BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Anderson 49 Tippecanoe Valley 40
Anderson Prep 77 Morristown 72
Andrean 63 Highland 48
Barr-Reeve 39 North Daviess 26
Bedford North Lawrence 55 Edgewood 43
Bellmont 62 Huntington North 50
Bethany Christian 65 Hamilton 32
Bethesda Christian 56 Waldron 37
Blackford 65 Monroe Central 55
Bloomington North 77 Terre Haute South 70
Bloomington South 74 Martinsville 56
Borden 58 Henryville 46
Carmel 41 Brownsburg 39
Carroll (Flora) 74 Faith Christian 60
Center Grove 47 Indianapolis Roncalli 33
Charlestown 60 Corydon Central 54
Christian Academy 62 Paoli 59
Christian Academy Madison 71 Columbus Christian 58
Clarksville 59 Lanesville 38
Clay City 67 Cloverdale 46
Clinton Prairie 73 Fountain Central 61
Columbia City 35 DeKalb 31
Columbus North 54 Perry Meridian 46
Community Christian (Ky.) 48 Shawe Memorial 41
Connersville 50 Batesville 46
Crawford County 35 Tell City 31
Crown Point 59 Chesterton 53
Delphi 57 Winamac 53
Demotte Christian 54 North White 34
East Noble 69 Leo 54
Eastern Hancock 69 Shenandoah 46
Edinburgh 57 Cambridge City Lincoln 40
Elkhart Christian 64 South Bend Career 43
Evansville Bosse 57 Gibson Southern 37
Evansville Christian 56 Southridge 47
Evansville Harrison 62 Jasper 47
Evansville Mater Dei 48 Boonville 35
Fishers 66 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 50
Forest Park 88 Tecumseh 58
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 68 Lakewood Park 34
Fort Wayne Northrop 60 Central Noble 41
Frankfort 67 Clinton Central 52
Franklin 81 New Palestine 67
Frankton 61 Wes-Del 38
Greenfield-Central 49 Shelbyville 44
Greensburg 62 South Decatur 53
Greenwood Christian 58 Traders Point Christian 17
Hamilton Southeastern 48 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 44
Hammond Central 73 Hammond Morton 70
Hammond Noll 81 Whiting 31
Hanover Central 56 Lake Station 32
Harrison (Ohio) 52 East Central 48
Harrison (West Lafayette) 58 Merrillville 54
Hauser 63 Rising Sun 37
Henderson County (Ky.) 58 Evansville Central 49
Jay County 58 Hagerstown 37
Jeffersonville 77 Columbus East 43
Kankakee Valley 70 Lowell 50
Kokomo 70 Tipton 51
Lafayette Central Catholic 39 Lafayette Jeff 37
Lapel 73 Daleville 53
Lawrenceburg 55 Jac-Cen-Del 38
Lebanon 54 Covington 51
Lewis Cass 51 Taylor 36
Lighthouse Christian 71 Cannelton 55
Linton-Stockton 68 Owen Valley 46
Loogootee 44 Bloomfield 43
Maconaquah 62 Hamilton Heights 54
Madison 62 New Washington 40
Manchester 65 Adams Central 62
Medora 59 Crothersville 37
Mississinewa 55 Western 54
Mooresville 53 Parke Heritage 37
Mooresville Christian 72 King’s Academy 54
New Albany 86 Evansville Reitz 72
North Central (Farmersburg) 54 North Vermillion 53
North Central (Indianapolis) 63 Muncie Central 52
North Harrison 68 Salem 56
North Judson 54 Knox 46
North Newton 61 Attica 38
North Posey 51 Washington 50
North Putnam 79 Brown County 57
Northeast Dubois 70 Springs Valley 59
Northeastern 54 Blue River 35
Northridge 40 Mishawaka 31
Northwestern 66 Peru 65 OT
Norwell 50 New Haven 49
Orleans 65 Perry Central 20
Park Tudor 80 Irvington Prep 30
Pendleton Heights 62 Delta 45
Pike 62 Danville 57
Pike Central 80 North Knox 41
Providence 54 Rock Creek Academy 27
Richmond 71 Centerville 30
Rochester 60 Caston 43
Scottsburg 45 Seymour 39
Seeger 58 Rossville 55
Seton Catholic 73 Cowan 69
South Adams 57 Muncie Burris 47
South Knox 52 Eastern Greene 31
South Putnam 54 Dugger Union 36
South Ripley 70 Milan 58
Southmont 54 Crawfordsville 53 OT
Southwestern (Hanover) 92 South Central (Elizabeth) 56
Speedway 77 Western Boone 64
Sullivan 73 White River Valley 43
Terre Haute North 59 Southport 46
Tri 57 Oldenburg Academy 50
Tri-County 43 Frontier 38
Triton Central 63 Indianapolis Lutheran 54
Twin Lakes 64 West Lafayette 44
Union (Modoc) 41 Seven Oaks 29
Union County 60 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 50
Valparaiso 66 South Bend Washington 57
Wapahani 64 New Castle 39
Warsaw 61 Goshen 41
West Vigo 58 Indian Creek 54
Westfield 68 Tri-West 27
Westview 59 Garrett 39
Whitko 69 Prairie Heights 31
Winchester 56 Knightstown 45
Wood Memorial 38 Shoals 36


Bi-County Tournament
John Glenn 59 LaVille 52 OT


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) 64 Evansville Day 37
Carmi (Ill.) 58 Mount Vernon (Posey) 53


Culver Academy Classic
Fort Wayne Canterbury 43 Culver Academy 36
Fort Wayne Canterbury 68 Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) 48
Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) 46 Culver Academy 44 OT


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Cathedral 75 Heritage Christian 35
Indianapolis Attucks 89 Indianapolis Washington 56


Porter County Conference Tournament
Hebron 60 Boone Grove 40
Morgan Twp. 57 Westville 45


UNREPORTED
Greencastle at Danville ppd.
Indianapolis Riverside at Eminence ppd.
Switzerland County at South Dearborn ppd.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Alexandria 50 Oak Hill 34
Anderson 74 Logansport 42
Andrean 32 Kankakee Valley 25
Angola 48 Fort Wayne Dwenger 40
Bloomington South 54 Eastern Greene 26
Bluffton 60 Heritage 26
Brown County 47 North Putnam 40
Brownsburg 58 Terre Haute North 19
Brownstown Central 50 West Washington 24
Carroll (Flora) 69 Tri-Central 19
Center Grove 74 Hamilton Southeastern 58
Clinton Prairie 46 Eastern (Greentown) 40
Columbus Christian 58 Christian Academy Madison 37
Corydon Central 53 Floyd Central 41
Culver Academy 66 Bethany Christian 29
Eastbrook 81 Madison-Grant 22
Elkhart Christian 55 Hamilton 26
Evansville Central 52 New Albany 33
Evansville Memorial 53 North Harrison 42
Forest Park 44 Mount Vernon (Posey) 29
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 62 Lakewood Park 36
Fort Wayne Luers 75 Mishawaka Marian 19
Fort Wayne Snider 50 Northridge 44
Franklin 51 Whiteland 29
Fremont 51 Prairie Heights 35
Greensburg 60 Batesville 48
Harrison (West Lafayette) 59 Muncie Central 15
Heritage Christian 52 Fort Wayne South 18
Highland 46 Gary West 27
Homestead 54 Carmel 35
Indian Creek 77 West Vigo 25
Indianapolis Cathedral 50 Huntington North 36
Indianapolis Chatard 54 Franklin County 46
Indianapolis Lutheran 55 Indianapolis Scecina 28
Jasper 48 Martinsville 29
Jay County 70 Southern Wells 34
Jennings County 70 Warren Central 35
Knightstown 45 Cowan 32
Lapel 50 University 42
Lawrence North 63 Ben Davis 53
Lawrenceburg 42 South Dearborn 32
Lewis Cass 42 Southwood 29
Lighthouse Christian 68 Cannelton 34
Lowell 37 South Bend St. Joseph 21
Madison 64 Columbus East 49
Manchester 55 Rochester 47
Marquette Catholic 60 Bowman Academy 23
Martinsville (Ill.) 32 Dugger Union 27
Mississinewa 41 Elwood 10
Monrovia 44 Covenant Christian 37
Muncie Burris 49 Hagerstown 45
Noblesville 64 Franklin Central 48
North Central (Farmersburg) 63 North Vermillion 46
North Judson 54 Knox 45
North Knox 74 Vincennes Lincoln 45
NorthWood 55 Goshen 40
Northeastern 61 Blue River 39
Orleans 56 Austin 50
Paoli 60 Loogootee 50
Perry Central 47 Northeast Dubois 42
Plymouth 45 Wawasee 38
Portage 49 Griffith 27
Princeton 64 Tecumseh 58
River Forest 38 South Newton 31
Riverton Parke 56 South Vermillion 20
Salem 43 Mitchell 34
Shawe Memorial 57 Clarksville 30
Shelbyville 67 Delta 52
Sheridan 58 Delphi 33
Silver Creek 69 Eastern (Pekin) 38
South Central (Elizabeth) 73 New Washington 54
South Decatur 50 Trinity Lutheran 45
South Knox 74 Bloomfield 28
Southmont 44 Crawfordsville 14
Southwestern (Hanover) 41 Rising Sun 34
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 67 Cambridge City Lincoln 66 OT
Speedway 62 South Putnam 44
Sullivan 62 Cloverdale 25
Tell City 45 North Posey 37
Tippecanoe Valley 41 Kokomo 32
Union (Modoc) 49 Seven Oaks 26
Union County 65 Daleville 30
Wabash 56 North Miami 47
Wapahani 42 Union City 40
Warsaw 61 Concord 26
Whitko 47 Northfield 45
Winchester 47 Anderson Prep 39
Wood Memorial 72 Shoals 13
Woodlan 63 South Adams 49


Bi-County Tournament
New Prairie 41 John Glenn 21


Hoosier Conference playoffs
Lafayette Central Catholic 59 Northwestern 38
Benton Central 50 Western 46
Hamilton Heights 54 Rensselaer Central 32


Porter County Tournament
Tri-Township 38 Washington Twp. 36
South Central (Union Mills) 48 Kouts 39

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NFL PLAYOFF SCORES

BALTIMORE 34 HOUSTON 10

SAN FRANCISCO 24 GREEN BAY 21

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • (4) Buccaneers at (3) Lions, 3 p.m. ET (NBC). The Lions will be hosting their first divisional round home game since January 1992, and they’ll be facing a Buccaneers team they beat 20-6 back in Week 6. This game will feature the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Jared Goff) facing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (Baker Mayfield). 
  • (3) Chiefs at (2) Bills, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). For the third time in five seasons, these two teams will be meeting in the playoffs. We all remember their last postseason meeting back in January 2022 when the Chiefs put together a scoring drive in just 13 seconds to send the game to overtime (The Chiefs would eventually win). These two teams actually played in Kansas City back in Week 14 with the Bills winning 20-17. This is the seventh time that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes have faced each other and the series is currently tied at three.  

Championship Sunday

Sunday, Jan. 28

AFC Championship, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Super Bowl LVIII 

Sunday, Feb. 11

AFC vs. NFC in Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#17 MARQUETTE 73 ST. JOHN 72

#18 CREIGHTON 97 SETON HALL 94 3OT

TEXAS 75 #9 BAYLOR 73

#21 DAYTON 96 RHODE ISLAND 62

#15 OKLAHOMA 69 CINCINNATI 65

#24 IOWA STATE 73 #19 TCU 72

#6 TENNESSEE 91 ALABAMA 71

#2 PURDUE 84 IOWA 70

#5 HOUSTON 57 CENTRAL FLORIDA 42

#4 NORTH CAROLINA 76 BOSTON COLLEGE 66

WEST VIRGINIA 91 #3 KANSAS 85

#12 ARIZONA 77 UCLA 71

#16 UTAH STATE 83 FRESNO STATE 62

#25 TEXAS TECH 85 #20 BYU 78

#8 KENTUCKY 105 GEORGIA 96

#1 CONNECTICUT 66 VILLANOVA 65

PITTSBURGH 80 #7 DUKE 76

#13 AUBURN 82 #22 OLE MISS 59

ELSEWHERE:

OHIO STATE 79 PENN STATE 67

NEBRASKA 75 NORTHWESTERN 69

ROBERT MORRIS 80 IUPUI 63

MIAMI OHIO 87 BALL STATE 80 OT

CLEVELAND STATE 75 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 68

VALPARAISO 84 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 77

DRAKE 97 EVANSVILLE 48

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#24 IOWA STATE 2 TCU 0 (IOWA STATE WINS BY FORFEIT)

#7 KANSAS STATE 69 KANSAS 58

#9 CONNECTICUT 88 DEPAUL 51

#12 BAYLOR 77 CENTRAL FLORIDA 74

#11 TEXAS 76 OKLAHOMA STATE 66

#17 GONZAGA 89 ST. MARY’S 60

NEW MEXICO 69 #25 UNLV 66

ELSEWHERE:

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 64 ROBERT MORRIS 36

MARYLAND 90 ILLINOIS 82

NBA SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 141 DETROIT 135

SAN ANTONIO 131 WASHINGTON 127

PHILADELPHIA 97 CHARLOTTE 89

CLEVELAND 116 ATLANTA 95

NEW YORK 126 TORONTO 100

OKLAHOMA CITY 102 MINNESOTA 97

CHICAGO 125 MEMPHIS 96

HOUSTON 127 UTAH 126 OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 3 BUFFALO 1

COLORADO 7 PHILADELPHIA 4

ARIZONA 3 NASHVILLE 2

WINNIPEG 2 OTTAWA 1 OT

BOSTON 9 MONTRÉAL 4

VANCOUVER 6 TORONTO 4

DALLAS 6 NEW JERSEY 2

ST. LOUIS 3 WASHINGTON 0

VEGAS 3 PITTSBURGH 2

SAN JOSE 5 ANAHEIM 3

EDMONTON 3 CALGARY 1

LOS ANGELES 2 NY RANGERS 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

49ERS STORM PAST PACKERS, REACH THIRD STRAIGHT NFC TITLE GAME

Christian McCaffrey rushed for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:07 left, and the San Francisco 49ers held on to beat the Green Bay Packers 24-21 in an NFC divisional round playoff matchup on Saturday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Brock Purdy completed 23 of 39 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers, who advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the third season in a row. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw picked off two passes, including one in the final minute to seal the win.

San Francisco will host the winner of Sunday’s showdown between the host Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the opportunity to advance to the Super Bowl.

Jordan Love completed 21 of 34 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Green Bay. Aaron Jones had 18 carries for 108 yards.
The high-stakes contest featured three lead changes in the third quarter.

The Packers grabbed a 13-7 lead on a 19-yard pass from Love to Bo Melton with 9:27 to go in the quarter.

Less than two minutes later, the 49ers answered to grab a 14-13 lead. McCaffrey took a handoff, evaded a would-be tackler and sprinted up the middle of the field for a 39-yard touchdown.

The back-and-forth battle continued as the Packers scored on the next possession. Eric Wilson recovered a fumble on a 73-yard kickoff return by Keisan Nixon, setting the Packers up at the Niners’ 20.

Four plays later, Love found Tucker Kraft open near the front right pylon for a 2-yard touchdown. Love then connected with Jones for a two-point conversion for a 21-14 Packers lead with 5:23 left in the third.

The 49ers pulled within 21-17 on a 52-yard field goal by Jake Moody with 14:56 remaining in the game.

The Packers tried to grab a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Anders Carlson missed a 41-yard field goal attempt with 6:18 to go.

Green Bay had the only score of the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal by Carlson.

The 49ers grabbed a 7-3 lead with 8:42 remaining in the second when Purdy connected with George Kittle for a 32-yard touchdown.
Carlson hit again from 29 yards to pull Green Bay within 7-6 before halftime.

San Francisco star wideout Deebo Samuel exited in the first half because of a shoulder injury and was later ruled out. Samuel, who finished with two catches for 24 yards, was evaluated after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first half.

LAMAR JACKSON, RAVENS BLOW BY TEXANS

Lamar Jackson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Saturday as the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens pulled away from the visiting Houston Texans in the second half for a 34-10 victory in an AFC divisional playoff game.

The Ravens will host either the Bills or Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Buffalo and Kansas City are set to play Sunday in the other AFC semifinal.

Baltimore broke the game open with 24 unanswered points in the second half, finding the end zone on each of its first three possessions following the break.

Jackson snapped a 10-10 tie with a 15-yard scoring run less than three minutes into the third quarter, capping a 55-yard drive. He made it 24-10 on the second play of the fourth quarter, rolling right and flipping a 15-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Likely to finish a 93-yard drive that lasted 7:03.

Jackson sealed the victory with 6:20 left in the game, running 8 yards for a TD to complete a march that ate up 7:10. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 152 yards while gaining 100 yards on 11 carries for the game.

Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud struggled with the Baltimore defense. He hit on 19 of 33 passes for 175 yards and failed to get the Houston offense into the end zone for the second time in as many meetings with the Ravens. Yet the Texans, who routed the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round, nearly led at halftime.

Houston answered Jackson’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor with 9:14 left in the second quarter with some special-teams magic. Steven Sims grabbed a line-drive punt at his 33, burst up the middle, broke a weak tackle attempt and sprinted 67 yards for a game-tying touchdown at the 4:17 mark of the second.

The Texans threatened to take the lead late in the quarter, but Ka’imi Fairbairn, who connected on a 50-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the first quarter, pushed a 47-yard attempt wide right with 32 seconds remaining.

Justin Tucker opened the scoring for Baltimore with a 53-yard field goal at the 8:36 mark of the first quarter. He also closed the scoring with a 43-yarder.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: WEST VIRGINIA KNOCKS OFF NO. 3 KANSAS

RaeQuan Battle scored 23 points and Pat Suemnick added 20 as West Virginia upset No. 3 Kansas 91-85 on Saturday in a highly entertaining Big 12 clash in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kerr Kriisa chipped in with 15 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Mountaineers (7-11, 2-3 Big 12) notched their second win over a Top 25 team in their last three outings. They were coming off a loss at No. 15 Oklahoma but had a win over then-No. 25 Texas a week ago.

Big 12 scoring leader Kevin McCullar Jr. led Kansas with 24 points and Hunter Dickinson had 19. Nicolas Timberlake had 12 points and KJ Adams Jr. added 11 for the Jayhawks (15-3, 3-2 Big 12) in a game that featured 10 ties and 18 lead changes.

After a blistering first half that ended in a 51-51 tie, things slowed down in the second with the teams trading baskets for much of the period until Battle’s jumper and free throw gave the Mountaineers a 77-70 lead with 6:49 left. Kansas rallied to take a late lead, but West Virginia pulled ahead for good with 2:06 to play.

No. 1 UConn 66, Villanova 65

Tristen Newton scored 25 points, Cam Spencer added 14 and the Huskies defeated the Wildcats in Philadelphia.

Alex Karaban had 10 points for UConn (17-2, 7-1 Big East), which won its seventh game in a row. TJ Bamba and Justin Moore led Villanova (11-7, 4-3) with 15 points apiece. Eric Dixon chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.

Spencer made two free throws with 10 seconds remaining for a 64-60 lead. After Mark Armstrong hit a layup, Newton knocked down a pair of free throws with four seconds left for a 66-62 lead. Armstrong made a half-court shot at the buzzer.

No. 2 Purdue 84, Iowa 70

Zach Edey scored 30 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked four shots, and the Boilermakers posted a win over the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten matchup in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lance Jones added 17 points and shot 4-for-9 from beyond the arc for Purdue (17-2, 6-2 Big Ten), which swept its regular-season series against Iowa. Purdue outrebounded Iowa 50-24, including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Tony Perkins scored 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting to lead Iowa (11-7, 3-4). Payton Sandfort scored 16 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, and Ben Krikke scored 10.

No. 4 North Carolina 76, Boston College 66

RJ Davis netted 16 points and Harrison Ingram recorded a double-double as the Tar Heels held off the Eagles to earn a victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Davis also had six rebounds and four assists as the Tar Heels (15-3, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their winning streak to eight games. Ingram supplied 11 points and 13 boards. Cormac Ryan added 14 points and Armando Bacot had 10 to go along with nine rebounds for North Carolina.

