GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-SECTIONAL FINALS

CLASS 4A
Merrillville
Merrillville72Lake Central58 
Chesterton
Crown Point67Chesterton34 
Mishawaka
LaPorte46South Bend Adams33 
Goshen
Penn54Warsaw31 
Fort Wayne Snider
Carroll (Fort Wayne)82Fort Wayne Snider71 
Columbia City
Homestead33Fort Wayne South31 
Harrison (West Lafayette)
McCutcheon45Harrison (West Lafayette)43 
Zionsville
Noblesville68Carmel62 
Muncie Central
Mount Vernon (Fortville)49New Palestine28 
North Central (Indianapolis)
North Central (Indianapolis)82Lawrence North42 
Ben Davis
Indianapolis Roncalli44Perry Meridian27 
Terre Haute North
Brownsburg38Plainfield24 
Franklin
Franklin45Center Grove36 
East Central
East Central38Columbus North29 
New Albany
Bedford North Lawrence55Jennings County51 
Evansville Harrison
Castle69Evansville North54 
CLASS 3A
Griffith
Griffith53Calumet26 
Kankakee Valley
Kankakee Valley34Knox31 
South Bend St. Joseph
South Bend Washington51Mishawaka Marian42 
Wawasee
Lakeland46NorthWood33 
Garrett
Angola40Garrett36 
Twin Lakes
Benton Central66Twin Lakes36 
Norwell
Norwell41Bellmont35 
New Castle
Hamilton Heights46Jay County42 
Tri-West
Tri-West65North Montgomery34 
Edgewood
Brownstown Central59Brown County35 
Heritage Christian
Indianapolis Chatard65Heritage Christian58 
Speedway
Indian Creek64Beech Grove42 
Rushville
Rushville47Lawrenceburg26 
Madison
Silver Creek46Salem27 
Vincennes Lincoln
Washington48Vincennes Lincoln45OT
Mount Vernon (Posey)
Evansville Memorial67Gibson Southern37 
CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Andrean60Lake Station55 
North Judson
North Judson74Rensselaer Central49 
Fairfield
Fairfield45Prairie Heights23 
Eastside
Bluffton38Eastside31 
Manchester
Rochester45Manchester37 
Fountain Central
Clinton Prairie48Sheridan34 
Taylor
Tipton57Eastbrook48 
Alexandria
Frankton45Alexandria43 
Union County
Shenandoah50Northeastern40 
Triton Central
Triton Central70Indianapolis Scecina30 
Cascade
University59Covenant Christian45 
South Putnam
South Putnam67North Putnam48 
South Ripley
South Ripley42Switzerland County26 
Eastern (Pekin)
Eastern (Pekin)37Crawford County35 
North Knox
Linton-Stockton67North Knox37 
Forest Park
Forest Park35Evansville Mater Dei26 
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Kouts46Morgan Twp.37 
Oregon-Davis
Triton34Argos28OT
Fremont
Fort Wayne Blackhawk42Fremont32 
Tri-County
Pioneer72North White53 
Northfield
Northfield86North Miami40 
Attica
Clinton Central59North Vermillion38 
Tri-Central
Tri-Central45Cowan27 
Tri
Blue River66Union (Modoc)20 
Bloomfield
Bloomfield43North Central (Farmersburg)40 
Bethesda Christian
Bethesda Christian50Traders Point Christian13 
Indianapolis Lutheran
Greenwood Christian93Indianapolis Lutheran36 
Waldron
Southwestern (Shelbyville)52Jac-Cen-Del48 
New Washington
Lanesville72New Washington31 
Edinburgh
Trinity Lutheran67West Washington31 
Loogootee
Loogootee55Orleans26 
Tecumseh
Tecumseh54Springs Valley26 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Anderson89Muncie Central86OT
Andrean68Marquette Catholic54 
Angola81Hamilton21 
Bedford North Lawrence53Evansville Memorial51 
Beech Grove52Indianapolis Roncalli38 
Bellmont63Adams Central45 
Ben Davis54Avon51 
Benton Central60Faith Christian45 
Bloomington North79Evansville North59 
Boone Grove55North Judson50 
Brebeuf Jesuit66Greenwood Christian44 
Calumet Christian53Columbus Christian42 
Calumet42Hobart35 
Castle60Heritage Hills48 
Christian Fellowship (Ky.)65Madison Christian55 
Clinton Prairie50North White47OT
Columbus Christian55Legacy Christian51 
Columbus North51East Central41 
Covenant Christian68Central Christian50 
Crawfordsville88Riverton Parke57 
Danville Christian (Ky.)62Madison Christian49 
Danville65North Montgomery42 
Decatur Central46Southport45 
Delta55Mississinewa46 
Eastern (Pekin)51Providence50 
Eastern Hancock74Cowan61 
Edinburgh66Crothersville34 
Elkhart Christian74Lakewood Park45 
Evansville Christian58Pike Central50 
Evansville Day106Dugger Union31 
Evansville Reitz38South Knox36 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk67Indianapolis Tindley50 
Fort Wayne Luers64Fort Wayne Northrop52 
Fountain Central48South Newton35 
Franklin County73Hagerstown39 
Fremont81Fort Wayne Canterbury68 
Frontier54Seeger52 
Gary West72Indianapolis Cathedral63OT
Greencastle65Brown County28 
Greensburg73Jac-Cen-Del45 
Greenwood51Greenfield-Central34 
Hanover Central80Whiting46 
Harrison (West Lafayette)55Lafayette Central Catholic49 
Henryville44Clarksville32 
Heritage67Bluffton40 
Homestead56Hamilton Southeastern53 
Indiana Deaf52Shawe Memorial39 
Indianapolis Herron74Knightstown46 
Indianapolis International54Bethesda Christian49 
Indianapolis Metropolitan70King’s Academy51 
Indianapolis Tech78Indianapolis HomeSchool70 
Jasper47Boonville37 
Jennings County55Floyd Central52 
Kokomo75Tipton66 
LaPorte62Kankakee Valley53 
LaVille64West Noble62 
Lake Station74Washington Twp.68 
Lanesville52Tecumseh50 
Lapel78Eastbrook56 
Lawrence North40Connersville36 
Lawrenceburg39Milan34 
Lebanon57Speedway45 
Leo39Carroll (Fort Wayne)37 
Linton-Stockton78White River Valley44 
Maconaquah77Tippecanoe Valley63 
Madison-Grant58Taylor55 
Madison64Batesville61OT
Manchester58Wawasee44 
McCutcheon68Richmond662OT
Merrillville54Hammond Morton48 
Mishawaka46Concord37 
Monroe Central55Frankton48 
Morgan Twp.76Covenant Christian (DeMotte)28 
Morristown65Centerville44 
Muncie Burris69Liberty Christian58 
Munster72Lowell48 
New Albany66Columbus East58 
New Haven51Huntington North34 
New Palestine64Perry Meridian58OT
Noblesville62Mount Vernon (Fortville)52 
North Central (Farmersburg)55Shakamak49 
North Central (Indianapolis)69Guerin Catholic58 
North Daviess41Washington29 
North Miami66South Bend Career48 
North Newton44Tri-County34 
Northeast Dubois53Cannelton26 
Northeastern71Union City35 
Northridge72Jimtown45 
Northview77Bloomfield67 
Norwell59Columbia City52 
Oldenburg Academy46Triton Central45 
Orleans57South Central (Elizabeth)42 
Owen Valley60North Putnam57 
Parke Heritage62Tri-West48 
Parkway (Ohio)48South Adams46 
Pendleton Heights66Heritage Christian55 
Penn60John Glenn50 
Perry Central53Southridge45 
Plainfield67Terre Haute South40 
Randolph Southern62Daleville46 
Rensselaer Central55Delphi41 
Rising Sun48Switzerland County44 
Rochester70Tri-Central36 
Scottsburg57West Washington54 
Shenandoah66Rushville39 
South Bend Adams67Michigan City49 
South Bend Washington49East Noble34 
South Central (Union Mills)70Winamac44 
South Decatur73North Decatur49 
South Ripley68Franklin50 
South Spencer66North Posey46 
South Vermillion55Clay City46 
Southmont65Attica30 
Southwood57Northwestern45 
Springs Valley80Borden71OT
Sullivan77Edgewood65 
Tell City49Crawford County48OT
Terre Haute North60Martinsville40 
Traders Point Christian61Christel House Academy56 
Triton56Caston37 
Twin Lakes62Knox41 
Valparaiso70Hammond Noll24 
Victory College Prep56Indianapolis Manual55 
Waldron55Tri49 
Wapahani91Union (Modoc)37 
Warren Central67Indianapolis Washington43 
Warsaw69Chesterton54 
Wes-Del70Elwood55 
West Vigo60South Putnam47 
Western Boone60Clinton Central47 
Western71Hamilton Heights68 
Westview32Plymouth24 
Whiteland57Shelbyville48 
Wood Memorial65Bloomington Lighthouse40 
Woodlan56Jay County47 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#5 Houston 112 Our Lady of the Lake 46

#9 Oklahoma 79 Iowa State 72

#18 Missouri 68 #10 Alabama 65

#11 Tennessee 82 Kentucky 71

#15 Creighton 71 Marquette 68

#16 Virginia Tech 80 Miami, Florida 76 OT

USC 66 #21 UCLA 48

#24 Purdue 75 Northwestern 70

Ball State 81 Toledo 67

Butler 68 DePaul 58

North Carolina State 81 Boston College 65

Seton Hall 80 Connecticut 73

Western Michigan 67 Central Michigan 65

St. John’s 92 Providence 81

St. Louis 70 St. Bonaventure 59

Bradley 74 Southern Illinois 66

UNLV 68 Air Force 58

Oregon 86 Washington 74

Alabama Birmingham 75 UTEP 60

Detroit 83 Purdue Fort Wayne 56

Cleveland State 80 Oakland 78

Youngstown State 70 Robert Morris 66

South Alabama 70 Coastal Carolina 66

Texas State 77 Little Rock 67

Texas Arlington 58 Louisiana Monroe 52

Green Bay 79 IUPUI 72

North Carolina 91 Duke 87

Georgia 73 Vanderbilt 70

Indiana State 61 Northern Iowa 57

Oregon State 68 Washington state 66

Central Florida 65 Tulsa 58

Colorado State 68 Wyoming 59

Michigan State 66 Nebraska 56

Marshall 87 Old Dominion 67

Pepperdine 91 Portland 70

Florida Gulf Coast 69 N. Alabama 60

Colorado 82 Arizona 79

Georgia Tech 82 Notre Dame 80

Wright State 77 Illinois Chicago 57

Massachusetts 75 Rhode Island 63

Western Illinois 85 Omaha 77

South Dakota State 89 South Dakota 78

Oral Roberts 80 North Dakota State 74

New Mexico State 97 Cal Baptist 70

Seattle 77 Dixie State 56

Bakersfield 62 UC Irvine 57

Hawaii 81 Cal Poly 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#12 Oregon 63 UC Davis 57

#21 West Virginia 81 Texas 65

#23 South Dakota State 80 South Dakota 75

Kent State 71 Miami Ohio 69

Bowling Green 69 Ohio 53

Youngstown State 68 Purdue Fort Wayne 52

Central Michigan 74 Western Michigan 71

Wright State 56 Milwaukee 49

Green Bay 62 Northern Kentucky 58

IUPUI 74 Illinois Chicago 64

Akron 89 Ball State 84 OT

NBA SCOREBOARD

New York 110 Portland 99

Sacramento 119 Denver 114

Chicago 118 Orlando 92

Atlanta 132 Toronto 121

Milwaukee 124 Cleveland 99

San Antonio 111 Houston 106

Philadelphia 124 Brooklyn 108

Oklahoma City 120 Minnesota 118

Dallas 134 Golden State 132

New Orleans 118 Memphis 109…DESMOND BANE 5 POINTS

LA Lakers 135 Detroit 129 2OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

Montréal 2 Ottawa 1

NY Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 3

Toronto 5 Vancouver 1

Anaheim 2 San Jose 1

Calgary 6 Edmonton 4

WRESTLING REGIONALS

@ RICHMOND

TEAM RESULTS

1 East Central 218.0

2 Centerville 93.5

3 South Dearborn 67.5

4 New Castle 66.5

5 Union County 50.0

6 Lawrenceburg 45.5

7 Batesville 36.0

8 Greensburg 33.0

9 Lincoln 30.5

10 Knightstown 26.0

11 Connersville 24.0

12 Richmond 22.0

13 Franklin County 19.0

13 Milan 19.0

15 Rushville 18.0

16 Shenandoah 17.5

17 Hagerstown 9.0

18 Tri 8.0

19 Northeastern 0.0

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

106 Carson Whitley, Union County

113 Jesus Aquino Morales, Union County

120 Gavyn Whitehead, New Castle

126 Blake Wolf, East Central

132 Devon Fraser, Centerville

138 Corbin Walston, Lawrenceburg

145 Eli Otto, South Dearborn

152 Ben Wolf, East Central

160 David Nash, East Central

170 Bryer Hall, East Central

182 Alex Dance Greensburg

195 Ryan Bovard, East Central

220 Kole Veil, East Central

285 Evan Shafer, Connersville

REGIONAL WRESTLING

@ Jay County

TEAM SCORES

1 Bellmont 131.0

2 Jay County 90.0

3 Bluffton 76.5

4 Adams Central 73.0

5 Cowan 68.5

5 Norwell 68.5

7 Delta 66.0

8 S. Adams 59.0

9 Daleville 53.0

10 Yorktown 38.0

11 Winchester 37.0

12 Monroe Central 27.0

13 Muncie Central 24.0

14 Blackford 0.0

14 Union City 0.0

14 Wapahani 0.0

14 Wes-Del 0.0

PHOENIX OPEN LEADERBOARD

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Feb. 4-7, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1tJordan Spieth676761 -18 (195)F
1tXander Schauffele666465 -18 (195)F
3tKyoung-Hoon Lee666666 -15 (198)F
3tScottie Scheffler676566 -15 (198)F
5tLouis Oosthuizen696763 -14 (199)F
5tJustin Thomas706564 -14 (199)F
7tJames Hahn676766 -13 (200)F
7tBrooks Koepka686666 -13 (200)F
7tSteve Stricker656669 -13 (200)F
10tWill Zalatoris716664 -12 (201)F
10tJ.T. Poston686667 -12 (201)F
10tKeegan Bradley666570 -12 (201)F
13tBrendon Todd686965 -11 (202)F
13tMatthew NeSmith637168 -11 (202)F
13tNate Lashley646969 -11 (202)F
16tJon Rahm686966 -10 (203)F
16tScott Stallings677066 -10 (203)F
16tRussell Henley716765 -10 (203)F
16tAndrew Putnam676967 -10 (203)F
16tHarold Varner III686867 -10 (203)F
16tPatton Kizzire696569 -10 (203)F
16tCarlos Ortiz676769 -10 (203)F
23tKevin Streelman686769 -9 (204)F
23tCameron Tringale716469 -9 (204)F
25tCorey Conners696868 -8 (205)F
25tBilly Horschel666871 -8 (205)F
25tSam Burns646873 -8 (205)F
28tMatt Jones686969 -7 (206)F
28tRussell Knox686969 -7 (206)F
28tGrayson Murray706868 -7 (206)F
28tMax Homa696968 -7 (206)F
28tNick Hardy686771 -7 (206)F
28tEmiliano Grillo697067 -7 (206)F
28tWyndham Clark726767 -7 (206)F
28tHenrik Norlander687167 -7 (206)F
36tSi Woo Kim716670 -6 (207)F
36tRory McIlroy706770 -6 (207)F
36tBrendan Steele706770 -6 (207)F
36tHideki Matsuyama716769 -6 (207)F
36tWebb Simpson736569 -6 (207)F
36tMark Hubbard637371 -6 (207)F
36tBo Van Pelt696771 -6 (207)F
36tZach Johnson687069 -6 (207)F
36tLuke List726768 -6 (207)F
36tSungjae Im726768 -6 (207)F
36tSatoshi Kodaira687168 -6 (207)F
47tTed Potter, Jr.667171 -5 (208)F
47tRobby Shelton726670 -5 (208)F
47tByeong Hun An696970 -5 (208)F
47tKyle Stanley716770 -5 (208)F
47tMatthew Wolff687169 -5 (208)F
47tBubba Watson716869 -5 (208)F
47tBrian Harman716869 -5 (208)F
54tSam Ryder706772 -4 (209)F
54tMatt Kuchar696773 -4 (209)F
54tDavis Riley726671 -4 (209)F
54tLucas Glover726374 -4 (209)F
54tRyan Palmer706871 -4 (209)F
54tBo Hoag677171 -4 (209)F
54tRichy Werenski696971 -4 (209)F
61tAdam Hadwin677073 -3 (210)F
61tBrian Stuard706872 -3 (210)F
61tStewart Cink697071 -3 (210)F
64tMichael Kim677174 -1 (212)F
64tAaron Wise746573 -1 (212)F
64tXinjun Zhang706973 -1 (212)F

STATE AND REGIONAL SPORTS NEWS

BUTLER MBB

(BUTLER RELEASE)

Butler got back into the win column with a 68-58 win over DePaul Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Bryce Nze and Chuck Harris led the way for the Bulldogs, each posting 22 points.

With the win, Butler is now 6-10 overall and 5-8 in BIG EAST play.

