INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE

CLASS 1A

Pioneer 70 Northfield 54               

Loogootee 43 Greenwood Christian 33  

CLASS 2A

Tipton 54 North Judson 36          

Linton-Stockton 70 University 32               

CLASS 3A

South Bend Washington                61 Norwell 40  

Silver Creek 59 Tri-West 43          

CLASS 4A

Crown Point 62  Carroll (Fort Wayne) 46 

Brownsburg 49  Franklin 27         

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Anderson53Lapel45 
Argos51Triton39 
Attica51Indianapolis Manual34 
Barr-Reeve71Rock Creek Academy45 
Beech Grove42Western40 
Bellmont53Fort Wayne Luers51 
Bethesda Christian55Fountain Central40 
Blackford83Wabash65 
Bloomington North69Southport58 
Bloomington South51Jennings County40 
Borden68Anderson Prep Academy34 
Brebeuf Jesuit56New Castle38 
Cannelton68Shawe Memorial48 
Carroll (Flora)74Tri-County58 
Castle66Evansville Memorial42 
Central Christian51Indiana Math & Science43 
Central Noble58Prairie Heights39 
Central Noble66Lakeland41 
Charlestown50Mitchell41 
Christel House Academy55Smith Academy37 
Churubusco59Whitko40 
Cloverdale84Eminence59 
Concord58LaVille42 
Connersville36Lawrenceburg32 
Covenant Christian67Andrean652OT
Cowan78Elwood64 
Culver58LaCrosse42 
DeKalb55Eastside38 
Delta51Maconaquah41 
Eastern Hancock89Hauser45 
Evansville Mater Dei67Evansville Bosse65 
Evansville North53Vincennes Lincoln40 
Evansville Reitz74Evansville Harrison68 
Forest Park70Tecumseh60 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk75Indianapolis Attucks72 
Fort Wayne Dwenger49New Haven43 
Fort Wayne North59Kokomo57 
Frankfort89Liberty Christian81 
Franklin Central48Indianapolis Roncalli36 
Frontier48Covenant Christian (DeMotte)31 
Greenfield-Central71Martinsville67 
Greenwood51Mount Vernon (Fortville)50 
Guerin Catholic77Indianapolis Chatard52 
Hagerstown74Knightstown682, OT
Hamilton Heights76Noblesville67 
Hammond Science & Tech57Hammond Gavit51 
Hammond69Chesterton60 
Hanover Central65Kankakee Valley63 
Henryville76Crothersville51 
Heritage Hills48Mount Vernon (Posey)31 
Heritage71Fort Wayne Canterbury692OT
Huntington North58Marion50 
Indianapolis Cathedral77Fort Wayne Snider63 
Indianapolis Lutheran56Monrovia46 
Jac-Cen-Del83Milan78 
Jay County57Seton Catholic49 
Kouts69Lowell62 
Lafayette Central Catholic61Crawfordsville54 
Lafayette Jeff85Muncie Central62 
Lanesville58Crawford County38 
Lawrence Central59Avon50 
Lawrence North66Floyd Central49 
Lewis Cass50Caston30 
Linton-Stockton65North Central (Farmersburg)58 
Madison-Grant56Eastern (Greentown)38 
Madison82Trinity Lutheran57 
Manchester67Lakeland Christian49 
Marquette Catholic86Elkhart Christian69 
McLean County (Ky.)54Shawe Memorial22 
Medora52Washington Catholic40 
Merrillville86Hobart39 
Mississinewa54Bluffton52 
Monroe Central65South Adams58OT
Muncie Burris73Alexandria64 
New Albany80Bloomfield73 
New Palestine67Whiteland56OT
North Central (Indianapolis)62Carroll (Fort Wayne)58 
North Daviess76Bloomington Lighthouse25 
North Harrison73Austin45 
North Judson56Hebron49 
North Knox46Wood Memorial35 
North Newton38South Newton30 
North Posey59Tell City57 
North Putnam69Danville65 
North White55Pioneer45 
Northridge57Columbia City34 
Oldenburg Academy55Rushville34 
Oregon-Davis49South Bend Career44 
Orleans59West Washington53OT
Paoli42Eastern Greene38 
Park Tudor64Providence Cristo Rey36 
Perry Central62Clarksville39 
Princeton48Southridge43 
Providence41Brownstown Central40 
Randolph Southern55Tri44 
Richmond75Fort Wayne Wayne52 
Rossville64Faith Christian54 
Seymour38Sheridan32 
Shakamak47White River Valley28 
Shelbyville61East Central56 
Shoals63Christian Academy592OT
Silver Creek68Plainfield61 
South Bend Riley61Mishawaka53 
South Central (Union Mills)72Knox65OT
South Dearborn60Switzerland County32 
South Knox52Washington47 
South Ripley71Greensburg65 
South Spencer46Boonville39 
South Vermillion43Covington41 
Southwestern (Hanover)74Scottsburg53 
Southwestern (Shelbyville)65Rising Sun43 
Speedway73Cascade41 
Springs Valley70South Central (Elizabeth)61 
Sullivan84Indian Creek61 
Tri-Central52Clinton Central45 
Twin Lakes68Delphi45 
Union (Modoc)51MTI Knowledge38 
Union City70Southern Wells64 
University56Indianapolis Scecina42 
Valparaiso67East Chicago Central55 
Warren Central56Mishawaka Marian44 
Warsaw60South Bend Washington57 
Washington Twp.66River Forest54 
West Lafayette40Lebanon30 
West Noble61Angola41 
West Vigo53Brown County40 
Westfield72Decatur Central45 
Yorktown57Wapahani55 
Zionsville46Indianapolis Tech45 

BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL TEAM SCORES AT NEW PAL

1 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                  MVFV            432.5

2 Greenfield-Central                       GCEN             402 

3 New Castle                                     NCAS             246.5

4 Richmond                                       RICH              209.5

5 New Palestine                                NPAL             181 

6 Eastern Hancock                           EHAN            175 

7 Connersville                                  CONN            130.5

8 Shelbyville                                       SHEL             125 

9 Centerville                                      CENT            116 

10 Hagerstown                                HAGR            107 

11 Seton Catholic                               SETN            44 

Event 1  Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay

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    School                                            Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            1:48.53    1:36.94   40 

     1) Aidan Murphy SR                 2) Aiden Tierney SR               

     3) Brady Gray SO                   4) Evan Flick SR                 

  2 Greenfield-Central                                1:41.91    1:37.68   34 

     1) Samuel Logan SR                 2) Anthony Nagel SR              

     3) Clay Griffin SR                 4) Travis Black SR               

  3 New Castle                                        1:44.15    1:42.86   32 

     1) Connor Griffey SR               2) Aidan Sipes JR                 

     3) Benjamin Hall SR                4) Jackson Criswell SR           

  4 Richmond                                          1:45.34    1:44.98   30 

     1) Landon Smith JR                 2) Ben Quinn SR                   

     3) Cayden Lindahl SO               4) Zavier Ryan Mills JR           

  5 Shelbyville                                       1:53.20    1:52.14   28 

     1) Lance File JR                   2) Tyler Harker JR               

     3) William Rife FR                 4) Michael Fox JR                

  6 Eastern Hancock                                   1:54.32    1:54.08   26 

     1) Aaron Surburg SR                2) Kyle Messer FR                

     3) Joey Blocher SO                 4) Chase Morrow JR                

  7 Hagerstown                                        1:54.85    1:54.73   24 

     1) Aaron Turner FR                 2) Ryan Hill JR                  

     3) Noah Neuman JR                  4) Bryce Lamar SO                 

  8 Centerville                                       1:57.24    1:54.95   22 

     1) Zach Hugo FR                    2) Matthew Burch SR              

     3) Payton Elsrod JR                4) Ryley Fry SR                  

B – Final

  9 Seton Catholic                                    2:15.57    2:15.85   18 

     1) Nick Rader SO                   2) Zach Teng SO                  

     3) Garrett Burkhardt JR            4) Ryan Murray SO                

Event 2  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Samuel Logan              SR GCEN                 1:49.62    1:44.78   20 

  2 Tyler Harker              JR SHEL                 1:53.27    1:47.92   17 

  3 Ben Quinn                 SR RICH                 1:49.77    1:48.48   16 

  4 Benjamin Hall             SR NCAS                 1:49.70    1:49.10   15 

  5 Matthew McDaniel          JR EHAN                 1:54.54    1:51.67   14 

  6 Evan Flick                SR MVFV                 1:52.01    1:51.82   13 

  7 Jackson Criswell          SR NCAS                 1:54.28    1:54.45   12 

  8 Luken Edwards             JR EHAN                 1:54.83    1:55.28   11 

B – Final

  9 Ben Miesse                JR NPAL                 1:56.70    1:54.97    9 

 10 Kyle Ellis                JR NPAL                 1:57.69    1:56.03    7 

 11 Jaeden Peters             SO GCEN                 1:55.62    1:56.54    6 

 12 Derek Noah                JR GCEN                 1:55.64    1:57.49    5 

 13 Caleb Strege              JR MVFV                 2:00.04    1:58.80    4 

 14 Jack Kenny                SO CENT                 2:01.21    1:59.46    3 

 15 Owen Baker                SO CONN                 2:01.60    1:59.72    2 

 16 Chase Martin              SO NPAL                 2:02.68    2:00.80    1 

Event 3  Boys 200 Yard IM

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Anthony Nagel             SR GCEN                 2:04.89    1:57.29   20 

  2 Cayden Lindahl            SO RICH                 2:05.26    2:02.27   17 

  3 Clay Griffin              SR GCEN                 2:12.20    2:02.82   16 

  4 Matthew Garey             SO MVFV                 2:05.25    2:03.65   15 

  5 Aidan Sipes               JR NCAS                 2:12.78    2:10.74   14 

  6 Ethan Murphy              SO MVFV                 2:14.34    2:11.83   13  

  7 Aaron Turner              FR HAGR                 2:15.44    2:16.93   12 

  8 Camden Cave               SO MVFV                 2:14.36    2:17.43   11 

B – Final

  9 Payton Elsrod             JR CENT                 2:15.48    2:14.59    9 

 10 Nicholas Grandstaff       SR GCEN                 2:15.90    2:15.82    7 

 11 Andrew Lacey              SR NCAS                 2:16.15    2:18.86    6 

 12 Payne Forrest             FR RICH                 2:19.99    2:20.35    5 

 13 Ryan Dagley               JR EHAN                 2:22.70    2:22.59    4 

 14 Cooper Harvey             FR CONN                 2:23.19    2:22.81    3 

 15 Aidan Kingery             FR NPAL                 2:29.50    2:29.65    2 

 16 Paul Huynh                SO NCAS                 2:27.95    2:31.45    1 

Event 4  Boys 50 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Travis Black              SR GCEN                   21.84      20.92   20 

  2 Brady Gray                SO MVFV                   21.69      21.56   17 

  3 Jonah Hensley             SR CONN                   21.87      21.81   16 

  4 Jackson Schwartz          SR NPAL                   22.27      22.65   15 

  5 James Demircioglu         SR MVFV                   22.99      23.14   14 

  6 Michael Joven             SR GCEN                   22.85      23.19   13 

  7 Bryce Lamar               SO HAGR                   23.56      23.55   12 

  8 Aaron Surburg             SR EHAN                   23.70      23.83   11 

B – Final

  9 Quincy Shirk              JR NPAL                   24.40      23.97    9 

 10 Tyler Swango              SO GCEN                   24.26      24.20    7 

 11 Zavier Ryan Mills         JR RICH                   24.78      24.40    6 

 12 William Rife              FR SHEL                   24.24      24.79    5 

 13 Grant Hoeppner            JR MVFV                   25.41      25.16    4 

 14 Trenton Round             SR NCAS                   24.85      25.30    3 

 15 Noah McClain              SO RICH                   25.21      25.70    2 

 16 Ryley Fry                 SR CENT                   25.74      26.10    1 

Event 5  Boys 1 mtr Diving

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    Name                    Year School                 Semis     Finals Points

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Finals

  1 Quinton Jones             SR CONN                  319.60     429.85   20 

  2 Alexander Jahrsdoerfer    SO GCEN                  303.80     427.55   17 

  3 Jack Mays                 SR GCEN                  254.90     323.75   16 

  4 Jaxin Bohn                JR RICH                  197.35     302.70   15 

  5 Evan Williams             SO RICH                  196.55     290.15   14 

  6 Connor Miller             SO CENT                  220.55     283.85   13 

  7 Darrell Drake             SR NPAL                  194.40     278.60   12 

  8 Braden Thomas             SO MVFV                  138.35     212.25   11 

  9 Grant Hoeppner            JR MVFV                  134.55     196.65    9 

Event 6  Boys 100 Yard Butterfly

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Aiden Tierney             SR MVFV                   55.30      50.42   20 

  2 Samuel Logan              SR GCEN                   53.80      52.75   17 

  3 Benjamin Hall             SR NCAS                   54.74      54.58   16 

  4 Clay Griffin              SR GCEN                   56.49      55.17   15 

  5 Matthew McDaniel          JR EHAN                   56.99      55.71   14 

  6 William Rife              FR SHEL                   56.72      57.59   13 

  7 Landon Smith              JR RICH                   58.13      57.72   11.5

  7 Jack Champion             JR MVFV                   58.15      57.72   11.5

B – Final

  9 Connor Griffey            SR NCAS                 1:01.29      59.90    9 

 10 Seth Spurlock             SR CONN                 1:01.27    1:00.62    7 

 11 Cameron Poe               FR NCAS                 1:02.39    1:01.18    6 

 12 Payton Elsrod             JR CENT                   59.65    1:01.57    5 

 13 Camden Cave               SO MVFV                 1:01.78    1:01.65    4 

 14 Kyle Ellis                JR NPAL                 1:02.11    1:02.40    3 

 15 Payne Forrest             FR RICH                 1:02.55    1:02.71    2 

 16 Liam Fuller               FR NPAL                 1:02.57    1:02.86    1 

Event 7  Boys 100 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Travis Black              SR GCEN                   47.99      46.00   20 

