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Carlson FG gives Raiders 16-14 win vs COVID-ravaged Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) The Raiders didn’t appreciate the NFL postponing their trip. They made sure their postseason chances weren’t canceled as well.
Daniel Carlson’s 48-yard field goal as time expired sent Las Vegas to a 16-14 win on Monday night over the COVID-19-depleted Cleveland Browns in a game pushed back two days by the NFL amid an uptick of virus cases across the league.
Down by a point, quarterback Derek Carr patiently drove the Raiders (7-7) into Cleveland territory in the final two minutes.
Then Carlson shrugged off being iced by the Browns to boot his winner, keeping Las Vegas in the playoff mix. The Raiders had been upset with the league’s decision to delay the game from Saturday until Monday.
None of that seemed to matter as the Raiders danced off their sideline when Carlson’s kick went through at the Dawg Pound end of FirstEnergy Stadium.
“It’s been a long time coming to win a game like that in the end,” said Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who has led the team through a turbulent season. “We understand the situation we’re in and what the playoff race looks like.”
The loss was devastating for the Browns (7-7), who would have vaulted into first place in the AFC North with a win. Instead, they fell into last place in the tightly packed division with three games remaining.
Due to a virus outbreak, the Browns were without quarterback Baker Mayfield, coach Kevin Stefanski and several other prominent players, including top receiver Jarvis Landry and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
Cleveland third-string quarterback Nick Mullens had brought the Browns back from a 10-0 deficit in the third quarter and given them a 14-13 lead by throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Harrison Bryant with 3:45 left.
And after Greedy Williams intercepted Carr, it appeared the Browns were on their way to taking their roller-coaster season to new heights. But Cleveland couldn’t come up with a first down and gave the ball back to Carr with 1:50 left.
The Raiders quarterback took care of the rest, setting up Carlson’s kick that kicked new life into a team that has dealt with adversity and drama all season, including the resignation of coach Jon Gruden in October.
The Browns were ravaged by positive COVID-19 cases last week. Despite the league postponing the game for two days, an asymptomatic Mayfield was unable to produce a negative test in time to play. Cleveland was without a dozen regulars.
The Browns were also without Stefanski, forced to miss his second big game in less than a year after he tested positive.
Nick Chubb’s 4-yard TD run came shortly after the Browns got a turnover they desperately needed. They jarred the ball loose from Carr, who fumbled near midfield and appeared to injure his leg while being taken down by Sheldon Day and others.
Carr was checked by trainers before limping to the sideline. He came back for the Raiders’ next possession and finished 25 of 38 for 236 yards and a touchdown to Bryan Edwards.
HOLD THE LINE
Cleveland’s issues up front led to a major shift, with Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio sliding over to play left tackle as Jedrick Wills Jr. was one of the Browns’ COVID-19 cases.
Bitonio had a brief stint at tackle in training camp a few years back after perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas retired.
NEXT WOMAN UP
For the second straight year, Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson was called on to fill in for an assistant coach. With acting running backs coach Ryan Cordell out with COVID-19, Brownson stepped in. Last year, she became the first woman in league history to work as a position coach during a game.
Brownson is in her second season with Cleveland. She was recently hired as coach of the U.S. women’s national team for this summer’s world championships.
Raiders: LB Will Compton was a late scratch. He left the team to be with his family following his mother’s unexpected death. … LB Divine Deablo hurt his shoulder in the third quarter. … S Jonathan Abram immediately went to the locker room with a shoulder injury midway through the fourth period and didn’t return.
Browns: DE Takk McKinley was carted off in the third quarter with a potentially serious ankle injury. McKinley covered his face and struggled to contain his emotions while being taken to the locker room.
Raiders: host the Denver Broncos on Dec. 26.
Browns: Christmas Day visit to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers.
Cousins throws for 2 touchdowns as Vikings beat Bears 17-9
CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have little margin for error and plenty of room to improve as they try to secure a playoff spot.
Not that Kirk Cousins needed a reminder. Or, for that matter, coach Mike Zimmer.
Cousins threw two touchdown passes, and Minnesota beat the struggling and short-handed Chicago Bears 17-9 on Monday night.
The Vikings (7-7), part of a tight pack of teams vying for one of the NFC’s seven playoff spots, were in line for their most lopsided win before Justin Fields threw a touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted on the game’s final play.
That score aside, Minnesota withstood several scoring threats by Chicago down the stretch coming off a win over Pittsburgh in which the Vikings nearly blew a 29-0 lead.
“I think we have work,” Cousins said. “I think there is a lot to improve upon. We’re playing three really good opponents up ahead. We’re probably going to need everyone, so there is not a lot of room for error and we have to tighten the screws here and play our best football down the stretch.”
The Vikings’ final three games are at home against the Los Angeles Rams and at NFC North champion Green Bay before they host Chicago in the finale. The result in this one was hardly a surprise given the state of the Bears (4-10).
Chicago lost for the eighth time in nine games, and with 14 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, that seemed inevitable. Receiver Allen Robinson was on it, as was the starting secondary.
The health issues also hit the coaching staff, with all three coordinators testing positive for the coronavirus during the week. Defensive coordinator Sean Desai was cleared to return hours before kickoff. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was not cleared, so Nagy called plays. And special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was out.
Cousins, who struggled last week, didn’t exactly dominate in this one. He was 12 of 24 for 87 yards with an interception and got sacked four times. The two-time Pro Bowler also connected with Justin Jefferson for a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw a 7-yarder to Ihmir Smith-Marsette in the third.
Dalvin Cook ran for 89 yards, after going for 205 against Pittsburgh in a sooner-than-expected return from a dislocated shoulder.
D.J. Wonnum had a career-high three sacks and the Vikings recovered three fumbles on the way to their second straight win after back-to-back losses.
“It’s not just playing better, it’s getting better,” Zimmer said. “It’s getting better in the run defense, getting better in the pass coverage, it’s getting better in protection. It’s getting better in running the ball. It’s all those things. We’re trying to get better so we can get to that spot where we’ve got to get to.”
For the Bears and their fans, it was another frustrating outing.
Fields threw for 285 yards and ran for 35 in his second game back after missing two with broken ribs. The rookie completed 26 of 39 passes playing behind a line missing both starting tackles, with right tackle Larry Borom on the COVID list and left tackle Jason Peters out with an ankle injury.
Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks each had two sacks. Quinn has 16 this year, leaving him just shy of Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s franchise record of 17 1/2 in 1984.
But Chicago committed nine penalties for 91 yards in a sloppy performance that had fans again booing at times and making their feelings about coach Matt Nagy known, chanting “Fire Nagy!”
“That’s been the story, that’s been the story of the year,” Fields said. “It’s just us shooting ourselves in the foot. Once we eliminate those penalties, sacks on my part where I should just throw the ball away, throw the ball down to the ground – once we eliminate those, we start seeing more points come up on the board and have more success. I thought our whole defense played great tonight and put us in a position to win.”
A riled up Nagy got called for unsportsmanlike conduct between the first and second quarters, when he made his feelings clear to the officials about a penalty against safety Deon Bush.
The penalty against Bush happened near the end of the opening quarter when Cousins tried to connect with Tyler Conklin down the middle. The pass incomplete and Bush got called for a late hit on the tight end.
Referee Scott Novak told a pool reporter Nagy was penalized for “inappropriate language towards the official.” He wouldn’t reveal what the Bears’ coach said.
“When it crosses a line and it’s inappropriate, then that’s when we throw a flag,” Novak said.
Nagy’s penalty gave the Vikings a first down at the Chicago 12 to start the second quarter. They settled for a field goal, making it 10-0.
Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks got ejected in the fourth quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a sliding Fields.
Vikings: No injuries were reported.
Bears: WR/PR Jakeem Grant Sr. (concussion) exited in the first half.
Vikings: Host the Rams on Sunday.
Bears: Visit Seattle on Sunday.
AP Source: Several asymptomatic NFL players test positive
(AP) — Several asymptomatic, vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of “targeted” testing, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.
Overall, 47 players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of privacy issues, didn’t specify how many of the players are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.
Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and Lions quarterback Jared Goff are among the players who landed on the reserve list. Bosa will miss this week’s game, according to coach Brandon Staley.
Players who test positive must quarantine until they’re cleared to return. Under the NFL’s revised protocols which went into effect Monday, asymptomatic, vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.
Kelce, cornerback Charvarius Ward and kicker Harrison Butker tested positive. All played last Thursday night against the Chargers, when Kelce had a career-high 191 yards receiving and caught the tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the winner in overtime.
Kansas City already has defensive tackle Chris Jones, wide receiver Josh Gordon and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. on the list.
Also added with Goff were Detroit receiver Quintez Cephus and tackle Matt Nelson.
Other Chargers added were DBs Trey Marshall, Kemon Hall and Tevaughn Campbell, linebacker Chris Rumph, center Corey Linsley and WR Andre Roberts.
New England was hit hard as WR Kendrick Bourne, LBs Harvey Langi and Cameron McGrone, and DE Ronnie Perkins went on the list.
Philadelphia saw starting guard Landon Dickerson and backup tackle Andre Dillard added, meaning they could miss Tuesday night’s game.
Jets right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out last year to work on the pandemic’s front lines, was asked about the chances some players might try to conceal their symptoms in order to continue playing.
“Of course that’s the down side, and I guess we’ll know more in the next week and we’ll see after next Sunday what really happened in terms of the number of cases and everything,” said Duvernay-Tardif, who has a doctorate in medicine and a master’s in surgery. “I just hope that guys are going to be honest with themselves, because at the end of the day they’re putting me at risk as a player who’s following the rules and the guidelines because they’re going on the field with symptoms.
“We’re all in this together. The goal is obviously to finish the season and play all the games, but it’s also to stay healthy, so I think we’ve just got to be honest with ourselves.”
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai cleared COVID-19 protocols and will call plays against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Desai tested positive last week, as did offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. It was unclear if Lazor or Tabor would work the game. The Bears said Saturday quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo would serve as offensive coordinator if Lazor is out, and assistant special teams coordinator Brian Ginn would fill in for Tabor if he is not cleared.
The Bears also had 14 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Monday afternoon, including receiver Allen Robinson, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, safety Eddie Jackson and backup quarterback Andy Dalton.
Cleveland, which was lost 16-14 to Las Vegas on Monday – a game moved from Saturday because of the Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak – started third-string quarterback Nick Mullens with Baker Mayfield and his backup, Case Keenum, both out while in coronavirus protocols.
Only one Cleveland starter, safety John Johnson III, was activated from the protocols before the game Monday.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was also out after he tested positive last week, when a slew of positive tests tore into Cleveland’s roster. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer served as Cleveland’s interim head coach and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt handled play-calling duties.
Two other games were moved from Sunday to Tuesday night: Washington at Philadelphia and Seattle at the Los Angeles Rams. Washington and the Rams had the major COVID-19 outbreaks that forced those games to be moved.
-Guard Brandon Scherff, a 2020 All-Pro, became Washington’s latest player to go on the COVID-19 list. Defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis came off the list Monday on the eve of Washington’s rescheduled game at Philadelphia. Top quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen remain unavailable but could test out of protocol hours before the Eagles game. Washington will be missing several coaches for the game for virus-related reasons.
-New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers and safety Sharrod Neasman tested positive, along with wide receiver Vyncint Smith, defensive lineman Tanzel Smart and cornerback Lamar Jackson on the practice squad.
“We had a bit of a COVID run this morning,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “They still have a chance to make it this week. They’ve got to go through the protocol, in regards to being asymptomatic and two negatives and all that stuff – whatever the protocols are. But that’s where we’re at.
-Seattle added defensive tackle Bryan Mone to its COVID-19 list on Monday, the seventh player on its 53-man roster to join the list since last Thursday. Mone has started four games, but was expected to be a game-time decision against the Rams because of a knee injury suffered in Week 14 against Houston.
Other starters on the COVID-19 list for Seattle include leading receiver Tyler Lockett, cornerback D.J. Reed and right tackle Brandon Shell.
Also, Seattle linebackers coach John Glenn will not attend Tuesday’s game because of an illness. Coach Pete Carroll said last Friday there was one coach that had tested positive for COVID-19.
-Baltimore, which has been ravaged by injuries as well, added linebacker Justin Houston to the reserve/COVID-19 list. He had a half-sack Sunday in the team’s 31-30 loss to Green Bay.
-Houston placed three more players on the COVID-19 list, bringing the total number of players on the list to 12.
Defensive linemen starters Jacob Martin and Maliek Collins as well as reserve Derek Rivers were added Monday. Those moves come after Houston placed defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard, who leads the team with eight sacks, and offensive lineman Lane Taylor on the list Saturday. Starting linebackers Kamu Grugier-Hill and Christian Kirksey as well as starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell and starting right guard Justin McCray sat out against the Jaguars.
Buccaneers’ Godwin out for season with ACL injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed he suffered an ACL injury Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints.
“Chris has an ACL,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday, according to Sarah Walsh of FOX Sports. “And he’s done. He’ll be done for the season.”
Godwin was initially believed to have sustained an MCL sprain, which wouldn’t have necessarily been season-ending.
The 25-year-old was hurt on a low but legal hit from P.J. Williams while attempting to corral a pass. He eventually left the field under his own power.
Godwin is playing on the franchise tag and is scheduled to become a free agent in 2022. He leads the Buccaneers with 1,103 receiving yards to go with five touchdowns, and he topped the team in receiving during last year’s playoffs.
The Buccaneers also lost wide receiver Mike Evans to a hamstring injury versus the Saints, but Arians said the 28-year-old should return quickly.
“Don’t know when, but soon,” said Arians.
Tampa Bay will soon have wide receiver Antonio Brown back in the fold. Brown, 33, is returning from a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and hasn’t played since spraining his ankle in Week 5.
Baylor stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; Arizona rises to No. 6
AP) — Defending national champion Baylor maintained its top spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, though not without ceding a No. 1 vote to Arizona, while the six remaining unbeatens continued their rise on Monday.
The Bears ended a four-week streak of turnover atop the poll by taking care of Oregon last week, receiving 60 of 61 first-place votes from a national panel that regular covers college basketball. The Wildcats got the only other No. 1 vote and climbed two spots to sixth heading into a brutal stretch of games over the next three weeks.
Duke remained No. 2 after ending a two-week break with three easy wins. Purdue was third while Gonzaga and UCLA flip-flopped their spots with the Bruins – currently in the midst of a COVID-19 pause – rounding out the top five.
