INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

AVON58MOORESVILLE57 
BENTON CENTRAL66RENSSELAER CENTRAL28 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH52OWEN VALLEY49 
BREMEN50MISHAWAKA46 
CARROLL (FLORA)75TRI-COUNTY60 
CASCADE66INDIANAPOLIS RITTER26 
CENTER GROVE54PLAINFIELD48OT
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN46CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL17 
CENTRAL NOBLE56LAKEWOOD PARK27 
CHARLESTOWN44SCOTTSBURG36 
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY35CLARKSVILLE26 
CLINTON PRAIRIE40TRI-CENTRAL34 
CLOVERDALE39EMINENCE12 
CONCORD77SOUTH BEND CLAY43 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)62WHITING26 
DANVILLE55GREENCASTLE21 
DEKALB38FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA26 
DELTA44MUNCIE BURRIS10 
EASTERN (PEKIN)44MITCHELL42 
EASTERN GREENE44BROWN COUNTY35 
EASTERN HANCOCK66NORTH DECATUR48 
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL70GIBSON SOUTHERN49 
EVANSVILLE NORTH67EVANSVILLE CENTRAL28 
FAITH CHRISTIAN56FRANKFORT46 
FOREST PARK60TECUMSEH50 
FORT WAYNE NORTH55NEW HAVEN15 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER76ANGOLA41 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE53MARION23 
FRANKLIN COUNTY41RICHMOND40 
GARRETT67WESTVIEW28 
GOSHEN40WEST NOBLE33 
HAMILTON HEIGHTS43NORTHWESTERN32 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN76PENDLETON HEIGHTS45 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)67LOGANSPORT19 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN61COVENANT CHRISTIAN34 
HOMESTEAD65SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON52 
HUNTINGTON NORTH68MANCHESTER17 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL28GUERIN CATHOLIC27 
JAY COUNTY51MUNCIE CENTRAL30 
JENNINGS COUNTY70SEYMOUR42 
JIMTOWN53ELKHART CHRISTIAN42 
KANKAKEE VALLEY57HANOVER CENTRAL23 
KOKOMO55WESTERN45 
KOUTS50WESTVILLE34 
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC56MCCUTCHEON32 
LAKE CENTRAL58ANDREAN47 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN52BETHANY CHRISTIAN49 
LANESVILLE61PAOLI32 
LAPEL62DALEVILLE22 
LAWRENCEBURG57BATESVILLE36 
LEWIS CASS40ROSSVILLE33 
MACONAQUAH69OAK HILL32 
MADISON71NEW WASHINGTON41 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN63CULVER ACADEMY22 
MONROE CENTRAL36SHENANDOAH27 
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)58ANDERSON21 
MUNSTER59EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL21 
NEW CASTLE42CONNERSVILLE41 
NEW PALESTINE39SHELBYVILLE29 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)55NORTH DAVIESS32 
NORTH WHITE51WEST CENTRAL14 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS52TELL CITY24 
NORTHEASTERN53NATIONAL TRAIL (OHIO)44 
NORTHFIELD64TAYLOR59 
NORTHRIDGE54WAWASEE40 
NORTHVIEW58SOUTH VERMILLION17 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY41RISING SUN35 
PARKE HERITAGE46NORTH VERMILLION34 
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS57FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY24 
PROVIDENCE66SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)25 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD61INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA16 
SALEM61BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL28 
SEEGER55FOUNTAIN CENTRAL13 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH55NORTHWOOD34 
SOUTH PUTNAM52CLAY CITY23 
SOUTH RIPLEY47TRINITY LUTHERAN24 
SOUTHRIDGE61NORTH POSEY33 
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)46MILAN44 
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)57KNIGHTSTOWN24 
SPRINGS VALLEY52ORLEANS37 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH55WEST VIGO33 
TRI-WEST66NORTH MONTGOMERY18 
TRITON CENTRAL35GREENWOOD33 
WABASH57BLUFFTON41 
WALDRON51JAC-CEN-DEL48 
WAPAHANI56YORKTOWN49 
WASHINGTON60LOOGOOTEE17 
WAYNE TRACE (OHIO)39HERITAGE35 
WESTFIELD47CARMEL45 
WINCHESTER65SOUTH ADAMS37 
MARION COUNTY TOURNAMENT
PERRY MERIDIAN47BREBEUF JESUIT43OT | R1
SOUTHPORT55PARK TUDOR42R1
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI34FRANKLIN CENTRAL32R1
DECATUR CENTRAL34INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN14R1
WARREN CENTRAL50PIKE32R1
LAWRENCE CENTRAL75SPEEDWAY39R1
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)50BEN DAVIS48R1
LAWRENCE NORTH75BEECH GROVE9R1

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ARGOS55LAVILLE25 
BARR-REEVE42BLOOMINGTON SOUTH39 
BENTON CENTRAL73FRONTIER45 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN52CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL42 
CHARLESTOWN34HENRYVILLE33OT
CINCINNATI LASALLE (OHIO)59EAST CENTRAL40 
COLUMBIA CITY68CHURUBUSCO55 
CROWN POINT56EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL45 
DECATUR CENTRAL71BEECH GROVE67 
DUGGER UNION60RED HILL (ILL.)31 
EASTBROOK74SOUTHERN WELLS37 
EASTSIDE63FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY48 
ELKHART CHRISTIAN42PRAIRIE HEIGHTS41 
EVANSVILLE BOSSE77OWENSBORO CATHOLIC (KY.)43 
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL56VINCENNES LINCOLN50 
EVANSVILLE HARRISON61BOONVILLE49 
EVANSVILLE REITZ67EVANSVILLE NORTH36 
FAIRFIELD55LAKELAND42 
FAITH CHRISTIAN69SHERIDAN39 
FREMONT59GARRETT24 
GOSHEN51ELKHART43 
HAMMOND CENTRAL70HIGHLAND19 
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD60INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON46 
INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL45INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE40 
LAKE CENTRAL38GARY WEST34 
LEO72FORT WAYNE LUERS35 
MERRILLVILLE82HAMMOND MORTON63 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN63MISHAWAKA36 
MISSISSINAWA VALLEY (OHIO)53UNION CITY48 
NORTH POSEY75EVANSVILLE DAY70 
NORWELL42FORT WAYNE DWENGER38 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY49MADISON CHRISTIAN24 
PENN104NEW PRAIRIE33 
PORTAGE64HOBART31 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD78INDIANAPOLIS HERRON68 
SETON CATHOLIC75RANDOLPH SOUTHERN74 
SOUTH BEND CLAY58NILES (MICH.)39 
SOUTH KNOX34NORTH KNOX28 
SOUTH SPENCER58EVANSVILLE MATER DEI36 
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH63ROBINSON (ILL.)58 
TIPTON80ELWOOD38 
TRITON79LAKELAND CHRISTIAN60 
WINAMAC50PLYMOUTH44 
WOODLAN46ANGOLA39 

INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL POLLS

CLASS 4A

                                         W-L  PTS  PRV

1. ZIONSVILLE (8)                  4-0  210  2

2. LAWRENCE NORTH (1)        3-0  167  3

3. HOMESTEAD                     3-1  144  5

3. CATHEDRAL (1)                  3-1  144  1

5. FISHERS                            4-0  123  6

6. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH         3-0  98   10

7. TECH                                3-0  88   8

8. VALPARAISO (1)                  3-0  78   NR

9. CARMEL                            2-2 63   4

10. WESTFIELD                       2-1  53   7

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BLOOMINGTON NORTH 36. LAFAYETTE JEFF 32. PENN 23. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 18. ANDERSON 16. BEN DAVIS 15. JEFFERSONVILLE 6. MICHIGAN CITY 6.

CLASS 3A

                                                   W-L  PTS  PRV

1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (8)            3-0  195  1

2. LEO (1)                                    4-0  186  3

3. CONNERSVILLE (1)                      4-0  166  5

4. BREBEUF JESUIT                         2-1  137  2

5. N. HARRISON                             3-0  114  6

6. NORTHWOOD (1)                        3-0  95   8

7. SILVER CREEK                            2-1 66   4

(TIE) BEECH GROVE                       3-0  66   NR

9. S. BEND ST. JOSEPH’S               2-1  47   7

10. GREENSBURG                            2-0 46   NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BROWNSTOWN 41. GLENN 32. SULLIVAN 27. EV. BOSSE 25. DANVILLE 16. HAMMOND 15. GUERIN CATHOLIC 14. NORTHVIEW 7. DELTA 7. CULVER ACADEMY 6. HERITAGE HILLS 6. W. NOBLE 6.

CLASS 2A

                                              W-L  PTS  PRV

1. CENTRAL NOBLE (6)               3-0  208  1

2. LINTON-STOCKTON (4)            4-0  204  2

3. FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK (1)    2-0  160  3

4. S. SPENCER                          2-0  124  4

5. PARK TUDOR                         3-0  113  6

6. PARKE HERITAGE                   2-1  96   5

7. COVENANT CHRISTIAN            3-0  86   7

8. ANDREAN                              0-0 76   8

9. BLACKFORD                            1-0  45   9

10. WESTVIEW                         2-0 36   NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CARROLL (FLORA) 30. S. RIPLEY 25. BREMEN 24. EASTSIDE 22. TIPTON 17. SOUTHWESTERN (JEFFERSON) 15. EASTERN HANCOCK 12. BOONE GROVE 9. EV. MATER DEI 6. PROVIDENCE 6. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 6.

CLASS A

                                            W-L  PTS  PRV

1. BARR-REEVE (8)                  3-1  204  1

2. N. DAVIESS (1)                  4-0  198  2

3. LOOGOOTEE                        4-1  150  3

4. GARY 21ST CENTURY (1)       3-0  148  4

5. EDINBURGH                         4-0  137  5

6. BLOOMFIELD (1)                   3-0  122  7

7. LUTHERAN                            0-0  79   8

8. JAC-CEN-DEL                      3-1  69   10

9. TINDLEY                               1-2  60   6

10. TRITON                                2-1 43   9

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 26. ELKHART CHRISTIAN 20. FREMONT 16. COVINGTON 13. METROPOLITAN 9. ORLEANS 7. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 7. EV. CHRISTIAN 6. MORGAN TWP. 6.

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 VILLANOVA 67 SYRACUSE 53

#8 KANSAS 78 UTEP 52

#10 KENTUCKY 76 SOUTHERN 64

#12 ARKANSAS 86 CHARLOTTE 66

TEXAS TECH 57 #13 TENNESSEE 52 OT

#16 USC 80 EASTERN KENTUCKY 68

ELSEWHERE

MICHIGAN 102 NEBRASKA 67

BOWLING GREEN 73 OAKLAND 72

TOLEDO 67 BRADLEY 65

VALPARAISO 101 EAST -WEST UNIVERSITY 58

WOMEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#20 OHIO STATE 94 MOUNT ST. MARY 50

#25 COLORADO 81 SOUTHERN UTAH 47

ELSEWHERE

BUTLER 66 OKLAHOMA 62

OAKLAND 79 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 58

OKLAHOMA 94 EASTERN MICHIGAN 58

EVANSVILLE 89 BELLARMINE 83

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 102 DALLAS 99

NEW YORK 121 SAN ANTONIO 109

LA LAKERS 117 BOSTON 102

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 5 COLUMBUS 4

TAMPA BAY 3 MONTRÉAL 2

NY ISLANDERS 5 OTTAWA 3

NASHVILLE 5 DETROIT 2

ANAHEIM 2 BUFFALO 0

ST. LOUIS 4 FLORIDA 3

CAROLINA 4 WINNIPEG 2

NY RANGERS 6 CHICAGO 2

MINNESOTA 4 EDMONTON 1

SAN JOSE 5 CALGARY 3

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DEC. 9
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 8:20 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12
ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 1 PM (FOX)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM CBS)
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 PM (CBS)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (FOX)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 1 PM  (CBS)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (FOX)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 PM (CBS)
DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM, 1 PM (FOX)
DETROIT LIONS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:05 PM (FOX)
NEW YORK GIANTS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:05 PM (FOX)
BUFFALO BILLS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2021
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 14

AFC

CLINCHED: None

(no scenarios this week)

NFC

CLINCHED: None

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-2) (vs. L.A. Rams (8-4), Monday night, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win or tie OR
  2. MIN loss or tie + SF loss OR
  3. MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie + CAR loss or tie OR
  4. SF loss + NO loss or tie + ATL/CAR tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-3) (vs. Chicago (4-8), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. GB win + MIN loss or tie OR
  2. GB tie + MIN loss

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. GB win + NO loss or tie + SF loss OR
  2. GB win + NO loss or tie + LAR loss + SF tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-3) (vs. Buffalo (7-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. TB win + NO loss or tie + CAR loss or tie

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TB tie + CAR loss + NO loss + MIN loss + SF loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

NO. 6 VILLANOVA TOPS SYRACUSE 67-53 WITH BAYLOR ON DECK

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Wright spotted the fans in orange wigs and heard the dueling chants for Syracuse and Villanova the moment he stepped on the Garden court.

For a Big East fan himself, the Wildcats coach felt the buzz in the stands with the dormant rivalry renewed.

“Did you feel the energy in there,” Wright asked guard Justin Moore.

“Definitely,” he said.

“It was cool, right,” Wright asked.

Cool as could be for the Wildcats. Moore scored 18 points, Collin Gillespie had 14 and No. 6 Villanova beat Syracuse 67-53 in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night.

Jermaine Samuels added 13 for the Wildcats (7-2) in their 22nd win at Madison Square Garden since 2014.

Gillespie made the play of the game when he picked off a late Syracuse pass and hit a bounce pass to a streaking Samuels for the one-handed jam down the lane and a 10-point lead that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“I saw it developing because I’ve seen Colin do it many times before,” Samuels said.

Jimmy Boeheim led the Orange (5-4) with 21 points and Joe Girard III had 11.

“I think they’re one of the best teams in the country and we’re not,” coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think we’re going to continue to get better. But right now, we’re not good enough.”

The former conference rivals — the Orange are in the ACC — went shot-for-shot most of the way in a slugfest worthy of the 11 Big East Tournament games they played at the Garden.

Gillespie and Moore hit back-to-back 3s late that pushed Villanova to a four-point lead and gave it some needed breathing room. Samuels found room at the top of the arc for a 3 that capped a 12-2 run and helped the Wildcats break loose.

The Wildcats also had a 57-36 edge on the boards and scored 25 second-chance points.

Hard to believe, the rivals hadn’t played each other since 2014, a year after Syracuse’s last win in the series. Wright has long admired Boeheim and said this week he can’t believe the Syracuse stalwart is still on the bench at age 77.

But times change and Wright and the Wildcats won two national championships (2016 and 2018) while the series was paused.

Syracuse was the latest tough out for the Wildcats in a schedule frontloaded with hoops heavyweights. Villanova already lost to No. 1 Purdue and No. 4 UCLA and beat No. 13 Tennessee.

Up next, a rematch Sunday with national champion Baylor, who knocked off Villanova 62-51 to reach the Elite Eight in the 2021 NCAA tournament.

The Garden wasn’t quite sold out for this one — though roughly 14,344 on a weeknight is a pretty nice crowd — and Orange fans seemed to outnumber Villanova. The early edge went to Syracuse on the court, too.

Syracuse and Villanova shook the crowd early trying to turn the game into a 3-point contest. One problem: Neither team sank them. The Wildcats took 24 3-point attempts on their first 29 shots and missed about all of them. Syracuse hit 3s on their last two baskets and went into the half with a 29-26 lead.

“I think we’re getting a lot better,” Boeheim said. “If we played Villanova two, three weeks ago, we would have had 15 at halftime.”

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Is holding tight after it lost a lot from last year’s team, which finished 18-10 overall and 9-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference but made a surprising run to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Villanova: Can’t go cold against Baylor like it did during March Madness. Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second half and 0 for 9 from 3. The Wildcats scored 10 points over the final 11 minutes. Gillespie missed the game (and the entire postseason) with a torn MCL in his left knee.

WELCOME BACK

Cole Swider played three seasons at Villanova before he transferred to Syracuse. He averaged 13.1 points and had only five at MSG.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Continues the Big East reunion tour against Georgetown on Saturday.

Villanova: At No. 2 Baylor on Sunday.

NO. 8 JAYHAWKS CRUISE PAST UTEP 78-52 WITH BORDER WAR NEXT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ochai Agbaji tried to convince everyone listening that he wasn’t looking past UTEP to a showdown with Missouri.

The smirk that he tried to hide gave him away.

Still, the high-scoring Kansas guard held his focus long enough to pour in 23 points Tuesday night, helping the eighth-ranked Jayhawks roll to a 78-52 blowout of the Miners in their last tune-up for the return of the Border War.

“I know the rivalry. I know the Border War,” Agbaji said. “It means a lot to me because growing up on the Missouri side, I kind of get their perspective on KU. Now being at KU, I just know they hate each other.”

There wasn’t such disdain for UTEP, though the Jayhawks didn’t treat their visitors kindly.

Christian Braun scored 20 points, and David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot had eight apiece, as the Jayhawks (7-1) built a 21-point lead by the break at T-Mobile Center and never looked back in one of their most dominant performances of the season.

“Ochai’s playing really well and, like I said last game, I’m just feeding off him,” Braun said. “Especially early, he’s been on a roll. That’s Ochai. We don’t have to be surprised anymore, or think he’s on some little run. That’s who he’s going to be.”

