****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE SCORES****

CLASS 6A

CARROLL 21, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 15, FINAL

CENTER GROVE 33, CATHEDRAL 10, FINAL

CLASS 5A

VALPARAISO 22, FORT WAYNE SNIDER 21, OT FINAL

WHITELAND 21, CASTLE 7, FINAL

CLASS 4A

NEW PRAIRIE 10, KOKOMO 9, FINAL

EAST CENTRAL 24, RONCALLI 21, OT FINAL

CLASS 3A

BISHOP CHATARD 21, WEST LAFAYETTE 3, FINAL

LAWRENCEBURG 35, MONROVIA 7, FINAL

CLASS 2A

ANDREAN 48, FORT WAYNE LUERS 29, FINAL

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 51, LINTON-STOCKTON 28, FINAL

CLASS A

ADAMS CENTRAL 35, NORTH JUDSON 0, FINAL

LUTHERAN 28, NORTH DECATUR 7, FINAL

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

2A: ANDREAN (10-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-3), 11 A.M. ET

4A: NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS. EAST CENTRAL (12-2), 3 P.M.

6A: CARROLL (FW) (13-0) VS. CENTER GROVE (11-2), 7 P.M.

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

A: ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. LUTHERAN (14-0), 11 A.M.

3A: BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1), 3 P.M.

5A: VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1), 7 P.M.

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY70MEDORA28 
AUSTIN52PAOLI49 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE65NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)41 
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH69SOUTHPORT34 
BLUE RIVER48SHENANDOAH31 
BREMEN52SOUTH BEND RILEY16 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL42MITCHELL19 
CARROLL (FLORA)72CLINTON CENTRAL55 
CENTRAL NOBLE60FREMONT19 
CLINTON PRAIRIE69DELPHI38 
COLUMBUS EAST43MOORESVILLE40 
COLUMBUS NORTH61NEW ALBANY27 
CONNERSVILLE57CENTERVILLE34 
CRAWFORD COUNTY47TELL CITY32 
CULVER ACADEMY37LAVILLE28 
DANVILLE56TRI-WEST28 
DEKALB45GARRETT34 
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL75HAMMOND CENTRAL58 
EASTSIDE42ANGOLA35 
ELKHART76SOUTH BEND CLAY25 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL57BOONVILLE26 
FAITH CHRISTIAN43BETHESDA CHRISTIAN39 
FISHERS40WESTFIELD34 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE72FORT WAYNE SOUTH59 
FRANKLIN COUNTY30UNION COUNTY25 
FRANKTON50LAPEL39 
GIBSON SOUTHERN72PRINCETON27 
GREENSBURG57SOUTH DECATUR25 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS37LEBANON14 
HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH70LIGHTHOUSE CPA9 
HOMESTEAD72FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA31 
JAC-CEN-DEL57OLDENBURG ACADEMY47 
JAY COUNTY56BELLMONT47 
JEFFERSONVILLE69SILVER CREEK62 
JOHN GLENN39JIMTOWN34 
KANKAKEE VALLEY57HIGHLAND52 
KOUTS58OREGON-DAVIS41 
LAKE CENTRAL71HAMMOND NOLL23 
LAKELAND68PRAIRIE HEIGHTS43 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL73UNIVERSITY55 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN63SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH45 
MISSISSINEWA52MANCHESTER47 
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)54RUSHVILLE50 
NOBLESVILLE49BROWNSBURG46 
NORTH POSEY59MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)24 
NORTHEASTERN67UNION CITY40 
NORTHVIEW49BROWN COUNTY47 
NORWELL72FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK28 
OAK HILL48MADISON-GRANT35 
ORLEANS43BLOOMFIELD33 
PARK TUDOR66PHALEN ACADEMY12 
PARKWAY (OHIO)53SOUTH ADAMS28 
PENDLETON HEIGHTS60GREENFIELD-CENTRAL53 
PIONEER58KNOX41 
PLAINFIELD44PERRY MERIDIAN30 
RISING SUN45SWITZERLAND COUNTY36 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY69COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN20 
ROSSVILLE43EASTERN (GREENTOWN)37 
SALEM27EASTERN (PEKIN)26 
SEYMOUR60BATESVILLE47 
SHELBYVILLE60SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)21 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON86PENN45 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)48CHESTERTON37 
SOUTHWOOD57ELWOOD20 
SPEEDWAY49INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA45 
TRI-CENTRAL61TAYLOR10 
WAPAHANI50DELTA33 
WARREN CENTRAL82BEN DAVIS49 
WASHINGTON55SULLIVAN37 
WAWASEE48CONCORD36 
WESTERN44TIPTON39 
WOOD MEMORIAL46PIKE CENTRAL24 
WOODLAN59LEO54 
ZIONSVILLE76AVON43 
LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT
BENTON CENTRAL56RENSSELAER CENTRAL39CON
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)53MCCUTCHEON24SF
TWIN LAKES50LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC40SF
PUTNAM COUNTY TOURNAMENT
SOUTH PUTNAM60CLOVERDALE43R1
GREENCASTLE75NORTH PUTNAM19R1
SUGAR CREEK TOURNAMENT
WESTERN BOONE41NORTH MONTGOMERY21R1
SOUTHMONT39CRAWFORDSVILLE18R1

****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 11****

WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/TV SCHEDULES

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

TULSA 48 S. FLORIDA 42

SAN DIEGO STATE 34 NEW MEXICO 10

SATURDAY, NOV. 19

NAVY AT UCF | 11 A.M. | ESPN2

ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

WISCONSIN AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

TCU AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX

NORTHWESTERN AT PURDUE | 12 P.M. | FS1

AUSTIN PEAY AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

UMASS AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

INDIANA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UCONN AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

VIRGINIA TECH AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

DUKE AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTSA AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | BIG 12 NOW

NORTH ALABAMA AT MEMPHIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

HOUSTON AT EAST CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE | 2:15 P.M. | ESPN2

BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

OLD DOMINION AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OHIO STATE AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MIAMI (FLA.) AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

PENN STATE AT RUTGERS | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TEXAS AT KANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

COASTAL CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

AKRON AT BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH TECH AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UL MONROE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

IOWA AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT AUBURN | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

CINCINNATI AT TEMPLE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

FIU AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARKANSAS STATE AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH AT NORTH CAROLINA | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STANFORD AT CAL | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

MARSHALL AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS | 6:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TENNESSEE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

TEXAS TECH AT IOWA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1

BOISE STATE AT WYOMING | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NEW MEXICO STATE AT MISSOURI | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT UCLA | 8 P.M. | FOX

SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UAB AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2

COLORADO AT WASHINGTON | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS

COLORADO STATE AT AIR FORCE | 9 P.M. | FS2

SAN JOSE STATE AT UTAH STATE | 9:45 | FS1

UTAH AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRESNO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

UNLV AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 11

SUNDAY

CHICAGO BEARS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS, 11 A.M., FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS, 11 A.M., FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS VS. BUFFALO BILLS, 11 A.M., CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS, 11 A.M., FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 11 A.M., CBS

NEW YORK JETS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX

DETROIT LIONS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS, 11 A.M., FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS VS. DENVER BRONCOS, 2:05 P.M., FOX

DALLAS COWBOYS VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 2:25 P.M., CBS

CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 2:25 P.M., CBS

SUNDAY NIGHT

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 6:20 P.M., NBC

MONDAY NIGHT

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN

****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#16 VIRGINIA 86 #5 BAYLOR 79

#6 KANSAS 82 SOUTHERN UTAH 76

#7 DUKE 92 DELAWARE 58

#19 ILLINOIS 79 #8 UCLA 70

#12 INDIANA 81 XAVIER 79

#13 AUBURN 72 TEXAS SOUTHERN 56

#18 ALABAMA 104 JACKSON STATE 62

COLORADO 103 #24 TEXAS A&M 75

#25 UCONN 86 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 50

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 73 VILLANOVA 71

VIRGINIA TECH 61 PENN STATE 59

TEMPLE 72 RUTGERS 66

NORTHWESTERN 60 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 52

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221118

****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****

#18 ARIZONA 87 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 51

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 96 BRYANT 33

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD:  http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221118

****NBA SCOREBOARD****

INDIANA 99 HOUSTON 91

WASHINGTON 107 MIAMI 106 OT

CLEVELAND 132 CHARLOTTE 122 2OT

ORLANDO 108 CHICAGO 107

MEMPHIS 121 OKLAHOMA CITY 110

BOSTON 117 NEW ORLEANS 109

DALLAS 127 DENVER 99

UTAH 134 PHOENIX 133

GOLDEN STATE 111 NEW YORK 101

LA LAKERS 128 DETROIT 121

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

****NHL SCOREBOARD****

VANCOUVER 4 LOS ANGELES 1

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022111822&home=22&vis=8&final=true

****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****

WITH HEAVY HEARTS, NO. 16 UVA BEATS NO. 5 BAYLOR IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 points, and No. 16 Virginia used a big second-half run to knock off No. 5 Baylor 86-79 on Friday night in the team’s first game since three Cavaliers football players were killed in a campus shooting.

Virginia’s players wore sweatshirts during warmups that honored the victims from Sunday’s shooting, which led to the cancellation of the Cavaliers’ scheduled home game a day later. A former Virginia football player has been charged with murder in the slayings of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry.

The Cavaliers (3-0) will play No. 19 Illinois in Sunday’s championship of the Continental Tire Main Event. Baylor (3-1) faces No. 8 UCLA in the consolation game.

Virginia went on a 21-2 run in the second half and twice went ahead by 22 points.

“That (big run) gave us a distance, and we certainly needed that the way they came back,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “We couldn’t stop them at the end, which was the disappointing part.”

Franklin scored 10 points during that burst, and he finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

“I know I have teammates who are in position of getting me the ball, and the same for them,” Franklin said. “I know they can create for themselves. It was just taking open shots and being ready to shoot.”

Keyonte George scored 20 points for Baylor and LJ Cryer had 19.

Trailing 62-40 midway through the second half, Baylor responded with an 8-0 run. The Bears used a full-court press and kept chipping away, twice getting as close as six points, but Virginia held on.

“We’ve got to do a better job of getting easy buckets,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Normally, we get them off of our defensive transition, and we didn’t get any stops for 10 minutes.”

Kadin Shedrick added 17 points for the Cavaliers, Ben Vander Plas had 14 and Reece Beekman scored 10.

TIP-INS

This was the teams’ first meeting since Dec. 28, 1968, when Baylor won 79-61. … They have won two of the past three national championships, Virginia in 2019 and Baylor in 2021. There was no title game in 2020 because of COVID-19. … The Bears fell to 5-2 in Las Vegas games. … Drew on Monday became one of 10 active coaches to have at least 400 victories at his current school. … Virginia has won seven of the past eight tournaments it has played in November.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears are coming off back-to-back Big 12 Conference titles, the first team other than Kansas to accomplish that since Iowa State in 2000-01. With a balanced attack that includes four players averaging in double figures, the Bears have high hopes of advancing far into the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia: All five starters are back from last season’s team, which made the NIT quarterfinals. The Cavaliers are counting on the experience of a senior-led team to make an NCAA Tournament run. Before last year, Bennett’s team had played in seven consecutive NCAA tourneys.

UP NEXT

The Cavaliers will face another explosive offense in Illinois, which rallied in the second half to beat UCLA. The Bears and Bruins will meet in a consolation game between teams ranked in the top 10.

SHANNON JR. LEADS NO. 19 ILLINI TO WIN OVER NO. 8 UCLA

LAS VEGAS — Behind a strong second-half showing and dominant defensive display, No. 19 Illinois took down No. 8 UCLA, 79-70, in its opening-round matchup of the Continental Tire Main Event.

Terrence Shannon Jr. tied a program record with eight three-pointers, recording a game-high 29 points, while Dain Dainja, Matthew Mayer, and Skyy Clark also registered double figures in the win.

Illinois outscored UCLA in the second half, 51-33, holding the Bruins to 37.5 percent shooting in the closing frame.

The Illini notched eight steals and four blocks and forced 15 turnovers, scoring 17 points off those turnovers.

Despite playing in Las Vegas, Illinois fans made it feel like a home game, creating a sea of Orange and Blue inside T-Mobile Arena.

The Illini led by as many as seven in the opening half, but they trailed at the break. Shannon registered a first-half double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Illinois set the tone defensively early and often in the first frame.

Illinois flipped a switch early in the second half, sparked by back-to-back steals from Sencire Harris, both of which led to Illini baskets.

A 10-0 run over a two-minute stretch turned a narrow Illinois deficit into a six-point advantage with eight minutes to play, with Dainja moving into double figures for his fourth straight game.

Three Shannon 3-pointers over a five-minute stretch pushed the Illini lead to 10, and that advantage climbed as high as 12 late in the game.

Illinois will take on No. 16 Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in the Main Event final.

POSTGAME NOTES

Illinois has started a season 4-0 for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign, Brad Underwood’s first season at the helm of the program.

Illinois earned its first win over a Top 10 opponent since defeating No. 5 Iowa on March 13, 2021, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Illini are 11-10 against AP Top 10 opponents in the Underwood era.

The Illini are now 4-6 all-time against UCLA.

First win over the Bruins since Dec. 21, 1996, a contest played at the United Center in Chicago.

Illinois made 12 3-pointers in tonight’s game, the second time this season that have hit at least 12 shots from deep.

The 48.0 percent (12-25) mark from behind the arc is a season high.

The Illini bench outscored the Bruins 21-15 in tonight’s contest.

Through four games this season, the Illinois bench has outscored its opponents 141-69.

Illinois outscored UCLA 51-33 in the second half.

The Illini outscored the Bruins 18-8 in the paint.

Illinois shot 56.7 percent (17-30) in the final frame.

Senior Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

Shannon Jr. made eight 3-point field goals, matching the program record. He is the sixth player in program history with such a performance.

Shannon Jr. recorded a first-half double-double (10 pts, 10 reb). It’s was his first double-double of the season.

The Chicago native eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career in the second half.

Shannon Jr. has reached the 20-point mark in three of four games this season. He has tallied double-digits in all four contests this season.

He is third Illini player since the 2010-11 season to score at least 29 points and grab at least 10 rebounds in a game. Kofi Cockburn and Malcolm Hill each had four such games in their career.

Redshirt sophomore Dain Dainja scored 13 points and secured three rebounds.

Dainja has tallied double-digits in points in all four games this season

Fifth year Matthew Mayer scored a season-high 11 points, shooting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Junior Coleman Hawkins posted a career-high seven assists.

Freshman Skyy Clark matched his career-high with 10 points scored. It’s the second time this season he has reached double figures.

BUFFS ROLL PAST NO. 24 TEXAS A&M

CONWAY, S.C. — Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes have developed an interesting pattern this year — lose when favored, then knock off a ranked team in their next outing.

The Buffs completed the pattern for the second time in this young season Friday, bouncing back from an opening loss to UMass in the Myrtle Beach Invitational to dominate No. 24 Texas A&M in a 103-75 win in the consolation bracket.

The Buffaloes used a career-best 30 points from guard KJ Simpson to improve to 3-2 while the Aggies dropped to 2-2.

Colorado will next play Boise State in the tourney’s fifth place game Sunday at 5 p.m.

CU’s win over the Aggies came just five days after a 78-66 victory over No. 11 Tennessee — which came on the heels of a surprising loss to Grambling State.

True to form, the Buffs were once again a different team Friday than the squad that lost its previous outing. CU jumped on the Aggies early and never let up, building a 54-33 lead at intermission and extending the cushion to as much as 33 in the second half.

Simpson was one of four Buffs in double figures, shooting 11-for-17 from the floor (4-for-8 from 3-point range) to finish with 30 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Reserve Ethan Wright added 15 points — all on 3-pointers — while Javon Ruffin had 14 points and Nique Clifford chipped in 11.

Colorado finished a blistering 34-for-59 from the field, including 16-for-32 from long range. The Buffs racked up a season-best 22 assists and also had a 35-28 edge on the boards.

Defensively, CU resorted to a rarely used zone and the strategy befuddled the Aggies the entire game. Texas A&M shot 24-for-60 from the floor and just 7-for-20 from beyond the arc.

“We did a great job of sharing the ball,” said Boyle, who collected win No. 257 as CU’s head coach, four away from tying the all-time program record. “We had 22 assists — that’s what happens when you share the ball and make shots. But I told our team I’m tired of bounce-back wins. Now let’s build off some wins. That’s the next step.”

HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to take control and the Buffs never let the Aggies back in the game.

Wright started the surge with his first of two 3-pointers in the run and Simpson had seven points as Colorado turned a 14-12 deficit into a 27-16 lead with 8:24 to play in the half. The Buffs continued to build the lead, extending their edge to as much as 24 just before halftime. CU hit six 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the period, with Ruffin, Jalen Gabbidon, Clifford, Simpson and Wright all delivering from long distance.

Wright’s third 3-pointer of the half gave Colorado a 24-point lead before the Aggies collected a trey with 25 seconds left in the half to cut the Buffs’ lead to 54-33 at the break.

“We were all disappointed after (Thursday),” Simpson said. “We were locked in this morning. We wanted to play with the energy we should have had yesterday.”

Colorado shot 18-for-31 from the floor in the first half, including a 10-for-19 effort from long range. The Buffs finished with 14 assists in the first period, with five different Buffs having at least two.

Colorado’s defense, meanwhile, held the Aggies to 10-for-28 shooting and the Buffs also had a 19-11 edge on the boards.

“I think our zone defense kept them on their heels,” Boyle said.

The Buffs didn’t let up in the second half. Colorado pushed its lead to 30 midway through the period and extended the cushion to as much as 33. The Aggies never mounted anything that resembled a serious comeback down the stretch as Colorado maintained pressure on both ends of the court until the final buzzer.

“We wanted to be able to play our game plan and at our pace,” Simpson said. “It’s good to beat these great teams, but in a game against teams we should beat, we trick it off. We have to be more consistent.”

TURNING POINT: Colorado trailed 14-12 early, but used a 15-2 run to take a 27-16 lead, then built the margin to 13 two minutes later and the Aggies never closed the gap to single digits again.

WHAT IT MEANS: The win gave the Buffs two wins against ranked opponents away from home, something CU hadn’t done since the 2012-13 season.

KEY STATISTICS: Colorado finished a blistering 34-for-59 from the field, including 16-for-32 from long range …. The Buffs racked up a season-best 22 assists .. CU had a 35-28 edge on the boards … Texas A&M shot 24-for-60 from the floor and just 7-for-20 from beyond the arc.

