INDIANAPOLIS 23 JACKSONVILLE 17
DALLAS 43 ATLANTA 3
NEW ENGLAND 45 CLEVELAND 7
BUFFALO 45 NY JETS 17
DETROIT 16 PITTSBURGH 16 OT
TENNESSEE 23 NEW ORLEANS 21
WASHINGTON 29 TAMPA BAY 19
CAROLINA 34 ARIZONA 10
MINNESOTA 27 LA CHARGERS 20
PHILADELPHIA 30 DENVER 13
GREEN BAY 17 SEATTLE 0
KANSAS CITY 41 LAS VEGAS 14
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WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS (THU) 8:20P (ET) 8:20P FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
DALLAS COWBOYS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 12
TUESDAY, NOV. 16
TOLEDO AT OHIO | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
BOWLING GREEN AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT BUFFALO | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 18
LOUISVILLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
SOUTHERN MISS AT LOUISIANA TECH | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
MEMPHIS AT HOUSTON | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | FS1
SAN DIEGO STATE AT UNLV | 11:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NEW MEXICO STATE AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | STADIUM
FLORIDA STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WOFFORD AT NORTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UMASS AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
TEXAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
GEORGIA TECH AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
MICHIGAN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M.
UAB AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
OLD DOMINION AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
EAST CAROLINA AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BYU AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
RICE AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN AT UCF | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT LIBERTY | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS AT TCU | 4 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
TEMPLE AT TULSA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
BAYLOR AT KANSAS STATE | 5:30 P.M. | FS1
AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NORTH TEXAS AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
WYOMING AT UTAH STATE | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
UL MONROE AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA
OREGON AT UTAH
SMU AT CINCINNATI
IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH
SYRACUSE AT NC STATE
PURDUE AT NORTHWESTERN @ WRIGLEY FIELD
ILLINOIS AT IOWA
VIRGINIA AT PITT
VIRGINIA TECH AT MIAMI
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA
CAL AT STANFORD
WASHINGTON AT COLORADO
UCLA AT USC
NEW MEXICO AT BOISE STATE
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#18 TENNESSEE 94 EASTERN TENNESSEE 62
FLORIDA 71 #20 FLORIDA STATE 55
#23 ST. BONAVENTURE 69 CANISIUS 60
INDIANA STATE 90 HANOVER 49
MINNESOTA 87 PRINCETON 80 2OT
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 CONNECTICUT 95 ARKANSAS 80
#25 TEXAS 61 #3 STANFORD 56
#4 MARYLAND 81 JAMES MADISON 45
#5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 85 FLORIDA 52
#8 INDIANA 88 #13 KENTUCKY 67
#9 IOWA 82 NORTHERN IOWA 61
#10 OREGON 84 DIXIE STATE 35
#16 FLORIDA STATE 79 MILWAUKEE 42
#17 GEORGIA TECH 58 BELMONT 45
#17 OHIO STATE 86 NORFOLK STATE 48
#24 VIRGINIA TECH 81 GEORGE MASON 52
PURDUE 70 WESTERN MICHIGAN 62
LA LAKERS 114 SAN ANTONIO 106
ATLANTA 120 MILWAUKEE 100
PHOENIX 115 HOUSTON 89
BROOKLYN 120 OKLAHOMA CITY 96
CHARLOTTE 106 GOLDEN STATE 102
DENVER 124 PORTLAND 95
CHICAGO 100 LA CLIPPERS 90
CALGARY 4 OTTAWA 0
BOSTON 5 MONTRÉAL 2
NY RANGERS 4 NEW JERSEY 3
WASHINGTON 6 PITTSBURGH 1
EDMONTON 5 ST. LOUIS 4
ANAHEIM 5 VANCOUVER 1
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|BOWMAN ACADEMY||AT||SOUTH BEND CAREER||7:00 PM|
|FAITH CHRISTIAN||AT||CARROLL (FLORA)||7:00 PM|
|INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||AT||VICTORY PREP ACADEMY||5:30 PM|
|INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||AT||TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN||7:00 PM|
|INDIANAPOLIS TECH||AT||KIPP INDY LEGACY||6:00 PM|
|NORTH POSEY||AT||CARMI (ILL.)||8:30 PM|
|WASHINGTON CATHOLIC||AT||NORTH KNOX||7:30 PM|
|WOODLAN||AT||FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY||7:30 PM|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: AP TOP 25 POLL, WEEK 11
- OHIO STATE
- NOTRE DAME
- MICHIGAN STATE
- OKLAHOMA STATE
- TEXAS A&M
- OLE MISS
- WAKE FOREST
- NC STATE
- COASTAL CAROLINA
- PENN STATE
WHAT’S ON TV TODAY
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|Nicholls at Baylor||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Carver at Kennesaw State||5:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Andrews at USC Upstate||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bowling Green at Ohio State||6:30pm||BTN|
|William Peace at Appalachian State||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Bryant at Clemson||7:00pm||ACCN|
|Liberty at LSU||7:00pm||ESPNU|
|Illinois at Marquette||7:00pm||FS1|
|Penn State at UMass||7:00pm||CBSSN|
|Radford at Virginia Tech||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Milligan at Marshall||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Thomas at Fordham||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Erskine at Wofford||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Manhattan at Old Dominion||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|North Carolina A&T at USF||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Furman at Belmont||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Navy at Louisville||8:00pm||ACCN|
|Southern Miss at TCU||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Central Michigan at Eastern Illinois||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kansas City at Missouri||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Prairie View A&M at Texas Tech||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Montana at North Dakota||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Maine at Colorado||8:00pm||PAC12N|
|Central Baptist at Arkansas State||8:30pm||ESPN+|
|Providence at Wisconsin||9:00pm||FS1|
|Oregon State at Tulsa||9:00pm||ESPNU|
|Texas Southern at Washington||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|San Diego at California||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|North Florida at Arizona State||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|Idaho at Fresno State||10:00pm||Mountain West Network|
|North Dakota State at UNLV||10:00pm||Mountain West Network|
|UC Santa Barbara at Washington State||11:00pm||PAC12N|
|San Jose State at Stanford||11:00pm||PAC12N|
|Long Beach State at UCLA||11:00pm||PAC12N|
|New Orleans at Washington||7:00pm||NBCS-WSH|
|Sacramento at Detroit||7:00pm||NBCS-CA|
|Boston at Cleveland||7:00pm||NBCS-BOS|
|Indiana at New York||7:30pm||MSG|
|Orlando at Atlanta||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Denver at Dallas||8:00pm||NBATV|
|Phoenix at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Miami at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Houston at Memphis||8:00pm||ATTSN-SW|
|Toronto at Portland||10:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Chicago at LA Lakers||10:30pm||NBATV|
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|LA Rams at San Francisco||8:15pm||ESPN|
|NY Islanders at Tampa Bay||7:00pm||MSG+|
|Detroit at Columbus||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|World Cup Qualifying: Kenya vs Rwanda||8:00am||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Namibia vs Togo||8:00am||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Niger vs Djibouti||11:00am||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Guinea-Bissau vs Sudan||11:00am||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: San Marino vs England||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Scotland vs Denmark||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Poland vs Hungary||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Israel vs Faroe Islands||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Northern Ireland vs Italy||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Albania vs Andorra||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Austria vs Moldova||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|World Cup Qualifying: Switzerland vs Bulgaria||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX Femenil: Monterrey vs Guadalajara||8:00pm||ESPN+|
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
PRESCOTT, COWBOYS BACK ON TRACK WITH 43-3 ROUT OF FALCONS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had already answered their worst showing of the season when the star quarterback took off on a fourth-down scramble near the goal line.
The powerful punctuating touchdown finished a blowout of Atlanta on Sunday.
Prescott also threw for two TDs, Ezekiel Elliott scored twice and Nahshon Wright recovered a blocked punt in the end zone a week after touching one kept Dallas from getting the ball as the Cowboys rolled to a 43-3 win.
“Last week just wasn’t us,” said Prescott, who ran through linebacker Mykal Walker at the goal line on his 4-yard TD even though he already had the first down. “Everybody in our locker room knows that. It left a bad taste in our mouth. I think it’s a taste we needed in a sense to understand how tough this game is.”
Plenty of things that went wrong for the Cowboys in last week’s blowout loss to Denver that ended a six-game winning streak went right to help the NFC East leaders get back on track.
Offensive execution was among them, starting when coach Mike McCarthy tried to send a message by taking the ball to start the game instead of deferring after Dallas won the coin toss.
The Cowboys (7-2) looked much more like the NFL’s No. 1 offense with Prescott throwing the first of two TD passes to CeeDee Lamb on the opening drive and Elliott finishing two others kept alive by fourth-down conversions, all before halftime.
“We had to go out there and set the tone,” said Elliott, who was otherwise quiet with 41 yards on 14 carries. “You know we wanted the ball, we wanted to hit them in the mouth first, we wanted to go score first, and that’s what we did.”
The first half ended with a sequence that led to the highest-scoring quarter in franchise history (29 points in the second) and Dallas’ biggest halftime lead (36-3) since 1971.
Dorance Armstrong’s one-armed block of Dustin Colquitt’s punt was recovered by Wright in the end zone with 37 seconds remaining in the first half. A week earlier again Denver, Wright touched a blocked punt past the line of scrimmage without securing the loose ball, and the Broncos recovered to retain possession.
Atlanta (4-5) had 12 men on the field for the extra point, so the Cowboys went for the 2-point conversion from the 1. Elliott added another plunge across the goal line.
Matt Ryan led the Falcons to the Dallas 20 in just four plays on their first possession before settling for a field goal. Ryan didn’t get that deep into Cowboys territory again, threw two interceptions – including Trevon Diggs’ NFL-leading eighth – and was pulled before the end of the third quarter with Atlanta down 43-3.
Prescott was 24 of 31 for 296 yards before sitting in the fourth quarter, while Ryan finished with a 21.4 rating. He was 9 of 21 for 117 yards with the Falcons coming off a 27-25 win over New Orleans that was their third victory in four games.
“I think you understand it just counts once,” Ryan said. “As ugly as it is, we get 17 of these opportunities. I think we’re better than we played today. We just need to play up to the standard that we’re capable of doing.”
Elliott’s first touchdown was a 1-yarder five plays after Prescott’s 21-yard pass to Lamb on fourth-and-5. The two-time rushing champ’s 2-yard score came the play after Prescott scrambled on fourth-and-3 and found Michael Gallup along the sideline for 23 yards in the first game for Gallup (calf strain) since the opener.
The Falcons were moving again the second time they had the ball before facing a fourth-and-7. Atlanta passed on a 50-yard field goal try, and Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis had the second of consecutive pass breakups.
A little more than a quarter later, the Falcons were down 28-3.
“We wanted to be aggressive coming in here,” coach Arthur Smith said. “I know it was fourth-and-7, but looking at it at that point of the game, we knew what kind of offense we were playing on the other side, so I made a decision to be aggressive. Obviously, hindsight’s 20-20.”
Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was on the same field with the Falcons for the first time since they fired him as coach after an 0-5 start last season. He took breaks from his pregame workout routine in the stadium to talk to members of the Atlanta staff while also greeting Ryan and owner Arthur Blank.
The Cowboys held the Falcons to season worsts in first downs (11) and third-down conversions (1 of 11). With 214 yards, Atlanta had just 1 more than its season low.
“Credit to him and credit to their defense,” said Ryan, who was sacked twice. “I thought he did a great job of putting those guys in position to be successful and their guys made plays.”
JONES TOSSES 3 TDS, MAYFIELD HURT AS PATS BEAT BROWNS 45-7
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A month ago, the New England Patriots were 2-4 and appeared headed for a second straight season of irrelevance.
Four games later, they are back in a familiar spot as a playoff contender in the AFC.
Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for a career-high 100 yards and two scores, and the Patriots rolled to a 45-7 victory over Cleveland Sunday as the Browns lost quarterback Baker Mayfield to a knee injury.
The Browns (5-5) have dropped four of their last six and haven’t won at New England since 1992, when Bill Belichick was their coach.
Jones finished 19 of 23 for 198 yards passing. Hunter Henry added a pair of TD receptions as New England (6-4) went 7 of 9 on third down.
“That’s how you want to play the game of football,” Jones said. “It’s just a three-level game and when we click on all cylinders, we can be pretty good.”
Playing without star running back Nick Chubb, who missed the game after a positive COVID-19 test, the Browns were held to 217 total yards and were 1 of 11 on third down.
“They outplayed us, outcoached us,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Mac Jones in particular, but their offense played really well. We could not get them off on third down.”
Mayfield limped off the field after taking a pair of hits in the third quarter.
Edge rusher Deatrich Wise Jr. drove Mayfield into the turf and was penalized for roughing the passer. Two plays later, linebacker Matt Judon crunched into Mayfield’s midsection, and the QB was slow to get up.
A few minutes later, he left the game and was replaced by Case Keenum, who was sacked on back-to-back plays. Mayfield visited the sideline medical tent and later limped out. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game.
Mayfield was 11 for 21 for 73 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Stefanski said Mayfield could have gone back into the game and said the QB wanted to return.
Mayfield said an X-ray after the game showed no structural damage. He said he expects to play next week.
“Gotta find a way to get as healthy as possible,” Mayfield said. “Pretty beat up right now. It was just an awkward hit and landing. So, we’ll see. Day by day.”
The Patriots’ offense did just fine without running back Damien Harris (concussion), scoring on all four possessions in the first half to take a 24-7 lead.
Stevenson’s big day came after he missed practice all week while in concussion protocol.
Cleveland got on the scoreboard first via a 2-yard TD from Mayfield to Austin Hooper.
New England responded with a 15-play, 83-yard drive on which Jones went 6-for-6 for 55 yards. The drive took 9:39 off the clock, concluding when Jones tossed a 3-yard touchdown to Hunter Henry, his sixth TD catch in seven games.
The Patriots then turned defense into offense. Kyle Dugger returned an interception 37 yards, setting up a 5-yard TD run by Stevenson.
J.C. Jackson dropped what would have been an interception on the Browns’ ensuing possession, forcing a punt that pinned the Patriots on the 1-yard line. It didn’t stop them from marching the length of the field in 11 plays and scoring on Jones’ 23-yard TD pass to Kendrick Bourne.
The Patriots added two more long drives in the second half. They marched 92 yards to Stevenson’s second TD, a 2-yard run in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer led a 95-yard scoring drive in the fourth.
“That was really a great day here for us today on so many different levels,” Belichick said.
ALLEN, BILLS D DOMINATE WHITE, JETS IN 45-17 ROUT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills heard it all after an embarrassing loss last week to Jacksonville.
Maybe they’re not as good as everyone thought. Maybe they’re overrated. Maybe they’re pretenders.
And then they reminded everyone of why that was probably just an ugly bump in the road with a dominant and thorough thrashing of the New York Jets in a 45-17 victory Sunday.
“That’s one thing we’re not going to do: ride the roller coaster of we’re the worst team to ever play, and now we’re the best team to ever play,” Allen said. “We’re going to stay consistent and steady.”
That’s exactly what they were against the Jets.
Allen threw two touchdown passes, Buffalo ran for four scores and the Bills’ top-ranked defense intercepted Mike White four times. It was an impressive showing for the Bills (6-3), who rebounded nicely from that 9-6 dud at Jacksonville.
“Having that bad taste in our mouth from last week, not performing to our standard, it kind of put a little more urgency in our preparation,” said cornerback Levi Wallace, who had one of the Bills’ four INTs. “We didn’t get enough turnovers last week to give the offense more opportunities.
“I think that was one of our main focus, trying to make the other team one-dimensional – make them throw the ball, which creates turnovers.”
It sure worked.
Taron Johnson, Tre’Davious White and Jordan Poyer also picked off White, who made his third straight start for the injured Zach Wilson. It was a big day for the secondary, which had all five starters with a turnover, including Micah Hyde’s forced fumble and recovery.
“You saw last week we left some opportunities out there,” Hyde said. “We went back to the lab this week. We knew what type of things would be said about this football team. We put the work in like we do – win, lose or draw.”
Meanwhile, Allen was 21 of 28 for 366 yards with TD passes to Matt Breida and Stefon Diggs with an interception. Breida added a scoring run, as did Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie as Buffalo’s offense looked alive and well.
A week after failing to get into the end zone at Jacksonville, Allen and the Bills wasted no time against the Jets (2-7).
After White and the Jets went three-and-out to start the game, Allen marched Buffalo down the field. He avoided a sack and found Breida – in his first game active since Week 2 – streaking downfield for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Johnson easily picked off White on the Jets’ next drive, and the Bills added to their lead on Tyler Bass’ 29-yard field goal.
Matt Ammendola put New York on the scoreboard with a 48-yarder late in the first half. But the Bills came right back to take a 17-3 halftime lead on Diggs’ 12-yard TD catch.
Buffalo picked up right where it left off to start the second half, driving down the field 75 yards on five plays, capped by McKenzie’s 8-yard TD run following a 24-yard gain by Emmanuel Sanders on an end-around.
White, trying to get the Jets’ offense going, threw deep into double coverage on first down and Tre’Davious White intercepted him to give the Bills the ball right back.
And Buffalo kept going.
Allen connected with Gabriel Davis for 49 yards, and Breida followed with a 15-yard scamper to make it 31-3. Moss ran it in from 1 yard on Buffalo’s next possession, and Singletary had a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to complete the rout.
COMEDY OF ERRORS AS STEELERS, LIONS SLOG TO 16-16 TIE
PITTSBURGH (AP) Detroit’s long losing streak is over. The threat of a winless season still remains.
For now, the Lions will take it, no matter how ugly it looks.
The Lions slogged their way to a 16-16 tie in dreary Pittsburgh on Sunday, surviving a nearly four-hour marathon against the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers that ended with Detroit mercifully avoiding the loss column for the first time in nearly a year.
Sure, it wasn’t a win. Still, it beat the usual alternative, a feeling the Lions (0-8-1) had endured since knocking off Chicago on Dec. 6, 2020, a stretch of 12 games over 11 sometimes agonizing months.
“I don’t know how to feel about that, necessarily,” first-year Detroit coach Dan Campbell said. “It’s like I told the guys, I was upset we didn’t win, but I was also proud of them because of the fact that we put ourselves in position to win the game in overtime.”
Only they didn’t. Then again, neither did the Steelers (5-3-1), who saw their four-game winning streak halted by hardly looking like a team ready for life without Roethlisberger.
The Steelers (5-3-1) were forced to play without their 39-year-old franchise cornerstone when he went onto the COVID-19 list on Saturday night after testing positive. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is symptomatic, leaving the two-time Super Bowl winner’s status for next week at the Chargers up in the air.
Mason Rudolph completed 30 of 50 passes for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Roethlisberger’s absence. He didn’t exactly make a compelling case that he is the heir apparent.
Sloppy when he needed to be steady, Rudolph struggled in key situations. He underthrew an open Ray-Ray McCloud in the end zone in the third quarter, and overcooked a slant to Diontae Johnson in the fourth on what should have been an easy third-down conversion in Detroit territory.
“We all have plenty to correct, trust me,” Rudolph said. “There are plenty of balls I’d like to have back.”
Najee Harris ran for 105 yards and at times appeared to be Pittsburgh’s only consistent offensive weapon.
Then again, the only consistent thing might have been the steady stream of punts. Jack Fox booted it 10 times for Detroit, tying the most in a game this season.
