firepower to prove it.

Jesper Fast scored 9 seconds into the third period to break a tie, Sebastian Aho followed with his 22nd goal of the season and the Hurricanes edged Pittsburgh 4-3 on Sunday to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

“I see some battles (ahead),” said Carolina center and former Penguin Jordan Staal, who scored his fourth goal of the season 9 seconds into the second period on a bit of a fluky bounce. “We play a fair amount against each other the next few weeks, in the division. It’s a lot of fun. Two good teams going at it.”

Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored for Carolina, which never trailed in the first meeting of the season between the teams that entered the day tied atop perhaps the league’s most competitive division. Antti Raanta made 31 saves to pick up his 100th career victory.

Evan Rodrigues scored his first goal since Jan. 6 to get Pittsburgh within one with 1:12 remaining, but the Hurricanes held on.

Bryan Rust scored his eighth goal in his past eight games and Sidney Crosby added the 501st goal of his career. Tristan Jarry finished with 26 stops for Pittsburgh and played well despite a series of breakdowns in front of him early on that allowed the Hurricanes to control play for significant stretches.

“We gave them too many chances,” Rust said. “We obviously didn’t have the greatest start and I think we got on our heels a little bit and once we got down 2-0, we countered from there. We were good for the last 60% of the game, but against a team like that, you can’t spot them two.”

The loss dropped Pittsburgh to 0-2 at the start of a challenging stretch that began with a listless loss to Toronto last Thursday and includes two more matchups with the Hurricanes as well as showdowns with Tampa Bay, Florida and the New York Rangers.

“It’s a hard game,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It had a playoff feel to it in that there wasn’t a lot of room out there. You have to fight for every inch. That’s the game we need to embrace moving forward. That’s playoff hockey.”

The Hurricanes spent most of the first period creating multiple breakaway or odd-man rushes that Jarry fended off until Kotkaniemi broke through 15:18 into the game when he collected a loose puck in the slot and fired it high over Jarry’s glove.

Staal doubled the lead just 9 seconds into the second period when he found himself in the right spot following a shot by defenseman Brett Pesce. Pittsburgh’s Jeff Carter’s attempted clear from the slot smacked off Staal and slid into the net.

The Penguins emerged from their funk midway through the second period. Rust poked home a rebound off Kris Letang’s shot 14:43 into the period gave Pittsburgh some life. Crosby followed with his 15th of the season a little less than three minutes later when he smoked a slap shot from the left circle just over Raanta’s outstretched left pad.

The momentum, however, did not carry over to the third. Brady Skjei stepped in front of a pass by Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin in the neutral zone and slipped the puck to Nino Niederreiter while Fast streaked down the right side. Fast buried Niederreiter’s centering pass to immediately put the Penguins back on their heels.

Aho made it a two-goal game with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play with just under six minutes to play. Rodrigues’s first goal in 19 games with Jarry pulled led to a few tense moments in the final seconds before the clock expired to give the Hurricanes a win in a game that could serve as a preview of things to come this spring.

“The third period was a good battle,” Staal said. “I thought our special teams was big. (The) power-play goal was huge. Gave us a little breathing room.”

For now.

NOTES: Carolina D Brendan Smith left in the first period and did not return after taking a puck to the ear while sliding to block a shot. The team said after the game that Smith was transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for evaluation and imaging and he was in stable condition and has been released to travel with the team to Philadelphia, where he will continue to be monitored by the team’s medical staff. … Pittsburgh honored Crosby with a plaque commemorating his 500th career goal during a pregame ceremony. Crosby became the 46th player in NHL history to reach the milestone in a win over Philadelphia last Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Travel to the other side of Pennsylvania to face Philadelphia on Monday night.

Pittsburgh: Have a few days off before hosting New Jersey on Thursday night.

Barkov leads Panthers to 5-2 victory over Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists and the surging Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks on 5-2 on Sunday for their third straight win.

Aaron Ekblad, Brandon Montour, MacKenzie Weegar and Anton Lundell also scored as Eastern Conference-leading Florida won for the seventh time in eight games and finished a five-game road trip at 4-1-0.

The Panthers are 3-0 following the All-Star break and gelling when away from South Florida. They’re an impressive 23-3-0 at home and have improved to 12-7-5 on the road.

According to Florida coach Andrew Brunette, there’s no need for the high-scoring Panthers to be flashy all the time.

“I think we’ve managed the game pretty well on the road of late,” Brunette said. “I thought at times (before) we did a little fire-wagoning. We have so much skill and we can can play at a pretty high level some time, we can get a little carried away.

“I thought we did an excellent job on this trip of playing road hockey. Whatever they’re giving us, we’re taking. We’re kind of grinding through it, and were finding ways to score and do the right things.”

Florida entered the game leading the NHL in scoring at 4.14 goals and 36.5 shots per game. In this one, the Panthers got three goals from defensemen.

Ekblad, one of the NHL’s top offensive blueliners, scored his 13th goal. Weegar and Montour each added their fifth.

“We have good, mobile defensemen out there,” Montour said. “I think anybody from the back end can put the puck in the net.

Added Brunette: “They’re been active, a big part of our offense all season. When they get going like that, they’re dangerous.”

Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists to increase his league-leading assist total to 53 and extend his points streak to seven games. He has one goal and 11 assists in the span.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which dropped its third straight overall and seventh in a row at home (0-6-1). The Blackhawks haven’t won at the United Center since beating Anaheim on Jan. 15 and are 8-13-4 in their rink this season.

Caleb Jones added a late goal in the third just as a Chicago power play ended to make it closer.

Kane’s assist gave him 720 for his career, all with Chicago, and moved him past Hall of Famer Denis Savard for second on the team’s career list.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for Florida. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots for Chicago.

The Blackhawks matched tempo with the Panthers for much of the game.

“I think we fared pretty good with the challenge. we hung in there with them,” Chicago interim coach Derek King said. “The third period, they came and they were like, ‘OK, enough with this.’ They started playing.”

“But still, we were in it, we got back, we creeped back in. At least we kept it to the point where we could get our goalie out (for an extra attacker).”

Chicago outshot Florida 11-3 in the first, but the Panthers started to dominated as the period went on.

Ekblad pinched in from the left point and opened the scoring with 3:27 left in the period. After darting to the circle, he one-timed Sam Reinhart’s pinpoint cross-ice feed past Fleury.

Kane tied it at 1 by banking in a goal between Bobrovsky and the post with 32 seconds left in the first. The Chicago star fired hard from below the goal line in the left corner, and the puck caromed into the net off the shaft of Bobrovsky’s stick.

Montour put Florida back ahead 2-1 at 7:26 of the second on a screened shot from the top of the slot. Fleury didn’t even move as Montour’s drive clanked in high off the left post.

Weegar made it 3-1 just 50 seconds into the third when he was left open in the slot. He golfed in Carter Verhaeghe’s centering pass off Fleury.

Anthony Duclair appeared to make it 4-1 on a shot from the left circle at 7:57, but the play was ruled offside following a coaching challenge and video review.

Jones closed it to 3-2 with a goal with 7:22 left when his shot from the left circle slithered under Bobrovksy’s left pad.

Barkov scored his team-leading 23rd goal into an empty net with 1:48 left to seal it. Lundell added a second empty-netter 39 seconds later.

HOT CATS

Mason Marchment stretched his points streak to eight games with an assist. He has nine goals and seven assists in the stretch. Reinhart extended his points streak to six games with his assist, and has five goals and five assists during the run.

Barkov has points in six of seven games, with five goals and six assists in the span.

NOTES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed his ninth game under concussion protocol. … Florida F Joe Thornton, remains day to day. The 42-year-old is the NHL’s active points leader with 1,535. … Chicago D Jake McCabe left in the third period with a lower-body injury and is day to day.

UP NEXT:

Panthers: host Nashville on Tuesday to start five-game homestand.

Blackhawks: host New Jersey on Friday.

Curry sets 3s record, LeBron the winner in NBA All-Star Game

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry got another 3-point record. LeBron James got another All-Star win.

Not a bad night in Ohio for the two All-Stars from Akron.

“It’s right on the nose of how it should go,” Curry said.

Curry turned boos to oohs and aahs with the greatest long-distance shooting performance in All-Star Game history, then James made a turnaround jumper that gave Team LeBron a 163-160 victory over Team Durant on Sunday night.

Curry made 16 3-pointers and scored 50 points, two off Anthony Davis’ record. He was clearly hunting it, asking on the sideline during a sizzling third quarter how many points it would take.

On a night both players were among the greats of the game who were honored during a halftime ceremony celebrating the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, Curry and James showed why they continue to stand out among today’s best.

Curry, who earlier this season became the NBA’s career leader in 3-pointers, missed his final attempt beyond the arc that would have allowed him to surpass Davis. But with James’ team needing a basket to reach the target score of 163 points, they couldn’t afford to keep feeding Curry.

So James pulled up from deep on the right side for the winning bucket, making him 5-0 in the format where the leading vote-getters in each conference draft teams.

The All-Star Game’s return to Cleveland was expected to be James’ night. He is the Cavaliers franchise’s greatest player, having led them to their only NBA championship in 2016.

Instead, he fittingly co-starred with Curry, who was born in the same Akron hospital three years later.

“Obviously I got the MVP; I played well the whole night. He hit the game-winner,” Curry said. “All the history of our series and the Akron ties, and all that kind of going into how the night went, so it was pretty – can’t really draw it up any other way.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, increasing what was a 28.8 average that was already best in All-Star Game history. James finished with 24 in his old home. Joel Embiid led Team Durant with 36 points.

Curry finished 16 of 27 beyond the arc – sometimes well, well behind it. He launched a few from the All-Star 2022 logo near midcourt, running backward without even waiting to watch one go in.

The 3-point arc is slightly more than 23 feet away. Curry had made shots listed from 37, 33 and 34 feet during one stretch of the third quarter,

“This guy is from a different planet. He literally has an automatic sniper connected to his arm, and when he lets it go, not only himself, but everybody on the floor, in the stands, on TV, on their phones, whatever you are watching on, you think it’s going in every time,” James said. “Nine times out of 10 and sometimes 10 times out of 10, it does go in.

“To be out there and watch that kid from Akron as well shoot the ball the way he shot it, it was unbelievable,” James said. “It was pretty cool.”

Curry had been booed all weekend, smiling through the sounds during pregame introductions as Cleveland fans made clear they hadn’t forgiven him for helping Golden State beat the Cavaliers three times in the NBA Finals from 2015-18.

But the fans were enjoying his show too much to keep going as the game went on, though the boos returned when he was presented the MVP award that in 2020 was renamed in honor of Kobe Bryant, who won a record-tying four of them.

The Kobe Bryant Trophy was redesigned this year and given to Curry in front of a crowd that included Bryant’s wife, Vanessa.

Curry received 11 of the 12 votes for the award, with James earning the other through a fan vote.

Michael Jordan was the last player introduced for the halftime ceremony and James said his winning shot was inspired by the turnaround fadeaway that Jordan perfected during his Hall of Fame career. It earned $450,000 for the Kent State I Promise Scholars Program, the charity James’ team was playing for.

“He wanted the ball. We all knew that he was going to shoot it,” Cleveland’s Darius Garland said. “Fadeaway, you know? He wanted to win for the school. That’s why he was going so hard in the fourth. That’s why everybody was going hard in the fourth. Just seeing that go in, just seeing the crowd erupt in his hometown, it was cool to see.”

It was a thrilling finish to an All-Star Game played again before a packed house after the 2021 game was contested in a mostly empty State Farm Arena in Atlanta, moved there because of the coronavirus pandemic after it was originally scheduled for Indianapolis.

The pregame introductions wrapped up with a thunderous roar for James, who responded with one of his own. His home fans cheered again when he did his signature pregame power toss and he came out aggressively with nine points to help Team LeBron win the first quarter 47-45.

Then it became the Curry show.

He made six 3s for 18 points in the second quarter, though Team Durant won the period. He made seven more 3s and scored 21 in the third, when the teams played to a 45-all tie.

James defeated Curry when they were captains in 2018, the first year after the NBA did away with the traditional East against West format. Then James beat Antetokounmpo in the next two years.

This time, he drafted both of the two-time NBA MVPs, along with Nikola Jokic, the reigning MVP. His team won for the second straight year against the club captained by Kevin Durant, who couldn’t play because of a sprained left knee ligament.

Chris Paul did play – briefly – despite a right thumb injury that TNT reported would keep him out at least six weeks. Paul played with a wrap covering his thumb during his two-minute stint.

The Cavaliers’ two All-Stars did well, with Garland scoring 13 points and Jarrett Allen blocking Embiid’s shot when the game was tied at 155. The duo played with James, Curry and Antetokounmpo during a pivotal fourth-quarter stretch.

Devin Booker scored 20 points, LaMelo Ball had 18 and Dejounte Murray 17 for Team Durant.

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INDIANA BASEBALL: Hoosiers Drop Finale at Clemson in Extra Innings

CLEMSON, S.C. – It was a back-and-forth affair on Sunday (Feb. 20) inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a tough, 5-4, decision to Clemson in 10 innings.

Indiana (0-3) took the early lead on a Phillip Glasser home run in the first, but Clemson (3-0) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. A single run in the third gave IU a brief lead, before the Tigers scored twice in the frame. Two runs in the sixth gave the Hoosiers the lead back, 4-3, but CU knotted the score with a single run in the seventh. Bryar Hawkins delivered the walk-off RBI in the 10th.

While Glasser’s blast got the offense started, it was redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen that did the most damage for IU with four hits, one run scored and one RBI. Of his four hits, two went for doubles. Glasser was on base three times and scored twice. The senior’s home run was accompanied by a single and a hit-by-pitch. Freshman Brock Tibbitts chipped in a pair of hits and drive in one RBI, while graduate student Tyler Doanes was on base three times – all via base on balls – and scored one run.

Seven of nine starters reached base for Indiana and the Hoosiers out-hit the Tigers, 9-7, in the contest. Each team benefited from the free pass, as IU drew nine walks and Clemson worked 12 walks in the game.

Junior Nathan Stahl threw four innings in the start and allowed three runs on two hits and struck out three batters in the no decision. Freshman Grant Holderfield tossed 2 1/3 innings of one-run relief and struck out two. Senior Braydon Tucker was the tough-luck loser with one run allowed over 2 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander struck out three and allowed four hits in the outing.

Freshman Luke Hayden made his collegiate debut on the mound and recorded two outs, the final a sacrifice fly.

For Clemson, Caden Grice homered as a part of a two-hit game and drove in three RBIs on the afternoon, and Dylan Brewer posted CU’s only other multi-hit game with a single and a double. Grice was also the winning pitcher, as he tossed a scoreless 10th inning.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Phillip Glasser got the scoring started with a solo home run to center field.

Indiana 1, Clemson 0

Bottom First

A leadoff double by Dylan Brewer came in to score on a Caden Grice sacrifice fly.

Indiana 1, Clemson 1

Top Third

After Bobby Whalen robbed a home run in the bottom of the second inning, he singled to start the inning. After he stole second and moved to third on a groundout, pinch hitter Brock Tibbitts provided an RBI single through the right side.

Indiana 2, Clemson 1

Bottom First

Grice hit a two-out, two-run home run to give Clemson the lead.

Clemson 3, Indiana 2

Top Sixth

With two outs, Tyler Doanes walked and Glasser was hit-by-pitch. Whalen then doubled to score the game-tying run and after a walk to Matthew Ellis loaded the bases, Ethan Vecrumba drew a walk to push across a run.

Indiana 4, Clemson 3

Bottom Seventh

A bases loaded, two-out walk to Tyler Corbitt tied the game.

Indiana 4, Clemson 4

Bottom 10th

Bryar Hawkins’ sacrifice fly plated the game-winning run.

Clemson 5, Indiana 4

Up Next

Indiana will travel to Oxford, Ohio on Tuesday, Feb. 22 for a 3 p.m. first pitch against Miami (Ohio). The Hoosiers will then trek to Round Rock, Texas, for three games at the Karbach Round Rock Classic. The event will kick off on Friday, February 25 with IU facing Arkansas at 8 p.m. ET.

INDIANA WRESTLING: Falls to Chattanooga in Final Regular Season Dual

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– In its final regular season dual, Indiana Wrestling lost to Chattanooga, 21-15, on Sunday afternoon in Wilkinson Hall. The loss puts the Hoosiers’ record at 3-8 on the season.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana’s six graduating wrestlers: Brock Hudkins, Paul Konrath, Sammy Cokeley, Diego Lemley, Garrett Hoffman, and Jonathan Moran were all honored prior to the dual as part of senior day.

• At halftime of the meet, Indiana’s program alumni were welcomed and honored at the mat as part of Alumni Day celebrations.

• Indiana got off to a hot start when sophomore Jacob Moran (125) and graduate student Brock Hudkins (133) each picked up a victory in the first two bouts of the day. Both wins were over ranked opponents.

