INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Andrean65Gary West64 
Blackford72Muncie Burris62 
Centerville53Indiana Deaf25 
Cowan79Alexandria72 
DeKalb60Lakeland54 
Eastside65Woodlan44 
Evansville Harrison75Evansville Bosse70OT
Fishers51Lawrence Central49 
Floyd Central85Columbus East54 
Fort Wayne South75Muncie Central62 
Fremont54Adams Central50 
Hamilton Heights65Harrison (West Lafayette)62 
Hamilton Southeastern87Marion84 
Hammond Noll78Hammond Gavit48 
Hobart69Whiting30 
Indianapolis Ritter82Cascade70 
Lighthouse CPA87East Chicago Central76 
Martinsville (Ill.)57Dugger Union45 
Merrillville68Lowell55 
Mooresville84Victory College Prep44 
Morgan Twp.63Lake Station45 
Northeastern: Vanlandingham 27 Foust 1875Randolph Southern60 
Penn55Plymouth29 
Plainfield73Greenfield-Central55 
Rensselaer Central66South Newton38 
Salem57Crawford County48 
Shakamak66Eminence33 
Shenandoah115Union (Modoc)15 
Silver Creek87Austin51 
South Adams57Bluffton51 
Southwestern (Hanover)82Trimble County (Ky.)44 
Southwestern (Shelbyville)48Hauser38 
Sullivan59Terre Haute North53 
Union City59Indiana Math & Science51 
Wabash62Heritage58 
Wheeler50LaCrosse45 
Whitko63Maconaquah54 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 Florida State 88 Miami, Florida 71

#13 Creighton 77 DePaul 53

North Carolina State 68 #15 Virginia 61

#20 Arkansas 81 #6, Alabama 66

#25 Tennessee 70 Vanderbilt 58

Rutgers 74 Indiana 63

Butler 61 Seton Hall 52

Ball State 90 Kent State 71

Providence 83 Xavier 68

Cincinnati 70 Tulsa 69

Temple 65 S. Florida 47

Memphis 61 Tulane 46

St. Joseph’s 97 Dayton 84

St. Bonaventure 56 Davidson 53

George Mason 63 George Washington 58

LaSalle 85 Duquesne 65

Mississippi State 69 South Carolina 48

Marquette 83 North Carolina 70

Clemson 60 Wake Forest 39

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#11 Indiana 77 Wisconsin 49

Iowa State 85 #18 West Virginia 68

#25 Rutgers 63 Michigan State 53

Penn State 69 #15 Ohio State 67

#23 Missouri State 67 Southern Illinois 55

#7 Baylor 70 Oklahoma State 51

#13 S. Florida 56 Temple 47

Marquette 85 #24 DePaul 71

NBA SCOREBOARD

Golden State 111 Indiana 107

Atlanta 127 Boston 112

Oklahoma City 102 San Antonio 99

New Orleans 128 Detroit 118

Utah 114 LA Lakers 89

Cleveland 112 Houston 96

Miami 116 Toronto 108

Chicago 133 Minnesota 126 OT

Charlotte 124 Phoenix 121

NHL SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 4 NY Rangers 3

Arizona 4 Anaheim 3

LA Kings 2 St. Louis 1

Dallas 3 Florida 0

Toronto 2 Calgary 1

Minnesota 6 Colorado 2

Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 0

GOLF: LA County Sheriff says Tiger Woods was ‘not drunk’ during crash: ‘Purely an accident’

The Los Angeles County sheriff says Tiger Woods was “not drunk” during the rollover that seriously injured the golf superstar Tuesday, saying the single-vehicle crash was “purely an accident.” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department would not file charges against Woods pertaining to the crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Villanueva said the department is considering it an accident, which could lead to a misdemeanor at most. “He was not drunk,” Villanueva said Wednesday on Instagram Live. “We can throw that one out.” As part of a statement on Woods’ official Twitter account on Tuesday, Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said in part that Woods had sustained multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg and had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during emergency surgery.

2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by SoFi Schedule Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has released the game times and television outlets for the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi that will be played March 10-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Big Ten Network will televise the tournament’s first 10 games, with coverage spanning the first round of the tournament through the quarterfinals. CBS Sports will once again broadcast the semifinals and final to a national audience on the CBS Television Network.

The tournament is slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, March 10, followed by a second game that starts 25 minutes after the completion of the first contest. The second round of the tournament will take place on Thursday, March 11, and features four games played between two sessions, with the first session tipping off at 11:30 am (ET) and the second session beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

On Friday, March 12, BTN will wrap up its coverage by broadcasting the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Like the second round, the quarterfinals will feature four games played between two sessions, with the first session beginning at 11:30 am (ET) and the second session starting at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

CBS Sports will serve as a tournament broadcast partner for the 24th consecutive year and is set to air the semifinals and final on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14.

The first semifinal will tip off at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 13, with the second semifinal beginning 25 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game tips off at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 14, and will be followed by CBS’ Selection Show which airs at 6 p.m. (ET).

All BTN on-air games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the FOX Sports App, while the CBS Sports broadcasts will also be available to stream live on Paramount+.

The 2021 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 10 (First Round)

Game 1 (Seed #12 vs. Seed #13) – 6:30 p.m. ET (BTN)

Game 2 (Seed #11 vs. Seed #14) – 25 minutes following Game 1 (BTN)

Thursday, March 11 (Second Round)

Game 3 (Seed #8 vs. Seed #9) – 11:30 a.m. ET (BTN)

Game 4 (Seed #5 vs. Game 1 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 3 (BTN)

Game 5 (Seed #7 vs. Seed #10) – 6:30 p.m. ET (BTN)

Game 6 (Seed #6 vs. Game 2 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 5 (BTN)

Friday, March 12 (Quarterfinals)

Game 7 (Seed #1 vs. Game 3 winner) – 11:30 a.m. ET (BTN)

Game 8 (Seed #4 vs. Game 4 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 7 (BTN)

Game 9 (Seed #2 vs. Game 5 winner) – 6:30 p.m. ET (BTN)

Game 10 (Seed #3 vs. Game 6 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 9 (BTN)

Saturday, March 13 (Semifinals)

Game 11 (Game 7 vs. Game 8 winner) – 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Game 12 (Game 9 vs. Game 10 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 11 (CBS)

Saturday, March 13 (Championship)

Game 13 (Game 11 vs. Game 12 winner) – 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

2021 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule Announced

Three networks to carry tournament games from March 9-13 in Indianapolis

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has released the game times and television outlets for the 2021 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be played March 9-13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

BTN will televise the first-round game at 5 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, March 9, as well as the first two second-round games on Wednesday, March 10 (at 11 a.m. ET and 25 minutes following the completion of the first game).

FS2 then takes over as the presenting television outlet and will show the remaining two second-round games on March 10, along with the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 11 and semifinals on Friday, March 12. This will mark the first time that tournament games will be televised nationwide on FS2.

All games televised on BTN and FS2 may also be seen on the FOX Sports app.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game tips off at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday, March 13 and will be televised on ESPNU and the ESPN app.

Maryland is the defending tournament champion, winning its fourth title in 2020 with an 82-65 victory over Ohio State. OSU will not compete in this year’s Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament due to a self-imposed postseason ban.

The 2021 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 9 (First Round)

Game 1 (Seed #12 vs. Seed #13) – 5 p.m. ET (BTN)

Wednesday, March 10 (Second Round)

Game 2 (Seed #8 vs. Seed #9) – 11 a.m. ET (BTN)

Game 3 (Seed #5 vs. Game 1 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 2 (BTN)

Game 4 (Seed #7 vs. Seed #10) – 6:30 p.m. ET (FS2)

Game 5 (Seed #6 vs. Seed #11) – 25 minutes following Game 4 (FS2)

Thursday, March 11 (Quarterfinals)

Game 6 (Seed #1 vs. Game 2 winner) – 11 a.m. ET (FS2)

Game 7 (Seed #4 vs. Game 3 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 6 (FS2)

Game 8 (Seed #2 vs. Game 4 winner) – 6:30 p.m. ET (FS2)

Game 9 (Seed #3 vs. Game 5 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 8 (FS2)

Friday, March 12 (Semifinals)

Game 10 (Game 6 vs. Game 7 winner) – 2 p.m. ET (FS2)

Game 11 (Game 8 vs. Game 9 winner) – 25 minutes following Game 10 (FS2)

Saturday, March 13 (Championship)

Game 12 (Game 10 vs. Game 11 winner) – 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hoosiers Fall on the Road at Rutgers, 74-63

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Mercy?

There’s none of that. Not in the brutal Big Ten.

Powerhouse teams keep coming, pressure keeps growing and only the tough survive.

From the 74-63 loss at Rutgers, with Saturday’s game with No. 3 Michigan at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall looming, the Indiana challenge is clear.

Find a way.

“We have to move to the next one,” guard Aljami Durham said. “It doesn’t stop here. Move on from this, grow from this, learn from this, respond to this.”

Response was lacking in the second half at Rutgers (13-9, 9-9), just as it was in the second half against Michigan State four days earlier.

“When things don’t go well,” coach Archie Miller said, “we tend not to fiercely compete to stay in the game. Lately, in the second halves of the last two last two games, we have not responded with that comeback effort.

“We can get it back. This is a humbling game. This was the first time we’ve looked fractured. That goes back to me.”

In fact, it goes back to all the Hoosiers. Their 12-11 record, 7-9 in the Big Ten, is not what anyone wanted or expected.

But there is still time, Miller said.

“We’ve got a big finish. We’ve worked hard to get right there. We have a great opportunity on Saturday, but it won’t work if our competitiveness and concentration doesn’t come back around.”

A winning record isn’t assured with a closing schedule of Michigan, and then trips to Michigan State and Purdue before the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis.

“We got to find a way to stick together,” Durham said. “Stay together, lock in, rally on the defensive end, execute on the offensive end.

“It’s small things we can correct. Come together and fight, and respond to the runs these teams are making on us.”

All the things Durham didn’t do against Michigan State, he did in the first 11 minutes on Wednesday night. His 14 points were six more than Rutgers managed. He finished with 20 points and four assists.

“Al really played well,” Miller said.

The problem — Durham didn’t have any backcourt help. IU’s five other guards scored a combined seven points on 2-for-19 shooting. Veterans Rob Phinisee and Armaan Franklin were a combined 0-for-10 for zero points.

Re-aggravating an ankle injury sidelined Franklin for the second half.

“He was not able to go,” Miller said. “That’s why didn’t play.”

Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis broke loose for 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Forward Race Thompson gutted out two points and nine rebounds despite wearing a protective mask in the aftermath of an elbow to the face from Tuesday’s practice.

It wasn’t nearly enough.

“When things aren’t going well, whether we lack confidence offensively or things become difficult, our response isn’t to run harder, talk more or concentrate more,” Miller said.

“We get quiet. This is not the time of year to do that.”

IU’s early 15-point lead turned into a four-point halftime deficit against Rutgers’ 7-for-8 three-point shooting burst.

Then it got worse.

“We are not responding to adversity as well as we need to,” Miller said.

“That comes from within. Focus can change quickly. You have to play for the right reasons at the right level. In this league, if you don’t, you get exposed.”

IU’s game plan focused on guard play (specifically limiting turnovers to less than 10), rebounding and toughness. It was about finding a way to score around the rim against 6-11 Myles Johnson, one of the Big Ten’s most ferocious defenders and shot blockers. It was about defending the Scarlet Knights’ four-guard attack into irrelevance.

It didn’t happen. Rutgers guards Geo Baker and Ron Harper Jr. each scored 20 points. The Hoosiers gave up 17 points on 13 turnovers.

“We have to protect the ball at any cost,” Durham said.

Durham was in can’t-miss mode from the opening tip. His 5-for-5 shooting start, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, was good for 14 points and a 23-8 lead after 11 minutes.

Rutgers survived that onslaught, and a six-minute scoring drought, to rediscover its 3-point shooting. It hit five straight beyond the arc to close within two points at 27-24 with three minutes left.

The Scarlet Knights bombed in a couple more 3-pointers to finish off a 27-8 run for a 35-31 halftime lead.

Rutgers scored eight quick points to open the second half, and kept up the pressure to go ahead by 10, then 12, then 20. IU sought an answer that never came.

And yet, Miller said, it could. It starts with leadership.

“That’s something right now that has been lacking. We have to get our older guys to stick together. Focus on the right things when things don’t go well. We’re searching for an emotional guy who can rally us. We’re a quiet group. We don’t have an alpha personality. We need guys step up and pull things together.”

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Butler MBB Defense Locks Down in 61-52 Win Over Seton Hall

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POINTS OF EMPHASIS:

Butler overcame a two-point halftime deficit (26-24) and led by as many as 16 in the second half. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 20-6 run (leading 44-32 with 11:06 to play).

Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs with 16 points, all of which came in the second half. His first three-pointer of the night (giving Butler a 29-26 lead with 18:31 to play) pushed him over 1,000 career points (including this season at Butler and previous seasons at South Carolina and George Washington).

The 52 points allowed to Seton Hall are the fewest scored by a Butler opponent this season.

Bryce Nze returned to the line-up after missing the last two games with a groin injury. He posted 11 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season and the 14th of his career.

Butler out-rebounded Seton Hall, 36-28.

Butler freshman Chuck Harris scored 14 points and matched a career-high with six rebounds. He added five assists.

The Bulldogs went 15-of-16 from the free throw line. Butler entered the night shooting .631 from the charity stripe, which was 325th nationally. Seton Hall got to the line only seven times.

Butler shot 58 percent from the field in the second half (11-of 19).

Butler played without starting guards Aaron Thompson (shoulder/thumb) and Bo Hodges (calf) for the second consecutive game. Thompson also missed the Jan. 2 loss at Seton Hall, while Hodges had not had his NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility approved at that point in the season.

Butler limited Seton Hall to 38-percent shooting, and only a 6-of-27 clip from three-point range.

Coach LaVall Jordan: “Really proud of the effort all night. We did a great job of sticking to the gameplan, especially defensively. We knew what we wanted to do offensively and were able to get some good looks. I thought we were connected on both ends of the court and the guys really locked in to the prep over the last few days. Having (Bryce) Nze back for us was big. We’re going to continue to get better and stay committed to growing as a group.”

RECORDS: Butler is now 8-13 (7-11 BIG EAST); Seton Hall is now 13-10 (10-7 BIG EAST)

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs host Villanova Sunday at noon. The game will air on CBS.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cardinals Bring Energy, Rout Kent State

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MUNCIE – The Cardinals brought a different kind of energy in to a Wednesday 2 p.m. game at it showed, as Ball State built a 26-point lead and won 90-71 over Kent State at Worthen Arena.

Head coach James Whitford had said the team had practice hard, physical and energetic the last two days after not being able to play Sunday’s game. The players were throwing lob dunks and running sprints in the pregame warm-ups before the game, and a fun energy carried the day as the Cardinals never trailed and blew out a Kent State team that’s near the top of the MAC standings.

Jarron Coleman had 26 points – 20 at halftime – to go with six assists and Ishmael El-Amin and K.J. Walton each scored 16. The Cardinals shot 13-for-26 from 3-point range and made 11 treys before halftime.

TURNING POINT: The score was 19-15 early when the Cards went on an 11-2 run that featured two 3-pointers from El-Amin and five points from Coleman. THe game was never in doubt after that, as BSU continued to hit from long range for a 57-31 lead at halftime. It was the most points in a half in more than a year, when Ball State scored 62 in the second half vs. IUPUI in December 2019.

STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH: “It was a really good win. The first half was our best half of the year when you put both sides of the basketball together,” head coach James Whitford said. “It was a real step forward for us in the sense of us doing well with a physical low post guy inside. We did a great job defending a physical, powerful team in Kent. Ish and Jarron are starting to get a rhythm playing together, and it’s taken awhile. It’s starting to form in a really good win.”

1K FOR ISH:  In his 100th game, Ishmael El-Amin surpassed 1,000 career points at Ball State. The 1,000th point came at the foul line after a technical foul on Kent State. K.J. Walton reached the milestone earlier this year. After Wednesday’s game, El-Amin downplayed the accomplishment, but Whitford commented on how 1,000 career points is something that results from the entire package that El-Amin has brought in his four years at Ball State.

“He means a ton to the program because of who he is, the head coach said. “He came in as a freshman and had a few decent years, and he’s gotten way better. He’s put that work in. When you look who he is off the court, he stands up for what he believes in. And that’s something everyone should be proud of.”

WE LIKE TO MIX IT UP: “Anybody who missed a dunk had to run a sprint,” El-Amin said about the Cardinals’ warm-ups. Ball State brought a workmanlike yet fun energy to the pregame warm-up and after a few shots fell, the final product was the best performance of the season for the Cards. Coleman said, “we like to mix it up. We’re bringing a whole new energy.”

WE SCORED 90, BUT IT WAS THE DEFENSE: After the game, the first thing James Whitford mentioned was how well the Cardinals defended. Danny Pippen, among the league’s leading scorers, had six points on 2-for-12 shooting. Kent State also shot just 5-for-24 from long range on the day.

UP NEXT: The schedule currently says that BSU will play Central Michigan at home Saturday at 1 p.m. The next two games listed on the current schedule are at home, Saturday vs. Central Michigan and next Tuesday vs. Eastern Michigan.

PURDUE FW MEN’S BASKETBALL: ‘Dons Aim to Start #HLMBB Title Run In Titletown

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – No. 10 Purdue Fort Wayne (7-14) opens the 2021 Horizon League Championship at No. 7 Green Bay (8-16) on Thursday (Feb. 25) evening.

Game Day Information

When: Thursday, February 25 | 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Kress Center | Green Bay, Wis.

Video: ESPN+ (link)

Radio: The Fan 1380 AM (link)

    Talent: Brett Rump, Art Saltsberg

Live Stats: Link

Series History: Green Bay leads 2-0

Game Notes (PDF): Purdue Fort Wayne | Green Bay | Bracket Release

KNOW YOUR FOE

• Sophomore Amari Davis and redshirt freshman Lucas Stieber were named to All-Horizon League teams. Davis received a second team nod, while Stieber was placed on the all-freshman team.

• The Phoenix are 3-5 in their last eight games.

• Amari Davis led the Phoenix with 17.2 points per game this season. He scored eight and 18 points in the two games against the ‘Dons this season.

•  The Phoenix are scoring 71.1 points per game and giving up 76.0 per game.