Souley Boom had 18 points and Keonte Kennedy 11 for UTEP (4-4), which famously beat the Jayhawks during their 1966 national title run immortalized in the film “Glory Road.” The Miners also beat Kansas to reach the Sweet 16 in 1992.

Such history had little bearing Tuesday night.

The Jayhawks, the nation’s sixth-highest scoring team, showed right away they can play a little defense, too, forcing UTEP into missing its first six shots and committing four turnovers before Boum knocked down a 3-pointer.

By then, the Jayhawks had a 10-point lead and didn’t look back. They forced a series of turnovers – at one point, four in five possessions – and most of them turned into layups at the other end. When Kansas was forced to run some offense, it merely had to find Braun cutting to the basket or McCormack posting up for an easy lay-in or dunk.

“They’re a well-oiled basketball team and they can make you really question yourself at times,” UTEP associate head coach Jeremy Cox said. “They’re extremely talented, extremely well-coached. They’re well paced. I haven’t enjoyed watching and scouting a team going into more than that one. They’re worth the price of admission to watch.”

The Jayhawks eventually led 42-21 at halftime, then cruised the rest of the way into Saturday’s showdown.

Kansas and Missouri began playing in 1907 but haven’t taken the floor together – besides an exhibition for hurricane relief – since the Tigers jilted the Jayhawks and the rest of the Big 12 for the riches of the SEC. In their last game, Kansas rallied from 19 down to win at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 25, 2012.

The Jayhawks and Tigers were supposed to begin their six-game series last year, but it was pushed to this year because of the pandemic. Their football teams have since decided to play a four-game set beginning in 2025.

“I assume there won’t be a lot of empty seats,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “It’s the best game on our schedule. You can talk about Kentucky or Texas or Baylor – this is the best game on our schedule, at least for fan participation and player participation.”

“T” ME UP

Self was given a technical foul with 9:44 left and his team leading 58-39. He took umbrage when official Amy Bonner called a foul on Jalen Wilson during a fight for a rebound. Self sarcastically clapped after the “T” was given.

THE TAKEAWAY

UTEP: Had been competitive in its first three losses by a combined 21 points, but the Miners trailed by that with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half Tuesday night. Still, they played the Jayhawks even most of the second half.

Kansas: Got sloppy on offense after the break, particularly when running the fast break. That was just about the only flaw on what was perhaps the Jayhawks’ best defensive performance of the season so far.

UP NEXT

UTEP: Visit The Pit to play New Mexico on Sunday.

Kansas: Welcome Missouri to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.

TSHIEBWE SCORES 23, NO. 10 KENTUCKY BEATS SOUTHERN 76-64

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Oscar Tshiebwe wasn’t fazed by being a foul away from having to leave the game, because he was playing smarter.

“I wanted my head to stay in the game,” said Tshiebwe, who finished with four fouls and sat for several minutes in the first half. “Coming back, I was kind of with the mentality of win the game and be careful. Coach told me that if you see you cannot get it, don’t reach, just go back.”

Tshiebwe scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime despite that foul trouble, TyTy Washington Jr. added 14 points and both Wildcats keyed small runs to help No. 10 Kentucky top Southern 76-64 on Tuesday night for its seventh consecutive victory.

Jayden Saddler had 18 points, Brion Whitley added 14 points and Tyrone Lyons 12 for Southern, which dropped its second consecutive game.

Playing for the first time in eight days, the Wildcats (7-1) went back and forth with the determined Jaguars (3-6) for much of the first half before taking the lead for good at 29-26 on Kellan Grady’s 3-pointer. It sparked an 8-0 run to put Kentucky up 38-34 at the break.

Tshiebwe sat for the final 9 minutes of the first half with two fouls, but came back on the floor in the second half to lend six points and four rebounds to Kentucky’s 13-5 run for a 51-39 cushion.

The Wildcats needed it, as Southern closed to 57-51 before Tshiebwe and Washington combined for nine points to make it 66-53. Kentucky stayed ahead just enough the rest of the way to close out the team’s closest victory this season after a run of blowouts.

Tshiebwe made his final seven shots to finish 9 of 11 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds for his nation-leading seventh double-double. Grady and Davion Mintz each added nine points as the Wildcats shot 49% and won the contest on the boards 41-25 and the paint 23-11.

There were also some blemishes for Kentucky, which committed 15 turnovers that led to 21 Southern points. The Wildcats were also outscored 13-8 on the break, speaking volumes to the Jaguars’ intensity.

“Thank goodness we won, because they played harder than us,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “(Southern coach) Sean (Woods) did a better job of coaching this team. … They never stop playing no matter what the score was, just like today.”

The game kicked off the five-game Unity Series matching Kentucky against Southwestern Athletic Conference schools to raise awareness and funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

It also marked another homecoming for Woods, who is Kentucky’s career leader in assists per game and No. 5 in steals per game and a key member of the 1992 “Unforgettables” squad that fell to Duke 104-103 in overtime in the epic 1992 NCAA tournament game decided by Christian Laettner’s last-second jumper.

Woods brought his third program back to Rupp Arena, but Southern came up just short.

“We had to sustain runs and I thought we did a good job there until about seven minutes to go,” he said. “They made that one run and we couldn’t make a shot for about four or five possessions.”

BIG PICTURE

Southern: The Jaguars’ fast, physical game and 3-point capability allowed them to lead several times in the first half and keep things interesting. They just couldn’t string together enough baskets to keep pace with Kentucky or prevent Tshiebwe from taking charge in the second half.

Kentucky: Some rust was expected, and initially showed up in the Wildcats’ slow shooting start. Baskets eventually started falling and it helped to have Davion Mintz back from a three-game absence because of illness. He contributed a couple of 3s in the first half, and every bucket was needed to keep Southern at arm’s length.

UP NEXT

Southern: Hosts Lindsey Wilson College on Thursday.

Kentucky: Visits Notre Dame on Saturday, looking to avenge last year’s 64-63 home loss.

TEXAS TECH, SHANNON TOPPLES NO. 13 TENNESSEE IN OT

NEW YORK (AP) Texas Tech might want to petition to play in the Jimmy V Classic every season. The unranked Red Raiders make a habit of rankling the ranked teams in New York.

Terrence Shannon, Jr. had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Texas Tech continued its run of Jimmy V Classic shockers in an offensively anemic 57-52 overtime win over No. 13 Tennessee on Tuesday night.

“In OT, we knew the tougher team was going to win,” Shannon said.

The Red Raiders (7-1) were also unranked when they knocked off No. 1 Louisville in 2019 at Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday’s game was classic in title only. Want offense? You wouldn’t find it at MSG, where the Vols (6-2) missed a whopping 34 of 40 3-pointers overall and shot only 27% overall from the floor. John Fulkerson led the Vols with 10 points. The Vols went 8 for 16 from the free-throw line.

“I don’t know if we can be any worse on offense and we were in the game,” coach Rick Barnes said. “One or two more and maybe we would have got the lid off it it.”

Those one or two makes never became the three or four needed for a run to possibly hold off the Red Raiders.

Tennessee missed 14 straight shots over a 10-minute stretch in the second half and had missed 27 3-pointers until Santiago Vescovi buried the tying 3 with 1:55 left to make it 41-41. Josiah-Jordan James hit another tying 3 with 31 seconds left and sent the game into overtime tied at 44.

With that, fans in place for the second game of the night (Villanova vs. Syracuse) erupted in boos as the already late start would be delayed.

They booed again when Vescovi sank another clutch 3 with 1.2 seconds to go in OT and cut it to 55-52. It wasn’t enough for the Vols.

Through the first 13 minutes of the second half, the Vols had scored just 12 points and the Red Raiders 10. Tennessee missed 20 of its first 23 3-point attempts overall.

Tennessee fans stood and gave a sarcastic ovation when one free throw brought the Vols within one with 4:12 left headed into a timeout. Yes, a single free throw counted as an offensive explosion in this one.

James then slipped, comically missed a fastbreak dunk attempt and Texas Tech came right back and scored on the other end for a 41-38 lead.

“We got a lot of good looks,” James said. “I think in the second half, we got everything we could have asked for as far as looks.”

Texas Tech runs a rebounding drill in practice where it covers the rims so all the attempts are misses. Who packed the lids for New York?

The Red Raiders survived their own offensive ineptitude (19 for 61 overall with just four 3-pointers) pull off another Top 25 win at the Garden.

Texas Tech made 15 free throws and used a decided advantage on the boards (three players in double figures) to rebound from its first loss of the season against Providence.

“I feel like it puts us back in the right direction,” Shannon said.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: Should drop a few spots in the AP Top 25 poll. The Vols shot 5-for-28 from 3-point range in an 18-point loss last month to Villanova, and can’t expect to go deep in March without significant improvement from the arc.

Texas Tech: Received votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and could earn a few more with the win. Texas Tech wasn’t exactly challenged early in coach Mark Adams’ first season. Shannon scored 11 points – two shy of his total when the Red Raiders knocked off Louisville — and sparked the Red Raiders to a 29-25 halftime lead.

KEEP FIGHTING, BABY!

ESPN announcer Dick Vitale was not at the Jimmy V Classic for the first time since its inception in 1995, though there were oversized cutouts of Vitale’s head left on seats.

Vitale, who is battling lymphoma, wrote on ESPN.com that he has bloodwork scheduled this week that could decide if he’s healthy enough to call the Villanova-Baylor game on Saturday.

“My team is very optimistic, and I am praying they are right again,” Vitale wrote. “Meanwhile, the challenge to win this battle for all cancer patients never, ever stops and continues with Tuesday’s Jimmy V Classic being played again in the name of my great friend, the late Jim Valvano.”

UP NEXT

Tennessee: Wrapped a six-day, two-game trip that spanned 3,909 miles, and returns home to Saturday to play UNC Greensboro.

Texas Tech: Hosts Arkansas State on Tuesday.

UCONN’S BUECKERS SUFFERED FRACTURE, MAY MISS UP TO 2 MONTHS

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn star Paige Bueckers suffered a fracture just below her left knee and will be sidelined for up to two months, the school said Tuesday.

Last season’s women’s college basketball player of the year was dribbling up the court with under 40 seconds left in Sunday’s 73-54 victory over Notre Dame when she stumbled and came down awkwardly. She had to be carried off the court.

The school said an MRI and CT scan showed she suffered a tibial plateau fracture, which is a break of the tibia bone that extends into the knee joint. It has a recovery time estimated at between six and eight weeks.

UConn coach Geno Aureimma said the school will not rush Bueckers back to the court.

“We’ve had players get injured in the past and my philosophy here is, I’m not interested in how fast we can get someone back; I’m interested in what’s best for them long term,” he said. “Every decision made will prioritize what’s best for Paige and her career. Everyone involved with this program will be there to support Paige through her healing process.”

Bueckers is averaging 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds for No. 3 UConn.

Dr. Michael Miranda, the director of orthopedic trauma at Hartford Hospital, who is not treating Bueckers, described a tibial plateau fracture as the femur, or thigh bone, banging into the spongy top of the tibia, a bone in the lower leg, as the result of an acute stop.

“It gets pinched, very much like Styrofoam, and that’s the impaction injury that she has,” he said.

Skiing star Lindsey Vonn suffered a similar injury in 2016. Miranda said such injuries typically don’t require surgery and heal relatively quickly with proper rehabilitation.

“It sounds terrible, but she’s actually very lucky, because the rehab from this bony injury is a lot quicker than the rehab from an ACL (tear),” he said. “You hate to see an athlete injured in any way, but at the same time, an ACL versus an impaction injury to the tibial plateau, this is the much better injury.”

The Huskies (5-1) visit Georgia Tech on Thursday. They are also without freshman Azzi Fudd. The nation’s consensus top recruit last year is resting a stress injury to her right foot and is expected to be out at least two weeks.

BLAZERS’ MCCOLLUM HAS COLLAPSED LUNG, OUT INDEFINITELY

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been diagnosed with a collapsed right lung and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said Tuesday.

McCollum was injured in the final quarter of the Blazers’ 145-117 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. He was listed as probable with a rib contusion for Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, but did not play in the 102-90 loss.

McCollum’s condition was revealed by a CT scan, the team said.

He is averaging 20.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season.

McCollum’s injury is one of several to befall the struggling Blazers. All-Star Damian Lillard has missed four games with lower abdominal tendinopathy. Backup point guard Anfernee Simons is out with a right ankle sprain, while forward Nassir Little has missed four games with a left ankle sprain.

Guard Ben McLemore left the game against the Clippers with a bruised hip. Center Cody Zeller has a bruised right quad.

BULLS’ DEROZAN REMAINS IN NBA’S HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan remained in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday and did not accompany the team to Cleveland.

The Bulls play the Cavaliers on the road Wednesday. DeRozan entered the health and safety protocols a few hours before Monday’s win over the Denver Nuggets.

The absence of the four-time All-Star is a blow for a team that was virtually tied with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead entering Tuesday. He ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring and led the Bulls at 26.4 points per game.

Acquired from San Antonio in a sign-and-trade deal in the offseason, DeRozan has played a huge role in Chicago’s resurgence. The Bulls are eyeing their first playoff appearance since 2017.

The NBA’s health and safety protocols require players to be sidelined at least 10 days or record two negative COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour period before they can resume basketball activities.

NETS BEAT MAVS 102-99, HAND DALLAS 5TH CONSECUTIVE HOME LOSS

DALLAS (AP) James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets were in danger of back-to-back losses for the first time this season, trailing Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by 17 points in the third quarter after blowing a double-digit lead against Chicago.

The Eastern Conference leaders responded during Harden’s “go” time this time.

Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Harden had 23 points and 12 assists, and the Nets beat Dallas 102-99 on Tuesday night, handing the Mavericks their fifth consecutive home loss.

“We’ve been in this league long enough to know it’s winning time. It’s go time,” said Harden, who also had nine rebounds. “Throughout the course of the game, I feel like we got good shots. We just missed them. We just kept sticking with it and kept sticking with it. You’ve got to just keep shooting, especially if that’s what you do.”

The Mavericks keep shooting – and missing.

Luka Doncic scored 28 points but had another rough night from 3-point range along with his teammates, except for the young sensation’s 30-foot banked shot just before the first-half buzzer. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Harden easily beat Doncic one-on-one for a layup and Brooklyn’s biggest lead at 100-97 with 1:23 remaining. The Nets didn’t take their first lead until the middle of the fourth quarter.

Dallas didn’t make a basket after Doncic’s short jumper with 3:51 to go and finished 9 of 46 (19.6%) from long range. Tim Hardaway Jr. missed all seven from deep, including an open look that bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

“We had a lot of open looks there in the fourth quarter that just didn’t go down,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “And then Timmy has a wide-open look. You couldn’t ask for a better look to tie up the game.”

The Nets trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring Dallas 27-13. Durant, who made 5 of 6 shots and scored 11 points in the final quarter, and Patty Mills hit consecutive 3s to cut a nine-point deficit to three early in the fourth. Mills scored 10 points.

“It’s a character win where you just want to make the right plays to get back in the game and you want to turn the momentum to your side,” said Durant, who was 10 of 22 from the field and had seven rebounds. “I think we did that tonight.”

Nic Claxton missed two free throws with Brooklyn leading by three with 20 seconds remaining, but Doncic missed from beyond the arc before Hardaway’s miss. Doncic was 3 of 11 from deep.

The Mavericks (11-12) dropped below .500 for the first time since getting blown out by Atlanta in their opener despite the return of both Doncic and Porzingis. They both missed the previous loss to Memphis, the first time that’s happened this season.

In three games since setting a franchise record by shooting 68.7% in a 32-point victory at New Orleans, Dallas is at 38%.

“Missed shots have been our narrative for a while now,” said Jalen Brunson, who had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. “But we’re getting the looks. We’re working on it. We’ve just got to translate it to the game.”

TIP-INS

Nets: James Johnson had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting against his former team. Johnson started the 2020-21 season in Dallas before a trade to New Orleans. He signed with Brooklyn as a free agent. … LaMarcus Aldridge, playing in his hometown, had 15 points.

Mavericks: Doncic was called for a technical foul after he shoved Claxton in front of an official in the third quarter. Doncic appeared to think Claxton was crowding him after the whistle. Doncic tried to show his displeasure by sitting in an open courtside seat as Durant went to the other end to shoot the free throw, which he made. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points and was the only Dallas player consistently hitting 3s, going 4 of 9.

ANOTHER OH-FER

Hardaway was joined in the oh-fer category for Dallas from beyond the arc by Reggie Bullock, who was brought in as a free agent to try to help Doncic by being a threat from deep. A career 39% shooter from long range coming into this season, Bullock is at 26% after missing all six attempts against the Nets.

UP NEXT

Nets: The second game of a four-game trip is a back-to-back in Houston on Wednesday. Harden visited his former team in March last season, less than two months after forcing the trade to the Nets. He scored 29 points in a 132-114 Brooklyn win.

Mavericks: Their second back-to-back in a span of five days is Wednesday. Memphis is the opponent, just as it was in that 97-90 loss Saturday.

LAKERS HANDLE CELTICS 117-102, SPLIT RIVALRY FOR SEASON

LOS ANGELES (AP) Unlike most of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, Russell Westbrook grew up a Lakers fan who personally understood the yearly importance of their rivalry series with the Boston Celtics.

Leading a dominant victory over the Celtics while wearing the Lakers’ gold jersey for the first time clearly made for a special night for the veteran guard.

“As a player like myself, you want to make sure you approach all games the same while also understanding the significance of this particular game,” Westbrook said. “That makes it a good win for us.”

