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Cooper Kupp’s 2 TD catches carry Rams past Seahawks 20-10

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) After a week of COVID-19 chaos, the Los Angeles Rams went into their rescheduled showdown against Seattle with no full practices and major questions about who would be in uniform until a few hours before kickoff.

The Rams still came out of a tremendously uncertain week with another win because Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford have a rock-solid connection.

Kupp caught two touchdown passes from Stafford in the second half, and the Rams held off the Seahawks 20-10 Tuesday night in a game between two COVID-depleted teams.

Kupp broke Isaac Bruce’s single-season Rams receptions record in the third quarter with a 6-yard TD catch that was also the 120th of his spectacular year. The NFL’s receiving leader then scored a tiebreaking 29-yard touchdown with 10:48 to play on a picture-perfect throw over the middle from Stafford to cap an 88-yard drive.

Stafford passed for 244 yards and Sony Michel rushed for 92 for the Rams (10-4) in a game postponed from Sunday, while Kupp had nine catches for 136 yards in Los Angeles’ third straight victory following a winless November. The Rams hadn’t had a normal day since they beat NFC West-leading Arizona last Monday, but their postgame celebration felt joyously familiar.

“Coming off a very big game against the Cardinals and then having all the stuff go on … it’s just being able to navigate the changes in your routine and still put together a game plan and execute when you don’t even know who’s going to play,” said Kupp, a Washington native. “I just thought we did a good job handling that and walking out with a `W.'”

With its third victory over Seattle in 2021, Los Angeles pulled even with Arizona atop the NFC West with three games to play, although the Cards hold the tiebreaker on division record.

The Rams were without starting right tackle Rob Havenstein, leading tackler Jordan Fuller, tight end Tyler Higbee and a host of backups after 10 days of roster turmoil, while the Seahawks were without leading receiver Tyler Lockett, starting cornerback D.J. Reed and leading rusher Alex Collins.

“Up until this morning, you really don’t know if you’re getting some key players (back),” said Sean McVay, who became the third coach in Rams history to post four 10-win seasons. “(Recently) I didn’t even know if we had enough guys to be able to field a team.”

DeeJay Dallas rushed for a touchdown for the Seahawks (5-9), whose streak of nine consecutive winning seasons under coach Pete Carroll ended. Seattle is still mathematically alive for its ninth playoff appearance in those 10 seasons, but will regret losing an eminently winnable game at SoFi Stadium.

“There’s so many moments in that game I felt like we could have capitalized,” said Russell Wilson, who passed for 156 yards. “I think that we’ve always created such a high standard of playing and found ways to win these close games, and this year, unfortunately, we weren’t able to do it.”

Carlos Dunlap had three of the Seahawks’ four sacks, but they couldn’t get enough late stops or big plays from Wilson, who went 17 of 31 and underthrew DK Metcalf on a key play in the fourth quarter, allowing Jalen Ramsey to break it up.

“There were some opportunities in there that we needed to go the other way, and they didn’t for one reason or another,” Carroll said. “We felt like we kind of kept them under wraps (defensively), but we needed to score again and get ahead.”

After Kupp’s second TD, Los Angeles stopped Seattle on downs at midfield with 3:21 left when Greg Gaines forced Wilson to throw quickly and officials didn’t call possible pass interference committed against Dallas. Matt Gay made his second field goal for Los Angeles with 1:51 left, and Taylor Rapp sealed it with an end zone interception in the final seconds.

“It happened quickly, and it didn’t look very good on the little replay that somebody showed me, but I don’t know,” Carroll said when asked about the no-call. “I’m not bellyaching about that call. We needed to win the game in all the other ways we could win the game.”


The Rams hung on in a frustrating game with big performances from their remarkable quarterback-receiver combo. Kupp had his 10th consecutive game with at least 90 yards receiving, a first in the NFL in the past 70 years.

“He’s a great player, (and) he’s having a fantastic season,” Stafford said. “He’s such a huge part of what we do as a team, not only on offense. I’m just happy that I get a chance to play with a guy like that. I know a lot of other guys on our team feel the same way. We’re just proud of him, watching him do his thing.”

Earlier, Stafford became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to rack up 50,000 yards passing when playoff totals are included. His second TD throw to Kupp was a thing of beauty that Kupp broke down thusly: “Matthew is a really good football player, and that’s my analysis for that touchdown.”


While the Seahawks got to Stafford four times, Von Miller – who came off the Rams’ reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the day – got his first sack for the Rams during the first half.

Aaron Donald then dropped Wilson in the second half for his 17th sack in their 17 games against each other.


Seahawks LB Jon Rhattigan injured his knee early in the second half.


Seahawks: Host Chicago on Sunday.

Rams: At Minnesota on Sunday.

Jalen Hurts has 3 TDs, Eagles come back to beat Washington

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Sirianni yelled at Jalen Hurts on the sideline for being careless with the ball and losing a fumble. Then the Philadelphia Eagles coach saw his starting quarterback hold on tight to carry the team on his shoulders.

Hurts ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, helping the Eagles come back from an early deficit to beat virus-ravaged Washington 27-17 Tuesday night in a critical showdown with NFC playoff implications.

In his first game back from an ankle injury, Hurts scored on a pair of 1-yard QB sneaks to set the single-season franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 10 and connected with Greg Ward on a 19-yard TD pass.

“He played a great football game – one of the best I’ve seen him play,” Sirianni said of Hurts. “Jalen is able to take tough coaching. He responded great and played a great game.”

Hurts was 20 of 26 for 296 yards passing with the TD and a bad-luck interception when Dallas Goedert dropped a catchable pass and the ball bounced off his right foot and into the hands of Washington’s Landon Collins.

That was a bad bounce for Philadelphia that helped stake Washington (6-8) to a 10-point lead after the first quarter. Behind a dominant effort from their offensive line, it was all Eagles (7-7) from there: They outgained Washington 435-136 the rest of the way and shut down an opponent missing a handful of starters because of COVID-19 protocol.

“I told the guys we had to go in with the mentality of not being denied,” Hurts said. “We had so many things go wrong early in the game, but we overcame it.”

Miles Sanders exploited the holes in Washington’s defense left by those absences and additional injuries, carrying the ball 18 times for a career-high 131 yards.

“Credit to the offensive line,” said Sanders, who became the first Eagles player with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since LeSean McCoy in 2014. “They’re making it very easy on the running backs to run behind them.”

Well-rested coming off its bye week, Philadelphia finished with 238 yards rushing, becoming the first team with 175-plus yards on the ground in seven consecutive games since the 1985 Chicago Bears. That’s also a first in Eagles franchise history.

“It was unacceptable how they were running around,” Washington defensive end Montez Sweat said.

Goedert made up for his early blunder and a later drop by catching seven passes for 135 yards, including a 45-yard completion.

Despite the game getting pushed back 54 hours because of Washington’s coronavirus outbreak, the delay did not allow starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke or backup Kyle Allen to clear protocol in time to play. Garrett Gilbert, who signed Friday, completed nine of his first 13 passes and finished 20 of 31 for 194 yards.

“I got nothing but respect for Garrett,” said receiver Terry McLaurin, whose 46-yard catch was the longest play of the game. “It was challenging for all of us, but he did his job and he put it all out there.”

Second-year running back Antonio Gibson ran for Washington’s first touchdown and had 20 of his 26 rushing yards on that drive, when he got the ball on all seven plays. He was slowed by a toe injury, the same thing that derailed his rookie season, and Jaret Patterson had the team’s other rushing TD.


Washington played without five starters who remained in NFL COVID-19 protocol: Heinicke, 2020 All-Pro right guard Brandon Scherff, center Tyler Larsen, cornerback Kendall Fuller and safety Kamren Curl. Reserve defensive tackle Tim Settle and third-string tight end Sammis Reyes were cleared but inactive.

Philadelphia’s only virus-related absence was starting left guard Landon Dickerson.


With Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan unavailable because of COVID-19 protocols, assistant Jennifer King made history filling in for him. King became the first Black woman to serve as a position coach for an NFL game.

“It wasn’t really any drop-off,” Patterson said. “Coach King is great. She deservedly will be a coach one day, and she did really well.”


Washington: CB William Jackson left late in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. … DE Daniel Wise injured his right knee on a cut block in the first half and was ruled out early in the second. Collins left briefly with a foot injury. … WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was inactive, and RB J.D. McKissic (neck) was put on injured reserve before the game.

Eagles: TE Jack Stoll was shaken up early in the fourth quarter and walked off the field gingerly after getting medical attention. … WR DeVonta Smith limped off late in the first quarter after an incomplete pass into the end zone but came back on the following drive.


Washington: Visits the division-leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Eagles: Host the New York Giants on Sunday.

AP sources: NHL to withdraw from Olympics after COVID surge

(AP) — The NHL is not sending players to the Beijing Olympics over concerns that the pandemic will disrupt the league’s ability to complete a full season.

Two people with direct knowledge of discussions told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the league informed the NHL Players’ Association it was exercising its right to withdraw from the Beijing Games because there was a material disruption to the season.

The people spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because an announcement had yet to be made. An announcement was expected Wednesday.

The decision is an abrupt turnaround from September, when the NHL, union, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation struck a deal to put the best players in the world back on sports’ biggest stage after they skipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. The fast-spreading omicron coronavirus variant forced the scrapping of those plans.

A week ago, the NHL attempted to halt the spread of the omicron variant by reintroducing more restrictive COVID-19 protocols, which included daily testing and limiting player gatherings, especially on the road.

Then a sudden rash of postponements brought the total to 50 this season, a daunting number to reschedule and complete an 82-game season while taking an Olympic break for more than two weeks in February. The NHL’s bottom line is at stake, with the league and players drawing no direct money from competing at the Winter Games.

The decision comes long before the league faced a Jan. 10 deadline to pull out without financial penalty. As a result, the men’s Olympic hockey tournament will go on without NHL players for the second consecutive time.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, the likely U.S. Olympic starter, expressed displeasure Tuesday with the decision not to go and called the rash of postponements overkill.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby already was bracing for the possibility of the NHL not participating and, at the age of 34, ending what could be his final chance to represent Canada at the Olympics one more time.

“These are opportunities and experiences of a lifetime that you don’t get very many of as an athlete, and you might only get one,” said Crosby, who won Olympic gold with Canada in 2010 and 2014. “It just might happen to fall in your window and if it doesn’t happen to work out, it’s unfortunate.”

While the NHL and NHLPA agreed on Olympic participation last year as part of a collective bargaining agreement extension, the deal to go to Beijing was contingent on pandemic conditions not worsening.

Unless the Beijing Games are postponed a year like Tokyo’s, a generation of stars including American Auston Matthews, Canadians Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon, German Leon Draisaitl and Swede Victor Hedman will need to wait until 2026 to play in the Olympic men’s hockey tournament for the first time.

“It’s a thing you’ve been looking forward to for a very long time,” Hedman said. “For us to not be able to go, it’s going to hurt for a while.”

The NHL was full go on the Olympics until the delta and omicron coronavirus variants began spreading around North America earlier this month. Before Calgary’s outbreak in the first half of December, only five games needed to be rescheduled and one was already made up.

The NHL did not participate in the Olympics until 1998, which started a string of five in a row through Sochi in 2014. The season was not stopped in 2018, leaving mostly professionals playing in Europe and some college players to make up the national rosters in South Korea, where the IOC was reluctant to pay for insurance and expenses.

Russia, which won gold at the Pyeongchang Games, immediately becomes the favorite without NHL players leading the Americans thanks to an influx of homegrown talent playing in the Kontintental Hockey League.

Several NHL players already had expressed hesitations about participating, including Vegas goalie Robin Lehner, who pulled his name out of consideration to represent Sweden. Lehner cited mental health reasons in noting the potentially lengthy quarantines for athletes who test positive during the competition.

