INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Calumet at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Indianapolis HomeSchool at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at South Adams 7:30 pm
LaPorte at Chesterton 6:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Purdue Poly Englewood ppd.


Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Harrisburg (Ill.) 6:30 pm
Evansville Day vs. TBA 8:00 pm


Northeast Corner Conference Tournament
Angola vs. Fairfield 8:00 pm 1st

KEEP AN EYE ON THESE BOYS GAMES THIS WEEK

FISHERS AT AVON FRIDAY

LAWRENCE NORTH AT NORTH CENTRAL FRIDAY

WESTFIELD AT NOBLESVILLE WEDNESDAY/ AT TRI-WEST SATURDAY

LAKE CENTRAL VS. VALPO FRIDAY

KOKOMO VS. TIPTON SATURDAY

RICHMOND VS. NEW PALESTINE TUESDAY

CONCORD VS. WARSAW FRIDAY

NORTHRIDGE VS. PENN TUESDAY/VS. MISHAWAKA SATURDAY

HERITAGE HILLS VS SOUTHRIDGE FRIDAY

BREBEUF VS. GUERIN FRIDAY

SCOTTSBURG AT SEYMOUR SATURDAY

SOUTHRIDGE VS EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN SATURDAY

SILVER CREEK VS NEW ALBANY

FAIRFIELD VS WESTVIEW FRIDAY

NORTH DAVIESS AT LINTON-STOCKTON FRIDAY, AT BARR-REEVE SATURDAY

SOUTHWESTERN HANOVER VS SOUTH CENTRAL ELIZABETH SATURDAY

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL VS GREENSBURG FRIDAY

PAOLI VS SPRINGS VALLEY FRIDAY/AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SATURDAY

GARY 21ST CENTURY VS EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL FRIDAY

TRITON CENTRAL VS INDY LUTHERAN SATURDAY

CLAY CITY VS TERRE HAUTE NORTH SATURDAY

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. FISHERS (13-0)
  2. WESTFIELD (10-0)
  3. LAWRENCE NORTH (14-0)
  4. NOBLESVILLE (12-1)
  5. GREENFIELD CENTRAL (13-0)
  6. BEN DAVIS (9-3)
  7. CATHEDRAL (10-1)
  8. CRISPUS ATTUCKS (10-3)
  9. LAKE CENTRAL (12-0)
  10. RICHMOND (16-0)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: KOKOMO, ANDERSON, FW NORTH, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, NORTHRIDGE, PENN, NORTH CENTRAL, NEW PALESTINE

3A

  1. DANVILLE (13-1)
  2. HERITAGE HILLS (13-2)
  3. GUERIN CATHOLIC (12-4)
  4. DELTA (12-3)
  5. INDIAN CREEK (11-2)
  6. BREBEUF (7-4)
  7. SCOTTSBURG (11-4)
  8. PURDUE POLY (9-1)
  9. BELLMONT (11-3)
  10. TRI-WEST (10-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SOUTHRIDGE, NORTH DAVIESS, TWIN LAKES, HERTIAGE CHRISTIAN, FAIRFIELD, NORTHWOOD

2A

  1. TIPTON (14-0)
  2. SOUTHWESTERN HANOVER (13-2)
  3. WAPAHANI (12-1)
  4. PROVIDENCE (10-3)
  5. FW LUERS (10-1)
  6. FW BLACKHAWK (11-4)
  7. PAOLI (10-1)
  8. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (12-4)
  9. NORTH JUDSON (9-2)
  10. PAOLI (10-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PARKE HERITAGE, PARK TUDOR, ADAMS CENTRAL, SULLIVAN, WESTVIEW, LINTON-STOCKTON, HAUSER, TRITON CENTRAL, GARY 21ST CENTURY

1A

  1. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (11-1)
  2. BARR-REEVE (12-1)
  3. ORLEANS (10-2)
  4. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (12-1)
  5. CLAY CITY (11-3)
  6. INDY LUTHERAN (8-3)
  7. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (9-4)
  8. TRITON (7-2)
  9. LOOGOOTEE (9-5)
  10. TINDLEY (11-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: MORGAN TOWNSHIP, ELKHART CHRISTIAN, SETON CATHOLIC

IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL POLL

1. Lawrence North (14-0)

2. Fishers (13-0)

3. Westfield (10-0)

4. Noblesville (12-1)

5. Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1)

6. Indianapolis Attucks (10-3)

7. Greenfield-Central (13-0)

8. Lake Central (12-0)

9. Kokomo (12-3)

10. Richmond (16-0)

11. Ben Davis (9-3)

12. Brownstown Central (12-4)

13. Tipton (14-0)

14. South Bend Riley (14-3)

15. Penn (8-3)

16. Guerin Catholic (12-4)

17. Evansville Harrison (11-2)

18. Anderson (9-3)

19. Brebeuf Jesuit (7-4)

20. Wapahani (12-1)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOL GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY SCHEDULE


Cloverdale at Northview 6:00 pm
Evansville Bosse at Edwards County (Ky.) 8:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Chicago Marshall (Ill.) 7:00 pm
Illiana Christian at Calumet 7:00 pm
Indian Creek vs. Chicago Fremd (Ill.) 3:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Iroquois West (Ill.) at South Newton 8:00 pm
Lake Central vs. Loyola Academy (Ill.) 11:30 am
Lewis Cass at Taylor 6:00 pm
Medora at Crothersville 7:00 pm
North Knox at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Northridge 7:45 pm
Perry Central at Tell City 8:30 pm
Springs Valley at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
White River Valley at Dugger Union 7:30 pm
Northeast Corner Tournament
Eastside vs. Fairfield 6:00 pm 1st
Porter County Tournament
Washington Twp. vs. Westville 8:00 pm R1
South Bend St. Joseph at Culver Academy 6:30 pm

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (20-1)
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (17-1)
  3. COLUMBIA CITY (16-2)
  4. CENTER GROVE (19-1)
  5. FW SNIDER (16-2)
  6. LAWRENCE NORTH (14-4)
  7. JENNINGS COUNTY (17-2)
  8. HOMESTEAD (16-3)
  9. LAKE CENTRAL (17-3)
  10. NORTHRIDGE (18-2)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, FRANKLIN, SB WASHINGTON, ZIONSVILLE, NOBLESVILLE, FISHERS, SILVER CREEK, WARSAW, BROWNSBURG, FW NORTHRUP, WESTFIELD

3A

  1. RENSSALAER CENTRAL (18-0)
  2. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (18-2)
  3. NORWELL (16-4)
  4. BENTON CENTRAL (20-3)
  5. SCOTTSBURG (17-2)
  6. INDIAN CREEK (15-4)
  7. WESTERN (14-3)
  8. GREENSBURG (15-3)
  9. GIBSON SOUTHERN (16-4)
  10. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: WASHINGTON, DANVILLE, BELLMONT, WEST LAFAYETTE, TIPPECANOE VALLEY, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL, JAY COUNTY, BISHOP CHATARD, PRINCETON, CHARLESTOWN, TWIN LAKES

2A

  1. NORTH KNOX (18-1)
  2. SOUTH KNOX (18-1)
  3. EASTBROOK (17-1)
  4. EASTERN HANCOCK (18-1)
  5. LAPEL (16-3)
  6. CARROLL FLORA (16-3)
  7. ALEXANDRIA (15-4)
  8. CRAWFORD COUNTY (15-3)
  9. TRITON CENTRAL (14-3)
  10. EASTSIDE (17-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: FW LUERS, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC, PARK HERITAGE, AUSTIN, TRITON CENTRAL, BLACKFORD, LEWIS CASS, LINTON-STOCKTON, PROVIDENCE, EASTSIDE, NORTHEASTERN, BLUFFTON, CRAWFORD COUNTY, SHERIDAN, WHITKO

1A

  1. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (17-2)
  2. LANESVILLE (19-1)
  3. CASTON (17-1)
  4. ORLEANS (17-1)
  5. TRI-TOWNSHIP (17-1)
  6. BORDEN (15-3)
  7. BETHANY CHRISTIAN (15-3)
  8. CLINTON CENTRAL (19-1)
  9. JAC-CEN-DEL (15-4)
  10. TRI (18-2)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SPRINGS VALLEY, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, OLDENBURG ACADEMY, WOOD MEMORIAL, TECUMSEH, FW BLACKHAWK, NE DUBOIS, NORTH CENTRAL, LAKEWOOD PARK, VINCENNES RIVET, WEST WASHINGTON, TRI-COUNTY

IBCA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLL

1. Hamilton Southeastern (17-1)

2. Lawrence Central (20-1)

3. Columbia City (16-2)

4. Fort Wayne Snider (16-2)

5. Center Grove (19-1)

6. Jennings County (17-3)

7. Franklin (17-2)

7. Homestead (16-3)

9. Lawrence North (14-4)

10. Northridge (18-2)

11. South Bend Washington (14-4)

12. Hamilton Heights (18-2)

12. Norwell (16-4)

14. Lake Central (17-3)

15. Zionsville (16-4)

16. Fishers (13-5)

17. Bedford North Lawrence (16-4)

18. Rensselaer Central (18-0)

19. Noblesville (11-8)

20. Indian Creek (15-4)

NFL PLAYOFFS SUNDAY

GREEN BAY 48 DALLAS 32

DETROIT 24 LA RAMS 23

SUPER WILD CARD SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JAN. 15

AFC:    4:30 P.M.                        7 PITTSBURGH AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT +)

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       5 PHILADELPHIA AT 4 TAMPA BAY (ESPN/ABC/ESPN+, ESPN2/ESPN+- MANNINGCAST, ESPN DEPORTES)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#24 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 86 UAB 73

#4 UCONN 80 GEORGETOWN 67

#13 MEMPHIS 112 WICHITA STATE 86

MARYLAND 76 #10 ILLINOIS 67

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 73 RUTGERS 55

VALPARAISO 59 ILLINOIS STATE 50

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#18 NOTRE DAME 70 MIAMI FLORIDA 59

#21 FLORIDA STATE 89 #11 VIRGINIA TECH 81

#19 UTAH 93 CALIFORNIA 56

#22 CREIGHTON 81 PROVIDENCE 70

#5 COLORADO 71 #8 STANFORD 59

#15 LOUISVILLE 83 WAKE FOREST 62

AUBURN 67 #7 LSU 62

#17 OHIO STATE 70 MICHIGAN STATE 65

#20 NORTH CAROLINA 81 VIRGINIA 68

ELSEWHERE:

MARYLAND 88 PURDUE 66

BELMONT 61 INDIANA STATE 56

PENN STATE 94 RUTGERS 80

NORTHERN IOWA 76 VALPARAISO 52

MURRAY STATE 90 EVANSVILLE 72

IUPUI 96 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 81

MINNESOTA 62 NEBRASKA 58

ILLINOIS 93 NORTHWESTERN 52

NBA SCOREBOARD

DENVER 117 INDIANA 109

MIAMI 104 CHARLOTTE 87

MILWAUKEE 143 SACRAMENTO 142 OT

MINNESOTA 109 LA CLIPPERS 105

PHOENIX 127 PORTLAND 116

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 2 WASHINGTON 1

DETROIT 4 TORONTO 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL PLAYOFFS/NEWS

PACKERS EMBARRASS COWBOYS, ADVANCE TO PLAY 49ERS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jordan Love threw for three touchdowns, Aaron Jones ran for three more and Darnell Savage returned an interception 64 yards for a score and the Green Bay Packers handed the Dallas Cowboys their first home loss since the 2022 opener in a 48-32 wild-card stunner Sunday.

Romeo Doubs had a career-high 151 yards receiving a week after being hospitalized with a chest injury as the Packers won Love’s postseason debut after finishing the regular season 6-2 to grab the NFC’s final playoff spot.

Green Bay (10-8) will visit top-seeded San Francisco in the divisional round next weekend.

Dak Prescott threw two interceptions before three mostly empty touchdown passes in another playoff flop for him and the No. 2 seed Cowboys (12-6).

Dallas had won its previous 16 regular-season home games, but now has allowed the most points in a game in the club’s postseason history. The previous high was 38.

The Cowboys, who haven’t reached an NFC championship since the most recent of their five Super Bowl titles 28 years ago, didn’t trail by more than eight points at AT&T Stadium this season before falling behind 27-0 in the first half.

The loss will raise questions about the future of Dallas coach Mike McCarthy after the Cowboys lost their playoff opener at home for the second time in three postseasons under the former Green Bay coach.

Dallas is the first team to win at least 12 games in three consecutive playoff seasons without making a conference title game.

The Packers have never lost in six trips to AT&T Stadium — including the Super Bowl over Pittsburgh during the 2010 season. They now have two playoff victories over the Cowboys after Aaron Rodgers led a 34-31 divisional win when Dallas was the NFC’s top seed in 2016, Prescott’s rookie year.

Those Packers let a 21-3 lead slip away. These Packers, with the four-time MVP’s successor, left little doubt with a 48-16 fourth-quarter lead before two late Dallas TDs.

Facing the NFL’s fifth-best defense, Green Bay matched its Super Bowl-winning team from 2010 for the most points in a playoff game. That was also on the road, a 48-21 victory at top-seeded Atlanta in the divisional round.

Doubs, who returned to the Green Bay sideline after his hospital trip before the end of last week’s 17-9 home victory over Chicago that secured a playoff spot, had 102 yards at halftime. It was seven more than the second-year player’s previous best.

