INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE SCOREBOARD
WESTFIELD 48 MERRIVILLE 19
CENTER GROVE 45 BEN DAVIS 6
ZIONSVILLE 52 MICHIGAN CITY 21
CATHEDRAL 52 NEW ALBANY 13
NORTHRIDGE 20 NEW PRAIRIE 14
MOUNT VERNON 42 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 28
BREBEUF 17 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 16
ANDREAN 17 EASTSIDE 14
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 23 INDIANAPOLIS SCCINA 7
ADAMS CENTRAL 42 NORTH JUDSON 7
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 56 TRI 13
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
#24 HOUSTON 31 MEMPHIS 13
#19 SAN DIEGO STATE 28 UNLV 20
SOUTHERN MISS 35 LOUISIANA TECH 19
AIR FORCE 41 NEVADA 39 3OT
WASHINGTON STATE 44 ARIZONA 18
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NEW MEXICO STATE AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
PURDUE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | STADIUM
FLORIDA STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WOFFORD AT NORTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UMASS AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
TEXAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT IOWA | 2 P.M. | FS1
ARKANSAS STATE AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
GEORGIA TECH AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
WASHINGTON AT COLORADO | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M.| CBS
SMU AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
VIRGINIA AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UAB AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
OLD DOMINION AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
EAST CAROLINA AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BYU AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
SYRACUSE AT NC STATE | 4 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCLA AT USC | 4 P.M. | FOX
FLORIDA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
RICE AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN AT UCF | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT LIBERTY | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS AT TCU | 4 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
TEMPLE AT TULSA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
BAYLOR AT KANSAS STATE | 5:30 P.M. | FS1
AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
CAL AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
OREGON AT UTAH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
VIRGINIA TECH AT MIAMI | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | FOX
WYOMING AT UTAH STATE | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
UL MONROE AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1
ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
NFL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
DALLAS COWBOYS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 GONZAGA 92 BELLARMINE 50
#4 MICHIGAN 74 UNLV 61
#7 DUKE 88 LAFAYETTE 55
#11 MEMPHIS 74 WESTERN KENTUCKY 62
#13 KENTUCKY 77 OHIO 59
#14 ALABAMA 86 OAKLAND 59
#20 MARYLAND 69 HOFSTRA 67
#21 AUBURN 58 S. FLORIDA 52
#22 ST. BONAVENTURE 68 CLEMSON 65
OKLAHOMA 87 INDIANA STATE 63
WEBER STATE 85 BALL STATE 74
MINNESOTA 78 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 49
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 90 KANSAS STATE 69
#11 ARIZONA 78 MARIST 36
#22 WEST VIRGINIA 78 KENNESAW STATE 58
MICHIGAN STATE 100 BRYANT 60
RUTGERS 68 HARVARD 65 OT
BRADLEY 64 WISCONSIN 57
CHARLOTTE 121 INDIANA 118
GOLDEN STATE 105 DETROIT 102
BOSTON 130 LA LAKERS 108
BROOKLYN 118 ORLANDO 113
NEW ORLEANS 94 LA CLIPPERS 81
MILWAUKEE 96 OKLAHOMA CITY 89
CHICAGO 114 DENVER 108
PHOENIX 112 DALLAS 104
TORONTO 108 SACRAMENTO 89
VANCOUVER 3 WINNIPEG 2
COLORADO 7 SEATTLE 3
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TATUM SCORES 37, CELTICS BEAT LAKERS IN JAMES’ RETURN
BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, so he knew all about the Celtics-Lakers rivalry even before becoming part of it.
On Friday night, he put on an offensive show in front of Celtics Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Paul Pierce in the latest chapter.
“It’s a surreal moment, obviously, Bill Russell and the impact he had on the Celtics and the NBA,” Tatum said. “Having someone like Paul come to the game and someone I have a relationship with.
“I remember watching him play,” Tatum said, breaking into a smile. “Now he’s watching me play, that’s crazy.”
Tatum scored 37 points and the Celtics won 130-108 in LeBron James’ return to the Lakers’ lineup.
Marcus Smart had 22 points and Dennis Schroder 21 for Boston (8-8), which climbed back to .500. Tatum had 11 rebounds and Al Horford added 18 points.
Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 31 points and James finished with 23 in 32 minutes. They each had six rebounds and two assists.
“I felt OK,” James said. “Obviously being out 2 1/2 weeks, I felt kind of like a rookie again, just being away from the game. Excited. Felt good enough that I could trust my body.”
James had missed eight games with an abdominal strain, and the Lakers went 3-5 while he was sidelined. They’ve lost their last four road games.
“It’s never 65 games left (in the season),” James said. “We need to play better.”
Davis agreed, noting the Lakers are deep enough to win even without James.
“We still have enough with our without to win basketball games,” he said.
Tatum started 1 for 5 from the floor before getting his offense flowing, driving hard for a handful of baskets.
“We stress making quick decisions,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “When he holds it, the crowds get to him. He was extremely aggressive.”
The teams who have accounted for nearly half of the NBA’s championships with 17 apiece renewed their rivalry in front of a raucous TD Garden crowd that made it seem like a playoff atmosphere from the opening tip.
Russell – introduced as a “true Celtics legend” when he was welcomed back by the PA announcer and shown on the Jumbotron midway into the opening quarter – was seated courtside wearing a hat with the initials “KB” encircled in a yellow heart on the front for Kobe Bryant.
Pierce, who went into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year, was also courtside.
The Celtics led by 11 points entering the final quarter and opened a 109-94 lead on Tatum’s three-point play with 6:59 remaining. His 3-pointer from the left corner increased it to 116-99 with 5:02 to go.
The Lakers made nine of their initial 12 shots en route to a 38-30 lead after one quarter.
James’ first basket came on a thundering dunk off a drive down the lane 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
Boston erased a 14-point deficit in the second quarter and took the lead before James’ fast-break layup gave the Lakers a 61-60 halftime edge.
The Celtics were without two starters but rallied.
“It shows we’re not perfect, but the fight is in us,” Smart said.
The Celtics opened the second half with a 14-4 surge and led 93-82 entering the fourth.
POOLE HELPS CURRY-LESS WARRIORS BEAT PISTONS 105-102
DETROIT (AP) Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins made the most of their opportunity to step up as scorers in Stephen Curry’s absence.
Poole scored 22 of his season-high 32 points in the first half and Wiggins had 27, helping the Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Friday night.
“I’m really proud of Jordan,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He struggled the last few games. He was locked in right at the beginning.”
Golden State started the fourth quarter with a 16-point lead and held on to win after Detroit’s Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds.
“I’ll be honest, that was the best feeling one I took all night,” Jackson said. “I thought it was going in.”
The NBA-leading Warriors sat out Curry with a bruised hip, a night after the two-time MVP and the league’s leading scorer had 20 of his 40 points in a fourth-quarter comeback victory at Cleveland. They also also without Draymond Green because of a bruised thigh after he had 14 assists in 29 minutes against the Cavaliers.
Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick, had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jackson scored a season-high 27 points, Grant had 19 and Hamidou Diallo added 10.
The Pistons have just four wins and they picked up three of them over the previous five games for their best stretch of the season.
“We’ve gotten wins, but we keep coming back with losses,” Cunningham said. “We have to find a way to string together some wins.”
Gary Payton II started in place of Curry and scored 12 points and Nemanja Bjelica had 15 for the Warriors.
When Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked before the game about the visitors that were sitting out, he said it should bother the Pistons. The rebuilding team, though, couldn’t do much about it.
Poole had 11 points in the first quarter to help the Warriors lead 26-23. The former Michigan guard scored another 11 points in the second quarter, giving Golden State a five-point lead at halftime.
“It kind of feels like a homecoming,” he said. “My parents were here and friends from school.”
Wiggins scored 10 points in the third as the Warriors outscored Detroit by 11 points in the quarter to take an 86-70 lead.
“Our start to the third quarter was very disappointing,” Casey said. “I thought we’d come out with more juice and they came out guns blazing.”
Late in the third while Golden State was pulling away, Curry in warmups and Green in casual clothes were standing up and cheering on their teammates.
Jackson led the Pistons’ comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring in double digits to give them a chance to win.
“We competed and fought to get back,” Casey said. “Those guys are heartbroken because they put themselves in a position to win and just couldn’t get that last shot to go in.”
SUNS RALLY IN 4TH, BEAT MAVS 112-104 FOR 11TH STRAIGHT WIN
PHOENIX (AP) Chris Paul has piled up plenty of points and assists during his 17 seasons in the NBA.
He hasn’t been a part of too many 11-game winning streaks, though. After the Phoenix Suns polished off the Dallas Mavericks for a 112-104 victory on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd, he knew these three weeks were something special.
“Guys don’t take this for granted,” Paul said. “The locker room is great. Sometimes you can win games and it feels like you lost in the locker room. But the locker room’s great and the spirit is right.”
Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 19 points and Paul added 18 points and 14 assists. The winning streak is the Suns’ longest since the 2006-07 season – and the latest victory followed a familiar pattern. Phoenix was just so-so for the first three quarters before playing its best basketball in the final 12 minutes.
“We were able to sustain for just a little bit longer than them,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “It allowed for us to have an outburst in that fourth quarter.”
After the Mavericks took an 84-79 lead into the fourth quarter, the Suns used a 10-2 run to push ahead 89-86 with 8:55 left. Phoenix kept rolling from there: Landry Shamet hit Jae Crowder for a fast-break 3-pointer for a 94-86 advantage and Booker hit a corner 3 for a 103-90 lead with 4:12 left.
“The whole fourth quarter was a lot of fun,” Booker said.
Phoenix struggled at times with turnovers but made up for it with 14-for-29 shooting from 3-point range. Bridges was 7 of 7 from the field, going 3 of 3 on 3s.
Dallas has lost eight straight to the Suns. Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavs with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 18 points.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd said his team simply didn’t make enough shots to win against one of the NBA’s best teams.
“If we are going to rely on shooting the 3 we’ve got to make them,” Kidd said. “We had a lot of open looks that didn’t go down. We have to get better at that. For them, they had a lot of open looks that went down.
“You can’t beat good teams when you play like that.”
The teams played each other for the second time in three nights. The Suns won 105-98 on Wednesday night. Once again, the Mavericks put up a good fight without injured star guard Luka Doncic but were overpowered by the Suns in the fourth quarter.
“Both ends we didn’t play our best basketball, starting with our offense,” Porzingis said.
Phoenix took a 55-51 halftime lead. Bridges led all scorers with 17 points and made all six shots. Paul added 10 points and four assists. Porzingis led the Mavs with 12 points before the break.
HARDEN RALLIES NETS TO 115-113 WIN OVER MAGIC AS DURANT SITS
NEW YORK (AP) The shots were not falling for James Harden on Friday, except when he was at the free throw line.
He was nearly perfect there, going 19 for 20 as he scored 36 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-113 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Harden added 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who played without Kevin Durant because of a right shoulder sprain. He was only 7 for 25 from the field, including 3 of 13 from 3-point range.
“I probably had to do a little bit more as far as being aggressive, and I had a lot of good looks as far as layups, floaters,” Harden said. “They just didn’t go in.”
Patty Mills added 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Suggs scored 21, while Franz Wagner and Chuma Okeke each had 17 for the Magic.
“We’ve got to start coming out better in the second half of games, just play hard,” Okeke said. “I feel like that’s all it really is. Just play hard, play together. We could have come out with a win, but that’s something we can learn from and just build off of.”
The Nets trailed by 19 points in the second quarter, but ended the half on a 10-0 run. Harden scored the final five from the free throw line as Brooklyn reduced its halftime deficit to 62-53.
Mills’ back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Nets a 73-70 lead with 7:15 to go in the third quarter. It was their first lead since the opening bucket of the game.
“We were able to feed off some good energy,” Mills said. “In the second half we were able to get stops, get deflections and we ran down the other end like we were going downhill. We gained momentum and it became infectious throughout the whole group.”
Orlando trailed 90-83 heading into the final quarter, but tied the game at 92 on Okeke’s 3-pointer.
Neither team led by more than three until Harden’s two free throws with nine seconds remaining gave Brooklyn a 114-100 lead. After Suggs hit a layup, Harden went back to the line and made one along with his only miss of the game.
Cole Anthony, who finished with 16 points, was fouled with 3 seconds left. After making the first, he missed the second intentionally. However, his attempt did not hit the rim and the Nets were given possession and ran out the clock.
James Johnson finished with season highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.
“Whatever it takes for us to win. That’s what I’m here for,” Johnson said. “Five minutes, 10 minutes, whatever it takes.”
VALANCIUNAS, HART, INGRAM LEAD PELICANS PAST CLIPPERS, 94-81
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 20-point first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-81 on Friday night.
Having challenged the Pelicans to “grow up” after they’d blown double-digit leads at Washington and Miami earlier this week, Josh Hart helped lead New Orleans with 19 points, 10 rebounds and two steals while also serving as the primary defender on Los Angeles star Paul George.
“It was a heck of a game in terms of maturity and growing up, and that’s what we wanted to do,” Hart said. “We know we let a couple slip away in Miami and D.C., and I’m proud of our guys.”
Brandon Ingram had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Kira Lewis Jr. added 16 points to help New Orleans win for just the third time in 17 games this season.
“These wins mean nothing if we don’t keep building off of it,” Hart said. “That’s the biggest thing for us to do now, is keep building and keep maturing and growing.”
George scored 19 points but missed five of six shots in the fourth quarter as the Pelicans pulled away.
Nicolas Batum scored 12 points for the Clippers, who’ve lost three of four.
“It was just a game where nobody could make a shot. We didn’t move the ball in the second half,” Batum said. “When we play like that, we can lose against anybody – and we did it tonight.”
The Clippers, who’d lost in Memphis on Thursday night, gave themselves a chance early on to respond with a victory. George’s 3 made it 55-43 at halftime, but the Pelicans scored the first 10 points of the third quarter on Valanciunas’ dunk, 3s by Ingram and Valanciunas, and a runner by Hart.
“We knew they were on a back-to-back, so pushing the pace was important for us,” Ingram said.
From that point, the game was closely contested until the Pelicans used a pivotal 12-2 run, highlighted by Ingram’s dunk and 3s by Valanciunas and Lewis, to take their first double-digit lead at 89-78.
New Orleans wound up outscoring Los Angeles 51-26 in the second half.
“We’re getting stagnant. We’re not playing the same way we were playing early on in the season,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We talked about this three or four games ago. … We’re just not playing the right way.”
New Orleans missed 16 of its first 22 shots, which helped the Clippers build a 20-point lead early in the second quarter when Isaiah Hartenstein’s short floater made it 36-16.
The Pelicans gradually chipped away, pulling to 45-36 on Lewis’ 3.
REPORT: GRANT, HARDEN AMONG 76ERS’ TARGETS IN POTENTIAL SIMMONS TRADE
The Philadelphia 76ers have discussed trading Ben Simmons to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a package featuring forward Jerami Grant, sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
In addition to Grant, Philadelphia is seeking a young player, another forward, and a draft pick from Detroit in return for Simmons, Pompey adds. Second-year forward Saddiq Bey and veteran big man Kelly Olynyk were reportedly mentioned as possible pieces in a potential Simmons deal, although Detroit is apparently unlikely to include either player.
Talks involving Grant – whom the 76ers drafted 39th overall in 2014 – have lasted for several months, Pompey notes. After initially not wanting to part ways with young talent, the Pistons have reportedly come around to the idea in hopes that landing Simmons would help make Detroit a more desirable free-agent destination.
Outside of discussions with the Pistons, several members of Philadelphia’s front office apparently want to keep Simmons for the rest of the season with the goal of acquiring Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden in a sign-and-trade this upcoming summer. The 76ers previously pursued Harden last season before the Houston Rockets dealt the 2018 MVP to Brooklyn.
Harden is currently eligible to sign a four-year extension with the Nets and has a $47.4-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign. He previously said he doesn’t want to rush extension talks with the team. Harden has also expressed a desire to remain in Brooklyn for the remainder of his career.
Simmons, who finished as the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year last season, still hasn’t played for the 76ers this campaign.
TUNE HAS TDS PASSING, RUSHING, NO. 17 HOUSTON BEATS MEMPHIS
HOUSTON (AP) Clayton Tune threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as No. 17 Houston extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 31-13 victory over Memphis on Friday night.
Tune tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Dell in the second quarter but was picked off twice, the first snapping a streak of 192 attempts without an interception. The QB also rushed for 59 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown as the Cougars (10-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) built a 21-3 lead at halftime.
Ta’Zhawn Henry rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown and Alton McCaskill rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown. Dell caught seven passes for 100 yards and Jeremy Singleton finished with five catches for 80 yards.
Houston gained 461 yards and was 8 of 15 on third downs.
Seth Henigan threw for 208 yards and a touchdown for Memphis (5-6, 2-5). Calvin Austin III had five catches for 103 yards. The Tigers gained 322 yards.
Asa Martin caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Henigan, and David Kemp made a 22-yard field goal to cut the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter.
Following two straight three-and-out drives by Memphis, Dalton Witherspoon connected on a 34-yard field goal with 3:24 remaining to put Houston up by 11.
Memphis: The Tigers closed within eight and had momentum, but could not finish, gaining 23 yards in the fourth quarter. Memphis finished 2 for 14 on third downs and 2 for 4 on fourth downs.
Houston: Marcus Jones had two interceptions, his fourth straight game with at least one pick. The Cougars were called for 11 penalties totaling 122 yards, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on coach Dana Holgorsen.
NO. 23 SAN DIEGO STATE HOLDS OFF UNLV, 28-20
LAS VEGAS (AP) Lucas Johnson completed 18 of 24 pass attempts for 192 yards and threw three touchdowns, and No. 23 San Diego State survived a scare to beat UNLV 28-20 on Friday night.
The Aztecs led just 21-20 before Johnson found Jesse Matthews for a 7-yard strike with 3:33 left in the game.
San Diego State linebacker Seyddrick Lakalaka intercepted UNLV quarterback Justin Rogers with less than 2 minutes left in the game to thwart the Rebels’ last-ditch effort.
San Diego State, which finished with a 5-0 road mark, improved to 10-1 overall, matching its best 11-game start since starting 10-0 in 1969. The Aztecs are one of five teams in the country currently with 10 wins, joining Cincinnati, Georgia, Houston, and UTSA.
Matthews finished with nine receptions for 75 yards and had three touchdowns, becoming the first San Diego State player to score three TDs in one game since Colin Lockett’s trio in the 2001 New Orleans Bowl.
Las Vegas product Elijah Kothe finished with five receptions for 84 yards for the Aztecs, while Greg Bell ran for 52 yards on 14 carries.
While San Diego State improved to 21-10 all-time against the Rebels (2-9), UNLV outgained the Aztecs, 394-290.
“I didn’t think we played Aztec football, especially on the defensive side,” San Diego State coach Brady Hoke. “We’ve got to do a better job. We can’t give up big plays thrown over our heads. We’ve got to coach better. We as a staff, we got to look at some things.”
UNLV lost starting quarterback Cam Friel midway through the first half and turned to Rogers, the original starter at the beginning of the season. Rogers looked nothing like the shaky quarterback who stepped in at times during the Rebels’ campaign.
Rogers finished 15 of 21 for 305 yards and two touchdown passes, while Steve Jenkins had five receptions for 176 yards.
Charles Williams, the Rebels’ career rushing leader, was held to 40 yards on 16 carries.
Instead, it was Rogers sparking the Rebels in the first half, going 6 for 7 for 126 yards and one touchdown, a 43-yard strike to a wide-open Zyell Griffin.
Griffin found his way behind San Diego State’s secondary and was alone when he caught the ball before waltzing in untouched.
The Aztecs would answer on their next drive, needing only 3:38 to travel 59 yards in 10 plays, culminating with a 4-yard TD pass from Johnson to Matthews to put San Diego State back on top, 14-10.
UNLV’s next drive started well but stalled when San Diego State stopped the Rebels on a 4th and 2 and got the ball back on its own 46-yard line with 49 seconds left in the half.
The Aztecs went right to work, fitting eight plays and 54 yards into a mere 44 seconds, as Johnson and Matthews hooked up a second time to push San Diego State’s lead to 21-10 at the half.
It marked the first time the Aztecs scored more than 23 points since Oct. 9.
“I feel like we still have a lot of work to do,” Matthews said. “We knew we had to points on the board for our defense. It was our time to step up.”
THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL
• Entering Week 12, Ohio State can clinch the East Division title outright AND earn a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Michigan State AND a loss by Michigan. The Buckeyes can clinch at least a share of the East Division title with a win over Michigan State.
• Wisconsin can clinch at least a share of the West Division title AND earn a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Nebraska AND losses by both Iowa and Minnesota. The Badgers can clinch at least a share of the West Division title with a win over Nebraska AND a loss by Iowa.
• Iowa can clinch at least a share of the West Division title with a win over Illinois AND a loss by Wisconsin.
• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The Big Ten had six teams in last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Purdue and No. 20 Iowa.
• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 18 Iowa, and No. 19 Wisconsin.
• The Big Ten is the only conference with three teams in the top 10 of last week’s CFP rankings and the conference’s three teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll are tied for the most by any conference in the FBS.
• The Big Ten is the only conference in the country that boasts three teams with one loss or fewer (Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all at 9-1)
• Four teams in the Big Ten rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Wisconsin (2nd, 14.6 ppg), Michigan (t-4th, 16.1), Iowa (t-7th, 16.3), and Penn State (t-9th, 17.1). In terms of total defense, Wisconsin ranks first in the nation (216.3 ypg), Minnesota is seventh (296.7), and Michigan is eighth (301.5).
• Additionally, the Big Ten has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 60.6 ypg, and No. 9 Minnesota at 99.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Wisconsin (2nd, 100.68), Iowa (5th, 103.79), Michigan (7th, 110.48) and Penn State (10th, 111.98). The Badgers are surrendering the second-fewest passing yards per game in the country (155.7).
• Offensively, Ohio State leads the nation with 550.4 yards per game, while also boasting the country’s highest-scoring offense (46.3 points per game). The Big Ten has two of the top passing offenses in the country: Ohio State (6th, 353.6 ypg) and Purdue (7th, 338.2).
• Iowa improved to 5-2 in conference play and 8-2 overall with a 27-22 win over Minnesota. Sophomore QB Alex Padilla made his first career start and finished the game with 206 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also running for a score. With the victory the Hawkeyes earned the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for the seventh straight year. Iowa is now 21-5 in its last 26 trophy games.
• Michigan defeated Penn State, 21-17, to improve to 9-1 on the season. Senior RB Hassan Haskins totaled more than 200 yards from scrimmage, recording 156 rushing yards on 31 carries (5.0 avg.) and catching five passes for 45 yards (9.0 avg.). The Wolverines defense compiled seven sacks, including a career-high three from Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week DE Aidan Hutchinson and two from DE David Ojabo. Hutchinson and Ojabo are tied for the most sacks in the Big Ten this season (10.0) and are the first-ever pair of Michigan teammates to record 10-plus sacks in the same season. The duo is the only pair of teammates in the FBS to each record more than 10 sacks in 2021. Both defensive ends forced a fumble in the game and Ojabo’s five forced fumbles in 2021 mark a new program single-season record and rank second among all FBS players this season.
• Michigan State improved to 9-1 on the season with a 40-21 win vs. Maryland, marking the Spartans’ best start to a season since 2015. Junior RB Kenneth Walker III registered his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the year with 143 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 30 carries. Walker III leads the country with 1,473 rushing yards and his 17 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most in the FBS this season. Sophomore QB Payton Thorne completed 22 of 31 passes for 287 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns.
• Ohio State improved to 9-1 on the season and 7-0 in the Big Ten with a 59-31 win over Purdue. The Buckeyes have now won 25 consecutive conference games and are the only team in the Big Ten with an undefeated record in conference play in 2021. Now in his fourth season has head coach of the Buckeyes, Ryan Day is 32-3 overall and 22-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (46.3 ppg) and total offense (550.4 ypg), and rank third in the country in passing efficiency (178.20).
• Rutgers defeated Indiana 38-3, marking the Scarlet Knights’ largest margin of victory ever in a Big Ten game. The Rutgers defense allowed just 262 yards of total offense and three points, both of which are program lows in Big Ten play. Head Coach Greg Schiano earned his 76th victory with the Scarlet Knights and needs just three more wins to pass Frank Burns for the most wins in program history. Rutgers rushed for five touchdowns in the game, marking the most rushing touchdowns that the Scarlet Knights have scored in a Big Ten game since 2017.
• Wisconsin topped Northwestern, 35-7, to earn its sixth straight win and its fifth consecutive Big Ten victory. The Badgers’ six-straight wins mark the program’s longest winning streak since starting the 2019 season 6-0. Wisconsin has now won five consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since posting a perfect 9-0 record in conference play in 2017. During the Badgers’ six-game winning streak, Wisconsin has allowed 7.3 points per game and 194.5 yards per game. Wisconsin’s offense has developed a balanced attack and registered more than 200 yards through the air and on the ground in the win over Northwestern. The Badgers have now recorded back-to-back games with 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing for the first time since 2017.
• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (216.3 ypg) and rushing defense (60.6 ypg). Additionally Wisconsin ranks second in the country in scoring defense (14.6 ppg), passing yards allowed (155.7 ypg) and defensive passing efficiency (100.68).
• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland needs just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (5th, 264 at Northwestern). The Big Ten has four additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Illinois’ Chase Brown’s 257 yards vs. Charlotte, Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio.
• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell (2nd, 536 passing yards vs. Michigan State), Penn State’s Jahan Dotson (4th, 242 receiving yards at Maryland), Purdue’s David Bell (5th, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (5th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Northwestern’s Chris Bergin (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Minnesota), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles vs. Purdue), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).
• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
BROWNS STAR RB CHUBB BACK FROM COVID LIST, CLEARED TO PLAY
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, giving the team one of its best players for a critical stretch of the season.
Chubb, who is third in the NFL with 721 yards rushing despite missing three games, was cleared to return Friday after spending 10 days away from the team. He tested positive on Nov. 9 along with rookie punt returner/running back Demetric Felton, who has also been activated.
Chubb and Felton sat out last week’s 45-7 loss at New England.
It’s not yet known if Chubb will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions (0-8-1). Cleveland’s offense isn’t the same without the 25-year-old, who rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati on Nov. 11.
The Browns (5-5) also have been without Kareem Hunt. He’ll miss his fifth straight game Sunday with a calf injury.
Chubb missed two games earlier this season with a calf injury.
After facing the Lions, the Browns will host AFC North-leading Baltimore, have their bye week, and then play the Ravens.
GIANTS PLACE DB RYAN IN COVID-19 PROTOCOL, IFFY FOR MONDAY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants defensive back Logan Ryan has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and his status for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is uncertain.
Coach Joe Judge said Friday that Ryan had a positive rapid COVID-19 test on Thursday. He added the team was waiting for the result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a molecular test that looks for genetic material that indicates COVID-19.
The Giants (3-6) had a number of false positive test results in the week leading up to their game with the Las Vegas Raiders on Nov. 7.
Judge does not believe Ryan’s result is a false positive, but would not say more about it.
Ryan has a team-high 72 tackles. If he were not able to play against the Bucs (6-3) and former Patriots teammate Tom Brady, Julian Love would get more playing time.
PANTHERS OFFICIALLY NAME NEWTON STARTING QB VS. WASHINGTON
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced Friday that Cam Newton will start at quarterback versus the Washington Football Team in Week 11.
“Cam will take the first play,” Rhule told reporters, via Joe Person of The Athletic.
The Panthers were expected to roll with Newton after sprinkling him into the game plan in a Week 10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Carolina signed Newton after Sam Darnold went down with a shoulder injury, reuniting the Panthers with the charismatic signal-caller they drafted first overall in 2011.
Rhule noted that P.J. Walker, who started against the Cardinals, will “probably” see the field against Washington as well.
The Panthers haven’t won at home since Week 2 when they defeated the New Orleans Saints. Newton has called on Panthers fans to provide an electric atmosphere for his first game at Bank of America Stadium since Sept. 12, 2019.
Newton spent his first nine seasons in Carolina, winning one MVP and taking the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.
EAGLES, GOEDERT STRIKE 4-YEAR EXTENSION WORTH REPORTED $57M
The Philadelphia Eagles and tight end Dallas Goedert agreed to a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 campaign, the team announced Friday.
The deal is worth $57 million and contains $35 million guaranteed, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Goedert appeared to be Philadelphia’s tight end of the future for some time, and the midseason Zach Ertz trade seemingly solidified that likelihood.
The 2018 second-round pick ranks eighth in receiving among tight ends this season with 429 yards and is on track for a top-10 finish in that category for the second time in four years. He’s also one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL.
“There are not a lot of guys like that, that are really exceptional at being able to create mismatches in the pass game and also get their job done in the run game,” head coach Nick Sirianni said.
Goedert is in concussion protocol after taking a hit in Week 10, but he’s expected to be cleared for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Goedert marks the third notable extension the Eagles have finalized since September following deals with offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and defensive end Josh Sweat.
COWBOYS PLANNING CHANGE AT LG, HOPEFUL LT SMITH CAN RETURN
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Connor McGovern is replacing Connor Williams at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, who hope left tackle Tyron Smith is ready to return from an ankle injury that has sidelined the perennial Pro Bowler for two games.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday on his radio show that McGovern was getting the nod Sunday at Kansas City over Williams, who leads the NFL with 13 total penalties and 10 accepted penalties.
McGovern replaced four-time Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin in the opener after Martin tested positive for COVID-19. McGovern has played all over formations since then, frequently in lineman-eligible roles, as the Cowboys have tried to reward the third-year player’s solid work.
Williams has started every game since the beginning of the 2020 season. He has 46 starts in 49 games since the Cowboys drafted the former Texas player in the second round in 2018.
Penalties have been an issue for Williams most of the season, including last weekend’s 43-3 win over Atlanta, when he had three penalties, two accepted, in a span of six Dallas plays.
McGovern started nine games in his first season last year, mostly because Martin missed significant time with a calf injury. McGovern didn’t play as a rookie because of an arm injury.
If Smith returns, he will be paired with right tackle La’el Collins for the first time since the opener. Collins was suspended five games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He didn’t get his starting job back from Terence Steele when he returned but apparently has now after telling reporters he would start.
NFL WEEK 11 GAME CAPSULES
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-3)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 37-32-1
STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Bills 5 at Colts 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Bills 13, Colts 7
QB CARSON WENTZ has 0 INTs in 7 of past 8 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.2 rating in 4 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (KIRK COUSINS) with 3 or fewer INTs (3) in 2021, min. 200 atts. Completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 pct.) for 172 yards & TD for 104.9 rating in only career start vs. Buf. (10/27/19 w/ Phi.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 126 scrimmage yards (116 rush., 10 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 4th player ever with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games & can join HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006) as only players to do so in 8 straight within single season. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Leads NFL with 1,240 scrimmage yards & ties for lead with 937 rush yards. RB NYHEIM HINES rushed for 75 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 5 catches for team-high 71 rec. yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 60+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in 2020-WC meeting. WR T.Y. HILTON had 2 rec. TDs in his last reg. season game vs. Buf. (10/21/18). • LB DARIUS LEONARD is 1 of 2 in NFL (DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL) with 5+ tackles in 10 games this season. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) & FR in 2 career games vs. Buf., incl. postseason. Has FR in 3 of his past 4 on road. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB KENNY MOORE tied career high with 3 PD last week & has 6 PD in his past 3.
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for season high 366 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 125.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 6 of past 7. Passed for 324 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.6 rating & rushed for 54 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 101.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. • RB ZACK MOSS rushed for 4th TD of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 2nd TD of season in Week 10. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB MATT BREIDA had season-high 50 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 22 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 TDs. Had 71 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 22 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (10/8/17 w/ SF). • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 catches for season-high 162 yards & TD last week, his 9th game with Buf. with 100+ rec. yards, tied3rd most in NFL since 2020. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 128 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. WR GABRIEL DAVIS had 105 rec. yards in Week 10, 2nd-career 100- yard game. Had 4 catches for 85 yards in 2020 WC meeting. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Had 7 tackles & PD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. CB TARON JOHNSON had 1st INT of season last week. S JORDAN POYER led team with season-high 10 tackles & had INT in Week 10. Has INT in 3 of past 4.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (3-6) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-5)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 9-7
STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Panthers 20 at Washington 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/19: Washington 29 at Panthers 21
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 26 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 81.3 pct.) for 256 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating last week, his 2nd-career start with 100+ rating. Made 1st career start w/ Car. (vs. Atl., 12/23/18). Aims for his 4th road start in row with 20+ completions. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 64 yards & 2 TDs in Week 10, his 4th-career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 6th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 61 yards in last meeting. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 4+ receptions. Had 8 catches, 92 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 15 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (117) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (956). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 6 receptions & 59 rec. yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Needs 1 catch for 3rd-consecutive 50-catch season. WR DEANDRE CARTER aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. S KAMREN CURL led team with 7 tackles & had 3rd PD of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. CB KENDALL FULLER has 7 PD in his past 6. Had PD & TFL in last meeting. DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT DARON PAYNE had sack in last meeting. LB JAMIN DAVIS is 1 of 3 rookie LBs with 40+ tackles (40).
QB CAM NEWTON had TD pass & rush TD in Car. season debut last week. Has 71 career rush TDs & 43 games with both pass TD & rush TD, both most by QB in NFL history. Has 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 109.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. Is Car. franchise leader in pass yards (29,049) & pass TDs (183). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 10 catches & 161 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 66 rec.) in Week 10. Has 11 games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time & 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Needs 9 catches to surpass ROGER CRAIG & ALVIN KAMARA (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. • WR DJ MOORE had 6 catches for 75 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Had 7 catches & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD catch. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 5 games with 1.5+ sacks in 2021. Has 5.5 sacks in 5 home games this season. DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 6th in row at home with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 6 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 8+ tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-6)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Bears 27 at Ravens 24 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 238 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 178 rush yards (89 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Is 12-0 with 26 TDs (20 pass, 6 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 98 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Leads QBs with 639 rush yards this season & is 1 of 5 players in NFL with 600+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for TD in his last game vs. Chi. (9/10/17 w/ Atl.). • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Is 2nd WR in franchise history (TORREY SMITH) with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN had seasonhigh 6 catches for team-high 80 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 63 yards & TD in Week 10. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack & FF last week. Has 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. Chi. LB PATRICK QUEEN had 5 tackles, sack & 1st FF of season in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had season-high 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 road games this season. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 4 sacks in 2021.
QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for career-high 291 yards & TD vs. INT for 89.9 rating in Week 9. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Has TD pass in 4 of his past 5 starts. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 9. Has 688 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 6 rush TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 70+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches & 68 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 7 catches for 57 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Bal. (9/25/16 w/ Jax.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with rec. TD. WR DARNELL MOONEY had 2nd rec. TD of season & 1stcareer rush TD in Week 9. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ receptions. TE COLE KMET led team with 6 catches & had career-high 87 rec. yards in Week 9. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 4 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Bal. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with 2+ TD catches. • LB KHALIL MACK has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had 14th-career sack in Week 9. Has 10+ tackles in 6 of his past 7. Needs 7 tackles for 4th-consecutive 100-tackle season. LB ROBERT QUINN had 89th-career sack in Week 9. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 4 home games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL.
DETROIT LIONS (0-8-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-5)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-4
STREAKS: Lions have won past 4
LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Browns 24 at Lions 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Lions 31, Browns 17
QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 79.7 rating in his only career start at Cle. (9/22/19 w/ LAR). Has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT rushed for career-high 130 yards in Week 10. Leads all RBs with 50 receptions, 1st Det. RB with 50+ catches in single season since THEO RIDDICK (2018). Ranks 2nd among RBs with career-high 420 rec. yards. Has 510 scrimmage yards (102 per game) in 5 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 7 catches, 118 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 49 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Cle (12/10/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Needs 2 receptions for his 2nd-consecutive 50-catch season. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (48) & ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in rec. yards (448). Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 4 catches for team-high 61 rec. yards in Week 10. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 4+ receptions in 3 of his past 4. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career FR in Week 10. LB TREY FLOWERS had 1st FR of season last week. LB ALEX ANZALONE led team with 9 tackles in Week 10 & has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 1st-career INT last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts at home. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 98.8 rating in his past 7 starts vs. NFC. Is 1 of 4 AFC QBs with 4 or fewer (4) INTs this season, min. 200 attempts. QB CASE KEENUM completed 8 of 12 passes (66.7 pct.) for 81 yards last week. Passed for 282 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating in his last start vs. Det. (11/23/17 w/ Min.). • RB NICK CHUBB has 100+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 & rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC North. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & DERRICK HENRY) with 6+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with 157 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 58 rec.) with 7 catches last week. Is only player in NFL with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 games since Week 7. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 7 catches for 53 yards in only career game vs. Det. (11/9/14 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD in Week 10 & has sack in 6 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 6 sacks in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Leads NFL with 13 sacks, his 2nd-career season with 13+ sacks (13.5 in 2018). DT MALIK MCDOWELL had sack last week. LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had TFL in his last game vs. Det. (11/1/18 w/ Ind.).
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-5) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 3-2
STREAKS: 49ers have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Jaguars 33 at 49ers 44
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/18/05: Jaguars 10, 49ers 9
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 15 of 19 atts. (season-high 78.9 pct.) for 182 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.7 rating in Week 10, his 3rd-career start with 140+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 4th in row overall with 100+ rating. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.4 rating in last meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for 91 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (DALVIN COOK) with 4 games with 90+ rush yards in 2021. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 560 rush yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 7 career games. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 catches, 133 scrimmage yards (97 rec., 36 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in Week 10, his 1st-career game with both rec. & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 979 rec. yards, 2nd-most by 49ers WR (HOFer JERRY RICE – 1,006 in 1990) in team’s 1st 9 games of season in team history. Is 1 of 3 NFC WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 8+ games (8) with 5+ catches in 2021. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE GEORGE KITTLE had 2nd rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 8th sack of season last week. Has 6 sacks & 9 TFL in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 13 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 7+ tackles in 9 games this season. DB JIMMIE WARD had 2 INTs, incl. 2ndcareer INT-TD, last week.
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) aims for 3rd start in row with 0 INTs. Has 270+ pass yards & 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 home starts. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (192), pass yards (1,983) & TD passes (8) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 84 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. RB CARLOS HYDE has 70+ scrimmge yards in 2 of past 3. Totaled 3,363 scrimmage yards & 24 TDs (21 rush, 3 rec.) in 4 seasons (2014-17) with SF. RB JAMAL AGNEW rushed for career-high 79 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 10. • WR MARVIN JONES had 4 catches for 54 yards & TD in his last game vs. SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE DAN ARNOLD led team with 5 catches for 67 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 6 TFL in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 7+ tackles & PD. DT MALCOM BROWN had 5 tackles & season-high 2 TFL in Week 10. Had TFL in his last game vs. SF (11/15/20 w/ NO). DT DAVON HAMILTON had 1st sack of season last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS led team with 6 tackles in Week 10. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of past 4. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 6+ tackles.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-5)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 62-54-3
STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/1/20: Vikings 28, at Packers 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Packers 43, Vikings 34
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 292 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 364 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.5 rating in last road meeting. Has 53 TDs (50 pass, 3 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.5 rating in 24 career starts vs. Min. Is 13-1 in his past 14 starts vs. NFC North. Since 2020, has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 131.7 rating in his past 8 vs. division. • RB AJ DILLON had season-high 128 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 62 rec.) & 2 rush TDs, his 2nd career game with 125+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs (12/27/20 vs. Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches & 78 rec. yards last week. Has 525 rec. yards (105 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 5 road games this season. Has 37 catches (9.3 per game) & 395 rec. yards (98.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 13+ receptions. Had 3 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 2+ rec. TDs. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is 1 of 2 (DARIUS LEONARD) with 10 games with 5+ tackles in 2021. Needs 3 tackles for 5thconsecutive 90-tackle season. LB PRESTON SMITH had 3rd sack of season last week. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & has career-high 5.5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S ADRIAN AMOS tied his career-high with 3 PD & had his 9th-career INT in Week 10. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. CB KEVIN KING had 1st INT of season last week, his 7th-career INT.
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 294 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating in Week 10. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (DAK PRESCOTT & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6+ games (6) with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2021. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 94.8 rating in 4 home starts this season. Has 1,913 pass yards (273.3 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 107.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. GB. • RB DALVIN COOK had 118 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 226 scrimmage yards (163 rush, 63 rec.) & career high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. GB with TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 143 yards in his 25th career game last week. Has 2,175 rec. yards & 10 games with 100+ rec. yards, both 2nd-most by player in 1st 25 games in SB era. Has 6+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had 110 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Ranks 4th in NFL with 36 rec. TDs since 2018. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 8 tackles & had sack & INT in Week 10. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. Needs 8 tackles for 6th-consecutive 100-tackle season. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 11+ tackles. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. GB. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with sack. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 1st-career sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-7) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-7)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 55-54-1
STREAKS: Dolphins have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Dolphins 20 at Jets 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 8 of 13 passes (61.5 pct.) for 158 yards & 104 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 70+ comp. pct., 285+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of 5 starts this season. • RB MYLES GASKIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 126 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 35 rec.) in his last game vs. NYJ (10/18/20). • WR JAYLEN WADDLE (rookie) had 4 catches for 61 yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches. Leads rookies with 60 catches, 3rd-most by Mia. rookie since 1970. WR ALBERT WILSON led team with season high 87 rec. yards in Week 10. WR ISAIAH FORD had season high 84 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for career-high 92 yards in only career game at NYJ (12/8/19). TE MIKE GESICKI had TD catch in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 TEs (MARK ANDREWS & TRAVIS KELCE) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 5 tackles, FF & FR-TD last week. Is only player in NFL with FF & FR in 2 games this season. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with INT & 4th in row vs. NYJ with 2+ PD. Has PD in 7 of his past 8 on road. CB BYRON JONES led team with season-high 9 tackles in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN aims for 3rd in row with INT. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had career-high 2 PD & 2nd-career sack last week.
QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE passed for 251 yards last week. Has 105+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 82 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 39 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. Ties for lead among rookies with 4 rush TDs & ranks 3rd with 673 scrimmage yards (367 rush, 306 rec.). Is 1 of 2 rookies (NAJEE HARRIS) with 300+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. RB TEVIN COLEMAN rushed for TD in only career game vs. Mia. (10/15/17 w/ Atl.). • WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 6th in row with 4+ catches & 40+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 62 yards in only career game vs. Mia. (9/9/18 w/ Ten.). WR JAMISON CROWDER has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Has 7+ catches in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 63- yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Mia. (10/26/17 w/ Bal.). Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. S JARROD WILSON had 1st-career sack last week. S SHARROD NEASMAN had 1st-career INT in Week 10. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-12
STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Saints 21 at Eagles 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20
QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 298 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.8 rating in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. QB TAYSOM HILL passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102 rating & had 33 rush yards in last meeting. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 202 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 90+ scrimmage yards & TD. Needs 1 reception to surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most catches by RB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB MARK INGRAM had 108 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 47 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week & became NO all-time leader in rush yards (6,124). Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Phi. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Set career-highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (157) vs. Phi. (11/18/18). WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 5th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. WR DEONTE HARRIS led team with career-high 84 rec. yards in Week 10. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 9 TFL & 4 PD in 5 road games this season. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. Has 65 PD since 2017, tied-2nd most in NFL. S MALCOLM JENKINS has 6+ tackles in 4 of 5 road games this season. Had 58 PD, 11 INT & 11 FFs in 96 games with Phi. (2014-19).
QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. INT for 103.2 rating & 53 rush yards in Week 10. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rush yards & has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 14 career starts. Has 7 TDs (4 pass, 3 rush) vs. INT in 4 home starts this season. Rushed for career-high 106 yards in last meeting, his 1st-career start. • RB MILES SANDERS had 115 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for season-high 83 yards last week. Has 3 rush TDs in 3 games this season. Has 121 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 19 rec.) in his only career game vs. NO (10/29/17 w/ Chi.). RB BOSTON SCOTT had season-high 105 scrimmage yards (career-high 81 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 10, his 3rd-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) had 66 rec. yards & 1st-career 2-TD game last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Is 1 of 2 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE) with 6 games with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALLAS GOEDERT needs 71 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive season with 500+ rec. yards. • CB DARIUS SLAY had 83-yard FR-TD last week & is 1 of 4 (KEVIN BYARD, TREVON DIGGS & MIKE EDWARDS) with 2 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013. DT FLETCHER COX has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 2 career home games vs. NO & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NO with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FR in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT had 2nd sack of season last week. LB DAVION TAYLOR had 1st 2 career FFs last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles.
HOUSTON TEXANS (1-8) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (8-2)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 21-17
STREAKS: Titans have won past 3
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Titans 41 at Texans 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: Titans 42, Texans 36 (OT)
QB TYROD TAYLOR completed 24 of 43 passes (55.8 pct.) for 240 yards in Week 9. Has 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 2 of 3 starts this season. Completed 10 of 17 (58.8 pct.) for 109 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.4 rating & rushed for 76 yards & TD in only career start vs. Ten. (10/11/15 w/Buf.). Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 5 career starts vs. AFC South. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 120 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC South with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 6 catches for 56 yards in Week 9. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 166 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 65+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ catches. Is 1 of 2 WRs (ROBERT WOODS) with 550+ rec. yards in each of past 8 seasons. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had season-high 49 rec. yards in Week 9. • DL JONATHAN GREENARD aims for his 6th in row with TFL & 4th in row with PD. Has sack in 4 of past 5. Had career-high 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DL MALIEK COLLINS had 0.5 sacks, FR & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 13 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Ten. DB ERIC MURRAY had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 105.9 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & rush TD. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 16 TDs (13 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 124.5 rating in his past 5 starts vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 105+ rating & 4th in row at home with rush TD. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had season-high 78 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 30 rush) last week. Drafted by Hou. in 3rd round of 2017 NFL Draft & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 seasons with team. RB ADRIAN PETERSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 2+ rush TDs. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 62 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 11 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5. Had 10 catches for 151 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 27 catches for 447 yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR MARCUS JOHNSON set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (100) last week, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. TE GEOFF SWAIM has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • S KEVIN BYARDhad 6 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with INT. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 PD. LB HAROLD LANDRY had sack last week & has sack in 6 of past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 10 sacks. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last home meeting.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-4)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 19-11
STREAKS: Bengals have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Bengals 10 at Raiders 17 (Oakland)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/19 (Oakland)
QB JOE BURROW completed 28 of 40 passes (70 pct.) for 282 yards in Week 9. Has 3 TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 games in 2021, most in NFL. Has 5 career road games with 3+ TD passes, tied 3rd-most since 2020. • RB JOE MIXON had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & had season-high 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 233 scrimmage yards (116.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Raiders. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 6 catches for 49 yards in Week 9, his 5th game with 5+ catches this season. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 4 of 5 road games this season. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (835) & rec. TDs (7). WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for team-high 78 yards in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. WR TYLER BOYD has 4+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. TE C.J. UZOMAH has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. Ranks tied-2nd among TEs with 5 rec. TDs. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. LV (9/21/20 w/ NO). Has 22 sacks since 2020, tied 3rdmost in NFL. LB LOGAN WILSON had 1st-career FF in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 AFC LBs with 6+ tackles in 9 games this season.
QB DEREK CARR completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 pct.) for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.8 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 65+ comp. pct. & 250+ pass yards. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Completed 25 of 29 passes (86.2 pct.) for 292 yards & 105.7 rating in last meeting. Has 3 TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • RB JOSH JACOBS tied career high with 5 catches last week. Rushed for 112 yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. RB KENYAN DRAKE has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 115 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 46 rush) & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (10/7/18 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 4+ catches in each of his 8 games this season, 2ndmost among TEs. Had 5 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. WR HUNTER RENFROW aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 66 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 88 rec. yards & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has 2 sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & INTTD in his last game vs. Cin. (10/20/19 w/ Jax.). DE MAXX CROSBY had career-high 4 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 11 tackles last week & leads NFL with 102 tackles this season.
DALLAS COWBOYS (7-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-4)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Chiefs 17 at Cowboys 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16
QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 24 of 31 atts. (77.4 pct.) for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.9 rating & had rush TD in Week 10. Became 3rd QB (DAUNTE CULPEPPER & CAM NEWTON) with 125+ TD passes (126) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 season alltime. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in last meeting. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Is only player with 8+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Rushed for 93 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,172) & rush yards (7,047) & is 1 of 4 RBs with 50+ rush TDs (53). • WR AMARI COOPER had 51 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. Has 29 receptions for 340 yards (85 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. Is only player with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 94 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-TD game. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & 6th in row on road with 5+ catches. • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 8 INTs & became 3rd player since 1990 with 8 INTs in team’s 1st 9 games of season. Diggs (13 PD) & CB ANTHONY BROWN (11) are only pair of teammates with 10+ PD in 2021. LB MICAH PARSONS had sack & 1st-career FF last week & leads all rookies in sacks (6) & TFL (11). Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his 4 career road games.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 35 of 50 atts. (70 pct.) for season-high 406 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTS for 127.6 rating last week, his 5th-career game with 5+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 275+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,940 pass yards & 25 TD passes. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had career-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 101 rec., 43 rush) with career-high 9 catches & rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for season-high 119 yards in Week 10. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 73 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Leads TEs with 62 catches & 747 rec. yards in 2021 & can become 3rd TE ever with 750+ rec. yards in 8 straight seasons. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 83 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2016. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR BYRON PRINGLE had TD catch in Week 10. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had PD & 1st FR of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Had 8 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Dal. (10/7/18 w/ Hou.). S DANIEL SORENSEN had 1st INT of season in Week 10. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. DT CHRIS JONES had 1st 2 PD of season last week. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Has TFL in 3 of past 4 at home. DT DERRICK NNADI had sack last week.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-2) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-6)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 22-21-1
STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/19/20: Cardinals 21 at Seahawks 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/20
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 269 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row vs. Sea. with 95+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118 rating in 4 road starts this season. Has 120+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. • RB JAMES CONNER had NFL-leading 11th rush TD of season last week & aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Is only RB with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Has 2+ TDs in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Sea. (9/15/19 w/ Pit.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with rush TD in 2021. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 23 receptions for 378 yards (126 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ receptions. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 road games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 7 receptions & 58 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 road games this season. TE ZACH ERTZ had 12 receptions for 91 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/24/19 w/ Phi.). • LB CHANDLER JONES has 13.5 sacks in 9 career games vs. Sea. Had 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his last game at Sea. (12/22/19) & aims for his 6th in row at Sea. with sack. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 6 sacks in his past 4 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. S BUDDA BAKER aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TFL & 6th in row vs. Sea. with 5+ tackles. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Sea. with 6+ tackles.