  2 Brady Gray                SO MVFV                   49.10      48.40   17 

  3 Jonah Hensley             SR CONN                   49.32      49.36   16 

  4 Tyler Harker              JR SHEL                   51.16      49.75   15 

  5 Jackson Schwartz          SR NPAL                   50.54      50.15   14 

  6 Aidan Murphy              SR MVFV                   50.47      50.67   13 

  7 Logan Schomaker           SR MVFV                   51.15      51.13   12 

  8 Michael Joven             SR GCEN                   51.40      51.61   11 

B – Final

  9 Jackson Criswell          SR NCAS                   51.69      51.41    9 

 10 Ben Miesse                JR NPAL                   52.60      51.99    7 

 11 Luken Edwards             JR EHAN                   52.16      52.34    6 

 12 Bryce Lamar               SO HAGR                   51.80      52.46    5 

 13 Tyler Swango              SO GCEN                   53.18      53.04    4 

 14 Zavier Ryan Mills         JR RICH                   53.36      53.11    3 

 15 Samuel Hastings           SO NCAS                   55.26      56.06    2 

 16 Trenton Round             SR NCAS                   57.20      57.71    1 

Event 8  Boys 500 Yard Freestyle

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Ben Quinn                 SR RICH                 4:56.43    4:53.99   20 

  2 Jaeden Peters             SO GCEN                 5:03.67    5:04.52   17 

  3 Derek Noah                JR GCEN                 5:14.64    5:10.94   16 

  4 Evan Flick                SR MVFV                 5:16.94    5:11.27   15 

  5 Tyler Osborn              SR GCEN                 5:16.96    5:20.22   14 

  6 Andrew Lacey              SR NCAS                 5:23.77    5:24.86   13 

  7 Caleb Strege              JR MVFV                 5:30.42    5:24.89   12 

  8 Jack Kenny                SO CENT                 5:35.36    5:30.98   11 

B – Final

  9 Augustus Upchurch         FR NCAS                 5:41.16    5:31.88    9 

 10 Kyle Messer               FR EHAN                 5:39.93    5:35.74    7 

 11 Wyatt Barrett             SO NCAS                 5:37.26    5:38.66    6 

 12 Owen Baker                SO CONN                 5:35.42    5:44.22    5 

 13 Noah Neuman               JR HAGR                 6:00.20    5:53.28    4 

 14 Riley Wells               SO MVFV                 6:01.24    5:56.92    3 

 15 Avery Brandt              FR CONN                 6:24.03    6:17.98    2 

 16 Jack Anderson             FR NPAL                 6:30.60    6:29.51    1 

Event 9  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

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    School                                            Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            1:39.15    1:31.29   40 

     1) James Demircioglu SR            2) Matthew Garey SO              

     3) Logan Schomaker SR              4) Brady Gray SO                 

  2 New Palestine                                     1:35.06    1:33.74   34 

     1) Ben Miesse JR                   2) Chase Martin SO               

     3) Kyle Ellis JR                   4) Jackson Schwartz SR           

  3 Eastern Hancock                                   1:34.91    1:34.02   32 

     1) Aaron Surburg SR                2) Ryan Dagley JR                

     3) Luken Edwards JR                4) Matthew McDaniel JR           

  4 Greenfield-Central                                1:35.85    1:34.40   30 

     1) Michael Joven SR                2) Tyler Swango SO               

     3) Alexander Jahrsdoerfer SO       4) Derek Noah JR                 

  5 Shelbyville                                       1:39.58    1:37.57   28 

     1) Tyler Harker JR                 2) Elijah Von Werder SO           

     3) Tristin Maloney SO              4) William Rife FR               

  6 Hagerstown                                        1:39.14    1:38.54   26  

     1) Aaron Turner FR                 2) Quentin Osborne JR            

     3) Ryan Hill JR                    4) Bryce Lamar SO                

  7 New Castle                                        1:40.70    1:40.05   24 

     1) Aidan Sipes JR                  2) Trenton Round SR              

     3) Paul Huynh SO                   4) Andrew Lacey SR               

  8 Centerville                                       1:42.65    1:41.04   22 

     1) Ryley Fry SR                    2) Collin Harris SR              

     3) Daniel Stuckey SR               4) Jack Kenny SO                  

B – Final

  9 Connersville                                      1:49.41    1:48.04   18 

     1) Cooper Harvey FR                2) Camden Schonfeld FR            

     3) Avery Brandt FR                 4) Nathan Shawl JR               

 10 Seton Catholic                                    1:58.75    1:55.59   14 

     1) Zach Teng SO                    2) Mason Burkhardt SO            

     3) Brendon Brown JR                4) Garrett Burkhardt JR          

 — Richmond                                          1:46.03         DQ 

     1) Payne Forrest FR                2) Jesse Lane SO                 

     3) Noah McClain SO                 4) RJ Thalls SR                  

Event 10  Boys 100 Yard Backstroke

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Aidan Murphy              SR MVFV                   55.86      55.29   20 

  2 Logan Schomaker           SR MVFV                   57.52      57.57   17 

  3 Ethan Murphy              SO MVFV                 1:00.16      58.36   16 

  4 Tyler Osborn              SR GCEN                   59.17      58.54   15 

  5 Landon Smith              JR RICH                 1:00.54      58.61   14 

  6 Connor Griffey            SR NCAS                   59.58      59.15   13 

  7 Aaron Surburg             SR EHAN                 1:00.80    1:01.30   12 

  8 Quincy Shirk              JR NPAL                 1:02.10    1:01.67   11 

B – Final

  9 Eli Kleine                JR NPAL                 1:06.05    1:04.80    9 

 10 Augustus Upchurch         FR NCAS                 1:09.22    1:06.80    6.5

 10 Nathan Shawl              JR CONN                 1:08.46    1:06.80    6.5

 12 Liam Fuller               FR NPAL                 1:07.58    1:06.86    5 

 13 Cameron Poe               FR NCAS                 1:06.51    1:07.07    4 

 14 Zach Hugo                 FR CENT                 1:10.32    1:08.36    3 

 15 Jesse Lane                SO RICH                 1:08.80    1:08.97    2 

 16 Lance File                JR SHEL                 1:12.00    1:11.05    1 

Event 11  Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke

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    Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Aiden Tierney             SR MVFV                 1:01.45      56.77   20  

  2 Anthony Nagel             SR GCEN                 1:04.48      59.31   17 

  3 Cayden Lindahl            SO RICH                 1:01.23    1:00.75   16 

  4 Aidan Sipes               JR NCAS                 1:01.99    1:02.54   15 

  5 Matthew Garey             SO MVFV                 1:03.19    1:03.73   14 

  6 James Demircioglu         SR MVFV                 1:05.09    1:05.83   13 

  7 Ryan Dagley               JR EHAN                 1:07.88    1:07.28   12 

  8 Aidan Kingery             FR NPAL                 1:07.87    1:07.36   11 

B – Final

  9 Aaron Turner              FR HAGR                 1:08.17    1:08.04    9 

 10 Seth Spurlock             SR CONN                 1:09.48    1:09.31    7 

 11 Chase Martin              SO NPAL                 1:10.49    1:09.54    6 

 12 Nicholas Grandstaff       SR GCEN                 1:11.26    1:10.27    5 

 13 RJ Thalls                 SR RICH                 1:11.96    1:11.63    4 

 14 Matthew Burch             SR CENT                 1:10.60    1:11.87    3 

 15 Collin Harris             SR CENT                 1:11.16    1:12.49    2 

 16 Ryan Hill                 JR HAGR                 1:11.71    1:13.07    1 

Event 12  Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

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    School                                            Prelims     Finals Points

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A – Final

  1 Greenfield-Central                                3:33.51    3:14.01   40 

     1) Travis Black SR                 2) Samuel Logan SR               

     3) Clay Griffin SR                 4) Anthony Nagel SR              

  2 Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            3:39.26    3:22.85   34 

     1) Evan Flick SR                   2) Logan Schomaker SR            

     3) Aidan Murphy SR                 4) Aiden Tierney SR               

  3 Richmond                                          3:29.56    3:26.53   32 

     1) Zavier Ryan Mills JR            2) Landon Smith JR               

     3) Cayden Lindahl SO               4) Ben Quinn SR                  

  4 New Castle                                        3:29.47    3:29.04   30 

     1) Benjamin Hall SR                2) Andrew Lacey SR               

     3) Connor Griffey SR               4) Jackson Criswell SR           

  5 Connersville                                      3:35.94    3:32.79   28 

     1) Owen Baker SO                   2) Cooper Harvey FR              

     3) Seth Spurlock SR                4) Jonah Hensley SR              

  6 Eastern Hancock                                   3:41.56    3:36.30   26  

     1) Joey Blocher SO                 2) Ryan Dagley JR                

     3) Luken Edwards JR                4) Matthew McDaniel JR           

  7 New Palestine                                     3:40.66    3:36.47   24 

     1) Ben Miesse JR                   2) Kyle Ellis JR                 

     3) Quincy Shirk JR                 4) Liam Fuller FR                

  8 Centerville                                       3:45.59    3:44.83   22 

     1) Payton Elsrod JR                2) Daniel Stuckey SR             

     3) Ryley Fry SR                    4) Jack Kenny SO                  

B – Final

  9 Shelbyville                                       3:58.57    3:55.15   18 

     1) Manuel Sesma Perez SO           2) Michael Fox JR                 

     3) Lance File JR                   4) Tristin Maloney SO            

 10 Hagerstown                                        4:36.75    4:29.92   14 

     1) Quaid Mull SO                   2) Brady Stinson JR              

     3) Nathan Banta SR                 4) Noah Neuman JR                

 11 Seton Catholic                                    4:54.77    4:33.53   12 

     1) Brendon Brown JR                2) Ryan Murray SO                

     3) Mason Burkhardt SO              4) Nick Rader SO 

   

INDIANA STATE WRESTLING FINALS

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Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Ashton Jackson of LaPorte
  • 2nd Place – Evan Dickey of Indpls. Cathedral
  • 3rd Place – Toby Billerman of Perry Meridian
  • 4th Place – Blake Zirkelbach of North Posey
  • 5th Place – Evan Seng of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 6th Place – Jeffrey Bailey of River Forest
  • 7th Place – Nathan Smith of Southport
  • 8th Place – Tanner Tishner of Western

1st Place Match

  • Ashton Jackson (LaPorte) 35-2, So. over Evan Dickey (Indpls. Cathedral) 29-3, Jr. (Dec 8-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Toby Billerman (Perry Meridian) 35-4, So. over Blake Zirkelbach (North Posey) 28-7, Jr. (Dec 4-2)

5th Place Match

  • Evan Seng (Evansville Mater Dei) 27-2, So. over Jeffrey Bailey (River Forest) 32-4, Jr. (UTB 2-1)

7th Place Match

  • Nathan Smith (Southport) 29-7, Jr. over Tanner Tishner (Western) 32-4, Fr. (Dec 4-2)

113

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Alexzander Cottey of Perry Meridian
  • 2nd Place – Isaac Ruble of Bellmont
  • 3rd Place – Kyrel Leavell of Warren Central
  • 4th Place – Coy Hammack of Tell City.
  • 5th Place – Anthony Bahl of Crown Point
  • 6th Place – Hayden DeMarco of Chesterton
  • 7th Place – Jared Brooks of Wabash
  • 8th Place – Joey Buttler of Whiteland Community

1st Place Match

  • Alexzander Cottey (Perry Meridian) 36-2, Sr. over Isaac Ruble (Bellmont) 28-1, Jr. (MD 17-9)

3rd Place Match

  • Kyrel Leavell (Warren Central) 31-3, Fr. over Coy Hammack (Tell City.) 33-3, So. (Dec 3-2)

5th Place Match

  • Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) 27-4, So. over Hayden DeMarco (Chesterton) 37-5, Fr. (Dec 6-4)

7th Place Match

  • Jared Brooks (Wabash) 39-4, Jr. over Joey Buttler (Whiteland Community) 31-10, So. (Fall 2:02)

120

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Sergio Lemley of Chesterton
  • 2nd Place – Logan Frazier of Crown Point
  • 3rd Place – Lane Gilbert of Sullivan
  • 4th Place – Dillon Graham of Indpls. Cathedral
  • 5th Place – Cole Ross of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 6th Place – Aidan Sprague of East Noble
  • 7th Place – Braxton Vest of Westfield
  • 8th Place – Braden Haines of Brownsburg

1st Place Match

  • Sergio Lemley (Chesterton) 37-1, So. over Logan Frazier (Crown Point) 34-4, So. (Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Lane Gilbert (Sullivan) 30-1, So. over Dillon Graham (Indpls. Cathedral) 28-6, Fr. (Dec 9-5)

5th Place Match

  • Cole Ross (Evansville Mater Dei) 26-3, Sr. over Aidan Sprague (East Noble) 31-3, Jr. (Dec 6-5)

7th Place Match

  • Braxton Vest (Westfield) 35-4, Jr. over Braden Haines (Brownsburg) 18-11, Jr. (Dec 2-1)

126

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Zeke Seltzer of Indpls. Cathedral
  • 2nd Place – Cheaney Schoeff of Avon
  • 3rd Place – Brady Ison of Brownsburg
  • 4th Place – Samuel Goin of Crown Point
  • 5th Place – Matteo Vargo of Penn
  • 6th Place – Landon Bertsch of Bluffton
  • 7th Place – Bryce Lowery of Roncalli
  • 8th Place – Nick Olson of Goshen

1st Place Match

  • Zeke Seltzer (Indpls. Cathedral) 33-0, Jr. over Cheaney Schoeff (Avon) 35-6, So. (Dec 9-3)

3rd Place Match

  • Brady Ison (Brownsburg) 26-2, Fr. over Samuel Goin (Crown Point) 16-3, So. (Dec 3-0)

5th Place Match

  • Matteo Vargo (Penn) 16-3, Jr. over Landon Bertsch (Bluffton) 24-2, Jr. (SV-1 4-2)

7th Place Match

  • Bryce Lowery (Roncalli) 38-4, So. over Nick Olson (Goshen) 33-5, Jr. (DQ)

132

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Kysen Montgomery of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Alec Freeman of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 3rd Place – Ian Heath of Leo
  • 4th Place – David Pierson of Warren Central
  • 5th Place – Ben Dalton of Monrovia
  • 6th Place – Cole Solomey of Kankakee Valley
  • 7th Place – Stephen Roberson Jr. of Crown Point
  • 8th Place – Aidan Torres of Chesterton

