INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Class 2A State Championship
FINAL | ANDREAN 21, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 9 
> Andrean’s Bowen scores three TDs, lifts 59ers to title
> Niners’ Robby Ballentine receives Ress Mental Attitude Award 
> Final Records: Andrean (12-3), Evansville Mater Dei 12-3

Class 4A State Championship
FINAL | MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 45, NORTHRIDGE 14 
> Mt. Vernon rolls to first 4A state championship
> Marauders’ Gehrig Slunaker earns Eskew Mental Attitude Award
> Final Records: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (14-1), Northridge (10-5) 

Class 6A State Championship
FINAL | CENTER GROVE 27, WESTFIELD 21 
> Center Grove holds off Westfield to repeat as 6A champions
> Westfield’s Will Strahm named Eskew Mental Attitude Award recipient
> Final Records: Center Grove (14-0), Westfield (12-2)

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

BENTON CENTRAL76CRAWFORDSVILLE68 
BLACKFORD64BLUFFTON51 
BLOOMFIELD54CLOVERDALE22 
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH47NEW ALBANY37 
BORDEN57SHOALS49 
BOSCO INSTITUTE60HAMMOND CENTRAL58 
BROWN COUNTY57COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN50 
CANNELTON69SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL19 
CARMEL39CINCINNATI ELDER (OHIO)33 
CENTRAL NOBLE71FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY49 
CLARKSVILLE67CHRISTIAN ACADEMY52 
CONNERSVILLE51DELTA42 
CORYDON CENTRAL59LANESVILLE41 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN57TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN42 
DECATUR CENTRAL80CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL53 
EAST NOBLE75LAKELAND68 
EASTBROOK77NORTHFIELD36 
EASTSIDE41DEKALB32 
EDINBURGH80INDIAN CREEK56 
EVANSVILLE NORTH61PRINCETON40 
FORT RECOVERY (OHIO)69SOUTH ADAMS43 
FRANKLIN CENTRAL65CENTER GROVE56OT
FREMONT76LAKEWOOD PARK40 
GARY WEST54HAMMOND NOLL41 
GOSHEN43FAIRFIELD42 
GREENWOOD39GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN36 
GUERIN CATHOLIC70INDIANAPOLIS RITTER62 
HAGERSTOWN60COWAN54 
HOBART62RIVER FOREST27 
HUNTINGTON NORTH66MISSISSINEWA52 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL67ST. IGNATIUS (OHIO)51 
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON66CALUMET49 
JAC-CEN-DEL82BATESVILLE802OT
JAY COUNTY43RICHMOND29 
KETTERING ALTER (OHIO)68HOMESTEAD65 
LAPORTE68WESTVILLE46 
LAFAYETTE JEFF51INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN46 
LAPEL72FRANKTON68 
LAWRENCE NORTH57FORT WAYNE NORTH45 
LEBANON45WESTERN42 
LEO60FORT WAYNE SOUTH55 
LEWIS CASS70SOUTHWOOD29 
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN60ALEXANDRIA40 
LINTON-STOCKTON51PARKE HERITAGE38 
MARTINSVILLE67EDGEWOOD53 
MONROE CENTRAL42NORTHEASTERN37 
MOORESVILLE72AVON71 
MORGAN TWP.57KNOX54 
MUNCIE CENTRAL62WAPAHANI57 
MUNSTER51PORTAGE37 
NEW CASTLE48MARION46 
NEW WASHINGTON57SHAWE MEMORIAL45 
NOBLESVILLE90COLUMBUS EAST51 
NORTH HARRISON39HERITAGE HILLS25 
NORTH WHITE72DELPHI60 
NORTHVIEW70NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)49 
NORTHWESTERN65EASTERN (GREENTOWN)56 
OAK HILL48MANCHESTER38 
ORLEANS97CROTHERSVILLE37 
PENN70CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)52 
PIKE66HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN60 
PLAINFIELD73CASCADE62 
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS61GARRETT42 
PROVIDENCE67TELL CITY19 
RIVERTON PARKE48PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY43 
SETON CATHOLIC66CENTERVILLE38 
SEYMOUR56COLUMBUS NORTH46 
SHAKAMAK57VINCENNES RIVET15 
SHENANDOAH56BLUE RIVER46 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON62LAKE CENTRAL54 
SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)57CRAWFORD COUNTY48 
SOUTH DEARBORN58FRANKLIN COUNTY42 
SOUTH RIPLEY78RISING SUN42 
SOUTHMONT73SHERIDAN20 
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)42MORRISTOWN30 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY68AUSTIN64 
TAYLOR68MACONAQUAH64 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH60EVANSVILLE CENTRAL50 
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH39BARR-REEVE38 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY68OREGON-DAVIS30 
TRI-CENTRAL67ROCHESTER59 
TRITON CENTRAL79SHELBYVILLE57 
UNIVERSITY76INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE34 
WABASH76MADISON-GRANT71 
WALDRON49KNIGHTSTOWN44 
WARSAW62COLUMBIA CITY54 
WAWASEE59ANGOLA57 
WES-DEL90ELWOOD56 
WEST NOBLE50BETHANY CHRISTIAN31 
WEST VIGO61NORTH VERMILLION49 
WESTERN BOONE70ROSSVILLE61 
WHITKO64HERITAGE56OT
WOODLAN64BELLMONT49 
ZIONSVILLE50BEN DAVIS49 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN TOURNAMENT
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN74CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN41 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA68INDIANA DEAF51 
INDIANA DEAF64CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN27 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA59CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN24 
LOOGOOTEE-NORTH DAVIESS CLASSIC
NORTH DAVIESS71EVANSVILLE DAY41 
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN59NORTH POSEY58 
LOOGOOTEE81HAUSER28 
EVANSVILLE DAY88HAUSER76 
NORTH DAVIESS52NORTH POSEY50 
LOOGOOTEE79EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN74OT
NORTHWOOD CLASSIC
BROWNSBURG67FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA34 
BROWNSBURG52FORT WAYNE NORTHROP42 
NORTHWOOD55FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA35 
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
ST. THOMAS MORE (ILL.)60FOUNTAIN CENTRAL36 
BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.)43FOUNTAIN CENTRAL42 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA60DALEVILLE19 
BENTON CENTRAL84NORTH JUDSON46 
BLACKFORD50BLUE RIVER49 
BROWNSBURG56SALEM50 
CENTER GROVE42INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI40OT
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY43BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE11 
CLARKSVILLE42BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE26 
COLUMBUS EAST62MOORESVILLE51 
COLUMBUS NORTH48LAWRENCE NORTH37 
CONNERSVILLE52BATESVILLE47 
CORYDON CENTRAL53VINCENNES LINCOLN40 
CROTHERSVILLE83COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN52 
DANVILLE54CRAWFORDSVILLE30 
EASTERN GREENE47NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)36 
EASTERN HANCOCK80WAPAHANI734OT
EDWARDSVILLE (ILL.)49CASTLE47 
EMINENCE55INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE18 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL65EDWARDSVILLE (ILL.)54 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER62FISHERS57 
FRANKLIN69REYNOLDSBURG (OHIO)67 
FREMD (ILL.)41BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE40 
GARRETT47PRAIRIE HEIGHTS31 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)61FORT WAYNE SOUTH51 
HAUSER59RISING SUN33 
HERITAGE55FORT WAYNE NORTH34 
HOBART56CALUMET16 
INDIAN CREEK54SULLIVAN52 
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER57INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN39 
JENNINGS COUNTY48RUSHVILLE25 
KANKAKEE VALLEY63KNOX35 
KOKOMO60ANDERSON28 
KOUTS63COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)42 
LAKE CENTRAL53HIGHLAND40 
LAKELAND58LEO38 
LANESVILLE60PERRY CENTRAL21 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL74BEN DAVIS62 
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN57ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY56 
MARION44INDIANAPOLIS TECH36 
MCCUTCHEON47GUERIN CATHOLIC33 
MOUNT NOTRE DAME (OHIO)56CROWN POINT41 
MUNCIE CENTRAL42RICHMOND27 
NEW PALESTINE56WHITELAND49 
NEW WASHINGTON75MILAN31 
NOBLESVILLE74AVON45 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)62SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON56
NORTH DECATUR52KNIGHTSTOWN26 
NORTH HARRISON65HERITAGE HILLS59 
NORTH WHITE46DELPHI22 
NORWELL61EASTBROOK31 
OAK HILL53MANCHESTER43 
OWEN VALLEY39BLOOMFIELD33 
PENDLETON HEIGHTS77SHELBYVILLE55 
PENN47CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)40 
PRINCETON74TELL CITY44 
RIVERTON PARKE61PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY2 
ROCHESTER62WINAMAC36 
SEYMOUR74GREENSBURG53 
SOUTH ADAMS43RANDOLPH SOUTHERN28 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)65JOHN GLENN37 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY54OREGON-DAVIS29 
TRINITY LUTHERAN57SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)48 
TRITON53TRINITY GREENLAWN19 
TWIN LAKES86TRI-COUNTY39 
WALDRON70GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN40 
WASHINGTON54LINTON-STOCKTON43 
WES-DEL66ELWOOD31 
WESTERN66LEBANON49 
WESTFIELD60CENTERVILLE (OHIO)51 
WINCHESTER69NEW CASTLE53 
ZIONSVILLE58BOLINGBROOK (ILL.)55 
NORTHERN LAKES-NORTHEAST CORNER CLASSIC
FAIRFIELD58CONCORD19 
ANGOLA74CONCORD43 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NO. 1 GEORGIA 45, GEORGIA TECH 0

NO. 5 MICHIGAN 42, NO. 2 OHIO STATE 27

NO. 24 HOUSTON 45, UCONN 17

FLORIDA 24, FLORIDA STATE 21

ARMY 31, LIBERTY 16

NAVY 38, TEMPLE 14

MARYLAND 40, RUTGERS 16

NO. 8 BAYLOR 27, TEXAS TECH 24

NO. 18 WAKE FOREST 40, BOSTON COLLEGE 10

KENT STATE 48, MIAMI (OHIO) 47 (OT)

TOLEDO 49, AKRON 14

HOLY CROSS 13, SACRED HEART 10

MIAMI (FLA.) 47, DUKE 10

RICE 35, LOUISIANA TECH 31

NORTH TEXAS 45, NO. 22 UTSA 23

OLD DOMINION 56, CHARLOTTE 34

TEXAS STATE 24, ARKANSAS STATE 22

GEORGIA STATE 37, TROY 10

KENNESAW STATE 48, DAVIDSON 21

APPALACHIAN STATE 27, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 3

SOUTHERN MISS 37, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 17

NEW MEXICO STATE 44, UMASS 27

HAWAI’I 38, WYOMING 14

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 24, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 19

INCARNATE WORD 35, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 28

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 56, UC DAVIS 24

NO. 3 ALABAMA 24, AUBURN 22

NO. 11 OREGON 38, OREGON STATE 29

NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 30, PENN STATE 27

WESTERN KENTUCKY 53, MARSHALL 21

ILLINOIS 47, NORTHWESTERN 14

PURDUE 44, INDIANA 7

TENNESSEE 45, VANDERBILT 21

VIRGINIA TECH 29, VIRGINIA 24

MINNESOTA 23, NO. 14 WISCONSIN 14

ARIZONA STATE 38, ARIZONA 15

TULSA 34, SMU 31

LOUISIANA 21, UL MONROE 16

UT MARTIN 32, MISSOURI STATE 31

EASTERN WASHINGTON 19, UNI 9

GRAMBLING 29, SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) 26

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 22, SOUTH DAKOTA 10

LSU 27, NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 24

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 27, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 17

WEST VIRGINIA 34, KANSAS 28

SE LOUISIANA 38, FLORIDA A&M 14

NO. 7 OKLAHOMA STATE 37, NO. 10 OKLAHOMA 33

PITT 31, SYRACUSE 14

KENTUCKY 52, LOUISVILLE 21

NO. 23 CLEMSON 30, SOUTH CAROLINA 0

MEMPHIS 33, TULANE 28

NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 45, STANFORD 14

NEVADA 52 COLORADO STATE 10

NO. 13 BYU 35 USC 31

UCLA 32 CALIFORNIA 14

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/scoreboard.asp

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (ALLEGIANT STADIUM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 4

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 12 P.M. | ABC

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (FORD FIELD IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

APPALACHIAN STATE AT LOUISIANA (SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ABC

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LUCAS OIL STADIUM IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) | 8 P.M. | FOX

USC AT CAL | 11 P.M. | FS1

WEEK 14

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

ARMY VS. NAVY (METLIFE STADIUM IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL SCHEDULE: WEEK 12

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25

#2 UCLA 73 UNLV 51

NORTHERN IOWA 90 #16 ST. BONAVENTURE 80

#17 ARIZONA 105 SACRAMENTO 59

#18 BYU 75 UTAH 64

OTHER SCORES OF INTEREST

INDIANA 90 MARSHALL 79

LOUISVILLE 63 MARYLAND 55

BALL STATE 97 INDIANA STATE 75

MASSACHUSETTS 85 RUTGERS 83

NEBRASKA 83 SOUTH DAKOTA 70

WESTERN ILLINOIS 79 MIAMI OHIO 67

PENN STATE 60 OREGON STATE 45

WESTERN MICHIGAN 93 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 85 OT

VALPARAISO 106 TRINITY CHRISTIAN 69

ILLINOIS STATE 81 PURDUE NORTHWEST 71

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20211127

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#7 STANFORD 86 #2 MARYLAND 67

#4 INDIANA 53 MIAMI, FLORIDA 51

#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 62 WASHINGTON STATE 34

#6 BAYLOR 74 HOUSTON 58

#9 ARIZONA 80 RUTGERS 44

#11 TENNESSEE OKLAHOMA STATE 55

#12 MICHIGAN 64 MISSISSIPPI STATE 48

#13 IOWA STATE 93 PENN STATE 59

#14 TEXAS 83 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 42

NOTRE DAME 64 #16 OREGON STATE 62

PURDUE 66 #17 FLORIDA STATE 61

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 76 #19 UCLA 66

#20 KENTUCKY 74 LASALLE 52

#21 OHIO STATE 86 CINCINNATI 50

BYU 58 #22 WEST VIRGINIA 57

#23 TEXAS A&M 77 NORTHWESTERN 68

#24 VIRGINIA TECH 54 TENNESSEE MARTIN 49

#25 FLORIDA GULF COAST 73 ST. LOUIS 65

OTHER SCORES OF INTEREST

XAVIER 73 EASTERN KENTUCKY 60

INDIANA STATE 71 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 67

STEPHEN F AUSTIN 87 BALL STATE 66

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20211127

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 121 PHILADELPHIA 120 2OT

NEW YORK 99 ATLANTA 90

PHOENIX 113 BROOKLYN 107

MIAMI 107 CHICAGO 104

CLEVELAND 105 ORLANDO 92

HOUSTON 146 CHARLOTTE 143 OT

WASHINGTON 120 DALLAS 114

UTAH 127 NEW ORLEANS 105

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

NHL SCOREBOARD

SEATTLE 4 FLORIDA 1

DETROIT 3 BUFFALO 2

MONTRÉAL 6 PITTSBURGH 3

EDMONTON 3 VEGAS 2

LOS ANGELES 4 OTTAWA 2

ST. LOUIS 6 COLUMBUS 3

DALLAS 3 ARIZONA 2

COLORADO 6 NASHVILLE 2

WINNIPEG 4 CALGARY 2

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS

IOWA 28, NEBRASKA 21: No. 16 Iowa scored the final 22 points of the game to rally and upend Nebraska, 28-21, at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Hawkeyes retain possession of the Heroes Trophy by virtue of their seventh straight victory over the Cornhuskers. The win, Iowa’s fourth straight to finish the regular season, moved the Hawkeyes to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa clinched at least a share of the Big Ten West Division title. The Hawkeyes would win the West Division outright and represent the West Division in the Big Ten Football Championship Game next Saturday in Indianapolis, if Minnesota beats Wisconsin on Saturday in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes last claimed a division title in 2015 when they finished the regular season with an unblemished 8-0 record in Big Ten play. RB Tyler Goodson rushed for a career-best 156 yards on 23 attempts, while the combination of quarterbacks Alex Padilla and Spencer Petras completed 13-of-27 passes for 178 yards. [FULL RECAP]

MARYLAND 40, RUTGERS 16: Maryland will be heading back to a bowl game for the first time since the 2016 season as the Terps beat Rutgers, 40-16, on Saturday at SHI Stadium. The Terps finished the regular season at 6-6 and will learn their bowl destination on Sunday, Dec. 5. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa broke the Maryland single-season passing yardage record in the game, throwing for 312 yards on 21-of-30 with three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Two of those touchdowns went to Corey Dyches for 25 and 11 yards — his first-career multi-score game. The other receiving touchdown went to senior Brian Cobbs for 38 yards. Senior Tayon Fleet-Davis ran for a career-high 152 yards on 18 carries, including 13-yard and 2-yard rushing scores in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Terps. It was his third-career 100-yard rushing game. Wide Receiver Rakim Jarrett finished with a team-high seven catches for 111 yards – his third 100-yard game this season. [FULL RECAP]

MICHIGAN 42, OHIO STATE 27:  Hassan Haskins rushed for a 169 yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns as the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan football team used a dominant ground game to defeat No. 2 Ohio State 42-27 Saturday (Nov. 27) at Michigan Stadium. The win gives the Wolverines (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) a share of the Big Ten Conference East Division title and their first berth in the Big Ten Championship Game. Haskins carried the ball 28 times in a signature performance, including all five times during the final touchdown drive that sealed the victory. Quarterback Cade McNamara was 13 of 19 passing for 159 yards, but only had to throw the ball three times in the second half as the Wolverines ground out touchdowns on all four of their drives after halftime. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson tied a personal best with three sacks, moving his 2021 total to 13, breaking by one Michigan’s single-season sack record shared by David Bowens (1996) and LaMarr Woodley (2006). [FULL RECAP]

PURDUE 44, INDIANA 7: The Old Oaken Bucket returned to West Lafayette, as the Purdue football team cruised to a 44-7 victory over Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 B1G) beat the Hoosiers (2-10, 0-9 B1G) for the third time in the past four matchups, while winning by the largest margin in the series since 2008. By improving to 8-4 on the season, Purdue won eight games for the first time in 15 seasons. Finishing 6-3 in Big Ten play, the Boilermakers racked up their most conference victories since the 2003 campaign. For the fifth consecutive game, Aidan O’Connell was accurate without committing a turnover. The Purdue quarterback threw for 278 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, completing 26 of his 31 passes for the best completion percentage (.839) by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket game. Despite not practicing all week due to an injury, Biletnikoff Award finalist David Bell caught six passes for a team-high 79 yards and one touchdown. [FULL RECAP]

ILLINOIS 47, NORTHWESTERN 14: The Fighting Illini football team put up a dominant performance against Northwestern on Saturday evening, securing a 47-14 Senior Day victory. Illinois’ win brings the Land of Lincoln Trophy back to Champaign after a six-year drought. Illinois had its best outing of 2021, totaling 466 yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Illini finish Bret Bielema’s first regular season at 5-7 with four Big Ten Conference wins. [FULL RECAP]

MICHIGAN STATE 30, PENN STATE 27: Michigan State took advantage of a late turnover by Penn State to score a touchdown and recovered an onside kick with less than a minute left as the Spartans beat the NIttany Lions, 30-27, on Senior Day at Spartan Stadium. The win secured MSU’s 10th win of the season, the first time with 10 wins since 2017 and the seventh since 2010. Kenneth Walker III recorded his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 138 yards on 30 carries, scoring one touchdown. Payton Thorne was 19-of-30 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, including a 15-yard scoring pass to Jayden Reed with 5:10 to play that gave the Spartans a 30-20 lead. [FULL RECAP]

MINNESOTA 23, WISCONSIN 13: Tanner Morgan led Minnesota on three scoring drives after halftime to surge past No. 18 Wisconsin 23-13, to take back Paul Bunyan’s Axe and give Iowa the Big Ten West Division title Saturday. Morgan, who went 11 for 16 for 199 yards and a third-quarter touchdown pass to Chris Autman-Bell, led the Gophers on the sprint into the end zone to hoist the 73-year-old trophy on their home field for the first time since 2003. [FULL RECAP]

IOWA AND MICHIGAN TO MEET IN BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan Wolverines are set to meet in the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover, which will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.
 
Iowa defeated Nebraska, 28-21, on Friday to improve to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in conference play. The Hawkeyes’ victory, coupled with Minnesota’s 23-13 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, gave Iowa the outright West Division title and a spot in the Big Ten Football Championship Game for the second time in program history.
 
The Hawkeyes last claimed a division title in 2015 when they finished the regular season with an unblemished 8-0 record in Big Ten play and went on to play Michigan State in the Big Ten Football Championship Game.
 
With a 42-27 victory over Ohio State on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines clinched a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game for the first time in program history and earned a share of the Big Ten East Division title.
 
Michigan captured the division title for the second time in program history and finishes the 2021 regular season 11-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play, the team’s best mark in the Big Ten since 2018.
 
The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover will be televised nationally on FOX, with Compass Media Networks providing national radio coverage. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
 
General public tickets and both the Iowa and Michigan ticket blocks have been sold out. Those interested in purchasing a suite should contact Indiana Sports Corp by clicking here.
 
Fans looking to elevate their experience with VIP Ticket Packages or Pregame Tailgate Packages should contact RevelXP by clicking here.
 
Tickets are also available through TicketSmarter, the Official Resale Marketplace of the Big Ten Conference.
 
Fans attending the game will utilize digital tickets to enter Lucas Oil Stadium and will be asked to enter with clear bags. Fans should be prepared to arrive early and are encouraged to review the digital ticket FAQ guide and clear bag policy information available at bigten.org/fcg.
 
Every Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket will allow complimentary admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper, to be held at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4.

MICHIGAN BEATS OHIO STATE 42-27, ENDS 8-GAME SKID IN RIVALRY

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh got the win he wanted perhaps as desperately as any coach in sports.

Hassan Haskins matched a school record with five rushing touchdowns and Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks to break a single-season program mark, helping No. 6 Michigan finally beat No. 2 Ohio State 42-27 Saturday to give Harbaugh his first win as a coach against the Buckeyes.

“It feels like the best one,” Harbaugh said.

The Wolverines clinched the Big Ten East and will play in the conference title game next week with playoff hopes in hand after snapping an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State.

“It feels like the beginning,” Harbaugh said.

Michigan (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) advanced to the conference championship for the first time. The Wolverines now have a chance to win a Big Ten title for the first time since 2004 and a national championship for the first time since 1997.

Harbaugh has been dissed and dismissed as a coach long on hype and short on substance over his first six seasons with his alma mater, but he earned a win that should quiet at least most of his critics.

“I’m so happy to be a part of his first win, and to have a top-five game at home,” Hutchinson said. “He was just so happy.”

Minutes after the game, long-suffering fans filled the Big House turf to celebrate a rare win in the storied series and they were in no rush to leave as music blared.

“Watching the snow fall and the crowd rush rush onto the field was truly a surreal moment,” said Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara, who was 13 of 19 for 159 yards with an interception.

Ohio State had a school-record winning streak in the rivalry, taking 15 of 16 to turn The Game into its game.

The Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1) blew their chances to continue their dominance with 10 penalties, many before the snap, and because they simply could not stop Michigan’s running game.

“I feel awful,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “I just got done talking to the team, and when you work this game 365 days out of the year and you come up short, it’s a failure. It hurts. It hurts a lot.”

Harbaugh clearly had his team ready to beat the Buckeyes.

After Harbaugh’s pay was slashed in his new deal last winter in part because of his lack of success against the Buckeyes, he reshaped his coaching staff again and renamed a running-heavy period of practice the “Beat Ohio,” drill for to add another layer of focus on the rivalry.

It seemed to work.

Haskins had 169 yards rushing on 28 carries, scoring a go-ahead touchdown late in the second half and four more after halftime to pad Michigan’s lead.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I want to thank each and every one of my linemen,” Haskins said.

Blake Corum returned from a two-plus game absence to run six times for 87 yards, helping the Wolverines gain a total of 297 yards on a ground against a rival that has pushed them around for much of this century.

“It was dominant,” Harbaugh acknowledged. “There was continual movement up front by the guys.”

The Buckeyes could not disagree.

“You have to stop the run in a Big Ten game,” Ohio State safety Bryson Shaw said. “It’s embarrassing.”

Harbaugh also seemed to out coach Day, who had not lost a Big Ten game until Saturday, by sprinkling in some surprise plays such as a slot-around with A.J. Henning running for a 14-yard TD to cap the game-opening 10-play, 75-yard drive and calling a flea flicker later in the game that fooled Ohio State.

Ohio State’s high-powered offense seemed rattled against Michigan’s new-look defense with first-year coordinator Mike Macdonald making all the right moves. Hutchinson, who set a single-season school record with 13 sacks, was in the backfield all day.

“Definitely should be in strong consideration for the Heisman Trophy,” Harbaugh said.

C.J. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 with two touchdowns, including a 25-yard pass to Garrett Wilson that gave the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Buckeyes turned it over on downs on their last possession, failing to protect Stroud. He was sacked four times, doubling the total from any other game this season.

