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BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (11-1) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (10-2)
NORTHWOOD (11-2) AT LEO (11-2)
NEW PALESTINE (11-2) AT EAST CENTRAL (13-0)
KNOX (13-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (13-0)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-2) AT HERITAGE HILLS (12-1)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (10-3) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (10-3)
NORTH JUDSON (9-4) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (13-0)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (11-0) AT SHERIDAN (10-3)
SOUTHMONT (8-5) AT NORTH POSEY (12-1) (SATURDAY)
NFL WEEK 10
INDIANAPOLIS 10 NEW ENGLAND 6
CLEVELAND 33 BALTIMORE 31
HOUSTON 30 CINCINNATI 27
SAN FRANCISCO 34 JACKSONVILLE 3
MINNESOTA 27 NEW ORLEANS 19
PITTSBURGH 23 GREEN BAY 19
TAMPA BAY 20 TENNESSEE 6
ARIZONA 25 ATLANTA 23
DETROIT 41 LA CHARGERS 3
DALLAS 49 NY GIANTS 17
SEATTLE 29 WASHINGTON 26
LAS VEGAS 16 NY JETS 12
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#19 NORTH CAROLINA 90 LEHIGH 68
#20 BAYLOR 77 GARDNER WEBB 62
WEBER STATE 61 #23 ST. MARY’S 57
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#1 LSU 109 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 47
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 92 #2 UCONN 81
#3 IOWA 94 NORTHERN IOWA 53
#4 UCLA 113 BELLARMINE 64
#6 SOUTH CAROLINA 114 #14 MARYLAND 76
#7 OHIO STATE 108 IUPUI 58
#15 STANFORD 96 #9 INDIANA 64
#10 NOTRE DAME 104 NEW JERSEY TECH 57
#13 TEXAS 75 LIBERTY 57
#16 NORTH CAROLINA 74 DAVIDSON 70
#17 LOUISVILLE 81 DEPAUL 74
#20 COLORADO 86 OKLAHOMA STATE 75
#24 WASHINGTON STATE 64 IDAHO STATE 47
#25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 84 JACKSON STATE 45
NEW YORK 129 CHARLOTTE 107
BROOKLYN 102 WASHINGTON 94
MEMPHIS 105 LA CLIPPERS 101
PHILADELPHIA 137 INDIANA 126
DALLAS 136 NEW ORLEANS 124
CHICAGO 119 DETROIT 108
HOUSTON 107 DENVER 104
MIAMI 118 SAN ANTONIO 113
OKLAHOMA CITY 111 PHOENIX 99
MINNESOTA 116 GOLDEN STATE 110
LA LAKERS 116 PORTLAND 110
FLORIDA 4 CHICAGO 3
DALLAS 8 MINNESOTA 3
VANCOUVER 5 MONTRÉAL 2
NY RANGERS 4 COLUMBUS 3
ANAHEIM 4 SAN JOSE 1
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COLUMBUS 4 ATLANTA 2
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NFL ROUNDUP: BROWNS STUN RAVENS WITH 4TH-QUARTER RALLY
Dustin Hopkins drilled a game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired and the Cleveland Browns completed a stunning comeback for a 33-31 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
Hopkins redeemed himself after missing the point-after following Greg Newsome II’s 34-yard pick-6 with 8:16 remaining that pulled Cleveland (6-3) within 31-30. Gus Edwards had provided Baltimore (7-3) with a 31-17 advantage with 11:34 to play when he scored on the ground from 1 yard out, but the Browns responded emphatically.
Deshaun Watson directed a six-play, 75-yard drive that took just 2:37, capping it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore. Just 41 seconds after Moore’s scoring catch, Newsome came down with the pick, and Cleveland rode that momentum to the surprising victory.
Watson completed 20 of 34 passes for 213 yards with the TD and one interception for the Browns, who got 107 yards on 17 carries from Jerome Ford. Amari Cooper had six receptions for 98 yards. Lamar Jackson finished with 223 yards, a touchdown and two picks on 13-for-23 passing as the Ravens saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.
Lions 41, Chargers 38
Jared Goff passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns and Riley Patterson made a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Detroit a wild win over Los Angeles in Inglewood, Calif.
David Montgomery rushed for 116 yards for the Lions (7-2), including a 75-yard touchdown. Jahmyr Gibbs added 77 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Justin Herbert passed for 323 yards and four touchdowns for the Chargers (4-5) in the back-and-forth affair. Keenan Allen caught 11 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Ekeler added 115 scrimmage yards (67 rushing, 48 receiving) along with a rushing score.
Seahawks 29, Commanders 26
Jason Myers kicked five field goals, the last a 43-yarder as time expired, as Seattle outlasted visiting Washington.
Geno Smith completed 31 of 47 passes for 369 yards and two TDs as the Seahawks (6-3) remained in a tie with San Francisco atop the NFC West. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 63 yards and scored on a 64-yard reception.
Sam Howell was 29-of-44 passing for 312 yards and three scores for the Commanders (4-6). Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 38 yards and caught six passes for 119 yards and a TD.
Texans 30, Bengals 27
Matt Ammendola hit a 38-yard field goal as time expired to lead visiting Houston past Cincinnati. CJ Stroud followed up his record-setting rookie performance by throwing for 356 yards on 23-of-39 passing for Houston (5-4). He added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Devin Singletary ran for 150 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to lead the Texans, who blew a 10-point lead with three-plus minutes remaining, only to rescue the game at the end.
Joe Burrow completed 27 of 40 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns. But he threw fourth-quarter interceptions on back-to-back drives before engineering a late rally. The Bengals (5-4) saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
Cardinals 25, Falcons 23
Matt Prater kicked four field goals, including the 23-yard game-winner, and Kyler Murray passed for 249 yards and ran for a score to spark Arizona to a home win over Atlanta in Glendale, Ariz.
A 9-yard touchdown run by Desmond Ridder with 2:33 remaining in the game put Atlanta up 23-22, but Murray, in his first game back since tearing his ACL, led the Cardinals (2-8) on an 11-play, 70-yard drive to set up Prater for the game-winning kick. James Conner had 16 carries for 73 yards after spending four games on injured reserve.
Ridder replaced Taylor Heinicke in the second half after he left with a hamstring injury and passed for 39 yards. He led the Falcons down the field midway through the fourth quarter but was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run at the Arizona 21-yard line with 8:01 to go. Heinicke passed for 55 yards and a score for the Falcons (4-6). Bijan Robinson added 22 carries for 95 yards and a score and Scotty Miller had a scoring reception.
Vikings 27, Saints 19
Joshua Dobbs passed for one touchdown and rushed for another in his first start with Minnesota, leading to a victory over New Orleans in Minneapolis.
Dobbs had another strong game after his performance off the bench in last week’s come-from-behind victory over Atlanta in his Vikings debut. On Sunday, he passed for 268 yards and rushed for 44 as Minnesota (6-4) won its fifth consecutive game. T.J. Hockenson had 11 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Saints quarterback Derek Carr left the game due to a third-quarter injury. Jameis Winston replaced him and threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions for the Saints (5-5).
Steelers 23, Packers 19
Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren rushed for one touchdown apiece as Pittsburgh held on for a win over visiting Green Bay.
Kenny Pickett completed 14 of 23 passes for 126 yards for the Steelers (6-3), who won for the fourth time in their past five games. Warren finished with 110 yards from scrimmage (101 rushing, nine receiving), and Harris had 96 yards (82 rushing, 14 receiving). Pittsburgh won despite being outgained 399-324 by Green Bay.
Jordan Love completed 21 of 40 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Packers (3-6), who have lost five of their past six. Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed had one touchdown catch apiece. Damontae Kazee intercepted Love near the goal line on the final play of the game.
Cowboys 49, Giants 17
Dak Prescott threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another as Dallas steamrolled New York in Arlington, Texas.
Prescott completed 26 of 35 passes for 404 yards and was picked off once. He has thrown for at least 400 yards and four scores three times in his career, marking a franchise record for Dallas (6-3).
Brandin Cooks and CeeDee Lamb carved up the secondary, of the Giants (2-8), with Cooks grabbing nine catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Lamb finished with 11 receptions for 151 yards and a TD. In his first career NFL start, New York quarterback Tommy DeVito threw for 86 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 14-for-27 passing.
Buccaneers 20, Titans 6
Baker Mayfield threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns as Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over visiting Tennessee.
Mayfield completed 18 of 29 passes with an interception and Mike Evans caught six passes for 143 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers (4-5).
Will Levis connected on 19 of 39 passes for 199 yards with an interception in his third NFL start for the Titans (3-6). Derrick Henry managed only 24 yards on 11 rushes.
Colts 10, Patriots 6
Gardner Minshew passed for 194 yards, Jonathan Taylor scored the game’s only touchdown, and Indianapolis defeated sinking New England in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Colts (5-5) won their second straight game and enter their bye week at .500, while ensuring the Patriots (2-8) remained with the AFC’s worst record.
Minshew completed 18 of 28 passes and threw one interception. Taylor rushed 23 times for 69 yards, and Michael Pittman had a game-high eight catches for 84 yards for Indianapolis. The Colts intercepted Patriots quarterbacks Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe on consecutive possessions late in the fourth quarter.
49ers 34, Jaguars 3
Brock Purdy passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns and Deebo Samuel scored once in his return from injury as San Francisco ended host Jacksonville’s winning streak at five games.
George Kittle caught three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Aiyuk and Kyle Juszczyk also had scoring receptions for the 49ers (6-3), who halted a three-game losing streak. Talanoa Hufanga and Fred Warner had interceptions and Nick Bosa and Ambry Thomas forced fumbles.
Trevor Lawrence passed for 185 yards and two interceptions for Jacksonville (6-3). Christian Kirk had six catches for 104 yards for the Jaguars, who were outgained 437-221.
Raiders 16, Jets 12
Aidan O’Connell tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Michael Mayer early in the fourth quarter to fuel host Las Vegas to a victory over New York.
Las Vegas’ Josh Jacobs rushed for 116 yards, but his costly fumble set up New York’s penultimate drive in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Robert Spillane intercepted Zach Wilson with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
O’Connell completed 16 of 27 passes for 153 yards and Davante Adams had six catches for 86 yards for the Raiders (5-5), who have won four of their past six games. Wilson completed 23 of 39 passes for 263 yards. Garrett Wilson had nine catches for 93 yards and Greg Zuerlein made four field goals for the Jets (4-5).
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TEXAS STAR RB JONATHON BROOKS (KNEE) DONE FOR SEASON
Texas star running back Jonathon Brooks will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s 29-26 victory over TCU at Fort Worth, Texas.
Brooks was injured while being tacked in the fourth quarter of the contest. He will soon undergo surgery.
“We’re heartbroken for Jonathon,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Sunday via statement. “He was having a fantastic season and leaves a void that needs to be filled. But we know he will continue to be an invaluable leader on our team, helping us prepare as we move forward in our mission this season.
“I know he’ll work extremely hard in his recovery, get back to full speed as soon as he can, and we will be there by his side supporting him through all of that.”
Brooks rushed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games this season. His rushing yardage ranks sixth nationally. Brooks also caught 25 passes for 286 yards and one score.
Brooks rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 74 yards against TCU prior to the injury. It was his sixth 100-yard outing of the season.
Brooks played sparingly his first two seasons at Texas. One reason was the presence of Bijan Robinson, who won the Doak Walker Award last season as the nation’s top running back.
Robinson was the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, Brooks was viewed as the top NFL running back prospect for the 2024 NFL Draft.
How the injury impacts his draft status — he could choose to remain at Texas — remains to be seen.
CJ Baxter is the Longhorns’ second-leading rusher with 390 yards.
Texas (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) visits Iowa State on Saturday.
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Dillon Jones scored a career-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and Weber State overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half to post a 61-57 upset of No. 23 Saint Mary’s on Sunday night at Moraga, Calif.
Blaise Threatt had nine points and four steals for the Wildcats (2-0), who outscored the Gaels 30-10 over the final 13:18 to notch the stunning upset. Aidan Mahaney and Harry Wessels scored 11 points apiece and Alex Ducas had 10 for Saint Mary’s (2-1).
A layup by Threatt gave Weber State a 58-53 lead with 2:21 left. Mitchell Saxen hit two free throws for the Gaels with 1:58 left before Weber State’s Alex Tew slammed home a putback dunk with 1:23 remaining. Saxen scored on a putback as Saint Mary’s moved within 60-57 with 1:03 left.
The Wildcats were called for a shot-clock violation with 11 seconds left. But Mahaney missed a 3-pointer with just over three seconds left, and Ducas missed the follow. Threatt split two free throws with 1.5 seconds left as Weber State defeated Saint Mary’s for the first time in five meetings.
No. 19 North Carolina 90, Lehigh 68
Armando Bacot collected 22 points and 20 rebounds and teammate RJ Davis added 22 points as the Tar Heels ripped the Mountain Hawks in Chapel Hill, N.C.
It marked the third career game reaching the 20-20 level for Bacot, a 6-foot-11 forward in his fifth season. It was his seventh game with at least 20 rebounds. He sat out the final four minutes after North Carolina established a comfortable margin. Harrison Ingram gave the Tar Heels (2-0) a boost with 14 points.
Keith Higgins Jr. scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half for Lehigh (0-3). Tyler Whitney-Sidney added 10 points.
No. 20 Baylor 77, Gardner-Webb 62
Ja’Kobe Walter hit for 14 points and Yves Missi added 11 and a career-high five blocks to help the Bears top the Bulldogs in Waco, Texas.
Baylor (3-0) trailed by three points with 15:21 left in the second half before rallying behind its defense and the hot hand of RayJ Dennis. Dennis had five straight points for the Bears in a 12-2 run over the ensuing six minutes. Jayden Nunn added 12 points for Baylor.
Gardner-Webb’s Julien Soumaoro led all scorers with 16 points, while DQ Nicholas added 10 for the Bulldogs (1-2).
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CAITLIN CLARK BECOMES IOWA’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
Iowa star Caitlin Clark scored 24 points on Sunday to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,813 career points.
Clark surpassed Megan Gustafson, who had 2,804 from 2015-19, while leading the No. 3 Hawkeyes to a 94-53 road win over Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Gustafson now is a member of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Clark said she received a text message from Gustafson on Saturday night.
“Megan’s been our biggest fan on this whole journey,” Clark said afterward. “Megan reached out to me last night and said, ‘You’re very, very deserving of this. Go out there and do it.’ It’s not the first time she’s reached out and texted me. She’s always there. And that’s not fake — Megan is one of the best people of all time.”
Clark also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for her 12th career triple-double.
Clark, the reigning national player of the year, is averaging 32 points, nine assists and 8.3 rebounds through three games. Iowa is 3-0.
