INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD
HAMMOND CENTRAL 70 HIGHLAND 47
MUNSTER 77 GARY WEST 44
MERRILLVILLE 45 VALPARAISO 37
CHESTERTON 67 LOWELL 16
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) 86 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 74
ANDERSON 64 GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 39
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL 76 NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) 68
INDIANAPOLIS TECH 80 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 57
MACONAQUAH 60 TWIN LAKES 33
PERU 47 WESTERN 35
WOODLAN 65 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 63 OT
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 42 GARRETT 40
DANVILLE 64 GREENCASTLE 42
FRANKFORT 78 MONROVIA 49
NORTHVIEW 65 WEST VIGO 35
OWEN VALLEY 66 BROWN COUNTY 28
GREENSBURG 39 CONNERSVILLE 36
FRANKLIN COUNTY 33 BATESVILLE 25
SILVER CREEK 76 SALEM 35
SCOTTSBURG 81 MADISON 48
ANDREAN 45 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 43 OT
LAKE STATION 77 BOWMAN ACADEMY 58
NORTH JUDSON 74 SOUTH BEND CAREER 38
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 67 LAVILLE 50
FAIRFIELD 53 BREMEN 42
EASTSIDE 42 WESTVIEW 32
ADAMS CENTRAL 66 WABASH 51
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 59 BLUFFTON 42
WAPAHANI 49 FRANKTON 43
MONROE CENTRAL 63 ELWOOD 26
EASTERN HANCOCK 92 UNION COUNTY 43
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 53 CENTERVILLE 33
SOUTHMONT 67 RIVERTON PARKE 23
NORTH PUTNAM 71 CASCADE 57
GARY 21ST CENTURY 97 HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH 39
WASHINGTON TWP. 51 COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE) 49
TRITON 51 TRINITY GREENLAWN 34
CULVER 37 OREGON-DAVIS 28
WHITE RIVER VALLEY
WHITE RIVER VALLEY 42 CLAY CITY 40
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 73 BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE 37
INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN 66 INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE 56
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE 67 INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL 35
HAUSER 56 MORRISTOWN 45
OLDENBURG ACADEMY 56 SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) 46
INDEPENDENT STATE TOURNAMENT
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD 70 PURDUE POLY NORTH 60
THRIVAL INDY ACADEMY 68 PHALEN ACADEMY 66
BOYS SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS FRIDAY
LAKE CENTRAL SECTIONAL
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (10-11) AT LAKE CENTRAL (11-13)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (16-7) VS. MUNSTER (20-4)
CROWN POINT (17-5) AT PORTAGE (16-8)
MERRILLVILLE (9-14) VS. CHESTERTON (24-0)
LAPORTE (11-11) VS. MICHIGAN CITY (15-8)
PLYMOUTH (6-16) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (12-12)
NORTHRIDGE (13-10) VS. PENN (21-2)
GOSHEN (13-9) VS. CONCORD (12-10)
DEKALB (10-12) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (16-7)
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (2-20) VS. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (13-10)
NEW HAVEN (11-12) VS. HOMESTEAD (20-5)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (4-17) VS. FORT WAYNE SOUTH (13-10)
LOGANSPORT (3-18) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (20-4)
KOKOMO (15-7) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (18-6)
CARMEL (17-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (13-10)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-13) VS. WESTFIELD (19-6)
RICHMOND (10-14) VS. NEW PALESTINE (18-6)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (20-2) VS. ANDERSON (20-4)
NORTH CENTRAL SECTIONAL
WARREN CENTRAL (15-7) VS. LAWRENCE NORTH (16-6)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (20-6) VS. INDIANAPOLIS TECH (18-7)
BEN DAVIS SECTIONAL
PERRY MERIDIAN (8-13) VS. SOUTHPORT (13-11)
DECATUR CENTRAL (13-9) AT BEN DAVIS (19-6)
TH NORTH SECTIONAL
BROWNSBURG (15-8) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (21-4)
AVON (8-15) VS. PLAINFIELD (13-10)
WHITELAND (14-9) VS. FRANKLIN (9-14)
CENTER GROVE (10-12) VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL (9-13)
COLUMBUS NORTH (16-7) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (20-3)
EAST CENTRAL (15-7) VS. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (18-7)
SEYMOUR (15-6) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (8-11)
NEW ALBANY (11-11) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (18-4)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (10-11) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (12-9)
CASTLE (15-7) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (14-10)
CALUMET (13-9) VS. RIVER FOREST (9-12)
HANOVER CENTRAL (9-13) AT LIGHTHOUSE CPA (6-12)
KANKAKEE VALLEY SECTIONAL
NEW PRAIRIE (5-17) VS. KNOX (9-13)
WHEELER (2-20) VS. CULVER ACADEMY (16-7)
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-3) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (8-15)
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (12-10) VS. JOHN GLENN (23-1)
NORTHWESTERN (9-10) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (14-10)
MACONAQUAH (18-5) AT PERU (18-2)
WAWASEE (8-14) AT LAKELAND (5-17)
NORTHWOOD (22-2) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (14-9)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-17) VS. LEO (17-5)
WOODLAN (16-8) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (12-11)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (8-12) AT NORWELL (20-4)
OAK HILL (17-5) VS. BELLMONT (13-10)
NEW CASTLE SECTIONAL
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (10-11) VS. JAY COUNTY (20-4)
MUNCIE BURRIS (9-12) VS. YORKTOWN (8-14)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-20) VS. TRI-WEST (14-9)
DANVILLE (18-5) AT FRANKFORT (10-12)
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (20-3) AT EDGEWOOD (12-13)
NORTHVIEW (16-9) VS. OWEN VALLEY (9-12)
LEBANON (16-8) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (16-7)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (13-10) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (16-7)
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (11-10) VS. BEECH GROVE (16-6)
SPEEDWAY (7-14) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (16-8)
SOUTH DEARBORN (14-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (18-7)
GREENSBURG (21-4) VS. FRANKLIN COUNTY (17-5)
CORYDON CENTRAL (14-8) VS. NORTH HARRISON (17-3)
SILVER CREEK (12-12) VS. SCOTTSBURG (15-8)
WASHINGTON (12-10) VS. SULLIVAN (21-2)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (2-20) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (10-12)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (12-10) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-11)
BOONVILLE (9-13) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (15-9)
HAMMOND NOLL (9-12) VS. ANDREAN (8-14)
WHITING (0-19) AT LAKE STATION (20-3)
NORTH JUDSON SECTIONAL
HEBRON (13-9) VS. WESTVILLE (15-8)
NORTH JUDSON (19-5) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (4-18)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (13-8) VS. CENTRAL NOBLE (23-2)
FAIRFIELD (15-8) VS. EASTSIDE (24-1)
WHITKO (10-13) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (20-4)
ADAMS CENTRAL (15-7) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (9-14)
NORTH NEWTON (10-11) VS. LEWIS CASS (12-11)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (10-12) AT WINAMAC (9-13)
WESTERN BOONE SECTIONAL
ROSSVILLE (12-10) VS. CLINTON PRAIRIE (20-4)
CARROLL (FLORA) (20-1) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (14-12)
EASTBROOK (10-12) VS. MADISON-GRANT (13-10)
SHERIDAN (4-18) AT TIPTON (15-6)
WINCHESTER (13-8) VS. LAPEL (12-11)
WAPAHANI (19-4) VS. MONROE CENTRAL (22-0)
NORTHEASTERN (18-5) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (7-15)
EASTERN HANCOCK (18-5) VS. CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (8-12)
PARK TUDOR SECTIONAL
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (4-13) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (11-11)
UNIVERSITY (13-9) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (12-12)
SOUTH PUTNAM SECTIONAL
SOUTH PUTNAM (5-18) AT PARKE HERITAGE (15-9)
SOUTHMONT (17-6) VS. NORTH PUTNAM (19-4)
SOUTH RIPLEY SECTIONAL
SOUTH DECATUR (13-10) AT SOUTH RIPLEY (12-10)
TRITON CENTRAL (11-11) VS. NORTH DECATUR (13-10)
PROVIDENCE (15-6) VS. SWITZERLAND COUNTY (11-13)
CLARKSVILLE (7-15) AT SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (16-7)
TELL CITY SECTIONAL
EASTERN (PEKIN) (17-5) VS. PERRY CENTRAL (12-10)
TELL CITY (2-21) AT PAOLI (14-9)
NORTH KNOX SECTIONAL
MITCHELL (7-15) VS. SOUTH KNOX (14-8)
LINTON-STOCKTON (20-4) VS. EASTERN GREENE (7-16)
SOUTH SPENCER (18-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (15-6)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (9-13) VS. FOREST PARK (12-10)
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (12-10) AT KOUTS (14-10)
GARY 21ST CENTURY (19-4) VS. WASHINGTON TWP. (5-16)
LACROSSE (12-9) VS. ARGOS (16-5)
TRITON (16-7) AT CULVER (7-15)
ELKHART CHRISTIAN (12-10) VS. LAKEWOOD PARK (4-18)
BETHANY CHRISTIAN (11-12) AT FREMONT (15-8)
CASTON (15-7) VS. NORTH WHITE (19-3)
SOUTH NEWTON (9-13) VS. PIONEER (8-15)
SOUTHERN WELLS SECTIONAL
NORTH MIAMI (9-13) VS. SOUTHWOOD (12-11)
SOUTHERN WELLS (4-17) AT LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (14-10)
NORTH VERMILLION (8-15) VS. FAITH CHRISTIAN (11-10)
COVINGTON (16-6) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (15-9)
WES-DEL (11-10) AT LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (15-9)
COWAN (5-15) VS. DALEVILLE (13-9)
BLUE RIVER SECTIONAL
UNION (MODOC) (3-16) AT BLUE RIVER (13-10)
TRI (11-8) VS. RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (12-12)
EMINENCE (0-19) VS. BLOOMFIELD (18-6)
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (6-16) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (14-8)
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (15-6) AT TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (12-12)
INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (11-12) VS. INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE (16-9)
VICTORY COLLEGE PREP (1-22) VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (16-9)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (16-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (16-5)
WALDRON (12-10) VS. JAC-CEN-DEL (18-5)
HAUSER (10-13) VS. OLDENBURG ACADEMY (6-15)
BORDEN (14-7) AT ROCK CREEK ACADEMY (14-8)
SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) (8-15) VS. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (11-13)
MEDORA (4-19) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (10-13)
CROTHERSVILLE (3-19) AT EDINBURGH (20-3)
SHOALS (9-14) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (21-3)
BARR-REEVE (16-7) VS. ORLEANS (17-7)
SPRINGS VALLEY SECTIONAL
NORTHEAST DUBOIS (7-15) VS. CANNELTON (5-19)
EVANSVILLE DAY (8-13) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (20-3)
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#5 AUBURN 81 MISSISSIPPI STATE 68 OT
#14 ARKANSAS 77 LSU 76
CREIGHTON 64 #18 UCONN 62
TEXAS A&M 87 #25 ALABAMA 71
RUTGERS 66 INDIANA 63
FLORIDA STATE 74 NOTRE DAME 70
NORTH CAROLINA A&T 78 RADFORD 71 OT
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 79 UNC ASHEVILLE 78
HIGH POINT 84 HAMPTON 77 OT
ST. JOHN’S 81 XAVIER 66
CLEMSON 68 GEORGIA TECH 65
DAVIDSON 73 GEORGE MASON 62
OKLAHOMA STATE 53 IOWA STATE 36
LASALLE 49 ST. JOSEPH’S 48
LOUISIANA TECH 67 OLD DOMINION 54
LONG ISLAND 82 SACRED HEART 75
MASSACHUSETTS 81 FORDHAM 73
WESTERN KENTUCKY 86 MARSHALL 72
MOUNT ST. MARY’S 78 ST. FRANCIS NY 48
CHARLOTTE 60 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 56
SETON HALL 73 GEORGETOWN 68
ST. LOUIS 80 RHODE ISLAND 74
BRYANT 73 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 59
WAGNER 82 ST. FRANCIS PA 53
TENNESSEE STATE 77 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 62
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 81 SOUTHERN MISS 68
NEW ORLEANS 75 HOUSTON BAPTIST 74
NICHOLLS 86 TEXAS A&M – CC 75
CAMPBELL 75 PRESBYTERIAN 72 2OT
DEPAUL 91 MARQUETTE 80
MIAMI, FLORIDA 81 BOSTON COLLEGE 70
MARYLAND 84 MINNESOTA 73
WICHITA STATE 72 TULSA 62
STEPHEN F AUSTIN 73 NEW MEXICO STATE 71
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 62 CHICAGO STATE 53
WAKE FOREST 101 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 76
TENNESSEE TECH 78 AUSTIN PEAY 51
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#9 TEXAS 70 KANSAS 60
#19 OKLAHOMA 79 OKLAHOMA STATE 76
RUTGERS 75 PENN STATE 50
ILLINOIS 75 WISCONSIN 66
BALL STATE 75 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 69
BOWLING GREEN 69 KENT STATE 60
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 76 CHICAGO STATE 69 OT
EASTERN KENTUCKY 71 KENNESAW STATE 57
JACKSONVILLE 65 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 55
MANHATTAN 73 QUINNIPIAC 69 OT
MONMOUTH 52 MARIST 44
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 72 CHARLOTTE 65
OHIO 73 MIAMI OHIO 64
LEHIGH 64 NAVY 42
SOUTH FLORIDA 71 HOUSTON 38
TOLEDO 74 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 56
WESTERN MICHIGAN 68 EASTERN MICHIGAN 52
WICHITA STATE 84 TULANE 83 OT
TARLETON STATE 83 SAM HOUSTON 63
WEST VIRGINIA 74 KANSAS STATE 62 2OT
MARSHALL 80 WESTERN KENTUCKY 62
MEMPHIS 56. EAST CAROLINA 53
NORTHERN COLORADO 72 MONTANA 64 OT
NORTHERN ARIZONA 81 EASTERN WASHINGTON 67
TEMPLE 56 SMU 48
TEXAS TECH 83 TCU 79
NORTH FLORIDA 60 LIPSCOMB 42
UTAH STATE 96 FRESNO STATE 90 OT
AIR FORCE 70 SAN DIEGO STATE 46
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 88 GEORGIA STATE 79
WYOMING 69. COLORADO STATE 63 OT
SOUTHERN UTAH 74 IDAHO STATE 68
UCLA 73 USC 60
NEVADA 71 UNLV 64
IDAHO 73 PORTLAND STATE 68
DIXIE STATE 95 ABILENE 81
UTAH 66 CALIFORNIA 60
MONTANA STATE 65 SACRAMENTO 52
VANDERBILT 85 TEXAS A&M 69
CLEMSON 88 SYRACUSE 69
GEORGE WASHINGTON 54 ST. BONAVENTURE 49
TENNESSEE STATE 72 EASTERN ILLINOIS 61
ALABAMA 75 AUBURN 68
COLORADO 64 WASHINGTON 52
DUKE 55 PITTSBURGH 52
LITTLE ROCK 61 LOUISIANA MONROE 56
GEORGE MASON 65 ST. LOUIS 50
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 86 TENNESSEE MARTIN 84
OREGON STATE 59 ARIZONA STATE 54
BINGHAMTON 58 MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 48
ARMY 63 LOYOLA MARYLAND 55
BUCKNELL 91 COLGATE 59
CENTRAL FLORIDA 61 TULSA 48
HOLY CROSS 59 BOSTON 48
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 73 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 55
HOUSTON BAPTIST 56 NEW ORLEANS 47
STETSON 81 BELLARMINE 53
TEXAS STATE 80 S. ALABAMA 66
TEXAS A&M – CC 68 NICHOLLS 53
WAKE FOREST 61 VIRGINIA 53
LOUISIANA TECH 65 OLD DOMINION 62
BUFFALO 86 AKRON 60
AMERICAN 62 LAFAYETTE 48
INDIANA 122 ORLANDO 114 OT
CHARLOTTE 119 CLEVELAND 98
PHILADELPHIA 123 NEW YORK 108
NEW ORLEANS 125 SACRAMENTO 95
UTAH 132 HOUSTON 127 OT
MILWAUKEE 120 MIAMI 119
OKLAHOMA CITY 119 DENVER 107
PHOENIX 120 PORTLAND 90
BUFFALO 5 TORONTO 1
NY RANGERS 5 ST. LOUIS 3
DALLAS 4 LOS ANGELES 3
SEATTLE 4 NASHVILLE 3
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Seahawks say they’re not open for business on dealing Wilson
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pete Carroll says the Seattle Seahawks aren’t open for business when teams may inquire about the availability of quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason.
“That’s commonplace for us to have conversations with teams about all of the players, particularly marquee players, and that’s not changed,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “It’s been the same every year we’ve been here so it’s the same as it’s been. We have no intention of making any move there.”
Carroll was later even more definitive with his comments about Wilson’s status in Seattle. While meeting with local beat writers away from the podium, Carroll said general manager John Schneider has given a standard message when teams may call: “We’re not shopping the quarterback.”
This year has been mostly quiet to date on the Wilson front after last offseason where there was plenty of noise and ongoing speculation about his future with the Seahawks. Wilson stayed despite the conjecture and had one of the more challenging seasons of his career that included missing games because of a finger injury for the first time in his 10 seasons.
Wilson played in 14 games and threw for 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Seahawks finished 7-10, their first time with a losing record since Wilson’s arrival and missed the playoffs for just the second time. There could be heightened conversation about his future in Seattle next offseason as Wilson has two years remaining on his current contract with the Seahawks.
Carroll said he and Wilson have stayed in consistent communication through the offseason. There are a couple of significant questions for Seattle’s offense with free agency approaching, including whether left tackle Duane Brown or running back Rashaad Penny are brought back.
“There’s been a lot of talk and all that. That’s just this time of year. But I feel like we’re on a good page that we know what’s going on and we’re communicating really well still,” Carroll said.
Carroll also provided injury updates on wide receiver DK Metcalf, running back Chris Carson and safety Quandre Diggs. Diggs suffered a serious ankle injury in the final minutes of the season finale at Arizona, but should be recovered in time for training camps. Diggs is a free agent.
Carson didn’t play after Week 4 last season and underwent neck surgery. Carroll said Carson’s offseason workouts are going well.
Metcalf underwent foot surgery after the season for a prior issue. Metcalf had been limited in practice for most of the season because of the foot troubles.
“He did everything he could and he did admirably, remarkably well,” Carroll said of Metcalf. “But you can only get so much done. He’s still a young player. He’s still developing player and he’ll get better.”
Cardinals sign Kingsbury, Keim to long-term extensions
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim to extensions that keep them under contract with the team through 2027.
The moves give some security to the two men who helped guide the franchise to rapid improvement over the past three seasons, but who also oversaw a head-scratching collapse last season after a 10-2 start to the schedule.
“The leadership of both Steve and Kliff have been key factors in the team’s turnaround over the last three seasons,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “We are all looking forward to continuing that progress and recognize these two individuals will be a big part of achieving our long-term goals as an organization.”
Bidwill’s support for his coach and his general manager come during an offseason that’s developed into a surprise cold war between star young quarterback Kyler Murray and the franchise. The passive-aggressive spat has featured Murray wiping his social media account of any references to the Cardinals, and an all-caps letter from the quarterback’s agent Erik Burkhardt, who said that the quarterback wants to sign a long-term deal in Arizona.
Coincidentally, Burkhardt is also Kingsbury’s agent.
Murray is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. The Cardinals are expected to pick up his fifth-year option for 2023, but Murray appears to want an extension that mirrors other star young quarterbacks, such as Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who signed a six-year, $254 million deal last offseason.
However, Allen has won playoff games while Murray has not.
The Cardinals started last season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL with a 7-0 record and then a 10-2 mark. But Arizona lost four of its final five games and looked listless in a 34-11 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Murray had one of his worst games as a pro in his playoff debut, completing 19 of 34 passes for no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kingsbury was hired prior to the 2019 season, largely because of his expertise in dealing with quarterbacks. Murray, a Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the same offseason. The Kingsbury-Murray pairing has brought steady improvement, from 5-10-1 in 2019 to 8-8 in 2020 to 11-6 in 2021.
Keim is in his 23rd season with the Cardinals and ninth as the general manager after being elevated to the spot in 2013.
Suns rebound without Booker, Paul to rout Trail Blazers
PHOENIX (AP) Even without their All-Star backcourt, the Phoenix Suns are a heavy load to handle.
Cam Johnson scored 20 points, Deandre Ayton added 18 and the Suns became the first NBA team to 50 wins this season by easily beating the Portland Trail Blazers 120-90 on Wednesday night.
“It feels good,” Johnson said. “Fifty is a big benchmark in this league, but now we want to get to 60.”
That’s certainly a good possibility. The Suns just need to play .500 ball the rest of the regular season to reach 60 wins.
Phoenix won this one without starting guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Paul’s been out since Feb. 16 because of a broken thumb and could miss the rest of the regular season. Booker was placed in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols Wednesday, but the Suns didn’t flinch.
“We know how to adjust,” Ayton said.
Johnson was 6 of 8 from the field, and Ayton 9 of 12 to help Phoenix end a two-game skid and break a tie with Golden State for the NBA’s best home record at 27-7. Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder each added 15 points, with Bridges shooting 6 of 9.
Brandon Williams had a career-high 14 points for Portland. The depleted Trail Blazers have lost three straight since the All-Star break – all by at least 30 points – and fell to 25-37. They shot just 38.5% from the field and were hurt by 19 turnovers.
Portland is adjusting to an overhauled roster after a busy trade deadline. The Trail Blazers are without injured star Damian Lillard, and they traded their other high-scoring guard, CJ McCollum, to New Orleans.
“My biggest concern is just trying to get some continuity with our new guys and the guys we had here,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said. “That is the biggest thing for me. The problem is it’s tough to rush that. You have to get it when it comes and keep chipping away at it.”
The Suns led the entire second half and pulled away late in the third quarter, taking a 92-69 advantage into the fourth. They finished with 32 assists.
“We were moving the ball,” guard Cameron Payne said. “We played well. We’ve just got to keep it going.”
Phoenix trailed early in the second quarter but rallied for a 63-48 advantage by halftime. Bridges and Crowder both scored 13 points for the Suns, while Johnson added 11. Anfernee Simons led the Trail Blazers with 11 points before the break, but didn’t score in the second half.
The Suns honored radio announcer Al McCoy, in his 50th season with the franchise. His first broadcast was on Sept. 27, 1972, in a preseason game, and he’s been a fixture on the sideline ever since.
