INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Munster 50 Lake Central 45
East Chicago Central 70 Gary West 55
Chesterton
Chesterton 74 Lowell 38
Crown Point 55 Valparaiso 51
Mishawaka
Mishawaka 41 South Bend Adams 37
South Bend Riley 58 Michigan City 50
Elkhart
Warsaw 48 Concord 35
Penn 52 Elkhart 43
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider 50 Fort Wayne Northrop 36
Fort Wayne North 50 DeKalb 37
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne 84 New Haven 59
Homestead 58 Columbia City 45
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo 65 Lafayette Jeff 52
Marion 89 Logansport 69
Noblesville
Noblesville 71 Westfield 43
Fishers 54 Hamilton Southeastern 44
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine 60 Pendleton Heights 58
Greenfield-Central 54 Muncie Central 44
Lawrence North
Indianapolis Cathedral 48 Warren Central 43
Lawrence North 57 Indianapolis Attucks 50
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli 59 Decatur Central 57
Ben Davis 74 Southport 53
Terre Haute South
Avon 61 Terre Haute South 45
Terre Haute North 61 Brownsburg 53
Bloomington North
Martinsville 65 Bloomington South 61
Center Grove 52 Bloomington North 38
East Central
East Central 41 Columbus East 37
Franklin 66 Whiteland 56
Seymour
Jeffersonville 66 Floyd Central 28
New Albany 76 Jennings County 68
Evansville North
Evansville Harrison 76 Castle 53
Jasper 43 Evansville Central 35
CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central 48 River Forest 46
Hammond Noll 54 Griffith 34
Tippecanoe Valley
Tippecanoe Valley 54 Knox 26
John Glenn 45 Bremen 38
South Bend Washington
South Bend St. Joseph 65 Mishawaka Marian 48
South Bend Clay 64 Jimtown 53
Lakeland
Fairfield 52 West Noble 25
NorthWood 46 Lakeland 43
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia 72 Angola 47
Leo 53 Heritage 38
Frankfort
Twin Lakes 36 North Montgomery 34
West Lafayette 69 Frankfort 59
Mississinewa
Mississinewa 35 Northwestern 31
Peru 69 Oak Hill 52
New Castle
Yorktown 64 Hamilton Heights 53
Delta 54 New Castle 41
Lebanon
Danville 65 Crawfordsville 53
Tri-West 46 Lebanon 38
Owen Valley
Northview 56 Owen Valley 48
Edgewood 76 Indian Creek 72 OT
Guerin Catholic
Guerin Catholic 54 Indianapolis Chatard 36
Brebeuf Jesuit 55 Heritage Christian 39
Beech Grove
Christel House 58 Beech Grove 55
Indianapolis Washington 63 Purdue Poly Englewood 50
Greensburg
Lawrenceburg 38 Greensburg 36 3OT
Batesville 48 Connersville 31
Scottsburg
Silver Creek 57 Madison 51
Scottsburg 70 Corydon Central 40
Princeton
Southridge 50 Vincennes Lincoln 41
Princeton 53 Pike Central 37
Boonville
Evansville Memorial 50 Evansville Mater Dei 36
Evansville Bosse 62 Mount Vernon (Posey) 50
CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Gary 21st Century 89 Whiting 39
Andrean 50 Illiana Christian 48 OT
North Judson
North Judson 48 LaVille 33
Hebron 71 South Central (Union Mills) 65
Westview
Westview 67 Central Noble 63
Churubusco 57 Eastside 48
Lewis Cass
Wabash 40 Pioneer 22
Lewis Cass 50 Winamac 48
Bluffton
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 67 Adams Central 44
Fort Wayne Luers 53 Whitko 49
Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic 49 Clinton Prairie 32
Carroll (Flora) 63 Covington 49
Tipton
Tipton 61 Eastern (Greentown) 44
Taylor 53 Eastbrook 37
Alexandria
Monroe Central 65 Winchester 47
Wapahani 67 Wes-Del 46
Hagerstown
Union County 58 Hagerstown 45
Northeastern 46 Shenandoah 32
Triton Central
Irvington Prep 74 Indianapolis Riverside 61
Eastern Hancock 54 Triton Central 41
Sheridan
University 60 Sheridan 50
Park Tudor 68 Covenant Christian 34
Greencastle
North Putnam 57 Southmont 56
Parke Heritage 61 Greencastle 47
South Ripley
Hauser 52 South Ripley 51
Switzerland County 52 North Decatur 48
Southwestern (Hanover)
Providence 66 Austin 31
Brownstown Central 73 Southwestern (Hanover) 49
Paoli
Sullivan 50 Linton-Stockton 47
South Knox 53 Eastern Greene 11
Forest Park
Forest Park 92 Crawford County 48
North Posey 56 Perry Central 43
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Demotte Christian 63 Tri-Township 30
Kouts 52 Morgan Twp. 46
Triton
Marquette Catholic 54 Oregon-Davis 35
Westville 58 Triton 56
Bethany Christian
Lakewood Park 63 Hamilton 15
Elkhart Christian 59 Lakeland Christian 36
Caston
Tri-County 66 Frontier 37
Caston 58 West Central 37
Southern Wells
Northfield 46 Smith Academy 19
Fort Wayne Canterbury 67 Southwood 53
Fountain Central
North Vermillion 52 Faith Christian 40
Rossville 60 Fountain Central 44
Tri-Central
Cowan 51 Daleville 46
Liberty Christian 69 Tri-Central 57
Blue River
Seton Catholic 59 Tri 47
Blue River 51 Cambridge City Lincoln 43
White River Valley
Clay City 57 Shakamak 45
Bloomfield 42 North Central (Farmersburg) 27
Bethesda Christian
Bethesda Christian 58 Purdue Poly North 22
Indianapolis Metropolitan 77 Indiana Math & Science 22
Indianapolis Lutheran
Indianapolis Lutheran 68 Indianapolis Tindley 41
Greenwood Christian 58 Central Christian 21
Edinburgh
Oldenburg Academy 58 Morristown 53
Jac-Cen-Del 44 South Decatur 35
Borden
Christian Academy 57 Rock Creek Academy 54 OT
South Central (Elizabeth) 46 Borden 41
New Washington
New Washington 69 Rising Sun 47
Trinity Lutheran 67 Medora 34
Loogootee
Orleans 69 Vincennes Rivet 21
Barr-Reeve 44 Loogootee 33
Tecumseh
Evansville Christian 83 Northeast Dubois 47
Wood Memorial 78 Evansville Day 58

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UPS

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Munster at East Chicago Central 7:00 pm
Chesterton
Crown Point at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka
South Bend Riley at Mishawaka 7:00 pm
Elkhart
Warsaw vs. Penn 7:00 pm
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider vs. Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne at Homestead 7:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo vs. Marion 7:30 pm
Noblesville
Fishers at Noblesville 7:00 pm
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Lawrence North
Indianapolis Cathedral at Lawrence North 7:00 pm
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli vs. Ben Davis 7:00 pm
Terre Haute South
Avon vs. Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Bloomington North
Martinsville vs. Center Grove 7:00 pm
East Central
Franklin at East Central 7:00 pm
Seymour
Jeffersonville vs. New Albany 7:30 pm
Evansville North
Evansville Harrison vs. Jasper 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central vs. Hammond Noll 8:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley
John Glenn at Tippecanoe Valley 7:00 pm
South Bend Washington
South Bend St. Joseph vs. South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
Lakeland
Fairfield vs. NorthWood 7:30 pm
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Leo 7:00 pm
Frankfort
Twin Lakes vs. West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Mississinewa
Peru at Mississinewa 7:00 pm
New Castle
Yorktown vs. Delta 7:00 pm
Lebanon
Danville vs. Tri-West 7:00 pm
Owen Valley
Northview vs. Edgewood 7:00 pm
Guerin Catholic
Brebeuf Jesuit at Guerin Catholic 7:00 pm
Beech Grove
Christel House vs. Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Greensburg
Lawrenceburg vs. Batesville 7:30 pm
Scottsburg
Silver Creek at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Princeton
Southridge at Princeton 7:00 pm
Boonville
Evansville Memorial vs. Evansville Bosse 7:00 pm


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Gary 21st Century vs. Andrean 8:00 pm
North Judson
Hebron at North Judson 7:00 pm
Westview
Churubusco at Westview 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass
Wabash at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Bluffton
Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Fort Wayne Luers 7:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic
Carroll (Flora) at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:00 pm
Tipton
Taylor at Tipton 7:30 pm
Alexandria
Monroe Central vs. Wapahani 7:30 pm
Hagerstown
Union County vs. Northeastern 7:30 pm
Triton Central
Irvington Prep vs. Eastern Hancock 7:00 pm
Sheridan
University vs. Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Greencastle
North Putnam vs. Parke Heritage 7:00 pm
South Ripley
Hauser vs. Switzerland County 6:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Providence vs. Brownstown Central 7:00 pm
Paoli
Sullivan vs. South Knox 7:00 pm
Forest Park
North Posey at Forest Park 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Demotte Christian at Kouts 8:00 pm
Triton
Marquette Catholic vs. Westville 7:00 pm
Bethany Christian
Lakewood Park vs. Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Caston
Tri-County at Caston 7:30 pm
Southern Wells
Northfield vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury 7:00 pm
Fountain Central
North Vermillion vs. Rossville 7:00 pm
Tri-Central
Cowan vs. Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
Blue River
Seton Catholic at Blue River 7:00 pm
White River Valley
Clay City vs. Bloomfield 7:00 pm
Bethesda Christian
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Bethesda Christian 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Greenwood Christian at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Edinburgh
Oldenburg Academy vs. Jac-Cen-Del 7:00 pm
Borden
Christian Academy vs. South Central (Elizabeth) 7:00 pm
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran at New Washington 7:30 pm
Loogootee
Orleans vs. Barr-Reeve 7:00 pm
Tecumseh
Evansville Christian vs. Wood Memorial 7:30 pm

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

LOYOLA 77 #21 DAYTON 72

#22 UTAH STATE 72 AIR FORCE 60

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NBA SCOREBOARD

NEW ORLEANS 129 INDIANA 102

PHILADELPHIA 121 CHARLOTTE 114

CLEVELAND 110 DETROIT 100

BOSTON 138 DALLAS 110

GOLDEN STATE 120 TORONTO 105

PORTLAND 122 MEMPHIS 92

SACRAMENTO 124 MINNESOTA 120 OT

MILWAUKEE 113 CHICAGO 97

LA CLIPPERS 140 WASHINGTON 115

NHL SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 5 PHILADELPHIA 2

ARIZONA 5 OTTAWA 3

ANAHEIM 4 NEW JERSEY 3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH 12 TAMPA BAY 8

MINNESOTA 5 BOSTON 3

ST. LOUIS 3 NY METS 2

BALTIMORE 3 ATLANTA 1

DETROIT 4 PHILADELPHIA 2

MIAMI 6 PHILADELPHIA 6

HOUSTON 10 WASHINGTON 8

SAN FRANCISCO 11 TEXAS 5

KANSAS CITY 5 OAKLAND 4

CHICAGO CUBS 10 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6

COLORADO 10 SEATTLE 9

LA ANGELS 5 SAN DIEGO 3

MILWAUKEE 4 SAN DIEGO 3

NY YANKEES 8 TORONTO 4

ARIZONA 12 CINCINNATI 8

LA DODGERS 6 CLEVELAND 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

NO GAME SCHEDULED

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

EAST CAROLINA 7 PURDUE 1

ALABAMA 12 INDIANA 0

NOTRE DAME 14 TENNESSEE TECH 3

BALL STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE PPD.

MOREHEAD STATE 11 BUTLER 6

VALPARAISO 9 ELON 4

EVANSVILLE 18 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 5

SOUTHERN MISS 5 INDIANA STATE 1

SOUTHERN INDIANA 14 ST. THOMAS 11

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTPS://D1BASEBALL.COM/SCORES/?DATE=20240301

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

PURDUE 9 RADFORD 4

INDIANA 7 BOWLING GREEN 3

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: HTTPS://WWW.ESPN.COM/COLLEGE-SOFTBALL/SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LOYOLA CHICAGO DEFEATS NO. 21 DAYTON BEHIND WATSON’S 24 POINTS

CHICAGO (AP) — Des Watson scored 24 points and Braden Norris made two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch, finishing with 19 points and 11 assists as Loyola Chicago defeated No. 21 Dayton 77-72 on Friday night.

Philip Alston made a 3 to give the Ramblers a 69-65 lead with 3:03 left, but Koby Brea answered with a 3-pointer for Dayton. With 2:09 remaining, Norris drained a 3 to put Loyola Chicago up 72-68. DaRon Holmes II cut it to 72-70 with two free throws, but Norris iced the game with another 3 from the corner with 17 seconds to go.

Alston scored 13 points and Miles Rubin blocked four shots for the Ramblers (21-8, 13-3 Atlantic 10), who have won eight of nine.

Holmes had 20 points and nine rebounds for Dayton (22-6, 12-4), which has dropped two of three. Enoch Cheeks added 16 points.

MARTINEZ SCORES 21 TO HELP NO. 22 UTAH STATE TOP AIR FORCE 72-60

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Ian Martinez scored 21 points to lead No. 22 Utah State to a 72-60 victory over Air Force on Friday night.

Mason Falslev added 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists to help the Aggies (24-5, 12-4 Mountain West) win their third straight game.

Ethan Taylor led Air Force with 15 points. Rytis Petraitis chipped in 14 points and Beau Becker added 12 for the Falcons (9-19, 2-14) ,who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Utah State made six straight baskets and scored on eight consecutive possessions overall to build a 34-19 lead late in the first half. Martinez led the charge with two baskets and a pair of free throws during that decisive stretch.

Air Force trimmed the deficit to single digits after halftime, cutting Utah State’s lead to 56-48 with 12:14 left after Taylor and Becker knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers

That’s as close as Air Force got before the Aggies pulled away again. The Falcons endured a seven-minute scoring drought, opening the door for Utah State push its lead back to double digits.

Javon Jackson’s fastbreak layup capped an 11-0 run that gave the Aggies a 67-48 lead with 5:27 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Air Force has never won a road game against a ranked opponent and fell to 4-91 all-time against ranked teams.

Utah State led wire to wire while taking another step closer to clinching a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title.

UP NEXT

Air Force visits Wyoming on Tuesday.

Utah State visits San Jose State on Wednesday.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CELTICS ROUT MAVS IN 10TH STRAIGHT WIN

Jayson Tatum overcame a slow start to score a team-high 32 points as the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to 10 games by beating the visiting Dallas Mavericks 138-110 Friday night.

Tatum had two points after 17 minutes but finished 10-for-19 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Kristaps Porzingis tossed in 24.

Boston was 21 of 43 (48.8 percent) from beyond the 3-point line. Tatum connected on 5-of-9 3-point attempts. Porzingis made four 3-pointers, while Jrue Holiday and Derrick White each finished with three.

Luka Doncic had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Mavericks. It was his 12th triple-double of the season and the 10th straight game he has scored at least 25 points.

Kings 124, Timberwolves 120 (OT)

Malik Monk scored a season-high 39 points on 16-for-29 shooting as Sacramento outlasted Minnesota for an overtime win in Minneapolis.

Domantas Sabonis added 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the Kings. Keegan Murray finished with 17 points, and Davion Mitchell scored 16 on 7-for-8 shooting.

Jaden McDaniels scored 26 points on 9-for-11 shooting to lead the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 19 points, and Rudy Gobert posted 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Clippers 140, Wizards 115

James Harden scored 21 of his 28 points in the second quarter as Los Angeles routed visiting Washington.

The victory came at a cost to the Clippers, who lost Russell Westbrook to a fractured left hand in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and Paul George had 22 as the Clippers ended their first two-game skid since just before Christmas.

Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points, Deni Avdija added 14 and Marvin Bagley III had 10 points with 10 rebounds as the Wizards lost their 14th straight game.

Warriors 120, Raptors 105

Stephen Curry scored 25 points and Golden State defeated Toronto for its eighth consecutive road victory.

Jonathan Kuminga added 24 points for the Warriors, who have won six of their past seven games overall. Moses Moody had 17 points, Klay Thompson scored 14, Chris Paul contributed 13, and Draymond Green had six points and 13 rebounds.

RJ Barrett scored 23 points for the Raptors, who have dropped two straight and lost All-Star Scottie Barnes to a broken hand. Kelly Olynyk had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jakob Poeltl had 10 points and 14 boards.

Cavaliers 110, Pistons 100

Darius Garland scored 29 points, including eight 3-pointers, and visiting Cleveland downed Detroit.

The Cavs have won nine straight against the Pistons and completed a four-game season series sweep. Evan Mobley had 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. Max Strus had 14 points, while Sam Merrill and Isaac Okoro added 12 apiece. Cleveland’s top scorer, Donovan Mitchell, did not play due to a knee injury.

Cade Cunningham led Detroit with 21 points and 10 assists. Jaden Ivey had 18 points and Isaiah Stewart supplied 16 with nine rebounds. Ausar Thompson had 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Jalen Duren added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

76ers 121, Hornets 114

Tyrese Maxey scored 33 points, Tobias Harris had 31 points and 12 rebounds and host Philadelphia held off Charlotte.

Kyle Lowry added 15 points and 10 assists and hit two free throws with 30.8 seconds remaining for a 119-114 lead. Buddy Hield contributed 13 points and Paul Reed had 11 for the Sixers.

Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Nick Richards added 19 points and Davis Bertans had 14. Grant Williams and Vasilije Micic had 13 each and Cody Martin finished with 12.

Bucks 113, Bulls 97

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 46 points, 16 rebounds and six assists to lead Milwaukee to a victory over host Chicago.

Antetokounmpo shot 16-for-22 while reaching the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. Patrick Beverley scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter and fueled his team’s decisive spurt as the Bucks won their fifth consecutive game. Damian Lillard added 16 points and seven assists but was just 4 of 18 from the field for Milwaukee, which never trailed.

Coby White paced Chicago with 22 points. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls before receiving a flagrant foul 2 and an ejection with 9:27 left in the game. Ayo Dosunmu added 15 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 points and nine assists and Alex Caruso scored 11 points for Chicago, which made 41.9 percent of its field-goal attempts and was 11 of 27 (40.7 percent) from behind the arc.

Trail Blazers 122, Grizzlies 92

Dalano Banton and Jabari Walker scored 19 points apiece and Duop Reath added 18 as visiting Portland snapped its nine-game losing streak, beating Memphis.

Kris Murray scored 14 points for Portland, which led by as many as 33 late in the game. Matisse Thybulle had 13 points and Jerami Grant 10. The Trail Blazers had not won since Jan. 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jake LaRavia led Memphis with a career-high 21 points, while Lamar Stevens scored 19, GG Jackson added 11 and Jordan Goodwin chipped in 10. The Grizzlies have lost four straight and 13 of their last 15.

Pelicans 129, Pacers 102

Brandon Ingram scored 34 points, Trey Murphy III matched his season high with 28 and host New Orleans dominated Indiana.

New Orleans tied the franchise record for points in a quarter as it raced to a 48-26 lead at the end of the first.

Isaiah Jackson had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Bennedict Mathurin scored 13 points, Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner had 12 each and Andrew Nembhard added 10 to lead the Pacers.

ALL-STAR SCOTTIE BARNES BREAKS HAND IN RAPTORS’ LOSS

Raptors forward Scottie Barnes broke his left hand in Toronto’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

Barnes got hurt with 1:56 left in the first half as his hand hit the rim while trying to block a shot.

The team announced postgame that he fractured the third metacarpal bone.

Barnes was riding a career-high run of five straight double-doubles before Friday. He ended the night with 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes during the Raptors’ 120-105 defeat.

In 60 games (all starts) this season, Barnes is averaging 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists. The stats are all career highs for Barnes, the 2021-22 Rookie of the Year who was selected as an All-Star for the first time this season.

Over 211 career games (210 starts) with the Raptors, Barnes — the No. 4 pick in the 2021 draft — has averages of 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Warriors veteran Draymond Green said of Barnes postgame, “He’s shooting the ball a lot better. He’s making reads. Super aggressive. He’s making guys around him better. …

“Scottie’s the face of the franchise. … He’s a special, special, special talent. … I think Scottie will do way more than I ever did in my career.”

CLIPPERS’ RUSSELL WESTBROOK SUSTAINS FRACTURED LEFT HAND

Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook was diagnosed with a fractured left hand during Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Westbrook’s injury appeared to occur while making a play on defense against the Wizards’ Jordan Poole in the second quarter. The nine-time All-Star and 2016-17 MVP played 10 minutes in the first half, scoring six points.

There was no immediate timetable when Westbrook would be able to return for the Clippers, who are in fourth place in the Western Conference.

Westbrook, 35, was averaging 11.1 points before Friday with 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He has made 10 starts in 57 games this season but has not been in the starting lineup since Nov. 14.

In 16 NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, Westbrook has averaged 21.8 points with 7.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

REPORTS: MATT CHAPMAN LANDS 3-YEAR, $54M DEAL WITH GIANTS

The San Francisco Giants, who came up short in recent years when bidding for high-end free agents such as Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani, reportedly landed a star late Friday night.

Third baseman Matt Chapman agreed to a three-year, $54 million deal with the Giants, multiple media outlets reported.

The contract reportedly grants Chapman opt-out power following each of the first two seasons — similar to the deal that outfielder Cody Bellinger recently agreed to with the Chicago Cubs. Chapman and Bellinger are both represented by agent Scott Boras.

Chapman is a four-time Gold Glove winner, most recently winning the honor last season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

As for his offense, his numbers last season — .240 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, .424 slugging percentage, 17 homers, 54 RBIs in 140 games — are similar to those of the player he figures to displace at third base in San Francisco. J.D. Davis hit .248/.325/.413 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs in 144 games.

Chapman, 30, began his major league career with the Oakland A’s from 2017-21. He made his lone All-Star appearance in 2019, when he hit .249/.342/.506 with career highs in homers (36) and RBIs (91) over 156 games.

He was traded to the Blue Jays in March 2022.

In 868 career games, Chapman has a .240/.329/.461 batting line with 155 home runs and 426 RBIs.

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: ASTROS BEAT NATS IN 10-8 SLUGFEST

Shay Whitcomb hit two RBI doubles and Jacob Melton smashed the eventual game-winning home run as the Houston Astros put together 10 consecutive runs and held off the host Washington Nationals 10-8 in a spring training game Friday in Palm Beach, Fla.

Melton’s two-run homer in the seventh inning put the Astros ahead 9-4, and Joey Loperfido added a run-scoring double in the eighth before Washington pushed back. Alex Call hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame and two runs scored on his fielder’s choice in the ninth — one on a throwing error — before Houston put the game away.

Hunter Brown (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief for Houston, in which he allowed one run, two hits and one walk. Grae Kessinger went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs for the Astros.

Nats reliever Jake Irvin (0-1) was shelled for seven runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. CJ Abrams opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first and an RBI single in the second to steer Washington to a 4-0 lead. The teams combined for 22 hits.

Pirates 12, Rays 8

Gilberto Celestino hit a grand slam and totaled five RBIs, Jared Triolo hit a three-run homer and host Pittsburgh outlasted Tampa Bay in Bradenton, Fla.

Bryan Reynolds hit his second homer of spring training in the bottom of the first after the Rays had opened a 3-0 lead.

Mitch Keller (1-0) got the win despite allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out two.

Jose Siri had three RBIs on a sacrifice fly, a fielder’s choice and a single for the Rays. Reliever Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) gave up Triolo’s home run.

Orioles 3, Braves 1

Ryan O’Hearn’s two-run double to cap a three-run third inning proved the difference for visiting Baltimore in a win over Atlanta in North Port, Fla.

O’Hearn finished 2-for-3 while Ryan Mountcastle had an RBI single and a run for the Orioles. Tyler Wells (1-0) yielded one hit over two scoreless innings as Baltimore’s starter.

The Braves were held to six hits and scored their only run on Leury Garcia’s fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth. Starter Bryce Elder (0-1) was responsible for all three earned runs; he scattered four hits and three strikeouts over three innings.

Twins 5, Red Sox 3

Royce Lewis rocked a grand slam to left field to lift Minnesota past visiting Boston in Fort Myers, Fla.

Red Sox starter Lucas Giolito (0-1) allowed Edouard Julien’s solo shot leading off the bottom of the first before loading the bases in the third. Lewis then took Jordan DiValerio yard on a 3-0 pitch, with Giolito finishing with four earned runs, two hits, three walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

Twins reliever Louie Varland (1-0) struck out four with one walk over two scoreless, hitless innings. Romy Gonzalez homered for the Red Sox.

Cardinals 3, Mets 2

Dylan Carlson and Alec Burleson had RBI singles as host St. Louis edged New York in Jupiter, Fla.

Cardinals starter Matthew Liberatore gave up just one run — Mark Vientos’ homer — and scattered two hits and a walk over three innings. Burleson finished 2-for-3 while Jose Fermin went 3-for-3.

Tomas Nido hit an RBI single in the eighth for the Mets, but they drew no closer. Blade Tidwell (0-1) gave up all three Cardinals runs on four hits with four strikeouts over 1 2/3 frames.

Marlins 6, Phillies 6

Cam Gallagher launched a two-run homer in the eighth before David Dahl hit a game-tying solo shot in the ninth as Philadelphia pulled out a draw with visiting Miami in Clearwater, Fla.

Vidal Brujan hit two RBI singles and Jesus Sanchez added two hits and a run for the Marlins, who built a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring groundout.

The Marlins took Phillies starter Aaron Nola for four runs and seven hits over three innings. Miami starter Jesus Luzardo pitched three scoreless frames with two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

Tigers 4, Phillies 2

Parker Meadows, Ryan Kreidler and Eddys Leonard each hit their first home runs of spring training as host Detroit beat Philadelphia’s split squad in Lakeland, Fla.

Meadows put Detroit on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot and Kreidler hit the go-ahead, two-run homer two batters later. Leonard had his moment in the seventh. Tigers reliever Joey Wentz (1-0) scattered three hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings.

Nick Podkul and Carlos De La Cruz had the Phillies’ RBIs. Reliever Ryan Burr (0-1) gave up the two sixth-inning homers.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: COYOTES BEAT SENATORS, END 14-GAME SKID

Dylan Guenther scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the visiting Arizona Coyotes snapped a 14-game skid with a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Arizona’s Matias Maccelli collected a goal and two assists and Nick Schmaltz, Michael Carcone, J.J. Moser and Guenther had one of each. Schmaltz had one of his team’s two power-play goals and won 10 of 13 faceoffs.

Karel Vejmelka made 34 saves for the Coyotes, who were 0-12-2 since beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 22. The Friday win prevented the team from matching the franchise record for the longest winless streak in a season, which was set by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2003-04.

Ottawa’s Vladimir Tarasenko and Shane Pinto each recorded a goal and an assist, and Drake Batherson also scored to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Anton Forsberg turned aside 25 shots for the Senators, who have lost three in a row after a 3-0-1 stretch.

Capitals 5, Flyers 2

Dylan Strome had a goal and two assists for Washington, which scored five unanswered goals to defeat visiting Philadelphia.

Hendrix Lapierre, Tom Wilson and Max Pacioretty each had two assists for the Capitals, who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games. Alex Ovechkin, Sonny Milano, John Carlson and Anthony Mantha scored goals, and Charlie Lindgren made 21 saves.