“People are probably going to hate me for it, but I know in my heart I put up everything,” Stroud said.

OVERHEARD

After Harbaugh’s news conference, he was met by athletic director Warde Manuel.

“You hit a home run,” Manuel told Harbaugh.

TEMPERS FLARE

The Wolverines and Buckeyes were pushing, shoving and talking in the tunnel at halftime. The emotions spilled out onto the field many times.

As Michigan receiver Roman Wilson lay in the end zone, he grabbed the left leg of cornerback Cameron Brown, who responded by ripping Wilson’s helmet off and getting called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

That set off a scrum that officials and coaches were able to contain.

“These guys have been disrespecting us, stepping on our jerseys, talking about hanging 100 on us,” Hutchinson said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes had won 26 straight Big Ten games, a streak that trailed only the school’s 30-game run from 2012-15 in Big Ten history. Ohio State also had won 21 games in a row over ranked Big Ten teams.

Michigan: The Wolverines will have to come down quickly and focus on the Big Ten title game. Win that and a spot in the College Football Playoff is practically a lock.

RANKING RAMIFICATIONS

Michigan will jump past Ohio State in the College Football Ranking and the AP Top 25.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Waits for its postseason plans, likely landing in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Michigan: Plays Iowa in Indianapolis next Saturday. The Wolverines did not play the Hawkeyes in the regular season.

NO. 3 ALABAMA RALLIES LATE, SURVIVES 4 OTS TO BEAT AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Pushed to the limits, Alabama delivered plays to celebrate in a stadium that has produced a few devastating ones.

The result was another unforgettable Iron Bowl.

John Metchie caught a scoring pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give No. 3 Alabama a 24-22 comeback victory over rival Auburn on Saturday, rescuing the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes.

It was the first overtime in the Iron Bowl.

“Wow, what a game,” Tide coach Nick Saban said.

Freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry tipped away T.J. Finley’s pass in the final OT and Young hit Metchie just as he did in the previous one.

Alabama (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 3 CFP) moves on to face No. 1 Georgia in the league championship game with its College Football Playoff hopes on the line. The Tigers (6-6, 3-5) dropped their fourth straight game after smothering Young and the Tide’s prolific offense most of the way.

“After halftime, it just seemed like everybody was all in and we were fighting like I’ve never seen us fight all year long,” Saban said. “Our players were as happy as I’ve ever seen them after the game.”

Young capped a 97-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown to freshman Ja’Corey Brooks – his fourth catch and first touchdown this season – with 24 seconds left in regulation.

Young converted a fourth-and-7 to Jahleel Billingsley, followed by two incompletions under pressure for an offense that had been held in check for 59 minutes.

“It was crazy. It was crazy,” said Young, who passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. “When you’re playing in the Iron Bowl, what else are you supposed to expect? Throughout all the ups and downs, even that last drive, I have so much faith in my guys. My confidence never wavered.”

There were times when it easily could have against an Auburn defense that was yielding little.

The Tigers had been trying to win their third straight Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and fourth in five years. They nearly pulled it off. Auburn had won with a Kick-Six (2013) and two pick-sixes (2019).

Fans didn’t get to storm the field this time.

“There was a lot of fight from our team,” first-year Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said. “I’m proud of our guys. I told them I was proud of their fight. … Our guys played hard and put ourselves in a position to win the game. We just came up short.”

The teams traded touchdowns and field goals in the first overtime and both delivered scoring passes after lining up from the 3 the first time.

Alabama was without two of its top offensive players in the overtime periods.

Tailback Brian Robinson was on the sideline with an apparent leg injury sustained earlier in the game. Star receiver Jameson Williams was ejected for targeting on punt coverage in the first half.

Held to 70 passing yards in the first half, Young finished 25 of 51, many of the completions to Metchie.

Metchie caught 13 passes for 150 yards.

Auburn’s T.J. Finley, who started the final two games after Bo Nix’s season-ending ankle injury, was 17 of 26 for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He left the game at one point with a left ankle injury and returned with it taped up.

“I really couldn’t move how I wanted to,” Finley said. “I’m a big guy, so I don’t really move as much anyway. When your ankle is kind of bothering you … it forces you to stand in the pocket and deliver great balls.”

Kicker Ben Patton, a sub for injured Anders Carlson, kept Auburn alive with a 49-yard field goal in the second overtime.

Derick Hall had three sacks for the Tigers.

“When you come down to the wire like that and don’t finish, it sucks,” Hall said. “It’s painful.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama hardly looked ready to face the Bulldogs and the nation’s top defense most of the way. The Tide had 11 penalties for 129 yards and gave up seven sacks a few days after Saban called out the fans for being critical because his team wasn’t blowing out opponents.

Auburn’s defense played terrific and held on for dear life for a team that had blown two straight double-digit leads. The home-field advantage continues to be huge in this intense rivalry even if the Tigers fell short in the end.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Alabama had a chance to move up a spot after No. 2 Ohio State fell 42-27 to fifth-ranked Michigan. The game-long struggle with an unranked team makes that far less certain.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Faces No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Auburn: Awaits bowl destination.

SANDERS LEADS NO. 7 OKLAHOMA STATE PAST NO. 10 OKLAHOMA

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State finally broke through against its greatest nemesis.

Spencer Sanders threw for a touchdown and ran for another and No. 7 Oklahoma State beat No. 10 Oklahoma 37-33 on Saturday night to keep alive its College Football Playoff chances and stop the Sooners’ streak of Big 12 titles at six.

Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1, No. 7 CFP) snapped a six-game losing streak to Oklahoma. The Cowboys will play No. 9 Baylor next Saturday for the Big 12 championship. The Cowboys have a shot at their first Big 12 title since 2011.

“I told them we couldn’t be more proud of them for what they’ve accomplished,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “That’s the good news. Next thing is, we need them all back here tomorrow afternoon. We’re in a one-week playoff again.”

Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2, No. 10 CFP) got the ball one last time at its 20-yard line with 54 seconds remaining and no timeouts. Caleb Williams scrambled and ran 56 yards to put the Sooners in scoring range.

“I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to catch him and get him down,” Gundy said. “I’ve seen him do that on TV two, three, four times this year. Nobody ever catches him. He scores.”

Oklahoma State’s Collin Oliver sacked Williams on fourth down at the Oklahoma State 32 with eight seconds remaining, setting off a wild celebration. Fans clad in orange and black poured onto the field to celebrate Gundy’s third win in 17 tries against the Sooners. Songs such as “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks and “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled blared over the sound system.

It wasn’t easy for the Cowboys. Though Oklahoma State entered the game ranked second nationally in scoring defense and third in total defense, Williams threw three touchdown passes in the first half.

Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, who finished with 11 tackles and two sacks, said the Cowboys remained confident after the shaky start. Williams connected on just 6 of 18 passes for 48 yards in the second half.

“We knew we’re the best defense, so we just knew we’ve just got to go out there and punch and just keep fighting, man,” Rodriguez said. “Just do our thing, relax and just be us.”

Oklahoma State already had clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game, but the stakes remained high. With Baylor’s victory over Texas Tech earlier Saturday, Oklahoma needed a win to reach the conference championship game. Oklahoma State took advantage of the opportunity to eliminate its rival.

For Oklahoma, the loss provided perspective.

“I think for everybody, what this does is it makes you appreciate it,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “What this program’s been able to do here over the last seven years is pretty amazing, and it makes you appreciate how hard winning is, how hard winning championships are, how hard winning against good football teams on the road – how hard that is.”

The game turned when Oklahoma’s Eric Gray muffed a punt and Oklahoma State recovered at the Oklahoma 5. Jaylen Warren then punched it in from the 1 to give Oklahoma State a 37-33 lead with 8:54 remaining.

Tay Martin had a 30-yard touchdown catch and a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to help Oklahoma State take a 14-7 lead.

Oklahoma tied it when Williams, backpedaling and under pressure, found Austin Stogner for a 29-yard touchdown pass to tie it. Brennan Presley immediately responded with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that put the Cowboys back in front.

Late in the second quarter, Oklahoma’s Woodi Washington intercepted Sanders’ pass and returned it to the Oklahoma State 14. Williams connected with Brayden Willis for a 10-yard score, and the extra point tied it at 24.

Oklahoma opened the second-half scoring in an odd way. Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey hit Oklahoma State’s Dominic Richardson, the ball came loose, and Oklahoma State recovered in the end zone for a safety.

Oklahoma struck again after forcing a three-and-out. Presley muffed the punt, and Justin Broiles recovered in the end zone to give the Sooners a 33-24 lead.

Sanders went 37 yards for a touchdown on an option keep, and Oklahoma State cut Oklahoma’s lead to 33-31 with 13:52 remaining.

The Sooners couldn’t hold on.

“We just have to keep our heads up,” Washington, who intercepted two passes, said. “Of course, we’re going to be sad because we lost the game. We have one game ahead of us. We just have to go out and keep fighting.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: The Sooners’ offense did not score against Oklahoma State’s heralded defense in the second half. Oklahoma’s only points after halftime were on the safety and Broiles’ fumble recovery.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys did just enough to get through. They made uncharacteristic mistakes, but got a gritty performance from Sanders, who passed for 214 yards and ran for 93.

“Overall, his decision making, his ability to keep his composure and find his way through it around the pass rush and make plays was really good,” Gundy said.

QUOTABLE

Riley, addressing rumors that he will leave to coach at LSU: “I’m not going to be the next coach at LSU. Next question.”

BIG NUMBERS

Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks became just the fourth Sooner to post three seasons with at least 1,000 yards rushing. He joined De’Mond Parker, Adrian Peterson and Samaje Perine. He also moved into the top 10 in career yards rushing at Oklahoma. He knocked Greg Pruitt out of the top 10 and now has 3,178 yards in his career. He has 464 yards rushing in three career games against Oklahoma State.

UP NEXT:

Oklahoma: Bowl game.

Oklahoma State: Will play No. 9 Baylor in the Big 12 title game.

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME BEATS STANFORD 45-14, AWAITS PLAYOFF FATE

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Notre Dame did its job and now all the Fighting Irish can do is wait.

Jack Coan threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 5 Notre Dame finished off the regular season with a 45-14 victory over Stanford on Saturday to keep its playoff hopes alive.

“We controlled what we needed to control and that was to play really good football on offense, defense and special teams over the past six, seven weeks,” coach Brian Kelly said. “We’ve done that. So we made our case. We’ll now sit back and see what other people think. But we got one of the best four teams without question in my mind. We’re ready to prove it.”

The Irish (11-1, No. 6 CFP) won their final seven games following a home loss to Cincinnati but will likely need some help next week to get into the College Football Playoff for the third time in the past four seasons.

“We did what we could with the games we had left,” tight end Michael Mayer said. “So now we kind of just sit and wait. I really believe that we’re one of the best four teams in the nation.”

Stanford (3-9) lost its seventh straight game to end the season following an upset of then-No. 3 Oregon for its longest losing streak and most losses in a season since a 1-11 campaign in 2006. The Cardinal were outscored 173-46 over the final four games.

“There are some things here that we’ve done extremely well in the past that we need to do better,” coach David Shaw said. “Some things we got to tweak and change. So we’re not going to be stagnant and rest on the things we did in the past. We’re going to get back to work, continue this recruiting process, which has gone extremely well, recruiting the right guys to the right place, and get to the point where we take out the bumps in our road.”

This game wasn’t competitive from the start as the Irish forced a three-and-out on the first possession and answered with a 74-yard drive capped by Coan’s 16-yard TD pass to Braden Lenzy.

Coan added another TD pass to George Takacs and the Irish built a 24-0 halftime lead. He finished 26 for 35 for 345 yards with the 1-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Jonathan McGill intercepted Coan’s pass on the first drive of the second half to set up a 13-yard drive capped by Austin Jones’ 5-yard run. That ended Notre Dame’s streak of not allowing a TD at 219:17 of game action since North Carolina scored in the fourth quarter on Oct. 30.

“We weren’t focusing on that,” defensive lineman Justin Ademilola said. “We just knew that we wanted to dominate our opponent.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: The Irish are peaking at the end of the regular season even if the competition hasn’t been the stoutest. Notre Dame outscored its four opponents in November by a score of 162-23 but whether that’s enough to make the playoff may depend on what happens next weekend in the conference championship games.

“We knew that we had to control this situation because we don’t control anything after this,” Kelly said. “It was control the controllables. That was the theme all week because after today we don’t control anything.”

Stanford: The Cardinal head into the offseason with serious questions about the direction of the program after their worst season in 15 years. Shaw had built Stanford into a powerhouse last decade but the Cardinal are 11-19 the past three seasons.

“It’s not what happens to us but how we respond,” Shaw said. “This program will respond.”

RECORD SETTER

Mayer had nine catches for 105 yards, giving him 64 catches on the season. That breaks the school single-season record for tight ends of 63 set by Tyler Eifert in 2011.

STALLED

The Cardinal have been unable to generate anything offensively the last month of the season as they have fallen in deep holes each game. In the final four first halves of the season, Stanford averaged 77.5 yards of offense and was outscored 90-3.

The Cardinal had one big play against the Irish with Isaiah Sanders hitting Benjamin Yurosek on a 44-yard TD pass on a trick play in the second quarter only to have it wiped off by an illegal block.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Irish will wait to find out their bowl fate.

Stanford: The Cardinal prepare for 2022.

NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE BOUNCES BACK, BEATS PENN STATE 30-27

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Payton Thorne threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead No. 12 Michigan State to a 30-27 victory over Penn State on Saturday.

Kennett Walker III rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as the Spartans (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) bounced back from last week’s 56-7 loss to Ohio State. Michigan State finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2015.

Sean Clifford threw three touchdown passes, two to Jahan Dotson, for the Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-5). Penn State closed out the regular season with five losses in its last seven games.

Daequan Hardy’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown put Penn State up 20-17. Thorne’s 1-yard plunge late in the third quarter gave the Spartans a 23-20 advantage.

Thorne connected with Jayden Reed on a 20-yard scoring pass on a fourth-and-15 with 5:10 left to give Michigan State some cushion.

Clifford threw to Parker Washington for a 15-yard TD in the final minute.

The Spartans scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, including a 99-yard drive, and led 17-14 at halftime.

THE TAKEAWAY

The Spartans showed resiliency after their 49-point loss at Ohio State and put themselves in position for a New Year’s Day bowl. Coach Mel Tucker, who agreed to a 10-year contract extension earlier in the week, had his team ready to go as it scored on its first two possessions. The Spartans’ defense didn’t allow a point in the second half until the final minute.

UP NEXT

Both teams are headed to bowls.

NO. 1 GEORGIA ROUTS GEORGIA TECH 45-0, LOOKS AHEAD TO BAMA

ATLANTA (AP) Stetson Bennett helped No. 1 Georgia finish a perfect regular season, and then shifted his attention to Alabama.

Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Brock Bowers, and No. 1 Georgia overwhelmed Georgia Tech 45-0 on Saturday.

“It’s a big accomplishment,” Bennett said. “Now the real fun starts.”

Georgia (12-0) gained momentum for next week’s much-anticipated Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 3 Alabama in Atlanta.

In the rivalry known as “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate,” the Bulldogs played a clean game with no turnovers or penalties.

It is the first undefeated regular season for the Bulldogs since 1982, when they capped a streak of three consecutive SEC championships with tailback Herschel Walker.

Georgia now can focus on its drive for SEC and national championships.

“What we have done in the regular season is all good, but if we don’t finish it the right way none of this matters,” said linebacker Nakobe Dean, who led the defense with six tackles and two quarterback hurries.

Georgia Tech (3-9) finished with three wins for the third consecutive season under coach Geoff Collins, who acknowledged this week he will need to show improvement next year. The Yellow Jackets closed the season with six consecutive losses following a 3-3 start.

The losing streak included losses to No. 6 Notre Dame and Georgia by a combined margin of 100-0 the last two weeks, putting more heat on Collins.

“The last two games were a step back,” Collins said. “Let’s get that out of the way. Against two of the top six teams in college football. But every other game, the way we’ve matured and closed the gap, that’s real.”

Georgia Tech has not closed the gap on Georgia. The battle for state bragging rights was a mismatch.

Georgia, which began the day leading the nation with its averages of 7.5 points and 236 yards allowed, posted its third shutout while giving up only 171 yards.

“I’ve coached a lot of seasons in the SEC,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Three shutouts is hard to come by.”

Bowers had a 77-yard touchdown catch, and Kenny McIntosh added a 59-yard scoring run. Bowers, a freshman, also scored on a 9-yard catch. He has 10 touchdown receptions, a school record for tight ends.

Relying on its top-ranked defense and Bennett’s accurate passing, Georgia was dominant in its fourth consecutive win in the state rivalry. The Bulldogs gave up only 67 yards in the first half.

Jordan Yates made his third consecutive start, and sixth overall, at quarterback for Georgia Tech. Yates passed for only 73 yards, including a 40-yard completion to tight end Dylan Leonard in the third quarter. That drive ended with a fourth-down incompletion from the Georgia 33.

Georgia’s defense delivered another fourth-down stop early in the fourth quarter. Yates fielded a low shotgun snap and was sacked by Robert Beal for a loss of 10 near midfield.

Bennett completed 14 of 20 passes, including scoring passes of 25 yards to Jermaine Burton and 11 yards to Ladd McConkey. Daijun Edwards had a 3-yard scoring run in the fourth, with quarterback JT Daniels and other backups on the field.

Georgia has won 10 of the last 12 in the series, including the last four. For the first time since 1924, the teams did not play last season as SEC schools played only conference schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: The Bulldogs’ defense overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets. After taking a 24-0 lead on Bowers’ long touchdown catch, Georgia held a dominant 261-22 advantage in total yards. It finished with 463 yards. Georgia’s advantage in depth also was imposing. Bennett’s first nine completions were to nine different receivers.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets’ offense was one-dimensional most of the game. Quarterback Jeff Sims, who opened the season as the starter but was in a walking boot two weeks ago against Boston College, participated in pregame warmups but did not play. Collins said Sims was available only in an emergency. Despite flashes by Jordan Mason and Dontae Smith, who each ran for 59 yards, Yates couldn’t establish a passing game.

INJURY REPORT

Georgia left tackle Jamaree Salyer missed his third consecutive start with a foot injury. Salyer, a senior, served as a game captain even though he was not in uniform.

Georgia lost wide receiver and punt returner Kearis Jackson to a rib injury in the first quarter. Wide receiver George Pickens, returning from a knee injury, had a 5-yard catch for his first reception of the season.

GIBBS HURT

Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who led the nation in all-purpose yards, was limited to 1 yard on two carries before suffering an undisclosed injury that prevented him from returning in the second half.

POLLS IMPLICATION

Georgia enters the SEC championship game firmly entrenched as the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 and the College Football Playoff.

UP NEXT

Georgia: Plays No. 3 Alabama in the SEC championship game in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech: Opens its 2022 season against Clemson on Sept. 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

JENKINS’ LATE TD LIFTS LSU PAST NO. 14 TEXAS A&M, 27-24

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A string of clutch completions by Max Johnson in little more than a minute capped coach Ed Orgeron’s roller-coaster tenure at LSU with a triumphant sendoff before a jubilant Tiger Stadium crowd.

Johnson hit Jaray Jenkins with a 28-yard scoring pass down the right sideline with 20 seconds left, and LSU knocked off No. 14 Texas A&M 27-24 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible.

“How about them Tigers baby?” said Orgeron, a Louisiana native who grew up an LSU fan and considered coaching the Tigers his dream job. “We just kept preaching to our football team to keep on fighting, keep on fighting and something good is going to happen.”

LSU (6-6, 3-5 SEC) had lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and and were on the brink of their first losing season since 1999 on when Johnson, who’d been sacked six times in the second half, came alive on fourth-and-6 from the LSU 19 and less than 1:30 left.

Johnson kept the Tigers alive with a decisive throw over the middle to tight end Jack Bech and then hit Jenkins for a 31-yard gain. An 11-yard pass to Malik Nabers put LSU on the 28, setting up the go-ahead score three plays later and setting off a wild celebration in Death Valley while Orgeron smiled from ear-to-ear on the sideline.

“That is why we all came here – to win games and to be put in these situations,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty sweet feeling after the game.”

LSU linebacker Damone Clark, a Butkus Award finalist, sealed the victory by sacking Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada twice.

“I’ll never forget this game. I love this team,” Clark said. ‘”‘You couldn’t draw up a finish for this senior class any better. We stuck and fought together until the very end.”

The victory gave LSU two straight wins to close the regular season, but Orgeron said he and LSU’s administration “mutually agreed he would not coach a bowl game and that offensive line coach Brad Davis would take over as interim coach.

“I told the guys that I wish them luck,” Orgeron said. “I’m not going to sit here and coach when there is another guy coming in to be the head coach this week or the week after.”

The loss likely relegated Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4) to a less prestigious bowl while ending the Aggies chance for a first 10-win season since 2012.

“I’m disappointed,” Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They made one more play than we did. We have to play better and find a way to close those games out.”

Orgeron, who presided over an undefeated national championship season in 2019, has gone 11-11 since and agreed back in October to step down after this season.

One coach LSU was widely believed to be pursuing as a candidate to replace Orgeron is Fisher, a former LSU offensive coordinator and national championship coach at Florida State who was lured to College Station by former A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, who now holds the same post at LSU.

But Fisher has said he has no plans to leave the Aggies, who were outplayed by Orgeron’s Tigers for most of three quarters before rallying to take a 24-20 lead with two TD receptions by Jalen Preston in the fourth quarter.

The go-ahead touchdown was a memorable one in which Calzada avoided a sack by scrambling left toward the sideline before finding Preston racing over to give him an outlet. After making the catch, Preston raced all the way back across the field before slipping a couple tackle attempts to complete the 32-yard scoring play.

Calzada finished 20 of 35 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover.

Calzada “made some big-time throws to help us,” Fisher said. “He battled hard and made some great plays and put us in a position to win.”

Devon Achane had 121 yards from scrimmage, with 72 yards coming on short receptions. Moose Muhammad caught a 13-yard scoring pass in the first half.

Johnson was 22 of 38 for 306 yards and three TDs, including a 45-yard scoring pass in the first half to Jenkins, who finished with eight catches for 169 yards. Johnson, who had his fifth 300-yard passing game this season, also had a scoring pass on a short throw to speedster Trey Palmer, who sidestepped a few tacklers before bursting into the open field with such acceleration that a defender who appeared to have the angle on him could not push him out of bounds. The 61-yard touchdown gave LSU a 17-7 lead at halftime.

During pre-game ceremonies to honor senior LSU players, the seniors gathered together to honor Orgeron. The players presented him with a game ball as the Tiger Stadium crowd cheered enthusiastically.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The Aggies came in tied for second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 14.9 points per game, but LSU overcame A&M defensive end Michael Clemons’ three sacks to score more than that and gain 412 total yards.

LSU: The changes LSU made on defense during their bye week in late October have now produced sustained results against four opponents – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe and A&M. Aggies Running back Isaiah Spiller came in averaging about 107 yards rushing but was held to 27 yards on 11 carries.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Awaits its bid to a bowl game.

LSU: Awaits a bowl bid while continuing its search for a new head coach.

NO. 9 BAYLOR IN B12 TITLE GAME AFTER WIN OVER TECH, OSU WIN

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor coach Dave Aranda lauded his ninth-ranked Bears for the season they have had after getting their 10th win earlier in the day.

Now, after a little help, they get to play for a Big 12 title.

Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, Abram Smith ran for 117 yards with a score and the Bears beat Texas Tech 27-24 on Saturday, keeping alive their hopes of making the Big 12 championship game for the second time in three seasons.

Then more than eight hours later, No. 7 Oklahoma State wrapped up a 37-33 win over No. 10 Oklahoma in Bedlam. The Cowboys, who were already locked into their first Big 12 title game, play Baylor (10-2, 7-2 Big 12, CFP No. 8) next Saturday at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

“It’s just a great experience,” Trestan Ebner said after Baylor’s win about the possibility of advancing. “I feel like if you win the Big 12 championship it’s remembered forever. You have the 2013 and 2014 teams on the field house. And every team after that wants to get on there with them.”

Aranda then talked about the growth of the Bears and how they had come together following a 2-7 record in his debut last season that was altered by the pandemic.

“I think of those things, and so I think in that way we’re a winner,” the coach said. “All of this stuff is going to be extra.”

Baylor lost 24-14 at Oklahoma State on Oct. 2. The Bears had the tiebreaker over Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2) because of their 27-14 win at home two weeks ago at home over the team that had won the last six Big 12 titles.

Shapen hit Trestan Ebner in stride near the 25 for a 61-yard catch-and-run score on the game’s opening drive that put Baylor ahead to stay. Shapen had a decisive 9-yard TD pass to tight end Ben Sims with 7 minutes left to respond to a Tech score.

The Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6) still had one more chance after stopping Baylor on fourth down on its 12 with 1:18 and no timeouts left. They got in position for a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Garibay, who had plenty of leg but pushed the kick wide left on the final play. Garibay, who was 13 of 13 on field goals before then, had a game-ending 62-yarder to beat Iowa State two week earlier.

