INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Angola77Fairfield41 
Barr-Reeve61Castle54 
Batesville53Hauser38 
Bedford North Lawrence84Horizon Christian42 
Beechwood (Ky.)77South Dearborn49 
Ben Davis69Indianapolis Attucks68OT
Benton Central58Fountain Central51 
Blackford78Jay County49 
Bloomfield67White River Valley50 
Bloomington South42Silver Creek41 
Blue River62Union City55 
Borden65Christian Academy58 
Brownsburg77Terre Haute South39 
Brownstown Central66Corydon Central50 
Carmel72New Castle25 
Carroll (Flora)47Northwestern33 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)59Yorktown37 
Caston62Northfield46 
Covenant Christian (DeMotte)60Faith Christian53 
Covington67South Newton37 
Crothersville54Columbus Christian43 
Crown Point50South Bend Washington44 
Decatur Central81Avon78 
Eastern Hancock71Union County59 
Edinburgh55Henryville39 
Evansville Bosse79Vincennes Lincoln58 
Evansville Harrison83Gibson Southern52 
Evansville Memorial67Boonville48 
Evansville North60Terre Haute North58 
Fishers74Franklin Central51 
Floyd Central63Evansville Reitz50 
Forest Park53Paoli51 
Fort Wayne Concordia68Manchester56 
Frankton72Tri-Central70OT
Fremont68Lakewood Park55 
Greencastle67Tri-West64 
Greenfield-Central45Richmond38 
Greensburg59Lawrenceburg52 
Greenwood Christian71Victory College Prep38 
Greenwood25Indianapolis Roncalli22 
Guerin Catholic71Noblesville49 
Heritage Hills58Princeton48 
Homestead74Peru41 
Huntington North68DeKalb60 
Illiana Christian59Hobart44 
Indiana Deaf67Calvary Christian47 
Indianapolis Cathedral64Columbus North57 
Indianapolis Herron89Southwestern (Shelbyville)852OT
Indianapolis International61Anderson Prep Academy39 
Indianapolis Lutheran67Traders Point Christian47 
Indianapolis Manual58Irvington Prep Academy38 
Kokomo58Lewis Cass53 
Kouts87Westville60 
LaCrosse69Hammond Science & Tech40 
Lafayette Jeff54Parke Heritage49 
Lake Station60River Forest55 
Lakeland Christian65Southern Wells48 
Lapel50Oak Hill47 
Lawrence North55Jeffersonville50 
Leo47Bellmont43 
Liberty Christian71Clinton Central33 
Loogootee67West Washington41 
Marion86Fort Wayne Northrop68 
McCutcheon64Harrison (West Lafayette)59 
Michigan City72Fort Wayne South66OT
Milan54Switzerland County42 
Mishawaka Marian76Fort Wayne Luers54 
Monrovia54Edgewood45 
Morgan Twp.65Gary 21st Century59 
Morristown61Knightstown29 
Mount Vernon (Fortville)52Delta46OT
Mount Vernon (Posey)78Pike Central55 
Munster40Valparaiso39 
New Albany55Jasper47 
New Haven67Columbia City49 
New Prairie44South Central (Union Mills)39 
North Harrison61Madison44 
North Montgomery58Attica37 
North Newton48North Vermillion36 
North Putnam61South Vermillion54 
Northview67Crawfordsville61OT
Orleans50North Daviess49 
Penn56Goshen47 
Providence78Shawe Memorial22 
Rensselaer Central71Hebron49 
Rising Sun59Waldron51 
Riverton Parke61Providence Cristo Rey50 
Rochester55North White39 
Rock Creek Academy54St. Francis (Ky.)17 
Rossville47Pioneer34 
Salem73Eastern (Pekin)723OT
Shelbyville68Pendleton Heights60 
Sheridan61North Miami33 
South Adams79Fort Wayne Canterbury49 
South Bend St. Joseph85Victory Christian51 
South Knox46Shoals28 
South Putnam63Eminence53 
Southport50Franklin34 
Southridge52Washington38 
Southwestern (Hanover)87Mitchell40 
Sullivan76Eastern Greene57 
Talawanda (Ohio)60Franklin County46 
Taylor69Eastbrook62 
Tell City53Springs Valley42 
Tippecanoe Valley57Winamac43 
Triton79North Judson51 
Wabash62Alexandria46 
Wapahani79Tri42 
Warren Central66South Bend Adams59 
Warsaw57Elkhart56 
Wawasee55Lakeland46 
Western Boone60Seeger48 
Western57Twin Lakes48 
Westfield82Muncie Central42 
Wood Memorial44Northeast Dubois43 

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Austin51South Dearborn43 
Bethany Christian45Mishawaka23 
Blackford63Mississinewa42 
Bloomington South52Brown County40 
Bremen47South Bend Riley31 
Carroll (Fort Wayne)76Fort Wayne Wayne41 
Chesterton51South Bend Adams49 
Clarksville60Rock Creek Academy18 
Columbus North59Terre Haute North18 
Crothersville63Christian Academy23 
Culver40LaVille31 
Delta61Daleville41 
Eastern Hancock51Monroe Central23 
Eastside52Westview25 
Edinburgh41Indianapolis Lutheran40 
Elkhart Christian37Lakeland Christian31OT
Fort Wayne Dwenger51Adams Central48 
Franklin County51Milan43 
Frontier54Tri-County42 
Greenwood50Decatur Central47 
Hammond Noll60Hanover Central40 
Indian Creek70Sullivan58 
John Glenn58Tippecanoe Valley52 
Kankakee Valley57Morgan Twp.45 
Lake Station64Griffith46 
Lake Station70Calumet38 
Lawrenceburg45Greensburg43 
Lebanon76Carroll (Flora)54 
Lewis Cass37Eastern (Greentown)19 
Lowell59Hammond Gavit29 
Madison61Southwestern (Hanover)38 
Marquette Catholic60Bowman Academy38 
McCutcheon85Logansport53 
Morristown63Providence Cristo Rey19 
Munster65Concord22 
North Daviess37Wood Memorial36 
North Putnam66South Vermillion34 
North Vermillion42North Newton35 
Northwestern54Kokomo31 
Orleans51Crawford County42OT
Princeton38Pike Central30 
Providence42Shawe Memorial24 
South Decatur51Rising Sun43 
Southwood65North Miami61 
Springs Valley50Borden20 
Tipton50Hagerstown31 
Valparaiso52Michigan City46 
Vincennes Rivet36Northeast Dubois34OT
Wabash66Maconaquah53 
Washington Catholic50Bloomington Lighthouse48 
West Washington51Shoals22 
Westville46Hebron32 
Greater Indianapolis Conference Tournament
Purdue Poly Englewood71Indianapolis Riverside41 
Indianapolis Tindley62Eminence31 
Indianapolis Tindley65Purdue Poly Englewood491st

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#1 Gonzaga 97 Pepperdine 75

#2 Baylor 84 Auburn 72

#3 Villanova 80 Seton Hall 72

Indiana at #4 Michigan postponed

#5 Texas at Kentucky canceled

#20 Virginia Tech 65 #8 Virginia 51

#24 Oklahoma 66 #9 Alabama 61

#10 Texas Tech 76 LSU 71

Florida 85 #11 West Virginia 80

#12 Missouri 100 into TCU 98 OT

Penn State 81 #14 Wisconsin 71

#18 Tennessee 80 #15 Kansas 61

Georgia Tech 76 #16 Florida State 65

#17 Creighton 69 DePaul 62

Purdue 81 #21 Minnesota 62

#23 UCLA 57 Oregon State 52

ELSEWHERE

Cincinnati at South Florida postponed

Dayton 67 Rhode Island 56

VCU 73 LaSalle 62

St. Bonaventure 84 George Mason 67

Duquesne 67 St. Joseph’s 50

Duke 79 Clemson 53

Wake Forest 66 Miami, Florida 54

Notre Dame 84 Pittsburgh 58

Texas A&M 68 Kansas State 61

Oklahoma State 81 Arkansas 77

Mississippi State 95 Iowa State 56

Xavier 68 Butler 55

Georgetown 73 Providence 72

Milwaukee 83 IUPUI 76

Detroit 77 Youngstown State 72

Northern Kentucky 69 Illinois Chicago 67

Oakland 72 Purdue Fort Wayne 75

Cleveland State 73 Green Bay 65

Akron 74 Ball State 42

Miami Ohio 65 Western Michigan 56

Toledo 84 Bowling Green 66

Kent State 83 Central Michigan 76

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois postponed

Northern Iowa 74 Southern Illinois 62

San Diego State 98 Wyoming 71

San Jose State 75 Air Force 62

Fresno State 65 New Mexico 55

Utah 77 Colorado 74

Arizona 71 California 50

Oregon at USC postponed

Arizona State 79 Stanford 75

Georgia 71 Ole Miss 61

Mississippi State 95 Iowa State 56

Vanderbilt 93 South Carolina 81

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

Cincinnati at #13 S. Florida postponed

#18 Gonzaga 79 St. Mary’s 52

#24 West Virginia 79 TCU 70

#25 San Diego State at Denver canceled

ELSEWHERE

Bowling Green 76 Toledo 59

Detroit at Purdue Fort Wayne canceled

Central Michigan 66 Buffalo 62

Cleveland State 68 Oakland 53

Ohio 85 Akron 55

Tulane 80 Temple 44

Creighton 65 Georgetown 57

Loyola Chicago 53 Southern Illinois 46

Northern Illinois 66 Miami Ohio 52

Missouri State 61, Valparaiso 51

Ball State 78 Western Michigan 71

IUPUI 68 Green Bay 61

Illinois Chicago at Wright State canceled

Wyoming 62 San Diego State 41

Idaho 74 Weber State 62

Oklahoma State 75 Kansas 51

Youngstown State 71 Robert Morris 64

Northern Kentucky 68 Milwaukee 61

Texas 72 Texas Tech 53

UNLV 62 Nevada 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

Houston 126 New Orleans 112

Portland 123 Chicago 122

Miami 105 Sacramento 104

Charlotte 126 Milwaukee 114

LA Lakers 96 Boston 95

Memphis 129 San Antonio 112….Desmond Bane, 6-8fg, 15pts, 4reb, 2asst

Phoenix 111 Dallas 105

Golden State 118 Detroit 91

NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 4 New Jersey 3

Pittsburgh 5 NY Rangers 4

Philadelphia 3 NY Islanders 2

Washington 4 Boston 3

Carolina 4 Dallas 1

Tampa Bay 4 Nashville 3

Florida 3 Detroit 2

Calgary 2 Montréal 0

Edmonton 4 to III

Colorado 5 Minnesota 1

St. Louis 6 Anaheim 1

Vancouver 4 Winnipeg 1

IHSAA WRESTLING SECTIONAL RESULTS-SHENANDOAH

TEAM RESULTS

  1. Centerville 281.5
  2. New Castle 187.0
  3. Lincoln 151.0
  4. Shenandoah 100.5
  5. Tri 90.0
  6. Richmond 86.5
  7. Knightstown 66.0
  8. Northeastern 51.0
  9. Hagerstown 48.0
  10. Blue River 0.0

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Kendra Shipman of Centerville
  • 2nd Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Kendra Shipman (Centerville) 14-10, Fr. over Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . (For.)

3rd Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . (DFF)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 11-3, . over () , . (Bye)

113

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Bryson Hale of Centerville
  • 2nd Place – Alison Frost of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 3rd Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Bryson Hale (Centerville) 18-6, So. over Alison Frost (Cambridge City Lincoln) 14-9, Jr. (Fall 0:08)

3rd Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 8-2, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 8-2, . (DFF)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 8-2, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 8-2, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Shenandoah) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

120

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gavyn Whitehead of New Castle
  • 2nd Place – Jackson Marker of Centerville
  • 3rd Place – Chris Gardner of Tri
  • 4th Place – Sam Hinshaw of Shenandoah
  • 5th Place – Wesley Beckman of Northeastern
  • 6th Place – Colton Stegner of Cambridge City Lincoln

1st Place Match

  • Gavyn Whitehead (New Castle) 22-0, Fr. over Jackson Marker (Centerville) 30-4, So. (TF-1.5 4:39 (17-1))

3rd Place Match

  • Chris Gardner (Tri) 23-8, Sr. over Sam Hinshaw (Shenandoah) 16-11, So. (Fall 2:21)

5th Place Match

  • Wesley Beckman (Northeastern) 20-17, So. over Colton Stegner (Cambridge City Lincoln) 8-15, Sr. (Fall 2:41)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 1-2, . over () , . (Bye)

126

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jake Necessary of Richmond
  • 2nd Place – Oshea Phillips of Centerville
  • 3rd Place – Garrison McCune of New Castle
  • 4th Place – Jackson Ramsey of Northeastern
  • 5th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Jake Necessary (Richmond) 28-2, Jr. over Oshea Phillips (Centerville) 25-6, Fr. (Dec 5-3)

3rd Place Match

  • Garrison McCune (New Castle) 26-6, Jr. over Jackson Ramsey (Northeastern) 25-9, Jr. (TF-1.5 4:17 (17-1))

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over () , . (Bye)

132

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Brevan Thrine of New Castle
  • 2nd Place – Devin Frazier of Centerville
  • 3rd Place – Trenton Ripberger of Tri
  • 4th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Brevan Thrine (New Castle) 30-1, So. over Devin Frazier (Centerville) 33-2, Jr. (TB-1 5-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Trenton Ripberger (Tri) 26-12, So. over Forfeit Forfeit () 5-3, . (For.)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 5-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 5-3, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Hagerstown) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

138

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gavin Sherwood of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 2nd Place – Luke Cannarella of Centerville
  • 3rd Place – Sekaye Rogers of Richmond
  • 4th Place – Wyatt Brewster of New Castle
  • 5th Place – Jaroden Cornes of Tri
  • 6th Place – Wesley Brown of Shenandoah

1st Place Match

  • Gavin Sherwood (Cambridge City Lincoln) 22-4, Jr. over Luke Cannarella (Centerville) 21-9, So. (Dec 6-3)

3rd Place Match

  • Sekaye Rogers (Richmond) 6-5, Sr. over Wyatt Brewster (New Castle) 13-10, Fr. (Dec 7-6)

5th Place Match

  • Jaroden Cornes (Tri) 12-16, Jr. over Wesley Brown (Shenandoah) 11-16, So. (Fall 3:27)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 1-2, . over () , . (Bye)

145

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jon Eberhart of New Castle
  • 2nd Place – Josh Miles of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 3rd Place – Graham Butler of Centerville
  • 4th Place – Gary Paull of Tri
  • 5th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Jon Eberhart (New Castle) 27-3, So. over Josh Miles (Cambridge City Lincoln) 25-2, Sr. (Dec 6-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Graham Butler (Centerville) 21-7, Jr. over Gary Paull (Tri) 16-9, So. (Dec 7-4)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over () , . (Bye)

152

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gabe Phillips of Centerville
  • 2nd Place – Micah Belcher of Richmond
  • 3rd Place – Keaton Miller of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 4th Place – Bryson Payne of Hagerstown
  • 5th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Gabe Phillips (Centerville) 34-1, Sr. over Micah Belcher (Richmond) 13-15, So. (Fall 0:40)

3rd Place Match

  • Keaton Miller (Cambridge City Lincoln) 17-13, Sr. over Bryson Payne (Hagerstown) 9-14, Fr. (MD 14-4)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 3-2, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 3-2, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Northeastern) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

160

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Leo Calderon of Centerville
  • 2nd Place – Wyatt Maiden of New Castle
  • 3rd Place – Javin Payne of Hagerstown
  • 4th Place – Jack Guiley of Richmond
  • 5th Place – Dylan Camron of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 6th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Leo Calderon (Centerville) 30-0, Jr. over Wyatt Maiden (New Castle) 28-3, So. (Dec 9-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Javin Payne (Hagerstown) 22-3, Sr. over Jack Guiley (Richmond) 13-15, Sr. (M. For.)