AWARDS SZN:

• Dylan Carl was named to the 2020-21 Horizon League All-Academic League Team. He was one of six players in the league named to the team.

• Jarred Godfrey was selected to the 2020-21 All-Horizon League Third Team.

FROM THREE!:

• The Mastodons are No. 11 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.3 percent.

• The program record for single-season 3-point percentage was set in 1986-87 when the ‘Dons shot 43.2 percent (101-of-234). The Division I era mark came in 2015-16 when the Summit League Regular Season Champion shot 41.0 percent (354-of-863). That team was powered by Max Landis who won the Summit League Player of the Year Award and shot 45.6 percent and made a program single-season record 125 3-pointers.

• The Mastodons set a program record for single-game 3-point percentage at Milwaukee (Jan. 16) by making 70.6 percent (12-of-17).

• Three of the Mastodons’ top 10 all-time 3-point percentage performances have happened this season.

1st, Jan. 16 at Milwaukee (70.6 percent, 12-of-17)

7th, Dec. 27, vs. Robert Morris (64.7 percent, 11-of-17)

10th, Jan. 9, vs. UIC (61.1 percent, 11-of-18)

FROM THE FLOOR:

• The ‘Dons rank fourth in the nation in Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%) at 58.2

• The Mastodons own a field goal percentage of 50.2 percent, 11th best in the nation and best in the league.

• The program record for single-season team field goal percentage came in 1992-93 when the ‘Dons shot 52.6 percent on the season. The Division I era record came in 2016-17 when the Mastodons shot 49.6 percent.

• Two of the best shooting games during the Division I era have occurred this season. The ‘Dons shot 64.2 percent against Robert Morris (Dec. 27) and 62.8 percent at Milwaukee (Jan. 16). The performances rank fourth and fifth best in program history during the DI era.

• The ‘Dons have shot 60 percent or better in a half six times this season.

TOURNAMENT ‘DONS AND ENDS:

• The ‘Dons have advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament in three of Jon Coffman’s six seasons.

• This will be the Mastodons’ first participation in the Horizon League Championship. That also means this will be the first time the ‘Dons play a tournament game on the road. The Summit League used a neutral site for all seasons the ‘Dons played in the league. 12 of those 13 seasons saw the tournament played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The first season, 2007-08, it was played in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a neutral floor.

• This will be the third time the ‘Dons play Green Bay this season. The ‘Dons lost the previous two games 77-59 and 87-72.

‘DONS AND ENDS:

• A statistical oddity only the 2020-21 season can bring, the ‘Dons scored the same amount of points in both games of three Horizon League matchups this year. The ‘Dons scored 68 in both games at Northern Kentucky, 81 in both games at Milwaukee and 70 in both games at Youngstown State.

• This will be the Mastodons’ first game on Thursday all season. Under Jon Coffman, the ‘Dons have liked Thursdays as they are 24-14 on Thursday since the 2014-15 season.

• Demetric Horton’s off the backboard dunk at Youngstown State earned social media love well into the middle of this week. All told on various social media accounts the clip is estimated to have earned at least four million views.

• Deonte Billups is nearing 500 points. He owns 462 career points.

• Number of double-digit points games for Mastodons this season: Jarred Godfrey (17), Jalon Pipkins (17), Bobby Planutis (12), Demetric Horton (10), Deonte Billups (7), Dylan Carl (5) and Jarvis Walker (1).

• The Mastodons have 10 players averaging 9.6 minutes per game or more. The last time the ‘Dons finished a season with that many players seeing 10 or more minutes per game was 2011-12 when 11 different players did so.

• Over the last seven games, Jalon Pipkins is averaging 17.1 points and shooting 50-of-77 (64.9 percent) from the floor.

• Dylan Carl is 20th in the nation in two-point shots. He has made 53-of-75 from inside the arc for a 70.7 percent mark. His only 3-point attempt was a made trey against Northern Kentucky.

• With two overtime wins this season, the ‘Dons are now 8-3 in overtime games under head coach Jon Coffman.

• The Mastodons’ 33 point victory over UIC on Jan. 9 was the Mastodons’ largest over a league opponent since defeating IUPUI by 38 points on March 8, 2014 85-47 in the Summit League Tournament.

• Nine times this season, the ‘Dons have kept their opponent to a sub 30.0 percent shooting performance from beyond the arc.

• The ‘Dons limited Southeastern Louisiana to 3.6 percent (1-of-28) from three. Per sports-reference.com, since 2010-11, it was only the third time a team has limited an opponent to a sub 4.0 percent performance from beyond the arc with 28 or more attempts from three. Of note in the game, Southeastern Louisiana made their first attempt and missed their next 27.

MORE BLOCKS THAN A TWITTER TROLL:

Dylan Carl has 106 blocks in his career. He is in fifth place in program history in the category.  Up next on the list is Brent Calhoun (2012-17) with 109. Carl and Calhoun were teammates in 2016-17.

THE ‘DONS WENT TO JARRED:

• Jarred Godfrey owns 1,069 career points, 13th most in program history. The No. 11 spot is within reach this season. The current No. 11th best scoring Mastodon is Steve Bard who scored 1,078 points from 1987-89. No. 12 is Richard Ivy. He scored 1,076 points from 1984-88

• Jarred Godfrey is leading the team in points (15.8), rebounding (5.3), assists (3.4) and steals (1.5) per game. UIC’s Teyvion Kirk is the only other player in the league to lead their team in these same categories.

• Jarred Godfrey finished with a line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals against Robert Morris (Dec. 27). Per sports-reference.com, he is one of only 10 players since the 2010-11 season to record such a line in a game. The list includes Ben Simmons and Kemba Walker. He is the only player on the list to do so while taking fewer than 14 shots from the floor. Godfrey shot 9-of-11.

• Sports-reference.com produces game scores for individual performances, with 10 being average and 40 being outstanding. Godfrey earned a 31.8 for his 41-point outburst against UIC. He received a 31.0 for his game against Robert Morris (Dec. 27). Current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar is the only other Mastodon in program history with two game scores better than 31.0. The database goes back to the 2010-11 season.

• Jarred Godfrey was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for his two performances over UIC. Additionally, Godfrey was named the Lou Henson National Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com. He averaged 28.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Godfrey shot 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the floor and 60.0 percent (6-of-10) from three.

• Godfrey’s Player of the Week was boosted by a 41-point performance on Jan. 8. The career high stands as the most by a Mastodon in program history at the Gates Sports Center. It was also three points shy of the program record for points in a game. He finished a career-best 11-of-12 from the line. Godfrey scored eight points in overtime.

• Jarred Godfrey has made 64-of-777 free throws on the season (83.1 percent), second best in the league. He entered the season shooting 69.6 percent from the line in his career.

• Jarred Godfrey has scored 20 or more points in seven Horizon League games this season.

• Jarred Godfrey’s 1.5 steals per game ranks fifth in the league.

IUPUI MBB: NO. 9 JAGUARS TO OPEN POSTSEASON AT NO. 8 MILWAUKEE

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Winners of four of their past six games in February, the IUPUI basketball team will open the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday (Feb. 25) when the Jaguars take on Milwaukee at 8:00 p.m. Eastern inside MKE’s Klotsche Center. IUPUI (8-9) enters the tournament as the No. 9 seed and will take on the eighth-seeded Panthers for a fifth time this season. The winner will move on to the quarterfinals round to be played at campus sites on Tuesday, Mar. 2 while the loser will see its season come to a close.

Thursday’s game is one of four first round contests and all four will be seen on ESPN+.

IUPUI earned a two-game split at Youngstown State to close the regular season, winning on Friday by a 72-70 score before dropping the finale, 77-70. Senior Marcus Burk continued to lead the way by scoring 24 points in each contest while Elyjah Goss averaged 14.5 ponits and 14.5 rebounds per game in the two-game set. Friday’s win came in improbable fashion as senior Jaylen Minnett was on the sidelines in street clothes nursing an injury and Burk fouled out with just under seven minutes to play and his team trailing by eight. However, the Jags finished strong, outscoring YSU 15-5 down the stretch to snag the two-point win. Mike DePersia finished with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Azariah Seay matched his career-high with 14 points off the bench, including a go-ahead 16-footer with just under two minutes left. The win snapped the Jaguars’ eight-game losing streak to the Penguins and was the first win over YSU since February 2000. 

 Since starting the season 1-4, IUPUI is 7-5 in its past 12 games and 4-2 in the month of February.

Amazingly, tonight marks the fifth meeting this season between IUPUI and Milwaukee with Milwaukee having won three of the four meetings and both games played inside the Klotsche Center.

IUPUI has never won a Horizon League Tournament game, coming in at 0-3 since joining the league prior to the 2017-2018 campaign. 

Senior guard Marcus Burk was voted second team All-Horizon League by the league’s coaches and ranks No. 5 nationally in scoring (22.2 ppg) and tops in the league in steals (1.88/game). He also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and minutes played. It marks Burk’s second straight year earning a second team nod.

IUPUI is 10-3 under head coach Byron Rimm when holding opponents to 69 points or fewer.

IUPUI is 5-0 this season and 11-2 the past two years when shooting a better percentage than the opposition. 

IUPUI was outrebounded in each of its first nine games of the season and was losing the glass by 8.3 rebounds per game during that span. Since then, IUPUI has won the rebounding battle in six of its past eight games and is outrebounding foes by 4.5 rebounds per game during those eight games.

The Jaguars current senior class boasts a pair of 1,000 point scorers in Jaylen Minnett (1,380 – 10th in IUPUI history) and Marcus Burk (1,060 – 22nd in IUPUI history) and the program’s all-time leader in rebounds in Elyjah Goss (863 rebounds). In addition, Minnett is IUPUI’s all-time leader in threes made with 281.

IUPUI has had nine different players start at least one game with freshman Bakari LaStrap being the most recent individual to earn a start, taking Minnett’s spot in the first game of the Youngstown State series on Feb. 19. Goss and sophomore Mike DePersia are the only players to have started all 17 games so far this season.

    DAY ONES

    It’s likely a good omen for the Jaguars to enter ‘win-and-advance’ format as the Jags won the opener in five of their eight two-game Horizon League series this season (including the most recent four). The second night of the back-to-back formats were more daunting as IUPUI went just 2-6 on the second days of those series with the only wins coming in their two sweeps (at Northern Kentucky and vs. UIC).

    THE RECORD SETTERS

    IUPUI head coach Byron Rimm II refers to his senior trio of Marcus Burk, Elyjah Goss and Jaylen Minnett as the ‘Record Breakers’.

    Goss is the program’s all-time leader in rebounds (863) and Minnett is the program’s all-time leader in threes made (282). Burk has simply exceeded 1,000 career points in just 47 career games and is a two-time All-Horizon League performer.

    The trio has combined to account for 66 percent of the team’s scoring this season (797 of 1209 points) and that has climbed to new levels recently.

    PILING UP

    IUPUI has three high achieving seniors on the roster who all rank among all of Division I college basketball’s active career leaders in specific categories.

    Senior Marcus Burk, who played his first two seasons at Campbell, ranks No. 10 in all of college basketball with 1,836 career points (1,060 in an IUPUI uniform). Burk also ranks No. 6 among active D1 players, having made 295 three-point field goals (137 in an IUPUI uniform).

    Senior Jaylen Minnett ranks 12th among Division I players by having made 282 three-point field goals in his IUPUI career and is No. 70 in active career scoring with 1,380 points.

    Senior Elyjah Goss ranks No. 9 among all active Division I players by having grabbed 863 career rebounds.

    MARCUS MY WORD

    Marcus Burk earned a second straight second team All-Horizon League nod and currently ranks No. 5 in the country in scoring at 22.2 points per game. Burk averaged 21.3 points per game last year and drained 93 3’s in his first year with the program.

    This season, he’s upped his scoring output to 22.2 points per game and increased his field goal percentage (43.2% to 49.1%), three-point percentage (38.6% to 42.3%) and free throw percentage (78.2% to 80.5%). In addition, he currently leads the Horizon League in steals (1.88/game) and has upped his assist and rebounding numbers.

    He recently surpassed 1,000 points in his two-year IUPUI career, doing so in just his 47th career game.

    NOT JUST 3’S

    Last year, Burk was far more inclined to fire from three while this year, he’s mixing it up more. A season ago, 39% of his made field goals came from behind the line and 44% of his attempts were three-point attempts.

    This season, teams have chased him off the line as 33% of his made field goals are threes and 38% of his overall attempts have come from behind the arc.

    BATMAN & ROBIN, PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY

    Marcus Burk and Jaylen Minnett are among the top duos in all of college basketball, ranking among the nation’s top returning pairs this year.  They were one of four pairs in the country to returns to school after averaging at least a combined 35 points per game or better last season.

    UTSA – Jhivan Jackson (26.8) & Keaton Wallace (18.8) = 45.6

    Austin Peay – Terry Taylor (21.8) & Jordyn Adams (17.4) = 39.2

    Iowa – Luka Garza (23.7) & Joe Wieskamp (14.0) = 38.0

    IUPUI – Marcus Burk (21.3) & Jaylen Minnett (16.6) = 37.9

    This season, they’ve upped the ante, averaging a combined 38.2 points per contest.

    JAYL3N

    Senior Jaylen Minnett became the 24th player in program history to achieve 1,000 career points in an IUPUI uniform against Green Bay on Feb. 6, 2020 as part of a career-high 32-point effort last season. He enters today’s game with 1,380 career points, ranking No. 10 on the program’s all-time list. He became the 16th player to hit for 1,000 points in three seasons or less in IUPUI history. Below is a snippet of the program’s all-time leading scorers and where Minnett sits.

    8.)    1,447    Kim King    1978-83

    9.)    1,395    Todd Schabel    1985-89

    10.)     1,380    Jaylen Minnett    2017-pr.        

    11.)     1,373     Ron Angevine     1979-83

    12.)    1,340     Don Carlisle     1997-01

    Minnett has also taken over as the program’s all-time list in threes made and will continue to add to that total all season long.

    1.) Jaylen Minnett    282    2017-pres.

    2.) Brandon Cole        238    2002-06

    3.) Rodney Thomas    215    1996-00

    4.) Carlos Knox        208    1994-98

    Finally, Minnett owns the fifth-longest streak of consecutive games with at least one made three in NCAA history at 69 games… Minnett made at least one trey in all 32 games last season and all 33 games of his sophomore campaign. He also hit threes in the final three games of the 2017-18 season.

    Here’s the list of the longest streaks of threes made in NCAA Division I history:

    1.) Mack Smith (Eastern Ill.)    ended Jan. 14, 2021    91 straight games / OVC record

           Cory Bradford (Illinois)    ended Feb. 10, 2001    88 straight games / B10 record

    3.) Jordan Howard (Central Ark.)    ended 2017    73 straight games / Southland rec.

           Wally Lancaster (Va. Tech)    ended 1989    73 straight games / ACC record

    5.) Jaylen Minnett (IUPUI)    ended Jan. 2, 2021    69 straight games / HL record

    MR. REBOUND

    While it was seemingly a foregone conclusion entering the season, senior Elyjah Goss took over as IUPUI’s all-time leader in rebounds against Milwaukee on Jan. 29.     After earning Horizon League All-Defensive Team honors last year and leading the league in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game, Goss has backed it up and is leading the league in boards again this year at 11.3 rebounds per contest.

    Goss owns IUPUI’s single-game (21), single season (369) and career rebounding (863 and counting) records.

    He entered this season fifth on the program’s career rebounding list and owns six career games of 17 boards or more. He owns 43 career double-digit rebound games and 24 career double-doubles. Last year, he tied IUPUI’s D1 record with 12 double-doubles in a season.

    Below is a look at IUPUI’s top four in career rebounds.

    1.    863    Elyjah Goss    2017-pr.

    2.    769    Don Carlisle    1997-01

    3.    703    Brandon Cole    2002-06

        703    Jesse Bingham    1985-89

    69 OR LESS

    Through a combination of pace and defense, IUPUI has found that 69 carries weight on the scoreboard. When holding foes to 69 points or less the past two seasons, IUPUI is 10-3 (.769) and 5-31 (.139) when the opposition hits for 70-or-more.

    SATURDAYS ARE FOR STEAK (TACOS)

    Going through the NBA process this past summer, senior Marcus Burk was afforded three pieces of advice heading into the college campaign. Tighten up his body, become better defensively and show more playmaking ability.

    Burk went to a largely vegetarian diet in August 2020 (he allows himself to eat meat on Saturdays – his favorite is steak tacos) and worked tirelessly on his body during the offseason, shedding 10 pounds. His work in the weight room has seen him up his strength and lower his Body Mass Index (BMI). His BMI was at 13.7 at the close of last season and now hovers between 7-8.

    Defensively, he leads the Horizon League at 2.00 steals per game and has routinely drawn the assignment of guarding the opposition’s best wing players.

    JERSEY MIKE DELIVERS

    Sophomore Mike DePersia showed last year that he’s a bona fide playmaker from the point guard spot. The New Jersey-native delivered an IUPUI Division I freshman record 85 assists in his 32 appearances and was a two-time Horizon League Freshman of the Week honoree. In league play, he averaged 3.2 assists per game and had a 3.05 assist-to-turnover ratio (58 ast/19 tos).

    This year, he’s No. 4 nationally with a 3.89 assist-to-turnover ratio (70 ast/18 tos) and tied IUPUI’s single-game record with 14 assists against UIC on Feb. 12 with zero turnovers. His 14 turnovers tied for the third-most in a game in NCAA Division I this season.

    In league games this season, DePersia had a 4.15 assist-to-turnover ratio with 62 assists and just 15 miscues.

    SMARTY CAT

    In addition to his work on the court, DePersia was honored on Feb. 18 with a spot on the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team. Academically, he holds a 3.70 grade point average while majoring in finance and was voted to the six-man team by the league’s faculty athletic representatives. 

    McCLURE EFFECT

    IUPUI is 6-4 since sophomore Nathan McClure joined the Jaguars starting five prior to the two-game series at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 15 and the Jags have since gone 7-5 in his 12 starts. During that span, McClure is averaging 6.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.1 apg while shooting 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from three-point range.

    McClure was averaging 9.8 minutes per game in the season’s first five games but is averaging 26.3 minutes per game since moving into the starting five.

    McClure’s most recent outing saw him deposit a season-high 16 points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3’s, 8-8 FT) to go along with five boards and two steals.