“There’s no better place to be than Hinkle for a noon tip,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “We dug ourselves a hole again early, but I thought we had good looks that we just didn’t finish at that point in the game. Our guys found a rhythm in the second half with Christian David in there, helping us get some stops in a row. We didn’t play great, but we played well enough to figure it out.”

DePaul held its largest lead of the game at 18-6 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs heated up from the field, scoring 20 of the next 26 points to take the lead and eventually a 30-29 halftime lead. Butler’s first-half performance was highlighted by 15 points from Harris.

Butler took control of the game midway through the second half as a 12-1 run gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the contest at 49-39 with 11:29 remaining. The Bulldogs were able to seal the game at the free throw line, making 24 of 36 attempts on the afternoon (both season-highs).

Nze’s 22 points came on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including a career-best three three-pointers (on four attempts). The 22 points are a Butler-high for the 6-7 forward. Harris went 4-of-8 from behind the arc and made eight of his nine attempts at the free throw stripe, tying his career-high with 22 points. Bo Hodges pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, his second time in his three Butler games registering double-figure rebounds.

Aaron Thompson had nine points, five assists, three steals, three rebounds, and one block for Butler. The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the field.

Nze and Harris are the first Butler duo to each post 20 points in the same game since Kamar Baldwin and Jordan Tucker accomplished the feat against St. John’s more than two years ago (Jan. 19, 2019).

Javon Freeman-Liberty scored 26 points, nearly half of DePaul’s total. No other Blue Demon made it to double figures. Butler’s defense limited DePaul to 39-percent shooting.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday night, hosting St. John’s for a 9 p.m. tip.  

PURDUE MBB

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is making it look easy.

On Saturday, he scored a career-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and providing the energy No. 24 Purdue needed to get past pesky Northwestern 75-70.

“I felt like all those shots were in rhythm,” Ivey said. “We were able to get some things, we still have to get better but those opportunities are going to come. We just have to keep playing like that.”

The Boilermakers (13-7, 8-5 Big Ten) were tough, resilient and balanced.

Zach Edey had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Boilermakers won for the sixth time in eight games. Purdue also has won nine straight in the series for the first time since 1994-98 and gave coach Matt Painter his 350th career win and victory No. 175 in Big Ten play.

For the reeling Wildcats (6-10, 3-9) it was another tough day. Pete Nance finished with 20 points and Chase Audige had 18 points in a game they never led.

The primary reason: Ivey.

“When you play Purdue, you have to give a lot of attention to Trevion Williams and they play through their big guys,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “”When they do that you have to make a decision about what you want to do. We chose to give some help (inside).”

And that opened the door for Ivey.

The freshman guard took full advantage, jump-starting the Boilermakers after a sluggish start by spurring a 17-6 run that gave Purdue a 33-20 lead late in the first half. But the Wildcats closed the half with four straight 3-pointers and made it 35-34 when Nance opened the second half with a layup.

The Boilermakers retook control when Eric Hunter Jr. capped a 6-0 spurt with a layup that made it 51-42 with 11:56 to play. The Wildcats never got closer than four the rest of the game.

“He’s always like that,” Edey said when asked about Ivey. “He’s a guy that can go for 20 every game. He’s a big-time scoring threat. He’s so quick, he can jump, he can shoot the ball, he’s a complete player.”

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: The Wildcats’ 6-1 start is a distant memory. And it looks like there’s no end in sight with this remaining schedule: Indiana at home, at Rutgers and No. 12 Illinois, home against No. 19 Wisconsin and at Minnesota before closing out the regular-season at home against Maryland and Nebraska.

Purdue: Despite losing Tuesday on the road and Saturday’s struggles, the Boilermakers just keep winning. While this one might not look impressive, guard Sasha Stefanovic returned after missing three games following a positive COVID-19 test. Getting the Big Ten’s top 3-point shooter is only going to help.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Purdue set a school record by cracking the poll for a sixth consecutive season last week. A one-point loss at Maryland shouldn’t hurt much and Saturday’s victory won’t help much. The Boilermakers are likely to be in the 20s again this week.

STAT PACK

Northwestern: Nance had eight rebounds while Audige had six rebounds and six assists. … Ryan Young finished with 10 points. … After starting 7 of 14 on 3s, the Wildcats finished 10 of 28. … Northwestern has lost seven straight against ranked foes after winning their first two this season.

Purdue: Ivey also had two steals. … Trevion Williams had eight points and a season-low three rebounds, ending a streak of 14 straight games with at least 10 points and seven rebounds. … Brandon Newman added 10 points. … Stefanovic scored four points but was 0 for 4 from the floor and 0 for 3 on 3s. … Purdue had a season-high 10 steals.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten Conference with a 75-70 win over Northwestern at Mackey Arena on Saturday evening.

Purdue now leads the series with the Wildcats by a 133-46 advantage. The win was the ninth straight over Northwestern, third-longest active winning streak against a single opponent.

The win was No. 350 for Matt Painter at Purdue and No. 175 in Big Ten play, coming in his 16th season.

The win tonight was Purdue’s 1,850th all-time, becoming the 11th collegiate program to reach that mark.

Purdue is 53-9 at Mackey Arena against Big Ten teams since the start of the 2014-15 season.

Purdue went 23-of-24 from the free throw line, making its first 21 attempts.

Purdue wore its gold uniforms tonight and has now won 13 straight games when wearing gold uniforms. Its last loss came vs. Minnesota on New Year’s Day 2017.

Purdue’s freshman class scored 53 of Purdue’s 75 points in the win over Northwestern. The 53 points are the second most scored by the freshman class during the Matt Painter era.

Purdue had four freshmen in double-figures vs. Northwestern, the first time since Nov. 24, 2007, vs. Loyola, Chicago that Purdue has had four freshmen in double-figures.

Jaden Ivey scored a career-high 20 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes of action.

Zach Edey recorded his first career double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes.

Mason Gillis scored 11 points on perfect shooting (4-of-4 FGs, 3-of-3 3Ps). Purdue is 4-0 when Gillis scores at least 10 points.

INDIANA MEN’S BB

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will host #8 Iowa on Sunday afternoon. Indiana is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to Illinois, 75-71 in overtime Tuesday.

GAME INFORMATION

#8/8 Iowa (13-5, 7-4 B1G) AT Indiana (9-8, 4-6 B1G)

Sunday, Feb 7 • Noon ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: Fox (Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery)

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

Series History: Indiana leads, 104-78

Last Meeting: IU 81, at Iowa 69; 1/21/21

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 64-51 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 203-113 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Iowa is led by Fran McCaffery who is in his 11th year and is 207-147.

JACKSON-DAVIS LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots.  He has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week.  His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui.  He had 23 points at Iowa and had 19 points and 14 boards against Illinois. He was named a second-team Mid-Season All-American by Dick Vitale and The Sporting News and was named to the Wooden Award Mid-Season Watch List.  He has had 18 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 14-4 when he reaches that milestone.  He is averaging 20.1 points, 9.0 rebounds while shooting 52.0% from the floor and a team-high 31 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, Nebraska). He is 4th in the nation FTs made (103) and 2nd in FT attempts (152).  Both lead the Big Ten. He is rated 4th in the KenPom National Player of the Year rankings.

ODDS AND TRENDS

The Hoosiers have made 22 of their last 41 3FG attempts (53.7) and held opponents to 31.3% shooting from deep in the last 3 games.  In the last 5 games, IU is hitting 41.0% from deep. Against Providence, Texas, Stanford, Florida State and Butler, the IU defense held those 5 top 37.4% shooting from the field and 31.7% accuracy from long distance.  Freshman Khristian Lander has made 8 of 16 triples in 8 home games.  IU is tied for the national lead in overtime games with 4.  The Hoosiers lost 3 of those including at Florida State, at Wisconsin and Illinois. 

THE LAST 12 MINUTES AT IOWA

The Hoosiers outscored the Hawkeyes 37-16… IU shot 71.4% (10-14) from the field while limiting Iowa to 17.6% (3-14) accuracy from the floor in the same time frame…The Cream and Crimson made 3 of 4 from long distance, while the Black and

Gold was 1 of 6 from downtown…rebounds were even at 12 apiece… IU turned the ball over once, while Iowa had 5 giveaways…the Hoosiers made 14 of 20 from the line and senior Aljami Durham made 9 of 10 charity tosses.

BALL STATE MBB

(BSU RELEASE)

MUNCIE – Down 16 early in the game only to lead by 18 late in the game, the Ball State men’s basketball team picked up an 81-67 victory over MAC-leading Toledo on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals, who snapped a four-game loss streak and still playing without their leading scorer, trailed 19-3 in the game’s opening minutes before chipping away and pulling away with a 47-point second half. Six players, led by Jarron Coleman, scored in double figures for BSU. Coleman, playing his sixth game since returning from a foot injury, scored 19 points with nine rebounds and four assists.

Luke Bumbalough scored 14 points and Miryne Thomas had 13 points and seven rebounds. Brachen Hazen had his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“We had a lot of guys step up when we needed them to, Coleman said. “Next man up. Everybody played great as a team.”

INDIANA WBB
(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 17 Indiana hits the road on Sunday afternoon when it meets Iowa for the first time this season. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

#17/17 INDIANA (10-4, 8-2 B1G) AT IOWA (10-6, 6-5 B1G)

Sunday, February 7, 2021 • 2 p.m. ET

Carver Hawkeye Arena • Iowa City, Iowa

Broadcast: ESPN2 (Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson)

ABOUT THE HAWKEYES

Iowa is coming off a 92-87 loss at No. 11 Ohio State on Thursday night. Behind reigning Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week, they boast one of the highest scoring offenses in the Big Ten, averaging 88.4 points per contest.  Leading the way are freshman guard Caitlin Clark’s 25.6 points and 6.8 assists per game and junior forward/center Monika Czinano with 19.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

SERIES HISTORY

Iowa leads 51-19

LAST MEETING

1/12/20 – L, 85-91 (2OT) (Iowa City, Iowa)

NOTES

The Hoosiers will return to the court after an unexpected week break, as Thursday’s game against Rutgers at home was postponed.

Indiana is coming off a 79-67 win over Michigan State on Sunday night. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 17 points as four players scored in double figures as a big second-half surge led the Hoosiers to victory.

Senior guard Ali Patberg and junior guard Grace Berger have each been named to respective Top 10 watch lists by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Patberg returns on the nation’s best point guard list from last season on the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 while Berger earns the program’s first ever Top 10 honoree on the Cheryl Miller Award for nation’s top small forward.

IU comes in at No. 10 in the latest NET rankings, which replaced the previously used RPI system. They are the second highest Big Ten team in the NET rankings this season.

Holmes is leading the way for the Hoosiers this season with her 17.8 points per game, ties a team-high 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 59.7 percent from the floor. Berger adds 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

UP NEXT

IU comes back to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 10 when it hosts Penn State. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m­. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB

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DETROIT – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Jarred Godfrey scored his 1,000th career point in an 83-56 loss at Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Feb. 6) evening at Calihan Hall.

Godfrey went over the 1,000-point total midway through the first half with an open court steal and easy transition layup on the other end. He is the 17th Mastodon in school history to reach 1,000 points. Godfrey now has 1,009 career points.

The game was tied at 27 with 3:39 left in the first half, following a first 16 minutes of basketball that was close throughout. But then Detroit Mercy went on a 28-6 run over the next 10 minutes. The span finished the first half and started the second half. The Titans shot 10-of-16 in the stretch with five 3-pointers and no turnovers. The ‘Dons went 2-of-9 from the floor during the same time. It flipped the game in the favor of the Titans.

Both teams shot nearly identical in the game. The ‘Dons finished at 22-of-50 (44.0 percent) and the Titans shot 25-of-56 (44.6 percent). The Titans held an advantage at the free throw line, finishing 21-of-23 to the Mastodons’ 3-of-4.

Godfrey tied Deonte Billups with a team-high 13 points. Jalon Pipkins had 12 points while Dylan Carl added 10 points. The Titans were powered by Antoine Davis’ 26 points and Matt Johnson’s 24.

Detroit Mercy moves to 8-8 (7-5 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 6-11 (5-11 Horizon). Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action Feb. 12 and 13 at Youngstown State.

IUPUI MBB

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GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI basketball team was unable to complete a two-game road sweep at Green Bay on Saturday (Feb. 6) as the Jaguars fell to the host Phoenix, 79-72 inside the Kress Center. IUPUI battled back from a 23-point halftime deficit to cut the lead to six in the closing minute, but ultimately succumbed on a day in which it shot just 38 percent from the floor.

The Jaguars senior trio of Marcus Burk, Elyjah Goss and Jaylen Minnett continued to shoulder the load, combining to score 53 of the team’s 72 points in the loss. Minnett had a game-high 21 points and six assists before fouling out in the closing minute while Burk scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed seven boards, but was also disqualified. Goss registered his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 12 boards, surpassing the 800 career rebound mark in the process.

Green Bay outscored IUPUI 35-11 at the free throw line as the Jags were whistled for 29 fouls to the host’s 15 fouls. The Jags helped offset the deficit by connecting on 11-of-32 (34.4 percent) attempts from three-point range while holding Green Bay to just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from deep.

IUPUI (5-8, 4-8 HL) led 8-7 in the early going, but Green Bay sped away with an 18-2 run over the next six minutes to bury the Jags in a 25-10 rut. Bobby Harvey stopped the run by swishing a three, but the Phoenix continued to pile on and led 41-18 at the half. The Jaguars made just 7-of-23 (22.6 percent) first half field goal attempts and Minnett was the lone IUPUI player with more than one make.

The Green Bay lead was still larger than 20 at the midpoint of the second half before the Jags feverishly climbed back late. Burk scored five points in succession on the heels of a Goss layup to make it 63-53 with 5:46 left. IUPUI pulled within nine with 2:53 to play when Burk stuck a short jumper.

After Green Bay’s P.J. Pipes made a pair of free throws, Nathan McClure cut the lead back to eight when he rattled home a wing three. IUPUI had two cracks to make it a two-possession game with just under two minutes to play, but Burk missed an initial three-point attempt and Minnett came up empty on a runner after grabbing the offensive board.

Some late makes from Mike DePersia and Azariah Seay in a five second span in the final minute made it a two possession game before the Phoenix iced the game at the line.

Pipes led Green Bay (6-14, 6-10 HL) with 20 points and four assists while hitting 15-of-16 free throw attempts. Emmanuel Ansong added 18 points and nine boards and Amari Davis had 13 points. Josh Jefferson contributed 12 off the Green Bay bench, including hitting all six of his foul shots.

Minnett was 8-of-23 overall and hit three threes while Burk shot 5-of-16 from the floor. Goss recorded his sixth double-double of the year and 21st of his collegiate career while hitting 5-of-10 of his shot attempts. McClure contributed six points on a pair of late treys and DePersia finished with five points and six rebounds.

The loss snapped the Jaguars’ four-game road winning streak versus the Phoenix since joining the Horizon League in 2017.

IUPUI will return to action next week when they host UIC for a two-game series. The two teams will face off on Friday (Feb. 12) and Saturday (Feb. 13) with both games tipping at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Both can be seen on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) describe the action.

EVANSVILLE MBB

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CHICAGO – Facing one of the top 30 teams in the nation on the road, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fought to the final whistle in a 68-55 loss to Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Gentile Arena.

Evansville (8-9. 6-5 MVC) played hard throughout the entire game before a game-changing stretch by Loyola (16-3, 11-1 MVC) saw them take a 16-point lead in the second half.  The Purple Aces got back within single digits before the Ramblers hung on for the win.

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“Loyola is such a versatile team; they are so good on both ends of the floor,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said.  “We knew it would be a great test and our guys have shown that they will always fight back.  If we use it right, this challenge will help us in our pursuit to be a great team.”

Noah Frederking had an outstanding effort on Saturday, leading the Aces with 15 points.  He was 6-for-10 from the field while knocking down three triples.  Jawaun Newton scored nine while Shamar Givance and Iyen Enaruna registered seven apiece.

Making the first start of his career, Iyen Enaruna made an immediate impact.  After winning the opening tip, Enaruna grabbed an offensive board and scored on the first possession.  Shamar Givance added a 3-pointer that gave the Aces an early 5-2 advantage.  With the Ramblers up 7-5, Evan Kuhlman came in and knocked down a triple.  On the next possession, he found a cutting Noah Frederking for a field goal that put the Aces on top – 10-7.

A 9-2 stretch by the Ramblers put them back in front by a 16-12 tally before Trey Hall ended a 3-minute scoreless stretch with his first triple of the day.  As the half approached the final five minutes, Hall and Frederking hit 3-pointers that cut Loyola’s lead to 22-21, but a 9-0 run by Loyola gave them their first double figure lead of the game at 31-21 at the 1:51 mark.  UE cut one off that deficit to trail by a 36-27 margin at the half.  Frederking led the Aces with eight points in the first half.  Cameron Krutwig had 11 points and six rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play.

Five of Evansville’s first seven shots of the second half found the bottom of the net with UE getting back within three points – 38-35.  After Loyola pushed its lead back to five at 44-39, they put forth their top stretch of the game, recording 13 of the next 15 points to stretch their advantage to 57-41 with 12:08 remaining.  They converted seven consecutive field goals.

Evansville has gained a reputation around the Missouri Valley Conference for never giving up and today was no different.  The defense clamped down to force five Rambler misses in a row while a triple by Samari Curtis spearheaded a 7-0 run to make it a 9-point game inside of the 8-minute mark.

