INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Adams Central 82 Leo 49
Alexandria 62 Morristown 44
Anderson 64 Marion 59
Argos 62 Kouts 57
Batesville 53 Madison 49
Bedford North Lawrence 50 Crawfordsville 38
Ben Davis 62 Zionsville 49
Benton Central 60 Frankfort 42
Bluffton 37 Heritage 31
Brebeuf Jesuit 70 Park Tudor 57
Bremen 62 Oregon-Davis 46
Cambridge City Lincoln 68 Muncie Burris 51
Center Grove 79 Floyd Central 45
Charlestown 63 Eastern (Pekin) 59
Clinton Prairie 42 Taylor 40
Columbia City 66 Norwell 50
Columbus North 56 East Central 44
Conner (Ky.) 75 South Dearborn 66
Corydon Central 54 Salem 34
Daleville 65 Seton Catholic 62
Daviess County (Ky.) 70 Evansville North 61
Delta 55 Mississinewa 36
Eastern Hancock 54 Cowan 50
Elwood 52 Hamilton 18
Evansville Christian 52 Christian Academy 50
Evansville Day 69 Whitesville Trinity (Ky.) 60
Faith Christian 58 North Newton 49
Fishers 78 Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) 57
Fort Wayne Canterbury 68 Fremont 45
Fort Wayne Luers 59 DeKalb 41
Fort Wayne South 81 Woodlan 57
Fountain Central 48 Rossville 47
Franklin County 52 Edinburgh 48
Franklin 62 Warren Central 60
Frontier 52 Seeger 51
Greencastle 91 Brown County 64
Greenfield-Central 66 Greenwood 47
Greensburg 59 Jac-Cen-Del 45
Greenwood Christian 35 Indianapolis Chatard 33
Guerin Catholic 43 Culver Academy 36
Harrison (West Lafayette) 57 Lafayette Central Catholic 42
Hebron 71 North White 23
Heritage Christian 61 University 44
Indian Creek 59 Hauser 51
Indianapolis Attucks 82 Urbana (Ill.) 52
Indianapolis Roncalli 55 Indianapolis Ritter 41
Indianapolis Scecina 47 Cascade 39
Indianapolis Tech 76 Indianapolis Tindley 59
Jasper 67 Heritage Hills 61
Knightstown 76 Indianapolis Herron 29
LaLumiere Regional 72 Lighthouse CPA 46
LaPorte 72 Kankakee Valley 64
Lanesville 59 Tecumseh 49
Lawrence Central 74 Liberty Christian 51
Lawrence North 93 Fort Wayne North 59
Lewis Cass 46 Rochester 44
Linton-Stockton 72 White River Valley 24
Maconaquah 98 Western 78
Madison-Grant 64 Wes-Del 53
Merrillville 68 Fort Wayne Snider 46
Michigan City 71 Marquette Catholic 55
Mishawaka Marian 73 South Bend Career 25
Mishawaka 60 South Bend Washington 51
New Albany 72 Columbus East 68
New Haven 49 Huntington North 33
New Palestine 73 Southport 60
New Prairie 71 Wheeler 26
North Central (Indianapolis) 61 Princeton 59
North Judson 51 Boone Grove 42
North Putnam 49 Covenant Christian 39
NorthWood 46 Beech Grove 25
Northridge 60 Jimtown 50
Northwestern 73 Southwood 52
Oak Hill 76 Logansport 67
Oldenburg Academy 67 Milan 53
Parke Heritage 68 Southmont 46
Parkway (Ohio) 45 South Adams 34
Plainfield 64 Terre Haute South 55
Portage 87 South Bend Adams 71
Providence 75 Henryville 40
Rensselaer Central 78 Delphi 60
Rock Creek Academy 84 Cannelton 33
South Central (Union Mills) 59 Whiting 54
South Decatur 69 Rising Sun 58
South Newton 44 Tri-Township 34
South Putnam 55 Riverton Parke 52
South Spencer 68 Perry Central 61
Speedway 76 Lebanon 71 OT
Springs Valley 63 Borden 58
Terre Haute North 50 Decatur Central 45
Tipton 69 Shenandoah 46
Tri-West 57 Martinsville 49
Trinity Lutheran 71 Shawe Memorial 54
Triton 54 Caston 44
Twin Lakes 65 Knox 56
Waldron 60 Tri 56
Wapahani 112 Union (Modoc) 18
Warsaw 73 Chesterton 62
Washington Twp. 52 Lake Station 49
West Lafayette 72 Lafayette Jeff 51
West Noble 45 LaVille 43
Western Boone 59 Clinton Central 54
Westview 53 Plymouth 39
Westville 51 Winamac 36
Whitko 46 Garrett 26
Winchester 54 Hamilton Heights 52

INDIANA GIRLS SECTIONAL BASKETBALL SCORES

Lake Central
Lake Central 51 Merrillville 39
Valparaiso
Valparaiso 41 Crown Point 28
South Bend Washington
South Bend Washington 77 South Bend Adams 45
Northridge
Northridge 53 Penn 37
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Fort Wayne Snider 68 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 29
Columbia City
Homestead 57 Columbia City 49
Kokomo
McCutcheon 51 Harrison (West Lafayette) 49
Hamilton Southeastern
Noblesville 49 Hamilton Southeastern 45
Pendleton Heights
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 48 New Palestine 39
Indianapolis Cathedral
Lawrence Central 54 Warren Central 39
Pike
Pike 61 Franklin Central 60
Avon
Plainfield 59 Terre Haute North 12
Mooresville
Center Grove 61 Mooresville 41
Whiteland
Franklin 45 Whiteland 42
Floyd Central
Bedford North Lawrence 43 Jennings County 39
Evansville Harrison
Evansville North 52 Evansville Central 46
Highland
Hanover Central 36 Highland 33
Rochester
Bremen 55 Tippecanoe Valley 53 OT
New Prairie
New Prairie 56 South Bend Clay 38
West Noble
NorthWood 34 Fairfield 32
Garrett
Woodlan 53 Fort Wayne Concordia 45
Twin Lakes
Benton Central 48 West Lafayette 43
Maconaquah
Norwell 57 Bellmont 40
Yorktown
Hamilton Heights 37 Jay County 36
Cascade
Danville 53 Lebanon 14
Owen Valley
Indian Creek 52 Edgewood 35
Indianapolis Chatard
Indianapolis Chatard 59 Heritage Christian 53
Beech Grove
Speedway 52 Purdue Poly Englewood 42
Lawrenceburg
Greensburg 41 Batesville 22
Charlestown
Scottsburg 53 Madison 36
Southridge
Washington 52 Vincennes Lincoln 42
Gibson Southern
Gibson Southern 78 Boonville 35
Lake Station
Andrean 40 Illiana Christian 20
North Judson
LaVille 47 North Judson 37
Eastside
Fremont 41 Central Noble 38
North Miami
Lewis Cass 45 Winamac 25
South Adams
Fort Wayne Luers 59 Whitko 46
Delphi
Lafayette Central Catholic 45 Delphi 22
Elwood
Eastbrook 62 Blackford 58 4OT
Lapel
Lapel 62 Winchester 21
Northeastern
Northeastern 59 Shenandoah 21
Indianapolis Scecina
Eastern Hancock 67 Indianapolis Scecina 11
Park Tudor
Sheridan 47 Covenant Christian 28
South Putnam
Parke Heritage 43 Greencastle 32
North Decatur
North Decatur 57 South Ripley 39
Providence
Brownstown Central 45 Austin 33
North Knox
Linton-Stockton 43 North Knox 36
South Spencer
South Spencer 38 Crawford County 33
Morgan Twp.
Morgan Twp. 28 Kouts 24
Culver
Marquette Catholic 52 Triton 39
Lakewood Park
Bethany Christian 59 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 55
South Newton
Caston 37 Tri-County 36
Northfield
Northfield 41 Southern Wells 22
Attica
Clinton Central 48 Rossville 33
Anderson Prep
Daleville 39 Anderson Prep 38
Union City
Union City 49 Tri 45
Bloomfield
North Central (Farmersburg) 33 Shakamak 26
Bethesda Christian
Bethesda Christian 62 Indiana Math & Science 22
Eminence
Eminence 52 Greenwood Christian 26
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Jac-Cen-Del 49 Oldenburg Academy 41
West Washington
Lanesville 41 Borden 20
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran 67 Rising Sun 58
Barr-Reeve
Barr-Reeve 33 Orleans 27
Wood Memorial
Wood Memorial 45 Evansville Christian 31

INDIANA WRESTLING REGIONAL RESULTS

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INDIANA GIRLS SWIMMING SECTIONAL RESULTS

1. Munster (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gary West Side, Griffith, Hammond Central, Hammond Morton, Hammond Bishop Noll, Highland, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, South Newton

2. Valparaiso (13) | Thurs, 6 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Knox, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, North Judson-San Pierre, Portage, South Central Union Mills, Valparaiso, Wheeler

3. South Bend Riley (10) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Bremen, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington

4. Warsaw (14) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Cass, Columbia City, Culver Academies, Culver Community, Logansport, Manchester, Northfield, Oregon-Davis, Pioneer, Plymouth, Rochester Community, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash, Warsaw Community

5. Northridge (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Angola, Concord, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Fremont, Goshen, Jimtown, Northridge, NorthWood, Wawasee

6. Fort Wayne South Side (12) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Homestead

7. Jay County (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Delta, Huntington North, Jay County, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Norwell, South Adams

8. Hamilton Southeastern (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Anderson, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Marion, Oak Hill, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown

9. Noblesville (10) | Thurs, 5:45 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1:15 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Carmel, Eastern (Greentown), Guerin Catholic, Kokomo, Maconaquah, Noblesville, Northwestern, Tipton, Western, Westfield

10. Crawfordsville (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Attica, Benton Central, Crawfordsville, Delphi Community, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, North Vermillion, Parke Heritage, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont, Twin Lakes, Western Boone

11. Terre Haute South (10) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 12 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Avon, Cascade, Danville Community, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo

12. Zionsville (11) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lebanon, McCutcheon, University, West Lafayette, Zionsville

13. Pike (15) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Brownsburg, Covenant Christian (Indpls.), Decatur Central, Herron, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Indianapolis Shortridge, International School of Indiana, Park Tudor, Pike, Speedway, Tri-West Hendricks

14. Lawrence North (13) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Purdue Polytechnic – Downtown, Roncalli, Warren Central

15. New Palestine (11) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Seton Catholic, Shelbyville

16. Center Grove (9) | Thurs, 5:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Center Grove, Franklin Community, Greenwood Community, Indian Creek, Martinsville, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Southport, Whiteland Community

17. East Central (14) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 9:30 am, 1:30 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Batesville, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Edgewood, Greensburg, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Dearborn, South Ripley

18. Floyd Central (16) | Thurs, 6 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 1 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Charlestown, Christian Academy of Indiana, Floyd Central, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Albany, New Washington, Providence, Salem, Scottsburg, Seymour, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County

19. Jasper (16) | Thurs, 6:30 pm ET Prelims | Sat, 10 am, 2 pm ET Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomfield, Corydon Central, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Lanesville, Northeast Dubois, North Harrison, Pike Central, South Knox, South Spencer, Southridge, Tecumseh, Tell City, Vincennes Lincoln

20. Evansville North (13) | Thurs, 5:30 pm CT Prelims | Sat, 9 am, 1 pm CT Finals | Scores | Backup Files 
Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Gibson Southern, Mt. Vernon, North Posey

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 CONNECTICUT 77 ST. JOHN’S 64

#9 MARQUETTE 91 GEORGETOWN 57

TEXAS 77 #25 TCU 66

SAN DIEGO STATE 81 #17 UTAH STATE 67

CENTRAL FLORIDA 74 #23 OKLAHOMA 63

#8 KANSAS 78 #4 HOUSTON 65

CINCINNATI 75 #15 TEXAS TECH 72

#22 BYU 86 WEST VIRGINIA 73

#16 AUBURN 91 OLE MISS 77

#20 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 102 TULSA 70

#3 NORTH CAROLINA 93 #7 DUKE 84

#18 BAYLOR 70 #12 IOWA STATE 68

#5 TENNESSEE 103 #10 KENTUCKY 92

#24 ALABAMA 99 MISSISSIPPI STATE 67

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 85 INDIANA 71

BALL STATE 77 WESTERN MICHIGAN 67

MINNESOTA 75 NORTHWESTERN 66 OT

EVANSVILLE 63 VALPARAISO 62

MICHIGAN STATE 63 MARYLAND 54

INDIANA STATE 75 DRAKE 67

PITTSBURGH 70 NOTRE DAME 60

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#25 PRINCETON 76 BROWN 63

#19 GONZAGA 104 PACIFIC 39

#23 WEST VIRGINIA 76 BYU 69

#3 IOWA 93 MARYLAND 85

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 97 OHIO 66

RUTGERS 71 NEBRASKA 70

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 68 IUPUI 65

BRADLEY 79 EVANSVILLE 72

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 136 PHILADELPHIA 121

ATLANTA 141 GOLDEN STATE 134 OT

SACRAMENTO 123 CHICAGO 115

MILWAUKEE 129 DALLAS 117

CLEVELAND 117 SAN ANTONIO 101

LA LAKERS 113 NEW YORK 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 1 UCONN WINS 10TH STRAIGHT, BEATS ST. JOHN’S AT MSG WITHOUT INJURED KARABAN

NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Spencer had 23 points, freshman Stephon Castle scored a season-best 21 and top-ranked UConn pulled away from St. John’s for a 77-64 victory Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Tristen Newton added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the defending national champion Huskies (20-2, 10-1 Big East), playing without injured forward Alex Karaban, won their 10th straight game.

The winning streak began Dec. 23 with a 69-65 victory over St. John’s at home.

Daniss Jenkins scored 19 for the scuffling Red Storm (13-9, 5-6), who have dropped five of six after opening 4-1 in conference play during their first season under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino.

Leading scorer Joel Soriano was held to six points on 2-of-6 shooting and four rebounds — well below his season averages.

KAM JONES LEADS NO. 9 MARQUETTE OVER GEORGETOWN FOR 6TH STRAIGHT WIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kam Jones scored a career-high 31 points, Tyler Kolek had 17 points and eight assists and No. 9 Marquette won its sixth straight game, 91-57 over Georgetown on Saturday.

Jones, Marquette’s third-leading

Jones, Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, returned after missing Tuesday’s 85-80 win at Villanova with a sore right ankle. He shot 12 for 15 from the field, including 7 for 9 from 3-point distance.

Kolek, the player of the year last season in the Big East, had 15 points and six assists in the first half as the Golden Eagles went on a 16-0 run midway through the half, turning an 18-14 lead into a 34-14 advantage.

David Joplin scored 15 points and Oso Ighodaro added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Marquette (17-5, 8-3 Big East) forced 19 turnovers and outscored the Hoyas 35-5 in points off turnovers.

Rowan Brumbaugh scored 12 points to lead Georgetown (8-13, 1-9), which lost its sixth straight game. The 34-point loss is the largest home Big East defeat for the Hoyas.