NBA ROUNDUP: 76ERS GET 50 FROM TYRESE MAXEY, STOMP PACERS
Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 50 points and Joel Embiid collected 37 points and 13 rebounds to fuel the host Philadelphia 76ers to a 137-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.
Maxey made 20 of 32 shots from the floor — including 7 of 11 from 3-point range — to send the 76ers to their eighth straight victory. His point total eclipsed his previous career high of 44, set during Philadelphia’s 112-90 win over Toronto on Oct. 28, 2022.
Maxey capped his scoring onslaught with a step-back 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks on the night. Embiid highlighted his seventh straight double-double by scoring 19 points in the first quarter. The reigning NBA MVP finished 12 of 26 from the floor and 12 of 14 from the foul line.
Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton notched his eighth double-double in nine games by totaling 25 points and 17 assists. Myles Turner had 22 points and Buddy Hield added 16 off the bench for the Pacers, who saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt.
Grizzlies 105, Clippers 101
Desmond Bane poured in 27 points and Memphis held off a feverish rally from host Los Angeles to pick up a victory.
Memphis took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Clippers stormed back, tying things at 84-84 when Paul George canned a 3-pointer with 6:38 left. The teams then traded punches and found themselves deadlocked at 98-all with 1:33 to go after James Harden connected from beyond the arc. But three free throws and a David Roddy layup gave the Grizzlies a five-point edge that they hung on to down the stretch.
Bane made 10 of 24 shots and added six assists for Memphis, which won for just the second time this season. George had a team-high 26 points for Los Angeles, which fell to 0-4 with Harden, who totaled 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Mavericks 136, Pelicans 124
Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and Luka Doncic added 30 as visiting Dallas routed New Orleans.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points, Josh Green had 13 and Dereck Lively II had 10 for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 29 points before the Pelicans reserves trimmed the deficit at the end.
Brandon Ingram scored 20 points, Zion Williamson had 18, Dyson Daniels scored 17 and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth straight game.
Knicks 129, Hornets 107
RJ Barrett scored 24 points for New York, which completed a perfect homestand by routing visiting Charlotte.
Julius Randle had 23 points and Jalen Brunson scored 20 points for the Knicks, who went 3-0 against the Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs while outscoring them by 57 points combined.
Immanuel Quickley (17 points, nine assists) and Mitchell Robinson (10 points, nine rebounds) each flirted with double-doubles for the Knicks. LaMelo Ball scored a game-high 32 points for the Hornets, who have lost three of their past four games, and Nick Richards had 16 points off the bench.
Nets 102, Wizards 94
Mikal Bridges shook off a difficult shooting performance to score six of his 27 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes as Brooklyn made plays down the stretch in a victory over Washington in New York.
Bridges shot 11-for-29 and missed 12 of 14 3-point tries but helped Brooklyn end the game on a 15-2 run over the final 4:08. The Wizards gradually chipped away at a 17-point deficit and took a 92-87 lead on a Kyle Kuzma layup.
Rookie Bilal Coulibaly, a former teammate of Victor Wembanyama in France, led the Wizards with a career-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer that gave Washington its first lead at 85-82 with 6:44 left.
Bulls 119, Pistons 108
DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and host Chicago handed Detroit its eighth consecutive loss.
Nikola Vucevic supplied 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Zach LaVine had 19 points. The Bulls have won 16 of the past 17 meetings between the Central Division clubs.
Kevin Knox II led Detroit with 18 points. Knox was beginning his second stint with the franchise after signing as a free agent Wednesday. Cade Cunningham was held to a season-low 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field. The Pistons haven’t won since they defeated the Bulls on Oct. 28.
Rockets 107, Nuggets 104
Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 26 points, Alperen Sengun added 23 and Houston extended its winning streak to six games by slipping past visiting Denver.
Houston recorded 31 bench points to complement VanVleet and Sengun, who added eight rebounds and five assists to his ledger in a riveting battle with superstar center Nikola Jokic, who posted his fourth triple-double of the season with 36 points, 21 rebounds and 11 assists.
Jokic followed a 3-pointer by Reggie Jackson (14 points) with one of his own with 18.2 seconds left to cut the deficit to 103-102. VanVleet followed with two free throws. Michael Porter Jr. added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Aaron Gordon chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Heat 118, Spurs 113
Duncan Robinson scored a season-high 26 points and Josh Richardson had seven points in a decisive fourth-quarter stretch as visiting Miami defeated San Antonio to win its fifth straight game.
Bam Adebayo added 24 points and 11 rebounds, Butler had 19 points and Richardson, Kevin Love and Dru Smith hit for 12 points apiece for the Heat.
Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Victor Wembanyama and Zach Collins each scored 18 points, Jeremy Sochan added 16, Devin Vassell had 14 and Malaki Branham tallied 13. Wembanyama also grabbed 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which has lost five straight games.
Thunder 111, Suns 99
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points, Jalen Williams scored 31 on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and Oklahoma City handed Phoenix its fourth consecutive home loss.
Oklahoma City shot a blistering 9-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter, while Phoenix sputtered to a 2-of-21 effort in the period. The disparity allowed the Thunder to surge ahead with an 18-4 run, building an 11-point lead with 2:22 remaining.
Kevin Durant scored 28 points and snared a game-high nine rebounds for Phoenix, which was again without Devin Booker. Sunday marked Booker’s fifth consecutive absence due to a calf injury.
Timberwolves 116, Warriors 110
Anthony Edwards scored eight of his team-high 33 points in the final 2:28, and Minnesota turned back Golden State in San Francisco.
Four Timberwolves starters scored in double figures, including Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with 21 points and added 14 rebounds. Rudy Gobert added his own double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Scoring from inside and offensive balance helped Minnesota weather a game-high 38 points from Stephen Curry. Golden State’s second-leading scorer was Klay Thompson with 16 points.
Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 110
Anthony Davis scored 30 points with 13 rebounds, Rui Hachimura added 19 points and Los Angeles, playing without LeBron James, defeated visiting Portland.
Cam Reddish and Austin Reaves each added 18 points for Los Angeles in the second game with Reddish in Reaves’ former starting spot. James sat out for the first time this season with a left calf contusion. D’Angelo Russell had 11 points with 11 assists for the Lakers.
Jerami Grant scored 23 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and Shaedon Sharp added 19 for the short-handed Trail Blazers.
NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS RALLY LATE, DOWN JACKETS IN SHOOTOUT
Alexis Lafreniere scored two goals in regulation, including the tying marker late in the third period, and then got the only goal in the shootout as the host New York Rangers edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Sunday night.
Lafreniere tied the score with 11 seconds left in regulation from the right doorstep off a wild sequence with the extra attacker by tapping in a cross-ice feed from Chris Kreider after Merzlikins could not control the rebound of Artemi Panarin’s shot.
Kreider earlier scored his 10th goal of the season and Panarin collected two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high 14 games. Panarin also matched Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert’s 1972-73 mark for the longest streak to start a season in team history.
Justin Danforth scored in the first period before rookie Adam Fantilli and Sean Kuraly tallied 19 seconds apart in the second for the Blue Jackets. Columbus’ Elvis Merzlikins made 16 of his season-high 37 saves in the third, when the Rangers outshot Columbus 17-3.
Panthers 4, Blackhawks 3
Carter Verhaeghe scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Sam Reinhart had four points to lead Florida past Chicago in Sunrise, Fla.
Reinhart had two goals and two assists as Florida won its fourth straight game and improved to 6-1-0 at home. Reinhart leads the Panthers in goals (11) and points (21). Florida received 23 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky. Also for the Panthers, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had one goal and an assist, and Matthew Tkachuk and Evan Rodrigues added two assists apiece.
Blackhawks star rookie Connor Bedard scored twice, one unassisted. Bedard, an 18-year-old phenom and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, has nine goals this season. Chicago, which tied the score three times but never led, also got a goal from Jason Dickinson and 28 saves from Arvid Soderblom.
Stars 8, Wild 3
Jason Robertson and Wyatt Johnston each had two goals and an assist, and Dallas cruised past Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.
Matt Duchene finished with a goal and an assist for Dallas, which won its third consecutive game. Joe Pavelski, Radek Faksa and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 23 of 26 shots to earn the victory.
Minnesota dropped its third game in a row. Brandon Duhaime, Vinni Lettieri and Mats Zuccarello scored one goal apiece for the Wild. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed all eight goals on 37 shots.
Canucks 5, Canadiens 2
Casey DeSmith made 30 saves to help visiting Vancouver defeat Montreal.
Conor Garland, Dakota Joshua and Brock Boeser each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who won after having their five-game win streak snapped Saturday in Toronto. Filip Hronek earned an assist in his 10th straight game, becoming just the seventh defenseman in the past 30 years with an assist streak of 10-plus games, according to NHL.com.
Mike Matheson and Arber Xhekaj scored for the Canadiens, who had opened a four-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Jake Allen made 32 saves.
Ducks 4, Sharks 1
Frank Vatrano scored a pair of first-period goals in a three-point outing to lead host Anaheim to a victory over San Jose.
Mason McTavish and Radko Gudas also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game home losing streak. Goaltender John Gibson made 25 saves and Ryan Strome collected two assists.
Luke Kunin replied for the Sharks, who have lost two straight games and have only two victories in 15 games this season. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots.
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COLTS FINDING NEW WAYS TO WIN AS PLAYOFF PUSH COMES INTO FOCUS
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jonathan Taylor ran for a first-quarter touchdown and Mac Jones threw a crucial interception in the fourth quarter and the Indianapolis Colts held on for a 10-6 win over New England Patriots in Germany on Sunday.
Indianapolis had not scored fewer than 20 points in any of its first nine games this season. Half of that total was still enough to beat the Patriots’ misfiring offense.
The NFL’s 50th regular-season game outside the United States, and last of this season, was dominated by defense and Taylor’s first-quarter touchdown was the only one of the game. It was the lowest-scoring game in the league this season.
Colts coach Shane Steichen praised his team’s “phenomenal” defense to limit the Patriots to two field goals.
“Our defense stepped up. We moved the ball offensively, but we didn’t finish our drives like we normally do, but it was good to get the win,” he said.
Jones was sacked five times in the first half and was replaced with backup Bailey Zappe late in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 10-6 late in the fourth quarter, Jones drove the Patriots inside the red zone but was intercepted by Julian Blackmon on a pass intended for tight end Mike Gesicki at the 1-yard line.
Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew threw a 28-yard pass to Josh Downs for a first down that forced the Patriots to start using their timeouts. Minshew was 18 for 28 for 194 yards and Taylor had 69 yards on 23 carries. Michael Pittman had eight receptions for 84 yards. Dayo Odeyingbo had three of the sacks for the Colts.
After eventually forcing the Colts to punt, Zappe replaced Jones with 1:52 remaining in the game. After converting on a fourth down, Zappe attempted a fake spike, but threw into triple coverage and was picked off by Rodney Thomas to seal the game.
Jones was 15 for 20 for 170 yards and his league-leading 10th interception. Zappe, who replaced Jones for the third time this season, was 3 for 7 for 25 yards on the final drive. Rhamondre Stevenson had 20 carries for 88 yards and Ezekiel Elliott added 13 carries for 54 yards.
The Patriots dropped to 2-8 on the season, matching the worst since Bill Belichick’s first year as coach in 2000 and the Colts improved to 5-5. The Patriots have not won a game outside of the AFC East this season.
The Patriots have failed to score a touchdown in at least three games in their first 10 games of a season for the first time since 1995.
“Obviously it was a disappointing game. Similar theme that we’ve had to other games this year,” Belichick said.
“Just too many missed opportunities in all three phases of the game. Just got to play better situational football and do a better job taking advantage of the opportunities that we have. We just didn’t do a good enough job today.”
Chad Ryland’s 37-yard field goal gave the Patriots an early lead, Taylor rushed for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down after twice gaining first downs on third-and-1 earlier in the drive.
Matt Gay missed a 57-yard field-goal attempt for the Colts at the end of the second quarter to leave the score 7-3 at the half.
Ryland, who missed a 35-yard attempt early in the third quarter, had a 24-yarder early in the fourth quarter to reduce the Colts’ lead to 7-6.
Gay then added 51-yard field goal restored the Colts’ four-point lead on a drive that was aided by Isaiah McKenzie’s 42-yard kickoff return.
The Patriots are rivaling Kansas City for the title of the most popular team in Germany, which is widely viewed as the NFL’s most promising international market.
Patriots support in Germany grew in the 2010s during the team’s Super Bowl titles and the appeal of German offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer, but the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs have caught up fast.
The Colts won an international game for the first time, moving to 1-1, and the Patriots lost a regular-season game outside the U.S. for the first time after winning their previous three.
It was the second regular-season NFL game at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt after the Chiefs beat the Dolphins 21-14 last week.
Colts defensive end Kwity Paye was evaluated for a hamstring injury in the first quarter but returned. … Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis was evaluated with a calf injury in the first quarter but returned. … Indianapolis center Ryan Kelly left the game with a concussion, his second of the season. … New England running back Rhamondre Stevenson had treatment for a back injury in the fourth quarter but returned. … Patriots defensive tackle Christian Barmore left the field for treatment in the fourth quarter … Patriots offensive tackle Conor McDermott, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, left the field for treatment in the fourth quarter.
Colts: Bye week and then host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 26.
Patriots: Bye week and then play at the New York Giants on Nov. 26.
TYRESE MAXEY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 50 POINTS, LEADS 76ERS TO 8TH STRAIGHT WIN
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 50 points, Joel Embiid had 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers improved to 8-1 with their eighth straight victory, beating the Indiana Pacers 137-126 on Sunday night.
Maxey was 20 for 32 from the field and had seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the first of two straight games in Philadelphia between the teams. His previous high was 44 against Toronto on Oct. 28, 2022.
Maxey’s final basket came on a 32-foot step-back 3-pointer with 1:05 to play after Embiid – who has tagged Maxey with the nickname “The Franchise” in past interviews – passed him the ball and set a screen to free him.
“Joel wanted me to get 50 more than even I did,” Maxey said. “When he gave me the ball, he said, ‘You are going to shoot this basketball.’ And that’s why I appreciate my teammates, my coaches and the fans. It was a great night and we got the win, which is what matters most.”
Embiid had 13 rebounds in 33 minutes. The 76ers are off to their best nine-game start since opening 10-0 in 2000-01 en route to the NBA Finals.
“We are playing together and trusting each other,” Embiid said. “It may not look like we didn’t play defense tonight, but (Indiana) plays so fast its incredible with the pace. So they are going to score a lot, but we just competed. We lowered our guard for a bit, but we had Tyrese to help close it out.”