First-half catches of 22, 26 and 39 yards helped get Love going, and the fourth-year QB finished 16 of 21 for 272 yards as the Packers scored touchdowns on seven of their first eight drives in their highest-scoring game since 2014.

One of them was set up by Prescott’s first interception at the Dallas 19-yard line, from Jaire Alexander after he was questionable coming in when he sprained an ankle during the week.

A 46-yard grab by Doubs early in the second half helped finish off the Cowboys after they had scored 10 points on either side of the break. Doubs, Luke Musgrave and Dontayvion Wicks had TD catches.

Jones rushed for 118 yards, putting him over the century mark in all four career games against the Cowboys with nine touchdowns.

The crowd under the retractable roof on a frigid day in the Dallas area had already been stone-cold silenced when Prescott tried to throw a slant to top receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Savage, who went

Savage, who went without an interception in the regular season for the first time in his five-year career, stepped in front and run untouched for a 27-0 lead with 1:50 left before halftime.

Prescott finished 41 of 60 for 403 yards, with all three of his touchdowns to tight end Jake Ferguson.

COWBOYS’ JONES ‘FLOORED’ AFTER PLAYOFF LOSS TO PACKERS

The Dallas Cowboys collected another playoff disappointment on Sunday by losing at home to the Green Bay Packers 48-32 in the wild-card round.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed his team’s latest loss postgame, saying he is stunned by the outcome.

“I’m floored,” Jones said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

“This was one of my most surprises since I’ve been involved in sports,” he added, according to CBS Sports. ” … This seems like the most painful (playoff loss) because we all had such great expectation and we had hope for this team. I thought we were aligned and in great shape.”

The Cowboys entered Sunday as the NFC’s No. 2 seed and with a perfect record in eight regular-season home games in 2023. They also ranked first and fifth in points scored and allowed, respectively.

Dallas won 12 games in each of the last three seasons. However, the team continues to struggle in the playoffs and has won just one postseason contest since 2019. This is the eighth time Dallas has gone one-and-done in the playoffs since 1996.

Head coach Mike McCarthy has posted a 42-25 record in the regular season across four years with Dallas but is only 1-3 in the postseason. Jones declined to discuss McCarthy’s future postgame on Sunday.

“There’s nothing set on that,” Jones said when asked about meeting with McCarthy, according to Machota. “What I had planned to do was be with him tomorrow going over how we played today and getting ready for the coming week. … Tomorrow, my agenda will be to dismiss the team.”

The Packers opened a 27-0 lead in the second quarter and were also up 48-16 early in the fourth quarter before the Cowboys scored a pair of garbage-time touchdowns. Dallas did finish the matchup with 510 total yards and 37 first downs. However, Green Bay won the turnover battle (0-2) and averaged 7.7 yards per play.

“I don’t think anyone saw this coming. We didn’t get it done in any of the phases,” McCarthy said Sunday.

“I think the biggest thing is we’re disappointed,” he added. ” … I haven’t thought past the outcome of this game.”

Packers quarterback Jordan Love put on a show in his playoff debut, completing 16 of 21 pass attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 157.2.

Meanwhile, Dak Prescott – an MVP contender during the regular season – was 41-for-60 in passing with 403 yards and three TDs against two interceptions, including a 64-yard pick-6.

Several high-profile head coaches are available in 2024, and social media instantly started calling for Bill Belichick to become Dallas’ next sideline boss during Sunday’s embarrassing defeat.

LIONS EDGE RAMS, BREAK DECADES-LONG PLAYOFF WIN DROUGHT

Jared Goff passed for 277 yards and a touchdown as the host Detroit Lions won their first postseason game in over 30 yards by holding off the Los Angeles Ram, 24-23, on Sunday night.

David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for touchdowns for the NFC North Division winners in their opening-round victory. Amon-Ra St. Brown caught seven passes for 110 yards for the Lions, whose last playoff win came on Jan. 5, 1992, against Dallas.

The Lions (13-5) will host the winner of Monday’s Philadelphia-Tampa Bay game in the conference semifinals next weekend.

Rams quarterback Matthew

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, playing in Detroit for the first time since the Lions traded him in March 2021, passed for 367 yards and two touchdowns. Puka Nacua caught nine passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (10-8). Kyren Williams added 61 yards on 13 carries.

The Lions scored on their first three possessions and led 21-17 at halftime.

Goff connected on all five of his pass attempts on the Lions’ first drive. Montgomery finished it off with a 1-yard plunge.

Brett Maher kicked a 24-yard field goal on Los Angeles’ first possession.

Goff also completed all four of his throws on Detroit’s second drive. Gibbs scored the touchdown with a 10-yard run up the middle.

The Rams cut Detroit’s advantage to 14-10 on Stafford’s 50-yard, third-down touchdown pass to Nacua.

Detroit regained an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter. Goff hooked up with Sam LaPorta from 2 yards out on 4th-and-1 for the touchdown.

Stafford fired a 38-yard scoring pass to Tutu Atwell, who beat one-on-one coverage, with 4:02 remaining in the half.

Michael Badgley nailed a 54-yard field goal with 8:41 left in the third quarter to give the Lions a 24-17 lead.

Maher made a 27-yard field goal later in the quarter to pull the Rams within four points. He nailed a 29-yarder with 8:10 remaining to cut Detroit’s lead to 24-23.

Following a Lions three-and-out, the next Rams’ possession stalled in Detroit territory. After Los Angeles punted, the Lions then picked up two first downs to run out the clock.

REPORT: RAMS THINK TE TYLER HIGBEE HAS TORN ACL

The Los Angeles Rams believe tight end Tyler Higbee tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-23 NFC wild-card loss to the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported early Monday morning.

Higbee was trying to secure a pass from Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford when Lions safety Kerby Joseph went low, diving headfirst into his knee with 5:05 left in the game. Higbee walked off the field under his own power with the assistance of Rams medical staff.

Prior to that play, Higbee had not been targeted in the contest.

In 15 regular-season games, Higbee, who turned 31 on Jan. 1, had 47 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns. He just completed his eighth NFL season and has spent his entire career with the Rams.

Los Angeles went 10-7 this season before getting knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday.

BROWNS COACH CONFIDENT DESHAUN WATSON WILL BE ‘READY TO ROLL’ AFTER SEASON-ENDING SHOULDER SURGERY

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Kevin Stefanski remains confident Deshaun Watson will bounce back from a season-ending shoulder injury that limited him in 2023 and be the elite quarterback Cleveland mortgaged its future to get.

Watson made just six starts this season before undergoing shoulder surgery in November.

Although the 28-year-old QB hasn’t consistently played at an elite level — and in just 12 of 34 possible games in two seasons — since joining the Browns, Stefanski feels Watson’s best is yet to come.

“We all know what he’s capable of and we’re excited about the future,” Stefanski said Sunday, a day after the Browns’ season ended with a 45-14 drubbing against the Houston Texans in the wild-card round.

Watson watched from the sideline in Houston as Texans rookie QB C.J. Stroud threw three touchdowns in the first half against Cleveland’s top-ranked defense.

Watson has spent much of the past two months rehabbing his shoulder, which he injured while leading the Browns to a stunning road win at Baltimore in Week 10. Watson fractured the glenoid bone in his right (throwing) shoulder in the first half, but stayed in the game and completed all 14 passes after halftime.

Stefanski said Watson has made progress and anticipates him being ready for mini-camp.

“I’m confident he’ll be ready to roll this spring,” Stefanski said. “He’s champing at the bit, but he’s doing everything he’s supposed to do when it comes to what the doctors are telling him as he rehabs through this, but he’ll be ready to roll.”

The Browns traded three-first round draft picks in March 2022 to the Texans for Watson, and then signed him to a record $230 million fully guaranteed contact.

Cleveland was hit hard by injuries all season — especially at quarterback.

After Watson went down, the Browns signed free agent Joe Flacco. The 38-year-old Super Bowl 47 MVP had a storybook run over the final month, going 4-1 in five starts and leading the NFL in yards passing and touchdowns in that span while carrying the Browns into the playoffs.

However, Flacco’s feel-good comeback came to an abrupt ending Saturday as he threw a pair of pick-6s in the third quarter, sending the Browns (11-7) to their most lopsided playoff road loss since 1968.

Flacco, who turns 39 on Tuesday, is back on the street but Stefanski would not say if he’ll push Cleveland’s front office to bring him back.

“Joe was awesome for this football team,” Stefanski said. ”He did a great job, battled like crazy. I know he enjoyed it. We obviously wish the outcome was different, but have a ton of respect for Joe and what he was able to.”’

Flacco had a major impact in his short time with the Browns, and several players said they would like to see him back with Watson.

“I hope so,” running back Kareem Hunt said. “Flacco’s a great quarterback and a great leader and I feel like Deshaun. He also could probably learn some stuff from him from his years playing. So I’m excited. If they can be teammates, that’d be really great.”

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WASHINGTON TARGETING ARIZONA’S JEDD FISCH TO BE ITS NEXT COACH, AP SOURCE SAYS

Washington has targeted Arizona’s Jedd Fisch and is negotiating a deal with him to succeed Kalen DeBoer as the next coach of the Huskies, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the school has not commented publicly and a deal was not done. ESPN first reported that Fisch was emerging as the leading candidate for the Huskies.

Another person with knowledge of the situation told the AP that Fisch was scheduled to address the Arizona coaches at a staff meeting at 4 p.m. MST and the players at a team meeting at 4:30 p.m. MST. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Arizona and Fisch were not making any public announcements yet.

Less than a week after playing for the national championship, the Huskies moved quickly to fill the vacancy created when DeBoer left for Alabama.

Washington athletic director Troy Dannen was tasked with his first big decision since taking over in October and tried to rapidly provide stability for a football program coming off its best season in more than three decades.

Fisch has received rave reviews for his work at Arizona, especially this past season when the Wildcats finished 10-3, were third in the Pac-12 standings and beat Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl. Arizona is moving to the Big 12 starting next season but is facing financial issues within its athletic department, and Fisch could see more stability at Washington.

Arizona is the first head coaching gig for Fisch, who bounced around between the college and professional game as an assistant for most of his coaching career. He is 16-21 in his three seasons with the Wildcats.

Fisch, 47, would be the fourth head coach at Washington since the 2019 season. Chris Petersen stepped away from coaching following the 2019 season. Jimmy Lake lasted nearly two seasons but was fired with two games left in 2021, leading to the hiring of DeBoer.

Landing Fisch would conclude a tumultuous week for Washington.

The Huskies were beaten by Michigan 34-13 in the national championship game last Monday, the first of a series of losses in a five-day span. A significant number of key contributors from that 14-1 team declared for the NFL draft, including a few players that were thought to be considering a return for 2024.

But the big blow came Friday when DeBoer left after two seasons and 25 victories to take over at Alabama following the retirement of Nick Saban. Washington fans thought they were getting long-term stability when DeBoer was hired, but the success over his two seasons raised his profile enough to make the short list for the Crimson Tide job when Saban stepped away.

Whoever takes over at Washington will face a first task of trying to stabilize any additional roster defections and put together a roster that’ll face bigger challenges moving into the Big Ten next season.

MICHIGAN QB J.J. MCCARTHY, RB BLAKE CORUM DECLARE FOR NFL DRAFT

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy and running back Blake Corum announced over social media on Sunday that they are entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

McCarthy is skipping his senior season to enter the draft. Corum had another year of eligibility due to an additional year being granted for players who were on rosters in the pandemic year.

“After three incredible years at the University of Michigan, I have decided to enter the 2024 NFL Draft,” McCarthy wrote. “I have talked to many in and out of football, including my family, Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, and many who’s opinions I greatly admire and respect. This decision was not easy and how could it be — I love my teammates. I love my coaches and I love it here in Ann Arbor.”

McCarthy’s announcement came one day before the deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft. The 2024 NFL Draft is April 25-27 in Detroit.

McCarthy guided the Wolverines to a 15-0 season, capped off with a national championship following a 34-13 win over Washington last Monday.

Named the Big Ten’s Quarterback of the Year, McCarthy completed 72.3 percent of his passes for 2,991 yards with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He owns a 27-1 record as a starter at Michigan.

Corum rushed for 1,245 yards and 27 touchdowns during his senior season in 2023. He was named the offensive MVP in the title game versus the Huskies.

“Michigan, thank you for everything!!” Corum wrote on social media. “Onto the next chapter in my journey!! #2024nfldraft”

REPORT: ALABAMA LOSES 5-STAR COMMIT JAIME FFRENCH

The effects of former Alabama coach Nick Saban’s retirement continued Sunday, as five-star wide receiver Jaime Ffrench rescinded his commitment to the Crimson Tide, according to a report by On3.

Ffrench, a standout in the Class of 2025 who is listed as the No. 3 receiver according to the 247Sports composite rankings, reopened his recruitment and will choose from several elite programs.

Alabama lost another five-star receiver, Ryan Williams, on Wednesday following Saban’s decision to call it a career.

The 247Sports Composite lists Ffrench, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, as the No. 11 player overall in the 2025 class.

The Crimson Tide hired former Washington coach Kalen DeBoer to replace Saban.