The Bears (10-0) reached the top spot last week after dominating then-No. 6 Villanova, something they never accomplished during their title-winning season. But they nearly became the fourth straight No. 1 to lose, falling behind the Ducks by four at halftime before rallying for a 78-70 victory in Eugene, Oregon.
“This was really our first road game in two years. Last year everyone had limited crowds,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, who picked up his 400th career win. “People want to know how important crowds are; we’re the first No. 1 to win on the road.”
The Wildcats (11-0), who cruised past Cal Baptist, will have a chance to prove they deserve their No. 1 vote. They head to No. 19 Tennessee on Wednesday, then visit the Bruins on Dec. 30 and No. 8 Southern California on Jan. 2.
Throw in a trip to Arizona State on Jan. 8 and the Wildcats won’t play a home game for 24 days.
“I didn’t even know that, to be honest,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said. “I always tell you guys, Tennessee on Wednesday and then Christmas. We have an awesome opportunity on Wednesday. We’ve had a really strong start. I played at Tennessee and it’s a monster, and it’s a great opportunity for us to go in there and test ourselves.”
The Wildcats were followed by seventh-ranked Kansas and two more unbeatens in the Trojans (12-0) and Iowa State (11-0), both of which moved up two spots. Alabama fell four spots after its loss to Memphis and rounded out the top 10.
“That’s the best Memphis has played all year, so you have to give them a lot of credit,” said Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats, whose team faces Davidson before a showdown with the Volunteers. “We have a lot of work to do.”
No. 11 Michigan State was followed by Auburn, Houston, Ohio State and Seton Hall. All moved up one spot after the Buckeyes had a game against Tennessee-Martin scrapped because of COVID-19 issues and the Pirates had a game against Iona called off.
Texas also moved up one spot to No. 16 and was followed by LSU (11-0), fast-climbing Xavier, Tennessee and Kentucky. The last five spots belonged to Colorado State (10-0), Providence, Villanova, Wisconsin and Texas Tech.
RISING AND FALLING
Xavier made the biggest jump this week, climbing four spots to No. 18. The Musketeers beat Marquette over the weekend and now head into a two-game doozy against Villanova and UConn for early Big East supremacy.
Villanova took the biggest topple, falling from ninth to No. 23 after getting blown out by Creighton. The Wildcats’ 79-59 loss came after a 57-36 loss to Baylor, the first time since 1998-99 that they’ve lost consecutive games by at least 20.
HELLO AND GOODBYE
Providence entered the poll at No. 22 after its win over UConn while Wisconsin moved back into the poll.
“We knew coming on the road would be a challenge for us. I was proud of our players’ preparation,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “They did a really good job paying attention to detail and understanding the importance of a Big East game.”
Dropping out were the Huskies and Arkansas, which lost to Speedy Claxton’s Hofstra over the weekend.
Big 12: 5 (Nos. 1, 7, 9, 16, 25)
SEC: 5 (Nos. 10, 12, 17, 19, 20)
Big Ten: 4 (Nos. 3, 11, 14, 24)
Big East: 4 (Nos. 15, 18, 22, 23)
Pac-12: 3 (Nos. 5, 6, 8)
ACC: 1 (No. 2)
West Coast: 1 (No. 4)
American: 1 (No. 13)
Mountain West: 1 (No. 21)
UConn out of women’s AP Top 10 for 1st time in 16 years
(AP) — UConn’s record 16-year run in the top 10 is over.
The Huskies fell four spots to No. 11 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll Monday after losing to Louisville a day earlier. UConn had been ranked among the first 10 teams in the poll for 313 straight weeks dating back to March 7, 2005, when the team was also 11th. That’s 101 more weeks than the next-longest streak ever, held by Tennessee.
No. 10 Baylor now has the longest active streak, with 136 consecutive top-10 appearances.
South Carolina remained the unanimous top choice, receiving all 29 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks will face No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday in the second 1-vs-2 showdown this season. The Cardinal moved up one spot after winning at Tennessee on Saturday. It’s the 600th appearance in the AP Top 25 for Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who is 18 behind all-time leader Pat Summitt.
Louisville, Arizona and North Carolina State follow Stanford to round out the top five. The Wolfpack fell three places after losing in overtime to Georgia.
Maryland moved up three spots to sixth. The Terrapins were followed by Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. The Wolverines knocked off Baylor in overtime on Sunday and now are in the top 10 for the first time ever.
The victory over then-No. 5 Baylor was Michigan’s first against a top-five team in 34 tries.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet we beat a top-five team,” Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico said after the overtime victory at the Women’s Hall of Fame Showcase. “It’s a great signature win.”
UConn has been ranked for 533 consecutive weeks – the second-longest run in poll history, behind Tennessee’s record 565. The Huskies also haven’t lost consecutive games since 1993. They don’t play again until Dec. 29 against Marquette. The Huskies already have three losses this season – the first time they’ve had that many before the New Year since 2004.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Stanford at South Carolina, Tuesday. The Cardinal already have faced five ranked teams this season and are involved in their first 1-vs-2 matchup since 2012. The Gamecocks also have been tested this season, beating five Top 25 teams.
No. 21 Kentucky-Louisville men’s game postponed by COVID
(AP) — This week’s men’s basketball showdown between No. 21 Kentucky and archrival Louisville in Lexington has been postponed because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Cardinals’ program.
Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird stated in a release that team-related activities have been paused indefinitely.
The Bluegrass rivalry matchup that was scheduled for Wednesday between the school located 80 miles apart has been played annually since the 1982-83 season. A release from Kentucky on Monday morning stated that the athletics department is seeking a replacement game for the Wildcats (8-2) for either Wednesday or Thursday at Rupp Arena.
Kentucky is coming off Saturday’s 98-69 rout of North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, a matchup rescheduled after both schools’ opponents pulled out following COVID issues. Louisville lost 82-72 on Saturday at in-state rival Western Kentucky without senior center Malik Williams, who was reportedly out because of COVID protocols.
Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska Receive Weekly Men’s Basketball Awards
Player of the Week
Keegan Murray, Iowa
F – So. – 6-8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Prairie/DME Sports Academy (FL)
- Scored 35 points and added seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in a 94-75 win over Utah State
- Accounted for 18 consecutive Iowa points during a 6:08 stretch in the first half
- Earns his second Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Iowa Player of the Week: Keegan Murray (Nov. 22, 2021)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Kobe Bufkin, Michigan
G – 6-4 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Grand Rapids Christian
- Posted 14 points and three rebounds in an 87-50 home win over Southern Utah
- Came off the bench to record his first career double-figure game
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Feb. 22, 2021)
Co-Freshman of the Week
Bryce McGowens, Nebraska
G – 6-7 – Pendleton, S.C. – Legacy Early College
- Scored 14 points and added three rebounds, two assists and a block against Kansas State
- Posted his eight double-figure game
- Earns his third career Freshman of the Week honor
- Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Bryce McGowens (Nov. 29, 2021)
Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska Claim Weekly Women’s Basketball Honors
Player of the Week
Sara Scalia, Minnesota
Jr. – G – Stillwater, Minn. – Stillwater – Major: Business
• Scored a career-high 37 points and added eight rebounds and one steal in Minnesota’s victory against Ohio on Dec. 15
• Went 9-for-13 from behind the arc to record the second-most threes in a single game by any Gopher ever (men’s or women’s)
• Moved into 10th all-time in made threes in program history and became the second-fastest to reach 133 made threes (60 games)
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Destiny Pitts (Dec. 16, 2019)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mackenzie Holmes, Jr., F, IND: Set a new career-high with 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points as IU defeated Western Michigan, with her 19 rebounds marking the most in a single game for the Hoosiers since 2016
Caitlin Clark, So., G, IOWA: Tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a win over UCF on Dec. 18, drawing 10 fouls against the third-ranked defense in the country
Leigha Brown, Sr., G, MICH: Led Michigan to its first-ever win over a top-five team in a 74-68 victory over No. 5 Baylor, scoring a game-high 25 points while adding five boards, four assists and two steals
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Laila Phelia, Michigan
G – Cincinnati, Ohio – Mount Notre Dame – Major: Undeclared
• Scored a career-high 12 points with five boards and two steals to help Michigan to its first-ever win over a top-five team with a victory against No. 5 Baylor on Dec. 19
• Started her fourth straight game and marked her fourth double-figure scoring game of the season
• Made a career-best two triples on 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Feb. 25, 2019)
Alexis Markowski, Nebraska
F – Lincoln, Neb. – Pius X – Major: Undeclared
• Recorded her second straight double-double, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds in just over 16 minutes of action to help power Nebraska to an 89-68 win over Drake
• Hit 6-of-8 shots from the field and connected on all three of her free throw attempts to help snap Drake’s six-game winning streak
• Increased her season averages to 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 14 minutes per game off the bench for the unbeaten Huskers
• Claims her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Alexis Markowski (Nov. 29, 2021)
Ohio’s Sears Named Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Mark Sears, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Muscle Shoals, Ala. / Hargrave Military Academy
Sears led Ohio last week, helping the Bobcats improve to 8-2 overall on the season. In the Bobcats matchup against Marshall, Sears scored 24 points to lead Ohio. He went 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from three – including the three with just over a minute remaining to help seal the Bobcats 65-55 victory. Sears also grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists, had one steal and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line in 36 minutes on the floor.
Joe Reece, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, St. Louis, Mo. (East St. Louis)
Reece helped the Falcons capture a 101-74 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday (Dec. 19). Reece tied for the team-lead in points, tying his career-high with 19, as well as rebounds with six. Reece continued to stuff the stat sheet with three steals and a block. Over the last two games combined, Reece now has seven steals.
Dae Dae Grant, Miami, Guard
Junior, Lorain, Ohio (Lorain)
Grant posted back-to-back 20-point efforts while shooting over than 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from long range in a pair of games last week. Grant averaged 21.0 ppg, notching 20 points at Clemson and 22 points against Bellarmine last week. Grant shot 61.5 percent from the floor against the Knights, going 8-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 (.500) from 3-point range. He also added four assists in each game. Grant hauled in five rebounds against Bellarmine. For the week, he shot 51.6 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and averaged 4.0 apg and 3.5 rpg.
Keshawn Williams, NIU, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago Heights, Ill. (Bloom)
Williams averaged 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during NIU’s two games against Chicago State and UIC, helping the Huskies split the two contests. On Monday (Dec. 13), Williams netted 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists as the Huskies topped Chicago State, 70-59. The Chicago Heights, Ill., native went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line against the Cougars. Williams then poured in a career-high 25 points and had four assists in a narrow, one-point setback against UIC (Dec. 19). For the week, Williams shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the line.
Lamar Norman Jr., Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Godwin Heights)
Norman Jr. scored a game-high 19 points to help WMU win its final non-conference home game over Aquinas. The junior went 5-for-11 (.455) from the field and hit all eight of his free throw attempts, including six in the final three-and-a-half minutes to seal the victory for the Broncos. The double-digit scoring effort was his ninth of the season and eighth in a row.
HCAC 2021 Women’s Basketball Notebook, Week 7
Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Smith (Forest, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Junior – Smith led the Beavers with her first collegiate double-double of 18 points and 11 boards, both career highs, in a convincing 64-43 win over MSJ on Saturday. She was 8-of-13 from the field and chipped in with a pair of assists.
- Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Moore racked up 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks against Hanover on Saturday, leading the Ravens in each category.
- Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | First-Year – Bezold led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as she netted a career-high 25 points in the win over Anderson. The first year added nine rebounds including a 10-of-20 mark from the floor. In the contest with Rose-Hulman, she netted five points and added six rebounds.
- Nola Wilson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Wilson scored 19 points, the most in her 41-game career at Rose-Hulman, to help lead the Fightin’ Engineers past Hanover 74-53. Wilson made her first start of the season and finished 9-14 from the field with three assists and three steals.
HCAC 2021 Men’s Basketball Notebook, Week 7
Athlete of the Week:
Jaden Terry (Indianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Junior – Terry recorded two 20+ point performances as the Quakers went 2-0 this week against non-conference foes. He shot 57 percent from 3-point range on his way to a 20 point showing in an 86-65 win over Berea on Wednesday. He then put up 32 points, eight boards and four steals in a 75-73 win over Kenyon on Saturday.
- Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Knight notched 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, leading the Ravens in each category.
- Michael Stammen (Versailles, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Sophomore – Stammen was on fire with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a red-hot 4-for-5 from distance, in a 75-63 loss at MSJ on Saturday. He also handed out two assists and picked up a steal.
- Matt Krause (West Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Senior – Krause finished with game highs 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Franklin men as they claimed their third straight win with an 87-64 win over Berea on Friday night. He recorded his fourth double-double of the year and set a season high total for rebounds in a contest.
- Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Houston helped lead the Panthers past Rose-Hulman as the junior netted a game-high 25 points with 10 rebounds. He finished the contest going 5-of-9 from three-point and 7-of-13 from the field.
- Brandon Cromwell (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – In their lone game of the week, the junior guard put up 15 points, eight rebounds, and two assists to lead the Pioneers to a 74-65 win at Blackburn on Saturday. Cromwell tallied a team-high eight rebounds to lead the Pioneers to winning the rebounding margin by 12 boards. His all-around defense led a lockdown effort which held Blackburn to just 24 percent shooting from three-point range on the night, including 2-for-13 shooting from outside in the second half. Cromwell logged a game-high 35 minutes, shooting 43 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range, and leading the Pioneers to a 3-0 record on the road this season.
Embiid scores 41, 76ers beat Celtics 108-103
BOSTON (AP) Myles Powell was on a layover in Dallas on his way to the G League showcase in Las Vegas when his agent FaceTimed to tell him he’d be signing with the Philadelphia 76ers as an emergency COVID-19 fill-in.
Two days later, he was in Boston making his NBA debut.
“These last 72 hours have been a dream come true,” he said after the Sixers beat Boston 108-103 on Monday night. “I just watched Joel Embiid go out and get 40 and 10. For me, being a rookie in this league and being able to watch that, that’s something I’ll never, ever forget.”
Embiid scored 17 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three jumpers in the final minutes and three free throws in the last four seconds to ice it. He also played more than 40 minutes – a season high for a game that didn’t go into overtime – and Philadelphia’s bench contributed just one point as both teams struggled to find healthy players amid the NBA’s spreading COVID-19 outbreak.
Seth Curry added 26 points for the Sixers, whose game against New Orleans on Sunday was postponed because they couldn’t dress eight healthy bodies. They had three players in the COVID-19 protocol and Boston had seven.
To fill out the roster, the Celtics signed 15-year NBA veteran C.J. Miles, who hadn’t appeared in a game in more than two years, to a 10-day contract.