“I’m very disappointed and it was a tough decision for me as it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Reality is that what have been said about how it’s going to be is not ideal for my mental health,” Lehner wrote in a text.

McDavid referred to the potential five-week quarantine requirement as “unsettling.”

“I’m still a guy that’s wanting to go play in the Olympics,” McDavid said. “But we also want to make sure it’s safe for everybody. For all the athletes, not just for hockey players.”

Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan will be missing his first opportunity to serve as coach of the U.S. national team. He had been holding out hope for NHL participation earlier Tuesday.

“We’re all human beings right. Emotions are a part of it. My hope is that we all have a chance to participate,” said Sullivan, who served as an assistant coach on Peter Laviolette’s staff at the 2006 Olympics. “It’s an unbelievable honor to represent your nation in the Olympics, it’s the honor of a lifetime quite honestly. And so I know I don’t feel differently than a lot of people that pull their nation’s sweaters over their heads.”

NBA has ‘no plans’ to pause season, Silver tells ESPN

(AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that there are no plans to pause the season, even as numbers of players entering the league’s health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus continues to rise.

Silver, in an interview with ESPN, said the league has examined multiple options but does not yet see a reason to stop play. Through early Tuesday evening, at least 84 players from 20 teams – not including some coaches and staffers – were believed to be in the protocols, though those numbers tend to change almost on an hourly basis. The count is largely based on what teams have disclosed on their most recent injury report.

“Frankly, we’re having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now,” Silver said. “As we look through these cases literally ripping through the country right now, putting aside the rest of the world, I think we’re finding ourselves where we sort of knew we were going to get to for the past several months – and that is that this virus will not be eradicated and we’re going to have to learn to live with it. That’s what we’re experiencing in the league right now.”

Silver’s remarks came on the same day that the 10 NBA teams with games scheduled on Christmas were told by the league that shifting some game times is a possibility for the planned five-game slate, if virus-related issues force changes to the lineup and create holes in the national television schedule.

The league told the teams the priority is filling the ABC windows for Saturday’s games, which means the slots at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern. For now, those games, in order, would have Boston at Milwaukee, Golden State at Phoenix and Brooklyn at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The other games on the Christmas schedule are Atlanta at New York at noon Eastern, and Dallas at Utah at 10:30 p.m. Eastern. Both of those games are scheduled to be shown on ESPN.

The league called the notion of shifting game times – which may happen if a game is postponed – a contingency plan in the memo distributed to the teams involved and obtained by The Associated Press. Decisions on whether shifting times is needed could come as late as Friday. Any decisions made on Saturday to postpone a Christmas game would not impact the remainder of the day’s schedule, the league said.

“There’s no doubt those five Christmas Day games are important,” Silver said. “But as you know, we play many games every day.”

The NBA has postponed seven games so far this season, but none from Wednesday onward yet. Some of the teams scheduled to play on Saturday have numerous players and coaches in the league’s health and safety protocols right now; the Nets currently have 10 players on that list, which is the highest known figure for any team.

The league is allowing teams to sign replacements to hardship contracts when a player tests positive for the virus, with hopes such moves can minimize the need for postponements.

Other top NBA players were being added to the protocols list Tuesday. Toronto’s Fred VanVleet is now one of seven players in protocols for the Raptors, but the team – anticipating some roster reinforcements – flew to Chicago on Tuesday in anticipation of a Wednesday game there against the Bulls.

Also Tuesday, Atlanta teammates Danilo Gallinari and Clint Capela joined a Hawks list that already included Trae Young, raising questions about their availability for Christmas.

Silver told ESPN that a very small number of the league’s current cases involve players or coaches who have gone through the three-shot process – two Pfizer or Moderna shots, then a booster – and that those people have largely been asymptomatic or experiencing no worse than mild symptoms.

“Boosters are highly effective,” Silver said, adding that the league and the National Basketball Players Association are trying to get the league’s rate of boosted players increased significantly. The NBA has said 97% of players are fully vaccinated and the NBPA said Tuesday night that 65% of eligible players are boosted, which they pointed to as better than twice the national average.

“Today, we committed to facilitating the delivery of booster shots to all eligible players, and the NBPA is strongly encouraging all of our members to receive a booster as soon as possible,” the union said.

Silver also said that the omicron variant is a “beyond dominant” player in the rise of positive tests within the NBA in recent days, estimating that somewhere around “90% of the positive cases we’re seeing right now are omicron.”

The league is also “actively looking” at changing some protocols and is in constant contact with other leagues, Silver said, about whether there are ways to allow asymptomatic players to take the floor or at least escape the protocols more quickly than the current rules allow. It does not appear a change in policy there is imminent.

“We’re comfortable with the protocols we’re following right now,” Silver said.

There were some notable removals from the protocols list Tuesday. The Lakers said Dwight Howard and Talen Horton-Tucker would be available to play Tuesday night against Phoenix. But Lakers coach Frank Vogel and four players remain out, all because of protocols.

“This virus, unfortunately, isn’t going anywhere,” Silver said.

Miami officials say football team is now in virus protocols

(AP) — The Miami Hurricanes’ plans to play in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 appear to be uncertain at best, after the school announced Tuesday that its football program has entered COVID-19 protocols.

The Hurricanes did not say how many players or coaches are currently dealing with virus-related issues. The team was scheduled to resume bowl practice in earnest this week after taking last week off for finals.

Miami (7-5) is scheduled to play Washington State (7-5) in El Paso, Texas. Officials in El Paso said earlier this week that their city has seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of about 15% in the past week.

“The university remains committed to its goal of participating” in the bowl game, the Hurricanes said, “while ensuring the continued health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Meanwhile, just as was the case with Miami’s women’s basketball team earlier this week when it had to take a forfeit loss against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke because of virus issues, COVID-19 concerns at Georgetown and Boston College have caused both teams to suffer forfeits in their conference standings.

Boston College’s men’s basketball game at Wake Forest scheduled for Wednesday is canceled in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Georgetown’s game Wednesday at No. 22 Providence is also canceled in the Big East.

The leagues announced the cancellations Tuesday. In both cases, the forfeits will count only in the league standings and won’t affect the overall record.

In the ACC, Boston College’s next scheduled game is Dec. 29 at home against Florida State. Wake Forest is also scheduled to play that day at Louisville, which paused team activities Monday due to multiple positive tests and had to cancel its rivalry game with No. 20 Kentucky.

In the Big East, Georgetown – coached by former Hoyas and NBA great Patrick Ewing – is scheduled to play next Tuesday at Creighton. Providence hosts No. 15 Seton Hall on Dec. 29.

Elsewhere, No. 7 Kansas at Colorado on Tuesday night was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Buffalos’ program. Also, Michigan said its game against Purdue Fort Wayne for Tuesday night is canceled due to protocols for the Mastodons program, while Grand Canyon canceled its game against Nevada on Tuesday due to COVID-19 protocols within the Antelopes’ program with no plans to reschedule.

Coppin State canceled two road games – Thursday against George Mason and Dec. 29 against Indiana State – due to positive tests within its program. The Eagles are due to return to action Jan. 8 at South Carolina State to open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

Memphis (6-4) is on a break after COVID-19 issues forced the Tigers to cancel last weekend’s game against then-No.18 Tennessee in Nashville with an announcement coming within 75 minutes of the scheduled tip time. Memphis also had to postpone Tuesday night’s scheduled game with Alabama State.

In a statement, the school said it expects to resume activities Monday barring additional positive COVID-19 tests.

No. 24 Wisconsin, which had its game against Morgan State on Thursday canceled because of COVID-19 issues in the Bears program, found a new opponent. The Badgers will now host George Mason on Thursday.

In women’s basketball, eighth-ranked Indiana said its Tuesday game against Wright State is canceled due to positive tests within the Wright State program. The game will not be made up.

Wright State had now played once since Nov. 24 and had two Horizon League losses by forfeit.

Johnson, San Diego St. beat No. 24 UTSA 38-24 in Frisco Bowl

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Lucas Johnson passed for a career-best 333 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score as San Diego State beat No. 24 UTSA 38-24 in the Frisco Bowl on Tuesday night for the Aztecs’ program-record 12th win of the season.

Jesse Matthews caught touchdown passes of 11 and 20 yards and set career marks with 11 catches and 175 yards receiving. Tyrell Shavers caught the other touchdown pass, a 24-yarder.

Greg Bell also scored on a 1-yard run for San Diego State (12-2). Johnson completed 24 of 36 passes.

“Coach (Brady Hoke) was preaching all bowl practice: `Win 12 . Win 12 . Win 12,’ ” Johnson said. “We were happy we able to go out there and execute for him.”

Mattthews was named the game’s offensive MVP. Aztecs freshman safety CJ Baskerville, who had an interception and nine tackles, was the defensive MVP.

“There have been some great teams come through here,” Matthews said. “To be the first team to win 12 games is very special.”

San Diego State kicker-punter Matt Araiza made a 33-yard field goal and finished the season with an NCAA-record 51.19 yards per punt. Araiza broke the mark set by Texas A&M’s Braden Mann in 2018 (50.98).

Frank Harris threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to De’Corian Clark and 4 yards to Zakhari Franklin, and Brenden Brady scored on a 2-yard run for UTSA (12-2). Hunter Duplessis kicked a 41-yard field goal for the Roadrunners.

“I’ve been a head coach 17 years. Unfortunately, I’ve only won my last game three times,” second-year UTSA coach Jeff Traylor said. “So, I’ve had to give this speech quite a bit. We’re going to continue to play great teams last, and that was a really great team we played.”

UTSA played without junior running back Sincere McCormick, Conference USA’s offensive player of the year. McCormick, who ranks seventh in the FBS in rushing (113.8 yards per game), was one of five UTSA players who opted out in advance of next year’s NFL draft.

Traylor said the Roadrunners were missing about two dozen players for various reasons – grades, COVID-19, flu, injuries and those who opted out.

“We had enough tonight,” Traylor said. “We just didn’t get it done, and that’s on me.”

San Diego State came in second in FBS in rushing defense at 77.5 yards per game, allowed 79 in the first quarter but then limited UTSA to 38 the rest of the way.


San Diego State: Simply qualifying for a bowl this season would have been accomplishment enough for a program that has driven 230 miles roundtrip to play its home games in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson for the last two seasons. Instead, they beat Pac-12 champion Oregon and reached the Mountain West championship game.

UTSA: Coach Jeff Traylor likes to check off boxes. This season, he checked off the Roadrunners’ first conference championship. Still ahead is the box for the Roadrunners’ first bowl win after three tries.


Traylor, a longtime Texas high school football coach, wore a THSCA cap given to him for this game by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

“Those guys are the reason I’m in this chair,” Traylor said. “They might be ready to kick me out of the club.”


Bell rushed for 102 yards giving him 1,092 for the season to become the 18th San Diego State player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. . UTSA safety Rashad Wisdom sat out the first half after being penalized for targeting in the Roadrunners’ previous game, the C-USA title win over Western Kentucky. . Baskerville, from nearby North Richland Hills, had about 25 relatives and friends in attendance.


San Diego State: The Sept. 3 opener against Arizona will mark the debut of new Snapdragon Stadium on the site of the old stadium that was also home to baseball’s Padres and football’s Chargers beginning in the 1960s.

UTSA: The Roadrunners’ 12th season, 11th in FBS, will feature arguably the biggest game in program history – at Texas on Sept. 21.

Pitt lands former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kedon Slovis is trading USC for Pittsburgh.

The former Trojans quarterback announced Tuesday he is heading east to join the ACC champion Panthers, where he will get a chance to replace ACC Player of the Year Kenny Pickett.

