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MLB reacts angrily to locked-out players, season still off
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball reacted angrily to the latest offer by locked-out players when bargaining resumed Sunday, accusing the union of backtracking and showing no sign of a breakthrough to get the derailed season back on track.
The squabbling sides talked for 95 minutes on the 95th day of the lockout, largely restating their positions to each other. Talks broke off Tuesday after nine days of negotiations in Jupiter, Florida, and Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first two series of the season for each team, a total of 91 games.
This was the first meeting since then, coming in the first season delayed by labor strife since 1995. Manfred was in the MLB offices Sunday but did not attend the bargaining sessions.
The union followed the four-day recess by putting many of its proposals in writing.
“We were hoping to see movement in our direction to give us additional flexibility and get a deal done quickly,” MLB spokesman Glen Caplin said. “The players’ association chose to come back to us with a proposal that was worse than Monday night and was not designed to move the process forward. On some issues, they even went backwards. Simply put, we are deadlocked. We will try to figure out how to respond, but nothing in this proposal makes it easy.”
Trying to resolve baseball’s second-longest labor stoppage, the sides remained far apart on luxury tax, minimum salaries and the proposed bonus pool for pre-arbitration eligible players. The union lowered its starting point for the bonus pool by $5 million to $80 million but left its proposals for the luxury tax and minimum salary unchanged.
Players declined to publicly respond to MLB but have maintained they withdrew their proposals for expanded free agency and arbitration and decreased revenue sharing while reducing their request on the bonus pool from an original $120 million. They also have offered to agree to uniform and helmet advertising.
After the main session, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer held a one-on-one meeting. Players suggested the sides meet again Monday, and MLB told the union it would get back with a decision on whether to meet.
Among the few areas with new proposals, players said a fast-track competition committee should include four union appointees, six management members and one umpire. The group would consider rules changes for no earlier than 2023 covering a pitch clock of 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 seconds with runners on, limiting defensive shifts and using larger bases, and it would be able to recommend changes during the offseason with 45 days’ notice for implementation.
MLB last week proposed that the committee include six management officials, two union representatives and one umpire. Currently, management can only change rules with union consent or unilaterally with one year of notice.
Players said they will not allow the committee to consider one topic MLB asked to be included: robots to call balls and strikes.
The union offered to increase the postseason from 10 teams to 12 but said they are willing to discuss management’s desire for 14 if MLB would consider a “ghost win” in the first round, which management isn’t interested in. The higher seeds would open the best-of-five playoff with a 1-0 series lead.
Players want to raise the luxury tax threshold from $210 last season to $238 million this year, $244 million in 2023, $250 million in 2024, $256 million in 2025 and $263 million in 2026. MLB is at $220 million in each of the next three seasons, $224 million in 2025 and $230 million in 2026.
Tax rates would remain unchanged and direct amateur draft pick compensation for free agents would be eliminated.
The union lowered its plan for the pre-arbitration bonus pool from $85 million but asked for $5 million annual increases over the remainder of the deal. MLB last offered $30 million, up from $25 million, with no annual increase, and suggested the union had orally floated a figure of lower than $80 million when the sides discussed possible trade-offs Monday night.
As part of an overall agreement, players agreed to withdraw their proposed expansion of salary arbitration for players with at least two years of service but less than three.
Players maintained their proposed minimum salary at $725,000 this year, $745,000 in 2023, $765,000 in 2024 and increases during the following two years based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners. Owners have offered $700,000, with $10,000 annual increases.
For players assigned to the minors and signing a second or later big league contract, MLB is at a $99,400 minimum this year, $101,400 in 2023, $103,400 in 2024, $105,500 in 2025 and $106,600 in 2026, while players are at $118,200, $121,400 and $124,700, followed by cost-of-living increases.
For those in the minors on a first big league contract, MLB is at $49,800 with $1,000 annual increases, while players are at $59,500 for this year followed by $61,100, $62,700 and cost-of-living increases.
Players rejected MLB’s proposal for an international draft and remained at the top six picks for the proposed amateur draft lottery, one more than MLB.
Players also want to cut back on MLB’s proposed international games that include Mexico City; Melbourne, Australia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and South Korea.
Davis hurt, No. 10 Wisconsin misses B10 clinch, Huskers win
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Tenth-ranked Wisconsin lost leading scorer Johnny Davis when he was injured on a flagrant foul early in the second half, and the Badgers missed a chance to clinch the Big Ten title outright by falling to Nebraska 74-73 Sunday.
Davis was hurt when he was fouled on a layup try by Trey McGowens with 17:32 left. Davis went to the locker room and didn’t return to the bench, and the Badgers said he was out with a lower body injury.
Davis averages 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He scored 10 before being injured by McGowens, who was ejected.
“I’m optimistic that he’s going to be fine,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said, without elaborating further on Davis’ injury.
“The officials knew my thoughts, and knew them actually before it happened on some other things that I saw. I’ll leave it at that and I’ll watch the replay and I’ll make the necessary phone calls,” Gard said.
Wisconsin (24-6, 15-5) could still finish alone atop the Big Ten if second-place Illinois loses to Iowa later Sunday. The conference tournament starts Wednesday.
Alonzo Verge Jr. scored Nebraska’s last nine points, part of a 12-0 rally in the final minutes.
The Cornhuskers (10-21, 4-16) trailed 71-62 before holding Wisconsin without a basket in the final 5:48. Verge put them ahead 74-71 with two free throws with 37 seconds left, and finished with 26 points.
Chucky Hepburn hit two of three free throws for Wisconsin with 19.8 remaining, cutting the deficit to 74-73 as Verge fouled out.
CJ. Wilcher missed the front end of the bonus for Nebraska, but Hepburn – who beat No. 8 Purdue on Tuesday with a last-second 3-pointer – missed a 3-point try from the top right and the Huskers secured the rebound
“He hits one Tuesday night that’s highly contested off the glass and he has one wide open, he hasn’t had one that wide open in practice for a long time, so that’s part of it,” Gard said. “We got a clean look at the rim, but there was a lot of other things that went into us not having success today.”
Nebraska played with leading scorer Bryce McGowens – Trey’s brother – who averages 17 points per game and injured his hand in a victory over Ohio State on Tuesday.
Derrick Waker added 15 points and Wilcher 10 as the Huskers closed with three consecutive victories.
Brad Davison scored 20 points for Wisconsin, which had won five in a row. Tyler Wahl and Chris Vogt added 13 apiece.
“This stings, and this wasn’t us in a lot of different of ways, but let’s not lose sight . the day wasn’t good, but the season has been fantastic,” Gard said.
“We’ve got obviously more to play. We’ll see where we’re going to be on Friday in terms of game time and those type of things, but everybody’s 0-0 and you move on to the next one and get ready to go,” he said.
Wisconsin trailed by 12 midway through the first half. The Badgers rallied with a 12-2 run, going in front 49-47 on two free throws by Davison and were in the bonus for the final 16:18.
Verge tied it with a layin, but was called for a technical, sending him to the bench with his fourth foul. Davison hit both free throws to start a string of eight consecutive points from the line to give Wisconsin a 57-49 lead with 13:40 left.
“We just kept our composure after losing our composure a little bit,” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We felt like we had to get Alonzo back on the floor. We put him at the under 12-minute media timeout and he just made play, after play, after play.”
Wisconsin had been averaging only 8.6 turnovers per game, fewest in Division I. But the Badgers committed seven in the first 10 minutes as Nebraska surged to a 30-18 lead, hitting 12 of 21 shots.
Nebraska: Nebraska could move into the No. 13 seed in the conference tournament with a win by Northwestern over Minnesota on Sunday evening.
Wisconsin: If Illinois wins Sunday, the Badgers would fall to the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Either way, much depends on Davis’ status. … Wisconsin had won each of the last 15 times it had played a game decided by six points or fewer.
Although the Badgers topped No. 8 Purdue 70-67 on Tuesday, the loss to Nebraska could drop them in the poll.
Nebraska plays in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Wednesday.
Wisconsin plays Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
No. 20 Illinois beats No. 24 Iowa for share of Big Ten title
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) No. 20 Illinois locked up a share of the Big Ten regular-season title when Kofi Cockburn had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead a 74-72 win over No. 24 Iowa Sunday night.
The Fighting Illini’s hopes for a conference crown were kept alive when Nebraska upset No. 10 Wisconsin earlier Sunday. They didn’t let the opportunity go to waste, claiming at least a share of the Big Ten championship for the first time since winning it in 2004 and ’05.
“Five years ago, I was wondering if we’d ever get out of the Wednesday game (of the Big Ten tournament),” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “We weren’t even close. For Trent (Frazier) and DaMonte (Williams) to go out this way, this is why I do this.”
Illinois (22-8, 15-5) erased a 15-point first-half deficit, but Alfonso Plummer led the charge back en route to 15 points. Coleman Hawkins added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa (22-9, 12-8) missed five of its first six shots but eventually got on a 13-0 scoring run. The burst started with Kris Murray’s 3, the first of nine straight made shots for the Hawkeyes. Peyton Sandfort hit a 3 and then made another jumper on the next possession before Tony Perkins’ layup put Iowa ahead 32-19.
Plummer revived Illinois’ offense with back-to-back 3s, and the Illini closed the half on a 9-0 run as Plummer drove and scored with 4 seconds left to make it a 43-37 deficit.
Hawkins hit a 3 to put Illinois in front 65-63 with 7:03 to go, and they didn’t trail again.
“(Illinois) has got some guys who are competitors that are really good players on really good teams,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Very impressed with the job that Brad has done with his crew, not only this year, but over the years since he got here.”
Keegan Murray had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, while Perkins had 17 points and 12 boards. Kris Murray added 13 points.
Curbelo had 14 points and six assists off the bench for Illinois.
Reflecting on his career at Illinois, senior Frazier was grateful he stuck it out with the program after two losing seasons as an underclassman.
“To win games and championships, your culture has to be set,” Frazier said. “It wasn’t set yet (when we arrived). We were still rebuilding and trying to figure things out, but as time went on, we continued to get culture guys, better players and guys who bought into what Coach Underwood wanted. Sticking with it through the ups and downs made it worth it.”
Iowa: Despite missing out on a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament, the Hawkeyes are still one of the hottest teams in the country, winning nine of their last 11 games. With the Murray brothers clicking and scoring support from the likes of Perkins and Sandfort, Iowa is a daunting defensive assignment for any team.
Illinois: No one will enter the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis feeling as good as the Illini, who have won three games in a row and will take the No. 1 seed after holding the tiebreaker over Wisconsin due to an 80-67 win over the Badgers on Feb. 2.
Iowa: Opens the Big Ten tournament on Thursday as the 5-seed.
Illinois: Opens the Big Ten tournament on Friday as the 1-seed.
Bracket Set for 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by TIAA
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket for the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA that will take place March 9-13 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Illinois (22-8, 15-5 Big Ten) earned the top seed in the field and a double bye into the quarterfinals, which will be played on Friday, March 11. No. 2 Wisconsin (24-6, 15-5), No. 3 Purdue (25-6, 14-6) and No. 4 Rutgers (18-12, 12-8) also claimed double byes and will open postseason action on Friday.
The 25th annual tournament begins on Wednesday, March 9, with a pair of games. No. 12 seed Northwestern (14-15, 7-13) faces No. 13 Nebraska (10-21, 4-16) in the opener at 6 p.m. ET. No. 11 Penn State (12-16, 7-13) plays No. 14 Minnesota (13-16, 4-16) 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Northwestern-Nebraska game.
No. 8 seed Michigan (17-13, 11-9) and No. 9 Indiana (18-12, 9-11) will kick off the second round of the tournament at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. No. 5 seed Iowa (22-9, 12-8) will then open its tournament slate against the winner of the first-round game between Northwestern-Nebraska. In Thursday’s second session, No. 7 Michigan State (20-11, 11-9) plays No. 10 seed Maryland (15-16, 7-13) at 6:30 p.m., while No. 6 Ohio State (19-10, 12-8) takes on the Penn State-Minnesota winner 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Maryland game.
The Thursday winners will move on to play the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday in the quarterfinals.
The Big Ten Network (BTN) will televise the tournament’s first 10 games, with coverage spanning the first round of the tournament through the quarterfinals. CBS Sports will once again broadcast the semifinals and final. All BTN on-air games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets, and connected devices through the FOX Sports App, while the CBS Sports broadcasts will also be available to stream live on Paramount+.
A complete list of tournament seedings can be found below:
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
11. Penn State
Longwood wins Big South for first NCAA Tournament bid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Isaiah Wilkins scored 19 points and Longwood advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time with a 79-58 victory over Winthrop on Sunday in the Big South tournament championship game.
Top-seeded Longwood (26-6) never trailed, led by as many as 21 in the first half, 28 in the second half and cruised against the second-seeded Eagles (23-9), a perennial Big South power who had won the last two conference tournament titles and hoped to win its 19th overall.
The two division champions came in on a roll. Winthrop had won its last 10 games, its previous loss coming to the Lancers 92-88 in the regular season. Longwood had won seven straight and was making its first conference tournament championship appearance. Winthrop beat the Lancers in the semifinals last year.
Wilkins, who spent two seasons at Virginia Tech and another at Wake Forest before coming to Longwood this season, was 7-of-11 shooting with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and three steals. Leslie Nkereuwem added 11 points. Justin Hill had nine points with eight rebounds and five assists.
Big South player of the year D.J. Burns Jr. led Winthrop with 14 points. Micheal Anumba had 12 and Patrick Good 11.
The outcome was essentially decided in the first half when little went wrong for Longwood, shooting 60%, making 8 of 10 3-point attempts and scoring 22 points off 11 turnovers to lead 45-27. Wilkins led the way with 12 points. Five players hit from the arc including Nate Lliteras with three for his nine points.
A 13-0 run gave Longwood its largest lead of 28 during a stretch of the second half when Winthrop went seven minutes without a field goal. The closest Winthrop got after that was 16.
In the end, Longwood outshot Winthrop 53% to 41%, made 10 of 17 from the arc to 6 of 24 for the Eagles and scored 32 points off 19 turnovers that included 10 steals.
Loyola Chicago beats Drake, returns to NCAA Tournament
ST. LOUIS (AP) Lucas Williamson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Aher Uguak added 16 points and 10 boards and Loyola Chicago defeated Drake 64-58 on Sunday to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
Ryan Schwieger added 13 points for the fourth-seeded Ramblers (25-7) who came through against the Bulldogs in a rugged championship game after losing twice in the regular season to Drake (24-10).
Loyola, headed to the Atlantic 10 next season, beat Drake in last year’s title game 75-65 but this season’s victory came under first-head head coach Drew Valentine.
Roman Penn scored 18 points and MVC freshman of the year Tucker DeVries had 15 points and a career-high five blocks for Drake. ShanQuan Hamphill had 10 boards to go with six points.
Neither team reach 40% shooting and both were 25% or less from the arc in a game in which both teams had a player foul out and two others with four fouls. Loyola made 17 of 24 from the line to 11 of 18 for Drake which made up partially for the Bulldogs’ 23-6 advantage on points off turnovers.
Trailing the entire half, Drake got within two twice in the final couple of minutes, the last time with 22 seconds remaining after two Penn free throws. But Drake was forced to foul and Schwieger and Braden Norris converted two free throws each.
Drake, which beat Missouri State 79-78 in overtime in Saturday’s semifinals, had a seven-game win streak snapped.
Drake opened the game outscoring Loyola 18-8 with DeVries capping the run with a 3-pointer, the last of his 10 first-half points, while the Ramblers started 2-of-13 shooting.
Then the game took a complete turn with Drake missing its next five shots, going 2 of 14 and committing four turnovers as five Ramblers combined for 19 answered points and a nine-point lead after a Norris 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs recovered in the final two minutes to score the final seven points to trail 27-25 at halftime.