NOTEWORTHY: CU’s 54 first-half points were the most in a half against a ranked team since Colorado scored 58 against No. 15 Arizona in the second half of their Pac-12 tourney game in 2016 … J’Vonne Hadley did not play after suffering a shoulder injury in Thursday’s game. Jalen Gabbidon started in his place … Center Lawson Lovering had four assists, tying him for the team high with Clifford.

NEXT UP: The Buffs will play in the fifth place game Sunday at 5 p.m. against Boise State. The 2-2 Broncos lost to Charlotte in their opener and beat Loyola (Chicago) on Friday.

CELTICS HIT 20 3S, BEAT PELICANS 117-109 IN 9TH STRAIGHT WIN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics are trying to remain mindful of the things they could be doing better as they continue to vanquish one opponent after another.

Brown had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick White highlighted a 26-point performance with six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-109 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.

“We can’t try to look too far ahead and forget about the details that need to be taken care of right in front of us,” Brown said. “We can’t take if for granted and get excited. Every day counts. Every game game counts. We’ve got to continue to find ways to win. Tonight, we had some rough patches but it was a good example of still finding a way to get a W.”

Jayson Tatum had 19 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who combined to make 20 3s and shot 48.2% (41 of 85) overall. Al Horford was 4 of 5 from deep and scored 18 for Boston, which led by double digits for much of the game and by as many as 19.

Brandon Ingram hit season-high five 3s and scored 25 for New Orleans, which was playing without star power forward Zion Williamson (bruised right foot) for a third straight game. The Pelicans lost for the first time in four games.

“Give Boston credit. They’re physical. They cut and move hard when it’s time to do it and they make shots,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “There’s a ton of areas that we can get better at. We know it.”

CJ McCollum scored 18 points and Herb Jones added 17 for New Orleans, which clawed back within striking distance when Ingram’s 3 made it 105-97 with 3:54 to go. But Boston responded with a feisty sequence in which Horford rebounded Tatum’s missed 3, and then Brown rebounded two of his own misses before converting a putback.

New Orleans never got closer than seven points after that.

“We came out well, got out to an early lead, kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit,” Brown said. “We were still able to win, but that’s something that we got to be better at.”

Boston got off to a blazing start, hitting 10 times from deep in the first quarter – tying a franchise record for made 3s in a quarter – to take a 40-25 lead. Horford was 4 for 4 on 3s in the opening quarter.

“The first quarter they knocked us on our heels right away and it was an uphill battle from there,” Green said. “I don’t think we had a sense of urgency of how quick, how well they drive and kick to each other, and catch and shoot.”

Boston led by as many as 18 in the second quarter when Brogdon’s 3 made it 43-25. But McCollum scored seven points in the Pelicans’ 17-4 run to briefly cut it to 47-42.

Boston built its lead back up to 14 before Ingram’s jumper and McCollum’s short floater in the lane made it 67-57 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Made all nine of their free throws. … Outrebounded New Orleans 35-29. … Converted 11 Pelicans turnovers into 20 points.

Pelicans: Trey Murphy came out of the game and left the court with trainers in the second quarter with a sore right foot and did not return. … Finished 9 for 23 from 3-point range. … Outscored Boston 38-24 in the paint.

NO T-O

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla elected not to call timeout during the Pelicans’ mid-fourth-quarter run that cut Boston’s lead to single digits.

“In order for us to be a great team we have to handle those situations, we’ve got to build awareness,” Mazzulla said.

“Our guys are very intentional about studying the game and they talk a lot about situational basketball. Usually, when you have to call timeout it’s because you’re not doing something you’re supposed to be doing,” the coach continued. “The lesson that we learned today was our guys kept their poise and made the right play and got the stops when they needed to and executed when they needed to. So, I’d rather watch that.”

UP NEXT

Celtics: At Chicago on Monday night.

Pelicans: Host Golden State on Monday night.

GRIZZLIES BEAT THUNDER, BUT MORANT LEAVES WITH ANKLE INJURY

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Jaren Jackson Jr. had 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks and Memphis beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-110 on Friday night in a game where Grizzlies star Ja Morant left late with an ankle injury.

Morant and John Konchar added 19 each for Memphis, with Morant finishing with 11 assists and Konchar grabbing 10 rebounds. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said after the game that Morant “tweaked” his ankle, but there was no further word on Morant’s injury. He added that the team would further evaluate the situation on Saturday.

For Jackson, who missed the first 14 games of the season, Friday’s performance was much better than his debut in Tuesday’s loss at New Orleans. In that one, Jackson had seven points, hitting only 3 of 14 shots and missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.

Against Oklahoma City, Jackson scored first on a dunk then on a 3-pointer to get untracked. Jackson said the difference was probably a combination of shaking off the rust from the debut to getting two baskets early.

“You can’t really predict all of that,” Jackson said of his start, “but it just looked a lot better than before rhythm-wise. I felt a lot better out there. I was able to get my feet under me and my legs.”

Josh Giddey led Oklahoma City with 20 points and 11 assists. Jalen Williams had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his lowest scoring game of the season with 15 points, going 6 of 18 from the field.

Jenkins credited not only the defense of Dillon Brooks on Gilgeous-Alexander, but Memphis’ ability to switch defenders and throw multiple looks at the Thunder’s leading scorer.

“We were just trying to keep him off balance,” Jenkins said.

Memphis carried a nine-point lead into the fourth period and quickly extended it to 12. But the Thunder got to 106-102 with 2:38 left. The Grizzlies then scored nine straight points after Morant went out with the ankle injury to seal it.

“I mean we gave ourselves a chance. We climbed back in it multiple times,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said, later adding: “Made some runs, but we were a couple of execution things away. Credit (the Grizzlies). They were better.”

Jackson’s early offense helped Memphis build several double-digit leads. But each time, the Thunder battled back. Memphis held a 63-59 lead at the break, but the showdown between the Gilgeous-Alexander and Morant, two of the league’s most dynamic young guards, hadn’t really materialized.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Morant both continued to shoot inaccurately through three quarters, representative of both teams connecting on less than 45% of their shots at that point.

“Basketball is a game of runs. It’s about how well you can weather storms and how you can extend margins,” Giddey said. “We’ve gotten better at that as the season wore on. We haven’t let too many games get out of hand.”

TIP-INS:

Thunder: C Aleksej Pokusevski injured his left ankle near the end of the first half and went straight to the locker room. He did not return in the game. Mike Muscala started the second half. . Rookie Jalen Williams, the 12th overall pick out of Santa Clara, started his third game of the season at forward. . F Darius Bazley missed his fifth game with a right ankle sprain.

Grizzlies: Memphis avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season and is now 6-1 at home. . Tyus Jones reached 1,750 career assists with a dime in the second quarter. .Konchar set a career high with five 3-pointers.

UP NEXT:

Thunder: Host New York on Monday night.

Grizzlies: At Brooklyn on Sunday night.

JOEL EMBIID, SHORT-HANDED 76ERS RALLY TO BEAT BUCKS 110-102

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had 32 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-102 on Friday night.

Embiid, who averaged 40 points and 11 rebounds in his previous four games, had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the second half after 76ers star guard Tyrese Maxey left just before halftime with a left foot injury.

“He’s so good right now,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said about Embiid. “Down the stretch the game slowed down so much for him. We told him exactly what we wanted him to do in the last six minutes and he was terrific.”

Maxey had 24 points, five assists and four rebounds before rolling his ankle while driving to the basket against Jevon Carter. Philadelphia said he will have an MRI Saturday. Rivers added that Maxey was already wearing a walking boot after the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 25 points and 14 rebounds, however, his struggles from the free-throw line – he went 4 of 15 – were amplified with each attempt in the second half by a raucous Philadelphia crowd.

He was so frustrated by his performance, that after the game he went back onto the court to practice free throws and got into an argument with an arena worker who was preparing to do some work on the basket. Antetokounmpo shoved the worker’s ladder across the court in disgust.

Already without starters James Harden and Tobias Harris, once Maxey went out Philadelphia stepped up the defensive effort, especially in the third quarter when it outscored Milwaukee 34-22.

Rivers praised veteran P.J. Tucker for leading that defensive charge. Tucker was tasked with guarding Antetokounmpo most of the game. Tucker didn’t score a point but was a plus-11.

“Our defense has been off the charts,” Rivers said. “Tucker may have been our most important player on the floor. It’s a great example of how you can help your team without scoring. He was huge tonight.”

Georges Niang added 17 points for Philadelphia, and Shake Milton had 15.

Bobby Portis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee. Brook Lopez added 15 points.

“We’ve been talking about it since training camp,” Milton said. “We need to have that next man up mentality. If one guy goes down we have to be ready to step in when called upon. We did that as a team tonight.”

TIP-INS

76ers: A little more than two weeks since suffering a right foot tendon strain that is expected to keep him out of action for a month, Harden said he believes he’s on track to return on time. Harden began taking shots at practice Thursday. … F Tobias Harris missed Friday’s game with what the team called left hip soreness. Danuel House Jr. started in his place.

Bucks: Both G Grayson Allen and G Jrue Holliday returned to the lineup after missing time with right ankle sprains.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Portland on Monday night.

76ers: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.

MARKKANEN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 38 POINTS, JAZZ EDGE SUNS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 38 points, including an improbable turnaround jumper to beat the shot clock with 38.5 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 134-133 on Friday night.

“I don’t know what the ceiling is on Lauri. I don’t think any of us do based on what we are watching night in and night out,” Utah coach Will Hardy said.

In a wildly entertaining offensive shootout, Utah’s defense made the difference down the stretch. The Suns shot 58.2% through three quarters but went 10 for 27 in the fourth period and turned the ball over in the final minute.

“With all the emotions from our losing streak, we just wanted to try to figure out a way to win and you just do whatever it takes in a game like this,” said Mike Conley, who forced a traveling call and had a blocked shot in the final minutes.

After scoring 45 points in the first three quarters, Suns star Devin Booker had just two free throws in the final quarter and an inconsequential bank shot at the buzzer to finish with 49.

“He had a good game going but I rode him too much,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “That’s not what we want to do for the long term. We’re down a bunch of guys and we needed him to score like that to have a chance. But we’re just putting a lot of pressure on him to carry us offensively because we’re not getting the stops we need.”

Markkanen has had five 30-point games this season and scored his 38 points on just 18 field-goal attempts.

“His teammates know how good he is and how good he can be and they are probably empowering him more than I am,” Hardy said.

Case in point, Jordan Clarkson marveled at his 15-for-18 shooting as he scanned the box score in the locker room after the game. “Damn, that’s good,” he said.

Booker marked his 19th game with at least 40 points but couldn’t get the ball or many good looks at the end. He also had 10 assists and eight rebounds.

“We were fighting uphill all game. I think we gave them a lot of confidence to start the game,” Booker said. And maybe they expended too much energy in the comeback.

Chris Paul missed his fifth game with a right heel injury and the Suns have gone 2-3 without him.

With 7:28 to play, Damion Lee gave the Suns their first lead of the game at 121-120 with 3-pointer. The game went back and forth until Clarkson and Markkanen made late-clock jumpers with high degrees of difficulty in clutch time.

Before that last shot, Markkanen said, “Really, it was a lot of layups a lot of dunks. Teammates passed me the ball when I was open and we ran some good stuff for easy looks.”

Beasley had matched his season high of 18 points by halftime and ended up with a season-high seven 3s and 27 points. Clarkson added 20 points, and Conley had 13 points and 10 assists.

Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges each scored 17 points for Phoenix, and Torrey Craig had a season-high 16 points.

The Jazz led by as many as 19 in the first half after a hot start of 10 of 12 from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Utah led 74-66 at the half, marking the fourth game this season with at least 74 points at halftime.

After the Jazz surprised the league out of the gates with a 10-3 record that had them atop the Western Conference, they had lost three in a row before this stirring win against Phoenix.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker had 14 points, six assists, and four rebounds in the first quarter. . There were 30 fouls called in the first half, 15 on each team. . The Suns set a high of 52.5 percent the win against Golden State on Wednesday and shot 52.1 against Utah.

Jazz: Jarred Vanderbilt fouled out after tallying six points, 11 rebounds and career-high eight assists. . Utah had 32 assists. . The Jazz made 16 of their 31 3-point attempts and were 56% on all field goals.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host New York on Sunday.

Jazz: At Portland on Saturday night.

CURRY, WIGGINS HELP WARRIORS BEAT KNICKS 111-101

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Steve Kerr wanted Klay Thompson to relax a little, let the game come to him.

And Thompson is certainly showing signs of finding his shooting groove again.

“I thought a lot about that,” Thompson said about being patient.

He scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, Stephen Curry added 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks 111-101 on Friday night.

Andrew Wiggins added 20 points with seven rebound and Draymond Green contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists with two blocked shots.

Thompson hit 4 of his first 6 shots with three 3s for 11 early points.

“It seemed like every time Klay just made an extra pass, the ball started to move and then we got a wide open shot,” Kerr said. “We ended up with 32 assists. It started with early on Klay taking a more patient approach. And then the game rewarded him.”

Jordan Poole scored 13 points off the bench and JaMychal Green 12. He credited a team meeting earlier Friday as the Warriors had a tough conversation about their struggles and “addressed the elephants in the room.”

Thompson called it “a very constructive meeting … an incredible time of growth.”

“I feel like tonight was the best game we’ve put together on the defensive end,” he said.

Julius Randle had 20 points and seven rebounds and RJ Barrett scored 18 for the cold-shooting Knicks, who began 5 of 22, shot 34.5% and tried to play catch up all night.

Jalen Brunson struggled on his shot to go 2 for 13 – 1 for 5 from long range – and finish with 13 points for New York coming off a 106-103 win at Denver on Wednesday night. The Knicks had won two straight and three of four but missed matching their longest winning streak so far.

HOME AND ROAD

The Warriors are 7-1 at home and 0-8 on the road.

“I’m actually much more interested in why we’re not playing well on the road than why were are playing well at home,” Kerr said. “I expect to play well at home. We’ve got a good record here over the years and good players, great fans. No reason we shouldn’t control our home court. But we got to start putting it together on the road, too.”

Golden State snapped a three-game home skid to the Knicks and has won its last eight in New York.

“To me, the road record is directly connected to the defense,” Kerr said.

TIP-INS

Knicks: C Mitchell Robinson sat out with a sprained right knee. … New York lost on the Warriors’ home floor for the first time in four games since a 122-95 defeat on Jan. 8, 2019. … The Knicks missed their initial 10 3-pointers before RJ Barrett connected at the 9:15 mark of the second quarter. Derrick Rose, Jalen Brunson and Immanuel Quickley began a combined 0 for 9 from deep.

Warriors: The Warriors shot just 11 of 20 at the free throw line, Curry missing two and Wiggins three. “It happens, just one random game,” Kerr said. … Thompson passed J.J. Redick (1,950) – in the house working the broadcast – for 16th place on the 3-pointers list. … C Kevon Looney has played in 127 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest active streak. … Golden State built an 18-point lead in the first quarter and kept pushing.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Phoenix on Sunday in the fourth contest in a five-game, seven-day trip. The Knicks will play at Oklahoma City on Monday night to complete the back-to-back and finish the swing out West.

Warriors: At Houston on Sunday for the first in a road back-to-back that finishes at New Orleans on Monday night.

DONCIC GETS 50TH TRIPLE-DOUBLE, MAVS TOP SHORTHANDED NUGGETS

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic lobbied Jason Kidd to stay in the game at the start of the fourth quarter with Dallas well on its way to a blowout in the first of consecutive meetings with shorthanded Denver.

Neither the Mavericks’ superstar nor his coach was aware Doncic needed one rebound to get to 50 career triple-doubles one game faster than Magic Johnson. Kidd obliged for other reasons.

After the milestone was reached in a 127-99 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night, a member of the Dallas public relations staff told Doncic what he had done.

“I told him that was great,” said Doncic, typically understated and never really one to pay much attention to such numbers in the first place.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone is just hoping for a little help against the three-time All-Star in the rematch Sunday night.

The Nuggets were without two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and two more starters in Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.

Murray joined Jokic, who missed a second straight game, in health and safety protocols. Gordon was out for a second game with a non-COVID-19 illness.

All three weren’t on the trip for the first of two games in Dallas. Malone said Gordon was the only one who might be available Sunday.

“I’m going to go home and pray the rosary tonight that we can get some help,” Malone said.

Christian Wood had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bruce Brown scored 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who had little chance without their stars as Doncic rolled up 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

The NBA’s scoring leader went 11 of 22 from the field with his usual array of creative buckets in and around the lane and was 9 of 11 on free throws.

Even though rest was already an issue, with Doncic coming off a missed game and Dallas losing to lowly Houston without him, Kidd let Doncic start the fourth after playing all of the third.

The coach said he’s considering some rotation options to try to ease the load on his 23-year-old star, and would like one of those to be rest in the third with starting the fourth.

They’re still working on the part about rest in the third.

Doncic’s 10th rebound came 65 seconds into the fourth quarter of his 278th game. Johnson had been the second-fastest to 50 triple-doubles at 279 games.

Oscar Robertson, who needed 111 games, and Doncic are the only 23-year-olds with 50 triple-doubles. Robertson was 221 days younger than the Dallas superstar.

“I don’t look at the stat sheet, so I don’t know if he has a triple-double or if he has 35 points,” Kidd said. “We’ve been playing him to start the fourth, so this is something we could be looking at going forward.”

Dinwiddie’s 3-pointer started a 29-14 run to finish a 44-point second quarter, the biggest of any period this season for Dallas. An 18-point halftime lead never got below 12 after the break.

“That second quarter is when it all unfolded,” Malone said. “The first quarter was a pretty good quarter for us being as undermanned as we are. That was all the separation they needed.”

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar hit a running, pull-up 3 at the first-quarter buzzer to cut the Dallas lead to 29-27. He finished with eight points. … Bones Hyland scored 17 points.

Mavericks: Dallas led 73-55 at halftime, tying its season high for points in either half. … The double-digit margin was just the second in 15 games this season for Dallas. The other was a 41-point rout of Memphis.

UP NEXT

This is the second time the Nuggets have played the same team in consecutive games this season. They swept San Antonio earlier this month, winning in Denver, then in Texas two nights later. Dallas did it six times last season, getting swept once and splitting the other five.

TITANS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR ARRESTED FOR SPEEDING, DUI

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing is free on bond after he was arrested on charges of speeding and driving under the influence early Friday morning.