• Moran defeated No. 22 Fabian Gutierrez by a 6-5 decision.

• Hudkins took down No. 19 Brayden Palmer in a 5-3 decision.

• In his first appearance since the Purdue meet, redshirt sophomore Donnell Washington (184) easily defeated Thomas Sell via a major decision and 20-8 margin.

• Junior Jacob Bullock (285) dominated Matthias Ervin, earning a tech fall victory by a score of 16-0.

NOTABLES

• Moran’s win marked his 10th victory of the season and improved his season record to 10-9.

• The win for Hudkins gave him his 11th win of the season and puts him at 11-2 for the year.

• In his second win by major decision of the year, Washington now has a 13-3 mark for the year.

• The 16-0 tech fall win for Bullock was the junior’s first win by tech fall all year and it improved his season record to 10-8.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will have extended time off as they gear up for the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The Hoosiers will compete in Lincoln, Neb. in Pinnacle Bank Arena from March 5-6 for the postseason event.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 5 IU Faces Iowa For Second Time in Three Days on Monday Night

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 5 Indiana and No. 22 Iowa will meet for the second time in three days to close out the season series on Monday night. Tipoff in Carver Hawkeye Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET.

#5/6 INDIANA (19-5, 11-3 B1G) AT IOWA (17-7, 11-4 B1G)

Monday, February 21, 2022 • 8 p.m. ET

Carver Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, Iowa

ABOUT THE HAWKEYES

Iowa scored an IU opponent-high 96 points in Saturday’s game in Bloomington. Senior center Monika Czinano scored 22 points while junior forward McKenna Warnock added 21 in her return. Sophomore guard Caitlin Clark leads Iowa, averaging 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Iowa averages a league-high 84.5 points per game while shooting 49.7 percent.

SERIES HISTORY

Iowa leads 52-22

LAST MEETING

2/19/22 – L, 91-96 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Indiana and Iowa will meet for the second time in three days on Monday night as it closes out its season series. Monday’s game at Carver Hawkeye Arena is a rescheduled game between the two schools that was originally set for Jan. 23 but postponed due to health and safety protocols.

The Hoosiers set a new Big Ten record with 42 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t overcome an early deficit as it fell to the Hawkeyes, 96-91, on Saturday in Bloomington, Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe led the way with 22 points as she enters tomorrow’s game just three points shy of her 1,000th career point at IU.

On the heels of its 20th win of the season, Indiana needs one more victory to notch its 11th 20-win season in school history. It would be the seventh-straight season with 20 wins or more, the longest streak in program history.

Indiana has three players up for national awards that fans can vote on. Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes are you for positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA, Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie Awards, respectively. Fans can visit hoophall.com to vote daily for the Hoosier duo. Ali Patberg is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, an acronym for Community, Classroom, Character, Competition. Fans can also vote daily at seniorclassaward.com.

UP NEXT

The regular season will conclude on the road on Friday night when the Hoosiers travel to Maryland. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES: Indiana Readies for Top-20 Ohio State

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will visit Ohio State on Monday night. IU is in the midst of a four-game losing streak after falling late against Wisconsin, 64-59 last Tuesday. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes met on Jan. 6 with IU pulling away in the second half for a 67-51 win. The Hoosier defense held the Buckeyes to 30.8% shooting from the field.

GAME INFORMATION

Monday, February 21 • 7:00 p.m. ET

Value City Arena (18,809) • Columbus, Ohio

TV: FS1 (Brandon Gaudin and Jim Jackson)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: Indiana leads 109-87

Last Meeting: IU 67, OSU 51 (Jan. 6, 2021 in Bloomington)

IU Rankings: KenPom (45th), NET (44th)

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann is in his fifth year in Columbus.

DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS

IU is first in the Big Ten and eighth in country in field goal percentage defense (37.9%) and first in conference games only (40.2). The Hoosiers also lead the league in scoring defense (64.2) overall and are second in conference play (65.67). IU is second in the league in blocked shots per game (5.4). The Hoosiers 37.9% field goal defense mark would be the program’s best in the last 23 seasons. IU held opponents to 38.8% shooting n 1999-2000.

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 18.0 points (5th in B1G), 8.3 rebounds (5th), shooting 57.8% from the floor (3rd) and contributing 64 blocked shots (1st).

He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State.

He has had nine double-doubles this season and 31 in his career with IU posting a 23-8 record in those games. He notched four straight double-doubles for the first time in his career after he had 23 points and 12 boards at Nebraska.

Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,400 points as a Hoosier, rating 25th all-time in IU lore.

Despite being limited to 11 minutes due to foul trouble against No. 4/4 Purdue, he defended a game-winning shot attempt and made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left to extend the IU lead.

He had 27 points and 12 rebounds earlier against OSU and had 30 points and eight boards against Wisconsin.

IT’S RACE, NOT TRAYCE

Redshirt Sr./Jr. has averaged a team-best 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in the last five games and is shooting 36.4% from long distance in that time. He is ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.8).

He had 13 points and eight boards against Wisconsin. He had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Michigan State.

Recently, he had a season-high 18 points against Penn State and Maryland and added his fourth double-double of the season when he grabbed 12 boards against the Terrapins.

He is second on the team averaging 11.7 points and shooting 54.7% from the field with 18 blocked shots. He leads the team with 27 steals.

ODDS AND TRENDS

So./Fr. Trey Galloway has started the last three games and is averaging 6.7 points in his last 10 outings. He tied career-highs in minutes (37), points (13) and rebounds (5) at Northwestern.

The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range against Penn State was their third best shooting effort from distance since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).

In the last 13 games, IU has dropped its turnovers almost six per game at 9.7 per contest.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 5 Purdue Starts Fast, Rolls Past Rutgers 84-72

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For Purdue coach Matt Painter, Jaden Ivey’s ability to break down the defense was the difference.

Ivey scored 25 points, Zach Edey added 15 points and No. 5 Purdue beat Rutgers 84-72 on Sunday, ending the Scarlet Knights’ recent run of success against ranked teams.

Rutgers had won its last four games, all against teams in the Top 25.

The Boilermakers stopped the string as Ivey did much of his scoring at the line, hitting 15 of 18 free throws. Trevion Williams and Sasha Stefanovic each scored 11 points and Mason Gillis 10 points for Purdue (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten).

Zach Edey and Trevion Williams were a combined 10-of-14 from the field with Edey making 5 of 6 shots.

“I think teams know if they play us 1-on-1, there is high chance we’re going to score,” Williams said. “It’s all about making the other team make a decision. You are either going to play us 1-on-1 or you are going to sink in and we’ll dish it out to our shooters. It’s been working for us to go inside out.”

Paul Mulcahy scored 15, Clifford Omoruyi added 14, Ron Harper Jr. had 12 points and Geo Baker 11 points for Rutgers (16-10, 10-6).

“We were trying to push the lead,” Ivey said. “We didn’t want it to get close at all. We just played great team basketball today. We made plays down the stretch. They were pressing us the whole game. I felt were patient and we took what they gave us.”

Painter said balance was key.

“We had the balance of driving the basketball and make enough 3s,” Painter said. “We had some open ones you like to see go down. We just kept trying to execute, We outrebounded them and had fewer turnovers than them at their place and still lost. Tonight we had outrebounded them and fewer turnovers and won. If you do that you have a chance and it helps when you can make some shots. We made enough tonight.’

The Boilermakers closed the first half with a 9-1 run to take a 45-36 lead, then opened the second half by scoring the first 11 points. Purdue held Rutgers scoreless for nearly five minutes in pushing the lead to 56-36.

For the game, Purdue shot 53% while Rutgers shot 51%. The big difference was Purdue had a 19-4 edge in points off turnovers. Rutgers had 11 turnovers, four more than Purdue. The Boilermakers also made 24 of 29 free throws to Rutgers’ 13 of 17.

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights saw their string of four consecutive victories over ranked opponents end — they beat Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois during that streak. Despite some disappointing non-conference losses, Rutgers has put itself back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Rutgers had upset then-No. 1 Purdue 70-68 on Dec. 9 as Harper sank a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Purdue: The Boilermakers moved a half-game ahead of Wisconsin (12-4) and Illinois (12-4) in the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers close with road games at Michigan State and Wisconsin and home against Indiana.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With No. 2 Auburn losing to unranked Florida and No. 4 Kentucky losing to No. 16 Tennessee, No. 5 Purdue could move up in the rankings with two victories on the week.

(Postgame Notes)

No. 5 Purdue moved to 24-4 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten with an 84-72 win over Rutgers in front of a sellout crowd of 14,084 fans at Mackey Arena – the 40th straight sellout at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers snapped a four-game losing streak against the Scarlet Knights, their third-longest active losing streak against a single opponent. Purdue moved to 13-5 in the series with Rutgers, 7-1 when played at Mackey Arena. Purdue also snapped Rutgers’ four-game winning streak against ranked opponents.

Purdue has won nine of its last 10 games after starting the Big Ten season with a 4-3 record. After starting 1-2, it has won 12 of its last 14 games.

Purdue’s 24-4 record marks their best 28-game start during the Matt Painter era, matching their best 28-game start since the 1987-88 season (26-2). Purdue also started 24-4 in 2009-10, 1995-96, 1993-94 and 1986-87. Purdue earned a No. 1 seed in three of the seasons (1995-96, 1993-94, 1987-88).

Through Sunday’s games, Purdue’s 24 victories are tied for third nationally (Murray State – 26; South Dakota State – 25).

Purdue is 100-11 in the last 111 games played at Mackey Arena.

Purdue’s seven turnovers matched a season low in turnovers (Feb. 5th vs. Michigan).

Purdue is 26-10 in Big Ten play since the start of last season.

In its last four games (including Rutgers), Purdue has a chance to avenge three losses (Rutgers, Wisconsin, Indiana).

Purdue shot 53.1 percent from the field, the 16th time this season that the Boilermakers have shot over 50 percent (third most nationally). Purdue is 19-0 when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field, having won 24 straight games.

Purdue is now 6-0 on Sundays and 23-1 on all days other than Thursday (1-3).

Purdue is 142-17 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponents. The Boilermakers outshot the Scarlet Knights 29-17 from the free throw line.

Purdue 146-12 under Painter when scoring at least 80 points, including 60-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season.

Purdue is 138-15 under Painter when winning the rebound and turnover battles in the same game. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 27-25, and registered four less turnovers (11-7).

The Boilermakers have won 26 straight games when leading at halftime and since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 118-12 when leading at the intermission.

Five Boilermakers recorded double-digit scoring performances. Jaden Ivey led the team in points with 25 and tallied 4 assists.

Ivey shot 15-for-18 from the free throw line, career highs for both free throws made and attempted. His 15 made free throws were the most for a Purdue player since Willie Deane made 17 on Jan. 29, 2003, vs. Ohio State.

Zach Edey and Trevion Williams combined for 26 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and only 2 turnovers.

Zach Edey surpassed JaJuan Johnson for the second most dunks on the season in program history (50).

Sasha Stefanovic tied Chad Austin for eighth most career 3-pointers with 212. Stefanovic went 3-for-7 from long range.

Purdue improved to 10-1 during his career when Mason Gillis scores 10 or more points (10 points, 5 rebounds).

PURDUE  WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Boilermakers Pull Away Late to Win at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Purdue Women’s Basketball saved its best for last in its 70-59 victory at Rutgers, outscoring the Scarlet Knights by a 22-14 margin in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Junior guard Abbey Ellis (Melbourne, Australia) led the way for first-year head coach Katie Gearlds’ squad (16-11, 7-9), as the transfer point guard scored a team-high 20 points (6-for-14 FG) and recorded five rebounds, two steals and two assists.

The win was a significant marker on the opening campaign for Gearlds’ career at Purdue, as the season sweep of Rutgers (9-18, 2-13) gives the Boilermakers back-to-back wins against the Scarlet Knights for the third time in program history. The Old Gold & Black defeated Rutgers, 60-58 (Jan. 2, 2022) on a last-second, buzzer-beating layup from junior guard Jeanae Terry.

Gearlds and her squad have successfully turned momentum in the series away from the Scarlet Knights, who prior to this season had claimed five-straight wins dating back to 2017-18.

Helping Ellis deliver the road win for the Boilers were sophomore guard Madison Layden (Kokomo, Ind.) and freshman guard Ava Learn (Hyde Park, N.Y.), who scored 15 points and 13 points, respectively. Layden made her presence felt on both ends of the court, as she also tallied six rebounds and a career-high six steals.

Learn’s play has continued to elevate, as the newcomer followed up a career-best game vs. Illinois (Feb. 17), in which she scored 12 points, with a new personal best of 13. Her five rebounds matched a season-best. 

The second quarter was the beginning of showtime for Ellis, and the reason for Purdue’s halftime advantage was on the shoulders of the Boilermakers’ native Australian. Seven points from Ellis during the game’s second frame helped Purdue stake out a 33-29 lead at the break.

A tightly contested first quarter, Learn led the Boilermakers with six points in the opening frame and had eight total for the first half. Gearlds’ squad was down 16-15 to the host Scarlet Knights after one period, but saw an early boost from its bench with 10 points coming from substitutions.

Purdue continues on the road at Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 24, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on B1G+ and the Purdue Radio Network.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Scores 7 in the First, Completes 4-Game Sweep

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Cam Thompson’s three-run double and Evan Albrecht’s first collegiate home run highlighted a seven-run first inning, an extended rally that powered Purdue baseball to a 10-7 victory vs. South Dakota State on Sunday at Constellation Field.

The Boilermakers (4-0) completed the sweep of the season-opening four-game series. Purdue scored 40 runs on the weekend, reaching the double-figure mark in three consecutive games for the first time since May 2012.

But South Dakota State (0-4) outscored the Boilermakers 6-2 after Purdue opened up an 8-1 lead. Kyle Wade and Griffin Lohman recorded some key outs to prevent the Jackrabbits from capitalizing on having the tying run in scoring position. The Boilermakers led 8-6 when Wade stranded the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Their lead was 9-7 when Lohman finished off the top of the eighth with a strikeout, with SDSU stranding the bases loaded for the third time on the day.

Wade did not surrender an earned run over 3 1/3 innings of relief, striking out four vs. one walk. Eric Hildebrand induced a 6-4-3 double play in the ninth inning to erase a leadoff single, earning his first save as a Boilermaker. Wade was one of four relievers to work at least three innings in the series. That quartet accounted for 15 2/3 innings of two-run ball.

THE LAST TIME

• Purdue opened a season 4-0: 2018 (5-0)

• Purdue swept a traditional non-conference series: February 2018 vs. Western Michigan (3 games)

• Purdue swept a traditional four-game series: March 2017 at Santa Clara

• Purdue enjoyed a 4-0 weekend: April 2021 vs. Michigan State and Illinois in Champaign

Jake Stadler and Evan Albrecht each created an insurance run with their baserunning. Both runs went on the board after SDSU had scored in the top half of the frame. In the sixth, Stadler moved into third base with one out via a pair of ball-in-dirt reads. Mike Bolton Jr. was robbed of likely a triple on a leaping catch by left fielder Jess Bellows, but Bolton drove the ball plenty deep to allow Stadler to trot home. Albrecht was in motion from first base when a 58-foot fastball skipped by the SDSU catcher. Albrecht never broke stride and motored into third base, where he did not stay long after the throw got away down the left field line.

Bolton (.579), Paul Toetz (.529) and Thompson (.500) all finished the series with on-base percentages of .500 or better. While hitting in the top half of the lineup, they reached base safely a combined 28 times. Curtis Washington Jr. and Bolton both scored seven times, including on Thompson’s three-run double down the left field line in the first inning.

Albrecht went deep to left field to cap the scoring in the first inning, connecting for his first home run in his 285th career at-bat as a Boilermaker. Purdue also scored eight times in the seventh inning of game 3 of the series.

The Boilermakers racked up 44 strikeouts in 36 innings in the series, a total that ranks second to only the 46 Ks they had in their season-opening series vs. Nebraska last year.

Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins another four-game neutral-site series, taking on Princeton at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Overpowered at #13 Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – A tough draw for the Purdue softball team (6-4) as it fell to No. 13 Georgia (9-3), 8-0 (5 IN) for the first shutout of the season. After falling to the Bulldogs in five yesterday, Purdue gave up no runs in the first two innings before five Georgia runs on five hits in the third inning proved insurmountable.

Purdue recorded two hits in the outing, notched by freshmen Ryen Ross in the second and Jade Moy in the third, both on singles to left field.

Despite no Purdue hits in the first inning, the Boilermakers came out strong with two runners on-base, but were unable to convert before the final out was served.

Purdue’s best scoring opportunity came in the third inning, when the Boilermakers returned to the top of the order and Jade Moy and Rachel Becker made base on the first two at-bats. However the Georgia threw tough balls and the Boilermakers struck out for outs two and three.