1st Place Match

  • Kysen Montgomery (Brownsburg) 31-3, Sr. over Alec Freeman (Evansville Mater Dei) 28-2, Sr. (TB-1 2-1)

3rd Place Match

  • Ian Heath (Leo) 33-1, Sr. over David Pierson (Warren Central) 30-5, Sr. (Dec 6-4)

5th Place Match

  • Ben Dalton (Monrovia) 40-2, Sr. over Cole Solomey (Kankakee Valley) 27-7, So. (Dec 5-2)

7th Place Match

  • Stephen Roberson Jr. (Crown Point) 19-5, Sr. over Aidan Torres (Chesterton) 32-5, So. (Dec 4-1)

138

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jesse Mendez of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Delaney Ruhlman of Bloomington South
  • 3rd Place – Blake Boarman of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 4th Place – Jace Alexander of Wawasee
  • 5th Place – Brody Arthur of Oak Hill
  • 6th Place – Hudson Harreld of Zionsville
  • 7th Place – Luke Goodwin of Southport
  • 8th Place – Julius Gerencser of Daleville

1st Place Match

  • Jesse Mendez (Crown Point) 34-0, Jr. over Delaney Ruhlman (Bloomington South) 30-3, So. (Fall 1:00)

3rd Place Match

  • Blake Boarman (Evansville Mater Dei) 31-2, Sr. over Jace Alexander (Wawasee) 26-3, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)

5th Place Match

  • Brody Arthur (Oak Hill) 41-2, Jr. over Hudson Harreld (Zionsville) 32-5, Sr. (Dec 7-4)

7th Place Match

  • Luke Goodwin (Southport) 27-6, Sr. over Julius Gerencser (Daleville) 33-5, Jr. (Dec 7-2)

145

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Logan Wagner of Zionsville
  • 2nd Place – Hayden Watson of Center Grove
  • 3rd Place – Jaden Reynolds of Avon
  • 4th Place – Hunter May of Floyd Central
  • 5th Place – Ethan Kaiser of Chesterton
  • 6th Place – Hayden Shepherd of Western
  • 7th Place – Elijah Chacon of New Haven
  • 8th Place – Toby Abbott of Cowan

1st Place Match

  • Logan Wagner (Zionsville) 38-1, Sr. over Hayden Watson (Center Grove) 32-5, Jr. (Dec 9-5)

3rd Place Match

  • Jaden Reynolds (Avon) 40-2, Sr. over Hunter May (Floyd Central) 28-5, Fr. (Dec 10-4)

5th Place Match

  • Ethan Kaiser (Chesterton) 30-5, Sr. over Hayden Shepherd (Western) 34-4, Jr. (Dec 6-3)

7th Place Match

  • Elijah Chacon (New Haven) 34-2, Sr. over Toby Abbott (Cowan) 33-5, Jr. (Fall 4:32)

152

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – James Conway of Floyd Central
  • 2nd Place – Brock Ellis of Chesterton
  • 3rd Place – Matthew Koontz of Perry Meridian
  • 4th Place – Jajuan Anderson of Warren Central
  • 5th Place – Tyler Conley of Avon
  • 6th Place – Javen Estrada of Crown Point
  • 7th Place – Aidan Hardcastle of Oak Hill
  • 8th Place – Benjamin Phillips of Charlestown

1st Place Match

  • James Conway (Floyd Central) 31-0, Jr. over Brock Ellis (Chesterton) 33-5, Sr. (SV-1 6-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Matthew Koontz (Perry Meridian) 34-3, Jr. over Jajuan Anderson (Warren Central) 34-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

5th Place Match

  • Tyler Conley (Avon) 36-4, Sr. over Javen Estrada (Crown Point) 30-4, Sr. (Dec 7-2)

7th Place Match

  • Aidan Hardcastle (Oak Hill) 38-2, Sr. over Benjamin Phillips (Charlestown) 38-4, Jr. (Dec 8-2)

160

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Broderick Baumann of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 2nd Place – Robert Major of Carmel
  • 3rd Place – Kade Law of Columbus East
  • 4th Place – Andrew Wilson of Indpls. Cathedral
  • 5th Place – Orlando Cruz of Crown Point
  • 6th Place – Tyler Jones of Warren Central
  • 7th Place – Landon Boe of Plainfield
  • 8th Place – Landon Buchanan of Jimtown

1st Place Match

  • Broderick Baumann (Evansville Mater Dei) 30-0, Jr. over Robert Major (Carmel) 40-1, Sr. (Dec 15-11)

3rd Place Match

  • Kade Law (Columbus East) 36-4, Jr. over Andrew Wilson (Indpls. Cathedral) 28-5, Sr. (Dec 3-0)

5th Place Match

  • Orlando Cruz (Crown Point) 31-3, So. over Tyler Jones (Warren Central) 28-8, Jr. (Dec 5-1)

7th Place Match

  • Landon Boe (Plainfield) 34-4, Jr. over Landon Buchanan (Jimtown) 37-5, Jr. (Dec 5-2)

170

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Bryer Hall of East Central
  • 2nd Place – Samuel Morrill of Columbus East
  • 3rd Place – Ulrik Urasky of Indpls. Cathedral
  • 4th Place – JaJuan Dale of Perry Meridian
  • 5th Place – John Purdy of Castle
  • 6th Place – Shane Bates of Zionsville
  • 7th Place – Pate Eastin of Penn
  • 8th Place – Aiden Sneed of Kankakee Valley

1st Place Match

  • Bryer Hall (East Central) 34-0, Sr. over Samuel Morrill (Columbus East) 38-2, Sr. (Fall 0:58)

3rd Place Match

  • Ulrik Urasky (Indpls. Cathedral) 27-4, Sr. over JaJuan Dale (Perry Meridian) 23-9, Sr. (Dec 8-4)

5th Place Match

  • John Purdy (Castle) 33-2, So. over Shane Bates (Zionsville) 28-8, Sr. (SV-1 6-4)

7th Place Match

  • Pate Eastin (Penn) 32-2, Sr. over Aiden Sneed (Kankakee Valley) 27-7, Sr. (Dec 9-3)

182

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gabriel Sollars of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 2nd Place – Drake Buchanan of Center Grove
  • 3rd Place – Aiden Warren of Perry Meridian
  • 4th Place – Brandon Estepp of Warsaw Community
  • 5th Place – Gavin Layman of Chesterton
  • 6th Place – Hunter Page of Monroe Central
  • 7th Place – Riley Woodall of Southmont
  • 8th Place – Jake Sues of Lake Central

1st Place Match

  • Gabriel Sollars (Evansville Mater Dei) 30-0, Jr. over Drake Buchanan (Center Grove) 35-2, Jr. (Dec 9-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Aiden Warren (Perry Meridian) 37-3, Sr. over Brandon Estepp (Warsaw Community) 21-9, Sr. (MD 14-3)

5th Place Match

  • Gavin Layman (Chesterton) 40-1, Sr. over Hunter Page (Monroe Central) 36-7, So. (Dec 3-2)

7th Place Match

  • Riley Woodall (Southmont) 26-4, Sr. over Jake Sues (Lake Central) 22-7, Jr. (Dec 3-1)

195

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Hayden Filipovich of Indianapolis Lutheran
  • 2nd Place – Brach Carrington of Greencastle
  • 3rd Place – Eli Pack of Culver Academies
  • 4th Place – Gage DeMarco of Chesterton
  • 5th Place – Wyatt Willman of North Posey
  • 6th Place – Ibrahim Khaoucha of Northridge
  • 7th Place – Connor Barket of West Lafayette
  • 8th Place – Blake Heyerly of Adams Central

1st Place Match

  • Hayden Filipovich (Indianapolis Lutheran) 44-0, Sr. over Brach Carrington (Greencastle) 40-1, Sr. (Dec 7-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Eli Pack (Culver Academies) 21-1, Sr. over Gage DeMarco (Chesterton) 38-4, Jr. (Dec 1-0)

5th Place Match

  • Wyatt Willman (North Posey) 34-2, Jr. over Ibrahim Khaoucha (Northridge) 31-3, Sr. (Dec 4-2)

7th Place Match

  • Connor Barket (West Lafayette) 21-3, Jr. over Blake Heyerly (Adams Central) 42-4, Jr. (Dec 5-1)

220

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Tristan Ruhlman of Bloomington South
  • 2nd Place – Jason Streck of Merrillville
  • 3rd Place – Evan Bates of Chesterton
  • 4th Place – Jeffrey McClure of Perry Meridian
  • 5th Place – Jamarion Taylor of New Castle
  • 6th Place – Joshua Howell of Terre Haute South Vigo
  • 7th Place – Kole Viel of East Central
  • 8th Place – Aataeveon Jordan of Franklin Central

1st Place Match

  • Tristan Ruhlman (Bloomington South) 27-0, Sr. over Jason Streck (Merrillville) 32-2, Sr. (MD 10-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Evan Bates (Chesterton) 37-1, Sr. over Jeffrey McClure (Perry Meridian) 31-8, Sr. (Dec 5-0)

5th Place Match

  • Jamarion Taylor (New Castle) 39-3, Sr. over Joshua Howell (Terre Haute South Vigo) 26-9, Sr. (Fall 4:42)

7th Place Match

  • Kole Viel (East Central) 28-5, Sr. over Aataeveon Jordan (Franklin Central) 30-8, Jr. (Fall 1:29)

285

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Reeve Muncie of Carroll (Fort Wayne)
  • 2nd Place – Mariere Omonode of West Lafayette
  • 3rd Place – Leighton Jones of Brownsburg
  • 4th Place – Evan Shafer of Connersville
  • 5th Place – Braydon Erb of Western
  • 6th Place – Antone Alexander of Franklin Central
  • 7th Place – Mihailis Platomov of Westfield
  • 8th Place – Matthew Munoz of Jeffersonville

1st Place Match

  • Reeve Muncie (Carroll (Fort Wayne)) 35-1, Sr. over Mariere Omonode (West Lafayette) 16-1, Jr. (Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Leighton Jones (Brownsburg) 32-1, So. over Evan Shafer (Connersville) 39-2, Sr. (MD 14-1)

5th Place Match

  • Braydon Erb (Western) 34-2, Sr. over Antone Alexander (Franklin Central) 35-5, Sr. (SV-1 3-1)

7th Place Match

  • Mihailis Platomov (Westfield) 33-7, Jr. over Matthew Munoz (Jeffersonville) 35-4, Sr. (Fall 1:35)

NCC GYMNASTICS

RHS-Second Place

Junior Elizabeth Ruger 2021 NCC all-around title (37.025). 1st vault (9.65) 1st bars (9.4) 2nd beam (9.1), and 4th floor (8.875).

Junior Kinsey Bosell 2021 All-NCC, 4th all-around (34.525). 3rd bars (8.475) 6th floor (8.775).

Senior Jensen Jones 5th place finish bars (8.125).

Others

Aubrey Uhte – vault (8.75) bars (5.575) beam (7.2) floor (8.5)

Katelyn Evans- vault (8.0) beam (7.825) floor (8.325)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kentucky 70 #19 Tennessee 55

#8 Alabama 82 Vanderbilt 78

#10 Villanova 68 Connecticut 60

#20 Missouri 93 South Carolina 78

#23 Kansas 67 #15 Texas Tech 61

#13 West Virginia 84 #12 Texas 82

#5 Illinois 94 Minnesota 63

#9 Oklahoma 66 Iowa State 56

#16 Florida State 79 Pittsburgh 72

Arizona 81 #17 USC 72

#25 San Diego State 75 Fresno State 57

Duke 66 #7 Virginia 65

#1 Gonzaga 106 San Diego 69

Michigan State 78 Indiana 71

Purdue 75 Nebraska 58

Syracuse 75 Notre Dame 67

Wright State 77 Northern Kentucky 71

Youngstown State 77 IUPUI 70

Cleveland State 67 Purdue Fort Wayne 55

Kent State 64 Eastern Michigan 51

Miami Ohio 69 Northern Illinois 64

Kansas State 62 TCU 54

DePaul 88 St. John’s 83

Georgetown 81 Seton Hall 75

North Carolina 99 Louisville 54

North Carolina State 80 Wake Forest 62

Georgia Tech 87 Miami, Florida 60

Oregon 67 Utah 64

Washington 62 California 51

Colorado 61 Oregon State 57

UCLA 80 Arizona State 79

LSU 104 Auburn 80

Mississippi State 66 Ole Miss 56

Florida 70 Georgia 63

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#9 Maryland 94 Minnesota 62

#19 West Virginia 81 TCU 78

#24 Northwestern 67 Wisconsin 54

Creighton 83 #19 DePaul 72

#1 Connecticut 83 Xavier 32

#16 Gonzaga 69 San Diego 47

#25 Missouri State 75 Bradley 62

#23 South Dakota State 69 North Dakota State 60

#12 S. Florida 78 Tulane 69

Rutgers 75 Illinois 46

Houston 75 Cincinnati 66

Southern Illinois 76 Indiana State 52

Valparaiso 71 Evansville 56

Robert Morris 77 Purdue Fort Wayne 63

Green Bay 61 Wright State 56

Milwaukee 72 Illinois Chicago 53

Youngstown State 64 Cleveland State 61

Northern Kentucky 88 Oakland 75

Kent State 69 Northern Illinois 65

Buffalo 83 Ball State 76

NBA SCOREBOARD

Charlotte 100 into Golden State 100

Phoenix 128 Memphis 97….DESMOND BANE four points, two rebounds

Washington 118 Portland 111

Miami 96 LA Lakers 94

Chicago 102 Sacramento 114

NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 3 New Jersey 2

Colorado 3 Vegas 2

Pittsburgh 3 NY Islanders 2

Los Angeles 4 Arizona 2

San Jose 5 St. Louis 4

Minnesota 5 Anaheim 1

NY Rangers 4 Washington 1

Detroit 2 Florida 1

Nashville 4 Columbus 2

Toronto 5 Montréal 3

Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 0

Edmonton 7 Calgary 1

INDIANA MBB: Michigan State Defeats Indiana, 78-71

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – How do you explain this – a double-digit, second-half lead blown against Michigan State, a huge opportunity wasted?