The 88-year-old has called three NBA Finals, in 1976, 1993 and 2021. The Suns played a tribute on the video board, complete with messages from former stars like Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Johnson and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Trail Blazers: Portland had a long inactive list that included Lillard, Eric Bledsoe, Joe Ingles, Nassir Little, Didi Louzada, Jusuf Nurkic and Justise Winslow. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.
Suns: Payne returned after missing 16 games with a sprained right wrist. He finished with five points and eight assists in 20 minutes. … G Landry Shamet made his eighth start of the year, replacing Booker. He had 12 points. … Hosted a sellout crowd for a 19th straight game. … Everyone on the Suns’ active roster scored. Six players were in double figures. … Crowder tied a career high with five steals.
Trail Blazers: At Minnesota on Saturday and Monday nights.
Suns: Host the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Harden shines in Philly home debut with 26 points vs Knicks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) James Harden saw the fake beards dangling from chins, oversized cutouts of his head waving above outstretched arms and heard 76ers fans shouting from the stands that they loved him.
Harden knew from his first step on the court that his nearly 14-month, three-team journey – that he in large part orchestrated – brought him exactly where he wanted to play.
“I just wanted to come out there and show my love back,” Harden said.
Much like the bushy beard that defines his image, Harden has grown on the 76ers.
Harden had a packed house in a frenzy from the moment he was introduced as “making his Philadelphia home debut,” then flashed his MVP form with 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 123-108 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey scored 25 points.
“We all just fit together,” Embiid said.
But the night belonged to the Beard.
The Sixers moved to 3-0 with Harden in the lineup and his dynamic duo hookup with Embiid has suddenly stamped the Sixers as legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.
“I feel like you can put me anywhere in the room and I can fit in,” Harden said. “Here is no different. Just see what you have and try your best to fit in. Be the best James Harden I can be in every aspect.”
Harden needed time to warm up to the new digs. His first points came with 5:32 left in the first quarter on, naturally, an and-1 conversion. He followed that with, yup, his step-back 3 to give him five fast points.
There was much more to showcase.
He scored 13 points in the second quarter and had fans shooting video on their phones.
Philly’s hype for the new arrival rivaled the anticipated first games over the last 25 years of Terrell Owens (Eagles) and Bryce Harper (Phillies). The Wells Fargo Center was jammed with 21,333 fans and tickets for a top seat — not far off from rapper Meek Mill’s courtside view — were sold for thousands on the secondary market.
Even director M. Night Shyamalan attended for the city’s biggest happening on the sports scene.
“It felt like a playoff atmosphere,” Embiid said. “I’ve given a lot of credit to Philly fans over the years and they’ve always come through, win or lose.”
The masks came off — and the beards went on. With Philadelphia dropping the indoor mask mandate, Sixers fans had faces clear to buy the $5 fake beards in team merchandise stores. The Sixers seemingly could have paid Harden’s salary on the amount of his gear sold alone before tipoff. Fans packed the stores and stands and picked up the new No. 1 jerseys, socks and T-shirts emblazoned with Harden’s image.
Sixers fans wore his jersey as they hanged over the tunnel to the locker room and waited for Harden to run out onto the court. With about an hour left in warmups, Harden emerged to a big ovation. He shot 3s and joked with coaches and teammates, oblivious to the expectations ahead.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers has built winners with Hall of Famers and All-Stars on his roster and understands the need to shut out the frenzy that followed Harden’s debut.
“I do the same job, the same work. It’s just that more people notice,” Rivers said. “I think when you get a guy like James and Joel together with what we have, with all of our other guys, our guys sense it, too. Not the hoopla, though. It’s that they have a real shot. You don’t get many of these.”
The Knicks, losers of 13 of 15 games, led at halftime and kept the lead early in the third. Embiid twice hit 3s that brought the Sixers within one. Then Philly got going. Maxey scored 11 points in the quarter and the Sixers outscored the Knicks 38-19 to finally grab the lead for good. Embiid, Maxey and even Georges Niang each hit two 3s in the quarter.
Knicks: New York is 9-20 against opponents over .500. … Kentucky coach John Calipari reunited for a brief chat with his former player, Julius Randle. … RJ Barrett scored 30 points.
“I just want us to lock into improvement. come in every day, put everything you have into it,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “That’s where our focus has to lie right now. We’ve got to get over the hump and close the games out. That’s our challenge. Keep growing, keep getting better ,learn from mistakes.”
76ers: Harden hit two 3-pointers. Ben Simmons, the All-Star he was traded from Brooklyn for, made five total in his four-year 76ers’ career.
The 76ers celebrated the 60th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. On March 2, 1962, at the Hershey Sports Arena, Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the floor and an un-Wilt-like 28 of 32 from the free throw line. He played all 48 minutes in the Philadelphia Warriors’ 169-147 win over the Knicks. Members of Chamberlain’s family helped ring the pregame bell.
BOOS TO BOOZE
Stateside Vodka, a Philly-based vodka company, had offered $25 gift cards as part of a trade-in for old Simmons jerseys. The company said Wednesday it received 352 jerseys that were donated to shelters in Brooklyn.
76ers: Host Cleveland on Friday.
Knicks: Open a six-game road trip — though the final game is in Brooklyn — on Friday in Phoenix.
Brandon Ingram scores 33 points, Pelicans roll past Kings
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 33 points on 15-of-19 shooting and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 125-95 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Ingram scored 28 of his points before being briefly forced out of the game by an elbow to the face from Damian Jones. But he returned in the fourth quarter to make a tough turnaround, a transition 3-pointer and a couple of heady assists that helped New Orleans snuff out any hope the Kings had of coming back.
“It was a normal basketball play where he was just trying to get to the rim; he caught me under by lip,” said Ingram, who received two stitches to close up the laceration. “I wanted to get back in the game, especially if the Kings made a run back at it. … I’d seen the ball go in a lot tonight, so I was just ready to get back out there.”
Ingram was named to his first and only All-Star game three seasons ago, when his coach was Alvin Gentry, now the interim coach for the Kings.
“Yes, I’m impressed,” Gentry said about Ingram. “Am I surprised? Heck no. I’ve seen that before.”
Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and CJ McCollum had 17 points and a season-high nine assists for the Pelicans. They’ve won three straight to remain firmly in contention for a Western Conference play-in spot.
Naji Marshall scored a season-high 17 points and rookie Herb Jones added 14 points to go with three blocks and two steals for New Orleans. The Pelicans shot 59.1% (52 of 88).
When Jones “has games like this, it triggers everybody,” Green said. “The kid is just continuing to improve. His confidence is growing and we’re blessed to have him.”
De’Aaron Fox scored 25 points and Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Kings, who’ve dropped five of six. Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pelicans opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter with a 17-5 run that included a pair of jumpers by Ingram, a dunk and layup by Valanciunas, a 3 by Jones and McCollum’s driving floater off the glass to ignite the pivotal surge.
Marshall opened the fourth with seven quick points, including a 3 and a reverse layup on a feed from McCollum to give New Orleans a 105-84 lead with 10:12 to go.
“There were too many fast breaks where we never got matched up,” Gentry said. “They got separation because of our transition defense.”
Defense was in short supply early. New Orleans shot 57.8% (26 of 45) in first half, with Sacramento not far behind at 50% (24 of 48).
Ingram hit 11 of his first 14 shots on a combination of mid-range jumpers and driving dunks, giving him 24 points in the first half.
“Not only did he get it going, but the guys were all looking for him,” Green said of Ingram. “Every time they got the ball, they were looking to run plays just to feed him. And it’s beautiful to watch the connectivity of our guys.”
Fox had 17 of his points in the first two periods, including five points in the final 1:20 of the second quarter pull Sacramento to 65-61 at halftime.
“In the first half, I think we did a good job,” Fox said. “BI made a lot of tough shots in the first half. And in the second half, they hit us first and they never looked back.”
Kings: Hit five of their first six 3s before missing three of their next 29 to finish 8 of 35 (22.9%). … Jeremy Lamb scored 12 points in a reserve role.
Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes scored 13 points, making five of six shots. … Outrebounded the Kings 50-38. … Valanciunas, in his 10th NBA season, scored his 9,000th career point on a banked 3-pointer that gave him five points in the first minute of the game.
The Pelicans wore yellow socks to symbolize their solidarity with Ukraine during a large-scale invasion of that country by Russian military.
Green said the idea came up in Los Angeles, where the Pelicans concluded a recent road trip on Sunday night against the Lakers.
Valanciunas, who is from Lithuania, along Russia’s western border, has been following the conflict closely and discussing it with teammates.
“It’s a big mess. We’re just trying to bring more attention,” Valanciunas said. “Innocent people are still dying. The whole world is talking about sanctions, support, prayers, but something else has to be done because the war is still going on.”
Kings: Visit San Antonio on Thursday night for their fourth stop on a five-game trip.
Pelicans: Host Utah on Friday night.
Mitchell, Conley lead Jazz to 132-127 OT win over Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) Donovan Mitchell had 37 points and Mike Conley scored nine points in overtime to help the Utah Jazz outlast the Houston Rockets 132-127 Wednesday night.
Rudy Gobert had 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Jazz won their third straight and ninth in the last 10 games.
Jalen Green scored 27 for the Rockets and Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds as their skid stretched to 11 games.
The Rockets were up by four points after making four free throws to start overtime before Mitchell had a three-point play, followed by a 3-pointer to put Utah up 123-121 with three minutes left.
The Rockets got a three-point play from Kevin Porter Jr. to regain the lead, but Conley made 3-pointers on consecutive possession to give Utah a 129-124 lead with just more than a minute left in OT.
“Shots weren’t falling for me throughout the game, so to get opportunities there late and to make those plays down the stretch … felt great to be able to deliver,” Conley said.
The Jazz missed three free throws before Conley made one to push the lead to six points. Green made a 3-pointer for Houston’s first points in two minutes that to cut the lead to 130-127, but Conley made two more free throws to secure the victory.
“To be down four at the start of OT and come back and win, that’s not lost on me and shouldn’t be lost on anybody,” coach Quin Snyder said.
The game was tied when Mitchell dished to Conley as he fell to the ground in the lane, and Conley knocked down a corner 3 to put Utah up 117-114 with 8.3 seconds to go in the fourth. Wood then made a desperation 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to send it to OT.
Snyder loved the way Conley and Mitchell worked together late in the game.
“Those two guys playing off each other like that is a real strength,” he said.
The Jazz had a big lead in the fourth quarter before the Rockets used a 12-2 run to get back in it and set up the exciting finish.
“This team has a lot of fight and a lot of character and a lot of grit, and we’re learning,” coach Stephen Silas said. “It’s unfortunate that we lost the game, but that’s really the only unfortunate part of tonight.”
The Jazz were up by six points with about three minutes to go before Houston used a 6-1 run, with the first five points from Wood, to cut the lead to 113-112 with about a minute remaining. Porter made one of two free throws after Wood’s work.
Mitchell made 1 of 2 free throws after that before Porter drove into the lane for a layup to tie it with 34.1 seconds to go.
Utah had a 14-point lead after a basket by Mitchell with about 6 1/2 minutes to go before the Rockets scored the next seven points, capped by a two-handed slam from Green, to get within 106-99.
Jordan Clarkson made two free throws for the Jazz and Kenyon Martin hit a 3-pointer for the Rockets before Gobert drew an offensive foul. Wood made a dunk a few seconds later to get Houston within 108-104 and spur Snyder to call a timeout with about 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Jazz: Conley finished with 15 points and eight assists. … Clarkson had 14 points. … Utah made 15 of 42 3s.
Rockets: Dennis Schroder sat out after spraining his right ankle Tuesday night. … Eric Gordon missed the game with groin soreness. … Jae’Sean Tate didn’t return after halftime because of a sore left ankle. … Alperen Sengun fouled out with about eight minutes remaining. … Porter had 16 points and 12 assists.
THEY SAID IT
Silas on his team forcing overtime after trailing by as many as 18 points Wednesday: “This group is something to be really proud of as a coach, as a fan, as someone who follows the Rockets.”
Jazz: Visit New Orleans on Friday night.
Rockets: Visit Denver on Friday night.
Holiday’s basket caps huge rally as Bucks stun Heat 120-119
MILWAUKEE (AP) Seemingly buried by the Miami Heat’s avalanche of 3-point shots, the Milwaukee Bucks maintained their championship mentality and never gave up hope they could rally.
Then they pulled off one of their most stirring comebacks of the season.
Jrue Holiday banked in a driving layup with 1.9 seconds left and the defending NBA champions rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final six minutes to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Heat 120-119 on Wednesday night.
“We’ve done it before,” said Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 28 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. “We did it against Boston. We were down 13 in the Christmas game (with five minutes left) and came back and won the game.”
It was a win the Bucks needed as they enter the toughest stretch of their schedule.
This marked the last of six straight home games for the Bucks, who now visit the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls and host the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns in their next two outings.
“We can’t really dwell on this win,” said Holiday, who had 25 points and 11 assists. “We accept it and we love it, but these games are not stopping.”
The Bucks outscored Miami 21-6 down the stretch to snap the Heat’s four-game winning streak. Miami, which shot 21 of 44 from 3-point range, led 119-116 and had the ball with less than 20 seconds left before everything fell apart.
“We did enough for 47 minutes and change to put ourselves in position to win this game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We just couldn’t close it out.”
Milwaukee’s winning flurry started when Bobby Portis got a steal that led to a 3-pointer from Khris Middleton that got the Bucks within one.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Antetokounmpo forced a jump ball against Jimmy Butler.
“I was able to get my hands on the ball, and at the end of the day, when you want to win, things just happen,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s just instinct talking.”
The Heat believed Antetokounmpo made enough contact on the play to warrant a foul call.
“I’m not going to go on a big rant about the officiating and all that,” Spoelstra said. “I’m just shocked. I’m shocked that wasn’t a foul on Jimmy as we were trying to inbound. We certainly had some other opportunities to be able to close out the game, particularly when we were up four. That’s just the way it goes. I have not looked at that. I just can’t imagine from my vantage point how that wasn’t a foul.”
Antetokounmpo won the tip and got it to Bobby Portis. The Bucks didn’t call a timeout and instead got the ball to Holiday, who worked his way to the other end of the court and made the winning basket.
“He’s so good at getting in the paint and creating and finishing,” said Middleton, who scored 26 points. “At that point, we said there was going to be no timeout, so whoever got it, which we knew was going to be Jrue with the tip, the way we were lined up, just give him space and let him create. He did a great job putting his head down to the basket and making a big layup for us to get the win.”
The Heat had no timeouts left, and Tyler Herro missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer. It was a disappointing finish to a spectacular night from Herro, who scored 30 points and shooting 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Gabe Vincent had 21, Bam Adebayo 18, Duncan Robinson 15 and Caleb Martin 12 for the Heat. Bobby Portis scored 15 for the Bucks.
Miami appeared to have the game in hand when it took a 113-99 lead with a 9-0 run that featured two 3-pointers from Vincent and one from Herro.
But the Bucks wouldn’t go away and finally stole the victory in the closing seconds.
Heat: Miami played its 35th road game Wednesday and goes back on the road to face Brooklyn on Thursday. The Heat have played the most road games of any NBA team. After the trip to Brooklyn, the Heat will be at home for 11 of their next 12 games. … Kyle Lowry missed a second straight game due to personal reasons.
Bucks: Mike Budenholzer earned his 200th win as the Bucks coach. He owns a 200-90 record in four seasons at Milwaukee and is 413-287 in nine seasons overall.
Heat: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The Heat are 2-0 against the Nets this season after winning 106-93 in Brooklyn on Oct. 27 and 115-111 in Miami on Feb. 12.
Bucks: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday in their first road game since Feb. 10. In their only previous matchup this season, the Bucks beat the Bulls 94-90 on Jan. 21 in Milwaukee.
Gilgeous-Alexander, Roby lead Thunder by Nuggets, 119-107
DENVER (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points, Isaiah Roby added a career-high 26 and the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder beat the heavily favored Denver Nuggets 119-107 on Wednesday night.
The Thunder were a 14-point underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but clamped down on all of Denver’s starters not named Nikola Jokic. The ploy allowed them to lead by double digits in the fourth quarter, weather a run and then pull away late to snap Denver’s six-game winning streak.
Already missing several key players, Oklahoma City scratched forward Derrick Favors due to a sore lower back before the game. The Thunder found a way to neutralize Denver behind the shooting of Gilgeous-Alexander, Roby and Vit Krejci, who combined for 10 3-pointers.
“We needed everybody’s contributions to win the game tonight. But I also think games like this, when you’re down as many guys as we are, it builds confidence in what we’re doing,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “It builds confidence in our identity and our style, knowing that if we lean back on that, it can be effective regardless of who we have on the court.”
The Thunder entered the game last in the league from 3-point range at 31.2%. But they hit 16 of 29 and Gilgeous-Alexander’s step-back deep shot with 1:27 left sent the fans to the exits.
The Thunder had their double-digit lead trimmed to 99-98, only to go on a 7-0 run that was punctuated by a dunk from Aleksej Pokusevski.
“I could give a (expletive) about the offense,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “That kind of defense is embarrassing. The effort that was put forth tonight was embarrassing.”
Jokic led Denver with 22 points and 16 rebounds on a night when no other starter scored in double figures. The starters were a combined 1 of 25 from 3-point range. Reserves Bryn Forbes and Bones Hyland were keys to keeping Denver in the game as the second unit played heavy minutes. Hyland had 19 and Forbes 18.
“The box score speaks for itself. They were 1 for 25 from 3 as a starting group. Every guy was negative-20 in their plus-minus,” Malone said of the starting five. “Thank goodness for our bench unit. They got us back into the game in the first half and got us back into the game in the second half. The starting unit was just not here tonight.”
Malone warned his team about letting off the accelerator against a depleted Oklahoma City team.
“Every game is not easy. It’s an uneasy business,” Malone said. “You always try to prepare your players not to exhale and not to look past this opponent. Because we all know what happens when you do that.”
Thunder: Pokusevski had 11 rebounds. … G Tre Mann added 13 points and F Darius Bazley 12.
Nuggets: C DeMarcus Cousins wore a salmon-colored sneaker on one foot and a neon green version on the other. Cousins fell to 10-1 in games in which he’s played for the Nuggets. … G Will Barton finished 0 for 9 from 3-point range to remain one behind J.R. Smith’s mark of 768 for most in Nuggets history.
Both Michael Porter Jr. (back) and Jamal Murray (knee) are making steady progress, with Porter recently playing 1-on-1 at practice.
“I don’t have a timeline for either one of those guys, but I do know that they are both inching closer to a potential return and that’s exciting,” Malone said.
Malone cautioned it may take a little time for them to get back up to speed. That may be especially true for Murray, who’s been sidelined since tearing the ACL in his left knee last April.
“You have to temper the excitement of getting Jamal back with the realization that he’s not going to be the same Jamal right away,” Malone explained. “You take anybody away from something they love for a year, there’s going to be baby steps.”
Roby didn’t realize how short-handed his team was – until he sat down.
“Saw how much space there was on the bench,” Roby cracked.
Thunder: Begin a three-game homestand Friday against Minnesota.
Nuggets: Host Houston on Friday.
Durant expected to return for Nets on Thursday against Heat
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant is expected to return from a left knee injury that has sidelined him since mid-January when the Brooklyn Nets host the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Durant wasn’t listed on the injury report Wednesday by the Nets, who tweeted a picture of Durant with a caption “The return.”
It’s a desperately needed one for the Nets, who have fallen apart without their superstar forward and tumbled all the way to eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn is 5-16 since Durant sprained his left medial collateral ligament Jan. 15. The Nets were 27-15 at the time, second in the East.
Durant is averaging 29.3 points. He was leading the league at the time but would now rank third behind Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo if he had played enough games to qualify.
Suns’ Booker out, enters NBA’s health and safety protocol
PHOENIX (AP) All-Star guard Devin Booker has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol and will miss the Phoenix Suns’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
The Suns made the announcement at the team’s shootaround.
Booker is a three-time All-Star and the team’s leading scorer, averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists. The 25-year-old’s absence is another blow to the Suns, who are also missing fellow All-Star guard Chris Paul.
Paul broke his thumb on Feb. 16 and could miss the rest of the regular season, though the team is hopeful he’ll return before the playoffs. The Suns have struggled without Paul, losing two of three games. Phoenix has the best record in the NBA at 49-12 and is trying to claim the top spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Suns have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Golden State Warriors with about 20 games left in the regular season.
No. 5 Auburn holds off Mississippi State 81-68 in overtime
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) K.D. Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime, Jabari Smith had 27 points overall and No. 5 Auburn held off Mississippi State 81-68 in overtime Wednesday night.
With the win, the Tigers (26-4, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) clinched at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship. It marks the fourth SEC title for Auburn and the program’s first since the 2017-18 season.
“It means so much to us because this league is so good,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “You know, there are about seven or eight teams that could have won this thing. The fact that Auburn put itself in this position is just incredible.”
Smith tied the game at 61 in the final minute of regulation, but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. But Johnson scored the first 10 points of overtime to help the Tigers pull away.
Smith also finished with 10 rebounds for the Tigers and was 9 of 13 from the field. Zep Jasper also added 11 points for Auburn and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
“(Smith) is one of the great competitors I’ve ever coached,” Pearl said. “You could look at his jump shot and you can look at all the other things about him. But that is one competitive talent. He wants the ball, he’s not afraid of the moment and I’m gonna just trust him.”
Tolu Smith had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Iverson Molinar had 14 points and five assists for Mississippi State (17-13, 8-9).
The Bulldogs missed all 13 attempts from 3-point range while Auburn was 10 of 26 behind the arc. Mississippi State did outrebound the Tigers 50-32, including 21 offensive rebounds. Andersson Garcia finished with a career-best 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs and added eight points.
“It was a tough loss and we’ve said that too many times this year,” Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. “We outboarded them by 18, but we had too many turnovers (20). I blame myself for the looks we didn’t get down the stretch.
“Obviously, our 3-point shooting is impacting us. We are now 1 of 33 in the last three games. It is disappointing. It is frustrating for everyone.”
Auburn jumped on Mississippi State right out of the gate and did most of the damage from 3-point range. Jasper made his third 3-pointer of the half with 10:33 remaining and gave the Tigers a 23-10 advantage.
The Tigers led by as many as 19 in the first half and led 40-28 at halftime.
Auburn shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half and had 12 first-half assists. The Tigers shot 56% overall in the first half, but were outrebounded 20-16.
Mississippi State shot just 39% in the opening half and missed all nine attempts behind the 3-point arc.
However, Mississippi State used a 32-10 run that spanned over two halves and took a 54-49 lead with 7:20 left in regulation. The Bulldogs also had a chance to win late in regulation, but failed to score on their last two offensive possessions.