“We rolled up today with the cases spreading the way they are, they might not have enough guys to go,” said Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who had 25 points in a (non-overtime) high of 41:22. “That’s the nature of the business in the NBA right now until everybody gets out of safety protocols.”
Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Jayson Tatum had 17 and Enes Kanter Freedom had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed the entire first half but took an 80-75 lead into the fourth quarter. Boston went ahead 97-90 on Brown’s 3-pointer with 4:14 left, but Matisse Thybulle hit a 3-pointer and then Embiid made a pair of foul shots.
Boston led 98-96 when Danny Green made a 3-pointer, and then Embiid made three straight mid-range jumpers to hold the Celtics at bay.
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE
The game was delayed for seven minutes after the national anthem and before the introduction of the Celtics players when a fire alarm went off in the building, accompanied by an announcement telling the crowd it may need to evacuate. After a few minutes of people nervously looking around, the Celtics mascot began waving his arms to pump up the fans; the pregame festivities resumed soon after.
A TD Garden spokesman said the problem was a malfunctioning sprinkler head in a concession area in the balcony level and set off a fire alarm. Building operations coordinated with the Boston Fire Department before giving the all-clear.
IN AND OUT
The Celtics’ pregame injury list required a three-tweet thread to list everyone, with Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Josh Richardson, Brodric Thomas, Grant Williams, Juancho Hernangomez and Sam Hauser all in the COVID-19 protocol. Robert Williams III was also listed as out for personal reasons.
Tatum (ankle), Romeo Langford (neck) and Dennis Schroder (non-COVID illness) were questionable but cleared to play.
The Sixers were without Andre Drummond, Shake Milton and Georges Niang because of COVID protocols, along with Tyrese Maxey (thigh bruise), Furkan Korkmaz (non-COVID illness), Jaden Springer (concussion protocol) and Ben Simmons, who hasn’t played all year while awaiting a possible trade.
The Celtics celebrated ’60’s night, looking back on the decade when they won 9 NBA titles – going through the Philadelphia Warriors twice and the 76ers four times. (The Sixers were the only team to beat them, in the 1967 Eastern Division finals.
Satch Sanders, Mal Graham and Rick Weitzman were honored on the court, and ’60’s music was played throughout the night.
Sixers: Host Atlanta on Thursday.
Celtics: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
DeRozan, Bulls beat Rockets 133-118; win 2nd straight
CHICAGO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Houston Rockets 133-118 on Monday night.
DeRozan, who scored 38 points in Sunday’s win over the Lakers after missing three games due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, received help from five teammates who scored in double figures.
The Bulls never trailed and led by 25 during the first half. They have won two consecutive games and six of their last eight.
Christian Wood had 23 points and 11 rebounds, but the Rockets lost for the fifth time in seven games. Jae’Sean Tate added 16 points.
Bulls guard Alex Caruso sprained his left foot with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter, went to the locker room and didn’t return.
After the game, Bulls coach Billy Donovan wasn’t sure about the severity of Caruso’s injury.
Donovan was mindful of the minutes logged by several starters in Sunday’s win over the Lakers following a seven-day layoff caused by the NBA’s coronavirus protocols. He inserted Alfonzo McKinnie after Caruso departed, and McKinnie sank two consecutive 3-pointers.
The reserves accounted for 32 of the Bulls’ 73 first-half points and finished with 66, with McKinnie’s third 3-pointer giving the Bulls their biggest lead of the half at 61-36.
Coby White, in his second game since returning from protocols, came off the bench to score 24 points. McKinnie finished with 16.
“I give those guys a lot of credit,” Donovan said. “I thought they were terrific tonight. It’s good to see those guys’ hard work get rewarded.”
The contributions were extremely special to McKinnie, who grew up 10 minutes from the United Center.
“I’m a West Side kid,” McKinnie said. “Our house was a Bulls house. This is a dream come true.”
Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball had 19 points and eight assists.
“They got veteran guys who were ready to play tonight,” Rockets coach Paul Silas Jr. said. “This was a lesson for our young group as far as the readiness that you need coming in regardless of the circumstance.”
Bulls center Nikola Vucevic, who entered Monday’s game shooting 32% from the field (24 for 75) in his last four games, scored 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
Josh Christopher’s two free throws cut the Rockets’ deficit to 30-26, but the Bulls embarked on a 15-2 run, punctuated by a basket by Ball that prompted a Rockets timeout.
The Rockets lost for the fourth time in 13 games when scoring at least 110 points. They fell to 3-14 on the road.
“We got to do a better job of knowing the importance of these games, not just kind of coming in and hoping and seeing,” Silas said. “We need to come in with intention and come in with a focus on being ready. If we don’t, what happened in the first half will happen to us.”
Rockets: G Jalen Green (left hamstring strain) could return within the next three games, Silas Jr. said. G Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh bruise) likely won’t return until after the holidays.
Bulls: McKinnie was signed to a second 10-day contract before the game. … G Derrick Jones Jr. (left hamstring strain) was ruled out and will be re-evaluated after Christmas with the expectation he wouldn’t be sidelined for an extended period, Donovan said.
Rockets: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Bulls: Visit Toronto on Wednesday.
Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder beat Grizz in Morant’s return
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 23 points, Josh Giddey added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies 102-99 Monday night.
Morant returned from injury and the league’s COVID-19 protocols after a 12-game absence and finished with 16 points. Desmond Bane led Memphis with 25 points and Dillon Brooks scored 19.
Morant, the team’s leading scorer at 24.1 points per game, said it was frustrating to lose the day he returned, but added he was excited to be back on the court.
“I’m right there,” Morant said. “I’m definitely real close.”
In 28 minutes, Morant made 6 of 12 shots and had a team-high eight assists, but he couldn’t help the Grizzlies avoid a second consecutive loss.
The Thunder overcame an 89-84 deficit in the final 4:36 and took the lead for good at 96-95 on Giddey’s layup with 50 seconds remaining. Gilgeous-Alexander added a dunk on an inbounds pass from Giddey and two free throws in the final 16.6 seconds.
“We made a lot of plays down the stretch and that’s why we won the game,” Giddey said. “In our last three games, we have executed as good as we could have (in the closing minutes).”
The last time these teams met, the Grizzlies set an NBA record for margin of victory in a 152-79 thrashing. In the Dec. 2 game – also at FedExForum – Memphis established franchise records for bench points (93) and field goals made (60).
It appeared as if the Grizzlies were going to make another run at a lopsided win at the outset.
Memphis took advantage of poor shooting by the Thunder to build a 16-point lead early in the first half. The Thunder missed 12 of their first 14 shots and trailed 39-23 with eight minutes left in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies failed to capitalize, and the Thunder rebounded. Memphis went five minutes without a field goal shortly afterward and Oklahoma City rallied. With 1:17 to go before the half, the Thunder tied it at 45 on Giddey’s corner 3.
“We kind of stabilized the game after those first four minutes when we fell behind 13-2,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “They threw the first punch and then from there, I thought we really got our defense into the game.”
The Grizzlies led 50-47 at halftime but shot only 39%. The Thunder shot 51% (31 of 61) in the final three quarters after shooting 23% in the first.
Oklahoma City surged ahead 69-60 late in the third quarter as Luguentz Dort recovered from 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. Dort made three 3-pointers in the quarter, and the Thunder briefly led by 10 points before ending the period with a 74-72 advantage.
Grizzlies: Point guard Tyus Jones did not play because a sprained right finger. Jones started during Morant’s 12-game absence. … Center Steven Adams had 12 rebounds in the first eight minutes of the opening quarter, the most by a player in a single quarter this season. He finished with 14.
Thunder: Darius Bazley did not start for the second consecutive game. He was demoted before Saturday’s 104-103 win over the Clippers. Bazley is averaging 8.6 points, down from the 13.7 he averaged last season.
Morant said he was frustrated by fans sitting courtside who were wanting him to come out of the game.
“During the game, running down the court, I heard some of our fans courtside tell me I needed to sit back down,” he said. “These were same fans who were shouting `MVP, MVP’ (earlier in the season after a strong start by Morant).”
The Grizzlies went 10-2 during Morant’s absence, including the 73-point victory over Oklahoma City on Dec. 2.
Thunder: Host Denver on Wednesday night.
Grizzlies: At Golden State on Thursday night.
Jazz start fast, pull away late to beat Hornets 112-102
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 112-102 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
Bojan Bogandovic added 23 points for the Jazz, who blew a 22-point lead but finished strong to snap a two-game home losing streak. Donovan Mitchell chipped in 21.
Gobert went 15 of 16 from the free throw line, setting a new career-high for made free throws. He matched his season high of nine by halftime.
LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 21 points and 11 assists before fouling out in the final minute. Miles Bridges added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Terry Rozier chipped in 20 points but the Hornets could not fully overcome another dismal start and dropped their third straight on the road.
Charlotte erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took a 92-91 lead on a dunk from Kelly Oubre Jr.
Mike Conley converted a three-point play to put Utah back in front. Bogdanovic buried back-to-back outside baskets and Mitchell also converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 104-95 with 1:22 left.
Charlotte opened the game by missing eight straight shots. The Hornets did not get their first basket until Bridges drove for a layup 4 1/2 minutes into the first quarter.
A night after trailing 37-15 after the first quarter in Phoenix, the Hornets shot 5 of 24 from the field during the quarter, tying a season low for fewest field goals in a period.
Utah raced out to a 15-2 lead before Charlotte made a basket. Mitchell and Bogdanovic each scored a pair of baskets to help build the double-digit advantage. The Jazz extended their lead to 21 points later in the quarter, going up 29-8 on a 12-2 run bookended by two more baskets from Bogdanovic.
Charlotte trimmed the deficit to single digits again in the third quarter, closing within six points when Ish Smith buried a 3-pointer. Jordan Clarkson closed out the quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a 15-4 run. Gobert punctuated the run with a pair of dunks that gave Utah an 89-72 lead with 8:28 remaining.
Hornets: Gordon Hayward did not play (low back discomfort) and Cody Martin missed his second straight game (health and safety protocols). . Charlotte fell to 1-7 in Monday games this season. . Rozier and Ball combined for only six first-half points.
Jazz: Royce O’Neale grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds, but also went 1 of 9 from the field. . Utah improved to 30-0 all-time when leading by at least 19 points after the first quarter. . The Jazz went 16 of 53 from 3-point range.
Hornets visit Denver on Thursday.
Jazz host Minnesota on Thursday.
Curry, Warriors beat Kings 113-98 in short-handed showdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors gave his son an early 5th birthday gift by allowing the boy to help on the sidelines running towels, shooting shirts and masks to Warriors players along their bench.
And dad delivered his first triple-double of the season to boot.
Green notched his franchise-leading 31st career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists with Draymond Jr. an equally big star as Golden State held off the Sacramento Kings 113-98 on Monday night in a matchup of short-handed rivals because of COVID protocols.
“You like that?” Green shared of his postgame chat with young Draymond Jr., or “DJ.”
“It was fun, Daddy,” the boy answered before his father made clear, “We can’t do it all the time, we can do it sometimes.”
Green was thrilled with the opportunity for his son, who he praised for being “well-behaved” and doing just enough while staying out of the way.
“This organization is amazing to allow him … to sit there and help,” Green said. “You miss so much doing this job and those are the moments where it’s all worth it. For him to have that experience, it’s special. I don’t take that for granted.”
Stephen Curry had a nice night, too, scoring 30 points as the Warriors celebrated him for the 3-point record in his first home game since breaking Ray Allen’s mark.
Curry received a video tribute in the first quarter with highlights of the two-time MVP setting the record during the Warriors’ 105-96 victory over the Knicks last Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. He passed Allen’s 2,973 3s that were tops for 10 years.
Fans jumped to their feet during the first-quarter timeout to give the reigning scoring champion a long ovation. Curry returned to the court, patted his chest and waved to acknowledge the love and support.
Buddy Hield hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining in the third before Gary Payton II scored five straight points, getting a steal – one of his three – from Hield on the way to a layup and an 84-79 Warriors lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
And the Warriors needed a big fourth quarter to beat the Kings.
“The bench was great. Every guy who came off the bench played well for us,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Gary was everywhere defensively and on the boards, three steals, doing what Gary does.”
Golden State missed starters Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, with Damion Lee stepping into the starting lineup and rookie seventh overall draft pick Jonathan Kuminga making his second straight start and second of his career before his back tightened up and he was limited to six minutes.
Lee made his first six shots and finished 7 of 8 for 18 points with four 3-pointers.
Tyrese Haliburton had 24 points and 11 assists to lead Sacramento, which was down six players plus interim head coach Alvin Gentry. Assistant Doug Christie stepped in as acting coach.
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points against his former Warriors team, and Hield wound up with 18.
Rick Celebrini, Warriors Vice President of Player Health and Performance, met with the team before the game with reminders about being vigilant to stay safe given the recent coronavirus breakouts.
“It’s nerve-racking for everybody,” Kerr said. “Rick Celebrini just addressed the guys in our walkthrough about the importance of just being as smart as possible and wearing masks as often as we can and doing all the things that are recommended. It’s tough to be back in this state, but tough for everybody all over the world.”
Green’s adorable 4-year-old son got to work as helper to longtime Warriors equipment guru, director of team operations Eric Housen.
“Little Dray DJ, tonight he was amazing, made a couple big plays in the second half,” Payton said.
The boy handed Curry his mask during the second quarter and ran to help whenever needed, folding towels and shooting shirts under Housen’s guidance. “DJ” even got a pep talk and some acknowledgment from associate head coach Mike Brown, then a timeout dance with Juan Toscano-Anderson midway through the fourth.
“DJ was really solid, his hustle up and down the sidelines was very impressive,” Kerr said. “He’s got a lot to learn, though, he’s a young guy. We’ve just got to give him more reps.”
Kings: Joining Gentry in the health and safety protocols are Marvin Bagley III, Davion Mitchell Terence Davis, Alex Len and De’Aaron Fox. . Richaun Holmes also missed his seventh straight game with a right eye injury. … Christie ran 15 sets of arena stairs before the game.
Warriors: Golden State is 30-1 when Green gets a triple-double. … Kerr was named U.S. coach for the 2024 Paris Olympics and was presented with a Kerr No. 24 jersey before the game by Grant Hill. … Andre Iguodala reached 5,000 career field goals. … Otto Porter Jr. had a career-best four blocks but thought he had five “clean.” … Golden State improved to a league-best 15-2 at home.
Kings: Host the Clippers on Wednesday night having won the first two matchups this season.