When they weren’t punting, the Lions were manhandling Pittsburgh’s defensive front. De’Andre Swift rushed for a career-high 130 yards as Detroit relied heavily on the run with quarterback Jared Goff rendered almost completely ineffective. The Lions ran for 229 yards, only the ninth time in 51 years the Steelers have allowed more than 200 on the ground at home.
“Our run game was tremendous,” Goff said. “It felt purposeful. It felt like we were really on top of what we were doing offensively. It was something we can build on.”
Goff connected on 14 of 25 passes for just 114 yards while playing with a strained oblique as the NFL saw its first tie since Cincinnati and Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2020. Detroit’s previous tie was against Arizona in the 2019 season opener, while Pittsburgh’s last tie came in Cleveland in Week 1 of 2018.
TITANS’ NFL-BEST WINNING STREAK NOW 6, EDGE SAINTS 23-21
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans want to stack up wins, not style points.
On a day quarterback Ryan Tannehill battled a stomach bug that had him feeling “bad” when he woke up, the Titans found yet another way to do just that, extending the NFL’s longest active win streak to six games.
Tannehill ran and threw for touchdowns as the Titans held off the New Orleans Saints 23-21 Sunday to become the second NFL team to win five straight over playoff teams from the season before. They joined the 2003 Philadelphia Eagles, though Tennessee is 7-0 overall against 2020 playoff teams this season.
“They do know how to win, and I’m thankful for that,” coach Mike Vrabel said of his Titans (8-2).
The Saints (5-4) dropped their second straight since losing quarterback Jameis Winston to a season-ending ACL injury.
“Disappointing loss,” a curt Saints coach Sean Payton said afterward. “I thought we came in with a good plan. We fought hard. That’s what makes it difficult. Just in the end, too many little things.”
Against the Titans, they also played without a trio of starters in four-time Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara because of an injured knee, left tackle Terron Armstead (knee and shoulder injuries) and defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot), just put on injured reserve.
The Saints, who outgained Tennessee 373-264, still had a chance to tie late.
Trevor Siemian, the Titans’ designated survivor QB for part of last season, threw a 15-yard TD pass to Marquez Callaway with 1:16 left, pulling the Saints within 23-21. But Adam Trautman was flagged for a false start, pushing the Saints back to the Titans 7 on the 2-pointer.
Payton called that penalty “significant.”
“Obviously, it changes the play when you’re on the 2 and you go to the 7,” Payton said.
Siemian’s pass to his first read Mark Ingram at the right edge of the end zone was incomplete, with Titans cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins defending. That was the Saints’ eighth straight failed 2-point conversion over several seasons.
“I’ve got to get him a better throw or extend the play,” Siemian said.
“When it comes to those tight situations where we got to get a stop, there’s no panic on the field, no panic on the sideline,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said.
The Titans recovered the onside kick to seal their tightest victory yet in what wound up their lowest scoring game in a win this season.
“Obviously we got to clean some stuff up, but I’m never going to apologize for a win,” Tannehill said.
The Saints could have been in position to kick the extra point for the win if kicker Brian Johnson hadn’t missed two extra points earlier. Johnson did kick a 20-yard field goal with 5:33 left to pull New Orleans within 23-15, but the Titans stopped the Saints on five plays with goal to go trailing 23-12.
Jeffery Simmons, who had a career-high three of the Titans’ five sacks in last week’s win over the Rams, had two more by halftime. Harold Landry also had a sack, giving him a career-high 10 for the season, and the Titans had four by halftime.
The AFC-leading Titans had some luck extending their streak.
A slight roughing-the-passer penalty on linebacker Kaden Elliss wiped out Tannehill’s interception in the end zone by safety Marcus Williams, and he later scored on a 1-yard sneak for a 13-6 lead. Tannehill also fumbled a snap at the end of the third quarter, and receiver A.J. Brown recovered for a 6-yard gain and a first down.
Dylan Cole stripped Deonte Harris of the ball on the opening kickoff of the third quarter to set up Tannehill’s 2-yard TD pass to MyCole Pruitt. That prompted fans to start volleying a beach ball around the lower bowl on the Tennessee sideline.
The ball disappeared as the Saints kept getting the football back in the fourth quarter.
Ingram scored on a 13-yard run late in the third period to start the comeback, pulling New Orleans within 20-12.
BRADY PICKED OFF TWICE IN 1ST; BUCS LOSE TO WASHINGTON 29-19
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) An exasperated Tom Brady put his hands on his knees and looked down at the field after his second interception in the first quarter.
Hours later, the defense couldn’t get off the field late in the fourth with the chance to dig the defending champions out of another hole.
Brady was picked off twice in his first six passes, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surrendered a clock-killing, 19-play drive that sealed a 29-19 upset by Washington on Sunday.
It’s their second consecutive loss on either side of the bye week, a performance coach Bruce Arians called embarrassing.
The quarterback several Washington players referred to as the “G.O.A.T.” was one of the goats in the worst way as the Buccaneers fell to 6-3.
“Not a great day of football for us,” said Brady, who finished 23 of 34 for 220 yards and two touchdown passes but threw two interceptions just like during the loss at New Orleans two weeks ago. “We just never really played on our terms. We played from behind the whole game, and they played a good game.”
Tampa Bay was dealt an extra blow in the last minute when nose tackle Vita Vea was carted off with an injury on the final play of the 80-yard drive over 10:26 that finished things off for Washington (3-6). Arians did not have an update, but said Vea felt something in one of his knees – and the concern was real afterward.
“You just hate to see him keep going down,” linebacker Devin White said. “If we got him, great. If we don’t, man, I’m gonna miss playing with him for the rest of the season.”
Washington lost reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young to a right knee injury in the first half. Young gave a halftime speech to teammates and was back on the sideline later on crutches.
“There’s some concern,” coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ll have him evaluated tomorrow. Potentially an ACL, but we’re not sure yet.”
The Buccaneers (6-3) couldn’t find much of a rhythm on either side of the ball in a rematch of their wild-card victory at Washington from January.
Brady’s interceptions – one off the hands of rookie Jaelon Darden and another inexplicable toss that was caught by Washington safety Bobby McCain – disjointed the NFL’s best scoring and passing offense, which did not have a first-half touchdown for just the fifth time in the past two seasons.
McCain said Washington took offense to Tampa Bay opting to start with the ball after winning the coin toss and later deciding to go for it on fourth-and-short in its own territory.
Flustered all afternoon by Washington’s defense, Brady bounced back in the second half to throw touchdown passes to Cameron Brate and Mike Evans. But Tampa Bay’s defense could not stop Washington’s offense on the final, clock-draining drive. Rivera lived up to his “Riverboat Ron” nickname by going for it on fourth-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 1-yard line with 31 seconds to go, and Antonio Gibson’s second touchdown run of the day put the game away.
“They beat us,” Bucs linebacker Lavonte David said. “We had an opportunity to get off the field, and we didn’t. We talk a lot of stuff, but we didn’t play like it. That was a moment to put our stamp on the game, and we didn’t.”
Washington QB Taylor Heinicke put his stamp on the improbable result much earlier, hooking up with DeAndre Carter for a 20-yard TD pass and leading a 71-yard drive in the third quarter. A pass interference penalty on the Buccaneers set up Gibson’s first TD run – one of several self-inflicted mistakes made by Tampa Bay, which was flagged six times for 43 yards.
“The stupidity has to go away if we’re going to go anywhere,” Arians said. “We’re a very dumb football team, and that’s a reflection on the coaches.”
Heinicke, who earned his contract by impressing in a surprise start against the Buccaneers in the playoffs, was 26 of 32 for 256 yards and managed the game like a veteran on the final drive.
“That was a grown man drive,” Carter said. “Biggest drive of our season.”
SUPERMAN’S SEQUEL: NEWTON LEADS PANTHERS OVER CARDS 34-10
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Cam Newton provided a flashback to his Superman days in his second debut with the Panthers, throwing for one touchdown, running for another and sparking Carolina to a 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Newton – the 2015 NFL MVP who was signed by the quarterback-thin Panthers earlier in the week – made his presence felt on his first play of the game, entering on third down and screaming “I’m back!” after barreling into the right corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.
On Carolina’s next drive, Newton threw a 2-yard TD pass to Robby Anderson as the Panthers (5-5) built a stunning 17-0 lead in the first quarter and a 23-0 advantage by halftime.
The Cardinals (8-2) had the best record in the NFL coming into the game but looked discombobulated from the beginning.
Backup Colt McCoy, who was playing a second straight game for the injured Kyler Murray, coughed up a fumble after being sacked on the third play of the game. It gave Carolina great field position that it eventually converted into Newton’s touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.
It only got worse for Arizona.
The Cardinals – who were also missing top receiver DeAndre Hopkins – managed 169 total yards and could never mount a response after Carolina’s opening onslaught.
Carolina’s struggling offense looked reborn with Newton in the mix. The majority of snaps went to P.J. Walker, who completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 yards, and Newton was saved for mostly short-yardage situations. Christian McCaffrey also had a big day in the backfield, running for 95 yards and catching 10 passes for 66 yards.
Carolina’s defense also helped, coming up with an early fumble recovery, an interception and a fourth-down stop that gave the Panthers good field position.
Newton’s deal is worth $10 million, including $4.5 million fully guaranteed and a $1.5 million roster bonus, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 32-year-old spent the best years of his career with the Panthers before signing with the Patriots before the 2020 season and being released prior to this season.
At least for one week, it appears the deal is worth every penny.
COUSINS THROWS 2 TDS, VIKINGS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT CHARGERS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin, Dalvin Cook rushed for 94 yards and a score, and the Minnesota Vikings bounced back after a trying couple of weeks to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-20 Sunday.
Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for 143 yards to help Minnesota (4-5) snap a two-game losing streak after it squandered late leads to Dallas and Baltimore.
The Vikings came into the game with five players on the COVID-19 list, including starting safety Harrison Smith and center Garrett Bradbury. They also were missing four other defensive starters because of injuries.
As if the health issues were not enough, a former girlfriend of Cook filed a civil suit last week, alleging the running back assaulted her during an altercation at his home last year. Cook’s attorney said his client was assaulted by the woman and had the right to defend himself.
Los Angeles (5-4) has dropped three of its past four.
The Vikings went up 13-3 in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Conklin. Minnesota had a short field to work with following a diving interception by Eric Kendricks at the Chargers 31.
Los Angeles scored on touchdowns by Larry Rountree and Austin Ekeler for a 17-13 lead.
Minnesota then regained the lead with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Conklin was open in the back of the end zone on a crossing route after Chargers safeties Derwin James and Alohi Gilman ran into each other.
Cousins completed 25 of 37 passes for 294 yards.
Cook extended the Vikings’ advantage to 27-17 early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run. Dustin Hopkins’ second field goal got the Chargers within a touchdown, but they didn’t get the ball back.
Cousins connected with Adam Thielen for an 18-yard completion on third-and-18 from the Minnesota 46, and Cook had a 4-yard gain on fourth down to allow the Vikings to run out the clock after the Chargers burned all their timeouts.
Justin Herbert was 20 of 34 for 195 yards with a touchdown and interception. Keenan Allen had eight catches for 98 yards.
SLAY’S SCOOP-AND-SCORE LEADS EAGLES PAST BRONCOS 30-13
DENVER (AP) Cornerback Darius Slay returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown and rookie DeVonta Smith hauled in two TD passes from Jalen Hurts in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 30-13 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Eagles (4-6) won for the fourth time on the road and prevented the Broncos (5-5) from sweeping the NFC East teams on their schedule just one week after Denver dominated Dallas in one of the biggest upsets of the season.
The Broncos had trouble punching it in all afternoon, stalling at the Eagles 3, 10 and 11 before Melvin Gordon III took the handoff on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles 23 with the Broncos trailing 20-13 late in the third quarter. He gained the 2 yards necessary for the first down, but he coughed up the football before going down.
Slay scooped the ball from the pile, reversed direction just in front of his 10-yard line and then zig-zagged his way downfield through a smattering of orange jerseys.
Inexplicably, Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater failed to even attempt a tackle, even a halfhearted one, as Slay ran right past him for the game-sealing score.
The Broncos, 1-20 when trailing at halftime under coach Vic Fangio, frittered away several golden opportunities, among them Albert Okwuegbunam’s 64-yard catch-and-run. They stalled at the 3 and settled for a 21-yard field goal by Brandon McManus that tied the game at 10 in the second quarter.
They reached the Eagles 4 on the opening drive of the second half, but McManus’ 22-yard attempt was blocked by safety K’Von Wallace, who sliced through the line untouched just like a Dallas defender did on a punt last week.
When the Eagles turned back the Broncos again, this time at the 11, McManus’ 28-yarder pulled Denver to 20-13.
Justin Simmons’ interception gave Denver the ball at midfield and the chance to tie it. The Broncos again drove deep into Philadelphia territory before Gordon, who scored on a 1-yard run in the first half, fumbled and Slay scooped it and scored.
In the closing minutes, Bridgewater overthrew a wide-open Tim Patrick in the end zone on fourth down.
The Eagles took a 20-10 halftime lead behind Smith’s pair of touchdown catches and two of Jake Elliott’s three field goals.
With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur out with a COVID-19 infection, Broncos QBs coach Mike Shula called the offensive plays. The first series was a debacle: a 1-yard run, and a drop and a catch for minus-2 yards on two passes behind the line of scrimmage sandwiched by a field goal and a TD by Philadelphia.
Smith hauled in a 36-yard pass from Hurts with fellow first-round draft pick Patrick Surtain II in tight coverage to put Philadelphia ahead 10-0.
The Broncos responded with Gordon’s 1-yard TD run and were on the verge of taking the lead when Okwuegbunam’s 64-yard catch-and-run gave Denver first-and-goal at the Eagles 8. But a season-long struggle in goal-to-go situations continued and the Broncos settled for McManus’ field goal.
Nothing went Denver’s way after that. Philadelphia converted three third downs on a 12-play 75-yard drive capped by Smith’s second TD catch that made it 17-10.
The Broncos went three-and-out but buried the Eagles at their 15 with 1:49 remaining in the half. Hurts drove the Eagles downfield and Elliott connected from 52 yards.
PACKERS BLANK SEAHAWKS 17-0 AS RODGERS, WILSON RETURN
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers was uneven in his return from COVID-19 but did more than enough to support a standout Green Bay Packers defense in a 17-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
A.J. Dillon rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Packers, who handed the Seahawks their first shutout loss in a decade.
A week after he was forced to sit out a loss at Kansas City because of a positive COVID-19 test and the subsequent revelation that he was not vaccinated, Rodgers went 23 of 37 for 292 yards and threw an interception in the end zone in the third quarter.
Rodgers did not practice all week and was cleared to play Saturday under the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players. The QB said before the season he was “immunized,” and after his positive test, he detailed in an incendiary radio interview his reasons for seeking alternatives to vaccination and his skepticism about the shots’ effectiveness. Rodgers later apologized for the misleading statement about his vaccination status.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson also struggled in his return after missing three games with an injury to the middle finger on his throwing hand. He went 20 of 40 for 161 yards with two interceptions. The Seahawks wasted two scoring opportunities when Kevin King and Adrian Amos picked off Wilson passes in the end zone.
MAHOMES’ 5 TD PASSES LEAD CHIEFS PAST RAIDERS 41-14
LAS VEGAS (AP) Patrick Mahomes scrambled away from pressure as he ran toward the line of scrimmage and launched a deep ball that turned a seemingly broken play into a touchdown.
The Mahomes of old was back Sunday night and the Kansas City Chiefs are back at their usual spot atop the division.
Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and returned to his usual form after a surprisingly shaky stretch this season, and the Chiefs raced past the Las Vegas Raiders 41-14 on Sunday night.
“We’ve done it before,” Mahomes said. “We’ve done it these last few seasons we were doing at the beginning of this season. We were moving the ball and making a lot of stuff happen. We were just turning the ball over. Then we kind of went through a little little spell where we weren’t making these drives and we were still finding ways to win. I knew that we’re going to click back into it.”
Mahomes and the Chiefs (6-4) showed little resemblance to the team that overpowered the AFC the past three seasons over the first nine weeks, raising questions about whether they could make it back to a third straight Super Bowl.
But they used a dominant performance over the Raiders (5-4) on a day everyone else in the division lost to return to the top of the standings.
Mahomes completed three short TD passes before flashing his playmaking brilliance early in the fourth quarter after Kansas City converted a fake punt on a 16-yard pass from Tommy Townsend to Marcus Kemp.
Two plays later, Mahomes scrambled and lofted a deep pass across his body that Darrel Williams caught for a 38-yard TD that made it 34-14. He almost decided to run or throw a shorter pass before he saw the chance to the big play.
“Out of peripheral I saw Darrel,” Mahomes said. “I actually underthrew it a little bit. He tells me he catch, Darrel does. I guess I see that he can. So he made a pretty big-time play.”
Mahomes added a 22-yarder to Byron Pringle and finished 35 for 50 for 406 yards. He also connected on an 8-yarder to Tyreek Hill in the first quarter and then 1-yarders to Hill and rookie tight end Noah Gray.
“He’s a guy that never gets comfortable,” Hill said about Mahomes. “He’s always trying to get better. He’s always trying to find ways to improve himself, the team. Because without him, we go nowhere. He knows that.”
The Raiders have dropped back-to-back games after a promising start to the season as poor execution and off-field issues have done them in.
They won two straight games after coach Jon Gruden resigned following the publication of his old offensive emails but haven’t looked the same the past two weeks. Both losses followed the release of Henry Ruggs III, who was charged with felonies in a DUI crash that killed a 23-year-old woman.
Las Vegas has turned the ball over five times the past two weeks, matching the total from the first seven games, and the improved defense was unable to slow down Mahomes.
Derek Carr threw two TD passes but also had his third interception in the past two weeks as the offense struggled to get going.
The Raiders were held to 82 yards in the first half, their fewest in a home game in eight years, and went 1 for 9 on third downs to fall down double digits in the first half for the fifth time this season.
“We got in a hole and against this team that’s hard,” Carr said. “They just play soft coverage. They get a big lead, play soft coverage, blitz here and there and make you throw in front. It’s a hard way to do it.”
WASHINGTON WORRIES RUSHER CHASE YOUNG TORE ACL IN RIGHT KNEE
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) As it is, Chase Young’s second year in the NFL was not going according to plan, including just 1 1/2 sacks and criticism from none other than Washington coach Ron Rivera.
Now the big question is whether Young’s season is over because of a torn ligament in his right knee.
The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year crumpled to the ground Sunday with a non-contact injury in the second quarter of Washington’s 29-19 victory over Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“There’s some concern. We’ll have him evaluated tomorrow,” said Rivera, whose club ended a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-6. “Potentially an ACL, but we’re not sure yet.”
Young did not return to action against the Bucs (6-3) – although he did return to the scene, emerging from the tunnel and making his way to the home sideline while using crutches and wearing sweats midway through the third quarter.
“He was down a little bit, but being out there, being around his teammates, kind of helped,” Rivera said.
At halftime, Young spoke to his defensive teammates, telling them to keep playing as if the score were tied, even though the hosts led 16-6 at the break.
“Anytime he talks, we listen,” safety Kam Curl said. “He really inspires us, you know what I’m saying? That’s the dude we look to.”
The edge rusher got hurt while trying to get past left tackle Donovan Smith in order to pressure Brady. Young ended up on the grass, wincing and writhing around on the ground for a bit, all the while keeping his right leg straight.