Uguak had a three-point play and a layup during a four-minute stretch when the Ramblers edged out to a nine-point lead, their largest of the second half, with 4 1/2 minutes to go. Part of that scoring came while Drake was missing eight straight shots over six minutes.
It’s the first time since 1962-63 that the Ramblers have reached the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons.
Memphis tops No. 14 Houston 75-61
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tyler Harris scored 15 points and Landers Nolley and Lester Quinones added 11 each to lead Memphis to a 75-61 victory over No. 14 Houston on Sunday.
Kyler Edwards led Houston (26-5) with 19 points.
The Tigers won for the 10th time in 11 games and defeated Houston for the second time this season. Memphis (19-9) beat the Cougars 69-59 last month in Houston to snap the Cougars’ 37-game home winning streak.
The Tigers finished 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference. The 13 conference wins broke the single-season record for the Tigers, who won 12 in 2013-14.
The Tigers won their third consecutive game against a ranked opponent for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they reached the national championship game against Kansas.
The strong finish to the season may have earned Memphis an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers have not appeared in the NCAAs since 2014.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position we should be proud of,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. “We understood what the mission was and our guys carried out the mission.”
The Tigers defeated a Houston team that clinched the AAC title for the third time in four seasons last week with a victory over Cincinnati.
“There’s no doubt Memphis was NCAA-tournament worthy today,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said.
The Tigers shot 48 percent, including 47 percent (7 of 15) from beyond the arc.
After surging to a 20-point halftime lead, Memphis was never challenged in the second half. The closest the Cougars got was 13 points (59-46) with 12:24 to go.
Memphis jumped to an 11-4 lead in the opening five minutes by converting five Houston turnovers into seven points. The Tigers’ lead stretched to 14 points (28-14) with eight minutes to go in the first half on Nolley’s 3-pointer and increased to 22 points (42-20) on Quinones’ 3-pointer – following Memphis’ eighth steal – with 3:56 to go.
Memphis senior guard Alex Lomax said the huge, boisterous crowd (17,946) played a role in the fast start of a wire-to-wire victory.
“I feel (Houston) got nervous when they felt the (crowd’s) energy,” said Lomax, who had five steals. “It was so loud you could feel it in your body. It can make you make a terrible pass.”
The Tigers finished with 14 steals, part of a season-worst 20 turnovers by the Cougars.
The Tigers led 49-29 at halftime after shooting 57 percent and scoring 20 points off turnovers. The Memphis bench contributed 20 points in first half, led by 13 from Harris.
Memphis: The Tigers earned their fourth Quad 1 victory. The Tigers are 4-3 in NCAA Net Quad 1 games. … The Tigers’ bench outscored Houston 29-2. … Memphis made 28 consecutive free throws against Houston (Feb. 12 in Houston and Sunday) before a late first-half miss by Lester Quinones.
Houston: The 20 turnovers were the most committed by the Cougars this season. Memphis scored 28 points off turnovers. … Fabian White was held to 11 points in 33 minutes after scoring 20 or more points in each of his previous three games. … Jamal Shead, who leads the AAC in assists at 5.9 per game, had a game-high eight assists.
Houston should remain in the Top 25 for a school-record 44th consecutive week, although the Cougars will fall from their spot at No. 14. Memphis has won 10 of 11, including two over Houston during the stretch, and may sneak into the Top 25 before the start of AAC tournament play later this week in Fort Worth, Texas.
Memphis and Houston will begin play in the AAC tournament, which starts Thursday. Houston is a lock for an NCAA tournament invitation regardless of what happens in Fort Worth. Memphis may have earned an at-large berth with Sunday’s win.
Kentucky stuns No. 1 South Carolina to win SEC women’s title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Kentucky Wildcats came to the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament needing a great run to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Thanks to four wins in as many days, their berth is secure as SEC tournament champs.
“Nope! We are not on the bubble,” second-year Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy said. “We have our ticket punched! We are going!”
Dre’una Edwards hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds left, and the Wildcats rallied from 15 points down to upset top-ranked South Carolina 64-62 on Sunday to win their first SEC tournament championship since 1982.
Kentucky set up the shot out of a timeout with 11 seconds left. Pass the ball to whoever was open, then catch and shoot. South Carolina tried, but couldn’t foul in time.
“I had to let it fly,” Edwards said.
Elzy started running up the sideline as soon Edwards’ shot went up, knowing it was good. Kentucky senior Rhyne Howard watched as the ball went through the air and compared it to a moment in the movies.
“We knew it was game,” Howard said. “We knew we just won.”
Kentucky hadn’t even reached this game since 2014. These seventh-seeded Wildcats (19-11) won their 10th straight game with this the biggest yet after knocking off sixth-ranked LSU and No. 18 Tennessee to get to this championship.
It marks a dramatic turnaround for a program that started SEC play 2-8 with Elzy suspending Edwards for four games only to become the first to knock off this tournament’s top three seeds to win the title. Kentucky is the first No. 7 seed to win with ninth-seeded Auburn in 1997 the only lower seed to ever win this event.
The Wildcats not only snapped South Carolina’s 18-game winning streak this season, they also ended the Gamecocks’ search for a third straight SEC tournament title for the regular season champs.
“Hats off to Kentucky,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “They’re hot. They’re streaking. We’ve been on both sides, this side and the other side, and super happy for Kyra and her program and their ability to weather some storms early on and find themselves as our SEC Tournament champions.”
South Carolina (29-2) led 45-30 with 4:45 left in the third quarter seemingly minutes away from cutting down the nets again. But the Gamecocks didn’t score after Aliyah Boston’s jumper with 5:04 remained that put them up 62-53.
“I didn’t really feel like we took our foot off the gas in the fourth quarter,” Boston said. “I think we were playing, and they just found different ways to score.”
The Wildcats closed the game on an 11-0 run. Howard lost the ball with no foul called when she went down in the lane with 18.3 seconds left, giving the ball back to South Carolina. Zia Cooke missed both free throws with 16.4 seconds left to set up the final sequence.
After Kentucky took the lead, Destanni Henderson threw up the ball from just past mid-court and hit just right of the rim, setting off a wild celebration by Kentucky.
Edwards finished with 27 points, 12 in the fourth quarter with three 3s including the game-winner. Howard finished with 18 points.
South Carolina should still go into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
Boston posted her 24th straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Cooke finished with 15 points.
South Carolina led 21-18 after the first and 30-21 at halftime after holding Kentucky to three points in the second. The Gamecocks were up 55-43 at the end of the third.
Kentucky: Kentucky set a program record making 12 3-pointers in its semifinal upset of 18th-ranked Tennessee, shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Against the nation’s fourth-stingiest scoring defense, the Wildcats finished 6 of 14 (42.9%) after knocking down 5 of 8 in the second half.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks had only a 32-26 edge in scoring in the paint even though they outrebounded Kentucky 44-32. … They missed their final seven shots of the game. Staley was more concerned with their defense: “We gave up 21 points in the fourth quarter.”
MORE SEC HISTORY
A year ago, Staley joined Georgia coach Joni Taylor as the first Black women to coach in a Power Five tournament championship. This time, Kyra Elzy in her second season at Kentucky joined Staley to make it two straight for the SEC and Elzy took home the title this time.
Tatum’s 54 leads Celtics past Durant, Irving, Nets 126-120
BOSTON (AP) The challenge to Jayson Tatum against a Brooklyn lineup that featured a rare appearance from both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: “Take the alpha approach.”
“Be the best guy on the court each night,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said he told Tatum before Tatum scored a season-high 54 points to lead Boston to a 126-120 victory over the uncommonly intact Nets. “He takes pride in the matchup going against high-level opponents.”
Durant played in his second game since mid-January and scored 37 for the Nets, becoming the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points. Irving joined him for just the fourth time all season, scoring 19 in his first game in three weeks and his first in Boston since he was pelted with a water bottle during the playoffs last year.
“Those matchups – when you’re playing one of the better teams in the league, two of the best guys – as a competitor, those are the kinds of moments that as a kid you looked forward to,” Tatum said. “When those opportunities come, you try to make the most of it.”
Tatum scored a 34 points in the second half, and Jaylen Brown scored 21 for the Celtics. Brown, who was cleared to return to Boston’s lineup after testing his sprained ankle pregame, beat the 24-second clock to hit a 3-pointer and give Boston a 121-115 lead with 40 seconds left.
Durant missed a jumper the next time down – complaining that he was fouled, with no luck. Tatum was fouled the next possession and, as “MVP!” chants rang out in the TD Garden, he hit one of two free throws to surpass his previous season high of 51.
He added a pair of free throws in the final seconds for the second-highest total of his career.
“It was chaos. Good chaos,” said Marcus Smart, who had 14 points and nine assists. “It was a fun game and it was a fun five minutes to be a part of.”
The Celtics have won five of their last six and 21 of their last 27 games.
TRIBUTES AND TAKEDOWNS
Tatum, who played one season at Duke before the Celtics drafted him No. 3 overall in 2017, said he thought about attending Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game on Saturday night, a 94-81 loss to North Carolina.
But the Celtics’ 1 p.m. Sunday start made it difficult.
“I definitely wish I could have been there, for the last game. It was an incredible run, 42 years, everything he’s accomplished at Cameron” Indoor Stadium, Tatum told a reporter who went to California, with Brown, who also went to Cal, at his side. “Definitely a better atmosphere than Cal.”
Irving was booed by Boston fans still irked that he opted out of his contract after professing his love for the city. On his last visit – the Celtics’ first full house since the pandemic began – a fan threw a water bottle at him when he left the court following a playoff victory.
Irving stomped on the Celtics’ leprechaun logo at midcourt after that game. On Sunday, former Celtics player Glen “Big Baby” Davis was sitting courtside wearing a T-shirt that read “Respect the Logo.”
“I know it’s going to be like that the rest of my career coming in here,” Irving said. “It’s like the scorned girlfriend who wants an explanation on why I left but still hoping for a text back. I’m just like, `It was fun while it lasted.'”
The Nets scored 11 straight points midway through the third and opened their biggest lead of the game, 90-81, with just over a minute left in the quarter. But Boston scored eight in a row to cut it to one point, then took the lead on the first basket of the fourth.
The Celtics opened a 108-100 lead in the middle of the fourth. They trailed by one point with 3:29 remaining before running off 13 of the next 17 points – the first six from Tatum and the last five from Brown.
“Tonight this man to the left was unstoppable,” Brown said, nodding toward Tatum. “I think that helps.”
Nets: Irving had missed seven straight games and did not play in the Feb. 8 game against Boston in Brooklyn because of New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. … Durant missed 21 straight games before returning Thursday night.
Celtics: Nick Stauskas, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft, signed with Boston over the weekend but did not play. He played in two games for Miami this season and 26 games for the Grand Rapids Gold of the G League. … Signed forwards Malik Fitts and Kelan Martin to their second 10-day contracts. They each have played in one game for the Celtics and did not get off the bench on Sunday.
Nets: At Charlotte on Tuesday.
Celtics: At Charlotte on Wednesday.
Khris Middleton scores 44 points, Bucks rally to beat Suns
MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday made sure the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foul trouble and got through arguably the toughest three-game stretch of their schedule unscathed.
Middleton scored a season-high 44 points, Holiday had 24 and the Bucks rallied to beat the short-handed Phoenix Suns 132-122 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory.
Holiday scored 17 points and Middleton had 16 in the fourth quarter to help the Bucks outscore the Suns 12-1 over the last three minutes. They’re the first Bucks teammates to each score at least 15 fourth-quarter points in the same game over the last 25 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“We love being in those type of games,” Holiday said. “They’re a really good team. We kind of know what it takes, especially in moments like that, what it takes to win games.”
The Bucks won their fourth straight overall and third in the last five days. Milwaukee beat the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat 120-119 on Wednesday night and Chicago 118-112 on Friday night before knocking off the Suns, who own the NBA’s best record.
Milwaukee erased a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes of the Heat game and trailed the Bulls by seven points at the start of the fourth quarter.
“We’re just trying to lock in a little bit better,” Middleton said. “We’ve spoken on it multiple times in the past where we’ve had these lapses and what not. We’re trying to be dialed in, trying to be your best self for 48 minutes out there.”
This was the Suns’ first visit since Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in a 105-98 Game 6 victory gave the Bucks their first NBA title in 50 years. In their only previous matchup this season, the Suns won 131-107 in Phoenix on Feb. 10.
This time, Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes before fouling out with 1:12 left.
“That was a big statement game for us. … We really wanted to get that win,” said Phoenix’s Jae Crowder, who scored 19 points. “I’m really disappointed with how we finished the game.”
The Suns were playing without their usual All-Star starting backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Booker missed his third straight game due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Paul broke his right thumb Feb. 16.
Phoenix also was missing Cam Johnson, two days after he scored 38 points and made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in a 115-114 victory over the New York Knicks. Johnson has a bruised right quadriceps.
Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 30 points. Cam Payne had 23, Landry Shamet 17 and Mikal Bridges 14.
Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Jordan Nwora had 12 points and Grayson Allen added 10.
The Suns led 107-102 when Antetokounmpo went to the bench after picking up his fifth foul with 7:40 left.
But the Bucks outscored the Suns 18-11 in the four-plus minutes Antetokounmpo missed and owned a 120-118 lead when the two-time MVP returned with 3:23 remaining. Holiday and Middleton combined for 16 of the Bucks’ 18 points during that stretch.
“They were both being aggressive,” said Antetokounmpo, who scored only one point in the fourth quarter. “They took over the fourth quarter offensively and defensively.”
Crowder sank a 3-pointer to put the Suns back ahead with 3:13 left. Nwora missed a 3-point attempt on the Bucks’ next possession, but Antetokounmpo got the rebound and passed to Nwora, who hit a jumper to put Milwaukee back in front for good with 2:52 remaining.
Suns: The free-throw disparity killed the Suns’ chances. The Bucks went 23 of 29 and the Suns were 8 of 11 on free-throw attempts. … The Suns had won their last four regular-season matchups with the Bucks. … Payne’s 23 points were one off his career high.
Bucks: Wesley Matthews didn’t play due to a sore left hamstring. Matthews had hurt the hamstring Friday at Chicago. “We’re thinking and hoping it’s day to day,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. … Serge Ibaka had his highest point and rebound totals since the Bucks acquired him Feb. 10. This was his ninth game with the Bucks.
Suns: At Orlando on Tuesday night in the second of three straight road games. The Suns beat the Magic 132-105 at home on Feb. 12.
Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The Bucks defeated the Thunder 96-89 in Milwaukee on Nov. 19.
Rockets beat Grizzlies 123-112 to end 12-game losing streak
HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Porter Jr. scored 29 points, Christian Wood added 28 points and 13 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 123-112 on Sunday night to end a 12-game losing streak.
Porter scored 19 of his 22 second-half points in the third quarter to help Houston overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. Wood has scored at least 20 points in three games.
“I honestly would say this is the best that we have all played altogether,” Wood said. “It’s really good to see when we are all clicking like that. It’s a really scary sight, so we just have try to harp on that, try to build on that, try to see if we can repeat that same effort, that same energy.”
Jalen Green added 24 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 12 points in the Rockets’ first victory since beating Cleveland on Feb. 2.
“Grit, desperation a little bit, togetherness and just a collective will to win,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “We were tired of losing, and it showed in our performance, not just at the end of the game. . We came out in the second half and played so good. Christian Wood, this was the best game I’ve seen him play.”
Desmond Bane scored 28 points, and Ja Morant added 22 points and six assists for Memphis, coming off a home victory Saturday night over Orlando. Steven Adams had season-high 23 points and finished with 12 rebounds.
“They played great. We played terrible,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “They played great the entire the game. Wood in the first half. Porter, Green they brought it tonight. . We didn’t play well individually. We didn’t play well as a team. They kicked our butts.”