QB RUSSELL WILSON has 29 TDs (28 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 116 rating in his past 10 home starts. Completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.8 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs vs. INT for 103.5 rating in his past 5 at home vs. Az. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. NFC West with 90+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 375 scrimmage yards (93.8 per game) & rush TD in 4 career games vs. Az. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5 at home. Has 726 scrimmage yards (103.7 per game) in 7 career home games vs. NFC West. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 7th in row with 40+ scrimmage yards. • WR DK METCALF has 5 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with rec. TD. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 25 rec. TDs since 2019, 5th-most in NFL. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 9 catches for 67 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with rec. TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER ranks 2nd in NFL with 101 tackles, his 10thconsecutive 100-tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. with 9+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 11 tackles & 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles last week & has 7+ tackles in 8 of his 9 games this season. S QUANDRE DIGGS has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with PD. Is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3-1) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-4)
SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 23-8
STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Steelers 24 at Chargers 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER aims for his 4th in row vs. Chargers with 280+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. AFC West. QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 30 of 50 att. (60 pct.) for 242 yards & rushed for 36 yards in 1st start of season last week. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) last week, his 5th game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, most among rookies. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 9th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 223 scrimmage yards (111.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. AFC West this season. Leads rookies with 963 scrimmage yards (646 rush, 317 rec.). • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 7 catches for 83 yards last week. Aims for 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 5th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. WR RAY-RAY MCCLOUD set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (63) in Week 10. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Leads rookie TEs with 4 rec. TDs. • LB T.J. WATT has sack in 7 of his 8 games this season & ranks 2nd in NFL with 12.5 sacks. Has 62 career sacks, 2nd-most by player in 1st 70 games since 1982. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with PD. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had season-high 2 sacks last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT is making 25th career start & can become 4th QB ever with 7,000+ passing yards in 1st 25 starts (6,881 entering SNF). Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. Has passed for 800 yards (266.7 per game) & has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in 3 career starts in primetime. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 20th-career TD catch last week & joined CHUCK FOREMAN as only RBs ever with 20+ rec. TDs in 1st 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 RBs (JONATHAN TAYLOR – 10 games) with 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 games in 2021. Has 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) in his past 3 in primetime. Rookie RB LARRY ROUNTREE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 98 yards in Week 10. Aims for 8th in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 72 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 50+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 7 catches for 116 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (12/9/18 w/ Oakland). • DE JOEY BOSA had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 in primetime & 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Leads DL with 3 FFs this season. Rookie LB AMEN OGBONGBEMIGA had 1st-career sack in Week 10. S DERWIN JAMES had PD & tied for team lead with 12 tackles last week. Leads DBs with 79 tackles this season.
NEW YORK GIANTS (3-6) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-3)
MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 15-8
STREAKS: Giants have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/2/20: Buccaneers 25 at Giants 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Giants 32, Buccaneers 31
QB DANIEL JONES completed 15 of 20 atts. (season-high 75 pct.) & had TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 rating in Week 9. Is 1 of 6 NFC QBs with 7+ games (7) with 90+ rating in 2021. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 95+ rating. Passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating & had 2 rush TDs in last road meeting, his 1st-career start & win. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 1,952 scrimmage yards (102.7 per game) in 19 career road games. Has 189 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. TB. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 122 scrimmage yards (career-high 99 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 15th-career TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 6 catches for 113 yards & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at TB with 6+ receptions & 5th in row overall vs. TB with 60+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 9 & is 1 of 2 (J.C. JACKSON) with 2 games with 2 INTs in 2021. DB LOGAN RYAN aims for his 6th in row on road with 7+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack.
QB TOM BRADY has 1,277 pass yards (319.3 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 120.6 rating in 4 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating & 6th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. Needs 3 TD passes to tie HOFers BRETT FAVRE & PEYTON MANNING for 2nd-most seasons with 30+ TD passes (9) in NFL history. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 92 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 45 rec.) & season-high 8 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 40-yard rec. TD last week, his 70thcareer rec. TD. Needs 128 rec. yards to become 6th WR with 9,000+ rec. yards & 70+ rec. TDs in 1st 8 seasons all-time. Has 32 receptions for 582 yards (116.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 5 career games vs. NYG. Had 190 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with rec. TD. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 catches & 57 rec. yards last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 14 tackles & FF last week. Is 1 of 4 (CHANDLER JONES, ROBERT QUINN & J.J. WATT) with 25+ FFs (25) since 2012. LB DEVIN WHITE became 1st player since PATRICK WILLIS (12/23/07) with 18+ tackles (career-high 18) & 2+ sacks (2) in single game. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 58.5 sacks, 90 TFL & 47 PD in 111 games with NYG (2010-17).
TOP INDIANA HEADLINES/RELEASES
INDIANA ELEVEN: INDY ELEVEN MIDFIELDER AYOZE STAYING IN CIRCLE CITY IN 2022
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven continued its run of re-signings for the club’s 2022 roster with today’s announcement that veteran midfielder Ayoze Garcia Perez will return for a fifth season with the squad. Per club policy, terms of the deal that brings the midfield maestro back to Indiana’s Team next season will not be disclosed.
“I am very excited to come back for my fifth season with Indy Eleven and to continue to be a part of this team and this organization,” said Ayoze. “I look forward to working with Coach Lowry and giving my all to ensure the team gives our fans a special season they can celebrate.”
The 35-year-old Ayoze showed no signs of slowing down in 2021, when he assumed the responsibility of the captain’s armband and finished the campaign with a team-high five assists. That performance marked the fourth time in as many seasons with the club in which he either shared or led the team outright in assists and boosted his club record in the category to 21. His eight goals also rank in the Eleven’s all-time top ten, placing ninth alongside his vice-captain during the 2021 season, fellow confirmed returnee Karl Ouimette.
“I am looking forward to working with Ayoze and using his experience and qualities to help push Indy Eleven back to the top end of the table,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “I firmly believe he will help me and the staff set high standards with the professionalism he will bring to work every day.”
Ayoze’s 28 appearances last season (including 20 starts) were tied for the fifth most on the squad and landed the native of Puerto de la Cruz, Spain on 101 “caps” in official competitions (regular season, postseason, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup) with Indiana’s Team. Ayoze became the fourth member of the Eleven’s “Century Club” during Indy’s home finale on Oct. 23, and he ended his fourth season in the Circle City tied for third place in all-time appearances alongside Don Smart and behind only Ouimette (105) and Brad Ring (115).
Prior to joining Indy Eleven ahead of its first USL Championship season in 2018, Ayoze was a regular foe of Indiana’s Team during its NASL era as a member of the New York Cosmos, where he scored eight goals in over 120 appearances from 2013-17. Ayoze began his professional career in his native Spain, spending a 10-year run from 2003-12 across the country’s first and second divisions with Tenerife, Las Palmas, and Sporting Gijon.
Ayoze is the sixth player confirmed for the squad’s 2022 roster, joining the quintet of Ouimette, Manuel Arteaga, Neveal Hackshaw, Nicky Law, and Jared Timmer that was announced on Wednesday. As Lowry continues to settle into his role with club, Indy Eleven expects to make additional announcements surrounding its 2022 roster and coaching staff in the coming days and weeks.
As Lowry continues to settle into his role with club, Indy Eleven expects to make additional announcements surrounding its 2022 roster and coaching staff in the coming days and weeks.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: GAME NOTES: MINNESOTA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One final time at Memorial Stadium for the Indiana football program in 2021. It will be Senior Day for the Hoosiers as they host Minnesota in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network on Saturday (November 20).
MINNESOTA (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten)
Saturday, Nov. 20 | 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-8, 0-7 B1G East) welcomes Minnesota (6-4, 4-3 B1G West) for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN.
• The Golden Gophers hold a 39-26-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 38-31 victory in Minneapolis the last time the two teams met on Oct. 26, 2018.
• Saturday marks the first meeting between the two teams in Bloomington since Nov. 2, 2013.
• Former Hoosier running back Kenni Burns (2003-06) is Minnesota’s assistant head coach/running backs.
• Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 44-8.
• Linebacker Micah McFadden is second the Big Ten and shares seven nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14 of the last 15 games.
• Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-30 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)
• P.J. Fleck is 32-23 (.582) in his fifth season at Minnesota. Fleck served as Western Michigan head coach (2013-16) and carries an overall record of 62-45 (.579).
News & Notes
• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
• IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
• Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
INDIANA WBB: THREE-GAME ROAD SWING BEGINS FOR NO. 4/7 IU AT QUINNIPIAC ON SATURDAY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 4/7 Indiana begins a three-game road stretch on Saturday when it travels to Quinnipiac. Tipoff on ESPN3 begins at 4 p.m. ET.
#4/7 INDIANA (3-0) at QUINNIPIAC (2-1)
Saturday, November 20, 2021 • 4 p.m. ET
People’s United Center • Hamden, Conn.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac topped the 2021-22 MAAC preseason poll and are led by senior guard Mackenzie Dewees, the reigning MAAC Player of the Year. They’re off to a 2-1 start after wins over CCSU and Army and will open its home slate on Saturday against the Hoosiers. Dewees is averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Bobcats.
Indiana is 3-0 for the fourth time in five seasons as it defeated Norfolk State in action at home on Tuesday night. Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe recorded the program’s first double-double this season with a career-high 22 points and tied a career-high 12 rebounds.
Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor as she went 64.0 percent from the field and averaged 20.0 points per game. She also shot 66.7 percent from the arc (2-for-3) and went a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. She was named the last Big Ten Player of the Week in the 2020-21 season on March 7, 2021.
Indiana moved up four spots to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, making history once again. It marks the first time in school history that the program has been ranked inside the top 5 in either national poll.
Two Hoosiers have put up double figure assist games just three games into the 2021-22 season and currently are among the country’s best in that category. Patberg currently ranks 16th in the country in total assists (21), 19th in assists per game (7.0) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (7.0). She dished out 10 assists in the win at Butler and multiple assists in every game so far. Berger is 28th in the nation in assists per game (6.0) and 31st with 18 total assists.
Indiana travels to the Bahamas to take part in the 2021 Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Classic against Stanford and Miami (FL).
INDIANA VB HOOSIERS FALL TO ILLINOIS, 3-0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball opened its final home weekend with a match against Illinois on Friday night. The Illini proved too much to handle as the Hoosiers dropped the match, 3-0 (22-25, 19-25, 11-25).
• Camryn Haworth opened the first set with an opening serve ace. The Hoosiers then went on to take a 10-7 lead off a kill from Savannah Kjolhede.
• Despite letting Illinois take the lead, a kill by Mady Saris tied it at 19-19. Saris tallied another slam, but Indiana fell in the opening set, 25-22.
• Kaley Rammelsberg and Kjolhede sent rockets to the floor to capture the Hoosiers’ first two points of the second set.
• Down by as much as three, Kjolhede found the gap to tie the frame at 12-12. Rammelsberg and Breana Edwards saw back-to-back kills, but the Illinois attack was too much and the Hoosiers lost the second set, 25-19.
• Letting Illinois out to an 8-3 advantage, a timeout followed by a kill from Kjolhede got Indiana on the board.
• It was all Illinois to finish out the third set as they went on a 5-0 run that led to the Hoosiers dropping the third set, 25-11.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers in kills with seven.
• Kaley Rammelsberg, Mady Saris, and Kari Zumach all recorded blocks on Friday night.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame had a team-high 14 digs.
The Hoosiers remain home as they take on Iowa on Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. inside Wilkinson Hall. Sunday’s match against the Hawkeyes will serve as senior day for Indiana.
PURDUE VB: OTEC’S 33 DIGS HIGHLIGHT 3-1 VICTORY VS. MICHIGAN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Led by a career-high 33 digs by Jena Otec, the No. 6 Purdue volleyball squad (21-5, 13-5 B1G) earned the 3-1 win over Michigan (15-11, 8-9 B1G) with a score of 25-17, 25-18, 16-25, 25-15).
Not only was Otec’s 33 digs a career-best, but the most by a Boilermaker in 12 years (last: Blair Bashen, 39 digs in 2009). Moreover, she joins elite company as one of just five Boilermakers to ever post as many digs in a single match.
The Boilermakers out-performed the Wolverines in virtually every category, including out-hitting Michigan .218-.142 in efficiency, marking the 10th time Purdue has held opponents below a .145 attack this season. Overall, three Boilermakers hit above .330, guided by Jael Johnson, who hit .500 (7-1-12) while posting six total stuffs, including a pair of solo stuffs. Meanwhile, as a team, Purdue out-blocked Michigan 15-5.
The blocking effort was led by freshman Raven Colvin, who ended the night with seven block assists, four of which came in consecutive fashion at the end of the fourth set to help seal Purdue’s victory.
Setter Hayley Bush had a stellar performance, tallying her 12th double-double of the season with her 37 assists, 11 digs, block assist and ace.
Caitlyn Newton led the offensive effort with 17 kills to go alongside six digs and a trio of block assists. Meanwhile, Grace Cleveland posted 12 kills, three errors on 33 swings for a .273 hitting %. Cleveland set the tone for the Boilermakers early, going errorless in the first set with 5 kills on nine swings (.556 %) and two assisted stuffs.
Purdue has three matches remaining in the regular season. Up next, Purdue will travel to Northwestern for its final Big Ten road contest, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
PURDUE WSOCCER: HISTORIC SEASON ENDS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 24-ranked Purdue soccer team saw its record-breaking 2021 season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-1 tie to Notre Dame on Friday afternoon in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ND advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3.
The Boilermakers finish the season 15-4-3, their second-best record and second-most wins in program history behind only 2007. Purdue made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The squad went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.
“Getting so close to the third round definitely stings right now, but soon we will be able to reflect on this season as a whole, and it was very special,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “The level of play this team attained, and the consistency of their play throughout the season, was remarkable. The leadership and the chemistry of this group was as good as I have been around, and our ten seniors deserve a great deal of the credit. From where they started their careers to where they finished is a real testament to their commitment and their character. They have left a very meaningful legacy and they have laid the groundwork for future success. The bar has been raised.”
Purdue is now 4-4-4 all-time in NCAA postseason play, and joins the 2002, 2003 and 2007 teams as the only ones to advance past the first round.
Friday’s tie marks the final game for nine Boilermaker seniors: Marisa Bova, Sydney Duarte, Skylar Giacobetti, Sarah Griffith, Teagan Jones, Maya Lambert, Aly Mielke, Ally Mussallem and Grace Walsh.
Among the numerous record-book performances during the 2021 campaign are Griffith’s 16 goals and Bova’s 113 saves, both the most in a single season in team history.
Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews scored Purdue’s goal on Friday, assisted by Griffith in the seventh minute. Notre Dame answered with the tying goal in the 28th minute, and neither team would score the remainder of the match. In penalty kicks, the Fighting Irish (14-5-2) advanced, 4-3.
In 110 minutes, Notre Dame had 31 shots to Purdue’s 15, though both teams had several good chances to break the tie. ND had an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal, and the Fighting Irish had a 12-4 edge in corners.
Griffith and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway each had four shots and one shot on goal. Mussallem and Mathews both had two shots, one on target.
“Our team played a fantastic game tonight, and I couldn’t be more proud of how we played and competed,” Roff added. “We defended with discipline and toughness, and we had several great sequences on the ball that resulted in scoring chances. Our players left it all out on the field, and as their coach, I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Purdue took a 1-0 lead at 6:20 on Mathews’ sixth goal of the season. Dunaway centered a ball to Duarte approximately 30 yards out, and Duarte one-touched it to her left, into the near corner of the 18-yard box to find Griffith. She dribbled forward and to her right and fired a right-footed shot from eight yards out. Notre Dame’s keeper made a diving stop on the ball coming across towards the far post, but she deflected it right to Mathews, who buried the rebound.
Griffith’s assist was her third in 2021 and her 35th point, second-most in school history.
Purdue’s 1-0 lead held until the 28th minute, when the Olivia Wingate scored at 27:52. On a free kick from outside the box, the ball hit the left post and was tapped in.
Bova made six saves in the opening 45 minutes to preserve the 1-1 contest.
In the second half, both teams had two shots on goal. Bova made a big save early, and then the defense forced two shots to hit the post. Dunaway followed with a shot wide on the ensuing counter attack to cap the opening 12 minutes.
As Purdue earned two corners in succession, Mussallem had a shot that hit off the crossbar in the 65th minute. The Boilermakers continued to have chances as the half continued, but could not get a great opportunity on goal. In the final minutes, freshman forward Sydney Boudreau’s header was just wide on a nice cross in by Mathews.
Both teams had two shots in the first overtime, as each had one blocked and Bova made another save.
In the second overtime, ND had two shots and Purdue one, while Bova made one save.
As the game officially was recorded as a tie, a penalty kick shutout followed. Griffith and Notre Dame’s scorer each converted in the opening round, and Mathews scored and Bova made a save in round two. In the third round, Walsh and Notre Dame’s scorer both found the back of the net.
In the fourth round, Purdue’s shot was saved and Notre Dame scored to make it 3-3. The fifth and final round saw Purdue’s shot stopped and an ND score for a 4-3 final.
PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES: NORTHWESTERN
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (6-4, 4-3) will head to “The Friendly Confines” on Saturday, Nov. 20, for a Big Ten Conference matchup against Northwestern (3-7, 1-6), with kickoff set for Noon ET/11 a.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers won their last away trip to face the Wildcats, claiming a 24-22 victory in Evanston (Nov. 9, 2019).
Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers are looking for a possible fifth league win for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.
The Boilermakers are also hunting for a possible fourth away game victory. To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.
With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue is bowl eligible for first time since 2018 and the third time of the Brohm era.
NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH
• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.
• The following numbers are the most important to remember:
1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.4.
2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.
3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.
3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
4: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in four-straight games.
5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.
10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for first in Big Ten for INTs (4).
12: Past 5 games: 12 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.
40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.
624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.
1,106: Bell is at 1,106 rec. yards in 2021, 6th in Purdue history.
GRIDIRON GAMES AT THE BALL PARK
• Purdue Football will makes its first appearance in school history at Wrigley Field, a venue that has existed for more than 100 years (1914), mainly as the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.
• This will be the 10th Boilermaker Football game in school history played within a baseball stadium, and first since the 1947 season.
PURDUE FOOTBALL IN BASEBALL STADIUMS
Oct. 29, 1932, vs. New York U. (Yankee Stadium), W 34-9
Nov. 7, 1936, vs. #3 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 0-15
Nov. 6, 1937, vs. #5 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 3-21
Oct. 15, 1938, vs. Fordham (Polo Grounds), T 6-6
Nov. 9, 1940, vs. #17 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 7-13
Nov. 1, 1941, vs. #3 Fordham (Polo Grounds), L 0-17
Oct. 16, 1943, vs. Ohio State (Cleveland Municipal), W 30-7
Nov. 18, 1944, vs. #3 Navy (Baltimore Municipal), L 0-32
Oct. 18, 1947, vs. Boston U. (Fenway Park), W 62-7
• Additionally, Purdue met Northwestern at Soldier Field in Chicago during the 1931 season, winning that game 7-0 (Nov. 28, 1931).
• Wrigley Field was the home of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears up through 1970, who moved to Solider Field for the 1971 NFL season. Wrigley hosted Northwestern Football during the 2010 season for a game against Illinois, which the Wildcats lost to the Fighting Illini, 48-27 (Nov. 20, 2010).
AIR IT OUT, AIDAN
• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller, Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.8 percent of his throws in league play (214-294) and 72.4 percent overall (234-323), both numbers standing atop the conference. His overall mark ranks fifth nationally.
• Over his last five games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.753, 168-223). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current five-game span.
• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Northwestern at 51-33-1, dating back to 1895. The Boilermaker-Wildcat series is Purdue’s sixth-oldest regular matchup. Earlier first meetings include: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891), Wisconsin (1892) and Minnesota (1894).
• Between 1951 and 2003, Purdue built up a remarkable 33-7 record against the Wildcats. In recent years, Northwestern has struck back, as the Boilermakers are just 2-8 against NU in the last 10 matchups.
BILETNIKOFF SEMIFINALIST FOR DAVID
• Junior WR David Bell was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Monday, Nov. 15, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.
• Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season the Bell is having (75 receptions, 1,106 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #14 IRISH KNOCK OFF #1 MICHIGAN 3-2 IN OVERTIME
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 14 Notre Dame erased a 2-0, third period deficit to knock off top-ranked Michigan in overtime, 3-2, on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena (5,800).
Ryder Rolston scored a pair of goals, including the overtime game winner, while Hunter Strand’s goal got the Irish on board to kickstart the comeback.
Grant Silianoff had a pair of assists and Ryan Bischel earned the win with a 28-save performance.
“Our guys had no quit,” head coach Jeff Jackson said after the win. “I thought we played well for the first 40 minutes but they got that late power play goal for the second goal and we had a little dip on the bench but not for long – great effort by Hunter Strand’s line going out there and scoring that first goal.”
Notre Dame (9-3-0, 2-2-0-1-0-0 B1G) went 1-for-3 on the power play, with the power-play tally coming from Rolston in overtime.
Michigan (10-3-0, 5-1-0-0-1-0 B1G) was 1-for-1 on the power play. Erik Portillo finished with 36 saves for the Wolverines as the Irish outshot Michigan 39-30.
How It Happened
Max Ellis had the game’s first scoring chance, skating down the nearside boards and beating the Wolverines wide to fire a shot on net that Erik Portillo was able to glove aside.
Cam Burke had a partial breakaway attempt with 5:33 remaining in the first and he drove the net hard but Portillo smothered the chance with a Michigan defenseman getting a piece of Burke as well.
The score remained 0-0 after the first period, with Bischel making 13 stops and Portillo totaling nine saves in the first.
Silianoff had a great look from the slot while the Irish were on the game’s first power play early in the second period but Portillo fought off the snapshot.
Bischel was tested by Garrett Van Wyhe at the 12:48 mark but made a strong right pad stop to keep things scoreless.
But Michigan broke the deadlock at the four minute mark of the second when Brendan Brisson tapped in a rebound after Bischel denied Matty Beniers from in close.
At 4:48 of the third, with four seconds left on a Michigan power-play chance, Beniers made it a 2-0 game on a wrister from the circle.
Just 36 seconds later, Hunter Strand answered for the Irish to make it a 2-1 game. Nick Leivermann hit Grant Silianoff with a cross-ice pass from the point back towards the Michigan goal line. Silianoff left it off for Strand at the back post and the freshman did the rest, beating Portillo down low with a quick wrister.
Ryder Rolston tied it 2-2 at 13:44 of the third as he joined Silianoff and Burke to crash the net and keep a rebound alive to create the chance.
Rolston then netted his second of the night with a one-timer from the slot to lift the Irish to the win.
Notre Dame has now won six games in a row at Yost Ice Arena, including three straight by goaltender Ryan Bischel.
Ryder Rolston posted a career-high two goals and notched his third career multi-point game.
With a pair of assists, Nick Leivermann posted his eighth career multi-point game.
Grant Silianoff posted his second career two-assist game, which was also his third career multi-point game.
On Nov. 4 and 5, Notre Dame wore commemorative jerseys during warmups as they partnered with 2014 hockey alum Stephen Johns, who recently retired from the NHL.
The jerseys are being auctioned off over the next two weeks (https://auctions.und.com/) to benefit Johns’ #MentalMiles initiative to support mental health.
Each jersey has “JOHNS” and “28” on the back and is also autographed by Johns.
Notre Dame and Michigan close out their weekend series at 8 p.m. on Saturday night at the Yost Ice Arena.
The game will be streamed on BTN+ (no television).
The Irish then return home to play a 5 p.m. matinee against longtime rival Boston College on Black Friday (Nov. 26) at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).
The contest versus the Eagles will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago+ and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ and available on the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com.
NOTRE DAME MSOCCER: NCAA SECOND ROUND PREVIEW: VILLANOVA
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish begin their quest for a second NCAA National Championship with a second round matchup against Villanova at 5 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for $5 and students will get in free with their student ID. The match will be broadcast on ACCNX.