The Purdue defense held strong with a single error in the game which came in the fourth inning, marking the ninth time in 10 games Purdue has committed one or fewer errors.

Brenna Smith was credited with the loss, moving to 1-1 on the year after tossing a complete game in yesterday’s victory vs. Delaware. Smith was in the circle for 3.1 innings on both ends of the game, striking out one batter and allowing just one walk on her way to a 3.44 ERA.

Purdue will be back next weekend at LSU for the Purple and Gold Challenge, where it will face Stephen F. Austin, Drake and LSU from Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27 over a total of six games.

BUTLER BASEBALL: Drops Sunday Game at Murray State

MURRAY, Ky. – The Bulldogs fell to Murray State 25-12 in the third game of the weekend series. The Racers powered to victory behind two seven-run innings in the second and fourth.

Gardner homered to left field in the bottom on the second to put the first tally on the board. The Racers had an explosive second inning that saw them score seven runs on six hits and one error. Murray State batted through the lineup in the fourth, and Gardner ended the inning grounding out to second after leading off the scoring.

At the top of the fourth, All got the Bulldogs started with a single up the middle. Milano doubled to right-center, and Jones followed with a double as well. Van Liere had an RBI single that brought Jones home to bring the Dawgs to three runs on the inning.

The Racers came back in the bottom of the fourth, starting with three walks by Sammons, McCullough, and Pennington. Bloomer doubled to left center following the walks. Gardner singled through left field, which led to McCullough and Bloomer scoring. Slunder hit a single to the left side that knocked home two runs. Sammons singled to the right side in the at-bat after knocking home run and advancing Slunder to third. Bloomer singled, bringing Slunder home, and the Racers finish the inning with seven runs and five hits.

In the seventh, the Bulldogs had a big inning with six runs. O’Halloran got things started with a single to left, and All advanced to second after reaching on a throwing error in the previous at-bat. Jones singled, bringing home O’Halloran and All. Van Liere walked, and Holt followed it up with another walk to load the bases. Wurch pinch hit for Poynter and, in his first at-bat of the day, hit a grand slam. The Dawgs finished the inning with six runs on three hits.

Murray State tacked on five more in the bottom of the eighth after Gargano scored one for the Bulldogs in the top of the inning.

Butler returns to action on Friday, Feb. 25th at Jackson State.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 8 Providence Takes Comeback Win

No. 8 Providence was able to overcome a 19-point deficit to force overtime and eventually take a 71-70 win over Butler Sunday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“That’s a tough one to swallow,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “(Ed Cooley) has a really good team and they gritted it out a man down (without second-leading scorer Al Durham). Our guys fought and we had some chances late. We’ve been close with this group a lot, right there at the end. We just couldn’t get a late stop when we needed it.”

With the win, Providence improves to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in BIG EAST play. Butler falls to 13-15 (6-11).

Butler had a 33-20 lead at the half and extended that lead to 19 (43-24) with 17:16 remaining in regulation with an 8-0 run. Providence cut the lead to single digits (47-39) with 11 minutes to play, the first single-digit advantage since 15-7.

A.J. Reeves made back-to-back three-pointers to pull PC within one at 61-60. Three Butler free throws and a Providence basket made it a two-point game before Noah Horchler tied the game 64-64 with 23 seconds to play. Butler was unable to convert in the closing seconds of regulation. The Friars went 7-for-12 from three-point in the second half.

Jared Bynum hit two free throws with 38 seconds remaining in overtime to give Providence a 71-70 lead. A Butler three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining was off the mark and Providence was able to swing the ball around until the clock ran out.

Nate Watson led the Friars with 22 points; Bynum (18) and Horchler (15) also reached double figures. Providence shot 62 percent from the field in the second half and 42 percent for the game.

Chuck Harris led Butler with 17. Aaron Thompson had 16 points, while Bo Hodges and Bryce Nze added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Butler had 38 points in the paint, including 24 in the first half as they took an early lead. Butler went 15-of-21 from the free throw line.

Hodges returned to the Butler line-up after missing the past two games with a muscle strain sustained in the Feb. 12 win over Marquette.

Butler takes to the road for its next two games, beginning with a Wednesday night tip at Seton Hall.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cardinals Score 10 Runs in Victory Over Black Knights

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Ball State baseball team was back at The Shipyard Park for the final day of the Swig & Swine Collegiate Classic with a matchup against Army on Sunday.

Ty Johnson got the start on the bump for Ball State. Johnson recorded a three up, three down inning in the top of the first.

For the fourth-straight game, Amir Wright has led off with a hit for the Cardinals. Ryan Peltier followed with a double down the left field line to score Wright. Trenton Quartermaine kept things going with a single through the left side to give BSU runners on the corners. Nick Powell grounded out to first, but Peltier was able to score to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.

The Black Knights got two runs back in the top of the third and tied the game 2-2.

Wright started the bottom of the fifth off with a double in the right center gap. Peltier ripped a double down the left field line to score Wright from second. Zach Lane notched two RBIs with a single through the left side. BSU took a 5-2 lead into the sixth.

Army pulled within one, 5-4, after a two-run sixth. The Black Knights scored two more in the top of the seventh and claimed a 6-5 lead.

The Cardinals were resilient and answered in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Conant drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 6-6. Wright reached on an error by the third baseman, which allowed Decker Scheffler to score. Peltier drove in another run when he reached on a fielder’s choice. Quartermaine extended the Ball State lead with two RBIs on a single to left center.

Neither team was able to score in the final two innings and BSU claimed a 10-6 victory.

Lane led the Cardinals with three hits for the game along with two RBIs. Peltier posted a team-high three RBIs along with three runs scored. Johnson got a no decision in five innings on the mound with five strikeouts and gave up three runs, two of which were earned. Sam Klein added an inning in relief and had two strikeouts with an unearned run. Jake Lewis surrendered two earned runs. Andre Orselli picked up the win in an inning of relief with a strikeout. Steven Washilewski pitched 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout. Zach Losey closed out the game with 2/3 of an inning and one strikeout.

Sean Dennehy got the loss in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Matthew Ronnebaum got the start and notched six strikeouts with five earned runs in four innings. Ross Friedrick had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate and drove in three RBIs.

The Cardinals return to the diamond on Friday, Feb. 25, as they travel to the UNCW Seahawks. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Our guys answered back from a tough Saturday. It was a total team effort with so many guys contributing. It makes the long ride home a lot better.”

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Tops Winthrop in Weekend Finale

ROCK HILL, S.C. – – The Ball State softball team closed play in the Winthrop Eagle Invitational with a 7-5 victory over host Winthrop Sunday afternoon at Terry Field.

In finishing the event with a 3-2 record, the Cardinals (4-6) scored in each of the first four innings to pull ahead 7-1. While the Eagles (1-9) were able to battle back with a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh, BSU was able to hold on for the victory.

Ball State tallied the first run of the game when sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy scored on a passed ball in the top of the first. Lissy smashed a one-out single to reach base, advanced to second on an error, reached third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.

Winthrop would answer with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, but left the bases loaded as freshman pitcher Angelina Russo worked out of a jam by striking out the final batter of the inning.

Redshirt junior catcher Jazmyne Armendariz broke the tie with a solo home run in the top of the second, while BSU’s offense added four more runs in the top of the third.

The first two runs came on a bases loaded single up the middle from senior second baseman Amaia Daniel. The final two of the frame came on a two-run single down the left field line by senior designated player Trinity Eckerty.

The Cardinals looked to have a comfortable lead after the top of the fourth, when senior left fielder Faith Hensley singled with one out and later scored on an Eagles error.

However, after a scoreless fifth, Winthrop managed to produce two runs in the sixth to cut the gap to 7-3. The Eagles would then get the first two batters on in the bottom of the sixth, before BSU starting pitcher Russo re-entered the game to strikeout three of the four batters she faced.

BSU relief pitcher Emma Eubank was credited with her first career win after throwing the fourth and fifth innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one.

Hensley and Lissy led the Cardinals with a pair of hits each, while Daniel and Eckerty each tallied a pair of RBIs.

The Ball State softball team returns to action Friday, March 4, when it opens play in the Coach B Classic versus Murray State (1:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. CT) and tournament host Southern Illinois (3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT).

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S TENNIS: TAMES #16 WASHINGTON AT HOME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team knocked off the 16th-ranked Washington Huskies inside Eck Tennis Pavilion by a score of 5-2, Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Irish improve to 7-3 on the season and 6-1 at home.

“Today was a battle on both sides, Washington is a very well-coached and competitive program.” Head coach Alison Silverio said, “It was a complete effort and we are proud of our team’s FIGHT on and off the court. Our consistent mindset and hard work need to continue as we move into our ACC matches.”

The Irish started the match with a competitive doubles session, but ultimately took the No. 2 and No. 3 flights to earn the point. Meghan Coleman and Yashna Yellayi took down Zika Zupancic and Sarah-Maude Fortin, 6-3. Nibedita Ghosh and Julia Andreach combined for a 6-4 win over Zoey Weil and Kelly Lueng at No. 3 to take the point.

In singles play, the Irish took four of the six flights. Page Freeman won in straight sets over Fortin, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. Flights four, five and six were all straight-set Irish victories as Yellayi (6-4, 6-4), Coleman (6-0, 6-3) and Maria Olivia Castedo (6-2, 6-1), respectively.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5, #16 Washington 2

Singles competition

Vanessa Wong (WASH) def. Julia Andreach (ND) 6-2, 6-4

Page Freeman (ND) def. Sarah-Maude Fortin (WASH) 6-3, 6-2

Nika Zupancic (WASH) def. Nibedita Ghosh (ND) 6-2, 6-1

Yashna Yellayi (ND) def. Hikaru Sato (WASH) 6-4, 6-4

Meghan Coleman (ND) def. Tara Chilton (WASH) 6-0, 6-3

Maria Olivia Castedo (ND) def. Zoey Weil (WASH) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition

Page Freeman/Maria Olivia Castedo (ND) vs. Vanessa Wong/Hikaru Sato (WASH) 4-3, unfinished

Meghan Coleman/Yashna Yellayi (ND) def. Nika Zupancic/Sarah-Maude Fortin (WASH) 6-3

Nibedita Ghosh/Julia Andreach (ND) def. Zoey Weil/Kelly Lueng (WASH) 6-4

Up Next

The Irish are back in action next Friday as they are hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels at 3:30 p.m. at Eck Tennis Pavilion.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: MARQUEZ MASHES IN VICTORY OVER #9 TEXAS

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Brooke Marquez provided a spark that the University of Notre Dame softball team used to knock off the ninth-ranked Texas Longhorns in the finale of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, presented by Wilson. Marquez hit a solo home run to take a lead in the fifth and the Irish carried that momentum to score seven in the frame in route to a 9-2 victory. The Irish improve to 7-3 with the win, while Texas falls to 5-6.

All three Irish pitchers combined in the win. Alexis Holloway got the start, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs before handing the ball to Shannon Becker. Becker earned the win, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing just a hit to go with a strikeout. Tidd picked up the save, the third of her career, throwing the final 3.0 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two.

Marquez led the offense out of the nine-spot in the lineup. She earned her first hits of the season as she finished the contest a triple short of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, scored twice, a double and a home run. Abby Sweet, Emma Clark, Miranda Johnson and Joley Mitchell all had a base hit in the contest. Mitchell drove in a pair, while Sweet, Leea Hanks, Quinn Biggio and Tidd drove in runs.

Notre Dame struck first in the top of the second inning. Gaskins drew a lead-off walk and was pinch ran for by Shelby Grimm. A Miranda Johnson sacrifice bunt moved Grimm into scoring position. Mitchell drove a single back up the middle to drive in the first run of the day.

Texas took the lead in the bottom of the inning, plating two runs. A single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs. A sharp line drive popped out of the glove of the Irish first baseman, scoring one, and the runner from second hustled around on the play to score and take the 2-1 lead.

The Irish tied it up the next half inning. Marquez roped her first double of the season to left center, moved up on a Clark bunt single and scored when Leea Hanks hit a ground ball to the right side to bring in Marquez and knot it at two.

Marquez put the Irish ahead to start the fifth inning as she uncorked a drive to left field that left the yard for her first home run of the season and put Notre Dame up 3-2. Two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases as the Irish pinch hit with Biggio. Biggio, Mitchell and a pinch-hitting Tidd drew bases loaded walks to extend the lead to 6-2, Irish. Marquez dug in for the second time of the inning and roped a single to center to score a pair. Sweet followed with a single to shallow center and the Irish led 9-2 when the inning closed.

Up Next

The Irish head back to Florida on Friday to take part in THE Spring Games in Leesburg. Notre Dame will take on North Florida and Iowa.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: #4 IRISH DROP FINAL GAME OF HATTER CLASSIC, 5-4

DELAND, Fla. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (2-1) dropped the final game of the Hatter Classic to Delaware, 5-4, Sunday morning at Melching Field. The score was tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth until Aidan Kane hit a walk-off home run to right to end the game and give the Blue Hens (1-2) the win.

How It Happened

Notre Dame jumped out in front in the second inning after Cater Putz led the inning off with a single. After making his way to second, Jack Brannigan brought him home on a double to the wall in center to give the Irish a 1-0 advantage.

The Irish added a run in the fourth after another lead-off single, this time from Jared Miller. He advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and then came home on a ground out from Carter Putz.

Temple was on it right from the start against Delaware. Through the first four innings, Temple kept the Blue Hens off the scoreboard and tallied seven strikeouts and no walks. Delaware got on the board in the fifth with two runs but Temple struck out the final two batters to get out of the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Notre Dame got one run back after a lead-off single from Ryan Cole. He scored later in the inning after an RBI single up the middle from Putz. In the bottom of the sixth, Delaware plated two more runs to tie the score at 4-4 after six innings.

Freshman right hander Caden Aoki made his first collegiate appearance in the sixth and kept the score tied at 4-4 after getting out of the jam. He set the Blue Hens down in order in the seventh and the eighth before the Blue Hens hit the walk-off in the ninth.

Up Next

The Irish return to campus for a few days before hitting the road again next weekend. The next destination is Greenville, SC as the Irish will play Marist and Monmouth at Flour Field, home of the Greenville Drive. The first game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Friday against Marist and will be broadcast on the Greenville Drive Youtube Channel.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Sycamores Complete Weekend Sweep With 2-1 Win Over Northwestern State

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Indiana State defeated Northwestern State 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Warner Park Complex to complete a weekend sweep of the Chattanooga Challenge and extend their winning streak to seven games.

The Action

In what remained a defensive battle for most of the afternoon, both teams had only managed one hit each through the first two innings. The Sycamores had to play from behind after Northwestern State broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning.

Lyndsi Adamson, who was making her first career start in the circle at ISU, was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam and limit the Lady Devils to just one run in the inning.

Adamson struck out two batters the following inning to send the Trees to the plate where a Lexie Siwek SAC bunt and a Kennedy Shade walk set up Danielle Henning who delivered a clutch two-out single to drive in Shade and Isabella Henning and give Indiana State a 2-1 lead.

Northwestern State was threatening with runners on the corners in the top of the fifth when Siwek turned an unassisted double play to end the inning.

Lexi Benko would enter the game in relief of Adamson to begin the sixth inning where she worked around two base runners and struck out two straight to get out of the inning.

The Sycamores would have a chance to extend their lead in the bottom half of the frame after an Annie Tokarek leadoff single but couldn’t get a run in.

Benko induced three straight groundouts from Northwester State in the seventh to secure the victory and earn her fourth career save. Lyndsi Adamson was the game’s winning pitcher and improves to 2-0 on the season. Both Adamson and Benko finished their afternoon with two strikeouts.

Indiana State stole three bases in the game with Kennedy Shade collecting two and Abi Chipps with one.

Weekend in Review

-The Sycamores finished the weekend 5-0 to improve to 7-2 on the season. ISU has now won seven consecutive games which ties their longest winning streak since 2018.

-At the plate, Indiana State finished with a .264 average with six doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI’s on the weekend. The Sycamores also drew 14 walks and stole seven bases.

-It was a strong weekend in the circle for Indiana State as pitchers only allowed seven earned runs while striking out 27 batters.

-Danielle Henning was the only Sycamore to record a hit in each game over the weekend.

-Indiana State had to come from behind to win in the final three games.

League Leaders

-Lexi Benko currently has the lowest ERA in the MVC at 1.43 across her 29.1 innings this season.

-Bella Peterson’s 13 hits are the most in the MVC thus far.

-Cassie Thomerson has been hit by a pitch four times this season which is the most in the conference.

-Lyndsi Adamson has the lowest opponent batting average against, limiting teams to a .180 average this season and has only allowed nine hits in her 14.0 innings pitched.