5th Place Match

  • Dylan Camron (Cambridge City Lincoln) 11-7, So. over Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . (For.)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . over () , . (Bye)

170

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Justin Hummel of Shenandoah
  • 2nd Place – Luke Tinkle of Centerville
  • 3rd Place – Alex Hokey of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 4th Place – Layne Nicholson of New Castle
  • 5th Place – Peyton Meyer of Hagerstown
  • 6th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Justin Hummel (Shenandoah) 16-2, Sr. over Luke Tinkle (Centerville) 30-4, Jr. (Fall 5:02)

3rd Place Match

  • Alex Hokey (Cambridge City Lincoln) 24-7, Sr. over Layne Nicholson (New Castle) 16-10, Sr. (Fall 1:46)

5th Place Match

  • Peyton Meyer (Hagerstown) 9-14, Fr. over Forfeit Forfeit () 1-2, . (For.)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Richmond) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

182

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Cole Hughes of Shenandoah
  • 2nd Place – Ben Newby of Knightstown
  • 3rd Place – Deshaun Whichard of Centerville
  • 4th Place – Brenndon Thompson of New Castle
  • 5th Place – Ryley Riggs of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 6th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Cole Hughes (Shenandoah) 24-1, Sr. over Ben Newby (Knightstown) 25-6, Sr. (Fall 1:59)

3rd Place Match

  • Deshaun Whichard (Centerville) 26-11, So. over Brenndon Thompson (New Castle) 10-6, Jr. (Dec 3-1)

5th Place Match

  • Ryley Riggs (Cambridge City Lincoln) 3-2, Fr. over Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . (For.)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . over () , . (Bye)

195

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Liam Orcutt of Knightstown
  • 2nd Place – Jacob Payne of Cambridge City Lincoln
  • 3rd Place – Zack Gedek of Shenandoah
  • 4th Place – Luke Joplin of New Castle
  • 5th Place – Dylan Cole of Centerville
  • 6th Place – Judah Belcher of Richmond

1st Place Match

  • Liam Orcutt (Knightstown) 24-2, Sr. over Jacob Payne (Cambridge City Lincoln) 24-4, Jr. (Fall 0:48)

3rd Place Match

  • Zack Gedek (Shenandoah) 16-8, Sr. over Luke Joplin (New Castle) 21-7, So. (Dec 7-1)

5th Place Match

  • Dylan Cole (Centerville) 21-15, Sr. over Judah Belcher (Richmond) 4-13, Jr. (Dec 4-2)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Hagerstown) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

220

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jack Taylor of New Castle
  • 2nd Place – Mason Muncy of Knightstown
  • 3rd Place – Nathan Westover of Centerville
  • 4th Place – Michael Henderson of Northeastern
  • 5th Place – Leland Straube of Tri
  • 6th Place – Xander Ballard of Cambridge City Lincoln

1st Place Match

  • Jack Taylor (New Castle) 31-0, Sr. over Mason Muncy (Knightstown) 14-4, Sr. (Fall 3:42)

3rd Place Match

  • Nathan Westover (Centerville) 21-11, Fr. over Michael Henderson (Northeastern) 14-12, Fr. (Dec 4-2)

5th Place Match

  • Leland Straube (Tri) 13-21, Fr. over Xander Ballard (Cambridge City Lincoln) 5-8, Jr. (Fall 1:45)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 1-2, . over () , . (Bye)

285

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Sebastian Collins of Centerville
  • 2nd Place – Clayton Scott of Tri
  • 3rd Place – Connor White of Shenandoah
  • 4th Place – Calvin Berhalter of Northeastern
  • 5th Place – Tim Long of Richmond
  • 6th Place – Chase Sutherland of Hagerstown

1st Place Match

  • Sebastian Collins (Centerville) 12-0, Jr. over Clayton Scott (Tri) 8-2, Sr. (Fall 1:56)

3rd Place Match

  • Connor White (Shenandoah) 12-10, Jr. over Calvin Berhalter (Northeastern) 26-6, So. (Fall 1:44)

5th Place Match

  • Tim Long (Richmond) 14-17, So. over Chase Sutherland (Hagerstown) 7-10, So. (Fall 0:26)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Knightstown) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

IHSAA WRESTLING SECTIONAL RESULTS: DELTA

TEAM RESULTS

  1. Cowan 227.5
  2. Delta 183.5
  3. Daleville, 181.0
  4. Yorktown 162.5
  5. Muncie Central 137.0
  6. Monroe Central 115.0
  7. Winchester 113.0
  8. Wapahani 53.0
  9. Wes-Del 48.0
  10. Randolph Southern 0.0

106

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Raef Keith of Cowan
  • 2nd Place – Joey Cline of Yorktown
  • 3rd Place – Quentin Keen of Winchester Community
  • 4th Place – Royce King of Delta
  • 5th Place – Maddi Dilts of Daleville
  • 6th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Raef Keith (Cowan) 26-1, Fr. over Joey Cline (Yorktown) 12-11, So. (Fall 2:49)

3rd Place Match

  • Quentin Keen (Winchester Community) 21-8, Fr. over Royce King (Delta) 12-9, Fr. (Fall 1:48)

5th Place Match

  • Maddi Dilts (Daleville) 15-11, Sr. over Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . (For.)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 2-4, . over () , . (Bye)

113

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Neal Mosier of Delta
  • 2nd Place – TJ Fritz of Daleville
  • 3rd Place – Bowen Keith of Cowan
  • 4th Place – Isaac Musgrove of Muncie Central
  • 5th Place – Cole Stuffel of Yorktown
  • 6th Place – Lillian Gropp of Wes-Del

1st Place Match

  • Neal Mosier (Delta) 19-3, Fr. over TJ Fritz (Daleville) 25-4, Sr. (MD 11-0)

3rd Place Match

  • Bowen Keith (Cowan) 17-9, Fr. over Isaac Musgrove (Muncie Central) 13-11, Fr. (MD 12-4)

5th Place Match

  • Cole Stuffel (Yorktown) 9-17, Fr. over Lillian Gropp (Wes-Del) 7-14, So. (Fall 1:31)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Monroe Central) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

120

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Dawson Brooks of Daleville
  • 2nd Place – Jayden Jett of Cowan
  • 3rd Place – Justin Boone of Yorktown
  • 4th Place – Landon Hutchens of Wapahani
  • 5th Place – Ryder Brandenburg of Winchester Community
  • 6th Place – Dalton Tuttle of Delta

1st Place Match

  • Dawson Brooks (Daleville) 28-1, So. over Jayden Jett (Cowan) 24-4, Fr. (Fall 5:00)

3rd Place Match

  • Justin Boone (Yorktown) 20-5, Fr. over Landon Hutchens (Wapahani) 17-10, So. (Fall 2:10)

5th Place Match

  • Ryder Brandenburg (Winchester Community) 17-13, Fr. over Dalton Tuttle (Delta) 3-4, Fr. (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Monroe Central) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

126

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Wyatt Krejsa of Delta
  • 2nd Place – Brandon Kinnick of Daleville
  • 3rd Place – Dawson Clock of Wes-Del
  • 4th Place – Jesse May of Cowan
  • 5th Place – Lane Baird of Yorktown
  • 6th Place – James Daniels of Monroe Central

1st Place Match

  • Wyatt Krejsa (Delta) 19-5, Fr. over Brandon Kinnick (Daleville) 26-3, Jr. (Dec 6-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Dawson Clock (Wes-Del) 7-10, Fr. over Jesse May (Cowan) 15-9, So. (MD 10-2)

5th Place Match

  • Lane Baird (Yorktown) 13-11, Jr. over James Daniels (Monroe Central) 19-16, Jr. (Fall 3:01)

Cons. Champ Match

  • This match has not been wrestled yet.

132

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Ben Edwards of Yorktown
  • 2nd Place – Kolton Rhonemus of Delta
  • 3rd Place – Preston White of Cowan
  • 4th Place – Lyric Waters of Muncie Central
  • 5th Place – Cade Goodrich of Monroe Central
  • 6th Place – Colten Wilson of Daleville

1st Place Match

  • Ben Edwards (Yorktown) 12-6, Jr. over Kolton Rhonemus (Delta) 19-9, Fr. (Dec 7-5)

3rd Place Match

  • Preston White (Cowan) 23-3, Sr. over Lyric Waters (Muncie Central) 8-16, Fr. (Fall 0:14)

5th Place Match

  • Cade Goodrich (Monroe Central) 17-10, Fr. over Colten Wilson (Daleville) 14-12, Fr. (Fall 3:37)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Wes-Del) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

138

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Dillon Tuttle of Delta
  • 2nd Place – Julius Gerencser of Daleville
  • 3rd Place – Zach Bates of Winchester Community
  • 4th Place – Levi Abbott of Cowan
  • 5th Place – Peyton Wagoner of Yorktown
  • 6th Place – Zane Tinsman of Monroe Central

1st Place Match

  • Dillon Tuttle (Delta) 3-0, Jr. over Julius Gerencser (Daleville) 26-1, Jr. (Fall 1:21)

3rd Place Match

  • Zach Bates (Winchester Community) 24-6, Jr. over Levi Abbott (Cowan) 19-9, Fr. (Dec 2-0)

5th Place Match

  • Peyton Wagoner (Yorktown) 12-8, Fr. over Zane Tinsman (Monroe Central) 7-11, Fr. (MD 8-0)

Cons. Champ Match

  • This match has not been wrestled yet.

145

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Toby Abbott of Cowan
  • 2nd Place – Reazon Davenport of Daleville
  • 3rd Place – Peyton Tinsman of Monroe Central
  • 4th Place – Wyatt Roysdon of Muncie Central
  • 5th Place – Drew Barr of Yorktown
  • 6th Place – Heath Sprague of Delta

1st Place Match

  • Toby Abbott (Cowan) 26-1, Jr. over Reazon Davenport (Daleville) 18-8, Fr. (MD 14-4)

3rd Place Match

  • Peyton Tinsman (Monroe Central) 22-6, Jr. over Wyatt Roysdon (Muncie Central) 9-11, Jr. (Fall 0:57)

5th Place Match

  • Drew Barr (Yorktown) 17-12, So. over Heath Sprague (Delta) 5-15, So. (Fall 3:00)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Wapahani) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

152

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jonah Jones of Monroe Central
  • 2nd Place – Reed Brandenburg of Winchester Community
  • 3rd Place – Keagan Keesling of Cowan
  • 4th Place – Luke Herbst of Wapahani
  • 5th Place – Jackson King of Delta
  • 6th Place – Zach Carter of Yorktown

1st Place Match

  • Jonah Jones (Monroe Central) 28-4, Jr. over Reed Brandenburg (Winchester Community) 21-7, So. (Fall 3:50)

3rd Place Match

  • Keagan Keesling (Cowan) 21-7, Sr. over Luke Herbst (Wapahani) 18-7, Jr. (Fall 2:12)

5th Place Match

  • Jackson King (Delta) 10-11, So. over Zach Carter (Yorktown) 6-17, Sr. (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Xavier Monroe (Muncie Central) 6-12, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

160

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Austin Jones of Cowan
  • 2nd Place – Braxton Russell of Delta
  • 3rd Place – Jagger Scott of Muncie Central
  • 4th Place – Luke Wilhelm of Yorktown
  • 5th Place – Colten Gourley of Wapahani
  • 6th Place – Alex Van Meter of Winchester Community

1st Place Match

  • Austin Jones (Cowan) 24-3, Jr. over Braxton Russell (Delta) 17-11, Fr. (Fall 2:41)

3rd Place Match

  • Jagger Scott (Muncie Central) 16-8, Sr. over Luke Wilhelm (Yorktown) 13-13, So. (Dec 9-4)

5th Place Match

  • Colten Gourley (Wapahani) 23-8, Jr. over Alex Van Meter (Winchester Community) 15-16, Fr. (Fall 3:23)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Wes-Del) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

170

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Lucas Fox of Delta
  • 2nd Place – Maddox Rose of Winchester Community
  • 3rd Place – Gavin Mccomb of Monroe Central
  • 4th Place – Devin Grow of Wes-Del
  • 5th Place – Malachi King of Cowan
  • 6th Place – Tyler Burris of Daleville

1st Place Match

  • Lucas Fox (Delta) 26-1, Sr. over Maddox Rose (Winchester Community) 21-8, Jr. (MD 11-2)

3rd Place Match

  • Gavin Mccomb (Monroe Central) 21-13, Sr. over Devin Grow (Wes-Del) 14-12, . (Dec 6-2)

5th Place Match

  • Malachi King (Cowan) 10-14, Jr. over Tyler Burris (Daleville) 13-17, Jr. (Fall 4:14)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Yorktown) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

182

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Hunter Page of Monroe Central
  • 2nd Place – Jackson Ingenito of Daleville
  • 3rd Place – Titus Waters of Muncie Central
  • 4th Place – Dalton May of Cowan
  • 5th Place – Luke Woodson of Delta
  • 6th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Hunter Page (Monroe Central) 29-3, So. over Jackson Ingenito (Daleville) 25-2, Jr. (Dec 3-1)

3rd Place Match

  • Titus Waters (Muncie Central) 13-8, So. over Dalton May (Cowan) 23-7, Jr. (MD 8-0)

5th Place Match

  • Luke Woodson (Delta) 4-13, Sr. over Forfeit Forfeit () 1-2, . (For.)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Wapahani) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