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THE IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
• Notre Dame is playing in its 23rd NCAA Championship in 2021 and have played in the tourney in 19 of the last 21 seasons.
• The Irish have an overall record of 19-20-3 in the NCAA Championships.
• The Irish have advanced to the round of 16 on 10 occasions and have made four quarterfinals.
• Notre Dame won the College Cup in 2013, defeating Maryland by a score of 2-1 to capture the title. It was the program’s only trip to the College Cup.
• The Irish played against 2019 NCAA Championship participants in 12 of 18 matches in the regular season and ACC Championship.
• Notre Dame is 13-8-3 when playing at home in NCAA Tournament play in proram history and has advanced to the next round 15 times.
• The Irish are 11-8-2 in their opening NCAA Tournament matches in program history and have advanced to the next round 13 times.
• Notre Dame’s No. 4 national seed is the highest the program has earned since being the top-seed during the 2014 season.
THE VILLANOVA SERIES
• The Irish and Wildcats will meet on the pitch for the 14th time on Sunday evening.
• The Irish lead the series with a mark of 10-3-0.
• Notre Dame is 5-1-0 against Villanova when playing in South Bend.
• The Wildcats won the most recent matchup, defeating the Irish 1-0 during the 2011 season in South Bend.
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND
• The Irish captured its first ACC Championship title in program history with a 2-0 win over Duke in Cary, North Carolina.
• Dawson McCartney scored a brace in the title game and totaled three goals over the four tournament matches to earn ACC Championship MVP honors.
• Jack Lynn, Bryan Dowd and Philip Quinton joined McCartney on the ACC All-Tournament Team.
• The Irish didn’t allow a goal over the four games, becoming the first team to accomplish the feat when playing in four games and the sixth to ever finish the ACC Championships with no goals allowed.
• Notre Dame advanced past NC State (1-0), Louisville (0-0, 3-0 penalties), and Pitt (2-0) to get to the title game.
• The Irish snapped Pitt’s 19-match home winning streak with the 2-0 win in the semifinal round.
KEEP IT CLEAN
• The Notre Dame defense has come into form in the second half of the season, posting eight clean sheets in its last 10 matches.
• The Irish have totaled 11 shutouts on the season, with Bryan Dowd in goal for eight and Thomas Deslonchamps recording three.
• Notre Dame has seven clean sheets against ACC opponents, the most by any team in the conference this season (Pitt x2, Duke, Clemson, Louisville, NC State x2)
• Opponents have scored multiple goals in just four of 20 matches this season.
• Despite playing some of the top teams in the country, the Irish have allowed just five goals in the last 12 matches.
• The Irish have made it a habit of dominating the second half of matches, outscoring the opposition 28-7 in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
• Notre Dame’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in the second half in the last 10 matches, outscoring the opposition 15-0 in the second half during that stretch.
LYNN LEADS THE LINE
• Lynn was Notre Dame’s representative on the ACC Preseason Watch List and was recently ranked No. 33 in TopDrawerSoccer’s midseason top 100 players rankings.
• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 29.
• The senior leads the team in goals (8) and points (20) on the year.
• The forward has eight goals and four assists on the season.
• Lynn was named All-ACC First Team for the second straight year by the league coaches.
• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.
• Lynn has led the Irish in goals and points in each of the last two seasons.
• Nineteen different Irish players have registered at least one point this season, as the team has totaled 129 on the season.
• Fourteen players have scored a goal through 20 matches, with 10 scoring multiple goals.
• The Irish have racked up 39 assists, which ranks 19th in the country.
• Dawson McCartney leads the Irish with five assists while Paddy Burns, Jack Lynn and Daniel Russo are tied for second with four each. Matthew Roou, Ethan O’Brien and Matthew McLaughlin each have three.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
• The Irish have received significant contributions from the 2021 freshman class.
• Thirteen of Notre Dame’s 45 goals have been scored by freshmen.
• Matthew Roou ranks third on the team in goals scored with six while Eno Nto is tied for third on the squad with five goals to his name.
• Michael Rossi scored two goals in his debut season.
• Josh Ramsey has played in all 20 games, including 19 starts for Notre Dame this season at the center back position.
• Nto and Roou both scored goals in their first career starts, coming in the 2-0 win over NIU.
• Kyle Genenbacher has also logged minutes in 19 matches this season.
NOTRE DAME VB: IRISH HOST VIRGINIA TECH ON SENIOR DAY
OTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame closes their home regular season slate on Senior Day against Virginia Tech on Sunday. The Irish will celebrate six seniors prior to the match. First serve is set for noon and will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra.
NOTRE DAME VS. VIRGINIA TECH
Sunday, November 21 – 12 p.m. ET
ACC Network Extra
• Notre Dame owns a 68-39 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.
• The Irish have won eight of their last twelve matches, including seven straight-set victories over ACC opponents.
• Since being down 0-2 at Georgia Tech on October 1, Notre Dame has won 30 of 41 sets played.
• Charley Niego tallied her 48th double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs in the sweep over N.C. State last weekend.
•Zoe Nunez led the Irish with 13 digs in the win over the Wolfpack.
THANK YOU, SENIORS
• The Irish are set to honor six seniors, Sydney Bent, Caroline Meuth, Charley Niego, Zoe Nunez, Lexi Saulny, and Lauren Wenzel, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday morning.
•Bent and Meuth have both racked up at least 15 kills in 16 and 17 matches, respectively.
• Niego currently ranks 12th in Irish history with 1265 career kills and third in program history with 48 career double-doubles.
•Nunez stands just 103 assists away from the 4,000-assist mark.
• Saulny set career-highs as a senior in 2021 with 54 digs and 11 assists while appearing in 59 sets.
•Wenzel has collected five-plus blocks in 11 matches.
HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA TECH
• The Irish and Hokies will be meeting for the 15th time on Sunday with the Irish holding a 10-4 advantage in the series between the two schools.
• Notre Dame has won seven straight against the Hokies dating back to the 2016 season.
•The teams last met on October 21 where the Irish picked up a sweep over the Hokies.
• Aubrey Hamilton earned a game-high 11 kills and only one error in the last matchup against the Hokies.
• Hattie Monson picked up a game-high 13 digs to anchor the Irish defense.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES: GEORGIA TECH
IRISH VS. YELLOW JACKETS – BY THE NUMBERS
3 Tight end Michael Mayer is one of three Notre Dame tight ends to record 50 or more receptions in a single season (Tyler Eifert and Ken MacAfee).
8 It is the eighth time the Irish have won at least nine games in a season under head coach Brian Kelly. They have won at nine or more games in each of the last five seasons.
9.0 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for 12th in the NCAA with 9.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 sacks during the 2012 season.
13 Notre Dame has won 13-straight ACC home games dating back to the 2016 season.
13 Thirteen different players have recorded a sack this season for the Irish. As a team, they rank 14th nationally with 3.20 sacks per game.
14 The Irish are currently tied for fifth nationally with 14 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.
14 Notre Dame has won 14-consecutive games in November dating back to the 2017 season.
19 The Irish have totaled 19 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 14th nationally.
23 The Irish have won 23-straight games against ACC opponents during the regular season, a streak that dates back to the 2016 season. Seventeen of those wins have come by 10 points or more.
31 Thirty-one of Michael Mayer’s team-leading 52 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
34 Notre Dame has won 34-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.
40 The Irish have won 40-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.
58 Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 58 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.
2012 The Irish did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game after the 28-3 win over Virginia. It is the first time since 2012 that they have not allowed a touchdown in back-to-back games.
IRISH ROLL CAVALIERS
- The Irish continued to roll with their fifth-straight win in the 28-3 victory over Virginia.
- With the win, the Irish have won 40-consecutive games over unranked opponents and it is the longest active streak in the FBS.
- Notre Dame extended its ACC regular season winning streak to 23 and it was the 17th time in the streak that they won by 10 points or more.
- It was the second-straight game the Irish won without allowing a touchdown. It is the first time since 2012 that the Irish had two-consecutive games without allowing a touchdown.
- Notre Dame won its 34th-straight game when allowing less than 20 points.
- The Irish are a perfect 21-0 under head coach Brian Kelly when limiting opponents to fewer than 10 points.
- The Irish allowed 92 yards to Virginia in the first half. It is the fewest yards allowed in the first half against an ACC opponent since Nov. 21, 2015 when they allowed 91 against Boston College.
- The Irish held the Cavaliers scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2017 when they were shutout in the first half against Virginia Tech.
- The three points scored was the fewest the Cavaliers had scored in a game since 2017 against the Hokies when they were shutout.
- With the win, it is the fifth-straight season the Irish have won nine or more games. It is the eighth time overall they have done it under Kelly.
- The Irish ran for 249 yards as a team, their second-highest total of the season. It was the fifth-straight game they have rushed for 150 yards or more.
- In his first career start, linebacker Bo Bauer set a career high with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks.
- Defensive lineman Rylie Mills also set career highs in tackles (4) and sacks (2).
- Defensive lineman Howard Cross III and cornerback Clarence Lewis both recorded their first career sacks.
- The Irish finished the night with seven sacks, the most in a game since 2019 against Virginia (8).
BE LIKE MIKE
- Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-four among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks fourth in receptions with 52 and fourth in receiving yards per game with 64.1.
- For the season, 31 of his 52 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
- Mayer led the Irish with team-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (84) while adding one score in the road win over Virginia.
- It was the fifth game this season he has brought in seven or more receptions and also the fifth game he has led the team in receptions.
- Mayer joins Ken MacAfee and Tyler Eifert as the only Notre Dame tight ends with 50 or more catches in a single season (52).
- He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has totaled at least five receptions in six of his nine games this season.
- Mayer led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon. He has led the team in receptions four times this season and against the Bearcats.
- Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
- In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions (7), receiving yards (81) and receiving touchdowns (2).
- It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he has had a multi-touchdown game.
- Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8; Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).
CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN
Running back Kyren Williams continued to move up the Notre Dame record books in the 28-3 road win over Virginia. He led the team with 70 rushing yards and 85 all-purpose yards.
He moved into a tie for fourth all-time for most career receptions by a running back (72). He also moved into a tie for fifth for most receptions by a running back in a single season (36). He surpassed last season’s mark of 35 after the two catches against the Cavaliers. Williams also moved into eighth all-time for most career receiving yards by a running back.
- Williams has had at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last six games after the second quarter score against Virginia.
- In the win over North Carolina, he finished the game with career-highs in rushing yards (199) and all-purpose yards (261).
- Williams also tallied a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tar Heels. It tied for the fifth longest rush in Notre Dame history and was the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree went 94-yards to the house against Syracuse in 2020.
- It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018.
- Williams’ 261 all-purpose yards against North Carolina were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.
- It marked the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since Golden Tate totaled 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington in 2009.
- Williams had a career-long 47 yard punt return in the first quarter against the Tar Heels.
- Williams rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games against the Trojans and Tar Heels for the first time this season and the third time in his career.
- In the win over Southern Cal, Williams had his first 100-yard game of the season, as he finished with 138 yards rushing on the night.
- Williams finished the game against the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns for the first time in 2021 and the sixth time in his career.
- He tallied 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the win over Southern Cal, the second highest total this season and fourth highest of his career.
- The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week eight and he was just one of three players in the top-10 that week who faced a power 5 opponent.
- Williams leads the team with 1,327 all-purpose yards, 872 rushing yards, 13 total touchdowns and is second on the team in receptions with 36.
- He ranks 18th in the country with 132.70 all-purpose yards per game and 30th in rushing yards for the season. He is also tied for 18th in the nation in total touchdowns.
- Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 19 takeaways this season. The 19 takeaways are tied for 14th nationally.
- Of those 19 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 14 interceptions from nine different players after Ramon Henderson tallied his first career interception against Virginia.
- The nine players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they also had nine different players with interceptions.
- The 14 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.
- The Irish also get after the quarterback this season, as they are tied for 14th with 3.20 sacks per game. 13 different players have recorded a sack this season.
- Notre Dame has been stingy in allowing points this season. They rank 24th in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 20.5 points per game this season. They have held opponents to under 20 points in five of their 10 games this season.
- Kyle Hamilton and DJ Brown both lead the team with three interceptions each and they are tied for 20th nationally.
- Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
- The depth of the defense has been on full display as 19 different players have recorded a tackle-for-loss this season.
- The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for 15th nationally.
- Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks (9.0) and tackles-for-loss (10.5).
- He has 9.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks tied for 12th in the country.
- He has recorded at least one sack in seven of the 10 games this season and at least one tackle-for-loss in eight of the games.
- His 9.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 during the 2012 season.
- The mark ranks tied with Renaldo Wynn for sixth all-time at Notre Dame for most sacks in a single season.
NOTRE DAME VB: IRISH ADVANCE PAST PURDUE IN PENALTY KICKS, 4-3
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 3 seeded Notre Dame women’s soccer team played the name of the game in the NCAA Tournament – survive and advance. The Fighting Irish (14-5-2) did just that on Friday evening at Razorback Field, advancing past Purdue (15-4-3) 4-3 in penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 through two overtimes.
Olivia Wingate scored her sixth goal of the season and her first of this postseason. However, the woman of the match award certainly goes to goalkeeper Ashley Naylor. The sophomore made four huge saves in regular time and two more in PK’s.
How It Happened
Purdue got on the board early thanks to quick counter attack and key deflection. Ashley Naylor made the initial save off of Purdue’s Sarah Griffith, but Emily Mathews was in the right spot at the right time to put away the goal in the seventh minute.
Yet, Notre Dame got the goal back in the 28th minute. The play started with a Sammi Fisher free kick from about 30 yards out in the middle of the field. The grad student hit a rocket off the post, deflected off the goalie and found Olivia Wingate who put it away for her sixth goal of the year.
Notre Dame had a quality opportunity to go ahead in the 57th minute. Korbin Albert worked the ball into the right side of the box and fired off a shot near post which was saved by the Purdue keeper. Wingate got the rebound, but her shot hit off the far post. Then Kati Druzina got that rebound and her shot hit off the same post as well.
On the other end, Naylor came up with a huge diving save in the 72nd minute to keep the score level.
Fast forward to the 83rd minute – Brooke VanDyck dribbled past a few Purdue defenders and found Fisher just inside the box on the right side. However, Fisher’s shot went just a little too high and to the left.
Both sides only produced a few chances in the first overtime. Eva Gaetino was the bright spot here, making a diving tackle, blocking Purdue’s game-winning attempt.
With the second overtime drawing no winner, the Irish marched on to penalty kicks, where they found their backs up against the wall down 3-2 after three rounds.
Insert Ashley Naylor, who recorded back-to-back saves over the next two rounds. Then Kiki Van Zanten made her penalty while Bri Martinez put the game on ice in the five spot.
Notre Dame will face No. 2 seed Arkansas on Sunday. First touch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. Sunday marks the 19th appearance all-time for the Irish in the third round.
BUTLER FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL AT MARIST IN SEASON FINALE
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2021 Butler football season will come to a close this Saturday when the Marist Red Foxes host the Bulldogs for a 12 PM kick.
– Connor Reid leads the team with 68 tackles. He has 21 more tackles than anyone else on the roster.
– Butler ranks second in the PFL in passing yards allowed (198.5).
– Bret Bushka is completing 60 percent of his passes this season, ranking fourth in the PFL.
– Bushka hit Johnny O’Shea for a gain of 48 yards vs. Valpo to set up a JJ Wadas field goal.
– Yogi Flager is responsible for more than half of Butler’s receiving TD’s this year (6).
– Flager ranks third in the PFL with 714 receiving yards. (34th in FCS)
– The Bulldogs have the second-best rushing offense in the PFL averaging 178 yards per game.
– BU leads the PFL and ranks sixth in the FCS in tackles for loss allowed.
– BU is the least penalized team in the PFL. They rank third in the FCS with just 39 penalties and second in the FCS in fewest penalties per game.
– JJ Wadas is now 3-for-3 on field goals this year. He hit a 27-yarder vs. Valpo.
– Luka Zurak ranks third in the PFL with a 39.9 punting average.
SCOUTING MARIST: The Red Foxes are 5-4 this year with all five wins coming against PFL opponents. They started league play with three-straight wins over Valparaiso, Stetson and Dayton, but would then lose two-straight to Morehead State and St. Thomas. Marist avoided San Diego and Davidson this year on the 2021 schedule and will now end the regular season with a 12 PM kick vs. BU. They are riding a two-game win streak, taking care of Drake and Presbyterian over the last two weekends. Marist ranks second in the PFL in scoring defense. Defensive lineman Aaron Acosta and defensive back Kyle Fleitman were both selected to the preseason All-PFL team.
Fleitman ranks fourth on the team with 59 tackles and Acosta ranks seventh with 42.
LAST GAME VS. MARIST: The Red Foxes outscored Butler 17-7 in the fourth quarter to post a 37-27 win. Hunter Cobb ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns to lift Marist to victory.
Butler had more first downs and total yards of offense than Marist in the last meeting, but the Red Foxes running game would be the difference in the outcome.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The first game between Marist and Butler was played during the 2011 season with the Red Foxes coming out on top 28-10. The following season, Butler would travel to New York and claim a 17-14 win. Marist has won the last three meetings, giving them a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Marist joined the PFL in 2009.
YOGI YARDS: WR Yogi Flager has caught 67 passes at Butler for 1,101 yards in his BU career (16 games).
Flager needs 162 yards at Marist to crack the BU single-season top-ten list in receiving yards. Offensive Coordinator Kyle Conner ranks 10th currently. He recorded 876 yards for the ‘Dawgs in 2000. Flager’s season-high is 136 yards a total he reached twice (at Taylor, at Dayton).
O’SHEA HIGHLIGHTS THE OFFENSE: WR Johnny O’Shea caught 13 passes at Dayton to lead the team with 164 receiving yards. He was just two grabs shy of tying the all-time BU record held by Tom Redmond (1972).
O’Shea needs 17 more yards to reach 1,000 in his BU career. The redshirt junior has caught 75 passes over 24 games.
BUSHKA MOVES THE BALL: QB Bret Bushka has completed 60 percent of his passes in six of his nine starts this season. He threw for 403 yards at Dayton, completed 84 percent of his attempts vs. DePauw and tossed three TD’s at Taylor.
Bushka has passed for 1,582 yards as a Bulldog with 10 passing touchdowns to go along with three rushing.
DEINHART DELIVERS: AJ Deinhart has seen an expanded role this and has responded by averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Over his career, Deinhart has rushed the ball 124 times for 579 yards and three touchdowns.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Marist leads the PFL in fumbles lost, kickoff returns, passes intercepted, punt returns, turnover margin and turnovers lost.
DOING IT ALL ON DEFENSE: Connor Reid came up with a sack against Valparaiso. He joins Thomas Rousseau as the only Bulldogs to have 20+ tackles, at least one tackle for loss, one sack and one interception.
Butler has six total sacks in 2021, but no one player has more than 1.5.
PUT POINTS ON THE BOARD: Yogi Flager, JJ Wadas and Nick Orlando lead Butler in scoring. Flager has six touchdowns for 36 points, Orlando is close behind with five for 30 and between them sits JJ Wadas with three field goals and 25 made extra points for 34 points.
COUNT ON CATCHES: Bulldog fans can count on catches from Yogi Flager and Johnny O’Shea this weekend. This duo combines for 74 receptions in 2021. The rest of the team is responsible for 71.
BULLDOG BACKFIELD: The Bulldogs have ran the ball well with multiple looks in the backfield this season. Five different players average 4.0 yards per carry or more. Joey Suchy leads the category with 5.5 yards per rush and AJ Deinhart is close behind at 5.1.
BUTLER WBB: SATURDAY MATINEE HAS BUTLER WBB HOSTING AUSTIN PEAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team is set to return to action this Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. BU will host Austin Peay at 12 PM.
– Saturday will mark just the fifth meeting between Butler and Austin Peay.
– Kendall Wingler hit five 3-pointers vs. Ball State to lead BU in scoring with 17 points.
– Alex Richard and Tenley Dowell are the only Bulldogs to start in all three games this year.
– Richard ranks third in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (63.3) and fifth in made field goals (19).
– Dowell has not missed a free throw this season (5-5).
– Wingler and Emilia Sexton account for 11 of Butler’s 18 made 3-point field goals.
– Dowell leads BU with 21 total rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.
– Sexton was the only Bulldog to have more assists than turnovers vs. Ball State.
Scouting Austin Peay
Austin Peay is 2-1 this year with wins over Pikeville and North Alabama. Each win came on their home court. Their lone setback in 2021 was a 62-52 road loss at Evansville. Graduate student Karle Pace is the player to watch for the Governors. She is averaging 16.3 points over her first three starts of the season and also shares the team lead with 11 assists. Austin Peay was a .500 team a year ago with a 12-11 overall record. They were picked to finish fifth in the league’s preseason poll, voted on by OVC head coaches and sports information directors. Transfer Yamia Johnson was the lone member of the team to earn preseason honors. She was named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team.
Butler leads the all-time series against Austin Peay 3-1. The Governors won the first-ever meeting back in 1996-97, and the Bulldogs responded winning the last three meetings.
Last Meeting vs. Austin Peay
Butler beat Austin Peay 75-54 in the 2017-18 season opener. Assistant Coach Whitney Jennings made her Bulldog debut that day and posted a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
Ball State Beats Butler
Kendall Wingler exploded for 17 points for the Bulldogs in just her third game in a Butler uniform. The transfer from Eastern Kentucky made five three-pointers and shot 6-of-13 overall from the floor. She combined for just five points in the team’s first two games. Alex Richard had 12 points for the Bulldogs. Trinity White and Tenley Dowell led the team with eight rebounds apiece. The Bulldogs (0-3) were undone by 26 turnovers, which Ball State turned into 20 points. Both teams shot 39 percent from the field.
Genesis Parker Out for Remainder of 2021-22 Season
Butler women’s basketball guard Genesis Parker will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season due to a knee injury that occurred during the third quarter of the season opener against #8 Indiana on Nov. 10. Parker was the top returning scorer for Butler this season. She led the team in scoring seven times last year and put up a season-best 18 points against top competition from around the conference in games vs. DePaul, Xavier and UConn.
Butler From Behind the Arc
The Bulldogs shot just 11 3-pointers in the season opener, but have put up 29 and 30 3-point attempts over their last two games. Emilia Sexton and Trinity White are the only players to hit at least one 3-pointer in every game this year. BU needs to dial in from long range as the ‘Dawgs are shooting just 25 percent from behind the arc.
Looking For a Leader
The Bulldogs have been led in scoring by a different player in every game this season. With Genesis Parker sidelined for the rest of the season, head coach Kurt Godlevske will push into the early portion of this year with a young team. BU started four freshmen and a sophomore against Ball State. The freshmen class accounted for 43 of Butler’s 56 points.
Butler will host SIUE at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The game features a 12 PM tip.
BALL STATE MBB: CARDINALS DROP TOUGH ONE TO WILDCATS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Ball State men’s basketball team fell to 1-3 overall on Friday after an 85-74 loss to Weber State (4-0) on day two of the Jersey Mike’s Classic. Luke Bumbalough led the Cardinals with a 14-point performance.
Like previous games, the Cardinals jumped out to a fast start with a 7-3 run. Payton Sparks made a tough layup and Demarius Jacobs added a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup. After Weber State made the score 7-5, Basheer Jihad was able to make a highly contested layup despite the hard contact. He converted the and-1 opportunity.
Mickey Pearson Jr. started to heat up and scored Ball State’s next four points as the Cardinals held a 14-7 lead with 11:57 to go in the first half. BSU and WSU traded baskets, but Ball State held a 21-12 lead with 8:41 left in the first stanza.
The Wildcats went on a 9-2 run and tied the game at 23-23 with 4:40 remaining in the first half. Pearson ended that run with a 3-point shot to put BSU on top 26-23. The two squads battled the remainder of the half, but Weber State took a 35-33 lead into half on a shot with little time left on the clock.
After the Wildcats scored the first four points in the second half, the Cardinals responded with a 14-2 run and regained the lead, 47-41. The Ball State lead grew to 52-46, with 13:41 left in regulation as Jalen Windham made three free throws. Tyler Cochran and Jaylin Sellers put the Cardinals up, 57-48, after two free throws and a fast-break layup, respectively.
With just under 11 minutes left in the game, Weber State pulled within three after Koby McEwen hit from 3-point range. Bumbalough responded with a 3 of his own and extend the BSU lead to 62-56.
The Wildcats managed to tie the game 64-64 with eight minutes left to play. The teams were trading buckets and the score remained tied 69-69 late in the second half. Weber State went on to outscore Ball State 16-5 in the final 6:20 of the game.
Bumbalough finished with a team-high 14 points, tied for a team-high two steals, and added four rebounds. Sparks produced 13 points and led the team with six rebounds. Sparks has led the team in rebounding in two of the four games. Pearson collected 12 points and chipped in with five rebounds. Windham recorded double digits behind an 11-point performance, went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, and added three boards. Cochran led the team with five assists and had zero turnovers.