After Young was checked by team trainers, a cart was driven out onto the field. But Young declined to get on and be driven off, instead motioning for teammate Brandon Scherff to give him a hand to help stand up.
Young then headed toward the locker room, draping his arms on the shoulders of two people for support while he limped off.
“Hopefully it’s not as bad as we think right now,” said Washington receiver Terry McLaurin, a college teammate of Young’s at Ohio State. “It’s hard to see a guy like that go down, because he’s a dominant player for us. He’s a leader for us.”
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft was dominant at times last season, drawing plenty of extra attention from opposing offenses while still managing to accumulate 7 1/2 sacks.
But Year 2 has been more of a slog for Young, who skipped some offseason team work while fulfilling endorsement obligations.
Rivera spoke during the week about having a conversation with Young to discuss areas where his play could improve.
“I said, `Look, you got to remember now, I know you want to make plays, but the thing you got to do is you’ve got to be patient, be disciplined and let the plays come to you.’ I went back and looked at all of his plays from last year. There’s a whole bunch of them. One thing that was really prevalent was you could see him sticking to the edge a little bit longer before he ducked inside,” Rivera said. “That’s one of the things I’d love to see him get back to.”
Young is one of the few bona fide stars on Washington’s roster, which has been riddled with injuries all season – ever since losing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1. He’s been joined by players such as wideout Curtis Samuel, tight end Logan Thomas and center Chase Rouiller.
The team’s other starting defensive end, Montez Sweat, is on injured reserve with a broken jaw.
Rivera acknowledged this week that Sweat’s absence would put more of a burden on Young.
Which is why, the coach said, he told his player heading into the Bucs game: “Now’s when you really got to play your game. Now you’ve really got to stick to being disciplined.”
NFL NEWS: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY
- For the second consecutive week, four teams – CAROLINA, MIAMI, MINNESOTA and WASHINGTON – entered the week with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began the week in first place or tied for first place in their division.
The eight wins by teams with a .500-or-below winning percentage against division leaders over the past two weeks are the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-10 of a single season since 1970.
With two games remaining in Week 10, there have been 39 games that have been decided by three points or fewer, tied with the 1997 season for the fifth-most such games at this point of a season all-time. Only 1999 (47 games), 1988 (40), 2006 (40) and 2010 (40) had more.
The Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers tied, 16-16, in Week 10. There have been 14 overtime games this season, tied with the 1983, 2002, 2003 and 2015 seasons for the second-most overtime games at this point of a season all-time. Only 1995 (18 overtime games) had more.
The TENNESSEE TITANS defeated New Orleans, 23-21, and have won six consecutive games, including five consecutive victories over 2020 playoff teams. The Titans are the second team ever to win five consecutive games with each win coming against a team that made the playoffs the previous season, joining the 2003 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Weeks 7-11).
- Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 294 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 109.5 rating while wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON recorded nine receptions for 143 yards in the Vikings’ 27-20 win at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Cousins became the sixth player ever with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in seven consecutive road games, joining CARSON PALMER (eight games from 2004-05), TOM BRADY (seven from 2011-12), PATRICK MAHOMES (seven from 2018-19), TONY ROMO (seven in 2014) and AARON RODGERS (seven in 2011).
Jefferson, appearing in his 25th career game, has 2,175 receiving yards and surpassed VICTOR CRUZ (2,032) for the second-most receiving yards by a player in his first 25 games in the Super Bowl era. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2,625) had more.
Jefferson recorded his 10th-career game with at least 100 receiving yards and joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. (15 games) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with 100-or-more receiving yards in at least 10 of their first 25 career games.
Los Angeles Chargers running back AUSTIN EKELER recorded his 20th career touchdown reception on Sunday and joined CHUCK FOREMAN (21 touchdowns) as the only running backs with at least 20 touchdown receptions in their first five seasons in NFL history.
- New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES completed 19 of 23 attempts (82.6 percent) for 198 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 142.1 rating while rookie running back RHAMONDRE STEVENSON rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 45-7 win over Cleveland.
The Patriots are the fifth team since 1970 to have a rookie quarterback throw at least two touchdown passes and a rookie running back rush for at least two touchdowns in a single game, joining CLEVELAND in 2018 (Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb), DALLAS in 2016 (Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott), WASHINGTON in 2012 (Kirk Cousins and Alfred Morris; Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris) and DENVER in 2006 (Jay Cutler and Mike Bell).
Jones’ 142.1 rating is the fifth-highest single-game passer rating by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 attempts), trailing only BAKER MAYFIELD (151.3 rating on November 11, 2018 and 143.9 rating on November 25, 2018), DAK PRESCOTT (148.3 rating on December 26, 2016) and GENO SMITH (147.7 rating on October 7, 2013).
Jones joined DAK PRESCOTT (nine games in 2016) as the only rookie quarterbacks to record at least six games with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher (minimum 20 attempts) in NFL history.
- Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 127.9 rating and added a rushing touchdown, while cornerback TREVON DIGGS registered his eighth interception of the season in the Cowboys’ 43-3 victory over Atlanta.
Prescott has 126 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2016 and joins DAUNTE CULPEPPER and CAM NEWTON as the only players with at least 125 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns in their first six seasons in league annals.
Prescott has 17 career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, the fourth-most such games by a quarterback in his first six seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (35), DAUNTE CULPEPPER (20) and JOSH ALLEN (19) have more.
Diggs’ eight interceptions are tied with JAIRUS BYRD (eight interceptions in 2009) and TIM JENNINGS (eight in 2012) for the most interceptions by a player in his team’s first nine games of a season since 1990.
- Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON recorded two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered 10 receptions and 161 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 66 receiving) in the Panthers’ 34-10 win at Arizona.
Newton has 71 career rushing touchdowns and 43 career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, both the most by a quarterback in NFL history.
McCaffrey has 11 career games with at least 10 receptions, the most by a running back in NFL history and surpassed JULIO JONES (10 games) for the third-most such games by a player in his first five career seasons in league annals. Only MICHAEL THOMAS (18 games) and BRANDON MARSHALL (12) have more.
- Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown in the Colts’ 23-17 win over Jacksonville.
Taylor is the fourth player to register at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in seven consecutive games in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight consecutive games in 2006), LYDELL MITCHELL (eight from 1975-76) and LARRY JOHNSON (seven in 2005).
- Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT, appearing in his 70th career game, registered one sack on Sunday against Detroit.
Watt has 62 career sacks and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (61 sacks) and his brother J.J. WATT (61) for the second-most sacks by a player in his first 70 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (79 sacks) had more.
AP TOP 25: ALABAMA JUMPS CINCY TO NO. 2; OU FALLS TO 12TH
(AP) — Alabama jumped Cincinnati to No. 2 behind Georgia in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday and Oklahoma dropped eight spots to No. 12 after losing for the first time this season.
Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank for the sixth consecutive week and the Southeastern Conference has the top two teams in the poll for the sixth time this season.
Alabama and Georgia were flip-flopped at Nos. 1 and 2 for five weeks in September and early October.
The switch from Cincinnati to Alabama at No. 2 was more about the Bearcats than the Crimson Tide, which closed the gap on UC to four points last week.
Alabama took care of business against overmatched New Mexico State on Saturday. No surprise there.
Cincinnati remained unbeaten after winning at South Florida 45-28 on Friday night. It was the fourth straight week the Bearcats played a team with a losing record and found themselves in a competitive game in the second half. That tipped a few more voters to drop Cincinnati.
“It was an evaluation of their overall resumes,” said voter Ryan Aber from The Oklahoman. “Alabama’s win over New Mexico State didn’t do much on the surface, but other factors – Ole Miss’ win over Texas A&M as well as Cincinnati’s less-than-dominant performances against lesser competition in recent weeks – led me to raise the Crimson Tide ahead of the Bearcats.”
Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times made the switch to put Alabama ahead of Cincinnati last week and then further separated the Tide and Bearcats after this week’s games.
“I’ve seen Alabama and Cincinnati both with my own eyes,” Baker said. “Neither one is on Georgia’s level, but I see a gap between ‘Bama and Cincinnati.”
Behind the Bearcats, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Oklahoma State all moved up one spot after Oklahoma tumbled.
The Sooners were No. 4 before being handed their first loss of the season at Baylor on Saturday.
The Bears moved up to No. 11 behind No. 10 Mississippi.
Alabama has the longest current streak of top-five appearances in the AP Top 25 at 29. Georgia is second after running its streak to 12 this week.
Cincinnati is third at seven straight polls. Oklahoma had been next coming into this weekend at five straight, but with that snapped, the next best top-five streak is Oregon with two straight polls.
Alabama holds the all-time record for top-five appearances with 68 from 2015-19.
The three teams entering the rankings this week have all been there earlier in the season.
– No. 21 Arkansas is back after beating LSU. The Razorbacks had a five-week run in the Top 25, reaching as high as No. 8 before three straight losses knocked them out. Three straight wins later, they’re back.
– No. 23 San Diego State returned after winning a crucial Mountain West game against Nevada. The Aztecs had a four-week stint in the rankings but have been out the last two.
– No. 24 Utah was preseason ranked, dropped out after Week 2 of the regular season and has been back and out a couple times. The Utes are back again after winning six of seven.
– Auburn dropped out after blowing a 28-3 lead against Mississippi State to fall to 6-4.
– Penn State is out for the first time this season after losing to Michigan at home, the Nittany Lions’ fourth loss in the last five games.
– Coastal Carolina is out for the first time this season, snapping a streak of 22 weeks being ranked. The Chanticleers lost for the second time this season with injured quarterback Grayson McCall out of the lineup against Georgia State.
SEC – 5 (Nos. 1, 2, 10, 16, 21).
Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 5, 7, 8, 18, 19).
ACC – 3 (Nos. 13, 20, 25).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 9, 11, 12).
Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 4, 24).
American – 2 (Nos. 3, 17).
Conference USA – 1 (No. 15).
Mountain West – 1 (No. 23).
Sun Belt – 1 (No. 22).
Independent – 2 (Nos. 6, 14).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 7 Michigan State at No. 5 Ohio State.
No. 21 Arkansas at No. 2 Alabama.
No. 4 Oregon at No. 24 Utah.
WASHINGTON FIRES COACH JIMMY LAKE AFTER LESS THAN 2 SEASONS
SEATTLE (AP) Washington fired head coach Jimmy Lake on Sunday, less than two years after he was chosen to succeed Chris Petersen.
Lake’s firing concluded a stunningly fast fall with a team that began the season ranked in The AP Top 25 and stumbled through embarrassing losses that raised discontent in the fan base.
Athletic director Jen Cohen said the school will honor the terms of Lake’s contract, which puts Washington on the hook for more than $9 million dollars.
“No one wanted Jimmy to succeed more than I when I hired him in 2019, but ultimately, this change is necessary for a variety of reasons, both on the field and off,” Cohen said in a statement. “I am grateful for Jimmy’s service to Washington, and we wish him the very best of luck moving forward.”
Lake was suspended without pay for Saturday’s 35-30 loss to Arizona State after a sideline incident the previous week against Oregon, when Lake swatted at and then shoved one of his players. The incident only added to the heat on Lake and the suspension seemed a precursor to an eventual separation.
Including Saturday’s game, the Huskies went 7-6 under Lake.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory will serve as interim coach the remaining two games, including the Apple Cup rivalry against Washington State.
The Cougars are also being led by an interim coach after letting go of Nick Rolovich for failing to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Washington State (5-5) is 1-2 since Rolovich was fired – also less than two seasons into his tenure like Lake – and defensive coordinator Jake Dickert took over.
Washington went 3-1 during a truncated 2020 season that was cut short after a COVID-19 outbreak within the program caused the Huskies to cancel their game against Oregon, miss out on a spot in the Pac-12 championship game and decline a bowl invitation.
Washington entered this season with high expectations and was ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll. But the Huskies were beaten at home by FCS powerhouse Montana 13-7 to open the season and suffered a 31-10 beating at Michigan in Week 2.
The two losses created a hole that Lake could not climb out of and growing weight of fan anger with each passing week, even when the Huskies won.
The final straw was Washington’s 26-16 loss to No. 5 Oregon on Nov. 6 night where Lake had a sideline incident with one of his players. Lake swatted his right arm toward Ruperake Fuavai during a brief skirmish on the Washington sideline and then shoved his player as he walked away. Fuavai appeared to be exchanging words with Oregon’s Jaylon Redd.
The sideline moment led to his suspension, but it was also another misstep on a growing list that included Lake starting a rivalry week by taking a shot at the academics of Oregon while talking about recruiting.
Washington was the first head coaching job for Lake, who had grown into one of the most coveted assistants in the country while working for Petersen.
Lake turned down overtures from Alabama and other major programs to remain at Washington, and when Petersen surprisingly stepped down after the 2019 regular season, the Huskies turned to what seemed the obvious choice.
Lake received a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $16 million. But he made multiple missteps along the way, most glaring the decision to hire John Donovan as his offensive coordinator. Donovan’s lack of success at previous stops did little to inspire belief Washington would be any different and he was fired the day after the loss to Oregon with the Huskies ranked in bottom third nationally in several offensive categories.
Lake came to Washington when Petersen made the move from Boise State in 2014. Lake was named co-defensive coordinator for the Huskies in 2016.
Before his time at Washington, Lake worked at Eastern Washington, Montana State and Boise State at the college level, and for Tampa Bay and Detroit in the NFL.
DAVIS HAS 34 POINTS AND 15 REBOUNDS, LAKERS BEAT SPURS
LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis had 34 points and 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Sunday.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored 17 points in his season debut for the Lakers, and Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington each had 15 points.
Los Angeles led by 14 points in the second half, then held on improve to 3-3 since LeBron James was sidelined Nov. 4 because of an abdominal strain. The Lakers have won four overall games this season without James, one a 125-121 overtime victory in San Antonio on Oct. 26.
Davis had the big game two days after the Lakers were humbled by 24 points in a home loss to Minnesota, with the All-Star forward saying afterward the performance was “embarrassing” and that the team lacked effort in a deciding third quarter.
His effort Sunday was a concerted effort to lead by example.
“I wanted to come out and dominate the game and do whatever I could to get the team going,” Davis said. “That’s the type of energy you need from our bench, our star players, our role players.”
Dejounte Murray had a triple-double for the Spurs with 22 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Keldon Johnson scored 24 points. Murray’s other triple-double came in the previous meeting against the Lakers.
San Antonio lost for the fifth time in its last seven games and fell in the opener of consecutive games at Los Angeles, with a meeting against the surging Clippers on Tuesday night.
“I was really happy with their effort,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Too many turnovers tonight against those guys, but we never gave in. They kept playing, they’re getting better. They’ve got to keep their energy up.”
The Spurs gave up 19 points on 15 turnovers, while scoring 15 points on 16 Lakers turnovers.
Davis scored 19 points in the first quarter on 8-of-10 shooting and had 27 points in the half. The return of Horton-Tucker also helped with the early energy level. The third-year player found a comfort zone in the second half with 12 points.
“We have a strong belief in that young man and what he can do on both sides of the ball,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said about Horton-Tucker. “Obviously, when we get whole, we have a log of good choices, but he’s going to be a big part of it.”
The Spurs pulled to 105-103 with 2:41 remaining on a 3-pointer from Doug McDermott. The Lakers had a 7-0 run to take control, getting a 3-pointer from Anthony with 1:46 to go for a 110-103 lead and a layup from Russell Westbrook for a 112-103 edge.
Westbrook finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Malik Monk had 16 points for the Lakers.
“One day at a time, that’s all I can tell you,” Westbrook said when asked if the Lakers are close to being the team they hoped to be with James’ return around the corner. “We hope so but we’ll take it one day at a time and slowly get guys back and get it turned around.”
Devin Vassell added 19 points for San Antonio, and Thaddeus Young had 17.
“They just got to keep their energy up and their belief up that the worm will turn as long as we continue to execute better and better,” Popovich said.
SUNS WIN 8TH STRAIGHT, HAND ROCKETS 11TH LOSS IN A ROW
HOUSTON (AP) Devin Booker had 26 points and six assists and the Phoenix Suns won their eighth straight game and handed Houston its 11th loss in a row, routing the Rockets 115-89 on Sunday night.
Booker had 16 points in the first quarter, and finished 9 of 23 from the field.
“It’s been a point of emphasis for us to close out games,” Booker said. “When we have leads on teams, just open it up, stay solid, don’t get out of character and do things that we don’t do. Like Coach (Monty Williams) says `Don’t play with the game.’ That’s a product of tonight.”
JaVale McGee added 19 points and 14 rebounds. He was 9 of 12 from the field.
“I thought he was much better tonight, not just blocking shots but distracting shots,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of McGee. “For whatever reason, when he comes back in that second and third stint, he has a ton more energy. . His second and third stints tonight were huge, and I thought his defense at the rim was the best it’s been all year, especially for a team that attacks the basket like Houston does.”
Chris Paul had 15 points and seven steals, and Mikal Bridges had 14 points and six rebounds. Phoenix shot 43% and was 14 of 40 on 3-pointers.
“For me, I don’t take them for granted,” Williams said of the winning streak. “I’m focused on just getting better and improving and seeing consistency. . I’m focused on our team getting better. I don’t want to take away from the wins and the success we’ve had early in the season, but I have a short-term view and a long-term view.”
Christian Wood had 17 points and eight rebounds for Houston. The Rockets are an NBA-worst 1-12.
Jalen Green, Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr. each added 12 points, and Alperen Sengun finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Houston shot 41% and made 7 of 32 on 3-pointers. The Rockets committed 23 turnovers that the Suns turned into 22 points.
“It was disappointing that we had 16 (turnovers) in the first half, which is not good at all,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said. “We started the game again, (down) 17-5, or whatever it was. . That’s not at all a good way to start games and then we knew coming in that the turnovers were going to be the game, and they were again.”
Phoenix led 51-44 and opened the second half on a 20-6 run to push its lead to 71-50. Booker scored 10 points, and Paul had six points in the run. Houston got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
DEROZAN, LAVINE IN DOUBLE DIGITS, BULLS END CLIPPERS’ STREAK
LOS ANGELES (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points and Zach LaVine added 29 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 100-90 on Sunday night, ending the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.
Lonzo Ball had 10 points for the Bulls, who used generous amounts of Los Angeles-area talent to earn the victory. DeRozan is a LA native who went to USC, while LaVine and Ball attended UCLA.
“We battled and fought,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said after his team held the Clippers to 35.8% from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range. “Everybody who went in there helped. It was a game where everyone went small. So yeah, I was happy with the way we played defense.”
Paul George scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds for the Clippers, while Eric Bledsoe added 21 points. Los Angeles lost for the first time since Oct. 29 at Portland.
George and Reggie Jackson, who lead the Clippers with more than eight 3-point attempts per game, were a combined 5 of 21 from distance. Jackson scored 13 points while going 4 of 17 from the field.
“Couldn’t make shots, couldn’t get them to fall,” George said. “A lot of in and outs, lot of good looks, just wasn’t my night shooting.”
The Bulls’ Alex Caruso, a former Laker who is in his first season in Chicago, scored just seven points but had nine rebounds and helped thwart the Clippers’ long-distance shooters over a team-high 39 minutes.
“He’s one of the highest IQ players I’ve played with,” DeRozan said about Caruso. “It makes life so much easier for us when he’s out there.”