195

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Brayden Jenkins of Winchester Community
  • 2nd Place – Michael Dunn of Muncie Central
  • 3rd Place – Preston Heffernan of Wes-Del
  • 4th Place – Kolten Tinsman of Monroe Central
  • 5th Place – Paul Fisher of Wapahani
  • 6th Place – Kaleb Arther of Yorktown

1st Place Match

  • Brayden Jenkins (Winchester Community) 23-1, Sr. over Michael Dunn (Muncie Central) 13-4, So. (Fall 0:43)

3rd Place Match

  • Preston Heffernan (Wes-Del) 10-2, Jr. over Kolten Tinsman (Monroe Central) 18-16, So. (Fall 1:16)

5th Place Match

  • Paul Fisher (Wapahani) 26-9, So. over Kaleb Arther (Yorktown) 3-15, Fr. (Dec 6-0)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Delta) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

220

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jackson New of Yorktown
  • 2nd Place – Jordan Stigall of Muncie Central
  • 3rd Place – Caden Dilk of Daleville
  • 4th Place – Brandt Thornburg of Cowan
  • 5th Place – Jordan Howard of Wapahani
  • 6th Place – TD Wine of Delta

1st Place Match

  • Jackson New (Yorktown) 17-7, So. over Jordan Stigall (Muncie Central) 12-8, Sr. (Fall 0:13)

3rd Place Match

  • Caden Dilk (Daleville) 5-2, So. over Brandt Thornburg (Cowan) 16-13, So. (Fall 3:35)

5th Place Match

  • Jordan Howard (Wapahani) 16-11, Sr. over TD Wine (Delta) 10-17, Fr. (Fall 1:42)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit (Winchester Community) 0-1, . over () , . (Bye)

285

Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jason Orr of Muncie Central
  • 2nd Place – Garrett Smith of Cowan
  • 3rd Place – Reid King of Daleville
  • 4th Place – Gus Wilson of Yorktown
  • 5th Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

1st Place Match

  • Jason Orr (Muncie Central) 22-1, Jr. over Garrett Smith (Cowan) 15-4, Sr. (Fall 0:38)

3rd Place Match

  • Reid King (Daleville) 16-9, Jr. over Gus Wilson (Yorktown) 13-9, Jr. (Fall 4:13)

5th Place Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . (DFF)

Cons. Champ Match

  • Forfeit Forfeit () 4-3, . over () , . (Bye)

AP sources: Lions trade Stafford to LA for Goff, draft picks

The Detroit Lions are trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first-round draft picks and a third-round pick, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the deal has not been completed and will not become official until the start of the new league year March 17. ESPN first reported the swap, which will include the Rams’ first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 along with their third-round pick this year.

The blockbuster trade of two former No. 1 overall draft picks will provide a fresh start for two durable starting quarterbacks who probably need a change of scenery.

Stafford asked to be traded shortly after the current season ended with the Lions’ third straight campaign with at least 10 losses. He has been one of the NFL’s most prolific passers during his 12-year career spent entirely in Detroit, but has never won a playoff game.

Meanwhile, the Rams’ coaching staff and front office have publicly expressed a clear loss of confidence in Goff in recent weeks, even after Los Angeles earned its third playoff berth and posted its fourth straight winning record during Goff’s four years under coach Sean McVay. Goff also led the Rams to the Super Bowl after the 2018 season.

Stafford, who turns 33 in February, has two years left on a $135 million, five-year contract. After a career spent attempting to escape from the weight of the Lions’ lamentable history, Detroit’s franchise leader in almost every statistical passing category is headed to California to join McVay’s consistent winner.

Goff is about to start a four-year, $134 million contract with $110 million guaranteed. Just like longtime teammate Todd Gurley, he is leaving the Rams before his huge contract extension even begins. Los Angeles likely had to pay a premium in draft picks to persuade the Lions to take on Goff’s deal.

The Lions had several offers for Stafford, and they all included first-round picks, according to another person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because those details were not announced.

Stafford was made aware of the teams that wanted to acquire him, and the Rams were one of the franchises he was excited about potentially joining, according to the person.

PURDUE MBB: Purdue Blitzes No. 21 Minnesota in Second Half

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Brandon Newman scored 21 of his career-high 29 points in the second half, Trevion Williams added 17 points and 14 rebounds and Purdue overcame an early 14-point deficit to blow out No. 21 Minnesota 81-62.

“He wants to be a good player and as a coach, you love that piece of it,” Painter said. “He always responds to failure and that’s kind of the knee-jerk reaction you have with the up-and-down nature of his freshman season. He scored a lot of points tonight and, at times, he carried the load for us.”

Newman wasn’t finished, either.

Less than an hour after going 9 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 on 3-pointers, he and Jaden Ivey walked back onto the court to take even more shots, in hopes of even better performances.

But Purdue (12-6, 7-4 Big Ten) can’t quibble with the recent results. It has won five of its last six and Painter earned conference win No. 174, tying him with former Illinois coach Harry Combes for No. 8 in league history.

Purdue went 8 of 10 on 3s in the second half after missing all five of its attempts beyond the arc in the first half and Minnesota (11-6, 4-6) couldn’t withstand the physical toll.

“I thought we were playing pretty good defense but they wore us down on the glass and they got to the free throw line,” Golden Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. “We were in a flow offensively in the first half. We were playing pretty good defense and then I think their physicality really grinded us down.”

Liam Robbins scored 15 points and Brandon Johnson had 11 for Minnesota, which fell to 0-5 on the road. The Gophers also have lost five of seven with this one perhaps being the toughest of all.

They dominated most of the first half as they took a 24-10 lead. But the Boilermakers rallied late, trimming the deficit to 35-30 at the half.

Purdue opened the second half on a 10-4 run and then Newman helped them extend the margin to 53-41 with 10:05 to play. Minnesota never got closer than seven afterward.

“He’s always in the gym shooting. So you want these moments for the guys and I’m very happy for him” Williams said. “I’m not surprised at all. He puts in too much work not to have a night like this.”

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: It looked like the Golden Gophers had finally solved this season’s road woes Saturday. Instead, an inexplicably poor second-half performance doomed them again.

Purdue: After going 0 for 5 on 3-pointers in the first half and 2 for 17 in the first three halves since Sasha Stefanovic tested positive for COVID-19, Newman finally gave the Boilermakers an answer. If Purdue keeps playing like it did in the second half, they’ll be tough to beat.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Minnesota: The Gophers slid four spots in last week’s poll. The descent will probably continue when the new rankings are released Monday — and they could fall the way out.

Purdue: An impressive four-game winning streak had the Boilermakers back in the Top 25 discussion before losing at home last week to Michigan. Saturday’s win should put them back in the mix this week.

STAT SHEET

Minnesota: Leading scorer Marcus Carr was shut out in the first half and finished with six points and four rebounds. … Eric Curry scored a season-high 10 points. … Robbins also had seven rebounds and six blocks. … The Golden Gophers made four of their first six 3s but wound up 10 or 28.

Purdue: Newman also had six rebounds. … Mason Gillis had 11 points and nine rebounds. … Eric Hunter Jr. finished with four points, six rebounds and seven assists. … Purdue had a 44-27 rebounding advantage. … Saturday’s game marked the 800th played inside Mackey Arena.

Purdue 81, #21 Minnesota 62 (Postgame Notes) 

  • Purdue improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten with an 81-62 win over No. 21-ranked Minnesota at Mackey Arena on Saturday night.  
  • The win was Purdue’s fifth win in its last six games, three of the wins coming against nationally-ranked teams.  
  • Purdue improved to 106-85 against Minnesota and 42-7 against the Golden Gophers at Mackey Arena. The 19-point margin was the largest in the series since Feb. 25, 2018. Nine of the previous 12 meetings had been decided by four or fewer points or in overtime. 
  • Purdue outscored Minnesota 51-27 in the second half. Purdue shot 60.0 percent in the second half and was 8-of-10 from deep in the final 20 minutes after going 0-of-5 in the opening half.  
  • The game was the 800thplayed in Mackey Arena history. Purdue is now 655-145 (.819) all-time in the arena. 
  • The win was No. 174 in Big Ten play for head coach Matt Painter, tying Illinois’ Harry Coombs for eighth on the all-time Big Ten wins list (174). Jud Heathcote (182) is next. 
  • Purdue has now won 20 straight games when scoring at least 80 points.  
  • Purdue is 23-23 against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2016-17 season. The 23 wins are tied for eighth-most nationally in that timeframe.  
  • Over the last 23 games at home against nationally-ranked teams (dating to 2014-15 season), Purdue is now 18-5. In 15 of the games, Purdue was an unranked team, posting a 12-3 record in those games.  
  • Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Purdue has recorded seven wins against nationally-ranked teams by at least 15 points, the most in the country.  
  • Purdue trailed 24-10 with 9:00 remaining in the first half. Purdue outscored the Golden Gophers 71-38 from that point on.  
  • The 14-point comeback gives Purdue four comebacks this year of 11 or more points, tied for the most in school history (1982-83 also had four comebacks of 11 or more points).  
  • Purdue freshmen accounted for 51 of Purdue’s 81 points (63.0 percent). The 51 points scored are the second most for a freshman class during the Matt Painter era (54 vs. Loyola Chicago; Nov. 24, 2007). The group also accounted for all of Purdue’s 3-pointers (8) and 17 rebounds. 
  • Brandon Newman scored a career-high 29 points with six rebounds. His 29 points are the fourth most by a freshman in school history and the second most by a Purdue freshman in Mackey Arena history. 
    • 38 – Kyle Macy vs. Minnesota (1-3-76) 
    • 32 – Russell Cross vs. Tennessee (12-6-80) 
    • 30 – A.J. Hammons vs. [3] Indiana (1-30-13) 
    • 29 – Brandon Newman vs. [21] Minnesota (1-30-21) 
  • Newman’s five 3-pointers tie the school record by a Purdue freshman. 
  • Trevion Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. He has four double-doubles in his last five games.  
  • Mason Gillis just missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.  
  • Eric Hunter Jr., scored just four points, but had six rebounds and seven assists and held Marcus Carr to six points on 2-of-13 shooting.  

BUTLER MBB:  Xavier Uses Three-Point Shot to Take 68-55 Win Over @ButlerMBB

Nearly half of Xavier’s points came from behind the three-point line as the Musketeers took a 68-55 win over Butler Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Paul Scruggs had a game-high 24 points and Xavier went 10-of-20 from three-point range. 

Xavier, coming off a COVID-19 pause, improves to 11-2 on the season and 4-2 in BIG EAST play. Butler falls to 5-9 (4-7 BIG EAST). 

“That’s a tough one to fight back in and end up losing,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “They set the tone early with those threes. We picked our energy up in the second half, and that’s what we need consistently, for everyone to come in and their part with great energy.” 

Xavier extended a 12-point halftime advantage to a 47-27 margin with 15:30 remaining. Butler responded with 13 straight points to cut the deficit to seven on Bo Hodges’ putback with 11:12 to play. 

Saturday’s game was the Butler debut for Hodges, who had an appeal approved by the NCAA earlier this week to become immediately eligible after sitting out the first 13 games of the season after transferring from East Tennessee State. Hodges had 11 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes of action off the bench. 

Bryce Nze’s bucket in the paint with 6:53 to play pulled the Bulldogs within four for the first time since early in the first half. That made the score 54-50. Xavier responded by pushing the lead back to nine immediately and then captured the win. 

Nze had his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He went 7-of-10 from the field. Aaron Thompson added 10 points. Butler shot only 34 percent from the field, including 5-of-25 from three-point range. 

Xavier hit 51 percent of their shots, including the 10 three-pointers. Adam Kunkel (15) and Nate Johnson (14) joined Scruggs in double figures. Those three combined to go 9-of-11 from behind the arc. 

The Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday at Marquette. The 5 p.m. (Eastern, 4 p.m. Central) tip will air on FS1.

PFW MBB: Pipkins Posts Career-High 21 In Loss to Oakland

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jalon Pipkins scored a career-high 21 points but it came in a losing effort for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team on Saturday (Jan. 30) as the Mastodons fell 82-75 to Oakland.

The Golden Grizzlies led by as many as 11 points in the first half before the ‘Dons cut it to one at 29-28. Oakland, thanks to a basket at the first half buzzer, took a 39-32 advantage to the break.

The Mastodon deficit was single-digits for the vast majority of the second half. The ‘Dons trailed by three at 56-53 with 8:59 left on a 3-pointer by Pipkins. It was a Bobby Planutis three a minute later that made it a two-point game at 58-56.

It was a 64-61 game with 4:33 left but the Golden Grizzlies took just two shots the rest of the game, going 16-of-16 from the free throw line in the final 4:04.

Oakland finished the game shooting 26-of-33 from the line while the ‘Dons made 2-of-2.

From the floor, the Golden Grizzlies made 25-of-47 (53.2 percent). The Mastodons shot 50.8 (31-of-61) while picking up 20 assists on their 31 baskets. The ‘Dons finished with a 40-34 edge in points in the paint.

Pipkins did most of his damage in the second half. He had 13 points in the frame on 5-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers. He also had three powerful dunks that, in a normal season, would’ve brought the Gates crowd to their feet.

Planutis totaled 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers. Demetric Horton scored 12 points. Jarred Godfrey added 10. Godfrey will enter Friday’s game 15 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Jalen Moore had a game-high 22 points for Oakland.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 6-9 (5-9 Horizon). Oakland is now 8-13 (8-6 Horizon). The ‘Dons head to Detroit Mercy on Friday.

MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Down Broncos, 65-56

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OXFORD, Ohio– In a defensive battle, the Miami University men’s basketball team (8-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) captured a 65-56 win against the Western Michigan Broncos (2-11, 1-7 MAC) Saturday afternoon in Millett Hall. Senior forward Dalonte Brown led the RedHawks with 16 points, while junior guard Mekhi Lairy added 15 points. 

How it Happened:

Brown started the game off hot, scoring the first seven points for the RedHawks.

Miami led for most of the first half in a close game, with the Broncos never trailing by more than seven points.

Back-to-back Bronco field goals late in the half allowed them to close the gap, 20-18, with 1:39 left. Redshirt sophomore Myja White drained an electrifying triple with 38 seconds left to extend the RedHawk lead to 25-21, which they carried into the half.

Western Michigan took a 27-25 lead early in the second half. Miami used a 17-2 run to bounce back and post a 42-29 advantage off a redshirt freshman forward Javin Etzler triple with 13:18 to play.

The Broncos responded and pulled within 46-42 with 9:35 to play. Miami was able to push its lead to double figures down the stretch and snapped a six-game losing streak in the series with the Broncos with a 65-56 win.