After Brandon Clarke cut Houston’s lead to 108-107 with a layup with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Rockets responded with a 10-1 run to open up a 10-point lead on a layup by Porter with 2:42 left.
Trailing 82-75 with four minutes left in the third, Houston scored 11 straight to take an 86-82 lead with 1:48 remaining in the quarter. But Bane scored eight and the teams were tied at 92 after three.
The Rockets shot 52% and made 13 of 35 on 3-pointers. Houston outrebounded the Grizzlies 45-40 and had a 22-13 advantage in second chance points. The Grizzlies were 5 of 26 on 3-pointers.
“We gave them too much life in the game,” Jenkins said. “We could have been up 20 if you ask me. We didn’t come out with the urgency we needed to. That 10-point (halftime) lead wasn’t even a 10-point lead if you ask me. They came back with a storm, had it tied, but it felt like we played down the entire night. We didn’t have it tonight.”
Grizzlies: Memphis made 19 of 27 free throws. . The Grizzlies turned 17 Houston turnovers into 24 points. . Memphis held a 72-56 advantage in points in the paint and had 17 fast break points.
Rockets: G Dennis Schroder missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain. Silas said Schroder was day-to-day, and could possibly return on Monday, but if not, probably on Wednesday. . Houston had a season-high 40 points in the third quarter.
HE SAID IT
“Those games where there’s individual improvement for a couple guys and then the rest of the guys are mad, aren’t great. But when everybody contributes to a win and feels good leaving the locker room with whatever they did, it’s important for morale, it’s important for us moving forward and it’s important for the organization as a whole.” – Silas on the Rockets’ winning as a team.
Grizzlies: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night.
Rockets: At Miami on Monday night.
Bogdanovic hits 11 3-pointers as Jazz defeat Thunder 116-103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic said making a Utah Jazz franchise-record 11 3-pointers wasn’t all that complicated.
He simply chalked it up to being open. He said the Oklahoma City Thunder helped so much on stopping the All-Star pick-and-roll combination of guard Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert that it left him room to shoot comfortably.
Bogdanovic scored 35 points to help the Jazz defeat the Thunder 116-103 on Sunday night.
Bogdanovic’s previous career high for made 3s was eight – a total he had reached by the end of the third quarter. He attempted 18 3-pointers – five more than his previous career high.
“Every single shot was a good shot, even if I was hot or not,” Bogdanovic said. “So even if I didn’t get them in the first quarter or second quarter, I would keep shooting.”
Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault knew it could be a problem if the Thunder didn’t get out on Bogdanovic.
“His early looks were clean, and he’s a guy that, he walks in the gym confident,” Daigneault said. “But when he sees the first three or four go in and they’re open like that, he’s hard to turn off.”
Bogdanovic only attempted one shot inside the 3-point line – a miss. He made both of his free throws.
Mitchell had 24 points and 10 assists, and Jordan Clarkson added 20 points for the Jazz.
Utah bounced back from a 124-90 loss to New Orleans on Friday.
“I’ve been playing basketball for a while, so never too high or too low,” Bogdanovic said. “You know that 82 games is a long season. It’s going to be a lot of up and down. But it’s great for the team to rebound, bounce back from that bad loss.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City was missing starters Josh Giddey (sore right hip) and Lu Dort (left shoulder strain). Oklahoma City has said Giddey, a rookie point guard, will be out at least two more weeks.
“Guys just kind of played through it, scrambled, executed anyways,” Daigneault said. “Used our toughness and our scrap kind of to junk the game up a little bit, which we kind of had to do tonight to keep ourselves in it and give ourselves a chance.”
The Jazz shot 51.3% in the first half to take a 61-45 lead at the break. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 20 points in the first half.
The Thunder started strong in the second half. Aleksej Pokusevski blocked Gobert’s layup attempt against the glass, and it led to a fast break layup by Aaron Wiggins that cut Utah’s lead to 66-55.
Utah recovered with a 18-6 run that featured three 3-pointers by Bogdanovic. The Jazz led 91-76 at the end of the third quarter.
Oklahoma City cut its deficit to 105-97 on a 3-pointer by Theo Maledon with just under four minutes remaining, but Bogdanovic hit three more 3s to keep the Jazz in control.
Jazz: G Mike Conley did not play (rest). … Went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter. … Bogdanovic scored 14 points in the first quarter. … Gobert had 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Thunder: C Isaiah Roby, who had averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in his previous two games, sat out with back soreness. … Gilgeous-Alexander scored 10 points in the first quarter. … G Tre Mann scored on a floater right before the first-half buzzer after missing his first seven shots. … Pokusevski had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Rookie Olivier Sarr had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Gilgeous-Alexander continued his hot streak.
In his six games since returning from an ankle injury, he has scored at least 30 points five times. He is averaging 33.3 points, 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 56.6% from the field during that stretch.
Utah G Trent Forrest, on playing Dallas on Monday with a chance to claim the season tiebreaker: “I feel like everybody knows this is somebody we’ll probably see in the playoffs, … So I mean, I feel like we’re all going to be locked in for it.”
The Jazz made 23 of 52 3-pointers, while the Thunder made 8 of 40.
Jazz: At the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Thunder: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
All-Star Allen injured during Cavs’ 104-96 win over Raptors
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers couldn’t even celebrate a signature win. They’ve got another significant injury to overcome.
All-Star center Jarrett Allen reportedly suffered a fractured finger during the first quarter of Sunday’s 104-96 win over the Toronto Raptors, a potentially damaging blow to Cleveland’s playoff hopes.
Following the game, The Athletic, citing unnamed sources, said Allen broke his finger and will be sidelined indefinitely. The report did not specify which finger or hand.
The Cavs only said Allen had suffered a bruised quadriceps and said nothing about a finger injury following the game. Allen had six points and two rebounds in 10 minutes.
Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he had not spoken to the training staff and did not provide any update on Allen, who has developed into one of the NBA’s best young centers in his second season with Cleveland.
The Cavs have been ravaged by injuries for months, losing leading scorer Collin Sexton and veteran guard Ricky Rubio to season-ending knee injuries. All-Star guard Darius Garland has been dealing with a back bruise, and the Cavs are still without guards Rajon Rondo and Caris LeVert.
The news on Allen is a tough blow for a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Without the 7-footer, rookie Evan Mobley will be asked to do even more, and the Cavs will be faced with yet another challenge.
“I’ll have to play more big and Kevin Love will play my position,” Mobley said. “It will just shift down the line. We still got three bigs – me, K-Love and Lauri (Markkanen). We’re still a very big team and we can play a similar way.”
Mobley had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Lauri Markkanen scored 22 as the Cavaliers widened their lead on Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings with just their second win in eight games.
Darius Garland had 17 points and 10 assists, Cedi Osman added 17 points and Kevin Love 15 as Cleveland improved to 3-0 against Toronto.
Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and Chris Boucher 21 for the Raptors, who opened a six-game road trip without All-Star guard Fred VanVleet (knee soreness) or forward OG Anunoby (fractured finger).
Down 18 in the fourth, the Raptors closed within 100-95, but Garland made two free throws and Osman’s steal with 56 seconds left helped seal it for the Cavs.
“We came in and knew what was at stake. So did they,” Boucher said. “That’s two good teams that were out there. Kudos to them. We would have liked to have the win, but those were two good teams playing.”
Injuries to VanVleet and backup Malachi Flynn led to Toronto coach Nick Nurse starting rookie Scottie Barnes at point guard. He finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes.
Cleveland came in having lost six of seven, but there were encouraging signs of the young team snapping out of its recent funk in a 125-119 loss at Philadelphia on Friday. A matchup against the team directly behind them in the standings figured to be a bigger test.
“To do what we want to do, this is a moment and challenge for us,” Bickerstaff said pregame.
Cleveland led by 13 at halftime and then overcame a brutal third quarter – 16 points, 1 of 10 on 3-pointers – by opening an 82-64 lead early in the fourth. Love then hit a 3-pointer and reserve Dean Wade delivered a thunderous dunk over Toronto’s Khem Birch.
Raptors: Finished 6 of 24 on 3-pointers. … VanVleet has missed the past five games, but Nurse believes he’ll be back “shortly.” Toronto is off the next two days and Nurse is optimistic the “extra couple days will get him ready to go.” … Anunoby, averaging career highs in points (17.5), rebounds (5.5), has missed seven straight games.
Cavaliers: Markkanen added a season-high 12 rebounds. … Rondo (sprained toe) sat out his fifth game in a row while LeVert (sprained foot) missed his sixth straight. “Both of them are taking steps in the right direction,” Bickerstaff said.
COACH K TRIBUTE
Nurse attended Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night as a guest of Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, whose son, AJ, is a freshman forward for the Blue Devils.
Nurse said one of his biggest takeaways from the event was Coach K’s deep connection to the school.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “The guy was there for 42 years. When I was 30, I had nine jobs already. It seems impossible that that was his vision and that was his plan and to execute it to such a level of magnificence.
“That’s what he wanted to do and to keep it all together and do it in relationship-slash-family way.”
Raptors: At San Antonio on Wednesday.
Cavaliers: Visit Indiana on Tuesday to start a three-game road swing. Cleveland is 3-0 this season against Indiana.
Jokic, Nuggets regroup to beat Pelicans 138-130 in OT
DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets lost their big lead, head coach and cool.
Not the game, though. Nikola Jokic made sure of that.
The Denver big man scored 30 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Nuggets rallied after squandering an early 21-point lead to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 138-130 on Sunday night.
Jokic hit two free throws to tie it with 3.2 second remaining in regulation and then knocked in a momentum-swinging 3-pointer with 1:30 left in OT. His big night led to an improbable win in which coach Michael Malone was ejected late in the third quarter, the team completely unraveling and then regrouping down the stretch.
Jokic, the reigning NBA MVP, also had 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his league-leading 17th triple-double of the season.
“I feel really comfortable taking important shots,” Jokic said. “I think my teammates believe in me.”
That’s an understatement.
“He took over,” said Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, who had 28 points. “He’s just a spectacle to watch.”
Brandon Ingram had 38 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans had won four in a row.
“Give Denver credit, they did what they needed to down the stretch to win the game,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “But we’ll be better for going through these types of experiences.”
Denver nearly won it in regulation on a steal by Jokic, but Jeff Green’s last-second shot was just off the mark. In overtime, Jokic had seven points, while Monte Morris came up clutch with a 3-pointer. Denver closed the extra period on a 12-0 run after the Pelicans took a 130-126 advantage.
To think, the Nuggets led 34-13 with 1:27 left in the opening quarter. The Pelicans methodically worked their way back into the game, climbing to within five at halftime courtesy of a half-court buzzer-beater from Ingram. The Pelicans took their first lead midway through the third on a shot from Ingram.
Denver lost its cool late in the third when Malone was issued a technical in a game slipping away and erupted to earn another. The team also was called for a delay technical. That, coupled with a Devonte’ Graham 3-pointer, turned a four-point New Orleans lead into a double-digit cushion.
It wouldn’t hold up.
The emotions got the better of the Nuggets, who picked up four individual technical fouls – DeMarcus Cousins and Bryn Forbes also had one in addition to Malone’s pair – along with the delay “T.”
“I apologized to the team,” Malone said. “I have to control my emotions. I cannot put them in a position like that. I’ve got to be better than that. That’s something I felt bad about.”
Ingram had the shot of the night. He grabbed a loose ball on his side of midcourt with two Nuggets surrounding him. He calmly lobbed the 45-footer toward the basket just before the halftime buzzer sounded and drained it to cut the deficit to five. His teammates raced off the bench to celebrate. Green watched the replay on the big screen with his hands on his hips.
The Pelicans had won their last four games by an average of 26.8 points, which certainly got the attention of Malone. He made sure his team was well aware of the teams the Pelicans beat and by the margin – at Phoenix, 117-102; at Los Angeles Lakers, 123-95; Sacramento, 125-95; and Utah, 124-90.
“Their defense is outstanding,” Malone said. “They’re getting a lot of offense from their defense.”
Pelicans guard Herbert Jones was averaging 9.4 points this season. But in the first three games against the Nuggets, he’s averaging 21 points, including 25 in a 113-105 in Denver on Feb. 4.
“That was just the Herbert Jones highlight show in transition,” Malone said. “We’ve got to try to slow him up.”
Jones had seven Sunday.
Pelicans: G CJ McCollum drew a technical in the first quarter. He appeared upset moments earlier after a non-goaltending call on the other end. McCollum finished with 24. “This was a winnable game we gave away,” McCollum said.
Nuggets: Morris had 18 points. … The Nuggets were 10 of 33 from 3-point range.
Pelicans: At Memphis on Tuesday night.
Nuggets: Host Golden State on Monday night.
Knicks dominate Clippers 116-93 to snap 7-game skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) RJ Barrett had 24 points and nine rebounds and the Knicks dominated the Los Angeles Clippers in a 116-93 victory Sunday night that snapped New York’s seven-game losing skid.
Immanuel Quickley added 21 points and Cam Reddish had 15 of his 17 points in the fourth for the Knicks, who used big scoring runs to open the second and fourth quarters of a game in which they led by 32 points.
Amir Coffey scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, whose five-game winning streak ended at the hands of one of the East’s worst teams.
The Knicks scored the first 10 points of the fourth, led by Reddish with eight, to extend their lead to 90-68. Barrett was the only starter left in against the Clippers’ reserves until he sat down with five minutes remaining.
The Knicks used another strong start in the third to take their largest lead, 74-48. They opened with a 15-8 run, getting six points from Mitchell Robinson and four from Barrett.
Reggie Jackson missed a one-handed dunk during a 20-6 spurt that sent the Clippers into the fourth trailing 80-68. Five players scored, with Coffey hitting a 3-pointer and making four free throws.
The Knicks built a 19-point lead by outscoring the Clippers 34-18 in the second quarter. New York opened with 16 straight points, making 8 of 8 free throws and getting eight points from Barrett. He finished with 16 points in the quarter.
The Clippers didn’t score until halfway through the quarter on Luke Kennard’s 3-pointer – one of three he made in the period. They cut the lead to 11 points before New York closed on an 11-3 run to lead 59-40 going into halftime.
Knicks: Improved to 13-19 on the road. … Julius Randle was fined $50,000 by the league for shoving Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, making contact with a referee who was trying to break up the altercation on Friday and refusing to participate in its ensuing investigation. … Taj Gibson didn’t play because of illness.
Clippers: Paul George, out since December with a torn ligament in his right elbow, is shooting with his right hand, which coach Tyronn Lue says is “a lot better I guess.” … Their five-game winning streak featured three wins over the Lakers and two over Houston.
Knicks: At Sacramento on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back.
Clippers: At Golden State on Tuesday. The Clippers won by 15 points last month and are 1-2 vs. the Warriors this season.
Randle fined $50K for shoving Johnson in Knicks’ wild loss
NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks forward Julius Randle was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Sunday for shoving Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, making contact with a referee who was trying to break up the altercation and refusing to participate in its ensuing investigation.
Randle and Johnson were both called for technical fouls after bumping chests and exchanging words in the third quarter of a wild 115-114 victory by the Suns over the Knicks on Friday night. A referee separated the two, but then Randle barreled through the ref to shove Johnson again, which earned the ejection.
Johnson responded with a brilliant fourth quarter, banking in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with a career-high 38 points. His ninth 3-pointer in 12 tries came from 31 feet at the top of the key, capping a 21-point fourth quarter that included six 3s.
The Knicks looked like they were headed for an impressive road win before Randle’s ill-timed outburst late in the third quarter sent him to the locker room. Instead, New York blew a 14-point lead in Randle’s absence and dropped its seventh straight game.