Quinten Post paced the Eagles (11-7, 2-5) with a game-high 19 points while also grabbing 10 boards. Prince Aligbe (14 points) was Boston College’s only other double-figures scorer.

No. 5 Houston 57, UCF 42

LJ Cryer recorded 16 points and four steals and the Cougars played suffocating defense to beat the Knights in Big 12 play.

Jamal Shead added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Houston (16-2, 3-2 Big 12), which defeated UCF for the eighth straight time and 12th in the past 13 meetings. Ja’Vier Francis added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for Houston.

Marchelus Avery led the Knights (11-6, 2-3) with 10 points despite making just 1 of 9 from the floor. UCF began the game by missing 10 straight field-goal attempts and later missed its first nine of the second half.

No. 6 Tennessee 91, Alabama 71

Dalton Knecht scored 25 points, Jonas Aidoo had 19 points and four blocks, and host the Volunteers handed the Crimson Tide their first loss in SEC play.

Jordan Gainey added 15 points and Santiago Vescovi had 10 points for Tennessee (14-4, 4-1 SEC), which has won 10 of its last 11 games and improved to 10-0 at home. The Volunteers held the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring offense under its season average of 90.2 points per game.

Mark Sears had 22 points but committed seven of Alabama’s 22 turnovers. The Tide (12-6, 4-1) had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Pittsburgh 80, No. 7 Duke 76

Blake Hinson didn’t miss from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Panthers snap the Blue Devils’ eight-game winning streak with an ACC upset at Durham, N.C.

In Pitt’s first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1979, Hinson was 7-for-7 from beyond the arc and hit one with 6:35 remaining to put the Panthers (11-7, 2-5 ACC) up for good at 67-65. Jaland Lowe scored 17 points and Ishmael Leggett contributed 11 for Pitt, which avenged a 75-53 loss to Duke on Jan. 9 and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Duke (13-4, 4-2) lost despite having four players in double figures. Jared McCain led the Blue Devils with 20 points and Filipowksi scored 19 points. Caleb Foster chipped in 16 and Tyrese Proctor added 11.

No. 8 Kentucky 105, Georgia 96

Zvonimir Ivisic scored 13 points in his collegiate debut after being granted eligibility earlier in the day as the Wildcats recorded a victory over the Bulldogs in Lexington, Ky.

Ivisic was awaiting clearance from the NCAA after he was admitted to Kentucky in October. The school announced that he was officially cleared to play just hours before tip-off, and he recorded 16 minutes of action in his anticipated debut. Tre Mitchell led the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) with 23 points, Antonio Reeves added 21 and D.J. Wagner contributed 18. The trio combined to make 23 of 34 shots as Kentucky shot 61.9 percent overall and hit 14 3-pointers.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim led all scorers with a career-high 34 points as the Bulldogs (13-5, 3-2) lost for the second time in their past three games. Silas Demary Jr. added a career-best 22 points and RJ Melendez finished with 12 as Georgia shot 50 percent from the floor.

Texas 75, No. 9 Baylor 73

Tyrese Hunter drove the lane for the game-winning layup with 0.1 seconds to play as the Longhorns outlasted the Bears in a Big 12 Conference contest in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (13-5, 2-3 Big 12) led by a point at halftime and by three after a layup by Dylan Disu with 3:18 remaining. Ja’Kobe Walter’s two free throws with three minutes to play brought Baylor to within 69-68 before Disu answered with a pair from the charity stripe with 1:51 left.

Walter led all scorers with 22 points while Jalen Bridges tallied 17, Jayden Nunn racked up 15 and Langston Love scored 10 for Baylor (14-4, 3-2). When Bridges hit his 3-pointer to tie the score late, it was the Bears’ only field goal over the final 9:08 of the game.

No. 12 Arizona 77, UCLA 71

Pelle Larsson scored 22 points, sparking a comeback from a 17-point second-half deficit as the Wildcats rallied past the rival Bruins in Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona (14-4, 5-2 Pac-12) made 22 of 23 free throws in the second half and survived a wild last minute against the Bruins (8-11, 3-5), who were making their final scheduled appearance in McKale Center.

Arizona’s Oumar Ballo had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He entered the game shooting 43.5 percent from the free-throw line but made 7 of 8 against UCLA. Sebastian Mack scored 21 to lead the Bruins, while Lazar Stefanovic had 17 points and eight rebounds.

No. 13 Auburn 82, No. 22 Ole Miss 59

Jaylin Williams and Johni Broome each scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack as the Tigers established a 19-point halftime lead on their way to a Southeastern Conference rout of the Rebels in Auburn, Ala.

It was the 11th straight win for the Tigers (16-2, 5-0), who moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC after Alabama, which shared the top spot with them coming into the day, lost at Tennessee. The Rebels (15-3, 2-3) dropped their second straight game and are likely to fall from the top 25 on Monday.

Allen Flanigan scored a team-high 10 points for Ole Miss in his return to Auburn, where he played the first four years of his collegiate career. But the Rebels couldn’t cope with the Tigers’ balance on both ends of the floor.

No. 15 Oklahoma 69, Cincinnati 65

Javian McCollum overcame a right ankle injury to score a team-high 16 points as the Sooners held off the host Bearcats for a Big 12 victory.

Otega Oweh added 14 points while John Hugley IV scored 11 for Oklahoma (15-3, 3-2 Big 12), which won on the road in Big 12 play for the first time in three tries this season. Simas Lukosius paced Cincinnati (13-5, 2-3) with 16 points while John Newman III added 14 for the Bearcats, who lost for the third time in four games.

Josh Reed sank two free throws with 28.7 seconds remaining to slice the Oklahoma lead to 65-62. Oweh then missed the front end of a 1-on-1 and Cincinnati had a chance to tie. But the Bearcats were unable to get off a 3-pointer and Lukosius made one of two free-throw attempts with 10 seconds left. Rivaldo Soares drained a pair of free throws with six seconds left to ice the game.

No. 16 Utah State 83, Fresno State 62

Great Osobor scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and the Aggies pulled away for a win over the Bulldogs in a Mountain West Conference matchup in Logan, Utah.

Osobor shot 8-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Ian Martinez scored 14 points and Josh Uduje chipped in 12 off the bench for Utah State (17-2, 5-1 Mountain West).

Isaiah Pope scored 16 points to lead Fresno State (8-10, 1-4). Donavan Yap Jr. scored 12 points off the bench and Eduardo Andre finished with 11 points.

No, 17 Marquette 73, St. John’s 72

Oso Ighodaro scored 17 points as the Golden Eagles survived a shaky final few minutes to beat the host Red Storm at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Marquette (13-5, 4-3 Big East) held a 71-58 lead with 6:20 remaining but escaped with its second straight win after conceding a 14-2 run the rest of the way and going scoreless over the final 2:55. St. John’s Dennis Jenkins missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

RJ Luis Jr. scored a season-high 20 for St John’s (12-7, 4-4), which dropped its third straight. Jenkins added 16 points while Chris Ledlum contributed 13 points and 11 boards and Soriano finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

No. 18 Creighton 97, Seton Hall 94 (3 OT)

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 28 points and Trey Alexander capped his 23-point performance with a go-ahead 3-pointer in triple overtime as the Bluejays pulled out a wild victory over host the Pirates in Newark, N.J.

Kalkbrenner added nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks, Baylor Scheierman had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Creighton (14-5, 5-3 Big East) absorbed punch after punch by the pesky Pirates to win after a meager 48-point showing earlier in the week at No. 1 UConn.

Kadary Richmond tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double for Seton Hall (13-6, 6-2). Al-Amir Dawes scored all 21 of his points after halftime and Dre Davis made his first six shots before finishing with 21 as well.

No. 24 Iowa State 73, No. 19 TCU 72

Keshon Gilbert scored 20 points and Curtis Jones added 17 as the Cyclones overcame the absence of leading scorer Tamin Lipsey and held on for a road victory over the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas.

Milan Momcilovic had 10 points for the Cyclones (14-4, 3-2 Big 12), who dominated the first half by shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and forcing the Horned Frogs into 18 turnovers, well above their average of 12.6 per game. TCU finished with 27 turnovers. With Lipsey out with a sprained left shoulder, Gilbert went 8 of 15 from the floor.

Trevian Tennyson scored 19 points, Micah Peavy had 11 with nine rebounds and Emanuel Miller added 10 points as the Horned Frogs (13-5, 2-3) lost their second consecutive game after a victory over then-No. 2 Houston on Jan. 13.

No. 25 Texas Tech 85, No. 20 BYU 78

Headed toward another humbling loss, the Red Raiders were at a crossroads at home against the Cougars, but found the right path by rallying for a victory in Lubbock, Texas.

Pop Isaacs erupted in the second half on the way to a career-best 32 points to help spark the comeback and keep the Red Raiders in the first-place mix in the best league in the country.

The Red Raiders (15-3, 4-1 Big 12) trailed 48-32 at halftime after a 23-point loss at Houston earlier in the week but didn’t wave a white flag. Aided by BYU’s second-half shooting struggles (13 of 37 overall; 3 of 19 from 3-point range), Texas Tech clawed back with pressure defense that generated 17 points off turnovers after halftime.

No. 21 Dayton 96, Rhode Island 62

Javon Bennett scored a team-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, leading the Flyers over the visiting Rams.

Daron Holmes II added 21 points for Dayton (15-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), which won its 12th straight game. Koby Brea collected 15 points on 5-for-7 3-point shooting for Dayton, while Nate Santos chipped in nine points.

Jaden House led Rhode Island (9-9, 3-2) with a game-high 27 points, followed by David Green and Cam Estevez, who each scored eight points. The Rams struggled from the onset, trailing by as many as 24 points in the first half.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: VIANE CUMBER HELPS NEW MEXICO UPEND NO. 25 UNLV

Viane Cumber scored 22 points and knocked down the decisive 3-point shot with 3.7 seconds remaining as New Mexico upset No. 25 UNLV 69-66 in Mountain West play on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cumber shot 6-of-11 from 3-point land and also had seven rebounds as the Lobos (13-6, 4-2 MW) handled the Rebels (15-2, 5-1) and ended UNLV’s 29-game Mountain West winning streak.

New Mexico was also boosted by Aniyah Augmon’s 15 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals, and 10 points from Nyah Wilson.

Desi-Rae Young had a season-high 17 rebounds and 24 points to lead UNLV.

The Rebels — who saw their six-game win streak snapped — led by as much as nine points. The game was tied with 24 seconds to play after a layup from Young, but Cumber sank a 3-pointer on an assist from Augmon to put New Mexico ahead. Ashley Scoggin missed what would’ve been the game-tying 3-point shot for UNLV.

No. 7 Kansas State 69, Kansas 58

Serena Sundell and Zyanna Walker each scored 15 points to help the Wildcats hold off the Jayhawks in Manhattan, Kan.

Sundell also had seven assists and six rebounds for Kansas State (18-1, 7-0 Big 12), both of which were team-highs. Brylee Glenn added 13 points for the Wildcats.

Kansas (9-9, 2-5) was paced by Zakiyah Franklin’s 18 points, and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Holly Kersgieter. Starting center Taiyanna Jackson had multiple teeth knocked off moments into the game and did not return. S’Mya Nichols added 12 points for the Jayhawks.

The Wildcats never trailed. Their defense forced Kansas into 18 turnovers and held the Jayhawks to 2-of-15 shooting from 3-point range.

Kansas State was playing without starting center Ayoka Lee, who will be sidelined for about four weeks after having ankle surgery, the program announced Friday. Lee, who holds several program records for the Wildcats, is averaging 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She missed all of last season following knee surgery.

No. 9 UConn 88, DePaul 51

Ashlynn Shade scored 21 points as the Huskies raced away from the Blue Demons in Storrs, Conn.

UConn (16-3, 8-0 Big East) also got 20 points and five assists from Paige Bueckers and 18 points from Aaliyah Edwards. DePaul (10-10, 2-5) was led by Maeve McErlane’s 15 points.

Bueckers scored 18 of her points in the first half as UConn led by 27 at the break. The Huskies scored 37 points off 27 turnovers by the Blue Demons.

It was the 12th straight win for UConn, and the Huskies’ first time playing on campus in more than a month. DePaul is now 0-4 this season against ranked opponents.

No. 11 Texas 76, Oklahoma State 66

Taylor Jones collected 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Longhorns over the Cowgirls in Stillwater, Okla.

Madison Booker chipped in 19 points and five assists for Texas (18-2, 5-2 Big 12), while Aaliyah Moore scored 17 points and Shaylee Gonzales had 15. Anna Gret Asi powered Oklahoma State (11-7, 4-3) with 22 points and five assists, and Hannah Gusters added 14 points.

Texas led by as much as 16 points and won comfortably despite shooting 1-of-6 from behind the arc. The Longhorns won the rebounding battle 39-24 and outscored the Cowgirls 40-24 in the paint.

No. 12 Baylor 77, UCF 74

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs scored 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting from the floor as the Bears outlasted the Knights in Waco, Tex.

Baylor (15-2, 4-2 Big 12) was also aided by Sarah Andrews’ first double-double of the season of 11 points and 10 assists, and 18 points from Dre’una Edwards. Kaitlin Peterson led UCF (9-7, 0-6) with 32 points, marking the fourth time this season she’s topped 30 in a single game.

Littlepage-Buggs scored 10 of her points during a 12-5 stretch of the fourth quarter. UCF trimmed the deficit to one point with 21 seconds to play, but never tied the game in the final frame.
Baylor shot 50 percent from the floor, won the rebounding margin by 12 and outscored UCF in the paint by 12.

No. 17 Gonzaga 89, Saint Mary’s 60

Kaylynne Truong scored 25 points as the Bulldogs comfortably beat the Gaels in Spokane, Wash.

Yvonne Ejim added 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Gonzaga (18-2, 5-0 West Coast Conference) in its 12th straight win, while Brynna Maxwell added 14 points. Kayleigh Truong also scored 10 points. The Truong duo combined for 11 assists.

Tayla Dalton paced Saint Mary’s (8-10, 1-3) with 17 points, while Addison Wedin chipped in 16 points.
Gonzaga never trailed and led by as much as 30 points. The Bulldogs scored 23 points off 20 turnovers by the Gaels. Gonzaga was also a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: ROCKETS HANG ON TO EDGE JAZZ IN OT

Alperen Sengun matched a career high with 37 points and added 14 rebounds and Jabari Smith Jr. also recorded a double-double as the Houston Rockets held on for a 127-126 overtime victory over the visiting Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Sengun completed a three-point play with 52.2 seconds left that pulled the Rockets even at 126-126 before Smith (24 points, 10 rebounds) made the second of two free throws with 36.4 seconds remaining despite suffering an ankle injury.

But when Sengun missed two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, the Jazz had one final shot. However, Jordan Clarkson, who had team highs of 33 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, missed a runner just before the final buzzer.

Collin Sexton added 28 points and Lauri Markkanen posted 22 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz. Walker Kessler dominated the extra period and finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the game before fouling out.

The fourth quarter and overtime featured five lead changes and five ties.

Knicks 126, Raptors 100

Jalen Brunson had 38 points and nine assists and Julius Randle posted the Knicks’ first triple-double of this season in New York’s win over visiting Toronto in the first game between the teams since their blockbuster trade on Dec. 30.

Randle had 18 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, the first New York player to register a triple-double since Immanuel Quickley had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Toronto on April 10, 2022. Coincidentally, Quickley was sent to the Raptors along with RJ Barrett in exchange for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn last month. Anunoby had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots as the Knicks improved to 9-2 since he moved into the lineup on Jan. 1. Achiuwa (18 points, 11 rebounds) posted his first double-double since Dec. 8.

Quickley had 12 points and 11 assists for his first double-double for his new team, while Barrett had a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost six of seven. Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points, and Gradey Dick added 11 off the bench.

Cavaliers 116, Hawks 95

Donovan Mitchell and Sam Merrill each scored 18 points to lead visiting Cleveland to a wire-to-wire win over Atlanta.

Dean Wade added 17 points for Cleveland, which extended its winning streak to an NBA-leading seven. Jarrett Allen collected 14 points and 11 rebounds while Georges Niang also tallied 14 points. Max Strus scored 13 points, followed by Isaac Okoro’s 12.

Dejounte Murray led Atlanta with 24 points, followed by Jalen Johnson’s 20. Trae Young added 15 before exiting with an injury on an inadvertent elbow by Okoro in the third quarter. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 points off the bench for Atlanta, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

Bucks 141, Pistons 135

Damian Lillard scored a season-high 45 points and visiting Milwaukee defeated Detroit.

Lillard also supplied 11 assists and six rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. The Bucks have won 20 of the past 21 regular-season meetings between the teams, including the past eight matchups.

Alec Burks led Detroit with 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ausar Thompson had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, while Bojan Bogdanovic tossed in 19 points and Jaden Ivey added 18 points and six assists.

Thunder 102, Timberwolves 97

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points on 10-for-22 shooting, and Oklahoma City outlasted Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Jalen Williams finished

Jalen Williams finished with 20 points for Oklahoma City, which won for the sixth time in its past eight games after rallying from a six-point deficit in the final 4:28. Chet Holmgren scored 15 points and Luguentz Dort had 14.

Karl-Anthony Towns notched 19 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Anthony Edwards also scored 19 points and Naz Reid contributed 18 off the bench for the Timberwolves, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Spurs 131, Wizards 127

Jeremy Sochan scored five of his 23 points in the final minute to help San Antonio rally from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit en route to a victory over host Washington.

A back-and-forth contest throughout, neither team led by more than eight points through the first three quarters. Victor Wembanyama scored seven of his game-high 24 points as part of a 12-0 run that pulled the Spurs even at 121. Wembanyama finished with eight rebounds and four assists to go with his game-high point total. Devin Vassell scored 21 points, and Tre Jones added 11 points and 12 assists.

Marvin Bagley III finished with a Wizards-high 21 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds, matching teammate Kyle Kuzma for the game high. Seven Wizards scored in double figures, with Deni Avdija, Jordan Poole and Corey Kispert each posting 16 points.

76ers 97, Hornets 89

Joel Embiid’s 33 points and 10 rebounds lifted Philadelphia to a victory against host Charlotte.

Tobias Harris posted 21 points and Tyrese Maxey added 16 points and eight assists for the 76ers, who have a five-game winning streak. Embiid struggled a bit from the floor, making only 11 of 23 attempts, but he scored at least 30 points for the 20th consecutive game.

Miles Bridges compiled 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost seven of their past eight games. Charlotte played without guard LaMelo Ball, who scored 28 points a night earlier but was out Saturday due to ankle soreness.

Bulls 125, Grizzlies 96

Ayo Dosunmu scored 20 points off the bench and DeMar DeRozan added 18 to lift Chicago to a win against visiting Memphis.

Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond notched double-doubles as seven players scored in double figures for the Bulls, who won for the third time in four games. Coby White added 17 points for Chicago while Patrick Williams and Drummond each had 15. Drummond grabbed 10 rebounds, one shy of Vucevic, who snagged a game-high 11 boards to go with 11 points.

Jaren Jackson Jr. paced Memphis with a game-high 26 points. Luke Kennard and Vince Williams Jr. followed with 14 points each, David Roddy added 11 and GG Jackson had 10. The Grizzlies, who shot just 31 percent from beyond the arc, have lost four of five.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: OILERS WIN 13TH STRAIGHT, SET CANADIAN RECORD

Sam Gagner broke a third-period tie with a fortuitous goal and the visiting Edmonton Oilers claimed their 13th consecutive win with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Ryan McLeod and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, whose mark of a baker’s dozen consecutive wins are the most by a Canadian-based team in NHL history. The 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens won 12 in a row, while the longest winning streak in NHL history is 17 by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stuart Skinner made 26 saves to win his 10th consecutive start. The win was also Edmonton’s franchise-record ninth consecutive on the road.

MacKenzie Weegar scored for the Flames, who have lost two straight games. Goalie Dan Vladar stopped 29 shots in a sparkling performance spoiled by the game-winning goal.

Gagner put the Oilers ahead 99 seconds into the third with a pure luck goal. From the corner, he sent the puck to the front of the net, and it banked off a defender’s stick and the glove of a startled Vladar for his fifth goal of the season.

