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ARGOS54PIONEER47 
AUSTIN80MADISON70 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE64SILVER CREEK51 
BEECH GROVE63INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI56 
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BETHESDA CHRISTIAN46GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN42 
BLOOMFIELD65WHITE RIVER VALLEY27 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH68FRANKLIN42 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL69MITCHELL46 
CARMEL36NEW ALBANY24 
CASCADE91EMINENCE57 
CENTER GROVE59AVON48 
CENTRAL NOBLE55WOODLAN51 
CHESTERTON58HOMESTEAD53 
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CLAY CITY59SOUTH VERMILLION44 
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COLUMBIA CITY59FORT WAYNE WAYNE52 
COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN66WASHINGTON CATHOLIC44 
COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN69PLEASANT VIEW CHRISTIAN64 
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FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK69CHELSEA (MICH.)53 
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GARY WEST59EVANSVILLE HARRISON58OT
GIBSON SOUTHERN60MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)562OT
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HANOVER CENTRAL57WHEELER44 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN77INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA70 
HUNTINGTON NORTH63HERITAGE45 
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN57INDIANAPOLIS RITTER50 
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LOUISVILLE DOSS (KY.)75EVANSVILLE BOSSE62 
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MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)74SOUTHPORT55 
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NEW PALESTINE57FRANKLIN CENTRAL56OT
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O’FALLON (ILL.)72EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN54 
ORLEANS43HENRYVILLE29 
OWEN VALLEY61PRINCETON583OT
PARKE HERITAGE62SOUTH PUTNAM37 
PENN86MICHIGAN CITY81 
PERU59SOUTHWOOD55 
PORTAGE79WESTVILLE35 
PROVIDENCE64EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL59 
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RIVER FOREST68WHITING56 
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SEYMOUR72JENNINGS COUNTY53 
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SWITZERLAND COUNTY61HAUSER43 
TIPTON68COWAN41 
TRI-WEST52BENTON CENTRAL51 
TRI53UNION CITY43 
TRINITY GREENLAWN32CULVER15 
UNIVERSITY60TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN40 
VALPARAISO62ELKHART47 
WALDRON61SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)563OT
WAPAHANI88ALEXANDRIA48 
WARREN CENTRAL65INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY51 
WARSAW63FORT WAYNE NORTH60 
WASHINGTON63TELL CITY40 
WEST CENTRAL (ILL.)67LAKELAND CHRISTIAN59 
WEST VIGO63BROWN COUNTY31 
WESTFIELD53MISHAWAKA MARIAN39 
YORKTOWN51SHELBYVILLE44OT
HIGHLANDS LATIN (KY.) TOURNAMENT
GRACE CHRISTIAN78TRINITY LUTHERAN48 
WASHINGTON COUNTY INVITATIONAL
WEST WASHINGTON63SALEM61 
EASTERN (PEKIN)57BORDEN55 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

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BLUFFTON51ADAMS CENTRAL30 
BORDEN57MILAN43 
BROWN COUNTY37WEST VIGO32 
CANNELTON47DUGGER UNION22 
CARMEL48PORTAGE23 
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INDIAN CREEK56NORTH PUTNAM34 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL63HERITAGE CHRISTIAN41 
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD51MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)43 
JASPER44SOUTHRIDGE372OT
KOUTS63HEBRON29 
LACROSSE57OREGON-DAVIS39 
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC55WARREN CENTRAL53 
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TRI57UNION CITY44 
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WASHINGTON CATHOLIC46COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN41 
WASHINGTON65MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)28 
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WEBSTER COUNTY (KY.)57EVANSVILLE REITZ53 
WES-DEL50DALEVILLE39 
WEST BLOOMFIELD (MICH.)61HAMMOND NOLL24 
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PERRY-SPENCER TOURNAMENT
PERRY CENTRAL59TELL CITY32 
HERITAGE HILLS48SOUTH SPENCER40 
SOUTH SPENCER57TELL CITY26 
HERITAGE HILLS60PERRY CENTRAL44 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#1 BAYLOR 78 OREGON 70

#2 DUKE 87 ELON 56

#3 PURDUE BUTLER 48

#5 GONZAGA 69 #25 TEXAS TECH 55

#6 ALABAMA 65 JACKSON STATE 59

#7 KANSAS 80 STEPHEN F AUSTIN 72

#8 ARIZONA 84 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 60

#10 USC 67 GEORGIA TECH 53

#13 AUBURN 74 ST. LOUIS 70

#14 HOUSTON 72 OKLAHOMA STATE 61

IONA AT #16 SETON HALL CANCELED

MEMPHIS AT #18 TENNESSEE CANCELED

#19 LSU 66 LOUISIANA TECH 57

PROVIDENCE 57 #20 UCONN 53

#21 KENTUCKY 98 NORTH CAROLINA 69

#22 XAVIER 80 MARQUETTE 71

TULSA AT #23 COLORADO STATE CANCELED

HOFSTRA 89 #24 KANSAS 81

ELSEWHERE

INDIANA 64 NOTRE DAME 56

ILLINOIS STATE 85 BALL STATE 64

OLE MISS 76 DAYTON 68

WESTERN KENTUCKY 82 LOUISVILLE 72

BELLARMINE 77 MIAMI OHIO 68

DEPAUL AT NORTHWESTERN CANCELED

ILLINOIS 106 ST. FRANCIS PA 48

RIDER AT RUTGERS POSTPONED

MICHIGAN 87 SOUTHERN UTAH 50

IOWA 94 UTAH STATE 75

WRIGHT STATE 72 TENNESSEE TECH 63

TENNESSEE MARTIN AT EVANSVILLE CANCELED

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#3 STANFORD 74 #7 TENNESSEE 63

#14 IOWA 69 CENTRAL FLORIDA 61

#20 BYU 71 WASHINGTON STATE 53

#22 LSU 77 BRADLEY 51

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WESTERN KENTUCKY 59 APPALACHIAN STATE 38

FRESNO STATE 31 UTEP 24

ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 31 #13 BYU 28

LIBERTY 56 EASTERN MICHIGAN 20

UTAH STATE 24 OREGON STATE 13

#23 LOUISIANA 36 MARSHALL 21

NFL

INDIANAPOLIS 27 NEW ENGLAND 17

UPDATED SCHEDULE

Sunday, Dec. 19
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 pm (FOX)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 pm (CBS)
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 pm (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions, 1:00 pm (FOX)
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 pm (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 1:00 pm (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 pm (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos, 4:05 pm (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 pm (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 pm (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 20
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns, 5:00 pm (NFL Network)
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 8:15 pm (ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:00 pm (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams, 7:00 pm (FOX)

NBA

HOUSTON 116 DETROIT 107

BOSTON 114 NEW YORK 107

ORLANDO 100 BROOKLYN 93

TORONTO 119 GOLDEN STATE 100

OKLAHOMA CITY 104 LA CLIPPERS 103

CLEVELAND 119 MILWAUKEE 90

WASHINGTON 109 UTAH 103

NHL

FLORIDA AT MINNESOTA POSTPONED

BOSTON AT MONTRÉAL POSTPONED

PHILADELPHIA 4 OTTAWA 3

CAROLINA 5 LOS ANGELES 1

TORONTO AND VANCOUVER POSTPONED

DETROIT 5 NEW JERSEY 2

DALLAS 4 CHICAGO 3

TAMPA BAY AT COLORADO POSTPONED

COLUMBUS AT CALGARY POSTPONED

EDMONTON 5 SEATTLE 3

(NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES/RELEASES)

TAYLOR HELPS COLTS TURN TABLE ON PATRIOTS WITH 27-17 VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonathan Taylor understood the challenge long before he suited up Saturday night.

He anticipated defensive mastermind Bill Belichick would stack the line of scrimmage and dare the Indianapolis Colts to beat them with the passing game as he’s done to so many other opponents.

This time, Taylor turned the tables. The second-year running back rushed for 170 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run with 2:01 left to seal Indy’s 27-17 victory over New England.

“I think it just says we’re a team that’s going to come in and play 60 minutes, four quarters of hard football and we’re not going to give up till the clock hits zero,” Taylor said after logging 29 carries. “It was just all out effort.”

Taylor’s performance may have changed their season season, too. By winning for the fifth time in six games and snapping an eight-game losing streak against a bitter rival, Indy (8-6) solidified its playoff hopes with another crucial conference victory.

He’s run for a score in 11 straight games, tying Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for the longest streak in franchise history.

Nobody inside the Colts locker room was surprised by his stat line – or the epic highlight of Taylor breaking through the line, eluding a tackle and sprinting to the front corner of the end zone..

“I almost called a pass there because I thought we needed a first down and I talked it over with Marcus Brady and said `No, let’s call one more pass,'” coach Frank Reich said referring to his offensive coordinator. “There’s no way anybody’s catching him.”

For the Patriots (9-5), it marked the end of a seven-game winning streak and dropped them out of the No. 1 slot in the AFC playoff chase. And it was mostly of their own making.

A bevy of uncharacteristic mistakes put the Pats in a 20-0 hole and Taylor’s long run made sure they couldn’t come all the way back.

The game had a little bit of everything – drama, physical play, shouting matches, even a fight that led to the ejections of Patriots safety Kyle Dugger and Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

But Indy won this one by stealing a page out of Belichick’s playbook – using the ground game to chew up the clock and closing it out with a back-breaking play in the waning minutes. It was Indy’s first win over New England since 2009.

“I’ve said it like five times, I can say it another five times,” Belichick said. “We didn’t do anything well enough to win tonight.”

Taylor and the Colts had the upper hand from the start. They opened the second series with seven straight running plays before Taylor took a direct snap, handed off to Carson Wentz and then Wentz flipped the ball to Nyheim Hines for an 8-yard scoring pass and a 7-0 lead.

Matthew Adams followed that by blocking Jake Bailey’s punt that E.J. Speed recovered in the end zone for a 14-0 lead – New England’s largest deficit since a Week 3 loss to New Orleans. Two field goals made it 20-0 early in the third.

“It seems like they just had good force on the play,” New England special teams star Matthew Slater said. “That’s tough when you give up plays like that, it’s going to be hard to win. We spotted a team 20 points at their place. Good luck trying to win. There’s no excuse to play like that.”

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones finally answered with a 12-yard TD pass to Hunter Henry and after Nick Folk’s short field goal made it 20-10, Jones hooked up with Henry for a 7-yard scoring pass with 2:21 left.

Belichick opted to kick it deep and two plays later, Taylor closed it out.

INJURY REPORT

Patriots: Played without top rusher Damien Harris (hamstring) and lost linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (ankle) and receiver Nelson Agholor (head injury). Receiver N’Keal Harry needed help to get of the field late.

Colts: Center Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game after being activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Reich explained Kelly was out because of a personal matter.

STAT PACK

Patriots: New England’s NFL record streak of scoring in the first half of 99 consecutive games ended. .. The Patriots also failed to score 30 points against Indy for the first time in 10 games, leaving them in a tie with Kansas City, which did it nine straight times against Denver from 1964-68 in the AFL. … Jones was 26 of 45 with 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the first road loss of his career.

Colts: Speed became the first NFL player to record two touchdowns off blocked punts in one season since Ed Reed in 2003. … … Indy added two more totals to its league-leading total and now has at least one takeaway in 15 consecutive games. … Wentz was 5 of 12 with 57 yards with one TD and one interception as the Colts rushed for 226 yards on 39 carries.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Host Buffalo next Sunday.

Colts: At Arizona next Saturday night.