LeBron James scored 30 points, Westbrook added 24 points and 11 assists, and the Lakers beat the Celtics 117-102 on Tuesday night in the latest chapter of the NBA’s most storied rivalry.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who produced one of their best recent performances in their fourth victory in six games overall. With James and Westbrook playing dominant floor games, Los Angeles made 56.5% of its shots in the first three quarters and throttled Jayson Tatum’s supporting cast defensively.

“I just like the way we competed tonight on both sides of the floor,” James said. “We had a lot of intensity, a lot of ball movement. Guys were attacking the rim. I think defensively, besides the first 14-point avalanche on Tatum’s part, we locked in from that point forward.”

Tatum scored 14 of his 34 points in an incredible early first-quarter blitz for the Celtics, who dropped to 1-2 on their four-game West Coast trip. Jaylen Brown sat out his third straight game with a strained right hamstring, and nobody else managed more than Robert Williams III’s 13 points for Boston.

“I feel like our energy was great, especially starting off the game,” Williams said. “We just weren’t ready for the punch in the second half, so we’ve got to clean it up. … We tend to lay back and get comfortable when the game is going our way, and it’s something we need to break.”

The Lakers got a much-needed comfortable victory in the 296th edition of the matchup between venerable franchises with a record 17 championships apiece and a record 12 NBA Finals meetings. Boston and Los Angeles split their season series 1-1 for the fifth straight campaign after the Celtics beat the Lakers last month behind Tatum’s 37 points.

Westbrook staked the Lakers to a 19-point lead in the third by scoring 15 points in the quarter with a series of dominant drives against whatever Boston guard had the bad luck to be matched up with him. After a tentative start with his hometown team, Westbrook is averaging 23.5 points, 8.9 assists and 6.9 rebounds in the Lakers’ last eight games.

“I think at the beginning of the year, Russ was a little bit passive,” Davis said. “He was trying to get guys involved, pass the ball. … We told him, `The more you’re aggressive, the more it will open up for everyone else.’ The last seven to 10 games, he’s been very, very aggressive, and when he does that, it opens up the floor for everyone else as far as shooting. He’s just been in attack mode. That’s why we brought him here, to be Russell Westbrook and not anybody else but that.”

The Lakers have lost seven games this season in which they held a double-digit lead, but Boston never applied fourth-quarter pressure in this one.

“We’re disappointed as far as we were outhustled, out-toughed a little bit,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “It hasn’t happened in a long time. They would put their head down, get to the basket and get whatever they wanted. We’re better than that defensively, but a lack of effort and a lack of toughness showed tonight.”

Tatum scored Boston’s first 14 points in the first 3:49, hitting four 3-pointers among his five shots without a miss. James kept the Lakers close with 16 points in the first quarter, and his assist to Westbrook right before the buzzer put Los Angeles up 60-55 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Bruno Fernando was inactive after feeling lower back spasms at their morning shootaround. … Jabari Parker stayed at the team hotel with a non-COVID-19 illness. … Romeo Langford played 16 minutes after missing Boston’s last game with a sprained right ankle.

Lakers: Carmelo Anthony scored nine points. He was questionable earlier in the day after he fell ill, but the designation was removed later in the day. … Malik Monk had a show-stopping breakaway dunk among his 10 points.

SCHADENFREUDE?

Dennis Schroder struggled for the Celtics, scoring 10 points on 1-for-6 shooting before sitting out in the fourth quarter. He was also booed regularly in the first half by Lakers fans still insulted by the German guard’s handling of his free agency after his sole season with Los Angeles.

Schroder turned down an $84 million, four-year contract offer from the Lakers to test the market last summer, but he was forced to settle for a $5.9 million, one-year deal with Boston after finding nothing near the Lakers’ offer. Los Angeles also lost out because it traded Danny Green and a first-round pick to get Schroder, only to see him walk for nothing.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

Lakers: At Memphis on Thursday night.

BILLS APPEAR IN DENIAL AS PLAYOFF HOPES BEGIN TO SINK

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills appear to be in denial identifying their shortcomings and the challenges ahead in staying afloat in the AFC playoff picture.

Though the signs have been apparent for much of the season, the lack of self-awareness became evident following a 14-10 loss to New England on Monday night, when the Bills withered in the blustery elements against the Patriots’ relentless running attack.

There was coach Sean McDermott suggesting not to give Patriots coach Bill Belichick too much credit in dismissing a question over New England’s run-heavy plan.

And yet, McDermott all but confirmed Belichick did more with less in a game the Patriots had the disadvantage of field position and still won with rookie Mac Jones throwing just three times.

It was evident in Bills safety Jordan Poyer suggesting the defense held up its end by limiting New England to 14 points, 11 first downs and 241 yards. And yet, he overlooked the critical junctures in which the defense sagged, such as the gaping hole Damien Harris ran through to open the scoring on a 64-yard run.

More troublesome was the defense failing to get a stop with the wind at Buffalo’s back in the third quarter. The defense instead allowed New England to consume 8:34 of clock on a 14-play, 59-yard drive capped by Nick Folk’s 34-yard field goal to finish the scoring in the fourth quarter.

At least, Josh Allen and the offense acknowledged frustrations over managing just 10 points on four drives inside the Patriots 20.

The Bills are not the confident group they were a year ago in claiming their first AFC East title since 1995, winning 13 games for the first time since ’91 and enjoying their deepest playoff run in 27 years in losing to Kansas City in the conference championship game.

The Bills can hang their hat on beating the Chiefs this year, but what’s followed since improving to 4-1 with a 38-20 win at Kansas City on Oct. 10 has been a consistently inconsistent lose-one, win-one pattern that’s dropped them to 7-5.

Buffalo has yet to overcome a second-half deficit, has difficulty running the ball or stopping the run, and padded its record against mostly backups and rookie quarterbacks.

Perhaps, left tackle Dion Dawkins provided the best glimpse into the team’s fragile psyche last week when asked how the Bills have managed the pressures of higher expectations this year.

“We’re just fighting to continue to be us,” Dawkins said.

“It’s been an up and down battle, as you guys have seen. It’s never easy. We’ve had a lot of lessons. We’ve had a lot of tough tough days,” he added. “In this league, nothing is every promised, and it shows.”

The Bills appear to be a team not ready to deal with the trappings of success, with cracks forming in the carefully groomed culture McDermott established upon his arrival in 2017.

The worries began in spring, when McDermott and GM Brandon Beane raised concerns over the team being at a competitive disadvantage if players didn’t get vaccinated. Several players, starting with receiver Cole Beasley, vocally chose to ignore that message.

The concerns were realized over the past month with starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei missing four games and starting right tackle Spencer Brown two on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Buffalo also could have used backup linebacker A.J. Klein’s run-stopping presence against the Patriots had he not landed on the COVID-19 list hours before kickoff.

As mixed messages go, McDermott insists he continues to get through to his players, while in the next breath saying the team hasn’t executed.

Buffalo’s schedule doesn’t get easier. Up next is a trip to Tampa Bay on Sunday, when the Bills will face old nemesis Tom Brady. While in New England, Brady went 32-3 against Buffalo to set the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent.

WHAT’S WORKING

Take away Allen’s single-handed ability to extend plays with his mobility, not much.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

It may be too late in the season to expect Buffalo’s running attack to find its legs. Allen’s 422 yards rushing on 75 carries represent nearly half of the combined 893 yards, on 213 carries, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida have generated.

STOCK UP

WR Gabriel Davis scored Buffalo’s lone TD and in showing he has a better rapport with Allen than veteran Emmanuel Sanders, who hasn’t topped 30 yards receiving in each of his past four, and not scored since a two-TD outing against the Chiefs.

STOCK DOWN

TE Dawson Knox. Caught just two of six passes thrown his way, and was flagged for a false start with Buffalo facing third-and-9 at the New England 13 with 2:11 remaining. The game was decided with Knox failing to out-muscle Adrian Phillips (who could have been flagged for holding) in the end zone on the next play, followed by Allen’s pass getting batted down at the goal line on fourth down.

INJURED

None reported.

KEY NUMBER

78 – Combined points the Bills have scored in five losses, as opposed to 258 in seven victories this season.

NEXT STEPS

Though his coverage ability wasn’t needed against New England, cornerback Tre’Davious White’s (torn left knee ligament) absence could be key against Brady and the Buccaneers’ NFL-leading passing attack.

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-5-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-7)

Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, December 9 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5-1) visit the Minnesota Vikings (5-7) in a key late-season interconference matchup. Each club enters the week within one game of playoff position in their respective conferences. The Vikings lead the all-time regular-season series, 9-8, with the home team winning each of the past three meetings. Pittsburgh also defeated Minnesota in Super Bowl IX, 16-6, following the 1974 season. In their last contest, Week 2 of the 2017 season, Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns for a 104.8 rating as Pittsburgh earned a 26-9 victory over Minnesota.

The Steelers are coming off a dramatic victory over division rival Baltimore, as Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver DIONTAE JOHNSON for a five-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes remaining to give Pittsburgh the lead. The defense then denied Baltimore’s two-point attempt with 12 seconds remaining to secure the 20-19 win. Roethlisberger passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 111.8 rating in the victory. In six of his past seven starts, Roethlisberger has not thrown an interception and recorded a rating of 90-or-higher. In his past three starts on Thursday Night Football, Roethlisberger has 12 touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 142 rating. He enters the game with 2,758 passing yards and can become the sixth player ever with 3,000 passing yards in 15 career seasons.

Johnson led the team with eight catches for 105 receiving yards and a season-high two touchdowns last week. He aims for his fourth in a row with at least 95 receiving yards and his eighth in a row with at least five catches. Running back NAJEE HARRIS recorded his sixth game with at least 100 scrimmage yards, the most among all rookies. He has scored a touchdown in each of Pittsburgh’s three primetime games this season and looks to extend that streak on Thursday night. Harris leads all rookies with 1,166 scrimmage yards (779 rushing, 387 receiving) and ranks second with seven touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving).

Linebacker T.J. WATT forced a fumble and registered a career-high 3.5 sacks in Week 13 and is the only player in the league with at least three sacks in multiple games this season (three sacks in Week 9). He enters Thursday leading the league with a career-high 16 sacks and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1985-88; 1990-93) as the only players with at least 13 sacks in four consecutive seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Watt needs one more sack to surpass JAMES HARRISON (16 sacks in 2008) for the single-season franchise record. Safety MINKAH FITZPATRICK has recorded an interception in each of the past two games. In his only career game against Minnesota, he had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown (December 16, 2018 with Miami).

The Vikings find themselves within one game of a playoff spot entering Week 14. Quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.7 rating last week and has 25 touchdown passes this season. He is the fifth player ever with at least 25 touchdown passes in seven consecutive seasons. He currently ranks second in the league with a 106.3 rating in 2021. Running back ALEXANDER MATTISON had 124 scrimmage yards (90 rushing, 34 receiving) last week and has rushed for a touchdown in each of the past two games. Running back DALVIN COOK needs 25 scrimmage yards for his third-straight 1,000-yard season.

Wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON set career highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (182) last week. It marked his 12th-career game with at least 100 receiving yards, the second-most by a player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. He enters Thursday with 2,609 career receiving yards, the third-most by a player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. In 2021, Jefferson ranks second in the league with 1,209 receiving yards.

Linebacker ERIC KENDRICKS leads the team with 109 tackles and is one of two players (BOBBY WAGNER) with at least 100 tackles in each of the past six seasons. Safety HARRISON SMITH is the only player in the league with at least 25 interceptions (29) and 15 sacks (15.5) since 2012.

FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night). Thursday’s game is slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call for FOX. The Amazon broadcast features Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, and the Amazon Scout’s feed is called by Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Joy Taylor.

NFL ANNOUNCES 32 NOMINEES FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

The NFL announced today the 32 nominees for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each player was selected as his team’s Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award. Considered the league’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON.

“The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the League’s most prestigious honor and these 32 men represent their many teammates who do incredible things in their communities,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “Their unwavering commitment to their hometowns and team communities embodies Walter’s spirit of giving back in a way that makes us all incredibly proud of the work they are doing every day.”

For the fourth year in a row, all 32 team winners will be highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the week leading up to Super Bowl LVI. The 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a primetime awards special to air nationally the Thursday before Super Bowl LVI on ABC.

All 32 nominees will receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

“The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees continue to impress and inspire us, and Nationwide is proud to recognize their exemplary commitment to giving back and making a difference,” said RAMON JONES, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Nationwide. “It is an honor to showcase their stories and support the charitable organizations that benefit from the extraordinary efforts of these community champions.”

Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 7th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee’s last name or Twitter handle. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most between Dec. 7 and Jan. 17 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear

Beginning in 2017, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette came to life in uniform elements to further recognize past award winners and current nominees. The three current players who have won the award—J.J. WATT, CALAIS CAMPBELL and RUSSELL WILSON —continue to wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2021 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 14 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.

Below is a list of the 2021 nominees:

TEAMNOMINEE
Arizona CardinalsKelvin Beachum
Atlanta FalconsMike Davis
Baltimore RavensBradley Bozeman
Buffalo BillsHarrison Phillips
Carolina PanthersDJ Moore
Chicago BearsJimmy Graham
Cincinnati BengalsSam Hubbard
Cleveland BrownsDenzel Ward
Dallas CowboysDak Prescott
Denver BroncosJustin Simmons
Detroit LionsJason Cabinda
Green Bay PackersAaron Jones
Houston TexansJustin Reid
Indianapolis ColtsKenny Moore II
Jacksonville JaguarsMyles Jack
Kansas City ChiefsTyrann Mathieu
Las Vegas RaidersDarren Waller
Los Angeles ChargersCorey Linsley
Los Angeles RamsAndrew Whitworth
Miami DolphinsJerome Baker
Minnesota VikingsAnthony Barr
New England PatriotsLawrence Guy
New Orleans SaintsCameron Jordan
New York GiantsLogan Ryan
New York JetsQuinnen Williams
Philadelphia EaglesJason Kelce
Pittsburgh SteelersCameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ersArik Armstead
Seattle SeahawksTyler Lockett
Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike Evans
Tennessee TitansDerrick Henry
Washington Football TeamJonathan Allen

TORONTO’S SPEZZA SUSPENDED 6 GAMES FOR KNEEING JETS’ PIONK

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL on Tuesday for kneeing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk.

In the third period of Sunday’s game between the Jets and Maple Leafs, Pionk had a knee-on-knee hit on Toronto’s Rasmus Sandin. Sandin skated off the ice after the hit on his right knee. Pionk received a two-game suspension for that hit on Monday.

After the hit on Sandin, Spezza drove his left knee into the face of Pionk, who was without a stick and on his knees trying to clear a puck.

Spezza will forfeit $22,500 in salary under the players’ labor deal. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

ISLANDERS SNAP 11-GAME SKID WITH 5-3 WIN OVER SENATORS

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The New York Islanders can finally exhale after snapping an 11-game losing streak.

Anders Lee had two goals and the Islanders ended a prolonged skid with a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

“I think it’s just a sense of relief,” Lee said. “It’s been a tough stretch.”

Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for New York, which last won on Nov. 6. Ilya Sorokin stopped 30 shots.

“We stuck together and we started to build on our game a little bit the last few nights, but we hadn’t been able to get that extra point in overtime,” Lee said. “It starts to wear on you quite a bit. So, for us to come out tonight and get the win that we needed, play the right way for good stretches of time, it’s exactly what we needed out of our group.”

Josh Norris, Nick Holden and Alex Formenton scored for Ottawa, which had its three-game winning streak halted. Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves in losing his fourth consecutive start.

Ottawa was coming off a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Monday night, and seemed to run out of steam after a stretch of five games in seven nights.

“We just didn’t have the same sharpness with our execution tonight,” head coach D.J. Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that it was the effort, we just weren’t playing as smart. You know, we had some chances and we didn’t put it in. We didn’t break out as good. You know, at the end of the day, you don’t get the result you wanted.”

The Islanders extended their lead to 4-1 at the six-minute mark of the third period as Bellows shot over Gustavsson. Ottawa cut the lead in half two minutes later as Holden scored his first of the season.

Pageau scored his third of the season at the 12-minute mark of the third, taking advantage of some confusion in front of the Seantors’ net.

Formenton picked up his fifth of the season with a short-handed goal to round out the scoring.

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders led 3-1 after the second.

Lee opened the scoring three minutes into the second, picking up his own rebound and backhanding it into the net.

Ottawa tied the game on a power play goal by Norris.

Wahlstrom restored the Islanders’ lead, beating Gustavsson on the short side at 14:06 of the period. Just 27 seconds later, Lee scored his second of the game as he picked up a puck that took a weird bounce off the back boards and beat Gustavsson from in close.

The Islanders felt as if they were due after having lost two games in overtime and one in a shootout.

“It feels good,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “I mean, it’s incredible to think about what we’ve gone through in the last month. I’ve never gone through it. These guys have never gone through it. The way we just stuck together and battled.

“I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. Finally, they got rewarded. It felt good. It felt good to have a little life in the dressing room after the game. Music blaring and guys ribbing each other.”

NOTES: Senators defenSemen Victor Mete and Michael Del Zotto and forward Adam Gaudette were healthy scratches. The Islanders’ Matt Martin was a scratch as he is dealing with a lingering injury. Casey Cizikas remains the Islanders last player in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Host Nashville on Thursday.

Senators: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in the second game of a five-game homestand.

NEW ENGLAND’S CARLES GIL WINS MLS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

(AP) — New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil has been named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Year.