Trayce Jackson-Davis tried.

“Down the stretch, Aaron Henry took over the game. He put them on his back. He was making tough shots after tough shots.”

He paused. Saturday’s 78-71 loss at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall required it.

“Our defense wasn’t holding up. They got easy baskets at the rim. That hurt us.”

IU (12-10 overall, 7-8 in the Big Ten) got a career-high 34 points from Jackson-Davis and couldn’t hold it.

At one time, it had a 17-4 edge on points off turnovers and couldn’t hold it.

How do you explain it?

Coach Archie Miller tried.

“I look at the second half as a complete bust on defense.”

He paused. Turning potential victory into defeat required it.

“As the game went along, we had costly turnovers and defensive breakdowns.

“We let Michigan State hang around and continue to build confidence. They have good players and a good team.

“I’m disappointed in our second half. We gave up 52 points and 57 percent shooting. We didn’t control either end in the second half.”

A final pause.

“It’s a hard one to take.”

Michigan State, despite its 5-9 Big Ten record (11-9 overall), has elite talent and tradition, and a knack for rebounding and full-throttle attacking.

It went small, conceded the inside to Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson (15 points), and dared IU to win from the perimeter.

The Hoosiers couldn’t do it, going 4-for-19 from 3-point range. Guard Armaan Franklin had 13 points and three 3-pointers.

Fellow guards Rob Phinisee and Aljami Durham were a combined 0-for-10 from the field for a combined four points.

“We needed more form the perimeter,” Miller said. “Al and Rob work at it. Today wasn’t their day. There’s no question not betting much out of them hurt the team.”

As for Jackson-Davis’ career game, Miller said, “He got 34 points. He also was able to draw 13 fouls. He shot 16 free throws. They didn’t have an answer for him, so we played inside out.”

Added Jackson-Davis: “We watched film they don’t help much inside. That’s what it was.”

Miller stressed rebounding and ball security, and got a split. Michigan State had a 36-29 rebound advantage. IU had 11 turnovers to the Spartans’ 14.

However, the Hoosiers had seven second-half turnovers and only shot 60 percent from the line.

Michigan State, which didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half, finished 13-for-15. Henry led with 27 points.

IU’s defense started nasty. Jackson-Davis started strong (scoring seven of IU’s firsts eight points). The Hoosiers jumped ahead 8-2.

They kept the pressure up (Thompson was stealing passes when he wasn’t blocking shots), building leads as large as 13, at 19-6. At one point the Hoosiers had nine points off of nine Spartan turnovers.

Michigan State rallied for a 26-26 tie with less than three minutes left.

A pair of Durham free throws and a Jackson-Davis dunk off a Franklin assist restored the Cream and Crimson order. IU led 30-26 at halftime behind Jackson-Davis’s 14 points and five rebounds. Thompson had five steals, four points and two rebounds.

IU could have had a bigger lead if not for its 33 percent shooting, including 2-for-10 on 3-point shooting.

One solution against a Michigan State defense that didn’t double-team Jackson-Davis – get the ball inside.

He opened the second half scoring with a basket as part of an 8-3 run in the first three minutes for a 38-29 Hoosier lead.

IU kept up the defensive heat, forcing consecutive turnovers that produced five points to build that 10-point advantage.

Michigan State rallied for a 57-52 lead with eight minutes left. The lead was eight two minutes later. Thirty seconds after that, it was 11, then 12.

IU was down, not out. A Franklin 3-pointer made it 75-71 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Spartans made enough free throws to clinch it.

PURDUE MBB: Purdue Blitzes Huskers in the Second Half 75-58

(PURDUE RELEASE)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Jaden Ivey scored 15 points, Sasha Stefanovic added 14, and Purdue beat Nebraska 75-58 on Saturday night.

The Boilermakers pulled away with a 19-4 run to lead 67-53 with about six minutes left. Stefanovic made consecutive 3-pointers during the stretch and Ivey capped it with a dunk. Nebraska cut the deficit to 10 points but didn’t get closer.

Purdue (15-8, 10-6 Big Ten) has won consecutive games for the first time since a four-game winning streak ended with a 17-point loss to then-No. 7 Michigan on Jan. 22.

Ivey was 6-of-12 shooting and Stefanovic made 4 of 8 from long range. Brandon Newman added 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Shamiel Stevenson scored 10 points off the bench to lead Nebraska. Trey McGowens scored all nine of his points in the first half. The Cornhuskers (5-15, 1-12), who wrapped up a stretch of seven games in 12 days with a 79-71 loss at Maryland on Wednesday night, have lost 12 of their last 13.

Purdue plays at Penn State on Friday while Nebraska hosts the Nittany Lions on Tuesday.

Purdue 75, Nebraska 58 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 15-8 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten with a 75-58 win at Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

Purdue improved to 17-6 all-time against Nebraska including 11-4 since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Purdue is now 3-3 all-time in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Purdue won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 17 (Penn State) to Jan. 19 (at Ohio State).

Purdue’s 17-point margin was its largest in a Big Ten road win since an 87-64 win over Iowa on Jan. 20, 2018. 

Purdue is 4-5 in Big Ten road games, needing a win next Friday at Penn State to post a .500 Big Ten road record for the eighth time under Painter (2019, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008). 

Purdue has now won 10 Big Ten games in a season for the 11th time in the last 14 years under Matt Painter, and for the sixth time in the last seven years.

The Boilermakers have held 12 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points. After leading just 40-37 at halftime, Purdue outscored the Huskers 35-21 in the second half.

Purdue improved to 10-4 overall when it has had its full arsenal of players, with losses coming at Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois and Minnesota.

Purdue’s 10 3-pointers were its most since having 11 at Indiana on Jan. 14, 2021, a span of 10 games. Purdue is now 84-17 all-time under Painter when having 10 or more triples, having won 10 games in a row. Purdue is 40-5 since the start of 2017-18 when making 10 or more trifectas.

Purdue is 158-7 under Matt Painter when holding foes to 59 or fewer points.

Purdue’s freshman class tallied 36 points, 27 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocked shots. The Boilermakers are 10-2 when the group scores 30 or more points.

Over the last six games (4-2 record), the freshman class has scored 225 points (37.5 points per game), accounting for 51.8 percent of Purdue’s scoring (225-of-434 points).

Purdue’s starters outscored Nebraska by a 43-21 margin. Purdue is 10-0 when its starters outscores its opponents’ starters.

Purdue’s two centers (Trevion Williams and Zach Edey) combined for just 17 points and eight rebounds, just the second game this season it hasn’t produced a combined double-double.

Jaden Ivey scored 15 points with a career-high seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. In the last five games, Ivey is averaging 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game.

Sasha Stefanovic scored 14 points including 4 3-pointers. He entered the game 0-of-10 from the field (0-of-7 from 3) since his return from CoVid-19. Purdue is 17-5 in his career when he scores in double-figures, including 8-1 this season.

Brandon Newman moved into eighth place on Purdue’s freshman list for 3-pointers made with 36. He scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. Purdue is 8-3 when he makes multiple 3-pointers.

Zach Edey scored eight points with five rebounds and a career-high two assists with no turnovers in just 19 minutes. Over the last four games, Edey has scored 43 points with 23 rebounds in just 66 minutes of action.

BALL STATE MBB: Sunday Night Basketball: Cardinals Night In America

(BSU RELEASE)

Ball State Basketball Night In America

The Cardinals are playing on Sunday night. A change in the schedule sets up the Ball State men’s basketball team for a Sunday night tip at home vs. Western Michigan. This game was set for January 5 but was postponed. The Cardinals won 76-68 at WMU three days before Christmas.

This game was added to the schedule last week, rescheduled from an original January 6 date. BSU comes in after an 88-79 loss to Akron on Friday night. Ball State got 20 points from Ishmael El-Amin and a career-high 18 from Brachen Hazen, but Akron shot 73% in the second half to pull away. Western Michigan which has lost or postponed five games this year, is coming off a home loss to Kent State.

The Starting 5 – Sunday Night’s Top Storylines

1. BONUS BASKETBALL

Ball State had five games postponed this season, four due to COVID and one due to a power outage in Ohio. It’s late February and the Cardinals are getting the opportunity to play some of those missed games. Working with MAC officials, BSU was able to find Sunday’s game vs. Western Michigan and reschedule Kent State at home for Wednesday, Feb. 24. In all, BSU will have seven straight games at home over 22 days. The current stretch has four games in nine days (Akron-WMU-Kent-CMU).

2. SIMULATING THE TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE

James Whitford on Friday likened this Friday-Sunday-Wednesday stretch to playing in a tournament setting. The goal in Cleveland in March will be to win three games in three days. Playing this Sunday night gives the Cardinals a chance to play on a short turnaround and simulate a tournament cadence and recovery.

3. CLOSE TO A FULL DECK DOWN THE STRETCH

Everyone on BSU’s eligible roster is now available, aside from transfer Reggie Jones. In total, Cardinal players have missed 48 games in addition to Ishmael El-Amin missing the second half of the first Buffalo game. As Ball State heads into the stretch run of the season, time is needed for newly-available players to find chemistry and rhythm. Here’s a breakdown of games missed by player:

Player   Games Missed

Reggie Jones      18

Jarron Coleman 10

Jalen Windham   8

Thomas/Walton/Gunn    3

Hazen     2

Huggins   1

El-Amin 2nd half at Buffalo

4. CARDS AND WMU – THE SERIES

Ball State and Western Michigan have played each other in basketball since 1932, when Branch McCracken coached the Cardinals to a 35-31 win over Western Michigan. BSU now leads the all-time series 68-67 and has won four of the last five and seven of the last 11 against WMU.

5. MILESTONE COMING FOR ISH

Ishmael El-Amin, who averages 15.3 points per game, needs 14 more points for 1,000 in his career. Sunday’s game is his 100th career game at BSU, and a 14-poinut effort would give him a clean 1,000 points in 100 games. K.J. Walton crossed 1,000 career points earlier this year in the game at Western Michigan.

MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Claim 69-64 Road Win at Northern Illinois

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OXFORD, Ohio—A five-point advantage after the first 20 minutes of play proved to be what the RedHawks needed after an evenly-matched second half to pick up a key road win as the Miami University men’s basketball team collected a 69-64 triumph at Northern Illinois on Saturday evening. Miami moves to 9-9 overall and 6-7 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Huskies drop to 2-13 overall and 1-9 in conference action.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Miami took a 13-7 lead by the 13:50 mark of the first half. Northern Illinois retaliated with a 15-5 run to claim a 22-15 advantage with 7:50 to go in the half.

Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant knocked down a triple, Miami’s first field goal in over seven minutes, to spark a 10-1 run that handed Miami a 25-23 advantage by the 3:01 mark. Junior guard Mekhi Lairy drained back-to-back triples to punctuate the run.

The RedHawks outscored the Huskies 7-4 over the final 2:39 of the half to carry a 32-27 lead into the intermission.

Miami opened the second half on a 15-5 flurry over the first five minutes of the game that included six points from senior forward Dalonte Brown and five points from senior forward Precious Ayah to push ahead 44-31.

After NIU closed within six, the RedHawks used an 8-0 spurt, fueled by five points from Grant, to take a 54-40 lead by the 10:28 mark. Northern Illinois fired back with a 16-5 run to cut the gap to 59-56 with 4:47 to play.

The Huskies further shrunk the Miami cushion to two, by the 2:41 mark, 62-60. The RedHawks persevered down the stretch, outscoring the Huskies 7-4 over the final minutes to collect the five-point win.

NOTES:

Grant led all players with 26 points, his fourth 20-point scoring effort of the season.

Brown recorded his second straight double-double and fifth of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Lairy was the other RedHawk to score in double figures with 14 points. He also recorded four assists.

Miami swept the series with Northern Illinois, also picking up a 70-58 win against the Huskies on Jan. 9 in Oxford.

It is just the second road win of the season for Miami, who moves to 2-6 in road games.

The win snapped a four-game skid for the RedHawks and is their first win in the month of February.

UP NEXT:

The RedHawks continue a brutal road stretch when Miami travels to Central Michigan for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

WRIGHT STATE MBB: Raiders clinch share of regular season title

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The Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Northern Kentucky 77-71 on the road Saturday night, clinching at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the third consecutive season in the process.

Despite the pandemic-shortened season, the Raiders (18-5 overall, 16-4 HL) set a new program record for league wins with Saturday’s victory, along with tying the mark for the second-most victories in Horizon League history, joining Valparaiso (2015-16), Green Bay (1995-96) and Butler (2007-08).

In addition, Loudon Love became the winningest player in the program’s Division I era, having been a part of 89 wins to date.

Tied at 63-all with 4:48 remaining, Tanner Holden connected on an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Raiders the lead and started a 14-7 run to close the night. During the stretch, Wright State was 12-of-15 from the free throw line while holding Northern Kentucky to just 2-of-7 shooting from the floor over the same period.

Wright State finished the night with four players in double figures, paced by Grant Basile’s 21 points, including a stretch where he scored 10 consecutive Raider points early in the second half. Basile finished with a 7-of-13 shooting line, including a pair of three-point baskets, and was 5-of-8 from the free throw stripe while adding nine rebounds.

Love tallied his 12th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds, adding a pair of key blocks in the final minutes of play. Love closes the regular season with double-doubles in three straight games, and hit the mark in six of the final seven games overall, adding in a nine rebound performance as well.

Holden also finished with 18 points, adding six rebounds, while Tim Finke had 10 points and eight rebounds of his own.

Leading by three at the halftime break, Wright State saw Northern Kentucky tie things up with the first basket of the second half before going on a 12-7 run behind 10 points from Basile to take a 49-44 advantage. The margin remained at two possessions from there, with the hosts taking a three-point lead at the 9:24 mark. Trailing by four with just over six minutes remaining, the Raiders used a quick, 9-0 run, started by Love before seven straight points from Holden, to take a 68-63 lead and gain control.

Wright State finished the night shooting 44 percent (27-of-62) from the floor while hitting seven of their 21 three-point attempts, including five in the first half. Northern Kentucky was 44 percent (28-of-63) form the floor and was also 7-of-21 from three-point range, with six of its coming in the second half.

