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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Blake Corum scored twice, tying the school record for touchdown runs with 55, and No. 2 Michigan beat No. 18 Iowa 26-0 on Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game to likely take the top seed in the College Football Playoff.

With coach Jim Harbaugh back on the sideline for the first time in four weeks, the Wolverines (13-0, No. 2 CFP) routed Iowa (10-3, No. 16 CFP) to win three straight outright conference crowns for the first time in school history.

“We set our goals earlier this year and this is another one checked off,” Corum said

And with No. 1 Georgia falling to No. 8 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game, Harbaugh and the Wolverines are poised – finally – to claim the top playoff seed and reach No. 1. Harbaugh became the first coach in conference history to win three straight outright titles and he celebrated by running evasively to avoid getting doused in a Gatorade bath.

Harbaugh served a three-game suspension over allegations of sign stealing and in-person scouting,

“Like I said earlier in the week, it felt great to have him,” Corum said, referring to his coach. “HIs enthusiasm, his presence means a lot. I love Coach Harbaugh.”

Michigan also extended its school record of consecutive wins over Big Ten foes to 25. Corum tied Anthony Thomas’ school career rushing TD mark. Corum, the league’s running back of the year, finished with 16 carries for 52 yards. J.J. McCarthy, who was selected the conference’s best quarterback this week, was 22 of 30 for 147 yards.

For the Hawkeyes, it was more of the same.

While the defense held stout – allowing the TDs on drives of 5 and 6 yards and four field goals – the offense produced just 155 yards and became only the second team in Big Ten title game history to be shut out in the final season of the East-West division format. Ohio State opened that era with a 59-0 rout over Wisconsin 59-0 in 2014.

Deacon Hill went 18 of 32 with 120 yards and the Hawkeyes rushed for 35 yards on 24 carries. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and was the second in three years for Iowa in the title game against Michigan.

The difference: The Wolverines capitalized on Iowa’s errors; the Hawkeyes could not do the same.

Michigan jumped out to a 10-0 lead after making a 35-yard field goal on its first possession and Corum powered in from 3 yards out two plays after Semaj Morgan broke free for an 87-yard punt return to set a Big Ten title game record.

Corum is the only FBS offensive or defensive player who has scored in every game this season.

He scored again early in the second half when a replay review overturned an incompletion and ruled it was a fumble. Michigan recovered and outgoing Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz compounded the problem by drawing a penalty for unsportsmanlike penalty, moving the ball to the 6. following. That made it 17-0.

Michigan closed it out with three field goals, the final one being a 50-yarder from James Turner to set a title-game record.

Iowa’s best scoring chance came after a 25-yard punt put it at the Michigan 38. Three plays later, though Jaziun Patterson lost a fumble at the Michigan 30.


Iowa: Two streaks continued. The Big Ten West closes out the league’s division era going 0-10 in title games and the Hawkeyes still have not won a conference crown since 2004. Few gave Iowa and its low-scoring offense any chance Saturday night. Neither did the Wolverines.

Michigan: Harbaugh missed six games this season because of suspension and yet Michigan heads into the postseason undefeated for the second straight year. Getting the No. 1 seed could lead to a matchup with SEC champ Alabama, Big 12 champ Texas, two-time defending national champ Georgia or perhaps even archrival Ohio State.


ATLANTA (AP) After handing Georgia its first loss in nearly two years, Alabama mixed a raucous celebration of its latest Southeastern Conference championship with a whole lot of lobbying for a College Football Playoff spot that no one could’ve envisioned in September.

Jalen Milroe, the quarterback who epitomizes the Crimson Tide’s remarkable turnaround from an early-season loss to Texas, posed a pointed question to the committee that will decide who’s in – and who’s out.

“Georgia is number one, right?” said Milroe, who was picked as MVP of a 27-24 victory Saturday that snapped the top-ranked Bulldogs’ 29-game winning streak. “We just beat the number one team. What do you consider us?”

Alabama would have to make a big leap from No. 8 in both the AP poll and the most recent CFP rankings – and perhaps leapfrog the No. 7 Texas team that beat it 34-24 in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9 – to claim a spot in the four-team playoff that will be announced Sunday.

Another big question: Is Georgia’s bid for a third straight national title over?

Coach Kirby Smart bristled at the notion that his team – with two straight national titles on its resume – squandered a shot at becoming the first team in the AP poll era to win three championships in a row.

“It’s the best four teams,” Smart said. “So if you go tell me somebody sitting in that committee room doesn’t think that Georgia team is one of the best four teams, I don’t know if they’re in the right profession because we’re a really good football team.”

After his Iron Bowl heroics a week earlier, Milroe threw a pair of touchdown passes and Alabama’s defense dominated much of the way after giving up a score on Georgia’s opening possession. It was the 30th SEC crown for the Tide – more than twice as many as any other school.

“A lot of people doubted this team,” said Milroe, who was benched early in the season but bounced back to become one of college football’s most dynamic players. “I never gave up on this team. That’s the biggest thing.”

Alabama (12-1) sorted out its quarterback situation and hasn’t lost since. The victory over Georgia was the Tide’s 11th in a row and may be good enough to give them a big boost in the selection committee’s eyes.

“This is a team,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban, who may get a chance to add to his record seven national titles. “I’ve never been prouder of a group of guys.”

Georgia (12-1) will have to hope its dominance over the last two seasons persuades the committee to provide a shot at a do-over in the playoff. That’s just what happened two years ago, when Alabama romped to a 41-24 victory over the top-ranked Bulldogs in the SEC title game and both teams were invited to play on.

Georgia avenged its SEC defeat with a 33-18 victory over Alabama in the national championship game, and the Bulldogs made it two titles in a row with a 15-0 season in 2022. Their hopes of a three-peat are now in the hands of others.

“There’s two classes of our kids that haven’t lost a game,” Smart said. “In life, sometimes you can’t get better until you lose.”

Georgia closed the gap to 20-17 after a 28-yard punt return by little-used Anthony Evans III set up Carson Beck’s sneak into the end zone for Georgia’s first touchdown since the opening minutes.

But, with a drive for the ages, Milroe hooked up with Isaiah Bond on four completions for 56 yards – rekindling memories of a week earlier when the two connected on a fourth-and-31 touchdown pass that miraculously pulled out an Iron Bowl victory over Auburn.

Roydell Williams scored on a 1-yard run that restored Alabama’s lead to 27-17 with 5:47 remaining.

Georgia didn’t go quietly. The Bulldogs hustled down the field for another TD, scoring on Kendall Milton’s second touchdown of the game, a fourth-and-goal run from the 1 with 2:52 left to again climb within a field goal.

But Milroe broke off a 30-yard run – wisely going down inbounds to keep the clock running – and Alabama ran out the clock.

“Georgia’s got a really good team,” Saban said. “But our guys overcame. They proved today they can win against anybody.”

After missing on his first four passes, Milroe found his range. He completed six of eight for 110 yards, including touchdown passes of 28 yards to running back Jam Miller on a busted coverage and a 15-yarder to former Georgia receiver Jermaine Burton with 48 seconds left in the half to give the Tide a 17-7 lead at the break.

It was only the fifth time Georgia had trailed at the half since the start of its winning streak.

This time, the Bulldogs couldn’t come back.


Alabama: After getting shredded by Auburn’s running game the week before, the Crimson Tide held Georgia to 78 yards on the ground. That forced Beck and the Bulldogs to go to the air more than they would’ve liked. “They whipped us up front,” Smart said.

Georgia: As was the case two years ago, the second quarter was the Bulldogs’ downfall. In the 2021 loss, they surrendered 24 points to Bryce Young and the Crimson Tide. This time, Alabama took control by outscoring Georgia 14-0 in the period.


Groza Award finalist Will Reichard booted a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter to reach 533 career points and become the leading scorer in NCAA FBS history, breaking a tie with former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

Reichard added a 34-yard field goal and three extra points, boosting his total to 539 points.


That’s in the hands of the CFP selection committee, which will announce the four playoff teams Sunday, as well as the rest of the New Year’s Six bowl assignments.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Quinn Ewers and the Texas Longhorns are leaving the Big 12 with bookend championships and still hoping for a chance at the College Football Playoff. As for their fans, it was good riddance to the commissioner they felt was rooting against them.

Longhorns fans heartily booed and chanted “S-E-C!, S-E-C!” while Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark addressed the crowd before presenting the championship trophy to their team. Ewers set a career high by throwing for 452 yards with four touchdowns, one of those to 362-pound defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat, as seventh-ranked Texas won 49-21 over No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

It was the fourth Big 12 title for the Longhorns (12-1, No. 7 CFP), and their first since 2009. They also won the championship game in the league’s inaugural 1996 season and in 2005 when they were last national champs.

“I know it’s been a long time coming. Everybody’s been starving for this championship,” third-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “To get it in our final game in the Big 12, I hope everybody enjoys it as much as we do.”

At one point during the postgame presentation, Sarkisian waved both of his arms trying to quiet the jeers toward Yormark, who before the season when addressing a crowd of Texas Tech supporters publicly rooted against the Longhorns, who are going with Oklahoma to the SEC next season.

“It’s all good, it’s all good,” Yormark said with a smile.

“An incredible season by the Texas Longhorns. You guys with today’s dominating performance deserve a ticket to the CFP for sure,” the commissioner said, adding it was an honor to present the trophy to Sarkisian and his team.

Keilan Robinson tiptoed the sideline on a 57-yard run for the first of his two touchdowns in the second half as Texas, the only team that has beaten SEC champion Alabama this season, stayed in playoff contention with its final Big 12 trophy. However, they need a lot of help to make the four-team CFP field that will be revealed Sunday, a year before it expands to 12 teams.

“Hopefully, when people kind of look at the totality of the body of work, it’s not just about the record, it’s about the quality of the team.” Sarkisian said. “It’s in their hands. … Like we told the players, control what we can control, now let’s play the best football we could. And I thought we did that today and hopefully put in their minds what would it look like if Texas was in a four-team playoff.”

Behind national rushing leader Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State (9-4, No. 18 CFP) had won seven of eight games to get to its second Big 12 title game in three years. But Texas scored on its first four possessions, going ahead 28-7 on true freshman CJ Baxter’s 10-yard run early in the second quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Alan Bowman, who previously played at Texas Tech and Michigan, was 22-of-38 passing for 250 yards with two of his three touchdowns going to Rashod Owens.

Gordon came in averaging 137.1 yards per game overall – and 163 in conference games. The sophomore finished with only 34 yards on 13 carries against Sweat and the Big 12’s top rushing defense, which allowed only 85 yards per game on the ground during the regular season.

Ewers completed 35 of 46 passes and his touchdowns went to four different receivers, the biggest one being the finalist for the Outland Trophy that goes to the nation’s top lineman, offense or defense. Texas had a season-high 662 total yards, while holding the Cowboys to 281.

Sweat lined up as a tight end from the Cowboys 2, and no defender followed him into the end zone, where the senior corralled the pass from Ewers in his belly for his first career catch, struck a Heisman Trophy pose and went on to do a raucous celebration on the Texas sideline with the Longhorns up 21-7 late in the first quarter.

Ewers’ first two touchdowns were a 10-yarder to Adonai Mitchell and a 24-yarder to Ja’Tavion Sanders. Mitchell finished with six catches for 109 yards, and Sanders had eight grabs for 105 yards. Ewers was named the game’s most outstanding player and was presented a custom-made title belt from WWE star The Undertaker.

“My job is really just to get the ball to the playmakers and let them do the rest,” Ewers said.

When Ewers got the wind knocked out of him and had to leave the field for one play late in the third quarter, he was replaced by Maalik Murphy instead of Arch Manning, the heralded recruit who a week earlier made his debut in a 50-point win over Texas Tech. Murphy and Manning both took snaps on the final drive for Texas over the final 6 1/2 minutes against Oklahoma State.


Texas kicker Bert Auburn’s Big 12-record streak of 19 consecutive made field goals ended when he missed a 44-yard attempt in the final minute of the first half. … The announced attendance of 84,523 was a record for the Big 12 championship game that was played for the 22nd time, the last nine at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, where it will remain until at least 2031.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) SMU quarterback Kevin Jennings got hit in his throwing arm and fumbled on the first play of his first career start in a conference championship game on the road.

As Jennings came to the sideline, Mustangs coach Rhett Lashlee told him, “That wasn’t your fault.”

“I know,” Jennings answered, and proceeded to play with the poise that SMU needed against a Tulane team that had won 10 straight and was trying to repeat as American Athletic Conference champions.

Jennings threw a touchdown pass and accounted for 266 yards from scrimmage, Collin Rogers kicked four second-half field goals and No. 25 SMU beat No. 17 Tulane 26-14 on Saturday in the AAC title game.

“Jennings played just like we thought he would,” Lashlee said. “We trusted him fully and I think he made a whole lot more big-time plays, particularly on third downs when he was scrambling, than the mistakes.”

The Mustangs (11-2) also turned in a stifling defensive performance, limiting Tulane (11-2, No. 22 CFP) to a touchdown during the final 59 minutes.

“Our defense today, they dominated,” Lashlee said, highlighting how SMU held Tulane to 31 yards rushing, far below its average of 167.3 yards coming in. “That was the key. We made them one-dimensional and that allowed us to get the sacks.”

SMU sacked Michael Pratt seven times. Defensive back Isaiah Nwokobia’s interception in the fourth quarter all but sealed it, sending fans to the exits of Yulman Stadium, where the Wave had celebrated its first AAC title a year ago.

Tulane converted just two of 15 third-down plays.

SMU “played really, really well,” Pratt said. “It was on a lot of downs that we didn’t make the play when we needed to.”

The game took place amid reports that Tulane coach Willie Frtiz is Houston’s top candidate following the Cougars’ firing of Dana Holgorsen. Fritz declined to confirm his intentions after the game and said, “No,” when asked if he had an agreement in place with Houston.

“I put everything into this game this week to make sure there wasn’t any distractions,” Fritz said. “I‘ve got to process some things. … Just want to take a step back here.”