Auburn: The Tigers snapped a three-game road losing streak in the SEC and did so at the perfect time. Auburn finished with a 7-3 road record in the league.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs’ shooting woes from 3-point territory continued. Against Auburn, the Bulldogs were 0 of 13 beyond the arc and over the past three games, Mississippi State is just 1 of 33 from 3-point range in that stretch.
Auburn: Closes the regular season on Saturday and will host South Carolina.
Mississippi State: Concludes the regular season Saturday at Texas A&M.
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim says there’s a plan for retirement
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday on a sports radio call-in show that there’s a plan in place for when he steps down.
“There’s a plan,” Boeheim told ESPN Radio in Syracuse. “I’m just telling you there’s a plan.”
Boeheim did not reveal any details of the arrangement because that could have an effect on recruiting. He said the university will decide when to make it public and he expects to have input on the selection of his replacement.
The 77-year-old Boeheim, the second-winningest coach in Division I history with 997 victories, behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, is nearing the end of his 46th season at the helm. He has said repeatedly that he intends to coach next season with a handful of freshmen enrolling.
“I think if I said I’m quitting now, after giving my word to these players, to me it would look like, `Oh, they’ve had a bad year, so he’s just going to quit,'” Boeheim said Saturday night after a lopsided home loss to Duke. “That’s what it would look like to me. Maybe not to you. Maybe not to someone else. But that’s what I would see. `He’s given his word to these players, he’s healthy, he feels great, but they’re having a bad year, so he’s just going to quit’.”
Syracuse (15-15) has one game remaining in the regular season, against Miami on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, before the ACC Tournament begins. Boeheim has never had a losing season.
“At the end of the day, I can promise you that I’m trying to leave this program in the best position that it can be in when I leave,” Boeheim said. “I think we will be able to do that.”
This is the second plan for Boeheim’s retirement. When Syracuse was hit with NCAA sanctions in 2015 and Boeheim had 101 of his victories vacated, former assistant coach Mike Hopkins was designated to succeed him. Instead, after 25 years with the program as a player and a coach, Hopkins suddenly departed in March 2017 when he was offered the job at Washington and Boeheim continued to coach the Orange.
Patrick Ewing gets statement of support from Georgetown AD
WASHINGTON (AP) Georgetown men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing received a public show of support from athletic director Lee Reed on Wednesday, hours before the team was going to try to end its school-record 18-game losing streak.
After acknowledging the “disappointment of a difficult season,” Reed went on to say in his statement: “In this ever evolving landscape of college athletics we are committed to Coach Ewing, and we are working with him to evaluate every aspect of the men’s basketball program and to make the necessary changes for him to put us back on the path to success for next year.”
Ewing is a former Hoyas star center whose first stint as a head coach at any level has included just one NCAA Tournament appearance and a wave of player transfers over five mostly unsuccessful seasons.
Heading into Wednesday night’s Big East game at Seton Hall, Georgetown had a 6-22 record, including 0-17 in conference play. There is one more regular-season game after that on the schedule, on Saturday at Xavier.
The school record for most men’s basketball losses in a season is 23, set in 1972 – the season before John Thompson Jr. became the head coach at Georgetown and started a tenure that included the 1984 NCAA championship and two other Final Four appearances with Ewing manning the paint.
Georgetown already has broken the school mark of 15 Big East losses; the worst winless season in conference history was 0-18, done by Miami in 1994 and DePaul in 2009.
Overall, the Hoyas are 68-81 under Ewing, with just one season above .500: They went 19-14 in 2018-19, when they were invited to the NIT and lost their opener to Harvard.
The unquestioned – and some might say only true – highlight of Ewing’s time in charge was a surprising, four-wins-in-four-days run to the Big East Tournament title after entering with a 9-12 record and as a No. 8 seed in 2021. He became the first person to win the event as both a player and a coach.
The conference tournament title provided the Hoyas with their lone trip to the NCAAs under Ewing, but it ended quickly with a 96-73 loss to Colorado in the first round.
“Coach Ewing’s dedication as well as his success in last year’s Big East Tournament is a testament to his leadership,” Reed said. “This gives us confidence that he can strengthen our program going forward.”
After an 86-77 loss to UConn in Georgetown’s home finale last Sunday, Ewing was asked about his job status.
“Of course I want to be back here,” Ewing said. “But in this position and this job, whatever happens will happen. I’m hoping that I’ll be back and doing something that I love at a place that I love and getting us back to being the king of the hill.”
Pelicans: Zion Williamson’s foot improving, but no timetable
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Zion Williamson’s recovery from a right foot injury has improved to the point where he can gradually resume basketball activities, the New Orleans Pelicans said Wednesday.
However, there remains no timetable for when he might play in a game.
The announcement came after physicians examined recent imaging of Williamson’s foot and saw evidence of “improved bone healing.”
Williamson, who averaged a team-high 27 points and was an All-Star last season, was trying to return to practice in mid-December from an injury that occurred during the summer. But imaging of his foot at that time revealed a setback and the club said Williamson would stop practicing and focus on healing.
Williamson then received a “biologic injection” meant to improve bone healing. And with the Pelicans’ permission, Williamson left New Orleans in early January to continue his recovery on his own in Oregon.
Drafted first overall out of Duke in 2019, Williamson played in just 24 games as a rookie because of a preseason right knee injury (lateral meniscus). In his second season, he played in 61 of 72 games.
He hurt his foot last summer while performing basketball drills with his stepfather, with whom he has entrusted his offseason training.
The Pelicans revealed the injury on the first day of training camp in September, saying they hoped he’d be ready to play by the regular-season opener on Oct. 20. Williamson initially agreed with that timeline, which has since proved overly optimistic by at least five months.
Without Williamson, the Pelicans started 1-12 but have steadily climbed into contention for a Western Conference playoff berth. They also acquired high-scoring guard CJ McCollum from Portland two days before the NBA trade deadline with the aim of consolidating their recent gains in the standings.
After losing four of five games after the trade, the Pelicans returned from the All-Star break with consecutive lopsided victories at Phoenix and at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Entering Wednesday night’s home game against Sacramento, the Pelicans (25-36) and Portland (25-36) were tied for the 10th and final play-in spot in the West with 21 regular season-games remaining.
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It felt like déjà vu for the Pacers for much of Wednesday night in Orlando.
After being outscored 35-19 in the third quarter in a loss to the Magic on Monday, the Pacers once again struggled after halftime. Orlando outpaced Indiana 29-18 in the third quarter on Wednesday.
But this time around, the Pacers fought back. Indiana rallied from an 18-point deficit to take a lead late in the fourth quarter. Some late-game miscues allowed the Magic to force overtime, but the Pacers (22-42) made the plays needed in the extra session to come away with a 122-114 victory.
It certainly helped that the Pacers had Malcolm Brogdon this time around. The sixth-year guard sat out Monday’s game on the second night of a back-to-back as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury, but he was back on the court Wednesday and a key catalyst in Indiana’s comeback.
Brogdon tallied 31 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 41 minutes to help Indiana split a two-game set with Orlando (15-48).
“Best player on the floor tonight,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s our old pro. He’s the best all-around player on our team and when he plays it’s a different ball game out there.”
Tyrese Haliburton (21 points and six assists) and Buddy Hield (17 points, five boards, three assists, and two steals) also played key roles down the stretch.
The Pacers trailed 91-76 entering the fourth quarter, but mounted a charge in the final frame. Hield buried a 3-pointer, Duane Washington Jr. converted a three-point play, and then Brogdon — playing into the fourth quarter for the first time since returning from injury — knocked down a trey during a 9-0 run in less than 70 seconds to bring Indiana back within six with 8:19 to play.
“Tonight was a night to test it,” he said of building up strength in his Achilles. “We’d been sitting out the fourth quarter of the last couple games, so tonight was the night to push it and see how it responded. And so far it’s responded really well.”
Terrence Ross answered with a three for Orlando, but the Blue & Gold continued their run. Back-to-back baskets by Brogdon and Hield forced an Orlando timeout. After the break, Hield’s 3-pointer made it a 97-95 game with 6:53 remaining.
Brogdon came up with a steal on the other end and the Pacers had three looks to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t convert. Franz Wagner scored on the other end, but Brogdon came right back down and drilled a three to make it a one-point game. After the Pacers forced a stop, Brogdon drove left to the baseline, then kicked out to Haliburton on the right wing.
The 22-year-old knocked down the three just as the clock ticked under five minutes, giving the visitors their first lead since it was 2-0 at the start of the night.
The Magic tied the game twice over the next couple minutes and moved back in front at 106-104 on Wagner’s jumper with 2:20 remaining. Brogdon drew a foul on Mo Bamba at the rim on the other end and hit both free throws to knot the score once again.
After Wagner missed a hook shot, Hield dished to Haliburton on the left wing and the second-year guard once again delivered, knocking down another go-ahead triple.
Magic rookie Jalen Suggs got to the rim and scored on the other end to cut Indiana’s lead to one. Brogdon then missed a layup, opening the door for Orlando, but the Pacers locked down with stout defense, forcing Magic guard Cole Anthony into a desperate heave that resulted in a shot clock violation with 26.7 seconds left.
The Magic elected to foul Brogdon, who hit the first but missed the second with 16.6 seconds left. Orlando pushed the break, with Anthony getting to the rim. He missed, but Bamba was there for the tying putback with 5.8 seconds remaining.
Brogdon raced back the other way and nearly won the game with a reverse layup, but it bounced up off the rim and out as the buzzer sounded, sending the game to overtime.
Both teams managed just one basket over the first three minutes of the extra session. The Pacers surged ahead with 1:52 left in overtime, after Haliburton drove and kicked to Hield for three.
On Indiana’s next possession, Brogdon missed a stepback jumper, but Oshae Brissett corralled the offensive rebound, then kicked out to Haliburton for another trey to extend Indiana’s lead to 118-102 with 1:05 left. Orlando never got back within one possession the rest of the way.
Second-year big man Jalen Smith tallied a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for Indiana in the win. Rookie center Isaiah Jackson went 8-for-8 from the field and amassed 16 points and seven boards in 23 minutes before fouling out.
Bamba got the Magic off to a fast start. The fourth-year center connected on his first four shots, including two 3-pointers as well as an old-fashioned three-point play, tallying 11 points as Orlando jumped out to an 18-8 lead.
The Pacers clawed back, trimming the deficit to 24-20 with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter. But the Magic outscored Indiana 7-2 in the final minute of the frame to take a 31-22 lead into the second quarter.
The Magic used a 7-0 run early in the ensuing quarter to stretch their lead to 43-30, but the Blue & Gold fought back once again. Back-to-back dunks by Jackson and Hield made it a 51-47 game with 3:18 to play in the first half. After Bamba scored on the other end, Hield knocked down a three to make it a three-point game.
Indiana got within two a short while later following a layup by Brogdon, but that would be the closest they would get in the half. Orlando took a 62-58 lead into halftime.
The hosts broke the game open shortly after the intermission. Rookie of the Year candidate Wagner scored 10 points — including a pair of 3-pointers — as the Magic opened the second half with a 14-4 run.
Orlando led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter and dominated the frame, outscoring Indiana by 11 to take a 91-76 lead into the fourth, but the Pacers turned things around from there.
“We started moving it better,” Carlisle said. “Our unselfishness on offense energized our defense and we were able to make a run. Almost had the thing won in regulation, then obviously a great job in overtime closing it out.”
Wagner led six Magic players in double figures with 28 points, going 10-for-18 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Bamba (19 points and 12 rebounds) and Wendell Carter Jr. (13 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists) both recorded double-doubles for Orlando in the loss.
The Pacers will wrap up a four-game road trip this weekend, playing in Detroit on Friday and Washington on Sunday.
Inside the Numbers
Brogdon’s 31 points were a new season high, surpassing the 30 he scored in a win in Utah on Nov. 11.
Smith recorded his third double-double in eight games since being traded to Indiana and set a new career high with 15 rebounds.
The Pacers committed 17 turnovers over the first three quarters, but had just one total giveaway between the fourth quarter and overtime.
Haliburton started the night 0-for-5 from 3-point range, but went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter and overtime, with all three of his makes giving Indiana the lead.
You Can Quote Me On That
“Malcolm’s a bucket. He’s the leader of our team. So whenever we’re in situations like that we always look to him to do his thing.” -Smith on Brogdon’s play down the stretch
“We were able to defend, play with urgency, and continue to play the right way. I feel like we’ve had streaks of really good basketball but haven’t really put it together other than the Boston game as of late. Tonight was another game where we didn’t really put it together, but we put it together at the right time.” -Brogdon on the keys to the comeback
“It was all Buddy. Coming into the huddle, he kept telling us to not lose our energy. And then when the guys got back on the court, he was like, ‘If we get it down to a certain number of points, we can win this game.’ Everybody stuck to that. We just all dug down deep.” -Smith on Hield building confidence ahead of the comeback
“Tyrese Haliburton was having a struggling game all night long. Came back into the fourth and banged in two big threes, then banged one in in overtime. They were enormous, enormous plays.” -Carlisle on Haliburton’s shotmaking
“He’s playing well. This is a great opportunity for him. He’s playing two positions, he’s doing a lot of great things on both ends of the floor. He’s come out of his shell as a player on this team. He’s showing some real emotion and some real grit out there.” -Carlisle on Smith’s strong play
Stat of the Night
Brogdon (16 points), Haliburton (12), and Hield (11) combined for 39 of Indiana’s 46 points over the fourth quarter and overtime.
With Wednesday’s win, the Pacers avoided being swept by the Magic in the season series for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Indiana is now 4-4 on the season in overtime games.
Pacers rookie guard Chris Duarte did not play Wednesday after aggravating an injury to his left big toe on Monday.
The Pacers head to Detroit to take on Cade Cunningham and the Pistons on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 PM ET.
LEGUERRIER AND MORRIS ASSIGNED TO THE FUEL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Tuesday that goaltender Cale Morris has been reassigned to the Indy Fuel. Additionally, defenseman Jacob LeGuerrier has been assigned to the Fuel from the IceHogs.
LeGuerrier, 21, comes to Indy having played in 32 ECHL contests this season. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound defenseman has earned three goals, seven assists and 22 penalty minutes in his time with the Fuel. Skating in four games for the IceHogs this season, Leguerrier has earned a plus-2 rating.
Morris, 25, returns to the Fuel after signing an NHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on New Year’s Eve. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound goaltender has appeared in four games for the IceHogs this season registering a 2.96 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage. Through 14 games with the Fuel, Morris has amassed a 2.82 goals-against average and a.898 save percentage.
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Hoosiers Drop Final Home Contest to Rutgers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Seventy minutes before tipoff of Wednesday night’s Senior Night game with major NCAA tourney implications for Indiana and Rutgers, a rainbow glowed over Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall.
For those who saw basketball life in Cream ‘n Crimson terms, it was a sign.
The big question — of what?
Three-plus hours later, the answer glowed from the huge state-of-the-art scoreboard above Branch McCracken Court:
Rutgers 66, Indiana 63.
Seconds after Hoosier senior guard Parker Stewart appeared to force overtime with a tying three-pointer, Rutgers forward Ron Harper Jr. hit the game winner.
That spoiled the Senior Night moment for Stewart and Race Thompson and dropped the Hoosiers to 18-11 overall, 9-10 in the Big Ten with the regular season finale at Purdue on Saturday, and then next week’s conference tourney in Indianapolis.
“It hurts,” coach Mike Woodson said. “You want to win for Race and Parker.
“It’s a special night for them. I remember playing my last game in this build and wining a Big Ten title.
“We fell short. Give Rutgers credit. They’ve beaten some good teams.”
It was IU’s sixth loss by either overtime or by eight or fewer points.
Still, don’t tell Jackson-Davis the Hoosiers can’t win close games. They have, most memorably against Purdue, 68-65.
“Obviously, we’re not finishing games, but we’re in every game,” Jackson-Davis said. “It comes down to the last four minutes, we’ve got to get that one stop. You’ve got to get that one possession, because that one possession can beat you.
“Down the stretch, that’s what we’ve got to hone in on. We’ve got to get one stop. We’ve got to get one bucket to finish the game.”
IU had punished the Scarlet Knights (17-12, 11-8) in the first half by going inside to Jackson-Davis and Thompson.
Rutgers took that away in the second half, and the Hoosiers lacked the perimeter firepower to take advantage. Stewart and Miller Kopp combined for 3-for-16 shooting. Guards Xavier Johnson, Rob Phinisee and Tamar Bates combined for 6-for-16.
“Trayce was beating the double teams early,” Woodson said. “They sagged and forced us to make shots. We had good looks. We just didn’t knock them down.
“I went with senior guys in a critical game and we fell a little short.”
Jackson-Davis led with 19 points and nine rebounds. Thompson added 12 points.
Harper Jr, who had beaten Purdue with a half-court shot earlier in the season, finished with 19 points.
“I though Race played good defense,” Jackson-Davis said about Harper’s game-winning shot. “Ron hit a tough shot. There’s only so much you can do.”
Added Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell: “We made the big stops when we had to. Made the big plays.”
IU and Rutgers met for the first time this season with major postseason implications given both projected on the NCAA tourney bubble.
What did the loss do to Hoosier chances?
“I don’t know,” Woodson said. “Purdue is next. If we win that big game, it puts us back in the mix.
“I have no idea of the selection. We’ll probably have to win some games in the Big Ten tourney. It’s not over. We have to keep fighting.”
Added Jackson-Davis: “Purdue is what we’re worried about. After that, it’s the Big Ten Tournament. When that’s all said and down, then we’ll talk about the NCAA Tournament.”
IU bolted to a 14-6 lead behind 55.6 percent shooting and a 7-1 rebounding edge. Jackson-Davis had nine of those points. Thompson had five.
A minute later, Jackson-Davis added a steal and dunk as the Hoosiers showcased their Big Ten-leading defense. Only a pair of three-pointers kept Rutgers within early range, trailing 16-12.
IU couldn’t build a bigger lead, and Rutgers couldn’t earn one of its own.
With 10 seconds left in the half, Jordan Geronimo hit a tough turnaround jumper to push the Hoosiers ahead 32-22. Geo Baker responded with a long three-pointer to cut IU’s lead to seven at halftime.
Jackson-Davis led with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Rutgers actually shot better – 48 percent to 41 percent – but the Hoosiers were 6-for-7 from the line to the Scarlet Knights 0-for-4.
IU pushed ahead 37-28 three minutes into the second half. Rutgers pushed back with a 10-0 run thanks in part to four Hoosier turnovers.
Then Thompson scored. Johnson followed with a steal, a basket and a free throw, then another steal and a dunk for a 44-38 score.
Indiana was restored Cream ‘n Crimson order.
Then it was lost. With five minutes left, the score was tied at 52-52.
Geronimo hit a short jumper. Rutgers tied it. Johnson hit a long two-pointer, then helped force a Scarlet Knights turnover, but the Hoosiers couldn’t capitalize.
Baker responded with his third three-pointer for a 57-56 Rutgers lead as the clock ticked under two minutes. The Scarlet Knights’ Clifford Omoruyi, a 60-percent percent free throw shooter, made a pair of them. IU countered with two from Jackson-Davis.
Omoruyi hit two more free throws for a 61-58 score. With 19.2 seconds left, a foul was called on Johnson and a flagrant 2 foul called on Rutgers’ Paul Mulcahy, who was ejected.
Aundre Hyatt hit two free throws for a 63-58 Rutgers lead. Kopp hit the two technical free throws to cut the lead to three, and IU had the ball.
Stewart missed one wide open three-pointer, but hit a second to tie the score. Harper Jr. then hit the game winner.
“We have to clean up this game and see where we can get better,” Woodson said. “Then we’ll start on Purdue.”
5-seed Indiana To Face 13-seed Rutgers To Open Big Ten Tournament Play
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – 5-seed Indiana will open up play in the Big Ten Tournament second round against 13-seed Rutgers on Thursday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Tip is set for approximately 1:50 p.m. ET on BTN.
5-seed (#14/12) INDIANA (19-7) VS. 13-SEED RUTGERS (11-19)
Thursday, March 3, 2022 • 1:50 p.m. ET
Gainbridge Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.
ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers advanced to Thursday’s second round in a 75-50 rout of Penn State on Wednesday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights are led by Osh Brown’s 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. They are a team known for their defense, holding opponents to a league-leading 58.6 points per game this season.
Rutgers leads 6-5
3/6/20 – W, 78-60 (Indianapolis)
Indiana has been the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament twice before, the last time in 2002 – when it won the tournament title. All-time the Hoosiers are 4-1 as the 5-seed, including in the first ever league tournament in 1995 when it reached the semifinals.
Five Hoosiers earned spots on All-Big Ten teams in the league’s annual postseason awards, announced on Tuesday. Senior guard Grace Berger (first team), senior forward Aleksa Gulbe (second team), junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (second team), graduate student Nicole Cardaño-Hillary (second team and honorable mention) and graduate student guard Ali Patberg (honorable mention) all earned postseason honors. It marked the first time in program history the Hoosiers have placed five on all-conference teams.
Cardaño-Hillary earned a spot on the All-Defensive team in addition to her second team honors. She is the third player under eighth year head coach Teri Moren to land on the five-person defensive team.
All-time in the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers are 19-28 and 1-1 against Rutgers in the postseason tournament.
This will be the first time this season Indiana and Rutgers will meet, having its only other scheduled meeting this season on Dec. 30 postponed due to Scarlet Knight health and safety protocols. The two teams last met in the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, where IU defeated Rutgers, 78-60.
The winner of Thursday’s second round advances to Friday’s semifinal against No. 4 Maryland at approximately 2 p.m. ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Indiana Wrestling Set to Compete in Big Ten Championships
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling will compete in the Big Ten Wresting Championships in Lincoln, Neb. from March 5-6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The first session will include the first round, quarterfinals, and wrestlebacks and start at 11 a.m. on March 5.
On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced the preliminary seeding for the Big Ten Championships.
The seed list will not be completely finalized until later this week, though.
For now, the Hoosiers are seeded as follows:
Jacob Moran (125): No. 12
Brock Hudkins (133): No. 6
Cayden Rooks (141): No. 13
Graham Rooks (149): No. 9
Derek Gilcher (157): No. 11
Kasper McIntosh (165): No. 13
Nick South (174): No. 12
Donnell Washington (184): No. 9
Nick Willham (197): No. 13
Jacob Bullock (285): No. 10
BIG TEN BREAKDOWN:
Of the field of all Big Ten participants, Penn State owns the top seeded wrestler at four weight classes (133, 141, 174, and 184).
Ohio State has two top seeded wrestlers while Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern each have one top seed.