“Incredibly proud of our team, the fight that they showed,” Sonny Cumbie said of Saturday and all four of his games so far as Tech’s interim coach. “It’s so easy when things go against you to take your ball and go home, to take your ball and stop playing and to stop fighting. And if anything, these kids did just the opposite.”

Donovan Smith was 16-of-23 passing for 262 yards with two late TD passes for the Red Raiders, who a week earlier had only 108 total yards in a 23-0 loss to Oklahoma State in their home finale. That was the first time Tech was shut out in a 303-game span since 1997.

Smith’s 38-yard TD to Mannix McLane with 11:37 left cut the deficit to 20-17. Baylor responded with a 10-play drive that ended with Shapen’s pass to Sims. Then Smith threw a screen pass to tight end Travis Kootz that turned into a 75-yard score.

Shapen completed 20 of 34 passes starting in place of Gerry Bohanon, who injured his right hamstring late in the first half of a 20-10 win last week at Kansas State that Shapen finished.

Abram’s Smith’s 4-yard TD run for a 17-3 lead with 5 minutes left in the first half came five plays after Raleigh Texada sacked Donovan Smith and forced a fumble he recovered at the Tech 24. Tahj Brooks had a 1-yard TD run to cut Tech’s halftime deficit to 17-10.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: New Red Raiders coach Joey McGuire, who was in his fifth season on Baylor’s staff before getting hired three weeks ago, did not attend the game. Cumbie will coach the bowl game and remain on McGuire’s staff as offensive coordinator. … Texas Tech has to win its bowl game to avoid a sixth consecutive losing record.

Baylor: The Bears were 7-0 at home for the first time since 2013. They finished their seventh 10-win season, six of those coming in the past 11 years. … Shapen is the fourth Baylor quarterback in a row to win in his first start, following Charlie Brewer, Jalan McClendon and Bohanon.

GARIBAY WINNERS

Cumbie said “10 times out of 10” he would want Garibay trying that field goal at the end of the game.

“Didn’t go our way,” Cumbie said. “He’s the reason why really we’re 6-6 and going to a bowl game.”

Garibay’s kick at the end of the Iowa State game that got Tech bowl eligible was the longest game-winner in the final minute of an FBS game. He also had a 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in a 23-20 win at West Virginia on Oct. 2.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech will find out next weekend who and where it will play in its first bowl game since 2017.

Baylor had to wait to see if its next game was for the Big 12 title or in a bowl.

WASHINGTON STATE REMOVES INTERIM TAG, NAMES DICKERT COACH

(AP) — Washington State removed the interim tag and named Jake Dickert head coach Saturday night after he led the Cougars to a 3-2 record following the firing of Nick Rolovich.

Momentum had been growing for Dickert to get the job permanently and his candidacy was capped with an emphatic 40-13 rout of rival Washington in the Apple Cup that snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Huskies.

Dickert was promoted from defensive coordinator to be the interim head coach in October after Rolovich was fired for refusing to meet the state’s mandate for employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine or an exemption. Rolovich and four other assistant coaches were fired.

Dickert agreed to a five-year contract, the school announced.

“We are thrilled to have Jake Dickert step into the head coaching role,” Washington State President Kirk Schulz said. “Coach Dickert was able to bring together a team that has been through so much in the past two seasons and inspire them to not only keep going, but to fight harder. Coach Dickert loves Pullman, understands what it means to be a Coug, and most importantly, puts his players first. He is an asset to this program, and to WSU.”

As the weeks passed and talk of Washington State’s coaching search remained quiet, the chances of Dickert getting the job grew. It reached its peak on Friday when the Cougars posted their largest margin of victory over in the rivalry matchup with Washington.

“When he came in and stepped into that role he was ready for it,” Washington State linebacker Justus Rogers said after the Apple Cup. “He was prepared. He’s always prepared in everything he does. He works really hard and we respect and appreciate that, and we as much as we can back to him because of that.”

Dickert, 38, has never been a head coach in any of his previous stops. He came to Washington State from Wyoming, joining Rolovich’s staff when he was hired before the 2020 season. Dickert worked at Wyoming for three seasons, the first two as a defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.

Prior to his time at Wyoming, Dickert bounced around several colleges including South Dakota State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Augustana, Southeast Missouri State, South Dakota and North Dakota State.

From the time he took over as the interim coach, Dickert referred to his opportunity as an interview. When asked after beating Washington if the interview was over, Dickert remained modest about the situation.

“I’ll say what I said when I started, I’m honored and humbled to have this opportunity,” Dickert said. “I really am. I’m truly blessed and these kids have given me everything that they’ve had. And I think going forward, I know this that they deserve the best.”

Dickert’s first task, and perhaps the biggest question that comes with his hiring, is the quality of staff he can put together. Washington State’s staff was a makeshift group by the end of the season due to the loss of coaches, and it’s unclear how much of the staff that remained will return.

While Mike Leach was a quirky leader of the program during his tenure in Pullman, he also had an excellent staff of assistants that helped lead to five straight bowl game appearances and six in seven years for the Cougars.

“When we made a coaching change midway through the season, we needed to find a special leader to guide this program going forward and we have found that with Jake,” said Washington State athletic director Pat Chun. “His ability to steady this program and keep it focused over the past six weeks has been very impressive.”

WISCONSIN EARNS 2021 BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TITLE OUTRIGHT

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The University of Wisconsin volleyball team clinched the outright Big Ten Conference title Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Indiana at the UW Field House in Madison. The Badgers claimed their third consecutive Big Ten championship and their eighth overall, as well as the conference’s automatic qualification into the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
 
Wisconsin (25-3, 17-3 Big Ten) is the third school in Big Ten volleyball history to win three consecutive Big Ten titles and the first since Penn State won eight in a row from 2003-10. Illinois was the first to claim three consecutive Big Ten volleyball championships (1986-88), while PSU also had a string of four in a row from 1996-99.
 
Wisconsin senior outside hitter Grace Loberg had a match-high 12 kills in Saturday’s clinching win over Indiana, leading a balanced attack for the Badgers, who hit .373 for the contest.
 
The 64-team field for the 2021 NCAA Tournament will be announced at 8:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday live on ESPNU. The Big Ten has seen at least one team advance to the NCAA Final Four each year since 2007 (including Wisconsin each of the past two seasons), with Nebraska the most recent Big Ten team to win the national championship in 2017.

NO. 2 UCLA SHOOTS NEARLY 50% AGAINST UNLV FOR 73-51 WIN

LAS VEGAS (AP) The UCLA Bruins had three days off in Las Vegas to think about how they were going to rebound from losing to No. 1 Gonzaga by 20 points.

No. 2 UCLA wasted no time on Saturday, scoring 14 unanswered points early in the first half to beat UNLV 73-51.

“We had a lot to think about after our last game,” said Jules Bernard, who led UCLA with 18 points and had two blocks, four assists and four rebounds. “We had a day off and went right back to practice. That pace we put into practice is what he put into the game.”

The Bruins (6-1) shot 47% from the field and from 3-point range. Tyger Campbell had 15 points and Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez each added 12 points each.

“I’m really happy with our effort and our attitude,” UCLA coach Mike Cronin said. “I told them, I really don’t care about wins and losses, it’s about effort and attitude. I told them we have to do whatever we have to do to win a tough road game and it starts with defense.”

Bryce Hamilton led UNLV (4-3) with 15 points, while Donovan Williams added 12 points. The Rebels struggled from the field, finishing at 30%.

“We got in a hole and took a lot of 3-point shots,” said UNLV coach Kevin Kruger, whose team went 22% (6 of 27) from 3-point range. “I think a lot of the shots were right there. There were a lot of drives where we were one (pass) away from finding a better shot. I don’t want to think the sky is falling, it is UCLA.”

The Bruins outrebounded UNLV 47-27 for the game.

“We really worked on rebounding in practice,” Bernard said. “When the shot goes up, crashing the boards. What we did in practice is really a reflection of what happened today.”

The Rebels scored the first two points of the game, but the Bruins went on a 14-0 run and never trailed again. UNLV cut the lead to 22-19 before UCLA led 37-22 at halftime.

UNLV was down by 9 points with 14:43 left in the second half, but the Bruins countered with a 12-0 run and grew the lead to as many as 22.

“I told them at halftime, `When you’re on the road, teams play with pride, they are going to play you with pressure,'” Cronin said. “We came out ready in the second half. UNLV is a team that is fast and athletic.”

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: This was the finale of a three-game Las Vegas stay. The Bruins are now 7-0 against UNLV; they beat the Rebels in Los Angeles two years ago by 17 points. The Bruins start Pac-12 conference play in their next two games before four more non-conference contests.

UNLV: The Rebels faced their biggest test of the season in UCLA, but they’d already played two other Power 5 conference teams – losing to No. 20 Michigan, but beating California. The Rebels next leave town for the first time this season, traveling to SMU and then San Francisco.

BANK SHOT

The Rebels retired Freddie Banks’ No. 13 to the rafters at halftime. Banks played from 1983-87, including UNLV�s Final Four team that lost to Indiana in the semifinals. Banks had 38 points, including 10 3-pointers, in that game, and averaged 19.5 points that season.

UP NEXT

UCLA: Hosts Colorado on Wednesday.

UNLV: Travels to SMU on Wednesday.

GREEN SCORES 35, NORTHERN IOWA TOPS NO. 16 ST. BONAVENTURE

LEAN, N.Y. (AP) AJ Green scored 35 points with four assists to lead Northern Iowa to a 90-80 win over No. 16 St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Austin Phyfe and Nate Heise each had 15 points as the Panthers (2-3) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since winning 79-76 at then-No. 23 Colorado on Dec. 10, 2019.

“This is huge,” Green said. “We didn’t have the start that we wanted, obviously. I’m just proud of how we were able to learn and build, regardless of starting 1-3.”

Northern Iowa had lost 10 of its last 11 matchups with ranked teams, but Green said St. Bonaventure’s poll position helped to inspire his team.

“I think it does,” Green said. “Knowing that they are ranked what they are. We know that we are capable of winning games like this. We all believe in each other. There is a little motivation behind it.”

Green did most of his damage from 3-point territory, making a career-best 9 of 15, to match his career high for scoring and equal the team record for 3s set by Noah Carter in a loss against Western Kentucky last season.

That was more than Green made in going 8 of 28 from long range over Northern Iowa’s first four games. After winning player of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference as a sophomore, Green missed all but three games last year because of injuries in both hips that required surgery. It took a few weeks for him to regain his rhythm.

“I’ve been asked about it since we started, and all I’ve said is let him play some games,” Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said. “AJ got us going today. He has the ability to carry us through stretches. But we have a good team. We have other guys who can make big shots.”

Northern Iowa shot 51.6% from the field against a St. Bonaventure defense that held four of its first five opponents under 35% shooting. The Panthers made 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.

Kyle Lofton had 21 points, seven assists and four steals for St. Bonaventure (5-1). Dominick Welch added 20 points and Jaren Holmes had 15 as the Bonnies set a season high in scoring.

“When you score 80 points, you should win,” St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt said. “This game was more from a defensive standpoint. When we needed to get a stop, they made a basket.”

St. Bonaventure got back in the game by outscoring Northern Iowa 26-7 over seven minutes to erase a 19-point deficit midway through the second half.

Green’s foot-on-the-line 2-pointer gave Northern Iowa a 73-66 lead with about six minutes to go. Heise then scored nine points on four consecutive possessions to put the Panthers up 84-72 with 2:10 remaining.

Green scored every point during a 17-1 run that gave Northern Iowa a 47-34 lead before halftime. He made six from long range for 22 first-half points, doubling his scoring average from the first four games.

BIG PICTURE

Northern Iowa: After staying close until the closing minutes of its previous loss against No. 13 Arkansas, the Panthers finished the job in their second matchup with ranked foe. It’s the first win this season against a Division I opponent for a team that was predicted to finish third in the MVC.

St. Bonaventure: Opening a four-game homestand with its first loss of the season was a letdown from beating Boise State, Clemson and Marquette to win the Charleston Classic championship. The Bonnies were trying to start 6-0 for first time since 1973-74.

KEY PLAY

Green was leaping toward the basket when he flung the ball out to Heise for a straightaway 3-pointer that beat the shot-clock buzzer and gave the Panthers an 80-72 lead with 3:18 left.

“Some guys may on that play feel like they have to get fouled, or have to score the basket,” Jacobson said. “He had the presence of mind and trust in his teammates to make that play. Now we get a 3 instead of maybe a blocked shot and they go down and score.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Ranked for the first time in 50 years, St. Bonaventure could fall out of the AP Top 25 after this stumble.

UP NEXT

Northern Iowa: Begins MVC play at Bradley on Wednesday.

LUCAS SCORES 18 POINTS TO SEND NO. 18 BYU OVER UTAH 75-64

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) No. 18 BYU leans heavily on senior Alex Barcello. So when Utah tried to take Barcello away on Saturday night, Te’Jon Lucas was more than ready to grab the reins for the Cougars.

Lucas scored a season-high 18 points to lead BYU to a 75-64 win over Utah. In doing so, the Cougars stayed undefeated.

Lucas, a senior transfer who has played at Illinois and Milwaukee, made 8 of 10 shots and two 3-pointers as his teammates struggled from outside.

“Alex is a great player and they were definitely trying to take some things away, so I was out there trying to make the right play,” he said. “Tonight, shots were really falling for me.”

Barcello still ended up with 17 points, most of them coming late in the game as he controlled the ball and went 11 of 12 from the free throw line.

“Te’Jon gives us a luxury of manipulating where Alex is,” BYU coach Mark Pope said. “We don’t actually have to have the ball in Alex’s hands. He can be really effective without the ball.”

Gavin Baxter scored a season-high 14 points and Caleb Lohner added 10 points and 12 rebounds for BYU (6-0).

“We were defending a lot better in the second half and we just kept rebounding and things started to go our way. Then we had more pace and were a little bit quicker on the offensive end,” said Lohner, who originally committed to Utah before switching to BYU.

Brendan Carlson had 17 points and Rollie Worster had 13 for the Utes (5-1), who suffered their first defeat of the season after five straight wins under new coach Craig Smith.

The Cougars outrebounded the Utes, who were third in the nation in rebound margin, 45-28 and had a 48-28 scoring advantage in the paint.

“We told our guys all week this is going to be a man’s game,” Smith said. “You got to make all those physical plays.”

Still, the Utes were scrappy and stayed within striking distance until the final minutes, when their inability to grab a rebound clinched the game.

Down 40-39, the Cougars went on a 13-2 run that was punctuated with a dunk by Fousseyni Traore to make it 52-41 with 9:16 to play. Neither team had led by double digits to that point.

The Utes cut the lead to six several times but the Cougars always had an answer, shooting 56% from the field in the second half that included a number of layups and dunks.

Utah sprinted to a 7-0 lead in the first and led 29-27 at the half, led by Stefonovic’s eight points. Both teams played high-pressure, intense defense. Open shots were few and many attempts came late in the shot clock.

Early in the game, Ute senior big man Dusan Mahorcic left the game with an apparent knee injury, and that was after leading rebounder Marco Anthony was ruled out before tipoff with a sprained ankle.

“This was the highest-rated rebounding team we have faced and clearly hurts them not to have Anthony and Dusan, but we rebounded so well and it is saving us because there are other things we aren’t doing great right now,” Pope said.

Utah hadn’t lost to BYU on their home court since 2011.

BIG PICTURE

BYU: The Cougars showed some nerves early in this rivalry game, but showed poise and composure down the stretch, grabbing big rebounds and converting their free throws. Their interior strength proved the key to thwarting Utah’s pressure defense.

Utah: In their toughest test yet, the Utes stayed with the Cougars for much of the game but missed Anthony and Mahoric on the boards. The Utes’ half-court motion offense wasn’t producing the open shots they’ve seen in early-season games.

MO’ BETTER, LESS WORSE

BYU has a slogan of “Mo’ Better, Less Worse” to emphasize getting more shots and refining the shot selection. With more offensive rebounds and more steals, the team is going to get more shot attempts – and probably easier attempts.

“All our analytics push us back to that simple statement,” Pope said.

Against Utah, the players responded with 18 offensive rebounds and six steals while holding Utah to 42% shooting. Mo’ better, indeed.

UP NEXT

BYU: Visits neighboring Utah Valley on Wednesday night.

Utah: Starts Pac-12 play at No. 24 USC on Wednesday night.

NO. 7 STANFORD WOMEN RUN PAST 2ND-RANKED MARYLAND 86-67

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) After dealing with a sprained left ankle for the past week, Haley Jones seemed to be back to her usual self.

Jones had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Stanford to a 86-67 win over No. 2 Maryland on Saturday at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship.

“She has some genes,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “For her to be moving the way she was, I didn’t think it would happen. I was hoping she might be able to play in this game. Haley did a lot of rehab and she looked great out there.”

The win was the second over a top-five team for the Cardinal in three days. Stanford edged No. 4 Indiana 69-66 on Thursday before falling by three points to No. 18 South Florida on Friday.

“This has been a real grind of a week,” VanDerveer said. “Playing last Sunday at Gonzaga, 19 hours to get down here, play such great competition, I’m really proud of our team. Thought today I challenged our team to play their best basketball. We rebounded.”

Hannah Jump, a last-minute addition to the starting lineup because Cameron Brink was sick just before the game, had 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers.

“Hannah had a breakout game,” VanDerveer said.

Stanford (5-2) took command with a 12-2 run late in the first quarter, capped by Jump’s third 3 of the period. The Cardinal, who lost on a shot in the final few seconds to South Florida 24 hours earlier, kept the run going in the second.

After Chloe Bibby hit a jumper to make it a five-point game, Stanford outscored the Terrapins 24-7 the rest of the quarter to go up 46-24 at the half.

Maryland (6-2) was short-handed to begin with as only seven players were dressed because of illness and injuries. Point guard Ashley Owusu picked up her third foul in the second quarter on an offensive foul and then was hit with a technical right after, sending the star to the bench with 2:56 left in the period. The Terrapins didn’t score the rest of the half.

It didn’t get much better in the second half for the Terrapins.

“That’s what a championship team looks like,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “That’s where we strive to be. They showed it for four straight quarters.”

Owusu scored 29 points to lead Maryland.

“We didn’t come out to compete this whole tournament,” Owusu said. “We came out flat against both teams. With top-five, top-10 teams, this is what happens.”

Brink warmed up, but before the game she had her head in her lap on the training table. Toward the end of the first quarter, after throwing up into a nearby garbage can, she started working out on the sideline with the Stanford training staff. Brink, who had averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds in the first two games in The Bahamas, entered with 3:43 left in the second quarter.

She finished the game with eight points in 9 minutes.

The game was played at the Baha Mar resort in a converted ballroom complete with a low ceiling and a raised stage right off midcourt. There were high school-style bleachers behind the two benches for fans.

TIP-INS

The two women’s basketball powers had only met twice before, with each winning once. The last meeting came in the regional final of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, which the Cardinal won 98-87. … Jump’s career bests in points and 3s came against Syracuse when she had 24, hitting eight from behind the arc. Her five 3-pointers in the first half were the most by a Stanford player since Bonnie Samuelson also had five in 2015.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal went 2-1 in the tournament, beating No. 4 Indiana and Maryland with a loss to South Florida in between. Stanford gained valuable experience for some of its bench players and has been well tested heading into its exam break.

Maryland: It’s tough to evaluate Maryland with two starters missing. The Terrapins, who also lost to No. 5 North Carolina State in The Bahamas, just didn’t have enough healthy players to compete with two of the best teams in the country.

SIDELINED

Maryland was missing top 3-point shooter Katie Benzan, who didn’t make the trip because of an illness. Reserve Faith Masonius also didn’t travel because of illness. Diamond Miller did come with the team to The Bahamas, but sat out both games after she aggravated a knee injury in a win over No. 6 Baylor last Sunday. Stanford junior Ashten Prechtel was out with an illness.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Hosts Pacific on Dec. 12.

Maryland: Hosts Miami on Thursday as part of the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

TIMBERWOLVES SPOIL EMBIID’S 76ERS RETURN WITH 2OT VICTORY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a decisive steal and assist in the final seconds of the second overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 121-120 victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Embiid had 42 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing nine games because of COVID-19 protocols. Philadelphia lost seven of those games without the four-time All-Star and has now dropped eight of 10.

“I really thought I wasn’t going to make it,” Embiid said. “It was that bad. So, I’m just thankful to be sitting here. I’m just glad I got over it.”

Tobias Harris returned from a two-game absence due to a hip injury to add 17 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia.

“It’s good to have Embiid back,” he said. “We missed him for sure.”

Russell also made a go-ahead 3 late in the first overtime. Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 10 rebounds but didn’t play in the extra sessions after fouling out, and Anthony Edwards had 19 points. Minnesota has won six of seven.

“That was probably one of the best (Russell) performances I’ve ever seen,” Towns said. “Multiple times we could’ve let go of the rope. We just made it our night. Instead of hoping the game came to us, we took the game. I’m just very proud of the way we played.”

Embiid scored all seven of Philadelphia’s points in the second overtime, and his 12-foot baseline jumper put them up 120-117 with 1:58 to play. Naz Reid’s layup pulled Minnesota within a point with 30.8 seconds left.

Then, Russell stole Tyrese Maxey’s pass that was intended for Embiid before assisting on Taurean Prince’s driving layup that put the Timberwolves up a point.

“I wanted to adjust because they kept running that same play,” Russell said. “I just tried to keep my hand down there and anticipate the bounce pass and we got it when it mattered. (On the assist), I saw him running and saw the clock. We could put the pressure on them and get a layup and (Prince) is more than capable of making a layup, and he happened to make one of the most important ones of the game. It’s just trusting teammates.”

Philadelphia had one last chance to win it, but Edwards blocked Embiid’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

“Joel was phenomenal tonight, but we still lost the game,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “Give him credit. He’s obviously been working out.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Timberwolves: Patrick Beverley (left abductor strain) missed his second straight game in what is expected to be at least a two-week absence after getting injured in Wednesday’s 113-101 win over Miami.

76ers: Shake Milton (groin soreness) didn’t play. . Harris returned after missing the last two games with a sore left hip. . Danny Green also was in the lineup for the second straight game. He had missed seven of the previous 11 contests with left hamstring tightness.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Coach Chris Finch grew up a 76ers fan in his hometown of Reading about 65 miles northwest of Philadelphia. “I used to tell Kevin McHale all the time I used to come down here on Sundays at the Spectrum and boo him,” Finch said. “This was my team growing up. It was a heck of a time to be a fan in the late ’70’s into the mid-80’s. Dr. J was my favorite player growing up.” . Won for the first time against Philadelphia since Nov. 17, 2016, snapping an eight-game losing streak. . Naz Reid finished with 15 points.

76ers: Ben Simmons worked out prior to the game. Simmons (personal reasons) hasn’t played all season. . Veteran Philadelphia newscaster Jim Gardner rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell prior to the game. . Played for the first time in Philadelphia since Nov. 11. . Dropped to 4-5 at home.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Indiana on Monday night.

76ers: Host Orlando on Monday night.

ALEC BURKS, EVAN FOURNIER SPARK KNICKS PAST HAWKS, 99-90

ATLANTA (AP) Alec Burks scored 23 points, Evan Fournier added 20 and the New York Knicks beat the Hawks 99-90 on Saturday night, snapping Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak.

Burks, starting with Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose nursing injuries, hit three of his four 3s and scored 15 points in the third quarter.

Trae Young finished with 33 points, scoring 30 for the fourth straight game, but it wasn’t enough as Atlanta dropped to 8-2 at home and 11-10 overall. Clint Capela had 16 points and 21 rebounds.

Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back, with the Hawks winning the night before at Memphis and the Knicks losing at home to Phoenix. They met for the first time since Atlanta beat New York in five games last spring in the playoffs.

“It was a great win honestly no matter who it was against,” forward R.J. Barrett said. “Especially after last night, to be able to come in and bounce back today, that was really important for us.”

New York, improved to 11-9 after losing three of four, led 88-76 with 10:30 remaining on Immanuel Quickley’s 3 from the right corner. An alley-oop pass from Young to Capela for a dunk trimmed the lead to 95-86 with 5:08 remaining, but the Hawks struggled to get any closer.

“We played hard,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “That was the first thing we wanted to get established, and they’re a terrific team. They missed some shots that they would normally make, but I thought we were flying around pretty good. And to win on the road against a team like this you have to play hard on every possession. It requires everyone working together and when everybody works together, we’re pretty good.”

The Hawks scored the first seven points of the third to take a 57-51 lead and cause the Knicks to call timeout. Fournier answered with five quick points before Capela’s jam made it 61-56. Julius Randle ended a 0 for 7 start from the field to score his first basket at the 8-minute mark, trimming the lead to 61-60.

Barrett’s runner put the Knicks up 62-61, and New York led 69-62 on Jericho Sims’ dunk. The Knicks were up by 11 entering the fourth. Barrett finished with 15 points.

The Hawks’ last six wins had all come by at least 10 points with Young averaging 27.7 points during that span.

“It seemed like we had heavy legs throughout the night,” Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said. “They were physical defensively. You have to run through that contact. I thought we had some open looks we didn’t knock down. Last night those shots were falling for us. Tonight they weren’t falling for us. Defensively we never really established ourselves being able to guard their pick and roll. It seemed like we were running in mud most of the night.”