Bruins 9, Canadiens 4

Danton Heinen recorded his first career hat trick as Boston cruised to a win over the visiting Montreal.

The Bruins scored at least twice in each period, ending the night with a four-goal third to run their point streak to eight (5-0-3). Sixteen skaters recorded points in Boston’s first nine-goal effort since 2012. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk each added a goal and an assist.

Boston’s Linus Ullmark made 17 saves in his first start since Jan. 9. He had been out with a lower-body injury. Cole Caufield, Joel Armia, Mike Matheson and Brendan Gallagher each scored, while Sean Monahan had three assists. Sam Montembeault allowed eight goals on 30 shots before Cayden Primeau relieved him.

Kings 2, Rangers 1

Kevin Fiala and Quinton Byfield scored goals and Los Angeles earned a much-needed victory over visiting New York to spoil the return to L.A. of goalie Jonathan Quick.

David Rittich made 22 saves for the Kings in his sixth start of the season as Los Angeles won for just the second time in its last 12 games (2-6-4).

Quick made 24 saves for the Rangers in his first start against his former team. Quick won two Stanley Cup titles in 16 seasons with the Kings and won
another after he was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights last season. Chris Kreider scored his 21st goal of the season for New York.

Canucks 6, Maple Leafs 4

Conor Garland had two goals and an assist and Vancouver defeated visiting Toronto.

Nils Hoglander also scored twice, both in the first six minutes of the game, for the Canucks. J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson each added a goal and an assist. Quinn Hughes added three assists, Teddy Blueger had two assists and Thatcher Demko made 42 saves.

William Nylander scored twice for Toronto, while Jake McCabe and Mitchell Marner also scored. Morgan Rielly added two assists. Martin Jones stopped 15 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have lost five of six.

Lightning 3, Sabres 1

Goaltender Jonas Johansson returned to beat the club that drafted him as visiting produced its season-best fifth straight victory with a win at Buffalo.

A 2014 third-round draft pick by Buffalo, Johansson made 26 saves in his first start since beating the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 31.

Nicholas Paul scored at even strength while Tyler Motte delivered a short-handed goal for Tampa Bay. Calvin de Haan scored into an empty net to move the Lightning to 6-2-0 this month.

Avalanche 7, Flyers 4

Logan O’Connor scored three goals, Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists, and Colorado defeated host Philadelphia.

Mikko Rantanen scored two goals and Ross Colton contributed three assists for the Avalanche. Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 36 saves.

Cam Atkinson had one goal and two assists for the Flyers, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart allowed five goals on 15 shots through two periods. Samuel Ersson played the third and made eight saves.

Jets 3, Senators 1

Nikolaj Ehlers scored with 46 seconds remaining in overtime and visiting Winnipeg defeated Ottawa.

Ehlers entered the zone on the rush, eluded a defenseman and then beat Joonas Korpisalo with a backhand shot to the far side to win it. It was his 16th goal of the season. Mason Appleton also scored for the Jets, who are 18-2-2 in their past 22 games. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves in the opener of a three-game road trip.

Parker Kelly scored for the Senators, who finished 2-2 on their four-game homestand. Korpisalo made 27 saves. Ottawa center Josh Norris returned after missing four games with an upper-body injury and had an assist.

Golden Knights 3, Penguins 2

Rookie Brendan Brisson capped a three-goal, third-period outburst with his first NHL goal as Vegas rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat visiting Pittsburgh.

Brisson, playing in just his third NHL game, snapped a wrist shot from the high slot past the blocker side of Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (26 saves) for the game-winner.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for the third straight game, Ivan Barbashev had two assists and Pavel Dorofeyev also scored for Vegas, which won its third straight. Logan Thompson stopped 23 of 25 shots. Ryan Graves and Jake Guentzel scored goals for Pittsburgh, which had a four-game point streak (2-0-2) snapped.

Stars 6, Devils 2

Roope Hintz scored twice to reach 20 goals for the third straight season, Scott Wedgewood made 29 saves against his former team and Dallas cruised to a victory over New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

Hintz scored two of Dallas’ three goals in the second period and notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season to help the Stars bounce back from Thursday’s 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal while Matt Duchene also scored in the second.

Jesper Bratt and Tyler Toffoli scored and Nico Daws allowed a career-worst six goals on 36 shots as the Devils fell to 1-8-1 on the second night of a back-to-back.

Blues 3, Capitals 0

Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots for his 14th career shutout as St. Louis blanked Washington in the back half of a home-and-home series.

The Blues avenged their 5-2 loss to the Capitals on Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Brayden Schenn scored his 250th career goal for the Blues, who snapped their 0-2-1 winless streak. Colton Parayko and Jake Neighbours also scored for St. Louis and Robert Thomas had two assists.

The Blues killed off three Washington power plays and scored a short-handed goal. Charlie Lindgren made 26 saves for the Capitals, who began a four-game road trip against Western Conference teams on a sour note.

Coyotes 3, Predators 2

Clayton Keller scored twice and Connor Ingram made 30 saves as Arizona pulled out a victory over visiting Nashville at Tempe, Ariz.

Michael Carcone recorded his 15th goal and Sean Durzi had two assists for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in three home games after losing three straight there. Keller, with a team-leading 19 goals on the season and 10 points in the last seven games, registered his ninth multi-point effort of 2023-24.

Ex-Predator Ingram, meanwhile, stopped an early barrage of shots from Nashville, which managed Roman Josi’s club-record 167th goal by a defenseman in the second and Tommy Novak’s score. Juuse Saros made 21 saves for the Predators, who suffered just their third regulation defeat in the last 14 road games.

Sharks 5, Ducks 3

Tomas Hertl and Fabian Zetterlund each had a goal and an assist and Mackenzie Blackwood made 31 saves as San Jose recorded a win over visiting Anaheim.

Kyle Burroughs and Jan Rutta each scored their first goals of the season, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic collected San Jose’s other goal. Logan Couture and Nico Sturm each had an assist in their returns to the ice. Couture was making his season debut after being sidelined by a lower-body injury, while Sturm (hand/wrist injury) had missed San Jose’s previous 16 games.

The Ducks dropped to 2-8-1 in their last 11 games, despite outshooting San Jose by a 34-19 margin. Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, and Troy Terry had two assists. Mason McTavish and Jackson LaCombe also scored, with LaCombe collecting his first career NHL goal.

ISLANDERS FIRE LANE LAMBERT, HIRE PATRICK ROY AS HEAD COACH

The New York Islanders fired Lane Lambert in the middle of his second season as head coach on Saturday and hired Patrick Roy, a Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender and former NHL head coach.

The Islanders are 19-15-11 (49 points) this season, tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Division and two points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

New York has lost four straight, including 4-3 in overtime at Chicago on Friday, and is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games.

Lambert, 59, was an Islanders associate coach for four seasons before his promotion for the 2022-23 season, when the team went 42-31-9 (93 points) and lost in six games to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs.

Roy, 58, is best known as one of the NHL’s greatest goalies, but he has had a second career in coaching. He was at the helm of the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-16, going 130-92-24 in the regular season and 3-4 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14. He resigned in August 2016.

He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year in his first season, when the Avalanche won the Central Division with 112 points before falling to the Minnesota Wild in seven games in the opening round of the 2014 Western Conference playoffs.

Roy has had two coaching stints with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Maritime Junior Hockey League, from 2005-13 and 2018-23, winning Memorial Cup championships in 2006 and 2023. His record in 13 seasons with Quebec is 524-255-66.

As a player, Roy has 551 wins in 19 seasons, third in NHL history behind Martin Brodeur (691) and active goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (552). Roy has the third-most games played (1,029); ranks first in playoff wins (151) and games (247); and second in playoff shutouts (23).

The 11-time All-Star and four-time Stanley Cup champion was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, and his No. 33 has been retired by both the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens.

There have been five head coaches fired this season: Lambert, D.J. Smith (Ottawa Senators), Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers), Dean Evason (Minneota) and Craig Berube (St. Louis Blues).

TENNIS NEWS

NOVAK DJOKOVIC ZIPS INTO QUARTERFINALS AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic had little trouble getting past No. 20 seed Adrian Mannarino of France on Sunday (Australia time), picking up a 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 victory to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Djokovic was dominant, recording 17 aces for the match, with 10 coming in the first two sets. He also saved all three break points he faced and won 39 of 48 first-service points.

“The first two sets (were some) of the best sets I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said before resorting to humor. “I really wanted to lose that game in the third set, because the tension was building up so much in the stadium. I just needed to get that one out of the way so I can refocus on what I needed to do to close out the match.”

Mannarino drew even at 1-1 in the third set before seeing Djokovic take the next three games. He would later pull within 4-2 and 5-3 but never ended up seriously challenging the No. 1 seed.

With the victory, Djokovic tied Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam quarterfinal berths (58). It took him just 1 hour, 44 minutes to advance to the next round, where he will face 12th seed Taylor Fritz of the United States.

Fritz pulled off an upset on Sunday, downing seventh-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

It looked like Tsitsipas was going to potentially force a fifth set when he took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the fourth set, but Fritz knotted things at 3 and never looked back, winning the final four games to advance.

Fritz finished with 50 winners against 19 unforced errors for the match. He will be making his first appearance in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

GOLF NEWS

NICK DUNLAP TIES AMATEUR RECORD WITH 60 AT AMERICAN EXPRESS

Amateur Nick Dunlap tied the lowest round by an amateur in PGA Tour history on Saturday, shooting a 12-under par 60 to carry a three-shot lead into the final round at The American Express in La Quinta, Calif.

Dunlap, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Alabama, posted 10 birdies and an eagle — on the par-5 sixth — at La Quinta Country Club to finish at 27-under 189 through 54 holes.

According to the PGA, four amateurs have won a Tour event since 1940. The last amateur to win on Tour was Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Ariz.

“I made a lot of putts,” Dunlap said after the round. “The putter felt really good. I don’t think I missed anything that I should have made, per se. … I don’t have any negatives after that round. I did everything pretty well.”

The 60 matches the amateur record set by Patrick Cantlay at The Travelers Championship in 2011. The 12-under score relative to par is a new amateur record.

After his round, Dunlap admitted 59 did cross his mind as he round neared a close.

“On 17, I did,” he said. “I ran it by, I wasn’t leaving that one short. No — and (caddie) Hunter (Hamrick) mentioned it on 18. He’s like, let’s go ahead and make this. So, no, I did.”

Sam Burns, the leader after two rounds, shot a 7-under 24 on the Stadium Course and sits in second and 24-under 192.

Justin Thomas nearly matched Dunlap’s mark, setting the Stadium Course record with an 11-under 71 to sit in third at 23-under 193. Thomas, who won a national title as a member of the Crimson Tide in 2013, equaled his career high with six straight birdies at one point.

He and Dunlap will be in Sunday’s final group, something Thomas knows will draw extra eyes in Tuscaloosa.

“I haven’t played with Nick (on your). We’ve just been in touch and we text from time to time.” Thomas said. “But he’s in college, so we don’t run into each other too much. I know (Alabama golf coach Jay) Seawell will be a very, very happy man, and a very anxious man tomorrow, I’m sure.”

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout shot a 7-under 65 — also on the Stadium Course — to finish the day in fourth, two strokes behind Thomas.

A quintet of players finished Saturday tied for fifth at 20-under 196: Eric Cole (shot 66 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course), South Korean Si Woo Kim (66, Stadium Course), Adam Hadwin of Canada (66, La Quinta Country Club), J.T. Poston (64, Nicklaus Tournament Course), and Xander Schaufele (63, Stadium Course).

LYDIA KO STILL ON TOP AT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard after three rounds at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Fla.

Ko entered the day in a tie for first with Ayaka Furue of Japan before playing bogey-free golf while tallying four birdies at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. She now sits in sole possession of first at 12-under 204.

Furue struggled on Saturday, posting a 1-over 73 to slip into a tie for fourth.

Alexa Pano (67 on Saturday) is two strokes off the lead in second, while Ally Ewing (68) sits in third at 8-under 208 through 54 holes.

Joining Furue in fourth are Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, who each fired 1-under 71s.

After making par on each of the first seven holes, Ko started to heat up, sinking back-to-back birdies at the par-4 eighth and the par-5 ninth. She picked up her last two birdies at Nos. 11 and 14 to put herself 18 holes away from her first victory on the LPGA Tour since November 2022, when she won the CME Group Tour Championship.

“I was able to attack pins and not get worried about am I going to miss the fairway or not,” Ko said. “I may not execute it the way that I want to, but I felt comfortable and really good out there.”

Ko hasn’t had a bogey since picking one up in the first round at the par-3 17th.

“I played solid these past few days. It’s just great to kind of feel these nerves and excitement. I think because I am at home in ways maybe the nerves are a little less than if I was somewhere else,” said Ko, who currently resides in Orlando. “I’m excited for (Sunday).”

Meanwhile, Pano finished with five birdies en route to her first career bogey-free round on the LPGA Tour.

“I didn’t know what was my first one ever. I know I’ve been close a few times and bogeyed coming down the stretch,” Pano said. “I am just having a great time out here and been really relaxed the whole week. My game feels like it’s in a very good place, so been a calm, relaxed week.”

England’s Charley Hull (70), Rose Zhang (70) and Canadian Brooke M. Henderson (71) are in a tie for seventh, while Megan Khang (69), Marina Alex (70) and Cheyenne Knight (71) are tied for 10th, seven strokes back from Ko.

Japan’s Mone Inami had the low round of the day with a 6-under 66. With that, she climbed 11 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT SUNS

After 10 days on the road, the Pacers (24-18) will wrap up a six-game trip on Sunday night in Phoenix against Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and the Suns (23-18).

Sunday’s game will be the second for new Pacers star forward Pascal Siakam, who made his Indiana debut on Friday night in Portland after being acquired on Wednesday. The two-time All-Star looked sharp in his first game in a Pacers uniform, tallying 21 points, six rebounds, and three assists while going 9-for-14 from the field, but Indiana fell to the Trail Blazers, 118-115.

All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton also returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous five games with a left hamstring strain. Playing for the first time alongside Siakam, Haliburton orchestrated the offense brilliantly, tallying 21 points, 17 assists, and zero turnovers.

The presence of both Siakam and Haliburton created more looks for fellow starters Myles Turner, Buddy Hield, and Aaron Nesmith, who combined to go 15-for-25 from 3-point range.

There were plenty of reasons for excitement in Siakam’s Pacers debut, but also plenty of things the Blue & Gold will need to clean up moving forward. Indiana struggled to contain the Blazers defensively, as Portland outscored the Pacers 66-26 in points in the paint. And Indiana’s usually excellent bench had a subpar night. The Pacers lead the NBA in bench scoring at 49 points per game, but their reserves combined for a season-low 14 points on Friday, with all five members of the second unit recording a negative point differential.

The Suns were 14-15 after a loss to the Mavericks on Christmas Day, but have won nine of 12 games since, including four straight. They’re coming off a 123-109 win over New Orleans on Friday night in which Booker dropped 52 points and Durant added 26.

Phoenix formed a new “big three” over the offseason, adding three-time All-Star Bradley Beal from Washington to team up with Booker and Durant. Injuries limited Beal to just three games until mid-December, but he is healthy now and the Suns are one of the league’s most dangerous offensive teams.

Durant is fifth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.9 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from 3-point range. Booker is ninth in the league in scoring at 27 points per game and eighth in assists, dishing out 7.7 per contest. Beal is averaging 17.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in a supporting role.

The Suns are especially dangerous from 3-point range, leading the league in 3-point percentage at .416, a mark that would be the second-best team 3-point percentage in NBA history if Phoenix were to sustain it for the entire season.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Suns: G – Devin Booker, G – Bradley Beal, F – Grayson Allen, F – Kevin Durant, C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (left hamstring strain injury management), Andrew Nembhard – questionable (thoracic spine sprain), Isaiah Jackson – out (concussion)

Suns: Jordan Goodwin – probable (right ankle sprain), Bol Bol – out (right foot sprain), Damion Lee – out (right meniscus surgery)

Last Meeting

Feb. 10, 2023: The day after being involved in a blockbuster four-team trade the brought Kevin Durant to Phoenix, the Suns and Pacers squared off at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Durant didn’t play as he continued his recovery from an MCL sprain, but Phoenix still prevailed, 117-104.

Six players scored in double figures for the Suns, led by Deandre Ayton (22 points and 11 rebounds), Devin Booker (21 points), and Chris Paul (19 points and nine assists).

Bennedict Mathurin led Indiana with 22 points off the bench in the loss, going 7-for-15 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Tyrese Haliburton added 18 points and five assists, while Buddy Hield and Isaiah Jackson scored 14 points apiece.

The Pacers got involved in the Suns’ blockbuster trade by acquiring George Hill and Jordan Nwora from Milwaukee along with three second-round picks. Hill and Nwora arrived in Indianapolis hours before the game against the Suns and watched from the bench.

Noteworthy

The Pacers have lost four straight games to the Suns, who have swept the season series for two straight years.

Indiana and Phoenix will meet again next week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 26.

Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield has 1,824 career 3-pointers and needs four on Sunday to pass Kobe Bryant and still-active Wesley Matthews to move into 23rd place on the NBA’s all-time list.

Suns head coach Frank Vogel coached the Pacers from 2011-16, leading Indiana to the Eastern Conference Finals in both 2013 and 2014. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle passed Vogel earlier this season for most coaching wins in NBA franchise history. Carlisle has 265 career wins with the Pacers, while Vogel recorded 250.

Former North Central High School and Indiana University star Eric Gordon signed with the Suns this summer. Gordon is averaging 12.7 points per game and shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point range in his 16th NBA season.

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

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

FUEL SELLOUT SIXTH GAME AND DOMINATE WALLEYE

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye on Saturday night to kick off the second half of their season. In front of a sellout crowd of 6,503 fans, Indy dominated the Toledo Walleye who sit atop the Central division, in a 4-1 victory. This is the Fuel’s sixth sellout this season, which is their new single-season high in sellout games.

1ST PERIOD

Zach Jordan, who returned to the Fuel lineup today, didn’t waste any time and scored just 37 seconds into the game to give Indy an early 1-0 lead. Jordan Martin and Anthony Petruzzelli claimed assists on that goal.

At 6:29, Santino Centorame took the first penalty of the game for hooking. Cam Hillis followed that up with a cross checking penalty at 11:17 but the Fuel killed off both.

Adrien Beraldo and DJ King dropped the gloves at 13:57 after Beraldo ran into Hillis. Both received five minute majors for that before the period ended.

By the end of the first frame, Indy was outshooting Toledo 16-10.

2ND PERIOD

Matt Anderson opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the second frame to tie the game 1-1.

At 13:55, Kyle Maksimovich scored his thirteenth goal of the season to give Indy the 2-1 lead. Colin Bilek and Cam Hills both earned assists on the goal.

Five minutes later, Hillis scored a goal of his own to put Indy up 3-1. Maksimovich and Chris Cameron were the assists on that goal.

There were no penalties in the second period and by the end, Indy was outshooting Toledo 20-18.

3RD PERIOD

Alexandre Doucet gave the Fuel their first power play of the game with an interference call at 7:28 of the third frame.

The Walleye killed off that penalty before taking another, a roughing minor to Mitchell Lewandowski, at 12:14 that they also killed off.

With less than two minutes to go, Toledo pulled their goalie in favor of the extra skater however could not score with the advantage.

Zach Jordan caught a pass through the neutral zone and extended the Fuel’s lead to 4-1 with an empty net goal and that is how the game would end.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on January 26, 2024 against the Iowa Heartlanders for Do317 Night.

INDIANA TRACK

HOOSIERS CAPTURE NINE EVENT TITLES IN COMPETITIVE FINAL DAY OF INDIANA INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  The Hoosiers captured nine event titles with consistent improvement in a competitive final day of the Indiana Invitational at Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Indiana continued to compete and improve as they combined for 15 event wins and 26 personal bests on the weekend. 