The Hoosiers have a combined 15 wins over wrestlers who are seeded in the Big Ten Championships Field.
Brock Hudkins, Graham Rooks, and Jacob Bullock each lead the team with three wins over a seeded wrestler.
Brock Hudkins (133) owns three victories over seeded wrestlers including No. 4 RayVon Foley (MSU), No. 9 Matt Ramos (PUR), and Dylan Koontz (OSU).
Graham Rooks (149) also has three wins over seeded wrestlers in the field: No. 11 Kanen Storr (UM), No. 13 Payton Omania (MSU), and Alec White (PUR).
Jacob Bullock has three wins over seeded wrestlers in the field: No. 11 Michael Woulfe (PU), Boone McDermott (RU) and No. 14 Zach Schrader (MD).
Hudkins, G. Rooks, Washington, and Bullock are each finding their stride heading into the Big Ten Championships.
Hudkins closed out a sensational regular season with two consecutive wins including a win over Dylan Koontz (OSU) and nationally ranked No. 19 Brayden Palmer of Chattnooga.
In two of G. Rooks’ last three matchups, he defeated seeded wrestler and nationally ranked Kanen Storr and lost by one point to the No. 1 seed at 149 lbs., Sammy Sasso (OSU), in a 3-2 decision.
Washington has won two bouts in a row including his win over No. 13 seeded wrestler and nationally ranked Max Lyon (PU) and dominated Thomas Sell of Chattanooga in a 20-8 major decision win.
Bullock has won three of his last six matchups in impressive fashion. He beat seeded wrestlers Micahel Woulfe and Zach Schrader and in his regular season finale, beat Chattanooga’s Matthias Ervin in a 16-0 tech fall victory.
Of Indiana’s regular starting lineup, the 10-man group owns a combined record of 100-71.
Of Indiana’s nationally ranked wrestlers: No. 11 Brock Hudkins (133), and No. 16 D.J. Washington (184), the duo combines for a 24-5 record.
Six of Indiana’s starters have earned a win by fall this season. Washington leads the group with eight pins.
Jacob Moran (125) leads the team in tech falls with three this season.
Graham Rooks leads Indiana in major decision victories this season. The 149-lb standout has three wins by MD.
Purdue Heads to Indy for Big Ten Tournament
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 9 seed Purdue women’s basketball team will head to Indianapolis for the 2022 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis this week, starting with an 11:30 a.m. on Thursday tipoff against No. 8 seed Michigan State. The Big Ten Network will air the game live from Gainbridge Fieldhouse with Mike Hall and Purdue Hall of Famer Stephanie White on the call.
Tim Newton will hit the airways for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.
Purdue (16-13, 7-11) vs. Michigan State (14-14, 8-9)
Thursday, March 3
Time: 11:30 AM
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com
BOILERMAKERS AT THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Purdue enters the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament seeking its conference-best 10th title and first since 2013. The Boilermakers have a 45-19 tournament record. Ohio State holds the all-time record of 46 victories.
Purdue holds a 2-1 all-time mark against eight seeds and a 3-3 record when playing in the second round. Purdue is the No. 9 seed for just the second time in program history. The Boilermakers have been lower than the No. 5 seed eight times in history.
Head coach Katie Gearlds went 8-2 in Big Ten Tournaments during her playing days, reaching the finals three times, winning the championship in 2004 and 2007. She was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player as a senior in 2007.
• Purdue is 43-36 all-time against Michigan State, following a 69-59 win over the Spartans in East Lansing in January.
• Jeanae Terry, Madison Layden and Abbey Ellis were named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention earlier this week.
• The Boilermakers set the program record this season for 3-pointers with 220 triples, led by Cassidy Hardin’s 73.
• Purdue’s nine-win improvement is the most under a first-year head coach in program history and tied for the fourth best in program history.
• Madison Layden is one of just three players nationally to have accumulated 125 rebounds (125), 75 assists (76), 60 three-pointers (60) and 45 steals (49).
• Ava Learn has averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16 minutes per game over the last four outings.
• Jeanae Terry is 10th in the country with 166 assists (3rd B1G) and 14th with 5.7 dimes per game (3rd B1G).
• The Boilermakers have a rich history of playing in the state capital with a 52-20 mark all-time in Indianapolis.
• Abbey Ellis is shooting 45.8% from the floor and 87.7% at the line, with 19 games in double figures.
Boilermakers Stay Undefeated with Road Win over Charlotte
CHARLOTTE – Purdue Baseball continued its best start in 113 years Wednesday, scoring runs early and late to earn a 6-2 road victory over Charlotte (March 2). The Boilermakers (9-0) scored runs in the first, eighth and ninth innings to remain unbeaten on the 2022 campaign.
The midweek matchup was Purdue’s first of the season as well as the first true road game of 2022. However, the Boilermakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before adding three more runs over the final two innings and keeping the 49ers (4-4) off the scoreboard for the final seven frames. Keeping their perfect record intact, the Boilermakers continued the program’s best start since 1909.
Evan Albrecht kept swinging a hot bat down in North Carolina, going 3-for-3 for his fourth 3-hit game of the road swing. Cam Thompson added a pair of hits and RBI, his fifth multi-RBI game of the young season, while Troy Viola and Curtis Washington Jr. increased their hitting streaks to seven games. Leadoff hitter Mike Bolton Jr. did his job, reaching base four times throughout the night.
On the mound, the Boilermaker bullpen tossed seven scoreless innings as head coach Greg Goff used six relievers throughout the contest.
Purdue wasted no time and jumped on the Niners in the first. Bolton caught the home team napping with a perfect bunt single before stealing second to get into scoring position. The Boilermakers loaded the bases for Thompson, who knocked in a pair of his teammates to put Purdue on the board. After a Viola double, Charlotte went to the bullpen with Purdue holding a 3-0 advantage.
The Niners scored a run in each of the first two innings off Purdue starter Wyatt Wendell (2-0), but Landon Weins tossed a pair of scoreless frames to keep the Boilermakers in front. In the bottom of the fifth, Charlotte threatened by getting two runners on base. However, Nolan Daniel came out of the bullpen and shut the door to hold a 3-2 lead.
Two innings later, the Niners once again looked poised to erase the Purdue cushion. Charlotte put runners on the corners with one out before Griffin Lohman got out of the jam. The righty struck out David McCabe, who entered the game with a .417 batting average. Then, Lohman had to face Cam Fisher, the Niners’ leader in RBI, home runs and doubles. Despite falling behind in the count, Lohman battled back and forced a foul out to Thompson. The Purdue first baseman secured the catch as he crashed into the foul ground fence, and the one-run lead remained in place.
Purdue added an insurance run in the eighth. Washington Jr. led off the inning with a double down the right field line to extend his hitting streak. Two batters later, the center fielder motored around third and crossed the plate on a CJ Valdez single to left field.
Leading off the ninth, Jake Jarvis stepped up to the dish as a pinch-hitter and sent a bomb over the scoreboard in right-center field for his first home run as Boilermaker. After Albrecht doubled for his third hit of the night, Tyler Powers brought him home to make it 6-2 in favor of Purdue. Khal Stephen (1) threw one pitch to get his first career save, and Purdue remained unbeaten with a true road win.
The Boilermakers remain in North Carolina this weekend, returning to Holly Springs to face Longwood for a three-game set (March 4-6). The series begins Friday, March 4 at 3 p.m. ET from Ting Stadium. Admission for the entire weekend series is free.
Butler Baseball Wins Home Opener 5-2
INDIANAPOLIS – Kollyn All hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Butler to a 5-2 victory over Manchester on Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs improved to 4-4 on the young season by defeating the Spartans on a sunny day at Bulldog Park.
All sent a deep fly ball over the wall in left centerfield to extend the Bulldog lead to 5-2. The scoring opened up for Butler in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI groundout from Aaron Steinhart. Additional BU runs would cross home plate in the fourth on a double from Scott Jones and a single to left from Billy Wurch.
The Spartans scored on a sac fly in the second inning and would push an unearned run across the dish in the fifth.
The win went to Cole Graverson (1-0) while the loss was handed to Brett Wathen (0-1). Holden Groher was also credited with his first save of the season.
Butler will return to action this weekend with a three-game series at Jacksonville.
Butler Softball Prepares for Blues City Classic
Tournament Information – Blues City Classic, Memphis, Tenn.
DATE: Friday, Mar. 4 – Sunday, Mar. 6
LOCATION: Memphis, Tenn. / Tigers Softball Complex
LIVE STATS: Links for all games
Full Notes (PDF)
The Butler softball team will play five contests this coming weekend in the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play IUPUI (2x), Memphis, Indiana State, and Iowa. Last weekend, the team went 1-2 at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga.
(as of 2-27-22)
Bri Avery ranks 50th nationally and second in the BIG EAST with seven stolen bases. Lauren Fey if fourth in the conference with six.
Karli Ricketts ranks 34th nationally and first in the BIG EAST with five wins. Her 39 strikeouts from the pitching circle rank fourth in the conference.
Ricketts leads the BIG EAST with a 1.24 ERA, while Mackenzie Griman ranks second with a 1.25.
Ella White has four sacrifice flies and two triples, leading the BIG EAST in both categories.
Karli Ricketts was selected as the BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21 for her performances at the Spring Games in Florida the weekend of Feb. 18-20.
On Feb. 28, Ellie Boyer was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after she went 5-for-10 (.500) with two RBIs at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Monique Hoosen hit two home runs on Feb. 26, the first vs. Chattanooga and the second vs. Southern Illinois. They were her first dingers of this season and the fourth and fifth of her career.
Through fourteen games, Butler is outperforming its opponents in several categories that include: runs (56-50), hits (106-82), RBIs (51-34), and stolen bases (19-9).
Coach Scott Hall is in his 12th season at the helm of Bulldogs Softball. He currently sits at 254-283-1 as head of the program, and, with 10 additional victories, could become the all-time winningest coach at Butler. Barb Greenburg, who coached from 1981 through 1994, was the program’s first coach and attained a career record of 263-226-4.
Scouting the Opponents
SCOUTING IUPUI- Horizon League (series record: IUPUI leads, 42-31-2)
The Jaguars are 2-12 in 2022 with wins over Tennessee State and Miami (Ohio). Leaders at the plate include Jaida Speth (.360) and Kendal Calvert (.351), while Madison Bryant (32.0 IP, 4.38 ERA, 31 K) and Carly Metcalf (23.1 IP, 8.40 ERA, 8 K) are key pitchers.
SCOUTING MEMPHIS- American Athletic (series record: Memphis leads, 2-0)
The Tigers are 5-9 this season with a 5-4 win over RV Austin Peay and a 3-4 loss to #8 Arkansas. Offensive leaders include Gracie Morton (.392) and Camryn Wineinger (.375). Hallie Siems (38.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 32 K) and Mikayla Hoschak (24.1 IP, 4.81 ERA, 8 K) have spent the most time in the circle.
SCOUTING INDIANA STATE- Missouri Valley (series record: Indiana State leads, 32-19)
The Sycamores are 8-5 to start the 2022 season. Leading batters include Bella Peterson (.432) and Isabella Henning (.342). Lexi Benko (26.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 23 K) and Cassi Newbanks (26.1 IP, 6.15 ERA, 12 K) have logged the most innings at the rubber.
SCOUTING IOWA- Big Ten (series record: tied, 1-1)
The Hawkeyes are 9-4 this season with a 7-0 win over #24 Liberty and losses to #19 Kentucky and current #24 Notre Dame. Batting leaders include Nia Carter (.474) and Tristin Doster (.333). In the circle, Denali Loecker (44.0 IP, 1.27 ERA, 18 K) and Breanna Vasquez (33.0 IP, 3.61 ERA, 33 K) have seen the majority of the action.
Butler Football Spring Game Set for April 23
INDIANAPOLIS — The 2022 Butler Football Spring Game will take place on Saturday, April 23 this year with an alumni reception to follow. The action will take place at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl at 12 PM. The alumni reception will take place immediately after the game.
The event is open to the public and free to attend.
Bulldog fans will be able to see the new staff in action for the very first time. Orchestrating the offense will be Head Coach Mike Uremovich, Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Alex Barr, Running Backs Coach Matthew McCarroll, Quarterbacks Coach Caden Murphy, Wide Receivers Coach Ray Holmes, and Tight Ends Coach Matt Alderfer.
In the opposite huddle, the Bulldogs will get direction from Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Jeff Knowles, Cornerbacks Coach Joe Cheshire, Defensive Line Coach Adam Siwicki, and Safties Coach Jacob White.
The full 2022 Butler Football schedule and updated ticket information for the fall will be released later this month.
IRISH FALL IN BACK-AND-FORTH BATTLE AT FLORIDA STATE
he University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (21-9, 14-5) dropped its final true road game of the season at Florida State, 74-70, in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday evening. Neither team was able to build more than an eight-point lead in the game and the lead changed hands six times which included another six times the score was tied.
Freshman Blake Wesley led the Irish with 21 points, adding six rebounds and two steals. Graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. contributed a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Florida State had four players in double figures, led by John Butler with 16.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Florida State started the game red hot from behind the three-point line. The Seminoles connected on their first five shots from behind the arc with three of the jumpers from John Butler, to build a 17-11 lead at the first media timeout.
Notre Dame started to buckle down on defense and earn some stops, allowing them to get out in transition and chip into the lead. Wesley’s leak out lay up at 11:48 cut the Seminole lead to 21-18 at the second media stoppage.
The Irish earned their first lead of the game on a Laszewski three at the top of the key to claim a 27-25 lead at the eight minute mark. By the time the Irish earned a lead on the scoreboard, the visitors had passed the home team in field goal percentage after the Seminoles blistering start to the game.
Both teams traded baskets over the next segment, but Wesley provided the highlight driving down the lane for a tomahawk slam for his 11th point of the game and nudged the Irish ahead 33-31 with 3:15 left.
At the end of the first half, it was Notre Dame’s hot three-point shooting that earned the Irish a five-point lead at halftime. Trey Wertz drilled a deep three pointer as the defense sagged off of him, then Hubb found Laszewski open in the left corner for another three pointer.
Florida State answered with a deep contested three of their own. As the first half clock wound down, Wertz drove and found Laszewski open on the right side this time. The shot found nothing but net and the Irish went into the locker room with a 44-39 advantage.
Early in the second half the home team hot shooting from earlier in the game returned and an 8-0 Seminole run put the Irish on their heels.
It wasn’t for long, however, as a Hubb drive and a Wesley and-one play put him at the line with a chance to tie the game. The free throw was missed and FSU seemed to get a burst of energy, building the lead back up to seven with 10:54 left.
The Irish had another run left in them. Atkinson Jr. rebounded a Wesley miss with a flying slam, followed by a defensive stop and a Wesley transition lay up. Notre Dame had cut it to two at 61-59 with 8:59 left.
Notre Dame’s defense earned three straight looks at tying the game or taking the lead, but nothing would fall and both teams remained scoreless over the next two minutes. Florida State scored down low, then a Goodwin three pointer on a wide open look rimmed out.
The home team pushed out their lead yet again, but a Wesley baseline dunk gave Notre Dame some life. Minutes later the rookie delivered again with a steal and score to cut the lead to one.
The Seminoles had the answer on a drive for a score, then forced a Notre Dame turnover to take a 69-64 lead with 3:48 remaining.
The Irish continued to fight, Hubb cut the lead to two on a drive with 1:27 left but was unable to pull down some key defensive rebounds at the end of the game. Florida State’s Anthony Polite connected on a huge three pointer with under a minute remaining to put his team up five, but Atkinson Jr. responded with a traditional and-one to cut the lead back to two with 41.2 left.
Notre Dame’s defense forced a miss, but couldn’t corral the rebound and knocked the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left. The Irish fouled RayQuan Evans, who sealed the game with two free throws and provided the game’s final score.
The final regular season game for the Fighting Irish will be Saturday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPNews) against Pittsburgh. The senior class of Paul Atkinson Jr., Trey Wertz, Cormac Ryan, Robby Carmody, Nate Laszewski, Dane Goodwin and Prentiss Hubb will be honored before the game.
B1G QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW: #7 IRISH OPEN PLAYOFFS BY HOSTING WISCONSIN
WHO: #7/7 Notre Dame (25-9-0) vs. Wisconsin (9-23-3)
WHEN: Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. // Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. // Sunday March 6 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena // Tickets
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
No. 3 seeded Notre Dame will play host to sixth-seeded Wisconsin in a best-of-three 2022 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Compton Family Ice Arena (March 4-6).
The Fighting Irish earned the No. 3 seed by sweeping then second-ranked Michigan last weekend, winning game one 4-1 (Feb. 26) and game two 2-1 (Feb. 26).
Notre Dame handed the Wolverines their first regulation loss since Dec. 11 and became the only team to sweep Michigan this season, which they did twice (home and away).
In the sweep of Michigan, graduate student goaltender Matthew Galajda stopped 59 of the 61 shots he faced over the weekend for a .967 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average en route to being named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Notre Dame carries a five-game winning streak into the playoffs, with Galajda starting each of those five games (5-0-0, 1.40 goals-against average, .956 save percentage).
Notre Dame is tied for third in the country with 25 wins (25-9-0), trailing only Minnesota State (31-5-0) and Quinnipiac (28-5-3) and tied with Michigan (25-9-1).
It will mark the first time since going 18-15-0 in 1989-90 as a Div. I Independent that the Irish will finish a season without a tie.
The Fighting Irish are 15-5-0 at home this season and 17-1-0 when scoring first.
Spencer Stastney (2-2-4) and Jack Adams (2-2-4) each have three-game point streaks, while Nick Leivermann has a two-game point streak (0-3-3).
Notre Dame is 6-2-0 in overtime this season, with the OT game-winning goals coming from Cam Burke (at Michigan Tech), Ryder Rolston (at Michigan), Max Ellis (at Michigan and at Penn State), Spencer Stastney (at Ohio State) and Landon Slaggert (vs. Minnesota).
STASTNEY’S STARRING ROLE
Since the Irish returned from break on Jan. 1, senior defenseman Spencer Stastney has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 17 games and he has notched at least one point in 13 of the 17 games.
Stastney is now Notre Dame’s second leading scorer with a career-high 26 points on seven goals and 19 assists.
Stastney’s previous career highs were five goals (2020-21), 17 assists (2019-20) and 20 points (2019-20).
Stastney is the only defenseman in the country with multiple shorthanded goals this season (2).
Stastney is averaging 0.58 assists per game, which ranks ninth in the Big Ten.
Stastney has also blocked 53 shots, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
IRISH – BADGERS SERIES HISTORY
Former opponents in the WCHA, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have met 84 times in program history with Wisconsin leading the all-time series 47-28-9.
The first meeting between the two teams came during the 1921-22 season when the Irish skated away with a 3-0 victory at Badin Rink (outdoors at Notre Dame).
The teams met once more, in 1925-26, before taking a 40 year hiatus and returning to competition when Notre Dame earned varsity status.
As a head coach, Jeff Jackson is 11-9-2 all-time against the Badgers (1-1-0 at Lake Superior State).
The one win Jackson had over the Badgers at Lake Superior State came on April 4, 1992, in Albany, New York, as the Lakers defeated Wisconsin 5-3 to win the NCAA Championship (the first of Jackson’s two NCAA Championships at Lake State).
Since the Irish joined the Big Ten, Notre Dame leads the series 10-8-2.
Last season, the teams opened the shortened 2020-21 season on Nov. 13-14 at the Compton Family Ice Arena, with the Badgers posting a 2-0 win and a 5-3 victory (Colin Theisen had a hat trick in that game two loss).
Then at Wisconsin on Feb. 19-20 2021, the Badgers took game one 4-2 before the teams skated to a back-and-forth 5-5 tie in game two.
In the game two shootout, Max Ellis scored and Dylan St. Cyr denied Cole Caufield, Dylan Halloway and Ty Pelton-Byce to seal the extra point.
The teams split the 2019-20 series 2-2-0, including a split at the Kohl Center on Nov. 15-16.
Wisconsin took game one, 3-0, and Notre Dame took a back-and-forth game two, 5-4 in overtime.
Later in the season at home (Jan. 24-25), Notre Dame dropped game one, 6-4, before bouncing back to take game two, 5-2.
NOTRE DAME vs. WISCONSIN IN 2021-22
Notre Dame went 3-1-0 against the Badgers during the 2021-22 regular season.
The teams first met on Nov. 12-13 at the Compton Family Ice Arena with Notre Dame posting a series sweep, taking game one 5-1 and then following up with a 3-0 win in game two.
Matthew Galajda played both games in that series, stopping 24 shots in game one and posting a 22-save shutout in game two.
Max Ellis had a pair of goals in game one with Spencer Stastney chipping in three assists, while game two featured Irish goals by Grant Silianoff, Nick Leivermann and Hunter Strand.
The teams then played in Madison on Feb. 12-13, with the Irish dropping game one 5-3 before rebounding to take game two 3-2.
Notre Dame outshot the Badgers 41-15 in that game one loss, but could not overcome a 3-1 first period deficit despite goals from Solag Bakich and Grant Silianoff to make it a 4-3 game late in the third.
In game two, Galajda made 30 saves and Jesse Lansdell, Hunter Strand and Trevor Janicke scored to secure the win.
Galajda started three of the four games against Wisconsin but was the goalie of record in all four contests (3-1-0) while posting a .955 save percentage to go along with a 1.10 goals against average and one shutout.
Offensively, Ryder Rolston (1-3-4) and Spencer Stastney (0-4-4) each had four points against the Badgers this season, while seven other skaters had three points.
B1G TOURNAMENT TALK
Notre Dame enters the 2022 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 3 seed after placing third in the standings with 47 points, trailing only Minnesota (55 points) and Michigan (51 points).
The Irish will host a quarterfinal series for the second time since joining the league, having swept Michigan State in 2019 en route to winning the championship.
It will be Notre Dame’s third quarterfinal series overall, as the Irish dropped a quarterfinal series at Minnesota, two games to one, in 2020 before the season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last season’s single-elimination tournament was also played at the Compton Family Ice Arena, with the Irish falling in their first game to Penn State.
All told, Notre Dame is 7-3-0 in Big Ten Tournament games (7-2-0 in games played under the current format and 3-2-0 in quarterfinal games under the current format).
Notre Dame captured Big Ten Tournament Championships in 2018 and 2019.
As the top seed, Minnesota has a bye this weekend, while No. 2 Michigan hosts Michigan State, the Irish host Wisconsin and No. 4 seed Ohio State hosts Penn State in best-of-three quarterfinal series March 4-6.
The top seed and highest remaining seed will then host one game semifinals on March 12, while the championship will be played on March 18 or 19 depending on the site (highest remaining seed).