Up Next

Indiana State will head to Birmingham, Alabama next weekend for the Samford Bulldog Classic where they will play both Samford and Boston College twice.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Glanton’s career day spoiled by Beacons

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Mya Glanton had a career-high 25 points along with 14 rebounds Sunday afternoon, but Valparaiso used a 48-point second half to squeak past Indiana State, 74-69, inside the Hulman Center.

Natalia Lalic added 16 points off the bench for the Sycamores, while Arianna Smith and Del’Janae Williams had eight points apiece. Lalic and Caitlin Anderson also had four assists each.

Indiana State led 19-8 after the first quarter, but Valpo responded with a strong second quarter to make it a one-possession game at the halftime break. The Beacons shot 63 percent from the field in the second half while making 20 free throws in the last 20 minutes to eke out a narrow win, despite Glanton scoring 20 in the second half for the Sycamores.

First Half

Indiana State jumped out to an early double-digit lead, as the Sycamores held Valparaiso scoreless for the first 6:50 of the game. Williams and Marie Hunter opened the scoring with baskets on back-to-back possessions to kickstart a 9-0 run to begin the game. Lalic knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter, the last one coming just before the buzzer to send Indiana State to the second quarter up 19-8.

Smith opened the scoring in the second quarter with a layup, but the Sycamores struggled for most of the quarter. Indiana State managed just 10 points in the period, as Valparaiso was able to make a run and get back in the game. The Beacons hit four 3-pointers in the quarter, including three during an 11-2 run, to cut Indiana State’s lead to 29-26 at the half.

Second Half

Glanton got to work early in the third quarter, scoring eight points in the first four minutes as Indiana State increased its lead to nine, 40-31. The visitors responded with an 11-0 run, though, taking the lead in the process for the first time in the game. The teams traded scoring possessions throughout the final four minutes as the quarter, as Valparaiso took a slim 51-50 lead into the final frame.

Indiana State was able to retake the lead midway through the quarter on a Glanton jumper and extended its advantage to four following a Lalic 3-pointer. With the teams even at 61-all at the final media timeout, it was the Beacons who were able to pull ahead late. Despite four points from Lalic in the final minutes, Valparaiso was able to escape the Hulman Center with a five-point win.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State outrebounded Valparaiso 39-29, including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Indiana State forced 16 turnovers Sunday afternoon, marking the 19th game this season where the Sycamores have forced at least 15 turnovers.

Valparaiso shot 31 free throws Sunday, the most by a Sycamore opponent since Drake had 47 on Jan. 17, 2020. In comparison, Indiana State had just 14 attempts from the charity stripe Sunday.

News & Notes

Indiana State retired Sycamore Athletics Hall of Fame member Amy Hile’s No. 15 Sunday afternoon. Hile is the program’s all-time leading scorer and also ranks second in program history in rebounds.

In addition to a career-high 25 points, Mya Glanton’s 14 rebounds were also her most against a Valley opponent in her career.

Glanton had her second game with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds this season, as she also accomplished the feat against Western Michigan (22 points, 16 rebounds).

Natalia Lalic’s 16-point game snapped a streak of four games in single-digit scoring. She also tied her career-high of four 3-pointers in the process.

Up Next

Indiana State begins its final road trip of the season Thursday evening at Southern Illinois, with tipoff in Carbondale set for 7 p.m.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Sycamore Men Set for Quick Turnaround with Road Matchup at Drake Monday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the midst of four games in seven days, Indiana State travels to Iowa for a single game Monday at 8 p.m. ET against Drake. The game is a makeup contest after ISU went on pause due to COVID-19 earlier in the season. The game will be streamed on ESPN Plus as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend and GoSycamores.com/Listen.

THE SERIES

» Indiana State and Drake will meet for the 94th time on Monday with the series tied at 47 games apiece. The Sycamores will look to snap a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs after DU took the February 2 meeting in Terre Haute, 85-67. Indiana State holds a 32-16 record against Drake in Terre Haute, a 13-30 record on the road, and a 2-1 advantage at a neutral site.

HEAD COACH JOSH SCHERTZ

» Indiana State basketball is under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.

LAST TIME OUT

» Southern Illinois outscored ISU 44-35 in the second half to claim a 76-72 victory Saturday. Kailex Stephens finished with a career high 21 points and six rebounds while Cooper Neese surpassed 1,000 career points after scoring 19.

NEESE NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

» Cooper Neese put together a massive week on the hardwood helping the Sycamores to a pair of wins en route to being named MVC Player of the Week by the League office. The Cloverdale, Indiana native averaged 25 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game over the week. During the stretch, Neese shot 18-for-21 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line while playing all but one minute — averaging 43 minutes per game.

ELITE COMPANY

» Cooper Neese scored a career high 35 points during a double overtime win at Evansville (2/10). The guard tied a career high with five 3-pointers in the game while also pulling down six rebounds in 49 minutes.

» Neese became the 14th Sycamore in program history to record 35 points or more in a single game, joining the likes of Larry Bird, Butch Wade, John Sherman Williams, Carl Nicks, Nate Green among others. It marks the highest scoring output for a Sycamore since Marico Stinson scored 37 against Drake in 2006.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

» Cooper Neese joined the Indiana State basketball 1,000-point club after scoring 19 against Southern Illinois in his last outing. Neese is the 41st ISU basketball player to do so.

MOVING UP THE BOARD

» Neese hit five 3-pointers at UE to move into sole possession of fifth place in school history in career 3-pointers. He has hit 170 triples in 99 games over his career.

» Neese has scored in double-figures in 17 games this season, scoring 15 or more in 15 games. His 2.5 made 3-pointers per game lead ISU and ranks third in the MVC.

HENRY IS A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE

» Cameron Henry has scored in double-figures in 19 of the 24 games he has seen action in, including 10 MVC contests. He is averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. His scoring output is 10th, while his rebounding ranks eighth and assist mark ranks 10th in the MVC.

STEPHENS CLICKING AT THE RIGHT TIME

» Indiana State forward Kailex Stephens has scored in double-digits 11 times this season but against SIU, the big man went off for 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Stephens also tied his season and career high with 13 rebounds in a win at Evansville (2/10).

GOOD FROM THE STRIPE

» ISU has improved its season average at the free-throw line to 77.5 percent — good enough for third in the MVC and 19th nationally. Xavier Bledson leads ISU with an 88.2 percent (60-for-68) free throw percentage while Cooper Neese is shooting 82.7 percent (62-for-75) from the line. Five other Sycamores shoot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.

PURDUE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Mastodons Drop Match Against No. 14 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team lost a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match at No. 14 Ohio State in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-23) on Sunday, Feb. 20.

With the loss, the Mastodons fall to 8-6 overall (2-2 MIVA). Ohio State’s overall record improves to 5-6 (1-3 MIVA).

The ‘Dons were down early by as much as 19-13. After a timeout, the ‘Dons went on a 6-3 run to cut the Buckeyes lead down to 22-19. However, Ohio State scored three of the last five points to finish and win the first set.

After Ohio State won the second set 25-18, the ‘Dons got off to a lead as large as 14-9 in the third. In that stretch, the ‘Dons received kills from Vicente Ibarra, Jon Diedrich, Rico Wardlow, and service aces from Bryce Walker and Zach Solomon. The Buckeyes didn’t go down without a fight and went on an 11-4 run to take a 20-18 lead. Despite being down, the ‘Dons kept the set close, and earned kills from Wardlow, Ibarra, and Diedrich. However, the Buckeyes won the set off a Mastodon serving error.

As a team, the ‘Dons .144 while the Buckeyes hit .337. Diedrich led the ‘Dons in kills with 13 and hit .235. Sean Califf and Solomon split time at setter. Califf led the ‘Dons in assists with 14, Solomon added 10. Troy Gooch and Diedrich each had five digs.

The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.) when the ‘Dons take on Lewis in Romeoville, Ill.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Mastodons Defeat Panthers 81-71 For Seventh-Straight Win

MILWAUKEE – To put it simply. The Mastodons are hot. Purdue Fort Wayne won their seventh game in a row thanks to an 81-71 victory at Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 20) afternoon.

The ‘Dons improve to 18-10 and 13-6 in the Horizon League. The 13 league wins are the most conference wins the Mastodons have won in a season as a Division I member, passing the 2015-16 team that went 12-4 in Summit League play. Only the 1992-93 team that went 15-3 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play picked up more league wins.

Milwaukee held a lead for only two minutes of the contest. Jalon Pipkins finished with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He was one of five Mastodons in double-digits. Jarred Godfrey added 17. He now owns 1,537 career points, passing Mo Evans for fourth in program history in scoring.

Deonte Billups pitched in 13 points with four 3-pointers. Ra Kpedi had 12 points and seven rebounds including four on the offensive end. JoJo Peterson pitched in a career-high 11 points.

The ‘Dons have already clinched a home game in the 2022 Horizon League Championship. The Mastodons will enter the final week of the regular season with games at Oakland and Detroit Mercy trying to earn a bye in the opening round. The ‘Dons will either host an opening round game on March 1st at the Gates Sports Center or a quarterfinal contest on March 3rd at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum if they finish in the top four and earn a bye in the opening round.

The ‘Dons had just one turnover in the first half on Sunday. They closed the half on a 7-2 run to lead 40-30 at half. The Mastodons would finish with just eight turnovers in the game.

Much like at Green Bay on Friday, Milwaukee never seriously threatened the Mastodons’ lead in the second half. The closest they advanced was within six points just a minute into the second. Pipkins scored 16 points in the final 20 minutes. As a team, the ‘Dons shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the second half to ice the game.

The Mastodons were efficient from beyond the arc, shooting 11-of-24 for 45.8 percent in the game. They limited Milwaukee to 27.8 percent (5-of-18) shooting from three.

Tafari Simms led Milwaukee with 14 points. The Panthers fall to 9-20 (7-13 Horizon).

The ‘Dons are at Oakland on Thursday (Feb. 24).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Ninth-Inning Comeback Falls Short in 8-7 loss to Georgia State

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning to get within a run, but the late-game rally came up short and the Mastodons fell 8-7 to the Georgia State Panthers on Sunday (Feb. 20).

Freshman Braxton Wilson made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen and looked strong. He went three innings, surrendering one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two. Junior Kyle Maurer, also making his Mastodon debut, put together two shutout innings out of the pen. Freshman Bryce Martens (0-1) started and took the loss on the mound for Purdue Fort Wayne.

Jack Lang led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame with a double, two walks and four RBIs. Alex Evenson put together a nice day at the plate as well, going 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. It came on an RBI single from Evenson, scoring Lang from third base.

The Panthers then tied the ballgame at one before the Mastodons came back to reclaim their advantage in the second inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Garett Lake, which brought the Purdue Fort Wayne lead to 2-1.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s lead had disappeared once the fourth inning came around at a 5-2 Georgia State advantage, when the Mastodons cut that deficit to 5-4. The ‘Dons notched two runs when a single from Lang scored newcomers Dalton Madsen and Cade Fitzpatrick.

The Panthers expanded their lead to 8-4 before Purdue Fort Wayne rally in the ninth. The three-run frame for the Mastodons was highlighted by a bases loaded double by Lang. It put runners at second and third with no outs. A Lake RBI ground out make it a one-run game, but the ‘Dons couldn’t get the tying run home.

Georgia State improves to 4-0. The ‘Dons fall to 0-4.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons out-hit the Panthers 10-8.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-for-13 (.385) with runners in scoring position.

» The Mastodons drew four walks.

» Madsen earned his first hit as a Mastodon.

» Georgia State was led offensively by senior Griffin Cheney, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

» Trent Reddick earned the win out of the pen for the Panthers. Cameron Jones put out the fire in the ninth for the save.

UP NEXT

The ‘Dons travel to Cal Baptist for a road series against the Western Athletic Conference member Lancers this weekend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Falls to Chattanooga 8-2

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Purdue Fort Wayne had its second-most hits of the season, but the Mastodons fell 8-2  at the hands of the Chattanooga Mocs on Sunday (Feb. 20).

Freshman Gracie Brinkerhoff (1-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (1-9).

Senior Ashley Haas led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 1-for-3 in the ballgame with a double and an RBI. Fellow senior Emma McMillan compiled a 2-for-3 effort.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Mastodons were trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning when they put runs their two runs on the board. Purdue Fort Wayne plated two, one of which was driven in on a run-scoring double off the bat of Haas. The ‘Dons were unable to get any closer, as Chattanooga added three runs to their tally on the way to an 8-2 final.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the fourth, when it pushed two runs across.

» Purdue Fort Wayne left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» The Mastodons drew four walks from Chattanooga pitching.

» Haas led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

» Chattanooga was led offensively by sophomore Kaili Phillips, who went 2-for-2 with a home run and an RBI.

» Junior Brooke Parrott led the Mocs pitching staff, throwing three scoreless innings.

UP NEXT

The Mastodons have next week off to prepare for the Thundering Herd Round Robin at Marshall on March 4-6, where they will face the host Herd twice, Winthrop twice and Maryland Eastern Shore once.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: #10 NC State Wins Series Finale Over UE

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State pitchers David Harrison, Garrett Payne, and Justin Lawson combined on a five-hit shutout on Sunday, and Wolfpack freshman first baseman Tommy White launched his fifth home run of the series, as #10 NC State took the series finale from the visiting University of Evansville baseball team by a final score of 7-0 at Doak Field at Dail Park.

“NC State played the game at a high level today,” said UE head baseball coach Wes Carroll.  “We couldn’t capture any momentum today and the result showed.

“We need to keep learning and growing as a team.”

Harrison (1-0) scattered four hits over 6.0 innings of work, while inducing three double-plays to keep the Purple Aces’ offense at bay.  The Wolfpack scored three runs in the second inning off of UE starter Shane Harris (0-1) on RBI singles by second baseman J.T. Jarrett and shortstop Peyton Green to grab a 3-0 lead.

NC State would tack on a single run in the third inning, before White launched a two-run home run to left-center field in the fourth inning to push the lead to 6-0.  The Wolfpack would add a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning to produce the final margin of victory.

Jarrett went 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the NC State offense.  Senior first baseman Tanner Craig went 1-for-3 with a double, while graduate senior third baseman Evan Berkey, sophomore shortstop Simon Scherry, junior right-fielder Mark Shallenberger and sophomore catcher Brendan Hord also collected hits for UE.

With the victory, NC State improves to 3-0 on the season, while Evansville falls to 0-3.  The Purple Aces will return to the road on Wednesday afternoon, as UE will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on #3 Vanderbilt.  First-pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. central time.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces narrowly edged by Loyola on Senior Day

EVANSVILLE – Honoring a pair of four-year seniors, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team battled with a team just outside the top 100 in NET rankings, falling late, 60-56 to Loyola Chicago on Sunday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Prior to the game, Evansville honored seniors NaTaya Partee and Anna Newman for their efforts and leadership for the program on Senior Day. The two have combined to appear in 163 games and play a combined total of 3,253 minutes.

The Aces top two scorers on the season lived up to the billing on Sunday with juniors Je’Naiya Davis and Abby Feit each finishing with 17 points to lead Evansville. Feit did most of her damage in the second half, pouring-in 13 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes of action. Running the point, senior Anna Newman set a season-high with seven assists, doing so on an efficient offensive day in which the hometown native went 2-for-3 from the field and two-for-two at the chartiy stripe for seven points. Loyola was led by Allison Day, who finished with a team-best 15 points despite missing all but two minutes of the first half due to foul trouble.

The opening quarter unfolded much like it did Friday night with the two sides trading leads. A 7-2 Loyola lead quickly became an 11-11 tie before a three from Davis and a layup from junior Jossie Hudson gave the Aces a 16-15 advantage after the first.

Both sides struggled offensively in the second quarter, combining for just 19 points in the period. The two sides combined to go 8-of-28 from the field as Loyola built a six-point lead nearing the half. Evansville got an important bucket as time ran out in the half as Newman drove to the basket and laid it in to cut the deficit to four at 27-23 at the break.

Quickly attacking out of the halftime locker room, Evansville used an 11-5 run, capped-off by a jumper by A’Niah Griffin to push the Aces in front, 34-32 with 3:50 left in the period. After a pair of Rambler free-throws, the Aces again went on a run, this one a quick 5-0 spree that handed UE its largest lead to that point at 39-34 on free throws and a three-pointer by Davis. Minutes later, a three from Griffin pushed the lead to seven on a layup, but Loyola answered with a jumper inside the final 30 seconds of the quarter to get within 43-38.