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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: MARYLAND TAKES DOWN NO. 10 ILLINOIS

Jahmir Young pumped in 28 points and Julian Reese added 20 as Maryland continued its recent dominance of No. 10 Illinois with a 76-67 Big Ten Conference upset on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.

Reese added 11 rebounds as the Terrapins (11-6, 3-3 Big Ten) owned the lane. They outscored the Fighting Illini (12-4, 3-2) by a whopping 52-26 margin in the paint, more than offsetting 4-of-17 3-point shooting and the fact that Illinois made more free throws (19) than Maryland shot (17).

Marcus Domask scored 26 points for Illinois and Luke Goode added 13, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Fighting Illini went ice-cold in the second half, converting just 9 of 40 attempts from the field and only 1 of 14 from beyond the 3-point line.

Illinois controlled most of the first 12 minutes, but a trend developed. Although Maryland trailed by as many as nine points, it was able to attack the Illini inside, a feat few opponents have been able to mimic. Illinois’ defense against 2-point shots has been among the best in Division I.

No. 4 UConn 80, Georgetown 67

Alex Karaban and Cam Spencer fueled a 3-point barrage that propelled the Huskies past the Hoyas in Hartford, Conn.

Karaban made 6 of 8 shots from deep and matched his season high with 26 points, while Spencer drilled 5 of 7 triples and tallied 20 points for UConn (15-2, 5-1 Big East). Stephon Castle chipped in 14 points as the Huskies tied their season high with 13 3-pointers on 24 attempts (54.2 percent) to improve to 9-0 at home this season.

Supreme Cook paired 18 points with 13 rebounds to lead Georgetown (8-9, 1-5) before fouling out with 6:23 remaining. Jay Heath fouled out with 3:30 to play, finishing with 13 points, and Jayden Epps tallied 16.

No. 13 Memphis 112, Wichita State 86

Jahvon Quinerly finished with 23 points and 11 assists and the Tigers ran their winning streak to 10 games by thumping the host Shockers in American Athletic Conference action.

Jaykwon Walton made six 3-pointers and also scored 23 points for Memphis (15-2, 4-0 AAC) in his first game in Wichita since leaving the Shockers’ program in July. Walton led Wichita State in scoring last season at 13.9 points per game.

David Jones added 19 points for Memphis, which outscored Wichita State 63-40 after halftime and shot 64.7 percent for the game. Wichita State’s Colby Rogers scored 20 points and Harlond Beverly added 17 points and six assists. The Shockers (8-8, 0-3) have lost five straight games and seven of eight.

No. 24 Florida Atlantic 86, UAB 73

Johnell Davis notched 19 of his game-high 30 points in the first half to lift the Owls over the Blazers in Boca Raton, Fla.

Davis made 10 of 16 shots from the floor and 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He sank all five of his free throws and collected eight rebounds. FAU (13-4, 3-1 AAC) received 18 points from Vladislav Goldin, while Jalen Gaffney had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Blazers (10-6, 2-1) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end after shooting 39.4 percent from the floor (28 of 71). Efrem Johnson and Eric Gaines had 13 points apiece and Daniel Ortiz added 10 for UAB.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: AUBURN UPSETS NO. 7 LSU

Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 21 points to help Auburn upset No. 7 LSU 67-62 on Sunday in Auburn, Ala.

Scott-Grayson scored seven of Auburn’s 16 points in the fourth-quarter. Auburn (12-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 10 points before completing the comeback. Jamya Mingo-Young added 13 points and five assists.

Angel Reese had 24 points and 11 rebounds as LSU (16-2, 3-1) saw its 16-game win streak snapped. Aneesah Morrow added 12 points and 15 rebounds.
It was the first time since Feb. 26, 2023, when LSU beat Mississippi State, that the Tigers finished a game without making a 3-pointer. Auburn sank four shots from outside the arc, and also turned 15 LSU turnovers into 20 points.

No. 5 Colorado 71, No. 8 Stanford 59

Quay Miller had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Buffaloes topped the Cardinal in a top 10 matchup in Boulder, Colo.

Jaylyn Sherrod finished with 13 points, four assists and four steals for Colorado (15-1, 5-0 Pac-12). Kindyll Wetta added 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Tara VanDerveer is still one win from tying former Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski for the most wins in college basketball history. The Cardinal (15-2, 4-1) lost despite double-doubles from Kiki Iriafen (19 points, 17 rebounds) and Cameron Brink (12 points, 12 rebounds).

No. 21 Florida State 89, No. 11 Virginia Tech 81

Sara Bejedi scored a career-high 31 points to help the Seminoles upset the Hokies in Tallahassee, Fla.

It’s the second straight win over a ranked opponent for Florida State (14-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat No. 20 North Carolina on Thursday. Bejedi made five 3-pointers for the third straight game and also had a team-high eight rebounds. FSU was also aided by Ta’Niya Latson’s 20 points and eight assists, 18 points from Makayla Timpson and 17 points from Omariah Gordon.

Elizabeth Kitley powered Virginia Tech (13-3, 4-1) with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Georgia Amoore added 13 points and eight assists.

No. 15 Louisville 83, Wake Forest 62

Six players scored in double figures for the Cardinals as they raced away from the Demon Deacons in Louisville, Ky.

Jayda Curry and Olivia Cochran led Louisville (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 12 points each, while Sydney Taylor scored 11, and Kiki Jefferson, Nyla Harris and Merissah Russell had 10 points apiece.

Wake Forest (4-13, 0-5) was led by Elise Williams’ 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

No. 18 Notre Dame 70, Miami 59

Hannah Hidalgo piled up 25 points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Fighting Irish topped the Hurricanes in South Bend, Ind.

Hidalgo, a freshman, continues to lead the nation in steals this season with 5.7 per game. Her defensive prowess on Sunday helped Notre Dame (12-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) score 31 points off 26 turnovers by Miami (11-5, 1-4).

Notre Dame also got 15 points from Sonia Citron, and 10 points and eight rebounds from KK Bransford. Jaida Patrick paced the Hurricanes with 15 points, while Shayeann Day-Wilson added 11 points.

No. 19 Utah 93, Cal 56

Ines Vieira scored 19 points and Alissa Pili had 18 as the Utes routed the Golden Bears in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vieira and Pilli each had five assists and combined for 10 rebounds as Utah (12-5, 2-3 Pac-12) bounced back from its loss on Friday to Stanford. Utah also got 14 points each from Kennady McQueen and Jenna Johnson.

Ioanna Krimili had 14 points for Cal (12-5, 2-3).

No. 22 Creighton 81, Providence 70

Emma Ronsiek and Lauren Jensen each scored 22 points to lead the Bluejays over the Friars in Omaha, Neb.

Jensen also had three assists and two steals, while Ronsiek added seven rebounds and three blocks for Creighton (13-3, 4-2 Big East). Morgan Maly chipped in 13 points, eight boards and four assists.

Olivia Olsen had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Providence (8-10, 2-3).

NBA NEWS

BAGLEY PART OF 4-PLAYER DEAL BETWEEN PISTONS, WIZARDS

The Detroit Pistons are trading Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers to the Washington Wizards in return for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala, the Wizards announced.

Washington will also receive 2025 and 2026 second-round picks in the deal.

Bagley, 24, is averaging 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26 games for the Pistons. The second overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft signed a three-year, $37.5-million deal with Detroit in 2021-22.

Bagley has one year and $12.5 million left on his contract, while Livers, Gallinari, and Muscala are all on expiring deals.

Muscala, 32, averages 4 points per game while Gallinari, 35, is scoring 7 points per contest.

Per ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Pistons will have $64 million in open cap space this summer.

The Pistons and Wizards will face off Monday afternoon in Washington.

REPORT: DRAYMOND EXPECTED TO RETURN MONDAY VS. GRIZZLIES

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is expected to return from a 16-game absence Monday versus the Memphis Grizzlies, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The NBA recently reinstated Green from an indefinite suspension he received for striking Jusuf Nurkic during a contest against the Phoenix Suns. He has spent the past week ramping up his basketball activity.

The league also required Green to participate in counseling before rejoining the Warriors. The veteran recently vowed to play without “antics” and to control his emotions better.

Green was also suspended five games earlier this season for putting Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a chokehold.

Green is averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.5 boards over 15 appearances this campaign.

Golden State went 8-8 with Green out of the lineup and is 18-21 overall on the season, good for 12th in the West.

GRIZZLIES G DESMOND BANE (ANKLE) TO MISS AT LEAST 6 WEEKS

Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane will miss at least six weeks with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Bane sustained the injury in the third quarter of Friday’s 128-119 loss to the Clippers when he stepped on Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard’s foot.

In 37 games (all starts) this season, the 25-year-old Bane has averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from 3-point range.

Memphis will also be without forward Jake LaRavia for at least three weeks. He is dealing with a Grade 2 high left ankle sprain that he suffered in the first quarter of Saturday’s 106-94 setback against the New York Knicks.

LaRavia, 22, has averages of 3.6 points and 1.5 boards across 11 games (zero starts) this season.

The Grizzlies have been severely hampered by injuries, as they had already lost guards Ja Morant (shoulder) for the season and Marcus Smart (finger) for about six weeks.

Memphis is back in action on Monday, when it plays host to the Golden State Warriors.

NBA ROUNDUP: DAMIAN LILLARD-LED BUCKS EDGE KINGS IN OT

Damian Lillard capped a frantic finish with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Milwaukee Bucks found a way to outlast the visiting Sacramento Kings 143-142 on Sunday night.

De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 32 points and sent the game to overtime with a buzzer-beating layup in regulation, then contributed three hoops to a 13-9 run that gave the visitors a 141-137 lead with just 33.9 seconds to go.

Lillard finished with a team-high 29 points to go with eight assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo supplied 27 points as part of a triple-double, Malik Beasley had 23 points and Bobby Portis scored 22.

Domantas Sabonis recorded his 10th triple-double of the season for the Kings with 21 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and a game-high 15 assists. Malik Monk had 28 points, Kevin Huerter recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Harrison Barnes netted 14 points for Sacramento.

Suns 127, Trail Blazers 116

Devin Booker recorded 34 points and seven assists to help Phoenix notch a victory over host Portland.

Bradley Beal scored 23 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points and six assists and Grayson Allen scored 20 points for Phoenix. Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns.

Scoot Henderson scored a career-best 33 points to go with nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals and Anfernee Simons tallied 28 points for the Trail Blazers. Duop Reath had 17 points and two steals and Kris Murray had 13 points for Portland.

Timberwolves 109, Clippers 105

Anthony Edwards scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter to fuel host Minnesota to a victory over Los Angeles in Minneapolis.

Edwards was questionable to play Sunday due to a left knee contusion. He didn’t look hindered by the injury, as he made 10 of 16 shots from the floor and 11 of 12 attempts from the free-throw line. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points and Rudy Gobert recorded 15 points and 18 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Jaden McDaniels added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who have won two in a row and 16 of 18 games at home this season.

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard contributed 26 points and nine rebounds and Norman Powell sank six 3-pointers to highlight his 24-point performance off the bench. Paul George scored 16 points and James Harden added 14 for the Clippers.

Nuggets 117, Pacers 109

Michael Porter Jr. was 7-for-11 from 3-point range to finish with 25 points, one of four Nuggets players with 20 or more points, and host Denver beat Indiana.

Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, Jamal Murray also scored 25 and had eight assists, Aaron Gordon finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 11 points for the Nuggets, who improved to 17-4 at home.

Bruce Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana in his first game in Denver since winning the NBA title with the Nuggets in June. Buddy Hield had 16 points for the Pacers.

Heat 104, Hornets 87

Tyler Herro had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists through three quarters as host Miami routed Charlotte.

Heat center Bam Adebayo had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which never trailed as Herro was needed for just 1:54 in the fourth quarter.

The Hornets were led by Terry Rozier (26 points), LaMelo Ball (21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) and Miles Bridges (20 points).

GOLF NEWS

FLEETWOOD CAPITALIZES ON MCILROY’S ERROR ON THE 18TH TO WIN DUBAI INVITATIONAL BY 1 SHOT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood benefited from two huge errors on the back nine from Rory McIlroy and produced his own strong finish to win the Dubai Invitational following a back-and-forth final-round duel on Sunday.

McIlroy had already three-putted from 2 feet at No. 14 by the time he reached the 18th tee with a one-shot lead over Fleetwood and pulled his drive into the water.

Fleetwood followed that by driving into the middle of the fairway and sent his approach to 16 feet, well inside McIlroy after the world No. 2 had to take a drop.

McIlroy missed his winding putt up the hill and Fleetwood made his own to shoot 67 for 19-under 265 overall, securing a first win since the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November 2022.

He was a stroke clear of McIlroy (67), who tied for second place with Thriston Lawrence (64) in the first European tour event of 2024.

“First week back out, I think you’re going to expect some of those sloppy mistakes,” McIlroy said, “and unfortunately for me those mistakes came at the wrong time today.”

McIlroy smiled and gave Fleetwood a big hug on the 18th green after missing out on a first victory since the Scottish Open in July. They are close friends and were playing partners at the Ryder Cup last year.

“It’s always very special when you play with one of your friends, one of the best players in the world, challenging yourself against those guys,” the 15th-ranked Fleetwood said.

“Rory’s been a very, very supportive influence on me over the past … I’ve watched him do amazing things down the stretch in golf tournaments, and today was my turn.”