Women’s Basketball Toughs Out 75-69 Road Win At Central Michigan
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – It wasn’t an easy victory, but the Ball State women’s basketball team (17-11, 10-8 MAC) managed to pull off the 75-69 win at Central Michigan (4-23, 2-16 MAC) Wednesday night in McGuirk Arena.
After trailing the Chippewas most of the contest, including a 39-34 deficit at halftime, Ball State managed to turn itself around in the second 20 minutes of action, outscoring Central Michigan, 41-30.
Ball State trailed Central Michigan by as many as 12 points (22-10) in the first quarter, but key plays on both offense and defense from junior Annie Rauch and freshman Ally Becki allowed the Cardinals to stay within reach.
At the 5:40 mark in the fourth stanza, BSU still trailed by seven (67-60). Graduate student Chyna Latimer was fed the ball underneath the basket from Rauch to spark a 15-2 run to close out the final five minutes of action.
In their last efforts to win the ball game, the Chippewas fouled the Cardinals trying to force some possible turnovers. BSU would make some crucial free throws to end the game atop of CMU.
For the game, Rauch turned in another career-high performance after registering 24 points. She was also one shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. Becki was one assist short of a triple-double tonight after scoring 13 points while adding 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Latimer also had 13 points, while senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir rounded out the double-figure scoring with 12.
As a team, the Cardinals won the points in the paint battle, 40-34, and forced Central Michigan to commit 16 turnovers, which Ball State then turned into 21 points.
The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home Saturday when it hosts Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena for its last Mid-American Conference regular season contest of the year. The Cardinals will celebrate their lone senior Blake Smith prior to tipoff.
Sycamores Open Arch Madness Thursday Against Illinois State
ST. LOUIS – Indiana State basketball travels to St. Louis for the 2021-22 State Farm MVC Tournament beginning Thursday at Enterprise Center. The No. 9 Sycamores faceoff with No. 8 Illinois State at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will air on the MVC TV Network and on ESPN+ as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend and GoSycamores.com/Listen. Full bracket and other information can be found here at the Arch Madness Championship Central page.
» After facing off with the Redbirds in the regular-season finale, Thursday’s game at Arch Madness will mark the 130th meeting between the two programs with Illinois State leading the series 68-61. The Sycamores are 41-20 at home, 19-43 on the road and 3-5 on neutral floors against Illinois State.
HEAD COACH JOSH SCHERTZ
» Indiana State basketball is under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.
SYCAMORES AT ARCH MADNESS
» Indiana State is 27-38 all-time in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, including a record of 3-5 against Illinois State — the Sycamores’ opponent Thursday night. The last time the Sycamores and Redbirds matched up during Arch Madness was in 2018 with ILS coming out on top 77-70.
MVC POSTSEASON HONORS FOR THE TREES
» Earlier this week ISU guards Cooper Neese, Cameron Henry and Xavier Bledson picked up postseason accolades. Neese was named Third Team All-MVC as well as to the MVC Most Improved Team. Cameron Henry was named to the All-Newcomer Team while Bledson earned All-Bench Team honors.
» Indiana State’s Cooper Neese and Cameron Henry both rank in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley in scoring with Neese coming in at No. 5 with 15.4 points per contest while Henry is scoring at a clip of 14.4 points per game which ranks ninth.
THE NEESE FILE
» Cooper Neese scored a career high 35 points during a double overtime win at Evansville (2/10). The guard tied a career high with five 3-pointers in the game while also pulling down six rebounds in 49 minutes.
» Neese became the 14th Sycamore in program history to record 35 points or more in a single game, joining the likes of Larry Bird, Butch Wade, John Sherman Williams, Carl Nicks, Nate Green among others. It marks the highest scoring output for a Sycamore since Marico Stinson scored 37 against Drake in 2006.
» Cooper Neese joined the Indiana State basketball 1,000-point club after scoring 19 against Southern Illinois in his last outing. Neese is the 41st ISU basketball player to do so.
» Neese hit five 3-pointers at UE to move into sole possession of fifth place in school history in career 3-pointers. He has hit 174 triples in 102 games over his career.
» Neese has scored in double-figures in 18 games this season, scoring 15 or more in 15 games. His 2.4 made 3-pointers per game lead ISU and ranks fourth in the MVC.
HENRY IS A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE
» After transferring from Lincoln Memorial a year ago, Cameron Henry made an immediate impact on the Sycamores this season. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game over 27 games played this season. He finished ninth in the MVC in scoring and rebounding while finishing 10th in assists.
» Henry finished the season with 21 double-digit scoring efforts including a career high 28 points at Valparaiso on February 5. He finished the regular season with three double-doubles, including back-to-back games against Hanover (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Old Dominion (14 points, 13 rebounds).
STEPHENS CLICKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
» Over his last five outings, forward Kailex Stephens is averaging a team high 15.2 points while playing 34.6 minutes per game. Stephens has scored at least 11 points in each game while going for a career high 21 against Southern Illinois. Stephens has also shown the ability to shoot the ball from deep at a much higher clip, going 4-for-7 from behind the arc at Drake, hitting a 3-pointer in all but one of his last four games. His 5.2 rebounds per game leads the team during the stretch.
BLEDSON DOES IT ALL
» Bledson saw action in 25 games for ISU while starting in nine games. Playing 25.3 minutes per game, Bledson led the Sycamores with 94 assists and ranked sixth in the MVC with 3.8 assists per game. He recorded multiple assists in all but six games including a season-high 10 assists against Alabama A&M.
» To go with his passing ability, Bledson also averaged 9.2 points per game during the regular season. The guard scored 15 or more points six times with a season high 21 coming at Southern Illinois (Jan. 19). A strong performer at the free throw line, he led ISU and ranked third in the MVC with an 88.9 percent clip (64-72) at the charity stripe.
LET IT RAIN
» Indiana State continues to shoot the ball from deep at a high rate, ranking tops in the MVC and 31st nationally in 3-point attempts with 780. ISU has hit at least five threes in each game this season and has hit 10+ shots from deep eight times. The Sycamores have come close to tying the single-game school record (18) on three occasions with 16 triples against Midway (12/29) and 15 3-pointers against Hanover (11/14) and Bradley (1/2).
» ISU’s 780 attempted 3-pointers has surpassed the previous school record of 749 which was set during the 2017-18 season. The Sycamores are just seven triples away from tying the school record for 3-pointers made in a season at 270 from the same 2017-18 season.
MOVING THE ROCK
» Indiana State ranks third in the MVC behind Loyola and Bradley with 13.2 assists per game. Five players have recorded over 40 assists with Xavier Bledson leading ISU with 94.
GOOD FROM THE STRIPE
» ISU has improved its season average at the free-throw line to 78 percent — good enough for third in the MVC and 13th nationally. Xavier Bledson leads ISU with an 88.9 percent (64-for-72) free throw percentage while Cooper Neese is shooting 82.3 percent (65-for-79) from the line. Six other Sycamores shoot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.
‘Dons Open Keeps Horizon League Championship With UIC on Thursday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Thursday (March 3) the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons will host the UIC Flames in the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals.
Game Day Information
Who: No. 2 Purdue Fort Wayne (20-10) vs. No. 8 UIC (14-15)
When: Thursday, March 3 | 7 p.m. ET
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Listen: 1380 The Fan
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | UIC
// Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the box office or via Ticketmaster.
KNOW YOUR FOE:
// Leading scorer: Damaria Franklin (18.0)
// Head coach: Luke Yaklich
// The Flames won 80-69 at Milwaukee on in the first round of the 2022 Keeps Men’s Basketball Championship.
// The Flames have won four consecutive games.
A WIN WOULD…
// … send the ‘Dons to the semifinals on Monday (March 7) in Indianapolis.
// … be the Mastodons’ 10th straight victory, extending the Division I era program streak.
// … give the ‘Dons a victory in the conference tournament for a fourth consecutive season.
ON THE NINE-GAME WIN STREAK:
// The Mastodons’ nine-game win streak is the longest in Division I program history. The program record for consecutive wins is the 1988-89 team that opened the season 11-0.
// All nine wins came in February, marking the most wins in a single month in program history. Per sports-reference.com, only nine times since 2010-11 has a Division I team won nine or more games in the month of February.
// The ‘Dons are giving up only 65.1 points per game in regulation in the streak, this excludes the 15 minutes of overtime against Cleveland State.
// The ‘Dons are shooting 42.8 percent (95-of-222) from three.
// Four ‘Dons are averaging in double-digits: Jalon Pipkins (15.7), Jarred Godfrey (13.7), Deonte Billups (11.4) and Damian Chong Qui (11.2).
// The ‘Dons are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game and recording 9.2 steals a game.
// The ‘Dons are out-rebounding opponents 32.9 to 31.3.
// The Mastodons overcame double-digit deficits in three games: Milwaukee at home (10), UIC (11) and Cleveland State (14).
// Deonte Billups has made two or more 3-pointers in each of the games.
// Five different players have led the team in scoring.
‘DONS AND ENDS:
// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 25 in the latest Mid Major Top 25 Poll.
// Jon Coffman owns a 138-112 career record. He is already the Mastodons’ all-time leader in Division I coaching victories. However he is nearing the program record for career wins. That total is held by Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.
// Horizon League awards saw Jon Coffman named the 2022 Coach of the Year. It is his second career league coach of the year honor after winning the same award in the Summit League in 2015-2016
// The ‘Dons finished the regular season 13-2 at home this season. The last time the ‘Dons won 13 games at home in a season was 2017-18 when they went 13-3 in the Summit City. A year prior in 2016-17, the ‘Dons were 14-3 at home.
// Cameron Benford set a new program record for games played when he entered the game on Feb. 10 against IUPUI. Benford has now played in 138 games. The previous record holder was current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar at 133.
// When Cameron Benford started on Senior Night on Monday, it broke a streak of the same starting five for 25 straight games. The ‘Dons entered the contest as one of seven teams in the nation to make it that far in the season with the same starting five.
// Johnathan DeJurnett, who scored 12 total points last season in his freshman season, has 74 this season. He played a season-high 19 minutes on Feb. 18 at Green Bay.
// The ‘Dons have held a lead for at least five minutes in every game this season except for losses at SIUE and at Wright State.
// Seven different players have led the team in scoring for a game this season. That ties a single-season high for a Mastodon team under head coach Jon Coffman. The 2019-20 team also had seven scoring leaders.
// When Jalon Pipkins shoots better than 50 percent from the floor, the ‘Dons are 9-0 this season.
// Freshman JoJo Peterson scored a career-high 11 points at Milwaukee (Feb. 20). Over the last six games he is 9-of-15 from three. // Per KenPom, the ‘Dons are the 20th most experienced team in the nation.
// The Mastodons rank 13th in the nation in 3-pointers per game (9.9).
// The ‘Dons are the only team in the league with three players in the top 10 in made 3-pointers: Deonte Billups (3rd, 67), Jarred Godfrey (4th, 66) and Bobby Planutis (7th, 58).
// Per KenPom, the Mastodons recorded the highest Effective field goal percentage in program history (77 percent) in the home win over Robert Morris (Jan. 21).
Tennessee Tech is Baseball’s Next Stop
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons travel to Tennessee Tech for the first time since 2002 this weekend. It will be the Mastodons’ first three-game series of the season.
Game Day Information
What: Purdue Fort Wayne (0-8) at Tennessee Tech (7-0)
Friday, March 4 | 4 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 5 | 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 6 | 2 p.m. ET
Where: Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex | Cookeville, Tenn.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: Partly cloudy, high in the 70s all three days.
03/01/2002 at Tennessee Tech W 5-3 Cookeville, Tenn.
03/02/2002 at Tennessee Tech L 9-4 Cookeville, Tenn.
03/03/2002 at Tennessee Tech W 10-9 Cookeville, Tenn.
Purdue Fort Wayne:
GM 1: LHP Justin Miller (6.17, 0-2)
GM 2: RHP Mitchell Spencer (2.53, 0-0)
GM 3: LHP Jacob Myer (6.00, 0-2)
GM 1: TBD
GM 2: TBD
GM 3: TBD
Scouting the Golden Eagles: The Golden Eagles have yet to lose on the season. Last weekend they took all three from Eastern Michigan. They also own a victory over the Mastodons’ former Summit League rival Oral Roberts. Ed Johnson leads the offense. He is slashing .486/.538/.714 with 17 hits. Gabe Lacy has a team-best .590 on-base percentage. Peyton Calitri owns a 2.38 ERA over 11.1 innings.
New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.
Have A Day!: Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist last weekend. He smacked two home runs in the opener and a third in the nightcap. He is one of two players in the Horizon League with three home runs this season, Brennan Gick of Northern Kentucky is the other. Blackford is tied for third in the Horizon League with 17 total bases. He also has a six-game on-base streak.
Lang Time: Jack Lang is sixth in the Horizon League in hits with nine.
Good Start: Mitchell Spencer has had a nice start to his Mastodon career over two starts. The USC Upstate transfer from Manchester, Ind. has given up just three earned runs in 10.2 innings of work. He has eight strikeouts and only three walks.
Call It A Career: Jack Lang returns for 2022 after starting all 46 games last year. He has played in 160 games with 152 starts in his career. Should he hold down a starting spot for every scheduled game, he would finish with 208 games played and 196 starts. Both totals would rank second in program history. Only Shane Trevino (2012-16) would own more games played (234) and started (228) as a Mastodon.
Look At Me, I Can Be…: Garett Lake is the only Mastodon to play every game at the same position for the ‘Dons. He has started in center for every game for the ‘Dons this year.
Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 139 career strikeouts, 10th best in program history.
Miller Time X2: Justin Miller owns a career 10.2 strikeouts per nine average, best in program history for a Mastodon who played multiple seasons.
Put HOF On The Signature: Former Mastodon Brad Smock was inducted in to the Mastodon Hall of Fame in February. Smock was a Mastodon mainstay for the ‘Dons in their final years of Division II. The catcher ranks fourth in program history in runs scored (124), fifth in hits (191), fifth in total bases (273) and sixth in at-bats (626).
Up Next: The ‘Dons will head to Indiana on March 9th for a non-league game against the Hoosiers. It will be the first meeting with the Hoosiers since 2008.
Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Back in Action This Week
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team is back in action this week at the Thundering Herd Round Robin in West Virginia.
NOTE: The schedule of games has shifted from its original format due to potential weather in the Huntington area.
Thundering Herd Round Robin Information
When: March 3-5
Where: Huntington, W.Va.
Live Stats: Link
Schedule of Games
Thursday – 3 PM: at Marshall
Friday – 11 AM: at Marshall
Friday – 3 PM: vs. Winthrop
Saturday – 9 AM: vs. Winthrop
Sunday – 3 PM: vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
Marshall: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 1-0
Maryland Eastern Shore: First meeting
Winthrop: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 2-0
Know Your Foes
Marshall is 8-5 this season with wins over St. Joseph’s, Villanova, Coastal Carolina, Fordham, Howard and Campbell. Aly Harrell is leading the Thundering Herd offensively with a batting average of .412. Marshall has a 3.18 team ERA, with Sydney Nester leading the team with a 5-3 record.
Winthrop is 2-13 with wins over Horizon League member Youngstown State and Utah Valley. The Eagles fell in their other game against a Horizon League foe, a 2-1 contest against Robert Morris. Paige Rivas is batting .324 with 12 hits and five runs while Macy McCall is leading the team in RBIs with six and four doubles. Winthrop’s ERA is 4.23, with Reese Basinger’s 3.34 being the team’s best.
>> Maryland Eastern Shore
Maryland Eastern Shore is 1-9 this season, with the one win coming over Saint Peter’s, a team that also beat them twice. The Hawks are led by Tatum Kresley, who is batting .385 with five RBIs. Julia Garcia leads the team in the latter category with eight. The Hawks have a team ERA of 4.87, led by Nasya Goodman’s 2.21.
Taryn It Up
Taryn Jenkins is leading the Mastodons with a 4.17 batting average and .500 slugging percentage.
Let’s Look at the Lineup
>> In all 10 games, Alise Hale has started at second base and third in the batting order
>> Alise Hale, Thais Uyema and Emma McMillan have started all 10 games
The following Mastodons have an active streak of games where they get on base
>> Taylor Warne – 3
>> Thais Uyema – 2
>> Emma McMillan – 2
>> Brayden Lickey – 2
>> Taryn Jenkins – 2
>> Alise Hale – 2
>> Alyson Quinlan – 2
>> Ashley Haas – 2
Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.
Breath of Fresh Eyre
Shaina Eyre is in the top-10 in program history in wins with 17. Next on the list are Kerrie Quickery and Missy Czaja, who both had 19 wins in the pre-Division I era. Eyre is also fourth in program history and 42nd in the NCAA among active players in career pitching appearances with 98.
Our New Hall of Famer
On February 13, Courtney Cronin (2009-12) was inducted in the Mastodon Athletics Hall of Fame. Cronin was a game changer in the circle and at the plate. The 2010 Summit League Pitcher of the Year led the ‘Dons to a pair of second-place finishes in the Summit League regular season. She paced the Mastodons to its best record in program history in 2012, as the Mastodons went 45-14, and won 17 games in league play. Cronin’s awards were numerous, including eight Pitcher of the Week awards, one Offensive Player of the Week award, four All-League honors, and two Academic All-District First Team selections. Her nine Player of the Week honors stand as the second-most in Summit League history. Her 63 career wins is eighth most in Summit League history while her 1.81 career ERA ranks 15th in league history. At the plate, she finished fifth in program history with 98 RBIs and sixth in home runs (21).
Last Time Out
The Mastodons picked up a win over Radford at the Chattanooga Challenge on February 19.
Next Time Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will return home on March 11 to host the first Horizon League series of the season when UIC comes to the Summit City.
NO. 1 JAGUARS HOST NO. 8 ROBERT MORRIS IN QUARTERFINALS OF THE #HLWBB TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS – As regular-season champions, the top-seeded IUPUI Jaguars (21-4, 18-4 HL) begin their quest for their second-ever Horizon League Tournament title on Thursday night against the squad they last faced: Robert Morris. The eighth-seeded Colonials (14-14, 11-11 HL) fell 73-40 against IUPUI in the regular season finale, but rebounded on Tuesday with a 70-56 victory over No. 9 Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Jaguars remain a heavy favorite on paper, armed with the Horizon League’s second-best offense (70.1 PPG) and defense (56.0 PPG allowed). Only three teams have managed to score 70 or more points against IUPUI all season: Ball State, Iowa and Green Bay, with the first two being nonconference foes. The Jaguars decimated Robert Morris last time out, leading from start to finish and holding the Colonials to under 28 percent from the floor.
Earlier this week, Macee Williams (18.1 PPG, 10.0 RPG) did what only three other Division I women’s basketball players have ever done before: win her fourth conference Player of the Year award. Williams finished the regular season second in Horizon League scoring behind Destiny Leo of Cleveland State, and first in rebounding. She is also tied for third among IUPUI players with 49 assists.
Two other Jaguars received accolades this week. Rachel McLimore (12.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG) was named All-League Second Team and All-League Defensive Team for her excellent two-way play. She led IUPUI with 71 assists and locked down elite opponents throughout the season, including Big Ten Player of the Year Caitlin Clark of Iowa. Rachel Kent (10.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG) earned All-League Third Team honors after shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and leading the conference in made 3-pointers per game (2.5).
Meanwhile, Robert Morris has won five of its last seven games. They began the Horizon League Tournament positively, outscoring Purdue Fort Wayne in points off turnovers (21-13), points in the paint (30-14) and bench points (32-5). Sophomore forward Sol Castro of Argentina (8.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG) posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, while fellow second-year Mackenzie Amalia, a guard, scored 15 points of her own. Spanish senior Esther Castedo (10.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG) nearly got her own double-double with 14 points and nine assists.
The Colonials, however, have been shorthanded as of late. Usual starting center Ashya Klopfenstein (8.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG) has not played since February 24, missing the last two games. If she can’t go on Thursday, we could see freshmen bigs Phoenix Gedeon (3.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG) and Danielle Vuletich (1.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG) play increased minutes to relieve Castro, especially when Williams is not on the floor.
IUPUI hosts Robert Morris in a Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal matchup Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN+.
Aces edged by Kentucky in tough midweek battle
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Battling pitch-for-pitch with its third power five opponent of the season, the University of Evansville baseball team created chances for itself, but could not capitalize in a narrow 5-4 loss to Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky.
“Still searching for a way to win the close game. Competitive game but our offense couldn’t get it done,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Our bullpen is really coming together and performing well. Big weekend for us as a team to overcome a close game with a win.”
Evansville’s offense started the game off hot getting a leadoff base hit from Simon Scherry to open the game. The Wildcats ended the Aces threat with a double play just two batters late and got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. As Caleb Reinhardt got settled, the Wildcats were able to muster a run across to open a 1-0 lead.
The Aces strong starts to innings continued in the second with back-to-back base hits from Brent Widder and Mark Shallenberger. As has been his signature all of his career, Tanner Craig stepped up when the Aces needed a boost, rocking a three-run home run, his third of the season, to left field and pushing Evansville in front.
Developing as the theme of the night, Kentucky answered the Aces in the bottom half of the second, getting a home run of its own, this one of the two-run variety, tying the game at three runs apiece.
After the first two batters again reached base safely for Evansville in the third, Evan Berkey grounded into a double play, but the Wildcats took the two easy outs, allowing Scherry to score and giving the Aces a 4-3 lead. Kentucky responded with single runs in the third and fourth inning, moving in front 5-4.
The latter portions of the contest were dominated by both team’s bullpens as the Aces saw Drew Dominik, Eric Roberts, and Nate Hardman collectively pitch 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking-out four to give UE a chance.
In the ninth inning, Evansville was able to get runners on the corners with two outs, but Kentucky got a strikeout to end the threat and secure a 5-4 win for the Wildcats.
Evansville is back at home at German American Bank Field this weekend with five games on tap, including four Aces contests with two each against UIC and Ohio, beginning Friday in Evansville. For the full weekend schedule, visit GoPurpleAces.com.
Aces open final weekend against Drake inside Meeks
EVANSVILLE – With just two games remaining before Hoops in the Heartland, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team opens its final weekend against Drake at 6 PM on Thursday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.
Previewing the Matchup: Drake
Evansville and Drake are meeting for the 62nd time in series history with the Bulldogs owning a 47-14 advantage in the all-time series.
Drake captured the last meeting between the two sides, 97-54, facing a short-handed Aces team in Des Moines on New Year’s Day.
There is still plenty to be decided in terms of seeding for Hoops in the Heartland. A win for Evansville would lock the Aces in to the No. 9 seed, its best seed since the 2016-17 season. Drake is in a battle to earn a first-round bye, needing at least a loss from Valpo over the weekend to do so.