Loyola opened the fourth with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 45 and the following eight minutes were a back-and-forth affair. Loyola’s Day and Evansville’s Feit traded baskets throughout the period with an important layup from Feit coming with just 1:54 left in the game to tie the contest, 54-54. On the ensuing possession, Bre Hampton-Bay got to the rim and put the Ramblers back in front and Evansville missed a layup. With the game on the line, Evansville forced a missed three-pointer, but the miss was rebounded by Loyola’s Julia Hoefling and out to Sam Galanopoulos, who was fouled and hit both freebies. On the other end, Newman drew a shooting foul and hit both shots to get the Aces within a possession at 58-56 with 13 seconds remaining. After Galanopoulos split a pair with just over 10 seconds left, Evansville had a chance to tie, but a good look out of a designed play, just missed and Loyola hit the free-throws that would follow to secure the 60-56 win.

Evansville goes back on the road next weekend, beginning with a Thursday tip-off against Missouri State before traveling to take on Southern Illinois on Saturday.

VALPO BASEBALL: Holds Off Memphis to Take Series Finale

Playing outdoors for essentially the first time all season after outdoor preseason practice activity in Northwest Indiana was limited due to the winter weather, the Valparaiso University baseball team made progress with each game in this weekend’s season-opening series.

An opener where the rust was evident on Friday gave way to a clean and competitive narrow setback to warm-weather foe Memphis on Saturday. The Beacons took the next step forward on Sunday, defeating the host Tigers 10-8 at FedEx Park in Memphis, Tenn.

How It Happened

What proved to be a favorable day got off to a rocky start as Memphis held the lead just three batters into their first at-bat of the day. Their leadoff hitter greeted Valpo starting pitcher Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) with a triple, and two batters later their No. 3 hitter jacked a two-run homer.

Memphis went on to hit for the team cycle in the opening inning. They had a chance for more with runners at second and third and still only one away, but Miller recorded a key strikeout followed by a roller to first that ended the frame.

The Beacons tied the game in the second by plating two runs on four hits. Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) doubled to center to begin the frame and later crossed the dish on a Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) triple. Drudge trotted home himself a moment later when Spencer Warfield (Fullerton, Calif. / Servite) stroked a single to left.

Miller struck out the side in the bottom of the second, then Valpo grabbed the lead behind a Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / New Haven) home run in the third. Miller again retired the side in order in the bottom of inning number three before a double play and a strikeout helped him escape the fourth with nothing across.

A two-out single helped the Tigers tie the game in the fifth, but Valpo broke the tie by scoring a half a dozen in the top of the sixth to take a 9-3 lead. That inning started with a solo shot by Renfro but looked as if it may be a one-run frame when the next two batters were retired. However, the Beacons put together a two-out uprising that led to five more runs. After a hit and a walk, Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) clubbed a two-run double. Thurston eventually scored as Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) reached on an error, and later a two-run triple by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) capped the scoring in the inning.

Memphis got one back against reliever Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) with a home run in the bottom of the sixth, but the righty settled in to toss a scoreless seventh and keep the Beacons ahead 9-4.

Two hits and two walks helped Memphis score one and have the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth when Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) was summoned from the bullpen with Valpo leading 9-5. Nowak notched a swinging strikeout to retire the side.

Hannahs led off the top of the ninth with his second homer of the day, this one to left center to make it 10-5. The Tigers slugged two home runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth, a solo shot and a two-run blast, to get to within 10-8. But Nowak induced a pop fly in foul territory that was squeezed by Schmack for the game’s final out.

Inside the Game

Miller recovered from the game’s humble beginning to log five strong innings of three-run, seven-hit ball on a day where the wind was howling out. He struck out six and walked just one while earning the victory in his first collegiate start.

By virtue of entering the game with the potential tying run at the plate, Nowak was credited with the save, his first in a Valpo uniform.

Hannahs posted the first multi-homer game by a Valpo player since May 1 of last season, when both Riley Dent and Jonathan Temple had two long balls in a game against Illinois State. Hannahs is already one home run away from tying his season total from a year ago.

Hannahs enjoyed his second straight three hit game and scored five times over the final two games in this series. His three runs scored on Sunday tied a career high set on May 1 of last season vs. Illinois State.

Schmack, Renfro, Drudge, Thurston and Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) had two hits apiece on a day where the Beacons pounded out 14 hits, half of which went for extra bases.

Renfro’s home run was the fifth of the sophomore’s young collegiate career. Drudge drilled his fourth triple in a Valpo uniform, while Schmack smacked his second.

The 10 runs marked the team’s top total since an identical offensive output on May 8 of last season vs. Bradley.

Valpo batters did a better job of putting the ball in play, fanning just six times on Sunday after 23 strikeouts over the first two games.

The two teams combined for seven home runs in the game.

Up Next

Valpo (1-2) will play a three-game series at Alabama A&M this coming weekend that begins with a doubleheader on Friday. The first pitch of game one is slated for 10 a.m. in Huntsville, Ala.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Battles Back For Key Win at Indiana State

It might have been the grittiest performance of the year from the Valpo women’s basketball game, and it came in the biggest game of the year to date, as the Beacons rallied after trailing by as many as 13 and survived a battle which featured 11 ties and five lead changes to take down Indiana State Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, 74-69. The win not only avenged a 20-point loss last month at the ARC to the Sycamores, it moved Valpo three wins clear of Indiana State in the MVC standings.

Along the way, Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) hit 1,000 points for her collegiate career. Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) not only moved into Valpo’s career top-10 for scoring, but she also set a program single-game record for free throw shooting. Meanwhile, Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) had the best game of her collegiate career, capped by a critical 3-pointer with two minutes to play.

How It Happened

It was a slow start on Sunday, as it took the Beacons 6:50 to find the basket for the first time.

Indiana State used Valpo’s opening scoring drought to jump out to a 9-0 lead and led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter.

The Sycamores’ lead reached 13 points at 21-8 as they scored on their first basket of the second quarter, but Valpo rallied with an 11-3 run over the next five minutes. White knocked down a pair of triples to cap the run, which forced an ISU timeout with it a five-point game.

Indiana State got the lead back to seven with less than two minutes remaining in the half before Frederick scored the final four points of the period to bring Valpo within 29-26 at intermission.

The battle for control in the second half looked to be going the way of the Sycamores, as they scored 11 of the first 16 points of the third quarter to push their lead back out to 40-31.

Valpo answered back right away with a quick run, getting four stops defensively and scoring on five straight offensive possessions. Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) scored two baskets during the run, the second of which capped the 11-0 run and gave Valpo its first lead of the game at 42-40 with 4:10 to play in the quarter.

Indiana State scored seven of the next 10 to take a two-point lead of its own, but Valpo came back with six straight — including a 3-point play from Earnest and a steal and score by Dunson. The Beacons eventually carried a 51-50 lead into the fourth quarter.

The struggle for the upper hand continued in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, as the game was within one possession either way until a 3-pointer by Indiana State gave the Sycamores a 61-57 lead with six minutes remaining.

Valpo scored the next five, including a steal and fast-break layup for White and an offensive rebound and second-chance basket by Dunson, to edge back ahead, 62-61 with 4:15 to play. The Sycamores got a putback basket on their next possession before Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) drove and finished to return the lead to Valpo with 3:28 to play.

The Beacons’ defense stepped up, forcing six missed shots by the Sycamores over their next four possessions. During that stretch, Dunson stepped up and drilled a huge 3-pointer to push the lead to four points.

Free throws lengthened the lead out to 70-63, but Indiana State had one final threat, hitting two from the line and then getting a steal in the backcourt and finishing to make it 70-67 with 37 seconds to go. But Frederick’s record-setting night concluded with her hitting two pairs of free throws in the final seconds to keep the Sycamores at bay.

Inside the Game

White’s free throw with 1:33 to play capped a 13-point night and gave the senior an even 1,000 points for her collegiate career. White scored 277 points in two seasons at Denver and has scored 723 points in her time at Valpo.

White became the third Beacon to hit the 1,000-point milestone for her career this season. Frederick did so in December, while Weinman reached the mark last month.

Frederick’s second free throw with 36 seconds remaining officially moved the senior into Valpo’s top-10 for career scoring. She closed the night with 1,219 points, ninth-most in program history as she moved past Marlous Nieuwveen and Tabitha Gerardot and within five points of eighth place all-time at Valpo.

Meanwhile, that free throw gave Frederick 12 makes without a miss at the charity stripe, and 22 seconds later, she knocked down two more to cap a 14-for-14 day at the foul line. It is the most free throw makes without a miss in a single game in program history, surpassing Lauren Kenney’s 13-for-13 day at the line against Florida State in November 2008.

Frederick’s 14 free throws are tied for third-most in a single game overall in program history.

Frederick is one of just four players in the nation this year to have a perfect game from the foul line with at least 14 attempts.

Frederick finished with a team-high 19 points to match her season high, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter — the 16th double-figure quarter of her Valpo career. She also handed out a game-high six assists.

Dunson came off the bench with the best game of her career, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor — including 3-for-3 from the 3-point line — for 13 points, tying her career high and setting a new high while at Valpo.

Dunson, who scored all 13 of her points after halftime, also grabbed seven rebounds to match her career best in that department as well.

Earnest rounded out a quartet of Beacons in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. It was the first time Valpo has had four double-figure scorers since the home matchup with Indiana State.

Valpo finished the game shooting 52.6% (20-for-38) from the floor and was 8-of-16 from 3-point range, its 50% clip from deep tying a season best. It is the third time in the last four games Valpo has shot at least 50% from the field.

The Beacons went 26-of-31 (83.9%) from the foul line as well, setting a season high for free throws made.

Valpo won despite Indiana State finishing with 32 more field goal attempts, thanks in large part to 22 offensive rebounds which the Sycamores converted into 18 second-chance points.

Valpo rallied from a double-figure deficit to earn a win for the fifth time in eight MVC victories this season, and for the 15th time in the four-year tenure of head coach Mary Evans.

Valpo swept a road weekend in MVC play for the third time since joining the conference. The 2019-20 team swept this same Indiana road swing, while last year’s team took back-to-back games at Southern Illinois.

This is the first time since the 2007-08 season that Valpo has lost a home game by 20+ points and come back to beat that same team on the road later in the season. That year’s team fell to Cleveland State by 23 at the ARC and came back to earn a 14-point win over the Vikings in Cleveland.

The win allowed Valpo to keep pace with Loyola for a tie for fifth place in the MVC standings, as both squads sit at 8-7 in MVC play. Both teams sit three wins ahead of Indiana State and Drake, who are tied for seventh at 5-9, and are just one win behind 9-5 UNI in fourth place.

Next Up

Valpo (10-16, 8-7 MVC) takes on Loyola Friday evening at the ARC at 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN+.

VALPO SOFTBALL: Winning Streak Comes to An End Sunday

The Valpo softball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Sunday morning in its tournament finale at the Charleston Invitational, falling 3-0 to Binghamton. Despite the loss, the Beacons concluded the tournament with the best record of the tournament field, posting a 4-1 record.

How It Happened

Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of a Valpo error to score an unearned run.

The Bearcats added a run in the top of the fourth on a leadoff homer.

Valpo had perhaps its best chance of the day to put runs on the board in the bottom half of the fourth, taking advantage of an error and a Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) single to put runners on the corners with one away. A double play ball ended the threat, however.

That proved to be Valpo’s lone runner to advance past second base on the day. Binghamton wrapped the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the sixth.

Inside the Game

Valpo’s 4-1 record on the weekend was the best in the five-team field, edging out Lipscomb’s 3-1 mark. The Beacons handed the Bisons their lone loss of the tournament on Saturday.

Valpo was limited to just five hits on Sunday, with Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) the lone Beacon to post multiple base knocks. Kehlenbrink also walked as she reached base in all three of her plate appearances.

Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) reached base multiple times as well, going 1-for-1 with a walk on Sunday.

Despite taking the loss, freshman Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) had a strong effort in the circle in her first career start. Nietz went the distance, surrendering just two earned runs. She scattered eight hits while striking out six Binghamton batters.

Next Up

Valpo (5-4) will take next weekend away from competition before returning to the diamond at Indiana the weekend of March 5-6. The Beacons will face Western Illinois and the host Hoosiers twice apiece over the two days.

INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Secures Series Sweep with Doubleheader Wins on Sunday

WESTFIELD, Ind. – The University of Indianapolis baseball team won both games of the doubleheader this afternoon against Notre Dame (OH) at Grand Park. With this, the Hounds begin the year at a perfect 3-0 and lock up a series sweep over the Falcons.

GAME 1 | UIndy 15, NDC 14

Denton Shepler produced a walk-off base hit in the ninth inning to help the Greyhounds weather a comeback effort from the Falcons.

UIndy jumped out ahead early, leading 7-1 though just two innings of action. The lead blossomed to 10-3 through three before the Falcons rattled off six unanswered runs which included a grand slam to cut the Greyhound lead to just one. Not to be denied, the Hounds rolled out four more runs through the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. However, NDC made one last push and successfully tied things in the top half of the ninth with a three-run showing.

With the game on the line, Shepler stepped in to pinch hit for UIndy and successfully slipped a single past the infield which scored the winning run from third base.

In total, the Greyhounds blasted 18 total hits while Notre Dame trailed close behind with 16. Kase Lawson earned the start from the bump, going six complete innings of work where he recorded a total of eight strikeouts. Jakob Hughes came in for relief and tossed two complete before Wyatt Phillips finished the game in the ninth and earned the win in the process.

Alex Vela was on fire in game one, going a perfect 5-5 with five hits, two RBI’s, and four runs scored. Behind him, Caleb Vaughn and Brandon DeWitt each tallied three hits while Zack Williams and Drew Donaldson notched a strong mark of three RBI’s apiece.

GAME 2 | UIndy 13, NDC 3

Game two saw the score at a 1-1 stalemate through the top half of the third before the Hounds opened the floodgates and overwhelmed the Falcons. In just three innings of offense, UIndy rattled off 10 unanswered runs before NDC could respond back with two in the seventh. Even then, the Greyhounds brought two more across the plate in the bottom half of the seventh to help eventually secure the 10-run win.

Logan Peterson earned the start and was tabbed as the winning pitcher. The Illinois Central College transfer tossed 79 pitches and rolled out five complete innings of work while recording five K’s. Carter Nowak, Steven Jones, Blake Sarjent, and Alec Burnett all threw a complete inning of work.

Drew Donaldson was the big-hitter in game two for the Greyhounds, producing a total of four hits alongside a solid four RBI’s and two run scored. DeWitt contributed three RBI’s on two hits in the contest while Vela added a pair of RBI’s to his impressive day. Vaughn tallied two hits and a team-high four runs scored.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will return to the field on Saturday to begin a three-game homestand against Northwood. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at noon while Sunday will have just one game that will also have a noon start.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S LAX: Romig Eclipses 700 Career Draw Controls in Win Over Frostburg

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team posted a 21-2 win over Frostburg State University on Sunday to earn a 2-0 record in opening weekend

With 12 draw controls on the day, graduate student Peyton Romig not only reached 700 career draw controls, she also became the unofficial NCAA Division II career draw control leader with 695.  The NCAA does not list career records draw control category.  Mercy’s Hunter Isnardi finished with 694 in 2019.

Abigail Lagos was the first to draw blood only 30 seconds into the game, Frostburg shot back a few minutes later – but then the Hounds dug in. Scoring five back-to-back unanswered goals putting them up 6-1 heading into the 2nd.

They followed that up with a six goal, five goal third, and a four goal fourth to end the match up 21-2.

Lagos continued to show her dominance with seven goals and an assist, while Sarah Klein posted four. Mackenzie Winn, Quinn Malcolm, and Kylee Manser took a pair of goals to themselves also.

Romig led with 12 draw controls, followed by Kara Antonucci who had seven.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds forced 23 turnovers and only committed nine.

– Audrey Moran and Cassidy King split time in net with both making one save and Moran earning the win.

– The Hounds outshot the Bobcats 54-5 while winning 21 of the 25 draw controls.

UP NEXT

UIndy travels next weekend for their first road game of the season at Findlay on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 pm ET.

MARIAN BASEBALL: BATTLES AGAINST NO. 5 TENNESSEE WESLEYAN FALLING 8-4

Athens, Tenn. – The Marian baseball team put up a fight against No. 5 Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon, leading in the fourth inning before the Bulldogs put up a crooked number to cement their lead. Marian’s 8-4 loss on Sunday drops them to 6-4 overall in the early season.

The Bulldogs captured the first lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning, dusting Jake Marin for a pair of hits to drive in the game’s opening score. Marin was able to get out of the inning with one of his two first inning punchouts, and then got into a groove allowing one of his next seven batters faced to reach base.

After a three-up, three-down frame from Marin in the bottom of the third, Dion Wintjes woke up the Knights’ bats in the top of the fourth with a leadoff double. Two outs later Wintjes’ courtesy runner Tyler Hargrove advanced to third, and following Hironori Kato’s walk AJ Bordenet drove in a run with an RBI single. JJ Rivera followed the hit with a double in the gap, bringing home Rivera to give Marian a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

Marin’s hot streak wore off entering the bottom of the inning, allowing a leadoff double before walking a runner. With two runners in scoring position, Marin gave up a three-run home run to E. Magill, putting the Bulldogs back in front. Tennessee Wesleyan would score three more runs off Marin in the frame, as reliever Craig Nixon gave up an RBI single and threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. After four complete, Tennessee Wesleyan led 7-2.