    CLASS ACTS

    IUPUI is coming off a banner semester in the classroom, achieving a 3.20 grade point average during the fall. Ten Jags (Carrasco, DePersia, Dhaliwal, Harvey, LaStrap, McClure, Pandev, Seay, Shirley and Stoltz) all posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, paced by McClure (3.93), Stoltz (3.75) and DePersia (3.66).

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: KNIGHTS COAST BY HUNTINGTON TO ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS

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INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 13 Marian men’s basketball team advanced to the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals after defeating the Huntington Foresters 86-71 in the opening round Wednesday evening. The quarterfinals victory marks the Knights’ 11th straight win.

The first half got off to a sluggish start, neither offense able to go on an early run and grab a strong advantage. Heading into the first media timeout, Marian had its first lead of the night at 9-8 thanks to a Christian Harvey 3-pointer.

Despite the slow start, Marian was able to gain a hold in next several minutes, jumping to a 14-point lead following an 18-2 surge started by the Harvey three. During the overpowering run, Marian forced six Huntington turnovers off four steals.

Huntington tried to respond and started knocking down shots. The Knights would not be phased and continued to push the ball and score points on the other end.

Marian closed out the half limiting Forester points and keeping a double-digit lead. Heading into the break, the Knights held a 41-28 advantage.

Cameron Wolter led all scorers in the first half dropping 15 points off 6-8 shooting from the field. Wolter also contributed three of the six first half steals.

Marian forced nine turnovers in the half and made three blocks during their stifling defensive play.

Coming back from the break, Huntington attempted to claw its way back into contention drawing within nine points just two minutes into the half.

The Knights responded again with a run of their own. The 10-0 run featured a steal and fast break dunk from Harvey and was capped off by a Malek Edmonds 3-point bucket putting Marian ahead by 17 with more than 14 minutes remaining in the half.

The Knights continued to keep their foot on the pedal and prevent the Foresters from digging out of their deficit. Neither team was able to mount a serious run for the remainder of the game despite both teams shooting at high percentages.

Marian finished out the game strong and held the Foresters from making a late comeback, clinching the quarterfinals victory 86-71.

Leading the Knights on offense, Wolter logged a double-double dropping 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. The senior also nabbed three steals and made a block to lead Marian on the defensive side of the ball.

Harvey brought the energy to the Knights’ victory and also contributed 16 points, four rebounds, and two steals to help the cause. Rounding out the Marian scoring efforts, Tyrie Johnson tallied 13 points off 5-9 shooting alongside Christian Stewart’s 12 points and six assists.

The Knights shot 54.5% from the field and dropped nine 3-pointers. The hosts also tallied 11 steals distributed across seven different players while forcing 14 Huntington turnovers. Marian scored 24 points off the 14 Huntington turnovers and helped itself to 26 points off the bench.

Following the quarterfinals victory, the Knights advance to the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals to face Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Marian hosts the Cougars at 6 p.m. on John Grimes Court for the showdown.

DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Loses At Saint Joseph’s 97-84

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team lost in a high-scoring affair on Hawk Hill, dropping a 97-84 decision at Saint Joseph’s.

Dayton had five players in double figures, including three freshmen – R. J. Blakney had a career-high 15, Zimi Nwokeji  scored 13 and Mustapha Amzil had 11.  Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with 17 and Ibi Watson added 16.

Taylor Funk scored 36 for St. Joe’s and Ryan Daly pointed 25.

UD is now 12-8 on the season, and 8-7 in the Atlantic 10.  SJU is 3-14 and 2-9.

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half:  Saint Joseph’s 54, Dayton 38

Saint Joseph’s scored the first six points of the game, and got its advantage to double-digits in the first four minutes of the game.

The Hawks pushed it out to 17 (24-7) in the first six minutes.

Dayton cut it to 10 (31-21) at the 10:36 mark, but SJU pushed it back to 17 twice more in the half.

St. Joe’s made 10 threes compared to five for UD.

The Flyers’ six turnovers led to eight points off turnovers for the Hawks.

Dayton gave up 54 points in the first half after allowing just 53 in the entire game last Friday against Saint Louis.

2nd Half:  Saint Joseph’s 97, Dayton 84

UD began the half with a determined 11-3 start to make get the deficit under 10 (57-49) at the 16:51 mark.

Dayton got it to a one-possession game with 13:16 to go when an R.J. Blakney trey made it 62-59.

But Saint Joseph’s re-grouped and doubled up the Flyers (36-18) in the next 11 minutes

During that run, the Hawks went 6-for-11 from three-point range, and also and all six free throws after getting fouled on two three-point attempts.

BY THE NUMBERS

R.J. Blakney’s 15 points came on 6-for-7 shooting from the field (3-4 from 3-pt.)

Zimi Nwokeji’s 13 points came on 5-for-8 shooting, while Mustapha Amzil’s 11 was after he made four of six field goal attempts.

For the game, the Flyers shot .525 (32-61) from the floor.

Amzil led was the game’s high rebounder with nine.

Dayton out-rebounded St. Joe’s 31-29, but the Hawks’ eight offensive rebounds led to 18 second-chance points.

UD came into the game top-three in the A-10 in 3-pt. FG% defense, allowing .304, but the Hawks shot .426 (18-42). 

Five of Dayton’s seven losses are to teams below them in the standings.

UP NEXT

The Flyers will end the regular season on Monday, March 1 at St. Bonaventure.

Game time is TBA, but it is expected to be either 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET.

CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Posts 70-69 Win at Tulsa

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TULSA – Keith Williams scored a game-high 24 points and Jeremiah Davenport made a layup with 12 seconds left to lift Cincinnati (8-8, 6-5 American) to a 70-69 road win over Tulsa (10-10, 7-8) on Wednesday.

Tulsa owned a 69-68 lead with 18 seconds remaining but a pass from Tulsa’s Brandon Rachal was deflected by UC’s Mika Adams-Woods on the left wing. Davenport picked up the ball and raced to the paint where he converted a layup to give the Bearcats a 70-69 lead.

Tulsa had a chance to win it but Rachal’s shot in traffic missed before time expired giving UC its fifth win in its last six games. 

Williams recorded his third 20-point scoring game of the season, posting 16 of his 24 points in the first half. Davenport finished with 14 points, four 3-pointers and eight rebounds. Mason Madsen added a career-high nine points thanks to a trio of threes in the first half.

Elijah Joiner led Tulsa with 22 points, including 10-of-13 shooting at the free throw line. Rachal posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. 

UC started slow, trailing 15-3 about seven minutes into the game after a layup by Tulsa’s Rey Idowu. But Williams sparked the comeback with 10 points and Madsen hit three key triples to give the Bearcats a 37-34 lead at halftime.

UC build a nine-point advantage three times in the second half, the last being a 63-54 lead following an Adams-Woods layup with 8:15 remaining. However, Joiner made a 3-pointer with 2:01 left to tie the game at 67-67. Rachael then made a pair of free throws at 1:35 to give the Golden Hurricane a 69-67 lead at 1:35.

UC’s David DeJulius made one of two free throw attempts at 1:25 remaining to bring the Bearcats within 69-68, setting the stage for Davenport’s heroics.

UC matched a season-high making 10 3-pointers, outrebounded Tulsa 41-32 and led in second-chance points, 16-2.

UP NEXT

UC plays the second of three games scheduled this week Friday when it welcomes Tulane to Fifth Third Arena. Tipoff is 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

WRIGHT STATE MEN’S BB: Love’s second straight Player of the Year honor leads HL postseason awards

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INDIANAPOLIS/DAYTON – After clinching at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the third consecutive season and setting a new program record for league wins, the Wright State men’s basketball team has received six Horizon League honors, the league office announced Tueday, headlined by Loudon Love earning his second consecutive Player of the Year selection.

Love’s honor puts the Raider big man in rare Horizon League company, becoming just the sixth player in League history to win two Player of the Year awards and only the third Horizon League player to garner multiple Player of the Year honors and also have been named the League’s Newcomer of the Year.

It’s been 20 years since a Horizon League player has pulled off back-to-back Player of the Year honors, while Love joins former Xavier standout Byron Larkin and former Detroit Mercy standout Rashad Phillips on the pedestal with multiple Player of the Year awards and a Newcomer of the Year honor.

The only other Wright State player to earn the Horizon League’s top individual honor other than Love was DeShaun Wood following the 2006-2007 season.

In addition to those honors, Love was also recognized on the Horizon League first team, joined by sophomore Tanner Holden, while redshirt-sophomore Grant Basile was a second team selection. Love and Tim Finke each earned All-Defensive Team recognition as well.

Love leads the Raiders in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double for the regular season with a 16.7 points per game average and a 10.3 rebounds per game clip. He has recorded double digit point totals in 22 of 23 games, including 14 games with 15 or more points and has 12 double-doubles this season, including six of the last seven games, and has 49 overall for his career. His 12 double-doubles are tied for the fourth-most in the NCAA this season. Love’s rebound average is second in the Horizon League, and he has 12 double-digit rebounding games, including a pair of 16 rebound games.

Love has played in 119 career games with 1,778 career points, No. 3 all-time in Wright State program history, and his 1,117 career rebounds are the most in Wright State basketball history (men and women) and is the 82nd-most in NCAA history. He is second in career rebounding among active players.

The first team honor was the third consecutive for Love, who began his Raider career as the Horizon League’s Freshman of the Year and as a second team all-conference player following the 2017-2018 season. He is the 17th player in Horizon League history to be a three time First Team selection.

Holden joined Love on the first team after averaging a team-high 34 minutes per game and 15.8 points per game, second-most on the roster. He has recorded 20 double digit scoring games, including 17 games with 15 or more points, while shooting 52 percent from the floor with 239 shot attempts, the fifth-best mark in the league, and is a 79 percent free throw shooter, which is seventh in the league.

Holden is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game, the second-most on the Wright State roster and eighth in the league overall. The first team honor is the first of his career after he was an all-freshman honoree last season.

Inserted in the starting lineup the last 14 games of the regular season, Basile is scoring at a 14.2 points per game clip with 18 double digit scoring games, including 10 games with 15 or more points. He is averaging 6.7 rebounds/game, the third-most on the Wright State roster and 11th in the league overall.

Basile’s 62 percent shooting from the floor is the highest among Wright State regular rotation players. That mark that leads the Horizon League and is 11th in the country overall, while he is also a 49 percent shooter from three-point range. The first team honor is the first of his career after he was an all-freshman honoree last season.

Finke earned All-Defensive honors after averaging 6.9 rebounds a night, third on the Wright State roster, and has been a consistent presence on the glass, having tallied 17 games with at least five rebounds. He is averaging 5.2 defensive rebounds a night heading into the postseason in addition to drawing the opposing team’s toughest defensive assignments weekly.

Love’s defensive honors come after pulling down a team-leading 236 rebounds, the fifth-most nationally, while recording 30 blocks and 1.3 blocks/game, which are both second in the league behind Basile. His 10.3 rebounds per game average is 17th in the nation, his 3.52 offensive rebounds/game is 15th nationally and he is No. 28 nationally in defensive rebounds/game at 6.74.

After clinching at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the third consecutive season, Wright State will be No. 2 seed for the 2021 Horizon League Championship. Under the current neutral-site championship format introduced in 2016, the No. 1 seed has not won a Horizon League tournament title.

The Raiders (18-5) will await the second-lowest remaining seed following the first-round matchups on February 25 and host that team at the Nutter Center in quarterfinal action on March 2 at 7 p.m., with the broadcast on ESPN+. The Horizon League semifinals are March 8 with the Championship game on March 9, both from Indianapolis.

Player of the Year: Loudon Love, Wright State

Coach of the Year: Dennis Gates, Cleveland State

Freshman of the Year: Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year: Tre Gomillion, Cleveland State

Sixth Player of the Year: Matt Johnson, Detroit Mercy

All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)

Torrey Patton, Cleveland State

Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy

Jalen Moore, Oakland

Tanner Holden, Wright State

Loudon Love, Wright State

All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)

Amari Davis, Green Bay

Marcus Burk, IUPUI

Trevon Faulkner, Northern Kentucky

Grant Basile, Wright State

Naz Bohannon, Youngstown State

All-League Third Team (alphabetical by school)

Bul Kuol, Detroit Mercy

Te’Jon Lucas, Milwaukee

Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky

Daniel Oladapo, Oakland

Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne

All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)

Lucas Stieber, Green Bay

Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky

Micah Parrish, Oakland

Trey Townsend, Oakland

Shemar Rathan-Mayes, Youngstown State

All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

Tre Gomillion, Cleveland State

Deante Johnson, Cleveland State

Tim Finke, Wright State

Loudon Love, Wright State

Garrett Covington, Youngstown State

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: No. 20 Arkansas’ big run flusters No. 6 Alabama

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It had been nearly a quarter-century since Arkansas had played a ranked team at home, let alone beaten one there.

No. 20 Arkansas ended both those droughts Wednesday night, beating sixth-ranked Alabama, 81-66.

The Razorbacks, once staples atop the Southeastern Conference standings, hadn’t beaten a ranked team in Fayetteville while they, too, had been ranked since Nolan Richardson was coaching in the late 1990s. That was five coaches and 23 years ago.

Coach Eric Musselman, in his second year with the Razorbacks (18-5, 10-4 SEC), had to change clothes after the game. The celebration was that wet after the Crimson Tide had won the teams’ first meeting by 31 points in January. Arkansas hasn’t lost an SEC game since.

“We’ve run eight in a row and we lost a home game that we didn’t even get to play and we play well at home. I would say this team is playing really good basketball,” Musselman said.

A 17-2 run in the second half was the death blow. Freshman Jaylin Williams scored 10 of his season high 13 points during the stretch and Arkansas (18-5, 10-4 SEC) held Alabama (18-6, 13-2) to the lone two points, a John Petty Jr. jumper, over a stretch of almost nine minutes, turning a six-point deficit to a nine-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play.

Williams grabbed another eight rebounds and finished plus-30 in his 22 minutes. Musselman said he ran more plays for Williams and fellow freshman Moses Moody on Wednesday than he had in any other game all year.

“(Williams) is a really confident freshman who keeps getting better. There’s not many teams that are relying on three freshmen the way that we are,” Musselman said. “We’re not just relying on them in the SEC, we’re relying on them to win, we’re relying on them to score baskets.”

Moody finished with a game-high 22 points, 16 of which came from the free-throw line. Justin Smith (11), J.D. Notae (12) and Jalen Tate (12) joined them in double figures.

All of Tate’s points came in the first half and he didn’t get to finish the second. Arkansas’ big run clearly flustered Alabama, resulting in Petty picking up a technical foul after arguing a no-call with 6:55 left. Tate and Alabama’s Javon Quinerly picked up coincidental technicals for what appeared to be excessive chatter a couple minutes later and then Tate and Petty were called for their second each with 1:01 remaining, resulting in dual ejections.

A lot of the frustration came from Alabama’s hot and cold nature throughout the game. The Crimson Tide missed their first nine 3-pointers but would follow by making eight of its next 10, including the first basket of the second half, giving them their first lead since the opening five minutes of the game. Arkansas countered with its big stretch to put the game away.

Jordan Bruner led Alabama with 14 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Petty finished with 12.

“We stunk last game (against Alabama),” Musselman said. “You gotta bounce back. I thought we bounced back. You play the sixth-ranked team in the country and you beat them, it’s a heck of a win for the program, I can tell you that.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 11 Indiana Cruises To Win At Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. – Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes paced Indiana with 23 points as No. 11 Indiana swept the season series with Wisconsin in a 77-49 win on Wednesday night inside Kohl Center.

KEY MOMENTS

Patberg led the way in the first quarter with five points as Indiana (15-4, 13-2 B1G) would push late in the frame to take a 17-11 lead.

In the second, back-to-back buckets from Berger and Holmes gave the Hoosiers an 11-point lead with 7:09 to go. A Wisconsin (5-16, 2-16 B1G) timeout helped the home team get back on track for as it would come within five. But a conventional 3-point play from Holmes and steal and score from Cardaño-Hillary pushed the lead back to double digits.

The Hoosier defense allowed just one Badger field goal in the final 4:16 of the first half as a Holmes would beat the buzzer on a sideline out-of-bounds play with 2.7 seconds to go sent her team to the locker room with a 37-23 lead.

It was all Indiana in the second half, as it outscored the Badgers 40-26 in the final two quarters. They used a 22-14 advantage in the third quarter to take 59-37 lead. Cardaño-Hillary led way with seven points.

To close out the win, senior guard Keyanna Warthen came in off the bench and scored six of her season-high eight points in the fourth quarter.

NOTABLE

Indiana wins its 13 Big Ten wins ties a program record as it also won 13 games in the 2019-20 season.

The Hoosiers completed the season sweep of Wisconsin. Indiana has won seven-straight in the series and leads the all-time series 51-24.

Indiana had three in double figures against the Badgers. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 23 points. Redshirt junior Nicole Cardaño-Hilary and senior guard Ali Patberg had 14 points each. 

Holmes led the scoring for the Hoosiers with 23 points. The Gorham, Maine native also had a team-high nine boards.

Junior guard Grace Berger grabbed eight rebounds while leading the team in assists with three. She also tallied four points on the night.

Cardaño-Hillary ended the game Wednesday night with 14 points, eight rebounds, and an assist.

Indiana outrebounded the Badgers heavily, 50-22. 18 of those boards were on the offensive glass.

The Hoosiers saw 48 points in the paint compared to Wisconsin’s 32.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well great win on the road for us. This has been a place where we knew we were going to come in and have to play well. I thought the early pressure that Nikki (Cardaño-Hillary) provided for us stifled them offensively. Imani Lewis got into foul trouble and (Sydney) Hilliard goes out in the second half with what I think was a twisted ankle sprain. But we kept our foot on the pedal. Give our kids credit for finishing the job that they had to do. I thought we were great. Obviously, 50-22 rebounding edge tonight. 18 offensive rebounds which was tremendous. We were right at 15 turnovers. We were trying to stay a little bit under that none the less. We got to play everybody which is always a fun thing for us to be able to do. We are excited to be leaving here with a victory.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers continue its final regular season road trip at No. 15 Ohio State on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Brown Becomes WBB’s All-Time Leading Rebounder In Win At NIU

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DEKALB, Ill. – So many good things happened tonight for the Cardinals, not only did senior forward Oshlynn Brown become the program’s all-time leading rebounder, BSU also punched its ticket to Cleveland for the 2021 Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Tonight’s game was an up and down affair between the two schools with both teams having significant leads at some point during the 40-minute duration.