“I’m feeling incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a Panther – and I can’t wait to prove myself again on this stage,” Slovis said in a piece he wrote for The Players Tribune released Tuesday evening.

Slovis entered his junior season at USC as a Heisman Trophy contender but he struggled to find any rhythm. He passed for 2,153 yards with 11 touchdowns against eight interceptions in nine games before being lost for the season with a leg injury.

Slovis joins a wide-open race to replace Pickett, who announced last week he will not play when the 13th-ranked Panthers (11-2) face No. 10 Michigan State (10-2) in the Peach Bowl next week. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has not said who will start in place of Pickett, though Nick Patti figures to get the nod as the primary backup.

The Panthers also have Davis Beville and Arizona State transfer Joey Yellen, who joined Pitt in January 2020.

Pitt is in the process of looking for a new offensive coordinator after Mark Whipple left for the same position at Nebraska.

Whoever is at quarterback for the Panthers won’t lack for weapons, including Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver Jordan Addison, who caught 93 passes for 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Slovis figured not to be part of USC’s future plans after the Trojans lured Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma to replace Clay Helton as head coach.

Slovis made the All-Pac 12 first-team in 2020 while throwing for 1,921 yards and 17 touchdowns with seven interceptions playing an abbreviated schedule thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booker, Ayton push Suns past Lakers 108-90

LOS ANGELES (AP) Devin Booker continued to distance himself from a hamstring injury that cost him seven games, scoring 24 points with nine rebounds and seven assists as the Phoenix Suns earned a 108-90 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Booker played 32 minutes and went 8 of 16 from the field one game after he was on the court for 26 minutes in his return Sunday during a blowout victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

“I feel great, man, and I think every game it’s going to feel better,” Booker said. “I’m just getting some runs up under me but we have a good team that makes it easy to mesh with and get back with. When you have the support of all 15 guys, plus the coaching staff, it gives you a lot more confidence when you’re out there.”

Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Mikal Bridges scored 14 as the Suns won their fourth consecutive game and improved to 2-2 on the road since the end of their 18-game winning streak Dec. 3.

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their third game in a row as coach Frank Vogel remained in health and safety protocols for the second straight. Four Lakers players also are in protocols, including starting guard Avery Bradley.

“Obviously, we are in a rough patch right now with guys in and out of protocol, guys who are injured,” James said. “We just have to stay together until we become whole, or as whole as possible. But I love our fight. I thought we had a good fight tonight, we just couldn’t make enough plays.”

Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without star Anthony Davis for the second consecutive game. Davis is expected to miss at least four weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

James injured his left ankle with 6:05 remaining in the third quarter when he came down on the right foot of the Suns’ Jae Crowder. He remained in the game but looked hobbled the rest of the way.

“Yeah, I’ll be ready for next game,” James said.

Losing Booker for 2 1/2 weeks could have sent the Suns spiraling backward, but they found success and still hold the best record in the NBA as Christmas approaches.

“I think a big part of it comes down to our team culture, how guys step into situations and we remain ourselves,” said Cameron Johnson, who also had 14 points. “You can see our identity on the court when we have everybody. It’s a group of guys that likes playing together and we play for each other.”

After a slow start and a 54-52 lead at halftime, the Suns led by as many as 13 in the third quarter on two occasions and carried an 85-73 lead into the fourth. The Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the third period when he argued a non-call after a shot attempt and received his second technical.

Phoenix’s lead reached 20 points for the first time at 100-80 with 5:17 remaining on Johnson’s 3-pointer.

Chris Paul had 11 points and nine assists for the Suns, who face the Oklahoma City Thunder at home Thursday before their Christmas showdown in Phoenix against the Golden State Warriors. JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Veteran guard Isaiah Thomas scored three points on 1-of-11 shooting in his third game since signing with the Lakers on Friday. Talen Horton-Tucker had three points on 1-of-13 shooting for Los Angeles in his first game back from health and safety protocols.

“Yesterday was my first day out of the protocol and really today was my first (full) official day,” said Horton-Tucker, who entered averaging 11.3 points per game. “I’m just trying to get back into the groove of things.”

In just his second game of the season, Trevor Ariza had 12 points for the Lakers.


Suns: After the Suns opened 0 of 9 from 3-point range, Booker made their first basket from long distance with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter. Phoenix missed 19 of its first 22 attempts from behind the arc before halftime. . Bridges opened 0 of 8 from the field but still reached double digits in points with 4:38 remaining in the first half.

Lakers: In addition to Horton-Tucker, C Dwight Howard also was activated from health and safety protocols. Kent Bazemore, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves remained in protocols, along with Bradley. . Vogel flew back Tuesday from Chicago where he was in quarantine after the Lakers played the Bulls on Sunday. . G Chaundee Brown was waived after playing in the previous two games and G Mason Jones was signed to a two-way deal.


Suns: Home vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

Lakers: Home vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

Knicks beat Pistons 105-91 to end monthlong home woes

NEW YORK (AP) Kemba Walker smiled his way around the court, finally in position to help the Knicks again in his hometown.

“I’m just being myself, trying to do what I can to keep us upbeat,” Walker said. “I think that’s a little bit of what we’ve been missing a little bit throughout the season, throughout the year, is just the overall joy for the game.”

There hadn’t been anything to be happy about at Madison Square Garden lately.

Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Julius Randle and Walker each had 21 and New York won at home for the first time in almost a month, beating the Detroit Pistons 105-91 on Tuesday night.

Mitchell Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had dropped five straight at MSG since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23. They are just 6-10 at home.

“We’re trying to change this thing around before the break, really,” Robinson said.

Walker was out of the rotation entirely but started a second straight game with six players in health and safety protocols and Derrick Rose out again with ankle soreness. The point guard from the Bronx had eight rebounds and five assists.

Saben Lee scored 16 points for the Pistons, who had lost 14 in a row before beating Miami on Sunday. Saddiq Bey and Cory Joseph each had 15.

The Knicks won for just the third time in 11 games overall. They weren’t particularly sharp, but got easy baskets when Robinson either caught lob passes or grabbed offensive rebounds for dunks.

“Mitchell Robinson was just too big for us tonight,” Pistons acting coach Rex Kalamian said. “Everything he caught seemed so high up over the rim. We had no answer for him tonight, unfortunately.”

Robinson was on the bench to begin the game but started the second half, when the Knicks broke it open. He shot 8 for 9 and blocked three shots.

“That’s his best game right there,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s a monster game – big play after big play.”

New York led 48-37 at halftime and opened the third quarter with 11 straight points. Fournier had the first basket and made a 3-pointer for the last, which gave the Knicks a 59-37 lead less than two minutes in.

Detroit got some good play from Trey Lyles late in the quarter, cutting it to single digits before New York took an 80-69 lead into the fourth.

The Pistons got it down to five in the final quarter but Robinson had a couple of follow shots, Fournier and Walker made 3s and it was back up to 13 about three minutes later.

“We fought hard, but at the end of the day we still ended up with a loss,” Lee said. “We just have to build on things for the next game.”

New York remained without RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Kevin Knox II and Miles McBride because of the protocols.

The Pistons played without coach Dwane Casey for personal reasons. Kalamian ran the team, as he did when Casey missed a game last week.


Pistons: No. 1 draft pick Cade Cunningham had seven points, nine rebounds and eight assists, but shot 2 for 13. … Detroit has dropped eight straight on the road.

Knicks: Randle grabbed 11 rebounds. … New York has won the last six meetings.


Because they are so short-handed, the Knicks signed swingman Damyean Dotson and guard Matt Mooney to 10-day contracts Tuesday. Dotson was a second-round pick of the Knicks in 2017 and spent his first three seasons in New York.

Thibodeau said teams prepare during the offseason for changes that will come during the season.

“So when a guy comes in – and in some cases guys who have been here before,” Thibodeau said, “you start off with a small package of things that if they get into the game, these are the things that we’re going to do so they have an understanding, and you continue to add. But it’s all part of a normal season. What is unusual is multiple guys at the same time, so then you have to put a little extra into that.”


Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Thursday.

Knicks: Host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.


Herro, Robinson each score 26, Heat roll past Pacers 125-96

MIAMI (AP) Tyler Herro scored 26 points in his return from a three-game absence with a bruised thigh, Duncan Robinson tied a season-high with 26 points and the Miami Heat rolled past the Indiana Pacers 125-96 on Tuesday night.

Miami tied a franchise record with 22 made 3-pointers, the fourth time the Heat have made that many.

Max Strus scored 18 points, KZ Okpala scored 16 and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for Miami. Omer Yurtseven added 13 rebounds for the Heat, who had 30 assists.

“When the ball’s moving like that, people just feel the energy of the ball, unselfish play,” Robinson said. “It’s easy to let it fly.”

Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert each scored 17 for Indiana, which got 14 points from Oshae Brissett and 12 points from Domantas Sabonis. Indiana lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first half with more soreness in his right Achilles, something that has been bothering him. He had one point and two assists in eight minutes, and when he left the game it was quickly determined that he couldn’t return.

“We’ll keep treating it, we’ll keep looking at everything we can to help this situation be resolved,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s obviously a big loss on the floor without having him out there. Just a tough night.”

It was the first game back for Carlisle, who entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Dec. 9 after testing positive for COVID-19 and missed four games. Indiana led by five early, but the deficit was 12 by the time the first quarter ended and eventually reached 33.

“Miami was tremendous,” Carlisle said. “They played a phenomenal game. They played at an extremely high level and we obviously didn’t play well. So it was a tough night.”

Miami improved to 2-1 in a nine-game stretch where it’ll play at least eight games against teams with losing records. The Heat are playing Orlando twice, Detroit twice, the Pacers, San Antonio, Houston and Sacramento in this portion of the season; Washington (16-15) currently has the best record of Miami’s opponents between now and Jan. 2.

The Heat finished 22 of 49 from 3-point range, with Udonis Haslem making the record-tying shot with 1:36 left. The Heat, without starters Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and P.J. Tucker, got 75 points from undrafted players.

“Our veteran group really infuses so much confidence in our young guys,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.


Pacers: Indiana lost the season series with the Heat, 2-1. This was the Pacers’ lone trip to Miami this season. … The game, barring a playoff meeting, was the last in Miami for the longtime and universally well-regarded Pacers media relations director David Benner. He is retiring after the season. Heat guard Victor Oladipo, the former Indiana standout, presented Benner with a signed jersey.

Heat: Miami’s first eight shots were all 3-pointers, and first five field goals were all from beyond the arc. … Tucker (lower left leg nerve inflammation) missed his first game of the season. Robinson and Dewayne Dedmon are now the only Miami players to appear in all 32 games so far, with Robinson’s team record games-played streak at 179 and counting. … Butler (bruised tailbone) missed his 14th game of the season, including 11 of the last 12.


This was the first season series completed by the Pacers this season; they haven’t started series against eight other opponents. It’s the fourth series that’s over for Miami (the Heat went 0-2 against Denver, 1-1 against Memphis and 2-0 against Utah). The Heat have yet to play nine teams.


The Pacers haven’t spent a day over .500 this season. There’s still obviously plenty of time to change that, but it’s most unusual for Indiana. The last season where the Pacers never had a winning record at any point in the schedule was 1988-89, a year where they technically had four coaches.


Pacers: Host Houston on Thursday.

Heat: Host Detroit on Thursday.

Indy Eleven Signs Midfielder Sam Brown

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, December 21, 2021) – Indy Eleven continued to add to its 2022 USL Championship roster with today’s addition of midfielder Sam Brown to Indiana’s Team. The signing of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-native is pending league and federation approval; per club policy, contract terms will not be made public.

“I’m thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to join Indy Eleven,” said Brown. “Having played against the club last year and knowing Coach Mark Lowry from his time in El Paso, it was an easy call for me sign with Indy. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to work!”