Chicago is 1-1 to open a five-game trip that includes a visit to the Lakers on Monday.
The Bulls had a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game and had a 17-point advantage one minute into the second quarter after a cutting layup by Ayo Dosunmu. The Bulls led 54-45 at the half.
The Clippers did go in front 78-77 with 10 minutes to go on a fall-away, fall-down 10-footer from George. But the Bulls answered with a 9-0 run, capped by a LaVine 3-pointer, for an 86-78 advantage and held on from there.
“Our guys got tired,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of the loss one day after a 129-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I messed up and played them to many minutes. . That was on me, so whatever. Start a new (winning) streak.”
YOUNG SCORES 42 POINTS, HAWKS BEAT BUCKS TO SNAP 6-GAME SKID
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks have struggled under the weight of increased expectations.
Finally, they looked like the team that made a surprising playoff run last season.
Young scored a season-best 42 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 120-100 on Sunday night in a rematch of struggling teams that met in the Eastern Conference final.
Young just missed a triple-double, finishing with 10 assists and eight rebounds to push the Hawks to a much-needed victory.
Young was 8 of 13 from beyond the 3-point stripe, and easily surpassed his previous season high of 32 points in an Oct. 25 victory over Detroit.
“We all know where want to be at,” Young said. “We know we’ve got to turn it around and get some wins.”
Despite the return of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA champion Bucks lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
The Hawks were scuffling even more after their surprising playoff run, which took them all the way to the conference final before they lost to the Bucks in six games.
Atlanta came into Sunday’s game having lost eight of nine, dropping five games below .500 and near the bottom of the conference standings.
Coach Nate McMillan conceded that his team is still adapting to its new role within the NBA hierarchy.
“That’s something these guys are going through for the first time,” he said. “Guys are learning what it’s like when expectations are a little higher.”
Antetokounmpo scored 26 points in his return to the lineup after missing Milwaukee’s previous game with a sprained right ankle.
“I felt good,” Antetokounmpo said. “The ankle did not hurt as much as I expected.”
But the Bucks never figured out a way to slow Young and the Hawks.
“We were standing and watching some tonight,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It takes everybody guarding the ball better.”
Young had 27 points by halftime, hitting 7 of 10 outside the arc. He scored 10 of Atlanta’s final 12 points in the first half, including back-to-back 3s, and assisted on the other basket in that run.
“He’s a threat when he crosses half-court,” Antetokounmpo said.
The Hawks led by as many as 18 before settling for a 58-44 edge at the break.
The Bucks scored the first eight points of third quarter, but that was as close as they got.
Atlanta came out of a timeout with six straight points and never let Milwaukee get back in the game.
John Collins added 19 points for the Hawks, and Clint Capela had 13 rebounds.
That duo also did a solid job guarding Antetokounmpo, who grumbled about a couple of offensive foul calls.
“I’ve got to watch the clips, but I think they were moving,” the Bucks star said.
JOKIC HAS 28 POINTS, NUGGETS ROUT TRAIL BLAZERS, 124-95
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic just missed out on his third straight triple-double, finishing with 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Denver Nuggets spoiled Chauncey Billups’ return with a 124-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Billups, a Denver native who had two playing stints with the Nuggets, lost his head coaching debut in his hometown without star Damian Lillard.
Lillard was out with what the team called a lower abdominal tendinopathy. It is an injury the guard has dealt with before and aggravated at the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Lillard played Wednesday and Friday night before Billups kept him out of Sunday night’s game.
“You know Dame doesn’t like to sit any game, any practice, anything, so I kind of had to force him to do this,” Billups said before the game. “It’s too early in the season to be playing hurt every single night. You need a break, take a break. If you don’t think you need one I might have to give you one.”
CJ McCollum led Portland with 21 points, and Anfernee Simons had 16 starting in place of Lillard. Portland fell to 1-7 on the road.
Six Nuggets players scored in double figures. Rookie Bones Hyland scored 18 points to establish a career high for the fourth straight game.
Jokic came out with 1:24 left in the third quarter and Denver leading 88-77 and sat out the fourth. The Blazers got within nine but Denver went on a 21-4 run at the end of the third and start of the fourth.
Jokic assisted on seven of the team’s first eight baskets and didn’t looking for his own shot until the second quarter.
“Nikola knows the deeper we get into games the more he’s going to have to take over with his scoring and be that go-to player for us,” coach Michael Malone said. “He’s going to read the game and whatever’s given to him he’s going to take and he’s going to try to make him pay for whatever game plan you’ve come up with.”
The Nuggets led by 15 early and never trailed in winning their fifth straight, all at home. They were up 67-53 at halftime and went up by 18 early in the third.
Denver held all five opponents below 100 points on the homestand despite missing key players each night.
“We have a long bench, we have a long roster and everyone can play,” Jokic said. “They showed that. Whoever goes out other guys step and play really good.”
KEVIN DURANT SCORES 33 POINTS, NETS BEAT THUNDER 120-96
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant made himself at home again in Oklahoma City.
The former Thunder star scored 33 points to help the Brooklyn Nets beat Oklahoma City 120-96 on Sunday night.
Durant played eight seasons for the Thunder, winning four scoring titles and an MVP award before joining Golden State in 2016. Oklahoma City fans still haven’t forgiven him for leaving in free agency. He was booed during pregame warmups and whenever he touched the ball early in the game.
It didn’t affect him – the league’s scoring leader made 9 of 17 field goals and had eight rebounds. He helped Brooklyn take the energy out of a crowd that was spirited early on.
Durant enjoyed his return.
“You think about the foundation and how you built yourself up as a pro, and this is definitely the spot for me,” he said. “It taught me all about what it means to be a pro. The people here and the organization really guided me as a young player. That set the foundation for where I am today. There are a lot of great memories coming back, seeing a lot of people. It’s good to see folks here and play in front of the crowd . I had a good time.”
James Harden added 16 points and 13 assists for the Nets. Harden started his career with the Thunder before he was traded to Houston. Harden and Durant were on the Oklahoma City team that reached the 2012 NBA Finals. It was the first time they played together against the Thunder.
“It’s crazy how stuff happens,” Durant said. “You never thought when James got traded – I didn’t know what the future would hold. For us to come back around on the same team as we got older is pretty sweet … We helped build this thing. It’s good to come in here and see what it is today.”
Patty Mills scored 29 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers for the Nets. They have won eight of nine, including five of six on their trip.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 23 points for the Thunder, and Lu Dort added 20. Oklahoma City had had won four straight.
The Nets led 61-48 at halftime behind 18 points from Durant. Oklahoma City cut it to eight on a 3-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander in the third quarter, but the Nets pushed it to 90-74 by the end of the period.
Oklahoma City had overcome deficits of 16 or more points in four of their five wins this season, but the experienced Nets never allowed the Thunder to put anything significant together late.
“This team’s been so good at competing and responding, and we just couldn’t get the fire lit tonight,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.
Now, Durant has to prepare for his other former team. The Nets host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Durant won two NBA titles with the Warriors and was Finals MVP both times.
Durant said it’s just another game.
“Obviously, they’re the best team in the league and they’re playing at an elite level,” he said. “But it’s a regular-season game. We obviously want to go out there and win in front of our home crowd, but we’re not going to put too much pressure on ourselves and call this a Finals (matchup) – we ain’t even looking at it like that. It’s another opportunity for us to build up who we are, figure out what we want to do out there and keep pushing.”
HAWKS F DE’ANDRE HUNTER OUT 2 MONTHS WITH WRIST INJURY
ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter will undergo surgery for a right wrist injury that turned out to be worse than expected, knocking him out of the lineup for about two months.
The Hawks announced Hunter’s diagnosis late Sunday after a 120-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, dealing another blow to the injury plagued forward who is one of Atlanta’s key defensive players.
Hunter was injured during a Nov. 8 loss at Golden State. He sat out the following night’s game at Utah, but returned to play 21 1/2 minutes in a loss to Denver on Friday night, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
After the Hawks returned from their extended road trip, Hunter underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed a tendon injury.
Dr. Steven Shin will perform the surgery Monday in Los Angeles. Hunter is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, the team said.
Hunter played only 23 games last season because of a lingering right knee injury. He returned in time for the playoffs, only to go down again during a second-round series against Philadelphia.
Hunter was done for the postseason after requiring surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Now, he’s out for another extended period. Kevin Huerter started in Hunter’s place against the Bucks,, and Cam Reddish gives the Hawks another option at the small forward position.
Hunter, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, was averaging 10.8 points in 11 games this season.
KOKRAK RALLIES WITH 4 STRAIGHT BIRDIES AND WINS HOUSTON OPEN
HOUSTON (AP) Jason Kokrak had reason to believe he shot himself out of the Houston Open on the back nine Saturday morning. He played it 10 shots better when it counted Sunday afternoon, making four straight birdies for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot victory.
Two shots behind with six holes to play, Kokrak delivered all the right shots to pull away from a fading Scottie Scheffler and Martin Trainer and win for the third time in the last 13 months.
“Very blessed to be standing here,” Kokrak said.
Kokrak couldn’t help but think back to Saturday morning, when he returned to complete the second round and went the other direction. He played seven holes in 7-over par for a 41 that left him 10 shots behind after 36 holes.
“I tried not to let that bug me,” Kokrak said. “I knew I was playing some fairly good golf. I was playing really good in spots and really bad in spots, so I just tried to limit my mistakes and kind of plot my way around the golf course. I just tried to hit the green or give myself a putter in hand to limit my mistakes.
“So that was the club that really saved me this week.”
What a turnaround on Sunday.
Kokrak holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 13th to get in the mix and then made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, the toughest at Memorial Park, to get within one shot. He hit wedge on the 115-yard 15th hole with a front pin to 6 feet to tie for the lead.
He had enough mud on his golf ball from rain earlier in the week that he chose to lay up on the par-5 16th, even though he could have reached with a mid-iron. Kokrak hit wedge to 5 feet for a fourth straight birdie.
By then, he was on his way and finished at 10-under 270.
Scheffler, going after his first PGA Tour victory, had a two-shot lead when he made the turn. He didn’t hit a green in regulation until the 15th, making three soft bogeys that left him too far behind to make a late run.
Scheffler had a long two-putt birdie on the 16th to get within three shots and nearly drove the green on the par-4 17th, only to hit a pedestrian chip and fail to make birdie. He birdied the final hole for a 69 and tied for second with Kevin Tway (68).
“I saw Jason made a little move there on the back nine. I just did my best to stay in it,” Scheffler said. “I wasn’t swinging my best today on the back nine. Outside of that, I gave myself opportunities, just wasn’t able to hole enough putts. An odd break here or there that maybe goes my way and it’s a little different story.”
Trainer, who made only his ninth cut in 71 starts since his victory in the 2019 Puerto Rico Open, took the lead on the 11th hole by rolling in a 70-foot birdie across the green, and then he calmly saved par with an 8-foot putt.
But he couldn’t make up ground on the some of the scoring holes, took a bogey on the 14th and then fell back for good with bogeys on his last two holes for a 70.
Matthew Wolff was among six players who had at least a share of the lead in opening hour, courtesy of five players being within one shot of Scheffler to start the final round.
He fell back with bogeys, and then made a hole-in-one with a 9-iron on the par-3 ninth to get back into the mix, but only briefly.
Kokrak went 232 starts on the PGA Tour before his first victory, and now has three in his last 27 starts dating to the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas a year ago in October. He also won at Colonial in the spring.
He moves to No. 22 in the world ranking.
He shot 41 on the back nine to complete his second round Saturday morning, when it was cold and “I really didn’t have my best stuff.” Kokrak was bogey-free and shot 31 on Sunday afternoon.
“I made some putts,” he said. “That’s what kept me in it.”
MICKELSON WINS FINALE; LANGER TAKES 6TH SCHWAB CUP TITLE
PHOENIX (AP) Phil Mickelson stood on the 18th green at Phoenix Country Club, a wide smile across his face as he held yet another PGA Tour Champions trophy.
Next to him was 64-year-old Bernhard Langer, grinning just as broadly as he hoisted the Charles Schwab Cup trophy at an age when most players are playing from the front tee boxes, not fighting for championships.
One ceremony, two champions with vastly different styles.
Mickelson birdied three of the final holes Sunday to win the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Langer held on to win his sixth PGA Tour Champions season points title.
“It’s so fun for us to come back and play in front of everyone and then to come out on top here was a special week,” said Mickelson, who played collegiately at nearby Arizona State. “I want to congratulate Bernhard because he really is the gold standard for work ethic, discipline as well as talent and a great golf game. At 64, to win the season-long championship, that’s pretty impressive, pretty inspiring.”
For Mickelson, it’s always been about flash and creativity, pulling off shots few others would consider attempting. He did it through six major titles and 45 PGA Tour victories, and has kept it going on the senior circuit.
Mickelson was at his creative best at Phoenix Country Club, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the final round to join Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win four of his first six starts on the 50-and-over tour.
Lefty showed off his short-game skills to avoid bogeys and poured in six birdies in Sunday’s final round, the last an up-and-down from short of the par-5 18th to reach 19 under.
“It’s been fun for me to play out here and see so many guys that I grew up and spent decades with life-long friends,” Mickelson said. “Then to play well and have some success is very meaningful.”
Langer made a name for himself with precision and toughness through a stellar career, winning two Masters and 64 times internationally. The German star became unstoppable once he turned 50, winning 11 major championships and 42 tournaments overall.
Langer needed lean on that toughness to get through four rounds at Phoenix Country Club. He nearly withdrew two holes into the tournament due to intense back pain and battled as the discomfort lessened slightly each day.
Langer shot under his age for the first time in the third round, a sterling bogey-free 63 with bookend eagles that moved him within six shots of Jim Furyk’s 16-under lead. He pulled within two shots with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4, then rolled in a 15-foot eagle putt on the 306-yard par-4 fifth to reach 14 under.
Langer struggled getting putts to fall the rest of the way, laboring through a 2-under 69 to finish at 12 under. He finished 17th, but was still in position to win the Schwab Cup after playing all 39 PGA Tour Champions events.
“I’m just overwhelmed, you know, at 64 to win this thing six times,” Langer said. “It will probably be my last one, I’m almost sure of that, but it’s very, very special.”
He had to wait a bit to get it.
Furyk needed to win the tournament or tie for third and have Langer end up worse than eighth to win his first PGA Tour Champions series title. He dropped in a long birdie putt on the par-4 17th to pull within two of the lead, but Mickelson’s birdie on No. 18 made it three shots.
Needing an eagle to win the Schwab Cup, Furyk pulled his second shot into the grandstand left of the 18th green and and had to drop in mulch. His next shot across the green into the rough and he got up and down for par. Furyk shot 71 to tie for fifth at 16 under.
“How exciting was it coming down the stretch?” Langer said. “Literally, came down to the last shot. If he would have eagled 18, he would be standing here lifting the Charles Schwab Cup trophy and he would be the winner. I’m overwhelmed with emotion.”
New Zealander Steven Alker, a PGA Tour Champions qualifier just three months ago, shot 67 to finish second at 18 under. Darren Clarke had a 64 and David Toms a 65 to tie for third at 17 under.
Alker had no status after turning 50 in July and qualified for the Boeing Classic in August. He strung together top-10 finishes every week to keep playing and become eligible for the postseason, including a win last weekend at the TimberTech Championship in Florida.
Alker kept the roll going on Sunday, overcoming a bogey on the par-3 second with five birdies to finish one behind Mickelson.
INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonathan Taylor’s gashing runs and a blocked punt helped the Indianapolis Colts open with a flourish Sunday. Then their defense held tight for the final three quarters.
It was a winning combination.
Taylor ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, the Colts added another score on the block and they held on for a 23-17 win over Jacksonville to even their record for the first time this season.
“It’s big, especially against a division opponent,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “It seems like we’ve been climbing out of this hole for a while now. It wasn’t our best game, but a win’s a win.”
It wasn’t easy, even against a foe with 12 straight road losses and nine straight defeats against division rivals.
But after starting the game with a 17-0 lead and again struggling to deliver the knockout punch, Indy (5-5) did just enough to close out its fourth win in five games. Kemoko Turay’s fumble recovery with 50 seconds left ended Jacksonville’s hopes.
“What I liked was that in the fourth quarter, say what you want – at times, it was ugly – but we finished in the fourth quarter,” coach Frank Reich said. “I thought the defense played great the whole game, other than the one long run they got.”
Taylor pulled into a tie for the league rushing lead with two-time defending champ Derrick Henry (937 yards) and became the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to score a touchdown and produce 100 yards from scrimmage in seven straight games.
It was the blocked punt that really derailed the Jaguars (2-7).
Zaire Franklin burst through a gap in the middle of the Jacksonville line, got his hands up just in time and then E.J. Speed scooped up the bouncing ball and scored to make it 10-0. Taylor added a 4-yard touchdown on Indy’s next series, and the Jags never fully recovered.
“It was a twist, and I just saw from those things you look at on the sideline, the pictures,” Jags coach Urban Meyer said, referring to the tablets coaches and players use to examine in-game video. “It was a looper and we just made an error.”
Jacksonville answered with a 66-yard scoring run from Jamal Agnew but missed the extra point. James Robinson added a 1-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and when Trevor Lawrence connected with Dan Arnold on a 2-point conversion, the Jags were suddenly within 20-17.
The Colts’ Michael Badgley extended the margin on a 37-yard field goal with 2:22 to play, leaving Lawrence with a chance to win it. Instead, the Colts got a strip-sack to close it out.
“I just have to take care of the ball,” Lawrence said. “That just stings when you end the game that way. I’m disappointed with myself and frustrated.”
Jaguars: Agnew has now caught a TD pass, run for a score and returned a kickoff and a missed field goal for TDs this season. He had three carries for 79 yards. … Lawrence was 3 of 14 with 56 yards in the first half and wound up 16 of 35 with 162 yards. He has 13 turnovers this season. … Robinson ran 12 times for 57 yards after missing last week’s game with a bruised heel.
Colts: Wentz was 22 of 34 with 180 yards but was held without a TD pass for the first time in seven games. … Indy is 9-0 when Taylor runs for 100 yards, and he’s the fourth player in Colts history to reach 2,000 yards rushing in his first two seasons. … Michael Pittman Jr. caught seven passes for 71 yards, but his streak of three straight games with a TD catch ended.
Wentz’s wife, Madison, is due to give birth to the couple’s second child in the next few days. But that didn’t change their plans Sunday. Carson Wentz told reporters earlier this week that if she went to the hospital on game day he would join her – afterward – and Madison Wentz attended the game. Following the win, Carson Wentz said he had not yet heard from his wife.
“He just told me he’ll see me on Wednesday,” Reich said. “We’ll pray for a safe and healthy delivery.”
Jaguars: Linebacker Dakota Allen walked off early in the fourth quarter with an injured shoulder following a kickoff.
Colts: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was inactive with a calf injury. Rookie defensive end Kwity Paye and three-time All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson both left briefly but returned. Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard left early in the fourth quarter with an apparent injured left ankle. He returned on the next series.
Jaguars: Host San Francisco next Sunday.
Colts: At Buffalo next Sunday. The Bills beat Indy in the playoffs last season.
HOOSIERS FALL IN B1G TOURNAMENT FINAL
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Indiana men’s soccer (14-5-1, 5-3-0 B1G) couldn’t capture its fourth straight Big Ten Tournament title as it fell to Penn State (13-6-1, 6-2-0 B1G), 3-0, Sunday (Nov. 14) afternoon on Jeffrey Field.