Warriors: Host Memphis on Thursday night having lost 104-101 in overtime in the first meeting of the season in San Francisco on Oct. 28.
Murray’s triple-double carries Spurs past Clippers, 116-92
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dejounte Murray delivered his third triple-double in five games with 24 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-92 on Monday night.
Jakob Poeltl added 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Doug McDermott scored 16 points as the Spurs improved to 2-1 on their four-game road trip. Murray also had a triple-double in a victory Friday at Utah and now has six triple-doubles on the season.
“I take pride in being a pass-first guy, knowing that I can score, knowing that I can get shots” said Murray, who recorded assists on the first three Spurs possessions of the second half and had five of his 13 assists in the third quarter. “For me, it’s just getting that balance now and it will come over time.”
Paul George had 25 points for the Clippers after missing the previous five games with a sprained right elbow. Ivica Zubac added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, while Terance Mann had 11 points as the Clippers lost for the third consecutive time.
San Antonio had little trouble knocking off the Clippers, just over a month after a 106-92 loss to them, also at Los Angeles. The Spurs won their sixth game on the road, matching their number of home victories.
Murray helped the Spurs take control early with eight points in the first quarter and 17 at halftime as San Antonio took a 62-48 lead. San Antonio pushed the advantage past the 20-point mark at 79-58 on a 3-pointer by Keldon Johnson with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter and led 101-71 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
“We stayed consistent to the game plan with how we were supposed to play on the defensive end,” Murray said. “We know what they are capable of doing and we tried to make it uncomfortable for 48 minutes.”
Johnson finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick White had 15 points for San Antonio. The Spurs outrebounded Los Angeles 67-43, while holding a 68-44 advantage in points in the paint.
“We have to rebound the basketball,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “It’s not going to be on the bigs a lot of times. They have to do a good job of rebounding, but our guards have to do a better job as well. The last four or five games it’s been the guards sneaking in, grabbing rebounds.”
Despite George’s return, the Clippers lacked offensive flow without Marcus Morris Sr., who was missing his second consecutive game in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Morris had scored at least 20 points in five of his last seven games.
“Tonight, I don’t think we fought, scrapped,” Lue said. “It was too easy for (the Spurs), their pace, the way they play. Their drive and kicks, they were able to get by us and get into the paint and create confusion. We have to be better with that.”
Spurs: The 27 points by the Clippers in the first quarter was the first time in four games San Antonio did not allow at least 37 in the opening period. . McDermott was back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s game at Sacramento because of a tooth infection. . Coach Gregg Popovich reiterated that F Zach Collins will be back at some point after Christmas following foot surgery in the offseason, but could not narrow down a return timetable. Collins has started on-court work but has not resumed practicing with the team.
Clippers: George was not the only player to return as C Serge Ibaka came back from health and safety protocols after missing the previous five games and not playing since Dec. 6. Ibaka had four points in 22 minutes. . Backup C Isaiah Hartenstein was not available because of an ankle injury that occurred late in Saturday’s game at Oklahoma City.
Spurs: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Clippers: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
USA Basketball announces Kerr as next Olympic men’s coach
(AP) — Steve Kerr saw everything that Gregg Popovich went through as coach of the U.S. men’s national team, saw exactly how difficult it was last summer for the Americans to emerge from the Tokyo Olympics with another gold medal.
And when he walked off the floor for the last time in Tokyo, he was drained.
“It wasn’t easy,” Kerr said.
It wasn’t, and it was just further proof that the days of U.S. cakewalks to gold are over. He decided to take the job anyway.
Kerr was formally announced as the next coach of the U.S. men’s team on Monday in San Francisco, a not-very-well-kept secret in recent weeks that the Golden State coach would be taking over for Popovich and leading the Americans – if they qualify – into the 2023 Basketball World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics. Kerr’s assistant coaches will be Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
Williams has been an assistant before, under former U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski. Spoelstra and Few were involved in coaching the U.S. select team, which was assembled to practice against the Olympic team, this past summer.
“Coaching the USA men’s national team comes with great responsibility – one that calls for a group effort with a team of coaches committed to the team, to the goal and to each other – and I couldn’t ask for a finer group of high character individuals to help me lead our national team,” Kerr said. “Our goal, of course, is to win and make our country proud. We will work hard to do so.”
Kerr would be the 16th different coach to take the U.S. men into an Olympics. Of the previous 15, 13 have emerged with gold. His hiring for the job represents the first major decision by Grant Hill in his role as managing director of the men’s national team, the position he’s taking after Jerry Colangelo helped the Americans win the last four Olympic gold medals in that role.
Kerr has three NBA titles as coach of the Warriors, won five more as a player, was part of the staff that won gold at the Tokyo Games and won a senior-level gold medal for USA Basketball as a player in the 1986 World Cup.
“His basketball acumen, his ability to connect with people, I think his understanding and respect of the international game, along with some other factors, certainly played a role in this process,” Hill said in an interview with The Associated Press about the selection process. “As I talked to people and went through consideration, he was the perfect fit. His wealth of experiences, including that on the international stage, I think really differentiated him.”
There are plenty of parallels between Popovich and Kerr, plenty of ties that bind. They are close friends, Kerr played for Popovich in San Antonio – and both are taking the Olympic job after missing out on Olympic bids as players. Popovich tried to make the 1972 U.S. Olympic team; Kerr was a finalist for the 1988 Olympic team.
“I just did whatever he told me,” Popovich said with a smile earlier this month, when discussing what it was like to have Kerr on his Olympic staff.
The Americans are currently in the process of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup – which will end in the Philippines, the homeland of Spoelstra’s mother. A strong finish at the World Cup would be the easiest way to qualify for the Paris Olympics; simply being the reigning gold medalist and world’s No. 1-ranked program doesn’t get the Americans into the games by default.
Hill said he and Kerr have already had conversations about how to approach the next 2-1/2 years in terms of building a roster, putting their own touches on the program and still maintaining the best of what has delivered results for the U.S. in the past.
“I don’t think you want to totally depart from what’s worked,” Hill said. “But I also think there’s an opportunity to press the reset button on some things and look for opportunities to improve the experience and ultimately, the goal for everyone involved. Look at this staff and they’ve all been a part of USA Basketball. Monty Williams was with Coach K’s last quad. Erik Spoelstra and Mark Few were part of this past select team. So, it’s something that can be looked upon as a continuation.”
NHL shuts down Wednesday through Saturday; 5 games postponed
(AP) — The NHL is beginning a leaguewide shutdown Wednesday amid a rise in positive COVID-19 test results among players, and with 10 of the league’s 32 teams’ schedules already paused and their facilities closed.
The league announced Monday night that it will open its annual holiday break two days earlier than scheduled and have it run through Saturday. The decision, reached in coordination with the NHL Players’ Association, means five additional games scheduled for Thursday will be postponed, bringing the total this season to 49.
Two games slated for Tuesday are still set to go on as scheduled. Teams will then report back for COVID-19 testing and practice on Sunday, a day before games are set to resume. Players and members of each team’s traveling party will be required to test negative before being allowed back in their respective facilities.
The decision to begin the break early comes a day after the NHL and NHLPA issued a joint statement announcing they were attempting to avoid a leaguewide shutdown by making decisions on a team-by-team basis. The holiday break was previously supposed to run from Friday to Sunday.
Of the 49 games postponed, 44 have occurred over the past two weeks with the delta and omicron variants spreading across North America.
More than 15% of the league’s 700-plus players are in virus protocol, and the resulting schedule disruption almost certainly has doomed the possibility of Olympic participation. A final decision on the Beijing Games is expected this week, and the odds of NHL players returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014 have cratered.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators on Monday became the latest teams to pause all activities because of positive COVID-19 tests. The Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs also have their facilities closed, and the Calgary Flames just reopened theirs to players, coaches and staff not in protocol.
The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams were set to play a pre-Olympic game Monday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, but that was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
Much about the omicron coronavirus variant remains unknown, including whether it causes more or less severe illness. Scientists say omicron spreads even easier than other coronavirus strains, including delta, and it is expected to become dominant in the U.S. by early next year. Early studies suggest the vaccinated will need a booster shot for the best chance at preventing an omicron infection but even without the extra dose, vaccination still should offer strong protection against severe illness and death.
Nadal positive for virus after returning from Abu Dhabi
MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, the Spaniard said Monday.
Nadal wrote on Twitter that the positive result came from a PCR test he took after arriving in Spain.
Nadal said he is enduring “unpleasant moments” but hopes to improve “little by little.” He is in isolation at home and everyone who has been in contact with him was informed of his positive result.
Among those possibly in contact with Nadal was Spain’s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates since allegations of financial scandals swirled and embarrassed the Spanish royal household last year.
According to Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, Nadal and Juan Carlos, who is 83, shared a meal on Saturday. The paper also published photos of both of them posing together without masks.
Nadal said he had been tested every two days while away and all results had come back negative, with the last one on Saturday.
Nadal said that as a consequence of the positive result he will have to be flexible with his playing schedule. He said he will analyze his upcoming options depending on his condition.
Nadal played his first match in more than four months on Friday, losing in straight sets to Andy Murray at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s chronic foot injury had forced him to sit out the final months of this season.
Nadal had not competed since early August when he lost to Lloyd Harris in Washington. He missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the U.S. Open.
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
KELLY MISSED GAME AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS INFANT DAUGHTER
Colts center Ryan Kelly and his family are mourning the death of his daughter, Mary Kate.
Kelly posted about the tragedy Monday on his Instagram account.
“Nothing made me happier than being your Dad,” Kelly wrote on Instagram. “You gave your Mom and I that gift. You were simply a miracle and always will be. I’m sorry you never got to open those sweet eyes and see us or take your first steps but you have angel wings now. You left this world too soon but we know God had a bigger purpose for you. Your mom and I find comfort knowing you’re being loved on by your great grandparents.
“Thank you for watching over us and your future siblings. I’ll forever wonder who you’d be today. Until we meet again my sweet girl, I love you.”
Kelly’s wife, Emma, also posted on Instagram about the tragedy. She said she was 19 weeks along in her pregnancy, or one week from the halfway mark, when they found out that Mary Kate’s heart had stopped working. They discovered the news last Wednesday but had to go through the delivery anyway.
“I was so angry at first that I had to deliver her, only for it to become the biggest blessing out of this nightmare,” Emma Kelly said on Instagram. “It gave Ryan and the opportunity to hold our little Saint, Mary Kate, before officially saying goodbye to her.
“These 19 weeks with her opened our hearts & souls more than we ever imagined possible & I’m forever grateful we had some time, earth-side, with the little girl who made us mom and dad. She was tiny, perfect and incredibly loved from everyone who knew she existed. I don’t think we’ll ever understand why God decided to call her home when he did but our faith is unshaken. He knows better than we & she was needed back home, in Heaven.”
Indianapolis RB Jonathan Taylor Tops Pro Bowl Voting By Fans
Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR received 265,370 total fan votes to lead all players in balloting for the 2022 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon. Pro Bowl Vote presented by Panini Trading Cards ended on Thursday, December 16.
San Francisco defensive end NICK BOSA (264,687) ranked second overall, while Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE (262,540), San Francisco fullback KYLE JUSZCZYK (244,714) and Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS (242,900) rounded out the top five.
The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS led all clubs in total votes received. The DALLAS COWBOYS, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS and GREEN BAY PACKERS round out the top-five teams to receive the most fan votes.
Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.
The 2022 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 6, at 3:00 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Tickets are available now on ProBowl.com and will allow fans special benefits on gameday including access to the Pro Bowl Red Carpet and other family friendly activities.
Leading up to the game, the NFL will host a series of Pro Bowl Week festivities, bringing free experiences and activities to fans in Las Vegas. A number of events will also be focused on celebrating football at all levels. Pro Bowl Week festivities will include:
- Pro Bowl Practice
- Play Football Opening Night
- NFL FLAG Championships presented by Subway
- East-West Shrine Bowl – televised on NFL Network
- Pro Bowl Skills Showdown – televised on ESPN
- Community Day
More details around how fans can get involved with Pro Bowl Week festivities will be announced at a later date. Visit ProBowl.com for the latest event details and collect all your favorite Pro Bowlers with Panini NFL Trading Cards and Panini NFL NFTs at www.paniniamerica.net.
NFL PRO BOWL TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS
|RB||Jonathan Taylor||Indianapolis Colts||265,370|
|DE||Nick Bosa||San Francisco 49ers||264,687|
|TE||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||262,540|
|FB||Kyle Juszczyk||San Francisco 49ers||244,714|
|CB||Trevon Diggs||Dallas Cowboys||242,900|
NFL PRO BOWL MOST VOTES BY TEAM
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|San Francisco 49ers|
|New England Patriots|
|Green Bay Packers|
AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION
|POS.||CONF.||NAME, TEAM||VOTES||POS.||CONF.||NAME, TEAM||VOTES|
|QB||AFC||Justin Herbert, L.A. Chargers||213,904||DE||AFC||Myles Garrett, Cleveland||201,096|
|QB||NFC||Tom Brady, Tampa Bay||237,468||DE||NFC||Nick Bosa, San Francisco||264,687|
|RB||AFC||Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis||265,370||DT||AFC||Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee||173,029|
|RB||NFC||Dalvin Cook, Minnesota||156,503||DT||NFC||Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams||185,503|
|FB||AFC||Patrick Ricard, Baltimore||142,032||OLB||AFC||T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh||237,047|
|FB||NFC||Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco||244,714||OLB||NFC||Haason Reddick, Carolina||135,643|
|WR||AFC||Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati||202,141||ILB||AFC||Denzel Perryman, Las Vegas||113,733|
|WR||NFC||Davante Adams, Green Bay||234,600||ILB||NFC||Micah Parsons, Dallas||189,899|
|TE||AFC||Travis Kelce, Kansas City||262,540||CB||AFC||J.C. Jackson, New England||162,263|
|TE||NFC||George Kittle, San Francisco||208,193||CB||NFC||Trevon Diggs, Dallas||242,900|
|T||AFC||Rashawn Slater, L.A. Chargers||83,085||SS||AFC||Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City||170,939|
|T||NFC||Trent Williams, San Francisco||131,096||SS||NFC||Harrison Smith, Minnesota||134,321|
|G||AFC||Joel Bitonio, Cleveland||116,569||FS||AFC||Kevin Byard, Tennessee||193,061|
|G||NFC||Zack Martin, Dallas||108,065||FS||NFC||Quandre Diggs, Seattle||123,574|
|C||AFC||Creed Humphrey, Kansas City||128,608||P||AFC||Pressley Harvin, Pittsburgh||93,676|
|C||NFC||Jason Kelce, Philadelphia||98,380||P||NFC||Michael Dickson, Seattle||132,814|
|K||AFC||Justin Tucker, Baltimore||186,812||ST||AFC||Ola Adeniyi, Tennessee||98,287|
|K||NFC||Younghoe Koo, Atlanta||80,713||ST||NFC||Nick Bellore, Seattle||102,774|
|RS||AFC||Ray-Ray McCloud, Pittsburgh||98,525||LS||AFC||Joe Cardona, New England||86,382|
|RS||NFC||DeAndre Carter, Washington||111,471||LS||NFC||Camaron Cheeseman, Washington||72,416|
Homestand Continues Tuesday For No. 8 IU Against Wright State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana continues its three-game homestretch with Wright State on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
#8/7 INDIANA (0-2, 2-0 B1G) VS. WRIGHT STATE (1-7, 0-0 HORIZON)
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 • 7 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
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Promotions: SAB Holiday Drive in South Lobby- collecting non-perishable food items and cleaning/hygiene items | postgame autographs in south lobby
ABOUT THE RAIDERS
Wright State is coming off a COVID pause as it played its first game in three weeks on Wednesday in a 91-60 win over Lake Erie. They are led by redshirt sophomore guard Destyne Jackson’s 14.0 ppg. and junior guard Jada Roberson who adds 11.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The Raiders are averaging 62.2 points per game and shooting 37.6 percent from the floor.