Downing was released from the Williamson County Jail just before 7 a.m. CST on $2,500 bond after being booked into the jail at 4:39 a.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled over Downing hours after the Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay on Thursday night. Downing’s offense turned in its best performance this season as Tennessee (7-3) won for the seventh time in eight games.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Todd Downing and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the Titans said in a statement.

The arrest puts Downing at risk of further punishment from the NFL.

“We have been in contact with the club regarding the matter which will be reviewed,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “All league and club personnel, including coaches, are subject to potential discipline when a violation is determined to have been committed.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he spoke to Downing, controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, general manager Jon Robinson and NFL officials. Vrabel noted the league has policies for such incidents and the Titans will make sure the NFL has all the information it needs.

Vrabel also noted he couldn’t answer many questions because of both the legal and NFL processes.

“I will say however that we all have a great responsibility as members of this community as coaches, players of this organization, as fathers and husbands and teammates to make great decisions and we understand that,” Vrabel said.

Vrabel noted the Titans have had a program for employees to call for a ride home no matter the time of day since before he was hired as head coach in January 2018.

Titaninsider.com first reported the arrest.

DODGERS CUT 2019 NL MVP CODY BELLINGER, COULD RE-SIGN HIM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, making the 2019 NL MVP a free agent.

Rather than offer him arbitration, the Dodgers decided not to tender a 2023 contract to Bellinger. The 27-year-old outfielder earned $17 million this season, when he batted .210 with 19 homers, 150 strikeouts and a .654 OPS in 144 games.

Bellinger likely would have received a slight raise in arbitration, but the NL West champions chose to let him go instead. The relationship may not be over, though.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is a closing of the chapter of Cody and the Dodgers,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said via Zoom.

“We still very much believe in the talent of Cody and his competitive makeup. We have interest in a reunion. We’ll continue talks with Cody and his group as he goes through the process on his end.”

While prized for his defensive prowess, Bellinger has endured a stunning regression on offense over the last three seasons.

In 2021, he was limited to 95 games during the regular season when he was on the injured list three times and batted .165.

His fortunes turned around in the postseason. He hit .353 in 12 games and had the go-ahead RBI single in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the rival San Francisco Giants. Bellinger also launched a tying, three-run homer against Atlanta in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.

In 2020, Bellinger hit .239 with 12 home runs in 56 games during the pandemic-shortened season. He homered three times in the NLCS, and the Dodgers beat the Braves to reach the World Series. They went on to defeat Tampa Bay in six games to win the franchise’s first title since 1988.

Bellinger has battled injuries since his MVP season, including surgery on his right shoulder in November 2020.

This year, the Dodgers gave Bellinger numerous chances to turn himself around at the plate. He stayed in the lineup as the starting center fielder until September, when manager Dave Roberts benched him against left-handed pitching.

In a sign of things to come, Bellinger was benched against a right-hander in Game 4 of the NLDS as the Dodgers were ousted by San Diego. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in his final plate appearance.

Before his precipitous drop-off, Bellinger was the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and 2018 NLCS MVP. He made two All-Star teams, and won a Gold Glove in 2019.

“We still really believe in the talent of Cody and feel like he is as committed as ever to figure it out,” Friedman said. “I felt that way coming into ’22 and I feel that way again heading into ’23.”

Should a reunion not occur, the Dodgers’ internal candidates to play center field are Trayce Thompson, Chris Taylor and James Outman.

Also on Friday, the Dodgers non-tendered infielder Edwin Rios and outfielder Luke Williams.

Rios played in 27 games for the Dodgers this year, with seven homers and 17 RBIs. He missed most of the season with a right hamstring strain and finished up with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Williams was selected off waivers by the Dodgers this month. He played in 79 games with San Francisco and Miami in 2022.

Earlier this month, the Dodgers declined their 2023 option on two-time All-Star third baseman Justin Turner, although he could still re-sign with the team. Their qualifying offers to free agent shortstop Trea Turner and left-hander Tyler Anderson were rejected by both All-Stars.

Anderson signed a $39 million, three-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels this week.

BOESER, PETTERSSON SCORE 2 EACH, CANUCKS BEAT KINGS 4-1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Brock Boeser scored twice to end an 11-game drought and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Friday night.

Elias Pettersson also scored two goals, and Andrei Kuzmenko and Quinn Hughes each had two assists to help Vancouver win its second straight. Thatcher Demko stopped 37 shots to get his second win of the season.

Blake Lizotte scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick finished with 21 saves.

After a scoreless opening period, the Kings stormed into the second, outshooting the Canucks 7-0 across the first 5 minutes.

The Canucks made their first chance count, though. Pettersson and his linemates broke out on an odd-man rush and the Swedish center sent a wrist shot past Quick from the top hash marks at 5:40 to open the scoring on Vancouver’s first shot of the period.

Sean Walker’s cross-checking penalty gave the Canucks a man advantage midway through the period. Just 20 seconds into the power play, Boeser tipped in Miller’s one-timer and put Vancouver up 2-0 with his long-anticipated first goal of the season at 10:09. The elated right wing celebrated with an emphatic double fist pump.

The Kings got on the board with 6:14 left in the period when Lizotte redirected Walker’s shot from the side of the net to make it 2-1.

Just 1:04 later, Vancouver regained a two-goal cushion thanks to some persistent pressure. With the Kings hemmed in their own zone, Kuzmenko sent a pass across the slot to Pettersson, who fired a shot past the diving Quick for his second of the game.

Los Angeles nearly chipped away at the deficit 2:59 into the third when Anze Kopitar rang a shot off the post. Demko scrambled in the crease to find the puck with teammates Oliver Ekman-Larsson and J.T. Miller also searching in the blue paint.

Boeser put away his second of the night at 5:07 of the third, batting the rebound of Sheldon Dries’ shot past Quick after the goalie made the stop on the initial shot.

GONE STREAKING

Boeser has points in six straight games, registering two goals and five assists during the stretch. … Miller is on a four-game point streak with three goals and one assist.

INS AND OUTS

Forward Curtis Lazar returned to Vancouver’s lineup after missing 10 games with a hand injury. The Canucks sent Will Lockwood back to Abbotsford of the AHL in response.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Seattle on Saturday night to complete a four-game trip.

Canucks: Host Vegas on Monday night.

****(TOP INDIANA RELEASES)****

NFL CAPSULE: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-1) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5-1)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 10-9

STREAKS Eagles have won past 3

LAST GAME 9/23/18: Colts 16 at Eagles 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/15/14: Eagles 30, Colts 27

EAGLES NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 32-21 vs. Washington (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0

PTS. FOR 27.3

OFFENSE 376.9

PASSING Jalen Hurts: 180-265-2,217-14-3-106.5

RUSHING Miles Sanders: 143-710-5.0-6

RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 44-725-16.5-6

PTS. AGAINST 18.6

DEFENSE 302.5

SACKS Javon Hargrave: 7

INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 6

TAKE/GIVE +13 (20/7)

PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 46.3 (41.8)

KICKING Jake Elliott: 44 (26/27 PAT; 6/8 FG)

QB JALEN HURTS totaled 203 yards (175 pass, 28 rush) & 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in Week 10, his 5th game with pass & rush TD in 2022. Has 20 career rush TDs, tied3rd for most by QB in his 1st 3 seasons in SB era. Aims for 5th in a row with 2+ pass TDs & 90+ rating. Is 1 of 3 QBs this season with 10+ pass TDs & 3-or-fewer INTs. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 54 yards last week. Has 306 scrimmage yards (76.5 per game) in 4 road games this season. • WR A.J. BROWN has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 road games this season & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on the road. Aims for his 3rd in row at Ind. with 95+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 10 catches for 155 rec. yards & rec. TD in his last game at Ind. (10/31/21 w/ Ten.). • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 6 catches & rec. TD in Week 10. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 games. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE led team with career-high 13 tackles & had sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 7 sacks this season, 1 shy of career-high (7.5 in 2021). • LB T.J. EDWARDS had 12 tackles last week, his 5th game of 10+ tackles this season. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON leads NFL with 6 INTs & can become 9th player since 1970 with INT in 6 straight games, tied longest streak in SB era. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. Is only player with 10+ PDs in each of past 7 seasons. • CB DARIUS SLAY has 4 PD in his past 4. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 5 tackles & sack in Week 10. Has sack in 2 of his past 3.

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 25-20 at Las Vegas

COACH VS. OPP. Jeff Saturday: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.7

OFFENSE 325.1

PASSING Matt Ryan: 224-325-2,230-10=9-86.8

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 129-609-4.7-2

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 61-603-9.9-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.3

DEFENSE 307.0

SACKS DeForest Buckner: 5.5

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -9 (9/18)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 44.1 (39.9)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 57 (9/9 PAT; 16/19 FG)

QB MATT RYAN completed 21 for 28 atts. (75 pct.) for 222 yards & 2 TD (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INT for 109.5 rating. Has 105+ rating in 2 of his last 3 starts. Aims for 3rd home game in row at home with 350+ pass yards & 105+ rating & 4th in row at home with 2+ pass TDs. Ranks 7th all-time in pass yards with 61,965. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 163 scrimmage yards (147 rush, 16 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 9 games of 150+ scrimmage yards & rush TD since 2020, tied most in NFL (Derrick Henry). Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rush yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 9 of past 10 at home. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL led team with 7 catches for career-high 76 yards & rec. TD last week. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 7 catches for 53 yards in Week 10. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN had 10 tackles & TFL last week. Leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 96 tackles. Aims for 6th in row with TFL. • CB KENNY MOORE had 7 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 10. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 9 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 7+ tackles at home. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 5 tackles, PD & 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Is 1 of 6 DL with 5+ sacks since each of past 5 seasons. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for his 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. Phi. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with sack. • CB STEPHON GILMORE tied season-high with 2 PDs last week.

HALIBURTON HAS 19 POINTS, PACERS RALLY TO BEAT ROCKETS 99-91

HOUSTON (AP) Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame a huge early deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-91 on Friday night.

Myles Turner added 17 points and Jalen Smith had a career-high 18 rebounds as the Pacers won their third straight game on a night where coach Rick Carlisle was ejected before halftime for yelling at the officials.

A 4-0 run by the Rockets cut the lead to 5 with about two minutes to go. They had two chances to get closer but turned the ball over before Jabari Smith Jr. missed 3. A layup by Haliburton after that made it 96-89 with less than a minute remaining.

“That wasn’t the prettiest game (but) our guys were resilient after a horrendous start,” Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce said.

Pierce said the Pacers never got down despite the huge hole they were in early.

“There was never a moment where we thought we were out of it,” he said.

Houston led by one with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter before Haliburton got hot, scoring the next eight points to put the Pacers on top 82-75. Haliburton started the run with a 3-point play before knocking down a 3-pointer.

Smith made a jump shot for the Rockets, but Indiana used a 5-0 run after that to make it 87-77 with five minutes to go.

A modest 6-2 spurt by Houston cut the lead to 6. But Andrew Nembhard made a 3-pointer to start a 5-2 run to make it 94-85 with 2:40 left.

Eric Gordon had a season-high 24 points for the Rockets, who were unable to build on Wednesday night’s win over Dallas despite their strong start.

“It wasn’t like we weren’t getting the ball to the right spot,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “It wasn’t like we weren’t getting the ball to the rim. We just weren’t making the shots that could carry us over over the hump.”

Houston led as many as 20 early and was up 63-56 after a dunk by Kenyon Martin Jr. with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Pierce said the entire bench was upset about Haliburton not getting a foul call in the second quarter on the play that led to Carlisle’s ejection.

“To have a no call at the rim was frustrating,” he said. “He gets the first tech and probably gets emotional on the second one.”

With the way things were going for Indiana at that time, Pierce said it made sense that Carlisle got so upset about the call.

“We needed every break that we could get so to not have that called was one of those that we had to fight for,” he said.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Chris Duarte missed a fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. . Hield had 10 points. . The Pacers made just 4 of their first 18 shots to allow Houston to jump out to the early lead. . Smith scored 10 points.

Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr. missed with a sore back. . Houston made just 6 of 28 3-pointers. … Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds. … Jalen Green had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds.

HAYES HONORED

Elvin Hayes had his No. 44 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony. He was the first overall pick by the Rockets 1968 from the University of Houston and spent his first four NBA seasons with the franchise including the team’s first season in Houston in 1971-72. He rejoined the team in 1981 and spent his last three seasons with the Rockets.

Hayes, a 12-time All-Star, was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1990, was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1996 and to the league’s 75th anniversary team last year.

“This is something that I never thought that I would ever get to receive,” the 77-year-old said. “Now receiving this tonight is probably one of my greatest honors. I have received many honors in the game of basketball, but this one is really super great because of the fact that it is in Houston, where everything began for me at the University of Houston.”

Hayes also starred in the Game of the Century in 1968 when No. 2 Houston snapped top-ranked UCLA’s 47-game winning streak with a 71-69 win in front of more than 52,000 fans at the Astrodome.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host the Magic on aturday night.

Rockets: Host Golden State on Sunday night.

INDIANA HOLDS OFF XAVIER FOR 81-79 WIN

CINCINNATI – Fear? Not on this night. Buckling under road pressure? Forget that.

Twelfth-ranked Indiana (3-0) took shots early and late against a formidable Xavier team, made crunch-time plays when it mattered most, and delivered the kind of tough-minded victory champions are made of.

Friday night’s 81-79 win at a sold-out and raucous Cintas Center showcased talent, depth and resilience crucial for elite success.

“They pushed us,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “Xavier is a great team. At the end of the day, we made the plays to secure it.”

Did they ever.

Forward Trayce Johnson-Davis came up big as you’d expect from one of the nation’s top players. He had 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks.

“Trayce was unbelievable,” Woodson told Fischer. “For a guy who hadn’t practiced much the last three to four days because he was under the weather, he really stepped up. He played big for us. We needed all of it.”

Guard Xavier Johnson added 23 points and seven rebounds.

And then, with Xavier surging in crunch time, forward Miller Kopp drilled a critical 3-pointer, then added a pair of pressure-packed free throws.

Guard Trey Galloway didn’t score in 23 minutes (he only took one shot), but defended ferociously, hustled relentlessly and passed efficiently (four assists, one turnover).

IU shot 52% from the field, had a 15-9 edge in points off turnovers and only committed 11 turnovers. It pounded the paint for 50 points, and maximized fast-break opportunities for 11 more.

It was just enough.

“I thought X played great,” Woodson told Fischer. “Everybody played well.

“We didn’t have a lot of turnovers. To win on the road, you have to stay away from turnovers. It was a total team effort.”

How confident is Woodson in heralded freshmen Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau? He played both in the closing minutes under extreme on-the-road pressure.

The 6-9, 233-pound Reneau responded with 12 points, six rebounds and a steal in 16 minutes. Despite having four fouls, he was in at crunch time over senior Race Thompson, who added five points, eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 22 minutes.

“The beauty about Malik is he’s not afraid and is a big body who can do a lot of things on the floor,” Woodson told Fischer. “I rolled (the dice with) him tonight. I knew he was in foul trouble. Had he fouled out, I still had ace in the hole in Race Thompson.

“That’s the beauty of our team. I can’t worry about guys fouling out. We have backups.”

Xavier (3-1) had five players score in double figures.

IU twice fell behind by nine points in the first half and didn’t rattle, mostly because Jackson-Davis and Johnson refused to let it stick.

“We got down early and didn’t panic,” Woodson told Fischer. “We kept digging and grinding and got back in it.”

First-half offensive efficiency morphed into second-half defensive fury and then full-bore, back-and-forth intensity.

Previous Hoosier teams might have faltered. This group found a way.

“When it got to back and forth,” Woodson told Fischer, “we made the plays to bring it home.”

Jackson-Davis was IU’s offense early. He made his first three shots. The rest of the Hoosiers were 0-for-7, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range. Xavier inched ahead 10-6.

Johnson drove for a layup to put another Hoosier on the board. Reneau muscled in another basket off of consecutive offensive rebounds.

IU’s first 12 points came in the paint.

Xavier surged to a pair of nine-point leads. Johnson’s attack-the-basket success — 3-for-3 from the field, plus a pair of free throws — prevented a bigger gap.

With four minutes left in the half, Xavier led 33-27.  Twenty-two of IU’s points had come from the paint, zero from 3-point range.

Trailing by two in the closing seconds of the half, the Hoosiers missed a pair of inside baskets to trail 40-38. Jackson-Davis had 17 points. Johnson had 11.

Thompson opened the second half with a dunk. Johnson followed with another layup to put IU ahead 42-40.

The Hoosiers surged ahead 54-46 on a Reneau basket. Xavier rallied for five-straight points before a Thompson free throw put IU ahead 55-51 with 13:22 left.

Xavier tied it at 57-57. Jackson-Davis untied it with a reverse layup, and then a free throw. The Musketeers tied it, took a two-point lead gave it up on yet another Jackson-Davis basket.

A pair of free throws by Reneau and Johnson, a Johnson steal and layup, and then a Reneau layup pushed IU ahead 73-66 with four minutes left.

Kopp’s 3-pointer made it an eight-point lead. He added a pair of free throws. Still, Xavier closed within a point, at 80-79. Reneau missed a pair of free throws, then forced a Musketeer miss. Johnson rebounded with two seconds left, and made a free throw.

The Hoosiers — burying any lingering doubts from last season’s 3-8 road record, and their 15-40 away-for-home record over the past five years — had survived.

Next up – a Sunday evening game against Miami of Ohio at Indianapolis’ Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

“This was a huge win for our team and fan base,” Woodson told Fischer. “Now we get ready for Miami.”

CAMRYN HAWORTH’S TRIPLE DOUBLE HELPS PACE HOOSIERS TO FIVE-SET WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  A career day from Camryn Haworth along with an all-around effort from the Indiana Volleyball team (14-15, 7-10) helped the Hoosiers break a five-game skid in the conference and earn a 3-2 win over Northwestern on Friday night.

The Hoosiers fell behind in the final frame but used some timely hitting to polish off a five-set victory 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13 in Wilkinson Hall.

Despite a sluggish offensive night at times, IU picked up big contributions from its defense behind outstanding performances including Savannah Kjolhede’s nine blocks and Paula Cerame’s 23 digs.

IU blocked Northwestern 18 total times, the most it’s been blocked in conference play this year. The Hoosiers also forced the visitors into a poor offensive night with 34 attacking errors and a .157 hitting percentage.