The Knicks, who reached the playoffs last spring for the first time since 2013, began this season 5-1 and are 6-8 since. New York led by as many as 14.

Sims’ putback jam gave New York its first lead at 21-19, but Cam Reddish answered with a 3 before Quentin Grimes hit a corner 3 and Sims added a pair of free throws that put the Knicks up 28-25 late in the first.

Young, who had nine points and two assists in his first eight minutes, went quiet in the second quarter as the Knicks took a 43-34 lead on Obi Toppin’s one-handed dunk from Grimes’ alley-oop pass. Burks’ pull-up jumper made it a double-digit lead.

But Young got hot again with two long 3s and a runner to close the gap to 51-50 at intermission.

The Hawks, who began the game ranked second in 3-point percentage at 37.6, missed 13 treys in the first half and finished at 24.3%.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Walker (knee), Rose (ankle) F Taj Gibson (groin) and C Nerlens Noel (knee) were ruled out before the game. … Rose and Walker are the team’s fourth- and fifth-leading scorers. … C Mitchell Robinson limped off the floor to get treatment on the bench midway through the third. He did not return.

Hawks: G Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring) and F Cam Reddish (left wrist) were listed as questionable before the game. Bogdanovic had to be helped off the floor midway through the second with an ankle injury and did not return. Reddish left the game in the second after aggravating his wrist and didn’t return. McMillan said X-rays were negative on Bogdanovic and Reddish, but both will undergo MRIs. … Dating to last season, Atlanta had won 14 straight regular-season games at home against the East.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

Hawks: At Indiana on Wednesday night.

SUNS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 16 WITH 113-107 VICTORY OVER NETS

NEW YORK (AP) A chance to match franchise history and take a spot atop the NBA is waiting for the Phoenix Suns.

They have loftier aspirations than those, but want them anyway.

“Obviously, everybody knows the ultimate goal is to win a championship,” Chris Paul said. “But if you don’t enjoy the small victories throughout the regular season, then what the hell are you doing?”

Devin Booker scored 30 points, Paul had 22 and the Suns extended their winning streak to 16 games with a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Phoenix impressively overwhelmed the Eastern Conference leaders early, never trailing and leading by as much as 22 while moving within a victory of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history.

The Suns will try to do that Tuesday night at home against the Golden State Warriors (17-2) in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA.

“I’m looking forward to it, man,” Booker said. “Obviously not a make it or break-it game, not a playoff game, but we know it’s going to be high-energy, two best records in the NBA. It’s going to a high-intensity, fun game.”

Phoenix improved to 17-3, its best record through 20 games since having the same mark in 2004-05. The Western Conference champions haven’t lost in a month since Sacramento dropped them to 1-3.

Paul added eight rebounds and five assists, becoming the first player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points, 10,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds.

Mikal Bridges had 13 points and a career-high seven steals for the Suns. They won 17 straight games during the 2006-07 season, and also won 15 in a row earlier that season.

Kevin Durant had 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. They had their four-game winning streak snapped.

“For us, handing the ball off in the first half the way we did, you’re not going to beat a good team like that,” Durant said.

James Harden carved out a sloppy triple-double in the Nets’ first game since Thanksgiving, with 14 assists, 13 rebounds and 12 points. But he shot 4 for 15 from the field, missing all six 3-pointers and committed seven turnovers. He was booed when he lost a ball out of bounds off his foot in the second half.

Playing for the second straight night to end a four-game road trip, Booker was in double figures before Durant even scored and Phoenix shot out to a 21-8 lead. The Suns led comfortably until the middle of the second quarter, when Paul’s 3-pointer made it 51-31.

The Nets suddenly broke through with a 15-0 run, cutting it to 51-46 on DeAndre Bembry’s steal and layup. Paul settled the Suns with the next five points, beating the halftime buzzer to make it 56-46.

Booker took only one shot in a scoreless second quarter but came back with 10 points in the third. He went to the bench with a fourth foul but Paul and Cameron Payne hit consecutive 3s late in the period to push the lead back to 20 and it was 90-72 after three.

The Nets put together a late push that allowed them to make the final score respectable on a night they had 20 turnovers, leading to 20 points.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker had his third straight game with 30 or more points. … Phoenix is 9-1 on the road. … JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Nets: Bembry had 18 points and nine rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge also scored 18 points. …. The Nets had won the last three meetings. They were the only team to sweep Phoenix last season.

SUNS’ SURGE

Nets coach Steve Nash played for the Suns during the 2006-07 season and said there are a few things that go into a month-long winning streak.

“I think, one, you have to be a really good team. Like, you can’t just get hot for 15 games,” Nash said. “You’ve got to be a really high-quality team, great balance, a team that has an identity and clarity on the floor. And this team’s got great balance and depth and options, and is very well-coached.”

LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP

Suns coach Monty Williams worked with and against Nets guard Patty Mills when he was in the Western Conference and said whether he liked the Australian’s energy depended on which side he was on.

“Like, if you’re on the other side, you want to break his neck. But if you’re with him, you’re like, `Man, I love that guy,'” Williams said. “When I used to compete against the Spurs and he was down there waving that towel, I just wanted to go, like, tackle him.”

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Golden State on Tuesday night.

Nets: Host New York on Tuesday night.

KYLE LOWRY SCORES 19 POINTS, HEAT BEAT BULLS 107-104

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, Jimmy Butler added 18 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night.

Gabe Vincent made four three-pointers and had 20 off the bench, 16 in the fourth quarter, and Bam Adebayo added nine points, six assists, and seven rebounds.

The Heat won without Tyler Herro. Averaging 22.2 points over the past 10 games, he sat out because of illness. Before the game, coach Erik Spoelstra said Herro was “under the weather,” and would be a game-time decision.

That allowed more playing time for Vincent who more than filled the void left by Herro.

“That’s usually the deal when you play against really good teams,” Spoelstra said. “You’re going to need a lot of contributions. You’re going to have basically your entire rotation putting their fingerprints on a game to impact the win and that’s what you saw tonight. Tyler was out so different guys had to step up.”

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 28 points, and Alex Caruso had 22 in a game that had a playoff feel.

“That’s the type of style you’re going to get, the type of physicality you’re going to get when you are in the playoffs. That’s a lesson learned for us to take from,” DeRozan said.

Vincent’s fourth 3-pointer put Miami up 92-87 with 5:05 left. After the Bulls cut it to three, Lowry answered with a 3 to give the Heat a 95-89 lead and Max Strus extended the lead to 98-91 when he was fouled by Nikola Vucevic on a 3-point attempt.

DeRozan got the Bulls to 102-99 on a layup with 25.9 left, but Lowry sealed the game for the Heat with a layup on the other end.

The Bulls have lost three of their last four. But DeRozan is not concerned.

“No worry at all. It happens,” said DeRozan. “It’s just a bad week. We have to take from it, understand it, and give us more of that passion to go out there that we can’t go out there and give up the next one.”

The Bulls were playing on a backend of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights. After a 35-point blowout win at Orlando on Friday, the Bulls shot just 41.2 percent in the first quarter as the Heat held the Bulls to 20 points in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Heat: Robinson went 4 for 11 from 3-point range, extending his franchise-record streak to 68 straight games with at least one 3-pointer.

Bulls: Caruso got the fans to their feet early in the game with a dunk over P.J. Tucker for a three-point play in the first quarter. … The Heat held Zach LaVine to five points in the first half on 2-of-6 shooting and DeRozan to six points on 2-of-5 shooting. LaVine is averaging 25.8 pointers per game. LaVine finished with 16. … Nikola Vucevic was assessed a technical after he threw his mouth guard on the floor in frustration in the third quarter.. … The Bulls had 22 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host Denver on Monday night.

Bulls: Host Charlotte on Monday night.

DARIUS GARLAND SCORES 26 POINTS, CAVALIERS BEAT MAGIC 105-92

CLEVELAND (AP) Darius Garland scored a season-high 26 points, rookie Evan Mobley had 13 points in his return from a sprained right elbow and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 105-92 on Saturday night.

Mobley missed four games after getting entangled with Boston’s Enes Kanter on Nov. 15. The No. 3 overall selection had nine rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots, helping Cleveland end its longest losing streak of the season at five.

Garland added 11 assists, Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points, and Jarrett Allen had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Cedi Osman scored 10 points off the bench as Cleveland wrapped up a four-game homestand and evened its record at 10-10.

“It was great being back out there with J.A., Lauri and the guys again,” said Mobley, who is averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. “Our chemistry gets better every game. I missed a couple of shots early, but I felt good tonight.”

Wendell Carter Jr. led Orlando with 19 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 2:09 left. Robin Lopez had 13 points and Gary Harris scored 11 for the Magic, who have the worst record in the East at 4-17 and dropped their sixth in a row.

Neither team led by more than seven until the Cavaliers opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run fueled by two Markkanen 3-pointers to go up 65-52. Cleveland put the game away midway through the fourth when Mobley nailed a trey to make it 91-75.

“It means everything to have him back because Evan wants to be great,” Garland said. “That’s why he always puts in the work. He brings a lot to the team with the way he blocks shots, grabs rebounds and, of course, his dunking.”

Franz Wagner, the eighth overall selection, had 12 points, eight boards and four assists for Orlando, which didn’t attempt a free throw until 39 seconds remained in the second. Fifth pick Jalen Suggs had 10 points and made four steals, and Gary Harris scored 11.

Magic point guard Cole Anthony, who is averaging 19.6 points and 5.9 assists, missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right ankle. Terrence Ross played 11 minutes before exiting with lower back discomfort.

“There are no excuses, but the guys we had out there gave it everything they had,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “Cleveland did an outstanding job and stayed in attack mode the entire game.”

Cleveland had lost seven straight to Orlando and beat the Magic for the first time since March 3, 2019.

“Evan came back and impacted the game at both ends of the floor,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “He makes everyone feel safe because he and Jarrett are two of the best rim-protecting bigs in the league.”

ALL WORK, NO PLAY

Bickerstaff was impressed with Mobley’s work ethic while he was sidelined, noting that the 20-year-old post player did not miss a practice. “Evan didn’t take any days off when he got hurt, which tells you something,” Bickerstaff said. “The first few days, he just did everything with his left hand because he wanted to be out there with his teammates.”

TIP-INS

Magic: C Mo Bamba (lower back spasms) was a late scratch. . C Jonathan Isaac (left knee), G Markelle Fultz (left knee) and G Michael Carter-Williams (left ankle) have yet to play this season as they recover from surgeries on torn ligaments. G E’Twaun Moore (left knee sprain) also has not appeared in a game. . Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley was a Cleveland assistant from 2010-2014 under Byron Scott and Mike Brown.

Cavaliers: F Lamar Stevens (right ankle sprain) saw his first action since Nov. 12 against Detroit. . F Dean Wade (left calf strain), who has started 11 games, was inactive after being hurt Wednesday against Phoenix. . G Collin Sexton (left knee surgery) will miss the rest of the season after having a torn meniscus repaired on Nov. 17. . C Tacko Fall and G RJ Nembhard, both two-way players, are on G League assignments.

UP NEXT

Magic: At Philadelphia on Monday night.

Cavaliers: At Dallas on Monday night.

ROCKETS BEAT HORNETS IN OT FOR 2ND STRAIGHT WIN AFTER SKID

HOUSTON (AP) Christian Wood scored a career-high 33 points and had 16 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the Charlotte Hornets 146-143 in overtime on Saturday night.

The Rockets have won two straight after a 15-game losing streak.

“It feels great to get a win,” Wood said. “We went a month without winning a game. We haven’t seen that winning energy in the locker room so it’s good to see it. Now we have that winning momentum, and we need to just carry it over.”

Charlotte’s P.J. Washington forced overtime with a putback dunk off a missed 3 from LaMelo Ball, tying it at 135 with 4.4 seconds remaining.

In overtime, Kelly Oubre Jr. missed a 3 with 3 seconds remaining that would have given Charlotte the lead.

The Rockets entered the fourth with a 110-99 lead and led by as much as 17 in the game, but Charlotte tied it at 124 with 3:38 remaining and briefly took the lead a few plays later.

Charlotte entered Saturday having won three straight and eight of its last nine games.

Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 31 points, Oubre had 23, Miles Bridges 22, Gordon Hayward 21 and Ball 19.

For Houston, Kevin Porter Jr. had 23, Eric Gordon 22, Garrison Mathews 20 and Jae’Sean Tate added 16.

“We were moving the ball, taking open shots and making open shots,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “Once a few go, you’re feeling a lot more confident about shooting your shot. We’re feeling pretty confident shooting right now.”

The Rockets were boosted by hot 3-point shooting. Houston hit 23 of 49 3-pointers for 46.9%. The Rockets improved to 3-3 when making more 3s than their opponent. They’re 0-13 when they get outshot from long range.

“They were too comfortable, too early,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “They got what they wanted. They made 3s. Give them credit — they made shots tonight, but we could’ve been much better, defensively.”

Houston played its first game without rookie point guard Jalen Green, the second-overall pick, who suffered a left hamstring strain.

Houston was coming off a 118-113 win over Chicago on Wednesday night.

“We’re just playing better on both sides of the ball,” Gordon said. “We’re trusting each other more. It’s good to have a game like this where guys are knocking down shots, and we’re keeping the ball moving.”

TIP-INS

Hornets: C Mason Plumlee missed the game with a right calf strain. . Oubre received a technical foul with 1:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Rockets: PG John Wall, who has not played this season while the Rockets try to facilitate a trade, took shots during a pregame workout. Rockets coach Stephen Silas said Saturday night that Wall has had conversations with GM Rafael Stone about a possible return.

SHARPSHOOTERS

Mathews and Armoni Brooks made a huge impact for Houston by spacing out the floor and knocking down 3s. Mathews made 5 of 9 and Brooks made 5 of 11 for Houston, making nearly half of the team’s 23 3s. Both shooters had season highs in 3-pointers made. Mathews is on a two-way contract and was just recalled two weeks ago.

“When you call up a two-way guy, you usually don’t expect him to make the main playing group, but he’s earned it,” Silas said.

TOUGH STRETCH

Borrego said the Hornets have had the toughest strength of schedule in the NBA and have only had one stretch of two days’ rest. Charlotte hosted Minnesota on Friday night before heading to Houston and will visit Chicago on Monday.

“You’re going to have these moments,” Borrego said. “But I love that this group continued to battle. Nobody gave in tonight, but we kept fighting, pushed it to overtime and had a chance to win it.”

HE SAID IT

“They’re one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA, and they made 3s tonight.” — Borrego

UP NEXT

Hornets: At Chicago on Monday night.

Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night.

BRADLEY BEAL SCORES 26 POINTS, WIZARDS BEAT MAVS 120-114

DALLAS (AP) Bradley Beal scored 26 points, Kyle Kuzma had 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the clinching four points in the closing seconds in the Washington Wizards’ 120-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Luka Doncic had 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks. They lost for only the second time in eight home games.

“We were just being aggressive,” said Beal, who has scored 20 or more points in 12 of 16 games this season. “We were just moving the ball, moving bodies, taking advantage of certain matchups.”

The Wizards (13-7) swept a back-to-back after winning by two points at Oklahoma City on Friday night and moved into a second-place tie with Miami in the Eastern Conference.

They played without starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who has not yet played the second half of a back-to-back this season after having surgery to repair an ACL in January.

After the Mavericks shot 58.3% percent in building a 69-61 halftime, they were held to 34% in the second half. Dallas (10-8) slipped into fifth place in the West, one-half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers.

Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said his team ratcheted up its defense in the second half.

“We did make some adjustments just to kind of give them some different looks at times from possession to possession,” Unseld said. “I think our energy and purpose was better.”

The Wizards’ 120 points were two short of their season high and five shy of the most allowed this season by Dallas, which went into play ranked 11th in the NBA giving up 105.4 points per game.

“We got into a little shootout. That’s what Dallas wants you to do,” Kuzma said. “We did a great job of switching our coverages up a little bit and just dialing into the attention to detail and what we wanted to do in their high pick-and-roll.”

“If you’re going to be in a shootout, you’ve got to make shots,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We didn’t make them at the right time. They did.”

“We just didn’t play a very good game,” Doncic said. “We’ve got to be prepared better.”

After Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 3-pointer pulled Dallas to 114-112 with 49.4 seconds left, Caldwell-Pope answered with a 16-foot jump shot. Doncic hit a jumper with 23.6, making the score 116-112, and Caldwell-Pope began to dribble out the clock before being fouled by Maxi Kleber with 10.5 seconds to play.

Kidd defended the strategy of not fouling until Washington ran off about 13 seconds.

“We were trying to get a steal,” he said. “A lot of times teams think you’re going to foul, and they will just hold the ball. You get a jump ball or somehow you get a deflection or steal.”

Caldwell-Pope hit both free throws, and Kuzma added two more with 0.7 seconds left after being fouled in the backcourt by Kristaps Porzingis after Doncic’s 30-foot 3-pointer bounded off the rim.

Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points. Daniel Gafford added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Trey Burke scored a season-high 14 points off the bench for Dallas. Porzingis and Kleber had 13 each, a season high for Kleber that he reached in the first half.

ANSWERING THE BELL

Burke has averaged double-digit minutes in Dallas’ last five games after appearing in only four of its first 13 games.

“My teammates trust me,” he said. “They know what I can do. In this league, you’ve got to learn how to stay ready.”

TIP-INS

Wizards: They snapped a five-game losing streak at American Airlines Center. . Montrezl Harrell hit only his second 3-pointer of the season early in the fourth quarter when forced to heave one up with the shot clock almost expired.

Mavericks: The Mavericks were missing reserve guards Jalen Brunson (injured left foot) and Frank Ntilikina (right calf strain). . Willie Cauley-Stein made his second straight start at center after coming off the bench during Dallas’ first 16 games. He had four points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At San Antonio on Monday night.

Mavericks: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

DONOVAN MITCHELL LEADS JAZZ PAST PELICANS, 127-105

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 127-105 on Saturday night.

Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson had 20 points apiece for the Jazz and Joe Ingles added 15 while making his fourth start of the season.

A night after falling 98-97 to the Pelicans, Utah never trailed after the opening minute and shot 56% percent from the floor overall. The Jazz made a season-high 20 3-pointers shooting 57% from 3-point range.

“We were locked in and focused,” Mitchell said. “When we’re that team for 48 minutes, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”

Jaxson Hayes led New Orleans with 15 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 12 rebounds

After making 11 3-pointers and shooting 40% from the perimeter in their win over Utah on Friday, the Pelicans made a single 3-pointer on 24 attempts through the first three quarters on Saturday.

“We spent a lot of energy last night fighting to win that game and I thought we looked a little tired tonight,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “With that being said, we have to push through fatigue, these are the type of games that we have to give ourselves an opportunity to win.”

Utah ripped off a 19-4 run during the first quarter and surged out to a 30-14 lead. Mitchell gave the offense an early spark. He scored three baskets – culminating in a 3-pointer that gave the Jazz a 16-point advantage – and assisted five others during the quarter.

Things only grew worse for New Orleans in the second quarter. Mitchell scored three straight baskets to spark a 12-0 run that extended Utah’s lead to 62-33 midway through the quarter.

The Jazz eventually built a 40-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

A blowout victory is a step in a positive direction for Utah after a string of disappointing home losses marked by inconsistent play on offense and defense.

“We’re not the same team as we were last year,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “Everybody has had different experiences from the time the playoffs ended to this year. Because of that, finding a new level of consistency is something we need to work toward.”

TIP INS

Pelicans: Valanciunas needs just one rebound to reach 6,000 for his career. . New Orleans started 0 of 20 from 3-point range before Nickeil Alexander-Walker broke the ice late in the third quarter. . Pelicans edged Utah 45-41 in rebounds.

Jazz: Royce O’Neale did not play (right ankle/foot sprain). . Utah scored a season-high 37 points in the first quarter.

NO REST THIS TIME

Snyder played Conley on Saturday after he had already played Friday, changing up his usual approach of resting the veteran point guard in at least one game of a back-to-back set. Conley played only 21 minutes after playing 31 minutes a night earlier, but his presence helped keep the Jazz steady on offense throughout the first three quarters.

“Tonight, I felt like it was an important game,” Conley said. “It was important for me to be a part of it and get us playing better basketball.”

QUOTABLE

“I feel like if we hadn’t made a 3-pointer the whole game, but we guarded like that, we would have been in a good position to win the game anyway. I feel like that’s how good our defense was.” – Donovan Mitchell on the Jazz locking down the perimeter.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Jazz: Host Portland on Monday night.

MARINERS ACQUIRE ALL-STAR 2B ADAM FRAZIER FROM SAN DIEGO

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle’s first big move of the offseason was completing a deal Jerry Dipoto tried to make last summer.

The Mariners finally landed Adam Frazier on Saturday, acquiring the All-Star second baseman in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

“We thought we were at the goal line to acquire Adam at trade deadline last year,” said Dipoto, Seattle’s president of baseball operations. “Obviously we missed out and we stayed in touch with the Padres as we headed into the offseason knowing that they had a pretty robust roster. And we just liked the player so we stuck with it.”

The move cost Seattle two minor leaguers, but it addresses one of the team’s biggest needs entering the offseason; adding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford. Frazier’s versatility means the Mariners can still be aggressive with other possible transactions should another middle infielder become available.

“That’s how I feel I can impact the team; play good defense and try to hit the baseball. Get on base any way I can,” Frazier said.

Seattle is expected to be active this offseason after it went 90-72 this year and fell just short of its first playoff appearance since 2001. Dipoto said the club is having ongoing conversations with multiple free agents and made contract offers to a couple, one of which he called “notable.”

“We felt like adding Adam made us a deeper team without stopping us from doing anything else we would have wanted to do,” Dipoto said. “That’s double the fun. We can continue to add to our team because Adam is so versatile.”

The Padres acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

Kerr was added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster just last week. He split time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma last season.

Rosier was a 12th-round pick in the 2021 amateur draft out of UNC Greensboro. He spent last season at Single-A Modesto.

Frazier got off to a fast start last season with Pittsburgh, batting .324 with an .836 OPS and 28 doubles in 98 games. He was traded to San Diego in late July and faded over the final two months. In 57 games with the Padres, Frazer batted .267.

But Frazier puts the ball in play, having never struck out more than 75 times in a season. The Mariners had eight players appear in more than 90 games last season and all struck out at least 99 times.

“Adam, to me, is one of the better strike-zone managers in baseball,” Dipoto said. “He’s got great contact skills. In an era where strikeouts are prevalent, he doesn’t strike out. His strikeout rates would be good in any era, really.”

Defensively, Frazier has primarily played second base or left field throughout his career. Should the Mariners plug Frazier in at second, it would give them the ability to move Abraham Toro, acquired last year from Houston before the trade deadline, to his natural position of third base.

Dipoto said as of now the Mariners view Frazier as their starting second baseman, while also fitting with Seattle’s goal of having positional flexibility with significant chunks of its roster.

“The versatility that these guys have allows us to do so much in creative lineup building and doesn’t stop us from continuing to go out and search for that kind of bat impact that we’re trying to find in this market,” Dipoto said.

Frazier, who turns 30 next month, is under contract for $7.5 million this season. He is eligible for free agency after 2022. He made $4.3 million last season.

“Jerry pointed out that I’ll be one of the older guys in the in the clubhouse, which is kind of surprising,” Frazier said. “I still feel young, and for that to be the case now is pretty crazy to wrap my head around.”

AP SOURCE: METS ADD CF MARTE WITH $78 MILLION, 4-YEAR DEAL

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have bolstered their lineup with three free-agent deals, adding speedy center fielder Starling Marte to go along with Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar.

Marte’s four-year contract is worth $78 million, according to a person familiar with the deal. New York also has agreements in place with Canha, a veteran outfielder who also can play first base, and Escobar, who hit 28 homers this season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the contracts are pending physicals and haven’t been announced by the team.

It’s the first set of big moves by New York since Billy Eppler took over as general manager, promising on his first day to pursue pricey free agents and create a perennial World Series contender.

The spending spree for Mets owner Steve Cohen also comes after he publicly criticized the representation for pitcher Steven Matz, who has agreed to a $44 million, four-year contract with St. Louis.

“I’m not happy this morning. I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior exhibited by a player’s agent. I guess words and promises don’t matter,” Cohen wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Rob Martin, the pitcher’s agent, wrote in a text to The Associated Press: “We handle things the right way and so does Steven.”

New York went 77-85 this season, fading to third in the NL East after a strong start.

Marte, 33, played for Miami and Oakland this year, batting .310 with 12 homers, 55 RBIs and a major league-high 47 steals in 120 games.

Marte made his big league debut in 2012 with Pittsburgh. He is a .289 hitter with 126 homers, 46 triples, 502 RBIs and 296 steals in 10 years in the majors.

The 32-year-old Canha hit .231 with 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 12 steals in 141 games with Oakland this year. He spent his first seven big league seasons with the Athletics, batting .244 with 89 homers and 294 RBIs.

The 32-year-old Escobar was a first-time All-Star in 2021, when he batted .253 with 90 RBIs and a .786 OPS for Arizona and Milwaukee. The switch-hitter has been a solid offensive contributor and a steady defender at third base the past four seasons, except for a slump during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Escobar has spent most of his time at third base, but he has experience all over the infield. His versatility could be key for the Mets if they don’t bring back free agent Javier Baez.