As a team, the Cardinals improved vastly at the free-throw line as they shot 88.2 percent and scored 15 points at the line. Ball State finished the game shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range. The BSU bench outscored the WSU bench, 28-12.
McEwen led all scorers with 30 points. Dillion Jones recorded a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. JJ Overton added 13 points to give WSU three players with double-digit points. As a team, the Wildcats shot 51.8 percent from the field and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-32.
The Cardinals look to bounce back on the final day of the Jersey Mike’s Classic on Sunday. Ball State will take on UMass. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. tip.
From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford
“I thought it was a really, really hard-fought game. I thought Weber State is a really good team. I thought we really battled. I think we led for the lion’s share and 34 minutes of the game. Then we had another moment where we kind of came unraveled. I thought there was a lot of good that game out of tonight too. We have to learn from it. Basketball is a game of runs, and you know that’s all part of it is just us losing our composure when the game starts to get hard. That’s happened to us a number of different times. I think it’s really important Payton had 13 and he drew five fouls inside and I think he’s just kind of scratching the surface of who he can be in the post. He had a couple of really big time moves. They had to change the way they were playing because of Payton’s quickness.”
From the Student-Athlete – Junior Guard #2 Luke Bumbalough
“I know we’ve been talking about that. We know down the last five minutes of the game, we got to figure it out. It’s a long season, but we’ve got to trust each other to stay composed in the moment and just stand together. You know there’s always going to be runs and we’re going to figure it out like you said we’re young, we’re a new team. It’s a long season and we’re just staying together and just trusting each other. Trust like coach said and we’ll figure it out. I felt like they were hugging us more not helping as much so, we went through Payton, and he did a great job in the first half. Mickey stepped up big and we a lot of guys step up.”
MASTODON MBB FALLS AT MINNESOTA IN FIRST LOSS OF 2021-22
MINNEAPOLIS – Jalon Pipkins scored a team-high 19 points in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 78-49 loss at Minnesota on Friday (Nov. 19) evening.
The ‘Dons were hot out of the gates, taking a 9-0 lead and causing an early Minnesota timeout.
It was a 15-5 Mastodon lead when the Golden Gophers scored 10 straight points to force the first tie of the contest. A four-point play by Jarred Godfrey put the ‘Dons up 22-17 with 7:58 left in the first. However, Minnesota closed the half on a 14-4 stretch that saw the ‘Dons go 2-for-9 from the floor.
The ‘Dons went to the half trailing 31-26. Pipkins had 13 points in the first on 6-of-10 shooting.
Pipkins opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper, but Minnesota went on an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to take control of the game.
Both teams shot 44 percent in the opening half, but the second half was a different story. The Golden Gophers out-shot the Mastodons 53.3 percent (16-of-30) to 24.3 percent (9-of-37) in the second.
The Golden Gophers improve to 4-0. Sean Sutherlin led Minnesota with 19 points. He was 7-of-7 from the floor.
Godfrey also had double-digit scoring for the ‘Dons with 12 points. Ra Kpedi finished with a game-high nine rebounds and five points.
The ‘Dons fall to 2-1. Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Florida next week for games against Southeastern Louisiana, Western Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast.
EVANSVILLE MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL FACES UCF ON SATURDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On Saturday at 1 p.m., the University of Evansville men’s basketball will tangle with the University of Central Florida inside the Ford Center. The game will be carried live on ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network.
Last Time Out
– Facing DePauw on Tuesday, the Purple Aces shot 53.8% for the game and 43.5% from outside on the way to a 69-58 win
– The Tigers put forth a strong effort, leading by as many as seven points before UE stretched the lead out in the second half
– A career night by Evan Kuhlman saw him hit 5 of his 7 3-point tries on the way to 23 points…his point tally and 3-point makes were both the top numbers of his career
– Jawaun Newton scored 15 points, hitting 6 out of 8 field goals from inside the arc
– Shamar Givance and Noah Frederking finished with 11 points apiece…Givance added 7 assists and 5 rebounds while Frederking was 3-of-4 from long range
Scouting the Opponent
– UCF enters Saturday’s match-up with a 3-0 record following a 63-54 triumph over Jacksonville on Tuesday evening
– Last weekend, the Knights took to the road and defeated the University of Miami by a 95-89 final
– Darin Green Jr. leads UCF with 16.0 points while shooting 48.6% from the field and 47.4% from outside
– Darius Perry is averaging 12.0 PPG while C.J. Walker has notched 11.7 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest
– The Knights are extremely efficient from the line, hitting 82.0% of their attempts as a team
Maybe a Record?
– On Tuesday, UE and DePauw combined to make 5 free throws in the game
– It is the lowest tally on record in UE’s Division I history and could be a record low for the program
– Last season, UE and Valparaiso combined for six makes from the line, one of multiple occasions a UE game has finished with 6
– Riding the top scoring streak of his career to finish last season, Evan Kuhlman has seen that continue this fall
– After reaching double figures in the final six games last spring, Kuhlman has done so in three out of four games (9 out of 10 overall) – the top streak of his career
– His most recent effort saw him score a career-high 23 points while hitting 5 out of 7 3-point attempts against DePauw
– For the season, Kuhlman has hit an average of 2.8 triples per game, 3rd in the MVC
– After scoring five points in the opener at Cincinnati, Jawaun Newton has rebounded to reach double figures in the last three games while improving his season average to 10.5 points per game
– Newton has averaged 12.3 PPG over the last three contests
– His top outing came against DePauw where he registered 15 points while hitting 7 out of 12 attempts including 6 out of 8 from inside the arc
Back in Form
– Noah Frederking missed the Belmont game due to a mild injury, but rebounded nicely against DePauw
– Frederking recorded his first double figure game of the season, scoring 11 points while hitting 3 of his 4 outside tries
– He has hit 5 of his 8 3-point attempts on the season and ranks 4th in the MVC with his 62.5% shooting beyond the arc.
VALPO WBB: BASKETBALL CONTINUES ROAD STRETCH AT XAVIER SUNDAY
Valparaiso (0-3, 0-0 MVC)
Game #4 – November 21, 2021 – 3 p.m. CT
at Xavier (0-3, 0-0 Big East)
Cintas Center (10,224) – Cincinnati, Ohio
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team takes on its second consecutive power conference opponent on Sunday, as the program’s current five-game road stretch continues with a trip to Cincinnati to face Xavier.
Previously: Valpo erased nearly all of a 13-point first-half deficit Tuesday night playing at a Michigan State receiving votes in both national top-25 polls, pulling to within four points in the third quarter, and made another run at the Spartans in the fourth quarter, but came up just short, as the Beacons fell to MSU, 73-62. Grace White led all players in scoring with 22 points.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: FloSports
Streaming Audio: Via WVUR YouTube page
Links for all live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-52. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.
Series Notes: Xavier holds an 8-1 advantage in the all-time series, but all eight of the Musketeers’ wins came in 2007 and earlier. When the two teams met last season at the ARC, Valpo led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter and went on to win, 88-83. Carie Weinman led Valpo with 26 points, while Grace White scored 23 – her high in the Valpo uniform.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.
…at Michigan State
– The Spartans led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were up 36-28 at halftime.
– Valpo scored on five of its first seven possessions of the second half to close to within 43-39 with 6:19 to play in the third quarter.
– The Spartans scored the next 10 points as part of a larger 17-5 run to close out the period as they extended out to a 60-44 lead with 10 minutes to play.
– MSU led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter. Valpo got to within seven late on a basket from Grace White with 24 seconds remaining.
– After averaging 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in Valpo’s three games against Big Ten teams a season ago, White enjoyed another stellar effort against high-level competition Tuesday. White led all players with 22 points, just one off her Valpo high and 17 of which came in the second half.
– Frederick joined White in double figures Tuesday, finishing with 15 points.
– Valpo put together its best effort on the defensive glass of the season, limiting Michigan State to just four second-chance points and only 11 offensive boards.
– The Beacons committed three fewer turnovers than the Spartans (16-13).
…versus Central Michigan
– CMU led by six points with under three minutes to play in the first half, but Valpo ended the half on an 8-0 run to lead 29-27 at intermission.
– The Beacons scored on each of their first six field goal attempts of the second half and extended their lead to 45-35 with 4:44 to play in the third quarter.
– The Chippewas outscored Valpo 25-8 over the next 11 minutes, however, to pull ahead 60-53 with under four minutes remaining.
– Valpo got to as close as two points in the final minute and had a 3-point attempt to tie the game in the final 30 seconds, but was unable to complete the comeback.
– The play of Leah Earnest stood out on Sunday. The sophomore came off the bench to hit 7-of-9 from the field for a game-high 17 points, setting a new career best.
– Earnest also grabbed six rebounds, one off team-high honors as Grace White secured seven boards.
– After turning the ball over 20 times in the season opener, Valpo committed just seven miscues on Sunday. The Beacons were a +12 in the turnover column and outscored CMU off turnovers, 15-4.
– The Chippewas secured 18 offensive rebounds to Valpo’s nine and owned an 18-5 advantage in second chance points.
– The stretch of five straight road games continues on Tuesday at UIC.
– Valpo returns to action following Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 29 at Western Michigan.
…on the road
– Sunday marks the second of seven non-conference road games and 16 road games in all for Valpo this season.
– Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.
– Xavier enters Sunday’s game also in search of its first win of the season, with losses at Memphis, at Utah and to Miami (Ohio) so far this year.
– The Musketeers were picked to finish 10th in the Big East preseason poll after posting a 5-10 overall record last season.
– Through three games, Nia Clark is averaging a team-high 14.0 points/game.
Get Accustomed to the Road
– Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive true road games, which started this past Tuesday at Michigan State and concludes Sunday, Dec. 5 at Bowling Green.
– Interestingly, none of them are part of multi-game trips – they are five separate single-game trips.
– It is the first time Valpo will play five consecutive true road games since…the end of the regular season last year, as it closed the MVC slate with one game at Loyola and two games each at Southern Illinois and at Drake.
– It is the first time in program history Valpo will play five consecutive true road games in pre-conference play.
– Valpo last played five straight away from home in pre-conference play in November/December 2013. That year’s squad had road games at Tennessee Tech, Florida International and Toledo, as well as neutral-site games, hosted by the latter two schools, against Montana State and Chicago State.
Taking On Power Conference Foes
– Sunday marks Valpo’s second straight matchup against a power conference opponent, coming off the Tuesday game at Michigan State.
– Valpo has 19 wins in program history against teams currently in power conferences – 9 Big East, 7 Big Ten, 2 ACC and 1 Pac-12.
– Eight of Valpo’s nine wins over current Big East teams came against Butler, but only one of those has come since Butler joined the Big East.
– With a win Sunday over Xavier, Valpo would defeat the same power conference program in consecutive years for the first time in program history.
– Valpo earned three wins last season over power conference opponents: Illinois, Purdue and Xavier.
Shining When the Lights Are Brightest
– Grace White led all players with 22 points last time out at Michigan State and paced the Beacons with six rebounds.
– But that should be no surprise, given White’s proclivity for stepping up her game against the biggest opponents.
– White has now been a part of seven games in her time at Valpo against power conference opponents.
– Over those seven games, White has averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game on 50% (38-76) shooting from the field.
– White led Valpo in scoring and rebounding four times apiece over those seven games.
– Included among those seven games are three efforts of 20+ points, highlighted by her 23-point game against Xavier – her high in the Valpo uniform.
– The last two seasons have featured a combined 29 wins for Valpo, including many notable victories.
– The 2020-21 squad counted some big wins among its 12 victories, including a pair of literal B1G wins, as the Brown and Gold beat multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
– Entering the season without a win over a Power Five program since 2012-13, Valpo won at Illinois for its first-ever win over the Illini, and followed four days later with a road win at Purdue – the second win in program history over the Boilermakers.
– Valpo became the first women’s basketball program with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.
– The team picked up some big wins once the schedule flipped to Missouri Valley Conference play as well last season, as three of Valpo’s seven conference victories came over teams in the top-100 of the NET.
– The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation. It more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.
– It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).
– Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement ranked sixth nationally.
– Valpo’s 17 wins in 2019-20 made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.
– The wins in 2019-20 came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.
– The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.
– The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 2019-20 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09.
– In her time at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
– Evans’ first three seasons at the helm have seen Valpo’s top-3 single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 – a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
– Valpo has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
– Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
– In the three seasons with her at the helm, Valpo owns nine more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
– The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.
– As much as the offensive end has been highlighted by the 3-point numbers under Evans, the defensive side has seen prolific steal numbers over the last three seasons.
– Valpo has averaged at least 8.9 steals/game in each of Evans’ three seasons.
– Each of the last two years has seen Valpo rank among the top-40 teams nationally in steals/game.
– Carie Weinman has led the MVC in steals in each of the last two seasons. She ranked 16th nationally last year, averaging 2.9 steals/game.
– Valpo tallied double figures in steals 12 times in 25 games in 2020-21, after doing so 16 times the previous season.
– With 300 steals, the 2019-20 squad finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.
A Look at the Non-Conference
– Head coach Mary Evans has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to help prepare Valpo for the grind of MVC play.
– The non-conference slate features five teams which finished within the top-100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season, including three teams which appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
– Valpo will take on four MAC opponents, including the reigning regular season (Bowling Green) and tournament (Central Michigan) champions.
– The Beacons will host Notre Dame at the ARC on Dec. 8.
– Valpo also has trips to two programs – Michigan State and South Dakota – which finished in the top-40 of the NET last year.
– Four regular starters return for Valpo in 2021-22, including a trio who own extensive streaks of consecutive games started.
– Shay Frederick, Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman were three of the four players who started every game a season ago.
– Frederick has started 69 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year, while Morrison and Weinman have made 57 starts in a row.
– The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season – the first time in program history the same five players started every game.
– Grace White started all 22 games she was available for last season as well.
– In contrast to that quartet, Maya Dunson made her first start in the Valpo uniform in the season opener.
VALPO MBB: BAHAMAS-BOUND BEACONS TO COMPETE IN NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP
Valparaiso (0-3, 0-0 MVC)
at Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship
Games 4-6 – Nov. 22-24
Baha Mar Convention Center – Nassau, The Bahamas
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will head to Nassau, The Bahamas to play two to three games as part of a seven-team event this week. The Beacons will battle Jacksonville State on Monday evening in their first game in the bracket. The field also features Toledo, Charlotte, Drexel, Tulane and Coastal Carolina. Note that there was a late schedule change due to Abilene Christian announcing that its program will not be able to participate in the event.
Last Time Out: Valpo fell behind 12-1 early and couldn’t climb out of the hole despite outscoring Stanford in the second half of a 74-60 road setback on Thursday. Trevor Anderson enjoyed his first collegiate double-double with a game-high 18 points to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds. Sheldon Edwards had 11 points, while Thomas Kithier added nine on 4-of-6 shooting and Trey Woodyard swiped three steals.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – FloHoops – Sam Hyman (play-by-play) and Donnie Chiarel (analyst)
Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (83-81) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. 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.
- The biggest bright spot of Valpo’s 74-60 setback at Stanford on Wednesday, Nov. 17 was the play of sixth-year senior point guard Trevor Anderson.
- Anderson soared past his previous collegiate career high of seven rebounds, reached on two occasions during his freshman season while playing for Green Bay, by pulling down a career-high 10 boards.
- He added his second double-figure scoring output in the season’s first three games by achieving a season-high 18 to secure his first collegiate double-double.
- This marked the second straight game Valpo had a double-double after Thomas Kithier posted one against UIC on Saturday, Nov. 13.
- On Wednesday, Nov. 24, Anderson will celebrate his 24th birthday, joining Eron Gordon as the oldest Beacons. He’ll celebrate the golden birthday by playing a game in the Bahamas.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 17: Stanford 74, Valpo 60
- Trey Woodyard scored his first collegiate points on his lone attempt of the evening.
- In addition, Woodyard swiped a game-high three steals, the highest total by a Beacon over the season’s first three games.
- Joe Hedstrom saw 15 minutes of action and drained a 3, the second of his collegiate career. That triple represented his first points in a Valpo uniform.
- The Beacons shot a season-best 83.3 percent at the free-throw line, knocking down 10 of their 12 attempts. This was Valpo’s best free-throw percentage since going 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) on Feb. 14 of last season at UNI.
- The team enjoyed a season watermark with nine steals, its highest total in that area since the upset win over No. 25 Drake on Feb. 7, 2021, a contest that featured 10 Valpo steals.
- However, Valpo turned it over a season-high 19 times, the team’s largest figure in that column since the 2020-21 regular-season finale vs. Indiana State. It ties for the team’s highest total since committing 21 giveaways on Feb. 13, 2019.
- The Valpo basketball program received recognition from the Valparaiso University Student Philanthropy program on Sunday, Nov. 14.
- The team was recognized as part of the University’s annual Generosity Awards Celebration. Head coach Matt Lottich’s group was selected as the 2021 Athletic Team Awardee for the program’s community service and engagement.
- The team’s community engagement activities include participating in the Popcorn Fest, Valparaiso Downtown Trick or Treat, Valpo Day of Caring and beach cleanup at the Indiana Dunes National Park.
- In addition, the team hosts youth camps in the summer, working with children ages 6-14 to provide a fun and positive basketball experience.
- The program makes it a priority to attend as many Valpo Athletics events as possible to support other teams. The Beacons also make an effort to actively participate in the University community and support student organizations while also having an active presence as members of the broader City of Valparaiso and Northwest Indiana communities.
- Of the six core values that make up the foundation of the Valpo men’s basketball program, servanthood and appreciation are among the most prominent.
MTE History: Valpo put together a 17-game winning streak in games that were part of multi-team events from 2013-2018. Valpo is 20-4 in its last 24 games that were part of MTEs. The squad did drop two of its three games in the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of the Paradise Jam in 2019, but still had a solid showing by earning a victory over Grand Canyon and taking Cincinnati to overtime. Valpo won the 2014 Challenge in the Music City championship, posted a perfect record at the Beaver Showcase in 2015 and claimed the MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight Division championship belt in 2016. The team shared the 2017 Savannah Invitational title with Loyola. Valpo’s MTE resume since 2014 includes wins over Murray State (2014), Iona (2015), Oregon State (2015), Alabama (2016) and BYU (2016).
Jacksonville State: 0-0
Coastal Carolina: 0-0
Inside the Competition
- Jacksonville State is off to a 1-2 start that includes a triple-overtime loss at Troy and a three-point defeat at Wichita State. They were picked third of 12 in the A-Sun Preseason Poll.
- Coastal Carolina beat Ferrum College 101-73 on Tuesday, Nov. 8. They were picked seventh of 12 in the Sun Belt preseason poll.
- Toledo, picked third of 12 in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll, has wins over Valpo and Detroit Mercy but a loss to Oakland.
- Valpo could also face Charlotte twice this season as the two teams will meet on Dec. 11 at the ARC and could face off in the Bahamas. They started the season with wins over Monmouth and USC Upstate and are picked to finish seventh of 14 in Conference USA.
- Drexel has a win over Saint Joseph’s and a loss to Syracuse so far this season. The preseason poll forecasted Drexel third of 10 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
- Tulane beat Southern Louisiana but had close losses to Southern and Florida State. They are picked tied for ninth of 11 in the American Conference.
Bahamas Bound Beacons
- After visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands two years ago and not competing in a multi-team event last season due to the pandemic, this year’s MTE will take Valpo to Nassau, The Bahamas for two to three games this week.
- The Beacons will participate in the Nassau Championship, one of several MTEs being hosted by Baha Mar Hoops in Nassau.
- The team will head to the Bahamas on Saturday in advance of Monday evening’s game against Jacksonville State.
- The seven-team field also features Toledo, Charlotte, Drexel, Tulane and Coastal Carolina.
- If Valpo wins on Monday, it will play Coastal Carolina on Tuesday and a third game on Wednesday. If Valpo loses on Monday, this will become a two-game event for the Beacons.
- The original schedule was altered when Abilene Christian withdrew from the event.
- Coastal Carolina went 18-8 in the Sun Belt and won a pair of games in the CBI last season. Valpo could end up with a second matchup this season against Toledo, which is coming off a 21-9 record and NIT appearance and won this year’s season opener at the ARC. Drexel is the defending Colonial Association champion and reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Jacksonville State finished 2020-21 with an 18-9 record and 13-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
A Favorable First Impression
- Michigan State transfer Thomas Kithier wasted no time in garnering the first Missouri Valley Conference weekly award of his Beacon career. He was named MVC Newcomer of the Week for the first week of the season after averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over two games against Toledo and UIC.
- Kithier was a major bright spot in Valpo’s 74-70 overtime loss to UIC on Nov. 13. Kithier posted a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds.
- Kithier shattered a rebounding career high after previously squeezing seven boards on four occasions. After owning a personal best of 10 points (vs. Binghamton in 2019-20) during his three-year Spartan career, Kithier established new career watermarks in each of his first two Valpo games, scoring team highs against both Toledo (16) and UIC (28).
- The 6-foot-8 forward’s 28 points were the most by a Valpo player in a single game since Javon Freeman-Liberty scored 29 on March 7, 2020 vs. Missouri State. It was the highest single-game output by a Valpo individual other than Javon since Bakari Evelyn scored 30 on Nov. 25, 2017 vs. UNCW.
- Kithier’s 28 points were the most scored by a Valpo player in a double-double since Freeman-Liberty had 30&13 on Nov. 12, 2019 at SIUE.
- The Macomb, Mich. native became the first Valpo player with a 25&10 game at the ARC since Alec Peters on Jan. 27, 2017 vs. Wright State. Kithier joined Peters, Freeman-Liberty and Ben Krikke on the short list of Valpo players with 25-point double-doubles during the Lottich Era.
List of 25-Point Double-Doubles Under Lottich
Player Date Opponent Pts-Reb
Thomas Kithier 11-13-21 vs. UIC 28-11
Ben Krikke 1-24-21 at Illinois State 25-15
Javon Freeman-Liberty 11-12-19 at SIUE 30-13
Alec Peters 1-27-17 vs. Wright State 25-14
Alec Peters 1-22-17 vs. UIC 30-10
Alec Peters 12-22-16 vs. Santa Clara 35-13
Alec Peters 12-17-16 vs. Indiana State 29-15
Alec Peters 12-10-16 at Missouri State 27-11
Alec Peters 11-23-16 vs. BYU 26-12
Alec Peters 11-12-16 vs. Trinity Christian 36-15
- Valpo started the season with a pair of close home losses to Toledo and UIC followed by a road defeat against power-5 foe Stanford, and there’s little question that the absence of leading returning scorer Ben Krikke played a factor.
- Krikke, who left Valpo’s opening exhibition game with an ankle injury, was named to the 2021-22 Preseason All-MVC Second Team. He earned All-MVC Third Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team laurels last season, the lone player in the league to receive all three honors.
- Valpo did add depth with the return of sophomore Connor Barrett for the Nov. 13 game vs. UIC after Barrett had missed both exhibition games and the season opener vs. Toledo with a shoulder injury.
- The Beacons are also without Kobe King for the first nine games of the season. The Wisconsin transfer averaged 10.0 points per game over 19 starts for the Badgers in 2019-20 including a team-high 12.6 points per game in Big Ten play over nine contests.
- Valpo is off to an 0-3 start for a second straight season, something that previously hadn’t occurred since 2004-05. However, there’s still a long way to go for this year’s edition of the Beacons.
- Valpo will look to dodge its first 0-4 start since 2004-05 by coming away with a victory on Monday.
- Valpo has dropped its first two home games in a season for the first time since the 2003-2004. However, it should be noted that the Homer Drew led 2003-2004 squad recovered from the 0-2 home start and eventually won the Mid-Continent Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament.
- Even more noteworthy is that fact that the last time Valpo started a season 0-2 with both games occurring at home was 1997-98, the team’s legendary Sweet Sixteen season.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 13: UIC 74, Valpo 70 (OT)
- This marked Valpo’s first overtime game since a double-OT affair on Jan. 28, 2021 vs. Bradley, a 91-85 victory. It was Valpo’s first OT defeat since Feb. 19, 2020 at Drake (77-75) and the team’s first OT loss at home since Feb. 13, 2019 vs. Indiana State (87-72).
- Sixth-year senior Eron Gordon squeezed seven rebounds, while Kevion Taylor had six to go along with his 16 points and team-high four assists.
- Sheldon Edwards was Valpo’s third double-figure scorer with 13 while also blocking a career-high four shots. A Valpo player blocked more than three shots in a single game just once last season, when Donovan Clay had five against Purdue Northwest. Edwards’ four rejections were the most by a Valpo individual against a D1 team since Jaume Sorolla on Feb. 16, 2019 at Drake.
- Redshirt junior Joe Hedstrom, a Wisconsin transfer, made his Valpo debut, while sophomore Connor Barrett logged his first action this season.
- Valpo was outscored 13-2 on fast-break points.
- The game featured nine ties and nine lead changes.
Random off-the-court facts on each Valpo player.