Philadelphia played without Kelly Oubre Jr. after he broke a rib when hit by a car in a hit-and-run incident on a Center City Philadelphia street Saturday night, After the game, Oubre’s teammates sent him a video of the post-game locker room celebration after being unable to get him on FaceTime. “
“The game today, I’m sure Tyrese was thinking about it and we were all thinking about it,” Embiid said. ”We just want him to take his time, recover and know that we have his back. He’s needed because he’s a big part of us. We missed him tonight, but he should take his time.
Tyrese Haliburton led Indiana with 25 points and Myles Turner had 22. The Pacers had won three a row.
“This is one of the top two or three teams in the entire league and we know that,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “There are certain things that we can and will do better on Tuesday. We have to look at it, be honest about what they are and make those adjustments.”
After trailing by 19 in the first half, Indiana took its first lead at 105-104 early in the fourth quarter on Aaron Nesmith’s jumper in the paint. The 76ers pulled away with an 18-6 run, capped by Maxey’ putback of a Patrick Beverley’s errant shot.
“There were stretches where they really got going and we couldn’t shut off the water there,” 76ers coach Nick Nurse said. “But we really got it going in the fourth.”
Maxey raised to average to 28.6 points in his new role as the floor leader in the wake of the trade of James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I had been missing the open threes and I kept telling my uncle that I can’t keep missing them,” Maxey said. “Tonight, they fell.”
The teams will meet again Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center in the NBA In-Season Tournament. They each won their tournament openers.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
LATE PUSH LIFTS INDIANA OVER ARMY, 72-64
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sometimes, if you’re Indiana and struggling against a smaller opponent (can you say Army on Sunday night?), you keep it simple.
You get the ball to 7-foot Kel’el Ware and 6-9 Malik Reneau.
Repeat as necessary.
They combined to score the Hoosiers’ first 17 points of the second half, turning a three-point deficit into a five-point advantage that became a 72-64 victory at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Coach Mike Woodson wanted more.
Ware finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Reneau had 14 and seven, plus five assists. They were a combined 13-for-19 from the field.
Point guard Xavier Johnson totaled 19 points, was 9-for-9 on free throws, and had five assists and three rebounds.
It was enough for a 2-0 start to the season, but Woodson wanted more. With challenging games looming in the next few weeks, the Hoosiers need more.
“We’re not going as hard in practice,” Johnson said. “Our preparation led to that.”
For the second straight game, Indiana started slowly. Despite a substantial size disadvantage, Army led for more than 14 minutes of the first half and had an 18-16 rebound advantage.
“The whole first unit stunk in the first half,” Woodson said. “You put out a starting five, you expect them to get you off to a great start. We haven’t done that. I have to figure that out.”
For the second straight game, Woodson utilized a small lineup down the stretch with Johnson, Reneau, Ware, Trey Galloway, and Gabe Cupps.
“I will play guys who want to play and play the right way,” Woodson said. “The last two games down the stretch, the small lineup was pretty good for us. It they keep making plays down the stretch, it will be okay.”
Woodson said he wants more from freshman Mackenzie Mgbako and sophomores CJ Gunn and Kaleb Banks.
“If I don’t feel you’re giving it to me, I have to go somewhere else to get it,” Woodson said.
“Mgbako has to play harder and do the things we want on both ends of the floor. That might keep him on the floor.”
Added Johnson: “I try to tell them to do the right things. Do that, play hard and Coach will reward you. You’ve got to play hard to play for Coach Woodson.”
Army (0-3) kept it close with 13 three-pointers. Seven Black Knights made at least one.
“They were shooting threes right in our face and making them,” Woodson said, “but for the most part, we played pretty well defensively. We’ve got to get better.”
Although IU shot 58 percent from the field, it only took 43 shots compared to Army’s 61. Add 18 turnovers and the lack of offensive efficiency was a problem.
“You’ve got to move the ball,” Woodson said. “Trust each other. We catch the ball, put it on the floor and think about making a play for ourselves. They have to trust each other. My job is to get them to trust.”
Added Johnson: “We stand and watch and wait until someone makes a play. We have to get away from that.”
Woodson wants less half-court offense and more fast-break transition, but that requires defensive stops, rebounding and a full-throttle approach. The Hoosiers did that in exhibition wins over the University of Indianapolis and Marian University, but not so much against Florida Gulf Coast and Army.
“If you get stops and rebound,” Woodson said, “you have an opportunity to fast break and make plays. Getting steals is a quick way to play faster. We’re not doing any of those things.
“You can’t live on the half-court game. I want to play faster. I have to get them to doing that. We’re not doing it yet.”
What should the offense look like?
“Everybody touches the ball,” Johnson said. “Move the ball. We have a lot of talent. Share the ball, move the ball and run. We’re not getting enough stops to get out and run it.”
Johnson was a first-half difference maker with 15 points. He made 4-of-5 shots, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the line. He had three assists and no turnovers.
Four turnovers and 33.3 percent shooting in the first five minutes were major factors in IU’s early 11-7 deficit.
Woodson put in Cupps, then Gunn, then forward Payton Sparks to spark the Hoosiers. It didn’t help. In one possession, Army grabbed two straight offensive rebounds before hitting a three-pointer for a 19-11 lead.
Banks’ three-pointer ended that 8-0 Black Knights run.
Johnson’s three-point play closed the lead to 24-21. A pair of Johnson free throws kept IU within three at 28-25. An Mgbako jumper made it a two-point game with 1:50 left in the half.
Johnson’s three-pointer with a minute pushed the Hoosiers ahead 30-29. His assist to Reneau have IU a 32-31 halftime lead.
A pair of Black Knight three-pointers gave them a 39-36 second-half lead. IU kept pounding it inside to Reneau and Ware. They combined for the Hoosiers’ first 10 second-half points and a brief three-point lead until Army hit its third three-pointer of the half for a 42-42 tie.
Five straight Ware points gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead at 47-42.
A Ware turnover resulted in a brief trip to the bench and playing time for Sparks, who got his first Hoosier action after transferring from Ball State. He missed the season opener because of an ankle injury suffered in the exhibition win over the University of Indianapolis.
His reverse layup pushed IU ahead 56-50 with 9:29 left.
Ware returned a few minutes later. Army tied it at 58-58. Ware made a free throw. Reneau made two, then blocked a shot. Cupps hit a three-pointer. The Hoosiers led 64-58 and held on.
IU hosts Wright State on Thursday night before heading to New York City for the Empire Classic, where it opens with defending national champ Connecticut. Texas and Louisville also are in the field.
“We can build on this,” Woodson said. “We have to continue to work.”
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NO. 9 INDIANA FALLS AT NO. 15 STANFORD
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 9 Indiana struggled offensively as it fell to No. 15 Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Sunday, 96-64.
Stanford’s offense was hot early, connecting on six triples in the first ten minutes to take a 26-15 lead. On the flip side, Indiana’s offense went just 1-for-9 from the arc and shot just 33.3 percent.
It was all Cardinal (2-0) again in the second, outscoring the Hoosiers 26-11 and held a 55-26 lead.
Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes moved into second place in all-time scoring at IU in the third quarter as she scored all eight of her points in the second half.
IU (1-1) had six players score in the game including nine from freshman guard Lenée Beaumont.
Holmes moved into second place on Indiana’s all-time scoring list as she now has 1,925 career points.
Senior guard Sydney Parrish and senior guard Sara Scalia had a team-high 15 points each.
Parrish also led on the glass with five rebounds.
Beaumont went 4-for-5 from the floor for nine points.
Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil had six assists.
Indiana shot 93.8 percent at the line (15-for-16).
Stanford now leads the all-time series, 3-1.
IU will host Murray State at home on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
MEN’S SOCCER CAPTURES 12TH BIG TEN DOUBLE
BLOOMINGTON — There’s no sharing this time.
An echoing statement was made Sunday (Nov. 12) as Indiana men’s soccer defeated its Big Ten regular season co-champion Penn State 1-0 in the conference tournament final: Indiana is the Big Ten’s best.
With the win, No. 1-seeded IU (12-4-4, 4-2-2 B1G) captured its 12th Big Ten Championship Double and its fourth double in the last six years, meaning the Hoosiers have won eight of the last 12 available Big Ten titles.
In all, Indiana has won 34 Big Ten Championships in 33 seasons of conference play, combing 18 regular season and now 16 tournament titles.
Now, Indiana will chase the treble and the program’s ninth national title. Clinching their record-extending 37th straight NCAA Tournament berth, the 48th appearance in program history, the Hoosiers will learn their starting point in the national competition during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.
Junior forward Samuel Sarver’s 38th-minute goal and senior goalkeeper JT Harms’ 85th-minute save made the difference as the Hoosiers suffocated Penn State’s attack. Indiana totaled 18 shots with six on target, while PSU had three of 12 on frame.
• 1′ – Indiana nearly scored in the opening minute as senior forward Maouloune Goumballe beat a Penn State defender down the left wing with his speed and strength. He found Sarver crashing the box, but the junior couldn’t control it and sent it high.
• 14′ – With IU constantly pressing the attack early, freshman forward Collins Oduro forced a diving save from Penn State fifth-year goalkeeper Kris Shakes with a shot from distance.
• 22′ – Goumballe and Oduro combined on the right wing to give Sarver space to shoot in the box. The junior spun and fired to the back post, but Shakes was on it again, diving to his right.
• 38′ – Indiana took the lead as Sarver collected a bounding ball on the left, cut inside, beat a man and curled his shot around a defender and a diving Shakes into the far post.
• 45′ – Indiana dominated the first half, firing nine shots while allowing one.
• 76′ – Shakes denied another great opportunity for IU late as senior forward Karsen Henderlong cut in from the left wing and fired to the back post. Shakes dove to his left and just got a glove on it.
• 85′ – Harms made a lead-preserving, diving save as the clock ticked down. PSU senior Peter Mangione got his shot from the top of the 18 around two defenders but not around the mitt of Harms, who pushed it off the front of the post and away.
• Indiana has a chance to earn its 10th consecutive national seed on Monday, which would extend the program’s NCAA record. The NCAA has awarded the Big Ten at least one national seed each year of the current 16-seed format (since 2003).
• IU’s 16 Big Ten Tournament titles are 11 more than the next-best program (Penn State, 5). The Hoosiers have a dominant 47-11-13 record all-time in the conference tourney.
• An announced crowd of 4,045 watch Sunday’s match, marking the largest attendance at Bill Armstrong Stadium since IU’s 2018 Elite 8 victory over Notre Dame (5,159).
• Indiana has won nine of its last 10 matches, scoring 21 goals in a stretch that was kicked off by a 2-1 win at Penn State on October 7. IU is 2-0 against the Nittany Lions this season and has won four straight against PSU as well as 10 of the last 12 meetings.
• Seven of Indiana’s 16 tournament titles have come against Penn State among nine meetings in the final.
• IU earned its eighth clean sheet as well as its 10th victory at The Bill, improving its home record to 10-1-2. The Hoosiers have allowed seven goals at Armstrong Stadium this season.
• Sarver was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament after scoring the winning goal in the final and assisting in both the quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
• Seniors Hugo Bacharach and Goumballe were selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. Bacharach had a goal and an assist in the semifinal and was crucial to the championship clean sheet. Goumballe scored three goals between the quarterfinal and semifinal, becoming the fifth Hoosier, and first since Victor Bezerra (2020-21), to tally three goals in a single tournament.
• Sarver scored his eighth goal of the season and tallied his ninth goal contribution (five goals, four assists) in nine games. The junior is responsible for all three of IU’s goals scored against Penn State this year.
• Sarver has set single season career-highs in goals (8), assists (6) and points (22). He leads the team in all three categories.
2023 Big Ten Men’s Soccer All-Tournament Team
Hugo Bacharach, Indiana
Maouloune Goumballe, Indiana
Samuel Sarver, Indiana
Jason Bucknor, Michigan
Elijah Howe, Michigan State
Nigel Prince, Northwestern
Deylen Vellios, Ohio State
Kris Shakes, Penn State
Peter Mangione, Penn State
Ola Maeland, Rutgers
Max Keenan, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Tournament: Samuel Sarver, Indiana
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Kris Shakes, Penn State
After winning the Big Ten Double, Indiana will try for its fourth-ever championship treble as the NCAA Tournament begins this week.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#3 PURDUE FACES XAVIER IN GAVITT GAMES CHALLENGE
GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 03 (GAVITT GAMES)
 Purdue (2-0) vs. [RV] Xavier (2-0)
7 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Indiana
Mackey Arena | 14,876 (SOLD OUT)
TELEVISION: FS1 (Jason Benetti, Jim Jackson)
RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)
THE NOTES TO KNOW
• No. 3-ranked Purdue closes out its season-opening, three-game homestand when Xavier visits on Monday night for the Boilermakers’ toughest challenge to date. The contest will be the final rendition of the Gavitt Games, as both the Big Ten and Big East have decided to not renew the series. Purdue is 2-2 all-time in the Gavitt Games, but has only faced Villanova (0-1) and Marquette (2-1) previously.
• Xavier has won the last five meetings against Purdue, the second-longest active losing streak to a single opponent. Purdue last faced a Sean Miller-coached squad, defeating No. 2-ranked Arizona 89-64 in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis.
• Both Miller and Matt Painter are two of the winningest coaches in the country aged 55 or younger. Miller has won 451 games in his 19th year as a head coach to rank second (behind Mick Cronin – 466) on the coaches’ victories list of coaches aged 55 or younger. Painter has won 440 games. The two coaches have combined for 891 wins between them.
• Purdue’s contest with Xavier kicks off a nine-game stretch that could POTENTIALLY have eight of the nine teams ranked in the KenPom top-50 and all of them were NCAA tournament teams from a year ago. Xavier (39), Gonzaga (5), possibly Tennessee (6), possibly Kansas (3) OR Marquette (11) OR UCLA (31), Texas Southern (228 – Last year’s SWAC Champion), Northwestern (48), Iowa (40), Alabama (9) and Arizona (7) are the next nine games on the schedule.
• Purdue has won 26 straight regular-season, non-conference games, dating to a Dec. 8, 2020, setback at Miami, Fla. The streak is the longest in the country by a whopping 12 games (Connecticut – 14). The Boilermaker have also won 22 straight non-conference home games.
• The Boilermakers currently rank No. 1 nationally in offensive efficiency (118.9) and seventh in defensive efficiency (90.3). Early on, Purdue is one of four teams to rank in the top 10 in both categories (Purdue, Connecticut, Kansas, Houston).
• Purdue is in the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage defense (7th), effective field goal percentage (8th), assists per game (8th), blocks per game (10th) and scoring margin (10th). It is 12th in scoring defense, 13th in field goal percentage and 15th in 3-pointers per game.
• Purdue has won both of its games this season by at least 30 points, marking the first time since the 2017-18 season it has done that, and only the fourth time in school history (2023-24, 2017-18, 2010-11, 1986-87).
