INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY NOV. 26

CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

12 PM ET | ADAMS CENTRAL (13-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

3:30 PM ET | BREBEUF JESUIT (12-2) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (13-1)

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | ZIONSVILLE (9-5) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (13-1)

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

12 PM ET | ANDREAN (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12-2)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

3:30 PM ET | NORTHRIDGE (10-4) VS. MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) (13-1)

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | WESTFIELD (12-1) VS. CENTER GROVE (13-0)

INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1 NOBLESVILLE

2 N. CENTRAL

3 FRANKLIN

4 CROWN POINT

5 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

3A

1 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

2 SILVER CREEK

3 MISHAWAKA MARIAN

4 SALEM

5 GARRETT

2A

1 TRITON CENTRAL

2 UNIVERSITY

3 FRANKTON

4 TIPTON

5 FOREST PARK

1A

1 TRINITY LUTHERAN

2 LANESVILLE

3 JAC CEN DEL

4 MORGAN TWP.

5 WALDRON

INDIANA SRN PRE-SEASON BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1 CARMEL

2 MCCUTCHEON

3 LAWRENCE NORTH

4 WARREN CENTRAL

5 PLAINFIELD

3A

1 SILVER CREEK

2 GUERIN CATHOLIC

3 SULLIVAN

4 DANVILLE

5 HERITAGE HILLS

2A

1 PARK HERITAGE

2 LINTON STOCKTON

3 COVENANT CHRISTIAN

4 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

5 BLACKFORD

1A

1 INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY

2 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

3 BARR REEVE

4 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN

5 EDINBURGH

NFL SCOREBOARD

INDIANAPOLIS 41 BUFFALO 15

WASHINGTON 27 CAROLINA 21

BALTIMORE 16 CHICAGO 13

SAN FRANCISCO 30 JACKSONVILLE 10

MINNESOTA 34 GREEN BAY 31

MIAMI 24 NEW YORK JETS 17

PHILADELPHIA 40 NEW ORLEANS 29

HOUSTON 22 TENNESSEE 13

CINCINNATI 32 LAS VEGAS 13

KANSAS CITY 19 DALLAS 9

ARIZONA 23 SEATTLE 13

LA CHARGERS 41 PITTSBURGH 37

NFL SCHEDULE: WEEK 12

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021

CHICAGO BEARS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOV. 23

BUFFALO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

FRESNO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

BOISE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS

KANSAS STATE AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 1 P.M. | FS1

IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 1:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UTEP AT UAB | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CINCINNATI AT EAST CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

SOUTH FLORIDA AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UNLV AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT UTAH | 4 P.M. | FOX

TCU AT IOWA STATE | 4:30 P.M. | FS1

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 8 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 12 P.M. | ABC

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12P.M. | CBSSN

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMY AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TEXAS TECH AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT TOLEDO | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT DUKE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

LOUISIANA TECH AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

UTSA AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT ARKANSAS STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3

UMASS AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 3 P.M. | FLOSPORTS

HAWAI’I AT WYOMING | 3 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

ALABAMA AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:45 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:45 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS | 7 P.M. | FS1

OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

PITT AT SYRACUSE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 8 P.M. | FOX

NEVADA AT COLORADO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

BYU AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

RANKSCHOOLVOTESPREV
1GEORGIA (11-0)1550 (62)1
2OHIO STATE (10-1)14345
3ALABAMA (10-1)14232
4CINCINNATI (11-0)14163
5NOTRE DAME (10-1)12626
6MICHIGAN (10-1)12468
7OKLAHOMA STATE (10-1)12099
8OLE MISS (9-2)106010
9BAYLOR (9-2)104611
10OKLAHOMA (10-1)100112
11OREGON (9-2)8494
12MICHIGAN STATE (9-2)7787
13BYU (9-2)77114
14TEXAS A&M (8-3)62816
15UTSA (11-0)58315
16UTAH (8-3)56124
17IOWA (9-2)53818
18WISCONSIN (8-3)51719
19HOUSTON (10-1)51617
20PITTSBURGH (9-2)44520
21WAKE FOREST (9-2)34413
22SAN DIEGO STATE (10-1)27323
23LOUISIANA (10-1)24622
24NORTH CAROLINA STATE (8-3)14125
25ARKANSAS (7-4)10521

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

RANKSCHOOLVOTESPREV
1GEORGIA (11-0)1550 (62)1
2ALABAMA (10-1)14502
3OHIO STATE (10-1)14284
4CINCINNATI (11-0)13883
5NOTRE DAME (10-1)12586
6MICHIGAN (10-1)12507
7OKLAHOMA STATE (10-1)12109
8OLE MISS (9-2)104910
9OKLAHOMA (10-1)101011
10BAYLOR (9-2)97713
11OREGON (9-2)8645
12IOWA (9-2)72214
13MICHIGAN STATE (9-2)6988
14TEXAS A&M (8-3)68316
15BYU (9-2)67515
16HOUSTON (10-1)57217
17PITTSBURGH (9-2)50719
18WISCONSIN (8-3)48520
19UTAH (8-3)47825
20UTSA (11-0)47518
21WAKE FOREST (9-2)40412
22SAN DIEGO STATE (10-1)25723
23LOUISIANA (10-1)23621
24NORTH CAROLINA STATE (8-3)19624
25KENTUCKY (8-3)91NR

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ARIZONA 80 #OR MICHIGAN 62

#6 PURDUE 80 #5 VILLANOVA 74

#17 TENNESSEE 89 #18 NORTH CAROLINA 72

#22 ST. BONAVENTURE 70 MARQUETTE 54

XAVIER 88 NORFOLK STATE 48

INDIANA 76 LOUISIANA 14

BALL STATE 89 MASSACHUSETTS 86

BRYANT 78 HOLY CROSS 62

TEMPLE 75  ELON 58

WEBER STATE 68 GREEN BAY 58

BOSTON UNIVERSITY 76 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 58

PENN 71 OLD DOMINION 63

BOISE STATE 60 OLE MISS 50

GEORGIA STATE 74 HIGH POINT 66

ST. THOMAS 86 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 73

TENNESSEE MARTIN 77 NORTH DAKOTA 72

AIR FORCE 73 BETHUNE COOKMAN 65

SAM HOUSTON 77 LITTLE ROCK 59

NAVY 77 FURMAN 66

ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 86 ALABAMA A&M 41

MISSISSIPPI STATE 66 MOREHEAD STATE 46

UTAH STATE 73 OKLAHOMA 70

SOUTHERN MISS 82 LAMAR 75

PRINCETON 81 OREGON STATE 80

SOUTH DAKOTA 83 TENNESSEE STATE 66

DENVER 74 HOUSTON BAPTIST 61

NIAGARA 58 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 53

NEBRASKA 82 SOUTHERN 59

MARSHALL 80 JACKSON STATE 66

NEBRASKA 82 SOUTHERN 59

VIRGINIA TECH 72 MERRIMACK 43

TEXAS A&M CC 77 TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 58

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 74 NORTH CAROLINA, GREENSBORO 71 OT

WESTERN CAROLINA 64 LONGWOOD 53

WEST VIRGINIA 66 CLEMSON 59

RHODE ISLAND 71 BOSTON COLLEGE 65

HOWARD 82 WILLIAM & MARY 76

WOFFORD 70 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 52

COLORADO STATE 95 CREIGHTON 81

FLORIDA STATE 73 LOYOLA MARYLAND 45

DAVIDSON 76. EAST CAROLINA 67

IOWA STATE 82 GRAMBLING 47

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 65 TEXAS SOUTHERN 57

FLORIDA GULF COAST 99 ECKERD COLLEGE 59

UTAH 72 TULSA 58

MIAMI, FLORIDA 86 FLORIDA A&M 59

MISSOURI 80 SMU 75 OT

NORTHEASTERN 59 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 47

NEW MEXICO STATE 80 INDIANA STATE 66

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 74 NORTHERN COLORADO 70

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 80 #9 OREGON 63

#2 CONNECTICUT 60 #23 SOUTHPORT AT 53

#3 MARYLAND 79 #6 BAYLOR 76

#7 STANFORD 66 GONZAGA 62

DRAKE AT #8 IOWA CANCELED

#16 TENNESSEE 74 #12 TEXAS 70 OT

#14 FLORIDA STATE 76 GRAMBLING 53

AUBURN 59 #18 GEORGIA TECH 51

#19 KENTUCKY 92 WINTHROP 47

#20 UCLA 69 VIRGINIA 57

#22 WEST VIRGINIA 83 RADFORD 31

NOTRE DAME 94 BRYANT 35

CLEMSON 67 PENN STATE 64

FORDHAM 71 MICHIGAN STATE 68

ILLINOIS 86 UC RIVERSIDE 82

XAVIER 70 VALPARAISO 49

MINNESOTA 70 SYRACUSE 63

DEPAUL 78 NORTHWESTERN 75

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA CLIPPERS 97 DALLAS 91

LA LAKERS 121 DETROIT 116

CHICAGO 109 NEW YORK 103

PHOENIX 126 DENVER 97

GOLDEN STATE 119 TORONTO 104

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 5 MINNESOTA 4

NY RANGERS 5 BUFFALO 4

CALGARY 4 BOSTON 0

TORONTO 3 NY ISLANDERS 0

CHICAGO 1 VANCOUVER 0

SEATTLE 5 WASHINGTON 2

ARIZONA 2 LOS ANGELES 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER PLAYOFFS

NEW YORK CITY FC 2 ATLANTA 0

PORTLAND 3 MINNESOTA 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES/RELEASES

CHIEFS LEAN ON D TO STUFF PRESCOTT, COWBOYS IN 19-9 WIN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs had played so horrendously on defense earlier this season that the Dallas Cowboys and their top-ranked offense probably felt confident that they could keep things rolling Sunday night.

Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs made an emphatic statement to the contrary.

Jones piled up 3 1/2 sacks while forcing a fumble and recovering one, and Charvarius Ward and L’Jarius Sneed picked off Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at crucial points in the game, helping the AFC West-leading Chiefs roll to a 19-9 victory over the Cowboys inside noticeably raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

“We had a few rough weeks. We had a lot of guys injured. It wasn’t clicking,” Jones acknowledged, “but when you take everything into consideration, we were still able to compete. And to have everyone back and build that chemistry, I think it’s a huge part of our success right now.”

The defense helped bail out Patrick Mahomes, who had 260 yards passing with an interception and a fumble. Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 63 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Chiefs (7-4) in his return from injured reserve.

“This entire season, there’s been a lot of ups and downs for everybody,” said Mahomes, whose team is nevertheless 4-0 against the NFC East and riding a four-game win streak into its bye. “We’ve had games where we put up a lot of points and played good, and games we haven’t, and we still found a way to get a win.”

Prescott was held to 216 yards passing and two interceptions for the Cowboys, though he was missing a whole lot of help.

Left tackle Tyron Smith missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. Amari Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb sustained a concussion just before halftime. And running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared to tweak his ankle early on, though he finished the game with nine carries for 32 yards.

“We had a healthy 48 players ready to play,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “We had a number of guys that couldn’t play in the game. That’s the NFL. That’s the course of a season.”

Micah Parsons was the biggest bright spot for the Cowboys (7-3), forcing a fumble and getting two more sacks, as the NFL’s highest-scoring offense was held to 5 of 15 on third down and 276 yards in all.

“I’m never discouraged but pissed off, yeah, for sure,” Prescott said. “Especially when you have an opportunity to come out and play against a team that’s been in the Super Bowl the last two years, and we had a chance to show what we’re capable of. But this is a resilient team that’s going to continue to fight and get better, I can tell you that.”

The Chiefs did the exact same thing after a rough first seven weeks that left them 3-4 and last in the AFC West. They’ve eliminated many of the turnovers and penalties that hamstrung their offense, and a defense that was historically inept in September and October has turned into a ferocious, ball-hawking bunch in November.

Just ask Prescott, who spent a good part of Sunday running away from it.

Mahomes followed up a 406-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Raiders by dicing up the Cowboys in the first half. He led Kansas City on an 86-yard march that ended with Travis Kelce taking a direct snap for a touchdown, then he led a 65-yard drive a few minutes later that ended with Edwards-Helaire’s short TD run.

All the Cowboys managed was Greg Zuerlein’s field goal and they trailed 16-3 at the break.

Zuerlein hit two more in the second half, and Harrison Butker added another field goal for Kansas City as the teams traded silly mistakes that kept them from reaching the end zone. Mahomes had a pass bounce off Kelce’s hands for another interception, and the Cowboys had a promising drive go haywire after a false-start penalty.

The Chiefs made sure the Cowboys never got within one possession the rest of the way.

“Every week is a big-time challenge, and I’m talking about wins and losses, these ups and downs – teams are favored and they get beat. It’s crazy,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We just have to keep our nose to it and bear down and take each game as it comes. We haven’t proven anything yet. You can talk about it all after the season; go find an island and tell everyone about it. But right now, not so much.”

Heinicke, Washington spoil Newton’s homecoming 27-21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Taylor Heinicke was by far the lesser-known of the two quarterbacks making their return to Charlotte on Sunday.

But it was Heinicke who upstaged Cam Newton by throwing for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defense, helping Washington spoil the 2015 MVP’s return to Bank of America Stadium with a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Terry McLaurin had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown as Washington (4-6) piled up 369 yards of offense.

Heinicke said winning at Carolina “didn’t mean that much” to him personally because he only spent one season here in 2018. But he knows it was important to his teammates and coaches who have ties to Carolina, including coach Ron Rivera, who was 76-63-1 in nine seasons with the Panthers and led them to an NFC title in 2015 with Newton at quarterback.

“To know we were going to win with those last two kneel-downs was nice,” Heinicke said.

Washington’s players presented Rivera with a game ball.

“I felt good. I really did,” said Rivera, who was cheered by the crowd before the game. “It was fun. And it would’ve been disappointing if it went the other way.”

Newton is hoping to help steer the Panthers (5-6) toward a playoff run in his first start since returning to Carolina, where he spent nine previous seasons.

And he provided some big moments, throwing for 189 yards and two touchdowns and running for a 24-yard score that he celebrated by running to the team’s logo at midfield, slamming down the ball and doing his Superman impersonation by pretending to rip open his jersey.

But Newton’s final two potential game-winning drives ended when the Panthers turned the ball over on downs. Daron Payne and James Smith-Williams sacked Newton with 1:11 left to seal the game for Washington.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he stuck with Newton on the final two possessions even though the QB doesn’t have a full grasp of the team’s two-minute offense after joining Carolina 10 days ago.

“Being able to get completions is something that every two-minute offense is predicated off of,” Newton said. “It’s just the little minute things that come down signals and things like that. I have to get in the book and really get a grasp on it.”

Christian McCaffrey combined for 119 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown for the Panthers.

Heinicke played one of the best games of his career, finishing with a QB rating of 141.3.

After Newton connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to McCaffrey down the seam to tie the game at 21 midway through the fourth quarter, Heinicke led Washington into Carolina territory behind a scrambling fourth-and-2 completion to tight end John Bates and a first-down run on a bootleg. That set up former Panther Joey Slye’s go-ahead 36-yard field goal with 4:13 left in the game.

“Those plays are kind of like backyard football,” Heinicke said. “You’re just trying to make something happen. I remember doing that in the backyard as a little kid at halftime of the Packers games.”

Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson said he’s impressed with how much Heinicke has improved since he left Carolina.

“You can always count on him to be a fighter, a competitor,” Jackson said. “He just plays to win. It doesn’t matter if he has to hand it off 100 times or throw it 100 times. He really competed for those guys today.”

Newton has now lost nine straight starts with the Panthers dating to the 2018 season.

Still, Rhule said he was pleased with the quarterback’s performance.

“I thought Cam was excellent,” Rhule said. “From where we are, being a week into it, I thought he did a nice job.”

FREEMAN TD LIFTS RAVENS OVER BEARS WITH JACKSON SIDELINED

CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Huntley was on the way to the game Sunday when he got the message from Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens’ star quarterback was too sick to play.

Subbing for Jackson, Huntley led a winning drive capped by Devonta Freeman’s 3-yard run with 22 seconds remaining, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears 16-13.

“It’s crazy,” Huntley said. “I was walking toward the bus and Lamar texted me. He said, `Go do your thing today and (I’ll be) watching.'”

Jackson was sidelined by illness for the AFC North-leading Ravens (7-3), who ruled him out 90 minutes before kickoff after he took some throws on the field. The 2019 MVP was a full participant in practice Friday after being held out the previous two days.

Coach John Harbaugh said the illness is not COVID-19 or influenza. He said Jackson seemed to be feeling better after the game, though he expects him to keep getting tested.

“He had it (Saturday), he had it on the plane,” Harbaugh said. “He had it in the meetings at night. We were hoping that he was going to wake up feeling better. He didn’t. He felt worse.”

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals, and the Ravens came away with the win after losing the previous week at Miami.

The Bears (3-7) lost their fifth straight.

Chicago’s Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder to an open Marquise Goodwin in the closing minutes. Justin Fields had left the game with injured ribs in the third quarter.

Dalton found Goodwin deep down the middle on fourth-and-11 to cap a 75-yard drive and put Chicago on top 13-9 with 1:41 remaining. Even though the 2-point conversion pass failed, the Bears appeared to be in good shape.

But Baltimore answered with the 72-yard touchdown drive. Freeman ran it in after Huntley’s 29-yard pass to Sammy Watkins put the ball on the 3, and the Ravens came out on top even without their best player.

“I think it means a lot,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “I think going into the game, there’s a lot of not knowing what was going happen. We have two corners go down. All week, you don’t have Lamar and then he comes back Friday and you’re like, `We’re good, we’re good.’ Then, you see him on the plane curled up in a ball and I look over, I’m like, `I don’t think this guy’s gonna be able to play.’ It was just crazy.”

Huntley completed 26 of 36 passes for 219 yards in his first career start. The second-year pro who was undrafted out of Utah also threw an interception and got sacked six times in his fifth pro appearance.

Fields took a big step backward following several promising outings. The rookie was 4 of 11 for 79 yards after throwing for a career-high 291 yards at Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

Coach Matt Nagy had no update on the extent of his injury after the game or his status for the game at Detroit on Thursday.

“When you’re talking about ribs, you’ve gotta find out how much it affects him,” Nagy said. “We as a staff have to talk through all that.”

Dalton said he’ll be ready either way.