Brown joins the Boys in Blue after three seasons in the USL Championship with Real Monarchs SLC, where he notched one goal and two assists in 47 appearances (39 starts) while patrolling the central midfield. Brown was selected by the Monarchs’ Major League Soccer parent club, Real Salt Lake, in the first round (17th overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Harvard University.

“I saw plenty of Sam as an opponent over the last three seasons, and I am confident he can be an important contributor for us immediately,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “Sam’s intelligence with the ball and athletic ability both lend well to his role in the center of the field, and his competitive spirit will fit in quite well with how we are constructing our roster for 2022.”

As a rookie, Brown was a heavy late-season contributor to the 2019 Monarchs side that captured that year’s USL Championship title, making six of his eight regular season appearances – including all four starts – across their final seven games, in which the Monarchs went 4-1-1 in to solidify a Western Conference Playoffs berth. His growing contributions for SLC peaked in 2021, when he started 21 of 23 games, led Real in tackles (53) and tackles won (32), and finished second in passing percentage (83.8%), third in total passes (901), and tied for fifth in clearances (24) and aerial duals won (27).

Prior to turning professional, Brown was a standout at Harvard, where he posted three goals and 12 assists for the Crimson in 62 games. The 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year was a two-time All-Ivy League Second Team performer on the field, while in the classroom he completed his studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Indy Eleven will continue to make additional announcements surrounding its roster and coaching staff leading up to the 2022 preseason beginning in February. Following is the club’s 2022 roster as it currently stands:

Goalkeeper: Bobby Edwards

Defender: A.J. Cochran, Mechack Jérôme, Alex McQueen, Karl Ouimette, Jared Timmer

Midfielder: Ayoze, Sam Brown, Neveal Hackshaw, Nicky Law, Bryam Rebellón

Forward: Manuel Arteaga, Aris Briggs

NOTES: Indiana Returns Home for Northern Kentucky


Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night. IU is coming off a 66-54 win over Notre Dame on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic, while NKU fell in overtime at Eastern Kentucky, 81-68. IU is 8-0 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. IU is 19-4 all-time against teams currently in the Horizon League.


Indiana (9-2, 1-1 B1G) vs Northern Kentucky (4-6)

Wednesday, December 22 • 7 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Jason Ross and Brian Butch)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: First Meeting

Last Meeting: First Meeting


IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

NKU coach Darrin Horn is in his third season at with the Norse.  He has also served as a head coach at Western Kentucky and South Carolina.


IU leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in defensive field goal percentage (35.0%) and is second in the B1G in scoring defense (61.7 ppg). The Hoosiers also hold opponents to 27.6% shooting from long distance. IU held Notre Dame to a 36.2% effort from the floor and 18.2% from long range.


Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades averaging 19.1 points (4th in B1G), 8.7 rebounds (4th), shooting 60.2% from the floor (4th) and contributing 3.3 blocked shots per game (1st; 11th nationally).

He had 31 points and 16 boards at Syracuse. He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State. He made a career-high 18-of-24 field goal attempts. For his efforts, he was named National Player of the Week by Dick Vitale on

The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. The Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 15 has had four double-doubles this season and 26 in his career with IU posting a 20-6 record in those games.

Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against St. John’s and now has scored 1,159 points as a Hoosier, rating 40th all-time in IU lore. He had 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots against Notre Dame on Saturday.


IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (70), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (92), Miller Kopp (85), Parker Stewart (85) and Race Thompson (38) have combined for 365 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games.

Stewart leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.1%. Thompson is fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding at 8.2 per game. Thompson has made 10-straight field goals in the last two games, four shy of the school record (14) set by Juwan Morgan in 2016-17 over a three-game span. Johnson is sixth in the Big Ten in assists at 4.2 per game.

IU and Kansas will begin a two-game home and home series starting in 2022.  IU will travel to Allen Fieldhouse on December 17, 2022, while the Jayhawks visit Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on December 16, 2023.  The Hoosiers will play their final non-conference game against UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 29. Big Ten play resumes Jan. 2 at Penn State.

IU Trio Tabbed Top Drawer Soccer Best XI

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three Indiana men’s soccer student-athletes were named Top Drawer Soccer Best XI selections, the publication announced Tuesday (Dec. 21).

IU’s All-America pair of junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano and redshirt junior defender Daniel Munie were picked first and second team, respectively, while forward Tommy Mihalic earned a freshman second team selection.

As the first team goalkeeper, Celentano was the highest rated in his position. This fall, Celentano became the first-ever repeat Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. His 11 solo shutouts ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in the conference.

Among the NCAA’s active leaders Celentano ranks No. 1 in goals allowed average (0.62), No. 2 in save percentage (0.831) and tied for No. 3 in shutouts (28) after three masterful seasons in cream and crimson. He owns a 37-10-5 record and has conceded just 33 goals over 52 matches.

Celentano’s All-America partnership with Daniel Munie let Indiana become one of the nation’s top defenses that tallied 13 shutouts as a team. In October, IU shut out seven straight opponents, the second-longest single-season streak in program history.

Munie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts as well as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times. While keeping opponents off the scoresheet, Munie also tallied three goals and three assists.

Mihalic was a unanimous All-Big Ten Freshman team selection, as well as the season’s first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. The Skokie, Illinois, native collected five goals, two match-winners and an assist during his rookie season.

Mihalic burst on the scene by scoring a brace in his first collegiate match, a 3-2 OT win at Notre Dame. Maybe Mihalic’s biggest moment came October 24, when, after 106 scoreless minutes between IU and Wisconsin, the freshman buried the golden goal to give the Hoosiers a crucial conference victory.

2022 Schedule Set for Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A bevy of big-name non-conference opponents are followed by a loaded Big Ten schedule, as the Indiana baseball program announced its 2022 schedule on Tuesday (December 21).
The Hoosiers will square off with five programs that were on the Road to Omaha in 2021, with College World Series qualifier Stanford, Arkansas, Indiana State, Nebraska and Michigan all making the NCAA Tournament field a season ago. Perineal postseason teams Clemson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri State and Troy also dot the schedule.
The season begins with seven straight games away from home. A three-game series at Clemson (Feb. 18-20) kicks off the year, before a midweek contest at Miami (Ohio) on February 22. Then the Hoosiers head to Texas for the Round Rock Classic (February 25-27) at Dell Diamond. In Round Rock, IU will face 2019 College World Series qualifier Arkansas, Louisiana-Lafayette and 2021 CWS participant Stanford.
A midweek contest against the Redhawks on March 1 will open the home portion of the schedule, before a trip to Missouri State (March 4-6). Home games with Cincinnati (March 8) and Purdue Fort Wayne (March 9) come just before the final non-conference weekend road series at Troy (March 11-13).
After starting the season with 13 of 16 on the road, IU will play its next 12 at home, including the Big Ten opening series. A home contest with Kentucky (March 15) will be followed by a four-game set with Xavier (March 18-20). A visit from Indiana State on March 22 will be followed by back-to-back weekend home series. After hosting Evansville (March 25-27) for three games, Northwestern (April 1-3) comes to Bart Kaufman Field for the B1G opener.
Most of April will be spent on the road, as trips to Purdue (April 9-10) and Rutgers (April 15-17) bookend a trip to Indiana State (March 12). A trip to the Queen City to take on Cincinnati (April 20) comes ahead of a home series with 2021 Big Ten champion Nebraska (April 22-24). Indiana returns to Victory Field for a tilt against Butler on April 26 and treks to Illinois State on April 27.
A home series with Illinois (April 29-May 1) is followed by a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines (May 6-8). After traveling to Louisville (May 10), the Hoosiers welcome Minnesota (May 13-15) for the final home weekend series of the season. A final home game versus Illinois State (May 17) comes before the final regular season weekend series at Iowa (May 19-21).
The Big Ten Tournament will run from May 25-29 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Purdue Rolls to Win Over North Alabama

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team capped off its non-conference slate with an 86-53 win over North Alabama on Tuesday at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers hit the holiday break with a 9-4 record and a 9-2 mark in non-conference play, the best clip since 2015-16.

Welcoming students from 12 local schools for Education Day, Purdue played in front of its largest crowd of the season at Mackey Arena – 5,474 fans.

Rickie Woltman secured her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs. Brooke Moore dropped 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Boilermakers dominated on the glass with a plus-19 margin, 47-38. Rokia Doumbia hauled down seven rebounds and Madison Layden added six. Purdue snagged 13 offensive rebounds and converted them into 12 second-chance points.

Off her triple-double performance against Miami, Jeanae Terry dished out a team-high six assists, while Cassidy Hardin matched her career high with five helpers. Purdue recorded season-best 26 assists on 37 made field goals.

The Boilermakers built up a double-digit lead in the early minutes, making seven of their first 10 shots. Hardin and Woltman paced Purdue in the first quarter with six points each.

North Alabama battled back in the second quarter to tie the game at 25-25 with 3:41 to play in the half. Sparked by a Mide Oriyomi layup, Purdue did not give up a field goal for the remainder of the quarter and rolled off a 12-1 run to take a 37-26 lead at the break.

Despite the shooting an even 50% from the field in the opening 20 minutes, Purdue’s lead was never more than 12. That quickly changed in the second half.

The Boilermakers outscored the Lions 49-27 over the final 20 minutes.

After North Alabama pulled within eight early in the third, Moore took over. The senior scored 12 straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, over a 3:52 span, as a part of a 20-4 run that grew the lead out to 24 points.

The Boilermakers added to the lead with a 7-0 run early in the final frame. Nyagoa Gony scored five of her seven points in the fourth to set a new career high, while freshman Ava Learn scored for the first time as a Boilermaker.

Purdue never shot below 50% in a quarter, finishing the game with a 55.2% clip and eight 3-pointers. 


Woltman was efficient on the day going 7-of-11 from the field and grabbing a trio of offensive rebounds. She added an assist, a steal and a block over 26 minutes of action. Since joining the starting lineup four games ago, Woltman has averaged 8.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and a plus-minus of 14.5. It was the third double-double by a Boilermaker this season.

After playing just 31 games and averaging around one point per game in her first two seasons at Purdue, Woltman has emerged as an impact player for the Boilermakers, setting multiple career highs in blocks, points, minutes and rebounds this season. 


Head coach Katie Gearlds on Woltman…

I love that kid. She just needed an opportunity. She needed someone to really believe in her. She’s turning into something for us. When Shay went out, we talked with Rickie and told her that we saw potential. We’ve got a little more flow offensively when she’s in. I’m so proud of who she is on and off the court. She’s turning into a leader and becoming more vocal.

Head coach Katie Gearlds on the non-conference outcome…

The best thing is that we said in the locker room that we should have more than nine wins. We’ve been in a position in a couple of games that we should have more than nine. That’s what makes being around this team so much fun. They work so hard. They know they’re putting in the right work to put us in a position to win.


• Purdue now leads the all-time series with North Alabama 2-0.

• The Boilermakers won by 33 points for the second time this season, matching the 101-68 win over Denver.

• Head coach Katie Gearlds put all 12 active players in the game on Tuesday with 10 finding the scoresheet.

• Tuesday was Purdue’s 10th game with at least seven 3-pointers.

• Purdue tallied a season-high 52 points in the paint.

• Nine of the 12 who played Tuesday recorded an assist.

• It was Purdue’s fourth coast-to-coast win of the year and the first since Marshall.

• The Boilermakers now have 896 wins in program history, just four away from joining the 900-win club.

• With a non-conference mark of 9-2 (81.8%) Gearlds owns the second best non-league mark by a coach in her first year at Purdue. Marsha Reall owns the best clip at 8-1 (88.9%)  from the 1986-87 season.