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JACKSON-DAVIS POURED IN CAREER-HIGH 43 POINTS IN 90-79 WIN OVER MARSHALL

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sometimes, if you’re Indiana coach Mike Woodson, you’ve got to keep it simple.

As in, get All-America Trayce Jackson-Davis the darn ball.

So, the Hoosiers (6-0) did.

Again.

And again.

And again.

Four days after he took only seven shots in a blowout win over Jackson State, Jackson-Davis was an offensive wrecking crew against Marshall during Saturday night’s Hoosier Classic 90-79 victory.

The junior forward’s 43 points — making 18 of 24 shots — set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record, passing the 42 Steve Alford scored in 1987.

“I don’t know what record you’re talking about,” Jackson-Davis said during the post-game press conference.

Guard Xavier Johnson, sitting beside him at the media room podium, pointed to the printed box score in front of them.

“You had 43, my man,” Johnson said. “You had 43.”

The record-setting final two points came on a dunk.

“That’s the way to get it, I guess,” Jackson-Davis said.

It easily surpassed his previous career high of 34 set against Michigan State last season. They were 21 points more than he had totaled in his previous two games combined.

It reflected Marshall’s decision to guard him with a single man rather than double and triple teaming him, as most opponents do.

“I don’t think it was necessarily an aggressive thing,” Jackson-Davis said. “It was more of what the defense was giving us. The last two games they doubled a lot, so I kicked out for open shots. This game they played single coverage, so we made them pay.”

Added Johnson: “I have never, ever, seen anybody get 43. I told him, don’t get fooled. They don’t want to double you. You’re an All-American. You’re the best player in America.

“So, I’m like, go get 40, brother. That’s disrespectful to us and to him.”

Jackson Davis added five rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes.

“That was a hell of a game for him,” Woodson said. “He played pretty much the whole game. A few times I asked him if he was okay. He said, ‘I’m good, let me go.’ So, I rode him. We needed all 43 points.”

The Hoosiers did because Marshall (4-2) punished their defense as no team had all season. The Thundering Herd thrived with pick and rolls when they weren’t scoring 21 points off IU’s 15 turnovers. Guard Tavion Kinsey had 21 points. Guard Andrew Taylor added 20.

That reflected coach Dan D’Antoni’s attack defense fueled by nine NBA assistant-coaching seasons with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers before taking over the Marshall program.

“We knew it wouldn’t be a low-scoring game,” Woodson said. “I’ve coached with Dan. His teams aren’t like that. They score.

“They were beating our coverage. That hadn’t happened. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again like that.”

IU, which set a season high in points, had won its previous two Hoosier Classic games against Louisiana and Jackson State by 32 and 35 points.

Marshall wasn’t about to make it three straight blowouts.

“We watch film,” Woodson said. “We were prepared. We don’t take anybody lightly.

“I worked with Dan. His offense is as good as it comes. Our coverages weren’t solid early. They were getting behind us. That hasn’t happened.

“We were challenged. As a coach, you want to see what your team is made of.

Besides Jackson-Davis, the Hoosier who stepped up the most was Johnson, who totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals. He also hit a pair of three-pointers.

IU lost its offensive way for six first-half minutes and Marshall capitalized with a 17-0 run. The result was a 34-22 deficit that the Hoosiers vaporized with aggressive defense and attacking offense.

“There was no need to panic,” Woodson said.

Still, the Thundering Herd kept exposing Indiana inside for a 42-41 halftime lead, then nearly rallied back from a 13-point, second-half deficit before the Hoosiers finally took charge.

“We played the second half better than the first,” Woodson said. “Our defense was pretty solid in the second half. We got the cushion we needed to win the game.”

A Race Thompson three-pointer and a pair of Jackson-Davis baskets gave IU a 7-6 lead after five minutes.

The Hoosiers briefly led by five before Marshall surged, beating IU again and again inside.

A 17-0 run gave the Thundering Herd a 34-22 lead.  Indiana freshman guard Tamar Bates ended the Hoosiers’ six-minute scoreless drought with a three-pointer.  Thompson added a dunk. Johnson had a steal and a long pass to Jackson-Davis for a dunk. Marshall’s lead was down to 34-29.

A pair of Johnson free throws with 2:10 left in the half pushed IU back in front 39-38.

The Hoosiers couldn’t hold it, giving up a layup at the buzzer to trail 42-41 at halftime.

In the second half, IU kept getting Jackson-Davis the ball and he kept scoring. When he wasn’t, Miller Kopp was hitting a three-pointer or Johnson was making a basket.

The Hoosiers surged to leads as large as 13.

Marshall wouldn’t go away, closing within three with eight minutes left before a final IU run that included a Parker Stewart three-pointer, a Johnson layup and dive-for-loose- balls defense clinched it.

“It’s something that we were challenged,” Woodson said. “It happens in basketball. As a coach, I want to see who will step up and make plays. We did in the second half.”

Next up is Tuesday night’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge game at Syracuse, which is 3-3 with losses to Colgate, VCU and Auburn.

INDIANA FALLS AT PURDUE, 44-7

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Aidan O’Connell tied a career high with four touchdown passes and Zander Horvath ran for another score Saturday as Purdue won the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time since 2018 with a 44-7 victory over Indiana.

The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten) have won four of five to post their highest single-season victory total since 2006. It was the most lopsided game in the series since 2008 when Purdue won 62-10 in the late Joe Tiller’s final regular-season game as coach.

Indiana (2-10, 0-9) lost its last eight games, finishing its first winless season in league play since 2011. Grant Gremel completed 18 passes for 147 yards.

But the annual in-state battle, which was canceled twice last season because of COVID-19, certainly carried some of the traditional rivalry themes. There were big plays, hard hits, loud chants and plenty of penalties on a rainy, windy afternoon that eventually gave way to clearing skies as night fell over cold, sold out Ross-Ade Stadium.

NO. 4/6 IU HOLDS ON TO BEAT MIAMI (FL), 53-51

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Miami (FL) got a last second 3-point attempt that was no good as No. 4/6 Indiana survived in the Pink Flamingo Challenge finale, 53-50, on Saturday night.

KEY MOMENTS

The first quarter ended on 9-2 run by the Hoosiers (5-1) who took a six-point edge behind graduate student guard Ali Patberg’s seven points.

IU’s defense would go on to hold the Hurricanes (4-2) off the board until the 6:06 mark in the second quarter as it built what would be its largest lead of the game of 15 points.

But Miami would chip away at the deficit, trimming the lead to just six, 32-26, at the break as Indiana went the final 3:49 without a field goal.

In the third, IU got just six field goal attempts off and went 4-for-6 but scored just nine points as it saw its lead dwindle down to just one, 39-38. A Holmes lay-in pushed the lead back to three going in to the fourth.

The lead continued to grow and pushed to as many as 12 with 5:02 to play but the Hoosiers didn’t hit a single field goal for the remainder of the game. As Miami pulled within one with 48 seconds to go, Patberg missed a 3-point attempt but a huge offensive rebound from Holmes kept possession. Holmes would hit one in the bonus as a 3-pointer from the Hurricanes was off the mark as time expired.

NOTABLE

Holmes led IU with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. It also marked the ninth career double-double for the junior forward.

She was one of four in double figures joined by Patberg’s 13 points and 11 points each from Berger and Gulbe.

Berger also added seven rebounds and three assists.

Indiana won the battle on the boards, 43-28. 

Gulbe led the way with two steals.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, we are lucky. Sometimes we talk about winning ugly and sometimes you have to be just lucky to win a game. Give Miami a tremendous amount of credit. I thought they challenged us in every way, sped us up and obviously made it a game when you think you’re 12 points up you look up and you’re only up by one. Give Katie (Meier) and her staff and her kids just lot of credit for the way they battled back and never stopped fighting to stay in the game and to win it. I’m really proud of our kids for finding a way, you can pick a lot of categories tonight; turning the ball over the way we did and missing free throws the way that we did. It was a frustrating evening I think for all of us. I credit that to Miami. I thought they sped us up offensively but then turned around and somehow managed to speed us up defensively in a weird kind of way just doing some uncharacteristic like things on the defensive end. I’m happy that we’re walking out with here with a win, but realize there’s certainly a whole bunch we can take from this game and a whole lot that we have to be better at by next week.”

UP NEXT

IU returns home to face No. 5/4 NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tipoff on ESPN2 is set for 7 p.m. ET.

GOLDEN GOAL HALTS HOOSIER RUN IN SWEET 16

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SEATTLE – Indiana men’s soccer (15-6-1, 5-3-0 B1G) gave No. 2 overall seed Washington (16-1-2, 6-1-2 Pac 12) all it could handle, but a 97th minute golden goal allowed the Huskies to steal a 3-2 victory in the NCAA Tournament Third Round Saturday (Nov. 27) at Husky Soccer Stadium.

IU took 1-0 and 2-1 leads, through Victor Bezerra in the first half and Spencer Glass in the second, respectively, but Washington’s Dylan Teves rescued the Huskies each time. The junior midfielder completed his hat trick in the 97th minute to capture the win.

“I want to congratulate Washington,” IU head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley said. “They’re a good program [that is] well-coached.

“I thought our guys left everything on the field. [There were] maybe a few more plays that we had in us that fell a little short, but I was proud of the effort of our guys.”

With the defeat, Indiana’s season concludes after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 35th straight season. IU is one of two programs to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last seven seasons.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the 28th minute, Bezerra dribbled around a defender to put himself in a dangerous position on goal but was taken down in the box, earning a penalty. Bezerra blasted home from the spot and opened the scoring.

• IU took its lead into the half as rain began to fall at Husky Soccer Stadium. It would continue to come down throughout the remainder of the contest.

• The Huskies equalized three minutes into the second 45 on another penalty call as Joey Maher was called for the foul. IU goalkeeper Roman Celentano guessed the right direction on Teves’ attempt but dove too low for the sailing shot.

• In the 53rd minute, Indiana retook the lead. In transition, IU switched the field from the right flank as Joe Schmidt found Ryan Wittenbrink coming down the left wing. Wittenbrink connected with Glass on an overlapping run, and the senior’s shot scorched through the goalkeeper at the near post.

• Indiana withheld Husky attacking pressure until the 75th minute when a Lucas Meek cross found the head of Teves at the back post for the second equalizer.

• In the 97th minute, Dylan Teves fired a laser from distance that found the side netting and ended the match.

NOTABLES

• Indiana’s 2021 season concludes after making its 35th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 46th appearance all-time.

• Victor Bezerra and Spencer Glass each scored in back-to-back matches.

• Bezerra deposited his team-best eighth goal of the season. The junior has scored 28 goals in his career.

• Ryan Wittenbrink tallied his third assist in four matches.

HOOSIERS TUMBLE AGAINST NO. 5 WISCONSIN, 3-0

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MADISON, Wisc. – Indiana Volleyball (10-22, 4-16 Big Ten) concluded the season with a match at No. 5 Wisconsin (25-3, 17-3 Big Ten) where the Hoosiers fell, 3-0 (14-25, 9-25, 15-25).

KEY MOMENTS

• A solo block by Savannah Kjolhede and a kill from Kari Zumach in the gave Indiana the first two points of the first set. An ace by Camryn Haworth was followed by a slam from Breana Edwards to tie the game at 5-5.

• Down by one, Paula Cerame’s ace and Morgan Geddes’ kill gave the Hoosiers its first lead, 9-8. Wisconsin put up a quick six points to force Indiana to call timeout as the Badgers were out to a 15-10 lead.

• A kill from Edwards and two straight attacking errors by Wisconsin gave the Hoosiers some life but it wasn’t enough as they tumbled in the first set, 25-14.

• After going down 6-1 to begin the second set, Indiana bounced back with kills from Edwards and Cerame. They made a three point game on a slam from Kjolhede.

• The Badgers went on a tear and took the second set, 25-9.

•  A kill by Geddes kicked off the third set of action which was followed by a set error by Wisconsin and a kill from Edwards.

• A slam by Geddes and Kjolhede gave Indiana the 6-5 lead early in the game. The Hoosiers saw a solo block and kill from Kaley Rammelsberg, but the Badgers put up five points to force Indiana to take a timeout.

• Kills from Geddes, Zumach, and Rammelsberg sparked the Indiana offense, but Wisconsin rolled to the 25-15 set three win.

NOTABLES

• Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes had a hitting percentage of .500 on five kills.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth had nine assists while graduate student Brooke Westbeld had eight.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame put up a team-leading two aces.

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards and Haworth served up an ace each.

UP NEXT

Saturday night’s match concluded the regular season for Indiana Volleyball.

NO. 6 PURDUE FINISHES 3RD IN BIG TEN STANDINGS

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 6 Purdue’s (23-6, 15-5 B1G) nine-match winning streak came to an end in the regular season finale with a 3-1 (21-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-25) final score vs. No. 11 Nebraska (21-7, 16-4 B1G). With the result, Purdue closes the season with 15 Big Ten wins and tied for third-place in the Big Ten standings, the best since 2011.

Senior setter Hayley Bush guided the team with 31 assists, seven digs and a career-high five total blocks, four of which came in the first set alone. Bush was just one dig shy of notching her 1,000th dig, which will make her just the second setter in program history to achieve the feat (joining Ashley Evans with 1,087 from 2014-17).

Producing a team-best .400 attack % was freshman Raven Colvin, who put down seven kills with just one error on 15 swings. The effort was complimented by seven block assists, marking the fifth time during conference action the middle blocker has produced as many.

Meanwhile, Caitlyn Newton posted a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs in the set and Grace Cleveland put down 9 kills and seven digs.

Fans can tune in to ESPNU tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET for the NCAA Selection show to learn Purdue’s postseason fate. Season ticket-holders are welcome to attend the team’s watch party, which will be held in the Spurgeon Club in Mackey.

OLD OAKEN BUCKET RETURNS HOME AS PURDUE HAMMERS INDIANA 44-7

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Old Oaken Bucket returned to its rightful home, as the Purdue football team cruised to a 44-7 victory over Indiana in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers (8-4, 6-3 B1G) beat the Hoosiers (2-10, 0-9 B1G) for the third time in the past four matchups, while winning by the largest margin in the series since 2008.

By improving to 8-4 on the season, Purdue won eight games for the first time in 15 seasons. Finishing 6-3 in Big Ten play, the Boilermakers racked up their most conference victories since the 2003 campaign.

For the fifth consecutive game, Aidan O’Connell was accurate without committing a turnover. The Purdue quarterback threw for 278 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, completing 26 of his 31 passes for the best completion percentage (.839) by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket game. Despite not practicing all week due to an injury, Biletnikoff Award finalist David Bell caught six passes for a team-high 79 yards and one touchdown.

On the other side of the ball, the Purdue defense did not make anything easy for the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers limited Indiana to just 205 yards of total offense and recorded 10 tackles for loss, including a career-high 3.0 TFL by defensive tackle Branson Deen.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening possession. Purdue used 13 plays to march 75 yards down the field, capped off by a Zander Horvath one-yard run. Starting off Senior Day, the fifth-year senior stretched the ball over the goal line to put the Boilermakers on top early. However, Indiana countered with a rushing touchdown on the other end of the field to make it a 7-7 game after one quarter of play.

Purdue grabbed the lead back for good in the second quarter when O’Connell found Paul Piferi wide open down the sideline. The 23-yard hookup was the first touchdown reception of the sophomore tight end’s career. Mitchell Fineran added a field goal to increase the advantage to double figures, and the Boilermakers went into the halftime locker room up 17-7.

After forcing an Indiana three-and-out to start the second half, Purdue grew its lead with another touchdown pass. It was a senior connection as O’Connell threw a dart to Jackson Anthrop for a 21-yard touchdown. Getting the ball back again, O’Connell led the Boilermakers down the field. The quarterback tossed a 5-yard pass to TJ Sheffield on a smooth out route, building the cushion to 31-7.

The Boilermaker offense added 13 more points in the fourth quarter, while the defense completed a second half shutout to bring the Bucket back home to West Lafayette.

THE BUCKET RETURNS HOME

Purdue currently leads the all-time series 75-42-6, including a 61-32-3 mark in Old Oaken Bucket games. The Boilermakers improved to 3-1 against Indiana under head coach Jeff Brohm.

WINS STAT

The Boilermakers earned their eighth victory, the most in a season since 2006. Ending conference play with a 6-3 record, Purdue tallied its most conference wins since Joe Tiller’s 2003 Boilermakers went 6-2.

OH MY O’CONNELL

Aidan O’Connell completed at least 74 percent of his passes for the seventh consecutive game. His .839 completion percentage was the most by a Boilermaker in an Old Oaken Bucket game and the fourth-most in any single game in Purdue history. O’Connell also tossed four touchdown passes, matching his career high from the Ohio State game earlier this season.

BOWL BOUND

Ending the 2021 regular season with a record of 8-4, including 6-3 in Big Ten play, the Boilermakers await to see where they will be heading for a bowl game. Bowl selections will be announced Sunday, Dec. 5.

PURDUE KNOCKS OFF NO. 17/22 FLORIDA STATE

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the Purdue women’s basketball team knocked off a ranked opponent. The Boilermakers closed out the St. Pete Showcase with a 66-61 over No. 17/22 Florida State for a gritty and hard-fought victory.

In a game defined by runs, Purdue (5-2) went on three runs of seven points or more and overcame a 27-0 run by Florida State (4-2).

The Boilermakers shot 40.3% from the field and connected on 12 3-pointers, good for sixth most in program history. Purdue’s 33 triple attempts broke a nearly 28-year record, set against Florida A&M on Dec. 3, 1994.

Purdue was paced by Cassidy Hardin’s career-high 18 points and six 3-pointers. Ra Shaya Kyle notched her second double-double in three games with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jeanae Terry added eight points and 10 assists. Madison Layden bounced back with 16 points, seven rebounds and four dimes.

The first half was a complete example of a tale of two quarters. Purdue scored 26 points in the opening 10 minutes and none in the second.

The Boilermakers caught fire to start with six 3-pointers in the first quarter, led by a quartet from Hardin. Purdue went 10-of-19 at a 52.6% clip from the field, committing just one turnover and dishing out nine assists. Layden and Hardin combined for 20 of Purdue’s 26 points.

In the second, nothing fell for the Old Gold & Black. The looks were there, but Purdue went 0-for-13 in the period with three turnovers. Florida State took advantage and went on a 23-point run to close the first half.

As the teams hit the floor for the second half, the gap was only seven.

The Seminoles extended the run to 27-0 and bult up an 11-point lead early in the third. The drought lasted 12:19. From there, Purdue chipped away.

Layden connected on a triple to start a quick 10-0 spurt midway through the third, before Terry tied the game at 39-39 on her lone triple of the afternoon. Florida State responded and grew the gap back to six points with 8:09 to play in the fourth.

Purdue then made six of their next seven shots and rolled off a 12-2 run to take their first lead since the second quarter. The sophomore duo of Kyle and Layden put the game out of reach by scoring Purdue’s final 10 points.

SPLASH HARDIN

Hardin set a new career-high with six triples and 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Not on the scoresheet, the senior spent time guarding taller forwards and limited the inside production for Florida State. Hardin now has 98 3-pointers in her career and is already within 15 of her career high for triples in a season with her team-high 22nd this year. The Bargersville, Ind., native is the first Boilermaker with six triples in a game since Madison Layden accomplished the mark on Jan. 18 last season at Iowa.

Along with Layden, Hardin tied for eighth in single-game 3-point attempts with 12.

RANKED DUBS

Purdue’s win snapped a 19-game skid against ranked teams. The last victory came against No. 25 Indiana on Jan. 20, 2019. Purdue’s last win against a ranked ACC opponent was on Nov. 29, 2018, against Miami at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers’ last four ranked wins have been in single digits. Purdue is now 114-186 all-time against ranked opponents and 8-4 against teams ranked No. 17.

QUOTE

Head coach Katie Gearlds …

That’s fun in the locker room with them. They deserved that. That second quarter though. I thought we got good looks but couldn’t knock them down, but we only went into halftime down seven. Our composure after the start to the third quarter was good. I thought JT was great down the stretch for us. Cass was phenomenal guarding in the post. She guarded her butt off. It’s a real team win. Everyone was locked in and engaged. They stayed together. They were calm and poised when we needed it. I challenged Madison in the third quarter to be Madison, and she stepped up to it. It’s good to have her back.

NOTES

• Purdue is now 1-2 all-time against Florida State and 1-1 in the last 10 years.

• Rickie Woltman provided four points and five rebounds with a block in a little under 13 minutes of action.

• Layden broke out of a recent slump to reach double figures for the first time in three games.

• Purdue limited Florida State to just four second-chance points on four offensive rebounds. The Seminoles averaged 12.8 per game entering Saturday.

• The Boilermakers are now 11-8 all-time in Florida-based, in-season events.

• Purdue’s 26 points in the first quarter were a season high for any period.

• Purdue has made at least seven 3-pointers in all five wins.

• The Boilermakers limited their turnovers to a season-low 10, with no player committing more than one.

• Terry’s 10 dimes marked the second double-digit performance by a Boilermaker this season.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will return to Mackey Arena on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip against No. 25 Georgia Tech. The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

BUTLER MBB ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2022 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS FIELD

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The Bulldogs will participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis for the third time as the 2022 bracket was announced Friday, Nov. 26.

Celebrating its 11th year of elite collegiate tournament play, the 2022 field will include Butler, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State, USC, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The annual Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis once again falls during the Thanksgiving holiday with 2022 games scheduled for Nov. 23-25 in the Bahamas. The 12-game, three-day tournament is regarded as one of the most challenging early-season tournaments.

Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.

FIVE CARDINALS SCORE IN DOUBLE DIGITS, BALL STATE DOMINATES INDIANA STATE

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena on Saturday for an in-state matchup with Indiana State. The Cardinals were led by Tyler Cochran with 15 points, as a total of five BSU players scored double-digit points.

The Cardinals improved to 3-3 on the season, while the Sycamores fell to 3-4 on the year. Ball State secured its first 20-plus point victory since March 2, 2021, when they defeated EMU by 35 points, 100-65. BSU recorded its first game with five players in double digits since December 7, 2019. BSU scored the game’s first points and never relinquished the lead at any point during the remainder of the contest.

Cochran finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and a team-high two steals. Miryne Thomas recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He was Ball State’s first double-double since Tahjai Teague on March 3, 2020. Thomas also led the team with two blocked shots. Luke Bumbalough notched 14 points and tied for a team-high five assists. Payton Sparks added 12 points and three rebounds. Demarius Jacobs closed out the double-digit scoring with 11 points. The Cardinals had five guys finish with double-digit points for the first time since December 7, 2019.

Ball State started the game on fire and jumped out to an early 17-4 lead with 12:37 left in the first half. During the 17-4 run, the Cardinals were a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Thomas, Bumbalough and Basheer Jihad accounted for the BSU 3-pointers.

The two sides traded baskets which led to a 24-16 BSU lead with 9:25 left in the first stanza. Jacobs got in the sharp shooting for the Cardinals as he drained a 3-pointer and extended the Ball State lead to 27-16.

The Cardinals closed out the half by outscoring the Sycamores 18-10 and took a 45-26 lead into the half. At the break, BSU was 53.3 percent from long range and held ISU to 23.1 percent from deep. Ball State finished the first half shooting 45.2 percent from the field and the stout defense held Indiana State to just 25 percent from the field.

Ball State continued the second half where it left off at the end of the first. Cochran scored five of the team’s seven points, as BSU opened the second half on a 7-2 run.

With 13:19 left in regulation, Indiana State hit a 3-pointer and pulled within 19 points, a deficit that ISU was unable to shrink the remainder of the game.

With just under 12 minutes left in the game, the Cardinals received a spark from Kani Acree. Acree assisted on a Cochran layup, before he knocked down a 3-pointer that put BSU up by 24, 64-40. Following a media timeout and an ISU 3, Acree drained a 3-ball of his own.

With 6:26 left in the game, Jalen Windham came up huge on the defensive end with a steal and took it coast-to-coast for a fast-break layup to extend the BSU lead to 80-56.

Acree subbed back into the game and immediately contributed once again. He found Bumbalough for a wide-open 3. After Acree made two free throws, he found Cochran with an absolute dime of a pass for a layup. On the next offensive possession, Acree hit his second 3 of the game and put the Cardinals up by 27, 93-66, which was the largest lead of the game.

The defense continued to be stout as Cochran stole an ISU pass and started the fast break for BSU. On the fast break, Cochran drew the defender to the basket and kicked it out to a wide-open Bumbalough for 3-pointer. The Cardinals went on to win the game by 22, 97-75.

Acree finished a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and 3-point range, and finished with eight points off of the bench. Jaylin Sellers added nine points. As a team, Ball State posted a shooting percentage of 54.5 from the field and 53.6 from behind the arc. The Cardinals took advantage of turnovers and scored 18 points off of those turnovers, including 17 fast-break points.

Micah Thomas led the Sycamores with a game-high 19 points and had the team’s only steals, with two. Xavier Bledson added 15 points. Cameron Henry led ISU with seven rebounds.