“I prepare the same way I’ve prepared this whole year. So if I’m starting I’ll be ready to go,” he said.

Dalton, who started the first two games before a knee injury in Week 2 against Cincinnati, came in with 8:46 left in the third quarter and quickly threw a 60-yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney on a screen to give the Bears a 7-6 lead. The veteran was 11 for 23 for 201 yards.

Mooney caught five passes for 121 yards. Goodwin added 104 yards on four receptions. Robert Quinn had a career-high 3 1/2 sacks. But the Bears remained winless following byes since 2013.

It didn’t help that Bears were missing star linebacker Khalil Mack, who is expected to have season-ending foot surgery this week. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) were also unavailable.

It just adds to the Chicago fans’ frustration. And they let the Bears hear it, showering them with boos.

“We don’t go out there to lose a game or mess up a game,” linebacker Alec Ogletree said. “And we want to give the fans something to cheer about. But like I said, we have to find a way to correct our mistakes and do the right things.”

CHUBB RUNS FOR 130, BROWNS HOLD OFF WINLESS LIONS 13-10

CLEVELAND (AP) With the game’s outcome in doubt and Cleveland’s season in serious danger, the Browns turned to their most reliable player.

Nick Chubb came through as always.

“We needed him and he showed up,” said Browns cornerback Denzel Ward.

Chubb caught a touchdown pass, rushed for 130 yards and helped run out the clock as the Browns held on to avoid a season-wrecking upset and keep Detroit winless with a sloppy 13-10 victory over the Lions on Sunday.

Chubb returned to Cleveland’s lineup after a one-game absence due to COVID-19. The star running back had a a 5-yard TD reception from Baker Mayfield and then helped the Browns (6-5) put away the Lions (0-9-1).

Leading by 3, the Browns got the ball back with 2:29 left. As the FirstEnergy Stadium crowd chanted “Chubb, Chubb” before every snap, coach Kevin Stefanski had Mayfield hand off the ball to one of the NFL’s best backs.

Chubb ripped off runs of 3, 4, 11 and 15 yards to ice it.

“Everybody was chanting Chubb’s name at the end,” Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett. said. “I was definitely cheering for my guy.”

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry also scored as the Browns barely bounced back after being blown out by 38 points last week at New England.

The Lions (0-9-1) couldn’t build off any momentum from their 16-16 tie a week ago in Pittsburgh and made some critical mistakes while growing their winless streak to 14 games. They are the league’s only winless team.

“Nobody likes to lose,” said Lions running back D’Andre Swift, who finished with a career-high 136 yards. “We want to win, so it’s frustrating.”

Swift broke off a 57-yard TD run in the second half to keep the Lions close.

Kicker Aldrick Rosas made a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to pull Detroit within 13-10. However, the Lions’ offense couldn’t come up with one more big play, and coach Dan Campbell decided to punt with 2:36 left, denying his team a last chance.

“I thought we’d get the ball back,” Campbell said. “I’m sure there are people who consider me too conservative, but you’ve got to be careful and you’ve got to be smart. We’re trying to win games 14-13 or 16-13.”

The Lions played without starting quarterback Jared Goff, who injured his oblique against the Steelers. Tim Boyle finished 15 of 23 for 77 yards with two interceptions in his first NFL start.

Mayfield was limited in practice this week with shoulder, foot and knee injuries, and said he is more “beat up” than at any point in his career. He threw a first-half interception and had other issues in wet conditions before connecting with Chubb late in the second quarter.

Mayfield finished 15 of 29 for 176 yards and two interceptions.

When the game ended, Mayfield pulled off his helmet and headed straight to the locker room without shaking hands with any teammates or Lions players, an unusual reaction following a tough win.

Mayfield declined to speak with reporters following the game for the first time in his four seasons with Cleveland.

Landry’s 16-yard scoring run came on a gadget formation to open the second quarter. The Browns were determined to get Landry more touches, and the sure-handed receiver moved behind center with Mayfield shifting right. Landry took the snap and rolled left looking to throw back to his right.

With nobody open, Landry tucked the ball and sprinted up the middle for his second rushing TD this season.

The Browns took a two-TD lead late in the half with help from the Lions, who committed three penalties – two by cornerback Amani Oruwariye – on a 76-yard scoring drive capped by Chubb’s TD.

Boyle came in with just four career pass attempts. Goff didn’t practice this week and his status remains uncertain for Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against Chicago.

GAROPPOLO THROWS 2 MORE TDS, 49ERS DOMINATE JAGUARS 30-10

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Making a cross-country trip following a short week that included their most impressive victory of the season, the San Francisco 49ers had the potential for a letdown against Jacksonville.

They instead delivered a beatdown.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes for the third consecutive game, and the 49ers dominated Jacksonville 30-10 on Sunday for their third win in four weeks.

“I don’t feel like some light clicked on or nothing,” Niners left tackle Trent Williams said. “That’s what we want to do every game. Sometimes they make a good play, we make mistakes and it doesn’t go our way. But that is how we always want to play a game like that.”

Coming off a 31-10 stunner against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, the 49ers (5-5) traveled 2,700 miles, kicked off at 10 a.m. West Coast time and looked every bit like a playoff contender for the second time in six days.

San Francisco scored on its first five possessions, including opening the game with a 20-play field-goal drive that took more than 13 minutes, and set the tone for what would be another long day for the Jaguars (2-8).

The Niners ran 33 of the game’s first 37 plays and had more first downs (14) than Jacksonville had yards (12) midway through the second quarter.

The game was so lopsided early in the third quarter that San Francisco called for a tackle-eligible play on third-and-goal from the 1 that resulted in Williams getting his first career target. Garoppolo threw high, drawing laughs from everyone on San Francisco’s sideline, but he found George Kittle for a touchdown on the next play.

“Man, it was such a blur,” Williams said. “Once I seen Jimmy throw it, I was like, `Oh, yeah, this is my time now. I got to go get this.’ As soon as I left the ground, I got blasted. I don’t know who hit me. I felt like it was like 10 people right there. It’s definitely way harder than it looked for sure.

“I got different respect for receivers now.”

The Jaguars finished with 200 yards on 44 plays, tied for the fifth fewest in franchise history. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence put his arm around coach Urban Meyer late in the game and got some words of encouragement.

“You get your (butt) kicked and there’s going to be a day where we don’t get our (butt) kicked here,” Meyer said. “That’s coming, and I know that guy’s going to be part of it.”

Garoppolo completed 16 of 22 passes for 176 yards. He connected with Brandon Aiyuk and Kittle for scores. It was Kittle’s third TD in as many weeks. Deebo Samuel ran eight times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

The Niners were equally stout on the other side of the ball, sacking Lawrence three times, stuffing James Robinson, and not allowing a touchdown until 3:09 remaining.

“There’s not much left to say,” Lawrence said. “Just got to keep going. Season’s not going to get canceled. … We got our butt kicked. It didn’t look good all the way around. Where you go from here is just keep going to work, everybody stay together, keep fighting. I know I will.”

VIKINGS OUTLAST RODGERS, PACKERS 34-31 ON GAME-ENDING FG

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Much to coach Mike Zimmer’s consternation, the Minnesota Vikings have made quite the habit of these white-knuckle, high-stress finishes.

All that experience must be paying off. They deftly followed the winning formula for beating Green Bay by making sure Aaron Rodgers was on the sideline at the end and not on the field.

Greg Joseph made a 29-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 34-31 victory over the Packers in a classic back-and-forth with their division rival and longtime nemesis.

“You know how they say, `Sunday is fun day?’ It’s not, at all,” an exhausted Zimmer said after the game was decided on the final snap for a sixth time in 10 games. The Vikings (5-5) have won three and lost three of those.

The only team in the NFL this year to hold a lead of seven or more points in every game, all but one of Minnesota’s games have been decided by one score. Kirk Cousins passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vikings stay a step ahead of Rodgers for most of the afternoon.

“Hopefully going forward we can kind of find our way to put the forks in teams, put them away when we have to, but we’re still trying to learn how to do that,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I think continuing to have these situations will continue to get us better.”

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, all on Green Bay’s final four full possessions, excluding a kneel-down to end the first half. All of those drives covered 74 yards or more.

Rodgers finished 23 for 33 for a season-high 385 yards for the Packers (8-3). After missing time earlier to COVID-19, Rodgers was unable to practice much this week because of a toe injury.

“It’s very, very painful. I got stepped on in the first half, and that kind of activated all the symptoms that I was having,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be another painful week next week, and then hopefully I can get healed up during the bye.”

Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 169 yards and two scores for the Vikings, including a third-down catch against rookie Eric Stokes that Cousins delivered for a 23-yard touchdown while being decked on a blitz by Darnell Savage. Dalvin Cook ran in the 2-point conversion to make up for an earlier missed extra point by Joseph.

On the next play from scrimmage, Rodgers threw a rainbow to Marquez Valdes-Scantling streaking past safety Xavier Woods for a 75-yard score to tie the game just before the two-minute warning.

“Every play with this guy is a fight. You just hope, when they go down and score in one play, that the offense can come back and do what they did,” Zimmer said. “So I was proud of them for that.”

When the Vikings regained the ball, Cousins nearly cost himself the comeback by slightly underthrowing Jefferson, whom Savage darted in front of to intercept the ball. He bobbled it on the way down, though, and a replay review overturned the call.

Cousins then went 3 for 3 for 51 yards on the next three snaps, and Cook – who rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown – ran for one more first down. Then the Vikings kneeled down twice to set up the final kick by Joseph.

“It’s just life in the NFL. It’s exciting. I certainly understand why people want to follow and watch it,” Cousins said.

DOLPHINS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT, TOP JETS 24-17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa showed up to his postgame news conference decked out in pajama pants speckled with dogs sporting Christmas hats.

Yep, the Miami Dolphins quarterback is already in the holiday spirit. And the team’s third straight victory had him feeling pretty jolly.

“We had some mishaps, but it didn’t matter,” Tagovailoa said after a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. “We just kept going.”

Tagovailoa, who threw a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin early in the fourth quarter, finished 27 of 33 for 273 yards and touchdown passes to Gaskin and Mack Hollins with one interception.

“I love Christmas and I have three dogs, so I have dogs with Christmas hats on,” a smiling Tagovailoa said of his postgame bottoms four days before Thanksgiving. “I’m thankful for a lot of things, I really am.”

Add this win to the list.

A week after an impressive victory over Baltimore, the Dolphins (4-7) overcame some penalties – and the Jets had some sloppy plays of their own – to get their first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row in the middle of last season.

“It’s been a long season and we didn’t start out like we wanted to,” Gaskin said. “I just think we’re getting more hungry.”

With the game tied at 14, Tagovailoa was facing heavy pressure when he got a throw off to Gaskin, who held onto the ball to put the Dolphins ahead 21-14 with 10:15 left despite getting hit by both C.J. Mosley and Elijah Riley in the end zone.

The drive was helped by a roughing the passer penalty on John Franklin-Myers on third down from the 6, when Tagovailoa’s pass to Gaskin fell incomplete.

“That was unacceptable,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.

A penalty hurt the Jets (2-8) again on Miami’s next possession, when Tagovailoa was sacked on third down – but it was wiped out by a holding call on Jason Pinnock. The Dolphins milked the clock and took a 24-14 lead with 1:57 remaining on Jason Sanders’ 24-yard field goal.

Matt Ammendola, who missed two field goals, made a 35-yarder in the closing seconds to cap the scoring.

Receiver Jaylen Waddle had a 1-yard TD run for Miami, which took the all-time series lead for the first time since 2000 by going up 56-55-1 in the head-to-head matchup.

The Jets, who rebounded defensively after allowing at least 45 points in three of their past four games, couldn’t make key stops late. And they couldn’t get much going consistently on offense.

Joe Flacco made his first start in place of the injured Zach Wilson, who missed his fourth straight game. New York opted to go with the 36-year-old Flacco over Mike White, saying the veteran would give them a better chance against Miami’s aggressive defense.

Flacco was 24 of 39 for 291 yards and touchdowns to Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder. Moore finished with eight catches for a career-best 141 yards.

“We did some good things,” Flacco said. “But we made too many mistakes to win the football game.”

JALEN HURTS RUNS FOR 3 SCORES, EAGLES BEAT SAINTS 40-29

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles stuck to their run-first approach and dominated the NFL’s top-ranked rushing defense.

Jalen Hurts ran for three touchdowns, Darius Slay returned an interception for a score and the Eagles beat the New Orleans Saints 40-29 on Sunday.

“Jalen is a special player who forces defenses to play different,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “You look at their stats but you also want to do what you do well.”

Miles Sanders ran for 94 yards, Hurts had 69, Jordan Howard added 63 and the Eagles racked up 242 yards on the ground against a team that allowed 72.9 yards rushing per game. The Eagles have surpassed 175 yards rushing in four straight games, including 200-plus in three victories in that span.

“It’s a big impact,” Sanders said of having a dual-threat QB like Hurts. “It opens up big holes for all of us. Having Jalen makes it ten times easier but you have to give credit to the offensive line.”

The Eagles (5-6) have won two in a row for the first time this season and Sirianni earned his first victory at home in five tries.

The Saints (5-5) dropped their third straight since losing quarterback Jameis Winston to a season-ending ACL injury during a 36-27 win over Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.

“Obviosuly, we didn’t do the things necessary to win in every phase,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Turnovers were significant. We struggled to defend their run game. And our return game was just average. All of us have to do a better job.”

Trevor Siemian threw three touchdown passes and two picks and ran for a score without several missing starters around him. Four-time Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara and tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk didn’t play.

The Eagles led 20-7 with under a minute left in the second quarter when Slay stepped in front of Siemian’s pass intended for Deonte Harris and returned it 51 yards for his third TD in four games. He had a 32-yard fumble recovery for a score against the Lions on Oct. 31 and returned a fumble 82 yards for a TD last week at Denver.

After the Saints scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull within 33-22, Hurts put the game away with a dazzling 24-yard TD run, juking defensive end Carl Granderson in the backfield before stepping up and sprinting down the left side.

“I just made a play,” Hurts said. “I’m frustrated from the drives we didn’t score.”

Hurts was 13 of 24 for 147 yards with no turnovers.

The Eagles took advantage of a turnover to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. After linebacker T.J. Edwards made a leaping interception on Siemian’s pass to give Philadelphia the ball at the Saints 39, Hurts connected with Dallas Goedert twice on third-and-6 to extend the drive and then scored on a sneak from the 1.

Hurts ran in from the 3 on the next possession, reaching the ball over the pylon with an underhanded extension to make it 14-0. Hurts has seven rushing TDs.

The Saints climbed back into it when Christian Ringo forced Sanders to fumble and recovered at the Eagles 6. After Siemian’s 8-yard TD pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey was negated by a holding penalty on Landon Young, he connected with Adam Trautman in the back of the end zone for an 18-yard TD pass on third-and-goal.

Siemian threw a 26-yard TD pass to Marquez Callaway early in the fourth quarter. The Saints failed to convert a 2-point conversion for the ninth straight time.

Siemian scrambled 17 yards for a TD to get the Saints within two scores at 33-19 with 10:52 remaining.

New Saints kicker Brett Maher rebounded from missing an extra point to hit a 28-yard field goal to cut it to 33-22.

TEXANS SNAP 8-GAME SKID, END TITANS’ 6-GAME STREAK 22-13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) David Culley relished a big win a couple of hours from his Tennessee hometown with his brother and sister watching.

Just not enough for the first-year Texans coach to hand out game balls.

“We ain’t won enough ballgames to get any game balls,” said Culley, a native of Sparta who played at Vanderbilt.

The Texans snapped the NFL’s longest active skid by beating the Titans 22-13 to end the league’s longest winning streak on a wet and rainy Sunday. The Texans (2-8) came in having lost eight straight since winning their season opener and hadn’t scored a TD on the road since Sept. 19.

Houston’s victory also marks the latest win in a season by a team with the worst record over the team with the best record in the same conference since the 1970 merger. Cincinnati’s win over Pittsburgh in Week 7 of the 1979 season had been the previous such win, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Desmond King had two of the Texans’ four interceptions that tied a franchise record – three in the fourth quarter to snuff out the Titans’ attempted rally. Houston turned those and a muffed punt into 13 points. The Texans also had two sacks.

“It’s just huge to get this thing rolling,” Houston linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill said. “It’s been tough. It’s been super tough. To come out here and get a big win on the road against probably one of the best teams in the AFC, that’s huge. So, we’re excited.”

The AFC-leading Titans (8-3) snapped their six-game winning streak with their first loss since Oct. 3. That came to the then-winless New York Jets, and the Texans hadn’t won since the season opener. The Texans also left defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard with his seven sacks in seven games back in Houston with an injured foot.

Tennessee outgained Houston 420-190. But the Titans couldn’t overcome their mistakes on a day where their injury list grew even longer with wide receiver A.J. Brown knocked out of the game in the third quarter with an injured chest.

“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot you know?” Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said after a career-high four interceptions. “Turnovers, turnover on downs, penalties. We shot ourselves in the foot all day. And we got to get better and it starts with me.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said, “Our offense certainly was its own worst enemy.”

Tennessee already declared six out for this game, including three starters, and also put linebacker Bud Dupree on injured reserve. Starting cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins was a game-time scratch with a chest injury.

The Texans, fresh coming off their bye, took a 3-0 lead on their opening drive and never trailed again. Texans linebacker Grugier-Hill picked off Tannehill’s pass and returned it 82 yards to the Titans 6 at the end of the first quarter.

Tennessee held the Texans to a second field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn for a 6-0 lead.

Taylor capped a 76-yard drive scrambling 7 yards to the end zone where he flipped over Titans safety Amani Hooker for the TD. It was Houston’s first TD on the road since Sept. 19 at Cleveland. But Fairbairn’s extra point was wide left in heavy rain.

“To see your quarterback do that especially, I kind of went `Aw, shoot, just come down in one piece,'” Texans running back Rex Burkhead said.

Tennessee tried to score just before halftime. But Tannehill was flagged for intentional grounding with 4 seconds left with no timeouts remaining.

A muffed punt summed up the Titans’ day. After finally forcing the Texans to punt, Titans returner Chester Rogers tried to turn away from the ball after a Texans defender ran past him only to have the ball hit his right heel. Trevon Smith recovered before a big Texans’ celebration in the end zone.