• Purdue’s No. 3 ranking marks its highest preseason ranking since the 1987-88 season (No. 2). Purdue has been ranked in the preseason top 10 for the second time in the last three years (2021-22 –> No. 7).
• A year ago, Purdue became the first team since Wisconsin in 2015 to win an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament title in the same season. Purdue became the first team in Big Ten history to win the regular-season title by at least three games and win the Big Ten Tournament in the same season. No team since Michigan State (1999, 2000) has won consecutive Big Ten Tournament and outright regular-season championships.
• Purdue’s 60 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are tied for the fourth most in the country (Houston – 67, Kansas – 64, Arizona – 63). Among Big Ten teams, Iowa (47) and Wisconsin (46) are next on the list.
• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.
• Zach Edey has scored 34 points with 19 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists in just 44 minutes, needing just 14 field goal attempts for his 34 points.
• Matt Painter ranks fifth on the Big Ten’s list for career wins with 415, needing just six victories to tie Illinois legend Lou Henson for fourth (421). On the Big Ten games-only chart, Painter is seventh (209 wins), needing one win to tie Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210).
A LOOK AT XAVIER (PRE-SEASON REPORT)
|2022-23:||27-10, 15-5 (2nd Big East)|
|Lost NCAA Sweet 16|
|Coach:||SEAN MILLER (2nd Season)|
|Homecourt:||CINTAS CENTER (10,224)|
|Key Departures:||SOULEY BOUM (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.3 apg)|
|COLBY JONES (15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.4 apg)|
|JACK NUNGE (14.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)|
|ADAM KUNKEL (10.9 ppg, 3.0 apg, 42.5% 3PT)|
|KYKY TANDY (2.2 ppg)|
|Key Newcomers:||QUINCY OLIVARI (transfer, Rice)|
|DAYVION MCKNIGHT (transfer, Western Kentucky)|
|ABOU OUSMANE (transfer, North Texas)|
|TREY GREEN (freshman, Prolific Prep)|
|DAILYN SWAIN (freshman, Columbus Early College, OH)|
|LAZAR DJOKOVIC (freshman, Serbia)|
|KACHI NZEH (freshman, George School, PA)|
|REID DUCHARME (freshman, Brewster Academy, MA)|
|GYTIS NEMEIKSA (freshman, Lithuania)|
|LOGAN DUNCOMB (transfer, Indiana)|
FROM THE COACH
“I certainly changed my philosophy in terms of playing with pace. I came to Xavier and wanted to instill in everyone a way of playing that is today’s game. We’re going to try and play at breakneck speed.”—Sean Miller
Prior to the start of last season, Sean Miller did the rounds as the new Xavier head coach and spoke about how his year-long hiatus from coaching impacted his view on basketball and the style of play he wanted to use — things were going to change.
Often, comments like these are just lip service.
That wasn’t the case with Miller, who took a Xavier team that was projected to finish in the middle of the Big East and led them to 27 wins, a second-place finish in the Big East and a 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, all while playing at the fastest pace of his coaching career.
They finished last season with a top-10 offense nationally, per KenPom, but it came at the expense of the high-level defense generally expected from Miller’s teams.
“Our gift on offense was our curse on defense,” Miller said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort, and we were experienced. We just happened to be more talented with the ball than we were defending.”
There was quite a bit of turnover on the Musketeer roster this offseason. They lost four of their top six scorers from last season and they may be without the other two for parts of, if not the entire season. Miller only brings back one healthy player from last year’s rotation.
ROAD TO SUCCESS
If Xavier is going to live up to the success that they had a season ago, it’s going to start with the most underappreciated – and the most injured – star in the Big East, Zach Freemantle, and his partner in the frontcourt, Jerome Hunter. Their respective statuses for the 2023-24 season are in doubt due to injury, though, the backcourt might need to shoulder the most burden.
If Freemantle and Hunter are sidelined for most or all of the season, much will be asked of Miller’s guards.
Souley Boum and Colby Jones don’t get enough credit for how good they were last year. Boum earned third-team All-America honors from The Field of 68, and Colby Jones was the 34th pick in the NBA Draft. They are being replaced by CUSA transfers Dayvion McKnight (Western Kentucky) and Quincy Olivari (Rice).
Both guards thrived in CUSA last season — the same league as Boum before transferring to Xavier — but the transition to a higher level isn’t always that smooth.
McKnight is expected to play on the ball as a point guard. Olivari is better suited as an off-ball scorer. Both of them have the size and athleticism that should let them adapt to the Big East.
“Quincy’s shooting gives us an ingredient we lost a lot of this offseason,” Miller said, “and we feel really good about Dayvion because of his experience and the league he comes from.”
Miller is also counting on a big season from sophomore Des Claude, who entered his freshman season with some hype. After the typical slow start, Claude adjusted to the D1 level and was very good in the final weeks of the season. “He jumps off the page for me,” Miller said, “because he got so many big game minutes. We need a big jump from him, like Colby’s, and to be more consistent as a shooter.”
Kam Craft had similar expectations to Claude coming in, but an injury in February led to offseason surgery. He’s expected to be cleared and back to full health by the start of practice. He’ll provide perimeter depth along with a trio of freshmen: Trey Green, Reid Ducharme and Dailyn Swain.
Green is a point guard whose shooting and scoring will provide value, likely in a microwave role off the bench. Ducharme is a tough wing who has the makings of being a valuable 3-and-D piece as a freshman. Swain, who just turned 18 years old, has a high ceiling and is a versatile 6-7 wing, but it may take some time given that he is younger.
The reason why Xavier won last season is because they were an elite offensive juggernaut with two superstar lead guards and two bigs who combined to shoot 44% from deep.
They were good enough offensively to make up for the fact that they were going to need to score 80 points to feel comfortable about winning; the Musketeers were 2-9 last year in games where they failed to score at least 78 points.
The question this season is two-fold: Will Xavier continue to be the offensive force without Boum, Jones and Jack Nunge and with Freemantle and Hunter questionable? And, if they aren’t, will they be good enough defensively to make up for it?
“We need to keep improving defensively to be able to win games,” Miller said. “And we have to do it while maintaining our pace of play.”
Claude will be a plus-defender this season, and both Olivari and McKnight project as guys that will guard, but the key could end up being a third CUSA transfer: Abou Ousmane from North Texas. A 6-10 senior, Ousmane was one of the anchors for the Mean Green, who were as good as anyone in the mid-major ranks defensively the past two seasons.
“He was very well coached defensively,” Miller said of Ousmane, who once scored 37 points in a game. “He is a good defensive rebounder, he knows how to play post defense, he can guard ball screens, he protects the rim. He just knows how to play.”
Between Ousmane and incoming freshman Kachi Nzeh, Miller has some options at the 5.
As far as finding offense in the frontcourt, it’s going to depend on a trio of Europeans that committed to Xavier late in the summer.
Lazar Djokovic, most notably, is a 6-10 floor-spacer from Serbia who has been one of the best players on the country’s youth national teams for a couple of years. He picked Xavier over a handful of high-majors, and should be a very good player in the Big East once he adjusts.
“His future is as bright as anyone on our team,” Miller said.
Gytis Nemeiksa is more of a combo-forward than a natural big. He’s older and an experienced presence that has played a high level of club basketball in Lithuania. Think of him like an Ivy Leaguer transferring to the Big East for a fifth-year. His experience will allow him to step in and play a significant role early. The final piece is Sasa Ciani, a 20-year old Slovenian that, at 6-10, is more of an interior presence than Nemeiksa and Djokovic. He averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 boards in the FIBA U-20 Championships this summer.
There really are no other options for Xavier’s X-factor this season than Freemantle and Hunter.
A fifth-year senior and one of the better power forwards in college basketball, Freemantle saw his relationship with Miller get off to a rocky start. Before he even played a single game for his new head coach, he was suspended from the team. By the time the season started, however, they had gotten on the same page. Sometimes tough love works out well.
“He’s the most experienced big that will be in the Big East,” Miller said. “He brings that interior scoring, he can hit 3s, he can play either frontcourt spot. He did it a year ago.”
Freemantle only played 23 games last season before suffering a broken foot in February. It was the same foot that he broke prior to the 2021-22 season and the same foot where he suffered an injury this summer. If Xavier is going to compete for the Big East title, Fremantle will need to be healthy and play like a Big East Player of the Year candidate. The problem is that he is expected to miss at least the first two months of the season and there’s a chance he may not play at all this season.
Freemantle’s status is relatively straightforward. If his foot’s healthy, he’ll play. If it’s not, he won’t. Hunter’s situation is more complicated.
Miller and his staff were tremendously excited about the prospect of Hunter playing alongside Freemantle this season. “I don’t know if I ever coached a player that came as far in one season as Jerome did a year ago,” Miller said.
He went from being an inconsistent shooter to a guy that bought into his role as a junkyard dog: a glue guy that did all of the things that no one else wanted to do. From setting screens to battling for loose balls, he was the quintessential connective piece. After scoring 24 points in a come-from-behind win over Kennesaw State in the NCAA Tournament, Xavier was excited to see what Hunter could develop into this year.
Then his health scare happened.
As of this publication, Hunter’s status for the upcoming season is undetermined. His undisclosed medical issue may force him to miss the entire year. He may be back around Christmas. He could even come back for the start of the season. But the former is more likely than the latter.
The important part is that he’s getting the medical treatment he needs, and the decision is out of the coaching staff’s hands. If he does get cleared to play, it will be a game-changer for the Musketeers.
“We went from wondering what we’d get out of him every night to our crowd’s favorite son,” Miller said.
Xavier appeared to be in a good spot heading into the season.
They have proven veteran guards. They had a star in Freemantle. They have young players that could make immediate impacts. They have another potential star in Claude, who will be listed on many national breakout player lists.
And they have Sean Miller — one of the best coaches in the sport
At the same time, expectations need to be tempered. Without Freemantle or Hunter, there is just one player with the experience needed to win in the Big East. That’s not ideal. The freshmen are interesting pieces, but they’ll need some time. And while Miller coached teams have a reputation better than the sum of their parts, that’s not the way that it always happens.
If Freemantle and Hunter are both available, Xavier should be viewed as a top-25 team that can compete for a Big East crown. If neither play, a trip to the dance would be a successful year.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BOILERS HONOR CHAMPS WITH WIN OVER SOUTHERN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball shot 54.5% in the second half to pull away to a 67-50 win over Southern in the home opener at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers moved to 1-1 on the year after celebrating the 1999 National Championship team throughout the weekend.
Senior Madison Layden paced Purdue with a career-high 21 points through an efficient 5-of-6 shooting, 4-of-5 from distance and 7-of-8 at the line. The Kokomo native added four rebounds and a trio of rebounds in 36 minutes of work.
Four of Purdue’s five starters hit double figures. Abbey Ellis went 7-of-9 at the line to finish with 14 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Mary Ashley Stevenson went for 13 points and five rebounds in her first career start. Caitlyn Harper tacked on 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and finished three rebounds shy of a double-double.
Jeanae Terry narrowly missed her fourth career non-point double-double, tallying 11 rebounds and seven assists. Six different Boilermakers dished out an assist, as the hosts tallied 19 helpers on 20 made field goals. It was just the seventh time since 2009 that a Big Ten team assisted on 95% of its field goals when making 20 or more.
Purdue finished the game with a 39.2% clip from the field and went 6-of-12 from behind the arc. The Boilermakers got to the line early and often, going 21-of-26 at the charity stripe.
The Boilermakers sprinted out of the gates in the first quarter, hitting five of their first seven shots with a 2-of-3 mark behind the arc. The early shooting helped the hosts build up an eight-point advantage midway through the first.
Purdue could not keep the early momentum, as Southern stayed close while the hosts made just two of its next 19 attempts in the first half. Layden went 4-of-4 from the field with trio of triples for 15 of Purdue’s 25 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Stevenson set the tone for the third quarter on Purdue’s first possession with an and-one through contact. The New York freshman and Ellis evenly split 14 points to help the Boilermakers score 30 in the third. Purdue was 7-of-12 from the field and 13-of-15 at the line in that frame.
Stevenson and Ellis combined for 23 of Purdue’s 42 points over the final 20 minutes.
Purdue’s defense held the Lady Jaguars to just 28.1% shooting and 4-of-16 from distance. Southern managed just five assists on 16 made baskets, the fewest by an opposing team in the Katie Gearlds era.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Southern 1-0.
• Abbey Ellis was 7-of-9 at the line but missed her first attempt of the game. Her free throw streak came to an end at 27 in a row going back to last year.
• Mary Ashley Stevenson became the first freshman to start a game and score 10 or more points since Madison Layden dropped 18 in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament against Iowa.
• Despite note scoring, McKenna Layden chipped in four rebounds a pair of assists, both going to Caitlyn Harper.
• The 28.1% shooting clip for Southern was the second lowest of the Gearlds era, behind a 27.5% mark against Minnesota last year.
• Purdue never trailed in the game and led for 38:50.
The Boilermakers will round out the two-game homestand with a Thursday night showdown at Mackey Arena against Texas A&M. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on B1G+. The game will be Purdue’s first of three straight against major conference opponents.
WRESTLING COMPLETES JOURNEYMEN ROAD TRIP
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After two straight days of wrestling in the heart of Pennsylvania, Purdue wrapped up the weekend with nine student-athletes competing in the 2023 Journeymen Collegiate Classic.
For the second straight day a true freshman highlighted the performances from the Boilermakers. Wrightstown, Wis., native Greyson Clark won all three of his matches to take first place in the 141B pool. He opened with a 5-1 decision over N.C. State’s Tyler Tracy and finished with a 7-6 win over Army’s Rich Treanor to lay claim to first.
Senior Cooper Noehre took second in his pool to be the next highest finisher for Purdue. His best win came in an 11-0 major decision shutout of Harvard’s Evan Gleason, bagging a takedown in all three periods.
Tristan Ruhlman placed fourth in his group while Ashton Jackson, Michael Leveille, Orlando Cruz, James Rowley and Ben Vanadia all finished in fifth. Leveille finished his weekend well with a 17-3 major over Ryan Dal Pizzol of Sacred Heart.
The Boilermakers will return home to West Lafayette for their season opener next weekend when they host Northern Illinois and Indianapolis for the Boilermaker Duals on Sunday, November 19. The first dual will start at 12:00 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium.