Indiana leads 5-0
11/24/06 – W, 73-52 (Miami, Fla.)
The Hoosiers are coming off a 67-57 win over Western Michigan after a week-long break to focus on final exams. They had three players in double figures behind junior forward Mackenzie Holmes’ 17 points, career-high 19 rebounds and four blocks.
Indiana matches its season-long winning streak at four games after its win on Sunday.
Holmes was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll for her performance against Western Michigan on Sunday. Holmes grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and added 17 points on 7-for-12 from the field in the win. She also added four blocks.
IU moved up two spots in the Associated Press top 25 week 7 poll on Monday, coming in at No. 8. It has spent all seven weeks of the season ranked in the top 10 and 44th consecutive week in the media poll.
The Hoosiers will wrap up non-conference play this week as it hosts Wright State and SIU in remaining bouts before the meat of the Big Ten season. Indiana has posted a 7-2 record in non-con action this season with two Top 25 wins (No. 13 Kentucky, No. 20 Ohio State). They have already secured a winning non-conference record for the 10th straight season.
Non-conference play comes to a close on Thursday when IU hosts SIU. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.
IU-Virginia Agree to Home-&-Home Series
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and the University of Virginia football programs announced on Monday afternoon a home-and-home series in 2027 and 2028. The Hoosiers will travel to Charlottesville on Sept. 4, 2027, and host the Cavaliers on Sept. 16, 2028.
IU and UVA have split the previous four meetings in the series. Indiana earned victories in 2017 and 2018, while Virginia picked up wins in 2009 and 2011.
Below are Indiana’s future non-conference opponents:
9.10 – Idaho
9.17 – Western Kentucky
9.24 – at Cincinnati
9.9 – Indiana State
9.16 – vs. Louisville @ Lucas Oil Stadium
9.23 – Akron
8.31 – Florida International
9.7 – at Louisville
9.21 – Charlotte
8.30 – Old Dominion
9.6 – Louisville
9.13 – Indiana State
9.5 – Colorado State
9.12 – Ball State
9.26 – at Connecticut
9.4 – at Virginia
9.11 – Indiana State
9.16 – Virginia
9.15 – Western Kentucky
8.31 – at Notre Dame
9.27 – Notre Dame
No. 3 Purdue Rolls Past Incarnate Word in Final Game Before Holiday Break
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Matt Painter might have been hoping for a better holiday send-off Monday night.
Another dominant victory will suffice.
Zach Edey had 13 points and nine rebounds, Trevion Williams added 12 points and eight boards, and the third-ranked Boilermakers routed Incarnate Word 79-59.
Jaden Ivey finished with 12 points and five rebounds for Purdue.
“They really stretched us out and our closeouts weren’t great,” Painter said. “But I don’t think you can lose sight of taking good shots — I just wish we had made a few more.”
Purdue (11-1) made more than enough in its third straight victory.
And since losing for the first time and escaping a closer-than-expected contest against North Carolina State, the Boilermakers appear to have gotten back on track with their last two wins coming by a total of 49 points.
No, Purdue didn’t play with its trademark clean, crisp style. Instead, it missed its first five free throws, had six first-half turnovers and allowed the Cardinals’ 3-point shooters to keep them close — for about 10 minutes.
Then the school that has only been eligible for Division I championships since 2017-18 was overwhelmed by a talented team and superior athletes.
“They are so difficult to deal with because they are so well-coached,” Incarnate Word coach Carson Cunningham said after returning to his alma mater. “It’s definitely something we feel we can use to get better and hopefully we did some things that will help them get better.”
Benjamin Griscti made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead the Cardinals (2-10). Drew Lutz, who grew up in Indiana, had eight rebounds and nine assists — not nearly enough for Incarnate Word to avoid a third loss in five games.
And it didn’t take the Boilermakers long to assert themselves.
An early 10-0 run helped Purdue take control initially and when Incarnate Word cut the deficit to 21-16 with consecutive 3s midway through the first half, Purdue delivered a decisive blow with a 15-2 spurt that made it 36-18 — a lead it maintained the rest of the game.
Purdue still led 45-27 at halftime and never allowed the Cardinals to get closer than 17 in the second half.
Incarnate Word: The Cardinals might give other teams trouble with their 3-point shooting. But it was more of a nuisance than a threat against Purdue. Cunningham’s team simply couldn’t match up against a vastly more talented opponent.
Purdue: The Boilermakers weren’t clicking on all cylinders, but they didn’t need to in this game. Solid 3-point shooting and defense were enough to get the job done. Painter knows his team must play cleaner when it returns to action after the long holiday break.
Incarnate Word: Godsgift “GG” Ezedinma had seven points in the first half and finished with nine. Top scorer Josh Morgan wound up with six points and five rebounds. … The Cardinals were 12 of 27 on 3s and 10 for 27 on 2-pointers. They were outrebounded 46-23. … Cunningham’s team previously lost 87-60 at top-ranked Baylor, the defending national champion, and 84-62 at 2019 NCAA runner-up Texas Tech.
Purdue: Mason Gillis scored 10 points. … The Boilermakers were 11 of 32 beyond the arc and had a 38-12 scoring advantage in the paint. … Purdue extended its home winning streak to 12 games, and 13 in a row against non-league foes. … The Boilermakers can tie the school record for most consecutive weeks ranked in the top three (six) if they stay there Monday. They won’t play again until after the next poll is released.
WELCOME BACK, CARSON
Cunningham received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd after a long introduction from the public address announcer. The Incarnate Word coach started 75 games and scored 886 points in his career as he helped Purdue reach the 1999 Sweet 16 and the 2000 Elite Eight.
“Carson is a good guy. He was a good player here and anytime you have a guy like that come back, it’s a special moment,” Painter said.
No. 3-ranked Purdue closed out its pre-Holiday break schedule with a 79-59 win over Incarnate Word on Monday night in Mackey Arena.
The win improved Purdue to 11-1 on the season, matching the best 12-game start since beginning 14-0 during the 2009-10 season. Purdue also started the 2015-16, 2010-11 and 2009-10 seasons with an 11-1 mark after 12 games.
The win was Purdue’s 12th straight against non-conference foes during the regular season. The win was Purdue’s 13th straight home win against non-conference opposition.
The win improved Purdue to 15-2 in the final game before the Holiday break during the Matt Painter era.
Over its last 102 games at Mackey Arena, Purdue owns a 92-10 record.
The Boilermakers have won seven of their 11 games this year by 20 or more points.
Matt Painter won his 366th game at Mackey Arena, now needing five wins to tie Ward “Piggy” Lambert for second place on Purdue’s career wins list.
Purdue has won 27 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
Purdue has won 17 straight games when making 10 or more 3-pointers.
Purdue improved to 164-7 under Painter when holding teams to 59 or fewer points.
Jaden Ivey now has 25 made 3-pointers on the season, coming in 12 games. Last year, Ivey had 25 made 3-pointers in 23 games. He is shooting 44.6 percent from 3-point range and has scored in double figures in nine straight games.
Purdue’s big three of Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams and Zach Edey combined for 37 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists in 53 minutes of action. The trio went 16-of-24 from the field.
Sasha Stefanovic passed Ryne Smith for 14th place on the school’s career 3-pointers made list. Stefanovic now has 170 career 3-pointers.
Purdue Closes Non-Conference Slate vs. North Alabama
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will wrap up its non-conference schedule Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. against North Alabama. The early tip on B1G+ is set for Education Day, as nearly 3,000 students from 12 local schools will descend upon Mackey Arena.
Rob Blackman and Boilermaker standout Courtney (Moses) Delks will be on the call for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.
Purdue (8-4, 0-2 B1G) vs. North Alabama (5-5, 0-0 ASUN)
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Time: 11 AM
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com
LAST TIME OUT
Jeanae Terry joined elite Purdue company Sunday afternoon with the third triple-double in program history, going for 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, as Purdue knocked down Miami 82-76. Purdue put five players in double figures, topped by 15-point outings from Cassidy Hardin and Abbey Ellis. The Boilermakers dished out 23 assists on 28 made field goals and notched a season-high 24 points on the fast break.
• Purdue leads the series with North Alabama 1-0, following an 80-69 win over the Lions in the season opener last year.
• Cassidy Hardin ranks among the top in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting, leading in attempts (95), second with 38 made triples, second in makes per game with 3.2 and eighth with a 40% clip.
• Jeanae Terry, with the fifth triple-double in the Big Ten this season, now has 60 assists on the year, good for 22nd in the nation and third in the Big Ten.
• Rickie Woltman has averaged 6.6 points, six rebounds and a plus-minus of 12.3 since joining the starting lineup against Maryland.
• Purdue is third in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with an assist rate of 65.3%.
• Purdue will look to close out its non-conference slate with win, which would be the best out of conference mark since 2015-16.
• Hardin has already bested her career high with 38 made 3-pointers this season. The program record for triples in a year is 88, held by Katie Gearlds (2006-07) and Karissa McLaughlin (2018-19).
• Madison Layden is up to 384:06 minutes played this season, good for eighth in the Big Ten and 47th nationally.
• The Boilermakers’ opponent 3-point percentage of 27.4% is second in the Big Ten.
Clephane Scores Career High 26 Points in WBB’s Win Over Bellarmine
MUNCIE, Ind. – Behind redshirt junior Anna Clephane’s career high 26 points the Ball State women’s basketball team (7-3) was able to close out its 2021 non-conference portion of its schedule with an 84-63 win over Bellarmine (2-8) Monday night in Worthen Arena.
“I thought Bellarmine came out with a lot of want to. They were here to play, and I don’t if we were to be honest with you,” Ball State Head Coach Brady Sallee said. “This is always a tough time of year because are you in the gym or are you halfway home for the holidays. Maybe it wasn’t the best scheduling in the world playing a 2-7 team. If this was a 7-2 team, I think our interest level might have been different, but you must be mature enough as a Division I basketball player to respect everybody. I give Bellarmine a lot of credit they were the aggressor throughout most of the game, but we took care of the ball, and our stat sheet didn’t really look a lot different other than our rebounding.”
Sallee was right about the Cardinals stats not being much different from their previous contests this season. Ball State outscored Bellarmine 40-26 in the paint while also shooting 54 percent from the field along with knocking down 10 three pointers. The only stat lacking was rebounding as the Knights won that battle over the Cardinals, 34-29.
Ball State placed two in double figures, Clephane’s personal high of 26 points and senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir ended the night with 18.
After a tight opening quarter, Ball State was able to set the tone late with a 10-4 run that would give the Cardinals a comfortable 24-15 edge over Bellarmine heading into the second frame of action.
Although, Ball State was not necessarily struggling from the field, it was Bellarmine’s desire to not give up that continued to give Ball State some trouble throughout the first half. Ball State was unable to grasp onto a double-digit lead up until the 3:41 mark of the second quarter when Jazmyn Turner hit jumper off a rebound making it a 36-26 ball game.
Prior to halftime, some unforeseen miscues by Ball State allowed Bellarmine to stay within reach of the Cardinals. A once 10-point lead by the Cardinals was shaved down to six (38-32) at intermission.
Ball State opened the second half with a 9-4 run with Agustsdottir scoring five of those nine points to give the Cardinals a 47-36 cushion over the Knights with seven minutes to go in the third period.
But just like the first half, Bellarmine continued to chomp at the heels of Ball State. As a matter of fact, it was becoming a game of you give an inch you take an inch. Fortunately for the Cardinals they took more than they gave, eventually building a 61-45 cushion with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
The Cardinals outscored the Knights 24-15 in the third frame, a stat that Bellarmine couldn’t recover from in the final quarter.
The Ball State women’s basketball team will open Mid-American Conference action against Western Michigan on Dec. 29 in Worthen Arena at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is also Ball State Basketball’s “Take a Kid to a Game” days at Worthen Arena. With one paid adult ticket purchased, two kids 13-and-under will receive a complimentary ticket.
To get tickets to the game you can call 888.BSU.TICKET or 765.285.1474 to join the Cardinal Family inside Worthen Arena! Season and group tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets are also available at the numbers listed above and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Cardinals Host Panthers for Final Game in Worthen in 2021
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the court inside Worthen Arena for a matchup with Eastern Illinois, sponsored by Varsity House. The Cardinals and Panthers will meet for the 23rd time on Tuesday with tip scheduled for 7 p.m.
Tyler Cochran produced his third-straight game in double figures and tallied his third game leading Ball State in rebounds with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds in BSU’s last contest against Illinois State. Demarius Jacobs led the squad with three assists. Kani Acree notched a team-high two steals. Mickey Pearson Jr. recorded the only block for the Cardinals. As a team, BSU collected 34 rebounds and 11 of the 13 players recorded at least one board.
Luke Bumbalough continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game and has a team-high 33 assists. Cochran has moved into double-digit scoring with 10.9 points per game and is second on the squad with 5.0 rebounds per game. Cochran has been a force defensively and leads BSU with 17 steals. Payton Sparks has been impressive on the glass and paces the Cardinals with 5.5 rebounds per game in just his first season. Miryne Thomas and Basheer Jihad have emerged as the shot blockers with five and four, respectively.