Gil had a league-best 18 assists, as well as four goals, and captained the Revolution to a historic season. New England won the Supporters’ Shield with a league-record 73 points.

Eight of Gil’s assists came on game-winning goals.

“For me, it means a lot, especially after the 2020 season, where I had a tough injury and we all went through that pandemic. I was very inspired coming into this season to see my teammates and the collection of players that we have here,” Gil said. “We realized after the 2020 season that we’re a championship-caliber team, we’re a great team. And we showed that this regular season where there were more games. The loss the other night will help motivate us going into next season.”

The Revs were thwarted in this year’s playoffs by NYCFC in the conference semifinals, eliminated on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw.

Sidelined for most of last season because of a bone spur, Gil was also honored last week as the league’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Gil, 29, led the league with 130 chances created, which is the most since the league started tracking the stat in 2011. The Revolution were 12-1-3 in games in which Gil had a goal or an assist.

“Carles sets an example,” Revs coach Bruce Arena said. “His leadership is critically important. When you think about the Revolution, when he arrived in 2019 we were at the bottom of the league. And in a short period of time and until recently, we were the best regular season team in the history of MLS. And Carles is certainly responsible for the tremendous progress we’ve made with our club.”

Arena won the league’s Coach of the Year honors last week.

Gil, who is from Spain, was named MLS Newcomer of the Year his rookie season in 2019. He signed a contract extension with New England this year that will keep him with the Revs through the 2024 season.

“I didn’t know a lot about the league when I got here, and it was difficult. But little by little I took small steps forward. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a great decision, the club and everyone gave me so much confidence early on,” Gil said through an interpreter. “And like I’ve said before, I enjoy training and playing with my teammates every day.”

Gil is the second Revolution player to win season MVP honors. The first was Taylor Twellman in 2005.

The Landon Donovan MLS Player of the Year award is determined by votes of players, coaches and media that cover the league. Gil received 52.07% of the vote. Nashville’s Hany Mukhtar was second with 11.80%.

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INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME’S 2022 SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAM

Travis Best, Frankfort: The 1997 Indiana All-Star averaged 18.8 points and 9.0 rebounds on a 18-6 team that won a sectional title. Best set Frankfort records in career wins, assists, steals and was fourth in career scoring. He was part of teams to go 79-19 over four seasons with four sectional titles and four conference titles. Best played two seasons at the University of Louisville before completing his career as team captain at Purdue.

Don Carlisle, Ben Davis: Carlisle averaged 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior for a 18-5 sectional championship team. Over a two-year career, he totaled 544 points and 371 rebounds for teams that were 40-11, including winning the 1996 state championship. In three years at IUPUI, he totaled 1,182 points, was second in career rebounds (769) and among the program leaders in career steals (140). He was twice named all-conference. Carlisle, the Ben Davis coach, played professionally for 12 seasons.

Jamaal Davis, Merrillville: The 1997 Indiana All-Star and all-stater averaged 18.1 points for the 21-3 sectional champions. He averaged 18.9 points as a junior on a sectional title team and averaged 12.7 points as a sophomore for a 27-2 state runner-up team. Davis set the Merrillville career scoring record with 1,275 points. He played his freshman season at Purdue, sophomore year at Barton Community College and two seasons at the University of Cincinnati, averaging 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds for a Sweet Sixteen team and averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds on the 2001-02 team that was ranked No. 5 in the country. He played professionally in the USBL and in Germany.

Chris Desjean, Franklin Central: The 1997 Indiana All-Star was the Marion County Player of the Year as a senior as he averaged 17.2 points for a 22-3 conference championship team. He led his teams to a 62-10 record over three seasons, including a 24-2 record and 1996 sectional title. He totaled 937 points and 476 rebounds for his career. Desjean played four seasons at the University of Indianapolis, averaging 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior and was named academic all-conference all four years.

Andy Foster, Frankfort: Foster was second-team all-state as he set a Frankfort career scoring record with 1,612 points as he averaged 23.8 points as a senior for a 18-6 sectional title team. He averaged 22.3 points as a Junior All-Star on an 18-5 sectional championship team. Foster was a three-year all-conference player on teams that were 79-19, winning four Sagamore Conference championships and four sectional titles. He played at the University of Indianapolis, where he racked up 1,778 points in 82 career games (18.8 ppg).

Tom Geyer, Lawrence North: Geyer was a 1997 Indiana All-Star as he averaged 15.8 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior. He tied the program record held by Eric Montross with 126 career blocks, along with 809 points and 527 rebounds as a three-year starter. Geyer was drafted out of high school in baseball by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but instead played basketball at Indiana for two seasons. From 2001-2004, he was a graduate assistant to Bob Knight at Texas Tech and served as color commentator on Texas Tech television and radio.

Chad Hunter, New Albany: The 1997 Indiana All-Star was a consensus first-team all-state selection after averaging 19.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for a 23-4 regional championship team. Hunter set the New Albany career scoring record with 1,463 points, while helping his teams to a 92-15 record over four years with state finals appearances in 1994 and 1996. He was recruited to Indiana State, though knee injuries kept him from playing.

Chad LaCross, East Noble: The 1997 Indiana All-Star averaged 18.3 points for a 25-2 regional championship team. He scored 825 points over two seasons, averaging 15.8 points per game. LaCross was a three-time NAIA All-American at Tri-State and two-time WHAC Conference Player of the Year after totaling 2,636 career points and 1,167 rebounds. He averaged 21.5 points as a junior and led the nation with 27.3 points and 12.1 rebounds as a senior. LaCross played professionally in the USBL and in Mexico. He is the head coach at St. Francis in Fort Wayne, where he is the winningest coach in program history (266-114), leading the program to four NAIA final fours, including three national runner-up finishes.

Michael Menser, Batesville: The 1997 Indiana All-Star was runner-up for Mr. Basketball and a consensus first-team all-state selection. Menser set school records with 1,700 career points, 414 assists and 87% free-throw shooting. He was a member of teams to go 86-15, winning four conference titles, four sectional titles, one regional and the 1996 Hall of Fame Classic, where he was named MVP. At Indiana State, Menser totaled 1,301 career points and set the school record with 283 career 3-pointers. He was part of four consecutive winning seasons, culminating in 2000 and 2001 NCAA tournament berths.

Cedric Moodie, South Bend Washington: The 1997 Indiana All-Star averaged 26.4 points for a sectional title team as a senior. He set school records with 1,607 career points and a season record with 649 points. Moodie was named 1997 NIC Player of the year. He went on to play two seasons at Ball State, averaging 10.2 points as a sophomore on the MAC championship team. Moodie played one season at the University of Indianapolis, averaging 10.3 points as a senior. He played professionally from 2002-14, including the USBL, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and in Canada and Argentina.

Luke Recker, DeKalb: Recker was voted Mr. Basketball in 1997 and was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, along with McDonald’s All-American. He set school records with 2,008 career points and 419 career assists, along with second records of scoring average (26.8 ppg), field goals (290), steals (90) and single-game scoring (49) for a 26-4 team that won a regional championship. He averaged in double-figure scoring all four seasons of his college career, in 66 games at Indiana and 57 games at Iowa, including on the 2001 Big Ten tournament championship team and earning all-Big Ten honors. He played professionally for seven seasons in the NBA D League, Italy and Spain.

Matt Renn, Silver Creek: As a senior, he averaged 25.7 points, 15.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 6.0 steals for the 16-5 Dragons. Renn totaled 1,150 career points and was the state’s leading rebounder and leader in steals his senior season, leading Silver Creek to a 48-17 record and two Mid-Southern Conference titles. Renn played at Indiana State, where he graduated ninth in career points (1,347), four in rebounds, seventh in assists and fifth in steals. He was first team all-conference as a senior as he averaged 15.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists for a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. He played professionally in France.

Kyle Runyan, Madison-Grant: The 1997 Indiana All-Star averaged 25.2 points per game as a senior, setting a school record with 1,579 career points and shooting 43.4% from the 3-point line. He also set a school record with 604 single-season points and 45 single-game points. He averaged 21.7 points as a junior for a 21-4 sectional championship team. Runyan was a two-time Grant County Player of the Year and three-time all-conference. He totaled 895 points in 114 career games at Evansville, including the Aces’ 23-10 Missouri Valley Conference champion and NCAA tournament team.

Caleb Springer, Logansport: Springer was a 1997 Indiana All-Star as he set a school record with 2,042 career points after averaging more than 20 points per game as a sophomore, junior and senior on three sectional championship teams. He totaled 1,337 career points in 106 games at Rollins College (12.6 ppg) with 254 career 3-pointers made.

Stephen Starks, Fort Wayne Northrop: Starks averaged 25.0 points and shot 51% as a senior as he led the conference in scoring and was the 12th-leading scorer in the state. He averaged 14.6 points as a junior. Starks went to Drexel, where he totaled 1,048 career points and was a unanimous first-team American East all-conference pick. He led the league in scoring in 2000-01 at 19.4 points per game. Starks played professionally in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Cameron Stephens, Fort Wayne South Side: The 1997 Indiana All-Star and consensus first-team all-state selection averaged 21.5 points and 12.3 rebounds for a 24-2 sectional championship team as a senior. He scored 1,417 career points and set a school record with 800 career rebounds. Stephens was part of teams that went 67-11 over three seasons, winning three conference and three sectional titles. He played at Purdue, Vincennes University and UNC-Charlotte, including two NCAA tournament appearances and Vincennes’ fifth-place NJCAA national tournament team. Stephens played professionally in Ecuador and the CBA.

Ben Tonagel, LaPorte: Tonagel averaged 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds on a 22-5 team that was a state finalist. In his career, he had 989 points over three seasons. He led the Duneland Conference in rebounding as a senior and earned all-state honors. Tonagel scored 1,295 career points at Grace College. Tonagel is now the assistant superintendent of LaPorte Community Schools.

Josh Whitman: Harrison (West Lafayette): Whitman averaged 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for a 20-5 team that won conference, sectional and regional championships. He graduated third in school history in career scoring (1,142 points) and career rebounding (574). Whitman averaged 20.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a junior. He was an all-state football player and went on to be a four-year starter as tight end at Illinois. Whitman spent four seasons in the NFL with San Diego, Miami, Seattle and Buffalo. He has been the athletic director at Illinois since 2016.

REPORT: PACERS EYEING REBUILD, OPEN TO TRADING SABONIS, TURNER, LEVERT

The Indiana Pacers are increasingly open to trading core players – including either power forward Domantas Sabonis or center Myles Turner and shooting guard Caris LeVert – as part of a large-scale rebuilding effort, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz.

Even after installing championship-winning head coach Rick Carlisle, who previously coached the team from 2003-07, the Pacers have sputtered out of the gate. The team currently sits 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 10-16 (.385) record and is reportedly expected to be active ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline.

The 25-year-old Sabonis was named an All-Star in each of the last two seasons. This year, the 6-foot-11 big man is putting up close to 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists in about 34 minutes per game. He’s in Year 2 of a four-year contract that pays him $18.5 million in 2021-22.

Turner, also 25 and 6-foot-11, has been the more defensive-focused member of the Pacers’ frontcourt duo. He’s averaged 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.8 blocks in 29 minutes per game. He’ll earn $17.5 million both this year and next before hitting free agency.

Dating back to his acquisition from the Brooklyn Nets via trade midway through last season, LeVert has averaged 18.8 points, 4.2 assists, and four rebounds in 31 minutes per game. The 27-year-old missed a considerable portion of 2020-21 after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his left kidney but has been otherwise effective this season. He’s in the second year of a three-year, $52.5-million contract.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon signed an extension through 2025 prior to the season, so the Pacers can’t trade him until the offseason at the earliest. Furthermore, small forward T.J. Warren has reportedly informed Indiana that he wishes to remain with the team; he is set to reach unrestricted free agency this summer.

The Pacers organization has been marked by steady mediocrity in recent years. Though Indiana made five straight playoff appearances from 2016-20, it failed to advance past the first round each time. The team hasn’t won a title since 1973 – when it played in the now-defunct ABA. The Pacers’ lone NBA Finals appearance came in 2000 when they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

NOTES: MEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO TOP-25 WISCONSIN

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will open the Big Ten road season in Madison when it faces Wisconsin. The Badgers have won 18-straight in the Kohl Center against IU with the Hoosiers looking for their first win in the facility since 1998. Last year, Wisconsin won 80-73 in 2OTs in Madison. IU won its Big Ten opener, 68-55, on Saturday against Nebraska, while Wisconsin won its fifth-straight game with an 89-76 triumph over Marquette at home on Saturday.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, December 8 • 7 p.m. ET

Kohl Center (17,287) • Madison, Wis.

TV: BTN (Dave Revsine and Stephen Bardo)

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

Series History: Indiana leads 96-78

Last Meeting: WIS 80, IU 73 (2OT) (Jan. 7, 2021 in Madison)

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard is in his seventh year in Madison and is 126-71.

OFFENSE HEATING UP, BUT DEFENSE SETS THE TONE

IU leads the Big Ten in defensive field goal percentage (35.3%), is second in blocked shots (6.3) and fourth in 3-point FG defense (25.2%). The Hoosiers set a school record against Louisiana when they defended 25-straight Louisiana shots without a make.

Offensively, IU is third in scoring (80.4) and second in FG percentage (49.6%).  In the last five games, IU is averaging 82.8 points on 51.0% shooting from the floor and 43.9% accuracy from long range.

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades, averaging 21.0 points (3rd in B1G), 8.6 rebounds (5th), shooting 64.4% from the floor (2nd) and contributing 3.5 blocked shots per game (1st; 5th nationally).

He had 31 points and 16 boards at Syracuse. He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State. He made a career-high 18-of-24 field goal attempts. For his efforts, he was named National Player of the Week by Dick Vitale on ESPN.com.

The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award.

The Big Ten Player of the Week on 11/15 has had three double-doubles this season and 25 in his career with IU posting a 19-6 record in those games.

Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against St. John’s and now has scored 1,117 points as a Hoosier, rating 42nd all-time in IU lore, tying him with Victor Oladipo.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (67), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (89), Miller Kopp (82), Parker Stewart (82) and Race Thompson (35) have combined for 355 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games.

Stewart leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.7%.

Thompson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive and sixth career double-double. This was Thompson’s third-straight game reaching double digits on the boards, and 10th career effort of 10 or more rebounds. He is second in the Big Ten in rebounding averaging 8.9 per game.

Woodson won his first Big Ten game in his first try. His coach, Bob Knight, lost his first five conference games in 1971.

5 RECEIVE AVCA NORTHEAST REGION ACCOLADES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers tied a program-high with five All-Region awards by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). For the second consecutive year, Hayley Bush, Grace Cleveland, Caitlyn Newton and Jena Otec collectively earned first team honors. Meanwhile, head coach Dave Shondell was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Not only is it the second time in program history that four were named to the first team, along with 2020, but it is the first AVCA All-Region Coach of the Year selection for Shondell.

A two-time All-Big Ten First Team honoree and All-Region selection in back-to-back seasons, Bush posted 15 double-doubles, 10.22 assists per set and 2.48 digs per set this season. Playing in all but one set this season, the Union, Kentucky, native went errorless on the attack in 26 matches on her way to a .353 efficiency. Additionally, her senior campaign saw career-highs in attack % (1.00, twice), total blocks (five vs. Nebraska, 11/27) and attacks (14 at Illinois, 10/6). Throughout the season, Bush has risen through the ranks in the Purdue record books and is No. 2 in digs (1,015), as the second Boilermaker ever to eclipse 1,000 in a career, and No. 3 in career assists (4,907).

Cleveland earned her third career All-Region First Team award after she was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team for a third time last week. She went errorless twice, including 18 kills and no errors on 32 swings against Indiana in the final week of conference play (11/26). This season, the senior has hit over .400 on nine occasions, including five times over .500. The Bloomington, Illinois, native has recorded three or fewer errors in 22 matches this year, and two or fewer on 13 occasions. Not only did she set a career-high 10 blocks vs. Illinois (10/1) and at No. 7 Ohio State (10/15), Cleveland also set a best with 11 digs vs. No. 15 Penn State (10/17) and tied the program’s 5th-highest hitting % in a four-set match with her 13 kills, 1 error and 16 attempts at Rutgers (11/7). As one of the team’s best blockers, Cleveland has helped Purdue rank No. 2 in the nation in total blocks (349.5) and No. 3 in blocks per set (2.99). She is third all-time at Purdue with 463 total blocks and 419 block assists.

Newton returned for her fifth year and is now a three-time All-Region and All-Big Ten honoree. Playing the best volleyball of her collegiate career this season, the Terre Haute, Indiana, product owns a .211 attack %, up from her .169 efficiency last year that earned her AVCA All-America Third Team and All-Big Ten First Team honors in 2020. While averaging 3.93 kills per set this season and ranking third in the Big Ten with 4.56 points per set, Newton posted seven double-doubles and hit double-digit kills in all but five matches. Moreover, she owns at least 15 kills in 17 matches, with three matches totaling 20-plus kills. Newton has entered the top-10 in program history this season and has since risen to No. 4 with 1,667 career kills. She is one of just four Boilermakers to register more than 4,000 attempts in their career.