Scheffler comes up clutch with pars needed to win Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Scottie Scheffler isn’t sure he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational as much as he survived it.
Over the final four holes Sunday at Bay Hill, he had to get up-and-down from 149 yards in rough covering the tops of his shoes, and from 67 yards over the water to a back pin on the third-easiest hole.
The two conventional pars that followed were just as scary, one from 45 feet and the other from about 70 feet, on greens with barely enough grass to keep the ball from sliding, knowing a gust could send the ball an extra 8 feet.
Scheffler answered every challenge. He closed with a bogey-free back nine at Bay Hill and an even-par 72 for a one-shot victory, his second on the PGA Tour in a month. He moved to No. 5 in the world.
“To be completely honest with you, right now I’m exhausted,” Scheffler said. “This course is a total beat-down trying to play. I’m very pleased I didn’t have to play any extra holes.”
Viktor Hovland (74) missed an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th. Billy Horschel (75) missed a 30-foot birdie in the final group, both trying to force a playoff. They finished one shot behind, along with Tyrrell Hatton, who had a 69 and finished an hour earlier.
Scheffler didn’t win the U.S. Open. It just felt like one.
“I feel punch drunk, to be honest,” Rory McIlroy said after a 76-76 weekend. “It’s like crazy golf. You just don’t get rewarded for good shots. … The way the conditions are, it makes you feel as if you’re not playing as good as you are.”
Only a few birdies on the par-5 16th and pars on the 18th kept this from being the toughest final round at Bay Hill in four decades. The average score was still 75.48. Six players shot 80 or higher and only four players broke par.
Gary Woodland had as good a chance as anyone until he took two shots to get out of a tough lie in the bunker and made double bogey on the par-3 17th, and then finished with a bogey. He was two shots behind.
“I’m glad I’m off that golf course,” Woodland said. “Frustrating. I played a lot better than the score showed. I can take a lot of positives, but it stings right now.”
Scheffler now has two PGA Tour titles in his last three starts, having picked up his first victory at the Phoenix Open. That one was loud, and he had to make birdies to stay in the mix. This one was stressful, and no less rewarding. Outside of the par 5s, “you’re trying to just make a par on every other hole,” Scheffler said.
Stress was abundant for everyone. Scheffler was tough as nails.
He was in deep trouble on the 15th, in the pine straw and behind a tree, when he tried to hit a punch hook up the fairway. The ball dribbled out into thick rough, he did well to get that onto the front of the green and then made a 20-footer for par.
On the par-5 16th, Scheffler caught a terrible break when his drive hopped out of the hand and into a lie so awkward in the collar that he couldn’t get it back to the fairway. Then, he had to lay up to avoid going into the water. He hit wedge to 6 feet and saved par.
His final two holes, not nearly as theatric, were no less important.
“It’s not really a comfortable position having to hit it to 50 feet and try and two-putt with the lead,” he said. “But I just trusted myself and played conservative the last two holes. And pars were enough.”
Horschel shot 40 on the front nine and never caught up, though he made a series of par putts to at least have a chance at the end. He had shared the 54-hole lead with Talor Gooch, who went out in 43.
The real heartbreak went to Woodland, trying to win for the first time since the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Steady all day, he surged into the lead with a 6-iron shot from a sandy lie, around the trees and onto the green at the 16th, where he made a 25-foot eagle putt.
But on the 17th, he took two shots to get out of a front bunker and then missed a 5-foot putt, taking double bogey. He found the left rough off the 18th and closed with a bogey to finish in a tie for fifth with Chris Kirk.
Kirk was right there with a chance at 5 under with a birdie on the 13th. He three-putted the 14th for the first of two straight birdies and closed with three pars for a 72.
The consolation prize for Kirk was earning one of three spots available for the British Open at St. Andrews this summer. Gooch salvaged his rough start with a bogey-free back nine to finish in the top 10 and earn his spot in the Open.
Players had to finish among the top 10 to get into St. Andrews. Graeme McDowell was poised to get the last spot until a double bogey and bogey over his last three holes for a 76, dropping him two spots out of the top 10.
Michigan Claims Big Ten Wrestling Title
LINCOLN, Neb. – Michigan won the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday with a team score of 143.0. The Wolverines earned their 12th Big Ten Championship title and the program’s first since 1973. Michigan claimed a pair of individual titles from Nick Suriano (125) and Myles Amine (184).
Penn State finished in second place with 141.5 points, followed by third-place Iowa with 129.5 points. Ohio State claimed fourth place with 91.5 points and Northwestern rounded out the top five with 90.5 points.
Minnesota’s Gable Steveson was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, while Wisconsin’s Dean Hamiti received the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Michigan’s Myles Amine and Wisconsin’s Austin Gomez shared the Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships honor and Wolverine head coach Sean Bormet was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Bormet becomes the first Michigan head coach to earn the accolade since Dale Bahr in 1988.
Michigan’s Nick Suriano claimed the 125-pound title after defeating Wisconsin’s No. 3 Eric Barnett, 12-4. At 133 pounds, Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young posted a 3-1 decision over Austin DeSanto of Iowa to successfully defend his title.
The Nittany Lions’ Nick Lee took home the 141-pound championship following a medical forfeit by Iowa’s Jaydin Eierman. The 149-pound title went to the Badgers’ Gomez, who earned an 8-5 decision over defending champion Sammy Sasso of Ohio State to become the first Wisconsin wrestler to win a title in the weight class.
At 157 pounds, top-ranked Ryan Deakin of Northwestern successfully defended his title to become a three-time champion with a 7-2 decision against Michigan’s Will Lewan. Iowa’s Alex Marinelli successfully defended his championship at 165 pounds following a 2-1 decision against Cameron Amine of Michigan. Marinelli becomes the 17th wrestler in Big Ten history to win four individual titles.
Penn State’s Carter Starocci took home the 174-pound championship with a 5-1 decision over Michigan’s Logan Massa. At 184 pounds, the Wolverines’ Amine upset the two-time defending champion Aaron Brooks of Penn State with a 6-4 win in SV1.
Max Dean of Penn State captured the 197-pound title following a 4-2 victory against Eric Schultz of Nebraska. Rounding out the group of individual Big Ten Champions was top-ranked Steveson of Minnesota, who claimed his third 285-pound title following a medical forfeit by Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi.
The complete list of Big Ten individual awards and All-Big Ten honorees can be found below, while the full results are attached.
BIG TEN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Wrestler of the Year: Gable Steveson, MINN
Freshman of the Year: Dean Hamiti, WIS
Coach of the Year: Sean Bormet, MICH
Co-Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships: Myles Amine, MICH & Austin Gomez, WIS
2022 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Alex Marinelli, IOWA
Myles Amine, MICH
Nick Suriano, MICH
Gable Steveson, MINN
Ryan Deakin, NU
Roman Bravo-Young, PSU
Max Dean, PSU
Nick Lee, PSU
Carter Starocci, PSU
Austin Gomez, WIS
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS
In Wizards debut, Porzingis keys 133-123 win over Pacers
WASHINGTON (AP) Kristaps Porzingis finally made his debut for the Washington Wizards – and didn’t need much time to make a big impact.
Porzingis scored 25 points in his first game for Washington, and the Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 133-123 on Sunday night. Porzingis returned from a right knee bone bruise and played for the first time since the Wizards acquired him from Dallas in a trade nearly a month ago.
It was his first game overall since Jan. 29. He started and played a significant role despite playing only 21:19.
“Happy to be out there with a minutes restriction,” Porzingis said. “I tried to stay calm, not to do too much, play the right way. Most importantly, we got the win.
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points for the Wizards, who took control of the game with a 39-point third quarter. Washington pulled within two games of Brooklyn, Charlotte and Atlanta, who would occupy the last three spots in the Eastern Conference play-in round if the season ended now.
Washington went right to the 7-foot-3 Porzingis on its first offensive possession, throwing a lob his way. He couldn’t quite slam it down, but he did manage to tip the ball in. Later in the first half, Porzingis provided another highlight when he blocked Oshae Brissett near the basket, although Brissett scored over Porzingis immediately afterward.
When Indiana had the ball down three late in the fourth, Kuzma blocked a shot, and Porzingis threw down a one-handed alley-oop dunk at the other end, putting the Wizards up 124-119.
“Everybody was great finding me, and then Deni (Avdija) threw the lob at the end,” Porzingis said. “It was a great moment for the first game to be here in Washington, and looking forward to many more moments like that.”
Malcolm Brogdon made two free throws for Indiana with 1:35 left, but Porzingis again dunked after an offensive rebound.
“I was pleasantly surprised, honestly, with his conditioning,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I know we had to be mindful of the stretches that he was going to play, but he handled it well.”
Brogdon scored 27 points for the Pacers, who have lost 11 of 14.
“Just finding gaps in the defense, trying to be aggressive,” said Brogdon, who went 11 of 13 on free throws. “This team needs scoring, so that’s what I’m trying to provide.”
Indiana led 61-57 at halftime, but the Wizards shot 61% from the field in the third quarter and took a 96-87 lead into the fourth. After the Pacers started the final period with four straight points, Porzingis made a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight.
BEYOND THE ARC
The Wizards went 17 of 42 from 3-point range. Five Washington players made at least two.
Goga Bitadze scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field – including three 3-pointers.
“I just trusted my shot. I made some shots,” he said. “I know I can do this every night.”
Pacers: C Myles Turner has been out since Jan. 14 because of a stress reaction in his left foot.
Wizards: G Raul Neto left with a sprained left ankle. … The Wizards and Monumental Sports & Entertainment made a $25,000 donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of play-by-play radio host Dave Johnson. The donation was matched by KPMG, Giant Food and WTOP News for a total of $100,000. Johnson’s mother died from MS when he was a child, and he learned of his own diagnosis a few years ago.
Pacers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Wizards: At Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
No. 14 Indiana Falls In Big Ten title game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Monika Czinano had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Caitlin Clark scored 18 as No. 12 Iowa won its second Big Ten Tournament title in four years by beating No. 14 Indiana 74-67 on Sunday.
The league’s regular-season co-champs have won seven straight games to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It’s the first time Iowa (23-7) has claimed regular season and tourney titles in the same season.
Grace Berger finished with 20 points and Nicole Cardano-Hillary had 19 for Indiana (21-8), which was playing for the fourth straight day.
Eventually, the weariness caught up with Indiana in the closest conference championship game since 2015 – and the first not to feature Maryland since 2014.
But the Hoosiers still were within 51-48 after three and continued to fight after giving up four straight points to start the fourth.
They closed to 60-57 on Cardano-Hillary’s 3-pointer with 6:37 to go, but the Hawkeyes answered with four straight and never allowed the Hoosiers to get closer than four the rest of the way.
Iowa swept the three-game season series, winning by a combined total of 19 points – all coming in the last 16 days.
Indiana: Three wins in the first three days of the tourney should be more than enough to assure the Hoosiers host NCAA Tournament games. And even though they failed to win a conference, they will take some momentum into postseason play.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are rolling – even an off-night for the nation’s top scorer. Clark was 6 of 17 from the field and had only two assists. Yet Iowa still won, thanks primarily because of Czinano’s dominant post play.
Indiana: The Hoosiers weren’t in serious danger of falling out of the Top 25 coming into the tournament. But a run to the title game certainly helped their case and back-to-back victories over No. 11 Maryland and No. 13 Ohio State may help them make a case for returning to the Top 10.
Iowa: A strong regular-season finish sent the Hawkeyes up nine spots last week, and winning the league title should propel them into the Top 10 this week. The only question is how much higher they can ascend.
Indiana: Awaiting the release of next Sunday’s NCAA Tournament pairings.
Iowa: Will find out who they’ll host when the NCAA Tournament releases its brackets next Sunday.
Indiana Wrestling Finishes Competition at Big Ten Wrestling Championships
LINCOLN, Neb. ––– Indiana Wrestling had four wrestlers compete through Session III of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, including Graduate student Brock Hudkins (133) who qualified for an automatic bid in the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships with a top ten finish this weekend.
KEY MOMENTS (THROUGH ALL SESSIONS)
With Hudkins’ second win over No. 11 Kyle Burwick (WIS), he sealed his 13th win of the season and secured a top ten finish in the 133-lb weight class at Big Tens, giving him an automatic berth in the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Hudkins ended up finishing in 10th place for the 133-lb class.
Sophomore Jacob Moran picked up two wins on the weekend, both over Nebraska’s Jeremiah Reno.
Junior Cayden Rooks (141) pulled off a marquee upset over Nebraska’s Chad Red, the No. 4 seed in the 141-lb class.
RESULTS (THROUGH ALL SESSIONS)
125: Jacob Moran (No. 12 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR) defeats No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND). 2-0 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND) defeats No. 13 Jeremiah Reno (NEB). 13-11 Decision SV-1
Cons. Round 2: No. 6 Drake Ayala (IOWA) defeats No. 23 Jacob Moran (IND). 12-3 MD
9th Place Bracket Round 1: No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND) defeats No. 13 Jeremiah Reno (NEB). 9-7 Decision
9th Place Bracket Semi-Final: No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt (OSU) defeats No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND). 4-0 Decision
9th Place Bracket 3rd Place Bout: No. 11 Tristan Lujhan (MSU) defeats No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND). 6-2 Decision
133: Brock Hudkins (No. 6 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) defeats No. 11 Kyle Burwick (WIS) 4-1 Decision
Quarterfinal: No. 3 Lucas Byrd (ILL) defeats No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) 10-2 Major Decision
Cons. Round 2: No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN) defeats No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) 3-1 Decision SV-1
9th Place Bracket Round 1: No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) received a bye.
9th Place Bracket Semi-Final: No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) defeats No. 11 Kyle Burwick (WIS) 5-1 Decision
9th Place Bracket Final: No. 8 Joe Olivieri (RUT) defeats No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) 3-2 Decision
AUTOMATIC NCAA QUALIFIER
141: Cayden Rooks (No. 13 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND) defeats No. 4 Chad Red (NEB) 9-8 Decision
Quarterfinal: No. 5 Jakob Bergeland (MINN) defeats No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND) 8-3 Decision
Cons. Round 2: No. 6 Stevan Micic (MICH) defeats No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND) 6-5 Decision
149: Graham Rooks (No. 9 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND) defeats No. 8 Christian Kanzler (ILL) 9-4 Decision
Quarterfinal: No. 1 Sammy Sasso (OSU) defeats No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND) 6-3 Decision
Cons. Round 2: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) defeats No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND) 3-2 Decision
157: Derek Gilcher (No. 11 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 6 Chase Saldate (MSU) defeats No. 11 Derek Gilcher 7-4 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 11 Derek Gilcher (IND) defeats No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN). 8-3 Decision
Cons. Round 2: No. 4 Kendall Coleman (PUR) defeats No. 11 Derek Gilcher (IND). 10-3 Decision
165: Kasper McIntosh (No. 13 seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 4 Cameron Amine (MICH) defeats No. 13 Kasper McIntosh 5-1 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 11 Andrew Clark (RUT) defeats No. 13 Kasper McIntosh 2-0 Decision
174: Nick South (No. 12 Seed):
Champ. No. 5 Ethan Smith (OSU) defeats No. 12 Nick South 6-4 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 13 Connor O’Neill (RUT) defeats No. 12 Nick South (IND) 3-1 Decision SV-1
9th Place Bracket Round 1 : No. 12 Nick South (IND) defeats No. 14 Nate Jimenez (MSU) 5-3 Decision
9th Place Bracket Semi-Final: No. 8 Gerrit Nijenhuis (IND) defeats No. 12 Nick South (IND) 5-3 Decision
184: Donnell Washington (No. 9 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 8 Kyle Cochran (MD) defeats No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) 9-7 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) received a bye.