ABMAS SCORES FINAL 13 POINTS FOR TEXAS IN WIN AT NO. 25 TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Max Abmas had 19 of his 21 points after halftime, including the last 13 for Texas in a 77-66 victory over No. 25 TCU on Saturday.

Abmas put the Longhorns (15-7, 4-5 Big 12) ahead to stay with a three-point play with 3:25 left that broke a 64-all tie. That layup and free throw started a personal 11-0 run that included two 3-pointers, and he added a pair of free throws in the final minute.

Dylan Disu had 15 points for Texas, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Dillon Mitchell had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Emanuel Miller had 15 points for the Horned Frogs (16-6, 5-4). Avery Anderson added 13, while Trevian Tennyson and Jakobe Coles each had 10.

Mitchell had a three-point play with 7:05 left, making a tiebreaking short turnaround jumper while being fouled on what was Texas’ third shot in the same possession. Tyrese Hunter then had a steal that led a layup by Abmas, the former Oral Roberts transfer who is the Division I active career scoring leader with 2,955 points.

Disu had bookend 3-pointers in a 10-0 run for the Longhorns in the first half that put them ahead after quickly falling behind by double digits.

CINCINNATI UPENDS NO. 15 TEXAS TECH AFTER LUKOSIUS’ GO-AHEAD JUMPER

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Simas Lukosius scored 16 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 21 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat 15th-ranked Texas Tech 75-72 on Saturday night, handing the Red Raiders their first home loss this season.

The 14-footer by

The 14-footer by Lukosius was the 14th and final lead change of the game, which also had eight ties. That gave the Bearcats (15-7, 4-5 Big 12) a 73-72 lead right after Pop Isaacs made a long defended step-back 3-pointer to put the Red Raiders ahead for the final time.

Isaacs, who finished with a game-high 22 points for Texas Tech (16-5, 5-3), missed a potential go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left. Dan Skillings Jr. grabbed the rebound and passed ahead to breaking John Newman III for a slam dunk, though Isaacs had a longer than half-court shot ricochet off the front rim as time expired.

Skillings had 14 points and Newman 11 for Cincinnati. Aziz Bandaogo had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Robert Jennings had 14 points for the Red Raiders, and Kerwin Walton had 12.

BACOT, INGRAM LEAD THE WAY AS NO. 3 TAR HEELS BEAT NO. 7 BLUE DEVILS 93-84 IN RIVALRY GAME

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Armando Bacot and Harrison Ingram each posted double-doubles to help No. 3 North Carolina beat No. 7 Duke 93-84 on Saturday night in the latest renewal of the fierce rivalry.

The 6-foot-11 Bacot finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while the 6-7 Ingram was a force all over the court with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. It was an example of how much more productive and deeper the rotation is after an offseason overhaul, which has helped UNC (18-4, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) push to the top of the league standings.

That helped UNC stay in control on a night when ACC scoring leader RJ Davis faced constant defensive attention before coming on late to score 17 points despite 5-of-14 shooting.

Ingram was busy everywhere. He made 5 of 9 3-pointers, including one from the corner with Jeremy Roach within breath’s reach, then had a dive-on-the-floor play in the paint to save a possession and ultimately set up a corner 3-pointer from Cormac Ryan.

It was part of a night in which UNC played with tenacity backed by a crowd roaring at ear-ringing levels to put the Blue Devils (16-5, 7-3) in a night-long uphill climb in the first matchup with both teams ranked since the 2018-19 season.

The Tar Heels led 45-35 at halftime, and never let Duke closer than eight through the second half by consistently coming up with timely scores or rebound-sealing stops.

Freshman Jared McCain had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils, while star big man Kyle Filipowski added 22 points but only five rebounds in his marquee matchup with Bacot inside.

ZAKAI ZEIGLER, JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES EACH SCORE 26 AS NO. 5 TENNESSEE HANDLES NO. 10 KENTUCKY 103-92

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Josiah-Jordan James and Zakai Zeigler each scored 26 points, including 17 by James after halftime, and No. 5 Tennessee topped No. 10 Kentucky 103-92 on Saturday night.

Zeigler made all

Zeigler made all five of his field goal attempts for 13 points before halftime, including three from long range, helping the Volunteers (16-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) lead throughout.

James followed his lead in the second half with a pair of 3s sandwiched around another by Santiago Vescovi (11 points) for a 57-47 advantage that grew to to 16 with 9:22 remaining.

Rob Dillingham had a career-high 35 points with six 3-pointers off the bench before fouling out late for Kentucky (15-5, 5-4), which dropped its second in a row and third in four games. Antonio Reeves had 21 and Reed Sheppard 16 in his second consecutive start at point guard in place of injured D.J. Wagner (ankle).

Sheppard twice got the Wildcats within seven late in the game, but James and Zeigler answered with jumpers as Tennessee won the showdown of top-10 teams. SEC scoring leader Dalton Knecht added 16 points as the Vols rebounded from Tuesday’s home loss to South Carolina.

NBA NEWS

THOMAS SCORES 40 POINTS AS NETS ROUT SHORTHANDED 76ERS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cam Thomas scored 40 points, Mikal Bridges had 23 and the Brooklyn Nets routed the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 136-121 on Saturday night.

The Nets snapped

The Nets snapped their nine-game losing streak against Philadelphia — including four straight last year against the 76ers during the first round of the NBA playoffs — dating to March 10, 2022.

“We started out well and the ball was finding the open man,” said Thomas, who had his third game of 40 or more points this season and seventh of his two-year NBA career. “Everybody was making shots. It was a great thing that we started out well and today was another good start. We have to keep it up.”

Philadelphia was without Joel Embiid, the reigning NBA MVP who missed his second game after sustaining a left meniscus injury Tuesday night at Golden State. Philadelphia is 4-10 in the 14 games without Embiid this season.

STEPHEN CURRY SCORES SEASON-HIGH 60 POINTS IN WARRIORS’ 141-134 OT LOSS TO HAWKS

ATLANTA (AP) — Stephen Curry scored a season-high 60 points in Golden State’s 141-134 overtime loss to Atlanta on Saturday night, with Trae Young scoring 35 points to help the Hawks outlast the Warriors.

Curry had eight points in overtime to finish only two points shy of his career high of 62 at home against Portland on Jan. 3, 2021. He was 22 of 38 shots from the field, hitting 10 of 23 3-pointers, and made all six of his free throws.

Dejounte Murray scored the last seven points in an 11-0 run to open the overtime for Atlanta and finished with 19 points. Onyeka Okongwu had a career-high 22 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, and Jalen Johnson scored 21 points.

Curry scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead jumper with 14 seconds remaining. Murray answered with a jumper from the free-throw line to tie it. Curry missed a last-second jumper to send it to overtime.

The Hawks have taken advantage of a six-game homestand to win four straight games, matching their best stretch of the season. They are 4-1 on the homestand.

DOMANTAS SABONIS, DE’AARON FOX LEAD KINGS PAST BULLS FOR 123-115 VICTORY

CHICAGO (AP) — There is nothing complex about Domantas Sabonis’ impressive consistency this season.

“Just trying to

“Just trying to stay ready, trying to keep my body right,” he said. “And I love the game.”

Sure looks that way.

Sabonis had a triple-double and De’Aaron Fox scored 41 points, helping the Sacramento Kings hold off the Chicago Bulls 123-115 on Saturday night.

Malik Monk had 22 points and seven assists as Sacramento improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trip. It has won six of seven overall, including a 133-122 victory at Indiana on Friday night.

“At the end of the day, we had a lot of guys step up,” Kings coach Mike Brown said.

Sabonis had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his 14th triple-double of the season and No. 46 for his career. It also was his 31st consecutive game with at least a double-double.

RIVERS’ FIRST WIN AS BUCKS COACH MEANS HE WILL LEAD EAST ALL-STARS AFTER HUGE RALLY TO BEAT MAVS

DALLAS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo looked up in slight amazement when told Doc Rivers had just clinched coaching in the All-Star Game.

Seems the reaction had more to do with Rivers being the Milwaukee star’s coach for exactly three games than the 25-point rally that secured the bid for Rivers and the Bucks’ staff.

Antetokounmpo scored 48

Antetokounmpo scored 48 points and the Bucks overcame the big first-half deficit for their first victory under Rivers, beating the Dallas Mavericks 129-117 on Saturday night.

“He’s going to coach the game?” a wide-eyed Antetokounmpo said after going 20 of 28 from the field with 10 of Milwaukee’s 34 assists.

Rivers, who lost his first two games after the midseason firing of first-year coach Adrian Griffin, was slightly less than amused about leading the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Feb. 18.

Boston has the best record in the East two weeks before the game, but Joe Mazzulla is ineligible after coaching the game last year. So the Bucks and their second-best record get the nod.

MITCHELL, MOBLEY HELP CAVALIERS STAND TALL AGAINST WEMBANYAMA, SPURS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN, 117-101

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points, Evan Mobley had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the San Antonio Spurs 117-99 on Saturday night.

Jarrett Allen had 26 points and 16 rebounds. and Mitchell added eight rebounds and seven assists to help Cleveland win its fifth straight and 13th in 14 games.

Mitchell and San Antonio’s Zach Collins were ejected with 54.7 seconds remaining after the Cleveland All-Star leapt up to push Collins in the face and chest after taking an elbow to the head on a moving screen from the center.

Victor Wembanyama had 19 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio. Devin Vassell added 22 points and Keldon Johnson had 17.

The Spurs have lost four straight and 10 of 13 to remain at the bottom of the Western Conference at 10-40.

The Spurs looked like a team playing the second night of a back-to-back and fourth game in six nights. San Antonio’s only lead lasted 33 seconds at 11-10 following a 15-foot jumper by Collins with 6:51 left in the opening quarter.

Cleveland led by double digits throughout the second quarter and opened a 60-40 advantage on Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 2:37 left in the first half.

The Cavaliers used their size advantage to on series of consecutive plays at the rim in the opening quarter.

JAMES, LAKERS PULL AWAY TO END KNICKS’ 9-GAME WINNING STREAK

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James scored 24 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away down the stretch to beat New York 113-105 Saturday night, snapping the Knicks’ nine-game winning streak.

Austin Reaves had 22 points, D’Angelo Russell and Taurean Prince each scored 16, and Anthony Davis finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds as the Lakers won their second straight to move above .500 (26-25).

“We’re just trying to get to a place where we’re trying to get to a place where we’re playing the type of basketball we envisioned,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “The type of basketball we know we’re capable of and defend at a high, high level. That’s (going to) give you a chance every night. And we’ve got enough firepower in terms of people in the starting lineup, people coming off the bench to where we’re (going to) be able to put points on the board.”

Jalen Brunson scored 36 points to lead New York (32-18), and Donte DiVincenzo had 26 before fouling out. Josh Hart had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Precious Achiuwa added 10 points.

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GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT HORNETS

The Indiana Pacers (27-23) will look to halt a three-game losing skid when they travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets (10-37) on Sunday night.

The matchup will be the third game in the four-game season series with the Hornets. After Charlotte took the first contest, 125-124, on Nov. 4, Indiana dominated in its revenge win when they defeated the Hornets, 144-113, on Dec. 20.

Indiana enters the matchup after being defeated by the Sacramento Kings, 133-122, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Friday night. In the second night of a back-to-back, the Pacers were without starting center Myles Turner and backup Jalen Smith due to back spasms.

The Pacers got off to a hot start as they shot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) in the first frame to give them a one-point lead at the conclusion of the quarter. However, a 10-0 run early in the second quarter gave the Kings a 53-47 lead that they would hold on to for the remainder of the matchup.

After missing Indiana’s most recent two games with injury, Bennedict Mathurin earned a start in the lineup and ended the night with a team-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Mathurin is averaging 14.6 points per game this season but has been offering a spark off the bench as of late, as he has averaged 18 points per contest on 51 percent (32-of-63) shooting in his most recent five games.

Though continuing to nurse a hamstring injury and receiving limited minutes, All-Star starter Tyrese Haliburton has still made his presence known on the court. Haliburton ended the night with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor despite not entering the game until the second quarter. Haliburton has averaged 15.8 points and 8.3 assists per contest over the four games he has played in since his injury, and posted 43 points in the first matchup with Charlotte this season.

On paper, Indiana fares well over the Hornets. Indiana currently ranks first in the league in points (124.4 ppg), assists (30.7 apg), field goal percentage (50.5 percent), and offensive rating (120.8). Comparatively, Charlotte ranks completely opposite, coming in at 25th in assists (24.9 apg) and at 28th in points (108.5 ppg), field goal percentage (45.8 percent), and offensive rating (109.4).

Charlotte enters the matchup after falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 126-106, Friday night, which brings them to six straight losses. Rookie Brandon Miller, who is averaging 15.6 points per contest, led the Hornets with 28 points.

The Hornets have been plagued with injuries this season that have significantly impacted their starting lineup rotation. Forward Gordon Hayward has been out since Dec. 26 with a calf injury, center Mark Williams has missed 27 straight games with a back injury and point guard LaMelo Ball is currently nursing an ankle injury. In addition, Charlotte recently traded away guard Terry Rozier, who had been averaging 23.2 points per game this season, on Jan. 23 to the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry and a protected 2027 first-round pick.

With Charlotte’s now-leading scorer, Miles Bridges, offering 20.8 points per game this season, the Hornets have recently relied on Miller (15.6 ppg) and P.J. Washington Jr. (13.6 ppg) to help support the scoring effort. Miller has stepped up significantly averaging 21.3 points per game in Charlotte’s most recent nine games.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Isaiah Jackson

Hornets: G – Cody Martin, G – Brandon Miller, F – Bryce McGowens, F – Miles Bridges, C – Nick Richards

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain injury management and low back spasms), Bennedict Mathurin – questionable (right great toe sprain), Jalen Smith – questionable (low back spasms), Myles Turner – questionable (mid back spasms)

Hornets: Frank Ntilikina – questionable (right hip impingement), LaMelo Ball – out (right ankle tendinopathy), Gordon Hayward – out (left calf strain), Kyle Lowry – out (not with team), Mark Williams – out (low back injury recovery)

Last Meeting

Dec. 20, 2023: The Indiana Pacers got revenge on the Charlotte Hornets after their Nov. 4 one-point defeat when they dominated the visitors, 144-113, on Dec. 20 in the second matchup between the two teams this season.

The seven players who ended the night in double-figure scoring were led by Buddy Hield’s 25 points. Tyrese Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith each racked up 19 points, while Myles Turner added 18 points of his own. Nesmith led the reserves, followed by Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith’s 10 points apiece, in outscoring the Charlotte bench, 70-33.

Indiana held the advantage at the end of each of the four quarters in part due to their impressive 61.4 percent shooting from the floor and 18 made 3-pointers. While holding the Hornets were to 47.4 percent shooting from the floor, Indiana led by as many as 33 points in the game.

The Hornets were led by Terry Rozier’s 25 points, Brandon Miller’s 21 points and Miles Bridges 19 points.