Recognized for the second year in a row on the All-Region Team, Otec’s accolade also comes after she collected All-Big Ten distinction for a second consecutive season last week. The fifth-year libero is averaging 4.57 digs per set, nearly identical to her 4.56 mark last year, and she has 5.35 digs per set against ranked foes. Otec set a career best with 33 digs in the win vs. Michigan, the most by a Boilermaker in 12 years and one of just five to ever post as many in a match. Not only did Otec surpass 30 digs twice this season, the Crystal City, Missouri, native recorded at least 20 digs on 11 occasions this season and finished the regular-season third in the league with 4.55 digs per set. Otec has cemented her name as one of the best in program history, ranking third all-time with 1,807 career digs and sixth with 160 career aces. Her career dig totals also is No. 1 among active Big Ten players.

Shondell’s accolade comes after he earned his second career Big Ten Coach of the Year award a week ago. He has led the Boilermakers to another record-setting campaign, as the team boasts a 25-6 record ahead of an NCAA Tournament matchup against BYU on Thursday. Purdue was 15-5 in the Big Ten and earned its most wins in league play since 2011. Seven of the team’s 25 wins have come against ranked opponents, a program-best. Additionally, Shondell has led the team to its highest national ranking ever, after reaching No. 4 in the nation earlier this season. Moreover, the Boilermakers have spent 21 consecutive weeks among the AVCA top-15, dating back to the 2020-21 season. In 2021 alone, Purdue has spent 14 of the season’s 15 weeks ranked among the top-10. The success has culminated in Shondell’s 13th 20-win season, as well as his 400th win at Purdue, becoming just the ninth head coach in Big Ten history to achieve the feat.

Up next, Bush, Cleveland, Newton, Otec and the sixth-seeded Boilermakers play 11-seed and No. 5 nationally-ranked (AVCA coaches’ poll) BYU in the NCAA Regional Semifinal on Thursday, December 9. The matchup is set for 11 a.m. ET in Pittsburgh on ESPNU. In its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament, Purdue has advanced to the Regional semifinal for a third year in a row, a feat it has accomplished just twice before, from 2010-13 and 1981-83.

BUTLER MBB PICKS UP COMEBACK OVERTIME WIN AT OKLAHOMA, 66-62

NORMAN, Okla. – Butler pulled out 66-62 overtime win over Oklahoma Tuesday night as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle in Norman, Okla.

Chuck Harris had a season-high 26 points, highlighted by a three-pointer that gave Butler its final lead of the night at 63-62 with 35 seconds to play in the extra session. Harris was 10-of-21 from the field and hit four three-pointers. Three free throws by Butler and two empty possessions from Oklahoma in the closing seconds gave the Bulldogs the win. The final four-point margin was Butler’s largest lead of the game.

With the road win, Butler improves to 6-3 on the season; Oklahoma is now 7-2.

“That was a heck of a battle,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “We knew it would be a fight; we talked about that coming in. The guys wouldn’t give in; they preached belief in every huddle.”

The Sooners got up by 13 seven minutes into the second half before Butler was able to claw back into the game. Freshman Simas Lukosius capped a 9-0 run to give Butler a 50-49 lead with 2:31 to play in regulation. Two Lukosius free throws would eventually put Butler up 54-51 before Elijah Harkless hit a contested three-pointer to tie the game with two seconds to play.

A Jordan Goldwire three-pointer with 1:38 remaining in overtime gave Oklahoma a 62-58 lead. Butler would not allow another Oklahoma point and Harris’s three-pointer gave Butler its final lead.

Bryce Golden had 10 points and seven rebounds for Butler. Lukosius had seven clutch points and six rebounds. Fellow freshman DJ Hughes was impactful with six points and six rebounds.

Harkless led Oklahoma with 16 points.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return home to host Eastern Illinois Saturday. The tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tickets are available for the contest, which will also air on FS1. Following the Eastern Illinois game, the Bulldogs take a pause for finals week before meeting Purdue in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18.

VOLLEYBALL SEES THREE HONORED BY AVCA IN MIDWEST REGION AWARDS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – – Members of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) recognized the Ball State women’s volleyball program for the most successful season in program history on Tuesday (Dec. 7) with three Midwest Region awards.

The highest honor went to head coach Kelli Miller Phillips who was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year. She is the first coach in the 50-year history of the program to be named an AVCA region coach of the year.

In addition, two student-athletes were rewarded for their play over the course of the season with freshman setter Megan Wielonski earning All-Midwest Region honors, while junior middle Marie Plitt was named to the All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention squad.

The pair are the first Ball State players to earn all-region honors since middle Hayley Benson was named a 2014 All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.

In addition, Wielonski is just the fifth player in program history to earn a spot on the top all-region list, with the last being libero Amanda McCormick and middle Rachel Refenes on the 2005 AVCA All-Mideast Region First Team. Setter Emily Sallee was named to the All-Mideast Region First Team in 2000, while outside Mindy Stanley earned All-District II First Team honors in 1995.

Phillips was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year after leading the program to a 30-4 overall record, Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the program’s first NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship first round victory since the 1995.

The 2021 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, Phillips led her squad to program records for winning percentage (.882), fewest losses in a season (4), and hitting percentage in a season (.265), while tying the program record for most consecutive matches won (20). Ball State went 17-1 in Mid-American Conference play and picked up wins over a pair of Big Ten programs, including a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wielonski earned All-Midwest Region honors after a brilliant performance running the Ball State offense in 2021. She currently leads the nation with 1,394 assists, while her 10.81 assists-per-set average is 22nd nationally. Wielonski dished out double-digit assists in all 34 matches this season, including a career-high 64 in the MAC Volleyball Championship Match victory over Bowling Green (Nov. 24).

The 2021 MAC Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-MAC honoree, Wielonski has the Cardinals ranked 23rd nationally with a .265 attack percentage, with the team hitting .200-or-better in 32 of its 34 matches this season. In addition, she is one of the nation’s top servers, with her 58 service aces ranking seventh nationally, while her 0.45 aces-per-set average is 22nd. Defensively, Wielonski averaged 2.59 digs per set and registered 16 assist/dig double-doubles.

Plitt earned All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention honors after ranking second in the MAC and 55th nationally with a .360 attack percentage. She smashed a career-high 20 kills and hit .515 (20-3-33) in the NCAA tournament victory over Michigan (Dec. 3) for her 15th match in double figures this season. She also led the Ball State offense with seven kills in the second round match up versus top-ranked and top-seeded Louisville (Dec. 4).

A 2021 First Team All-MAC selection, Plitt hit at least .500 in a match with at least 10 attempts a total of 10 times, including a career-best .706 (13-1-17) attack percentage versus Central Michigan (Nov. 5). She also led the team with 109 total blocks and a 0.84 blocks-per-set average, including at least one block in 61 matches and five-or-more on eight occasions.

WBB HEADS TO THE JUNGLE TO PLAY IN-STATE RIVAL IUPUI WEDNESDAY

Game 8 | Ball State vs. IUPUI

Dec. 8 | Indianapolis, Ind. | The Jungle | 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | IUPUI

Opening Tip:

Ball State and IUPUI have met seven times, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series, 5-2. Ball State and IUPUI’s last meeting was in 2020 in Muncie. The Cardinals fell to the Jaguars, 73-49.

Brady Sallee is 13-14 all-time at Ball State against teams from the state of Indiana.

The Cardinals are 2-0 against schools from the Horizon League this season after posting wins against Milwaukee (84-75 OT) and Purdue Fort Wayne (86-58).

Ball State is looking to get back on the winning track tonight against the Jaguars after falling to ACC foe Pitt on Saturday by a score of 54-64. Redshirt junior Anna Clephane led the Cardinals against the Panthers with a 17 point performance.

The Cardinals do not have to stray too far from home when traveling to IUPUI. The distance between Worthen Arena and the Jungle is approximately 54.3 south of Muncie.

On this exact same day 22 years ago the Cardinals and the Jaguars faced off in Indianapolis. Ball State defeated IUPUI by a score of 84-63 on Dec. 8, 1999.

Tonight’s game will be the last road trip of 2021 for the Cardinals. Ball State will wrap up its non-conference portion of its schedule at home in Worthen Arena with games against Utah State (Dec. 11) and Bellarmine (Dec. 20).

Let The Fun Begin:

Only three games seperate the Cardinals from opening Mid-American Conference action. Ball State will host Western Michigan for its first league game this year on Dec. 30. The Cardinals have hosted the Broncos in their MAC opener a total of four times with Ball State owning a 3-1 record over WMU in those meetings.

Agustsdottir Nearing 1,000 Points:

Ball State senior crasher Thelma Dis Agustsdottir is nearing the 1,000 career point plateau. Agustsdottir currently has 946 points and needs 54 to become the 30th member of the 1,000 point club and the ninth under head coach Brady Sallee.

So Far A Lot of Depth:

11 Cardinals saw action in the Cardinals season opener while the starters combined for 58 of Ball State’s 84 points, the Cardinals also got 26 points from their bench and 16 rebounds. So far this season the Cardinals bench has scored  163 of the teams 500 points (.326).

Backs, Crashers & Keys:

This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. That system proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court. BSU started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

Ball Control:

In the Cardinals last two contests Ball State has been able limit its turnovers against its opponents. Against Purdue Fort Wayne, the Cardinals only committed  12 turnovers and then mimicked that type of performance against Pitt with a season low nine miscues. Currently the Cardinals turnover margin is +5.6.

Series Records vs. IUPUI:

1978-1979:  Ball State 72, IUPUI 56 (Muncie, Ind.)

1998-1999:  Ball State 72, IUPUI 70 (Muncie, Ind.)

1999-2000:  Ball State 84, IUPUI 63 (Indianapolis, Ind.)

2000-2001:  Ball State 87, IUPUI 75 (Muncie, Ind.)

2001-2002:  Ball State 76, IUPUI 70 (Indianapolis, Ind.)

2019-2020:  IUPUI 65, Ball State 48 (Indianapolis, Ind.)

2020-2021:  IUPUI 73, Ball State 49 (Muncie, Ind.)

BALL STATE TRAVELS TO OHIO FOR MATCHUP WITH XAVIER

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday as it takes to the road for Cincinnati, Ohio, and a midweek matchup with Xavier. The Cardinals enter the contest with a 3-4 record, while the Musketeers come into the game with a 7-1 mark.

Ball State is coming off of a tough 93-80 loss against Western Illinois. Luke Bumbalough finished in double digits for the fourth-straight game with a team-high 17 points and led the team with a game-high nine rebounds. Miryne Thomas posted a 14-point performance for back-to-back games in double figures. Jaylin Sellers recorded a career-high 11 points. Demarius Jacobs made it four players in double digits with 10 points, which is two-consecutive games in double figures.

Bumbalough is averaging 13.7 points per game to lead the team. He also is averaging a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Jalen Windham is second on the squad averaging 10.0 points per game. On the glass, Payton Sparks leads the Cardinals with 6.0 rebounds per game, while Tyler Cochran is second with 5.4 a game. Cochran paces the Cardinals with 10 steals. Thomas has been a force on the defensive end and leads BSU with four blocks. Jacobs is shooting 53.3 percent from behind the arc.

This will be the ninth meeting between the two squads. Xavier holds a 5-3 series lead over Ball State. The Musketeers are 4-1 against the Cardinals in Cincinnati. Ball State and Xavier are 2-2 in the last four matchups. The Cardinals won the last meeting, 75-63, in Muncie on November 25, 2003.

Xavier enters Wednesday’s matchup receiving votes for the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. The Musketeers have a ranking of 31 in the NET Rankings, Basketball Power Index, and kenpom Ratings.

Nate Johnson leads Xavier with 14.6 points per game and in 3-point shooting percentage with a mark of 48.0 percent. Colby Jones is second on the team with 12.7 points a game, while Paul Scruggs is averaging 12.0 points per game. Jack Nunge rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.3 points a game. Jones heads the team with 9.7 rebounds per game. Scruggs is averaging a team-high 4.0 assists per game. Nunge and Dieonte Miles are in double figures in blocks with 16 and 11, respectively.

All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network as well as Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

NOTRE DAME ANNOUNCES 2022 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The full University of Notre Dame football schedule for the 2022 season is now official — with a six-game Irish home slate that features games against Marshall, Cal, Stanford, UNLV, Clemson and Boston College.

In 2022, the Irish will play road games at Ohio State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Southern Cal. They also will play BYU at Allegiant Field in Las Vegas (home of the Las Vegas Raiders) and Navy at M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens).

Notre Dame will face UNLV and Marshall for the first time in school history, while its meeting with Cal will be the first between the two schools since 1967.

The Irish will open with a true road game for the third time in the last four years. It will mark the seventh all-time meeting between the Irish and the Buckeyes and Notre Dame’s first trip to Columbus since 1995. Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman will square off with his alma mater in his first regular season game as head coach.

Notre Dame will travel to face the Tar Heels for the ninth time in program history, having won back-to-back games at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

The Irish will play in two different NFL stadiums this year (Allegiant Stadium and M&T Bank), marking the fourth time in the last 10 years they have played in multiple NFL stadiums during the regular season. It will be the 11th and 12th different NFL stadium the Irish have played in the past 10 years. It will also be the first-ever game for Notre Dame in the state of Nevada.

Notre Dame will travel to Syracuse for just the third time in school history and the first time since the 2003 season.

Over the course of the five seasons (2018-22), the Irish will have played regular-season games in 14 different states from coast to coast — including five games in California, four in North Carolina, four in Virginia, and two each in Illinois, Georgia and New York. The Irish will also play games in six of the top 10 metropolitan television markets in the country — Los Angeles (two), Chicago (two), San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (two), Atlanta, New York and Boston. Notre Dame is also scheduled to play in Dublin, Ireland, in 2023.

In addition, those five years include 23 combined regular-season games against 13 different teams that ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point in 2021 — four versus USC, three each versus Virginia Tech and North Carolina, two each versus Clemson, Michigan and Pitt, plus one each versus Ohio State, Georgia, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, BYU, Wake Forest and Purdue.

Notre Dame remains the only active college football program to ever play in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles in the same season. The Irish, who last accomplished the feat in 2018, have played in the United State’s three largest markets in the same year nine times.

STEEVES RECALLED BY TORONTO, SET FOR NHL DEBUT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Former Notre Dame forward Alex Steeves is set to make his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs after being recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on Dec. 7.

The Maple Leafs play host to Columbus at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 7 as Steeves’ NHL debut could come against his former Fighting Irish teammate Andrew Peeke, who plays for the Blue Jackets. Peeke and Steeves played together during the 2018-19 season.

Steeves, who skated for the Irish from 2018-21 and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in 2020-21, had 12 points in 12 games with the Marlies this season – his first as a professional. 

Steeves is set to become the 25th former Irish player under head coach Jeff Jackson to reach the NHL and the Notre Dame program’s 39th NHL player overall.

The most recent Notre Dame players to make their NHL debuts were Jordan Gross, Peeke, Jake Evans and Thomas DiPauli during the 2019-20 season.

After leading the Irish in scoring with 32 points on team-high 15 goals and 17 assists in 2020-21, Steeves was named a Second Team All-Big Ten selection. He also earned the team’s MVP and Brian “Duke” Walsh Offensive Player of the Year awards.

Steeves ended the 2020-21 season on a seven-game point streak (5-5-10) and he posted at least one point in 22 of 29 games. He had six multi-point efforts on the season, including a four point game (1-3-4) in Notre Dame’s 6-1 win at Ohio State (Feb. 5). He finished the regular season tied for fifth nationally with 15 goals, while his 14 goals in Big Ten play ranked second only to Cole Caufield (24).

An accounting major in the Mendoza College of Business, Steeves was a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection and also earned the team’s Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley’s Rockne Student-Athlete award. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Following his breakout junior season (2020-21), Steeves signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs beginning with the 2021-22 season (March 28).

Next Up

Notre Dame closes out the first semester next weekend by playing host to Michigan State on Dec. 10-11 at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

Both games will be broadcast on NBCSN, with Friday’s game starting at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s game slated for 7 p.m.

MEN’S HOOPS HEADS TO SIUE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Following the first Horizon League weekend of the season, the Mastodon men’s basketball team steps out of league play to play at SIUE on Wednesday (Dec. 8) in an 8 p.m. ET start.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (4-4, 1-1 Horizon League) vs. SIUE (3-6, 0-0 Ohio Valley Conference)

When: Wednesday, December 8 | 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Edwardsville, Ill. | First Community Arena at Vadalabene Center

Listen: 1380 The Fan

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | SIUE

Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 13-6

KNOW YOU FOE:

// Leading scorer: Ray’Sean Taylor (16.9 ppg)

// Head coach: Brian Barone (3rd season)

// The Cougars have a 69-66 victory over Horizon League foe Youngstown State this season.

// The Cougars also have wins over Knox and Omaha.

// SIUE led by as many as 16 in the second half against Creighton before falling 70-65.

// SIUE head coach Brian Barone previously served as an assistant coach at Horizon League opponent Green Bay.

// The Cougars and Mastodons were league rivals 1996-2001 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference during their Division II membership.

// The ‘Dons have won nine straight over the Cougars, including all eight during the Division I era.

DONS AND ENDS:

// The Mastodons have two single-digit turnover games this season. The ‘Dons turned it over only nine times in an overtime loss to Western Michigan and only eight times at home against Wright State.

// Over the last three games the Mastodons are 47-of-53 (88.7 percent) from the free throw line.

// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It is the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts. It is the fourth time they’ve done it while making at least 10 in a game. The last time they made all 10 or more attempts was Feb. 26, 2011 at UMKC (14-of-14).

// The Mastodons are forcing a league-best 16.75 turnovers per game, 51st best in the nation.