Purdue will be off until Dec. 30 for a 9 p.m. (ET) road trip to Wisconsin on Big Ten Network.       


Cardinals Fly High in Win Over Panthers

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena on Tuesday against Eastern Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 75-55 in front of the largest crowd this season. BSU improved to 5-6, while EIU fell to 2-11.

The Cardinals are now 4-0 at home this season and were led by Payton Sparks with a career-high 16 points and he added eight rebounds. Miryne Thomas tied a season-best mark with 14 points and had three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Luke Bumbalough finished in double digits for the eighth time this season with a 13-point performance. Bumbalough chipped in with five assists. Mickey Pearson Jr. was the final player in double figures with 10 points. Pearson picked up three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Tyler Cochran was an absolute force on the defensive side of the ball as he produced 10 rebounds, six assists, and five steals, all were game highs.

Cochran got the game started with a steal and a fast-break layup. After the Panthers scored their first points of the game, Cochran came back down and drained a 3-pointer. On Ball State’s next possession, Cochran found Sparks for a layup. Cochran contributed in BSU’s first seven points. Thomas added two free throws to extend the Cardinal run to 9-2 to start the game.

The Panthers battled back and took a 19-18 lead with 9:30 left in the first half. Eastern Illinois managed to gain an eight-point lead, 36-28, with just over three minutes left in the first stanza. Ball State was unfazed and regained a 37-36 lead as the game went to the break.

The Cardinals started the second half on fire and opened the period on a 13-2 run. During the run, Bumbalough hit two 3-pointers and Thomas added a 3-ball of his own.

Eastern Illinois was able to cut the Ball State lead to nine, 52-43, with 12:07 left in regulation.

The Cardinals began to pick up the intensity on the defensive end of the court and it really caused the Panthers to struggle the remainder of the game. At the offensive end of the floor, Ball State continued to have success and saw its lead reach as many as 22 points, 75-53, with 1:22 left in the game. BSU went on to win the contest 75-55.

As a team, Ball State outrebounded Eastern Illinois, 32-27. The Cardinals held a 20-12 advantage in turnovers, which led to 21 points off turnovers with 11 points coming via the fast break.

Kejuan Clements posted a game-high 17 points. Paul Bizimana was the only other Panther in double figures with 13 and he added a team-high seven rebounds. Bizimana blocked a game-high three shots.

The Cardinals make their final trip to Illinois for the regular season for the Mid-American Conference opener against Northern Illinois. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET tip on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“It’s really neat. One of the things I want them to do is grow all the time. You’re always trying to get better. What can you learn this year? It’s good to hear Miryne think that way and I think he has that right now. I’m watching him grow as much as he’s grown for us. We’ve been a funny team. At one point, we had the third-best win in the conference with our win against UMass from an RPI and Net Ranking. We’ve got some losses that are head scratchers. I like the attitude of our team. The attitude and work ethic of our leadership guys stand out along with the freshmen on how they approach the game every day. That will get us where we want to go. We’re still learning, but I thought you saw a group tonight that played really well. We have to find our identity defensively. I thought we did that tonight and we have to be more consistent on that side of the ball. This team is a really fun group, and they have a chance to be a really special group. We’re working our tail off and we’re a fun group to watch.”

From the Student-Athletes – Redshirt Junior Forward #0 Miryne Thomas

“Coming into the game, our initial game plan was to try to speed them up. We forced 20 turnovers as a team. We were trying to speed them up and try to get some defense to offense possessions. We were able to do that more in the second half. We could have done better with our non-conference schedule. We dominated when we had the chance to and took advantage of teams as we can when we shoot well.”

From the Student-Athletes – Freshman Center #5 Payton Sparks

“Our ball pressure in the second half allowed us to break away. We upped our defense in the second half and only let them score 19 points. That’s a big reason for us and we got good shots on offense. I would say we could have done better in the non-conference schedule too. We’re just taking steps in the right direction, and I’ve got trust in the team.”



The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team finishes up a two-game home stand before Christmas with a Wednesday afternoon matinee against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (10-2) at 1 p.m. ET on the ACC Network. It will be the penultimate non-conference game of the season, with just the the Martin Luther King. Jr. date at Howard as the only non-ACC team left on the 2021-22 schedule.


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

Set the tone on the inside early against Western Michigan and eventually finished the game with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists • 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in  2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

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

Led the Irish with 18 points against Western Michigan while becoming the 66th Notre Dame player – and 25th recruited by Mike Brey – to reach 1,000 points in a career • has scored in double figures in all 10 games (a career-best streak) this season and leads the team with 14.7 ppg • averaging 14.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg this season • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .829 career average from the stripe (22-24 this season).

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

Scored 15 points against Western Michigan, reaching double-digit scoring in eight of his first 10 career games – only other true freshmen of the Brey era to do the same are Chris Thomas and Luke Harangody • ACC Rookie of the Week (Dec. 13, 2021) • in first career start at home in Purcell Pavilion, hit the game-winning jumper with :12 seconds remaining to upset No. 10/12 Kentucky last weekend • second in the ACC in freshman scoring (13.3 ppg) and sixth among all major conference true freshmen in ppg • exploded for 24 points, 18 in the second half at Illinois in the first true road game of his career • logged his first career start at Boston College • first Mike Brey freshman to score 20 points in a career debut (vs. CSUN) since Chris Thomas in 2001 • first South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985.

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

Seventh in the ACC in rebounding (7.6 per game) • scored eight points with six rebounds against Western Michigan • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

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

Preseason All-ACC Second Team • returned to starting lineup against Western Michigan and played possibly best all-around game of the season with 9 points, four assists and three rebounds • led the team with 15 points against Boston College, coming off the bench for the first time since the victory at Miami last season • led the Irish in  scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.


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

Scored 13 points off the bench against Western Michigan • filled up the stat line against No. 10/12 Kentucky with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal • started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

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

Hit double figures for the first time this season in the victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky with 12 points, two three-point field goals, two rebounds and two assists • planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

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

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



Notre Dame and Texas A&M Corpus Christi will be meeting for the first time in men’s basketball on Wednesday afternoon.


Career high for blocked shots by senior Cormac Ryan against Western Michigan.


Notre Dame has won five straight games in Purcell Pavilion dating back to last season. In those four victories are wins over No. 11/11 Florida State last March and a 66-62 win over No. 10/12 Kentucky on December 11.


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


Rebounds-per-game average for Nate Laszewski, which leads the team and is ranked seventh in the ACC.


Freshman Blake Wesley has reached double digit scoring in eight of his first 10 career games with the Irish, joining Chris Thomas and Luke Harangody as the only Brey era true freshman to score in double digits in eight of their fist 10 career games.


Career-best streak of double-digit scoring games for senior Dane Goodwin – all 10 games this season – who leads the Irish at 14.7 ppg.


Points-per-game average for Blake Wesley, which is the second-best average in the ACC and sixth-best among major conference true freshman (see page 4 for more details).


Dane Goodwin became the 66th Notre Dame player – and 25th student-athlete recruited by Mike Brey – to reach 1,000 points in their Irish career with 18 points against Western Michigan on Monday night.


The adjusted offensive efficiency rating ranking for the Irish on (109.7). It is the fifth-best in the ACC.


Three-point field goal percentage for Dane Goodwin, which leads the team and is seventh in the ACC.


Notre Dame is holding its opponents to 64.5 points per game, sixth-best in the ACC.


Career points scored by senior Trey Wertz, who is closing in on 1,000 points in his career.


CHICAGO – The No. 20/18 Notre Dame women’s basketball team has a tall assignment before the holiday break – defending the No. 1 ranked offense in the country in (RV) DePaul on their home court. With a victory, the Fighting Irish (10-2) would not only exceed its win total from a season ago, but also earn their first NET top-50 win of the season. On the flip side, the Blue Demons (11-2) are riding a seven-game win streak in which they are averaging 99.9 ppg during said stretch. They are averaging 92.2 ppg on the year.

The matchup will air nationally on FS1, starting at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT. Tickets at Wintrust Arena are still available and can be purchased online.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 26-20, but trails in games in Chicago, 10-11.


Notre Dame doesn’t just have one, but two super freshmen who will be the building blocks for years to come.

A 6-1 versatile guard, Citron has been everywhere on the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the top-4 on the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Not only is Citron making early waves for ACC Freshman of the Year but 6th Woman as well. She’s averaging an impressive 12.3 points off the bench – second most on the team. In addition, she is a four-time ACC Freshman of the Week winner already.

Citron is 1-of-3 freshman in the entire country averaging at least 12 points, five rebounds and two assists and one steal – she’s the only one from a Power-Five school. Breaking it down even further – there are only tw0 players in the entire country (of any class) who are putting up those numbers off the bench: Citron and NC State’s Diamond Johnson.

Lastly, Citron has been phenomenal from the charity stripe, shooting 91.4 percent, which leads all players in the ACC and ranks 15th in the nation. She is 32-for-35 on the year. 

Then there’s Olivia Miles. She’s averaging double-digit points (12.0), leads the NATION in assists (7.8) and just so happens to reel in a team-best 7.0 boards/game as a point guard. Those numbers put Miles in an elite club as she and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two in the country averaging at least 10p/7r/7a.

She ranks in the top-10 in the ACC in five different stat categories: Rebounds, Assists, Steals, A/TO Ratio, Defensive Rebounds. Best of any Irish player.

Furthermore, Miles has collected five double-doubles, which are tied for the most in the ACC alongside Kitley of Virginia Tech and Ustby of UNC.


The top passer in the country is putting up assist numbers the program hasn’t seen in over three decades. Miles’ 7.8 apg would finish third all-time, with the top-three spots currently belonging to:

1. Mary Gavin 8.7 1987-88

2. Mary Gavin 7.9 1986-87

3. Lindsay Allen 7.6 2016-17

The most total assists in a season belong to Lindsay Allen at 282 (2016-17).

The highest assist average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85.

Miles boasts four double-digit assist performances on the year. All other players in the ACC have combined for one.


There probably isn’t anyone else in the entire country who is having a better December than Olivia Miles. The freshman sensation is nearly averaging a triple-double over her last 5 games, averaging 12.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.0 assists. Her game performances include:

– an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double at MSU

– a near triple-double at UConn with eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

– her first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists at Valpo.

– a 21 point, 11 assist double-double in which she also netted six rebounds and a career-high six steals.

December has also been very kind to Sonia Citron. Over her last five games, she’s averaging 16.8 ppg on 27-for-54 shooting (.500), including 9-of-20 from deep (.450). She’s also averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists with just six turnovers in that span as well. Game performances include:

– career-high 29 points in the win at MSU, including 21 in the second half (13 in the 4th quarter).

– lone Irish player in double figures at UConn, finishing with 19 points.

– near double-double at Valpo with 9 points and 10 rebounds and a near double-double vs Pitt with 15 points and 8 rebounds.


Look out for Olivia Miles who has become a double-double machine, earning three over the last five games to bring her season total to five. Her five just so happen to be tied for the lead in the ACC alongside Kitley of Virginia Tech and Ustby of UNC. Her five also rank second among all Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (7).

Against Pitt on Dec. 19, Miles became the fourth Irish player ever to record a 20+ point, 10+ assist double-double – the other three were Skylar Diggins-Smith, Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young. Miles had 21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and a career-high six steals.

Now, where do Miles’ five double-doubles stack up at ND:

– Most by a guard in her career – Jackie Young and Lindsay Schrader – 17

– Most by a freshman in a season – Shari Matvey – 15 – 1979-80

– Most in a season – 19 – Jess Shepard and Natalie Achonwa


The Irish currently have four players averaging double-figures, showcasing the depth of this year’s team. Notre Dame has done a great job spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 13th in the nation in assists/game (18.8). Notre Dame is also ranked 22nd in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.25), 20th in blocks/game (5.5) and 24th in rebounds/game (43.83).