The difference came at the free throw line, where the Raiders were 16-of-21 (76 percent) overall on the night, including 14-of-18 in the second half, while Northern Kentucky attempted just eight shots from the stripe (hitting all of them). Wright State finished with a 41-32 advantage on the glass, including 27 boards off the defensive glass.

WRIGHT STATE MBB: Men’s Basketball tabbed as No. 2 seed for Horizon League Championship

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DAYTON/INDIANAPOLIS – The Wright State men’s basketball team clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the third consecutive season on Saturday night, and found out later in the evening that it will be the No. 2 seed for the 2021 Horizon League Championship that begins next week, based off tiebreaker procedures, the League announced late Saturday night.

Under the current neutral-site championship format introduced in 2016, the No. 1 seed has not won a Horizon League tournament title.

The Raiders (18-5) will await the second-lowest remaining seed following the first-round matchups on February 25 and host that team at the Nutter Center in quarterfinal action on March 2 at 7 p.m., with the broadcast on ESPN+.

First-round action includes No. 5 Detroit Mercy hosting No. 12 Robert Morris, No. 6 Youngstown State hosting 11th-seeded UIC, No. 7 Green Bay hosting 10th-seeded Purdue Fort Wayne and No. 8 Milwaukee hosting No. 9 IUPUI.

Along with the Raiders, No. 1-seeded Cleveland State, No. 3 Oakland and No. 4 Northern Kentucky await their quarterfinal opponents.

Quarterfinal round winners will advance to Indianapolis for the semifinals on March 8 and the championship on March 9.

PURDUE VB: Seniors Ensure Win on Senior Night

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 11 Purdue volleyball program (6-4) celebrated senior night by taking down Northwestern (2-2) in Holloway Gymnasium in four sets (25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19) for the Boilermakers’ fourth consecutive win.

Seniors Caitlyn Newton and Jena Otec insured the victory with their team-leading 17 kills and 19 digs, respectively. Newton’s 19 kills mark the second-most this season, trailing only to her career-high 29, earned two weeks ago vs. No. 6 Minnesota.

In addition to the senior’s success, Hayley Bush etched her name in the Purdue record book, owning 3,098 assists by the end of the night to rank No. 10 in program history. The redshirt junior surpassed Paula Harmon (3,066 from 1991-93) and is just 196 assists away from tying for ninth-most in Purdue’s annals.

Middle blockers Jael Johnson and Taylor Trammell combined for 15 kills and eight blocks, with Trammell going errorless on her way to a .778 attack % (including a perfect 1.000 through the first three sets) and Johnson producing a solo block.

Meanwhile, Grace Cleveland added 15 kills in the win with just two errors for a .371 hitting clip and defensive specialist Maddie Schermerhorn notched her second double-digit effort of the season with 11 digs.

Set 1 (25-18)

Boilermakers get off to a 7-1 start, including Otec’s first ace of the match, and never looked back. In the set, Johnson recorded three total stuffs (one solo, two assisted blocks) while Newton led the attack with five kills and no errors on her way to a .455 hitting clip.

Set 2 (22-25)

The set saw six tied scores and three lead changes to open, with Purdue leading 15-13, however a six-point unanswered run gave Northwestern the advantage. The Boilermakers cut the lead to 22-24, which included a pair of kills by Newton in the final effort. In the set, Cleveland tallied five kills on 10 attempts to lead Purdue.

Set 3 (25-15)

Trammell factored into the 7-2 Purdue run that helped the team pull away from the Wildcats by contributing all five of her set points the critical time to help the Boilermakers pull away and take a 14-8 lead. The effort included three kills and a pair of block assists during the run. Maddie Koch also entered the match for the first time, chipping two blocks and no errors on five swings (.400) to ensure the Purdue set win.

Set 4 (25-19)

Purdue led the entire set after getting off to a 6-1 start. Newton added in seven kills with just one error on 11 attempts (.545 hitting clip) to lead the team. Meanwhile, Cleveland went errorless with five kills on nine swings (.556 hitting clip). As a team, Purdue recorded just three errors in the set.

Up Next

The No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers are slated for a mid-week matchup at in-state rival Indiana on Tuesday evening, February 23. Fans can tune in to the Big Ten Network at 5 p.m. ET to watch. Then, Purdue will return home to host Indiana on Sunday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET on BTN to close out the series. The Monon Spike will be awarded to the winner of Sunday’s matchup.

INDIANA WSOCCER: Indiana Falls to Northwestern in 2021 Season Opener, 1-0

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EVANSTON, Ill. – Indiana women’s soccer (0-1-0) fell to Northwestern (1-0-0) in its season opener on Saturday night at Ryan Fieldhouse, 1-0.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the opening frame, a couple of sophomore midfielders took a few shots at the Wildcats. The first was taken first by Alaina Kalin in the 7th minute of play but went wide. Avery Lockwood followed that up with an attempted header off a corner kick in the 8th minute, but it was saved by the Wildcat’s goalkeeper.

• Junior defender Oliwia Wos had a good look in the 24th minute, but it went left of the net.

• In the second half, Indiana saw another three shots on target. Lockwood had a good look in the 48th minute, but Wildcat goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood was there for the save.

• Wos also fired up chances two more times in the 58th and 65th minute of play but couldn’t get it to the back of the net.

• Northwestern sophomore Aurea Martin scored the only goal of the night in the 85th minute, which proved to be the game winner.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers are now 17-9-3 in season openers.

• Wos led Indiana with three shots, two on goal. Lockwood also recorded two shots on goal.

• Indiana saw four freshmen record their first career start on Saturday in Anna Aehling, Anna Bennett, Gabi Rennie and Jen Blitchok. Sofia Black also saw her first action as a Hoosier as she played 20 minutes off the bench.

• Senior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel was tested early as she had four saves in the first half. She finished with five on the night.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will return to Bloomington for their season home opener as they take on Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25th.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cardinals Beat #22 Arizona In Extras

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TUCSON, Arizona – On his office wall, Rich Maloney has laminated copies of the lineup card from memorable wins throughout the years at Ball State. LSU, Miami Hurricanes, most of the Big Ten. Championship clinchers.

Time to add another card on the wall.

Ball State outlasted #22 Arizona, also ranked 17th and 10th in various polls, 8-7 in 11 innings last night for its first win over a ranked team since 2017. The Cardinals trailed 6-3, rallied, gave up the lead, tied the game again, stopped a walk-off steal of home attempt, used their ace for four relief innings and won the game with an RBI walk.

“This was a great team win!” head coach Rich Maloney said. “It’s a huge win for our program. We fought back – I loved the way we competed.”

Maloney likened Saturday’s win to a the team’s 7-1 win at LSU in 2016, but said the way the Cardinals rallied makes it extra special.

“Coming from behind late after the home run made this special – how we answered back against a ranked team,” Maloney said.

John Baker, originally scheduled to start Sunday’s game, put up zeroes until Ryan Peltier started the game-winning rally in the top of the 11th. With the bases loaded, Arizona tried to win the game in the bottom of the 9th by stealing home. Chase Sebby caught caught a pitch and put the tag down to keep the Cardinals alive.

“John was out of the windup and threw a changeup, but luckily I think he realized he was going so he hurried up a bit,” Sebby said. “I had to come forward a bit so I could catch it closer to the playe and once I had it the runner wasn’t close to the plate so it was just a matter of putting the tag on him.”

The team teams went to the 11th tied, where Peltier singled to lead off the inning and then moved to 2nd base on a passed ball. Noah Navarro kept the inning alive with an infield single and Ross Messina’s bases-loaded walk pushed Peltier across with the go-ahead run. It was BSU’s third bases-loaded walk of the night. Baker then shut the door in the last half.

Baker pitched four innings for the win, striking out seven. Navarro had three hits on the night and Messina and Peltier each scored two runs.

“Watching John Baker pitch in this game is something I will never forget,” Maloney said. “He was simply marvelous.”

A 3-run homer in the 6th put Arizona up 6-3, but that was actually the beginning of the game. Ball State put up a 4-spot to tie the game at 7 in the 8th inning. Two RBI walks and an RBI single from Adam Tellier keyed the comeback. Baker, who earned his 19th career win, carved the Arizona lineup until the game-winning plays were made on offense in the 11th.

Game 3 of the series is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Game 4 is Monday morning and the Cardinals will fly home afterward.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Begins 2021 with Two Wins Over Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Miami University baseball team started the 2021 season earning two wins against Jacksonville University in a doubleheader in Florida on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks started the day with a 4-1 win over the Dolphins before finishing off the day with a come-from-behind 8-4 victory in game two. Miami starts the season with a 2-0 record, and Jacksonville moves to 0-2.

How it Happened:

GAME ONE

Sam Bachman was the pitcher to start the season off for Miami, throwing five innings in the first game of 2021. Bachman recorded six strikeouts with just one earned run against, while Jacob Webb only gave up one hit in his two innings pitched to replace Bachman on the mound.

Stephen Krause was the first run of the game in the second inning, as he was able to score after Cristian Tejada reached first base on a fielder’s choice.

The second inning was a fierce one for the ‘Hawks, as Michael Morissette scored Miami’s second run of the inning after Tejada advanced to second base from a wild pitch.

Krause got to first base due to an error by the shortstop in the third inning, which allowed Brian Zapp to score and make it a 3-1 game early.

To finish game one, Zapp hit a triple, and Benji Brokemond was able to seal the win for Miami by making it 4-1.

GAME TWO:

Jonathan Brand was called to the mound to start game two for Miami, and he threw three innings against the Dolphins. Grant Hartwig saw action in the game’s final four innings and allowed no runs with four strikeouts.

The RedHawks were the first ones to score in game two, with Zapp continuing his stellar day. Will Vogelgesang flew out to the center field, and Zapp was able to score to make it a 1-0 game in Miami’s favor early in the third.

After the Dolphins scored the next three, Miami found themselves behind going into the sixth. Nate Stone was able to score in the sixth to make it a 4-2 game.

The eighth inning was critical for Miami. With the bases loaded, Zapp walked, which gave Parker Massman the chance to score. Following Zapp’s walk, Vogelgesang was hit by a pitch and walked, which allowed Mac Hippenhammer to score.

Cole Andrews grounded the ball out to second base, and Tejada scored Miami’s third run of the eighth to move the score in Miami’s favor. Zapp finished the inning by scoring a run on a wild pitch and ended the inning with the score at 6-4.

The RedHawks’ comeback was complete when the ninth came around, and the RedHawks scored two more times to seal the doubleheader sweep. Massman scored his second run on the game after Zapp was hit by a pitch from the Dolphins’ pitcher, and Hippenhammer got his first run as a RedHawk.

Up Next:

Miami continues their adventures in the Sunshine State as they take on the Jacksonville University Dolphins in one more game. The single game is scheduled on February 21, with the first pitch scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Announce 2021 Team Captains

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Head coach Link Jarrett announced the baseball team captains Saturday afternoon and some familiar faces will be leading the Irish. Graduate student Cameron Brown and senior Niko Kavadas return as team captains and are joined by seniors Tommy Sheehan and Jared Miller.

“Being chosen a team captain by your teammates is quite an honor, and in my opinion, one of the best,” said Jarrett. “These four players are highly thought of within our program and that was clearly evident in the voting that occurred. On field performance, work ethic, and leadership qualities are all traits our players saw represented in their selection of captains for the 2021 season. It is unfortunate that we are not playing this weekend, but we had a great practice today and we will be back.”

Brown, a Lakewood, Colorado native, has been named a team captain for the third consecutive season. He returns to the mound after missing the 2020 season due to injury. Back in 2019 Brown had a team high 89 strikeouts, which was the most by an Irish pitcher since Will Hudgins tallied 90 during the 2012 season.

Kavadas earns his second-straight team captain honor and that is one of the many accolades he has received heading into the season. The Granger, Ind. native was named a preseason All-American by Perfect Game (Second Team) and Baseball America (Third Team). He tied for the ACC lead last season with seven home runs and led the conference with 0.54 home runs per game. Kavadas also landed at No. 87 on Baseball America’s Top 150 Players list and No. 4 first baseman on D1Baseball’s preseason power rankings.

Sheehan is a first-time team captain and he returns as the Irish Friday starter for the third straight season. He went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA over 23.1 innings pitched in 2020. Sheehan led the Irish in innings pitched and tied for the team lead in wins last year. In 2019 Sheehan finished the year with a team-high 92.1 innings, the most by an Irish pitcher since 2013.

Miller is also a first-time captain and heads into the season as the starter at second base. Miller has been a stalwart in the Irish infield the past two seasons, starting at second base or shortstop in 56 of the last 57 games. In the 2020 season, Miller led the team with six doubles and was third on the team with 13 hits over 12 games.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Falls In Saturday Contest At South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Dayton baseball team fell 12-5 on Saturday at South Carolina at Founders Park in Columbia.

The Flyers scored five runs on three hits, one of which was the 100th career hit from senior Riley Tirotta, a three-run home run over the left field wall. The Dayton third baseman finished the day 1-5 with the big fly. Senior Mariano Ricciardi also found some success at the plate, going 1-3 with a double, walk, and hit by pitch.

Senior Mitchell Garrity was hit by a pitch for the 45th time in his Dayton career and now trails Cole Tyrell’s career record of 48 hit by pitches from 2007-2010.

On the Mound

Graduate student Ben Olson started the game on the mound for the Flyers, going two innings and giving up four runs on three hits, walking two. The lefty had one strikeout in the contest and was relieved by junior Dylan Keller after facing two batters in the third. Keller allowed one hit and no earned runs in his one inning of work, allowing one of Olson’s baserunners to come home.

Graduate student Tyler Jones pitched the fourth, allowing two runs, one earned run, on two hits. Senior Andrew Zapka entered in the fifth inning, lasting one and a third innings striking out two without allowing a hit.

Senior Jonathan Brus relieved Zapka with one out in the sixth. Brus allowed just a home run in his inning of work and gave way to senior Jared Howell who lasted just two batters, walking both before head coach Jayson King took him out the game.