“This early in the season we really want to see them be competitive whether that is on the relays or multiple races,” Assistant Coach for Sprints, Hurdles and Relay Valerie Brown said. “We did a lot of loading this week, so for a lot of them to come back today, race and execute race plans and being competitive on those relays is what we want to see this early in the season. We are really progressing through training and focusing on what is going to matter in a month from now. We don’t focus on time. We focus on competitiveness and if we are executing what we need to do whether that’s the block start, the finish of our race, or putting the races together. It’s focusing on helping us get to a better place, so when it is Big Ten time, we are in a position to be more competitive than we are right now.”

The men’s “A” and “B” relays ran season best times along with the women’s “A” relay.

John Colquitt finished second in a photo finish with a time of 8.152 in the 60 meter hurdle finals.

Ryann Parrish finished fourth in a with a personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 57.80 after achieving a PR in the 600 meters yesterday.

Freshman sprinters Kristina Vincic and Symone Adams also set personal bests on day one in the 60 meters and 200 meters.

“As a group being more competitive at this meet was exciting to see, but you have to give credit to Ryann Parrish,” Brown said. “She is young, but you are seeing the fight and the competitive edge in her races through progression and setting personal bests. She stood out to me who someone is trending in the right direction. Kristina and Symone are also in a better place. With our longer sprinters, they were loaded pretty well, so for them it was just getting through the weekend pretty healthy.”

Maddie Russin wins her second event of the weekend in the 800 meters. She breaks the nation’s top-25 list as she checks in at No. 23 with a season best time of 2:09.37.

The men’s mid-distance group swept the 800 meters with Camden Marshall taking the top spot with the nation’s seventh fastest time. Parker Raymond finished second in the event to claim the 10th fastest time this season. Keelan Grant, Jaylen Castillo and Martin Segurola rounded out the event in the top-five for the Hoosiers.

Mariah Wehrle and Austin Haskett claimed the top-spots in the 3k race. Haskett set another personal best on the weekend with a time of 8:08.42 after running a sub-four-mile with a time of 3:58.59 on day one of the meet.

“I think for every distance runner wanting to break four [minutes] is always in the back of their mind. It is a huge accomplishment and such a surreal moment,” Haskett said. “And being able to do it at home in front of all my family and friends is an awesome experience.”

In the field, Jessica Mercier cleared a height of 4.27m/14-0.00 in the pole vault for a new personal best with the cream and crimson. She also earns the ninth best mark in the nation.

“I am happy with my performance,” Mercier said. “But I obviously wanted more to secure my spot for nationals. I like where I am sitting right now, and that I am improving a little each time. I think this is the second time I have cleared over 14 [feet] which is good. I am just enjoying and having fun pole vaulting more.”

Grayson Rolen won the High Jump event, tying his season best performance of 2.04m/6-08.25.

Garrett Messer held his lead from day one to win his first heptathlon with a total of 4,691 points.

Teammate Max Grangier moved up from fourth to second place in his final three events of the Heptathlon. He finished the first of his career with a point total of 4,609.

“It was our first one obviously, so we knew going in it was going to be tiring and tough,” Messer said. “We knew that if we had a bad event, we couldn’t get down on ourselves but had to move onto the next event. I am really proud of the way we moved through it. We stayed strong, stayed together and came out on top.”

Grangier added, “We had to figure out what it feels like. Day two was the better day for me with the 1000 meter and pole vault. We know what we have to work on now.”

Up next, the Hoosiers will split up as the distance group heads to Boston, Mass., for the John Thomas Terrier Classic with the rest of the group headed to Louisville, Kent., for the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BB

31ST BARN BURNER TROPHY GAME SET FOR SUNDAY AT PURDUE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A Big Ten rivalry is renewed on Sunday when No. 16 Indiana and Purdue met in the annual Barn Burner Trophy game inside Mackey Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on Peacock.

GAME DAY INFO

#16/16 Indiana (15-2, 6-1 B1G) at Purdue (9-8, 2-4 B1G)

Sunday, January 21, 2024 • 2 p.m. ET

Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.

Broadcast: Peacock (Cindy Brunson, Aja Ellison)

Radio: B97 (Austin Render)

Live Stats: PurdueSports.com

Social Media: Facebook | X | Instagram

ABOUT THE COACHES

Indiana  Purdue

Teri Moren          Katie Gearlds

Career Record: 414-225 (21st Season)      Career Record: 378-145 (17th Season)

Indiana Record: 215-95 (10th Season)      Purdue Record: 13-3 (1st Season)

ABOUT THE BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is looking to shake a three-game losing streak as it’s coming off a 80-67 loss at Penn State on Thursday night. Three players average double figures led by fifth year Abbey Ellis’s 13.9 points per game. Fifth year Madison Layden leads the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (48.1) and adds 10.8 points per outing. The Boilermakers average 68.7 points per game and shoot 41.9 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Purdue leads 55-41

LAST MEETING

2/19/23 – W, 83-60 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes scored a season-high 32 points by going 15-for-17 from the floor in an 85-62 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night. Indiana went 58.9 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from 3-point range, connecting on 11 triples in the victory. Senior guard Sara Scalia also poured in 22 points while hitting five 3-pointers. Senior guard Sydney Parrish added 15 points as Indiana got past Minnesota for the seventh-consecutive time.

The Hoosiers have owned the series with Purdue as of late, winning nine-in-a-row and 12 of the last 13. In the annual Barn Burner Trophy series, Indiana has secured the rivalry honor for the last eight-straight outings dating back to the 2016-17 season. Purdue leads the all-time Barn Burner series, which began in 1994, 19-11.

Indiana currently owns one of the nation’s best shooting percentages at 51.0 percent per game, which ranks third in the country and leads the Big Ten.  They have shot 50 percent or better on nine occasions, including on Wednesday night against Minnesota. IU has also shot 60 percent or better from the floor three times this season.

Eyes will begin to focus on IU’s all-time scoring record, as Holmes closes in on taking over the top spot in the history books. She enters Sunday’s game just 124 points shy of Tyra Buss’s (2014-18) record of 2,364 points. Through her five seasons, the Gorham, Maine native has collected 2,241 points and is only the second player to score over 2,000 points in her IU career.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will have a bye week as it will return to action on Sunday, January 28 against Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE CAPS OFF UNBEATEN WEEK ON ROAD WITH 84-70 TRIUMPH AT IOWA

[2] Purdue 84, Iowa 70 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 17-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference with an 84-70 win over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win was Purdue’s third straight win, the last two coming on the road.

Purdue has now won three straight games against Iowa, nine of the last 11 contests, and four of the last five matchups in Iowa City.

Purdue has won back-to-back road games by at least 14 points for the first time since the 2020-21 season (75-58 vs. Nebraska; 73-52 vs. Penn State).

The Boilermakers are 17-2 (or better) in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Purdue started last season with an 18-1 mark. Purdue is now 17-2 (or better) for the fifth time in school history (1988, 1994, 2018, 2023, 2024).

The victory was Purdue’s, nation-leading 7th quad-1 victory. Eleven of Purdue’s 17 wins have come from the first two quadrants.

The victory was also the ninth against a KenPom top-50 team this year, easily the most in the country.

The win was Purdue’s 75th win since the start of the 2021-22 season. The Boilermakers are now 75-16 in that span, the third-most wins in the country in that span (Houston – 81; Kansas – 77; Purdue – 75).

Purdue outrebounded Iowa by a 50-24 margin, Purdue’s highest rebound margin against a Big Ten team since Jan. 24, 2020, vs. Wisconsin (42-16).

Matt Painter moved into 5th place on the Big Ten’s wins list in league games with his 215th victory. He is now 13 wins behind Ward “Piggy” Lambert for fourth place (228). Painter is now 215-122 in Big Ten play.

Zach Edey became the first Purdue player since Glenn Robinson (4 straight from Dec. 21, 1993 to Jan. 5, 1994) to record three straight 30-10 games, with a 30-point, 18-rebound, 4-block, 2-assist performance. The performance marked his 12th career 30-10 game, tied for the second most by a player in the last 15 years.

Edey is the first Purdue player with three straight 30-10 games against Big Ten teams since Terry Dischinger (5 straight games from Feb. 3, to Feb. 24, 1962).

Edey is the only major-college player in the last 25 years to have at least 90 points, 50 rebounds and 30 made free throws over a 3-game span. In the last three games, Edey has 93 points, 52 rebounds and 31 made free throws (31.0 PPG, 17.3 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 1.7 APG).

His eight career 25-15 games are the most for a high-major player in the last 15 years (Trayce Jackson-Davis and Oscar Tshiebwe – 6).

Edey now needs just 25 points and 8 blocked shots to become the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocked shots, while shooting at least 60.0 percent from the field (David Robinson, Patrick Ewing).

His 51 career double-doubles now just trail Terry Dischinger (54) and Joe Barry Carroll (53) in Purdue history. He tied Joe Barry Carroll for third in Purdue history with 29, 20-10 games (Terry Dischinger – 48; Dave Schellhase – 30).

In Big Ten play, Edey is now averaging 25.1 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.9 assists while shooting 65.7 percent from the field.

Lance Jones tied a season high with 17 points with a season-high 6 rebounds. He went 4-of-9 from 3-point range and is now 10-of-23 (.435) from 3-point range in the last three games. Jones now has 1,740 career points and eight games this season of at least three, 3-pointers.

Fletcher Loyer added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-of-6 from long range. In Big Ten play, Loyer is shooting 18-of-34 (.529) from long distance. He has made a 3-pointer in nine straight games, shooting 22-of-44 (.500) in that span.

Braden Smith had nine points, nine assists and six rebounds in the victory. He has had at least six assists in eight straight games, including 29 assists in his last three games (6.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 9.7 APG in that span).

In league play, Smith is averaging 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. In all games played, Smith is averaging 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game.

Mason Gillis connected on a pair of 3-pointers and during his career, Purdue is 31-4 when he makes multiple 3-pointers in a game.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Zach Edey had 30 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 2 Purdue past Iowa 84-70 on Saturday.

Lance Jones scored 17 points and Fletcher Loyer added 12 as the Boilermakers (17-2, 6-2 Big Ten) won their third consecutive game and 10th out of their last 11.

Edey, the reigning national player of the year, put constant pressure on Iowa’s smaller frontcourt while getting his 12th double-double of the season. He was 10 of 15 from the field and 10 of 15 on free throws. Edey helped the Boilermakers have a 50-24 rebounding edge.

Edey credited Purdue’s balanced offense — the Boilermakers got 36 points inside, but also hit nine 3-pointers — with getting him opportunities.

“We have so many ways to get the ball inside this year,” Edey said. “It’s really helping me. They can take away two or three different actions, and I’ll get (the ball) on the fourth. We do really good things looking for the post, and then playing out of it. We have guys that just make plays.”

The Hawkeyes tried every way to defend Edey, with little success.

“It’s just different with him,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “When he gets deep position, it’s hard (to defend him).”

Added guard Tony Perkins: “Honestly, I thought we did the best we could. Sometimes we played excellent defense. But he’s 285, 300 pounds. He’s hard to move. We were prepared, but that’s a big fella to keep out of the paint.”

Purdue had 19 offensive rebounds, forcing long extra possessions that wore down the Hawkeyes.

“It was just getting shots and trying to live on the glass,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We have a great rebounding team, and tonight our ability to rebound the ball was probably the difference in the game. Nineteen offensive rebounds, that’s pretty impressive.”

Purdue trailed 18-14 with 12:32 left in the first half before going on a 19-2 run, with most of those points coming with Edey on the bench.

“They helped us extend the lead when I was on the bench,” Edey said of the players who were in the game during the run. “That was huge. They came in, did their job, played hard, they got on the glass and did the little things. I thought they played really well.”

Painter said Purdue would have preferred to have Edey on the court, but added: “I thought those guys were very active.”

Iowa later answered with seven consecutive points before the Boilermakers closed the half with a 9-3 run to lead 47-34 at halftime.

Purdue maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half before Iowa got to within 78-70 with 4:22 left. The Hawkeyes (11-7, 3-4) had a chance to cut the lead further, but failed to score on three consecutive possessions. Jones then hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 left to end Iowa’s comeback hopes.

Perkins led Iowa with 24 points. Payton Sandfort had 16 points and Ben Krikke added 10.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: It took a few minutes for the Boilermakers to settle in before their big first-half run gave them control. Edey was as dominant inside, as usual, and Purdue’s 3-point shooting left Iowa defenseless. It was a good road win to keep pace with Wisconsin at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers have won nine of the last 11 against Iowa.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes came in having won three consecutive games and six of their last seven, but their inability to get rebounds proved costly, especially in the first half. Foul trouble against Krikke and freshman forward Owen Freeman in the first half didn’t help, either.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE PRIMED FOR BARN BURNER TROPHY GAME AGAINST #16 INDIANA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is set to take on No. 16 Indiana in front of a packed Mackey Arena on afternoon for the Barn Burner Trophy Game. The Boilermakers will look to claim the trophy for the first time since 2016 and pick up their first ranked win of the season.

The 2 p.m. tip will be shown on Peacock with Cindy Brunson and Aja Ellison on the call.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will bring you the action on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS

BKC Sunday- Boilermaker Kids Club Members can get a free ticket on game day when wearing their membership shirt or badge. Parents must purchase. Please note this opportunity is only available for the upper bowl general admission seats for this game.

Blackout Game-Fans are encouraged to wear all black Purdue gear on game day to cheer on the Boilermakers as they face in-state rival Indiana.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (9-8, 2-4) vs. No. 16 Indiana (15-2, 6-1)

Sunday, Jan. 21

Time: 2 PM

TV/Stream: Peacock

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Despite 42 points from its freshman class, Purdue could not complete a fourth quarter rally in an 80-67 loss in State College. Rashunda Jones provided a spark all night off the bench with 23 points, the most by a Purdue freshman since 2016-17. Caitlyn Harper and Mary Ashley Stevenson both finished with 13 points and fell two and three rebounds short of a double-double, respectively. The Boilermakers did a lot of their work at the line, going 23-of-27.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Indiana 55-40.

• Since its introduction in 1993-94, Purdue leads the Barn Burner Trophy series 18-12.

• The Boilermakers are 8-1 at Mackey Arena this season. Purdue has outscored opponents by 17 points at home, while shooting 47.2% and dishing out 18.9 assists per game. After a sellout against Iowa, Purdue’s 5,942 fans per game is 13th in the nation.

• Following 42 points at Penn State, Purdue’s freshman class is now averaging 22.3 points per game and 21.8 per league outing, the highest mark by a Big Ten freshman class this year.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson enters Sunday ranked second among Big Ten freshmen in rebounding (5.6) and fourth in scoring (9.3). The New York City native is one of 13 freshmen from a power conference and one of two from the Big Ten averaging over nine points and five rebounds per game. That list drops to eight nationally when factoring in her one assist per game.

• Rashunda Jones sprang for a career-high 23 points on the road at Penn State. It was Jones’ third 20-point outing this season, most by a Boilermaker rookie since Dominique Oden in 2016-17.  The South Bend native is third in Big Ten freshman scoring at 9.5 points per game.

• Averaging 5.6 assists and 6.9 assists per game, Jeanae Terry and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two players to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in rebounds and assists. Terry is one of eight players from a major conference averaging over five points, rebounds and assists this year.

• Purdue has a trio of players closing in on the 1,000-point club. Jeanae Terry is 57 points shy of the mark for her career, while Madison Layden is 99 points away. Already a career 1,700-point scorer, Abbey Ellis needs 71 points to reach 1,000 at Purdue.

• The Boilermakers are shooting 78.1% from the line to rank 18th in the country and third in the Big Ten. Abbey Ellis sits fifth in the league with an 84.7% clip. Her career 87.4% mark at Purdue is second in program history to Courtney Moses’ 90.6% (290-320).

• Sunday will see the last two Illinois Miss Basketball winners square off. Purdue’s freshman Sophie Swanson took home the honor in 2022 as a junior, before Indiana freshman Lenée Beaumont won in 2023.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson needs two points and four rebounds to be the first Purdue freshman to record 160 points and 100 rebounds in a season since 2016-17.

• Purdue’s freshman class tallied a combined 42 points against Penn State, its Big Ten-leading second 40-point outing this year.

• Madison Layden leads the Big Ten with a 56% 3-point clip in league games (14-25). She tops the Big Ten in all games at 48.1%.

• Purdue needs one win to reach 500 all-time victories at Mackey Arena.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

PURDUE MEN’S TRACK

MILLER BREAKS 200M SCHOOL RECORD

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Grad student Cameron Miller broke the Purdue track & field record in the 200-meter as the Boilermakers competed against four Big Ten teams at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Miller notched Purdue’s first school record in any event since 2022 and ran the nation’s fastest 200m time this season. His time also broke the facility and meet recorks on Saturday at the U-M Indoor Track Building.

Additionally, junior Zoe Sullivan and freshman Jasiah Rogers each moved up to No. 6 in the record books in their events, as they have both ran a record-book time in each of their first three meets as Boilermakers. Sullivan is in the top-10 charts in the 60m hurdles and Rogers has his name on the 60m all-time list.

The Boilermakers won four events while taking the track against host-Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State.

In his first race as a Boilermaker, Miller immediately made an impact with a record finish of 20.40 seconds. He bested a record almost 20 years old by 0.17 seconds, as Kenneth Baxter’s mark of 20.57 seconds stood since March 12, 2004.

In a tightly contested finish, Miller won by 0.02 seconds as both top-two finishers broke the facility and meet records. His time also is the fastest in the country this season.

In the 60m hurdle final, Sullivan moved up one spot into a tie for No. 6 in program history. Her personal-best time of 8.31 seconds gave her runner-up honors as she earned a top-10 time for the third consecutive meet to begin her Boilermaker career.

Shortly after, Rogers took sole possession of No. 6 all-time in the 60m dash. He crossed the finish line in 6.66 to claim silver with the best time by a Boilermaker in the event since 2021. It’s the 24th-fastest time in the nation this season.

Freshman Nia Wilson won the 60m in 7.42 seconds after she also posted the top prelims time of 7.40. That preliminary mark tied Wilson’s personal-best, which is tied for No. 4 in Purdue’s record book. Her win in the final came by 0.06 seconds.

Junior Grant Gogel picked up the win in the pole vault. He cleared 4.90 meters to beat out teammate Collin Kao, who was second with a clearance of 4.80m. The win was Gogel’s second in three meets during the 2023-24 campaign.

The meet concluded with a win by the men’s 4×400 relay. A team of Miller, junior Brett Otterbacher, senior Jahn Riley and sophomore Eric Young II won in 3:09.44. It’s the 17th-fastest time in the NCAA this season and the fastest by a Boilermaker relay squad since 2019.

A total of 15 personal-record or PR-tying marks were achieved in Ann Arbor. Along with the four wins and three runner-up showings, Purdue earned four third-place finishes.

Up next, the Boilermakers are off to a pair of two-day meets next weekend. Part of the team will be at the Bob Pollock Meet in Clemson, South Carolina, and the rest will be in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Lenny-Lyles Invitational. Action at both tracks is set for January 26-27.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS PULL AWAY IN FIRST HALF TO TOP DEPAUL, 74-60

Butler built a first-half lead and kept DePaul at bay the rest of the way to take a 74-60 win Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 12-7 (3-5 BIG EAST).

The Blue Demons fall to 3-15 and 0-7 in conference play.

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

Butler used a 13-2 run to take a 27-18 lead with 4:18 remaining in the first half.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Jahmyl Telfort and DJ Davis to end the first half gave the Bulldogs a 37-24 advantage at intermission, the largest lead of the first 20 minutes.

The lead grew to 17 (at 47-30) within the first four minutes of the second half, which was the largest lead of the game.

DePaul would cut the lead to single digits only once the rest of the way (at 49-40 with 11:07 remaining); Pierre Brooks II responded with a pair of three-pointers to put the game out of reach.

OF NOTE:

Posh Alexander and Davis combined for all 11 of Butler’s steals; Alexander tied his career-high with six, while Davis set a new personal-best with five.

The Bulldogs went 18-for-21 from the free throw line (86 percent). Entering the game, Butler ranked seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.6 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game this season.

Davis went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line; entering the game, Davis ranked second nationally in free throw percentage (96.2).

Butler shot only 40 percent from the field, while the Bulldog defense limited DePaul to a 42-percent clip.