Owen Tippett had a goal and an assist, Bobby Brink also scored and Morgan Frost had two assists for the Flyers, who have lost five of seven (2-4-1). Samuel Ersson made 16 saves.

Ducks 4, Devils 3

Lukas Dostal sparkled in net with 52 saves and Frank Vatrano scored twice as host Anaheim edged New Jersey.

Dostal capped his performance by staring down Devils star Jack Hughes on a penalty shot with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Max Jones collected one goal and one assist and Adam Henrique added a goal for the Ducks, who won for the second consecutive night.

Hughes and Tyler Toffoli each posted one goal and one assist and Timo Meier also scored for the Devils, who have dropped two of their past three games. Starting goalie Nico Daws was pulled after surrendering four goals on 14 shots through the first two periods. Akira Schmid stopped nine shots in relief.

NFL NEWS

PATRIOTS RELEASE CB J.C. JACKSON, CLEAR $14.375M IN CAP SPACE

The New England Patriots released cornerback J.C. Jackson Friday.

The move frees up $14.375 million of salary cap space, according to spotrac.com.

Jackson, 28, was acquired from the Los Angeles Chargers in October for his second stint with the Patriots. He played in eight games (six starts) and didn’t intercept a pass.

Jackson had one pick in two games with the Chargers before the trade.

Jackson intercepted 25 passes in his first NFL four seasons with New England before becoming a free agent and signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Chargers prior to the 2022 season.

Jackson had a career-high nine interceptions in 2020 and eight in 2021 when he made his lone Pro Bowl. Overall, he has 26 career interceptions in 77 NFL games (52 starts).

Jackson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland.

CLEMSON CB NATE WIGGINS INJURED RUNNING BLAZING 40-YARD DASH

INDIANAPOLIS — Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins ran a blazing 40-yard dash but suffered a potentially serious leg injury that ended the projected first-round pick’s day on a down note.

One of the top-rated cornerbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft class, Wiggins posted an unofficial 4.29-second 40 but hobbled to the sideline moments later.

He talked to NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales before going to the locker room in Lucas Oil Stadium. Wiggins told Dales he felt a “pop” in his groin and his leg was on “fire.”

Wiggins weighed a very light 173 pounds at official measurements.

STEELERS LEGEND ANDY RUSSELL DIES AT 82

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Andy Russell, a two-time Super Bowl champion, has died. He was 82.

According to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh, Russell died Thursday night. Cause of death isn’t immediately known.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette later confirmed the death of Russell, who was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection while part of the famous Steel Curtain defense. The Steelers won Super Bowl IX and X during Russell’s tenure.

Russell was part of a star-studded trio of linebackers featuring Jack Lambert in the middle and Jack Ham on the other side.

“If you want to be a great linebacker, you also have to be smart out there, and he taught me the mental part of the game,” Ham told the Post-Gazette. “I think that’s what set him apart and made his career such a great career here in Pittsburgh.”

Russell was a 16th-round pick in 1963 and played 12 seasons with Pittsburgh, beginning in 1963 before serving a two-year military stint. He returned to play from 1966-76 and put together a streak of 168 consecutive games played, never missing a game during his career.

In the 1975 postseason, Russell set a playoff record for longest fumble return when he picked up the ball and ran 93 yards for a touchdown against the then-Baltimore Colts. The record stood until Sam Hubbard of the Cincinnati Bengals had a 98-yard return against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 15, 2023.

Prior to his NFL career, Russell played linebacker and running back for Missouri. He was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

MICHIGAN’S J.J. MCCARTHY TOUTS ‘EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN STARTING QB’

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy makes no apologies about his statistics falling short in a tale of the tape with the top-ranked passers in the 2024 NFL Draft, but he’s ready to talk wins and losses.

McCarthy exited Ann Arbor in January on the heels of a national title win over Washington and has lost only three games — one with the Wolverines compared to 27 victories — since he began his high school football career (34-2 as a starter).

So what would an NFL team be getting if they went with McCarthy over the past two Heisman Trophy winners — Caleb Williams of USC and Jayden Daniels of LSU?

“I would say, tough, gritty guy who only cares about winning at the end of the day,” McCarthy said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Loves the game of football with a burning passion, loves his teammates. Just pretty much everything you’d want in starting quarterback.”

Meetings with multiple teams with a need at the position dominated the past two nights for McCarthy. He said he had formal interviews with the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants, among others.

“I just let them know who I am. That’s something that a lot of people don’t know, and it’s not just putting it on a front.” McCarthy said. “I want them to actually understand that I truly love the game of football, I truly love my teammates and want to do nothing but win football games.”

McCarthy plans to throw in Saturday’s on-field session for quarterbacks, when participation will otherwise be sparse. Williams, Daniels and North Carolina’s Drake Maye all have opted out of the passing session.

Because of hamstring tightness, McCarthy will not run the 40 or do the vertical or broad jump at the combine.

Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson expects McCarthy to open a lot of eyes, even in a limited workout.

“I think a lot of people like to say like he can’t throw. I feel like he’s an unbelievable quarterback,” Wilson said. “You guys are going to see at pro day or even here, his arm talent is through the roof. He’s one of the better quarterbacks in this draft.”

REPORT: GIANTS TE DARREN WALLER CONSIDERED RETIREMENT

Giants tight end Darren Waller considered retiring after a disappointing 2023 season, the New York Post reported Friday.

He caught 52 passes for 552 yards and one touchdown in 12 games (11 starts) and New York finished 6-11 during his first season with the team. He missed five games with a hamstring injury.

Waller, 31, now wants to keep playing and the Giants want him back, despite his $14 million hit against the salary cap for 2024, per the report.

Waller is due a base salary of $10.5 million in 2024. He signed a three-year, $51 million contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders in September 2022. New York acquired him from Las Vegas in March 2023 for third-round pick in last year’s draft.

He posted back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons with the Raiders in 2019 and 2020, making the Pro Bowl in the latter campaign.

Waller has 350 catches for 4,124 yards and 20 touchdowns in 86 games (63 starts) for the Baltimore Ravens (2015-16), Raiders (2018-22) and Giants.

REPORT: EAGLES RELEASING FORMER ALL-PRO S KEVIN BYARD

The Philadelphia Eagles are releasing former All-Pro safety Kevin Byard, ESPN reported Friday.

Cutting ties with the 30-year-old veteran will clear about $13.7 million in salary cap space.

The Eagles acquired Byard from Tennessee in October in exchange for safety Terrell Edmunds and fifth- and sixth-round picks in this April’s NFL draft.

Byard made 10 starts for Philadelphia and recorded 75 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception.

The two-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection has 28 picks and 749 tackles in 130 games (121 starts) since the Titans drafted him in the third round in 2016.

REPORT: SAINTS PARTING WAYS WITH S MARCUS MAYE

The New Orleans Saints plan to release veteran safety Marcus Maye, ESPN reported Friday.

Maye, who turns 31 on March 9, is entering the final season of a three-year, $28.5 million contract he signed in March 2022.

He was set to count $9.6 million against the salary cap and was due $7 million in base salary in 2024.

However, releasing Maye will only save the Saints $1.1 million against the cap due to a 2023 contract restructuring, per ESPN.

Maye was suspended for the first three games last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and missed the last six games with a shoulder injury. He only played 17 games in two seasons with New Orleans.

A second-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2017, Maye has recorded eight interceptions and 409 tackles in 77 games (all starts) with the Jets (2017-21) and Saints.

MEN’S GOLF

BUD CAULEY TAKES COGNIZANT LEAD IN SECOND START OF COMEBACK

Bud Cauley made his sixth birdie of the day at the par-5 18th hole to take the outright lead at the Cognizant Classic when play was suspended Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Cauley’s bogey-free, 6-under 65 propelled him to 11-under 131 through two rounds at PGA National’s Champion course. He was one shot ahead of Austin Eckroat and South African Garrick Higgo when darkness fell with 13 players still on the course.

They will finish their rounds Saturday morning, with the cut line projected at 2 under.

Cauley, a 33-year-old from Florida, is making just his second start on tour since he missed three-plus years due to an ongoing battle with injuries. He’s playing on a major medical extension and entered the week ranked No. 1,258 in the world.

Higgo shot a 65 and Eckroat posted a 67 to form their tie for second. Taiwan’s Kevin Yu (67) and Frenchman Victor Perez (66) are tied for fourth at 9 under.

The group tied for sixth at 8 under includes Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (67), Ireland’s Shane Lowry (67), Cameron Young (69) and last week’s winner Jake Knapp (66).

Nick Dunlap, who won The American Express as an amateur in January and turned pro, made a hole-in-one at the par-3 seventh Friday — four holes after making an eagle. A string of bogeys meant he had to settle for a 70, but at 5 under he will safely make the cut.

JON RAHM, ADRIAN MERONK SHARE LEAD AT LIV JEDDAH

Jon Rahm and Adrian Meronk each shot an 8-under 62 Friday to take the lead after the first round of the LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudia Arabia.

Rahm had a bogey-free round, with Meronk mixing seven birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

One shot back and tied for third after rounds of 63 are Bryson DeChambeau, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann. Another South African, Louis Oosthuizen, is in sixth place at 6-under.

Seven players, including LIV 2023 season champion Talor Gooch, are tied for seventh at 5-under.

Anthony Kim, rusty after a 12-year absence from pro golf, is in last place after opening with a 6-over 76.

It was the first competitive round ever for Rahm at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. He found the course to his liking.

“Like everything, there’s going to be a few spots where when you’ve played a couple more times, a couple breaks or situations, wind differences, you’re going to have more experience on, but it’s not a golf course that is very tricky tee to green,” the Spaniard said. “Like it’s very much in front of you. You know where you have to go. You just have to hit good shots.

“I feel like my record when I’m playing tournaments for the first time has been pretty good for some reason. Sometimes not knowing is a blessing.”

Everything went right for him on Friday.

“Really, really good day. Drove it great. Drove it really good, besides maybe one tee shot, and even then I ended up in a good spot on 12,” said Rahm, in his first LIV season. “Anytime you shoot a bogey-free 62, there’s not much that goes wrong. Put it in the right spots and gave myself the opportunities.”

This wasn’t the first time at Royal Greens for Meronk, and it’s a course that suits him.

“I just like the layout of this course,” said Poland’s Meronk, also in his LIV debut season, “Really enjoy playing here. I have played here before. I’m trying to just be friendly with the wind. It’s always quite windy here. But I just like the setup. It suits my eye and I think suits my game, as well. I’m enjoying playing here.

Meronk credited his putter for the low score.

“I holed a lot of good putts but gave myself a lot of good chances. Could have been lower. But just overall the whole game was quite solid,” he said. “I didn’t make too many mistakes. I was quite solid off the tee. Just really a solid day. I really enjoyed it today.”

In team play, Rahm’s Legion XIII jumped to the lead Friday at 17-under. The team is a shot ahead of Stinger GC, which benefited by strong play from Schwartzel and Oosthuizen.

CELINE BOUTIER (64) VAULTS INTO LEAD IN SINGAPORE

Celine Boutier of France shot a 64 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore on Friday.

Ayaka Furue sits in second place after firing a 67, giving her a 6-under 138 for the tournament. Sweden’s Madalene Sagstrom posted a 68 to end the round in third place, two shots back, with five players tied for fourth place at 4-under 140 playing The Tanjong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Among that group is first-round leader Sarah Schmelzel, who shot a 72 on Friday after an opening-round 68.

Boutier, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is co-leader or leader after a round for the first time in the 2024 season.

Boutier was 30th after her opening-round 73. In windy, 90-degree weather, Boutier — starting on the back nine — recorded three birdies on that side and added five more on her closing nine to finish the first two rounds at 7-under. She birdied all four par-5 holes.

“I don’t know that I feel really comfortable or at ease. I think with this field and with so many great players, you’re never really too far ahead,” Boutier said of the one-shot lead. “I’m just trying to take it one round at a time and hopefully post another solid round tomorrow and put myself in a better position — and I hope no playoff.”

Furue steadied following bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4, both par-4 holes. But she followed with seven birdies, including four straight on Nos. 12 to 15, to close to one back of Boutier.

Sagstrom, who finished in the top 10 last week at the Honda LPGA Thailand, is gaining confidence after her four-birdie round on Friday and two rounds without a bogey.

“I feel like those two rounds showed to myself that my game is in a good place,” Sagstrom said. “I also figured out what I needed to work on mentally last weekend to give myself chances and not hit the brake button and keep pushing. I feel like that’s easy for me to do. I can get a little timid and scared and hold on for dear life rather than keep pushing. The girls are so good. You can’t stop.”

Joining Schmelzel in fourth place are Peiyun Chien of Taiwan, South Korean Hyo-Hoo Kim, Nasa Hataoka of Japan and Australian Stephanie Kyriacou.

NASCAR NEWS

2024 PENNZOIL 400: PREVIEW, 5 BEST BETS, LONGSHOT PICK

The NASCAR Cup Series shifts from consecutive superspeedways to begin the 2024 season to the intermediate speedway rules package at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube.

“I’m curious to see who’s fast, who’s got the aero advantage or disadvantage, and where all that stacks up,” Daytona 500 winner and defending Penzoil 400 champion William Byron said Monday at the Hendrick campus.

“You can do a lot of work in the wind tunnel and all these things, but when you get to the race track, that’s the proof. So, we’ll see. Hopefully, we’re really good. Hopefully, our car drives well.”

The race just north of Sin City begins at 3:30 p.m. ET, and our motor racing experts provide their five best bets to win along with one longshot to consider.

PENNZOIL 400
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, March 3, 3:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 400 miles on 1.5-mile track
Defending champion: William Byron
Cup Series leader: Kyle Busch
TV: FOX
Radio: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

5 BEST BETS

Kyle Larson (+450 at BetMGM)
After finishing second to Byron last March, Larson won the playoff race in October by 0.082 seconds over fast-closing Christopher Bell. In 15 Las Vegas starts, Larson boasts two victories, four runner-up finishes and 11 top 10s — for an average result of 9.9. The 2021 series champion should be a contender on Sunday.

Ryan Blaney (+800)
The defending Cup Series champion got his season rolling in earnest with a runner-up at Atlanta following a disappointing 30th at Daytona. Blaney won three times last year. After a sixth place in the summer race at Las Vegas, Blaney was initially disqualified following an inspection. That ruling was later overturned, providing a much-needed result as Blaney charged toward the Cup title.

William Byron (+900)
Last season, Byron swept the first two stages of a Cup race for the first time in his career, led 176 of 271 laps and beat teammate Larson to the finish line by 0.622 seconds in overtime. After his big win at Daytona, Byron finished 17th at Atlanta after starting 11th.

Kyle Busch (+1200)
Busch finds himself atop the standings despite still seeking his first trip to Victory Lane in 2024. He has qualified in the top-5 in three of the first four events and racked up 77 points with a 12th at Daytona followed by a third at Atlanta. Busch is typically popular with the public and this week is no different, as he is the book’s second-biggest liability, leading the field with 8.1 percent of the total bets and 16.3 percent of the money backing him since opening at +1500.

Joey Logano (+1400)
Logano has three victories at the 1.5-mile track — tied with former teammate Brad Keselowski for most among full-time active drivers. Logano won the pole position for the Daytona 500 and qualified second at Atlanta, but he ran 32nd and 28th at Atlanta, leaving him 31st in the Cup standings. Vegas is one of Logano’s best tracks. His average finish there is 10.0 in 21 starts, with seven top fives and 12 top 10s to his credit. That has led to Logano being second among all drivers with 7.7 percent of the total bets and 9.6 percent of the money backing him since opening at +1600.

LONGSHOT PICK

Alex Bowman (+2200)
Bowman is quietly third at BetMGM with 5.6 percent of the total bets backing him to win. Looking to snap a winless drought that dates back to 2022, he followed a runner-up showing at Daytona with a disappointing 27th at Atlanta. The seven-time Cup Series race winner’s most recent trip to Victory Lane? That came in Las Vegas two years ago.

NASCAR On A Roll Entering Las Vegas For Pennzoil 400

Through two Cup Series races, it’s safe to say NASCAR’s 2024 season is on the right track.

After William Byron produced a season-opening Daytona 500 victory in Hendrick Motorsports’ first race during its 40th season in the series, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez raced to the checkers exactly like that — three abreast, inside line to frontstretch wall, in that order — at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Suarez came out the winner by 0.003 seconds, the third-closest finish in NASCAR history, and recorded his second career win.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the site of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 — has a tough act to follow.

Running third entering Turn 3, Suarez charged on the outside, made his three-wide move and maneuvered his way to the most talked-about finish since Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch, with the two cars leaning on each other and smoke billowing, at Darlington Raceway on March 16, 2003.

Craven’s finish was by a NASCAR-record 0.002 seconds, which Jimmie Johnson matched eight years later by edging Clint Bowyer at Talladega Superspeedway on April 17, 2011.

Of the active Cup drivers, former teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano lead the way in LVMS wins with three apiece. Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. each own two.

For Keselowski, he made news at Atlanta, but it had nothing to do with winning.

The RFK Racing driver and his No. 6 Ford Mustang Dark Horse were involved in a wreck and ended up 33rd, finishing just 218 of the 260 laps.

That stretched the winless skid to 100 races for the 40-year-old Keselowski.

“It’s a shame,” said Keselowski, who ran in the top five and led two laps. “We were in good position. We ran up front most of the day and made good adjustments on the car. (We) weren’t able to make it count with a solid finish I feel like we deserved today. It’s a bummer, but we’re running up front and that’s a good thing. We just weren’t able to finish it off.”

He last went to Victory Lane in the desert on Sept. 16, 2018, when he won for the third time in a string of six LVMS races.

Bubba Wallace is the only driver with two top-10 finishes this season. He was fifth at Daytona and Atlanta to stand fourth in the points race. Martin Truex Jr. has seven consecutive top-10 finishes in Vegas, and 12 top-10s in his last 13 appearances. That includes wins in 2017 and 2019.

Winning just once at his hometown track, 2009 victor Kyle Busch said he does not feel the pressure of coming home.

“You still want to win there every time you go, (it) being the hometown,” the Richard Childress Racing driver said. “I think I have four or five third-place finishes there in the last six or seven races. We’re right there, we just don’t get it.”

In overtime there a year ago, Byron gambled on right-side tires, beat teammate Larson off pit road and passed leader Truex in a two-lap shootout for his first win at the 1.5-mile track.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 102, PELICANS 129

In their second matchup in three days, the New Orleans Pelicans put on a scorching offensive performance to level their season series with the Indiana Pacers.

The Pelicans (36-25) made 23 of their first 26 shots to lead by as many as 31 points in the first half, and never looked back in a 129-102 victory over the Pacers (34-27) on Friday at Smoothie King Center. With the loss, the Pacers and Pelicans have now split their season series for four straight seasons.

The Pelicans dropped an NBA-season-high 48 first-quarter points – on 91 percent shooting  – to lead 48-26 before holding a 77-56 advantage at the break. The Pelicans then outscored the Pacers 31-16 in the third quarter, limiting the Pacers to 23 percent shooting in the frame, to lead by 36 points going into the fourth quarter.

Indiana’s full starting lineup didn’t play together on the floor in the final 12 minutes.

Overall, the Pelicans finished 55.8 percent shooting to the Pacers’ 42.6 percent. The Pelicans won the rebounding margin 47-43 and outscored the Pacers 26-12 in fast-break points.

Brandon Ingram, coming off a 30-point game on Wednesday, led the Pelicans with 34 points on 13 of 21 shooting, and Trey Murphy III matched a season-high 28 points. Pelicans 6-11 center Jonas Valanciunas, who played just seven minutes in the previous matchup and didn’t score, had 15 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes and former All-Star Zion Williamson finished with eight points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Bennedict Mathurin and Isaiah Jackson led the Pacers with 13 points each, while Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner each scored 12 points. Jackson also pulled down 11 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season.

Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton finished with no points (0-for-7 shooting), three assists, and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

The Pelicans shot 90.9 percent as a team in the opening frame, with Ingram going 9-for-11 for 19 points to guide his team to the early 22-point lead.

New Orleans could hardly miss out the gate as they made seven of their first eight shots, which included two 3-pointers from CJ McCollum, to lead 17-9.

The Pelicans continued firing from there, extending their hot shooting to 17 of 19. During the stretch, the Pelicans put together a 17-0 scoring spree, behind 15 points by Ingram, to lead 38-16 with 2:49 left in the opening quarter.

A basket by Obi Toppin stopped the bleeding for the Blue & Gold, but five points by Murphy in the last 41 seconds extended the Pelicans lead to 22 points.

The 48 points were also a franchise record for the Pelicans for points in a first quarter, and tied their franchise’s record for points in any quarter.

“The biggest problem was the first quarter,” Pacers head coach Rick Carilsle said. “They put up some historic numbers and we did not get a defensive rebound, which I’ve never heard of that happening. This is a Pacers thing. It’s not any individual guy. … We had a lot of guys that struggled.”

Murphy’s momentum carried into the second quarter, as he went on a self-imposed 9-0 run on two 3-pointers and an and-one to extend the Pelicans lead to 57-26 with 10:34 left in the half.

Out of a timeout, the Pacers finally got some momentum thanks to strong play by the second unit.  From 7:39 to  4:16 the Pacers strung together a 15-0 run behind five points by Aaron Nesmith and four from T.J. McConnell.

In the final 3:17 of the half, however, the Pelicans used a 17-7 run, where McCollum scored seven points, and Murphy hit two 3-pointers – including one at the buzzer – to go ahead by 21 points.

Murphy accounted for 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Ingram scored 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the first half.

Out of the intermission, the Pelicans went on a 12-1 string, where Ingram accounted for seven points, to push the lead to 87-57. The Pacers didn’t make their first field goal until there was 7:23 left in the third quarter, and the Pelicans would lead by as many as 36 points.

The Pelicans continued to pile on the points before the final frame, using an 18-5 run to lead 108-72 going into the fourth quarter.

In the final minutes, the Pelicans coasted as starters sat on both sides.

One bright spot for the Pacers was rookie Jarace Walker, who in his 19th NBA game  played 27 minutes and finished with six points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. The assists were a career-best and blocks matched his previous high.

Indiana’s next two games will take place in the Lone Star State. The Pacers continue their road trip on Sunday when they take on rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs before playing Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana didn’t record a defensive rebounds in the first quarter.

Tyrese Haliburton has recorded zero points in just two games in his career. The last time was against the Philadelphia 76ers in 2022 when he played for the Sacramento Kings.

The Pelicans have led by 20 or more points in a game 25 times this season.

Twelve different Pacers players recorded a basket against the Pelicans.

The Pelicans made 15 3-pointers to Indiana’s 10 threes.

Both teams collected nine steals.

New Orleans outscored Indiana 56-54 in the paint.

Washington, Ind. native and former Indiana University basketball star Cody Zeller played in 5:35 of action and recorded two points and four rebounds for the Pelicans.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Jarace Walker was a big bright spot in this game. … He demonstrated that the work he has put in with the G League team has really paid off. He showed tonight he can help our team. He’s going to need to be ready.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on Walker

“They hit a lot of tough shots. But on nights like this when you have players like Ingram and Zion (Williamson) and McCollum that can rise up in your face, you have to find a way to turn those guys off. At times, it simply comes down to an exceptional individual effort. The momentum got going and they had a special quarter and we had a stinker.” – Carlisle on the first quarter

“This is a perfect simulation for a playoff series where you play at home and then turn around and play the same team the next night in their building. IT’s important for our guys to feel this. It doesn’t make it fun, it doesn’t make it good, but it’s a reality.” – Carlisle on playing the Pelicans two straight times

“He did many good things and was ready. I told him before the game … be ready, you could definitely be in the mix tonight. He said ‘yes, sir,’ and was ready.” – Carlisle on Walker

Stat of the Night

The Pelicans shot 90.9 percent as a team in the first quarter to lead 48-26. The 48 points were a franchise record for the Pelicans for points in a first quarter, and tied their franchise’s record for points in any quarter.

Noteworthy

After missing four straight games with an ankle sprain, Aaron Nesmith was back in the starting lineup for the Pacers on Friday. Rookie Ben Sheppard, however, was a late scratch due to an illness and Doug McDermott was out with a calf injur

The Pacers are 14-15 on the road this season, including 2-7 at Western Conference arenas. Twelve of the Pacers’ final 21 games are on the road.

Up Next

The Pacers head to San Antonio to take on Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs on Sunday, March 3 at 7:00 PM ET.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL EARN POINT IN OVERTIME LOSS TO IOWA

INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders on Friday night to kick off International Women’s Month and after a comeback and thrilling overtime period, ultimately fell 4-3 in the shootout to the Heartlanders.

1ST PERIOD

At 5:55, the Fuel went to the power play after Ty Enns was called for roughing. Iowa was able to kill off the penalty and struck first at 9:50 with a goal by Casey Dornbach. 

Less than a minute later, Indy’s Colin Bilek fired back and scored to tie the game 1-1. Sam Ruffin and Kyle Maksimovich both claimed assists on that goal. 

At 11:51, Bryan Lemos and Iowa’s Justin Wells sat for interference and hooking respectively but both of those penalties were killed off. 

With less than three minutes to go in the first frame, Iowa scored to go up 2-1 with a goal by Ben Brinkman. 

Less than thirty seconds later, Santino Centorame took a tripping penalty, giving the Heartlanders a power play opportunity, however the penalty was killed off. 

2ND PERIOD

The beginning of the period went by quickly until 9:00 when Anthony Petruzzelli knocked in a loose puck to tie the game 2-2. Victor Hadfield had the lone assist on that goal. 

At 16:03, Jake Durflinger took the period’s only penalty for slashing. Upon exiting the box, he scored to put the Heartlanders up 3-2. 

By the end of the second period, the shots were tied at 24-24. 

3RD PERIOD

At 7:11, Darby Llewellyn dropped the gloves with Iowa’s Enns and both were given five minutes for fighting.

Chris Cameron tied the game 3-3 with an unassisted breakaway shot at 10:58. After some more chippiness between both teams and a few good chances on both sides, time expired on the period and the game headed to overtime. 

OVERTIME

Both teams had great chances during the first six minutes of the overtime period but at 6:08, Brinkman took a slashing penalty, forcing about a minute of 4-on-3 play for the Fuel.

Despite some good chances in front, time expired and the game went to a shootout. 

After three rounds, both Fuel shooters did not score but Dornbach and Louis Boudon scored for Iowa to win, 4-3. 

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INDY ELEVEN

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE TO FIELD 47 CLUBS IN THE 2024 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League today confirmed that 47 USL teams will participate in the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, including all 36 USL men’s professional teams and the qualified 11 USL men’s pre-professional clubs. This follows U.S. Soccer’s announcement of the finalized format for the 109th edition of the tournament.

“The USL has supported the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for nearly 30 years, and we are proud to be part of it again in 2024,” said USL President Paul McDonough. “We applaud all the USL clubs who have decided to participate in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, despite being handed the option to decline. We appreciate and share the fans’ passion for our country’s most historic and authentic competition, and we look forward to watching the drama unfold over the course of the tournament.”

The U.S. Open Cup is U.S. Soccer’s club championship and has crowned a national champion annually since 1914 (with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19). The historic tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world’s third-longest continuously run national cup tournament.

The First Round of the 2024 U.S. Open Cup will consist of 32 games with 32 amateur clubs from the Open Division meeting 32 professional teams from Division III.