IOWA CITY, Iowa – The IUPUI women’s basketball team defeated the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes in comeback fashion Tuesday afternoon, 74-73. The Jags came back from an 18-point deficit and took the lead with two free throws from senior Rachel McLimore with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Jags’ win over No. 15 Iowa marks the first time the women’s IUPUI basketball team has beaten a nationally ranked team in school history and marks the first win over a BIG Ten school since the Jags beat Purdue, 67-62, on Dec. 21, 2016.

“Extremely proud of our players digging deep in the fourth quarter and battling back to give ourselves a chance at the end to win,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “The first half we gave up 26 points off second chance points and points off turnovers. In the second half, we turned that around with our effort which changed the game.”

IUPUI in their first game back since their previous game was cancelled due to Covid-19 issues, fell behind early and trailed until the fourth quarter. Iowa held their largest lead of 54-36 with five minutes left in the third quarter. The Jags added heavy pressure in the fourth quarter going on a 9-0 run and outscoring the Hawkeyes 27-11 in the last quarter.

“Our team never gives up no matter how much we are down,” said senior McLimore. “We’re not afraid to play anybody. We believe we can beat anyone in the country when we step on the court.”

Graduate student Macee Williams led the Jags with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists. McLimore was a key player in the win with 19 points and two rebounds.


“Macee is one of the best post players in the country and she showed that in the second half,” said Parkinson. “I was incredibly impressed by Rachel McLimore who guarded the other team’s leading scoreer and at the same time made clutch plays down the stretch.”

Starters, McLimore (19 points), Williams (19), Madison Wise (12), Rachel Kent (9) and Destiny Perkins (1) set the pace for the Jags. Perkins also added seven rebounds and two assists while Wise also added seven rebounds. Sophomore Anna Mortag came off the bench and scored six with three rebounds while Morgan Allen added five points and four rebounds.

The Jags shot 43.9 percent (25-for-57) from the floor, 37.0 percent (10-for-27) from behind the arc and 70.0 percent (14-for-20) from the free throw line. IUPUI’s defense held the Hawkeyes, who entered the game ranked 12th in three-point percentage, to just 18.2 percent (4-for-22) beyond the three-point line.

“This is a huge win for our ladies, not just because Iowa is a top 15 team but because the Hawkeyes are one of the best coached teams in the country,” said Parkinson.

IUPUI will return to the Jungle for back-to-back Horizon League games. The Jags with face Northern Kentucky on Dec. 31 at 2:00 p.m., then take on Wright State on Jan. 2 with tip-off at 3:00 p.m. Game coverage for both games will be on ESPN+.

Niesner Selected to Play in Tropical Bowl

Valparaiso University football fifth-year senior Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) has been selected to play in the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl on Jan. 15 in Orlando, Fla.

The Tropical Bowl showcases the top college football seniors to NFL scouts and General Managers, who travel from around the country for the event. The weekend is focused on teaching and scouting. Since the event’s inception in 2016, more than 350 Tropical Bowl alumni have gone on to play in the NFL. The game will take place at Camping World Stadium, also the home of the Citrus Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and the Camping World Kickoff.

Niesner was named the Special Teams Most Valuable Player for the for the FCS Bowl by Spiral on Dec. 12 in Daytona, Beach, Fla., an annual postseason all-star game consisting of the top players from college football Division-I FCS schools. Niesner booted six punts for 301 yards, averaging 50.2 yards per punt in the game.

A two-time All-PFL First Team honoree, Niesner posted a punting average of 43.2 this season, a mark that ranked third in program history. He tied program and PFL records for single-season punting average during the Spring 2021 campaign at 43.6, earning him PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year recognition for the spring season. Niesner finished this season with the league’s top punting average, a mark that ranked 16th nationally.

In addition, Niesner was recognized as an Academic All-PFL First Team honoree for the second straight year. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week twice this fall and four times in the calendar year of 2021.

Valpo Football Welcomes First Batch of 2022 Recruits

Head coach Landon Fox has announced the addition of six players to the Valparaiso University football program as the team began welcoming its 2022 incoming class as part of the December early signing period.

“We’re always looking for really good students, really good football players, and most importantly, really good people,” Fox said. “That was a high priority as we recruited this group. We wanted to make sure we were bringing in players who will excel at an elite academic institution. We also wanted to make sure we continued to fill our program with really good people. I think we accomplished all of those goals with this group of early signees.”

Alton McCullum, WR/DB, 6-1, 195, Oliver Springs, Tenn. (Warren De La Salle)

Intends to major in finance… Son of Bob McCullum… Has two brothers, Kaleb and Trevor, and a sister, Alexis… Four-year varsity letter winner… All-Region honoree… Hobbies/interests include hunting, fishing and the outdoors… Honor roll student.

Coach Fox on McCullum: “We really enjoyed watching his tape because he’s a good athlete and he’s very physical. The nice thing with him is that he can play either side of the ball. We’re excited that he can help us in a variety of ways.”

Jaeden Acker, WR, 6-1, 170, Denton, Texas (Ray Braswell)

Intends to major in business… Son of Nikki and Tamill Acker… Has two younger brothers, Jackson and Carter, and a younger sister, Avery… Mother played soccer at Iowa State from 1997-1999… Three-year varsity letter winner…. Had 91 receiving yards and a TD catch vs. the 6-0 Little Elm Lobos during his senior season… Team captain as a senior… Also competed in high school track & field… Hobbies include working out, listening to music, playing video games and going out with friends and family… Has two dogs named Zeus and Crew… Three-year honor roll member.

Coach Fox on Acker: “Jaeden caught our eye in part because he runs really good routes. He has good ball skills. Because of the way he runs routes, he has the ability to get open and make plays on the ball. He’s a polished receiver from a good family. He’s a good young man who has visited campus for several games.”

Jake Paulline, DL, 6-1, 280, Naperville, Ill. (Metea Valley)

Son of Scott and Lori Paulline… Intends to major in exercise science / kinesiology… Has one brother, Cole, who is a track & field athlete at North Central College… Three-year varsity letter winner… Two-time all-conference, two-time all-area and an academic all-conference selection… Also competed in track & field and wrestling during his high school tenure… Two-year captain in football and one-year captain in both wrestling and track & field… Born and raised in California.

Coach Fox on Paulline: “Jake is a strong young man who can be really good at the point of attack. He can hold his gaps and has the ability to get off blocks up front. He’s strong and can create havoc on the defensive front. He has a physical ability that will translate well to the college level.”

Mason Smith, OL, 6-4, 285, Hershey, Pa. (Martin County)

Plans to study business engineering… Son of Sharon and Travis Smith… Has a brother, Parker and a sister, Addison… Four-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to a 10-1 record during his senior season… Was 92 percent blocking for the season as a senior… Team captain as a senior… Also competed in track & field and wrestling.

Coach Fox on Smith: “Mason is an offensive lineman from Florida who is originally from Pennsylvania, so he has a good feel for the Midwest and the climate here. He moves really well and has good size. He caught our eye physically and he finishes plays well because of his ability to have good body control. He’s visited multiple times for games and knows who we are as a program.”

Devin Yeats, TE, 6-2, 200, Hampshire, Ill. (Hampshire)

Son of Tristan and Susan Yeats… Has two brothers, Colin and Alexander… Uncle Robert Monak played football at Findlay from 1992-1997… All-conference honoree who helped his team to its first playoff appearance in six years… Had 156 receiving yards, a TD, eight solo tackles, two TFL and a forced fumble all in a single game vs. Burlington Central in 2021… Also competed in one year of wrestling and three years of track & field… Two-year captain in track & field and served as a football team captain during his senior season… Born in Jupiter, Fla… Honor roll every semester… Member of National Honor Society… Hobbies include Boy Scouts, snowmobiling and CNC machining.

Coach Fox on Yeats: “He has the ability to play multiple positions. That was clear on his highlight film. We see him playing h-back here; he’s a good all-around athlete. He played running back, tight end and even a little bit of quarterback in high school. We saw him at camps and were very impressed.”

EJ Locke, WR, 6-4, 205, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park and River Forest)

Plans to major in sport management… Son of Lakesha Locke… Has one sister, Kiera… Father Eric Locke Sr. played football at Illinois State… Three-year varsity letter winner… Team captain and all-conference honoree as a senior… Also competed in basketball and track & field… Hobbies include cooking, video games and swimming.

Coach Fox on Locke: “EJ is a big receiver who can create matchup problems for the opposing defense. He can go up and get it with a big catch radius. He is a very good athlete and does a great job catching the football.”


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team secured the final home victory of the 2021 calendar year for the athletics department, as the Knights downed (RV) Rochester University 74-56 on John Grimes Court. The non-conference win gives Marian a 12-2 record as they enter the Christmas season

The Knights got their wire-to-wire win started early in the first quarter, with Ella Collier taking a rebound on the first defensive possession of the game and turning it into the first bucket of the game. Imani Guy and Kinnidy Garrard followed the scoring blitz in the first two minutes, helping Marian push ahead to an 8-0 run scoring on each of their first four possessions. The lead ballooned to 13-0 after a Collier trey before Rochester scored their first points of the game at the 7:03 mark, with Marian in control the entire quarter. Guy wrapped the opening period scoring with 1:51 left in the first, as Marian led 22-9 after 10 minutes of play, holding Rochester to zero points over the final 3:35.

Marian doubled their lead by halftime, pouring on another 20-point quarter in the second period. Free throws and baskets from Garrard and Guy helped the lead extend to 19-points by the six minute mark, with Guy’s fourth bucket of the half granting Marian a 21-point advantage just 40 seconds later. Collier added to her big first half with six points in the waning minutes, and a Jayla Wehner foul shot puncuated the half’s scoring giving Marian a 43-20 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter Marian’s offensive numbers fell behind their blistering first half, relying on the defense to provide the energy. Blocked shots from Guy and a trio of steals in the first four minutes allowed the lead to grow to 27, with the Knights forcing contested shots from the Warriors. Rochester would get within 20 points of Marian as the quarter wore on, but a 5-0 Collier run quickly ended the spree, helping the Knights go back on top by 27.

Leading 59-34 entering the fourth quarter, Marian effectively worked the clock in the favor to limit possessions, holding their lead above 20 points until there was four minutes remaining in the game. Free throws from Garrard and an Allison Bosse three helped ice the game and hold the lead over 15 points, as Marian cruised to the 74-56 home victory.

In the game Marian forced 15 turnovers and had eight blocked shots, shotting 47.2 percent from the floor as a team. Collier scored a game-high 22 points through three quarters, ending the game 7-11 from the field. Guy scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to her statline, while Garrard added 18 points and eight rebounds. Majestic Sales scored six points off the bench, and both Collier and Abby Downard led the Knights with five assists.

Marian will return to play after a Christmas break at Saint Ambrose on December 29 and 30, as they will take on both the Bees and the Midland Warriors on respective days.


BECKLEY, W.Va. – A milestone basket provided a bright spot for the Indiana University East men’s basketball team on an otherwise tough afternoon for the Red Wolves at NAIA No. 28 WVU Tech on Dec. 21.

Garrett Silcott joined the IU East men’s basketball 1,000 NAIA points club, but neither that achievement nor a career-high 17 points from Gabe McNary were enough as the Golden Bears won 104-80 at Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

IU East enters its holiday break 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the River States Conference. WVU Tech (14-2, 5-0) has won 11 in a row.

Silcott is the 14th IU East men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points since the Red Wolves began NAIA play in 2007. He entered the contest seven points away from 1,000. He got there on a drive and an and-one four minutes into the second half. He finished with 11 points and now has 1,004 career points and counting.