• Indiana had a pair of chances in the 11th and 12th minutes. First, Samuel Sarver ran into space in the box for a wide-open opportunity, but the freshman was just offside. Then, after dispossessing PSU in midfield, Sarver charged the PSU defense with pace and passed to the top of the box to Mihalic, who fired just wide of the far post.
• After a breakaway chance, Patrick McDonald got in front of a clearance and collected inside the box. He found Endeley racing in, but his shot was right at Nittany Lion goalkeeper Kris Shakes.
• Penn State opened the scoring in the 36th minute through Seth Kuhn. Bloyou dribbled with bodies around him inside the box and passed to the perimeter to Kuhn for a first-time effort. The shot took a deflection, causing Celentano to hesitate which allowed it to get through him at the near post.
• Celentano made a resolute save two minutes later on a breakaway attempt by Peter Mangione, knocking the shot up and over the crossbar with his legs.
• Penn State made it two nine minutes into the second half as Tyger Evans dribbled past his mark and was able to bend a close-range shot around Celentano.
• Maouloune Goumballe had a chance to cut into the deficit, dribbling into space in the box. His shot was from a tight angle, however, and Shakes was there to contain it.
• In the 85th minute, a header from a cross fell within the 18 to Pierre Reedy, who struck a first-time volley with his left foot into the back of the net.
• Indiana goalkeeper Roman Celentano and defender Spencer Glass were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. It’s the second such honor for both student-athletes, and second straight for Celentano.
• IU appeared in its fifth straight Big Ten Tournament final but fell to 3-2 in such contests including ties broken by penalty kicks.
• Sunday’s result snapped a seven-match undefeated streak against the Nittany Lions going back to 2016. IU still holds the all-time series advantage, 35-15-5.
Indiana will await the NCAA’s announcement of its tournament field. The Division I NCAA men’s soccer selection show will take place on Monday, November 15, at 1 p.m. ET. The selection show can be streamed live on NCAA.com.
2021 Big Ten Men’s Soccer All-Tournament Team
Roman Celentano, Indiana
Spencer Glass, Indiana
Nick Richardson, Maryland
Marc Ybarra, Michigan
Michael Miller, Michigan State
Miha Miskovic, Northwestern
Seth Kuhn, Penn State
Peter Mangione, Penn State
Kris Shakes, Penn State
Thomas DeVizio, Rutgers
Tim Bielic, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Tournament: Seth Kuhn, Penn State
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Kris Shakes, Penn State
NO. 8/7 HOOSIERS BLOW PAST KENTUCKY, 88-67
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A career-night from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes led No. 8/7 IU past No. 13/13 Kentucky on Sunday evening, 88-67, inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes scored 11 points in the first 5:30 of the first quarter, helping IU get out to an 11-6 advantage heading into the first media timeout.
Holmes beat the first quarter buzzer with a left-handed hook shot inside the restricted area to give IU a 20-14 lead.
After Kentucky went on a 5-0 run early in the second period, senior guard Grace Berger completed an and-one basket to put IU up 25-19.
Kentucky tied the affair at 25-all after a pullup jumper to cap a 6-0 run at the 5:51 mark in the second quarter.
After graduate student guard Ali Patberg missed a three-point shot, Berger grabbed the offensive board and put it back up for a bucket. She followed that up by hitting a mid-range floater to put IU back up six points late in the second quarter.
Berger banked in a three-point shot from just inside the midcourt line to beat the halftime buzzer and give IU a 38-32 lead at the break.
After Kentucky closed the IU lead to one, Patberg drove into the lane and finished with command on an and-one opportunity to push the lead back to four.
Patberg hit a floater in the lane to put IU up 55-46 and force the Wildcats into a timeout.
Patberg and Kentucky’s Jazmine Massengill were hit with double technical fouls late in the third quarter.
Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe hit a basket from the free-throw line to push IU up 72-56 midway through the fourth quarter.
IU took its largest lead of the game with 1:02 in the fourth quarter at 88-66 (22).
The Hoosiers margin of victory (21 points) was their second most in the series against Kentucky. The most coming in the first ever meeting between the two teams, when Indiana won 87-58 on 12/6/74.
The Hoosiers 88 points are their most ever against a Top-15 team.
Mackenzie Holmes scored a career-high 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Holmes scored the Hoosiers first 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and had 13 first quarter points on 6-for-6 shooting.
Holmes scored seven of 11 IU points as part of an 11-0 first quarter run to put Indiana up 15-6.
Grace Berger scored 19 points and added nine rebounds and four assists.
Berger scored the last nine IU points of the half to put the Hoosiers up 38-32 at halftime, including a bank shot just before the halftime buzzer. Berger tallied 12 points in the first half.
After Kentucky narrowed the Indiana lead to 48-46 at the 5:44 mark of the third quarter, the Hoosiers used a 7-0 to go up nine at 55-46. Indiana led 65-53 at the end of the third quarter.
Nicole Cardaño-Hillary scored 12 points in the second half and added six rebounds and seven assists.
Ali Patberg scored 16 points on 6-for-10 from the field and added five assists.
The Hoosiers shot over 50 percent for the second straight game. Against Kentucky they went 32-for-59 (54.2 percent) from the field.
Indiana shot 18-for-21 (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Hoosiers shot over 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc as they connected on 6-for-11 (54.5 percent).
Indiana outscored Kentucky 50-35 in the second half.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“It was so great to have our fans back in the building tonight. We anticipated a great crowd. Anytime you have two Top 20 teams that are playing one another this early in the season, it makes for some really good women’s basketball, and so really appreciate our fans, Hoosier Nation, showed up in a big way. We needed their energy throughout, our guys play off of their energy, so that was really great to see. But, I thought there were some really good things that happened inside of this game. We had some missteps as well, we wanted to handle their pressure a little bit better, and when I say a little bit better, we had a few turnovers inside the press, but I wanted to see us flow a little bit better offensively and I didn’t think that happened as well as we would’ve liked to have it. But I think it’s early and we will continue to get better on that side of the ball. I thought defensively, we did some really good things, Rhyne Howard is a really great player, and she puts a lot of pressure on you, not just guarding her individually, it’s like y’all have to guard her and she’s a willing passer, so as crazy as she is at scoring the ball, she’s also a great facilitator, and so she puts a lot of pressure on you. I think our defense will continue to get better and improve, but this is a great win for us tonight at home in front of our home crowd against a really good Kentucky team.”
IU hosts Norfolk State on Tuesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with a tipoff time of 7 p.m. ET.
HOOSIERS FALL 3-1 TO NO. 11 NEBRASKA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Despite taking the opening set, Indiana Volleyball (9-19, 3-13. Big Ten) dropped the Sunday afternoon match to No. 11 Nebraska (20-9, 9-6 Big Ten), 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 22-25, 16-25).
• The Hoosiers and Huskers exchanged points to open the first set of action. A pair of kills by Kaley Rammelsberg got the Indiana offense going and put them ahead, 9-7.
• Brooke Westbeld served up the first ace of the match to force Nebraska to call timeout as the Hoosiers were up 15-9.
• A kill by Kari Zumach followed by an attack error by the Huskers gave Indiana the 18-11 lead, which was the largest of the frame.
• Letting Nebraska back in the opening set, a kill by Breana Edwards sparked the Hoosier attack as Indiana won the first set in a battle, 25-23.
• Rammelsberg opened the second set of the match with the first kill of the game. Needing life in their offense, Mady Saris found the gap to pull within three of the Huskers.
• After letting Nebraska out to a 19-15 advantage, kills from Morgan Geddes and Rammelsberg gave Indiana a rally, but it came up short as they fell in the second set, 25-18.
• The Hoosiers took the earl 2-0 leads off an attack error by Nebraska and a slam from Geddes. Nebraska and Indiana went back and forth in scoring but three straight kills by the Hoosiers put them ahead 11-8.
• Forcing the Huskers to take a timeout, Rammelsberg and Edwards kept the Hoosiers momentum going as they were up 15-11.
• The Hoosiers let them back in as the score read 18-15. Two straight aces by the Huskers put them ahead 21-20.
• A kill from Geddes and a block from her and Kjolhede attempted to bring Indiana back, but the Hoosiers let up the third set, 25-22.
• Kills from Geddes and Rammelsberg were the only two points they scored before the Hoosiers had to call a break down 6-2 in the fourth set.
• Kjolhede and Edwards tried to put life in Indiana, but the Huskers held a six-point lead, 10-4.
• With Nebraska on their match points the Hoosiers scored six straight points which included kills from Grae Gosnell and Edwards.
• Nebraska went on to win the fourth set, 25-16.
• Junior middle blocker led the Indiana attack with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .385.
• Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes saw her best hitting percentage of the season at .400 which was also the team best. She raked in a total of eight kills.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede led the squad in blocks with seven.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame tallied a team high 19 digs.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris (16) and freshman setter Camryn Haworth (10) also saw double-figure digs.
• As a team, Indiana won the battle on the block, 11-5.
The Hoosiers will continue the home stretch with a pair of matches this coming weekend. Indiana takes on Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 19 before they welcome Iowa on Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Sunday’s match will serve as Senior Day for the Hoosiers.
Indiana Places Five Top-Three Finishers at Mountaineer Invite
BOONE, N.C. – In its first invite competition since 2019, the Indiana Wrestling team grabbed five top-three finishes, as well as individual champ in redshirt sophomore D.J. Washington, to complete a successful afternoon at the Mountaineer Invite.
• Sophomore Jacob Moran (125) set the pace for the afternoon with a 14-4 major decision victory over Quinn Melofchik (Air Force)
• Junior Graham Rooks (149) picked up a 4-3 round of 16 victory over 2021 NCAA Qualifier Kody Kamara to advance to the quarterfinals.
• Washington (184) picked up a victory by fall just 1:19 into his opening match against Calvin Sund (Air Force).
• Junior Nick Willham (197) had a flare for the dramatic. He earned a takedown in sudden victory to grab a 5-3 win over Kaden Russell (Duke) to move into the semifinals.
• Graduate student Brock Hudkins (133) came up clutch late in the third period of his semifinal match to earn a spot in the finals with a last-second takedown to beat Julian Chlebove (Arizona State).
• After dropping his opening match, redshirt sophomore Matt Ortiz (165) bounced back nicely to win the consolation bracket and claim a 5th place finish.
• Moran, junior Cayden Rooks (141) and Willham won their final matches to claim 3rd place finishes.
• Washington finished a perfect day by pinning Jacob Thompson (Air Force) to claim the 184-lb crown.
• IU had five finishers in the top three of their respective weight classes and two finish in 4th.
• Washington pinned all three of his opponents Sunday. On the season, he’s a perfect 5-0 with five victories by fall.
• Cayden Rooks went 3-1 on the day to move to 5-1 on the season.
• Hudkins was forced to medically forfeit his final match, but remains 4-0 on the season in bouts he’s wrestled in.
• Moran, Washington, Willham and Cayden Rooks are a combined 16-3 so far this season.
• IU gets some time off before sending a group of wrestlers to the Cleveland State Open on Saturday, December 11th.
PURDUE STARTS HOME CAMPAIGN WITH 70-62 WIN VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Boosted by a trio of players in double figures, the Purdue women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season and opened the home campaign at Mackey Arena with a 70-62 win Sunday afternoon.
Sophomores Madison Ladyen and Ra Shaya Kyle combined for 39 points with both hitting career highs. Layden went for a career-high 20 points with four 3-pointers, while Kyle added 19 points with 11 in the second half. Cassidy Hardin fell one point shy of her career high to finish with 14 points.
Purdue (2-0) finished with a 45.3% clip from the field and went 9-of-25 from behind the arc. Purdue recorded an assist on 24 of 29. Transfer Abbey Ellis set a new career high with 11 dimes to go with seven points. Six different Boilermakers dished out multiple assists in the win.
Purdue blitzed the Broncos to start, jumping out to an 11-0 run. Purdue hit seven of its opening nine shots, including five triples between Layden and Kyle to open a 19-7 advantage midway through the first.
The Boilermakers rattled off eight first half 3-pointers and shot 53% in the opening 20 minutes to take a 42-27 lead into the break.
Ra Shaya Kyle nearly singlehandedly set the tone early in the second half with eight straight points in the opening 90 seconds of the third, including two baskets of Ellis steals. The Boilermakers forced 18 WMU turnovers and turned them into 15 points. Ellis tallied a game-high five steals, while Brooke Moore swiped a pair in seven minutes of action.
Western Michigan cut into a 20-point lead late in the third quarter with 11 straight points. Jeanae Terry halted the momentum with baskets on back-to-back trips down the floor and open the gap back up to a comfortable margin.
Layden and Kyle led the way with their career days. Layden was 8-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-9 from distance. Kyle was an efficient 9-of-13 shooting. Both players finished with a team-high eight rebounds each, while both had a steal and a block.
With her 3-pointer 17 seconds into the game, Layden passed Katie Gearlds for the second longest 3-point streak in program history. The sophomore has made a triple in her last 23 games and trails only Ashley Morrissette for the program record of 25.
For the second straight game, Purdue connected on nine 3-pointers. Layden and Hardin evenly split eight triples, while Ellis added the ninth. The Boilermakers started the game hitting 5-of-6 3-point attempts. Purdue has its most triples through two games with 18 in the last 17 years.
• Purdue owns a 7-0 lead in its series with Western Michigan.
• The Boilermakers improved to 44-3 all-time in home openers.
• Purdue worked the ball inside to score 38 points in the paint.
• The Boilermakers were outrebounded by three, 35-32.
• The starting lineup accounted for 65 of the 70 points.
• Purdue trimmed its turnovers down to 14 on the day.
• After going 22-of-28 at the line against Western Kentucky, Purdue only managed four free throw attempts Sunday.
The Boilermakers will hit the road Wednesday for a 7 p.m. (ET) tilt at Illinois State. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.
No. 20 Wrestling Rocks Cleveland State 39-7
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The No. 20 Purdue wrestling team took eight-of-10 matches on its way to a 39-7 victory at Cleveland State on Sunday, improving to 3-0 on the season. The Boilermakers earned five wins with bonus points, including senior Devin Schroder’s 22nd career technical fall and a third fall of the season for fellow senior Michael Woulfe.
The Boilermakers started off the dual knowing they’d accept a pair of forfeit wins as Cleveland State was unable to field a wrestler at 133 or 165 pounds due to COVID protocols. Freshman Matt Ramos took the win at 133 for Purdue, while sophomore Emil Soehnlen received the forfeit at 165.
Schroder opened up the dual with his third victory of the year and first of the season by bonus points, blanking No. 33 Logan Heil 15-0. He got on top and started working turns early, building an 8-0 first-period lead and stretching it to 12-0 after the second. Schroder added two more points via escape and riding time in the third to make it a 5-0 lead for the Boilermakers. The shutout is his second of the season and 33rd of his career.
After the Ramos forfeit, senior Parker Filius kept the bonus points coming with a 21-8 major decision over Caleb Graber at 141 pounds, reeling off eight takedowns in the victory. His attack was relentless through the match, and he earned a pair of stalling points in the third period on his way to the finish, his second bonus-point win of the season.
CSU got on the board at 149 pounds as Marcus Robinson earned a 18-6 major decision over Purdue sophomore Trey Kruse, but Boilermaker junior Brennan Doyle swung the momentum back at 157 pounds, earning a 7-3 decision in his varsity debut. Doyle scored a takedown in each period on his way to his first collegiate victory and gave Purdue an 18-4 lead at the intermission.
The second half started with the second forfeit of the dual, and sophomore Gerrit Nijenhuis kept the train rolling with a 10-2 major decision over Anthony Rice at 174 pounds. Nijenhuis hit a four-point move out of the gates and then continually added points in his second win of the season.
Senior Max Lyon fell victim to a pair of stalling warnings in a 2-1 loss to DeAndre Nassar at 184 pounds. Lyon fired off shot-after-shot through all seven minutes, only forcing one stall warning on Nassar, while Lyon’s two calls came on action on the edge of the mat and on top in the third period.
Junior Thomas Penola and Woulfe finished up the dual in punishing fashion as Penola posted a 22-7 technical fall over No. 28 Benjamin Smith at 197, while Woulfe beat the buzzer in the second period for the fall over John Kelbly at heavyweight. Penola notched six takedowns in his win, taking Smith to his back twice and tacking on the riding time point at the end of the match for the tech fall. Woulfe had a 2-0 lead after the first, reversed Kelbly to start the third and then took him to his back at the end of the second, improving to 3-0 on the season with a trio of falls.
Purdue has its home opener next weekend, hosting Brown, Bellarmine, Duke and Northern Illinois for the 2021 Boilermaker Duals. Action begins at 9 a.m. ET at Holloway Gymnasium, and the Boilermakers will start their day at approximately 10:30 a.m. Purdue’s three matches will be streamed on B1G+.
No. 20 Purdue 39 – Cleveland State 7
125: No. 11 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. No. 33 Logan Heil (CSU), TF 15-0 (7:00)
133: No. 27 Matt Ramos (PUR) wins by forfeit
141: No. 18 Parker Filius (PUR) def. Caleb Graber (CSU), MD 21-8
149: Marcus Robinson (CSU) def. Trey Kruse (PUR), MD 18-6
157: Brennan Doyle (PUR) def. Caleb Cass (CSU), D 7-3
165: Emil Soehnlen (PUR) wins by forfeit
174: No. 23 Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. Anthony Rice (CSU), MD 10-2
184: DeAndre Nassar (CSU) def. No. 21 Max Lyon (PUR), D 2-1
197: No. 13 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. No. 28 Benjamin Smith (CSU), TF 22-7 (7:00)
285: Michael Woulfe (PUR) def. John Kelbly (CSU), Fall 4:59
BUTLER M SOCCER’S MYERS AND DEBOLT SELECTED TO BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Two Bulldogs from the men’s soccer team, Rhys Myers and Griffin DeBolt, were selected to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team for their performances in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
Butler earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament and faced No. 3 seed St. John’s, in Queens, N.Y., in the quarterfinal round. After scoreless regulation and overtime periods, the Bulldogs advanced by winning a shootout, 4-2. In the semifinal match, in Washington D.C., Butler faced No. 2 seed Providence. The Friars defeated the Bulldogs, 2-0, and advanced to the championship match.
Myers and DeBolt anchored a Butler defense that shutout St. John’s through two periods of regulation and two overtime periods, forcing ten Red Storm shots to be off target. Against Providence, the back line held the Friars to only nine shots, with four being on frame, and only three corner kicks were allowed.
On the offensive side, DeBolt converted the Bulldogs’ first penalty attempt in the shootout with St. John’s, setting the tone for what was ultimately a 4-2 advantage.
2021 BIG EAST Championship Individual Awards
Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Stefan Stojanovic, Georgetown
Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown
Griffin DeBolt, Butler
Rhys Myers, Buter
Josh Belluz, Villanova
Carson Williams, Villanova
Lukas Burns, Providence
Gevork Diarbian, Providence
Brendan McSorley, Providence
Joe Buck, Georgetown
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown
Stefan Stojanovic, Georgetown
Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown
MARQUETTE BEATS BUTLER VB IN THREE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team fell in three sets to Marquette (25-14, 25-12, 25-17) Sunday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (14-15, 8-8 BIG EAST) dropped both matches in a week for the first time in the conference season with the loss to the Golden Eagles (23-4, 14-2).