USL League Two, part of the Open Division, will be represented by 11 clubs who qualified through their regular season performance in the 2023 season. USL League One, the preeminent Division III league in the country, will see all 12 clubs participate as part of the 32 professional teams in the First Round.

The 32 winners of the First Round will be paired up and face each other in the Second Round.

The 16 Second Round winners will then be matched up in the Third Round with 16 teams from the USL Championship, the top tier of the USL pyramid. These 16 USL Championship teams will be determined based on sporting merit through the USL Championship Players’ Shield standings.

The eight Third Round winners will advance to the Round of 32, where they will square off against the remaining eight USL Championship teams, including defending league title-holders Phoenix Rising FC and Players’ Shield winners Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, and eight teams from Major League Soccer.

For a full list of the USL clubs participating and the schedule for the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition windows, please see below.

2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

First Round: Tuesday, March 19 – Thursday, March 21

Second Round: Tuesday, April 2 – Wednesday, April 3

Third Round: Tuesday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 17

Round of 32: Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8

Round of 16: Tuesday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 22

Quarterfinal: Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10

Semifinal: Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Wednesday, Aug. 28

Final: Wednesday, Sept. 25

USL Championship (All clubs. League champion (Phoenix Rising FC) and next seven best teams from 2023 Players’ Shield overall standings enter in the Round of 32)

INDIANA SWIMMING

INDIANA EXTENDS BIG TEN LEAD ON DAY THREE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 5-ranked Indiana increased its lead at the 2024 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday (March 1) thanks to three Big Ten individual championships and 10 medals on day three of the competition.

With 996 points, IU has a 176-point lead over runner-up Michigan going into the final day of competition Saturday. The Hoosiers used 17 championship finalists and five C finalists to gain 530 points on Friday.

“What a fantastic day for Indiana swimming and diving,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “Our preliminaries followed by our evening session amounted to one of our finest single-day team performances during my time as coach. I am super proud of these men and can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Senior Brendan Burns captured his 21st-career Big Ten Championship Friday, winning his third-straight 100-yard backstroke title and IU’s seventh consecutive championship in the event. Burns posted the third-fastest time in the country with an NCAA A cut 44.62, 65 hundredths faster than second place. Juniors Kai van Westering (45.89), Luke Barr (46.01) and senior Gavin Wight (46.09) finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Burns will compete in his signature “dirty double” on Saturday, the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard butterfly. He’s the only Big Ten athlete to win both events in a single championships meet and could complete the feat for the fourth time Friday.

Senior Tomer Frankel medaled in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle, winning his second Big Ten title in the 100 fly, his first since his 2021 freshman season. Frankel set a meet record time with an NCAA A cut 44.32, beating the former record-holder – Michigan’s Gal Cohen Groumi in lane three – by 28 hundredths. His time stands as the fifth-fastest time in the country this season. The NCAA bronze medalist last season, Frankel also owns the Big Ten and program record 44.04 set at the 2023 national meet as well as the three best times in program history.

With Friday’s victory, Frankel became just the third Hoosier to win multiple Big Ten 100-yard butterfly titles, following in the footsteps of fellow Olympians Mike Troy (1960, 1962) and Mark Spitz (1970-72).

Frankel posted a career-best time of 1:32.78 in the 200-yard freestyle to earn his second-career medal in the event, this time a bronze. Junior Rafael Miroslaw finished in second in 1:32.03 and has now achieved each medal in the 200 free after winning the event as a freshman in 2022. 

Indiana diving juniors Carson Tyler and Quinn Henninger finished first and second on the 3-meter springboard. Tyler scored a 453.90 to win his first-career 3-meter title and has now won Big Ten gold on every board. His consistency carried him through, posting scores of 78.20, 69.00, 68.20, 70.50 and back-to-back 84.00’s on his final two attempts.

Henninger challenged himself with an average 3.5 degree of difficulty and started strong, scoring 85.00, 81.60 and 87.40 on his first three dives to quickly pull ahead of the pack. A 67.50 kept him in control before knocking down an 89.25 on a reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck in the fifth round. Henninger had the chance to blow away the competition with a 5156B – a 3.9 DD – but seemed to have trouble controlling his initial leap and closed his list with a 25.35. However, his early excellence kept him above everyone except his teammate, finishing with a 436.10.

Sophomore Maxwell Weinrich was Indiana’s third diver in the A final, finishing sixth with a 392.05 after scoring at least 60 points on five of his attempts. Fellow second-year Dash Glasberg scored five team points for IU as a “C finalist,” placing 20th in the prelim.

“I am so proud of all the men on this swimming and diving team,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen. “Watching the swimmers fill those A finals and win events this evening really sparked the divers today.

“The energy from the team in the finals was fantastic, and all three of our men showed up.  Quinn dove at a world-class level today, using the hardest list in the world. He was one dive away from total domination of the field. These moments happen to all the greats, and we will be looking forward to his future opportunities.

“Carson continues to have ice in his veins. He’s the triple threat, always ready to contribute to the team. The way that event ended opened a door for him to just walk right through and grab another Big Ten title for the Hoosiers. The pressure was on him on that last dive, and he delivered. One, two and six for IU tonight was fantastic! I can’t wait to see what this team does tomorrow.”

Indiana’s quartet in the 100-yard breaststroke A final finished together in second, third, fourth and fifth. Junior Finn Brooks (51.30) led most of the way but was caught within the final 25 yards by Penn State sophomore Mariano Lazzerini, who finished in 51.08. Senior Jassen Yep (51.50) earned bronze, an improvement of two spots from a year ago, followed by junior Josh Matheny (51.69) and senior Maxwell Reich (52.18).

In a young 400-yard IM final, freshman Toby Barnett earned his first-career Big Ten medal, placing second in 3:42.49. Barnett posted a personal best 3:41.37 in prelims to earn the top seed but was out-touched by Wisconsin sophomore Dominik Mark Torok (3:41.69) Friday night. Sophomore Drew Reiter finished eighth in 3:46.62.

Indiana also earned a bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a season-best time of 1:16.19. Brooks (19.42 split), freshman Mikkel Lee (18.90), Wight (19.07) and Miroslaw (18.80) posted an NCAA A cut just four hundredths behind Michigan.

TEAM SCORES

1. Indiana – 996

2. Ohio State – 820

3. Michigan – 770.5

4. Wisconsin – 734.5

5. Minnesota – 560.5

6. Penn State – 498

7. Northwestern – 469

8. Purdue – 427.5

RESULTS (PRELIMS)

100 BUTTERFLY

1. Tomer Frankel – 44.32 (Big Ten Champion, Meet Record, NCAA A Cut)

6. Finn Brooks – 45.44 (NCAA B Cut)

22. Mikkel Lee – 47.27 (Career Best)

400 IM

2. Toby Barnett – 3:42.49 (Silver, NCAA B Cut)

8. Drew Reiter – 3:46.62 (NCAA B Cut)

19. Mason Carlton – 3:50.43 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

200 FREESTYLE

2. Rafael Miroslaw – 1:32.03 (Silver, NCAA B Cut)

3. Tomer Frankel – 1:32.78 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

22. Warren Briggs – 1:37.49

100 BREASTSTROKE

2. Finn Brooks – 51.30 (Silver, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

3. Jassen Yep – 51.50 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut)

4. Josh Matheny – 51.69 (NCAA B Cut)

5. Maxwell Reich – 52.18 (NCAA B Cut)

100 BACKSTROKE

1. Brendan Burns – 44.62 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA A Cut)

4. Kai van Westering – 45.89 (NCAA B Cut)

5. Luke Barr – 46.01 (NCAA B Cut)

6. Gavin Wight – 46.09 (NCAA B Cut)

24. Collin McKenzie – 47.76

3-METER DIVING

1. Carson Tyler – 453.90 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

2. Quinn Henninger – 436.10 (Silver, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

6. Maxwell Weinrich – 392.05 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

20. Dash Glasberg – 272.55

200 FREESTYLE RELAY

3. Finn Brooks, Mikkel Lee, Gavin Wight, Rafael Miroslaw – 1:16.19 (Bronze, NCAA A Cut)

UP NEXT

Indiana hopes to turn its momentum into a third-consecutive Big Ten title. The first task of the final day of the conference meet is the preliminary session, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET Saturday (Feb. 25) morning. The 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform dive and 400 freestyle relay will be contested on Saturday.

INDIANA BASBEALL

NO. 20 INDIANA FALLS TO NO. 16 ALABAMA

FRISCO, Texas  – The Indiana Baseball team (6-3) faced a five-run deficit before coming to the plate on Friday night. IU could never dig out of the hole as Alabama put 12 runs on the board to win a top-20 contest on the opening day of the Frisco Classic.

It was the second defeat of the season to a top-20 team on a Friday night (No. 12 Duke). Both games saw the Hoosiers face a highly-touted junior arm in Jonathan Santucci (Duke) and Ben Hess (Alabama). Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brayden Risedorph (L, 0-2) was tacked with the loss in Friday’s contest.

The Hoosiers return to action tomorrow afternoon (1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT) for the second game of the Frisco Classic against undefeated and No. 25 Dallas Baptist.

Scoring Recap

Top First

After the opening runner reached on an error from the first baseman, Alabama proceeded to score three runs before IU could record the opening out. A two-run double from Will Hodo and a two-run single from Mac Guscette helped spark a five-run inning for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama 5, Indiana 0

Top Fourth

Alabama put the game out of reach in the fourth with a seven-run inning. Three hit-by-pitches awarded the Crimson Tide some free baserunners but the majority of damage was done on a two-run double from Ian Petruz and a three-run home run into the lazy river in right field by Evan Sleight. A sacrifice fly from Gage Miller and a wild pitch from IU reliever Cooper Katskee added two more runs to the tally.

Alabama 12, Indiana 0

Top Hoosier Performers

#32 Pyne, Josh

1-3, 1 SB

Quotable

Head Coach Jeff Mercer

On facing Alabama starter Ben Hess…

“He was on tonight and was really good. The velo was up. We knew he was going to be predominantly glove side. Once he started landing the curveball and the slider it was going to be a tough night with a guy that talented. He did a really good job and we didn’t adjust.

On the plan after falling behind early…

“You plan for contingencies but you don’t really plan for your starter to go one inning. With two really good teams and a midweek, you’re kind of behind the eight ball really quick. We have to add pieces to our bullpen and so a bright spot was getting guys like [Brandon] Keyster and Drew [Buhr] in the game.”

INDIANA SOFTBALL

HOOSIERS TAKE DOWN BOWLING GREEN ON DAY ONE OF HOOSIER CLASSIC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana opened the home slate of the 2024 season with a 7-3 win over Bowling Green on Friday night at Andy Mohr Field.

With the win, the Hoosiers improve their season record to 12-4.

INDIANA 7, BOWLING GREEN 3

KEY MOMENTS

• Junior Brianna Copeland opened the scoring for the Hoosiers, she scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

• Sophomore Avery Parker hit an RBI single to shortstop, scoring two runs to build Indiana’s lead to 3-0.

• Bowling Green’s Reagan Williamson singled in the top of the third, when rounding first and going to second junior Taylor Minnick threw out Williamson at second to end the half inning.

• In the bottom of the third inning, Minnick hit a home run to right center to extend Indiana’s lead to 4-0.

• Bowling Green would score two runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 4-2 game.

• Senior Brooke Benson hit a hard double out to left field and scored freshman Alex Cooper in the process to make the lead 5-2.

• In the next at-bat, redshirt senior Cora Bassett laced a line drive down the left field line for an inside the park home run to score her and Benson.

• Indiana ended the game on a double play ––– Macy Montgomery threw to Brooke Benson, who connected with junior Sarah Stone to secure the win.

NOTABLES

• Seven different Hoosiers recorded a run: Cora Bassett, Brianna Copeland, Taylor Minnick, Sarah Stone, Aly VanBrandt, Alex Cooper and Brooke Benson.

• Bassett and Avery Parker both recorded two RBIs for the Hoosiers. Minnick and Benson each had one.

• Six Hoosiers had a stolen base.

• Sophie Kleinman is now 4-0 in the circle on the season.

• The Hoosiers led for the entirety of the game.

UP NEXT

Indiana continues the Indiana Classic tomorrow with a pair of matchups against Bowling Green at noon and Valparaiso at 3 p.m. EST on Big Ten Plus.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 29

Saturday, March 2, 2024

#2 Purdue (25-3, 14-3) vs. Michigan State (17-11, 9-8)

Mackey Arena (14.876) | 8:00 p.m. ET

TELEVISION: FOX (Jason Benetti, Jim Jackson)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers look to remain unbeaten at home in a quad-1 opportunity when rival Michigan State visits for an 8 p.m. ET, primetime Saturday night tipoff on FOX. The Boilermakers are looking for their 15th Big Ten win of the season for the fourth time in the last seven years, and with a win can clinch at least a share of the 2024 Big Ten regular-season championship.

• Since the start of the 2020-21 season, the senior class has won 56 Big Ten regular-season games, and its next win would tie the school record for most wins in conference play by a senior class (57 — Class of 2019). A win in any of its next three games will also give Purdue back-to-back Big Ten titles for the first time since the 1994-96 “threepeat”. The Big Ten record for most league wins by a class is 59 (Indiana – 1978).

• Purdue enters the weekend’s play as one of eight teams nationally with at least 25 wins, while also being one of six teams with three losses. Among major-conference teams, Purdue, Houston, Connecticut (all with 3) and South Carolina (5) are the only high-major programs with fewer than six losses.

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 victories in 11 of them, including this year. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Purdue has averaged at least 1.27 points / possession in 10 of its 17 Big Ten games, including 1.52 in the win over Rutgers.

• Over the last three years, Purdue has already won 83 games overall, tying the school record for wins in a three-year span. Entering the weekend, Purdue’s 83 wins are tied for the second most during that span in the country (Houston – 90).

• Purdue’s schedule ranks as the third-most difficult schedule in the country behind Michigan and Alabama and its non-conference foes currently lead the Southern Conference by two games (Samford), the Atlantic Sun (Eastern Kentucky), the Ohio Valley (Morehead State), the SEC (Alabama and Tennessee) and PAC-12 (Arizona). Marquette (Big East) and Gonzaga (WCC) are currently in second place in their respective conferences. Texas Southern (SWAC) is third in its conference race. Nine of Purdue’s 11 non-con opponents are legit NCAA Tournament hopefuls.

• Purdue has beaten teams ranked 4th (Tennessee), 5th (Marquette), 6th (Arizona), 13th (Illinois), 14th (Alabama) and 23rd (Gonzaga) in this week’s AP poll, with no losses. The Boilermakers also own wins over teams receiving votes in 31st (Wisconsin) and 45th (Northwestern).

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (2nd), off. efficiency (2nd), rebound margin (2nd), 3-point percentage (3rd), assists per game (5th), scoring offense (8th), scoring margin (9th), fewest fouls per game (13th), field goal percentage (15th) and assist / turnover ratio (19th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (9) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (15). No one in the country has more than 14 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 54-9, the fourth-most wins nationally, while the nine losses are the second fewest behind Houston (7). The nine losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT), 16 and 4 points. Forty of the 54 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 27 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, moving up one spot after being No. 3 for a week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 33 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 16). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 27 of those 33 weeks. The 33 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 is the longest streak by a Big Ten team in almost 50 years, and the third longest in confererence history (41 — Ohio State, 1960-63; 38 — Indiana, 1975-77).

• Zach Edey needs 126 points to become the school’s leader in career points (record: 2,323) and career rebounds (already owns it — 1,178).

• Edey needs three points and 22 rebounds to become the first player in Big Ten history with 2,200 career points and 1,200 career rebounds.

• Braden Smith needs five assists to set the school record for most assists in a season, currently with 203 (207 — Bruce Parkinson, 1975).

• A win over Michigan State will give Purdue its 15th Big Ten win of the season, marking the fifth time in the Matt Painter era to reach the 15-win mark in Big Ten play. Purdue has won 15 Big Ten games in three of the last six seasons, not including this year.

• Purdue is guaranteed no worse than third in the final Big Ten standings, marking the eighth time in the last 10 years it has finished top three in the Big Ten standings.

• Purdue has won 10 of its last 11 games, and 18 of its last 20 contests entering Saturday’s contest with Michigan State.

• Matt Painter’s 16 wins over Tom Izzo are tied with Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan for the most wins against the Naismith Hall of Famer. In addition, a win tonight would push Painter above .500 against Izzo, making him the third coach with a winning record against him (Bo Ryan — 16-12; Bruce Weber — 9-8).

• Purdue is one of five teams (Auburn, UConn, Houston, San Diego State) without a loss outside Quad-1. Purdue’s next three games are all currently quad-1 contests.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 15 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has seven wins over teams ranked in the NET top 22.

• Five teams (Purdue, James Madison, Appalachian State, Weber State, UNC Wilmington) have at least one Quad-1A win (top 15 home, top 25 neutral, top 40 road) while being undefeated in those games. The other four teams mentioned above are 1-0. Purdue is 7-0 in that category.

• Purdue is 15-0 when holding teams under 69 points. The Boilermakers are 10-3 when allowing 70 or more points.

• Purdue ranks second nationally behind Saint Mary’s in rebound margin, one year after leading the country in rebound margin. The last team to lead the country in rebound margin in consecutive seasons was Quinnipiac (2013-14 and 2014-15).

• When Purdue has a run of 10-0 or larger, the Boilermakers are 14-0.

• Purdue has trailed by six or more points in just eight games this year, posting a 6-2 record in those games.

• Purdue’s leading rebounder is 7-foot, 4-inch Zach Edey. The Boilermakers’ second-leading rebounder is 6-foot Braden Smith.

• A year ago, Purdue shot 32.2 percent from 3-point range, a number that ranked 281st nationally. This year, Purdue is at 40.2 percent, ranking third nationally. Purdue had one player (Braden Smith) shoot over 36.0 percent from deep a year ago. This year, Purdue has nine players over 36.0 percent.

• Purdue has finished in the top 10 nationally in 3-point percentage in three of the last seven seasons (9th – 2017; 2nd – 2018; 7th – 2022).

• Zach Edey’s 24.9 points per game in Big Ten play is the second-highest total in the Big Ten since the turn of the century (2020 – Luka Garza; 26.2). Edey’s 13.2 rebounds per game in Big Ten play is the most since Michigan State’s Lindsay Hairston in 1974 (14.2).

• Zach Edey currently ranks second in the country in scoring and third in rebounds per game. Since the 2000 season, only South Dakota State’s Mike Daum (2019), Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (2008) and Texas’ Kevin Durant (2007) have finished in the top five nationally in both categories. He would be the first one to rank in the top three in both categories.

• Braden Smith has 356 career assists, leading sophomores (or younger) in career assists. Coincidentally, second on the list is Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (332).

THE SERIES WITH THE SPARTANS

• Saturday’s meeting is the 132nd meeting between Michigan State and Purdue with the Boilermakers owning a 75-56 series lead.

• Purdue has won seven of the last eight meetings with the Spartans, the one setback denying Purdue a share of the 2022 Big Ten title when Tyson Walker hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left on Feb. 26, 2022, for a 68-65 Michigan State victory in East Lansing.

• A win would give Purdue its fourth win in a row over Michigan State for only the second time since the mid-90s. The other was also during this current stretch (Jan. 27, 2019 to Feb. 16, 2021).

• Prior to this current stretch, Purdue was just 3-10 against Michigan State, having lost seven in a row from March 2011 to March 2015.

• Since the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 9-3 against Michigan State. The Boilers haven’t lost in Mackey Arena vs. MSU since Feb. 2014.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT MICHIGAN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will close out the regular season on the road Sunday night with a 7 p.m. tip against Michigan. Mike Hall and Nick Bahe will have the call on FS1.

Tim Newton will have the game on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (12-16, 5-12) at Michigan (17-12, 8-9)

Sunday, March 3

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: FS1

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers scored 20 or more points in all four quarters but could not hold off a late run in a 93-88 loss to Penn State on Wednesday night. Caitlyn Harper led the way offensively with 29 points, her Purdue career high. Abbey Ellis added 18 points, while Madison Layden chipped in 16. Jeanae Terry posted a seven-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist outing against the Lady Lions. The Boilermakers knocked down 10 3-pointers and posted 23 second chance points off 17 offensive rebounds, both season highs. 

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan 53-24.

• Sixth-year senior Caitlyn Harper announced a knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter against Penn State brought her career to a close. The Hartland, Wis., native tallied 29 points in her final game, taking her over 1,900 points for her career. Harper finished with the sixth-best field goal percentage in program history at 54.9% over the last two years.

• Purdue’s freshman class heads into the final game of the regular season with the highest scoring average among Big Ten freshmen at 22.8 points per game this season and 22.9 points per league outing.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson sits second among Big Ten freshman scoring (10.4) and rebounding (4.5) in league games. The rookie from New York City is second in the Big Ten with a 91.1% free throw mark over conference play.

• Jeanae Terry heads into her homecoming game one point shy of 1,000 for her career. The Detroit native and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only players in the country to average over seven rebounds, six assists and one steal per game.

• Terry’s 7-point, 15-rebound, 7-assist game against Penn State marked her 17th 7-7-7 performance, second most nationally to Caitlin Clark since Terry’s arrival in West Lafayette in 2021-22.

• With 16 points and four 3-pointer, Madison Layden became the fifth player in Purdue history to join the 1,000-point club, as its 37th member, and make 200 3-pointer in a career. Layden ranks second in the Big Ten this season with a 42.4% 3-point mark, good for ninth in Purdue single-season history.

• After her fifth straight game with 14 or more points, Abbey Ellis is up to 13.9 points per game this season, which would be Purdue’s highest scoring average in the Katie Gearlds era. The Australian’s 87.1% free throw mark during her career at Purdue is second in program history.

• Sophie Swanson tallied 10.7 points over the last six games, including the three straight in double figures. Swanson is fifth in Big Ten freshman scoring with 6.9 points per league game.

• Since donning a protective face mask against Nebraska in January, Mary Ashley Stevenson has averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game with a 55.6% shooting clip, while making 95% of her free throws.

• Purdue’s seniors combined for 70 points, 29 rebounds, 18 assists, nine triples, four steals and two blocks against Penn State.

• Purdue freshmen have posted a Big Ten-best 28 double-digit scoring performances,  including two in the same game nine times.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of 13 major conference rookies averaging more than 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE SWIMMING

RZEPKA’S BIG RALLY LEADS TO BIG TEN BRONZE ON 3-METER

2024 Big Ten Championships // Feb. 28-March 2 // McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion // Columbus, Ohio

Purdue’s Notables & Top Finishers – Friday

* – Purdue Season-Best Time

^ – Personal Season-Best Time

(B) – NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time

(Z) – NCAA Zone Qualifying Score

3-Meter Diving (43 Points)

Jordan Rzepka, 435.30* (Z) – Finished 3rd in Championship Finalist; Bronze Medalist (27 Points)

Max Miller, 314.85 (Z, Prelim Score) – Finished 6th in Consolation Final (13 Points)

Holden Higbie, 267.50 – Finished 22nd in Prelim (3 Points)

100 Back (34 Points)

Brady Samuels, 45.67 (B, Prelim Time) – Finished 7th in A Final (23 Points)

Idris Muhammad, 47.01 (B) – Finished 3rd in C Final (6 Points)

Dylan Burau, 47.06^ (B, Prelim Time) – Finished 4th in C Final (5 Points); 6th Fastest in Team History

100 Breast (17 Points)

Coleman Modglin, 52.97* (B, Prelim Time) – Finished 5th in B Final (14 Pts); Improved on 4th Best Time in Team History

Andrew Witty, 53.61^ (Prelim Time) – Finished 6th in C Final (3 Points)

Maxwell Blume, 53.53 (B) – Exhibition Entry; 10th Fastest in Team History

Raymond Whittaker, 53.95 – Finished 25th in Prelims; 14th Fastest in Team History

100 Fly (11 Points)

Charlie King, 46.53 (B, Swim Off Time) – Finished 8th in B Final (11 Points); 5th Fastest in Team History

Griffin Seaver, 48.15 – Finished 28th in Prelims; Lifetime Best

Nathaniel Thomas, 48.53 – Finished 29th in Prelims; Lifetime Best

200 Free (17 Points)

Ethan Shaw, 1:36.56 (Prelim Time) – Finished 8th in B Final (11 Points)

Connor McCarthy, 1:36.66 (Prelim Time) – Finished 3rd in C Final (6 Points); 13th Fastest in Team History

400 IM (3 Points)

Aaron Frollo, 3:54.68* – Finished 7th in C Final (2 Points)

Pat Broderick, 3:57.39^ – Finished 8th in C Final (1 Point); Lifetime Best

200 Free Relay

Samuels, Muhammad, Thomas & McCarthy, 1:17.80* – Finished 6th (48 Points); T-6th Fastest in Team History

FRIDAY TEAM SCORES

1.) #5 Indiana 996

2.) #13 Ohio State 820

3.) #18 Michigan 770.5

4.) #21 Wisconsin 734.5

5.) Minnesota 560.5

6.) Penn State 498

7.) Northwestern 469

8.) Purdue 427.5

PURDUE SOFTBALL

LATE RUNS PUSH PURDUE PAST RADFORD, 9-4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Six runs over the final two innings led Purdue (8-6) to a 9-4 victory over Radford (7-7) to close Day One of the Thundering Herd Invitational. Six of Purdue’s nine total runs came with two outs.

Entering the sixth inning tied 3-3, a trio of doubles by the Boilermakers accounted for all five of the team’s runs in the sixth, giving Purdue the go-ahead and eventual victory.

In her first start of the season, Alivia Meeks recorded a team-leading three hits on four at-bats, one run and an RBI. Meanwhile, Sage Scarmardo totaled two hits in four at-bats, accounting for two Purdue runs and a triple.

Receiving the win was relief pitcher Kendall Klochack (4-0). Starter Olivia Cainey registered a career-high four strikeouts over the first four innings.

The Boilermakers out-hit the Highlanders 11-6 in the victory, committing no errors to Radford’s one.

Purdue will be back in action for a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. ET vs. Butler. The game will be immediately followed by another meeting vs. Radford.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

IRISH DOMINATE TENNESSEE TECH IN GAME ONE OF THE SERIES

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish advanced to 6-2 on the season as they took home game one of the three game series against the Tennessee Tech Eagles (6-3) on Friday, March 1. It was a home run derby as Notre Dame recorded six home runs in the 14-3 victory.

Jack Penney led off for the Irish, reaching on a fielding error from the Eagles. While an Irish groundout allowed Penney to advance to second, an RBI single from Connor Hincks would send him home and put the Irish on the board with a 1-0 lead to start.

Hincks was followed with a two-run bomb from Simon Baumgardt, his third home run of the year, to put the Irish up 3-0.

The Irish and Eagles were each held scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings, as Matt Bedford recorded three strikeouts across three innings before Radek Birkholz came in relief.

Baumgardt recorded his second hit of the day in the top of the fifth with a single to the shortstop, but the Irish were unable to send him home.

A big sixth frame from Notre Dame would extend the lead as Brady Gumpf recorded his first home run of the season with a solo shot to right center field to lead off the top of the sixth. TJ Williams followed suit with a solo blast himself as he sent it over the fence in left field to give Notre Dame the 5-0 advantage.

The Eagles weren’t going anywhere as they responded with a three-run home run to bring it within two heading into the seventh. Bennett Flynn would take the mound to start the bottom of the inning.