Cons. Round 2: No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) defeats No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) 7-6 Decision
9th Place Bracket Round 1: No. 14 Jack Jessen (NU) defeats No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) Fall
9th Place Bracket 5th Place Bout: No. 13 Max Lyon (PUR) wins by medical forfeit.
197: Nick Willham (No. 13 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 4 Jacob Warner (IOWA) defeats No. 13 Nick Willham 17-4 Major Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) defeats No. 13 Nick Willham (IND) 3-2 Decision SV-1
9th Place Bracket Round 1: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) defeats No. 13 Nick Willham (IND) 6-4 Decision SV-1
285: Jacob Bullock (No. 10 Seed):
Champ. Round 1: No. 7 Trent Hillger (WIS) defeats No. 10 Jacob Bullock 8-1 Decision
Cons. Round 1: No. 10 Jacob Bullock (IND) received a bye.
Cons. Round 2: No. 8 Tate Orndorff (OSU) defeats No. 10 Jacob Bullock 7-4 Decision
9th Place Bracket Round 1: No. 10 Jacob Bullock (IND) received a bye.
9th Place Bracket Semi-Final: No. 11 Michael Woulfe (PUR) defeats No. 10 Jacob Bullock (IND) 5-1 Decision
Team Standings Through Session III
1. Michigan (132)
2. Iowa (122.5)
3. Penn State (121.5)
4. Ohio State (82.5)
5. Northwestern (79.5)
6. Nebraska (69.5)
7. Minnesota (67.5)
8. Wisconsin (63)
9. Rutgers (41)
10. Purdue (35.5)
11. Illinois (33.5)
12. Michigan State (33)
13. Maryland (15.5)
14. Indiana (4)
Series Secured in Show-Me State
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For the third straight day, the Indiana baseball program got a good showing from the offense and senior Bradley Brehmer held the Missouri State offense at bay in a 10-4 victory on Sunday (March 6) at Hammons Field.
The victory gave Indiana (4-6) its first series victory of the season, as IU jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after three innings. Missouri State (5-6) scored two in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Hoosiers added the 10th run of the game with a single run in the sixth.
Five Hoosiers posted multi-hit games and seven of the nine starters collected hits in the contest. Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis posted his second straight multi-RBI game with a game-high three RBIs on a 2-for-4 day at the plate. The trio of graduate student Tyler Doanes, senior Phillip Glasser and redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen each posted two hits in the game and scored two runs.
Freshman Carter Mathison logged his second multi-RBI game of the season and scored twice in a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Mathison hit his second home run of the weekend to cap a six-run first inning. Freshman Brock Tibbitts produced the third multi-RBI game of the day with a pair of RBIs to go along with one base hit and one walk.
In his first start for the Cream and Crimson, Bradley Brehmer (1-0) delivered the second straight quality start for the pitching staff. The right-hander tossed six inning and allowed three runs on four hits to earn his first win in an IU uniform. Freshman Ryan Kraft allowed one run in one inning of work and senior Braydon Tucker finished the game with two scoreless frames.
Missouri State starting pitcher Dan Merrill (1-2) allowed six runs on four hits in just one inning of work. The Bear offense was led by Mason Greer’s two-hit day. Four different MSU hitters drove in RBIs, with Mason Hull hitting a solo home run to highlight the offense.
A wild pitch allowed the first run to cross the plate, before four big swings helped IU build an early lead for the third straight game. After Tyler Doanes singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch, Matthew Ellis drove in the second run of the game with a double. Brock Tibbitts drove in a pair of runs with a single and Carter Mathison followed with a two-run home run to stake IU to the early lead.
Indiana 6, Missouri State 0
Doanes singled and came around to score on a misplay by MSU and Ellis then drove in the second run of the frame with a ground out.
Indiana 8, Missouri State 0
Mathison tripled to left field and came in to score on an errant throw.
Indiana 9, Missouri State 0
Dakota Kotowski drove in the first run of the game with a two-out base hit and Mason Greer followed with a run scoring base hit in the next at bat.
Indiana 9, Missouri State 2
Phillip Glasser singled with one out and eventually came in to score on an Ellis base hit.
Indiana 10, Missouri State 2
Mason Hull hit a solo home run.
Indiana 10, Missouri State 3
The first two batters reached against reliever Ryan Kraft, before a flyout to center field put runners on the corner with one out. Drake Baldwin then pushed the final run of the game across with a fielder’s choice.
Indiana 10, Missouri State 4
Indiana will host a pair of midweek games with 4 p.m. first pitches against Cincinnati (March 8) and Purdue Fort Wayne (March 9) before heading to Alabama for a three-game series with Troy on the weekend.
Indiana Finishes 14th at Gators Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Indiana women’s golf team played their best golf of the weekend in the final round of the VyStar Gators Invitational to finish in 14th-place at the Mark Bostic Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. Indiana shot a 903 (308-299-296; +63) for the weekend.
The No. 7-ranked Florida Gators and the 10th-ranked Michigan Wolverines tied for the team championships after shooting an 851 (+11). Ashley Lau of Michigan won the individual title after shooting a 7-under 203.
VyStar Gators Invitational • Gainesville, Fla.
Mark Bostick Golf Course
Par 70 • 6002 yards
Live scoring via Golfstat
Team Standings: 14th/15 – 903 (308-299-296; +63)
Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 217 (76-70-71; +7)
• Freshman Áine Donegan made her fifth birdie of the weekend during the third round after converting putts on No. 4 and No. 8. Her tournament ended with a score of 217 (76-70-71; +7). She produced the two lowest rounds of any Hoosier in the field in the second and third rounds, respectively.
• The Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, native has finished inside the top-25 of all five tournaments she has played in her collegiate career.
• Junior Valerie Clancy played her best round of the weekend on Sunday with a 5-over 75. She ended the tournament in a tie for 60th-place after shooting a 228 (77-76-75; +18).
• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons shot a weekend-best 73 in the final round, including a team-best three birdies over the final 18 holes. She finished the tournament t-63rd with a score of 231 (79-79-73; +21).
• Senior Alexis Miestowski wrapped up the weekend in 62nd with a three-round score of 230 (78-74-78; +20). She posted the third-best weekend score of all Hoosiers.
• Freshman Margaret Fernandez placed 68th overall with a three-round score of 234 (77-80-77; +24). She knocked in a birdie on No. 6 in her best and final round of the weekend.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-22. Áine Donegan – 217 (76-70-71; +7)
t-60. Valerie Clancy – 228 (77-76-75; +18)
62. Alexis Miestowski – 230 (78-74-78; +20)
t-63. Mary Parsons – 231 (79-79-73; +21)
68. Margaret Fernandez – 234 (77-80-77; +24)
The Hoosiers will be back on the course two more times in the month of March, beginning with the Briar’s Creek Invitational on March 14-15 in Johns Island, S.C. IU will then close the month with the Chattanooga Classic from March 27-29.
Thompson’s Walk-Off Homer Completes Comeback, Keeps Purdue Undefeated
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Purdue Baseball scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, and Cam Thompson cranked a walk-off homer in the 11th to complete a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Longwood Sunday afternoon at Ting Stadium. With the incredible win, the Boilermakers (12-0) swept the Lancers (3-9) and stayed unbeaten on the 2022 campaign.
Troy Viola kept Purdue alive in the ninth. The third baseman’s 2-out RBI double plated two of his teammates to tie the game at 5-5 and send the game into extras. Along with his walk-off blast, Thompson went 3-for-4 with a team-high three runs and two RBI. Mike Bolton Jr. added a three-hit game as well at the top of the order.
The game stayed scoreless through the first six innings, as Wyatt Wendell went into cruise mode. He got through the top of the first unscathed before retiring 16 straight batters into the seventh inning. However, the streak ended when he hit a Lancer. A base hit by Hunter Gilliam put two Lancers on and lifted Wendell from the ballgame. A single to right field broke the scoreless tie and gave Longwood a 1-0 advantage. Purdue got two runners into scoring position in the bottom half of the inning, but could not get a run across the plate as the Lancers remained in front.
Longwood broke open the tight game with a 3-run eighth, and Purdue got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame. Gilliam increased the Lancers’ lead back to four with a solo shot in the ninth.
Despite the deficit, the Boilermakers fought back. Thompson started the scoring with an RBI single to left field before a sac fly by Sam Franco made it a 5-3 ballgame. That left runners on first and second with two outs for Viola. The Purdue third baseman worked the count full. Down to his final strike and the Boilermakers’ final out, the senior delivered with a double to left field. Both baserunners crossed the dish, bringing Purdue all the way back from down four to force extra innings, 5-5.
Khal Stephen (2-0) kept Longwood off the board with a pair of scoreless frames, setting the stage for Thompson’s heroics in the bottom of the 11th. Facing an 0-1 count against submarine pitcher JR Parrish, the first baseman belted a deep fly to left-center field. The blast was a no-doubter as two Longwood outfielders just turned their heads and watched the ball sail over the fence, securing the improbable comeback victory.
After eight games over 10 days in North Carolina, the Boilermakers return home for their first games at Alexander Field. Purdue welcomes Bellarmine for a weekend set (March 11-13).
Sekne, Weiler Moving up in Palmer Cup Rankings
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golfers Herman Sekne and Joe Weiler are moving up the Palmer Cup rankings, in the latest rankings released by Golfstat and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university / college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players.
The top six golfers from the spring’s final ranking from both the United States and International men and women shall be among the individuals selected to compete in the Palmer Cup. The event will be hosted by Golf Club de Genève July 1-3, 2022, in Vandœuvres, Switzerland.
The remaining six spots for the United States will consist of five committee picks, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick. The balance of the International team also includes five committee selections, including at least one representative from The R&A Student Tour Series, and a coaches pick.
Sekne, a sophomore from Oslo, Norway, is ranked 10th in the International rankings after an outstanding start to his season. Sekne has won two of the five tournaments played this year with a total of four top-20 showings. He owns a 69.20 stroke average and is a cumulative 36-under par for the season. He already has seven rounds in the 60s this year and has posted nine consecutive rounds of even-par or better. Sekne is 28th in the latest Golfstat national rankings.
Weiler, a senior from Bloomington, Indiana, is 22nd in the USA rankings after posting top-20 showings in all five events so far this year. Weiler owns a 70.07 stroke average with 11 rounds of even-par or better and five rounds in the 60s. He has three top-10 finishes this season and 11 for his career.
Softball Edged by SIUE in 4-1 Decision
BOCA RATON, Fla. – In the final game of the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament, Purdue softball (8-13) fell to SIUE (6-9) in a morning matchup at FAU Softball Field.
Purdue came out strong to open the game as the leadoff batters Rachel Becker and Jade Moy each singled to open the offensive effort. The Boilermakers loaded the bases quickly, and thanks to a walk by freshman Olivia McFadden, Becker scored. However, the final out was recorded on a foul ball to left field before Purdue could finish unloading the bases.
The Boilermakers were led by Rachel Becker, who notched her 11th run of the season in addition to a hit. As a team, Purdue totaled three hits and two errors while SIUE connected nine times.
In the circle, Alexa Pinarski (0-6) rounded out the weekend with one strikeout in 1.2 innings while allowing three runs on four hits. Brenna Smith came in relief, facing 24 batters over the final 5.1 innings and tossing a pair of strikeouts.
With two weeks remaining in non-conference play, Purdue will return to Florida for The Spring Games in Madiera Beach, followed by the USF Invite in Tampa.
Wrestling Places 10th at B1G Championships
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Purdue wrestling team wrapped up a 10th place performance at the 2022 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, earning five individual placements and four automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers amassed 36.5 points for the tournament, and have five wrestlers eligible for at-large bids to nationals, which will be released Tuesday by the NCAA.
Junior Thomas Penola led the way for the Boilermakers, earning fifth place at 197 pounds, while senior Devin Schroder and junior Kendall Coleman were sixth at 125 and 157, respectively. Freshman Matt Ramos took seventh at 133 pounds and senior Parker Filius finished eighth at 141.
Penola had a chance to avenge his second-round loss to third-seeded and fifth-ranked Cameron Caffey and took full advantage, edging the Spartan 3-2 in the fifth-place match. Penola scored on a slide-by in the first period and impressively fought his way out of a cradle without surrendering back points in the second to hold on to the win. Penola was bumped from the consolation semifinals by eventual-third place finisher Patrick Brucki of Michigan, but turned it around for his career-best conference finish, and third straight spot on the Big Ten podium.
After advancing to the consolation semifinals Saturday, Coleman fell to sixth place with a pair of losses Sunday. He was pinned by third-place finisher Brady Berge of Penn State and then fell to Peyton Robb by major decision 8-0. Coleman heads to nationals at 14-8, and awaits his national seed in Detroit.
After advancing to the semifinals at 125 pounds, Schroder medically forfeited to sixth place Sunday, and will look to regroup for his return to his home state of Michigan for NCAA’s in two weeks. He sits at 19-4 overall on the season, and will be a candidate for a top-10 seed at nationals for the third straight year.
Ramos’s first Big Ten Championship was a successful one, finishing two spots above his seed and securing an automatic bid to nationals. The Illinois native met 12th-seeded Jake Gliva of Minnesota for seventh place and emerged with a 3-2 win on the strength of a second-period takedown.
Filius finished just shy of an automatic bid for NCAA’s, taking eighth at 141 pounds, despite the No. 11 seed in the tournament. He dropped an 11-6 decision to Northwestern’s Frankie Tal Shahar and will need an at-large bid to qualify for NCAA’s. Sophomores Hayden Lohrey and Gerrit Nijenhuis, and senior Michael Woulfe are in the same situation as both Nijenhuis and Woulfe finished one place off of the qualifying spot. Nijenhuis won the ninth-place mini-tournament, topping Indiana’s Nick South and Wisconsin’s Andrew McNally, while Woulfe defeated Indiana’s Jacob Bullock and came up just short of Wisconsin’s Trent Hilger, unable to drag his feet in bounds on a takedown at the buzzer.
The NCAA field will be announced Tuesday, followed by the full bracket reveal Wednesday. The national tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday, March 17 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.