// Deonte Billups is shooting a team-best 42.5 percent (17-of-40) from three on the season. He is tied for the team-lead in 3-pointers.

// Looking like the leader for Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, Deonte Billups leads the league in scoring among players without a start this season thanks to his 8.9 points per game.

// Jarred Godfrey has 37 assists on the season to only 20 turnovers.

// Jarred Godfrey is third in the league in steals per game (2.00) and fourth in assists per game (4.6).

// The ‘Dons are second in the league in points per game (74.8) and field goal percentage (46.0 percent).

// Ra Kpedi is having the best season of his career, averaging 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He has reached double-digits in all but two games this season.

// Ra Kpedi has only six turnovers on the season.

// Jarred Godfrey is averaging 18.3 points per game, which would be his best average for a season. He averaged 15.6 as a sophomore and 16.2 last season.

// Jarred Godfrey entered the season averaging 2.7 assists per contest. This season he is averaging 4.6 assists per game.

// Damian Chong Qui has 25 assists on only eight turnovers on the season. This includes a six assist and zero turnover game against Southeastern Louisiana.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for seven minutes or more in every game this season.

JAGS FACE IN-STATE RIVAL AT THE JUNGLE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team returns to the Jungle to face Ball State on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after winning back-to-back conference games on the road. Tip off against the Cardinals is at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

The Jaguars enter the game after a 74-49 win over #HLWBB foe, Oakland. Graduate student, Macee Williams and redshirt senior Destiny Perkins led the Jags with 14 points each. Williams added 12 rebounds while Perkins collected eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore transfer Rachel Kent followed with 13 points and one assist.

IUPUI will face the Cardinals who enter the game 4-3 after falling to the University to Pittsburgh, 64-54. Redshirt junior, Anna Clephane leads the Cardinals in points per game with 16.0 and freshman Ally Becki leads in rebounds with 5.4 per game.

The Jags are 2-5 against Ball State and last faced the Cardinals on Nov. 30, 2020, at Worthen Arena, when IUPUI came out on top, 73-49. The Jaguars are on a two-game win streak against the Cards. Wednesday’s game will be aired on ESPN+ with tip off at 7:00 p.m.

OFFENSE HITS NEXT GEAR AS ACES ROAR PAST BELLARMINE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Once it got rolling, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team was tough to slow down in an 89-83 road victory at Bellarmine inside Freedom Hall on Tuesday night in Louisville, Ky.

An impressive night on the offensive end was led by junior Je’Naiya Davis, who finished just one point shy of her second 30-point performance for the Aces with 29 points on the night, including a career-high 12 made free throws. Turning-in a classic performance, junior Abby Feit tallied her sixth double-double of the season, this time tying a career-high with 18 rebounds to go along with 15 points, five assists, four steals, and three blocks in the Aces win. Also reaching double-figures for Evansville was senior A’Niah Griffin, who tallied 10 points in her return to her hometown. The Knights were led by Mackenzie Keelin and Sheniqua Coatney, who each finished with 17 points on the night.

A fast start for Evansville propelled the Aces out to a 9-0 lead inside the first two minutes of the contest, punctuated by a three from Celine Dupont that forced a Bellarmine timeout. Right out of the break, Evansville added another basket, coming from Davis as the lead grew to 11-0. The Knights would begin to slowly crack the Aces defense, creeping back into the contest throughout the opening stanza. In the final seconds of the quarter, a driving layup from the Knights’ Jaela Johnson cut the Evansville lead to just two heading into the second period.

Bellarmine’s new found rhythm continued into the second quarter as the Knights took the lead and built it as large as seven at 33-26 with just over three minutes left in the half. Evansville responded as both teams combined for 26 points in the final 3:30, fueled by eight points by Gala Camarena, including a pair of made triples as the Aces rallied to take a one-point 43-42 lead at the break.

Evansville quickly asserted itself coming out of the break to the tune of a 24-13 advantage in the third quarter, powered by a 13-3 run to close the period. A consistent force on the offensive end, Davis continued her all out effort in the third, scoring eight of her 29 points in the period, including a pair of three pointers as Evansville built its lead to 67-55 heading into the final 10 minutes.

After being contained for much of the opening 30 minutes, Feit finally broke free in the fourth quarter, helping to see the road victory. Entering the fourth, Feit had just eight points, but the Normal, Ill. native changed the course of the contest just minutes into the fourth. After Bellarmine had decreased the Aces advantage to 10, it was Feit who stood tall, scoring seven-straight points run over the course of just over a minute, capped-off by a three that handed Evansville back a 12-point advantage. Inside the final two minutes, Bellarmine scrapped back within single digits, getting as close as seven with less than a minute to play, but Evansville converted its free throws to capture the 89-83 win.

The Aces return to the court on Saturday at 1 PM with a home contest against Morehead State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

UE MEN TRAVEL TO CAPE GIRARDEAU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A trip to Cape Girardeau, Mo. is on tap for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, who will take on Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday evening in a 6:30 p.m. contest inside the Show Me Center.  ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.

Last Time Out

– On Saturday, the Purple Aces were able to grind out a 59-51 win over Tennessee Tech at the Ford Center

– UE led by as many as 8 points in the second half before the Golden Eagles stormed back to get within one with 1:50 remaining

– Antoine Smith Jr. connected on a triple that put the UE lead back at four points before the Aces pulled away for the win

– Jawaun Newton and Shamar Givance led the Aces with 15 points and 7 rebounds apiece while Smith and Blake Sisley registered 12 points each

Player of the Week

– For the second time in his career, Shamar Givance was named the MVC Player of the Week on Monday following his efforts against SIU and Tennessee Tech

– Givance went off for 31 points versus the Salukis just three days after posting what was a career mark of 26 at EIU

– He followed that up with a 15-point, 7-rebound tally in the win over the Golden Eagles while adding 3 assists and 3 steals

– The senior is averaging 24 points per game over the last two outings and ranks 9th in the MVC in scoring

– The senior continues to pace the squad in assists and steals…his 3.6 assists/game ranks 7th in the MVC while his average of 1.6 steals is third in the league

Newcomer Award

– Antoine Smith Jr. earned MVC Newcomer of the Week recognition on Nov. 29 and has continued to play well since that time

– After opening the season going 1-for-8 from the field, Smith has converted 28 of his last 47 attempts – 59.6%

– From outside, Smith hit 3 of first 10 attempts but has drained 16 of his last 29

– Smith knocked down 4 out of 6 3-point tries against TTU to improve his season shooting mark to 48.7%, 4th in the MVC

– In four games leading to his Nov. 29 newcomer award, Smith averaged 13.5 points per game and reached double figures on three occasions

Biding his Time

– Freshman Blake Sisley is coming off of his top performance against Tennessee Tech where he knocked down 5 out of 6 attempts (2/3 from outside) on his way to 12 points

– In his first six appearance prior to that game, he scored a total of three points while going 1-for-9 from the field

– Sisley has earned more playing time over the last three games, playing at least 12 minutes on two occasions

Checking all the Boxes

– It has been an unbelievable stretch for Jawaun Newton who has averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds over the last six contests

– He opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with a career-high of 30 points, marking the Aces first such effort since 2019

– It took until his 89th game to record the first double-double of his career, but #2 came just four days later…Newton registered 19 points and 10 boards on Nov. 24 versus Akron and followed that up with 13 points and 12 caroms at EIU

Scouting the Opponent

– Southeast Missouri State comes into Wednesday’s game with an even 4-4 mark after defeating Webster by a final of 76-64 on Saturday

– The win ended a 2-game skid following losses to Montana State and Portland in the Incarnate Word Tournament in San Antonio

– SEMO opened the season with a 99-94 road win at Missouri State

– Eric Reed Jr. leads the Redhawks with 16.3 points per game with Phillip Russell and Chris Harris also recording double figures with 12.1 and 11.1 PPG, respectively

– Nygal Russell has a team-best 6.1 caroms per contest.

KING SHINES IN DEBUT AS VALPO ROLLS TO VICTORY

Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) can play basketball, that much was clear on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Appearing in his first game since Jan. 24, 2020, rust appeared minimal as King posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting 9-of-13 to help the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team down East-West 101-58. King was the top story, about that there was little doubt, but the game featured a strong team effort that saw eight players score seven points or more and 10 score at least six en route to a fourth win in five games.

How It Happened

What proved to be a fun night at the ARC got off to a shaky start as the Beacons were down 5-0 early and didn’t score for nearly three full minutes to begin the contest. Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) finally knocked the lid off the rim with a 3-pointer at the 17:03 mark, but Valpo trailed 7-3 five minutes into the game.

King’s first basket in a Valpo uniform was a dunk with 15 minutes on the clock, then Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) gave Valpo its first lead at 8-7 with a 3 on a Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) assist at the 14:18 mark, an advantage that the Beacons would not relinquish for the remainder of the evening.

That spurred a big Valpo burst that included a Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) dunk with 12:14 remaining in the half. Edwards added a layup with 10:19 on the clock, capping a 16-0 run that transformed a 7-3 deficit into a 19-7 lead.

Edwards stretched the cushion to 14 with a dunk at the 8:44 mark, but the Phantoms cut the gap back to single figures at 25-17 with 6:32 to go in the half.

Valpo put together an 18-2 spurt and eventually went into halftime up 43-21. There was a stretch where Krikke took over, scoring 12 straight Valpo points and 12 of the 14 points scored by the two teams during that stretch.

Anderson and Krikke both hits 3s early in the second half, and King continued to put on a show on both ends. He threw down his second dunk of the night with 13:22 on the clock to extend the lead to 30.

Trey Woodyard (London, Ohio / International Sports Academy), Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) and DeAveiro all turned in quality second-half minutes, and Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) drilled a pair of late 3s to the delight of the Beacon bench.

Hedstrom buried a 3 with 5:20 to go, then walk-on Luke Morrill (Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic) got in on the 3-point act with a trey at the 3:47 mark to up Valpo’s lead to 50. Morrill made another from beyond the arc with 1:36 to go, then Hedstrom’s layup with 18 seconds remaining helped the Beacons surpass the century mark.

Inside the Game

Krikke turned in a game-high 21 points on an efficient 10-of-13 shooting in 18 minutes of action. He recorded his fourth 20-point output of the season in just seven games. He led the team in scoring for the fourth time in his seven outings.

Valpo hit the century mark for the second time this season after posting 106 points on Nov. 27 vs. Trinity Christian. Tuesday’s 43-point margin of victory marked Valpo’s largest since beating Concordia University Chicago by 56 (121-65) on Nov. 6, 2018.

The Beacons shot 60.6 percent (43-of-71), their first time shooting at least 60 percent since shooting right that threshold (33-of-55) on Dec. 12, 2018 vs. UC Riverside. Tuesday marked the team’s top shooting percentage since hitting a 65.2 percent clip on Nov. 6, 2018 vs. Concordia Chicago.

Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, his fourth game this season with at least seven and sixth with at least six.

DeAveiro dished out eight assists, his second game with eight helpers this season. He became the first Missouri Valley Conference player with two eight-assist games this season and now owns half of the four eight-helper performances by MVC players this year.

Hedstrom converted all four of his field-goal attempts, equaling a career best with nine points, a mark he previously reached on Nov. 27 of this season vs. Trinity Christian. Woodyard also chipped in a career-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting while securing five caroms, also a personal watermark.

Pappas had his first career made field goal, while Morrill hit his first and second career 3s on his way to a personal-best six points.

Taylor made the 100th start of his collegiate career.

Anderson handed out his 100th career assist.

Valpo picked up its fourth win in the last five games and improved to 5-2 since an 0-3 start that came without their leading returning scorer as Krikke was sidelined by an injury.

Postgame Press Conference

Up Next

Valpo (5-5) will look to climb above .500 for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon as Charlotte comes to the ARC for a noon tip on ESPN+. The theme is Gold Out as students are encouraged to wear gold from head to toe. The first 1,000 fans will receive a gold rush t-shirt. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.

VALPO BASEBALL INKS FIVE SIGNEES FOR 2023 SEASON

The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced five additions to the program for the 2022-2023 academic and athletic year.

Infielder Kyle Tyler (Alsip, Ill. / Andrean), third baseman Thomas Cooper (Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood), RHP Adam Guazzo (Algonquin, Ill. / Huntley), RHP Kaleb Krier (Altoona, Iowa / Southeast Polk [Des Moines Area CC]) and catcher Will Radich (Lake Oswego, Ore. / IMC Academy) have signed to join head coach Brian Schmack’s team.

Tyler began his high school career at Eisenhower in Blue Island, Ill. before transferring to Andrean in Merrillville, Ind. He is a four-year varsity player and was ranked the No. 5 shortstop in Indiana by Prep Baseball Report and a Top 25 player in the state by PBR. Tyler is the first member of his family to sign to play Division-I baseball.

“I’ve always told myself that I’d play Division-I baseball to honor my father (Lamar Tyler), who passed away when I was 7 years old,” Tyler said. “Plenty of schools have reached out and contacted me, but Valparaiso just felt different. It felt right. Everyone at Valpo was so welcoming and genuine, so nothing felt forced. I chose Valpo because it gave me the opportunity to accomplish my dreams and pursue my degree, all while feeling comfortable. Valpo made me feel at home.”

In the classroom, Tyler is an honors student in advanced placement courses. He has achieved honor roll and high honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade.

“Kyle is a great athlete with raw tools that will need some coaching, and he’s getting some incredible coaching at Andrean,” Schmack said. “(Andrean head coach Dave Pishkur) said he’s among the most talented players he’s had at Andrean, which is obviously a great program. He has the tools to play shortstop at the next level, and he’s someone who has bought into our program’s vision and culture. He also has an ability to pitch with a strong arm and a fastball over 90 mph. We’re looking forward to using his talents in any way we can.”

Cooper, a third baseman from the Nashville area, burst onto the scene as a starter during his freshman year of high school before a hamstring injury and the COVID-19 pandemic limited his sophomore and junior seasons. A member of one of the top 10 travel teams in the country, Cooper helped his football team finish as the state runner-up.

“I chose Valpo because it felt like the perfect place to reach my full potential in academics as well as athletics,” Cooper said. “The coaching staff made me feel like a priority and they really invested their time with me on weekly phone calls during unprecedented times. I’ve always dreamed of playing D1 baseball and Valpo is a perfect opportunity to play at a high level. I’m excited to move to a new part of the country, meet new people and get to work.”

Cooper owns a 4.4 grade point average, ACT score of 30 and is a member of National Honor Society, younglife, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Echoes for Hope (helps the homeless).

“Thomas has played for a strong summer program and high school team,” Schmack said. “He’s a ‘baseball guy,’ and that’s what we’re looking for. He likes our vision for the program. He’s a physical kid who can hit in the middle of the order. He comes from a great family and is one of those high-intangible players. He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid, which is a bit old school and somewhat refreshing.”

Guazzo played for Pro Player travel team during his 17U season, posting a 1.91 ERA over 44 innings. He played in the WWBA world championships for Chicago Scouts Association. During his 16U summer, he threw 42 1/3 innings and compiled a 1.32 ERA while throwing a no-hitter at the 16U WWBA north championship.

“I chose Valpo because I wanted to go somewhere where I felt comfortable and knew it was a great fit,” Guazzo said. “I loved everything about the baseball program and the coaching staff. The location also played a role as Valpo is only two hours from home.”

Guazzo played basketball as a junior and was all-conference and all-area honorable mention. He is also a member of National Honor Society.

“Adam is a strike-thrower in the mid to upper 80s,” Schmack said. “He has the ability to throw four pitches for strikes, which makes his stuff better because he can throw it in any count. He works fast and uses his defense, all things that we stress. He has a starter type profile, which we were looking for. Once he gets into the weight room, he will see an uptick in velocity and strength. He fits well with our team.”

Krier was first team all-conference, first team all-district and second team all-state as a senior in high school. During his freshman year of junior college baseball, he earned second team all-conference honors.

“I chose Valpo because I really enjoyed the campus and facilities,” he said. “Valpo’s business school is also very good, and that was a nice draw because I am going to major in the business field. When I visited, I just felt comfortable and could see myself being there for the next two years.”

Krier plays his JUCO ball at DMACC, under the direction of head coach Nic Mishler, who spent five years as an assistant at Valpo.

“Kaleb has a track record of throwing strikes,” Schmack said. “He’s in the mid to upper 80s with a starter profile. He has an underdog story that we like. He wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. His mission has been to prove everyone wrong. Mish said he will fit well here and he’s a tough pitcher on the mound, which is perfect.”

Radich was a 2021 Preseason All-American and a Top 1000 Perfect Game prospect. He posted a .364 batting average as a junior.

“Choosing Valpo was an easy decision for me because I saw it as an opportunity to get a great education and play baseball at the same time,” Radich said. “Visiting the campus and the city of Valparaiso was a great experience and it felt like a place I could call home for the next four years. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Valpo family.”

Away from the diamond, Radich represented a philanthropy group his freshman and sophomore years of high school. In addition, he has umpired little league in his free time.

“Will is a catcher with a clean swing,” Schmack said. “He will work on adding some size in the weight room. He takes a lot of pride in the intangibles of catching like pitch calling and communicating with pitchers, which is somewhat rare for younger players. He played for a good summer team and is a high-character worker who will fit in perfectly here.”

This quintet will join the team next fall and debut during the 2023 season.

“We identified five players who fill needs for our program,” Schmack said. “They all fit the profile of what we’re looking for to keep the team rolling. We’re excited about this class as a whole. They are pumped to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference and continue to take us to the next level. I would like to thank our assistant coaches who have played a vital role in finding these players. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into this process.”