Noteworthy

After hosting the first two matchups at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana will face off with the Hornets in Charlotte twice in the next two weeks to close out the four-game series between the teams. The season series between the Hornets and Pacers is currently tied, 1-1.

Indiana is 73-53 all-time against Charlotte, and 25-36 on the road.

Charlotte forward Gordon Hayward spent two seasons with Butler University and led them to the 2010 NCAA tournament championship game.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Alperen Sengun and the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 PM ET.

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FUEL FALL TO GROWLERS IN SECOND MATCHUP

NEWFOUNDLAND- The Fuel took to the ice for the second of three in a long weekend of games against the Growlers. Newfoundland jumped out to an early lead and never surrendered as they won in regulation 6-3.

1ST PERIOD

After a tough loss in their first-ever matchup, the Growlers came out with a fire lit under them. Three goals came from Newfoundland, two of them on the power play.

Isaac Johnson put the first and third goals of the period past Cam Gray at 3:52 and 14:22, both goals being assisted by Zach O’Brien and Grant Cruikshank. The second goal was scored by Jackson Berezowski at 4:52, assisted by Johnson and Cruikshank, giving both Growlers three points on three goals in the first period.

The Fuel were able to outshoot Newfoundland 11 to 10 in the period but could not find the back of the net. Four penalties were committed by the Fuel and two by the Growlers.

2ND PERIOD

The second period added even more excitement than the first 20 minutes of this second-ever matchup between the two franchises.

Five total goals were scored, three by the Fuel and two by the Growlers. Both Newfoundland goals came from Tate Singleton on short-handed opportunities at 5:16 and 15:48, respectively.

The Fuel kicked off the scoring at 1:02 in the second period with a Zach Jordan goal off the feed from Brett Bulmer. Jordan would return the favor as Bulmer scored his second goal in as many games at 13:43. He wasn’t finished as Bulmer found his third point of the period off the secondary assist on Jon Martin’s team-leading 15th goal of the season at 16:15.

All three penalties in the period were called on the Growlers and the Fuel outshot the Growlers 13 to 10.

3RD PERIOD

The Growlers came out firing in this period, starting off averaging almost a shot per minute through the first half of the period. Their first goal of the period came at 10:11 when Isaac Johnson netted his third of the game, recording his second hat trick of the season.

The Growlers would bounce back and forth between two and three-goal leads but would ultimately end up winning 6-3 in regulation.

The Growlers outshot the Fuel in the third period 10 to 5 and overall in the game 30 to 29.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 8, 2024 against the Atlanta Gladiators for Thirsty Thursday.

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INDIANA FALLS TO PENN STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind, — Trey Galloway was in thinker’s pose, hand on chin, face partially flushed, seeking an answer to 40 minutes of Indiana Hoosier frustration.

Fifteen minutes after Saturday’s 85-71 defeat to Penn State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall left the senior guard contemplating what’s next.

“When teams go on runs, we have to find ways to get stops,” he said. “They hit some tough shots. When that happens, it’s us coming together, all five guys on the court coming together as one. We didn’t do that.”

The numbers reflect that. Penn State (11-11 overall, 5-6 in the Big Ten), which entered the game shooting 30 percent on 3-pointers for the season, tied its season high with 12 3-pointers. It shot 55 percent from behind the arc and 57 percent overall, including 64 percent in the second half.

“We didn’t play hard enough and smart enough on the defensive end,” Galloway said. “We had unnecessary fouling. That’s on us. We can’t have that this late in the season.”

IU (13-9, 5-6) had played well four days earlier in a victory over Iowa. It prepared well, Galloway said. It started strong to build an early 11-point lead, negating Penn State’s 1-2-2 pressing defense.

What went wrong?

Coach Mike Woodson pointed to a “flat” effort to start the second half that never went away.

“That was something I hadn’t seen,” he said. “In their first possession (of the second half, Penn State) got three to four cracks at it. We couldn’t come up with the loose ball. We were a step slow.

“We played well against Iowa and to come back and lay an egg is disappointing.”

When it came to Nittany Lion 3-point shooting, Galloway said, “we weren’t making enough of an impact on them. They got a lot of open shots because of all the little things we didn’t do. They played harder than us. We have to be better.

“It’s hard to get into a flow on offense when you can’t get stops. It becomes a spiral when you’re bad on defense.”

An 11-point first lead wasn’t enough as defensive breakdowns mounted that no amount of Woodson timeouts could stop.

“Giving up 85 points, you’re not beating anybody in the Big Ten doing that,” he said. “We want to hold teams to 65 points and under. When we’ve done that, we’ve been successful.

“We didn’t have anything going in the second half. They dictated from the beginning. Once we fell behind, it was tough to get back.”

IU was strong from the free throw line (16-for-19) and made five 3-pointers. Center Kel’el Ware led with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Forward Malik Reneau bounced back from the ankle injury that limited him to just two points in three minutes against Iowa. He finished with 15 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

Forward Mackenzie Mgbako had 13 points and five rebounds. Galloway had 12 points and six assists.

Guard Xavier Johnson didn’t play after hurting his elbow against the Hawkeyes. He wore an elbow brace.

“We have to stay in the moment and be confident in what we’re doing,” Galloway said. “Coach gives us the game plan and we have to follow it. We have to break out of the shell, communicate and find ways to get stops. It’s all 5 guys.”

It took two minutes for somebody to score the first points. That was a Ware basket. He followed with three free throws, and two more baskets. Reneau added two inside baskets. Galloway hit a 3-pointer. IU pushed ahead 16-6.

Penn State rallied within three. The Hoosiers followed with seven straight points for a 26-16 lead with 8:50 left, and built it to 34-23.

Six Nittany Lions 3-pointers kept them close. A Ware 3-pointer boosted the Hoosiers to a 37-31 lead. They finished with a 41-37 halftime lead. Ware had 17 points and seven rebounds. He was 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line.

Consecutive 3-pointers helped boost Penn State to a 47-43 lead four minutes into the second half. Six minutes later, its lead was 13.

Mgbako’s 3-pointer gave the Hoosiers some life, but they still trailed 64-51 with 8:47 when Woodson called a timeout. He called another at the 6:13 mark when the Nittany Lions’ 11th 3-pointer made it a 71-57 score.

IU couldn’t rally.

The Hoosiers have three days to regroup before playing at Ohio State Tuesday night.

“I want more fire,” Woodson said. “We didn’t fight in the second half. That’s disappointing. I won’t throw our guys under the bus, but they didn’t perform in the second half. We were flat as hell.

“We’ll go back to work and see if we can work our way back.”

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TOP 10 MATCHUP SET FOR SUNDAY WHEN NO. 10 INDIANA FACES NO. 8 OHIO STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A battle of two of the top teams in the Big Ten standings will highlight action on Sunday when No. 10 Indiana travels to No. 8 Ohio State. Game time is set for Noon ET on FS1.

ABOUT THE BUCKEYES

Ohio State is coming off a rout of Wisconsin, 87-49, for its eighth-consecutive win on Thursday night. Four players scored in double figures behind leading scorer graduate student guard Jacy Sheldon’s 17 points (17.5 ppg.) as OSU shot 50 percent from the floor and included a 39-point third quarter. Sophomore guard Cotie McMahon also averages double figures for the Buckeyes (13.9 ppg.) and a team-high in rebounds (6.3 rpg.).

SERIES HISTORY

Ohio State leads 61-26

LAST MEETING

3/4/23 – L, 79-75 (Minneapolis)

NOTES

Indiana won for the first time ever in College Park as it defeated Maryland 87-73 on Wednesday night. Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

While the Hoosiers trail in the all-time series, they have won five of its last six against the Buckeyes dating back to the 2020-21 season. They have also won the last three inside the Schottenstein Center.

The Hoosiers continue to shoot the ball at a high level at 51.5 percent for the season, which ranks third in the NCAA and leads the Big Ten. They are 11-0 when shooting 50 percent or higher as graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage (66.8 percent).

Adding four more triples to her season total, senior guard Sara Scalia moves into the top 10 in a single season for three pointers made. The Stillwater, Minn. native has connected on 63 and is on pace to break Amanda Cahill’s record of 78 makes (2017-18) as she averages 3.1 per game (seventh nationally).

Holmes inches closes in on taking over the top spot in scoring the IU history books. She enters Sunday’s game just 58 points shy of Tyra Buss’s (2014-18) record of 2,364 points. Through her five seasons, the Gorham, Maine native has collected 2,306 points and is only the second player to score over 2,000 points in her IU career.

UP NEXT

Michigan State visits Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday, February 8 in a 7 p.m. ET tip on Peacock.

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#2 PURDUE TRAVELS TO #6 WISCONSIN FOR KEY CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 23

[2] Purdue (20-2, 9-2) at [6] Wisconsin (16-5, 8-2)

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024

1 p.m. ET | Madison, Wisconsin

Kohl Center (17,222)

TELEVISION: CBS (Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery)

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

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers face one of their toughest road challenges of the season when it heads to Madison, Wisconsin, for a Sunday afternoon matinee with the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. The contest marks Purdue’s fifth game already this season against an AP top-10 ranked team, owning a 4-0 record so far this year.

• Purdue became the first team nationally to reach 20 victories with its 105-96 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers enter the weekend tied with Grand Canyon for the nation’s lead with 20 wins. A year ago, Purdue was the first major-conference team to reach 20 wins (third overall behind Florida Atlantic and College of Charleston).

• Following its loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, Purdue has averaged 89.7 points per game in its six straight wins, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from 3-point range. Purdue’s offensive efficiency in that span is 131.9 (131.9 points / 100 possessions). During that span, Zach Edey is averaging 27.5 points and 14.8 rebounds, while Lance Jones (17.0), Fletcher Loyer (11.8) and Braden Smith (10.2 PPG, 9.5 APG) are all averaging in double-figures. Jones and Loyer are a combined 32-of-69 (.464) from long range in that span.

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 wins in 10 of them. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Purdue has won all six of its games during its current streak by at least eight points, the longest stretch of 8-point wins in Big Ten play since the 2010-11 season (7 straight). Purdue’s six straight wins is tied for the 10th-longest steak in the nation and second among major-conference programs (UConn – 9). Purdue’s three straight road wins are tied for the longest streak nationally among major-college teams (UConn).

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 16-10 (.615) in Big Ten road games, the best record in the league in that span.

• In two of the last three games, Purdue averaged 1.46 points / possession (Michigan, Northwestern). The total ranks as the fourth-highest total in a game in school history.

• In 20 Purdue wins, opponents are averaging just 68.1 points per game and shooting 29.7 percent from long distance. In Purdue’s two losses, opponents average 90.0 points and shoot 55.8 percent from 3-point range. Purdue is -9.50 in turnover margin per game in its two setbacks.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), off. efficiency (1st), 3-point percentage (2nd), rebound margin (4th), assists per game (5th), scoring offense (10th), scoring margin (10th), assist / turnover ratio (14th), fewest fouls per game (15th), and defensive efficiency (17th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (7) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (13). No one in the country has more than 11 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 49-8, the fifth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (6). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-six of the 49 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 26 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue’s schedule is currently the toughest in the country, ranking No. 1 in SOS by the NCAA NET team sheets, KenPom.com and ESPN. The Boilermakers have faced teams ranked No. 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 26, 55 and 57 (2x) in NET, with additional games coming against 11 (2x), 12, 22 and 70.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the third straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 29 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 12). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 23 of those 29 weeks. The 29 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 ties the longest streak by a Big Ten team in the last 45 years.

• Edey needs two blocked shots to become the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

 • A win over Wisconsin would give Purdue a 10-2 Big Ten start for the fifth time under Matt Painter, including four times in the last seven seasons (2022-23, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2007-08).

• With nine games left in the regular-season, Purdue has five home games and four road games left on the schedule. After the game vs. Wisconsin, five of Purdue’s last eight games will be in Mackey.

• Purdue is now 20-2 (or better) through 22 games for the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons (also 2017-18 season). It marks the first time in school history that Purdue has been 20-2 or better in consecutive seasons.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 13 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has five wins over teams ranked in the NET top 14.

• Over the last three seasons, Purdue owned a 59-6 (.908) record during the months of November, December and January, including a 41-3 (.932) mark over the last two seasons.

• Purdue is 17-0 this season when holding foes to 79 or fewer points. When opponents reach 80-plus points, Purdue is 3-2.

• Four teams have yet to lose a Big Ten home game — Wisconsin (5-0), Nebraska (6-0), Northwestern (4-0) and Purdue (5-0). Purdue’s two league road losses are to teams (Northwestern, Nebraska) that have yet to lose a Big Ten home game.

• A win over Wisconsin would give Purdue its third winning streak this season of at least seven games. Purdue has only done that once before in a season (1986-87).

• Matt Painter owns a 7-7 record against ranked Wisconsin teams, his best record against a ranked squad.

• Sunday’s game marks the first top-6 matchup on the road for the Boilermakers since Feb. 10, 2018, against Michigan State. The No. 4-ranked Spartans knocked off No. 3 Purdue 68-65 on a last-second Myles Bridges 3-pointer.

• Purdue’s last road win against a team ranked in the AP top 10 came Feb. 17, 2010 (60-57 vs. No. 9 Ohio State).

• The Boilermakers own four wins this season against teams ranked in the AP top 10, three of which have come away from Mackey Arena (Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona; Illinois – home).

• Purdue’s schedule is ranked as the toughest nationally (via KenPom) and the Boilermakers have faced the nation’s hardest collection of defenses, facing defenses ranked Nos. 2 (Tennessee), 6 (Maryland), 7 (Rutgers), 10 (Arizona) and 14 (Marquette).

• Zach Edey set the following school records against Northwestern: consecutive games scoring in double-figures (73) and double-doubles (54). If he reaches 10 points against Wisconsin, it will be his 100th career double-figure scoring game. E’Twaun Moore holds the record with 116.

• Zach Edey has drawn 721 fouls in career, including 195 this sesaon. He ranks first nationally in fouls drawn / 40 minutes this season (9.3). Kylen Milton of Arkansas Pine Bluff is second at 8.4 per game.

• Braden Smith surpassed 300 career assists in the win over Rutgers, now with 317 assists. He leads all sophomores (or younger) in career assists with 317. Coincidentally, second on the list in Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (279).

• Based on a 38-game season, Braden Smith is on pace for 459 points, 206 rebounds and 283 assists. Since the 1947-48 season, only BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Cal’s Jason Kidd and Michigan State’s Magic Johnson have had 450 points, 250 assists and 200 rebounds in a season.

THE SERIES WITH WISCONSIN

• Sunday’s meeting in Madison marks the 187th meeting between the two schools with Purdue holding a 112-74 advantage. It is the first of two meetings this year as the Badgers visit Mackey Arena in the final game of the regular season on March 10.

• Purdue has won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Badgers, but Wisconsin has won three of the last five contests.

• The last five games have all been decided by five or fewer points and by a total of 18 points (3.6 points per game).