2022 Big Ten Championships
Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, Nebraska
1. Michigan – 143.0
2. Penn State – 141.5
3. Iowa – 129.5
4. Ohio State – 91.5
5. Northwestern – 90.5
6. Minnesota – 78.5
7. Nebraska – 75.5
8. Wisconsin – 68.0
9. Rutgers – 41.0
10. Purdue – 36.5
11. Illinois – 34.5
12. Michigan State – 33.0
13. Maryland – 15.5
14. Indiana – 4.0
125: #5 Devin Schroder (R-Senior) – SIXTH PLACE
First Round: #12 Jacob Moran (Indiana) – W, D 2-0
Quarterfinals: #4 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) – W, D 3-1
Semifinals: #1 Nick Suriano (Michigan) – L, Fall 2:39
Conso. Semifinals: #8 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) – MFF
Fifth-Place Match: #7 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) – MFF
133: #9 Matt Ramos (R-Freshman) – SEVENTH PLACE
First Round: #8 Joe Olivieri (Rutgers) – W, D 7-5
Quarterfinals: #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) – L, MD 11-3
Conso. Second Round: #10 Dominick Serrano (Nebraska) – W, D 5-3
Conso. Quarterfinals: #5 Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) – L, SV 4-2
Seventh-Place Match: #12 Jake Gliva (Minnesota) – W, D 3-2
141: #11 Parker Fililus (R-Senior) – EIGHTH PLACE
First Round: #6 Stevan Micic (Michigan) – W, D 7-4
Quarterfinals: #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) – L, MD 15-5
Conso. Second Round: #4 Chad Red (Nebraska) – W, SV 10-6
Conso. Quarterfinals: #7 Dylan D’Emilio (Ohio State) – L, Fall 3:51
Seventh-Place Match: #10 Frankie Tal Shahar (Northwestern) – L, D 11-6
149: #14 Alec White (R-Junior)
First Round: #3 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) – L, D 8-1
Conso. First Round: #11 Kanen Storr (Michigan) – L, D 5-1
157: #4 Kendall Coleman (R-Junior) – SIXTH PLACE
First Round: #13 Lucas Cordio (Maryland) – W, MD 20-10
Quarterfinals: #5 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) – L, SV 6-4
Conso. Second Round: #11 Derek Gilcher (Indiana) – W, D 10-3
Conso. Quarterfinals: #7 Garrett Model (Wisconsin) – W, D 7-5
Conso. Semifinals: #10 Brady Berge (Penn State) – L, Fall 2:59
Fifth-Place Match: #4 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) – L, MD 8-0
165: #7 Hayden Lohrey (R-Sophomore)
First Round: #10 Creighton Edsell (Penn State) – L, SV 3-1
Conso. First Round: Bye
Conso. Second Round: #8 Clayton Wilson (Nebraska) – L, D 3-2
174: #8 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Sophomore)
First Round: #9 Dominic Solis (Maryland) – L, D 3-1
Conso. First Round: Bye
Conso. Second Round: #7 Troy Fisher (Northwestern) – L, D 7-4
Ninth-Place Semifinals: #12 Nick South (Indiana)* – W, D 5-3
Ninth-Place Match: #11 Andrew McNally (Wisconsin)* – W, D 6-1
184: #13 Max Lyon (R-Senior)
First Round: #4 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) – L, D 6-2
Conso. First Round: Zach Braunagel (Illinois) – L, Fall 1:40
Ninth-Place Quarterfinals: #11 Christopher Weiler (Wisconsin)* – L, D 11-4
13th-Place Match: #9 Donnell Washington (Indiana)* – W, MFF
197: #6 Thomas Penola (R-Junior) – FIFTH PLACE
First Round: #11 Jaron Smith (Maryland) – W, D 5-0
Quarterfinals: #3 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) – L, D 4-2
Conso. Second Round: #12 Michial Foy (Minnesota) – W, D 3-2
Conso. Quarterfinals: #7 Greg Bulsak (Rutgers) – W, D 4-3
Conso. Semifinals: #5 Patrick Brucki (Michigan) – L, D 4-2
Fifth-Place Match: #3 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) – W, D 3-2
285: #11 Michael Woulfe (R-Senior)
First Round: #6 Christian Lance (Nebraska) – L, D 7-2
Conso. First Round: #14 Zach Schrader (Maryland) – W, D 2-0
Conso. Second Round: #5 Lucas Davison (Northwestern) – L, D 9-2
Ninth-Place Semifinals: #10 Jacob Bullock (Indiana)* – W, D 6-1
Ninth-Place Match: #7 Trent Hilger (Wisconsin)* – L, D 4-3
All numbers represent tournament seeding
* – matches were wrestled for NCAA qualification purposes and do not count toward team scores
Ivey Named a Finalist for Wooden Award
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced the Purdue sophomore Jaden Ivey has been selected as one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award given to the nation’s top player.
Ivey is joined by four other Big Ten players (Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn, Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis, Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell and Iowa’s Keegan Murray) and other standouts such as Duke’s Paulo Banchero, Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe.
Ivey has led the Boilermakers to a 25-6 record and a No. 8 national ranking heading into this week’s Big Ten Tournament. The 6-foot, 4-inch South Bend, Indiana, native is averaging 17.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while also adding 30 steals and 17 blocked shots. He is just one of three players nationally to reach those marks, being the only high-major player on the list. He needs just 84 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to become the second player in school history to have 600 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists in a season (Caleb Swanigan – 2017).
Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 19.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 14-of-34 (.412) from long distance in six games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.
He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.
Ivey tied a school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss with a 6-of-6 performance against Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.
Ivey has scored in double-figures in 28 of his 30 games played (missed one game with an injury) and has a team-best 11 games of 20 or more points, including double-doubles against North Carolina (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Minnesota (21 points, 10 rebounds).
Butler WLacrosse Wins Home Opener vs. Detroit Mercy, 18-5
Indianapolis- The Butler women’s lacrosse team (2-2) picked up a win in their home opener 18-5 over Detroit Mercy (0-5). Campbell Connors led the way with five goals and two assists for the Bulldogs.
How it Happened
The Dawgs came out firing in the first, putting up eight goals. The Bulldogs first goal of the day came on an own goal. Campbell Connors was dominant in the first for the Bulldogs scoring three and adding an assist. Leah Rubino picked up where she left off last game, netting two in the first, helping expand on the lead. Gabryelle Bodine added a goal and an assist, Greer Bireley added a goal and an assist, and Kayla Kielbasa added a goal as well in the first. Lindsey Schreiber had two assists, and Layla Tattersfield added an assist as well for a productive first quarter.
The Dawgs scored six more in the second to take a commanding 14-4 lead into the half. Bodine netted two in the second, and Rubino added one as well. Campbell Connors continued to cause problems for the Titans, netting two more in the second and adding an assist. Both Connors and Rubino had hat tricks in the first half. Schreiber also tallied a goal in the second to continue her strong performance. Bireley had two assists, and Kaley Attaway added an assist as well for the Bulldogs.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, with each team scoring once in the frame. Kaley Attaway scored on an unassisted effort five minutes into the quarter. The quarter finished with the Bulldogs holding a commanding lead, 15-5.
The fourth quarter was dominated but the Bulldogs. Lindsey Schreiber started the scoring off for Butler four minutes in when she added her second of the day. Julia Putzi added a goal with five minutes left to tally her second of the season. First-year Grace Hensley rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs netting her first collegiate goal with two minutes left in the fourth.
Aleigh Monroe made nine saves for the Bulldogs and was pivotal in today’s defensive efforts.
• Campbell Connors had five goals and two assists
• Leah Rubino had three goals and five draw controls
• Gabryelle Bodine had two goals and one assist
• Lindsey Schreiber had two goals, two assists, and two draw controls
• Greer Bireley had one goal and three assists
• Kayla Kielbasa had one goal one assist
• Layla Tattersfield added an assist
• Julia Putzi scored her second goal in two games
• Grace Hensley notched her first collegiate goal
• Aleigh Monroe had nine saves and picked up her second win of the season
The Bulldog’s will travel to South Carolina Wednesday, March 9 for a matchup with Presbyterian. First draw is set for 3 p.m.
Butler Softball Defeats IUPUI to Finish 4-1 in Blues City Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Butler softball team used a big sixth inning to come from behind and win its final game in the Blues City Classic. The Bulldogs (12-7) trailed IUPUI two different times throughout the game but ultimately downed the Jaguars (2-17) by the final score of 5-4.
How It Happened
IUPUI scored one in the first inning, but Butler answered in the second when Monique Hoosen homered, also bringing in Ella White. Butler led, 2-1, after two.
The Jaguars scored two more in the third, taking a 4-2 lead and forcing a pitching change for the Bulldogs.
In the bottom of the sixth, a Kinley Longest single and a White double put runners on second and third. Hoosen then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring one, and Sydney Carter followed that with a single, tying the score, 4-4. Carter eventually scored on an error, giving Butler a 5-4 lead.
Madison Seigworth (5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 2 K) started for Butler in the circle, throwing 2.1 innings. Alyssa Graves (3-3) came in from the bullpen and earned the win. In 4.2 innings of work, she allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out seven.
Monique Hoosen’s home run, her second in as many games, was her fourth of the season and the seventh of her career.
Alyssa Graves now has 525 career strikeouts from the pitching circle. She has moved into the second position on Butler’s all-time list, trailing only Jenny Esparza (2010-2013) who had a total of 789.
With her 29th career win, Graves has now moved into the eighth position on Butler’s all-time list. She currently sits only one win behind Nikki Naffziger (2005-2008).
The two wins this weekend extend Butler’s current winning streak over IUPUI to seven games. The Jaguars’ most recent win was Mar. 25, 2015, by the score of 7-0.
Butler travels to Morehead, Kent., for a doubleheader with Morehead State on Tuesday, March 8. Opening pitches are scheduled for 1 pm and 3:30 pm.
Butler MBB Draws Xavier to Open 2022 BIG EAST Tournament
Ninth-seeded Butler will open the 2022 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by Jeep with a first round match-up against Xavier.
The full tournament bracket was finalized Saturday evening.
Butler and Xavier, which is the No. 8 seed, will play Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The winner of that contest will advance to play top-seeded Providence in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The Tournament returns to Madison Square Garden for the 40th consecutive year. The action begins Wednesday, March 9 and runs through Saturday, March 12.
FOX Sports, the conference’s television partner, will continue its wall-to-wall coverage with FS1 televising all nine games in the first three days of the Tournament before the FOX broadcast network carries the championship game on Saturday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The BIG EAST Tournament at The World’s Most Famous Arena is college basketball’s longest running conference tournament held at the same venue.
The FS1 tourney coverage will begin with a first-round tripleheader on Wednesday, March 9. Quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Thursday afternoon and evening, March 10. The semifinal doubleheader will be held Friday, March 11, followed by the title game on Saturday evening, March 12.
Jacksonville Takes Game Two Over Butler Baseball 11-3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Dolphins recorded an 11-3 victory over Butler on Saturday night to improve their overall record to 8-3. With the loss, Butler moves to 4-6.
The Dolphins scored first in the bottom of the second inning and would add two more runs in the third. The game started to take shape in the fifth with three more runs crossing home plate.
Butler got on the board with a single run in the seventh and would add two more runs in the ninth.
Butler was led by Billy Wurch and his 3-for-5 effort from the plate. Travis Holt also had a multi-hit game for the Bulldogs.
The win went to Tyler Naumann while the loss was handed to Cole McDaniel. Six total Bulldogs touched the rubber for BU on Saturday.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 PM.
Cardinals Drop Final Game Against Rattlers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Ball State baseball team returned to Moore-Kittles Field for the final game of a four-game series with Florida A&M on Sunday. The Cardinals outhit the Rattlers and held FAMU to just three hits, but fell 5-3.
With the loss, Ball State fell to 5-7 on the season, while Florida A&M improved to 6-7 on the year.
Nick Powell led the Cardinals with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with two RBIs. Amir Wright has reached base safely in 12-consecutive games. Trenton Quartermaine extended his hitting streak to six games.
Sunday’s game started out as a pitcher’s duel. FAMU was held hitless, while BSU had one hit after two innings of play. Ty Weatherly got the start on the mound and had five strikeouts in the first two innings.
Justin Conant reached base safely to start the top of the third on an error by the third baseman and advanced to second on the error. Wight grounded out to second and moved Conant to third with two outs. After a Zach Lane walk, Powell notched an RBI single to right center to put the Cardinals on top 1-0.
In the bottom of the third Florida A&M scored five runs on two hits with three walks and a hit batter.
The Cardinals were able to load the bases in the top of the sixth but were unable to get a run across.
Wright recorded a one-out triple to right center to get the top of the seventh started for the Cardinals. Powell produced a two-out single to right field to drive in Wright from third. Trenton Quartermaine followed with a single to second base. Andre Orselli made it three-straight singles for Ball State with a single to left to plate Powell from second. BSU cut the FAMU lead to 5-3 after the top of the seventh.
Weatherly went 2 1/3 innings in the start and struck out five batters. He surrendered five earned runs in the loss. Weatherly fell to 0-1. Nate Dohm pitched outstanding relief for 4 2/3 innings. Dohm struck out eight batters to set a new career high and he surrendered just one hit. Ryan Brown added a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts.
Shawn Host got the win for the Rattlers with 5 1/3 innings of work. Host improved to 1-2 on the year as he gave up one unearned run. Benjamin Krizen tallied his third save of the year with one inning and one strikeout.
Ball State begins Mid-American Conference play on Friday, March 11, as Eastern Michigan comes to Muncie for a four-game series. The home opener on Friday is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time.
IRISH TAKE DOWN #13 VIRGINIA
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The #17 Fighting Irish took on #13 Virginia on Sunday at Arlotta Stadium in a thrilling 12-10 win for the Irish.
The Irish had six different goal scorers in Madison Ahern (3), Maddie Howe (3), Jackie Wolak (2), Kasey Choma (2), Cailin Field (1) and Madison Mote (1).
Kelly Denes dominated on the draw with six draw controls for the Irish. Diana Kelly had four draw controls herself.
Bridget Deehan had a stellar day as she finished the day with 16 saves, establishing a new career high for her.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame showed their strength when they put themselves on the board first with a 3-0 run. Ahern scored first for the Irish, and then Choma found the back of the net two minutes later. Wolak added to the Irish tally when she took a perfect pass from Ahern to set her up for a goal. Virginia wouldn’t go quietly as they ended the first quarter with one goal to set a first quarter score with the Irish leading 3-1.
The Irish continued their offensive burst when they put up 3 more goals. The quarter opened with a goal from Virginia, but the Irish would respond with a goal from Ahern for her second goal of the day. Wolak would also continue adding to the Irish tally with a goal and Maddie Howe would get on the board too with eight minutes remaining in the quarter. The Irish went into halftime after two goals from Virginia with a 6-4 lead.
Notre Dame continued their push when they went on a 3-0 run again in the third quarter. Two goals from Howe and one from Choma would push the Irish lead to 9-4. Two back to back massive saves from Deehan kept the Irish in front with only minutes remaining in the quarter. The Cavaliers did find the back of the net three times before the end of the quarter making it 9-7.
The fourth quarter opened with both teams trading possession as neither team could score. It wasn’t until the Irish scored two goals from Ahern and Madison Mote giving the Irish even more of an advantage 11-7. The Cavaliers responded with a free position goal to cut into the Irish advantage 11-8. The Irish came right back with a goal from Cailin Field to give the Irish the eventual win and final score of 12-10.
The Irish will go on the road for their next matchup at Virginia Tech on March 10. Live stats will be available and the contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
IRISH SWEEP LEHIGH AND RUTGERS
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The University of Notre Dame softball team won two very different ball games Sunday at the Liberty Softball Stadium. The Irish began the day with a 9-0 victory over Lehigh in five innings before needing an extra two innings to defeat Rutgers, 4-3. The Fighting Irish improve to 16-4 on the season with the doubleheader sweep.
Shannon Becker recorded her fifth win of the season, throwing five shutout innings in game one with Lehigh. She struck out a pair and scattered four hits in the victory.
Leea Hanks led the offense against the Mountain Hawks. Hitting as the lead-off hitter for the first time this season, she finished 3-for-3 with two triples and a double, scoring twice and driving in a pair. Karina Gaskins added a 2-for-3 effort with four RBI and a home run. Emma Clark, Abby Sweet, Sarah Genz, Carlli Kloss and Joley Mitchell each had a hit in the win over the Lehigh.
Payton Tidd and Alexis Holloway combined for the win in the second game. Tidd worked 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts in a no-decision. Holloway threw 5.1 innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three to earn her sixth win of the season.
The Notre Dame offense was led by a 2-for-4 effort from Genz. Clark, Sweet, Gaskins and Cassidy Grimm each recorded a hit in the win. Gaskins hit her second home run of the day in the top of the fourth inning.
The Irish wasted no time getting on the board, scoring three in the first inning against Lehigh. Hanks led off and hit a triple off the 220’ marker on the center field wall. The throw to get her at third went out of play and she was awarded home and the Irish led 1-0 after two pitches. After a pop up, Sweet drew a walk and scored when Gaskins lifted her third home run of the season over the center field wall to extend the lead to 3-0.
Notre Dame scratched another run home in the bottom of the second. A lead-off single from Kloss started the inning and she moved up on a ground out. Hanks delivered again, driving a double the opposite way to bring in Kloss and extend the lead to 4-0.