VALPO WOMEN RETURN HOME, HOST NATIONALLY-RANKED NOTRE DAME WEDNESDAY

Valparaiso (0-7, 0-0 MVC)

Game #8 – December 8, 2021 – 6 p.m.

#22/23 Notre Dame (7-2, 1-0 ACC)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team returns home to the ARC after nearly a month away and welcomes nationally-ranked Notre Dame to town on Wednesday evening.

Previously: Valpo rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit Sunday afternoon at Bowling Green to close to within one point, but could not get over the hump, as the host Falcons came away 69-53 victors. Carie Weinman led the way for the Beacons with 15 points.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-56. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: Notre Dame has won all 27 meetings in the series between the two programs, a series which has been evenly split between being played at Valpo and at Notre Dame. The last matchup came when the Fighting Irish were ranked #1 nationally, on Dec. 4, 2016 – a 114-54 Notre Dame win. Jackie Young paced ND with 20 points in that game, while Dani Franklin netted 18 points to lead Valpo.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.

– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.

– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.

– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.

– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.

– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.

– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…at Bowling Green

– BGSU led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and 31-24 at halftime.

– The Falcons out-scored Valpo 15-5 over the first five-plus minutes of the third quarter to extend their lead to 17 points at 46-29.

– Out of the media timeout, the Beacons looked like a new team, scoring on seven of their final nine possessions of the period as they out-scored the Falcons 16-3 the rest of the way to close to within 49-45 with 10 minutes remaining.

– Shay Frederick connected on a triple to open the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to one point, and after the Falcons had scored on back-to-back trips, Lauren Gunn knocked down a shot from deep to make it 53-51 with 7:29 to play.

– The Beacons never had an opportunity to tie or take the lead after that, however, as BGSU scored on six of its next seven trips to pull away.

– Carie Weinman paced Valpo in scoring for the third time this year, finishing with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. She also tied for team-high honors with three steals.

– Valpo shot 38.5% from the field. The Beacons did connect on 11-of-32 from deep, matching a season high for 3-pointers made.

– Eight different Valpo players connected on a 3-pointer Sunday.

– Meanwhile, BGSU shot 50% from the field and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, which the Falcons turned into 17 second-chance points.

…at Western Michigan

– Valpo started the game strong offensively, scoring on five of its first six possessions of the game and leading by as many as five points.

– WMU ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 24-20 10 minutes in.

– Valpo scored six early points in the second quarter to briefly tie the game, but went scoreless for over 8:30, allowing the Broncos a 40-28 lead at halftime.

– Western Michigan’s lead was 61-43 at the end of the third and reached as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter.

– Grace White led the way for Valpo with 16 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor, including four 3-pointers to match her career high. She also paced Valpo’s effort on the boards with seven rebounds.

– One game after moving into the program’s all-time top-five for career assists, Shay Frederick dished out nine assists on Monday to set a career high.

– Valpo enjoyed a season-best effort from the 3-point line, connecting on 11-of-29 (37.9%) from deep with six different players hitting at least one triple.

– The Beacons outshot WMU from the floor, hitting at a 44.7% clip to the Broncos’ 41.1% accuracy. WMU enjoyed a large edge at the foul line, going 16-of-19 as opposed to Valpo’s 1-of-2.

– Valpo out-rebounded its opponent for the first time this season, holding a 31-26 advantage on the glass.

– Valpo committed a season-worst 22 turnovers and forced a season-low 10 miscues by WMU. The 12-turnover discrepancy led to a 23-7 advantage for WMU in points off turnovers.

…looking ahead

– The Beacons face a quick turnaround, flying to South Dakota for a Friday night game.

– Valpo will then step away from competition during final exam week, returning to action Sunday, Dec. 19 at Morehead State.

…at the ARC

– Wednesday is the third of four non-conference home games and 13 home games in total this year for the Beacons.

– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season.

@NDWBB

– Notre Dame enters Wednesday’s game at 7-2 overall this year and is 1-0 in ACC play. The Fighting Irish most recently dropped a 73-54 decision at powerhouse UConn.

– The Fighting Irish were picked sixth in the ACC preseason poll after posting a 10-10 overall record last season.

– Five Notre Dame players are averaging in double figures in scoring early on this season, paced by 13.7 ppg from Maddy Westbeld, who also is averaging 7.3 rebounds/game.

Facing Ranked Foes

– Wednesday will mark the 48th time in program history that Valpo has taken on a nationally-ranked team.

– Valpo holds just one win in program history over a nationally-ranked opponent – a 71-60 victory over #21/23 Purdue at the ARC on Dec. 10, 2008.

– Wednesday’s game will be the 19th time a top-25 team has visited the ARC for a women’s basketball game.

– This will be the eighth time in Notre Dame’s 13 visits to the ARC that it has been nationally ranked when coming to Valpo.

MEN’S SOCCER TRIO NAMED USC ALL-REGION

INDIANAPOLIS – The post season awards are rolling in for the UIndy men’s soccer with three Greyhounds earning their second All-Region nod of the season.  Makel Rasheed and Alejandro Steinwascher earned United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region First Team honors while Dimitrios Karousos was named to the Second Team.

All three Hounds add to their D2CCA All-Midwest Region First Team selection from last week.

Makel Rasheed earned back-to-back GLVC Defensive Player of the Year honors.  The Rockville, MD native has tallied five goals and three assists this season while leading a strong Greyhound defense.  Through 21 matches, UIndy has allowed 15 goals while holding opponents to 7.2 shots per game.

Alejandro Steinwascher paces the Hounds with 39 points on the year off of 14 goals and 10 assists.  The two-time GLVC Offensive Player of the Year has recorded a point in all but four matches this year while producing 14 multi-point matches.  He currently sits 10th in Division II in both total assists and total goals while ranking seventh in total points.

Dimitrios Karousos adds to his back-to-back First Team All-GLVC nods.  The Athens, Greece native has started in 19 matches this season, recording 49 saves along with nine shut outs.  He has recorded the third best save percentage among goalkeepers in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

This postseason alone, the Hounds have outscored their opponents 15-3 while posting four clean sheets.  Their postseason run continues on Thursday night in the National Semifinal in Colorado Springs.  The Hounds will face defending National Champion Charleston University with first kick slated for 10 pm ET.

YOUSSEF, SAUCEDA EARN USC ALL-REGION NODS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team continues to receive postseason recognition, this time in the form of United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections.  Dana Youssef and Kiki Sauceda both earned 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-Region honors as announced by the association this afternoon.

Youssef was named to the First Team for her second All-Region First Team honor of the season.  The graduate student anchored a UIndy defense that allowed just nine goals in league play with a 0.64 goals against average.  Offensively the Monchengladback, Germany native tallied four assists in the regular season while taking 15 shots.  She was brought home the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second straight season.

Sauceda earned Second Team honors after pacing the team with 15 goals including a pair of hat tricks.  The San Bernadino, Calif. Native netted six game winners while tallying 33 points on the year.  She adds to her D2CCA All-Region First Team selection and Region Player of the Year award.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL CLAIMS FIVE AVCA MIDCENTRAL REGION HONORS

Lexington, Ky. – On Friday December 3, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released the 2021 All-Region teams for NAIA women’s volleyball. The list includes 220 student-athletes across the 10 regions, as well as the coach and assistant coach of the year in each region.

The Marian volleyball team cleaned up the Midcentral region for the fifth straight year, as head coach Ashlee Pritchard and assistant coach Riley Anderson claimed both the Head and Assistant Coach of the Year honors in the region, and senior Skyler Van Note was named the Midcentral Region Player of the Year for a third consecutive season.

Skyler Van Note was named the AVCA Player of the Year in the Midcentral Region for the third consecutive season, as the senior wrapped her career last week at the NAIA National Tournament. Van Note led the Knights for the third straight season in kills as she was named to her fourth straight AVCA Region First Team, ending the season with 414 kills for the second highest total in her career. Van Note was named to the NAIA Tournament All-Tournament Team, and became Marian’s all-time program leader in kills with 1552 spikes in four seasons. The senior also posted 495 digs this season, notching a team-best 18 double-doubles, including seven of the final eight matches of the season.

Sarah Spangler claimed her fourth AVCA Midcentral Region First Team honor, as the All-Crossroads League honoree ended her decorated career. Spangler led the Knights in hitting percentage this season at a .377 clip, and was one of the top-10 attackers in the NAIA. Spangler recorded 344 kills as a senior, finishing her career with a .318 hitting percentage. The senior added 45 blocks to her senior statline, and averaged 3.29 points per set in 2021.

Jai-Lyn Norwood was named to the AVCA Midcentral Region First Team for the first time her her career, as the thrid year middle had a dominant season. Norwood was named to the All-Crossroads League First Team for the first time, and was third on the team in kills with 316, while hitting .372 to rank in the top-10 in the NAIA. Norwood led Marian in total blocks with 103, posting a team-leading 90 block assists.

Completing Marian’s honors were head coach Ashlee Pritchard and assistant coach Riley Anderson, who were respectively named the Midcentral Region Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. Pritchard and Anderson earned the same honors from the Crossroads League, and led Marian to a 35-3 overall record in 2021. Under Pritchard and Anderson’s leadership, the Knights won both the Crossroads League Regular Season and Tournament Championships, and led the Knights to the NAIA Semifinals. The Knights claimed five AVCA Midcentral Region honors, and led the Crossroads League with nine honors.

MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS JOHN MUTCHNER CUP GAME WEDNESDAY AT 7:30

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team hosts Earlham College in the annual John Mutchner Cup Game on Wednesday at 7:30 pm inside Hulbert Arena.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman and Earlham compete for the John Mutchner Cup one time per year, and this year’s contest is Wednesday night.

* The Cup is named for former Rose-Hulman head men’s basketball head coach and athletic director John Mutchner (1963-88), who was also a standout athlete at Earlham.  Mutchner has been inducted into both Athletic Halls of Fame.

* Rose-Hulman picked up a 72-69 road win against perennial HCAC power Transylvania on Saturday to open conference play.

* Against Transylvania, Max Chaplin scored a game-high 18 points, and Terry Hicks had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

* Against Transylvania, five players reached double figures in scoring, with Vuk Djuric (11), Dillon Duff (10) and Trey Wurtz (10) with 10 points or more.

* Rose-Hulman has a roster featuring players from across the nation. The 18-player team comes to Terre Haute from nine different states.

* Rose-Hulman has an 11-2 record against HCAC competition over the last two seasons.

* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters this contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 109-70.  Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season HCAC title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.

EARLHAM GAME NOTES:

* Earlham stands 1-4 on the season, highlighted by a 94-85 win over Adrian.

* Jaden Terry leads four Earlham players in double figures at 17.2 points per game. Other double-figure scorers include Kolden Vanlandingham (16.0 ppg), Jordan Goodson (14.7 ppg) and Anthony Phillips (12.0).

* Although Earlham stands 1-4, the Quakers have not lost a game by more than 9 points this season.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Overall Record: Rose-Hulman leads 63-54

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 16

* Last Meeting: RHIT 74, EC 56 on 2/21/2021

* Last EC Win: EC 68, RHIT 66 on 2/13/2013

TRINE REMAINS SEVENTH IN D3HOOPS NATIONAL POLL

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine women’s basketball team was picked seventh in the most recent D3hoops.com national poll.

Trine maintains their week one position in the rankings after picking up Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) victories over Adrian College and Calvin University last week to move to 7-1 overall. The Thunder are the only one-loss team inside the top 10 in the poll this week.

The best assist-to-turnover ratio in NCAA DIII belongs to the Trine women’s basketball at 1.46. The Thunder find themselves eleventh in assists per game (18.2) and sixth in fewest turnovers per game (12.5).

In the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll, Trine is tied with Bowdoin College in 13th place. 

This week on the schedule, the Thunder square off with Olivet College at home on Saturday, December 11 at 3 pm. Free admission to that game is included as a part of Community Day.

D3HOOPS WEEK TWO POLL HAS TRINE 16TH

ANGOLA, Ind. – D3hoops.com released their week two national poll where the Trine University men’s basketball team was listed as number 16 in the nation.

Turnovers have been key to Trine’s 5-1 record in 2021-22. The Thunder have forced just over 21 turnovers per game and Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] is ninth in the nation in steals per game (3.3). As a team, Trine has the sixth-best turnover margin in NCAA DIII at 8.2.

The slate of non-conference games ahead will have a major impact on the rankings moving forward, as the Thunder play Heidelberg University on Wednesday, December 8 and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday, December 11.

Heidelberg is receiving votes following a 91-72 victory over #17 University of Mount Union last week. That game tips off at 7 pm at MTI Center.

La-Crosse is #13 in the week two rankings with a 7-2 record this season. Saturday’s game at MTI Center will be the first of a men’s and women’s doubleheader tipping off at 1 pm. Those games will be Community Day with free admission.

MEN’S SOCCER LANDS 18TH AS PART OF USCA TOP 25 POLL

HANOVER, Ind. – The United Soccer Coaches Association announced the final 2021 top 25 poll with the men’s soccer team landing 18th overall. This is Hanover’s first appearance among the top 25 this season.

Hanover finished the 2021 campaign at 15-5-2 overall and winners of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The Blue and Red went on to make history advancing to a program first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance after defeating both Lynchburg and Emory as part of the opening round.

The Panthers bowed out of the tournament after falling to no. 5 ranked Messiah, 3-1.

For their efforts, Hanover saw two student-athletes garner USCA All-Region honors as well as the program’s first USCA All-American in senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.).

FORESTERS BLOW PAST SIMMONS 96-46

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s basketball team (9-3) extended their win streak to four by cruising to a 99-44 win over Simmons College of Kentucky (0-11) Tuesday evening at Platt Arena. It’s the hosts’ second straight 50+ point win with the first on Saturday when they rolled over Mount Vernon 96-46.

Freshman Landen Jordan had a breakout game by erupting for 26 points and cleaning the glass for 16 boards, both of which are career highs for the rookie forward. He finished with more offensive than defensive rebounds, missed just three shots from the floor and swiped three steals in his 25 minutes of action.

Hank Pulver also logged a double double by posting 12 points and ten rebounds. Ben Humrichous finished with 19 points and three steals, Caleb Middlesworth tossed in 13 points and collected eight rebounds while Lane Sparks added 12 points, six boards and three steals. 

While HU outplayed Simmons in every statistical category, most notable was their dominance on the boards. Alford and crew piled up 30 offensive rebounds to Simmons’ 13 defensive rebounds. At the other end of the floor, Huntington corralled all but five of the Falcons’ misses. When all was said and done, the Foresters outscored their visitors 40-7 in second chance points.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to take control of the night. Fifteen seconds in, Humrichous drained a triple and 60 seconds later his putback made it a 5-0 game. By the 16:34 mark more than ten points separated the two teams at 14-3. The lead ballooned to 51-20 by the midway point with no signs of slowing down as the difference continued to swell after intermission to the tune of a 55-point difference by game’s end.

Glenn Queen posted 11 points to lead the Falcons in scoring. Huntington will make the short trip to Fort Wayne on Thursday to take on Indiana Tech at 7:00 p.m.

BETHEL WILDCATS SECOND HALF SURGE TOO MUCH FOR MIGHTY OAKS

Oakland City, IN – After opening a 28-26 halftime lead, the Mighty Oaks were hoping to avenge their November 13 loss, playing host to the Wildcats of Bethel University (TN). However, after retaking the lead at 43-42 with 11:31 left to play, the Oaks were outscored 28-15 the rest of the way, losing by the final score of 70-58. There were a total of four ties and 14 lead changes before the Wildcats were able to get the game under control down the stretch. The loss brings OCU’s record to 1-10 on the season, while the Wildcats improved to 6-3.

JaMarcus Clark came off the bench to lead the Mighty Oaks in scoring, putting home 16 points, on 7-13 shooting, including 2-4 from three point range. Nathaniel Schmittler was the only other OCU player to reach double digits, scoring 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Clark also was the only player to pull down double digits in rebounds, nabbing 10 missed shots. DJ Redding chipped in with eight boards and five rebounds in the loss.

Drew Thomas paced the Wildcats, scoring a game high 18 points, on 8-15 shooting, going 2-4 from beyond the arc. Kamron Rose added 14 points to go with a team best eight rebounds, while Jamarius Mayberry tallied 11, making 4-8 from the field.

As a team, the Oaks made 23-53 (43.4%) from the field, including 5-16 (31.3%) from three point range. Bethel connected on 29-58 (50.0%) of their shot attempts, going 8-20 (40.0%) from long range. OCU made 7-10 (70.0%) from the foul line, compared to 4-7 (57.1%) for the visiting Wildcats.

The Oaks trailed 35-27 in rebounds, including a 9-5 deficit on the offensive glass. Oakland City handed out just nine assists, compared to 12 for the Wildcats, while winning the turnover battle 13-11.

Next up for the Oaks is a trip to Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, December 11. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

FRESHMAN PAIGE FORTKAMP EARNS 2021 AVCA REGIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

ORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Volleyball Cougars are excited to announce that freshman outside hitter Paige Fortkamp won the 2021 NAIA AVCA Regional Freshman of the year, the first time in program history.

Fortkamp is from Fort Recovery, Indiana where she graduated from Fort Recovery High School, where she also earned the Crossroads League Freshman of the Year Award.

Throughout the season, Fortkamp led the Cougars to a team-leading 366 kills averaging 3.8 kills per set. Her 397.5 points led the team through the season by over 150 points, as runner-up Haidyn Carrico totaled 241 points.