Game Notes:

Brown had 16 points and five rebounds for Miami, while Lairy added 15 points, six assists and three steals. Redshirt junior forward James Beck tallied nine points and led all players with nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant added nine points.

Etzler recorded a career high six rebounds.

Up Next:

The RedHawks are on the road for their next game against Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

WRIGHT STATE MBB: Love pours in career-best 34 points in Saturday win

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The Wright State men’s basketball team cruised to its fifth straight win on Saturday, finishing up a two-win weekend with an 86-56 victory over Robert Morris as Loudon Love tallied a career-best 34 points to pace four Raiders in double figures.

Love, who didn’t score in double figures for the first time all season in Friday’s win, finished Saturday with a 15-of-22 shooting line, tallying 15 points and eight rebounds in the opening 20 minutes alone. He was 4-of-8 from the free throw stripe and added three assists, a steal and a block to his final stat line.

Love’s 11 rebounds on Saturday brings his career total to 1,053, moving him past former Wright State women’s basketball standout Symone Simmons for the most all-time rebounds in Raider basketball history, men’s or women’s.

Tanner Holden finished with 16 points of his own, including eight in the opening 12 minutes, adding four assists, three rebounds and a steal in his 14th straight double-digit scoring game. Tim Finke recorded 12 points on four three-point baskets while grabbing eight rebounds, and Grant Basile followed up his 29-point Friday with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Wright State came out hot, building a 20-9 lead over the first 10 minutes behind Holden’s eight points. Love closed the final 10 minutes of the first half shooting 6-of-8 to tally 13 of his 15 points at the break as the Raiders led 42-23.

Robert Morris scored 10 of the first 12 points to open the second half to cut the Raider lead down to 11, but Wright State responded with an 8-3 run over the next two-plus minutes to clamp down control of the contest.

Wright State finished the night shooting 49 percent (33-of-67) from the floor overall and hitting 9-of-21 (43 percent) from three-point range. Robert Morris tallied a 42 percent clip (23-of-55) shooting and had six threes of its own (6-19, 32 percent). The Raiders were 11-of-19 (58 percent) from the free throw stripe overall, while the Colonials were 4-of-6 (67 percent).

The Raiders pulled down 16 more rebounds than the visitors, outrebounding Robert Morris 44-28 overall as Wright State had 27 defensive boards. Paced by Love’s 34, Wright State had 46 points in the paint, while passing out 16 assists as a team.

DAYTON MBB: Men’s Basketball Pulls Away From Rhode Island In A 67-56 Win

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DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team used a second-half surge to defeat Rhode Island 67-56 and secured the Flyers’ fifth win in their last six games. Dayton outscored Rhode Island 38-24 in the second half after trailing by as many as nine in the first.

Ibi Watson scored a team-high 22 points while Jalen Crutcher scored 15.

UD improves to 10-4 and 6-3 in the Atlantic 10, while Rhode Island is now 9-9, and 6-5 in the A-10. 

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half:  Rhode Island 32, Dayton 29

Rhode Island jumped out to an early 5-2 advantage. Dayton pulled ahead 8-7, as four different Flyers scored baskets by the first media timeout.

The Rams then went on a 10-3 run to take a 17-11 advantage at the 11:30 mark.

After Dayton pulled within a 19-16 margin, Rhode Island scored six straight points to take a 25-16 lead at the 7:33 mark. That was the Rams’ biggest lead of the half.

The Flyers responded with six straight points of their own, cutting the Rams’ lead to 25-22. The margin was still three at the end of the half.

Ibi Watson scored 10 points to lead the Flyers on 4-of-6 shooting and was 2-of-3 from three.

Mustapha Amzil added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.

2nd Half:  Dayton 67, Rhode Island 56

Early baskets from Jordy Tshimanga and Amzil gave the Flyers their first lead since the game’s opening minutes. Back-to-back threes from Watson pushed the Dayton lead to 40-32.

Rhode Island was held scoreless for the first 6:27 of the half.

After Dayton scored the first 15 points of the half, Rhode Island scored four to cut the Flyer lead to 44-36.

The Flyers responded with another 10-2 run of their own, pushing the lead to 54-38 at the under-8 media timeout. This was the biggest lead of the game for Dayton.

Rhode Island never pulled closer than eight for the rest of the game.

After being held to two points in the first half, Jalen Crutcher scored 13 points in the second half.

The Rams were held to just 30.8% shooting in the half, while UD shot 51.9% after halftime.

BY THE NUMBERS

Ibi Watson scored 22 points, with 10 in the 1st half and 12 in the 2nd. He shot 9-for-14 from the field on the afternoon.

Rhode Island was held to 5-of-22 (22.7%) from three during the game. Leading scorer Fatts Russell was held to just four points and 1-of-6 from the floor.

Four Flyers scored double-figures during the game.  In addition to Watson, Jalen Crutcher finished with 15 while Jordy Tshimanga and Mustapha Amzil each added 11.

Four Flyers had at least seven rebounds.  Tshimanga led with eight, while Amzil, Watson (college career-high) and Elijah Weaver (college career-high) all had seven.

Weaver led Dayton with six assists (and no turnovers), and Crutcher added five (with four steals).

Dayton outscored Rhode Island 36-24 in the paint, 17-12 off of turnovers and 14-9 on fast breaks.

UP NEXT

UD will go right back on the road and travel to Duquesne on Tuesday, Feb. 2.  That game tips at 9 p.m. ET.

The game will open up Duquesne’ newly-renovated UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

The Flyers return home to face A-10 preseason favorite Richmond on Friday, Feb. 5.  Game time is 7 p.m. ET. 

No. 2 Baylor still undefeated after 84-72 win over Auburn

This Baylor win was for Davion Mitchell, and the junior guard did his part against his former team.

Mitchell swished a 3-pointer after losing a shoe and finished with 13 points and seven assists, helping the Bears stay undefeated with an 84-72 win over Auburn in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

“This was a tough game because it was emotional,” coach Scott Drew said. “The team wanted to win it for Davion, and obviously Davion wanted to play well being a transfer from Auburn.”

Matthew Mayer soared for two highlight dunks when scoring 10 of his 13 points in a short spurt as Baylor (16-0) built its lead in the second half. Adam Flagler, a transfer like Mitchell, scored a season-high 19 points. Jared Butler finished with 16, and MaCio Teague had 15.

The Bears have gone deeper into a season without a loss only once – a 17-0 start in 2011-12.

Jaylin Williams had 17 points to lead five players in double figures for Auburn (10-8), which had won four of its previous five games. Freshman guard Sharife Cooper added 15 points, and JT Thor finished with 13. Allen Flanigan scored 11 and Devan Cambridge 10.

Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said his young backcourt got outplayed by Baylor’s veteran guards.

“And that’s OK, because Butler, and Teague and Davion Mitchell and Flagler are all really good,” Pearl said. “But I think our guys are good too. But that was disappointing.”

Mitchell was coming off a career-high 31 points in Baylor’s 107-59 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night. He played 34 games at Auburn as a freshman in 2017-18 before transferring to Baylor, and Butler was initially enrolled at Alabama, though he never played for the Crimson Tide.

No. 1 Gonzaga overcomes slow start, beats Pepperdine 97-75

Top-ranked Gonzaga proved again Saturday night that it might be one of the deepest teams in the country.

The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures in a 97-75 rout of Pepperdine. It is the second time this season the Bulldogs have had six or more players score in double figures.

“Scoring might not be the primary role for some guys but with this team everyone is so good,” said Aaron Cook, who had a career-high 15 points off the bench. “You have to pick your poison and live with the results. It is hard to focus on two guys when the rest of the team can score.”

Drew Timme led the way with 19 points and Corey Kispert, the West Coast Conference’s leading scorer, added 16 for Gonzaga (17-0, 8-0 West Coast Conference), which has won 21 straight games dating to last season. Andrew Nembhard came off the bench and finished with 17 points and eight assists,

The Bulldogs, who lead the nation in scoring offense, were 28 of 34 on 2-point field goals with all but eight of those baskets being layups.

Pepperdine jumped out to a 15-7 lead before Gonzaga took control with a 21-2 run. The outburst included 16 straight points. Timme had six points during the seven-minute span while Anton Watson and Cook added four apiece.

The Bulldogs missed four of their first five shots before making 13 of the next 17. They had a 49-34 lead at halftime, with their largest advantage being 32 points late in the second half.

“In the first half, our defense got us going. Pepperdine got after us a little bit early and then I thought our defense started making some plays which allowed us to get in transition,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Colbey Ross led Pepperdine (7-8, 3-3) with 16 points and seven assists, and Sedrick Altman scored 14.

“Gonzaga took advantage when we were negligent with the ball and made us pay for it,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They exploited us and exposed every weakness that we had. It’s that simple. We can talk about improving, but they were better than us.”

Harmon scores 18; No. 24 Oklahoma tops No. 9 Alabama

Alabama coach Nate Oats tried to warn his team.

Sure, Oklahoma would be without leading scorer Austin Reaves and starting guard Alondes Williams because of COVID-19 protocols. But Oats told his players that the Sooners still would be a problem for the Crimson Tide.

His players didn’t listen, and they paid for it. De’Vion Harmon scored 18 points to help No. 24 Oklahoma defeat No. 9 Alabama 66-61 on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

“Sometimes, when teams are down a couple of players there’s a galvanizing effect,” Oats said. “It’s happened for us and against us. I thought these guys (Oklahoma), they play hard to begin with, and then when they’re down two starters, they really bought in. We tried to tell our guys. I’ve got to do a better job making sure we’re ready to play.”

Elijah Harkless scored 14 points and Brady Manek added 12 for the Sooners (11-4), who became the second team in the past 25 years to beat three top 10 teams in a row following wins over Kansas and Texas.

It also was the fourth victory for Oklahoma against a Top 10 team in the month of January. It was a critical win for the Sooners in a season that hasn’t offered many opportunities for marquee non-conference games.

“It’s huge,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Anytime you can win a game like that is big from a resume standpoint, big from a confidence standpoint, momentum. It’s continuing to move in the right direction. Those wins, you never take those for granted.”

Alex Reese scored 15 points and Jaden Shackelford added 14 for Alabama (14-4), which saw its 10-game win streak end.

“Not our best performance,” Oats said. “I told our guys if we can learn from it, it’ll end up helping us in the long run. We can go one of two ways. We can come back and play a lot better the next game or we could tailspin. We’ll see what our leadership does.”

The Sooners forced six turnovers in the first five minutes and rolled to an 11-2 lead. The Crimson Tide rallied and tied the game at 17, and a 3-pointer by John Petty Jr. finally put the Crimson Tide ahead. Oklahoma rallied to take a 32-29 lead at halftime. Harmon scored 11 points before the break.

Jalen Hill’s one-handed stuff down the middle of the lane put Oklahoma up 37-34 early in the second half.

Manek struggled with his shot before he scored in close and was fouled. His free throw put the Sooners up 47-40. Manek followed with a 3 to put Oklahoma up 50-41 with just under 12 minutes remaining. The Sooners pushed their lead to 12 points before the Crimson Tide rallied. A pair of free throws by Keon Ellis gave Alabama a 60-59 lead with just under four minutes to play.

No. 20 Va. Tech rallies in 2nd half, beats No. 8 Virginia

Keve Aluma scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 20 Virginia Tech to a 65-51 win over No. 8 Virginia on Saturday night.

Aluma hit 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including two 3-pointers, to help the Hokies (13-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rally from a 10-point deficit in the second half. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak to the rival Cavaliers and marked the Hokies’ fourth victory over a ranked team this season.

“It’s significant now,” Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said. “But let’s hit the brake. It’s late January. They’re not putting a crown on anybody’s head in January. We’ve got a bunch of head-knockers to go. . Great win for us. We played a really good ball game against a really, really good team, but let’s hang on. We’ve got a lot more to look forward to, we hope.”

Jay Huff paced Virginia (11-3, 7-1) with 13 points. The Cavaliers saw their seven-game winning streak and 15-game ACC winning streak halted.

The Hokies trailed by 10 early in the second half, and outscored Virginia 21-4 to end the game. That outburst included a 19-0 run in which Aluma scored seven points and Hunter Cattoor hit two 3-pointers.

“I think we had all seen that no one thought we were going to win this game,” Aluma said. “I like it when it’s like that. I like it when people don’t think we’re going to win. That just fuels us even more.”

Cattoor finished with 15 points for Virginia Tech, which became just the third team to shoot at least 50% percent against the Cavaliers this season (22 of 44).

Kihei Clark scored 11 points for the Cavaliers, who made just one shot from the floor in the final 8:25.

“You just can’t have big gaps (in the game) where you’re not getting stops or being assertive enough,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “It was too easy for them. … There needed to be a little more assertiveness (on offense) maybe trying to touch the post or hard drives with some finishes.”

Jones, Brockington help Penn St. top No. 14 Wisconsin 81-71

John Harrar managed an awkward smile and quick laugh after pulling himself up from the baseline where he had just been denied – by the rim – a highlight-reel dunk on an otherwise career-best day.

The missed wide-open slam aside, Harrar did plenty otherwise to help Penn State snap a decade-long skid against Wisconsin with an 81-71 win over the No. 14 Badgers on Saturday.

Harrar scored 14 of his career-high 17 in the second half and the Nittany Lions, who trailed 34-41 at halftime, led for all but 1:16 of the final 20 minutes.

“I think he just has great confidence now, and he should,” Penn State interim coach Jim Ferry said. “He’s putting pressure on me. I’ve got to start running plays for him.”

Myreon Jones scored 20 points and Izaiah Brockington added 18 Nittany Lions (6-7, 3-6 Big Ten), who had lost 13 straight against Wisconsin – including eight at home.

Penn State’s first win in the series since 2011 came after Jones sparked the offense with back-to-back baskets to open the second. Brockington and Harrar helped them steadily increase the margin.

Brockington, who a few minutes in set the tone with a high-flying, left-handed dunk, led the surge with eight points in the first 9:25. Wisconsin tried to keep pace, but Harrar was strong in the paint and made a tough and-1 jumper to help Penn State extend its lead to nine with 2:12 to play. Penn State built on it with free throws in the waning seconds.

“The defensive end was my main concern here, how we were not able to keep the ball out of the paint,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “The notion that we’re going to outscore teams is a fairytale. We’ve got to be really good defensively.”

The Nittany Lions scored 15 points off 12 Wisconsin turnovers and finished with 17 fastbreak points. Jamari Wheeler had five assists, while Seth Lundy and Brockington each had three.

Pons scores 17 as No. 18 Tennessee beats No. 15 Kansas 80-61

Seniors Yves Pons and John Fulkerson wanted some payback after losing to Kansas each of the past two seasons.