Notre Dame scored a pair of runs in the third and put the game away with three in the fourth. Gaskins had an RBI in the third. The fourth inning saw Mitchell connect on a pinch-hit double and scored on Hanks’s third hit, second triple of the game and she scored on a Clark single. The final run was driven in by Gaskins as she took the seventh-pitch of her at bat to center field to extend the lead to 9-0.
In game two, the Irish rallied after two outs in the first inning. Sweet got it going as she was hit by a pitch and kept the pressure on and stole second. Genz drove a double down the left field line to bring her in and take the early 1-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights tied the game up in the second inning as a lead-off single came around to score on a single to right.
Notre Dame scored single runs in the third and fourth to regain and extend the lead. Clark drove a triple to left center and then scored when the Rutgers catcher attempted to pick her off at third, but the throw hit the Irish batter and ricocheted away, allowing Clark to cross the plate. Gaskins led of the fourth inning with a solo home run to extend the lead to 3-1.
Rutgers responded in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs. A double and a hit batter put two on for the first baseman who doubled to center field to score two at tie it at three each.
After the teams exchanged zeros over the next four innings, the Irish scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. With the international tie-breaker in effect, Holloway started at second base and moved up when Miranda Johnson dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Mitchell pinch hit and drove a fly ball to left field that was deep enough to score Holloway and give the Irish the 4-3 advantage.
In the ninth inning, Holloway worked through the runner on second, getting a strikeout, a lineout and ended the game with her third strikeout of the day.
The Irish will return to Virginia next weekend as they are set to open Atlantic Coast Conference action against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
Sycamores Fall to Memphis in Weekend Finale
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Indiana State softball fell to Memphis 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Complex in the finale of the Blues City Classic.
Memphis struck first in the contest after a Sycamore error loaded the bases and the Tigers scored on an RBI groundout. Lexi Benko got the next batter to strikeout swinging to retire the side and limit the damage to just one run.
The Tigers would extend their lead in the third inning, scoring two on a base hit to center field. With Memphis leading 3-0, Benko picked up two more strikeouts to get out of the inning.
Indiana State would rally in the fourth with three runs in the inning to tie the game at three. Annie Tokarek and TeAnn Bringle had base hits and came around to score on a triple down the right field line from Danielle Henning. Kennedy Shade followed that with an RBI double to left field to score Henning. Each run scored with two outs in the inning.
The Sycamores had other opportunities to score but were unable to convert, leaving five runners on base in the final three innings of the game. Benko turned in 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth and allowed just one runner in the sixth to limit Memphis.
In the bottom of the seventh, Memphis got a runner to second base with two outs and would win it 4-3 on a base hit to right field which allowed the winning run to cross home plate.
ISU scattered six hits throughout the afternoon with three being for extra bases. Memphis also finished with six hits.
In the circle for the Sycamores, Lexi Benko went the distance, giving up just two earned runs while striking out four. The loss drops Benko to 5-4 on the season.
Indiana State finishes their weekend 2-3 at the Blues City Classic to move the Sycamores record to 10-8.
Around The Horn
-Bella Peterson’s double against Memphis was her team-leading 10th extra base hit of the 2022 season.
Peterson has now reached base safely in eight-straight games.
-Peterson’s six doubles this season rank 23rd nationally.
-Danielle Henning’s two RBIs gives her 10 for the season which leads the team.
-Annie Tokarek had five hits over the weekend and has now reached base in six-straight games.
-Cassie Thomerson has been hit by a pitch seven times this season, which is tied for the most in the country.
Indiana State will head back to Tennessee next weekend for the Golden Eagle Classic hosted by Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
Sycamores hold off Michigan rally in LeClair Classic finale
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Indiana State held off a late Michigan rally, while Randall Diaz drove in three RBI as the Sycamores took their final game at the LeClair Classic on Sunday afternoon over the Wolverines, 6-5.
Indiana State (6-4) went ahead early in the top of the second inning with Diaz’s two-run double down the left field line scoring Seth Gergely and Parker Stinson to give the Sycamores the 4-0 lead. Michigan (7-5) steadily chipped away at the Sycamores lead before a three-run rally in the eighth inning cut the ISU lead down to 6-5 following Matt Frey’s RBI single.
Connor Fenlong (S, 3) ended the Michigan rally in the eighth getting Jimmy Obertop to strike out to keep the one-run lead intact. The Sycamore relief ace pitched around a one-out single in the ninth before getting Jake Marti to go down swinging for the final out in securing the Indiana State win.
Diaz paced the Sycamores with two of Indiana State’s 13 hits in the contest, while the freshman drove in three runs in the contest. Luis Hernandez tripled and Sean Ross doubled to highlight Indiana State’s efforts at the plate, while Josue Urdaneta, Stinson, and Gergely all finished with multi-hit games.
Luke Patzner (1-0) took his first win of the season on the mound as the right-hander took the mound in the fifth inning in relief of Jake Ridgway. Ridgway went the first four innings allowing five hits and one run while striking out four in the no decision. Jared Spencer and Joey Hurth also saw time on the mound before Fenlong took over in closing out his third save of the season.
Frey was the Wolverines’ top threat at the plate with three of Michigan’s 12 hits in the contest. He added the lone home run in the game, while Ted Burton added a double in the UM loss.
Jacob Denner (1-1) took the loss on the mound after going the first 6.2 innings allowing 11 hits and six runs while striking out seven. Noah Rennard and Willie Weiss closed out the game combining to allow two hits over the final 2.1 innings in relief.
How They Scored
Indiana State took the early lead as Sean Ross doubled home Luis Hernandez in the top of the second inning sparking a four-run frame. Seth Gergely (RBI single) and Randall Diaz (two-run double) also brought home ISU runs as the Sycamores jumped out to the early 4-0 lead.
Frey cut into the ISU lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the third to put the score at 4-1.
Diego Gines put the margin at 5-1 in the top of the fifth with his sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Diaz.
Marti cut the lead back down to 5-2 with a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the sixth scoring Tito Flores.
Diaz brought home the final Indiana State run in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Gergely and putting the score at 6-2.
The Wolverines rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth with Joe Stewart, Burton, and Frey all recording RBI hits in the inning to put the final score at 6-5.
News & Notes
Josue Urdaneta continued his team-leading 10-game hitting streak on Sunday afternoon, while his two-hit game marked his seventh multi-hit contest of the 2022 season. Urdaneta recorded multi-hit games in all three contests over the weekend at the LeClair Classic.
Jordan Schaffer extended his on-base streak to 22 games following his single in the seventh inning.
Diego Gines extended his on-base streak to 14 consecutive games following his single in the ninth inning.
The Sycamores were held without a home run in the contest snapping a streak of seven consecutive games.
Luis Hernandez became the second Sycamore to triple on the season with his leadoff three-bagger in the second inning.
Indiana State took the 3-2 series lead over Michigan following ISU’s win on Sunday.
The Sycamores remain on the road next weekend as Indiana State makes the trek to Dayton, Ohio and Wright State University for a three-game weekend series at Nischwitz Stadium. The three-game series is set to begin on Friday, March 11, with first pitch in the opener scheduled for 3 p.m.
Garett Lake Records Four Hits in Loss to Tennessee Tech
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Garett Lake recorded a career-high four hits on Sunday (March 6) but it came in a losing effort for the Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team at Tennessee Tech 15-7.
Lake came a home run short of the cycle with two doubles, a triple and a single. He scored three times and knocked in two.
Cade Fitzpatrick went 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and an RBI. Junior Ben Higgins also chipped in for Purdue Fort Wayne, putting together two hits in three trips to the plate with a home run, a walk and an RBI. The long balls for Higgins and Fitzpatrick were their first in a Mastodon uniform.
The ‘Dons got on the board in the third and added four more in the fourth. The four-run fourth was highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Lake as well as a Higgins home run. It brought the score to 11-5 in favor of the Golden Eagles after Tennessee Tech scored four in the first and six in the second to open a lead.
Isaiah Hart knocked in Lake in the sixth and Fitzpatrick’s hit a two-out solo home run in the seventh to round out the scoring.
» Jacob Myer (0-3) started and suffered the loss for the ‘Dons.
» Purdue Fort Wayne had chances, but left 11 runners stranded.
» Kevin Fee and Rex Stills each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
» Tennessee Tech’s Jason Hinchman went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.
» Brock Myers led the Golden Eagles’ pitching staff, throwing 4.1 innings of two-run ball to finish the game and get the save.
» Colt Taylor tossed one inning to get the win and move his record to 1-0.
» Tennessee Tech moves to 10-0. The ‘Dons fall to 0-11.
» ‘Dons head to Indiana on Wednesday (March 9) for a game against the Hoosiers.
Hounds Fall to Tritons in GLVC Championship
EDWARDSVILLE, IL – In the first GLVC Championship appearance in program history, the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team fell to Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. The Hounds scored the first 18 points of the game but the Tritons fought back for the 66-55 win.
UIndy finishes the season 19-11 overall and 10-8 in conference play after winning six of their last eight games.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Cory Miller Jr. paced the Hounds with 16 points while dishing out a team-best four assists.
– Jesse Bingham scored 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
– Julian Steinfeld grabbed 13 rebounds while shooting 4-of-8 from the floor. He recorded three blocks on the day, reaching eight throughout the GLVC Tournament to lead all players.
Hounds Net 22 in Downing Panthers
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s Lacrosse team scored 22 goals over No. 25 Davenport on Sunday afternoon at Key Stadium. The win marks the Hounds fourth straight win and second win over a Top 25 ranked team this season.
“Super proud of our effort this weekend versus two top 25 teams,” said Head Coach James Delaney. “These types of games are always battles and I was super proud we could get the job done.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Entering the half up 8-5 when the Greyhounds returned to the field after the half it was clear they were hungry. Kara Antonucci kicked off a four goal in less than two-minute run with an unassisted rocket into the Panthers net.
“Davenport deserves a lot of credit for the way they played today,” noted Delaney. “Credit to our players for adjusting on the fly and ultimately playing great in the second half.”
The matchup was physical with both teams playing gritty. The Panthers received four yellow cards which led to three Hounds man up goals, while the Hounds had four of their own leading to one Panthers goal.
It was clear the Abigail Lagos was fired up, with chants and coos erupting from the Captain after each Hounds goal – while scoring five of her own. While Sarah Klein continued to flex her dominance with four goals and three assists. Christina Sato, Jess Soenen, and Peyton Romig netted three each. Romig kept up her reputation as the best of the best by earning 12 Draw Controls.
Audrey Moran took the win in splitting the game with Cassidy King, who each posted four saves.
Anna Glynn and Ayanna Turrubiates both posted three goals for the Panthers.
INSIDE THE BOX
-UIndy outshot the Panthers 41-24, with 14 Free-Position shots.
-The Hounds picked up 19 ground balls throughout the match, led by Peyton Romig who had five.
-Indianapolis forced 13 turnovers, while committing 12.
The Hounds will head East as they will face back-to-back ranked opponents Le Moyne on Sunday, March 13, and Adelphi on Wednesday, March 16. The Hounds and Le Moyne will kick off at 2 p.m. ET in Syracuse, NY.
Heart-Stopping Finish Sends Wabash To Round Of 16 With One-Point Win At Emory
Wabash survived two missed shots, including a missed dunk, in the final seconds of Saturday’s NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball second-round game against Emory University to earn an 87-86 victory and a berth as one of the final 16 teams still playing for the DIII national title.
Wabash (26-3) owned a five-point lead after a pair of Jack Davidson free throws with 26 seconds left in regulation. Nick Stuck hit the first of two free-throw attempts for Emory (20-6) on the host Eagles’ next trip down the floor to make the score 87-83 with 19 seconds left. His second try bounced off the iron but the rebound attempt was whistled off the hands of a Wabash player to give new life to Emory.
Emory’s senior guard Matthew Schner took advantage of the second chance by draining a long three-point shot to cut the lead to one point at 87-86 with 17 seconds on the clock. The Eagles immediately fouled Davidson on the inbound, sending the Wabash senior to the free-throw line.
Davidson came into the game ranked sixth in free throw shooting percentage and leads all of Division III in made free throws. The senior guard’s front-end attempt of the one-and-one rolled off the rim for a rare miss. Schner grabbed the rebound and raced down the floor for a final shot. He put a jumper that missed but landed in the hands of Emory’s Cale Martens. The freshmen went up to try and dunk for the winning basket, but the ball sailed off the iron as the horn sounded to cue the Wabash celebration with the one-point victory.
Davidson’s free throw attempt was about the only miss in his game Saturday evening. The All-America and Player of the Year candidate scored a season-high 42 points, which is also the second-most points scored by a Wabash player in an NCAA Tournament game. Pete Metzelaars scored 45 in the Little Giants’ national championship win over Potsdam State in 1982. Davidson shot 13-of-18 from the field while going 7-of-11 from three-point range. He also shared team-high honors with Kellen Schreiber as both players grabbed seven rebounds for Wabash. Davidson also handed out four assists. He is the all-time single-season scoring leader in Wabash history with 752 points this year.
Wabash was forced to hang on for the victory after Emory had carved into the Little Giants’ 14-point second-half lead. Wabash extended a 48-43 halftime lead to 59-48 in the first three minutes of the second period. The Eagles refused to go away, trimming the advantage to 81-80 with 3:33 left to play.
It was Ahmoni Jones who provided the late scoring punch to help Wabash maintain its advantage over Emory. Jones connected on a turnaround jump shot in the lane to push the lead back to three, then answered another Emory basket with a 15-foot jumper to put Wabash in front 85-82 with 1:55 remaining to set up the final sequence of events. Jones finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds.
Wabash jumped out to an early lead off the inside scoring of Schreiber. The Little Giants found the senior forward repeatedly in the first half with Schreiber scoring all but one of his 14 points in the first half. Wabash took an early lead at 14-4 in the first five minutes until Emory responded. The Eagles outscored Wabash 23-9 over the next six minutes to take a 27-23 lead. Emory eventually took a seven-point lead at 34-27 before the Little Giants mounted their own scoring run. Davidson hit a pull-up three-pointer then followed with two free throws ahead of a Schreiber basket to even the score at 34-34 with 5:23 left in the first half. The teams traded baskets before a Davidson basket and free throw put Wabash back in front for good for the remainder of the half.
Tyler Watson scored five points and handed out a team-best nine assists for Wabash. The Little Giants shot 52.7 percent from the field (29-of-55) and 46.2 percent from three-point range (12-of-26). Emory finished 35-of-77 from the field (45.5 percent) and 10-of-25 on three-point tries (40 percent).
Schner led Emory with 30 points. Romin Williams scored 12 points and Martens picked up 10 points.
The win extends the Wabash winning streak to 22 games. Friday night’s victory over Berry College to advance to Saturday’s game against Emory was the 25th win of the season for the Little Giants, breaking the school record of 24 wins in a season.
Wabash will play Williams College in the round-of-16 on Friday, March 11 at a location and time to be announced in the next few days by the NCAA.
Baseball wins Quaker Bowl series
RICHMOND – The Earlham College baseball team defeated Wilmington College 12-11 on Sunday to earn a 3-2 win in the Quaker Bowl series.
The Hustlin’ Quakers improved to 5-1 while the Fightin’ Quakers fell to 6-3.
After watching his brother get the glory yesterday, Nathan Lancianese led the Quake bats with three hits and two RBI on four at-bats. The sophomore outfielder hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give EC a 12-9 lead heading into the final frame.
Ethan Khandaker earned the win on the mound after pitching two innings in relief and recording one strikeout. Nick Carrizales earned a save after closing down the ninth inning with one strikeout.
Wilmington walked five straight batters in the bottom of the second inning which resulted in two Earlham runs before any hits. Zach Swearingen put the ball in play to allow Easton Embry to score a third run in the inning before Christian Lancianese knocked two runs in with a double to center field.
Wilmington posted three runs after a bases-loaded walk brough one run home, and a single to the outfield from the following batter brought in two scores.