The Valley indeed runs deep this season as four MVC teams sit inside the top 100 in NET rankings, including Drake at 83, who currently sits seventh in the conference standings. Evansville’s Saturday opponent, UNI, is 54 and will mark the fifth-straight opponent for Evansville who is inside the top 112 in NCAA NET rankings.
Clark Bounces Back
An integral part of the success Evansville has seen this season, senior Myia Clark put on one of her best weekend’s in the white and purple.
In two conference contests, Clark averaged 16 points and six rebounds.
On Thursday at Missouri State, Clark recorded a team-best 19 points.
Rounding-out the weekend, Clark fell just one point shy of another team-high, tallying 13 points.
Despite falling behind against SIU, the Aces were able to battle their way back within 10 points late in the fourth quarter.
Much of the late run was due to Evansville’s ability to be efficient from the field.
Evansville finished the game shooting 51.1% (23-45) from the field, the second-best shooting performance of the season for the Aces.
Softball Returns to Action This Weekend at IU
Valparaiso (5-4, 0-0 MVC)
March 4 – vs. Western Illinois (3-8, 0-0 Summit) – 10 a.m. CT
at Indiana (5-4, 0-0 B1G) – 1 p.m. CT
March 5 – vs. Western Illinois – 8 a.m. CT
at Indiana – 1:30 p.m. CT
Next Up in Valpo Softball: After a weekend away from competition, the Valpo softball team returns to the diamond this weekend with four games over two days in Bloomington. The Beacons will take on host Indiana and Western Illinois twice apiece. Please note that the games have been moved up one day, to Friday/Saturday, due to weather concerns.
Previously: Valpo was idle last weekend after going 4-1, the best record among the tournament field, the previous weekend at the Charleston Invitational. The Beacons earned three straight one-run wins and three of their four victories saw them overcome deficits. Junior Easton Seib was tabbed the MVC Pitcher of the Week as she recorded three of Valpo’s four wins in the circle.
Looking Ahead: Valpo will close out pre-conference play next weekend at the Bluegrass Classic, co-hosted by Louisville and Kentucky. The Beacons will play five games over three days at the tournament.
Following Valpo Softball: Live coverage for this weekend is still TBD due to the schedule change. All links for any coverage will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Amanda Eberhart: Amanda Eberhart was hired as head coach of the Valpo softball program in July of 2021. She brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha and previously leading the IUPUI program for four seasons. Eberhart, who owns 136 career victories as a head coach, also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.
Series Notes: Indiana – Valpo is 2-9 all-time against the Hoosiers. The last meetings came under unusual circumstances in 2014. That season, the programs were slated to play just once, on March 1 at Arizona’s Tucson Invitational. On that date, the teams waited out three hours of pre-game delays and fought through numerous in-game delays before the game was finally suspended in the top of the fifth inning. Nearly two months later, on April 30, the game was resumed in Bloomington, and the programs added another game to the schedule. The Hoosiers took both ends of that “doubleheader”, 5-0 and 8-0.
Western Illinois – The third-most common opponent in program history, Valpo is just 9-56 all-time against the Leathernecks. Valpo has won the last three meetings, however, including most recently a 3-1 win last season at the Dome in Rosemont. Caitlin Kowalski tossed a one-hitter in her collegiate debut to earn the win, while Ryan Milkowski went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
What’s Back: Valpo returns 14 of 19 letterwinners from last season’s squad for the 2022 campaign. In all, 77.6% of Valpo’s plate appearances are back for this season and 89.8% of last season’s inning pitched return as well.
Who’s New: After redshirting due to injury last season, Kylie Millhorn looks for her first collegiate action this spring. In addition, four true freshmen – Addi Weaver, Cheyenne Nietz, Kaiah Fenters and Lauren Sena – round out Valpo’s 19-player roster.
The Long and Winding Road: This weekend’s games continue a long and winding road for the Beacons before they finally get the chance to play at the Valpo Softball Complex. This is the third of four weekends of action on the road prior to the start of conference play. Then, Valpo’s first two weekends of MVC play are on the road at Indiana State and at Missouri State, with a non-conference game at Western Michigan thrown in there as well. All told, Valpo’s first 25 games of the year are scheduled away from home, as the home opener comes on April 2 – matching last year for the latest home opener since the 2003 season.
Reeling Off Wins: Valpo won each of its first four games at the Charleston Invitational en route to posting the tournament’s best record. Combined with the tournament-closing win over Western Michigan on opening weekend, the Beacons won five in a row – the program’s longest winning streak since a six-game winning streak late in the 2018 season. Valpo’s first three wins at Charleston were all by a single run, the first time since late 2013 the program has won three in a row, all by one run.
Rally After Rally: Three of Valpo’s four wins at Charleston were of the comeback variety. The Beacons overcame two-run deficits in both their second victory over the hosts and their win over Holy Cross. Most notably, Valpo trailed 5-0 to Lipscomb before rallying for the 7-6 victory – the program’s largest comeback since turning a 5-0 deficit into a 7-5 win over Indiana State in April 2019.
Offensive Explosion: Valpo’s win over Holy Cross saw the Beacons’ offense go off for 10 runs on 16 hits. The 10 runs marked Valpo’s highest single-game output since a 12-1 win over Stetson on March 1, 2020. Meanwhile, the 16 hits were just one base knock shy of the program’s single-game top-five, and five of Valpo’s hits were doubles, tying for fourth-most in a single game in program history. Five different Beacons posted multi-hit games in the win over the Crusaders – Regi Hecker registered her first career three-hit game, while Ryan Milkowski, Taylor Herschbach, Peyton Moeder and Kate Beckemeyer all tallied two hits each.
Seib Stands Out: Junior Easton Seib was named the MVC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 22 after a stellar weekend at Charleston. Seib went a perfect 3-0 in her three appearances, posting a 0.95 ERA and scattering 16 hits over 14.2 innings of work, striking out seven and walking just two. Seib’s weekend was highlighted by her first career shutout in the 1-0 win over Charleston, where she surrendered just four hits and did not allow a runner past second base until two outs in the seventh. Seib, who also earned a pair of wins in relief on Saturday, is just the second Valpo pitcher to be named MVC Pitcher of the Week since joining the conference.
Miller Jr., Bingham Bring Home All-GLVC Honors
INDIANAPOLIS – Cory Miller Jr. and Jesse Bingham have both been named All-GLVC honorees as the conference office announced the postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon. Miller Jr. brought home First-Team honors while Bingham was named to the Second-Team. Both Greyhounds also landed a spot on the All-Defensive team. Ben Nicoson was also named the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Miller Jr. paced the Hounds with 15.7 points per game this season, a mark good for eighth in the conference. He scored 20+ points in six games this season along with one double-double. The senior also ranks seventh in the conference with 2.9 assists per game and 75 on the year. Miller Jr. earned a spot on the All-Defensive team with 32 steals on the year and currently sits at 99 career steals. This is the third straight year he was named to the GLVC All-Defensive Team and his first career First-Team selection after being named Second-Team last season.
Bingham also sits in the Top 10 in conference scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game to sit ninth. The Circle City native grabbed 4.9 rebounds per game while swatting 30 blocks on the year, a mark good for seventh in the GLVC. He recorded two games with four blocks, setting a new career-high. This marks Bingham’s first All-Defensive Team and Second-Team selection after being named to the All-Freshman team last season.
Nicoson was named the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Hounds this season. One student-athlete from each team was selected who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced at the end of the academic year.
Three Hounds Earn GLVC Postseason Honors
INDIANAPOLIS – Three members of the UIndy women’s basketball team have been honored with postseason awards for the Great Lakes Valley Conference after the 2021-22 season, as announced by officials on Wednesday.
Taylor Drury, the senior from Perkin, Ind., was named to the All-GLVC Third Team after leading the Hounds in bpth scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg)points per game at 13.2. Drury sits on third on the team in 3-point percentage at .413. Drury arns her second straight All-GLVC nod.
Freshman standout Elana Wells was named to the GLVC All-Freshman Team, after a standout first season as a Greyhound where she scored in double-digits in six of her 11 game appearances before missing the second half of the season due to injury. Wells averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 assists per game.
Mickey Sasson received the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award. Sasson averaged 7.0 points in her senior season along with 5.4 rebounds per game. She posted 112 points throughout the season, along with leading the team in assists per game at 3.5.
2021-2022 ALL-GLVC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
GLVC Player of the Year: Julia Ruzevich, G, Gr., Lindenwood
GLVC Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Ladowski, G, Jr., Illinois Springfield
GLVC Freshman of the Year: Mallory Ronshausen, G, Fr., Missouri-St. Louis
GLVC Chuck Mallender Coach of the Year: Katie Vaughn, Missouri-St. Louis
Alana Findley, F., Jr., DU
Paige Robinson, G., Sr., DU
Lauren Ladowski, G, Jr., UIS #
Grace Hilber, G, Jr., LEWIS #
Julia Ruzevich, G, Gr., LWU #
Kiara Stewart, C, Sr., UMSL #
Alex LaPorta, F, Gr., UMSL #
Daly Sullivan, G, Gr., RU #
Hannah Belanger, G, Jr., TSU #
Ellie Weltha, F, RS-Jr., TSU #
# unanimous selection
Kaylee DaMitz, G, Gr., DU
Kathryn Schmidt, F., So., LEWIS
Devin Fuhring, G, RS-Sr., LWU
Antoinette Mussorici, G., Sr., MU
Laura Rodriguez, G, Sr., S&T
Alex Kerr, C, Sr., S&T
Faye Meissner, G, Sr., UMSL
Hannah Haithcock, F, Jr., USI
Meredith Raley, F, So., USI
Addy Blackwell, G, Jr., USI
Kyleigh Vaught, G, Sr., SBU
*extra member due to tie
Payton Richards, G, Gr., DU
Terrion Moore, G, Gr., DU
Malea Jackson, G, So., UIS
Taylor Drury, G., Sr., UIndy
Taylor Gugliuzza, G, So., LEWIS
Ellen McCorkle, F, Sr., LWU
Beth Matas Martin, G, Jr., QU
Keegan Sullivan, G/F, So., RU
Emma DeHart, G, Gr., USI
Ashlynn Brown, F, Sr., USI
Elana Wells, G, Fr., UIndy
Mallory Ronshausen, G, Fr., UMSL
Jayla Stokes, G, Fr., UMSL
Vanessa Shafford, G, Fr., USI
Kelsey Blakemore, G, Fr., SBU
2021-22 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP INDIVIDUAL AWARD HONOREES
Allie Clevenger, DU
Ellie Mitchell, UIS
Mickey Sasson, UIndy
Kae Barth-Lofton, LEWIS
Gracie Neff, LWU
Olivia Kastens, MU
Erin Golden, MCK
Marta Durk, S&T
Alex LaPorta, UMSL
Dami Adeyinka, QU
Meghan Urbanski, RU
Ashley Hunter, USI
Mary Rose Foster, SBU
Hannah Pinkston, TSU
Mary Capron, WJC
2021-22 GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD
MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DOMINATES ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE TEAM HONORS
Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Women’s Basketball All-League honors on Wednesday, following Marian’s seventh-straight regular season championship and two days after Indiana Wesleyan repeated as CL Tournament Champions.
The Knights dominated the postseason awards, claiming three of the league’s five top honors and collecting seven additional All-Crossroads League nods. The MU honors were highlighted by Steve Brooks being named the CL Coach of the Year, Imani Guy repeating as the CL Player of the year and Kinnidy Garrard claiming CL Defensive Player-of-the-Year award.
The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head women’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.
For the second consecutive season, Imani Guy has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Year, as the fifth-year senior had a commanding year for the Knights. In her final season, Guy averaged 16.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game, both ranked in the top-five in the Crossroads League. Guy had a dominating presence in the paint as the two-time All-Crossroads League First Team member shot 57.4 percent from the floor, knocking down 78 percent of her free throws. Guy rejected 50 shots on the year, and took 39 steals leading Marian in scoring.
Ella Collier continued to shine in her sophomore season, earning All-Crossroads League First Team honors for the second consecutive season. Collier was Marian’s No. 2 scorer on the year and the second player named to the First Team, as she averaged 15.1 points per game while leading the NAIA in free throw percentage at 93.6 percent. Collier shot 44.1 percent from three which was the second-best mark in the Crossroads League, and shot 51 percent from the field. The sophomore is Marian’s second leading player in assists and third leading player in blocked shots.
Joining Collier and Guy on the first team is Abby Downard, as the fifth-year senior put together a complete season as she re-wrote the program record book. Downard climbed to the No. 4 spot on Marian’s all-time career scoring list, and became Marian’s all-time leader in steals passing former Knight Joana Soeiro. Downard averaged 12.1 points per game this season and shot 53 percent form the field, leading Marian in assists with 142 dimes this season. Downard also led Marian in steals with 73.
After a breakout season, Kinnidy Garrard was named to the All-Crossroads League Second Team, while earning Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Garrard was a monster on defense rejecting a career-high 74 shots, ascending to Marian’s No. 4 shot-blocker in program history. Garrard also was effective on offense averaging 10.2 points per game and 6.4 rebounds, posting a 52.4 percent mark from the field.
Completing the player honors is Allison Bosse, who earned All-Crossroads League Defensive Team and All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention honors. Bosse earned a starting role as a sophomore, appearing in each of Marian’s games while scoring a career-best 6.9 points per game. Bosse was matched against each opponent’s top scoring threat, and on a per-game basis held her opponents four points or better under their season average. The sophomore shot 38 percent from three, and averaged 2.5 rebounds per game.
Marian’s final honor was awarded to their head coach Steve Brooks, who in his first season with the Knights kept the program’s winning tradition alive by leading Marian to a 25-3 regular season mark. Brooks led Marian to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship in his first season on the Knights sideline, and has qualified Marian for the NAIA Tournament for the eighth straight season. Brooks also coached Marian’s regular starting five to the All-Crossroads League Team, marking the first time since 2016-17 the Knights’ regular starters all earned All-League honors.
Marian will learn their opponent for the NAIA Opening Round on Thurdsay night during the NAIA Selection Show. The show will be aired at 7 p.m. ET on the NAIA Facebook page.
STEWART HEADLINES MARIAN’S ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE TEAM HONORS
Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Men’s Basketball All-League honors on Wednesday, following Indiana Wesleyan’s fifth-straight regular season championship and one day after Grace claimed the CL Tournament Championship.
Marian was honored with five All-Crossroads League team honors, headlined by Christian Stewart and Malek Edmonds First Team All-League honors.
The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head men’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.
Christian Stewart headlined Marian’s All-Crossroads League honors as the fifth-year senior was named to the First Team for the second time in as many seasons. The honor is Stewart’s second career award from the league, and comes after ending the conference season averaging 19.4 points per game in league play. Stewart was third in the league season in three-point shooting and first from the foul line, and since the turn over the calendar year has been averaging 21.6 points per game. Stewart has three different games with 31 points, and posted the ninth most assists per game in league play.
Joining Stewart on the All-Crossroads League First Team is Malek Edmonds, who claims his first career accolade as a sophomore. On the season Edmonds averaged 14.2 points per game as Marian’s second-leading scorer, and has posted 5.5 rebounds per game before missing the final nine games with a foot injury. The sophomore shot 54.4 percent from the field, as the effecient post player was one of the top-10 shot makers in the Crossroads League.
Landing on the Second Team was Jacob Wiley, as the senior-transfer earns All-Crossroads League honors in his first season at Marian. On the season Wiley is averaging 11 points per game while leading the Knights with 6.3 rebounds per game, playing an important role in the Knights lineup transitioning to the center position in the past month. Wiley is one of the top shot blockers in the league averaging 0.8 blocks per game, and has scored the second-most points on the team this season.
Christian Harvey earned All-Crossroads League honors for the third straight season, being named to the Honorable Mention team. Harvey’s third season of action with the Knights has been productive as the redshirt-junior has appeared in 28 games while making 20 starts. Harvey averaged 9.8 points per game this season and is one of the top defensive stoppers on the team posting 45 steals this season. Harvey averaged 3.3 rebounds per game, and carried a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio throughout the regular season while recording his 1000th career point in Marian’s win in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals.
Completing Marian’s honors was Tyrie Johnson, as the fifth-year senior earned his second consecutive All-Crossroads League Defensive Team honor. Johnson cemented himself as one of the top on-ball defenders this season, averaging 2.0 steals per game while taking on opponents top scoring threats night after night. Johnson boasts one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the NAIA, and led the Crossroads League in steals. Johnson is averaging 5.9 points per game in his final season, averaging three rebounds per game.
Marian will learn their fate for the NAIA Opening Round on Thursday night when the NAIA announces the 64-team field during the NAIA Selection Show. The Knights will earn an at-large bid into the field, reaching the NAIA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
KNIGHTS SWEEP OPENING DAY TWIN BILL AGAINST INDIANA TECH
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team began their 2022 season strong on Wednesday afternoon, sweeping Indiana Tech in their home opener to begin the campaign. Marian won game one 2-0 and took the second game 4-0, starting their season 2-0.
GAME 1 | Marian 2-0 Indiana Tech
Defense and pitching dominated the opening innings of game one, with both teams going scoreless while combining for one hit in the first two frames. In the top of the third inning Sydney Wilson worked through a lead-off single to keep the scoreless streak going, and in the home half Savannah Harweger reached on a one-out walk. Harweger stole second for her first theft of the season, and two batters later Shelbie Stotts roped a double into center field driving in the first run of the game.
With a 1-0 lead at hand Wilson returned to the circle and threw a flawless fourth inning getting three straight groundouts, and in the fifth inning was relieved for Jaylah Guilliam. Guilliam worked quick in her first inning of work going 1-2-3 in the fifth, and in the sixth stranded a two-out double to preserve the lead. In the home half Marian tacked on an insurance run, with Harweger tagging a single to right, driving in Lauren Landes. Taking a 2-0 lead into the seventh, Guilliam worked around a one-out single to close the game with a strikeout and fly out, locking down the game one victory.
Wilson earned her first win of the season in the win allowing two hits and two walks in her four innings of work, while Guilliam earned a nine-out save fanning one hitter in her season debut. At the plate Harweger, Stotts, Emma Maple and Sierra Norman each had one hit, with Harweger and Stotts collecting one RBI each.
GAME 2 | Marian 4-0 Indiana Tech
In the second act of the day Olivia Stunkel got the call in the circle, and made a strong impression in her collegiate debut picking up a pair of strikeouts to start the game. After the Knights grounded into a double play to end the first half of the opening frame, Stunkel again looked sharp shaking off a double with back to back strikeouts to close the inning. The freshman pitcher kept her strong outing going by getting another pair of strikeouts in the third, while in the fourth stranding two runners by getting three quick outs.
After the big defensive stand in the top of the fourth, Marian’s offense came up strong in the bottom of the inning with two outs, as Maple launced a deep ball toward the center field warning track. Maple’s fly ball carromed off the glove of the centerfielder, and allowed her to reach third, scoring Grace Meyer for the first run. After a walk Hayley Greene roped an RBI single to right center, pushing the Knights lead to 2-0.
Marian plated an additional run in the bottom of the fifth after Stunkel stranded a two-out single, opening the half inning on a lead-off triple from Harweger. One batter later Brooke Knox ripped an RBI single through the rightside, adding another run to the board. Marian looked poised to add more as the fifth progressed, but a Maddy Trisler single was soiled as Norman was tagged out in a run down.
Maple moved into the circle in the sixth and was the benefactor of strong defense early. as Greene created an inning-ending double-play. The third baseman started a run down to tag out the Warrior’s first base runner heading toward third, while Jenna Minnix made the final out covering the back end of the play at second base from the outfield. The Knights took advantage of Indiana Tech’s missed opportunity and scored a late run in the sixth as Knox posted a sacrifice fly, and in the top of the seventh Maple brushed off a walk to end the game with a strikeout.
The Knights racked up six hits in the game two win, led by Knox who posted two RBI on her 1-3 outing. Harweger tripled and walked, while Stotts went 1-1 with a pair of walks and sacrifice bunt. Stunkel notched her first career win with a five inning day, striking out eight in her collegiate debut. Maple recorded the save in her first pitching appearance in nearly two seasons, going two innings while allowing two hits.
Marian will begin their spring break trip on Monday afternoon in Kissimmee, Florida, as the Knights play St. Thomas and Cornerstone. In total Marian will play 10 games next week as they dive head-first into their non-conference slate.
RHIT Softball – Wednesday Sweep Moves Softball to 5-1
CLERMONT, Fla. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 5-1 on the softball season with a doubleheader sweep at the Legends Way Ballfields on Wednesday.
Rose-Hulman defeated Elizabethtown 8-1 in game one, then bounced back from an early deficit to top New England College 9-4 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Thomasson struck out seven Elizabethtown hitters in a seven-inning complete game to help lead the 8-1 win. Thomasson improved to 3-0 on the team’s Florida trip with the pitching win, and she also added three hits and scored three runs at the plate.
Ashley Pinkham had three hits and one RBI to join Thomasson with three hits. Lang finished 2-4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs. Phoebe Worstell drew three walks and MaKenzie Morgan added two hits and two runs scored to balance the offense.
In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman pounded out 15 hits and Baylee Uhrick went the distance in the pitching circle to lead Rose-Hulman to a 9-4 win.
Uhrick recorded eight strikeouts and gave up just two earned runs in the complete game victory.
Offensively, Pinkham again had three hits and Lang once again contributed two doubles and scored twice. Katie Palmer also had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Other Fightin’ Engineers with two hits each included Morgan, Reagan Knabe and Gabby Davidson.
Rose-Hulman returns to action with games against Finlandia (10:45 am) and Concordia-Moorhead (12:45 pm) on Thursday.
RHIT Baseball – 2-0 Loss on Wednesday; Team is 3-1
DAVENPORT, Fla. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology dropped its first game of the 2022 baseball season in a pitcher’s duel against Grove City College (PA) on Wednesday. Rose-Hulman fell 2-0 in the game, falling to 3-1 on the season.
Matthew Rouse (0-1) started and tossed six strong innings on the hill but eventually took the loss. Rouse struck out five, allowing three walks and only one hit. Paul Durell pitched the final two innings, surrendering one run on one hit, walking two and striking out three.
Colter Couillard-Rodak and Andy Krajecki led the way offensively for the Engineers, each finishing with one hit each for Rose-Hulman’s two hits in the game.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Track and Field Geared Up for Indoor National Championships
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to compete at the 2022 NAIA Indoor National Championships on March 3 through March 5 in Brookings, South Dakota at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex on the campus of Dakota State University. The Trojans have 21 athletes competing in 19 events.