Taylor ran 5 yards for his second TD and a 19-0 lead with 7:00 left in the third.

Tannehill tried to start the comeback with an 18-yard TD pass to rookie Dez Fitzpatrick with 2:24 left in the third. Anthony Firkser recovered a fumble in the end zone to pull the Titans within 19-13 with 7:47 left.

BENGALS SNAP SKID, TOPPLE SLUMPING RAIDERS 32-13

LAS VEGAS (AP) Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon asked his teammates at Thursday’s practice what the plans were for a touchdown celebration in lieu of their first-ever trip to Las Vegas.

“We was like, `we gotta do something like we gambling,'” Mixon said.

Mixon rushed for 123 yards, scored two touchdowns, celebrated in the end zone by pretending to shake and roll a pair of dice, and the Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 32-13 on Sunday.

The well-rested Bengals (6-4) came out of their bye week and snapped a two-game skid to climb back into the AFC North race, while the Raiders (5-5) lost their third straight since their bye week when they led the AFC West

“We don’t talk a lot about big picture this season, what games we have coming up … we just put ourselves in a position to control our destiny at this point,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “As long as we take care of our business one week at a time then we’ll be in great shape.”

Joe Burrow was 20 of 29 for 148 yards and threw one touchdown for Cincinnati, while Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Ja’Marr Chase caught three passes, including one TD. Chase leads all rookies with eight touchdowns this season.

Bengals kicker Evan McPherson had four field goals and became the 13th player with three of 50 yards or more in a game.

“Against that team, you just try to stay on schedule,” said Burrow, who was just 12 of 18 for 78 yards and was sacked twice in the first half. “For the most part, we were able to get first downs when we needed them.”

Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s defense limited the Raiders to 278 yards, the second time the Bengals held an opponent to fewer than 300 yards in a game.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 19 of 27 for 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Tight end Darren Waller caught seven passes for 116 yards, while his backup Foster Moreau’s lone catch was a 19-yard touchdown.

Las Vegas failed to convert on its first six third-down attempts -a stretch of 14 straight over two games from last week’s loss to Kansas City – until Carr hit Hunter Renfrow for 8 yards on a third-and-2 with two minutes left in the game.

A conversion too late, as it turned out, as Carr was sacked on the next two plays, fumbled on the second one, and watched the Bengals wrap up the win.

“We just wanted to get after the quarterback, that’s always number one, getting him uncomfortable,” Bengals cornerback Eli Apple said. “Taking away the quick easy stuff, making them earn everything. We just wanted to be more aggressive for sure.”

Las Vegas’ ineffectiveness on third downs and in the red zone was amplified by costly penalties. The Raiders were flagged seven times for 77 yards, while Cincinnati had just one penalty for 5 yards.

“We had penalties in critical situations and extended drives for them against our defense,” Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said. “We gave some big push in there. We expected to get some runs out of them from a team that runs the ball really well. We have to look at how the penalties actually hurt us and why our offense is out of sync right now.”

The Raiders have been outscored 96-43 since their bye week.

“The men in our room, the way we work, the way we go after things, it shouldn’t always end like this,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “We have another one in a few days against a really good football team. If we don’t want to stand up here and have to do this again, we better get it right.”

Things started off well for the Raiders after Yannick Ngakoue gifted the offense when his strip-sack fumble on the Bengals’ first drive ended up in the hands of Dallin Leavitt, who returned the ball 32 yards to the Cincinnati 9.

But the Raiders, who entered Week 11 ranked 26th in converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns, mustered just 1 yard on their opening drive and settled for a field goal.

The Raiders didn’t find the end zone early until the fourth quarter when Carr found Moreau for a 19-yard TD strike to get Las Vegas within 16-13.

But after Chase’s touchdown made it 22-13, Carr was intercepted by Apple and two plays later Mixon added the exclamation point with a 20-yard run to the end zone that put the game out of reach.

Chiefs lean on D to stuff Prescott, Cowboys in 19-9 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs had played so horrendously on defense earlier this season that the Dallas Cowboys and their top-ranked offense probably felt confident that they could keep things rolling Sunday night.

Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs made an emphatic statement to the contrary.

Jones piled up 3 1/2 sacks while forcing a fumble and recovering one, and Charvarius Ward and L’Jarius Sneed picked off Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at crucial points in the game, helping the AFC West-leading Chiefs roll to a 19-9 victory over the Cowboys inside noticeably raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

“We had a few rough weeks. We had a lot of guys injured. It wasn’t clicking,” Jones acknowledged, “but when you take everything into consideration, we were still able to compete. And to have everyone back and build that chemistry, I think it’s a huge part of our success right now.”

The defense helped bail out Patrick Mahomes, who had 260 yards passing with an interception and a fumble. Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 63 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Chiefs (7-4) in his return from injured reserve.

“This entire season, there’s been a lot of ups and downs for everybody,” said Mahomes, whose team is nevertheless 4-0 against the NFC East and riding a four-game win streak into its bye. “We’ve had games where we put up a lot of points and played good, and games we haven’t, and we still found a way to get a win.”

Prescott was held to 216 yards passing and two interceptions for the Cowboys, though he was missing a whole lot of help.

Left tackle Tyron Smith missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. Amari Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb sustained a concussion just before halftime. And running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared to tweak his ankle early on, though he finished the game with nine carries for 32 yards.

“We had a healthy 48 players ready to play,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “We had a number of guys that couldn’t play in the game. That’s the NFL. That’s the course of a season.”

Micah Parsons was the biggest bright spot for the Cowboys (7-3), forcing a fumble and getting two more sacks, as the NFL’s highest-scoring offense was held to 5 of 15 on third down and 276 yards in all.

“I’m never discouraged but pissed off, yeah, for sure,” Prescott said. “Especially when you have an opportunity to come out and play against a team that’s been in the Super Bowl the last two years, and we had a chance to show what we’re capable of. But this is a resilient team that’s going to continue to fight and get better, I can tell you that.”

The Chiefs did the exact same thing after a rough first seven weeks that left them 3-4 and last in the AFC West. They’ve eliminated many of the turnovers and penalties that hamstrung their offense, and a defense that was historically inept in September and October has turned into a ferocious, ball-hawking bunch in November.

Just ask Prescott, who spent a good part of Sunday running away from it.

Mahomes followed up a 406-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Raiders by dicing up the Cowboys in the first half. He led Kansas City on an 86-yard march that ended with Travis Kelce taking a direct snap for a touchdown, then he led a 65-yard drive a few minutes later that ended with Edwards-Helaire’s short TD run.

All the Cowboys managed was Greg Zuerlein’s field goal and they trailed 16-3 at the break.

Zuerlein hit two more in the second half, and Harrison Butker added another field goal for Kansas City as the teams traded silly mistakes that kept them from reaching the end zone. Mahomes had a pass bounce off Kelce’s hands for another interception, and the Cowboys had a promising drive go haywire after a false-start penalty.

The Chiefs made sure the Cowboys never got within one possession the rest of the way.

“Every week is a big-time challenge, and I’m talking about wins and losses, these ups and downs – teams are favored and they get beat. It’s crazy,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We just have to keep our nose to it and bear down and take each game as it comes. We haven’t proven anything yet. You can talk about it all after the season; go find an island and tell everyone about it. But right now, not so much.”

MCCOY LEADS CARDINALS TO DECISIVE 23-13 WIN OVER SEAHAWKS

SEATTLE (AP) When called upon three weeks ago, Colt McCoy viewed himself as a caretaker.

The Arizona Cardinals were already off to a terrific start. McCoy’s job when Kyler Murray went to the sideline with an ankle injury was to avoid giving away what the Cardinals already accomplished.

McCoy more than did his part, and his best performance was likely his last start for Arizona. With Murray out one more week, McCoy threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 23-13 on Sunday.

McCoy went 2-1 with Murray sidelined, including divisional road wins at San Francisco and Seattle. The Cardinals will go into their bye with the best record in the NFL and the expectation of Murray and DeAndre Hopkins returning after the break.

“It’s just my responsibility. That’s how I see it,” McCoy said. “I came here to be a part of this team and this group, and when your number’s called, that’s my role, and I’m proud to have won a couple games on the road.”

For the second straight season, McCoy was a backup thrust into a starting role in Seattle and walked away with a victory. Last year, McCoy was with the New York Giants and pulled off a December win in an empty stadium.

This time, McCoy helped silence Lumen Field and sent fans to the exits early. McCoy went 35 of 44 and thoroughly outplayed Seattle’s Russell Wilson in his first home start since undergoing finger surgery. McCoy threw touchdown passes of 1 and 2 yards to Zach Ertz in the first half, got a bit of luck in the third quarter when a potential interception was overturned on replay, and had his first 300-yard passing game since 2014.

“There’s no worse feeling than losing before the bye, so finding a way to win before this was definitely a big goal of ours,” Ertz said.

Arizona (9-2) had scoring drives of 92 and 82 yards in the first half that ate up 16 minutes. The Cardinals ran off another 7 1/2 minutes early in the fourth quarter but Matt Prater missed his second field goal attempt, from 36 yards to give Seattle hope.

After 20 straight offensive drives without a touchdown, DeeJay Dallas scored on a 2-yard run with 7:08 left to pull Seattle within 16-13. The drive was keyed by a 48-yard pass to Tyler Lockett.

But McCoy put the game away with another terrific possession that included a 20-yard pass to Ertz on third-and-7 and two designed runs for first downs. James Conner capped the drive with a 1-yard run with 2:20 left that sent Seattle fans streaming for the exits.

“We had to have it when we made that drive, and just a real great response from that offensive unit,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

Ertz had eight catches for 88 yards and Rondale Moore at 11 receptions as the Cardinals used a variety of options to make up for the absence of injured DeAndre Hopkins.

And they may have helped provide the final blow to Seattle’s lifeless season.

“I’m just disappointed I have to keep coming back and talking about the same stuff,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t feel like I have good answers for you because our answers so far have not turned it.”

The Seahawks (3-7) lost their second straight and for the fifth time in the past six games. Their offense was abysmal, their defense failed to get third-down stops, and Seattle was regularly booed by the home fans after its fourth home loss of the season.

Wilson looked confused and indecisive, and didn’t get help from his receivers at times. Play calling didn’t help, with strange decisions to target Dallas and Penny Hart on key third downs in the second half.

Seattle went 20 straight drives without a touchdown before Dallas’ TD run midway through the fourth quarter. Wilson was 14 of 26 for 207 yards. Seattle punted on five of its first seven possessions and Wilson was sacked four times, 2 1/2 coming from Chandler Jones.

“To walk off the field with the best record in the NFL, it’s an an amazing feeling,” Jones said. “It goes to show you that none of the work goes in vain that we put in throughout the week.”

HERBERT THROWS FOR 382 YARDS, CHARGERS HOLD OFF STEELERS

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Justin Herbert threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 2:17 remaining and the Los Angeles Chargers held off the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-37 on Sunday night.

Los Angeles (6-4) had a 27-10 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Steelers (5-4-1) rallied to take a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard field goal with 3:24 left. Los Angeles took over at the 25 and scored four plays later when Williams was wide open and went untouched up the left sideline.

“We originally called an out route to Keenan, but the cornerback was covering the flat really hard. Justin told me to be ready. I was open and ran straight to the end zone,” Williams said.

Herbert was 30 of 41 for 382 yards and three touchdowns. He had 90 yards rushing, which is the most by a Chargers quarterback in a game. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 112 yards, and Williams had 97 yards on five catches.

“We did a great job moving the ball and answering back when we needed to,” Herbert said. “It got a little too close for sure. We had our opportunities to put it away. The defense did a great job coming up with stops and then we put points up on what was a huge day for us.”

Austin Ekeler had a career-high four touchdowns. Ekeler, who had 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing), is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two rushing and two receiving scores in a game.

The Chargers generated 533 yards of offense, their fourth most since 2000. It is also tied for the eighth most that the Steelers have allowed in a game in franchise history.

“I thought we had them,” said Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson, who had seven catches for 101 yards. “But it’s football. Stuff is going to happen, and we didn’t respond like we were supposed to.”

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns for Pittsburgh after missing last week’s game against Detroit after testing positive for COVID-19. Najee Harris was held to 39 yards and a TD

Two of Pittsburgh’s scores during its rally came off Chargers’ mistakes. Harris scored on a 1-yard run to get the Steelers to 27-20, four plays after Miles Killebrew blocked Ty Long’s punt and it rolled out of bounds at the LA 3.

Ekeler put the Chargers back up by two scores with his fourth score of the game before the Steelers scored 17 straight points to take the lead. Roethlisberger connected with Eric Ebron for a 5-yard TD to draw them ton 34-27. On the ensuing drive, Cameron Sutton picked off Herbert’s pass intended for Allen and returned it to the 10. Pat Freiermuth tied it three plays later on a 5-yard TD run.

After Williams’ go-ahead score, Pittsburgh took over at the 25. Roethlisberger was sacked twice and the Steelers eventually turned it over on downs at the 3, where the Chargers ran out the final 1:15.

After Pittsburgh took the opening kickoff and scored on Chris Boswell’s 36-yard field goal, Ekeler put Los Angeles on top 7-3 with a 6-yard carry off left tackle.

Ekeler extended the lead to 14-3 with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter with a 10-yard reception on a check-down from Herbert. His best play of the night though came on his third TD, when he took a screen from Herbert, juked Steelers’ cornerback James Pierre, broke a tackle by Terrell Edmunds and then dragged Taco Charlton the last 3 yards into the end zone to make it 24-10 three minutes into the third quarter.

NFL: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY

Including Minnesota’s game-winning field goal as time expired, there have been 23 games decided by a game-winning score on the final play this season, the most such games through Week 11 since 1970.

With two games remaining in Week 11, there have been 37 games with a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime this season, the third-most such games through Week 11 all-time. Only 2015 (39) and 2003 (39) had more.

Three teams – HOUSTON, INDIANAPOLIS and MINNESOTA – 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.

Since Week 9, there have been 11 wins by teams with a .500-or-below winning percentage against division leaders, the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-11 of a single season since 1970.

Houston and Minnesota each defeated teams that entered Week 11 with at least four more victories than them on the season. There have been eight such wins this season, tied with 1974 (eight) for the most wins by teams over an opponent who had at least four more wins on the season through Week 11.

Indianapolis running back JONATHAN TAYLOR totaled 204 scrimmage yards (185 rushing, 19 receiving) and five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in the Colts’ 41-15 win at Buffalo.

Taylor, who is 22 years and 306 days old, is the third player under the age of 23 with at least five touchdowns in a single game in NFL history, joining CLINTON PORTIS (five touchdowns on December 7, 2003 at 22 years and 97 days old) and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (six touchdowns on December 12, 1965 at 22 years and 196 days old).

Taylor is the fifth player all-time with four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (September 29, 2002), ABNER HAYNES (November 26, 1961), DUB JONES (November 25, 1951) and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (December 12, 1965). He is the first player to record at least 175 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception in a single game in NFL history.

Taylor is the third player with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive games in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006) and LYDELL MITCHELL (1975-76).

Taylor, who has 1,122 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns this season after recording 1,169 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as a rookie, is the fourth player since 2000 to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, joining ADRIAN PETERSON (2007-08), CLINTON PORTIS (2002-03) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001-02).

Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 128.4 rating while wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 34-31 win over Green Bay.

Cousins has 25 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing AARON RODGERS (24 games) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first 10 seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (26) has more.

Jefferson recorded his 11th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (11 games) and JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (11) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (15) has more.

Jefferson joined EARNEST GRAY (1989-90) and LOUIS LIPPS (1984-85) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 150 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a game in each of their first two seasons. He also accomplished the feat as a rookie in Week 6 last season (166 receiving yards, two touchdown receptions).

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.4 rating on Sunday against Minnesota.

Rodgers has 13 career games with at least four touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (13) for the third-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (15) and TOM BRADY (14) have more.

Rodgers, has 112 career games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (112) for the third-most such games all time. Only TOM BRADY (148) and DREW BREES (141) have more.

Making his 15th career start, Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS rushed for three touchdowns, while cornerback DARIUS SLAY recorded a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 40-29 win over New Orleans.

Hurts, who is 23 years and 106 days old, is the second-youngest quarterback in league annals to register three rushing touchdowns in a single game, trailing only CAM NEWTON (three rushing touchdowns on December 4, 2011 at 22 years, 207 days old).

Hurts had 11 rushing touchdowns in his first 15 career starts, tied with JOSH ALLEN (11 rushing touchdown) and KORDELL STEWART (11) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first 15 career starts in the Super Bowl era. Only CAM NEWTON (14) had more.

Hurts has four career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied with CAM NEWTON (four) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

Slay, who had an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Week 10, is the third player since 2000 with a defensive touchdown of at least 50 yards in consecutive games, joining SHELDON BROWN (Weeks 13-14, 2009) and VINCENT FULLER (Week 3 and Week 5, 2007).

Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR passed for 215 yards and one touchdown on Sunday against Cincinnati.

Carr, who has 3,041 passing yards this season, is the fourth quarterback with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING, CAM NEWTON and RUSSELL WILSON.

San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL registered 94 scrimmage yards (79 rushing, 15 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the 49ers’ 30-10 win at Jacksonville. San Francisco opened the game with a drive that lasted 13 minutes and five seconds, the longest drive since Tennessee had a drive of 13 minutes and 27 seconds on November 27, 1997.

Samuel, who has three rushing touchdowns this season and registered three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, is the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era with at least three rushing touchdowns in two of his first three career seasons.

FLORIDA FIRES COACH DAN MULLEN, COMPLETING STUNNING FALL

(AP) — One bad season at Florida was one too many for Dan Mullen.

The standard for success when it comes to coaching the Gators is about as high as it can get in college football.

Florida fired Mullen on Sunday, a day after his sixth loss in nine games, two months after the Gators went toe-to-toe with defending national champion Alabama and a year after they had a chance to make the College Football Playoff.

“This is a place where you should have a high level of success over a long period of time,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said.

Mullen’s stunningly swift downfall and not-so-surprising departure ends a tumultuous two seasons that included mounting losses, numerous public relation missteps, NCAA sanctions and a victory against lower-division Samford that didn’t seem like much for Gators fans to celebrate.

Stricklin said he made the decision Sunday morning and offered Mullen the chance to coach the team’s final game, but he declined for fear of being a distraction.