The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 1 as they take to the road to Macomb, Illinois. Ball State is set to square off with Western Illinois.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“Obviously, I thought we played a really good game. I thought we got better in the tournament in Florida. I was eager to see some of the progress here and you saw that tonight. I thought we were terrific on offense. I thought we were very good in the first half on defense, not as good in the second half. It was a really good win. I thought it was a big thing in the first half, our physicality around the rim was big. Payton is really getting better defensively, leaps and bounds. I thought he was good on both sides of the ball. I thought it was a huge part in the beginning. They had a hard time finishing around the rim because we were making hard plays on the ball. I thought that really got us off on the right foot defensively. I thought we really shared the ball, 18 assists and seven turnovers are pretty telling stats. One of the strengths of our team is our depth. Depth in terms of who can score for us. You take a guy like Kani, who hasn’t really played to this point in the year. He’s been practicing hard every day and we decided to go with today. In nine minutes, he goes 2-for-2 from 3 and has eight points. He had five assists and no turnovers. I thought he was good on both sides of the ball. We have a couple other guys that can come off the bench. The depth for us is a real strength. I think we’re really working to try and create shots for each other. We’re really playing the right way on offense. I think early in the year we were doing it in moments, but we had to learn to trust it. When the game got hard, often we would break down and try to make individual plays.”

From the Student-Athlete – Junior Guard #23 Tyler Cochran

“I think it’s a huge part. When we get stops, we are looking to run. It makes everyone feel good when we get a stop and are able to get out and run, look for guys and score, then get it right back. It was more of a together thing. If we were locked in as a group and communicated, we knew we had the game. It’s really all love. Everybody wants to see everybody succeed. Nobody takes it personal when someone has a bad game. Everybody just wants to see everybody succeed, whether it’s scoring or defense. Huge shout out to Ace (Kani Acree), he comes in everyday with the same mentality on how he can help get the team better. He came into the game today and gave us a huge boost.” 

From the Student-Athlete – Redshirt Senior Forward #0 Miryne Thomas

“Since I’ve been here at Ball State, we’ve tried to err on the defensive side of the ball. We try to be tough on defense. That’s something we come in and practice every day and make sure we have it on point. If our defense isn’t on point, we will be in practice until it is. That’s something we set the tone for. It’s like a self-check moment. If we’re running good offense, but we can’t get a stop, we have to stay in the moment. We have to run good offensive possessions and we have to do the same thing on the defensive end. We have to make opponents take tough shots. We stuck to our game plan. We played through our defense. It was a heavy communication game, because they played games with their offense. We knew that if we stick with our defense and run good possessions on offence, we were going to get good shots. We’re a good offensive team. For our team’s identity, we’re still crafting our identity. We’re a selfless team, we always come together, we always say family, and we always come into the huddle talking about playing for each other. We don’t care who shoots, as long as we get a good shot.”

#5/5/6 IRISH ROUT STANFORD 45-14 TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON

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PALO ALTO, Calif. — The No. 5/5/6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) won its seventh straight game to close out the 2021 regular season, defeating Stanford (3-9) by a final score of 45-14 in Palo Alto.

Michael Mayer had a big performance, tying his career high for catches in a game with nine for 105 yards. The sophomore set the Notre Dame single-season record for catches by a tight end with 64 on the season, passing Tyler Eifert (63).

Coan continued his impressive run of games, finishing 26-for-35 for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin Austin Jr. led the Irish air attack, catching six passes for a game-high 125 yards.

On the ground Kyren Williams paced the Irish with 74 yards on 19 carries, including two rushing touchdowns. The 74 yards give Williams 1,002 on the season, becoming just the fifth Notre Dame running back in program history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and first since Darius Walker did so in 2005-06.

Notre Dame’s defense limited Stanford to just two drives that went for more than 25 yards in the game, both coming in the fourth quarter when the game was in hand. The Cardinal offense finished with just 227 yards, compared to Notre Dame’s 510.

The Irish defense continued its strong play in the month of November, forcing a quick three-and-out on the game’s opening drive by Stanford. The offense went straight to work, driving 74-yards in just five plays. Coan found Lenzy for a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive and put the Irish on top 7-0.

Notre Dame doubled its lead in the opening minute of the second quarter, as George Takacs hauled in his first touchdown of the season, a two-yard touchdown from Coan to make the score 14-0.

The defense continued to swarm and caused the first turnover of the game on Stanford’s next possession. Justin Ademilola strip sacked the quarterback and then recovered the fumble himself to give the Irish a short field. Notre Dame tacked on a field goal to push the lead to 17-0 with over 11 minutes left in the half.

The Irish made the score 24-0 before the end of the second quarter, scoring a touchdown on its longest drive of the half. Notre Dame marched down the field, going 75-yards over 12 plays in just over five minutes of game time. Kyren Williams scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the year with a one-yard drive to put an exclamation mark on the drive.

The Cardinal got on the board early in the third quarter. The hosts picked off a Notre Dame pass and returned it to the Irish 13-yard line. Two plays later they found the endzone with an Austin Jones five-yard rushing touchdown to cut the Irish lead to 24-7.

Notre Dame abruptly restored its 24-point lead, scoring its fourth touchdown of the night on the ensuing drive to make the score 31-7. The big play of the possession was a 61-yard pass from Coan to Kevin Austin Jr. to set up a one-yard quarterback sneak touchdown from Coan.

The Irish weren’t done scoring on the night, finding the endzone on a three-play, 72-yard drive to take its largest lead of the game at 38-7. Chris Tyree and Tyler Buchner each had a 33-yard carry during the possession with Buchner finding paydirt for his third rushing touchdown of the year.

Stanford scored its second touchdown of the evening early in the fourth quarter before Williams found the endzone for the second time in the game with a 12-yard run with under a minute left in regulation, making the final score 45-14.

With the regular season in the books, the Irish await their postseason matchup which will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 5.

(RV/RV) IRISH HOLD ON FOR 64-62 WIN OVER NO. 16/19 BEAVERS

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The (RV/RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball team (6-1) handled the adversity of its first loss of the season with the first A.P ranked victory in the Ivey era, defeating No. 16/19 Oregon State (3-2), 64-62. The Fighting Irish boasted a 20-point lead heading into the fourth before adding a little drama, but ultimately their defense stood tall in the final seconds, holding on for the two-point victory.

Sophomore Maddy Westbeld continues to show out, notching her seventh consecutive game in double figures (one shy of tying her career high) with 11 points. Maya Dodson joined her in double figures with her fourth of the season, supplying a team high 14 points. Together they combined for 15 rebounds.

How It Happened

Notre Dame came out firing, jumping out to an 8-0 start in the first 90 seconds. Oregon State tried rallying late in the period, cutting it to one possession at 14-12, but the Irish defense kept the Beavers off the board for the final three minutes, extending the lead to 19-12. Dodson led in the opening frame, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Westbeld scored six of the team’s first eight points in the second quarter, while the defense stood tall. In fact, the Irish held the Beavers to just two field goals in the quarter, spanning a near nine-minute drought (9:40-0:59). Abby Prohaska closed the half with a big and-one to bring the score to 30-18 Notre Dame at the midway point.

Oregon State would pull within single digits at 6:58 in the third (37-28), but from that point the Irish outscored the Beavers 19-8 for the remainder of the quarter. Eight different Irish players scored in the period, led by Citron’s six points. All-in-all, Notre Dame took a 56-36 lead into the final frame.

The Beavers made it interesting in the fourth, outscoring the Irish 24-8 to cut it to 64-60 with one minute remaining in the game. Notre Dame missed a pair of jumpers in the paint, then fouled Oregon State on the following possession, as they converted a pair of free throws to make it 64-62.

With 18.4 on the clock, Notre Dame had an opportunity to stretch it to two possessions but missed both its free throws. Down on the other end though, the defense stood tall but the ref called a foul with 0.7 seconds on the clock. Oregon State returned the favor by missing both of their free throws as time expired for the Irish victory.

Up Next

The Irish remain on the road but return to the Midwest, traveling to East Lansing on Thursday, Dec. 2, to try to topple Michigan State (5-2) in the ACC/B1G Challenge. That matchup will tip at 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

IRISH FACE AN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE AT ILLINOIS

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2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (3-2) continues its run of five away games in the ACC/Big Then Challenge at No. 14/15 Illinois (4-2) on Monday night (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The Irish are coming off a 1-2 appearance at the 2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, while Illinois has rebounded from its first two losses of the season to Cincinnati and Marquette with victories over Kansas State and UT Rio Grande Valley.

Notre Dame is 4-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and 2-0 in the event against Illinois. The Irish defeated Illinois, 84-79, Dec. 2, 2015, in the dedication game of the State Farm Center then held off the Illini 76-74 on Nov. 27, 2018, in Purcell Pavilion.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

#20 | PAUL ATKINSON JR. | Graduate Student | 6-9 | 230 | West Palm Beach, FL

Has scored in double figures in all five games this season while shooting .643 from the field (third in the ACC as of Nov. 27) • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

#3 PRENTISS HUBB | Senior | 6-3 | 176 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Preseason All-ACC Second Team • leads all returning ACC players in career assists (462) • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

#5 CORMAC RYAN | Senior | 6-5 | 195 | New York, NY

Led the Irish with 16 points on 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc against St. Mary’s (CA) • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

#23 DANE GOODWIN | Senior | 6-4 | 202 | Upper Arlington, OH

Has scored in double figures in all five games this season and leads the team with 15.0 ppg • five-game double-digit scoring streak is the second best of his career (seven straight in 2019-20 – final four games – and 2020-21 – first three games) • averaging 15.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg • posted career highs of 11.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 2020-21 • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .831 career average from the stripe.

#14 NATE LASZEWSKI | Senior | 6-10 | 235 | Jupiter, FL

Has pulled down 52 rebounds, including games with 16 and 15 boards, so far in 2021-22 • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

OFF THE BENCH

#2 TREY WERTZ | Senior | 6-5 | 192 | Charlotte, NC

Led the Irish with five assists vs. St. Mary’s (CA) and played a season-high 26 minutes • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

#0 BLAKE WESLEY | Freshman | 6-5 | 185 | South Bend, IN

Has hit double figures in three of his five career games played, including 14 against Chaminade and 10 against Texas A&M • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • consensus four-star prospect • athletic backcourt player expected to be an immediate key contributor.

#1 J.R. KONIECZNY | Freshman | 6-6 | 195 | South Bend, IN

(pronounced Ko-NEZZ-knee) Saw action in first career game vs. CSUN, scored first career points vs. Chaminade • all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County history (1,996) • joins classmate Blake Wesley as the first Northern Indiana Conference players to sign with Notre Dame since 2012 (D. Jackson, A. Torres).

#22 ELIJAH TAYLOR | Sophomore | 6-8 | 242 | Philadelphia, PA

Made Irish debut vs. Chaminade and scored his first career field goal • missed CSUN game as a precaution due to minor lower leg injury, then the High Point game with the flu • missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery • athletic front court player will provide depth on the Irish front line.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).

2

Victories in two ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups for the Irish against Illinois, including a five-point victory in the State Farm Center dedication game in 2015.

7

Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.

10.4

Rebounds-per-game average for senior Nate Laszewski, which as of Nov. 27 is tied for the lead in the ACC with NC State’s Dereon Seaborn.

35

Game streak of double-digit scoring performances for Paul Atkinson Jr. Atkinson hit double figures in all 30 games he played at Yale in 2019-20. The last time he did not score double figure points was against LSU (he had nine points) in the first round of NCAA tournament.

46

Three-point shooting percentage for Dane Goodwin (.462) this season. He is one of just two power conference players to shoot .490 FG/.460 3FG/.930 FT/15.0 PPG this season – along with Wake’s Daivien Williamson.

66

Or .661 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s career field goal percentage – which led all returning NCAA Division I players this year. The 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year graduate transferred to Notre Dame during the offseason. Atkinson is 13-19 (.684) so far this season.

258

Games won by Notre Dame with Mike Brey and Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon on the coaching staff. Solomon returns for his third stint with the Irish this season and with him on the sidelines, Mike Brey has won .676 percent of the games he has coached at Notre Dame.

451

Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the most in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA coach at his current school. The victory over Chaminade on Tuesday night was his 700th game at Notre Dame.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY

Notre Dame is in its ninth season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is 4-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. For the Irish, the event has featured three home-and-home series with Iowa, Michigan State and Illinois and single games with Ohio State and Maryland.

WILLIAMS’ CAREER-DAY LEADS SYCAMORES PAST GEORGIA SOUTHERN, 71-67

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STATESBORO, Ga. – Del’Janae Williams scored 13 of her career-high 26 points in the second half to propel Indiana State to the 71-67 win over Georgia Southern on the final day of the GATA Turkey Throwdown.

Williams and Natalia Lalic combined to go 3-for-3 from the three-point line over the fourth quarter to lead Indiana State (2-4) in a back-and-forth final frame that featured three ties and three lead changes before the Sycamores pulled away from the Eagles (5-2) late.

The Sycamores tied the game up at 64-64 with a Marie Hunter layup with 1:36 remaining to set up the final stretch of the contest. Indiana State utilized their speed on the break with back-to-back layups by Mya Glanton and Lalic giving the Sycamores the 68-65 lead with 1:04 remaining.

Taya Gibson scored the final Eagles’ basket with 51 seconds remaining to narrow the Indiana State lead down to one point. Williams converted 1-of-2 from the free throw line on the ensuing ISU possession to put the Sycamores back ahead by two with 27 seconds remaining.

Both teams missed free throws down the stretch before Williams iced the contest with a pair of conversions from the stripe with 0.8 seconds remaining in the Sycamores’ 71-67 win.

Williams went 6-of-11 from the floor, 4-of-7 from the three-point line, and 10-of-12 from the free throw line on the way to her second 20-point game of her career. She added four assists and three steals, while posting a blocked shot to pace an ISU defensive effort that held Georgia Southern 0-for-14 from the three-point line in the win.

Lalic (13) connected on 3-of-6 from the three-point line on her way to a season-high 13 points, while Hunter (12) and Glanton (10) were also in double-digits for the Sycamores. Glanton added a team-high seven rebounds, while Hunter had five of ISU’s 13 steals in the game.

Gibson paced Georgia Southern’s efforts with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. Ja’nya Love-Hill added 13 points in the Eagles loss.

First Half

Georgia Southern took control of the game early with an 8-3 run as four different Eagles scored to start the contest. The Sycamores rallied back with five consecutive points to tie the game up for the first time with Willams converting a pair of free throws and hitting her first three-pointer of the game at the 5:56 mark. The quarter continued to go back-and-forth with the Eagles holding a five-point edge on a Gibson layup at the 1:51 mark to go up 20-15. The margin remained the same the rest of the quarter as ISU trailed 24-19 at the quarter break.

The Eagles lead reached seven points on Gibson’s layup on GSU’s first possession of the second quarter to go up 26-19. The Sycamores scored the next six points to make it a one-possession game with Lalic, Williams, and Glanton all hitting shots to cut the margin to down to one with 6:24 remaining. Lalic tied the game up at 32-32 with a three-pointer from the corner with 2:50 remaining before the Eagles put in the final four points of the half to hold the 36-32 lead following the Lydia Freeman layup.

Second Half

Georgia Southern held a two-possession lead throughout the early portion of the third quarter with Love-Hill converting a layup at the 8:04 mark to put the Eagles ahead 40-34. The Sycamores utilized a 7-0 run with Williams sandwiching an Arianna Smith layup with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to put ISU ahead 43-42.

The Sycamores shooting went cold for a nearly five minute span as GSU went ahead 51-45 with 3:57 remaining on an Eden Johnson layup. ISU’s defense carried the team during the stretch with Smith converting a pair of free throws, before Hunter scored the final four points of the third quarter to cut the lead down to 52-51 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lalic gave the Sycamores their first lead of the fourth quarter with a three-pointer on Indiana State’s opening possession setting up a back-and-forth stretch where the teams swapped the lead. Lalic added her second three-pointer of the quarter with 5:39 remaining to put ISU ahead 54-49 at the media timeout.

The Eagles rallied back to take the 64-62 lead with 2:12 remaining on a Johnson layup before Hunter came through in the clutch with a put-back to tie the game back up. Glanton and Lalic both scored on the next two ISU possessions down the court to give ISU the 68-65 lead and setting the stage for Williams’ late free throws to clinch the victory.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State shot 46.9% from the floor, 43.8% from the three-point line, and 69.2% from the free throw line in the win.

Georgia Southern shot 50.0% from the floor, 0.0% from the three-point line, and 54.2% from the free throw line.

Georgia Southern controlled the paint in the contest with a 35-28 rebounding edge and a 54-18 edge in scoring in points in the paint.

The Sycamores’ speed was evident throughout the game with ISU posting a 17-6 edge in fast break points and 27-16 advantage on points off turnovers.

The Eagles held the 41-8 edge in bench scoring.

Indiana State held Georgia Southern without a three-pointer in the contest with the Eagles failing to convert any of their 14 attempts in the game.

Neither team held more than a seven-point lead in the contest.

The game featured 12 lead changes and eight ties.

News & Notes

Del’Janae Williams posted a career-high 26 points for her second collegiate 20-point game and first since scoring 23 against UIC back on November 19, 2019.

Natalia Lalic’s 13 points were also a career-high for the junior forward and eclipsed her previous-high of 12 set against Western Illinois on December 7, 2020.

Hunter’s 12-point game made it back-to-back contests in double-digits following her 19-point game against Jacksonville State on Friday afternoon.

Mya Glanton also set a new career-high with 10 points on Saturday afternoon, passing her previous-high of nine set earlier this season at Saint Louis.

Indiana State’s seven made three-pointers tied a season-high set in the opener against Stephens (Mo.).

Indiana State also converted a team-high 18 free throws on the season.

The Sycamores limited the Eagles without a three-pointer in the contest marking the second time ISU has held an opponent scoreless behind the arc (Stephens – 0-for-12).

Indiana State picks up their first win in program history over Georgia Southern and improves to 6-2 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.

Indiana State has forced at least 15 turnovers in each of the six games this season with GSU’s 21 the third time they’ve posted at least 20 turnovers on defense this season.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out its longest road trip of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday, December 1, as the Sycamores make the trip to Chicago, Ill. and the Jones Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff against Chicago State University. The game will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

SYCAMORES UNABLE TO STOP BALL STATE; FALL TO CARDINALS, 97-75 ON THE ROAD

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball dropped its matchup with Ball State, 97-75, at Worthen Arena Saturday afternoon. The Sycamores (3-4) were led offensively by Micah Thomas’ 19 points while Xavier Bledson scored 15 in his return to the court.

Indiana State cut the Ball State (3-3) lead to 19 points in the second half but was not able to string together defensive stops as the team allowed a season-high 97 points.

Five Cardinals scored in double figures led by Tyler Cochran who dropped 15 points. Miryne Thomas recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Luke Bumbalough added 14 points as the sharpshooter hit four of BSU’s 15 3-pointers.

It was all Ball State in the first half as the Cardinals raced out to a 15-2 lead. Indiana State was never able to get into a rhythm as foul trouble plagued ISU. The Sycamores were called for three fouls in the first 35 seconds of play and Dearon Tucker picked up two early fouls and was sidelined three minutes into the action. Two other starters in Cameron Henry and Cooper Neese also battled fouls as Neese finished the half with three and Henry had two.

Ball State shot lights out from the field in the first half at 45 percent from the field while shooting 53.3 percent (8-15) from behind the arc. Six Cardinal scored six points or more led by Thomas who had eight points to help BSU take a 45-26 lead into the locker room.

Indiana State struggled shooting throughout the game and finished shooting 39.7 percent (23-58) from the field and 36 percent (9-25) from downtown.

The Cardinals took advantage of 13 ISU turnovers, scoring 18 points on the miscues while allowing 17 fast break points.

Indiana State returns to action Dec. 1 with a trip to Chicago to face Loyola to open Missouri Valley Conference action. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from Gentile Arena.

JARRED GODFREY SCORES 35 IN OVERTIME LOSS TO WESTERN MICHIGAN

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite 35 points from Jarred Godfrey, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team dropped a 93-85 overtime game to Western Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 27) in the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational.

Godfrey was 13-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-8 from 3-point range. His 35 are the most for a Mastodon since he had 41 against UIC on January 8, 2021. It is also the second-most points in a game by a Horizon League player this season.

Godfrey also grabbed six rebounds, swiped four steals and dished out three assists.

In the opening half, the Mastodons built a lead as large as six when Godfrey converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. What kept Western Michigan in the game in the first half was 3-point shooting. The Broncos were 8-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The Broncos got the lead to swing their way in the second half with two straight triples to go up six, but Godfrey drained a triple of his own after Cameron Benford blocked a shot from WMU. Damian Chong Qui assisted on the basket. On the ensuing possession, Jalon Pipkins stole an errant pass, leading to another Chong Qui to Godfrey 3-point connection.This tied the game at 54 with 11:26 left in regulation.

Later on, it was all square at 71. Ra Kpedi hit one of his seven field goals, then Pipkins drove in for the reverse layup to go up three. WMU hit two consecutive shots to go up two with 31 seconds left, but Pipkins drained a pair of clutch free throws to extend the game.

In overtime, Pipkins hit a layup as he was falling away from the basket to go up 79-77. Godfrey hit a jumper near the bucket after a spin move to lose his defender. These were his 32nd and 33rd points. Chong Qui hit an acrobatic layup to bring it back within six, but the Broncos managed to run out the clock after this point.

Kpedi finished with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Pipkins and Chong Qui joined him in double-figures with 13 and 11, respectively. Pipkins had five assists while Chong Qui had four.

The Mastodons fall to 3-2 while Western Michigan improves to 2-4.

Purdue Fort Wayne will be the nightcap game tomorrow against the host Florida Gulf Coast squad. That game will tip at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.

JAGS FACE IN-STATE FOE AT THE JUNGLE

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team faces in-state foe, Butler on Sunday (Nov. 28) after having three straight games canceled due to Covid-19 implications. Tip off against the Bulldogs is at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

The Jaguars enter the game after a 71-60 victory over Bowling Green on Nov. 14. Macee Williams, who was named #HLWBB Player of the Week for her efforts in the first week of the season, led the team with 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore transfer Rachel Kent added 13 points and four rebounds, while Madison Wise, in her first game with the Jags, scored 13 points and five rebounds.

Butler enters the game 0-5 after falling to SIUE on Tuesday, 87-74. The Bulldogs are led by senior Emilia Sexton, who leads the Big East in made three pointers with 12 and ranks second in minutes played. Graduate student Celena Taborn scored a season-high 10 points during the loss to SUIE.

IUPUI last faced the Bulldogs on Nov. 20, 2019, when the Jags fell in a close matchup at Hinkle Fieldhouse, 64-61. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 17-4.

UE MEN BACK ON THE ROAD ON SUNDAY

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The month of November wraps up on Sunday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Eastern Illinois for a 1 p.m. contest in Charleston.  ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the call.

Last Time Out

– Wednesday’s finale at the Gulf Coast Showcase saw the Purple Aces fall by a 69-60 final against Akron

– Jawaun Newton posted the first double-double of his career, scoring 19 points while setting his new benchmark with 10 rebounds

– Antoine Smith Jr. added 16 while Shamar Givance scored 12

– The Zips held a 33-20 lead at the half before Evansville got within a possession in the final period before Akron pulled away late in the contest

He Didn’t Miss

– Monday’s Gulf Coast Showcase opener versus Rice saw Antoine Smith Jr. put forth one of the most efficient games in program history, going a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from outside

– Smith finished the game with 24 points while seeing over 40 minutes of action, both career highs

– He followed that up with 16 points in the finale against Akron

Checking all the Boxes

– Jawaun Newton put together what may have been the best stretch of his career at the Gulf Coast Showcase, finishing with an average of 21.7 points in the three games

– Newton opened with the first 30-point game of his career versus Rice, tallying 30 points on 12-of-25 shooting while picking up 7 boards

– Following a 16-point effort in the Vermont game, Newton recorded the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 10 caroms against Akron

Providing the Assist

– Shamar Givance continues to rack up the assists this season, ranking 6th in the MVC with an average of 3.8 per game

– He has 4 or more helpers in four of the last five games including a season-high of 7 against DePauw

– Every time he takes the floor, Givance is a threat to record a triple double and he has continued on that path…following a 7-point, 5-assist, 4-rebound effort at Cincinnati, Givance led the Aces in points (16), rebounds (7) and steals (3) in the victory against IUPUI

Scouting the Opponent

– Eastern Illinois comes into Sunday’s contest with a 1-5 record following a 64-62 loss to Albany last time out

– The Panthers’ victory came against Rockford by a final of 94-64 on November 18

– EIU is led by a pair of double digit scorers in Sammy Friday IV and Kashawn Charles

– Friday leads the way with 10.8 points while shooting 67.67% from the field

– Charles is just behind him with a 10.5 PPG average

– Rodolfo Rufino Bolis and Kejuan Clements pace the Panthers with 5.7 rebounds per contest

MEN’S BASKETBALL DOWNS TRINITY CHRISTIAN IN FINAL PRE-CONFERENCE TUNE-UP

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The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put a final exclamation mark on a victorious Thanksgiving week on Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

After taking two of three to earn third place in the Nassau Championship in Nassau, The Bahamas earlier in the week, Valpo dispatched visiting Trinity Christian 106-69 on Saturday night as Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) led four Beacons in double figures with a career-high 26 points. All 13 Valpo players who saw action scored in the lopsided victory.