- #0 Thomas Kithier – Is an avid Detroit Lions fan and can name every player on the roster… Mother Jane played college volleyball at Eastern Michigan… Works in Valpo Athletics in ticketing, marketing and sports information.
- #1 Cam Palesse – Enjoys building fish-tank ecosystems.
- #2 Preston Ruedinger – Is an avid golfer in his spare time… Has an interest in coaching in the future.
- #3 Connor Barrett – Is also an avid golfer whose best score is a 73.
- #4 Darius DeAviero – Father David is the former head coach at McGill University in Montreal and is now the head coach of the Ryerson Rams.
- #5 Keyondre Young – Enjoys observing nature and sightseeing… Enjoys watching movies and lists Blue Chips as his favorite.
- #10 Eron Gordon – Comes from a basketball family including brother Eric who has played in the NBA since 2008 and is currently a member of the Houston Rockets… Enjoys editing videos and podcasting.
- #11 Emil Freese-Vilien – Civil engineering major who spends a lot of time drawing blueprints and houses… His first basketball practice came at age 14… Played serious badminton growing up.
- #12 Kevion Taylor – High school teammates with Tyler Herro of the NBA’s Miami Heat.
- #13 Sheldon Edwards – Has six siblings… Enjoys listening to music… Played for his uncle Louis Graham at TLAP Sports Academy for one year prior to coming to Valpo.
- #15 Luke Morrill – Walk-on who enjoys wakesurfing.
- #20 Tyler Fricke – Walk-on whose father Scott coached Matt Lottich in high school and brother Zach pitches for the Valpo baseball team.
- #21 Trevor Anderson – Father Scott was his high school coach at SPASH and played at UW-Stevens Point… Enjoys visiting coffee shops, traveling and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.
- #22 Brock Pappas – Walk-on who is majoring in nursing and hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse and work at Riley Children’s Hospital.
- #23 Ben Krikke – Spent over 100 days in quarantine before and during the 2020-2021 season… Enjoys mountain biking and chess, which he learned from his grandfather… Credits his father’s Michael Jordon DVD set for helping hone his skills.
- #32 Joe Hedstrom – Is an avid fisherman and Valpo’s proximity to Lake Michigan added to his desire to play at Valpo… Grandfather Burt Hedstrom played basketball, football and baseball at Northwestern University (1944-47) and both of his parents played college basketball, mother Sharon (Bethel) and father Peter (St. Olaf).
- #33 Trey Woodyard – Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, earning a place on the honor roll every year.
- #35 Kobe King – Father Chris played collegiately at Wake Forest and was a second-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played professionally from 1993-2008, seeing action for Seattle, Vancouver and Utah in the NBA as well as stints overseas in the CBA… Cousin Jimmy King was a member of the University of Michigan’s Fab Five and played professionally for 10 years… Enjoys making music and writing song lyrics.
Notes Wrapping up Nov. 9: Toledo 69, Valpo 61
- Thomas Kithier scored 16 points in his Valpo debut to achieve a collegiate career high. He did it on 8-of-11 shooting and chipped in five rebounds. Kithier’s previous career high came on Nov. 10, 2019, when he scored 10 points in a Michigan State game against Binghamton.
- Trevor Anderson hit double figures for the 13th time in his collegiate career (11 points) while reaching the five-assist threshold, pulling down five rebounds and committing no turnovers.
- Kevion Taylor tallied double figures for the 82nd time in his collegiate career with his 12-point showing, while Sheldon Edwards scored 10 points for his 10th career double-figure game.
- Valpo played without Preseason Second Team All-MVC choice Ben Krikke, who missed the game due to an injury.
- Six of the nine Beacons who saw action were newcomers.
- Eron Gordon made his 32nd collegiate start (31st at Valpo) while playing in his 112th college game.
- Valpo has improved its conference tournament seeding in each of its four Missouri Valley Conference seasons.
- The team entered Arch Madness as a No. 10 seed in 2017-18, a No. 9 seed in 2018-19, a No. 7 in 2019-20 and a No. 6 in 2020-21.
- With Year 4 in The Valley now in the books, Valpo has surpassed Loyola’s conference win total over its first four seasons in the league. Valpo garnered its 29th MVC victory in the 2020-21 regular-season finale vs. Indiana State.
- The Ramblers went 27-45 over their first four seasons before going 57-16 over the following four seasons.
- Valpo has improved its conference finish in each season during the four-year transitional period after elevating to the prestigious and competitive conference.
More on 2020-21
- The 2020-21 season was highlighted by an upset victory over previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor.
- Valpo came close to two other victories over ranked foes, falling 80-77 vs. No. 25 Drake on Feb. 6 and 54-52 at No. 22 Loyola on Feb. 17.
- Valpo closed the regular season with a stretch of 16 Missouri Valley Conference games in a 39-day span. By comparison, Valpo had played three games over the previous 31 days before beginning the stretch of seemingly nonstop competition. Six of Valpo’s first eight MVC games were postponed due to COVID-19, causing the backlog of makeup games during the busy stretch.
2021-22 Preseason Picks
- Ben Krikke was named to the Preseason All-MVC Second Team.
- Valpo was picked seventh in the 10-team league based on a preseason survey of the conference’s head coaches, media members and sports information directors.
- Drake was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the league, while UNI’s AJ Green earned Preseason Player of the Year accolades.
Sustained Home Success
- The Athletics-Recreation Center has provided a distinct homecourt advantage over the years as Valpo has not finished with a losing mark at the ARC since 1991-92.
- Thanks to a victory in the 2020-21 home finale vs. Indiana State, the program finished with a record of .500 or better at home for the 29th consecutive season.
- Valpo enjoyed double-figure home win totals in nine of 10 seasons prior to the unusual, pandemic-altered 2020-21 season. Due to health and safety regulations, fans were unable to pack the ARC as they have in years past.
- The ARC is back open to spectators without any capacity restrictions during the 2021-22 season, restoring the home court advantage Valpo has come to expect over the years.
- The historic home success is good news for Valpo this season, as the team will play 17 home games.
- The nonconference slate will be comprised of eight home dates, two road games and three neutral-site contests.
- Valpo most recently played 17 home games during the 2016-17 season. This will mark the team’s busiest home calendar since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.
Big Ten U
- Prior to this season, Valpo had just a pair of Big Ten transfers join the program over the last two decades (Bakari Evelyn and Bobby Capobiano).
- This year, the program has been bolstered by four additions from the Big Ten Conference. Trevor Anderson, Joe Hedstrom and Kobe King have all come in from Wisconsin, while Thomas Kithier joins the fold after beginning his career with three seasons at Michigan State.
- Four of the five transfers that have come in join the team from the Big Ten, while a fifth impact transfer began his career with four seasons at Division-II Winona State. Kevion Taylor was a three-time all-conference performer and was his conference’s preseason player of the year in 2020-21.
- King started all 19 games he played at Wisconsin in 2019-20, Anderson appeared in 60 of Wisconsin’s 62 games over the last two seasons and Kithier appeared in 86 games and made 19 starts for Tom Izzo’s team over his three seasons in East Lansing.
- Although the team features five freshmen and the five aforementioned transfers, five scholarship players do return from last season.
- The squad brings back 47.9 percent of its scoring and 42.4 percent of its rebounding.
- Four of the team’s top six scorers are back.
- A pair of MVC postseason award winners remain in the fold for the Beacons as Sheldon Edwards was a member of the 2020-21 MVC All-Freshman Team, while Ben Krikke earned All-MVC Third Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, the lone player in the league to receive all three honors.
- Seven letter winners are back from last year’s team, while nine have departed. Three starters return and three left. (Note: Starters based on top five players in number of games started. Six players were considered starters due to a tie for fifth).
- Associate head coach Luke Gore is in his 20th year on staff and has served under four different head coaches. The Valpo veteran has helped the team to eight postseason berths in the last 11 years and was on staff for the three winningest seasons in program history. He serves as the team’s defensive coordinator in addition to leading Valpo’s scheduling and scouting efforts.
- Assistant coach Matt Bowen returned to Valpo’s staff in 2018-19 after previously spending four seasons with the Brown & Gold from 2002-2006. He was the head coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2012-2018. Bowen coordinates the team’s offense.
- Assistant coach Rob Holloway is back for his fourth season after spending the previous two years on staff at Eastern Illinois, his alma mater. He serves as the “special teams” coordinator, which includes presses, press breaks and out-of-bounds plays.
- Director of Basketball Operations Peter Funk is in his first season in that role after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant and the three years prior to that as a student manager.
- Bob Brooks is in his 18th year as Valpo Director of Strength & Conditioning at Valpo and returned to oversight of men’s basketball strength & conditioning in 2020-21. He has worked with Valpo teams since 1994.
- Athletic trainer Ken DeAngelis is in his third season full-time at Valpo after previously earning his master’s degree from the University in 2012 while spending two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.
Tradition of Excellence
- Valpo has 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and four NIT berths in the program’s proud history, with the team’s postseason success highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen run in 1998.
- The program has produced nine All-Americans, won 18 regular season conference championships and 10 conference tournament crowns.
- Valpo also boasts eight NBA players, 10 conference players of the year and 20 20-win seasons.
- Nine of the team’s NCAA appearances have come since 1996.
- Valpo has qualified for the postseason eight times in the last 11 years, including 2019-20 where Valpo accepted a postseason berth but the tournament was not played due to COVID-19.
- Valpo has developed a myriad of professional basketball players over the last quarter century, most notably a pair of NBA players in the last four years. Ryan Broekhoff (class of 2013) signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2018 after spending five seasons playing internationally in Russia and Turkey. Alec Peters (class of 2017) was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Peters appeared in 20 games for the Suns in 2017-18, highlighted by a 36-point performance in the season finale against Dallas – a new single-game high by a Valpo alum in the NBA. He has gone on to a successful career overseas with CSKA Moscow (2018-2019), Anadolu Efes (2019-2020) and Kirolbet Baskonia (2020-present).
- Valpo has produced over 50 professional players in the last 25 years.
INDIANAPOLIS VB: DROPS GLVC QUARTERFINAL TO LEWIS
EAST PEORIA, IL – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team saw its 2021 season come to an end on Friday, falling to nationally-ranked Lewis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship tournament. The Hounds finish the season at 14-17 overall and 10-8 in conference play.
More details to come…
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kayla Guthrie led the offense with 10 kills while Hannah Huppenbauer and Emma Jones tallied six.
– Alex Equihua dished out 31 assists to reach 1,164 on the season.
– MaKenna Barnhart paced the defense with 19 digs.
INDIANA STATE MBB: BASKETBALL UNABLE TO MATCH OKLAHOMA IN SEMIFINAL; PLAYS NMSU SUNDAY IN THIRD-PLACE GAME
CONWAY, S.C. – Indiana State basketball fell to Oklahoma 87-63 in the semifinals of the Myrtle Beach Invitational Friday night at the HTC Center despite a career effort from Cameron Henry.
Henry scored a career high 25 points to lead all players while adding eight rebounds and four assists. The Chesterfield, Virginia native tallied 11 points in the first 20 minutes before dropping in 14 in the second half of action. Micah Thomas scored 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting while Cooper Neese scored in double-digits for the fifth consecutive game with 11 points.
The Sooners (4-0) utilized their strength on the interior and athleticism to disrupt the ISU offense throughout the night, holding ISU to its second-worst shooting percentage of the season behind Purdue at 42.1 percent from the floor as well as a season low 22.2 percent (6-of-27) from behind the arc.
Trailing by eight points at the break, the two squads traded blows for the first five minutes of the second half until the Sooners were able to create a double-digit buffer thanks to some early fouls and turnovers from the Sycamores.
Tanner Groves led Oklahoma with 24 points on 10-of-15 from the floor while grabbing eight rebounds. Three other Sooners scored 10 or more points.
Oklahoma was able to pick up production from its bench to the tune of a 32-7 advantage as the Sycamores used just two rotation players until late in the game. The Sooners won the battle on the glass 42-28 while being able to score 10 second chance points. OU was also score the most transition points of the season against the Trees with 14 points on the fast break.
Kailex Stephens ended a 13-0 scoring run by the Sooners with a bucket and foul at the 9:21 mark, cutting the OU lead to seven points at 19-12. ISU continued to chip away at the OU lead until it was a 32-30 game after a quick 5-0 Sycamore run following a layup from Henry and a three from Stephens. OU ended the half with a 6-0 run to take a 38-30 lead into the locker room.
Groves led the all scorers in the first half with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including two shots from behind the arc as OU shot 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the field. Henry led ISU with 11 points as Stephens, Neese and Thomas all tallied better than five points.
Oklahoma finished the game shooting 52 percent (33-64) from the field and 43 percent (9-21) from deep while converting 12-of-16 at the free throw line.
The Sycamores will play in the third-place game Sunday against New Mexico State. Tip is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
EVANSVILLE VB: VOLLEYBALL OPENS WEEKEND WITH 3-0 WIN AT SIU
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Closing in on their second Missouri Valley Conference Championship berth in three seasons, the University of Evansville volleyball team defeated Southern Illinois by a 3-0 final on Friday evening in Carbondale.
Box Score (PDF)
Alondra Vazquez excelled in every facet of the game, leading the Purple Aces (19-9, 9-8 MVC) with 14 kills. She added 7 digs, 3 assists and a pair of service aces. Giulia Cardona finished the evening with 13 kills and 2 aces while Melanie Feliciano recorded 7 kills. Blakeley Freeman registered a team-high 11 digs while Taya Haffner finished with 31 assists.
The Salukis (5-25, 0-17 MVC) were led by 9-kill performances from Tatum Tornatta and Alex Washington.
Set 1 – UE 25, SIU 19
Each team had a turn in the lead early in the opening set, but with the score tied at 8-8, a Giulia Cardona kill began a 3-0 stretch that would put UE in the lead for good. Cardona finished the run with an ace. The Salukis remained close, cutting the deficit to 14-12 before a kill by Alondra Vazquez began another 3-0 run. Evansville finished the set with a 25-19 win with Vazquez tallying the clinching kill.
Set 2 – UE 25, SIU 18
A 5-2 stretch by the Aces began the second frame with Taya Haffner capping off the start with her first ace of the match. SIU got within a pair at 7-5 before kills by Laura Ruiz and Kate Tsironis stretched the lead to 14-9. Southern Illinois was not deterred by the deficit as a UE error helped the close the gap to 17-16. Evansville countered with a 4-0 run that saw Melanie Feliciano pick up a kill. From there, the Aces took a 2-0 match lead with a 25-18 decision.
Set 3 – UE 25, SIU 17
Southern Illinois wrested away an 8-6 lead in the opening moments of the third set before Evansville tallied three in a row to go in front. With UE holding a 12-11 lead, they would change the course of the set by reeling off six points in a row. Following a Vazquez kill, the Aces forced consecutive Saluki errors to extend the lead to 15-11. Following an SIU time out, Cecilia Thon continued the run with an ace before the lead grew to 18-11. Evansville continued to add to the lead down the stretch, earning the 19th win of the season on the strength of a 25-17 decision.
Tomorrow evening, the Aces close out the regular season with a 5 p.m. road match at Missouri State.
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: KNIGHTS DROP CROSSROADS LEAGUE OPENER TO NO. 8 INDIANA WESLEYAN
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the young 2021-22 season, as No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan won the first meeting of the season between the two teams 74-55. Marian is now 4-1 on the year, beginning Crossroads League play 0-1.
The Crossroads opener against two of the league’s top teams started with a phyiscal low-scoring battle, as both sides netted seven points by the media timeout. Malek Edmonds and Christian Stewart made up the Knights first seven points, but the Wildcats caught fire before the media timeout. After the stoppage Indiana Wesleyan found their stroke from deep, with Spencer Piercefield hitting two three’s as part of an 11-2 run in a 2:30 stretch. The cold streak continued for Marian, as Indiana Wesleyan pushed their lead to 14-points as the clock ticked under nine minutes.
Trailing 26-12, Marian slowly chipped back within a 10-point deficit as Jacob Wiley scored six straight, bringing the his team within eight. Wiley’s offensive presence kept the Knights in the game and prevented Indiana Wesleyan from running away with the lead, as his 11 first half points held the difference at eight as the two sides entered the locker rooms. The Wildcats led 37-29 at the half, shooting 46.9 percent from the field while Marian was held to just 35.5 percent shooting.
The Knights stayed within three possesions of the Wildcats through the first two minutes as Tyrie Johnson and Edmonds each made a basket, but Seth Maxwell three put an end to Marian’s momemtum. The trey from the center pushed the visitor’s lead to 12, and it soon grew to 17 points. The Knights would keep the score between 13 and 17 points for a four minute stretch, but as bucket from Maxwell at the 10 minute mark dampened a strong stretch of Marian defense.
Indiana Wesleyan pushed their lead to 20 points after a pair of Tim Adetukasi baskets, giving IWU their largest lead of the game with 7:37 remaining. Marian was unable to get within 17 points for the remainder of the game, eventually ending the game in a 74-55 defeat.
As a team the Knights shot just 33 percent from the field, while Indiana Wesleyan shot 45 percent. Wiley led the Knights in scoring with 17 points, and Edmonds scored 15 points in the loss. Christian Harvey had five of Marian’s nine assists in the loss.
Marian will play their first road game of the Crossroads League season on Tuesday night as they play the second game of a doubleheader at Grace. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: HOUNDS FACE #1 LAKERS IN NCAA SECOND ROUND
ALLENDALE, Mich. – After downing the No. 4-seeded McKendree Bearcats in the NCAA Midwest Regional first round Thursday morning, the UIndy women’s soccer team is slated to play the nation’s No. 1 team, the Grand Valley State Lakers, on Saturday morning.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
Ranked No. 1 in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Lakers sit at No. 2 in the nation in points scored per game (9.95). Averaging 3.14 goals per game, the Lakers have a shot on goal percentage of .430.
Led by Greta Deloach, who has 19 goals on the season along with six assists, the Lakers have scored 69 goals this fall. Kendall Robertson and Callie Rich have split the time in the net for the Lakers, allowing just 12 goals over, and posting 46 saves.
The Hounds last met the Lakers on Dec. 6 of 2019 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where GVSU took the 9-0 win. The Hounds posted 12 saves to GVSU’s 27 shots on goal.
The Hounds will look for vengeance in the second-round match on Grand Valley’s home field on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.
IU EAST WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST AT OHIO VALLEY PREVIEW
The Indiana University East women’s basketball team tips off River States Conference play Nov. 20 with a visit to league newcomer Ohio Valley University.
Tipoff is at 3 p.m. in the second game of a men’s-women’s RSC doubleheader.
IU East is 6-2. Ohio Valley (0-1), which has not played since Nov. 2, will be playing its first-ever RSC game.
FOLLOW THE GAME
Ohio Valley’s Snyder Activity Center is located at the corner of College Parkway and Briscoe Road in Vienna, W.Va.
Live video and live stats, produced by Ohio Valley, are scheduled to be available.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box score.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* IU East looks to bounce back from an 82-66 setback at then-No. 4 Marian on Nov. 16.
* IU East was fifth in the RSC preseason coaches poll. Ohio Valley was 13th.
* Addie Brown (15.1 points per game), Bethany Mackin (14.3), Kami McEldowney (13.6) and Kennedy Griffin (11.6) all average double digits in scoring for IU East.
* Tia Tolbert (6.1 rebounds per game), Bethany Mackin (3.3 assists per game), Marissa Quiroz (.7 blocks per game) and Paige Gregory (2.0 steals per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.
* IU East is 4-0 when it gets to the free throw line more than 20 times and 4-0 when it makes 30 or more field goals.
* IU East and Ohio Valley have played once before. The Red Wolves beat the Fighting Scots by a 91-54 score in 2017 as part of a tournament at Central State University.
IU EAST MBB: THANKSGIVING WEEK PREVIEW
The Indiana University East men’s basketball heads east for a pair of Thanksgiving Break road games.
The Red Wolves (2-4) tip off River States Conference play Nov. 20 with a visit to league newcomer Ohio Valley University (0-2). Tipoff between the Red Wolves and the Fighting Scots is at 1 p.m. in the first game of a men’s-women’s RSC doubleheader.
IU East then continues on to Takoma Park, Md., for a non-conference game at Washington Adventist University (2-0) on Nov. 22.
FOLLOW THE GAMES
Ohio Valley’s Snyder Activity Center is located at the corner of College Parkway and Briscoe Road in Vienna, W.Va.
Live video and live stats for the IU East-Ohio Valley game, produced by Ohio Valley, are scheduled to be available.
Washington Adventist’s basketball home, “The Pitt”, is located on the WAU campus at 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park, Md.
A live video broadcast, produced by Washington Adventist, is scheduled to be available.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the road trip recaps and box scores.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* IU East’s most recent game was an 88-67 setback at then-No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan University on Nov. 16.
* IU East was fifth in the RSC preseason coaches poll. Ohio Valley was 11th.
* Justin Williams (14.7 points per game) and Garrett Silcott (11.0) average double digits in scoring for IU East. Silcott is coming off of a season-best 17-point outing at Indiana Wesleyan.
* Jehu Lafeuillee adds 9.5 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
* This is the first meeting between IU East and Ohio Valley, which will be playing its first-ever RSC game.
* IU East has won two of three meetings against Washington Adventist, most recently an 82-74 victory on a neutral floor in 2019.
* IU East is 16th in the nation with 5.0 team blocks per game.
* IU East has limited the opponent to a .429 shooting percentage or lower in its two wins.
IU EAST CC: NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Savannah Hart made her first appearance at the NAIA Cross Country National Championship for Indiana University East on Friday, Nov. 19.
Completing the 5K course at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 20:41.9, Hart finished in 234th place.
“She ran an exceptional race,” IU East coach Cam Tiberg said. “This was the opposite of a fast course.”
The All-River States Conference First Team performer was pleased with her race, while making her initial visit to the area.
“It was a little troubling because of the time (difference),” Hart said of competing in the Pacific Time Zone, which is three hours behind Indiana. “The area is beautiful.”
However, the course featured some difficult terrain.
“It was very challenging and nothing like I had ever raced on before,” Hart said.
Hart is one of five runners from the IU East women’s program to have reached the NAIA national event as the Red Wolves have sent participants to the meet 10 times in the last 13 seasons.
“It was a gritty performance and we’re definitely proud of the way she ran,” Tiberg said. “This was the biggest race in the country and she was excited to be a part of the experience.”
“It was overwhelming at first, but I realized this was a great opportunity,” she stated.
Alyssa Bearz of Milligan University won the national individual championship with a time of 18:14.9 as she led her team to the overall title.
IWU FOOTBALL WITHDRAWS FROM NAIA PLAYOFFS
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) announced it has withdrawn for the NAIA football postseason due to inadvertently playing an academically ineligible player earlier this season. IWU will withdraw from its playoff game scheduled vs. Kansas Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
“We sincerely apologize to Kansas Wesleyan University that we will be unable to compete this weekend. We know their team, families, and fans have already begun their trip to Marion. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes each of them,” said Deane Webb, IWU Director of Athletics.
The IWU Athletic Department recently discovered that a member of the football team was academically ineligible and played in several games earlier in the season. The university self-reported its discovery to the NAIA and have cooperated fully with their investigation.
“As is often the case in inadvertent eligibility issues, there were multiple circumstances that led to this unfortunate situation. We have identified those that we can control and are setting up systems to ensure that this does not happen again. I want to be very clear that our coaches have operated with the highest integrity, and at no point were they previously aware of the infraction. They have my full trust and support,” said Webb.
“I am proud of our internal operations team for demonstrating two of IWU-Marion’s core values of integrity and courage to come forward once this player’s eligibility status came into question,” said Mark DeMichael, Vice President for Student Development and Athletics. “Our football coaches and student athletes have worked tirelessly to build Wildcat football into a program of excellence, and my heart breaks that they will not have the opportunity to finish this season in the way that they envisioned.”
This was just the fourth season of IWU Football which began intercollegiate play in 2018. Wildcat football is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mid-States Football Association.
Tickets and suites purchased for the game will be refunded immediately.
IWU WCC: WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES NINTH AT NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Indiana Wesleyan women’s cross country hit the course Friday, participating in the 2021 NAIA National Cross Country Championships. The race took place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course.
Heading into the meet ranked No. 15 in the NAIA, the Wildcats would finish ninth overall, and they were led by Jenna Couwenhoven who earned All-American status with a 14th place finish!
14 – Jenna Couwenhoven – 18:40.9
52 – Ashlyn Hastings – 19:11.8
141 – Ashlyn Shrimplin – 19:53.6
145 – Christina Magers – 19:54.7
167 – Ella Baldwin – 20:06.2
254 – Mara Smith – 20:53.0
279 – Erin Mann – 21:10.0
We really struggled with injuries this fall and in October it looked unlikely that we would qualify for nationals. These ladies learned to run free and worship in the midst of adversity. Led by the 3rd best place (14th) in Wildcat History, the team result was simply exciting.
We are blessed with an outstanding coaching staff. Lee Smith has been there throughout my career; Brian Dewey in his first year fit right in and Sarah McBeath, is without a doubt, the best young coach in the NAIA. Having our Head Track and Field Coach, Caleb Snyder along was also a huge benefit.