The Bulldogs had a 37-30 rebounding advantage, including 13 offensive boards. Butler is 10-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

Brooks led the Bulldogs with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting. It was his fifth 20-point game of the season and his sixth time leading the team in scoring. Entering the game, Brooks was fifth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.4 points per game; he has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Alexander and Davis each scored 17 points for the Bulldogs. Alexander added a game-high six assists.

Telfort tied his career-high with nine rebounds.

Butler had only eight turnovers, including just one in the first half. Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 10 games this season. Butler is 9-3 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

Jalen Thomas had eight points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Jalen Terry led DePaul with 15 points on five three-pointers.

Butler is 19-2 against DePaul since joining the BIG EAST and has won eight straight.

Butler is 9-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs travel to Georgetown for a Tuesday night contest in the nation’s capital. The 6:30 p.m. tip will air on FS1.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

THREE JAGS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS IN LOSS TO CLEVELAND STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – Three different Jaguars tallied double-digit points in their loss to the reigning Horizon League champs, Cleveland State on Saturday evening, 90-58. Katie Davidson, Abby Wolterman and Jazmyn Turner all scored in the double digits, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Vikings as CSU capitalized on turnovers scoring 34 points off Jaguars errors.

Cleveland State (17-3, 8-1 HL) was paced by two 20-point performances. Mickayla Perdue totaled 22 points while Colbi Maples added 20. The Jaguars outrebounded the Vikings 34 to 29 but Cleveland State outplayed the Jags in nearly every other aspect.

The Vikings jumped out to a 14-4 lead and held the Jags to just four points until the 4:15 mark. Katie Davidson reentered the game and scored seven points to help bring IUPUI within four points after the first quarter.

IUPUI stayed within seven to eight points most of the second quarter until the last four minutes when the Vikings inched away. Cleveland State went on a 10-3 run to extend their lead to 44-30 at halftime.

Despite cutting the gap by one in the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 21-20, Cleveland State’s defense put a stop to the Jags momentum. They held IUPUI to just seven points in the final quarter while totaling 26 on their side of the court.

Junior Davidson closed with 17 points and both Wolterman and Turner added 12 points apiece. Turner led the team in rebounds with six while Davidson added five. Turner and Tahlia Walton each totaled four assists.

IUPUI finished at 41.4 percent overall and 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from three.

The Jaguars will return to the Jungle on Wednesday (January 24) when they host the Green Bay Phoenix at 7:00 PM.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS DROP HOME TILT WITH ROBERT MORRIS, 80-63

INDIANANPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team suffered an 80-63 setback at home to Robert Morris on Saturday (Jan. 20), despite a game-high 23 points from junior Jlynn Counter. RMU connected on 16-of-32 (50 percent) from three-point range, paced by Josh Corbin’s 20 points and five assists.

Six different RMU (8-12, 4-5 HL) hit at least one three as the Colonials outscored IUPUI 48-9 from long distance. The Jaguars did the brunt of their work inside the arc and at the foul line, outscoring the guests 30-22 in the paint and 16-8 at the free throw line.

RMU blew out to 9-3 lead, including a pair of threes, and kept the Jaguars from tallying their second field goal until more than seven minutes has passed. Stephaun Walker pushed RMU’s lead out to double-digits at the 7:23 mark before halftime to kickoff a quick 7-1 run and the Colonials led by double-figures nearly the rest of the day.

Sophomore Vincent Brady II had a nifty steal and assist on a Counter layup to cap a 6-0 run that saw IUPUI creep back to 45-36 with 14:33 remaining, but RMU fired back with a Corbin trey to regain momentum.

Sophomore DJ Jackson closed with 11 points off the IUPUI bench and both Brady and Bryce Monroe added 10 points apiece. Sophomore Abdou Samb had a team-high five rebounds and two blocked shots while Qwanzi Samuels had four points and three steals.

Justice Williams had 17 points for the victors and TJ Wainwright added 16 points, including three treys, off the RMU bench.

IUPUI finished at 44 percent overall and 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from three. Jackson connected on both of his three-point attempts as part of his 11 points.

IUPUI will return to action on Thursday (Jan. 25) when the Jaguars host Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

IUPUI MEN’S TRACK

JAGUARS EARN 10 PERSONAL BESTS AT SATURDAY’S BUTLER INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – Ten members of the IUPUI men’s track and field team registered new personal bests as the Jaguars competed at the Butler Invitational inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday (Jan. 20). Andrew Whitinger headlined the group, winning the 3,000m event in a personal best time of 8:14.81 to cap the Jaguars’ entrants.

“I thought it was a good day,” head coach Justin Roeder said. “We didn’t expect a lot coming into it. We had a couple individuals cross the line first in their heats, which was great to see. I thought the freshmen did really great and our upperclassmen kind of led that way with their experience.”

Aided by 2016 Olympian Rob Mullett setting the pace, Whitinger latched onto leader for the duration of the race before running the final five laps virtually uncontested by the rest of the field. Whitinger took the win of 22 entrants spread over two heats while Mitchell Gits was third at 8:29.25. Nick Perkins placed sixth overall at 8:36.14.

“It feels good. The track’s really fast. I think we’re really blessed to have something like this in Indianapolis,” Whitinger said. “I felt really good. We were lucky to have Rob Mullett, a former Olympian, pace it today. I just got out and tucked in behind him through the first 2K and kind of just picked up the last little bit over the last 1K and pushed it home.

“My main strategy was to go out there and race smart within myself.”

Earlier in the day, a trio of Jaguars took the top three spots in their heat of the 800 as Janan Pillai won his heat at 1:59.00 and freshman Noah Price was second at 1:59.36. Behind him, Nolan King crossed at 2:01.60.

All five of IUPUI’s entries in the mile earned new personal bests as Wilson Whicker won his heat in a time of 4:30.97 and Connor Murphy made his IUPUI debut with a time of 4:32.02. Alex Alba spun a time of 4:40.52 and Nicolas Probst finished at 4:42.26. Andrew Blake rounded out the entries at 4:42.49.

The Jaguars will return to action next week when they host the IUPUI Invitational at the Fall Creek Pavilion on Friday (Jan. 26) and Saturday (Jan. 27).

IUPUI WOMEN’S TRACK

JAGUARS DAZZLE AT BUTLER INVITATIONAL ON SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s track and field team put up a stellar performance on Saturday (Jan. 20) as the Jaguars helped christen the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at the Butler Invitational. Head coach Antonio McDaniel’s squad knocked down three school records and 14 personal bests, while also collecting two event victories which became de facto facility records.

“Overall it went really well,” McDaniel said. “We’re fortunate that we’re the first group to compete in here, so we have some facility records and some school records. As a whole, I’m super excited. The big thing for us was how everyone came out here and competed, especially when stuff got hard.”

Sophomore Modupe Awosanya set a new school record in winning the long jump while classmate Kyla Kante broke the school record in winning the 60m hurdles. Senior Ellie Cates earned a runner-up finish in the 3,000m event while shattering the school record in the early evening.

Awosanya soared to a win in the long jump with a best mark of 6.22m (20′ 5”), breaking her own school record in the process. Kante earned a spot in the 60m hurdles finals by running 9.01 in the prelims and then defeated the field with a run of 8.85 in the finals. She was joined in the finals by Skyler Sichting and Jada-Marie Davis, with the former running a personal best time of 9.31 in the finals. In addition to her long jump win, Awosanya earned a runner-up finish in the 200m event with a time of 25.49 while Karis Davis was fourth with a personal best time of 25.85.

Both Reese McCuan (1:00.17) and Journey Howard (1:01.87) spun personal bests in the 400m event, as did Wini Barnett (2:22.14) in the 800. Sophie Reichard paced IUPUI’s entries in the mile, winning her heat in a time of 5:21.65, placing seventh of 22 total entries. Cates stole the show with an impressive school record in the 3K at night’s end, running a time of 9:43.28 to take 27 seconds off her prior best and six seconds off the previous school record. Behind her, Madison Fry ran a time of 10:17.60 and Laci Provenzano spun a personal best time of 10:28.92.

“It felt so amazing. The atmosphere was great, being the first meet here,” Cates said. “I could everyone of my teammates going around the track, so it helped so much.”

Freshman Paige Laffoon collected a runner-up finish in the high jump at 1.61m (5′ 3.25”) while Davis matched the effort in a third-place finish.

The quartet of Davis, Paige Schulte, Barnett and McCuan ran a season-best 4×400 time of 4:07.22 to collect a third-place finish.

The Jaguars will compete at the Fall Creek Pavilion again next weekend when they host the IUPUI Invitational at the State Fairgrounds.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

STANFORD CARDINAL GETS PAST BALL STATE CARDINALS IN TOP 20 VOLLEYBALL MATCHUP

AUSTIN, Texas – Patrick Rogers had 19 kills on Saturday afternoon as the 14th-ranked Ball State men’s volleyball team fell short against No. 8 Stanford in the First Point Volleyball Foundation Collegiate Challenge. The star-studded, six-team event at the Austin Convention Center also included top-ranked UCLA, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 13 USC.

The Bay Area’s Cardinal won a lopsided opening set before the Cardinals of Ball State tied it and watched Stanford slip by with a 30-28 marathon win in Game 3. Ball State faced a 10-3 deficit in Game 4 before falling 25-18. Ball State (7-4) dropped its second match of the weekend while Stanford (6-0) remained unbeaten.

Stanford used four aces, three blocks and just one attack error in a dominant opening set to get past the Cardinals 25-9, but Ball State outhit the Cardinal and used three blocks of their own to win 25-21 in the second set.

Tied 1-1, the match drew tighter in Game 3 after Stanford led 19-14. Rogers and Wil McPhillips each had a pair of kills as Ball State climbed back within 24-24, and another Rogers kill knotted the score at 25. Rogers put Ball State ahead 26-25 with his seventh kill of the set, but Will Rottman’s kill for Stanford negated Ball State’s game point. Rottman’s kill put Stanford ahead 28-27, but Rogers matched his counterpart to tie things at 28-all. With Rogers serving, Rottman’s ninth kill of the game staked the Cardinal to a 29-28 lead and Rogers’ attack error allowed Stanford its final point.

Rottman and Rogers combined for 17 kills in Game 3 alone. Rottman paced Stanford with a match-high 22 kills.

After battling Stanford and No. 13 USC this weekend in Texas, the Cardinals return to Worthen Arena next Sunday, Jan. 28 against No. 3-ranked Hawaii, to continue a stretch with five straight nationally ranked opponents.

Stanford           25 – 21 – 30 – 25

Ball State          9 – 25 – 28 – 18

BALL STATE TRACK

CARDINALS PERFORM WELL AT BOB PARKS MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL

YPSILANTI, MI – Track and field had a Saturday full of wins, personal bests and even a new program record as they competed at the Bob Parks Memorial Invitational in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

Field events got things started in Ypsilanti early Saturday afternoon. Ball State jumpers had a strong day with multiple top-ten finishes. Jenelle Rogers placed second in the long jump with a finishing mark of 5.61m. Malina Miller also had an impressive second-place performance, hitting 1.65m in the high jump. In the triple jump, Mckenna Cinotte finished seventh with a mark of 11.45m. 

Shot put also saw great success with four top-ten finishes. Rogers had a dominant first-place finish, with a throw of 14.22m. Sophie Daugard finished sixth with a throw of 13.07m. In the ninth and tenth place slots, Brooklyn Taylor and Malena Higgins had throws of 12.46m and 12.35m. 

Rogers continued to dominate on the track, winning and beating her personal best in the 60m hurdles in the prelims (8.57), then again in the finals (8.52). Lauren Graham was also successful in the 60m hurdles, qualifying for the finals and finishing fourth with a time of 8.85.   

Sarah Mahnensmith ran a smart mile, putting up a strong fight for her third-place finish (5:00.59). Mahnensmith was just tenths of a second behind the top two finishers and within a second of her indoor mile personal best. 

The 300m dash was thrilling and saw three Cardinals in the top five. Jenna Oriani was strong from the gun and walked away with the first-place spot and a new program record after finishing the 300m in 39.48 seconds. Alana Springer was close behind, finishing second with a time of 40.87. Rounding out the top five, Allison Valladay crossed the finish line with a time of 42.08. 

Emma Potter was a strong competitor in the 400m, finishing third and running a time of 57.58. 

In the 200m, Paige Kirtz won her heat and finished eighth overall with a time of 26.31, just .1 seconds off her indoor personal best. 

Late in the afternoon, the 3000m brought another close battle. Carly Spletzer had an impressive second place finish with a new collegiate best time of 10:02.60, just tenths of a second away from the first-place spot. 

The 4x400m relay team made up of Allison Valladay, Jenna Oriani, Paige Kirtz, and Leila Williams-Molitor closed out the meet with a second-place finish and a time of 3:56.15. 

The Cardinals will hope to continue their success as they prepare for the Jaguar Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana scheduled for January 26 and 27. 

Ball State Individual Results at the Bob Parks Memorial Invitational

High Jump

15th – Malena Higgins – 12.27m

Long Jump

2nd – Jenelle Rogers – 5.61m

15th – Mackenna Cinotte – 5.10m 

19th – Emma Upp – 5.06m

22nd – Sophie Daugard – 4.97m

High Jump 

2nd – Malina Miller – 1.65m

Triple Jump

7th – Mckenna Cinotte – 11.45m

13th – Brenna Lehrke – 10.58m

14th – Emma Upp – 10.08m

Shot Put 

1st – Jenelle Rogers – 14.22m

6th – Sophie Daugard – 13.07m

9th – Brooklyn Taylor – 12.46m

10th – Malena Higgins – 12.35m

60m Hurdles 

1st – Jenelle Rogers – 8.52

4th – Lauren Graham – 8.85

60m

4th – Alana Springer – 7.65

5th – Makayla Sumrall – 7.66

200m

8th – Paige Kirtz – 26.31

12th – Aaleiah Winford – 27.11

300m 

1st – Jenna Oriani – 39.48

2nd – Alana Springer – 40.87

5th – Allison Valladay – 42.08

400m

3rd – Emma Potter – 57.58

6th – Paige Kirtz – 1:00.60

800m

11th – Sarah Mahnensmith – 2:20.44

14th – Leila Williams-Molitor – 2:23.49

Mile

3rd – Sarah Mahnensmith – 5:00.59

13th – Ella Fullmer – 5:32.23

3000m

2nd – Carly Spletzer – 10:02.60

5th – Shelby Christman – 10:33.60

13th – Ella Fullmer – 11:31.89

4x400m Relay

2nd – Allison Valladay, Jenna Oriani, Paige Kirtz, Leila Williams-Molitor – 3:56.15

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO MIAMI IN OVERTIME

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team led by 11 points with under five minutes to play, but visiting Miami (OH) stormed back to force overtime where the RedHawks prevailed 87-80 on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.

Miami (9-9, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) hit a 3-pointer by Darweshi Hunter from the right wing with 0.3 seconds on the game clock to tie the score at 72-72 and force overtime. Ball State (9-9, 1-5 MAC) led 69-58 at the 4:56 mark of the second half following a triple from Mickey Pearson Jr.

Miami had a game high 13-0 scoring run with five points to wrap up regulation and eight straight to start overtime to lead to the win. The RedHawks got out of the gates leading 8-0 and peaked their first half edge at 28-19 midway through the opening period before the hosts cut steadily into the deficit to trail only 37-35 at halftime.

Ball State got a career high 29 points from Basheer Jihad, who added four assists and three rebounds, and a double-double from Pearson Jr. (16 points and 10 rebounds), but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Miami offense that got hot late, hitting 10 of their final 13 shots from the field.

Jalin Anderson tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the hosts, while freshman Trent Middleton Jr. provided a spark off the bench with seven points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.

The Cardinals shot 40.6 percent (26-64) from the field, including 40.0 percent (10-25) on 3-pointers and 78.3 percent (18-23) on free throws. Miami went 32 of 63 (50.8 percent) on field goals and 8 of 21 (38.1 percent) from distance.

The trio of Anderson Mirambeaux (16 points), Hunter (15) and Ryan Mabrey (15) provided the majority of the scoring for the RedHawks. Miami outrebounded Ball State 40-37 but had more turnovers (15-13).

Ball State returns to the road and is scheduled to play at Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

SYCAMORES’ STRONG START CONTINUES AT INDIANA INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana State track and field put together a strong showing for the third straight meet at the Indiana Invitational, picking up seven first-place finishes over the course of the weekend at Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The Sycamores nearly swept the first-place finishes in the men’s field events, as Will Staggs (pole vault), Shomari Rogers-Walton (long jump), Wyatt Puff (shot put) and Noah Bolt (weight throw) all took top spots in their respective events, while Kevin Krutsch was second in the high jump. Casey Hood Jr. (60m) was the lone Sycamore winner on the track, with Kyrsten Fehribach (high jump) and Dominique Wood (triple jump) picking up first-place finishes in women’s field events.

In addition to the top spots at the meet, the Sycamores also had multiple performances that cracked the program top-10 rankings. Niesha Anderson continued her stellar start to the 2023-24 season by moving into the top three in program history in the weight throw, while Napoleon Hernandez moved up to 10th in program history in the 600m.

Event Winners

Casey Hood Jr. – 60m (6.70, ran 6.67 in prelims)

Kyrsten Fehribach – high jump (1.69m/5-06.50)

Will Staggs – pole vault (5.25m/17-02.75)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (7.37m/24-02.25)

Dominique Wood – triple jump (11.33m/37-02.25)

Wyatt Puff – shot put (17.62m/57-09.75)

Noah Bolt – weight throw (19.75m/64-09.75)

Top-Three Finishes

Rachel Mehringer – 60m hurdles (second, 8.59)

Napoleon Hernandez – 600m (second, 1:20.54, #10 in program history)

Kevin Krutsch – high jump (second, 2.04m/6-08.25)

Grace Quinlan – high jump (second, 1.69m/5-06.50)

Niesha Anderson – shot put (second, 14.25m/46-09.00), weight throw (third, 21.36m/70-01.00, #3 in program history and #13 in Division I this season)

Collette Wolfe – 60m (third, 7.80, ran 7.76 in prelims)

Ian Gadberry – 5000m (third, 15:39.60)

Hannah Redlin – shot put (third, 13.99m/45-10.75)

Brett Norton – weight throw (third, 19.04m/62-05.75)

Jake Ottersbach – heptathlon (third, 4470)

Chloe Rolen – pentathlon (third, 2970)

Sprints/Hurdles

Indiana State’s sprints group had another impressive showing, with Casey Hood Jr.’s win in the 60m being the headliner. Hood Jr. ran a season-best time of 6.67 in the prelims, which ranks in the top 30 nationally, and followed with a time of 6.70 in the finals. Terrance O’Bannon (6.79) and Isiah Thomas (6.91) both advanced to the finals but did not compete, while Collette Wolfe also earned a third-place finish in the women’s 60m with a time of 7.80.

Tahj Johnson also had a strong showing in his first 200m race of the season, clocking a time of 21.97 to place fourth. Trent Jones ran a time of 22.35 to also finish in the top 10, while Kamille Gaskin-Griffith had the top result in the women’s 200m for the Sycamores with a time of 25.59.

In the hurdles, Rachel Mehringer’s outstanding debut campaign rolled on with another top-three finish, as she placed second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.59. Shanisa Stinson also qualified for finals and placed sixth with a time of 8.88, while Collin Forrest (8.35) and Parker Doyle (8.36) both reached the finals of the men’s 60m hurdles.

Indiana State’s 4x400m relay teams competed in their toughest field to date as well, with Alysha Bradford, Riley Tuerff, Janiya Bowman and Iyanla Hunter claiming a fourth-place finish in the women’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:56.23. On the men’s side, Jones, Johnson, Xavier Wills and Cameron Stevens teamed up to place sixth with a time of 3:25.94.

Distance

Led by Napoleon Hernandez’s career-best performance in the 600m, Indiana State’s mid-distance and distance runners continued their upward trajectory. Hernandez moved into 10th in program history in the event with his time of 1:20.54, which placed him second at the meet.