How It Happened

Valpo sprinted out to an 8-0 lead out the gate. A fastbreak dunk by Krikke capped the early run.

Back-to-back jacks from long range by Trinity Christian’s Braxton Barhizer caused a 10-2 lead to shrink to 10-8 at the 14:58 mark of the opening half. The lead fluctuated between three and five for several minutes before Valpo’s 7-0 run punctuated by a Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) transition 3 stretched the gap to double figures at 27-17 with 9:48 left in the first half.

Thomas Kithier (Macomb, MIch. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) slammed one home with 9:03 on the clock, and later Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) and Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) hit consecutive 3s to bolster the cushion to 17 at 39-22 with 4:35 to go. By halftime, the hosts held a 47-26 advantage.

Krikke made three consecutive baskets early in the second half to increase the edge to 61-34 with 16:36 on the clock.

The Beacons did not miss a shot from the 12:27 mark to the 7:29 mark, making six straight field goal tries during that stretch. That included several memorable ones, with Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) stepping out to knock down a 3-pointer and Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City) elevating for a dunk that made it 92-53 with 7:07 remaining.

A 3 by Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) allowed Valpo to surpass the century mark with 2:16 to go, making it 101-62. Walk-on Luke Morrill (Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic) hit a pair of free throws with 1:40 remaining, then fellow walk-on Brock Pappas (Valparaiso, Ind. / Washington Township) notched the first point of his collegiate career at the foul line with 1:21 to go.

Inside the Game

Krikke has scored 25 points or more three times in his collegiate career, and two of them have come this week. After matching a career high in his season debut on Monday vs. Jacksonville State, the 6-foot-9 junior surpassed that mark with 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting on Monday, tying a career high for made field goals (Jan. 24, 2021 at Illinois State).

Krikke added a career-high three steals and blocked a shot, achieving all that while playing only 15 minutes.

Anderson tallied 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Young reached double figures for the first time in his young collegiate career with 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

Edwards chipped in 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal. The five assists represented a career high. He scored in double figures for the eighth consecutive game dating back to last year including all seven this season.

Freshman Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) and sixth-year Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) squeezed six rebounds apiece, a total that represented a season best for the rookie from north of the border.

Morrill and Pappas both made their season debuts, and for Morrill this represented his first game action since Feb. 25, 2020. Morrill boosted his career point total to seven, while Pappas notched his first point.

Hedstrom’s nine points marked a career high as did his three rebounds and four made field goals.

The 106 points accounted for Valpo’s highest total since 121 on Nov. 6, 2018 vs. Concordia Chicago. The 37-point margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since beating Judson by 40 (85-45) on Dec. 6, 2020.

The Beacons set season highs in field goal percentage (56.2), rebounding margin (+22), assists (28) and steals (11). The rebounding margin was the team’s best since also going +22 vs. SIUE last season. The field goal percentage was the squad’s highest since shooting 58.6 percent on Feb. 25, 2020 vs. Missouri State. The assist total was the team’s highest since racking up 29 on Nov. 27, 2019 vs. Trinity Christian.

The 28 assists rank tied for the 25th most in a single game nationally this season.

Up Next

Valpo (3-4) will visit Drake on Thursday night for an 8 p.m. tipoff in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU to open Missouri Valley Conference play. The game will also air on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn radio app.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES EARLY-SEASON ACTION MONDAY AT WMU

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Valparaiso (0-5, 0-0 MVC)

Game #6 – November 29, 2021 – 6 p.m. CT

at Western Michigan (3-2, 0-0 MAC)

University Arena (5,421) – Kalamazoo, Mich.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team returns to action Monday evening as it faces its third MAC opponent of the season, making the trip to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a Monday evening matchup with Western Michigan.

Previously: Valpo rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit Tuesday evening at UIC to forge ahead to a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the host Flames struck back and eventually emerged on top, 68-64.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3

Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

Streaming Audio: TuneIn app

Links for all live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-54. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: Valpo trails the all-time series with WMU, 8-4, and is just 1-4 all-time in Kalamazoo. The two squads met last season for the first time since 2013, and Valpo earned a convincing 75-51 victory at the ARC. Carie Weinman went 9-of-12 from the field for 24 points in the victory, while Caitlin Morrison dropped 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and picked up 10 rebounds for a double-double.

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…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.

– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.

– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.

– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.

– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.

– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.

– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…at UIC

– UIC led 20-11 at the end of one quarter and 33-26 at halftime.

– The Flames’ lead reached 10 points with 7:30 to play in the third quarter, but Valpo rallied to take a 49-48 lead with 10 minutes to play.

– The Beacons extended their advantage to 57-51 with 6:48 remaining.

– Valpo went scoreless for a stretch of over three and a half minutes, with UIC scoring eight straight to go back in front.

– Valpo briefly reclaimed the lead with 3:02 to play, but UIC came back with five points in two possessions to take the lead for good. Valpo had a shot to tie in the final 10 seconds, but could not connect.

– Carie Weinman led all players on Tuesday with 23 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field. It was her ninth effort of 20+ points in her time at Valpo.

– Grace White filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. She paced Valpo in both rebounds and steals, while her six assists were just one off a career high.

– Caitlin Morrison played in her 117th career game at Valpo on Tuesday, moving her into the program’s all-time top-10 in games played. She closed the evening with 10 points and six rebounds.

Valpo shot a season-best 52.1% from the field on Tuesday, but was just 4-for-16 from 3-point range compared to UIC’s 9-for-16 night from behind the arc.

…at Xavier

– Xavier scored six of the first quarter’s final eight points to lead 23-18 at the end of one, and extended the run to 11-2 with the first five points of the second quarter.

– The Musketeers’ lead reached as many as 13 points in the first half and Valpo trailed Xavier 35-24 at intermission.

– The Beacons held the Musketeers to just three points over the first six-plus minutes of the second half as they crept back into the game. Valpo out-scored Xavier 10-3 over that stretch, with five different players scoring, and when Grace White finished a layup with 3:54 to play in the quarter, Valpo was within 38-34.

– Xavier scored on each of its next six possessions, however, to extend its lead back out to 51-36 with 10 minutes to play.

– Valpo got no closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.

– Frederick paced Valpo with 14 points and knocked down three 3-pointers. She now ranks ninth in program history with 153 career 3-pointers.

– The senior also led the Beacons’ effort on the glass with eight rebounds.

– Earnest reached double figures in scoring for the second time this year with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench.

– Valpo shot just 36.6% from the field and was 6-of-28 from 3-point range.

…looking ahead

– The stretch of five straight road games concludes at Bowling Green next Sunday, Dec. 5.

– Valpo returns home to the ARC for the first time since Nov. 14 when it hosts Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

…on the road

– Monday marks the fourth of seven non-conference road games and 16 road games in all for Valpo this season.

– Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.

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– Western Michigan enters Monday’s matchup at 3-2 on the year, most recently earning a dominating 105-29 win over Olivet this past Tuesday.

– The Broncos were picked to finish 10th in the MAC preseason poll after posting a 6-15 record last season.

– Three WMU players are averaging in double figures in the scoring column, led by 18.2 ppg from Lauren Ross.

Get Accustomed to the Road

– Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive true road games, which started last Tuesday at Michigan State and concludes Sunday, Dec. 5 at Bowling Green.

– Interestingly, none of them are part of multi-game trips – they are five separate single-game trips.

– It is the first time Valpo will play five consecutive true road games since…the end of the regular season last year, as it closed the MVC slate with one game at Loyola and two games each at Southern Illinois and at Drake.

– It is the first time in program history Valpo will play five consecutive true road games in pre-conference play.

– Valpo last played five straight away from home in pre-conference play in November/December 2013. That year’s squad had road games at Tennessee Tech, Florida International and Toledo, as well as neutral-site games, hosted by the latter two schools, against Montana State and Chicago State.

Suiting Up Again and Again

– Sixth-year forward Caitlin Morrison cracked Valpo’s career top-10 for games played last time out at UIC.

– Morrison made her 117th appearance in the Valpo uniform on Tuesday, matching Carie Wickham and Marlous Nieuwveen for the 10th-most games played in program history.

– Morrison has started in 113 of her 117 appearances.

– She is just eight games shy of reaching Kathryn Knoester’s program record of 125 career games played.

Knocking Down Shots

– Valpo enjoyed its best shooting game of the season last time out at UIC.

– The Beacons hit at a 52.1% clip (25-of-48) from the floor.

– Valpo connected on 21-of-32 from inside the 3-point line.

– It was the first time Valpo has hit at least 50% from the field this year after doing so just twice last season.

– Despite shooting so well from the floor, the Beacons fell to UIC. It marked the first time Valpo has lost a game when hitting at least 50% from the field since March 2014, when it lost 101-80 at Wright State while shooting 59.6%.

MARIAN ROLLS PAST MIDWAY 76-57

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Kingsport, Tenn. – The No. 10 Marian women’s basketball team put together another dominating performance, running away with a 76-56 win over Midway on Saturday night. The win moves Marian to 6-2 on the season, taking their fourth-straight victory.

Marian leaped out to a double-digit lead, beginning the contest on a 10-0 run in the opening three minutes. Abby Downard got things started for the Knights by making layups on the first two possessions. Allison Bosse teamed up with Ella Collier to hit two three-pointers on the hot start. Midway scored their first points from the free-throw line to end the scoring streak, getting the game to 10-6 with six minutes left in the quarter. The Knights went on another scoring spurt, this time tallying 12-straight points. Marian worked the paint on this run, getting Imani Guy and Kinnidy Garrard going underneath with several layups. Marian’s largest lead in the quarter was 22-6, but Midway would make four shots over the final two minutes to cut the deficit to 24-16.

Midway hit a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second quarter, but Marian went on their third double-digit run of the game. Guy made a layup to start Marian’s scoring run. Then it turned into the Collier show, as the sophomore guard made four straight shots to put the Knights up 35-19 with 6:31 left before halftime. The Eagles ended a three-minute scoring drought with a made three-ball, but Marian continued to answer every Midway-made shot for the rest of the half. Shanyce Makuei and Majestic Sales cracked the scoring column with a pair of jumpers as the Knights held a double-digit advantage into halftime, leading 43-28 into the break. Marian shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the first half and outrebounded the Eagles 24-8 in the first 20 minutes of action.

The third quarter was much of the same for the Knights as they pulled away from Midway. Garrard hit a pair of free throws and a layup to extend Marian’s lead to 21 points for the first time in the game. Midway hit a three-pointer the next trip down the court to get the deficit back under 20 points momentarily, but Marian again went on their fourth run of the night. The Knights took off with a 15-3 run, stretching their advantage to 30 points. Guy scored the first six with four free throws and a layup. Collier also added a couple of free throws, then nailed her third three-pointer of the night to put Marian ahead 64-34. Jayla Wehner reached the scoring column with two free throws to end the quarter as the Knights were rolling 66-36.

Midway battled back to try and make the final score respectable, with the Knights getting their bench plenty of playing time in the final minutes. The Eagles used a 7-0 run to make the score 68-47 halfway through the fourth quarter. Aliyah Evans ended the Knights’ scoring drought with a layup, and Esther Sevilla hit a jumper to crack the scorebook. Midway hit a three-pointer to get within 20 points in the final minute as Marian cruised to a 76-57 victory.

Guy had another great night for the Knights, leading Marian with 22 points and nine rebounds. Collier totaled 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Garrard joined Collier and Guy in double-digit scoring with 12 points. The Knights shot 56.9 percent from the floor, 44 percent from three-point range, and went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw line.

The Knights will play tomorrow at the Meadowview Resort in Kingsport with a neutral site matchup versus Reinhardt. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 PM.

MARIAN FALLS TO NO. 4 NORTHWESTERN IN NAIA FCS QUARTERFINAL

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Orange City, Iowa – The Marian football team fell 25-20 Saturday afternoon to No. 4 Northwestern (Iowa) in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals. The loss ends Marian’s 2021 season with a 9-3 overall record, snapping the Knights’ five-game win streak.

Marian came out strong early, punching the Red Raiders in the mouth on the opening series as the defense forced a three-and-out. The Knights then turned to Baron Huebler, with the freshman running back carrying the ball eight times on the first drive to carry his team into the red zone. Huebler’s opening runs set up a field goal attempt for Gage Puterbaugh, as the freshman converted a 19-yard kick to give Marian a 3-0 lead.

The Knights’ defense forced a turnover on downs on their second series, but after a Marian interception the defense yielded to the Red Raiders’ attack, with Logan Meyer finishing a six-play drive with a touchdown. The score put Marian down 6-3, but on the next drive Johnny William sent his team into the second quarter with momentum after hauling in a 21-yard catch along the sideline. Ben Stevens and Huebler gained the final offensive yards of the drive, as Huebler capped the series with a leaping touchdown from a yard out. Huebler’s touchdown gave Marian a 10-6 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half.

Northwestern controlled the rest of the half, putting up 13 points in the final 11 minutes. A Tyson Kooima touchdown pass was the first score of the quarter, and after a blocked punt the Raiders added three with a field goal. Marian would punt on their final series, and Northwestern drove deep in the red zone as time expired, but would be denied as Nate Frey stuffed a run to force a field goal. The Raiders final points of the half gave them a 19-10 lead at the break, leading in total offense 207-142.

After halftime, the Knights found a new fire and marched down the field after taking the opening kickoff, converting a fourth down conversion on the nine play series. A 41 yard screen pass to Stevens moved Marian into the red area, and on the next play Huebler scored his second touchdown of the day to make it a 17-19 game. Marian’s defense dominated the remainder of the quarter, shutting down each of the Raiders three series. The final series of the quarter ended in one play as Ricky Kwak forced a fumble, which was scooped up by Trevor Adler.

With a short field to work with, Marian moved inside the 10 yard line before settling for a field goal, settling with a 25-yard Puterbaugh field goal to take a 20-19 lead. The lead did not last long though, as the Raiders moved down the field in chunks to go back on top with a touchdown from Meyer. Northwestern failed a two-point conversion, leading 25-20 with 10:13 remaining after the score.

The defense kept Marian in the game as the offense struggled to find a rhythm, forcing two punts to stay alive. The offense took over for the final time with 2:34 remaining after Sir’Zion Dance helped force a kick, and Zach Bundalo moved the chains on second down finding William for a 17-yard gain. Bundalo was pressured throwing three straight incompletions, but facing fourth down the third-year quarterback found William for a 32-yard gain. Bundalo looked to go back to William on the next play, but had has pass intercepted by Jaden Snyder, ending Marian’s comeback attempt.

Huebler gained 156 yards on the ground with two touchdowns and nine through the air as he paced Marian with 39 touches in the 25-20 loss. Bundalo completed 10 passes for 167 yards, finding Stevens for 85 and William for 73. Puterbaugh was perfect on the day in his first game as the starting kicker, converting each of his four kicks, including two field goals. Defensively Frey led the Knights with eight total stops, with Adler and Dance each made six tackles. Tyler Bukur had five solo tackles, including two sacks.

Marian won the MSFA Mideast League for the third time in four seasons in 2021, recording a program-record fourth consecutive NAIA FCS Playoff appearance.

KNIGHTS EARN 57-56 OVERTIME VICTORY AT SAINT XAVIER

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Chicago, Ill. – The No. 11 Marian men’s basketball team erased a second-half deficit to force overtime and take a 57-56 win over Saint Xavier on Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Knights to 5-2 overall and ends the Knights’ two-game skid.

Marian took an early lead thanks to a 9-2 run to begin the contest. Malek Edmonds got the Knights started with a clean look on the Knights’ first possession. Christian Stewart added a three-pointer and layup as part of Marian’s quick start in the opening four minutes. Saint Xavier responded with a 10-2 run of their own, making three free throws and a couple of three-pointers to get a 12-11 lead eight minutes into the game. The Knights would take the lead right back after Nolan Foster converted on two free throws and Stewart’s second trifecta, making it 16-12 halfway through the opening half. Marian’s defense made things tough for the Cougars by forcing five turnovers.

The defenses continued to dominate to end the first half. Saint Xavier took advantage and scored on all three high-percentage shots over a three-minute stretch, grabbing an 18-16 lead with seven minutes left. Hayden Langkabel swished a two-point jumper to tie the game at 18-18, but the Cougars answered with a layup and some free throws to go up by four points. Langkabel made a three-pointer with four minutes left before halftime, then Christian Harvey made a pair of free throws to tie the game up again at 24-24. Both teams went quiet offensively over the final few minutes, as Saint Xavier made a layup in the final minute to take a 26-24 lead into halftime. Poor shooting troubled the Knights in the half, finishing 9-for-29 from the floor in the first half.

Marian retook the lead out of the second-half gates following a Stewart jumper and Edmonds layup to take a 28-26 advantage. Saint Xavier scored five-straight points, but Stewart again answered with another three-pointer, making it 31-31 with 16 minutes remaining. However, Stewart’s three-pointer would be the last time Marian would score over the next four and a half minutes. The Knights committed four turnovers over the scoring drought, allowing the Cougars to extend their lead to seven points. Brody Whitaker restarted the Marian offense, scoring on back-to-back possessions to get Marian back within three points. With 10 minutes left in the second half, the Knights trailed 40-37.

Saint Xavier answered Marian’s quick run with a few baskets, but Marian continued to hang around. Trailing by six, Whitaker drilled back-to-back three-pointers to tie the contest at 45-45 with just under eight minutes left. A quick basket by the Cougars was then answered by a Luke Gohmann tip-in, keeping things tied. Marian was held off of the scoreboard over the next five possessions, allowing Saint Xavier to again pull ahead. A pair of free throws gave the Cougars a 52-47 lead with 3:54 remaining. The Cougars answered an Edmonds layup to keep a five-point lead with just over two and a half minutes. Whitaker again came up clutch for the Knights, cashing in a three-pointer after a Gohmann offensive rebound to keep it a one-possession game with two minutes left. Both teams failed to get a basket over the next five possessions. With six seconds remaining in the half, Stewart was fouled and made both free throws to tie the game at 54-54. Saint Xavier missed a buzzer-beating jumper for the win, putting the game into overtime.

Edmonds came into form for the Knights to start overtime, getting to the line and making a free throw to put the Knights ahead first. Edmonds then added a layup after a Harvey steal to put Marian ahead 57-54 with three minutes remaining. Saint Xavier scored on a second-chance look with 2:09 remaining to keep it a one-point game. After a Marian miss, the Cougars had a chance to go ahead with two free throws for Charles Campbell. Fortunately for the Knights, Campbell missed both opportunities. The Knights committed a shot clock violation with 34 seconds left, but Saint Xavier’s Campbell turned it back over with four seconds left with an offensive foul. Langkabel missed the front end of the one-and-one after he was fouled, but the Cougars failed to get a shot off to end the game. The Knights outscored Saint Xavier 3-2 in overtime to take the 57-56 win.

Edmonds and Stewart led Marian in scoring, each contributing 15 points. Whitaker tallied 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. The Knights finished the game with a 33.3 percent shooting percentage but went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Marian bench outscored the Saint Xavier bench 20-4. The Knights also scored 16 points off of 17 turnovers.

Marian will be back in Indianapolis on Tuesday, hosting Bethel in Crossroads League action. The tip-off will be at 7 PM in MU Arena.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: AVE MARIA 95, IU EAST 89

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – A shorthanded Indiana University East men’s basketball team dropped a 95-89 decision against Ave Maria University on Nov. 27 in the Red Wolves’ first game at “The Show.”

The Red Wolves (4-5) lost for just the second time in five appearances at “The Show,” an annual post-Thanksgiving event at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

Ave Maria is 7-2.

Dionte Raines scored an IU East career-best 25 points for IU East, which was without the services of its top two scorers for all but a few seconds of the game.

The back-and-forth contest included 13 lead changes. IU East sank a season-high 15 shots from 3-point range to stay in the game despite Ave Maria advantages in most other areas.

Colt Meyer (15 points), Bryce Long (13 points) Nate Soltis (13 points) and Jamisen Smith (11 points) all stepped up with season-bests in scoring for IU East.

Eric Klekas scored 36 for Ave Maria. Klekas’ total included a layup after a scramble for a loose ball followed by a midrange jumper on the next possession to put the Gyrenes ahead by five points with three minutes remaining and force IU East to play from behind in the final moments.

IU East concludes its stay at “The Show” with a matchup against Freed-Hardeman University on Nov. 28. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOPS ILLINOIS WESLEYAN; FACES DEPAUW ON SUNDAY AT 3 CT

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology advanced to the championship game of the Midwest Challenge with a 69-64 victory over Illinois Wesleyan in women’s basketball action on Saturday at the Shirk Center.

With the victory, Rose-Hulman will face No. 10 ranked and unbeaten DePauw University in the Midwest Challenge championship game on Sunday at 3 pm Central Time also at Illinois Wesleyan.

Rowan Hein led the Rose-Hulman offense with career-high totals of 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.  Jamie Baum added 14 points and 6 rebounds to balance the scoring attack.

Jordan Barlow added an impressive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Mira Randolph came off the bench with 7 points, including a three-pointer, for the Engineers.

Other key contributors included Rose Burnham with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, and Kahlan Jester with 4 points and 3 rebounds.

Illinois Wesleyan was led by Lauren Huber with 31 of the team’s 64 points.

The Titans led 46-41 after the third quarter and held a 57-56 lead later into the fourth quarter.  Hein buried a three-pointer to give Rose-Hulman a 59-57 lead with 2:19 remaining.

Huber tied the score on a layup with 45 seconds left in regulation, and both teams had a defensive stand on the last possession to put the game into overtime.

In the extra session, a layup by Barlow and two free throws from Burnham put Rose-Hulman ahead 63-59.  Jester scored at the 1:52 mark to push the Engineers lead to 65-59.  A score from Barlow and two free throws by Hein pushed the Engineers to their final margin of victory.

Rose-Hulman improved to 2-2 on the season, while Illinois Wesleyan stands 1-3.  The Fightin’ Engineers face 5-0 DePauw on Sunday at 3 pm Central Time in the Midwest Challenge championship game.

MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS DEPAUW ON SUNDAY AT 3 PM

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team puts a 3-0 record on the line at home against DePauw on Sunday at 3 pm.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman puts its perfect 3-0 mark on the line at home against DePauw.  Rose-Hulman finished 10-2 during the shortened 2021-22 season for a mark of 13-2 in the past two years. 

* Rose-Hulman won the Marymount Invitational last weekend, defeating Washington & Lee 69-64 and Marymount 65-60.  The Fightin’ Engineers also have a 72-58 victory over Albion so far this year.

* Terry Hicks was named Marymount Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 15.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.  Hicks was also named HCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts.  Max Chaplin also earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 15.0 points per game.

* Rose-Hulman is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2011-12 season.

* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters this contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 108-68.  Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season HCAC title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.

DEPAUW GAME NOTES:

* DePauw stands 2-2 this season, after finishing with a 12-1 record in 2020-21.

* Head coach Bill Fenlon has announced his retirement following the 2021-22 season.  Fenlon enters today’s game with a record of 471-284 at DePauw.  He was also the head coach at Rose-Hulman for three years from 1989-91 with a record of 53-26, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1989.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Overall Record: DePauw leads 58-45

* Current Streak: DePauw won 3

* Last Meeting: DPU 66, RHIT 61 on 11/15/2019

* Last RHIT Win: RHIT 76, DPU 67 on 11/29/2015

FIVE GOAL SCORERS IN VICTORY OVER BUFFALO STATE

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ANGOLA, Ind. — Five different skaters scored for the Trine University men’s hockey team on the way to a 5-3 victory over visiting Buffalo State. Junior Brett Tierney (West Chicago, Ill.) led the way for the team offensively finishing with two points in the game.

The Bengals took the early lead in the contest, when in the sixth minute of the first period a long pass ping-ponged through the Thunder defense to an open skater who beat Elias Sandholm (Stockholm, Sweden) for the goal.

Trine avoided entering intermission down with a goal of their own in the 19th minute. After a turnover in the offensive zone Buffalo State attempted to clear the puck from the zone, but Tierney rushed to get a stick on the puck and keep it in the offensive zone. He then quickly passed the puck to senior Garrett Hallford (McKinney, Texas) who advanced toward the goal before firing a low shot that tied the game at one.

Out of the break the Thunder would strike again. Right around the third minute of the period, sophomore Chace McCardle (Southgate, Mich.) fired a shot from near the blueline which freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) tipped toward the net. The Bengal goalie came up with the save but left the rebound go free and junior Justin Meers (St. Charles, Mo.) tapped it home to give the team the 2-1 lead.

Just over three minutes later they added to their lead. After a shot on goal by freshman Drew Welsch (Trenton, Mich.) was turned aside, the Buffalo State defense attempted to clear the puck from the zone. Senior Hunter Payment (Monroe, Mich.) intercepted the pass near the blue line and carried the puck for a few strides before firing the puck on net, right by the goalie.

Following a penalty by the Thunder near the ten-minute mark of the period, the Bengals pulled back within striking distance after working the pass around the ice and confusing the defense. The teams would hold ground for the rest of the period and enter the intermission with the 3-2 score.