Leading 5-3, Notre Dame would add on another four runs in the eighth.

Gumpf got the party started with a double down the left field line and was scored on a two-run home run from Josh Hahn to put the Irish up 7-3. Jack Penney recorded an RBI groundout to score Estevan Moreno, who reached on a hit by pitch.

The top of the eighth was closed by an RBI single from Hincks as he scored TJ Williams, extending the Irish lead 9-3.

In the final offensive frame, the Irish recorded four hits and five runs. Moreno had the first hit in the ninth as he doubled to left center field and was scored on a Williams RBI single to the shortstop.

Penney stepped up to plate and launched one to right center for a two-run blast, putting the Irish up 12-3. The party wasn’t over yet as Hincks homered to right center as well, scoring Tino Flores who reached via a walk.

Flynn would strike out the side to close the final frame in the ninth, recording seven strikeouts across 3.0 innings pitched.

The Irish are back in action tomorrow for game two of the three game series as they face the Eagles at 3 PM ET (2 PM CT).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH, TIGERS & PURCELL, OH MY!

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Glenn & Stacey Murphy Notre Dame head coach Micah Shrewsberry said back in the preseason that he planned for his team to be playing their best basketball come March. The Irish have now emerged on the other side of adversity and have won four of their last five, including a momentous 70-65 victory over Wake Forest. Up next, another ACC team near the top of the standings who’s NCAA Tourney bound – Clemson. The Irish and Tigers will tip off Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion.

Also, be sure to arrive early to catch the Senior Day ceremony taking place with 15 minutes remaining on the pregame clock. The program will honor its three departing seniors: Matt Zona, Tony Sanders Jr. and Raheem Braiton.

HITTING THEIR STRIDE

During this five game stretch in which Notre Dame has gone 4-1, it’s none other than freshman sensation Markus Burton leading the way, averaging 21.8 ppg. He’s followed by Braeden Shrewsberry’s 13.4 ppg, Tae Davis’ 9.4 and Carey Booth’s 8.2. Burton has also recorded 27 assists and 19 steals during this five-game stretch as well.

Also in this five-game swing: Notre Dame’s offense is averaging 71.8 ppg compared to its season average of 63.4. They are shooting 43.9 percent compared to the season’s 40.6 percent. Another big difference is the fact that the Irish are taking better care of the basketball, averaging 8.8 turnovers compared to the season’s 12.9.

Clemson arrives to South Bend with a 10-7 ACC record and 20-8 overall. The Tigers are powered by the trio of PJ Hall (18.5 ppg), Joseph Girard III (15.8) and Chase Hunter (12.6). Clemson ranks highly in FT% (13th in the country – .781) & defensive rebounds/game (24th – 27.9). The Tigers have won six of their last seven games.

Notre Dame leads the overall series 8-3, with a 4-1 record at home.

BURTON LEAVING A FRESHMAN YEAR LEGACY

Freshman guard Markus Burton is grabbing the attention of Irish fans, ACC opponents and the national media, but what’s crazy about it all is that he’s doing something that has never been done before in the history of the program.

Burton is currently averaging over 17.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. If that stat line holds up upon season’s end, he’ll be the first player to put up those numbers in Notre Dame history (aka at least 17 points, 4 assists and 2 steals). ND great Chris Thomas would be the closest one to that with his 15.6 points, 7.6 assists and 2.2 steals for the 2001-02 season.

Furthermore, Burton is 1-of-5 players in the entire country averaging at least 17p – 4a – 2s.

BURTON SURGING

Burton was a man-possessed in the win over Wake Forest on Feb. 27, pouring in a career-high 31 points, which included 19 in the first half. He converted a career-best 11-for-11 from the free throw line. He also tallied three rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Burton is now 1-of-4 ND freshman all-time to record a 30-point game, joining the likes of Troy Murphy, Chris Thomas and Adrian Dantley.

Furthermore, Burton’s 31-point outburst was just a game after dropping 28 at Syracuse, which included 20 points in the 2nd half. Thus, over the last 2 games: 59 points (29.5 ppg), 11 assists, 5 steals; 54.3 percent (19-35) from the field; 4-12 3PT; 17-18 FT.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?

Notre Dame has never taken home an ACC Rookie of the Year award and Markus Burton is looking to change that. He has proven himself to be one of the most dynamic freshman guards in the country. Here are some quick hitters for those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka:

His 17.2 ppg leads all ACC freshmen, with the next highest being Duke’s Jared McCain at 13.6. He also ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

ACC freshman rankings: 1st in scoring, 2nd in assists/game (4.3), 1st in steals/game (2.0).

Double-digit points in all but 2 games. He’s currently riding a 21-game streak.

He’s scored at least 16 points in 8 straight games.

Overall rankings: 8th in the ACC in scoring, 5th in Assists (4.3), 4th in Steals (2.0), 8th in FT% (.830).

ACC play only rankings: 17.4 points (5th), 2.4 steals (1st), 4.9 assists (3rd), .844 FT% (9th).

Produced two games with 15+ point, 5+ assists, 5+ steals. Since 1996, only one other Irish player (Chris Thomas) had produced two games in the same regular season with at least 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.

Burton is 1-of-3 Power Five players this season with multiple 15p-5a-5s games.

Averaging 9.0 points in the 2nd half – has scored double-digit points 12 times in the 2nd half alone this season, including a season high of 20.

Averaging 17.9 points at home, shooting 44.1 percent from the field.

57 steals (2 away from cracking the program top-10 for a season); 2.0 spg — would become just the 4th player in program history to average 2 spg in a season (Chris Thomas, David Rivers, Jerian Grant).

Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week – ties Blake Wesley for most at ND.

1ST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the defensive intensity. 17 ACC games and 12 different ACC opponents – all but one (Syracuse on Feb. 24) were held under their season average, with Miami, Duke and Louisville each held to season low point totals.

Of the 17 ACC matchups that have already happened, only 4 opponents have reached the 70-point park against the Irish defense.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.6 ranks 30th in the country, plus 2nd in the ACC. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 28th nationally.

In ACC play only, Notre Dame ranks 2nd in scoring defense (64.7) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (.414).

BURTON WINS 3RD ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Burton has now tied Blake Wesley for most ACC Rookie of the Week awards with three. He earned his third on Feb. 26 after averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Irish. After scoring 16 points in the win at Louisville, Burton was a man-possessed in the 2nd half at Syracuse. The freshman scored 20 points in the 2nd half, where he shot 8-of-13 from the field, which included two treys. Burton finished with 28 points plus a career-high tying 8 assists.

Markus Burton won his second ACC Rookie of the Week award on Feb. 12 after pouring in a team-best 19 points then posting an incredible stat line in the win over Virginia Tech. Burton balled out with 16 points, a season-high tying eight assists and a season-best six steals – as the latter tied for the third most steals in a single game in program history. Since 1996, only two other Irish have finished with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game – Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013.

FRESHMAN RECORD WATCH

We are officially on Burton freshman scoring record watch as we head into the final stretch of the season. The freshman guard enters Saturday’s matchup with 481 points on the season – which already puts him in the No. 5 spot. Next up is No. 4 Blake Wesley at 504 points.

From a scoring average perspective, Burton’s 17.2 ppg ranks 3rd all-time behind Troy Murphy (19.2) and Adrian Dantley (18.3).

ANOTHER FRESHMAN IN THE RECORD BOOKS

Markus Burton won’t be the only freshman leaving his name in the ND record book this season after Braeden Shrewsberry continues to light it up from three.

Let’s first start with his prolific performance at Louisville on Feb. 21. Shrewsberry tied the program single-game record for made three-pointers by a freshman after draining seven against the Cardinals. He tied the likes of Pat Connaughton, Chris Thomas and Ryan Hoover. Shrews’ 23 points marked his second-highest points total on the season.

Then there’s the fact that Shrewsberry has knocked down 52 three-pointers in ACC play, breaking the Notre Dame ACC record. The previous record was 51 held by Prentiss Hubb, Matt Farrell and V.J. Beachem.

FWIW – those 52 threes in ACC play are tied for the fourth most this season and sit six behind UNC’s RJ Davis (58) for the most.

Lastly, Shrewsberry is shooting 43.3 percent from deep in ACC play – that number would rank 5th all-time in Notre Dame ACC program history.

SHREWSBERRY’S HOT HAND

Braeden Shrewsberry has secured 11 double-digit scoring performances over the last 14 games.

Overall on the year: team best 2.5 made threes/game – ranks 7th in the ACC. His 2.5 made threes ranks 2nd nationally amongst DI freshmen.

He’s now averaging 11.7 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), shooting 42.0 percent from the field & 43.3 percent from deep – latter ranks 2nd amongst ACC players. Also averaging 3.1 made threes/game in league play – ranks 4th.

#TRENDING

Here are some other under-the-radar stats to keep an eye out for this week.

Over the last 5 games for Braeden Shrewsberry: 13.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting; 46.5 percent from three; 4.0 threes/game.

Carey Booth has totaled 33 points over the last 3 games (11.0 ppg). He notched his 5th game in double figures with 15 points in the win over Wake Forest, which included three treys. Booth’s 15 points were the most since his 17-point outburst against Virginia on Dec. 30.

Tae Davis has made 21 of his last 25 from the free-throw line, raising his percentage from .618 to its current .688.

Davis has recorded three double-digit scoring performances over the last four games.

Team-wise, Notre Dame is 5-0 this year when limiting their turnover total to single digits.

IN YOUR BAG

Speaking of trending, Markus Burton has ratcheted up his defensive intensity down the final stretch. The starting point guard is now up to 57 steals (2 away from cracking the program top-10 for a season).

He’s averaging 2.0 spg. If that holds, he would become just the 4th player in program history to average 2.0 spg in a season (Chris Thomas, David Rivers, Jerian Grant).

His 2.0 steals per game ranks 4th in the ACC. Furthermore, his 2.4 steals/game in league play leads all ACC players.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

GAME 4 PREVIEW: #3 MARYLAND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 6/6 Notre Dame and No. 3/3 Maryland will face off in a marquee non-conference showdown at noon ET on Sunday, March 3 at Arlotta Stadium. The game will air on ESPNU.

GAME DETAILS

Location: South Bend, Indiana | Arlotta Stadium

Schedule: March 3 — Noon ET

TV: ESPNU

Live Stats: FightingIrish.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE MARYLAND SERIES

• Saturday will be the 17th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Maryland. The Irish trail the Terrapins 7-9 in the matchup.

• Six of the last seven matchups have been extremely tight with the games being decided by two goals or less.

• Three of the last five matchups have went into overtime.

• The Irish came away victorious in one of the best games of the season last year in College Park, earning a 13-12 win in three overtimes.

• Pat Kavanagh scored his only goal of the game in the third overtime to deliver the Irish the victory. His brother Chris, led the team in scoring with three goals in the game.

VIDEO GAME NUMBERS

• The Irish enter Sunday’s matchup ranked second in the country in scoring offense (18.67 goals per game), points per game (30.0) and assists per game (11.33).

• For the first time in program history Notre Dame recorded back-to-back 20+ goal performances, coming in its first two games of the season.

• The combined 46 goals over the two games shatter the previous program record for most goals in back-to-back games, as the 1992 squad previously held the record with 40 goals.

• Both the 22-goal win over Cleveland State and the 13-goal victory at Marquette represent the largest margin of victory for the Irish in the respective all-time series.

• The Irish have also played fairly clean games thus far, as they are averaging just 11.67 turnovers per game which is the fourth best mark in the country.

PICK YOUR POISON

• The Irish starting attack has combined for 41 points through two games.

• Pat Kavanagh (3G, 12A), Chris Kavanagh (8G, 5A) and Jake Taylor (11G, 2A) are already each in double figures for points on the season.

• The three attackman have a combined 420 points in their career off 234 goals and 186 assists.

• The Irish starting midfield also presents headaches for the opposition with Eric Dobson, Jordan Faison and Devon McLane each presenting different challenges to try to stop.

• McLane leads the unit with seven points (7G, 2A) while Faison has six (6G, 1A) and Dobson has added three (3G, 2A).

DOMINATING DEFENSE

• The Irish have allowed just 22 total goals over the course of the season, giving up tjust 7.33 goals per game, which leads the country.

• Notre Dame picked right up where it left off on defense, turning in a dominant performance in the season-opening win.

• The unit allowed just three goals, which is tied for the second fewest given up by ND in a season opener in program history.

• The Irish finished 2023 allowing just 9.69 goals per game, leading the ACC and ranking sixth in the country, despite playing nine games against opponents that ranked in the top 10 in goals scored per game.

• Notre Dame led the ACC and ranked ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game last season, averaging 9.69.

• The Irish recorded at least 10 caused turnovers in nine of 16 games last season.

• Notre Dame held opponents to 10 or fewer goals in 10 of 16 games during the 2023 campaign, including four of the last five on the way to the title.

• The Irish limited the opposition to 12 or fewer goals in 15 of 16 outings last season.

THE CONDUCTOR

• Pat Kavanagh became the first Notre Dame player to be named a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist two times, earning the honor in 2021 and 2023.

• The Rockville, New York, native broke the program record for points in a season in 2023 with 77 points off 25 goals and 52 assists.

• Kavanagh became the program record holder for career assists during the 2023 season and has 147 in his illustrious career.

• The attackman also shattered his own single-season program assists record in 2023, totaling 52 on the season. Kavanagh now holds the top three marks for assists in a season.

• Kavanagh is also the only player in program history to record 10 points in a single game, a feat which he has achieved three times in his career.

• The graduate student is off to a flying start in 2024, earning ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his first week of play in which he totaled 12 points off two goals and 10 assists.

• Kavanagh has recorded two or more assists in every game this season.

THE STOPPER

• Grad student Liam Entenmann cemented his status as the top goalie in the country with his play in 2023, being named the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Outstanding Goalie by the USILA, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Goalie of the Year and NCAA Championships Most Valuable Player.

• Entenmann led the ACC and ranked sixth in the country in goals against average, allowing just 9.55 goals per game in 2023.

• Entenmann had a save percentage of .570 (196 saves, 148 goals allowed), ranking fourth in the country last season.

• Entenmann made double-digit saves in each of the final 13 games in 2023, including a season-high 18 in the win over No. 1 Duke to win the national title.

• Entenmann currently ranks fourth on the ND all-time saves list with 570 in his career.

THE SCORER

• Chris Kavanagh had one of the most prolific goal scoring seasons in program history in 2023, recording a career-high 46 goals to lead the Irish attack.

• Kavanagh hasn’t missed a beat so far in 2024, as the junior is tied for second on the team in points with eight goals and five assists

•The junior not only paced Notre Dame’s offense in 2023 but his 46 goals ranked third all-time in program history for a single season, just three behind Randy Colley’s record of 49 goals set in 1995.

• The attackman also added 16 assists to total 62 points, which ranks 10th all-time in Notre Dame men’s lacrosse history.

• Chris finished with 10 hat tricks during the 2023 campaign and has 13 in his career.

• The Rockville Centre, New York, native has 76 career goals.

THE SNIPER

• Eric Dobson has established a reputation as one of, if not the best, shooters in the current college game.

• After a big 2023 season, Dobson has been named the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Midfielder of the Year heading into the 2024 campaign.

• Dobson led the Irish midfield with 34 goals and 11 assists last season.

• The lefty came up clutch for the Irish on the biggest stage, posting a career day with four goals and an assist in the overtime win over No. 2 Virginia.

• Dobson has 75 career goals and 31 career assists.

LYNCH LEVELING UP

• Junior FOGO Will Lynch has gotten off to a great start in 2024, winning 67.4 percent of the faceoffs he hast taken, ranking fifth in the country.

• Lynch is 31-for-46 on the season at the dot, scooping up 19 ground balls.

• The FOGO also has added a goal, scoring in the win over Marquette.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish return a lot of firepower from the 2023 roster that claimed the national title, as the top five goal scorers are back in 2024.

• Notre Dame brings back 78.6 percent of its goals (195/248), 77.4 percent of its assists (103/133) and 78.2 percent of its points (298/381).

• Four players who recorded 30+ points last season are back, which include Pat Kavanagh (77), Chris Kavanagh (62), Eric Dobson (45) and Jake Taylor (33).

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• For the second-straight season, Notre Dame’s man-up offense was among the nation’s best in 2023, scoring on 53.7 percent of its opportunities.

• Notre Dame enters the weekend ranked second in the country with a percentage of 71.4, converting 5-of-7 attempts.

• The Irish finished the 2023 season going 22-for-41 (.537) on the EMO ranking fifth in the country.

• Chris Kavanagh finished seventh in the nation in EMO goals with eight.

• The Irish EMO unit cashed in on 21-of-31 chances (.677) during the 2022 season.

CHALLENGING SLATE AHEAD

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2024 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 11 regular-season opponents, nine are currently ranked in the top 20 in the USILA or Inside Lacrosse Top 20 Polls.

• Each of Notre Dame’s final nine regular season opponents are ranked in the current Inside Lacrosse and USILA polls.

FAISON’S FIRST IMPRESSION

• Jordan Faison wasted no time introducing himself to the college lacrosse world, scoring 38 seconds into the 2024 season for the first Notre Dame goal of the season in his debut.

• The freshman finished with a three-goal hat trick and an assist in the win over Cleveland State.

• The three goals in his first career game are the most by a Notre Dame midfielder in their debut since at least the 2000 season.

• The freshman has scored at least one goal in each game and has six goals and an assist on the season.

FAMILY AFFAIR

• The Fighting Irish feature four pairs of brothers on the 2024 roster.

• The four sets of brothers are BJ and Gavin Burlace, Will and Andrew Donovan, Pat and Chris Kavanagh, and Jeffery and Thomas Ricciardelli.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 347-175 in his 38 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 337-160 in his 36 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

GAME 6 PREVIEW: NORTH CAROLINA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team takes to the road for the first time this season for their third top-10 matchup in the last four games. The Irish face ACC foe North Carolina as the fifth-ranked Notre Dame team is set to clash with the seventh-ranked Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at 11am Saturday. The growing rivalry between the two squads will air on the ACC Network.

March is Daughters 4 Dads month for the Irish. All month long the women will be fundraising for the charity, founded in 2015 to raise awareness and funds to help researchers put an end to cancer. Now in it’s 10th edition, the Irish look to expand on their efforts here in 2024.

GAME DETAILS

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Schedule: March

TV: ACC Network

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

FOR STARTERS

The Irish kicked off their 2024 campaign with a five-game homestand in which they went 4-1 and had their best start to a season (4-0) since 2020.

Saturday’s morning game marks Notre Dame’s first road contest of the 2024 season.

Last season the Irish boasted four regular season road wins, including defeats of Duke, Butler, Pitt and Robert Morris.

The month-long homestand concluded with Syracuse last weekend as the Irish fell late to the Orange in their first loss of the season.

Notre Dame opened their season with a 21-6 win over Eastern Michigan and are averaging 20.5 goals per game through four games played.

The blue and gold have combined for 20+ goal games three times thus far, most recently tallying a season high 25 goals against in-state foe Butler last Sunday.

Lilly Callahan, who has started every game this season, boasts all five decisions for the Irish in a 4-1 start to their season.

After an eight point weekend, including four goals and two assists against Northwestern, Jackie Wolak was named the USA Lacrosse Magazine, ILWomen and ACC Offensive Player of the Week after boasting four goals and two assists in the team’s win over then-top ranked Northwestern.

Freshmen Angie Conley, Kathryn Morrissey, Kate Timarky and Meghan O’Hare all scored their first collegiate goals and were joined by veterans Ciara Mazzone and Maeve Dwyer in the accomplishment in the opening weekend of the season.

The team’s leading scorer in 2023, Wolak, surpassed 100 points on the season with her third goal of the game (against Florida) to become just the third woman in program history to hit the ellusive century mark.

In round one of the 2023 postseason NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame rolled out a convincing 21-6 victory over Mercer to advance to the Second Round where they will face Florida. The 21 goals was a program best in the NCAA Tournament, along with their 31 points setting a new record as well.

Kasey Choma recorded 10 points in the win, leading the team and becoming the only Irish woman to hit double-digit scoring in a single game last season.

A program-best seven individuals were named to All-ACC teams ahead of the first round of the 2023 conference tournament. The offensive trio of Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Jackie Wolak were all named First Team All-ACC while the defensive corp of Lilly Callahan, Kelly Denes and Hannah Dorney were awarded Second Team honors. Abigail Lyons was recognized as a part of the All-Freshman team.

With her second goal of the day against RMU a season ago, Kasey Choma recorded her 200th career point. She went on to post four goals in the contest. Earning the assist on Choma’s 200th point mark, Jackie Wolak tied her classmate with her 200th point for the Irish as well.

Live stats will be available for the contest as well as a the game being aired on the ACC Network.

IN THE POLLS

Notre Dame was ranked No. 5 in the latest ILWomen/IWLCA poll of the season.

The ACC coaches tabbed the Irish to finish fourth in the preseason rankings.

BALANCED ATTACK

The Irish returned an NCAA best 91-percent of their scoring from a season ago including their six top scorers in Jackie Wolak (105 pts.), Kasey Choma (88 pts.), Madison Ahern (84 pts.), MK Doherty (38 pts.), Kristen Shanahan (29 pts.) and Kelly Denes (25 pts.).

The trio of Ahern, Wolak and Choma combined for 26 points in the team’s opening weekend to kick off 2024, led by Wolak with a team-best 12 points and 7 goals.

Arden Tierney, a draw specialist who joined the Irish ahead of the 2024 season, registered 10 draw controls in week 1, including eight in the team’s 22-3 win over Central Michigan. Kelly Denes, who led the team in the category a year ago boasts 29 draw controls thus far in 2024 and leads the team in the category again, more than double any of her teammates.

Denes led the team with eight draw controls against Northwestern, tying that of the visitors’s total at the circle as the Irish dominated draws by a 20-8 margin. She now boasts 37 draw controls this season and averages 7.4 controls per game, good for an ACC best and 16th in the country.

In addition to being one of the team’s top contributors offensively, Denes led the team at the draw circle last season, boasting 135 draw controls while MK Doherty’s 111 controls gave the Irish their first season in program history with two individuals eclipsing triple digits.

Through five games played, five Irish individuals boast double digit points, led by Wolak with a team-best 27. The graduate also leads the team in goals (18) and assists (9). Kasey Choma also has six assists on the year in addition to her 12 goals.

With 105 points in 2023, Wolak ranked fourth nationally and second in the ACC. With her performance against Florida to reach the 100+ point mark, she became just the third woman in program history to hit 100 points in a single season.

With a scoring margin of 11.60, the Irish rank third in the nation while also boasting the second-most shots per game (48.60) and third in shots on goal (28.80).

With an average scoring offense of 19.20 goals per game, the Irish attack ranks third in the nation and leads the ACC.

Wolak’s 18 goals in four games ranks eighth in the country and her 27 points is second overall.

LEADERSHIP GROUP

The team named a trio of captains, as voted on by their peers, ahead of the 2024 season. This year’s captains will be Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Aine Maseker.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL HOLDS OFF THUNDERING HERD

HUNTINGTON, W.V. – The Butler softball team picked up one win on day one at the Thundering Herd Invitational, defeating the hosts by the score of 3-2. A second scheduled game vs. Radford was postponed, possibly to be made up on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (8-8, 0-0 BIG EAST) led the entire game but did not score after the third inning. Marshall (9-8, 0-0 Sun Belt) crept to within one run in the fifth but could not score in the game’s final two innings.

Game 1: Butler- 3, Marshall- 2 (7 innings)

With two on and two outs in the top of the first inning, Teagan O’Rilley hit a single to left-center that sent Hailey Conger home from second base. Later, with the bases loaded, Monique Hoosen drew a walk that gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Marshall scored one but stranded three. Butler took a 2-1 lead into the second.

In the third, a Makena Alexander single to center pushed pinch runner Kaylee Gross across for the Bulldogs. Butler’s 3-1 lead held through four complete.

In the fifth, Marshall drew to within one run, 3-2, on a solo home run.

Katie Petran (6-0) threw a complete game for Butler and picked up the win. In 7.0 innings, she allowed two runs on six hits and six walks, striking out three.

Game 2: Radford vs. Butler (postponed)

Bulldog Bits

Katie Petran’s win vs. Marshall was her sixth complete-game victory of the season.

Butler’s scheduled game vs. Radford was postponed due to weather and will possibly be made up on Sunday.

Up Next

Butler remains in Huntington, West Virginia, for day two of the Thundering Herd Invitational at Marshall on Saturday, March 2. Scheduled opponents are Purdue and Marshall.

BUTLER BASEBALL

MOREHEAD STATE WINS SERIES OPENER OVER BUTLER 11-6

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Zach Munton and Jack Moroknek hit home runs on Friday, but Morehead State would capture an 11-6 victory at Allen Field in the series opener. The Eagles scored 11 runs off 15 and got a great start from their ace Luke Helton.

Helton kept the Bulldog bats rather quiet over seven full innings of baseball. He struck out four and only walked one. BU homers came in the top of the fifth and again in the sixth. Munton hit his second of the season in the fifth on a 2-2 count. His solo shot made the game 7-1. Moroknek’s three-run blast came on a full-count in the sixth. Xavier Carter and Kade Lewis each scored on the at-bat.

Butler scored one run in the eighth off a Lewis sac fly and their final run crossed home plate in the ninth with Joey Urban picking up an RBI to score David Ayers.

Munton and Carter each had two hits in the setback. The Eagles were led offensively by Preece and Kean. The MSU lead-off man went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Kean led the team with three hits in his four at-bats and recorded two RBI.

The Bulldogs went to the bullpen early in this one and were forced to use five pitchers in the first game of the weekend. Nick Miketinac and Simon Linde faced the most batters and combined to throw 6.1 innings. Miketinac struck out three over 2.1 innings and Shane Kilfoyle would match him with three.

The two teams will meet on the diamond again tomorrow at 12 PM.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS SET FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON TIP AT DEPAUL

The Tip-Off

• Butler makes the drive up I-65 for a Saturday tip in Chicago against DePaul.

• The contest serves as Butler’s final road game of the regular season.

• The Bulldogs won the first match-up between the two teams, 74-60, Jan. 20 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler (16-13, 7-11 BIG EAST) at DePaul (3-25, 0-17)

Saturday, March 2;  12PM ET

Wintrust Arena; Chicago, Ill.

TV: FS1 – Matt Schumacker & Nick Bahe

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 383, SXM App 973 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Blue Demons

• Butler is 19-2 against DePaul since joining the BIG EAST

• The Bulldogs have won eight straight in the series.

• The first meeting between Butler and DePaul came in 1939.

• Butler has won nine of the 10 meetings in Chicago in the time the teams have been BIG EAST rivals.

Series:  Butler Leads, 20-7

Streak: Butler, W8

At DePaul: Butler Leads, 10-4

First Meeting: BU, 39-29; 1939 (at DePaul)

Last Meeting: BU, 74-60; 1/20/24 (at Hinkle)

First Time Around

• Butler won the first match-up between the two teams this season, 74-60 at Hinkle Fieldhouse Jan. 20.

• The Bulldogs won despite shooting only 40 percent from the field.

• Butler had a season-high 11 steals in the contest; Posh Alexander tied his career-high with six, while DJ Davis swiped a personal-best five.

• Butler went 18-for-21 from the free throw line.

• Pierre Brooks II led the Bulldogs with 20 points; Alexander and Davis each scored 17.

• DePaul made a change in their head coaching position two days later (Jan. 22).