125: Ashton Jackson (Freshman) – FIFTH PLACE 125B
Round 1: Robert Howard (Penn State) – L, Fall 4:45
Round 2: Dylan Ryder (Hofstra) – L, MD 13-2
5th Place Match: Robbie Sagaris (Long Island) – W, MFOR
141: Greyson Clark (Freshman) – FIRST PLACE 141B
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Tyler Tracy (N.C. State) – W, D 5-1
Round 3: Justin Hoyle (Hofstra) – W, Inj. Def
1st Place Match: Rich Treanor (Army) – W, D 7-6
141: Michael Leveille (R-Senior) – FIFTH PLACE 141D
Round 1: Tyler Morris (Army) – L, D 6-3
Round 2: Josh Hillard (Franklin & Marshall) – L, Fall 6:46
5th Place Match: Ryan Dal Pizzol (Sacred Heart) – W, MD 17-3
165: Cooper Noehre (Senior) – SECOND PLACE 165B
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Dakota Morris (Army) – W, D 2-1
Round 3: Evan Gleason (Harvard) – W, MD 11-0
1st Place Match: Mitchell Mesenbrink (Penn State) – L, TF 20-5 (5:37)
174: Orlando Cruz (Freshman) – FIFTH PLACE 174A
Round 1: Nick Incontrera (Penn) – L, TF 16-1 (6:36)
Round 2: Ross McFarland (Hofstra) – L, MD 9-0
5th Place Match: Max Wilner (Arizona State) – W, MFOR
184: #33 James Rowley (R-Freshman) – FIFTH PLACE 184A
Round 1: Bernie Truax (Penn State) – L, D 7-4
Round 2: Cael Valencia (Arizona State) – L, SV 9-6
5th Place Match: JT Davis (Lehigh) – W, MFOR
197: Mitch Hutmacher (Senior) – SIXTH PLACE 197A
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Max Agresti (Harvard) – L, D 6-3
Round 3: Trent Hidlay (N.C. State) – L, Fall 0:47
5th Place Match: Wolfgang Frable (Army) – L, D 5-0
197: Ben Vanadia (R-Sophomore) – FIFTH PLACE 197B
Round 1: Christian Knop (N.C. State) – L, D 4-2
Round 2: Bye
Round 3: Martin Cosgrove (Penn) – L, MD 11-3
5th Place Match: Jacob Meissner (Arizona State) – W, MFOR
285: Tristan Ruhlman (R-Sophomore) – FOURTH PLACE 285A
Round 1: Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) – L, TF 17-1 (5:16)
Round 2: Owen Trephan (N.C. State) – L, Fall 5:33
Round 3: Nathan Taylor (Lehigh) – L, Fall 2:54
BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BUTLER DEFEATS DETROIT MERCY IN HOME OPENER 68-61
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team evened their overall record on Sunday night by recording a 68-61 victory over Detroit Mercy at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field and were led in the scoring column by senior Kendall Wingler.
Butler started the game strong with an 11-0 scoring run over the first five minutes of action. Four of the five BU starters had a field goal early in the contest and the defense was equally as great. Detroit went 0-for-8 from the field with five turnovers at the start of the game to help the ‘Dawgs build their lead.
The Titan offense got going in the second quarter, but so did the Bulldog bench. Kendall Wingler checked in the game and scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the second frame. She went 3-for-4 from the floor with two three-pointers and added three free throws. Butler led Detroit 37-26 at the break. Ari Wiggins ended the first half with a coast-to-coast bucket that just beat the buzzer to push the lead to double figures.
The game tightened up in the third quarter with Detroit using a 13-0 run to tie the game at 39-39. Sydney Jaynes picked up her third personal foul with 6:33 to play in the third and the Detroit run would follow.
The first lead of the night for the visitors came at 41-40, but the Bulldogs would respond and lead by five heading to the fourth quarter 51-46.
BU relied on their defense to set the tone in the fourth quarter, but a second Detroit scoring run would keep fans in their seats late in the game. The Titans went on an 8-0 run to make it a three-point game at 64-61. Jaynes would hit a pair of free throws to break up the run and give BU a 66-61 lead. BU would get two more free throws from Wingler to seal the victory.
Inside the Box Score
– Kendall Wingler came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points
– Ari Wiggins went 7-for-11 from the field to score 15 points
– Wiggins added a team-high three steals in the win
– Caroline Stande led BU with seven rebounds while adding 11 points
– Sydney Jaynes was the fourth Bulldog to score in double figures, adding 10 points
– Butler got the ball inside to outscore Detroit in the paint 38-24
– 1,162 fans were in attendance Sunday night for the home opener
– Detroit got 10 points from Irene Murua and Emma Trawally Porta
– The Titans are now 2-1 overall
Butler will host Austin Peay on Nov. 18 at 5 PM.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL
BUTLER MBB CONTINUES SEASON-OPENING HOMESTAND MONDAY NIGHT, HOSTING ETSU
Butler (2-0) vs. East Tennessee St. (1-1)
Monday, Nov. 13; 7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: CBS Sports Network – Carter Blackburn & Pete Gillen
Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 383 & SiriusXM App 973 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
SERIES: First Meeting
The Bulldogs continue their season-opening homestand Monday night, welcoming East Tennessee State to Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler is off to a 2-0 start to the young 2023-24 season, posting a pair of wins that have included margins of 30-plus.
• Butler is 72-2 over its last 74 non-conference home games.
• Butler has won 10 straight non-conference home games.
• Posh Alexander scored his 1,000th career point in his second game as a Bulldog Friday vs. SEMO.
• Butler has opened the season with back-to-back 90-point games; Butler’s last back-to-back 90-point outputs were actually a three-game series in December of 2017 as the Bulldogs posted wins over Western Illinois (107-46), Georgetown (91-86 in double overtime), and No. 1 Villanova (101-93).
• The Bulldogs had six players in double figures against Eastern Michigan Monday, the first game since the Nov. 14, 2015 win over The Citadel that six players scored 10 or more points (seven players hit that threshold against The Citadel). Butler followed with five in double figures against SEMO. Seven different Bulldogs have scored 10 or more in a game this season.
• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in Friday night’s win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.
• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.
• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 Friday against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.
• Pierre Brooks II (16) and Connor Turnbull (13) both posted career-high scoring outputs Monday night; for Turnbull, it was his first career game scoring in double figures. Freshman Boden Kapke scored a career-high 11 in Friday’s win, his first time at Butler in double figures.
• After committing nine turnovers in the first half against Eastern Michigan, Butler had only one miscue in the second half.
• Jalen Thomas has led Butler in rebounds in both games; he has a total of 16 boards in 32 total minutes of play.
• Forty-eight (48) of Butler’s 94 points came in the paint Monday night against Eastern Michigan; Andre Screen made all six of his attempts from the field, mostly from close range.
• Butler is without freshman Augusto Cassia, who sustained a strain to a muscle in his right leg in late October. He is out indefinitely, and his status will be updated in the coming weeks.
• Only two players on the 2023-24 roster played in games for Butler last season (Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull). John-Michael Mulloy was also on the Butler roster a season ago, but didn’t play due to injury.
• Butler returns only 9% of scoring (191 of 2,088 points) and 9% of minutes played (563 of 6,400) from the 2022-23 season.
• Five of Butler’s incoming transfers averaged double figures during the 2022-23 season for their respective former teams.
• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.
• Matta is 25-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).
• Former Bulldog DJ Hughes is now a member of the East Tennessee State roster. After playing the first two seasons of his career at Butler, the Indianapolis native transferred to ETSU during the offseason. Bo Hodges finished his career at Butler (the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons) after transferring from ETSU.
A LOOK AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE (PRE-SEASON REPORT)
|2022-23:||12-20, 8-10 (T-5th, SoCon)|
|Location:||Johnson City, TN|
|Coach:||BROOKS SAVAGE (1st Season)|
|Homecourt:||FREEDOM HALL CIVIC CENTER (6,500)|
|Key Departures:||JORDAN KING (15.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg)|
|JALEN HAYNES (14.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg)|
|DeANTHONY TIPLER (10.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg)|
|JOSH TAYLOR (7.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg)|
|JAMARIUS HAIRSTON (4.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg)|
|BROCK JANCEK (4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 apg)|
|Key Newcomers:||QUIMARI PETERSON (transfer, John A. Logan)|
|EBBY ASAMOAH (transfer, Delaware)|
|JADYN PARKER (transfer, North Florida)|
|DJ HUGHES (transfer, Butler)|
|TYLER RICE (transfer, William & Mary)|
|KARON BOYD (transfer, USC Aiken)|
|MAKI JOHNSON (freshman, Huntington Prep)|
FROM THE COACH
“I always say, ‘You need three guys.’ To win big in the NBA, you need three Hall of Famers. At the high-major level, you need three pros. At our level, you need three high-major guys. We think we have that — and a lot more on top of that too.”—Brooks Savage
When the ETSU administration opted to move on from Desmond Oliver, it knew where to look for its new basketball coach. Steve Forbes had a tremendous run at the school, going 71-19 in SoCon play from 2015 to 2020 before moving on to Wake Forest. So why not hire his protégé?
Brooks Savage was with Forbes for that entire initial ETSU run and went with him to Wake Forest. Now, after 15 seasons as an assistant (including nine under Forbes), Savage finally has a program of his own.
His familiarity with Johnson City and the Buccaneer has helped him hit the ground running.
“It’s been very seamless,” said Savage of his return. “I was only gone three years, so there hasn’t been a ton of change … we haven’t gotten bogged down figuring out the lay of the land.”
That is noteworthy, because ETSU ended up turning over nine scholarship slots. A new roster and a new coach has stirred cautious optimism for a rapid rebirth to championship contention — and Savage certainly knows what it takes.
ROAD TO SUCCESS
Savage is bursting with energy and ideas about how to maximize the ETSU program. But without fail, his focus circles back to defense. Forbes’ teams were terrific on that end, overwhelming SoCon foes with depth and athleticism. Savage is eager to resurrect that identity.
“Look back at who wins the SoCon,” he explained. “It’s a high-volume 3-point league, but the best defensive team wins the league. We want to build this thing with that in mind.”
The emphasis will be consistent, but exactly what the scheme looks like was still TBD over the summer. Savage notes that Forbes’ teams varied in terms of pressure and coverage, sometimes extending more frequently, and switching from gap man-to-man at ETSU to more of a no-middle style at Wake Forest.
Personnel dictates that decision. More than anything, though, Savage says he aspires to be like a Tony Bennett team: “Easy to scout, difficult to play against.” That means being tough and physical at every position, fighting cutters and rotating crisply.
Fortunately, the roster has some length and rim protection upon which Savage can build his system. Jadyn Parker is a spindly 6-10 athlete capable of covering a ton of ground. He ranked second in the ASUN in block rate last year (KenPom) and should be a nemesis at the rim. For a smaller, more switchable lineup, burly Butler transfer DJ Hughes will slot in at center.
The wing rotation is loaded with 6-4 to 6-6 options, giving Savage the versatility he craves. Justice Smith and Jaden Seymour are the most productive returners, and both project to play significant roles as a big wing and a versatile 4-man, respectively. Delaware transfer Ebby Asamoah and D2 addition Karon Boyd, along with freshmen Maki Johnson and Gabe Sisk, give ETSU copious lineup options.
Offensively, the roster’s immense flexibility should make the Bucs difficult to defend. Parker, Hughes and Braden Ilic all have tremendous ball skills for nominal centers, so Savage is eager to deploy a 5-out alignment and let his guys play.
“I don’t want too much patterned offense,” he explained. “I believe in playing offense — have five guys out there that have some skill, guys that like playing together. We want to ‘get the defense behind’ — put them in rotation.”
Asamoah was often a tertiary option at Delaware, but his lethal shooting and better-than-advertised driving game could lead to a monster year. Smith and the frontcourt are major matchup issues for most foes, and Savage believes he has a talented group of primary creators in Quimari Peterson, Tyler Rice and veteran Allen Strothers. All three can score, but they really excel at creating for others.
Peterson is the one to watch. A JUCO All-American and national champion, Savage raved about his immediate impact. Expect him to make the game easier for all of his teammates.
The offense clearly has a ton of weapons. Balanced scoring should be a major strength, as it frequently was under Forbes. However, having so many options from different backgrounds could lead to some disjointed outings.
Will Asamoah and Peterson burst onto the SoCon scene right away? Or will they find themselves deferring to Smith and Seymour as veterans of the program? Carefully sorting out a pecking order without upsetting any egos will be a primary focus area for the coaching staff early in the campaign.
Similarly, determining the rotation could be a delicate balance. Every scholarship player enters the year expecting to play, and Savage reiterated how impressed he was by each guy. But even going 10-deep would leave a couple guys on the outside — can a young staff juggle the chemistry questions that accompany that challenge?
Defensively, though the roster has copious length, it is not an overly intimidating group up front. Parker is extremely thin (listed at 188 pounds at North Florida), and Hughes and Seymour are somewhat undersized. Their motors and strength offset that somewhat, but it could become an issue against more towering, powerful post players.
Taking care of the ball was also a frequent Achilles heel for Forbes’ ETSU teams. In that vein, Savage’s offensive vision can be a double-edged sword. decentralizing the playmaking throughout the roster in a five-out look makes ETSU difficult to defend, but it also puts the ball control burden on every player.
Smith occasionally had issues last year, and Strothers really struggled to avoid miscues, as well. Asamoah and Hughes will be sliding into significantly larger offensive roles. Rice, Boyd and the freshmen are undertaking significant upgrades in competition level. The ability to avoid coughing up the rock could be what helps narrow the rotation.
Peterson will be a revelation here. He ranked near the top of JUCO hoops with a pristine 4.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, and his playmaking could lessen the burden across the roster. Savage does not want to have to lean on one guy too much, but Peterson may warrant that kind of trust.
How well the roster’s disparate parts come together will go a long way in determining how much success Savage and ETSU have in his first year. The coach knows this and has already tried to instill a sense of unity over the summer.
“Our identity is taken from Pat Riley,” he divulged. “It’s kind of en vogue right now with the Heat going to the Finals, but that’s fine — we want to be the hardest-playing, best-conditioned and most connected team out there.”
That requires a level of sacrifice from every member of the roster. Becoming connected is a challenge for any team, much less one with so many newcomers — both on the sideline and on the roster. Savage is quick to note that Forbes’ 30-win ETSU team had eight different leading scorers throughout the season. He wants to see the same kind of unselfishness from this year’s squad.
On the court, guard play will be crucial. Strothers is the only returning ball-handler, and he must earn his minutes again after shooting just 30.9% from the field last year. Peterson and Asamoah look like the best bets to elevate into starring roles, but Rice, Boyd and Johnson could also blossom into key pieces quickly. Johnson might have the highest ceiling; he can light it up from deep and has fantastic basketball IQ for a rookie.
During Forbes’ run of success at ETSU, the Buccaneers had two all-league guards every single season. Fortunately for Savage, this roster has multiple candidates for such honors. But if none of the newcomers truly emerge into that level of player, the Bucs could struggle to hit their potential.
It’s a new era in Johnson City — but not really, given Savage’s history with the program. Oliver’s two seasons were rife with bad injury luck, but Savage hopes a deep and talented roster can withstand any issues that pop up in that department.