Had Tulane won, it could have returned to a major New Year’s Day bowl game for a second straight year, having defeated USC in last season’s Cotton Bowl. Now either Conference USA champion Liberty or SMU – which ever team winds up higher in the final College Football Playoff rankings – will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

SMU’s league title was its first since winning the Southwest Conference in 1984. It’ll also be the Mustangs’ last in the AAC. They move to the ACC next season.

Tulane led 7-0 just two plays after SMU received the opening kickoff.

Playing in place of injured Mustangs starter Preston Stone, Jennings was stripped by edge rusher Devean Deal, who also recovered and returned the ball to the 1. Pratt scored on a keeper on the next play.

“I know our defense is going to have our back the whole game. So, I just need to stay straight, not get too down on myself,” Jennings said. “We had a whole game ahead of us.”

SMU tied it on Jaylan Knighton’s 6-yard run in the first quarter.

The Mustangs punted only once in the first half, but a missed a field goal and turned the ball over twice more before finally taking a 14-7 lead on Jennings’ 17-yard pass to Key’Shawn Smith late in the first half.

Tulane tied it at 14 when SMU bit on Pratt’s play-action fake on third-and-1, leaving Yulkeith Brown wide open for a 42-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Rogers’ 48-yard field goal gave SMU the lead for good at 17-14.


SMU: When Lashlee was asked about the possibility of playing in a New Year’s Day bowl, Lashlee noted that of SMU and Liberty, the Mustings were the only team “that went on the road and beat a Top 25 team.”

SMU’s loses this season came at TCU and at Oklahoma – both power conference teams.

“You play a real schedule, you should be rewarded for it,” Lashlee said. “We won in a fairly convincing fashion today. … It should be a layup. I hope we don’t miss a layup.”

Tulane: The Green Wave was fortunate to be down by only one TD at halftime, having been outgained 249 yards to 82. Interceptions by Cam Pedescleaux and Jarius Monroe, and an early missed field goal by SMU, kept Tulane in the game. But the Wave’s offense – hampered by injuires that sidelined starting receiver Lawrence Keys and reduced the role of fellow starter Jha’Quan Jackson – generally struggled.

“We’ve got some really good players that weren’t able to play down the stretch – and that’s difficult,” Fritz said.


After cracking the AP Top 25 last week, SMU could move up a few spots. Tulane will fall, but peraps not entirely out of the rankings.


Both teams await bowl invitations Sunday.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Florida State coach Mike Norvell said the possibility of leaving his unbeaten Seminoles out of the College Football Playoff shouldn’t even be discussed.

It almost certainly will be.

Florida State made things as difficult as possible on the CFP selection committee, using a dominant defensive performance to beat No. 15 Louisville 16-6 on Saturday night for the fourth-ranked Seminoles’ first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 2014.

The Seminoles moved to 13-0, but even that doesn’t guarantee a spot in the four-team playoff after Alabama knocked off No. 1 Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship and Texas, which beat Alabama this season, won the Big 12 title.

No Power Five team has ever gone unbeaten, won its conference title and failed to make the playoff.

Seminoles fans held up signs reading “Win and we’re in!” But Florida State’s offensive performance and unsettled quarterback situation created some doubt about whether it’s one of the four best teams in the country.

The Seminoles started freshman third-stringer Brock Glenn at quarterback, and he finished 8 of 21 for 55 yards. Their offense gained just 3.4 yards per play.

“We just beat a top 15 team with a true freshman quarterback,” Norvell said. “I don’t care what people think. We win. We win. And if we get the opportunity to go play in the national semifinal it’s going to be a challenge, but I believe in this team, I believe in what they can do and I believe in who they are.”

Norvell got heated, pounding his fist on a table and saying, “You know what, they have showed up every single week and done it. So I don’t really care what everybody else’s opinions are. I know who I coach and I know they are going to go fight for everything they get. Whatever the next opportunity is, I promise you they’re going to show up.”

Lawrance Toafili ran for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles, who stuck to a conservative game plan with Glenn behind center.

Starting QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Travis is out for the season with a leg injury. Tate Rodemaker, Travis’ backup, was sidelined with a concussion. In all likelihood, Rodemaker would be ready to play should Florida State make the playoff, but even he has only started two games.

The difference for the Seminoles in the ACC title game was their defense, which had a season-high seven sacks and a critical interception that kept Louisville out of the end zone. Florida State also had 14 tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups.

Trailing 10-6 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals (10-3) had a chance to take the lead after they tackled Seminoles punter Alex Mastromanno before he could get the kick away.

Louisville took over at the Seminoles 11, but three plays later, Tatum Bethune picked off Jack Plummer’s pass in the end zone.

Plummer finished 14 of 36 for 111 yards.

“We just couldn’t convert,” Louisville coach Jeff Brohm said. “We chances to convert and we were not able to make those plays. Guys have to understand you have to make contested plays. … We were not able to make those. And after that we really started to stink it up on offense in the fourth quarter.”

After a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Fitzgerald put Florida State ahead 13-6 with 3:11 left, the Cardinals had one more shot.

But Braden Fiske sacked Plummer on a fourth down, giving the Seminoles the ball at the Louisville 20 with 2:35 remaining. Fitzgerald made it a two-possession game with his third field goal of the game from 40 yards.

Fiske finished with three sacks.

“They have been remarkable all year long and continue to get better,” Norvell said of his defense. “We knew it was going to take a team effort and those guys were unbelievable.”

The game was tied 3-3 in the third quarter when the Seminoles finally took the ball out of Glenn’s hands, going to the wildcat formation with Toafili in the backfield. Toafili received the direct snap from center and raced around right end for a 73-yard gain and then scored from 2 yards out on the next play, from the same formation.

The Seminoles put the wildcat into their offensive game plan late this week, Norvell said.

Toafili was named MVP of the game.

“I feel like we go out there and play for each other and we are a close-knit team,” Toafili said. “We haven’t lost a game yet and we are proving our point (that we belong) and showing what we can do.”


Rodemaker went through pregame warmups for the Seminoles and even put on his game jersey, making it look as though he might play. But just before kickoff, he removed his pads, signaling that Glenn would be FSU’s QB.



Trazarien White scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench, and UNC Wilmington found its long-range shooting touch to upset No. 12 Kentucky 80-73 in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.

Kentucky was an 18.5-point favorite.

White scored 18 of his points in the second half and cemented the game with a pair of free throws with seven seconds left. Donovan Newby added 15 points and Shykeim Phillips had 13 points, including six in the last three minutes, as UNCW put the game away.

The Seahawks (6-2), of the Coastal Athletic Conference, hit 11 of 31 3-pointers after making just 3 of 23 in a 74-66 loss to East Carolina on Thursday.

Kentucky (6-2) came into the game averaging 94.4 points per game, third best in the nation, but UNCW’s defense stymied the Southeastern Conference powerhouse all game and forced 13 turnovers. The Wildcats got 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists from Reed Sheppard and 14 points from Antonio Reeves.

No. 2 Arizona 82, Colgate 55

Oumar Ballo had a double-double and the Wildcats staked their claim to be the top-ranked team in the country next week as they pulled away for a victory over the Raiders in Tucson, Ariz.

Ballo, a 7-foot center, scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds to help Arizona (7-0) dominate the paint, holding the Raiders (4-4) without an offensive rebound until the final shot of the game as time expired. Braeden Smith scored 11 points for Colgate, which was outscored 44-14 in the paint.

Caleb Love added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, who are in line for their first No. 1 ranking since the week of Jan. 27, 2014. They probably will replace current No. 1 Purdue, which lost Friday night to Northwestern, while No. 3 Marquette fell to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Wisconsin 75, No. 3 Marquette 64

Max Klesmit scored 21 points, all in the first half, and Steven Crowl totaled 16 points as the Badgers staved off a rally by the Golden Eagles in Madison, Wis., in the annual nonconference matchup of in-state rivals.

AJ Storr finished with 13 points and Tyler Wahl added 10 for Wisconsin (6-2), which won its fifth straight game despite going 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the second half. Crowl also had eight rebounds to help the Badgers to a 38-23 advantage on the boards.

Kam Jones had 19 points and Tyler Kolek added 11 for Marquette (6-2).

Georgia Tech 72, No. 7 Duke 68

Baye Ndongo scored a game-high 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field to help lead the Yellow Jackets to an upset win over the Blue Devils in Atlanta.

Miles Kelly poured in 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat Duke for just the second time since 2010. Kowacie Reeves added 14 points on 4-for-5 3-point shooting.

Jeremy Roach paced Duke with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field. Kyle Filipowski and Caleb Foster added 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils (5-3, 0-1), who couldn’t complete an 11-point second-half comeback.

No. 8 Miami 62, Notre Dame 49

Norchad Omier scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the Hurricanes defeated the Fighting Irish in Coral Gables, Fla., in the ACC opener for both teams.

Miami (6-1) also got a team-high 14 points and a game-high four steals from Matthew Cleveland and 13 points and a game-high seven assists from Nijel Pack.

Notre Dame (3-4), which has lost two straight games, was led by J.R. Konieczny, who had a team-high 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting on 3-pointers. The rest of the team shot just 2-for-25 from deep.

No. 9 Baylor 91, Northwestern State 40

Jalen Bridges scored 16 points and Yves Missi added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears stayed unbeaten by overwhelming the Demons in Waco, Texas.

Baylor (8-0) built a 26-point lead at the break after limiting Northwestern State to just five field goals in the first half. RayJ Dennis added 14 points for Baylor and Ja’Kobe Walter had 10. The Bears shot 53.3 percent from the field and outrebounded the visitors 51-22.

Jimel Lane led the anemic Northwestern State attack with 10 points. The Demons (1-7) went just 14 of 56 from the floor (25 percent).

No. 11 Gonzaga 89, Southern California 76

Ryan Nembhard recorded 15 points and seven assists, Dusty Stromer went 4-for-9 from 3-point range and added another 15 points and the Bulldogs cruised past the Trojans in the Legends of Basketball Las Vegas Invitational.

Gonzaga (6-1) shot a red-hot 12-for-22 from beyond the 3-point arc, led by Stromer’s effort. Stromer and Nembhard paced six Bulldogs scorers in double figures. Graham Ike recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Boogie Ellis shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 28 points for the Trojans (5-3). Isaiah Collier added 14 points and distributed six assists. No other USC scorer reached double figures.

No. 13 Florida Atlantic 90, Charleston 74

Johnell Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Owls earned a win over the Cougars in the final game of the Field of 68 Tip-Off in Boca Raton, Fla.

Vladislav Goldin contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, Giancarlo Rosado scored 15 points off the bench and Alijah Martin finished with 13 points for the Owls (7-1), who have won five games in a row.

Reyne Smith scored 14 points for the Cougars before rolling his ankle with 14:49 left in the game and his team leading by three points. Jordan Crawford scored 13 points and fellow reserve Ante Brzovic scored 12 for Charleston (4-4), which had won three games in a row.

No. 17 North Carolina 78, Florida State 70

RJ Davis scored 27 points and the Tar Heels used a 22-0 second-half run to overcome the Seminoles in the ACC opener for both teams at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Armando Bacot racked up 13 points and 13 rebounds and Harrison Ingram scored 11 points as North Carolina (7-1) wiped out a 14-point deficit.

Florida State (4-3) failed to hold a double-digit, second-half lead for the second straight game after leading by 17 and falling to visiting Georgia on Wednesday night.

Drexel 57, No. 18 Villanova 55

Amari Williams blocked Justin Moore’s driving layup with three seconds left to preserve the Dragons’ win over the Wildcats in the fifth-place game of the Big 5 Classic in Philadelphia.

Williams finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots for the Dragons (5-3). He made 1 of 2 free throws with 31 seconds remaining for the two-point edge. Luke House added 11 points for Drexel, which defeated Villanova for just the second time.

Eric Dixon scored 21 points and Jordan Longino added 13 for the Wildcats (6-3), who have dropped two games in a row. Villanova went just 5-for-27 (18.5 percent) from 3-point range.

No. 20 Colorado State 86, Washington 81

Josiah Strong scored seven of his team’s final 10 points to help the Rams hold off the Huskies in the Legends of Basketball Las Vegas Invitational.

Strong finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Joel Scott led Colorado State (8-0) with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Moses Wood led Washington (4-3) with 21 points. The Huskies’ Keion Brooks Jr., who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, made a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left. Strong was fouled and made 1 of 2 free-throw attempts to give Colorado State an 84-81 lead with 26 seconds remaining, and he later added a layup to cap the scoring.

No. 24 Illinois 76, Rutgers 58

Terrence Shannon Jr. had 23 points and a season-best 10 rebounds as the Illini surged ahead in the second half for a victory over the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Illinois (6-1) dominated most of the way and won its fourth straight game. Shannon shot 8 of 13 and hit three of his four threes in the second half, when the Illini outscored Rutgers 35-22. Marcus Domask added 15 points and seven rebounds as Illinois controlled the glass 55-27 and shot 45.5 percent.

Rutgers (5-2) saw its five-game winning streak stopped and turned in its worst offensive performance of the early going by shooting 33.3 percent. Aundre Hyatt and Austin Williams led the Scarlet Knights with nine points apiece.



Domonique Davis scored 25 points and had five assists as Southern Miss pulled off an improbable upset over visiting No. 19 Ole Miss, 61-59, on Saturday afternoon in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Davis shot 8-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe as Southern Miss (7-0) beat an opponent ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2000.

“Wow, what a basketball game,” Golden Eagles coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “Our players just played with a lot of fight and a lot of grit. Domonique Davis, for the entire time that she was in the game, she played with a real passion.”

Marquesha Davis led Ole Miss (6-3) with 15 points while Snudda Collins had 14 points.

The Rebels led by as much as 11 points early on but were outscored 17-10 by Southern Miss in the fourth quarter. A layup from Davis and a free throw from Nyla Jean with under 16 seconds to play proved to be the difference for the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss shot 47.7 percent from the floor in the win while Ole Miss made just 36.2 percent of its shots.

No. 4 Iowa 99, Bowling Green 65

Caitlin Clark poured in 24 points and dished 11 assists as the Hawkeyes beat the visiting Falcons in Iowa City.