AP SOURCE: JAGS FIRED MEYER FOR CAUSE, DON’T INTEND TO PAY

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer was fired for cause and the team does not intend to pay him for the final four years remaining on his contract, a person familiar with the termination told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because neither side has publicly discussed details of Meyer’s termination. It remains unclear how much Meyer made annually. ESPN first reported Meyer being fired for cause.

Owner Shad Khan dismissed Meyer early Thursday after weeks of analysis that focused on Meyer’s mounting public blunders and even more missteps behind the scenes. The person said firing Meyer for cause was not tied to any one incident during his 11 months on the job, a tumultuous tenure that was filled with off-the-field drama and negative headlines.

“I just apologize to Jacksonville,” Meyer told NFL.com in his first public comments since he hastily left the facility without telling anyone Wednesday. “I love Jacksonville. It’s one of the reasons I took the job. I still think Shad’s a great owner.

“It’s heart-breaking. I just had a dream of it becoming a destination place with a new facility he agreed to build and some day to walk into that stadium where it’s standing room only. Because I know how bad the people of Jacksonville want it. So, I’m just heartbroken that we weren’t able to do that. I still believe it’s going to be done. It’s too good of a place.”

Meyer said he was devastated and added a familiar refrain from recent weeks: “I tell people losing eats away at your soul. Once you start losing, it’s hard on everybody.”

Florida is an “at-will” employment state, meaning employers or employees can terminate employment at any time and without any advance warning. That could make it tougher for Meyer to prove he was wrongly fired or should be owed the remainder of his contract.

It’s common for disputes regarding negated guarantees to be negotiated by the two sides in hopes of finding an amicable resolution that would avoid a lengthy and potentially expensive legal battle.

The Jaguars (2-11) host Houston (2-11) on Sunday, with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell serving as interim coach. Bevell got the nod over assistant head coach Charlie Strong because he has previous experience as an NFL head coach; he went 1-4 as Detroit’s interim coach last season.

A spokesman for Khan told The Associated Press on Friday that the decision to move on from Meyer was initially made following Jacksonville’s 20-0 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. A conversation Khan and Meyer had in the locker room after that shutout – Meyer had few answers for the team’s woes or how he planned to fix them – sealed a decision Khan had been mulling for weeks.

Khan waited several days to finally pull the plug on Meyer because he had a scheduled media event on his yacht Monday and was at the NFL owners’ meetings in Dallas on Tuesday and Wednesday. He also attended an All-Elite Wrestling show Wednesday night in Dallas. Shad Khan and his son Tony own the wrestling league.

The Jaguars ended up firing Meyer early Thursday, hours after former kicker Josh Lambo accused Meyer of kicking him during an August practice. Connecting that report by a Florida newspaper, which the Jaguars haven’t disputed, to Khan’s announcement made sense. But the Jaguars insist it was more coincidental than causative.

NFL REDUCES TESTING FOR ASYMPTOMATIC VACCINATED PLAYERS

NEW YORK (AP) Only unvaccinated players and those experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested, starting Sunday, under the NFL’s revised protocols.

Also, higher risk players have until 2 p.m. Monday to send written notice if they choose to opt out, according to a memo sent to clubs on Saturday and obtained by The Associated Press. The players will not be paid and the notice is irrevocable.

“Medical information strongly indicates that this variant is significantly more contagious but possibly less severe than prior variants, particularly for people who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in another memo sent to clubs. “Our experience with the omicron variant is fully consistent with this expectation – while more players and staff are testing positive, roughly two- thirds of those individuals are asymptomatic, most of the remaining individuals have only mild symptoms, and the virus appears to clear positive individuals more rapidly than was true with the delta or earlier variants. In many respects, omicron appears to be a very different illness from the one that we first confronted in the spring of 2020.”

On Friday, the league moved three games scheduled for this weekend because of COVID-19 outbreaks: Las Vegas at Cleveland from Saturday to Monday; and Seattle at the Los Angeles Rams and Washington at Philadelphia from Sunday to Tuesday.

In addition to the targeted testing plan and the opt-out option, the new protocols give more flexibility for players to attend meetings virtually.

Earlier this week, the league and the NFL Players Association updated protocols to allow asymptomatic vaccinated players to return sooner if they have two negative tests on the same day, or one negative test and an antibody test shows the individual has reached a certain level.

Dr. Tony Casolaro, chief medical officer for Washington, said in a conference call that 21 of 23 players on the team who tested positive would’ve been able to practice based on mild symptoms.

“We will continue to monitor medical and public health developments, both generally and at each club, and be prepared to adjust protocols further as conditions warrant, including to introduce greater flexibility based on medical considerations,” Goodell said.

Previously, the NFL did not plan to move any games because of coronavirus outbreaks. It even said forfeits “could be in play.” But recent developments with the omicron strain of COVID-19 has changed the league’s thinking – as did several outbreaks across the league entering Week 15 of the season.

The Browns had another starting lineman test positive as they practiced indoors Saturday in preparation for the Raiders.

Rookie James Hudson III was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, joining right guard Wyatt Teller and left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. on a list that reached two dozen players – and 12 starters.

With the league relaxing testing protocols, it’s possible the Browns could get some players back in time for the Raiders.

“If guys make it back, that’s great,” said coach Kevin Stefanski, who also is sidelined after testing positive. “If they don’t, we’ll be just fine.”

Elsewhere, the Chicago Bears activated nose tackle Eddie Goldman from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play in Monday night’s game against Minnesota.

The Dallas Cowboys placed defensive tackles Trysten Hill and Osa Odighizuwa on the list.

VIKINGS WAIVE CB BASHAUD BREELAND IN SURPRISE MOVE

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings waived cornerback Bashaud Breeland on Saturday in a surprise move at a position where they have tenuous depth.

Breeland was initially listed as questionable to play at Chicago on Monday night for an unspecified non-injury-related reason. Two hours later, the eighth-year veteran was let go. NFL Network reported that Breeland had an verbal altercation with coaches and teammates at practice on Saturday.

Breeland started all 13 games for the Vikings (6-7), with two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Patrick Peterson has solidified the other outside spot, but the options for replacing Breeland in the lineup are young and inconsistent, in Kris Boyd and Cameron Dantzler.

Breeland played the previous two seasons with Kansas City. He played four years for Washington and one for Green Bay before that and has 17 interceptions in 114 career games including playoffs.

JETS ACTIVATE LEADING RUSHER CARTER, 3 OTHERS FROM IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The banged-up New York Jets got their leading rusher and a key tight end back for their game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

The team activated running back Michael Carter, tight end Tyler Kroft, offensive lineman Chuma Edoga and defensive end Bryce Huff from injured reserve Saturday.

The Jets also released offensive lineman Isaiah Williams and elevated tight end Dan Brown, defensive end Ronnie Blair and wide receiver Vyncint Smith from the practice squad.

The return of Carter is great news for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and New York’s offense. Carter, a fourth-round draft pick in April, missed three games with a high ankle sprain. He leads the Jets with 430 yards and four touchdowns on 111 carries.

Running back Tevin Coleman also is expected to play Sunday at Miami after missing last week’s game against New Orleans with a concussion.

Kroft, who has 10 catches for 104 yards and a TD, sat out five games with a chest injury.

Edoga also missed five games with an injured knee. His return comes at a good time, with starting left tackle George Fant doubtful to play because of a knee injury. Conor McDermott is expected to start in his place, but Edoga also has experience at left tackle.

Huff, who has two sacks this season, should help the pass rush after sitting out seven games with a back injury.

DURANT, IRVING MAKE 9 NETS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets is starting with a trip to the NBA’s health and safety protocols – and Kevin Durant is joining him.

The Nets’ outbreak worsened Saturday when they announced both stars were in protocols, giving them a league-high nine players on the injury report for that reason.

Durant already was scheduled for a night off to rest Saturday against Orlando on the opening night of a back-to-back. Instead, he became ineligible to play anyway when he was added to the injury report.

The Nets decided Friday that Irving would rejoin them for practices and road games, though he remains ineligible to play at home because he hasn’t met New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for athletes playing in the city’s public venues.

The Nets had decided before the season that Irving wouldn’t be a part-time player and wouldn’t be with the team unless he could play in all their games. But concerned with the heavy burden Durant has faced – his 37 minutes per game are second in the league – and needing to add a body while they keep losing them, they said the point guard would be back.

Irving first needed to get tested to be cleared to play and apparently he either tested positive or had an inconclusive result.

James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, Paul Millsap and James Johnson all are listed as out because of the protocols.

Needing to have eight players to start a game, the Nets scrapped their plan to rest Patty Mills and said he would be available. They also signed swingman James Ennis III and guard Shaquille Harrison to 10-day contracts.

Elsewhere, Chicago previously had 10 players in health and safety protocols, causing two of their games this week to be postponed. Three of them were cleared as of Friday, putting the Bulls on track to resume Sunday against the Lakers.

Brooklyn’s woes make Orlando’s seem minor. The Magic still have five players out for protocols.

Also Saturday, Cavaliers rookie forward Evan Mobley entered health and safety protocols.

Mobley has been a major reason for Cleveland’s unexpected and surprising start this season. The No. 3 overall draft pick has been as good as advertised while helping the Cavs go 18-12 and surge into fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Mobley missed four games earlier this season with an elbow sprain, and the Cavaliers lost them all. Mobley also sat out Cleveland’s 35-point win over Houston on Wednesday with a hip injury not believed to be serious.

Cleveland, which won just 22 games last season, is riding a five-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game at Milwaukee. The Bucks will be without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was placed in the protocols earlier this week.

Cavaliers swingman Isaac Okoro was also placed in protocols on Thursday, and the coronavirus has sidelined several other prominent players across the NBA.

A number were missing in Boston, where the Knicks added rookie Miles McBride to an injury report that grew to six players in health and safety protocols. Al Horford was among five Celtics who were unavailable for the same reason.

NO. 5 GONZAGA BEATS NO. 25 TEXAS TECH 69-55 IN PHOENIX

PHOENIX (AP) Gonzaga went into its game against Texas Tech expecting to be pushed, poked and prodded. The Red Raiders may have a new coach, but they still have one of college basketball’s most aggressive defenses.

The key for the Zags was going to be withstanding it by executing and not getting frustrated.

They did both.

Andrew Nembhard scored 16 points, Rasir Bolton added 15 and No. 5 Gonzaga fought off No. 25 Texas Tech’s tenacious defense for a 69-55 win in the Colangelo Classic on Saturday.

“Anytime you play Texas Tech, we talked all week about really having to amp our toughness up,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It’s not only physical toughness, it’s mental toughness. Baskets are hard to come by and it’s hard to get baskets in the half court, so I was proud of our guys in both aspects.”

The Bulldogs (9-2) withstood Texas Tech’s defensive pressure most of the afternoon in the desert, limiting turnovers while working the ball around for open looks.

The Red Raiders doubled down on the post nearly every possession, holding Timme to seven points on 2-of-4 shooting and freshman phenom Chet Holmgren to five points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Gonzaga overcame it by working the ball out to the 3-point arc, where they shot 13 of 31. The Zags went to the 3 to pull away, hitting four during a big second-half run to stretch an eight-point halftime lead to 16.

“I guess that’s what we’re made of, who we are,” said Bolton, who made five 3-pointers. “We weather a run and come out on top in the game.”

The Red Raiders (8-2) struggled offensively without leading scorer Terrence Shannon Jr., who didn’t play after leaving Tuesday’s game against Arkansas State with back spasms. Texas Tech shot 37% and wasn’t able to mount a charge after Gonzaga’s big second-half run.

Kevin McCullar and Adonis Arms had 14 points each to lead the Red Raiders.

“Any team that has the talent and caliber of player of TJ Shannon, it’s going to make a difference,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “He’s a problem for other teams and makes a big difference for us on offense.”