McIlroy, the world No. 2, started the day a stroke back from Fleetwood, was three behind after the 10th hole but four birdies in a five-hole stretch — either side of that unfathomable three-putt on the par-3 14th — put him in a tie with Fleetwood.

After a sloppy bogey at No. 16, Fleetwood holed a birdie putt from 30 feet at the 17th to stay within one shot of McIlroy and then capitalized on his playing partner’s worst swing of the day on the 18th tee.

“I’ve had plenty of times where somebody has finished well against me when I’ve not quite done enough and today was my turn to walk through the door today,” said Fleetwood, who lives in Dubai.

“It was just one of those things. You learn every time you play, good, bad, whatever it is, you always should learn every time you play. The more you put yourself in these positions, you keep figuring out who you want to be as a player when you’re out there, what attitude you want to have, how you want to play, and just work toward that, and today was a good day for me.”

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GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, NUGGETS 117

The Indiana Pacers kept the reigning NBA Champions within reach in the first matchup between the two teams this season, but ultimately fell to the Denver Nuggets Sunday afternoon.

It was also not until the fourth quarter that the Nuggets truly secured their win, as six lead changes and 10 tied scores took place within the first three frames. While Denver shot 70.6 percent (12-of-17) in the final quarter, Indiana’s 42.1 percent (8-of-19) shooting ultimately contributed to the Blue and Gold loss.

Indiana had seven players end the night in double-figures. After being presented with his NBA Championship ring prior to the game, Bruce Brown went on to record his first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed six assists and three steals.

Buddy Hield followed behind with 16 points on a 6-of-13 shooting clip, while Myles Turner, Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, and Isaiah Jackson tallied 12 points apiece. Obi Toppin also added 11 points on a 4-of-5 shooting clip, which includes three 3-pointers on three attempts.

After the Nuggets won the tip, Indiana and Denver would go basket-for-basket for each of their first two possessions. A layup resulting from a no look pass from Andrew Nembhard to Buddy Hield tied the matchup, 4-4. Two minutes later, Hield earned another layup to give him his fourth point of the game on a 2-of-2 shooting clip.

Both teams opened the matchup shooting 3-of-4 from the floor, but Denver soon pulled ahead to a five-point lead when two free throws from Aaron Gordon following a dunk from Nikola Jokic put them ahead, 13-8. Indiana was held scoreless for a minute and a half, but the scoring drought was soon ended by a jumper from Jalen Smith that cut the deficit to 13-10.

A minute later, Smith would tie the game, 14-14, after retrieving the rebound of a missed Turner layup and completing a putback dunk all in one motion.

As the lead had been no more than six points at any time, Indiana earned the first significant scoring run of the game as they closed out the quarter on a 10-2 scoring run. This scoring run was jumpstarted by Toppin’s first of two 3-pointers of the quarter at the 3:16 minute mark. Indiana took advantage of Denver’s next two failed possessions and eventually earned their first lead of the game, 28-26, after Toppin made a corner 3-pointer assisted by Jackson from the top of the key.

Two Denver free throws tied up the match at the conclusion of the first frame, 28-28.

Smith, Brown and Toppin each contributed six points in the quarter for the visitors as the Pacers opened the matchup shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the floor.

Indiana extended its scoring run to 14-6 to start off the second frame. T.J. McConnell kicked off the second quarter with a quick layup, and a free throw from Brown put Indiana up three points, 31-28. However, Indiana would only make one of seven shot attempts following the short offensive stint, allowing Denver to tie the game, 35-35, at the 7:50 minute mark.

The reigning champs soon picked up their offensive pace as they embarked on a 21-8 scoring run from the 5:03 minute mark to the 1:22 minute mark. A jumper from Jamal Murray capped off the scoring stretch as they took their largest lead of the game of nine points, 59-50. Michael Porter Jr. scored three of Denver’s five second quarter 3-pointers within the frame as he contributed nine points.

After trailing by nine points, Indiana sped ahead to work to cut the deficit by the end of the half. A Brown 3-pointer and a dunk from Jackson earned Indiana five unanswered points as Indiana trailed by four points. A fastbreak layup from Brown at the buzzer brought Indiana within three-points as the half ended, 60-57.

Turner and Brown shined in the third quarter to keep Indiana within distance of the lead as they both notched eight points, with Turner scoring his eight points on a 3-of-3 shooting clip.

Indiana struggled from the charity stripe, knocking down just seven of 13 free-throw attempts within the first half.

The Blue and Gold hit the ground running to open the second half as they went 4-of-5 from the floor in the first two minutes of play. A missed Hield 3-pointer was rebounded by Indiana and batted out to Nembhard, who completed a jumper from the lane which allowed the Blue and Gold to finally surge ahead to a 63-62 lead.

Hield caught fire to start the third frame as he scored a quick 10 points on a 4-of-6 shooting clip. A pair of 3-pointers from the Indiana guard gave the Blue and Gold a four-point lead, it’s largest of the afternoon, 69-65.

Denver responded with a bucket of its own to put them within two-points, but both teams went scoreless for the next minute and a half. Indiana’s offense remained halted, giving the Nuggets the opportunity to change the possession of the lead for the sixth time of the night. In the midst of what would become a 20-8 scoring run, a Denver 3-pointer put the Nuggets ahead, 74-71, at the 6:02 minute mark.

The Nuggets shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the floor, led by Jokic’s 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting clip, to propel themselves to as much as an eight-point lead on one occasion.

The fourth quarter ended with Denver leading, 89-84.

Indiana went cold to open the final frame, making zero of their first three shot attempts, while Denver completed their first three of four attempts. The Nuggets once again led by nine points at the nine-minute mark, 95-86.

Mathurin got Indiana back into the matchup as he scored all of Indiana’s sole seven points of the first three and a half minutes of play, five of which were scored on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting clip from the charity stripe. Mathurin’s offensive takeover got Indiana back within four points of the lead as the Pacers trailed, 95-91, at the 8:35 minute mark.

Indiana continued to run cold, missing three of their next three shot attempts. After relying on Mathurin’s seven points for over five minutes of the final frame, Brown put himself in the fourth quarter scoring column to place Indiana behind by six points, 99-93, at the 6:49 minute mark.

While the Pacers struggled to convert each possession, Denver made nine of their 14 shot attempts to put themselves ahead by their largest lead of the night, 109-97, with over three minutes remaining.

Nembhard earned Indiana two straight buckets coming out of an Indiana timeout that allowed the Pacers to cut the deficit to eight points at the 2:31 minute mark. However, Indiana struggled to get any closer to taking over the lead for the remainder of the matchup.

Four Nuggets starters ended the night with at least 20 points to propel Denver to the win. Jokic was one assist away from recording a triple-double as he notched 25 points on a 12-of-13 shooting clip to go along with 12 rebounds and nine assists. Porter Jr. recorded 25 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, with 14 of his points attributed from seven made 3-pointers. Murray also added 25 points and eight assists, while Gordon contributed 20 points.

Inside the Numbers

Bruce Brown led the seven Indiana double-figure scorers with his first double-double of the season of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Led by Isaiah Jackson and Bennedict Mathurin’s 12 points apiece, the Indiana bench outscored the Denver bench, 43-11.

Indiana recorded 20 second-chance points off of its 14 offensive rebounds.

For the first time this season, Indiana failed to score at least 30 points in any of the four quarters. However, Indiana also held Denver to less than 30 points in the first, third, and fourth quarters.

The Pacers made just eight of their 29 3-point attempts (27.6 percent).

The Nuggets recorded a season-high 22 total turnovers, while Indiana recorded only 13 total turnovers.

While Denver shot a season-high 64.8 percent (46-of-71) from the field, Indiana shot 46.7 percent (43-of-92).

Indiana recorded a season-low one block, which was contributed by Myles Turner.

Both Indiana and Denver made 15 free-throws, with the Pacers attempting 22 and Denver attempting 23 from the charity stripe.

Denver outrebounded Indiana, 40-37.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I was very happy for him. I think all of our people in our party — our players, our staff — are really happy for him. The moment where you get your championship ring is a once in a lifetime type thing in most cases. The love he was getting from their players and their fans was very, very special. And to be able to jump into the game and have the kind of game that he had was really great too.” – Head Coach Rick Carlisle on Brown

“Everyone was just super unselfish like they are still today, shared the ball. It wasn’t just one person’s night; it was four or five people. Everybody got involved.” – Brown on the team effort

“I thought we fought hard in this game. There were some frustrating parts of it. A lot of this came down to Jokic’s greatness and Murray’s greatness, but we hung in and didn’t play our best game and still were hanging in.” – Carlisle on the loss

“It was great. It was more than what I had expected. I didn’t know the crowd was going to cheer like that. I almost started crying.” – Brown on being presented his NBA championship ring

“Intensity wise, I thought the effort was really there. It’s a great team, it’s a tough environment. They were really great in the first six minutes of the game; we weathered that really well. Probably should’ve had a lead at the end of the first [quarter], that was disappointing.” – Carlisle on the loss

“Tough. I knew every play but still they were moving too fast. The air here is still a little crazy, I was tired through three quarters. They know exactly what they’re doing, they knew exactly our plays, where they needed to be. They communicated. Just a great team over there.” – Brown on playing Denver for the first time since leaving the team

Stat of the Night

On the night he was presented his NBA championship ring from last season, Bruce Brown recorded his first double-double of the season of 18 points on 50 percent (8-of-16) shooting and 10 rebounds. Brown also contributed six assists and three steals.

Noteworthy

Forward Aaron Nesmith did not play against the Nuggets due to bilateral shin soreness. Buddy Hield earned a spot in the starting lineup in his place.

The Pacers were also without guard Tyrese Haliburton for the third straight game as he recovers from a left hamstring strain.

Indiana will look to earn its first win over the Nuggets in seven matchups when they face Denver again for the second and final time this season Jan. 23.

Up Next

The Pacers head to Utah to face off against Lauri Markkanen and the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back on Monday, Jan. 15 at 9:00 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT JAZZ

Stop No. 3 of the season’s longest road trip will keep the Indiana Pacers on Mountain Time.

The Pacers (23-16) will have to quickly put a Sunday afternoon loss to the Denver Nuggets behind them as they go to Salt Lake City Monday to take on the Utah Jazz (21-20) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Indiana and Utah have gained winning momentum in recent weeks, as both teams are 9-2 over their last 11 contests.

Monday’s game will feature the two highest-scoring benches in the league, as the Pacers reserves put up 50.7 points per game, and the Jazz second unit is scoring 45.0 nightly. The Pacers own a 1-0 season series after beating the Jazz by 16 points on Nov. 6.

Despite losing to the reigning NBA champions on Sunday, the Pacers have played some of their best basketball of the season in recent weeks. The Pacers continue to lead the league in scoring at 126.6 points per game, but their defense has also improved dramatically in recent games, posting an 11th-best defensive rating of 114.2 over their last 11 games.

Against Denver (28-13), the teams kept it close until the Nuggets used 70.6 percent shooting in the fourth quarter to win 117-109. Indiana shot a poor 46.7 percent overall, making just eight 3-pointers, while the Nuggets made 64.8 percent of their shots as a team.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Pacers against Denver, with former Nugget Bruce Brown leading Indiana with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Indiana was without All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton (left hamstring strain) and starting small forward Aaron Nesmith (shin soreness) on Sunday. Haliburton has missed the last three games and isn’t expected to play against Utah.

After a rough start to their season, which started with a 10-18 record, the Jazz are now one of the hottest teams in the league.

Utah has won five straight games, eight of their last 10, and is 7-1 to start 2024. They’ve done most of their damage at home, posting a 14-5 record when playing on their court.

Over their last 10 games, the Jazz are averaging 125.7 points per game – second-best in the league – on 49.3 percent shooting. They have also averaged a league-best 48.5 rebounds during the stretch and have the sixth-best defensive rating (112.6).

Six players are averaging double-digit scoring for the Jazz, led by 23.7 points per game by 7-footer Lauri Markkanen, 17.9 from former Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson, and 16.4 by Collin Sexton.

The Jazz enter the matchup coming off a 132-125 Saturday win over the Los Angeles Lakers (19-21). Utah shot just 45.2 percent in the game but made 36 of 39 free throw attempts and outrebounded the Lakers 52-30.

Markkanen led the Jazz with 29 points, Sexton dropped 27, Clarkson had 21, and John Collins recorded 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Andrew Nembhard, G – Bruce Brown, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Jazz: G – Collin Sexton, G – Kris Dunn, F – Simone Fontecchio, F – Lauri Markkanen, C – John Collins

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (bilateral shin soreness), Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain)

Jazz: Taylor Hendricks – out (G League assignment), Brice Sensabaugh – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Nov. 8, 2023: Indiana held a three-point lead through three quarters before outscoring Utah 33-20 in the final frame to post a 134-118 win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers, led by 24 points off the bench from Aaron Nesmith. Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner each supplied 22 points, and Tyrese Haliburton (16 points, 13 assists) and Jalen Smith (16 points, 11 rebounds) logged double-doubles for the Blue & Gold.

Utah’s Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 33 points, Lauri Markkanen accounted for 24 points and nine rebounds, and John Collins scored 14.

Indiana’s bench was pivotal in the win, outscoring Utah’s reserves 59-37. The Pacers’ bench outscored the Jazz’s second unit 20-2 in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers minimized their mistakes in the win, finishing with 11 turnovers to the Jazz’s 21 giveaways while outshooting their opponents 51.7 to 46.9 percent overall.