Another power play goal for Buffalo State in the 13th minute of the final stanza tied the game at three.

The tie was short lived however as Trine took back the lead in the 15th minute. After another clear attempt by the Bengals, sophomore Jared Bowman (Calgary, Alberta) kept the puck in the zone and passed it off to freshman Tyler Shetland (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who in turn passed it back toward the blueline. Tierney was there to collect the puck and fire a long distance shot on goal to take the lead 4-3.

With just over a minute remaining in the period, Buffalo State pulled their goalie in an attempt to score another equalizer. The plan backfired when a wayward pass from a Bengal defender just made it across the unprotected goal line. Sophomore Jackson Clark (Fort Mill, S.C.) received credit for the goal.

Sandholm finished the game in net with 15 saves and his third win of the season.

The Thunder improve to 7-3 following the win. They will return to Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) play for their next game. They are set to host Marian University on Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m.

THUNDER BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN FOLLOWING 75-54 TRIUMPH AT OHIO NORTHERN

(TRINE RELEASE)

ADA, Ohio – The Trine University women’s basketball team was victorious Saturday afternoon against previously unbeaten Ohio Northern University 75-54.

The nationally-ranked Thunder advance their record to 5-1 on the season and Ohio Northern falls to 4-1 overall.

Trine was able to win all four quarters of play and shot 51.9% (27-for-52) from the field in the win, their second game in 2021-22 where the Thunder had more makes than misses.

Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] and Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] connected for three’s on back-to-back possessions to give Trine a 6-0 lead. Wildman tacked on one more made shot from distance to go up 9-2 in the first five minutes of play.

Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] wrapped up the first period with six points off the bench to give the Thunder a 17-12 first quarter advantage.

Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] got in the scoring column early in the second with a pair of made field goals to send the road team up 23-16, but the Polar Bears battled back with seven unanswered to tie the game up. A Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern] lay-up allowed the Thunder to regain the lead on the following possession.

Sophie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] was fouled on a three-point attempt and knocked down all three free throws late in the half before Taylor made a jump shot to close the first half up 38-30.

An and-one by Taylor off an offensive rebound sparked the Thunder in the second half as Trine would win the third quarter 16-13 and carry an 11-point lead into the closing period.

It was Taylor once again with a backbreaking and-one at the beginning of the fourth quarter that carried Trine to victory. Freshmen Sierra Hinds [Carmel, Ind. / University], Sidney Wagner [Warsaw, Ind. / Tippecanoe Valley] and Brooke Brauher [Big Rapids, Mich. / Morley Stanwood] all reached the scoring column in the fourth as the Thunder pulled away to a 75-54 win.

Taylor led all scorers with 14 points and brought down a team-best six rebounds. Underhill chipped in with 13 points and Kaylee Argyle finished with 11. Defensively, it was Stewart contributing with three blocked shots to pace the team.

Trine begins Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 pm when the Adrian Bulldogs travel to Angola, Indiana to face the Thunder.

BEACONS SHUTOUT THUNDER

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BOSTON, Mass. — The Trine University women’s hockey team were shutout in the opening game of the 14th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament against their hosts from UMass Boston by the score of 3-0.

Neither team cracked the back of the net during the first period, but not for lack of effort on either side. Both teams recorded double-digit shot totals during the period with the Beacons having the edge at 18-13. Senior Emily Nettesheim (Hartland, Wis.) set the tone of the contest in net turning all 18 of those shots aside keeping the score 0-0 after one.

The second period saw UMass Boston turn the offensive pressure up on the Thunder and Nettesheim, outshooting the team 20-4. Three of those shots would find the back of the net as the Beacons built a 3-0 lead.

The Thunder defense reorganized in the third and held the opposition from adding to that lead, but the offense was unable to find purchase. After UMass Boston outshot the team again in the third, 15-7, the shot total for the contest would end at 53-24. Nettesheim ended the contest with 50 saves despite allowing the three goals.

Trine will await the results of the second contest of the day to find out their opponent for tomorrow. They will face off with either Stevenson Unviersity or Bowdoin College tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.

#10 DEPAUW MOVES TO 5-0 AND TO MIDWEST CHALLENGE TITLE GAME WITH COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN OVER BEARS

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Bloomington, Ill. – Tenth-ranked DePauw trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but rallied for a 66-64 win over WashU in the Midwest Challenge. The Tigers will face Rose-Hulman in Sunday’s 3 p.m. CST title game after the Fightin’ Engineers topped Illinois Wesleyan, 69-64, in overtime.

DePauw trailed throughout the first three quarters with the largest deficit of 10 points occurring twice in the third. The Tigers put together a 13-4 run late in the third which included three 3-pointers from Ava Hassel to cut the Bears’ lead to 44-43.

WashU closed the third with a bucket and extended the lead back to five at 48-43 in the opening minute of the fourth. The Tigers still trailed by four at 54-50 before Mya Shannon hit one of two free throws prior to converting a three-point play to even the score at 54-54 with 5:18 left.

DePauw gained its first lead of the contest at 57-56 as Maeve Summerville hit one of two free throws with 2:58 left. The lead went back-and-forth until Hassel’s layup with 25 seconds left gave DePauw a 63-62 advantage. After the Bears failed to convert their next possession, Grace Kinsey hit one free throw to push the lead to 64-62 with 15 seconds remaining. Following a WashU turnover, Hassel knocked in a free throw with eight seconds to extend the lead to three. WashU countered with a bucket and Shannon sealed the win with a free throw.

Hassel netted a career-high 17 points and Shannon followed with 11 and Summerville grabbed seven rebounds. Sammi Matoush scored 16 for the Bears with Karisa Grandison adding 13 and Maya Arnott following with 12 point and 12 rebounds.

DePauw shot 31.8 percent from the field to WashU’s 35.1 percent and the Bears outrebounded DePauw, 48-36. The Tigers committed just 13 turnovers to the Bears’ 20.

TIGERS’ SEASON COMES TO AN END AT THIRD-RANKED UW-WHITEWATER

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Whitewater, Wis. – DePauw’s historic season came to a conclusion in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship as the Tigers fell to third-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater by a 45-0 score. The Tigers finished their season at 9-3, while the Warhawks moved to 12-0 and advanced to next Saturday’s quarterfinals.

DePauw’s defense stopped the Warhawks on downs at the Tigers’ 36 on the game’s opening series, but DePauw couldn’t capitalize and the hosts scored on each of their next seven possessions.

Alex Peete scored the game’s first points as he reached paydirt on a 3-yard run with 4:25 left in the opening quarter. After a DePauw punt, the Tigers’ defense held the Warhawks to a 27-yard field goal off the foot of Matt Maldonado which made it 10-0 with 1:51 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Tigers drove to midfield early in the second, but an 11-yard sack on third down forced the Tigers to punt. Wis.-Whitewater needed just four plays to cover 65 yards as Peete ran the final 39 for his second rushing score of the contest to make it 17-0 with 10:57 left in the first half. Peete’s 56-yard run on the Warhawks’ next series capped a 3-play, 70-yard series and pushed the lead to 24-0 before Max Meylor’s 19-yard pass to Ryan Wisniewski with 2:35 left in the half made it 31-0.

DePauw mounted its first drive into Warhawks territory as quarterback Chase Andries converted a third down with a 12-yard pass to Trey Shaw and then completed the next two to Shaw for 36 yards to the Whitewater 27. A sack on the next play followed by a 7-yard pass to Jackson Corbett and an incomplete pass on third down forced the Tigers to punt and Kamrin Hutt blocked the punt and the Warhawks took over on the DePauw 47 with 34 seconds remaining.

Meylor completed an 8-yard pass to Peete and a 25-yard aerial to Wisniewski before scoring on a 14-yard run on third down with two seconds left in the half.

Andries was picked off by Luke Nelson at the DePauw 31 on the opening possession of the third in what was the only turnover of the game. Whitewater started on its own 48 and Peete rushed for 12 yards on first down and scored on a 40-yard run on the next play to make it 45-0 with 11:22 left.

DePauw backup quarterback Nathan McCahill entered on the next series and picked up 24 yards on the first play and later converting a fourth down play with a 4-yard run. He picked up 16 on the next play to the Whitewater 21 which was the deepest drive for the DePauw offense, but a 4-yard loss followed by a sack and an incomplete pass pushed the Tigers into punting again.

Neither team ventured into the red zone the rest of the game until the Warhawks drove to the DePauw 13 on the final play of the game.

Whitewater outgained DePauw, 600-171, and rushed for 332 yards while holding the Tigers to minus 2.

McCahill rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 70 yards, while Andries was 13 of 21 for 103 yards. Trey Shaw hauled in 12 for 144 yards, both of which were career-high totals.

Peete rushed for 209 yards on just 14 carries, while Meylor totaled 208 passing yards on 13-of-20 passing. Wisniewski caught six for 124 yards.

Brevon Gude and Josh Coons each had nine tackles for the Tigers with Gude totaling 2.0 for losses of 11 yards including a 7-yard sack. Dylan Hyatt had three pass breakups in the loss.

Niko Lemke led Whitewater with seven tackles including a game-high 4.0 for 18 yards in losses. In all, the Warhawks had 12.0 tackles for losses of 72 yards including 9.0 sacks for 63 yards.

LATE SURGE SENDS SPARTANS OVER BUCS 75-69

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BELOIT, Wis. – A big 4th quarter by Manchester University helped propel the Spartans past the Beloit College Buccaneers 75-69 on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans outscored the Bucs 24-15 in the game’s final period.

After building an early 21-16 lead the Buccaneers would take hold of the lead and led throughout much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The Spartans were able to fight back and regained the lead for good midway through the 4th quarter. A layup by Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) gave the Spartans a 59-58 lead at the 4:35 mark of the final period. The layup ignited an 18-11 run over the remainder of Saturday’s contest.

Saturday’s decisive run was highlighted by a pair of baskets by Miller, an old-fashioned three-point play by Bailey Keim (Denver, Ind./North Miami), and clutch free throw shooting from the entire lineup. Manchester finished 22-26 from the free throw line in Saturday’s win – good enough for an 84.6 percent clip.

Macy Miller led Manchester with 19 points. Miller finished 9-13 from field and added 6 rebounds. Bridget Nash (Carmel, Ind./Bishop Chatard) added 17 points and 3 rebounds. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) lined the stat sheet with 12 points, 7 boards, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points in the winning effort. Bailey Keim added 5 assists off the bench.

Beloit was led Elizabeth Kalk’s 22 points.

Manchester (3-1) has won three consecutive games. The Black & Gold will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Wednesday December 1 against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Wednesday’s contest will be a White Out inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, with tip-off coming at 7:30 p.m.

Beloit (3-4) will travel to Lawrence University on Wednesday December 1.

HU GETS BACK ON TRACK WITH 16-POINT WIN OVER SIENA HEIGHTS

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ADRIAN, Mich. – In addition to taking a break for Thanksgiving, the Forester men’s basketball team also took a break from league play to notch an 87-71 road win over Siena Heights (2-8) on Saturday at SHU Fieldhouse. This weekend’s matchup was just the third time these two squads have met in the last 15 years with HU topping the Saints each time.

With this win, Huntington moves to 6-3 overall.

Today was HU’s fifth double-digit victory of the season and it was Hank Pulver’s layup less than four minutes in that gave his team a lead, 8-7, that wouldn’t be relinquished. It was also the start of a 12-2 spurt that saw the 6-8 forward add another layup and two freebies to pad the lead to 18-9 by the 12-minute mark.

While the Saints would trim it to four on a few occasions throughout the frame, by halftime the visitors took a 39-28 lead into the locker room. After SHU scored seven of the second half’s first ten points for a 42-35 difference, the visitors went off for 16 straight points to balloon the lead to 58-35 with 14 minutes remaining. 

While Ben Humrichous led the Huntington charge with eight points during the three-minute blitz, he was one of four Foresters to put points on the board that ultimately blew the game wide open.

Alford and crew logged their highest field goal percentage of the season by canning 32 of their 56 attempts for 57.1 percent which included going 11-for-25 from downtown. HU also connected on 12 of their 15 free throw attempts for 80.0 percent.

Humrichous posted 17 points to top all scorers. Pulver added 15 points while Peyton West and Caleb Middlesworth finished with 14 points each. West also collected a game-best nine rebounds. Zach Goodline handed out seven dimes as the day’s top assist getter.

Davin Walker was Siena Heights’ only double digit scorer with 14 points.

The Foresters are on the road again on Tuesday to tip-off with Spring Arbor at 7:00 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES DOWN SUN CONFERENCE’S TOP TEAM IN DAY ONE OF THE SHOW

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Four players scored in double figured on Saturday afternoon as the Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team cruised to an 85-69 victory over Warner University at “The Show” event at the MeadowView Convention Center.

The Cougars trailed just once against the preseason top-ranked team in the Sun Conference. The Royals entered today’s game with a 6-1 record and were receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Allante Harper led four Cougars in double figures with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting with five of his field goals coming from long distance. Harper also dished out four assists.

Noah Harris had a career night, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench. Trequan Spivey continued to score in bunches as the senior totaled 16 points to up his team-high average to just over 15 points per game. Hunter White narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling in a team-high nine boards.

IU Kokomo shot 51 percent from the field, their second straight game over the 50 percent mark.

The Cougars went down by a point at the 15:55 mark in the opening half but a Desean Hampton dunk capped on a 6-0 run that would give IUK the lead for good. The first double-digit lead for the Cougars came with 8:29 left in the first half when Spivey made a layup. The Cougars led by as many as 15 points in the first half and would take a 13-point advantage into halftime.

An 8-2 run by the Royals over the first 2:18 of the second half cut the IUK lead to seven points but over the next six minutes, the Cougars would build their lead back to 15 points. IU Kokomo would maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. The Cougars largest lead came with 13 seconds to play as Hunter White nabbed a steal and finished with the dunk to put IUK up 19. The Royals hit a three-pointer in the last possession of the game to make it a 16-point margin for the Cougars.

The Cougars will wrap up play in Kingsport tomorrow as they take on Washington Adventist at 2:30 p.m.

PNW MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYS EXHIBITION AT ILLINOIS STATE

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NORMAL, Ill. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team played an exhibition game against Division I Illinois State Saturday night in Redbird Arena. PNW led midway through the first half before the host Redbirds pulled ahead to claim a 81-71 victory.

HEAD COACH BOOMER ROBERTS:

“We did a lot of good things tonight. Illinois state is big, physical, and talented, but we obviously held our own. We’re a work in progress as we bring some of those guys back into the fold, so we’re excited to get back at it tomorrow.”

STAT LEADERS

Anthony Barnard posted a team-high 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting including a pair of threes

Sangolay Njie (13), Gregory Boyle (11) and Mikell Cooper (10) each recorded double figures in scoring

Barnard, Cooper and Anthony Irvin each grabbed a team-best four rebounds

Boyle dished out a team-high four assists while Cooper added three helpers

How it happened: Anthony Irvin’s three gave the Pride their first lead of the night after ISU scored the opening basket. Then, Sangolay Njie’s pull-up jumper tied the score at 10-10, before the Redbirds were able to extend their lead. ISU went up nine, 21-12, with 12:30 left in the first half but the Pride came roaring back with a 12-0 run sparked by Jonte Coleman’s three.

Anthony Barnard converted on back-to-back possessions to put PNW in front 24-21 at the 9:49 mark. Then, the two teams would exchange baskets as the first half wore down and Jyrus Freels’ layup with 3:45 left tied the score at 30-30. ISU closed on a 9-2 run to take a 39-32 halftime advantage, and the Redbirds would remain in front the rest of the way. The Pride pulled to within 11 midway through the second half on a layup from Boyle, and that was as close as PNW would get until making a late push with a 9-0 run to reach the final score, 81-71.

PNW had only 11 turnovers while forcing 17 miscues by the Redbirds. The Pride shot 40% overall and 25% from three-point range while ISU shot at a 47% clip and 33% from deep.

UP NEXT

PNW hosts Calumet College of St. Joseph tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. inside the Fitness & Recreation Center. The game can be viewed live on JEDtv.com.

PRIDE WOMEN’S HOOPS FALLS AT TIFFIN; BROCKINGTON NETS 33 POINTS

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TIFFIN, Ohio – Savaya Brockington scored 33 points as the Purdue Northwest women’s basketball team came up short Saturday at Tiffin, 73-60, in non-conference action.

PNW moved to 2-3 overall and will open conference play at Ferris State next Thursday. With the win, Tiffin improved to 3-3 on the season.

STAT LEADERS

Savaya Brockington led all scorers with a season-high 33 points on 12-of-26 shooting. It was her third career 30-point performance after posting two last season

Brockington also went 9 for 11 at the free-throw line and finished with a team-high eight rebounds

Molly DeValkenaere chipped in with seven points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds

Anjel Galbraith led the Pride with four assists and four steals while playing all 40 minutes

Reagan Courier drained a team-best two 3-pointers to finish with six points

How it happened: PNW outscored Tiffin in the third quarter, trimming an eight-point deficit at halftime down to five, as the Dragons entered the final period ahead 54-49. However, the hosts used free-throw shooting to keep a steady hand on the lead. Tiffin made 27 of 33 attempts at the line, including 11 free throws made in the fourth quarter.

PNW never led in the contest after the Dragons jumped out to an early 10-2 advantage in the first quarter. The Pride were 15 of 21 from the charity stripe and were limited to just four made field goals in the final stanza.

Both teams shot 40% overall from the floor and each logged 13 turnovers. The Pride registered a 20-12 edge in fastbreak points while the Dragons outscored the Pride in second-chance points and bench scoring.

Tiffin’s Aarion Nichols led three Dragons in scoring double figures with 19 points and nine rebounds.

UP NEXT

PNW’s game scheduled at Ursuline College for Sunday, Nov. 28 is canceled. The Pride will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 2 when they begin GLIAC play at Ferris State, and Saturday, Dec. 4 at Lake Superior State. PNW’s next home game is set for Thursday, Dec. 9 against Grand Valley State.

WARRIORS SUFFER FIRST LOSS TO REDSTORM

(INDIANA TECH RELEASE)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 9-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon inside the Schafer Center in an 85-79 setback to the University of Rio Grande, who improved to 11-0 on the season.

Kyra Whitaker led all players with 24 points on 6-12 shooting, including 5-9 from downtown, to go along with a career-high three blocks and two rebounds. Taya Andrews added a season-best 23 points on 9-11 shooting with five assists and four rebounds while Emma Tuominen collected her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Tuominen gave the Warriors to start with an old-fashioned three-point play that was followed up by three-pointers from Whitaker and Andrews to make it a 9-2 lead at the 6:37 mark. The RedStorm battled back to cut the deficit to 11-10 that was thanks in part to a 3:36 scoring drought by the hosts, but a fastbreak triple from Whitaker snapped the drought as Tech held a slim 19-17 lead at the break.

The Warriors pushed their advantage to 10 points halfway through the second quarter thanks to a 9-3 run that made it 34-24 up on the scoreboard. Rio Grande wouldn’t let the deficit stay in double digits for very long though as they responded with a jumper on their next possession and ended the half on an 11-6 run to cut the Tech lead to 40-35 at the half.

The visitors came out firing in the second half with an 8-5 spurt that made it 45-43 Tech with 6:24 to play in the third, but a four-point play from Whitaker put the momentum back on the side of the Orange and Black. The Warriors continued to slowly build their lead and held a 62-51 advantage with 42 seconds to play, but Rio Grande went on a 7-0 run to end the period, with Hailey Jordan scoring five of 11 points in the quarter to lead the charge, to trail 62-58 heading into the fourth quarter.

The RedStorm continued to build upon their momentum from the end of the third in the beginning of the fourth quarter as they tied the game up at 64 with 7:54 on the clock while a three-pointer from Ella Skeans, who ended the game with 14 points, put the visitors ahead 67-66 with 5:46 to go and started an 8-1 run. A pair of free throws from Whitaker brought Tech within three points at 72-69, and the Warriors would get back to just a three-point deficit two more times over the final 90 seconds of the game, but couldn’t get any closer as Rio Grande avenged their loss from the 2021 NAIA National Championship Opening Round to the Orange and Black.

Tech (9-1) returns to conference action Wednesday as they host the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. from the Schaefer Center.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS740.6360.03261823-2-04-2-05-4-03-0-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS470.3643.02012692-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-03 W
NEW YORK JETS280.2004.51783202-3-00-5-02-6-00-4-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS740.6360.02812504-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-04 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS640.6000.52602653-3-03-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS650.5451.02592953-3-03-2-04-3-01-2-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.52001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS730.7000.02472304-1-03-2-04-3-00-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS640.6001.02682162-2-04-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS541.5501.52142263-2-12-2-03-3-01-1-01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS650.5451.52442514-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS830.7270.02912544-2-04-1-05-2-03-1-01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS650.5452.03092453-3-03-2-05-3-02-2-03 W
HOUSTON TEXANS280.2005.51502711-3-01-5-02-5-02-1-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS280.2005.51592622-4-00-4-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS740.6360.03262504-2-03-2-05-1-02-0-02 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES560.4552.02972601-4-04-2-04-3-00-1-02 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM460.4002.52122672-3-02-3-04-2-01-0-02 W
NEW YORK GIANTS370.3003.51892462-3-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS920.8180.03102023-2-06-0-05-2-04-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.52712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS550.5003.52462221-4-04-1-04-4-01-3-02 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS370.3005.51942091-4-02-3-01-5-01-2-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS830.7270.02472144-0-04-3-06-2-02-1-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS550.5002.52552423-2-02-3-04-2-02-0-02 W
CHICAGO BEARS470.3644.01792542-3-02-4-02-4-02-1-01 W
DETROIT LIONS0101.0457.51742890-5-00-5-10-7-00-4-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS730.7000.03092225-0-02-3-05-3-01-1-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS560.4552.52262202-4-03-2-03-5-02-0-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS560.4552.52572492-3-03-3-04-4-01-2-04 L
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4003.01782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN146.7006-48-23-012-47-31 L
NEW YORK119.5503.05-66-33-18-85-51 W
BOSTON1010.5004.05-45-61-36-86-42 L
PHILADELPHIA1010.5004.04-56-50-45-62-82 L
TORONTO911.4505.02-67-53-27-73-71 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO138.6196-47-42-17-55-51 L
MILWAUKEE128.6000.56-46-43-08-58-26 W
CLEVELAND1010.5002.55-65-41-07-54-61 W
INDIANA912.4294.06-33-91-25-95-51 W
DETROIT415.2118.02-82-71-53-113-75 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI137.6506-17-63-17-36-41 W
WASHINGTON137.6507-26-53-49-66-42 W
CHARLOTTE139.5911.07-26-74-29-48-21 L
ATLANTA1110.5242.58-23-83-16-57-31 L
ORLANDO417.1909.51-83-90-52-151-96 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH137.6507-46-33-08-26-41 W
PORTLAND1010.5003.09-11-91-16-75-52 L
MINNESOTA1010.5003.06-64-40-17-87-31 W
DENVER910.4743.57-42-62-26-64-66 L
OKLAHOMA CITY613.3166.54-62-70-26-63-75 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE172.89511-16-13-09-19-16 W
PHOENIX173.8500.58-29-12-112-310-016 W
LA CLIPPERS118.5796.09-42-40-18-66-41 W
LA LAKERS1011.4768.07-63-50-35-74-61 L
SACRAMENTO812.4009.53-75-52-26-93-72 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS108.5566-24-65-08-45-51 L
MEMPHIS910.4741.56-53-51-18-54-62 L
SAN ANTONIO513.2785.03-62-70-31-103-71 W
NEW ORLEANS517.2277.03-72-101-14-94-61 L
HOUSTON316.1587.53-50-110-21-122-82 W

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS2114433114775611-1-03-3-34-4-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS221561311561489-3-16-3-08-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING191243271062527-3-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS221093231061717-2-23-7-15-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS17107020953496-3-04-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES21810319760706-5-12-5-23-6-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS23615214654834-6-12-9-13-5-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1941419446733-7-01-7-11-9-0
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES191531311564396-1-09-2-16-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS211335311374507-1-36-2-28-1-1
NEW YORK RANGERS201343291260545-1-18-3-27-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS191270241067598-3-04-4-06-4-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS21107424962595-5-25-2-26-4-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1886420752565-3-23-3-24-3-3
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1987420847564-4-24-3-23-5-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS17510212532520-4-05-6-22-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD201361271174626-2-07-4-16-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES211173251071596-3-15-4-23-5-2
WINNIPEG JETS21107424960607-2-13-5-34-4-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE181161231073567-2-14-4-07-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS211191231058636-4-05-5-15-4-1
DALLAS STARS19107222953556-2-14-5-17-3-0
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS20711216645655-4-12-7-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES21415210439772-6-12-9-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS201550301377598-1-07-4-06-4-0
CALGARY FLAMES211245291270423-2-39-2-25-3-2
ANAHEIM DUCKS211173251169568-3-13-4-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS211290241166647-5-05-4-06-4-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS201091211053585-4-15-5-04-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS2098321853546-5-13-3-25-3-2
SEATTLE KRAKEN21713115758735-6-02-7-13-7-0
VANCOUVER CANUCKS21613214549703-6-13-7-12-7-1