Loyola’s lead hovered around the 10-point mark over the remainder of the game.  UE got within single figures a few times, but Loyola kept answering before taking the win.  Krutwig led the Ramblers with 10 points and 11 rebounds while going 8-for-13 from the field.

Tomorrow, the teams will be back in action inside Gentile Arena with another 1 p.m. contest.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BB

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LIBERTY, Mo. – The UIndy men’s basketball team (6-9, 6-9 GLVC) delivered when it counted Saturday afternoon, surpassing and then holding off host William Jewell (3-12, 3-12) in a 68-65 road win. A late and-1 from Kendrick Tchoua gave the Greyhounds the lead while the Cardinals missed a potential game-tying fee throw in the final seconds.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne freshmen Rylie Parker and Zoe Ketterman both recorded new career-high rebounding marks, as Parker grabbed nine and Ketterman pulled down four in the Mastodons’ 68-52 loss at Youngstown State.

Parker earned the start on Saturday (Feb. 6) and quickly took advantage, knocking in a mid-range jumper from the left side to give the Mastodons a lead after the first possession. Purdue Fort Wayne had a 7-0 run midway into the first quarter with triples from Shayla Sellers and Sierra Bell and a freebie from Ketterman. Sellers banked in her 3-pointer as the shot clock was about to expire. Bell got hot in the opening quarter, scoring two buckets from close range in a 40-second spurt, giving the ‘Dons a three-point lead. The Penguins evened the quarter at 15 just before the break with a triple with five seconds left on the clock. The ‘Dons led for 5:06 of the opening 10 minutes.

After the clock was reset for the second quarter, Youngstown State never trailed. The ‘Dons brought it within one with a 6-0 run from the 5:11 mark to 1:47 left in the first half, using two jumpers from Bell and one from Riley Ott. After halftime, Bell found Aubrey Stupp planted on the right wing, which set her up for a triple that touched nothing by nylon. This brought the Mastodons within one at 32-31. Youngstown State subsequently used a 15-0 run to build the lead necessary to take the second game from the ‘Dons.

As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Parker buried a triple from the left side off a feed from Bell, then Amellia Bromenschenkel had a 5-0 run on her own to close the game. She converted two free throws and a 3-pointer from the left wing.

Bell and Stupp led Purdue Fort Wayne in scoring with 14 and 11, respectively. Bell also had four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Stupp had five boards, which matched Valerie Clark’s five.

The Penguins got double-digit points from McKenah Peters (19), Nneka Obiazor (16) and Mary Dunn (15). YSU shot 51 percent from the floor.

Purdue Fort Wayne drops to 0-18, 0-16 Horizon while Youngstown State improves to 8-4, 8-4. Purdue Fort Wayne will continue its longest road stretch of the season when they visit Cleveland State next week for two rematches.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

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The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with a nationally-ranked foe on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but No. 25 Drake eked out an 80-77 victory to remain one of three undefeated teams in the nation. Freshman Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) poured in 20 points to match a career high and help the Brown & Gold give the Bulldogs (18-0, 9-0) a scare in their second-closest game of the season. Valpo put together one of its best assist-to-turnover ratios in recent memory in the defeat.

How It Happened

Behind a fast start that featured nine of the game’s first 12 points, Drake owned a 12-8 advantage at the first media timeout. Valpo freshman Jacob Ognacevic (Sheboygan, Wis. / Sheboygan Area Lutheran) came off the bench for a big trey at the 13:18 mark, slimming Drake’s edge to one at 12-11.

The Bulldogs built the lead back up to six, but Valpo leaped ahead with seven straight points. A steal and transition hoop by Edwards helped the host grab an 18-17 lead moments after Edwards had knocked in a 3.

Edwards buried a go-ahead triple with 8:47 left in the first half, then Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) connected from distance to make it 25-19 and force a Drake timeout. Valpo had the lead up to eight, but Drake cut it to one with 5:11 remaining in the half.

Ognacevic swished a pair of 3s on consecutive possessions late in the half to force another Drake timeout and up the lead to nine. The rookie added a layup to crack double figures by halftime, and Gordon drained his third 3 of the period with 48 seconds to go. By the break, Valpo owned a 43-35 edge.

A basket by Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) with 16:34 left in the second half helped Valpo grab its first double-figure lead of the day at 49-39. The lead was nine with 14:19 on the clock, but an 11-2 burst by the guests leveled the score at 55.

A made trey by Daniel Sackey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Thornlea) stemmed the tide, but later a Drake 3 by Garrett Sturtz gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the second half at 61-60 with 7:32 to play.

A deep 3 by the hot-shooting Edwards put Valpo ahead by four with 4:52 to go, but a timely 11-0 Drake run flipped the script and gave the nation’s 25th-ranked team a seven-point lead with a minute remaining.

An improbable 4-point play by Edwards provided a glimmer of hope as Valpo whittled the deficit to three with 35 seconds left, but the Bulldogs hit their free throws down the stretch to escape with the win.

Inside the Game

Edwards matched his previous season/career high of 20 points that occurred on Dec. 9 vs. SIUE. This marked his second career 20-point output, his fifth double-figure game and his third time leading the team in scoring. He made four 3s, equaling a personal best set in the overtime victory over Bradley.

Ognacevic’s 11 points came on 4-of-6 shooting in just 10 minutes of action. He buried three of his four 3-point tries en route to his fifth double-figure scoring output.

Krikke had 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting while Gordon was Valpo’s fourth double-figure scorer with 11 points on 4-of-6 from the field.

Gordon and Donovan Clay (Alton, Ill. / Alton) shared the team lead in rebounds with seven apiece. Gordon had seven or more for the seventh time this season with six of those coming in the last nine games. Gordon has led the team in rebounds (outright or tied) on eight occasions this season.

Clay and Sackey had four assists apiece on a day where Valpo moved the ball to the tune of a season-high 19 dimes on 29 made baskets. This was Valpo’s highest assist total since dishing out 20 in last year’s MVC Tournament semifinal win over Missouri State.

Valpo drained 12 3-pointers, which marked a season high after previously knocking down 11 on three occasions. The 41.4 percent clip (12-of-29) from beyond the arc was also a season best. The dozen triples marked Valpo’s highest single-game total since an MVC league-only record of 18 on Feb. 22, 2020 vs. Bradley.

Valpo took excellent care of the basketball, committing a season-low five turnovers. The team had 10 or more turnovers in each of the previous seven games. The turnover total was Valpo’s lowest since a five-turnover game on Jan. 4, 2015 vs. Youngstown State.

Valpo tied with Loyola (Jan. 16 vs. UNI) and Drake (Jan. 26 at Missouri State) for the fewest turnovers in a game by an MVC team this season.

This was Valpo’s first game with five or fewer turnovers and 15 or more assists since a five-turnover, 20-assist performance on Feb. 3, 2011 at Cleveland State.

This marked Valpo’s first home game against a Top 25 opponent since Nov. 29, 2016, a 65-62 upset of No. 21/25 Rhode Island. It was Valpo’s closest loss to a nationally-ranked team since a heartbreaking 65-62 setback vs. No. 12 Maryland in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The 77 points were Valpo’s most against a nationally-ranked team since an 88-77 loss to No. 6/4 North Carolina on Nov. 11, 2009.

This marked the first time since at least the start of the 1999-2000 season that Valpo played an undefeated team with a record better than 12-0.

Northwest Indiana natives Tremell Murphy (11&11) and ShanQuan Hemphill (18&12) both had double-doubles for Drake, while a third Region product — Roman Penn — posted 10 points and a team-high seven assists.

 Up Next

Valpo (6-12, 3-6) and No. 25 Drake will match up again on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Sunday’s game will be available on ESPN+ and on the Valpo Sports Network (95.1 FM Valparaiso, TuneIn Radio app). Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

INDIANA FOOTBALL NEWS

IU defensive back Jaylin Williams was arrested Saturday morning on preliminary charges of DUI and endangerment.

Williams was arrested just feet away from Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indiana University and had a blood alcohol level of .08. Both charges are misdemeanors.

His bond was set at $1,000 and he was released at 7:00 Saturday morning.

Williams was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2020.  He was tied for the team lead with four interceptions. He also collected 30 tackles.

IU statement on the arrest: “Indiana University Athletics and the IU football program are aware of the arrest of Jaylin Williams. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.”

MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Miami University men’s basketball team fell behind early and could not recover as the RedHawks suffered an 88-64 loss at the University at Buffalo on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Arena. Miami drops to 8-7 overall and 5-5 in Mid-American Conference play, while Buffalo moves to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in conference action.

Redshirt junior James Beck scored a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore Dae Dae Grant tallied 18 points, sinking six treys, for the RedHawks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A Grant triple put Miami up 3-2 in the early goings, but the Bulls started the game going 7-of-7 from the floor to build a quick 16-5 advantage by the 15:32 mark. Buffalo used an 11-0 run to push its lead to 27-11 midway through the first half.

The Bulls led by as many as 21 in the opening half and carried a 47-30 lead into the half. Beck scored 14 for the RedHawks in the first half and added five rebounds, one blocked shot, one assist and one steal. Grant added 12 points and four rebounds for the RedHawks in the opening 20 minutes.

Miami continued to chip away at the Buffalo lead, outscoring the Bulls 13-6 in the opening minutes of the second half to pull within 10 points, 53-43, by the 14:22 mark off a Grant triple. Buffalo went on an 11-2 run to further its lead to 64-45 with 11:14 to play and never looked back.

NOTES

Beck and Grant accounted for 87 percent of Miami’s scoring in the opening half.

Beck shot a scorching 71-4 percent from the floor, connecting on 10-of-14 field goals.

Junior Mekhi Lairy was the other RedHawk to score in double figures with 12 points and three assists.

Redshirt junior Isaiah Coleman-Lands handed out six assists for the Red and White.

UP NEXT

The RedHawks do not return to the court again until they host Akron in a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Feb. 12 that will be nationally-televised on ESPNU.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

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after defeating the Goshen Maple Leafs 80-73. The Knights move to 14-4 on the season and 9-4 in conference play following the Crossroads League victory.

The game started with each team sinking the first seven shots attempted. Marian held an 6-3 lead to begin but soon the Leafs offense exploded. Goshen burst to a 13-0 run and soon doubled the Marian score.

The long run did not discourage the Knights, however. Marian fired back with a 9-2 run that gained steam after a Malek Edmonds dunk put-back. The Knights got back within a point of the Goshen lead and began a back-and-forth with the hosts.

This back-and-forth play persisted through the final 8:41 of the half with neither team able to create another run. The Knights closed the half narrowly ahead 43-42 after the even gameplay.

Marian entered the locker room shooting 53% from the floor and 4-8 from 3-point range. The Leafs shot an impressive 71% from the floor and sank five shots from beyond the arch.

Cameron Wolter exited the half with 12 points and three rebounds leading the Knights in each respective category.

The second half started with a bang from the Knights. Marian’s exploded to a 7-0 run only 56 seconds into the half. The run saw the Knights with an eight-point advantage, their largest lead of the game. Keeping in theme for the game, however, the Leafs fired back to get back within contention shortly.

With just over nine minutes to play, Goshen reclaimed the lead following its continuous hot shooting for beyond the arch. The Knights did not allow the Leafs to continue the run and stayed within striking distance.

With only five minutes to go, Christian Stewart dropped a 3-point bucket to get the lead back as time started to wind down. This would be the last lead change of the afternoon thanks to the Knights’ stubborn defense.

An Edmonds dunk with a 1:18 iced the game for Marian making the deficit three possessions. The Knights sealed the tight contest 80-73 thanks to an 18-5 run to close out the final 8:24 and clinch the Crossroads League victory.

During the high-powered offensive showdown, the Knights were led by Wolter dropping 27 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Marian also enjoyed a strong outing from Stewart as the senior dropped 18 points while sinking three 3-pointers.

Luke Heady logged 10 points on the afternoon while shooting a perfect 2-2 from 3-point range on his way to a 3-3 day from the field. Edmonds rounded out the Knights’ scoring effort by logging 10 high-energy points and pulling down five rebounds.

The Knights outrebounded the Maple Leafs 28-22 while forcing 16 Goshen turnovers on nine steals. These turnovers turned into 22 points on the other end for Marian.

Following the Saturday victory, Marian improves to 14-4, 9-4 on the season and closes out the busy week 3-0. The Knights’ next challenge comes Monday as they host Grace Christian for Senior Night on John Grimes Court at 6 p.m.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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The Valpo women’s basketball team finished out the first half of MVC play with a split of its series against Bradley, as the visiting Braves used a 23-9 second quarter advantage to propel themselves to a 61-51 victory in the finale Friday evening at the ARC.

How It Happened

The two teams battled for control early on, with seven lead changes in the first quarter. Senior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) helped spur the Valpo offense early on, scoring seven points over the game’s opening seven minutes.

Valpo pushed its lead to 18-13 with 35 seconds to play in the period on a 3-point play from freshman Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH), and looked like it might be able to extend the lead with possession and the shot clock off, but a turnover allowed Bradley to hit a free throw in the final seconds and make it 18-14 at the end of the quarter.

A driving layup from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) with 6:58 to play in the first half returned the lead to Valpo after Bradley had battled back to tie the game at 21.

But following Dunson’s basket, the Braves went on a 16-1 run over the next six and a half minutes to take control. A 3-pointer just before the buzzer from junior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) finally stopped Valpo’s cold streak from the floor and cut Bradley’s lead to 37-27 at intermission.

Another 3-pointer from Frederick on Valpo’s first possession of the second half made it a seven-point game, and the Brown and Gold twice got the deficit to five points in the third quarter. But the first time, Bradley got a 3-point play to extend its lead and the second time, the Braves responded with seven straight points to close the third quarter with a 51-39 lead.

Valpo could get no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.

Inside the Game

Valpo split three of its four back-to-backs in the first half of MVC play, only getting swept by a top-25 Missouri State squad.

The series with the Braves concluded a first half of MVC play in which Valpo played eight of its nine games against top-100 NET teams. Valpo’s second-half schedule features just two games against a top-100 opponent.

Valpo was held to 32.1% shooting from the floor Friday and was just 7-of-26 from 3-point range, one day after matching its program single-game record with 17 triples.

Frederick led Valpo with 11 points, but was just 4-of-12 from the field.

Morrison finished with 10 points and a pair of blocked shots, in the process becoming just the fourth player in program history to rack up 100 career rejections.

Senior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) paced Valpo with seven rebounds and four assists, while sharing team-high honors with junior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) as the duo each tallied three steals.

After owning a +12 advantage in the turnover column on Thursday, Valpo finished Friday’s contest +9. The Brown and Gold forced 21 turnovers by the Braves, matching the second-most that they’ve forced in a game this season.

Next Up

Valpo (7-9, 3-6 MVC) kicks off the second half of MVC play with a two-game series at Indiana State, beginning next Saturday, Feb. 13. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BB

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CHICAGO – IUPUI held off a late rally to beat UIC 74-64 on Saturday (Feb. 6). The win was IUPUI’S third-straight on the road.

Macee Williams led the Jags with 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting, pulled down four rebounds and dished out five assists. Rachel McLimore tallied 14 points and Katelyn O’Reilly also finished in double-figures, with 10 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

Agatha Beier again stuffed the stat sheet, making her third-straight start. The senior scored eight points, led the Jags with seven assists, grabbed four rebounds, a steal and a block. Natalie Andersen also contributed on both ends, with eight points, six rebounds and a team-high four steals.

IUPUI () entered the fourth quarter up by eight but a quick 5-0 run by UIC cut the Jaguar lead to 55-52. O’Reilly ended the run with a jumper but the teams traded baskets until a 6-0 run that featured a bucket from McLimore and two from Williams to push the lead to 65-56.

With the Jags up seven and four minutes to play, McLimore hit a three to make it a double-digit lead. Beier followed, splitting a pair of free throws and Sydney Roule hit a three with 1:27 left to play to put the Jags up 12 and seal the win.

“I was really encouraged all weekend by the play of Agatha,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “She drove the ball well and handled their pressure nicely, and the seven assists were really important. UIC played with good energy and I’m proud of our ladies for finding a way to win in a close game.”

The game started out slow, with the Jags up 13-9 after the first quarter and both offenses struggling. IUPUI hit just 31 percent from the field in the first and UIC hit 38 percent. From there, both offenses woke up with the Jags shooting over 61 percent for the rest of the game and UIC hitting 61 percent in the second half.

For the game, both teams finished 53 percent from the floor but the big difference came at the free throw line with the Jags going 18-for-24 from the stripe while the Flames went just 7-for-13. IUPUI’s big advantage at the stripe came in the second quarter (7-for-9) and third quarter (8-for-10) while UIC went just 4-for-9 during those 20 minutes. Morgan Allen led all Jags at the line, going 5-for-6.

Early in the second quarter, IUPUI pushed the lead to ten with a three by Andersen and a three-point play from O’Reilly. After the Flames cut the lead to five, IUPUI responded with a bucket from Williams and a three-pointer from O’Reilly. Two free throws from Beier pushed the lead to 28-16 and it looked like IUPUI might begin to open up the lead but UIC continued to battle and stay within striking distance.

The second half began with IUPUI pushing the lead to 15 after baskets by Williams and layup from McLimore but a 9-0 run by UIC brought the game back to a six-point affair. IUPUI took to the free throw line late in the quarter, going 7-for-8 from the line over the last four minutes, including six points from Anna Mortag, but a buzzer beating three by UIC dropped the lead back to eight heading in to the final frame.