Coming into Tuesday’s contest, Ball State holds a 17-5 record over Eastern Illinois. The Cardinals have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including the last meeting on November 16, 2015, 73-56, in Worthen Arena. In home games against EIU, BSU is 11-1.
The Panthers are led by Kashawn Charles who averages 10.3 points per game. Kejuan Clements paces EIU in rebounds with 5.3 per game and has a team-high 47 assists. Jermaine Hamlin is the lone player with double-digit blocks, but has 21, which is tied for 68th in the NCAA. Rodolfo Bolis has a team-best 14 steals, while Henry Abraham has 10.
All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network as well as Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.
#21/18 IRISH POUNCE ON PANTHERS IN 85-59 VICTORY
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 21/18 Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (10-2, 2-0) will enjoy a nice 2-0 start in ACC standings when the league schedule ramps up after the holiday season. On Sunday afternoon, the Fighting Irish cruised to a 85-59 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4, 0-2) inside Purcell Pavilion, achieving win No. 10 on the season. The Irish also improved to 6-0 at home as well.
Olivia Miles lit up the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and a career high six steals. She also just had one turnover in 31 minutes of play.
As a result, Miles notched her third double-double over the last five games and fifth overall on the year. In addition, Miles is the fourth Irish all-time to join the 20-point, 10-assist club, etching her name alongside Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jackie Young and Marina Mabrey.
Fellow freshman Sonia Citron added 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Maddy Westbeld poured in 13 points to go with her seven boards. Then Sam Brunelle rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.
“Really ecstatic with the way we started. We focused on bringing the energy today and we accomplished a lot of our team goals we set. Incredible contributions from so many people,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family head coach Niele Ivey said.
How It Happened
Notre Dame started the game on a 10-0 run over the first 3:28, as Miles, Westbeld, Dodson and Citron all scored. The Irish ended the quarter up 17-10, primarily thanks to a hot start from Citron who tallied eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.
The Irish got hot from beyond the arc in the second quarter, where they converted 5-of-10 from three. In fact, the home squad recorded a 13-2 scoring spree over a three-minute stretch in which Westbeld, Miles and Mabrey all hit from deep.
Ultimately, the Irish took a 42-24 lead into the locker room at the break. Both of Notre Dame’s freshmen, Miles and Citron, were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. As a team, the Irish were 8-of-17 from three-point range.
The third quarter featured a 14-0 Irish run which spanned three minutes. In that run, Brunelle recorded a stretch in which she scored six straight. In fact, Brunelle scored 10 points in the quarter on 4-of-5 shooting, lifting the Irish to a 30-point advantage heading into the final period up 73-43.
Notre Dame closed out the game with the 85-59 win. Nat Marshall added five of her eight points in the fourth. The Irish finished with 11 made three-pointers and 17 steals – both season highs. Irish also registered 22 assists on 30 made field goals.
Notre Dame will compete in its last non-conference matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 22, when the Irish travel to the Windy City to take on DePaul. That contest will air nationally on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
IRISH OFFENSE FINDS ITS GROOVE IN 85-52 WIN OVER WMU
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (5-5) started the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back in a 85-52 victory over Western Michigan (4-7) in Purcell Pavilion on Monday evening. The Irish shot 51.8% from the field, led by a game-high 18 points from senior Dane Goodwin along with 17 points and five rebounds from graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.
Notre Dame’s game-opening run saw four different players score, with a three pointer to start the game from freshman Blake Wesley. The Broncos then answered with five points before another 7-0 Irish run pushed the lead to 19-8 at the first media timeout. Atkinson Jr. set the tone for the game in those first few minutes, earning two trips to the line and tallying six total points.
The home team’s lead grew to 27-17 with 8:44 left in the first half, then a three pointer from Dane Goodwin, who became the 66th Notre Dame player to reach 1,000 points in a career with his first five points of the game, pushed the Irish lead to 32-21 with 6:23 left in the first half.
Notre Dame’s offense, keyed by its defense, completely controlled the final 7:30 of the first half. A 17-2 run by the Irish completed the first 20 minutes and was highlighted by a break away steal and dunk from Blake Wesley. Notre Dame would finish the half connecting on five-of-seven shots while forcing seven WMU turnovers and holding the Broncos to 1-11 shooting.
The lead grew to 30 at 60-30 halfway through the second period, highlighted by a seven-point run by Goodwin. He earned a trip to the line, scored on a drive then connected on a corner three pointer. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native stretched his career-best double-digit scoring streak to 10 games (all 10 games this season).
Notre Dame would hold the lead for the remainder of the contest. Wesley finished with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds. He joins Chris Thomas and Luke Harangody as the only true freshmen of the Mike Brey era to reach double-digits in scoring in eight of their first 10 career games. Cormac Ryan, who came off the bench for the first time this season, played 25 minutes and scored 13 points in four-of-six shooting with five rebounds, three assists and a career-high three blocked shots.
Next up for the Irish will be the final game before Christmas and the final non-conference game until the Martin Luther King Jr. Day game at Howard on January 17. Notre Dame will take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 22.
Sycamores rally past Mastodons for second straight win
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Anna McKendree scored 14 points off the bench and Marie Hunter added 12 Monday night to lead Indiana State past Purdue Fort Wayne, 55-53, inside the Gates Sports Center.
The win was the second straight for the Sycamores, who improved to 5-6 on the season. Caitlin Anderson hit the go-ahead free throw with 1:08 left in the game, while Indiana State’s defense forced 26 Purdue Fort Wayne turnovers.
Purdue Fort Wayne led by as many as seven, but ISU always remained within striking distance. The Sycamores closed the game on a 6-0 run and kept Purdue Fort Wayne off the scoreboard for the final four minutes of the contest.
Mya Glanton opened the scoring for the Sycamores with a pair of free throws, but it was the home side who had control in the early stages. Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to an 11-4 lead midway through the opening quarter before the Sycamore bench provided a spark. Anna McKendree had three points, an assist and a steal in the late stages of the quarter, as Indiana State closed on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 13-all after the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading baskets throughout the period. Marie Hunter gave the Sycamores their first lead of the contest early in the quarter with a floater, one of her three field goals in the second quarter. Hunter and Tonysha Curry combined to score 11 of Indiana State’s 16 points in the quarter, but five Purdue Fort Wayne 3-pointers in the period gave the Mastodons a slim 30-29 lead heading into the locker room.
Del’Janae Williams got things going for the Sycamores in the third quarter with ISU’s first five points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Indiana State the lead. Purdue Fort Wayne continued its barrage from behind the arc and led by as many as four in the quarter, but a late Arianna Smith jumper made it a one-possession game heading into the final quarter.
Purdue Fort Wayne opened up a seven-point lead early in the quarter before the Sycamores made a run of their own. Back-to-back baskets by McKendree, including a 3-pointer, followed by a Caitlin Anderson jumper evened the score at 47-all midway through the quarter. Indiana State’s defense kept Purdue Fort Wayne off the board for the last four minutes of the contest and went on a 6-0 run to close the game. Anderson hit the go-ahead free throw with 1:08 on the clock to give ISU its second straight win.
Inside the Statistics
Indiana State matched its 2020-21 win total Monday with its fifth win of the season.
Indiana State forced Purdue Fort Wayne into 26 turnovers, the most for the Mastodons at home this season.
The Sycamores led for less than five minutes in the contest.
ISU made its presence felt down low with a 28-10 advantage in points in the paint.
News & Notes
Arianna Smith pulled down a career-best nine rebounds in the win. Smith also had six points off the bench.
Anna McKendree’s 14 points were her most in an Indiana State uniform.
The Sycamores take a break for the holidays before returning to action December 30 for their Missouri Valley Conference opener at Drake.
Sycamore Basketball Slips Past Oakland City, 78-69
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Five Sycamores finished in double-figures as Indiana State basketball defeated Oakland City 78-69 Monday night at Hulman Center. ISU improved to 6-6 on the season following the win with an opportunity to finish over .500 in nonconference action on Wednesday at NIU.
Xavier Bledson posted a career-high 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds. Cameron Henry scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Julian Larry dropped in 12 points, including six points at the charity stripe. Kailex Stephens and Micah Thomas added 11 points each while Stephens crashed the glass for seven rebounds.
A one-point game with just under three minutes to go, ISU picked up a step-back 3-pointer from Thomas to push its lead to four points before turning up the intensity on the defensive end as Stephens blocked a shot on the next OCU possession.
Indiana State went on to burn the next minute of game time as the Trees secured four offensive rebounds before Stephens eventually found the bottom of the net to help ISU go on top 73-67 with 1:12 left to play. Thomas stole the ball from the Mighty Oaks the next possession and ISU shot free throws to ice the game down the stretch.
Allen Sims had a team-high 19 points for OCU on 9-of-13 shooting while Jamarcus Clark added 16 points. Overall, the Mighty Oaks shot 47.5 percent (28-59) while making just three shots from distance. ISU recorded eight 3-pointers and was 16-of-20 from the free-throw line in the win.
The Sycamores return to action Wednesday night with a trip to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois. Tip with the Huskies is set for 8 p.m. ET from the NIU Convocation Center.
Riley Ott Scores Career-Best 23 in Setback to Indiana State
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Riley Ott scored a career-high 23 points on Monday night (Dec. 20) in Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball’s 55-53 setback to Indiana State in the Gates Sports Center.
Ott’s career-best came on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, with 5-of-7 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. She also dished out three assists, grabbed three rebounds, and recorded two steals and a block.
Monday’s game was as close as they come, with a shot from Shayla Sellers to extend the game into overtime came just late of the buzzer. The Mastodons led the game for 27:48, and the Sycamores did not take the lead for good until 1:08 left in the game. Indiana State’s largest lead was just two points, which came at five different junctures, including the final line.
Purdue Fort Wayne led by as many as seven, which came with 3:30 left in the first quarter when Shianne Johnson buried her first bucket as a Mastodon. This also capped off a 7-0 run, which was the Mastodons’ best scoring run of the night.
In the third quarter, Aubrey Stupp found Ott twice on back-to-back buckets. The first assist for Stupp came when she threw a pass across the entire width of the court to find Ott for a triple. The second she found Ott slipping past a screen in the lane for an easy floater.
The ‘Dons led by seven again in the fourth quarter after a triple from Ott off a Johnson assist, but the Sycamores forced eight turnovers after this point to pull ahead down the stretch.
The Mastodons’ 3-point shooting percentage picked up, as they shot 40.7 percent (11-of-27), moving their season average up to 35.8 percent.
Jazzlyn Linbo led the Mastodons in rebounds with seven, leading them to a 34-28 advantage over the Sycamores. Indiana State took advantage of the Mastodon turnovers, scoring 21 points off of them.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 4-7, while Indiana State goes to 5-6. The Mastodons will resume Horizon League play on December 30, when they visit Youngstown State for a 1 p.m. tip.
JAGUARS TO HOST MOREHEAD STATE AT THE COLISEUM ON THURSDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will close out its non-conference slate on Tuesday (Dec. 21) when the Jaguars host Morehead State (7-5) inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.. The Jaguars (1-9) will look to snap a modest four-game skid on Tuesday night, capping a home-and-home series with the visiting Eagles.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) call the action from courtside. In addition, tickets are available by contacting the IUPUI Ticket Office. The IUPUI Athletics Department is offering discounted tickets for faculty and staff members.
IUPUI had a late comeback bid stopped short in a loss to former league foe Chicago State last week, falling to the Cougars, 61-55. CSU was seemingly coasting to the win, leading 43-24 with 9:22 to play before the Jags launched a furious rally. Behind Azariah Seay and B.J. Maxwell, IUPUI cut the lead all the way back to five in the closing minute, but couldn’t climb all the way back. Maxwell tossed in a career-high 20 points in the loss and Seay tallied a career-high 15 points, all coming in a seven-minute span in the second half. The duo combined to hit 11-of-21 field goal attempts and 6-of-8 three-point attempts. However, the remainder of the squad hit a combined 6-of-32 field goal attempts as the Jags finished the game shooting just 32.1 percent from the floor.
While IUPUI conquered its season-long turnover woes in the loss, the typically reliable rebounding team was outrebounded by 20 in the loss.
“What I think changed (the game) was the guys played a little more free and a little more loose. And then, when you’re playing confident and you’re playing loose and you’re playing free, you tend to make shots. Our effort was through the roof and I was proud of the way they fought,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said after the Chicago State loss. “We got down 19 and didn’t get discouraged and the guys kept their heads high and we clawed our way back. We did it all through our defense.”
SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE
Morehead State is 7-5 on the year and had a four-game winning streak earlier this year. The Eagles are 5-0 at home this year and 2-5 in games away from home. Morehead State comes in shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from three-point range, making 9.0 treys per contest. Johni Broome (15.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.4 bpg) leads the way on the interior, ranking among the nation’s leaders in blocked shots (41). On the perimeter, Tray Hollowell (11.6 ppg, 35 3’s) and Skyelar Potter (11.3 ppg, 27 3’s) are the primary scorers and lead guard Ta’lon Cooper (8.8 ppg, 6.6 apg) ranks among the nation’s best in assists.
IUPUI leads the all-time series by a 3-2 margin, including going 2-0 in the two meetings in Indianapolis. Morehead State has won the most recent two meetings coming into tonight’s contest.
IUPUI will return to Horizon League play when the Jaguars host Cleveland State at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 30 inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Game Notes (click here for the full PDF packet)
IUPUI has been incredibly stingy all season long, holding six of 10 foes under 40 percent shooting and ranking 63rd in the country in scoring defense at 62.3 points allowed per game. They easily lead the Horizon League in that category as Youngstown State is second in the league at 65.6 points allowed per game.
No IUPUI opponent has topped 50 percent from the field in a game this season.
IUPUI held Spalding to just 10 first half points in its 61-41 win over the Golden Eagles on Nov. 23. The 10 first half points matched the fewest by any team in the country this season. Below is the list of the five lowest offensive outputs in the country this season:
10 – Arizona State vs. Washington State (Dec. 1, 2021)
10 – IUPUI vs. Spalding [Non D1] (Nov. 13, 2021)
10 – Georgia State vs. Brewerton [Non D1] (Nov. 9, 2021)
12 – Detroit Mercy vs. IUPUI (Dec. 2, 2021)
12 – Pacific vs. Chicago State (Nov. 22, 2021)
The 41 points allowed matched the fewest by an IUPUI opponent in program history, tying the 41 scored by Indiana State on Dec. 23, 2008 in the Jaguars’ 62-41 victory.