Pons scored 17 points with Fulkerson adding 11 as No. 18 Tennessee never trailed Saturday in beating the 15th-ranked Jayhawks 80-61 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

“I was really excited about playing them because I wanted to get my revenge, and that’s what we did tonight,” Pons said.

The Volunteers (12-3) won their second straight and notched their second win against a top-15 opponent this season, a much-needed boost to their resume after COVID-19 issues scratched No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 14 Wisconsin and also a trip to Notre Dame.

This was just Tennessee’s second win all-time against Kansas in six games. The Vols now are 5-2 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, which the SEC won this season 5-4 for only the second time.

Jaden Springer scored 13 for Tennessee, whose only losses have been without the freshman this season. Victor Bailey Jr. had 11 apiece, and Josiah-Jordan James had nine points and 11 rebounds. Pons, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year, was 7 of 9 and knocked down a pair of 3s after scoring 24 in a loss at Kansas last season.

“He was just phenomenal tonight,” James said.

Kansas (11-6) has lost four of five, the first time the Jayhawks have done that in a five-game span since Roy Williams’ first season as head coach in 1988-89. Kansas is 4-4 against ranked opponents this season and 5-3 all-time in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

“We were bad and Tennessee was great,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I don’t think we did anything to make them play poorly. And I think they did a lot of things to make us play poorly.”

David McCormack led the Jayhawks with 17 points, Marcus Garrett added 15 and Jalen Wilson had 10.

INDIANA WBB: No. 16 Hoosiers Face Michigan State On Sunday 

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bounce back ability will be on the mind of No. 16 Indiana when it hosts Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

#16/15 INDIANA (9-3, 7-2 B1G) VS. -/RV MICHIGAN STATE (9-3, 4-3 B1G)

Sunday, January 31, 2021 • 4:30 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS

Coming off a 40-point loss at No. 7 Maryland and dropping three of the last four, the Spartans will also look to bounce back on Sunday afternoon. They are led by junior guard Nia Clouden who averages 19.1 points and 4.5 assists per game. Sophomore guard Alyza Winston adds 12.1 points per contest while sophomore guard Julia Ayrault adds 10.0 points per game. They are averaging 79.1 points and shooting 45.8 percent from the floor.

SERIES HISTORY

Michigan State leads 47-30

LAST MEETING

12/28/19 – W, 79-67 (Bloomington, IN)

NOTES

  • The Hoosiers are coming off a 78-70 loss to Ohio State on Thursday night. Junior guard Grace Berger and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes each had double-doubles in the loss. Each pulled down 10 rebounds while Berger tied a career-high 26 points.
  • Holmes also ended Thursday night’s game with five blocks, upping her season total to 38 swats on the season. She ranks second in the Big Ten in blocks and blocks per game. She’s also coming close to hitting the record books for single season blocks in IU history, needing four more to tie Jill Chapman’s 42 blocks in 1999-00 for 11th place.
  • Senior guard Ali Patberg continues to climb her way up IU’s all-time assists list. Her 363 career dimes rank eight in program history and needs three more to tie Emma Urzua (1993-95).
  • Indiana comes in at No. 10 in the latest NET rankings, which replaced the previously used RPI system. They are the third highest Big Ten team in the NET rankings this season.
  • IU and MSU have played a highly-competitive series in the last seven games dating back to 2017. Indiana is 4-3 in the last seven meetings.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers are next scheduled to face Iowa in Iowa City on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

BALL STATE WBB: Women’s Basketball Outlasts WMU Down The Stretch For 78-71 Road Win

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – No road victory is easy, heck lately Ball State (8-5, 6-3 MAC) has taking its last four wins down to the final minutes, but today at Western Michigan (2-10, 1-9 MAC) the Cardinals managed to outlast their opponent once again, taking home a 78-71 victory Saturday afternoon from University Arena.

The Cardinals started out strong at the start of the contest, leading at the half 37-32. But the Broncos took a page out of BSU’s last three opponents’ books and continued to annoyingly nip at the heels of the Cardinals throughout the entire 40 minutes of action.

WMU’s head coach Shane Clipfell, who was hired at the helm of the Broncos the same year (2012-13) that Brady Sallee took the reins at Ball State, both have the upmost respect for one another. Sallee said after the game that he gave a lot of credit to Clipfell for having a great game plan against the Cardinals this afternoon.

Clipfell’s plan was well played in the third quarter, as the Broncos took advantage of the fact that BSU’s star senior forward Oshlynn Brown had to sit on the bench due to early foul trouble. 

 The Broncos went on to outscore Ball State, 23-13, to take a 55-50 edge over the Cardinals heading into the fourth quarter.

But the Cardinals said, not so fast, we’ve got this, outscoring WMU 28-16 in the final stanza. 

Sallee told his team with six minutes to play that they knew what they had to do to win this game and apparently the pep talk worked. 

With the game knotted at 69-69 with 2:49 remaining in the contest, Brown completed a fast break layup to give BSU the boost it needed. 

After that, junior forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir, who led her team in scoring with 18 points, nailed a 3-pointer off the dribble to give BSU a five-point (74-69) cushion.

Although, the Broncos would score on their next possession, the Cardinals’ late run was too much for WMU to overcome. 

Sallee attributed the last few minutes of play to executing the ball well because that is what you have to do on the road to come out on top.

Three other Cardinals finished in double figures along with Agustsdottir. Her teammate sophomore guard Sydney Freeman finished with 16 points, while redshirt sophomore Anna Clephane ended the day with 14 and Brown with 10.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action on the road at Central Michigan Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET in McGuirk Arena.

MIAMI WBB: RedHawks Fall Short at NIU, 66-52

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DEKALB, Ill. – The Miami University women’s basketball team dropped a 66-52 decision to the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday afternoon in DeKalb. The loss drops Miami to 1-14 overall and 0-11 in Mid-American Conference play while the Huskies improve to 8-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play.

How it Happened:

After one of its best offensive performances of the year versus Ball State on Wednesday, the RedHawks shot just 3-of-20 in the first quarter and trailed 16-10 at NIU after 10 minutes of play.

NIU opened the second quarter with a three pointer to take its largest lead of the half, 19-10 before Miami answered with a 10-1 run to knot the score at 20-20. Miami’s run continued and led 30-24 as Jada Duckett connected on an inside look with 2:14 to play. Miami was up 32-29 at the half.

The Huskies used a 16-5 run to start the second half, forcing DeUnna Hendrix to call a timeout with NIU up 45-37 with 3:33 left in the third quarter. NIU extend its lead to 47-37 before Kenzie Schmitz drained a three pointer to end the Huskies’ run. Moments later, Peyton Scott found Duckett for an open layup and the NIU lead was down to 47-42 late in the third. The Huskies drained a triple at the end of the third to lead 50-42.

Miami cut the lead down to six several times, but could get no closer as the Huskies picked up a 66-52 victory.

 Game Notes:

Scott finished the game with 10 points and has now scored in double digits in every game this year. She also had nine assists and now has 22 assists in her last two games.

Abbey Hoff finished with 11 points, one shy of her season best.

Duckett added eight points, one shy of her career best, established earlier this year at Akron.

Up Next:

The RedHawks host Western Michigan on Wed., February 3 at 5:30 p.m.

WRIGHT STATE WBB: Wright State completes sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne

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The Wright State women’s basketball team completed its weekend sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne with a 69-59 victory over the Mastodons Saturday afternoon as three players finished in double-figures.

With the win, Wright State improves to 11-5 overall and 11-3 in conference play, while Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 0-16 overall and 0-14 in HL action.

Tyler Frierson’s layup after nearly two minutes of scoreless action put the Raiders on the board first. Fort Wayne answered shortly after tying the contest at 2-all before going on a 9-0 run over three minutes. The Mastodon’s went on to outscore the Raiders 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. Wright State went on a 10-2 run to close out the first half to head into the locker room down just three, 26-29.

The third quarter was a back-and-forth contest that saw the score tied, four different times, including an Angel Baker jump shot as time expired tying the contest at 45-all and give Wright State the momentum they needed for the final 10 minutes. The fourth quarter saw the Raiders go on a 9-0 run over the first two and a half minutes. The Raiders went on to outscore the Mastodons 24-14 in the final 10 minutes.

Angel Baker tallied a season-and-game high 24 points, while Shamarre Hale added 14 points and Tyler Frierson collected her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Baker finished the contest shooting 8-for-18 from the field, 7-for-9 from the line while also providing a team-leading four assists. Hale pulled down four rebounds, going 5-for-6 from the field and 4-for-9 from the line. Frierson’s third double-double came in convincing fashion as she went 6-for-13 from the field, 1-for-3 from the line and tallied one block for Wright State.

The Raiders shot 39.1 percent for the game, while the Mastodons shot 42.9 percent for the contest. Wright State tallied 15 points off Fort Wayne turnovers, while PFW tallied 14.The Raiders outscored the Mastodons 34-20 in the paint.

Wright State won the battle on the boards for the 15th consecutive contest, out rebounding Fort Wayne 45-28 overall. Wright State won the offensive battle on the boards, pulling down 21 rebounds to PFW’s six. The defensive side of things side Wright State pull down 24, while the Mastodons tallied a close 22.

NOTRE DAME WBB: GAME 15 PREVIEW: @ SYRACUSE

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team hits a critical juncture in its schedule. No. 1 Louisville and No. 2 N.C. State await, but those games are sandwiched by a home-and-home with Syracuse. The Fighting Irish (8-6, 6-4) and the Orange (8-3, 5-3) battle on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. EST, inside the Carrier Dome, on ACC Network.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

First and foremost, Westbeld is the only player in the ACC to win two weekly league honors thus far, winning  ACC Rookie of the Week twice.

Now on to the stats:

• Her 15.6 ppg tops all ACC rookies and ranks 9th overall in the league

• Nationally, her scoring average ranks 8th among all Division I freshmen

• Maddy is the only freshman in the country averaging at least 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 assist & 1.5 steals

• ACC Freshmen Rankings: 1st in Scoring, 2nd in Rebounding, 2nd in Steals, 4th in Blocks & 3rd in Assists. She is the only freshmen in the league to rank in the top-five in all above-mentioned categories.

• Ranks 5th in the country among freshmen in the Points+Rebounds+Assists/Game category with 25.9. Tops ACC freshmen.

• Ranks in the top-15 in the ACC in 6 different statistical categories. 7th in scoring (15.6), 9th in rebounding (7.6), 14th in FG% (.447), 11th in Steals (1.5), 7th in D-Reb (5.6) and 13th in FT% (.769).

6TH WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

When looking at subs through the parameters of played 10+ games, but has started in five games or less, Destinee is the highest scoring sixth player in the country.

Walker is averaging 12.5 ppg. The next best sixth player is Darrione Rogers from DePaul and her 11.5 ppg.

Over the last eight games in particular, Destinee has thrived, scoring in double figures in five of them, and even leading the Irish in scoring in three.

TURN THE THREE AROUND

A season ago, the Irish ranked dead last in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.271). Fast forward to now and the Irish have recorded quite the renaissance from beyond the arc primarily thanks to the quartet of Mabrey, Brunelle, Westbeld and Walker. In fact, the Irish are converting 38.0 percent from three, which not only ranks 1st in the ACC, but also 18th in the country.

Dara Mabrey is the primary reason, leading in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage at 46.9 percent. That number also ranks 18th in the nation. In addition, she has been lights out from deep since the start of ACC play, converting 21-of-39, aka 53.8 percent, which also leads all players in the league.

Brunelle is shooting 42.9 from deep and has made a trey in all but two games this season. She’s also shooting 44.1 percent from three in ACC only games.

Then there’s Westbeld, who keeps you honest from three, knocking down 38.5 percent. Next, Walker follows at 35.1 percent.

ELUSIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Maddy finally captured that elusive first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds at Virginia Tech on Jan. 21. Now, Maddy could easily have had five on the year because she missed a double-double by just one rebound on four occasions – North Carolina on Jan. 24 being the latest.

TIGHT GAMES AND 4TH QUARTER RIDES

The Irish are 6-4 in games decided by 10 points or less this season, and they have been on a wild ride as of late. They’ve played six straight games decided by 10 or less and have gone 4-2 in that span. Now, in both those losses, the Irish held a lead late in the fourth quarter.

At Boston College, Notre Dame was up 60-48 with 3:29 remaining, before dropping a 64-61 decision. At North Carolina, Notre Dame was up 70-63 with 4:36 left before losing 78-73.

The Irish did learn how to hold on to fourth-quarter leads during their three-game win streak.  ND was up 67-53 with 7:00 on the clock before Wake Forest trimmed it to one possession. ND went on for the 79-72 win.

At Virginia Tech, the Irish built a lead as large as 21, but the Hokies continued to chip away in the second half, cutting it to 61-58 with 19.5 seconds left. ND then surged ahead for the 65-60 victory.

WHO’S HOT

Look no further than Mabrey:

• Last three games -16 assists to just four turnovers. She’s also averaging 19.3 points during said span

• Two 20-point scoring games over the last three games. Dara has converted 9-of-17 from deep.

• Then when looking at the whole month of January, Dara is averaging 4.2 assists/game, which ranks 7th among ACC players. Points wise, she’s averaging 15.0 in January.

Defensively, Peoples has been a pest for other teams. The sophomore has recorded nine steals over the last three games. In fact, Anaya’s 1.8 spg now leads the team and ranks 4th in the ACC.

Anthony Davis scores 27, Lakers hold off Celtics 96-95

The Lakers started off their season-high, seven-game road trip by winning three of four before Anthony Davis was sidelined with an injury.

He returned just in time to help his team avoid a third straight defeat.

Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup and Los Angeles hung on to beat the Boston Celtics 96-95 on Saturday night when Daniel Theis missed a follow shot at the buzzer.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the first meeting of the season between the longtime rivals. Montrezl Harrell added 16 points for the Lakers, who lost in Detroit on Thursday when Davis rested a bruised right quadriceps.

“For me, personally, it’s getting back in attack mode,” Davis said. “Being aggressive. Crashing the offensive glass. Being in the paint. All those types of things. Everything that I did tonight.”

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the energy was completely different with Davis back on the floor.

“He’s built up. He’s getting into that mode right now. He’s starting to pick it up. The injury set him back a little bit. … But we want him to be assertive. And when he’s assertive on both sides of the ball, we’re very difficult to beat.”

Jayson Tatum finished with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown added 28 points. Boston has lost five out of its last seven.

The Celtics played the final 10:28 of the game without Marcus Smart, who was helped off the court with what the team said was a left calf strain following a collision with Harrell underneath the basket. Harrell tipped in a missed layup and stepped on Smart’s foot as he came down.

Smart crumpled to the court. He was helped to his feet but couldn’t put any pressure on his leg as trainers carried him to the locker room. An MRI is planned for Sunday to get an extent of the injury.