IUPUI returns home for its final scheduled home weekend of the regular season, taking on Youngstown State on Friday (Feb. 12) and Saturday (Feb. 13).

INDIANAPOLIS WBB

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LIBERTY, Mo. – After the UIndy women’s basketball (8-8, 8-8 GLVC) team overthrew the No. 24 Truman Bulldogs on Thursday, the Greyhounds eyed another rematch on Saturday at William Jewell (7-9, 7-9). The Hounds fired on all cylinders, taking a whooping 79-34 victory over the Cardinals. UIndy’s 45-point margin not only sets a new win streak of two games for the Greyhounds, but also is the highest margin of victory since the 2010-11 season where the Hounds beat Illinois Springfield on the road.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds came out swinging at William Jewell, where they dropped 28 points in the first quarter off of six-made 3-point baskets. Several Hounds fired from deep in the contest as a whole, as Taylor Drury went a perfect four-for-four, Marissa Knobloch hit three triples, Mya Scheidt added a pair from deep and Ilani Williams-Harris added a long ball of her own to the mix. UIndy was able to avoid remaining one dimensional by shooting from all around the field, they split their totals evenly to 36 points in the paint, and 45 points outside of it. 20 assists came from the 29 buckets the Greyhounds provided in the contest, as Mickey Sasson led all players with her nine assists.

Defensively, the Hounds were able to provide an absolute defensive halt for 20 minutes against the Cardinals, only allowing seven points combined in the second and third quarters of action. During that span, William Jewell only made two baskets off 29 attempts. Sasson led all players with 10 rebounds, Drury with six en route to 44 total boards for the Hounds. The Greyhounds forced nine turnovers that led to 13 points from UIndy baskets. Williams-Harris provided scrappy play on the defensive end, as she collected three steals of her own off the bench. The Greyhounds were able to hold the Cardinals to just under 23 percent shooting from the field, as Mackenzie Stien, Lauren With, Sadie Hill and Williams-Harris all recorded a block in the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Cardinals’ 22.8 percent shooting provides the lowest number the Greyhounds have forced this season.

– Saturday marks eight-straight games where the Hounds have out rebounded their opponents.

– UIndy’s 10 3-pointers are the second time this season the team has reached double-digits in made baskets from deep.

HOUND BYTES

Head Coach Kristin Wodrich on the game plan to continue their momentum …

“The team was really locked into the scouting report. We wanted to contain Kiara Bradley and be able to guard their cutters. Our girls did just that and they played with a great pace throughout the game, pushing the ball on stops. I’m extremely proud of their effort, it was another great team win.”

UP NEXT

The Hounds will travel back to Indianapolis for two key games in Nicoson Hall next week, first taking on the Rockhurst Hawks Thursday. That game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

MIAMI WBB

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KENT, Ohio—A gritty effort amidst a dramatic finish came up just short as the Miami University women’s basketball team was edged at Kent State University, 71-69, on Saturday afternoon inside the M.A.C. Center. Miami drops to 2-15 overall and 1-12 in Mid-American Conference play, while Kent State moves to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in MAC action. Peyton Scott amassed 34 points to lead all players.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Miami took a quick 5-0 lead by the 8:06 mark of the first quarter off an Abbey Hoff triple and Scott layup. The Golden Flashes fired back with a 16-2 run over the next 4:35 to push ahead of the RedHawks, 16-7, with 2:32 to go in the first quarter. A Jada Duckett three-point play and Kenzie Schmitz trey pulled Miami within three, 16-13. KSU carried a 20-14 advantage into the second quarter.

The Golden Flashes extended their lead to 22-14 before Miami staged a 6-0 run to close within 22-20. Miami continued to grind away as Kent State extended its lead, and the RedHawks persevered to close the gap. Over the final 1:16 of the second quarter, Miami scored seven unanswered to carry a 33-29 lead into the half. Scott had five of the final seven points of the half for Miami, while Amani Freeman added a layup.

The teams continued to slug it out in the third quarter. Miami led by as many as six early on in the quarter, including a 39-33 lead. KSU came back with a 7-0 run to post a two-point edge. KSU led by as many as five late in the stanza, but a triple from Hoff and a Scott layup with two seconds to go, pulled the RedHawks within two heading into the final quarter, 52-50.

Kent State extended its lead to 59-52 by the 6:54 mark. The Golden Flashes maintained a seven-point cushion until the RedHawks used a 10-3 flurry to knot the game at 65 apiece off a Scott triple with 2:28 to go. Tihanna Fulton and Scott hit buckets over the final minute to tie things up twice more, but Kent State sunk the final field goal with just over a second to play to win the game.

NOTES:

It was Scott’s third 30-point scoring effort in seven games and second straight. She shot a sizzling 56.0 percent from the floor, going 14-of-25 from the field. Scott added five rebounds, four steals and three assists to her line.

Fulton notched eight points and a team-leading six boards and added three steals and two assists.

UP NEXT:

The RedHawks return home for the first of two straight games in Millett Hall when Miami hosts Central Michigan at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

WRIGHT STATE WBB

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The Wright State women’s basketball team completed its weekend sweep of Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon, downing the Panthers 56-49 inside the Nutter Center.

Wright State improves to 13-5 overall and 13-3 in conference play, while Milwaukee falls to 15-5 overall and 12-4 in HL action.

Wright State struck first as Jada Wright’s layup just 30 seconds into the contest gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead before Milwaukee answered by way of a Megan Walstad layup. The remainder of the contest was a back-and-forth affair. Milwaukee’s Emma Wittmershaus three-pointer with 1:15 left in the first quarter tied the contest at 10-all. The second quarter saw nearly two minutes of scoreless action from both sides, before Tyler Frierson’s free throw gave Wright State a 19-18 advantage. Milwaukee’s 8-5 run over the final four minutes of the half gave the Panthers a 26-23 advantage heading into halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the difference maker as Wright State held Milwaukee to just eight points over the 10 minute period. The Raiders continued that momentum into the final 10 minutes, going on a 14-0 run in just over eight minutes. Milwaukee looked to answer in the final five minutes, going on a 10-5 run over Wright State but fell short as the Raiders tallied 16 total points to the Panthers 15 in the fourth quarter.

Angel Baker recorded her second highest scoring night in a Raiders uniform turning in 28 points, for her fourth consecutive 20-plus point outing this season. While Jada Wright, Jada Roberson and Tyler Frierson each added six points.

Baker finished the afternoon shooting 11-for-18 from the field, 1-for-2 from beyond the arc and 5-for-8 from the line while also pulling down three rebounds and providing two assists. Wright pulled down a team-leading and season-high eight rebounds, while also going 3-for-5 from the field. Roberson tallied two steals for the Raiders while also finishing the contest 3-for-9 from the floor. Frierson added four rebounds for Wright State as well as a team-high three blocks against Milwaukee.

Wright State held Milwaukee to just 26.3 percent shooting for the contest, while the Raiders tallied a 40.0 percent day from the floor. In the paint, the Raiders found another advantage, outscoring Milwaukee 26-20. Wright State tallied 14 second chance points and allowed just 11 from Milwaukee.

Wright State won the battle on the boards for the 17th consecutive contest, out rebounding Milwaukee 44-39 overall. On the defensive side of things, Wright State pull down 32, while the Panthers tallied 27. Both teams pulled down 12 offensive rebounds.

MARIAN WBB
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team dominated on defense for the second consecutive home game, and had a strong offensive outing from Ella Collier as the Knights downed Goshen College 75-51. The win is the 15th straight for Marian, helping the Knights improve to 21-4 on the season and 13-0 in Crossroads League play.

Marian could not be stopped on offense through the first 6:22 of the game, as they opened the afternoon with a 13-0 run. Ella Collier was the catalyst of the early run, leading the way with seven points. Marian’s defense suffocated Goshen during the run, but a three from the Maple Leafs sparked a 7-0 run in a of their own, forcing Marian to use a timeout. A Jayla Wehner three out of the timeout snapped the run and drove Marian lead to nine points, where it stayed at a 19-10 Marian lead after 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, the scoring dropped off as both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor, however the Knights were able to keep one step ahead of the Maple Leafs. A Leah Seib three and a pair of baskets from Collier helped keep the lead over seven, but a couple of made baskets from Graysen Cockerham and Kirarah Copeland helped Goshen trim Marian’s lead to four. The Collier jumpers in the final four minutes helped Marian ascend back to a double digit lead, with Mairan on top 33-23 at halftime.

Goshen scored the opening points of the second half to cut Marian’s lead back to eight, but Marian’s defense picked up the intensity forcing three turnovers and four missed Maple Leafs shots. While the defense picked up their level of play, Marian’s offense exploded for a 12-0 run, highlighted by four points each from Collier, Abby Downard, and Tamia Perryman, giving Marian a 20 point lead with 5:39 left in the third quarter. A Wehner three extended the margin to 24, and five unanswered points from Shanyce Makuei in the final 73 seconds gave Marian a 55-29 lead after three quarters.

Marian put away the game early in the fourth quarter with Imani Guy taking off to score the first eight points of quarter for Marian. The Knights subbed out their seniors with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, and led by 24 or more for the remainder of the game as the bench closed out Marian’s 15th straight win.

Collier led Marian in scoring with 18 points to go with eight rebounds, while Guy put up 15 points and nine rebounds. Perryman and Makuei each had nine points, while Wehner scored seven off the bench. Downard scored four points and had four rebounds, while Macy Willoughby had a game-high three assists.

Marian’s 15-game win streak is their fourth-longest streak in program history. 

Marian will play take to the road for on Wednesday, February 10 as they travel to No. 19 Indiana Weselyan. The game will be the final road trip of the Crossroads League regular season for Marian, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. from Luckey Arena.

OHIO STATE VB

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team (2-4, 1-1 MIVA) fell to No. 3 Lewis (6-1, 1-1 MIVA) in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-11) on Saturday afternoon in the Covelli Center.

Jacob Pasteur recorded the first Buckeye double-double of the season and of his career (11 kills, 11 digs). Martin Lallemand tallied six kills, five digs and two service aces while Michael Wright posted 23 assists, eight digs and four kills. Jack Stevens (6), Austin Gerwig (4) and Samuel Clark (3) also added kills to the stats sheet.

SET 1: Ohio State scored three straight points for an 11-10 edge before Lewis locked the set at 17-all. The Flyers went up 24-20 and the Buckeyes were able to cut the deficit to one with Pasteur’s ace but an error handed Lewis the frame, 25-23. 

SET 2: The Flyers put together a 6-1 run to take a 14-9 lead. Ohio State tried to rally as it pulled within two, 22-20. Lewis had three of the last four points to take the set, 25-21. 

SET 3: The Buckeyes burned both timeouts early as they trailed 8-1. The Flyers kept rolling for a 25-11 tally.

UP NEXT

Ohio State visits McKendree for a MIVA series Feb. 12-13.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S LACROSSE

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INDIANAPOLIS – Taking the field for the first time in 11 months, the No. 10-ranked UIndy men’s lacrosse (1-0, 1-0 GLVC) kicked off the 2021 campaign Thursday with a 15-11 victory against Lewis University (0-1, 0-1) at Key Stadium. Trailing by a single tally entering the fourth quarter, the 10th-ranked Greyhounds put up six goals in the final 13 minutes to notch the win.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds ot things going by building a four-goal lead in the first quarter, as four different Hounds scored during that 10-minute span. Redshirt-junior Brian Robb was able to connect two points during the early surge, providing an assist and goal in the process. William Jewell was able to answer with a run of their own, dropping five unanswered goals to take the lead from UIndy in the span of seven minutes. Throughout the second and third quarters, the teams went back and forth, as the lead changed hands four times in the middle periods.

As the teams headed into the fourth, the Flyers clung tightly to a one-goal lead, looking to upset their ranked opponent. The Greyhounds’ urgency kicked into high gear, rattling off six goals in the final 13 minutes to move in front and seal a season-opening win.

Robb nailed three shots in the back of the net in the final quarter of action, with Andrew Simonich took credit for two more goals as well; both players would end the contest with four goals each. Drew Billig ended the day with a career-high in assists, as the junior collected five hepers in the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Hounds ended the day with a ground ball differential of nine, totaling 37 ground balls compared to the Flyers’ 28.

– UIndy’s shots-on-goal percent of 69 is the highest mark since April of 2019 against Maryville.

– Saturday’s win marks Austin Barnett’s 10th career win in the cage while collecting five saves on the day.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will pack their bags and travel to St. Louis next weekend where they’ll take on the Maryville Saints in their next contest. That game is scheduled for Feb. 13, kicking off at 2 p.m. ET.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

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PALM COAST, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf earned the Big Ten Match Play Championship title on Saturday, coming back to defeat Iowa in the final, 3-2. It marks the first Big Ten Match Play title for the Hoosiers since 2009, which was the first year of the event.

The Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin, 3.5-1.5, in the morning semifinal. Against Iowa, the Hawkeyes led as much as 3.5-1.5 with just a few holes to play before the Hoosiers stormed back. Locked at a 2-2 stalemate, Mitch Davis sealed the victory for Indiana on No. 18, winning 1UP.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Location: Palm Coast, Fla.

Course: Hammock Beach Resort • Ocean Course

Team Standing: 1st/12 teams (4-0 Record)

Live Scoring: Golfstat

SEMIFINAL MATCH (Indiana – 3.5, Wisconsin – 1.5)

Mitch Davis (IU) and Nick Robinson (UW), halved

Griffin Barela (UW) def. Clay Merchent (IU), 1UP

Harry Reynolds (IU) def. Coalter Smith (UW), 3&1

Drew Salyers (IU) def. Cameron Huss (UW), 2UP

Ethan Shepherd (IU) def. Robbie Morway (UW); 3&1

FINAL MATCH (Indiana – 3, Iowa – 2)

Mitch Davis (IU) def. Alex Schaake (IOWA), 1UP

Gonzalo Leal Montero (IOWA) def. Clay Merchent (IU), 1UP

Harry Reynolds (IU) def. Mac McClear (IOWA), 2UP

Benton Weinberg (IOWA) def. Drew Salyers (IU), 5&3

Ethan Shepherd (IU) def. Jake Rowe (IOWA); 3&2

2021 Match Play Records

Mitch Davis (2-0-2)

Clay Merchent (2-2)

Harry Reynolds (4-0)

Drew Salyers (3-1)

Ethan Shepherd (3-0-1)

QUOTING COACH MAYER

“Once again, a total team effort today. We fought hard and Wisconsin gave us a good match to start the day. Iowa had us down early but we fought back, and we fought back hard. This is a testament to all the work we’ve done and we know we have a lot of hard work left. It’s great to get back to college golf. All of those guys were in it, focused and it was a total team performance.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return to action next Sunday in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at RTJ Magnolia Grove.

INDIANA TRACK

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Another outing is in the books for Indiana Track & Field as they wrapped up hosting the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Six men and three women won their respective events to lead the way for the Hoosiers on week four of competition.

Kelly Mindak won the 600m in a personal record time of 1:32.84. Alyssa Robinson picked up the pace in the 200m as she took gold and secured a time of 23.96.

Turning to the field, Anna Watson won her third straight pole vault event after clearing a height of 4.01m (13′ 1.75″). Princess Brinkley threw her season best mark of 20.98m (65′ 10.5″) in the weight throw to garner first place honors.

Rikkoi Brathwaite improved on his personal best of 6.64 by clocking a 6.63 to win the 60m. Christian Goines won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.10.

Running a different event that was not the 800m, Cooper Williams finished the mile in a time of 4:03.86 to clock a personal best and get the victory.

Shaton Vaughn had an outstanding day as he cruised to victory in the 400m with a time of 47.79. He also placed second behind teammate Goines in the 60m hurdles. He had a time of 8.14.

Nick Lane competed in his first weight throw event of the season as he heaved it a distance of 20.32m (66′ 8″) to place first.

The final Hoosier to win their event was Jyles Etienne who returned to his winning ways on Saturday in the high jump. He cleared a season best height of 2.08m (6′ 9.75″).

De’Aira Robertson earned a spot in the 60m hurdle finals after clocking a time of 8.72. Morgan Snow advanced to the final of the 60m and in that final she picked up a new personal record of 7.63 to place fifth. Snow has made the final at the last three meets. Snow returned in the 200m where she secured fifth with a time of 24.98. Robertson also competed and raced to ninth in a time of 26.49.

Bouncing back from the Big Ten Cross Country Championships, Abi Little led the Hoosiers in the mile with a fifth place finish and a time of 5:00.30. Alyssa Skorge clocked a time of 5:02.82 to place seventh while Mariah Wehrle came in 10th and had a time of 5:03.62. Grace Williams picked up 12th in a time of 5:18.07.

Making a return to the oval in Gladstein Fieldhouse, Hannah Stoffel raced to third place and captured a time of 2:08.50. Jenna Barker came in fifth with a time of 2:10.25 while Mikaela Ramirez rounded out the trio of Hoosiers by placing seventh in a time of 2:12.46.

Maddie Russin made her Indiana debut in the 600m where she nabbed a time of 1:38.70 to place seventh.