Also securing a top-three finish over the weekend was Ian Gadberry, whose 5000m time of 15:39.60 represented a career best. Jackson Krieg had a strong showing in the 3000m with a time of 8:27.91, while Jason Dworak paced the Sycamores in the mile with a career-best time of 4:12.12. On the women’s side, Emma Gresham led the way in the mile with a time of 5:06.96, while Morgan Dyer clocked a time of 10:25.82 in the 3000m. Hadley Gradolf earned a top-five finish in the 5000m with a time of 18:26.29.

All four 800m runners set personal-best times for the Sycamores, as Alli Steffey led the way on the women’s side with a time of 2:23.42 and Caden Emmert paced the men’s side with a time of 1:56.40.

The Sycamores’ other first-place finish among the distance and mid-distance events came in the men’s 800m, with Nick Burns running a time of 1:57.08 to take home the top spot. On the women’s side, Halle Miller earned a second-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:21.79.

Indiana State also had a strong showing in the 3000m, as Logan Pietrzak (8:34.31) finished second on the men’s side and Erica Barker (10:20.75) finished third on the women’s side.

Jumps/Pole Vault

More than half of Indiana State’s event wins over the weekend came from the jumps group, which totaled four event wins in Bloomington. Will Staggs, ever a constant at the top of the pole vault standings, continued his strong start to the season by clearing 5.25m (17-02.75), while Shomari Rogers-Walton won the men’s long jump in his 2023-24 event debut with a top mark of 7.37m (24-02.25).

Not to be outdone, a pair of women’s jumpers also earned top marks at the Indiana Invitational. Kyrsten Fehribach cleared a career-best 1.69m (5-06.50) to win the high jump, while Dominique Wood recorded a season-best mark of 11.33m (37-02.25) to place first in the triple jump.

The high jump was a strong event for the Sycamores, as Grace Quinlan matched Fehribach’s mark of 1.69 on the women’s side to place second. Kevin Krutsch cleared a season-best 2.04m (6-08.25) to place second on the men’s side.

In addition to Staggs’ solid showing in the men’s pole vault, Parker Speth also earned a top-five finish after clearing 4.70m (15-05.00). Selene Weaver and Kennedy Merrell both cleared 3.67m (12-00.50) in the women’s pole vault to place fifth and sixth, with Merrell’s mark representing a career best.

Janiya Bowman had the top result for the Trees in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.59m (18-04.25), while Piere Hill had a career-best mark of 6.56m (21-06.25) on the men’s side to go alongside Rogers-Walton’s event win.

Throws

Indiana State’s throwers have had a banner season, and this weekend’s Indiana Invitational was no different. The Sycamores swept the top spots in both men’s throws events, while Niesha Anderson continued to climb the Division I charts in the weight throw.

Wyatt Puff made it 3-for-3 in terms of first-place finishes in the shot put this season with a top mark of 17.62m (57-09.75), and ended up with the four best throws in the entire field. Elias Foor also earned a top-five finish in the event with a mark of 16.31m (53-06.25). Anderson placed second in the women’s shot put with a mark of 14.25m (46-09.00), the top mark of any collegiate athlete in the field, while teammate Hannah Redlin was third with a mark of 13.99m (45-10.75).

Anderson continued to shine in the weight throw, moving up to third in program history and 13th in the 2023-24 NCAA Division I rankings in the event with a mark of 21.36m (70-01.00) Anderson had the top finish of any collegiate athlete in the field. On the men’s side, Noah Bolt continued his strong season with another first-place finish, his top attempt coming in at 19.75m (64-09.75). Brett Norton also cracked the top three in the event, with his best attempt measuring 19.04m (63-03.50).

Multis

Indiana State competed in the combined events for the first time this season in Bloomington, with multiple Sycamore entries in both the heptathlon and pentathlon.

Jake Ottersbach used first-place finishes in the 60m hurdles (8.52) and high jump (1.83m/6-00.00) to help secure a third-place heptathlon finish with 4470 points. Indiana State athletes ended up winning four of the seven heptathlon events, as Mitch Conard also won the 60m (7.08) and long jump (6.96m/22-10.00).

Competing back in her hometown, Chloe Rolen earned a third-place finish in the pentathlon with 2970 points, earning top-two finishes in the long jump (4.97m/16-03.75) and 800m (2:33.74). Kayla Douglas placed in the top three in both the high jump (1.54m/5-00.50) and 60m hurdles (9.59) in her first pentathlon as a Sycamore.

Up Next

Indiana State competes at a Big Ten-hosted meet for the second straight weekend when it takes part in the Michigan Invitational January 26-27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS READY FOR THE RACERS ON SUNDAY

MURRAY, Ky. – Indiana State men’s basketball travels to Kentucky to face the Murray State Racers on Sunday evening from the CFSB Center. The game tips off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and 105.5 The Legend.

Series History

Indiana State travels to Kentucky for the first time this season to face the Racers of Murray State. With Murray State still fresh to the Missouri Valley, this will be only the third meeting in recent years between the Sycamores and Racers. Last year, ISU and MSU split the series with the Sycamores coming out on top at home, 99-56.

About Murray State

Murray State is in their 6th season with Coach Steve Prohm at the helm. Coach Prohm is in his second stint as head coach of the Racers, currently in his second year back in Murray. Coach Prohm was with Murray State from 2011-12 through 2014-15 and returned last season after six years at Iowa State. Murray State sits in a two-way tie for third place in the MVC with a 5-2 record. The Racers were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. In the first year in the league, Murray State finished 17-15 overall and 11-9 in MVC play. MSU was defeated by the eventual MVC champions Drake in Arch Madness, 74-62. Five Racers currently average 10.0+ PPG: Rob Perry (13.3), JaCobi Wood (12.7), Brian Moore, Jr. (11.5), Nick Ellington (10.8), and Quincy Anderson (10.7).

Sycamores in the Spotlight

ISU has multiple national televised games this season (7). In those games, ISU currently stands 2-2 with Murray State away (ESPN2), Bradley at home (ESPN2 or ESPNU), and Drake at home (ESPN2) still to play. Indiana State’s two wins came at Bradley (ESPNU; 88-77) and versus Ball State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Peacock; 83-72). The two losses came at Alabama (SEC Network; 102-80) and at Michigan State (FS1; 87-75).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball moved to 15-3 on the season and 6-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the win over Missouri State Tuesday night, 88-66.

Ryan Conwell led a trio of Sycamores that powered the offensive output inside Hulman Center with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, tacking on five rebounds and three assists.

Robbie Avila recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 9-for-15 from the field with three triples. Avila recorded a team-high four assists. Teammate Jayson Kent also recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kent finished 5-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from three. Isaiah Swope was the fourth and final Sycamore in double figures with 13 points.

Last Time Out – Murray State

The Murray State Racers won for the third-straight time away from home Wednesday with a 73-58 over the UIC Flames In Chicago, Ill. Nick Ellington scored a career-high 29 points on 13-of-16 from the field, with seven rebounds and a pair of steals and blocked shots. Quincy Anderson added 15 points, while the Racers had seven others score including JaCobi Wood with eight points. Showing their best efficient offensive game, the Racers shot 51 percent from the field and assisted on 22 of their 30 field goals.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES CLOSE TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP SUNDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes a two-game road trip Sunday afternoon when it squares off with Missouri State at 3 p.m. inside Great Southern Bank Arena.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Mya Glanton recorded her fifth double-double of the season Friday night while Savannah White tied the Indiana State single-game record with seven blocks, helping Indiana State squeak past Southern Illinois 64-63 inside Banterra Center.

Glanton led the Sycamores with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Bella Finnegan had 11 and Ella Sawyer added 10. Eight different players scored for the Sycamores, who led by as many as 22 in the third quarter.

After a slow start, Indiana State used a 17-4 run to take a double-digit lead after the first quarter and never trailed for the remainder of the game. Glanton had 15 first-half points, including 11 in the opening quarter, as a strong shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes allowed the Trees to take a 38-22 lead into the intermission. The Sycamores maintained their double-digit advantage until the fourth quarter, as SIU took advantage of 17 second-half turnovers to get within one late. A deep two-pointer from the corner from White inside the last 30 seconds proved to be a dagger, allowing Indiana State to hold off Southern Illinois’ comeback effort.

Record-Setting Swats

Indiana State tied a program single-game record with 10 blocked shots in its last game, a 64-63 win over Southern Illinois. The last time the Sycamores had 10 blocked shots prior was Dec. 16, 2019 against Northern Kentucky.

In addition, Savannah White matched the program single-game record with seven blocked shots against Southern Illinois. White tied Shannon Thomas, the program’s all-time blocks leader, while her seven rejections were the most by an MVC athlete this season.

White jumped into the top five in the MVC in blocks per game following her record-setting night against Southern Illinois. She is currently one of four MVC players averaging more than one block per game, and has averaged 2.2 blocks per game against conference foes.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s 3-point defense has been on a new level since the start of conference play, with MVC foes struggling behind the arc against the Sycamores. Through the first five games of the conference schedule, Indiana State’s opponents have made just 25 of their 117 3-point attempts, equating to a 21.4 percent mark from distance.

The Sycamores are currently the only team in the MVC to hold conference opponents below 24 percent from 3-point range, with four of Indiana State’s first six conference foes shooting below 20 percent on 3-point attempts.

Ice Cold

Indiana State’s defense has tightened up in MVC play, as the Sycamores’ conference opponents have shot just 36.5 percent from the field. The Trees rank third in opponent field goal percentage since the start of conference play.

Each of Indiana State’s last three opponents have shot below 40 percent from the field, including Southern Illinois going 23-for-75 (30.7 percent) in the last game. Four of Indiana State’s six conference foes this season have shot below 40 percent.

Hitting From Distance

Indiana State guard Bella Finnegan has found her stroke from behind the arc in recent games, knocking down three 3-pointers in each of the last four games.

Finnegan’s 3-point percentage has improved to 45.2 percent (14-for-31) since the start of conference play, and the sophomore sharpshooter has shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from distance over the last four games.

Milestone Moments

A pair of Indiana State players reached career milestones during the Sycamores’ most recent homestand, as Mya Glanton reached the 500-rebound mark for her career and Chelsea Cain scored her 500th point at Indiana State.

Glanton became the 22nd player in program history to reach 500 rebounds for her career, and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds last week against Murray State. Cain’s 500 points at Indiana State came in 44 games, with the senior forward scoring in double-figures in 26 games with the Blue and White.

Rebound Machine

Mya Glanton’s 18 rebounds in against Murray State represented a career-high and the fourth-highest single-game rebounding mark in Indiana State history. 10 of Glanton’s 18 rebounds came on the offensive glass, the most for any MVC athlete in a game this season.

Glanton leads Indiana State with 8.0 rebounds per game, including 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. She ranks first in the MVC in offensive rebounds and fifth in rebounds per game.

Missouri State at a Glance

Missouri State enters Sunday’s game at 11-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Lady Bears defeated Evansville 90-55 in their last game and are a perfect 9-0 at home this season.

Indya Green leads a balanced scoring effort with 10.5 points per game, with Lacy Stokes also averaging double-digit scoring at 10.1 points per game. Green also leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game, while Stokes averages 4.5 assists per game. Seven different Lady Bears average at least five points per game, with five of those players averaging more than eight points per game.

Beth Cunningham is in her second season as the head coach at Missouri State and has a 31-16 record at the helm of the Lady Bears. Missouri State went to the WNIT in Cunningham’s first season as the head coach. Cunningham is two wins shy of reaching 200 for her head coaching career.

Series History Against Missouri State

Southern Illinois owns a 67-18 advantage in the all-time series and has won each of the last 18 meetings. Indiana State’s last win in the series came in the 2013-14 season, when the Sycamores swept the season series.

Last Meeting Against Missouri State (Feb. 25, 2023)

Bella Finnegan led a trio of Indiana State players in double-figures with 19 points, but Missouri State defeated the visiting Sycamores 77-66 inside Great Southern Bank Arena.

Anna McKendree finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Caitlin Anderson scored a season-high 12 points off the bench for the Sycamores. Mya Glanton added nine points and seven rebounds for Indiana State, who outscored Missouri State 19-8 in the fourth quarter.

The second quarter proved to be the difference, as Indiana State was outscored 21-8 in the period. Facing a 69-47 deficit heading into the fourth, the Sycamores turned up the intensity defensively and limited Missouri State to just eight points in the last 10 minutes. The Trees outscored the Lady Bears 19-8 in the final period but ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Up Next

Indiana State returns to Hulman Center to face Valparaiso Friday at 6 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS SHORT AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE

CLEVELAND – Rasheed Bello finished with a team-high 20 points but it wasn’t enough to lift the Mastodons to victory on Saturday (Jan. 20) as Purdue Fort Wayne fell at Cleveland State 75-68.

Bello added four boards and six assists to his 20 points. Anthony Roberts joined Bello in double figures with 16 points and six rebounds. 

The ‘Dons finished the game shooting 40.7 percent but Cleveland State shot better at 51.8 percent. Similarly from range, Purdue Fort Wayne shot 34.8 percent while CSU made 11-of-22 to shoot 50 percent. The ‘Dons made the most of their free throws in sinking 16-of-18 for their season-high percentage of 88.9.

Jalen Jackson hit two free throws with four minutes to play and tied the score at 66. After collecting a CSU miss, the ‘Dons had a chance to take the lead, but lost the ball and Tae Williams’ layup at the other end gave the Vikings a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The two sides spent almost the same amount of time in the lead. Cleveland State led by 21-16 after the first ten minutes of the game, but the ‘Dons came back to lead by two at halftime. In the second half, the ‘Dons led by 15 with 11:14 to play, but couldn’t fend off a CSU comeback that saw Drew Lowder score 15 of his game-high 23 points.

Cleveland State improves to 12-8 (5-4 Horizon League) while the ‘Dons fall to 13-7 (4-5 Horizon League).

The ‘Dons are back in action on Thursday (Jan. 25) at Northern Kentucky on ESPNU.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ELITE DEFENSIVE OUTING SHUTS DOWN RMU, ‘DONS BLOW OUT COLONIALS

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Purdue Fort Wayne blew out Robert Morris 64-36 in a women’s basketball contest on Saturday (Jan. 20). RMU’s 36 points was the fewest a Division I program has ever scored against the Mastodons.

At the halfway mark of Horizon League play, Purdue Fort Wayne is 6-4 in the league. It is their best start to league play through 10 games since the 2010-11 season.

The Mastodons never trailed in Saturday’s game. From the opening tip, the Mastodons blitzed RMU offensively. Jazzlyn Linbo won the tip then assisted on Amellia Bromenschenkel’s 3-pointer. Two possessions later, Linbo rebounded on the defensive end and Audra Emmerson drained a triple off Bromenschenkel’s assist. The next time up the court was exactly the same as the trio combined to give the Mastodons a 9-0 lead after three minutes of play. The ‘Dons led 20-7 by the end of the first quarter when Bromenschenkel hit a fadeaway with six seconds left.

Midway into the second quarter, Audra Emmerson scored her 13th point on a driving layup, nearly matching RMU’s point total of 16 at the time on her own. The ‘Dons took a 23-point lead into halftime when Bromenschenkel scored six points in the final two minutes.

The Mastodon lead ballooned to as many as 30 in the third and fourth quarters on a few occasions before the Mastodons went deep into their bench.

Purdue Fort Wayne held Robert Morris to just four points in the final 10 minutes. The Colonials made two field goals coming at the 9:47 and 4:16 marks. They were scoreless for the final four minutes as the ‘Dons held RMU to 2-for-17 (11.8 percent) from the floor and 0-for-6 from beyond the arc in the final quarter. The Colonials were a dreadful 21.4 percent from the floor and 0-for-8 from deep in the second half.

The Mastodons finished 21-of-55 (38.2) after going 15-of-27 (55.6) in the first half. Purdue Fort Wayne was 14-of-16 (87.5) from the charity stripe. The ‘Dons won the rebounding battle 38-36. They also forced 19 RMU turnovers while committing just 11 of their own.

Emmerson led all scorers with 18 points. Linbo finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Bromenschenkel had 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Ten different Mastodons scored.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 12-8 and 6-4 in the Horizon League. RMU falls to 6-13, 2-8. Purdue Fort Wayne will step out of league play for the final time on Tuesday (Jan. 23) when the ‘Dons visit Chicago State.

EVANSVILLE TRACK

JOHNSON LEADS ACES IN FINAL DAY OF INDIANA INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Evansville track and field team wrapped up its time at the Indiana Invitational with another podium finish and three more broken program records.

Sprinter Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS) broke her previous 400-meter record for the Purple Aces second podium finish of the weekend. Johnson placed third in the event while running a 57.80 while teammate Eilen Brenne (Skein, Norway) placed 13th with a time of 1:01.19. Along with another podium placement, UE set new program records in two other events.

Graduate thrower Zach Dove (Princeton, Ind. / Princeton Community HS) topped Evansville’s record in the men’s shot put with a throw of 15.53 meters for a seventh-place finish. Dove now holds both the indoor shot put and weight throw program records after Saturday’s performance. The Aces other new program record came in the men’s 4×400-meter relay as the team of Austin Liversgowdy (Florence, Ky. / Cooper HS), Raymond Felton III (Houston / Clear Brook HS), Jose Ocampo (Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico), and Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain) ran a 3:22.79 for a fifth place finish.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay team came just two seconds shy of their program best last weekend, running a 4:03.58 for an eighth-place finish. Also on the track, UE had three runners compete in the men’s 400-meter race all finishing within three spots of each other. Liversgowdy had the best finish at ninth by running a 51.16 and was closely followed by Ocampo with a season-best 51.90 run while Jakub Nowick (Poznan, Poland) ended in 11th with a 52.00 run.

Mid-distance runners for Evansville also had a good day with two top 10 finishes in the women’s 800-meter race and two top 15 finishes on the men’s side. Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) placed eighth with a time of 2:18.24 while Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland) finished right behind her in ninth with a time of 2:16.68. In the men’s 800-meter race Monfort and Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn. / Central HS) ran identical times of 1:56.488 to tie for 14th. Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy) also finished the 800-meter with a time of 2:02.11.

The Aces finished their day on the track with the 3000-meter events as Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria) had the highest placement at fifth with a time of 9:58.82. Graduate distance runner Sarah Vanderhoof-Dossett (Franklin, Tenn. / Independence HS) finished the event in 16th with a time of 10:37.46. On the men’s side Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) placed 10th with a time of 8:32.08 while Rafael Rodriguez and Owen Cuplin finished with times of 8:35.78 and 9:09.75 respectively.

UE’s throwers fared well on Saturday along with Dove’s new program record. Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS) had a season-best in the shot put with a throw of 14.19 meters. In the women’s shot put Brooke Springer threw 9.39 meters while freshman Jillian Miller made her throwing debut at 8.07 meters.

Evansville will have the next week off to fine-tune its performances before the team’s next meet. The Aces will compete again on Friday, Feb. 2 at the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic in Louisville.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

BIG START LAUNCHES BULLDOGS TO WIN OVER ACES

DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake opened the night connecting on 10 of their first 11 field goal attempts and would pull away to take a 98-47 win over the University of Evansville men’s basketball team on Saturday night at the Knapp Center.

Yacine Toumi was Evansville’s top scorer with 13 points while Antonio Thomas had 10 and Josh Hughes finished the night with eight.  Five Bulldogs reached double figures with Kyron Gibson and Darnell Brodie scoring 18 apiece.  Brodie added a game-high 10 rebounds.

Making his first collegiate start, Chuck Bailey III kept the Purple Aces right in the mix in the opening moments, giving UE a 4-2 lead.  After four in a row by the Bulldogs, Bailey converted once again to tie the game at 6-6.  That is the point where Drake took control, scoring 12 in a row to cap an 8-for-9 start from the field.  The early lights out shooting continued for the Bulldogs as 10 of their opening 11 attempts found the bottom of the net, giving them a 23-8 lead.

Evansville switched to a zone defense, temporarily causing some issues for the Bulldogs.  Yacine Toumi knocked down a triple to cut the deficit to 12 (23-11) as the period moved past the midway point before Drake countered with another 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.  That triple was the first of 20 in a row by the Bulldogs as they went up 43-11 at the 5:27 mark.  Following a Josh Hughes layup, Drake added five more to take their largest lead of the half at 48-13.  At the break, UE trailed by a 54-20 margin as DU shot 75.9% in the opening stanza.