Clark made just 2 of 11 3-pointers. She contributed seven rebounds and two blocks in the victory for Iowa (8-1). The Hawkeyes also got 17 points from Kate Martin, 12 points and 11 rebounds from Sharon Goodman, 14 points from Sydney Affolter and 10 points from Addison O’Grady.

Lexi Fleming had 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Bowling Green (5-2).

Iowa led start-to-finish, going up by as much as 36 points. The Hawkeyes — with actor Jason Sudeikis and WNBA legend Sue Bird sitting courtside — shot 66.7 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 44-27.

No. 7 Colorado 74, Air Force 58

Frida Formann had 23 points as the Buffaloes took down the Falcons in an intrastate battle in Colorado Springs.

Sara-Rose Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds for Colorado (8-1) while Quay Miller added eight points and nine boards. Air Force (4-4) was led by Taylor Britt’s 13 points and Milahnie Perry’s 12 points.

The Buffs shot 47.6 percent from the floor as they went up by as many as 22 points.

No. 12 Utah 87, BYU 68

Alissa Pili piled up 23 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Utes topped the Cougars in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah (7-1) also got 18 points from Kennady McQueen, 17 points from Gianna Kneepkens, 13 points from Jenna Johnson and 12 assists from Ines Vieira. BYU (6-2) was led by Lauren Gustin’s 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Kailey Woolston also scored 17 points.

The Utes led wire-to-wire and pulled ahead by as much as 24 points. Key for Utah was its sharp shooting, as it knocked down 17-of-34 3-pointers. Utah had 26 assists on 31 made baskets.



Paul George drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining as the host Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 22-point deficit to edge the Golden State Warriors 113-112 on Saturday.

Moses Moody gave Golden State a 111-106 lead with 1:22 to go by sinking two free throws following a clear-path foul by George. James Harden answered with a layup before Moody split a pair of free throws, making it a four-point game with 38.1 seconds left.

Kawhi Leonard’s layup made it a one-possession game, and George then delivered, giving Los Angeles its first — and only — lead of the contest. Draymond Green came up short on a potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

George finished with a game-high 25 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 120-114 loss to the Warriors on Thursday. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 22 points and 11 assists.

Moody opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to put Golden State up by 22, and the Warriors still held a comfortable lead at 85-68 with 5:28 remaining in the period. Los Angeles still had gas in the tank, though, scoring 17 of the next 19 points to make it a two-point game.

Thunder 126, Mavericks 120

Jalen Williams had 23 points to lead eight scorers in double figures as visiting Oklahoma City withstood a furious 30-0 fourth-quarter rally by short-handed Dallas.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points while Davis Bertans and Cason Wallace scored 15 apiece for Oklahoma City, which won for the eighth time in its past 10 games. Dallas star Luka Doncic returned after missing one game for the birth of his daughter and recorded his third triple-double of the season with 36 points, 15 rebounds and 18 assists.

The Mavericks trailed by 23 at the start of the fourth before going on a remarkable 30-0 run to take the lead at 117-111 with 4:18 remaining. After A.J. Lawson hit a 3-pointer to put Dallas ahead by four, Oklahoma City scored six straight points to move ahead 122-120 with 40.1 seconds left. Doncic committed a turnover on the next possession and Gilgeous-Alexander scored on a layup before Williams made two foul shots for the final margin.

Nets 129, Magic 101

Mikal Bridges scored 26 of his 42 points in the first quarter and Brooklyn ended Orlando’s nine-game winning streak in a contest in New York.

The Magic missed a chance at their first 10-game winning streak in franchise history partly because they had trouble stopping Bridges, especially in the opening 12 minutes.

Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 20 points apiece to lead Orlando, which had not lost since Nov. 14 when it fell to Brooklyn. Paolo Banchero added 19 points as the Magic shot 40.2 percent from the floor.

Cavaliers 110, Pistons 101

Darius Garland and Max Strus had 22 points apiece as visiting Cleveland beat Detroit, handing the Pistons their franchise-record 17th consecutive loss.

Donovan Mitchell supplied 20 points and four assists for the Cavaliers, who bounced back from a home loss to Portland. Jarrett Allen contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds and Georges Niang led the reserves with 12 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic, making his season debut, finished with 22 points off the bench for the Pistons. Cade Cunningham finished with a team-high 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Detroit.

Timberwolves 123, Hornets 117

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and Rudy Gobert posted 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the duo spearheaded a relentless fourth quarter to help Minnesota top host Charlotte.

Naz Reid had 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting off the bench, Mike Conley delivered 14 points and 10 assists and reserve Kyle Anderson added 11 points as the Timberwolves won their fourth consecutive game.

Terry Rozier’s 23 points and Miles Bridges’ 22 paced the Hornets. P.J. Washington hit four 3-pointers off the bench on the way to 18 points.

Bulls 124, Pelicans 118

Coby White scored a season-high 31 points and led a 3-point barrage by host Chicago in a victory over New Orleans.

White matched his career high of eight 3-pointers (in 13 attempts), and the Bulls made 17 of 40 compared to 8 of 25 for the Pelicans. DeMar DeRozan returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained left ankle to add 24 points and 10 assists.

Zion Williamson scored 27 points, Brandon Ingram had 23 and Herbert Jones had 17 to lead the Pelicans.

Pacers 144, Heat 129

Bruce Brown scored a season-high 30 points to help lead Indiana past host Miami.

Obi Toppin scored 22 points for the Pacers, who split their two games in Miami after losing to the Heat on Thursday. Aaron Nesmith and T.J. McConnell tallied 20 points apiece, Myles Turner added 17 and Bennedict Mathurin had 16.

Jimmy Butler led Miami with 33 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field. Caleb Martin poured in 18 points, Duncan Robinson scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Orlando Robinson each scored 16.

Bucks 132, Hawks 121

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Milwaukee to a win over visiting Atlanta.

Damian Lillard added 25 points to go along with nine assists for Milwaukee. Five other Bucks scored in double figures, including Cameron Payne, who had a season-high 18 points off the bench.

Trae Young led the way for Atlanta with 32 points, with his backcourt mate Dejounte Murray tallying 30. Young also dished out 12 assists and nabbed two steals. Clint Capela played a big role down low, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 17 boards.

Suns 116, Grizzlies 109

Devin Booker recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead Phoenix over visiting Memphis.

Kevin Durant added 27 points for the Suns, but his streak of consecutive 30-point games ended at seven. Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 5:34 left as Phoenix snapped a two-game skid.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting and collected nine rebounds for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane scored 20 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, which had a season-best two-game winning streak halted.

Jazz 118, Trail Blazers 113 (OT)

Collin Sexton scored 25 points and Keyonte George had one of the best games of his rookie season with a career-high 21 to help Utah defeat Portland in overtime in Salt Lake City.

John Collins added 17 points and nine rebounds and Omer Yurtseven hauled in 15 rebounds to go along with nine points and a key block in the waning moments of the extra session. The Jazz, who won after blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, were without four regulars: Lauri Markkanen (hamstring), Jordan Clarkson (thigh), Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) and Kris Dunn (personal reasons).

Shaedon Sharpe and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 25 points, but the Blazers ended up falling to the Jazz for the second time in three outings this season. Scoot Henderson scored 17 points, while Deandre Ayton totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Kings 123, Nuggets 117

Malik Monk capped a 26-point performance off the bench with a critical 3-pointer with 1:12 to play, and host Sacramento overcame Nikola Jokic’s eighth triple-double of the season for a victory over Denver.

De’Aaron Fox (26 points, game-high 16 assists) and Domantas Sabonis (17 points, game-high 15 rebounds) chipped in with double-doubles for the Kings, who won for the third time in their past four games in their final tune-up before the NBA in-season tournament quarterfinals on Monday night.

Jokic had a game-high 36 points and team highs in rebounds (13) and assists (14) for the Nuggets, who welcomed back Aaron Gordon from a heel injury but were without Jamal Murray for the second straight game due to a sprained right ankle.

Lakers 107, Rockets 97

Anthony Davis recorded his 17th double-double of the season while Austin Reaves scored 18 points off the bench as Los Angeles cruised past visiting Houston.

Davis had 27 points, 14 rebounds and added five blocks. Reaves overcame an 0-for-4 start and finished 6-for-11 from the floor with four rebounds and three steals. That duo combined for 21 points during a 25-2 second-quarter run that enabled the Lakers to seize control.

Alperen Sengun produced 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks while Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven assists for Houston, which remained winless on the road in eight attempts.



Brad Marchand scored at 4:52 of overtime and the visiting Boston Bruins recovered from giving up a late tying goal to defeat the rival Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday night.

Marchand scored his eighth goal of the season on a rebound after a breakaway by David Pastrnak. Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game at 19:54 of the third period to force overtime, with assists from Mitchell Marner and John Tavares after goalie Joseph Woll was removed for an extra attacker.

Pastrnak had a goal and two assists. Kevin Shattenkirk and Trent Frederic also scored for the Bruins, who have won two straight after losing three in a row. Linus Ullmark stopped 37 shots for the Bruins.

Max Domi also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won two straight. Woll made 33 saves for Toronto.

Stars 8, Lightning 1

Dallas’ top three lines scored goals inside the first eight minutes in a rout over visiting Tampa Bay.

Jason Robertson scored twice, and Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists. Mason Marchment, Jamie Benn and Thomas Harley totaled a goal and an assist apiece. Tyler Seguin and Sam Steel also scored, while Jani Hakanpaa and Roope Hintz each posted two helpers.

Victor Hedman recorded a power-play goal for Tampa Bay. Netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 of 25 shots and lost for the third time in four outings since his return from back surgery. Jonas Johansson allowed two goals on nine shots in the final period.

Red Wings 5, Canadiens 4 (OT)

Jake Walman scored 54 seconds into overtime and Alex DeBrincat recorded his 200th career goal as the visiting Red Wings overcame blowing a two-goal, third-period lead to beat the Canadiens.

Daniel Sprong had a goal with an assist, while Joe Veleno and Christian Fischer also scored for Detroit, which has totaled 25 goals while winning five of six. However, the Red Wings blew a 4-2 third-period edge, only to have Walman’s slapper save them in the extra session.

Montreal, which trailed 3-0 in the first period, got within a goal when Nick Suzuki scored the club’s first power-play goal since Nov. 12 at 4:12 into the final period. The Canadiens tied it at 4-4 with 3:59 remaining in regulation when Gustav Lindstrom’s wrister amid some net-front traffic got by Detroit’s Ville Husso (26 saves).

Ducks 4, Avalanche 3 (SO)

Leo Carlsson had a goal and an assist in regulation and the only marker in the shootout, and host Anaheim beat Colorado.

Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist, Adam Henrique scored and Josh Gibson made 34 saves and three more in the shootout for Anaheim, which ended an eight-game losing streak.

Bowen Byram had two goals, Devon Toews also scored and Ivan Prosvetov turned away 34 shots for the Avalanche.

Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Sean Couturier was the only player to score in the shootout, lifting the Flyers over the Penguins.

Couturier, the third shooter, flipped the puck past goaltender Tristan Jarry’s blocker.

Jake Guentzel scored two goals, Kris Letang finished with one and Bryan Rust added two assists for the Penguins, who have lost four of six (2-2-2).

Jets 3, Blackhawks 1

Morgan Barron scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period to lead host Winnipeg past Chicago to end a three-game losing streak.

Mark Scheifele and Cole Perfetti also scored for Winnipeg, which improved to 7-5-1 on home ice. Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for his 11th win of the season and career win No. 249.

Connor Bedard scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who have dropped back-to-back games. Arvid Soderblom stopped 25 shots. Chicago dropped to 4-9-0 on the road.

Rangers 4, Predators 3

Vincent Trocheck had a goal and two assists to help visiting New York rally past Nashville.

Adam Fox had three assists for the Rangers, who have won five of their last six games. Igor Shesterkin made 38 saves.

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have lost two in a row after winning six straight. Kevin Lankinen made 23 saves.

Islanders 4, Panthers 3

Ilya Sorokin made 42 saves as New York defeated host Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

It was the second consecutive win for the Islanders, who got goals from Anders Lee, Pierre Engvall, Simon Holmstrom and Julien Gauthier. Bo Horvat added two assists. Mathew Barzal, who leads the Islanders in points (23), sat out the game due to illness.

Sam Reinhart, Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe scored for the Panthers, and backup goalie Anthony Stolarz made 23 saves.

Senators 2, Kraken 0

Anton Forsberg made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season as the host Senators defeated the Kraken.

Mathieu Joseph and Drake Batherson scored for the Senators, who snapped a three-game losing streak during which they had been outscored 14-5.

Goalie Joey Daccord, a former Senators draft pick playing his first game against his old team, stopped 26 of 28 shots for the Kraken, who suffered their fourth straight loss (0-3-1). Seattle will wrap up its four-game trip Monday in Montreal.

Hurricanes 6, Sabres 2

Sebastian Aho scored twice in Carolina’s win over visiting Buffalo.

Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist, and Andrei Svechnikov, Martin Necas, Brent Burns and Jaccob Slavin each had two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won five of their past seven games. Pyotr Kochetkov made 21 saves.

Casey Mittelstadt and Tyson Jost scored, and Eric Comrie made 30 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two straight games. Forward Jordan Greenway left the game after the first period with an upper-body injury.

Canucks 4, Flames 3

Ilya Mikheyev, Sam Lafferty and Elias Pettersson each collected one goal and one assist to lead visiting Vancouver to a victory over Calgary.

Quinn Hughes also scored and Filip Hronek collected two assists for the Canucks, while goaltender Thatcher Demko made 20 saves. Vancouver has alternated wins and losses over its past seven games.

Elias Lindholm scored twice and Mikael Backlund added a single goal for the Flames, who yet again failed to earn their first three-game winning streak. Backlund’s goal ended Calgary’s 0-for-17 slump on the man advantage. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 18 shots.

Golden Knights 4, Capitals 1

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists to lead Vegas to a victory over Washington in Las Vegas.