In the field, Mahogany Jenkins competed in the long jump and the triple jump. In the triple jump, she secured the silver medal after leaping a mark of 12.14m (39′ 10″). In the long jump Jenkins placed sixth with a distance of 5.55m (18′ 2.5″). Paola Fernandez-Sola made her Indiana debut where she placed eighth in the long jump with a mark of 5.47m (17′ 11.5″). Also competing in the long jump, Shanna Esters and Shaunyae Sowell placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Esters had a mark of 5.17m (16′ 11.5″) while Sowell hit a distance of 4.97m (16′ 3.75″). Esters also competed in the triple jump where she placed with a mark of 11.14m (36′ 6.75″).

Maddy Pollard made her season debut in the shot put as she nabbed second with a distance of 17.22m (56′ 6″). Her mark stands at No. 4 in the NCAA so far this season.

Kara Deady competed in the pole vault where she picked up fourth after clearing a height of 3.76m (12′ 4″). Gabby Hoke finished in the seventh and cleared a height of 3.61m (11′ 10″).

Zubin Muncherji picked up fourth in the 400m after clocking a time of 48.68. Aaron Bennett and Micah Camble competed in the 600m where Bennett secured a personal record of 1:28.67 to place third while Camble finished in fifth with a time of 1:20.87.

Teddy Browning was the lone Hoosier in the 800m as he came from behind to garner silver in a time of 1:51.61.

Dustin Horter and Nick Couyoumjian finished two three in the mile. Horter picked up a time of 4:09.30 while Couyoumjian crossed in a time of 4:09.46. Ethan Meyer nabbed a time of 4:14.93 to garner fifth while Gabriel Sanchez ran his first race as a Hoosier. Sanchez finished in a time of 4:20.95.

In the 3000m, Colin Murphy secured fourth in a time of 9:38.99 while Paul Ruston came in seventh with a time of 8:58.31.

Rounding out Indiana’s time on the track, Vaughn, Williams, Brathwaite, and Camble combined for a time of 3:13.85 in the 4x400m relay to place second.

Turning to the field, Nathan Stone was the highlight as he cleared a new personal best height of 5.42m (17′ 9.25″) to get the silver medal. Brock Mammoser made it first appearance of the season in the shot put where he placed fourth after clearing a height of 5.02m (16′ 5.5″).

Grayson Rolen picked up second in the high jump with a personal best heigh of 2.04m (6′ 8.25″).

JaiQuan Earls competed in the triple jump where he saw a mark of 13.86m (45′ 5.75″) to finish in the third. He also competed in the long jump where he had a mark of 6.85m (22′ 5.75″) and placed fifth. Also competing in the long jump Kynton Grays hit a distance of 6.89m (22′ 7.25) to notch the bronze medal. Dominic Day picked up a sixth place finish and a mark of 6.81m (22′ 4.25″).

Nolan Landis continued competition in the shot put where he placed fourth and secured a distance of 16.49m (54’1.25″).

Competing unattached, two Hoosiers entered the top-10 in the world so far this year in their respective events. Khayla Dawson set a new personal record, meet record, and facility record in the shot after she launched a mark of 18.21m (59′ 9″). Dawson’s mark is No. 7 in the world currently. On the track, Kelsey Harris set a new personal record and the No. 9 fastest time in the world in the 800m by crossing the finish line in a time of 2:02.88.

Up next, the Hoosiers will embark on journeys to Iowa and the SPIRE institute on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. The pole vault and jumps group will compete at the Hawkeye B1G Invitational while the remaining Hoosiers will take a trip to Geneva, Ohio for the B1G SPIRE Invitational.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A day after scoring six goals, the Notre Dame offense erupted for eight more tallies on Saturday afternoon to post an 8-1 win over Ohio State and complete the Big Ten weekend sweep at Value City Arena.

“It was a great weekend for us, coming off two straight road trips and having success in all aspects of our game is rewards,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Last night was more about our penalty kill even though we did score a power-play goal, and tonight it was about our power play. So that’s very positive moving into the final stretch of the season.”

The Fighting Irish power play was 4-for-6 in the game, including a pair of power-play goals by junior defenseman Nick Leivermann.

Senior Pierce Crawford and junior Cam Burke each had a goal and two assists, while Alex Steeves totaled three assists for his fifth consecutive game with a point. Steeves collected a total of seven points (G, 6A) in the pair of weekend victories.

Dylan St. Cyr made 24 saves in 55 minutes of work before giving way to senior Nick Sanford, who made his first career appearance and stopped the only shot on goal he faced.

“He exemplifies what our program is all about, works hard every day,” Jackson added about Sanford. “He keeps a great attitude and is one of the guys’ favorites on the team and i was just glad to get him in there.”

How It Happened

The Fighting Irish built a 3-0 lead in the first period by scoring three times on a five-minute power play chance after Ohio State took a major penalty.

Colin Theisen’s fifth goal of the season, scored at 15:03 of the first, got things started. Landon Slaggert took a pass from his brother, Graham, at the near post and one-touched it in the low slot for Theisen, who beat Snowden high to the glove side.

Stastney then made it 2-0, netting his third goal in as many games at 18:21 of the first on a quick one-timer from the point, with the assists going to Trevor Janicke and Jesse Lansdell.

Just 29 seconds later, Nick Leivermann buried his fourth of the year, also on the same power play, with a wrist shot from the faceoff dot that beat Snowden high to the blocker side. Thesien made the cross-ice pass to create the chance, with Alex Steeves also assisting on the play.  

Two goals in a 15 second span by Cam Burke’s line extended the Irish lead to 5-0 midway through the second period. Burke got the first one, at 9:42, on a wrist shot from the slot, finishing off a feed from Pierce Crawford with Ryder Rolston also earning an assist on the play.

Then it was Burke who set Crawford up in the low slot, who calmly finished on the backhand to chase Snowden from the Buckeye goal. Rolston had the second assist on that goal as well.

For Crawford and Burke it marked their first points of the season and for Crawford, Burke and Rolston it marked their first career multi-point games.

Leivermann scored his second of the game, also on the power play, at 1:41 of the third with a wrist shot from the slot. Alex Steeves and Graham Slaggert had the helpers on Leivermann’s fifth of the season.

At 4:04 of the third Kamil Sadlocha got the Buckeyes on the board, moving it to a 7-1 game.

Solag Bakich finished the scoring for the Irish just past the halfway point of the third period. Bakich one timed a centering pass from Crawford in the slot for his third of the season.

Nick Sanford entered in relief of St. Cyr with less than five minutes to play in what marked the first game action in an Irish uniform for the senior from Morristown, New Jersey.

Notes

The Fighting Irish improved to 7-1-0 on the road this season.

It marked the first time Notre Dame scored at least six goals in back-to-back games since Oct. 24-25, 2014 when it swept Niagara by scores of 6-3 and 7-0.

The eight goals were the most by an Irish team since posting an 8-2 win at Omaha on Oct. 20, 2018.

Senior Matt Hellickson skated in his 137th-consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.

Senior goaltender Nick Sanford came on for the final 4:26 and stopped the only shot he faced in his first career appearance.

It marked Notre Dame’s first game with multiple power-play goals this season and the first game with three power-play goals since a 5-2 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 25, 2020 (3-for-7).

With a goal and an assist, Colin Theisen posted his second multi-point game of the season and the 12th of his career.

With a goal and two assists, Cam Burke posted his first career multi-point game.

With a goal and two assists, Pierce Crawford posted his first career multi-point game.

Burke and Crawfrod became the 17th and 18th players to score for the Irish this season.

With two assists, Ryder Rolston posted his first career multi-point game.

Notre Dame’s penalty kill improved to 17-for-17 on the road this season.

With three assists, Alex Steeves has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and he has a five-game point streak (4-6-10).

It marked Alex Steeves’ third multi-point game of the season and the 10th of his career.

With a goal and two assists, Graham Slaggert now has a five-game point streak (1-7-8).

It marked Slaggert’s fourth multi-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.

With two assists, Landon Slaggert posted his fourth multi-point game of the season/his career and extended his point streak to three games (1-4-5).

With two goals, Nick Leivermann posted his third multi-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.

Spencer Stastney has a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4).

Next Up

Notre Dame returns home next weekend to play host to second-ranked Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 13 (5:30 p.m.).

MIAMI HOCKEY

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DULUTH, Minn. — Freshman goaltender Ludvig Persson saved 55 shots from a dynamic Bulldog squad, but Minnesota Duluth was able to capitalize on a late power play in the third period, as the RedHawks fell, 3-1, to the Bulldogs on Saturday evening at AMSOIL Arena.

With 27 saves in the first period alone from the freshman, Persson breaks the Miami single-game record for most saves in a period, which is a record that has been held since 1989 (previously held by Lee Cannon, 11-18-89 vs. Western Michigan). Persson’s 55 total saves in the game is also an NCHC record. The rookies for Miami continued to see the scoresheet, as Matthew Barbolini scored the lone RedHawk goal early in the second frame for his fourth on the year, which ties for the team lead. With the road loss, the RedHawks are currently 4-14-2 on the season, while Duluth races to first place in the conference with the victory and a 12-5-2 record.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

12:53 1st (UMD 1-0) | Just like last night, the Bulldogs were the first ones on the board. Hunter Lellig passed the puck to fellow defender Matt Anderson, and Anderson tried to get the puck in from the blue line. The puck was redirected, and Nick Swaney was able to get it in high from the face-off dot.

4:12 2nd (Miami 1-1) | Dylan Moulton gave the puck to fellow defenseman Alec Mahalak at the blue line, and Mahalak passed it down the middle toward the goal. Barbolini got his stick on the puck up front, and high tipped it to make it a tie game to close the second period. Moulton’s secondary assist on Miami’s first goal in the game is the first point of his career.

11:12 3rd (UMD 2-1) | After the RedHawks were called for a slashing penalty, the Bulldogs found an opportunity to make the score in their favor. Kobe Roth passed the puck across to Cole Koepke, and Koepke scored from the left circle to make it a 2-1 game.

19:37 3rd (UMD 3-1) | In the last minute of the game, the RedHawks pulled Persson for a chance to score an equalizer. However, the puck got on the stick of Koepke, who quickly gave it to Roth to score an empty-netter to seal the win for Duluth.

GAME NOTES:

The Bulldogs outshot the RedHawks by a 58-31 margin on the night. Barbolini had the RedHawks’ lead in individual shots on goal, with five.

Similar to other games against the two squads, blocked shots were closely contested all night. The Bulldogs had the advantage in the end, with 17 to Miami’s 16.

The RedHawks continued to see success in face-offs against the nationally-ranked Bulldogs, going 29-23 in the circle on the night. Joe Cassetti won 71.4% of his face-offs on the night for Miami.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks come back home to Oxford for a home series against the Huskies of St. Cloud State. Puck drop for game one of the series is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start on Friday, February 12 at Steve “Coach” Cady Arena.

INDIANA SWIMMING

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 7/12 Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept all three duals against Purdue and Rutgers on Saturday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. The dual between Indiana and No. 17/14 Ohio State was not scored.

The Hoosier men finished the season undefeated in dual meets for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

TEAM SCORES

Men

No. 7 Indiana 154, Purdue 145

Women

No. 12 Indiana 185, Purdue 115

No. 12 Indiana 252, Rutgers 22

HOOSIER WINNERS

MEN

Brendan Burns – 100 Backstroke (47.17); 200 Backstroke (1:45.03)

Mikey Calvillo – 500 Freestyle (4:24.26)

Andrew Capobianco – 1-Meter Dive (401.40)

Corey Gambardella – 200 Butterfly (1:46.19)

WOMEN

Elizabeth Broshears – 100 Butterfly (54.71)

Anne Fowler – 1-Meter Dive (303.90)

Josie Grote – 1,000 Freestyle (10:01.55)

Mackenzie Looze – 200 IM (2:02.25)

Emily Weiss – 100 Breaststroke (1:01.27); 200 Breaststroke (2:14.21)

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers have toppled the Boilermakers in 11-straight duals on the men’s side dating back to Feb. 6, 2010, while the women’s program has ripped off 10-straight against the in-state rival going back to Jan. 22, 2011.

• Sophomore Brendan Burns swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 Back with a time of 47.17 and the 200 Back with a mark of 1:45.03. The Berwyn, Pa., native has won seven individual events through three meets this season.

• For the second-straight meet, sophomore Emily Weiss earned first place finishes in both the 100 Breaststroke (1:01.27) and 200 Breaststroke (2:14.21).

• Junior Mikey Calvillo is undefeated in three meets this season in the 500 Freestyle. He has won the event six times in his collegiate career.

• In the diving well, redshirt junior Andrew Capobianco (401.40) and freshman Anne Fowler (303.90) continued their winning ways, both winning the 1M dive.

• Indiana faced Rutgers in a dual meet format for the first time since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten Conference.

• Prior to the beginning of the meet it was determined that the dual between Indiana and Ohio State would not be scored.

NCAA CUTS

A: None.

B: Brock Brown (100 Breast, 53.49; 200 Breast, 1:57.54); Brendan Burns (100 Back, 47.17; 200 Back, 1:45.03); Jack Franzman (50 Free, 19.87); Corey Gambardella (200 Fly, 1:46.19); Emily Weiss (100 Breast, 1:01.27)

NCAA ZONE QUALIFYING SCORES

1-Meter A: Anne Fowler (303.90); Andrew Capobianco (401.40)

1-Meter B: Mory Gould (326.95)

1-Meter C: Tarrin Gilliland (282.75)

Platform A: None.

Platform B: Andrew Capobianco (336.25)

Platform C: Anne Fowler (236.25)

UP NEXT

The women’s swimming team will compete in the 2021 Big Ten Championships beginning on Feb. 23 in Minneapolis. The men’s and women’s diving teams will head right back to West Lafayette for the Big Ten Championships starting on Feb. 24. Finally, the men’s swimming team will travel east to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten Championships with a start of March 2.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After a week off, the Purdue women’s basketball team is set to open the second half of Big Ten play Sunday afternoon on the road at Illinois. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call on the 95.3 BOB FM and the TuneIn app.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (6-8, 3-7) at Illinois (2-11, 0-10)

Sunday, Feb. 7

Time: 3 PM

TV: Big Ten Network+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: PurdueStats.com

The Boilermakers have rolled against the Fighting Illini over the last decade winning 17 of the last 19 meetings, including the last nine straight. Purdue has had a margin of victory of at least 10 points in last seven contests.

Fatou Diagne enters Sunday’s game on a four-game double-doubles streak, tied for the second longest in program history. Currently tied with Stacey Lovelace and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Diagne’s stretch is second only to the program record of nine games set by Whitney Bays during the 2014-15 season. The senior is one of five players from the Big Ten to average nine points and nine rebounds during league play.

NOTES

• The Boilermakers have a healthy 61-17 series lead over the Fighting Illini, with a 25-11 mark in Champaign.

• Purdue has a 21-8 record when playing on Super Bowl Sunday. Randomly, NFC teams have won the Super Bowl 21 of the 29 times when Purdue has played during the NFL championship game.

• Madison Layden continues to have one of the better all-around rookie seasons in program history. The Kokomo, Ind., native is currently tied for ninth in assists per game (3.0), second in steals per game (2.0), second in 3-pointers per game (1.9) and seventh in minutes per game (29.5)

• Brooke Moore has found her scoring touch with three straight games in double figures. The junior averaged 13.6 points per game during the stretch to take her season average up to 11.3 points per game.

• With a career-high 18 rebounds against Penn State, Fatou Diagne posted the 14th-most boards in a game in program history and became the only player from the Big Ten to snag at least 17 boards in multiple games this season.

• The Boilermakers have held 9-of-14 opponents below their season scoring, keeping teams to an average of four points under.

• Purdue’s 3-point shooting has ignited away from home, averaging 7.3 triples per game on the road to 5.1 at home.

• Kayana Traylor benefited from Purdue’s four games that have come after a week off, averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 free throws per game.

• Tamara Farquhar had a perfect  outing from the field against Penn State with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting with four assists. The senior is one of 19 players nationally in the last six seasons to score at least 15 points with a perfect field goal percentage and at least four assists.

• The Boilermakers have worked the ball inside over the last two games, averaging 39 points per game in the paint.

PURDUE WTENNIS

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Purdue women’s tennis team opened up play at the Illinois Invite facing Big Ten and in-state rival Indiana in a hidden dual. The Boilermakers utterly dominated the Hoosiers wins in seven of the 12 matches played.

Despite no team scores being recorded for the Illinois Invite, Purdue would have downed the Hoosiers 5-2, after dropping just a pair of contests in the nine regularly contested matches.

The Boilermakers steamrolled doubles play in the top three matches. Ena Babic and Csilla Fodor outlasted Jelly Bozovic and Annabelle Andrinopoulos at the top of the order to win 7-6 (5). Nathalia Wolf Gasparin and Zala Dovnik shut down Laura Masic and Mila Mejic in a 6-1 win. Seira Shimizu and Rut Galindo rolled in a tiebreak to defeat Alexndra Staiculescu and Sayda Hernandez 7-6 (2).

The only blip in doubles play came when Xiaowei Hu and Michelle McKamey topped Zeynep Naz Ozturk and Nikol Dobrilova 6-1. The match was the 2021 doubles debut for Ozturk and Dobrilova.

In singles action, Purdue cleaned the top four matches. Babic was headed to a third set with Andrinopoulos, before the Hoosier retired with the match at 6-4, 4-6.