Noteworthy

Indiana is 49-48 all-time against Utah. Last season, the Jazz went 2-0 against the Pacers.

The Pacers are currently on their longest road trip of the season. After taking on Utah, the Pacers will play at Sacramento on Thursday, go to Portland on Friday, and finish the journey in Phoenix on Sunday.

Myles Turner is one block short of 1,200 for his career. He will be just the 63rd player in NBA history to accomplish the feat. He only trails Jermaine O’Neal (1,245) for the most career blocks in Pacers franchise history.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

After a six-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Nikola Jokic and the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL GIVE UP FIVE IN SUNDAY EVENING LOSS TO TOLEDO

TOLEDO- The Fuel finished their weekend in Toledo with an early evening game against the Walleye. After a close two periods, the Fuel ultimately fell 5-3 to the Walleye on Sunday.

1ST PERIOD

The Fuel started the game with a faster pace than the Walleye and started outshooting them quickly though neither team scored or took a penalty until 9:12 when Chris Cameron headed to the box for holding the stick after tossing a Walleye stick out of his way.

Indy killed off that penalty and continued to lead in shots however neither team had many great chances until a last second opportunity for the Walleye that Zach Driscoll deflected away at the buzzer.

At the end of the frame, the Fuel were outshooting the Walleye 10-5.

2ND PERIOD

Josh Maniscalco did take a slashing penalty as time expired on the first period so the Fuel began the second frame on the penalty kill. With eight seconds left in the penalty, Petruzzelli joined Maniscalco in the box for hooking.

One minute later, Orrin Centazzo took a slashing penalty on a Darby Llewellyn breakaway and a minute after that, Brandon Schultz took a holding penalty.

After all penalties were killed off, Andrew Bellant struck first with a tipped in goal at 6:19 assisted by Spodniak and Jon Martin to put the Fuel up 1-0.

At 10:27, Kyle Maksimovich sat for a tripping penalty, however Brandon Hawkins took a hooking call just eighteen seconds later to force some more 4-on-4 play.

Both of those penalties expired before Indy’s Matus Spodniak took a high sticking call at 14:48 but it was killed off.

At 18:16, Riley Sawchuk scored to put Toledo on the board and tie the game 1-1 but just eleven seconds later, Brandon Schultz responded with a goal of his own and gave Indy the lead back. Bryan Lemos claimed the lone assist on that goal.

Indy led Toledo in shots at the end of the second period, 21 to 14.

3RD PERIOD

At 1:56 in the third, Ross MacDougall and Mitchell Lewandowski took offsetting slashing penalties; however they were both killed off.

Just passed the halfway point in the period, Sawchuk scored his second goal of the game to tie it again at 2-2.

At 10:58, Centazzo scored to give Toledo their first lead of the game and just 23 seconds later, they extended their lead to 4-2 with a goal by Alexandre Doucet.

At 12;04, Sam Craggs and Cam Hillis took offsetting minor penalties for boarding and roughing respectively.

The Fuel pulled Driscoll from the net and it paid off at 17:11 when Jon Martin assisted Josh Maniscalco with the Fuel’s third goal of the game to make it 4-3.

After many blocks to the empty net, Toledo finally collected their fifth goal with 23 seconds left by Matt Anderson to make it 5-3 with the Fuel’s net empty. Despite outshooting the Walleye in Toledo, the Fuel fell 5-3.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday, January 19, 2024 for the Fuel’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

INDIANA WRESTLING

NO. 21 INDIANA FALLS AT NO. 1 PENN STATE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. ––– No. 1 Penn State topped No. 21 Indiana, 46-0, on Sunday afternoon in Rec Hall.

Indiana’s season record now stands at 3-2 and 0-2 in the Big Ten.

KEY MOMENTS

• Penn State opened the match with wins by major decision and tech fall to start up 9-0.

• The match at 141 lbs. between Indiana’s No. 23 Dan Fongaro and Penn State’s No. 2 Beau Bartlett went down to the wire, even at 1-1 in the final 30 seconds before Bartlett scored on a late takedown and a four-point near fall to win by decision, 8-1.

NOTABLES

• Isaac Thornton (133) made his first dual appearance of his career.

• Michael Spangler (125) made his first career Big Ten dual appearance.

• The Hoosiers will be home for their next three duals as they host Maryland, Purdue and Michigan State in three consecutive weekends.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will take the mat again in a week when it hosts Maryland for a 2 p.m. dual on Sunday, Jan. 21 in Wilkinson Hall.

FULL RESULTS

125: Braeden Davis (PSU) def. Michael Spangler (IU)                   |MD, 16-3 |               Score: PSU up 4-0

133: No. 4 Aaron Nagao (PSU) def. Isaac Thornton (IU)               |TF, 19-4 (5:24)          Score: PSU up 9-0

141: No. 2 Beau Bartlett (PSU) def. No. 23 Dan Fongaro (IU)        |Dec. 8-1 |                 Score: PSU up 12-0

149: Tyler Kasak (PSU) def. No. 14 Graham Rooks (IU)                 |TF, 15-0 (6:59)          Score: PSU up 17-0

157: No. 1 Levi Haines (PSU) def. Zack Rotkvich (IU)                    |TF, 17-0 (6:06)          Score: PSU up 22-0

165: No. 10 Mitchell Messenbrink (PSU) def. No. 22 Tyler Lillard (IU) |Inj. Def. |           Score: PSU up 28-0

174: No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU) def. Robert Major (IU)               |TF, 19-4 (3:41)          Score: PSU up 33-0

184: Josh Barr (PSU) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU)                           |MD, 13-4 |               Score: PSU up 37-0

197: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. Gabe Sollars (IU)                  |TF, 19-4 (3:56)          Score: PSU up 42-0

285: No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) def. Nick Willham (IU)                |MD, 13-2 |               Score: PSU up 46-0

FINAL TEAM SCORE:  NO. 1 PENN STATE 46, NO. 21 INDIANA 0

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE FALLS ON THE ROAD IN MARYLAND MAKEUP GAME

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team fell 88-66 on the road Sunday at Maryland. Purdue was led by sixth-year senior Caitlyn Harper with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

The Boilermakers (9-7, 2-3) opened each half on a roll with 6-2 and 10-2 runs in the first and third quarters, respectively. Despite the runs, Purdue was unable to keep the momentum as Maryland (11-5, 3-2) outscored the Boilermakers by 14 points combined in the second and fourth periods.

Harper hit double figures for the 10th time this season. Her efficient clip inside kept the Boilermakers at 42.2% shooting for the afternoon. Purdue was 7-of-19 from behind the arc. Madison Layden hit a trio of 3-pointers to finish with 13 points.

Jeanae Terry recorded seven points, five rebounds and six assists. It was the Detroit native’s seventh game with five points, rebounds and assists this season.

Points off turnovers proved to be the difference maker. The Boilermakers forced the Terrapins into 17 giveaways but managed just points on the giveaways. Maryland turned 19 Purdue miscues into 25 points.

The Boilermakers connected on six of their first eight shots to build up a 12-9 lead in the first quarter. The Terrapins responded with an 18-5 run that carried into the second. Purdue trailed by as many as 15 points in the second, before McKenna Layden halted a run with a corner triple. Maryland led 44-31 at the break.

Ellis and Terry combined to score 16 points over the opening 20 minutes, as the Boilermakers shot 48.1% from the field with a trio of 3-pointers. Purdue forced 12 Maryland turnovers in the first half, but 15 Boilermaker miscues turned into 17 points for the hosts.

Mary Ashley Stevenson kickstarted a 10-2 blitz out of the locker room for the Boilermakers. Layden hit back-to-back triples, as a part of an 11-point quarter, to pull Purdue within five. Purdue scored 19 points in the third, but Maryland converted Purdue’s four turnovers in the period into eight points to open a 68-50 advantage with 10 minutes left.

Harper finished inside three times for six points in the fourth, while Sophie Swanson added five off the bench in the fourth. Purdue hit a quartet of triples in the second half, but Maryland shot 57.1% from the field to keep the lead out of reach.

NOTES

• Maryland leads the all-time series 17-2.

• Madison Layden moved into a tie with Ashley Morrissette for ninth place on Purdue’s all-time 3-pointer list with 181 makes.

• After committing 15 turnovers in the first half, Purdue cut their giveaways down to four in the second half.

• Freshmen McKenna Layden and Sophie Swanson both hit 3-pointers.

• Jeanae Terry is now 57 points away from 1,000 in her career.

• Abbey Ellis now needs 78 points to reach the 1,000 mark as a Boilermaker.

UP NEXT

Purdue will continue its two-game road swing on Thursday with a Jan. 18 visit to Penn State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on BTN.  

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS DROP BIG TEN OPENER TO #14 RUTGERS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling fell in its conference opener to No. 14 Rutgers 26-13 on Sunday afternoon in Holloway Gymnasium.

The Boilermakers (5-4, 0-1 B1G) came away with wins in four of the matches against the Scarlet Knights. True freshmen No. 32 Greyson Clark and No. 18 Joey Blaze both won in their Big Ten dual debuts, while No. 2 Matt Ramos and Stoney Buell picked up comfortable decisions of their own.

The 157-pounder Blaze bagged a takedown in each period to go with a trip reversal in the second to earn bonus points for the Boilers in a 12-4 major decision win over Al DeSantis. It is his eighth bonus point win of the season, second on the team behind only Ramos (9).

Clark jumped out in front of his match early, needing only seven seconds to pick up a takedown on Devon Britton. He rode out the remainder of the 2:53 of the first period to finish on top and prevent an escape. He took the match with a 5-1 decision.

In the 125-pound bout, Ramos picked up his sixth ranked win of the year with a 4-1 decision over No. 13 Dean Peterson. The offense in the match came entirely from the Purdue corner and a second period takedown off a lengthy scramble was enough to give the All-American Ramos the final advantage.

The final win of the afternoon for the Boilermakers came from the redshirt-sophomore Buell, whose 5-2 decision over Anthony White put Purdue ahead 13-12 with three matches left to wrestle. The Dundee, Mich., native powered his way to a first period takedown that earned him the first Big Ten dual win of his career.

Up Next

Purdue faces a pair of big road tests next weekend with matchups at No. 2 Iowa and at No. 3 Nebraska on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s match against the Hawkeyes will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.

Purdue 13 – Rutgers 26

285: #7 Yaraslau Slavikouski (RUT) over Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) – MD 14-3

125: #2 Matt Ramos (PUR) over #13 Dean Peterson (RUT) – Dec. 4-1

133: #8 Dylan Shawver (RUT) over Jacob Macatangay (PUR) – TF 20-5 5:53

141: #32 Greyson Clark (PUR) over Devon Britton (RUT) – Dec. 5-1

149: Michael Cetta (RUT) over Marcos Polanco (PUR) – Dec. 5-0

157: #18 Joey Blaze (PUR) over Al Desantis (RUT) – MD 12-4

165: Stoney Buell (PUR) over Anthony White (RUT) – Dec. 5-2

174: #27 Jackson Turley (RUT) over Brody Baumann (PUR) – Fall 0:27

184: #21 Brian Soldano (RUT) over James Rowley (PUR) – Dec. 5-0

197: #8 John Poznanski (RUT) over Ben Vanadia (PUR) – TF 18-3 7:00

PURDUE FOOTBALL

BOILERS GET A TOP DB

Tarrion Grant (Murfreesboro, TN.) announced on an Instagram live post he is verbally committed to the Boilermakers. Grant recorded 26 tackles last season and is 247 Sports’ 50th overall ranked recruit in the 2025 class. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound four-star cornerback is Purdue’s fourth verbal commitment for the Class of 2025. Grant chose Purdue among 27 offers, including reigning national champion Michigan and Big Ten programs Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oregon as well as nine SEC programs.

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS

PURDUE SWEEPS BALL STATE IN SEASON OPENER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue put on a clinic Sunday as it swept Ball State 7-0 in the 2024 season opener.

The day began with a quick victory in doubles play. Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara and Ashlie Wilson/Juana Larranaga took 6-2 victories over their opponents. With an early lead secured, Kennedy Gibbs/Csilla Fodor were robbed of a chance at their first doubles win as the pair slowly climbed back from a deficit before halting on the brink of a 4-4 tie.

The Boilers appeared to be in midseason form with all singles positions winning in straight sets. Purdue’s only ranked singles player, No. 113 Gallardo Guevara, notched the first solo win of the season with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Elena Malykh.

Three experienced players followed suit with Larranaga, Gibbs, and Fodor controlling their matches. Larranaga and Fodor cruised to wins as neither player surrendered more than three games, while Gibbs stayed poised to earn a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sarah Shahbaz.

With the victory in hand, Wilson and Milic showed that the win is still within reach when the going gets tough. Wilson went game-for-game en route to a 7-5 win in the first set. With her lead secured, she put her foot to the gas and never looked back.

Milic, the last woman standing, took the first set convincingly but found herself in a 4-1 hole to start the second. With the cheers of her teammates behind her, she rallied back to win 6-4, 6-4 and secured the sweep for Purdue.

Up Next

Purdue continues its three-match homestand against Miami (Ohio) this Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.