Florida (5-6, 2-6 SEC) hosts rival Florida State (5-6) on Saturday, with the winner becoming bowl eligible. Special teams coordinator and running backs coach Greg Knox will serve as interim coach.

How did it all go so wrong so quickly for Mullen?

“I don’t know,” Stricklin said. “I have some thoughts, but I’m going to keep those to myself.”

Mullen finished 34-15 over four seasons at Florida that included a trip to the Southeastern Conference championship game last year and three New Year’s Six bowls.

It wasn’t enough, and the Gators are in the market for a coach for the fourth time since Urban Meyer left with two national titles on his resume after the 2010 season.

Since then Florida has run through Will Muschamp (28-21 over four years), Jim McElwain (22-12 over three seasons) and now Mullen, who was 21-13 in SEC play.

“We talk about competing for championships and we talk about having a championship experience with integrity; Florida’s a place you have the right to aspire to that,” Stricklin said.

He then made a pitch to prospective candidates who might have other options in a crowded market that incudes LSU and Southern California looking to fill vacancies.

“We got a great university. We have an incredibly passionate fan base. We’ve invested a lot in facilities. One thing that doesn’t get talked a lot about, we have incredible alignment among our university hierarchy. You know, from the Board of Trustees, (university president) Dr. Ken Fuchs, myself, the University Athletic Association Board. Gator boosters board,” Stricklin said.

The Gators have an $85 million standalone football facility opening next year, an upgrade that’s been years in the making. That and being surrounded by Florida’s fertile recruiting pool should make the Sunshine State’s biggest college football job even more attractive.

Florida is likely to be linked to most of the top coaches who have already been speculated as candidates at LSU and USC, including Oregon’s Mario Cristobal, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Penn State’s James Franklin, Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin and Louisiana’s Billy Napier. What about making another run at former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, a former Gators assistant under Steve Spurrier?

“We want someone who has high expectations and has a plan to how they can sustain that for a long period of time,” Stricklin said. “There’s going to be a lot of competition marketplace and I really don’t want to share what our criteria or what we’re going to prioritize right at this moment.”

Mullen’s final game was a 24-23 loss in overtime at Missouri on Saturday night that spotlighted Florida’s flaws: inconsistent quarterback play, a porous offensive line, a lack of playmakers on both sides of the ball and an inability to win close games. The Gators dropped seven consecutive one-possession games, all in the last two seasons.

Stricklin wanted to give Mullen every chance to turn things around – especially since the team was ranked sixth in the CFP standings just a year ago. He even rewarded Mullen with a raise to $7.6 million in salary this year and a contract extension through 2026 in the offseason – but it became clear Mullen was losing support of top administrators, key boosters and fans.

The Gators will pay Mullen a $12 million buyout spread over seven installments, with a $6 million payout coming within 30 days. Mullen will then get $1 million every July 15 through 2027. Six of Mullen’s assistants have expiring contracts.

Mullen fired two close friends and top assistants following a 40-17 drubbing at South Carolina earlier this month, but parting with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and run game coordinator John Hevesy did little to get Florida back on track. The Gators allowed 52 points to FCS Samford the following game but did manage to rally for a victory.

Mullen’s offensive acumen made him one of the best play-callers in the SEC for the past 15 years – including nine as Mississippi State’s head coach, the rest in Gainesville – but his recent issues overshadowed all his prowess.

Mullen’s recruiting has been the root of his on-field problems and his strong-willed ways landed him in hot water last year after he doubled down on wanting to pack Florida Field despite the pandemic.

He got Florida placed on NCAA probation for the first time in 30 years and was dealt a show-cause penalty for recruiting violations. He was fined and reprimanded by the SEC for his role in a benches-clearing fight last season and was widely criticized for tone-deaf comments following two losses.

Now Florida is ready for another reset.

“We’re going to put the resources necessary into making the right decision to get the right person in and the right structure around that person for us to be successful,” Stricklin said. “And we’re very blessed to be in a place that we do have some resources.”

ARIZONA DOMINATES NO. 4 MICHIGAN 80-62 TO WIN ROMAN MAIN EVENT

LAS VEGAS (AP) Christian Koloko’s mother flew from Cameroon to see her son play for Arizona for the first time. He didn’t disappoint, dominating at both ends.

His team looked pretty good, too, dominating No. 4 Michigan 80-62 Sunday night in the Roman Main Event.

Koloko finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, pointing to his mother after being presented the title belt as tournament MVP.

”She doesn’t know much about basketball,” Koloko said. ”I remember after the last game, she said we missed a lot goals. I was like no, we call those free throws, which was kind of funny. I’m going to go talk to her after this.”

The Wildcats (5-0) had to grind out a win over Wichita State on Friday in their first true test of the season. They put together an impressive all-around performance Sunday in another measuring-stick game, leaving a top-five team in the desert dust.

Arizona was active defensively all night and used its free-flowing movement on offense to set up easy shots. The Wildcats made just 4 of 21 from the 3-point line, but hit 64% of its 2-point shots, including several alley-oops or point-blank baskets off penetration.

Bennedict Mathurin added 16 points for Arizona, which had a 54-30 advantage in the paint.

”They played with great intelligence and swag,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said. ”Our Arizona swag is confidence, but it’s backed up with intelligence and effort.”

Michigan bounced back Friday from a two-point home loss to Seton Hall with a 13-point win over UNLV. But the Wolverines (4-2) couldn’t back it up on Sunday, struggling against Arizona’s length inside and quick hands in passing lanes – both of which led to transition opportunities for the Wildcats.

Michigan also couldn’t get anything to fall from the perimeter, shooting 1 of 14 from 3.

”They have a really good inside presence,” said Eli Brooks, who led the Wolverines with 14 points. ”They have a lob threat and that second big is really active. They’re a really good team.”

Arizona rolled through its first four games under Lloyd, looking a bit like the Gonzaga program he help build.

The Wildcats have been superb at sharing the ball with nearly 22 assists per game. They’ve also been excellent on defense, holding teams to 29% shooting while averaging 8.2 blocked shots per game.

Koloko triggered one break with a block that led to an alley-oop from Dalen Terry to Mathurin, then Mathurin found Koloko for an alley-oop after beating his man off the dribble. Arizona had 11 assists on 17 made shots for a 37-29 halftime lead.

The Wolverines didn’t help themselves with some careless turnovers – 10 in the first half – and ill-advised shots, missing all seven of their first-half 3-point attempts.

Arizona poured it on to start the second half, making its first nine shots to push the lead to 62-45. Michigan cut down on the turnovers in the second half (five), but continued to struggle shooting from the perimeter, going 1 for 7.

”They could get anything they wanted anytime they wanted,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. ”That’s the only game thus far that we’ve allowed a team to do that.”

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: The Wolverines may have Final Four aspirations in their third season under Howard, but there’s plenty of work to do if they’re going to get there.

Arizona: The Wildcats may be better than the predictions under Lloyd. They’re long, quick on defensive and have several options offensively. Arizona will likely crack the next AP Top 25.

CONTAINING DICKINSON

Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson finished with 11 points and four rebounds, but was mostly a non-factor offensively most of the night.

Arizona neutralized the 7-foot-1 sophomore with Koloko, who’s the same height, and quick double teams anytime he got the ball deep in the paint. Dickinson shot 4 of 10 from the floor.

”The coaches gave us the game plan and we executed the game plan very well,” Koloko said.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Host Sacramento State on Saturday.

Michigan: Hosts Tarleton State on Wednesday.

#17 VOLS TAKE DOWN #18 NORTH CAROLINA, 89-72

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The 17th-ranked Tennessee basketball team controlled the game from start to finish Sunday and closed out the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off with a victory, taking down No. 18 North Carolina, 89-72.
 
Four Vols scored in double figures during the win, led by freshman Zakai Zeigler, who scored a career-high 18 on 7-for-10 shooting—including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Zeigler also had five assists and did not commit a turnover in 28 minutes of action.
 
Junior Santiago Vescovi had a productive outing for the second consecutive game, scoring 17 points and grabbing a career-high nine rebounds. Freshman Kennedy Chandler had his third double-figure scoring output in four games as a Vol, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
 
Super-senior John Fulkerson shot 6-for-7 from the field, scoring a season-high 13 points, dishing out a career-high six assists and tallying five rebounds.
 
As a team, Tennessee (3-1) shot a season-high 54.3 percent (38-for-70) from the field, including 65.6 percent during the second half (21-for-32).
 
After taking a seven-point lead into halftime, Tennessee came out hot offensively in the second half, hitting nine of its first 10 shots and building its lead to 15 points on an Olivier Nkamhoua jumper in the paint at the 14:30 mark.
 
From that point forward, North Carolina never drew closer than nine points, while Tennessee extended its lead to as many as 20 points.
 
Coming out of the gates playing solid on both ends of the floor, Tennessee held a 39-32 lead at the halftime break.
 
After the teams battled back and forth for the opening eight minutes of the game, the Vols used a 10-2 run to take a 23-16 lead and despite runs by North Carolina, did not trail for the remainder of the period or the rest of the game.
 
Tennessee used a balanced scoring attack early in the contest, as the Vols’ first 23 points came from eight different players. The Big Orange defense was also swarming during the opening 20 minutes, forcing nine UNC turnovers.
 
The Tar Heels cut Tennessee’s lead to two and three points on two separate occasions, but the Vols answered with runs of their own both times—eventually capping off the first half with a 6-2 run highlighted by two Fulkerson baskets.
 
UP NEXT: Tennessee heads back to Knoxville for a pair of home contests, starting with a matchup against Tennessee Tech on Friday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on SEC Network+.

POWELL MAKES FIRST START AS A VOL: With Josiah-Jordan James out due to flu-like symptoms, sophomore transfer guard Justin Powell made his first start as a Vol on Sunday against North Carolina, scoring eight points in 22 minutes of action. Through four games this season, Powell is averaging 9.3 points per game and shooting 51.7 percent from the field.

NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA ROUTS NO. 9 OREGON 80-63, FACES UCONN

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) After running past Oregon, top-ranked South Carolina is ready to face No. 2 UConn.

Zia Cooke scored 20 points and Laeticia Amihere added 18 to help South Carolina rout No. 9 Oregon 80-63 on Sunday in the semifinals of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis women’s tournament.

Now, the top two teams in the nation will meet Monday for the tournament title.

“We’re excited. We chose to play in this tournament because we got an opportunity to play top teams in the country,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “That’s been our theme all season long, so why not? UConn has always been on our schedule the last couple years and still are on our schedule. It’s great for women’s basketball.”

The two teams met last season in another 1-vs-2 matchup, which UConn won in overtime.

“I love when we play good teams early so we can get tested early,” Cooke said. “I think it will be a pretty good game.”

This was the first meeting between the Gamecocks (5-0) and the Ducks (3-1) since 2002. The two teams were favored to play for the national championship in 2020 before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Both are very different teams since then.

Oregon came into the game shorthanded.

Ducks forward Nyara Sabally sat out to rest her right knee, which she tweaked in the opening round win over Oklahoma. She is considered day to day, according to coach Kelly Graves. After playing 37 minutes and scoring a a career-high 30 points in the win Saturday, Sabally was given the day off.

“I don’t mess with trainers and doctors,” Graves said. “If they tell me she can go, she can go. We were blessed to get her yesterday.”

The Ducks already were missing sophomore guard Te-Hina Paopao, freshman guard Taylor Bigby and USC junior transfer Endyia Rogers because of injuries.

South Carolina was able to take advantage, jumping out to a 27-14 lead after one quarter. Oregon came within 32-23 midway through the second quarter before the Gamecocks closed the half with a 12-3 burst.

Cooke started the spurt with a layup, Amihere scored six straight points and the Gamecocks led 44-26 at the break.

South Carolina scored 11 of the first 13 points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Chanaya Pinto scored 12 points to lead Oregon.

HORSTON, KEYS LEAD NO. 16 LADY VOLS OVER NO. 12 TEXAS IN OT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jordan Horston scored 28 points with 15 rebounds, both career highs, Tamari Key had a triple-double and No. 16 Tennessee made 6 of 8 free throws in overtime to defeat No. 12 Texas 76-70 on Sunday.

Key scored 10 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and matched her career-high with 10 blocked shots for her second career triple-double and the fifth in school history. Alexus Dye and Jordan Walker both added 13 points for the Lady Vols (4-0), who got their second-straight win over a ranked opponent.

Mississippi State transfer Aliyah Matharu led the Longhorns (3-1), who own a win at then No. 3 Stanford, with a career-high 27 points. Joanne Allen-Taylor added 11 points and Rori Harmon 10.

Matharu scored 13 points in the third quarter when the Longhorns outscored Tennessee 21-10 to take a 49-39 lead. But the Lady Vols came back to outscore Texas 20-10 in the fourth, holding the Longhorns scoreless for 6 1/2-minutes,.

Tennessee had a 10-0 run to pull with 57-56 before freshman Harmon scored with 40.9 seconds left. Lady Vols’ freshman Sara Puckett hit the first of two free throws and after missing the second a long review gave them back the ball. On the inbounds play Dye scored on a putback at 20.2 seconds to tie it at 59.

Both teams had a final shot but didn’t come close.

Tennessee never trailed in overtime but the Longhorns missed their first four free throws before hitting a pair with two seconds left. Audrey Warren of Texas was hurt with 26.9 seconds to play, hitting her head on the floor in a scramble.

The Lady Vols had a 56-41 rebounding advantage but also had 24 turnovers, 10 more than Texas.

KINGS FIRE COACH LUKE WALTON AFTER 6-11 START TO 3RD SEASON

(AP) — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday after getting off to a disappointing start in his third season in charge.

Walton was informed of the decision a day after a 123-105 home loss to Utah that dropped the Kings to 6-11 on the season after their seventh loss in eight games.

“We all know all of us have to be better, especially over the last two weeks,” general manager Monte McNair said. “We’re not meeting expectations. That’s not just on Luke. That’s on me, the rest of our coaches and players. Everyone acknowledges that.”

Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to get Sacramento back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

ESPN first reported the firing.

Associate coach Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis. Gentry most recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He has also had head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix. He has a career record of 510-595.

The Kings ranked near the bottom of the league in several defensive statistics under Walton’s leadership, including scoring and shooting percentage.

Sacramento has tried to build a core around recent lottery picks such as De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell.

“I think we have the talent,” McNair said. “We’ve shown that we can do that. We’re going to get back to that and Alvin will be the guy to lead us there.”

But the biggest mistake came the year before Walton arrived when the Kings took Marvin Bagley III second overall, ahead of both Luka Doncic and Trae Young. Bagley has played in only four games this season as he has fallen out of favor.

The Kings have been at the bottom of the league for years, with their current 15-year stretch without a playoff berth tied for the longest in NBA history with the Clippers franchise, which missed the playoffs from 1977-91 while playing in Buffalo, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Walton posted 31-41 records in each of his first two seasons.

The situation in Sacramento has been so bad that Walton’s .422 winning percentage with the team is the second best of the 18 coaches since the franchise moved to California in 1985.

Rick Adelman had a mark of .633 and led the Kings to the playoffs and a winning record in all eight seasons in charge. Sacramento hasn’t had a winning record in a season with any other coach since leaving Kansas City.

JAMES EJECTED AFTER BLOODYING STEWART, LAKERS BEAT PISTONS

DETROIT (AP) LeBron James was ejected for drawing blood from Isaiah Stewart’s face, sending the superstar to the locker room early in the third quarter and leaving his teammates to pick up the slack.

Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook did that in a big way.

Davis had 30 points, 10 rebounds and two big blocked shots late on rookie Cade Cunningham. Westbrook contributed 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 121-116 comeback victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

“Everybody’s level went up when LB came out,” Davis said.

The 20-year-old Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in franchise history with a triple-double.

James’ Flagrant 2 foul ended his night after his left elbow and hand appeared to make contact with Stewart’s face when they were tangled up while boxing out for a rebound.

Detroit’s center, who was called for a foul before James hit him, had to be held back more than once to keep him separated from the NBA superstar and was also ejected.

“I don’t think he should be facing anything from the league,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “He didn’t get off the floor in time, and the league will have to decide about that, and I thought that was why he was ejected from the game. “

Westbrook was assessed a technical after the officials reviewed the play and the fallout from it, determining he was an “escalator,” while there was pushing, shoving and trash talking.

All parties were relieved that an all-out melee wasn’t witnessed as it was on Nov. 19, 2004, when the Pistons and Indiana Pacers had a brawl that spilled into the stands.

Davis praised players, coaches and security for keeping the peace.

“Everybody did a great job trying to deescalate the situation,” he said. “You never want it to get to that point like 17 years ago.”

After calm was restored on Sunday night, Detroit closed the third quarter strong and led 99-84 entering the fourth.

“Up and until that point, we’re still trying to figure each other out,” Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel said.

Westbrook and Davis both scored in double figures in the final quarter, leading a rally that gave the Lakers a win to reach .500 this season.

Detroit had the ball with 5.9 seconds left with the chance to potentially tie the game, but Hamidou Diallo turned the ball over and Davis made free throws to seal the victory.

“We had 27 assists going into the fourth quarter, which put us in a position to win, but we stopped moving the ball,” Casey said. “We didn’t have a single assist in the fourth quarter.”

James had 10 points and five assists in his second game back in the lineup. After missing eight games with an abdominal strain, he played Friday night in a 130-108 loss at Boston.

“Everyone in the league knows LeBron isn’t a dirty guy,” Davis said. “As soon as he did it, he looked back and told him, `My bad.'”

DEROZAN, LAVINE LEAD BULLS OVER KNICKS, 109-103

CHICAGO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Zach LaVine added 21 and the Chicago Bulls rallied in the fourth quarter for a 109-103 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

Coby White scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago won its second straight and fourth in five games.

Julius Randle had 34 points on 13-for-18 shooting for New York.

The Knicks won the first meeting between the teams on Oct. 28 in Chicago.

After trailing by as many as six points in the third quarter and 74-72 heading into the fourth, the Bulls opened the final quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers by White and Derrick Jones Jr. to grab a 78-74 edge.

For White, it was his first 3-pointer since being activated Nov. 15 following offseason left shoulder surgery. He had scored a total of two points on 1-for-11 shooting in his first three games.

“I’m just enjoying the moment,” White said. “I knew all the work I put in would pay off. I knew it would take some time.”