Texas Tech has made a seamless transition to Adams since Chris Beard left for Texas. The Red Raiders rolled through their early schedule, lost a close game at Providence and knocked off No. 18 Tennessee in overtime at Madison Square Garden.

Texas Tech has played the kind of defense Adams helped Beard establish during five seasons in Lubbock, entering Saturday’s game fifth in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

The Red Raiders faced their biggest test yet against a Gonzaga team that leads the nation in shooting at 53% and is second in offensive efficiency.

Texas Tech did a decent job of mucking it up in the first half, holding the Zags to 12-of-30 shooting while preventing them from going on any big runs. Davion Warren had the defensive play of the half, tracking down Nembhard to block his layup in transition off the backboard.

Where the Red Raiders had trouble was on offense, particularly with Shannon out.

Gonzaga is annually one of the nation’s best defensive teams and hounded Texas Tech throughout the first half. The Zags held the Red Raiders to 11-of-27 shooting and led 34-26 at halftime.

Texas Tech’s defense continued to cause problems early in the second half and its offense found a bit of a rhythm, using an 8-0 run to pull within 42-40.

Gonzaga answered with a 3-point spree, making four straight during an 18-4 run to go up 60-44. Texas Tech went back to struggling on offense after that, unable to mount any kind of run.

“Gonzaga is such an efficient team and does so many things well,” Adams said. “We were able to keep Timme and Chet both in check. I thought we did a good job with those guys – that was our emphasis – but they’re such a balanced offensive team they got the ball to those 3-point shooters and made some shots.”

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech played and guarded hard, but will likely drop back out of the AP Top 25 by falling short against the Zags.

Gonzaga was efficient at both ends, as it usually is, to grind out another win over a Top-25 team.

SHANNON’S STATUS

Shannon, who averages 14.3 points per game, did not play in the second half against Arkansas State and was out for warmups before the Gonzaga game.

“We hoped he was going to play,” Adams said. “It was about 50-50 and we didn’t feel like he could go, wasn’t close to 100%.”

UP NEXT

Texas Tech hosts Eastern Washington on Wednesday.

Gonzaga hosts Northern Arizona on Monday.

NEW YORK METS HIRE BUCK SHOWALTER AS MANAGER

NEW YORK (AP) Buck Showalter is back on the bench in New York.

Nearly 30 years since making his name in pinstripes, Showalter has been hired as manager of the Mets as he returns to the Big Apple to take over his fifth major league team.

The former New York Yankees skipper replaces Luis Rojas, let go in early October following two losing seasons. Mets owner Steve Cohen announced the move Saturday afternoon on Twitter.

Showalter received a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the length of the agreement had not been announced.

An official announcement from the club is expected in the next few days.

Showalter has managed more than 3,000 big league games over 20 seasons, giving the Mets an experienced bench boss for the first time since Terry Collins’ seven-year tenure ended after the 2017 campaign.

New York has been searching for solid leadership ever since – in the dugout and the front office.

Showalter certainly carries credibility, with a long history of turning around losing teams. No doubt that made him an attractive candidate to new Mets general manager Billy Eppler and the aggressive Cohen, who is spending freely on players and eager to win quickly since buying the bungling franchise in November 2020.

Houston bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa Bay bench coach Matt Quatraro were the other finalists for the job. Neither has any major league managing experience, and Showalter was thought to be the frontrunner all along.

Each of the three met separately with Cohen in person this past week during a second round of interviews.

New York also interviewed former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus as well as ex-Oakland manager and current Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, who was the Mets’ bench coach under Collins when they reached the 2015 World Series.

The 65-year-old Showalter joins Hall of Famers Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra and Joe Torre as managers of both the Mets and Yankees. Dallas Green held both jobs as well.

In addition to building a winner across town during the 1990s with the Yankees, Showalter has managed the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He compiled a regular-season record of 1,551-1,517-1 (.506 winning percentage) from 1992-2018, winning three AL Manager of the Year awards and taking all his teams besides Texas to the playoffs at least once.

The Yankees (1996) and Diamondbacks (2001) both won the World Series in the first season after Showalter left. He led Arizona to 100 wins in 1999 before losing a playoff series to the Mets.

His most recent managerial gig came with Baltimore, where he spent eight-plus seasons from 2010-18. Showalter guided the Orioles to three playoff appearances, one division title and a berth in the 2014 AL Championship Series, where they were swept by Kansas City.

He was heavily criticized, however, for leaving dominant closer Zack Britton in the bullpen during the 2016 AL wild-card game, which the Orioles lost 5-2 in Toronto on Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Baltimore also finished last in the AL East three times during Showalter’s eight full seasons, including his final two. He was replaced by Brandon Hyde following a 47-115 debacle in 2018 as the Orioles overhauled baseball operations and embarked on a full rebuild.

Since then, Showalter has worked as an MLB Network analyst and on Yankees broadcasts with YES. Previously, he had a similar role at ESPN.

Wired tight but with a sense of humor, Showalter is well-known for his baseball acumen, dogged preparedness and meticulous attention to detail. He’s already at ease in New York’s large and pressurized media market, with relationships that go back decades to his time managing the Yankees.

The Mets declined their 2022 option on Rojas’ contract Oct. 4, a day after they finished 77-85 and third in the NL East following a second-half meltdown.

They hired Eppler last month following a long search for someone to lead baseball operations under team president Sandy Alderson, and moved fast to sign four free agents for a total of $254.5 million: ace pitcher Max Scherzer ($130 million over three years), center fielder Starling Marte ($78 million over four years), outfielder Mark Canha ($26.5 million over two years) and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar ($20 million over two years).

The deals were completed in the days just before baseball’s labor contract expired Dec. 1, leading to a lockout that halted transactions and froze big league rosters.

That allowed Eppler – who also spent years with the Yankees, although not until after Showalter’s tenure ended – to finally turn his attention to finding a manager. Showalter becomes the fifth for the Mets in just more than four years.

Mickey Callaway replaced Collins and lasted two seasons. Rojas was swiftly promoted to skipper when Carlos Beltran was let go in January 2020 without managing a single game – fallout from the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal.

None of those three had managed in the majors before. Beltran still hasn’t. Rojas was hired by the Yankees last month to coach third base.

Now, it is Showalter’s turn as he takes over a Mets team that’s endured four losing seasons in five years and 10 in the past 13. New York has made the playoffs twice in the last 15 seasons, advancing only in 2015.

Showalter, who has never won a pennant, will need to fill out his coaching staff. The Mets announced in October that Jeremy Hefner will return as pitching coach next year, but the other coaches are expected to be replaced.

BRUINS, PREDATORS MAKE 5 NHL TEAMS SHUT DOWN PAST CHRISTMAS

(AP) — The NHL on Saturday shut down the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators through Christmas, bringing to five the number of teams in COVID-19 limbo. Weekend games for the Canucks and Maple Leafs also were postponed as the league tries to control a spiraling outbreak in its locker rooms.

The NHL and its players association agreed to daily testing and other enhanced protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They will take effect immediately and last at least through Jan. 1, with an evaluation no later than Jan. 7.

“Given the increased number of positive cases in our league within the last two weeks, and changing societal realities with the new omicron COVID-19 variant, the NHLPA and NHL have collectively agreed that all Clubs shall be required to follow enhanced preventative and detection measures,” the league said in a statement.

The Bruins and Predators join Calgary, Colorado and Florida, which already had been shut down through next week because of outbreaks. Saturday night’s game between Toronto and Vancouver and Sunday’s Arizona-Vancouver and Toronto-Seattle games were also postponed amid worsening conditions across North America due to the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Approximately 70 players – 10% of the league – are in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and the number of games postponed this season has climbed past 20. Several Canadian provinces are now or will soon limit attendance at large events like NHL games to 50% of capacity.

Besides the daily testing for players and coaches, the league said “additional pre-game testing may be implemented, on a case-by-case basis, when a COVID outbreak occurs within a team.”

Moments after the announcement, Detroit placed three players, coach Jeff Blashill and assistant coach Alex Tanguay in the protocol ahead of Saturday night’s home game against New Jersey. The Red Wings have the only player in the league, Tyler Bertuzzi, who is not vaccinated.

The Bruins’ COVID-19 list grew to nine players on Saturday when Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar were placed in the protocol. The team said it has closed its training facilities.

“The Bruins, Predators, Maple Leafs and Canucks organizations have followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of their Players, staff and communities at large as set by the NHL, local, state/provincial and federal agencies,” the league said in a statement.

While postponed games may be rescheduled, all eyes on are the calendar: The NHL plans to allow its players to participate in the Winter Olympics in China in February – unless COVID-19 disruptions prove to be too much.

The NHL has until Jan. 10 to opt out of the Winter Games without financial penalty, but it retains the right to cancel its plans up until players are scheduled to travel to Beijing.

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INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: INDIANA TOPPLES NOTRE DAME IN CROSSROADS CLASSIC

Yes, we’ve returned to that.

Forget, for just a moment, All-America forward Trayce Jackson-Davis’s 26th career double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) in Indiana’s 64-56 Crossroads Classic victory over Notre Dame Saturday.

Instead, consider Phinisee, a senior guard whose up-and-down career has found another peak despite lingering injuries.

His six points, five rebounds and five assists were crucial. His key late-game three-pointer sparked IU’s decisive closing stretch.

“He hasn’t been 100% yet,” Jackson-Davis said. “When he gets there, he’ll be a big addition.”

Crunch-time approached at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and IU was offensively out of sorts. Notre Dame had made a big run. Jackson-Davis had just blown a dunk.

And then Phinisee, with the shot clocking winding down, nailed his second three-pointer in an arena — by whatever name you want to call it — has always been kind to him.

A two-point lead became five. A few more Hoosier points later and cliffhanger morphed into solid victory in the final Crossroads Classic.

“Rob gave us a huge lift,” coach Mike Woodson said. “I need him in the worst way. He knows how I feel about him. I’ve got to get him to believe he can do things like tonight.

“He’s a hell of a defender. He can make shots and make plays for others. I have to get him more comfortable, show him more love and confidence that he can do those things.”

Phinisee, whose game-winning three-pointer beat Butler in the Crossroad Classic in what was then called Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has hit enough big shots to have earned the nickname of “Big-shot Rob.”

But it’s been a tough early season. He averages 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds, the worst scoring of his career, although he does have 22 assists against 13 turnovers.

“He’s trying to grind it out,” Jackson-Davis said. “He’s starting to get healthy and confident. Once he gets that, he will do a lot of good things for us.”

IU (9-2) was decisive down the stretch against fierce Notre Dame pressure that turned a 10-point Hoosier second-half lead into ties of 46-46 and 47-47.

The Hoosiers thrived offensively and defensively in crunch time as they hadn’t a couple weeks earlier at Wisconsin.

“It’ shows we’re growing as a team,” Jackson-Davis said. “Our defense kept us in the game.

“We made plays down the stretch. We got stops down the stretch. It was good for us.”

It was exactly what Woodson wanted to see from the Hoosiers.

“We made the plays down the stretch we needed to make,” Woodson said. “It’s what I told them in the locker room, ‘You stepped up and did what you had to do down the stretch.'”

IU got to that point after its first-half offense became too perimeter oriented. Trailing by nine points, Woodson made it clear Jackson-Davis and forward Race Thompson (11 points on 4-for-4 shooting; he’s made his last 10 shots) had to get the ball.

“Coach Woodson made that a big emphasis,” Jackson-Davis said. “He started yelling to play inside-out.

“That’s a big key for us. We trust our guards to make open shots, but after that first sequence, he said we’re playing inside-out the rest of the game.”