But it was the Cardinals (12-9, 10-7 MAC) that prevailed, taking home the 82-79 victory over the Huskies (11-9, 9-6 MAC) Wednesday night in the Convocation Center.

“Extremely proud of this group and the resolve they showed in this win tonight,”Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. “Our group showed some major league toughness in this big win. It was awesome to see Osh break the all-time rebound record, especially in a winning effort.”

Although tonight’s contest was another close call for BSU with the game knotted late at 79 apiece with just a minute left. A missed layup by NIU’s Shelby Koker gave Ball State the ball back with 31 seconds remaining.

As the clock was winding down, Brown did what she does best, powering through two defenders to get the layup and draw the foul. Brown completed the old fashioned 3-point play to give BSU the lead back for good.

NIU couldn’t get a shot off as time expired which secured the Cardinals victory.

It came to no surprise that tonight’s game would be a close contest.

When these two teams collide on Northern Illinois’ home court, historically it is always a battle.

Tonight’s game was no different as the tug of war consisted of 13 ties and seven lead changes. The Cardinals used a 23-14 run in the fourth frame of action to cut NIU’s once 10-point (56-46) third quarter lead.

Ball State’s largest cushion of the game came in the second quarter, BSU was up by nine (24-15) at the 5:55 mark. NIU made a late comeback to close out the first half but the Cardinals were up by one (41-40) at intermission.

Brown, who finished the night with 26 points and 12 rebounds, broke the program record at approximately the 3:06 mark of the opening quarter. She now has 1,038 rebounds for her career.

Sophomore guard Sydney Freeman finished the night with 20 points while teammate redshirt sophomore guard Anna Clephane registered 18 points and junior forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir wrapped up the double digit scoring with 14.

The Ball State women’s basketball team will wrap up its regular season road portion of its schedule Saturday at Toledo with a Noon tip-off in Savage Arena.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: PINK GAME PREVIEW: FLORIDA STATE

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the first time since Jan. 17, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team will be competing at home inside Purcell Pavilion. And just like that, it’s also Senior Day with the last two games of the regular season upon us. Thursday’s pivotal matchup against Florida State (9-6, 8-6) also doubles as Notre Dame’s annual Pink Game. Tip is set for 7 p.m. EST, streaming live on ACCNX.

SENIOR DAY

A special thank you goes out to our seniors Mikki Vaughn and Nicole Benz, plus graduate student Destinee Walker. The Irish trio will be honored before Thursday night’s game with a special pre-game ceremony.

PINK GAME

One of the program’s favorite yearly traditions, Notre Dame is proud to still host the annual Pink Game this season. Though we won’t have a sold-out venue this year, there will be over 75 cut-outs in the stands. In addition, be sure to check out @NDWBB on its social media accounts at halftime for a special cancer survivor tribute.

HISTORY WITH FLORIDA STATE

Will the streak continue on Thursday night inside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish have never lost to the Florida State Seminoles, boasting an unblemished 10-0 record.

Just a year ago in Tallahassee, Notre Dame rallied down 11 points in the second half to upset No. 19 Florida State, 70-67. Sam Brunelle poured in 25 points behind a career-high seven three-pointers, tying ND great Alicia Ratay for the most in a game by a freshman. Mikki Vaughn and Destinee Walker also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Maddy Westbeld has the most complete game among ACC rookies this season and here’s the stats to back it up:

• ACC Freshmen Rankings: 2nd in Scoring, 2nd in Rebounding, 2nd in Steals, 4th in Blocks & 4th in Assists. She is the only freshman in the league to rank in the top-four in all above-mentioned categories.

• Miss Do It All: Maddy is the only freshman in the country averaging at least 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists & 1.5 steals.

• Ranks 4th in the country among freshmen in the Points+Rebounds+Assists/Game category with 25.2. Tops ACC freshmen.

• Her 15.1 ppg ranks 2nd among ACC rookies and ranks 11th overall in the league. Nationally, her scoring average ranks 13th among all Division I freshmen.

• Riding a career-high seven-game double-digit scoring streak. Also boasts two double-doubles on the year.

6TH WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

The stats don’t lie, Destinee is the third-highest scoring sub in the entire country right now, averaging 12.1 ppg. When looking at the ACC, the next best sixth player is Syracuse’s Emily Engstler, who averages 9.3 ppg.

It’s not too often you have a 2020 ACC Honorable Mention player coming off your bench. Over the last 11 games in particular, Destinee has thrived, scoring in double figures in seven of them, and even leading the Irish in scoring in three.

RECORD CHASING

Speaking of Destinee, she has been absolutely dominant at the free-throw line this season. She ranks 2nd in the ACC and 12th in the country, converting 90.6 percent of her attempts, aka 48-of-53. In addition, she currently has made 23 free throws in a row.

Destinee has a solid chance at becoming the new top ND single-season free-throw shooter. The record is currently held by Kayla McBride, who shot 90.0 percent (90-of-100) in the 2012-13 season (minimum of 2.0 made per game).

HERE COME THE IRISH — OLIVIA MILES

Notre Dame received a major midseason pick-me-up in star point guard Olivia Miles, who became the program’s first ever early enrollee. She had three practices under her belt heading into Syracuse, where she made an immediate impact — four points, two assists, two rebounds and three steals in just under 15 minutes of action.

A week later, she found herself up against the No. 1 team in the country in Louisville. There, she scored six straight points in the 3rd quarter for the Irish before tying for the team high with 10 points. She did it on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting.

Game No. 3 – double-digits once more, tying her season high of 10 points at Pitt on Feb. 22.

WHO’S HOT

Before the break in games, Sam Brunelle was starting to hit a stride. The sophomore posted three straight games in double figures, totaling 39 points, 13 assists and 21 rebounds. Thus, she averaged 13.0 points, 4.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds.

Brunelle also recorded back-to-back games with a career high five assists. Also her 17 rebounds over the last two games were more than the previous seven games combined.

Freshman sensation Maddy Westbeld is riding a career-high seven-game double-digit scoring streak. The Ohio native is also coming off of a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double, her second of the season. It also marked the first 20-point double-double since Anaya Peoples against DePaul on Dec. 11, 2019.

BRACKETOLOGY REPORT

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.” According to the latest bracketology report from ESPN’s Charlie Creme, the Irish are listed as the First Four Out. Wake Forest is listed as the First Team Out as UNC hangs in the Last Four In, in a very bubbly ACC this year. In the final two games of the regular season, Notre Dame welcomes in Florida State on Thursday and No. 6/5 Louisville on Sunday. The Irish even have an opportunity to climb as high as a No. 4 seed for the ACC Tournament next week.

APPROACHING MILESTONE: 700

When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a whole lot of buckets. Queens of three some might say. Marina graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time career made three-pointer leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now boasts 191. All-in-all, the Mabreys have totaled a whopping 693 splash-downs.

INDIANA STATE WBB: Sycamores Earn Senior Night Victory Over Evansville in Home Finale

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sycamore women’s basketball used a strong third quarter to pull away from in-state rival Evansville on Wednesday evening to help give Indiana State an 85-69 senior day victory over the Purple Aces.

With the win, Indiana State improves to 5-10 (2-10 MVC) while the Purple Aces fall to 6-13 (2-12 MVC).

It was a big offensive night for the Sycamores, led by Adrian Folks with 23 points and 13 rebounds to go along with two steals while Marie Hunter added 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of her own. Del’Janae Williams was also in double-figures with 12 points, all of which came in the first half from four-consecutive threes.

As a team, the Trees connected on 28-of-69 (40.6%) from the field and an impressive 21-of-25 (84.0%) from the free throw line. The Aces ended 21-of-64 (32.8%) from the field and 5-of-19 (26.3%) from behind the three-point line.

The Sycamores were dominant on the glass tonight, holding a 49-40 advantage over Evansville. The Trees also got seven steals as a team with a team-high three coming from Caitlin Anderson. Anderson finished her evening with 11 points, five rebound and three steals.

Indiana State won the game, however, on the fast break. Forcing eight turnovers with their seven steals, Indiana State ended with a 27-0 fast-break point advantage over the Purple Aces.

Holding a 57-45 advantage late in the third, ISU put together a string of five-consecutive free throws to end the quarter and extend the lead to 62-47, never looking back and eventually pushing the lead to 23 with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter. The Sycamores won the third quarter 18-12, holding Evansville to just 2-of-13 from the field.

The Trees will close out the regular season next weekend, Mar. 5-6, when they travel to Peoria, Ill., for a season finale with Bradley.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB: Purdue Fort Wayne Set to Play in First #HLWBB Championship

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will play in its first Horizon League women’s basketball championship on Thursday, February 25. The Mastodons will meet up with No. 7 Youngstown State in the first round of the tournament.

Game Day Information

When: Thursday, February 25 | 5 p.m.

Where: Beeghly Center | Youngstown, Ohio

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Series History: Youngstown State leads 6-2

Last Meeting: 2/6/2021 | L, 68-52 | Youngstown, Ohio

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Youngstown State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Youngstown State finished the 2020-21 regular season at 9-7 overall and in Horizon League play. The Penguins are led by senior Mary Dunn with 15.6 points per game and Horizon League Freshman of the Year Nneka Obiazor at 15.6 points per game. Dunn is doing her work exclusively inside the 3-point line, while Obiazor is hitting an average of one triple per game at a 44 percent clip.

The Series

The Mastodons and Penguins have met eight times, with Youngstown State holding a 6-2 edge in the series. Two of these wins came earlier this season when the two squads met in regular season play.

A Free Spot in the Record Books

Sierra Bell found her way to the charity stripe 18 times in her senior day game against Robert Morris, where she converted 15 free throws. This is fourth all-time in Purdue Fort Wayne history. She scored 17 points in that game, doing so on just one made field goal. Her 15 made free throws is also the sixth-most in an NCAA Division I contest this season.

Seniors on Senior Day, A Novel Concept!

Purdue Fort Wayne seniors Hannah Hess and Sierra Bell led the Mastodons in their final regular season games of their career. Hess scored 18 points with 6-of-10 shooting while Bell scored 17 points while going 1-of-4 from the floor. She scored 15 points at the free throw line.

A New High For Sellers

Shayla Sellers had a career-high 21 points against Robert Morris on Friday, February 19, eclipsing the previous high of 17 that she set against Cleveland State six days earlier.

Her First Double-Double

Sierra Bell recorded her first double-double as a Mastodon on Friday, February 12. She scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Cleveland State. She was the second Mastodon to document a double-double this season, as Jaida Wolfork got one in the season opener.

Shayla’s Impact on the Horizon

Shayla Sellers is fifth in the Horizon League in blocks with 22 this season, which is also fifth on a per game basis at 1.00.

Consistent Career-Highs

Freshman Aubrey Stupp had a pair of games at Youngstown State saw her set and match a career-high in her young career. She scored 11 points against the Penguins in Friday’s game and then 11 again on Saturday.

Career-Highs for the Newcomers!

Freshman Rylie Parker and Eastern Kentucky transfer Valerie Clark both had career-highs against Wright State on Friday, January 29. Parker led the team with 13 points while Valerie Clark had 12, which came on four 3-pointers.

How Was Oakland’s Shooting? Not Great Bob!

In Purdue Fort Wayne’s second game against Oakland, the Mastodons held the Golden Grizzlies without a 3-pointer, forcing OU to go 0-for-10 from beyond the arc. This was the worst shooting performance by an opponent since Illinois went 0-for-21 against the ‘Dons in 2014. This was the second time a team under Niecee Nelson has kept an opponent scoreless from 3-point range, the first team was the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in 2018, who went 0-for-7.

Ring the Bell

Sierra Bell had a career-high 21 points on January 16 against Green Bay, which surpassed her previous high as a Mastodon of 16 points, which came earlier this year at Evansville. She used a 7-of-16 shooting day with 4-of-11 from deep for her 21 points, while also recording four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Swipe, Swipe, Swipe it, Swipe

Shayla Sellers had five steals against Green Bay on January 15, which was the most for any Mastodon since she had eight herself on November 24, 2019.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne split its last regular season series, picking up a win over Robert Morris. The Mastodons got big performances from Shayla Sellers, Riley Ott and Sierra Bell in the win, as they all reached double-digits.

Coming Up

If Purdue Fort Wayne beats Youngstown State, the ‘Dons will be pitted against either Wright State or Milwaukee, depending on results of other games. The second round will be played on Tuesday, March 2.

EVANSVILLE WBB: Feit scores career-high as Aces fall to Indiana State

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – University of Evansville sophomore Abby Feit scored a career-high 29 points as the Aces dropped a road contest at Indiana State, 85-69, on Wednesday evening at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Feit scored 14 in the opening half and added 15 in the second 20 minutes for her career-high outing and paired it with 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Joining Feit in double-digits was junior Anna Newman, who tallied 13 points, while adding six boards and four assists. Leading the Sycamores was Adrian Folks with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

A high-scoring contest started as such early as the two sides ran-up the score in the opening quarter. The two sides combined for 47 points in the first as the Sycamores took a narrow one-point lead. The middle quarters proved key for Indiana State as the Sycamores gained control of the game. Indiana State out-scored the Aces, 38-24, in the second and third quarters as the Aces shot just 8-30 (26.7%) from the field during the stretch and the Sycamores hit 11 shots and got to the line 13 times. Late in the contest, Evansville mounted a run, cutting what was a 23-point deficit down as low as 12, but Indiana State pushed its lead back to 16 to close out the 85-69 win.

Both teams limited turnovers on the night with Evansville committing just eight turnovers, its fewest turnovers since recording five at Bradley on Feb. 10, 2019, while the Sycamores turned the ball over just seven times.

The Aces face a quick turnaround with a trip to face UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa ahead for the on Saturday and Sunday.

VALPO WBB: Frederick Delivers Game-Winner as Valpo Edges Loyola

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Fans will be forgiven if they thought they were experiencing déjà vu while watching the closing seconds of the Valpo women’s basketball game against Loyola Wednesday evening from Chicago, as for the second time in as many years, junior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) delivered a game-winning shot against the Ramblers as she converted a layup with 5.2 seconds to play to give Valpo the 57-55 victory.

How It Happened

The last four minutes proved to be a microcosm of the game as a whole, as they contained five of the game’s 15 lead changes. Valpo took its first lead since early in the third quarter with 3:55 to play on a free throw from Frederick before Loyola scored five straight to go up 51-47 with 2:53 to go.

Valpo came right back with five points on its next two trips, getting a driving layup from senior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) and a 3-pointer from junior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) on consecutive possessions to pull ahead 52-51 with 2:14 to play.

A second-chance basket on the Ramblers’ next possession turned the lead back to their side before White responded with two free throws with 1:23 remaining, making it 54-53.

After the teams traded empty possessions, Valpo forced a Loyola miss inside of 30 seconds to play and White secured the rebound and was fouled. She split the pair of foul shots to push the lead to two points.

Loyola missed two shots on its next trip, but got both offensive rebounds and eventually got to the foul line with 11.8 seconds remaining, hitting both to tie the game at 55.

Valpo called timeout and advanced the ball to the frontcourt, where it inbounded and isolated Frederick at the top of the key. The junior drove down the right side of the paint and finished with 5.2 seconds left to make it 57-55.

Loyola used its final timeout to advance the ball into the frontcourt, but Weinman knocked a pass to the wing away and ran it down for her fifth steal of the night to secure the victory.

Most of the game was played within a one-possession margin either way, including all but 35 seconds of the first quarter. A 3-pointer from White with 1:49 to play in the period — her seventh point of the opening quarter — put Valpo ahead by two before the Ramblers scored five points on their last two possessions to hold a 14-11 lead at the end of one.

Valpo scored seven straight midway through the second quarter on a pair of baskets by White and a 3-pointer from Frederick to earn its largest lead of the game, a four-point edge (20-16) with 5:16 to play in the quarter.

The Ramblers responded with six straight to regain the advantage, but triples by Weinman and senior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) in the final 2:30 of the half gave Valpo a 26-24 lead at intermission.

Loyola gained the lead less than two minutes into the third quarter, a lead it held for the rest of the period as Valpo scored just four points in the first seven minutes of the second half.

The Ramblers pushed their lead out to seven points — their largest advantage of the evening — at 39-32 with 2:27 to play in the third quarter. Valpo scored on three of its final four possessions of the quarter, including a last-second triple from freshman Molly Sheehan (Hinsdale, Ill./Benet Academy), to close to within 42-39 with 10 minutes left.

A slow start to the final period saw both squads score just two points apiece over the first four minutes. Loyola pushed out to a two-possession lead at 46-41 with 5:44 to play, but Sheehan connected on a 3-pointer 21 seconds later to again make it a one-possession game.

White connected on a layup with 4:14 to play to tie the game at 46-all, setting the stage for the dramatic final minutes.

Inside the Game

Frederick’s game-winning basket was almost identical to her 3-point play to defeat the Ramblers at the ARC last season, both coming on drives down the right-hand side and finishing at the rim. In fact, both baskets came with exactly 5.2 seconds to play.

Valpo improved to 5-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this year and is 14-6 in such games in Mary Evans’ tenure on the bench.

Leading the way in Wednesday’s win was White, who returned from missing two games due to injury with a bang. White finished just one point off her season and career high with 22 points in the victory, going 9-of-12 from the field — matching her career best for field goals made. She added six rebounds as well to tie for team-high honors.

Weinman was the only other Valpo player to reach double figures, notching 12 points. The junior also racked up five steals just one game after matching her career best with six thefts.

Frederick attempted just two field goals before the game-winning bucket, finishing with six points and a team-high four assists, while Sheehan added six points and three rebounds off the bench.

Freshman Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) matched White’s effort on the glass with six boards.

Valpo hit at a 45.7% clip from the field Wednesday and was 7-of-22 from 3-point range while limiting the Ramblers to 35.6% shooting.

The game featured a total of seven ties and 15 lead changes.

Valpo has now split five of its six MVC series to date, the only non-split a pair of losses to nationally-ranked Missouri State.

Thoughts From Coach Evans

“I’m happy we found a way to win — that was what we talked about at the half, was finding a way to get the win. It wasn’t our cleanest or our best game, but our players continued to fight and continued to scrap the entire night. They made plays down the stretch when we needed to have plays, and I’m proud of them for sticking with it.”