The TU women finished an impressive 14th at the 2021 National Championships while the men claimed 44th place. Both teams have had successful indoor campaigns this season and will look to end as top finishers this year. The men’s and women’s programs have been ranked in the USTFCCCA’s top-25 all season.
“We are excited for our team to be able to test themselves against the best athletes in the NAIA and hopefully wrap up the season on a high note,” commented second-year head coach Derek Gay. “We have a great group traveling to South Dakota, nearly every event is represented, and we feel that everyone on the bus has a shot at scoring which is always fun to see. We obviously have to go out and execute when we need to, but we are very optimistic about what we think we can do as a team.”
The women’s team will enter the 2022 National Championships ranked at No. 9 according to the latest USTFCCCA computer ratings that reflects actual entries at the national meet. TU will have 12 women competing in eight events and will enter the action with three top-five seeds.
After finishing as the 2021 Indoor 4×8 National Champions, TU’s 4×800-meter relay squad enters the meet with the No. 1 ranking and all four returners seek to repeat their historic finish. The stellar squad of Abbey Brennan, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Brooke Studnicki is undefeated so far this season and currently owns the TU program record.
Taylor’s other top-five seeds include Brennan in the mile and the DMR. The distance medley crew of O’Leary, Eden Siples, Studnicki and Brennan is seeded fifth. Senior Abbey Brennan is primed for an exciting race in the mile. She enters the field ranked third overall and has competed exceptionally all season. The Fort Wayne native will seek her first individual All-American award of her track and field career.
TU holds top-10 seeds in the women’s 800-meters and 1,000-meters. Brooke Studnicki enters the meet with the No. 6 ranking in the open-8, while Giovanna Domene holds the No. 9 seed in the 1k. Studnicki earned All-American honors in the 800 at the 2019 Indoor National Championships after her seventh-place finish and will seek to repeat those honors this year.
Three first-time indoor national qualifiers will represent the Trojans in the 3,000-meters. Ahna VanderWall (No. 11), Elayna Kitt (No. 19) and Lynae Ackley (No. 23) are excited to make their nationals debut.
Taylor’s other single event qualifiers include Mollie Gamble in the 5,000-meters seeded at No. 15, along with Patience Sakeuh and Audrey Altum in the 60-meter hurdles seeded 20th and 23rd respectively.
The men’s team holds the No. 10 ranking in the USTFCCCA index and will have nine men competing in 11 events.
Damon Knowles enters the championship with the No. 1 seed in the pole vault. The junior has held the top-mark in the pole vault the entire indoor season, and will look to finish the 2022 campaign in the same manner. Knowles has beneficial prior experience at the national level, as he finished 12th at the 2019 Indoor Championships and 10th at the 2021 Outdoor Nationals.
Seniors Derek Van Prooyen and Alex Helmuth will close out their final indoor meet of their TU careers this weekend, as the dynamic duo is set to compete in the 5,000-meters. Van Prooyen holds the No. 4 seed while Helmuth is ranked fifth. Both men have a plethora of national experience and will build on that for success this weekend.
Connor White will look to take home his first All-American award as the senior owns the fifth-fastest time in the 3,000-meters.
Three Trojans will compete in double the action. Matthew Sakeuh owns a top-10 ranking in the 60-meter hurdle dash as he is seeded ninth. The senior also qualified in the 400-meters and will compete as the 21st seed. Sakeuh is coming off an impressive league meet, where is broke the TU school record in both events.
Sammy Sommers is eager to jump into action this weekend after a successful junior indoor campaign. Sommers is ranked 13th in the long jump and 21st in the triple jump.
In the throwing events, Liam Hesting will represent TU in both the shot put and weight throw. The junior holds the No. 17 seed in the weight and the No. 18 seed in the shot.
Sophomores Ben Eiffert and Jake Thompson will make their NAIA National Championship debuts. Eiffert holds the No. 19 seed in the mile and Thompson is seeded 22nd in the high jump.
The top-eight competitors in each event will earn All-American honors.
Championship action is set to begin on Thursday at 3:00 pm (ET), with the 5,000-meter semi-finals, followed by the women’s 4×800-meter relay semis at 4:30 pm and the DMR semi-finals at 6:30 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hubbard Garners First-Team Selection for Second-Straight Season
UPLAND, Ind. – On Wednesday afternoon, the Crossroads League announced its selections for the 2021-2022 all-league men’s basketball teams, among whom Jason Hubbard received a First-Team nod for the second-consecutive season, the first and only Trojan to accomplish such a feat in the nine-year tenure of head coach, Josh Andrews.
In addition to Hubbard’s award, sophomore guard, Kaden Fuhrmann, took home a Second-Team selection for the first postseason award of his young career.
The accolades applicable to Hubbard and his 2021-2022 season are almost too bountiful to acknowledge in full, nonetheless the effort is worthwhile. To begin, Hubbard led the Crossroads League in scoring with 23.0 points per game, a mark that landed him seventh in the nation. That season-average is the highest number posted by any Taylor men’s basketball player in the last four decades. Even more, in the last 20 years only four Trojans have landed in the league’s top-five, yet no other Trojan besides Hubbard has led the league in scoring since the turn of the millennium.
Culminating in his league-leading 23.0 points per game, Hubbard scored double-digit points in each of his 28 games played, including 20 20-point games and four 30-point efforts. Hubbard stormed through the season’s final 17 games, averaging over 25.0 points per game in that stretch. As a final word regarding his scoring-accolades, Hubbard grew to excel from beyond the arc toward the end of the season, posting a 46.7-percent mark from three throughout Taylor’s final six games of the season.
The Miamisburg, Ohio, native also led the league with 5.2 made-free-throws and 7.0 free-throws-attempted per game. Meanwhile, Hubbard ranked third in the league with 9.1 rebounds per contest, which fueled 12 double-doubles, and shared the league’s fourth-highest mark with 1.4 blocks per game, earning Hubbard a spot on the All-Defensive Team for the third-consecutive season.
En route to his Second-Team selection, Fuhrmann led the league with 3.3 made three-point field-goals per game while maintaining a mark of 37.1 percent from deep. The Liberty Township, Ohio, native knocked down two-or-more three’s in 22 games, including 13 games of four-or-more made three’s.
Fuhrmann finished his sophomore season averaging 16.2 points per game, a mark bolstered by seven 20-point games and three 30-point games, and spotlighted by a 39-point performance in Taylor’s 77-74 win over Huntington on November 20th.
Along with Hubbard and Fuhrmann, Taylor is expected to return four-of-five starters for the 2022-2023 season.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | James Repeats as a First-Team All-Crossroads League Performer
UPLAND, Ind. – The Crossroads League announced the 2021-2022 selections for the All-Crossroads League women’s basketball teams, among whom Taylor senior, Lauren James, was honored as a First-Team award-winner for the second-straight season.
Additionally, Trojan teammates, Taylor Westgate and Merideth Deckard, were recognized as Second-Team selections, while senior, Kayla Kirtley, received an Honorable-Mention award.
In recognition of an encore to a standout 2020-2021 season, James received her second-consecutive First-Team All-Crossroads League bid in 2022. Throughout her senior season, the Seymour, Indiana, native averaged 13.0 points-per-game, while dishing out the league’s third-most assists-per-game with 3.8. James also finished the year third in the league with a 39.6-percent season-average from beyond the three-point line.
Her senior season was spotlighted with a 24-point game, in which James shot 7-10 from deep as she eclipsed the 1,000-career-point mark in a 76-55 Senior-Day triumph over Grace. The crafty guard finished her career with 1,035 career-points, the 27th-most in TU program history.
Sophomore, Taylor Westgate, earned her first-career Second-Team All-Crossroads League selection, after being named to the league’s all-freshman team in 2021. Westgate led the Crossroads League with an average of 11.8 rebounds-per-game, alongside the league’s 10th-most points-per-game of 13.7.
Westgate secured double-digit rebounds in 20 of Taylor’s 28 games, bolstering a remarkable 15 double-doubles in the 2021-2022 season. Between January 5th and February 9th, the Marion, Indiana, native recorded seven-consecutive double-doubles, spotlighted by a monster 27-point and 16-rebound effort in Taylor’s 97-85 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene on February 1st.
Furthermore, the sophomore forward finished the year near the league’s top-10 in both blocks and steals, earning Westgate the first Crossroads League All-Defensive Team nod of her career.
Deckard, Taylor’s senior three-point specialist, picked up her first-career postseason award with a 2021-2022 Second-Team nod, though she also lead the nation in three-point percentage in the 2020-2021 season. Throughout conference-play of her senior season, Deckard averaged 10.4 points-per-game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 39.2 percent from deep. The Martinsville, Indiana, native contributed the league’s fourth-most assists-per-game as well, with 3.3 per contest.
Throughout an eight-game stretch that extended from January 8th through February 16th, Deckard averaged 12.9 points-per-game while maintaining a sharp 51.1-percent clip from three-point land. At the end of her collegiate-career, Deckard boasts a career-three-point shooting percentage of 43.2 percent, not far behind the 45.9 percent of TU’s program record-holder, Becca Buchs.
Kirtley received an Honorable-Mention award for the second-straight season, in recognition of a 2021-2022 season average of 12.4 points- and 7.0 rebounds-per-game, both of which served as career-bests. In some respects, Kirtley was the most consistent scorer for the Trojans throughout her senior season, scoring double-digit points in 21 of Taylor’s 28 games, a mark greater than any other Trojan. Between November 20th and January 26th, Kirtley scored 10 or more points in 11-consecutive games, posting an average of 13.4 points-per-game in that stretch.
Taylor finished the 2021-2022 season with an overall record of 15-13, including an 8-6 mark in league-play, en route to a Crossroads League Tournament Semifinal appearance. While James, Deckard, and Kirtley each graduate, Westgate will look to lead the Trojans as a junior in the 2022-2023 season.
Trailblazer baseball starts week out with home win over Joliet
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball season is getting into full swing at Jerry Blemker Field as the Trailblazers hosted Morton College and Joliet Junior College Sunday, Feb. 27 and Monday Feb. 28.
Vincennes came away with a 1-2 record over the three-game set, after dropping the first two 10-5 and 10-3 to Morton and Joliet on Sunday, before coming back Monday to win 7-2 over Joliet.
The three-game home weekend started with the Trailblazers hosting Morton College from Cicero, Ill.
The Panthers got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the second.
Vincennes would respond to even the score at 2-2 with a pair with an RBI singly by VU sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio).
Morton completely took the momentum of the game in the fourth, scoring four runs in the inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Vincennes would answer with a pair of runs in the fifth, but were unable to get the lead with Morton scoring a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to come away with the 10-5 win.
Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) took the mound to start game one Sunday, throwing 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and punching out four.
Sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) came in in relief to throw 3.1 innings, giving up four runs on three hits and striking out four as well.
Freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) got the final out of the seventh while surrendering one run on three hits.
Game two of the day began more as a pitcher’s duel, with Joliet scoring the only run in the first four inning and adding three more in the fifth.
The Wolves would continue to grow their lead by adding two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 10-0 lead.
Vincennes would get on the board in the seventh after a lead-off walk, single and hit by pitch loaded the bases for sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.).
Coy would hit an RBI single and the Trailblazers would score two more in the inning on wild pitches but were unable to completely erase the massive deficit as VU fell by the score of 10-3 to Joliet.
Sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) took the mound in game two, throwing four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and ending with six strikeouts.
Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) pitched 2.1 innings in relief, giving up six runs on three hits and striking out five.
Freshman Konner Thyen (Huntingburg, Ind.) pitched in the seventh and recorded his two outs with a pair of strikeouts.
Vincennes looked to end the series on a high-note, coming back Monday afternoon for a single, nine inning game against Joliet.
After each team scored in the first, Vincennes took the lead in the second after a lead-off single by freshman Nick Williams (Alexandria, Ind.).
The Trailblazers would gain a firm control of the game in the fourth as VU plated five runs in the inning, that included a two RBI single by freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) and an RBI double by sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.).
Peyton Lane also drove in a run in the inning on a single to give the Blazers a 7-1 lead.
Joliet would manage to score a run in the top of the seventh, but the Trailblazers were able to hang on and pick up the 7-2 win over the Wolves.
Freshman Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) got the start Monday afternoon and threw 5.2 innings, giving up one run on six hits and punching out three batters.
Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perryville, Ind.) pitched in relief to pick up the 3.1-inning save. Osborn allowed one run on no hits and struck out two.
Vincennes will look to carry some of this momentum into a very tough weekend at Jerry Blemker Field as VU hosts NJCAA D-I No. 7-ranked Wabash Valley College and D-II No. 6-ranked Kellogg Community College Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.
The Trailblazers will face Wabash Valley Friday at 12 p.m. eastern and Kellogg at 6 p.m. eastern. With VU scheduled to take on Kellogg at 11 a.m. eastern. Saturday and Wabash Valley at 5 p.m. eastern.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1953 Braves owner Lou Perini, citing territorial privilege due to their minor league club’s location, blocks the Browns’ attempt to move to Milwaukee from St. Louis. Fifteen days later, he will move his major league club from Boston to the Midwestern city.
1959 The winning entry in the Giants’ Name-the-Park contest is Candlestick Park, reflecting the shape of the rocks found in the area known as Candlestick Point. The ballpark, initially called Bay View Stadium, will be the first stadium built entirely of reinforced concrete.
1967 The White Sox are permitted to use a partially designated hitter in spring training. With the home club’s permission, each team will be allowed to use a designated pinch-hitter twice in the same game.
1969 The Washington Post reports the Global League has failed to reach an agreement with any television network. The lack of a TV deal appears to have derailed the reality of the proposed third major league coming into existence.
1984 Peter Ueberroth is elected baseball’s sixth commissioner, replacing Bowie Kuhn as the major league’s top executive. The former L.A. Olympic president will take office on October 1 and will receive compensation of $450,000, an amount that is nearly double his predecessor’s salary.
1987 Danny Kaye, the Mariners’ original owner, along with his partner Lester Smith from 1977 to 1981, dies of heart failure. The 74-year-old entertainer was a life-long fan of the Dodgers, recording a hit tune entitled The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song, which detailed a fictitious encounter with the rivals Giants during the actual 1962 pennant race.
1988 Upset by a practical joke played by teammate Jesse Orosco, Dodger slugger Kirk Gibson walks out of camp for a day. The southpaw reliever had put eyeblack on Gibson’s cap.
1997 In a controversial deal, the Yankees sign a ten-year contract with Adidas. The licensing agreement with the popular sportswear company puts team owner George Steinbrenner at odds with the baseball establishment.
2006 Jae-Weong Seo and Chan Ho Park combine to blank Taiwan in the opening game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, 2-0. The first game of the 16-nation tournament, featuring the duel between the two South Korean hurlers, is played before a disappointing crowd of only 5,193 fans at Tokyo Dome.
2008 Noah Lowry throws 24 pitches before a batter takes a swing in the Giants’ 6-4 loss to Texas. The 28 year-old right-hander, who issues nine bases-on-balls to the first 12 Rangers he faces, goes through the entire once without recording an official at-bat, thanks to a combination of walks and sacrifice flies.
2012 The Padres sign Cameron Maybin to a five-year contract extension. The new undisclosed deal for the 24-year-old outfielder is reportedly worth $25 million for five years, with another $7 million possible during an option year in 2017.
2015 Major League Baseball introduces its new pace of play initiatives, designed to make the games shorter in duration, during five exhibition contests played in Arizona and Florida. The new rules, which include having batters keeping one foot in the batter’s box after taking a pitch, and using a clock to make innings start more punctually, will be slowly introduced before penalties for the players are implemented.
2016 Experts announce they have verified the legitimacy of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911, bringing the total number of the rare item known to exist to 22. The treasure, which features a picture of the ‘Georgia Peach’ on the front, with the words ‘Ty Cobb – King of the smoking tobacco world’ on the back, was found in a paper bag mixed in with trash by relatives, who were cleaning the dilapidated house that belonged to their great-grandfather.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1903 WORLD SERIES
Boston Americans (5) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (3)
In an effort to end a bitter two year rivalry and promote unity in baseball, the veteran National League and newly established American League decided to bury the hatchet and come together for a new kind of season finale.
Nine years earlier, the two top teams in the National League competed in an experimental post-season championship in which Boston beat Pittsburgh five games to three. In 1903, both teams (now in separate leagues) found themselves competing against one another in the first official “World Series”. Echoing the 1894 proposal of owner William C. Temple, Pittsburgh’s Barney Dreyfuss and Boston’s Henry Killilea agreed that their ballclubs, who were both pennant winners, should meet in a best-of-nine playoff series for the “World Championship.”
The spectacle would represent the first step towards a mutual reconciliation for years of open hostilities and blatant player raids. The Pirates, who had just won their third consecutive pennant, were the perfect representatives for the veteran Nationals. Their rivals, the Americans, had won their flag by 14½ games and represented the fledgling Americans who were still trying to establish themselves as a worthy competitor.
Game 1 of the series proved to be a complete success as fans were treated to the best baseball that both leagues had to offer. The Pirates played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball as Deacon Phillippe pitched a six hitter and right fielder Jimmy Sebring hit the first home run in World Series history. He alone drove in four runs for a 7-3 victory. Game 2 did not disappoint either as Boston mirrored Pittsburgh’s previous performance. They evened the series when Bill Dinneen threw a three-hitter and Patsy Dougherty walloped two homers in a 3-0 triumph.
Pittsburgh’s pitching staff, ravaged by illness and injuries, forced the Pirates to start Phillippe again in Game 3 after only one day of rest. The veteran workhorse, a twenty-five game winner during the regular season, rose to the challenge allowing only four hits in a 4-2 win. Three days later, Pittsburgh went to their dependable ace for a third time and backed him up with reinforcements who came out swinging. Third basemen, Tommy Leach, knocked in three runs while Honus Wagner and Ginger Beaumont each collected three hits. Boston was unable to answer and Pittsburgh led the series three games to one.
Boston was down, but far from out. Cy Young, a veteran, twenty-eight game winner was called upon to cool off the Pirates in Game 5 and that’s exactly what he did. Pittsburgh never knew what hit them. Young yielded only six hits and drove in three runs in an 11-2 runaway. The following day, Game 2 winner Bill Dinneen maintained Boston’s momentum with a 6-3 victory in a contest that featured four hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases by the losing Pirates. The series was now tied at three games each.
Deacon Phillippe, who was undefeated in the series, took the mound for the Pirates in Game 7. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, all good things must come to an end. The Americans’ playing manager Jimmy Collins and Chick Stahl knocked him for first inning triples and Boston bolted to an early 2-0 lead en route to a 7-3 triumph. For the first time, the Americans had seized the Series lead. Ahead four games to three, Boston would attempt to nail down the championship on its own Huntington Avenue Grounds.
Game 8 looked to be a pitchers duel as Dinneen and Phillippe went head to head to a scoreless tie through the first three innings. Boston managed to get on the board twice in the fourth and again in the sixth. Phillippe battled on and would end up pitching his fifth complete game in the Series, which lasted thirteen days, but Dinneen bested him in the climactic finale, tossing his second shutout of the Series and notching his third victory.
The 3-0 decision was the Americans fourth straight triumph and made the upstart Boston team champions of the First American League vs. National League World Series. With great pitching dominating the play, hitters obviously had a rough time at the plate. Boston batted .252 while Pittsburgh, despite the presence of National League batting champion Honus Wagner, hit .237.
BASEBALL’S BEST PITCHERS
Had Grover Cleveland Alexander been a writer, the French would have called him a poete maudit, a cursed poet. Alexander had within him the greatness and the frailty that make for tragedy. Except for Ty Cobb among his contemporaries, no other player had to cope with so many personal demons. With Cobb and Christy Mathewson, Alexander is one of the most complex players of the Deadball Era.
The only ballplayer named for a sitting United States president and portrayed on film by a future one (Ronald Reagan in The Winning Team) was born February 26, 1887, in the tiny farming community of Elba, Nebraska. He was one of thirteen children (twelve boys), the sixth of eight to survive into adulthood, born to the former Margaret Cootey and William Alexander.
Life on the Nebraska plains was harsh, as the infant and child deaths in the Alexander family amply prove. The Alexander farm was self-sufficient, however, and there was always enough food. Alex-called “Dode” by family and folks around Elba and St. Paul-considered himself “an average farm boy” and described his youth as “more or less a matter of long days of work and short nights of sleep.” He acquired a reputation as a corn shucker, a task his father credited with giving him the powerful right wrist that made his curveball so deadly. Alex developed his control throwing stones at clothespins or chickens (if his mother needed to fill the dinner pot). To be fair, he gave the chickens a running start. Despite the hardships, he graduated from St. Paul High School.
William Alexander hoped his son would study law as had his presidential namesake, but Dode wasn’t interested. Instead, he became a lineman with the telephone company so he could play ball on the weekends. Acquiring a local reputation as a pitcher, he signed with Galesburg (Illinois-Missouri League) for the 1909 season. After a slow start, he went 15-8 with an estimated ERA of 1.36 and 6 shutouts. On July 22, pitching in Galesburg against Canton, he threw the only no-hitter of his career, a 2-0 masterpiece in which he struck out ten, walked one, and hit a batter. A few days later, he beat Macomb, 1-0, in eighteen innings while allowing eight hits, hitting a batter, walking no one, and striking out nineteen.
In late July, however, he suffered an injury that ended his first season prematurely and cast doubts about his future. Alex was running from first to second trying to break up a double play when the shortstop’s throw hit him square in the right temple. Reports vary, but he was unconscious between thirty-six and fifty-six hours. He awoke suffering from double vision, which he endured through the fall and winter into the next spring. The double vision disappeared as suddenly as it came, and he was able to pitch again. The short-term effect, then, was relatively negligible. The long-term effect of the blow might have been the epilepsy that would do much to make the last half of his life a living hell.
The 1910 season got off to a bizarre start for Alexander. Galesburg sold him to Indianapolis, who, having heard of Alex’s double vision and believing that Galesburg had been too anxious to let him go, sold him to Syracuse (New York State League) without even giving him a look. Syracuse prospered from the gift. Alex went 29-11 with an ERA of 1.85. Thirty-one complete games and 217 strikeouts against only 74 walks in 345⅔ innings made for a nice bonus. Particularly eye-popping was the number of shutouts—15. He put to rest the rap in the Syracuse press that he was a bit soft on July 20 by beating Wilkes-Barre in two well-pitched complete games. He resolved any other questions about his stamina with a string of 52 consecutive scoreless innings and 6 shutouts that only the end of the season stopped.