Added Woodson: “We struggled early. I was struggling to find offense. But our defense was tight. Notre Dame wasn’t going anywhere.

“I don’t want to be a team that lives on the three-point shot. If you’ve got it, take it, but our game is playing inside-out.”

The Hoosiers got 12 points from Parker Stewart (on 3-for-4 three-point shooting) and 11 from Xavier Johnson. Seven of the nine Hoosiers who played scored.

Notre Dame (4-5), coming off an upset victory of then No. 10 Kentucky, was led by guard Dane Goodwin’s 15 points.

Ferocious defense sparked IU in the first-half’s closing minutes, and then again in the closing minutes. Notre Dame shot air balls when it wasn’t getting shot-clock violations or throwing passes into the void.

“Three straight possession we had a chance to take the lead (in the final minutes) and couldn’t do it,” Irish coach Mike Brey said. “We never could.

“They really defended us. They turned us over.”

Jackson-Davis was a big part of that with his two blocks and shot-altering defense.

“When you have a guy who can take away things away from the rim like he can,” Brey said, “it really makes it tough. They have that.”

Added Notre Dame forward Paul Atkinson: “He’s one of the best players we’ll go against. He made a lot of tough ones.”

IU was without freshman guard Tamar Bates, who was unavailable after a death in the family. He averaged 6.7 points and 1.5 rebounds.

The Hoosiers spotted the Irish an early nine-point lead, rebounding passively, shooting tentatively, then went to work.

Trailing 24-15, IU ratcheted up the defensive pressure, forcing a pair of Irish shot clock violations and drawing to a rebounding tie. It ended the half on a 15-3 run for a 30-27 halftime lead.

“I was feeling pretty good,” Woodson said. “I told them, we need to put a solid 20-minute half and we’ll come out with a win.”

Thompson and Miller Kopp and sparked IU to a 10-4 second-half run and a 40-31 lead. A Jackson-Davis dunk off an Anthony Leal assist make it 45-35 with 11:41 left.

Things got heated off a hard foul on Jackson-Davis by Cormac Ryan. The Irish responded with an 11-1 run for a 46-46 tie.

Johnson ended the drought with a free throw. Thompson scored inside. Phinisee hit his second three-pointer. The Hoosiers led 52-47 with 4:16 lead, then forced an Irish turnover, then really surged.

Johnson hit a jumper. Jackson-Davis scored four straight points. IU led 59-49 with 2:07 left.

The Hoosiers closed it out from the line.

With Butler’s blowout loss to Purdue in Saturday’s opener, Indiana finished as the all-time Crossroads Classic winner with an 8-3 record. It won its last five games in the event.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: PLAY RESUMES ON SUNDAY FOR NO. 10 INDIANA AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN

#10/7 INDIANA (8-2, 2-0 B1G) VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN (6-2, 0-0 MAC)

Sunday, December 19, 2021 • 1 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: B1G+

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)

Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Promotions: SAB Holiday Drive in South Lobby- collecting non-perishable food items and cleaning/hygiene items | Mackenzie Holmes 1,000-point ball presentation (prior to national anthem) | postgame autographs in south lobby

ABOUT THE BRONCOS

Western Michigan also comes off an extended break in action after pushing its win streak to five in a victory at Detroit Mercy on Dec. 8. They are led by a quartet of sophomores with guard Lauren Ross averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Forward Taylor Williams leads on the glass with 8.5 boards per game and chipping in 13.3 points per outing. 

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 9-4

LAST MEETING

12/4/93 – W, 95-68 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday thanks to her back-to-back scoring efforts against Fairfield and at No. 20 Ohio State. The leading scorer in both wins, Holmes averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocked shots and shot 75.9 percent from the floor to claim her second Big Ten Player of the Week award this season and the third of her career.

The Hoosiers will play three games in five days to wrap up non-conference play beginning on Sunday. The Hoosiers hold a 6-2 record against non-league opponents, playing three ranked opponents in that span.

In its last three games, Indiana has posted 20+ point victories in all three outings and held opponents to just 54.7 points per game on 36.0 percent shooting. During that stretch, it has averaged 82.3 points per game while shooting 56.9 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Holmes also joined the 1,000-point club against Ohio State and became the third active player to reach the milestone, joining graduate senior guard Ali Patberg and senior guard Grace Berger. It’s the second time in school history that the roster has featured a trio of 1,000-point scorers – last time in 2016 when Tyra Buss, Amanda Cahill and Alexis Gassion all added their names to the list.

UP NEXT

Indiana continues its non-conference homestand with Wright State on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 3 PURDUE ROLLS BUTLER IN FINAL EDITION OF CROSSROADS CLASSIC 77-48

INDIANAPOLIS — Zach Edey and Trevion Williams swapped roles for No. 3 Purdue on Saturday.

If anything, it made the Boilermakers even more dangerous.

Edey came off the bench for the first time this season, posted a double-double in the first half, and his presence helped open up the Boilermakers’ 3-pointers in a 77-48 rout over Butler at the Crossroads Classic.

“We’ve got 10 guys that can start for us, but they want to finish more than anything,” coach Matt Painter said, explaining the move. “Zach has had some struggles starting the game. The way Trevion played (against) North Carolina State, that factor is the reason for the decision. Trevion’s ability to pass can maybe help a couple of those guys starting.”

Jaden Ivey took advantage by making all six  of his 3-point attempts and finishing with 22 points. Edey wound up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while Williams, a preseason All-American, had 10 points and six rebounds in his first start this season.

The lineup change came after the Boilermakers (10-1) endured a rough week — losing to Rutgers in its first game after climbing to No. 1 before needing overtime to beat North Carolina State. Then came a weeklong break for finals.

But instead of looking stale, Purdue remained focused. It reverted to its dominant early-season form and produced, perhaps, its most impressive victory all season.

“You’ve got to play well and we did not. They had a lot to do with that,” Bulldogs coach LaVall Jordan said. “They’ve cornered the market on elite size, and they’ve all gotten better and developed over time. It’s hard to keep them away from the basket.”

Butler (7-4) found out the hard way.

Despite getting 17 points from Bryce Golden and 11 from Jayden Taylor with 11, the Bulldogs didn’t have nearly enough to contend with their cross-state rival.

Jordan’s team was missing starting forward Bryce Nze (shoulder), swingman Bo Hodges (knee) and leading scorer Chuck Harris, who missed the game with a non-COVID-19-related illness. The result: A four-game winning streak ended.

It didn’t take Williams or his teammates long to exploit the size discrepancy. Williams opened the game with Purdue’s first two baskets and Edey scored six points in a 10-0 run that gave Purdue a 34-16 lead late in the first half.

Butler (7-4) never recovered and when the Bulldogs tried to make second-half adjustments, that didn’t work, either.

Ivey and Sasha Stefanovic strung together a 3-point barrage that extended the lead to as much as 36.

“Last week, I didn’t think we were able to bring a physical presence on defense,” Ivey said. “I feel like today we brought it, and we’re going to need that going into those Big Ten games. We just need to be tight defensively. I was confident today, taking rhythm shots. I’m just thankful for my teammates putting the ball in my hand.”

BIG PICTURE

Butler: The Bulldogs wound up scoring their fewest points this season while shooting a season-low 14.3% on 3s. But the problems went far deeper than numbers. Yes, Butler, like many teams, struggled with Purdue’s post play, but it also appeared timid in attacking the basket. Coach LaVall Jordan knows that must change.

Purdue: The Boilermakers delivered their most complete performance of the season. They dominated offensively, played lockdown defense, moved the ball nimbly and pulled away once they took control. When Purdue plays this way, it just might be the best team in the nation.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

The Crossroads Classic started in 2011 as a showcase event featuring the state’s four most prominent basketball schools — Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame. In July, organizers announced the December doubleheader would end. Indiana started the day with the best record at 7-3. Butler’s 6-5 mark will go down as second best, with Purdue going 4-7 after starting 0-5. Notre Dame was 4-6 heading into Saturday’s second game.

UP NEXT

Butler: Opens Big East play Thursday at St. John’s.

Purdue: Has a quick turnaround, hosting Incarnate Word on Monday.

(Postgame Notes)

  • Purdue improved to 10-1 on the season with a dominant 77-48 win over Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.
  • Purdue finished the Crossroads Classic with a 4-7 record, but won its last two games in the annual gathering by a combined 39 points.
  • Purdue is 10-1 for the fourth time under head coach Matt Painter (2021-22, 2015-16, 2010-11, 2009-10).
  • Purdue’s 29-point victory was the second-largest margin of victory in the 11-year, 22-game history of the event.
  • Butler’s 48 points were the fewest scored by a time in Crossroads Classic history. Prior to today, no team had scored fewer than 58 points in the event (Notre Dame – 2011).
  • Purdue is now 20-2 against in-state opposition since the start of the 2016-17 season, having won nine straight games in the process by an average of 12.7 points per game.
  • Purdue has won 10 straight regular-season non-conference games, dating to last season.
  • Purdue shot over 50.0 percent from the field for the ninth time in 11 games this season, shooting 52.9 percent from the field. Purdue also shot over 45.0 percent from 3-point range for the third time this year, making 50.0 percent of its 22 tries (11-of-22).
  • The Boilermakers have won 16 straight games when making double-digit 3-pointers.
  • Purdue’s 48 points allowed were its fewest allowed since Jan. 12, 2020, vs. No. 8 Michigan State (71-42 win).
  • Purdue has won 26 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
  • Jaden Ivey scored 22 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal while going 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from long range. His six 3-pointers tied a Crossroads Classic record and it ties the school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss (Dakota Mathias). Ivey is now shooting 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from long distance on the season.
  • Zach Edey recorded his fourth career double-double, doing so before halftime. Edey finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: PURDUE PRIMED FOR SUNDAY MATCHUP WITH MIAMI

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Set up for its penultimate non-conference game of the 2021-22 season, the Purdue women’s basketball team will host Miami (OH) at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will call the action courtside for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (7-4, 0-2 B1G) vs. Miami (4-4, 0-0 MAC)

Sunday, Dec. 19

Time: 2 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue put on a shooting clinic in a 101-68 win over Denver. Seven different Boilermakers finished in double figures, led by Cassidy Hardin’s career-high 25 points on seven 3-pointers, tying for the fourth most in program history. Purdue’s 101 points marked the first time it had reached the century mark since 2013. The Boilermakers also shot 63.3% from the field for the ninth best mark by Purdue. Hardin, Jeanae Terry and Abbey Ellis all tallied five assists as Purdue dished out 23 helpers on 38 made field goals.

NOTES

• Purdue holds a 6-2 series advantage over Miami. The 2019 matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

• Cassidy Hardin earned a spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her career. She averaged 20 points per game between Maryland and Denver and knocked down 10 3-pointers.

• Hardin ranks sixth in the nation with 34 made 3-pointers, just one shy of her career high for a season set during her sophomore campaign.

• Jeanae Terry vaulted up to fifth in the Big Ten with 50 assists on the year. She has dished out 32 dimes in the last five games.

• Rickie Woltman added another career high with 12 points against Denver in her second career start.

• The Boilermakers’ bench has scored an average of 20.8 points per game, compared to 14.9 points for opponents.

• Purdue has already tied its win total from 2020-21 and has scored 70 or more points six times this season.

• Purdue’s 92 3-pointers through 11 games is on pace to be one of the most productive seasons in program history. The season record is 209 set during the 2013-14 campaign.

• Abbey Ellis has seven games in double figures. The Australian international is 71 points away from 1,000 for her career.

• With a current NET ranking of 109, the Boilermakers’ average opponent NET ranking is 53, the third toughest in the Big Ten.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 3/4 PURDUE BEATS BUTLER IN CROSSROADS CLASSIC

No. 3/4 Purdue posted a 77-48 win over Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

The Boilermakers improve to 10-1 on the season.

Butler trailed 19-15 with 8:10 to play in the first half when Aaron Thompson had to go to the bench after being whistled for his second foul, stalling the Bulldog offense which benefitted from his five assists in the opening frame.

The Boilermakers later went on a 12-0 scoring streak and scored 25 of the final 33 points in the half to go into the break leading 39-21.

The lead ballooned to 36 in the second half.

Purdue got significant contributions from sophomores Jaden Ivey (22 points, five rebounds) and Zach Edey (14 points, 11 rebounds) Saturday to lead the Boilermakers to their second straight win. Ivey went a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc as Purdue went 11-for-22 as a team.

Purdue shot 53 percent from the field and held a 42-27 rebounding advantage.

The Bulldogs had an off-shooting afternoon, hitting only 32 percent of their attempts. Butler made only four of their 28 attempts from three-point range.

Bryce Golden put up a team-leading 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting for Butler, posting his fifth consecutive game in double-figures. Jayden Taylor added 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Thompson finished with six points and six assists.

Butler played without leading scorer Chuck Harris, who was sidelined Saturday with a non-COVID illness.

The Bulldogs (7-4) opens BIG EAST play Thursday with a road game at St. John’s. Saturday’s game was their final non-conference match-up of the season.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GM 12 PREVIEW: PITT

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  – The No. 21/18 Notre Dame women’s basketball team (9-2) looks for win number 10 on the season when the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3) roll into town for a Sunday matinee inside Purcell Pavilion. Tip on December 19 is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, with the game being streamed on ACCNX. In addition, Gary Sacco, a Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist, is performing at the game on Sunday.

The Irish are 30-4 all-time against Pitt and have never lost to the Panthers at home, boasting an unblemished 14-0 record. Furthermore, the Irish are already 1-0 in ACC play, having defeated Syracuse on the road in the third game of the season.

FRESHMEN DUO SENSATION

Notre Dame doesn’t just have one, but two super freshmen who will be the building blocks for years to come.

Citron is 1-of-3 freshmen in the entire country averaging at least 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal – she’s the only one from a Power-Five school. Breaking it down even further – there are only 2 players in the entire country (of any class) who are putting up those numbers off the bench: Citron and NC State’s Diamond Johnson. She’s also a defensive threat, leading the team in steals with 1.6 per game.

Lastly, Citron has been phenomenal from the charity stripe, shooting 90.9 percent, which leads all players in the ACC and ranks 22nd in the nation. She is 30-for-33 on the year. 

Then there’s Olivia Miles. She’s averaging double-digit points (11.2), leads the nation in assists (7.5) and just so happens to reel in 7.1 boards/game as a point guard. Those numbers put Miles in an elite club as she and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two averaging at least 10p/7r/7a.

Miles also just put her name in the ND record book with a triple-double at Valpo on Dec. 8 (11p/13r/13a) – 9th ever in program history – 7th different Irish player to do so. Miles became the 2nd ever Irish freshman, joining Marina Mabrey. 

With that said, Miles has collected 4 double-doubles which is 2nd in the ACC behind UNC’s Alyssa Ustby. Her double-doubles also rank as the 2nd most among Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (5).

MORE ON MILES’ ASSIST NUMBERS

If the season ended today, her 7.5 assists/game would rank 4th all-time in program history. The top-three spots belong to Lindsay Allen (7.6) and Mary Gavin (7.9 & 8.6). The highest assist average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85.

Miles boasts three double-digit assist performances on the year. All other players in the ACC have combined for one.

WHO’S HOT

Last 4 games for Miles: averaging 10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists. Her game performances include:

– an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double at MSU

– a near triple-double at UConn with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

– her first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists at Valpo.

Last 4 games for Citron: 69 points (17.3 ppg) on 22-for-42 (52.4%) shooting. Game performances include:

– career high 29 points in the win at MSU, including 21 in the second half (13 in the 4th quarter).

– lone Irish player in double figures at UConn, finishing with 19 points.

– near double-double at Valpo with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING

The Irish currently have five players averaging double-figures, showcasing the depth of this year’s team. Notre Dame has done a great job spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 15th in the nation in assists/game (18.5). They have twice this season dished out 30+.

Notre Dame is also ranked 27th in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.21), 16th in blocks/game (5.8) and 23rd in rebounds/game (44.09).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH DROP FINAL CROSSROADS CLASSIC GAME 64-56 TO INDIANA

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team fell to 4-5 on the season after a 64-56 loss to Indiana (9-2) in the final game of the Crossroads Classic held at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dane Goodwin scored 15 points to lead the Irish and has reached double figures in scoring in all nine games this season. Paul Atkinson Jr. added 11 points and 11 rebounds to earn his second double-double of the season while Blake Wesley finished with 14 points and two steals.

The Irish earned a three-point lead at the first media timeout behind two inside baskets from Atkinson Jr. and two team steals, forcing three early Indiana turnovers.

The lead stretched to 13-8 with 10:54 left in the first half as the Irish defense doubled up the Hoosiers 12-6 on the backboard and held them to 3-11 shooting to begin the game.

Notre Dame maintained the lead through the eight minute break, as the Irish defense continued to force IU into tough shots. A Dane Goodwin corner three provided a 21-15 Irish lead with 7:42 left.

Indiana put together a mini-run to cut the Irish lead to two, but Wesley responded with a deep three pointer with 4:40 remaining to keep Notre Dame in the lead.

Foul trouble did become an issue, as Wesley (with a team-high eight points at the time) and Atkinson Jr. (a team-high five rebounds) were forced to the bench for the final minutes of the first half with two fouls a piece. With those two players on the bench, Indiana was able to put together a 15-3 run and take a three-point lead with two minutes remaining.

Indiana worked their lead up to eight points at 37-29 early in the second half as the Notre Dame offense continued to sputter early. Notre Dame shot 3-of-11 from the field to start the second 20 minutes while Indiana pushed the lead to 45-35 with 11:41 left.

The Irish offense then started to wake up and put together an 11-1 run over a three-minute span to tie the game at 46-46 with 6:51 left. A Prentiss Hubb three-pointer started the scoring, followed by six points from Goodwin including a mid-range jumper to knot the score. The Irish defense held IU to a 1-9 during the run.

IU responded and seized control of the end of the contest. The Hoosiers connected on a three-point field goal to claim a 52-47 lead with 4:16 remaining and never relinquished the advantage.

Notre Dame returns home for two home games before Christmas, hosting Western Michigan on Monday and Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Wednesday in Purcell Pavilion.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: FISHER GETS DRAFTED 19TH OVERALL BY CHICAGO RED STARS

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A perfect cap to a career and final year with the Notre Dame women’s soccer program for grad student Sammi Fisher. The California native was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Fisher helped put the Fighting Irish back on the map, achieving a top-16 ranking, a top-four finish in a loaded ACC field (No. 1 rated RPI conference) and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Fisher finished with a team best 13 goals on the season, which more than doubled her previous season best. Her 13 goals also ranked 18th in all of Division I. Furthermore, of those 13, four were game-winners.

Fisher also tallied a team high six assists, thus totaling 32 points, which ranked second in the ACC and 24th in the country.

Fisher was a three-time All-ACC selection, earning First Team distinction in 2021. She also earned Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Third Team honors along with a United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team distinction.

The 5-6 forward ultimately accomplished 73 points on 29 goals and 15 assists.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: SYCAMORES USE STRONG DEFENSE TO POWER PAST ALABAMA A&M, 67-43

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball improved to 3-0 inside Hulman Center Saturday afternoon as the team defeated Alabama A&M, 67-43. With the victory, ISU improved to 5-6 on the season with two games remaining on the schedule before Christmas.

Cameron Henry led all scorers with 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with six rebounds and two assists. Kailex Stephens and Zach Hobbs picked also scored in double-digits off the bench as the Sycamores backup unit outscored AAMU bench, 33-16. Stephens dropped in 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Hobbs accounted for three of ISU’s five made baskets from behind the arch en route to his second 10+ scoring output of the season.

It was all Indiana State from the opening tip as the Sycamores started the game with an alley-oop score from Xavier Bledson to Henry and the Sycamores never looked back. Bledson was able to find several open teammates in the first half as the guard finished with a career-high 10 assists in the win to go along with seven points, two steals and two rebounds.

The Sycamores rushed out to a 10-point lead at 15-5 just over five minutes into action after Cooper Neese scored off a Bulldog turnover. The Sycamores continued to pound the basketball inside, outscoring AMUU 28-6 in the paint in the first 20 minutes en route to a 16-point lead at the break.

Indiana State continued to play with effort on the defensive end in the final 20 minutes, holding Alabama A&M (1-8) to just 20 second-half points en route to the win. The Sycamores gave up just four offensive rebounds to the Bulldogs but did not allow a second-chance score.

ISU shot 47.4 percent (27-57) overall but just 20 percent (5-25) from distance while holding the Bulldogs to 29.6 percent (16-54) from the floor.

Garrett Hicks was the lone A&M player to eclipse double digits with 10 points to go along with two rebounds.

The Sycamores wrap up their home stretch Monday night with Oakland City. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. with the Mighty Oaks. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can do so by clicking HERE, by calling 877-ISU-TIXS, or by visiting the Hulman Center Ticket Office.

IU EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 81, ST. THOMAS 78

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Kennedy Griffin matched her career-high point total with 26 as the the Indiana University East women’s basketball team defeated St. Thomas University 81-78 at the Keiser University Invitational on Dec. 18.

IU East is now 11-3 overall as the Bobcats fall to 7-7.

“I thought we came ready to play from the start,” said Griffin, who scored 26 earlier this season against Grace College.

The Red Wolves led 23-19 after the first period, but St. Thomas used a 10-3 run late in the second quarter to build a 42-35 advantage by halftime. The Red Wolves bounced back by the end of the third to lead 58-55.

“We worked hard the whole game,” Griffin said. “We let them go on a little run, but we refocused and played our game. We did a good job of moving the ball on offense and we met our goals for the game.”

Tia Tolbert finished with 12 points and four steals for the Red Wolves, while Addie Brown added 11 points with a team-high seven assists.

Taylor Browning topped IU East with 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Kami McEldowney also had nine points.

“I want to thank all those that have donated over the years to make this trip happen with a personal shout out to Debbie Rudd as she has been our champion supporter from the start,” IU East coach Tiffany Selhorst said. “We have been able to give kids experiences they’ve never had.”

“I am really proud of the girls for this win,” Selhorst continued. “We started out strong which was a good push for us, but struggled in the second quarter. Part of becoming a resilent team is being able to bounce back in the third quarter. We are growing up, which is going to make us a nightmare for opponents for the rest of the year. We will enjoy this win and get back at it.”

IU East finishes the Keiser University Invitational against the host Seahawks on Sunday, Dec. 19. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL: HUNTINGTON 93, IU EAST 81

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team dropped its second game in a row on Dec. 18 where the Red Wolves fell to Huntington University 93-81 in a River States Conference versus Crossroads League affair on Lingle Court.

With the loss, IU East falls to 7-8 overall. Huntington improves to 11-3. It was the IU East track and field All-American Celebration Day on Lingle Court.

It was a back-and-forth contest for the majority of the first half, with both teams exchanging leads eight different times, before the visiting Foresters used the final 6:09 to close out the half on a 16-6 run to take a 46-34 lead into the break. 

Huntington looked like it was going to pull away early in the second half after an old-fashioned three-point play that gave the Foresters their largest lead of the game at 55-38.