Junior Bryce Hellgeth struck out one in his inning on the mound, but also allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. The eighth and final Dayton pitcher of the afternoon was freshman Eli Majick who made his Dayton debut in the loss. The lefty finished the last two-thirds of an inning allowing two runs on two hits, one of which was a South Carolina home run.

Scoring Plays

Top 1: (1-0 Flyers)

Ricciardi opened the game with his first career extra-base hit in a Dayton uniform, a double to center. Two batters later junior Marcos Pujols drove him in with a deep ball to left center field that was dropped by the South Carolina center fielder to give the Flyers their first lead of the season.

Bottom 1: (1-1 Tie)

South Carolina’s Wes Clarke sent the first pitch he saw from Olson over the left field wall for a home run.

Bottom 2: (3-1 Gamecocks)

South Carolina led off the inning with a single before Olson retired the next two hitters. Braylen Wimmer of the Gamecocks followed with a home run to left field to give USC the lead.

Bottom 3: (4-1 Gamecocks)

Two walks allowed Keller to enter the game for Dayton. With runners on first and second the Gamecocks drove in another run with a single to left field.

Bottom 4: (6-1 Gamecocks)

Jones entered in bottom of the fourth for the first time in 2021 and gave up a home run to left field to lead off the inning. A single, error, and sacrifice bunt moved a runner to third base and a sacrifice fly gave South Carolina a 6-1 lead.

Top 5: (6-5 Gamecocks)

Senior Michael Cleary led off the inning with a walk and Ricciardi followed that up getting hit by a pitch that stood after it was reviewed. Tirotta then sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to cut the lead to two. Two batters later graduate student Alex Brickman walked and junior Ben Blackwell hit a two-out single through the left side. Garrity was hit by a pitch to load the bases and with junior Jay Curtis at the plate. A passed ball brought home Brickman and cut the lead to one.

Bottom 7: (8-5 Gamecocks)

A leadoff home run in the inning made it a 7-5 deficit for the Flyers. Two one-out walks by Howell followed by a single off of Hellgeth gave way to a sacrifice fly and gave South Carolina an 8-5 lead.

Bottom 8: (12-5 Gamecocks)

A one-out double and a walk pushed Hellgeth out of the game and Majick entered the game for the first time in his Dayton career. He gave up a single and a three-run home run to give the game its final score of 12-5.

Up Next:

The Flyers will return for the series finale against South Carolina tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls 5-2 To No. 25 Clemson Saturday

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CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost a Saturday nonconference contest at No. 25 Clemson, falling in a 5-2 decision at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Paul Komistek had his first home run of the season while Eric Santiago finished 2-for-4 with a double.

A three-run fifth inning for Clemson (2-0) proved to be the difference as the Bearcats (1-0) scattered two runs and seven hits in the loss.

LHP Dean McCarthy took the loss despite pitching well and wasn’t able to catch many breaks in his UC debut. He surrendered a double to Clemson’s Wright on the fourth pitch of the game and the first run crossed the plate after a pair of ground outs. From there, McCarthy retired 10 of the next 12 batters he faced.

In the bottom of the fifth, Clemson loaded the bases with no outs and a Teodosio hit took a bad hop and skipped over 2B Jace Mercer and into center field. After a lengthy pause for a replay checking for fielder interference, McCarthy gave up a walk which scored one and induced a sacrifice liner to right from Brewer for the first out of the inning and made the score 3-1. McCarthy gave way to RHP Jalen Wade who induced a 5-3 double play featuring a defensive gem by Santiago to end the inning.

Komistek’s homer led off the sixth to the deepest part of the ballpark. UC scored in consecutive innings as LF Griffin Merritt had an RBI double in the top of the seventh to score Santiago. UC stranded six runners in the game.

UP NEXT

UC closes out the series Sunday at 1 p.m. against Clemson. LHP Garrett Schoenle squares off against Tigers LHP Caden Grice.

Watch the game on ACC Network Extra or follow the live stats on BearcatStats.com.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: IRISH TIE #5 BADGERS, EARN SECOND B1G POINT

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MADISON, Wis. — Notre Dame rallied with four goals in the third period to ultimately skate to a 5-5 overtime tie with fifth-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday evening at La Bahn Arena. 

In the shootout, Max Ellis scored and Dylan St. Cyr denied Cole Caufield, Dylan Halloway and Ty Pelton-Byce to seal the extra point in the Big Ten standings.

The Irish had been trailing 3-1 after two periods of play but responded in the third.

“It was just about playing for pride,” head coach Jeff Jackson said after the game. “I thought [in] the second period we were on our heels and they dominated usas we did a poor job managing the puck … I was really proud to see how they responded in the third.”

Alex Steeves had a pair of goals for Notre Dame to bring his season total to 13, while Colin Theisen had a goal and an assist and Max Ellis and Landon Slaggert each had a pair of assists.

St. Cyr finished with 39 saves on the night, including 18 in a busy second period. In the Wisconsin net Cameron Rowe finished with 31 saves.

On special teams, Notre Dame was 1-for-2 while Wisconsin was 1-for-3.

How It Happened

The Irish struck first when Trevor Janicke got to the net and knocked a deflected Jesse Lansdell pass in for his second goal of the season at 4:38 of the first period. Colin Theisen also had an assist on the play.

Freshman defenseman Jake Boltmann hammered a point shot off the post midway through the first and then Theisen had a chance as he was sent in on a breakaway by a Jake Pivonka chip pass, but after the puck found its way through Rowe it hit the post with seven minutes left in the opening frame.

Wisconsin was able to tie it up at 14:55 of the first when Ty Pelton-Byce dug the puck out from under St. Cyr and forced it across the goal line while the Badgers were on the power play.

The Irish killed off another Wisconsin power play and the first came to a close tied at 1-1.

Five and a half minutes into the second, St. Cyr made a big pad stop to deny Dominick Mersch on a two-on-one chance.

Then the Irish killed off a Badger power play that started midway through the second, but just seven seconds after it expired Wisconsin crashed the net and took a 2-1 lead on a Roman Ahcan goal.

Max Ellis had Notre Dame’s next good look with 3:45 left in the second, but Rowe fought off the wrist shot from the slot with his glove.

Then with 20.8 seconds left in the period, Cole Caufield extended the lead to 3-1 when he converted a cross-ice feed for his 19th goal of the season.

Seven seconds into a power-play chance Alex Steeves got the Irish back within one with a one-timer from the faceoff circle, with the feed coming from Nick Leivermann. Landon Slaggert also had an assist on the goal, which came at 7:18 of the third.

Just 59 seconds later Max Ellis slid a cross-ice pass to Colin Theisen on a two-on-one chance and the senior buried his sixth goal of the season to tie the game, 3-3.

Wisconsin answered back at 11:11 when Linus Weissbach scored to give the Badgers a 4-3 lead.

Alex Steeves’ second goal of the night, a wrist shot from the slot, evened the score once again with 6:18 to go in the third.

Just 36 seconds later, Solag Bakich buried a feed from Ellis on a two-on-one rush to give Notre Dame a 5-4 advantage.

With Rowe pulled in favor of the extra attacker, Ty Pelton-Byce tied the game back up on a wrist shot following an offensive zone faceoff win with 27 seconds left in regulation.

The Badgers were whistled for a penalty just 15 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime, and despite quality chances by Landon Slaggert, Leivermann and Alex Steeves, the Irish were unable to convert on the 4-on-3 advantage.

With a second B1G point up for grabs in the shootout, Ellis scored in the second round and St. Cyr stopped all three shooters he faced to clinch two points for the Irish.

Notes

Senior Matt Hellickson skated in his 141st-consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.

Trevor Janicke scored his second goal of the season and first since Dec. 3 versus Arizona State.

Dylan St. Cyr made a season high 39 saves.

With two goals, Alex Steeves posted his fifth multi-point game of the season and the 12th of his career.

With two assists, Landon Slaggert posted his sixth multi-point game of the season/his career.

With a goal and an assist, Colin Theisen posted his third multi-point game of the season and the 13th of his career.

With a pair of assists, Max Ellis posted his fourth multi-point game of the season/his career.

Next Up

The Irish will play their final regular-season road series next weekend at Michigan State (Feb. 26-27).

Puck drop times and streaming broadcast details will be announced in the coming days.

OHIO STATE HOCKEY: BUCKEYES DROP SERIES FINALE TO NO. 7/6 MICHIGAN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 7/6 Michigan, 6-0, Saturday in Value City Arena to close the regular season series between the teams. After a scoreless first that saw just seven total shots on goal, the Wolverines scored at 1:09 of the second and carried the lead the rest of the way, leading 4-0 after 40 minutes and adding two goals in the third.

The Buckeyes (6-15-1, 6-14-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Wolverines (12-8-0, 10-8-0-1-0-0 B1G) end the weekend with a series split after a 3-2 Ohio State win Friday.

Ohio State will return to action with two games at Wisconsin next weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and at 5 p.m. ET Saturday in Madison. Fox Sports Wisconsin will show both games, with the Friday broadcast carried on SportsTime Ohio. They will also be streamed on BTN Plus. Ohio State Radio will also cover the contests.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik

“The five minute major was a big factor. The first period we might not have had a ton of shots, but we limited them. We played exactly how we needed to. All of a sudden, they get one on the five minute major and then get the third [goal] and it started to get away from us.”

PURDUE TRACK: Boilermakers Compete at Big Ten Open

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team concluded the indoor regular season at the Big Ten Open on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Boilermakers earned five first-place finishes and set six personal-best marks at Indiana’s Gladstein Fieldhouse. In the final meet before next weekend’s Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships, 10 men and eight women competed for Purdue against Indiana in seven men’s and seven women’s events.

“We had a small group that competed at Indiana today, with several kids that we needed to determine if they’ll be making the travel squad for the Big Ten Championships,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “The performances today gave us the chance to see where this group was at.”

Sophomore Marcellus Moore won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.71 seconds for his second victory in the event in as many weeks. Moore’s time is tied for the fourth-fastest in the Big Ten this year and would rank No. 7 in Purdue history if he didn’t already own the fifth-fastest mark.

Junior Camille Christopher claimed the win in the 200 in 24.16. Her first win of the season, Christopher’s time is the sixth-fastest in the conference in 2021 and would be 10th-fastest in school history if she wasn’t already at No. 8.

Freshmen Brady Hawks and Nikia Smith also earned victories against the Hoosiers, both with personal-best marks. Hawks’ win came with a jump of 1.97 meters in the high jump, while Smith’s was in the 60-hurdles in 8.73 seconds.

Senior Jalil Brewer was the lone competitor in the shot put, and he earned a mark of 18.84 meters. The throw is the fifth-best in the Big Ten this year and would be No. 6 in the Purdue record books if he wasn’t already at No. 3.

In the women’s 60-meter dash, sophomore Kerris Roberts was second in a five-runner field with a time of 7.53 seconds. While she holds the seventh-fastest time in the event in school history, today’s finish would be No. 10 on the list. Additionally, Christopher was third in the race in 7.61 seconds.

Sophomore Ian Hunter (800, 1:52.84) and freshmen Emily Kim (long jump, 5.25m) and Cierra Williams (400, 55.94) all notched personal-best marks. Additionally, sophomore Luke Upton (800, 2:01.55) and freshman Naomi Campbell (60, 7.80 and 200, 25.54), made their collegiate debuts.

Postseason competition begins next weekend at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, from Feb. 25-27. The three-day championship meet will be held at the Spire Institute.

INDY FUEL: BAKALA SHUT OUT HANDS INDY 4-0 WIN OVER GREENVILLE

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NDIANAPOLIS – In the second game in a row against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the Fuel looked to respond to a loss on Friday night. Scoring three goals in the third period, Indy’s Dan Bakala would shut out the Swamp Rabbits en route to a 4-0 win on Saturday night.

Indy took the early lead in the first period when Michael McNicholas wired a slapshot over the shoulder of Ryan Bednard to take a 1-0 lead. Doubling their lead on the power play with five minutes left in the period, Alex Rauter deflected a wrist shot by Willie Raskob to give Indy a 2-0 lead. Mike Lee tripled the Fuel’s lead when he jumped on a loose puck and fired a slap shot from the point past Bednard to send Indy into the locker room leading 3-0.

Outshot 6-2 in the first half of the second period, Dan Bakala and the Fuel defense would have to weather the Greenville storm for the first 10 minutes. The Swamp Rabbits would get a chance midway through the period but would be denied by Dan Bakala with a behind-the-back save that would be reviewed and determined no goal. Neither team would be able to breakthrough in the middle stanza, sending the Fuel into the intermission leading 3-0.

Through the first ten minutes of the final period, neither team would be able to capitalize on their scoring chances. Each team would earn a chance on the man-advantage but would be denied by the respective penalty kills. Alex Rauter would put home the empty netter with less than a minute left to give Indy a 4-0 win on Saturday night.

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Heat hold off depleted Lakers 96-94 in NBA Finals rematch

Although the Miami Heat’s road trip started slowly, Kendrick Nunn thinks they are picking up steam because of a team chemistry that is growing at every stop.

The Heat even kept it together to pull out a win over the defending NBA champions despite a fourth quarter that nearly went wrong.

Nunn scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Miami held off the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 Saturday night in an NBA Finals rematch.

Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat in the teams’ first meeting since the Lakers won their 17th championship with a six-game victory over Miami in the Florida bubble four months ago. The Heat scored only 15 points in the fourth quarter, but they held the Lakers to 17 and hung on when Alex Caruso missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

“You can tell that the chemistry is building,” said Nunn, who hit five 3-pointers. “We’ve been together for a week and a half, and it just gives us more of a feel for each other. We’re moving in the right direction now. We dropped a couple early, but we’re starting to give ourselves the best chance at the end of the game.”

The victory was Miami’s second straight following a three-game skid during this seven-game road trip. The defending Eastern Conference champions (13-17) have been under .500 since Jan. 12, but their confidence is growing.

“We’re seeing progress the last few weeks,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think our defensive mental toughness was better in this game to get some stops when we weren’t able to knock down some shots in the fourth quarter.”

LeBron James had 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds as the champs lost their second straight game without starters Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder.

James stole the Heat’s inbounds pass with 8.4 seconds left to create one last chance for the Lakers, but the 17-time All-Star passed out of a double team to Caruso, who capped his scoreless 20-minute night by missing.