Set 1: Marquette 25-14
After a team block by Mariah Grunze and Brittany Robinson to begin the set for the Bulldogs, Marquette went on a six-point run. Butler rallied back with a 3-0 streak, including kills from Grunze and Megan Sheridan, to get within two at 12-10, but the Golden Eagles went on a 10-1 run to lead 22-11 and clinched the set on a block. Grunze led the Butler offense with three kills, while Jaymeson Kinley contributed eight digs on the defensive end in the opening frame.
Set 2: Marquette 25-12
Destiny Cherry, Melody Davidson and Grunze kills helped the Bulldogs lead 4-3 early. The Golden Eagles subsequently responded with a 9-1 run to gain the lead at 12-5 and later used a 5-0 run to go up 10 at 17-7. Marquette took the final four points to clinch the set. Kinley (six digs) and Grunze (five) helped out on defense for Butler in the second period.
Set 3: Marquette 25-17
With the Golden Eagles leading 6-2, Davidson went off for four kills and a solo block as part of a 7-1 Butler run to give the Bulldogs a 9-7 lead. Marquette responded by taking 14 of the next 18 points to reclaim the advantage at 21-13 and would go on to clinch the set and match on a Taylor Wolf kill. Davidson put down five kills in the set, and Kinley added nine digs in the final frame for the Bulldogs.
Stat of the Match
Marquette outhit Butler (.279 to .055).
Inside the Box Score
– Davidson led the Bulldogs with 10.5 points on eight kills, one solo block and three block assists.
– Kinley contributed 23 digs and secured career dig No. 1,000 during the second set.
– Grunze had six kills, 11 digs and two blocks.
– Marissa McKelvey posted 13 assists and eight digs.
The Bulldogs travel east for a match at UConn Thursday afternoon before hosting Xavier Sunday afternoon to conclude the regular season.
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IRISH CLINCH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 2-0 WIN OVER DUKE
CARY, N.C. — The No. 20 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team secured its first ACC Championship title in program history on Sunday, defeating No. 11 Duke 2-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Dawson McCartney opened the scoring early for the Irish, with a goal coming in the fifth minute. McCartney doubled the Irish lead in the 77th minute after finishing off the rebound from his header to give the Irish a 2-0 advantage.
That was all the help the Irish defense needed as they held strong for their fourth-consecutive clean sheet. The Irish did not allow a goal in any of their games in the ACC Championship, including not allowing a goal in the penalty shootout in the quarterfinal win over Louisville.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish got off to a dream start in the final, scoring in the fifth minute to take an early 1-0 lead. Dawson McCartney dribbled to the top of the box and put his laces through a shot that beat the Duke keeper just inside the right post.
Notre Dame and Duke played even the rest of the first half and the Irish took the one-goal lead into the halftime break.
The Irish nearly doubled its lead in the 51st minute on another effort from outside the box. Ethan O’Brien fired a shot just wide of the far post that would have beat the Duke keeper.
McCartney struck again in the 77th minute, this time a scrappy effort to double the lead and complete his brace. The midfielder headed the ball directly at the Duke keeper, who made the initial save, but McCartney was there to tap in the rebound and make the score 2-0.
The Irish have now won seven conference titles in program history (1 ACC, 3 Big East, 3 MCC).
ND is now 13-6-3 in ACC Championship history over its nine years in the league.
Notre Dame is now 10-4-2 against Duke in the all-time matchup.
The Irish did not allow a single goal in their ACC Tournament run, spanning four games (380 minutes)
The clean sheet is Notre Dame’s 11th of the season.
McCartney’s brace was the first of his career.
McCartney now has seven goals on the season, the second most on the team.
With trips to Louisville, Pitt and Cary within the span of a week, the Irish traveled 2,724 miles roundtrip.
The Irish will see their NCAA Tournament path at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 15, as the 48-team bracket will be announced on NCAA.com.
IRISH ADVANCE WITH 4-0 WIN OVER SIUE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team made sure its last go inside Alumni Stadium was quite the show, cruising past SIUE for the 4-0 victory. The cold weather and wintery mix, nor the Cougars defense, didn’t slow the Irish, who outshot its opposition 30-3.
Freshman Korbin Albert was the woman of the match, scoring two goals while tacking on an assist as well. Albert now has 11 goals on the season and seven in the last nine games.
Bri Martinez also got in on the scoring action, registering her second on the season. Lastly, it was none other than Sammi Fisher who got the final goal of the game, collecting lucky No. 13 on the year.
How It Happened
It didn’t take long for Albert to earn her first career postseason goal, putting the Irish on the board in just the fourth minute. Albert and Fisher each fired off close-range shots that were deflected, and Albert’s second attempt found the back of the net.
Goal No. 2 occurred in the 36th minute off a corner kick. After an Eva Gaetino header on frame and an Olivia Wingate shot, Bri Martinez was there to polish off the goal within the six-yard box.
Then just six minutes later, Notre Dame found its third goal, coming from the foot of Albert yet again. Hulda Osk Jonsdottir earned her first collegiate assist after working the ball deep down the left side and finding an open Albert just inside the penalty marker.
The fourth and final goal came in the 59th minute. A three-on-three attack was executed to perfection as Albert connected on a through ball to Fisher who tapped it past the goalie.
The Irish will make the trek to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the NCAA second and third rounds. Up first, will be Purdue, whom Notre Dame has already faced this season. If victorious yet again, the Irish would play the winner between Arkansas and Virginia Tech.
IRISH RUN AWAY LATE DEFEATING SYRACUSE 82-56 TO OPEN ACC PLAY
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Notre Dame women’s basketball team (3-0, 1-0) defeated the Syracuse Orange (1-1, 0-1) in the first game of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play of the 2021-22 season. The Irish had four scorers in double figures, led by a 19-point effort from Maddy Westbeld. Sam Brunelle added 17 points off the bench, and Dara Mabrey added 16 points, going four-for-six from beyond the arc.
Freshman Olivia Miles added 10 points in the winning effort. Miles and Mabrey ultimately combined for 15 of the team’s 19 assists.
The Irish closed the game out on a 21-0 run over the final 8:06 of the contest to run away with the victory.
“I’m thrilled for this team and the way we started ACC play.” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey said. “I thought this was a great test to see where we are at this early in the season. I couldn’t be more thrilled for this team, and to get our first road win. I’m just so ecstatic.”
The Irish dominated the paint, out-scoring the Orange 44-22, led by Westbeld and Brunelle, and outrebounded the Orange 45-38. After 14 turnovers in the first half, Notre Dame settled in over the final 20 minutes, turning it over just one time in the third quarter, and five times throughout the second half.
How It Happened
Syracuse hit the first shot of the afternoon, a three-pointer from Naje Murray at the 9:32 mark before the Irish went on a 13-0 run. Westbeld led the run that lasted nearly six minutes in the first quarter as she scored the first six points for the Irish to begin the contest. The two teams stayed even over the final two minutes of play as the first quarter ended with the Irish leading 17-10.
The Syracuse defense ramped up the pressure in the second quarter as they cut the Irish lead down to 28-26 with 3:33 remaining in the half. Notre Dame regained control in the final minute of the half.
Olivia Miles found Sam Brunelle under the hoop for an easy lay up with 57 seconds remaining. Just 20 seconds later, Sonia Citron grabbed a Syracuse cross-court pass and went coast-to-coast for the finish. The Orange had enough time remaining to get a quality look, but Miles blocked the shot attempt and the Irish went into halftime with a 34-28 lead.
Syracuse came out of halftime hot, scoring the first five points to cut the Irish lead down to its slimmest of the contest at 34-33. However, Notre Dame rallied for five of their own as Miles dished to Mabrey who hit her second three-pointer of the game. Mabrey continued the mini-run as she found Dodson in the paint for a jumper that extended the lead to 39-33.
The third quarter was a slugfest as each team shot over 46-percent from the field. The Irish gained an eight-point advantage after outscoring the Orange 23-21 in the quarter. At the end of three, Brunelle, Westbeld and Mabrey were all in double figures already. Heading into the final quarter, the Irish led 57-49.
The Irish put the game away in the fourth. Syracuse cut the lead down to 61-56 with a little over eight minutes remaining. Then, Notre Dame closed the contest on a 21-0 run. Westbeld ignited the rally, scoring nine-straight points. She finished strong with two old-fashioned three-point plays before hitting a triple off a pass from Citron. Mabrey added a pair of triples in the run, as Citron and Miles contributed six more points to close out the contest.
The Irish jump back into non-conference play Thursday as they will host the Fordham Rams at 7 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion.
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FOLKS WITH CAREER EFFORT IN SYCAMORES SUNDAY LOSS TO SAINT LOUIS
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Adrian Folks’ career effort was not enough for Indiana State on Sunday afternoon as the Sycamores fell on the road to host Saint Louis inside Chaifetz Arena, 65-58.
Folks finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-22 field goals from the floor and added 10 rebounds for her fourth collegiate double-double in the loss. Folks had 16 points and nine rebounds at the break and provided the spark for the Sycamores (1-1) until a late fourth quarter 13-0 stretch helped the Billikens (1-1) pull away late.
Mya Glanton also added a career-high with nine points while adding five rebounds and a pair of assists in the loss. Del’Janae Williams added eight points and three rebounds for the Sycamores, while Caitlin Anderson contributed five points and a pair of steals.
Saint Louis was paced by Ciaja Harbison’s 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Sevvall Gul added 14 points and eight rebounds in the win. Brooke Flowers added 12 rebounds and two blocked shots for SLU.
Indiana State held the early advantage through the first six minutes of the contest as the Sycamores went up 13-8 following a Folks three-point play. The Billikens took control from there with a 10-0 run utilizing four Sycamore turnovers over the stretch to go up 18-13. The teams swapped baskets down the stretch with Folks putting in the final four Indiana State points in the opening quarter to cut the lead down to 20-19 at the quarter break.
The Sycamores kept the contest within striking distances in the second quarter as Saint Louis’ lead never went more than six points at the 7:53 mark on a Sevval Gul layup to put the Billikens ahead 25-19. Folks and Del’Janae Williams answered the SLU post on each basket to keep the game within reach before Natalia Lalic connected on a three-pointer from the right wing to put the score at 29-27 SLU with 2:28 left in the half. Mya Glanton and Folks both provided late baskets in the paint for ISU as the teams headed into the half with the Sycamores trailing 34-31.
Indiana State went on an early 8-0 run to take control of the third quarter as Glanton, Hunter, and Folks (twice) all connected on baskets to put the Sycamores ahead 39-38 with 5:44 remaining in the quarter. The Billikens answered with a Marisa Warren three-pointer putting SLU back in the lead as the teams continued to battle back-and-forth. Caitlin Anderson and Del’Janae Williams connected on back-to-back three-pointers to put the Sycamores back ahead by four and a late Anderson jumper in the paint gave ISU the 49-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Folks scored four of the first six points in the fourth quarter to put the Sycamores ahead 53-50 with 7:19 remaining in the contest. From there, SLU went on a 13-0 run highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Gul and Ciaja Harbison as the Billikens went ahead 63-53 with 3:41 remaining in the contest. Anna McKendree connected on a deep three-pointer with 34 seconds left in the contest to end the Billiken run, but the Sycamores were unable to fight their way back in the 65-58 loss.
Inside the Statistics
Indiana State shot 38.3% from the floor, 35.7% from the three-point line, and 70.0% from the free throw line in the loss.
Saint Louis shot 43.4% from the floor, 46.7% from the three-point line, and 75.0% from the free throw line in the win.
Saint Louis held the 39-33 rebound advantage, but Indiana State posted the 34-24 edge in points in the paint thanks to Folks’ big game.
The Sycamores also had 11 steals that transitioned into five fast-break points in the contest.
Indiana State’s defense forced 26 turnovers in the loss.
News & Notes
Adrian Folks’s double-double was the fourth of her career and first since February 24, 2021 against Evansville. She posted 16 points and nine rebounds in a dominant first-half performance and carried it through on her way to finishing with
Her 20-point game was also the second in her collegiate career and first since she scored 23 points and had 13 rebounds against the Aces in the aforementioned game.
Folks’ career-highs also included made field goals (9) and field goal attempts (22).
Mya Glanton’s nine points was a career-high for the redshirt sophomore eclipsing her mark previously set at six points on two separate occasions.
Indiana State’s defense continues to wreak havoc on the opponents as ISU has forced 62 turnovers over the first two games of the season. The Sycamores have also posted 32 steals over two games.
Indiana State is back home on Wednesday, November 17, as the Sycamores welcome Eastern Illinois to Hulman Center for a midweek contest. Tipoff between the Sycamores and the Panthers is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
SYCAMORE MEN ROLL PAST HANOVER IN REGULAR SEASON HOME OPENER, 90-49
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opened its regular-season home slate with a 90-49 victory over Hanover College Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Center. All 12 Sycamores that saw action scored a point as Indiana State improved to 2-1 on the season.
Senior Cooper Neese scored a game-high 20 points while adding eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Cameron Henry tallied the second double-double of the season for ISU as he scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Micah Thomas also scored in double-digits in his first career start with 15 points to go with two rebounds and two assists.
Henry, a Chesterfield, Va. native, ignited the Sycamores after a slow start as he drained four three-pointers while shooting 7-for-11 from the field in the 20 minutes of action to help the Sycamores take a 38-26 lead into the locker room.
ISU put on a shooting clinic in the second half of play, going 18-for-30 from the field while connecting on nine of their 15 shots from deep en route to a 52-23 second-half performance.
Out of the break, ISU went on a 20-7 run to extend its lead to 25 points with 12 minutes remaining to play and the rest was history. Neese scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half after hitting five of his seven attempts while Thomas caught fire with 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
ISU continues to lower its turnover number as play continues, finishing with just 10 miscues over 40 minutes coming off a 12-turnover game against Purdue Friday.
The Sycamores won the battle of the boards 47 to 33 while dishing out 19 assists on 34 made baskets. Both Xavier Bledson and Neese led the team with four assists each. ISU scored 34 of its 90 points in the paint while holding Hanover to just 14 paint points.
Matt Munoz led Hanover with 10 points while Ty Houston chipped in nine for the Panthers.
Indiana State will hit the road for the next five games starting with three games at the Myrtle Beach Classic beginning Thursday. The Sycamores will play Old Dominion in the opening round of the tournament on ESPNU before taking on either East Carolina or Oklahoma Friday.
TREMENDOUS RUN ENDS FOR ACES IN MVC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Closing-out an incredible late season run, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team fell to No. 1 Missouri State, 3-0, in the MVC Tournament championship match on Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.
Capturing four wins or advancements in the tournament in their final five matches prior to Sunday’s championship, Evansville accomplished its best finish to a season in terms of record since 2017. Advancing to the championship match for the first time since 2009, Evansville reached the final for just the fourth time in program history.
In the final, Evansville was led offensively by junior Ethan Garvey and freshman Jose Vivas, who each recorded two shots, both putting one on-frame. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made five saves on the afternoon, bringing his total on the season to 81, the most by an Ace since Eric Teppen tallied 89 saves in 2013.
An even start for both teams saw the Aces and Bears both try to find the cracks in their opponents’ backline. After a strong effort from both defenses for the opening 28 minutes, Missouri State found a seam and the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on a goal by Javier Martin Gil. 10 minutes later, the Bears scored a second, this time off the foot of Jon Koka. Evansville nearly pulled one back as the opening half waned as Nkosi Graham had an attempted cross deflected by Missouri State.
Seven minutes into the second half, Missouri State scored its third and final goal of the final, as Jesus Barea scored in what would be a 3-0 win for the Bears.
The Aces landed three on the all-MVC Tournament team with Madden, Graham, and Ethan Garvey all capturing all-tournament honors.
Evansville’s season comes to a close with a 4-14-2 overall record and a 3-6-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SUCCUMBS LATE TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN
The Valpo women’s basketball team had a 10-point third-quarter lead against defending MAC Tournament champions Central Michigan at the ARC on Sunday afternoon and still led by five with 10 minutes to play, but the Chippewas outscored the Beacons by nine in the fourth quarter to earn a 65-61 victory. Sophomore Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) had a career day, pouring in 17 points off the bench.
How It Happened
After a first quarter where neither squad could take control, CMU went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to pull out to a 27-21 lead with 2:52 to play in the first half.
Valpo responded with the last eight points of the half to take a 29-27 lead into halftime, however. Earnest scored the first six points of the spurt, while Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) had a steal and fast-break layup in the final minute to put Valpo on top.
The Beacons scored on each of their first six field goal attempts of the second half, including two 3-pointers from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) and consecutive fast-break layups from Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]), to extend their lead to eight points.
Later in the quarter, another basket from Weinman pushed Valpo’s lead to double digits at 45-35 with 4:44 to play in the period.
Valpo had the ball four times with a chance to extend its lead further, but was unable to find the basket in any of those instances. CMU closed the quarter with a 9-4 stretch over the final three minutes to make it a 49-44 game with 10 minutes remaining.
Earnest scored on Valpo’s first possession of the fourth quarter to push its lead to seven points. That would be its apex in the final period, however.
A 3-pointer from the Chippewas’ Hanna Knoll with eight minutes to play in the game started a stretch in which CMU scored on seven of eight possessions. The 16-2 run spanned just over four minutes and gave the Chippewas a 60-53 lead with under four minutes to play.
Valpo got defensive stops on each of CMU’s next four trips and scored five points on its ensuing offensive possessions, the last a bucket from Earnest to make it a two-point game at 60-58 with 43 seconds remaining.
After Valpo fouled to put the Chippewas in the bonus, CMU split a pair at the line to give the Beacons a chance to tie the game, but a potential tying shot with 25 seconds to play was off the mark. Frederick hit a 3-pointer within the final 10 seconds to make it 63-61 and keep hope alive, but CMU’s Molly Davis connected on two free throws to secure the win for the Chippewas.
Inside the Game
Sunday’s game came against a Central Michigan program which not only won the MAC Tournament last season, but has qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years.
The loss was Valpo’s first when leading by double figures at any point in the game since a loss at Evansville on Feb. 15, 2019. In the interim, Valpo had won nine games in which it had trailed by 10 points or more at any instance.
Despite the loss, the play of Earnest stood out on Sunday. The sophomore came off the bench to hit 7-of-9 from the field for a game-high 17 points, setting a new career best.
Earnest also grabbed six rebounds, one off team-high honors as Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) secured seven boards.
Weinman added 12 points and tallied three steals as well.
Frederick tied for game-high honors with six assists, moving within eight helpers of sixth place in program history in the category.
Dunson and White each added nine points, while the latter also chipped in three steals and two blocked shots.
Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) blocked three shots as Valpo tallied six rejections as a team.
After turning the ball over 20 times in the season opener, Valpo committed just seven miscues on Sunday. The Beacons were a +12 in the turnover column and outscored CMU off turnovers, 15-4.
The Chippewas secured 18 offensive rebounds to Valpo’s nine and owned an 18-5 advantage in second chance points.
One season ago, Valpo defeated two Big Ten teams on the road and took a third to overtime. Tuesday, this year’s squad will have its own opportunity to claim a B1G victory, as the Beacons head to Michigan State. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT, and the game can be seen live on BTN+. Valpo’s radio broadcast will be available on WVUR, 95.1 FM, and on the TuneIn app.