The Knights got a run back in the top of the sixth inning as Brodie Rinehold took one for a drive with a leadoff homerun, but Marian was unable to keep the offense going trailing 7-3 entering the eighth. In the eighth the Knights scored on another solo shot, this time off the bat of Bryce Davenport, but again failed to keep the bats alive as the frame closed with back to back outs. Tennessee Wesleyan would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off Nixon, using the unearned run to conclude the scoring in the 8-4 Marian loss.

Wintjes and Rivera both went 2-4 at the dish to lead Marian in hitting, while Davenport and Rinehold each went yard. On the mound Marin suffered the loss going 3.1 innings, allowing six hits and seven runs. Nixon allowed two hits in his 4.2 innings of scoreless work, giving up one earned run. Marin and Nixon combined to strike out 12 batters, with Nixon throwing eight of them.

Marian will return to the diamond tomorrow traveling to Georgetown College.

MARIAN WOMEN’S LAX: POWERS PAST ST. MARY IN SEASON OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s lacrosse team began their 2022 campaign with a win, thrashing St. Mary 16-4 on Sunday morning. The victory puts the Knights’ record at 1-0 to start the year after winning their home opener for the third-straight season.

The Knights scored their opening goal of the season just over two minutes into the game, with Ashlynn Gray converting a goal on Marian’s first shot attempt of the morning. St. Mary answered with a goal on their end a few moments later, but Madison Ash and A. Gray scored on back-to-back tries to make it 3-1 Knights. Grace Martin answered a Spires goal with two straight scores in a matter of seconds, making it 6-2 Marian with 2:51 left in the quarter. Katelynn Gray and Ash scored two more goals to end the first quarter, giving the Knights an 8-2 lead.

Scoring went down for both sides in the second quarter, but the Knights still maintained a strong advantage. K. Gray added her second goal of the contest a few minutes in, then A. Gray scored to get the Knights into double-digits. Martin scored from a free position shot in the dying embers of the first half, putting the Knights up 11-3 into the break.

Marian continued to roll in the second half, putting things even more out of reach in the opening moments of the third quarter. Anna Moore put the Knights back up eight with her first goal as a Knight, then Martin found the back of the net after a fantastic feed from A. Gray. Freshman Hayli Irvin scored her first goal to put Marian up 14-4 with 6:28 left in the third, and Sarah Travis added on with a goal in the final minute of the quarter.

The Knights kept their foot on the throttle in the fourth quarter, maintaining possession and piling up scoring opportunities despite only coming through with one goal. After several close calls, A. Gray scored her fourth goal of the match midway through the final chapter. Marian forced a couple more turnovers in the final minutes as they took the 16-4 victory.

Martin and A. Gray led the squad, coming through with four goals each. K. Gray and Ash added a few more goals, with the latter also contributing three assists. Emily Blackburn, Irvin, Travis, and Moore also scored one goal each, respectively. Sophomore Grace Coyne gets credited with the win at goal, making one save in the first half. Katherine Hirsch took over as goalkeeper in the second half, allowing one goal.

The Knights will be back at home this Wednesday with a non-conference matchup against Bethel. First draw is set for 4 PM at St. Vincent Field.

EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bows out of HCAC tournament

TERRE HAUTE – The Earlham College men’s basketball team dropped out of the 2022 HCAC tournament with a 66-56 loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon.

The Quakers conclude their season with a 10-13 record and a seventh-place conference finish in the regular season.

Kolden Vanlandingham led all scorers with 27 points. The freshman also collected a team-high five rebounds and a game-high four assists.

Both teams struggled for offense in the early minutes of the game, as was represented by the first score coming over three minutes into the contest. It took the Quakers over five minutes to finally put themselves in the scoring column with a layup by Chase Younts.

Once the Engineers found the net, they excelled in scoring, and led 15-5 midway through the first half. Earlham then scored an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to bring the score to 17-16.

The Engineers responded with a 6-0 run to take a 23-16 lead with three minutes remaining until halftime. The home squad held this advantage into the break.

After a jumper from Vanlandingham to start the second half, Rose-Hulman scored a 7-1 run to extend its lead over the Quakers.

Vanlandingham and Jaden Terry led the Quakers on a 6-0 run to bring the score to 38-31 with 15 minutes remaining in the contest.

A 3-pointer from Zachariah Andre made the score 39-34 with 13:43 left on the clock and gave the Quakers a burst of momentum. The Engineers were eager to squash the momentum with a layup and a steal for another score on the following possession. Rose had scored four points in just 16 seconds and had swung all the momentum in its favor.

Trailing 47-36 with 12 minutes remaining, the Quakers scored a 7-0 run to close the gap to 47-43. The Engineers again scored on quick consecutive possessions after a steal and increased their lead to eight with six minutes remaining.

Another Earlham surge saw the Quakers make a 5-0 run to trail 51-48 with 5:39 left in the game.

Rose-Hulman took the lead back for good with an 8-0 run through three minutes of clock time. Earlham trailed 61-50, and was unable to make up the deficit in the final two minutes due in part to accurate free throws from the Engineers.

The Quakers bow out of their first HCAC tournament appearance since joining the conference prior to the 2011 season. The 10-13 record marks the first double-digit win season since the 2000-01 team had a record of 10-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

WABASH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Suffers Hard-Fought Loss To Wittenberg

The Wabash College volleyball team battled Wittenberg in a three-set Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League match Sunday afternoon at Chadwick Court. The host Little Giants lost 3-0 in a tight contest throughout all three sets.

Wabash (2-8, 0-2 MCVL) and Wittenberg (8-8, 2-1 MCVL) traded points on the four serves of the match before the Tigers jumped in front 11-5. Wittenberg held a 23-14 lead and appeared ready to claim set one. The Little Giants rallied to cut the lead to 24-20 before Wittenberg scored the set winner for the 25-20 victory.

Wabash regrouped in the second set to take a 10-5 lead. Wittenberg eventually closed the margin before tying the set at 15-15. The two teams played to seven ties with four lead changes with the final tie coming at 24-24. Wittenberg scored the final two points to take the second set 26-24.

The Little Giants took the lead in the third set once again. Wabash held a 13-8 lead until Wittenberg tied the score at 21-21 for the third and final time in the match. The Tigers scored the next four points for the 25-21 win and the 3-0 overall victory.

Jackson Leeper paces Wabash with seven kills on the day. Ricky Session recorded six kills. Will Beikes gave out 21 assists. Luis Rivera finished with a team-high eight digs.

Wabash will compete at Rockford University on Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. CST.

FRANKLIN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Grizzlies Drop Low-Scoring Battle with Bluffton in HCAC Quarterfinals

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Franklin College women’s basketball team tipped off post-season play on Sunday (Feb. 20) afternoon, taking on the Bluffton Beavers in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

A back-and-forth battle came down to the final minutes, but the Grizzlies (8-16) fell just short in their bid to advance to the semifinals in a 55-48 loss to the Beavers (19-6).

How it Happened

Points were at a premium from the opening tip, with the two teams combining for nine first quarter field goals. A pair of threes from Kayla Bruner gave Franklin a lead late in the period, but two Bluffton buckets before the quarter horn evened things up at 12 after 10 minutes of play. The second quarter featured more of the same, with the Grizzlies keeping Bluffton scoreless over the final 5:31 of the half. Combined with an 8-0 FC run, the guests held a 25-19 lead after one half of play.

Momentum shifted in the third quarter, with the Beavers rattling off an 18-6 run to close out the third with a 39-35 lead. The two teams were tied at 45 with 4:51 to play, but Franklin couldn’t get the go-ahead bucket before the final horn sounded.

Inside the Box Score

-Sarah O’Day led Franklin with 11 points, followed by Bruner with nine and Destinee Cross with eight.

-Rebounding played a critical role in the final score, with Bluffton pulling in 56 rebounds to 37 for FC. The Beavers also held a 22-8 edge in second chance points.

FRANKLIN MEN’S BASKETBALL: King, Flatt Record Career Scoring Days to Help Push Men’s Hoops into HCAC Semifinals

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Franklin College men’s basketball team began the defense of their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament championship on Sunday (Feb. 20) afternoon, with the sixth-seeded Grizzlies meeting third-seeded Defiance in the tournament quarterfinals.

A pair of freshmen turned in career afternoons for the Grizzlies (12-14), with Lynn King and Trey Flatt setting new career highs with 20 and 17 points, respectively. It was enough to push the Grizzlies into the semifinals with an 81-69 win over the Yellow Jackets.

How it Happened

Franklin grabbed the lead 1:11 into the game and never let it go, opening the contest with a 13-2 run through seven minutes of action. Defiance fought to get within seven points at 16-9 with 8:43 to go in the half, but a strong close to the opening period sent the visitors into the locker room with a 34-20 lead. Defensively, the Grizzlies limited Defiance to 8-for-25 from the floor in the opening half.

The lead stayed in double figures for the bulk of the second half and grew to as many as 19 points before the final horn sounded. Franklin’s offense was an efficient machine over the final 20 minutes, with the Griz going 15-for-27 from the floor, 6-of-9 from three and 11-for-15 from the line.

Inside the Box Score

-King went 6-for-8 from the field and the free throw line, blowing past his previous season high point total of 11.

-Flatt knocked down a team-high four threes, with the Grizzlies hitting 11 long balls on the afternoon.

-Carter Crowe added 16 points and five assists while playing all 40 minutes for the first time in his career. Crowe carried the scoring load for Franklin in the second half, netting 14 points over the final 20 minutes.

-Cody Samples added 11 points, burying three three-pointers.

-Rebounds were 40-23 in Franklin’s favor, with Matt Krause vacuuming up a game-high 16 boards.

Up Next

Franklin advances to the semifinals of the HCAC Tournament, where they will meet second-seeded Rose-Hulman next Friday (Feb. 25) night. A start time will be announced on Monday.

ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Advance to HCAC Semifinals after Quarterfinal Win

TERRE HAUTE, Ind — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball downs Defiance College on Sunday afternoon 51-42, advancing to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal matchup on Friday, February 25.  The Fightin’ Engineers will battle No. 2 nationally ranked Transylvania University at a time to be announced.

Ashley Black began the game on fire for the Engineers, knocking down four three pointers in the opening quarter.  Rose-Hulman later used a 15-0 run to close out the second quarter to lead 30-12 at the half.

Defiance responded in the third quarter with a 12-0 run, closing a massive 22-point deficit in a three-minute span.

The Fightin’ Engineers were held scoreless to open the final quarter, but a pair of layups by Jordan Barlow, free throws by Rowan Hein, Jamie Baum, and Black put the Engineers ahead 46-33 with 4:09 remaining in the game.

Hein engineered the Rose-Hulman offense with another balanced effort.  She finished with 11 points, a season-high five steals, four rebounds, and three assists.  Black ended her day with 13 points and four rebounds.  Jordan Barlow added seven points and eight rebounds. 

Rose-Hulman improved to 12-8 on the season, and Defiance concluded their season at 13-10.  The winner of the HCAC tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: Advances to HCAC Semis with Win against Earlham

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball defeated Earlham College on Sunday afternoon 66-56, advancing to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal matchup on Friday, February 25.  The Fightin’ Engineers will battle Franklin College at 7 pm at Hanover College.

A scoreless start to the contest was broken by a Zachary Jackson layup at the 16:47 mark.  Samvit Ram followed the basket with a solo 7-0 scoring run.  The RHIT defense held Earlham scoreless until the 14:58 mark.

Earlham bounced back with their own 8-0 scoring run before Rose-Hulman secured the 30-22 halftime lead.

The trend of scoring runs continued in the second half when Jackson spearheaded an 8-0 run.  The run began with Trey Wurtz began with a layup, followed by Jackson scoring two fast-break layups and finishing with a nice pass under the basket to Wurtz for another layup.

Following a Quaker 7-0 run, Rose-Hulman engineered an 11-0 scoring run to take a 61-50 lead, which included an emphatic left-handed slam by Terry Hicks at the 3:13 mark.

Hicks led the Rose-Hulman offense with 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-high three steals.  Samvit Ram and Dillon Duff each scored nine points.  Jackson and Isaac Farnsworth each grabbed six rebounds, tied for a game high.

Rose-Hulman shot 55.6% (25-for-45) from the field, their second best effort of the season, including converting 50% of shots from behind the arc (4-for-8). 

Kolden Vanlandingham led Earlham with 27 points, shooting 7-for-16 from the field.  As a team, the Quakers shot 38% from the floor, their third lowest percentage for the season.

Rose-Hulman improved to 15-9 overall while Earlham concluded their season at 10-13.  The winner of the HCAC tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

ANDERSON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Advances Past Hanover to HCAC Semifinals Behind Shipley’s 36 points

Anderson University women’s basketball junior Jade Shipley dropped 36 points in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) quarterfinal round on Sunday in Hanover to lead the sixth-seeded Ravens past the third-seeded Hanover College Panthers by a score of 88-80.

The Ravens (11-14) captured their first win against the Panthers (13-10) since Feb. 6, 2013. Shipley’s 36 points ties for seventh for most points in a game in school history. The junior from Westfield knocked down four 3-pointers and all 10 of her free throws. Shipley became the third person in program history to be perfect from the free-throw line in a game on at least 10 attempts.

Entering the fourth quarter down 67-60, a late run with multiple defensive stops gave the Ravens the lead. The game came down to free throws, where the Ravens were able to extend their lead at the line before time expired.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Hanover started the scoring on their first possession but quickly fouled Cassie Pallett in the act of shooting. Pallett would tie the game at the line.

Hanover went on an early run in the first where they maintained a six-point cushion. An offensive rebound by Allison Shaffer kept the possession alive and Lexi Dellinger knocked down a three to make it a three-point game.

A late basket from Shaffer gave the Ravens a 17-15 lead after the first.

Anderson got its lead to up to seven in the second quarter, but Hanover fought back to tie the game at 38 at halftime.

Hanover owned the game coming out of halftime. After Pallett made a basket to open the quarter, Hanover put together a 14-0 run to take a 52-40 lead.

The Ravens fought back to make it a seven-point game entering the fourth quarter.

A 12-point fourth quarter from Shipley and 3-pointers from Dellinger and Makynlee Taylor gave the Ravens the lead with 1:25 to go where they were able to knock down free throws to secure the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

The Ravens shot 27-61 (44.3 percent) from the field, 8-21 (38.1 percent) from three and 26-29 (89.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Jade Shipley had 36 points on 11-20 (55 percent) shooting from the field, 4-9 (44.4 percent) from the 3-point line and hit all 10 of her free throws.

Lexi Dellinger – 23 points, 13 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 5-5 FT

Cassie Pallett – 11 points, 9-10 (90 percent) FT

Makynlee Taylor – 7 Points, 10 Rebounds

COACH JON GIN’S COMMENTS

This is absolutely an incredible team win! Everyone deserves so much credit. Every player starred in their roles from the floor to the bench! The bench brought incredible energy all night long and our team fed off of it. I can’t say enough about the way Jade performed! She locked down the best player all game, got in the paint on offense and knocked down huge shots for us. She was incredibly locked in and she wouldn’t let us lose.

UP NEXT

Anderson advances to the HCAC semifinals to take on second-seeded Bluffton University (19-6) on Friday in Lexington, Ky. at a time to be determined.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Ravens Fall to Pioneers in Heart Stopper

The Anderson University men’s basketball battled in Lexington, Ky. on Sunday as they took on the Transylvania University Pioneers in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals. Anderson (16-9, 11-7), who entered as the No. 5 seed, battled hard against Transylvania (16-8, 10-6), the No. 4 seed, surging a late comeback against the Pioneers. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they were unable to come away with the victory as they fell to the Pioneers 66-65, ending their season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

From the opening tip it was a back-and-forth battle between the Ravens and Pioneers. Transylvania got on the board first with 19 minutes, 44 seconds on the clock as Hunter Penn put up a hook shot to get them on the board. Tate Ivanyo immediately answered for the Ravens, draining a three. The Ravens one-point lead didn’t last long though as Transylvania went back down the court for a layup, making it a 4-3 game.

Both sides shared a few more points before Transylvania took a 12-7 lead with 13:43 left in the half.

Between 13:42 and 11:06, neither team could get on the board. The scoreless streak finally broke when Maurice Knight drained a three for the Ravens, making it a 12-10 game in favor of the Pioneers at 11:05.

Anderson slowly crept in on Transylvania lead through the remainder of the half. With 4:37 remaining, Tate Ivanyo tied the game up 19 apiece off a dunk. Transylvania would then take back the lead but it wouldn’t last long before Anderson finally got its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest. With 2:07 left in the half, Maurice Knight hit a 3-pointer to give the Ravens a 24-22 lead.