It was the second consecutive three-point game for Eichel, the first time in his career he has compiled back-to-back three-point games. Mark Stone also scored for Vegas, which improved to 6-0-0 all-time in regular-season games against the Capitals at T-Mobile Arena.

Logan Thompson made 21 saves and also picked up his second assist of the season for the Golden Knights, snapping a personal five-game losing streak (0-3-2) dating back to a 5-2 win over Winnipeg on Nov. 2. Tom Wilson scored his fourth goal in two games and Darcy Kuemper finished with 32 saves for Washington, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Coyotes 4, Blues 1

Alex Kerfoot had a goal and two assists to lead the Coyotes past the visiting Blues in Tempe, Ariz.

Michael Carcone, Nick Schmaltz and Matias Maccelli scored and Connor Ingram made 31 saves for the Coyotes, who won their fourth straight game.

Brandon Saad scored and Joel Hofer made 18 saves for the Blues, who once again failed to push four games over .500.



The Colts presently occupy the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC. That’s a big credit to the running game, including Zack Moss, who’ll start with Jonathan Taylor (thumb) on the shelf again. Moss has rushed for a team-high 672 yards and five touchdowns on 141 carries — all career highs. His best game came in a 23-16 win against Tennessee on Oct. 8, gashing the Titans for 165 yards and two scores on 23 attempts. The Titans are mathematically alive for a wild-card spot but probably need to win out. The Titans were able to snap a three-game skid last week, edging Carolina 17-10 as Derrick Henry ran for two touchdowns. He’s averaging 107.8 rushing yards in home games this season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have no margin for error or reason for overconfidence trying to start their first winning streak of the season with the calendar flipping to December.

“I don’t think we should take anything for granted, just as a general rule,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

The NFL did the Titans no favor, backloading their schedule with five of the final seven games at home.

The Titans (4-7) have yet to win away from Nashville, and Sunday will be their first chance to play back-to-back games at home this season, hosting AFC South rival Indianapolis (6-5).

“It’s good not having to get on the flight,” said Titans two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, who already has called for fans to show up loud Sunday. “I’m happy to be back at home and hopefully we bring a lot of energy, a lot from our fans for this game.”

Not only do the Titans want consecutive wins, this is a divisional rematch that means a lot to a defense that gave up a career day to Zack Moss on Oct. 5, losing 23-16 in Indianapolis. That snapped the Titans’ five-game winning streak against their divisional nemesis.

Now Tennessee gets the Colts in Nissan Stadium where the Titans are undefeated, their most recent game a 17-10 win over Carolina.

“I don’t know the rhyme or reason for it, but they’re playing good at home,” first-year Colts coach Shane Steichen said.

Indianapolis has won three straight, and a 27-20 win over Tampa Bay put the Colts into playoff contention in the AFC’s seventh spot. This starts a two-game road swing for the Colts with quarterback Gardner Minshew, who is 3-1 on the road this season.

Minshew has not won four straight as a starter in his five NFL seasons. This time, the Titans have a full week to prepare to defend Minshew, who came off the bench when rookie Anthony Richardson was hurt in the Colts’ win in October.

Now Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is sidelined by an injured thumb, but Vrabel said Minshew has a good grasp of the offense.

“He’s done a good job for them,” Vrabel said.


The Colts weren’t entirely sure how Moss would fit after a midseason trade with Buffalo last year. With Taylor injured at the end of last season, Moss ran for 334 yards and one TD in the final four games.

He’s been even better this season as the Titans found out in October. Moss gashed them for a career game with 165 yards rushing, another 30 receiving and two TDs. One guy not surprised is new Colts offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who wrote up Moss coming out of Utah in draft evaluations.

“He was always a guy I kept an eye on – how his career was going, how he was playing and the opportunities he was getting,” Cooter said. “Zack has shown this year that he can do a lot of different things. He’s somebody we depend on.”


Prior to April’s NFL draft, most analysts expected Colts general manager Chris Ballard to choose either Richardson or Will Levis with the fourth overall pick.

Ballard wasted little time taking Richardson, while Levis fell out of the first round before being selected at No. 33 by Tennessee.

The previous time these teams met, Richardson started his fourth and final game before a season-ending shoulder injury while Levis watched. On Sunday, Levis will make his sixth straight start and Steichen has a pretty good sense of what to expect.

“Huge arm, can make all the throws, very tough,” Steichen said of Levis. “He’s a smart football player. It looks like he’s going to have a good career.”


In the first matchup, the Colts limited two-time league rushing champ Derrick Henry, to just 43 yards on 13 carries.

This time, there’s a big hole in the Colts defensive line. Indy will be without 314-pound run-stuffing tackle Grover Stewart serving the final game of a six-game suspension for violating the league policy on performance-enhancers.

But Henry is much better in his career the second time around against divisional rivals. The running back averages 84.1 yards in the first games of a season inside the AFC South and 119.5 in the second game. Credit watching tape of missed holes along with added motivation.

“Definitely, 43 yards makes me want to cringe,” Henry said. “Yeah I have to be better. I have to play better, and that’s going to be my main focus.”


On Saturday night in South Florida, the Indiana Pacers found themselves in a near-identical situation to where they were two days earlier: holding a single-digit lead, on the road, against the Miami Heat heading into the fourth quarter.

This time, however, the Blue & Gold shined brighter down the stretch – and without their All-Star point guard, Tyrese Haliburton, who was out due to illness.

After a slow start, the Pacers (10-8) scored 38-plus points in each of the final three quarters to come away with a 144-127 weekend win over the Heat (11-9) in the Magic City. In the second half, the Pacers shot an outstanding 78.9 percent overall, and outscored the Heat 79-64.

With the victory over the Heat on Saturday, Pacers head Rick Carlisle earned his 251st win with the Blue and Gold and surpassed Frank Vogel (250) for most head coaching wins in Pacers NBA franchise history.

Indiana snapped a two-game skid with the win, and now turns its attention to a matchup circled on the calendar. On Monday, the Pacers will host the Boston Celtics (15-4) in the Quarterfinals of the inaugural In-Season Tournament. Buy your tickets now to be a part of history and help pack Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

“It was a very determined effort by our guys tonight, particularly with Tyrese’s absence,” Carlisle said. “Some guys were thrust into some new situations. The start wasn’t awesome, but the fight was there from start to finish. Eventually, we created enough separation to finish the game. Great win, and now we look forward to a really great opportunity on Monday.”

Saturday night’s game marked the second meeting between the teams in three days. The Heat beat the Blue & Gold 142-132 on Thursday.

Indiana’s bench supplied 64 points in the win – well above its 46.4 average – and six players logged double-digit scoring.

First-year Pacer Bruce Brown scored a season-best 30 points (11-for-16 shooting), while Aaron Nesmith and T.J. McConnell each chipped in 20 points off the bench, Myles Turner had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bennedict Mathurin accounted for 16 points. McConnell also had 11 assists for his first double-double of the season.

“Miami is a team that wears you down and makes you work every possession,” McConnell said. “It’s really like a playoff game, and every possession does matter. When we focus-in on the defensive end, we know we can do offensively. It’s about us locking in on that end and we did a great job.”

Seven players scored in double figures for the Heat. All-Star forward Jimmy Butler led Miami with 33 points, Caleb Martin chipped in 18, Duncan Robinson scored 17, and Orlando Robinson and Josh Richardson each added 16.

Both teams were without All-Stars in the matchup, as Heat center Bam Adebayo didn’t play due to a hip injury sustained during Thursday’s game.

Thanks to an 8-foot jumper from McConnell before the halftime buzzer, the Pacers and Heat were tied at 65 at intermission.

The Pacers’ bench was integral to keeping it close early, as it accounted for 44 of the visitors’ points in the first 24 minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting and Richardson scored 14 in the first half.

Despite shooting 1-for-10 from the field in the opening four minutes of the game, and 36 percent overall in the first frame, the Pacers stayed within a possession of the lead in the early minutes.

From 6:20 to 3:10 in the first quarter, the Heat strung together a 12-5 run thanks to seven points by Kevin Love, a trey by Duncan Robinson, and a bucket by Caleb Martin, to lead 20-12.

Indiana finally got its offense going in the last three minutes of the period, with Isaiah Jackson scoring six points, Mathurin putting in five, and McConnell adding four.

Still, the Heat stayed ahead at 31-25 by the end of the first quarter.

After the Pacers cut it to three points 90 seconds into the second quarter, Duncan Robinson scored seven straight points for his squad to put the Heat up 43-33 with 8:04 left in the half. Indiana was able to narrow the score to three points four times, in part thanks to 13 second-quarter points by Nesmith, but the Blue & Gold couldn’t pull ahead.

In the last 1:25 of the half, the Pacers went on a 9-2 thanks to five points by Brown and a buzzer-beating jumper from McConnell.

Out of halftime, the Pacers came out firing. In the third quarter, the Blue & Gold outscored the Heat 41-33.

From 10:59 to 7:51 in the third frame, the Pacers went on a 15-2 scoring spree that saw Brown, Hield and Toppin each hitting 3-pointers. The stretch was punctuated by an alley-oop dunk from Hield to Toppin to put the Blue & Gold ahead 82-72.

Butler got his offense going as well in the third quarter, scoring nine straight points for the Heat to narrow the score to 91-86 with 4:05 left in the frame.

The teams largely traded baskets the remainder of the period, but the Pacers stayed ahead at 106-98 heading into the last 12 minutes of play.

In the first three and a half minutes of the final frame, the Pacers went on a 9-3 run – capped by a 3-pointer by Brown – to lead 115-103.

While the Heat tried to pull back within striking distance, the Pacers answered every mini 5-0 run and 3-point basket in the remaining minutes. Indiana closed the game on a 17-7 run in the final four minutes.

From 4:36 to 3:15 the Pacers went on a 10-2 run, thanks to six points from Toppin, to boost the lead to 137-123. From there, the Heat never recovered.

McConnell registered eight points and six assists in the fourth quarter and Brown scored 12 points in the frame.

The Pacers took advantage of Adebayo’s absence, outscoring the Heat 76-68 in the paint. Indiana also limited the Heat to zero fast-break points.

Inside the Numbers

Myles Turner has scored in double figures in 14 straight games. He has also now recorded five double-doubles this season.

Starting in place of Haliburton, second-year guard Andrew Nembhard recorded a season-high 11 assists.

Indiana assisted on 35 total basket’s while Miami had 27 dimes.

After shooting 45 free throws on Thursday, the Heat took 24 shots from the charity stripe on Saturday.

Obi Toppin finished with a career-best four blocks in the game.

You Can Quote Me On That

“When you miss an all-NBA type player like Tyrese (Haliburton), it’s the next-man-up mentality. We obviously miss a guy like that, but it takes every guy one through 15 when your franchise guy is out. Credit to our group, and we’re ready to have Tyrese back for sure.” – McConnell on the team playing without Haliburton

“It’s not about me. I mean, it’s about us. I feel like we let one slip away on Thursday, and we corrected the mistakes that we made and we came in as a group and got it done.” – McConnell on the win

“I feel like if people don’t know, the guy is a three-level scorer. … I don’t think people realize how good off a floater and mid-range game he has. It’s really, really good, and he’s able to get to the rim. He shows that when he gets the opportunity to showcase that.” — McConnell on Brown

“When you play Miami, you’ve gotta have your best competitors on the floor. T.J. is one of our best competitors for sure. With Ty being out, it obviously thrust him right into the mix. From the very start of the game, he had a major impact. Impact defensively, impact scoring the ball, impact creating pace. … I can’t say enough great things about him.”  – Carlisle on McConnell

“Jimmy Butler is one of the best players in the world. He’s very smart, very crafty and very strong. Exceedingly skilled. We felt that after game one, putting size on him would be something that might help. We just tried to stay disciplined around the basket and make him take tough shots over us. … Obi’s effort really on him, and one or two other guys he guarded, was terrific.” – Carlisle on Toppin’s defensive assignment on Butler

“The In-Season Tournament has given us the opportunity to play some really meaningful games. Now we’re in the quarter and we’re at home. The opportunity to play at home in an in-season playoff game is a significant opportunity. I just want to make every appeal to our fans – we need the loudest building possible.” – Carlisle on the In-Season Tournament and playing Boston

“We just got downhill, trusted each other and made the extra pass every time. T.J. came in and gave us a spark and Drew (Nembhard) had a great night just finding everyone. It was just a great night for everyone.” – Bruce Brown on the win

“Just staying down and knowing our personeel. Jimmy (Butler) is going to get to the line — he’s super aggressive. We did a great job of being disciplined.“ – Brown on the defensive effort

“I was aggressive. We were in this situation before in Boston when Ty was out and I only had two points, and that’s unacceptable. I took on a challenge mentally.” – Brown on his scoring

“It’s going to be electric, I already know. Boston, we had a tough game up there in the beginning of the year but I think everyone is ready for what it brings. I think we have a different energy with (the In-Season Tournament). It’s a real playoff atmosphere at Gainbridge. It’s going to be fun, electric, exciting, and you don’t want to miss it.”– Myles Turner on the IST

Stat of the Night

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers: three in the starting unit, and three on the bench. The Pacers are 9-2 when six or more players score in double figures this season.


Saturday’s game was the second time the Pacers played an opponent in two straight games on the road this season. Indiana played at Philadelphia on Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, going 1-1 with the 76ers during the stretch — winning the second game.

Indiana has not won a regular season series against the Heat since its 2020-2021 campaign. Last year, the teams split the series 2-2. The teams will play their third and final game on April 7.

The Pacers are 1-1 in games when Tyrese Haliburton doesn’t play this season.

2022 Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro hasn’t suited up for the Heat since Nov. 8 due to an ankle injury.

Up Next

The Pacers will host the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the first-ever In-Season Tournament Quarterfinal game on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM ET.



INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers for Yellowstone Night on Saturday and in their third game in four days, Indy brought Wheeling to overtime and ultimately claimed both points in a 4-3 win.


The first four minutes of the period were played without a whistle moving things along quickly but after an icing call, the Fuel got the first power play of the game at 11:08 due to a boarding call on Lukas Svejkovsky after a big hit on Santino Centorame in front of Indy’s bench.

Wheeling had a shorthanded breakaway attempt but Mitchell Weeks made a big save.