• The last two games in Madison have resulted in Big Ten regular-season championships for the victor. In 2022, Wisconsin clinched a share of the title on March 1, 2022, with a 70-67 win. A year ago, Purdue won the outright title with a 63-61 decision on March 2, 2023.

• This marks the second game in school history with both teams ranked in the top 10 (March 1, 2022).

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BOILERS PRIMED FOR FIGHT LIKE A BOILERMAKER PINKOUT MONDAY VS. ILLINOIS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will host its annual Fight Like a Boilermaker Pink Game on Monday night against Illinois at Mackey Arena. Matt Schumacker and Meghan McKeown will call the 8 p.m. tip on BTN.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS
Fight Like a Boilermaker Pink Game- 
WEAR PINK! All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Purdue’s game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research. To bid on Purdue’s jerseys, click here.

GAME INFORMATION  
Purdue (9-12, 2-8) vs. Illinois (10-10, 4-6)
Monday, Feb. 5
Time: 8 PM
TV/Stream: BTN
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com 

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers fell on the road to Nebraska 68-54. Abbey Ellis led the Boilermakers with 13 points, while Caitlyn Harper joined her in double figures with 10 points. Mila Reynolds tallied a career-high seven points in 13 minutes of action. Ellis also led the Boilermakers in rebounding with six.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Illinois 65-18.

• Last year, Purdue knocked off No. 22 Illinois in Champaign 62-52. It was the Boilermakers’ first road Big Ten ranked win since 2018-19.

• The Boilermakers’ freshmen class continues to lead all Big Ten rookie groups with 22.1 points per game and 22 points per league contest, up to 25.4 points over the last five outings.

• Earlier this week, associate head coach Kelly Komara was named one of the top 20 assistant coaches in the nation by The Athletic.

• Abbey Ellis put herself within striking distance of Purdue’s 1,000-point club. The Australian is 15 points away from becoming the 36th player in Purdue history to join the club.

• Madison Layden leads the Big Ten with a 46.3% 3-point clip on the year. She is shooting 50% (27-54) at Mackey Arena.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson and Rashunda Jones continue to make their cases for Big Ten All-Freshman. Jones sits third among freshman scoring with 9.4 points per game. Stevenson is fourth in rookie scoring at nine points and second in rebounding at 5.1.

• Jones has made her impact off the bench for the Boilermakers. The South Bend native has tallied 40% of Purdue’s bench scoring this season – 159 of 401.

• Stevenson has posted seven points and seven rebounds in eight games this season. The rest of the Big Ten freshman corps has 10 combined outings.

• Jeanae Terry is inching closer to the 500-assist club at Purdue. The Detroit native needs 10 more dimes to become the seventh player in program history to reach that mark. Terry also stands 29 points away from reaching 1,000 points in her career.

• Despite missing the first five games of the year, Sophie Swanson is already up to third on the team in made triples with 16. The freshman has connected on a deep ball in five of her last six games, going 9-of-20 during that span.

• Mila Reynolds has made an impact off the bench in the last two games with 12 points, including a career-best seven at Nebraska. Reynolds went 5-of-11 in her last two games, twice connecting on 3-pointers.

• Purdue has averaged 6,583 fans at Mackey Arena this season to rank 12th in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten.

• For the first time since Jan. 2, the Boilermakers will face an opponent ranked outside the top 30 in the NCAA NET.

•Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of two freshmen from the Big Ten averaging nine points and five rebounds. (Natalie Potts, Nebraska)

• Rashunda Jones is one of eight freshmen nationally averaging nine points per game with fewer than five starts.

• The Boilermakers enter Monday night’s game with 499 all-time victories at Mackey Arena.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH LATE RALLY NOT ENOUGH IN 70-60 LOSS AT PITT

PITTSBURGH – To get a road win in the ACC is no easy task and the Notre Dame men’s basketball team was looking to snap a losing skid at Pittsburgh’s expense on Saturday evening. The Fighting Irish (7-15, 2-9) jumped out to a solid start, earning a seven-point lead while keeping the ACC’s best three-point shooting team in check as Pitt started 0-for-9 from deep. However, the Panthers (14-8, 5-6) found their stroke and ended the first half on a 16-3 run. Pitt ultimately hit 10 three-pointers in the game and handed Notre Dame a 70-60 loss.

Markus Burton extended his double-digit scoring streak to 15 games with a team-high 17 points, 14 of which were scored in the second half. Burton also recorded three assists, three steals and four rebounds.

Tae Davis was the lone other Irish in double figures, also posting a strong second half in which he tallied 12 of his 16 points. Davis went 6-of-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Braeden Shrewsberry recorded his eighth consecutive game with multiple three-pointers, as he finished with eight points.

With Pitt scoring 70 points tonight, the Panthers and the Miami Hurricanes (Jan. 24) are the only two ACC opponents in 11 league games to reach 70 points against the Irish defense.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Tae Davis started the game by attacking the rim with two early drives to garner a quick four points. Later, a Matt Zona three-pointer followed by a Logan Imes layup made it a 7-0 Irish run that resulted in a 12-6 advantage.

Fast forward to 5:08 remaining in the first and the Irish offense produced another flurry of baskets by the trio of Burton, Imes and Njie, all equating to their largest lead of the half up 19-12.

At that point, Notre Dame had kept Pittsburgh’s offense in check, for the Panthers started the game just 4-of-18 from the field. Not only that but Pitt entered the contest ranked first in the ACC in three-pointers per game, averaging 9.3. Pitt started the game 0-for-9 from beyond the arc.

However, in the final 4:24, they found their touch and drained four before halftime, ending the half on a 16-3 scoring spree. Pitt’s leading scorer Blake Hinson, who had just one point at the time, was responsible for their last two treys.

Notre Dame shot 9-of-23 compared to Pitt’s 10-of-26. Pitt just edged ND in rebounding, 16-15. Seven Irish had points at the midway point, but none had more than four.

Burton spurred an 8-2 start to the second half with six quick points. However, Pitt applied the counter punch by connecting on three consecutive three-pointers to keep some distance at 30-39 at 15:42. Burton connected on another basket at 15:01, scoring eight of the team’s first 12 points of the half, pulling the Irish within 34-39.

Yet, Pitt started with a hot hand, draining seven of their first 10 shots, which included a 5-for-6 mark from three-point range. All of that ultimately resulted in a 10-0 Pitt scoring run to build a 34-49 advantage.

Starting at 9:27, Notre Dame got into the bonus and then recorded a stretch in which they went 6-for-6 from the stripe to cut Pitt’s once 15-point lead to single digits at 42-51. Yet, in the blink of an eye, Pitt stymied the momentum with a 7-0 run in just under two minutes to push the lead to 16.

With just under three minutes remaining, Notre Dame applied a full-court press which led to a 13-6 scoring run to bring the game to its final of 60-70.

UP NEXT

The three-game road swing concludes at No. 7 Duke on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

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IRISH FALL TO SPARTANS IN GAME TWO

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Irish were forced to settle for a weekend split with the Spartans following a 4-0 loss at the hands of Michigan State University in game two of the Big Ten Conference series.

The ice was fast Saturday night to start the contest with both teams trading a flurry of shots in the opening minutes.

With the game scoreless halfway through the first period and the media break behind them, the Irish were whistled for a trip and faced their first penalty kill of the night.

Just 26 seconds later a Spartan was sent to the box for extracurriculars and the teams skated 4v4. As the Irish penalty expired MSU was flagged for another infraction and the Irish saw just under half a minute of five-on-three action. A chance from the point from Drew Bavaro was the team’s best look on the two-man advantage but they were unable to capitalize eventually both Spartans returned to the ice.

The Spartans once again struck first, catching the Irish in the middle of a change to take the 1-0 lead with 2:27 to play in the opening period. The tally would stand as the only of the period as the Irish faced the 1-0 deficit through 20 minutes of play despite outshooting the Spartans 14-12.

MSU dominated the first half of the second period, registering 14 shots on goal but Ryan Bischel continued to stand on his head and keep it a one-goal game.

A huge stop in the Irish end at 12:04 of the second period included a blocked shot by Patrick Moynihan on a wide open net. The blocked shot triggered an odd man rush the other direction led by Landon Slaggert and Cole Knuble. Slaggert found Moynihan racing up ice on his right wing but the shot of the graduate’s stick went just inches wide of the Spartan net to stay 1-0 in favor of the visitors.

The Spartans extended their lead at 13:06 of the second period with a wraparound tally beating Bischel to the post.

After picking up a bit of momentum in their offensive end late in the period, the Irish took a crosschecking penalty with 1:28 left in the frame and were tasked with their second kill of the night.

With less than a minute to play in the middle stanza Landon Slaggert picked up a loose puck and raced down the ice the other way but had the puck poke-checked off his stick as he came crashing in on net and his was denied his own rebound.

The Spartans capitalized on the rush back the other way, taking the 3-0 lead into the final period of regulation and the Irish were faced with a challenging third.

Notre Dame held possession early in the third period and drew a boarding call just 1:18 into the frame for a powerplay opportunity. The man-advantage was short lived however as a tripping penalty against the Irish made it four-on-four just a minute later.

A shot from the Spartans at 11:59 of the third made it 4-0 as the puck ricocheted off the far post and into the back of the net.

KEY STATS

The Irish went 38 for 60 from the face-off dot, led by Hunter Strand’s 76.9-percent success rate winning 10 of his 13 draws.

Notre Dame blocked 18 shots in the contest with Zach Plucinski boasting a team-best three.

In goal, Ryan Bischel finished the night with 38 stops for a two game total of 68 on 73 attempts for a .931 save percentage.

With 30 shots on goal by the Irish, Drew Bavaro posted nine for a team-high.

UP NEXT

The Irish hit the road to Wisconsin to battle the Badgers in a two-game series February 9-10.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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NOTRE DAME FACES PITT FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey hopes this meeting is a bit less stressful than the last one.

On Sunday, No. 14 Notre Dame (16-4, 6-3) will host Pittsburgh (7-15, 1-8) at Purcell Pavilion. The Irish and the Panthers already faced off at Pitt on Jan. 4, and a Sonia Citron-less Notre Dame outlasted the home team, 71-66. Veteran forward Liatu King kept the Panthers in that game, dropping 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. That remains the most points anyone scored against Notre Dame this season. And her production hasn’t fallen off since then; King is one of two ACC players averaging a double-double on the year (19.2/10/1).

For this second matchup, the Irish will have Citron, who is pacing the ACC from the charity stripe with a 93.3 success rate in conference play. She also ranks 11th in scoring (16.0), third in 3-point percentage (38.3) and is tied for third with 2.6 made treys per game. Notre Dame hopes having Citron as a threat on the perimeter will open up the lane for bigs Kylee Watson and Maddy Westbeld. Watson just posted a masterclass down low at Georgia Tech, going 8-10 from the floor and scoring a season-high 19 points.

Of course, the Irish continue to be led by fearless freshman guard Hannah Hidalgo. She leads the ACC with 25.0 points per game and the nation with 5.2 steals per contest. Hidalgo is fresh off of a 35-point performance at Georgia Tech on Thursday, her career-high. She had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in her first game against Pittsburgh.

Sunday’s game tips off on the ACC Network at 2 p.m. Notre Dame is 16-0 against Pittsburgh in South Bend and 35-4 all-time.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

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JAGUARS TO TAKE ON PANTHERS IN SUNDAY MATINEE

MILWAUKEE – The IUPUI basketball team will close out its two-game Wisconsin tour on Sunday (Feb. 4) when the Jaguars face Milwaukee (11-11, 6-5 HL) at 2:00 p.m. CT (3 Eastern). The Jags are coming off a road loss at Green Bay on Thursday despite a career-high 15 points from senior John Egbuta.

IUPUI (6-18, 2-11 HL) started well against the Phoenix and had a 34-30 lead late in the first half before Green Bay closed the stanza with six straight points to take a 36-34 halftime advantage. The Phoenix blew the game open to start the second half and outscored the Jags 43-22 after intermission.

IUPUI played without top scorer Jlynn Counter as Egbuta emerged with 15 points. Behind him, Bryce Monroe had 12 points and Kidtrell Blocker had 10 points and six rebounds. Blocker has scored in double-digits in consecutive games for the first time this season.

QUOTABLE

“(We’re) optimistic – feeling good. Honestly, the guys are upbeat, positive and kind of collectively coming together,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said during Monday’s IUPUI Coaches Show. “When you have transfers, you have new pieces, you have pieces who have been out, it just takes a minute for everybody to gel and truly understand their role.”

SCOUTING MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee is 11-11 overall this season and 6-5 in Horizon League play. The Panthers are 7-3 at home with the most recent home loss having been a double overtime defeat to league leader Oakland. BJ Freeman (18.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg) leads three Milwaukee players in double-digits, trailed by Erik Pratt (12.8 ppg, 49 3’s) and Kentrell Pullian (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg).

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 6-15 all-time against Milwaukee, having lost the last six meetings between the two schools. The Jags are 2-10 in 12 meetings in Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will return home to host Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 12:00 p.m.

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

    GREEN BAY TIDBITS

    At Green Bay on Thursday, senior John Egbuta, making his third start of the year, matched his career-high in scoring with 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-7 FT) while grabbing five boards… senior Bryce Monroe (12 pts, 3 ast) and Kidtrell Blocker (10 pts, 6 reb) also finished in double-figures… Vincent Brady II collected three steals for a third straight game and has 11 picks in his last four games… IUPUI played without top scorer Jlynn Counter, who missed his second game of the season

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in four statistical categories – field goal percentage (9th, 47.5%), free throw percentage (10th, 77.0%), scoring (10th, 15.1 ppg) and assists (t-13th, 2.7 apg). In league play, Counter is second in the league in free throw shooting (88.4%) and also ranks in the top-15 in assists, steals and field goal percentage.

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

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a recent 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 785 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 39 times in 53 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 53 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

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

    Here are some other notes from the win:

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

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

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

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

    HOT QWANZ

    The past nine games, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 27-of-40 from the field and is now shooting 52.0 percent from the floor this season.

    His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 52.0 percent during that span.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 12 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-9 overall), Samb is averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds, going 32-of-51 from the field (62.7 percent).

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

    #SCTOP10

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

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

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

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 24 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only three others have played in 23 games – Bryce Monroe, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup. After relying on the starting group of Jlynn Counter, Bryce Monroe, Kidtrell Blocker, Qwanzi Samuels and Yves Nkomba to start the season (7 games, 2-5 overall), Crenshaw has tried some alternatives of late.

    Cooper Dewitt started 14 straight games before recently being replaced by John Egbuta. Both Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson were recently awarded a string of starts and sophomore Abdou Samb moved into the starting five, replacing Nkomba ahead of the Dec. 21 game with Defiance.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 22 starts) and 10 different players have started at least one time.

    IUPUI has used 10 different starting combinations this season.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

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

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

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 24.5 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in 17 of 24 games (including six games of 30+).