Much of the upside hinges on the rejuvenated backcourt. Peterson’s ability to translate his production from junior college looms large, while Asamoah must realize the sizable production leap that Savage envisions. The skilled-but-somewhat-undersized frontcourt must hold up physically against larger foes.
The SoCon saw a great deal of talent exit its ranks this offseason. Furman still looms large, and Western Carolina’s core is extremely tantalizing. But ETSU has the upside to claw back towards the top of the standings — hopefully evoking memories of Forbes’ stellar run of prosperity.
BUTLERVB SECURE THE 3-1 WIN OVER PROVIDENCE ON SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS — The Butler volleyball team knocked off Providence on Senior Day 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21). Jaymeson Kinley left her mark, collecting a match-high 19 digs in the final match of her collegiate career inside Hinkle Fieldhouse while five different Bulldog hitters finished with a hitting percentage of over .300. Butler earns their sixth win in the BIG EAST and moved to an overall record of 12-15.
Set 1: Providence 25-23
The Friars flew out to an early 5-1 lead, but consecutive blocks by Cora Taylor and Grace Boggess helped cut the lead back to 5-4. Providence would regain the momentum to take an 11-6 lead and eventually 17-10. Butler stormed back on a 4-0 spurt using kills from Elise Ward and Mariah Grunze to cut the deficit to 18-15. The Bulldogs continued to fight making the score 24-23 with kills from Grunze and Laiya Ebo, but Providence would then score on match point to claim Set 1.
Set 2: Butler 25-9
The second set was all Bulldogs. Butler started behind at 3-2 but quickly regained the lead using kills from Ebo and Destiny Cherry to take a 7-4 lead. The Bulldogs then caught fire going on a 7-0 run that included three straight kills from Abby Maesch to take a 15-6 lead. They weren’t done yet as Butler followed the streak up with a 9-0 spurt on the backs of kills from Taylor and Ward. Boggess capped off the dominant set with a kill to tie the match at 1-1.
Set 3: Butler 25-15
Butler jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the third frame led by Cherry’s two kills and a block. Providence soon cut the lead to 12-8, but the Bulldogs would use a 5-0 spurt with the help of consecutive kills from Boggess to extend their lead to 23-13. A kill by Maesch and a Friar attacking error then gave Butler the win in Set 3.
Set 4: Butler 25-7
After the set started 3-3, the Bulldogs rattled off nine straight points using kills from Maesch and serving aces by Ward to move to a 12-3 lead. Butler continued to pile on the score using a kill by Ebo to lengthen their lead to 17-7. The Bulldogs then went on an incredible 8-0 run capped off by a hat-trick of kills from Boggess to secure the victory.
Stat of the Match
In her final match inside Hinkle Fieldhouse, Jaymeson Kinley collected a match-high 19 digs (4.75 digs). Three other Bulldogs joined Kinley with digs in the double figures including Elise Ward (12), Mariah Grunze (10), and Cora Taylor (10). As a team, the Bulldogs even outdueled Providence collecting 68 digs compared to the Friars’ 48 digs.
Inside the Box Score
Taylor posted 44 assists, 10 digs, and three blocks to earn her 11th double-double of the season.
Kinley tallied a match-high 19 digs and six assists.
Maesch led the match with 14 kills while hitting for .355.
Ward finished with 13 kills and 12 digs to earn her sixth career double-double.
Cherry set a new career-high hitting for .714 with 10 kills and no errors along with three blocks
Boggess registered nine kills and a match-high seven blocks while hitting for .333
Ebo hit for .500 with nine kills and three blocks
Grunze had 10 digs along with four kills and a block
The Bulldogs will hit the road for their final matches of the season, beginning with a date in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Butler will then head west to conclude their 2023 campaign at Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.
IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
DAVIDSON TALLIES 23 IN JAGUARS’ LOSS AT #7 OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Katie Davidson led the Jaguar offense with 23 points, as the IUPUI women’s basketball team fell on the road to No. 7 Ohio State, 108-58. Turnovers proved costly for the Jags as they committed 28 turnovers that the Buckeyes converted to 43 points.
Six Buckeyes recorded double-digit points with Cotie McMahon leading Ohio State (1-1) with 22.
The Jaguars’ three-point shooting was the only highlighting factor for IUPUI (1-1) as they shot 36.8 percent from behind the arc compared to Ohio State’s 31.3 percent. The Buckeyes offset that margin by getting up 67 shots from the field compared to IUPUI’s 54. Ohio State also added a 31-for-36 mark from the free throw line compared to the Jags’ 11-for-18.
Despite falling behind 11 points early in the first quarter, the Jags came within five points at 17-12 for the closest margin of the game. Jazmyn Turner led the charge in the first quarter with seven points before exiting the game due to injury at the 1:30 mark. Turner would not return for the remainder of the game.
With one of the Jags’ top starters out of the game, Davidson stepped up once again to lead the offense. She scored 11 of IUPUI’s 15 points in the second quarter, then continued that in the third quarter with seven of the Jags’ 14 points.
Down 84-45, heading into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars made 4-of-11 threes for their highest mark of the game. Ohio State closed out the game with a 50-point lead at 108-58.
Davidson finished with 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 from behind the arc. The junior also collected five rebounds while freshman Kace Urlacher also added five boards.
The Jags drop to 1-1 on the season and will return to the Jungle on Wednesday, November 15 when they host Marquette for a 7:00 PM tipoff.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
HIDALGO TIES STEALS RECORD AS IRISH DISMANTLE HIGHLANDERS, 104-57
NEWARK, N.J. — What a homecoming for Hannah Hidalgo.
On Sunday, No. 10 Notre Dame (1-1) put on a show at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (2-1), downing the Highlanders 104-57. Hidalgo — a native of Haddonfield, N.J. — had 26 points, 12 steals, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Her 12 steals tied Marina Mabrey for the most in school history (11/23/15).
And even better, Hidalgo’s family, friends and entire high school team were on-site to witness it.
“She’s a great player,” junior guard Sonia Citron said of Hidalgo. “It may be surprising to other people because she’s a freshman, but our team has known the impact she was going to have from the beginning.”
Citron added 26 points of her own on Sunday afternoon, marking the first time since the 2022 NCAA Tournament that Notre Dame had two players score at least 25 points. She scored in an incredibly efficient manner, too, going 10-11 from the floor and draining her only attempt from behind the arc.
While Hidalgo and Citron stole the headlines, it was a team effort for Notre Dame. All five starters scored in double figures: Hidalgo, Citron, Maddy Westbeld (14), Kylee Watson (12) and Anna DeWolfe (10). Westbeld posted her first double-double of the year with 11 rebounds and tied her career-high with 4 steals. Freshman Emma Risch notched her first collegiate points, finishing with 8 and going 4-5 from the charity stripe.
“I thought we had great contributions from everyone on the team, especially our starters,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said. “Soni and Hannah did a great job leading us.”
As a team, Ivey emphasized wanting to set the tone from the jump. While the Highlanders stayed in the game in the first quarter thanks to scrappy play, the Irish started playing suffocating defense in the second and third frames. After going 7-18 from the floor in the first 10 minutes, NJIT made just 9 of its next 33 shots. Alejandra Zuniga was the Highlanders’ leading scorer with 14.
Ivey also wanted to win the battle on the boards. Notre Dame posted 40 rebounds to NJIT’s 30. The Irish had the fourth-best rebounding margin in the nation last year at 10.6.
Up next, Notre
Up next, Notre Dame has its home opener against Northwestern on Wednesday. The Irish have won 28 consecutive home openers. The game tips off on the ACC Network at 7 p.m.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
RASHEED BELLO’S 29 LEADS MASTODONS TO VICTORY OVER TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Behind 29 points from Rasheed Bello, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Commerce 86-64 on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 12) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Bello’s 29 points were the most of his career as a Division I student-athlete. He was 10-for-18 from the floor, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. He added four rebounds and four assists.
Anthony Roberts pitched in 17 points and 10 boards for his first double-double as a Mastodon. He grabbed his 10th board with 41 seconds left in the contest.
Bello had 19 of his points in the first half. He sparked a 10-3 run over the final segment of the first half to take a 16-point lead into the locker room. He scored eight of the 10 Mastodon points.
The ‘Dons led 6-5 early before going on a 19-2 run over the following 4:12, in which they did not allow a field goal. The run was capped off by a 3-pointer from Destin Whitaker.
Texas A&M-Commerce scored the first five points of the second half, but the Mastodons quickly rattled off a 9-0 run in less than two minutes. Bello scored five, Corey Hadnot II and Quinton Morton-Robertson scored two each.
The Lions hung around until midway through the second half when the ‘Dons out-scored the visitors 14-2 in a three-minute stretch. This put the game well out of reach for Texas A&M Commerce.
The Mastodons had just six turnovers while forcing 17. The Mastodons entered Sunday’s game as the national leader in turnover margin and turnovers forced per game. The ‘Dons had just one turnover from the six players off the bench.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-0 to open the season for the first time since 1999. Texas A&M-Commerce falls to 0-4. The Mastodons are back in action on Friday (Nov. 17) against Northern Arizona in the first round of the Arizona Tip-Off.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OFFENSE SHINES IN LOSS TO SIUE
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team’s hot start wasn’t enough to contain the SIUE Cougars in the 91-83 loss.
It was a bigger offensive game for the Purple Aces as four players scored in double figures against SIUE. Freshman forward Naveah Thomas picked up her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds while guard Kynidi Mason Striverson led the team with 24 points. Freshman forward Maggie Hartwig also had a big game for UE with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
“If you love offense, that was a great game to watch,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the loss. “The second quarter ended up killing us in the end as we had too many breakdowns on the defensive end. We finally had the offensive game I think we’re capable of, but then we stunk on defense. We still have a lot of games in front of us, so we’ll grow from this one and get better for the next,”.
The Aces got off to a hot start, leading most of the way in the first quarter. UE traded shots with SIUE early, going back and forth until Evansville pulled away with back-to-back threes from guard Kynidi Mason Striverson. A five-point run in the final two minutes of the quarter for the Aces gave the team breathing room to take a 21-18 lead into the second.
UE’s strong three-point shooting continued in the second as guard Alana Striverson made a trey in the first 40 seconds of the quarter. But the Cougars began to find their shooting in the second, going on a 10-point run in a minute and a half. Despite the quick change in momentum, Evansville came back with another three from Mason Striverson.
It turned into a shot-for-shot game until the Aces went on a six-point run to make it a one-point deficit with under five minutes left in the half. SIUE responded with its own back-to-back threes keeping UE just out of reach as time winded down in the quarter. Evansville went into the locker room down by nine, looking for a big second half.
The Aces post players showed up big to start the second half as Thomas and graduate center Barbora Tomancova chipped in the first two layups. UE put together two five-point runs in the middle of the quarter to only be down by five with three and a half minutes left in the third. The Cougars capitalized on second-chance points to keep Evansville back. But the Aces got the final word of the quarter as Thomas sank a layup with three seconds left.
UE came out hot in the fourth quarter with a big five-point run to get within three. SIUE made a layup thinking they had created distance, but guard Alana Striverson sunk back-to-back treys to put Evansville back on top by one. The Cougars responded with a run to retake the lead. But a three from Hartwig followed by a jumper for Mason Striverson gave the Aces another lead. But a seven-point stretch for SIUE put the game just out of reach for UE as they fell to the Cougars 91-83.
Evansville had its best offensive game of the young season so far, shooting 42.9% from the floor (27-63) and 52.4% from three-point range (11-21). The Aces also shined on fast break points, grabbing 24 in transition. UE also had its best game sharing the ball with 18 assists. On defense, Evansville brought in 33 rebounds with five steals and five blocks from SIUE.
The Aces return to Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 15 for the final game of the Tri-State Challenge. Eastern Kentucky comes to Evansville for a 6 p.m. matchup as UE looks to win its first game of the season.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
USI’S 2ND HALF RALLY FALLS SHORT
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball won the second half, but lost the 2023-24 home opener to Chicago State University, 78-67, Sunday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles start the year 0-3, while Chicago State begins 2023-24, 1-2.
The Cougars took command of the game in the first half. Chicago State raced out to a 25-point margin, 41-16, before USI closed the difference to 19 in the final minute of the half. USI junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Indiana) sank a pair of three-pointers from the left side to end the first 20 minutes with a 41-22 score.
In the second half, USI’s offense gained momentum and with a 16-5 run cut the deficit to 10 points, 55-45, with 9:43 to play when junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) dunked in his 10th and 11th points of the game and his seventh and eighth points of the run. The Cougars re-extended the lead back to 16, 65-49, before the Eagles could make another run at the end of the contest.
The final two minutes of the game saw USI cut the margin to seven points, 67-60, with an 11-2 run that was capped off by a dunk by Hernandez. Hernandez and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) led the Eagles during the run with five points each.
Time would run out on the Eagles as the Cougars pushed the difference back to double-digits, including a pair of 13 point leads in the final minutes. USI made one more run with a 5-0 sprint before Chicago State hit the final bucket in a 78-67 decision.
On the stat sheet, Smith led the Eagles with a career-best 21 points and 16 rebounds. The sophomore, who had 15 points in the second half, was six-of-14 from the field and nine-of-10 from the stripe. He also had eight rebounds in each half.
Hernandez followed USI in the scoring column with 18 points, scoring all 18 in the second half. Mielke rounded out the USI double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Next Up For USI:
USI continues its two-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts Tiffin University. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Screaming Eagles Arena.
The Eagles hold a 6-0 advantage all-time over the Dragons, winning the last meeting in 2019, 105-89.
The Dragons are 2-0 after sweeping a pair of games in the G-MAC/GLVC Crossover at Ohio Dominican University Friday and Saturday. Tiffin defeated McKendree University, 68-65, and Lewis University, 71-66.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
EAGLES OFF TO 2-0 START AFTER WIN ON SUNDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball moved to 2-0 on the young basketball season Sunday afternoon after an 86-38 win against Oakland City University at Screaming Eagles Arena. With the win, USI is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season and is the only Ohio Valley Conference team to begin 2-0 this season.
Southern Indiana came out and running from the opening tip, as senior forward
Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) got USI on the scoreboard with a transition layup. Over the course of the early portion of the first period, the Eagles kept pushing. USI started out 4-for-4 from outside the perimeter and stretched out a 14-0 run to take a 16-3 lead by the first media timeout. Redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) scored eight first-quarter points, connecting on two triples. USI led 24-11 after the opening quarter.
The offenses cooled off midway into the second period after an initial three-pointer from senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) to start the second. The Eagles got a pair of baskets by freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) to give a spark off the bench. Then Raley found a soft spot in the middle of Oakland City’s zone and knocked down a jump shot to put USI up by 20, 33-13, with 5:12 remaining until halftime.