Purdue (1-0)- 7, Ball State (0-1)- 0

SINGLES

1. Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Annika Planinsek (BSU)- 6-0, 6-3

2. No. 113 Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Elena Malykh (BSU)- 6-4, 6-1

3. Kennedy Gibbs (PUR) def. Sarah Shahbaz (BSU)- 6-3, 6-4

4. Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Sydney Hrehor (BSU)- 6-1, 6-2

5. Tara Katarina Milic (PUR) def. Isabel Tanjuatco (BSU)- 6-4, 6-4

6. Ashlie Wilson (PUR) def. Ella Hazelbaker (BSU)- 7-5, 6-2

DOUBLES

1. Sydney Hrehor/Annika Planinsek (BSU) vs. Csilla Fodor/Kennedy Gibbs (PUR)- 4-3 (Unfinished)

2. Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Elena Malykh/Ella Hazelbaker (BSU)- 6-2

3. Ashlie Wilson/Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Isabel Tanjuatco/Sarah Shahbaz (BSU)- 6-2

ORDER OF FINISH

Singles- 2, 4, 3, 1, 6, 5

Doubles- 2, 3, 1 (Unfinished)

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO, BRANSFORD LEAD NOTRE DAME PAST SCRAPPY MIAMI SQUAD, 70-59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pressure? Handled.

On Sunday, No. 18 Notre Dame (12-3, 3-2) topped scrappy, relentless Miami (11-5, 1-4) by a score of 70-59. The Irish had a rather comfortable lead throughout the game, successfully navigating a usually suffocating Miami press. The Hurricanes entered Sunday’s game with the fourth best scoring defense in the ACC (57.1).

“We knew it was going to be a battle for 40 minutes with the way that Miami pressures, so the fact that we came out and took care of business, I was really happy,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after the game.

Hannah Hidalgo once again led the Irish, finishing the game with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals. The rookie sensation now has 13 games this season with at least 20 points, tying Irish Ring of Honor member Beth Morgan Cunningham for the freshman record. Hidalgo also now has eight games with at least 6 steals, tying other Irish Ring of Honor member Skylar Diggins-Smith for career games with 6+ steals. Hidalgo is just 15 games into her collegiate career.

“It’s unbelievable what she’s doing,” Ivey added.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair with a lead no greater than 5 for either team. After a series of quiet games, Marshall scored Notre Dame’s first 4 points via her specialty jumper. The Miami turnovers were the story on the other end of the court. The Hurricanes turned the ball over 6 times in Q1, and 7 of Notre Dame’s 15 points came off those blunders. The Irish bench actually outscored the starters in the first quarter, 8-7. It was 15-13 in favor of the home team after 10.

The ACC’s top scoring offense returned to its scoring ways in the second frame. After Miami dropped it in for a bucket, Notre Dame went on a 10-0 run courtesy of two shots from Hidalgo, a trey from Sonia Citron and an and-1 from Bransford. While the Hurricanes closed the gap to six at 28-22, the Irish would go on yet another 10-0 run and had a 40-24 lead at the break. They shot 52.9 percent from the floor and nailed a pair of 3-pointers courtesy of Citron.

Going into the locker room, Hidalgo and Bransford led all players with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bransford was 3-4 from the floor and 4-5 from the line. Bransford is second on the team when it comes to getting to the line this year despite missing the year’s first two games with an injury (51).

Notre Dame held on in the second half despite a subpar overall job from the floor. The Irish went 8-27 between Q3 and Q4 (29.6 percent), and the Hurricanes actually outscored them 35-30 to close it out. Hidalgo’s 14 points in the second half were critical down the stretch, as was Notre Dame’s free throw shooting (12-12).

After 60, Notre Dame had scored 31 points off of Miami’s 26 turnovers. That is the highest mark reached this season in an ACC game. In addition to Hidalgo, Citron finished with 15 points — including 3-5 from deep — and Bransford had 10 points. It is Bransford’s third consecutive game in double figures.

“I thought KK was a huge spark for us,” Ivey said with emphasis. “She was such a positive light, both defensively and offensively. She showed great poise, was really aggressive offensively, and did a great job on the boards.”

Bransford had 8 rebounds on the afternoon, tied for the most she’s ever had in conference play.

Notre Dame heads back on the road for its next two contests, traveling to Virginia on Thursday and Wake Forest on Sunday.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TURNER RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN JAGS WIN OVER NORSE

INDIANAPOLIS – In its highest scoring output of the year, the IUPUI women’s basketball team took down Northern Kentucky for its second Horizon League victory. Katie Davidson led all scorers with 27 points, while Jazmyn Turner recorded her second double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

IUPUI (4-12, 2-5 HL) came out with a lot of pressure on the defensive end, forcing seven turnovers in five minutes. The hosts, however, were unable to capitalize on the stellar defense, scoring just four points on 2-of-7 shooting to open the game. Just before the media timeout, Davidson gave her team the lead with an elbow jumper. The junior scored all six IUPUI points top open the contest.

Out of the media timeout, the Jaguar offense heated up, scoring seven quick points while holding the Norse scoreless to force an early timeout from head coach Camryn Volz. Despite scoring the first points after the timeout, Davidson added four more points to reach double digits and extend the lead to 11.

Northern Kentucky (2-13, 0-6 HL) scored the first five points of the second quarter, including its first three pointer from Macey Blevins, but scored six of the next eight to restore its double-digit advantage, 25-15. After yet another NKU turnover—its ninth of the contest—and an IUPUI fastbreak layup, coach Volz called another timeout.

The Jags went on a 7-0 run after the timeout, including five points from Davidson. The Indy native added three assists, rebounds and steals in the first half. Logan Lewis also stepped up in the second quarter, scoring six points after failing to find the basket in the opening 10 minutes, helping propel the Jags to a 16-point half time lead. On the other end, Carter McCray was outstanding, scoring eight of her team’s 21 points while also leading all players with eight rebounds.

IUPUI pounded the rock inside to start the second half, with the team’s first six baskets coming inside the paint. Davidson continued to be the catalyst, assisting three of those field goals while also adding another steal. The six assists broke her previous career high of five which she recorded twice. The hosts were almost perfect in the first five minutes of the third quarter, making 9-of-10 from the field.

Norther Kentucky looked like a different team to start the half, connecting on seven of its first 11 attempts from the field, including three shots from deep to keep up with the hosts. Blevins and McCray led the way for NKU, combining for 18 points in the quarter. Kailee Davis also provided a spark, tallying 10 points after failing to score in the first half. The three scored 28 of the team’s 30 points but were still unable to keep up with IUPUI, who notched its highest scoring quarter of the season with 33 points.

Turner, Thalia Walton and Abby Wolterman led the way for the Jags, scoring 25—most of which came from inside the paint. Davidson added seven to eclipse the 20-point mark for the seventh time this year.

The high-octane offense continued into the fourth quarter, with the squads keeping the same pace from the previous quarter, combing for 32 points in less than five minutes of play.

Despite giving up 30 points for the second straight quarter, the Jags tallied 26 of their own to claim a 15-point victory—their largest of the season. Apart from tallying 27 points, Davidson added seven assists—a new career high—and four steals both team highs. Wolterman matched her career high with 16 points while also adding six boards.

IUPUI now has the whole week to prepare for a trip to Cleveland State next Saturday (Jan. 20). Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

HENRY’S 9.975 ON VAULT LEADS GYMNASTICS AT OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – Senior Victoria Henry turned in the best vault of her collegiate career Sunday afternoon at the Covelli Center, landing a 9.975 to lead the Ball State gymnastics team in the tri-meet at Ohio State.

Henry’s 9.975 ties as the second-best score in any event in program history, trailing only the perfect 10.000 vault by Sarah Mikrut at Kent State on Feb. 21, 1997. Denasiha Christian landed the Cardinals’ other 9.975 on vault at Northern Illinois on Feb. 19, 2016.

“Her vault was so beautiful,” head coach Joanna Saleem said about Henry’s performance. “She did an amazing one in touch, and made it happen again during the competition. She had a great meet and it’s fun to watch her go out as a senior and find her groove, rhythm and go out there and have fun doing the gymnastics.”

The effort gave Henry the vault title, and along with a second straight 9.900 on floor, helped her finish third overall in the all-around at 39.325. It ties as the sixth-best all-around score in program history and was just 0.075 off her program-record mark set last season.

Overall, the Cardinals counted four scores of 9.900-or-higher Sunday, including a career-best mark of 9.925 by sophomore Zoe Middleton to tie for second in the floor competition and a career-best 9.900 by freshman Ashley Szymanski to take top honors on bars.

“We know Ashley is the real deal on bars,” Saleem said. “It’s so pretty to watch. Such big swinging and to see her be able to hit the dismount that she’s been practicing in the gym, it’s amazing. It’s really fun to see her be successful on bars and hopefully that continues to add confidence so she can get out there and do it again.”

Combined, Ball State finished the day with a team score of 195.650 to top Towson (195.225) in head-to-head action. Host Ohio State won the meet with a score of 197.150.

“There were a lot of good things that happened today,” Saleem added. “Especially finishing so strong on bars. They competed free and it was really fun to watch them end the meet the way we’ve been training in the gym.”

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

ROTATION 1: Beam (48.425)

– Ball State saved its best routine for last on beam, with junior Grace Sumner posting a 9.775.

– Graduate student Megan Teter was not far behind, collecting a 9.750.

– Rounding out Ball State’s scoring gymnasts were senior Victoria Henry with a 9.700, sophomore Zoe Middleton at 9.650, and freshman Lindsay Fuller at 9.550.

ROTATION 2: Floor (49.175)

– Sophomore Zoe Middleton shined in her second floor routine of the season, tying her career best and the eight-best individual mark in program history with a score of 9.925.

– Senior Victoria Henry tied her winning mark from opening weekend, earning a 9.900.

– The Cardinals also counted 9.825s from seniors Suki Pfister and Hannah Ruthberg, along with a 9.700 from graduate student Megan Teter, to tie the 17th-best team mark in program history in the event at 49.175.

ROTATION 3: Vault (48.950)

– Senior Victoria Henry was nearly flawless on vault, tying the second-highest score in program history in any event with a 9.975 to easily win the event Sunday.

– Senior Hannah Ruthberg was second for the Cardinals with a 9.825, followed by junior Carissa Martinez at 9.750.

– Ball State also counted a 9.725 from graduate student Megan Teter and 9.675 from sophomore Zoe Middleton.

ROTATION 4: Bars (48.825)

– Freshman Ashley Szymanski turned in another brilliant effort on bars, tying the fifth-best individual score in program history with a 9.900.

– Ball state also earned a pair of 9.825s from sophomore Zoe Middleton and junior Grace Sumner.

– Throw in a 9.800 from senior Hannah Ruthberg and a 9.750 from senior Victoria Henry, and the Cardinals finished the meet with the 13th-best team bars score in program history at 49.100.

ALL-AROUND:

– Senior Victoria Henry finished the day tying the sixth-best all-around mark in program history at 39.325, highlighted by her winning mark of 9.975 on vault … She also scored 9.900 on floor, 9.750 on bars and 9.700 on beam.

– Sophomore Zoe Middleton hit a career-best mark in the all-round for the second straight weekend, finishing with a 39.075 … The effort included the winning mark of 9.925 on floor, a 9.825 on bars, a 9.675 on vault and a 9.650 on beam.

– Senior Hannah Ruthberg counted three scores of 9.800-or-higher to finish with an all-around mark of 38.450 … She scored 9.825s on both floor and vault, while earning a 9.800 on bars.

– Graduate student Megan Teter added a career-best all-around score of her own, finishing with a 38.250 … Her best score was a 9.750 on beam, followed by a 9.725 on vault and a 9.700 on floor.

UP NEXT:

The Ball State gymnastics program heads to Lebanon, Tennessee, for the Tennessee Collegiate Classic. The Cardinals will compete in the 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT session alongside Kent State, Southeast Missouri and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LATE LEAD SLIPS AWAY FROM SYCAMORES AGAINST BELMONT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State limited Belmont to its worst 3-point percentage and third-lowest field goal percentage of the season Sunday afternoon, but a 6-0 run inside the final 10 seconds of the game allowed the Bruins to squeak past the Sycamores 61-56 inside Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain and Bella Finnegan led the Sycamores with 10 points apiece, while Kiley Bess added nine. All five starters for Indiana State had at least seven points, with four of the five also grabbing three or more rebounds.

Indiana State’s lockdown defense gave Belmont fits throughout the game, as the Sycamores built an early nine-point lead thanks in part to a pair of threes from Finnegan. The Trees remained in front after an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter, and extended their lead to double-digits late in the third following a 3-pointer from Finnegan and a layup from Cain. The fourth quarter proved costly, though, as Belmont outscored Indiana State 21-7 to escape with a five-point win.

First Half

Indiana State got off to a strong start, as Finnegan opened the game with a three-ball and baskets from Cain and Ella Sawyer put the Sycamores ahead by five. Buckets from Bess and Mya Glanton, along with another Finnegan triple, saw the Sycamores’ lead extended to 16-7, but the visitors answered with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the game. A late layup from Asia Donald saw the teams head to the second tied at 18.

Consecutive baskets from Bess and Donald early in the second quarter helped spark an 8-0 run for Indiana State to pull ahead 28-20. Bess added a midrange jumper late, and Chloe Williams tacked on a 3-pointer to keep the Sycamores in front, but Belmont came back with a run of its own similar to the first quarter. The Bruins closed the half on a 7-0 run, but Indiana State took a 33-32 lead into the intermission.