Toumi scored UE’s first six points of the second half as the squad got back within 30 points at 58-28.  With 11:37 remaining, Drake capped a 13-3 stretch that pushed their advantage to 40 points.  As the minutes wound down, the Bulldogs finished the evening with the 97-48 victory.

For the night, DU shot 63.9% from the field and 44.4% from long range.  Evansville finished at 35.6% while shooting 18.2% from 3-point range.

UE remains in Iowa as they prepare for Tuesday evening’s contest at UNI.  Tip will be at 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI OUT GUNNED BY MOREHEAD STATE, 81-70

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball was outgunned from beyond the three-point arc by Morehead State University and lost today, 81-70, in Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles are to 5-15 overall and 2-5 in OVC play, while the MSU Eagles are 15-5 overall, 6-1 OVC.

It was the MSU Eagles who took command early, using a 15-7 surge to lead 24-13 with 10:15 to play in the opening half. The Screaming Eagles were out matched on the glass during the first 10 minutes, 12-1.

After falling behind by 14 (29-15), USI methodically started to cut the deficit to eight, 32-24, with 2:55 left in the half on a 9-3 run. Morehead State would close out the final three minutes of the half with a 10-4 run to take a 42-28 lead into the break.

USI flew out of the out of the locker room to start the second half and quickly cut the deficit to single-digits, 45-36, when sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) converted an old fashion three-point play with 17:47 to play. The Screaming Eagles and the MSU Eagles continued to battle until USI cut the deficit to six, 52-46, after a pair of free throws by junior forward Nick Hittle (Indianapolis, Indiana) with 12:53 to play.

Morehead State would run its lead back into double digits by the midway point of the final half, taking the margin back to as many as 16 points in the final two minutes before settling for the 81-70 final.

On the statistics page, junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) reached 30 points for the second time this season to lead USI. Hernandez was six-of-12 from the field, including a three-pointer, and 17-19 from the stripe.

Hittle rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points. He was four-of-five from the field and three-of-seven from the stripe.

As a team, USI lost the battle of the board, 34-30, and was outshot from beyond the arc, 10-4.

Next Up For USI:

USI concludes the three-game homestand Thursday when it hosts OVC-leading Western Illinois University Thursday at 8 p.m. The USI-WIU matchup is scheduled to air live on ESPNU. The game marks the second-straight year that USI has hosted ESPNU for a contest in Screaming Eagles Arena.

To showcase USI’s #ScreaglePride, a White Out Night will be held for both games of Thursday’s OVC doubleheader, leading off with USI Women’s Basketball (also against Western Illinois) at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear white apparel to whiteout Screaming Eagles Arena!

WIU (12-7, 5-1 OVC) suffered its first loss in OVC play, falling to Tennessee State University, 58-57, at home this afternoon. The Leathernecks saw its nine-game winning streak snapped, but they have won 10 of the last 12 games dating back to December.

WIU leads the all-time series with USI, 3-1, after defeating the Screaming Eagles last season, 86-78, in McComb, Illinois. The first three meetings between USI and WIU date back to a pair of games in 1977 and one in 1981 (NCAA Division II Regional contest).

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RALEY REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS, USI REMAINS UNBEATEN IN THE OVC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball kept its unblemished Ohio Valley Conference record intact at Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday afternoon after a 70-55 victory against second-place Morehead State University, while USI senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) posted a game-high 18 points to surpass 1,000 career points.

For Raley, the forward became the 21st player in USI Women’s Basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Despite having four personal fouls late in Saturday’s contest, Raley achieved the feat with under three minutes remaining on a three-point play to give USI some breathing room on the scoreboard down the final stretch against Morehead State. Raley exited the game in the final seconds to a standing ovation from coaches, teammates, and spectators, including her family in attendance.

With Saturday’s win, the Screaming Eagles improved to 12-5 overall and 7-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The win also marked USI’s eighth consecutive overall victory. The eight-game winning streak is the longest for USI since the 2018-19 campaign, and the seven-game winning streak in conference action is the longest since the 2017-18 season. With the 7-0 record to start the OVC slate, USI is enjoying its best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97, when the Screaming went 30-2 and was an NCAA II National Finalist. The 1996-97 squad also owns USI’s all-time best winning streak of 29 games.

From the opening tip, Southern Indiana had early success going inside and scoring in the paint. USI also had strong moments on the defensive end, forcing Morehead State deep into the shot clock on several occasions. After a small run by Morehead State late in the first, the visiting Eagles led 15-11 after the opening 10 minutes of action.

Morehead State’s run continued into the second period, spanning four minutes total. The 10-0 run led to a 20-11 lead for Morehead State with eight minutes left in the first half. After a few exchanged baskets, and Morehead State ahead 26-15, Southern Indiana buckled down on defense and cranked up the offense. USI went on a 12-0 run over three minutes to surge into the lead, 27-26. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) capitalized on a couple of looks in the paint, while junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) found her touch with the jump shot.

The Screaming Eagles eventually stretched the push to a 24-5 run for the last 6:40 of the first half. Shafford drilled another pair of triples before Webb and Raley also converted on opportunities down low as part of the big run. USI shot 10-16 for over 62 percent in the second period. Shafford and Raley reached double figures by halftime, as USI led 39-31 at the intermission.

Morehead State scored first out of halftime, but USI answered to increase the margin to nine, 45-36, thanks to an acrobatic, reverse layup from sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana). By the five-minute mark of the third, the Screaming Eagles’ lead reached double digits after back-to-back makes in the post by Webb. Late in the third frame, Saunders continued to be aggressive, knocking down a three-pointer and scoring on dribble penetration. Saunders joined Shafford, Raley, and Webb in double figures by the end of the third, as USI led 56-44 going to the fourth stanza.

Defenses clamped down to begin an intense start to the fourth quarter. Shots were challenged and contested on both ends of the floor. Morehead State made a small charge, but USI was able to maintain its double-figure advantage, 60-50, with 4:32 remaining in the fourth. After a short dry spell for both squads, Raley took control to finish off the win for USI, converting two three-point plays inside the final two minutes.

Southern Indiana was 27-63 for just under 43 percent shooting from the field in the matchup, including four made triples. USI went 12-14 for just below 86 percent at the foul line. Following a slow start on the boards, the Screaming Eagles outrebounded Morehead State, 44-39. Plus, USI outscored Morehead State 44-24 in the paint. In addition to Raley’s 18-point performance, Shafford and Webb added 14 points, while Saunders tallied 11 points.

The Morehead State Eagles dropped to 10-8 this season and 5-2 in the OVC with Saturday’s loss. In the game, Morehead State shot for below 33 percent (19-58) from the floor with six treys but was only 11-24 for under 46 percent at the free-throw stripe. Morehead State had three players score 10-plus, led by senior guard Veronica Charles’ 16 points.

Southern Indiana concludes the homestand at Screaming Eagles Arena on Thursday at 5 p.m. against Western Illinois University, which is in its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference. Thursday’s game can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Thursday’s USI-WIU matchup is a White Out game, so fans should wear their white apparel to help white out Screaming Eagles Arena. Plus, arrive early to receive a free white t-shirt and rally towel while supplies last.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO RALLIES PAST UIC FOR HOME VICTORY

Simply put, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team never gave up on Saturday afternoon. Not when UIC already owned a double-figure lead with not even seven minutes elapsed in the game. Not when the Flames maintained an 11-point advantage with 7:47 remaining. And not even when Valpo still trailed by four with 2:30 to go.

A 9-0 run in crunch time made Valpo’s struggles down the stretch in the first matchup with UIC a distant memory and the heartbreak of Wednesday’s game at Evansville a thing of the past. The Beacons barreled past the Flames 84-77 in front of a lively Athletics-Recreation Center audience that was loud during the halftime dunk show and even louder when Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) and Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) put on a dunk show of their own.

How It Happened

UIC ran off seven straight points to grab a 7-2 lead in the early going. That gap expanded to 10 at 18-8 with 13:41 on the clock.

Valpo fought back from 10 down with an 8-0 run that featured six points from Ajiboye. The Beacons grabbed the lead a moment later when Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) hit a triple to make it 21-20 with 7:19 to go in the half.

The lead was short lived as UIC went on a 13-0 run to take a 12-point lead at 33-21 with 4:26 until the break. 

Valpo fought to within six when Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]) hit a 3 following back-to-back baskets by Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]). Valpo got within five when Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) hit one from distance, then had another jumper before the half to make it 39-34 UIC at the break.

UIC put together a 6-0 spurt early in the second half to extend a three-point lead to nine at 50-41 with 16:32 on the clock. Schwieger hit a three to cut it to six, but the UIC advantage ballooned to 12 as the Flames hit a pair of 3s to make it 56-44.

Valpo trailed by 12 as late as the 10:29 mark and by 11 with just 7:47 to play. Trailing by eight with five minutes remaining, Edwards slammed home a second-chance dunk to make it 73-67, then Schwieger sliced the lead in half with a 3-ball at the 4:32 mark.

The run reached seven when Stafford scored to make it 73-72, then eventually a huge 3 by Edwards with 1:25 to go put Valpo ahead at 77-76 and brought the decibel level in the ARC to a season peak.

After drawing an offensive foul on the other end of the court, Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / Orangeville Prep) scored with 49 seconds left to boost the lead to three, then Ajiboye’s alleyoop dunk on a gutsy assist by Schwieger with 31 seconds to go made it 81-76 and capped a timely 9-0 Valpo run.

DeAveiro hit two key free throws with 20 seconds left, then Stafford split a pair with 10 seconds on the clock to put the game out of reach.

Inside the Game

Four Beacons scored in double figures, led by Schwieger’s 19 points, his third straight double-figure performance and his highest output in league play. This marked his second-highest point total of the season behind 21 on Dec. 29 at Elon.

Ajiboye played 29 minutes, his second-highest total of the season and highest since Nov. 21, and racked up 16 points, his third double-figure scoring effort and first since the Nov. 21 game against Western Illinois, when he scored 21.

Schwieger and Ajiboye were joined in double figures by DeAveiro and Stafford, who tallied 10 points apiece. DeAveiro has nine or more in seven straight, while Stafford has been in double figures in all five games since his return from an injury.

Schwieger paced the team with nine rebounds, one shy of his third straight double-double. He’s had eight or more boards in five straight games. Ajiboye collected seven caroms, his highest total in conference play.

The Beacons owned a 42-26 rebounding advantage and held an 11-5 edge on the offensive glass.

Valpo went 22-of-24 at the free-throw line, 91.7 percent. That was the team’s best day at the stripe this season in terms of both made free throws and free-throw percentage. This was Valpo’s highest made free-throw total since last season’s home game against UIC (23, Jan. 17, 2023). This was the team’s best percentage at the stripe (minimum seven attempts) since Feb. 12, 2022 at Missouri State (92.6 percent).

Schweiger (9-for-9) and Ajiboye (6-for-6) were both perfect at the free-throw line. Schwieger became the first Valpo player to go perfect at the free-throw line with nine or more attempts since Tevonn Walker went 10-for-10 back on Jan. 3, 2018 at Bradley.

Valpo overcame a 12-point deficit, the team’s first double-figure comeback this season. This was Valpo’s biggest rally since Feb. 9, 2022 at Illinois State, when the Beacons came from 16 down to come away victorious.

Valpo turned it over just eight times, while UIC gave it away on only five occasions. This was Valpo’s third time this season with single-digit turnovers and first since Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLOSES HOMESTAND SUNDAY VERSUS BRADLEY

Valparaiso (1-14, 0-6 MVC)

Game #16 – January 21, 2024 – 1 p.m.

Bradley (5-12, 1-5 MVC)

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its season-long four-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at the ARC when Bradley comes to town. After facing the top three teams in the MVC preseason poll in their first three home games of the Valley slate, the Beacons take on one of the two teams projected to finish below them on Sunday.

The world-famous Pacers Power Pack will bring their high-energy halftime dunk show to the ARC. Before the game, all children 12 and under are invited to join a pregame basketball clinic hosted by the Valpo team and staff from 1-2 p.m. The clinic is free with a game ticket and all attendees receive a Valpo t-shirt. There will also be a meet and greet with Valpo female teams before the game, free pom-poms to the first 500 fans and a postgame autograph session.

Previously: Behind a massive second quarter from freshman Nevaeh Jackson, the Valpo women’s basketball team led visiting Illinois State at the half on Friday evening at the ARC, but the Redbirds turned the tables in the third quarter as the Beacons fell by a 77-68 final. Jackson dropped 17 points in the second quarter, tied for second-most in a single quarter by a Valpo player since the move to quarters, and finished with 19 points, while Leah Earnest posted a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 56-105. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: Bradley leads the all-time series, 12-7, but Valpo has come away victorious in each of the last four meetings. The Beacons won the first matchup last season at the ARC, 78-71 – a game which saw Olivia Brown match her career high with 24 points, while Leah Earnest delivered 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Valpo then won the return engagement in Peoria, holding off a fourth-quarter rally by the Braves for a 76-72 victory. Brown and Ali Saunders tied for team-high honors in that contest with 17 points apiece.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…versus Illinois State

– Valpo led by as many as four points in the early going, but Illinois State closed the first quarter on a 10-3 run to lead 17-11 at the end of one.

– Nevaeh Jackson poured in 17 points in the second quarter alone as the Beacons outscored the Redbirds 26-18 in the period. A Leah Earnest layup in the final seconds of the quarter gave Valpo a 37-35 lead at halftime.

– The Redbirds took the lead for good with a 6-0 run in the middle of the third quarter and led 56-49 with 10 minutes to play.

– Earnest scored on Valpo’s first trip in the fourth quarter to make it a five-point game, and when Emma Tecca drilled a 3-pointer with 7:24 to play, the Beacons were within 58-54. ISU scored 10 points on its next four trips, however, to extend its lead to 68-58 past the halfway mark of the quarter.

– Jackson’s second quarter alone surpassed her previous career high, as she finished with 19 points.

– Earnest finished with her third double-double of the year, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

– Ava Interrante rounded out the trio of Valpo players in double figures with 14 points, a season high and one off her career best, as she hit 5-of-7 from the field, including both her 3-point attempts.

– Valpo shot just 39.7% from the floor (23-of-56) versus Illinois State’s 46.9% (23-of-49) clip, but the Beacons hit seven triples to the Redbirds’ six.

– ISU enjoyed a 10-point advantage at the foul line, going 25-of-32 to Valpo’s 15-of-18. The Beacons’ 83.3% clip from the charity stripe was the team’s best single-game performance of the year (minimum 10 attempts).

– Valpo committed just 13 turnovers to match its season low. On the defensive end, the Beacons hit the double-figure mark in steals for the eighth time this year, coming up with 12 thefts.

…versus UNI

– Valpo scored the game’s first five points before UNI went on a 17-3 run to take the lead for good.

– The Panthers led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.

– Valpo was still within seven points halfway through the second quarter, until UNI reeled off 11 points in a row en route to a 38-20 halftime lead.

– The Panthers led by as many as 30 points in the third quarter and enjoyed a 63-34 lead with 10 minutes to play.

– The Beacons outscored UNI in the fourth quarter, 18-14.

– Saniya Jackson surpassed her previous season best by one point, hitting 6-of-8 from the field — including a season-high three triples — for 16 points to share game-high scoring honors with MVC Preseason Player of the Year Grace Boffeli.

– Jackson also paced the Beacons on the defensive end with three steals, her fourth effort of at least three steals this season.

– As a team, Valpo racked up 11 steals — the seventh time this year the Beacons have reached double figures in that department.

– Valpo forced UNI to commit a season-high 21 turnovers — a strong feat given the Panthers played one of the nation’s toughest nonconference schedules. The Beacons held a 22-21 edge in points off turnovers.

– Valpo shot just 31.6% from the field, as compared to the Panthers’ 52.8% clip.

…looking ahead

– After two weekends at home, next weekend brings the in-state road swing, as the Beacons head to Indiana State and Evansville.

– Valpo has just one game the following week, a Sunday afternoon matinee at UIC.

…at the ARC

– Valpo will play 12 regular season home games during the 2023-24 campaign. Sunday is the Beacons’ sixth home game of the season.

– The Beacons are 1-4 at home so far this year and posted a 3-12 record at home last season.

@BradleyWBB

– Bradley comes to the ARC Sunday with a 5-12 overall record this season.

– The Braves are 1-5 in MVC play, most recently falling on Friday at UIC, 75-68.

– Halli Poock leads the Bradley regulars, averaging 12.5 points/game while also dishing out a team-best 50 assists.

What a Quarter, Ms. Jackson

– Freshman Nevaeh Jackson flew past her previous season best of 11 points in just one quarter of action Friday, dropping 17 points in the second quarter.

– Jackson went 6-of-8 from the floor in the period, including a perfect 3-of-3 mark from deep, and hit both of her free throw attempts.

– Impressively, Jackson did all that scoring in just 6:30 of game time, as her first points came with 8:11 to play in the quarter and her final points came at the 1:41 mark.

– The 17 points is tied for second-most by a Valpo player in a single quarter since the move to quarters in 2015-16, outdone only by Meredith Hamlet’s 19-point fourth quarter at Loyola in February 2018.

– Jackson is the second Valpo player this season to outdo their previous career high from scoring in a single quarter, as Ella Van Weelden did the same with her 12-point fourth quarter at Southern Illinois.

Double-Digit Quarters

– Jackson wasn’t the only Beacon to post a double-figure scoring quarter on Friday, as senior Leah Earnest closed with a flourish, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter.

– Earnest scored double figures in a quarter for the fourth time in her career, three of which have come this season (at UAB, 11, Q4; Chicago State, 12, Q1).

– Earnest also had a double-digit quarter as a sophomore, scoring 10 in the second quarter at Southern Illinois.

– Friday marked the second time this season that multiple Valpo players have posted a double-figure quarter in the same game, as Earnest had 12 in the first quarter and Olivia Brown 14 in the third quarter in the win over Chicago State.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and has taken another leap this year.

– Earnest enters Sunday’s game ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (13.7 points/game).

– She is also averaging team-best marks of 6.5 rebounds/game and 2.7 assists/game as well.

– Earnest is on pace to become the first Valpo player since Debbie Bolen in 1991-92 to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in 13 of 15 games to date.

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has hit that mark or better four times this year, including a career-best 26 points at UAB.

– Last time out, Earnest posted her third double-double of the year, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

– With her seventh rebound at Missouri State, Earnest hit the 500-rebound mark for her career, becoming the 19th player in program history with 500 career boards. She enters Sunday’s game ranked 17th in program history with 524 career rebounds.

Productive Rookie

– Freshman Saniya Jackson scored just 11 points combined over her first three collegiate games, but has been a steady hand on the offensive end since then.

– Jackson’s first double-figure scoring effort came at UAB, when she scored 13 points.

– Jackson has scored in double figures in seven of Valpo’s last 12 games, including a season-best 16 last Sunday as the Beacons took on UNI.

– Jackson is shooting at a .490 clip from the field this season, including a .643 mark from inside the arc.

– Jackson has racked up 30 steals this year – second-most on the team – while committing just 20 turnovers. Per HerHoopStats.com, as of Saturday, she is one of just seven D-I players with 30+ steals and 20 or fewer turnovers.

Youth in the Lineup

– The Beacons’ starting lineup has been 60% comprised of freshmen the last four times out.

– Layla Gold made her first collegiate start at Southern Illinois, joining Saniya Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson in the starting five.

– It was the first time Valpo has started three freshmen since March 11, 2016, when Hannah Schaub, Meredith Hamlet and Amber Lindfors were in the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky.

– Gold’s insertion into the lineup was necessitated after Olivia Brown suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of the previous game at Missouri State which kept her out against the Salukis. It was the first game Brown has missed in her three years at Valpo, snapping a streak of 71 consecutive games played.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end this season.

– The Beacons rank 35th nationally with 10.7 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 12.6% is good for 27th nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in eight games this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Freshman Raeven Raye-Redmond currently ranks fourth in the Valley with 2.3 steals/game despite playing just 15.8 minutes/game, while fellow rookie Saniya Jackson is tied for seventh in the MVC with 2.0 steals/game.