Of Note

• Butler dropped an 82-59 result to St. John’s on Wednesday night in the team’s last outing, which ran the Bulldogs’ current losing streak to five games.

• Butler and DePaul are two of only three teams nationally with at least 14 NCAA NET ranking Quad 1 games so far this season (rankings as of Thursday, Feb. 29); Both Butler and DePaul have 14; Michigan is the national leader with 15.

• KenPom ranks Butler’s schedule so far this season as the nation’s seventh-toughest slate, while the NCAA NET strength of schedule metric lists it as No. 4 nationally (as of Thursday, Feb. 29).

• Butler is one of only 32 teams nationally that has not suffered a loss in either Quad 3 or 4 of the NCAA NET rankings.

• Posh Alexander is 9-for-15 (60 percent) from three-point range over the last three games; that includes matching a career-high with four makes at Villanova Feb. 20. He has seven games this season hitting multiple three-pointers, including each of the last three contests.

• Butler went 11-for-15 from the free throw line against St. John’s Wednesday. On the season, Butler ranks 11th nationally in free throw shooting at 78.7 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• DJ Davis ranks No. 1 nationally in free throw percentage at 96.7 percent; he has made 54 of 55 free throw attempts in BIG EAST play.

• Several factors stand out during Butler’s current five-game losing skid: Butler has committed a total of 63 turnovers while only forcing 43; the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded in four of the five games; Butler has shot 40 percent or less from the field in four of the five games.

• Butler has 14 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-5 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent. Butler committed only eight turnovers in the first match-up against DePaul.

• Butler’s offense has uncharacteristically averaged only 62.8 points per game over the five-game losing streak. Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 points or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

• Butler is 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and a perfect 14-0 when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

• The Bulldogs commit just 13.8 fouls per game, which ranks 11th nationally.

• Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 24th nationally at 2.18 steals per game.

• Alexander is seventh in the conference and Top 70 nationally at 4.8 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is 15th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is sixth in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game (2.41).

• Jalen Thomas ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.14 per game) and 16th in rebounding (6.1 per game).

• Jahmyl Telfort is fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes per game (34:48).

• Butler has allowed 90 points in four games this season…and has won three of those games.

• And a random (perhaps) fun fact: two of Butler’s last four opponents have failed to score a bench point. Prior to that, the last Bulldog opponent to get points from starters only was Minnesota on Nov. 12, 2019.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT CLEVELAND STATE

CLEVELAND – The IUPUI basketball team will close out the 2023-24 regular season on Saturday (Mar. 2) when the Jaguars take on Cleveland State (17-13, 10-9 HL) at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+. The Jaguars (6-24, 2-17 HL) are looking to stop a skid and salvage a regular season series split with the Vikings. CSU is coming off a 69-61 home loss to Green Bay on Wednesday night in a game in which it shot just 39 percent from the floor.

IUPUI with toe-to-toe with Milwaukee on Wednesday night before falling to the Panthers, 75-70. IUPUI led 70-69 with under two minutes to play, but saw the Panthers score the game’s final six points in the win. Junior Jlynn Counter scored a team-high 15 points and sophomore Abdou Samb matched his career-high with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Senior guard Bryce Monroe came off the Jaguars’ bench to contribute 13 points and six assists in the loss.

IUPUI scored the game’s first nine points and built an early 19-4 lead before the Panthers tipped the scales and drew within one possession by halftime.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE

Cleveland State is 17-13 overall and 10-9 in Horizon League play. The Vikings are 12-3 at home and alternated wins and losses for the entire month of February, going 4-4 last month. The Vikings rely heavily on a trio of seniors as Tristan Enaruna (20.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Tae Williams (12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Drew Lowder (11.8 ppg, 2.9 apg) are the team’s top three scorers.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 4-10 all-time against Cleveland State and 1-5 in the six meetings in Cleveland. The Jaguars have dropped nine straight to the Vikings heading into Saturday’s game with the program’s last win over CSU coming back on Jan. 10, 2019. CSU defeated the Jaguars earlier this season, 86-77, in Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will open the Horizon League Tournament on the road on Tuesday (Mar. 5).

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    ALL-ACADEMIC

    On Wednesday (Feb. 28), the league office announces the Valeo #HLMBB All-Academic Teams with senior guard Bryce Monroe being among three who earned honorable mention accolades. Monroe maintains a 3.57 grade point average while majoring in general studies and leads the team in games started and minutes played, while ranking second on the team in scoring, assists, free throws made and free throw percentage.

    PLANTING SEEDS

    IUPUI will be either the No. 10 or No. 11 seed in the upcoming Barbasol Horizon League Tournament and will head on the road for the opening round. If the season ended today, IUPUI would face No. 7 Cleveland State for an opening round game on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Odds are, the Jags would stay in Cleveland following Saturday’s finale, should that matchup come to fruition.

    NOMINATION SEASON

    It’s officially postseason award nomination season and three Jaguars are up for Horizon League postseason accolades. Junior Jlynn Counter is on the all-league ballot while sophomore guard Vincent Brady II is up for the league’s All-Defensive Team. In addition, senior Yves Nkmoba is the Jaguars’ nominee for the league’s first-ever Sportsmanship Award.

    MKE LEFTOVERS

    IUPUI dropped a home game to Milwaukee on Wednesday, 75-70, as the visiting Panthers scored the game’s final six points after the Jags had taken a 70-69 lead with 90 seconds to play… IUPUI scored the game’s first nine points and built a 19-4 lead in the opening six-plus minutes… Jlynn Counter’s 15 paced four Jags in double-digits and sophomore Abdou Samb matched his career-high with 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-5 FT)… Counter had four steals for a second straight game.

    FRONTCOURT PRODUCTION

    Wednesday’s game marked the first time this season that two players in the Jaguars’ starting frontcourt both hit double-digits as Abdou Samb (14 pts, 5 reb) and John Egbuta (12 pts) both reached 10-or-more.

    The duo combined on 10-of-18 shooting and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

    For Egbuta personally, he’s coming off back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the first time this season. 

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in six statistical categories – steals (5th, 1.6 spg), assists (10th, 3.1 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (11th; 1.00 a/to), free throw percentage (12th, 75.5%), scoring (14th, 14.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (14th, 45.3%).

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 840 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 42 times in 58 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 58 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from that win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    THAT’LL DOU   

    In 18 games in the IUPUI starting lineup, sophomore Abdou Samb is averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, going 55-of-89 from the field (61.8 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 60.3 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 30 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only two others have played in 29 games – Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup, using 11 different combinations this season.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 26 starts) and 10 different players have started at least seven games. Counter is second on the team with 24 starts. 

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.4 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.3 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    Both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 12 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL EXTENDS MIVA WIN STREAK TO FIVE WITH SWEEP OVER THE ROYALS

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team returned home in exciting fashion for its fans as the Cardinals dominated play against the Queens University of Charlotte Royals Friday night in Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (13-7, 6-1 MIVA) earned their third-straight 3-0 sweep over a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) opponent with their win over the Royals (6-12, 2-7 MIVA).

Although not the greatest offensive performance by Ball State, the Cardinals placed only one player in double-digit kills which was led by Tinaishe Ndavazocheva with 14. BSU’s serve game was strong with seven aces and defensively as a team the Cardinals combined for 10 team blocks.

The closest set of the contest was the first frame which saw 10 ties and three lead changes. The first set was tied for the last time at 11-11 that’s when Ndavazocheva nailed a kill which motivated the Cardinals to eventually take a 13-11 edge over the Royals. After that, Ball State continued to dominate the remainder of the opening stanza and would take set one, 25-22.

Ball State cruised past Queens University of Charlotte by a score of 25-15 in tonight’s second period as the Cardinals were warming up on both offense and defense.

The third and final set allowed the Royals to give the Cardinals a run for their money as Queens University of Charlotte kept the score close. Ball State began to pull away late in the frame (19-13) after another Ndavazocheva kill. The Cardinals carried their momentum the remainder of the way taking the third set 25-16 and was able to seal tonight’s victory.

The No. 12 Ball State men’s volleyball team continues its two-match MIVA home series against the Royals on Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm ET in Worthen Arena.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

GYMNASTICS TURNS IN STRONG EFFORT AT PENN STATE QUAD

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – – It was another solid night for the Ball State gymnastics program which tallied 15 scores of 9.800-or-higher on its way to team score of 195.875 Friday night at the Penn State Quad.

The effort helped the Cardinals (12-4) earn the head-to-head victory over West Virginia (195.800). Host Penn State turned in the top team score at 196.825, while Towson was right behind at 196.775.

“Despite not having our best performance as a team, there were some quality moments tonight,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “I saw a lot of fight from this group, and we need to reflect on the areas where we struggled, and build on the areas that went well. The key is to be driven enough to improve and be better tomorrow.

Ball State started the night on floor, where sophomore Zoe Middleton tying for third overall with a score 9.875. It was Middleton’s best score of the night in an all-around effort which placed second overall at 39.325.

The second rotation saw another impressive vault from one of the nation’s best vaulters, with Suki Pfister placing second overall with a 9.950. Pfister, who entered the meet ranked sixth in the nation with a vault NQS of 9.910, has tallied five vaults of 9.900-or-higher this season.

Freshman Ashley Szymanski continued to shine on bars, tying for second overall at 9.875. In addition, junior Grace Sumner and Middleton tied for fifth with marks of 9.825.

The Cardinals closed the night on beam, with senior Hannah Ruthberg leading the way at 9.850.

Up next, the Ball State gymnastics team returns to #MACtion with a Sunday, March 10 meet at Northern Illinois.

BALL STATE SWIMMING

KELLY’S PROGRAM RECORD LEADS WOMEN’S S&D ON DAY 3 OF MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

ATHENS, Ohio – – Led by a record-setting performance from sophomore Payton Kelly, Ball State scored 75 more points on the third day of the 2024 Mid-American Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Friday evening at the Ohio University Aquatic Center.

Kelly completed her collection of program records in the freestyle sprints in the third event of the finals, taking fourth overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.61. It was over half a second faster than the previous program mark of 1:48.13 set by now-senior Marcella Ribeiro at the 2021 league meet.

Kelly also owns the program records in the 50 freestyle (22.32) and the 100 freestyle (49.12), both set earlier this year.

Overall, the Cardinals had a student-athlete qualify for either the A or B finals of every event on the day.

Junior Hannah Jones was the first, taking 15th in the 100 butterfly at 56.10. She also placed 15th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.57.

Freshman Alexa Von Holtz and sophomore Callie Tuma qualified for night races for the second straight day, taking 12th (4:24.71) and 14th (4:25.49), respectively, in the 400 IM. Tuma’s time was the eighth-fastest in program history.

BSU also had a pair of finalists in the 100 breaststroke, led by senior Laura Wright who took fifth overall at 1:01.56. Freshman Julia Ofman would chip in a 14th-place effort at 1:03.83.

Along with Jones’ performance, junior Lilia Newkirk would place 12th in the 100 backstroke with the foruth-fastest individual time in the BSU record book at 54.83.

Rounding out Ball State’s scored performances on Friday was senior Grace Walker who place ninth on the 3M board with a score of 276.75. Walker entered the B Finals of the event as the 13th seed and improved upon her prelim score by 29.05 points to win the consolation final.

The Cardinals closed the day with Kelly, Jones, sophomore Haley Sakbun and sophomore Kiran Stauffer turning in the third-best time in program history in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:32.66. The effort earned the Cardinals sixth place.

With Friday’s 75 points, the Cardinals remain fifth among the eight-team field with a score of 186. Akron leads the event at 508.5.

Action in the 2024 MAC Championships concludes Saturday with five more individual swimming events, finals of 3-meter diving, and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims start at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Ball State Women’s Results on Day 3 at MAC Championships

FRIDAY EVENING FINALS RESULTS

100 Butterfly | Program Record – 53.64 by Mallory Miles in 2013

15th – Hannah Jones – 56.10

400 IM | Program Record – 4:20.22 by Mallory Miles in 2011

12th – Alexa Von Holtz – 4:24.71

14th – Callie Tuma – 4:25.49 – 8th in Program History

200 Freestyle | Program Record – 1:47.61 by Payton Kelly in 2024

4th – Payton Kelly – 1:47.61 – Program Record

100 Breaststroke | Program Record – 1:00.58 by Bridgette Ruehl in 2013

5th – Laura Wright – 1:01.56

14th – Julia Ofman – 1:03.83

100 Backstroke | Program Record – 54.44 by Hannah Jones in 2022

12th – Lilia Newkirk – 54.83 – 4th in Program History

15th – Hannah Jones – 55.57

3-Meter Diving | Program Record – 347.78 by Caitlin Locante in 2021

9th – Grace Walker – 276.75

200 Freestyle Relay | Program Record – 1:31.38 by Kelly, A. Sakbun, Jones, Payne in 2023

6th –  Payton Kelly, Hannah Jones, Haley Sakbun, Kiran Stauffer – 1:32.66 – 3rd in Program History

FRIDAY MORNING PRELIM RESULTS

100 Butterfly | Program Record – 53.64 by Mallory Miles in 2013

Advanced to B Finals – 15th – Hannah Jones – 55.78

Prelims

24th – Eliza Bader – 57.10

28th – Natalie Marshall – 59.72

400 IM | Program Record – 4:20.22 by Mallory Miles in 2011

Advanced to B Finals – 10th – Alexa Von Holtz – 4:25.40

Advanced to B Finals – 14th – Callie Tuma – 4:26.53

Prelims

24th – Sophia Kuehn – 4:37.34

200 Freestyle | Program Record – 1:48.13 by Marcella Ribeiro in 2021

Advanced to A Finals – 3rd – Payton Kelly – 1:48.49

Prelims

17th – Kiran Stauffer – 1:51.17

21st – Marcella Ribeiro – 1:51.85

29th – Kayla Newman – 1:53.29

32nd – Haley Sakbun – 1:53.72

33rd – Elizabeth King – 1:54.56

42nd – Mary Kate Phillips – 1:57.31

100 Breaststroke | Program Record – 1:00.58 by Bridgette Ruehl in 2013

Advanced to A Finals – 2nd – Laura Wright – 1:01.04

Advanced to B Finals – 13th – Julia Ofman – 1:03.14

Prelims

EX – Neely Agnew – 1:09.72

100 Backstroke | Program Record – 54.44 by Hannah Jones in 2022

Advanced to B Finals – 10th – Hannah Jones – 55.05

Advanced to B Finals – Lilia Newkirk – 55.35

Prelims

20th – Alyssa Messenger – 56.33

EX – Angelina Eliacin – 1:01.96

3-Meter Diving | Program Record – 347.78 by Caitlin Locante in 2021

Advanced to B Finals – 13th – Grace Walker – 247.70

Prelims

26th – Leelah Fettig – 220.05

32nd – Ella Penny – 192.00

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB SET TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON HOME SLATE AGAINST EASTERN MICHIGAN SATURDAY

Ball State (24-4, 13-2 MAC) vs. EMU (6-20, 2-13 MAC)

March 2, 2024 >> Worthen Arena >>Muncie, Ind.>>  11 am ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team will play in a nationally televised regular season game on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET when it takes on Kent State at the M.A.C Center. The Cardinals are the only league school to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in row. The contest will be a rematch of a game played on Jan. 31, with the Cardinals defeating the Golden Flashes, 57-46, in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State made its way back into the win column Wednesday after defeating Akron, 75-41, in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals’ defensive game was strong from start to finish as Ball State held Akron to its lowest point total of the season. Alex Richard led Ball state with 21 points while Ally Becki chipped in 19.

 –  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in 10 of their 14 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 11-2 in those contests.

– For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals have reached the 20-win plateau. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 22-3 (2023-24).

– With only three Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits in second in the league standings with a 13-2 mark just one game behind Toledo. The Cardinals could still be crowned the MAC regular season champions or have share of the title depending on the results in these next three games.

– Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan will mark the 90th time in program history the two schools have met with the Eagles leading the all-time series, 45-44. Head coach Brady Sallee holds an overall record of 15-9 against Eastern Michigan from 2012-13 to present.

– EMU is looking for its first win in four games. The Eagles are coming off of a 76-64 loss against Kent State Wednesday. Kennedi Myles led EMU in scoring with 16 points.

Career Milestones:

– Ally Becki needs 24 assists 500 mark.

– Marie Kiefer has 127 blocks for her career — needs 25 to move into first place.

– Annie Rauch has 985 points for her career and needs 15 for 1,000.

Two Games Away:

Ball State is two games away from tying the programs record for most wins in a season. The Cardinals knotted the program record last year after winning their first round WNIT game for their 26th victory in 2022-23. In 2008-09, the Cardinals also went 26-9 under the direction of former head coach Kelly Packard. Current associate head coach, Audrey Spencer was the starting guard for that team.

Home Court Advantage:

– The Cardinals own an 12-1 mark at home this season. BSU outscores its opponents by 18.0 points in John E. Worthen Arena. Ball State has won 10-straight at home. At home, the Cardinals have forced their opponents to commit 269 turnovers.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST WESTERN MICHIGAN ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

The Ball State men’s basketball team is scheduled to host Western Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday in its penultimate home game of the season.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Noah Reed and David Eha on the call, while Mick Tidrow and Scot Bunnell handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 141st meeting in the series between the Cardinals and Broncos, making Western Michigan the most commonly played opponent in the Ball State men’s basketball program’s history.

Ball State (14-14, 6-9 Mid-American Conference) took down Western Michigan (10-18, 7-8 MAC) by a score of 77-67 back on Feb. 3 in Kalamazoo thanks to a stingy first half defense and 20 points, six rebounds and five steals from Jalin Anderson.

The Cardinals rode a prolonged hot shooting stretch to a 79-71 triumph at Central Michigan on Tuesday night. Ball State shot 71.9 percent (23 of 32) from the middle of the first half to the middle of the second half and got a career high 25 points by Mickey Pearson Jr. to pull away from the Chippewas and secure the Cardinals’ fifth win in eight tries on the road in MAC play.

The Broncos have gone 2-4 since the early February meeting with the Cardinals, most recently having lost at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday after winning back-to-back home games over Miami (OH) and Buffalo.

SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos went 8-23 (4-14 MAC) last season in head coach Dwayne Stephens’ first leading the program. Stephens moved west to Kalamazoo after being a longtime assistant coach under Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

The Broncos pace the league in offensive rebounds per game (12.5) and rank second in the MAC with 37.5 total rebounds per contest. Western’s 24.3 bench points per game sits at third in the conference.

Sophomore guard Seth Hubbard, who is the only WMU player averaging double figures scoring (14.8 per game), ranks second in the league in 3-point attempts (196) and third in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) so far this season.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Basheer Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounding (8.0) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 17 games so far, scoring in double-figures 27 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (528) ranks third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding and scoring averages are fourth. Jihad leads the MAC in free throw attempts (211) and makes (157), ranking No. 16 in those categories nationally.

Junior guard Davion Bailey’s 43.6 percent 3-point shooting paces the MAC and ranks No. 8 among NCAA Division I qualifiers.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 50 in Division I in free throw shooting (76.3 percent, No. 30), free throws made per game (16.0, No. 47) and fewest fouls committed (15.2 per game, No. 47). Ball State 3-point shooting (37.2 percent, No. 38 nationally) ranks third in the league.

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

MAGIC MICKEY: Redshirt junior forward Mickey Pearson Jr. put up a career high 25 points in Tuesday night’s 79-71 win at Central Michigan.

The Lincoln, Ala., native went 9 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from distance, and 4-for-4 at the free throw line to establish a new career best for the second time this season (24 on Nov. 21 against USC Upstate).

GREAT LAKES STATE FINALE: Tuesday’s game at CMU marked the Ball State men’s basketball team’s last game in the state of Michigan on the 2023-24 calendar.

The Cardinals posted a 4-0 record in the state this season after taking down Detroit Mercy on Dec. 6, Eastern Michigan on Jan. 16, Western Michigan on Feb. 3 and the Chippewas on Feb. 27.

1,000 Points: Junior guard Jalin Anderson hit the 1,000-point mark in his career with a last-minute free throw at Northern Illinois on Feb. 20.

The Jackson, Tenn., native scored 604 of those before transferring to Ball State, where he’s averaged 15.0 points per game in 28 games (420 total).

DB FOR THREE: Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (61) and 3-point shooting (43.6 percent) so far this season, and the shooting efficiency is first in the MAC among players who’ve made at least 40 triples.

The Indianapolis native’s 2.5 triples made per game ranks second in the MAC, while his total 3-pointers made in conference games (42) is just three behind Northern Illinois’ David Coit, who’s attempted 42 more than Bailey.

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State swept the season series with Northern Illinois and has now won 9 of 10 games against the Huskies thanks to the 70-63 decision on Tuesday in DeKalb.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered its record to 63-40 in the series, including 26-23 on the road.

FRESHMAN MAKING MOVES: Freshman guard Trent Middleton Jr. has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 10 games after doing so twice in the first 16 games of his collegiate career.

The Philadelphia native has averaged 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the span.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State began its back end of double play opponents on Feb. 17 after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 86.7 (85 of 98), which is No. 55 in NCAA Division I.

Bailey (83.3 percent, 25-30) and Middleton Jr. (82.3 percent, 51-62) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC in free throw shooting at 76.3 percent, which ranks No. 30 nationally.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (8.0 per game) and field goal percentage (46.4) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.5 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. Anderson leads the MAC in steals (30) in conference play and is third overall at 46 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

Up Next

Ball State hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for Senior Day in the Worthen Arena finale for the 2023-24 season.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES’ TWO-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT BELMONT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bella Finnegan led Indiana State with 14 points Friday night and Kiley Bess added 13 points and seven rebounds, but Belmont broke open a close game in the second half to defeat the Sycamores 87-62 inside Curb Event Center.

Chelsea Cain finished two points shy of a double-double for the Blue and White and led all players with 10 rebounds, while 11 different players scored for Indiana State. The Sycamores were 41.2 percent from 3-point range and shot nearly 90 percent from the free throw line.

Indiana State jumped out to a strong start, led by four first half threes from Finnegan. The Sycamores led by three after the opening quarter, and stretched their lead to as high as six early in the second. Belmont rallied back to take a narrow lead at the half, then came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders to break things open in the third. Trailing by 19 entering the fourth, Bess scored seven points in the opening two minutes of the final frame to get the Sycamores closer in an attempt to spark a rally. Belmont countered with an 11-0 run to essentially put the game out of reach.

First Half

Indiana State had five different players score its first five baskets, starting with baskets in the paint from both Cain and Mya Glanton. Finnegan tacked on a three-ball to make it 7-2 Trees early on, with Bess and Ella Sawyer adding buckets to keep it a two-possession Sycamore lead. Finnegan connected on a pair of baskets inside the final 90 seconds of the quarter, with one of those coming from behind the arc, as the Sycamores took a 20-17 advantage into the second.

Finnegan opened the second quarter with another trey to give Indiana State its largest lead of the contest, and Bess helped the Sycamores maintain their early advantage with a pair of free throws. Belmont took its first lead of the game midway through the second quarter, but a pair of free throws from Sawyer and another 3-pointer from Finnegan put the Blue and White back in front. Savannah White added a late layup for the Sycamores, but a 6-0 run to close the half saw Belmont take a 36-33 lead into the break.

Second Half

Belmont came out of the locker room hot, as the Bruins opened the third quarter with a 17-2 run. Bess had Indiana State’s lone points during the run and Keslyn Secrist ended the scoring spree with a basket, but Indiana State had dug itself a 53-37 hole at that stage. Asia Donald connected on a 3-pointer and Cain added four points in just over a minute to get the Sycamores within 13 at 57-44, but another Belmont 6-0 run to close the quarter followed. Indiana State found itself with work to do, trailing 63-44 with 10 minutes remaining.

Bess tried to will Indiana State back into the game in the fourth, scoring seven points in the opening two minutes of the quarter to pull the Sycamores back within 14 at 65-51. The senior sharpshooter scored from inside, the free throw line and behind the arc during that span, but that was the closest Indiana State got. Belmont followed with an 11-0 run to take a 25-point lead and fully break things open. Indiana State’s freshmen scored nine of the Sycamores’ last 11 points, but Belmont closed out an 87-62 win on its home court.

News and Notes

All of Bella Finnegan’s 14 points came in the first half. Finnegan broke out of a shooting slump with a game-high four 3-pointers, shooting 57.1 percent from distance.

Indiana State went 17-for-19 (89.5 percent) from the free throw line, continuing its strong trend of shooting well from the charity stripe.

Nearly half of Indiana State’s scoring production came from its bench, with the Sycamores totaling 27 bench points Friday.

Each of Indiana State’s four freshmen got on the scoresheet Friday, with all four also grabbing at least one rebound.

Despite the loss, Indiana State found success from distance. The Sycamores knocked down seven 3-pointers and shot the ball at a 41.7 percent clip from behind the arc (7-for-17).

Friday’s loss was Indiana State’s first on a Friday this season. The Sycamores are now 3-1 in Friday games, all of which have come in conference play.

Up Next

Indiana State closes the road portion of its schedule at Murray State Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SOUTHERN MISS USES SEVENTH-INNING RALLY TO TOP INDIANA STATE IN SERIES OPENER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Southern Miss broke open a pitchers’ duel in the bottom of the seventh inning with a four-run frame to propel the Golden Eagles past Indiana State in the opening game of the series as the Sycamores fell to host USM at Pete Taylor Park, 5-1.

The Sycamores (7-2) were locked in a 1-1 tie from the first inning with USM (7-3) as ISU’s Jacob Pruitt and USM’s Niko Mazza (2-0) traded strikeouts and zeroes on the scoreboard for a majority of the contest. Pruitt went 5.1 innings posting his second consecutive 11-strikeout game allowing just a run in the bottom of the first inning, while Mazza surrendered a first-inning Randal Diaz solo home run as the lone blemish in his 7.0-inning, 8-strikeout outing on the mound.

Pruitt left the game midway through the sixth with Zach Davidson (1-1) taking the mound in relief. The senior left-hander pitched around trouble in the frame, but was unable to escape the seventh inning unscathed as the Golden Eagles took advantage of a pair of early walks on their way to plating four runs.

Dalton McIntyre provided the big hit with a two-run single up the middle giving USM its first lead of the game. The Golden Eagles added two more in the inning with Slade Wilks’ fly ball to right getting lost in the fog, leading to an inside-the-park home run.

Indiana State had chances to score in the eighth and ninth innings putting runners on base on Josue Urdaneta’s triple (8th) and Luis Hernandez and Henry Brown’s singles in the ninth, but both opportunities were shut down by inning-ending double plays.

Diaz’s second home run of 2024 and Urdaneta’s first triple of the season highlighted ISU’s six hits in the contest on Friday. Dominic Listi reached base on a single and was hit by a pitch, while Luis Hernandez also singled and was plunked to reach base twice in the contest.

Pruitt pitched around a bout of wildness in his third start of the season. The sophomore right-hander went 5.1 innings allowing three hits and a run, while striking out 11 and walking five. Davidson went the final 2.2 innings allowing two hits and four runs, while striking out two and walking three.

USM’s Dalton McIntyre was the lone player of the game with multiple hits as the Golden Eagles were limited to five hits in the contest. Wilks’ inside-the-park home run was the lone extra-base hit for USM in the contest.

Mazza went 7.0 innings allowing three hits and a run while striking out eight and walking one. He also hit two batters over his day on the mound before turning the ball over to Kros Sivley for the final two frames.