The Lakers surged following the injury. James broke an 85-all tie with a 3-pointer with 5:25 to play.

The lead grew as high as 96-89. But a pair of free throws by Kemba Walker, a jumper by Tatum and turnover by James gave the Celtics life with 39 seconds remaining.

Welcome back: Butler scores 30, Heat hold off Kings 105-104

Jimmy Butler returned, and made sure the Miami Heat got back to their winning ways.

Butler scored a season-high 30 points after missing 10 games because of the NBA’s virus-related protocols, including the go-ahead layup with 42.1 seconds left, and the Heat defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-104 on Saturday night to end a five-game losing streak.

“You simply cannot put a modern-day analytic to Jimmy’s will to win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He was not going to let us lose, no matter what it took.”

Butler played 34 minutes, finishing with eight assists and seven rebounds.

“We’re going to build off of this,” Butler said. “So much to get better at, but we can do it. We’re going to turn this around.”

De’Aaron Fox scored 30 for Sacramento, 17 of those coming in the fourth. Buddy Hield had 18 for the Kings – including a steal that he turned into a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:44 left, putting the Kings up 104-103.

Butler had the night’s final score, though, and the Heat escaped.

“Great player,” Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes said. “He definitely gives that team a different look, a different lift.”

Sacramento had a last-ditch chance at the end, but Richaun Holmes’ jumper got deflected by Miami’s Bam Adebayo. Butler had a big say in that play as well, helping force the ball out of Fox’s hands with a double-team.

“They made a big-time play at the end,” Kings coach Luke Walton said of the Heat.

Adebayo had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which got 15 points from Tyler Herro and 14 from Duncan Robinson. Kelly Olynyk scored 11 for the Heat, who were still without Goran Dragic and used their 14th lineup in 19 games this season.

Marvin Bagley scored 17 for Sacramento, which was playing its third game in four nights and saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Barnes scored 11 for the Kings.

Lillard’s 3-pointer sends Blazers to 123-122 win over Bulls

Damian Lillard hit a fadeaway 3-pointer as time expired to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 123-122 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Lillard finished with 44 points on eight 3-pointers.

It appeared the Bulls had the game in control after Coby White made a pair of free throws to give them a 122-117 lead with 11.5 seconds left. Lillard came down and hit a long 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds to play.

Following the inbounds, the Blazers trapped Zach LaVine in the corner and forced a jump ball with 6.2 seconds left. Gary Trent Jr. was able to control the jump ball over the athletic LaVine. Lillard picked up the loose ball and fired a 3 from near the sideline to win it.

“I think this one is special because in these situations, where we are down five with I think 11 seconds left, those are moments where the winning team thinks they have the game pretty much wrapped up and the opposing team is discouraged,” Lillard said.

“(The coaching staff) will all tell you I am the most ambitious person in the world. They take me out when we’re down 10 with 15 seconds left and I am coming out of the game (ticked) off. In my head, I play out every situation how we can somehow come out on top. This is special because it usually never works out how I see it in my head.”

Blazers coach Terry Stotts knows Lillard will always give the Blazers a chance with his no-quit attitude.

“I know what Dame is going to give you. He’s going to give his effort. He never quits. No matter how far we are down he always believes we have a chance to win, and that attitude, that confidence is infectious,” Stotts said.

After blowing a 20-point lead in the first half and losing to Chicago at home, the Blazers followed that up by blowing a 19-point lead in the third quarter. Lauri Markkanen and Tomas Satoransky brought the Bulls back with back-to-backs 3s to give Chicago a 103-101 lead with 7:58 left in the game.

LaVine’s 3-pointer with 32.1 seconds left to put Chicago up 120-115.

Morant, Grizzlies beat Spurs 129-112 for 6th straight win

The Memphis Grizzlies were eager for a fight after being idle for 12 days due to health and safety protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

They got one.

Ja Morant had 19 points and 11 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-112 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.

“I would say it was a good team win,” Memphis guard De’Anthony Melton said. “We got four or five dudes in double figures. We definitely needed something like this coming off a two-week span.

“It just shows our team fight. No matter what’s out there, we’re just going to continue to fight.”

The Grizzlies were playing for the first time since Jan. 18 after having five games postponed primarily due to contact tracing issues.

Memphis shot 56% from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Melton had 20 points, and former Spurs forward Kyle Anderson finished with 16. Reserves Gorgui Dieng and Desmond Bane added 15 points apiece.

“For us to stay locked in and continue to do the things that we need to do to win just shows the work of this whole organization,” Morant said.

The teams remain in San Antonio for the finale of a two-game set Monday.

Spurs guard Derrick White had 18 points in his return from a 14-game absence due to a toe injury. Dejounte Murray scored 15 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 14.

San Antonio had won three in a row, including a 119-109 victory at home against Denver on Friday.

“Everybody plays back-to-backs, and it probably showed a little bit on us.” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “But everybody goes through it, you just have to play. We got outplayed tonight, that’s the bottom line.”

The Spurs attempted to rally from a deficit that grew to 18 points, but the Grizzlies responded aggressively on defense each time.

Nuggets’ Murray fined $25,000 for striking Hardaway’s groin

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a shot to the groin area of Dallas’ Tim Hardaway Jr.

Murray was ejected after the apparently intentional act in the third quarter of a game Monday night. The Nuggets won 117-113.

Murray stumbled backward after colliding with Hardaway as Denver was setting up on offense. Murray got up and reached between Hardaway’s legs with his right arm, prompting Hardaway to double over.

The official closest to the contact blew the whistle to stop play with 4:51 left in the third quarter and conferred with the other referees. The initial call was a foul on Murray, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul after a video review.

NBA adjusts schedules for virus-affected teams, like Wizards

Washington’s second-half schedule might not be as jam-packed as first thought, after the NBA said Wednesday it was rescheduling some Wizards games after a half-dozen of their contests were postponed in recent weeks for virus-related reasons.

Portland will now visit Washington on Tuesday, a game that was originally set for the second half. Washington will play at Charlotte on Feb. 7, a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 20. And that means the Blazers, who were scheduled to visit the Hornets that day, will now go to Charlotte in the second half of the schedule.

The league has postponed 22 games so far this season, 21 of them since Jan. 10. The original intent was to push all those postponed games into the second half, when possible; now, the league said it would move some games into the first-half schedules, “with a specific focus on the teams with the most postponed games to date.”

That would certainly include Washington and Memphis, both of which have seen a league-high six games postponed. The Wizards went 13 days without games after six players tested positive for COVID-19 and three others had to sit out because of contact tracing. The Grizzlies will have gone 12 days without games if they play, as planned, in San Antonio on Saturday.

Some good news for the league on Wednesday: The Grizzlies said they were returning to practice.

And even better news: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that only one player in the league tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, down from 16 two weeks ago and 11 last week. It remains possible that some of the stronger protocols put in place earlier this month, such as not allowing players to leave hotels on road trips for almost any reason other than games or practices, may be somewhat loosened soon as well.

Without the schedule changes by the NBA, the Wizards and Grizzlies may have been looking at playing 41 times in 67 days during the second half of the season – which will stretch from March 11 through May 16.

Boston and Phoenix have had three games postponed apiece so far, and it’s not yet known publicly how their first-half schedules will be adjusted.

“I’ve heard about one. I don’t think I’m supposed to say, so I won’t,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday. “My preference is that they consider our travel appropriately. So, that’s the only thing I have to say about it. We obviously know in this condensed schedule anyway that we were going to be nonstop.

“We’re just going to try to do our best to be ready for the next night, wherever that may be, whoever we may be playing and hopefully improve ourselves a little bit,” Stevens added.

Teams also began arriving Wednesday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to begin quarantine and prepping for the G League season, which – like the NBA did last season – will utilize a bubble.

The G League released its 135-game schedule for the 18 teams that will be taking part. All teams will play 15 games from Feb. 10 through March 6. The top eight will go to a single-elimination playoff, and the G League championship game is set for March 11 – the same day the NBA’s second half is set to open and the one-year anniversary of the day the league suspended play last season because of the pandemic.

Ovechkin returns, scores in OT as Capitals beat Bruins

Alex Ovechkin didn’t know how he would feel after not skating, let alone playing hockey, for the past 10 days while in quarantine.

Turned out to be pure jubilation.

In his first game since Jan. 19, Ovechkin scored in overtime to help the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 Saturday night in a showdown between the top teams in the NHL’s East Division.

After Ovechkin missed the previous four games because of COVID-19 protocols, the high-scoring forward showed his career-long flair for the dramatic by beating Tuukka Rask with a perfect shot 28 seconds into overtime.

“It was fun,” said Ovechkin, who also had an assist while being eased back in with 14 minutes of ice time. “It was kind of tough … but we battled through it and we’ll take the win.”

Ovechkin’s goal salvaged two points for the Capitals, who blew a 3-0 lead by allowing goals to Nick Ritchie, Brad Marchand and then Charlie McAvoy with 57.3 seconds left in regulation. In the process, Washington’s captain tied Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for seventh on the career goal-scoring list with his 708th.

Coach Peter Laviolette wanted to keep Ovechkin under 15 minutes because he hadn’t been on the ice for so long, and he noticed the 35-year-old improve as the game went on.

“In the second period, I thought he was better, and in the third period I thought he was better and the fourth period he looked like he wanted to finish the game,” Laviolette said. “For him to come out of the 10 days and play a game the way he did, I thought that that was a real bonus for our team.”

Of course, Ovechkin didn’t do it alone. The Capitals remained unbeaten in regulation at 6-0-3 and extended their franchise-best point streak to start a season to nine games on the back of some of the players who excelled in Ovechkin’s absence.

Rookie Vitek Vanecek made 40 saves, including one spectacular diving stop in a first period heavily tilted toward Boston, in his sixth consecutive start. Ovechkin’s longtime running mate, Nicklas Backstrom, scored his fifth goal of the season, while Washington continued to get contributions down the lineup: defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk’s first goal since joining the team, and Richard Panik’s first of the season on the power play.

AP source: Phillies, SS Didi Gregorius agree on 2-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies and shortstop Didi Gregorius have agreed on a two-year, $28 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal is pending Gregorius passing a physical.

Gregorius, who turns 31 next month, batted .284 with 10 homers, 40 RBIs and an .827 OPS in 60 games in his first season with the Phillies.

Gregorius hit .274 and averaged 20 homers and 75 RBIs over four seasons with the Yankees between 2015-18. He hit 16 homers and drove in 61 runs in 82 games in 2019 after Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17, 2018, to repair a torn elbow ligament.

The Phillies signed two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to a five-year, $115.5 million deal earlier in the week.

Philadelphia hasn’t reached the postseason since 2011, the last year it had a winning record. The Phillies finished 28-32 in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season, missing a wild-card berth by one game in the expanded playoff format.

Owner of Mets and hedge fund leaves Twitter, citing threats

The owner of the New York Mets says he has dropped off Twitter because his family received threats that he attributed to “misinformation” that was not tied to the baseball team.

Steve Cohen’s hedge fund, Point72, has become entangled in market turmoil that has pitted a band of small investors against traders that made bets against – or “shorted” – stock of companies including GameStop.

Hedge funds that shorted GameStop have lost billions as small investors bid up the company’s shares. One of the short sellers, Melvin Capital, announced this week that it received a $750 million infusion from Point72.

“I’ve really enjoyed the back and forth with Mets fans on Twitter which was unfortunately overtaken this week by misinformation unrelated to the Mets that led to our family getting personal threats,” Cohen said Saturday in a statement issued by the Mets. “So I’m going to take a break for now.”

Twitter users looking for Cohen’s account Saturday got a message reading, “This account doesn’t exist Try searching for another.”

The hedge fund billionaire told Mets fans “We have other ways to listen to your suggestions and remain committed to doing that.” He added that this week’s events would not affect the team’s resources.

Cohen first took a stake in the Mets in 2012. Last year he gained 95% ownership in a deal that valued the club at $2.4 billion, a record sale price for a Major League Baseball team.

The Mets tied for last place in the National League East division last season. This month, the team fired its newly hired general manager after reports that he had sent explicit and unsolicited messages to a female reporter several years ago.

INDIANA WRESTLING: Wrestling Takes Down Northwestern, Battles Tough Against Penn State

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EVANSTON, Ill.  – Behind a big day from sophomore Donnell Washington with a top-five win and a pin the Indiana wrestling team beat No. 24 Northwestern 18-16. The Hoosiers scored their most points in a dual vs. No. 3 Penn State in 12 years in a 24-15 defeat.

Notes

• The Hoosiers are now 1-3 on the season.

• The dual against Northwestern came down to 285 and Jacob Bullock. With the score 2-2 in the second period Bullock nearly got a pin, but got a four-point near fall and won his bout to secure the victory for the Hoosiers.

• The 15 points scored against Penn State is the Hoosiers most since scoring 17 against the Nittany Lions on Jan. 23 2009 in a 17-17 tie.

• Donnell Washington beat No. 5 ranked Carter Starocci of Penn State. Washington secured a takedown and a four-point near fall 40 seconds into the first period and at one point led the bout 10-1.

• Graham Rooks beat No. 10 Jarod Verkleeren in his first dual match of the season.

• Kyle Luigs wrestled a tight match with No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young. Luigs had five escapes in the bout.

• Donnell Washington got a pin in the final 18 seconds of the third period against Northwestern to give the Hoosiers an important six points.

• Trailing 1-0 against Northwestern, Nick South recorded a four-point near fall in the third period to swing the bout and put him up 6-1.

• Against Northwestern Matt Ortiz got a crucial four-point near fall in the last 30 seconds of the first period. Ortiz would go on to win his bout 8-3.