The Screaming Eagles went into halftime leading 45-19 after finishing the second quarter on a 6-0 run and hitting five of the last six shots, including three high-percentage buckets from freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee). Blackwell, Raley, and Gannon combined for 31 of Southern Indiana’s 45 first-half points.
Both sides began the third quarter exchanging baskets. Near the seven-minute mark of the third, Blackwell drained her third trey of the game to give her 13 points and put USI ahead 57-23. The Screaming Eagles’ defense was strong in the middle of the period, holding the Mighty Oaks scoreless for over four minutes. Freshman guard Sophia Loden (Mascoutah, Illinois) scored five points late in the third, getting her first minutes of the season in Sunday’s game. USI led 64-32 heading to the final quarter.
In the fourth period, USI put the final stamp on the win. Webb scored five straight points for the Eagles amidst a 16-0 run for the Eagles. Southern Indiana’s defense also held Oakland City scoreless for over six minutes in the latter stanza.
Just as they did in the season opener last Monday, the Screaming Eagles shot over 50 percent from the floor. USI was 34-for-62 for 54.8 percent shooting overall and shot over 47 percent (9-19) from deep. The Eagles won the rebounding battle 45-18, including 20 offensive boards. USI also dished out 20 assists. Individually, Blackwell and Raley led the way with a game-high 13 points each. Gannon added 10 points and eight rebounds on the afternoon, while Loden scored nine points with six rebounds.
Oakland City was led in scoring by senior forward Jalaya Dowell with 12 points. As a team, the Mighty Oaks shot 28.9 percent (13-45) and made three from beyond the arc.
The Screaming Eagles conclude their three-game homestand Thursday at 7 p.m. against Northern Illinois University at Screaming Eagles Arena. Fans can purchase tickets online at usiscreamingeagles.com. Thursday’s game can also be seen with a subscription to ESPN+.
SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING
EAGLES SWIM AND DIVE TAKE FLIGHT BREAKING TEN SCHOOL RECORDS
Carbondale, Ill. – The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Swimming and Diving battled in the three-day A3 Performance Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois that featured stiff competition. The Screaming Eagles finished fifth in an event that included Southern Illinois University, the University of Evansville, Bellarmine University, Valparaiso University, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
This marks the second year the Eagles competed in the event. USI made vast improvements from the previous year’s last place finish, totaling 366 total points. They avenged their loss earlier in the season to Valparaiso, by beating them by 92 total points.
The Eagles took flight, breaking ten school records and adding an astonishing 68 season bests on the weekend. Furthermore, ten of the 23 recorded events in the USI swim and dive record book were broken this weekend. 20 school records were broken for both men and women total.
USI had 11 top five finishes at the three-day event. Freshman Cole Baker (Springville, Tennessee), freshman Sam Smith (Trafalgar, Indiana), freshman Brock Borak (Cypress, Texas), and sophomore Gabriel Groves (New Carlisle, Indiana) got the Eagles going early with a fourth-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:24.58).
On the diving side, sophomore Lane Pollock (Boonville, Indiana) found success in the prelimary one-meter dive event placing third with 244.10 points. Freshman Nathan Deputy (Evansville, Indiana) was right behind Pollock placing fifth with 232.05 points. Deputy delivered a huge fifth place finish racking up 238.15 points in the finals for the one-meter event. Senior Donnevun Banks (Evansville, Indiana) excelled in the three-meter dive event placing fifth in the preliminaries with 229.60 points. Banks also placed fourth in the finals with 232.25 points.
Freshman Camden Richardson (Spring Hill, Tennessee), sophomore Caleb Davis (Spring, Texas), Baker, and Smith dazzled in the 400 yard medley relay placing fifth (3:25.44) and breaking a school record.
Another school record belongs to Baker, Davis, Groves, and Richardson in the 200 yard medley relay (1:33.09), placing fourth.
Baker placed fifth as an individual in the 100 yard butterfly (49.71), smashing a school record. Baker finished the weekend being involved in four school records.
Smith picked up a clutch fourth place finish in the 200 yard butterfly (1:51:05), shattering the school record by 5.12 seconds. Smith placed fifth in the preliminaries (1:52.89)
Sophomore Garrett Crist (Bargersville, Indiana), Demarkus Darensbourg (Overland Park, Kansas), Baker, and Groves carved into fifth place in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:06.44), breaking a school record.
Other Broken Records:
100 Yard Freestyle: Baker (45.86)
200 Yard Backstroke: Crist (1:52.81)
100 Yard Backstroke: Crist (51.23)
Up Next for USI:
The Eagles don’t compete again until January 19th, where they take on Quincy University. The Eagles will also compete in a diving only meet on the 13th of January.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL
ANOTHER FORMER CONFERENCE MATCHUP RENEWED AS VALPO HOSTS GREEN BAY
Green Bay (1-1, 0-0 Horizon)
at Valparaiso (1-1, 0-0 MVC)
Game No. 3 – Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue a home-heavy stretch on Tuesday night as Green Bay enters the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7 p.m. tip. The Beacons will continue to renew old rivalries as they lock horns with a team they previously shared conference affiliation with for the second straight game.
Last Time Out: Valpo controlled the lead for the entirety of the first half before the two teams engaged in a seesaw second half that ended with IUPUI pulling away for a 66-56 victory in an instate matchup that was closer than the final score would indicate. Jaxon Edwards, Cooper Schwieger and Isaiah Stafford tallied 12 points apiece, while Jerome Palm was a point shy of a double-double and squeezed a career-high 12 rebounds.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Noah Godsell (play-by-play)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (1-1) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.
Series Notes: Valpo and Green Bay are certainly no strangers to playing one another as the Phoenix own a slight 30-25 lead in a series that dates all the way back to 1981. This will mark the first game between the two teams since spending a decade as Horizon League adversaries from 2007-2017. They also shared conference affiliation in the Mid-Continent Conference/AMCU from 1982-1994. Green Bay provided the opposition for several memorable moments including Valpo’s 54-44 win in the 2015 Horizon League title game at the ARC to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament and the 70-69 win in the 2013 Horizon League semifinal at the ARC, when Ryan Broekhoff hit the second most storied shot in program history. Green Bay won the most recent meeting 86-69 on Feb. 4, 2017 in Wisconsin, while Valpo prevailed in the last ARC showdown 80-56 on Jan. 16, 2017. The Brown & Gold will look to extend an eight-game home winning streak in the head-to-head series as the Phoenix have not notched a win at the ARC since Jan. 23, 2011.
Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 10: IUPUI 66, Valpo 56
Three Valpo players scored in double figures as Jaxon Edwards, Cooper Schwieger and Isaiah Stafford tallied 12 points apiece.
Stafford did the bulk of his damage from the free-throw stripe, where he was a perfect 7-for-7.
Stafford became just the third Valpo player over the last four seasons (since the start of 2020-2021) to go perfect at the free-throw line with seven or more attempts, joining Kobe King (Jan. 17, 2023 vs. UIC) and Kevion Taylor (Feb. 9, 2022 at Illinois State).
Stafford’s seven made free throws tied his NCAA career high from Feb. 26, 2022 vs. Lindenwood while playing for Southern Indiana.
As a team, Valpo shot 84.2 percent from the free-throw line, making 16 of the team’s 19 attempts.
Palm gobbled up a career-high 12 rebounds, outdoing his previous best of 10 on Dec. 4, 2022 vs. Murray State. Four of his rebounds came on the offensive glass. He was one point shy of a double-double with nine points to go along with the 12 boards.
Palm’s stat line of nine or more points and 12 or more rebounds is one that was achieved by a Valpo player just twice all of last season – Kobe King on Jan. 25 at UNI (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Ben Krikke on Nov. 7 vs. Toledo (18 points, 13 rebounds).
Valpo blocked six shots as a team, the third straight game the Beacons have rejected six shots including last year’s MVC Tournament game vs. Murray State. The Beacons had one game total (Feb. 14 vs. SIU) with six or more blocks during the regular season last year.
It was a cold shooting night as Valpo hit just two of its 19 3-point tries.
Scouting the Phoenix
Picked to finish 11th in the Horizon League preseason poll.
Opened the season with an 85-44 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 6 before winning 72-56 over St. Francis (Ill.)
Under the direction of first-year head coach Sundance Wicks, who previously served as an assistant coach at Wyoming.
Former Valpo point guard Preston Ruedinger is on Green Bay’s roster.
This will mark the third of three straight home games to begin the 2023-24 season. Valpo will play six of its first seven at the ARC.
This will mark the first time Valpo has started a season with three straight home games since 2016-17, when the Beacons started by hosting Southern Utah, Trinity Christian and Coppin State.
Valpo has owned a record of .500 or better at home in 31 straight seasons.
Reaching the Century Mark
Valpo scored 100 points in the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian, marking the first time the team scored 100 since Dec. 7, 2021, a 101-58 win over East West.
The 39-point margin of victory against the Trolls was Valpo’s largest since the aforementioned Dec. 7, 2021 game against the Phantoms (+43).
Valpo was one of 34 teams in the country to score triple digits on opening night.
Five Beacons tallied double figures in the scoring column, the first time that has occurred since March 3, 2022 vs. Evansville in the MVC Tournament.
Starting on the Right Foot
Valpo snapped a three-game opening night losing streak and improved to 9-3 over the last 12 years on opening night.
The program improved to 18-1 in its last 19 home openers with the Nov. 6 win over Trinity Christian.
Roger Powell Jr. became the fourth straight Valpo head coach to win his first game at the ARC.
From Down Town
Valpo drained 14 3-pointers on Nov. 6 vs. Trinity Christian, the team’s highest total since Feb. 22, 2020 vs. Bradley.
The Beacons got off 33 3-point attempts, the team’s highest total since 34 in double overtime on Feb. 4 of last season vs. Drake. This marked the team’s highest number of 3-point tries in a regulation game since Nov. 24, 2021 vs. Tulane (34).
Isaiah Stafford went 5-of-6 from 3-point territory, becoming the first Valpo player to hit five or more 3s in a game since Maximus Nelson on Feb. 4, 2023 vs. Drake. Stafford’s success from beyond the arc helped him to a team-high 20 points.
Valpo was one of 26 teams in the nation with 33 or more 3-point attempts on opening night.
The Beacons had 72 total shot attempts in the win over the Trolls, the team’s most since Nov. 27, 2021 vs. Trinity Christian. Valpo was one of 28 teams in the country to take 72 or more shots on opening night.
Valpo swiped 15 steals in the Nov. 6 win over Trinity Christian, one of only 13 teams nationally with 15 or more steals on opening night.
This marked Valpo’s highest steal count since Dec. 17, 2020 vs. Purdue Northwest.
The team was led in steals by Isaiah Stafford, whose four represented a career high.
Stafford became just the third different Valpo player in the last six seasons to boast 20 or more points and four or more steals in the same game, joining Nick Edwards (Dec. 21, 2022 vs. Stonehill) and Javon Freeman-Liberty (six times).
Valpo scored 41 points off Trinity Christian’s 28 turnovers. The 28 giveaways marked the most by a Valpo opponent since Purdue Northwest also turned it over 28 times on Dec. 17, 2020 at the ARC.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 6: Valpo 100, Trinity Christian 61
A dozen Valpo players took the court, including eight who made their Beacon debuts. Four of those saw their first collegiate action.
Returnee Jerome Palm contributed 11 points, tying a career high in scoring that was established on Dec. 1 of last season at Belmont.
Ola Ajiboye surpassed his previous collegiate career high of eight points, which occurred against Western Michigan while playing for Central Michigan last season. He poured in 10 in his Valpo debut, eight of which came at the free-throw line.
Jahari Williamson and Jaxon Edwards had 16 points apiece, behind only Isaiah Stafford’s game-high 20.
Darius DeAveiro handed out a team-most six assists.
Cooper Schwieger started in his collegiate debut and scored nine points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. He became the first Valpo freshman with nine or more points and eight or more rebounds in a game since Sheldon Edwards on Dec. 9, 2020 vs. SIUE.
Rookie Kaspar Sepp added eight points off the bench on 3-of-4 shooting.
The Game’s Biggest Stage
Valpo head coach Roger Powell Jr. owns the unique distinction of having played and coached in the national championship game.
Just 12 coaches in the last 25 years have coached in the national title game after previously playing in the national title game, and two others have coached in the national championship game after being a rostered player but not seeing action in the national title game as a student-athlete.
In the last quarter of a century, only two coaches have coached in the national title game after previously playing in the national title game at a different school – Roger Powell Jr. and Kenny Payne.
Name Year, Team as Player Year, Team as Coach
Sean May 2005, UNC 2022, UNC
Roger Powell Jr. 2005, Illinois 2021, Gonzaga
Jeff Capel 1994, Duke 2015, Duke
Nate James 1999 & 2001, Duke 2015, Duke
Jon Scheyer 2010, Duke 2015, Duke
Ricky Moore 1999, UConn 2014, UConn
Kenny Payne 1986, Louisville 2014, Kentucky
Danny Manning 1988, Kansas 2008 & 2012, Kansas
Chris Collins 1994, Duke 2010, Duke
Jim Thomas 1981, Indiana 2002, Indiana
Johnny Dawkins 1986, Duke 2001, Duke
David Henderson 1986, Duke 1999, Duke
Quin Snyder 1986, Duke 1999, Duke – DNP
Jeremy Case 2008, Kansas 2022, Kansas – DNP
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER AT EASTERN ILLINOIS
The Valpo women’s basketball team opened the 2023-24 season on Sunday afternoon in Charleston, Ill., leading host Eastern Illinois by three at the half before the Panthers claimed the lead for good early in the second half and pulled away late, dealing the Beacons a 75-62 defeat.
How It Happened
Valpo had the first big run of the game after a back-and-forth battle in the early going, putting together an 11-0 run over a span of three-plus minutes which gave the Beacons a 19-9 lead with 1:49 to play in the first quarter. Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]), Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) all had triples during the run, while Jackson capped it with a driving layup.
The Beacons’ lead was 19-11 at the end of the first quarter, and when Jackson connected on a triple on Valpo’s first possession of the second quarter, the advantage reached its apex at 22-11.
Eastern Illinois slowly crept closer, slicing points off the Beacons’ edge. The Panthers got as close as two points late in the third quarter, with Valpo eventually taking a 34-31 lead into the locker room.
Valpo struggled from the field in the third period, hitting just 3-for-13 from the floor for the quarter. Eastern Illinois went in front on a 3-point play with 7:39 to play in the quarter and led 49-44 with 10 minutes to play.
It took the Beacons less than a minute to erase that deficit, as on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter, Kayla Preston (Omaha, Neb./Millard North) connected on a 3-pointer and Earnest finished at the rim to tie things up 49-49 with 9:08 to play.