The Hoosiers out hit the Wildcats and received seven-plus kills from five different athletes including a career-best 10 kills from Camryn Haworth.

IU now has seven wins in the conference for just the sixth time since 2000 and the first time since going 7-13 in Steve Aird’s debut season in 2018.

Up next for the Hoosiers is a trip to Columbus to take on the No. 5 Buckeyes. IU has never beaten a top-five team on the road and owns one win all-time against a top-five team (vs. No. 4 Penn State, 2010).

First serve from the Covelli Center on Sunday afternoon will be at 1:00 PM EST.

SET 1 (Indiana 25, Northwestern 20)

• The Hoosiers got off to a flying start with a kill from Savannah Kjolhede pushing the early advantage to 3-0.

• Out of a Northwestern timeout, Morgan Geddes recorded an ace which was followed by a Kaley Rammelsberg kill to make it 11-4.

• Mady Saris got hot in the opening set, recording four of IU’s last six points as the lead ballooned to 23-18.

• Morgan Geddes put the finishing touches on the first set with a hefty swing to hand the Hoosiers the 25-20 opening frame.

SET 2 (Northwestern 25, Indiana 21)

• Another strong start welcomed the Hoosiers into the second set with back-to-back blocks helping to push the lead out to 4-0.

• After Northwestern took the lead, Kaley Rammelsberg took a set from Camryn Haworth and buried it nicely to break the run and tie things at 10-all.

• IU strung together three-straight points out of its own timeout and bring the score within 15-19 to force a Northwestern timeout.

• The Hoosiers saw off three set points before Northwestern buried a kill to take a 25-21 set victory.

SET 3 (Indiana 25, Northwestern 22)

• Paula Cerame went to the service line down 6-8 and served IU on a 6-0 run which featured a beautifully placed ball on the line to force a Northwestern timeout.

• IU buried three-straight balls to take a 16-10 lead with Camryn Haworth, Morgan Geddes and Savannah Kjolhede doing the honors.

• Northwestern held off three set points, but Camryn Haworth took matters into her own hands, recording a kill to take the set 25-22.

SET 4 (Northwestern 25, Indiana 16)

• After going down 17-10, IU got hot offensively with Paula Cerame serving, using kills from Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Savannah Kjolhede to claw within three points.

• A pair of Mady Saris kills down the stretch weren’t enough as the Wildcats forced a fifth with a decisive win in the fourth set.

SET 5 (Indiana 15, Northwestern 13)

• The Hoosiers went down 2-5 in the fifth, but IU rattled off five-straight points with a pair of blocks and kills from Morgan Geddes and Camryn Haworth.

• Out of an IU timeout, Camryn Haworth found Morgan Geddes on a perfectly drawn up attack to give IU match point.

• One final Northwestern attack error was the nail in the coffin for the visitors as IU won the final set 15-13.

NOTABLES:

• Camryn Haworth recorded a triple-double, just the second person in the conference to do so this season. She had 37 assists, 11 digs and a career-best 10 kills. The sophomore also provided seven blocks and hit an outstanding .474 in the victory.

• Mady Saris was clutch down the stretch and piled up 17 kills, the 24th time this season she’s had double digits.

• Paula Cerame dug 23 balls, the fifth time she’s had 20+ digs this season. She now has 916 digs in her IU career alone, good enough for 16th in program history.

• Savannah Kjolhede piled up nine blocks in IU’s outstanding night at the net. That matches her career high.

• Isa Lopez and Grae Gosnell had efficient nights in the back row, digging nine and six balls respectively for the Hoosiers.

• The Hoosiers 18 total team blocks were the most in a match since Feb. 6, 2021, when they had 22. It was also the most blocks against Northwestern all season.

• IU has seven wins in the Big Ten for the first time since 2018 and sit alone in eighth with three matches to play this year.

• The Hoosiers have four five-set victories in the conference for the first time since 2002.

INDIANA WRESTLING KNOCKS OFF NO. 23 PRINCETON, 22-13

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana Wrestling earned a huge dual victory in their home opener of the season, defeating No. 23 Princeton, 22-13, on Friday night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The win improves Indiana’s record to 2-0 in dual meets this year.

After building a 16-0 lead through the first four bouts, Indiana had to hold on late in the dual as Princeton only trailed 19-13 going into the final match at heavyweight. Freshman Jacob Kaminski fought his way to a 3-1 decision victory to seal the win for the Hoosiers.

The win marked Indiana’s first victory over a ranked opponent since beating No. 24 Northwestern, 18-16, on Jan. 30, 2021, in Evanston.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana junior Jacob Moran (125) won by default to start the match and put Indiana up 6-0.

• Freshman Henry Porter (133) added on to the lead, defeating Sean Pierson by major decision, 12-4.

• Senior and No. 23 ranked Cayden Rooks (141) won by decision, 12-9, over Danny Coles.

• Redshirt Senior Graham Rooks (149) took care of business over Rocco Camillaci in a 4-1 decision win. The win gave Indiana a 16-0 advantage.

• Redshirt junior Donnell Washington (174) beat Kole Mulhauser via decision, 5-3. This improved Indiana to a 19-6 lead at the time.

• Freshman Jacob Kaminski (285) closed out the night with a dramatic bout over Travis Stefanik winning, 3-1, by decision.

NOTABLES

• Indiana won six of the 10 bouts from the dual.

• Moran, Porter, Graham Rooks, Washington and Kaminski are all still undefeated.

• Every win this season for Porter has been a bonus-point victory.

• This was Indiana’s first dual in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall since 2010.

• The win also evens the all-time series between Princeton, 1-1. The only other dual meeting between the two programs came on Jan. 9, 1974, when Princeton won, 23-15.

• The match marked the return to Indiana for Princeton associate head coach Joe Dubuque and assistant Nate Jackson. Dubuque was a two-time national champion at Indiana and Jackson was a two-time All-American for the Hoosiers.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will be back in action in just two days as the Hoosiers travel to West Point, N.Y. for the Black Knight Invite which will take place all day on Sunday, Nov. 20.

GAME 11 PREP: FOOTBALL WELCOMES WILDCATS FOR SENIOR DAY, HOME FINALE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a crucial B1G road win at No. 21 Illinois, Purdue Football returns to West Lafayette for the final home game of the 2022 season. The Boilermakers welcome Northwestern to Ross-Ade Stadium with kickoff set for noon on FS1.

Purdue enters the game contest tied atop the B1G West alongside Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota at 4-3. Saturday’s contest will be the final game at Ross-Ade Stadium for a plethora of Boilermakers. Purdue has 27 seniors on its roster.

LAST TIME WE MET

• Aidan O’Connell threw for 423 yards, leading Purdue to a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field last season.

• Milton Wright hauled in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns, earning career highs in all three categories.

• Pro Boilers David Bell (Browns) made 12 catches for 101 yards, while George Karlaftis (Chiefs) added two tackles-for-loss, a sack and a blocked field goal.

• Mitchell Fineran drained four field goals in the win.

KEEPING THE CANNON

• Purdue kept the Cannon Trophy for the third year in a row and increased its chances of winning the Big Ten West with a 31-21 victory at No. 21 Illinois, becoming bowl eligible along the way.

• The Boilermakers improved to 3-1 on the B1G road this season, while beating a ranked team for the seventh time under Jeff Brohm.

•  Aidan O’Connell went 25-40 for 237 yards with three touchdown passes, finding tight end Payne Durham seven times for 70 yards and a pair of TDs.

•  T.J. Sheffield made six catches for a team-high 72 yards, while Charlie Jones added 66 yards and a touchdown to go over 1,000 receiving yards for the year.

•  Devin Mockobee rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries and a score, his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

• Linebacker Kieren Douglas made a late fourth-quarter interception with the help of a tip from Lawrence Johnson.

• Purdue won in Memorial Stadium for the sixth straight time.

SUCCESS VS. NATION’S BEST

• Illinois came into the Cannon Trophy game with the nation’s No. 1 scoring (10.4) and total defense (232.2 ypg). The Purdue offense put up 31 points on 379 total yards to earn the win; both marks were the most surrendered by the Fighting Illini all season long.

• On the other side of the ball, the Purdue defense limited Chase Brown to 98 yards on the ground. Brown entered the game as the nation’s leading rusher, going over the 100-yard mark in every contest and averaging 149 yards per game.

CHAMPAYNE

• With the Cannon Trophy and B1G West implications on the line, Payne Durham came through in the clutch at No. 21 Illinois. The tight end hauled in a team-high seven catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Boilermakers win 31-21 in Champaign.

• Durham’s toe-tapping touchdown in the third quarter gave Purdue its first lead of the game before he put the Boilermakers ahead for good in the fourth with a 12-yard touchdown.

• The two-touchdown day was Durham’s fourth multi-touchdown game of his career and the second of the season.

B1G OUTLOOK

• The Boilermakers earned a big win over No. 21 Illinois to secure a spot atop the Big Ten West.

• Purdue is tied with Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota at 4-3 with two conference games remaining for each team.

• Collecting wins over Illinois and Minnesota, Purdue owns tiebreakers over those teams. With Minnesota and Iowa battling this weekend, a Golden Gopher win and a Purdue victory would put the Boilermakers in control of their own destiny to the championship game in Indianapolis.

• The Boilermakers have finished second in the Big Ten West twice under head coach Jeff Brohm (2018, 2021), seeking their first divisional title since the conference went to the divisional format in 2011.

O’CONNELL NAMED FINALIST FOR BURLSWORTH TROPHY

•  Aidan O’Connell has been named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, the Burlsworth Foundation announced Tuesday (Nov. 15). Awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on, O’Connell joins Stetson Bennett (Quarterback – Georgia) and Carlton Martial (Linebacker – Troy) as the three finalists up for the award.

• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts this season.

• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 676.8%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (2nd – 13), touchdown passes (6th – 61), passing completions (6th – 760) and passing yards (6th – 8,404).

• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. Completing 28.2 passes per game, he sits fourth in the country. His 297.2 passing yards per game rank 13th nationally.

• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents, throwing for an average of 291.4 yards in B1G games to lead the league. He is the only quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards in Big Ten play this season.

• In his 13 300-yard games over his career, O’Connell has eclipsed 350 yards in 12 of them.

CATCHING RARE AIR

• Charlie Jones joined former Purdue wide receiver David Bell (2021) as the only Big Ten receivers since 2000 to haul in 85 or more passes through their first 10 games of a season.

• Jones, Bell and Mario Manningham (Michigan – 2007) make up the only B1G receivers since 2000 to reach 1,000 yards in 10 games.

• This season, Jones is one of three wide receivers nationwide with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, including the only one in the Big Ten.

• Ranking in the nation’s top six in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns this year, Jones is only one of three wide receivers to crack the top 10 in all three categories.

• Since 2000, only five Big Ten receivers have tallied 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season: Jones, Braylon Edwards (Michigan – 2004), Charles Rodgers (Michigan State – 2001, 2002), Austin Carr (Northwestern – 2016) and Marvin McNutt (Iowa – 2011).

ALL ABOARD THE MOCK TRAIN

• Don’t underestimate redshirt-freshman Devin Mockobee. The walk-on running back leads the Purdue rushing attack with 732 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

• In regards to freshman running backs throughout Purdue history, Mockobee ranks third in yards and attempts as well as fourth in touchdowns.

• Mockobee’s 81.3 yards per game on the ground rank third nationally among freshman running backs, leading the B1G, and his seven touchdowns rank seventh.

• He has produced four 100-yard games this season, the most ever by a Purdue freshman.

• All four of Devin Mockobee’s 100-yard games this season have come in Big Ten games, increasing his output to 99.2 yards per game in conference action.

• In the win over No. 21 Illinois, Mockobee outgained the nation’s leading rusher Chase Brown. The Boilermaker ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, while the Purdue defense held Brown under 100 yards for the first time this season (98).

WELCOME HOME, RICARDO

• Purdue will welcome back home Ricardo Allen this week as the honorary captain.

• Allen was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree at safety for the Boilermakers, totaling 250 tackles and 14.5 stops behind the line.

• His 13 career interceptions rank second in Purdue history.

• Following four years as a starter in West Lafayette, Allen played eight seasons in the NFL (2014-2020 – Atlanta & 2021 – Cincinnati).

• He announced his retirement from the league after reaching the Super Bowl with the Bengals last season.

• Allen currently serves as a special teams assistant for the Miami Dolphins.

STRENGTH ON THE LINE

• Purdue veteran offensive line has been a major factor for success on that side of the ball.

• The Boilermakers allow only 3.80 tackles-for-loss per game, ranking second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation.

• The trio of Gus Hartwig, Spencer Holstege, and Eric Miller have started the past 25 games alongside one another. Holstege leads the way with 28 straight starts, followed by Hartwig (26) and Miller (25).

• Facing the nation’s best defense in No.  21 Illinois (232.2 yards per game), the Purdue line did not allow a sack and helped the offense rack up 379 yards for the most allowed by the Fighting Illini this season.

• In the win over Nebraska, the line paved the way for 217 rushing yards, the most by a Purdue offense in four years.

SPOILERMAKERS

• Purdue has become known as the Spoilermakers under Jeff Brohm, collecting seven wins over ranked teams during the head coach’s tenure following the 31-24 win at No. 21 Illinois.

• Five of the seven wins have been by double digits, the biggest being a 29-point victory over No. 2 Ohio State in 2018.

• Four of the victories have been on the road, including a pair this season at Minnesota and Illinois; both teams were ranked No. 21 heading into their game against Purdue.

• Three of those wins were against Top 3 teams, while Purdue handed five of those ranked teams their first loss of the season.

• Last season, Purdue knocked off previously unbeaten No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), giving the Boilermakers two wins over Top 5 teams for the first time since 1960.

• The Boilermakers beat three ranked teams during the 2018 campaign, Brohm’s second season, for the most victories over ranked teams in a single-season since 2003.

• Prior to Brohm’s arrival in West Lafayette in 2017, Purdue only won two out of 27 games against AP-ranked teams over the previous 10 seasons.

BOWLING ON THE HORIZON

• With the victory over No. 21 Illinois, Purdue became bowl eligible for the fourth time in six seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm.

• Taking the Boilermakers to another bowl game, Brohm joins Joe Tiller as the only coaches in Purdue history to make four bowl appearances in their first six years guiding the program.

• The last time Purdue went to four bowls over a six-year span, Tiller led the Boilermakers for four appearances in five years (2003-2007). In 12 seasons under Tiller, Purdue reached 10 bowls, including a Rose Bowl trip during the 2000 campaign.

VOLLEYBALL SECURES 3-1 WIN ON SENIOR NIGHT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On senior night, the Boilermakers stormed back in the fourth set with a 6-1 run to seal a 3-1 victory over Michigan with 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 decisions. With the win, Purdue’s record improves to 19-8, 10-7 in Big Ten play while Michigan falls to 15-12, 6-11 in Big Ten action.

Combined, the seniors and super-seniors were responsible for half of the team’s kills, and over two-thirds of the team’s digs.

Purdue and Michigan were neck-in-neck with 54 kills apiece and a 53 to 63 Michigan edge in digs, however the Boilermakers out-shined the Wolverines in two key categories: hitting % (.241 vs. .159) and blocks (13.5 vs. 11.5).

Eva Hudson led the team with 15 kills and just one error on 43 attacks. The freshman’s .326 efficiency was the ninth time she’s hit as efficiently in a match this season, and most efficient during the month of November.

Emma Ellis and Raven Colvin each put down 11 kills, with Colvin securing a season-high-tying nine blocks in the process. Meanwhile, Colvin’s .364 attack % (11-3-22) was the most efficient among hitters.

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 22 digs in the match, 11 of which came in the first set alone. Meanwhile, fellow senior defensive specialist, Ava Torrance had one of the best nights of her career, digging 10 balls, second-most in her career.

Grace Balensiefer came off the bench to produce 36 assists, three block assists and an errorless two kills.

While the match concluded Purdue’s regular-season home slate, the Boilermakers have three more matches left. First, Purdue will travel to Nebraska to take on the Huskers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, a match that will be streamed on Big Ten Network. Then, the Boilermakers will take a trip to the east coast over Thanksgiving week for a Wednesday night match at Maryland followed by a showdown at Penn State on Friday.

BOILERS CLOSE HOMESTAND WITH INDIANA STATE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will close out its four-game stand at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon when it takes on in-state foe Indiana State. The 2 p.m. tip will be streamed on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be on the call for the Purdue Radio Network through Purdue Stretch Internet.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (3-0) vs. Indiana State (2-0)

Sunday, Nov. 20

Time: 2 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: Purdue Stretch Internet

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers rolled to a 100-58 win over SIUE on Thursday night. Abbey Ellis scored 29 points off the bench in just 18 minutes to lead a quartet of Boilermakers in double figures. Purdue shot 56.5% from the field and scored 58 points in the paint. Fueled by 25 Cougar miscues, the Boilermakers scored 42 points off turnovers.

NOTES

• Indiana State leads the all-time series 11-9, but Purdue has won the last six meetings.

• The two ball clubs have not met since Dec. 4, 1999, a 69-67 Purdue win at the Big 4 Classic in Bloomington.

• Indicative of Purdue’s multi-headed attack, the Boilermakers have six different players averaging double-digit points per game, topped by Lasha Petree’s 17.7 points per night.

• A different Boilermaker has led the team in scoring in all three games this year.

• Bouncing back after missing the season opener, Abbey Ellis is one of three players in the nation to average 15 points per game and shoot over 70% from the field, 60% from distance and 90% at the line (Ellis – 17 ppg, 71.4% fg, 66.7% 3pt, 100% ft).

• Madison Layden is the national leader in assist-to-turnover ratio at 15, as in 15 assists in three games to just one turnover.

• Purdue’s defense has forced 50 turnovers over the opening three games of the season, while recording 29 steals. The Boilermakers are outscoring opponents 72-15 this season on points off turnovers (24.0-5.0 per game).

• Jeanae Terry has vaulted into the national leaderboards – 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (6.0), 12th in assists (24), fifth in assists per game (8.0) and 12th in double-doubles (2).

• Under Gearlds, Purdue is 10-5 when shooting 35% from distance or better and 16-3 when shooting 40% or better overall, including 8-0 with a field goal clip above 50%.

BUTLERMBB HOSTS THE CITADEL IN FINAL TIP PRIOR TO BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

Coming off the second-most efficient shooting night in program history Thursday, the Bulldogs have a quick turnaround in hosting The Citadel Saturday night at Hinkle. Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will be away from Hinkle for nearly two weeks with the Battle 4 Atlantis taking up a majority of that time.