– Both Jackson and Raye-Redmond have had an eight-steal game this season – Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 27 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

Welcome Time at Home

– After a road-heavy first couple months of the season, the Beacons are enjoying some much-needed time sleeping in their own beds.

– Valpo played 10 of its first 12 games away from home, but is now in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive home games at the ARC.

– Discarding the COVID-affected 2020-21 campaign, it is the first time the program has played four consecutive home games since back-to-back Valley home weekends against Bradley, Illinois State, Drake and UNI in February 2019.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS SPRINT PAST BEARCATS IN PACK THE HOUSE TRIUMPH

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team pulled away from McKendree on Saturday afternoon, earning an 87-76 victory from inside Nicoson Hall at the annual Pack the House event.

Paul Zilinskas scored a team-high 21 points, with Jesse Bingham close behind with 18 and a game-high five assists. David Ejah played another well-rounded game, finishing with eight points, eight boards, five blocks, and two assists.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds led for 30+ minutes on Saturday, including nearly the entirety of the second half. Ejah put the team up for good with a pair of free throws at the 16:09 mark and Zac Szul followed with a jumper, his first of four second-half field goals.

UIndy protected the rock at all costs against the Bearcats, turning possession over just five times. The hosts played lock-down defense – as usual – forcing 15 McKendree miscues, committing 11 steals, and blocking eight shots. Bingham was charged with three thefts, while five teammates joined him in the steal column.

Kendrick Tchoua has strung together three straight great performances, recording 15 points, five rebounds, and two steals. The fifth-year big man brought the house down with a pick-slam in the first half.

INSIDE THE BOX

-The Hounds attempted 37 free throws, their most in a game since Feb. 18, 2023 against Southwest Baptist.

– Julian Steinfeld secured eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, in 10+ minutes in the first half.

– UIndy finished with 24 bench points, with Sean Craig and Jarvis Walker contributing six apiece.

MORE NOTES

McKendree’s Milos Vicentic led all scorers with 22 points … the Greyhounds now lead the all-time series, 16-4.

UP NEXT

UIndy hits the road for three consecutive games, visiting Lewis next Saturday for a 4 p.m. ET tip in Romeoville, Ill. The Greyhounds overcame a halftime deficit back on Dec. 9 in Nicoson Hall to earn a 90-76 win over the Flyers.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS DROP OVERTIME THRILLER TO MCKENDREE

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team fell to McKendree, 95-92, in overtime on Saturday. The Greyhounds are now 9-8 overall this season and 6-5 in GLVC.

Liv Becker had an outstanding game. Becker finished 23 points, going 8-for-15 from the field. Jada Patton also had a great game with her second double-double of the season. Patton finished with 14 points and rebounds.

INS & OUTS

UIndy came out in the third quarter ready to take the lead. The Greyhounds went on an 11-2 run for 2:38 in the beginning of the quarter. Becker contributed five points. The Hounds were able to outscore the Bearcats 23-18 to lead by one going into the final 10 minutes.

To open the fourth quarter, UIndy went on a 10-point uncontested run to increase the lead to nine. McKendree came back and the contest went wire-to-wire. In the final seconds, Patton was able to tie the game 85-85 to send the game into overtime.

An early 8-0 run by McKendree was too much for UIndy to overcome in overtime. 

INSIDE THE BOX

– UIndy was 100 percent from the charity stripe, going 14-14. This earns the team the third spot in the single-game percentage in UIndy history.

– Today’s double-double by Patton is the eighth this season for the Hounds, second this season for the sophomore.

– The team was able to get near the glass to record 41 rebounds in the contest. UIndy was able to hold McKendree to only 36.

– The Greyhound bench was able to make their impact on the court as well. The bench was able to score 45 points.

– UIndy also took advantage of second chances. The Hounds had 11 second-chance points at the end of the contest.

MORE NOTES

McKendree’s top scorer was Clare Breden. Braden had 27 points on the day. …UIndy continues the lead the all-time series 15-5.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Romeoville, Ill. next weekend to face Lewis. The contest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, with tip-off scheduled for 2 PM ET.

UINDY WRESTLING

CONELY CAPTURES 157 TITLE AS NUMEROUS HOUNDS PLACE AT WABASH INVITE

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Just a day removed from dominating GLVC-foe Davenport, the No. 8-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling team sent a group of 18 wrestlers to the Wabash College Invitational. Nathan Conley, battling the 157-bracket, was the lone Greyhound to capture a full title, while Phoenix Rodgers and Jake Lone shared the 197 title.

INS & OUTS

Overall, it was a solid day for the Greyhounds, with 16 Greyhounds placing for 218 total team points. Conley went 3-0 on the day, picking up falls in the quarterfinal and the finals to earn his title. For Rodgers he claimed a major and a 7-0 victory before deferring for the shared title alongside Lone, who had snagged a third-period tech fall and a second-period pin before that.

Aidan Sprague, making his return to the mat after battling injury snagged a second-place finish at 133. Logan Farnell and Owen Butler joined him in the second-place crew, with Butler upping his team leading tech fall count with one in the semifinals.

Cale Gray, one of the Greyhounds returning All-Americans tested the waters as well as he has struggled with injury in the early parts of the season. He did not look to have lost a step, scoring three falls on the way to his second-place finish.

Other wrestlers of note were Parker Lee who battled through the 133 bracket, eventually capturing third with a tech fall over Kyron Sank of Huntingdon. Gavin Garcia scored a pair of extra point victories at 141, as did Elijah Hinshaw who scored two falls on the day.

UP NEXT

The Hounds are back on the dual scene as they welcome in both Wabash, for a reserve dual, and GLVC-foe Drury on Friday Jan. 26. Action against Wabash is set to being at 4:30 p.m. while the Hounds will battle Drury at 6 p.m., both set to take place in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 5 MARIAN UPENDS NO. 2 INDIANA WESLEYAN 73-54 TO CLAIM CROSSROADS LEAGUE LEAD

Marion, Ind. – In a game where the fifth-ranked Marian women’s basketball team showed poise and control throughout, the Knights completed a 73-54 upset over second-ranked Indiana Wesleyan with a dominant fourth quarter effort Saturday afternoon in Luckey Arena. Marian’s win gives them control of the Crossroads League lead, as the Knights move to 9-0 in league play and 18-1 overall.

Marian got off to a hot start from the floor, going inside with layups from Allison Bosse and Sara Majorosova to capture an early 4-0 lead. The Wildcats would catch Marian as the game went back and forth, as the score slowly pushed to a tied contest before five minutes had elapsed. Indiana Wesleyan would take their first lead at 13-12 with 4:36 to play in the game, and led by as many as three, but a jumper from Kinnidy Garrard ended their momentum and sprung the Knights back in gear. The basket from Garrard ignited a 7-0 run to end the first quarter, as Ella Collier drained a three in the waning seconds of the period to give Marian a 19-15 lead after one quarter.

Aliyah Evans inserted her skills into the game in the second quarter, scoring Marian’s first five points of the quarter to keep them in the lead through the first three minutes. After a scoreless lull of 90 seconds where Marian led 24-23, the Wildcats broke through and claimed a narrow 25-24 advantage, but the lead would evaporate quickly as Josie Trabel answered with a three. The freshman’s score helped drive Marian in the lead for the remainder of the half, with Jayla Wehner and Ella Collier pushing the difference to eight as the clock rolled under one minute before halftime. Garrard scored the final points of the half with a layup in the final 20 seconds, closing the half on a high note with Marian leading 36-28.

Indiana Wesleyan would respond to their halftime deficit and had a strong third quarter, as they would slowly close the gap in the score. Before the Wildcats found a rhythm, Abbey McNally and Ella Collier shouldered the scoring and pushed the Knights into a 10-point lead, which Marian would continue to hold after an Aliyah Evans bucket with 5:38 to play in the period. After Evans score, the Wildcats found their offense, slashing the score to six within one minute of the senior’s basket. Tamia Perryman would help vault the lead back to nine, but a 5-0 run in the final minute allowed Indiana Wesleyan back into the game, as they made the score 51-47 heading to the final stanza.

Perryman halted the home team’s momentum in the beginning of the fourth quarter with a three-pointer following a Wildcat turnover, as she scored the team’s first eight points of the period to drive Marian back on top by double digits. The redshirt-junior’s spark kept Marian on top, as she and her teammates played intense defense to silence the home crowd. Evans and Garrard scored back to back baskets off turnovers, and with 6:16 to play Marian found their lead at 15 points with the scoreboard showing 63-48.

Marian continued to play a tenacious defense as they forced Indiana Wesleyan into turnovers and missed shots, holding their double figure lead for the remainder of the game. With 4:58 to play Indiana Wesleyan attempted to string a comeback together with a basket and stop, but were unable to do so as the Knights allowed just one field goal in the last four minutes of play, icing away the game with baskets from three different seniors as Marian closed their upset victory on top 73-54.

The Knights fourth quarter defense aided their victory, as Marian limited Indiana Wesleyan to a field goal percentage of 15, while forcing four turnovers as they outscored them 22-7. Perryman led the Knights in scoring as she poured in 15 off the bench, while Aliyah Evans scored 13 off the bench. Collier finished with 14 and Garrard had 12 points to go with six rebounds in the win. Allison Bosse led the Knights with four of their 15 assists.

Marian will be off on Wednesday as they hit the midway point of the Crossroads League season, beginning the second half on the road on January 27, traveling to Grace College for a 1:00 p.m. start.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

KNIGHTS’ RALLY FALLS SHORT IN 82-78 LOSS AT NO. 5 INDIANA WESLEYAN

Marion, Ind. – The Marian men’s basketball suffered a gut-wrenching loss Saturday afternoon against fifth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan, as the Knights’ furious second half comeback effort fell short in an 82-78 defeat. Marian is now 14-5 on the season and 4-5 in Crossroads League play.

Marian, who was playing short-handed again on Saturday as they had eight active players available, came out firing and were up to the task in the opening minutes, pouncing to a 5-0 lead behind Brody Whitaker. The Knights trailed 8-7 at the under-15 media timeout, and pushed back in the lead on alternating possessions with Nolan Foster and Whitaker putting Marian on the positive side of the ledger. Foster would level the score at 13-13 with 12:51 to play in the first half, but a 5-0 run drove the Wildcats in the lead for good as they gradually snared a 22-15 lead.

Marian would trail by eight coming out of the under-10 media timeout, and would fall behind by as many as 11 in the first half as the Wildcats controlled the tempo. In the final five minutes before halftime, Marian made a push as Whitaker took over, with the junior guard scoring six of his first half 19 points during the stretch. Scores from Marian’s freshman duo of Ben Henderson and Dylan Moles in the last minute helped cut a 14-point deficit to nine before the half, as Marian entered the locker room trailing 41-32.

Indiana Wesleyan would score the first points of the second half to drive their advantage to 11, but after the 18 minute mark failed to hang on to their double-digit lead as Marian battled to stay in the game. The Knights kept within three possessions of the Wildcats, as contributions from Maximus Gizzi whittled the difference to four.

Despite the quick rhythm on offense, Marian failed to get equivalent stops on the defensive end, with Indiana Wesleyan matching each of Marian’s moves. Indiana Wesleyan’s would hit nine, but was erased and down to a one-point contest as a pair of trifectas from the freshman Moles led a charge. The 8-0 run made the score 58-57 in favor of the home team with 10:26 to play, but was not enough to take a lead as Indiana Wesleyan jumped back on top by 10 points once again with 7:50 to play. The Knights would continue to fight, and trailed by two as the clock neared four minutes, with Gizzi and Moles helping make it a 75-73 game.

Gizzi would level the score with 2:26 to play as he earned a trip to the foul line, but a three-point play on the following possession for the Wildcats put the home team on top 78-75. Marian would come up short in initially tying the game, but with 91 seconds to play got quick trey from Josh Bryan, with the senior tying the score again. A foul on the defensive end by Bryan following his tying shot sent Indiana Wesleyan to the line, where Nathan Childress put the home team in the lead for good with 1:12 to play. Marian put the ball in Brody Whitaker’s hands to try and tie the game, but the junior committed an untimely turnover on the team’s final possession, as Indiana Wesleyan iced the game with two final free throws, sealing the 82-78 win.

Whitaker played 37 minutes in the defeat, scoring a team-high 23 points. Gizzi scored 17 points while adding team-highs with seven rebounds and seven assists, playing all 40 minutes. Moles and Foster led Marian’s short bench on Saturday, scoring 14 points and 10 points, respectively.

With the conference season now at its midway point, the Knights will have seven days off before their next game with Wednesday built as a scheduled off day. Marian returns to action on Saturday, January 27, as they travel to take on No. 1 Grace College.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

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January 21, 1949

January 21, 1949 – According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this marks the day that the New York Bulldogs/Yanks franchise began. As we alluded to in our January 19 post, the Yanks really got their League start in 1945 when the Brooklyn team reassembled the Yanks franchise that left the NFL in the mid 1940’s and went into the All-America Football Conference. They played as the AAFC’s Boston Yanks for three seasons  from 1946-1948 per the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1949, the franchise changed homes again and returned to the Big Apple and became the New York Bulldogs and played at the Polo Grounds along with the New York Giants. The 1950 season had the Bulldogs change their name back to the Yanks. Later in 1952, the NFL purchased the Yanks from owner Ted Collins. 

January 21, 1967 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The results of the 6th AFL All Star Game were that the Eastern Division knocked off the Western Division, 30-23. According to the RemembertheAFL.com the game’s MVPs were Babe Parilli the quarterback of the  Boston Patriots and the great defensive end of the New York Jets Verlon Biggs.

January 21, 1968 – Gator Bowl, Jacksonville –  The Eastern Division of the AFL must have liked playing on January 20. Because at the 7th AFL All Star Game the Eastern Division once again got one over on their Western Division rivals by the score of 25-24 per the RemembertheAFL.com.  A couple of New York Jets were voted as the offensive Most Valuable Players as Quarterback Joe Namath and Don Maynard shared that spotlight and the defensive MVP of the game was Speedy Duncan of LA Charger who played defensive back and also returned kicks. Duncan muffed an early punt that the West recovered and later scored on but his  90 yard kickoff return later in the game made up for it.

January 21, 1968 – LA Memorial Coliseum – 18th NFL Pro Bowl according to the American Football Database was won by the Western Division as they outscored their Eastern counterparts, 38-20. Otto Graham of Washington coached the East while matching wits with the Colts Don Shula. Graham took some heat from his players when he benched QB Fran Tarkenton in the 4th quarter because of who Tarkenton was and the game being a charity exhibition. The Most Valuable Players were Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay’s Dave Robinson. The MVP honor was the second season in a row that Sayers earned.

January 21, 1973 – Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas – The 23rd NFL Pro Bowl story was covered once again by the American Football Database. In the contest The Steelers Chuck Noll coached the AFC and faced the man in the fedora Tom Landry who was coaching the NFC. The AFC edged out the NFC, 33-28. The game’s MVP was O. J. Simpson the running back of the Buffalo Bills. The winners cashed out $2000 per man while the NFC players got $1500 in the loss.

January 21, 1979 – Miami Orange Bowl, Miami – Super Bowl XIII may be one of the greatest NFL Championships ever played according to a 247Sports.com article. The two top teams of the era squared off with Hall of Fame Coaches, Tom Landry on the Dallas Cowboys sideline while the Pittsburgh Steelers strategist was Chuck Noll.  The game was heavily hyped in the build up of the game and it really lived up to everyone’s expectation and probably surpassed it. The game was a rematch of Super Bowl X played 3 years earlier where the Steelers  won 21-17.  The game had a still standing record of 19 future Pro Football Hall of Famers who were at the game. Nol, Landry, Tex Schramm the Cowboys GM, Pittsburgh owners Art and Dan Rooney and assistant coaches for Dallas Mike Ditka and Ernie Stautner.  Part of the pregame hype was Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson mocking Terry Bradshaw’s intelligence and this enraged many of the Steelers players. Henderson even had a big hit on T.B. that caused a fumble resulting in Dallas only lead but the Blonde Bomber overcame 3 turnovers to have a great second half.  His throws put receivers Lynn Swann and John Stalworth both over 100 yards receiving on the day, a Super Bowl record for having two on the same team. Dallas had its chance at the end but Tight End Jackie Smith dropped a wide open, sure touchdown pass in the end zone with the Cowboys facing 3rd and three from the Steelers ten yard-line in the third quarter and Dallas had to kick a field goal. The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious over the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31. The game’s MVP was Terry Bradshaw. One final note is that this was the final Super Bowl ever played at the Orange Bowl. Five of the first thirteen were played there including the first matchup of these two teams in Super Bowl X and the great Jet versus Colts game in Super Bowl III.

January 21, 1992 – Bill Cowher is announced as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970. He replaced legend Chuck Noll, who has stepped down after 23 seasons at the helm.

January 21, 2007 – RCA Dome, Indianapolis – The Pro-Football Reference.com states that at the AFC Championship game the Indianapolis Colts outlasted the New England Patriots, 38-34. Running back Joseph Addai completed a late Colts go ahead drive at the 1:00 mark of the fourth quarter in this classic Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady contest.

January 21, 2007 – The NFC Championship was played at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Pro-Football Reference.com lists the Chicago Bears beating up on the New Orleans Saints, 39-14 to advance to Super Bowl XLI.

January 21, 2018 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia -The Philadelphia Eagles crushed the hopes of the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7 in the NFC Championship game.

January 21, 2018 – At theAFC Championship played at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. Mass. The New England Patriots edges out the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for January 21

January 21, 1901

January 21, 1901 – Bell Buckle, Tennessee – Lynn Bomar the Cllege Hall of Fame end from Vanderbilt was born.

January 21, 1925 – Chicago, Illinois – Holy Cross and Notre Dame lineman George Connor arrived into this life. Irish Coach Frank Leahy claimed Conner as one of the best blockers he had ever seen. The NFF states that during Connor’s two seasons in an Irish uniform, he never played in a losing game. Connor played eight years with the Chicago Bears and was an all-pro and was Al- NFL 5 times. George Connor was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. 

January 21, 1957 – Pasadena, Texas – Jacob Green the fine Texas A&M defensive lineman was born. The National Football Foundation selected Jacob Green to be inducted into their the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

January 21, 1975 – Wichita Falls, Texas – Aaron Taylor the former Nebraska offensive lineman was born. The National Football Foundation selected Aaron Taylor to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. 

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

7 – 14 – 9 – 89 – 12 -13 – 45 – 27 – 32 – 26 – 12 – 21 – 5 – 4 – 66

January 21,  1930 – Cooney Weiland who put on the Number 7 sweater for the Boston Bruins, scored the franchises 100th goal of the season in a 5-1 thwarting of the Chicago Blackhawks, to help the Bruins become the first NHL franchise in history to post 100 goals in one season.

January 21,  1954 – Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics leads his East All-Star team to victory 98-93 over the West by scoring 10 points in Overtime! Cousy wearing Number 14 was handed the MVP award for the game. If you remember back to January 15 post, the great Guard would later win the NBA All-Star game Most Vaulable Player award for the 1957 game as well.

January 21,  1958 – Bob Pettit wearing the Number 9 for the NBA West All-Star squad became the first member of the losing team to be selected as the annual game’s Most Valuable Player. Pettit who normally played with the St Louis Hawks that season hauled in 26 rebounds and scored 28 points to keep the West in the game during the 118-130 loss. The athletic Center would go on to win the All-Star game MVP honor 4 times in his career.

January 21, 1968 – 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Chicago Bears, HB, Number 40, Gale Sayers, and on defense it was Green Bay Packers, DT, Number 89, Dave Robinson

January 21, 1968 – 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: the duo of New York Jets, Number 12, Quarterback Joe Namath, his flanker partner, Number 13, Don Maynard, and Los Angles Charger returner/Defensive Back Speedy Duncan, Number 45

January 21, 1969 – 22nd NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Western Division ties Eastern Division, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich (Number 27), Detroit, LW

January 21, 1973 – 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP was Buffalo Bills, RB, Number 32, O J Simpson,

January 21, 1975 – 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Number 26, Pittsburgh, C

January 21, 1979 – Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; MVP:  was Pittsburgh, QB, Number 12, Terry Bradshaw