A few minutes later, White hit another 3-pointer to give Chicago a 91-84 lead with 7 minutes to go. The Bulls maintained the lead the rest of the way as DeRozan and LaVine held off New York.

“We made some 3s because of those guys passing the ball and getting to the middle of the floor and the guys making the next pass,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “It wasn’t one of those games where it was easy, but I think we figured some things out in the fourth.”

Chicago was playing its first home game following a five-game trip out West and New York was playing the second half of a back-to-back. Neither team was sharp in the first half, with the Bulls taking a 51-45 halftime lead behind DeRozan’s 12 points. The Knicks struggled from the field, but stayed close behind 16-for-18 shooting from the foul line.

New York took control in the third quarter as Randle took advantage of his size edge. Randle converted a three-point play with 7 minutes left in the quarter to give the Knicks a 59-58 lead – their first since 2-0.

Chicago was out of sorts in the third. Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball each picked up their fourth foul early in the quarter and headed to the bench. LaVine struggled from the field and was 5 for 18 overall and 0 for 5 from 3-point range through three quarters.

“I like the way we played for three quarters,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I felt we weren’t at our best in the fourth. I felt the effort was there. We have to take a hard look at what happened in the fourth.”

SUNS WIN 12TH STRAIGHT WITH EASE, ROLL PAST NUGGETS 126-97

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns rolled up 48 points in just the first quarter with a smorgasbord of 3-pointers, dunks and mid-range jumpers that buried the Denver Nuggets.

Cam Johnson admits it was pretty impressive. He still believes the Suns can do better.

“I think we can get to 50,” Johnson said.

Expectations are understandably high for the Suns these days, who eased to their 12th straight victory by beating the short-handed Nuggets 126-97 on Sunday night.

Johnson scored a career-high 22 points and Deandre Ayton added 21. The fast-starting Suns were able to rest several of their starters for much of the second half, including veteran point guard Chris Paul, who finished with nine points and 10 assists.

Phoenix shot 17 of 22 (77.3%) from the field during its first-quarter spree, going 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

“Everything was working,” Booker said.

Johnson, Devin Booker and Jae Crowder all hit two 3-pointers during the early run. The Suns haven’t lost since Oct. 27 against Sacramento when Harrison Barnes made a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It’s the longest winning streak for the franchise since winning 17 straight during the 2006-07 season.

“The way we moved the ball in the first quarter – shooting and passing and recognizing what they were doing in their coverages – it was good to see,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.

Denver star forward Nikola Jokic missed his second straight game with a sprained right wrist. The Nuggets have lost four straight to fall to 9-8.

“They were just making shots,” Nuggets forward JaMychal Green said. “It was like a blur out there. I felt like everything we threw at them didn’t work.”

Denver is one of the few teams that has beaten the Suns this season – winning the opener 110-98 – but that’s when the Nuggets had a healthy Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. (low back pain).

This was much different. The Nuggets became even more short-handed late in the third quarter when Aaron Gordon was ejected after two quick technicals for arguing with an official after he was called for an offensive foul. Jeff Green led the Nuggets with 19 points. Gordon had 16.

The Suns took a 100-78 lead into the fourth.

Denver recovered from the lopsided first quarter to cut Phoenix’s advantage to 73-60 by halftime and cut the deficit to nine points briefly in the third quarter. But the Suns built their big lead back in a hurry.

“When you give up 48 in the first quarter and you are down by 20, as many as 30 at one point, you spend so much energy trying to get back in the game,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “It was great to see our guys continue to fight, compete and not just to roll over but you can’t allow a team to come out and play like that in the first quarter.”

POOLE, WIGGINS HAVE 30-POINT OUTINGS, WARRIORS BEAT RAPTORS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Poole had his second straight 30-point performance with 33, Andrew Wiggins added 32 points and seven rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 119-104 on Sunday night with Stephen Curry’s supporting cast taking pressure off the reigning scoring champion.

Poole shot 10 for 13 with eight 3-pointers and became the first Warriors player aside from Curry with consecutive 30-point outings since D’Angelo Russell did so in three in a row from Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020.

Curry scored just 12 points but had eight assists after sitting out a 105-102 win at Detroit on Friday night to rest his sore hip on the second night of a back-to-back. Curry began 1 for 7 and finished 2 of 10 from the floor.

“The scoring balance means that teams can’t throw everything at Steph,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s what was happening last year. Teams were throwing everything they had at Steph.”

Wiggins made six 3s, knocking down his first five shots for 14 early points. Golden State started 9 for 14 to build a 27-9 lead late in the opening quarter. The Warriors (15-2) never trailed in winning their fourth straight and 11th in 12.

“We all know what Wiggs is capable of,” Poole said.

Pascal Siakam scored 21 points and Fred VanVleet had 17 points and seven assists for the Raptors.

VanVleet’s back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth pulled Toronto within 103-93 before Golden State called a timeout with 7:16 to play. The Warriors then stayed safely ahead the rest of the way.

“It’s great to have everybody on the roster contributing and understanding that every night’s going to be different and they just have to stay ready,” Kerr said.

The Raptors had won four of the previous five meetings with the Warriors.

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COLTS FOOTBALL: TAYLOR RUNS UP THE SCORE WITH 5 TDS; COLTS BEAT BILLS 41-15

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts discovered an easy fix to their problems holding fourth-quarter leads: Keep feeding Jonathan Taylor the ball.

The second-year running back set a franchise record by scoring five times, and took over the NFL lead in both yards rushing and touchdowns, in a 41-15 rout of the unraveling Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

“When J.T. turns on the jets, he’s gone,” tight end Mo Alie-Cox said of Taylor, who scored on runs of 1, 2, 3 and 10 yards and a 23-yard reception. “Like the one play at the goal line, I’m blocking and I just turn my head and I just see him flying through the air like a superhero.”

All that was missing was a cape for Taylor, who scored three times in the first half as Indy built a 24-7 lead and finished with a season-best 185 yards rushing.

The Colts (6-5) have won five of six to get back into the AFC playoff race. Taylor helped ease the concerns of a team that had squandered three fourth-quarter leads this season.

“It meant a lot. I mean, that’s something that we’re going to have to do if we want to get to where we want to go at the end of the year,” Taylor said. “We’re going to have to be able to put games away in the fourth quarter, we’re going to have to put points up.”

Taylor became the NFL’s first player to score five TDs in one game since New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara had six TDs rushing in a 52-33 win over Minnesota last Christmas Day, and the first to do so against Buffalo.

The Bills (6-4) ceded their lead atop the AFC East, falling a half-game behind – guess who? – New England, which Buffalo will play twice over the next five weeks. Buffalo has dropped three of five, and hasn’t won consecutive games since a 4-0 run ended with a 34-31 loss at Tennessee on Oct. 18.

Buffalo was undone by four turnovers, the first three leading to Colts touchdowns.

“We’re really good football team when we don’t bite ourselves in the butt. What we put on the field today is not who we are,” said Josh Allen, who threw two touchdown passes, both to Stefon Diggs, and two interceptions. “We need to do a better job on all fronts. There’s no way around it, but at the same time, it’s not panic mode.”

If not now, then perhaps soon. Buffalo has a short week before traveling to play New Orleans on Thursday night.

Buffalo was flat from the beginning on Sunday. After limiting opponents to two field goals in the first quarter through their first nine games, the Bills gave up two touchdowns to Taylor in the first 13:22.

The bottom then fell out in the second quarter after Michael Badgley capped a 15-play, 58-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal to put the Colts up 17-7 with 2:12 left before halftime. Isaiah McKenzie fielded the ensuing kickoff and lost the ball untouched while stumbling to the turf at Buffalo’s 13. Taylor scored on the next play by diving over a pile.

The win was emotional for Reich, who has plenty of memories – good and bad – at Buffalo.

Last season ended for the Colts with a 27-24 loss to the Bills in a wild-card playoff game. Indy’s 41 points on Sunday matched the Bills’ total in a 41-38 wild-card win over the Houston Oilers 29 years ago – with Reich at quarterback leading a rally from a 32-point deficit, the biggest comeback in NFL history.

“What’s the right word, serendipitous or whatever?” Reich said. “Every player, every coach has certain games that mean a little more to them. This one meant a little more to me.”

RUNNING UP THE RANKINGS

Taylor has 1,122 yards rushing this season after beginning the day tied for the league lead with the injured Derrick Henry of Tennessee. He upped his TD total to 14, moving ahead of Arizona’s James Conner, who began the day with 12.

Taylor topped 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown for the eighth consecutive game, matching the NFL record set by Lydell Mitchell of the Colts in the 1975-76 seasons and matched by the Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.

STAT PACK

Allen finished 21 of 35 for 200 yards. … Allen’s record dropped to 17-17, including 0-2 in the postseason, in games when he has committed a turnover. … The Colts extended their run of games with a takeaway to 12, which began the week tied with the New York Giants for the NFL’s longest active streak. … With Bills backup Mitchell Trubisky also throwing an interception, Indianapolis improved its turnover differential to plus-15 and took over the NFL lead from Buffalo, which failed to force a takeaway and had its differential drop to plus-10. … Bills K Tyler Bass missed both field-goal attempts. He hit the right upright from 57 yards to close the first half and was wide left on a 49-yard attempt.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.

Bills: At New Orleans on Thursday night.

INDIANA MBB: HOOSIERS STEER PAST LOUISIANA, 76-44

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Parker Stewart has found his offense.

You’d better believe it matters.

It came in a 13-minute flurry spanning the first and second half, a 6-for-6 (4-for-4 on three-pointers), 16-point display during Sunday night’s 76-44 victory over Louisiana (3-1) in an opening game of the Hoosier Classic.

“I saw him shoot like this in an exhibition game,” coach Mike Woodson said. “I’ve seen him do it in practice.

“He was ready to shoot. No hesitation. He caught it and let it go.”

Given Stewart, a transfer guard from Tennessee-Martin, was recruited for his shooting prowess, given that he’d scored six, zero and three points in his first three games, given the Hoosiers’ need for perimeter firepower, given all 11 Hoosiers who played scored, it suggests all is right with the Indiana offensive world.

Well, except for the 27 turnovers, 15 more than Woodson wants. That will provide extra coaching points before Tuesday night’s second Hoosier Classic game, against Jackson State.

“There will be a lot of running,” Woodson said. “It’s got to take place (Monday).”

In case running isn’t enough, a film review will add extra emphasis.

“Films are a wonderful tool to learn,” Woodson said. “Sometimes players can’t see it on the court. When things are not right, you can show it. It doesn’t lie. It points right to what you’re trying to get across to the player.

“If I’ve got to go turnover by turnover, they will see it and know about it.”

Hold that thought.

Opportunity found reserve guards Khristian Lander and Anthony Leal poised to deliver.

And so they did.

The clock ticked toward halftime. Lander had the ball on a fast break and saw Leal streaking toward the basket. Lander tossed a half-court pass that would have made Peyton Manning proud. Leal caught it and scored.

It came seconds after Leal had entered the game. He followed that with a second-half three-pointer, plus a rebound, in seven total minutes.

It was one of six Lander assists. He added six rebounds and nine points in 24 minutes.

He also was one of three Hoosiers to have at least four turnovers. The others were point guard Xavier Johnson (four) and forward Jordan Geronimo (five).

“Our point guards had eight turnovers,” Woodson said. “Geronimo was doing things he shouldn’t. Those are things we can clean up.”

The Lander-and-Leal moment came as guards Rob Phinisee and Trey Galloway were out with injuries. Galloway’s broken wrist, suffered against St. John’s, could sideline him until January. Phinisee suffered a leg injury against St. John’s.

“I knew I would have to step up and play big minutes,” Lander said. “The work I’m putting in is paying off. I stayed cool, calm and collected.”

Lander came in having played a total of 13 minutes, and didn’t play at all in one game.

With veterans Johnson and Phinisee ahead of him, he says he’s fine with the reserve role.

“My attitude is good. It will stay good. Whenever I’m called upon, be ready at any time.”

Added Woodson: “It’s next man up. He hasn’t played a lot. He was ready. He gave us some positive minutes. I’ve got to get him running the offense more and take pride in not turning the ball over.”

Then there was the Hoosier defense.

IU (4-0) held Louisiana to 14 half-time points, the fewest a Hoosier opponent has scored since SIU-Edwardsville managed 13 in 2004. The Ragin’ Cajuns were just 4-for-34 from the field.

Louisiana finished shooting just 19 percent with 12 turnovers.

“I give the players all the credit,” Woodson said about the defense. “They are paying attention to details, they are executing.”

Back to Stewart. He finished with 16 points in 18 minutes on 6-for-7 shooting. Last week, after an IU women’s victory, he spent time working on his shooting.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I hadn’t been shooting that well.

“After I see one go in, it’s a whole lot easier.”

Woodson’s message to Stewart and all the Hoosiers is clear:

“Just shoot the ball,” Stewart said. “That’s our job.”

Added Woodson: “As we go down the road, he has to do that. He has to feel good and knock them down.”

Freshman guard Tamar Bates followed his 11-point effort against St. John’s with 10 points and three assists. Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Stewart’s hot early shooting (3-for-3 for seven points in seven minutes) pushed IU to a 14-4 lead. Seven minutes later, it had swelled to 29-7.

Louisiana went nearly 14 minutes without a field goal (25 straight misses) before Joe Charles hit a 3-pointer. It made little difference. The Hoosiers led 37-14 at halftime, and cruised from there.

“When you get a big lead like that,” Woodson said, “I tell them we’ve been in this position a few times. Do the things that got you the lead. Defense was the reason we were in this position. I kept hammering that.

“We’ve got a long way to go. I like the progress. Guys are committed. They are about team. We’re trying to build winning ways.”

INDIANA MSOCCER: HOOSIERS HANDLE BOWLING GREEN, ADVANCE TO SWEET 16

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It was a sweet – and soggy – afternoon in Bloomington.
 
With a pair of second-half goals, Indiana men’s soccer (15-5-1, 5-3-0 B1G) took care of business in its NCAA Tournament Second Round match, beating Bowling Green (11-6-3, 2-2-2 MAC), 2-0, Sunday (Nov. 21) on a rain-soaked Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
With the win, IU advances to the third round of the tournament for the seventh straight season. It will await the winner of Portland and No. 2 overall seed Washington, set to take place Sunday night.
 
A pair of veterans got on the scoresheet as junior Victor Bezerra opened the scoring in the 47th minute, followed by redshirt senior Spencer Glass’ 61st minute rocket to extend the lead.

“We knew this would be a dog fight today, and I also felt that maybe [Bowling Green] felt an advantage with the conditions [and] being a team that’s a little more physical,” IU men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley said. “I was really proud of our guys. I thought we dug in to a different level today and had a change, a bit, of how we played and adjusted. And that’s tournament play. You have to find a way.”
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Neither team could break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes as the sides became familiar with the adverse pitch conditions. The two teams totaled four shots, with the lone shot on goal coming in the 14th minute as Bowling Green’s Kale Nichols aimed towards the near post in traffic. Roman Celentano was in position, though, and collected easily.
• Three minutes into the second half, a cross from Ryan Wittenbrink was deflected from a Falcon header to the feet of Bezerra about 10 yards out. Bezerra collected, found the open side of goal and blasted home.
• BGSU’s Zach Buescher nearly leveled it in the 54th minute as he took a shot from the top of the box that sailed over Celentano but ricocheted off the crossbar.
• In the 61st minute, Herbert Endeley charged a compressed BGSU back line, allowing Glass to run free his left. He fed Glass, who speared a left-footed blast off the far post and in.
• Bowling Green put together four shots between the 65th and 66th minutes in and around the box, but the IU defense did well to deflect all four.
 
NOTABLES
• Indiana is the only program to reach the NCAA Tournament Third Round in seven straight seasons, pending a Wake Forest result Sunday evening. The Demon Deacons would need to upset No. 13 overall seed FIU to rival IU as the only other program to boast such a streak.
• Indiana has won nine straight matches at Bill Armstrong Stadium, improving its season home record to 11-3-0.
• Bezerra notched his seventh goal of the season to tie freshman Samuel Sarver for the team lead. The junior has scored 27 goals in his three seasons at IU.
• Glass’ goal was his first of the season and No. 10 of his career. IU has scored 36 goals in 21 matches from 13 different scorers.
• Indiana posted its 13th shutout of the season and 11th in its last 14 matches.
• Celentano stretched his career-high season shutout total to 11. It was also the 28th clean sheet of his career, putting him in a tie for ninth-most in program history with Cary Feld (1974-77).
• Originally scheduled for a noon ET kickoff, the match was delayed until 2 p.m. due to poor pitch conditions caused by overnight rain.
 
UP NEXT
IU moves on to the Sweet 16 to face Portland or No. 2 national seed Washington. Date, kickoff time and location to be announced pending Sunday night’s result between the west coast clubs.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB CAPTURES SENIOR DAY SWEEP OVER IOWA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (10-20, 4-14 Big Ten) celebrated senior day on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-17) win over Iowa (5-23, 3-15 Big Ten).
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Kari Zumach opened the first set of action with a kill. Down 5-3 early, three straight errors by the Hawkeyes gave the Hoosiers the lead, 6-5. Taking a four-point advantage, Morgan Geddes found the gap and forced Iowa to take the timeout as Indiana was up, 15-11.
• The Hoosier attack kept coming as Kaley Rammelsberg recorded a kill out of the break. They saw kills from Breana Edwards and Geddes before Ashley Zulauf served an ace to give Indiana their largest lead, 22-15.
• Savannah Kjolhede tallied Indiana’s third ace of the match as the Hoosiers rolled to the 25-17 set one victory.
• Letting Iowa out with the lead, Zumach recorded a kill to tie the second set at 3-3.
• The Hoosiers quickly gained a five point advantage with back-to-back kills from Zumach and Rammelsberg as Iowa called a timeout. Zumach led Indiana out of the timeout with another kill.
• Geddes saw two-straight kills before Kjolhede made it a nine-point game with a kill of her own. Edwards went up for the swipe and tallied the set point as the Hoosiers won the second set, 25-16.
• Zulauf and Edwards got the Hoosiers off on the right foot to start the third set with an ace and a kill.
• Camryn Haworth saw back-to-back aces to put the Hoosiers on top 7-4. It was then followed by a kill from Mady Saris that kept Indiana going.
• Kjolhede found a kill before Iowa committed an attacking error as the Hawkeyes had to call a timeout. Zumach saw Indiana’s next two kills as the Hoosiers were out to a 18-11 lead.
• Haworth served up another ace before Edwards and Kjolhede threw down a kill each. Indiana went on to take the third and final set, 25-17.
 