Butler (2-1) vs. The Citadel (2-1)

Saturday, Nov. 19;  7PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

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SERIES: Butler Leads, 1-0

Streak: Butler, W1

At Hinkle: Butler Leads, 1-0

First Meeting: Butler, 144-71; 11/14/15

• Butler and The Citadel have met once before (Nov. 14, 2015) when Butler set program records in points and margin of victory in a 144-71 win; seven Bulldogs reached double figures.

• Both Thad Matta (Butler) and Ed Conroy (The Citadel) return to their alma maters this season as head coaches in their second tenure at the school.

• Butler is 66-2 over its last 68 non-conference home games.

• Butler shot 70.4 percent in Thursday’s 95-67 win over Saint Francis (Pa.); it was the second-best field goal percentage in program history, trailing only the 71.9 clip from the Nov. 15, 2014 win over Maine.

• Butler entered the St. Francis game ranked 177th nationally in field goal percentage; after the 70.4-percent shooting performance, the Bulldogs moved to 21st in the NCAA.

• Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 22 points and a career-high seven assists against St. Francis; it was the 11th 20-point game of his career.

• Harris, Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius have scored in double figures in all three games this season.

• Lukosius had a career-best six assists Thursday vs. St. Francis.

• Eric Hunter Jr.’s 18 points vs. St. Francis were his high in a Butler uniform.

• Pierce Thomas has recorded at least five rebounds in each of his first three college games. 

• Manny Bates opened his Butler career with back-to-back double-doubles; his 25 points in the season-opener against New Orleans were a career-high.

• Bates is the first Bulldog to score at least 20 points in his Butler debut since Rotnei Clarke (21 vs. Elon in 2012).

• Through three games, Bates is ranked 12th nationally in field goal percentage (77.4) and 15th in blocks per game (3.0). 

• Harris is a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line this season; Taylor is an impressive 16-for-17 (.941).

• In Butler’s two home wins, the Bulldogs have posted dominant advantages in points in the paint (54-24 vs. New Orleans and 56-36 vs. Saint Francis).

• Butler is 13th nationally in turnover margin at +8.0 through its first three games.

• The Bulldogs committed only five turnovers in Monday’s Gavitt Games loss at Penn State.

• Butler has forced 19.3 turnovers per game so far during the young season, which is 35th nationally. The Bulldogs forced New Orleans into 30 turnovers in the season opener.

• Butler’s 36-point victory over New Orleans Nov. 7 was the largest by the Bulldogs since defeating Western Illinois, 107-46, at Hinkle Fieldhouse Dec. 21, 2017.

• The Bulldogs were without Myles Wilmoth, Jalen Thomas, John-Michael Mulloy, and Ali Ali against Saint Francis (Pa.) due to various injuries.

• Matta returns to his alma mater as the head coach at Butler; he also led the Bulldogs as head coach during the 2000-01 season.

• Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02 and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.

• Butler went on a foreign tour to Italy and Greece August 2-12, playing four games abroad.

• BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.

• Harris led Butler in scoring as both a freshman (2020-21) and a sophomore (2021-22). He looks to become the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons since Kellen Dunham (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).

• Butler adds four transfers for the 2022-23 season; three were members of 2022 NCAA Tournament teams (Eric Hunter Jr at Purdue, Ali Ali at Akron and Jalen Thomas at Georgia State).

BUTLERVB SWEEPS PROVIDENCE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team handed Providence a 3-0 loss on Friday afternoon to improve their overall record to 15-14 (25-22, 25-16, 26-24). The last three victories for BU have all been 3-0 wins!

Stat of the Game

Providence had four more kills than Butler in the match, but the Bulldogs hit .257 as a team compared to just .172 for the Friars.

Inside the Box Score

– Cora Taylor opened up the offense with 36 assists

– Amina Shackelford led the way for Butler with 13 kills (.333)

– Mariah Grunze also hit .333 to supply BU with eight kills

– Marisa Guist had five kills, three blocks and an ace

– Guisti led all players with a .400 attack percentage

– Each team had four aces

– Butler tallied seven team blocks compared to six for PC

– Jaymeson Kinley posted a match-high 16 digs

– There were 22 ties and 11 lead changes in the match

– Emma Nelson led the Friars with 12 kills

Up Next

The final match of the regular season is up next for the Bulldogs. They will host UConn Sunday afternoon at 1 PM. The match is Senior Day for Maddie Renn, Elana Brueggemann, Marisa Guisti, and Megan Sheridan. The finale is also Women Empowerment Day.

JAGS POST FOUR TOP TIMES IN DAY TWO OF HOUSE OF CHAMPIONS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI swim and dive team continued the House of Champions Invitational on Friday while four first-place finishes. Day two of the invite was highlighted by Spencer Jyawook’s meet record in the 100 fly and Emmaleigh Zietlow’s IUPUI record in the 200 free. Logan Kelly won the 100 breast and the women’s 800 free relay team also sealed the first-place finish.

“We had another stellar night,” said head coach Damion Dennis. “We won four events, set a meet record, set team records and numerous top ten times then you add in diving who is doing fantastic, it was an all-around great team effort. Great energy and competitive spirit. Our program is on fire right now and I hope we can keep that energy going into competition tomorrow.”

The Jags had 32 athletes qualify in the first half of the day for the finals session. After the prelims, Sadie Smith took second in the women’s 1-meter dive with a score of 252.20. Alex Scott led the men’s team on the boards, finishing fourth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 305.63.

During the finals session IUPUI sealed four first-place finishes. On the men’s side, Jyawook brought home the gold in the 100 fly with a new meet record time 46.74. Logan Kelly also earned a close first-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 53.41. Dane Charleston pushed towards the wall in the final seconds to seal a second-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 50.28.

“My 100 back was fair, not as fast as I’d hoped but even battling injury I still scored good points for the team which is most important,” said sophomore Charleston. “As a whole, the Jags are eating this weekend. We’re doing better than expected which is great to see and it puts us in a promising position for conference in February!”

Other top finishes for the men’s squad include Luke Dibley with a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM (4:03.82) followed by Nick Dibley in sixth (4:04.39). The men’s 200 medley relay team made up of Kevin Burke, Kelly, Jyawook and Wes Wickens finished second with a time of 1:28.48.

On the women’s side the Jags recorded two first-place finishes with Zietlow setting a new IUPUI record in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.01. The women’s 800 free relay team made up of Zietlow, Gabby Puryear-Lynch, Lilly Brandt and Emma Theobald also took home the gold with a time of 7:29.51. Puryear-Lynch also recorded a second-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 55.56.

“I thought we did a good job building on what we did yesterday,” said assistant coach Ethan Curl. “Very consistent, high-level swims for where we are in the season with very little rest. We had a lot of best times which is a good indicator of where we’re at and what we can do.”

The women’s team jumped up to fourth place after day two with 649 points. The men’s team is holding steady in second behind UIndy with 881 points. The Jags will close out competition tomorrow.

IUPUI ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry announced a leadership change for the volleyball program as head coach Lindsey Froehlich’s contract will not be renewed beyond the 2022 campaign. The Jaguars are coming off a 9-21 campaign and 3-15 mark in Horizon League play.

Froehlich took over the IUPUI program in February 2019 after serving as the program’s interim head coach to close the 2018 season. She amassed a 23-79 record over four-plus seasons on the IUPUI bench.

“I would like to thank Coach Froelich for her hard work and dedication to IUPUI Athletics and the volleyball program,” Perry said. “We wish Coach Froelich the best in her future endeavors.”

Assistant coach Bekah Strange will oversee all aspects of the program until a new head coach is selected. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

BALL STATE HOSTS IU-SOUTH BEND ON SATURDAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena for the last time in November as IU-South Bend makes the trip to Muncie on Saturday. The Cardinals enter the contest with a 2-1 record, while the Titans are 3-3.

BSU students, be among the first 400 in The Nest and receive a free hot dog, a slice of pizza, a fountain drink, or a beer. Arrive early, cheer loud, and enjoy responsibly.

Last Time Out

The Cardinals are coming off a 71-61 road win against the Omaha Mavericks. Jalen Windham led the way for the Cardinals with a season-high 15 points as he shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. Demarius Jacobs recorded his third-straight game in double figures as he notched 12 points to go along with his team-high four assists and his three steals. Jaylin Sellers produced his first game in double digits with an 11-point effort, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Sellers added three steals. Jarron Coleman led the team with nine rebounds and added 11 points with three steals.

Spreading the Love

Coleman leads Ball State in scoring with 16.3 points per game. He is shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range, which is tied for 59th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Coleman is tied for second on the team with 6.3 boards per game to go along with his eight assists, four steals, and two blocks. Jacobs is second on the squad with 14.3 points per game and he is tied for second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. Jacobs paces the squad with 13 assists and is tied for the team lead with seven steals. Payton Sparks rounds out the double-digit scorers with 14.0 points per contest. Sparks is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, which is a team best. Sparks and Jacobs are tied for the team lead in blocks with four each. Windham is tied with a team-best seven steals.

Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line

Coleman, Windham, Sellers, Kaiyem Cleary, and Luke Bumbalough are tied for first in the NCAA with a perfect 1.000 free-throw percentage. As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 26.3 free throws per game, which is tied for 29th in the country and leads the MAC. Ball State finished the game with Omaha shooting 94.1 percent from the free-throw line in the second half, including 9-for-10 in the final four minutes to secure the victory.

Solid Defense

Ball State has been stout on the defensive end of the court early in the season. The Cardinals are currently tied for 58th in the country with 5.0 blocks per game, which leads the MAC. BSU has been strong on the glass and is 45th in the NCAA with a rebound margin of 10.0, which is at the top in the MAC. BSU is tied for 45th in the NCAA with 42.67 boards a contest, which is the best in the MAC. Ball State leads the conference in scoring defense, as the Cardinals are holding opponents to 61 points per game.

Series History with the Titans

Saturday will mark the first ever meeting between Ball State and IU-South Bend.

Scouting IU-South Bend

IU-South Bend opened the season as the No. 19 team in the NAIA Preseason Poll. The Titans are led by Donyell Meredith II who is averaging 16.2 points per contest. Meredith also leads the team with 21 assists. Dejon Barney paces the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 14.0 points per game. Kenney Washington is third on the squad with 13.2 points per contest to go along with 10 steals and 10 turnovers. Miles Tracy rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.8 points a contest. Micah Poole leads the team with 14 steals. Tracy and Spencer Pettit are tied for the team lead with seven blocked shots.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES 2023 SCHEDULE

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State men’s volleyball head coach Donan Cruz has announced the team’s 26-match spring schedule which is highlighted by 14 contests inside Worthen Arena. 

“We are looking forward to the 2023 season around the corner,” Cruz said. “Our goal with scheduling was to challenge the team with tough non-conference competition and I believe we achieved that objective. Our guys will have a handful of opportunities to learn and grow as the season progresses while seeing some of the nation’s best teams along the way. We expect the MIVA will be a tough road and we will keep our focus on improving so we can be at our best when the back half of the season rolls around. We are excited to kick off the season against the defending champs and see our fans back in Worthen in January.”

The Cardinals are looking to build off a historic 2022 season which saw Cruz, in his first year at the helm, lead Ball State to a 23-4 overall record and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship.

 The 2022 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season and tournament champions, BSU was also ranked third in the final NVA/AVCA Men’s Division I-II Coaches Poll: the highest ranking in program history.

Ironically, the 2023 campaign will start against a familiar opponent in two-time defending national champion Hawai’i which earned a hard-fought 3-2 (28-26, 19-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) victory over the Cardinals in the national semifinals. After topping the then-No. 1 Rainbow Warriors twice during 2022 regular season in Worthen Arena, the Cardinals will travel to Manoa, Hawaii, for a two-match series to open the year Jan. 12-13.

Following the swing in the Pacific, Ball State returns home for eight straight matches, including six against non-conference opponents in Worthen Arena: Harvard (Jan. 20), Tusculum (Jan. 21), Queens (Jan. 27), Sacred Heart (Jan. 28), and Brigham Young University (Feb. 2 & Feb. 3). 

The Cardinals round out the eight-match home stand by opening MIVA play against Lewis (Feb. 9) and McKendree (Feb. 11).

Following the home stand, the Cardinals have a tough MIVA road stretch with matches at Loyola (Feb. 16), Purdue Fort Wayne (Feb. 18), Lindenwood (Feb. 24), and Quincy (Feb. 25).

Ball State has one match at home against Central State to open the month of March, before heading out west for a spring break trip with matches at Long Beach State (March 3), UC San Diego (March 5), and Grand Canyon (March 8).

Following spring break, the Cardinals host Ohio State (March 15), Quincy (March 24), Lindenwood (March 25), Loyola (April 6), and Purdue Fort Wayne (April 8) to end the regular season.

Ball State will also play road MIVA matches at Ohio State (March 18), McKendree (March 30), and Lewis (April 1).

The 2023 MIVA Tournament will be played at home sites, with quarterfinals scheduled for April 15, the semifinals April 19, and the title match April 22.

The winner of the MIVA Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid into the 2023 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship which will take place May 4-6 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the score all tied up heading into the final period, the Notre Dame hockey program allowed three late goals, including an empty netter, as they fell to Ohio State, 5-2, Friday night.

For the third consecutive game, the Irish conceded an early goal as the Buckeyes capitalized on a screen out front at 4:06 of the opening period.

The Irish continued to pressure the Buckeye end, firing 10 shots on goal in the opening frame to OSU’s four. On their final shot of the period, the Blue and Gold were rewarded as Trevor Janicke’s shot hit twine to tie the game at 1-1.

Fin Williams gave the Irish their first lead of the night, making it 2-1 at 3:18 of the second period. The lead was short lived however as the Buckeyes evened the tally three minutes later with a shorthanded goal.

A slew of penalties filled the remaining minutes of the second period but the score remain knotted as both teams skated to the locker rooms looking to break the stalemate in the final period of regulation.

After a scoreless first 10 minutes of the third period, the score remain tied at the media timeout but a pair of quick goals for OSU, including a powerplay tally, found the Irish trailing 4-2 late in the game.

Notre Dame continued to battle, eventually pulling Bischel in favor of the extra attacker but an empty net tally from the Buckeyes sealed their fate as they dropped game one of the weekend series.

GOALS

With 44 seconds left in the opening period and a powerplay opportunity stifled, Trevor Janicke found the back of the net off a pass from Chase Blackmun. The duo connected behind the Buckeye net before Janicke posted up to the right of the crease to bury a centering pass from Blackmun to knot the game up. Jackson Pierson was also credited with an assist on the goal.

Fin Williams scored his first collegiate point with a shot from the near-impossible angle. Skating in along the boards, Williams picked up a feed from Tyler Carpenter before firing a shot on net. Fellow linemate Hunter Strand, who gathered the puck in the defensive zone, also picked up an assist on the play.

KEY STATS

Fin Williams net his first collegiate goal and point, giving the Irish the 2-1 lead partway into the second period.

The Irish successfully killed off three of four penalties taken, however they were held scoreless on the man-advantage Friday night.

Notre Dame blocked 12 shots in the contest, led by Zach Plucinski, Grant Silianoff, Nick Leivermann and Jake Boltmann with two each.

Six Irish skaters highlighted the box score, including all three members of the fourth line.

Jackson Pierson now has an assist in each of his last two outings while Tyler Carpenter is 1-1-2 in his last two.

Ryan Bischel finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots faced.

UP NEXT

The Irish conclude their weekend in Columbus Saturday night with a 5 p.m. puck drop set against the Buckeyes inside Value City Arena.

Following their trip to Ohio, Notre Dame will head to Boston for the Thanksgiving holiday as they take on Boston University and Boston College for a Wednesday/Friday series.

GOODWIN’S THREE POINTER PUSHES IRISH PAST LIPSCOMB

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 in 2022-23 with a 66-65 victory over Lipscomb (2-2) on Friday night in the Joyce Center. Leading for most of the game, the Irish saw the Bison shoot over 75 percent in the second half to take a brief two-point lead before Dane Goodwin’s top-of-the-key three pointer with 0:14 left earned the home team a hard-fought victory.

Goodwin led all scorers with 24 points, shooting six-of-eight from three-point range. Nate Laszewski scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half while posting a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman guard J.J. Starling was the other Irish player in double figures with 11 points.

Trae Benham and Jacob Ognacevic led Lipscomb with 19 points each.

How It Happened

Lipscomb earned a quick 10-5 lead in the game by connecting on five of its first eight shots, but Notre Dame responded to hold the Bison scoreless over a three-minute stretch while the Irish offense started to find its way.

Three straight Notre Dame three pointers from Cormac Ryan, Dane Goodwin and Trey Wertz earned the Irish a 15-14 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

The two teams traded a couple field goals back and forth until the Irish defense stepped up again to hold Lipscomb scoreless over a five-minute stretch. Another Wertz three pointer and two turn around jump shots from J.J. Starling and Goodwin, respectively, pushed the Irish advantage to 26-18 with five minutes left.

The run continued as the Bison struggled from the field. After their hot start (five-for-eight), Lipscomb went cold to post a 2-for-12 shooting drought as the Irish built an 11-point lead. 

A mini-Bison five-point run cut the Irish lead to six points at the break. Goodwin led all scorers at the half with 15 points on six-of-eight shooting with three three-point field goals.

Three straight Cormac Ryan defensive plays allowed the Irish to build a 10-point lead with 12:30 remaining. Ryan earned a steal on a jump ball, helped in the post to get a steal and also created a steal in a Lipscomb transition opportunity. The three plays set up a Goodwin three pointer, his fourth of the game, to provide the double-digit lead.

Lipscomb wasn’t done yet and put together another run, cutting into the lead with three straight buckets in the paint. The 10-point lead became just four with 10:54 remaining.

Notre Dame had an answer. Back-to-back three pointers from Nate Laszewski off an in-bound play and Goodwin’s fifth off a great drive and kick from Wertz pushed the lead back up to 10.

The Bison came back yet again with a 12-2 run, hitting six consecutive shots to earn a two-point lead (63-61) on a four-point play by Trae Benham with 2:11 remaining.

Ryan answered with a pull up jumper for Notre Dame to tie it. Lipscomb’s Derrin Boyd pushed his team back up two with 1:30 left with a short jumper.

Wertz drove attempting to tie the game, but missed off the front rim. Lipscomb went back to Benham, but this time Ryan forced him into a touch turn-around jump shot that was rebounded by Laszewski.