Soon after a fight broke out in front of Wheeling’s net and as a result, Andrew Bellant took a roughing double minor while Thimo Nickl took a cross-checking penalty at 12:46.

The Fuel were able to kill off the additional penalty and immediately went to the power play on a delay of game call on the Nailers.

On the power play, Seamus Malone scored to put the Fuel up 1-0 and extend his scoring streak to six games. Bryan Lemos and Cam Hillis each collected an assist on that goal, extending their point streaks as well.

At 15:39, DJ King went to the box for roughing, giving Wheeling a power play opportunity but they could not capitalize. At 18:31, the Fuel got their third power play of the night with a cross-checking call on Bobby Hampton.

Time expired on the first period, leaving 31 seconds left on the power play to carry over to the second period.


The Nailers killed off the rest of the penalty and had a few chances before Indy scored the next goal. At 5:38 of the second frame, Jon Martin made it 2-0 with the help of Hills who collected his second assist of the game.

Just forty seconds later, Wheeling cut the Fuel’s lead in half with a goal by Tanner Laderoute.

At 9:24, Malone headed to the box for roughing and less than a minute later Dillon Hamaliuk was able to tie the game for the Nailers about halfway through the second period.

At 14:41, Colin Bilek took a roughing penalty as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty while Nickl sat for charging at the same time. After a huge save by Weeks, the Fuel killed off the penalty.

The Fuel took the lead again with a goal from Bryan Lemos, assisted by Kyle Maksimovich and Hillis with just over a minute left in the second period.

At the end of the second period, the Fuel were leading 3-2 despite being outshot 19-12 by Wheeling.


Things settled down in the third period as the Fuel tried to protect their lead and Wheeling took their chances trying to tie the game again.

At 15:56, it appeared Davis Bunz scored to tie the game 3-3 and after a lengthy goal review for goaltender interference, it was confirmed to be a goal assisted by Justin Lee and Jordan Frasca.

The Fuel had a few good attempts to regain the lead but time expired on regulation without another addition to the game sheet and the teams headed to a three-on-three overtime period.


Both teams had a handful of chances but each goaltender made big saves to keep their team in it.

With 2:24 to go in the overtime period, it was Cam Hillis who scored for the Fuel to claim two points and win their fourth straight game. This was his third point of the night with assists credited to Centorame and Jon Martin.

Despite being outshot 27-21, the Fuel claimed the 4-3 win in overtime.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on December 3, 2023 for Wintertainment and Family Fun / Kids Eat Free Day against the Fort Wayne Komets.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It took penalty kicks to end the Indiana men’s soccer season as the Hoosiers fell by the closest of margins Saturday (Dec. 2) night at Alumni Stadium in their NCAA-record 29th NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearance. 

The resilient Hoosiers came back from conceding a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute to equalize in the 63rd. Despite outshooting the Fighting Irish 25-11, after two 10-minute overtime periods the match went to a penalty shootout, where the hosts made each attempt and won 5-4. Indiana finished with a 15-4-5 record despite a 3-3-4 start to the year – beginning with an October 7 win at Penn State, the Hoosiers won 12 of 14 in the second half of the season. Thanks to its hot streak, Indiana won its 12th Big Ten Double, sharing the conference regular season title with Penn State before beating them in the tournament final.

“It hurts more because you invest more,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said after the match.


• 17′ – After back-and-forth play in the early going, Notre Dame took the lead from a free-kick about 20 yards away from goal. Senior forward Daniel Russo scored, curling it away from senior goalkeeper JT Harms with his left foot.

• 19′ – Junior Tommy Mihalic created chance after chance for IU in the first half, including a shot on frame moments after the opening goal. Mihalic cut onto his right and curled it towards the top-right corner, but the Notre Dame keeper leapt to grab it.

• 24′ – Mihalic had another great chance five minutes late but pushed it just wide.

• 63′ – Junior Patrick McDonald got the Hoosiers level late with a rocket from outside the box. A cross was cleared but came to his feet 23 yards out. He took a touch and fired into the side netting to make it 1-1.

• 69′ – Harms made a crucial save as a shot in transition from Notre Dame junior Matthew Roou forced him to his left.

• 89′ – IU was inches away from a winner in the final moments of regulation. Junior Samuel Sarver’s shot from distance clanged down from the crossbar. IU got it back from the clearance, and senior forward Karsen Henderlong fired across the six towards two Hoosiers, neither of whom could get a touch on it.

• 97′ – In the first overtime, another cross from Henderlong came to the other flank to Sarver, whose first-time attempt was deflected over. The resulting corner came to senior defender Joey Maher, but his shot was also high.

• 99′ – In the final moments of the first overtime period, Notre Dame got another free-kick just yards away from where it had scored its first. Russo’s second attempt went just high.

• 102′ – Many Hoosiers thought they had their winner when a shot from senior forward Maouloune Goumballe was deflected, sending the keeper the wrong way. To many, it looked like it would nestle into the corner, but it rolled to the end-line within feet of the post. 

• 110′ – Indiana’s first attempt in the penalty shootout hit the post, and Notre Dame made the Hoosiers pay, scoring all five of their shots.


• Indiana’s senior class finishes with a 71-20-17 (.736) record over five seasons. The group finished every season in the Sweet 16 or better and made two NCAA College Cup appearances.

• Goumballe finishes his career with 108 career appearances. In his final season, the fifth-year senior was the NCAA’s active leader in career games played.

• IU moved to 33-10-5 against Notre Dame all-time.


The Indiana men’s soccer program will continue to chase its ninth national championship.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s soccer team is College Cup bound for the third time in program history following Saturday night’s thrilling 1-1 draw, advancing 5-4 on penalty kicks past Indiana in front of a raucous, sold-out Alumni Stadium crowd.

Notre Dame has now reached the NCAA Championship Semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons, both with McFarland Family Men’s Head Soccer Coach Chad Riley at the helm.

The Irish will play in the semifinal match against Oregon State on Friday, Dec. 8 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The match will air on ESPNU.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In a battle from start to finish Saturday evening, the Irish of Notre Dame fell to the No. 13/12 Michigan Wolverines 2-1 inside a sold out Compton Family Ice Arena.

Michigan got on the board first in game two of the weekend series, scoring just 6:04 into the first period after a shot trickled past the pads of Ryan Bischel in the Irish net to take the 1-0 lead.

Irish junior forward Hunter Strand net his first goal of the year, and second point of the weekend, to knot things up with 80 seconds to play in the first period to send both teams to their locker rooms in a 1-1 tie.

An evenly matched second period turned in favor of the visiting team late in the frame with a tic-tac-toe play finding its way into the back of the Notre Dame net.

The Irish found themselves still down by one as they headed to the third period and continued to battle for that elusive game-tying goal but were unsuccessful in the final 20 minutes of play despite firing eight shots on goal and two powerplay chances.

Perhaps their best looks of the frame came in the final minute of regulation as the Irish opted for the extra attacker while on the powerplay and Danny Nelson ripped three shots on net from the top of the circle but could not beat the Wolverine netminder for the 2-1 final.

With two goals against in the contest, Ryan Bischel posted 33 saves for a two game total of 60.


Michigan tried to chip the puck out of their defensive end but Landon Slaggert collided with the Wolverine player along the boards and knocked him off the puck. Justin Janicke raced over the blue line to catch the loose puck before it could reach the neutral zone and centered a pass back to Hunter Strand for his first goal of the season.


With the lone Irish goal Saturday, Hunter Strand lit the lamp for his first time in 2023-24 and now boasts six points (1-5-6). He finished the weekend series with a goal and an assist in the team’s split with Michigan.

Ryan Bischel recorded a .943 save percentage Saturday as he moves to 8-6-2 on the season between the pipes.

The Irish fired 29 shots on goal in the loss, led by Grant Silianoff’s six.

After giving up a powerplay goal the night previously in a five-on-three opportunity, the Irish penalty kill unit posted a perfect three-for-three record Saturday, keeping the Wolverines off the board on the special teams.


The Irish head into the holiday break after a road trip to Michigan State next weekend, Dec. 8-9. Game one of the weekend series is slated for 7 p.m. at Munn Ice Arena followed by a 6 p.m. start Saturday to close out the first half of the season.



CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the ACC opener, the Irish (3-4, 0-1 ACC) fell 62-49 in a hard fought battle on the road to the No. 8 Miami (6-1, 1-0 ACC) on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Watsco Center.

While the Irish struggled to convert on the offensive end at times, Notre Dame’s defensive efforts limited the Hurricanes to a season low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game. The Irish forced 13 Miami turnovers and dominated the offensive boards as they outrebounded the Hurricanes 15-6 on the offensive glass.

The Irish had good looks, but just couldn’t capitalize offensively as they finished the day shooting 18-63 (.286) from the floor and 6-32 (.188) from beyond the arc.

J.R. Konieczny led the offensive charge with 14 points, shooting 4-7 from three, as he’s put up double figures in four of his last five games. Tae Davis finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in his second straight game in double figures after putting up a team-best 15 points on Tuesday.


Notre Dame got the offensive boards early to earn some second chance points, also rolling behind a hot hand from Konieczny to jump out to an 8-5 advantage. Notre Dame later led 12-7 before a 7-0 run from Miami put the Hurricanes in front at 14-12.

Next, the Irish defense got locked in, holding the Hurricanes to a five-minute scoring drought. However, the Irish couldn’t take advantage, going 2-for-12 from the field around the same time – both field goals being three-pointers from Braeden Shrewsberry.

The game took a turn at the 6:59 media timeout with Notre Dame up 20-19. The Hurricanes fired off a 12-0 scoring run over the next three minutes with Booth ending the drought with 3:21 remaining. Lastly, the Irish converted on an in-bounds play with one second on the clock to cut the once 11-point deficit down to seven at 33-26 at the half.

The Irish defense held the Hurricanes to their lowest half point total of the season. However, the Irish offense shot 9-of-32 (.281) from the field and 4-of-18 (.222) from three. Miami went 13-of-27 (.481) in the first half. Davis and Koneiczny each led at the break with eight points followed by six from Shrewsberry.

Notre Dame recorded an early 4-for-5 stretch from the field in the second half to get within six points but Miami stymied the momentum and pushed its lead back to double-digits, up 46-34 with 13:51 remaining.

Konieczny’s third three of the day brought the Irish within single-digits at 52-43 with 8:22 left in the half. The junior did it again at the 5:21 mark as Konieczny knocked another shot down from behind the arc to make it a nine point game at 58-49.

Both squads were scoreless through the next two and a half minutes, but a pair of buckets would give the Hurricanes their largest lead of the day at 62-49 with 1:46 remaining. While the Irish had a couple of looks late, Notre Dame would fall 62-49 in the ACC opener on the road.


The Irish return home for one game, a Tuesday night showdown against Western Michigan. Don’t miss the special theme for the matchup – Irish Hoops (Taylor’s Version). Expect light up bracelets and Taylor music throughout the evening. That match will tip off at 7 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion and stream live on ACCNX.



INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight contest junior Jlynn Counter tallied 17 points—a team high—but IUPUI (3-6, 0-2 HL) fell to Horizon League preseason favorites Northern Kentucky (5-3, 2-0 HL) in the league home opener Saturday afternoon (Dec. 2). The Norse used a stellar second half to claim a 71-55 victory, their fourth straight.

Three Northern Kentucky players reached double-digit scoring, led by Marques Warrick who notched 12 points each half. He was followed by Cade Meyer and Sam Vinson who scored 12 and 13, respectively. On the other side, Counter was the only Jag to reach double digits, but every player who saw the floor tallied a point (10 players).

Head Coach Matt Crenshaw had high praise for Northern Kentucky after the game, saying, “let me tip my hat to them. We are trying to get to where they are. They have some experience; they have some gel and they have been through the battles.

“Turnovers were our downfall today. We just didn’t get enough attempts at the rim and against teams like (Northern Kentucky) you can’t have lost possessions.”

Both squads struggled in the opening minutes, combining for seven turnovers and just four points before the first media timeout. Qwanzi Samuels provided a spark off the bench after the break, scoring the first four Jaguar points after making his first two shots. A fast break dunk notched Samuels sixth point and cut the deficit to two, 12-10.

Counter, the Jaguars’ leading scorer, heated up after missing his first two attempts, connecting on his next four, including a three pointer to take the lead, 23-22 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

IUPUI extended its lead on the next possession with goaltending being called on a DJ Jackson layup. Northern Kentucky, however, would retake the lead after Warrick knocked down consecutive contested shots, including a buzzer-beater to take a one-point advantage to the break.

Warrick—a member of the Horizon League Preseason First-Team—led all scorers with 12 in the opening stanza followed by IUPUI’s Counter who tallied nine points to go along with three rebounds and two assists.

Cooper Dewitt opened the scoring the second half, connecting from beyond the arc to retake the lead. However, the Norse would score on their opening three possessions to cling to a narrow advantage. Back-to-back Jaguar turnovers allowed the visitors to stretch the lead to six after the first five minutes of play.

Following a fast break layup by Cade Meyer that gave Northern Kentucky its largest advantage of the game, 42-33, Crenshaw was forced to call a timeout. Out of the break the hosts attacked the basket, getting to the foul line on back-to-back possessions. Despite making three of four from the charity stripe, the IUPUI deficit grew after the visitors scored on five straight offensive trips, making the score 51-38.

The Norse stifled any attempt at a Jaguar comeback in the final minutes of play by continuing to score on the offensive end, ending the half with a 62.1 shooting percentage. The visitors dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Jags 40-20.

Despite winning the rebound battle 28-23, turnovers continued to plague the Jags in the second half, racking up 22 leading to 19 Norse points.

“We had a little energy drop off (in the second half). We are working on putting two halves together and we are making progress,” stated Dewitt.

IUPUI heads to Eastern Illinois for a non-conference clash Thursday (Dec. 7). Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.



MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team continued its winning ways at Worthen Arena with a 67-58 triumph over Bellarmine on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals (6-2) led for 38:18 and never trailed in the victory to improve to 6-0 at home. The visiting Knights (2-7) could not get closer than six points after trailing 40-28 at halftime.