LOTTICH TO FACE ALMA MATER AS VALPO VISITS STANFORD ON PAC-12 NETWORK
Valparaiso (0-2, 0-0 MVC)
at Stanford (1-1*, 0-0 Pac-12)
*Entering Monday vs. San Jose State
Game No. 3 – Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. CT
Maples Pavilion (7,392) – Stanford, Calif.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Valparaiso University head men’s basketball coach Matt Lottich will make a return visit to his alma mater this week as the Beacons head to the west coast for a Wednesday evening date with Stanford. This will mark the first time Lottich has coached against his former team as he returns to a place where he enjoyed a standout collegiate playing career that concluded in 2004.
Last Time Out: Valpo outscored UIC 30-25 in the second half to force overtime, but the visiting Flames never trailed in the extra session and prevailed 74-70 on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Thomas Kithier provided Valpo’s biggest bright spot, going off for a 28-point, 11-rebound double-double on an efficient 11-of-16 shooting. UIC scored the final seven points of the first half and the first two of the second half to take a seven-point lead, but Valpo orchestrated an 11-0 run early in the second to jump back in front. UIC led by seven with 4:24 to go, but the Beacons held the Flames off the scoreboard for the rest of regulation while going on a 7-0 run. Neither team scored over the final 2:03 of regulation.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – PAC-12 Network – Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Mike Montgomery (analyst)
Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (83-80) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
- Valpo head coach Matt Lottich enjoyed a standout career at Stanford that spanned from his freshman season in 2000-01 to his senior campaign in 2003-04.
- He still ranks tied for 11th in program history in career made 3-point field goals (169) and tied for eighth on Stanford’s single-season chart for made 3s with 79 in 2002-03. To this day, he also owns the ninth-best 3-point field goal percentage by a freshman in program history at .407 in 2000-01.
- Under the direction of head coach Mike Montgomery, Lottich’s teams went a combined 105-24 (.814) over his four-year tenure, including a 30-2 mark his senior season. The Cardinal reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and won at least one game in each season including an Elite Eight appearance his freshman year.
- Michigan State transfer Thomas Kithier was a major bright spot in Valpo’s 74-70 overtime loss to UIC on Nov. 13. Kithier posted a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds.
- Kithier shattered a rebounding career high after previously squeezing seven boards on four occasions. After owning a personal best of 10 points (vs. Binghamton in 2019-20) during his three-year Spartan career, Kithier has established new career watermarks in each of his first two Valpo games, scoring team highs against both Toledo (16) and UIC (28).
- The 6-foot-8 forward’s 28 points were the most by a Valpo player in a single game since Javon Freeman-Liberty scored 29 on March 7, 2020 vs. Missouri State. It was the highest single-game output by a Valpo individual other than Javon since Bakari Evelyn scored 30 on Nov. 25, 2017 vs. UNCW.
- Kithier’s 28 points were the most scored by a Valpo player in a double-double since Freeman-Liberty had 30&13 on Nov. 12, 2019 at SIUE.
- The Macomb, Mich. native became the first Valpo player with a 25&10 game at the ARC since Alec Peters on Jan. 27, 2017 vs. Wright State. Kithier joined Peters, Freeman-Liberty and Ben Krikke on the short list of Valpo players with 25-point double-doubles during the Lottich Era.
List of 25-Point Double-Doubles Under Lottich
Player Date Opponent Pts-Reb
Thomas Kithier 11-13-21 vs. UIC 28-11
Ben Krikke 1-24-21 at Illinois State 25-15
Javon Freeman-Liberty 11-12-19 at SIUE 30-13
Alec Peters 1-27-17 vs. Wright State 25-14
Alec Peters 1-22-17 vs. UIC 30-10
Alec Peters 12-22-16 vs. Santa Clara 35-13
Alec Peters 12-17-16 vs. Indiana State 29-15
Alec Peters 12-10-16 at Missouri State 27-11
Alec Peters 11-23-16 vs. BYU 26-12
Alec Peters 11-12-16 vs. Trinity Christian 36-15
Facing the Conference of Champions
- Valpo holds a 2-10 all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference.
- This marks Valpo’s first game against a Pac-12 team since falling 76-54 at No. 4 Oregon on Nov. 17, 2016.
- The 2015-16 season saw Valpo come up just shy in a 73-67 loss at Oregon before knocking off Oregon State 63-57 on Nov. 24. The program’s other victory over a Pac-12 squad came against Washington in the opening round of the 2008 CBI.
- The Missouri Valley Conference and the Pac-12 have the same number of Final Four appearances since 2010 (two each).
Valpo vs. Power Conferences
- Valpo’s last win over a power-conference opponent was 68-60 vs. Alabama at the Men Who Speak Up Main Event in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2016.
- The win over the Crimson Tide marked Valpo’s third triumph over a power-conference opponent in a two-year span. During the 2015-16 campaign, the team went on the road to beat Oregon State and then took down Florida State at the ARC in the second round of the NIT.
- Prior to 2015-16, Valpo hadn’t beaten a power-5 opponent since the 2008 win over Washington in the CBI.
- Two of Valpo’s last four power-5 wins have come against the Pac-12.
- Nine of Valpo’s last 12 victories over power-5 opponents have come on neutral courts.
A Golden State Date
- This will mark Valpo’s first game in the state of California since falling 73-60 at UC Riverside on Dec. 20, 2017. That closed out a two-game California swing that also featured a 76-68 victory at Santa Clara.
- Prior to the 2017-18 voyage, Valpo had not ventured into the Golden State since competing in a multi-team event at San Francisco back in 1987.
Glancing Ahead – Bahamas Bound Beacons
- After visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands two years ago and not competing in a multi-team event last season due to the pandemic, this year’s MTE will take Valpo to Nassau, The Bahamas for three games following this week’s visit to Stanford.
- The Beacons will participate in the Nassau Championship, one of several MTEs being hosted by Baha Mar Hoops in Nassau.
- The team will head to the Bahamas on Saturday in advance of Monday night’s game against Coastal Carolina.
- The eight-team field also features Toledo, Charlotte, Drexel, Tulane, Abilene Christian and Jacksonville State.
- Coastal Carolina went 18-8 in the Sun Belt and won a pair of games in the CBI last season. Valpo could end up with a second matchup this season against Toledo, which is coming off a 21-9 record and NIT appearance and won this year’s season opener at the ARC. Abilene Christian won the Southland Conference title last season and upset third-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament. Drexel is the defending Colonial Association champion and reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Jacksonville State finished 2020-21 with an 18-9 record and 13-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
- Valpo started the season with a pair of close home losses to Toledo and UIC, and there’s little question that the absence of leading returning scorer Ben Krikke played a factor.
- Krikke, who left Valpo’s opening exhibition game with an ankle injury, was named to the 2021-22 Preseason All-MVC Second Team. He earned All-MVC Third Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team laurels last season, the lone player in the league to receive all three honors.
- Valpo did add depth with the return of sophomore Connor Barrett for the Nov. 13 game vs. UIC after Barrett had missed both exhibition games and the season opener vs. Toledo with a shoulder injury.
- The Beacons are also without Kobe King for the first nine games of the season. The Wisconsin transfer, who averaged 10.0 points per game over 19 starts for the Badgers in 2019-20 including a team-high 12.6 points per game in Big Ten play over nine contests, will become eligible for the Dec. 7 game vs. East-West.
Dusting Off the Suitcase
- After a pair of home exhibition games and back-to-back home dates to open the regular season, this will mark the first time Valpo hits the road this season.
- This will mark one of just three true road games over the first 15 games of the season and one of just two true road games on the nonconference docket.
- Last season started in the opposite manner, as Valpo opened up with road trips to Vanderbilt, UIC and Purdue before finally lifting the lid on the home slate.
- This marked the first time Valpo opened up with back-to-back home games since 2017-18 (North Park and Trinity Christian) and the first time the team did so with back-to-back Division-I home contests since 2015-16 (IPFW and Iona).
- This week represents the program’s first travel since falling in the opening round of the MVC Tournament in St. Louis last March. The team’s last true road game was Feb. 22 of last season at Southern Illinois.
- Valpo will look to avoid starting 0-3 for the second straight season, something that previously hadn’t occurred since 2004-05. However, there’s still a long way to go for this year’s edition of the Beacons.
- Valpo is 0-2 with both losses coming at home for the first time since 1997-98. That season turned out quite alright, as the program put together its famous run in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen after victories over Ole Miss and Florida State.
- Valpo has dropped its first two home games in a season for the first time since the 2003-2004. However, it should be noted that the Homer Drew led 2003-2004 squad recovered from the 0-2 home start and eventually won the Mid-Continent Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament.
- This will mark just the fourth all-time meeting between Valpo and Stanford with the Beacons seeking their first victory.
- These two teams have not hooked up since 1997-98, when the No. 15 Cardinal prevailed 70-65 as part of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii.
- The two teams also met in a multi-team event back on Dec. 28, 1971 with Stanford winning 80-66 as part of the Motor City Tournament in Detroit.
- The first matchup occurred on Dec. 27, 1956, a 68-51 Stanford win as part of the Orange Bowl Classic in Miami.
- This marks Valpo’s first visit to Stanford as all three prior showdowns have come on neutral floors.
Inside the Cardinal
- Picked to finish ninth of 12 in the Pac-12 preseason poll.
- Opened the season with a 62-50 victory over Tarleton State before falling 88-72 at Santa Clara and hosting San Jose State on Monday night.
- After facing the Beacons, Stanford will visit Baylor, which is under the direction of former Valpo head coach Scott Drew, on Saturday.
- Went 14-13 overall and 10-10 in conference play last season.
CONFERENCE CHAMPS! Hounds Drop Prairie Stars 2-0 in GLVC Title Match
INDIANAPOLIS – Last season, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team fell in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament championship match in heartbreaking fashion. This year was a different story, as the Hounds took down Illinois Springfield 2-0 at Key Stadium to claim the conference tournament crown. This marks the third conference tournament title in program history, with the other two coming in 2014 and 2017.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams battled tough in the first half, with the scoreboard sitting as a scoreless stalemate heading into the locker room. Finally, in the 56th minute, Makel Rasheed sent a long pass in to Seth Ward who beat the Prairie Star defenders and crushed one past a diving goalkeeper.
Moments later in the 58th minute, it was the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year Alejandro Steinwascher sealing the win for the Hounds by getting free off a pass from Owen Atkison and floating a shot over the head of an approaching keeper.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy once again won the shots battle against an opponent by tallying a game-high 15 compared to just eight from Illinois Springfield.
-The Greyhounds kept the pressure high towards the Prairie Stars net, collecting eight corner kicks while allowing just three in return.
-In a relatively clean match, only 16 total fouls were called in 90 minutes with UIS having a game-high nine. However, Illinois Springfield did collect two yellow cards towards the end of the match, both in the 89th minute.
Punching a ticket into the NCAA Division II Tournament, UIndy will wait for the selection show tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. to see who the team will face moving forward.
#13 WRESTLING SPLITS DAY AT CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
EDMOND, Okla.- The #13 Greyhound wrestling team split a pair of Super Region 4 duals Sunday, defeating Newman before falling to #4 Central Oklahoma.
Both #5 Andrew Sams (6-1) and Cale Gray (6-1) earned a pair of wins on the day for UIndy, with Gray also putting up one of two Greyhound pins on the day- a fall in 4:27 over Newman’s Hunter Scott at 285. Chase Wilkerson was the other pinner, with a fall in 2:54 at 133 against Newman’s Chadwick Stahl, to put UIndy ahead for good versus the Jets. Sams notched a major decision in his first match of the day, 10-2 over the Jets’ JD Johnson, and followed with a 4-3 win over UCO’s Kalin Winkler in his second match.
INSIDE THE DUALS
-The three teams combined to put nine ranked wrestlers on the mat in the two duals. Central Oklahoma featured #6 Paxton Rosen (125), #3 Tanner Cole (133), #5 Ty Lucas (157), #1 Heath Gray (184), and #1 Dalton Abney (197), while Newman sent out #6 Kam Frame at 165. UIndy’s #10 Logan Bailey (149), #12 Jack Eiteljorge (165) and #5 Andrew Sams (174) rounded out the day’s heavy hitters.
– In addition to Wilkerson, Sams and Gray, Breydden Bailey, Gleason Mappes and Derek Blubaugh all took wins on the day for UIndy, while Logan Bailey also accepted a forfeit.
The Greyhounds get back into open competition, heading to the Findlay Open Saturday.
#13 UINDY 32 – NEWMAN 10
125 D`Andre Brown (Newman) over Noah Cantu (Indianapolis) (Dec 5-2) 0 3
133 Chase Wilkerson (Indianapolis) over Chadwick Stahl (Newman) (Fall 2:54) 6 0
141 Breyden Bailey (Indianapolis) over Caleb Streeter (Newman) (MD 12-0) 4 0
149 #10 Logan Bailey (Indianapolis) over Unknown (For.) 6 0
157 Jace Fisher (Newman) over Wade Monebrake (Indianapolis) (MD 10-2) 0 4
165 #6 Kam Frame (Newman) over #12 Jack Eiteljorge (Indianapolis) (Dec 2-0) 0 3
174 #5 Andrew Sams (Indianapolis) over JD Johnson (Newman) (MD 10-2) 4 0
184 Gleason Mappes (Indianapolis) over Nate Panagakis (Newman) (Dec 8-3) 3 0
197 Derek Blubaugh (Indianapolis) over Ivan Balavage (Newman) (Dec 3-1) 3 0
285 Cale Gray (Indianapolis) over Hunter Scott (Newman) (Fall 4:27) 6 0
Team Score: 32 10
#4 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA 30 – #13 UINDY 6
125 #6 Paxton Rosen (Central Oklahoma) over Noah Cantu (Indianapolis) (TF 18-3 6:12) 5 0
133 #3 Tanner Cole (Central Oklahoma) over Chase Wilkerson (Indianapolis) (MD 13-2) 4 0
141 Nate Keim (Central Oklahoma) over Breyden Bailey (Indianapolis) (Dec 4-1) 3 0
149 Brik Filippo (Central Oklahoma) over #10 Logan Bailey (Indianapolis) (Dec 5-4) 3 0
157 #5 Ty Lucas (Central Oklahoma) over Nathan Conley (Indianapolis) (Dec 7-2) 3 0
165 Anthony Des Vigne (Central Oklahoma) over #12 Jack Eiteljorge (Indianapolis) (Dec 4-3) 3 0
174 #5 Andrew Sams (Indianapolis) over Kalin Winkler (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 4-3) 0 3
184 #1 Heath Gray (Central Oklahoma) over Gleason Mappes (Indianapolis) (Dec 12-7) 3 0
197 #1 Dalton Abney (Central Oklahoma) over Derek Blubaugh (Indianapolis) (Fall 1:01) 6 0
285 Cale Gray (Indianapolis) over Braden Morgan (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 1-0) 0 3
Team Score: 30 6
MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO GRAND VALLEY
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team closed out opening weekend with a Midwest region loss to GLIAC-foe Grand Valley State on Sunday afternoon. Jesse Bingham scored 15 points off the bench and was one of four Greyhounds in double figures.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lakers sprinted out to an 8-0 lead before Kendrick Tchoua put the Hounds on the board with a lay up. Midway thru the first half Grand Valley held an 18-point lead before a 14-6 run from the Hounds cut their deficit to ten. Grand Valley took a 39-25 lead to the break behind a 55.6 shooting percentage.
UIndy trailed by as much as 24 points in the second half. Tchoua notched another lay up at the four minute mark to pull the Hounds within 14 but the comeback bid was too little too late as Grand Valley pulled away once again for the 77-60 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Bingham paced the Hounds with 15 points followed by Aaron Etherington (13), Cory Miller Jr. (12) and Kendrick Tchoua (10).
– Bingham finished with a team-high seven rebounds, five of which were defensive, while also swatting a pair of blocks.
– Dee Montgomery recorded a team-best three steals.
– The Hounds committed 11 turnovers to Grand Valley’s 16. UIndy scored 19 points off turnovers.
UIndy remains at home next week, hosting Cedarville University at 7:30 ET on Thursday.
MARIAN DRAWS SOUTHWESTERN (KAN.) IN NAIA FCS FIRST ROUND
KANSAS CITY – The Marian football team will host Southwestern (Kan.) in the NAIA FCS First Round as announced by the NAIA Sunday evening during the NAIA FCS Selection Show. The game will be played at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Vincent Field in Indianapolis. Marian is seeded seventh overall entering the postseason, moving up one spot from No. 8. Lindsey Wilson, who has been ranked No. 1 throughout the 2021 season, enters the postseason as the top-ranked team.
Marian and Southwestern are meeting for the first time this Saturday. Marian enters the game with an 8-2 record earning an at-large berth, while Southwestern earned an automatic bid as the winner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) with a 9-1 record. Both teams have won four consecutive games entering the postseason.
FOUR STRAIGHT PLAYOFF TRIPS
For just the first time in program history, the Marian football team has earned a playoff spot for a fourth consecutive season. In Marian’s previous postseason runs, the Knights reached the playoffs in three straight years on two different occasions (2010-2012, 2014-2016). In Marian’s four straight postseason trips, they have hosted the first round matchup three times, including 2021. Under head coach Mark Henninger, Marian is 4-2 in the FCS First Round, and 4-1 in the first round when playing at St. Vincent Field.
Ticket prices will be announced on Monday afternoon, with ticket sales starting at 3 PM. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets online ahead of time, and can purchase their tickets here.
WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG
Those fans unable to attend Saturday night’s game can watch live on the ISC Sports Network. The pay per view cost for Saturday’s game on the ISC Sports Network is $9.99. Fans can also find live statistics at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
(INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS)
PLAYOFF FOOTBALL COMING TO IWU, FOOTBALL HOSTING KANSAS WESLEYAN
MARION, Ind. – Playoff football is officially coming to the campus of Indiana Wesleyan, as the Wildcats will host Kansas Wesleyan out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Tickets for the historic occasion will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16.
TEAMS: No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan vs. No. 10 Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes
DATE: Saturday, November 20, 2021
TIME: 1 p.m. EST
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ABOUT KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Located in Salina, Kansas and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Bill Wheatley is the schools most notable athlete, winning a gold medal in the 1936 Olympic Games with Team USA Men’s Basketball.
The school has roughly 800 students, with their library boasting over 63,000 books.
THIS SEASONS COYOTES
Kansas Wesleyan has ranked ahead of Indiana Wesleyan all season in the NAIA Coaches Poll.
Picked as preseason No. 24, the Coyotes have climbed the ladder as high as No. 5, right in front of No. 6 IWU.
KWU ended the regular season 10-1 after suffering their lone loss of the season last Saturday against No. 13 Southwestern.
KWU ranks third in scoring in the NAIA, averaging 44.8 points per game. IWU averages 36.0 points per game.
Coyotes total offense ranks second in the nation. KWU has thrown for 37 touchdowns and rushed for 27 touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Isaiah Randalle has thrown for 2,764 yards and thrown for 24 touchdowns.
Stevie Williams and Eren Jenkins are the biggest targets for Randalle, connecting on 25 of the team’s 38 receiving touchdowns.
Nick Allsman and CJ Fluker both rush for 68.7 and 67.6 yards a game. KWU averages 203.8 yards per game with the help of Allsman and Fluker.
Aaron Main is 9-11 on field goals this season and kicking 92.5% on extra points.