The score was still tied, this time at 51-51, following a pair of Harris free throws with 7:24 remaining, but Eastern Illinois ripped off a big run at that point, scoring 10 straight over the next three-plus minutes to pull out to a 61-51 lead with 3:51 to go.
Harris kept Valpo in the game, scoring five points over the Beacons’ next two possessions to halve the deficit, and when Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) got a steal and fast-break layup with two minutes remaining, Valpo was within 64-60. But EIU converted a 3-point play on its next offensive possession to seal the game in the host’s favor.
Inside the Game
Valpo was the second-to-last Division I women’s basketball program to open the 2023-24 season. Only Kent State — which tipped off two hours later on Sunday — waited longer to kick off the campaign.
Sunday’s game came against an Eastern Illinois team which posted a 21-8 record last season and finished in second place in the OVC. The Panthers were already playing their third game of the season on Sunday.
The Beacons reached double digits in 3-pointers made on Sunday, going 10-of-24 from the 3-point line.
Earnest paced the offense with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting while pulling down a game-high nine rebounds and setting a career high with four assists.
In her first game at Valpo, Harris delivered 12 points — just two off her career best — and three assists.
Making her collegiate debut, Jackson connected on three triples as part of an 11-point, three-rebound afternoon.
Jackson was one of three true freshmen playing their first collegiate game on Sunday. Twin sister Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) came off the bench to score seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, while Preston registered five points and five rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) hit both of her 3-point attempts and also handed out three assists without committing a turnover.
Valpo held a 23-8 advantage in bench points over EIU, but the Panthers held a 46-24 advantage in points in the paint.
Thoughts From Head Coach Mary Evans
“I thought we improved over the last week since our scrimmage. I think the things we’ve focused on, we did better over longer periods of time. We still have a lot of growth in our transition defense, we still have a lot of growth in our transition offense.”
“I thought at times our offense lost its tempo – I thought we were a lot harder to guard in the first half, and we got stagnant in our movement in the second half.”
“We’ve been so competitive in practice this entire preseason. I told the players at the beginning of preseason that their job was to make it really, really hard for us as coaches to know who to play, and it has been really tough. They just continue to make it difficult on us, and they compete, and that competition is only going to make our players better.”
“I think there’s a lot of great lessons to take from tonight’s game, and I’m excited to get on the floor tomorrow to make some corrections. We play a very similar team on Saturday in Western Illinois, and we’re going to see how much we grew over the course of another week.”
Valpo (0-1) steps on the floor at the ARC for the only time in the season’s first six games on Saturday afternoon when the Beacons host Western Illinois at 1 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN+.
UINDY MEN’S SOCCER
MEN’S SOCCER CAPTURES 4TH GLVC TITLE, TAKES DOWN UIS IN PKS
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The No. 13 UIndy men’s soccer team won their fourth GLVC Tournament Championship in penalty kicks against the No. 9-ranked Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars on Sunday evening at the EastSide Centre. The Greyhounds outlasted the Prairie Stars in penalty kicks, 2-1, to earn the league’s automatic-qualifying bid to the 2023 DII Men’s Soccer Championship.
This is the fourth GLVC tournament title won by the Hounds, adding to the trophy case with the hardware from 2014, 2017, and 2021. The newly-crowned champs will find out who they face tomorrow in the selection show at 7 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.
INS & OUT
The game went into penalty kicks after a scoreless double overtime, where both teams dominated on the defensive end. Kieran Brown manned the net for the Greyhounds, saving one of the shots while two others went off target, both going down as failed chips over the Australian keeper. August Abrahamsen and Bobby Turner were the PK heroes for UIndy, each scoring on their penalty kick tries.
The Greyhounds came into overtime determined to bring home the championship. The Hounds got off three shots, two on goal. In the second overtime UIndy attempted three shots with two on goal. UIS was not able to get off a shot in both overtimes.
The first 90 minutes consisted of the Greyhounds and the Prairie Starts playing physical and defensive soccer. Both teams ended regulation with four shots each, with the Stars managing the only shots on goal of regulation with two.
INSIDE THE BOX
– Kieran Brown remained in goal for the Hounds during the entire contest. The Aussie native had two saves on the day.
– Niklas Thanhofer, Bobby Turner, Pierre Lurot, Vincent Montoya, Jakob David, and Brandon Johnson all remained on the pitch for the whole match.
– The Hounds finished the game with ten shots, three on goal. Tselios led in shots with two, one on goal.
The Greyhounds will prepare for the NCAA tournament. The bracket will be released Monday, Nov. 13 with a selection show at 7 p.m. EST. Stay tuned to @UIndyAthletics on X to see who the Hounds will face.
FOOTBALL SECURES PLAYOFF SPOT, RETURN TRIP TO PITT STATE
INDIANAPOLIS—The GLVC-champion UIndy football team was one of just 28 schools to hear its named called on the 2023 NCAA DII Championship Selection Show Sunday night. After wrapping up a 9-1 regular season, the Greyhounds will be making their second straight DII playoff appearance and eighth overall.
UIndy is off to Pittsburg, Kan., for a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup with Pitt State. The Gorillas are the freshly-crowned MIAA champions, finishing the season at 10-1. Kickoff is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. local.
The NCAA announced the entire ’23 postseason field Sunday evening on NCAA.com. The top seed in Super Region 3 (and corresponding first-round bye) went to the undefeated champions of the GAC, Harding University (11-0). The Bison await the winner of No. 4-seed Central Missouri and Henderson State, while the UIndy/PSU winner will take on the survivor of GLIAC rivals Grand Valley and Ferris State.
BLUBAUGH, MULKEY WIN TITLES IN CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND – Derek Blubaugh (197) and Blake Mulkey (141) won their respective weight class on Sunday as the UIndy wrestling team competed at the Bob Del Rosa Ohio Intercollegiate Open – one of the largest wrestling tournaments in the country – hosted by Case Western University.
Wrestlers from 25 colleges and universities competed in nearly 600 matches at the open invitational.
INS & OUTS
To nobody’s surprise, Blubaugh cruised to the 197 crown with four victories in the bracket. The redshirt junior faced his toughest test in round of 16, winning by a score of 8-3 over John Carroll’s Sean McElhinny. Blubaugh then proceeded to earn a major decision, pin, and tech fall over the next three rounds for the win.
Blubaugh was named the Outstanding Wrestler award just eight days ago in the season opener at the Kaufman/Brand/Bayly Open at Maryville University.
Mulkey claimed the title at 141 by defeating two of his teammates, including Ray Rioux in the semifinals by a 6-4 decision. The graduate student preceded the win with a major decision in the round of 16 and tech fall in the quarterfinals. Mulkey earned the victory in the final via forfeit.
Owen Butler (174) finished runner-up, falling in the final after a pair of dominating tech falls that earned him a place in the title bout. Butler cruised in his first two matches en route to the final with a combined 32-0 score against his opponents from John Carroll and Glenville State. The Swan Point, Md., native dropped the final to Cooper Haase in a 14-3 major decision.
Other top finishes by UIndy wrestlers include: Trey Sizemore third at 174, Aidan Petersen fourth at 184, Rioux fourth at 141, and Shane Bates fifth at 165.
The Greyhounds will compete at the Findlay Open next Saturday before heading to the Purdue Duals on Sunday against two DI opponents. Blubaugh and Phoenix Rodgers shared the 197 title in last season’s event at Findlay.
MARIAN FOOTBALL QUALIFIES FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE NAIA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 20 team field of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) on Sunday evening, and Marian University football earned the fifth seed and a first round bye. Marian’s first game in the NAIA FCS will come on November 25, with the Knights hosting at St. Vincent Field at 1:05 p.m.
For the sixth consecutive season and 12th time in program history, the Marian football team has qualified for the NAIA postseason, as Marian enters as the fifth-seed in the FCS. The Knights (9-1) are the 2023 MSFA Mideast Co-Champions, and as a top-12 team have earned an first round bye. Marian earned an at-large berth to the field of 20 teams, and are the highest rated at-large team in the full field. The Knights have an overall record of 20-9 in the NAIA FCS.
The Knights were one of three MSFA schools to qualify, with all three earning first round byes. Also earning first round byes are No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 12 St. Xavier. Northwestern holds the top seed entering the postseason, followed by Grand View, Keiser, and Georgetown.
Stay tuned to Marian Athletics on X (Twitter), Instagram, and MUKnights.com on Saturday November 18, as the NAIA will announce Marian’s opponent for the Second Round following the conclusion of the first round games.
The game will be the first hosted by Marian over Thanksgiving weekend since 2019, when the Knights played in the FCS Quarterfinals. Marian defeated No. 10 Cumberlands 30-0 in the 2019 NAIA Quarterfinals hosted over Thanksgiving.
All of Marian’s action in the NAIA FCS can be seen or heard on the ISC Sports Network. Tickets will go on sale the week of November 20, and an announcement will be made when tickets are live.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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November 13, 1875 – Hamilton Park in New Haven, Connecticut: The Harvard-Yale game is the first college football contest with players wearing uniforms, according to the connecticuthistory.org website. Before that, teams took the field wearing every mismatched garment under the sun. The article goes on to say that soccer and rugby rules gave early football some inspiration for its attire from the first American rugby uniforms. These consisted of long pants tied tightly at the ankles, a jersey, and an almost stocking-type hat. The long pants evolved into knickers that fit tightly to the skin. At that first Harvard Yale match, Yale wore dark pants, blue jerseys, and yellow hats while Harvard sported crimson knee breeches, shirts, and stockings. The game was also the first time the schools met in what has become an annual rivalry. Yale guaranteed Harvard $75 to play, and with tickets selling for 50¢ each, 2,000 spectators filled the park.
Flag Football Innovation
November 13, 1962 – The patent for a detachable streamer for use in flag football was issued. According to an article on sportsrec.com, flag football officially dates back to 1933, but it didn’t really gain popularity until it became quite popular on U.S. military bases in the 1940’s. The military brass loved it because America could not send football-battered soldiers into combat which is what would occur if tackle football without pads was played. So tackling a ball carrier was simply replaced with the safer practice of grabbing and pulling off a flag attached to his clothing. When the flag was taken, the player was downed. When the fellas went home after fulfilling their duties they took the game of flag football back home with them. Civilian popularity for flag football then grew too and in the 1960’s a league formed called the National Touch Football League. This group did away with the flags though and used the method of touching with two hands to replace the tackle. Touching with two hands was often a very disputable judgement when in the heat of battle on the gridiron. “You only got me with one hand!” was a common argument on the fields of touch football. One man that must have recognized this issue had a resolution, a guy named F. E. Steinkamp filed for US Patent 3,063,718 on November 13, 1962 for the detachable streamers for the means in the use to play touch football. It was about a decade later when they became popular when in the 1970’s the flag football returned and spread across college campuses. The article goes on to say that the University of New Orleans hosted the first National Collegiate Flag Football Championship in 1979. Two years later, in 1981, the sport opened up to allow schools to play each other when the inaugural National Collegiate Flag Football Championship took place in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Texas Western (UTEP) battles Utah to the End
November 13, 1965 – Salt lake City, Utah – Texas Western University defeated the University of Utah, 20-19. Just for clarity Texas Western is now under the name of UTEP in today’s football landscape.The NFF’s website story on this game tells us of the final play of the game: Miners quarterback Billy Stevens tossed a miraculous 92-yard touchdown pass to Bob Wallace with 16 seconds for the go-ahead score, it was basically a walk-off win! Wallace also scored the first points of the game on an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter before the Utes leapt to a 19-7 edge on two rushing touchdowns by tailback Ben Woodson. On the defensive side of the ball, Fred Carr led the Miners with 15 tackles.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for November 13
C- Bob Pellegrini
November 13, 1934 – Williamsport, Pennsylvania – The birthday of one of the University of Maryland’s greatest players Bob Pellegrini was celebrated. Bob was a two-way player for the Terrapins at both center and linebacker. The National Football Foundation tells us that Maryland’s record was 27-4-1 in Pellegrini’s three varsity seasons ranking number 1 in 1953 in the Associated Press poll 8th in 1954 and in the 3 spot in 1955. The API, UP and INS all declared Maryland the National Champs in 1953. Bob was unanimous All-America at center in 1955 and was declared the MVP of the College All-Star game in 1956. The NFF voted Bob Pellegrini into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. After college Pellegrini played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and with the Washington Redskins. In 1957 he served in the U.S. Army. After hanging up the pads, he served as assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins.
QB- Vinny Testeverde
November 13, 1963 – Brooklyn , New York – Vinny Testeverde the heralded quarterback that played for the Miami Hurricanes was born. The umsportshalloffame.com informs us that Vinny is one of the few players in Hurricane history to have his jersey number 14 retired. Testeverde was also the very first University of Miami Player to ever win the Heisman Trophy when he did it in 1986. When he left the college playing field he held the highest passer rating of the U with a 152.8 score when he completed 63% of his passes in the 1986 season. He was also tied for first with alum Steve Walsh for team career touchdown passes at 48 and was second in passing yardage in the Miami record books. Vinny Testeverde was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Testaverde was selected the first pick in the 1987 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also played with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers in his illustrious 21 seasons in the NFL.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
5 – 1 – 9 – 11 – 45 – 14 – 9 – 6 – 8 – 37 – 16 – 21 – 24 – 22 – 27
November 13, 1875 – The Harvard-Yale game became the 1st college football contest with uniforms for each team. The contest has been noted as the first ever when both teams donned coordinated uniforms. The teams fielded fifteen athletes to a side. Harvard students picked crimson over magenta as the school color and athletic nickname.
November 13, 1951 – Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 and Number 1, Billy Martin, lost by the score of 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)
November 13, 1964 – Bob Petit, Number 9 of the St Louis Hawks, became 1st NBA player to score 20,000 points
November 13, 1968 – Rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward, Elvin Hayes, Number 11 scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets’ 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high
November 13, 1968 – Bob Gibson, Number 45 edged out Pete Rose, Number 14 to win National League MVP
November 13, 1973 – Oakland A’s Reggie Jackson, Number 9 unanimously won the American League MVP
November 13, 1974 – LA Dodgers Number 6, Steve Garvey won the NL MVP
November 13, 1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell, Number 8 and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Number 37, Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award
November 13, 1985 – Dwight Gooden, Number 16 of the New York Mets youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award
November 13, 1991 – Boston Red Sox Number 21, Roger Clemens won the AL Cy Young Award
November 13, 1996 – San Diego Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti, Number 21 was 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
November 13, 1997 – Ken Griffey Jr., Number 24 of the Seattle Mariners unanimously won the AL MVP
November 13, 2014 – Clayton Kershaw, Number 22 of the LA Dodgers and Mike Trout, Number 27 won the MVP awards in MLB for 2014
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