“The last play, we went to a play we run all the time. We try to slip someone to the rim and see if they can get open, and if not, we put the ball in Shay’s hands and let her make a play. We’re blessed to have a point guard who is very talented and very unselfish. We trust her to make great decisions in those moments, and that was a great decision.”

“Grace had a huge night for us. Coming off being a bit banged up, she was really aggressive today and really got us going on the offensive end.”

“We knew when we signed her Molly was a talented shooter. She’s come in to our program, she’s been mentally tough and has done a great job learning quickly. She made two big shots for us and defended well down the stretch also. I’ve been really pleased with what she’s brought to the table.”

MIAMI WBB: Zips Shoot Past RedHawks, 84-63

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OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team dropped an 84-63 decision on Wednesday evening to the Akron Zips. The loss drops the RedHawks to 3-18 overall and 2-15 in Mid-American Conference play. Akron improves to 6-12, 3-12 MAC.

Sophomore Peyton Scott led all scorers with 27 points while adding seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Senior Kelly McLaughlin poured in 12 points and nine rebounds.

How it Happened:

Miami went 9-of-10 from the free throw line in the first quarter to lead the Zips 17-15 after 10 minutes of action.

Akron closed the second quarter on a 16-3 run as the RedHawks battled foul trouble for most of the quarter. The Zips led 41-28 at the half.

Miami’s offense could find little rhythm and struggled shooting the ball all evening as Akron led 65-42 after three quarters of play. Akron finished the contest with an 84-63 victory.

Game Notes:

Kelly McLaughlin finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds, one rebound shy of her second straight double-double.

Up Next:

Miami hosts Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 27 for Senior Day. Opening tip is slated for 1 p.m.

CINCINNATI WBB: Thomas Sets UC & AAC Records with 51-Point Game at ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Iimar’I Thomas became the second player in University of Cincinnati basketball history to score 50 or more in a game with her career-best, 51-point performance in a 76-61 win at East Carolina on Wednesday.

Thomas, who also had the first 50-plus point game in American Athletic Conference women’s basketball history, set school and league records for points in a game (51) and field-goals made (20). It was the most points scored by an NCAA Division I women’s basketball player in the 2020-21 season.

She joins basketball legend Oscar Robertson as the only UC players to cross the 50-point plateau in a single game. Robertson had six career games at UC with 50 or more points, most recently a 50-point performance against North Texas on Feb. 22, 1960.

Thomas went 20-of-27 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line while grabbing 12 rebounds, dishing out four assists and had a steal. She became the fourth player in school history with 1,800 or more career points and is the first in UC history with 1,800+ career points and 800+ career rebounds. Thomas has scored 1,824 points with 846 rebounds at UC.

The Bearcats (5-15, 4-12 AAC) snapped a three-game losing streak after taking a one-point lead out of the first quarter, leading by eight at the break and pulling away by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter.

Caitlyn Wilson added 10 points, knocking down three triples to give her 27 three-pointers made over the last seven games.

Jada Scott pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds as UC held a 54-26 edge on the glass over the Pirates (7-12, 5-9 AAC).

ECU’s Taniyah Thompson scored 19 to lead three players in double digits as Synia Johnson and Lashonda Monk each added 11.

UP NEXT

UC plays at Tulsa on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

OHIO STATE WBB: BUCKEYES FALL AT PENN STATE 69-67

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Three Buckeyes scored in double figures, but Penn State had the final salvo in a back-and-forth battle, to knock off Ohio State 69-67 Wednesday evening in State College.

Dorka Juhasz led the Buckeyes (13-5, 9-5) with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Jacy Sheldon finished with 19 points and five rebounds while Aaliyah Patty had 10 points and matched her career-high with four blocks.

Freshman Kateri Poole chipped-in with seven points and tied her season-high with seven assists. Poole has had 20 assists in the last three games.

Penn State (9-11, 6-10) was led by 21 points from Niya Beverley. Her three with just over three minutes to play gave PSU a 67-65 lead and then she had an offensive rebound that led to the game-winning bucket with just over a minute to play.

On the OSU end, Patty had position inside but Juhasz’s pass was a little strong, turning the ball back over to Penn State with :39 seconds to play. After a Lady Lion miss, Sheldon grabbed the rebound but the Buckeyes were unable to get a shot off in the final 10 seconds.

Ohio State raced out to a 17-4 lead just five minutes into the game and would only make one free throw the rest of the quarter to lead 18-13 after one. Scoring didn’t come any easier in the second quarter for the Buckeyes as they relinquished the lead and PSU headed to the locker room in front 31-30.

The Buckeyes took a four-point lead in the third and even took a six-point lead early in the fourth. Sheldon made a couple of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep the Buckeyes in front until Beverly’s three gave the Lady Lions the lead for good.

Ohio State returns home to host No. 11 Indiana this Saturday. The Buckeyes won the first meeting between the two teams this season in Bloomington on Jan. 28. Tip-off Saturday is set for 3 p.m. on BTN.

MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Ball State and Kent State Clinch Spots To Cleveland

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Kent State 65, Buffalo 62

KENT, Ohio — Kent State scored the final four points to earn a 65-62 victory over Buffalo in the annual Play4Kay game at the M.A.C. Center on Wednesday night.

The Golden Flashes (10-6, 9-4 MAC) held the Bulls to their second lowest-scoring game of the season and did not allow a field goal over the final 4:55 of the contest. Sophomore Clare Kelly hounded Buffalo star Dyaisha Fair on the game’s final possession and the high-scoring guard’s heave from 25 feet out didn’t fall.

Sophomore Nila Blackford scored 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. The forward shook off 1-of-8 shooting in the first half by making 8 of 10 shots while playing all 20 minutes after halftime and also led Kent State with nine rebounds. Classmate Katie Shumate added 17 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

Junior Mariah Modkins, who scored seven of her 10 points during the final six minutes, put the Flashes ahead, 63-62, with a runner near the elbow as the shot clock neared expiration with 50.6 seconds to play.

Following a defensive stop, Kelly found Blackford open for a layup on an underneath inbounds play to extend it to 65-62 with 17.1 to play. Kent State forced another turnover but missed two free throw attempts with 10.7 on the clock to allow the Bulls to get the ball with a chance to tie it.

After a timeout, Buffalo got the ball into the hands of Fair, who made the team’s only three-point field goal of the night, with 7.1 seconds remaining. The nation’s sixth-leading scorer was unable to create space from Kelly and had to chuck a desperation shot that hit off the glass and grazed the rim before falling to the ground.

Kent State heads back on the road on Saturday when it attempts to complete a season sweep of Miami.

Western Michigan 66, Eastern Michigan 56

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Western Michigan women’s basketball team picked up its first road victory of the season on Wednesday night with a wire-to-wire 66-56 win over in-state foe Eastern Michigan.

The Broncos earned their first road victory since March 4, 2020 when the Broncos defeated the Eagles at the Convocation Center. Western Michigan has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season and three of the last four.

For the sixth straight game WMU had three score in double figures led by redshirt senior Reilly Jacobson with 24 points, three shy of her career-high.  It’s the second straight 20-point performance for Jacobson and fourth 20-point game this season.

The redshirt senior forward was 8-of-15 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Jacobson was also 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.

In her second straight start junior Maddie Watters matched her career-high with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in 40 minutes of action. Watters was nearly perfect from long distance shooting 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line. It was Watters fifth game this season scoring in double figures.

Rounding out the double digit scorers was redshirt freshman Taylor Williams with her eighth double-double of the season. Williams was 4-of-12 from the field with three three-pointers for 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two of which came on the offensive glass. Williams in 35 minutes also had two assists and two steals.

As a team the Broncos shot 38.9 percent from the field and was a staggering 11-of-23 from behind the three-point line. It’s the fourth game this season the Broncos have registered double-digit three-pointers and the first time since Feb. 6 against Central Michigan.

Western Michigan forced EMU to commit 18 turnovers on Wednesday night while EMU out rebounded WMU, 45-39. The Broncos scored just 16 points in the paint to EMU’s 22 and had 15 assists on 21 made field goals.

With the win the Broncos have won two straight and have an overall record of 5-13 and 4-12 in Mid-American Conference play. WMU returns home on Saturday, Feb. 27 for a showdown with the Huskies of Northern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. inside University Arena.

Toledo 72, Central Michigan 67

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The University of Toledo women’s basketball team took an early lead against Central Michigan on Wednesday and fended off a late Chippewa run to win 72-67 at McGuirk Arena.

Freshman Sammi Mikonowicz scored 15 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter to help Toledo seal the deal. Sophomore Sophia Wiard added 15 points and four assists, while classmate Quinesha Lockett contributed 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

The Rockets grabbed control of the game early, taking a 22-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. But CMU slowly chipped away at its deficit, whittling it down to nine at halftime and to just one, 51-50, through three quarters. Central Michigan briefly took the lead in the fourth quarter, but Toledo recovered and held on for win. The victory moves the Rockets to 10-11 overall and 6-11 in Mid-American Conference play. CMU is now 13-8 overall and 11-6 in league play.

“I’m proud of this team for the way they played tonight,” head coach Tricia Cullop said. “I’m so happy for our players because we’ve experienced some heartache in the final minutes of our last few games. They were given the chance to earn a victory today and that’s exactly what they did. We’ll enjoy this one tonight before we have to get up tomorrow and get ready for our next game.”

The Rockets started the game shooting 52.9 percent from the field in the first quarter and ended it by shooting 50 percent in the fourth quarter.

Central Michigan was led offensive by Molly Davis and Micaela Kelly, who both scored 21 points. Jahari Smith grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Ball State 82, Northern Illinois 79

DEKALB, Ill. – So many good things happened tonight for the Cardinals, not only did senior forward Oshlynn Brown become the program’s all-time leading rebounder, BSU also punched its ticket to Cleveland for the 2021 Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Tonight’s game was an up and down affair between the two schools with both teams having significant leads at some point during the 40-minute duration.

But it was the Cardinals (12-9, 10-7 MAC) that prevailed, taking home the 82-79 victory over the Huskies (11-9, 9-6 MAC) Wednesday night in the Convocation Center.

“Extremely proud of this group and the resolve they showed in this win tonight,”Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. “Our group showed some major league toughness in this big win. It was awesome to see Osh break the all-time rebound record, especially in a winning effort.”

Although tonight’s contest was another close call for BSU with the game knotted late at 79 apiece with just a minute left. A missed layup by NIU’s Shelby Koker gave Ball State the ball back with 31 seconds remaining.

As the clock was winding down, Brown did what she does best, powering through two defenders to get the layup and draw the foul. Brown completed the old fashioned 3-point play to give BSU the lead back for good.

Akron 84, Miami 63

OXFORD, Ohio – Sparked by a 21-point and 11-rebound performance from senior F Jordyn Dawson (Huntington, W.Va.), the University of Akron women’s basketball team registered a resounding 84-63 road triumph over Miami (3-18, 2-16 MAC) in Mid-American Conference action on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Millett Hall.

The 21-point win marked the second-largest margin of victory for the Zips (6-12, 3-12 MAC) all-time against the RedHawks in Millett Hall.

“This was a great win tonight,” Akron head coach Melissa Jackson commented. “We had a really good week of practice in which we were able to put some new things in. It was awesome to see them execute in the game today. We got contributions from different players in many areas, which truly makes this a team win. I am really proud of Kendall (Miller) for giving us a huge spark, while Lo (Brewer) and JD (Jordyn Dawson) did a great job on the glass. Molly (Neitzel) and Layne (Ferrell) had some huge buckets and I love how they were aggressive offensively.”

Dawson directed four Zips scoring in double-figures with a team-high 21 points to record her ninth career double-double. Sophomore F Molly Neitzel (Rocky River, Ohio), redshirt freshman G Layne Ferrell (Franklin, Ohio) and junior Kendall Miller (Akron, Ohio) added 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Neitzel posted a career-high in scoring, while Ferrell, in her first career start, equaled a career-best 12 points, en route to scoring in double figures for the third consecutive contest.

Peyton Scott directed Miami’s offensive efforts pouring in a game-high 27 points.

The Zips finished the contest shooting 53.7 percent from the field and better than 47 percent (.471) from beyond the arc, while limiting the RedHawks to an overall 36.2 percent shooting mark on the night.

Akron posted a 34-33 edge in rebounding, which the Zips parlayed into a 40-24 margin in points in the paint and 11-8 edge in second-chance points. Led by 13 and 11 points from Molly Neitzel and Miller, Akron garnered a 34-14 margin in bench scoring.

The opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair as neither team led by more than four points in the stanza, one that featured four lead changes and two ties as Miami took a 17-15 lead into the second quarter.

Four more ties occurred in the opening five minutes of the second quarter before the Zips’ offense broke open a 25-all stalemate with a 16-3 run to close to half to take a 41-28 lead into the half. Fueling the run with six points was Molly Neitzel, while sophomore G Rachel Martindale (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and redshirt freshman G Emma Tecca (Tallmadge, Ohio) each connected on a three pointer.

Akron was 10-of-17 from the field in the second quarter to finish the period shooting 58.8 percent, including connecting on a trio of three pointers.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: Warriors use late run to pull away from Pacers, 111-107

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With Stephen Curry struggling to make baskets, Draymond Green gave Golden State a boost of energy.

The Warriors needed everything he could muster.

Green scored on two late dunks to start the decisive final run, defended hard and found a way to corral loose balls in the closing minutes as Golden State scored six straight points to finally fend off the Indiana Pacers 111-107 on Wednesday night.

“I think in general we don’t really need Draymond to score,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We need him to do what he needs energy wise but there are going to be some nights like tonight where we don’t make a lot of shots and if we get a few from Draymond it might put us over the top.”

Green certainly bailed out the weary Warriors, who won the last two games on a four-game road trip.

His numbers – 12 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and three steals – only told part of the tale on a night Golden State made a season-low 19.2% from 3-point range. Curry scored 24 points but was just 7 of 21 from the field and 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.

But at the end, Green cleaned up by doing the dirty work.

“It’s not pretty,” Kerr said. “Draymond was just tremendous tonight. It was a hell of a grind out win.”

Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 24 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 16 rebounds for his his 24th double-double of the season. But the Pacers looked rusty after taking an unexpected one-week break because of two postponed games.

The Warriors failed to take advantage of earlier opportunities to take control of the back-and-forth contest.

Instead, the Pacers fought back from an 81-75 deficit late in the third quarter to tie the score at 86 early in the fourth. And after Golden State scored four straight to take a 95-91 lead midway through the fourth, the Pacers got as close as 99-98 with 4:36 to play.

That’s when Green drove through the lane for an uncontested dunk to start the decisive run, and the Pacers never recovered.

“We played hard, we just didn’t make baskets at the end,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.

NBA: Gallinari hits team-record 10 3s, Hawks rout Celtics 127-112

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Danilo Gallinari set a Hawks franchise record with 10 3-pointers in a 38-point spree that carried Atlanta to a 127-112 rout of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Gallinari broke the mark of nine 3-pointers by Steve Smith in a 1997 game against Seattle. The Hawks also eclipsed the overall team record by going 23 of 42.

Trae Young played like an All-Star, adding 33 points as the Hawks built a 27-point lead in the first half and were never threatened by the lackluster Celtics, who have lost three in a row.

Gallinari, one of the biggest free agents signed by the Hawks in an offseason spending spree, equaled the best scoring half of his career with 24 points over the first two quarters. He finished 10 of 12 from 3-point range and 13 of 16 overall.

“It’s always great to make history,” he said. “I’m very happy for that. Of course, when you set these kind of records and win the game, it feels way better.”

Gallinari knocked down jumpers from just about anywhere on the court – most notably swishing a 3 from at the edge of the special MLK Day half-court logo that was used on a night honoring historically black colleges and universities.

“The dude was on fire,” teammate John Collins said. “He could not miss. The entire team loves it when when they see a guy on fire like that. We’re going to keep giving it to him until he burns out.”

The Hawks led 72-49 at halftime and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

Gallinari turned in his best performance since joining the Hawks. His previous high was 20 points against Indiana on Feb. 13.

It was much-needed rebound for Young and the Hawks, who lost 112-111 at Cleveland the previous night on a last-second shot – just hours after Atlanta’s star guard learned he had been passed over for a spot in the March 7 All-Star Game to be held on his home court.

Young, an All-Star starter in 2020, ripped through the Celtics for 25 points in the first half. He is averaging 27.2 points a game, the most by any player passed over for the midseason showcase.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 17 points but missed all six of his attempts from 3-point range.

Jayson Tatum was held to 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting. He made just 1 of 8 from long range.

“It got away from us early,” Tatum said. “They played well and made a bunch of shots. But we didn’t come with it today.”

NBA: Gilgeous-Alexander scores 42 as Thunder top Spurs 102-99

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 42 points and Lu Dort hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 102-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

San Antonio turned the ball over with 3.9 seconds remaining, giving Oklahoma City the ball with the score tied. Dort’s corner 3-pointer dropped as the buzzer sounded, and his teammates mobbed him.

Dort, known mostly for his defense as a rookie last season, has improved as a perimeter shooter this season. He made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter against the Spurs.

“Lu’s changed it around, obviously, changed the narrative,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “It’s just him working hard, not getting down on himself, being confident. When you work hard, confidence comes with it because you believe in yourself.”

Gilgeous-Alexander became the first Thunder player to score at least 40 points in a game since Russell Westbrook had 42 on March 20, 2019. He made 13 of 20 field goals, 10 of 11 free throws and shot 6 of 11 on 3s.

Gilgeous-Alexander was one of the NBA’s highest-scoring players to be left off the All-Star rosters, but he said there was “no extra push or anything like that” to score a lot of points and make a statement about being snubbed.

“I wouldn’t have known how much I had if my teammates weren’t telling me,” he said. “I was so locked into the game, honestly, just trying to win. Big nights are huge, but personally, if we didn’t win tonight, I wouldn’t feel close to what I feel right now.”

Dort and Al Horford each scored 16 points for the Thunder.

Dejounte Murray had 27 points and Patty Mills added 15 for the Spurs.

San Antonio hadn’t played since Feb. 14 because of health and safety protocols, and the Spurs were still depleted. DeMar DeRozan, the team’s leading scorer, sat out for personal reasons. Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Quinnary Witherspoon and Derrick White were out because of health and safety protocols.