The Red Wolves showed fight and heart midway through the second half and went on a 13-2 run to cut a double-digit lead down to 65-60 with just under nine minutes to play. This would be the closest IU East would get for the remainder of the game.

IU East had five players in double figures, with Garrett Silcott leading the way with 20 points. Jamisen Smith (14), Dionte Raines (13), and Bryce Long and Colt Meyer with 11 apiece also reached double digits. The Foresters also had five in double figures and were led by Zach Goodline with a game-high 24 points.

“The main thing that helped us today when we were down was effort,” said Colt Meyer after the game. “The scoreboard came in our favor during our second-half run, and that was all effort. We’ve got to keep working hard, play better defense and make shots moving forward.”

The Red Wolves hit the road on Dec. 21 when they travel to WVU Tech for a conference clash before the holidays. The Red Wolves will return home on Jan. 2 to ring in the New Year on Lingle Court against Marian. Former Red Wolf basketball All-American Bishop Smith will be recognized at halftime of the Jan. 2 game.

TRINE WRESTLING: SHORTHANDED MEN’S WRESTLING STRUGGLES WITH NATIONALLY-RANKED COMPETITION AT KALAHARI DUALS

SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Trine University men’s wrestling team finished off the 2021 portion of their schedule by taking part in the Kalahari Duals where they would drop all four of their matches to tough competition, including two nationally-ranked opponents.

The day started with the team facing off with No. 11 University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and falling 45-5. The Thunder’s lone points came in the 174 weight class where senior Owen Conklin (West Lafayette, Ind. / Harrison) picked up a technical fall victory over his opponent, 15-0. In the team’s second match they faced off with No. 5 ranked Baldwin Wallace University and were once again outmatched this time 42-0.

Trine started to find some footing in their third match of the day where they faced off with Defiance College, but it would not be enough as they lost 28-23. The Thunder’s shorthandedness hurt them in the match as they were forced to forfeit both the 133 and 157 weight class matches, while Defiance only notched a forfeit in the 125 weight class, a 6 point swing in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Trine earned the rest of their points on the mats with Conklin once again picking up a victory in the 174 match, this time with a pin at the 1:03 mark. Sophomore Isaac Hawkins (Fremont, Ind. / Fremont) also picked up a pin (4:09) in his 149 match and the same went for classmate Andrew Williamson (Mount Gilead, Ohio / Mount Gilead) at the 1:27 mark of the 184 match. The three pins gave the Thunder a lead going into the final two matches of the contest at 24-19, but two tough losses in the heaviest matches swung the day for Defiance.

Finally the team faced off with Otterbein College in their final match of the day where they once again were hurt by a short lineup spotting the opposition 12 points on the way to a 32-17 victory. Freshman Bryce Trimm (Battle Creek, Mich. / Harper Creek) started the contest strong for the team with a pin at 1:46 of the 125 match. Following a 133 forfeit the Thunder took the lead again with a victory by 5-4 decision in the 141 match by sophomore Joseph Langeman (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) and then a 8-6 decision in the 149 match in favor of Hawkins. Otterbein took their first lead of the contest with the next two matches, but Conklin picked up his third win of the day to give take it back. He won the 174 match with a technical fall of 18-2 giving the team a 17-16 lead at the time. They were unfortunately the last points for the team as Otterbein pulled away to the 32-17 victory.

Trine falls to 1-7 in duals this season following the tough day. They will return to the mat on Thursday, January 6 when they travel to face Alma College for a 7 p.m. contest. The match signals the start of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) season.

BETHEL MEN’S BASKETBALL: PILOTS MAKE BELMONT WORK FOR WIN

NASHVILLE – Bethel Men’s Basketball had NCAA Division I program Belmont nervous for nearly 31 minutes, before the Bruins turned a tenuous 10-point margin into a 115-86 victory in an exhibition contest for the Pilots. Zac Owens and Jared DeHart led the Pilots with 21 points apiece.

GAME VITALS

Score: Belmont def. Bethel 115-86

Records: Bethel (8-6) | Belmont (10-3)

Location: Curb Event Center | Belmont University | Nashville, Tenn.

STAT TRACKER

Zac Owens: 21 pts, 4 ast, 4-6 3-pt

Jared DeHart: 21 pts, 2 stl, 7-12 fg

Drew Greene: 10 pts, 3 ast, 3-3 fg

Jani Griffith: 8 pts, 5 reb, 3-5 fg

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots held a double-digit lead over the hosts at 20-10 just 4:48 after the tip-off and held a lead for nearly the first 15 minutes of the game. Belmont would not grab their first double-digit lead until 18:02 in the second half and later used a 35-16 run to close out the game over the final nine minutes.

Belmont had a plus-15 advantage over the Pilots at the free throw line

Belmont used 12 offensive rebounds to score 19 second chance points and scored 50 points in the paint.

The Pilots shot over 50-percent from the field and made 11-of-23 long range attempts in the game.

The Pilots committed 22 turnovers and the Bruins turned them into 29 points.

The Pilots put up the third-most points the 10-3 Bruins have given up this season.

The Pilots fall to 2-4 all-time against NCAA Division I programs, with wins against Valparaiso in 1992 and 1997, and their most recent loss prior to today to Notre Dame in an exhibition in 2017.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH DRABYN

“I was really proud of our players for the mentality and confidence they started the game with. We played with speed and executed our stuff well against a really good defensive team. We were active defensively and made some plays to get us going. Our team is capable of being very good when Jared DeHart and Zac Owens play with confidence. It makes things easier for everyone else. We also got some very good minutes from Wesley Burse, Garrett Suedekum, and Drew Greene.”

“Our guys did a good job responding to Belmont’s runs, but to win a game like this, we can’t turn it over 22 times and put them on the line 31 times. We have to take care of the ball to keep them out of transition and play defense without fouling.”

“But it was a good experience for our players, will make them better, and I am so grateful [Belmont Head Coach] Casey Alexander provided us with the opportunity to play them.”

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots return to action on December 29 with a trip to New Albany against IU Southeast.

HANOVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BEZOLD NETS A CAREER-HIGH TO LEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST ANDERSON

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team hit the road for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action taking on Anderson. The Panthers used a fourth quarter rally to secure the 82-74 victory.

Hanover was paced in the contest by freshman Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) with a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) added 15 points, while freshman Taylor Heath (Fairland, Ind.) turned in 13 points.

The Panthers got a sluggish start to open the contest when a Benter three-pointer and a senior Liz Tynan (Columbus, Ind.) layup pulled HC back within 21-16. They continued to chip at the lead in the second stanza as a sophomore Addie Gardner (Anderson, Ind.) jumper pushed Hanover in front 22-21 with 7:21 to play.

The offense continued to click as Benter and Tynan provided the one two punch once more that helped propel HC to the 36-31 advantage. However, the Ravens came soaring back knotting the contest at halftime, 36-36.

The back-an-forth battle carried into the second half as Hanover was able to push the lead to as many as five points in the third frame following a junior Keaton Chastain (Paoli, Ind.) layup as time expired, 58-53.

Neither team would give an edge in the final quarter as Anderson tied the game 58-58 when Hanover responded with a short run capped off by a Heath jumper to send HC in front 74-63.

The Panthers never looked back winning the HCAC contest 82-74.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 29 when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. taking on Wittenberg. Game time is set for 2:00 PM.

OAKLAND CITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: DILLARD SCORES 31 TO LEAD OAKS AGAINST TAYLOR

Oakland City, IN – Taylor Dillard lit up the scoreboard to extend the Lady Oaks winning streak to three games. In a game that started with the Oaks down 7-0 in the first quarter, it only took a matter of time before the Lady Oaks were back on top.There were a total of four ties and three lead changes.

After leading a majority of the game, the Trojans brought the score back to within one before grabbing their second lead of the game before back to back buckets by Taylor Dillard and Jalaya Dowell. Once the Oaks regained this lead, they never looked back. The Oaks lead by 15 and stayed on top the rest of the game.

Taylor Dillard led all scorers in the contest, posting 31 points on 11-18 shooting and 4-8 on three pointers. while Redding added 6 assists. Kelm had sixteen points with four assists and four rebounds. Leading the way for the Oaks on the boards was Davinique Cambpell with 11 boards, followed by Harvey and Hope each with 5.

Kaylay Kirtley paced the Trojans, scoring 22 points on 7-10 shooting, followed by 18 points each from Deckard with 18 and James with 16. Wejtgate grabbed 9 boards to lead the Trojans in the loss.

As a team, Oakland City made 32-67 (47.8%) from the field, including 10-24 (41.7%) from three point range, while Taylor connected on 27-71 (38%) including 11-38 (28.9%) from beyond the arc. OCU scored on 21-31 (67.7%) from the foul line, compared to 18-23 (78.3%) for the visiting Trojans.

OCU held a 48-41 rebounding advantage, including a 17-16 edge on the offensive glass. The Oaks lead in second chance points with 20 and outscored the Trojans in the paint 30-18. Oakland City handed out 17 assists, two more than the Trojans, while committing 17 turnovers, one less than their opponents.

Next up for the Lady Oaks is University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN on December 30th with a game time of 2:00 P.M.

IU NORTHWEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: DEFEATS TRINITY INTERNATIONAL, 48-41, SATURDAY

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball team picked up a road Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory against Trinity International, 48-41, at the Van Dixhorn Arena Saturday.

TEAM RECORDS

IU Northwest (10-4, 6-2 CCAC) | Trinity International (5-7, 2-7 CCAC)

QUARTER BREAKDOWN

1st Quarter: IU Northwest 10, Trinity International 9

2nd Quarter: IU Northwest 15, Trinity International 6

Halftime Score: IU Northwest 25, Trinity International 15

3rd Quarter: IU Northwest 9, Trinity International 9

4th Quarter: Trinity International 15, IU Northwest 14

Final Score: IU Northwest 48, Trinity International 41

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Michaela Schmidt (18)

Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (7)

Assists: Karli Miller (4)

Blocks: Tiara Jackson (1), Michaela Schmidt (1), Lauren Smolen (1)

Steals: Michaela Schmidt (4)

GAME RECAP

IU Northwest started the game with a basket by Meghan Long then TIU scored nine unanswered to go up 9-2. Michaela Schmidt and Karli Miller put an end to that run with back-to-back baskets.

Long and Lauren Smolen capped off a 7-0 run for the RedHawks the rest of the first quarter. The RedHawks led 10-9 after one.

Schmidt and Tiara Jackson started the second quarter with back-to-back layups to make it 15-9 RedHawks capping off a 12-0 run throughout two quarters. The Trojans looked to get back into the game after making a layup but a pair of free throws by Miller and a basket by Sarah Martin made it 19-11.

Schmidt converted on an and-one and hit a layup off the pass from Alyna Santiago to make it 24-11 IU Northwest with 3:08 left before the break.

TIU responded with back-to-back baskets to make it 25-15. That score would hold with the RedHawks leading 25-15 at the break.

IU Northwest started the second half with a 6-0 run capped off by a basket by Katelyn Halfacre to extend their lead to 31-15. The Trojans bounced back with a 7-0 run to cut it to 31-22 with under four minutes left in the third period.

Samantha Martin ended the RedHawks drought after converting on a second chance opportunity. IU Northwest led 34-26 at the end of the third quarter.

TIU started the final quarter with a three-pointer to cut it to 34-29 in favor of the RedHawks. Back-to-back layups by Schmidt extended the lead back out to nine (41-32) with 4:33 left in the game.

The Trojans went on a 5-1 run to cut it back to five (42-37 IUN) with 2:41 left.  IU Northwest went back up by nine after Schmidt made a pair of free throws.