Basheer Jihad (19 points and 11 rebounds) produced his second career double-double, while Jalin Anderson (16 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals) stuffed the stat sheet to lead Ball State to a win against a battle-tested Bellarmine team who had previous narrow losses at Kansas State, Louisville and West Virginia.

Ball State got out to an early 14-4 lead following a layup by Jihad, and the hosts would hold a multiple-possession lead from there on out. The edge peaked at 15 when Jihad hit a 3-pointer at the 17:08 mark of the second half to put Ball State up 45-30.

Ben Hendriks (11 points and seven rebounds) and Mickey Pearson Jr. (10 points and four rebounds) also scored in double figures for the home team, while Trent Middleton Jr. added nine points. Mason Jones tallied two points, six rebounds and four assists.

Bellarmine’s Langdon Hatton tied Jihad with a game-high 19 points, and Bash Wieland went for 13 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Knights to hold off a Ball State offense that shot efficiently from the 3-point (7-17, 41.2 percent) and free throw (16-18, 88.9 percent) lines.

The two opponents from neighboring states shot almost identically from the field, as Bellarmine hit 23 of 55 shots and Ball State went 22 of 55, but the free throw and 3-point lines were the difference, as the Knights made 9 of 10 and 3 of 16, respectively. Ball State won the rebounding battle 35-32 and committed fewer turnovers (12-11) while winning the points from turnovers (15-9), second chance (13-6) and fast breaks (10-4) categories.

The next game for the Cardinals is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Detroit Mercy.



PEORIA, Ill. – Indiana State men’s basketball secures their first win at Bradley since February 24, 2018 in Saturday’s win, 85-77. The Sycamores move to 7-1, 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Bradley falls to 6-2, 0-2 MVC.

Five Sycamores finished in double digits, led by Robbie Avila with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and a block. Isaiah Swope turned in 18 points with four made threes, three rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. Jayson Kent recorded his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, this time against his former team. Kent was a member of the Braves in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Ryan Conwell scored 17 points, also knocking down four three-pointers, and grabbed three rebounds while leading the team in steals with two. Julian Larry rounded out the top scorers with 10 points, tacking on three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Saturday’s battle began back-and-forth between the Sycamores and Braves – the lead never grew more than three points until Kent knocked down a three-pointer just after five minutes into the game.

The Sycamores took control of the tight contest to close out the half. Avila sparked a 17-6 run in a five-minute span to increase the ISU lead to 13 points. Two triples by Conwell and another basket by Avila helped Indiana State to a 19-point lead at the half.

The first-half momentum continued well into the second half, but the Braves found a spark midway to turn the tide. Bradley controlled the floor with an 18-5 spurt cutting the Sycamore lead to six points with 5:30 to play, only for Conwell to convert a tough three-point play in the paint and halt the comeback the Braves had created. Avila followed with a triple and Kent put back a layup after an offensive rebound.

Down the stretch inside the final three minutes, ISU made 7-of-8 from the free throw line after only shooting five attempts through the first 37 minutes of the game.

News & Notes

Indiana state moved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in league for the second-straight time under Coach Josh Schertz.

Saturday’s 85 points by the Sycamores is the most against Bradley since January 6, 2010 when Bradley defeated the Sycamores 91-85 inn Peoria.

The Sycamores shot a season-best 48.3% from behind the arc (14-for-29) as a team. This season, including Saturday’s game, ISU is shooting 41.5% from three.

Isaiah Swope made four threes in a game for the third-straight game, and the sixth game out of eight he has made four or more. He moves to total made threes this season to 30.

Jayson Kent recorded his third double-double of the season. Kent has also scored in double figures all eight games this season, shooting at a 66.7% clip from the floor.

Ryan Conwell matched his season-high in threes made with 4. Conwell shot 4-for-8 from three against Alabama in the second game of the season.



MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Indiana State overcame a double-digit deficit on the road Saturday afternoon, defeating Central Michigan 73-65 inside McGuirk Arena.

Bella Finnegan led a balanced scoring effort with 18 points, while Ella Sawyer, Kiley Bess and Asia Donald added 12 points each. Sawyer dished out a season-best seven assists, while Savannah White led the Sycamores with nine rebounds.

Indiana State got off to a cold start from the floor, as Central Michigan built a 10-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Donald kept the Sycamores within reach with 12 first-half points, and the Trees got things going in the last 20 minutes. Indiana State outscored Central Michigan 43-29 in the second half, with Finnegan scoring 15 in the half. A 10-0 Sycamore run to open the fourth quarter proved to be the difference, and the Trees were strong from the charity stripe to seal their win on the road.

First Half

Mya Glanton opened the scoring for the Sycamores with a jumper down low, but the opening frame was not filled with much offense from either side. A layup from Donald and a 3-pointer from Bess put the Sycamores in front late in the quarter, but Central Michigan closed the quarter with three free throws to take a 12-10 lead into the second.

Central Michigan came out firing in the second, opening the quarter on a 6-0 run before Donald knocked down a 3-pointer to end it. The Chippewas pushed their lead to double-digits later in the quarter, but Donald kept the Sycamores within reach with 10 points in the period. Saige Stahl got the Sycamores within four with a layup, but back-to-back treys saw the home side go ahead by 10 late in the quarter. Sawyer and Finnegan knocked down late three-balls for the Blue and White, as Indiana State cut its deficit to 36-30 at the break.

Second Half

A pair of baskets from Chelsea Cain, sandwiched by a 3-pointer from Finnegan, helped the Sycamores cut it to a one-possession game early in the third quarter. Finnegan connected on another triple to make it a one-point game at 41-40, and Glanton added a pair of baskets down low to keep it a one-point game midway through. Back-to-back baskets from Finnegan, along with a 3-pointer from Bess, put the Sycamores ahead for the first time since the opening stages of the game, and Indiana State entered the fourth quarter deadlocked at 53.

Cain put the Trees ahead for good with a 3-point play, and 3-pointers from Finnegan and Bess helped cap a 10-0 run to begin the fourth for the Sycamores. Finnegan added another basket midway through to make it 65-55 Indiana State, and the Sycamores knocked down free throws down the stretch to stay in front. Sawyer went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to help Indiana State close out a 73-65 win on the road.

News and Notes

Indiana State had four players score in double-figures for the third time in the last four games.

Indiana State grabbed 24 offensive rebounds, the Sycamores’ most in a game this season. It marked the first time since the 2022-23 season opener against Saint Louis that Indiana State had 20 or more offensive rebounds in a game.

Indiana State was plus-seven in rebound margin (50-43), with the Sycamores’ 50 rebounds the most for the team in a road game this season.

Indiana State knocked down a season-high 10 3-pointers Saturday, connecting at a 40 percent clip.

The Sycamores’ 10 turnovers were a season-low, with Indiana State finishing plus-nine (19-10) in turnover margin. Indiana State converted CMU’s 19 turnovers into 16 points on the other end.

Free throws proved to be a major difference Saturday, as Indiana State went 19-for-25 (76.0 percent) from the line compared to a 14-for-32 clip (43.8 percent) for Central Michigan.

Indiana State improved

Indiana State improved to 3-1 this season when wearing blue uniforms.



ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team made 38-of-57 (66.7 percent) of their shots to defeat Oakland 98-77 on Saturday (Dec. 2), led by a season-high 20 points from Anthony Roberts.

The fifth-year guard made 8-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the stripe. Jalen Jackson joined in on the hot shooting as he finished with 17 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field along with five rebounds and five assists. The ‘Dons compiled the third-best shooting percentage in their DI era and the second-best against a DI opponent. The Mastodons’ 68.2 percent performance against Centenary on Feb. 18, 2003 is the only better performance against a DI foe in program history.

Quinton Morton-Robertson made a team-best five 3-pointers and Rasheed Bello added four of his own. As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne shot 17-of-26 from range (65.4 percent) which is the best ever percentage in Division I era program history when taking 20 or more attempts. The last time the ‘Dons made 17 3-pointers against a DI foe was Jan. 3, 2019 vs. South Dakota State.

The Mastodons went 10-of-16 from three-point range in the first half while limiting Oakland to just one 3-pointer. The ‘Dons led the entire half and by as much as 14. Morton-Robertson led the team with 14 points in the first 20 minutes.

The second half featured more of the same as three ‘Dons (Bello, Jackson and Roberts) scored double figures in the second half alone. Jackson converted a three-point play midway through the second half as a strong finish on a layup earned him an extra point to cap off a 22-2 run.

Later in the game, Corey Hadnot II lobbed one up to Roberts who finished at the rim for the alley-oop. The bucket stretched the Purdue Fort Wayne lead to 30 with just under five minutes to play.

The Mastodons somehow got even hotter in the final 20 minutes, improving their shooting to 72.4 percent from the field and an even 70 percent from three in the second. Thanks to six second half slam dunks, 13-of-21 field goals in the second half were either a 3-pointer or a dunk.

Roberts’ 20 points were a team-best, but Jackson and Morton-Robertson each added 17 and Bello scored 16 to total four Mastodons in double figures on Saturday.

The ‘Dons had 24 assists, their most against a DI opponent since recording 24 at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 28, 2018.

Oakland got 21 points out of DQ Cole as he led his team in points and was tied for the lead with seven rebounds and four assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne continues their hot start and is now 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons travel to Southern Indiana on Wednesday (Dec. 6). The 8-1 start is the best nine-game stretch to start a season during the NCAA Division I era for the ‘Dons.

Oakland is now 5-4 and 1-1 in league play.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Feeding off the enthusiasm of over 5,000 fans at the Ford Center, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team outdueled the University of Northern Iowa, earning an 91-89 overtime victory.

Evansville had the upper hand throughout most of the first half, leading by 10 points before UNI took over in the second half, taking a 7-point edge.  Forty minutes was not enough to decide things as a late Panther basket forced overtime.  In the extra period, the lead changed hands seven times, but it was the Purple Aces who pulled off the win.

“(UNI head coach) Ben Jacobson is the standard in the Missouri Valley Conference, it doesn’t matter what year it is, they play the same quality basketball,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “Our guys kept fighting, clawing and did whatever they could to come out on top and I am proud of the group.”

Antonio Thomas had the best Division I performance of his career, tallying 27 points.  He was 8-of-11 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line. His top collegiate scoring output of 29 came in his time at Kentucky Wesleyan.  He added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  Ben Humrichous scored 18 points while Joshua Hughes scored 11.  Tanner Cuff registered 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.  Tytan Anderson led UNI with 20 points while Nate Heise scored 19.

“Our main goal was to stay focused and bounce back. We went into practice that next day and worked on our mistakes,” Thomas exclaimed.  “It was good to hit some shots today and I credit my team for trusting me with the ball in my hands.”

Cam Haffner opened the day with a pair of 3-pointers to give the Aces a 6-5 edge.  A basket from Ben Humrichous and two Antonio Thomas free throws extended the lead to 10-5.  Joshua Hughes converted a long 2-pointer in a run that was capped off by a triple from Gage Bobe that extended the lead to 19-9 at the 12:07 mark.

Over the next four minutes, the Panthers chipped away at the UE lead, closing to 21-16 with the half entering its final nine minutes.  UNI got even closer when a field goal by Tytan Anderson closed the gap to 24-20 inside of six minutes left.  Antonio Thomas scored on the ensuing possession before a layup from Tanner Cuff pushed the lead back to eight (28-20) with 4:55 showing on the clock.

Limited to 20 points through the first 15 minutes of the game, Northern Iowa scored 17 in the final minutes to retake the lead entering halftime.  Scoring nine of the next ten points, the Panthers tied the game at 29-29 less than two minutes later before going up 33-30.  Four in a row by the Aces put them back up 34-33 as Thomas and Cuff each hit shots.  The final minute saw UNI counter with four in a row to head into halftime with a 37-34 advantage.

Ben Humrichous was held to just two points in the first half, but scored five in the first 3+ minutes of the second.  His offensive rebound and score made it a 1-point game before a triple with 16:40 remaining tie the score at 43-43.  Seconds later, Haffner gave Evansville its first lead of the second half at 45-44.

Up 48-47, Northern Iowa posted eight of the next ten to take their largest lead at 56-49.  Hughes continued a perfect 4-for-4 start as a dunk completed a 6-0 run to make it a 56-55 game entering the last 11 minutes.  The Panthers would once again push the lead back out to six points at 63-57 with eight minutes left and that is when it began to rain triples.

Humrichous converted back-to-back triples to cut the UNI lead to 66-65, but both times the Panthers countered with long balls of their own to go back up four.  Antonio Thomas connected on a triple shortly after before he and Tanner Cuff converted on another basket to put Evansville in front – 72-71 – with 3:22 left.  In the final minutes of regulation, the Aces would go up by three on two occasions, but a shot with seven second on the clock saw the Panthers tie it to force overtime.

An exciting overtime session ensued with the lead changing hands seven times.  Neither team backed down, but it was Evansville who came through in the end.  With 1:38 remaining in OT, Antonio Thomas drained his second triple to give UE an 86-84 lead and they would never give up that advantage.  After UNI made one free throw on their next trip down the floor, a turnover by UE gave the ball right back.  With 35 ticks on the clock, Humrichous blocked a Panther attempt and the dagger came from Tanner Cuff.  His 3-pointer with seven seconds left put the Aces up 89-85 and UE would go on to win by a 91-89 final.

“I am grateful that Antonio and my team trusted me to take that shot,” Cuff explained when detailing the late triple.  “I work on my shooting all the time and just knew it was going in.”

Evansville completed the game shooting 54.5% from the field with UNI checking in at 50.0%.  The Aces had a 34-29 edge in the boards.  There were 13 lead changed and eight ties in the contest.

BYU is next up for the Aces as they will tangle on Tuesday in Provo, Utah.  The Cougars enter the game with a 7-0 record and were ranked 19th in both national polls last week.



MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome being down 16 points in the first quarter against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

A slow first half on offense was too much for the Purple Aces to combat in their 94-82 loss to the Skyhawks. But UE was able to make a game of the second half, coming back from a 27-point deficit midway through the third to only a 12-point loss.  Four players had double-figure performances while every available member of Evansville’s bench scored at least a point.