Gilgeous-Alexander took over in the third quarter. He hit a 3-pointer while being fouled, and his free throw cut San Antonio’s lead to 53-51. He later drained a 3 to tie the game at 65.

His layup as time expired in the third put Oklahoma City up 76-73. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points in the period on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and 8 for 9 at the free throw line.

“I just wanted to be aggressive, try to put the defense on their heels, and from there, make the right play,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Oftentimes, I found myself in position to score in that quarter.”

Horford’s 3-pointer on an assist from Gilgeous-Alexander put the Thunder up 87-86 with about seven minutes remaining, and the game remained close from there.

NBA: Butler leads Heat to 4th straight win, 116-108 over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler went to the foul line in the final moments of the fourth quarter Wednesday night, talking and smiling the entire time.

There’s a lot for Butler and the Miami Heat to be happy about right now.

Butler scored 27 points, 14 of them in the final quarter, and the Heat won their fourth consecutive game by topping the Toronto Raptors 116-108 on Wednesday night.

Butler also had 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, plus a season-high three 3-pointers – two of them in the final minutes. Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, Duncan Robinson added 17 points and Goran Dragic scored 15 in his return from an ankle injury.

“We’re just out there having fun,” Adebayo said.

It was the eighth win in the last 11 games for the Heat, who started the season 7-14.

“Everybody that played really contributed at different points in the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And then Jimmy’s game was the quintessential, all-around winning basketball game.”

Kyle Lowry, returning from a thumb injury, scored 24 for Toronto. Fred VanVleet also had 24 for the Raptors, Norman Powell scored 17 and OG Anunoby had 14 for Toronto.

“I thought we outplayed them,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I thought we outplayed them in almost all facets. … The ball just bounced their way a lot.”

Powell made a 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring to get Toronto within 100-98 before Butler had the game’s next three plays of any significance – a 3-pointer, a steal on the ensuing possession and a layup to push Miami’s lead back to seven.

Another 3-pointer by Butler with 3:23 left restored the seven-point edge, and Miami kept the lead the rest of the way.

“He’s our leader and we need him,” Dragic said.

Lowry scored 12 of Toronto’s first 20 points in the opening 6 1/2 minutes, and he made a 31-footer over Miami’s zone midway through the second quarter to tie it at 48.

The next 2:51 belonged to Miami.

The Heat went on a 17-2 spurt in that time, six players scoring during the run, to open a 15-point lead and took a 66-56 edge into halftime.

Toronto scored the first 10 points of the second half, erasing the deficit, but a 17-6 answer by the Heat helped them take a 92-85 lead into the fourth. And the Raptors never led at any point in the final 31 1/2 minutes.

“It was fun to be back out there with the fellas,” said Lowry, who acknowledged that his thumb was hurting at times after contact Wednesday. “We gave it a tough fight, but we didn’t pull it out at the end.”

NBA: Malik Monk scores 29 points, Hornets cool off Suns 124-121

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Malik Monk scored 29 points, LaMelo Ball added 20 points and eight assists and the Charlotte Hornets cooled off the Phoenix Suns with a 124-121 victory Wednesday night.

Phoenix lost for just the second time in 11 games. Suns star Devin Booker missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer with replays showing Gordon Hayward made contact with Booker’s arm. There was no foul call and the play wasn’t reviewed.

Hayward also had 20 points, including two free throws with 5.8 seconds left.

Charlotte trailed for most of the first half, then rallied to take a 97-91 lead by the end of the third quarter. The Hornets pushed ahead by 11 points midway through the fourth but Phoenix scored 11 straight points – capped by Booker’ dunk – to tie it at 110.

Charlotte responded with the next seven points. Two came on a perfect alley-oop pass from Ball to Miles Bridges and then Bridges knocked down a 3-pointer on the next possession. After a Phoenix timeout, Ball slammed home a dunk after slicing down the lane and the Hornets didn’t trail again.

Booker was named to his second straight All-Star team as an injury replacement for Lakers forward Anthony Davis a few hours before Wednesday’s game. He got a big ovation from the crowd during pregame introductions and put on a show in the first quarter, pouring in 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting.

Booker finished with 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting. Teammate Chris Paul – who also made the All-Star team for an 11th time – added 20 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Phoenix led 17 points in the first half but settled for a 67-66 lead at halftime. Monk scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting – including 4 of 7 from 3-point range – before the break.

NBA: LaVine scores 35 as Bulls beat Timberwolves 133-126 in OT

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Zach LaVine is an All-Star for the first time, and he wants more. Same for the rest of the surging Chicago Bulls.

LaVine scored 35 points against his original NBA team, helping the Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-126 in overtime Wednesday night.

Chicago shot 59% from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Coby White had 20 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulls (15-16) won for the fifth time in six games, but felt they should have played better against the lowly Timberwolves (7-26). Looking for the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2017, just winning isn’t enough anymore.

“These guys have worked really, really hard, but I don’t think that we played to the level of standard that we want to play to,” coach Billy Donovan said.

LaVine, named an All-Star reserve Tuesday night, made 14 of 21 shots in his 16th game this season with at least 30 points. The dynamic guard was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2014 draft and spent three seasons with the Timberwolves before he was traded to the Bulls in June 2017.

“You always want to go and play good against the team that traded you, but also have love for them as well,” LaVine said.

Minnesota lost for the 10th time in 11 games despite a gutsy second-half rally while playing for the second straight night. New coach Chris Finch is winless in two games since taking over after Ryan Saunders was fired Sunday night.

Malik Beasley scored 25 points for the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Anthony Edwards added 21 points, and Jarred Vanderbilt matched his career high with 16.

Towns fouled out on a questionable call with 12.3 seconds left in regulation, and the Timberwolves missed his presence in overtime.

“We’re not playing the best defensively right now, and we’ve got to find ourselves,” Towns said.

Minnesota was down 119-116 when veteran guard Ricky Rubio was fouled by White on a 3-point try with 4.9 seconds remaining. Rubio calmly made all three foul shots and LaVine missed a 3 as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

“I felt like I fouled him well before the shot,” White said. “He didn’t even know I was fouling him. I fouled him, they called it five seconds later after he threw the ball.”

Chicago responded with a 7-0 run. LaVine capped the spurt with a 3-pointer, making it 126-119 with 3:27 left.

White made two free throws with 15.1 seconds remaining to help the Bulls hold on.

Minnesota trailed by 14 early in the second half, but Towns had 15 points in the third quarter and Josh Okogie’s layup trimmed Chicago’s lead to 98-97 with 8:59 left in the fourth.

NBA: Zion Williamson leads Pelicans past Pistons, 128-118

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Zion Williamson scored 32 points in his first game since being named a first-time All-Star, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 128-118 on Wednesday night.

“I didn’t know I was supposed to feel different, to be honest, because everyone’s been asking that,” Williamson said in reference to how All-Star recognition affected his mindset on the court. “If you know me, my goal is to go out there and try to win every game. Is it going to happen like that? Maybe not, but I just want to go out there and win and have fun with my teammates and enjoy each moment.”

Williamson had many highlights to enjoy against Detroit.

There were several quick, dribbling spin moves to elude multiple converging defenders in the paint before he finished near the rim with floaters or layups. There were also thunderous one-handed dunks on cuts down the lane or along the baseline. One of his flourishes featured his throw down of Lonzo Ball’s alley-oop lob.

Williamson made 13 of his 18 shots in reaching the 30-point threshold for the eighth time this season.

“He’s a generational talent where you don’t know what you’re going to get from him every single night; it’s going to be something different. It’s going to be something exciting,” said Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, who scored 27 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Pelican center Steven Adams said than an “obviously super-talented, super-skilled player” like Williamson has “a lot bigger goals than just the All-Star game, right? It’s a good little stepping stone for him, but I have a feeling he’s not finished.”

Adams scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his first action since missing two games with a sore right ankle. His putback gave the Pelicans a 121-111 lead with 2:15 left.

The Pelicans’ strong finish came after they’d trailed most of the first three quarters before thwarting the Pistons’ bid to win two road games in consecutive nights.

Josh Jackson scored 25, and Mason Plumlee added 21 points for Detroit, which led by 10 in the first half and nine in the third quarter. Saban Lee and Saddiq Bey each scored 13 points.

“We couldn’t buy shots at the right time, but I was overall pleased with our approach,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “For whatever reason, we ran out of gas down the stretch.”

The Pistons looked sharp early, combining for nine 3s and shooting 53.1% overall (26 of 49) in scoring a season-best 69 first-half points.

Detroit got 36 first-half points from reserves including 10 from Jackson and nine from Svi Mykhailiuk on three 3s.

The Piston’s led by as many as 10 when Jackson’s floater made it 43-33.

Detroit was up by seven late in the half before Williamson scored on a dribble drive in the final seconds of the quarter to make it 69-94.

NBA: Suns’ Booker replaces Lakers’ Davis in NBA All-Star Game

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was selected Wednesday to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver choose Booker to take Davis’ spot a day after Booker was snubbed by the league’s head coaches for a reserve spot in the March 7 game in Atlanta.

Booker received a big ovation from the home crowd Wednesday night when the sixth-year guard was announced as a two-time All-Star during the starting lineup introductions. Coach Monty Williams said pregame that the honor was well deserved.

“The situation at the time was a bit weird for us when Devin didn’t get the call, but we’re grateful for what has transpired over the last few hours and we’re just happy for Book,” Williams said.

After Booker was snubbed Tuesday night, there was a chorus of disbelief from some of the league’s top players, including LeBron James.

“Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!! Simple as that,” the Lakers star tweeted.

Booker said he tried to not to get frustrated by the initial snub and looks forward to another All-Star experience.

“I focus on my family, my close ones around me,” Booker said. “They did a good job of keeping me very humble and down to earth. At the end of the day it is bigger than this basketball thing and the entertainment behind it and the politics behind it.

“I am getting to the age of finally understanding that.”

Davis, voted in as a reserve, is sidelined by a strained right calf.

NBA: Hectic finish awaits all NBA teams in 2nd half of season

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The second half of the NBA schedule will be hectic, all the way to the end.

The league on Wednesday released the list of games that will be played between March 10 and May 16, with Memphis and San Antonio – two of the teams that dealt with long unplanned shutdowns because of coronavirus-related issues – set to play 40 times apiece, tied for the most in the league during the 68-day sprint to the end of the regular season.

And every team is scheduled to play on the final day of the regular season, a rarity. The 15 games on May 16 will mark the first time that every NBA team plays on the same day since Nov. 25, 2016 – and the first time all have done so on the final day of the regular season since April 16, 2014.

The season reopens following the All-Star break on March 10 when Washington visits Memphis and San Antonio goes to Dallas.

Most of the league resumes on March 11, with 21 teams playing their second-half openers that night, and the remaining five – Denver, Cleveland, Utah, Indiana and the Los Angeles Lakers – get back to game action on March 12.

That means the Cavaliers, Lakers and Jazz, all of whom end their first-half schedules on March 3, get the longest All-Star breaks in the league at nine days apiece. Washington, Memphis and San Antonio get the shortest breaks, all six days.

Teams will finish the season averaging about 15 back-to-backs, about three more per team than was the case last season but still well below the norm before the league made player rest a scheduling priority and changed its methods three years ago.

There are only two instances of teams having four games in five days in the season’s second half, both toward the very end.

Memphis had one of the dreaded four-in-fives during the first half and is in line for another between May 11 and May 15, at home against New Orleans, Dallas and twice against Sacramento. San Antonio will end the season with a run of four games in five days – the first two at Brooklyn and New York on May 12 and 13, followed by finales at home against Phoenix on May 15 and 16.

A few other things to note on the schedule:

BIG MONDAY

The NBA typically tries not to schedule games on the night of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, but squeezing so many games into a short window made an unplanned night off impossible this season. There are seven games on the schedule for April 5, the night that some college team is scheduled to cut down nets in Indianapolis.

LOADED SLATE

May 16 could mark the first time all 30 NBA teams and all 30 Major League Baseball teams play on the same day. There were 15 NBA games and 15 MLB games on April 16, 2014 – but included in that MLB slate was a doubleheader between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays had that day off.

LEAST AND MOST

The Los Angeles Clippers have the fewest games in the second half, scheduled to play 34 times. The Spurs and Grizzlies are scheduled to play 40 games, and every other team is between 35 and 38 contests.

RESCHEDULINGS

The league has had to reschedule 29 games that were called off so far for virus-related reasons, plus others that had to be postponed earlier this month in response to the ice storm that knocked out power to much of Texas.

PLAY-IN DATES

The play-in tournament begins May 18 and the playoffs officially open May 22.

For the play-in tournament, the NBA has set up six games, all of which will result in either a playoff berth or elimination.

The teams with the seventh- and eighth-highest winning percentages in each conference will each have two opportunities to win one game to earn a playoff spot. The teams finishing ninth and 10th in each conference will have to win twice to make the postseason.

The No. 7 team will play host to the No. 8 team, with the winner earning the No. 7 playoff seed. The No. 9 seed will host the No. 10 seed, and the winner of that game will then travel to the loser of the 7-8 game for a one-game playoff to decide the No. 8 playoff seed.

NFL NEWS: Licht: Buccaneers open to giving Brady a contract extension

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are open to giving Tom Brady a contract extension.

General manager Jason Licht reiterated Wednesday that the Super Bowl champions would like to keep the 43-year-old quarterback in uniform for as long as Brady wants to play. Licht declined to characterize any conversations the team’s had about that prospect.

“We don’t typically talk about those discussions publicly,” Licht said during a video conference call in which he and coach Bruce Arians discussed free agency and efforts to retain several potential free agents instrumental to the team’s championship run.

“Bruce and I both have a great relationship with Tom. I have a good relationship with his agents. We thought Tom played incredibly well this year, along with the entire team, and we would love to have Tom play here – and I can speak for Bruce, I think – as long as he continues to want to play,” the GM added. “If that comes to fruition at some point, then we’d be elated. But I’d like to keep those conversations private that we have right now.”

Despite not having normal offseason workouts and preseason games to prepare for his first season in Tampa Bay, Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns to lead the Bucs to their first playoff appearance since 2007.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion signed a two-year, $50 million contract in free agency last March following a historic 20-season stint with the New England Patriots. He’ll turn 44 in August and has said he’s liked to play until he’s at least 45.

The Bucs, meanwhile, are hoping to keep as much of the championship roster intact as possible.

Signing Brady to an extension could provide some flexibility in efforts to re-sign a group of upcoming free agents that includes linebackers Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett, receivers Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and running Leonard Fournette.

Licht is optimistic.

“We don’t want to do anything that’s going to mortgage or completely disrupt the future, but we have flexibility … and the ability to keep this team together,” the general manager said.

NFL NEWS: Steelers planning on Roethlisberger’s return in 2021

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The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back for an 18th season.

Team president Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday saying he and Roethlisberger have met to figure out a way to ease the financial pressure caused by Roethlisberger’s contract.

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 next month, carries a $41 million salary cap number for 2021 and is due a $15 million roster bonus on March 20, shortly after the new league year begins.

Rooney called the meeting with Roethlisberger “productive,” adding it allowed the two sides to “discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go.”

The Steelers went 12-4 and won the AFC North in 2020 but faded down the stretch. Pittsburgh lost five of its final six games following an 11-0 start, including a playoff loss to Cleveland in which Roethlisberger threw four interceptions.

The Steelers are facing a serious cap crunch and have already started to overhaul the coaching staff and the roster. Center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Vance McDonald, both close friends of Roethlisberger, have retired. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who also is close to Roethlisberger, was let go. More moves are on the way with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, outside linebacker Bud Dupree and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva among the team’s 19 pending free agents.

Still, Rooney expressed optimism the door for the Steelers to remain competitive during Roethlisberger’s long tenure remains open.

“We would like to have (Roethlisberger) back to help us win a championship,” Rooney said.

Notre Dame AD supports playoff expansion, wants detailed vision

Notre Dame football may be in the exclusive group of programs that have qualified for the College Football Playoff multiple times since the four-team format was introduced in 2014, but that’s not keeping Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick from making public his desire for an expanded playoff field. Swarbrick, during an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday, remarked that while he believes strength among bluebloods is healthy for the sport, he wouldn’t be opposed to expansion as means of giving smaller programs the chance to prove themselves when warranted. 

“I don’t think sport is hurt when there are really strong programs,” Swarbrick during an interview on the show Wednesday. “You want the Celtics and the Lakers good in professional basketball, you like the Dodgers and Yankees good in baseball. So I think when the Alabamas, the Georgias, the Notre Dames, the USC’s, whoever they are, get in periods where they are really good, I think that’s great for college athletics.

“What we can’t have is the sense that the other schools can’t make it in. And we’ve gotta make sure that the opportunity’s real and schools feel like they can get there. So eventually an expanded playoff will hopefully create that greater opportunity.”

Swarbrick added that should expansion eventually occur, he also wants it to be a methodical process rather than simply blowing up the system for the sake of blowing up the system. Swarbrick told Finebaum that he would expect college football powerbrokers to have a detailed vision of what they want the future of the sport to look like before they engage in serious discussions of expansion.

“All I observe is that when you head into that period of time, whenever that occurs, whenever that negotiation window is, you’ve got to go into it knowing what you’d like the future to be. You can’t use that as the opportunity to decide.

“So sometime in advance of that, those of us on the management committee of the College Football Playoff will have to dig in and say ‘this is the change we propose in the next version of the playoffs or we’re gonna maintain status quo.’ But that decision has to be made before you get to the negotiation phase with your media partners.”

A total of 11 schools have accounted for the 28 playoff spots that have been filled in seven seasons of the format, with Notre Dame earning bids in both 2018 and 2020. The Irish were eliminated in the semis at the hands of the eventual national champion both times, first vs. Clemson in 2018 and then vs. Alabama this past season. 

Frequently, the playoff has been scrutinized for the omission of non-marquee programs that have been in the conversation — such teams sometimes even checking in undefeated come selection day. Notable examples include Group of Five programs Central Florida and Cinncinati. In 2017, the Knights went a perfect 12-0 in the regular season, only to finish at No. 12 in the final rankings and behind a handful of teams with multiple losses. A similar scenario panned out with Cincinnati in 2020, as the Bearcats checked in at No. 8 in the final rankings despite going 9-0.