    Nearly 37 percent of the team’s offensive production has come from reserves this season.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.2 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.7 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

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

    SEEING RED

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

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

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The early season road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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WBB REACHES 20-WIN MARK WHILE REMAINING UNDEFEATED IN #MACTION WITH DEFEAT OVER OHIO

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals have reached the 20-win plateau after Ball State’s 97-66 defeat over Ohio University Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena.

Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State were — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 20-2 (2023-24).

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 20-12 on the season and 10-0 in Mid-American Conference play which continues to be the program’s record for both. Ball State also extended its win streak to 14 for the longest win streak in program history. The Bobcats fall to 6-24 overall and 4-15 in league play.

It wasn’t the offense that started the game off strong in the opening 10 minutes it was the Cardinals’ defense that played a big role in Ball State jumping out to a 10-2 lead over Ohio at the 6:02 mark. Midway through the first quarter, the Cardinals had already forced the Bobcats to commit five turnovers. The defense allowed Ball State to play its best basketball, which is an up tempo offense, a steal from Nyla Hampton and back-to-back 3-pointers from Estel Puiggros gave BSU an impressive 23-9 lead over Ohio to end the first quarter.

The Cardinals biggest threat is that all 14 players can find a way to score no matter what lineup Sallee has out on the floor. Ana Barreto went into the game in the second quarter and threw down one from behind the arc. Shortly after, Ally Becki stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a fast break layup to make the score, 28-11. Ball State never looked back the remainder of the second frame, outpacing Ohio 26-12 to take a 28-point (49-21) advantage over the Bobcats at intermission which was capped off by a 3-pointer from Puiggros at the buzzer.

After the break, the Bobcats came out of the gates hefty on defense, but the Cardinals continued to find a way to score despite Ohio’s valiant efforts to stop them. Ball State continued its strong play on both sides of the ball and would go up 74-39 as both teams headed into the last 10 minutes of action.

In the final stanza, the Cardinals near 40-point lead to start the fourth would ultimately make it impossible for the Bobcats to make any kind of comeback. Ball State went on to win the game by 31 points.

Longtime veteran Puiggros registered a new career high as she led Ball State with 18 points which included 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Alex Richard turned in a 12-point performance while Madelyn Bischoff ended the day with 11. Rounding out the double-digit scoring was Hampton and Marie Kiefer each having 10-points apiece.

For the game, Ball State out-rebounded Ohio 38-26 while shooting 55 percent from the field (36-65). BSU also scored 42 points off Ohio’s 23 miscues.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continue Mid-American Conference action on the road Wednesday at Northern Illinois. Tip-off against the Huskies will begin at 7 pm ET in the Convocation Center.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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STIFLING FIRST HALF DEFENSE LEADS CARDINALS TO THIRD STRAIGHT ROAD WIN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Ball State men’s basketball team rode a season-best first half defensive performance to beat Western Michigan 77-67 on Saturday afternoon at University Arena.

The Cardinals (12-10, 4-6 MAC) got their third straight road win after limiting the Broncos (8-14, 5-5 MAC) to 22 points in the opening period to go into the break up 39-22. Ball State led by at least eight points for the balance of the second half.

Jalin Anderson posted a team-high 20 points along with six rebounds and five steals while making all four free throw attempts in the final two minutes when Western Michigan was trying for a comeback.

Leading 26-22 with just over four minutes to go in the opening period, the Cardinals closed the half on a 13-0 run highlighted by five points each from Anderson and Trent Middleton Jr. The 22 points were the fewest Ball State has allowed in a half to a Division I foe this season.

Basheer Jihad (18 points, eight rebounds), Middleton Jr. (13 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Mickey Pearson Jr. (11 points) joined Anderson in double figures scoring for the Cardinals, who have won 4 of 6 and improved to 3-0 in games played in the state of Michigan this season.

The visiting Cardinals forced 12 first half turnovers and scored 18 points off them. Ball State led the points off turnovers category 24-6 as they only had 7 giveaways to Western Michigan’s 16.

The trio of Jefferson De La Cruz Monegro (21 points), JaVaughn Hannah (18) and Owen Lobsinger (17) scored every point for the Broncos but 11.

Ball State shot 48.0 percent (24-50) from the field including 38.1 percent (8-21) from beyond the arc while going 67.7 percent (21-31) at the free throw line. Western Michigan was limited to 43.9 percent (25-57) shooting and 33.3 percent (9-27) on 3-pointers.

The Cardinals are scheduled to host Ohio at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in Worthen Arena.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

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ISU REMAINS PERFECT AT HOME, STAYS ATOP MVC WITH VICTORY OVER DRAKE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball stays perfect at home this season with a 75-67 win versus Drake University and moved to 20-3 overall and 11-1 in the Missouri Valley, including the 10-0 record this season at Hulman Center.

On his birthday, Jayson Kent put himself in historic company with a 20-rebound performance, breaking his career high set only two games ago. Kent tied six former Sycamores with his rebounding performance for eighth place, tying Bob Barker, Carl Macon, Johnny Edwards, Jayson Wells, Jim Cruse, and Larry Bird.

Ryan Conwell led the offensive scoring for Indiana State with 21 points and seven rebounds, including a 10-for-10 effort from the charity stripe. Robbie Avila closely followed with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from deep. Avila added a game-high four assists and game-high two blocks.

Julian Larry scored 16 points, finishing 7-for-10 from the floor, his highest scoring mark since his 19 points versus Tennessee State. Isaiah Swope chipped in 11 points. Larry

Indiana State opened the game 9-1 and took that lead into the first media timeout. ISU worked to a 17-5 lead off five-straight from Conwell and an Avila triple. ISU led 28-17 with 7:23 on the clock. In the next 5:14, Drake used a 14-3 run to trail by only two, 33-31, with 1:51 left in the half. ISU and DU alternated baskets before the Sycamores took a 37-36 lead into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Drake took its first lead of the game off a layup in their first possession. The game went back-and-forth with a massive block by Conwell that led to an easy Larry layup, a Drake triple, then back-to-back scorers to give ISU a 47-42 advantage.

The battle was tied at 42 a piece before ISU went on a quick 10-2 run to lead 52-44. Drake held a three-point deficit at the midpoint of the second half and took the lead at 5:36 on an and-one, leading 60-57. The back-and-forth battle continued until Drake tied the ballgame at 67-67 on a three-point jumper. After a pair of missed free throws by Drake, Avila drained a massive three from the left wing at the 50 second mark to go up 70-67.

With the three-point lead and Drake with the ball, Tucker DeVries attempted a jumper from the right side. Kent came up with the eventual game-sealing block with 34 seconds left, followed by Conwell grabbing the rebound, getting fouled, and knocking down the two free throws to give the Sycamores a 72-67 lead. Xavier Bledson and Conwell combined to convert three additional free throws to give Indiana State the 75-67 victory.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

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MASTODON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL KNOCKS OFF NO. 8 PENN STATE IN FIVE SET MARATHON

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team beat No. 8 Penn State in five sets (21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 20-18) on Saturday night (Feb. 3) in front of a raucous crowd of 987.

Mark Frazier and Jon Diedrich combined for 45 of the Mastodons’ 60 kills to lead Purdue Fort Wayne. Frazier’s 24 kills were a career-high. They were also a combined .398 with Diedrich hitting .513 and Frazier .306. Bryce Walker added 10 kills on just 11 attempts.

It was 12-9 in the fifth set after a Mastodon timeout. The ‘Dons went on a 5-1 run that featured kills by Frazier and Diedrich. This set up the first of six match points. There were seven kills between the two teams in the final nine points. It took a block from Walker and Andrej Polomac to give the Mastodons the victory.

Sets one and four went to Penn State as the Nittany Lions as they hit over .340 in both.

The ‘Dons overcame Penn State hitting .453 in the second set by hitting .522 themselves. The Mastodons had six kills from Diedrich, four from Walker, two from Frazier and one from Axel Melendez Watts. There was just one attack error for Purdue Fort Wayne. Frazier had seven kills to lead Purdue Fort Wayne in the third set.

Penn State was led by 25 kills from Michal Kowal. PSU hit .343 as a team compared to the Mastodons’ .344.

It was the first time since the 2021 season that two Mastodons had 20 or more kills. It is also the first top-10 win for the ‘Dons since March of 2023.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 6-3 while Penn State falls to 7-3. The Mastodons will welcome No. 11 Loyola Chicago to the Gates Sports Center on Tuesday (Feb. 6) for their first MIVA contest of the season.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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SHORTHANDED ‘DONS TOPPLE JAGUARS FOR HOMECOMING VICTORY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite having just eight active players, Purdue Fort Wayne defeated IUPUI in a Horizon League women’s basketball contest on Saturday (Feb. 3) 68-65.

All eight players that saw the floor scored at least three points. The three off the bench, Lauryn Stover, Sydney Graber and Klea Kaci, all played some of the best basketball of their careers. Graber and Kaci both matched their career-highs with 11 and nine points, respectively.

IUPUI led 24-19 midway through the second quarter before the Mastodons blitzed the Jaguars with a 20-4 run in the final 4:07. In this stretch, the Mastodons got nine points on three 3-pointers from Kaci and a triple from Stover. This was four of the five 3-pointers that the ‘Dons hit in the opening 20 minutes.

After out-scoring the Jaguars 26-10 in the second quarter, the Mastodons were able to coast the rest of the way, never yielding the lead. They led by as many as 12 shortly into the third quarter.

IUPUI took an early 12-4 lead before the Mastodons rattled off a 7-0 run. Amellia Bromenschenkel scored four in a row then Graber forced a turnover that led to an Audra Emmerson 3-pointer.

The ‘Dons had 12 turnovers while forcing IUPUI into 17.

Bromenschenkel finished as the team-leader with 16 points. The Horizon League’s second-leading scorer Katie Davidson scored 17 points to lead the Jaguars.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 15-9 and 8-5 in the Horizon League. IUPUI falls to 5-16 and 3-9. The Mastodons have a week off before traveling to Wright State on February 10 for a 4 p.m. tip.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO BRADLEY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In a back-and-forth battle to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the University of Evansville women’s basketball came just short in a 79-72 loss to the Bradley Braves.

In front of their largest crowd in Meeks Family Fieldhouse, the Purple Aces returned from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to a one-point game. But it wasn’t enough to get past the Braves as UE had no points in the final two and a half minutes. Evansville had two players in double-figures as freshman forwards Nevaeh Thomas and Maggie Hartwig had 19 and 14 points respectively.

“It was definitely a heartbreaker, but what an awesome environment,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the game. “Thank you so much to Fifth Third Bank for sponsoring our National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It was so awesome to see all the young girls in the stands who got to participate in our sports clinic today at UE.

“They provided a great atmosphere. And when you lose a tough game like that, those young girls just know that they saw a great game and an exciting game. It was just so cool to see them in the autograph line with our players. And I think its good for our players too when it’s a tough loss to put things in perspective. We still get to be role models. There were a lot of positives from the game today even though it didn’t go our way,”.

It was all defense to start Saturday’s game celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The Aces had the first lead of the night with a layup 12 seconds in. Bradley’s leading player Halle Poock immediately responded with a three before both teams had a two-minute lull. UE tied the game up before the halfway mark of the quarter on free throws. The lead changed hands with 2:44 on the clock as Thomas made a second chance layup. But an 8-2 run for the Braves made it a four-point deficit for Evansville.

The teams traded shots to start the second half. The Aces used some momentum for a four-point run, tying the game for the fourth time. Four-point runs were the name of the game in the second quarter as UE and Bradley swapped back-to-back runs. That was followed by an over two-minute stretch of back-and-forth shots to give Evansville the lead twice. The Braves again ended the quarter on a longer run, going ahead 32-28.

While the first half was characterized by defense, the second half was all offense. Both teams scored over 30 points in the third quarter with the Aces just barely coming out below. Bradley used its momentum from the end of the second to make it a seven-point game. UE cut in with layups to get the game back down to only a five-point deficit four times in the third quarter. But multiple three-point plays for the Braves soon made it a 13-point game. Evansville was able to get the game back down to three points with under a minute to go. A foul in the final 10 seconds again had the Aces down by five.

UE opened scoring in the final quarter with a second-chance layup from guard Julia Palomo. Palomo had five points in the fourth quarter alone, being Evansville’s leader early as she broke up a Bradley run with another layup. Guard Madline Gerke followed up with her lone three-pointer of the night to make it a one-possession game.  The teams returned to trading shots for the next two minutes. A free throw for Palomo with 2:27 left made it only a one-point game. But the Aces offense went quiet for the final two minutes in the 79-72 loss.

UE hits the road for its next two games, seeing teams that were in Meeks only a week ago. Evansville makes a stop in Chicago first for a 7 p.m. tip-off against the UIC Flames. The Aces will round out their road trip with a game in Valparaiso on Sunday at 1 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

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USI LOSE A TOUGH GAME AT TSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball rallied, but lost a tough one to Tennessee State University, 79-74, Saturday afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee. The Screaming Eagles fall to 6-17 overall and 3-7 in OVC play, while the Tigers are 13-10 overall, 6-4 OVC.

The Eagles started fast, building a 10-5 advantage after sophomore guard AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) got the game’s first points on a thunderous slam. USI and TSU would trade buckets until 6:35 remaining in the half when the Eagles reached a six-point lead, 27-21, on a three-point bomb by junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois).

USI matched the six-point advantage, 31-25, with 3:50 left in the opening 20 minutes on a bucket by sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio). The lead would reach six points on last time, 37-31, before USI, which led the first half on the glass, 23-9, settled for the 38-36 lead at the intermission. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) was the only player in double-digits by halftime with 13 points.

The lead would swing back and forth through the opening minutes of the second half until TSU build a seven-point advantage, 53-46, with 13:16 left. TSU extended the lead to as many as 10, 65-55, when USI made a run at the Tigers.

The Eagles rallied to close to within one, 74-73, with 2:18 on the clock due to an 18-9 run, led by Mielke, who had back-to-back-to-back three-point bombs. TSU would finish out the game with a 5-1 spurt, hitting five-of-six from the stripe, to end the 79-74 decision.

In the scoring column for the Eagles, Hernandez led the USI scorers with a game-high 23 points. The 23-points was Hernandez’s 10th-straight game in double-digits, six with 20-or-more points.

Mielke followed with 14 points, including four three-point field goals, while Smith rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.

Next Up For USI:

USI comes home to the friendly surroundings of Screaming Eagles Arena for Homecoming and a pair of OVC games. The Eagles are scheduled to host Eastern Illinois University Thursday and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the Homecoming game Saturday. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

EIU, which is 10-13, 4-6 OVC, completed this week’s action with a 71-47 loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock this afternoon in Charleston, Illinois. The Panthers have lost three-straight after today’s action.

USI leads the all-time series with EIU, 3-2, after the teams split the conference series last season. EIU took the opening game, 91-80, in Charleston, but USI bounced back to win at Screaming Eagles Arena, 78-74.