“Paige had an amazing first season,” Head Coach Scott Haddix said on his freshman. “She is such a great worker who studies the game really well and made terrific adjustments to her play all season. We leaned on her a lot this season, and she handled the pressure very well for a freshman outside hitter. To lead THIS conference in kills per set and total kills is an amazing accomplishment and was recognized by a majority of the Crossroads League coaches.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL OVERCOMES SLOW START TO WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team overcame a slow start to win their sixth consecutive game on Tuesday night as the Cougars defeated Wilberforce University, 84-72 at the Student Activities and Events Center.

Four players scored in double figures for the Cougars led by Trequan Spivey with 16. Spivey who was named last week’s River States Conference player of the week is now averaging 16.8 points per contest, which is ninth best in the league.

Desean Hampton needed just 17 points coming into tonight’s game to become the fifth player in IUK men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 for his career. Hampton came up just two points shy, scoring 15 points to go along with his game-high 17 rebounds.

Other players in double figures included Hunter White who scored a season-high 14 points and Julien Hunter who also recorded his season-high with 10 points.

The Cougars’ sluggish start put them behind 13-0 through the first four minutes of action. Hampton got IU Kokomo on the board with his first dunk of the game off the Spivey dish.

Trailing 22-9 with just over 12 minutes to play in the opening half, the Cougars went on a 15-2 run to even things at 24. Hunter Jackson hit a pair of triples during the run.

A Wilberforce basket made it a 32-all with 4:48 remaining in the half, but a 14-6 run by the Cougars sent them into the locker room with a 46-38 lead over the Bulldogs.

IU Kokomo outscored the Bulldogs 46-25 after falling behind 13-0

At the 13:01 mark in the second half, the Cougars were awarded four free consecutive free throws. Two coming from Noah Harris on a Wilberforce personal foul and two coming from Spivey after a technical was given to the Bulldog bench. The last free throw from Harris gave the Cougars a 13 point lead, their largest lead of the contest.

When it looked as if the Cougars were going to pull away, Wilberforce came clawing back, cutting the IUK lead to as little as four with 6:05 left to play. IU Kokomo was able to hold the Bulldogs off to earn their sixth consecutive victory.

The Cougars shot 56 percent from the field in the victory and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 43-29.

IU Kokomo will resume conference play on Saturday as they travel to New Albany to take on IU Southeast. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL HANGS ON TO DEFEAT CARDINAL STRITCH IN TOUGH ROAD CCAC CONTEST TUESDAY

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Indiana University Northwest held off a strong Cardinal Stritch rally late in the second half as the RedHawks picked up a tough Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference road victory, 72-65, Tuesday.

RECORDS

Indiana Northwest (8-3, 4-2 CCAC) | Cardinal Stritch (3-8, 1-5 CCAC)

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Jerron Tatum (20), Brian Hernandez (18), Jared Johnson (18)

Rebounds: Marshaud Watkins (12)

Assists: Jared Johnson (5)

Blocks: Jared Johnson (2)

Steals: Jerron Tatum (3)

HALF BREAKDOWN

1st Half: IU Northwest 37, Cardinal Stritch 31

2nd Half: IU Northwest 35, Cardinal Stritch 34

Final Score: IU Northwest 72, Cardinal Stritch 65

GAME RECAP

Jerron Tatum gave IU Northwest a quick 7-3 lead after making a three-pointer but Cardinal Stritch responded with a three of their own. The RedHawks led 15-12 with 15:22 on the clock then went on an 11-3 run capped off by Jason Peace’s second chance effort to give IU Northwest a 26-15 lead.

Cardinal Stritch responded with a 7-0 run of their own to make it 26-22 RedHawks. IU Northwest responded right away with an 8-0 run after a pair of baskets by Tatum, Marshaud Watkins and Tromon Weston made it 34-22 with 5:31 left before the break.

Jared Johnson made it 37-28 with under a minute left. The Wolves hit a three with seconds remaining to make it 37-31 IU Northwest at the break.

Both teams traded baskets to start the second half. Johnson made a pair at the line to give the RedHawks a 44-33 advantage with 18:18 left in the game.

Cardinal Stritch responded with an 11-0 run to tie it at 44-all. Tatum was able to put a stop to the Wolves run by making a three-pointer to give the RedHawks a 47-44 lead with 14:45 remaining.

The Wolves responded with a basket then Peace and Johnson hit back-to-back buckets to make it 51-46. Cardinal Stritch grabbed their first lead of the game after a 6-0 spurt put them ahead 52-51 at the 10:28 mark.

Larry Lynch quickly gave the RedHawks back the lead (57-54) with eight minutes left. Cardinal Stritch responded to tie it with a three-pointer.

Johnson hit a pair of key shots late in the game then Tatum hit another three to make it 64-61 RedHawks with 4:23 remaining. Brian Hernandez hit clutch free throws late in the game to secure the victory as the junior went 6-7 at the line including a huge and-one that he converted on with 2:34 remaining.

Hernandez scored the last eight points for IU Northwest to close out the game. The RedHawks won the contest 72-65.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HAS STRONG SECOND HALF IN WIN AGAINST AQUINAS TUESDAY

GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball used a strong second-half surge as the RedHawks defeated Aquinas College at the Savannah Center, 54-40, Tuesday.

TEAM RECORDS

IU Northwest (8-3) | Aquinas (8-7)

QUARTER BREAKDOWN

1st Quarter: Aquinas 7, IU Northwest 7

2nd Quarter: Aquinas 13, IU Northwest 10

Halftime Score: Aquinas 20, IU Northwest 17

3rd Quarter: IU Northwest 19, Aquinas 10

4th Quarter: IU Northwest 18, Aquinas 10

Final Score: IU Northwest 54, Aquinas 40

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Sarah Martin (17), Samantha Martin (12)

Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (10), Tiara Jackson (8)

Assists: Karli Miller (6)

Blocks: Tiara Jackson (1), Meghan Long (1), Samantha Martin (1)

Steals: Tiara Jackson (1), Sarah Martin (1), Karli Miller (1)

GAME RECAP

Samantha Martin gave IU Northwest a 5-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Aquinas responded with a three-point play to make it 7-5 then Samantha Martin tied it at 7-all at the end of the opening period.

Aquinas started out scoring the first five points of the second quarter to grab a 12-7 lead. Tiara Jackson snapped the RedHawks cold streak with back-to-back layups to cut it to one (12-11) with 2:33 left in the first half.

Sarah Martin quickly gave IU Northwest a 13-12 lead to cap off a 6-0 run by the RedHawks. AU responded right away with a 6-1 spurt to grab an 18-14 lead.

Alyna Santiago responded right away with a three-pointer to cut it back down to one (18-17) with 38 seconds left. The Saints had an ensuing basket with 15 seconds left to go into the break ahead 20-17.

Meghan Long and Jackson started the second half with layups to give the RedHawks a 21-20 lead early. Aquinas responded right away with a basket to regain the lead.

The Saints led 30-27 with 3:59 left in the third quarter then IU Northwest responded with a 9-0 run the rest of the quarter. Michaela Schmidt tied it with a three-pointer then Samantha Martin and Lauren Smolen made layups then Sarah Martin hit a jump shot with 10 seconds left to give the RedHawks a 36-30 lead after the third.

Aquinas started the fourth quarter with a basket but IU Northwest bounced back. Schmidt made a pair at the line to give the RedHawks their first double-digit lead (48-37) with 3:48 left.

The Saints responded with a three-pointer to make it 48-40 but the RedHawks scored the last six points of the contest. Schmidt and Samantha Martin hit baskets to give IU Northwest a 54-40 advantage and that score would hold towards the end of the game.

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, December 11 as the RedHawks travel to take on fellow IU school Indiana University South Bend with game time scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.

SMITH NAMED WHAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech senior Grant Smith was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Smith averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 55.2% from the floor and 44.4% from three-point range in a pair of wins for the Warriors. He tied his career high in points with 30 against Michigan-Dearborn with four dunks.

It’s the first time this season and fourth time in his career that he’s won the weekly conference award.

DAVIDSON NAMED NAIA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Frankie Davidson completed the trifecta of weekly awards on Tuesday when he was named the NAIA Player of the Week for Grace’s men’s basketball team.

For the past three weeks, Davidson has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Week. For the past two weeks, he has also been the NCCAA Player of the Week.

This week, he won all three awards from the NAIA, NCCAA and CL.

Davidson scored 35 points in an 83-69 upset of No. 1 St. Francis. He also reached double figures in No. 13 Grace’s road win at Bethel. For the week he averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

His efforts have helped lead Grace to its best start (11-0) since the 1991-92 season, including an upset last week of No. 1 USF.

Davidson is the first NAIA Player of the Week for the men’s team since Brandon Vanderhegghen won the honor on Jan. 12, 2016.

Grace will hit the road on Wednesday, traveling to St. Xavier for an 8 p.m. (ET) tipoff.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM RANKED #3 IN USCAA COACHES POLL

SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) women’s basketball team continues to win over formidable opponents. In the past week, the Pomeroys recorded River States Conference (RSC) wins over Brescia University (final 54-51) and Indiana University-Southeast (final 58-56) to improve their record to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Head Coach Scot MacAllister continues to credit his team’s hard work for their overall success. Leading the team in scoring, Graduate Student Syndey Ingram averages 14 points per game followed by Freshman Aliyah Williams averaging 11.8 points per game. Senior Avalee Jeffers leads in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game with Sophomore Allyson Hardiek averaging 6.3 rebounds per game and Freshman Destiny Thomas averaging 4.9 rebounds per game. Leading the team in assists are Freshman Abby Worley with 3.9 assists per game and Aliyah Williams with 3.1 assists per game.

MacAllister praises the collective effort and chemistry that accounts for their success. “Everyone sees the record and the stats, which are great, as they’re measurable indicators of growth. Let me give you some others — Brooke Andrus, Lexi Baver, Emma Saunders, Savannah Frye — players who ensure we’re all working hard in practice and the games. You’ll hear them from the bench echoing play calls, reminding their teammates of the scout, encouraging and coaching their teammates as hard as the coaching staff. That’s the chemistry indicator. They help make us go, and they’re a huge reason for our team growth. They help ensure we play and practice to our standard.”

The USCAA Coaches Poll for week one made a good week even better with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College ranked number 3 in Division I.

MacAllister is hopeful the team can continue its success in the upcoming schedule as they begin a long road trip starting with a rematch at Miami University-Hamilton this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Pomeroys defeated Miami-Hamilton 64-59 at home to open the season.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS GO COLD IN NON-LEAGUE LOSS TO INDIANA TECH

UPLAND, Ind. – A competitive clash with Indiana Tech got away from the Trojans on Tuesday night inside Odle Arena, as TU scored only 14 points in the second half of a 69-45 defeat.

Taylor nearly wiped away a deficit of 33-18 on a string of triples from Kaden Fuhrmann, Jakeb Kinsey and Aaron Hahn late in the first half.

The long balls fueled an 11-2 surge from TU that pulled the Trojans within 35-31, but Indiana Tech (10-4) scored the final two of the opening half and the first 10 of the second to take control.

Taylor did not find the scoring column after the intermission until the 13:18 mark and never got back within single digits due to shooting five-of-28 from the field in the second half.

Taylor closed the game at 28.6 percent from the field and connected on just eight-of-30 shot attempts from inside the arc, getting outscored by a 42-8 margin in the paint.

Fuhrmann posted 13 points, while Hahn closed with eight. Jeff Clayton added five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.

Taylor (4-8) will look to get back on track when it welcomes Lincoln Christian (3-7) for the 24th-Annual Ivanhoes Silent Night Game on Friday, December 10, with tip set for 6:00 pm.

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS940.6920.03502003-4-06-0-07-1-03-1-07 W
BUFFALO BILLS750.5831.53361963-3-04-2-05-5-03-1-01 L
MIAMI DOLPHINS670.4623.02542884-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-05 W
NEW YORK JETS390.2505.52173672-4-01-5-03-6-00-4-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS840.6670.03032595-2-03-2-03-4-02-1-05 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS750.5831.03143153-3-04-2-05-3-02-1-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS660.5002.02743123-4-03-2-04-3-01-2-01 L
DENVER BRONCOS660.5002.02372183-3-03-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS840.6670.02822605-1-03-3-05-4-01-2-01 L
CINCINNATI BENGALS750.5831.03312673-3-04-2-05-3-03-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS651.5421.52442864-2-12-3-04-4-02-2-01 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS660.5002.02542674-2-02-4-03-5-01-2-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS840.6670.03042904-2-04-2-05-3-03-1-02 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS760.5381.53712833-4-04-2-06-3-03-2-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS2100.1676.01643231-5-01-5-02-7-02-2-02 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS2100.1676.01803202-5-00-5-02-5-00-3-04 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS840.6670.03532674-2-04-2-06-1-02-0-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM660.5002.02462973-3-03-3-05-2-01-0-04 W
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES670.4622.53372911-4-05-3-04-4-00-2-01 W
NEW YORK GIANTS480.3334.02112733-3-01-5-03-5-01-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS1020.8330.03432243-2-07-0-06-2-04-0-02 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS840.6672.03362704-2-04-2-05-3-01-2-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS660.5004.03032782-4-04-2-05-5-01-4-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS480.3336.02392492-4-02-4-02-6-02-2-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS930.7500.02832425-0-04-3-07-2-02-1-01 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS570.4174.03083053-2-02-5-04-4-02-1-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS480.3335.02012872-4-02-4-02-5-02-1-01 L
DETROIT LIONS1101.1257.52033161-5-00-5-11-7-01-4-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS930.7500.03772705-0-04-3-06-3-02-1-03 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS570.4174.02362532-4-03-3-03-5-02-0-02 L
ATLANTA FALCONS570.4174.02163321-5-04-2-02-6-01-3-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS570.4174.02742762-4-03-3-04-5-01-2-05 L

NBA DIVISION STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN177.7088-59-24-013-57-31 W
PHILADELPHIA1311.5424.05-58-60-58-75-52 W
BOSTON1312.5204.56-47-83-38-86-41 L
NEW YORK1212.5005.05-87-43-28-104-61 W
TORONTO1113.4586.04-87-53-39-84-62 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO178.6808-49-42-110-57-34 W
MILWAUKEE169.6401.09-47-55-012-69-12 W
CLEVELAND1312.5204.05-78-51-19-64-62 L
INDIANA1016.3857.57-63-101-36-124-61 W
DETROIT419.17412.02-92-101-53-111-99 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI1411.5606-48-73-18-54-62 L
WASHINGTON1411.5608-36-83-49-94-63 L
CHARLOTTE1412.5380.57-37-95-210-75-51 L
ATLANTA1312.5201.08-45-83-27-77-31 W
ORLANDO520.2009.02-83-120-52-161-92 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH167.6969-47-34-09-28-24 W
DENVER1112.4785.07-44-82-26-62-81 L
MINNESOTA1113.4585.57-74-60-17-86-43 L
PORTLAND1114.4406.010-41-101-26-104-63 L
OKLAHOMA CITY716.3049.04-73-90-26-92-81 W
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE204.83313-27-25-111-38-21 W
PHOENIX204.83311-29-23-214-49-11 W
LA CLIPPERS1312.5207.59-74-51-410-104-61 W
LA LAKERS1312.5207.59-74-51-46-85-51 W
SACRAMENTO1014.41710.04-86-64-38-114-62 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS1410.5838-56-52-111-57-35 W
DALLAS1112.4782.56-65-66-29-62-83 L
SAN ANTONIO815.3485.54-74-80-33-114-62 L
HOUSTON716.3046.56-51-111-24-126-46 W
NEW ORLEANS719.2698.03-84-112-36-115-51 L

NHL DIVISION STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS2517443816967114-1-03-3-47-2-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS2718723818856611-3-17-4-17-2-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING251654361484678-3-28-2-27-2-1
DETROIT RED WINGS2613103291273839-3-24-7-15-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS211281251161567-4-15-4-06-3-1
BUFFALO SABRES25814319770926-7-12-7-21-8-1
OTTAWA SENATORS24716115663934-9-03-7-13-7-0
MONTREAL CANADIENS27618315661964-9-12-9-22-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
WASHINGTON CAPITALS261646381592659-1-47-3-27-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS241743371674598-1-19-3-29-1-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES241761351779547-3-010-3-15-4-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS251285291175685-5-27-3-37-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS2413110261180809-3-04-8-04-6-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS2399523867796-4-33-5-22-5-3
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS23811420856794-6-24-5-21-7-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS21610517643640-4-26-6-31-6-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD2518613715967210-2-08-4-18-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES251384301184738-3-15-5-35-3-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS2514101291373708-5-06-5-15-5-0
COLORADO AVALANCHE221372281292767-2-16-5-17-2-1
DALLAS STARS221372281264599-2-14-5-19-1-0
WINNIPEG JETS251294281176729-4-13-5-33-6-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS25914220656815-6-14-8-15-5-0
ARIZONA COYOTES25518212544932-7-13-11-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CALGARY FLAMES261565351384564-2-311-4-27-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS271485331389789-4-25-4-34-4-2
EDMONTON OILERS241680321487749-3-07-5-05-5-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS2614111291471716-4-18-7-06-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS2414100281381738-5-06-5-06-4-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS241010424964676-6-24-4-22-5-3
SEATTLE KRAKEN25914220973906-7-03-7-25-4-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS26915220864804-7-15-8-14-6-0