Indiana vs. Penn State Bout Scores

125: Jacob Moran (IU) wins by forfeit (IU 6, PSU 0)

133: #3 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) def. Kyle Luigs (IU) decision 11-8 (IU 6, PSU 3)

141: #2 Nick Lee (PSU) def. Cayden Rooks (IU) 16-1 technical fall (IU 6, PSU 8)

149: #15 Graham Rooks (IU) def. #10 Jarod Verkleeren (PSU) decision 4-2 (IU 9, PSU 8)

157: #11 Brady Berge (PSU) def. Matt Ortiz (IU) decision 5-2 (IU 9, PSU 11)

165: #6 Joe Lee (PSU) def. #25 Nick South (IU) decision 8-4 (IU 9, PSU 14)

174: #32 Donnell Washington (IU) def. #5 Carter Starocci (PSU) decision 10-9 (IU 12, PSU 14)

184: #3 Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. Drayton Harris (IU) major decision 18-5 (IU 12, PSU 18)

197: #30 Nick Willham (IU) def. Levko Higgins (PSU) decision 10-3 (IU 15, PSU 18)

285: Seth Nevills (PSU) def. Rudy Streck (IU) fall (IU 15, PSU 24)

Indiana vs. Northwestern Bout Scores

125: #7 Michael DeAugustino (NU) def. Jacob Moran (IU) decision 5-3 (IU 0, NU 3)

133: #23 Chris Cannon (NU) def. Kyle Luigs (IU) decision 12-10 (IU 0, NU 6)

141: Cayden Rooks (IU) def. Colin Valdiviez (NU) decision 5-3 OT (IU 3, NU 6)

149: #11 Yahya Thomas (NU) def. #15 Graham Rooks (IU) decision 8-4 (IU 3, NU 9)

157: Matt Ortiz (IU) def. Maxx Mayfield (NU) decision 8-3 (IU 6, NU 9)

165: #25 Nick South (IU) def. David Ferrante (NU) decision 8-4 (IU 9, NU 9)

174: #32 Donnell Washington (IU) def. Troy Fisher (NU) fall (IU 15, NU 9)

184: Jack Jessen (NU) def. Drayton Harris (IU) decision 3-2 (IU 15, NU 12)

197: #5 Lucas Davison (NU) #30 Nick Willham (IU) major decision 10-2 (IU 15, NU 16)

285: Jacob Bullock (IU) Brendan Devine (NU) decision 8-2 (IU 18, NU 16)

Extra Matches

174: Carter Starocci (PSU) def. Robert Deters (IU) tech fall 18-1

157: Luke Gardner (PSU) def. Jonathan Kervin (IU) fall

165: Konner Kraeszig (PSU) def. Derek Gilcher (IU) major decision 9-0

141: Beau Bartlett (PSU) def. Jonathan Moran (IU) fall

157: Terrell Barraclough (PSU) def. Jonathan Kervin (IU) major decision 8-0

174: Creighton Edsell (PSU) def. Robert Deters (IU) decision 10-5

165: Konner Kraeszig (PSU) def. Sammy Cokeley (IU) decision 13-7

125: Jacob Moran (IU) def. Matt Vinci (NU) major decision 11-2

141: Frankie Tal-Shahar (NU) def. Jonathan Moran (IU) decision 11-4

157: Trevor Chumbley (NU) def. Jonathan Kervin (IU) tech fall 16-0

165: Sammy Cokeley (IU) def. Ankhaa Enkhmandakh (NU) fall

IU Head Coach Angel Escobedo

“I thought we battled hard today. We were a little outmatched against Penn State but we found a way to win some matches and make it close. I told our guys it’s about showing up. We carried that momentum on to the Northwestern dual. I thought DJ had a big day today and he still has room to grow. He is exciting to watch. I always preach attitude and effort and I added to that scoring points. It’s important to have a mindset that no matter how much time is on the clock you have to always make the most of it and I thought our guy did that today.”

Up Next

Up next the Hoosiers host a quad meet with Michigan State, Nebraska and Rutgers on Feb. 6 at Wilkinson Hall.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Leave Rutgers with Split After 3-1 Victory

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Indiana volleyball team came back to win the second matchup with Rutgers in a 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 9-25, 25-23) win on Saturday at College Avenue Gym. 

Key Moments

• The Hoosiers got out to another strong start as they led 10-4 in the first set on a kill from Tommi Stockham.

• Rutgers would close that gap to two at 15-13 and 17-15 and 18-16 before the Hoosiers scored on a kill from Leyla Blackwell and an ace from Haley Armstrong to put Indiana up 20-16.

• With Indiana up 13-11 in the second set, the Hoosiers scored four straight points to increase their lead to six at 17-11.

• Sophie Oliphant ended the second set with an ace to give Indiana the 25-15 set victory.

• Indiana trailed 15-8 in the fourth set, but went on a 6-0 run including kills from three different players, to pull within one at 15-14.

• The Hoosiers took a timeout trailing 21-17 in the fourth set. Indiana scored four straight points to tie it 21-21 on a kill from Stockham.

• Tied at 23-23 Indiana got a kill from freshman Savannah Kjolhede and an ace from sophomore Haley Armstrong to clinch the set and the match victory.

Notables

• Indiana improves to 1-3 on the season. Rutgers is now 1-3 as well.

• Freshman Tommi Stockham led the Hoosiers in kills with 16 on the day. Stockham also added nine digs.

• In the crucial fourth set, Stockham had six kills on 10 attempts with one error to hit .500 for the set.

• Sophomore Haley Armstrong recorded her second straight 20 digs match and added two aces and six assists. Armstrong had seven of her 20 digs in the deciding fourth set.

• The Hoosiers had three players with two aces (Armstrong, Stockham and Sophie Oliphant).

• Indiana got good production from their middle blockers as Leyla Blackwell and Savannah Kjolhede combined for 15 kills. Kjolhede had nine kills with two errors for a .412 hitting percentage.

• Blackwell led the Hoosiers in blocks with six on the day.

Indiana Head Coach Steve Aird

“I thought we started on time and played well through the first two sets. We showed character and resiliency to come back in the fourth set. We had young people make big plays when we needed them. It’s hard to win in this conference and we are fortunate to leave Rutgers with a split. We have to find a way to keep battling and that is a skill. I was proud of our effort today. Rutgers plays very hard and they challenged us, especially with their serving. My goal with this spring season is to accumulate experience for a team that has a lot of potential.”

Up Next

Indiana will travel to Iowa for matches on Feb. and Feb. 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE VB: No. 13 Purdue Lights Up Holloway

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers downed Iowa in a sweeping fashion for the second straight night (25-16, 25-15, 25-21).

The Boilermaker offense blasted a.426 hitting % in the victory, the best mark against a Big Ten foe since Purdue’s .494 hitting clip versus Indiana on September 27, 2017. Additionally, as a team, Purdue recorded just one error through the first two sets.

Junior Jael Johnson continued her impressive start to the 2021 season after producing a career-best with 13 kills and no errors on 19 swings (.684) for the second straight week (previous career-high set a weekend ago at Wisconsin (10, 1/22/21).

Meanwhile setter Hayley Bush secured 43 assists and four kills. Ellis put down 11 kills with two errors on 22 attempts for a .409 attack %, the most kills since Oct. 19, 2019 at Ohio State. Maddy Chinn produced eight kills, bringing her weekend total to 15, a combined career-best in back-to-back outings.

Leading the defense was libero Jena Otec, who tallied 16 digs on the night. Maddie Schermerhorn’s 10 digs ties a career-best, which was set the previous evening against Iowa.

THE BREAKDOWN

Set 1 | 25-16

Purdue served up two aces by its ninth point, thanks to the seniors Jena Otec (Score: 3-2 Purdue) and Caitlyn Newton (Score: 9-4 Purdue). In a 7-1 Purdue run, Johnson produced three kills, it’s last securing a 10-4 Purdue advantage, a lead the Hawkeyes attempted to chip away at, however Newton added the exclamation point with the team’s third ace of the night on a 4-1 run for an insurmountable 18-11 score in favor of Purdue.

Johnson went perfect in the first set, scoring on all four attempts. As a team, Purdue went 16-0-26 (.615) on the attack, with seven Boilermakers contributing points.

Set 2 | 25-15

Iowa stayed within three points of Purdue until Chinn set in motion a 4-0 run, where she collected two of the kills to bring the score to 13-8, Purdue. Despite two kills from Newton, the Hawkeyes scored three straight to crawl within four points of Purdue (Score: 16-12 Purdue). Then, Purdue forced an error and back-to-back blocks to solidify a 5-0 run and an Iowa timeout (Score: 20-12 Purdue). The Boilermakers, allowed just two more kills by the Hawkeyes before finalizing the set, 25-15.

Two freshmen, Savana Chacon and Molly Brown made their collegiate debut in the set.

Set 3 | 25-21

Within the first eight points by either team, the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers were knotted four times, however Purdue began to pull away with a 5-1 run. In the stretch, the Boilermakers saw a pair of kills by Trammell and two stuffs by Ellis, Trammell and Chinn for a 13-8 Purdue advantage. Iowa and Purdue went on to trade points, but the Boilermaker lead was too much to overcome.

Johnson had an evening’s-best five kills, while Chinn, Ellis and Koch each secured a trio of kills. Johnson and Koch were errorless in the third set.

UP NEXT

Purdue will return to Holloway next weekend Feb. 5-6, where it will take on No. 7 Minnesota. Friday’s 7 p.m. ET match will air on Big Ten Network, while fans can catch Saturday’s 5 p.m. ET start on BTN+.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: IRISH EARN 3-2 OT WIN AT PENN STATE

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the second consecutive night, Notre Dame and Penn State needed overtime to decide it but on Saturday the Fighting Irish came out on top when Spencer Stastney found the back of the net with 54 seconds remaining to lift the Irish to a 3-2 win and weekend split at the Pegula Ice Arena.

Alex Steeves and Colin Theisen, who tied the game in the third period, also scored for the Irish, while Dylan St. Cyr made 33 saves to earn the win.

In the Penn State net, Oskar Autio had 24 stops. There was just one penalty in the game, with Notre Dame finishing 0-for-1 on the power play.  

How It Happened

St. Cyr was tested early, denying Sam Sternschein with a blocker stop just over four minutes into the contest for one of his best saves of the night.

After Jake Pivonka’s sharp angle chance was saved by the mask of Autio, the Nittany Lions got on the board first at the other end when Tyler Gratton took advantage of an Irish turnover down low and scored his first of the season at 14:28 of the first.

Penn State held the 1-0 lead after the first period, with St. Cyr finishing the frame with eight stops.

Alex Steeves tied things up, 1-1, at 4:06 of the second when he tipped in his own rebound down low after the Slaggert brothers combined to set Steeves up on the doorstep.

St. Cyr flashed his right pad to deny Kevin Wall’s chance from the slot with seven minutes left in the second, keeping the game tied.

Janicke tested Autio high but the junior made a glove stop with 3:21 left in the second before St. Cyr made a few more saves to close out the period.

Penn State retook the lead, 2-1, at 1:42 of the third when Sternschein got the puck alone in front and scored his second of the season.

After good looks by Janicke and Charlie Raith forced Autio into two more saves, Colin Theisen tied things up again, 2-2, at 11:34 of the third when he took the puck down the near boards and went hard to the net and beat Autio to the far post from in tight. It marked his fourth goal of the season and first since scoring a hat trick against Wisconsin on November 14.

With under a minute left in overtime, Spencer Stastney picked up the puck in the defensive zone after a St. Cyr save on Connor MacEachern and skated end-to-end to score the game winner with a deke down low on Autio.

Notes

Tonight’s game was the second game of an eight road games out of 10 swing for the Irish.

Senior Matt Hellickson skated in his 135th-consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.

With a goal, Alex Steeves has now recorded at least one point in 13 of Notre Dame’s 18 games and he has a three-game goal scoring streak (3-0-3).

With an assist, Graham Slaggert now has a three-game point streak (0-3-3).

Colin Theisen scored his fourth goal of the season and first since scoring a hat trick against Wisconsin on November 14.

Spencer Stastney scored his first game-winning goal of the season and the second of his career.

Next Up

Notre Dame will be back on the road next weekend when it plays a two-game series at Ohio State on Friday, Feb. 5 (4:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 6 (1:30 p.m.).

Both games against the Buckeyes will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).

OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: Buckeyes Drop Game Two vs. the No. 4 Gophers, 5-2

Ohio State continues homestand next weekend vs. Notre Dame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey lost to No. 4-ranked Minnesota, 5-2, Saturday in Value City Arena, closing the regular season series between the teams.

The Buckeyes (5-12-1, 5-11-0-0-1-0 B1G) will host Notre Dame next weekend to continue their homestand. Game one is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with game two at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be on BTN, the Fox Sports app and Ohio State radio.

Minnesota 5, Ohio State 2 – The Short Story

The Gophers (15-3-0, 11-3-0-0-0-0 B1G) scored the only goal of the first period and extended the lead to 3-0 with two power play goals early in the second. Ohio State drew within two (3-1) at 7:11 of the second on a Tate Singleton goal but Minnesota scored shorthanded at 18:59 to hold a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes. In the third, Kamil Sadlocha scored at 14:54 for a 4-2 game. The Buckeyes had a late power play and skated with the net empty for a 6-on-4 advantage but were unable to draw closer and Minnesota scored an empty net goal at 19:40 for the 5-2 final. Ohio State outshot the Gophers, 30-27. Senior Evan Moyse made his first career start and had 22 saves in the Buckeye net.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik

On the difference in tonight’s game compared to game one

“I thought it was a way different game. We competed; 5-on-5 I thought we played pretty well. We gave ourselves a chance right up until the end. At the end of the day against really good hockey teams, you just have to eliminate some of those silly mistakes that end up in the back of your net. If we can keep competing like that and keep playing together as a team like that we’re going to continue getting better.”

On senior Evan Moyse making his first career start

“He was fantastic. He looked comfortable, he looked calm; he played pucks. Our team defense was dialed in a lot better as well. I thought Evan did a great job. I’m proud of him and he’s put a lot of work in. He stepped up to the challenge.”

Ohio State vs. Minnesota

In the First … Minnesota had the only goal of the first period, as Jonny Sorenson scored at 7:44 following a turnover in the Buckeye zone. The Gophers had the shot advantage, 12-11, and each team had two power play chances. Minnesota had eight shots on goal on its power play opportunities and Ohio State put seven shots on net on its chances with the man advantage.

In the Second … At 1:18 of the period the Buckeyes were assessed two penalties – a major for checking from behind and a tripping minor. Minnesota converted twice, with a 5-on-3 goal at 1:59 by Sampo Ranta and a 5-on-4 tally 26 seconds later by Jaxon Nelson. Minnesota had seven shots on net during the power play opportunities. At 7:11 Tate Singleton put the Buckeyes on the board, as Travis Treloar won the faceoff in the Gopher zone toward the net and Singleton was there to put it home for his fifth goal of the season. Treloar’s assist was his 10th of the year and his team-best 16th point. The Gophers scored their second shorthanded goal of the series at 18:59, with Jackson LaCombe finishing a 2-on-1 with Blake McLaughlin. Shots were 13-6 in favor of Minnesota.

In the Third … Buckeye Kamil Sadlocha made it a two-goal game (4-2) at 14:54. Grant Gabriele forced a turnover and the puck when to Singleton, who found Sadlocha at the side of the net for his second goal of the season. Minnesota took a penalty at 17:27 and the Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. The Buckeyes generated chances, putting five shots on net, but could not draw closer. Minnesota sealed the win with an unassisted empty net goal at 19:40 from Sammy Walker. Ohio State outshot Minnesota, 13-2, in the third. Each team had a power play chance in the stanza. The Buckeyes did not allow a shot on goal during the Gophers’ opportunity.