SIUE is 13-10 overall and 6-4 in the OVC after dropping a 90-79 decision to the University of Tennessee at Martin in Edwardsville today. The Cougars have won two of their last three after today’s action.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Cougars, 45-23, but trails 3-1 since joining the OVC. SIUE took the first meeting of 2023-24 in Edwardsville, 67-64, in a very close contest. USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith led the Eagles in the loss with a double-double, 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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USI SUFFERS FIRST OVC SETBACK AT TENNESSEE STATE

NASHVILLE – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday after a 65-58 road loss at Tennessee State University, as the host Tigers dealt the Screaming Eagles their first Ohio Valley Conference loss of the season.

With Saturday’s results, Southern Indiana moved to 14-6 overall and 9-1 in the OVC, while Tennessee State moved back above the OVC postseason bubble line with its fourth conference victory. Through Saturday’s action around the league, USI remains in first place by two games over the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Saturday’s game in Nashville, Tennessee saw an initial struggle by both teams to settle in and find a flow to open the game. However, the pace of play picked up late in the first quarter. Southern Indiana trailed 8-4 near the halfway point of the first before making a small run to take the lead, 9-8, thanks to a three-point play from freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) at the 3:35 mark of the first. Seconds later, graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) banked home a three. With USI up 14-10 one minute later, Tennessee State ended the opening quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 19-14 lead.

With the game remaining a defensive track meet into the second quarter, Southern Indiana turned to its senior forwards on the offensive end. Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) scored a bucket before consecutive tallies from Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) helped put USI back ahead, 20-19, at the midway point of the second. The Screaming Eagles went on to grab a 26-21 advantage at the three-minute mark of the first half, but once again the Tigers made another run to retake the lead. Tennessee State finished the first half with a three-point buzzer-beater to lead at the break, 31-28.

To start the second half, USI attacked the lane to charge back ahead. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) got a nice look at the net early in the third quarter. Then Shafford and Webb cashed in consecutive triples within a minute of play to lead by three, 38-35, three minutes into the period. Ralston added a bucket before fellow freshman Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) had two makes before the end of the third quarter. However, the pesky Tigers kept fighting, as the game was knotted up at 46 going into the fourth.

With the game staying neck and neck to the midway point of the fourth, Gannon came through once again with a layup to give Southern Indiana a two-point lead with six minutes left. Tennessee State then answered with a three to take a one-point edge. In the next possession, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) splashed a three to make the score 56-54 USI near the three-minute mark of the fourth. After a bit of an offensive drought for both teams, Tennessee State scored on consecutive possessions with just under 2:30 remaining. Gannon responded with a layup to make it a one-point game, 59-58 Tigers, going into the last minute. Unfortunately, the Screaming Eagles could not muster another basket, as Tennessee State finished off the game at the free-throw line.

Southern Indiana was 21-46 for above 45 percent from the field with four threes. USI went 12-13 for over 92 percent at the free-throw stripe. The Screaming Eagles were led by Shafford’s 15 points, while Gannon recorded 10 points. Four other Eagles scored seven points, and Raley pulled down 10 boards in the game.

Tennessee State shot just under 40 percent (21-53) for the game with seven treys. The Tigers were 16-19 for 84 percent at the foul line. Tennessee State had four players in double figures, led by senior guard Sanaa’ St. Andre’s 18 points.

For the Screaming Eagles, their best winning streak so far since transitioning to Division I and since the 2017-18 season came to a close at 10 games. USI had won nine in a row to begin the OVC schedule, which was a program best since the 1996-97 campaign. The streak also allowed USI to surpass its overall and conference win total from the inaugural D-I and OVC season last year. The overall and OVC streaks were also among the top 10 best active winning streaks in the nation before Saturday’s defeat.

Southern Indiana will return home to Screaming Eagles Arena next week for games against Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Thursday’s game against EIU is a 5 p.m. tip, as USI Women’s Basketball will host the annual Play4Kay Cancer Awareness game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to pink out Screaming Eagles Arena. Next Saturday against SIUE will be Homecoming and Hall of Fame Night starting at 5 p.m.

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HEARTBREAK HITS AS EVANSVILLE EDGES VALPO AT ARC

For the second straight matchup between the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team and Evansville, the Beacons experienced heartbreak, this time falling 63-62 in a game that was hanging in the balance until the final horn sounded. Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year] poured in a career-high 22 points, but the freshman’s effort was not enough in a game that featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes.

How It Happened

Valpo scored the game’s first five points including an early triple by Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]). 

Evansville went on a 7-0 run to erase an early 10-3 Valpo lead and tie the game at 10.

A dunk by Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) lifted the Valpo lead back to four at 18-14 with 11:20 on the first-half clock. He recorded a rejection on the other end of the court to set up the slam.

The lead teetered back and forth with neither team owning an edge of more than one possession for the rest of the half. The Beacons went into the locker room with the upper hand thanks to a go-ahead 3-pointer by Schwieger in the final minute to make it 31-30.

The game was played within four points early in the second half, but the guests used an 8-0 run to snag a 46-40 lead with 14:03 on the clock as back-to-back 3s by Joshua Hughes prompted a timeout by head coach Roger Powell Jr.

Valpo got back within one on an Edwards 3-pointer, and eventually a basket by Edwards put the Beacons ahead 49-48 with 9:46 remaining. Evansville grabbed the lead again, but it remained a tight battle. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) hit a game-tying 3 with 5:44 on the clock to make it 54-all.

The two teams continued to go back-and-forth, and Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) hit a big-time 3 with 1:33 on the clock to tie the game at 61. Yacine Toumi of Evansville scored a go-ahead basket with 1:09 to go, then Valpo got a key stop in the closing seconds to keep it a two-point game.

After a timeout by Valpo with nine seconds to go in regulation, Valpo drew a foul going to the basket and created a chance to send the game to overtime. The first shot was made but the second was missed as the Aces escaped the ARC with a one-point win.

Inside the Game

Schwieger reached 20 points for the third time this season including twice in the last four games. He went 9-of-16 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point territory. His 22 points shattered his previous career high of 21 set at Elon.

Stafford finished with 15 points, his eighth straight double-figure scoring output.

Edwards was the third Beacon in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3. He also swiped four steals and blocked two shots. This marked his first double-figure scoring output in the last eight games and his seventh of the season.

The team leader in rebounds was Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) with seven, while DeAveiro dished out six assists against one turnover.

Valpo attempted just three free throws, while Evansville got to the line on 15 occasions.

This was Valpo’s fifth loss decided by four points or fewer and the team’s second loss by the slimmest of margins. The Beacons fell by the identical score of 63-62 on Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State.

Valpo has dropped 10 straight games decided by four points or fewer with their most recent win by four points or fewer coming on Nov. 27, 2022 vs. James Madison.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-17, 2-10 MVC) will be on the road this week for an instate matchup with Indiana State on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

UINDY WRESTLING

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#9 GREYHOUNDS PICK UP TRIO OF TRIUMPHS AT GREYHOUND DUALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 9-ranked University of Indianapolis showed out on their home turf as they hosted eight teams in the ARC for this year’s edition of Greyhound duals. The Hounds faced a tough trio of foes and sent all three packing.

The Hounds began their day with a 54-0 route of Kentucky Wesleyan, scoring extra point wins at nine of the ten matches. That lit the fire for the Hounds as they went to prove the NWCA Rankings true, beating a gritty No. 23-ranked Glenville State squad 22-20, and then dominating No. 11 Grand Valley State 29-6 to end their day. On the day, the Hounds scored 12 extra point victories across the thirty matches UIndy wrestled.

SENIOR DAY

Before the usual wrestling action, the Greyhounds had other festivities planned, honoring 13 seniors before their dual against Kentucky Wesleyan. Those seniors included Cade Campbell, Noah Cantu, Nathan Conley, Dawson Combest, Brayden Lowery, Jake Lone, Blake Mulkey, Phoenix Rodgers, Ray Rioux, David Tucker, Jay Thompson, Nick Varanelli, and Owen Zablocki.

INS & OUTS

Domination was the name of the game for the Hounds against the Wildcats. The No. 9-ranked Hounds started off hot with a 16-0 tech fall by Nathan Smith, starting the party. Lowery picked up a first period fall on his senior day, alongside Zablocki and Campbell. Two more techs were dished out, coming from Combest and Owen Butler at 165 and 184.

#9 UINDY 54, KENTUCKY WESLEYAN 0

125 – Nathan Smith over Bryson Rowley TF 16-0

133 – Noah Cantu over Unknown Forf

141 – Brayden Lowery over Gabe Fall 1:39

149 – Jackson Hoover over Dalen Kimble Dec 5-0

157 – Owen Zablocki over Cade Johnson Fall 4:42

165 – Dawson Combest over Will Keener TF 19-2

174 – Trey Sizemore over Shevan Griffith Fall 0:33

184 – Owen Butler over Drayden McKerrow TF 19-4

197 – Phoenix Rodgers over Unknown Forf

285 – Cade Campbell over Robert Ward Fall 3:24

The momentum from the KWC rout kept the dawgs hungry as they battled their first ranked opponent since NWCA National Duals on the first weekend of 2024. Smith got the ball rolling, snagging a 5-1 decision, a lead that quickly was erased with a fall at 133 for the visitors. That was the story of the match as the Hounds and Pioneers went blow for blow.

No. 6 Blake Mulkey proved his ranked, tying it back up at 6-6. A pair of majors at 149 and then 157, however, dug the Hounds back in a deficit, one that Combest was perfect to dig the Hounds out of, dominating at 165 with a 16-0 tech to make it 14-11.

Seeing Combest’s success, Trey Sizemore kept his foot down as well, regifting the Hounds the lead at 16-14 with a 16-0 tech fall of his own.

The Pioneers attempted a comeback, securing matches at 14 and 285, but a Derek Blubaugh masterclass at 197 calmed the chances at the upset.

#9 UINDY 22, #23 GLENVILLE STATE 20

125 – Nathan Smith over Hunter Ross Dec 5-1

133 – #3 Gavin Quiocho over Noah Cantu Fall 3:54

141 – Blake Mulkey over Kolbie Hamilton Dec 9-5

149 – Ethan Hardy over Jackson Hoover Maj 9-0

157 – #7 Guy Deleonardis over Owen Zablocki Maj 10-2

165 – Dawson Combest over Brady Ross TF 16-0

174 – Trey Sizemore over Zachary Holstion TF 16-0

184 – Isaiha Casto over Aidan Petersen Dec 9-7

197 – Derek Blubaugh over Nicholas Copley Fall 1:36

285 – Gavin Shamblin over Jay Thompson SV-1 2-1

Grand Valley State was the next ranked squad in front of the Greyhounds, and it started up hot as Nathan Smith faced No. 9 Aaron Lucio. The young smith was up to the task, securing a 12-5 decision to not only upset Lucio, but to give the Hounds the early lead. Win trades at 133 and 141 set up a ranked matchup between No. 7 Jackson Hoover and No. 4 Chris Donathan. In one of the most exciting matches seen all day, Donathan barley scrapped past the hungry Hoover, putting it at 6-6. The Cat-man Nathan Conley and Combest sparked a rally for the Hounds, with a decision and a major putting the Hounds up 13-6.

With a hefty Greyhound lead, Sizemore, coming in ranked No. 5, faced No. 2 Joshua Kenny at 174 for another classic match. After a quiet first period, Sizemore racked up four in the second, scoring a takedown with just 12 seconds remaining. After an early escape by Kenny in the third, the pair battled with Sizemore eventually taking Kenny down again, causing some sparks as the match ended 8-2 in Sizemore’s favor.

Aidan Petersen and Thompson sandwiched a 197 forfeit with a pair of dubs to close out the tournament.

#9 UINDY 29, #11 GRAND VALLEY STATE 6

125 – Nathan Smith over #9 Aaron Lucio Dec 12-5

133 – Collin Twigg over Noah Cantu (Indianapolis) Dec 5-0

141 – Blake Mulkey over Jak Keller Dec 6-3

149 – #4 Chris Donathan over #7 Jackson Hoover Dec 6-3

157 – Nathan Conley over Caden Jacobs Dec 6-2

165 – Dawson Combest over Trammel Robinson Maj 11-2

174 – #5 Trey Sizemore over #2 Joshua Kenny Dec 8-2

184 – Aidan Petersen over Seth Konynenbelt Maj 14-3

197 – Phoenix Rodgers over Unknown Forf

285 – Jay Thompson over Owen Hawley Dec 9-3

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UINDY SUFFOCATES SAINTS, EARNS SATURDAY WIN IN ST. LOUIS

ST. LOUIS – In what has proven to be a theme this season, the UIndy men’s basketball team clamped down in the second half to earn a 64-51 comeback win at Maryville on Saturday to sweep the regular season series.

The Greyhounds surrendered just 18 points after halftime, forcing nine turnovers in the second half. Its 51 points allowed is also the third-best mark of the season after Maryville scored 52 last month when visiting Nicoson Hall.

Paul Zilinskas led all players with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four steals, while Sean Craig continued to impress defensively with four boards, three thefts, and one block.

INS & OUTS

Trailing by 10 more than one minute into the second half, Maryville had its chance to pull away from a gritty UIndy basketball team. However, as we all know, the Greyhounds refuse to quit under senior-laden leadership.

Jesse Bingham opened a 19-4 run over the course of the next nine minutes with a jumper, his first of three buckets during the stretch. Zilinskas added five of his points, as well as two of his steals, while David Ejah contributed four to the scoring column with one 3-pointer.

The Saints soon answered, inching to within one possession before the Greyhounds pounced once more with another 18-8 run to conclude the bout with a double-digit victory. Six different players scored down the stretch; UIndy tallied 13 of these points from the charity stripe, including Kendrick Tchoua with a perfect 4-of-4 effort.

The defense turned into offense, as it usually does with this team. UIndy shot 50 percent in the second half, with three triples. After going a paltry 1-for-6 at the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes, the Hounds upped the aggression visited the foul stripe 19 times after the break.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jarvis Walker drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the win, finishing with 10 points in 18 minutes.

– Five Greyhounds recorded a block, including Julian Steinfeld and Josiah Tynes.

– Speaking of Tynes, the senior point guard dished out three assists on Saturday and is now just four helpers from joining the program’s top 25 in the category.

– Maryville’s 35.0 field-goal percentage marks the seventh straight game UIndy has held its opponent to 37.5 or under.

MORE NOTES

The Greyhounds now lead the all-time series over the Saints, 14-3 … Maryville’s Trey Redd and Dewayne Vass led the team with 10 points apiece … opponents have now scored 68 or less points 13 times this season and no more than 58 on seven occasions.

HOUND BYTES

“We have the best assistant coaching staff in all of DII and they had some great suggestions at halftime,” said Paul Corsaro about the team’s key adjustments during the break.

UP NEXT

The Hounds welcome GLVC newcomer Upper Iowa to Nicoson Hall on Thursday, Feb. 8, for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The league bout will mark the programs’ first-ever meeting on the hardwood.

The Peacocks dropped an 81-80 decision to McKendree on Saturday, falling to 9-3 in conference play. UIndy is the lone GLVC squad with double-digit wins and should take over the top spot in the league’s point rating system when released later this evening.