The recent loss to Chicago State saw a game that went against two season-long trends for the Jaguars .
On the plus side, IUPUI curbed the season-long issue with turnovers, committing just 11 against the Cougars while forcing 23 CSU miscues. IUPUI came in averaging more than 18 turnovers per game – last in the country in that category. The Jags’ 11 turnovers were their second-fewest in a game this season and fewest since committing nine in the season opener at Butler. Given the discrepancy in turnovers, IUPUI outscored the Cougars 22-5 in points off turnovers.
However, the typically dependable rebounding IUPUI team was outrebounded by a wide margin – 47-20. IUPUI had been outrebounded in a game just twice all season and came into play outrebounding opponents by more than three boards per game. The -20 rebounding margin was the Jaguars’ worst in a game since Jan. 20, 2018 when YSU outrebounded IUPUI by a similar 20-board margin (39-19).
TWO CAREER NIGHTS
Two Jags posted new career highs against Chicago State last week as graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell pumped in 20 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3’s, 5-5 FT) and Azariah Seay tallied 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3’s, 2-2 FT), all coming in a span on 6:54 late in the second half before he fouled out with 31 seconds to play.
Maxwell’s 20 points were the most in a game by an IUPUI player this season while Seay hit for double-digits for just the fourth time in his two-year IUPUI career.
It’s becoming evident that IUPUI’s offense is going to come by committee this season as the Jaguars lack a true go-to-scorer. Through 10 games, IUPUI has had just 13 double-digit scoring games as B.J. Maxwell has done it seven times and six others have tallied 10-or-more once.
Conversely, IUPUI has eight players scoring more than 3.8 points per game.
Maxwell has led the team in scoring eight times and Bakari LaStrap and KJ Pruitt have each done it once.
TAP INTO THE RESERVES
With the committee approach being the case, IUPUI is averaging 18.6 points per game off the bench this season. IUPUI has received 10-or-more points from its bench in every game this season and peaked with a season-high 30 in the win over Spalding.
Graduate transfer and former Detroit Titan B.J. Maxwell has been IUPUI’s top weapon thus far, leading the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) and easily pacing the squad in field goal attempts (112), three-point attempts (45) and free throw attempts (33), despite missing a full game due to injury.
His 112 shot attempts are 23 percent of the team’s tries as Boston Stanton III is second on the team with 62 attempts.
Maxwell is an interesting case study in today’s new world of college basketball as he’s entering his seventh year of college this season. After redshirting his opening season (2015-16) at Abilene Christian, he played three full seasons at ACU before transferring out for a fifth season. He played just two games at Detroit Mercy in 2019-20 before suffering a season ending injury and receiving another season of eligibility. He spent all of last season at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where he averaged 18.6 points and 5.3 boards per game while earning NABC Second Team All-District honors.
After all NCAA student-athletes were granted an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19 issues, Maxwell opted to join the IUPUI program for a seventh season of schooling. He enters this season having played 94 collegiate basketball games and having scored 758 points across both NCAA Division I and II levels.
Freshman KJ Pruitt is quietly beginning to play really solid basketball and is second on the team in minutes played (270) and scoring (5.0 ppg) this season. Pruitt recently had his first career double-digit scoring game at Tennessee State on Dec. 10 and is averaging 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game over his past seven games.
FEAR THE PANDA
After scoring just 13 points in the season’s first eight games, senior Dimitar Pandev made the most of 13 minutes off the bench at Tennessee State on Dec. 10. Pandev came off the bench to score a career-high eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 FT), grab five boards and block a shot. Pandev suffered a season-ending injury at Northern Kentucky last season on Jan. 16, 2021 and is starting to round back into form this season.
OFFENSE IS OFFENSIVE
IUPUI is currently last in the nation in scoring offense (50.0 ppg) and 348th of 350 teams in turnovers per game (17.8 to/gm). The Jags have topped 50 points just three times this season and have topped 60 just once.
JAGS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE #15 IOWA
IOWA CITY – After having their fourth game canceled due to Covid-19 issues within the opponent’s program, the IUPUI women’s basketball team travels to Iowa City to face No. 15 Iowa on Tuesday (Dec. 21) at 3:00 p.m. The game marks only the third time the Jags face the Hawkeyes, with the last matchup on Dec. 8, 2018, when IUPUI fell 72-58.
Head coach Austin Parkinson’s team enters the game after having a fourth game canceled due to Covid-19 issues on Saturday (Dec. 18). Saturday’s game vs. Eastern Michigan was cancelled and has been considered a no-contest.
The Jags last played on Dec. 8 when the team’s comeback fell short to in-state foe, Ball State, 73-67. Graduate student Macee Williams led the Jaguars with 19 points, seven rebounds and one steal. Destiny Perkins followed with four rebounds, four assists and a season-high 16 points, all coming from behind the arc. Junior Natalie Andersen came off the bench and added a season-high 15 points and led the team in rebounds with eight.
Parkinson’s squad was recently pegged No. 17 in the Mid-Major Top 25.
The Jaguars will be tested on Tuesday as they face Iowa who enters the game ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Hawkeyes are 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten and enter the game after defeating Central Florida, 69-61. Iowa leads the country in free-throw percentage with 84% and sits at 12th in the country in assists per game with 18.9 and three-point percentage with 38.5%.
Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads the Hawkeyes averaging 22.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Clark is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was named The Athletic, WBCA, and USBWA Tamika Catchings Co-Freshman of the Year after her first season with Iowa. Senior Monika Czinano averages 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while junior McKenna Warnock adds 13.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Tuesday’s game will be aired on the Big Ten Network+ with tip off at 3 p.m.
Valpo Erases Double-Figure Deficit to Pull Away from Eastern Michigan
Everything clicked over the final 12 minutes for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team.
The Beacons dug out of a double-figure hole on their way to enjoying a double-figure cushion by the end of a come-from-behind 67-55 victory over Eastern Michigan on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) knocked down five of his seven second-half shots including four 3s to help the Beacons outscore the Eagles 41-27 after the break.
How It Happened
Eastern Michigan jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the game’s early stages. Valpo scored the next five points with a basket by Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) and a 3-point play by Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) that evened the game at nine.
The Eagles soared back ahead and maintained a slight edge until the 9:30 mark, when Taylor scored his second straight basket to put Valpo up 17-16. Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) canned a 3 with 8:21 to go to lift the Beacon lead to 20-16.
Eastern Michigan scored the final four points of the half to enter the locker room with a 28-26 edge.
The Eagles outscored Valpo 19-10 over the first eight minutes of the second half, building up an 11-point lead at 47-36.
The game-changing stretch came from the 11:20 mark to the 7:14 mark of the second half. In that time, the Beacons outscored the Tribe 18-2 to open up a 54-49 advantage. Taylor scored 11 of the 18 points during that stretch including three 3s.
Eastern Michigan whittled the deficit back to one, but Anderson swished a trey on a Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) assist with 5:56 on the clock, forcing an Eastern Michigan timeout. Anderson hit another big triple at the 3:49 mark, again expanding the lead to five.
Taylor hit another 3 at the 1:54 mark as part of a stretch where Valpo scored the final 10 points of the game. After trailing 47-36, Valpo outscored Eastern Michigan 31-8 for the game’s duration.
Inside the Game
This marked the second time this season that Valpo has come from double figures down to win a game, joining the 68-64 victory over Tulane in the third-place game of the Nassau Championship in The Bahamas. This was the 18th time during the Matt Lottich Era (sixth season) that Valpo has come from double figures down for a victory.
This marked the seventh time under Lottich and first since Feb. 22, 2020 vs. Bradley that Valpo has trailed by double figures and gone on to win by double figures.
Taylor’s 18 points topped three Beacons in double figures as he was joined by Krikke (17) and Anderson (15). Taylor’s effort represented his season high, surpassing his previous Valpo best of 16 on Nov. 13 vs. UIC.
Krikke finished in double figures for the sixth time in his nine games this season and surpassed the 700-career point threshold.
Taylor topped the team in scoring for the second time this season while enjoying his sixth double-figure scoring output this year and the 87th of his collegiate career. He has knocked down a 3-pointer in 75 consecutive games.
Ruedinger made his collegiate debut and dished out four assists while squeezing a pair of rebounds and committing no turnovers.
Valpo followed a flawless 14-of-14 performance at the free-throw line in their last outing vs. Charlotte with an 11-of-12 showing against Eastern Michigan. The Beacons have knocked down 25 of their 26 free-throw attempts over the last two games (96.2 percent).
Anderson reached double figures for the sixth time in the last seven games and the eighth time in 12 games this season. He made three 3s for the third time this season, had his third straight game with multiple made triples and has knocked in multiple 3s in five of his last seven.
King finished with nine points while hauling in a team-high seven rebounds. The seven boards marked a collegiate career high for King, usurping his previous best of six on Nov. 27, 2018 vs. NC State while playing for Wisconsin.
Valpo recorded a season-high six blocked shots including a pair by Krikke. That marked the team’s highest rejection total since swatting seven Drake shots on Feb. 7 of last season.
Another notable number was the turnover total, as Valpo gave it away just eight times. Valpo has kept the turnover number in single figures on five occasions this season including four times in the last six games.
Valpo held Eastern Michigan to just 1-of-11 from 3-point distance (9.1 percent), a far cry from the previous game where Charlotte went 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) from long range. The 9.1 percent was the lowest 3-point clip by a Valpo opponent this season and the lowest since Central Michigan went just 1-of-17 for 5.9 percent on Dec. 8, 2019 at the ARC. This was also the first time that Valpo held an opponent to one made triple or fewer since the aforementioned game against the Chippewas.
Valpo went 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from 3 in the second half after hitting just one of their 11 triple tries before the break.
Postgame Press Conference
Valpo (6-6) will face a quick turnaround as William & Mary will be in town for a noon tipoff on Wednesday. It will be Community Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center with a Christmas celebration including pictures with Santa. Admission is free for those 18 and under and all tickets are $5 for adults. For ticket information, visit www.valpoathletics.com/tickets. Spectators are required to wear masks at all home Valpo athletic events until further notice.
Women’s Basketball Closes Non-Conference Tuesday at the ARC
Valparaiso (1-9, 0-0 MVC)
Game #11 – December 21, 2021 – noon
Detroit Mercy (0-10, 0-4 Horizon)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind. – masks required for all spectators and event staff
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team faces its final non-conference game of the season in its last action before Christmas, returning home to host a Tuesday afternoon matinee at the ARC against Detroit Mercy. The program will be holding a canned food drive in conjunction with the game, with fans who bring a canned food item with them receiving free admission.
Previously: Valpo got off to a strong start Sunday in its return to action at Morehead State and closed strong as well, shooting above 70% from the field in both the first and the fourth quarter in a 65-57 victory over the host Eagles. Carie Weinman led three Beacons in double figures with 17 points.
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 38-58. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.
Series Notes: Tuesday afternoon will be the 29th meeting in program history between Detroit Mercy and Valpo, but just the second between the two programs since Valpo left the Horizon League. The Titans own a 16-12 advantage all-time and the last 10 meetings have been split evenly, 5-5. In the last meeting, Valpo captured a 77-58 victory in Detroit on Dec. 5, 2019 behind 17 points from Grace Hales and 13 points apiece from Shay Frederick and Addison Stoller.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.
…at Morehead State
– Valpo shot 70% from the field in the first quarter, capped by a backdoor layup from Shay Frederick to give it a 20-12 lead at the end of 10 minutes.
– Morehead State got to within three with 2:40 to play in the first half, but Valpo scored four of the half’s final five points — including a Frederick layup — to take a 32-26 lead into intermission.
– Neither team could gain control in the third quarter. Valpo’s lead never exceeded the six-point margin from halftime, but the Beacons also did not allow the Eagles to close to closer than two points in the period. Valpo entered the fourth quarter with a 42-38 lead.
– Morehead State got within two points three times in the fourth quarter, but all three times, the Beacons held them off – twice thanks to 3-point plays.
– A 9-2 spurt just past the midway point of the final quarter proved to be the decisive run to secure Valpo’s win, highlighted by a triple from Olivia Brown which extended the lead to eight points with 3:29 to play.
– Valpo shot 50% from the field Sunday, its second-best effort of the season, thanks to great efforts in the opening and closing periods. The Beacons went 7-of-10 (70%) from the floor in the first quarter and 8-of-11 (72.7%) in the fourth quarter.
– Valpo also enjoyed a significant advantage from the foul line, going 17-of-20 (85%) from the stripe as compared to Morehead State’s 1-of-6 effort from the free throw line.
– Carie Weinman led Valpo on Sunday with 17 points, her seventh double-digit scoring effort of the season.
– Frederick was just behind Weinman with 15 points, while Grace White needed just four field goal attempts to score 11 points.
…at South Dakota
– Shay Frederick hit a midrange floater in the final seconds of the opening quarter to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career, tying the game at 10-10.
– Valpo hit just two free throws in the second quarter, but limited the Coyotes to just seven points to keep it a five-point game (17-12) at intermission.
– South Dakota scored the first 12 points of the second half and led 37-19 with 10 minutes to play.
– No Valpo player scored in double figures on Friday, as Grace White led the Beacons with nine points and seven rebounds.
– Valpo shot just 20.5% from the field on Friday evening against a South Dakota squad which limited Bradley to 39 points in its last outing and improved to 69-5 all-time inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
– The Beacons did connect on all 10 of their free throw attempts, the seventh time in program history and the third time in the last three seasons they have hit 100% on 10 or more tries from the foul line.
– Following Christmas, Missouri Valley Cofnerence play starts for Valpo with the longest trip of the conference slate, starting at Southern Illinois on Friday, Dec. 31.
– The Beacons then continue on to Missouri State on Sunday, Jan. 2.
…at the ARC
– Tuesday is the final non-conference home game of the season and the fourth of 13 home games in total this year for the Beacons.
– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season.
– Detroit Mercy enters Tuesday’s game with an 0-10 record this season and is 0-4 to date in Horizon League play.
– The Titans most recently fell at home to North Dakota on Saturday, 70-60.
– Sydney Searcy, a graduate transfer who played two seasons apiece at Florida and Morgan State, leads Detroit Mercy, averaging 10.3 points/game and connecting at a 40.7% clip from the 3-point line.
Knobloch Drops 17 in Win over IU Kokomo
INDIANAPOLIS – Marissa Knobloch scored 17 points in shooting over 62 percent from three in the Greyhounds 70- 43 win over Indiana University – Kokomo on Monday afternoon in Nicoson Hall.