How They Scored

Randal Diaz put the Sycamores in the lead two batters into the game as the junior shortstop drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left centerfield for a solo home run to give Indiana State the 1-0 lead.

Southern Miss tied the game up in the bottom of the frame as Matthew Russo drew a bases-loaded walk to knot the score at 1-1.

The Golden Eagles broke the game open with a four-run bottom of the seventh inning highlighted by Dalton McIntyre’s two-run single, while Slade Wilks’ fly ball to right field disappeared into the fog and landed away from the Sycamore defense allowing a two-run inside-the-park home run to provide the final 5-1 margin.

News & Notes

Jacob Pruitt became the first Indiana State pitcher since Geremy Guerrero to post back-to-back double-digit strikeout efforts following his 11-K game against Southern Miss. Guerrero last accomplished the feat against FIU (15 – Mar. 5, 2021) and Florida Atlantic (13 – Mar. 12, 2021).

Riley Iffrig made his Sycamore debut and his starting debut as the designated hitter on Friday night.

The Sycamores hit into a season-high four double plays in the loss.

Up Next

Indiana State continues the weekend series tomorrow afternoon as the Sycamores and Golden Eagles continue in Hattiesburg, Miss. First pitch between the Sycamores and USM at Pete Taylor Park is set for 3 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

GRIFFIN THROWS NO HITTER IN VICTORY OVER IUPUI, SYCAMORES FALL TO SLU

TERRE HAUTE, IND.- Indiana State Softball splits a pair of games defeating IUPUI and falling to SLU on day one of the Governors Classic.

Game one: Indiana State 4, IUPUI 0

Indiana State won their first game in Clarksville,Tenn. against IUPUI with a score of 4-0.

Hailey Griffin threw a no hitter against IUPUI in the victory, where she recorded seven strikeouts.

Kennedy Shade took the lead for the Sycamores in the second inning when she recorded a solo home run.

Indiana State added another run in the third inning. Abi Chipps connected on a single, where she advanced to second on an error. Isabella Henning recorded an RBI double to score Chipps and advance the Sycamores lead to 2-0.

The Sycamores added their final two runs in the seventh inning when Sophie Esposito reached first on a passed ball and Morgan Goodrich singled to shortstop. Esposito scored on a throwing error and a sacrifice fly by Livi Colip drove in the final run from Goodrich.

Game two: SLU 11, Indiana State 2 (6 inn.)

Indiana State started game two with the lead, but couldn’t hold on as they fell to SLU with a score of 11-2 in a six inning run rule.

The Sycamores scored both of their runs in the first inning, where they took a 2-0 lead over SLU. Abi Chipps and Danielle Henning led off with singles, and a sacrifice fly by Kennedy Shade drove in two runs for the Sycamores.

The Billikens took over when they scored seven runs in the second inning to take the lead 7-2 over the Sycamores. SLU added one run in the third inning and three runs in the sixth, and the walk off two-run home run by Kelsey Etling ended the game to defeat the Sycamores in six innings with a score of 11-2.

Lauren Sackett (5-3) took the loss for the Sycamores in the circle where she allowed three hits and six runs scored while striking out one. Megan Asher took over the ball in the second inning where she allowed three hits and two runs scored. Cassi Newbanks finished in the circle for Indiana State where she allowed two hits and three runs scored.

Up Next:

Play will continue tomorrow for the Sycamores at 11 a.m. ET. beginning with a matchup against Ohio and they will turn around to play Austin Peay at 4:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

‘DONS DROP SERIES OPENER TO EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ben Higgins homered for the second time in as many games as Purdue Fort Wayne dropped Friday (March 1) night’s game with Evansville 18-5.

Higgins went 2-for-4 with his home run and two runs knocked in. Jacob Walker and Grant Thoroman also collected two hits. Thoroman tripled to bring home Camden Karczewski to start a big third inning for the Mastodons. Nick Sutherlin doubled to score Thoroman and was followed by Higgins’ home run. This followed an RBI groundout from Grant Sawa in the second inning that brought Higgins home to give the ‘Dons a 5-2 lead.

After scoring two in the first inning, Evansville found themselves trailing after the Mastodons’ offensive explosion in the fourth. The Purple Aces responded with four runs in the third, three in the fourth, and four in the fifth to open a 13-5 lead after six. Simon Scherry finished with six RBI for the home squad.

Ethan Bell (2-0) got the win for Evansville tossing 3.2 innings with one hit and six strikeouts. Mac Ayres took the loss for Purdue Fort Wayne allowing nine runs on nine hits and striking out four.

The ‘Dons are scheduled for three more games against Evansville this weekend starting with a doubleheader on Saturday (Mar. 2). First pitch in game one is set for 2 p.m. ET.

PURUDE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS TO HONOR ANTHONY ROBERTS ON SATURDAY FOR SENIOR NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Saturday… is Senior Night for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program. The Mastodons host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Anthony Roberts will be honored prior to the game. The Mastodon women’s basketball team is hosting Youngstown State at 3 p.m. Both events are ticketed as their own separate admission.  

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (19-11, 10-9) vs Robert Morris Colonials (10-20, 6-13)
When: Saturday, March 2 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Robert Morris leads 4-3
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF)  | Robert Morris (PDF)
Digital Program:Link
Tickets: Link

‘DONS & ENDS

// Anthony Roberts has 1,939 career points between his time at Purdue Fort Wayne and St. Cloud State as he tries to reach the 2,000 point club. Roberts will be honored on Saturday (March 2) during Senior Day. He has scored 627 points as a Mastodon.

// The Mastodons are locked into a home game in the first round of the 2024 Barbasol Horizon League Championship. The ‘Dons will play at Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center against an opponent to be determined. The ‘Dons will be either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed.

// The ‘Dons have five games this season in which they never trailed.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead in every game this season, except for two: at Pitt (Dec. 20) and vs. Wright State (Jan. 6).

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for 22 or more minutes in each of the last eight games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 10 in single season 3-point field goals.

3. 98 – Nick Wise (2001-02)

4. 93 – Nick Wise (2000-01)

5. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

6. 87 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

7. 81 – Matt Holba (2018-19)

// Quinton Morton-Robertson’s 87 made 3-pointers ranks him 16th in the nation.

// Both Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello each had two steals against Wright State (Feb. 28) placing them both tied for ninth in single-season steals in program history with 56 in the NCAA Division I era for the ‘Dons.

// In league play only, all five starters rank top-25 in steals per game in the Horizon League. Rasheed Bello is 3rd (1.9), Jalen Jackson is 4th (1.8), Anthony Roberts is 7th (1.5), Quinton Morton-Robertson is 12th (1.3) and Eric Mulder is 23rd (1.1).

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder leads the nation in 2-point field goal percentage (74.5 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.5 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 5.9 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// Jalen Jackson has seven or more field goals in six of the last eight games.

// The ‘Dons have defeated each of the top five teams in the Horizon League.

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 14 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 22-of-30 games and six of the last nine games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 24-of-30 games and double digit treys in nine games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in 12 games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 30th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.5 percent.

// Five times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello each have 56 steals, 45th in the nation and first in the league.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,244 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 9.7 is second in the league and 43rd in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 9-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but four this season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9.4 steals per game this season, 12th in the nation, are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 4th in turnover margin (+6.3)

// 11th in turnovers forced per game (16.57)

// 12th in steals per game (9.4)

// 22nd in 3-pointers per game (9.5)

// 27th in 3-point attempts per game (26.3)

// 27th in scoring offense (81.4)

// 28th in fast break points per game (13.93)

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SATURDAY IS SENIOR DAY FOR MASTODON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will honor four senior student-athletes on Saturday (March 2) prior to the Mastodons’ game against Youngstown State. Senior Day festivities will begin at exactly 2:46 p.m. in the Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons will honor manager Caitlyn Curlin and student-athletes Ryin OttSydney GraberDestinee Marshall and Shayla Sellers.

Game Day Information
Who: Youngstown State Penguins
When: Saturday, March 2 | 3 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Game Program:Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Youngstown State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Youngstown State is 13-16 and 9-10 in the Horizon League. Depending on results from around the league, The Penguins could finish as high as No. 5 or as low as No. 9 in seeding for the upcoming Barbasol Horizon League Championship. YSU has won five of the last seven games, with losses to only Green Bay and Cleveland State. The Penguins are led by Emily Saunders, who is averaging 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6 percent from the floor.

The Series

Youngstown State leads 11-3 in the all-time series including eight wins over the last nine. The Mastodons won the home game last season 67-65, but the Penguins won 66-57 in Youngstown earlier this season. Audra Emmerson had a team-high 15 points in that game.

The ‘Dons are *Fire Emoji*

Purdue Fort Wayne has won eight of its last 11 games and has an average margin of victory of 11.3 in that span. In that stretch, Shayla Sellers is 92.9 percent (13-of-14), Erin Woodson is 91.7 percent (11-of-12), and Renna Schwieterman is 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free throw line.

Playoff Picture

The Mastodons are the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championship. They will await their opponent for their game on Thursday (March 7), which will be the best-seeded remaining team from the opening round games.

Er(in) on The Side Of Caution

Erin Woodson was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season on Feb. 26. She helped Purdue Fort Wayne to a 2-0 record on the road with wins at Northern Kentucky and IUPUI, averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

1,000/1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel joined the 1,000-point club in the Mastodons’ win at IUPUI. She needed three points to reach 1,000, and she hit a free throw and a layup to reach the mark. She became the 22nd Mastodon in program history to reach 1,000 points, joining Shayla Sellers in the club.

Closing In…

Shayla Sellers needs 34 points to break into the program’s top-10 in scoring.

10. Rhonda Unverferth – 1,293 (1982-85)

11. Shayla Sellers – 1,259 (2019-present)

Recency Bias

Over the last nine games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 points at Wright State. She is shooting 44.4 percent (44-of-99) from the floor and 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from 3-point range.

Winning SZN

Purdue Fort Wayne has 19 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2010-11 season, when the Mastodons won 20. The Mastodons also have 12 league wins, the most since 2010-11.

Money Millie

This season, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures in all but six games. She is also 121st in the nation and fifth in the league in percentage, shooting 46.7 from the floor. She is top-200 in the country in scoring with 400 points this season.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Green Bay on Wednesday 70-61. Renna Schwieterman had a team-high 16 points.

Coming Up

The Mastodons await their opponent for their home game on Thursday (March 7) for the quarterfinal round of the Barbasol Horizon League Championship.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL ROARS PAST PURDUE FORT WAYNE, 18-5, IN OPENER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  After falling behind early, the University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 16 unanswered runs on Friday night, as the Purple Aces cruised to an 18-5 victory over the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“Tonight was an overall great effort by our team,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Our offense really picked us up, as throwing up 18 runs on a Friday is not easy to do.  We had quality at-bats up and down our lineup, but it really starts with our lead-off man Mark Shallenberger.  He had five quality at-bats in six trips to the plate, and lined out in his only time he didn’t reach base.  He was locked in tonight.

“I also thought that the job that Ethan Bell tonight was huge.  For him to come in and put up goose eggs was really key for us not only tonight, but to set up our pitching for the rest of the weekend with it being a four-game series.  I am just really proud of the effort all the way around tonight.”

Evansville jumped up early, as graduate third baseman Brent Widder launched a two-run home run to left-center field two batters into the first inning to give UE a 2-0 lead.  Purdue Fort Wayne was able to rally for a run in the second inning and four in the third inning to grab a 5-2 lead, but the lead would be short-lived.

Evansville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to retake the lead.  Graduate designated hitter Brendan Hord started the rally with an RBI double, before junior outfielder Ty Rumsey came through with an RBI single two batters later to get UE back within a run at 5-4.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger then followed two batters later with a two-run single to give UE a lead it would never lose.

UE tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning on a two-out, three-run double by Rumsey to push the lead to 9-5.  A four-run fifth inning moved the lead to 13-5, as senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse and senior shortstop Simon Scherry had back-to-back RBI hits in the frame, and Rumsey added another RBI single.  The Aces would finally explode for five runs in the eighth inning to cap the scoring, as Shallenberger had an RBI single and Scherry added a grand slam to left field for his first home run of the year.

While UE’s offense was on fire, so too was redshirt sophomore reliever Ethan Bell.  Pressed into action in the third inning with a runner on base and one out, Bell recorded the final two outs of the third inning and then mowed through the Purdue Fort Wayne lineup with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.  Bell allowed just a lone single in his outing, while striking out six men to pick up his second win of the year and improve to 2-0 overall.  Graduate reliever Jace Kressin and junior reliever Drew Fieger pitched the final three innings scoreless to nail down the victory.

Scherry went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI, while Rumsey went 3-for-5 with five RBI to help lead UE.  Shallenberger also reached base five times by going 2-for-3 with two hit-by-pitches, three runs scored and three RBI.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 5-4 on the season, while Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-7.  The two teams will continue the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.  Senior RHP Nick Smith and freshman LHP Kenton Deverman are scheduled to start the twinbill for UE.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT MURRAY STATE

MURRAY, Ky. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team struggled to keep up with the Murray State Racers’ physical play in an 85-59 loss.

Freshman forward Neveah Thomas led the Aces in almost every statistical category on Friday night with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. UE led for the first quarter in their penultimate road game of the season but couldn’t hang on in the following 10 minutes. Three Evansville players ended the night in double figures as Thomas, guard Kynidi Mason Striverson, and forward Maggie Hartwig all had 10+ point games.

The Aces got to a hot start with an early three from guard Lexie Sinclair. Buckets from outside the arc kept UE in front early as it was an even game in the paint between the two teams. Evansville’s largest quarter lead came only three minutes into the game with a six-point advantage. Murray State responded with a brief run but a free throw and a third three from guard Kynidi Mason Striverson had the Aces back up by four. The quarter ended with traded shots until UE had back-to-back field goals in the final minute to head into the second quarter up by five.

Evansville got the first points in the second as well, making it a seven-point lead for the team’s largest of the half. But the Racers began to find their shooting outside the arc, making two threes in 30 seconds to cut the lead down to only one. The lead was traded twice before Murray State ended the half on a 14 to two run putting the Aces at an 11-point deficit.

Guard Julia Palomo had the first bucket of the second half to make it a single-digit game again. The Racers were able to respond with a three and a layup to make it a 14-point game. UE put together a four-point run to get back within 10 before the teams traded points for a minute. Murray State had another quick run that ended with Evansville’s last four points of the quarter from forward Maggie Hartwig. The third ended with a six-point Racer run, making it a 20-point game.

The Aces got most of their early points in the fourth quarter at the line, going four of four in the first two minutes. UE picked up its first field goal of the final frame at 6:19 from Thomas in the paint. The teams mostly traded points down the stretch as Murray State held onto a 20+ lead the entire quarter.  Evansville ended the game at the line as Mason Striverson split free throws for the 85-59 final.

The Aces will play their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon in the Music City. UE visits Belmont for a 1 p.m. tip-off on Sunday, March 3.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

REGULAR SEASON FINALE SET FOR SUNDAY AT BELMONT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Regular season play comes to a close on Sunday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be in Nashville to face Belmont at the Curb Event Center.  Tip is set for 4 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Season Win Notes

– For the first time in five seasons, the Purple Aces have won double digit games, earning win #10 of 2023 with an 82-51 victory over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 20

– With the win, UE clinched its first 10-win season since earning 11 victories in 2018-19; the 10th win also doubled the win total from the entirety of last season

– UE earned its 12th win of the season on Jan. 27 against Illinois State; it is the first time UE has won 12 games since 2017-18

– When UE racked up its 11th win on Jan. 17, the program won as many games this season as the last two years combined

– Victories over Chattanooga and SEMO in the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Classic saw the Purple Aces improve to 6-0 on the season

– It is the first time UE has won its first six games since the 1964-65 undefeated national championship team

Last Time Out

– Shooting 50.8% on the night, Indiana State picked up an 85-67 win over UE in Wednesday’s home finale

– Seniors Gage Bobe, Kenny Strawbridge Jr., Antonio Thomas and Yacine Toumi were recognized during Senior Night festivities

– Strawbridge led UE with 14 points while Bobe and Tanner Cuff scored 10 apiece

– Toumi recorded 9 points and a team-high 8 boards

Finishing on a High Note

– As the regular season comes to a close, Gage Bobe is playing his best basketball of the season and finished with 10 points on Senior Night

–  He hit 3 of his 5 outside attempts against the Sycamores and has hit a triple in 7 consecutive games, shooting 56.5% (13-of-23)

– At UIC, he was a perfect 4-for-4 from long range on his way to 12 points; it tied his season mark of 12, which came at home against Murray State where he was also 4-for-4 from outside

Double Digits

– Tanner Cuff scored 10 points in the home finale and has now picked up 9+ points in 7 of the last 11 games while averaging 9.1 PPG (100 points) over that span

– In the home win over UIC, he recorded a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting

– Over the last 13 games, Cuff has 21 assists and 11 turnovers; the 6 games prior saw him post 6 assists and 10 turnovers

Finishing Strong

– Wednesday’s home finale saw Yacine Toumi finish with a solid 9 points and 8 rebounds

– In the two prior games, he averaged 5.0 points and 4.5 caroms

– After scoring 20 points three times at UE, Toumi reset his high with 22 points against UIC on 8-of-10 shooting

– His season shooting mark of 55.2% ranks 6th in the MVC

Scouting the Opponent

– Belmont and Evansville meet up for the only time in the regular season in the final contest before Arch Madness

– The Bruins stand at 18-12 overall while going 11-8 through 19 MVC contests

– In its last week of action, Belmont earned a 93-78 home win over Missouri State before beating Murray State on the road by an 83-61 final

– Three players average double digits with Ja’Kobi Gillespie leading the way with 17.5 points per game while Malik Dia is just behind with 17.4 PPG

– Cade Tyson checks in with 16.7 points and a team-high 6.0 caroms per contest

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI SCORES 8 IN THE 7TH TO WIN 14-11

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball scored eight times in the seventh to defeat University of St. Thomas (Minn.), 14-11, Friday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 3-6 to start the season, while St. Thomas goes 4-5.

USI fell behind in third, allowing a trio of Tommie tallies. St. Thomas’ 3-0 lead would last until the bottom of the fourth when USI plated a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 3-2.

USI sophomore shortstop Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) got the Eagles on the scoreboard when he scored on a wild pitch. Niehaus walked before stealing second and third to move into scoring position.

The Eagles cut the deficit for a second time in the fourth when junior centerfielder Terrick Thompson-Allen (Sioux City, Iowa) crossed the plate for a 3-2 score. Thompson-Allen, who had reached on a walk, advanced to second on a stolen base, and took third on a wild pitch, scored on a base hit by freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky) that ricocheted off the Tommie pitcher.

After the Tommies built a 5-2 lead, USI closed the gap to 5-3 on a home run by senior designated hitter Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas), who led off the frame with his first round tripper of the season. The Eagles closed to within one, 5-4, when Boyd scored on a single by junior first baseman Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri).

Following a three run seventh by St. Thomas, USI erased the deficit with an eight-run frame that included a two-run single by Niehaus as Eagles built a 12-8 lead. The Tommies climbed back into the game with three runs in the eighth to trail by one, 12-11, before USI sealed the victory with a pair of runs in the eighth for a 14-11 final.

At the plate, Ebest led the Eagle hitters by going three-for-five with two runs scored, a RBI, and a home run.

USI junior right-hander Gavin Wilson (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) picked up his first win of the season. Wilson (1-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing a hit and a walk to get the win. USI junior right-hander Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) posted his first save of the year, going the final 1.2 frames, allowing two hits and striking out four.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles and the Tommies continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. for the middle game of a three-game set. The series concludes Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.

Following the three-game set with St. Thomas, USI will be on the road for the next nine games. The Eagles will visit the University of Tennessee (March 6), Bellarmine University (March 8-10); Middle Tennessee State University (March 12); the University of Illinois (March 15-17); and Western Kentucky University (March 19).

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

USI SWEEPS IUPUI, EARNS FIRST WIN OVER D-I OPPONENT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Tennis (2-5) picked up its first-ever win over an NCAA Division I opponent in program history after sweeping IUPUI (3-5), 7-0, at the Evansville Tennis Center Friday afternoon.

Doubles: The Screaming Eagles started the match right after taking the doubles decision. USI earned the win at doubles three by forfeit before the combination of freshman Anais Negrail (Maisons-Alfort, France)/senior Lauren Rowe (Terre Haute, Indiana) captured a tight 7-6 (7-5) win at number one to seal the point.

Singles: All six Eagles secured singles wins against the Jaguars. Freshman Sofia Davidoff (Lagny-sur-Marne, France) kicked off singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 win at number five before Rowe tacked on another point with a 6-4, 6-0 decision in the three spot. Negrail followed up with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at number four while freshman Antonia Ferrarini (Caxias do Sul, Brazil) battled at number two to steal a 6-4, 6-4 win. Even after USI claimed the match, senior Rachel McCorkle (Tulsa, Oklahoma) fought hard at the one hole to claim the seventh point for the Eagles with a 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 tiebreaker victory. Number six singles was forfeited in favor of USI.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles close out the weekend slate with a battle against Northern Kentucky University on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Wesselman Park. This will be the first home outdoor match of the season for USI.

VALPO BASEBALL

DENTY’S TWO-HOMER GAME POWERS VALPO PAST ELON

Freshman Kevin Denty (Tinley Park, Ill. / Marian Catholic) went deep twice while the team slugged three home runs on Friday as the Valparaiso University baseball team opened its spring trip with a 9-4 victory over Elon in North Carolina. Chase Maifield (Fox Lake, Ill. / Grant [Augustana]) also drilled a three-run shot on a day where newcomers accounted for three Beacon blasts.

How It Happened

Starting pitcher Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) worked three up, three down in the first inning of his first appearance since April 2, 2023 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Valpo started the scoring when Denty drilled his first dinger of the day to lead off the second inning, a blast to center field. Maifield followed with a double down the right-field line and crossed the dish when Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) stroked a single to center.

Lockwood worked a flawless second inning but ran into trouble in the third, when he was touched for three runs (two earned) including a home run. A two-run single put the Phoenix ahead 3-2.

The Beacons wrestled the lead right back in the fourth, an inning that started with Denty lifting his second big-fly of the game, once again to start an inning and this time to right field. Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) tripled with one away and scored as Reinertson doubled down the left-field line to make it 4-3 Valpo.

Elon made a pitching change with two runners on base and one away in the fifth, and Maifield greeted the new man on the mound with a three-run homer to right to extend the lead to 7-3.

Valpo added on in the sixth thanks to a pinch-hit single by Carson Husmann (Hanna, Ind. / South Central [Bradley]) and a sac fly by Denty to make it 9-3. The middle part of the game featured four shutout innings by Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington), who earned the win while allowing just one hit and one walk and recording four strikeouts.

The Phoenix pushed across a run in the eighth, but nothing further against Jake Jakubowski (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley [Heartland]), who worked around three walks by allowing just one hit while hurling the final two innings.

Inside the Game

Denty went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBIs. The last Valpo player to enjoy a multi-homer game was Jake Skrine on May 19, 2023 vs. Illinois State.

Denty’s home runs were the first of his collegiate career, while Maifield hit nine over the course of his four seasons at Augustana before his first Beacon big fly on Friday.

Maifield and Reinertson joined Denty with multi-hit games.

Ryan’s triple was the fifth of his career and first since 2022.

The Beacons outhit the Phoenix 11-5.

The win came over a team that won 33 games last season.

Up Next

Valpo (3-5) is currently scheduled to play at No. 1 Wake Forest on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Check back to ValpoAthletics.com or @ValpoBaseball on Twitter for updates regarding potential schedule changes for Saturday.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY

Valparaiso (5-21, 4-13 MVC)

Game #27 – March 2, 2024 – 2 p.m.

at Drake (23-5, 16-1 MVC)

Knapp Center (6,424) – Des Moines, Iowa

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team faces its final road test of the regular season Saturday afternoon, taking on MVC-leading Drake at the Knapp Center.

Previously: Valpo kicked off its final road trip of the regular season Thursday night in Cedar Falls, Iowa, falling to host UNI by a 78-59 final. Saniya Jackson led the Beacons with 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Leah Earnest added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 60-112. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: Drake leads the all-time series over Valpo by a 16-2 margin. In the first meeting this season at the ARC, the Beacons were within 31-24 at halftime before the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for an 83-54 win.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…at UNI

– The game started on a sporting note, as Valpo yielded the opening tip to the Panthers so that UNI’s Emerson Green — who had suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the month — could make an uncontested layup and join classmates Grace Boffeli and Maya McDermott in reaching the 1,000-point career milestone this season. UNI returned the favor to the Beacons, allowing an uncontested basket of their own to even the score before the game got going in earnest.

– A 3-pointer from freshman Layla Gold with a minute to play in the quarter helped Valpo to a 15-13 lead at the end of the first period.

– The Panthers put together an 11-0 run in the second quarter to lead 28-18 with 5:27 to play in the half.

– Valpo scored the next four to get back to within six, and it was still just a nine-point game with a minute to play in the half after a 3-pointer by senior Ava Interrante. The Panthers scored four points in the final minute, however, to take a 40-27 lead into the locker room.

– A personal 7-0 run by freshman Saniya Jackson cut what was a 17-point UNI lead to just 46-36 with 6:33 to play in the third quarter. That was as close as the Beacons would get in the period, though, as UNI led 61-44 at the end of the third.

– Valpo was unable to get any closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.

– Valpo held a big advantage from the 3-point line, going 11-of-28 from deep versus UNI’s 2-of-14 clip. It was the sixth time this year the Beacons have hit at least 10 triples in a game.

– The Panthers more than made up that deficit inside the arc, however. UNI held a 48-18 advantage in points in the paint and was 29-for-44 from 2-point range, as opposed to the Beacons’ 9-for-26 mark inside the arc.

– Valpo dished out 17 assists on its 20 baskets, led by a career-best and Valpo season-high seven helpers from Interrante.

– On the flip side, the Beacons committed 26 turnovers — their second-highest total of the season — which led to 27 UNI points.

– Jackson led Valpo on Thursday with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, her 14th double-digit scoring effort of the year. Jackson also tied for team-high honors with a season-best nine rebounds and led all players with four steals.

…versus UIC

– UIC scored 15 of the game’s first 17 points, jumping out to a 15-2 lead 5:08 into the game, and the Flames held a 21-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

– Valpo got to as close as seven in the second period on a triple by freshman Layla Gold two minutes into the quarter.

– It was still a single-digit deficit at the midway point of the quarter when Leah Earnest scored her 1,000th career point, but the Flames scored nine of the final 13 points of the half to lead 41-27 at intermission.

– Earnest connected on a 3-pointer right out of the locker room to make it an 11-point game, but that proved to be as close as the game would be in the second half. UIC led 63-41 at the end of the third quarter on its way to the win.

– Earnest finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

– Jill Harris came up one point shy of her career high, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

– Valpo shot just 37.9% for the game, while UIC hit at a 55.8% clip. The Flames were 20-of-30 at the foul line to the Beacons’ 10-of-20 mark.

– The Flames outrebounded Valpo 44-26 and held a 50-34 advantage in points in the paint.

– Led by three steals from Olivia Brown, the Beacons tallied 10 steals, hitting double figures in that department for the 13th time this year.

…looking ahead

– Valpo closes out the regular season at the ARC next weekend against Southern Illinois and Missouri State.

…on the road

– – Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 3-13 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

@DrakeWBB

– Drake enters Saturday’s game with a 23-5 overall record and is atop the MVC standings at 16-1.