The Pioneers didn’t let Anderson hold onto their lead for long though, as they tied the game 24-24 off a jumper. Transylvania would go on to add five more points, all off of free throws, to close out the half with a 29-24 lead over the Ravens.

Although the Pioneers began the second half with the first basket, the Ravens spent the beginning minutes cutting Transylvania’s lead. After producing numbers offensively and closing in on the lead, Anderson tied it up 33-33 off a Tate Ivanyo 3-pointer.

At 16:17, the Pioneers tacked on two free throws before Tate Ivanyo drained yet another 3-pointer. The Pioneers then went down the court to make a three of their own as they held a 38-36 lead over the Ravens with 15:30 remaining in the game.

Between 15:29 and 11:54, Anderson was unable to make a basket as Transylvania put up six points to make it a 44-36 lead in their favor.

Jordan Gadis broke the Ravens scoreless streak with a 3-pointer at 11:53. After two Pioneer free throws that were good, both sides went on a scoreless streak.

Action began to pick up again slowly starting a 9:40 when Alex Hunt put in two free throws for the Ravens. At this time, the Ravens trailed the Pioneers 46-41.

Anderson once again began to close in on Transylvania, slowly putting up the numbers before tying the game up. Maurice Knight tied the game 50 apiece off a driving lay-up with 6:55 remaining in the game.

It then became a back-and forth battle, with three ties spanning in two minutes of action.

Anderson then took a 59-57 with 4:23 remaining. The Ravens extended their lead to 63-57 with just 1:57 left on the clock.

With 1:04 on the clock, Fred Shropshire made two free throws for the Ravens to make it 65-59. Then, with under a minute to play Transylvania capitalized on their opportunities. As 57 seconds remained on the clock, the Pioneers put in two free throws to cut the Ravens lead to four. They would then add on a 3-pointer with 44 seconds on the clock to make it a 65-64 game as the Ravens still led. Anderson would have chances but couldn’t get it in the basket.

The final basket of the game then came with 11 seconds left in the contest off a jumper for the Pioneers as they took a one-point, 66-65 lead over the Ravens. Although the Ravens had a few chances to comeback, they fell short in the end as they couldn’t make it in the basket, ultimately falling to the Pioneers 66-65.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson finished its final game of the year shooting 22-of-60 (36.7 percent) from the field, 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) from three, and 13-of-20 (65 percent) in free throws. Transylvania respectively went 24-of-54 (44.4 percent), 3-of-14 (21.4 percent), and 15-of-20 (75 percent).

During the two halves of action, there was a total of 14 lead changes and seven ties between the two teams.

Maurice Knight and Tate Ivanyo led the Ravens, both recording 22 points during the contest. Knight led the way with 11 rebounds and three assists as well as picking up one block. Ivanyo recorded his career high in points during the game while adding on six rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block.

Camden Smith came off the bench to add on 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Francis Uzorh finished with six rebounds, one assist, and led the team with two blocks.

HEAD COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

I am really proud of the resiliency we played with [on Sunday]. We executed our scout in the first half at both ends, and got the shots we wanted but they didn’t fall. We had the toughness to keep defending and rebounding, came out of the halftime break and those same shots started dropping.

Unfortunately, we made one too many mistakes under a minute, and Transylvania made a couple of really big shots.

I do not have enough superlatives for the six seniors who will move on from our program. I am tremendously grateful for the commitment and dedication that Phil [Bessick], Dalton [DuBois], Tommy [Fordonski], Maurice [Knight], Austin [Lyons] and Frank [Uzorh] have represented.

HANOVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Second half run falls short as the Ravens knock-off the Panthers

HANOVER, Ind. – Second half surge falls short as the Panthers fall to Anderson as part of the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Hanover dropped the contest 88-80.

Hanover landed four members in double-digits led by freshman Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) with a team-high 18 points. Freshman Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) added 16 points while freshman Taylor Heath (Fairland, Ind.) and senior Liz Tynan (Columbus, Ind.) added 10 points apiece.

The Panthers used a balanced attack to capture the 8-2 lead early as Bezold hit a runner in the lane followed by a Tynan turnaround jumper. However, the Ravens came soaring back using a 9-0 run to claim the 17-15 first period lead.

They carried the momentum into the second stanza pushing the difference to as many as seven points when junior Anna Bauer (Indianapolis, Ind.) looked to spark the Panther attack with a key defensive stop. The stop proved successful as sophomore Addie Gardner (Anderson, Ind.) connected from three-point at the 2:39 mark to pull HC back within 31-30. Hanover entered the intermission knotted at 38-38.

They captured the lead in the second half as senior Lanette Blume (St. Anthony, Ind.) paced a Panther run that sent Hanover on top 52-40. The offense continued to fire on all cylinders with Heath using some nifty moves to get to the hoop. Benter propelled Hanover into the final stanza with the 67-60 lead.

But the Ravens refused to roll over as they slowly clawed their way back into the contest, pulling within 67-66 with just seven minutes to play. Benter’s impressive second half ensued as she was able to help propel Hanover to the 76-75 lead but it wasn’t enough as the Ravens secured the win at the free throw line.

Hanover concludes the season at 13-10 overall and 10-7 in HCAC action.

HANOVER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hanover combats late Lion run to advance to the semi-final game of the HCAC Tournament

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers were able to hold off the charging Lions on Sunday afternoon as junior Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) deemed clutch down the stretch to propel Hanover to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semi-finals.

Houston paced the Blue and Red charting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) added a team-high 25 points with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Both team’s wasted little time picking up where they left off less then 48 hours ago as the MSJ hot shooting ensued before a deep three-pointer by sophomore Max Greenamopyer (Zionsville, Ind.) propelled HC in front at the first media timeout 12-9. Hanover remained unphased using a 9-0 run to capture the 21-11 difference.

However, the Lions offense continued to roar taking the slim 30-29 advantage at the 5:11 mark when sophomore Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) found Hibbard on a back door cut before another Greenamoyer three-pointer gave Hanover the 34-30 lead. Houston would propel HC to the 40-39 halftime lead using a four-point play.

After a slow start in the second half, the Panther offense came alive as Greenamoyer forced a Lion timeout at the 16:47 mark pushing HC op top 48-39. But again, the Lions refused to be tamed using an 8-0 run to pull within 50-47.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Hibbard looked to push the tempo using a defensive steal to capture an easy fastbreak layup en route to the 62-53 advantage when MSJ cut the difference to as little as 64-63 with just 4:49 remaining.

The final minutes turned into a whirl wind of events as both team’s began to feel the pressure build when the clutch hand of Greenamoyer reign through putting Hanover on top 67-66 with just 1:34 remaining. Houston handled the rest scoring the final four points to send HC to the semi-final match-up of the HCAC Tournament.

Hanover returns to action on Friday, Feb. 25 within the confines of Collier Arena when they host Transylvania in the semi-final matchup of the HCAC Tournament.

MANCHESTER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Hoops Ends Season with Trip to HCAC Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Manchester University women’s basketball team concluded the 2021-22 season on Sunday afternoon with a trip to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Spartans were selected to replace Mt. St. Joseph as the no. 8 seed after the Lions withdrew from the tournament earlier in the weekend. Manchester traveled to top seeded and nationally-ranked Transylvania University for its quarterfinal matchup.

The undefeated Pioneers enter the postseason with an unblemished 21-0 record and are currently ranked no. 4 in the latest d3hoops.com Top 25 Poll and no. 2 in the latest Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

Transy improved to 22-0 after overwhelming the Spartans 90-44 on Sunday.

The top seeded Pioneers shot 32-65 on Sunday afternoon – good for 49.2 percent. The Pioneers buried 14 three-pointers while also converting 30 Manchester turnovers into 40 points.

Manchester was limited to 15-52 shooting (28.8 percent) in its season finale. Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) tallied 11 points in her final collegiate game. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) added 10 points and seven rebounds in her final collegiate game.

The Spartans concluded the 2021-22 season with a record of 8-15.

Transylvania (22-0) will host no. 4 seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the HCAC Semifinals on Friday February 25.

HUNTINGTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: GOODLINE SCORES 1000TH POINT IN WIN OVER #RV GRACE

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Huntington men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 74-63 win over #RV Grace (22-8, 11-7) at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Saturday afternoon. The W completes the regular season sweep over the Lancers with the first meeting an 88-74 decision.

“It’s never easy to win on the road in our league and it was a great way to finish regular season play,” said Coach Kory Alford. “I am proud of how these guys have continued to work throughout the long conference season.

“We’ve played extremely well in the month of February and that sets us up well heading into postseason.”

In addition to the Foresters claiming the victory, there were also several individual accomplishments to celebrate. 

Zach Goodline entered the contest needing 16 points to join the 1,000 point club. With 4:35 remaining, the 6-1 junior scored on a fadeaway just outside the lane for his 17th point of the game to eclipse the 1K mark.

He bookended his history-making shot with a pair of threes to stretch his team’s lead from five to 12 for a 66-54 advantage with just under four minutes to go. It was his 60-second tear that solidified HU’s win as the Lancers would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Goodline finished with 20 points and a game-high six assists. To date, he has 1,004 career points in just two years of donning green and white for a scoring average of 17.6 ppg.

“Zach is off to a great start to his career,” said Alford. “I’m incredibly proud of his growth as a player and leader of this team. He has a tireless work ethic He’s a fearless competitor and I’m blessed to be able to coach him every day.”

Caleb Middlesworth also reached a significant milestone by corralling his 500th career rebound with just over eight minutes remaining. He finished with ten on the day with his last, an offensive board, proving No. 500. The senior forward also turned in a game-high 21 points for the double double.

It was a tight game through the first 16 minutes until HU finally pieced together an 8-1 run to close out the half for a 34-25 advantage heading into the locker room. Huntington enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the second period with few exceptions with the most notable a 6-0 Grace run that trimmed it to 58-53 before Goodline’s heroics gave HU some much-needed breathing room.

Jakob Gibbs posted 20 points to pace the Lancers while Cade Gibbs added ten.

With this win, Huntington (21-9) improves to 10-8 in league play for the No. 6 spot in the conference tournament. The Foresters will take on 3rd-seeded Saint Francis on Wednesday in quarterfinal action of the CL tourney. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Fort Wayne.

HUNTINGTON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: FORESTERS FINISH SEASON WITH WIN OVER GRACE

HUNTINGTON, Ind.  – The HU women’s basketball team closed out the year with a 68-65 road win over Grace Saturday afternoon at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. It was the Foresters’ second straight win having topped Goshen by 11 on Wednesday.

Huntington’s grit was undeniable. After falling behind by ten, 40-30, at halftime, Culler’s crew slowly grinded their way back in it with a stingy defense that gave up a mere three points in the third quarter. At the other end of the floor, it was scoring by committee as seven different Foresters put points on the board to slip in front of the Lancers, 45-43, by quarter’s end.

The guests carried their defensive intensity into the fourth by limiting GC to just three points through the first five minutes. Konnor Gambrell carried the offensive load by unleashing for eight points to pad her team’s lead to 12 at 58-46 with 5:12 remaining.

Over the next four minutes, Grace found new life in Maddie Ryman and Kaylee Patton who combined for 12 of the game’s next 18 points which shrunk the deficit to just two points at 62-60. But the late-game threat didn’t faze Culler and crew. Instead they calmly knocked down free throws to preserve the win.

Senior Erica Zook was the first to hit a big pair of free tosses with 1:09 to go. It cushioned the lead from two to four at 64-60 as HU went 4-for-6 from the line the rest of the way to stave off the comeback-hungry Lancers.

Zook finished with eight points, three assists and two steals in her final game as a Forester. Gambrell tossed in 15 points, ten in the fourth, and chased down eight rebounds to lead Huntington in both categories.

Celeste Ryman added 12 points which included going 4-for-4 from the line in the fourth. Huntington finished the game 19-for-23 from the charity stripe for 82.6 percent.

Ryman led all scorers with 17 points. Patton chipped in 15 while Kiersten Poor added 14.

With today’s win, Huntington finishes the year 5-21 overall, 3-12 in league play.

ST. FRANCIS SOFTBALL: Cougars Sweep Indiana Tech Warriors to Open 2022 Season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Sunday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-0) began their 2022 season on the road when they traveled to Indiana Tech (0-2) and got off on the right foot with a sweep, winning by scores of 10-0 and 8-5.

In the opener, the Cougars set the tone right from the start. Center fielder Grace Renbarger led off the game with a double down the left field line and came around the score the game’s first run on a double by designated player Regan Peppler.

Saint Francis would score four runs in the top of the first and gave junior starter Mackenzie Rust, a cushion to work with.

The Cougars carried their momentum over to the second inning as Peppler doubled to left-center for her second hit in as many innings playing two more runs as Saint Francis now led 6-0.

On the mound, Rust was dominant. Five of the first nine outs she recorded were strikeouts and she kept the Warriors off the board throughout.

Come the fifth, second baseman Ashley Kent smashed a three-run home run that hit off the scoreboard to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead, and Rust went back out and shut the door on the Warriors as Saint Francis earned their first win in five innings.

Rust threw a complete-game shutout allowing just two runs while striking out nine over five innings.

At the start of the second game, no scoring was done through the first inning and a half. The Warriors then broke the score in the bottom of the second, plating a couple runs on two hits and a hit batsman.

Then in the third, the Cougars responded. After the first batter struck out, designated player Brenna Homan also struck out, but reached first on a dropped third strike, and came around to score the first run for Saint Francis on an RBI-triple by Grace Renbarger.

Renbarger then came around to score the tying run, and then catcher Tori Miller smacked a two-run home run to left-center and give the Cougars a 4-2 lead.

The Warriors got a run back in their half of the third, but the Cougars put the game away in the fifth. They took advantage of a costly fielding error by the Warriors and plated three more runs to extend their lead to 7-3, and the Warriors could never catch up.

On the mound for the Cougars in the second game was freshman Mia Werner who pitched well throughout. She went the distance allowing five runs on just six hits while striking out seven batters with 112 pitches. 

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Palos Heights, Illinois for a road doubleheader against the Trinity Christian College Trolls (0-2) beginning at 10:30 am.

IU SOUTHEAST SOFTBALL: GRENADIERS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH SAINT FRANCIS

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast softball team split a doubleheader with Saint Francis (Illinois) on Sunday, falling 7-2 before winning 2-1 in the nightcap for head coach Tiffany Buckmaster’s first win at IU Southeast.

In game one, Saint Francis scored first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Maddy Eckberg singled to right to score Madisen Tucker. A sacrifice fly by Brittany Osborne made it 2-0.

The Fighting Saints (1-1) blew the game open in the third with a five-run fifth inning, aided by two Grenadier errors.

Brooklyn Gibbs retired the first two batters and then walked Tucker to extend the inning. After an error by Lindsey Nelson, the Fighting Saints had runners on second and third. An error by Ellie Jackman allowed Tucker to score and loaded the bases. A bases-clearing double by Eckberg continued the rally and Eckberg was driven in when Osborne singled to center.

IU Southeast (1-3) scored in third and the fourth innings. In the third, Haley McFarling singled and scored on a RBI double by Katie Cook. But Cook was stranded there as the Grenadiers were retired in order.

Ellie Jackman led off the fourth with a double and moved to third on a single by Erin Templeman. Macie Zink drove in Jackman but was out after passing Templeman and the rally eventually stalled.

The Grenadiers threatened in the fifth after Nelson singled and Jackman reached on an error with one out but a pop out and a strikeout ended the inning.

In game two, the Fighting Saints got the early lead once again with a run in the second inning. Bridgett McDermott singled to center, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out, RBI single by Kenna Kleinert.

The Grenadier offense could not get anything going until the sixth inning. Lindsey Nelson reached first on an error and moved to second on a groundout. Erin Templeman followed with a double to tie the game. Macie Zink singled to right to put runners on the corners which chased starter Hannah Vachon. McDermott came in to pitch and got a groundout to second by Hannah Nunemaker but pinch runner Emilee Edwards was able to score from third.

In the seventh, Saint Francis had runners on first and second with two out but starter Meghan Waggoner was able to get a ground ball to short and Zink stepped on the bag at second to end the game.

Waggoner worked all seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. She walked three and struck out six for her first collegiate win.

IU Southeast heads to the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic on Friday in Columbus, Ga.

IU SOUTH BEND SOFTBALL: Titans earn win over #21 Milligan at Bear Creek Tourney

ONEIDA, Tenn. – IU South Bend Softball enjoyed a winning weekend, including a come-from-behind win over a nationally ranked opponent, picking up a pair of wins on Sunday to wrap up the Bear Creek Tournament hosted by Cumberlands (Ky.).

The Titans (5-3) took a win over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) on Saturday, 9-1, before falling to the hosts Patriots 4-0 in the nightcap. On Sunday, IUSB earned a 5-4 win over No. 21 Milligan (Tenn.) and a 11-3 victory over Cleary (Mich.) to go 3-2 overall at the Bear Creek tourney.