NOTABLES
• Indiana celebrated their three seniors on Sunday afternoon, Breana EdwardsBrooke Westbeld, and Kari Zumach.
• Senior right side hitter Kari Zumach led the team on offense with eight kills and a hitting percentage of .471. She also had a team high four blocks
• Setters Camryn Haworth and Brooke Westbeld had 16 assists apiece. Haworth also tied the program record in aces in a three-set match with six.
• Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ashley Zulauf matched her career high in aces with three.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame recorded a team high 14 digs. Camryn Haworth was also in double figures digs with 12.
• Indiana matched their season-high in aces with 10. Haworth had six, Zulauf put up three, and Savannah Kjolhede saw one.
 
UP NEXT
 
The Hoosiers will conclude the 2021 regular season with a pair of road matches. Indiana will first visit in-state foe Purdue on Friday, November 26 at 6 p.m. They will then take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 27.

PURDUE MBASKETBALL: NO. 6 PURDUE RALLIES PAST NO. 5 VILLANOVA FOR HALL OF FAME TIPOFF CLASSIC TITLE

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Purdue’s biggest men came up large in a huge early season game.

Zach Edey scored 21 points and No. 6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 5 Villanova 80-74 on Sunday and win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

The 7-foot-4 center hit nine of his 12 shots from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. The team’s other post, 6-10 Trevion Williams, added nine points and four boards for the Boilermakers (5-0), who dominated underneath, outscoring the Wildcats 38-18 in the paint and outrebounding them 38-26.

“Trevion and Zach is a really good 1-2 punch and I thought offensively they had an above average game,” coach Matt Painter said. “Between them they had 30 and 10, and I thought Trevion’s defense when we switched five ways he got down in a stance and was the difference. It doesn’t show up in this box score, but it shows up with our staff.”

Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each had 12 points for Purdue.

Justin Moore had 19 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Collin Gillespie had 14 for Villanova (3-2), which launched 34 attempts from behind the arc, making 13 of them.

The Wildcats led 33-31 at halftime, scored the first five points in the second half and were up 57-46 after a 3-pointer by Daniels.

But Purdue outscored the Wildcats 34-17 over the last nine minutes.

“This season obviously we’ve never been down before, it was something different,” Thompson said. “I think we were resilient in the second half. I think we got off to a good start and just maintained our focus. Just go on a run, keep getting aggressive and keep fighting. I think we did that late in the game and it led us to a win.”

A dunk by Edey  tied the score at 62, and a fast-break layup from Furst gave the Boilermakers the lead at 64-62 with four minutes left, their first time ahead in the second half.

A slam and free throw by Edey with just under a minute to play extended the lead to 75-65, and the Boilermakers held on.

At one point the Boilermakers made 11 straight shots.

“They just played a really intelligent game for 40 minutes,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They made less mistakes and executed what they do more consistently for 40 minutes. That’s why they are a really good team.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers shot 52.7% after putting up a season-best 55.7% in the first round of the tournament against North Carolina. Purdue has shot at least 50% in every game this season. … This was the first time this season Purdue has failed to reach 90 points.

Villanova: This was the third time in five games the Wildcats have played a Top 25 team. “I hope it helps us in our league play when we get there,” Wright said. “Number one, our league is really good. Number two, a lot of times we start conference play and we’re not really sure what we are yet. We have an idea, I think this year, playing these teams, these coaches.”

ROTATION

Purdue played 10 men, each of them getting at least eight minutes. Wright, who had six players go at least 20 minutes, conceded that fatigue down the stretch might have been a factor in the loss.

(Postgame Notes)

  • Purdue improved to 5-0 with an 80-74 win over Villanova in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. The win was Purdue’s second straight over Villanova after losing the first three games against the Wildcats.
  • Purdue is the first repeat winner of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic, also winning the event in 2015.
  • Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey were named to the All-Tournament Team. Ivey averaged 16.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 6.5 APG. Edey averaged 15.0 PPG and 4.5 RPG.
  • Purdue is 5-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
  • Purdue has shot over 50.0 percent from the field in all five games and in two games at the tournament, shot 34-of-54 (.630) from the field in the second half.
  • Purdue trailed 54-43 with just over nine minutes to play, but outscored Villanova 37-20 over the last nine minutes for the win. Purdue made its last 11 shots from the field and over that span, averaged 2.03 points / possession.
  • Purdue improved to just 3-15 against teams ranked No. 5 all time, but has won its last two meetings against teams ranked No. 4 (Virginia, 69-40; Dec. 4, 2019).
  • Purdue won back-to-back, non-conference games against ranked teams for the first time since the 2017-18 season (#2 Arizona, #17 Louisville).
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 26-24 against nationally-ranked teams.
  • Caleb Furst went 5-of-5 from the field for 12 points, four rebounds and an assist. In two games in Connecticut, he was 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points and nine rebounds.
  • Zach Edey recorded his fourth career 20-point game with a 21-point, 6-rebound performance in 20 minutes.
  • Isaiah Thompson tallied 12 points on four 3-pointers.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: NO. 6 PURDUE DOWNS NORTHWESTERN, 3-1

EVANSTON, Ill. – In its last road test of the regular season, the No. 6 Purdue volleyball team (22-5, 14-4 B1G) downed Northwestern (11-18, 6-12 B1G) in four sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-27, 25-19).

The Boilermakers attacked at a .379 hitting clip while holding Northwestern to .194%. Purdue’s efficiency is the highest in 14 matches (last:.405 attack % vs. Rutgers on 10/2).

Hayley Bush produced her 13th double-double of the season with 43 assists and 12 digs. Moreover, the setter went a perfect 5-for-5 on the attack to round out the day.

Meanwhile, Caitlyn Newton produced a .364 hitting efficiency with 21 kills, five assists on 44 swings, marking the second time during the Big Ten season Newton has attacked as efficiently.

Otec tallied a pair aces in the match, bringing her career-total to 159, placing her in sole-possession of No. 6 in program history. With the effort, the libero has served up the most aces since Debbie McDonald (2nd all-time with 216 aces, 1986-89). Additionally, Otec tied Bush to lead the team with 12 digs.

The Boilermakers have two matches remaining in the regular season before the NCAA selection show on Sunday, November 28. Purdue will return to Holloway for a pair of back-to-back matches Friday and Saturday. First, Purdue will take on Indiana on Friday at 6 p.m. ET for Senior Night before taking on No. 11 Nebraska on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

PURDUE WBB: BOILERS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK MONDAY VS. MARSHALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will go for a bounce-back win Monday night, as Marshall visits Mackey Arena for a 7 p.m. tip on B1G+.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

Season ticket holders can bring friends to the game with a ticket voucher. Season-ticket holders can also claim their voucher at the ticket office on game day to claim two free tickets for their guest. Guests are not guaranteed seats next to their season-ticket holders in order to avoid displacing current holders. For more information, call the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office at 765.494.3194.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (3-1) vs. Marshall (3-0)

Monday, Nov. 22

Time: 7 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: PurdueStats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers went cold in the second half to drop their first game of the season to Dayton, 78-62. Ra Shaya Kyle finished with a career-high 20 points with eight rebounds, while a trio of theirs finished in double figures. After shooting an even 50% in the first half, Purdue went 3-of-12 in the third quarter, which allowed the Flyers to pull away.

NOTES

• Purdue and Marshall will meet for the first time in history. The Boilermakers are currently 13-15 all-time against the Thundering Herd’s current home, Conference USA, and 4-0 all-time against their future conference, the Sun Belt.

• Ra Shaya Kyle has been on a tear over the last three games with 17.6 points per night. The sophomore has also blocked seven six shots over the last two games.

• Madison Layden’s 3-point streak came to an end against Dayton. The sophomore owns the second longest stretch of games with a 3-pointer, behind Ashley Morrissette’s 25.

• Abbey Ellis is third on the team with 13.8 points per game. The Aussie is shooting 52.9% from the field and 46.2% from behind the arc.

• Kyle ranks in the top 20 nationally and fourth in the Big Ten with a 65.7% field goal clip.

• Brooke Moore jumped into double figures for the first time this season against Dayton. The senior has scored 10 or more points in 31 career games, which is second on team to Ellis.

• Averaging 20.2 minutes per game, Mide Oriyomi has climbed up to third on the team in rebounding with 4.8 boards per night.

• Purdue has 30 3-pointers on the year. After hitting nine in each of the first three games, the Boilermakers connected just three times from the outside against Dayton.

• The Boilermakers’ scoring has been pretty even throughout the season, averaging between 17 and 18.5 points per quarter.

BUTLER VB: BEATS XAVIER ON SENIOR DAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team beat Xavier in four sets (25-16, 25-19, 28-30, 25-15) Sunday afternoon in Hinkle Fieldhouse in the final match of the season. The Bulldogs (16-15, 10-8 BIG EAST) sent seniors Melody Davidson, Brittany Robinson and Jillian Ziemba out with a win over the rival Musketeers (11-18, 6-12) on Senior Day.

Set 1: Butler 25-16

A 4-0 run including kills by Megan Sheridan and Amina Shackelford and an ace from Madison Friebel catapulted the Bulldogs to an early 9-4 lead. A later 3-0 streak consisting of kills by Sheridan and Mariah Grunze plus a Grunze ace extended the advantage to five at 17-12. A later 5-0 run put Butler up 24-14, and the Bulldogs would go on to clinch the set on a service error from Xavier. Sheridan led the Butler offense with five kills in the opening frame, while Grunze and Jaymeson Kinley added six kills each on the defensive end.

Set 2: Butler 25-19

The Musketeers used a 3-0 run early to lead 8-5. However, Butler responded with an 11-3 streak to climb ahead 16-11. Grunze and Robinson contributed two kills apiece during the set-deciding stretch. Xavier would eventually get with two at 20-18, but a 5-1 Butler run, including back-to-back Friebel aces before a Shackelford kill clinched it, put the set away for the Bulldogs. Grunze and Sheridan had three kills each in the second period.

Set 3: Xavier 30-28

After Xavier led 10-4, the Bulldogs went on a 10-1 tear to gain a 14-11 lead. Ziemba had two aces in the early stages of the run. The Musketeers responded with an 11-4 run to reclaim the lead at 22-18, but the Bulldogs again fought back on Ziemba’s serve, using a 5-0 run to go ahead 23-22. Butler fought off four Xavier set points the rest of the way, but the Musketeers clinched the set on a block. Ziemba had all three of her aces on the day in the third frame.

Set 4: Butler 25-15

With Xavier leading 9-7, Butler went on an 8-1 run to go up 15-10. The Bulldogs used a 4-0 run, including kills by Davidson and Grunze and an ace from Robinson, to clinch the set and match. Davidson, Grunze and Robinson had three kills each in the final frame to lead the Butler offense.

Stat of the Match

Butler had its second-most service aces of the season with 10.

Inside the Box Score

– Davidson put up 16 points on 13 kills, two block solos and two block assists.

– Robinson had eight kills, two blocks and an ace.

– Ziemba tied a season-best with three aces while adding 11 digs.

– Sheridan tallied 12 kills, two digs and a block.

– Grunze posted a double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs.

– Kinley had 23 digs and six assists on her way to setting a new Butler record for digs in a season (595).

– Friebel went for 19 assists, six digs and four aces.

– Marissa McKelvey put together a double-double with 26 assists and 12 digs.

BUTLER MBB: OPENS MAUI INVITATIONAL WITH MONDAY MATCH-UP AGAINST NO. 15 HOUSTON

Butler (3-1) vs. No. 15 Houston (3-0)  — Maui Invitational

Monday, Nov. 22;  4:30PM ET 

Las Vegas, Nev.; Michelob ULTRA Arena

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• This is Butler’s second appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in 2012, advancing to the championship game.

• Butler’s last trip to Las Vegas was also part of an MTE as the Bulldogs captured the 2016 Las Vegas Invitational.

• Dating back to 2014, Butler is 12-4 in MTE games, including two championships (2016 Las Vegas, 2019 Kansas City)

• An MRI Thursday revealed a partial labrum tear in Bryce Nze’s left shoulder (sustained in Wednesday’s game against Michigan State). He will continue to be evaluated over the next few days. No determination on his availability for the Maui Invitational has been made at this time.

• Ty Groce led the Bulldogs in both scoring (15) and rebounding (8) in the Gavitt Games loss to Michigan State Wednesday.

• Butler is Top 50 nationally in both points allowed and opponents’ three-point field goal percentage.

• Fifteen of Chuck Harris’s 23 points against Troy Nov. 13 came in the second half as he made six of his seven attempts.

• Butler made 12 three-pointers Nov. 13 vs. Troy, the most by the team since hitting 12 against Nebraska in the 2019 NIT.

• Jair Bolden’s 21 points vs. Troy matched the most points he has scored in a Butler uniform.

• Freshmen Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius got starts in their first collegiate game (vs. IUPUI Nov. 9).

• Butler was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll by the conference’s head coaches.

• Sophomore Chuck Harris was an honorable mention selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference’s head coaches.

• Butler’s 2021-22 roster includes six players who are entering their fifth or sixth season of college basketball.

• The Bulldogs return 10 of their 11 top scorers from a season ago.

• Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of its minutes played from last season.

The Bulldogs make their second appearance as part of the Maui Invitational as Butler will play three games in three days beginning with Monday’s match-up against No. 15 Houston. This year’s event has been moved to Las Vegas.

Butler is 3-1 on the young season.

MAUI MEMORIES: Butler’s only other appearance in the Maui Invitational came in 2012. The Bulldogs went 2-1, advancing to the championship game. Rotnei Clarke hit a wild three-pointer as time expired to give Butler a 72-71 win over Marquette in the opening round. The Bulldogs then defeated No. 9 North Carolina in the semifinals before falling to Illinois in the title match. That 2012-13 season was Butler’s only one as a member of the A10. The Bulldogs made the NCAA Tournament, falling to that same Marquette team in the second round.

WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS: Butler’s last trip to Las Vegas featured a 2016 Las Vegas Invitational championship as the Bulldogs defeated Vanderbilt in the semifinals and No. 9 Arizona in the championship game. That 2016-17 team would go on to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

LAST TIME OUT: Michigan State’s strong defensive effort limited Butler to 29-percent shooting as the Spartans took a 73-52 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse as part of the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. Butler forced the Spartans into 20 turnovers, but MSU had a 41-25 rebounding advantage. Gabe Brown (19) and Max Christie (18) paced Michigan State, while Ty Groce came off the bench for season-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Butler. Butler forward Bryce Nze left the game midway through the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return.

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Butler is allowing its opponents only 58.0 points per game so far this season, a mark that is Top 40 nationally. The Bulldogs’ four opponents have combined to shoot only 26 percent (24-94) from three-point range.

BEHIND THE LINE: Through four games, Butler is shooting 37 percent from three-point range, averaging 9.5 makes per game. Jair Bolden is 11-of-22 (50 percent) in 2021-22. Butler shot only 32 percent from behind the arc a season ago.

YOUNG GUNS: Both Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius got the start in the regular season opener against IUPUI Tuesday night. Freshmen starting in their first Butler game is a rarity. Multiple freshmen starting their first collegiate game at Butler was last done in 2008 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored). The only other freshman to start his first Butler game between 2008 and 2021 was Myles Tate in 2020.

TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs will challenge themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule. Butler will host Michigan State Nov. 17 in the annual Gavitt Games. The Maui Invitational (now being played in Las Vegas) features an opening-round match-up with 2021 Final Four team Houston. The Bulldogs travel to Oklahoma Dec. 7 in the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler and Purdue, which is No. 7 in the AP preseason poll, will meet Dec. 18 in the Crossroads Classic. 

HAPPY RETURNS: Butler returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. In all, Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of minutes played from the 2020-21 season. Butler returns five double-digit scorers from a season ago and adds Ty Groce, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan. Groce led the Eagles in scoring last season, the sixth player on the Butler roster to average double figures in 2020-21. Butler has six players who will play their fifth season of college basketball during the upcoming campaign — Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Christian David, Bo Hodges, and Ty Groce. Of that group, Nze, Bolden and Groce are in their sixth year of college after previously redshirting and now taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRESEASON PICKS: The BIG EAST head coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the league standings in the preseason poll that was announced as part of BIG EAST Media Day in New York City in October.

WHAT WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE?: Butler’s Chuck Harris was recognized as an honorable mention selection to the 2021-22 All-BIG EAST preseason team. Harris was one of three unanimous picks on the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (Garcia has since transferred to North Carolina). Harris led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2020-21 season, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since the 1979-80 season (Tony Warren). Harris led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 games played, scoring 20 or more points six times.

Harris became the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.

TOP 10 WINS: The Bulldogs posted a pair of wins last season over Top 10 opponents. Butler defeated No. 8 Villanova, 73-61, Feb. 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. The Bulldogs also defeated No. 8/6 Creighton on Jan. 16.

HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 51-15 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in LaVall Jordan’s five seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.

ON THE WAY: Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. Turnbull helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit.

BALL STATE MBB: CARDINALS OUTLAST MINUTEMEN, 89-86

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returned to the McArthur Center for the final day of the Jersey Mike’s Classic with a matchup with UMass on Sunday. Tyler Cochran led the Cardinals with a 20-point performance as a total of four players finished in double-digit points for the second-straight game. BSU came back from a nine-point deficit early for an 89-86 victory.

After the two teams traded opening baskets, UMass went on an 11-2 run and gained an 11-4 advantage just three minutes into the game. The Cardinals were resilient and produced an 11-2 run of their own to take a 15-13 lead with 14:04 left in the first half.

After UMass tied the game at 20-20 with 11:58 left in the half, Luke Bumbalough knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Cardinals up three. The Minutemen scored the game’s next eight points and took a 28-23 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the first.

Payton Sparks converted on two free-throw attempts and pulled BSU within three, 28-25. Sparks added a layup as he scored four consecutive points for the Cardinals.

After the Minutemen made a free throw to go up 32-27, the Cardinals battled back and tied the game at 34-34 with just over five minutes left in the half. After a 3-pointer by UMass, Mickey Pearson Jr. scored the game’s next four points and gave BSU a 38-37 lead with three minutes left in the first half. Cochran converted a second-chance layup and put Ball State up 40-37.