Silcott’s milestone score came on the heels of a 10-0 IU East run to start the second half that got the Red Wolves within striking distance after they faced a 55-33 halftime deficit.

WVU Tech answered with the next 12 points and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

McNary shook off being shaken up early in the second half and returned to put the finishing touches on his 17-point afternoon. Five IU East players finished in double digits, and every Red Wolf scored, as the IU East half of the box score would have added up to a win on many afternoons.

The WVU Tech half of the box score, however, was even better. The Golden Bears made more than 70 percent of their field goals and sank half of their 3-point attempts. They got the majority of their 22 points off of turnovers in the first half as they led wire to wire.

IU East returns to the court Jan. 2 for a home game against No. 22 Marian University. Tipoff is 3 p.m. on Lingle Court. Former Red Wolf basketball All-American Bishop Smith will be recognized at halftime of the Jan. 2 game.

Bulldogs get past WBB

RICHMOND – The Earlham College women’s basketball team fell to Adrian College 85-48 on Tuesday evening in the last non-conference matchup of the season for the Quakers.

The Quakers fell to 0-10 (0-3 HCAC) while the Bulldogs improved to 3-7 (0-3 MIAA).

Alexis Gibson led the Quakers offensively with 15 points and four rebounds. Amari Bradford tallied 11 points and led the team in rebounds along with Neely Trenshaw at five.

Nearly half of Earlham’s points came off turnovers, where Gibson led the stat column with five steals.

Earlham struggled offensively all night, posting just a 24% shooting accuracy. Despite the struggles, the Quakers matched the Bulldogs on points in the final frame with 18 after shooting 3-for-7 from 3-point range in the period.

Earlham will be back after the holiday break with more HCAC competition. The Grizzlies of Franklin College come to Druley Performance Gym on New Year’s Day for a 1 pm game. The Quakers will continue the rest of the 2021-22 regular season with conference games occurring on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Late First-Half Rally Lifts Wabash To Home Wim Over Anderson

A 20-6 run over five minutes in the first half helped Wabash take control of its Tuesday evening home basketball against Anderson University and claim a 96-84 victory at Chadwick Court.

Jack Davidson scored a game-high 33 points and moved past Chad Tabor ’99 and into fourth place on the all-time Wabash scoring list with 1,902 points. He trails Jack Roudebush ’74 in third place with 1,943 career points.

Wabash (8-3) and Anderson (7-3) battled back and forth over the first 14 minutes of the contest. The Little Giants held a one-point lead at 32-31 after a pair of Anderson free throws with 6:04 on the first-half clock. Davidson scored the next four points for Wabash to begin the 20-6 run that produced a 52-37 lead with 1:09 left to play in the period. Anderson scored the final four points of the half to trail 52-41 at the break.

Anderson continued to cut into the Little Giants’ lead, drawing as close as seven points until a Davidson three-pointer with 17:44 left in the game boosted the lead back to double digits. The teams traded baskets once again until Wabash mounted another run to move in front by as many as 19 points in the final six minutes of the game. The visiting Ravens would get as close as 10 points with 3:55 left to play before Kellen Schreiber and Tyler Watson put the game on ice by scoring the final eight points of the game for Wabash.

The Little Giants shot red-hot from the field, hitting on 73.3 percent of their shots at one point in the second half. Wabash cooled a bit by the end of the game, finishing 36-of-56 overall for 64.3 percent. The Little Giants connected on 10-of-18 three-point tries for 55.6 percent and went 14-of-17 from the free throw line (82.4 percent). Anderson shot 29-of-63 for 46 percent and scored on 10-of-28 three-point tries (35.7 percent).

Davidson produced six assists and a team-best seven rebounds in the win. Watson scored 25 points for Wabash, while Schreiber finished with 12 points. Jesse Hall came off the bench and scored 14 points.

Maurice Knight led Anderson with 25 points. Jordan Gadis finished with 14 points and Fred Shropshire chipped in 10 points.

The victory came in the final non-conference game of the season for Wabash. The Little Giants return to North Coast Athletic Conference action on December 30 with a 3 p.m. contest at Oberlin College.

RECAP | Crowe’s Career Afternoon, Furious Second Half Rally not Enough in Non-Conference Finale

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Franklin College men’s basketball team closed out their non-conference schedule on Tuesday (Dec. 21), taking on Juniata College (Pa.) in the consolation game of the Wittenberg Holiday Classic.

Junior Carter Crowe had a career-high 21 points and was one of three Grizzlies (6-4) in double figures in the game. Down by as many as 15 points, Franklin battled back to tie the game late in regulation before falling in heart-breaking fashion to the Eagles (6-3), 67-61.

How it Happened

For the second straight day, a slow start plagued the Grizzlies with Juniata racing out to a 20-5 lead through 10 minutes of action. Franklin cut the lead to single digits late in the first half before heading into the locker room facing a 37-26 deficit.

A 9-0 Franklin run opened the second half and got the Grizzlies back within a possession. But momentum swung back in the other direction almost immediately, as a 14-2 Juniata run ran the Eagles’ lead to 51-37 with 12:10 to play.

Just as they did earlier in the second half, Franklin clawed their way back to even when a triple from Crowe knotted the game at 61 with 1:05 to go. However, each of the Grizzlies’ final possessions turned up empty, allowing the Eagles to close things out at the line.

Inside the Box Score

-Crowe set career-highs with seven field goals and five threes on his way to a career scoring output.

-Franklin shot 41.5% (22-for-53) from the floor, knocking down 10 three-pointers and going 7-for-8 at the line.

-Ty Wright added 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Grizzlies. Matt Krause was the other Franklin player to reach double digits, adding 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

-Mitch O’Mara had a game-high five assists, with Franklin assisting on 16 of their 22 field goals.

Up Next

The Grizzlies are off until New Year’s Day, when they resume Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play against the Earlham Quakers. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 1:00 p.m.

Wabash Battles Past Anderson with Hot Shooting

Wabash College battled past the Anderson University men’s basketball team with a 96-84 win on Tuesday in Crawfordsville.

The Little Giants (8-3) utilized their shooting by converting 36-of-56 (64.3 percent) from the field. Jack Davidson led Wabash with 33 points while Tyler Watson contributed 25 points. Maurice Knight led the Ravens (7-3) with 25 points.


Each of the first three possessions led to baskets as Wabash started with a 4-2 lead. Knight then drained a 3-pointer to put Anderson ahead 5-4.

The Little Giants then sparked a 10-0 run to take a 14-5 lead with 15 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first half.

The Ravens scored on three consecutive possessions to cut their deficit to 14-11. Watson hit a 3-pointer to put Wabash ahead by six, but 3-pointers from Fred Shropshire and Knight allowed Anderson to even the game at 17-all.

Anderson hung with Wabash for the majority of the first half. The Little Giants put together a 14-2 run to take a 52-37 lead with 1:09 left in the half. Davidson and Watson provided each of the points during the run.

Alex Hunt and Austin Lyons each hit a pair of free throws, trimming Anderson’s deficit to 52-41 by halftime.

Anderson continued to chip away in the half, bringing the Ravens within seven, by a score of 54-47 with 17:56 to go, following a Jordan Gadis layup.

On the next set of possessions, Davidson and Gadis traded 3-pointers.

Wabash’s biggest lead came with 5:45 remaining, holding an 88-69 advantage.


Wabash knocked down 36-of-56 (64.3 percent) shots from the field while Anderson hit 29-of-63 (46.0 percent) shots from the floor.

The Little Giants sank 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) attempts from 3-point range while the Ravens made 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) shots from the perimeter.

Maurice Knight led the Ravens with 25 points and four assists.

Jordan Gadis and Fred Shropshire tallied 14 points and 10 points, respectively.

Francis Uzorh notched team-highs of eight rebounds and three blocks.


We played hard, but just didn’t execute well enough to win. We hung around and hung around, but didn’t slow them down consistently enough to give ourselves a chance.

Wabash is a terrific team. Jack Davidson gets a lot of recognition, but he’s not a one-man show by any means. They start five talented offensive players and bring a couple more off the bench. They give you no margin for error defensively. We made a few too many mistakes at that end and they made us pay for all of them.

I am disappointed with the loss, but not at all discouraged. To beat a team as good as Wabash is – especially on the road – you’ve got to play really well. Big picture, I’m excited with where our team stands right now. We’ve still got a lot of runway to keep getting better.


Anderson, which is 2-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play, returns to action on Jan. 1 with an HCAC matchup with Bluffton University (2-6, 0-3) at 3 p.m. in Bluffton, Ohio.

DePauw Tops Seagulls to Earn Florida Split

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Behind career-high scoring efforts from Elijah Hales and Nick Wissel, DePauw topped Salisbury by an 87-75 score in the final game of the Daytona Beach Shootout. The Tigers moved to 5-6, while the Seagulls are now 5-8.

Salisbury gained an early 11-3 lead, but the Tigers responded with a 12-2 run to take their first lead of the contest at 15-13.

After the Seagulls regained the lead at 19-17, Hales hit 3-pointers on three-straight possessions to give DePauw its largest lead at 26-21. The Tigers’ largest lead of the half came at 31-25 and the Tigers went to the intermission with a 43-42 advantage after Wissel’s 3-point play with 39 seconds left closed out the scoring.

The second half was a tight battle and DePauw held a 70-67 lead with six minutes left before Grant Niego made a layup and then Nolan Niego converted a Salisbury turnover into a fast break score. Hales’ jumper and a Grant Niego free throw at the 4:02 mark pushed the Tigers’ lead to 77-67. The Seagulls were no closer than eight the rest of the way.

Hales netted 31 in the win and hit 7-of-15 3-pointers, while Wissel and Grant Niego each finished with 16.  Brandon Craig paced Salisbury with 21 points followed by Gary Briddell with 19 and Greg Bloodswoth with 15. The Seagulls held a 33-26 rebounding edge and were led by Craig and Biddell with six each. Grant Niego grabbed a career-high seven rebounds for the Tigers.

DePauw matched a season-high by shooting 54.4 percent from the floor and nailed 10-of-23 3-pointers, while Salisbury shot 47.5 percent and just 41.4 percent in the second half. The Tigers committed just five turnovers to the Seagulls’ 10 and held a 12-4 edge in points off of turnovers.

The Tigers return to action on Sunday, January 2, when they host Rochester in a Noon contest in Neal Fieldhouse.

Men’s Basketball Drops Non-Conference Game to #14 Elmhurst

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s basketball team fell to nationally-ranked Elmhurst in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Tuesday December 21 to conclude non-conference play.

After trailing by just five points at the half, the No. 14 Blue Jays put 61 points up on the scoreboard over the game’s final 20 minutes to coast to a 101-75 victory.

Turnovers got the better of the Spartans on Tuesday night as the Blue Jays were able to convert 21 Manchester turnovers into 30 points.

Elmhurst finished shooting 41-78 (52.6 percent) from the floor against the Black & Gold. Dominic Genco led five Blue Jays in double figures with 22 points. Wesley Hooker (17), Jake Rhode (13), Jay Millitello (12), and Jonathan Zapinski (10) also scored in double figures.

The Spartans were limited to 39 percent shooting (23-59) on Tuesday night. The Black & Gold shot 10-29 (34.5 percent) from three-point territory against the Blue Jays. Manchester was strong at the free throw line on Tuesday, converting 19-of-23 foul shot attempts – good for an 82.6 percent clip.

Sophomore Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind./Prairie Heights) led three Spartans in double figures with 22 points. Christlieb shot 7-13 from the field and was 4-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) scored 18 points against Elmhurst while Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) chipped in 17 points off the bench.

Manchester (2-10) will return to action on Sunday January 2 against Transylvania University. Game time from Stauffer-Wolfe Arena is scheduled for 3 p.m.