Second Half

Sawyer opened the scoring in the third quarter with a layup and Cain added a floater minutes later to give the Sycamores a 39-36 lead. Free throws from Glanton, Finnegan and Bess extended Indiana State’s lead late in the quarter, with Finnegan also adding a trey to make it 47-38. The Sycamores’ advantage reached double-digits following a layup from Cain, and Indiana State took a 49-40 lead into the fourth.

Belmont controlled the fourth quarter, scoring the first 13 points to take a 53-49 lead. Glanton tied things up with a pair of free throws and a layup, and Cain put the Sycamores back in front with a jumper inside the last two minutes. A free throw from Sawyer saw Indiana State lead 56-55 inside the final minute, but a costly turnover and foul led to six straight Belmont points in an four-second span, allowing the Bruins to win 61-56.

News and Notes

Mya Glanton grabbed her 500th career rebound in Sunday’s game, becoming the 22nd player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Kiley Bess’ nine points were her most in a game since scoring 18 at Ohio on December 17.

Belmont’s 61 points scored Sunday were its fewest against an opponent from outside the Power Five conferences this season.

Indiana State’s 3-point defense continues to be the best in the MVC since the calendar turned to conference play. Belmont was just 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from behind the arc against the Sycamores, who have limited conference foes to a 23-for-104 (22.1 percent) mark in five MVC games.

Indiana State got a balanced scoring effort Sunday, with eight different players scoring four or more points.

Sunday’s game wrapped up a stretch of four straight games against teams in the top five of the MVC standings. Indiana State was within two possessions in the fourth quarter of three of those four games.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HIGH FLYING OFFENSE NOT ENOUGH TO QUELL MURRAY STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – It was a shootout on Sunday afternoon in Meeks Family Fieldhouse as the University of Evansville women’s basketball team came just short in a 90-72 loss against the Murray State Racers.

The Purple Aces had their best offensive game of Missouri Valley Conference play facing the Racers by shooting 45.5% from the floor and 50% from behind the arc. Along with a strong offensive front, UE’s defense kept Murray State six percent below its season-scoring percentage. Four separate Evansville players had double-digit games including guards Kynidi Mason Striverson, Alana Striverson, and post players Barbora Tomancova and Nevaeh Thomas.

“I’m really really proud of our effort and our bounce back from our last game,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “We gave ourselves a chance to win. We put ourselves in a position going into the fourth quarter with the game in reach. We made some mistakes down the stretch that we need to clean up. But I feel like we can if we continue to put ourselves in that spot. Murray State is one of the best teams in our conference right now, and it was a fun game to play in and a fun game to coach,”.

The Aces got the first bucket of Sunday’s matchup from center Barbora Tomancova off a Racer turnover, setting the tone for the game. Murray State responded with the first run of the day with eight points and two threes. UE responded with a three of its own from guard Kynidi Mason Striverson. Mason Striverson couldn’t be stopped in the first quarter, leading Evansville with eight points and shooting 57%. An 8-2 stretch for the Racers in the final three minutes had the Aces facing a six-point deficit.

It was all UE to start the second quarter as the team opened on a four-point run to make it a one-basket game. The two squads matched each other shot-for-shot over the next three minutes before Murray State slightly pulled away. In the final two minutes of the first half Evansville had a 7-3 run to make it a four-point game going into the second half.

The Aces had a quiet start to the third quarter as their first points came three minutes in from guard Tené Smith. UE tried to match the Racers shooting but fell behind by 13 points with four minutes left in the quarter. A jump shot three from Mason Striverson with 3:12 on the clock sparked an eight-point run to get within five. Back-to-back threes from Striverson made it only a four-point game with a minute and a half left. Evansville headed into the final quarter trailing by only five and a chance to win its first conference game of the season.

Using their momentum from the third quarter, the Aces made two quick baskets for a one-point game. Murray State responded with four points but a layup from Tomancova following a missed Racer basket returned it to a one possession game. But a four-minute cold stretch from UE’s offense put the team down by 13 with four minutes to go. A nine-point run by Murray State put the game out of reach for Evansville as they fell 90-72.

Mason Striverson led the team on offense with 17 points, four assists, and two steals. Sister Alana Striverson had a similar stat line with 14 points, four assists, and one steal including four made three pointers. Also, in double figures for the Aces were Tomancova with her fourth double-double at 12 points and 11 rebounds and Thomas with 10 points, three assists, and one steal. Tomancova’s 13 rebounds led the team on defense as no Ace added a block through 40 minutes. As a team, UE set a season-high 22 assists while also having their strongest game from the arc since November at 50% shooting.

Evansville hits the road for its next game on Friday, Jan. 19. The Aces head to Springfield, Mo. to take on the Missouri State Lady Bears in a Friday night clash. Tip-off from Great Southern Bank Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JACKSON LEADS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AGAINST UNI

Valpo women’s basketball freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) continued her strong rookie campaign as she tied for game-high honors with a season-best 16 points on Sunday as the Beacons fell to MVC preseason favorite UNI at the ARC, 76-52.

How It Happened

Valpo forced turnovers on each of UNI’s first three possessions of the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead behind a 3-pointer from Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) and a finish inside from Jackson.

UNI came back with nine straight points over four possessions to take the lead for good. Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) briefly slowed the Panthers’ momentum with a 3-pointer with 6:02 to play in the period to make it a one-point game, but UNI rattled off eight more in a row to pull ahead.

The Panthers led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.

It was still a seven-point game halfway through the second period after a triple by Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) brought the Beacons within 25-18. UNI reeled off 11 points in a row after that bucket and led 38-20 at halftime.

The Panthers led by as many as 30 points in the third quarter and enjoyed a 63-34 lead with 10 minutes to play.

Led by six points from Saniya Jackson, the Beacons outscored UNI in the fourth quarter, 18-14.

Inside the Game

Saniya Jackson surpassed her previous season best by one point, hitting 6-of-8 from the field — including a season-high three triples — for 16 points to share game-high scoring honors with MVC Preseason Player of the Year Grace Boffeli.

Jackson has scored in double figures in seven of Valpo’s last 11 games.

Jackson also paced the Beacons on the defensive end with three steals, her fourth effort of at least three steals this season.

As a team, Valpo racked up 11 steals on Sunday — the seventh time this year the Beacons have reached double figures in that department.

Jackson was the lone Valpo player to score in double figures, as second on the Beacons’ ledger was Katie Beyer (McHenry, Ill./McHenry), who scored a season-high eight points in 11 minutes off the bench.

Ella Van Weelden (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Marion) chipped in five points, tied for team-high honors with five rebounds and blocked a pair of shots to match her career high.

Valpo forced UNI to commit a season-high 21 turnovers — a strong feat given the Panthers played one of the nation’s toughest nonconference schedules. The Beacons held a 22-21 edge in points off turnovers.

Valpo shot just 31.6% from the field, as compared to the Panthers’ 52.8% clip.

Next Up

Valpo (1-13, 0-5 MVC) continues its four-game homestand next Friday, Jan. 19 as the Beacons take on Illinois State at the ARC at 6 p.m.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO RETURNS TO WIN COLUMN WITH ROAD TRIUMPH AT ILLINOIS STATE

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team returned to the win column on Sunday afternoon, putting together a solid, 40-minute team effort to defeat host Illinois State 59-50 at CEFCU Arena in Normal, Ill. Freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) enjoyed his first collegiate double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Beacons to their first Missouri Valley Conference victory.

The triumph was a sentimental one for head coach Roger Powell Jr., whose first road and conference win as a collegiate head coach came at the location where he grew up going to games as his father Roger Powell Sr. is a former Illinois State basketball standout and a member of the Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame. 

How It Happened

An early triple by Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) lifted Valpo to a 5-4 edge two minutes into the contest. It was a defensive battle early as Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royoal Crown Academy) helped the guests regain the lead at 9-8 with his basket with 13:01 on the clock.

A good find by Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) led to an Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institut]) dunk that tied the game at 13 with 7:18 left in the opening half. The game continued to seesaw back and forth until a 7-0 burst including a go-ahead step back by DeAveiro helped the Brown & Gold build up a 24-18 edge with 1:39 left in the half. That gap expanded to eight by the break.

Valpo’s defense contributed to Illinois State shooting that was almost as cold as the sub-zero temperatures in the opening half as the Redbirds shot just 23.3 percent from the field and 0-for-8 from 3 before the break.

A 5-0 Valpo run doubled a five-point lead to 10 with 13:54 to play, with Stafford drilling a shot from long range to give Valpo its first double-figure cushion. Stafford buried one again a moment later to up the edge to 11.

The Redbirds cut it to single figures at eight or nine on several occasions, but the Brown & Gold always had an answer. Williamson made a tough shot with 7:39 to go to get the lead back to 11.

The Beacons attacked the basket down the stretch and created a mixture of layups and free throws to keep matching Illinois State nearly point for point while running time off the clock. Stops on the defensive end over the final two minutes sealed a victorious effort. 

Inside the Game

Schwieger enjoyed a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double, the first of his collegiate career. He became the third Valpo player with a double-double this season, joining Jaxon Edwards (Jan. 6 at UIC) and Jerome Palm (Nov. 17 at No. 23 Illinois).

Schwieger’s 16 points marked his most in the last four games. He went 5-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. His 13 boards outdid his previous personal best of eight that was reached on Nov. 6 vs. Trinity Christian and Jan. 6 at UIC.

Schwieger notched the first double-double by a Valpo freshman since Javon Freeman-Liberty on Jan. 29, 2019 vs. Missouri State. This was the most rebounds by a Valpo player in an MVC game since Donovan Clay had 14 on Feb. 7, 2021 vs. Drake.

DeAveiro made his first three free throws of the day to extend his made free throw streak to 15 before finally misfiring from the stripe on his fourth attempt of the afternoon. Prior to the miss, he was 22-of-23 from the foul line since Dec. 3. As a team, Valpo shot 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the charity stripe on Sunday.

DeAveiro finished with nine points, four rebounds and eight assists. He’s scored nine points or more in five straight and handed out four assists or more in 13 straight. He turned in his second-highest assist total of the season on Saturday, behind only 10 on Dec. 19 vs. Samford.

Stafford scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Kaspar Sepp had six points and six rebounds.

Valpo held Illinois State to 5.6 percent from 3-point distance (1-of-18) and 32.2 percent from the field. This was Valpo’s best 3-point defense in a game since holding Cleveland State to 1-of-18 way back on Jan. 4, 2013. This was the first time Valpo limited an opponent to one made 3 or fewer in the opponent’s home gym since Cleveland State on Feb. 19, 2012.

This marked the first time Valpo held an opponent below 33 percent shooting since Feb. 27, 2021 vs. Indiana State. This was the team’s best field goal percentage defense in a road game since a 66-43 win at Cleveland State on Feb. 16, 2016.

The 50 points were the fewest allowed by Valpo since beating Judson 85-45 on Dec. 6, 2020 and the fewest allowed against a Division-I opponent since a 55-38 win vs. Southern Illinois on Feb. 12, 2020. This was the fewest points permitted by Valpo in a true road game since Feb. 16, 2016, winning 66-43 at Cleveland State.

The Beacons made a tweak to the starting lineup as Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase) made his first collegiate start. He became the fourth Valpo freshman to start a game this season and Sunday’s lineup featured three rookies.

The Beacons continued their success in the all-time series with Illinois State, beating the Redbirds for the 10th time in the last 11 matchups

Valpo, the nation’s seventh most inexperienced team according to KenPom, knocked off a much more veteran Illinois State team to snap a 10-game losing streak and grab its first road victory since last year’s Valpo team won in Bloomington-Normal.

Thoughts from Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.

“There are emotions after a game like that, a hard-fought battle. All year this team has been growing. There were a couple moments in the game where there were four freshmen out there scrapping and competing. Our story has been an interesting one this season. We’ve had a losing streak, but we’ve been fighting and battling. We have a team with such inexperience playing in a league where there are a lot of experienced and older teams. Seeing this team not give up and fight and compete day in and day out is inspirational.”

“We’re building a special culture of selflessness here. To have my first conference win coming at Illinois State where I grew up going to games as a little boy is special. My dad wasn’t here today because of the weather, but I’m really thankful for this one. I told the guys in the locker room that today is Sunday, and for a preacher, Sunday’s are great days, it’s the Lord’s day.”

“I knew it was going to be hard to win here against a good Illinois State team. I was so locked into the team that I didn’t have much time to think about the sentimental side going into the game, but during warmups I had a quick second where I looked up into the stands and had some memories. There’s a picture of me with my dad when I’m a little boy, and it’s pretty special.”

“We had to guard them. They have some guys who can make shots. Our guys did a good job of executing a good game plan. They made runs and we thought we had games won this year, we just hadn’t figured out how to close them out. These guys are growing up. They fought hard and contested every shot. Our guys did a good job of making all of their shots difficult.”

Up Next

The Beacons (5-12, 1-5 MVC) will look to make it back-to-back wins on Wednesday at Evansville with the tip slated for 7 p.m. from the Ford Center. The game will air on ESPN+.

MARIAN WRESTLING

MARIAN WRESTLING DROPS TIGHT BATTLE AGAINST (RV) LOURDES

Sylvania, Ohio – The Marian wrestling team suffered their sixth dual loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, as the Knights opened WHAC competition on the losing end of a 27-24 dual against Lourdes. Marian is 3-6 overall on the season and 0-1 in conference competition.