The Cardinals remained focused and ended the half on a 7-4 run to take a 47-41 lead into the locker room.

Ball State came out with the same intensity to start the second half, as Cochran converted an and-1 opportunity and put the Cardinals up 50-41. After UMass made a free throw, Demarius Jacobs drained a 3-pointer to extend the BSU lead to 11. Ball State started to get hot from behind the arc as Cochran and Miryne Thomas got in on the action with a 3-pointer each. During the opening four minutes of the second half, the Cardinals went 4-for-4.

With just over 14 minutes left in regulation, Ball State converted on a four-point swing that came from two free throws from Jalen Windham and two free throws from Cochran after a shooting foul and a technical.

The Cardinals continued to extend their lead, reaching as high as 17 points, 77-60, with 10:45 left in regulation.

UMass went on a 14-4 run that ended at 6:19, which allowed the Minutemen to pull within seven, 81-74. UMass managed to pull within one, 87-86, with 32 seconds left in the game.

The Cardinals were unfazed by the comeback. In the remaining 32 seconds, Ball State tightened the defense and made key free throws to secure an 89-86 victory.

Cochran finished with his best performance in a Ball State jersey with 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. Cochran tied with Sparks for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Bumbalough finished with 14 points with a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Windham recorded his third-straight game in double figures with 13 points while shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Pearson has recorded back-to-back games with 12 points as he was the fourth player with double digits. Pearson added the team’s only block of the game. Jacobs and Cochran tied for the team lead with four assists. Bumbalough and Cochran each had two steals to lead the team.

As a team, the Cardinals shot 56.3 percent from 3-point range and 50.9 percent from the field. Ball State improved its season average at the free-throw line with an 81.3 percent performance. BSU outrebounded UMass 38-34. The Ball State bench came up big with 31 points to the UMass bench’s 21. The Cardinals held a slim 34-32 edge in points in the paint.

The Minutemen were led by Trent Buttrick and CJ Kelly with 19 points each. Rich Kelly and Dyondre Dominguez added 10 points each. TJ Weeks Jr. led UMass with eight rebounds.

With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 2-3 on the year, while the Minutemen fell to 3-3. Ball State returns to Worthen Arena on Saturday, Nov. 27, for an in-state battle with Indiana State. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“I’m just really, really obviously proud of our guys. We’ve been playing better each game here and we knew that but it’s great to be able to see one here through the finish line and come away with the win against a really good UMass team. I thought we did a much better job in particular on the offensive end in crunch time. We got a lot of really good shots down the stretch, even when we were in a little scoring slump. We were getting the ball at the rim, and you know it’s the name of the game – sometimes those shots go, sometimes they don’t. I thought (Tyler Cochran) had a great game. You look at the stat line, he had 22 points and eight rebounds and only missed one shot. We took what the defense gave us. Sometimes you match as a team, that’s who they are. If you look at it, they don’t give up many threes any game they play. I thought we really played together. The one thing we’ve been doing a great job of is our assists and field goal rates. We’re getting a lot of assists collectively as a team, and I think it’s a sign of us really sharing the ball and playing together. Tyler is so special. He had 22 tonight, but he could impact the game just as much and score six points.”

From the Student-Athlete – Junior Guard #23 Tyler Cochran

“I want to thank my coaches and my teammates. Since I got here, they told me that my ability to drive makes guys collapse and I can kick it out. It was one thing we worked on all summer with them. It gives me the confidence to keep going to the next play. Every game that we play, as coach says, we need to find ourselves a little bit more every game. Today I really feel like we showed a glimpse of how good we could really be and it’s not even there yet. We are going to keep going as a team and keep finding ourselves. I really feel great about this year and what we can become.”

BALL STATE VB: OPENS MAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP MONDAY

Match 31: No. 1 Ball State (27-3; 17-1 MAC) vs. TBA

   Monday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena

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Match 32: No. 1 Ball State (27-3; 17-1 MAC) vs. TBA

   Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – The second season begins Monday for the top-seeded Ball State women’s volleyball team which opens play in the Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship against the winner of Sunday’s opening-round match between No. 4 Western Michigan vs. No. 5 Toledo.

After missing out on the four-team 2020-21 spring tournament, the Cardinals will play host to this fall’s event after winning the 2021 MAC Regular Season Championship with a 17-1 league record. The title also earned BSU a first-round bye in the tournament.

Ball State will be making its 32nd appearance in the MAC Volleyball Championships, owning a 34-24 (.586) overall record and seven tournament titles (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002 & 2019). BSU’s 34 tournament wins and seven tournament titles trail only Ohio’s 35 wins and nine championships.

Overall, the Cardinals own a 5-2 (.714) record in first round matches, an 12-9 (.650) mark in quarterfinal play, a 10-10 (.500) ledger in semifinal action and a 7-3 (.700) record in the championship match.

The Cardinals are also second in the league with 29 all-time All-Tournament Selections and seven MAC Tournament Most Valuable Players.

This will also be the fifth time the Cardinals have hosted the MAC Volleyball Championship, with the last coming in 2003. Ball State also hosted the event in 1994, 1999 and 2002. In addition, the Cardinals have hosted seven quarterfinal/first round matches in Worthen Arena.

All told, Ball State boasts a 17-1 record in tournament play in Worthen Arena, including capturing the event championships in 1994, 1999 and 2002. The lone tournament loss at home came in the semifinals of the 2003 event to Ohio by a score of 3-0 on Nov. 22, 2003.

While playing at Worthen Arena has been nice for the Cardinals, playing on Nov. 22 has not always been the easiest. Ball State is 1-4 all-time in tournament matches played on the date, including the Ohio loss in 2003. However, BSU did win its last Nov. 22 tournament match, taking down Ohio 3-1 in 2019 on its way to clinching its seventh and latest crown.

MORE ABOUT BALL STATE:

Ball State enters Monday’s MAC Volleyball Championship matchup with the nation’s fifth-longest active winning streak at 17 matches … Only Louisville (26), BYU (20), Western Kentucky (20), and Dayton (18) have longer active winning streaks as of matches played through Saturday, Nov. 20.

The Cardinals also climbed to 33rd in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released Monday (Nov. 14), which is the program’s highest ranking since it was 33rd in the Oct. 30, 2011 release. BSU climbed as high as 30th that season, in the Oct. 23 release, for the highest ranking with current head coach Kelli Miller Phillips on staff. Phillips was an assistant under then-head coach Steve Shondell at the time.

Ball State has been ranked as high as 22nd in the final 2002 NCAA RPI, while it also reached 30th in the 2000 NCAA tournament selection rankings.

The Cardinals have climbed up the rankings by boasting one of the nation’s most effective offenses, ranking 19th nationally with a .271 hitting percentage. The mark is on pace to shatter the current program record for hitting percentage in a season which is .262 set by the 1998 squad. Overall, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 29 of its 30 matches this season, including above .300 marks nine times.

That has been a big key to the Cardinals’ success this season, as BSU has successfully been able to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Six different Ball State players enter the MAC Tournament averaging at least 1.78 kills per set, while as seventh is smashing 1.42 kills per set.

Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn leads the club with a 3.04 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.86. Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers are outside Emily Hollowell (2.41), middle Marie Plitt (2.38), middle Lauren Gilliland (1.97), outside Cait Snyder (1.78), and outside Natalie Risi (1.42).

Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been Wielonski who is third in the MAC with a 10.78 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

Current libero Maggie Huber leads the Ball State defense with a 3.76 digs-per-set average, while Risi has a team-best 314 digs and Wielonski is third on the squad with 289 total digs. At the net, Gilliland leads the squad at 0.89 blocks per set, while Plitt and Mitchem are not far behind at 0.80 and 0.69, respectively.

As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .202 attack percentage, which ranks as the third-best defense in the MAC. BSU also ranks fifth in the MAC at 2.07 blocks per set and sixth in the league at 15.66 digs per set.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

The first MAC team to reach 20 wins this season, thanks to its 3-0 sweep at Western Michigan (Oct. 23), Ball State enters Sunday tied with Creighton and BYU for the NCAA Division I lead with 27 total victories … The Bluejays will play again Sunday afternoon, prior to BSU’s Monday match, while the Cougars return to action Tuesday.

In addition, Ball State’s .900 (27-3) winning percentage is tied for sixth nationally with Creighton (.900 / 27-3) … The duo trail only Louisville (1.000 / 26-0), BYU (.964 / 27-1), Western Kentucky (.963 / 26-1), Texas (.957 / 22-1), and Pittsburgh (.926 / 25-2).

The Oct. 30 sweep of Miami was a special one for head coach Kelli Miller Phillips, as she earned her 100th career victory … Phillips enters the MAC Volleyball Championship with a 105-63 (.625) career record in six seasons … During the 2020-21 spring season, Phillips was credited with a 4-9 overall record after missing the early portion of the year while on maternity leave … Assistant coach Fritz Rosenberg was elevated to acting head coach for those contests and was credited with a 5-3 record.

In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 19th nationally with a .271 team hitting percentage, Ball State features three of the top nine attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranks first in the conference and is 47th nationally at .373 … Middle Marie Plitt is second in the MAC and 63rd nationally at .353, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is ninth in the MAC at .313.

Setter Megan Wielonski enters the MAC Volleyball Championships ranked fifth nationally with her 1,207 total assists, while her 10.78 assists-per-set average is 24th … She is just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists, with her total currently ranking 13th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she is just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski has also proven to be the league’s top server ranking first at 0.45 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 50 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), are first in the league and rank 13th among all NCAA Division I players nationwide … The total currently ties as the 13th-most in a single season in program history, with the record being 70 by Barbara Harrison in 1988 … The most service aces in a single season by a Ball State setter in program history is currently 51 by Amber Seaman in 2018.

Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, ranking first on the squad with a 3.04 kills-per-set average this season … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 19 matches so far this season, including a season-high 20 kills in the four-set win at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 12) … She also tallied 19 kills in a three-set win at Kent State (Sept. 25) which tie as the second-most in a three-set match in the MAC this season … She registered a career-high 23 kills versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.

Jaclyn Bulmahn enters the MAC Volleyball Championships with 987 career kills, including 328 so far in her first season at Ball State … The 328 kills top her previous season-best of 277 set her junior year at Valpo … She also has a chance to top her previous career-best kills-per-set average, which was 3.05 set with the Beacons last season.

Opposite Natalie Mitchem has also smashed double-digit kills in 19 of BSU’s 30 matches this season, including tying her career high with 21 in the win over Toledo (Oct. 19) … Percentage wise, she has hit .400-or-better nine times, including five of the last 12 matches … She has also turned in a strong effort at the net this season, averaging 0.69 blocks per set with at least one block in 27 matches, including tying her career high with seven blocks versus Northern Illinois (Oct. 15).

So far this season, the Cardinals have turned to three different liberos, most recently having Maggie Huber suit up in the off-colored jersey for the last 12 matches … Huber has done a solid job in the role, securing double figure digs in each contest and averaging 5.19 digs per set … Defensive specialist Kate Vinson was BSU’s libero for the first 10 matches of the season and currently ranks second on the team with a 2.88 digs-per-set average … Natalie Risi took over the role for the next eight matches, and leads the squad with 314 total digs … Risi averages 2.80 digs per set.

Natalie Risi move back to the left side for the Northern Illinois series and did not disappointed … She set the tone for the Ball State block in the series-opening win over the Huskies (Oct. 15), registering solo blocks on two of the first five points … She tallied three total solo blocks in the match and added another late in the third set of the Oct. 16 sweep to help the Cardinals stomp out an NIU rally attempt … Risi has also been a solid attacking option for BSU over the last 12 matches, ranking third on the team at 2.64 kills per set … She has logged double-digit kills in five of the last eight matches, including a season-high 15 in BSU’s MAC regular season championship clinching victory at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 13)

Ball State enters the MAC Volleyball Championships with a 968-623-2 (.608) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, with a win in its 2021 MAC regular season finale, the Cardinals became the MAC’s all-time winningest program in conference play at 418-212 (.663) … Western Michigan, which lost its regular season finale, is second at 417-213 (.662).

With an 11-0 record at home during the 2021 regular season, the Cardinals own a 292-93 (.758) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena versus MAC foes, with a 214-57 (.790) mark.

THE NEXT POSSIBLE MATCH-UPS

NO. 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN – Ball State holds a a52-48 lead in the all-time series versus Western Michigan, including sweeping the 2021 regular season series … Both were Ball State sweeps in Kalamazoo, with the first being a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) win on Oct. 22 and the second a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) victory on Oct. 23 to give BSU its 20th win of the season … Ball State also holds a 22-7 (.759) advantage in Worthen Arena, including four straight wins … However, the Broncos have a 5-2 edge in MAC Volleyball Championship play, including four straight wins … In fact, WMU ended Ball State’s seasons in the 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 MAC tournaments after the Cardinals won both meetings in the regular season.

NO. 5 TOLEDO – The Cardinals hold a commanding 71-11 advantage in the all-time series versus Toledo, including sweeping the 2021 regular season series … BSU earned a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20) victory on Oct. 19 in Worthen Arena, as well as a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) win in the regular season finale played last Wednesday (Nov. 17) at Savage Arena … Overall, Ball State has won eight of the last nine meetings in the series … The Cardinals also hold a 26-3 (.897) advantage in matches played in Worthen Arena … The teams have meet twice in MAC Volleyball Championship play, with BSU sweeping Toledo in a 1993 semifinal meeting and the Rockets upsetting the top seeded Cardinals in the 2010 quarterfinals at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo, Ohio … Much like its recent tournament luck versus WMU, Ball State won the two regular season meetings versus Toledo in 2010.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: #4 IRISH DOMINATE IN WIN OVER VILLANOVA TO ADVANCE IN NCAAS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 4-seed Fighting Irish turned in an impressive showing to open their NCAA Championship run, defeating Villanova 3-0 at Alumni Stadium to advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2018.

Notre Dame’s defense continued its great run of play, posting its fifth straight clean sheet in the victory. The Irish have now gone more than 515 minutes without conceding a goal.

Left back Paddy Burns led the attack with a career night, scoring a goal and recording an assist in the first half. Jack Lynn and Ben Giacobello also found the back of the net for Notre Dame.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Irish carried momentum from last week’s ACC Championship title into their NCAA opener, starting the match on the front foot and dictating play in the opening minutes. The early pressure paid off with a goal in the 18th minute as Burns played a perfect diagonal ball to Lynn, who masterfully controlled it with his first touch and then made no mistake with the finish to give the Irish the 1-0 lead.

Eighteen minutes later it was Burns who found the back of the net to double the lead. The sophomore’s initial attempt from inside the box was saved and then Lynn headed the rebound off the woodwork. Burns bolted in and headed the rebound home for his second goal of the year to push the lead to 2-0, which they took into the halftime break.

Notre Dame’s defense did a great job of limiting the Wildcats’ scoring chances in the second half and put the game away in the 85th minute with a third goal of the evening.

Matthew Roou broke into the box and had his shot from close saved and the clearance fell to Giacobello. The senior right back put his laces through the half volley from outside the box and lashed it inside the near post to put an exclamation mark on the performance and make the final score 3-0.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“I thought it was a great performance, I really do. Villanova is a great team. They have had a historic season and beat a tough Vermont team at Vermont. They have a couple of special players so we knew it was going to be a tough challenge but I’m really proud of the way the guys came out and got early goals and then we did a really good job of seeing the game out.”

On the importance of scoring early in the first NCAA Tournament match…

“You’re always a little fearful of how the other team has already competed in the NCAA Tournament so getting a good start was paramount and I am proud of the guys for executing great at the start.”

On another clean sheet…

“It’s good. We obviously want to keep doing it but we need to remember what gets clean sheets. It is taking care of details and doing those redundant things every time that get you clean sheets and we need to make sure that we continue to do those things at a high level.”

ND NOTES

  • The Irish improve to 20-20-3 in NCAA Tournament matches in program history.
  • ND is now 11-3-0 against Villanova in the all-time series matchup.
  • The Irish advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 11th time in program history.
  • The Irish have not allowed a goal in any of the last five matches, spanning 470 minutes, and have recorded clean sheets in nine of their last 11 outings.
  • The clean sheet is Notre Dame’s 12th of the season.
  • With the goal, Lynn now has nine on the season and 30 in his career, the most among active Irish players.
  • Bryan Dowd recorded three saves in his ninth clean sheet of the season.
  • Burns’ three points off a goal and an assist are a career high. The sophomore now has two goals on the season
  • Giacobello scored the fourth goal of his career and first of the season, becoming the 15th player to score a goal this season for the Irish.

UP NEXT

The Irish will welcome Wake Forest to Alumni Stadium next weekend for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals. The match will air on ACCNX.

NB WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SIX IN DOUBLE FIGURES AS (RV) IRISH DOMINATE BRYANT, 94-35

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — The (RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball team used a balanced attack as six players scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 16, 2018 in a 94-35 victory over the visiting Bryant Bulldogs. The Irish were led by Maddy Westbeld’s 19 points, Dara Mabrey and Olivia Miles each tallied 14, Sonia Citron had 13, Natalija Marshall scored a career-high 11 points, and Abby Prohaska added 10 points off of the bench in the winning effort. Miles dished out a career-high 14 assists in the victory.

With the 94-35 win, the Irish improved to 5-0 to start the 2021-22 season, extending the longest winning streak in the Karen and Kevin Keyes Family head coach Niele Ivey-era, and is the longest winning streak since the Irish won 14-consecutive games in the 2018-19 season. Its the most consecutive wins to begin a season since that same 2018-19 season.

Notre Dame utilized a run of 21-0 over 9:43 in the first half to put a lengthy distance between the two teams, and the Irish had their largest run of the evening at 23-0 in the second half to put the game away.

After falling behind in the first quarter, the Irish defense locked down Bryant, holding the Bulldogs to just 16 points in the first half. It was the fewest points allowed in a half for the Irish since allowing 19 at Florida State Feb. 25th, 2021. The Irish allowed less than 40 points for the first time since holding Clemson to 37 during the 2017-18 season.

Notre Dame forced 29 Bulldog turnovers in the win, marking the first time since Feb. 13, 2020 as the Irish forced 27 Boston College turnovers.

How It Happened

Bryant jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, holding its largest lead of the game 5-2 three minutes into the contest. The Irish charged back and took their first lead of the game at 8-7 and went on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to extend the lead to 15-7 with 2:46 remaining in the quarter.