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GREYHOUNDS TOPPLE SAINTS, 80-55, IN DOMINANT PERFORMANCE

ST. LOUIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Maryville, 80-53, on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds are now 11-9 on the season and 8-6 in conference play.

Elana Wells was a star on the court for the Hounds during the contest. Wells finished with 26 points. The junior was 100 percent from beyond the arc, going 3-for-3, and 9-of-11 overall on the night.

INS AND OUTS

The Greyhounds dominated in the second quarter, outscoring the Saints 28-12. The quarter included a 19-2 run by the Hounds. Jodi Mullins, Liv Becker, and Elana Wells all had five points each. As a team, UIndy was 7-for-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond that arc in that run.

ells finished the first half with some impressive stats. The junior was 6-for-7 from the field and 2-of-2 in both 3-pointers and free throws.

This momentum led the Greyhounds the rest of the way. The Hounds’ highest lead of the night was 26 points. This came in the third quarter at the 4:29 mark, with a score of 56-30.

Maryville went on a short run from the end of the third quarter throw the beginning of the fourth. Although, the Saints were not able to best a significant UIndy lead and strong defense. 

INSIDE THE BOX

– UIndy defense was stellar, holding Maryville to only shoot 20-of-73 and 4-for-26 in 3-point territory.

– The Greyhounds were successful near the rim. The team had 56 rebounds on the night, a new season high. Becker led the Hounds with 11.

– Five hounds were able to tab blocks to their name. UIndy finished with five as a team.

– Becker did not leave the court, playing for all 40 minutes of the contest.

MORE NOTES

Carsyn Fearday was the Saints leading scorer. Fearday finished with 17 points. … Even with today’s victory UIndy still trails Maryville 9-8 in the all-time series. Although, the two teams split the 2023-24 season series 1-1.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will host the Upper Iowa Peacock for the first time on Thursday, Feb. 8. The Peacocks joined the GLVC before the 2023-24 season, tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. in Nicoson Hall.

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ELLA COLLIER BECOMES MARIAN’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER IN KNIGHTS’ VICTORY OVER TAYLOR

INDIANAPOLIS – Needing 25 points to make history and become the all-time leading scorer in Marian women’s basketball history, senior Ella Collier scored exactly 25 in Marian’s runaway 86-51 victory over Taylor University, passing Lakan Hasser-Smith (’16) to take the top step in Marian history. Marian’s season record improves to 21-1 after their win over Taylor, as their 19th consecutive win gives them a 12-0 mark in the Crossroads League.

Ella Collier came out seeking her points from the opening tip, as the senior poured in Marian’s first five points of the day in the first minute of the game. Tamia Perryman came into the game early off the bench, and added to Collier’s momentum as her fellow classmate added five quick points to help Marian build a 12-7 lead. Collier would add a pair of scores for Marian to see her total rise to nine and the team score to 16, but the Trojans would catch fire from beyond the arc, going on a 12-0 run to capture a 21-16 lead. Abbey McNally and Collier would get Marian back in a groove before the quarter’s end with a layup from each player, setting the score at 25-20 in favor of Taylor after 10 minutes of play.

The Knights made the adjustments to Taylor’s three-point abilities as the second quarter started, getting an open three-point shot from Aliyah Evans on the first possession of the period to get started on the right not. Perryman and Collier would follow with baskets as Marian’s defense forced three consecutive stops, with Collier’s 12th and 13th points of the afternoon pushing Marian in the lead. The run continued as Evans and Bosse pushed the lead to eight with 5:18 to play before the half, while the spotlight once again turned to Collier as a fastbreak layup increased her totals to 15 and the lead to double figures.

Evans and Kinnidy Garrard would fill the final scores for Marian before the half’s completion, as Marian shutout the Trojans in the second quarter, using a 21-0 run to take a 41-25 lead at halftime.

Needing 10 points to break the school record at the start of the third quarter, the senior Collier used her defense to lead to scores, as she and her backcourt partner Bosse kept the game a 15-point contest after Taylor scored the opening four points of the half. Collier would score four free throws before the end of the third quarter, as she and her teammates began to inflate their lead over the Trojans. A strong offensive stretch from McNally pushed Marian in the lead by 20 points with over 14 minutes to play in the game, while Kinnidy Garrard would to her scoring totals. Taylor would bite back with five unanswered points to end the quarter, seeing Marian hold a 61-44 lead entering the final stanza.

With 21 points in the game entering the fourth quarter, Collier got the first shot up in the fourth quarter, inching within one point of 2,000 in her career after draining a jumper to start the fourth. McNally would reclaim Marian’s 20-point advantage on the following possession cleaning up the offensive glass, setting up the moment of the game. With 8:40 to play, the defense of Collier set up her new school record, as she jumped the passing lane for Taylor with a steal, racing to the other end as she scored another fastbreak layup, giving her 25 points in the game and eclipsing 2,000 career points, giving her the new school record.

After Collier’s record-scoring points, Marian took a 67-44 lead, putting the game in restful hands as the Knights stayed above the 23-point mark for the remainder of the game, with their largest lead standing at 36 points. Josie Trabel, Kiley McNally, and Jayla Wehner all contributed to the 30-point advantage in the fourth quarter as Collier and the rest of the starters were pulled, helping Marian end their week with a comfortable 86-51 victory over Taylor.

In her record setting performance, Collier scored a game-high 25 points, shooting 10-of-16 from the field while making each of her four free throw attempts. The senior added to her all-around performance with four rebounds, a team-high five assists and three steals, and two blocked shots. Collier ended the day with 2,001 career points, passing Lakan Hasser-Smith for the Marian program record, while becoming the second player in program history with 2,000 career points. Collier is now the 13th player in Crossroads League women’s basketball history with 2,000 or more career points, and is one of two active players, as she joins Grace College’s Maddie Ryman as players hitting the milestone this season. Collier completed the feat in 123 career games which is one of the fastest paces in league history. Collier is also the 76th player, male or female, to eclipse 2,000 career points in Crossroads League history.

Collier and the Knights will now set to the road, as they travel to Goshen College seeking their 20th consecutive victory. Tip on Wednesday, February 7, comes at 6:00 p.m. from Goshen, Indiana.

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MARIAN CLAIMS SEASON SWEEP OVER TAYLOR FOLLOWING 86-64 VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team rolled comfortably to their second win of the season over Taylor University Saturday afternoon, as the Knights put together an 86-64 victory over the Trojans. Marian’s win is their second of the week, as they improve to 16-6 overall and 6-6 in the Crossroads League.

Marian got off to a slow start from the field as Taylor held the home team scoreless through the game’s first 2:36, but after a timeout Maximus Gizzi took the lid off the basket and prompted a 6-0 run. The Trojans would answer with a three to make the score 6-5 at the first media timeout, but the Knights would answer with a 7-0 run to pull in front by seven. Josh Bryan and Ben Henderson then stole the show, as the pair of Knights both connected from downtown to drive Marian’s lead into double digits. A string of four consecutive three-pointers moved the lead to 20-points as the game moved passed the second media timeout, with three of the trifectas coming from the senior Bryan.

The lead stood at 31-9 after Bryan’s fourth three point make of the half, while a pair of free throws from Maximus Gizzi moments after added to Marian’s 14-0 run. The run gave Marian an advantage of 20-points for the remainder of the half, as Dylan Moles and Jackson Ames helped push the tempo and increase the lead on the board. The Knights would hold a 27-point lead at one point in the final six minutes of the half over Taylor, going into the break on top 46-24.

The strong start to the game gave Marian a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game, as the Knights led by 20-points or more for the entire second half. Three-point barrages from Brody Whitaker, Gus Etchison, Josh Bryan and Gizzi kept the offense in rhythm in the first five minutes of the half, pacing the lead to 25-points. A pair of jumpers in the paint by Gavin Foe padded Marian’s advantage on the offensive end, keeping the double-digit lead secured as Taylor would manage to score and match the Knights output.

Four unanswered points by Taylor near the 10-minute mark of the half brought them to a 20-point difference with the score showing 70-50 in favor of Marian, but the spurt was short lived as Marian scored five unanswered to regain their composure. The quick 5-0 sprint put Marian in charge 75-50 with 9:15 to play in the game, and all-but put the game out of reach, as the home Knights methodically closed their 86-64 victory over Taylor.

Josh Bryan led the Knights in scoring, as he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from downtown, dropping 17 points in the win. Gus Etchison finished his high-scoring week with 15 points and six rebounds, while Brody Whitaker scored 12 points and collected seven rebounds. Ben Henderson would score 10 off the bench, and Jackson Ames and Maximus Gizzi would each score nine. Gizzi led the team in assists with seven while Ames pulled in a team-best eight rebounds.

Marian will go on the road as they continue their season, aiming for their third consecutive win when they take on Goshen College. Tip is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 4, 1969 – John Madden is named head coach of the Oakland Raiders. With the hiring John was the youngest coach in the AFL at 34. Madden remained the head man for the Raiders sidelines all the way through the conclusion of the 1978 season. He and the Raiders won Super Bowl XI, his crowning achievement in the 10 year tenure with the Silver and Black. Under John Madden the Raiders had an impressive record of 103-32-7 and they never suffered under a losing season per the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team won 5 straight AFC Western Division titles from 1972 through 1976. After hanging up the coaching whistle Madden became an outstanding broadcast Color Analyst, perhaps the best the gridiron had ever seen.

February 4, 1990 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – T the 1989 season’s NFL Pro Bowl the NFC defeated the AFC, 27-21 The game’s MVP was Defensive Back Jerry Gray of the Los Angeles Rams.

February 4, 1996 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – The NFL Pro Bowl for the 1995 season resulted in an NFC victory over their AFC rivals by the score of 20-13.  Jerry Rice, then of the San Francisco 49ers used his awesome receiving skills to catch the game’s MVP honors!

February 4, 2001 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – We had another NFL Pro Bowl played on this date in history. In the contest it was the AFC that extinguished the NFC, 38-17. The game’s MVP honors went to Rich Gannon, quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.

February 4, 2007 – Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, Florida – At Super Bowl XLI Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning had each finally received their Super Bowl Championship that had been so elusive to each of them earlier in their careers. According to the Pro Football Reference Manning threw for 247 yards passing and a TD against a very strong Chicago Bears defense to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the contest. The brilliant signal caller and his top notch coach helped guide the Indianapolis Colts over the Chicago Bears, 29-17. 

February 4, 2018 – US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Super Bowl LII was a game that was quite surprising to most who watched it. The Philadelphia Eagles led by their Quarterback Nick Foles who at the beginning of the season was a back up to Carson Wentz were playing the New England Patriots who had the great Tom Brady under center. ESPN.com tells how Foles led the Eagles on a gutsy 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, an 11 yard toss to Tight End Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go. The Ertz catch added to the game’s drama by having to be reviewed, leaving millions of viewers on the edge of their seat. After replay supported the call on the field , Philadelphia went for two and failed. The Eagles defense would then go on two final stands against the crafty Brady and friends to taste greatness. Yes the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots, 41-33 to win all the marbles. The Super Bowl LII MVP was none other than Nick Foles.

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 4

February 4, 1933 – Des Moines, Iowa – The great Lincoln University of Missouri halfback, Leo Lewis was born. The National Football Foundation says Lewis also known as the “The Lincoln Locomotive” had some impressive stats in his four years at Lincoln University in Missouri, leading the Blue Tigers to an impressive 27-5-3 record in his time on the team. Leo set records for the Blue Tigers including 22 touchdowns in a season,  64 TDs in a career, posted 1239 rushing yards in a season and career rushing yards with 4,561 to become a two-time First Team All-America selection. Leo Lewis received the honor of being forever remembered in his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

February 4, 1940 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Billy Neighbors the powerful guard from the University of Alabama arrived into this life. The National Football Foundation voters selected  Bill Neighbor’s gridiron legacy to go into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

February 4, 1960 – Oaklyn, New Jersey – Widener College great, safety Tom Deery was born. The NFF states that Deery was voted as an All-America selection in three different seasons by the AP and the America Coaches Association for his brilliant defensive secondary prowess. Tom amassed  126 unassisted tackles, 44 assisted tackles, 32 interceptions in the 43 career games he played in during college. The National Football Foundation selected Tom Deery for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1861      In front of a reported crowd of over 10,000 spectators, the champion Atlantics defeat the Charter Oak Club, 36-27, in a game played on frozen Litchfield Pond in South Brooklyn. The players, wearing ice skates, are allowed to glide past the bases painted on the icy surface.

1893      The first recorded version (Columbia Graphophone Grand, #9649) of the poem Casey at the Bat, vocalized by recording pioneer Russell Hunting, is released. The more well-known rendition of Earnest Thayer’s work, the one popularized by DeWolfe Hopper, will not be heard by the public until 1906.

1909      Hall of Fame hurler John Clarkson, a 326-game winner, dies from pneumonia at 47. The right-hander pitched for the Worcester Ruby Legs (1882), Chicago White Stockings (1884-1887), Boston Beaneaters (1888-1892), and the Cleveland Spiders (1892-1894).

1956      Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick introduces the Cy Young Memorial Award in memory of the Hall of Fame hurler who died last year, honoring the outstanding major league pitcher of the year. The first recipient will be Don Newcombe, who will post a 27-7 record and a 3.06 ERA for the Dodgers next season.

1956      The American League announces its plans to test automatic intentional walks during spring training. The major leagues will not implement the rule until 2017, but some youth leagues and academic teams will use the concept before then.

1963      Mayor Robert Wagner signs a bill that officially changes the stadium’s name under construction in Queens to William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, honoring the New York lawyer who was instrumental in obtaining a National League team for the Big Apple. The ballpark, formerly known as Flushing Meadows Stadium, served as the Mets’ home from 1964 to 2008.

1969      Bowie Kuhn, a compromise candidate filing an interim one-year term, becomes baseball’s fifth commissioner when the owners cannot resolve the stalemate between the Giants’ vice president, Chub Feeney, and the Yankees’ president, Michael Burke. The 42-year-old former National League attorney, who will hold the position until 1984, replaces the unpopular William Eckert, who resigned after serving only three years of his seven-year term.

1969      As a guest on The Tonight Show, Bob Gibson shares with guest host Flip Wilson, using carefully chosen words, that the Major League Baseball Players Association has suggested that the union members consider striking before the start of the regular season. The Cardinals’ ace also reveals that in addition to seeking increased contributions by the owners to the players’ pension and insurance funds, the MLBPA is seeking maintenance of the same and an ongoing percentage of the growing television revenues.

(Ed. Note: Cardinal owner Gussie Busch was upset that his $100,00 player, only the second in team history, was not more supportive of management during his appearance on the late-night show. – LP)

1971      After Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces former Negro League players will have a separate wing in the Hall of Fame, the outpouring of negative public opinion causes the concept’s quick abandonment. The inclusion of former black players into the regular Hall of Fame will continue to be a more fitting honor.