The Irish did not call a timeout as the clock ticked under 30 seconds. After a single offensive rotation, Ryan drove, found Goodwin at the top of the key and the graduate student calmly nailed his sixth three pointer of the game for the game-winning points.

Up Next

The Irish return to competition in the 2022 Gotham Classic, playing host to Bowling Green on Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

#1 IRISH REMAINED HOT IN THE COLD WITH 4-0 WIN OVER SANTA CLARA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Friday featured plenty of “S’s” for No 1 seed Notre Dame (16-2-3) – plenty of snow, plenty of soccer and plenty of No. 8 seed Santa Clara (11-7-3). However, the Fighting Irish handled all of it just fine, earning a 4-0 victory to advance to the Sweet 16 round on Sunday against TCU.

ACC Midfielder of the Year Korbin Albert continued to build her Hermann Trophy resume, recording her fifth multi-goal performance of the season and her fourth in the past six games. She also added an assist for a five-point night.

She now has 14 goals over the last 10 games and 16 total on the season – good for a team and career best 37 points (which puts her in the top-10 in the country). She also now has six game-winnners on the season, which is one off from the nation’s lead.

The other Irish goal scorers were Laney Matriano and Kiki Van Zanten – both in the second half. Matriano notched her first career goal while Van Zanten picked up her seventh of the season.

The game also featured another dominant defensive effort by the Irish backline of Eva Gaetino, Waniya Hudson and Leah Klenke, who garnered their 13th shutout of the season and second this postseason.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame dominated possession in the first half and lived in Santa Clara’s half of the field. In fact, the Irish outshot the Broncos 26-0 in the half, with 11 of their shots on frame.

Who had most of those shots – none other than Albert, who fired of 12, including five on goal. Albert was Albert and flashed her dribbling prowess by taking on multiple defenders at the same time, making them fall down and getting her shot off. She also had a bending shot from distance in which the Santa Clara keeper had to make a leeping save for.

Forward Maddie Mercado boasted the second most with six total shots, one on net.

Notre Dame’s relentlessness paid off in the 44th minute when Ashley Zugay was taken out in the box and the Irish were rewarded a penalty kick. Albert stepped up and delivered for the 1-0 halftime lead.

It didn’t take long for Albert to get her goal in the second half, scoring at 47:11. She beat her defender on the right side of the box then delivered near post with her left foot.

Just 34 seconds later, the freshman Laney Matriano earned her first goal in an Irish uniform. With the assist from Gaetino, Matriano dribbled deep into the Bronco half and fired a left-footed shot from just outside the box.

Fast forward to the 61st minute and now it was Albert dishing out the assist as Van Zanten polished out the perfect play with just the keeper to beat.

The 4-0 score would be the final at Alumni as Notre Dame has now outscored its NCAA Tournament opposition 9-0 through the first two rounds.

ND NOTES

The Irish are now 72-23-4 in NCAA Tournament history

Notre Dame pushes its unbeaten streak to 11 matches, outscoring the opposition 31-6 over the stretch

Irish improve to 49-3-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament

Notre Dame posted its 13th clean sheet of the season, the most since recording 15 in 2016

The clean sheet gives the Irish 48 in NCAA Tournament history

Albert now has a team-high 16 goals and six game-winners. She’s scored 14 goals over the last 10 games.

The Irish defense picked up its 13th shutout of the season.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will host No. 5 seed TCU on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. inside Alumni Stadium in a Sweet 16 matchup.

IRISH TRAVEL TO NC STATE TO TAKE ON THE WOLFPACK

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back on the road this weekend as they take on the Wolfpack for the second time this season on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Raleigh, NC. The game this weekend will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra.

Saturday, Nov. 19  – Notre Dame vs. NC State – 5:00 p.m. (ACCNX | Live Stats)

HISTORY VS. NC STATE

• The overall series between the Irish and Wolfpack was at an even 7-7 until the Wolfpack defeated the Irish in Purcell less than two weeks ago. The Irish fell in four (20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 23-25), with Lucy Trump leading Notre Dame with 13 kills and nine blocks. Winkler also tallied seven blocks and McDowell finished with six blocks.

• Notre Dame won last season’s matchup on Nov. 12, 2021 at Purcell Pavilion where the Irish swept the Wolfpack in three (25-16, 25-17, 25-20).

• The last loss to NC State prior to this season was on Nov. 7, 2021 on the road, where the Irish fell in a close five setter (27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 13-15).

•Another big win for the Irish was on March 5, 2021 as Notre Dame defeated No. 14 NC State in a three set sweep at Purcell (25-12, 25-19, 25-17).

BY THE NUMBERS

1 – Head Coach Salima Rockwell captured her first win in the victory over Milwaukee on Aug. 28.

3 – The Irish introduce three graduate transfers to the 2022 team.

6 – The Irish introduce six new freshmen to the 2022 team.

7 – Salima Rockwell became the seventh head coach of the Fighting Irish on January 6, 2022.

10 – Charity McDowell finished with a career-high 10 blocks against Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 2.

20 – Paris Thompson recorded a career-high 20 kills in the three set sweep over Syracuse on Oct. 7.

21.5 – The Irish tallied an ACC high this season of 21.5 blocks in the matchup against Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 2.

54 –  Phyona Schrader finished with a career-high 54 assists in the win over East Carolina on Sept. 9 and has 778 assists so far this season.

83 – Kaylyn Winkler is leading the Irish with 83 blocks so far this season, averaging 0.89 blocks per set.

214 – Lucy Trump is leading the team this season with 214 kills as a freshman, followed by fellow freshman Avery Ross who has recorded 204 kills.

411 – Hattie Monson is leading the Irish with 411 digs so far this season.

1,121 – Hattie Monoson has tallied 1,121 career digs for the fighting Irish.

IRISH HOST CARDINALS, GAITHER TO ENTER RING OF HONOR

After a couple of contests away from home, No. 9 Notre Dame (3-0) is back at home on Sunday. For the fourth time in program history, the Irish will face in-state foe Ball State (2-1).

The Cardinals bring an interesting wrinkle to the court: they are a positionless team. Head coach Brady Sallee does not list his players as traditional guards or forwards, and they run a difficult-to-defend motion offense. They lead the MAC with a 21.7 average margin of victory, due heavily to a 105-51 blowout win over Indiana University East on Nov. 14. They also average 43 rebounds per game, which tops the MAC.

Fifth-year senior Anna Clephane has been the team’s leading scorer in two of three matchups and is averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the year. A proven reliable asset, the Kentucky native has averaged 12+ points per game since her junior season.

Ball State brings a balanced attack to the court, and everyone is a contributor. All five major statistical categories are currently led by a different player:

Points: Clephane (16.3)

Rebounds: Marie Kiefer (8.3)

Assists: Thelma Dis Agustsdottir (3.3)

Steals: Sydney Bolden (2.3)

Blocks: Alex Richard (1.3)

The Irish will look to take advantage of the size matchups, which heavily favor them. Notre Dame has four players, including a pair of starters, who are at least 6-3. The Cardinals have one — senior Annie Rauch.

Through three games, sophomore stars Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron have been forces on the court for Notre Dame. Citron posted her 25th career game with double-digit points on Wednesday against Northwestern, and she is averaging a team-leading 8.0 rebounds on the season. Miles ranks fifth in the ACC with 17.0 points per game and her 6.7 assists per contest is second. She led the conference (and was second nationally) last year in the category.

Texas transfer Lauren Ebo is coming off of a career performance against the Wildcats after scoring 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter. A total of five Irish players are averaging double-digit points, and Notre Dame is tied for first in the ACC with an average of 90 points per contest.

Prior to the start of the Ball State-Notre Dame showdown, the Irish community will take a few moments to honor Katryna Gaither, who will be inducted into the Notre Dame Ring of Honor.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the 6-3 center arrived at Notre Dame in 1993 and blossomed into one of the premier players to ever don the blue and gold. During her sophomore season, Gaither made 252 field goals, which still ranks ninth in program history. Her name peppers the record books from those initial years in South Bend; Gaither still holds the No. 4 spot in the highest field goal percentage category from her 1995-96 campaign (.633) and the No. 1 spot in single-season field goals (324) from that same year. She was a critical piece of Notre Dame’s first Final Four run.

Sunday’s game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. on the ACC Network. Ball State leads the series all-time by a mark of 2-1.

PUTRIMAS SHATTERS 500 FREESTYLE MARK ON FIRST DAY OF KANSAS CLASSIC

TOPEKA, Kan. – Andrea Putrimas set a new Indiana State record on her way to winning the 500-yard Freestyle finals to highlight the Sycamores’ first day in the pool at the Kansas Classic.

Putrimas’ individual title highlighted a day that featured 25 ISU athletes advance to the evening’s final round, while Katie Dougherty added a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM.

Friday Finals

200 Free Relay

Indiana State opened up the evening finals with the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Sycamores placed two teams in the top-eight in the field. The top ISU quartet of Raine Boles, Alexa Szadorski, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Chloe Farro combined to put together the fourth-fastest time in Sycamore history with a time of 1:33.36 to finish fourth overall in the field.

The second ISU group of Carmina Armstrong, Peyton Heagy, Marni Gray, and Kalli Agapios also posted a top-eight finish in the ISU annals after touching the wall in 1:34.63 to finish seventh overall. The final ISU group to take on the field finished 13th overall as Alexandria Cotter, Trista Bullock, Olivia DiRuzza, and Rebecca Shaffer finished in 1:37.59.

500 Free Finals

Senior Andrea Putrimas put together a record-setting performance on Friday evening as the Toronto, Ontario, Canada native blew away the field in winning the 500 Free. After finishing third overall in the morning prelims, Putrimas cut over four seconds off her time to take the individual title with an ISU record-setting mark of 4:54.48. Her time put her nearly two full seconds ahead of Iowa State’s Brinley Horras (4:56.31) and was nearly a full second ahead of the previous ISU mark set by Sarah Moreau (4:55.43) back in 2019.

Esther Rydbeck Norden (5:00.12, 7th) joined her teammate in the top-10 in the field, while Haley Halsall (5:01.64, 11th), Molly Fogarty (5:02.39, 12th), Rhiannon Wozny (5:02.49, 13th), and Sarah Moreau (5:18.75, 16th) all finished among the scorers in the event. Jordan Gruce (5:05.00, 18th) cut over a full second off her prelim time and Kamila Nowak (5:07.08, 22nd) also took on the field in the event.

200 IM Finals

Katie Dougherty (2:04.76, 3rd) nearly equaled her previous season-best in leading nine Sycamores in the 200 IM finals. The junior was joined in the top-10 by Alexa Szadorski (2:05.58, 7th) and Alexandria Cotter (2:04.74, 9th) to lead Indiana State in the event.

Carmen Alard Vegas (2:06.25, 11th) and Dorotea Bukvic (2:06.39, 18th) both added top-20 finishes in the event, while Trista Bullock (2:08.68, 21st) and Colleen O’Connor (2:10.16, 23rd) also posted strong marks. Olivia DiRuzza (2:10.59, 29th) and Makayla Sura (2:12.94, 31st) rounded out the group in the finals field.

50 Free Finals

Peyton Heagy was the first Sycamore to touch the wall in the 50 Free event as the freshman lead four Sycamores that finished in the top-16. Heagy’s time of 23.68 took two-tenths off her prelim time and put her 11th overall in the field. Kaimi Matsumoto (23.76, 13th), Chloe Farro (23.80, 14th), and Raine Boles (23.98, 16th) also scored for ISU in the event.

Marni Gray (24.21, 22nd) and Carmina Armstrong (24.23, 23rd) took on the field in the C-Final, while Kalli Agapis (24.06, 26th) and Jordan Gruce (24.55, 36th) rounded out the competition field for ISU.

400 Medley Relay Finals

The Indiana State quartet of Madie Rutan, Kaimi Matsumoto, Marni Gray, and Alexa Szadorski nearly gave ISU its second school record on the day as the group finished the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:43.06 to place third overall. The time was a half-second off the ISU mark set by the quartet last year at the CSCAA National Invitational (3:42.53).

Carmen Alard Vegas, Elle Gilkerson, Raine Boles, and Chloe Farro combined to finish seventh overall in 3:47.11, while the final group of Trista Bullock, Dorotea Bukvic, Alexandria Cotter, and Peyton Heagy touched the wall in 3:51.10 to finish 13th.

Top ISU Performers in Each Finals Event

200-yard Freestyle Relay: Raine Boles, Alexa Szadorski, Kaimi Matsumoto, Chloe Farro (1:33.36, 4th)

500-yard Freestyle: Andrea Putrimas (4:54.48, 1st)

200-yard IM: Katie Dougherty (2:04.76, 3rd)

50-yard Freestyle: Peyton Heagy (23.68, 11th)

400 Medley Relay: Madie Rutan, Kaimi Matsumoto, Marni Gray, Alexa Szadorski (3:43.06, 3rd)

Friday Morning

Indiana State put together one of their more complete efforts of the 2022 season in the opening morning session of the Kansas Classic. Across the three preliminary events swam in the morning, 25 Sycamores qualified for finals, including 14 athletes that were among the potential scorers on the opening day.

500 Free Prelims

Andrea Putrimas started off the meet strong for ISU as the senior finished third in the field with a time of 4:58.74. Esther Rydbeck Norden followed her teammate with a season-best 4:59.15 to finish fifth overall, while Haley Halsall also surpassed her previous mark with a time of 5:01.88 to finish ninth in the field.

Rhiannon Wozny (5:02.91, 11th) Molly Fogarty (5:03.78, 13th), and Sarah Moreau (5:04.90, 16th) also finished among the potential scorers in the preliminary round, while Kamila Nowak (5:05.81, 17th) and Jordan Gruce (5:06.20, 19th) advanced to Friday night’s finals. Rounding out the group in the 500 Free was Tori Johns (5:15.74, 30th) and Rose Parsons (5:15.95, 31st).

200 IM Prelims

Indiana State dominated heading into Friday night’s 200 IM finals as the Sycamores placed nine athletes in the field led by Alexa Szadorski’s third-place result. The sophomore touched the wall in 2:04.74, just .05 off her personal-best to lead three Sycamores in the top-10 in the rankings.

Katie Dougherty (2:05.34, 8th) and Alexandria Cotter (2:05.94, 9th) also finished in the top-10 in the field with 32 athletes set to advance to Friday’s finals. Carmen Alard Vegas (2:06.25, 11th) narrowly missed on joining her teammates in the top-10, while Trista Bullock (2:08.34, 19th), Colleen O’Connor (2:09.54, 22nd), Dorotea Bukvci (2:09.56, 23rd), Olivia DiRuzza (2:12.15, 31st) and Makayla Sura (2:13.70, 32nd) all advanced to the finals.

Rounding out the Sycamore group in the prelims included Rebecca Shaffer (2:14.59, 35th) and Elle Gilkerson (2:16.82, 38th).

50 Free Prelims

Eight more Sycamores advanced to Friday night’s finals paced by Raine Boles’ personal-best mark 23.68 to finish 10th in the field. Boles’ time put her fourth all-time on ISU’s performance list and was .07 ahead of her previous mark set in the last meet against Missouri State/Miami (Ohio).

Chloe Farro (23.70, 11th) and Kaimi Matsumoto (23.77, 12th) finished just behind their teammate in advancing to the evening’s finals, while Peyton Heagy (23.88, 16th) and Carmina Armstrong (24.02, 20th) were also in the top-20 in the event.

Three more Sycamores join the finals on Friday night with Marni Gray (24.11, 22nd), Kalli Agapios (24.14, 26th), and Jordan Gruce (24.37, 33rd) also finishing within the qualifying standard. Madie Rutan (25.29, 49th) rounded out the group of Sycamores in the pool.

Top ISU Performers in Each Event

500-yard Freestyle: Andrea Putrimas (4:59.15, 3rd)

200-yard IM: Alexa Szadorski (2:04.74, 3rd)

50-yard Freestyle: Raine Boles (23.68, 10th)

Weekend Schedule

Indiana State’s swimmers are back in action this weekend as ISU heads to the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka, Kan. over November 18-20 for the Kansas Classic. Preliminary qualifications take place daily starting at 11 a.m. ET, while the finals will be held in the evenings starting at 7 p.m. ET.

MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF FOUR TO 2023 CLASS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball head coach Josh Schertz has announced the signing of four to his 2023 class as Jaden Daughtry, Cameron Manyawu, Eli Shetlar, and Derek Vorst have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Sycamore program. The signing class consists of three forwards and one guard, and each signee hails from a different state ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast.

“We really wanted to be prudent in getting guys that fit us, fit how we want to play, and are the kind of people we want to coach,” said Coach Schertz. “It was important for us to get guys with length, guys who have high skill levels, and most importantly in this system you need players who are savvy and really know how to play. We think we accomplished these tangible things with these four young men, and on top of that they are all super high character young men that have shared values as it relates to work and competition. I could not be more excited about the future of Indiana State basketball!”

Jaden Daughtry | 6-7 | Forward | Richmond, Va. | Hargrave Military Academy

Jaden Daughtry is a two-time First Team All-State and two-time First Team All-Metro player out of Hargrave Military Academy. His junior year he averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists per game. He is averaging 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game so far during his senior year. Daughtry also competes for the Virginia Havoc and previously earned Player of the Year honors.

What Coach Schertz is saying about Daughtry…

“Jaden is a hybrid forward that brings great versatility on both ends of the floor to our program. He’s a Swiss Army knife who can put his fingerprints on a game and affect winning in a wide variety of ways. He has a college-ready body and winning really matters to him. We always look for likeminded people who look at competition through the same lens. Jaden, like the rest of this class, is cut from that same cloth.”

Cameron Manyawu | 6-9 | Forward | Kansas City, Mo. | Staley High School

Cameron Manyawu shoots 61 percent from the field off the bench at Staley High School and has recorded 166 rebounds, 37 blocks, and 32 steals during his time there. He also competes for 816 Hoops and was recognized as a NXT Pro National Top Performer.

What Coach Schertz is saying about Manyawu…

“Cam is a unicorn. He just turned 17 years old a few weeks ago, and he’s never started a high school game up to this point, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player improve as rapidly as he has over the last year. In Coach Neff and Coach Williams at Staley High School, Cam has the luxury of playing for as good a high school coach and program as there is, and we will be the beneficiary of that great coaching and competition. At 6’9 with the ability to guard all five positions, we think Cam is just scratching the surface of what he will become. With his work ethic, character, and humility, there is no doubt he will realize his immense potential.”