The inaugural year of the playoff in 2014 also featured no shortage of controversy when TCU was dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final rankings of the year, despite the Horned Frogs coming off a 55-3 win vs. Iowa State the day prior. Florida State would move up a spot from No. 4 to No. 3 while eventual national champion Ohio State moved into the final spot, fresh off an eye-opening 59-0 thrashing of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: Clemson Tigers’ Justin Foster retires from football, citing issues with asthma, COVID-19

Clemson defensive end Justin Foster announced his retirement Wednesday, saying that a combination of asthma, allergies and COVID-19 have made it impossible for him to return to the field. “The decision came after months of recovery and treatment, which required asking a lot of difficult questions about my future,” Foster, a senior, wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “While I still have a way to go, I feel confident I will fully recover.” Head coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that Foster is feeling far better than he was after initially testing positive in August 2020. However, Foster said he is “not in a position now nor do I see that position soon, to step back on the field.” “He had a very tough fall,” Swinney said of Foster, who missed all of the 2020 season while dealing with COVID-19 symptoms. “He’s always had challenges with [asthma and allergies], but when he got COVID last summer, that really set him back.”

NHL NEWS: Petersen helps Kings beat Blues 2-1 for 6th straight win

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Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period to send the Los Angeles Kings past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Cal Petersen made 35 saves, improving to 3-0-1 in his last four starts.

“Our goaltender made some big saves for us,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I don’t think we had a real good game from the get-go tonight, to tell you the truth. We just weren’t good with the puck. I didn’t think we were near as sharp with the puck as we were two nights ago. Some of that has to do with how St. Louis played.”

Oskar Sundqvist scored late in the third for the Blues, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven home games.

“You’ve got to keep working,” coach Craig Berube said. “There’s no magic potion to get out of it. Listen, you’ve got to go out and you’ve got to win close games. When you’re not scoring you’ve got to win close games and right now we’re not doing that.”

Iafallo put Los Angeles ahead at 10:24 of the second. St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington couldn’t corral a shot by Dustin Brown, and Iafallo took advantage by knocking in the rebound.

The Kings made it 2-0 at 16:08 when Athanasiou scored on a wrist shot, beating Binnington to his glove side.

Binnington made his fifth consecutive start and sixth in the team’s last seven games. He stopped 19 shots in falling to 8-6-2.

St. Louis was unable to score with a 6-on-5 skating advantage for 3:25 on a delayed penalty in the third.

“We’re not getting rewarded for some of the work that we’re doing, but we can do a little bit more and get some puck luck,” Blues defenseman Torey Krug said. “We’ve got to earn it right now. We’ve just got to get a little greasier around the net and make it harder for their defensemen and their goalies.”

Sundqvist did score on the ensuing power play at 18:14 and that snapped a 139:33 scoreless streak that dated back to the second period of Saturday’s game against San Jose.

“You could see it was frustrating,” Blues center Ryan O’Reilly said. “We couldn’t crack them until late. It’s a tough one.”

The Kings showed their mettle during the delayed penalty, Petersen said.

“Obviously, it’s pretty unique. I think the whole time, we expected the other team to mess up,” he explained. “They did a good job. I think we did a better job of staying in our structure. We kind of held on for dear life. It didn’t feel really too chaotic despite the long time for it.”

NHL NEWS: Canadiens fire coach Claude Julien amid losing stretch

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The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller on Wednesday following a three-game skid.

Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme was appointed interim coach, and Alex Burrows was added to the Canadiens’ coaching staff.

After a one-week break in their schedule, the Canadiens have lost three in a row. They’ve lost five of six and six of eight since a strong start.

A 5-4 shootout loss in Ottawa against the Senators on Tuesday night marked the end of the line for Julien, who returned for his second go-round as Montreal’s coach midway through the 2016-17 season.

The Canadiens were battling the Toronto Maple Leafs for top spot in the North Division earlier in the season but have since dropped into fourth.

Julien had to leave the team during the first round of the playoffs last year in Toronto when he had a stent installed in a coronary artery. Muller took over the head coaching duties and the Habs extended the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers to six games before bowing out.

The Habs were the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the 24-team postseason last year and then upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the qualifying round.

Ducharme joined the Canadiens’ coaching staff in April 2018 after 10 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He won the Memorial Cup with Halifax in 2012-13 and has twice been Canada’s head coach at the world junior championship, winning silver in 2017 and gold in 2018.

Burrows has been a member of the coaching staff for the team’s AHL affiliate in Laval, Quebec, the past two seasons.

“I would like to sincerely thank Claude and Kirk for their contributions to our team over the past five years during which we worked together. I have great respect for these two men whom I hold in high regard,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

“In Dominique Ducharme, we see a very promising coach who will bring new life and new energy to our group. We feel that our team can achieve high standards and the time had come for a change.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Indiana Climbs to Third Place on Night Two

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MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 21-ranked Indiana Hoosier women’s swim team shot up the team standings after a series of strong Championship Final performances on Wednesday night during the 2021 Big Ten Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

200 IM FINALS

Junior Noelle Peplowski turned in the quickest Hoosier time in the Championship Final with a mark of 1:57.05, the second-best time of her career in the event. She claimed fourth to narrowly edge her teammate, junior Mackenzie Looze. The Bloomington, Ind., native finished fifth with a time of 1:57.16.

In the Consolation Final, senior Abby Kirkpatrick turned in a strong performance to finish 11th overall with a time of 1:59.26. Senior Bailey Kovac finished 13th out of the second heat with a time of 1:59.73.

Sophomore Emily Weiss earned a hard-fought victory in the C Final of the event, setting a new career-best mark with an NCAA B Cut time of 1:58.51.

50 FREESTYLE FINALS

Indiana was well represented in the Consolation Final of the 50 Freestyle. Sophomore Ashley Turak used a great jump off the blocks to propel her to a victory in the heat and a ninth-place finish with a time of 22.26. Freshman Elizabeth Broshears matched her career-best time (22.51) set in the preliminary rounds to finish 13th, while senior Laurel Eiber tied for 15th with a time of 22.77.

500 FREESTYLE FINALS

In her first Big Ten Championships individual swim, freshman Ella Ristic earned a bronze medal with a career-best time of 4:42.06. Senior Josie Grote finished right behind Ristic in fourth with a time of 4:43.16.

Junior Maggie Wallace finished third in the Consolation Final (11th overall) with a time of 4:46.64.

400 MEDLEY RELAY

The Hoosier team consisting of Kovac, Peplowski, Broshears, and Turak finished fifth with a time of 3:34.68.

TEAM SCORES

1. Ohio State – 526 pts.

2. Michigan – 358.5 pts.

3. INDIANA – 310.5 pts.

4. Northwestern – 258 pts.

5. Wisconsin – 237 pts.

6. Nebraska – 184 pts.

7. Iowa – 169 pts.

8. Minnesota – 164 pts.

9. Penn State – 149 pts.

10. Purdue – 120 pts.

11. Michigan State – 104 pts.

12. Illinois – 96 pts.

13. Rutgers – 30 pts.

NOTABLES

• Peplowski earned her first-career podium finish in the 200 IM, sixth overall. The Germantown Hills, Ill., native registered three individual podiums finishes in 2020.

• Looze has made the podium in three-straight seasons in the 200 IM. She claimed third in the event in 2020 and earned a seventh-place finish in 2019.

• The fourth-place finish from Grote marked her best individual finish at the Big Ten Championships and her second podium finish. He other top-eight mark came in a sixth-place finish in the 400 IM at the 2019 conference championship meet.

• Ristic now stands as the 17th-ranked performer in program history in the 500 Freestyle after turning in a career-best time of 4:42.06. Her time ranks inside the top-25 nationally.

FINALS RESULTS

200 IM

4. Noelle Peplowski – 1:57.05 (NCAA B Cut)

5. Mackenzie Looze – 1:57.16 (NCAA B Cut)

11. Abby Kirkpatrick – 1:59.26 (NCAA B Cut)

13. Bailey Kovac – 1:59.73 (NCAA B Cut)

17. Emily Weiss – 1:58.51 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

50 FREESTYLE

9. Ashley Turak – 22.26 (NCAA B Cut)

13. Elizabeth Broshears – 22.51 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

t-15. Laurel Eiber – 22.77

500 FREESTYLE

3. Ella Ristic – 4:42.06 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

4. Josie Grote – 4:43.16 (NCAA B Cut)

11. Maggie Wallace – 4:46.64 (NCAA B Cut)

400 MEDLEY RELAY

5. Bailey Kovac, Noelle Peplowski, Elizabeth Broshears, Ashley Turak – 3:34.68

UP NEXT

The 2021 Big Ten Championships will continue on Thursday morning with the second afternoon of preliminary action beginning at noon ET. Three events will be contested, including the 100 Butterfly, 400 IM and 200 Freestyle.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Beavon Scores in 500, Freshmen Win 50 Free Heats

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MINNEAPOLIS – Kate Beavon earned a spot among the program’s all-time fastest in the 500 freestyle en route to scoring in the B final of the event, highlighting the first full day of action at the Big Ten Championships for Purdue women’s swimming.

Beavon finished 16th among a field of 68 in the preliminaries with her team season-best time of 4:48.61, good for 15th place in program history. She moved up one spot on her second swim with a seventh-place finish in the B final, accounting for 12 team points.

Freshmen Kate Saczawa and Belle Hinshaw won consecutive heats of the 50 free in the prelims. Saczawa and classmate Kali Sayovitz finished 1-2 in heat 3. Fellow freshman Kendal Schreder was Purdue’s top finisher, placing 34th overall among a field of 95 with a Purdue season-best time of 23.42. Claire Abbasse was just one hundredth of a second behind at 23.43.

Natalie Myers led the way in the 200 IM, placing 31st among a field of 68 with a team season best of 2:01.73. That would have been good for 15th in program history, but the senior already holds the No. 3 spot. The all-time lists only feature a swimmer’s career-best mark.

Tessa Wrightson and Riley Kishman swam the first two legs on Purdue’s medley relay team for the second night in a row, handling the backstroke and breaststroke legs on the 400 team Wednesday while teaming with Lindsay Turner and Abbasse. The group finished ninth to earn 40 team points, posting a season-best mark of 3:41.60.

Hayley Pike (35th in 500 free) accounted for another top-40 finish with a personal season-best time of 4:54.14. Erin Verbrugge posted a career-best time of 2:03.52 in a 200 IM time trial, improving on her prelim mark Wednesday by more than a second.

Purdue remained in 10th place in the team scoring but figures to climb over the next three days as diving events begin Thursday in West Lafayette with the 3-meter competition. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, the 100 fly, 400 IM and 200 free are on the schedule for Thursday. Swimming prelims begin at noon ET and diving gets underway at 12:20 p.m. All the action is live on BTN+.

WEDNESDAY TEAM SCORING

1.) #23 Ohio State 526

2.) #9 Michigan 358.5

3.) #21 Indiana 310.5

4.) #7 Northwestern 258

5.) #17 Wisconsin 237

6.) Nebraska 184

7.) Iowa 169

8.) #22 Minnesota 164

9.) Penn State 149

10.) Purdue 120

11.) Michigan State 104

12.) Illinois 96

13.) Rutgers 30

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S SWIMMING: OHIO STATE EXTENDS LEAD AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A competitive afternoon in the water set the Ohio State women’s swimmers up for a potential successful evening and, wow, was that ever the case at the Big Ten championships, being held at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Ohio State swimmers qualified for more points races – 16 – and had more A heat finalists – 10 – than any other school with the result a significant Day 2 lead for the Buckeyes with 526 points. Michigan, which was tied with Ohio State after Day 1 with 118 points, is in second with 358.5 points and Indiana is in third with 310.5 points.

The huge amount of scorers, along with a win in the 400 medley relay, resulted in the Buckeyes scoring 113 points in the 200 individual medley, a whopping 160 points in the 50 free, another 81 in the 500 freestyle and then 64 in the 400 medley relay, their second relay win of the championships.

Buckeyes won two of the three individual races Wednesday – Kristen Romano the 200 individual medley and Sally Tafuto the 500 freestyle – and the 400 medley relay team was dominant in a fast field with a school record time of 3:29.39 with Northwestern second in 3:29.59 and Michigan third in 3:29.84. All three were NCAA A qualifying times.

200 individual medley

Seniors showed the way for Ohio State. Kristen Romano, in the final of this event for the second consecutive year, won the race with a fine time of 1:54.19 with Katie Trace and Hanna Gresser also in the A final and finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Josephine Panitz won the B final in 1:58.46 with Sarah Turchanik finishing 12th.

50 freestyle

University of Michigan swimmers went one-two in the event for a second consecutive year, but Ohio State’s depth – five A finalists and two more in the B final – enabled the Buckeyes to actually outscore the Wolverines by 90 points, 150-60. Taylor Petrak topped her fifth-place finish in the 50 last year by taking fourth in 22.06. She was followed in the A final by Emily Crane, Katherine Zenick, Amy Fulmer and Freya Rayner in fifth-thru-eighth, respectively. Catherine Russo (10th) and Amanda Palutsis (16th) also scored for the Buckeyes.

500 freestyle

A terrific final 50 propelled junior Sally Tafuto to a win in the 500 free in a Top 10 time nationally of 4:39.58. Nicole Fye was 8th, freshman Maya Geringer 9th and Natalia Jaspeado was 18th to all score points and extend Ohio State’s Day 2 point total to 462 after the first five events.

400 medley relay

Ohio State’s team of Emily Crane, Hannah Bach, Katie Trace and Taylor Petrak broke the Ohio State school record by nearly a second to cap the evening with another Buckeye win in 3:29.39.

Diving gets underway Thursday at Purdue’s Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. Finals will take place on the men’s 1-meter and the women’s 3-meter. Swimming championships will be contested in the 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley and 200 freestyle.

Big Ten Conference Championships

Women’s Swimming

February 23-27

Minneapolis, Minn. – Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center

Wednesday Results – Day 2

All Ohio State point scorers listed

200 individual medley – 1. Kristen Romano, 1:54.19; 6. Katie Trace, 1:57.27; 8. Hanna Gresser, 1:58.72; 9. Josephine Panitz, 1:58.46; 12. Sarah Turchanik, 1:59.32. (All times NCAA B provisional)

50 freestyle – 1. Margaret MacNeil (Michigan), 21.44; 4. Taylor Petrak, 22.06; 5. Emily Crane, 22.24; 6. Katherine Zenick, 22.25; 7. Amy Fulmer, 22.39; 8. Freya Rayner, 22.43; 10. Catherine Russo, 22.31; 14. Amanda Palutsis, 22.61. (All times NCAA B provisional)

500 freestyle – 1. Sally Tafuto, 4:39.58 B; 8. Nicole Fye, 4:51.45; 9. Maya Geringer, 4:44.74 B; 18. Natalia Jaspeado, 4:49.12.

400 medley relay – 1. Crane, Bach, Trace, Petrak, *3:29.39 “A”

*Ohio State school record

Team Scores

Ohio State – 526

Michigan – 358.5

Indiana – 310.5

Northwestern – 258

Wisconsin – 237

Nebraska – 184

Iowa – 169

Minnesota – 164

Penn State – 149

Purdue – 120

Michigan State – 104

Illinois – 96

Rutgers – 30

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING AND DIVING: MEN’S SWIMMING ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE: DAY ONE

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The No. 17 Irish competed in two relays on Wednesday as part of the first day of the ACC Championships.

While the Irish were disqualified for an early takeoff in the 200 Medley Relay, the Notre Dame team of Sadler McKeen, Jack Hoagland, Liam Hutchinson and Cason Wilburn posted a 6:19.07 in the 800 Free Relay, good for sixth place and an NCAA Provisional relay cut.

“Tough way to start off the meet with a relay DQ, but our guys showed a lot of fight in a solid 800 Free Relay,” head swim coach Mike Litzinger said. “Zach Smith time trialed the 200 Fly tonight and put up the ninth-best time in the NCAA with a 1:42.57. We will be ready to go tomorrow.”

Smith’s 200 Fly was an NCAA B-Cut, and at 1:42.57, improves his time as the current second-fastest performer in program history in the event.

See below for the event schedule for the remainder of the championship meet.

Thursday, Feb. 25

10 a.m. ET – Prelims: 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free

6 p.m. ET – Finals: 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 200 Free Relay

Friday, Feb. 26

10 a.m. ET – Prelims: 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back

6 p.m. ET – Finals: 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 400 Medley Relay

Saturday, Feb. 27

10 a.m. ET – Prelims: 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly

6 p.m. ET – Finals: 1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Purdue Hosts Maryland Thursday

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team hosts its first home match of the 2020-21 season when it welcomes Maryland to West Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow along with live stats at PurdueSports.com/Soccer, and updates can be found by following Purdue Soccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The match will be played at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, fans will not be allowed.

The Boilermakers (0-1-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) opened the year with a 1-0 loss at Illinois on Feb. 18, while the Terrapins (0-0-1, 0-0-1 Big Ten) began the season with a 1-1 home draw against Michigan State on Feb. 20.

Purdue’s six saves in its season-opening match were third-most in the Big Ten, while the team’s 12 shots ranked No. 4. Maryland’s one goal is tied for the conference lead, and UMD is No. 2 in the league in shots per match, with 13.00.

Individually, junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is No. 3 in the conference in saves per match, with 6.00, and freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija is No. 7 in shots per match.

LAST TIME OUT: AT ILLINOIS

In its first match since November, 2019, Purdue opened the 2020-21 season with a 1-0 loss to Illinois on Feb. 18 at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. The Boilermakers had a 12-8 advantage in shots and Bova made six saves, but a goal by the Fighting Illini in the 81st minute broke a scoreless tie. Four of Purdue’s shots went on goal, while seven of Illinois’ were on net.

The loss snapped a five-match win streak in season-openers for the Boilermakers, who opened the year against a Big Ten opponent for the first time in program history.

Kevdzija led the Boilermakers with three shots, one on goal, and redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith had two shots. Four other players had a shot in the contest, and Kevdzija was one of three with shots on goal. Bova’s six saves were one shy of tying her career high. Four of her stops were in the final 45 minutes.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MARYLAND

Purdue is 3-2 all-time against Maryland and a perfect 2-0 in West Lafayette. Both home matches, in 2016 and 2017, where shutouts, 1-0 and 2-0, respectively.