1976      Federal judge John W. Oliver of the United States district court for Western Missouri upholds Peter Seitz’s arbitration ruling, making Dodger right-hander Andy Messersmith and Expo southpaw Dave McNally free agents. The pitchers challenged the reserve clause by playing but not signing their contracts, contending they are now free to sign with another team for next season, negating the owners’ belief that the one-year contracts renew perpetually without a player’s consent.

1984      The Yankees obtain third baseman Toby Harrah and minor leaguer Rick Brown from the Indians for Dan Boitano, rookie outfielder Otis Nixon, and minor leaguer Guy Elston. The team’s new third baseman will hit just .217 in the one season he plays for the Bronx Bombers, but Nixon will go on to have a solid 17-year major league career, leaving the game in 1999 with a lifetime batting average of .270.

1990      Bobby Tolan’s St. Petersburg Pelicans defeat the Palm Beach Tropics to win the first and only championship of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, 12-4, played in Fort Myers when the Tropics could not host the game at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium. The eight-team Florida winter circuit for 35-and-older professional baseball players and a minimum age of 32 for catchers, the brainchild of 32-year-old former University of Arizona ballplayer and Colorado property developer Jim Morley, will shut down less than halfway through next season.

1991      The twelve Hall of Fame board of directors vote unanimously to accept the proposal presented last month by a select committee that excludes any player placed on the permanently ineligible list from consideration for enshrinement. The decision will prevent Pete Rose’s name from being placed on the HOF ballot.

2002      The Minnesota Supreme Court refuses to consider an appeal of an injunction that forces the Twins to fulfill their Metrodome lease in 2002. The decision ends any possibility of contraction in major league baseball this season.

2004      The Cardinals and Albert Pujols, avoiding an arbitration hearing, agree to a $100 million, seven-year deal. The 24-year-old slugging first baseman/outfielder (.359, 43, 124) was the runner-up to Barry Bonds of the Giants in the National League’s MVP voting.

2005      The Cubs, needing to fill the void created by Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou’s departure, sign an arbitration-eligible Aramis Ramirez (.318, 36, 103) to an $8.95 million, one-year contract. All-Star manager Clint Hurdle will select the 26-year-old Dominican as a reserve for the National League squad this season.

2005      A dentist, who became partially blind after being struck attempting to catch a foul ball, is appealing his case in which he alleges the Phillies need to do more to protect fans. The case, dismissed by a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge citing the club made multiple warnings, including public address announcements, text on the back of the ticket, and posted signs in the ballpark, will now be heard in the state’s Commonwealth Court.

2008      Curtis Granderson (.302, 23, 74) and the Tigers come to terms on a five-year contract, including a club option for 2013 worth $30.25 million. Last season, the 26-year-old outfielder became the third player in major league history, joining Willie Mays and Frank Schulte, to swipe 20 bases and hit at least 20 home runs, 20 triples, and 20 doubles.

(Ed. Note: On the last day of the same season, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hits a triple to become the fourth member of this elite group – LP)

2009      Brian Bannister and the Royals avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal valued at $1,737,500. The right-hander, who was 9-16 with a 5.76 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City in his sophomore season, placed third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 after being obtained from the Mets for Ambiorix Burgos.

2010      Justin Verlander and the Tigers finalized an $80 million, five-year deal to keep the talented hurler in the Motor City until 2014. The 26-year-old right-hander compiled a 65-43 record and a 3.92 ERA during his first four years in the major leagues, all with Detroit.

2010      Minnesota unveils a bronze statue of Rod Carew outside Target Field, the team’s new home, beginning this season. The bigger-than-life sculpture, created by Twins fan Bill Mack, depicts the Panamanian infielder’s unorthodox batting stance, used to bat .334 during the dozen seasons played for the team, beginning in 1968.

2011      In an SRO news conference at Yankee Stadium, 38-year-old southpaw Andy Pettitte becomes the first ‘Core of Four’ teammate, a group that includes shortstop Derek Jeter, catcher Jorge Posada, and closer Mariano Rivera, to announce his retirement. The five-time World Champion, who compiled a 240-138 record and won the most postseason games (19) in history during his sixteen years in the major leagues, tells the reporters, “My body would get to where it needs to be, but my heart’s not where it needs to be.”

2014      The Diamondbacks announce the contracts of general manager Kevin Towers and skipper Kirk Gibson have been extended but do not disclose the length and financial terms of their new deals. The extensions prevent the club’s brain trust from becoming lame ducks with just a year remaining on their current agreement with Arizona, which they signed after its 2011 National League West championship season.

2015      Former major leaguer John Hudek’s daughter, Sarah, announces she has signed a letter of intent with Louisiana’s Bossier Parish Community College, making her one of the first females to compete in baseball at the collegiate level. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound teenage southpaw, whose fastball clocks in at 82 mph, is as good as, or even better than, some of the males on the team, according to BPCC coach Aaron Vorachek.

2015     Carlos Delgado, who enjoyed eight consecutive 30-homer seasons with the Blue Jays while becoming the team’s all-time leader in home runs (336), RBIs (1,058), and runs (889), will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June. The Class of 2015 will also feature former Canadian players Corey Koskie and Matt Stairs, longtime Montreal Expos skipper Felipe Alou, and Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott, the recipient of the 2012 Spink Award given by the National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

2020      The Phillies announced the team plan to posthumously retire Roy Halladay’s No. 34 in a pregame ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on May 29, marking the 10th anniversary of his perfect game. ‘Doc,’ who died in a 2017 plane crash, posted a 55-29 (.655) record during his four seasons with the team, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 2010.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1902 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The National Bureau

The National Bureau of the Census was established and later became part of the Department of Commerce, a federal executive department that was charged with promoting U.S. economic development and technological advancement. Among its tasks was the taking of censuses, promotion of American business at home and abroad, establishing standard weights and measures, and issuing patents and registering trademarks.

In the American League…

The Milwaukee Brewers moved before the 1902 season started and became the St. Louis Browns, where they would play until 1953. In 1954, the franchise moved and became the modern-day Baltimore Orioles.

In July, the Baltimore Orioles were forced to forfeit a game to St. Louis and their team to the league. With only five players available for the line-up, the American League’s front office borrowed back-up players from several other teams and maintained the franchise for the remainder of the season.

In the National League…

The Cincinnati Reds thrashed the Philadelphia Phillies 24-2 on May 13, 1902, with each of the nine starters collecting 2-or-more hits.

Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner committed “Grand Larceny” after stealing second, third and home during the second game of an August 13th doubleheader against the Boston Braves. Amazingly, it wasn’t the first time as Wagner had originally accomplished the feat in 1899.

Around the League…

The 1902 Major League Baseball season began on April 17, and concluded on October 5. Each team played the other seven teams in their league twenty times, for a 140-game season.

Former editor of the Louisville Commercial, Harry Pulliam was elected as the President of the National League. His reputation for honesty and businesslike approach to baseball helped forge a peace between the American and National Leagues that resulted in the “National Agreement” that governed baseball through 1920. In February of 1909 Pulliam began showing signs of mental illness and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. Later that year he committed suicide by shooting himself in his room at the New York Athletic Club.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

42 – 31 – 80 – 66 – 12 – 13 –

February 4, 1952 – Legendary athlete Jackie Robinson who not only helped to break the color barriers in college football and Major League Baseball climbed over another hurdle. On this date, Number 42 became the first African -American to become an executive at a major Television station WNBC in New York.

February 4, 1979 – At the 29th annual NBA All-Star Game which was held at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, the West Stars outlasted the East standouts by the tune of 134-129. The game’s MVP was Number 33 of the Denver Nuggets shooting guard David Thompson.

February 4, 1986 – 38th NHL All-Star Game, Hartford Civic Center: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3 (OT); MVP was Goalie Grant Fuhr, Number 31 of the Edmonton Oilers. Fuhr got his professional start in the AJHL with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and then moved into the WHL’s Victoria Cougars according to EliteProspects.com.

He then made his NHL debut with Wayne Gretzsky and the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets on October 14, 1981. Fuhr became an integral piece of the Oilers dynasty in the 1980s, by almost becoming an impenetrable stone wall in front of the Edmonton goal for most of the next decade. Grant was part of the Edmonton squads that won four Stanley Cup Championships in five years and it wasn’t just the Great One scoring, but the defense of the Oilers net was a big part of the team’s success too. In ten seasons Fuhr had 11059 saves with the Oilers in 423 games played. His average of saving about 90% of shots fired on his never really waivered much throughout his stellar career.

Everything was going pretty well for the young net minder. Then almost out of the blue in 1989 the future Hall of Fame goalie threatened to walk away from the game at 26-years of age, at the height of his talented run, thanks to an apparent dispute with Glen Sather and some really bad advice from his agent Ritch Winter. Much of this stemmed from Winter not getting along with Sather. Allegedly the two had a confrontation in which they engaged in a session of shoving each other while trying to work out a new deal for the Fuhr back in 1987. Perhaps the saving grace for Edmonton, who notoriously was known to underpay their top talent, was that Rich Winter was able to secure Fuhr a five-year contract with the Pepsi-Cola, that would’ve seen the future Hall of Famer has a Pepsi logo on each of his pads, starting in the upcoming 1989-90 season. The contract with Pepsi was quite a good salary supplement on paper for Fuhr. There was one problem though however with it, the NHL did not allow for individuals to have advertising on their persons. They want a standard uniform on every player on the team. This fueled the heat between Fuhr and the Oilers even further. He literally filed the retirement papers with the club, but Sather never filed them with the League offices. Eventually, things settled down in the dispute.

Rob Soria on the TheHockeyWriters.com article from July of 2021 wrote this:

“After coming to the realization it was the NHL and not the Oilers who was prohibiting him from putting the deal with Pepsi into action, his stance softened. On August 24th, 1989, it was made official that Fuhr would be remaining with the Orange and Blue. Though his agent did him no favors with the approach he took, the fact this situation turned into the fiasco it did was on the player.”

After a couple more lukewarm seasons of contract dispute, suspension and injury, Fuhr was set to make his return in the crease in the 59th game of the 1990 season. It had been nearly two years since he was on the ice healthy. The goalie shed his normally colorful pads and wore mainly white ones to represent his clean new start. Apparently in the background he had been battling some demons and now after a year of mending he was ready to rekindle his hickey  career. His comeback game against the New Jersey Devils showed he was back as the Oiler won 4-0. He ended up regaining his status as the top goalie on the squad and convinced the league that he was indeed back to old form.

Furh departed the Oilers in 1991 and went on to play for Toronto, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Calgary, and St Louis before calling it a career after the 1999 season.

We salute Number 31 Grant Fuhr for overcoming his personal obstacles and giving to others inspiration and hope that may be in the same circumstance that they too can recover and thrive in life.

February 4, 1990 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB

1996 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-13; MVP was Number 80 of the 49ers Wide Receiver Jerry Rice.

February 4, 1997 – Pittsburgh Penguins Number 66 star Mario Lemieux became 7th NHL player reach the plateau of scoring 600 goals.

February 4, 2001 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-17. MVP was none other than Number 12 of the Oakland Raiders QB Rich Gannon.

2001 – Number 13 of the Boston Bruins, RW Bill Guerin was selected as the MVP of the 51st NHL All-Star Game played at the Pepsi Centre, Denver, CO. North America beats World, 14-12.

2007 Super Bowl XLI, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL: Indianapolis Colts eased by the Chicago Bears, 29-17. The game’s  MVP as Indianapolis, QB Peyton Manning, Number 18.

2018 Super Bowl LII took place at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Philadelphia Eagles surprised the New England Patriots, 41-33 to take home the Lombardi guided by the Philly Special play. The game’s MVP trophy was given to the recipient of that now famous pass play Philadelphia Quarterback Nick Foles, who wore Number 9 in the Big Game

TV SPORTS SUNDAY

AHL HOCKEY

8 p.m.

NHLN — 2024 AHL All-Star: Skills Competition, San Jose, Calif.

AUTO RACING

6:30 p.m.

FOX — NASCAR Cup Series: Qualifying, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

8 p.m.

FOX — NASCAR Cup Series: The Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

BOWLING

3:30 p.m.

FOX — PBA: U.S. Open Final, Indianapolis

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

1 p.m.

CBS — Purdue at Wisconsin

CBSSN — Davidson at Loyola of Chicago

2 p.m.

ESPNU — UNC-Greensboro at Furman

4 p.m.

ESPNU — Temple at Tulane

5 p.m.

CBSSN — South Dakota at S. Dakota St.

6 p.m.

ESPN2 — UAB at SMU

FS1 — Providence at Villanova

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Nebraska at Illinois

8 p.m.

FS1 — Stanford at Arizona

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

11 a.m.

CW — Miami at Florida St.

12 p.m.

ACCN — Syracuse at Boston College

ESPN2 — Virginia Tech at North Carolina

FS1 — Indiana at Ohio St.

SECN — Kentucky at Georgia

2 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Wake Forest

ESPN2 — Mississippi at South Carolina

FS1 — Kansas St. at Texas

SECN — Florida at LSU

3 p.m.

CBSSN — St. John’s at UConn

PAC-12N — Colorado at Washington

4 p.m.

ACCN — Clemson at Virginia

ESPN2 — UCLA at Stanford

SECN — Mississippi St. at Texas A&M

6 p.m.

SECN — Auburn at Arkansas

7 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Oregon

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — Arizona at UCLA

COLLEGE WRESTLING

12 p.m.

BTN — Michigan St. at Indiana

2 p.m.

BTN — Northwestern at Minnesota

FIGURE SKATING

12 p.m.

NBC — ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships: Exhibition Gala, Shanghai (Taped)

GOLF

3:30 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Bahrain Championship, Final Round, Royal GC, Al Mazrowiah, Bahrain

1 p.m.

CW — LIV Golf League: Final Round, Mayakoba’s El Camaleón Golf Course, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

GOLF — PGA Tour: The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Third Round, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

3 p.m.

CBS — PGA Tour: The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Final Round, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

ESPNU — NLL: Colorado at San Diego

NBA BASKETBALL

3 p.m.

NBATV — Phoenix at Washington

6 p.m.

ESPN — Memphis at Boston

8:30 p.m.

NBATV — Portland at Denver

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

6 p.m.

NBATV — G-League Ignite at South Bay

NFL FOOTBALL

3 p.m.

ABC — 2024 Pro Bowl Games: NFC All-Stars vs. AFC All-Stars, Orlando, Fla.

ESPN — 2024 Pro Bowl Games: NFC All-Stars vs. AFC All-Stars, Orlando, Fla.

RODEO

12 p.m.

CBS — PBR: Bucking Battle, Sacramento, Calif. (Taped)

8 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 3 & Championship Round, Sacramento, Calif.

SOCCER (MEN’S)

9 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Wolverhampton at Chelsea

10 a.m.

FS2 — King Cup: Al-Faisaly vs Al-Ittihad, Quarterfinal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia                   

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

12:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group Stage: Puerto Rico vs U.S., Group B, Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Hua Hin-WTA Singles Final

9 a.m.

TENNIS — Montpellier-ATP Singles Final

4 a.m. (Monday)

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Early Rounds