The home squad responded in the bottom of the inning with a run off of a single from Robby Shondel through the right side.
A two-RBI single from Wilmington in the top of the fourth brought the score to 6-5 with Earlham still leading. The visitors then hit a one-run home run to begin the fifth inning and tie the game at six.
After a double from Christian Lancianese to begin the bottom of the fifth, Embry hit a single to right field and got caught looking for the extra base at second. The throw to second allowed Christian to reach home on the throw and put Earlham back on top.
With two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, Wilmington brought in a new pitcher to face Cameron McCabe at the plate. McCabe made contact for a single into right field and brought Devin Basley home for another EC score. The next batter popped out to the pitcher, stranding runners at first and third base.
The visitors scored off of a steal at home after Embry made the throw to catch the stealing runner at second base.
A triple from Reece Zonts in the bottom of the seventh inning brought in a run for Earlham, and a single from Swearingen on the following play brought Zonts home for the score to give the Quake a 10-7 lead.
Wilmington scored off of an RBI walk and a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to trail by one in the eighth frame before the Lancianese homer made the score 12-9 heading into the ninth.
Carrizales came into the game with runners on first and second base and no outs in the top of the ninth inning. His first batter hit an RBI single up the middle to bring the score to 12-10 in favor of Earlham. After a single to center field loaded the bases, Carrizales induced an infield pop-out on the next batter. Wilmington put the ball in play to right field to bring one run home. Shondel stopped the tying run from reaching home by making the throw from right field to home plate in time to stop the runner. Carrizales struck out a pinch hitter to end the inning and give Earlham the series win in the Quaker Bowl.
Earlham will be back in action on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Principia in Sadler Stadium starting at 4 pm.
Sectional Semifinal Rounds of NCAA Tournament to be Played at Transylvania University Next Week
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has announced that by virtue of winning their First and Second Round games of the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Trine University women’s basketball team will be traveling to Transylvania University for the Sectional Rounds on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12. Game times are still to be determined.
The Thunder ousted Immaculata University 62-37 in the First Round on Friday and defeated John Carroll University 63-42 on their home floor Saturday night to move on in the NCAA Tournament.
Trine will take on Springfield College in the Sectional Semifinals. The Pride are 24-4 and received an at-large bid after coming up short versus Babson College in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship game. In the first two rounds, Springfield took down Messiah College 73-68 in the First Round and knocked off host Ithaca College in the Second Round via a last second shot in overtime, 73-71.
In the other Sectional Semifinal matchup, Transylvania will do battle with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Cru. The undefeated Pioneers at 26-0 won their fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) title and beat Washington & Jefferson College (69-52) and Southern Virginia University (77-55) in the NCAA Tournament. The Cru were champions of the American Southwest Conference (ASC) to clinch a spot in the dance and defeated Webster University (79-76) and East Texas Baptist University (75-57) to move to 24-4 overall.
More details will come in the following days as details about the Sectional Rounds are released.
Baseball: Anderson Completes Three-Game Sweep against St. Norbert
The Anderson University Ravens (4-4) completed the three-game sweep on Sunday against St. Norbert College (0-3) by a score of 6-2 while playing at Champions Field in Kokomo.
Anderson swept the Green Knights in a doubleheader on Saturday by scores of 11-4 and 20-11.
Anderson 6, St. Norbert 2
St. Norbert was able to get one run on the board in the top of the first inning but the Ravens quickly answered back scoring two in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Smitherman drove in Charlie Jones on an error by the Green Knights’ shortstop. Grahm Reedy drove in Justin Reed on a fielder’s choice just one batter later.
In the top of the fourth, St. Norbert added another run but the Ravens answered with their biggest inning of the game. A leadoff single by Reedy was followed by a Brady Reed double that drove him in. After a Jed Downham walk and steal in the inning, Jake Stank’s single through the left side scored two more in the inning.
Both teams went the next two-and-a-half innings scoreless. The Ravens tacked on their last run of the game by way of a Justin Reed RBI single, scoring Jones.
Logan Nickel (1-1) earned his first win of the season on the mound on Sunday, pitching six complete innings, giving up seven hits and only two earned runs with five strikeouts.
Zach Wagner pitched two innings giving up no hits and no runs and Benny Thompson pitched the final inning of the game allowing no hits and no runs.
Head Coach Matt Bair’s Comments
“It was nice to bounce back offensively and execute on the things we worked on at practice throughout the week. I was proud of the guys for that. We also had several great pitching performances throughout the series, most notably two freshmen who picked up their first collegiate wins; that was exciting. It feels good to have some positive momentum heading into a tough stretch of games in Florida beginning next week.”
Up Next for the Ravens
The Ravens will travel down to Florida for their annual spring break trip. Their first game of the trip is on Friday, March 11, a doubleheader against Westfield State University (2-0) in Davenport, Fla. at Northeast Regional Park (Field 1) starting at 2:30 p.m.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 The Tigers trade second baseman Kid Gleason to the Giants for Heinie Smith, the team’s part-time manager. New York immediately sends its newest infielder to the Phillies.
1914 In the last inning of an intrasquad exhibition game of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, the recently-signed George Herman Ruth Jr. hits his first professional home run, a 400-foot shot at the Cape Fear Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. A state marker claims the moniker ‘Babe’ was given to the 19-year-old in this North Carolina city when his teammates teased him about being adopted by manager Jack Dunn, who became his parent to keep the St. Mary student on the club.
1923 Kenesaw Mountain Landis turns down the American Legion’s request to discontinue major league morning games on Memorial Day. Although disappointed by the decision, the organization will award the baseball commissioner its Distinguished Service Medal in 1929.
1924 In Orlando (FL), Reds’ coach Jack Hendricks immediately replaces manager Pat Moran, who dies of Bright’s disease during spring training. The late 48-year-old Cincinnati skipper, who also piloted the Phillies, compiled a 748-586 (.561) record, capturing two pennants and a world championship during his nine-year tenure in the dugout.
1941 Pee Wee Reese and Ducky Medwick become the first players to don protective headgear when wearing plastic inserts inside their caps during a spring exhibition game. The Dodger teammates missed weeks of playing time after being beaned by a pitch during the 1940 season.
1955 Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter, claiming it is “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.” The commissioner believes there is nothing dangerous about the banned pitch, and making it legal again would slow down baseball’s increasing offensive statistics.
1956 The major league player representatives accept the owners’ position on the expiring World Series and All-Star game television deal and the proposed minimum salary structure, which remains at $6,000. The players are still seeking workman’s compensation coverage by all the clubs.
1979 The Hall of Fame’s Special Veterans Committee selects former center fielder Hack Wilson, who compiled a .307 batting average playing mostly for the Giants and the Cubs during his 12-year major league career. The committee also chooses former National League president Warren Giles, who spent 18 years in the post, for induction in Cooperstown this summer.
1995 The Veterans Committee selects former players Richie Ashburn, Vic Willis, Leon Day, and past president of the National League, William Hulbert, for induction into the Hall of Fame. Day, a Negro League right-hander, who played in Baltimore with the Black Sox and the Elite Giants and the Brooklyn and Newark Eagles, will be dead of a heart attack in less than a week after hearing the good news.
2001 Bud Selig upholds the January 14th Blue Jay and White Sox trade, which sent Toronto pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne, and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons. Although further medical examinations will determine Mike Sirotka to be ‘damaged goods’ before the deal, the commissioner used a ‘buyers beware’ policy, stating the individual club must take responsibility for the info initially used in making the transaction.
2006 In their World Baseball Classic debut, Team USA blanks Mexico, 2-0. Home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones, along with Jake Peavy and a bevy of relievers combining to throw a four-hitter, prove to be the difference as the United States defeats their neighbors from south of the border.
2008 Danny Sandoval, with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean, spoils the Braves’ bid for a spring training combined no-hitter. Atlanta uses seven hurlers, beating the Indians at Winter Haven 4-1.
2008 The Cape Cod Times reports MLB has threatened to withhold their annual grant from the Cape Cod League if six teams in the ten-team circuit continue to use nicknames of big-league without purchasing uniforms and souvenir merchandise from licensed vendors. The deadline has been extended until March 21 to give league officials more time to resolve the more expensive edict.
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN||TIME ET||TV|
|SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|HORIZON LEAGUE SEMIFINAL||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|SUMMIT LEAGUE SEMIFINAL||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|HORIZON LEAGUE SEMIFINAL||9:30PM||ESPN2|
|SUMMIT LEAGUE SEMIFINAL||9:30PM||ESPN+|
|ATLANTA AT DETROIT||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHICAGO AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||NBCS-CHI|
|HOUSTON AT MIAMI||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PORTLAND AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|UTAH AT DALLAS||8:30PM||ATTSN-RM|
|LA LAKERS AT SAN ANTONIO||8:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|GOLDEN STATE AT DENVER||9:00PM||NBATV|
|NEW YORK AT SACRAMENTO||10:30PM||MSG|
|TORONTO AT COLUMBUS||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|LOS ANGELES AT BOSTON||7:00PM||NESN|
|FLORIDA AT BUFFALO||7:00PM||MSG-BUF|
|COLORADO AT NY ISLANDERS||7:30PM||MSG+|
|EDMONTON AT CALGARY||9:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 MIAMI||43||22||.662||—||22-7||21-15||11-2||28-13||8-2||2 W|
|2 PHILADELPHIA||39||24||.619||3.0||18-13||21-11||6-7||23-15||7-3||1 L|
|3 MILWAUKEE||40||25||.615||3.0||23-12||17-13||9-3||25-18||6-4||4 W|
|4 CHICAGO||39||25||.609||3.5||24-10||15-15||7-4||24-16||6-4||4 L|
|5 BOSTON||39||27||.591||4.5||23-11||16-16||9-6||28-16||8-2||3 W|
|6 CLEVELAND||37||27||.578||5.5||20-11||17-16||7-4||22-16||4-6||1 W|
|7 TORONTO||34||30||.531||8.5||17-15||17-15||7-5||23-19||3-7||3 L|
|8 CHARLOTTE||32||33||.492||11.0||16-15||16-18||5-7||21-20||4-6||2 W|
|9 BROOKLYN||32||33||.492||11.0||13-18||19-15||7-6||22-18||3-7||4 L|
|10 ATLANTA||31||32||.492||11.0||19-13||12-19||8-5||20-20||6-4||2 W|
|11 WASHINGTON||29||34||.460||13.0||17-17||12-17||6-7||22-21||5-5||1 W|
|12 NEW YORK||26||38||.406||16.5||13-19||13-19||4-9||14-25||2-8||1 W|
|13 INDIANA||22||44||.333||21.5||15-18||7-26||2-12||11-32||3-7||2 L|
|14 DETROIT||17||47||.266||25.5||10-21||7-26||5-7||13-25||5-5||2 W|
|15 ORLANDO||16||49||.246||27.0||7-22||9-27||2-11||10-32||4-6||1 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 PHOENIX||51||13||.797||—||28-7||23-6||6-4||30-9||7-3||1 L|
|2 GOLDEN STATE||43||21||.672||8.0||26-7||17-14||9-3||26-15||2-8||4 L|
|3 MEMPHIS||44||22||.667||8.0||22-10||22-12||7-5||29-14||6-4||1 L|
|4 UTAH||40||23||.635||10.5||22-10||18-13||12-1||26-13||8-2||1 W|
|5 DALLAS||39||25||.609||12.0||22-11||17-14||11-2||28-15||8-2||4 W|
|6 DENVER||38||26||.594||13.0||19-11||19-15||5-9||23-18||8-2||2 W|
|7 MINNESOTA||36||29||.554||15.5||20-12||16-17||9-4||24-18||7-3||4 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||34||32||.515||18.0||19-14||15-18||7-6||21-23||7-3||1 L|
|9 LA LAKERS||28||35||.444||22.5||19-16||9-19||3-10||16-23||3-7||1 W|
|10 NEW ORLEANS||27||37||.422||24.0||15-17||12-20||4-7||18-21||5-5||1 L|
|11 PORTLAND||25||38||.397||25.5||16-18||9-20||1-10||11-28||4-6||4 L|
|12 SAN ANTONIO||24||40||.375||27.0||11-19||13-21||4-7||14-22||4-6||4 L|
|13 SACRAMENTO||24||42||.364||28.0||15-18||9-24||5-7||17-26||4-6||1 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||20||44||.313||31.0||9-23||11-21||4-7||14-28||3-7||2 L|
|15 HOUSTON||16||48||.250||35.0||9-21||7-27||3-8||8-32||1-9||1 W|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 CAROLINA HURRICANES||56||39||12||5||83||38||191||134||21-4-2||18-8-3||7-1-2|
|2 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||55||37||12||6||80||35||192||155||19-5-4||18-7-2||8-2-0|
|3 FLORIDA PANTHERS||55||37||13||5||79||35||227||163||25-6-0||12-7-5||6-4-0|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||56||36||15||5||77||32||169||139||19-5-3||17-10-2||7-2-1|
|5 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||57||34||14||9||77||32||185||152||15-8-5||19-6-4||6-3-1|
|6 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||55||35||16||4||74||33||202||163||19-7-1||16-9-3||5-4-1|
|7 BOSTON BRUINS||56||34||18||4||72||32||171||152||16-10-1||18-8-3||7-2-1|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||57||30||18||9||69||28||185||158||14-11-5||16-7-4||5-5-0|
|9 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||56||28||25||3||59||25||186||205||15-11-3||13-14-0||5-3-2|
|10 DETROIT RED WINGS||56||24||26||6||54||21||163||203||16-11-3||8-15-3||4-6-0|
|11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||52||21||23||8||50||20||133||147||11-11-4||10-12-4||4-4-2|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||56||20||31||5||45||19||171||202||12-13-3||8-18-2||5-5-0|
|13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||55||17||28||10||44||17||139||192||10-15-5||7-13-5||2-6-2|
|14 BUFFALO SABRES||57||18||31||8||44||16||153||203||9-15-4||9-16-4||3-7-0|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||55||19||31||5||43||18||143||179||10-16-2||9-15-3||2-7-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||56||15||34||7||37||13||137||212||8-17-1||7-17-6||7-3-0|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||56||40||11||5||85||37||222||159||23-3-3||17-8-2||6-3-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||54||33||14||7||73||31||190||133||15-4-5||18-10-2||8-1-1|
|3 ST. LOUIS BLUES||55||32||16||7||71||30||194||151||19-6-2||13-10-5||6-2-2|
|4 LOS ANGELES KINGS||57||31||19||7||69||29||169||160||14-12-2||17-7-5||7-3-0|
|5 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||57||32||21||4||68||28||184||167||16-13-3||16-8-1||4-5-1|
|6 MINNESOTA WILD||54||32||19||3||67||28||203||177||16-6-1||16-13-2||2-8-0|
|7 DALLAS STARS||55||32||20||3||67||29||165||160||20-7-1||12-13-2||7-2-1|
|8 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||55||31||20||4||66||29||174||155||15-10-0||16-10-4||4-6-0|
|9 EDMONTON OILERS||56||30||22||4||64||27||184||180||14-12-0||16-10-4||5-4-1|
|10 ANAHEIM DUCKS||58||27||22||9||63||23||172||179||16-11-4||11-11-5||4-6-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||57||28||23||6||62||25||164||165||12-10-3||16-13-3||7-3-0|
|12 WINNIPEG JETS||56||24||22||10||58||23||167||174||14-11-2||10-11-8||4-4-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||56||24||25||7||55||22||145||179||13-13-3||11-12-4||2-5-3|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||57||20||29||8||48||17||144||198||10-15-4||10-14-4||3-6-1|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||58||17||36||5||39||16||148||207||10-17-3||7-19-2||1-8-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||55||16||35||4||36||15||132||201||9-20-1||7-15-3||5-5-0|
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