Fodor cruised to a matching 6-3, 6-3 win over Staiculescu. Shimizu rallied from a set down with a pair of dominant frames to beat McKamey 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3. Dovnik wrapped up the Purdue singles victories with a come-from-behind performance against Bozovic, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3.

The Boilermakers will wrap up their hidden dual outing at the Illinois Invite tomorrow at noon ET against Illinois.

PURDUE vs. INDIANA – ILLINOIS INVITE

SINGLES

1. Ena Babic (PUR) def. Annabelle Andrinopoulos (IU) – 6-3, 4-6, ret.

2. Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Alexandra Staiculescu (IU) – 6-3, 6-3

3. Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Michelle McKamey (IU) – 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3

4. Zala Dovnik (PUR) def. Jelly Bozovic (IU) – 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3

5. Xiaowei Hu (IU) def. Rut Galindo (PUR) – 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 5-7

6. Mila Mejic (IU) def. Nikol Dobrilova (PUR) – 6-3, 6-3

7. Sayda Hernandez (IU) def. Zeynep Naz Ozturk (PUR) – 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

8. Jacqueline Stasny (IU) def. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin – 8-6, ret.

DOUBLES

1. Ena Babic/Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Jelly Bozovic/Annabelle Andrinopoulos (IU) – 7-6 (5)

2. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Zala Dovnik (PUR) def. Laura Masic/Mila Mejic (IU) – 6-1

3. Seira Shimizu/Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Alexandra Staiculescu/Sayda Hernandez (IU) – 7-6 (2)

4. Xiaowei Hu/Michelle McKamy (IU) def. Zeynep Naz Ozturk/Nikol Dobrilova (PUR) –  6-1

BUTLER XC

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he Butler men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons with impressive performances at the Lipscomb Winter Classic in Nashville, Tenn. with both sides taking home team wins by a wide margin.

“We had great team performances on both sides today,” said head coach Matt Roe. “Both squads have worked hard during this challenging time. Today’s result was a testament to their diligence and teamwork. We have a nice mix of returners and newcomers, and it was awesome to see them all uniform racing together with a common goal. We feel fortunate to have this opportunity and we are grateful to Lipscomb and head coach Nick Polk for putting on this meet.”

Team Results

The Butler men dominated the field winning with a team score of 21. Second-place Libscomb, who won the ASUN Conference in 2019, finished with a total of 86. Bradley, the five-time Missouri Valley Conference Champions, came in third with 89. Belmont (101), Illinois State (126), and Loyola (131) rounded out the team results.

The Bulldog women claimed the team title with 21 points, besting Loyola (80) and Bradley (80), the 2019 Missouri Valley Champions and runners-up, by 52 points. Lipscomb, who wont the ASUN a season ago took fouth (87), followed by Illinois State (111), Belmont (149), and Bellarmine (225).

Men’s Race

Saturday’s race was the fastest men’s team average in the last nine years, with all seven Bulldogs finishing in the top ten individually. That nine-year stretch includes three NCAA qualifying teams.

All seven men who ran the course for Butler set a personal record in the 8k, with Simon Bedard (24:04.9), Barry Keane (24:15.7), and Remi Schyns (24:17.2) sweeping the top three individual finishes. Saturday was Keane’s return to the course after redshirting the 2019 season, and Schyns made his Butler debut after transferring from Eastern Kentucky.

Also making their Bulldog debuts were transfers Jack McHaon (24:39.2), Pierre-Louis Detourb (24:39.4), and redshirt freshman Jesse Hamlin (24:44.4). All three newcomers will be impact performers this season.

Rounding out the men’s results for Butler is Jackson Martin who’s personal best time of 24:46.2 was the tenth fastest time individually at the meet.

Women’s Race

The Butler women had all seven of their competitors finish in the top twelve individually, led by Angelina Ellis, who finished second with a time of 17:24.6, just behind Loyola’s Anneka Murrin, who finished in 17:11.2.

Junior Maddie McLain followed Ellis at the finish for third overall and a time of 17:26.5.

Kami Hankins, a transfer student from Oklahoma State, made her Butler debut with a sixth-place time of 17:38.8.

Other finishes for the Bulldogs include Camille Hines (17:40.5), Margo Hornocker (17:41.2), Mia Beckham (17:42.1), and true freshman Morgan Werner (17:42.7), who made her debut.

Up Next

Butler returns home on February 19 to host the Stan Lyons Invite at the Northview Church Course.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

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ALLENDALE, Mich. – It was a strong Saturday of competition for the Indiana State men’s and women’s track & field teams at Grand Valley State, with the Sycamores getting several impressive performances on the track and in the field.

The Indiana State men’s sprinters had a stellar day on the track to lead the Sycamores in Michigan. JaVaughn Moore came out on top, racing to a season-best and Valley-leading time of 6.76 and was followed by freshman Noah Malone in third with a season-best time of 6.89. Malone’s mark moves him to third in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The duo then followed that performance with a sweep of the 200-meter dash, with Moore claiming his second title of the day with a time of 21.72. Malone followed close behind Moore in second-place, clocking a time of 21.98.

In the first final event on the track, Matthew Lewis-Banks took silver in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 8.13 while his teammate Daryl Black also clocked a top-five finish in fourth with a career-best at 8.18. Lewis-Banks’ time of 8.05 from the preliminary round is first in the MVC.

Sycamore freshman Tahj Johnson had his best race in the 400-meter dash in his young career. Johnson ran a personal-best time of 49.18 to cross the line in third, giving him the third-best time in the Valley.

Another pair of top-five finishes for the Sycamores came from the men’s and women’s milers. Jocelyn Quiles took the oval first and placed fourth in the women’s mile with a time of 4:58.35 which is fourth in the Valley. Cale Kilian followed with a strong performance of his own, taking third-place in the men’s mile with a time of 4:13.51, the third-best time in the MVC.

The high jumpers were dominant in the field for the Sycamore men at Grand Valley State. Freshman Kevin Krutsch claimed his third win of the year, clearing a bar of 2.09m (6-10.25). His teammate Nick Schultz took the silver medal with a mark of 2.06m (6-09.00) to complete the ISU sweep at the top.

Frankie Young III had a big day to lead the ISU men in the long jump. Young took silver in the event with a best jump of 7.18m (23-06.75). Also jumping to a second-place finish for the Trees was Dearis Herron. Herron placed second in the triple jump behind a mark of 14.21m (46-07.25).

The first field event to reach completion for the women came from the women’s long jump where the Trees earned a two-three-four finish. Kaitlyn Davis led the ISU delegation with a jump of 5.53m (18-01.75) in second while Dominique Wood and Ryann Porter took third and fourth with marks of 5.36m (17-07.00) and 5.35m (17-06.75), respectively. 

Kelsey Bowlds also had a strong outing for the Sycamore women in the field. The sophomore took second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.68m (5-06.00). She is currently second in the MVC.

Sophomore Brittnee James had her best performance in an ISU uniform in the women’s weight throw on Saturday. James recorded a career-best toss of 17.96m (58-11.25) to take fourth in the competition which pushes her to third in the Valley. Lauren England followed James’ performance with a strong outing in the shot put, leading the Trees with a toss of 13.89m (45-07.00) and second-place finish.

Also recording a personal-best for the Blue & White was freshman Selene Weaver. For the third-consecutive meet, Weaver improved her top-vault, this time clearing 3.71m (12-02.00) for ninth in a tough competition. She remains at second in the conference.

Indiana State will be back in action next weekend when they return home to host the Indiana State Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Other Notable Performances

Men’s 60m Dash

5. Jhivon Wilson – 6.95

8. Blayne Harrington – 7.02

Women’s 60m Dash

5. Mirlege Castor – 7.73

7. Reynei Wallace – 7.84

Men’s 200m Dash

4. Jhivon Wilson – 22.21

Women’s 200m Dash

8. Reynei Wallace – 25.62

Men’s 400m Dash

6. Ben Shepard – 50.47

Women’s 400m Dash

7. Rebecca Odusola – 58.70

Men’s 800m Run

6. Wyatt Wyman – 1:55.30

Women’s 800m Run

8. Jocelyn Quiles – 2:16.26

Men’s Mile

6. Jackson Krieg – 4:16.09

7. Leroy Russell – 4:16.49

Women’s Mile

7. Sydney Partyka – 5:13.20

Women’s 60m Hurdles

5. Zoe Sullivan – 9.04

6. Riley Tuerff – 9.15

8. Ryann Porter – 9.28

9. Kamille Gaskin-Griffith – 9.36

Men’s 4X400m Relay

4. Johnson, Shepard, Hernandez, Wilson – 3:20.20

Women’s 4X400m Relay

5. Sullivan, Odusola, Porter, Tuerff – 4:00.05

Men’s High Jump

7. Nathan Kiger – 2.01m (6-07.00)

Women’s High Jump

8. Janea Bell – 1.53m (5-00.25)

Men’s Long Jump

7. Emmanuel Odubanjo – 6.37m (20-10.75)

Women’s Long Jump

7. Faith Frye – 5.25m (17-02.75)

8. Kamille Gaskin-Griffith – 5.20m (17-00.75)

Men’s Shot Put

5. Brett Norton – 16.15m (53-00.00)

6. Wyatt Puff – 15.78m (51-09.25)

7. Joe Barnes – 15.72m (51-07.00)

Women’s Shot Put

5. Jayla Bynum – 13.09m (42-11.50)

6. Brittnee James – 12.96m (42-06.25)

Men’s Weight Throw

5. Brett Norton – 18.05m (59-02.75)

9. Noah Bolt – 16.76m (55-00.00)

Men’s Heptathlon

3. Mitch Conard – 4666

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Swimming and Diving earned their first two wins of the season today by defeating Evansville by a score of 165.5-133.5 and Valparaiso 254-40 on Saturday afternoon.

Surging Sycamores

Marlene Pavlu Lewin, Anna Maria Nasiou, Marni Gray and Kaimi Matsumoto clocked a time of 3:49.47 in the 400 medley relay, the fifth best time in program history to start off the meet.

Winning three events on the day, Kaimi Matsumoto was huge for the Sycamores. She swept the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 24.21 and 52.02. Matsumoto also won the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.99.

Freshman Bailey Betzer made her Sycamore debut on the diving board today and took first place in the 1 meter dive with a score of 249.53, second best in program history. Betzer took second place in the 3 meter dive with a score of 207.08, fifth best in school history.

In the 100 butterfly, Marni Gray broke the pool record with a time of 55.73 taking first place in the race.

Christensen’s Corner

“We were really thankful for the opportunity to compete today,” said head coach Josh Christensen. “We haven’t raced in a year and we’re only four weeks into training. That definitely showed in some places, but that’s to be expected. Our goal is to be very process oriented and just get better from here.”

Coach Christensen also noted, “We had several really nice step-up performances, but the 100 Fly through that last relay were definitely a highlight. Evansville really came to compete, hats off to them on a great afternoon, but we responded well those last four events to close out the meet.”

ISU Performers

400 Medley Relay: First Place, Marlene Pavlu Lewin, Anna Maria Nasiou, Marni Gray, Kaimi Matsumoto, 3:49.47

1000 Freestyle: Second Place, Rhiannon Wozny, 10:33.42

200 Freestyle: First Place, Emily Webb, 1:52.42

100 Backstroke: First Place, Marlene Pavlu Lewin, 56.93

100 Breaststroke: Second Place, Anna Maria Nasiou, 1:05.71

200 Butterfly: Second Place, Marni Gray, 2:07.66

50 Freestyle: First Place, Kaimi Matsumoto, 24.21

100 Freestyle: First Place, Kaimi Matsumoto, 52.02

200 Backstroke: Second Place, Marlene Pavlu Lewin, 2:04.15

200 Breaststroke: Second Place, Anna Maria Nasiou, 2:23.57

500 Freestyle: Second Place, Sarah Moreau, 5:08.68

100 Butterfly: First Place, Marni Gray, 55.73

200 Individual Medley: First Place, Kaimi Matsumoto, 2:06.99

200 Freestyle Relay: First Place, Marlene Pavlu Lewin, Carmina Armstrong, Ashleigh Sinks, Caitie Mansker, 1:37.61

1 Meter Dive: First Place, Bailey Betzer, 249.53

3 Meter Dive: Second Place, Bailey Betzer, 207.08

Up Next

Indiana State will take a trip to Eastern Illinois on Friday, Feb. 12, with events slated to begin at 6 p.m. ET.

NFL NEWS

A pair of Aarons pulled off an NFL hat trick Saturday night.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned his third Associated Press Most Valuable Player award, while Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald took his third top defensive player prize at NFL Honors.

Also taking home awards were two members of the Washington Football Team: quarterback Alex Smith was the Comeback Player of the Year in one of the most inspirational stories of 2020, and edge rusher Chase Young got the top defensive rookie.

Titans 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry won Offensive Player of the Year, and the offensive rookie honor went to Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Cleveland’s Kevin Stefanski was the Coach of the Year, and Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earned assistant coach honors.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his work in the community.

Rodgers had perhaps the best season of his 16-year career, leading Green Bay to a 13-3 regular season, the NFC’s best mark. Just a few months after questions arose about his comfort level with the Packers – and their choosing a quarterback in the first round of April’s draft – Rodgers, who turned 37 in December, tore up the NFL.

Rodgers topped the league with 48 touchdown passes completion rate (70.7 percent), and a 121.5 rating. He was picked off just five times.

“It is really special to have won it in my fourth year as a starter and now to win it in my 13th year as a starter in a new offense is pretty amazing and something I am very proud of,” Rodgers said. “To have sustained success and be able to play your best football at 37 in my 16th season is something I take a lot of pride in.”

Donald, the Los Angeles Rams’ unanimous All-Pro, added the 2020 top defensive player honor to his wins in 2017 and 2018. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (1981, ’82, 86) and Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt (2012, ’14, 15) have earned the award three times.

“You just named two great defensive players,” he said, “so any time your name is mentioned with greats, you will be honored – especially there’s only a few that have accomplished that. To be the third to do it that is truly a blessing. It shows the body of work that I have; anytime your hard work is rewarded you are going to be happy about that. It is just a blessing.”

The 36-year-old Smith completed a remarkable comeback from a broken right leg that required 17 surgeries to repair. Smith stepped in to start eight games before a strained right calf in the same leg sidelined him for the postseason spot he helped the team secure.

Everyone across the league cited Smith as an inspiration.

“It is humbling when I hear that,” Smith said. “I know for how long I spent thinking about and looking at the men and women who inspired me. I am stuck in the hospital bed, stuck in a wheelchair, spent countless hours googling and looking at videos of our service men and women going through the same rehab as I went through.

SUPER BOWL PREVIEW

  1. The Chiefs won at Tampa Bay in Week 12, 27-24. There have been 13 previous Super Bowls between teams that met in the regular season, and the winner of the first matchup is just 6-7 in the rematch.
  2. This will be the second playoff game all-time between starting quarterbacks of the last two Super Bowl winners (Tom Brady won two years ago and Patrick Mahomes won last season). The other was the 1983 NFC Championship Game between San Francisco’s Joe Montana and Washington’s Joe Theismann.
  3. The Chiefs have tallied at least 250 net passing yards and 100 rushing yards in each of their last five postseason games, the longest such streak all-time.
  4. Andy Reid has seven playoff wins with the Chiefs (7-5), one shy of the combined total of all other head coaches in franchise history (8-14).
  5. Dating back to the 2010 Eagles, Andy Reid has won nine straight games played in the state of Florida (reg & post), the longest such streak all-time by a head coach of a non-Florida team. The only head coaches to win more consecutive games in Florida were Miami’s Don Shula (31-game streak from 1971-74 and 12-game streak from 1984-86) and Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin (13-game streak from 1996-97).
  6. Tampa Bay is the fifth team all-time to win three road games in a single postseason, joining the 1985 Patriots, 2005 Steelers, 2007 Giants and 2010 Packers. The 1985 Patriots lost the Super Bowl, but the other three won.
  7. The Buccaneers will be the first team all-time to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. The last playoff game at Raymond James Stadium was Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and Cardinals; Tampa Bay has not played a home playoff game since the 2007 Wild Card vs. the Giants.
  8. Tampa Bay is the 11th team all-time to score 30+ points three times in a single postseason. Nine of the previous 10 won the Super Bowl — the only one that did not was the 2008 Cardinals. No team has ever scored 30+ points four times in a single postseason.
  9. The Buccaneers are 8-0 all-time when scoring 20+ points in a postseason game; no other team is undefeated in such games. Tampa Bay is just 1-9 when scoring fewer than 20 points, with the lone win coming in the 1999 Divisional vs. Washington (14-13).
  10. Tampa Bay was outgained 381-351 and committed three turnovers to Green Bay’s two in the NFC Championship Game, but the Buccaneers still pulled out the victory. The other 48 teams to get outgained and lose the turnover battle in a road game to decide a conference or league title all lost.

Someone will make history Sunday in a Super Bowl so filled with storylines it would fill a season of TV programming.

Tom Brady, already the true Game of Thrones king, going for a seventh ring. Patrick Mahomes, the apparent heir to the quarterbacking summit, seeking a second in a row with Kansas City – something no team has done since Brady led New England to the double in the 2003 and ’04 seasons.

Brady, 43 is in his 10th NFL title game, but with a new outfit, the Buccaneers – who happen to call Tampa home. Yes, Tampa, Florida, where the Super Bowl is being played this year. Pirates of the Caribbean make port: No host team has ever played in the big one in its home stadium.