– The Bulldogs’ lone loss in Valley play was a 79-70 setback at Illinois State, since which they have won eight in a row, including an 84-63 victory Thursday over UIC.

– Drake can clinch at least a share of the MVC regular season title with a win Saturday.

– Four of the Bulldogs’ five starters average in double figures, led by Katie Dinnebier, who tallies 18.3 points and 6.9 assists per game. Anna Miller nearly averages a double-double, with 12.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Looking at the Standings

– With just two weekends of play remaining in the regular season, every game is critical to final placement in the Valley standings and seeding for Hoops in the Heartland.

– Valpo currently sits in ninth place, two games back of eighth-place Indiana State.

– The Beacons are one game up on Southern Illinois and two games ahead of both Bradley and Evansville.

– Notably, if the Beacons are not the 11th seed, Valpo will avoid playing the latest game of the day on its first day of action for the first time since the 2019 tournament.

UINDY SOFTBALL

SMITH DOMINATES AS HOUNDS SWEEP HILLTOPPERS

West Liberty, W. Va. – The No. 8 UIndy softball team downed West Liberty in a Friday sweep. The Greyhounds now improve to 13-2 and leave West Virginia with four wins in four games.

GAME 1 | UIndy 10, West Liberty 0 (6 innings)

Kenzee Smith improves her record to 6-0 on the year after shutting out West Liberty. After facing 22 batters, Smith stuck out 12 of them and didn’t allow a single walk. She also only allowed four hits, all of which were singles. This is the fifth game in the senior’s career where she stuck 12 batters her highest being 14.

The Hounds pulled away in the fifth and sixth innings with a combined total of eight runs.

In the fifth, with Braxton Downs on base after hitting a single, Lexy Rees sent the ball into left field for a double and an RBI. Nichols brought Rees home with a single up the middle before later scoring herself with an unearned tally.

During the sixth, Dominique Proctor and Grace Mosele came up to bat with the bases loaded. They each hit a single, allowing a runner to advance to home. The Greyhounds tacked on three unearned runs to end the rally and ultimately inact the run rule.

GAME 2 | UIndy 7, West Liberty 2

Smith was masterful again in this circle but this time in relief. She entered the circle in the bottom of the fourth with the tying runner at third and two outs. She struck out the batter in three straight pitches and went on to fan the next seven batters. Smith finished with 3 1/3 perfect innings to earn her second save of the season.

The Hounds finally put it away in the seventh with a four-run rally. It was highlighted by a two-run triple hit by Shelby Cook, earning her two RBIs. Emily O’Connor and Cook finished with two ribbies, while Downs led the Greyhounds in hits with three.

Jayden Casebolt earned the win and is now 5-1 on the season.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Central Florida to participate in the annual THE Spring Games from Mar. 10 through the 14th. The first two days will take place at the Auburndale Sports Complex in Jan Phyl Village, with the final two days in Winter Haven at the Diamondplex.

UINDY WRESTLING

BLUBAUGH EARNS BACK-TO-BACK WRESTLER OF THE YEAR, SIX GREYHOUND ALL-GLVC

INDIANAPOLIS – Redshirt-junior Derek Blubaugh is now back-to-back GLVC Wrestler of the Year as announced by the conference. Alongside Blubaugh, the University of Indianapolis wrestling team racked up six All-GLVC honorees.

Blubaugh becomes the first Greyhound in the program’s history to earn the honor not only twice in a career, but back-to-back times. Coming out of Bloomington, Ind., Blubaugh went undefeated in GLVC action, and against Division II action up to this point in the season.

A dominant season throughout, Blubaugh carried a No. 2 ranking at 197 from the preseason poll till now, capturing four different tournament titles, the headliner being the Midwest Classic. Alongside his honor he is All-GLVC first team, marking the fourth-straight honor for him, and his third time on the first team list.

“Derek has accomplished a lot already in his career, going undefeated in GLVC the last two years made it a pretty much unanimous vote for him. He’s the definition of consistent. From an outside perspective I’m sure he’s impressive, but from an insider’s perspective, seeing him work every day, the effort he brings every day, the extra stuff, his character, he is one of a kind,” Head Coach Jason Warthan said. “We’ve had some special guys come through the program and he’s one of those guys we’re going to be talking about forever in this program. He certainly set the bar from an accomplishments [standpoint], from a work ethic, from the intangibles, he deserves every bit of success he’s had.”

Alongside Blubaugh, graduate-student Trey Sizemore joined him in the first-team honors, leading the conference in falls while also going undefeated in GLVC-action at 174lbs.

“Trey being first team as well, he’s had a huge impact, it’s always fun when you get somebody that comes in with a little different style and has had high level coaching other than through us,” Warthan. “He’s improved the room around him and is certainly deserving of first team.”

For the second team, it was an “Owen show,” with both Owen Zablocki at 165 and Owen Butler at 184 cracking the list. Zablocki enters the postseason with a 20-7 record, having snagged nine falls on the season. For Butler, he tallied up 23 wins with only 13 losses, snagging a team leading 12 tech-falls on the season.

Arriving on the third team is the combo of 141lbs Blake Mulkey and 149lbs Jackson Hoover. Mulkey opened his season hot, earning titles at both the Kaufman/Brand/Bayly Open and the Bob Del Rosa Ohio Intercollegiate Open, eventually parlaying that into a sixth place Midwest Classic finish. Hoover shined early as well, capturing the Kaufman/Brand/Bayly Open title at 149 and eventually took third place the Midwest classic.

“The GLVC is pretty tough as far as a conference goes and is pretty deep as well. So for any of those guys that are getting awards, those are warranted and are certainly proud of and want to showcase, Warthan said. “It’s always interesting because you get awards right before the postseason, so you don’t want to focus too much on those. But those are something they’ll be proud of at the end of the season when all the dust settles.”

The Hounds are set to kick off the Super Regional 4 tournament tomorrow in Nicoson Hall at 10 a.m.

MARIAN TRACK

ISAIAH TIPPING COMPLETES QUEST AS NATION’S BEST IN WEIGHT THROW TO LEAD MARIAN MEN ON DAY 2 OF NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Brookings, S.D. – For the first time since the 2022 season, the Marian men’s track and field team as earned an NAIA National Championship, as the nation’s best thrower in the weight throw, Isaiah Tipping, captured his first NAIA National Championship to highlight the Knights’ second day at the NAIA Championships. Tipping, along with the 4x800m relay team earned NAIA All-American honors, putting Marian in fourth place after two days of competition.

Marian’s day opened with Isaiah Tipping leading the weight throw, as the senior entered the competition as the top-ranked thrower in the nation. Tipping’s first throw in the prelims would be his best in his first three attempts, as he hit a distance of 20.99m. Tipping was the only athlete to hit the distance in the prelims, and in the finals doubled-down on his efforts by hitting a mark of 21.11m and 21.25m on his fourth and fifth throws. Tipping’s first throw of the day would be the only one in the field to reach 20 meters, as the senior won by a commanding 1.42m over the runner-up Chris Wren of Concordia.

Tipping’s championship is the first for Marian in indoor track and field since Bryce Carmack won the national championship for pole vault in that season. Tipping’s championship is just Marian’s fourth-ever NAIA Championship in indoor track and field, as he joins Carmack, Presley Martin, and Taylor Killings as indoor national champions.

Also competing in the weight throw with Tipping were teammates Christian Rios, Marco Keys, and Jacob Netral. Rios finished 10th with a distance of 17.83m, and Keys finished 14th with 17.59m. Netral rounded out Marian’s lineup with a distance of 17.38m to finish 17th.

On the track, Marian’s first-ever race walk competitor Owen Myers opened the day with a 14th place finish, completing the 3000m race in 14:56.47. In the 400m later in the day, Olivier Lifrange finished seventh overall in prelims, as his time of 47.986 earned him the seven-seed in Saturday’s final where he will have a chance to earn NAIA All-American.

Marian flooded the 600m field with four Knights, and were led by Matthew Riehle, who posted the eighth-best time to earn his first-ever individual ticket to the finals. Riehle clocked a time of 1:20.06, and will seed eighth on Saturday. Raif Miller finished 16th overall in the 600m with a 1:20.91 time, Andrew McDade paced a 1:21.54 time, and Richard Dube finished 21st with a time of 1:21.59.

Manny Manneh finished 34th overall in the 60m with a time of 6.96 seconds, and Armani Glass finished 16th in the long jump with a distance of 6.90m. Lifrange would later finish 22nd in the 200m with a time of 21.78 seconds.

In the 1000m, Marian had another ticket punched to the All-American race on Saturday, as Tristan Trevino earned his first career individual spot in the finals. Trevino clocked a time of 2:27.35, winning his heat to earn a spot in the finals on Saturday. Trevino will be one of 10 competitors in the finals on Saturday, needing to finish eighth or better to earn All-American honors.

Marian ended the day with an All-American honor in the 4x800m relay, as the Knights team finished fourth overall. Marian’s team consisted of Riehle, McDade, Trevino, and Howard Hendricks, as the group along with Thursday’s qualifier Benjamin Moster, took fourth place with a finals time of 7:39.62. The Knights were the top Crossroads League school in the field.

Marian ended the day with 15 team points, trailing Cumberlands, Midland, and Dakota State.

Marian will end their time at the NAIA Championships competing in multiple events on Saturday, with Jacob Netral leading the field in the shot put, while teammates Kevaughn Dawn and Christian Rios will also join him. Keagan La Belle and Brenden Endres will compete in the pole vault, and Lifrange, Trevino, and Riehle will run for All-American honors along with the 4x400m and distance medley relay teams.

MARIAN WRESTLING

MARIAN WRESTLING CONCLUDES SEASON AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wichita, Kan. – The Marian wrestling team ended their 2024 season on Friday at the NAIA National Championships, as the Knights ended their tournament with their final wrestler getting eliminated from the competition. Marian scored 10 team points and finished 31st overall in the field of 55 teams.

Logan Wagner (141)

After going 1-1 on Thursday in the opening day of the tournament, Logan Wagner faced elimination in his first match of the day. Wagner started his day with a matchup against Creighton Baughman of Concordia (Neb.), and came out strong as he defeated the 10th ranked wrestler in the field by a major decision score of 15-2. Wagner advanced to take on Kael Brisker of Southeastern, but in the matchup against the No. 5 man in the field, an low-scoring second period for Wagner put him behind, as he would fall 6-4 by decision. Wagner ends the year with a 2-2 overall record at the championship.

Aundre Beatty (149)

Beatty posted a 2-1 record on Thursday, and on Friday entered a matchup with No. 15 Chris Kelly of Southeastern in an attempt to keep his season alive. Beatty put up a strong match in the elimination contest, needing extra time to determine a winner. In the extra session tied at one point each, Beatty suffered a takedown, ending the match with a 4-1 sudden defeat to end his season 2-2 at the NAIA Championships.

Elliott Rodgers (165)

Rodgers entered the day with a 2-1 overall record, and was paired against No. 7 Braeden Baller of Texas Wesleyan in his first match of the day. Rodgers put up a fight as he looked to extend his season, rallying from a 7-1 first period deficit with two takedowns in the third period and riding time helping him close the gap, but the senior was unable to get a final takedown. Rodgers lost by decision to Baller 9-8, ending his run with a 2-2 overall record.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 1 MARIAN DISMANTLES ST. FRANCIS 107-60 IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team put on a scoring clinic on Friday night in the PE Center, as Marian rolled past St. Francis 107-60 in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. The Knights’ landslide victory punches their ticket to the championship with a 29-1 overall record.

A Sara Majorosova three-point started the scoring party of Marian on Friday night, as the Knights started their wire-to-wire victory with the open three and inside dominance by Abbey McNally, who put up a quick four points. Allison Bosse’s three-point make in the first quarter helped the opening blitz, and a 9-0 sparked by Kinnidy Garrard helped Marian grow a sweltering 19-4 lead in under eight minutes of play. St. Francis could do little on offense to match Marian in the first quarter as they made just three shots from the field, with the Knights leading 21-11 after 10 minutes of play.

St. Francis started to catch a rhythm on offense in the waning moments of the first quarter as a Reganne Pate three-point make highlighted a 5-0 run, but the Cougars’ field goal with 16 seconds to play in the first would be their last for seven minutes, as Marian’s defense pestered the visitors. While the defense was locking down their opponent’s offense, the Marian offensive output was as efficient as ever, with Marian shooing 85 percent in the second quarter alone. Marian made 12 shots from the field with Ella Collier scoring 13 of her 15 first half points in the second stanza.

Tamia Perryman and Aliyah Evans helped control the tempo in Marian’s dominant second quarter, scoring or assisting on six of the 12 made field goals. A personal 8-0 run by Collier after St. Francis’ drought from the field ended put Marian in charge 49-15, and after a pair of late scores were exchanged Marian led 51-18 at the half.

Marian’s largest lead of the season at the half was followed by a 61 percent clip in the third quarter, as Marian drained four shots from downtown in the quarter. McNally, Garrard, and Perryman played key roles in the team’s 27-point quarter, pushing the lead over 40 points in the third to lead 78-39 going into the final quarter.

In the final quarter Marian shot 64 percent from the floor, and as the bench rotated in the game found a scoring lift from Kiley McNally, who attempted to match her sister by scoring 13 points in nine minutes of play. Taylor Double and Eva Fisher helped add to the scoring totals in the final period, as the Knights ended their one-sided victory on top 107-60.

As a team Marian shot 68.9 percent from the floor, and were led in scoring by Collier who ended the game with 24 points on a 6-6 shooting night from downtown. Abbey McNally finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while her sister Kiley had 13 points and three rebounds. Kinnidy Garrard finished the night with eight and Allison Bosse scored 11, and Sara Majorosova led the team with seven assists.

Marian will take on No. 2 seed Indiana Wesleyan in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship on Monday night, taking on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. in a rematch of the regular season title just 10 days ago.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SELECTED AS NAIA FIRST AND SECOND ROUND HOST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Thursday the host sites for the 2024 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship First & Second Rounds, presented by Ballogy.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Marian women’s basketball team has been selected to host the First and Second Rounds, which will take place in the PE Center on March 15 and 16. Each first and second round site will feature four teams and will play single elimination on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. The winner of the final game will go to the NAIA Championship Final Site in Sioux City, Iowa.

The final 64-team field and bracket will be announced on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. CT on the NAIA Youtube Channel.

Marian will host the games with a tip time of 5:00 p.m. for game one scheduled on Friday, March 15. The Knights will then host the championship game of the bracket and send a winner to Sioux City at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Below is the full list of all sites:

Location               Host

Campbellsville, Ky.           Campbellsville (Ky.)

Helena, Mont.    Carroll (Mont.)

Dubuque, Iowa  Clarke (Iowa)

Seward, Neb.     Concordia (Neb.)

Williamsburg, Ky.             Cumberlands (Ky.)

Madison, SD       Dakota State (S.D.)

Sioux Center, Iowa           Dordt (Iowa)

Marion, Ind.       Indiana Wesleyan

Siloam Springs, Ark.         John Brown (Ark.)

Salina, Kan.         Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC)

Wichita, Kan.      Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC)

Lewiston, Idaho Lewis Clark State (Idaho)

New Orleans, La.              Loyola (La.)

Indianapolis, Ind.             Marian (Ind.)

Great Falls, Mont.            Providence (Mont.)

Ashland, Ore.     Southern Oregon

MARIAN BASEBALL

MARIAN BASEBALL SWEEPS CROSSROADS LEAGUE OPENING TWIN BILL AGAINST GOSHEN COLLEGE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team earned a pair of wins as they opened MU Ballpark for the first time this season, as they swept their Crossroads League opening doubleheader against Goshen College. Marian’s 18-11 and 8-5 wins give the team a 2-0 start in Crossroads League play, while improving their overall season record to 7-6.

GAME 1 | Marian 18-11 Goshen

Game one featured just two scoreless innings, with the pitching from both teams shining early as Logan Drook and Lance Wilson matched each other with scoreless first innings. In the second inning Goshen would get a single and walk to lead the frame, with both runners crossing the plate later in the inning on an errant throw. Drook shook off the runs with three outs in four batters, and got quick support in the home half as a Johnny Roeder base hit provided an extra runner for Pierson Barnes, who tied the game with a towering home run to the scoreboard in left field.

In the third inning Goshen reclaimed the lead, as Drook gave up a lead-off walk and double, with both runners scoring later in the frame after Drook walked in a run. The second-year Knight would strand the bases loaded with a groundout, and got a run back as Nate Pinarski scored in the home half on Bryce Davenport’s bases loaded walk. Drook would settle in the fourth with a strong inning, getting a strikeout as part of a four-batter inning to toss his second scoreless frame. Marian trailed 4-3 after four complete innings.

In the fifth, Drook’s outing would come to an end, as he allowed four consecutive base hits and a walk that led to two runs scoring. Drook would leave the game as Seth Risley came in to relieve, but reliever would show early struggles as two walks allowed two more runs to score. A double play ended the half inning, and in the bottom of the fifth Risley got two runs back as Pierson Barnes hammered a two-RBI single through the left side. In the sixth Goshen managed to add another run off of Risley, but in the home half Marian secured their first inning win of the day as Rylan Huntley and Johnny Roeder each plated runs with RBI singles.

Trailing 9-7 entering the seventh inning, Marian called on Jayson Cottrell on the mound, who pitched a scoreless inning as a strikeout stranded two batters. In the home half Marian played small ball to help tie the game, as Caden Mason and Dawson Estep both reached on walks. After a sacrifice bunt, a well-hit single from Josh Lamb drove in the team’s eighth run, and moved Estep to third who would tie the game at 9-9 after scoring on a wild pitch.

In the eighth inning Marian broke the game open, carrying their momentum from the seventh to the eighth, as a monstrous home run from Pierson Barnes to the scoreboard in left field gave Marian their first lead of the game. Marian’s bats kept rolling as Lamb drove in two runs on an RBI base hit, while a grand slam from Bryce Davenport ended the party, capping a nine-run inning to give the Knights a commanding 18-9 lead. Cottrell would finish out the game on the mound, allowing two runs in the ninth with one of them unearned, closing the 18-11 game one win.

The bats for Marian were the stars of game one, with Marian posting 16 hits to score their 18 runs. Barnes led the team in hits and RBI, going 4-6 with seven RBI and his two home runs. Lamb, Huntley, and Roeder each had three hits in the win, with Lamb recording three RBI. Davenport had five RBI and two walks in the win. Marian had nine stolen bases in the win. Cottrell collected the win with three innings of relief on the mound, allowing one hit while throwing a team-best three strikeouts. Drook took a no-decision in the game throwing into the fifth inning, and Risley pitched two innings.

GAME 2 | Marian 8-5 Goshen

Game two started out with a scoreless top of the inning for the Maple Leafs as Chris Adams made a early impact on the game, and in the home half the Knights took charge quickly as Rylan Huntley singled into right-center to score Kameron Salazar to put the home team on the board first in the night cap. In the second inning Dawson Estep doubled up the lead by hitting a deep blast into the right-center alleyway, leaving the ballpark with his second homerun of the season, bringing the score 2-0 in favor of the home team.

In the third inning Goshen got to Adams who had started the game with back-to-back scoreless innings, as they jolted three earned runs of the Marian starter to take a lead going into the bottom half. The Knights quickly answered the call and scored as Bryce Davenport singled into right field allowing Seth Hogg to cross the plate to tie up the game at a 3-3 mark. Pierson Barnes would go on to hit a sacrifice fly into left to score Johnny Roeder before the inning ended, pushing Marian back on top 4-3 entering the fourth.

The Knights kept their momentum up in the fourth inning as Salazar scored the fifth run of the game, swiping third after reaching on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a error by the catcher. Marian led 5-3 after Salazar’s run, but the lead would shrink in the fifth and sixth innings as Goshen managed a solo home run off of Adams in the fifth while in the sixth an error allowed the game to reach a tied.

In the bottom of the sixth with the game tied 5-5, Marian made a rally cry, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Knights started the rally with Caden Mason and Estep earning free passes, while a walk to Jacob Dill would load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Huntley pushed in Mason to take the lead, and a two-run single by Hogg would extend the lead to three runs. Adams returned to the mound in the top of the seventh inning with a three-run lead, and recorded a pair of strikeouts while stranding two runners on base in his closing inning, sealing Marian’s 8-5 victory as the third-year player pitched his first career game.

Adams first-career complete game gives him his first victory of the year, as he allowed five hits while recording 11 strikeouts in the game. Huntley and Hogg led the team in RBI with two each, while the freshman Hogg also led the team in hits. Estep and Salazar each scored twice in the win.

The Knights will be back in action on Sunday, March 3rd, for a double header against Goshen on the road to finish out the four game series, with first pitch being set at 12:00 p.m.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL

ANDERSON FALLS TO NO. 22 HOPE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Anderson University men’s basketball team fell to Hope College by a score of 95-79 during the First Round of the NCAA D-III Tournament on Friday in Cleveland.

Hope (23-6) entered Friday’s contest ranked No. 22 in the latest D3hoops.com poll.

Anderson closed the season with a 23-5 record. The Ravens finished with the most wins since the 2009-10 season, Anderson posted the program’s highest winning percentage since turning in a 26-4 record during the 1960-61 season.

Cam Smith became the 43rd Raven to eclipse 1,000 points, finishing the game with 1,010 career points.

Hope rolled to a 60-percent (39-of-65) shooting clip while Anderson converted 28-of-71 (39.4 percent) shots from the field.

The Ravens hit 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Flying Dutch made 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) attempts from the perimeter. Hope held Anderson to 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half.

Hope outrebounded Anderson 42-30. The Flying Dutch held a 25-9 advantage in assists.

Tanner Wiegerink led Hope with 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. He also hit 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) shots from the field. Gabe Quillan produced 18 points, four assists, two blocks. He also drained 8-of-10 (80 percent) attempts from the floor. Clayton Dykhouse and Marcus Wourman each dished out six assists. T.J. McKenzie tallied 10 points and three assists. Ben Wager pulled down six rebounds while Parker Hovey recorded two steals and one block.

Bryson Huckeby paced the Ravens with 20 points, three steals and one block. Tate Ivanyo and Smith scored 13 points apiece. Bryce Williams contributed seven points, three steals and three assists. Kenney Troutman and Robert Davidson each recorded stat lines of four points and two steals. Gavin Dowling added three points while Jordan Gadis and Worthy Ebiringa rounded out Anderson’s scoring effort with two points each.

“[Friday’s] result was a combination of two things: one, Hope is really good, and two, I didn’t think we played our best game,” Coach Carter Collins said. “We didn’t rebound well enough, and we didn’t do a good enough job of making the correct decision on our drives. It sucks right now, but that feeling is a result of something that we all care deeply about coming to an end. It didn’t end the way we wanted, but that doesn’t take away all of the things that we accomplished – a 20-win season, a conference regular season championship, and a conference tournament championship.”

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL

LITTLE GIANTS’ SEASON ENDS IN OVERTIME LOSS IN NCAA TOURNEY

Wabash rallied to erase a 12-point first-half deficit to hold a six-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Little Giants could not hold off the 25th-ranked Kohawks, who forced overtime to defeat Wabash 79-74 in the extra period.

Wabash ended the season with a 20-9 record while earning its third North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament title for a third-straight trip to the NCAA tourney. The Little Giants nearly pulled off the upset at the MTI Center on the Trine University against the national-ranked Kohawks to advance to Saturday’s second round.

The Little Giants held an early 4-2 lead on baskets by Ahmoni Jones and Vinny Buccilla, but Coe (22-5) answered with a 6-0 run. Wabash stayed with four points at 16-12 with 13:22 left in the opening half before the Kohawks used a 5-0 run to stretch the lead to nine points. Sam Comer scored back-to-back baskets to trim the lead to five points at 21-16 with 8:32 left in the half. The Kohawks doubled Wabash’s scoring output over the next six minutes to move in front by 12 points at 35-23. Wabash cut the advantage to seven points, with Jones accounting for four points in the final 96 seconds, including a pull-up jumper with six seconds remaining in the half to provide the 39-32 deficit at the break.

Coe regained a nine-point lead to open the second half, leading 49-40 with 14 minutes left in regulation. That’s when Buccilla took over the scoring for the Little Giants. The junior, who finished the first half with only two points, hit a pull-up jumper to bring Wabash to within seven points. Comer added another basket off a driving pass from Buccilla, and then Noah Hupmann put home a dunk to force Coe to call a timeout with 12 minutes remaining in the half with the lead reduced to three points at 49-46.

The timeout provided the break the Kohawks needed. Coe regained a seven-point lead with 8:54 on the clock, but Buccilla struck once again. Another drive by the junior netted two more points before Jones converted a turnover into a two-point basket and a free throw on a three-point play. Buccilla made another driving layup with seven minutes left in the half to tie the score at 54-54. Jones scored two more free throws 30 seconds later to provide the Little Giants a two-point lead. Buccilla stretched that advantage to four points with another drive to the basket. Gavin Schippert added two points on the next trip down the floor for Wabash to provide a six-point edge at 60-54 with 4:18 on the second-half clock.

The Kohawks answered with a 7-2 run to draw within one point with 3:14 on the clock. The Little Giants moved back in front for the final time on Buccilla’s 17th point of the game, but two free throws from Cooper Nailor with 20 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 68-68, forcing an extra five minutes to decide which team would move on to Saturday’s second round.

Coe scored the first points of overtime on a layup by Nailor. Jones answered with a putback basket for Wabash on one of the game’s 18 offensive rebounds by the Little Giants. TJ Schnurr gave Coe its final lead of the game by making one of two free-throw attempts before Bennett Sherry put the Kohawks up three points on a putback hoop for a 73-70 lead. Buccilla struck again with a driving layup to cut the lead to one point, but it was as close as the Little Giants would get in the final minutes of overtime. Sherry and Nailor hit four free throws in the final minute of the overtime session to secure the 79-74 victory.

Wabash struggled early with its shooting effort, making only 13-of-38 shots for 34.2 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Little Giants only made three of their 11 three-point field goals in the first 20 minutes but could only connect on one three-point try in ten attempts in the second half. Coe shot 28 of 67 from the field (41.8 percent), making only five of 20 three-point tries. Wabash outrebounded the Kohawks 48-42 and grabbed 18 offensive boards but converted the extra opportunities into only 12 second-chance points.

Jones led Wabash with 20 points and finished his career with 1,525 points to rank eighth all-time on the Little Giants’ scoring list. He added seven rebounds to end his career in fifth place on the all-time rebounds list with 684 boards. Jones ended his career with 182 made three-point field goals to rank fourth in Wabash history. Buccilla finished with 19 points. Senior Avery Beaver ended his career with a 13-point effort. The senior finished ninth in Wabash history with 125 made three-point baskets. Comer finished his career with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Hupmann led the LIttle Giants with a career-best 12 boards.

Jones, Comer, Beaver, Edreece Redmond, and Champ McCorkle completed their Wabash careers with three NCAC Tournament championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances, and two NCAC regular season titles. The five seniors combined for 69 victories over the past three seasons, with 20 or more wins each year.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

MEDSKER FANS 11 AS TRAILBLAZERS UPSET NO. 12 KELLOGG C.C.

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore starting pitcher Logan Medsker (Marshall, Ill.) wasted little time breaking his new career-high in strikeouts from last weekend, coming out Friday night against the No. 12-ranked Kellogg Community College Bruins and setting a new career-high with 11 strikeouts on the game.

Medsker’s excellent pitching performance helped guide the Trailblazers to a 2-1 upset victory over the Bruins to kick off another busy weekend of Junior College baseball at Jerry Blemker Field.

The game began as another pitcher’s duel for the Trailblazers, with both offenses held scoreless through the first three innings.

Kellogg would break the scoreless tie in the fourth after their leadoff hitter reached on an error and came in to score on a sacrifice fly.

VU answered back strong in the bottom half of the inning with sophomore Kade Hinton (Fort Wayne, Ind.) leading off the inning with a single, followed by a double by redshirt freshman Holden Clifton (Louisville, Ill.).

Hinton came in to tie the game on a wild pitch before sophomore Brandon Juarez (Evansville, Ind.) put down an excellent sacrifice bunt to drive in Clifton on the squeeze play and give the Blazers a 2-1 lead.

The Vincennes pitching staff took it from there with Medsker allowing one base runner in the fifth, before turning the game over to sophomore Christian Pinson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) in the sixth and sophomore Jace Parnin (Fort Wayne, Ind.) coming in from shortstop to close out the seventh by striking out all three batters he faced.

Parnin closed the door in the seventh to pick up the save and finish off the upset victory for the Trailblazers 2-1 over No. 12 Kellogg C.C.

Logan Medsker pitched an outstanding game Friday night, throwing five innings, allowing one hit, one run, zero earned runs and setting a new career-high with 11 strikeouts, including throwing an immaculate inning in the third by striking out all three Bruin batters on nine pitches.

Christian Pinson pitched an inning plus, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out two.

Jace Parnin entered in the seventh with the potential tying run on first and was able to slam the door shut with three strikeouts to end the game.

The VU pitchers combined to strikeout 16 batters Friday night, while only allowing two walks and two hits in the seven inning game.

“First of all, it started on the mound tonight,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Logan Medsker gave us five quality innings and gave up no earned runs. Then he turned it over to the bullpen to Christian Pinson who did it last year for us and then Jace Parnin coming in for his first save of the year.”

“Then the other part of it is that we executed tonight both offensively and defensively,” Barney added. “We executed two hit and runs. Carter Whitehead made a great catch in left field early in the game. Then executed a squeeze play with Juarez with Clifton at third. You put all of that together, running up against their top arm who is a Purdue commit, is really good. That pitcher is as good as we’ve seen all year.”

“Hopefully we can feed off of this and build off of this,” Barney said. “This is a quality win for our program and we’re excited about it with opportunities to hopefully get two more tomorrow.”

The Trailblazers will look to keep this momentum going tomorrow when VU returns to Jerry Blemker Field Saturday, March 2 to take on Lincoln Trail College at 3:30 p.m. eastern followed immediately by facing Glen Oaks Community College from Centreville, Mich. at 6 p.m. eastern.

The weekend will close on Sunday, March 3 with a rematch between the Blazers and Bruins with first pitch set for 11 a.m. eastern.

“The reason we’re playing back-to-back tomorrow is simply so we can get used to it,” Barney said. “We want to get used to playing back-to-back as we start getting into conference play next week. Lincoln Trail is a Division I opponent, who has not had a great year so far, but has played about as good a schedule as anybody in the country. Then Glen Oaks, new coach, still getting his feet wet and hopefully we can build off of what we were able to accomplish tonight and do a good job with it.”

TAYLOR BASEBALL

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS PIECE TOGETHER PAIR OF WINS TO OPEN CL SEASON

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor baseball team (9-7, 2-0 CL) swept its Crossroads League-opening doubleheader on Friday at Winterholter Field, as it defeated Saint Francis (9-5, 0-2) by scores of 5-4 and 15-1.

A leadoff walk issued to Camden Knepp hurt USF in the first inning of game one, with Mason David delivering a two-out, RBI single that scored Knepp. TU then went ahead 2-0 on a balk, marking the third time in two games the Trojans have benefited from a balk.

The score stayed at 2-0 until the bottom of the third inning, when a walk and hit batsmen proved costly after an error by the Cougar second baseman plated two more runs.

Leading 4-0, the Trojans and Gabel Pentecost ran into trouble in the top of the fourth frame when three hits, a walk and hit-by-pitch made it 4-2 with two outs, the bases loaded and USF’s cleanup hitter at the plate. David, playing third base, made the play of the game at that moment, however, with a full-extension, leaping grab on a line drive to the hot corner that ended the inning and preserved the two-run advantage.

As both teams worked around control issues throughout the game with the chilly temperatures, USF finally took advantage again in the top of the seventh inning to even the game at 4 apiece. Not to be outdone, pinch-hitter Luke Sutter made sure the Trojans also took advantage of a walk and wild pitch in the bottom of that seventh frame with an infield single to pull the Trojans back ahead, 5-4.

Dalton Swinehart was tasked with getting a two-inning save, and he came through by allowing just one man to reach base while striking out three in two scoreless innings to pick up his second save. Jack Ross (1-0) got the win for his one inning of work in the seventh frame.

Taylor drew 10 walks in game one, helping it score five runs despite getting just three hits (all singles), one of which was Kaleb Kolpien’s 200th career base knock.

Starting pitcher Matt Dutkowski toed the rubber in game two, and the senior was excellent in six innings of work as he picked up the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Dutkowski allowed just three hits and one run, and he struck out nine Cougars in a return to his dominant form.

Offensively, the Trojans got a major lift in the bottom of the second inning when Cal Parr launched a three-run homer to left field to give Taylor a 3-0 cushion. TU added a seemingly important insurance run in the fifth inning on a double to center by Kolpien that made it 4-1.

The Trojan lineup then came to life in the sixth frame as the wheels simultaneously fell off for USF in an inning that featured seven walks, five hits, four pitching changes, two errors and two wild pitches as 11 runners came around to score to make it 15-1. Reliever Gage Gongwer closed out the win with a scoreless seventh inning.

Kolpien led the lineup with three hits and three RBIs between the two games, and Knepp notched five walks and a hit to reach base six times on the day.

Taylor continues its home-and-home series with Saint Francis on the road on Saturday, March 2. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12 noon.

TAYLOR BASEBALL

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS OPEN SAINT LOUIS SWING WITH LOSS TO NO. 6 WPU

ST. LOUIS. – Playing the first of back-to-back contests at Missouri Baptist, Taylor faded late in an 18-8 defeat to No. 6 William Penn in a neutral field affair.

The Trojans hung around through much of the first half, closing the first period with goals from Jackson Dale and Will Vanderkodde to draw within 5-3 and then getting back-to-back strikes from Will Saxby and Reid Gerig to narrow the gap to 7-5 midway through the second.

The sixth-ranked WPU (5-1) squad was too much however, eventually out-shooting Taylor by a 67-36 gap and pulling away for the 10-goal spread.

Saxby and Wyatt Marshall paced the Trojans with two goals each, with Aidan Craig chipping in three more assists. Saxby also added two caused turnovers and Carter Prieditis led the squad with four ground balls.

Taylor (0-4) will return to action on Saturday against Missouri Baptist (0-5) in a 7:00 pm (ET) start.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

ROSE-HULMAN SOFTBALL EARNS SPLIT TO WRAP UP SPRING TRIP

MELBOURNE, Fla.– The Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers wrapped up their spring trip with a doubleheader against Alma and Grove City. The team suffered a loss to Alma with a score of 5-0, and defeated Grove City with a final of 2-0. This puts the team at 6-4 overall this season.

In the first game against Alma, Rose-Hulman struggled to get going offensively. The Scots put together a flurry of hits to take the lead after scoring four runs in the top of the second.

The Engineers continued to stall on offense finishing the game with only two hits. Audrey Theuring was credited the loss in the circle pitching 2.0 innings with three strikeouts.

In the second game against Grove City, Phoebe Worstell led the team to a victory in the circle. Worstell pitched 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit until the final inning.

Aubrey Smith scored on a single by Kayla Schnippel to give Rose the lead in the top of the first. Caledonia Coleman put another run on the board after a a single by Jessica Newsom in the seventh to increase the lead.

Worstell shut down the Wolverines comeback attempt in the final inning ending the game on a strikeout to seal the victory.

The Fightin’ Engineers will return home to host Greenville in their home opener on Saturday, March 9th at 1 PM and 3 PM.

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

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

March 2, 2004 – Indianapolis Colts signed quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus. To that date it was the largest package ever in the NFL. Manning rewarded the franchise by winning a Super Bowl Championship and losing another title game. He was eventually replaced after a neck injury but returned triumphantly in Denver to win a another Super Bowl game, He was in 14 Pro Bowls, 5 times was the NFL MVP and had numerous other awards and records held per the Pro Football Reference.

March 2, 2012 – Bountygate – NFL establishes existence of a bounty program at the New Orleans Saints 2009-11. The Saints players had allegedly been given incentives to injure opposing players by Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams. Head Coach Sean Payton along with GM Mickey Loomis and Williams were all suspended for the 2012 season due the findings.

HOF Birthdays

March 2, 1946 – Bay City, Michigan – Wayne Meylan the Nebraska Corn Huskers standout linebacker was born.

March 2, 1954 – Los Angeles, California – UCLA’s fine Quarterback John Sciarra arrived into the world. The FootballFoundation.org website says that John was a Consensus All-America selection in 1975. Sciarra was named as the Player of the Game in the 1976 Rose Bowl after leading the Bruins to an upset over No. 1 ranked, undefeated Ohio State. Sciarra holds the school record for rushing yards gained by a quarterback with 1,813.  The National Football Foundation voters selected John Sciarra for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1927      Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in major league history when the Yankees announce he will earn $70,000 per season for the next three years. The ‘Sultan of Swat,’ who had asked for $100,000, meets Colonel Jacob Ruppert at the owner’s brewery in the Yorkville section of Manhattan to finalize the historic deal.

1966      Commissioner William Eckert, citing a rule prohibiting clubs from signing players during their collegiate season, voids the Braves’ contract with USC standout Tom Seaver, who had signed with Atlanta for a $50,000 bonus a week earlier. The Mets will be awarded the future Hall of Famer’s signing rights in a lottery that includes the Phillies and Indians, who also were willing to match the Braves’ terms.

1989      “When he punched Keith Hernandez in spring training last season, it was the only time that Darryl Strawberry hit the cutoff man.” – STEVE WULF, Sports Illustrated journalist.  At a photo session, Mets’ outfielder Darryl Strawberry throws a punch at Keith Hernandez, the team’s no-nonsense All-Star first baseman. The spring training scuffle started over comments about salaries, resulting in Straw walking out of camp.

1992      The highest-paid player tag now belongs to Ryne Sandberg, when the All-Star infielder signs a four-year contract extension worth 7.1 million dollars per season. The future Hall of Famer will unexpectedly retire during the season in 1994, walking away from nearly $15.8 million from the record deal he inked today.

1995      “Cleveland got the better of the deals. They didn’t get anybody.” – DAVEY JOHNSON, Reds’ manager. The Indians send Mike Curtis, Barbaro Garbey, Lee Granger, and Dave Gray to the Reds for “future considerations.” The transaction, which helps Cincinnati add much-needed players to their roster, marks the first trade of replacement players during a baseball strike.

2001      Rusty Greer, now the Rangers’ new leadoff hitter due to the A-Rod deal, signs a $21.8 million, three-year contract extension with Texas. The .307 career-hitting outfielder could make $36 million with incentives and options.

2005      Wearing their regular-season home uniforms instead of the traditional batting-practice spring training jerseys, the Nationals, in their first game ever, beat the Mets in the exhibition opener at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, 5-3. The Expos’ first and last games were against the Mets before leaving Montreal for their new home in Washington, D.C.

2005      In a Capitol Rotunda ceremony, with legislators from the House and Senate and baseball commissioner Bud Selig in attendance, President George W. Bush awards the nation’s highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously to Jackie Robinson’s widow. Rachel, the widow of the courageous ballplayer, accepts the award for her late husband, who died in 1972.

2005      With hundreds of Red Sox Nation citizens in attendance on the south lawn, President George W. Bush praises the team spirit and winning style of the 2004 World Champions during a White House ceremony. Fall Classic hero and Bush supporter Curt Schilling gives the former owner of the Texas Rangers a white baseball jersey emblazoned with the forty-third Chief Executive’s name and the number 43.

2007      Michael Young signs an $80 million, five-year contract extension offered by the Rangers. The deal, which keeps the three-time All-Star shortstop with Texas through the 2013 season, is the second-largest in franchise history, eclipsed only by the $252 million, 10-year deal Alex Rodriguez free-agent signing in December 2000.

2007      A chartered bus accident at Interstate 75 and Northside Drive in Atlanta kills five Bluffton University baseball players, the driver, and his wife. The players, Zach Arend, David Betts, Scott Harmon, Cody Holp, and Tyler Williams, were en route to Sarasota, Florida, to play a twin bill with Eastern Mennonite University before participating in the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers.

2012      In the first change to the MLB playoff structure since the introduction of wild-card teams in 1995, a new one-game, a wild-card game between the teams with the best records in each league, which are not division winners, will become the initial round of the postseason. The new postseason system, which would have allowed the Red Sox and the Braves to avoid their historical collapses last season, increases the reward of winning a division title but opens the door to the possibility of a third-place team winning the World Series.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1928 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

On June 18th, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean during a historic flight that lasted twenty-four hours and forty-nine minutes. The first woman to obtain pilot’s certification from the National Aeronautic Association, Earhart flew as a passenger aboard a Fokker F.VIIb-3m flown by Wilmer Stultz and Slim Gordon. She later made the first solo flight by a woman from Hawaii to California in 1935, but her plane was later lost somewhere in the Pacific in 1937 as she was attempting to circumnavigate the globe. The exact circumstances of her (presumed) crash are still unknown today.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was developed as an international effort to outlaw war. The declaration originally started as a bilateral French-American accord, but fourteen nations registered immediately, and sixty-two nations eventually signed. Although unsuccessful, the treaty marked the high point of idealism in the pursuit of peace. The proclamation stated “Whereas a Treaty between the President of the United States Of America, the President of the German Reich, His Majesty the King of the Belgians, the President of the French Republic, His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, His Majesty the King of Italy, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the President of the Republic of Poland, and the President of the Czechoslovak Republic, providing for the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy.”

In the American League…

On May 1st, the Cleveland Indians outfield tied a Major League record with five assists in a game against the St. Louis Browns. Rookie Sam Langford also tied another Major League mark after posting four of them himself. It was the tenth time (once in extra innings) that the record was equaled in the major leagues, and the last time the century. Although the “Tribe” was out-hit 12-10, they managed to hold on for the 4-3 victory.

Forty-one year-old Detroit Tiger veteran Ty Cobb stole home on June 15th against the Cleveland Indians for the fiftieth (and final time) in his twenty-four year career to extend another one of his ninety Major League records.

Washington Senators pitcher Milt Gaston set another unusual American League record after surrendering fourteen hits en route to a 9-0 shutout over the Cleveland Indians on July 10th.

In the National League…

The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals combined on June 2nd to set a Major League record with a 2-1 effort that was the result of three pinch-hit home runs.

Following a Labor Day doubleheader rainout, the Boston Braves went on to play a record nine consecutive doubleheaders between September 4th and the 15th: First, the Brooklyn Dodgers on the 4th and 5th; then Philadelphia Phillies on the 7th and 8th; followed by the New York Giants on the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th; and finally the Chicago Cubs on the 15th. Starting with Philadelphia, the Braves also went on to set an unwanted record by dropping five consecutive games including all four against the Giants.

On September 18th, the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs combined to set a National League record with eight double plays between them.

Around the League…

After voters in Massachusetts finally approved Sunday baseball in Boston (provided that the ballpark is more than 1,000 feet from a church), Pennsylvania was left as the only state in the major leagues with no Sunday baseball.

Alfred J. Reach, founder of A.J. Reach Sporting Goods, died on January 14th at the tender age of eighty-seven. Reach had become the first ballplayer ever to receive a regular salary after signing as a catcher with the Philadelphia Athletics at $25 a week (for expenses) in 1865.

On December 11th, National League President John Heydler first proposed (see newspaper story at bottom of page) the concept of a designated hitter (also known as the tenth regular). Heydler contended that the fans were tired of seeing weak hitting pitchers come up to bat and the incorporation of a designated hitter would improve the quality of play and speed up the game.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

March 2, 1951

In the first NBA All-Star Game, held at Boston Garden, “Easy” Ed Macauley of the Celtics scored 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 victory. Macauley was named the game’s MVP.

March 2, 1962

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points, the most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during his team’s 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain shot 36-of-63 from the field and 28-of-32 from the free-throw line, to go with 25 rebounds. His 50.4 ppg scoring average in 80 games during the 1961-62 season remains an NBA record.

March 2, 1988

The flaming basketball is adopted as Miami’s official logo from over 1,000 entries. Mark Henderson submitted the winning entry.

March 2, 1993

Denver retired the No. 7 jersey of long-time Nugget Alex English, who spent 10 1/2 of his 15 years in the NBA in the Mile High City, scoring a career total of 25,613 points.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

13 – 9 – 4 – 7 – 23 – 17 – 19  – 66 – 13 

March 2, 1974 – National Association of Professional Baseball Players officially adopts the batter’s box; decide any player betting on his own team will be expelled; any player betting on any other team to forfeit his pay

March 2, 1918 – Joe Malone goes scoreless in Montreal Canadiens’ 5-3 season-ending loss to Toronto Arenas; finishes the first NHL season with 44 goals, a record that stands until 1944-45

March 2, 1929 – George Hainsworth becomes first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season when the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-0; ends season with 22

March 2, 1962 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain, Number 13 scored 100 points in the Warriors’ 169-147 win over New York Knicks in Hershey, PA. The Big Man went 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line and set a record for the most ever points scored by an NBA player in a single game.

March 2, 1966 – Chicago Black Hawks right wing Number 9, Bobby Hull becomes the NHL’s first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

March 2, 1966 – Jean Béliveau, Number 4 scored his 380th career NHL goal when his Montreal team tied Toronto, 3-3. This goal moved him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe and Maurice Richar.

March 2, 1969 – Boston center Phil Esposito, Number 7 became the first skater in NHL history to record 100 points in a season when on this day, he scored not one but two, 3rd-period goals in the Bruins’ 4-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

March 2, 1980 – Phoenix Suns point guard Mike Bratz, Number 23 had is NBA free throw streak end at 57 games with a miss in the Suns’ 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers.

March 2, 1986 – Edmonton’s right wing Jari Kurri, wearing Number 17 scored 2 goals, including the overtime wining lamp lighter, to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Kurri, put up 100 points for the 4th straight NHL season.

March 2, 1988 – The flaming basketball is adopted as NBA franchise Miami Heat’s official logo from over 13,000 entries; Mark Henderson submits the winning entry

March 2, 1991 – On a day when his father Bobby made history some 25 years earlier, St. Louis right wing Brett Hull, Number 19 becomes a 70-goal scorer for the 2nd straight season and has 3 assists to help the Blues earn a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia; finishes season with NHL career-best 86 goals

March 2, 1993 – Number 66 of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mario Lemieux undergoes his 22nd and final radiation treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, then joined the Penguins in Philadelphia and has a goal and assist in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers.

March 2, 1993 – Winnipeg Jets Number 13, right wing Teemu Selänne, from Finland, breaks NHL record for goals by a rookie with a hat-trick in a 7-4 loss to the visiting Quebec Nordiques. In the effort he passed Mike Bossy’s mark of 52

March 2, 1995 – Joe Mullen Number 7 of Pittsburgh,  becomes second NHL player to appear in 300 NHL games with 3 different teams when he played for the Penguins in a 6-3 loss in Buffalo. His game count went something like this: 379 in Pittsburgh, St. Louis 301, and Calgary 345

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1918 — Joe Malone is held scoreless in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-3 season-ending loss to the Toronto Arenas, but finishes the first NHL season with a League-high 44 goals in 22 games. The 44 goals remains an NHL record that stands until 1944-45, when Maurice Richard scores 50 goals in 50 games.

1921 — Kentucky beats Georgia 20-19 in the Southern Intercollegiate men’s basketball championship game in Atlanta. The 14-team conference does not keep formal regular season standings. It’s college basketball’s first tournament.

1929 — The Chicago Black Hawks score a goal to snap their NHL record eight-game scoreless streak. Chicago scores twice to beat the Montreal Maroons 2-1.

1940 — Seabiscuit, ridden by Red Pollard, wins the Santa Anita Handicap in his final race. Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit beats Kayak II by 1 1-2 lengths to retire as the leading money-winning horse in the world.

1951 — In the first NBA All-Star Game, Ed Macauley of the Celtics scores 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 victory at Boston Garden.

1951 — St. John’s Bob Zawoluk scores 65 points to lead the Redmen to a 105-61 rout of St. Peters. It’s the first time in its 43-year history that St. John’s scores over 100 points in a game.

1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA-record 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 triumph over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain scores 59 second-half points and 28 points from the free-throw line for records.

1966 — Chicago’s Bobby Hull becomes the first NHL player to have two 50-goal seasons when he scores a third-period goal in the Black Hawks’ 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

1969 — Boston’s Phil Esposito becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, scoring a goal in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1991 — Chris Corchiani of North carolina State becomes first player in NCAA history to hand out 1,000 assists in a career. Corchiani, who has 12 assists in the game, gets the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half on a pass to Rodney Monroe. Wake Forest spoils the day with an 89-84 win.

1991 — Del Ballard Jr. throws the most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history in the finals of the Fair Lanes Open. Ballard, needing seven pins on his last roll to beat Pete Weber, gets none as his ball falls into the gutter. Weber wins 213-207, claiming the $30,000 first prize, while Ballard takes $15,500.

2011 — Pittsburgh overcomes a slow start to clinch at least a share of the Big East regular-season championship with a 66-50 win over South Florida. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon sets an NCAA Division I record for most victories in the first eight seasons of a career with 214 — one more than Everett Case had at North Carolina State and Roy Williams had at Kansas in their first eight years.

2012 — Major League Baseball expands its playoff format to 10 teams, adding a second wild-card in each league. The decision establishes a one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners.

2018 — Kristina Vogel of Germany wins a record-tying 11th women’s world cycling title when she takes the individual sprint at the track world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Vogel ties Anna Meares’ record for most women’s world titles.

2019 – 37-year-old Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer beats Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Championships.

TV SPORTS SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

4 p.m.

NHLN — Syracuse at Toronto

AUTO RACING

9:55 a.m.

ESPN — Formula 1: The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain

2 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: Qualifying, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: The LiUNA!, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

COLLEGE BASEBALL

3 p.m.

ACCN — Florida at Miami

8 p.m.

MLBN — 2024 Astros Foundation College Classic: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. LSU, Houston

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

CBSSN — Colgate at Lehigh

ESPN — Florida at South Carolina

ESPN2 — Florida St. at Georgia Tech

ESPNU — Tulane at FAU

FOX — Villanova at Providence

FS1 — Butler at DePaul

SECN — Florida at South Carolina

1 p.m.

ABC — Kansas at Baylor

BTN — Illinois at Wisconsin

1:30 p.m.

CBS — Arkansas at Kentucky

2 p.m.

CBSSN — Towson at UNC-Wilmington

ESPN — Oregon at Arizona

ESPN2 — Oklahoma St. at Texas

2:30 p.m.

FOX — Marquette at Creighton

USA — UMass at Davidson

3:15 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Minnesota

3:30 p.m.

SECN — LSU at Vanderbilt

4 p.m.

CBS — Southern Cal at Washington

CBSSN — Saint Louis at Rhode Island

ESPN — NC State at North Carolina

ESPN2 — Mississippi St. at Auburn

ESPNU — CIAA Tournament: TBD, Championship, Baltimore

5:30 p.m.

BTN — Iowa at Northwestern

CW — Wake Forest at Virginia Tech

6 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Boston College

CBSSN — VCU at Richmond

ESPN — Virginia at Duke

ESPN2 — Texas Tech at West Virginia

ESPNU — Green Bay at Milwaukee

SECN — Texas A&M at Georgia

7 p.m.

PAC-12N — UCLA at Washington St.

7:30 p.m.

FS1 — Xavier at Georgetown

7:45 p.m.

CW — Clemson at Notre Dame

8 p.m.

ACCN — Syracuse at Louisville

CBSSN — New Mexico at Boise St.

ESPN — Tennessee at Alabama

ESPN2 — Houston at Oklahoma

ESPNU — MTSU at Sam Houston St.

FOX — Michigan St. at Purdue

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Mississippi at Missouri

9 p.m.

PAC-12N — California at Utah

10 p.m.

CBSSN — San Jose St. at UNLV

ESPN — Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s (Cal)

ESPN2 — Long Beach St. at UC Irvine

ESPNU — Stephen F. Austin at Grand Canyon

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

2 p.m.

PAC-12N — Southern Cal at Arizona St.

4 p.m.

PAC-12N — Washington St. at Colorado (Joined in Progress)

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — Stanford at Oregon

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Michigan at Minnesota

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

1 p.m.

ACCN — Johns Hopkins at Virginia

COLLEGE LACROSSE (WOMEN’S)

11 a.m.

ACCN — Notre Dame at North Carolina

COLLEGE WATER POLO (WOMEN’S)

11 a.m.

BTN — UCLA at Indiana

FISHING

8 a.m.

FS1 — Bassmaster Elite Series: The 2024 AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork, Yantis, Texas

GOLF

12:30 p.m.

CW — LIV Golf League: Second Round, Royal Greens Golf & CC, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Taped)

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Cognizant Classic, Third Round, PGA National Members Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The Cognizant Classic, Third Round, PGA National Members Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

9:30 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The HSBC Women’s World Championship, Final Round, Sentosa Golf Club – Tanjong Course, Singapore

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

5 p.m.

CNBC — 1/ST RACING TOUR: From Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Fla.

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

NESN — Spring Training: Washington vs. Boston (split-squad), Fort Myers, Fla.

MLBN — Spring Training: NY Yankees vs. Baltimore, Sarasota, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

5 p.m.

NBATV — Utah at Miami

8:30 p.m.

ABC — Denver at LA Lakers

NFL FOOTBALL

1 p.m.

NFLN — NFL Scouting Combine: Running Backs, Quarterbacks, and Wide Receivers, Indianapolis

NHL HOCKEY

12:30 p.m.

NHLN — Winnipeg at Carolina

3 p.m.

ABC — Florida at Detroit

7:30 p.m.

NESN — Boston at NY Islanders

RUGBY (MEN’S)

8 p.m.

FS2 — MLR: Houston at Utah

9:30 p.m.

FS1 — NRL: South Sydney at Manly-Warringah

11:30 p.m.

FS1 — NRL: Brisbane at Sydney

SKIING

12 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup – Run 1, Aspen, Colo.

2 p.m.

NBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Olympic Valley, Calif. (Taped)

3 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup – Run 2, Aspen, Colo.

SOCCER (MEN’S)

10 a.m.

USA — Premier League: West Ham United at Everton

12:30 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Aston Villa at Luton Town

4:30 p.m.

FOX — MLS: Orlando City SC at Inter Miami CF

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

6:55 a.m.

CBSSN — FASL: Everton at Manchester City

TENNIS

10 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Final

4 p.m.

TENNIS — Acapulco-ATP Final; Santiago-ATP, San Diego-WTA Semifinals

TRACK AND FIELD

9 a.m. CNBC — World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024: Day 1, Glasgow, Scotland (Taped)