Alexander was clearly ready for the majors, but the Phillies were particularly interested in George Chalmers of Scranton. They got Chalmers for $3,000 and, as insurance, drafted Alex from Syracuse for $500. Chalmers struggled over seven seasons, but Philadelphia’s investment in Alex paid a better dividend.
Alex caught the National League by surprise. He didn’t look like a pitcher, as did his older contemporaries Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. All three were in the six-foot-one range, but whereas Alexander was a wiry 185 pounds, Mathewson and Johnson were a hard, chiseled 195 to 200 pounds. Matty and Walter had a majestic, almost regal way about them while Alex always had an unhurried shuffle, a uniform that never seemed to fit just right, and a cap that looked a size too small and stood on his head at a precarious tilt. All that changed when he pitched. He was the picture of grace and efficiency—often completing games in ninety minutes—with a smooth, usually sidearm delivery, possessing excellent control of a sneaky fastball and a devastating curve.
Alexander didn’t impress anyone at spring training except catcher Pat Moran, who saw something in him and persuaded the team to take the new pitcher north. He got to show his potential in the last game of the pre-season City Series, pitching five scoreless innings against the defending World Series champion Athletics. Alex debuted in Boston on April 15, losing a 5-4 decision on an unearned run in the ninth. He picked up his first win on April 26, beating Brooklyn in the first game of a doubleheader, 10-3.
Alex’s performance in 1911 is arguably the greatest season by a rookie pitcher in the twentieth century—28-13 with a 2.57 ERA. Twenty-eight wins led the league and remain the twentieth-century record for rookies. One of his biggest wins came in Boston against Cy Young in September, a one-hit 1-0 shutout. His 227 strikeouts, good for second in the league, stood as the record for rookies until Herb Score gunned down 245 for the Indians in 1955. He also led the league in complete games with 31, innings pitched with 367, and shutouts with 7 (four of them consecutive). His ERA was good enough for fifth. Pitching relief occasionally between starts, he picked up three saves. All of this came as part of a 79-73 team.
The Phillies in 1912 reversed their numbers to 73-79 and took Alexander down a bit with them. He went 19-17 with a 2.81 ERA but led the league with 195 strikeouts and 310 innings pitched. Philadelphia improved to second, well behind the Giants, in 1913, Alex contributing a 22-8 mark and a league-best 9 shutouts. Consistently inconsistent, the Phils fell to sixth in 1914 with a 74-80 slate. The fall was no fault of Alexander’s; he went 27-15 with a 2.38 ERA, leading the league in wins, innings pitched (355), strikeouts (214), and complete games (32).
The Phillies decided to make a change. Out went skipper Red Dooin. Enter Pat Moran, the good-field-fair-hit catcher who had persuaded the team to give Alex a real chance. Moran, an extraordinary manager who was building a Hall of Fame career until he died suddenly during spring training in 1924, was a genius at getting the absolute best out of his pitchers, as Alexander, Eppa Rixey, and a number of lesser talents had their finest seasons under him. Grover Cleveland Alexander was about to become Alexander the Great.
Beginning with the 1915 season, Alexander embarked on a three-year reign of terror over the National League. He went 31-10 to lead the league in wins and achieved his first pitcher’s Triple Crown, leading the league with a microscopic 1.22 ERA and a career-high 241 strikeouts. He led the league in every important pitcher’s category: innings pitched (376⅓), complete games (36), winning percentage (.756), and shutouts with an incredible 12, a figure that stood as the National League record for one year. To make his domination of hitters humiliating as well as complete, he pitched four one-hitters. The first one-hitter, a 3-0 win in St. Louis on June 5, was the closest Alex ever came to a major-league no-hitter, as shortstop Artie Butler singled past Alex’s head with two down in the ninth.
Behind Alex’s leadership, the Phillies edged out the Braves by one game and headed into the World Series with the Red Sox. He defeated Ernie Shore, 3-1, in Game One as both pitched a complete game. Dutch Leonard beat Alex, 2-1, in Game Three as Duffy Lewis singled in the bottom of the ninth to score Harry Hooper. Moran hoped to use Alexander in Game Five, but Alex felt worn out from the long season, and the Phillies lost a heartbreaker, 5-4, behind Erskine Mayer and Rixey.
Alexander rebounded from the disappointment of the Series loss with another Triple Crown: 33-12, 167 strikeouts, and a 1.55 ERA. He reached a career-high and league-leading 389 innings, 45 starts, and 38 complete games—and 16 shutouts. With the shutouts Alex reached two pinnacles: He’s the only National League pitcher to reach double figures twice in shutouts, and he holds the major league record for shutouts by three over Jack Coombs in 1910 and Bob Gibson in 1968. Coincidentally, he pitched his record-breaking 14th shutout on September 1, a 3-0 gem over Brooklyn’s Jack Coombs. Making his shutout record yet more astonishing is that he attained it pitching half his games in tiny Baker Bowl, a graveyard for pitchers. Alex’s heroics weren’t enough for the Phillies, who improved their won-lost record from the previous year but slid in 2½ games behind Brooklyn.
Philadelphia remained in second in 1917 albeit ten games behind the Giants, but it wasn’t Alexander’s fault. He went 30-13 and with 200 strikeouts to lead the league along with a 1.83 ERA and a league-best 8 shutouts, 44 starts, 34 complete games, and 388 innings pitched. Under the rules of 1917, Alexander was awarded the ERA title because he pitched 10 or more complete games. However, under today’s rules, the award goes to the Giants’ Fred Anderson, who compiled his 1.44 ERA in 162 innings with a nondescript 8-8 record and fewer than 10 complete games.
With the war raging in Europe and the United States having entered the fray the previous April, the Philadelphia front office carried off one of the most cynical acts in baseball history. Gambling that Alexander would be drafted into the army, on December 11, 1917, they sent Alex and catcher Bill Killefer to Chicago for Mike Prendergast and Pickles Dillhoefer and $55,000.
Adapting to Chicago nicely, a $5,000 bonus from Charles Weeghman helping the process, Alex won two of his three decisions in 1918, all complete games, with a 1.73 ERA when the army came calling. Philadelphia’s gamble paid off. Ironically, the Cubs won the pennant anyway behind the Triple Crown pitching of southpaw Jim Vaughn.
Alexander invested his bonus in Liberty Bonds and reported for duty at Fort Funston, Kansas. On May 31 he married Amy Marie Arrants of Omaha, whom he’d met on a blind date several years before when she was visiting friends in St. Paul.1 A sergeant assigned to the 89th Division and the 342nd Field Artillery, Alex shipped out from New York on June 28 and arrived in Liverpool on July 9. His unit went to the front late in July.
Many men survived the war, but they didn’t recover from it. One of the many cruel coincidences of the war is that it destroyed the two greatest National League pitchers of the Deadball Era, if not of the twentieth century, Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
Alexander spent seven weeks at the front under relentless bombardment that left him deaf in his left ear. Pulling the lanyard to fire the howitzers caused muscle damage in his right arm. He caught some shrapnel in his outer right ear, an injury thought not serious at the time but which may have been the progenitor of cancer almost thirty years later. He was shell-shocked. Worst of all, the man who used to have a round or two with the guys and call it a day became alcoholic and epileptic, a condition possibly caused by the skulling he’d received in Galesburg. Alex tried to cover up his epilepsy, using alcohol in the mistaken belief that it would alleviate the condition. Living in a world that believed epileptics to be touched by the devil, he knew it was more socially acceptable to be a drunk.
A human wreck, Alexander returned to the Cubs on May 11, 1919. Working his way back into pitching shape, he dropped his first five decisions. Once he got turned around, Alex finished 16-11 for a distantly third-place team and led the league with 9 shutouts and a sparkling 1.72 ERA. His ERA remains the lowest for a Cub pitcher since the team began playing in Wrigley Field. He transcended his fifth-place team in 1920 with his last Triple Crown season: 27-14 with 173 strikeouts and a 1.91 ERA. In addition, he led the league in starts (40), complete games (33), and innings pitched (363⅓) and threw in 7 shutouts and 5 saves.
From 1921 on, Alexander was a different pitcher, depending on finesse and pinpoint control, never striking out a hundred batters again, walking very few, having ERAs over three for the first time in his career, but still winning more than he lost. Alcohol was taking over his life, as he drank to relive the past, forget the present, and forestall the future. No longer a great pitcher, he was still a very good one, capable of picking up 22 wins in 1923 and setting a major-league record by starting the season pitching 52 consecutive innings before issuing a walk.
After the Cubs finished last in 1925, the front office brought in a career minor-leaguer named Joe McCarthy to manage in 1926. McCarthy, who would become a great manager, thought Alexander’s drinking was hurting the team. Alex made clear from the start that he had no use for McCarthy. With Alex muddling along at 3-3, the Cubs traded him to St. Louis for the waiver price on June 22. Legendary Cardinals player-manager Rogers Hornsby, wanting to win the pennant, figured Alex could help him and tolerated the drinking as long as it didn’t interfere with business. Alex helped, his 9-7 effort providing the margin in St. Louis’ two-game lead over Cincinnati.
The 1926 World Series, pitting the Cardinals against a powerful Yankee team featuring veteran bombers Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel and young guns Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri, cast the Alexander legend in stone. Alex pitched complete-game wins in Games Two and Six before the climactic seventh game. Alex entered the game to relieve Jesse Haines in the seventh inning with bases loaded, two out, and the Cardinals hanging on to a 3-2 lead. He struck out Lazzeri, held the lead, and the Cards were champs. Whether he was hung over, drunk, or sober — Alex and Amy always maintained he was sober — will probably never be known. Two interesting footnotes to the tale emerge: (1) Alexander, though striking out only 48 batters in 200⅓ innings during the season, struck out 17 Yankees in 20⅓ innings; and (2) Lazzeri, also hiding epilepsy, fell down a flight of stairs to his death during a seizure in 1946.
Reveling in his Series glory, Alexander enjoyed his ninth and last twenty-win season in 1927, going 21-10 with an ERA of 2.52. He slipped to 16-9 in 1928, pitched his ninetieth and last shutout, and was pounded mercilessly by the Yankees in their Series sweep of the Cardinals. His ninth and last win of the 1929 season, against eight losses, gave him 373, the number he believed put him ahead of Mathewson’s 372 and gave him the National League record for wins. It wasn’t to be, however, as researchers in the 1940s discovered an error in Matty’s 1902 numbers, improving his record from 13-18 to 14-17. The two righthanders, both victims of the war, would be forever linked in the record books. On December 11, twelve years to the day after Philadelphia traded him to Chicago, the Cardinals traded Alexander and Harry McCurdy to Philadelphia for Homer Peel and Bob McGraw—three of the most insignificant players ever connected to a Hall of Famer.
Alex lost all three decisions with Philadelphia in 1930, his first losing record ever, and was released. He tried to continue with Dallas in the Texas League but was ineffective and was soon let go. He pitched a few games over the next three years as a novelty with the House of David team. He was allowed to shave, but since a shot and a beer cost the same as a razor blade, he frequently had a stubble. Failing here, he was out of baseball for good. The coaching position he longed for never materialized because no one wanted to take a chance on him.
The last two decades of Alexander’s life are the picture of a man spinning out of control with nobody able to stop the free-fall. Alex entered various sanitariums seeking help, but nothing worked. He was hooked. Having put up with enough, Amy divorced him in 1929, hoping to shock him to his senses. Roy H. Masonnof of St. Paul filed a $25,000 lawsuit against him in January 1930, charging him with being a “love pirate.” Everybody cooled off, and Alex and Amy remarried in 1931. He shuffled around the country in an odyssey of odd jobs (including a stint recounting his strikeout of Lazzeri in a Times Square flea circus), cheap hotels, boarding houses, and the like. His poverty and inability to straighten out became an embarrassment to the National League. The Alexander file at the Hall of Fame contains a collection of letters exchanged among Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, National League president Ford Frick, Cardinal president Sam Breadon, and Cardinal general manager Branch Rickey—all of them addressing the question “What to do about Alexander?” They finally settled on the ruse of a National League pension of fifty dollars a month that was actually paid by the Cardinals and sent to whoever was keeping Alex to dole out to him as necessary. That, they hoped, with his small army pension, might keep Alexander from drowning.
Alexander’s desperate situation found relief only in his election to the Hall of Fame in 1938. He pulled himself together enough to go to Cooperstown for the first induction ceremony on June 12, 1939, and thoroughly enjoyed the time with the honorees. It was bittersweet, though, as Alex said in 1944, “I’m in the Hall of Fame, . . . and I’m proud to be there, but I can’t eat the Hall of Fame.”
The Alexanders divorced again in 1941 but remained close. Amy thought Alex never really considered them divorced and said he always sought her advice and friendship. He suffered a heart attack on October 15, 1946, as he was leaving Sportsman’s Park after watching the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in the World Series. In 1947 he was injured in a fall during an epileptic seizure in Los Angeles. He developed cancer on his right ear, necessitating its amputation. Amy thought the cancer might have been sun-related because Alex was fair and got sunburned often. It’s possible, too, that the root of the cancer stemmed from the shrapnel fragments he took during the war and the infection he suffered upon their removal. He made his last public appearance as the Yankees’ guest for Games Three and Four of their World Series sweep of the Phillies. Back in St. Paul after the Series, on November 4 he left his hotel room to mail a letter to Amy telling her he was looking forward to meeting her in Kansas City. He went back to his room and—mercifully—died. He was buried with full military honors in his family’s plot in Elmwood Cemetery outside St. Paul. His death certificate said Alex died of cardiac failure. Amy thought he died in a fall from an epileptic seizure. Either way, having reached the zenith, he had fallen to the depths. Never meeting a batter he couldn’t beat or a bottle he could, pursued by demons one can only imagine, Alexander was the cursed pitcher.
Amy, ever speaking kindly of Alex, died in Los Angeles in December 1979 at age eighty-seven.
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MEN||TIME ET||TV|
|BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: RADFORD VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T||11:30AM||ESPN+|
|BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: UNC ASHEVILLE VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND: HIGH POINT VS. HAMPTON||6:00PM||ESPN+|
|NOTRE DAME AT FLORIDA STATE||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|WKU AT MARSHALL||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|TEXAS A&M AT ALABAMA||7:00PM||SECN|
|RUTGERS AT INDIANA||7:00PM||BTN|
|GEORGETOWN AT SETON HALL||7:00PM||CBSSN|
|GEORGIA TECH AT CLEMSON||7:00PM||ACCN|
|SAINT JOSEPH’S AT LA SALLE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|OKLAHOMA STATE AT IOWA STATE||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|GEORGE MASON AT DAVIDSON||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|OVC FIRST ROUND: TENNESSEE STATE VS. SIUE||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|BIG SOUTH FIRST ROUND||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|UCONN AT CREIGHTON||8:30PM||FS1|
|LSU AT ARKANSAS||9:00PM||ESPN2|
|AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE||9:00PM||SECN|
|WICHITA STATE AT TULSA||9:00PM||ESPNU|
|MINNESOTA AT MARYLAND||9:00PM||BTN|
|MARQUETTE AT DEPAUL||9:00PM||CBSSN|
|MIAMI (FL) AT BOSTON COLLEGE||9:00PM||ACCN|
|OVC FIRST ROUND: AUSTIN PEAY VS. TENNESSEE TECH||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|WYOMING AT UNLV||10:30PM||FS1|
|CHARLOTTE AT CLEVELAND||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|INDIANA AT ORLANDO||7:O0PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW YORK AT PHILADELPHIA||7:30PM||ESPN|
|UTAH AT HOUSTON||8:00PM||ATTSN-RM|
|MIAMI AT MILWAUKEE||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SACRAMENTO AT NEW ORLEANS||10:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|OKLAHOMA CITY AT DENVER||9:00PM||ALT|
|PORTLAND AT PHOENIX||10:00PM||ESPN|
|BUFFALO AT TORONTO||7:30PM||MSG-BUF|
|ST. LOUIS AT NY RANGERS||7:30PM||TNT|
|LOS ANGELES AT DALLAS||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NASHVILLE AT SEATTLE||10:00PM||TNT|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 MIAMI||41||22||.651||—||21-7||20-15||11-2||26-13||8-2||1 L|
|2 CHICAGO||39||23||.629||1.5||24-9||15-14||7-3||24-14||6-4||2 L|
|3 PHILADELPHIA||38||23||.623||2.0||17-13||21-10||6-7||22-14||7-3||4 W|
|4 MILWAUKEE||38||25||.603||3.0||22-12||16-13||8-3||24-18||6-4||2 W|
|5 CLEVELAND||36||26||.581||4.5||19-11||17-15||7-4||21-15||5-5||2 L|
|6 BOSTON||37||27||.578||4.5||21-11||16-16||8-6||27-16||8-2||1 W|
|7 TORONTO||34||27||.557||6.0||17-13||17-14||7-5||23-16||6-4||2 W|
|8 BROOKLYN||32||31||.508||9.0||13-17||19-14||7-5||22-16||3-7||2 L|
|9 CHARLOTTE||31||33||.484||10.5||15-15||16-18||5-7||21-20||3-7||1 W|
|10 ATLANTA||29||32||.475||11.0||18-13||11-19||7-5||18-20||4-6||1 L|
|11 WASHINGTON||28||33||.459||12.0||16-16||12-17||6-6||21-20||4-6||1 W|
|12 NEW YORK||25||37||.403||15.5||13-19||12-18||4-9||14-25||1-9||6 L|
|13 INDIANA||22||42||.344||19.5||15-18||7-24||2-11||11-30||3-7||1 W|
|14 DETROIT||15||47||.242||25.5||9-21||6-26||4-7||11-25||3-7||1 L|
|15 ORLANDO||15||48||.238||26.0||7-22||8-26||2-11||9-32||3-7||1 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 PHOENIX||50||12||.806||—||27-7||23-5||6-4||30-9||8-2||1 W|
|2 GOLDEN STATE||43||19||.694||7.0||26-7||17-12||9-2||26-13||4-6||2 L|
|3 MEMPHIS||43||20||.683||7.5||21-10||22-10||7-4||29-13||8-2||2 W|
|4 UTAH||39||22||.639||10.5||22-10||17-12||11-1||25-12||9-1||3 W|
|5 DALLAS||37||25||.597||13.0||20-11||17-14||11-2||26-15||8-2||2 W|
|6 DENVER||36||26||.581||14.0||17-11||19-15||5-9||21-18||8-2||1 L|
|7 MINNESOTA||34||29||.540||16.5||19-12||15-17||7-4||22-18||6-4||2 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||33||31||.516||18.0||18-13||15-18||6-6||20-23||6-4||4 W|
|9 LA LAKERS||27||34||.443||22.5||18-16||9-18||2-9||15-22||3-7||3 L|
|10 NEW ORLEANS||26||36||.419||24.0||14-17||12-19||4-7||17-20||6-4||3 W|
|11 PORTLAND||25||37||.403||25.0||16-18||9-19||1-9||11-27||4-6||3 L|
|12 SAN ANTONIO||24||38||.387||26.0||11-18||13-20||4-7||14-21||5-5||2 L|
|13 SACRAMENTO||23||41||.359||28.0||15-18||8-23||5-7||16-25||4-6||1 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||20||42||.323||30.0||9-21||11-21||4-5||14-26||3-7||1 W|
|15 HOUSTON||15||47||.242||35.0||8-21||7-26||2-8||7-31||0-10||11 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 CAROLINA HURRICANES||53||37||11||5||79||36||185||126||19-4-2||18-7-3||6-2-2|
|2 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||52||35||11||6||76||33||182||146||18-4-4||17-7-2||8-1-1|
|3 FLORIDA PANTHERS||53||35||13||5||75||33||218||161||23-6-0||12-7-5||6-4-0|
|4 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||54||35||15||4||74||33||198||157||19-6-1||16-9-3||5-4-1|
|5 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||55||33||14||8||74||31||178||148||15-8-5||18-6-3||6-3-1|
|6 NEW YORK RANGERS||54||34||15||5||73||30||162||137||18-5-3||16-10-2||6-3-1|
|7 BOSTON BRUINS||54||32||18||4||68||31||161||146||16-10-1||16-8-3||6-3-1|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||55||28||18||9||65||26||176||156||12-11-5||16-7-4||4-6-0|
|9 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||54||28||25||1||57||25||179||196||15-11-1||13-14-0||7-3-0|
|10 DETROIT RED WINGS||54||24||24||6||54||21||160||194||16-11-3||8-13-3||5-5-0|
|11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||50||20||22||8||48||19||128||142||10-10-4||10-12-4||3-5-2|
|12 OTTAWA SENATORS||52||19||28||5||43||18||137||166||10-16-2||9-12-3||3-6-1|
|13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||54||19||30||5||43||18||167||197||11-13-3||8-17-2||4-6-0|
|14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||53||16||27||10||42||16||131||184||9-14-5||7-13-5||3-5-2|
|15 BUFFALO SABRES||55||17||30||8||42||15||148||196||8-14-4||9-16-4||3-6-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||54||13||34||7||33||11||127||206||8-17-1||5-17-6||5-5-0|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||54||40||10||4||84||37||218||153||23-3-2||17-7-2||8-2-0|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||52||32||14||6||70||30||182||125||15-4-4||17-10-2||9-1-0|
|3 ST. LOUIS BLUES||53||32||15||6||70||30||191||146||19-6-2||13-9-4||6-3-1|
|4 MINNESOTA WILD||51||31||17||3||65||27||191||162||16-5-1||15-12-2||3-7-0|
|5 LOS ANGELES KINGS||55||29||19||7||65||27||162||157||14-12-2||15-7-5||7-3-0|
|6 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||54||30||20||4||64||26||175||157||15-12-3||15-8-1||5-4-1|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||54||30||20||4||64||28||166||155||15-10-0||15-10-4||3-6-1|
|8 DALLAS STARS||53||30||20||3||63||27||155||154||20-7-1||10-13-2||7-2-1|
|9 EDMONTON OILERS||54||30||21||3||63||27||179||171||14-11-0||16-10-3||7-3-0|
|10 ANAHEIM DUCKS||56||26||21||9||61||22||165||172||15-10-4||11-11-5||4-5-1|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||55||26||23||6||58||23||154||158||12-10-3||14-13-3||6-4-0|
|12 WINNIPEG JETS||54||24||21||9||57||23||163||166||14-10-1||10-11-8||5-4-1|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||54||24||24||6||54||22||143||168||13-12-3||11-12-3||2-5-3|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||54||19||27||8||46||16||134||185||9-14-4||10-13-4||3-6-1|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||56||17||34||5||39||16||144||199||10-17-3||7-17-2||2-7-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||53||14||35||4||32||13||122||195||7-20-1||7-15-3||4-6-0|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE