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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, DEC. 4
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 12 P.M. | ABC
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (FORD FIELD IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN) | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX
APPALACHIAN STATE AT LOUISIANA (SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS
AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ABC
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 8 P.M. | ABC
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LUCAS OIL STADIUM IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) | 8 P.M. | FOX
USC AT CAL | 11 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, DEC. 11
ARMY VS. NAVY (METLIFE STADIUM IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY) | 3 P.M. | CBS
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 13
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1 PM (FOX)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (FOX)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (CBS)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)
DENVER BRONCOS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 1 PM (CBS)
NEW YORK GIANTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1 PM (FOX)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (CBS)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:05 PM (FOX)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 8:20 PM (NBC)
MONDAY, DEC. 6
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)
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NO. 14 UTAH BEATS NO. 10 OREGON 38-10 FOR 1ST ROSE BOWL BID
LAS VEGAS (AP) As the Utah players celebrated the Pac-12 championship surrounded by roses and confetti, the memories of two teammates who couldn’t share in the moment was paramount.
The past year marked by tragedy following the deaths of Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe will end with the long-coveted Rose Bowl bid.
Devin Lloyd returned an interception for a touchdown, Cam Rising threw for another score and No. 14 Utah clinched the first Rose Bowl berth in school history with a 38-10 victory over No. 10 Oregon on Friday night.
“Our mantra after the tragedy was we’re not going to get over it, but we’ll get through it,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “I believe our guys really did that and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Jordan died last Christmas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lowe, who also played with Jordan in high school, was then shot and killed at a house party in September.
Their teammates used the memories as fuel for a season that ended with a title.
“We’ve got a lot of toughness in us and resiliency, said Lloyd, who was named MVP of the game. “But at the same time, I also believe that they were there guiding us throughout the whole season. They were able to help us create things that I don’t think we ever would have done without them.”
This game was a near carbon copy of the one in Salt Lake City two weeks ago when the Utes (10-3, No. 17 CFP) jumped out early and won 38-7.
While that game all but ended the playoff hopes for Oregon (10-3, No. 10), the rematch delivered the Utes the Rose Bowl prize they had been seeking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Utah had lost its first two trips to the conference title game, including two years ago to Oregon, but left little doubt this time.
“We’ve just been working away on it ever since we joined the league,” Whittingham said. “This is the culmination of a lot of years of hard work and effort, not only by us, but everyone involved. It takes a lot of people to make this thing go.”
Rising engineered a TD drive on the opening possession after converting a sneak on fourth down near midfield. Tavon Thomas capped it with a 2-yard run.
Lloyd then returned an interception 34 yards for a score later in the first quarter and Utah put the game away by scoring twice in the final 27 seconds of the first half.
Rising hit Dalton Kincaid on an 11-yard pass with 27 seconds left. Then Malone Mataele intercepted an ill-advised pass from Anthony Brown to set up Jadon Redding’s 50-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make it 23-0.
The Utes led the game two weeks ago 28-0 at the half.
“Honestly, it seemed kind of similar,” Ducks safety Verone McKinley III said. “It’s tough because we felt prepared. We felt we had a good game plan and then to let what happened happen again was a tough pill to swallow.”
Thomas and T.J. Pledger added TD runs in the second half for the Utes to the delight of the huge contingent of Utah fans among the 56,511 in attendance for the first title game in Las Vegas.
Oregon: The Ducks had playoff aspirations after winning at Ohio State in September, but struggled to maintain that level of play. They were upset at Stanford on Oct. 2 before getting outscored 76-17 by Utah in two losses over the final three weeks and were denied a third straight conference title.
Utah: The Utes are playing as well as almost anybody in the country late in the season with six straight wins. But back-to-back losses in September to BYU and San Diego State before Rising took over as starting quarterback mean the Pac-12 champion will miss the College Football Playoff for a fifth straight season.
MOMENT OF LOUDNESS
There was an emotional moment during a break in the second quarter when the Utah fans took part in their “moment of loudness” to honor Jordan and Lowe.
A video tribute was played as fans lit up the stadium with cell phone flashlights and cheered. The Utes have held the “moment of loudness” instead of moments of silence to honor the former players.
Lowe’s mom, Donna Lowe-Sterns, also served as an honorary captain for the game.
“We etched their name in history, too,” Rising said. “That’s what we talked about all year and we really wanted to get that done.”
The lead-up to the game was filled with talk about the future of Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. There were reports that Miami was making a run at Cristobal, who won two national titles there as a player, and that the Ducks are doing what it takes to keep him.
Cristobal said he has not talked to any other school and if he had any news he would announce it.
“Let’s not create narratives as we sit here in this press conference,” Cristobal said. “Oregon is working on some stuff for me, that’s what I have right now, and that’s the extent of that conversation.
Oregon: A bowl game to be determined.
Utah: The Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 against a Big Ten team.
ROADRUNNERS BEAT ZAPPE, HILLTOPPERS, 49-41, FOR C-USA TITLE
SAN ANTONIO (AP) UTSA entered the season with a huge chip on its shoulder and the Roadrunners set it down Friday night to hoist the Conference USA trophy.
Sincere McCormick rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns and the UTSA Roadrunners escaped another prolific outing by Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe to beat the Hilltoppers 49-41 and claim their first C-USA championship at the Alamodome.
“My fellas never disappoint,” UTSA coach Jeff Traylor said. “They didn’t disappoint tonight. We’re the champs. It’s freaking awesome.”
The Roadrunners continued a dream season by twice overcoming Zappe’s own dream season.
After escaping with a 52-46 victory over Western Kentucky on Oct. 9, UTSA had to sweat through the final seconds again.
Zappe completed 36 of 59 passes for 577 yards and four touchdowns. He set a single-season school record with 5,545 yards passing, surpassing Brandon Doughty.
“He’s a very special player,” Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. “I think he’s the best quarterback in college football. I say that over and over again. He’s an outstanding player and he did all he could do tonight along with the rest of the football team.”
UTSA had its most inspiring victory less than a week after its most humiliating outing in a 45-23 loss to North Texas last week.
Leading 49-41 with a minute remaining, the Roadrunners stopped the Hilltoppers at their own 6-yard line when Jahmal Sam intercepted a desperation throw by Zappe as time expired.
Roadrunners quarterback Frank Harris responded to one of his worst outings last week by completing 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns against the Hilltoppers.
The third largest crowd in school history at 41,148 watched anxiously as UTSA struggled to maintain an early lead.
The Roadrunners held the Hilltoppers’ prolific offense to 289 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
“In the first half, we just didn’t execute,” Zappe said. “If we played like we played in the second half, the first half would have been a different game, but as we all know, that didn’t happen. It boils down to execution. I think a lot of that comes onto me, I’ve got to be better.”
Zappe could not be contained in the second half, though.
“That’s a tough guy back there at quarterback,” UTSA safety Antonio Parks said. “That’s an NFL talent back there that can sling the ball around. We knew all week we would just have to get our offense on the field as much as possible.”
Zappe completed 20 of 34 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. He has 56 touchdowns this season, moving within four of matching the single season record set by LSU’s Joe Burrow during the Tigers’ national championship season in 2019.
UTSA safety Rashad Wisdom was disqualified for targeting with 5:18 remaining the third quarter after hitting Malachi Corley near the sideline on an incomplete pass. Losing their leading tackler and vocal leader was difficult to overcome.
Zappe led Western Kentucky to 21 straight points after Wisdom’s ejection to cut UTSA’s lead to 42-34 with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
“It’s not over until the last second’s over and our guys all know,” Traylor said. “We told them we’re going to score, keep scoring.”
The Roadrunners responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 28-yard pass by Harris to De’Corian Clark in the back right corner of the end zone.
Zappe and Harris also exchanged scores to open the game.
Zappe tossed a 60-yard touchdown to Mitchell Tinsley 56 seconds into the game. Harris responded a little more than two minutes later with a 24-yard scoring run to cap a 75-yard drive.
The Roadrunners scored touchdowns on their first four possessions in building a 28-13 lead at the half.
“They were very unpredictable,” Hilltoppers safety Antwon Kincade said. “They gave us different kind of sets. We’ve seen it before, but they were in a whole lot of different variations out there in their formations. They came ready, they came with a plan.”
McCormick finished with 36 carries and had a rushing touchdown in each of the first three quarters, scoring from 2 yards, 65 yards and 17 yards.
DANIEL JONES WILL NOT PLAY AGAINST DOLPHINS, NECK INJURY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will not play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday because of a neck injury, and he could be out longer.
Coach Joe Judge ruled out Jones on Friday after being told by the team’s medical personnel that the third-year quarterback had not been cleared for contact. Veteran Mike Glennon will get the start, his first with the Giants.
“I know this is frustrating for him, but I think it’s best for him,” Judge said of Jones.
The second-year coach would not discuss the specifics of Jones’ injury, saying the decision to rule him out was solely for this week. Judge said it is uncertain at this point when Jones will be cleared to play.
The 24-year-old Jones did not talk to the media after practice.
Jones, who has been the Giants’ starter since early in his rookie season of 2019, will be evaluated next week when the team trains in Tucson, Arizona for a game against the Chargers in Los Angeles on Dec. 12.
Glennon replaced a concussed Jones for a half against Dallas on Oct. 10 and completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jake Fromm, who the Giants signed off the Buffalo Bills practice squad, will back up Glennon.
Jones, who has started every game this season, sustained what he said was a strained neck against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. The sixth draft pick overall in ’19 practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday.
Glennon felt there was a good chance all week he would start, noting he got extra snaps in practices. He also spoke with the receivers and new offensive play caller Freddie Kitchens about what plays he feels comfortable running.
“I haven’t had a whole lot of opportunity to start in the NFL so any time you get one of those opportunities, there will be a little nerves. But there is an excitement to get out there and play again,” said the 31-year-old Glennon, who is in his ninth season.
Glennon started five games late last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was 111 of 179 for 1,072 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He has not won a game as a starter since 2017 with the Bears.
“He’s played well when he’s gone in,” Judge said. “Look, we expect Mike to go to run the offense.”
Fromm has never been active for an NFL regular-season game. He said the Giants’ offensive system is a little different than the Bills’ schemes, but he is learning it as quickly as he can. The Georgia product added the Giants warned him he might be active this weekend.
“You think about what can happen, but honestly, the focus for me the last few days is learning as much as I can about this offensive system, how we do things here. It’s an awesome opportunity,” Fromm said.
The Giants’ offense has struggled this season, and coordinator Jason Garrett was fired last week. Judge turned to Kitchens to call the plays.
Without Jones, it is going to put more pressure on the defense, which has played well recently.
“Every week we say it’s on us,” safety Xavier McKinney said. “For us defensively, all of us have the same mindset. We came in this season with a lot of goals. There are some we didn’t hit. But every week, we say it’s on us.”
Besides Jones, the Giants also said linebacker Trent Harris (ankle), starting cornerback Adoree Jackson (quad) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) will not play. Receivers Sterling Shepard (quad), and Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) are doubtful, while fullback Cullen Gillespia (calf), receiver John Ross (illness/quad), tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and starting right tackle Nate Solder (elbow) are questionable. Solder missed practice Friday.
BEARS TO GO WITH ANDY DALTON AS QB STARTER AGAINST CARDINALS
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Quarterback Andy Dalton will be making his second straight start Sunday for the Chicago Bears as a result of Justin Fields’ broken ribs.
The Bears face the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field, and on Friday coach Matt Nagy said Fields’ health improved, but not enough to play. Fields is doubtful for the game.
“Justin is making good progress, just not there medically for the clearance,” Nagy said.
Nick Foles will be the backup quarterback behind Dalton. Nagy is hopeful Fields can return soon.
“I think progress is definitely the good word for him,” Nagy said. “Being able to get out there in practice and throw the ball around and get used to doing the common stuff that you do, and now the biggest thing for him is just going to being able to understand, probably more than anything, just the pain management of how things feel.
“We’re obviously not going to go out there and hit him while he’s running around in practice and see. So it’s going to be a constant communication between him, our trainers, myself, just to how he’s feeling and how everything is going.”
Fields practiced all week but only on a limited basis after missing the 16-14 Thanksgiving Day win over Detroit.
For Dalton, it’s been a rare week of preparing to face an opponent as a starter. Last week the Bears held no actual practices, only lighter walk-throughs because they had only three days in between their loss to Baltimore on Nov. 21 and the Thanksgiving Day game.
“You get full-speed reps, I think that’s important,” Dalton said. “And so last week, most of the stuff was walk-through and everything, so it’s good to have a full week of preparation going into it.”
Dalton is unlikely to have wide receiver Allen Robinson available as a target. Robinson is doubtful after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury suffered against Pittsburgh Nov. 8.
The Bears will be without defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (calf). All have been ruled out for the game. Linebacker Roquan Smith (hamstring) is questionable.
Wide receiver Damiere Byrd stepped up against Detroit for four receptions after making five total for the first 10 games, and will take on a bigger role with Robinson and Marquise Goodwin (foot) both likely to be gone.
“He’s been here from the beginning, and he’s done a good job for us,” Dalton said. “He made some big plays for us last week as well. With having some different guys in there and different things, we just make sure we’re communicating well, making sure everybody’s on the same page and trust our guys to get the job done.”
In the one start and half a game since Fields’ injury, Dalton has gone 35 of 62 for 518 yards with three touchdowns, an interception and a passer rating of 93.35
For the season Dalton is 72 of 112 (64.3%) for 788 yards with four TDs, two interceptions and a passer rating of 89.4. The Bears have won two of Dalton’s three starts.
Fields is 115 of 198 passing (58.1%) for 1,361 yards with four TDs, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 69. He also has 311 yards rushing on 56 attempts and two TDs.
One other item of positive Bears injury news is Nagy announced rookie tackle Teven Jenkins is being activated from injured reserve. The second-round draft pick, chosen No. 39 overall, has been out all season after undergoing back surgery.
CURRY BOUNCES BACK, WARRIORS END SUNS’ 18-GAME STREAK 118-96
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Warriors coach Steve Kerr spent a good chunk of his postgame press conference reiterating his belief that the Suns are the best team in the West.
Funny, because Phoenix coach Monty Williams said pretty much the same thing about Golden State.
With the two top teams in the NBA splitting a pair of games this week, the debate isn’t likely to be settled soon.
Stephen Curry bounced back from one of the worst shooting nights of his career and scored 23 points, and the Warriors convincingly ended the Suns’ 18-game winning streak with a 118-96 victory on Friday night.
“We know that we’re trying to catch them, not vice-versa,” Kerr said of the defending Western Conference champs. “We haven’t been in the playoffs for two years. We’re trying to catch them and we know they’re the best team in the West until somebody knocks them off.”
That’s something no team had been able to do for more than five weeks as Phoenix erased a 1-3 start and rose to the top of the West standings.
Golden State was among those who tried and failed, losing 104-96 on Tuesday.
Kerr’s team flipped the script in the rematch.
The Warriors (19-3) limited the Suns (19-4) to a season low for scoring and slipped past Phoenix for the best record in the NBA.
“They did a good job of speeding us up,” Williams said. “We did that to them the other day. That’s part of the chess match. When we got to the paint and found guys, it was phenomenal in the second quarter but that’s the only quarter we did it consistently.”
The Suns were within 83-74 following a dunk by JaVale McGee early in the fourth quarter but never got closer. Gary Payton II scored on consecutive possessions, added a breakaway two-handed dunk, then followed with a short jumper to put Golden State ahead by 20.
Three days after going 4 of 21 while missing 11 of 14 3-point tries in Phoenix, Curry shot 8 of 20 with six 3s, five rebounds and five assists.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 points as Golden State extended its home winning streak to 11. Draymond Green had nine points, nine assists and nine rebounds to go with six steals and three blocks.
“They got us at their home so we had to come here and protect our house,” Wiggins said. “They made it hard for us. Facing them is going to be a battle all the time.”
Deandre Ayton had 23 points and six rebounds for Phoenix. Chris Paul added 12 points and eight assists.
Williams had tried his best to keep talk about the streak to a minimum while at the same time encouraging his players to relish the ride. He won’t have to worry about that anymore following Phoenix’s first loss since Oct. 27.
Now the talk is which team is the one to beat in the West, with their next meeting set for Christmas in Phoenix.
“Not quite sure who it is but it’s good to be in that category,” Williams said.
Playing the second half of a back-to-back and again without injured leading scorer Devin Booker, the Suns fell behind by double digits early and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up.
Curry made it an impossible climb.
The two-time MVP hit his first two 3s, completed a three-point play amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” and made another shot beyond the arc to put the Warriors up 49-37.
“We were, especially in the second half, much more patient,” Kerr said. “Once we settled down after that sort of disastrous final four minutes of the second quarter, we were really poised, competed and earned a really good win.”
The Suns trailed by 11, then closed the second quarter on an 8-0 run to pull within 51-48 before the Warriors pulled away in the second half.
“The winning streak was a lot of fun,” Paul said. “Been a long time since we felt a loss but hell, let’s start a new one.”
UP AND OVER
Warriors swingman Juan Toscano-Anderson brought a roaring Chase Center crowd to its feet late in the first quarter with a thunderous one-handed dunk over Suns 7-foot center McGee, who was standing in the lane under in front of the basket.
Suns: Mikal Bridges left the court briefly in the first half after appearing to injure his right hand while attempting to chase down a loose ball. Bridges returned midway through the second quarter with medical tape around his pinky finger. . Booker is nursing a sore left hamstring.
Warriors: Klay Thompson will continue to participate in scrimmages but coach Steve Kerr did not say whether Thompson would play in the G League before rejoining the Warriors. The biggest issue facing Thompson right now, Kerr said, is conditioning. . Andre Iguodala (right knee soreness) sat out his eighth consecutive game.
Suns: Host the Spurs on Monday. The Suns have won three straight against San Antonio but have dropped the last two in Phoenix.
Warriors: Face the Spurs at Chase Center on Saturday.
BLAZERS EXECUTIVE NEIL OLSHEY DISMISSED AFTER PROBE
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers fired Neil Olshey, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager, on Friday after an investigation into workplace conduct.
The Blazers promoted director of player personnel Joe Cronin to interim GM.
The team said in a statement that Olshey was dismissed for violating its code of conduct. The Blazers had hired an outside firm last month to investigate workplace environment concerns stemming from allegations of misconduct involving Olshey.
The dismissal is effective immediately.
“Out of respect for those who candidly participated in that privileged investigation, we will not release or discuss it. We are confident that these changes will help build a more positive and respectful working environment,” the Blazers said in a statement.
Olshey, 56, had been general manager of the Blazers since 2012. He was promoted to president of basketball operations in 2015.
Olshey came to the Blazers after nine years with the Los Angeles Clippers, which included stints as director of player development, assistant coach, director of player personnel and assistant GM.
The move comes amid significant turnover within the Blazers.
Trail Blazers president and CEO Chris McGowan stepped down last month after nine years in the position. Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President Dewayne Hankins took over as the team’s new president of business operations.
Portland parted ways with longtime coach Terry Stotts at the end of last season and hired Chauncey Billups as his replacement. The move came amid questions about how the Blazers selected Billups over more experienced candidates and concerns about sexual assault allegations lodged against him nearly a quarter-century ago.
Billups never faced charges related to those allegations that came out in 1997 and settled out of court with the accuser three years later.
Billups, a five-time NBA All-Star over a 17-year playing career, had never been a head coach before coming to the Blazers. He served as an assistant with the Clippers last season.
Portland is 11-12 so far under Billups. The Blazers are coming off a 114-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
Under Olshey, the Trail Blazers have made the NBA playoffs for the past eight seasons, the longest active streak in the league. The team’s best finish came in 2018-19, when Portland went to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000. But the team hasn’t advanced out of the first round in four of the last five years.
Less than a month after hiring Olshey, the Blazers selected Damian Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft and built the franchise around him.
Lillard, a six-time All-Star, won Rookie of the Year honors in his first season. Last season, he averaged 30 points and eight assists.
Portland’s investigation into workplace environment, announced on Nov. 6, was conducted by the law firm O’Melveny & Myers.
“The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to building an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities and the world in which we live and play,” the team said in its statement.
Cronin is in his 15th season with the Blazers. He became director of player personnel in 2014 and manages the team’s salary cap.
KENNARD HITS CLUTCH 3S, CLIPPERS HOLD OFF LAKERS 119-115
LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James returned from a frustrating stint in the NBA’s health and safety protocols just in time for yet another frustrating loss for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Luke Kennard scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes, sending the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-115 victory over the Lakers on Friday night.
James had 23 points and 11 rebounds in his first game back since a positive COVID-19 test kept him out of the Lakers’ blowout win over Sacramento on Tuesday. He received a series of negative subsequent tests that allowed him to play against the Clippers for only the 12th time in the Lakers’ 24 games this season, but he couldn’t stop the Lakers’ fourth straight loss to their city rivals.
“Just confused, frustrated and angry,” James said. “I was sitting at the house and hadn’t been able to do anything. Today was the first time I’d been able to catch a basketball since Sunday. … I felt like I was getting into a really good rhythm offensively, defensively. It’s been very frustrating, not being able to get into a flow for myself. Hopefully it will lead to good things later.”
James said he had to find his own way home from Sacramento after the test, and his family had to go into isolation along with him until he got enough negative tests. James was asymptomatic throughout, which he found particularly frustrating even though he understands the logic behind the NBA’s protocols, which he believes have been good for the game.
“We’ve all been doing exactly what the protocol told us to do,” James said. “Unfortunately you get a false positive and get put right into isolation.”
Paul George scored 19 points for the Clippers, who never trailed and never pulled away in the teams’ first meeting of the season. They played a choppy, chippy game appropriate for two clubs hovering around .500 while dealing with major injury problems that have slowed the development of two rosters harboring NBA title ambitions.
“The Lakers, if you let them be themselves comfortably, it’s going to be a long, tough game,” George said. “We stuck to our game plan, but we just had to match up and compete. They’re going to be themselves, but our job is to make it as tough as possible.”
The Clippers were blown out by New Orleans and Sacramento at home earlier in the week, but they still snapped their three-game losing streak with clutch shooting from Kennard and Marcus Morris, who scored 21 points and hit six 3-pointers. Reggie Jackson added 16 points and eight assists.
The Clippers have beaten the Lakers four straight times – and haven’t trailed in three of those victories – since former Lakers guard Tyronn Lue became the Clippers’ head coach in October 2020.
“Overall I thought we did a good job on Bron and AD,” Lue said. “We know when they can score points and get going, they’re a tough team to beat. We just had to do a better job taking those other guys out.”
Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Monk scored all of his 20 points in the second half for the Lakers, who dropped to 12-12.
Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer with 2:15 to play trimmed the Clippers’ lead to 110-109, but the Lakers then blew two chances to take their first lead on consecutive possessions, and Kennard hit his fourth 3-pointer with 1:12 left.
He added his fifth with 38 seconds remaining, pounding his chest and popping his jersey – and Morris nailed his sixth of the night to seal it with 7.6 seconds left.
“I thought we kind of controlled the game throughout the entire night, but they were able to put some runs together,” Kennard said. “I thought we kept our composure, stayed the course. I thought everybody responded from the other night, from the last few games. It’s just something we need to build off, keep trusting each other and what we want to do, and start to put together some wins.”
Clippers: Nicolas Batum missed his seventh straight game in the health and safety protocols. … Serge Ibaka hit three 3-pointers and didn’t make another shot in 29 minutes of play.
Lakers: Dwight Howard had six points and five rebounds in his first start of the season. Coach Frank Vogel continues to tinker with his starting lineup, sometimes using Davis as his center and sometimes using DeAndre Jordan, who didn’t play against the Clippers. … Avery Bradley was available despite his sprained right thumb, but didn’t play.
AT THE LINE
The Clippers stayed ahead in the first half largely on the strength of going 19 for 20 on free throws – the most they’ve attempted in a half this season. They finished 21 of 24 at the line, while the Lakers went 13 of 21, with Davis twice missing free throws that would have tied the game down the stretch.
“It starts with me,” Davis said. “I missed four. They were all in and out, good looks. We’ve all got to be better.”
Clippers: At Sacramento on Saturday.
Lakers: Host Boston on Tuesday.
MITCHELL SCORES 34, LEADS JAZZ PAST CELTICS 137-130
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell had 34 points and six assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the Boston Celtics 137-130 Friday night.
Mike Conley added 29 points and seven assists for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Utah made a season-high 27 3-pointers and shot 53% from long distance. It helped the Jazz survive a 52% shooting performance by the Celtics.
“It feels good to get that win,” Gobert said. “We could have broke down and stopped playing the right way mentally. But we kept moving the ball, we kept attacking, we kept trusting one another. It’s a huge win for us.”
Jayson Tatum scored 37 points to lead Boston. Dennis Schroder added 26 points while Al Horford chipped in 21 points and nine assists.
It wasn’t enough to overcome Utah’s sizzling shooting. The Jazz are the first team to hit 20 or more 3-pointers against the Celtics this season.
“I’ve never been a part of a team hitting that many 3s like that,” Horford said. “And especially the type of 3s – they weren’t necessarily all open. They were tough, contested 3s.”
Robert Williams III scored on three straight possessions to cap a 9-0 run and give Boston a 113-109 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Utah answered by scoring baskets on seven straight possessions to surge ahead 127-120 with 1:57 left. Mitchell made three shots in a row, including a go-ahead 3-pointer.
Tatum made a layup and two free throws to get Boston within three in the final minute. Mitchell hit a stepback 3-pointer with 28.2 seconds left to stave off a comeback.
The Jazz closed out the game by making nine of their final 11 shots.
“This comes from preparation,” Mitchell said. “I got to give Coach (Quin Snyder) credit for that.”
Conley made three 3-pointers to fuel a game-opening 14-2 run for the Jazz. It set the stage for a first-quarter when Utah made nine 3-pointers and shot 12 of 18 from the field overall.
Boston trimmed the deficit to 30-23 on a steal and dunk from Josh Richardson. Jordan Clarkson answered with back-to-back baskets to boost Utah’s lead back to double digits.
The Jazz staked out a game-high 43-29 lead in the second quarter on a dunk from Gobert. Then, the Celtics rallied. Boston ripped off an 11-0 run punctuated by back-to-back baskets from Tatum and Schroder to cut Utah’s lead to 43-40.
Horford scored five baskets in the second quarter to keep the Jazz from pulling away again before halftime. His final one, a driving hook shot, pulled the Celtics within 57-56.
After trailing the entire first half, Boston took its first lead at 73-71 in the third quarter on a reverse layup from Marcus Smart.
Celtics: Jaylen Brown did not play (right hamstring tightness). … Smart had four steals, giving him 750 for his career. . Boston totaled a season-high 41 points in the third quarter.
Jazz: Royce O’Neale returned to action after missing two games with a right foot sprain. O’Neale finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. … Utah scored a season-high 38 points in the first quarter and a season-high 41 in the third quarter.
Utah gave up 21 points on 12 turnovers in the first half. It gave Boston new life after the Jazz threatened to break the game wide open early in the first quarter.
Things improved in that department as the second half progressed. Utah did not commit a turnover over the final 5 1/2 minutes.
“Our defense took a step up and, offensively, we recognized some situations where they were trying to switch people out in pick and roll and did a good job of reacting,” Snyder said.
The Celtics relied heavily on three guard lineups with Horford playing center to give them a little more offensive versatility to counteract Gobert’s rim protection. It worked well, offensively. Boston scored 30 or more points in each of the final three quarters.
“We wanted to force their hand a little bit with how they were guarding,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “Gobert was controlling the paint. Wanted to put him against some guys like Al and Grant (Williams) who space the floor a little bit better obviously, taking him away from the rim.”
Celtics visit Portland on Saturday.
Jazz visit Cleveland on Sunday.
NETS ESCAPE TIMBERWOLVES 110-105 BEHIND DURANT’S 30
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 30 points, including the clinching jumper with 11 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-105 on Friday night.
Durant was 12 of 13 on free throws and Patty Mills added 23 points for the Nets, who won for the fifth time in six games and improved their Eastern Conference-leading record to 16-6.
James Harden finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 13 points.
“We stayed with our defense,” Durant said. “We made them shoot over us. We got stops (and) we were able to make shots down the stretch.”
Former Nets guard D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost three of five. Naz Reid and Anthony Edwards finished with 19 apiece, and Malik Beasley had 18.
“We competed,” Reid said.
Russell’s pull-up jumper on the first possession of the fourth quarter gave Minnesota an 87-86 lead and he made another for a 95-91 edge with 9:33 left.
The Nets regained the lead with a 6-0 spurt midway through the fourth quarter, going ahead 105-101. Minnesota cut the deficit to 107-105 on Edwards’ basket but Harden knocked down a free throw and Durant drilled a mid-range jumper with 11 seconds left to seal the win.
“I know how important the fourth quarter is, especially in a tight game,” said Durant. “I was able to get to my spots in the fourth and knock some in.”
Brooklyn took a one-point lead on Durant’s three-point play with 1:20 left in the first half, and extended it to as much as seven points three times in the third quarter. But the pesky Timberwolves kept hanging around and only trailed 86-85 entering the fourth.
“They (tried) to muck it up and stay in the game,” Durant said. “You have to appreciate that and respect that as an opponent.”
After a raggedly played opening 24 minutes for both sides, it was the Nets who led 59-55 at halftime. The Nets went to the foul line 24 times in the first two quarters, and made 19 free throws. By comparison, Minnesota made 13 of 14 free throws in the first half. Both teams committed 11 turnovers.
“There were a lot of things we could (have done differently),” Reid said of the first half. “A lot of bonehead turnovers that we could have possibly got a shot at the rim.”
The Timberwolves were short-handed, as starting center Karl-Anthony Towns (bruised tailbone), reserve point guard Patrick Beverley (left adductor strain) and Jaden McDaniels (flu-like symptoms) did not play.
Timberwolves: After missing the playoffs 16 times in the last 21 seasons, Minnesota hopes to turn a corner under coach Chris Finch, who has the Timberwolves in eighth place in the Western Conference. Finch credited his players for “incredible buy in” to the approach he and the coaching staff have implemented, as well as their maturity. “Sometimes it’s about when you get these guys in their career,” Finch said. “They’re ready, actually, to turn the page to another point in their career and (they are) very focused on playoffs, opportunities, team success; doing all the things you need to do to win at a higher level on every given night.”
Nets: The short-handed Nets took another step closer to being at full strength with the return of reserve big man Nic Claxton. Claxton, 22, had missed 17 straight games with an undisclosed illness after playing in the first four games of Brooklyn’s season. “It’s not like he’s coming back to play 25 minutes a night. We want to give him opportunities to grow and improve his fitness,” coach Steve Nash said before the game, stressing he would wait to see if a situation “presents itself” to get Claxton playing time.
Timberwolves: Host Atlanta Monday night.
Nets: Host Chicago Saturday night.
GORDON’S LATE SHOT LIFTS ROCKETS OVER MAGIC 118-116
HOUSTON (AP) Eric Gordon scored 24 points and his short jumper with 1.6 seconds left lifted the Houston Rockets to their fifth consecutive win, 118-116 over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Houston had dropped 15 straight before its winning streak.
“It’s all about growth,” Gordon said. “Whenever you see a streak like this, you see and know what it takes to win. So you can never forget moments like this. And you can’t never forget the moments beforehand when we lost all those games because during that time, it wasn’t fun and it’s fun now and we’ve got to keep it going.”
Cole Anthony scored 26 points for the Magic, who have lost eight of nine.
Houston had a 13-point lead with about four minutes left after a big stretch by Garrison Mathews. But Anthony then scored scored eight points in a 13-0 spurt by the Magic that tied the game at 114-114 with 47 seconds to go.
Orlando had three blocks and forced three turnovers in the run.
The Rockets ended a scoring drought of 3 1/2 minutes with a floating jumper by Gordon to regain the lead with 31.4 seconds remaining. But a dunk by Mo Bamba tied it again.
Gordon then dribbled into the lane and knocked down the decisive jumper.
“You’ve got to make a play in a situation like that,” Gordon said.
The Magic had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Anthony’s 3-point attempt clanged off the rim.
Houston coach Stephen Silas is impressed with his team’s improvement after a difficult start.
“They’re definitely getting more confident but they’re also getting more comfortable,” he said.
Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said Anthony’s fearless approach lifts the team.
“I think it is a reflection of his work ethic,” Mosley said. “It’s a reflection of his confidence. And there’s also the confidence that his teammates have in him to be willing to take those shots.”
Christian Wood had 20 points for the Rockets and Matthews scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Houston was up by one at the end of third and the Rockets had a five-point lead after a three-point play by Alperen Sengun with about seven minutes to go.
The Magic got a 3 from Anthony after that, but Mathews scored the next seven points to extend Houston’s advantage to 109-100. Mathews got things going when he was fouled on a 3-pointer and crashed to the ground as the ball went through the net. He made the free throw and hit another 3 after a miss by the Magic.
Anthony made a free throw before Mathews hit another 3 to push it to 112-101. Wood added a basket before the Magic rediscovered their offense.
The Magic led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but Chuma Okeke’s layup at the end of the period drew Houston within 84-83.
Magic: Terrence Ross scored 18 points off the bench. … Franz Wagner had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. … Bamba had 15 points. … Gary Harris had 11 points and five rebounds.
Rockets: Rookie Jalen Green missed his fourth straight games with a strained left hamstring. Silas said Green was getting better but would remain out at least one more week. … Kevin Porter Jr. scored eight points in the first half but didn’t play after halftime because of a bruised left thigh.
HE SAID IT
Silas on the success of Mathews after poor shooting earlier in the game: “He was so upset that he was missing all those shots early. He told me he was going to make one (3-pointer) and he made three. He’s just relentless and not afraid.”
Magic: Visit Golden State on Monday night as they continue a five-game trip.
Rockets: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.
TURGEON OUT AS MARYLAND MEN’S HOOPS COACH; MANNING INTERIM
(AP) — Mark Turgeon’s tenure at Maryland is over, less than a month after the start of his 11th season at the helm.
Again, the Terrapins were struggling to reach their potential – although the abrupt change still came with a jolt, just eight games into the 2021-22 campaign.
“After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland men’s basketball program,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement. “He has dedicated over a decade of his life to the University of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor.”
Maryland announced Friday that Turgeon was stepping down, and the athletic department described the move as a mutual decision. Assistant Danny Manning was made interim coach for the rest of the season.
When he took over, Turgeon had the challenging task of replacing Gary Williams, who led the Terrapins to their only national title in men’s basketball in 2002. Turgeon mostly kept Maryland relevant in both the ACC and Big Ten, but the program never reached its previous heights.
The Terrapins won at least 23 games in five of the past seven seasons, but Maryland has reached the Sweet 16 just once under Turgeon and hasn’t gone further. The Terps began this season ranked in the Top 25, but a loss at home to Virginia Tech on Wednesday night dropped them to 5-3 on the season.
“After several in-depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland basketball,” Turgeon said. “I have always preached that Maryland basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.”
Turgeon’s exit comes as high-profile college programs have seemed increasingly willing to move on from their coaches before the end of the season. That’s been particularly evident in football, with Southern California, LSU and Florida among the most notable examples. It remains to be seen if the trend will continue through the basketball season as well, but Turgeon’s departure may be an early indicator.
Maryland does have an experienced option to turn to. Manning, who led Kansas to the 1988 NCAA title as a player, spent six years as the head coach at Wake Forest before joining the Terps as an assistant this season. Manning and Turgeon played three seasons together at Kansas.
Manning also was the head coach at Tulsa before taking over the Wake Forest program.
“I take a great deal of responsibility in being named interim head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball program,” Manning said in a statement Friday night. “Our staff remains focused on making sure we are there to support our players in every facet. I ask the entire Maryland community to rally around our players and all of our families and be there to support them throughout the rest of the season.”
Maryland won the Big Ten in 2020, its first conference title since joining the league in the middle of the decade. The Terps weren’t able to build on that breakthrough, however. The NCAA Tournament that year was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and last season the Terrapins went through an inconsistent 17-14 campaign.
The 2021-22 Terps added a couple key transfers in forward Qudus Wahab and guard Fatts Russell, but the team hasn’t played particularly well so far. Maryland lost to George Mason, barely beat Hofstra and lost to Louisville and Virginia Tech.
Turgeon went 226-116 at Maryland and is 476-275 overall as a head coach. He coached at Jacksonville State, Wichita State and Texas A&M before being hired to take over the Terrapins.
“Maryland basketball has been my passion and focus for the last 10 seasons, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished,” Turgeon said. “It is through the combined effort and commitment from our coaches and players, both past and present, that we have sustained consistent success in a sport that is ultra-competitive. … It has truly been an honor to be the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland.”
Maryland said a national search for the next coach will begin after the season. Manning’s first game in charge is this weekend when the Terps open Big Ten play Sunday against Northwestern.
NO. 5 UCLA AT WASHINGTON CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 ISSUES
SEATTLE (AP) No. 5 UCLA’s game at Washington on Sunday has been canceled because of COVID-19 issues in the Huskies’ program.
The game won’t be rescheduled and it will count as a Pac-12 victory for the Bruins. That’s because of the league’s rule for games impacted by COVID-19, which says that if two schools can’t agree on a date to reschedule, then the team dealing with the coronavirus outbreak will forfeit the game. Although the teams’ conference records will reflect the forfeit, it won’t be included by the NCAA in their overall records.
Following the forfeit, UCLA is 2-0 in the Pac-12 and remains 7-1 overall. Washington is 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Huskies were previously forced to postpone their game scheduled for Thursday at Arizona.
The cancellation means UCLA won’t play again until Dec. 11 at Marquette. The Bruins last played Wednesday, beating Colorado at home in their Pac-12 opener.
Washington’s next scheduled game is Dec. 12 at No. 3 Gonzaga.
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LOWRY LEADS 3-POINT BARRAGE IN HEAT WIN OVER PACERS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Miami Heat were coming off back-to-back losses and missing four regulars including their leading scorer, so Kyle Lowry sensed a need to score more.
“I haven’t been scoring as much this year as I can, but this was one of those games where you just go out there and play a little more aggressive, a little more assertive and everything else will fall into place,” Lowry said.
The six-time All-Star guard scored a season-high 26 points with six 3-pointers and the short-handed Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 113-104 on Friday night.
Lowry had 20 points by halftime. He finished 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, 9 of 16 overall. He also had nine assists.
The Heat were without leading scorer Jimmy Butler among others, but compensated with 16-of-34 shooting from 3-point range, compared to the Pacers’ 9 of 36.
“Kyle and Duncan (Robinson) really set the tone at the beginning of the game, (they) really got us going,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team led by seven after the first quarter.
The Heat’s Tyler Herro had 18 points with three 3-pointers.
“A bunch of guys made timely shots,” Herro said.
Miami added to an 11-point margin entering the fourth as the lead reached 20 points.
“We’ve got guys who can score, but we need to put more in the defensive end, particularly at the beginning of games,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.
Asked about the team’s confidence, the coach added, “You don’t need confidence to get angry and play hard.”
Caris LeVert scored a season-high 27 points for the Pacers, who have lost four in a row.
“I think maybe there are times where we think about our offense too much,” LeVert said.
The Pacers’ Myles Turner had 20 and Chris Duarte 15. Domantas Sabonis added 14 points and 16 rebounds.
“Early in the game, it was a little bit of effort, they were hitting some really tough shots,” LeVert said. “I think maybe if we were playing just one percent harder, maybe they don’t make those shots.”
The Heat came out firing from long range, making 7 of 10 3-pointers, with Robinson hitting the seventh and adding a free throw for a four-point play and a 30-17 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter. The Pacers trimmed the deficit to 32-25 entering the second.
“We knew this was an opportunity for a lot of people to step up,” said Robinson, who scored a season-high 24 points and made four 3s.
Gabe Vincent’s 3-pointer from well beyond the arc put the Heat ahead 62-55 at halftime. The Heat had a 15-point advantage on 3s, hitting 9 of 20 while the Pacers made 4 of 12.
Heat: Robinson has scored at least 14 points in four consecutive visits to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. … Butler (tail bone), C/F Bam Adebayo (thumb), F Markieff Morris (neck) and G Victor Oladipo (knee) did not make the trip. Butler, who averages a team-high 23.6 points, has been scratched in back-to-back games.
Pacers: Sabonis leads the league with 18 double-doubles. … G Justin Holiday tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday. The 15-game starter, averaging 9.9 points, had the NBA’s longest active streak of consecutive games at 250. … G T.J. McConnell (wrist) was also inactive.
Heat: At Milwaukee on Saturday.
Pacers: Host Washington on Monday.
NOTES: INDIANA HOSTS NEBRASKA TO OPEN BIG TEN PLAY
Indiana University begins its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will open the Big Ten season at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Nebraska. The Hoosiers lead the series, 16-7 and have won the last 4 meetings. In their last visit to Bloomington in 2019, IU won 96-90 in overtime in 2019. The Hoosiers are coming off a 112-110 double OT loss at Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, while the Cornhuskers fell 104-100 in four overtimes to NC State in Raleigh.
Big Ten Opener
Saturday, December 4 • Noon ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads 16-7
Last Meeting: IU 84, NEB 76 (Jan. 10, 2021 in Lincoln)
ON THE SIDELINES
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.
Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg is in his third year in Lincoln and is 19-48.
This is the first time two former NBA players and head coaches will lead their respective teams in a Big Ten Conference game. Hoiberg played for Indiana, Chicago and Minnesota and also was the head coach of the Bulls franchise. Purdue’s Fred Schaus and Northwestern’s Tex Winter were both former NBA head coaches, but only Schaus was a former NBA player when they squared off in the mid 70’s.
IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter was on the Nebraska staff with former head Husker Tim Miles.
OFFENSE HEATING UP, BUT DEFENSE SETS THE TONE
IU leads the Big Ten in defensive field goal percentage at 35.0%, defensive rebounds with 31.1 per game and blocked shots at 6.4 per game. The Hoosiers set a school record against Louisiana when they defended 25-straight Louisiana shots without a make in the first half.
IU is third in the Big Ten in scoring (82.1) and second in FG% (50.9%). In the last five games, IU has shot 53.3% from the floor and 43.6% from long distance.
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 37.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 72.5% in his last two games after 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 ESPN.com.
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 11/15 is averaging 22.0 points and 8.9 rebounds, while shooting 66.7% from the floor. He leads the Big Ten with 3.87 blocks per game. He has recorded three double-doubles this season and 25 in his career with IU posting a 19-6 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 1,103 points as a Hoosier, rating 45th all-time in IU lore.
ODDS AND TRENDS
IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (66), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (88), Miller Kopp (81), Parker Stewart (81) and Race Thompson (34) have combined for 350 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 47.4%. Kopp is coming off a career-high 28-point effort at Syracuse.
NO. 2 PURDUE HOLDS OFF IOWA 77-70
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Trevion Williams showed his senior leadership down the stretch Friday night.
Not only did Williams motivate his teammates, but he led the way with his effort.
Williams contributed 13 points and 18 rebounds, including two huge ones late, Jaden Ivey scored 19 points and No. 2 Purdue held off a late Iowa rally to win 77-70 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
“Trevion was great on the glass,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He could have been aggressive scoring. His ability to rebound was huge.”
Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for the Boilermakers (8-0).
Williams said Purdue needs to find ways to win when it isn’t shooting well.
“One thing you can control is your effort,” Williams said. “I think we put in enough effort to get the job done.”
The Hawkeyes (7-1) were without leading scorer and rebounder Keegan Murray, who injured his ankle in Monday’s victory at Virginia. Murray is averaging 24.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. His twin brother, Kris Murray, started in his place.
Patrick McCaffery led Iowa with 15 points. Tony Perkins scored 14 and Murray 12 for Iowa.
The Boilermakers had a 63-44 lead dwindle to 70-68 with 3:08 left after Iowa went on an 11-0 run, capped by Murray’s 3-pointer. Purdue held a 7-2 edge the rest of the way.
“We kept believing in each other,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We kept executing.”
Iowa’s comeback was helped by forcing 17 turnovers.
“They put pressure us,” Ivey said. “They were really physical the whole game. We had some turnovers, but we can clean that up.”
Painter said there were defensive lapses, too
“You can’t allow great players to have open shots,” Painter said. “We were careless with the balls. We were too cute with our passes. We had too many turnovers. But give Iowa credit, they played hard.
“You want to get in close games and win them. It really helps you through the season. It was the most physical game we played so far. I thought Iowa was tougher than us..”
Iowa had 29 fouls, 11 more than Purdue. The Boilermakers made 27 of 37 free throws while the Hawkeyes were 15 of 22.
Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon was held to four points, seven below his average. He was limited by four fouls
Purdue led by as many as 17 before settling for a 39-26 halftime lead.
The Boilermakers shot 42% in the opening half while holding Iowa to 27%, For the game, Purdue shot 42% and Iowa 40%
“They deserved to be No. 1.,” coach McCaffery said. “They can hurt in so many ways. They have depth, experience and size. It’s going to be a hard team to beat.”
Iowa: The Hawkeyes, who were averaging 94 points in the first seven games, struggled to score early without Keegan Murray. Their previous low scoring was in Monday’s 75-74 victory at Virginia. Iowa did shoot better in the second half at 53%,
Purdue: The Boilermakers didn’t have their best shooting performance and committed 17 turnovers, but the rebounding edge (42-30) and 3-point advantage proved to be the difference. Purdue made 8 of 19 3s while Iowa was 5 of 21.
For the first time in its program’s history, Purdue could move into the No. 1 spot in AP Top 25. No. 1 Duke lost to Ohio State on Tuesday night. The last time Purdue was ranked No. 2 was in 1988.
“It definitely an accomplishment for us,” Trevion Williams said. “We don’t want to settle for that. We want to stay No. 1.”
No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 8-0 with a 77-70 decision over Iowa in front of 14,804 fans at Mackey Arena on Friday night. The sellout was Purdue’s 30 straight sellout.
Purdue is now 8-0 for just the fifth time since the 1939-40 season (1992-93, 1993-94, 2009-10, 2015-16, 2021-22).
Purdue improved to 93-77 all-time against Iowa and has won 11 of its last 12 home games against Iowa. The Boilermakers have won five of their last six games against Iowa.
The win was Purdue’s 11th straight victory at Mackey Arena.
Purdue has won 11 of its last 13 Big Ten Conference openers and is 12-5 under Painter in league openers.
Purdue shot under 50.0 percent from the field for the first time this season. However, the Boilermakers still shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range.
Purdue has now won 24 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
Purdue’s 77 points were a season low, but it held Iowa to a season-low 70 points.
Purdue’s centers combined for just 18 points and 25 rebounds on just 6-of-16 shooting from the field.
Purdue’s 37 free throw attempts equaled its most since shooting 43 against Missouri on Nov. 25, 2014.
Trevion Williams recorded his 24th career double-double with 13 points, 18 rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes. His 17 defensive rebounds set a school record.
Mason Gillis came off the bench to tie a career high with 12 points in just 18 minutes. He went 2-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
BOILERMAKERS PUSH THREE TO SEMIS, TEAM THIRD AT CKLV
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Seniors Devin Schroder and Parker Filius, and junior Kendall Coleman all advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday as the Purdue wrestling team sits in third place after the first day of competition. The trio have locked up their spots on the tournament podium, while five other Boilermakers have a shot at placing as well in tomorrow’s morning session, which begins at noon ET.
The Boilermakers have 53.0 points trailing tournament leaders Nebraska (72.5) and Ohio State (71.0), and holding a tight margin over Michigan (51.0). Wins in tomorrow’s semifinals are worth seven team points, while consolation bracket wins are worth 3.5 points (in addition to any bonus points earned).
Schroder advanced with a hard-fought 1-0 decision over Navy’s seventh-seeded Jacob Allen, picking up his only point on an escape in the third. Both wrestlers got in on a few shots, but neither could finish, and the difference proved to be Allen’s unwillingness to take the bottom position in the second period, when he had choice. Schroder will meet sixth-seeded Brandon Kaylor of Oregon State in tomorrow’s semifinals.
Filius scored a quartet of takedowns in a 9-4 decision over No. 4 seed Grant Willits of Oregon State. He scored twice in the opening period and added another takedown in both the second and the third as he secured his first career spot on the CKLV podium. Tomorrow’s semifinal match is a 2021 NCAA Championship first-round rematch between Filius and South Dakota State’s top-seeded Clay Carlson.
Coleman knocked off fifth-seeded Jacob Wright of Wyoming to advance to his second career CKLV semifinal, where he’ll meet top-seed Ryan Deakin of Northwestern. Coleman posted a pair of quick takedowns in the first and accounted for the final margin with another takedown in the second.
Freshman Matt Ramos has already claimed his placing and bonus points as he will receive a forfeit in the Round of 12 from No. 2 seed California State Bakersfield’s Chance Rich, who was injured Friday. Ramos advanced Friday evening with a 4-1 decision over Anthony Petrillo of Sacred Heart, giving Purdue at least four placewinners for the tournament.
Other consolation wins came from junior Thomas Penola and senior Michael Woulfe, who advanced one match closer to placing with victories at 197 and 285. Penola recovered from an early deficit to post a 13-5 major decision over Stanford’s Nick Stemmet, while Woulfe outlasted Kent State’s Jacob Cover, earning a 2-1 tiebreaker victory. Penola will battle No. 8 seed Jacob Cardenas of Cornell in the Round of 12, and Woulfe is set to face No. 8 seed Joe Doyle of Binghamton.
Sophomore Gerrit Nijenhuis and senior Max Lyon fell short in their bids for the semifinals, but will compete for a podium spot Saturday. Nijenhuis meets No. 12 seed Tyler Eischens of Stanford, while Lyon is matched with Jacob Hansen of California State Bakersfield.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas Convention Center
THIRD PLACE – 53.0 POINTS
125: #2 Devin Schroder (R-Senior)
Round 1: Jack Creamer (Oklahoma) – W, TF 17-2 (7:00)
Round 2: Yusief Lillie (Utah Valley) – W, TF 18-0 (3:00)
Quarterfinals: #7 Jacob Allen (Navy) – W, D 1-0
Semifinals: #6 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State)
133: #6 Matt Ramos (R-Freshman)
Round 1: Josh Koderhandt (Navy) – L, D 7-2
Conso. Round 2: Nick Masters (Princeton) – W, Fall 0:43
Conso. Round 3: Anthony Petrillo (Sacred Heart) – W, D 4-1
Round of 12: #2 Chance Rich (Cal State Bakersfield) – W, MFF
141: #5 Parker Filius (R-Senior)
Round 1: Tyler Hunt (Navy) – W, D 8-3
Round 2: Michael Zarif (Binghamton) – W, D 2-0
Quarterfinals: #4 Grant Willits (Oregon State) – W, D 9-4
Semifinals: #1 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)
149: Trey Kruse (Sophomore)
Round 1: #10 Cory Crooks (Oregon State) – L, MD 13-5
Conso. Round 1: Sam Turner (Nebraska-Kearney) – L, MD 8-0
157: #4 Kendall Coleman (R-Junior)
Round 1: Logan Gumble (Binghamton) – W, Fall 4:03
Round 2: Kenny O’Neil (South Dakota State) – W, D 8-2
Quarterfinals: #5 Jacob Wright (Wyoming) – W, D 7-5
Semifinals: #1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)
165: Emil Soehnlen (R-Sophomore)
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: #3 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State) – L, TF 20-5 (6:30)
Conso. Round 2: Clayton Wilson (Nebraska) – L, Fall 2:23
174: #7 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Sophomore)
Round 1: Kekana Fouret (Utah Valley) – W, D 5-4
Round 2: #10 Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) – W, D 8-6
Quarterfinals: #2 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) – L, MD 14-6
Round of 12: #12 Tyler Eischens (Stanford)
184: #6 Max Lyon (R-Senior)
Round 1: Jackson McKinney (Oregon State) – W, D 12-5
Round 2: Colin McCracken (Kent State) – W, D 6-2
Quarterfinals: #3 Jonathan Loew (Cornell) – L, D 6-3
Round of 12: Jacob Hansen (Cal State Bakersfield)
197: #6 Thomas Penola (R-Junior)
Round 1: Nick Marcenelle (Harvard) – W, MD 22-10
Round 2: #11 Alan Clothier (Northern Colorado) – L, D 3-2
Conso. Round 2: Arick Lopez (Cal Baptist) – W, MD 11-3
Conso. Round 3: #14 Nick Stemmet (Stanford) – W, MD 13-5
Round of 12: #8 Jacob Cardenas (Cornell)
285: Michael Woulfe (R-Senior)
Round 1: #5 Lucas Davison (Northwestern) – L, SV 4-2
Conso. Round 2: Nick Copley (Sacred Heart) – W, TF 16-0 (4:19)
Conso. Round 3: Jacob Cover (Kent State) – W, TB 2-1
Round of 12: #8 Joe Doyle (Binghamton)
All numbers represent tournament seeds
PURDUE STORMS BACK IN HISTORIC 2ND ROUND VICTORY
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After falling behind 0-2 to the Dayton Flyers, the No. 6 seeded Purdue Boilermakers (25-6, 15-5 B1G) stormed back to take the final three sets for the 3-2 reverse sweep victory (25-27, 19-25, 25-15, 25-6, 15-6).
After posting 16 errors in the first two sets, the Boilermakers totaled just one error over the final three to win the match. Meanwhile, despite starting the first two sets with a combined four blocks, Purdue put on a blocking clinic to end the day with 15 team blocks.
Not only did Purdue’s 25-6 set win tie a program record (set earlier this season vs. Purdue Fort Wayne on September 17 and then matched again vs. Rutgers on October 2, the defensive effort led to a pair of NCAA tournament records for Purdue. Jena Otec produced a school-best 27 digs (previous: 24, Carly Cramer vs. #11 Minnesota, 12/7/12), while the team’s 26 block assists tied the effort vs. Florida State on December 12, 2012.
While the Boilermakers ended the night with a .279 attack %, Purdue’s efficiency reached as high as .500 in the fourth set and .464 in the third.
The Boilermakers were led by Hayley Bush, who posted 49 assists and 11 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Grace Cleveland totaled 17 kills with just one error on 34 swings for a .471 attack % to go alongside seven total blocks (1-6). Additionally, Caitlyn Newton secured her own double-double with 19 kills, 11 digs and a trio of block assists.
Taylor Trammell came off the bench in the second set to post seven block assists, along with an errorless five kills on seven attempts (.714 attack %, second-highest mark this season). Also serving as an impact player was Maddy Chinn, who went errorless as well with four kills on 18 swings.
Purdue’s five set victory marked the first to come during the NCAA tournament since 2012 (vs. Florida State, W, 3-2) and the first in a reverse sweep fashion.
Purdue was the first of the 16 teams to punch its ticket to the Regional Semifinals, which will take place December 9 and 11. Purdue must wait until the result of the No. 4 seeded Pittsburgh vs. Penn State match Saturday at 7 p.m. ET before Purdue’s Regional location is determined. Since the advantage of hosting is given to the higher seed, the Boilermakers will host the Regionals in Mackey Arena if Pittsburgh loses, or will play at Pittsburgh should the Panthers win Saturday night.
DEPAUL DROPS @BUTLERUWBB 101-64
CHICAGO – (RV) DePaul recorded a 101-64 victory against Butler on Friday night to signal the start of the BIG EAST season. Alex Richard and Zoe Jackson each scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. Richard led the way with 14 points and Jackson added 12.
How It Happened
DePaul shot 55 percent from the field and handed out 24 assists on 40 made field goals in the BIG EAST opener. Five Blue Demons hit double figures in the scoring column. Head Coach Doug Bruno’s team was led by Deja Church. She scored a team-high 19 points in 22 minutes. Church and Kierra Collier each hit three 3-pointers to help DePaul reach nine as a team. Collier had 14 points off the bench, Lexi Held had 16 and Sonya Morris added 10.
Morris had two field goals in the first quarter, but was also hit with two personal fouls sending her to the DePaul bench. Held picked up the scoring load in her absence with a team-high eight first quarter points. Richard matched Held with eight points in the first for BU. Butler led for a majority of the first, but the Blue Demons would score with 1.3 seconds left to lead after the opening 10 minutes 17-16.
Butler hit a rough patch at the start of the second quarter. The Blue Demons didn’t hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, but hit three in less than two minutes in the second quarter to spark a 15-2 scoring run. The ‘Dawgs called a timeout trailing 32-20 and would face a 50-27 halftime deficit. DePaul ended the first half on a 7-0 scoring run and would win that quarter 33-11 to build their lead.
Aneesah Morrow got DePaul going in the third quarter. The freshman scored eight points pushing her game total to 13. Morrow would be whistled for her third personal foul which led to more shots for Church. Morrow and Church scored 16 combined points over the first five minutes of the second half. The Blue Demons would win the third by 10 points, giving the home team an 81-48 advantage.
Butler continued to fight in the fourth. The Bulldogs outscored DePaul over the first five minutes 14-12. The Blue Demons would eventually pour in 20 total points to hit 101 on the scoreboard at the final buzzer.
Stat of the Game
DePaul scored 31 points off 31 Butler turnovers.
Inside the Box Score
– DePaul went 12-for-14 from the free throw line
– Butler shot 46 percent from the field, making 27 of their 59 attempts.
– DePaul recorded 14 steals helping them score 25 fast break points.
– Tenley Dowell led Butler with seven rebounds.
– Kendall Wingler ended the game with eight points.
– Kate Tanner made her Butler debut tonight.
– The Bulldogs used a new starting five unit
The Bulldogs will travel to Milwaukee tonight to prep for a Sunday game against Marquette. Tip at the Al McGuire Center is set for 3 PM.
VOLLEYBALL’S STILL DANCING; TOPS MICHIGAN 3-2
LOUISVILLE, KY – – We’re going to round two!
Win No. 30 for the Ball State women’s volleyball team was a big one. In fact, it was the biggest in nearly 30 years as the Cardinals (30-3) picked up their 20th-straight victory with a 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-8) triumph over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.
“It’s hard to put into words how we’re feeling right now,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I’m just super proud of my team. We came out and played how we have all year, and I think that’s what I’m most proud about. They just really embraced the moment and found joy in it.”
It was the third NCAA Tournament victory in program history and the first since the Cardinals swept Loyola in the opening round of the 1995 event in Worthen Arena.
Leading the way for the explosive Ball State offense, which hit .237 for the night, was junior middle Marie Plitt who smashed a career-high 20 kills and led all players with a .515 (20-3-33) attack percentage.
In all, four Cardinals reached double figure kills to help the Cardinals tie the longest winning streak in program history. Graduate student outside hitter Jaclyn Bulmahn was second on the squad with 15 kills, while junior middle Lauren Gilliland and junior opposite Natalie Mitchem added 11 apiece.
Gilliland, who also tallied a team-high five total blocks, would provide the biggest blast of the night by ending the match and setting off the Ball State victory celebration.
As strong as BSU’s offense was, the defense was just as good, limiting the nation’s 38th-ranked offense to a .158 (51-25-165) hitting mark. The Wolverines (18-12) entered the night hitting .254 as a team.
“There were times this match mimicked a lot of different situations we were in all year, and I felt like we responded just like we had all year,” Phillips said. “That’s a mark of great leadership, good experience and just really mentally tough players. It feels awesome to be in this position and I’m really proud.”
Leading an impressive performance in the backcourt, which saw the Cardinals out-dig Michigan 84 to 64, was junior Havyn Gates who tied for match-high honors with a Ball State career-high 20 digs.
Junior libero Maggie Huber added 19 digs and served up three of BSU’s five aces, while junior outside Natalie Risi and senior defensive specialist Cathryn Starck registered 17 and 12 digs, respectively.
Connecting it all was Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year setter Megan Wielonski, who dished out 52 assists to guide BSU to its 32nd match hitting above .200 this season in 33 total contests. She also tallied nine digs, three kills, an ace, and a block assist in another solid all-around performance.
The Michigan attack was paced by Paige Jones who tallied a team-best 16 kills. Jess Mruzik was second on the squad with 13, while Hannah Grant tied for match-high honors with 20 digs.
The Wolverines were able to out-block (11 to 8) and out-ace (10 to 5) the Cardinals, but BSU’s tenacious defense and solid offense countered nearly every Michigan blow in the match.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team will play the winner of No. 1 Louisville vs. UIC in Saturday’s 6 p.m. second round match at UofL’s L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.
MARCUS FREEMAN NAMED 30TH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT NOTRE DAME
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Marcus Freeman, one of the rising young stars in the profession and architect of the highly-ranked Fighting Irish defense, today has been named the 30th Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Freeman will be introduced on Monday, December 6 at a 2:00pm ET press conference and will coach the Irish in their upcoming bowl game.
“It is an honor to be named the head coach of Notre Dame Football,” said Freeman. “I am eternally grateful to both Father John Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick for giving me the opportunity to lead the exceptional men who make this program what it is. Notre Dame is a very special place and I look forward to pursuing a national championship with the most outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff in college football.”
“Marcus Freeman has not only proven himself a superb football coach, he has shown–both in his time at Notre Dame and in my conversations with him this week–that he is a person of highest integrity who cares deeply about our student-athletes and is committed to their success in the classroom as well as on the field,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “I am excited to welcome him as our new head football coach, and to have his wife, Joanna, and their six beautiful children in the Notre Dame family.”
“Marcus’ ability to connect with people, his fit at Notre Dame and the way he coaches young men set him apart as we went through our search process,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “I can’t wait to see how the culture created by these remarkable student-athletes continues to grow under the tutelage of Marcus and his staff.”
In his first season with the Irish, he led a transformation on the defensive side of the ball that includes a number of Top-20 national rankings. The Irish rank sixth nationally in interceptions (15) and defensive touchdowns (4), seventh in total sacks (40.0), 11th in turnovers gained (23) and scoring defense (18.2) and 18th in third-down conversion percentage (.329). The 40.0 team sacks is one shy of the program record of 41 from the 1996 season.
Freeman has overseen sophomore Isaiah Foskey’s breakout season as a starter on the defensive line. Foskey has tallied 10.0 sacks this year, fourth-most in program history for a single season. The depth of the Irish defense has been on full display in 2021 as 15 different players have recorded a sack and 21 different players have had a tackle-for-loss. The 15 interceptions are the most in a single season since 2014 when the Irish had 16. In November, the Irish had three-straight games without allowing a touchdown for the first time since 2012.
Prior to coming to South Bend, Freeman spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati. During his time with the Bearcats, he was named the 2020 247Sports.com Defensive Coordinator of the Year and 2020 Broyles Award Finalist along with a nominee for the Broyles Award in 2019 and 2018.
In 2020, the Bearcats (9-1) earned a bid to the Peach Bowl as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation and won the American Athletic Conference Championship, the program’s first outright league title since 2009, when Cincinnati’s head coach was Brian Kelly.
Cincinnati’s defense ranked in the Top-20 nationally in several categories for 2020-21, including being ranked 13th in total defense (324.6 yards per game) and eighth in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) among all FBS teams. In addition, the Bearcats were third in team passing efficiency defense (101.25), 14th in rushing defense (111.1 yards per game), 15th in red zone defense (0.735), 17th in fourth down defense (0.375 rate), 16th in team sacks (3.00 per game) and 10th in turnovers gained (21).
Freeman coached the Bearcats to back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019, the 2019 American Athletic Conference East Division Championship and consecutive bowl-game wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl.
The Bearcats finished atop the 2019 AAC ranks in scoring defense for the second-straight season and ranked among the league’s top three in rushing and total defense. Cincinnati led the American in 2018 in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense and ranked among the Top-15 in the NCAA FBS in all three categories.
Joined the Bearcats staff after a four-year stint at Purdue. He coached linebackers all four seasons and served as the Boilermakers co-defensive coordinator in 2015.
NO. 8 NOTRE DAME HOCKEY FALLS TO NO. 18 OHIO STATE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 8 Notre Dame Hockey opened the weekend series against No. 18 Ohio State with a 4-2 loss on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (4,343).
Ryder Rolston and Max Ellis each scored a goal for the Irish, who moved to 10-4-0 on the year and 4-3-0-2-0-0 in conference play. Nick Leivermann also finished with a pair of assists.
The Irish outshot the Buckeyes 36-28 as Matthew Galajda mad 24 saves on the night for Notre Dame and Ohio State goaltender Jakub Dobeš made 34. The Buckeyes are now 9-4-0 on the season (5-2-0-0-0-0 B1G).
Special teams proved pivotal as Ohio State went 2-for-5 on the power play while Notre Dame was 0-for-2.
How It Happened
Ryder Rolston gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 7:41 of the first period with a wrister from the far boards that eluded Jakub Dobes’ glove. Rolston’s fifth of the year was assisted by Graham Slaggert and Nick Leivermann.
Ohio State scored the next two goals for a 2-1 lead after the first period, including a Kamil Sadlocha tally at 12:34 and a Travis Treloar power-play goal at 15:27.
The Irish killed off an Ohio State power play to start the second, including a big stop by Matthew Galajda on Gustaf Westlund and a Zach Plucinski shot block.
Notre Dame got its first power-play chance midway through the second but Grant Silianoff was denied by Dobes on the best look by the Irish.
Ohio State was able to push it to a 3-1 lead at 12:16 of the second when Georgii Merkulovof scored his fourth of the year and then the Buckeyes made it a 4-1 game at 15:54 on a Will Reidel power-play goal.
Notre Dame put together another strong penalty kill early in the third but their pressure at the other end was stifled by the Buckeyes.
Max Ellis buried his eleventh goal of the season to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 4-2 at 18:42 of the third with the extra attacker on. Ellis’ team-leading 11th goal of the season was assisted by Landon Slaggert and Leivermann.
After scoring one goal in 28 games as a freshman, sophomore forward Ryder Rolston has five goals in 14 games so far this season.
Rolston is now tied with Trevor Janicke and Graham Slaggert for the second most goals on the team this season (5), trailing Ellis with 11.
With a pair of assists, Nick Leivermann extended his point streak to five games (1-7-8) and became the team leader with nine assists so far this season.
It marked Leivermann’s fourth multi-point game of the season and ninth of his career.
Leivermann now leads the team with nine assists on the year.
With a goal, Max Ellis extended his point streak to eight games (8-4-12).
The Irish are now 6-2-0 at home this season.
Notre Dame and Ohio State close out their weekend series at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
FAMILIAR FOE NKU VISITS FORT WAYNE ON SATURDAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Northern Kentucky Norse come to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday (Dec. 4). The series between the two teams dates back to 1981.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-4, 0-1 Horizon League) vs. Northern Kentucky (2-4, 0-1 Horizon League)
When: Saturday, December 4 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Listen: 1380 The Fan
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Northern Kentucky (PDF)
Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 26-12
// Masks are required at all times for spectators at the Gates Sports Center and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
// A clear bag policy is in effect for all games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
KNOW YOUR FOE:
// Leading scorer: Trevon Faulkner (12.3 ppg)
// Head coach: Darrin Horn (3rd season)
// The Norse lost 72-58 in the Horizon League opener at Cleveland State on Thursday. Marques Warrick had 14 points in the game.
// Northern Kentucky has non-league wins over Wheeling and Eastern Michigan.
// The Norse will travel to Assembly Hall to play Indiana on Dec. 22.
// Northern Kentucky was picked third in the preseason poll.
DONS AND ENDS:
// The Mastodons have two single-digit turnover games this season. The ‘Dons turned it over only nine times in an overtime loss to Western Michigan and only eight times at home against Wright State.
// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It is the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts. It is the fourth time they’ve done it while making at least 10 in a game. The last time they made all 10 or more attempts was Feb. 26, 2011 at UMKC (14-of-14).
// Deonte Billups has put together consecutive games of 14 points, making four 3-pointers in each game against Florida Gulf Coast and Wright State.
// Deonte Billups is shooting 45.7 percent (16-of-35) from three on the season. His 16 made 3-pointers on the season is tied for fourth most in the Horizon League.
// Jarred Godfrey has 32 assists on the season to only 17 turnovers. He has seven assists in each of the last two games with only three total turnovers to go with his 14 assists.
// Jarred Godfrey is second in the league in steals per game (2.14), fourth in assists per game (4.57) and seventh in field goal shooting (50.5 percent).
// Ra Kpedi is first in the league in field goal shooting (70.0 percent) and seventh in rebounding (7.43 per game).
// The ‘Dons are tied for the league lead in points per game (75.3) and field goal percentage (45.8 percent) and rank second in scoring margin (+0.71).
// Ra Kpedi is having the best season of his career, averaging 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has reached double-digits in all but one game this season.
// Ra Kpedi has only five turnovers on the season.
// Jarred Godfrey is averaging 18.9 points per game, which would be his best season average of his career. He averaged 15.6 as a sophomore and 16.2 last season.
// Jarred Godfrey entered the season averaging 2.7 assists per contest. This season he is averaging 4.6 assists per game.
// Damian Chong Qui has 21 assists on only eight turnovers on the season. This includes a six assist/zero turnover game against Southeastern Louisiana.
// The ‘Dons have held a lead for seven minutes or more in every game this season.
NOTES FROM FLORIDA:
// Jarred Godfrey scored 35 points against Western Michigan on 13-of-18 shooting. His 13 field goals tied a career high.
// Deonte Billups came off the bench to score 14 points with four 3-pointers against Florida Gulf Coast.
// Damian Chong Qui scored 14 points against Florida Gulf Coast, a high as a Mastodon. He also went over 1,000 career points. He scored 950 points at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Purdue Fort Wayne this season.
// Ra Kpedi earned his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Florida Gulf Coast.
// Jarred Godfrey averaged 22.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the three games in Florida.
// Bobby Planutis had his best game of the season against Southeastern Louisiana scoring 16 points with four 3-pointers.
MASTODON WBB TRAVELS TO NORTHERN KENTUCKY SUNDAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team is seeking a 4-0 start to Horizon League play on Sunday (Dec. 5) when the Mastodons visit Northern Kentucky for a 2 p.m. game.
Game Day Information
Who: Northern Kentucky Norse
When: Sunday, December 5 | 2 PM
Where: Highland Heights, Ky. | BB&T Arena
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Northern Kentucky | Horizon League
Know Your Foe
Northern Kentucky is 4-2 so far this season and split its opening weekend of Horizon League play 1-1. The Norse beat Green Bay 61-52 and fell to Milwaukee 61-49. Prior to welcoming the Mastodons, the Norse will play Cleveland State on Friday (Dec. 3). NKU is led by 18.7 points per game from Lindsey Duvall. Ivy Turner is the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week after scoring 45 combined points against Miami (OH) and Central Arkansas.
Northern Kentucky has a 31-8 advantage over the Mastodons in the all-time series history, but the two schools have only played four times since NKU became Division I. Prior to that, the two competed against each other in the GLVC. The ‘Dons’ last win came in 2014, a 65-59 win.
What’s Up Today?
Purdue Fort Wayne has a chance to move to 4-0 in Horizon League play on Sunday. The Mastodons are seeking their first 4-0 start in League play since the 2009-10.
Mastodon graduate assistant coach Jazmyne Geist spent four years at Northern Kentucky as a player. She scored 270 points and started in 29 games before sitting for the better part of two years with an injury. She had a career-high 14 points against Detroit Mercy her freshman season and matched it against Cleveland State her sophomore season.
The Mastodons have committed the second-fewest fouls in the Horizon League and seventh-fewest in the country this season, committing 68.
Purdue Fort Wayne has the second-best shooting percentage in the Horizon League, recording a 44.4 clip from the floor. The Mastodons also have the second-best 3-point shooting percentage in the League at 38.5 percent. This is 21st in the country. Last season, the ‘Dons were last in the league in both categories.
In a League of Their Own
Purdue Fort Wayne has three of the top 13 scorers in the Horizon League: Sylare Starks (15.0 ppg), Ryin Ott (12.8 ppg) and Shayla Sellers (12.2 ppg). Purdue Fort Wayne is the only team in the League to have three scorers in the top 13.
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Ryin Ott has the third-best field goal percentage in the League this season, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. She is also averaging 12.8 points per game. If this average continues through the season, it will be the best scoring average for a freshman in the program’s Division I history.
Pretty Good From The Line
Aubrey Stupp has the best free throw percentage in the Horizon League with at least 2.5 made free throws per game. Stupp is 13-for-14 for 92.9 percent, which is the 12th-best in the nation.
Sylare Starks is shooting 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from 3-point range this season, which is the third-best in the Horizon League and 25th in the country. Once she reaches the season minimum of 30 makes, this would qualify as the best in program history.
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a non-league game at Ball State on Thursday (Dec. 2) 86-58. Sylare Starks, Ryin Ott and Aubrey Stupp all reached double-figures.
Purdue Fort Wayne will step out of league play one last time, visiting Southeast Missouri (Dec. 9), No. 24 Notre Dame (Dec. 12) and hosting Indiana State (Dec. 20).
JAGUARS TO HOST OAKLAND AT THE COLISEUM ON SATURDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will cap the opening weekend of Horizon League play on Saturday (Dec. 4) when the Jaguars host longtime league foe Oakland University at Indiana Farmers Coliseum at noon. Fans can earn a FREE ticket to Saturday’s game by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Coliseum to benefit the kids of the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center and other communities in need. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Scott Agness (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) describe the action from courtside.
In addition, a number of IUPUI basketball alumni will be in attendance and recognized at halftime in support of first-year head coach and IUPUI Hall of Famer Matt Crenshaw.
On the court, the Jaguars are eager to be back in action after a disappointing 69-45 loss in the league opener to Detroit Mercy on Thursday night (Dec. 2). Graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell led the Jaguars with 10 points, all in the second half, and three others had six apiece in the loss. The visiting Titans scored the game’s first 11 points and never looked back as the Jaguars were never able to get the margin back under 10. IUPUI was held to just 12 first half points on 4-of-22 shooting before finally warming up to 44 percent overall and from behind the arc in the second half.
Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Antoine Davis put on a show with 19 points, 10 assists and four boards in the win.
Maxwell continues to lead IUPUI in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and minutes played (30.2) while the supporting cast includes seven different players averaging between four and six points per game. Senior Bobby Harvey leads the team with 10 made threes and averages 5.4 points per game while Nathan McClure is second on the team in rebounds (4.4 rpg) and third in scoring (4.9 ppg). Two freshmen – Boston Stanton III (4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and KJ Pruitt (4.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg) – have started all seven games so far this season.
Oakland comes in at 6-2 overall and 1-0 in Horizon League play and boasts a non-conference win at Oklahoma State earlier this season. Two-time Horizon League Player of the Week Jamal Cain leads Oakland in scoring (22.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rpg) and is shooting 55.4 percent from the floor. He also leads the squad in steals (19) and is one of three Oakland players playing more than 37 minutes per game. Trey Townsend averages 14 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Jalen Moore averages 13 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Oakland shoots an efficient 43 percent from the floor and gets to the foul line frequently, outscoring their opponents by nearly three points per game at the stripe. Head coach Greg Kampe’s squad 5-2 away from home this season with true road wins at Oklahoma State and UIC.
Today’s game marks the 49th meeting all-time between IUPUI and Oakland with the Golden Grizzlies owning a 28-20 lead in the series. IUPUI has won three-in-a-row heading into today’s contest.
IUPUI will return to non-conference play next Friday night (Dec. 10) when the Jaguars hit the road to face Tennessee State on ESPN+.
IUPUI has been incredibly stingy all season long, holding four of seven foes under 40 percent and ranking among the top-50 in the country in scoring defense at 59.1 points allowed per game. They easily lead the Horizon League as Cleveland State is second in the league at 62.0 points allowed per game. In addition, IUPUI is holding opponents to just 39.6 percent shooting and is one of three teams (Cleveland State and Milwaukee) under 40 percent shooting this season.
IUPUI held Spalding to just 10 first half points in its 61-41 win over the Golden Eagles on Nov. 23. The 10 first half points matched the fewest by any team in the country this season. Below is the list of the four lowest offensive outputs this season:
10 – IUPUI vs. Spalding [Non D1] (Nov. 13, 2021)
10 – Georgia State vs. Brewerton [Non D1] (Nov. 9, 2021)
12 – Pacific vs. Chicago State (Nov. 22, 2021)
16 – Murray State vs. Long Beach State (Nov. 23, 2021)
The 41 points allowed matched the fewest by an IUPUI opponent in program history, tying the 41 scored by Indiana State on Dec. 23, 2008 in the Jaguars’ 62-41 victory.
ON THE GLASS
IUPUI is also tops in the Horizon League in rebounding margin, outrebounding opponents by 2.3 caroms per game. The Jags are one of just two teams in the Horizon League (Northern Kentucky) with a positive rebounding margin at this point in the season.
IUPUI has outshot four of its seven opponents from the field this season and outrebounded four of its seven opponents on the season. After being outrebounded by a combined 19 boards in the season’s first two losses at Butler and Evansville, the Jags have not been outrebounded in any of the past five games.
It’s becoming evident that IUPUI’s offense is going to come by committee this season as the Jaguars lack a true go-to-scorer. Through seven games, IUPUI has had just nine double-digit scoring games as B.J. Maxwell has done it five times and four others have tallied 10-or-more once.
Conversely, IUPUI has eight players scoring more than four points per game.
Maxwell has led the team in scoring in all six of his appearances and Bakari LaStrap led the team in scoring in the win over Spalding.
TAP INTO THE RESERVES
With the committee approach being the case, IUPUI is averaging 19.4 points per game off the bench this season. Harvey (5.4 ppg) and LaStrap (4.6 ppg) lead the reserves in scoring this season.
Graduate transfer and former Detroit Titan B.J. Maxwell has been IUPUI’s top weapon thus far, leading the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg) and easily pacing the squad in field goal attempts (72), three-point attempts (31) and free throw attempts (22), despite missing a full game due to injury.
His 72 shot attempts are 21 percent of the team’s tries as Bobby Harvey and Boston Stanton III are second on the team with 40 attempts each.
Maxwell is an interesting case study in today’s new world of college basketball as he’s entering his seventh year of college this season. After redshirting his opening season (2015-16) at Abilene Christian, he played three full seasons at ACU before transferring out for a fifth season. He played just two games at Detroit Mercy in 2019-20 before suffering a season ending injury and receiving another season of eligibility. He spent all of last season at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where he averaged 18.6 points and 5.3 boards per game while earning NABC Second Team All-District honors.
After all NCAA student-athletes were granted an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19 issues, Maxwell opted to join the IUPUI program for a seventh season of schooling. He enters this season having played 94 collegiate basketball games and having scored 758 points across both NCAA Division I and II levels.
Freshman KJ Pruitt is quietly beginning to play really solid basketball and leads the team in minutes played (187) this season. Pruitt is averaging 4.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. However, in the last three games, Pruitt is averaging 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game with a 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio.
SPYING THE FIRST
IUPUI needed the victory the victory over Spalding to avoid the first-ever 0-6 start in program history. This season marked the third 0-5 start to the year in program history (1999-2000 & 1992-1993).
Despite having eight players classified as upperclassmen, the IUPUI roster entered this season without a ton of actual Division I experience. Mike DePersia (1,241 career minutes) and B.J. Maxwell (1,156 minutes between ACU and Detroit Mercy) are the only two to have played at least 1,000 career minutes. A third, Zach Gunn, was closing in on the number having played 920 minutes in three seasons at Ball State, but will miss the entire season due to injury.
Six others in the IUPUI rotation entered this season having played fewer than 400 career minutes in Nathan McClure (388), Azariah Seay (376 between IUPUI and Alabama State), Bobby Harvey (255), Bakari LaStrap (234), Dimitar Pandev (62) and Jonah Carrasco (49).
Rarely have freshmen cracked IUPUI’s starting five in the program’s Division I era. It’s super rare to have multiple freshmen starting, but that’s the case for the Jags as both KJ Pruitt and Boston Stanton III have started every game this season. Here’s a look at other freshmen who have started more than half of the team’s games in a given season in the D1 era.
Aaron Brennan – 2014-15 (started 24 of 31 games)
Lyonell Gaines – 2011-12 (started 27 of 32 games)
Alex Young – 2008-09 (started 21 of 30 games)
George Hill – 2004-05 (started 21 of 29 games)
Only one other time in the program’s Division I era have the Jags had two freshmen as primary starters as Brennan and D.J. McCall were consistent starters in the 2014-2015 campaign.
ACES ADVANCE TO NIVC QUARTERFINALS
CHICAGO – Freshman Giulia Cardona set her career mark with 23 kills to power the University of Evansville volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Bradley in the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
With wins over Sam Houston and Bradley, the Purple Aces advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Valparaiso in a road match on Monday at 7 p.m.
“It was a great overall performance. The girls are in great rhythm and followed the game plan exactly how we planned it,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales exclaimed following the win.
Cardona led all players with her 23 kills and added 8 digs and 3 aces. It surpassed her previous record of 22 kills, which came earlier this season at Miami Ohio. Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano recorded 15 kills apiece and each finished with a double-double as they added 11 and 16 digs, respectively. Blakeley Freeman led UE with 23 digs and Taya Haffner picked up 53 assists. Kate Tsironis recorded a solo block and two block assists. Bradley was paced by Serena Sparks, who had a match-high 25 digs.
Set 1 – UE 25, Bradley 18
Evansville set an early tone, jumping out to an 8-2 lead to begin the match. Giulia Cardona tallied three kills in the opening sequence while Melanie Feliciano added a pair. Taya Haffner also picked up an ace. Bradley got within four points before UE extended the lead to 13-5 with Laura Ruiz adding a pair of aces. Over the remainder of the set, the Braves would not get closer than five points with the Aces cruising to a 25-18 win to grab the first set.
Set 2 – Bradley 27, UE 25
UE scored the first two points of the second frame before Bradley responded to take their first lead of the match at 5-4. The Braves took multiple 2-point leads including 13-11 before Evansville stormed back with three in a row to retake a 14-13 edge. The teams dueled it out down the stretch with ten tie scores. Bradley took a 2-point edge at 19-17 but the Aces came back to take three leads, including 24-23 on a Vazquez kill. With things knotted at 25-25, the Braves picked up the final two points to seal the win.
Set 3 – UE 25, Bradley 15
Momentum was on Bradley’s side to open the third frame as they scored the opening three points and holding the lead through the opening stages. The Aces rallied to tie the score at 9-9 on a kill by Cardona. That was part of an 8-0 Evansville run that saw them turn a 9-7 deficit into a 15-9 lead. Three points in the run came from Cardona kills. The Braves chipped away to get within four points (18-14), but the Aces scored the final four points with Blakeley Freeman adding an ace in a 25-15 victory.
Set 4 – UE 25, Bradley 20
Needing just one more set to advance to the quarterfinals, Evansville took a 4-2 lead to open the fourth before Bradley grabbed a 6-5 edge before stretching the advantage out to 12-9. The pivotal run for UE came at that moment. Kate Tsironis started a 4-0 run that included two more Cardona kills and one from Madisyn Steele. Bradley tied it at 14-14, but it was Alondra Vazquez getting UE back in front with a kill to make it 16-15 and the Aces would hold strong from there. In a fitting end to the match, it was an ace from Giulia Cardona that paved the way into the quarterfinals with a 25-20 win and a 3-1 match final.
Another Missouri Valley Conference foe awaits UE in the next round when they will match up at Valparaiso in a 7 p.m. contest on Monday evening.
MEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES TENNESSEE TECH ON SATURDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Non-conference play resumes on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Tennessee Tech to the Ford Center for a 1 p.m. contest. ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.
Last Time Out
– It was a tale of two halves in Wednesday’s Missouri Valley Conference opener that saw the Purple Aces drop a 54-52 decision against Southern Illinois
– UE trailed by 17 in the first half but rallied to tie the game in the final minute before a last-second shot gave the Salukis the win
– For the second game in a row, Shamar Givance reset his career scoring high, tallying 31 points
Two in a Row
– Three days after scoring what was a career mark of 26 points at Eastern Illinois, Shamar Givance went off for 31 versus SIU
– Givance was 11-for-16 from the field while hitting a pair of triples and 7 free throws
– Averaging 28.5 points in the last two outings, Givance has seen his season scoring average jump to 15.0 PPG, which leads the team and is 8th in the Valley
– The senior continues to pace the squad in assists and steals…his 3.7 assists/game ranks 7th in the MVC while his average of 1.5 steals is tied for third in the league
– He has 4 or more helpers in five of the last seven games including a season-high of 7 against DePauw
– Since opening the season with 7 points at Cincinnati, Givance has averaged 15.9 points while scoring 11 in all but once game since the opener
Checking all the Boxes
– It has been an unbelievable stretch for Jawaun Newton who has averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds over the last five contests
– He opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with a career-high of 30 points, marking the Aces first such effort since 2019
– It took until his 89th game to record the first double-double of his career, but #2 came just four days later…Newton registered 19 points and 10 boards on Nov. 24 versus Akron and followed that up with 13 points and 12 caroms at EIU
– The 12 caroms was Newton’s top career tally and continues to lead Evansville with 6.1 rebounds per game
Scouting the Opponent
– Tennessee Tech enters Saturday’s match-up with a 2-5 record with wins coming over Oakwood and Lipscomb
– In their last contest, the Golden Eagles dropped an 82-65 decision to Chattanooga
– Leading TTU in scoring is Keishawn Davidson, who has posted 12.0 points per contest
– Jr. Clay has recorded 11.7 PPG and paces Tennessee Tech with a total of 41 assists against just 13 turnovers
– Mamoudou Diarra checks in with 10.6 PPG while averaging a team high 5.4 rebounds per contest.
VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES NIVC RUN WITH SWEEP OF TOLEDO FRIDAY
The beat marches on for the Valpo volleyball team, as it continued its run in the 2021 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) sweep of Toledo Friday night at the ARC to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The Beacons will get to remain at home for next round’s action as well, as it was announced after the match they will host MVC foe Evansville at the ARC on Monday evening at 7 p.m.
How It Happened
The first set was Valpo’s from the start, as the Beacons never trailed. Toledo did not score back-to-back points until Valpo led 10-5, at which point Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) already had three kills and a block.
The Rockets closed the gap to two points at 12-10, but Valpo answered with four straight points — including a kill by Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and an ace from Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) — to push its lead to 16-10.
The advantage did not dip under four points the rest of the way in the opener, and another kill from Cooper closed out the first set to Valpo.
Valpo scored five of the first seven points in set two. Toledo briefly tied the frame with the next three points, but the Beacons came back with five of the next six to pull ahead, 10-6.
The Rockets rallied later in the set, and three times closed to within one point. Valpo never allowed Toledo to move back into a tie, however, with back-to-back kills from Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) key to blunting the Rockets’ momentum on one of those occasions.
Toledo last got to within one point at 20-19. Valpo took advantage of its opponent’s errors from that point, however, to score four of the next five and earn set point at 24-20. On their second opportunity, the Beacons got the set-ending kill by McCarthy to go up 2-0 in the match.
The third set proved to be the tightest of Friday night’s match. The battle for control early saw Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) pick up three early kills, and a termination by Hart gave Valpo a 10-9 lead.
The Rockets burst forward with six straight points to take their largest lead of the match at 15-10 before another kill by Hart stopped the run.
Valpo committed a service error to again make it a five-point frame, but proceeded to score eight of the next nine points to flip the script and take a 19-17 lead.
Toledo tied the set at 19-19 and again at 20-20. Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Hart notched back-to-back kills to give Valpo a 22-20 advantage before a kill by the Rockets cut the lead to one.
Toledo followed its kill with consecutive errors to push Valpo’s lead to 24-21 and give the Beacons match point. It took Valpo just one chance to close out its second sweep in as many nights, as Hart knocked home her match-best 12th kill of the evening to keep her career alive for at least three more days.
Inside the Match
Valpo now has four postseason victories in its last two postseason appearances and has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIVC for the second time in as many appearances in the tournament (2018).
Friday’s sweep came over a Toledo team which Valpo prevailed in a five-set battle with during the regular season.
The Beacons have swept back-to-back matches after owning just one 3-0 victory over their previous 10 matches entering the tournament.
Friday’s win improves Valpo’s record at the ARC this year to 10-1, matching the 2009 squad’s home mark. The last Valpo team to post a better home record was the 2005 NCAA Tournament team which was a perfect 13-0 at the ARC.
The Beacons owned a 43-33 advantage in kills on Friday, and much like Thursday’s sweep, enjoyed a significant edge in hitting percentage (.222-.145) despite being outblocked (9-5). Valpo committed just six unforced attack errors, while the Rockets had 11 such errors.
Leading the attack was Hart, who hit .391 with a match-high 12 kills. She paced Valpo in kills for the 10th time this season and reached double figures for the 17th time in the category.
For the second straight match, McCarthy notched 10 kills, doing so Friday on .300 hitting. With 1,191 career kills, she is just one shy of ninth place in program history in the category.
Boyer chipped in seven kills on .400 hitting as well from the right side.
Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) handed out 21 assists in the win and tallied eight digs as well, in the process moving up to 15th place in program history with 1,267 career digs. Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) registered 17 assists.
Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) continued her pursuit of the NCAA D-I career digs record as she led all players Friday with 20 digs. Cookerly now has 3,139 career digs, just 37 shy of the current record.
Cookerly bumped her season total to 625 digs, eighth-most in a season by a Valpo player in the 25-point era and 10th-most across all scoring eras.
Swistek picked up 14 digs in Friday’s sweep to go with three service aces, while Ravotto added 10 digs as well.
It’s a familiar foe on the docket Monday for Valpo (24-9), as Evansville comes to town for the fourth meeting between the two programs this season. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN+. Tickets for Monday’s match will go on sale online on Saturday at noon, and will be available on Monday via phone and in person at the ARC Ticket Office.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONCLUDES ROAD SWING SUNDAY AT BGSU
Valparaiso (0-6, 0-0 MVC)
Game #7 – December 5, 2021 – 1 p.m. CT
at Bowling Green (1-4, 0-0 MAC)
Stroh Center (4,347) – Bowling Green, Ohio
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team takes on its fourth MAC opponent of the non-conference slate as it wraps up a five-game road stretch Sunday afternoon at Bowling Green.
Previously: A season-high 11 3-pointers weren’t enough for Valpo to emerge victorious in their return to action Monday in Kalamazoo, Mich., as host Western Michigan came away with a 69-54 victory. Shay Frederick set a career best with nine assists.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN3
Streaming Audio: WVUR YouTube page
Links for all live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-55. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.
Series Notes: The Falcons own a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series with Valpo and have won all four previous matchups in Bowling Green. This marks the fifth consecutive year Valpo and BGSU have met on the hardwood. Last year’s matchup was also held at the Stroh Center, with the Falcons earning a 70-60 victory. Grace White led Valpo with 15 points in that game, while Leah Earnest made her Valpo debut with 10 rebounds.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.
…at Western Michigan
– Valpo started the game strong offensively, scoring on five of its first six possessions of the game and leading by as many as five points.
– WMU ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 24-20 10 minutes in.
– Valpo scored six early points in the second quarter to briefly tie the game, but went scoreless for over 8:30, allowing the Broncos a 40-28 lead at halftime.
– Western Michigan’s lead was 61-43 at the end of the third and reached as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
– Grace White led the way for Valpo with 16 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor, including four 3-pointers to match her career high. She also paced Valpo’s effort on the boards with seven rebounds.
– One game after moving into the program’s all-time top-five for career assists, Shay Frederick dished out nine assists on Monday to set a career high.
– Valpo enjoyed a season-best effort from the 3-point line, connecting on 11-of-29 (37.9%) from deep with six different players hitting at least one triple.
– The Beacons outshot WMU from the floor, hitting at a 44.7% clip to the Broncos’ 41.1% accuracy. WMU enjoyed a large edge at the foul line, going 16-of-19 as opposed to Valpo’s 1-of-2.
– Valpo out-rebounded its opponent for the first time this season, holding a 31-26 advantage on the glass.
– Valpo committed a season-worst 22 turnovers and forced a season-low 10 miscues by WMU. The 12-turnover discrepancy led to a 23-7 advantage for WMU in points off turnovers.
– UIC led 20-11 at the end of one quarter and 33-26 at halftime.
– The Flames’ lead reached 10 points with 7:30 to play in the third quarter, but Valpo rallied to take a 49-48 lead with 10 minutes to play.
– The Beacons extended their advantage to 57-51 with 6:48 remaining.
– Valpo went scoreless for a stretch of over three and a half minutes, with UIC scoring eight straight to go back in front.
– Valpo briefly reclaimed the lead with 3:02 to play, but UIC came back with five points in two possessions to take the lead for good. Valpo had a shot to tie in the final 10 seconds, but could not connect.
– Carie Weinman led all players on Tuesday with 23 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field. It was her ninth effort of 20+ points in her time at Valpo.
– Grace White filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. She paced Valpo in both rebounds and steals, while her six assists were just one off a career high.
– Caitlin Morrison played in her 117th career game at Valpo, moving her into the program’s all-time top-10 in games played. She closed the evening with 10 points and six rebounds.
– Valpo shot a season-best 52.1% from the field, but was just 4-for-16 from 3-point range compared to UIC’s 9-for-16 night from behind the arc.
– Valpo returns home to the ARC for the first time since Nov. 14 when it hosts nationally-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday evening.
– The Beacons then face a quick turnaround, flying to South Dakota for a Friday night game.
…on the road
– Monday marks the fifth of seven non-conference road games and 16 road games in all for Valpo this season.
– Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.
– Bowling Green enters Sunday’s games with a 1-4 record this year, dropping its last four after winning its season opener over IUPUI.
– The Falcons won the MAC regular season title last year, finishing the campaign 21-8 overall and 14-4 in MAC play.
– Xavier transfer Morgan Sharps leads BGSU, averaging 13.4 points per game off the bench. Sharps is hitting three triples per contest so far this season.
VALPO RETURNS TO NONCONFERENCE ACTION ON SUNDAY AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
Valparaiso (3-5, 0-1 MVC)
at Western Michigan (3-4, 0-0 MAC)
Game No. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. CT
University Arena (5,421) – Kalamazoo, Mich.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play its final road game of the calendar year on Sunday as the Beacons make their way to Kalamazoo for the resumption of nonconference action against Western Michigan. After the short trip back to Valpo following this showdown, the Beacons can unpack their suitcases as this will mark the final road game until Jan. 5. This represents the middle matchup of a busy stretch that features three games in six days.
Last Time Out: The Missouri Valley Conference held conference openers across the league this week, a change to the previous scheduling format to create a nonconference scheduling opportunity in the first window after Christmas. Valpo started league action with a 73-66 road loss to MVC preseason favorite Drake on Thursday. The Beacons outscored the Bulldogs 34-33 after halftime but an eight-point halftime lead held up for the hosts, who used a key 11-1 burst from the 16:30 mark to the 13:20 mark of the first half. Valpo trailed by 11 with 1:27 remaining in the game, but managed to claw to within four and had the ball with a chance to trim the lead to one possession with 47 seconds on the clock, but a Drake steal and subsequent free throws sealed the deal.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN3
Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (86-83) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
Home-Heavy Stretch on the Horizon: Sunday’s game at Western Michigan will mark the final contest in a seven-game stretch where Valpo has played six games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center (three road, three neutral site). This stretch will give way to a home-heavy month where the Beacons will be in front of their home fans for six straight contests. Valpo will go a full month between road games from Dec. 5 to Jan. 5. From Dec. 5 to Jan. 21, the Beacons will spend just one night in a hotel (Jan. 4 at UNI). This is Valpo’s first homestand longer than four games since a five gamer from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2003. This homestand will be Valpo’s longest since Jan. 21 to Feb. 6, 1994, a stretch of six straight at home against Eastern Illinois, Oral Roberts, Buffalo, Youngstown State, UMKC and Western Illinois.
Series Notes: Valpo and Western Michigan have matched up 67 times over the years, but this series has been on hold since 2007-2008. The most recent matchup saw Valpo best the Broncos 77-65 on Nov. 27, 2007 at the ARC. This will represent Valpo’s first trip to Kalamazoo since an 89-80 overtime defeat on Feb. 17, 2007. Western Michigan owns a 38-29 edge in an all-time series that began in 1920-21. This will be Valpo’s second of three games against Mid-American Conference opponents this season after falling to Toledo on Nov. 9 and in advance of hosting Eastern Michigan on Dec. 20. Valpo has dropped seven straight road matchups between the two teams with the team’s most recent win in Kalamazoo coming on Dec. 20, 1958, a 90-65 triumph.
Inside the Broncos
Will be playing their first game since Sunday, Nov. 28, an 81-77 overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana in Fort Myers, Fla.
Won two of three games at the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Invitational with both victories coming in overtime, the first of which was 93-85 over Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 27. That came after a 77-67 setback to host Florida Gulf Coast to start the event.
Have won back-to-back games after a four-game skid with losses to Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State, Iowa and FGCU.
Went 5-16 overall and 4-12 in the MAC last season.
Picked to finish ninth of 12 in the MAC Preseason Poll.
Sophomore guard B. Artis White was a member of the Preseason All-MAC Second Team, but he’s seen action in just two games and hasn’t played since Nov. 12.
Lamar Norman Jr. leads the team in scoring at 20.1 points per game.
Merrillville, Ind. native and Valpo graduate Mileek McMillan will face his former team on Sunday. He is averaging 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing over seven games, four starts.
Notes Wrapping Up Dec. 2: Drake 73, Valpo 66
Ben Krikke had 20 points, his third 20-point performance in five games this season. Prior to this year, Krikke had hit the 20-point threshold just twice over his first two collegiate seasons. He also had two blocks and has eight total rejections over five games, including at least one in each outing. This marked his third multi-block game of the year.
Trevor Anderson finished with 13 points, his fifth double-figure output this season and third straight. Anderson is averaging 14.3 points per game over his last three contests. He went 4-of-4 at the free-throw line against the Bulldogs, improving his season clip to 93.8 percent (15-of-16), which ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference and first among those with more than 15 attempts. Anderson is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game at Valpo after pulling down 1.3 per game over his 68 collegiate contests prior to coming to Valpo.
Kevion Taylor returned to double figures with 11, his fifth such performance this season but his first in the last three outings.
Valpo lost despite outshooting Drake 48.2 percent to 45.8 percent. The Beacons slipped to 3-3 this season when shooting at a higher clip than the opponent after entering the season 66-17 under Matt Lottich under those circumstances.
Sheldon Edwards contributed seven points but was held out of double figures for the first time this season, ending an eight-game double figure streak that dated back to last year. Edwards has hit a 3 in all eight games this year and swiped a steal in seven straight.
Valpo hit a season-low four 3-pointers while giving up nine or more for the fifth time in eight games this season.
Valpo did take care of the basketball, limiting its turnover total to eight. That marked the team’s second-lowest turnover output this year and the third time they’ve had fewer than 10 in a game.
Valpo was credited with a season-low four assists on 27 made baskets.
MEN’S SOCCER SET FOR REGIONAL FINAL SATURDAY AGAINST FORT HAYS STATE
INDIANAPOLIS – Tournament action has ramped up for the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team, who will battle Fort Hays State in the Super Region 3 final on Saturday at Key Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Fort Hays State has continued to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament by corralling a pair of quality wins over Super Region 3 opponents. In the second round, the Tigers traveled into enemy territory and knocked off No. 3 seed Wisconsin-Parkside 2-1 after a game-winning goal was sent into the net in the 77th minute. FHSU went forward and pulled off an improbable 3-2 victory in double overtime over No. 2 seed Lake Erie in the third round despite trailing 2-0 at halftime.
As for UIndy, the Hounds have dominated so far in tournament action in 2021. Combining both the GLVC and NCAA Tournaments, the team has managed three shutout victories and have outscored opponents by a 13-3 mark on the pitch.
WHAT’S ON THE LINE
The winner will move on to the national semifinals which is set to be played at Switchbacks FC Stadium in Colorado Springs, CO on Thursday, Dec. 9. From there, the national championship match will be played on Saturday, Dec. 11.
MARIAN’S MAGICAL 2021 SEASON ENDS AS NAIA NATIONAL SEMIFINALISTS
Sioux City, Iowa – The Marian volleyball team’s historic 2021 season came to an end Friday night at the NAIA National Tournament, falling to No. 3 Missouri Baptist in three sets in the NAIA Tournament Semifinals. The loss ends Marian’s season with a 35-3 overall record.
Missouri Baptist got the upper hand in the first set, creating a 3-0 lead off the opening serve. The Spartans lead grew to 7-2, prompting a Marian timeout. Kills from Sarah Spangler and Michaela Hoffa brought the Knights within a pair of points, but three strong attacks helped the Spartans go back in front 12-6. The Knights applied pressure despite trailing, going to Skyler Van Note, Jai-Lyn Norwood, and Spangler on offense as they whittled back to two-point deficit. The run backed the Spartans into a timeout, ending the Knights’ momentum as they increased their lead to four. Marian called their final timeout trailing 21-17, but were unable to end the run as they lost the opening set 25-19.
The Spartans again started out strong in the second set, opening a 7-3 lead after the first 10 rallies. A kill from Hoffa got Marian to their fourth point of the set, but Missouri Baptist answered with two points to force a timeout. Marian responded out of the timeout by scoring four straight, getting kills from Katie Hardegree and Madison Brooks to fuel the sprint. The Knights continued to attack, getting two more blocks with a rejection from Spangler and Averi Lanman putting Marian on top 13-12. The lead didn’t stick though, as the Spartans retook control with back to back points, eventually going ahead 19-15. Marian was unable to get within three points after calling their final timeout, dropping the second set 25-20.
Marian again fell behind 7-2 early calling an early timeout, but stayed motivated as they fought back to a two-point deficit. Spangler, Van Note, and Hoffa kept Marian in the fight, and Brooks tied the set at 12-12 following a kill. Marian captured control as Norwood, Brooks and Van Note scored three straight kills, putting Marian in front 15-12. Missouri Baptist would tie the set at 15, but Van Note continued her dominant performance, scoring two kills to hold the lead. Lanman and Hoffa helped grow the lead to 20-19, and after two errors Marian took a 22-20 lead. The Spartans used their final timeout to get back into the set, doing so with two straight points, however a kill and an error brought Marian to set point at 24-22. Missouri Baptist answered with three straight points to force match point, but Norwood and Van Note extended the match with a block tying the set 25-25. Despite the momentous block, Marian couldn’t capture a go-ahead point, yielding two straight to end the match in three sets with a 27-25 third set defeat.
Marian recorded 36 kills in the defeat, and were led by Skyler Van Note who recorded her sixth consecutive double-double to end her career, posting 16 kills and 10 digs. Van Note’s 16 kills helped the senior break the career record at Marian University for career kills, as the senior surpassed Lindsey Tansel’s mark of 1549 kills to end with 1552 career kills. Spangler finished with six kills, and Hoffa had five. Hardegree led Marian with 15 assists, and Maggie Meyer had a team-high 13 digs. Lexi Spence had seven assists and five digs.
Marian ends their season with a 35-3 overall record, winning both the Crossroads League Regular Season and Tournament Championships, as well as starting the season with a program record 29-consecutive match winning streak, the longest win streak in program history. Marian won the NAIA Opening Round, and ended the season as a National Semifinalist.
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||8||4||0||.667||0.0||336||190||3-4-0||5-0-0||6-1-0||2-1-0||6 W|
|BUFFALO BILLS||7||4||0||.636||0.5||326||182||3-2-0||4-2-0||5-4-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||5||7||0||.417||3.0||234||279||3-3-0||2-4-0||4-5-0||2-2-0||4 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||3||8||0||.273||4.5||199||334||2-3-0||1-5-0||3-6-0||0-4-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||7||4||0||.636||0.0||281||250||4-2-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||1-1-0||4 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||6||5||0||.545||1.0||273||293||3-3-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||6||5||0||.545||1.0||259||295||3-3-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||6||5||0||.545||1.0||228||196||3-3-0||3-2-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||8||3||0||.727||0.0||263||240||5-1-0||3-2-0||5-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||7||4||0||.636||1.0||309||226||3-2-0||4-2-0||5-2-0||3-1-0||2 W|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5||5||1||.500||2.5||224||267||3-2-1||2-3-0||3-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||6||6||0||.500||2.5||254||267||4-2-0||2-4-0||3-5-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||8||4||0||.667||0.0||304||290||4-2-0||4-2-0||5-3-0||3-1-0||2 L|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||6||6||0||.500||2.0||340||283||3-4-0||3-2-0||5-3-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||2||9||0||.182||5.5||164||292||1-4-0||1-5-0||2-6-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||9||0||.182||5.5||173||283||2-5-0||0-4-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||3 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||8||4||0||.667||0.0||353||267||4-2-0||4-2-0||6-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||5||6||0||.455||2.5||229||282||3-3-0||2-3-0||5-2-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||5||7||0||.417||3.0||304||273||1-4-0||4-3-0||4-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||7||0||.364||3.5||202||253||3-3-0||1-4-0||3-5-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||9||2||0||.818||0.0||310||202||3-2-0||6-0-0||5-2-0||4-0-0||1 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||4||0||.636||2.0||299||263||3-2-0||4-2-0||5-3-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||6||5||0||.545||3.0||280||248||2-4-0||4-1-0||5-4-0||1-3-0||3 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||8||0||.273||6.0||209||226||1-4-0||2-4-0||1-6-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||9||3||0||.750||0.0||283||242||5-0-0||4-3-0||7-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||5||6||0||.455||3.5||281||276||3-2-0||2-4-0||4-3-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||4||7||0||.364||4.5||179||254||2-3-0||2-4-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||10||1||.045||8.0||174||289||0-5-0||0-5-1||0-7-0||0-4-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||8||3||0||.727||0.0||347||253||5-0-0||3-3-0||5-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||5||6||0||.455||3.0||199||302||1-4-0||4-2-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||7||0||.417||3.5||236||253||2-4-0||3-3-0||3-5-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||7||0||.417||3.5||274||276||2-4-0||3-3-0||4-5-0||1-2-0||5 L|
|NEW YORK||11||11||.500||5.0||5-7||6-4||3-2||8-10||4-6||2 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||6||16||.273||9.0||4-7||2-9||0-2||6-9||1-9||8 L|
|GOLDEN STATE||19||3||.864||—||12-1||7-2||5-1||11-2||8-2||1 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||12||11||.522||7.5||9-7||3-4||1-3||9-9||4-6||1 W|
|LA LAKERS||12||12||.500||8.0||8-7||4-5||1-4||6-8||4-6||1 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||7||13||.350||4.0||4-6||3-7||0-3||2-10||4-6||3 W|
|NEW ORLEANS||7||18||.280||6.5||3-8||4-10||2-2||6-10||5-5||1 W|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||24||17||6||1||35||17||74||52||10-3-1||7-3-0||9-1-0|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||22||13||5||4||30||11||71||62||8-3-2||5-2-2||7-2-1|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||24||12||9||3||27||11||67||75||8-2-2||4-7-1||5-4-1|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||22||15||4||3||33||14||65||55||7-1-1||8-3-2||9-1-0|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||21||12||9||0||24||10||69||68||8-3-0||4-6-0||5-5-0|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||22||9||9||4||22||8||65||76||6-4-2||3-5-2||2-6-2|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||18||5||10||3||13||5||33||54||0-4-1||5-6-2||1-8-1|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||23||12||8||3||27||10||77||66||7-3-1||5-5-2||4-5-1|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||24||13||10||1||27||13||62||62||5-4-1||8-6-0||6-4-0|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||23||13||10||0||26||12||78||71||7-5-0||6-5-0||6-4-0|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||22||9||9||4||22||8||59||62||6-6-2||3-3-2||3-4-3|