Notre Dame closed out the first quarter on a 4-0 run over the final two minutes and continued that run into the second quarter. The Irish didn’t allow a Bryant score until 2:14 remaining in the first half, ending a 21-0 run that lasted 9:43 of game action. It matches the run that closed out the end of the Syracuse matchup a week ago, Sunday.

The third quarter saw much of the same as the Irish began the frame with a 10-2 run, capped by a Mabrey three as Bryant called a timeout with 6:26 remaining in the quarter. After cutting the Irish lead to 33 with 5:05 left in the third, the Bulldogs would get no closer the rest of the way as the Irish rode a balanced offensive attack and a tremendous defensive effort to secure the victory.

Up Next

The Irish take off to Florida for the Daytona Beach Invitational next weekend. Notre Dame will face off with Georgia and Oregon State, November 26 and 27, respectively.

NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: #3 IRISH DROP 3-2 BATTLE TO #2 ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  The No. 3 seeded Notre Dame women’s soccer team was engaged in an absolute battle with No. 2 seeded Arkansas in Sunday’s Sweet 16 matchup, but ultimately dropped a 3-2 decision. The Fighting Irish (14-6-2) rallied twice to tie the game, receiving goals from both Korbin Albert and Olivia Wingate. However, the Razorbacks (19-4-0) found their game-winner late, in the 78th minute, as the Irish ran out of time for the third equalizer.

Korbin Albert finished her stellar freshman campaign with 12 goals, the second most on the team. Meanwhile, Olivia Wingate closes the year with seven goals.

Notre Dame ends its season with a 14-6-2 record, marking its best record since 2014, when they achieved the very same mark. The Irish boasted the 16th best RPI entering the tournament, went 7-3-0 in the top-ranked RPI conference in the country and scored its most goals (52) since the 2010 national championship squad.

How It Happened

Arkansas used the air game to put pressure on the Irish early. The Razorbacks had four corner kicks in the opening 17 minutes and also utilized deep throw-ins that could reach the middle of the Irish box. In fact, that’s how Arkansas got on the board in the 10th minute.

After a deep throw was deflected toward the middle of the box, Arkansas’ Taylor Malham put it away for the first score of the match.

However, the Irish weathered the storm and began to create chances of their own. Insert none other than Korbin Albert in the 22nd minute for the Notre Dame equalizer.

It started with Bri Martinez counter-attacking down the right side, making a key sliding tackle that pushed the ball forward to Albert. The freshman out of Illinois then broke down her defender and delivered a left-footed rocket to the upper-90 near post.

At the half, shots on goal were 6-1 in Arkansas’ favor but all that mattered was the scoreboard reading 1-1. With that said, sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Naylor continued to show out, recording two stellar diving saves in the half.

Around the 51st minute, it looked like Notre Dame was going to take the lead. Kati Druzina hit a beautiful line-drive cross from the left side, but Martinez was hip-checked out of position to score and there was no call. The unfortunate series of events led to an Arkansas goal just a mere two minutes later.

Yet the Irish lived up to their fighting moniker, finding the equalizer yet again, this time in the 63rd minute. Eva Gaetino hit a long through ball to Wingate, who used her dazzling speed for the breakaway and pushed the ball past the Arkansas keeper.

The see-saw battle continued with the Razorbacks finding the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute. Arkansas won a key 50-50 ball in the Irish defensive third, pushed it to the right side where Malham lined her goal to the upper-right 90.

At that point, the clock was against the Irish, who maintained most of the possession in Arkansas’ half for the final 10 minutes. Yet, the third equalizer wouldn’t fall.

INDIANA STATE MBB: SYCAMORES RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE

CONWAY, S.C. – Indiana State rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit but ultimately fell short to New Mexico State, falling 80-66 to the Aggies in the third-place game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational Sunday night at the HTC Center.

Hot shooting in the final 15 minutes of play from Micah Thomas helped will ISU to close the gap to six points with just over three minutes to play, but NMSU was able to get back-to-back baskets to settle the Sycamores and regain control.

Thomas led the Trees with a career high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 14 second half points. Cooper Neese tallied 18 points while Cameron Henry scored 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sycamores.

Forward Dearon Tucker played in one of the best games in his short ISU career. Tucker was able to match the size of the Aggies while scoring five, grabbing three rebounds and blocking a shot.

New Mexico State (4-1) shot 53 percent (32-60) from the floor and 38 percent (11-29) from deep while Indiana State shot 40 percent (23-57) from the field and 25 percent from distance.

It was all New Mexico State to start as the Aggies scored the first seven points before Kailex Stephens was able to get a tip-in off an offensive rebound to put ISU on the board at the 17:15 mark. Cooper Neese and Micah Thomas ignited the Sycamores during a 10-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers to pull ISU to 16-13 forcing a NMSU timeout.

Even as the Aggies played a physical game on both ends of the floor, ISU was the team that was in foul trouble as Cameron Henry battled through two first half fouls. The guard was able to put the Sycamores on top for the first time at 17-16 with an off the dribble bank shot as the shot clock expired at the 10:27 mark.

After Neese shot two free throws following a NMSU flagrant foul on a rebound, the Aggies were able to reel off a 10-6 run to take a 33-25 lead.

Neese led the way for the Trees after 20 minutes with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Thomas had nine while Julian Larry added four points. New Mexico State was able to take advantage of offensive rebounds with an 8-2 lead in second chance points to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room.

NMSU pushed its lead to 17 points after scoring the first seven points in the second half before Larry was able to end the run with a putback layup. New Mexico State

Donnie Tillman led New Mexico State with 23 points while Will McNair Jr. had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

The Sycamores will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 27, when the team travels to Muncie for a matchup with in-state rival Ball State. Tip is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

EVANSVILLE WBB: GULF COAST SHOWCASE BEGINS ON MONDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A stretch of four games in five days continues on Monday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opens the Gulf Coast Showcase against Rice at 10 a.m. CT.  The game will be carried live on Flo Sports and the Purple Aces Radio Network.

Last Time Out

– On Saturday, UE fell by a final of 75-69 to UCF at the Ford Center

– A turning point came in the final minute of the first half – the Knights held a 4-point lead before a 5-0 spurt sent them to the half up by nine

– UCF led by as many as 21 in the second half before winning by 16

– Shamar Givance was 4-for-7 from outside on his way to a team-high 14 points…he added six assists and a steal

– Noah Frederking was 5-of-7 from the field and scored 12 points while Jawaun Newton completed the game with 10

Doing Just About Everything

– Every time he takes the floor, Shamar Givance is a threat to record a triple double and he has continued on that path through four games this season

– Following a 7-point, 5-assist, 4-rebound effort at Cincinnati, Givance led the Aces in points (16), rebounds (7) and steals (3) in the victory against IUPUI

– At Belmont, Givance had his season-high of 17 points, which led all scorers…he was 5-for-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from outside, tying his career high in long range makes before totaling 11 points, 7 helpers and 5 boards against DePauw

– Givance added six more assists and 14 points versus UCF while hitting 4 of his 7 attempts from long range…after starting the season 1-for-6 from outside, he has knocked down 8 of his last 16

Making the Adjustment

– Junior Antoine Smith Jr. has gotten off to a nice start to his UE career…in the regular season opener, he played close to 29 minutes while recording 3 points and 2 rebounds before seeing 20:31 of work against IUPUI

– His first regular season start came at Belmont where he grabbed two rebounds

– Smith had his top UE performance against UCF, scoring 7 points on 3-of-6 shooting

Back in Form

– Noah Frederking missed the Belmont game due to a mild injury, but rebounded nicely in the last two games

– Frederking recorded his first double figure game of the season versus DePauw, scoring 11 points while hitting 3 of his 4 outside tries before adding 12 against UCF

– The 5th year senior averaged 3.0 PPG over the first two games, but has notched 11.5 PPG in the last two

– He has hit 7 of his 12 3-point attempts on the season and started the weekend in the top five in the MVC

Looking Back

– The last trip to the Gulf Coast Showcase for UE came in 2014

– Following a 58-52 win over Fresno State in the opener, UE dropped a close 64-62 game to Green Bay

– The finale saw the Aces defeat San Francisco by a 79-72 final

Scouting the Opponent

– Rice stands at 3-1 following its first four games of the season

– Prior to heading to Florida, the Owls defeated New Orleans by a final of 83-78

– The lone defeat for the Owls came against crosstown rival Houston – 79-46 – on Nov. 12

– Three Rice players average double figures led by Travis Evee

– Evee paces the team with 17.8 points per game while draining 46.9% of his 3-point tries

– Carl Pierre checks in with 12 points per game while Max Fielder is averaging 10 points and a team-high 10.8 caroms per contest.

RHIT MEN’S BASKETBALL – ROSE-HULMAN 65, MARYMOUNT 60

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team improved to 3-0 for the first time in 10 years with 65-60 victory over Marymount University in the championship game of the Pablo Coto Invitational on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman relied on a pair of career-high performances in the victory.  Terry Hicks scored 18 points and added a double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the effort.  Max Chaplin added a career-high 16 points off the bench to provide more offense.

The balanced scoring attack also featured Vuk Djuric and Samvit Ram with 10 points each.  Djuric added eight rebounds, and Ram had a pair of steals.

Montell Cooper led Marymount with 18 points.

Rose-Hulman outrebounded Marymount 47-33 as the key team statistic in the closely contested matchup.  The Fightin’ Engineers led by as many as 11 points in the second half, before the Saints made several late charges.  Free throws in the final seconds by Hicks and Chaplin proved the clinching points in the win.

Rose-Hulman stands 3-0 and hosts DePauw University in a non-conference in-state matchup on Sunday Nov. 28 at 3 pm.

WABASH PRODUCES TOP TIMES TO CLOSE OUT 2021 PEBWORTH INVITATIONAL

The Wabash swimming and diving team produced 63 season-best and 17 personal-best times at the 2021 Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational, held Friday through Sunday at the Crawfordsville Aquatics Center and sponsored by the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Little Giants scored a total of 924 points over the three-day meet to finish third out of seven teams.

Birmingham-Southern College won the men’s competition with a total of 1,356.5 points. Franklin finished in second place with a score of 1,061. Colorado College scored 798 points to finish fourth overall. Albion (770.5 points), Asbury University (538 points), and Centre College (477 points) completed the team scoring.

Two Wabash relays put together top-ten times on the Little Giants all-time top-ten list. The closing 400 freestyle relay won the event with a time of 3:05.17. The foursome of Ethan Johns, Brandon Edwards, Connor Craig, and Caleb McCarty turned in the sixth-best time in that event in school history. The 800 freestyle relay team of Daren Glore, Johns, Edwards, and McCarty also won that event with a time of 6:53.16 for the third-fastest time in school history.

Johns won the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday with a time of 1:42.37 to also break his brother Elliot’s freshman record of 1:42.10 set in 2013. Edwards added a 10th-place finish in the “A” final of that event with a time of 1:48.60.

Wabash took third place in the 200-yard medley relay to open the Saturday portion of the meet. Justin Dusza, Isaac Temores, Connor Craig, and McCarty combined for a time of 1:34.10. Glore picked up a third-place finish in the “A” final of the 400-yard individual medley by finishing in 4:10.22. Temores scored a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.64. Justice Wenz finished in 1:00.27 in the “A” final to place ninth overall.

Dusza turned in a time of 52.63 in the “A” final of the 100 backstroke to finish in fourth place. Wabash diver Tanner Carver placed third in Saturday’s one-meter event with a score of 370.35 for 11 dives. William Morris scored a total of 361.40 points to place fourth overall. Thomas Gained placed eighth with a score of 272.45 points.

Glore opened Sunday’s competition with a fourth-place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:35.55. Carver took fourth place in Sunday’s three-meter diving competition with a total of 365.30 points. Morris finished fifth with a score of 351.90. Gaines placed ninth overall with a total of 241.55 points.

Johns scored another individual win in the 100-yard freestyle Sunday with a time of 46.18. McCarty finished in 46.84 to take second place. Edwards also competed in the “A” final and finished in 47.55 to take sixth place. Craig was the fourth Little Giant to race in the “A” final and finished in ninth place with a time of 48.36.

Dusza turned in a third-place finish with a time of 1;53.68 in the 200-yard backstroke. Jacob Penrose finished ninth in Sunday’s 100-yard individual medley “A” final with a time of 55.59. He added another ninth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly “A” final with a time of 2:01.79.

Wenz took third place in the “A” final of 200-yard breaststroke by touching the wall for the last time in 2:06.87. Temores placed sixth in the “A” final with a time of 2:08.82. Glore placed 10th overall by finishing in 2:12.15.

“What a phenomenal weekend for our men at the Invite,” Wabash College head coach Will Bernhardt said. “The results really show how much work they’ve put into this point of the season. They got to see some of those rewards this weekend. We’re really happy and excited about what the rest of the season holds. We broke a freshman record and put a couple of relays on the all-time top-ten list. Our team was ready to compete and it showed. I’m extremely proud of all the efforts. Now we’ll take a little bit of a break and get back to work shortly after Thanksgiving to get ready to compete against DePauw on December 4.

“We received tremendous support from the Wabash parents and Crawfordsville Aquatics Center support staff. Everyone who helped out at the meet helped put together a tremendous weekend for all of the competitors.”

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
BUFFALO BILLS640.6000.52951763-2-03-2-05-4-03-0-01 L
MIAMI DOLPHINS470.3643.02012692-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-03 W
NEW YORK JETS280.2004.51783202-3-00-5-02-6-00-4-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS740.6360.02812504-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-04 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS640.6000.52602653-3-03-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS550.5001.52232623-3-02-2-04-3-01-2-03 L
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.52001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS730.7000.02472304-1-03-2-04-3-00-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS640.6001.02682162-2-04-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS541.5501.52142263-2-12-2-03-3-01-1-01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS650.5451.52442514-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS830.7270.02912544-2-04-1-05-2-03-1-01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS650.5452.03092453-3-03-2-05-3-02-2-03 W
HOUSTON TEXANS280.2005.51502711-3-01-5-02-5-02-1-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS280.2005.51592622-4-00-4-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS730.7000.02932144-1-03-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES560.4552.52972601-4-04-2-04-3-00-1-02 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM460.4003.02122672-3-02-3-04-2-01-0-02 W
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS920.8180.03102023-2-06-0-05-2-04-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.52712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS550.5003.52462221-4-04-1-04-4-01-3-02 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS370.3005.51942091-4-02-3-01-5-01-2-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS830.7270.02472144-0-04-3-06-2-02-1-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS550.5002.52552423-2-02-3-04-2-02-0-02 W
CHICAGO BEARS370.3004.51632402-3-01-4-01-4-01-1-05 L
DETROIT LIONS091.0507.01602730-4-00-5-10-6-00-3-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS630.6670.02792124-0-02-3-04-3-01-1-02 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS550.5001.52512182-2-03-3-04-4-01-2-03 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS560.4552.02262202-4-03-2-03-5-02-0-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4002.51782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN125.7066-36-22-010-48-22 W
NEW YORK98.5293.04-55-33-17-84-61 L
BOSTON98.5293.04-35-51-26-77-32 W
PHILADELPHIA98.5293.04-45-40-45-64-61 L
TORONTO810.4444.52-66-43-27-63-71 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO125.7066-26-32-06-36-42 W
CLEVELAND98.5293.04-45-41-06-46-43 L
MILWAUKEE98.5293.04-45-42-06-56-43 W
INDIANA711.3895.55-22-90-23-95-51 W
DETROIT412.2507.52-72-51-43-93-72 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON115.6887-14-43-39-56-41 W
MIAMI116.6470.56-15-53-15-35-51 L
CHARLOTTE108.5562.06-24-62-27-45-51 L
ATLANTA89.4713.57-11-83-16-44-64 W
ORLANDO413.2357.51-63-70-42-113-72 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH115.6886-25-32-06-06-43 W
DENVER98.5292.57-32-52-16-55-54 L
PORTLAND98.5292.58-11-70-15-56-43 W
MINNESOTA79.4384.05-62-30-16-84-63 W
OKLAHOMA CITY610.3755.04-42-60-16-55-52 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE152.8829-16-13-08-19-14 W
PHOENIX133.8131.58-25-12-111-310-012 W
LA CLIPPERS107.5885.08-32-40-18-57-31 W
LA LAKERS99.5006.57-52-40-25-64-61 W
SACRAMENTO611.3539.02-64-51-24-93-73 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS97.5636-13-65-07-45-53 L
MEMPHIS88.5001.06-32-51-17-55-51 L
SAN ANTONIO411.2674.52-42-70-31-93-74 L
NEW ORLEANS315.1677.02-61-91-13-72-81 L
HOUSTON115.0638.01-50-100-21-120-1014 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS1813232913714710-0-03-2-35-2-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS201361271351459-3-14-3-08-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING17104323855525-3-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2089319854675-2-23-7-14-5-1
BOSTON BRUINS1596018846436-2-03-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES1778216649545-3-12-5-12-7-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS20513212544704-6-11-7-13-5-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1541019436523-7-01-3-12-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES161420281456326-1-08-1-08-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS191135271164445-1-36-2-26-2-2
NEW YORK RANGERS181143251051515-1-16-3-26-2-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1685319843444-3-24-2-14-4-2
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1685319748495-3-13-2-24-3-3
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1596018750476-3-03-3-06-4-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1776418651514-4-23-2-24-4-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1558212531470-2-05-6-23-6-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
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MINNESOTA WILD181161231064595-2-06-4-16-3-1
WINNIPEG JETS1794422854457-1-12-3-35-2-3
ST. LOUIS BLUES1796220856474-3-15-3-13-5-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1797119847484-3-05-4-16-3-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE1485117754444-2-14-3-07-2-1
DALLAS STARS1677216643514-2-13-5-14-4-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS18610214540584-4-12-6-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES19413210434692-4-12-9-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
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CALGARY FLAMES191135271163362-1-39-2-25-2-3
EDMONTON OILERS171340261168508-1-05-3-07-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS181053231061487-3-13-2-28-1-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS181170221057547-4-04-3-07-3-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS1887319747465-4-13-3-26-2-2
SAN JOSE SHARKS1788117844503-3-15-5-04-5-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS19611214546623-6-13-5-13-6-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN18512111552684-6-01-6-12-8-0