“There’s a lot that comes along with the Super Bowl,” says Rob Gronkowski, the three-time champion tight end who came out of retirement to reunite with Brady. “There’s a lot that comes along with this week. I’ve been there before. I’ve experienced it all before. But just having it at home, cutting out the travel, knowing where you can stay, where your friends can stay, where you family can stay, it just makes it a lot easier to have it at your home stadium, big time.”

Add in two sixty-something head coaches, Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians, both offensive masterminds as comfortable with today’s high-scoring, creative NFL attacks as all those kid coaches who are all the rage.

“There’s nobody that would ever say a bad thing about B.A., he’s just so endearing to everybody and I think everyone wants to win for him,” Brady says of Arians, the kind of praise the quarterback rarely used about his previous head coach.

“He’s got almost like a father figure kind of role in the building and it’s because everyone loves him so much,” Chiefs unanimous All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce says of Reid. “He’s got an unbelievable way of getting the best out of everybody that is relating to all different aspects and all different forms of life.”

Don’t forget the defenses, which could easily be ignored with all the dynamism on both offenses. Tampa has probably the best set of linebackers in the NFL with Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David and Devin White, studs up front in Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul, and an ever-improving secondary.

KC has All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, linemen Frank Clark and Chris Jones – and a coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, who doesn’t back off.

“I’ve played for a lot of coaches in high school and college,” Clark notes, “and I’m not saying they were bad, but I’m not saying their intentions were to bring out the best in players. I can say that for sure with coach Spags. His intentions are not negative or anything like that. His intentions are solely to have the best defense on that field.”

All of this at the end of a season played during a pandemic, yet not delayed, with no games canceled, and each of the Super Bowl participants experiencing relatively few COVID-19 setbacks.

“I think with the pandemic and the sacrifices they have all made for each other, they go to work and go home,” Arians says. “They don’t get to sit and eat together, don’t get to have conversations, it is amazing to me how close they are. It is the commitment they made to each other to beat the virus.”

The NFL and Florida health officials have approved about 22,000 fans and all will be required to wear masks. Raymond James Stadium normally has a capacity of 75,000 fans.

Playing before real people rather than just cardboard cutouts – oh, there will be plenty of those, too, with proceeds donated to local charities – has been rare in the NFL all season. But both the Chiefs and Buccaneers were among the few teams to have fans on hand for some games.

Their paths to the championship game have been divergent, though. The Bucs (14-5) finished second in the NFC South to the Saints, sending them on the wild-card route. That meant trips to Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay. And now, staying home.

The Chiefs (16-2) had the top seed and lone bye in the AFC, then outlasted Cleveland with Mahomes sidelined for nearly half the game before routing Buffalo.

Of course, with the week off between the conference title matches and the Super Bowl, each side should be well rested. The only perceivable edge might be the Chiefs needing a plane ride to the game site while the Bucs could drive over to RJS.

By Sunday, they will be as eager as possible to get back on the field and write the final chapter to an unfathomably atypical season.

“You don’t get these opportunities every year in the NFL to be in the Super Bowl and to be in these games,” Mahomes says, thought it sure seems as if Brady has a Super Bowl habit, and Mahomes is developing one. “So you don’t want to look back and have regrets on how you played or how you went about the week before preparing to go out there to play your best football.

“When the end of your career is done, then you can kind of look and see where those moments were in your career where you could’ve had something or that you executed and you did go out there and achieve your dreams.”

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Aaron Donald has become such a dominant defensive tackle that he’s joined elite company in winning his third Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The Los Angeles Rams’ unanimous All-Pro added the 2020 top defensive player honor to his wins in 2017 and 2018. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (1981, ’82, 86) and Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt (2012, ’14, 15) have earned the award three times.

“You just named two great defensive players,” he said, “so any time your name is mentioned with greats, you will be honored — especially there’s only a few that have accomplished that. To be the third to do it that is truly a blessing. It shows the body of work that I have; anytime your hard work is rewarded you are going to be happy about that. It is just a blessing.”

Statistics don’t define Donald, who often deals with double-teams – and sometimes more – because of how disruptive he is. Yet he remains disruptive, and he had 45 tackles, 13 1-2 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and dozens of sleepless nights suffered by opponents.

That drew 27 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Donald got seven more than J.J. Watt’s younger brother, All-Pro edge rusher T.J. Watt of Pittsburgh. The other three votes went to Dolphins All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard, the league’s interceptions leader.

At age 29, Donald could have a few more such awards ahead of him.

“From stopping the run to rushing the passer to just trying to dominate, I think I am a rounded player,” he said. “I feel I can do everything. No matter the size of the person, as long as you can play at high level and be productive, that is all that matters.

“I will always say my overall game, my mindset is always trying to find ways to get better, stay consistent from stopping the run and rushing the passer. When you make a name for yourself it just gets 10 times harder. So I got to always find ways to improve as a rounded football player, and that’s what I will continue to do.”

The winner was revealed on the NFL Honors television show.

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Many observers tabbed Chase Young as the most talented player in last April’s draft. Looks like they knew something.

The edge rusher for Washington ran away in voting for The Associated Press 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The first player for the Washington franchise to win it, Young led all rookies with 7 1/2 sacks and should be an anchor of the team’s defense throughout the decade.

His performance helped Washington win the NFC East, albeit at 7-9. But the defense ranked second in the league in large part because of a fearsome pass rush anchored by Young, the second overall selection in 2020’s draft.

All the while having a ball.

“Definitely, I feel like that is the reason I play the game,” Young said. “Even from the first time I was a kid, I loved the game. I definitely like to have fun when I am out there playing.”

Young received 42 1-2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Carolina safety Jeremy Chinn received 4 1-2 votes, Baltimore linebacker Patrick Queen got two, and Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. got one.

Young was fortunate to have the guidance of two superb defensive minds in head coach Ron Rivera and coordinator Jack Del Rio in Washington.

“I came in eager to just work hard and be a sponge,” Young said, “and I watched coach Del Rio and Rivera just from afar, and always just tried to pick their minds about football in general. And I feel like that helped me throughout the year.”

The winner was revealed on the NFL Honors television show.

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One of the well-earned spoils for Derrick Henry’s 2,000-yard rushing season is The Associated Press 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year honor.

The Tennessee Titans running back with speed, power and the best stiff-arm in the business, ran for 2,027 yards, the eighth player to surpass the magic 2,000 mark. Five of the previous seven to manage the feat won the award, while O.J. Simpson in 1973 was the league’s MVP.

“Two thousand yards is always on a running back’s mind, especially in the league because it is so unique,” Henry said. “As far as me, as long as I train hard and work hard in the offseason, and then when I come in for training camp and do what I need to do to be ready to prepare for the season, everything would take care of itself. Always put the team goals first, then individual goals come second.

“But I knew we take a lot of pride in the running game and have had success, and then anything is possible with the group I am with, (so) we could accomplish it.”

Henry averaged 126.7 yards per game, scored 17 touchdowns on the ground, and led the Titans to their first AFC South crown since 2008. He had seven games with more than 100 yards rushing, and three games with more than 200 — including 250 in the season finale to get beyond 2,000 yards.

That brought him 32 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. He far outdistanced quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City and Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay with five apiece.

Henry has improved his game in each of his five seasons.

“All the elements as far as my game and what I am good at, I think my time throughout the league I started to develop the more experience I got,” he said. “As the years went on, I think just the development to the player I am today wasn’t always good and go. There was some adversity and had to work my way through it, but I appreciated it and that is how I got here today with the things I have been able to accomplish with my teammates. Just very thankful for it all.”

The winner was revealed on the NFL Honors television show.

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Justin Herbert is the latest quarterback to win The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The Los Angeles Chargers’ breakthrough star, chosen sixth overall in last April’s draft, is the second straight quarterback and the ninth since 2004, when Ben Roethlisberger became the first QB to take the award. Herbert also is the second Charger to win it; running back Don Woods was the recipient in 1974.

Not even a starter when the season began, Herbert stepped in during the Chargers’ second game when Tyrod Taylor was injured during a medical procedure. Herbert never looked back and set a rookie record with 31 TD passes.

“I think it is a testament to all the hard work we have put in as a team, the coaching staff and the players,” Herbert said. “It’s been a tough year, but we put in a lot of good work, but just to be in the conversation (for the award) is an honor.”

Herbert easily outdistanced Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. The margin was 41-9.

He particularly credited his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his rapid rise.

“I would say it would have to be coach (Shane) Steichen and coach (Pep) Hamilton,” Herbert noted. “Those two probably had the most in my development, being able to spend a lot of time with them and learning from them. I think that is what helped the most.”

Still, the Chargers went 7-9, losing a bunch of close games, and head coach Anthony Lynn was fired. Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley replaced Lynn.

“The next step for us is to continue to develop as a team, keep pushing forward, win more games and close out some of those losses that we thought we could have had,” Herbert said. “But overall it’s just getting better, getting that locker room tighter, and keep doing a good job.”

The winner was revealed on the NFL Honors television show.

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Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has won The Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Daboll not only helped Buffalo to a 15-4 record and a spot in the AFC championship game, he oversaw the rapid development of quarterback Josh Allen in his third pro season. Allen not only had a 107.2 passer rating, fourth in the NFL, but threw for 37 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and completed 69.2% of his passes, a vast improvement over his 58.79% in 2019.

The Bills’ attack was bolstered by the addition of receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade from Minnesota. Diggs has his best season with a league-best 127 receptions for 1,535 yards and eight touchdowns, making the All-Pro Team.

“I think it is important to develop relationships with your players and make sure they understand you care about them not just as players but as people off the field, that is the first thing,” Daboll said. “The second thing is those guys, they have a very similar mindset and personality, and they hit it off I would say off the field. They got together in Florida in the offseason along with the other receivers, tight ends, backs, started to develop a relationship there, and it continued to grow.

“You know, we meet a lot as a group, particularly in the passing game with the receivers, the tight ends, the quarterbacks, and we really try to let those guys’ personalities show as long as it fits in the framework of the offense. And I think with building relationships and meeting together and spending time together, I think that helps when you are on the field.”

Daboll’s creativity and teaching skills were directly responsible for those impressive numbers – and many others on one of the NFL’s most potent offenses. Only Green Bay with 509 scored more than Buffalo’s 501 points.

Daboll received 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He easily outdistanced Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley (5 1-2), who now is the head coach of the Chargers.

Having spent time in a variety of jobs with six NFL teams has contributed strongly to Daboll’s success.

“It has helped out a lot, all of my experience since I started out working on the defensive side of football to getting moved over to the receiver coach then to the quarterback coach, offensive coordinator, tight ends,” he said. “I was able to be in the offensive line room sometime. All of those experiences dealing with not only different positions but different groups of guys has really helped out.”

The winner was revealed on the NFL Honors television show.

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Though others have eclipsed him in some sections of the record book, Peyton Manning’s stamp on the NFL is very much a thing of 2021 and beyond.

Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his first year of eligibility.

The son of Saints legend Archie and brother of two-time Super Bowl champion Eli will be joined later this year in Canton by another first-ballot lock, defensive back Charles Woodson, who beat out Manning for the Heisman Trophy in 1997, and then spent nearly two decades trying to stop him. Calvin Johnson – aka “Megatron” – was also a first-ballot selection, his mere nine years of playmaking excellence with the Lions more than enough to convince the panel.

Also making it were guard Alan Faneca, who made nine Pro Bowls and missed only one game over 13 seasons with the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals; and John Lynch, the hard-hitting safety who burnished his reputation in Tampa Bay, which plays Kansas City for the Super Bowl title Sunday.

Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson, Raiders coach Tom Flores and longtime Steelers scout Bill Nunn made it in the senior, coach and contributor categories, respectively.

In a nod to COVID-19, the voters eschewed their traditional all-day meeting Saturday in favor of a virtual gathering on Jan. 19. Manning found out a few days later, with his coaches and his family delivering the news. The winners’ names were made public at the NFL Honors awards ceremony Saturday night. Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli and Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas were among the finalists whose names were not called.

Manning going into the hall was all but preordained. That’s fitting, in a way, because more than any quarterback before him, he used every minute of his preparation during the week, and then every second at the line of scrimmage during the games, doing all he could to eliminate doubt about the result of every play before it happened.

His work in the video room, his “voluntary” offseason throw-and-catch sessions with receivers, his quizzing of coaches and teammates alike during practices – all were the stuff of legend.

The end game came on Sundays, for 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, then four more with the Denver Broncos, when he barked “Omaha, Omaha!!” at the line of scrimmage – we still don’t know what it means – then went about dissecting defenses en route to 186 regular-season victories, a still-record five MVP awards and two Super Bowl titles in four trips.

When Manning retired after leading the Broncos to the title in 2016, he had the career records for passing yardage (71,940) and touchdowns (539), among others, and was part of the conversation as Greatest Of All Time.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady have eclipsed those numbers. Brady, playing in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday, has shut the door on the GOAT debate, and with a win will join Manning as the second quarterback to lead two franchises to a title. Still, he’s well aware of Manning’s role in making the modern-day passing game what it is today.

“Like any great quarterback, there’s a lot of responsibility that you take on,” Brady said this week in reflecting on Manning’s place in the game. “You want to make sure everything’s a reflection of how you see the game and you want to make sure everyone’s on the same page. And when everyone’s seeing it through the same set of eyes, it’s a great way to play football.”

One-time University of Tennessee assistant David Cutcliffe says he knew Manning was something special when the quarterback, in advance of his freshman year, took three pages’ worth of handwritten notes on a base play the Vols ran called 62 Meyer.

“He redefined preparation,” Cutcliffe said during a 2013 interview. “He redefined the quality of the work that’s expected of the people around him.”

He ushered in an era that turned the reading of the Xs and Os from an art to a science, setting the template for a modern-day passing game very much reliant on pre-snap reads that lead to quick decisions and allow the smartest of quarterbacks to get out of bad plays before they happen.

All those smarts, of course, belied a physical gift that allowed Manning to play for 18 years, including a comeback from four delicate neck surgeries that left him unable to grip a football at first.

Weeks after the second operation, Manning snuck off to a Colorado Rockies batting cage to throw with his old UT buddy, Todd Helton. Manning’s first toss went about 5 yards before fluttering to the ground. Helton laughed because he thought Manning was joking.

Not three years later, Manning threw 55 touchdown passes – that record still stands as the most in a season – and started in the Super Bowl for the Broncos. Two seasons after that, he wasn’t in much better shape, ailing with an arch injury that cost him half the season and what was left of his limited mobility. But he guided the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50 – then left the field forever.

“I called John Elway, called Dan Marino, called Troy Aikman, called Brett Favre, to let them know and (tell them) how thankful I am to be on the same team as them,” Manning said shortly after he got word about his honor in an interview with the Broncos website. “And the impact they had on me, either studying them or them talking to me after a game, or whatever it may be.”

Manning both entered and exited the NFL the same time as Woodson, the cornerback who went to one Super Bowl in his first eight years with the Raiders, then went to Green Bay to win his only Super Bowl title, before finishing out his career as a safety in Oakland.

He finished his career with 65 interceptions and 13 defensive touchdowns, tied for the career record with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper.

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Charlie Krueger, a star defensive tackle who spent his 16-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 84.

The team said Saturday he died in Clayton, California, but did not disclose other details. The San Francisco Chronicle said the cause was heart and kidney failure.

Krueger played for the 49ers from 1958 to 1973, one of the longest tenured players in team history. He was part of teams that won three consecutive NFC West titles from 1970-72. His No. 70 jersey was retired in 1974 and he joined the club’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Charlie was known as the `Textbook Tackle’ for his reputation as a technician and his tremendous strength,” the team said in a statement. “He was a tough, resilient and smart player who looked out for his teammates, both on and off the field.”

He played in 198 games, the seventh most in franchise history and second most among defensive linemen. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1960 and 1964 and was an All-Pro in 1960, 1965 and 1966.

Charles Andrew Krueger was born in Caldwell, Texas, and attended Texas A&M. In 1956 and 1957 he was an All-American under famed coach Bear Bryant. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Krueger was drafted ninth overall by the 49ers in 1958 and sat out his rookie season because of injury.

Survivors include his wife, Kris.

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Kofi Cockburn scored 23 points, Ayo Dosunmu added 21 and No. 12 Illinois beat No. 19 Wisconsin 75-60 on Saturday in a key Big Ten Conference matchup.

Dosunmu also had 12 rebounds and 12 assists for only the third triple-double in school history. Cockburn grabbed 14 rebounds and recorded his eighth double-double in nine games for Illinois (13-5, 9-3).

“Kofi and Ayo both had a great night, as the stats show,” said Illinois coach Brad Underwood. “They were both so efficient, too.”

D’Mitrik Trice scored 19 points and Nate Reuvers added 11 for Wisconsin (14-6, 8-5).

Illinois outrebounded the Badgers 46-18. The Illini shot 54% (28 of 52) from the field to Wisconsin’s 41% (24 of 58).

“The way we had shot it offensively, we almost had to pitch a perfect game defensively,” Badgers coach Greg Gard said.

Illinois continued to struggle with turnovers, as it has all season, committing 18 to Wisconsin’s 11. But the Badgers had trouble converting the turnovers to points.

Illinois led by as many as 13 points in the first half and controlled both ends of the court. Cockburn had 12 points and 10 rebounds by halftime.