Shots … The Buckeyes ended the game with the shot advantage, 30-27. Senior Evan Moyse made his first start for Ohio State and had 22 stops in 57:47.

Gabriele had three of the Buckeyes’ 12 shot blocks, while Evan McIntyre and CJ Regula each blocked two.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were unable to score on four power play chances and Minnesota was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

MIAMI HOCKEY: RedHawks Topped by Minnesota Duluth, 6-3

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OXFORD, Ohio — With a game that ended in an explosive third period, the Bulldogs from Duluth were the ones that found themselves on top, as the Miami University ice hockey team fell, 6-3, on Saturday night in Oxford.

The visitors scored a pair of goals to open up the game, scoring in the first, but the RedHawks were finally able to get on the board in the first period with a goal from Derek Daschke. Casey Gilling got his first goal of the season to go along with Daschke’s goal, but Duluth continued to respond and sealed the victory. With the loss, the RedHawks continue the season with a record of 4-12-2-0-1-0, while Duluth continues their campaign at 10-5-2-1-1-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

5:21 1st (UMD 1-0) | Like the previous night, Duluth was the first on the board. The Bulldogs found a chance to take an early 1-0 lead on a man-advantage. Jackson Cates found the back of the net on a nice tic-tac-toe set up from Kobe Roth and Koby Bender, who set up Cates.

14:20 1st (UMD 2-0) | On their third power-play opportunity of the game, Duluth was able to extend their lead to two goals after Nick Swaney sent home a wrist shot from the point that got by Miami netminder Ben Kraws. Swaney was set up by a pass from Duluth defenseman Wyatt Kaiser who found the open Swaney at the top of the zone.

1:57 2nd (UMD 3-0) | Early on in the second period, Duluth struck again as Quinn Olson scored after recovering his rebound. Swaney carried the puck into the zone and sent it over to Olson, who rang it off the pipe and then tapped it in for Duluth’s third goal.

5:14 2nd (Miami 3-1) | Miami got on the board during a power-play after John Sladic redirected a shot from defenseman Derek Daschke. Miami forward Casey Gilling found an open Daschke on the point who sent the wrist shot on net that Sladic redirected for the goal.

5:54 3rd (UMD 4-1) | Duluth extended its lead once again, making it 4-1, after a goal from forward Luke Loheit. Forward Blake Biondi carried it into the zone before sending it out to Matt Cairns, who fired a shot on net that Loheit put home for the Duluth goal.

6:30 3rd (Miami 4-2) | Miami cut the deficit to two goals after Gilling scored on a wrist shot from just in front of the net. Miami forward Jack Olmstead picked up an assist after knocking the puck to defenseman Hampus Rydqvist who set up Gilling in front of the net for the goal.

12:27 3rd (UMD 5-2) | Duluth found a way to score again; this time, Cole Koepke knocked a puck home after Kraws thought he had it covered. Duluth forward Tanner Laderoute carried the puck into the zone before firing it on the net. The rebound was scooped up by Jacques, who sent it back out front to Koepke.

16:21 3rd (Miami 5-3) | Miami brought it back to within two goals after forward Matthew Barbolini found the back of the net on a RedHawks five-on-three opportunity. Forward John Sladic set up Derek Daschke, who fired home a shot from the point, leaving the rebound for Barbolini to knock home.

19:55 3rd (UMD 6-3) | Duluth forward Cole Koepke scored an empty-net goal in the waning seconds of regulation.

GAME NOTES:

Miami outshot the Bulldogs by a 35-32 margin on the night. Olmstead led the RedHawks with individual shots on goal, with four.

Blocked shots were closely contested all night, but the Bulldogs had the advantage in the end, with ten to Miami’s nine.

Both teams had two power-play goals each, with Miami going two-for-five on the man-advantage.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will continue their 2020-21 season on the road to take on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at AMSOIL Arena. Puck drop for game one of the road series is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) start on Friday, February 5.

BIG 10 XC: Michigan State, Wisconsin Win 2020-21 Big Ten Cross Country Championships

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Michigan State claimed its second consecutive women’s title, while Wisconsin earned its third straight men’s crown at the 2020-21 Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, Ind.

The Michigan State women’s cross country program earned its eighth Big Ten Championship and its second in as many years, registering 48 points after all five of its scoring runners finished in the top 16. Minnesota finished second with 76 points, led by individual champion Bethany Hasz, who completed the 6K course in 20:13.2. Hasz became the second Gopher to claim the individual championship and the first since Eileen Donaghy in 1987.

For the third consecutive year and 51st time overall, the Wisconsin men’s cross country program won the Big Ten Championship, tallying 40 points to outdistance runner-up Indiana (51 points). The Badgers, who secured three straight conference titles for the first time since their Big Ten-record 14 in a row from 1999-2012, placed all five scoring runners in the top 15, clinching the 10th conference championship for head coach Mick Byrne. He is now the third coach in Big Ten men’s cross country history to reach double-digits, trailing only Wisconsin’s Martin Smith (12) and Jerry Schumacher (11).

Nebraska’s George Kusche earned the men’s individual title, finishing the 8K course in 24:01.2 to edge out Illinois’ Jonathan Davis by less than one second. Kusche becomes the first Husker to win the individual men’s cross country championship since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011-12.

A recap of Saturday’s Big Ten Championships will be televised on BTN at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 6, with replays at 8 a.m. on Feb. 7, 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The All-Big Ten first and second teams are listed below — the top seven finishers at the Big Ten Championships earn first-team all-conference honors, while the runners ending up in places 8-14 are awarded second-team All-Big Ten accolades. Big Ten Coach of the Year will be announced on Tuesday (Feb. 2), while Big Ten Athlete and Freshman of the Year will be named on March 18, following the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Honorees:

First-Team All-Big Ten
Bailey Hertenstein, Indiana
India Johnson, Michigan State
Jenna Magness, Michigan State
Bethany Hasz, Minnesota
Erika Freyhof, Nebraska
Allie Guagenti, Ohio State
Brogan MacDougall, Wisconsin

Second-Team All-Big Ten
Rebecca Craddock, Illinois
Allison McGrath, Illinois
Sarah Schmitt, Indiana
Lynsie Gram, Michigan State
Makayla Perez, Michigan State
Abby Kohut-Jackson, Minnesota
Alexa Westley, Wisconsin

Men’s Honorees:

First-Team All-Big Ten
Jonathan Davis, Illinois
James Uhlenberg, Michigan State
George Kusche, Nebraska
Curtis Eckstein, Purdue
Rowen Ellenberg, Wisconsin
Jackson Sharp, Wisconsin
Charlie Wheeler, Wisconsin

Second-Team All-Big Ten
Jake Gebhardt, Indiana
Arjun Jha, Indiana
Matthew Schadler, Indiana
Skylar Stidam, Indiana
Ben Veatch, Indiana
Brendan Favazza, Michigan State
Bob Liking, Wisconsin

OHIO STATE MVB:  Ohio State Downed by Penn State

Jacob Pasteur had a career-high 21 kills

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (1-3)concluded its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) to No. 11 Penn State (3-1) at Rec Hall on Saturday night.

For the third time in four matches, Jacob Pasteur paced the offense and set a career high in kills, this time with 21 daggers. The rookie also hit .395 (21-6-38) with two blocks and one service ace. Martin Lallemand had six kills and five digs while Samuel Clark tallied four kills and four rejections. Michael Wright and Luke Lentin posted 10 and 20 assists, respectively. 

SET 1: Penn State jumped out to a 15-8 lead, which sent the Buckeyes to their bench. Ohio State scored four straight points to cut the deficit to one, 17-16. The teams went back and forth until an ace and error closed the set in PSU’s favor, 25-23.

SET 2: The Buckeyes forced the Nittany Lions to burn a timeout as they led 14-10. A 5-0 run put Penn State ahead for good as it went on to take a 25-20 win.

SET 3: Ohio State managed to keep Penn State’s advantage to one point early in the frame. The Nittany Lions went on a 6-1 run that opened the gap to 19-13. The Buckeyes tried to get back into the rally but fell 25-18.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes start MIVA play when it hosts Lewis on Feb. 5-6.

Reed dodges controversy to share 54-hole lead at Farmers

Patrick Reed was involved in another rules controversy Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He also had a share of the lead with Carlos Ortiz.

On the par-4 10th, Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a bunker with a TV replay showing the ball bounced once before settling into the rough. Believing the ball didn’t bounce, Reed picked it up to see if it was embedded before a rules official arrived. Reed told the official that no one in his group, as well as a nearby volunteer, saw it bounce.

Reed was awarded a free drop and saved par. He bogeyed four of the next holes before birdieing No. 18 for a 2-under 70 and a share of the lead with Ortiz at 10 under. Ortiz had a 66 on the South Course.

In December 2019 in Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Reed was penalized two strokes for appearing to deliberately improve his lie in a bunker.

“It’s an unfortunate situation obviously, but at the end of the day when you finish a round and the head rules official comes up to you and has the video and shows everything that went down to the whole group and says that you’ve done this perfectly, you did this the exact right way, the protocols you did were spot on, at that point, you know, I feel great about it,” Reed said.

“The ball just disappeared. None of us saw it bounce,” said Reed, who added that a nearby volunteer told him that it did not bounce. “I looked at my group and said, `Guys, she didn’t see it bounce it, either, so I’m going to mark this ball and see if it’s embedded.’

“Once I marked it, the first thing I wanted to do was make sure I got the ball out of my hand because you don’t want to clean it or anything because you don’t know if it’s embedded yet. When I put my finger down there and felt like it has broken ground, the first thing you do is call the rules official. … The rules official said, `Yes, this ball has broken the plane.'”

The ground was soft because of rain overnight Thursday and during the second round Friday, when play was suspended for nearly an hour because of a storm.

“At that point we go with what the rules official said and also with what the volunteers and what we see,” Reed said. “When we’re out there, we can’t see everything and when that happens you have to go with what the volunteers say and what the rules officials say and when all comes push and shove we felt like we did the right thing and the rules official said we did absolutely perfectly.”

Casey eagles 18th for 64, leads by 1 at Dubai Desert Classic

Paul Casey hit a 3-iron to 10 feet and holed the eagle putt to complete a bogey-free 8-under 64 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday, giving the Englishman a one-stroke lead as he seeks a 15th win on the European Tour.

Casey made four birdies in his first seven holes at Emirates Golf Club before finishing birdie-eagle for the low round of the day that lifted him above Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre (67) onto 15 under par overall.

“You can never say it was flawless, because there are always errors,” the 43-year-old Casey said of his round, “but it was very controlled. I’ve said many times this week I’m enjoying my golf and that was an example today.”

And nowhere was that more evident than on the approach to the par-5 18th hole, which Casey called “one of the iconic shots in golf.”

He flushed it, the ball landing in the middle of the green and rolling up toward the hole.

“A perfect 3-iron,” the 27th-ranked Casey said with a smile.

Casey is bidding for a first title on the European Tour since September 2019, when he won the European Open in Germany – when MacIntyre was tied for second.

The Scot came to the last hole a shot behind Casey but pushed his drive into the trees. He chipped out into the fairway and couldn’t get up and down, leaving his mid-range birdie putt short.

Brandon Stone of South Africa shot 66 and was a shot further back on 13 under overall. No other player was within four shots of Casey, with Sergio Garcia (67) and Laurie Canter (68) on 10 under.

Second-round leader Thomas Detry of Belgium shot 74 and dropped seven strokes off the pace.

Jessica Korda rallies to beat Kang in playoff at LPGA opener

For Jessica Korda, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions was all about her ability to just hang in there.

Trailing by three shots headed to the back nine at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on Sunday, she first caught Danielle Kang with a late four-birdie burst to shoot 5-under 66, then won with a curling 30-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole.

Kang shot 68. The leader after each of the first three rounds, she had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed her 18-foot birdie putt on the low side at the 185-yard 18th.

It was the sixth LPGA victory for the 27-year-old Korda, her last one coming nearly three years ago.

She and Kang finished at 24-under 260 to eclipse the previous tournament record by 10 shots. Korda, ranked 23rd in the world, also had to turn back her younger sister, Nelly Korda, 22, who at No. 4 in the world ranking was the top player in the elite winners-only field.

“I knew I was going to have to go low today,” said Jessica Korda. Half of her six victories have arrived at season-opening events. “It was a crazy day … A crazy two days. A crazy week!”

Nelly Korda started her round six shots back Sunday and shot a 64 — which included a missed 3-footer for birdie at 16 — that left her two shots out of the playoff.

Saturday, Jessica Korda became the sixth player in LPGA history to shoot 60 or better with her sparkling 11-under 60. A day later, she was slow to build any sort of momentum, playing her first 12 holes in 1 under. At one point early in the opening nine, Kang had a 7-foot putt to stretch her lead to five shots, and she was threatening to leave the field way behind.

Jessica Korda had owned the back nine all week (she would play it in 21-under par despite her three closing bogeys Friday). Trailing by two shots while standing on the par-5 13th tee, and relaxed as she chatted to three celebrity players on the tee, she knew she needed to be more aggressive — especially because Kang had yet to make a single bogey all week.

“When you’re chasing, you need to keep the pedal to the metal,” Korda said, “and I wasn’t doing that.”

Kang went 68 holes in the tournament without a bogey (and 84 holes overall, dating to December’s CME Group Championship) her streak ending when she three-putted for bogey at the rugged 419-yard 15th.

Plant defends IBF super middleweight belt with dominant win over Truax

Caleb Plant successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title for a third time by defeating Caleb Truax in a unanimous decision win in Los Angeles on Saturday.

All three judges scored the fight 120-108 in Plant’s favor.

“Sweet Hands” took control from the start, dominating all 12 rounds and controlling the pace of the fight. He landed over 100 more punches than Truax.

Plant, who upped his record to 21-0, revealed afterward that he may have suffered a broken hand early in the bout, according to Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The 28-year-old is now eyeing Canelo Alvarez for what would be a blockbuster super middleweight unification bout.

“That’s my goal. I want to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time,” Plant said, according to Bad Left Hook’s Scott Christ. “I feel like I’m the best super middleweight in the world. Whoever is in the way, you line ’em up, I’ll knock ’em down.”

But Alvarez – the reigning WBA regular and WBC super-middleweight champion – must likely take care of his own business before a fight against Plant can happen. Alvarez is scheduled to defend his belts against Avni Yildirim in February; a win over Yildirim would reportedly set up a May bout with WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders.

Truax, who was fighting for the first time in over a year, saw his record drop to 31-5-2.