“We’re figuring out how to play without one of our creators in Dennis and one of our stars in AD,” Caruso said. “That’s going to take a little time, and obviously we don’t have practice time.”

Davis missed his third straight game after aggravating his strained right calf last weekend, and Schroder missed his second straight under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points while hitting four 3-pointers, and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers.

The injury absences don’t account for the Lakers’ shooting woes over the last 10 games, including a 39% performance against Miami. LA missed five of its last six shots, including Wesley Matthews’ rushed, off-balance 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

“We’re going to continue to work on our habits and be great for each other,” James said. “We all put in the work, so it’s not that. The law of averages will even itself out. We had lapses last season, and we had them during the playoffs. We know they’ll even them out over the course of the year.”

Kerr: Green ‘crossed the line’ in Warriors’ loss to Hornets

Draymond Green lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost another game.

After Green picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 9.3 seconds left for arguing the outcome of a jump ball, Terry Rozier hit an off-balance jumper from the left corner as time expired to give the Charlotte Hornets a 102-100 victory Saturday night

Rozier finished with 36 points, his fourth straight 30-point game.

The Warriors were leading by two when officials ruled Hornets coach James Borrego had called a timeout as Gordon Hayward came down with the jump ball. Green immediately began jumping around the court, screaming at players and officials arguing that the Warriors had tied up Hayward as he was falling to the floor and it should have resulted in another jump ball.

Rozier sank two free throws for the technical fouls to tie it, then hit the winner.

“He crossed the line, that’s the main thing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Green, who has a history of in-game outbursts. “We love his passion and his energy and we would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn’t give him license to cross the line – and he knows that.”

Head official Marc Davis said after the game Green’s first technical foul was assessed for directing profanity at an opposing player and taunting, and the second technical was for directing profanity at a game official.

Green did not participate in the Warriors’ videoconference call after the game.

Kerr said Green was apologetic after the game, but he will speak to him in private more about the incident.

Teammates were quick to rally to Green’s defense.

“He said it was his fault and he took ownership as a leader,” forward Eric Paschall said. “We are still rocking with Draymond. Great dude. Great competitor.”

The incident overshadowed another huge night for Rozier, who had 20 points in the fourth quarter. Rozier is averaging 37.5 points over the last four games for the Hornets.

“I just hit one or two shots before that in that corner, so I felt real confident when I lost the ball, I grabbed it and let it go,” Rozier said of the winning shot. “I saw it going through all the way.”

Borrego said Rozier has brought a “winning spirit” to the Hornets.

“Never give in, never die. That’s as simple as I can put it,” Borrego said. “He’s been fantastic. His will throughout games and fourth quarters just to keep us alive and to actually throw in daggers to help us win games is tremendous on his part. But he’s been fantastic. He gives us a tremendous amount of confidence and tonight, he just willed us to another victory.”

P.J. Washington finished with 15 points to help the Hornets overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to beat the Warriors without Stephen Curry.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Warriors with 25 points.

For the Warriors, it was their second tough loss in two nights after falling the Orlando Magic 124-120.

“This is a tough loss,” Kerr said. “They don’t really get any tougher than this one. … But you’ve got to get ready for the next game.”

Paul moves past Big O on NBA career assists list, Suns roll

On a night the Phoenix Suns made a franchise-record 3-pointers, Chris Paul passed a hero on the NBA’s career assists list.

Paul had six assists in the Suns’ 128-97 romp over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night to pass Oscar Robertson for sixth place. Paul has 9,891 assists, four more than Robertson had in his Hall of Fame career.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to play the game as long as I’ve played,” the 35-year-old Paul said, adding that he has been a fan of Roberson since he began playing basketball. “It’s a huge accomplishment, and I’m grateful.”

Paul’s pass that led to Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 7:05 left in the second quarter, moved the Phoenix guard past Robertson.

“I say the same thing, `Be legendary every day,'” Suns star Devin Booker said. “Chris is there. He’s a living legend.”

Booker scored 23 points, hitting five of the Suns’ franchise-record 24 3-pointers. Mikal Bridges added 19 points, making 6 of 7 shots overall and 4 of 5 from long range. Cam Payne and Dario Saric also had 19 points, season highs for both, and Paul added 16.

“This is a big-time road win,” Payne said. “We know we’ve got to win on the defensive end. Thought we shot the ball well. But I feel like our defense fires our offense. The fact that we were getting stops, it allows players on the offensive end to get a little bit loose and shoot the ball at a high clip.”

Phoenix won for the eighth time in nine games. The Suns made 22 3-pointers Friday night in New Orleans in a game where they outscored the Pelicans 41-12 in the fourth quarter in a 132-114 victory. Paul had 19 assists in that game.

Gorgui Dieng led Memphis with 15 points, most of them in a mop-up fourth quarter. Ja Morant had 12 points and five assists, and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Grizzlies also were coming off a victory Friday night, at home over Detroit. Playing their fourth game in five nights, they rested key players Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson and Grayson Allen.

“I think there was a focus from the jump to play the way we play no matter who they have in their lineup,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Those are the kind of game where you can lose your rhythm.”

Justise Winslow returned for Memphis after being out more than a year because of injuries. He missed all nine of his shots in the first half, eventually finishing with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting.

“Pleased with him all game,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said about Winslow, whose return was one of the lone bright spots for the Grizzlies. “He went out there, and I said before the game, I just wanted him to attack and compete and he just found his groove. He’s the ultimate pro.”

Paul moves past Big O on NBA career assists list, Suns roll

On a night the Phoenix Suns made a franchise-record 3-pointers, Chris Paul passed a hero on the NBA’s career assists list.

Paul had six assists in the Suns’ 128-97 romp over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night to pass Oscar Robertson for sixth place. Paul has 9,891 assists, four more than Robertson had in his Hall of Fame career.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to play the game as long as I’ve played,” the 35-year-old Paul said, adding that he has been a fan of Roberson since he began playing basketball. “It’s a huge accomplishment, and I’m grateful.”

Paul’s pass that led to Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 7:05 left in the second quarter, moved the Phoenix guard past Robertson.

“I say the same thing, `Be legendary every day,'” Suns star Devin Booker said. “Chris is there. He’s a living legend.”

Booker scored 23 points, hitting five of the Suns’ franchise-record 24 3-pointers. Mikal Bridges added 19 points, making 6 of 7 shots overall and 4 of 5 from long range. Cam Payne and Dario Saric also had 19 points, season highs for both, and Paul added 16.

“This is a big-time road win,” Payne said. “We know we’ve got to win on the defensive end. Thought we shot the ball well. But I feel like our defense fires our offense. The fact that we were getting stops, it allows players on the offensive end to get a little bit loose and shoot the ball at a high clip.”

Phoenix won for the eighth time in nine games. The Suns made 22 3-pointers Friday night in New Orleans in a game where they outscored the Pelicans 41-12 in the fourth quarter in a 132-114 victory. Paul had 19 assists in that game.

Gorgui Dieng led Memphis with 15 points, most of them in a mop-up fourth quarter. Ja Morant had 12 points and five assists, and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Grizzlies also were coming off a victory Friday night, at home over Detroit. Playing their fourth game in five nights, they rested key players Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson and Grayson Allen.

“I think there was a focus from the jump to play the way we play no matter who they have in their lineup,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Those are the kind of game where you can lose your rhythm.”

Justise Winslow returned for Memphis after being out more than a year because of injuries. He missed all nine of his shots in the first half, eventually finishing with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting.

“Pleased with him all game,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said about Winslow, whose return was one of the lone bright spots for the Grizzlies. “He went out there, and I said before the game, I just wanted him to attack and compete and he just found his groove. He’s the ultimate pro.”

Duke upsets No. 7 Virginia 66-65 for 3rd straight ACC win

Freshman Jaemyn Brakefield scored the go-ahead basket on a reverse layup with 1:58 left and Duke came up with a final-possession stop and upset No. 7 Virginia 66-65 on Saturday night.

Matthew Hurt scored 22 points to lead the Blue Devils (10-8, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who claimed a much-needed third straight win to improve their uncertain chances of making the NCAA Tournament.

“It seemed like everybody contributed to making a big play, big plays down (at) the end,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Brakefield’s scoring drive, while drawing a foul on Jay Huff, finally got Duke a slim lead. Freshman DJ Steward had a chance to increase the margin, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity with 9.6 seconds left.

Huff got the rebound and got the ball to Kihei Clark, who bobbled the dribble at the other end to lose time and had to force up an off-balance 3-point attempt over Hurt to beat the clock. The ball was well short, with Huff catching the airball and stuffing it in well past the final horn.

“The last play, I mean, they missed that free throw. It was broken and we were like, `If they miss it, attack. Get to the rim. We’re in the bonus,'” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

“And I was hoping we could get into the lane and get one up and rebound or flip it to Sam (Hauser) or someone trailing. … They just were skin-tight (defensively).”

Huff finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-5, 11-3), who followed a blowout loss at No. 16 Florida State with a second loss this week in yet another close matchup with the Blue Devils.

It was the fifth time in seven meetings between the teams that the game was decided by one or two points.

Braun’s 3 lifts No. 23 Kansas over No. 15 Texas Tech 67-61

Christian Braun hit a corner 3 with 24 seconds left, David McCormack scored 17 points and No. 23 Kansas beat No. 15 Texas Tech 67-61 on Saturday.

Ochai Agbaji had 14 points and Jalen Wilson added 11. Braun’s 3 made it a two-possession game and essentially locked up the win for the Jayhawks (17-7, 11-5 Big 12).

“It was a big time shot, big time play,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “That’s the best we’ve played since Christmas.”

Braun and Marcus Garrett each finished with 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva and Kevin McCullar each scored 12 points, Mac McClung had 11 and Micah Peavy had 10 for Texas Tech (14-7, 6-6), which played its first game in 10 days but has dropped two straight.

“I think we played hard to the end, so give our guys credit,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “We need every player to play their game this time of the year and today we were just a few short.”

McCormack has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games and started the game 7 for 7 from the field.

“I thought I had patience and had fun and played for others,” McCormack said. “We came out from the start and we need to carry this moving forward.”

Kansas led wire-to-wire and remained unbeaten since its record 231-week streak of being ranked was snapped earlier this month.

“We are a better team now than we were then,” Self said about his team since the last time they played Texas Tech in December. “I think both of us are better teams, but we’re not close to where we want to be.”

Wilson scored 10 points in the second half, including a key put-back in the final minute. Garrett played lock-down defense on McClung, who scored his second fewest points since the new year.

Kansas is gearing up for its toughest test of the season, going to No. 12 Texas then hosting No. 2 Baylor next Saturday.

“We get to take on two teams that clocked us the first time,” Self said. “But I’m leaving here the best I’ve felt about this group that I have all season.”

Matthews scores 2 more, NHL-leading Leafs beat Canadiens

Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

“The recipe for our success has been us competing and working hard,” Matthews said. “We’ve been focused on that, it’s been working. We’re winning games right now, which is the most important thing. As long as we’re winning, I’m happy, we’re all happy. We just want to continue that.”

Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists, Travis Boyd and Alexander Kerfoot also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 30 saves. Morgan Rielly added two assists to help the NHL-leading Maple Leafs improve to 14-3-2.

“Get the puck to Matts,” Marner said. “Guy’s on fire right now.”

Matthews also had two goals and two assists Thursday night at home in a 7-3 victory over Ottawa. He’s the sixth player in franchise history to have a 16-game points streak, two back of record-holders Darryl Sittler and Ed Olczyk.

“Auston is setting new standards, it seems like, every day,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “But I think it’s also important to recognize the play of Mitch Marner here, and how he’s really teamed up with Auston. They’re pushing each other to new heights, and it’s been fun to watch.”

Matthews scored both goals against the Canadiens on the power play.

“I want to score, I want to produce and do those things,” Matthews said. “But I’ve just been trying to do the little things that help the team win and put the momentum back on our side. It’s more than just scoring goals.”

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Paul Byron and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 22 shots.

“We expect more out of ourselves,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “It’s disappointing because we had our legs, we had our opportunities. Had we been sharp mentally and really cut down on some of those mistakes, we could have won this game. But we shot ourselves in the foot.”

The Canadiens played for the first time in a week after beating the Maple Leafs 2-1 in Toronto a week ago.

Avs beat Golden Knights 3-2 in delayed Lake Tahoe game

Nathan MacKinnon scored a dazzling goal more than nine hours after assisting on another to highlight a most unusual and lengthy outdoor game at Lake Tahoe that the Colorado Avalanche won 3-2 over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

The game started in bright sunshine that led to a delay of more than eight hours following the first period because of poor ice conditions and ended in the dark 10 hours, 37 minutes later.

The Avalanche were the better team during both parts of the game and got the victory thanks in large part to MacKinnon, who assisted on Samuel Girard’s first-period goal and scored his own in the second.

MacKinnon’s highlight-reel play started with a back check that forced a turnover by Mark Stone in Colorado’s zone. MacKinnon then took possession and rushed up ice, eluding Stone in the neutral zone and then taking on Alex Pietrangelo before beating Marc-Andre Fleury for the goal that gave Colorado a 2-1 lead.

The Avalanche killed 1:22 of a two-man advantage in the third period and held on for the win thanks to 27 saves from Philipp Grubauer and an insurance goal from Devon Toews that MacKinnon also assisted.

With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the NHL from staging its typical outdoor games at a jam-packed football or baseball stadium, the league took the opportunity find a more unique venue outside a stadium that took players back to their childhood playing on frozen ponds or makeshift backyard rinks.

Although it’s fair to say that none of those had the picturesque setting of this rink located on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surrounded by trees with snow-covered mountains towering in the background.

While the setting was perfect, the conditions weren’t quite the same with the bright sun creating slushy ice that led to several falls by players and officials. That led to the decision to halt the game after the first period and wait until the sun went down and the ice surface could be repaired to finish the game following the delay of more 8 hours, 7 minutes.

“We’ve done over 30 (outdoor) games and we’ve never had a problem quite like this,” Commissioner Gary Bettman told broadcaster NBC. “We’ve played in some rain, we’ve played in snow, but sunshine has always been our enemy.”