Evansville opened up scoring in the game with a basket from center Barbora Tomancova. But an early six-point run for UT Martin led to a lead the Aces couldn’t overcome. UE trailed by 16 points with only a minute and a half left in the first quarter. But an eight-point run highlighted by back-to-back threes from Hartwig and Kynidi Mason Striverson put Evansville back within single digits.

The Aces deficit again grew to double-digits at the start of the second quarter and didn’t come down for the rest of the half. UE was able to match the Skyhawks shot for shot early But a five-point scoring run from UT Martin kept the half out of reach as Evansville went into halftime down to 51-34.

It was a slow start to the second half for the Aces as their first basket came after three minutes from the free throw line. Several small runs from the Skyhawks had UE trailing by 27 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. Halfway through the frame, Evansville’s offense found a little fire with a five-point run to bring the deficit back down to 20. It was back and forth the rest of the quarter with a score of 75-54 going into the final frame.

The Aces benefited in the fourth quarter from 17 chances at the free-throw line through 10 minutes. With mostly bench players in the game for both teams, UE began to slowly chip away at the 20+ point lead. A 12-point run to end the game for Evansville put forward Anica Skrivan into double digits and made it a 94-82 final.

Forward Maggie Hartwig led the Aces on both sides of the ball with 17 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes on the floor. UE also had double-digit performances from Kynidi Mason Striverson (15), Tomancova (14), and Skrivan (10). Tomancova also excelled on the defensive side of the ball with eight rebounds, two steals, and one block. For the third game in a row, Evansville led at the glass with 30 rebounds.

The Aces return home for a Wednesday night matchup with IUPUI on the 6th. Tip-off from Meeks Family Fieldhouse is set for 6 p.m.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball ran out of time and lost to Bowling Green State University, 54-52, Saturday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles slide to 2-7 after today’s action, while the Falcons are 5-3 this season.

The Eagles and the Falcons traded buckets and leads through the first eight minutes of the game, until Bowling Green used an 8-0 run to take a 15-9 lead with 8:41 left.

A pair of buckets by sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) sparked a 10-4 run by the Eagles to knot the game 19-19 with 3:41 left in the half. The USI run would extend to 19-6 as the Eagles took a 28-21 lead into halftime after junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) and junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute of the half.

Hernandez led the USI charge to the halftime lead with seven points, five coming during the late first half the run. Campion, Mielke, and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) had six points each to follow Hernandez in the scoring column. Powell also led the Eagles defensively with three first half blocks.

In the second half, USI and Bowling Green came out sluggish on the offensive ends with both teams combining for one-of-11 from the field. The Falcons’ offense would spark with a 6-0 run to regain the lead, 34-33, with 10:59 to play in the game.

After trading leads over the next three minutes, Bowling Green took the lead for good with 7:59 to play, 38-37, and built a six-point lead with 2:20 remaining, 51-45. USI tried to rally, cutting the deficit to one point at  51-50 on a free throw by Powell and 53-52 on a pair of charity shots by Campion, but could not get a game tying shot off in the final second before falling 54-52.

Hernandez had a chance to send the game into overtime, hitting a shot from the left corner, but time had expired.

For the game, Hernandez led USI with 15 points in the game. Powell, who recorded his first USI double-double with a team-best 10 rebounds, and Mielke followed Hernandez in the scoring column with 11 points each.

Next Up For USI:

The homestand concludes December 6 versus Purdue University Fort Wayne. Tipoff against Ft. Wayne is slated for 7 p.m.

Purdue Fort Wayne is 7-1 this season after defeating Oakland University, 98-77, today on the road. The Mastodons, who began the season with five-straight victories, started the week with a 75-71 win over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at home Wednesday.



Belmont started the game red hot from 3-point territory, hitting three 3-pointers over the game’s first 90 seconds to jump out to an immediate 9-0 lead on Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tenn. The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe the rest of the way in a road Missouri Valley Conference contest, matching the Bruins 68-68 over the game’s final 38:30 of a 77-68 setback. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) poured in a game-high 21 points, while Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) tallied up a career-high 18.

How It Happened

The aforementioned 3-point

The aforementioned 3-point shooting barrage out of the gate extended to six of Belmont’s first eight triple tries going down as they built up a 21-9 lead with 12:38 on the first-half clock.

Valpo fought back by scoring the game’s next 10 points, trimming the deficit to two at 21-19 with 10:16 on the clock. Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) and Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ottawa, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) hit back-to-back 3s to jumpstart the run that got the Beacons back in the game.

The Bruins responded with a 9-0 run of their own to open up an 11-point lead at 30-19 with 8:33 to go in the half. The gap extended to 16 with 4:29 to go in the first, but Valpo chipped away and closed to within single figures at the break at 43-34.

The lead fluctuated between seven and 11 early in the second half. Valpo took advantage of a few second chances including a 3 by Williamson at 14:26 and a bucket by Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) that trimmed the lead to six at 56-50 with 12:33 to play.

The Beacons never went away, but they never got over the hump either. Six was the closest they would get in a game that eventually saw the Bruins prevail by nine.

Inside the Game

Stafford scored 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting, while Schwieger’s 18 came on 8-of-14 from the field. Edwards chipped in nine points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting.

Valpo had just two free-throw attempts compared to 16 for Belmont. The Beacons became just the fourth Division-I team nationally to have two or fewer free-throw attempts in a game this season.

This marked just the third time since the start of the 2011-12 season that Valpo has been held to two or fewer free-throw attempts. Valpo shot just two free throws on Nov. 25, 2011 at Ohio State and did not attempt a free throw on Nov. 25, 2022 vs. South Dakota State in Savannah, Ga.

Edwards’ nine points marked his highest total over his last five games.

Stafford enjoyed his fourth game this season with 20 points or more. He scored 20 or more in both conference contests this week.

Schwieger’s 18 points marked the top total of his young collegiate career, surpassing his previous high of 17 vs. Southern. He’s scored a dozen points or more in five straight.

For the fourth straight game and the sixth time in eight games this year, Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) handed out five or more assists with five exactly.

The team’s leading rebounder was Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) with six.

After making six of its first eight 3s, Belmont cooled off to 1-of-15 the rest of the way.

Up Next

The Beacons (4-4, 0-2 MVC) will step back outside of conference play to visit Central Michigan on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central Time. The game will air on ESPN+



INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team dominated on Saturday, earning a massive 82-51 victory over Drury inside Nicoson Hall.

Jesse Bingham and Paul Zilinskas led all scorers with 18 points apiece, combining for 6-of-11 from 3-point range.

The Greyhounds nearly pulled off a wire-to-wire win, leading for more than 39 minutes after a Bingham jumper at the 18:16 mark of the first half.


It was all Hounds after the Bingham paint bucket 104 seconds into the contest, using a 23-10 run over the next nine minutes that was capped by free throw by Julian Steinfeld. Leading the charge was Jarvis Walker, who tallied eight points during the stretch.

Zilinskas impressed for the second straight game, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes. The junior transfer added five rebounds, three assists, and two steals to his final line.

UIndy was deadly from beyond the arc, drilling 14 triples on 23 attempts in the win. Josiah Tynes scored all 11 of his points after halftime, sinking three 3-pointers in 10+ minutes off the bench in the second half. The team went 9-of-12 from 3-point land following the break, with Sean Craig chipping in a pair late in the game.

The Greyhounds kept their foot on the gas, outscoring the Panthers on the fast break, 23-7, including a 30-point effort in the paint.


– The Hounds’ 14 triples is the most in a game since the GLVC quarterfinal win on March 2, 2022.

– David Ejah provided 10 points and a team-high seven boards in more than 24 minutes.

– Steinfeld recorded four of the team’s seven blocks against Drury, with Ejah adding two.

– Sophomore Ajay Holubar played the final 2+ minutes, scoring three points with a two-point bucket and one free throw.

– UIndy shot 51.8 percent from the floor for the first time this winter, while limiting Drury to a season-low 30.5 field-goal percentage.


The Hounds up their all-time series lead to 11-9 … Drury’s leading scorer this season Juok Riak (14.6 points per game) did not play on Saturday … UIndy recorded 21 assists for the second straight game against Drury (Feb. 16, 2023).



INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team lost, 78-70, to No. 6 Drury on Saturday afternoon. The Hounds are now 5-3 and 3-1 in GLVC play.

Idalis Ortiz finished the game with a career-high 14 rebounds. Ortiz also contributed nine points for the Hounds.


UIndy led Dury for the first 11:03 of the game. This was due to the speed the Greyhounds came out with. Liv Becker gave UIndy six out of the Hounds’ 18 points during the quarter.

Jada Haines was not far behind Becker in the first 10 minutes. Haines had five points including a 2-pointer buzzer beater.

The Panthers came back in the second quarter, quickly taking over the lead for the rest of the game. The Greyhounds did not give up. The team kept pushing and attempted to cut the lead.


– Liv Becker was the leading scorer for the Hounds. Becker finished with 15 points. Haines (14) and Patricia Chikamaba (10) also finished the contest with points in the double-digits.

– Jada Patton finished with two out of the three Greyhounds’ blocks.

– UIndy controlled the ball during possessions, only turning over the ball 12 times. While the Greyhounds forced 15 Panther turnovers.

– The Hounds struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 4-for-22 (18.2%).


From Head Coach Marc Mitchell on today’s loss…

“Tough loss today, but I am proud of our effort.”


The Panthers continue to lead the Greyhounds in the all-time series 17-5 … Reese Schaaf of Drury finished the game with a double-double, this includes 27 points and 14 rebounds.


UIndy will travel to University Park, Ill. to face NAIA affiliate Governs State on Tuesday. The contest will take place at the GSU Athletics and Recreation Center with tip-off set for 6 p.m. ET.



Upland, Ind. – After shaking off a slow start in the opening minutes, the Marian men’s basketball team flipped the switch and earned a one-sided road victory at Taylor Saturday afternoon, winning by a final score of 96-67. The win is Marian’s first Crossroads League win of the season, as they improve to 7-2 overall on the season.

Taylor made things difficult early for Marian, as the home team started the game on fire from the field making six of their first 10 shots, putting up 18 points in the first five minutes of the contest. The Knights played from behind for much of the opening five minutes, but were able to string together makes as Brody Whitaker got on the offense rolling. Made three-pointers from Ben Henderson and Josh Bryan allowed Marian to take a 19-18 lead with the clock rolling toward 14 minutes to play in the first half, and after a quick Taylor score Gus Etchison put Marian in front for good.

Etchison’s layup and a pair of free throws capitalized a 4-0 run to put Marian up 23-20 after the under-15 media timeout, and after the timeout the Knights made their sprint, vaulting in front by double-digits within 90 seconds of the break in the action. Dylan Moles, Whitaker, and Henderson fueled the run, and after capturing the four-possession lead Marian never looked back, leading by 10-plus points for the final 10 minutes of the half. Josh Bryan played a key role with a five-point personal run, while Ben Henderson’s third trifecta of the half gave Marian their largest lead with a 19-point advantage. Maximus Gizz scored the final first half points for Marian, as they took to the locker room with a 50-33 lead.

The Knights came out flat to start the second half and gave up a pair of open layups to Taylor that cut the lead to 13, forcing coach Scott Heady to take a timeout just 56 seconds into the second half. The timeout woke up the Marian lineup, and the offense immediately got into gear as Jackson Ames and Gavin Foe helped push the difference back to 17 points. Foe would help Marian capture their first 20-point advantage with a jumper at the 16:08 mark in the second half, as the lead continued to swell after the under-15 media timeout. Whitaker, Bryan, and Nolan Foster helped push the lead past the 20-point threshold, and with 9:59 to play in the game a Dylan Moles three gave the Knights a 28-point lead.

The 74-46 lead captured by the Moles three sealed the Marian win, as the Knights were able to coast for the final 10 minutes, rotating players up and off the bench for the remainder of the half. The Knights led by 20 or more points for the remainder of the contest as the defense helped seasl the win, and ended the game with their largest lead as a Rowen Farrell dunk in the final 20 seconds capped the scoring on the 96-67 victory.

Whitaker led the Knights in scoring with a game-high 23 points, adding four rebounds and three assists. Etchison finished the game with 13 points, and Henderson, who finished the game 4-4 from the field, scored 11 points. Moles, Bryan, and Maximus Gizzi each scored 10 points, and Gavin Foe led the team with seven rebounds in the win.

Marian will go on the road as they return to non-conference action, traveling to St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. eastern time.



Upland, Ind. – The Marian women’s basketball team picked up their eighth win of the 2023 season and 10th consecutive over Taylor University, as the Knights scored a 74-60 win over the Trojans in Olde Arena Saturday afternoon. Marian moves to 3-0 on the young Crossroads League season, while jumping to 8-1 overall on the season.

The first quarter went back and forth, as Marian and Taylor traded scoring possessions throughout the opening quarter of the game. Ella Collier scored the first points of the game with a pair of free throws, and ended the opening period with five points after knocking down an open trey on in the first four minutes. Taylor would capture their first lead of the day at the 6:47 mark, and continued to go back in front as they traded baskets with Kinnidy Garrard. The Trojans led by as many as five in the first quarter, and held a 22-19 lead going into the second quarter as a late score from Allison Bosse cut the difference to three in the final minute.

Marian responded after their three turnover opening quarter, and began the second period on a 6-0 run to take a 25-22 lead. Collier and Aliyah Evans headlined the run to push the Knights in front, as Marian led for the remainder of the half. Taylor would tie the score with 6:02 to play in the half with a Hope Custer three, but Garrard and Josie Trabel quickly put the Knights back in control. Marian would lead by as many as seven in the half thanks to Collier’s layup with 21 ticks left on the clock, however they would only carry a four-point, 35-31 advantage to the locker room as Quinn Kelly drained a Trojan three in the waning seconds.