Trinity International did not go away as the Trojans scored four straight points to cut it back down to five (46-41 IUN). The RedHawks eventually won the game 48-41.

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Tuesday, December 21 as the RedHawks host Spring Arbor at the Savannah Center in a non-conference matchup starting at 1 p.m. CT.

ST. MARY’S MEN’S BASKETBALL: DROPS 12TH STRAIGHT IN LOSS TO MIDWAY

MIDWAY, Ken. – The SMWC Men’s Basketball suffered defeat to Midway University this afternoon 67-99. The Pomeroys sit at a 1-13 record this season and 0-6 in the RSC as they search for their second win of the inaugural season. The team was led in scoring by Jadyn McHugh with 15 points and Elkin Ramirez-Vazquez with 14 points.

By the Numbers

Jadyn led the team in scoring for the 5th straight game with 15 points. He was followed closely by Elkin with 14 points and Jamarius Evans with 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.

Big man Damon Ogletree again led the team in rebounds with 8 while also adding 8 points. He was followed by Elkin who pulled down 5 rebounds for SMWC.

McHugh also led the team in assists with 5. The team finished with just 14 assists total for the game.

The Pomeroys shot 45% (27-60) on the day while going a respectable 50% (6-12) from behind the arc. The men would shoot 58.3% (7-12) from the line.

Next Up

The men will face Indiana University-Northwest this Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET in Gary, Indiana.

GOSHEN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MICHAEL JOHNSON HITS DOUBLE-DOUBLE, BUCCANEERS STAY UNDEFEATED AT HOME

PHOENIX, Ariz. – In Goshen’s first game of two in Arizona, the men’s basketball team couldn’t quite pull together a win, falling to Park University Gilbert 78-67. Michael Johnson finished with a double-double, but the Leafs had over twice as many turnovers as the Buccaneers.

Park Gilbert got off to a hot start early on, scoring 17 of the game’s first 20 points. With four minutes to go in the first half, they still held a 30-22 lead. Goshen took over after that, ending the half with a 13-4 run and maintaining a narrow one-point lead. The first lead for the Maple Leafs came with 35 seconds remaining in the first half, thanks to the second of four three-pointers by Elias Ramirez.

GC continued that late dominance at the start of the second half, going on a 23-8 run, which spanned both halves. The Leafs led 45-38 with 16 minutes to go – a far cry from their early 14-point deficit. The home team answered, though, and tied the game 48-48 and then 52-52. From that point on, the Buccaneers took the lead and ran with it to win 78-67. With under a minute to go, Goshen was within five points, but Park Gilbert knocked down all eight of their free-throw attempts with under 40 seconds to go.

Michael Johnson had a double-double for the Leafs with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds are a season-high for him, crushing his previous mark of seven. Ramirez scored 15 points, including his four baskets from behind the arc.

The critical difference in the game was turnovers. Park Gilbert had eight turnovers – including just one in the first half. Goshen had 17, and the Buccaneers were able to capitalize from them. They had 24 points off of turnovers, and the Leafs had five. “Winning on the road is challenging,” head coach Jon Tropf said after the game. “You have to be disciplined and tough. Turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds are not recipes for success on the road.”

With the win, Park Gilbert (4-9) has won two of their last three after starting the season 2-8. They also stay undefeated at home.

Goshen (4-10, 1-3 CL) will play their second of two games in Arizona on Monday, December 20, against SAGU American Indian College. Please note that this game was initially scheduled to start at 8:00 pm eastern time, but it got moved up earlier this week to 6:00 pm eastern time. After that game, Goshen will return to Indiana and be done until after the Christmas holiday.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS FALL IN OFFENSIVE BATTLE

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the Taylor University women’s basketball team lost to Oakland City (6-6) on the road by a score of 95-83.

The offensive showcase was primarily decided by two momentous runs executed by the Mighty Oaks, a 13-1 run that sparked a larger advantage of 40-21 midway through the first half and a 13-1 run in which Oakland City scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter.

Proficient shooting fueled the Mighty Oak offense along the way, as the team maintained a mark of 47.8 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent on 24 shots from deep.

Meanwhile, fouls were an additional element of significance in the contest as each team was called for 25 apiece, placing key Trojan players in extended foul trouble throughout the game.

Taylor got off to an early 13-4 lead to start the game, while four Trojans scattered the scoresheet. In time, Merideth Deckard and Kayla Kirtley established themselves as catalysts for the Trojan offense as the senior-duo combined for 24 of the team’s 34 first-half points.

Nonetheless, a 13-1 Mighty Oak run that served as a bridge between the first and second quarters sparked a 44-34 first-half Oakland City lead.

The Trojans rallied in the third quarter, as Lauren James and company helped craft a three-point Trojan lead with 2:16 left to play before the fourth. It was at this point, however, that Oakland City ripped off its second major run of the game, outscoring the Trojans 21-3 within the next five minutes of play.

Deckard and Kirtley increased their point-total down the stretch, each player recording season-highs, respectively, with 18 and 22 points. It was all too-little-too-late for the Trojans, though, as Oakland City maintained its lead en route to a 95-83 victory.

Taylor (7-9, 1-3 CL) will pause its season over the holidays, before entering back into league play against Bethel (7-9, 2-2 CL) on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: RAVENS TAKE DOWN THUNDER

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (7-2) extended its winning streak to three on Saturday after defeating the Trine University Thunder (5-4) by a score of 65-57 in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

Trine was receiving votes in the latest D3Hoops.com poll. Maurice Knight once again led the Ravens to victory, recording a double-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Anderson got the game started with a 7-to-1 run over Trine that lasted until 15 minutes, 25 seconds. Trine then spent the next minute to come within one of the Ravens.

The Ravens and Thunder kept it a close game from there on out with Trine, building to a 14-11 lead with 10:27 on the clock before Austin Lyons laid down three free throws to tie it up 14 apiece.

Trine kept trying to build a lead over Anderson, but the Ravens never let them get far ahead.

With 3:36 left in the half, Maurice Knight and Cade Gentry laid down back-to-back three to give the Ravens a 25-21 lead.

Anderson closed out the half with a 29-23 lead after the duo of Knight and Gentry each recorded a layup.

Coming out of halftime, the Thunder knocked down back-to-back threes to tie the game.

A back and forth battle emerged as both teams looked to build a lead over the other.

A layup by Trine’s Nick Bowman with 11:49 marked the last time the Thunder would have the lead as they led the Ravens 38-37.

With 10:18 left in the game, Cade Gentry hit yet another three to give the Ravens the lead for the remainder of the game. 15 seconds later, Fred Shropshire recorded a three of his own.

47-45 would mark the closest the Thunder would come to the Ravens lead for the remainder of the game.

In the final minute and 13 seconds, the Ravens closed out the game with a 5-0 run to seal a 65-57 victory

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson went 24-of-50 (48 percent) from the field and 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from the three while holding Trine to just 20-of-57 (35.1 percent) and 5-of-20 (25 percent), respectively.

Coming off the bench, the Ravens capitalized on their chances, recording 23 points total.

Maurice Knight controlled the game, leading the Ravens with 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Cade Gentry came off the bench for 11 points. Gentry went 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the field and 3-of-5 (60 percent) from three.

Francis Uzorh tallied 10 rebounds, six points, two steals, and one block.

COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

I keep telling our team the uglier the game gets, the more confident I am about the outcome. We have a tough, resilient team that is starting to love digging in and guarding.

I hear a lot of people tell me, when talking about a recruit, “he could be great at your level.” Those people all need to come watch a game like this, see Nick Bowman and Maurice Knight and understand what “Great at Our Level” looks like.

I am really looking forward to our game on Tuesday. Wabash is an immensely talented and well-coached team with a ton of weapons. It is going to be a great measuring stick to see where we are at this point.

I want to say something about Cade Gentry. Cade started all of last season. He played quite a bit early in the season, but has fallen out of the rotation lately. We would not have won [on Saturday], without Cade. All he does is show up, practice hard, and have a great attitude. The type of toughness it takes to do that and be mentally ready for the next time his name is called is incredible.

UP NEXT

Anderson will be back in action on Tuesday as they head to Crawfordsville to take on the Wabash Little Giants (6-3) in the final non-conference game of the 2021-2022 season. Tip-off between the Ravens and Giants is set for 7PM.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: ANDERSON BREAKS SINGLE-GAME BLOCKS RECORD AGAINST HANOVER

The Anderson University women’s basketball team broke the team single-game blocks record with 12 blocks during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup against Hanover College in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

Payton Moore notched five blocks to lead the Ravens. Lexi Dellinger recorded four blocks of her own. Makynlee Taylor tallied two blocks and Brynn Beard added a block to round out Anderson’s 12 blocks. The Ravens had previously had two games with 11 blocks with the most recent one coming against Defiance College on Jan. 29, 2020.

Hanover (5-4, 2-2) separated from Anderson (4-6, 1-2) in the fourth quarter with an 82-74 win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Ravens controlled the game early as they led Hanover 14-2 with 5 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

As the Panthers led 64-63 with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter, they put together a 15-2 run during the next 6:02 to take a 79-65 lead.

Anderson doubled Hanover’s turnovers, committing 20 turnovers in comparison to Hanover’s 10. The Panthers outscored the Ravens 23-13 off turnovers.

Hanover made 30-of-74 (40.5 percent) shots from the field while Anderson converted 27-of-64 (42.2 percent) attempts from the floor.

The Ravens drained 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Panthers hit 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

Anderson knocked down at least 11 3-pointers for the fifth time this season and for the ninth time in school history.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Payton Moore – 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks

Lexi Dellinger – 17 points, 5 assists, 4 blocks

Makynlee Taylor – 11 points, 2 blocks

Jade Shipley – 8 points, 6 assists

Allison Shaffer – 8 points

Brynn Beard – 6 points

Cassie Pallett – 4 points, 5 assists

Reece Colclesser – 2 points

UP NEXT

The Ravens battle Bluffton University (3-4, 1-2) in HCAC action on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

TRAILBLAZERS CLOSE OUT FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON WITH HOME WIN OVER WABASH VALLEY

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers finished off the first half of their 2021-22 season with a strong win at the P.E. Complex over Region 24 opponent Wabash Valley 70-67 Saturday night.

Wabash Valley got out to a quick start against the Trailblazers, hitting shots from three-point range to help build an early six point advantage.

Vincennes answered back to even the score at 18-all midway through the first half but were unable to take the lead back until the final minute of the first half.

VU closed out the opening period with an 8-0 scoring run to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room.

The Warriors came out of the break strong and quickly built an eight-point lead over the Trailblazers, leading 45-37.

Vincennes would battle back, tying the game at the 9:30 mark and taking the lead with just over eight minutes to play.

VU used a 12-2 scoring run to grow a seven-point lead of their own at 64-57.

Wabash Valley would not go away quietly though as the Warriors quickly cut the deficit back down to two points late in the game.

The Trailblazers were able to come through at the free throw line, much like they did Wednesday night at Lake Land, to put finish off a 70-67 win over Wabash Valley.

“Mostly our guys just fought tonight,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “We’re still not yet in the stage where everything looks pretty but we are now in the stage where we are a basketball team. We have some idea of what we have to do to go win and we’ve gotten ourselves to the point where we do it enough. We’re still spotty but that’s just where we are. We’ve advanced tremendously just to get to that.”

“We’ve hopefully proven, not just to ourselves but to everybody, that in these last three games we are an upper half team in the Region right now,” Franklin added. “I thought we exorcized some demons tonight. In the first part of the second half, we went through the same process we have all year when we were not playing well and letting somebody else take the momentum from us. We called a timeout and addressed it and from that moment on I thought we competed.”

“This was a good win. Wabash Valley got off and hit shots at the start of both halves against our zone. We didn’t tag the shooters very well to start the half. We tagged them much better the last 15 minutes of each half, so they got most of their threes in the first five minutes of each half. But we held them to 40-percent shooting and that gave us every chance to win. Our offense is obviously getting better. 10 turnovers, we shot over 50-percent from the floor and there were some things where we were in position to do better.”

“We’re definitely getting there. We have a better idea of where to get the ball and we did that tonight. We’re being more patient, while being aggressive in the right spots. Guys are figuring out what they can do within what we are doing. We closed out the semester about as well as humanly possible given the situation that we had been put in. Our practices got better, our focus got better, we became more cohesive as a team and these guys have been through some things now. It’s exciting for our team right now because our record may not be very good, but right now our team isn’t bad. The team that played these three games the last eight days is a good team. We’re not a great team. We’re not a National Championship or Final Four level team, but we’re a good team.”

Vincennes was led offensively by freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) who just missed earning his second double-double of the week with 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) ended his night with 17 points and a team-high seven assists. Jefferson has also made his last 16 shots from the free throw line, including hitting five of five from the line tonight.

Freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) ended the game in double-figures, ending with 15 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Freshman Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the fourth VU scorer to finish with double-digit points, ending his night with 12 points and eight rebounds.

“I thought Thow really stepped up in the second half,” Franklin said. “He really showed some life and made some big plays for us. I thought Shilo played well all night and had some plays taken away from him. Brevin was strong with the ball tonight. We had 10 turnovers total against an athletic Wabash Valley team that was pressuring the ball and trying to cause problems and we handled it, where we couldn’t three or four weeks ago.”

“Darrius Davis played all night and had one turnover,” Franklin added. “That is a big deal for him. He couldn’t get to the offensive glass as much tonight, but he got eight big defensive rebounds for us. So, we’ve got four spots where things are coming together for us, we just need to get the two-guard spot lined out. We’re searching for that and we have to get our bench rotation figured out.”

“I thought the four that were out there playing huge minutes for us fought and battled all night. The other guys tried, but we just have to get them over the hump where they are playing well.

The Trailblazers enter the Holiday break with a record of 5-11 and a 2-4 record in Region 24 play.

Vincennes will hit the road after the break to begin the second-half of the season at Lewis & Clark in Godfrey, Ill. Wednesday, Jan. 5. Tip-off time will be 6 p.m. eastern.

The first Trailblazer home game of 2022 will be Saturday, Jan. 8 when VU hosts Don Bosco Prep from Crown Point, Ind. Tip-off time for that game will be 7 p.m. eastern.

“We just have to work at getting better every day,” Franklin said. “We are still a team that is forming and we are going to work on continuing to improve. We’ve go things that we are working on everyday but now we have some solidity. Now we have some knowledge and a little bit of experience. I know some things about them, they know some things about me, so now it’s just about growing. We’ve had enough guys turn the corner to where we are able to compete the way that we are and those guys still have a big jump ahead of them.”

“The sky’s the limit for Thow and Shilo. Brevin is still a freshman. He came in last year when we couldn’t train right, so he is still a freshman. He’s a freshman that has got a little bit of an edge on him, but he’s still a freshman,” Franklin added. “It has been really good to see Darrius in that group because he really was spotty up and down but now he has moved into that group. We needed that and we still need another one to step into the two-guard spot and we need guys that can come in and do their job off the bench and just continue to evolve as a basketball team.”

“There is no reason why we shouldn’t continue to ascend. We are the youngest team in the country and if we can find a fifth guy to step up then we really have a chance to take off. There are guys there that can do that job, they just have to get to the point where they turn the corner. We’ll continue to work and fix and see what we need to improve. These guys will have some time to go home and reflect and then we will come back and have some real practice time as a team. Now we know things. Now these guys know what to work on. Now I know strengths and weaknesses and where we can tinker and we know it under fire. I don’t know if there has ever been a junior college freshman that has ever been put under what these guys have for 16 games. They could have blown it up completely, but they didn’t and we are here and we are still a contender.”

“We still want to go from being a contender to being the guy, but now we’ve moved from being a pretender to a contender. I think we’ve shown that these last three games. Now we just have to take all those little steps it takes to go from contender to the ones holding that trophy at the end the Region tournament in March so we can go back out to Kansas. That’s my focus, that’s our team’s focus and we know to do it we have to take every day to get better. It’s hard work, a little heart, a little dedication and I’ll do everything I can to help them. I’m totally focused on that and I like our chances to make a run. I like our chances to be a hard out, but we’re not going to have any easy games.”

“But I’m proud of them. I’m proud of the guys that we have in that locker room and that’s everybody including the guys that we have had walk-on that have come in here and had a good attitude and really helped us in practice immensely with their attitude. I think Keegan Morris (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Reece Hammelman (Bicknell, Ind.) have come in here and they have caused our environment to be better and those are things that sometimes aren’t noted. But they make a big difference. Our practices, our locker room, our bus, everything about us right now is completely different. Hopefully it stays that way but it has been completely different these last three weeks.”

LADY TRAILBLAZERS FALL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN REGION 24 PLAY AT HOME TO NO. 12 WABASH VALLEY

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers closed out the first half of their season by hosting No. 12-ranked Wabash Valley at the P.E. Complex.

The Lady Blazers fought all night against the Lady Warriors but ultimately suffered their first loss against a Region 24 opponent and their first and only loss in the month of December.

VU went toe-to-toe with the highly-ranked Warriors, producing a back-and-forth battle in the first quarter that ended with freshman Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) hitting a three at the buzzer to cut the Vincennes deficit to one point.

Wabash Valley gained control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring VU 21-10 in the 10 minute period to head into halftime with a 46-34 lead over the Lady Blazers.

Vincennes held tough in the second half but were not able to cut the deficit to under 10 points in the third quarter. Vincennes headed into the fourth quarter trailing 66-53.

VU completely shifted the momentum of the game in the early stages of the fourth quarter, cutting the Warrior lead down to five points midway through the period at 73-68.

This scoring run did not last however as Wabash Valley outscored Vincennes 21-11 to end the game and come away with a 94-79 win over the Lady Blazers.

“I thought our girls played really hard,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Meeks said. “We played spotty offensively. I didn’t think we shot the ball really well and I think that was the thing that bothered me the most. Then at one point in the second quarter it didn’t look like we even wanted to shoot the ball. Wabash Valley put pressure on the ball and we had trouble reversing it.”

“I can’t say anything bad about our effort though,” Meeks added. “Our effort was really good and I think in the game you could see who would step up and who wouldn’t. I was really disappointed with a couple of our girls for their lack of action but otherwise we competed, late in the game we cut it down to five points and then we had it get away from us again. But I think if we would have played a little stronger with the ball and stayed with the offense a little more than what we did, I think we would have been a much better off team.”

“Wabash Valley has got a good team. They are quick. They have a bunch of Division I transfers that are quick with the ball. They have a lot of playing experience and pushed the ball up the floor. They are a nice team. For us, we are still a young team. We are playing a lot of freshmen. We have some things to overcome, but I still think we can fulfill our dreams here. We will go down scratching an clawing to make sure that we will be on the winning side in at least one of our possible two meeting with Wabash Valley left this season.”

Vincennes was led offensively by their trio of guards, led by freshman Kylee Shelton (Bloomfield, Ind.) who finished with 20 points, four rebounds and a team-high three steals.

Freshman Day’Lynn Thornton ended her night with 18 points, including a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line, while also adding five rebounds and a team-high five assists on the game.

Cherrelle Newsom ended her night with 17 points, 12 of which coming in the first half, while adding four assists and a team-high three steals.

Sophomore Macy Michels (Teutopolis, Ill.) was the recipient of many assists on the low block, reaching double-figures with 12 points on a perfect six for six from the field on the night. Michels would also add four rebounds and a block to her line score.

“All of our guards showed up to play,” Meeks said. “Day’Lynn tends to amaze me with her play. She seems to bring it every night and doesn’t make many mistakes. She plays her heart out. I’m really pleased with our guard play. If we can get our post players to pick it up to the level of where our guards are, we have to really work on blocking out and clearing out room under the basket where we can be more efficient rebounding.”

“I appreciate our guards,” Meeks added. “The work hard. They do what they are supposed to do. Like Day’Lynn, we can’t expect anything more out of her than what she already gives. Chanice Willis (Champaign, Ill.) came in and gave us some good minutes. Kylee did a really good job for us tonight. We threw Kylee to the wolves tonight. I just think we have to cut down on a few of the strategic mistakes and ball-handling errors and then I think we will be very competitive.”

The Lady Blazers head into the Holiday break with an 11-5 record on the season and a 4-1 record in Region 24 play.

Vincennes will begin the second-half of their schedule at the P.E. Complex, when the Lady Blazers host No. 18-ranked Moberly Area Community College, from Moberly, Mo. Tuesday, Jan. 4. Tip-off time for that game will be 5 p.m. eastern.

“Some good news is that all of my girls had really good grades this semester, so we won’t have to worry about losing anybody heading into the second-half,” Meeks said. “This is an excellent academic team and I am really pleased and proud of that.”

“I’m really pleased with our guard play so far this season,” Meeks added. “Cherrelle has really done a good job for us at the point. Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) has done an exceptional job for us and has done an outstanding job. Trinitee Harris (Elkhart, Ind.) has done a great job handling the ball and taking the pressure off of everybody else. Her speed and quickness really jumps out at you when she’s on the floor. She is really trying to be a positive influence on this team and I really appreciate that. Trinitee is a great kid and has a great personality and I think there are some good things in store for her.”

“Macy Michels has done a really good job for us this year. She has done a really good job for us as frontcourt leader. We are still working with her on blocking out and being more aggressive on the boards but we didn’t have anybody last year averaging the number of rebounds she is this season. I’m very appreciative of all her hard work.”

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FLORIDA PANTHERS29187440171048714-3-04-4-44-5-1
DETROIT RED WINGS311513333148810411-3-24-10-16-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS2614102301371697-5-17-5-14-4-2
BUFFALO SABRES3010155258821046-8-24-7-32-5-3
OTTAWA SENATORS289172208791015-9-04-8-25-4-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS317213176671095-10-12-11-22-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
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CAROLINA HURRICANES292171432195629-3-012-4-16-4-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS3018574316106789-2-49-3-36-2-2
NEW YORK RANGERS301974421886778-3-211-4-26-3-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS291685371588748-5-28-3-37-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS2814131291291959-3-15-10-02-7-1
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS2912125291277956-6-26-6-34-5-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS2910145259801027-6-33-8-21-8-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS25812521854732-5-26-7-33-4-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
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MINNESOTA WILD29198240161088510-2-19-6-17-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS3019101391889799-5-010-5-18-2-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES30178539151048111-3-26-5-37-1-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE27178236161159110-2-17-6-17-2-1
WINNIPEG JETS2913115311286859-6-14-5-44-5-1
DALLAS STARS28141223013758110-3-14-9-15-5-0
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS301115426872976-6-25-9-24-4-2
ARIZONA COYOTES296212146561092-10-14-11-12-8-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
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ANAHEIM DUCKS32179640151038910-4-37-5-36-1-3
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS301911038171079110-6-09-5-07-3-0
CALGARY FLAMES281576361387624-3-411-4-25-4-1
EDMONTON OILERS291811036161019010-6-08-5-04-6-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS2913115311277778-6-25-5-35-3-2
SAN JOSE SHARKS3015141311578857-7-18-7-05-5-0
VANCOUVER CANUCKS3114152301181908-7-16-8-18-2-0
SEATTLE KRAKEN30101732310841086-9-14-8-24-4-2