The Greyhounds shot over 50 percent percent from three and made 53 percent of their shots from field goal range in downing the Cougars. With 31 points coming off the bench, Lauren With followed Knobloch, who hit five back-to-back threes in the first quarter, with 15 points and Liv Becker posted her first double digit game with 13 points.
The Greyhounds had their best defensive game of the season holding the Cougars to 20 percent from behind the arc and earned 23 defensive rebounds. In forcing 15 turnovers among the Cougars, Taylor Drury and Elana Wells notched a pair of steals a piece.
Vanessa Mullins led the Cougars with nine points, while Tia Chambers had seven steals.
INSIDE THE BOX
-The Greyhounds outrebounded the Cougars 32-28.
-Each team posted a pair of blocks.
-UIndy made 26 of its points in the paint.
After the holiday recess the Hounds will host GLIAC foe, Ferris State, on December 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
JALEN JENNINGS NAMED TO AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM
New York, NY – The Associated Press (AP) released their NAIA All-America Second Teams last Friday and Marian football’s Jalen Jennings was named to the team as the Second Team All-Purpose Player. The honor is the first All-American award in Jennings career, and Marian’s second All-American of the season after Johnny William was named to the AFCA First Team as a receiver.
Jennings, a junior out of South Bend, Indiana, had a dominating season as one of the most dangerous returners in the NAIA leading the nation in kickoff return touchdowns. Jennings set a Marian program record for single game, single season, and career kickoff return touchdowns this season, taking an NAIA-best three kicks back to the house. Two of Jennings three scores came in the Knights’ week two game at Madonna, in which Jennings broke a 94-game streak at Marian by returning the second half kickoff 100 yards. Jennings added an additional return touchdown against Madonna, and scored his third career touchdown after a safety in game five at Taylor.
On the year Jennings returned 18 kickoffs for 642 yards, ranking fifth in the NAIA in yards and first in touchdowns (3) and average per return (35.7). Jennings also doubled as a punt returner, taking 15 returns for 136 yards. The speedy junior also hauled in a pair of passes as a wideout for 75 yards, scoring on a 65-yard catch in week two at Madonna. On the season Jennings established Marian’s single season and single game return yardage records, as well as the school record longest kickoff return touchdown.
KNIGHTS ROUT PENN STATE GREATER ALLEGHENY FOR FLORIDA TRIP WIN
Hialeah, Fla. – The Marian men’s basketball team capped their trip to Florida with a commanding 96-45 win over Penn State Greater Allegheny, earning a neutral site victory Monday afternoon. Marian’s third-largest win of the season gives the Knights a 10-2 record as they enter the holidays.
The Knights got off to a sluggish start failing to score in the first two minutes of the game, but after claming down Malek Edmonds got the Knights on the board with an early putback. The Edmonds bucket was one of three straight makes for the sophomore, as he and Christian Harvey helped expand the lead to nine points after the first five minutes of play. A three-pointer from Jacob Wiley with 11:42 left in the opening half gave Marian a strong 15-2 advantage, with the scoring halting for two minutes until a Luke Gohmann trey took the lid off the basket.
A three-point play from Wiley expanded the lead to 19 points with over eight minutes to play, as the Knights found an offensive flow from Hayden Langkabel and Sean Jenkins as the pair of guards combined for seven points. Two more trifectas from Langkabel increased Marian’s lead to 29 points, and a pair of foul shots from Edmonds capped the Knights scoring efforts in the first half entering the locker room with a 40-14 lead.
The second half proved to be more of the same, with Marian dominating both inside and out as Tyrie Johnson, Harvey, and Christian Stewart combined for the first seven points of the half. A three ball from Maximus Gizzi with 15:09 remaining in the half gave Marian their first 40-point lead of the afternoon at 57-17, with another three from the sophomore guard four minutes later extending the margin to 47 points. A lay-in from Jenkins at the 9:48 mark saw Marian lead 70-26, and in under five minutes time the lead reached 50 points after a three point play from Harvey.
Marian ended the game on an even 10-10 pace, holding the Allegheny Lions to just one point over the final three minutes of the game. In the 96-45 blowout win, Marian shot 48.6 percent from the floor as a team, canning 12 three’s. Marian had 14 steals as a team, and were led in scoring by Edmonds who dropped 15 to go with seven rebounds. Brody Whitaker scored 13 off the bench, and Langkabel and Wiley each had 12 points. Harvey finished with 10 points, three steals and three assists.
Marian will return from a Christmas break with a road game at Cardinal Stritch in their final game of the calendar year. The game will tip at 2 p.m. on December 30 in Milwaukee, Wis.
FIVE WILDCATS REACH DOUBLE DIGITS IN VICTORY
MARION, Ind. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball defeated Miami University-Hamilton this evening 89-48 in non-conference action.
IWU never trailed in the contest after jumping out to a 6-0 lead after baskets by Lilli Frasure and Baylie VanDyke. Wildcats started their 18-0 run at the end of the quarter.
Wildcats held the Harriers scoreless until 2:14 remaining before halftime when they scored back-to-back baskets.
Third quarter saw a season-high 30 points in 10 minutes of play.
Wildcats coasted to an 89-48 victory in the fourth quarter.
89 – most points scored in a game this season
10 – minutes the Harriers were held scoreless from the end of the first quarter through the second quarter
41 – points off turnovers
54 – Wildcat bench points
19 – Offensive rebounds, a season’s best matching last year’s season high
31 – turnovers forced by IWU
Jordan Reid – 13 points, 6 offensive rebounds
Lilli Frasure – 12 points, 5 rebounds
Baylie VanDyke – 11 points, 3 steals
Rylie Parker – 11 points (career high), 3-5 from the arc
Adrianna Trexler – 10 points, 8-8 from the free throw line
IWU will host non-conference matchup with RV Rochester University on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST AT WVU TECH PREVIEW
The Indiana University East men’s basketball team visits River States Conference East Division leader WVU Tech on Dec. 21 in the Red Wolves’ last game of the 2021 calendar year.
Tipoff between the Red Wolves (7-8, 3-1) and the 28th-ranked Golden Bears (13-2, 4-0) is at 3 p.m. at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
FOLLOW THE GAME
WVU Tech, the reigning RSC champion, plays its home games at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, GPS address 200 Armory Drive in Beckley, W.Va.
Live video, live audio and live stats, produced by WVU Tech, are scheduled to be available.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box score.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* IU East’s most recent game was a 93-81 home setback against Huntington University.
* Garrett Silcott is seven points away from reaching 1,000 points for his IU East career. Silcott was the Red Wolves’ top scorer against Huntington with 20 points.
* IU East is 6-4 in NAIA meetings against WVU Tech. The teams split a pair of meetings in 2019-20. IU East and WVU Tech have combined to win all of the RSC East Division titles since the league went to a two-division format starting with the 2014-15 season.
* IU East is 4-1 in true road games this season.
* Justin Williams, who returned to action against Huntington after missing a handful of games due to injury, leads IU East with 14.0 points per game.
* Jehu Lafeuillee adds a team-best 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, along with 8.6 points per game.
|NFL STANDINGS DIVISION | CONFERENCE|
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||9||5||0||.643||0.0||367||227||3-4-0||6-1-0||7-2-0||3-1-0||1 L|
|BUFFALO BILLS||8||6||0||.571||1.0||394||243||4-3-0||4-3-0||5-5-0||3-1-0||1 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||7||7||0||.500||2.0||285||312||5-3-0||2-4-0||5-5-0||3-2-0||6 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||3||11||0||.214||6.0||250||428||2-5-0||1-6-0||3-7-0||0-5-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||10||4||0||.714||0.0||385||296||6-2-0||4-2-0||5-4-0||4-1-0||7 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||8||6||0||.571||2.0||379||370||4-4-0||4-2-0||5-4-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||7||7||0||.500||3.0||299||374||3-4-0||4-3-0||5-4-0||1-3-0||1 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||7||7||0||.500||3.0||285||243||4-4-0||3-3-0||3-6-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||8||6||0||.571||0.0||369||303||3-4-0||5-2-0||6-3-0||3-1-0||1 W|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||8||6||0||.571||0.0||334||315||5-2-0||3-4-0||5-5-0||1-3-0||3 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||7||6||1||.536||0.5||291||335||5-2-1||2-4-0||5-4-0||2-2-0||1 W|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||7||7||0||.500||1.0||292||305||5-3-0||2-4-0||4-6-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||9||5||0||.643||0.0||337||309||5-2-0||4-3-0||6-4-0||4-1-0||1 L|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||8||6||0||.571||1.0||398||300||4-4-0||4-2-0||7-3-0||3-2-0||2 W|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||3||11||0||.214||6.0||207||372||1-6-0||2-5-0||3-7-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||12||0||.143||7.0||196||370||2-6-0||0-6-0||2-7-0||0-5-0||6 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||10||4||0||.714||0.0||401||293||4-2-0||6-2-0||8-1-0||4-0-0||3 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||6||7||0||.462||3.5||266||324||3-4-0||3-3-0||5-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||6||7||0||.462||3.5||337||291||1-4-0||5-3-0||4-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||10||0||.286||6.0||238||331||3-4-0||1-6-0||3-6-0||1-3-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||10||4||0||.714||0.0||378||284||3-3-0||7-1-0||6-4-0||4-1-0||2 L|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||9||4||0||.692||0.5||366||293||4-2-0||5-2-0||6-3-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||8||6||0||.571||2.0||360||314||3-4-0||5-2-0||6-5-0||1-4-0||2 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||5||8||0||.385||4.5||272||262||2-4-0||3-4-0||2-6-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-GREEN BAY PACKERS||11||3||0||.786||0.0||359||302||6-0-0||5-3-0||8-2-0||3-1-0||3 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||7||7||0||.500||4.0||361||342||4-2-0||3-5-0||5-4-0||3-1-0||2 W|
|CHICAGO BEARS||4||10||0||.286||7.0||240||349||2-5-0||2-5-0||2-7-0||2-3-0||3 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||2||11||1||.179||8.5||243||366||2-5-0||0-6-1||2-7-0||1-4-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||10||4||0||.714||0.0||410||306||6-1-0||4-3-0||6-4-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||7||7||0||.500||3.0||313||285||2-4-0||5-3-0||5-5-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||6||8||0||.429||4.0||258||384||1-5-0||5-3-0||3-7-0||2-3-0||1 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||9||0||.357||5.0||271||313||2-5-0||3-4-0||3-6-0||2-1-0||4 L|
|NBA DIVISION STANDINGS DIVISION STANDINGS | CONFERENCE STANDINGS|
|NEW YORK||13||17||.433||8.0||5-10||8-7||3-4||8-14||2-8||1 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||10||19||.345||10.5||5-10||5-9||0-2||8-12||4-6||2 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||25||6||.806||—||15-2||10-4||6-1||13-3||7-3||1 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||16||15||.516||9.0||12-8||4-7||2-4||11-13||5-5||3 L|
|LA LAKERS||16||15||.516||9.0||10-7||6-8||1-4||8-10||6-4||2 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||12||18||.400||6.0||6-9||6-9||1-3||7-13||5-5||1 W|
|NEW ORLEANS||10||21||.323||8.5||5-9||5-12||2-4||7-13||5-5||2 W|
|1 CAROLINA HURRICANES||29||21||7||1||43||21||95||62||9-3-0||12-4-1||6-4-0|
|2 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||29||19||6||4||42||17||94||77||10-3-2||9-3-2||7-2-1|
|3 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||31||18||6||7||43||16||108||81||9-3-4||9-3-3||5-3-2|
|4 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||30||20||8||2||42||20||98||76||12-4-1||8-4-1||7-2-1|
|5 NEW YORK RANGERS||30||19||7||4||42||18||86||77||8-3-2||11-4-2||6-3-1|
|6 FLORIDA PANTHERS||29||18||7||4||40||17||104||87||14-3-0||4-4-4||4-5-1|
|7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||30||17||8||5||39||16||91||76||8-5-2||9-3-3||7-2-1|
|8 DETROIT RED WINGS||31||15||13||3||33||14||88||104||11-3-2||4-10-1||6-4-0|
|9 BOSTON BRUINS||26||14||10||2||30||13||71||69||7-5-1||7-5-1||4-4-2|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||28||14||13||1||29||12||91||95||9-3-1||5-10-0||2-7-1|
|11 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||29||12||12||5||29||12||77||95||6-6-2||6-6-3||4-5-1|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||30||10||15||5||25||9||82||105||7-7-3||3-8-2||1-8-1|
|13 BUFFALO SABRES||30||10||15||5||25||8||82||104||6-8-2||4-7-3||2-5-3|
|14 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||26||8||12||6||22||8||57||77||2-5-3||6-7-3||3-3-4|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||28||9||17||2||20||8||79||101||5-9-0||4-8-2||5-4-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||31||7||21||3||17||6||67||109||5-10-1||2-11-2||2-7-1|
|1 MINNESOTA WILD||30||19||9||2||40||16||112||92||10-2-1||9-7-1||6-3-1|
|2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||31||20||11||0||40||17||111||94||10-6-0||10-5-0||8-2-0|
|3 ANAHEIM DUCKS||32||17||9||6||40||15||103||89||10-4-3||7-5-3||6-1-3|
|4 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||30||19||10||1||39||18||89||79||9-5-0||10-5-1||8-2-0|
|5 ST. LOUIS BLUES||31||17||9||5||39||15||106||85||11-3-2||6-6-3||6-2-2|
|6 CALGARY FLAMES||28||15||7||6||36||13||87||62||4-3-4||11-4-2||5-4-1|
|7 COLORADO AVALANCHE||27||17||8||2||36||16||115||91||10-2-1||7-6-1||7-2-1|
|8 EDMONTON OILERS||29||18||11||0||36||16||101||90||10-6-0||8-5-0||4-6-0|
|9 WINNIPEG JETS||30||14||11||5||33||13||90||87||10-6-1||4-5-4||5-4-1|
|10 LOS ANGELES KINGS||30||14||11||5||33||13||80||79||8-6-2||6-5-3||5-3-2|
|11 DALLAS STARS||29||15||12||2||32||14||82||85||11-3-1||4-9-1||5-5-0|
|12 SAN JOSE SHARKS||30||15||14||1||31||15||78||85||7-7-1||8-7-0||5-5-0|
|13 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||31||14||15||2||30||11||81||90||8-7-1||6-8-1||8-2-0|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||30||11||15||4||26||8||72||97||6-6-2||5-9-2||4-4-2|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||30||10||17||3||23||10||84||108||6-9-1||4-8-2||4-4-2|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||29||6||21||2||14||6||56||109||2-10-1||4-11-1||2-8-0|