A three-pointer from Allison Bosse on Marian’s first offensive possession to start the second half started Marian on the right note, as scores from Abbey McNally and Collier pushed the lead to double figures. Marian’s lead continued to hold at four possessions as the offensive weapons for the visitors matched each time Taylor through a counter at their opposition. The Knights led by as many as 12 in the third quarter as they began to put a grasp on the game, leading 53-42 going into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter ended as the game’s second-highest scoring quarter, as Marian out-scored Taylor 21-18. Ella Collier and Kinnidy Garrard continued to be the offensive scoring weapons and pushed the lead to 13 points with just over six minutes remaining, while the lead would hit 14 points just under three minutes later on a three from Bosse. Marian let off the gas for a brief moment in the final three minutes of the game allowing Taylor to cut the lead in half as a 7-0 run made it a 67-60 game with 1:14 to play. The Knights were able to stay in control after Taylor began fouling, keeping composed as Collier and Jayla Wehner knocked down free throws while the defense pitched a shutout for the final 74 seconds, as they closed the win on top 74-60.

Collier played all 40 minutes in the game and led all players with 23points, adding five assists, four rebounds, and one steal. Garrard scored 17 points in the win to go with a team-high nine rebounds, and Bosse finished with 13 points. Abbey McNally scored 12 points and had eight rebounds in the win, scoring 10 of her 12 in the second half. Jayla Wehner finished the game with six assists to lead the Knights.

Marian will head to non-conference play for the remainder of the month, and have a tough test coming their way on Tuesday, December 5 as they host No. 11 University of the Cumberlands at 6 p.m. in the PE Center.


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Boston154.7899-06-48-114-38-23 W
Philadelphia127.6323.07-35-44-28-54-62 L
New York127.6323.06-36-41-210-47-33 W
Brooklyn109.5265.07-53-41-39-86-41 W
Toronto911.4506.56-53-60-65-104-61 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee146.7009-15-52-212-68-21 W
Indiana108.5563.06-54-34-18-75-51 W
Cleveland119.5503.05-66-32-27-47-31 W
Chicago714.3337.56-61-83-25-93-72 W
Detroit218.10012.01-91-91-52-110-1017 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando146.7009-25-43-19-39-11 L
Miami119.5503.05-36-63-08-85-51 L
Atlanta910.4744.53-56-53-26-94-61 L
Charlotte612.3337.03-73-53-36-93-71 L
Washington316.15810.51-62-101-72-151-92 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota154.7899-16-34-010-28-24 W
Oklahoma City136.6842.06-47-21-27-58-22 W
Denver147.6672.09-05-72-112-55-51 L
Utah713.3508.56-41-92-47-104-61 W
Portland613.3169.02-54-81-32-93-71 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Sacramento117.6116-25-53-310-77-31 W
Phoenix128.6005-57-32-29-68-21 W
LA Lakers129.5710.58-24-73-29-66-41 W
LA Clippers910.4742.56-33-72-28-86-41 W
Golden State911.4503.04-65-53-48-93-71 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas118.5795-46-44-26-64-62 L
New Orleans1110.5241.08-43-63-28-86-41 L
Houston89.4712.08-10-82-27-84-63 L
Memphis514.2636.01-84-62-35-114-61 L
San Antonio316.1588.01-92-71-33-110-1014 L


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills660.5002.53282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots290.1826.01482481-5-01-4-02-4-02-2-04 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs830.7270.02561814-2-04-1-06-1-03-1-01 W
Denver Broncos650.5452.02462804-3-02-2-03-4-01-2-05 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.52022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
Los Angeles Chargers470.3644.02692582-4-02-3-02-4-01-1-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers740.6361.51822054-2-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 W
Cleveland Browns740.6361.52392095-1-02-3-05-3-03-2-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts650.5452.02692682-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-03 W
Houston Texans650.5452.02592324-2-02-3-03-3-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans470.3644.01852244-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-01 W
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03102465-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-05 W
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.53882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.51592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.52463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5002.52642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Los Angeles Rams560.4553.02322342-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2100.1676.52063212-4-00-6-02-6-00-4-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings660.5002.52632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears480.3334.52422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons560.4550.02132324-2-01-4-04-4-03-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints560.4550.02292222-2-03-4-02-4-01-2-02 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers470.3641.02122272-3-02-4-03-4-01-1-02 L
Carolina Panthers1100.0914.01732921-4-00-6-00-7-00-2-04 L


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins231643351578588-1-18-3-25-3-2
Florida Panthers241482301472627-4-07-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings231373291386688-3-25-4-16-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs22126428876747-4-15-2-36-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2510105251083936-3-34-7-24-5-1
Montreal Canadiens241011323868875-7-15-4-23-6-1
Buffalo Sabres2410122221070835-5-05-7-23-6-1
Ottawa Senators19910018864637-7-02-3-05-5-0
Metropolitan Division
New York Rangers221741351674557-2-010-2-18-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes231481291381758-2-16-6-06-3-1
Washington Capitals211272261052597-4-15-3-17-3-0
New York Islanders23107626965744-3-46-4-25-2-3
Philadelphia Flyers2412102261072695-6-17-4-16-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins2311102241172615-6-16-4-14-4-2
New Jersey Devils2211101231179835-6-16-4-04-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets25813420873856-7-12-6-34-6-0
Western Conference
Central Division
Colorado Avalanche231562321486678-2-07-4-27-1-2
Dallas Stars221453311379626-4-18-1-26-2-2
Winnipeg Jets231382281375657-5-16-3-16-4-0
Arizona Coyotes231292261076687-4-05-5-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues2312101251168737-3-05-7-15-5-0
Nashville Predators2311120221174768-6-03-6-06-4-0
Minnesota Wild21710418666794-4-23-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks22715014755813-6-04-9-02-8-0
Pacific Division
Vegas Golden Knights251654361382599-2-17-3-34-3-3
Vancouver Canucks251681331696648-2-18-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings201343291377494-4-39-0-07-2-1
Calgary Flames2410113231071825-4-15-7-26-3-1
Seattle Kraken25811622768884-6-14-5-53-4-3
Anaheim Ducks241014020967845-9-05-5-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers22912119874795-4-14-8-07-3-0
San Jose Sharks24616214642965-6-21-10-04-5-1


December 3, 1921 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – At the 9th Grey Cup played it was the Toronto Argonauts taking home their 2nd Championship title as they beat Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0 per onthisday.com.

December 3, 1932 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton -The Hamilton Tigers took out the Regina Roughriders, 25-6 for their 5th Championship in the 20th played Grey Cup.

December 3, 1933 – Per Vice.com Joe The Midnight Express Lilliard who was the halfback/quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals became the last African-American to play in the NFL until the 1946 season. Lilliard played during the 1932 and 1933 seasons for the Cards and averaged almost 10 yards per rushing attempt for a total of 494 yards and threw for another 372 in his 18 games he appeared in.

December 3, 1943 – The 9th Heisman Trophy Award belonged to Notre Dame’s Quarterback Angelo Bertelli. Per the Heisman.com website Bertelli was the very first player to win the award from the Downtown Athletic Club for the Fighting Irish. Angelo finished high in the voting for the Heisman the two previous years as he ran and passed out of Coach Frank Leahy’s T-Formation offense. As the biography on the awards web page tells us that in 1946, Bertelli inked a deal with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference or AAFC. Later Angelo Bertelli played for the Chicago Rockets during the 1947 and 1948 seasons. After several knee surgeries, he retired prior to the 1949 season.

December 3, 1944 – War time left the NFL player inventory extremely sparse so a couple teams decided to get clever to survive. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals chose to try a temporary merger of  the two NFL teams,with an agreement that it would dissolve at the end of season. They are forever remembered as the Card-Pitts. WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations. Sports History Network’s resident Chicago Cardinals expert, Joe Ziemba has a great podcast on the event that  you can check out here.

December 3, 1946 – Glenn Davis, the halfback from the Army team wins 12th Heisman Trophy. Heisman..com educates us that in 1946 Davis as a senior, scoried 13 touchdowns on 712 yards rushing, he also caught 20 passes for 348 yards and tossed passes for 396 yards and four TDs. Glenn Davis was awarded the Heisman over Charlie Trippi of Georgia  and the previous season’s winner Doc Blanchard  who finished fifth in the voting.

December 3, 1949 – 14th Iron Bowl was played and Bama entered the game with a 6-2 record while Auburn was struggling with a 1-4-3 record. AuburnTigers.com fills us in on the details. The Tigers were not supposed to be winning but they were late in the fourth quarter. Alabama had scored with less than two minutes though to go to close the Tigers lead to 14-13. Because of the rules on that day there was not a two point conversion so the Tide attempted a routine extra point kick , but it sailed wide and Auburn hung to win it 14-13.

December 3, 1950 – The Cleveland Browns were the last NFL team to play a game in which they did not throw a single pass. The inquirer.com has a great article on the game where they determined that ti was a combination of some less than perfect weather, bulletin board material that got the Browns fired up and some disciplined sound football by Cleveland where they all did their job as the Browns defeated the two-time champion Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 13-7.

December 3, 1957 – 23rd Heisman Trophy Award went to  Texas A&M Halfback John Crow. Heisman.com states that Crow was the only player to win the Heisman that was coached by the Legendary Bear Bryant. Yes that’s right Coach Paul Bryant was with the Aggies in the mid 1950’s before he went to Alabama. John Crow earned the award by having a season where he rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns, caught two receptions and threw five touchdown passes as the Aggies reached the top spot in the polls. After school Crow was the second overall player selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the Chicago Cardinals and his NFL career lasted 11 seasons.

December 3, 1962 – The 1963 NFL Draft saw Terry Baker from Oregon State  became the first pick by Los Angeles Rams

December 3. 1966 – Alabama blanks Auburn 31-0 in the 31st Iron Bowl which was played at Legion Field in Birmingham.

December 3, 1972  – Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton – The hometown crowds got to see their Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 13-10.

December 3, 1979 – USC’s talented running back Charles White became the 45th Heisman Trophy Award winner.

December 3, 1983 – 49th Heisman Trophy Award was earned by Mike Rozier the powerful runner from Nebraska.

December 3, 1983 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The Auburn Tigers held on tight to get the 23-20 victory over Alabama at the 48th Iron Bowl.

December 3, 1988 – The Oklahoma State Cowboys saw their talented junior back Barry Sanders win the 54th Heisman Trophy Award. Heisman.com tells how the voting was not even close as Barry swept all six voting regions to win the award. Barry ran for 2,628 yards on the ground, carrying an unbelievable average of 238.9 yards per game! Put those gaudy numbers with his 37 rushing touchdowns, a punt return taken back to the house and a kickoff return TD to bring his regular season touchdown total to 39. Barry Sanders in 1988’s season churned out a record 3,250 all-purpose yards and averaged 8.3 yards per play as Oklahoma State finished 9-2 and finished 12th in the polls.

December 3, 1994 – At the 3rd SEC Championship Game it was the #6 Florida Gators edging out #3 Alabama, 24-23.

December 3, 2005 – The very first ACC Championship Game was held and #22 Florida State upset #5 Virginia Tech, 27-22.

HOF Birthdays

December 3, 1887 – Boston, Massachusetts – Harvard’s legendary guard Bob Fisher came to this life.  The NFF has a great bio on Bob Fisher that I encourage you to check out at the link we shared.  Bob was large for his time weighing in a t 206 pounds and was quick and agile to boot. These traits made him dominant on the line of scrimmage so much so that after the 1910 and the 1911 seasons Walter Camp placed Fisher on his All-America teams. The National Football Foundation selected Bob Fisher to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

December 3, 1894 – St. Louis Park, Minnesota –  Bert Baston the terrific end from the University of Minnesota was born.  The NFF voters chose Bert Baston to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

December 3, 1922 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Tom Fears was born and went on to be a great end at both Santa Clara and UCLA. According to footballfoundation.org Fears was on Santa Clara’s team when he was a sophomore and then he left there to serve in the U.S. Air Force. After his military stint he followed his brother to UCLA where during his 1946 junior season, the Bruins went through the regular season undefeated as the nation’s fourth ranked team. UCLA  was an exciting team as they ran a “triple pass” play (forward pass, lateral, lateral) Case to Baldwin to Fears to Clements. The National Football Foundation selected Tom Fears to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. After graduation Fears joined the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive player but was quickly converted back to the offensive side of the ball. As a professional Tom led the league in receiving in three straight years from 1948 through 1950 per the profootballhof.com website. Fears also had a big game in the 1950 Division Title contest when he caught 3 touchdown passes. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Tom Fears in 1970.

December 3, 1957 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Penn State offensive tackle, Keith Dorney arrived into life. The footballlfoundation.org states that in 1978 Dorney was a unanimous All-America selection.   The NFF selected Keith Dorney to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Keith was selected by the Detroit Lions with the tenth-overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft and he played there for 9 seasons.


19 – 48 – 41 – 13 – 44 – 11 – 12 – 30 – 21 – 10 – 14 – 9

December 3, 1901 – At the MLB meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns

December 3, 1933 – The Midnight Express, Joe Lilliard, Number 19,  the quarterback of the Chicago Cardinals was the last African- American player to play in the NFL until 1946.

December 3, 1943 – 9th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Notre Dame Quarterback Number 48, Angelo Bertelli.

December 3, 1944 – Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations

December 3, 1946 – 12th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Army (HB), Number 41, Glenn Davis.

December 3, 1956 – Basketball icon Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain made his much anticipated varsity debut; scores 52 points and grabs 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time Kansas records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern

December 3, 1957 – 23rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Texas A&M (HB), Number 44, John Crow

December 3, 1962 – 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker, Number 11, from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams

December 3, 1979 – 45th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Southern California (RB), Number 12, Charles White

December 3, 1983 – 49th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Nebraska (RB), Number 30, Mike Rozier

December 3, 1988 – 54th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma State (RB), Number 21, Barry Sanders

December 3, 1999 – Ottawa Senators’ right wing Number 11, Kevin Dineen becomes 5th player in NHL history to score 300 career goals and record 2,000 penalty minutes; picks up a misconduct penalty in 7-4 loss to NJ Devils

December 3, 2018 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid midfielder Number 10, Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Number 10, Lionel Messi or Number 9, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t win award; Norwegian striker Number 14, Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women’s winner


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