Eli Shetlar | 6-6 | Guard | Wichita, Kan. | Andover High School

Eli Shetlar averages 17.3 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game at Andover High School where he holds the school record for 3-pointers in a single game (nine) and 3-pointers in a season (65). He is a First Team All-League and All-State Team recipient and was named to the Salina Invitational All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP. Shetlar also competed for KC Run GMC.

What Coach Schertz is saying about Shetlar…

“Eli is one of the best shooters I have ever had the opportunity to recruit. At 6’6 with a lightning-quick release and the ability to shoot off movement, he’s a perfect systematic fit. Eli plays for his father at Andover High School, and it’s immediately evident when you watch him play how well he’s been coached growing up. His combination of elite shooting and high level basketball IQ will allow him to have a significant impact on our program. On top of that, he’s a fantastic competitor and a great teammate.

Derek Vorst | 6-10 | Forward | Rossford, Ohio | Rossford High School

Derek Vorst is coming out of Rossford High School where he averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game his junior year. He has been named to the Northern Buckeye Conference First Team, District 7 Coaches Association First Team, and Northwest Ohio First Team in addition to earning All-Ohio Special Mention recognition. Vorst is also a member of the boy’s golf team at Rossford and competes for the Ohio Buckets.

What Coach Schertz is saying about Vorst…

“Derek is a big that brings a rare combination of physicality and skill to the center position. He has the size and strength to play inside on both ends of the floor but has the shooting, passing, and ball handling skills of a guard. He, like Eli, plays for his father at Rossford High School and his savvy and intelligence with the ball will allow us to run offense through him as a point center. Like the others, Derek is a great student and teammate.”

NORTHWESTERN PULLS AWAY IN FINAL MINUTES

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Mastodons trailed by one point with 2:42 remaining but ultimately fell at Northwestern 60-52 on Friday (Nov. 18) evening in non-league play.

Purdue Fort Wayne nearly erased a 16-point second half-deficit after trailing 42-26 with 16:25 left in the game. Purdue Fort Wayne used a 16-5 run later in the half to turn a 48-36 game into a 53-52 contest with 2:42 left. Bobby Planutis had had eight points in the run.

Northwestern went to Boo Buie down the stretch and he put the game away for Northwestern. He scored the final seven points of the game to give the Wildcats the win. Buie finished with a game-high 28 points.

The ‘Dons held a lead for a good portion of the first half. Anthony Roberts had a dunk and then two free throws to put the ‘Dons up 11-9. It was part of a nearly four-minute stretch when the ‘Dons held Northwestern scoreless. The ‘Dons led 16-13 with 10:05 left before Northwestern scored seven straight to take the lead back.

Planutis had a team-high 14 points with six rebounds. Jarred Godfrey scored 12 points. Ra Kpedi added his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-2. Northwestern improves to 4-0. Friday’s game was the first of three in the Cancun Challenge. The ‘Dons will play the next two in Cancun. First up is a game against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (Nov. 22) against Eastern Michigan. It will be a 12:30 p.m. ET tip in Cancun.

SECOND B1G OPPONENT AHEAD FOR ACES WITH SATURDAY TRIP TO FACE ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Facing their second B1G opponent of the season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team heads north to face Illinois at 2 PM on Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill.

Despite the proximity, the Aces and Illini have met just twice previously with Illinois capturing both previous meetings. Last facing-off on Dec. 15, 2019 inside the State Farm Center, Illinois edged the Aces, 59-44. The Illini enter with a 3-0 record having secured wins over LIU, Alcorn State, and McNeese State. Illinois is led by four double-figure scorers, the leader of that group being junior guard Makira Cook, who averages right at 15 points per game.

Evansville comes into the weekend matchup fresh-off an 82-57 win over Chicago State on Education Day on Wednesday. In the win, senior guard/forward Abby Feit put on a show, filling-up the stat sheet with 27 points and 17 boards in just 25 minutes on the floor. Through three games this season, Evansville also boasts four double-digit scorers with fifth-year guard Myia Clark leading the charge for the Aces, averaging 14.7 points per contest. Following Clark are Feit at 12 points per game, fellow fifth-year guard A’Niah Griffin also at 12 points per game, and redshirt junior center Barbora Tomancova with 11 points per contest.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO DALLAS TO FACE SMU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the first time in 49 years, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to the State of Texas as the Purple Aces face SMU on Saturday at 2 p.m.  UE faces the Mustangs in Moody Coliseum with the broadcast set for ESPN+.

Last Time Out

– Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Evansville got within one in the final 20 minutes before Southeast Missouri State finished with a 67-61 victory

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting while Yacine Toumi added 13 points and 7 boards

– Sekou Kalle and Marvin Coleman II hauled in 12 rebounds apiece

Back to Texas

– Evansville will play a game in Texas for the first time since December of 1973

– A 2-game road swing that year saw the Aces earn a 100-76 win over Lamar in Beaumont, Texas before traveling to El Paso the next day to face UTEP where the squad fell by a 60-57 final

Rebounding Stat

– It has been close to eight years since two Evansville players had 10+ rebounds in a game as Marvin Coleman II and Sekou Kalle accomplished the feat against SEMO

– The last time UE did so came on Dec. 28, 2014 when Egidijus Mockevicius and Mislav Brzoja each grabbed 10 boards versus Coppin State

Another 20-point Game

– With 22 points against SEMO, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. improved his season average to 17.7 points per game and is 7th in the MVC

– Knocking down 9 of his 17 attempts, Strawbridge scored 23 points to lead UE to a 78-74 win at Miami Ohio

– His debut was the best for Evansville since DeAndre Williams scored 26 against Ball State in his first game with the program in 2019

Double-Double Threat

– Every time he takes to the floor, Yacine Toumi has the chance to record a double-double

– Toumi is averaging 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game on the season and recorded the first double-double of his career at Saint Louis, posting 14 points and 10 rebounds

– He currently ranks inside the MVC’s top 18 in scoring, rebounding and minutes played

– His debut at Miami Ohio saw him score 15 points, including the first eight UE tallies of the game

Scouting the Opponent

– SMU comes into Saturday’s game with a 1-2 record with a win over Texas A&M-Commerce and losses to Dayton and New Mexico

– Zhuric Phelps has had an outstanding start to the season, checking in with an average of 18.7 points per game

– Zach Nutall is just behind with a mark of 15.0 PPG

– On the boards, it is Efe Odigie leading the Mustangs with 10.0 rebounds including 8.0/game on the defensive end

– Samuell Williamson is also a force on the boards, standing with 8.3 caroms per contest.

EAGLES REBOUND WITH 32-POINT WIN

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball got back on track with a dominating, 32-point win over Loras College, 87-55, Friday evening at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles are 2-2 after tonight’s action.

The Eagles traded buckets with the DuHawks through the first five minutes before exploding on a 19-0 run to take command of the contest, 26-9. USI was eight-of-10 from the field during the run with senior forward Jacob Polakovich and junior guard Tyler Henry combining for 12 of the 19 points with six each.

USI and Loras would trade buckets for the remainder of the first half, allowing the Eagles to take a 17-point, 37-20 lead into the intermission. Senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) had the big first half for the Eagles with 14 of the 37 points.

In the second half, Loras’ offense start to put some pressure on the USI defense with an 8-0 run to cut the Eagles’ advantage to 11 points, 52-41, with 11:43 left to play. The Eagles quickly re-established command with an 18-8 run to push the lead back to 21 points, 70-49, when sophomore forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) hit his second three-point bomb of the run with 7:24 remaining.

The Eagles continued to extend the advantage until they reached a game-high 32 points in the final score of 87-55.

Simmons had the hot hand for the Eagles in the win with a game-high 21 points. The senior guard was nine-of-12 from the field, three-of-six from long range. He also dished out three assists.

Henry followed and rounded out the double-digit scorers with a season-high 19 points. The junior was six-of-nine from the field, all three-pointers, and one-of-one from the stripe.

In the season-high column, freshman guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) had a game-high seven assists, while freshman center Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) blocked six shots.

Next Up 2022-23:

USI returns to action in the Gotham Classic series when it visits St. Bonaventure University Tuesday in St. Bonaventure, New York. The game will be aired live on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7 The Spin, in addition to being streamed live on ESPN+.

The Bonnies, who host Bowling Green State University Saturday, are 1-2 to start the year. St. Bonaventure defeated Saint Francis University, 71-58, to open the season, before falling to Canisius College, 84-80, in overtime and to South Dakota State University, 66-62.

Tuesday’s contest between USI and St. Bonaventure is the first meeting between the two sports in any athletic competition.

EAGLES SQUARE OFF SATURDAY AGAINST FALCONS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns to Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. matchup against Bowling Green State University. (ticket information). The contest can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+.

The game can also be heard on 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

The Screaming Eagles (2-1) host their third of four home games in the month of November on Saturday, as USI won its first two home contests 87-39 against Oakland City University and 88-75 against Western Illinois University. Southern Indiana finishes out the November home slate next Wednesday afternoon against Bethel University (Ind.).

Last time out, the Screaming Eagles traveled to Northern Illinois University on Tuesday for their first road game of the 2022-23 season and only away game in November. The Huskies came away with a 61-53 win against USI at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. The first half was a close battle, as NIU took a 27-25 lead into halftime. The Huskies increased their margin in the third quarter before the Screaming Eagles stormed back in the fourth to pressure the Huskies. USI organized a 12-0 run and trimmed NIU’s lead down to five twice in the final period.

Southern Indiana had three players finish in double digits against Northern Illinois. Junior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) led USI with 15 points off the bench followed by sophomore guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) with 11 points. Graduate forward Ashlynn Brown posted 10 points, scoring eight of the ten as part of USI’s fourth-quarter scoring run against NIU.

Between Northern Illinois on Tuesday and Saturday’s opponent in Bowling Green State, USI will have faced two Mid-American Conference schools in one week’s time. Both schools were projected inside the top-five of the 2022-23 MAC preseason poll. Additionally, both BGSU and NIU received votes in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 rankings. Bowling Green State would be #26 in the mid-major poll with 96 votes while Northern Illinois would be #27 in the poll with 52 votes. Another MAC school, Eastern Michigan University, will host USI in mid-December.

The Screaming Eagles are led in scoring by Raley through three games, as the junior forward is averaging 15.7 points per contest. Her average is nearly 21 percent of the team’s total scoring output. Raley has been a catalyst for USI considering she has done all her scoring and work off the bench. USI has totaled 88 bench points as a team, averaging 29.3 per game. Raley has accounted for over 53 percent of the bench scoring, tallying 47 points scored so far.

Defensively, Southern Indiana has really pestered its opponents. USI has recorded 45 steals through three games at an average of 15 per game. The 15 steals per game is good for first in the Ohio Valley Conference while the 45 total takeaways are second in the OVC. Shafford leads the team with 10 steals already this season, including four on Tuesday at Northern Illinois. Right behind her are senior guards Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) and Soffia Rieckers (Evansville, Indiana) with eight each.

Bowling Green State is 2-1 in the 2022-23 season, coming off a 96-61 loss on the road at #9/12 Indiana University Thursday evening. The Falcons’ two wins have come against St. Bonaventure University and Wright State University to start the season. Against IU on Thursday, senior guard Elissa Brett led the team with 14 points on 5-15 shooting. She also had five boards. Senior forward Kadie Hempfling also scored double digits with 11 points off the bench, going 4-4 overall and 3-3 from beyond the arc. Bowling Green shot 35.5 percent (24-68) overall and 27.3 percent (6-22) from distance. The Falcons were outrebounded 47-28 but forced the Hoosiers into 18 turnovers.

Brett leads the BGSU squad this season at 16.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per outing. Junior guard Nyla Hampton and senior forward Allison Day are also averaging double figures at 12.7 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Hampton’s 12 takeaways also top the team. The Falcons were 17-16 a season ago and were projected third in the 2022-23 Mid-American Conference preseason poll.

Following Saturday’s game, the Screaming Eagles will conclude their November home schedule next Wednesday before Thanksgiving for a 1 p.m., midday game against the Bethel University Pilots.

VALPO BASEBALL ADDS FOUR ARMS DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

The Valparaiso University baseball program has announced the addition of four incoming student-athletes for the 2023-2024 academic and athletic year. Pitchers Lucas Foley (Deer Park, Ill. / Luke Zurich), Bennett Musser (Round Lake, Ill. / Mundelein), Jake Jakubowski (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley [Heartland]) and Jack Thompson (Rosemount, Minn. / Rosemount) have all signed National Letters of Intent to join head coach Brain Schmack’s program.

Foley will be a three-year starter in high school from his sophomore to senior seasons after his freshman campaign was cancelled due to COVID-19. The left-handed pitcher was a first team all-conference and first team all-area honoree as a junior last season, when he earned the Team Cy Young Award.

“Lucas works in the 85-88 mile per hour range with a quality slider/changeup that he is able to command in and out of the zone,” Schmack said. “He has a quick arm with some deception that creates a tough look for hitters. He is a very good athlete who also plays outfield and hits in the top third of his lineup in high school. He has consistently shown the ability to miss bats in a very good high school baseball conference and against quality summer competition. We think he can get college hitters out now, but with his frame and room to fill out, we are excited about his growth in the program.”

Foley was nominated by Prep Baseball Report for consideration for Player of the Week in April 2022 for his 1-0 conference win over Libertyville. He worked seven shutout innings while striking out 13, walking just one and yielding two hits, both infield singles. Another highlight of his junior campaign came when he pitched seven innings and allowed two runs while striking out 11 and issuing no walks in a 3-2 regional victory.

“Valpo is a great academic school and I really liked the size of the University,” Foley said. “It’s close to home, and the baseball aspect was another big factor in my decision. The Missouri Valley Conference is a very good baseball league, and I’m excited for the chance to pitch right away as a freshman. I talked to (assistant coach) Kory Winter for about six months through the whole process. He’s super genuine, and I felt very wanted by the entire coaching staff.”

Foley finished his junior season with 80 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 54 innings of work. He threw a no-hitter in June of 2021 at the Perfect Game WWBA Midwest Championships in Iowa. He tossed seven innings and recorded 13 strikeouts while walking one and using 80 total pitches. That effort came as part of his three seasons with Pro Player Canes / GRB Rays Illinois. He also played two years with the Chicago Scouts Association and competed in the Perfect Game World Championships in Jupiter, Fla. in October 2022.

“I bring a lot of competitiveness to the table,” Foley said. “I never like leaving games unfinished. I’m a really hard worker, and I love proving people wrong. My mindset as a pitcher is to just get people out, whether it’s through strikeouts or pitching to contact.”

At age 12, Foley won the fastest double play competition in Cooperstown with two of his teammates. Away from the diamond, he enjoys watersports and loves to ski, both waterskiing and snowskiing, a hobby he’s enjoyed since he was 5 years old.

“The moment of signing feels really special,” Foley said. “Going from playing youth ball with my friends in my community to working really hard to finally accomplishing the goal I’ve had since I was 10 years old feels really good. I’m grateful for my parents and my teammates who helped me get here.”

Musser, a right-handed hurler, earned all-conference honors last season, when he logged a 1.30 earned run average and a 1.01 WHIP. He posted a 6-1 record with 68 strikeouts against just 18 walks over 56 1/3 innings in a season that was highlighted by allowing just one hit in a complete-game shutout in the state semifinals.

“Bennett was an integral part of a Mundelein team that made the Illinois State Championship game,” Schmack said. “He works 85-88 and induces a lot of weak contact by being able to throw three pitches in any count. What stood out about Bennett was his use of his off-speed pitches in plus counts. He knows how to pitch and understands the type of pitcher he needs to be to be successful. He is a very high academic kid. He also has a frame that we think will allow him to add strength and size once he gets here. He is also a good athlete, which we believe will help him continue to develop.”

Musser, a White Sox fan who enjoys fishing, said his biggest strength is pitching to contact and not trying to do too much on the mound.

“I learned about Valpo through my pitching coach, who is a Valpo alum,” Musser said. “When my family and I looked further into Valpo, we really thought it was a great fit for me academically and athletically. I can contribute to the team, and I know Valpo has some great academics, so that played into my decision as well. Coach Winter came out to a couple of my games, and I got to know him pretty well.”

Jakubowski played a key role on a Heartland CC team that went to the Junior College World Series last year and placed sixth in the event. He allowed 17 hits and struck out 24 while walking seven over 19 1/3 innings for the Hawks in 2022. The right-handed reliever compiled a 2.33 earned run average and made three saves in 13 appearances to lead the team.

“We saw Jake a couple times in the fall and were really impressed with his stuff,” Schmack said. “He throws from a sidearm slot and the metrics on his fastball and slider are as good as we’ve seen from a spin rate/break standpoint. Jake was a huge part of the Heartland pitching staff last season as a high-leverage reliever, and we think he will fill the same role for us. Jake turned himself into a sidearm pitcher at a young age in order to find a way to be successful. That type of ‘figure it out’ mentality is something that we think will be a huge asset to our program and fits with the rest of our guys. Having a weapon like Jake out of the bullpen – being able to throw multiple times in a weekend – will make us that much stronger in the back end. Jake is a very tough look for hitters and generates a ton of uncomfortable swings.”

Jakubowski continues a tradition of Division-I athletics within his family. His father (baseball) and mother (volleyball) both played at Northeastern University in Chicago. His sister Taryn played soccer at Creighton, while his other sister Taylor plays volleyball at Seton Hall.

“I’m a sidearm pitcher, so I bring some funk to the staff,” Jakubowski said. “I’m strictly a reliever, so I like to come into those high-pressure spots and either get a save or get us out of jams. I try to do anything possible to help the team win. I’m really excited to be a part of the Missouri Valley Conference, that’s one thing that I found very important in the recruiting process. Coming from a junior college, I knew I wanted to be in a good baseball conference, and Valpo had that.”

Jakubowski pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run in the game to go to the JUCO World Series last year, an outing that he calls the highlight of his baseball career to date. When he gets to Valpo’s campus, he plans to major in business.

“The Valpo coaches were up front and honest with me about how they thought I would fit and where I would be right away,” he said. “They told me what I need to work on. I really like that because when coaches are up front and honest, that’s the only way you are going to learn. This opportunity means everything to me. I’ve always dreamed of playing Division-I baseball. The fact that I can be on the same level as my family members is amazing.”

Thompson, a left-handed pitcher, logged 29 innings during his junior season in high school and posted a 1.67 ERA to go along with 38 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP. He earned all-conference honorable mention status.