The Knights started the day playing from behind, as Logan Richardson lost by tech fall in the opening match at 125 in a 22-6 score against No. 6 Nick Rodriguez. Anthony Hughes responded with a win for Marian and made the score 5-3, as he defeated Cole McKinley 10-3. Logan Wagner kept the wins going with his win by fall at 141, taking down Dru Wilson in 2:32. Seth Johnson would finish a three-match swing for the Knights as he won at 149, claiming a win by fall over Marcus Cortez in 2:35.

The Knights led 15-5 after the three match string, but let the score draw closer as Zach Wilson was defeated 25-10 as Andrew Torres landed a tech fall victory. Jeff Dunasky Jr. would score six points for Marian as he won by forfeit, and Noah Hollendonner earned a 13-6 victory over Dominico Migliori to add to the team score.

Hollendonner’s win gave Marian a 24-10 lead in the match, but the match score quickly turned in favor of the Gray Wolves, as Lourdes won the final three bouts of the day in a high-scoring style. Second-ranked wrestler in the NAIA at 184 lbs. William Speight defeated Peter Sells with a commanding 17-2 victory, and at 197 Liam Begley lost by fall in 96 seconds against No. 19 Carter Kroll. Lourdes trailed by three points after the 197 weight class, and completed their come-from-behind win at 285, as Tyler Cobb won by fall against Excell Brooks, scoring enough points necessary to claim a 27-24 win.

Marian will wrestle again on Tuesday as their stretch of matches continue, with the Knights taking on both Cornerstone and Cleary in Grand Rapids.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

January 15, 1939 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – A new addition to the NFL lineup of games arrived as the first NFL All Star Game. The NFL Championship game winners would have the honor of facing the best players from all the other League squads.The profootballhof.com website informs us that the 1938 NFL Champions were the New York Giants as back on December 11 they won the title over Green Bay 23-17. In this All-Star game the Giants narrowly defeated the All America All-Stars, 13-10.

January 15, 1956 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – 6th NFL Pro Bowl assembled the League’s top players to battle each other representing their respective Conferences. That season it was the Eastern Conference who edged out their Western Conference rivals by the narrowest of margins, 31-30. The game’s Outstanding Player award was claimed by Ollie Matson the running back of the Chicago Cardinals per the American Football Database. Matson apparently had the play of the game on a 91 yard zig zagging punt return per a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article the morning after the game. 

January 15, 1961 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -11th NFL Pro Bowl results are once again brought to us via an American Football Database post. In the game the Western Conference knocked off the Eastern Conference, 35-31. The coaches  selected to guide the Pro Bowlers were Buck Shaw of the Philadelphia Eagles and Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers. It was the final contest for the outstanding Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin who hung up his helmet after the game. The game’s MVPs were Baltimore Colts Johnny Unitas and New York Giants Linebacker Sam Huff.

January 15, 1966 – Rice Stadium, Houston – The AFL All Star Game was played for the fifth time to celebrate the top players in the League. The All-Star squad would face the League Champion Buffalo Bills according to the website RemembertheAFL.com. It was the All-Stars who would get the better of the Champs in this game as they beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19. The Most Valuable Players in the game were the Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Frank Buncom the linebacker from the Los Angeles Chargers.

January 15, 1967 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The First AFL-NFL World Championship game later referred to as Super Bowl I was played. The AFL put up their Champ the Kansas City Chiefs against the old guard of the NFL the Green Bay Packers. The Packers of Vince Lombardi were the heavy favorites but still a record television audience of over 60 million viewers tuned into watch the game per History.com. To the surprise of most the Chiefs only trailed by four at the halftime break. In the second half Green Bay turned the temperature up a bit and scored a TD set up by a Willie Wood interception and 50 yard return off of KC QB Len Dawson. Elijah Pitts scored two of the Packers touchdowns  and end Max McGee added a third as the Green Bay Packers rolled the Chiefs, 35-10, Green Bay signal caller Bart Starr was recognized as the game’s MVP.

January 15, 1978 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – Super Bowl XII was billed as the Denver Broncos and their Orange Crush Defense against the DoomsDay Defense of the Dallas Cowboys. The Golden Rankings website writes that it was the Dallas D that won out, supported by the high flying Cowboys offense that boasted running back Tony Dorsett and had Roger Staubach managing the huddle. The Cowboys displayed the superior team that day as they won by three scores over the Denver Broncos, 27-10.  For the first time in Super Bowl history there were two MVPs chosen and they were from the defensive side of the ball as Dallas’ defensive end Harvey Martin shared the spotlight with teammate Randy White.

January 15, 1994 – Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL per a report on SportsCasting.com. Taylor, known as LT was a member of the New York Giants for his entire Pro career which spanned 13 seasons from 1981 through 1993. He made the Pro Bowl in 10 of those seasons and was voted as the 1986 NFL Most Valuable Player after dropping quarterbacks an amazing 20.5 times behind the line.

January 15, 1995 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh – San Diego traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The folks at BoltsfromtheBlue.com have an excellent synopsis of the game. The first half went pretty much how most experts expected it to. The Steelers defense was stout and held the Chargers to a mere 3 points and less than 50 yards of total offense while the Steelers had 10 up on the halftime scoreboard. The powerful Pittsburgh run game was sputtering though as San Diego defense held one the League’s top rushers, Barry Foster to little gain on the ground. The second half had a bit of a surprise as blocking tight end Alfred Pupunu was the target of a quarterback Stan Humphries’ 43 yard touchdown pass play and the Chargers were in the game down by 3. Late in the fourth the Steelers sent an all out blitz on Humphries who found speedster Tony Martin in single coverage with no safety help and the Chargers scored again. San Diego Chargers denied the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they claimed a 17-13 victory that sent them to the Super Bowl.

January 15, 1995 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – NFC Championship,: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 38-28 per OnthisDay.com.

January 15, 1997 – San Francisco head coach George Seifert announces his resignation after 8 highly-successful NFL seasons with the 49ers. An archived report on the LA Times website gives a great read on the situation.  Seifert was a San Fran native and he acted as the Niners defensive coordinator under Bill Walsh and was on staff in three Super Bowl wins as an assistant coach. When he took over for Walsh in 1989 he led the team to two more Super Bowl victories in 5 seasons. The reasons were unclear for the resignation but George left as the winningest coach in franchise history at 98-30.

Hall of Fame Birthdays

January 15, 1892 – Princeton’s great College Hall of Fame quarterback Hobey Baker was born.

January 15, 1953 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The University of Maryland and Dallas Cowboys fine linebacker Randy White was born. 

January 15, 1957 – Takoma Park, Alabama – Defensive tackle Marty Lyons of Alabama was born. His official college stats as listed on the footballfoundation.org website are 202 tackles and 20 sacks. He was a consensus All-America selection and was on the National Champions Crimson Tide team of 1978.The National Football Foundation selected Marty Lyons to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

January 15, 1959 – Chesapeake, Virginia – The ball hawking UCLA Bruins safety, Kenny Easley celebrates his day of birth. Kenny was a star player for the bruins pretty much from 1977 when he arrived there until 1980. Per the NFF Easley was an All- America three times and in four years he had 19 interceptions and 374 tackles.  Kenny Easley found the doors of the College Football Hall of Fame open to him in 1991. The Seattle Seahawks used the fourth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft to take Kenny and he played with the franchise for 7 seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 5 of those. He earned the AFC Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1983 as he had a League high 7 interceptions. He did one better the next year when he was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Kenny Easley in 2017.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 1 – 33 – 14 – 19 – 70 – 24 – 12 – 55 – 16 – 79 – 54 – 45 – 56

January 15, 1892 – Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith

January 15, 1934 – Probably the most famous Number 3 in Baseball History, Babe Ruth, of the New York Yankees took an approximate 33% pay cut at the end of his career for a one-year $35,000.

January 15, 1950 – Terry Sawchuk the legendary Goalie of the Detroit Redwings recorded his first shutout in the NHL against theNew York Rangers 1-0. The rookie goal tender, wearing the Number 1 on the back of his sweater,  would go on to register an amazing 115 games without allowing a goal during his tenured career between the pipes.

January 15, 1956 – 6th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 31-30; MVP: Chicago Cardinals, RB, Number 33, Ollie Matson.

January 15, 1957 – At the 7th NBA All-Star game Boston Celtics Point Guard, Bob Cousy, sporting his Number 14 jersey, won the game MVP award in front of a home crowd at the Boston Garden. The East team defeated the West 109-97. According to the Boston Globe the next day, Cousy edged out Maurice Stokes of the West based on his late game play-making and ball handling, that befuddled the opposition.

January 15, 1961 – 11th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 35-31; MVPs were Baltimore Colts Quarterback, Number 19, Johnny Unitas on offense and New York Giants great Linebacker, Number 70, Sam Huff.

January 15, 1964 – San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays (Number 24) the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

January 15, 1966 – 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs were New York Jets Quarterback, Number 12, Joe Namath. On defense Los Angeles Chargers Linebacker, Number 55, Frank Buncom.

January 15, 1967 – Super Bowl I, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10; MVP was Green Bay Quarterback Number 12, Bart Starr.

January 15, 1974 – 24th NBA All-Star Game, Seattle Center Coliseum: West beats East, 134-123; MVP was Detroit Pistons Number 16, Bob Lanier

January 15, 1978 – Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10. In rare fashion the Most Valuable Players were on the defensive side as Dallas Defensive End, Number 79, Harvey Martin and his Cowboys teammate Defensive Tackle, Number 54, Randy White shared the honr.

January 15, 1981 – St Louis Cardinals legendary Pitcher Number 45, Bob Gibson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America

January 15, 1986 – Montreal’s rookie goaltender Number 33, Patrick Roy recorded his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum

January 15, 1987 – Boston Celtics legendary forward, Number 33, Larry Bird was named Man of the Year by ‘The Sporting News’ and Athlete of the Year by ‘Associated Press’; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

January 15, 1994 – New York Football Giants legendary Linebacker, Number 56, Lawrence Taylor announced his retirement from playing in the NFL

January 15, 1997 – Seattle SuperSonics Number 14, Sam Perkins tied  another NBA Number 14, Jeff Hornacek’s NBA single-game record by connecting on 8 straight 3-point field goals during Sonics’ 122-78 win over visiting Toronto. Hornacek set his then-NBA record with eight consecutive three-pointers in a single game against the Seattle SuperSonics on November 23, 1994. Seattle also sets an NBA steals record with 27, on the 1997 game with the Raptors.

TV  MONDAY

BOWLING

5 p.m.

FOX — PBA Tour: The Players Championship Finals, North Brunswick Township, N.J.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

FOX — Ohio St. at Michigan

2 p.m.

CBSSN — George Mason at George Washington

2:30 p.m.

FOX — Villanova at Marquette

4 p.m.

CBSSN — La Salle at Saint Joseph’s

6 p.m.

BTN — Iowa at Minnesota

7 p.m.

CBSSN — American U. at Loyola (Md.)

ESPNU — Notre Dame at Boston College

9 p.m.

CBSSN — NC A&T at Hampton

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

CBSSN — La Salle at Saint Joseph’s

7 p.m.

SECN — Kentucky at South Carolina

COLLEGE WRESTLING

8 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Iowa

ECHL HOCKEY

7 p.m.

NHLN — 2024 ECHL All-Star Classic: Savannah Ghost Pirates vs. ECHL All-Stars, Savannah, Ga.

FIELD HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

6:30 a.m. (Tuesday)

CBSSN — Olympic Qualifier: U.S vs. New Zealand, Pool B, Ranchi, India

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (BOY’S)

11 a.m.

ESPNU — Hoophall Classic: McEachern (Ga.) vs. Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), Springfield, Mass.

1 p.m.

ESPNU — Hoophall Classic: Columbus (Fla.) vs. Paul VI (Va.), Springfield, Mass.

3 p.m.

ESPNU — Hoophall Classic: AZ Compass (Ariz.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), Springfield, Mass.

5 p.m.

ESPNU — Hoophall Classic: IMG Academy vs. Link Academy (Mo.), Springfield, Mass.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL (GIRL’S)

9 a.m.

ESPNU — Hoophall Classic: Etiwana (Calif.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), Springfield, Mass.

MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY

4 p.m.

NHLN — 2024 All-American Prospects Game: Team Blue vs. Team White, Plymouth, Mich.

NBA BASKETBALL

1 p.m.

NBATV — Houston at Philadelphia

3:30 p.m.

TNT — San Antonio at Atlanta

6 p.m.

TNT — Golden State at Memphis

10:30 p.m.

NBATV — Oklahoma City at LA Lakers

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

4 p.m.

NBATV — Stockton at G-League Ignite

NFL FOOTBALL

4:30 p.m.

CBS — AFC Wild Card Playoff: Pittsburgh at Buffalo

8:15 p.m.

ABC — NFC Wild Card Playoff: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

ESPN — NFC Wild Card Playoff: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

ESPN2 — NFC Wild Card Playoff: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (ManningCast)

TENNIS

3 a.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia

12 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA:

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia (Taped)

11:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia

3 a.m. (Tuesday) ESPN2 — ATP/WTA: The Australian Open, First Round, Melbourne, Australia