Last season in College Park, Maryland, the Terrapins won a 2-1 contest. Griffith scored in the 25th minute and Leanna Rebimbas earned the assist. However, UMD scored in the 64th minute to even the match and again in the 84th to take the lead. Griffith led the team with four shots and Rebimbas had three, two on goal. Bova made four saves.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS

Maryland is 0-0-1 following a 1-1 draw against Michigan State at home to open the campaign. The Spartans scored in the 63rd minute before the Terrapins evened the match in the 89th, with 1:07 left on the clock. UMD had a 13-10 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.

A year ago, Maryland went 9-8-3 and 5-5-1 in the Big Ten. The Terrapins were 7-1-2 at home and 2-7-1 in road or neutral-site contests.

UP NEXT: VS. RUTGERS

The Boilermakers are back home on Sunday, Feb. 28 when they host Rutgers. Kickoff is set for noon at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.

BOILERMAKER DEBUTS

Kevdzija was one of five Boilermakers to make their Purdue debuts against Illinois and one of four in the starting lineup. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Hollar and freshmen midfielders Victoria Kevdzija and Emily Mathews also started, while freshman forward/defender Samantha Wong came off the bench.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOODALL EARNS SHUTOUT AS JAGUARS PLAY TITANS TO SCORELESS DRAW

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PONTIAC, Mich. – Playing its first match in three weeks, the IUPUI women’s soccer team earned a hard fought road draw on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 24) as the Jaguars and host Detroit Mercy ended tied, 0-0. Sophomore goalkeeper AP Woodall faced 23 total shots and posted six saves to earn her second shutout of the season.

IUPUI moved to 1-0-1 on the year while Detroit Mercy is now 1-1-1 in Horizon League play.

“It was a great effort all around,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “After sitting out three weeks and just getting back to playing, I can’t fault the effort. We allowed them a lot of shots from distance, but nothing too dangerous. Offensively, we just didn’t convert. (Bueckers) was a real difference maker for us out there all day today.

“AP was good. She stepped up when she needed to and stopped some of their plays before they even got started. She was really solid back there.”

Woodall was busy from the opening kick, facing a pair of corner kicks and four shot attempts in the game’s opening nine minutes. The Titans outshot the Jaguars 13-6 in the opening half. Her only save of the opening 45 minutes came in the 28th minute when she stopped an attempt from Alexis McNeil. Conversely, IUPUI’s lone shot on frame in the first half came from Valentine Pursey, who tested UDM’s Marisa Silver in the 35th minute.

IUPUI had an early shot attempt go awry as freshman Sam Slimak, making her season debut, got in behind Silver, but fired high of target in the game’s opening minutes.

IUPUI forced the offensive issue early in the second half, using possession to get attempts from sophomore Maya Lacognato from the left side. Lacognato attempted a team-high five shots while both Pursey and Slimak had four attempts each. The Jags were downright unlucky in the 62nd minute when Elizabeth Bueckers had a shot aimed for inside the near post, but had the attempt hit off Pursey before it got to goal.

Johnson had five freshmen making their collegiate debuts on Wednesday with Slimak and Alex Stocker earning starting nods. After playing just 12 players in the opener, 16 different Jaguars saw the field on Wednesday.

“The first half we were not good,” Johnson said. “The second half was much better. We came out and looked like a team that had been sitting out for three weeks to start the game. The second half was much better and I thought we did a good job of creating scoring opportunities.”

Woodall has now played 200 minutes to start the year without yielding a goal and hasn’t allowed a goal in more than 209 consecutive minutes dating back to the 2019 campaign.

“We were very excited to get to play a game after our quarantine,” Woodall said. “Although we didn’t get the win, it was nice to get a shutout and come into Milwaukee next week with two shutouts.”

The Jaguars will return to action next Wednesday, Mar. 3 when they face #HLWSOC preseason favorite Milwaukee on the road at 2:00 p.m.

WRIGHT STATE WSOCCER: Wright State falls to Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon

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The Wright State women’s soccer team tallied its second loss of the season to the #HLWSOC preseason favorites Milwaukee, 3-0 Monday afternoon inside the Mosh Performance Center.

With the loss, the Raiders fall to 1-2-0 overall and 1-2-0 in HL play while the Panthers improve to 3-0-0 and 3-0-0 in conference play.

Milwaukee looked to attack early as Maggy Henschler’s shot just two minutes into the match was saved by redshirt freshman Jessika Seward. Reagan Clark looked to record the Raiders’ first goal in the 9th minute but her shot would go high. Madison Keller’s shot in the 24th minute was saved by Elaina LaMacchia before Lauren Borchert’s attempt to break the score line was stop by LaMacchia in the 30th minute. After nearly 40 minutes of scoreless action, Wright State found themselves down 1-0 just five minutes before halftime as Milwaukee’s Mackenzie Schill tallied the first of three goals for Panthers Monday afternoon.

Just five minutes after halftime, Wright State found themselves down 2-0 following a Taylor Hattori goal in the 50th minute. Josie Krupp recorded back to back shots for the Raiders with her first to the bottom left corner saved by LaMacchia in the 77th minute before her 79th minute shot was high and to the right. The Panthers tallied their third and final goal of the contest in the 80th minute.

BY THE NUMBERS

Wright State tallied a close 10 shots to Milwaukee’s 11, with four being on goal to the Panthers six.

Madison Keller and Josie Krupp tallied a team-leading two shots (one on goal), while six other Raiders attempted shots. Kaley Mincy and Lauren Borchert each recorded one shot on goal.

In goal, Jessika Seward tallied two saves for the third consecutive time this season, previously recording 11 on the road against Cleveland State and six against Detroit Mercy. 

UP NEXT

The Raiders are back in action on Wednesday, March 3 as they return to Alumni Field and welcome UIC for a 1 p.m. contest.

USA WOMEN’S SOCCER: USA dispatches tired Argentina 6-0

It was indeed a game of roster rotation as Vlatko Andonovski rolled out his starting lineup against Argentina. Jane Campbell, Kelley O’Hara, and Tierna Davidson all got their first minutes, while Casey Krueger and Kristie Mewis got their first starts. There was also some tinkering with the forward line as Lynn Williams finally got some rest and Andonovski shifted Press to the right side.

Right away the team looked much more fluid and mobile, although it can’t be discounted that they were facing a more tired, slower Argentina team at the end of the tournament. The US looked often for the direct ball over the back line or the wide play, staying away from Argentina’s attempts to compact the middle. Early on, there was an attempt by Argentina at defending in an orderly 4-2-4, facing up in compact lines particularly when Julie Ertz had the ball at feet and was looking to distribute. That fell off a bit as the US began to systematically, repeatedly tear the Argentina backline to shreds.

Without Lynn Williams in the mix, it was mostly Rose Lavelle who was pulling the game wide on the right, with some crossing from Kelley O’Hara. O’Hara had a planned 30 minutes in the game before getting subbed out in the 32’ for Emily Sonnett.

On the left, Casey Krueger had a very good first half, maintaining the high press while picking out Megan Rapinoe and Kristie Mewis in pockets. Rapinoe had the first goal in the 16’. Lavelle own the ball back in midfield and popped it over the back line. It was a nice enough service that Rapinoe didn’t even need to touch it, just got behind it and finished it nicely.

The second goal was in the 26’, once again Rapinoe. Christen Press drifted out of her lane to check back and pick up a ball, then turned and cleverly threaded it for Carli Lloyd. Lloyd did the smart thing and dropped it off for Rapinoe to finish. Then Lloyd got her own goal in the 35’, this time finishing off her own quick little pass from Mewis, who did a good job in the first half with her dynamic runs and late timing into the box.

The fourth goal was in the 41’, this one for Mewis herself. The Krueger – Mewis connection paid off again as poor Argentina’s back line got cooked by yet another player making the turn and facing up to goal.

The half ended at 4-0.

The second half started with a triple sub, as Lavelle, Lloyd, and Krueger came off for Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan, and Midge Purce. Horan’s presence shifted Mewis to the right side of midfield, while Morgan went in as the 9 and Purce filled in at RB. The chance creation slowed down a little bit with the change. The US still alternated between trying to drop the ball right over the back line, this time for Morgan to peel off her defender(s) with speed, and pulling wide to create chances with crosses. Purce was effective here again, winning a lot of 1-v-1s and sometimes managing to cook two players in a row.

Argentina pushed back a little bit in the middle of the half, surging with some lovely possession ball while switching the point of attack and trying to lure in the US, but the defense was on it and snuffed out attempts to play in their forwards. Davidson looked solid here, working well with Sauerbrunn, tracking players as well as distributing out of the back.

The US made another two subs in the 62’ with Ertz and Rapinoe coming out, and Jaelin Howell and Sophia Smith coming in. Press was able to come left and Howell went in at DM, immediately bringing strong physical energy. Press continued to work well tucking into the halfspace to play quick one- and two-touch passing up the left and rotate into crossing and scoring positions.

In the 77’ Mewis delivered a lovely cross that suckered the goalkeeper out; she whiffed it, but Morgan couldn’t quite finish it at the back post. Morgan got her goal eventually, though. Sophia Smith picked up the ball deep in midfield, ate up the space, drew in several players, and was able to feed an open Morgan sitting on the back line. Morgan turned and was gone, finishing the ball to make it 5-0.

The last goal was in the 88’ Mewis served in a corner. Horan’s header got sent back across goal face, where Press was in good position to finish the second ball and make it 6-0, which was the score at full time.

PURDUE TRACK AND FIELD: Boilermakers Set for Big Ten Indoor Championships

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GENEVA, Ohio – The Purdue track & field team competes at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships from Feb. 25-27, at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The championship begins on Thursday, Feb. 25, with the men competing from 10 a.m – 2 p.m. ET, and the women from 4-6:15 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 26, the men are on the track from 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., and the women from 4-6 p.m. The meet concludes on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the men from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., and the women from 4-6:30 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action with live results, a BTN+ live stream (Thursday | Friday | Saturday) and the event schedule (PDF), available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField. Additional meet information can be found at BigTen.org/ITFChamps.

“We’re looking forward to competing this weekend, I think tomorrow is an important day for us,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “We have some of the kids that we feel can make the finals and score competing tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to seeing their performances. It’s a key day for us. We don’t have a lot of people in a lot of events, but in the hurdles and the 200 in particular, those two events are really important to us.”

Three Boilermakers return to the Spire to defend their 2020 indoor Big Ten titles. Now-senior Waseem Williams won the 60-meter dash a year ago in 6.58 seconds to break the school, Big Ten and facility record, while sophomore Saran Kouyeth and senior Samara Miller were on the winning 4×400 relay team that finished in 3:37.68, the ninth-fastest time in Purdue history. Additionally, junior Jessica Bray is back after taking silver in the pole vault in 2020 and senior Brain Faust (400m), junior Isaiah Martin (heptathlon) and sophomores Marcellus Moore (60m) and Kerris Roberts (200m) all won bronze last season and return to compete in those events in 2021.

In total, 18 men and 17 women will represent the Boilermakers in 13 women’s events and 11 men’s events. The Spire Institute hosts the meet for the eighth time in the last nine years.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #14 IRISH HIT ROAD TO FACE #13 CARDINALS

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame returns to ACC play with a road matchup at No. 13 Louisville on Saturday, February 27. First serve in Louisville is set for 4 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra. The match is Notre Dame’s first of 11 consecutive contests against ACC opponents.

#14 NOTRE DAME at #13 Louisville

Location: Louisville, Ky.

Live Stream: ACC Network Extra

Live Stats

Twitter Updates: @NDVolleyball

Game Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS

The Irish returned to action this spring with a five-set comeback victory over Valparaiso last Thursday (Feb. 18) to move to 7-1 overall.

Notre Dame is currently ranked 14th in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week.

At No. 13 & No. 14, Louisville and Notre Dame are currently the two highest ranked programs in the ACC.

Zoe Nunez currently ranks ninth in the country and leads the ACC with a mark of 11.55 assists per set.

Nunez has racked up 358 assists this season, which stands third in the ACC.

Lindsey Miller led all active freshmen in the fall in hitting percentage, and currently ranks third in the ACC with a mark of .427.

Hattie Monson enters the weekend with a team-high 155 digs and ranks second in the ACC with a mark of 5.00 digs per set.

The Irish went 6-1 in the fall portion of the schedule which consisted entirely of ACC opponents.

Notre Dame’s fall triumphs included four wins over teams that were ranked in the AVCA Fall Top-15 Poll.

HISTORY VS. LOUISVILLE

The Irish and Cardinals 41st time this weekend with Notre Dame holding a 23-17 edge in the all-time series.

The sides opened the 2020-21 campaign in Louisville on September 25, 2020 with Notre Dame earning a straight-set victory.

Hattie Monson opened her collegiate career in that match with 20 digs and a game-high three aces en route to being named the ACC’s Freshman of the Week.

Charley Niego recorded a team-high 11 kills in the three sets of play while Caroline Meuth added 10 kills.

OHIO STATE MEN’S HOCKEY: BUCKEYES HEADED TO MADISON FOR SERIES WITH NO. 5 BADGERS

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team wraps up Big Ten regular season play with a series at No. 5 Wisconsin this weekend.

The Buckeyes (6-15-1, 6-14-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Badgers (15-8-1, 13-6-1-0-1-0 B1G) will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and 5 p.m. ET Saturday in La Bahn Arena in Madison, Wis.

Fox Sports Wisconsin will televise both games, with the Friday broadcast carried on SportsTime Ohio. They will also be streamed on BTN Plus. Ohio State Radio will cover the contests.

The Basics

Ohio State is coming off a split at home vs. No. 7 Michigan, winning 3-2 before a 6-0 loss. Last weekend Wisconsin was 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame at home, with a 4-2 win and 5-5 OT tie (shootout loss).

The series vs. UW ends the Buckeyes’ road schedule; the squad will host Arizona State in a nonconference matchup next week to close the regular season. The Big Ten Tournament will be a single elimination tournament in Notre Dame, Ind., March 18-20.

Ohio State is 20-21-4 all-time vs. Wisconsin but leads the series since the start of Big Ten play, 19-11-4. In Madison, the Buckeyes are ahead, 9-7-2. The teams met in Columbus Dec. 3-4, 2020, with a 4-2 OSU win and 3-1 UW victory.

Buckeye Snapshot

Ohio State is 6-15-1 this season and 6-14-0-1-0-0 in Big Ten play.

The Buckeyes are scoring 2.00 goals a night and allowing 3.64 per outing. The squad has been outshot on average, 34.3-26.9.

Ohio State’s power play is 13-for-72 (.181) and the penalty kill is 65-for-84 (.774).

Freshman Travis Treloar is first on the team with 16 points, followed by sophomore Mark Cheremeta with 15, junior Quinn Preston with 12, senior defenseman Grant Gabriele with 11 and sophomore Tate Singleton with 10.

Treloar, Preston and Singleton are tied for first with six goals each.

Cheremeta has a team-best 11 assists, followed by Treloar with 10.

In goal, Tommy Nappier has started 20 games and has a 3.21 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Evan Moyse has four appearances and one start, with a 3.80 goals-against average and .860 save percentage. Ryan Snowden has played in four games, starting one, with a 5.98 goals-against and .864 save percentage.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers

Ohio State is 20-21-4 all-time vs. Wisconsin and leads the series since the start of Big Ten play, 19-11-4. In Madison, the Buckeyes are ahead, 9-7-2.

The teams met in Columbus Dec. 3-4, splitting a series with a 4-2 Buckeye victory and 3-1 UW win.

Last season, the teams split their games in Madison Jan. 10-11, 2020, as Ohio State won 4-2 and the Badgers prevailed 5-2.

Senior Austin Pooley leads the current Buckeyes with 16 games played vs. Wisconsin, followed by junior Quinn Preston with 12 and senior Eugene Fadyeyev with 11. Preston is first on the team with four goals vs. Wisconsin, while Gustaf Westlund has seven assists in 10 games vs. UW. The duo share the team lead with nine career points against the Badgers. Sophomore Tate Singleton has a 1-6-7 line in eight games vs. UW, while Pooley has five helpers. Senior defenseman Grant Gabriele has two goals and two assists in 10 career games against the Badgers and freshman Travis Treloar had a 1-2-3 line in his first games vs. UW in December. Tommy Nappier is 7-2-1, with a 1.70 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in 10 career games (all starts) vs. Wisconsin.

The Badgers

Wisconsin enters the weekend 15-8-1 overall and has a 13-6-1-0-1-0 mark in Big Ten play to stand in second place.

The squad is scoring 3.83 goals a game and allowing 2.62 a contest. The Badgers have averaged 31.9 shots on goal a game, allowing 31.4 per outing.

Cole Caufield is first with 19 goals and 37 points, tying for second with 18 assists. Linus Weissbach (11g, 18a) and Dylan Holloway (16g, 8a) are tied for second with 29 points each and Ty Pelton-Byce has also hit the 20-point mark (9g, 13a, 22p).

In goal, Robbie Beydoun is 8-7-0, with a 2.88 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Cameron Rowe is 7-1-1, noting a 1.95 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY: INDY DOMINATES WHEELING IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

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WHEELING – In their first of four games this week, the Fuel visited the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. Scoring two goals in the first period and two in the second, Indy would see Dan Bakala make 36 saves in a 4-1 win over the Nailers at WesBanco Arena.

After a physical start to the period where Indy saw two players head to the locker room with injuries, both teams would remain scoreless until the five-minute mark. Earning a power play off of an interference penalty by Patrick McNally, Indy’s Jared Thomas jumped on a rebound and beat Alex D’Orio to give Indy a 1-0 lead. Doubling their lead less than a minute later Nick Hutchison forced a turnover and fed Antoine Waked who put the puck in an empty net to send Indy to the locker room leading 2-0.

With each team earning a chance on the man-advantage in the first half of the middle stanza, nobody would be able to put the puck in the net. After weathering the Wheeling storm for the first 12 minutes of the period, Indy would triple their lead when Matt Marcinew fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Alex D’Orio. Nick Hutchison would give Indy a 4-0 lead when he stole the puck from a Wheeling defenseman and beat D’Orio with a wrist shot.

Killing off a long 5-on-3 penalty early in the third, Indy’s Dan Bakala would be tasked with making several stops on the Wheeling power play. The Fuel would kill off three penalties in the first 15 minutes of the final period and only get outshot 5-4 with 5:43 left in the third. It would take the Nailers until just over a minute remaining in the game to score their first goal but eventually fall to Indy 4-1. 

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