“What stood out to us about him is his ability to spin a true curveball from the left side,” Schmack said. “He is able to throw it for strikes and uses that to help his fastball play up at 84-86. We think Jack was a little overlooked due to his size, but we think we found a guy who has a very high floor and a level of pitchability from the left side that is hard to find. He has a clean arm/delivery that we think will allow him to tick his fastball up once he gets here.”

Thompson tore his ACL in football as a sophomore in high school and had to grind to get back to competition. Signing to continue his baseball career at Valpo is the reward for all of the hard work that he put in to get back to full strength.

“It was really rewarding to be able to sign with Valpo,” Thompson said. “I love the coaches, Mitch (Boe) and Coach Schmack. I felt really welcome there. I love the baseball facility and playing in the MVC. I think my baseball IQ on the mound is really good. My spin rate is really good on my fastball and curveball. My competitive nature is very valuable.”

Last year in his team’s section semifinal game, Thompson hit a triple and scored the winning run in the 11th inning to send his team to the section finals. Away from the diamond, Thompson enjoys snowboarding and plans to major in finance.

“The goal going into recruiting for the 2023 class was identifying strike throwers who can fit into our pitching philosophy,” Schmack said. “We think we found four guys who will be able to come in and compete in the zone immediately. We also look at each of the guys and think there is some runway for them physically to be able to gain strength and velocity as they mature and get into our lifting program.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT HOME DATE

Incarnate Word (1-2, 0-0 Southland)

at Valparaiso (1-2, 0-0 MVC)

Game No. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team is all set to host a Saturday night home game at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Incarnate Word comes to town for the first ever matchup between the two teams. The Cardinals feature several Northwest Indiana ties as head coach Carson Cunningham previously served as the high school coach at Andrean, his alma mater, while assistant coach Chris Artis played collegiately at Valpo. Ben Krikke will be recognized prior to the game for becoming the latest member of Valpo’s 1,000-point club.

Last Time Out: Valpo outscored Chicago State 50-38 after halftime, but it was not enough to erase a large early deficit as the host Cougars prevailed 87-74 on Wednesday night on Chicago’s south side. Ben Krikke had 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting, while Nick Edwards scored all 15 of his points in the second half.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN3 – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)   

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Zach Collins and Noah Godsell

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (98-98) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: This will mark the first matchup between Valpo and Incarnate Word.

Krikke Atop the MVC

After tallying a career-high 28 points in the Nov. 13 home opener vs. Western Michigan, Ben Krikke followed with 27 on Nov. 16 at Chicago State. Prior to the game against the Broncos, Krikke had scored no more than 26 points in any of his 91 collegiate games. Now, he has scored 27 or more in two straight.

Thanks to his early-season scoring surge, Krikke sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average. In fact, the Valpo senior ranks 10th in the nation in points per game.

Krikke’s 27 points on Wednesday were the most by a Valpo player in a true road game since Javon Freeman-Liberty’s 28 on Jan. 15, 2020 at UNI.

Krikke became the first Valpo player to score 27 points or more in back-to-back games since Alec Peters did so in three straight outings in December 2016 (at Missouri State, vs. Indiana State, vs. Santa Clara).

Entering Nov. 19 vs. Incarnate Word, Krikke has scored 1,047 career points. He is 149 points away from cracking the top 20 in program history.

Cougars Convert the Freebies

Chicago State shot 96.4 percent from the free-throw line at 27-of-28 in the Nov. 16 game against Valpo. That marked the highest single-game free throw percentage in the nation so far this season.

This marked the first time a Valpo opponent shot 95 percent or better at the charity stripe with 20 or more attempts since Butler on Jan. 1, 2011.

This was Chicago State’s highest free-throw percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts since going 12-of-12 vs. Loyola on Jan. 20, 2013.

Shooting for 2-0 at Home

Valpo has a chance to start the home portion of the season with a 2-0 record for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The only time in that stretch that Valpo did not start 2-0 at home was last season, when the home slate began with setbacks to Toledo and UIC.

The program is now 17-1 in its last 18 home openers with 15 of those victories coming by double figures.

Valpo has finished with a home record of .500 or better in 30 straight seasons.

Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 16: Chicago State 87, Valpo 74

Point guard Nick Edwards scored all 15 of his points after halftime, part of his first double-figure output in a Valpo uniform and the 25th such performance of his collegiate career.

Ben Krikke’s 27 points came on 12-of-16 from the field and 3-of-3 at the free-throw line. This marked his 54th career double-figure game and his 11th with 20+ points.

Valpo held a 24-10 edge in transition points and a 42-30 advantage in points in the paint.

The Beacons shot 54.3 percent in the second half and outscored the Cougars 50-38 after the break.

Kobe King paced the team on the glass with six rebounds including four offensive boards. King scored 11 points, finishing in double figures for the third consecutive game and the 22nd time in his 26-game Valpo career.

The Beacons shot 48.3 percent for the game but were just 2-of-11 from 3-point territory. Valpo made 14 of its 18 free throws (77.8 percent).

Sophomore Preston Ruedinger returned to action after missing the previous two games with a back injury, but Ibra Bayu (hernia) and Cam Palesse (thumb) remained sidelined.

In his return to the court, Ruedinger grabbed a career-high four rebounds.

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EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

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/

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins730.7000.02522414-1-03-2-05-2-02-1-04 W
New York Jets630.6670.51961762-3-04-0-05-3-02-1-01 W
Buffalo Bills630.6670.52501513-1-03-2-04-2-00-2-02 L
New England Patriots540.5561.52031662-2-03-2-04-2-01-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs720.7780.02702064-1-03-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers540.5562.02002282-2-03-2-04-2-02-1-01 L
Denver Broncos360.3334.01311492-2-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders270.2225.02032262-2-00-5-02-5-01-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens630.6670.02351962-2-04-1-04-2-02-0-03 W
Cincinnati Bengals540.5561.02281853-1-02-3-02-3-00-3-01 W
Cleveland Browns360.3333.02172382-3-01-3-02-5-02-1-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers360.3333.01402072-2-01-4-01-5-01-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans730.7000.01931853-1-04-2-05-2-03-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts451.4502.51572032-2-02-3-14-4-11-3-11 W
Jacksonville Jaguars370.3004.02162052-3-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 L
Houston Texans171.1675.01492070-3-11-4-01-4-11-1-14 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles810.8890.02461674-1-04-0-05-1-02-1-01 L
New York Giants720.7781.01871734-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-01 W
Dallas Cowboys630.6672.02111644-1-02-2-05-3-02-1-01 L
Washington Commanders550.5003.51912132-3-03-2-03-4-01-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks640.6000.02572413-1-03-3-04-4-02-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers540.5560.51981633-1-02-3-04-2-03-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals460.4002.02302581-4-03-2-03-5-01-3-01 W
Los Angeles Rams360.3332.51482002-4-01-2-03-5-01-3-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings810.8890.02261914-0-04-1-06-1-03-0-07 W
Green Bay Packers470.3645.02022433-3-01-4-03-4-01-2-01 L
Detroit Lions360.3335.02192642-3-01-3-03-4-02-1-02 W
Chicago Bears370.3005.52172472-3-01-4-01-6-00-3-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers550.5000.01831803-3-02-2-05-2-02-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons460.4001.02322503-2-01-4-03-4-01-3-02 L
Carolina Panthers370.3002.02042433-3-00-4-03-5-03-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints370.3002.02222472-4-01-3-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston133.8136-17-22-09-39-19 W
Milwaukee114.7331.58-13-33-07-36-41 L
Atlanta96.6003.55-34-31-17-55-51 L
Cleveland96.6003.55-14-52-18-25-51 W
Indiana86.5714.04-34-31-16-47-33 W
Toronto97.5634.06-13-61-27-56-42 W
Washington97.5634.06-43-32-06-56-41 W
Philadelphia87.5334.55-43-31-36-67-33 W
New York88.5005.04-34-51-25-55-51 L
10 Brooklyn79.4386.03-44-52-05-36-41 W
11 Miami79.4386.06-41-52-13-65-52 L
12 Chicago610.3757.04-52-51-16-63-74 L
13 Orlando511.3138.04-51-61-22-64-61 W
14 Charlotte413.2359.51-63-72-42-91-92 L
15 Detroit314.17610.53-50-90-41-121-96 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Portland105.6674-36-21-08-36-41 L
Utah116.6476-15-52-110-36-41 W
Memphis106.6250.56-14-52-26-46-41 W
Phoenix96.6001.07-12-53-09-35-51 L
Dallas96.6001.08-21-41-25-47-31 W
Denver96.6001.04-15-53-27-46-42 L
Sacramento86.5711.55-33-32-33-58-25 W
New Orleans97.5631.55-34-43-05-45-51 L
LA Clippers97.5631.54-45-33-17-67-31 W
10 Minnesota78.4673.04-53-32-15-64-62 W
11 Golden State79.4383.57-10-83-34-54-61 W
12 Oklahoma City79.4383.54-33-60-43-54-61 L
13 San Antonio610.3754.53-53-50-12-82-83 L
14 LA Lakers410.2865.54-50-50-42-94-62 W
15 Houston313.1887.51-42-91-22-92-81 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins1715203014693610-0-05-2-09-1-0
New Jersey Devils171430281463417-2-07-1-010-0-0
Carolina Hurricanes17105222852464-2-16-3-16-3-1
New York Islanders181170221161486-3-05-4-07-3-0
Toronto Maple Leafs1895422952496-2-23-3-25-2-3
Tampa Bay Lightning171061211058546-2-14-4-07-2-1
Detroit Red Wings1785420853575-2-23-3-25-3-2
New York Rangers1886420854514-3-34-3-15-3-2
Florida Panthers1797119857545-2-14-5-05-5-0
10 Pittsburgh Penguins1777317762613-2-14-5-23-5-2
11 Philadelphia Flyers1777317742524-3-13-4-22-5-3
12 Montreal Canadiens1788117752595-4-03-4-15-4-1
13 Washington Capitals1979317755635-3-12-6-22-5-3
14 Buffalo Sabres17710014760614-6-03-4-03-7-0
15 Ottawa Senators1669113655545-5-01-4-12-7-1
16 Columbus Blue Jackets1669113649695-5-01-4-14-5-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights181440281465436-3-08-1-08-2-0
Dallas Stars171052221066474-2-06-3-26-3-1
Los Angeles Kings201181231065686-3-05-5-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets151041211046356-1-04-3-18-1-1
Seattle Kraken1795321955474-4-25-1-17-2-1
Colorado Avalanche1595119854404-2-15-3-07-3-0
Edmonton Oilers1798018960614-6-05-2-05-5-0
Nashville Predators1788117747565-3-13-5-06-4-0
St. Louis Blues1688016744563-4-05-4-05-5-0
10 Calgary Flames1677216748546-4-11-3-12-6-2
11 Minnesota Wild1778216647532-5-15-3-14-5-1
12 Chicago Blackhawks1667315640514-4-12-3-22-5-3
13 Vancouver Canucks1869315662713-3-13-6-25-4-1
14 San Jose Sharks19610315556691-6-35-4-04-3-3
15 Arizona Coyotes1669113641581-2-15-7-04-5-1
16 Anaheim Ducks17511111347733-4-02-7-14-6-0

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Rider vs. Central Arkansas6:00amESPNU
Central Connecticut vs. Lafayette12:00pmESPN3
Franklin at IUPUI12:00pmESPN+
Niagara vs. Stetson12:00pmESPN+
Maryland vs. Saint Louis1:00pmESPNews
Robert Morris at Dayton1:00pmESPN+
Elon at NC State1:00pmESPN+
Sacred Heart at Binghamton2:00pmESPN3
IU-South Bend at Ball State2:00pmESPN3
Saint Peter’s at St. Francis Brooklyn2:00pmNEC
Northeastern at Syracuse2:00pmESPN+
Bowling Green at St. Bonaventure2:00pmESPN+
Winthrop at Mercer2:00pmESPN+
John Jay at Yale2:00pmESPN+
Chicago State at Kent State2:00pmESPN+
Covenant at Chattanooga2:00pmESPN+
Houghton at Hartford2:00pm
Middle Tennessee at Missouri State3:00pmESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Oakland3:00pmESPN+
A&M-Commerce at Georgia State3:00pmESPN+
Evansville at SMU3:00pmESPN+
Paradise Jam3:15pmESPN3
Miami (FL) vs. Providence4:00pmESPNews
Army West Point at William & Mary4:00pmFLOHOOPS
American at NJIT4:00pmESPN3
San Jose State at Northern Colorado4:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at Bradley4:00pmESPN+
UIC at Fordham5:00pmESPN+
Emerson at UMass Lowell5:00pmESPN3
Occidental at UC Riverside5:00pmESPN+
South Carolina State at North Florida5:00pmESPN+
Fairleigh Dickinson at Longwood5:00pmESPN+
Utah Tech at Idaho5:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville5:30pmESPN+
Paradise Jam5:45pmESPN3
Fresno State at North Texas6:00pmCUSAtv
Western Michigan at Rice6:00pmCUSAtv
Detroit Mercy at Florida Atlantic6:00pmFS2
The Citadel at Butler7:00pmESPN3
Princeton at Marist7:00pmMWN
NM State at New Mexico7:00pmESPN+
Merrimack vs. St. Thomas7:00pmESPN+
Bryant at FIU7:00pmESPN+
Coppin State at Marshall7:00pmESPN+
Kennesaw State at App State7:00pmESPN+
St. Katherine at Long Beach State7:00pmESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at South Dakota State7:00pm
UIW at Valparaiso8:00pmESPN3
Seattle U at Portland8:00pmWCC
UC Irvine at Pepperdine8:00pmWCC
Georgia Southern at Houston Christian8:00pmESPN+
Oklahoma Baptist at Oral Roberts8:00pm
Hofstra at Saint Mary’s8:30pmWCC
Nicholls at BYU9:00pm
Troy at Montana9:30pmESPN+
Portland State at Oregon State10:00pmPAC12
COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Navy at UCF11:00amESPN2
Virginia Tech at Liberty12:00pmESPN+
UMass at Texas A&M12:00pmESPN+
Duke at Pitt12:00pmACCN
Florida at Vanderbilt12:00pmSECN
ETSU at Mississippi State12:00pmESPN+
TCU at Baylor12:00pmFOX
Illinois at Michigan12:00pmABC
Indiana at Michigan State12:00pmBTN
Wisconsin at Nebraska12:00pmESPN
Austin Peay at Alabama12:00pmESPN+
UConn at Army12:00pmCBSSN
Louisiana at Florida State12:00pmESPN3
Northwestern at Purdue12:00pmFS1
UTSA at Rice1:00pmESPN+
Kansas State at West Virginia2:00pmESPN+
Washington State at Arizona2:00pmPAC12N
Houston at East Carolina2:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Memphis2:00pmESPN+
Georgia State at James Madison2:00pmESPN+
Oregon State at Arizona State2:15pmESPN2
Boston College at Notre Dame2:30pmNBC
Old Dominion at Appalachian State2:30pmESPN+
Akron at Buffalo3:30pmCBSSN
Utah Tech at BYU3:30pmESPN3
Ohio State at Maryland3:30pmABC
Louisiana Tech at Charlotte3:30pmESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee3:30pmESPN+
ULM at Troy3:30pmESPN+
South Alabama at Southern Miss3:30pmNFLN
Penn State at Rutgers3:30pmBTN
NC State at Louisville3:30pmACCN
Miami (FL) at Clemson3:30pmESPN
Texas at Kansas3:30pmFS1
Coastal Carolina at Virginia3:30pmESPN3
Georgia at Kentucky3:30pmCBS
WKU at Auburn4:00pmSECN
Iowa at Minnesota4:00pmFOX
Cincinnati at Temple4:00pmESPNU
FIU at UTEP4:00pmESPN+
Arkansas State at Texas State5:00pmESPN3
Stanford at California5:30pmPAC12N
Georgia Tech at North Carolina5:30pmESPN2
Marshall at Georgia Southern6:00pmESPN+
Tennessee at South Carolina7:00pmESPN
Texas Tech at Iowa State7:00pmFS1
Boise State at Wyoming7:00pmCBSSN
New Mexico State at Missouri7:30pmESPNU
Ole Miss at Arkansas7:30pmSECN
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma7:30pmABC
USC at UCLA8:00pmFOX
Syracuse at Wake Forest8:00pmACCN
UAB at LSU9:00pmESPN2
Colorado at Washington9:00pmPAC12N
Colorado State at Air Force9:00pmFS2
San Jose State at Utah State9:45pmFS1
Fresno State at Nevada10:30pmCBSSN
Utah at Oregon10:30pmESPN
UNLV at Hawaii11:00pmSpectrum PPV
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Tour: RSM Classic1:00pmGOLF
LPGA Tour: CME Group Tour Championship4:00pmGOLF
NBATIME ETTV
Toronto at Atlanta6:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Orlando at Indiana7:00pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Philadelphia7:30pmNBATV
NBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Utah at Portland10:00pmNBATV
Root Sports
ATTSN-RM
San Antonio at LA Clippers10:30pmBally Sports
NHLTIME ETTV
New Jersey at Ottawa1:00pmNHLN
MSGSN
Sportsnet
Calgary at Florida4:00pmNHLN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Pittsburgh at Winnipeg7:00pmSportsnet
ATTSN-PIT
Buffalo at Toronto7:00pmSportsnet
MSG-BUF
Chicago at Boston7:00pmNHLN
NESN
NBCS-CHI
Colorado at Washington7:00pmALT
NBCS-WSH
Detroit at Columbus7:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Montréal7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Sportsnet
Anaheim at St. Louis8:00pmBally Sports
Carolina at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
NY Islanders at Dallas8:00pmMSGSN
Bally Sports
Tampa Bay at Nashville8:00pmBally Sports
Los Angeles at Seattle10:00pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Vegas at Edmonton10:00pmSportsnet
ATTSN-RM
NY Rangers at San Jose10:30pmMSG
NBCS-CA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
England League One: Exeter City vs Ipswich Town7:00amESPN+
England League One: Exeter City vs Ipswich Town10:00amESPN+
Women’s Super League: Everton vs Manchester City10:00amCBSSN
Friendly: Albania vs Armenia11:30amESPN+
Friendly: Turkey vs Czech Republic12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Kosovo vs Faroe Islands12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Gibraltar vs Andorra12:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Sweden vs Algeria2:30pmESPN+