Defensively, Julan Urioste and DeVante’ Gabriel lead the defense combining for a total 112 tackles of the team’s 655.
HISTORICAL COYOTES FOOTBALL
KWU has had 30 NAIA All-Americans in their program dating back to 1956.
Kansas Wesleyan is making their third straight and sixth overall appearance in the NAIA Playoffs.
The football program reached the NAIA Semifinals in 2018, the furthest they have advanced in the playoffs. Last season they lost in the quarterfinals to Lindsey Wilson, the 2020 NAIA National Champion.
Myers Henderson is in his third season as the Head Coach for the Coyotes, and previously served as the offensive coordinator for Northern State before returning to the Coyotes. He is the 20th head coach in the KWU history.
Warren Smith is the program’s most notable alum, being drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers of the National Football League in 1947.
All tickets will go on sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting IWUWildcats.com/Tickets or by clicking HERE.
Individuals with reserved season tickets received information on Friday with how they can claim their reserved seats.
The excitement of grilling and spending time with loved ones is back, with lots opening up five hours before kickoff.
To learn more about tailgating or to refresh yourself on the do’s and don’ts, visit https://iwuwildcats.com/FBGameday.
(IU EAST ATHLETICS)
WOMEN’S SOCCER: TRIO OF RED WOLVES ON ALL-RSC FIRST TEAM
MIDDLETOWN, Ind. – A trio of Red Wolves made the women’s soccer River States Conference all-conference first team.
Kimberly Trapp, Sophie Pohlabel and Gabby Mitchum represented Indiana University East on the 14-player first team. The All-RSC teams were announced Nov. 12 as part of the lead-up to the conference tournament championship weekend.
Trapp made the all-league list as a forward after leading IU East with 11 goals this fall. Trapp already has set the Red Wolf program record for career goals with 21.
Pohlable received all-conference honors as a midfielder after leading the conference with six assists this fall.
Mitchum earned all-conference goalkeeper honors for the third consecutive season, the last two on the first team. She was 23rd in the nation this season with an .854 saves percentage.
IU East defenders Ellie Guenther and Grace Harris made the All-RSC second team. Guenther earned all-conference honors for the third consecutive season.
IU East recently completed its 2021 season with an 11-7-1 record. The Red Wolves reached double digits in wins for the fourth consecutive year.
MEN’S SOCCER: COLEMAN, VISSCHER EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-RSC HONORS
MIDDLETOWN, Ind. – Indiana University East’s Callum Coleman and Alex Visscher represented the Red Wolf men’s soccer program on the first-team All-River State Conference list.
All-RSC honors were announced Nov. 12 in advance of the conference tournament championship game.
Coleman is one of four defenders on the all-conference first team. Visscher is one of two keepers on the all-league first team.
Coleman’s defensive play in October was a big reason why IU East won its last four matches by a combined score of 13-1
Visscher was second in the conference with a .753 saves percentage. He is the first IU East keeper to make the All-RSC first team.
Gabe Wells represented IU East on the RSC Champions of Character team. The Champions of Character team recognizes one player from each team who best exhibits the five character traits of NAIA Champions of Character: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
IU East won five of its last six matches to qualify for the RSC Championship tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
(ROSE HULMAN ATHLETICS)
FOOTBALL OPENS NCAA PLAYOFFS AT DEPAUW ON SATURDAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team will open the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs at DePauw University on Saturday Nov. 20 at 12 pm in Greencastle.
Rose-Hulman enters the NCAA Division III Playoffs on a 7-game winning streak after completing the regular season with an 8-2 record. The Fightin’ Engineers earned the 13th football conference championship in school history, earned their first outright HCAC championship since joining the league, and completed the HCAC regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark.
DePauw finished with an 8-2 record after winning the North Coast Athletic Conference championship. The Tigers average 36.6 points per game, led by Chase Andries who has passed for 2,510 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Dylan Hyatt leads DePauw with six interceptions.
The Rose-Hulman offense is led by two significant career school record holders and a preseason All-American running back. Andrew Dion holds Rose-Hulman career school records with 9,481 passing yards and 91 passing touchdowns. Noah Thomas holds every major career receiving school record with 247 career receptions for 3,535 yards and 36 receiving touchdowns. Shane Welshans was a Lindy’s Magazine preseason All-American and has rushed for 1,543 career yards and 21 touchdowns.
This season, Dion is 198-of-314 for 2,902 yards and 29 touchdown passes. Thomas leads the team with 54 receptions for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns. Welshans paces the ground attack with 678 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
The offense has also been helped by three wide receivers with significant statistics. Daniel Huery has hauled in 46 receptions for 713 yards and seven touchdowns. Adam Tice-Saliu has 39 receptions for 560 yards and three scores. Jailen Hobbs has added 36 receptions for 457 yards and five scores. Hobbs is also a primary kick returner with 394 kickoff return yards and 210 punt return yards with a touchdown this season. Alex Gresock has added two receiving touchdowns and one rushing score this season.
Rose-Hulman youthful offensive line has been a key to the team’s conference showing of more than 50 points in four games. The starting unit of Aidan Sturgeon, Justin Pierson, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Easterday and Chris Schletz features three sophomores and two freshmen for a unit that has helped the offense average 43.1 points per game.
Defensively, Michael Stevens was chosen a preseason All-American by Lindy’s Magazine and Football America, and has a team-high 77 tackles. Stevens has also contributed 10 tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, one sack and one fumble recovery this season.
Kyzer Bowen leads the team in tackles-for-loss (13) and is second on the team with 56 total tackles. Deven Cobb has a team-high 3.5 sacks, and has received significant help on the defensive line from Tyler Smith (39 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 PBU), Pete Cross (41 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 fumble recovery), Bo Thomas (22 tackles, 9 TFLs, 2 sacks) and Jonathan Anstett (18 tackles, 5 TFLs, 1 sack).
The secondary is led by Tyce Miller with a team-high six interceptions. Winston Amankwah as added three interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns this season. Riley Roberts added 31 tackles and 6.5 TFLs, and Chaikou Sow has contributed 41 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups. Cameron Dorsey has added 14 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions as a defensive unit starter.
The NCAA Division III Playoffs consist of 32 teams with one round each Saturday until Dec. 11. The NCAA Division III National Championship Game will take place in Canton, Ohio, on Friday Dec. 17.
ANDERSON CLAIMS 26TH IN NCAA D-III GREAT LAKES REGIONAL
The Anderson University women’s cross country team claimed 26th place during Saturday’s NCAA D-III Great Lakes Regional at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville.
Anderson put together the program’s best finish in an NCAA Regional since 2016. The Ravens finished with a team score of 760.
Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) charged to 37th in the 266-runner field with a 6K time of 23 minutes, 5.3 seconds, breaking her PR by 31.6 seconds. The junior from Lapel missed the top-35 cut for United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region honors by two spots.
Lydia Dyer (Harlan, Ind. / Woodlan) crossed the finish line in 88th with a time of 23:57.1, setting a 49.3-second PR. Callie Guthrie (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek) secured 211th with a PR of 27:09.9. Makayla Barbour (Valparaiso, Ind. / Chesterton) took 216th with a PR time of 27:17.3. Baileigh Stewart (Fishers, Ind. / Fishers) earned 216th (27:53.8). Jenna O’Donohue (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) finished 246th with a time of 28:38.1 and a 49.8-second PR. Mariah Sanders (Lincoln, Ill. / Lincoln) placed 248th with a time of 28:43.7, setting a 44.6-second PR.
The NCAA D-III Championships is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. Each of the 10 regional team winners will qualify for nationals along with 22 at-large team bids across the country. The top seven placing individuals from each regional not on a qualifying team will also qualify for nationals.
Hope College, ranked No. 10 in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA D-III poll, captured the regional title with a team score 98 points to automatically qualify for the national meet. Thirteenth-ranked Calvin University came in second with a team score of 121 points, finishing ahead of No. 23 John Carroll University (125), No. 25 Case Western Reserve University (164), (T-32) Trine University (181), No. 21 Allegheny College (183), Ohio Northern University (221), the University of Mount Union (229), DePauw University (296), Oberlin College (343), Centre College (345), Manchester University (371), The College of Wooster (386), Baldwin Wallace University (387), Kenyon College (401), Kalamazoo College (434), Franciscan University of Steubenville (441), Wittenberg University (487), Denison University (539) and Albion College (539), which rounds out the top 20 teams of the 37 teams in the team standings.
Trine’s Evie Bultemeyer charged to a 35.9-second victory with a 6K time of 21:16.2. In addition to Bultmeyer, Hope’s Anastasia Tucker (2nd – 21:52.1), Calvin’s Sadie Heeringa (3rd – 22:02.8), Case Western Reserve’s Jana Fisher (4th – 22:05.1), Ohio Northern’s Tessa Pitcovich (5th – 22:08.1), Baldwin Wallace’s Hope Murphy (6th – 22:12.5), Allegheny’s Megan Aaron (7th – 22:12.7), Hope’s Rebecca Markham (8th – 22:15.9) and Franciscan’s Alison Bryant (9th – 22:17.6) have each automatically qualified for nationals.
At-large selections will be announced by the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday at 11 a.m.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RECEIVES FIRST-EVER BID TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in program history, the Trine University women’s cross country team has qualified for the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championship.
The Thunder women found out on Sunday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show that they would receive an at-large bid as a team to participate in the event. 32 teams received bids into the Championship race.
Senior Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] knew she had qualified as an individual by virtue of winning the Great Lakes Regional race, but she will be joined by all of her teammates in Louisville, Kentucky next Saturday, November 20. Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission will be the host site (Tom Sawyer Park).
More information will be provided later in the week about the event.
MEN’S SOCCER ADVANCES TO THE NCAA SWEET 16 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Hanover men’s soccer team defeated no. 17 ranked Emory University 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 on Sunday afternoon for the first time in program history.
The Panthers were led by sophomore Xander Ochsner (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) with the lone goal and senior Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.) with one assist.
Ochsner following the contest, “Redmon passed me the ball and as soon as it left my foot, I was like that’s the one.”
The opening half saw a chess battle between the two clubs as they both jockeyed for position when senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) fired a shot on frame that was saved by the Eagle keeper. Hanover held the slim 3-1 advantage in shots at the intermission.
The second half would see Ochsner deliver the game winning blow as he took a pass from Redmon in the 58th minute. Redmon played a back ball at midfield that he was able to deliver cleanly to Ochsner for the 25-yard goal that propelled HC to their first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance, 1-0.
Hanover finished the contest with six shots, three of which landed on frame.
The Panthers advance to take on no. 8 ranked Messiah on Friday, November 19.
LOUISVILLE BOUND! LOHMAN EARNS A SPOT AT 2021 NCAA DIVISION III XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Committee has announced the participants for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
To be eligible to participate, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA regional competitions. The top seven-person team automatically qualified from each of the 10 regions. 22 additional teams were selected at-large.
70 individuals, the first seven student-athletes from each region who are not part of a qualifying team, were selected to participate in the championships.
For Manchester, fifth-year Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) will represent the Black & Gold at this year’s national championships. Lohman, the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference MVP, was an All-Great Lakes Region performer yesterday. She placed 12th overall at the Great Lakes Championships with a time of 22:25.4.
Lohman will head to Louisville, Ky. where Spalding University and the Louisville Sports Commission will host the championships on Saturday November 20 at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. Lohman will race at 11 a.m.
A live web stream of the championships will occur on www.NCAA.com.
HU ERUPTS FOR 122 POINTS TO CRUISE PAST GRACE CHRISTIAN
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The HU men’s basketball team bounced back from yesterday’s loss by dominating Grace Christian 122-86 on day two of the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Classic Saturday afternoon at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The last time a Forester squad put up over 120 points dates back to 2008 when Huntington topped Ohio State Mansfield 121-61.
Alford’s crew made it look easy by putting up eight points right out of the gate which included a pair of triples by Caleb Middlesworth for an 8-0 lead that would never be challenged. It was the first two of 13 long balls that HU would drain in the opening half on the way to piling up 71 points to GCU’s 34 by the halfway point.
Lane Sparks accounted for nearly half of his team’s scoring from deep in the first period by going 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. He missed just two shots in his first 14 minutes of play to head into intermission with 22 points already to his name. The freshman sensation finished with 25 points to go along with four steals, three rebounds and two assists by game’s end and for his efforts was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Another rookie in Landen Jordan added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals while Mitchell Wilson tossed in 15 points and handed out five dimes. The trio all came off the bench to account for nearly 50.0 percent of Huntington’s scoring on the day.
Middlesworth and Ben Humrichous each pitched in 13 points in HU’s monster win.
On the day, Huntington knocked down a season-best 19 threes at a clip of 43.2 percent. While 57 points came from downtown, another 58 points were had in the paint with a measly five coming from midrange. Alford’s crew turned the ball over just nine times while forcing the Tigers into 23 miscues with a price tag of 38 points.
Eli Carlson posted 16 points to lead the Tigers while Parker Neu and Zak Yorke added 14 and 11 points respectively.
The Foresters (5-1) have the week off before jumping into league play. First up is a home game with Taylor on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
FORESTERS DOWNED BY IUSB
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU women’s basketball team wrapped up their own classic with a 68-58 loss to IU South Bend (6-2) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.
In a game where a majority of the final stats looked similar for both teams, it came down to what happened from deep that proved the difference. Eleven of the Titans’ 23 field goals came from long range while the Foresters rattled in six of their 22 field goals from the cheap seats.
The two squads were within two offensive rebounds of each other with IUSB holding a slight 14-12 advantage while trips to the charity stripe were also similar with the guests going 11-for-11 and HU connecting on eight of their ten attempts.
The Foresters ended up taking better care of the ball by committing 12 blunders to the Titans’ 20.
After HU forced a tie in the first quarter and then drew two more stalemates in the second as well as claimed two short-lived advantages, the Titans closed out the half on an 11-1 run to send their hosts into the locker room down 33-25.
IU South Bend cushioned their lead by eight more points in the third for a 55-39 lead. It’s been an all-to-familiar pattern for Culler’s crew as of late that they head into the final quarter on the wrong end of the score but fortunately they never go down without a fight. This time around they spent the last ten minutes of the contest chipping away at their deficit to outscore the Titans by six before conceding the loss.
Celeste Ryman and Maddy Robrock each tossed in 14 points to pace the Foresters. Alli Vaughn came off the bench to chip in 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Emily Seboe, who was named to the All-Classic Team, also ripped down seven boards to share team-high rebounding honors with Vaughn to go along with collecting eight points and five assists.
Sara Doi and Katie Gard topped IU South Bend with 17 points each while Rachael Robards added 15 points.
HU (2-4) is off until Saturday when they host Taylor at 1:00 p.m. for their conference opener.
(IU SOUTHEAST ATHLETICS)
GRENADIERS FALL TO SAINT FRANCIS 93-59
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Karly Sweeney, Lauren Lambdin and Brynna Blackburn each had 14 points but IU Southeast fell 93-59 to Saint Francis on Saturday.
The Grenadiers (3-3) were within striking distance for much of the first half. IU Southeast trailed by as many as 10 points midway through the second quarter but a couple of jumpers by Sweeney and Lambdin and a three-pointer by Leah Miller cut the deficit to two.
The Grenadiers got another stop defensively and Alex Maher scored to tie the game at 32 with 2:55 to play in the half.
The Cougars closed the period on a 12-2 run to take a 44-34 lead at halftime.
Lauren Lambdin had 10 of her 14 points in the first half to spark the Grenadier offense.
The Grenadier offense stalled in the second half as IU Southeast shot 30 percent from the field and were to 25 points scored in the final 20 minutes.
Saint Francis outscored the Grenadiers 49-25 in the second half to put the game away.
Brynna Blackburn was the Grenadiers’ only weapon from the perimeter as she hit four of the five three-pointers in the game for IU Southeast and was 4-for-6 from three-point range.
IU Southeast hosts Alice Lloyd Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to open conference play.
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|MIAMI DOLPHINS||3||7||0||.300||3.5||177||252||2-3-0||1-4-0||3-5-0||1-2-0||2 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||2||7||0||.222||4.0||161||296||2-2-0||0-5-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
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|DENVER BRONCOS||5||5||0||.500||1.0||200||183||2-3-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||1 L|
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|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5||3||1||.611||0.5||177||185||3-2-1||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 T|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||5||4||0||.556||1.0||236||203||2-2-0||3-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||231||241||3-2-0||2-3-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
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|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||5||5||0||.500||3.0||268||230||3-3-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||2-2-0||2 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||7||0||.222||5.5||149||232||2-3-0||0-4-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||1||8||0||.111||6.5||128||258||1-3-0||0-5-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||8 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||7||2||0||.778||0.0||284||195||4-1-0||3-1-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||4||6||0||.400||3.5||257||231||0-4-0||4-2-0||3-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||3||6||0||.333||4.0||185||246||2-3-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||3||6||0||.333||4.0||179||216||2-3-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||8||2||0||.800||0.0||287||189||3-2-0||5-0-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||2||0||.778||0.5||261||196||3-2-0||4-0-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||3||5||0||.375||4.0||185||202||0-4-0||3-1-0||3-4-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||6||0||.333||4.5||181||186||1-3-0||2-3-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||8||2||0||.800||0.0||216||180||4-0-0||4-2-0||6-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||4||5||0||.444||3.5||221||211||2-2-0||2-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||6||0||.333||4.5||150||224||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||8||1||.056||7.0||150||260||0-4-0||0-4-1||0-6-0||0-3-0||1 T|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||6||3||0||.667||0.0||279||212||4-0-0||2-3-0||4-3-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||4||0||.556||1.0||222||178||2-2-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||205||193||2-3-0||3-2-0||3-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||4||5||0||.444||2.0||178||263||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK||7||6||.538||2.5||2-4||5-2||3-1||6-6||5-5||2 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||5||7||.417||3.5||3-3||2-4||0-1||5-5||5-5||1 L|
|GOLDEN STATE||11||2||.846||—||8-1||3-1||3-0||8-1||8-2||1 L|
|LA CLIPPERS||8||5||.615||3.0||6-3||2-2||0-1||6-3||7-3||1 L|
|LA LAKERS||8||6||.571||3.5||7-4||1-2||0-2||5-6||6-4||1 W|
|SAN ANTONIO||4||9||.308||4.5||2-4||2-5||0-3||1-7||3-7||2 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||2||12||.143||7.0||1-6||1-6||1-1||2-7||1-9||1 W|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||16||10||5||1||21||10||43||42||7-2-1||3-3-0||8-2-0|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||16||8||6||2||18||8||46||50||5-2-2||3-4-0||5-4-1|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||13||7||3||3||17||7||39||39||3-2-2||4-1-1||5-2-3|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||15||9||3||3||21||8||42||43||3-1-1||6-2-2||6-2-2|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||14||7||4||3||17||6||42||42||5-3-1||2-1-2||4-3-3|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||12||7||5||0||14||6||38||37||5-3-0||2-2-0||5-5-0|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||11||5||4||2||12||5||27||29||—||5-4-2||5-3-2|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||14||8||4||2||18||7||49||39||3-2-1||5-2-1||4-4-2|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||15||9||6||0||18||8||47||46||5-3-0||4-3-0||8-2-0|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||15||8||5||2||18||7||42||37||5-2-0||3-3-2||7-2-1|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||14||7||6||1||15||7||39||41||3-2-1||4-4-0||3-6-1|