The delay was made easier because the only fans at the game were the few on kayaks and boats in Lake Tahoe with an obstructed view of the ice.

When the game resumed at 9:02 p.m. the Avs were on a power play that carried over from the afternoon and had a stretch with 15 straight shots that ended when Alec Martinez knocked a rebound of Pietrangelo’s shot to tie the score at 1.

Alex Tuch added a spinning goal with 5:35 to go to cut Colorado’s lead to 3-2.

Fleury made 36 saves for Vegas and fell to 0-3 in three career outdoor game starts.

Price, Posey, MLBers who opted out for virus excited for ’21

David Price spent much of 2020 in front of his television, watching from afar as his Los Angeles Dodgers chased an elusive World Series championship.

Trepidation about playing baseball through a pandemic trumped his urge to play – but that doesn’t mean the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner never thought about an early return.

“It definitely crossed my mind,” Price said Friday from Dodgers spring training in Glendale, Arizona. “But I didn’t want to just come back to be back. I wanted to come back to stay.”

Sixteen months since his last competitive game, Price is indeed back, just like many of the nearly 20 big leaguers who opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season – a list including All-Stars like San Francisco’s Buster Posey, Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain, the New York Mets’ Marcus Stroman and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman.

Traded from Boston to the Dodgers last February, the 35-year-old Price pitched in spring exhibitions for LA before deciding to go home. Instead of playing, he did what many Americans have done with their unexpected time – he watched a lot of TV.

“On the West Coast, baseball starts at 10 a.m.,” he said. “I had baseball on TV all day long, East Coast games and West Coast games.”

Coming back after all that wasn’t a hard decision.

“I feel like our team and MLB handled it extremely well,” Price said. “I know they had a lot of protocols they had to go through. The training staff were bending over backwards to keep guys COVID free.

“We have a lot more information on it now,” he added. “All of that played into the decision to play this year. I knew I wanted to play this year.”

Nationals right-hander Joe Ross echoed that sentiment. He hasn’t pitched since starting Game 5 of the 2019 World Series, passing on a chance to defend the title because of all the uncertainties at the time about the effectiveness of MLB’s protocols.

After early season outbreaks on the Cardinals and Marlins, MLB adjusted its safety guidelines and successfully played through the end of the season. The league has enhanced its protocols this spring, including the introduction of electronic contact tracing wristbands for players to wear around team facilities.

“Everything so far has been going great,” Ross said. “It’s kind of a normal, quote-unquote, spring training as far as being back on the field and stuff like that.”

Teams have concerns about overtaxing pitchers after last year’s abbreviated workloads, and those apprehensions are even stronger for pitchers like Ross who didn’t pitch at all. It doesn’t help that the 27-year-old has a checkered health history, including Tommy John surgery in 2017.

“We have to be very careful,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “I know it’s been (3 1/2) years since he’s had Tommy John, but we want to keep him healthy.”

The Mets have similar concerns for Stroman, a 5-foot-7 right-hander who tore a muscle in his left calf last July and opted out a few weeks later. Fiery and confident as always, Stroman thinks he’s put in the work necessary to enter the season full bore.

“I never have to get ready because I stay ready,” he said. “I’m ready to rock. I’m ready to go out there and throw 200-plus innings like I do every year. My preparations are elite.”

An agreement between the league and union promised that players deemed high-risk for serious COVID-19 symptoms would still be paid in 2020 if they opted out. Those who weren’t high-risk were still allowed to skip the season, but they had to forego their salaries.

For some players, the pandemic wasn’t the only impetus for staying away.

Posey and his wife adopted twin girls last summer who were born prematurely, and the family had concerns about their well-being for reasons beyond COVID-19 – although that was certainly also a factor. He joked last week that he kept his arm in shape by throwing diapers.

“You have to really make sure you have the right weight of the diaper so, depending on how well they’ve been feeding, that plays a lot into my accuracy,” Posey said with a grin.

White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech cited multiple reasons for opting out, including concerns about his mental health. The promising 24-year-old disclosed previously that he suffers from anxiety and depression, and he alluded Saturday to changes in his perspective brought on not just by the time away from the ballpark, but also the birth in January of his first child, a son named River.

“I think I learned that I need this game a lot more than I realized,” Kopech said. “It’s a lot easier said than done to take a step away from something you’ve done your entire life.

“It’s made me regain the motivation to get back out there,” he added, “along with some other things that have happened in my life.”

A few players referenced a renewed sense of motivation.

“Baseball is my first true love,” Price said. “Being away from it for that time was tough.”

Ty Gibbs stuns grandfather, wins in first career NASCAR race

Joe Gibbs celebrated his first NASCAR victory as a grandfather, watching from the pits as 18-year-old Ty Gibbs won his Xfinity Series debut Saturday on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the very first NASCAR national series race for Ty Gibbs, who jumped two steps from ARCA to Xfinity for his debut. He plowed through the field on the last two restarts to beat Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric in double overtime.

Gibbs became the youngest driver to win an Xfinity road course race at 18 years, 4 months, 16 days. Cindric held the record at 20 set on the road course at Mid-Ohio in 2019.

Joey Logano holds the overall record. He won 21 days after his 18th birthday in his third race – also driving for Gibbs. Ty Gibbs is the second-youngest winner in Xfinity Series history.

Gibbs drove through the grass, used the top lane on the oval and dove inside in the turns in his shocking first win. He’d never raced an Xfinity car before, never done a live pit stop before and COVID-19 restrictions cut practice and qualifying for Saturday’s race.

“Dreams really do come true. I’m completely depleted, I left everything out there,” said Ty Gibbs. “I thought maybe I was going to run in the top seven, eight? I completely surprised myself. In coming up to a bigger series like this, these are some of the guys I dreamed of racing. I’m a train-wreck right now.”

Joe Gibbs, a member of the NASCAR and Pro Football Hall of Fames, watched stoically from behind the pit stand. Shielded by a mask, he gave no indication of emotion. But as his grandson crossed the finish line, his glasses fogged and he hugged a Joe Gibbs Racing team member.

Joe Gibbs Racing has five Cup Series championships, 185 Cup wins and four Daytona 500 victories – none as emotionally fulfilling as this Xfinity stunner. When Joe Gibbs called home to speak to his wife, Pat, he said she was crying too hard to talk.

“This is such an experience for our family,” Joe Gibbs said. “I’ve been blessed to enjoy so much, but this, he had not made a lap in the car. We didn’t dream about him being up front like that.

“This is the only thing Ty has wanted to do since he was 2-years-old. Any parent or grandparent would tell you, it’s like a dream come true.”

Ty Gibbs dropped to his knees beside his Toyota and bowed his head into his hands.

Then he admitted he didn’t know how to do burnouts, either.

“I don’t even know what’s going on,” he said. Gibbs choked on tears, wiped away his eyes and apologized for giving a poor interview.

“I’m sorry I’m a wreck, I really didn’t think this was going to happen at all,” he said.

Ty Gibbs is the sixth driver to win in his Xfinity Series debut, joining Dale Earnhardt, Joe Ruttman, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and Kurt Busch. He’s the son of Gibbs’ youngest son, Coy, who could not attend the race because, “Coach” took the one slot for a team owner inside NASCAR’s COVID bubble. His mother, Heather Gibbs, watched from a suite.

Sam Burns holds his own on a tough, windy day at Riviera

Sam Burns watched his five-shot lead shrink to two in a matter of two holes late Saturday afternoon at Riviera, reason to feel discouraged until realizing no one had it any easier at the Genesis Invitational.

Riviera is enough of a test on its own. Throw in raging wind that caused a four-hour delay, it was tough on everyone.

Burns went 31 consecutive holes with a bogey, a streak that ended on No. 8. When the third round was halted by darkness, he made back-to-back bogeys that dropped him to 10-under par, two shots ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick.

Dustin Johnson, Max Homa and Wyndham Clark were another shot behind.

The third round was to resume early Sunday.

“Even the downwind holes weren’t that much easier because it was hard to stop it there on the green,” Burns said. “Just not a lot of opportunities out there today.”

It was the first time a PGA Tour event was suspended by high wind since Torrey Pines in 2016, when only 23 players finished the final round before 40 mph gust toppled trees and blew windows out of tents.

This wind was strong enough to blow Keegan Bradley’s putt off the 10th green, and it nearly blew Homa’s splendid 5-iron into the par-5 first into the hole, leaving a tap-in eagle.

When play resumed, it wasn’t much easier.

Only eight of 67 players managed to hit the green on the 242-yard fourth hole. The par-3 14th was playing at 189 yards downwind, leaving players 8-iron and 9-irons. Only 10 hit that green.

“It’s very difficult no matter into the wind, downwind,” Johnson said. “It’s just really hard to judge the distance. But I feel like I’m playing pretty solid. Hadn’t really made any putts, but I’m pleased with where I’m at.”

Burns, the 24-year-old from Louisiana going for his first PGA Tour victory, starts Sunday on the 14th hole.

“It’s a hard course with no wind,” Burns said.

Fitzpatrick had a most bizarre round by going 10 consecutive holes without a par – six birdies, four bogeys.

“This golf course does it to you,” Fitzpatrick said. “You’ve really got to stick in, you’ve got to plot your way around and miss in the right areas, even missing fairways in the right areas with this wind to give you a bit better angle. On the whole, you’ve just got to be really smart around this place.”

Tiger Woods showed up right about the time play was halted. Woods is the tournament host who is not playing as he recovers from a fifth back surgery.

The wind was blowing golf balls on the green, and then the PGA Tour said a piece of communications equipment toppled near the 14th tee and they brought everyone in.

Not much changed with the wind when they resumed. Everyone was dropping shots and hanging on for dear life.

Johnson had three bogeys against three birdies and was only three shots behind. The greens were so firm, the wind whipping so hard, that even from 99 yards away on the 13th hole he landed the ball some 50 feet short and hoped it rolled out enough to give him a chance.

Spieth opened with two birdies, including a 40-footer on the third hole. But he hit two fairway bunkers on the seventh and eighth holes that led to bogey, missed a 3-footer on the 12th and his chip on the 15th was a little firm, and with the wind and slope it rolled out some 40 feet. He dropped six shots behind.

For so much of the day, Burns looked impervious to it all. He opened with a steady dose of pars, including one amazing escape on the par-3 sixth, where his tee shot was close to a boundary fence. He played it into the rough and onto the back of the green, and the ball rolled down to 3 feet.

But he missed an 18-foot par putt on No. 8, ending his streak of bogey-free holes. Burns missed a short birdie on the ninth, hit a superb bunker shot for a tap-in birdie on the 10th and stretched his lead back to five shots.

It all changed so quickly.

He three-putted from 50 feet on the 12th. And then his wedge on the 13th was far enough left that it caught a ridge and rolled down a bank into the rough. He chipped to 6 feet and missed the par putt.

That’s when play was stopped.

Fitzpatrick made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to reach 8 under, and suddenly was two shots behind. Fitzpatrick was at 3 under for the day through 17 holes, the low score of the round so far.

Only 12 other players were under par for their rounds, none better than 2 under The average score when play was suspended was 73.3.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1931       The White Sox and Giants become the first major league clubs to play a night game. The Buffs Stadium (Houston, Texas) exhibition game lasts ten innings, with the teams collecting a total of 23 hits.

1931       The Dodgers arrive in Cuba to start a series of five inter-squad games. Brooklyn right-hander Dolf Luque, known as the Pride of Havana, will appear in the exhibitions scheduled for the spacious Tropical Stadium.

1945       Due to wartime travel restrictions, baseball decides to cancel the All-Star game. The Midsummer Classic has taken place annually since the game’s inception in 1933.

1966       Emmett Ashford becomes the first black to be a major league umpire when the American League hires him. ‘Ash,’ known for his flashy style in the PCL, will spend five years in the bigs, working the 1967 All-Star game and the 1970 World Series, before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

1968       The first-ever collective basic agreement is reached by the players and owners. The two-year CBA raises the minimum salary from $6,000 to $10,000, the first increase in two decades, and a new grievance arbitration procedure for labor disputes empowers the commissioner as the final arbiter.

1974       Tom Seaver becomes the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history when he signs a contract for $172,000 per season to hurl for the Mets. ‘Tom Terrific’ has posted a 135-76 record during his seven years in New York.

1980       The A’s sign Billy Martin to a two-year, $250,000 deal to be Charlie Finley’s fifteenth different manager in twenty years. During the three-year reign of ‘Billy Ball,’ the fiery 51 year-old skipper will compile a 215-218 record, winning a division title as the first-half leader in the AL West of the 1981 strike-shortened season.

1986       In defiance of the Reds’ policy, Rollie Fingers refuses to cut off his trademark handlebar mustache and retires from baseball. The future Hall of Fame reliever, who leaves the game with 341 saves, had been offered a contract by Cincinnati’s skipper Pete Rose after being released by the Brewers at the end of last season.

1989       Reds manager Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to explain the allegations concerning his gambling habits. Major League Baseball will launch a full investigation into the matter next month, which will lead to “Charlie Hustle’s” permanent ban from the game in August.

2000       Denying the acquisition of Ken Griffey, Jr. as the reason, the Reds announce the team has dropped its prohibition on earrings. Players have worn the ear wear in the Cincinnati clubhouse but weren’t allowed to take the field wearing the jewelry.

2006       Gene Elston is selected by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to receive the Ford C. Frick Award. During his 47 years in the broadcast booth, the former Astros announcer brought a no-nonsense approach to reporting the happenings on the diamond.

2008       Ryan Howard, who made $900,000 last season, gets a substantial raise by winning his salary arbitration case against the Phillies. The 28 year-old first baseman receives a $10 million award, tying Alfonso Soriano, who had sought $12 million and lost, for the highest amount ever given to a player in the process.

2009       In a decision which team general manager Neal Huntington calls easy, the Pirates pick up John Russell’s contract option for this season. The sophomore skipper went 67-95 in his first season with the last-place Bucs.

2019       Manny Machado agrees to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, making the 25 year-old infielder’s deal the richest free-agent signing in baseball history. In two weeks, Bryce Harper’s will surpass the all-time free-agent jackpot, when he signs a 13-year, $330 million commitment with the Phillies.