IWU MCC: MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TAKES THIRD AT NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s cross country hit the course today, participating in the 2021 NAIA National Cross Country Championships. The race took place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course.
Headed into the meet ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, the Wildcats finished third overall, led by Steven Ott and Landon Wakeman, who finished 17th and 19th, respectively. Both Ott and Wakeman earned NAIA All-American awards for their finishes.
It was the best finish for any Crossroads League team by 70 points.
No. 5 Men’s Cross Country
17 – Steven Ott – 25:35.6
19 – Landon Wakeman – 25:39.0
47 – Matthew Rupert – 26:03.5
48 – Eli Fullerton – 26:05.5
76 – Ben Neideck – 26:32.6
111 – Raffi Fry – 26:52.1
205 – Braden Vernot – 27:37.5
With the graduation of our top 2 last spring, both All Americans, this was a classic rebuilding season. However, from the first meet, it was clear that this group was special. Led by two first time All Americans we ran a beautiful race with an attitude of joy.
We are blessed with an outstanding coaching staff. Lee Smith has been there throughout my career; Brian Dewey in his first year fit right in and Sarah McBeath, is without a doubt, the best young coach in the NAIA. Having our Head Track and Field Coach, Caleb Snyder along was also a huge benefit.
IWU MBB: DEFENSE SMOTHERS NO. 11 KNIGHTS IN 19-POINT MEN’S BASKETBALL WIN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball collected a Top-15 NAIA win Friday, dethroning the No. 11 Knights 66-50. The Wildcats held the Knights to just 55 points, their fewest in a game since March 11, 2019, when Spring Arbor held the Knights to 50-points in the 2019 NAIA Men’s Basketball DII National Championship Tournament.
INSIDE THE GAME
Dan Largey led all scorers with 16 points at the half on 6-of-8 shooting. He finished 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
The Knights had just two players in double figures while IWU had four.
Indiana Wesleyan owned the paint, scoring a whopping 42 points compared to Marian University’s 22. IWU protected the paint well also, swatting 11 MU shots for the most in a game this season.
The red and gray used a 14-5 run to start the second half to build an 18-point lead. IWU trailed just once in the contest.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU returns home to host Spring Arbor on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
ANDERSON WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WITTENBERG SECURES WIN AGAINST ANDERSON
On Friday, Anderson University (0-3) competed in the Wittenberg Tip-Off in Springfield, Ohio. The Ravens competed against the host, Wittenberg University Tigers (2-1) and the game saw the Tigers secure a 79-54 victory over the Ravens.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Wittenberg drained 31-of-64 (48.4 percent) of their shots from the field, while Anderson hit 18-of-51 (35.3 percent)
From the free throw line, the Ravens made 13-of-20 (65 percent) over the Tigers 10-of-18 (52.6 percent)
The Tigers outrebounded the Ravens 43-28.
Both sides came up with one block, while the Ravens tallied two more steals than the Tigers with 13.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Payton Moore – 19 points, 8 rebounds
Lexi Dellinger – 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Reece Colclesser – 6 points, 1 rebound
Brynn Beard – 3 points
Cassie Pallett – 2 points, 1 assist
Jade Shipley – 2 points
Carly Holley – 2 points, 3 rebounds
Makynlee Taylor – 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Allison Shaffer – 2 points, 4 rebounds
Maya Turner – 1 point, 1 rebound
Anderson will finish the Wittenberg Tip-Off against Augustana College (Ill.) (3-1) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2PM in Springfield, Ohio.
EARLHAM WBB: WBB FALLS IN ROAD OPENER
BATAVIA, Ohio — The Earlham College women’s basketball team fell in its first road game of the 2021-22 season with a 77-56 showing at the University of Cincinnati Clermont.
The Quakers fell to 0-3 while the Cougars improved to 4-2.
Earlham will continue its season after the Thanksgiving break with a road contest at Kenyon College on Sunday. The Quakers will then contest the Quaker Bowl with Wilmington coming to Druley Performance Gym on Tuesday.
MANCHESTER CC: LOHMAN SET FOR NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University fifth-year senior Elizabeth Lohman is set to compete at the 2021 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship this weekend in Louisville. Ky. Saturday’s championship race will be held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. Lohman will race at 12 p.m.
Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) has had an outstanding season leading up to Saturday’s national championship race. Lohman was the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference individual champion, a three-time HCAC Athlete of the Week, and an All-Great Lakes Region performer. She helped the Black & Gold run away with its ninth HCAC title in program history at the end of October.
To be eligible to participate, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA regional competitions. The top seven-person team automatically qualified from each of the 10 regions. 22 additional teams were selected at-large. 70 individuals, the first seven student-athletes from each region who are not part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in the championships. Lohman placed 12th overall at the Great Lakes Championships last weekend with a time of 22:25.4.
WABASH MBB: WABASH DROPS GREAT LAKES INVITE OPENER TO THIRD-RANKED MARIETTA
Wabash played even with third-ranked Marietta College Friday night before falling 99-92 in the finale of the opening day of the 2021 Great Lakes Invitational.
Wabash (1-2) used a strong inside game to match the solid shooting of the host Pioneers (2-1). The Little Giants scored 46 points in the paint with Kellen Schreiber connecting on all seven of his shot attempts around the basket on the way to a 20-point night. Ahmoni Jones provided a second inside presence for Wabash. The junior hit five inside baskets along with three three-point shots to finish with a game-high 24 points.
Wabash trailed by as many as 16 points in the closing seconds of the first half. After a Cam Chadd two-point basket with 7:11 left to play in the first period cut the Marietta lead to 31-30, the Pioneers went on a 12-0 run over the next 3-1/2 minutes to move in front 43-30. Jack Davidson ended the scoreless streak for the Little Giants by hitting a three-point shot as part of his 13-point effort. A pair of free throws from Chadd got Wabash as close as nine points before Marietta responded by stretching the lead to 16 points before settling for a 53-40 lead at the half.
That lead held at double digits before Avery Beaver drilled a three-point shot to cut the score to 60-53. A pair of Schreiber free throws with 14 minutes left on the clock got Wabash to within four points. Marietta regained an eight-point lead before the Little Giants stormed back with a 13-7 run to trim the advantage to two points at 73-71 midway through the final period.
Tyler Watson hit his only three-point shot with 8:35 left to play to give Wabash the lead at 76-75. Watson was held to five points but grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds and tied his single-game best mark with seven assists. The Pioneers pushed back in front but Jones hit two free throws then scored a fastbreak layup with 5:12 remaining to put Wabash up 83-82.
Marietta regained the lead on a layup by Tim Kreeger, but Jones answered for the Little Giants with a three-point basket to provide an 86-84 lead. Lukas Isaly, who led the Pioneers with 22 points, responded with a three-pointer of his own to put Marietta back in front. The Pioneers stretched the advantage to seven points with 47 seconds on the game clock. The Little Giants drew as close as four points on free throws from Jones and Watson, but Marietta connected on three of its final four free throws to claim the 99-92 victory.
Wabash shot 33-of-68 from the field for 48.5 percent. The Little Giants hit just 8 of 29 three-point attempts for 27.6 percent, including a 5-for-21 effort in the second half. Marietta hit 37-of-68 shots from the field (54.4 percent) and finished 5-of-18 from three-point range (27.8 percent). Kreeger scored 18 points for the Pioneers. Mason Lydic added 13 points and Jason Ellis and Brett Martin each chipped in 10 points.
The Little Giants conclude play at the 2021 Great Lakes Invitational when they take on 13th-ranked Emory University Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles (1-1) lost to number-one ranked Randolph-Macon College 88-74 on Friday.
Wabash was announced as the host institution for the 2022 Great Lakes Invitational at halftime of Friday night’s game. The eight-team event will be played November 18-19 at Chadwick Court.
FRANKLIN WBB: RECAP | GRIZZLIES DROP ROAD OPENER TO CENTRE ON FRIDAY NIGHT
DANVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team opened their first road trip of the year on Friday (Nov. 19) night, taking on the Centre Colonels in the opening round of the Centre Classic.
Senior Jessica Nix set career highs with 17 points and seven steals for the Grizzlies (1-1), but a fourth quarter offensive slump proved the difference as Centre (2-1) rallied to take a 64-55 win.
How it Happened
The opening period saw the Colonels lead by as many as eight late in the quarter, taking a 20-14 lead into the second period. Down 31-24 with 5:28 to go in the opening half, the Grizzlies got things going at both ends of the floor and did not allow a Centre point the rest of the half, closing out the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 33-31 lead into the break.
The Grizzlies held the Colonels without a field goal for the first 5:40 of the second half, but the offense couldn’t land the knock-out blow and the Colonels stormed back to tie things up at 40 late in the quarter. Heading to the final 10 minutes, Franklin held a 47-43 lead.
The fourth quarter saw two teams shoot under 40% from the floor in the period, but the Colonels had the difference maker at the line, going 11-for-12 at the charity stripe to pull away late.
Inside the Box Score
-The Grizzlies held the advantage in shooting, connecting on 43.6% (24-for-55) of their field goals to 34.5% (19-for-55) for Centre.
-Free throws played a critical role in the game, with Centre going 21-for-29 at the line to 6-for-15 for Franklin.
-Freshman Jasmine Walker made her career debut, adding nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. She was one of two Grizzlies making their career debut in the game, with Georgia Hanauer being the other.
-Rebounds were 39-36 in Franklin’s favor and the Grizzlies held a 36-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Franklin closes out the weekend with a Saturday (Nov. 20) afternoon matchup against Oglethorpe. Tip-off from Danville is set for 1:00 p.m.
IU KOKOMO VB: VOLLEYBALL PRIMED FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team is set to make their seventh consecutive NAIA Volleyball Championship appearance this Saturday, November 20. Monday’s tournament selection show revealed the Cougars will travel to Orange City, Iowa to take on the Northwestern College Raiders in the opening round of the NAIA Championship.
Northwestern College, who came in at No. 21 in the final Top 25 coaches’ poll of the year, received at an at-large bid for their 17th NAIA Championship appearance. The Raiders posted an overall record of 17-10.
IU Kokomo enters NAIA Championship play with a record of 28-8. The Cougars clinched their berth by winning the regular season River States Conference title with a record of 16-1. The Cougars went on to claim their fourth straight RSC Volleyball Championship. IU Kokomo is making their seventh consecutive NAIA Championship appearance, and eighth overall.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and the Raiders.
The Cougars are one of five Indiana teams to make the field, the largest number of qualifiers for one state in this year’s Championship.
Saturday’s opening round match will take place inside the Bultman Center on the campus of Northwestern College. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).
INDIANA TECH MSOCCER: WARRIORS ADVANCE TO OPENING ROUND FINAL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s soccer team defeated the Warner Pacific Knights, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon in the opening game of the 2021 NAIA National Championship Opening Round at Warrior Athletic Field.
How did it Happen?
Antonio Marra would score his sixth goal of the season in the 42nd minute to put the Orange and Black up 1-0. He cleaned up the mess after a beautiful cross by Jonas Kahlman and header attempt by Will Harris.
Marc Junca had scored just one goal throughout the entire 2021 season, but he came up big in the first game of the NAIA Opening Round, tripling his goal total with a hat-trick, with each goal being scored in the second half. The first goal came in the 50th minute on a header from a Kahlman cross to put the host team up 2-0. The second came in the 66th minute after a corner kick in which Angel De Jorge headed the ball in the perfect spot for Junca to strike and score, giving Tech a commanding 3-0 lead. The third came off of a beautiful corner kick by Malte Dennert, the Knight goalkeeper mis-judged where the ball was placed, leaving Junca with a wide-open net to head the ball home to seal the deal.
The Warriors only allowed Warner Pacific to attempt two shots the entire game, with themselves shooting 16 times.
Tech (17-1-3) will now turn their attention to the William Penn Statesmen. The Statesmen own a record of 13-7, receiving an at-large big to the NAIA Championships. They earned a come-from-behind win against the Milligan Buffaloes Thursday evening, 3-1, to advance to the final. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Warrior Athletic Field.
GRACE COLLEGE: HERNANDEZ-RIOS RUNS TO NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Bryan Hernandez-Rios completed his breakout season by placing 16th in the NAIA Cross Country Championships and becoming the first Lancer runner to earn NAIA All-American honors since 2000. Hernandez-Rios paced Grace to a 22nd-place team finish at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course.
Rain throughout the week made the course soft and soggy for the 330 runners who completed the 8,000-meter event. Hernandez-Rios’ time of 25:34 was a minute off his personal best set earlier this year. The second Lancer runner, Logan Rufenacht, finished in 106th-place with a time of 26:49, also a minute slower than his season best.
Brandon Kleber was the third runner for Grace in 27:09, followed by Dimitri Margaritidis in 27:28. Margaritidis got caught in a crowd and was pushed and fell off the course during the early part of the race. He lost nearly 75 spots by the time he recovered.
Macallister Cheek (27:44), Justin Van Prooyen (27:48) and Isaac Beatty (28:35) completed the lineup for the Lancers.
The Crossroads League was well represented with a record six teams competing. Indiana Wesleyan was 3rd, followed by Huntington in 9th and Taylor in 11th. Goshen finished 24th and Marian 29th.
The appearance at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships was the first for the Grace men’s program since 2002 and just the third all-time. None of the seven runners who competed for the Lancers are seniors, and all are expected to return next year.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Finish Fourth Place at NAIA Cross Country Nationals
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Taylor women’s cross country team finished on the podium for the second-straight year at the NAIA National Championships after ending fourth-of-36 teams at the Vancouver National Historic Championship Course on Friday afternoon.
The cold and muddy course did not stop the Trojans from competing with fervor, as Taylor tallied a total of 164 points. Milligan took the team championship with 121 points, followed by St. Francis (Ill.) in second place with 141 and Cornerstone in third with 149. The Trojans ran a combined team time of 94:59.
“Wow, what a special race,” commented head coach Quinn White. “So many teams battled for podium spots. Our ladies got out well and held on to their position. I am so proud of their effort.”
Taylor had three women claim their first-ever NAIA Cross Country All-American honor, as Abbey Brennan, Giovanna Domene and Ahna VanderWall finished inside the top-40. The trio made history by earning the most All-American awards Taylor has ever collected in the same year. Brennan, Domene and VanderWall join Sarah Harden (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017), Livy Schroder (2020, 2019), Alex Berends (2018, 2014) and Lolly York (2005, 2006) as the fifth, sixth and seventh NAIA All-American in program history.
Brennan was Taylor’s top finisher of the day. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native raced in her first-ever NAIA Cross Country National Championship and ended sixth place overall. The senior concluded her collegiate cross country career with a time of 18:32.7.
Domene finished next for the Purple and Gold, also racing in her final cross country race of her Taylor career. The senior clocked a time of 18:46.8 and posted a career-best national finish of 22nd place.
Taylor’s sophomore duo of Ahna VanderWall and Mollie Gamble crossed the line in 37th and 44th place respectively. VanderWall recorded a time of 18:58.3 and Gamble finished in 19:04.7.
Brooke Studnicki ended as TU’s fifth and final scoring runner, claiming 97th place overall and posting a time of 19:36.2. Madeline Purdom and Audrey Brinkruff competed in their first national experience and rounded out the lineup for the Purple and Gold. Purdom finished 121st overall with a time of 19:46.1. Brinkruff clocked a time of 19:56.2 for 151st place.
Taylor closed its impressive 2021 campaign at 97-44 overall, after going 65-41 through five regular season races. Taylor has now finished fourth, third, sixth, third, fifth, 19th, 11th, 10th, and 10th over the past nine seasons at NAIA Nationals and a total of 14 overall team showings in program history.
The Trojans will graduate a class of three competitive seniors, including Brennan, Domene and Corinne O’Leary but are poised to return 10 runners, including Studnicki, Purdom, VanderWall, Gamble and Brinkruff for the 2022 campaign.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR MEN FINISH 11TH AT NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
VANCOUVER, Wash. –The Taylor men’s cross country team finished 11th-of-36 teams at the 66th-Annual NAIA National Championships at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course on Friday afternoon.
The Taylor men were ranked fourth going into the race, however the Trojans finished as the 11th team in the nation scoring a total of 307 points and clocking a team time of 2:11:20. Milligan took the team championship with 115 points, followed by St. Mary in second place with 175 points and Indiana Wesleyan in third with 186.
Three of Taylor’s seniors ended their phenomenal careers with All-American honors, as Daniel Gerber, Derek Van Prooyen and Alex Helmuth finished in the top-40.
Gerber concluded his impressive collegiate campaign, finishing 12th place of 330 runners and collecting his third cross country All-American award. The senior finished with a time of 25:22.7.
Van Prooyen and Helmuth collected their second NAIA Cross Country All-American awards, ending 30th and 32nd place respectively. Van Prooyen ran a time of 25:48.3 and Helmuth crossed the line at 25:49.0.
Connor White ended in 126th place with a time of 26:59.1. Nathan Streitmatter finished as Taylor’s fifth and final scoring man, posting a time of 27:20.3 in 172nd place.
Ben Eiffert claimed 182nd place and clocked a time of 27:27.8. Josh Harden rounded-out TU’s top-seven in 206th place, posting a time of 27:38.4.
Taylor closed its 2021 campaign with a record of 96-34 overall, after going 71-24 through five regular season races. The Trojans will graduate a class of seven dynamic seniors, including Gerber, Helmuth, Van Prooyen, White, Zach Hoekstra, Nathan Holst and Blake Montgomery.
RHIT SWIM-DIVE – MEN 1ST, WOMEN 2ND AT BETHEL
ELKHART, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up 13 event victories to capture a 181-100 men’s swimming and diving team victory over Bethel University at the Elkhart Aquatic Center on Friday night.
With the win, Rose-Hulman improved to 3-0 in duel meets on the 2021-22 season.
John Dinkel, Justin Roberts and Evan Sellers paced the Fightin’ Engineers with two wins each.
Dinkel swept the 1-meter (219.1 points) and 3-meter (214.9 points) diving events. Roberts won the 100-butterfly in 53.49 seconds and the 100-backstroke in 54.64 seconds. Sellers swept the 500-freestyle (4:56.04) and 1000-freestyle (10:16.50).
Other individual winners included Ryan Bowering in the 200-backstroke (2:03.29); Nick Edwards in the 200-freestyle (1:50.54); Logan McLaughlin in the 100-freestyle (49.16); Derick Miller in the 200-butterfly (2:04.76); and Tyler Sommer in the 50-freestyle (22.45).
Rose-Hulman also won the 200-medley relay with Ryan Nikolic, Miller, Jared Brown and Logan McLaughlin in 1:37.68. The 200-freestyle team of Miller, Alex Ketcham, Anthony Napreev and Edwards also won in 1:29.00.
The Fightin’ Engineers return to action at the Carthage Invitational on Dec. 2-4.
ELKHART, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on four first-place finishes to stay within striking distance of Bethel University in a narrow 136-114 team loss on Friday night at Elkhart Aquatic Center.
Individual winners included Audrey Hankins in 1-meter diving (195.85 points); Tori Kinnamon in the 1,000-freestyle (12:19.73); and Cate Stauffer in the 500-freestyle (5:49.87).
The 200-freestyle relay team of Natalija Pumpurs, Riya Bharamaraddi, Brooke Covert, Therese Jaeger also won in 1:49.98.
Lauren Meyer led the runner-up performances with second in the 100-breaststroke (1:13.92), 200-breaststroke (2:40.90); and 200-individual medley (2:26.06).
Other second-place finishes included Brooke Covert in the 200-butterfly (2:42.34); Ella Hart in the 200-backstroke (2:43.11); Megan Howell in the 100-freestyle (1:01.62); Pumpurs in the 100-butterfly (1:06.58); and Stauffer in the 200-freestyle (2:08.85).
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Carthage Invitational on Dec. 2-4.
RHIT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS 58-48 AT NORTH PARK
CHICAGO, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball fell to North Park University in the North Park Classic 58-48 on Friday night. RHIT fell to 0-2 on the season while North Park improved to 3-1.
Both teams relied on defense in the first half, with NPU holding the lead at the halftime buzzer 23-21. Jordan Barlow (4 points, 5 rebounds) and Jamie Baum (4 points, 6 rebounds) were the leaders for RHIT at the break.
The game went back-and-forth to open the second half, but it was North Park that scored eight unanswered points to break the game open at the end of the third quarter that led to the victory.
Barlow led the offense for RHIT with 14 points and eight rebounds. Baum finished close behind Barlow with 10 points and eight rebounds. Combined, the two finished 10-24 from the floor and 4-5 from the foul line.
The rest of the offense for Rose-Hulman was well-balanced. Rowan Hein finished with five points and five rebounds in her season debut. Peyton Miller recorded four points and five rebounds. Kahlan Jester, Rose Burnham, Ashley Black, and Peyton Miller all chipped in four points each.
Rose-Hulman returns to the court tomorrow, November 20 against Elmhurst in their second game of the North Park Classic at 2pm CT.
RHIT MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO MARYMOUNT FOR WEEKEND INVITATIONAL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team travels to Arlington, Virginia, for the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Sat. Nov. 20 – Rose-Hulman vs. Washington & Lee – 3 pm
Sun. Nov. 21 – Rose-Hulman vs. Marymount or Ramapo – 2 pm with Saturday win; 12 pm with Saturday loss
ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:
* Rose-Hulman defeated Albion 72-58 in the season opener on Nov. 10. Dillon Duff led five players in double figures with 15 points.
* Other players in double figures included Max Chaplin with 12 points; Samvit Ram with 11 points; Jackson Kabrick with 11 points; and Vuk Djuric with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
* Dillon Duff was named honorable mention all-HCAC and was named the 2021 HCAC Newcomer of the Year last season after leading Rose-Hulman in scoring at 12.0 points per game.
* Head coach Rusty Loyd was named HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the team to a conference best regular season winning percentage of .833 with a 10-2 record.
* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters this contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 106-68. Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season HCAC title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.
* Washington & Lee is 1-1 this season.
* Marymount is 0-2 entering the weekend.
* Ramapo is 1-1 entering the weekend.
TRINE MEN’S HOCKEY: FALLS IN FINAL MINUTE AGAINST NATIONALLY-RANKED ADRIAN
ADRIAN, Mich. – The Trine University men’s hockey team held a lead in the third period over nationally-ranked Adrian College, but a last-minute goal kept the Thunder from completing the upset falling in the contest 3-2.
The Bulldogs, who were ranked third in the most recent USCHO.com national poll, scored the lone goal of the first period and took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Thunder knotted the contest in the waning minutes of the second period. Senior Brandon Krumpschmid (Grand Rapids, Mich.) came up with a loose puck in the defensive zone and passed it off to freshman Drew Welsch (Trenton, Mich.) who carried it quickly up the ice before passing it into the offensive zone. Junior Frank Trazzera (Keller, Texas) collected it and carried it to the flat before passing it back to Welsch who returned it to Krumpschmid who went top shelf on the opposition’s goalie.
The 1-1 tie would last into the third period when Trine took their first lead of the contest, behind the offense of the same line of forwards as the first goal. This time Krumpschmid came up with the loose puck in the offensive zone and passed it off to Trazzera who fired a shot on net that was turned aside. Trazzera collected the rebound and forwarded it to Welsch who fired it by the goalie giving the team a 2-1 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the period.
Adrian did not rollover following the lead change. With just under eight minutes remaining in the period they tied the game up again at 2-2. The goal came off a turnover in the neutral zone by the Thunder and some quick passing by the Bulldogs.
Then just following the announcement by the Adrian public address announcer of one-minute remaining, a clever pass from the neutral zone gave the Bulldogs a 2-on-1 opportunity and they converted taking a 3-2 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the third.
With under 30 seconds remaining, the Thunder pulled their goalie for the extra skater looking for a boost in the offensive end they would force a few saves from the opposition’s goalie and a timeout from the Adrian bench, but they were unable to get it into the net. The 3-2 score would go final with the nationally-ranked Bulldogs avoiding the upset.
Sophomore Shane Brancato (Lake Villa, Ill.) played tough in net for Trine finishing the game with 28 saves while allowing just the three goals, just the second time Adrian has been held under four goals this season. The other time came in the first game of the year against now second-ranked Utica College.
The Thunder fall to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) play. They will finish off the weekend by hosting the Bulldogs tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 20. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.
BETHEL SWIMMING: WOMEN’S SWIMMING HITS 4 NAIA STANDARDS, 1 PROGRAM RECORD
ELKHART – No. 9 Bethel Women’s Swimming hit 4 NAIA standards and got one program record in a loss against Rose-Hulman on Friday at the Elkart Aquatics Center. Elisabeth Wolfe hit three standards in the 50, 100, and 200 Free, while Vivienne Kunkler added one in the 100 Breast, and Carrolyn Kiner-Sprow broke her program record in the 1 Meter Diving.
Location: Elkhart Aquatics Center | Elkhart Ind.
NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – No. 9
Elisabeth Wolfe | 50 Free | 24.73 (B)
Elisabeth Wolfe | 100 Free | 54.22 (B)
Elisabeth Wolfe | 200 Free | 1:59.49 (B)
Vivienne Kunkler | 100 Breast | 1:09.89 (B)
Carrolyn Kiner-Sprow | 1 Meter Diving | 130.85 pts
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the three-day Calvin Winter Invite hosted by Calvin College on December 2-4.
For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit BUPilots.com or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.
BETHEL MSWIMMING: HITS 3 NAIA STANDARDS, 1 PROGRAM RECORDS
ELKHART – Bethel Men’s Swimming hit three NAIA standards and one program record in a win over Rose-Hulman on Friday evening at the Elkhart Aquatics Center. Caleb Berrong hit standards in the 100 Breast, 200 Breast, and 200 IM, while Nicholas Bohm broke his program record in the 1 Meter Diving.
Location: Elkhart Aquatics Center | Elkhart, Ind.
NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR
Caleb Berrong | 100 Breast | 58.02 (B)
Caleb Berrong | 200 Breast | 2:06.74 (B)
Caleb Berrong | 200 IM | 1:59.29 (B)
Nicholas Bohm | 1 Meter Diving | 189.35 pts
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the three-day Calvin Winter Invite hosted by Calvin College on December 2-4.
For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit BUPilots.com or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.
HUNTINGTON CC: THREE FORESTERS TABBED ALL-AMERICAN, MEN TAKE 9TH WHILE WOMEN FINISH 23RD AT NAIA NATIONALS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Huntington cross country program closed out the fall with their third straight trip to the NAIA Cross Country Championships where the #9 Forester men’s team matched their ranking by taking ninth and the 19th-ranked women finished 23rd with 539 points.
Elijah Chesterman topped HU with his tenth-place finish in 25:20. The Huntington native was the first Crossroads League competitor to cross the finish line. Kent Yoder came in next for Johnson’s crew by claiming 35th in 25:50. Both were tabbed All-Americans by finishing in top 40. It is their second All-American medal in cross country, a feat only one other Forester in school history can boast.
Haile Stutzman navigated the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course in 26:17 for 60th place. Reece Gibson clocked in at 26:33 for the 77th spot while Austin Liepe rounded out HU’s team score with his 110th-place finish in 26:51. Huntington’s other two runners were Aaron Hendryx (193rd, 27:31) and Matthew Hyter (240th, 27:59).
“Technically we finished what we were seeded but our expectations were much higher than that,” said Coach Lauren Davenport Johnson. “Elijah ran an amazing race. He did exactly what he needed to do the entire race. Unfortunately, Haile fell within the first 800 meters and struggled to get back in it.
“Heading into the final 2K, we were in fourth place but regrettably we just didn’t finish well. This is the race we train for all year but we just didn’t bring it, so we’re disappointed with our performance.”
Milligan took home the national championship with 115 points. Rounding out the top ten included St. Mary (Kan.) (175), Indiana Wesleyan (186), St. Francis (Ill.) (215), College of Idaho (222), Lewis-Clark (239), The Master’s (239), Dordt (245), HU (256) and Oklahoma City (282).
Rookie Shelby Christman made program history as the first freshman to earn All-American honors by claiming 19th in 18:45 to pace HU women’s crew. Sydney Lambert clocked in at 19:21 to take 68th. Making her debut on the big stage, freshman Emily Tedder posted a time of 19:43 to finish 115th.
Carmen Trier was next for the Foresters having finished 263rd in 20:58 while Abby Mays came in a few runners later to snag 269th place in 21:00. Lauren Craig (21:22) and Olivia Von Gunten (21:34) were separated by 12 seconds to finish 290th and 295th respectively.
“Shelby ran well for us up front,” said Johnson. “She started out a little too fast but settled in really well. Sydney was just too far back to start and wasn’t able to make up much ground. Unfortunately, we finished behind our seeding, but we will refocus quickly to prepare for indoor track.”
Milligan also claimed the women’s national title with 122 points. Rounding out the top ten included St. Francis (Ill.) (141), Cornerstone (149), Taylor (164), College of Idaho (183), The Master’s (193), St. Mary (Kan.) (258), Dordt (343), Indiana Wesleyan (389) and Aquinas (400).
Indoor track and field kicks off on December 4 with the Mastodon Open hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
OAKLAND CITY WBB: EMILEE HOPE LEADS FIVE MIGHTY OAKS IN DOUBLE FIGURES OVER WELCH FLAMES
Oakland City, IN – Sophomore Emilee Hope missed only one three point attempt in eight tries on her way to a team best 25 points as the Mighty Oaks women’s basketball team overwhelmed the Flames of Welch College 105-73. After pulling ahead 27-16 at the end of the first quarter, OCU outscored the Flames in each frame on their way to their second win on the year, evening their record at 2-2.
Joining Hope in double-digit scoring was transfer Jalaya Dowell, who made 8-10 shot attempts and 4-4 from the foul line on her way to 20 points, while hauling in a game high nine rebounds. Marissa Austin added 14 counters, on 5-9 shooting, including 3-4 from long range, while Taylor Dillard chipped in with 12 points to go with a team high seven assists. Freshman Amaya Thomas also posted a dozen points, making 5-7 of her shots.
Abby Bragg led the Welch College attack, scoring a game high 28 points, on 10-16 shooting, including 8-11 from beyond the arc. Macey Bowman added 18 counters and a game high eight assists, while Emma Wall scored 13. Madison Carnes also reached double figures, scoring 10 counters in the loss.
As a team, OCU made 42-78 (53.8%) of their field goal tries, including a blistering 11-15 (73.3%) from three point range. Welch connected on 26-62 (41.9%) of their shots, going 9-23 (39.1%) from beyond the arc. The Oaks made 10-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line, while the Flames made a near perfect 12-13 (92.3%) of their foul line attempts.
OCU held a 48-25 rebounding advantage over the smaller Welch College team, including a 19-8 lead on the offensive glass. The Oaks handed out 36 assists in the game, double the amount by the Flames, while edging out their opponents 20-22 in turnovers. Both teams had eight blocked shots, while Oakland City picked up 14 steals, four more than the visiting Flames.
The Mighty Oaks will return to action tomorrow, as they host the Eagles of Midway University in a River States Conference matchup in the Johnson Center. Tipoff is scheduled to follow the 1:00 men’s game, also between the Oaks and the Eagles.
IU KOKOMO WBB: COUGARS DROP TOUGH CONFERENCE MATCHUP TO ALICE LLOYD 64-63
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Alice Lloyd Friday afternoon, 64-63. The Cougars are now 1-5 overall and 0-2 in River States Conference play.
The Eagles of Alice Lloyd scored the first four points of the game and led by as many as seven in the first three and a half minutes of the opening quarter. However, the Cougars were in the bonus early in the period and went 8-9 from the stripe. A Gabrielle Joyner trey gave IU Kokomo their first lead of the contest at 13-11 and the Cougars led 17-13 after one period.
The Cougars led by two with 6:47 remaining in the second quarter, but the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead of their own at 28-22. IU Kokomo outscored Alice Lloyd 7-5 over the final 4:27 of the half to trail the Eagles by just four at halftime
Anya Friend knocked down one of her two triples coming out of the break to cut the Alice Lloyd lead to one at 33-32. The Cougars were unable to recapture the lead until the 6:26 mark of the third quarter on a Tia Chambers layup. Alice Lloyd quickly regained the lead and took a 47-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter proved to be the highest scoring quarter of the game with 35 total points. Vanessa Mullins came off the bench and added eight fourth quarter points to lead the Cougars offensively. The Cougars finally took their first lead of the final period with 1:42 remaining in the game on a Vanessa Mullins jumper, but that would be the final points of the night for IU Kokomo. The Cougars led 63-62 until Haley Hall knocked down the game-winner with five seconds left to lift Alice Lloyd over IU Kokomo 64-63.
Vanessa Mullins led IU Kokomo with 12 points and five rebounds. The senior Jaela Meister contributed nine points while Anya Friend and Tia Chambers each added eight points.
The Cougars will return to the floor Tuesday, as they welcome Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College to campus for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
IU KOKOMO MBB: COUGARS FALL 73-63 TO CONFERENCE FOE ALICE LLOYD
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team dropped their first conference contest of the year to Alice Lloyd College Friday afternoon, 73-63. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in River States Conference play.
Trequan Spivey got the Cougars on the board first with a jumper, but Alice Lloyd responded with eight straight to take a 8-2 lead early in the opening half. IU Kokomo answered the Eagles run with eight consecutive points of their own, with a Hunter Jackson deep ball giving the Cougars the lead again at 10-8. The remainder of the first half was tightly contested, with neither team leading by more than six points. Alice Lloyd took a 34-31 lead over IU Kokomo into halftime.
Trailing 39-37 early in the second half, a pair of free throws from Allante Harper knotted the score at 39. The Eagles responded well to the challenge, reeling off seven straight points to build a seven-point lead at 46-39. Alice Lloyd led by eight at 52-44, but Trequan Spivey knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead to two and force an Eagle timeout.
IU Kokomo carried their momentum out of the timeout and took a 54-52 lead after Desean Hampton buckets on consecutive possessions, but Alice Lloyd eventually responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good and force a Cougar timeout with 8:41 remaining in the game. Trailing 62-58, Spivey completed an old-fashioned three-point play to pull IU Kokomo within one at 62-51.
The Cougars were outscored 11-2 in the final 5:57 of the contest, dropping the contest 73-63.
Spivey led the Cougars with 22 points, while Desean Hampton recorded a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds.
IU Kokomo will return to the court Tuesday evening as they welcome Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College to the Student Activities and Events Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
PURDUE NORTHWEST MHOCKEY: PNW D2 HOCKEY FALLS AT HOME TO CONCORDIA WISCONSIN
HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest D2 men’s ice hockey team fell 9-4 to Concordia University Wisconsin Friday night at The Kube.
PNW trailed 2-1 after the first period and CUW remained out in front 4-2 moving to the second intermission. The Falcons took advantage of a power play in the third to extend its lead to five and remained out in front the rest of the night.
Josh Hall scored the first goal of the night for the Pride at the 7:07 mark in the first, which tied the game at 1-1.
The second goal came in the 14th minute of the second period when Sam Bourdages cleaned up a rebound off a missed shot attempt.
Craig Herman recorded the third goal of the night with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. Xavier Emslander buried the final Pride goal near the end of regulation.
PNW will travel to Mequon, Wis. for the second game of the weekend series against CUW. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. in the conference matchup.
GRACE COLLEGE WCC: SAUDER MAKES HISTORY AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Kylie Sauder wrote her name in the record books at the NAIA Championship, becoming the first Grace female to earn NAIA All-American honors in cross country. Sauder, a freshman, placed 24th in the race and led the Lancers to a 15th-place team finish.
Sauder put herself into a good position early in the 5,000-meter race, running in the front pack on a soggy Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course. As the race strung out, she held on to finish in 18:48. The soft course made the finish times fairly slow, as only 38 of 338 runners produced a time under 19:00.
“Kylie executed her early positioning with a tactical prowess that supersedes her age,” said Coach Jake Poyner. “For her first national championship event, she did wonderfully.”
Two other Grace competitors finished in the top 100. Senior Heather Plastow completed her stellar cross country career in 58th place in 19:16, matching her finish spot from last season. Mallory Hiatt was close behind in 69th with a time of 19:22. Hiatt finished 110th a year ago.
Katie Acker (20:35) and Caroline Kolb (20:56), both freshman, completed the five scoring places for the Lancers. Anna Hulstedt (19:59) and Elizabeth Moore (21:31), filled out the top seven.
“To have raced three weekends in a row and for all they accomplished in the last twenty days, I’ve got nothing but respect,” commented Poyner. We’re excited for the future and we’ll make sure we celebrate this historic season.”
This marked the first ever appearance for the Grace women’s program at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. The Lancers were one of five teams competing at the event from the Crossroads League. Taylor ended up 4th and Indiana Wesleyan was 9th. After Grace, Huntington placed 23rd and St. Francis 25th.
GRACE COLLEGE MCC: HERNANDEZ-RIOS RUNS TO NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Bryan Hernandez-Rios completed his breakout season by placing 16th in the NAIA Cross Country Championships and becoming the first Lancer runner to earn NAIA All-American honors since 2000. Hernandez-Rios paced Grace to a 22nd-place team finish at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course.
Rain throughout the week made the footing soft and soggy for the 330 runners, and produced slower than normal times on the 8,000-meter course. Hernandez-Rios’ time of 25:34 was a minute off his personal best set earlier this year. The second Lancer runner, Logan Rufenacht, finished in 106th-place with a time of 26:49, also a minute slower than his season best.
“Bryan’s performance epitomizes his season,” said Coach Jake Poyner. “He asserted himself in the right position, fought for every point and raced with confidence.”
Brandon Kleber was the third runner for Grace in 27:09, followed by Dimitri Margaritidis in 27:28. Margaritidis got caught in a crowd and was pushed and fell off the course during the early part of the race. He lost nearly 75 spots by the time he recovered.
Macallister Cheek (27:44), Justin Van Prooyen (27:48) and Isaac Beatty (28:35) completed the lineup for the Lancers.
“We learned a lot today,” commented Poyner. “For them to come this far and put it all on the line for one another, there is no more noble aspect of this sport. To have raced three weekends in a row and for all they accomplished in the last twenty days, I have nothing but respect.”
The Crossroads League was well represented with a record six teams competing. Indiana Wesleyan was 3rd, followed by Huntington in 9th and Taylor in 11th. Goshen finished 24th and Marian 29th.
The appearance at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships was the first for the Grace men’s program since 2002 and just the third all-time. None of the seven runners who competed for the Lancers are seniors, and all are expected to return next year.
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS CC: SMWC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Women’s Cross Country team participated in the College’s first post-season NAIA event in the NAIA Cross County National Championship held in Vancouver, Washington. The women’s team qualified after winning the River States Conference Championship last weekend. SMWC finished 35th and runners and their times were: Emily Truax – 20:30.3, Kendyll Schulz – 20:45.6, Zoe Trousch – 20:47.7, Kayla Coryea – 21:14.1, Mercedes Schemmel – 22:02.9, Patricia Henney – 22:56.7 and Emma Lynch – 23:42.2 for 5,000 meters.
Two SMWC Men’s Cross Country runners also qualified for the event individually. Thomas Chapman – 27:51.6 and Anthony Adams – 28:33.6 for 8,000 meters.
GOSHEN COLLEGE CC: KEMBOI NAMED ALL-AMERICAN AS MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM EARNS TOP 25 FINISH AT NATIONALS
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Goshen men’s cross country team finished with a 24th place finish on Friday at the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship in Vancouver, Washington. This was the third consecutive year that the team has run at the national meet, and they have placed in the top 25 all three times. Nelson Kemboi earned a spot as an All-American for the second straight year.
Kemboi finished the race in 21st place out of 330 runners. His final time for the 8,000-meter run (4.97 miles) was 25 minutes, 40.0 seconds. Kemboi was in 51st place a quarter through the race. He moved further up the pack and was as high as tenth place with 1,000 meters to go before finishing in 21st.
Kemboi’s performance this year is an 11 place improvement, as he finished in 32nd in the 2020 race (which was run in April 2021). The 21st place finish also ties the program record for the highest finish by a man at the national meet. Ryan Smith finished 21st as well in the 2016 national championship. “He ran a good, smart race,” said head coach Rustin Nyce.
This is the third-highest finish the men’s cross country team has had in its program history. The team was in 32nd place after the 2,000-meter mark. They started to move forward in the middle of the race and were up in 14th place after 7,000 meters. Then they ended in 24th with 650 points. The team’s average time was 27:12. Nyce was quite pleased with the results. “We came in at 26th and finished 24th, so it feels good to outperform our seed,” he said.
After Kemboi, Liam Elias came through the finish line next for the Maple Leafs with a final time of 27:18.7 – landing him in 167th place. Jordan Garlinger came in not long after in 184th place in a time of 27:28.3. Jackson Steinmetz finished fourth for Goshen and 203rd overall, completing the race in 27:36.4. The fifth spot was held by Emanuel Villanueva who finished in 28 minutes flat and the 241st position.
While not contributing to the team score, Dan Kibet came in 277th place with a 28:26.8 time, and Salvador Escamilla finished 300th at 28:59.9.
Milligan (Tenn.) won the team title with 115 points. Indiana Wesleyan was the top-performing school from the Crossroads League. The Wildcats finished in third with 186 points. The individual champion went to Zouhair Talbi from Oklahoma City University. He finished with a time of 24:43.1. His teammate Shimales Abebe came in second in 24:56.6. Those two also finished 1-2 in that order at last year’s national championship.
A pair of Crossroads League schools also placed quite well, as Huntington came in 9th and Taylor in 11th. Grace came in 22nd and Marian in 29th.
Nyce also wanted to share a heartfelt thank you to all the Goshen supporters that were watching the live stream from home or on-campus. Other members of the men’s and women’s cross country teams watched the race from the track room at the Rec-Fitness Center along with other Goshen friends. The indoor track & field season is up next, which will begin on Friday, December 10th at Indiana Tech with the Strive for Greatness Meet.
Team – 24th, Goshen 650
21. Nelson Kemboi 25:40.0
167. Liam Elias 27:18.7
184. Jordan Garlinger 27:228.3
203. Jackson Steinmetz 27:36.4
241. Emanuel Villanueva 28:00.0
277. Dan Kibet 28:26.8
300. Salvador Escamilla 28:59.9
VINCENNES WBB: LADY TRAILBLAZERS LOOK STRONG IN BOUNCE BACK WIN OVER INDIANA TECH JV
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers opened the 2021 VU Classic with a strong victory on the home floor. Winning 91-24 over Indiana Tech JV.
Vincennes finished with five scorers in double-figures, including four from the starting five.
The Lady Trailblazers looked to set the tone early after falling on the road to Lindsey Wilson JV earlier this week and jumped out to a 16-2 lead to begin the game.
Vincennes would continue to hold this big lead, leading 22-7 after the first 10 minutes of play.
VU continued to ride this momentum into the second quarter, opening the period on an 18-1 scoring run to build their biggest lead of the half at 40-8.
Indiana Tech JV would only manage one field goal in the second quarter as VU went into the locker room holding a commanding 40-10 advantage.
The Vincennes offense really began to open up in the third quarter as the Lady Trailblazers scored 29 points in the 10 minute period, to take a 69-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Vincennes emptied the benches in the fourth quarter, getting all 12 players in the game.
VU outscored the Warriors 51-14 in the second half as Vincennes cruised to a strong 91-24 win over Indiana Tech JV.
“I thought we played hard,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Meeks said. “That’s something that I was very disappointed in when we played Lindsey Wilson. We didn’t have a lot of spirit or get-up-and-go and I thought we had that and maintained that all night long.”
“I thought Laila played really hard,” Meeks added. “Day’Lynn came off the bench and every second she is on the floor she is wide open. She leads by example and I was very pleased with how she played. I thought the entire group lifted their level of play and made it very difficult for Indiana Tech to score. We kept running the floor and that’s the way we need to play. I thought we did a good job of running our offense and we were able to make some shots.”
Vincennes finished with five players scoring in double-figures, led by freshman Trinitee Harris (Elkhart, Ind.) who finished with 16 points, a team-high seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Sophomore Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) also finished the game with 16 points, while also adding four assists.
Sophomore Nina Blade (Milwaukee, Wis.) ended her night with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Freshman Day’Lynn Thornton (Lafayette, Ind.) came off the bench to score 11 points for the Blazers, to go along with swiping four steals.
Freshman Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the fifth VU scorer in double-figures, ending with 10 points and a pair of assists.
“I think this can be a really deep team,” Meeks said. “We’re moving kids around and making sure everybody get in the game and gets some game experience. Cristina Requejo (Gijon, Spain) came in and did a really good job for us. She’s very active, a good defensive player, can score. I was pleased that we got some time to get her in the game. She missed some practice time earlier this season, so she’s now rounding into playing shape now so I’m looking forward to playing her more in the future.”
The Lady Trailblazer defense was stifling all night, forcing Indiana Tech JV to commit 38 turnovers, 24 resulting in steals.
“I just like the way we stayed after it defensively,” Meeks added. “We worked all of yesterday in practice on man-to-man defense and helping and all the things you do to make yourself a good basketball team defensively. It was nice to see us put that into motion in the game. We’ll keep working on that, we’ve got to work on blocking out and I think we will get to being a pretty good basketball team down the road.”
Vincennes will return to the P.E. Complex Saturday, Nov. 20 for the final day of the VU Classic when the Lady Trailblazers play host to Highland Community College from Freeport, Ill. Tip-off time is set for 5 p.m. eastern.
“We’re going to have to have the same effort,” Meeks said. “We can’t drop down a notch, we’re going to have to have the same effort and carry that effort from here on to the end of the season. I know that is going to be difficult to do, but we’ve dug ourselves a hole. We want to play in the National Tournament and right now it looks like the only way we’re going to get to do that is by winning the District Championship. I think it would be very difficult for us to receive an at-large bid, especially after losing to Lindsey Wilson.”
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|BUFFALO BILLS||6||3||0||.667||0.0||280||135||3-1-0||3-2-0||5-3-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||7||4||0||.636||0.0||300||177||2-4-0||5-0-0||5-1-0||2-1-0||5 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||3||7||0||.300||3.5||177||252||2-3-0||1-4-0||3-5-0||1-2-0||2 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||2||7||0||.222||4.0||161||296||2-2-0||0-5-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||6||4||0||.600||0.0||262||241||3-2-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||1-1-0||3 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||5||4||0||.556||0.5||219||228||2-3-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||5||4||0||.556||0.5||210||230||3-2-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|DENVER BRONCOS||5||5||0||.500||1.0||200||183||2-3-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||6||3||0||.667||0.0||231||217||4-1-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5||3||1||.611||0.5||177||185||3-2-1||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 T|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||5||4||0||.556||1.0||236||203||2-2-0||3-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||231||241||3-2-0||2-3-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||8||2||0||.800||0.0||278||232||4-1-0||4-1-0||5-1-0||3-0-0||6 W|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||5||5||0||.500||3.0||268||230||3-3-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||7||0||.222||5.5||149||232||2-3-0||0-4-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||1||8||0||.111||6.5||128||258||1-3-0||0-5-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||8 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||7||2||0||.778||0.0||284||195||4-1-0||3-1-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||4||6||0||.400||3.5||257||231||0-4-0||4-2-0||3-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||3||6||0||.333||4.0||185||246||2-3-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||3||6||0||.333||4.0||179||216||2-3-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||8||2||0||.800||0.0||287||189||3-2-0||5-0-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||3||0||.700||1.0||271||227||3-2-0||4-1-0||5-2-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||4||5||0||.444||3.5||216||212||1-4-0||3-1-0||4-4-0||1-3-0||1 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||6||0||.333||4.5||181||186||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||8||2||0||.800||0.0||216||180||4-0-0||4-2-0||6-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||4||5||0||.444||3.5||221||211||2-2-0||2-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||6||0||.333||4.5||150||224||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||8||1||.056||7.0||150||260||0-4-0||0-4-1||0-6-0||0-3-0||1 T|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||6||3||0||.667||0.0||279||212||4-0-0||2-3-0||4-3-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||4||0||.556||1.0||222||178||2-2-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||205||193||2-3-0||3-2-0||3-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||4||6||0||.400||2.5||178||288||1-4-0||3-2-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|NEW YORK||8||7||.533||3.0||3-5||5-2||3-1||7-7||4-6||1 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||6||9||.400||4.0||4-4||2-5||0-1||6-5||5-5||1 L|
|GOLDEN STATE||14||2||.875||—||8-1||6-1||3-0||8-1||9-1||3 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||9||7||.563||5.0||7-3||2-4||0-1||7-5||7-3||2 L|
|LA LAKERS||8||9||.471||6.5||7-5||1-4||0-2||5-6||4-6||3 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||4||11||.267||5.0||2-4||2-7||0-3||1-9||3-7||4 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||3||14||.176||7.0||2-6||1-8||1-1||3-7||2-8||1 W|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||18||12||5||1||25||12||48||43||9-2-1||3-3-0||9-1-0|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||15||9||3||3||21||8||47||43||4-2-2||5-1-1||7-1-2|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||19||8||9||2||18||8||53||65||5-2-2||3-7-0||4-6-0|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||17||10||4||3||23||9||46||47||4-1-1||6-3-2||6-2-2|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||14||9||5||0||18||7||48||44||6-3-0||3-2-0||6-4-0|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||15||7||5||3||17||6||43||46||5-3-1||2-2-2||4-3-3|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||13||5||6||2||12||5||29||39||—||5-6-2||4-4-2|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||16||9||5||2||20||8||55||43||4-3-1||5-2-1||4-4-2|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||17||10||7||0||20||9||54||52||6-4-0||4-3-0||7-3-0|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||16||8||6||2||18||7||42||39||5-3-0||3-3-2||7-2-1|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||16||8||7||1||17||8||44||46||3-2-1||5-5-0||4-5-1|