No. 14 Elmhurst (10-2) will take on Lake Forest on Wednesday December 29

Whitter Pulls Away in Second Half to Top Women’s Hoops

WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College managed to pull away from the Manchester University Spartans in the 2nd half of Tuesday’s women’s basketball contest in Southern California.

The Spartans led for much of the 1st half and held a 26-24 lead at the intermission. The Poets regained the lead early in the 3rd quarter and pulled away down the stretch, securing a 59-46 victory over the Black & Gold. Whittier managed to outscore the Manchester 35-20 in the 2nd half. The Poets also converted 17 Spartan turnovers into 20 points.

Manchester was limited to 17-49 shooting (34.7 percent) in Tuesday’s contest. The Spartans were also held to 7-24 shooting (29.2 percent) from three-point territory.

Whittier shot 21-60 (35 percent) from the field on Tuesday afternoon. Manchester’s defense limited the Poets to just 5-22 shooting from downtown (22.7 percent). Whittier held 43-32 advantage on the glass on Tuesday.

First-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) led the Spartans with 17 points. Bazzoni shot 6-12 from the field against the Poets and was 5-11 from distance.

Teani White led Whittier with a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Manchester (5-4) will conclude its West Coast trip tomorrow afternoon with a game at Caltech. Tip-off against the Beavers is slated for 3 pm ET (Noon local).

Whittier (5-3) will face No. 4 Amherst next week in Las Vegas on Tuesday December 28.


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Coming off its NAIA World Series run last year and with a No. 7 NAIA Top 25 preseason national ranking this year, Indiana University Southeast is the unanimous favorite in the 2022 River States Conference Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

The Grenadiers, who were a 50-16 last year, received all nine of the possible first-place votes and 81 total points in the poll. IU Southeast won the RSC Regular Season Championship last year at 26-1 RSC and captured the RSC Championship postseason title as well. From there, the Grenadiers marched through the NAIA Opening Round Kingsport Bracket and went 2-2 at the NAIA World Series as one of the last teams left. 

IU Southeast starts the year ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Top 25 preseason poll released last month. The Grenadiers are one of only four NAIA programs to win 50 games last year.

Nine Grenadiers were named to the RSC All-Conference teams, including Player of the Year Matt Monahan and head coach Ben Reel was named Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career.

IU Southeast returns 23 players from last year’s squad, including seven all-conference honorees. The No. 7 ranking is the highest preseason ranking in school history for the program.

Point Park (Pa.) University gives the RSC two nationally ranked teams at No. 25 this preseason. The Pioneers were picked second in the conference this year with 73 total votes and the remaining first-place vote. The Pioneers were 40-16 overall, 20-7 RSC last year and made the NAIA National Opening Round as the RSC runner-up. 

Indiana University Kokomo came in third in the RSC preseason poll with 62 points. The Cougars were 28-20 overall and 16-10 RSC. University of Rio Grande (Ohio) and Midway (Ky.) University were picked fourth and fifth in the poll with 58 and 51 points, respectively. Those teams round out the playoff qualifiers from a year ago, which also included former conference member Asbury (Ky.) University.

Oakland City (Ind.) University was predicted as the final playoff qualifier in sixth place with 43 points. Next in the poll were Brescia (Ky.) University (29 points), WVU Tech (26 points) and Ohio Christian University (15 points). 

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

1. IU Southeast (9)81
2. Point Park (Pa.) (1)73
3. IU Kokomo 62
4. Rio Grande (Ohio)58
5. Midway (Ky.)51
6. Oakland City (Ind.)43
7. Brescia (Ky.)29
8. WVU Tech26
9. Ohio Christian15

Men’s Basketball Narrowly Defeats Lincoln College 67-63

LINCOLN, Ill. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team upended Lincoln College Tuesday afternoon 67-63. With the nonconference win, the Cougars improve to 14-3 on the season.

The first half proved to be fairly low-scoring and IU Kokomo trailed 8-5 early, but the Cougars did well to regain momentum. A Jaylin Chinn jumper gave the Cougars their largest lead of the first half at 19-10 with 6:28 remaining, but the Lynx responded well to take a 25-24 lead into halftime.

Lincoln scored the first six points of the second half to extend their lead to 31-24, but a Chris Chin layup gave IUK their first lead of the second half. Leading 41-40, the Cougars utilized an 11-0 run fueled by seven Hunter Jackson points, to take a 52-40 lead. The IU Kokomo lead ballooned to as many as 14 at 59-45, but the Lynx outscored the Cougars 18-9 over the final 5:51 of the game. The 14-point IUK lead proved to be too much to overcome, as IU Kokomo ultimately beat Lincoln 67-63.

Desean Hampton led IU Kokomo in scoring with 15 points and six rebounds. Chris Chin had a season-high 14 points. Trequan Spivey added 13 points and seven rebounds. Hunter Jackson led the Cougars on the glass with nine boards.

The Cougars will take a short break for the holidays before they welcome Goshen College to the Student Activities and Events Center Wednesday, December 29. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.


GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2021 calendar year with a 60-45 victory against Spring Arbor at the Savannah Center Tuesday.


IU Northwest (11-4) | Spring Arbor (3-10)


1st Quarter: IU Northwest 18, Spring Arbor 8

2nd Quarter: IU Northwest 18, Spring Arbor 9

Halftime Score: IU Northwest 36, Spring Arbor 17

3rd Quarter: Spring Arbor 17, IU Northwest 11

4th Quarter: IU Northwest 13, Spring Arbor 11

Final Score: IU Northwest 60, Spring Arbor 45


Points: Tiara Jackson (16), Sarah Martin (14), Katelyn Halfacre (11)

Rebounds: Tiara Jackson (11)

Assists: Sarah Martin (7)

Blocks: Sarah Martin (1), Samantha Martin (1), Karli Miller (1), Alyna Santiago (1), Michaela Schmidt (1)

Steals: Tiara Jackson (3)


Both teams traded baskets to start the game then IU Northwest went on a 11-0 run capped off by an and-one by Michaela Schmidt to make it 13-2. The Cougars scored six unanswered points to make it 13-8.

Katelyn Halfacre hit a three-pointer and Sarah Martin made a layup towards the end of the first quarter. The RedHawks led 18-8 at end of one.

Samantha Martin started the second quarter with a layup to make it 20-8 in favor of the RedHawks. SAU responded a basket then Tiara Jackson bounced back with back-to-back buckets to expand the lead to 24-13.

IU Northwest closed out the half with a 7-0 run after Karli Miller made a layup then Halfacre hit a one from downtown and a jumper. The RedHawks led 36-17 at the halftime break.

Jackson started the second half with a basket to expand their lead out to 21. Spring Arbor did not give up as the Cougars scored 10 straight points to cut it back down to 11 (38-27) with 4:36 left in the third.

Cougars cut it to down to eight (42-34) but that was the closest Spring Arbor got. Halfacre responded with a three-pointer and Sarah Martin had a basket to close out the third quarter.

The RedHawks led 47-34 at the end of the third.  Spring Arbor started the fourth quarter with four straight points to cut it back down to eight. Sarah Martin responded with a three-pointer to expand the lead to 50-39.

It was 52-42 IU Northwest then the RedHawks scored six in a row thanks to baskets from Jackson and two straight from Schmidt made it 58-42.  The RedHawks ended up winning the contest 60-45.


IU Northwest will be back in action Sunday, January 2 as the RedHawks host No. 13 Indiana Tech at the Savannah Center in a non-conference matchup starting at 1 p.m. CT.

Titans close out 2021 with win at Holy Cross

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Maddie Gard led her team with 23 points, as IU South Bend built a big first-half lead on their way to a 74-56 win at Holy Cross on Tuesday night.

Gard collected seven steals and five rebounds as well in the win, shooting 10-for-14 from the floor. Katie Gard finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with five boards.

The Titans (12-4, 5-3 CCAC) took control midway through the first quarter, scoring a 9-0 run to claim a 15-6 advantage by the 5:20 mark. The Saints (8-7, 3-6 CCAC) were held to just three more points through the rest of the opening period, as IUSB went up 23-9 by the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter the Titans continued to separate themselves, holding their opponents to just one field goal over the final 7:44 of the first half. Twelve points from Maddie Gard in the second quarter allowed IUSB to double up the Saints in the period, 24-12, and take a 47-21 lead at the half.

Holy Cross rallied in the third quarter, closing the period on an 11-0 run and cutting the Titan lead to 54-36. A bucket from Maddy Schumacher to open the fourth quarter, followed by two quick scores from Maddie Gard pushed the lead back to over 20, as the Titans closed out the victory down the stretch.

The Titans will break for the holidays, before resuming their three-game road swing on Monday, January 3 with a trip to Judson. Tipoff with the Eagles is set for 6:00 p.m. ET.

Voss named NCCAA National Coach of the Year

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Michael Voss was honored nationally on Monday by the NCCAA as the National Coach of the Year.

Voss is the all-time winningest coach in the history of Grace’s women’s soccer program with 189 career victories. He led the Lady Lancers to their first national championship this season, claiming the 2021 NCCAA crown in Kissimmee, Fla.

Grace had to overcome a series of injuries and absences due to COVID during the season, yet the squad still was ranked all year in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

For the fourth straight season, Grace qualified for the NAIA National Championships under Voss.

The Lady Lancers have qualified for 14 national tournaments during Voss’s 15-year tenure.

Grace concluded the year ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Top 25 Postseason Poll. The Lady Lancers have been ranked in 34 consecutive polls, the ninth-longest active streak in the nation.

Former Lancer standout signs with Florida Tropics

LAKELAND, Fla. – After starring with Grace College’s men’s soccer team, Breno Oliveira has signed with the Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).

Oliveira transferred to Grace after his freshman year and helped the Lancers earn national recognition during his three years in the red and black.

Oliveira helped Grace appear in three straight NCCAA national tournaments. After his senior year, he was named NCCAA Second Team All-American.

Oliveira scored three goals and had nine assists en route to a 16-win season in 2018.

“He definitely will be on the field this year. He’s a talent, and I’m excited to see how he gels with this group.  He’s well known around the MASL and had several offers this year,” said Florida coach Clay Roberts. “He definitely could be a Rookie-of-the-Year type player.”

The MASL is the highest level of professional indoor soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, including the United States and Mexico.

Through four games this season, the Florida Tropics lead the East Division and sit in second place in the overall league standings. Oliveira has tallied two assists this year.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Men Open Florida Trip with Loss to Keiser

BABSON PARK, Fla. – A contested neutral court game tilted in Keiser’s favor on Tuesday, as Taylor went one-of-14 from three-point range over the final 20 minutes and could not keep pace down the stretch of a 75-62 defeat on the first day of back-to-back games for TU in Florida.

Keiser (6-7) raced to a 21-9 lead on the Webber International court but the Trojans put up 20 points over the final 7:28 of the opening stanza to cut the deficit to 42-39 at the half. Jason Hubbard, Kaden Fuhrmann and Jackson Lewis fueled the rally with five points each during that stretch.

Taylor drew within a single point three different times in the early moments of the second on a trio of buckets from Hubbard, with a Hubbard dunk at the 12:42 mark making it a 50-49 score.

TU would not make another basket until the 6:19 mark, and the Seahawks took full advantage with an 11-0 run that opened a double-digit gap that remained the rest of the contest.

Taylor shot 50.0 percent in the opening half and connected five times from deep, but lost its touch over the final stanza, posting a 27.6-percent clip from the floor and a one-of-14 showing from deep during the second half.

Hubbard led with 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, with Fuhrmann adding 12 points and Lewis posting six points, five assists and two steals.

Taylor (6-9) will return to action on Wednesday against Webber International (5-10). Tip for TU’s second game in as many days in the Sunshine State is set for 5:00 pm.

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