“We got off to a pretty solid start,” Underwood said. “We challenged everything and we had hands in their faces all afternoon. I’m pleased, because (Wisconsin is) as sound and solid as can be. They are a good team.”

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Cockburn and Dosunmu were as good as advertised against Wisconsin. Generally, one or the other has a good game in each Illini victory. When they both play well, it’s usually trouble for the opponent.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt (Cockburn) and Ayo by far and away are the two best players on the floor,” Gard said. “That’s not a shock. We thought that coming in that those guys were going to be a handful. And they were.”

Underwood couldn’t say enough about his two star players.

“When we got them, we knew we were getting two young men with great character,” Underwood said. “Both are very, very intelligent and both understand how to make the other one a better player on the court.”

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Way ahead, it looked as if No. 18 Missouri might beat 10th-ranked Alabama in a laugher.

The joke was almost on the Tigers.

Dru Smith and Missouri built a 22-point lead in the second half, then held off a frantic rally by the Crimson Tide for a 68-65 victory on Saturday.

The Tigers held their largest lead with 13:05 left and were still up by 20 with less than six minutes remaining.

“Our guys started settling, because they looked at the score instead of finishing the game on the floor,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. “You can’t do that with this level of team. But on the flip side, tremendous execution defensively down the stretch on the last possessions.”

Missouri’s only points down the stretch came on four free throws. The Crimson Tide started scoring on nearly every possession and Herb Jones had two chances to give Alabama the lead in the final 20 seconds, but he missed a layup and had another try blocked by Mitchell Smith.

The Crimson Tide had one last chance to tie it, but Jaden Shackelford’s contested 3-pointer at the buzzer missed.

“We’re a bunch of gritty types of dudes, and it starts at the top,” Mitchell Smith said.

Dru Smith had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (13-3, 6-3 Southeastern Conference). Kobe Brown added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Mark Smith finished with 12 points.

Shackelford scored 15 to lead Alabama (15-5, 10-1 SEC), whose first conference loss was almost an incredible comeback victory.

“We couldn’t have asked for a much better effort in the last 13 minutes,” coach Nate Oats said. “If we get that effort for 40 minutes, we win the game.”

The Tigers built their lead by outrunning the Crimson Tide in transition and outmuscling them inside. Missouri finished with 46 points in the paint.

Alabama is a volume 3-point shooting team, and when the Crimson Tide missed, Missouri started fast breaks with long rebounds. The Tigers scored 13 fast-break points in the first half and took a 44-28 lead at intermission.

It got worse before it got better for Alabama, which got 12 points apiece from Jaden Quinerly and Keon Ellis. Alex Reese and James Rojas missed dunks for the Crimson Tide and the team was just 11 of 23 on layup attempts and only 12 of 21 on free throws.

“Your at-the-rim finishing percentage can’t be 50%,” Oats said.

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Nahiem Alleyne hit a go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds remaining in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech defeated Miami 80-76 on Saturday afternoon.

Hunter Cattoor’s two free throws with four seconds left secured the win for the Hokies (14-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Justyn Mutts scored 22 points and Keve Aluma finished with 16 points for the Hokies. Cattoor had 14 points.

Cattoor forced the overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 74-all. The basket erased Isaiah Wong’s go-ahead 3-pointer seconds earlier for Miami.

Wong and Elija Olaniyi scored 19 points each for the Hurricanes (7-11, 3-10). Kameron McGusty added 18 points.

Miami erased a double-digit deficit with a 20-7 spurt late in the second half. Wong hit two 3-pointers to key the surge and Nysier Brooks’ dunk with 3:34 to go gave the Hurricanes a 68-66 lead.

The Hokies opened their first double-digit lead with a 12-2 run midway through the second half. Mutts’ layup with 8:03 remaining capped the surge and gave Virginia Tech a 59-48 lead.

Mutts’ two free throws gave Virginia Tech a 31-28 lead at halftime.

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Cade Cunningham persevered through a rough game before coming up with the big plays at the end.

Cunningham, one of the nation’s top freshmen, scored five of his 19 points in the second overtime, including a contested 3-pointer with 1:33 left, to help No. 24 Oklahoma State beat sixth-ranked Texas 75-67 on Saturday.

Kalib Boone led OSU with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, including two in the second overtime after Cunningham had staked the Cowboys to a 74-67 lead with the 3-pointer and two free throws.

“I knew watching Kalib last year that he had great potential,” Cunningham said. “Now he’s not thinking as much and just playing. He’s is one of the best big men in the Big 12 now. He really is.”

Avery Anderson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (12-5, 5-5 Big 12).

“We didn’t shoot it great, but we played with a lot of determination and fire which we didn’t do the other night at TCU,” said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton.

Andrew Jones had 17 points and Courtney Ramey 13 for the Longhorns (11-5, 5-4), who shot just 25% from the field (20-for-79) and had 21 turnovers. They hung around by forcing Oklahoma State into 35% shooting, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and coming up with 18 steals and six blocks.

Cunningham scored the final basket in regulation, a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to tie the score at 59. He had two turnovers in the final minute of the first overtime, but also swiped a Texas inbounds pass with four seconds left. But he missed a short floater in the lane and the game went to a second extra period.

Cunningham made just 5 of 22 shots from the field and committed six turnovers in the physical contest. He finished with eight rebounds and two assists.

“He’s a 19-year-old and still figuring it out,” Boynton said. “I’d love for him to make the right play every time. . . Texas’ length bothered him some but he stuck with it.”

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Austin Reaves was back to his usual stat-stuffing ways.

Oklahoma’s scoring leader this season missed the previous two games while in COVID-19 protocols. He returned Saturday and had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as No. 9 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 79-72 on Saturday for the Cyclones’ seventh straight loss.

“He’s a big piece to our team,” Oklahoma’s Brady Manek said. “He does well facilitating, getting guys open, sharing the ball. He’s got a good mind for the game. He plays well at his position, he gets off screens, finds open guys. … He really did a good job and on top of that, he scored a lot.

“That’s what we need from him. He’s that kind of player. We need him to come out and do that every night.”

Manek, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since being out with COVID-19, had nine points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Sooners (12-5, 7-4 Big 12).

“I knew I needed to play well inside today,” Manek said. “Sometimes you block out and the ball doesn’t come to you, and I felt like it was coming right to me today. It was weird. But all around, I think we did well. As a team, we rebounded well.”

Elijah Harkless scored a season-high 19 points and Umoja Gibson added 18 points for Oklahoma, which bounced back from a close loss at No. 10 Texas Tech.

Rasir Bolton scored 21 points and surpassed 1,000 career points for the Cyclones (2-11, 0-8), who haven’t won since Dec. 20. Iowa State made 16 of 31 3-pointers, but just 11 of 40 shots inside the arc.

“When you get good opportunities, you’ve got to live with the results,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “You’ve got to have a peace of mind about that.”

It was a tough game for the Cyclones, who haven’t won since Dec. 20 and were coming off a 76-72 loss to No. 17 West Virginia on Tuesday.

“You don’t get to choose in life what you go through,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “God’s going to hit you with different trials and tribulations. How are you going to respond? I thought our guys responded terrific to every bout of adversity today. That’s all we can do.”

The Sooners led 40-36 at halftime. Iowa State tied it at 53 on a 3-pointer by Bolton with just over 11 minutes to play, but Oklahoma’s Kur Kuath threw down a two-handed jam on a lob from Reaves.

Iowa State led 58-57 before the Sooners went on an 11-0 run that included seven points by Jalen Hill and put Oklahoma in control for good.

“Losing is no good,” Prohm said. “It’s not acceptable. It’s not what this program’s been about. There’s great tradition here. There’s multiple championships have been won in recent years. This program’s about winning and doing things the right way on and off the floor. Though we came up short today, I think we checked all the boxes in all the other areas. Now, we’ve got to figure out ways to break through.”

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Kawhi Leonard, MVP of last year’s All-Star Game, suggested the NBA is prioritizing money over the health of its players in planning to stage the midseason exhibition in March.

“We all know why we’re playing it,” the Los Angeles Clippers star said Friday night. “It’s money on the line, it’s an opportunity to make more money. Just putting money over health right now, pretty much.”

The game and its skills competition will be held in Atlanta on March 7, the league told its teams earlier this week. It remains unclear when players would have to report and how testing will work in Atlanta, or if fans will be part of the game.

“We’re playing games now and it’s still a pandemic, doing all these protocols and rules, so it doesn’t really surprise me,” Leonard said on a video call after the Clippers lost to Boston.

Sacramento guard De’Aaron Fox has said he thought the notion of an All-Star Game was “stupid” during a pandemic.

Lakers star LeBron James, who is the second-leading fan vote-getter behind Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, has said he’s not happy about staging the exhibition.

“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” James said. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game, but it’s the agreement.”

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Shortstop Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros settled their arbitration case Saturday, reaching a deal on a one-year contract for $11.7 million.

Correa had asked for $12.5 million and the Astros had offered $9.75 million.

The 26-year-old All-Star had an $8 million salary that became a prorated $2,962,963 during the pandemic-shortened season.

Correa hit .264 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 58 games last year, then excelled in the postseason. He hit .362 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 13 playoff games as Houston came within one win of reaching the World Series.

Correa led major league shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage, making just one error.

“Going through the arbitration process is necessary sometimes and it’s there for a reason,” Astros general manager James Click said. “But we’re all glad to have it behind us so we can focus on our top priority, which is getting out there to compete for a championship with Carlos and the rest of the team.”

Correa said he was glad to take care of business.

“I’m happy that we were able to come to an agreement and avoid arbitration,” he said. “Arbitration is not a good process.”

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The Texas Rangers traded veteran infielder Elvis Andrus to the Oakland on Saturday, just over two months after the team said the only player remaining from its only two World Series appearances would no longer be the starting shortstop after 12 seasons in that role.

Texas is sending the 32-year-old Andrus, catcher Aramis Garcia and $13.5 million to the A’s for designated hitter Khris Davis, along with catcher Jonah Heim and right-hander Dane Acker.

Andrus, who made his MLB debut with the Rangers at age 20 in 2009, is owed $28.5 million over the next two seasons. The A’s recently lost shortstop Marcus Semien to Toronto in free agency.

The Rangers said in December that Gold Glove-winning third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa would be given the opportunity to be their starting shortstop next season. They told Andrus then to prepare to play all infield positions.

The 33-year-old Davis led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018. He has hit .243 with 218 homers and 580 RBIs in 938 big league games for the A’s (2016-20) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2013-15).

In 79 career games against the Rangers, he hit .271 with 15 doubles, 32 homers and 80 RBIs.

LPGA NEWS

A day after saying he needed to be patient about results, Jordan Spieth shot a 10-under 61 on Saturday for a share of the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He then repeated himself.

“What I’m looking forward to is just staying the course, trusting it,” Spieth said. “I have no expectations on the results tomorrow. I really don’t.”

Winless since the 2017 British Open, Spieth was tied with Xander Schauffele at 18-under 196.

“I built some freedom now seeing these results the first few days here to where I feel really good about the path I’m on,” Spieth said. “I feel good about what the long term ahead looks like for me. And sometimes that’s been in question. To myself.”

The 27-year-old Texan is trying recapture the form that carried him to 11 PGA Tour victories – three of them majors – in his first five seasons on the tour.

“I just felt like I stayed really, really patient and struck the ball well,” Spieth said. “Just tried to hit it to the fat parts of the greens when I was out of position and try and attack when I could.”

He raised the volume on the back nine at mostly empty TPC Scottsdale, drawing the biggest roar of the week from the limited crowd on the par-3 16th when he curled in a 36-footer for birdie and the outright lead.

Instead of the usual Saturday crowd that has topped 200,000 in recent years, attendance is capped at 5,000 a day – the most for a tour event during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I told Michael (caddie Greller) the only downside of the birdie putt on 16 is that it would have been arguably the loudest roar I’ve ever had if it were last year,” Spieth said. “But it was still loud.”

He followed with a 30-footer for birdie on 17 after driving well left on the short par 4.

“All of a sudden today when you kind of get in the thick of things and the crowd was feeding off and really willing those putts in with me, it actually kind of felt like nothing had happened,” Spieth said.

He made four birdies on the front nine for a share of the lead, then had an unexpected birdie on the par-4 10th when he chipped in from 70 feet.

“Got quite a few really good breaks,” Spieth said. “Each shot that ended up in the desert I think I ended up playing those holes 2 or 3 under today. You could easily end up in a cactus with an unplayable.”

Spieth hit inside a foot from 170 yards for birdie on the par-4 11th, then just missed eagling the two back-nine par 5s. On 13, he couldn’t get a 5 1/2-foot eagle putt to fall after a 208-yard second shot from the desert hardpan. On the water-guarded 15th, he left a 24-foot eagle putt inches short.

A week after missing the cut at Torrey Pines in his first start since the Masters in November, he matched his tour best of 61 set in the third round of his 2015 victory in the John Deere Classic.

The fourth-ranked Schauffele, coming off a second-place tie at Torrey Pines in his hometown event, shot a 65 to match Spieth at 18-under 196. Schauffele birdied four of the last holes, making a 7-footer on 17 to tie Spieth.

“I just kind of hung in there and sort of capitalized on the holes I needed to on the back nine,” Schauffele said.

Spieth and Schauffele were last paired together in the final group on the last round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie. Schauffele shot a 74 to tie for second behind Francesco Molinari, and Spieth had a 76 to tie for ninth.

“Hopefully, we both play a little bit better,” Spieth said.

Scottie Scheffler and Kyoung-Hoon Lee each shot 66 to get to 15 under.

Third-ranked Justin Thomas, third the last two years in the event, had a 64 to join Louis Oosthuizen (63) at 14 under. Thomas squandered five strokes on two holes late Thursday and early Friday, making a triple bogey on 17 in the first round and opening the second with a double on 10.

Steve Stricker, the 53-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain trying to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history, had a 69 to drop into a tie for seventh at 13 under with Brooks Koepka (66) and James Hahn (66). Stricker began the day a stroke behind Schauffele after opening rounds of 65 and 66.

“I actually played from tee-to-green better than I did the first two days, I thought,” Stricker said. “Hit a lot of quality shots. Just didn’t make the putts that I had been making the last couple days.”

DIVOTS: Jon Rahm, the former Arizona State star who tops the field at No. 2 in the world, had a 68 to reach 10 under. … No. 6 Rory McIlroy was 6 under after a 70. He’s playing the event for the first time.

BOXING NEWS

Leon Spinks, who won Olympic gold and then shocked the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in only his eighth pro fight, has died. He was 67.

Spinks, who lived his later years in Las Vegas, died Friday night, according to a release from a public relations firm. He had been battling prostate and other cancers.

His wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, and a few close friends and other family members were by his side when he passed away.

A lovable heavyweight with a drinking problem, Spinks beat Ali by decision in a 15-round fight in 1978 to win the title. He was unranked at the time, and picked as an opponent because Ali was looking for an easy fight.

He got anything but that, with an unorthodox Spinks swarming over Ali throughout the fight on his way to a stunning win by split decision. The two met seven months later at the Superdome in New Orleans, with Ali taking the decision this time before a record indoor boxing crowd of 72,000 and a national television audience estimated at 90 million people.

“It was one of the most unbelievable things when Ali agreed to fight him because you look at the fights he had up to then and he was not only not a top contender but shouldn’t have been a contender at all,” promoter Bob Arum said Saturday. “He was just an opponent but somehow he found a way to win that fight.”

Spinks would lose the rematch to Ali in New Orleans and fought for the title only once after that, when he was stopped in the third round in 1981 by Larry Holmes. He continued fighting on and off into the mid-1990s, finishing with a record of 26-17-3.

Spinks, with a big grin that often showed off his missing front teeth, was popular among boxing fans for both his win over Ali and his easygoing personality. But he burned through his earnings quickly, and at one point after retiring was working as a custodian at a YMCA in Nebraska, cleaning locker rooms.

He later was part of a group of ex-fighters who had their brains studied by the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. Spinks was found to have brain damage caused by a combination of taking punches to the head and heavy drinking, though he functioned well enough to do autograph sessions and other events late in his life.

“He was a good soul,” said Gene Kilroy, who was Ali’s business manager when he fought Spinks and became friends with the fighter.

Spinks won the light heavyweight division at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, beating Sixto Soria of Cuba in an upset to become one of five U.S. fighters to win gold. His brother, Michael, who would later become heavyweight champion himself, won the middleweight gold, and Sugar Ray Leonard took the welterweight title.

Spinks was hardly spectacular after turning pro, winning six of his first seven fights. Just four months before he met Ali, he could manage just a draw with journeyman Scott LeDoux and he wasn’t on anyone’s radar in the heavyweight title picture.

But Ali was coming off a brutal fight with Earnie Shavers and wasn’t looking forward to what would have been a mandatory bout against Ken Norton, whom he had already fought three times and who seemed to have Ali’s number. Instead, he sought an easy mark for a fight that was to be nationally televised on ABC, even knowing he would be stripped of one of his titles for taking another fight.

Enter Spinks, who was such a big underdog most sports books didn’t even take bets on the fight.

“In that fight everything clicked,” Arum said. “He came in with a game plan and he beat Ali. It wasn’t that Ali wasn’t at his best, but Leon shocked everybody with how good Leon was.”

Suddenly, Spinks was the heavyweight champion of the world at the age of 25.

“I’m not The Greatest,” Spinks said afterward. “Just the latest.”