Titans 9, Lawrence Tech 1 (5 inn.)

Brittany VanderBrink’s two-out double in the 1st inning scored Maddy Leisher and Emily Cave, as the Titans quickly took a 2-0 lead over the Blue Devils (3-6). IUSB would put the game away in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring four runs on four hits, highlighted by another two-RBI double from VanderBrink.

Maddy Edwards and Kaylee Darnell each drive in two runs in the win, as the Titans combined for five extra-base hits in the game. Nicole Van Zant earned the win, allowing one run over five innings of work.

Cumberlands 4, Titans 0

In a game that started as a pitchers duel, Cumberlands (9-2) posted the first run of the game on a sac fly in the 3rd inning, but added three more in the 6th to secure the win. The Titans finished with just two base hits, as Haley Fair finished 2-for-3 at the plate.

Abby Yarnell had a solid performance in the circle, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven over six innings.

Titans 5, No. 21 Milligan 4

Yarnell led the Titans at the plate, driving in three RBI including a game-tying double in the 6th inning, as IUSB overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Buffs on Sunday afternoon.

The Titans took advantage of three errors in the top of the 4th, allowing VanderBrink and Emily Anglin to score on a pair of Milligan mistakes. In the top of the 6th, trailing 4-2, the Titans led off with a pair of singles to set the table for Yarnell’s one-out double to left that tied the game. After a base hit from Savanna Schmitz, Yarnell was able to score the go-ahead run on Milligan’s fourth error of the game.

Schmitz, Anglin, Fair, and Yarnell all collected two hits in the win, while Van Zant picked up the win with three innings of relief without an earned run allowed. Yarnell picked up her second save of the year, retiring all five batters faced.

Titans 11, Cleary 3 (6 inn.)

A grand slam from Schmitz in the 2nd inning put the Titans on top for the rest of the game, as IUSB scored five runs in the 2nd and 4th frames for an 11-3 win in six innings.

Shelby Baker and Jozie Raymer each drove in a pair of runs, as six players in all recorded an RBI in the win. The Titans combined for six extra-base hits while Jaela Patton earned her first win of the year.

The Titans will now prepare for the 2022 home opener, scheduled for Saturday, March 5 against Huntington (Ind.). The doubleheader with the Foresters is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

GRACE SOFTBALL: Grace takes two from Firehawks

PULASKI, Tenn. – Grace’s softball team split a series at Tennessee-Southern over the weekend.

Both teams won two games apiece over the two-day, four-game series.

The first day saw Grace and UT-Southern split a doubleheader. The Firehawks won 9-6 in the opener with Grace finding revenge 14-5 in the second game.

Grace had more hits (12) than UTS (10) in the first game. But UTS made good on its opportunities, including a key five-run fourth to seize the lead.

The Lady Lancers pulled ahead early in the game with three runs in the second inning; Jaden Cardoso and Izabela Duran had RBIs in the inning.

But the Firehawks pounded out nine runs over the next three innings to take the lead for good.

Grace did its best to rally thanks to runs scored by Taylor Hodgen and Kendra Arnold. Jessica Kaurich also homered in the sixth inning, but it was not enough.

Hodgen hit 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Cardoso had 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base, and Bree Gardinier hit 2 for 4 with a run scored.

The Lady Lancers more than made up for that in the second game of the twin bill. Grace had four extra-base hits and 15 hits overall in a 14-5 rout.

Grace scored 13 of its 14 runs in just two innings. Jeri Ellis belted a grand slam in the second inning to give the Lady Lancers the lead, and Grace never looked back.

The third inning saw Grace plate seven times. Duran, Gardinier and Bethany Gardner each had an RBI double, and Ellis, Hodgen and Carly Ruiz also had RBI singles.

Grace found its 14th run in the fifth inning when Montana Brincks drove in Cassandra Hayes. Grace ended the game early due to the run rule.

Ellis had 2 hits, 2 runs and 5 RBIs, and Brincks hit 2 for 3 with two runs. Gardner finished with 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBIs from the leadoff position, and Hayes, Gardinier and Hodgen all hit 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Duran scored twice and drove in three runs.

Kierstin Fickas pitched all five innings, striking out three and allowing four earned runs.

The final day of the series also saw a split. Grace won 8-7 in the first game with UTS winning 5-1 to close out the series.

Grace jumped ahead in the opener with three early runs. Ellis, Hayes and Duran all had RBI hits during the first two innings.

In the fifth inning, Kendra Arnold had an RBI single to hand Grace a 4-0 lead.

Grace tried to break the game open in the sixth inning with four more runs. Jessica Kaurich and Gardinier each drew bases-loaded walks, and Hodgen drove in two runs with a single.

But the Firehawks had fight left. UTS used a three-run triple to spark a rally in the sixth. In the seventh, UTS nearly pulled off a two-out rally with three clutch singles.

The Firehawks had runners on second and third while trailing by just one. But relief pitcher Madison Bremer came in to record the final out of the game to secure Grace’s 8-7 win.

Duran had 2 hits, 1 run, 1 steal and 1 RBI, Gardner hit 2 for 5 with two runs scored, and Ellis scored two runs, drove in another and pitched the first 6.2 innings to record the victory.

In the second game, Grace had eight hits — same as UTS. But the Lady Lancers could only translate those hits into one run in a 5-1 defeat.

Grace’s only run came off a sacrifice fly by Ellis to score Duran, but the Lady Lancers were retired before the rally could be built further.

Gardner and Ruiz each hit 2 for 4, and Duran doubled and scored a run.

The Lady Lancers’ next trip will begin in Georgia at Brenau on March 8.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL: Eagles sweep final day of Music City Invitational

SMYRNA, Tenn.—University of Southern Indiana Softball swept the final day of the Music City Invitational Sunday, posting an 8-3 win over Ferris State University in the opening game before defeating the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 10-2, in six innings in its weekend finale.

Senior pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) came up huge for the Eagles in the circle, earning the save in the opening game before picking up the win against Parkside. In total, Duncan allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of work. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.

The Screaming Eagles (8-4) used a six-run second inning to jump out to a 7-1 advantage over Ferris State in the opener. The Bulldogs (1-4) closed the gap with two runs in the fifth and had the tying run on deck in the bottom of the sixth when Duncan came in the game.

Duncan fanned back-to-back batters to get USI out of the jam before striking out another batter in a perfect seventh inning to preserve the victory.

Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) picked up her first career collegiate win after scattering three runs, two earned, off seven hits throughout 5 1/3 innings of work. Newman (1-2) struck out seven batters while issuing just one walk.

At the plate, USI got hits from 10 different players, including three from sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana), who went 3-of-5 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while senior designated player Katie Back went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

In its second game, USI scored a run in the first and three in the third to build a 4-2 lead over the Rangers, who put up two tallies in the top of the third to take a brief one-run advantage.

The Eagles tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning, thanks in part to a three-run double by freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the contest.

USI clinched the game in the last half of the sixth inning as a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Courtney Schoolcraft (Crest Hill, Illinois), followed by a walk-off, RBI-double by senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Indiana) ended the contest via the eight-run rule.

Fair aided USI’s efforts at the plate with a 2-for-3 showing that included a double and two RBI. Schoolcraft, who had a pair of sacrifice flies, finished the game with two RBI and a run scored.

Duncan (1-1), who was 3-for-3 at the plate, earned the win after striking out five batters and allowing just one hit in 3 2/3 innings of work.

USI returns to action Friday at 10 a.m. when it takes on Wheeling University at the Blue Bridge Battle in Owensboro, Kentucky.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL: USI completes road sweep of #26 Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball took advantage of three errors to score eight unearned runs in a 10-8 victory over #26 Young Harris University Sunday afternoon in Georgia. The Screaming Eagles start the year 3-0, while Young Harris falls to 6-4.  

USI kicked off the completion of the sweep with a run in the second before taking control with six runs, four unearned, in the third. The Mountain Lions got on the scoreboard with a run in the fourth before the Eagles sealed off the victory with three more in the fifth.

Young Harris tried to rally in the final half of the game with a run in the sixth, two in the seventh, and four in the ninth before USI could shut the door on the victory.

Sophomore first baseman Adam Wildeman (Evansville, Indiana) led six players at the plate with two hits each. Wildeman also scored a run and drove in a pair of RBIs.

On the mound, USI sophomore right-hander Carter Stamm (Jasper, Indiana) picked up the victory after going 5.2 innings in his first start of the year. Stamm allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. The six strikeouts were a career-high for Stamm.

Senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) picked up the save in the ninth by closing the door on Young Harris and got the final out of the game. The save was Stuteville’s second of the weekend.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles come home to open the 2022 home schedule at the USI Baseball Field with a six-game homestand next. USI will host Lake Erie College February 25-27 and #8Trevecca Nazarene University, the defending NCAA II Midwest Region champion, March 4-5.

USI holds an 8-1 series lead over Lake Erie after taking two of three from the Storm last season at the USI Baseball Field. The Eagles-Storm series will be the season opening games for Lake Erie.

Trevecca Nazarene holds the all-time series lead, 6-4, following a series sweep of the Eagles in Nashville, Tennessee, last spring. The Trojans are off to a 6-1 start and host Truman State University for a four-game stet before visiting the Eagles in March.

VINCENNES BASEBALL: Kapostasy walk-off gives Trailblazers doubleheader sweep on Opening Day

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team began their Spring 2022 home season at Jerry Blemker Field with a pair of wins over Ancilla and South Suburban.

The Trailblazers won 15-5 in six innings over Ancilla before taking game two 8-7 over the South Suburban Bulldogs on a walk-off sac fly by freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio).

In the first game of the day, the Ancilla Chargers struck first, scoring in the top of the first on game one starter Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.)

Vincennes got on the board in the second inning when an RBI single by Mahkai Pelzer (Douglasville, Ga.) brought in Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) who doubled earlier in the inning.

Ancilla and VU traded three-run innings in the third to stay even at four-all heading into the fourth.

The Trailblazers took the lead in the fifth on a two RBI single by Sizemore, two of three RBI’s for the freshman outfielder as part of a four for four game one at the plate.

After the Chargers got a run back in the sixth, Vincennes took control of the game in the bottom of the sixth when the Trailblazers sent 12 batters to the plate.

VU scored eight runs on nine hits to force a run rule ending to the first home game of the season at Jerry Blemker Field as the Blazers won 15-5 over the Chargers.

Nichols held the mound against Ancilla, throwing four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and striking out five.

Freshman Kobe Bartlett (Rockport, Ind.) came out of the bullpen in relief to throw two innings, giving up one run on three hits and three strikeouts, winning his first career decision.

In game two, South Suburban got on the board first in the top of the third. VU quickly responded with a three-run bottom of the third, taking the lead on a two RBI single by freshman Nick Williams (Alexandria, Ind.).

Vincennes built on their lead in the fifth with an RBI single by Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and an RBI double by Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) gave the Blazers a 6-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs responded back in the top of the sixth to bring in five runs to take a one run lead.

After a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Vincennes began the final inning of play needing one run to tie and two to win.

Vincennes led of the inning with the first two batters reaching base. An RBI single by VanLannen brought in Peyton Lane.

The Trailblazers picked up the walk-off win when the Bulldogs left fielder collided with the third basemen on a sacrifice fly ball by Nick Kapostasy, which allowed freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) to score the winning run and give the Blazers the 8-7 win.

Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) took the mound as the game two starter and threw four solid innings, giving up one run on four hits and punching out four.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perryville, Ind.) picked up the winning decision in relief after picking an inning and a third, giving up no runs on two hits and getting a strikeout.

“We played and we battled and we found a way to win,” VU Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “That’s the positive thing that came out of today. We can’t play that way against really good teams. We gave away way too many free bases and made too many errors and allowed things to snowball on us like the sixth inning against South Suburban.”

“Thank goodness we took advantage of the mistakes that Ancilla made, which allowed us to stay in the game and then open it up late,” Barney added. “But we’ve got to do a better job of bunting the baseball and catching the ball on some routine plays and just make the routine plays and we will be alright. I’m excited about the way our guys fought and battled today. When they were down they stayed in the game the whole time and I feel good about that side of it.”

“Our hitters did a really good job today,” Barney said. “Sizemore going four for four in the first game and then the middle part of our order did a great job all day today. If you go back and look at it, the bulk of our hits came from the three through six hitters. Then we had late in game two Kapostasy comes through with a sac fly. Of course, when a guy puts the ball in play, good things are going to happen. A lot of guys contributed, which is another positive thing for us when we start looking at things.”

The Trailblazers will conclude the four-game set Monday, Feb. 21 when Vincennes hosts Ancilla at 12:30 p.m. eastern. VU will end the day by taking on South Suburban with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. eastern.

“We’ve got Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) throwing in game one tomorrow and Connor VanLannen in game two, so we’re right where we need to be,” Barney said. “We’ve still got some guys in the bullpen that can throw. I feel really good about it. We’ve worked through a plan to rotate some guys in tomorrow, so we don’t have a lot of guys playing all four games and we feel really good about where we are with some guys. We are in a good situation and we need to come out and battle tomorrow and hopefully pick up two more wins.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI3821.64419-719-1411-224-126-41 W
CHICAGO3821.64423-815-137-323-137-35 W
PHILADELPHIA3523.6032.516-1319-104-720-146-41 W
CLEVELAND3523.6032.518-917-147-320-136-42 L
MILWAUKEE3624.6002.520-1116-138-322-176-41 L
BOSTON3426.5674.520-1114-157-624-159-11 L
TORONTO3225.5615.016-1316-125-521-148-21 W
BROOKLYN3128.5257.013-1518-137-221-132-81 L
CHARLOTTE2931.4839.514-1415-175-719-181-93 L
10 ATLANTA2830.4839.517-1311-177-517-185-52 W
11 WASHINGTON2731.46610.515-1512-166-620-194-61 W
12 NEW YORK2534.42413.013-1712-174-714-222-83 L
13 INDIANA2040.33318.514-176-232-119-292-81 W
14 DETROIT1345.22424.58-205-253-79-232-81 W
15 ORLANDO1347.21725.55-218-262-118-313-74 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4810.82826-522-56-428-79-17 W
GOLDEN STATE4217.7126.526-616-119-225-116-42 L
MEMPHIS4119.6838.020-1021-96-428-128-21 L
UTAH3622.62112.021-1015-1211-122-126-41 L
DALLAS3524.59313.520-1115-1311-224-147-32 W
DENVER3325.56915.016-1017-154-818-176-43 W
MINNESOTA3128.52517.517-1114-177-420-187-31 L
LA CLIPPERS3031.49219.518-1312-185-617-235-51 W
LA LAKERS2731.46621.018-139-182-815-193-71 W
10 PORTLAND2534.42423.516-169-181-811-244-64 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2336.39025.511-1812-184-614-205-51 W
12 NEW ORLEANS2336.39025.513-1710-194-714-205-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2238.36727.015-177-215-715-224-62 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1840.31030.09-199-213-513-244-61 L
15 HOUSTON1543.25933.08-187-252-87-281-97 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS5035105753320814523-3-012-7-58-2-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES4934114723317211817-4-217-7-26-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING4932116703016913916-4-416-7-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5231138702917314014-7-517-6-34-3-3
NEW YORK RANGERS5032135692815112716-4-316-9-26-3-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS4832133673017413218-5-114-8-27-3-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5228159652617114512-10-516-5-45-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS4928174602714013815-10-113-7-34-4-2
DETROIT RED WINGS5123226522014717615-9-38-13-35-5-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS4925231512216318013-10-112-13-07-3-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS4518207431711112610-10-48-10-33-6-1
12 OTTAWA SENATORS491826541171301569-15-29-11-34-5-1
13 BUFFALO SABRES511627840141381828-14-48-13-43-6-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS491525939151251728-12-47-13-52-7-1
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5017285391614618210-13-37-15-22-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS50103372781121956-17-14-16-62-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE493694763319813821-3-215-6-28-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES4829136642716611313-4-416-9-29-1-0
MINNESOTA WILD4731133652718314316-4-115-9-27-3-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES4929146642717513718-6-211-8-46-3-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5129184622516915014-11-315-7-15-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS5028193592516816114-11-014-8-36-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5028184602715314314-9-014-9-44-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS5026177592414714113-11-213-6-56-2-2
ANAHEIM DUCKS5224199572115615813-8-411-11-55-3-2
10 DALLAS STARS4927202562414314517-7-110-13-16-4-0
11 WINNIPEG JETS4922198522114414713-10-19-9-75-4-1
12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5123226522013514610-10-313-12-35-3-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS4922225492113115411-11-311-11-22-5-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS521826844151261768-13-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN511631436151331809-16-27-15-23-7-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES501333430121141866-18-17-15-33-7-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE