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ZIONSVILLE52INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS48 
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NFL SCHEDULE

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

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

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 UCLA 67 MARQUETTE 56

#8 KANSAS 102 MISSOURI 65

#9 ALABAMA 83 #14 HOUSTON 82

NOTRE DAME 66 #10 KENTUCKY 62

#11 ARIZONA 83 ILLINOIS 79

OKLAHOMA 88 #12 ARKANSAS 66

#13 TENNESSEE 76 NORTH CAROLINA GREENSBORO 36

#15 UCONN 74 ST. BONAVENTURE 64

#18 AUBURN 99 NEBRASKA 68

#19 MICHIGAN STATE 80 PENN STATE 64

#21 OHIO STATE 73 #22 WISCONSIN 55

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COLORADO STATE 66 MISSISSIPPI STATE 63

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TROY 75 TENNESSEE TECH 72

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NORTH CAROLINA ASHEVILLE 73 WESTERN CAROLINA 72

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 71 CANISIUS 43

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 77 WASHINGTON STATE 74

LONGWOOD 93 MORGAN STATE 55

INCARNATE WORD 72 GRAMBLING 62

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AMERICAN 72 MOUNT ST. MARY 66 OT

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MISSOURI STATE 69 ORAL ROBERTS 60

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 71 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 67

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UTAH 96 MANHATTAN 62

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PEPPERDINE 79 ALABAMA STATE 62

RICHMOND 72 TOLEDO 69

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UTAH STATE 82 NEW ORLEANS 50

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BALL STATE 81 UTAH STATE 55

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NEBRASKA 78 INDIANA STATE 50

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SETON HALL 70 PRINCETON 60

LOYOLA CHICAGO 69 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 48

KENT STATE 89 CLARION 43

ST. JOHN’S 83 LASALLE 70

PROVIDENCE 68 QUINNIPIAC 50

BROWN 90 FISHER 31

TOWSON 79 AMERICAN 61

MASSACHUSETTS 87 COLUMBIA 75

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COPPIN STATE 66 ST. PETER’S 57

NEW JERSEY TECH 59 ST. FRANCIS NEW YORK 53

TOLEDO 75 LOYOLA MARYLAND 53

TEXAS PAN-AMERICAN 62 INCARNATE WORD 57

WEBER STATE 64 TARLETON STATE 54

NORTHWESTERN STATE 78 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 71 OT

ILLINOIS STATE 80 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 71

NORTHWESTERN 76 DELAWARE 53

RICE 69 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 61

WICHITA STATE 77 GRAMBLING 47

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FRESNO STATE 77 BAKERSFIELD 64

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SAN DIEGO 75 UC IRVINE 64

DUQUESNE 70 ST. FRANCIS PA 61

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NEVADA 80 BUSHNELL 42

OREGON 68 LONG BEACH 59

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SYRACUSE 86 CLEMSON 46

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 80 ST. LOUIS 69

NBA SCOREBOARD

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UTAH 123 WASHINGTON 98

CLEVELAND 117 SACRAMENTO 103

MIAMI 118 CHICAGO 92

MEMPHIS 113 HOUSTON 106

PHILADELPHIA 102 GOLDEN STATE 93

DENVER 127 SAN ANTONIO 112

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WASHINGTON 3 BUFFALO 2

TORONTO 5 CHICAGO 4

PITTSBURGH 1 ANAHEIM 0

ST. LOUIS 4 MONTRÉAL 1

NY ISLANDERS 4 NEW JERSEY 2

PHILADELPHIA 5 ARIZONA 3

CAROLINA 3 EDMONTON 1

COLUMBUS 5 SEATTLE 4

BOSTON 4 CALGARY 2

LOS ANGELES 2 MINNESOTA 1

SAN JOSE 2 DALLAS 1

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TOP NATIONA HEADLINES/RELEASES

BACK-TO-BACK: YOUNG GIVES ALABAMA CONSECUTIVE HEISMAN WINS

NEW YORK (AP) Bryce Young didn’t just meet the standard set by the star quarterbacks who preceded him at Alabama, he exceeded it and gave the Crimson Tide a rare Heisman back-to-back.

Young became the first Tide quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, making Alabama the fifth school with consecutive winners of college football’s most prestigious player of the year award.

“This is amazing,” said Young, dressed in all black with a sparkling diamond chain around his neck, as he started his acceptance speech.

He thanked his father, Craig, for being his “best friend,” his mother, Julie, for “always having my back,” and his offensive line for “protecting me.”

Young received 684 first-place votes and 2,311 points to easily outdistance Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (78, 954), who became the third defensive player to be Heisman runner-up and first since Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in 2012.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (28, 631) finished third and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (12, 399) was fourth. Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31, 325) was fifth, putting two defensive players in the top five for the first time since 1962.

A year after former teammate DeVonta Smith won the Heisman, Young received 83% of total points available, the seventh highest among 87 winners. He was named on 90% of all ballots, also the seventh highest in Heisman history.

Young has passed for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns this season, leading No 1 Alabama to a Southeastern Conference title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The defending national champion Crimson Tide will play No. 4 Cincinnati on Dec. 31 in the Cotton Bowl.

Young is Alabama’s fourth Heisman winner, all in the last 13 years under coach Nick Saban. Only four schools have won more: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern California each have won seven.

The other schools to have Heisman winners in consecutive years are Yale (1936-37), Army (1945-46), Southern California (2004-05) – though Reggie Bush’s 2005 victory was later vacated – and Oklahoma (2017-18).

Running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were Alabama’s first two Heisman winners and Smith, a receiver, was No. 3 last year.

It seemed only a matter of time before a Tide quarterback took one home. Saban’s Alabama dynasty has evolved into QB U.

Young, a sophomore, stepped into the starting role held by Mac Jones last year and Tua Tagovailoa the two seasons prior. Both are starting in the NFL after being selected in the first round of the draft.

“It was big for me understanding the quarterback tradition and the standard that was being a quarterback at the University of Alabama,” Young said. “It was important for me to live up to that, to meet that standard.”

Tagovailoa was the Heisman runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in 2018 and then finished 10th in the voting in 2019, a season cut short by injury.

Jones put up even better numbers than Tagovailoa in 2020, but settled for third in the Heisman voting behind his favorite receiver, Smith, and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Then came Young, the five-star recruit from Southern California, who was Jones’ lightly used back-up last year.

Leading an inexperienced offense that was replacing a mountain of NFL talent, Young wasn’t afforded the luxury of growing into the job.

“A lot of the other teams that we’ve had have been older, with lots of really good players and the quarterback didn’t need to be the focal point that Bryce had to be on this team this year,” Saban said.

Young showed immediately he was up to the task. He threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in his starting debut against Miami to begin the season, but it was the way he finished that won him the Heisman.

The race appeared mostly up for grabs heading into November. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker, who finished sixth, Stroud and even Young’s teammate, Anderson, all briefly surged to the top of the leader boards.

Young led Alabama on a 97-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in an overtime victory against Auburn on Thanksgiving weekend, shaking off what was overall one of his poorest games of the season to deliver when it mattered most.

“In some ways you could say I was more nervous today (than before the drive against Auburn), because so much of this is out of your control,” he said.

Even-keeled confidence might be Young’s strongest trait.

“That’s just always been there,” his father, Craig Young, said earlier this week. “It’s just been the ability to stay calm within chaos and not perceive it as chaos.”

Bryce Young followed up that clutch performance in the Iron Bowl with a masterpiece from start to finish. Young passed for an SEC championship game record 421 yards and the Crimson Tide tore up Georgia’s vaunted defense in a 41-24 victory.

“He was fantastic down the stretch,” Saban said.

The Heisman race went from wide open to done deal as Young helped Alabama pass yet another milestone with the greatest season ever for Tide quarterback.

OREGON HIRES GEORGIA DC DAN LANNING AS HEAD COACH

(AP) — Oregon hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as head coach Saturday, completing a search for Mario Cristobal’s replacement that took less than a week.

Cristobal was hired away from Oregon by Miami on Monday. Five days later, the Ducks landed on the 35-year-old Lanning, who will be a first-time head coach after spending the last four years at Georgia, the previous three leading one of the best defenses in the country.

“We are staged for success and I look forward to building on the strong foundation that currently exists in Eugene,” Lanning said in a statement. “Our goal is to win championships and develop our players both on and off the field. “

No. 3 Georgia (12-1) has the top-ranked defense in the country this season and will play No. 2 Michigan in the College Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement that Lanning would stay with the team through its playoff run. Inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann and special teams coordinator Will Muschamp will be co-defensive coordinators for Georgia after Lanning moves on.

“We are so happy for Dan and his family,” Smart said. “He and (wife) Sauphia have been an important part of our Bulldog family for the last four years, and we thank them for all they did for Georgia Football and the Athens community.

“Opportunities like this are a testament to a successful program.”

Cristobal returned to his alma mater and hometown following four full seasons in Eugene as head coach. The Ducks went 35-13 under Cristobal, reaching the Pac-12 title game each of the last three seasons.

No. 15 Oregon (10-3) lost the Pac-12 title game against Utah last week and will play No. 14 Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

Lanning will be the Ducks’ third head coach since Willie Taggart took the job after the 2016 season, and fourth since Chip Kelly left for the NFL after the 2012 season.

Taggart replaced Mark Helfrich, but lasted just one season in Eugene before he returned to his home state to coach Florida State.

Cristobal was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach to replace Taggart.

Now Oregon is going outside the program again, reaching across the country to hire a defensive coordinator as head coach after decades of being led by coaches with offensive backgrounds, starting with Mike Bellotti in the 1990s to Chip Kelly in the 2000s.

“Dan is an outstanding, high-energy football coach who will provide a world-class experience for our football student-athletes,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said. “He is a tremendous recruiter and developer of talent, and we will continue to compete for championships while providing an environment where our football student-athletes can develop to their fullest potential in the classroom, on the football field, and as people.”

Lanning is a Missouri native who played football at Division II William Jewell in Liberty.

He started his coaching career at a high school outside Kansas City before bouncing from Pittsburgh to Arizona State as a graduate assistant. His first full-time job in Division I was with Arizona State and he spent a year with FCS Sam Houston State in 2014.

He did a stint as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015, and then his career took off. He was hired by Memphis as linebackers coach in 2016, and Smart brought him to Georgia in 2018.

He was promoted to defensive coordinator at Georgia in 2019. The Bulldogs have ranked in the top 10 in yards per play allowed in each of the past three seasons.

PENN STATE TAPS EX-MIAMI COACH DIAZ AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Former Miami coach Manny Diaz was hired as defensive coordinator at Penn State less than a week after he was fired by the Hurricanes.

Diaz replaces Brent Pry, who left Penn State after eight seasons as coaching the defense to become Virginia Tech’s head coach.

Diaz, 47, was a longtime defensive coordinator, with stints at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Texas and Miami before becoming the Hurricanes’ head coach after the 2018 season. He went 21-15 leading Miami but was let go on Monday and replaced with Mario Cristobal.

“Manny is a veteran defensive play caller whose head coaching experience will bring tremendous value to our organization,” Penn State coach James Franklin said Saturday in a statement. “He has an innovative approach to complement his extensive Xs & Os knowledge which he developed through his stops at multiple Power Five conferences. Manny’s defensive philosophy is in line with our scheme and will help in the transition with our current team.”

With Diaz as the coordinator, Miami’s defense ranked in the top three of the Atlantic Coast Conference in yards per play allowed in three straight seasons (2016-18). The Hurricanes’ performance on that side of the ball slipped when Diaz became head coach, but it still managed to rank in the top half of the conference in yards per play.

LAVATAI RUNS FOR 2 TDS, NAVY’S D DOMINATES IN WIN OVER ARMY

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Navy had its way with Army. It was good, aggressive, lucky and most of all angry with the idea the Black Knights had turned the tables in one of college football’s biggest rivalries.

Quarterback Tai Lavatai ran for two touchdowns and Navy’s defense limited Army to 57 second-half yards and a season-low 232 overall in a 17-13 victory Saturday in a game played at the Meadowlands to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The win more than made the season for Navy (4-8), which faced 11 bowl-bound teams, tops in the nation. It also gave the Midshipmen only their second win in the last six games with their biggest rival, and they were not averse to boasting about it.

“We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year and guys keep consistently coming back and battling and not giving up,” senior linebacker Diego Fagot said. “Regardless of the score, we’re going to keep playing as hard as we can. We pride ourselves on that. I mean, I can’t say enough about how they think they’re the last of the hard. But it’s just not the case. They’re our little brothers.”

Navy dominated against bowl-bound Army (8-4) after giving up an early touchdown. It outgained them 278 yards to 232, including 196-124 on the ground against the nation’s No. 2 rushing offense. The Mids held the ball for 34:25 and converted three big plays, including a fourth-down, fake punt in the fourth quarter that wasn’t supposed to be a fake punt.

“It is good to be lucky,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said of the 4-yard, first-down run by Fagot that set up Bijan Nichols’ 43-yard field goal and kept alive a nearly nine-minute drive.

The up-back on a punt, Fagot said he made a line call because Army overloaded one side. Freshman center Ethan Nguyen mistook it for a fake call and Fagot got the first down despite being hit in the facemask with the snap.

“I mean, as a linebacker, you kind of already have tunnel vision, so I wasn’t really expecting it,” Fagot said. “So when I caught it, I just, I just started running straight.”

It worked.

The Navy defense and Fagot also made the big play at the end, stopping Army quarterback Christian Anderson a yard short at the Navy 46 on fourth down with 91 seconds left.

“Honestly, it came down to that last one,” said Anderson, who scored on a 56-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage. “I feel like we were moving the ball pretty OK. Then we got to the fourth down. I’ve just got to be able to make that run and get that conversion.”

Navy ran out the clock and then celebrated.

“Obviously, it’s something we dream of,” Navy senior center Pierce Banbury said. “That is the reason I came to the Academy, to have that feeling. Right now, I am speechless.”

Cole Talley added field goals of 31 and 32 yards in helping Army take a 13-7 halftime lead. The Black Knights generated little after that in seeing their four-game winning streak snapped.

“They beat blocks, they just destroyed blocks,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “They just did a much better job defending us than we did attacking them on offense. We tried different things and none of them worked. We just got outplayed.”

After Anderson’s touchdown, Lavatai capped an 11-play, 83-yard response by the Midshipmen, scoring on an 8-yard run on which fullback James Harris helped carry him the final 3 yards.

“I was thinking about jumping,” said Lavatai, who ran for 62 yards and was 4 of 6 for 82 yards passing. “Good thing I didn’t because I probably would not have gotten there.”

Navy took over in the second half, taking the kickoff and going 74 yards in 10 plays with Lavatai scoring from 2 yards out. The drive featured a 26-yard run by Chance Warren on fourth-and-4 that got the ball to the 2. It was supposed to be a pass to Lavatai, but Warren saw it wasn’t open so he ran.

“We were going to come out swinging,” Niumatalolo said. “We have been hearing a lot of stuff that the tables have turned and they were on top. We have never felt that. I think they are a very good football team. But our schedule is tough and that is by design.”

Navy’s season is now over. Army will play Missouri in the Armed Forces Bowl in Texas on Dec. 22.

“This is the game we build up for year round,” Army defensive back Cedrick Cunningham said. ” We pretty much build our program to beat (Navy), so to lose to them is very disappointing.”

TITANS ACTIVATE WR JULIO JONES FROM INJURED RESERVE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans activated wide receiver Julio Jones from injured reserve Saturday, clearing the way for him to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jones hasn’t played since Nov. 7 due to a hamstring injury. He has 21 catches for 336 yards and no touchdowns in the six games he has played this season.

The return of Jones gives the Titans’ offense some help as they deal with the absences of receiver A.J. Brown and running back Derrick Henry. Brown went on injured reserve Nov. 27. Henry also is on IR and hasn’t played since Oct. 31 as he recovers from surgery on his right foot.

In other moves, the Titans activated safety Dane Cruikshank and wide receiver Racey McMath from injured reserve, placed tight end Tommy Hudson on IR and waived safety Brady Breeze. They also elevated wide receiver Cody Hollister and defensive lineman Kevin Strong from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

Hudson won’t play again this season since this is his second stint on injured reserve.

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ATLANTA FALCONS (5-7) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-7)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-20

STREAKS: Panthers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/31/21: Panthers 19 at Falcons 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/29/20: Falcons 25, Panthers 17

QB MATT RYAN passed for 297 yards & 93.2 rating last week. Needs 86 pass yards for 12th-straight 3,000-yard season & needs 4 TD passes for 13th-straight 20-TD season. Has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 at Car. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 96 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 18 rec.) last week & reached 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,007) for 1st time in career. Has career highs in rec. yards (518), rush yards (489), rec. TDs (5) & rush TDs (4). Had TD catch in Week 8 meeting. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB MIKE DAVIS had 69 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 32 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Had 1,015 scrimmage yards & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) w/ Car. last season. • WR RUSSELL GAGE led team & set career highs with 11 receptions & 130 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. TE KYLE PITTS ranks 3rd among rookies & 3rd among all TEs with 709 rec. yards. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 15 tackles last week & is 1 of 2 players (ERIC KENDRICKS) with 2 games of 15+ tackles in 2021. Had 16 tackles in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 135 tackles. LB DEION JONES had 2 PD last week & is only LB with 5+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. Had 14 tackles & FF in Week 8 meeting. Has 101 tackles, his 3rd-straight & 5thcareer 100-tackle season.

QB CAM NEWTON has rush TD in each of his 3 games this season & can tie career-long streak with rush TD (4 games in 2011). Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) & 120.5 rating in only home start this season (Week 11 vs. Was.). Has 14 TDs (11 pass, 3 rush) in 7 career home starts w/ Car. vs. Atl. Leads QBs all-time in rush TDs (73) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (5,463). • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 9 rec.) & rush TD in Week 8 meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 5 starts this season. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 103 rec. yards in Week 12, his 12thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 7 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Atl. with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 at home. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches in last home meeting & has 5+ catches in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Atl. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 5+ games (5) with 1.5+ sacks in 2021. Has 6.5 sacks & 7 TFL in 6 home games this season. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 3rd in row overall with sack & his 7th in row at home with TFL. LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 13 tackles in Week 12. Had 10 tackles & INT in last meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT in last meeting. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 11+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 DBs (DERWIN JAMES & JAYRON KEARSE) with 75+ tackles (78) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2021.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-4) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-6)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 34-11

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/28/21: Browns 10 at Ravens 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/14/20: Ravens 42, Browns 40

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 253 yards & TD & rushed for 55 yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division & 3rd in row overall with 50+ rush yards. Rushed for 68 yards in Week 12 meeting. Has 0 INTs & 115+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. Cle. Leads QBs with 762 rush yards & is 1 of 5 in NFL with 750+ rush yards in each of past 3 seasons. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had season-high 97 scrimmage yards (52 rush, season-high 45 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Rushed for 52 yards in Week 12 meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 51 yards in Week 12 meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. division. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (TYREEK HILL) with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 13. TE MARK ANDREWS aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 vs. Cle. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 64 catches & 811 rec. yards this season & is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 700+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • DT BRANDON WILLIAMS led team with career-high 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DT CALAIS CAMPBELL had 1st full sack of season in Week 13. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 1st PD of season last week. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. LB TYUS BOWSER has sack & PD in 2 of past 3.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 247 yards & TD in Week 12 meeting. Passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 5th start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Needs 87 pass yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 2,500+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • RB NICK CHUBB has 140+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3. Had 103 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 21 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last home meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. division. Needs 27 scrimmage yards to become 1st player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. RB KAREEM HUNT had 110 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 33 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last home meeting. Chubb (6) & Hunt (5) only pair of RB teammates each with 5+ rush TDs this season. • WR JARVIS LANDRY set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (111) in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. Bal. with 5+ catches & 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAVID NJOKU had TD catch in Week 12 meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD in Week 12 meeting & has sack in 7 of past 8 overall. Aims for 6th in row with TFL. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 14 sacks & can become 1st player in franchise history with 15 sacks in single season. S RONNIE HARRISON led team with career-high 14 tackles & had 1st INT of season in Week 12 meeting. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. S JOHN JOHNSON had 3rd INT of season in Week 12 meeting.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4-8) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (2-10)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Texans 38 at Seahawks 41

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Seahawks 23, Texans 20 (OT)

QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 30 of 37 atts. (season-high 81.1 pct.) for 231 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.4 rating last week. Has 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for career-high 452 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 123.2 rating in last meeting. Has 26 TDs (25 pass, 1 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 108.2 rating in 10 career starts vs. AFC South. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had rush TD in Sea. debut last week. Has 126 career TDs, tied with HOFer JIM BROWN for 5th-most TDs by RB & 10th-most TDs overall in NFL history. Rushed for 40 yards vs. Hou. in Week 11 (w/ Ten.). • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 7 catches for 68 yards & had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Had 6 catches for 121 yards in last meeting. Ranks tied-5th in NFL with 32 rec. TDs since 2018. Needs 119 rec. yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for 60 yards last week. Ranks 5th in NFL with 25 rec. TDs since 2019 & is 1 of 3 (MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 7+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Rookie WR D’WAYNE ESKRIDGE had 1st-career rec. TD last week. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 11th-career INT last week. Leads NFL with 137 tackles, his 10th-straight 100-tackle season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. LB JORDYN BROOKS ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 123 tackles. Aims for his 5th in row with 11+ tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP had sack last week. Has 7th-career season with 5+ PD (5).

QB TYROD TAYLOR completed 27 of 38 atts. (71.1 pct.) for 289 yards & TD for 90.8 rating & rushed for 43 yards & TD in only career start vs. Sea. (11/7/16 w/ Buf.). Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 98.6 rating in his past 3 starts vs. NFC West. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts this season. Rookie QB DAVIS MILLS has 6 TDs vs. INT & 113.9 rating in 3 home starts this season. • RB DAVID JOHNSON has 633 scrimmage yards (105.5 per game) & 4 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. Sea. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB REX BURKHEAD had 45 scrimmage yards (30 rush, 15 rec.) last week. Had 47 rec. yards in his last game vs. Sea. (9/20/20 w/ NE). RB ROYCE FREEMAN rushed for 71 yards in only career game vs. Sea. (9/9/18 w/ Den.). • WR BRANDIN COOKS has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 5+ catches. Is 1 of 4 WRs with 550+ rec. yards in each of past 8 seasons. WR CHRIS CONLEY had 54 rec. yards in only career game vs. Sea. (12/23/18 w/ KC). TE PHARAOH BROWN had 4 catches last week. • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL had sack & career-high 19 tackles in Week 13, the 2nd-most tackles by a player in a single game this season. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Leads team with career-high 86 tackles. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 7 tackles, FR & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (6-6) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 67-53-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/14/21: Chiefs 41 at Raiders 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Raiders 40, Chiefs 32

QB DEREK CARR completed 28 of 38 atts. (73.7 pct.) for 249 yards & 90.8 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ rating & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 100+ rating in 2 of past 3 on road. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,663 pass yards & can reach 4,000 pass yards for 4th-consecutive season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had career-high 9 catches with 90 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DERRICK HENRY) with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • TE DARREN WALLER has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. KC. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 TEs (MARK ANDREWS, TRAVIS KELCE & GEORGE KITTLE) with 600+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. WR HUNTER RENFROW aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. division. WR BRYAN EDWARDS had 88 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN led team with 12 tackles & had TFL last week. Had 11 tackles in Week 10 meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 12 games this season, most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in league with career-high 133 tackles. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack in his last game at KC (10/7/18 w/ Jax.). Rookie DE MALCOLM KOONCE had sack in NFL debut in Week 13. Rookie CB NATE HOBBS had 9 tackles, TFL & 1st-career INT last week.

QB PATRICK MAHOMES set season highs in pass yards (406) & TD passes (5) & had 127.6 rating in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LV with 340+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 3+ TD passes in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of past 9 on road. Is 1 of 3 all-time (HOFers PEYTON MANNING & DAN MARINO) with 25+ TD passes in at least 4 of 1st 5 seasons. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 82 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 28 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 2 TDs in his last game vs. LV (11/22/20). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. RB DARREL WILLIAMS had 80 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 20 rush) in Week 13. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5. Had career-high 144 scrimmage yards (101 rec., 43 rush) & rec. TD in Week 10 meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LV with 100+ rec. yards. Has 53 catches for 781 yards (111.6 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 7 vs. Raiders. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Leads TEs with 70 catches & 848 rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with TD catch & 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards. • S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with season-high 9 tackles last week. Had FR & PD in Week 10 meeting. S DANIEL SORENSEN had 75-yard INT-TD last week, his 4th-career INT-TD & 1st this season. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with INT. S JUAN THORNHILL had 1st INT of season in Week 13.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-7) AT NEW YORK JETS (3-9)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Jets 19 at Saints 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Jets 26, Saints 20

QB TAYSOM HILL totaled 365 total yards (264 pass, 101 rush) & 2 TD passes in Week 13. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JUSTIN FIELDS & LAMAR JACKSON) with 100+ rush yards in single game in 2021. Has 2+ total TDs in each of his 1st 5 career starts at QB. Aims for his 3rd start at QB on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 4 starts in 2021. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 6 catches & 89 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 44 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Needs 1 catch to surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most receptions by RB in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & TD. Since 2017, leads NFL with 65 scrimmage TDs. RB MARK INGRAM aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. NYJ (12/12/19 w/ Bal.). Had 151 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 74 rush) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR LIL’JORDAN HUMPHREY has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had career-high 4 PD in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 10+ TFL in each of the past 5 seasons. Had 467 tackles, 31 TFL & 11.5 sacks in 80 games with NYJ (2012-15, 2017). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 3 PD & 12th-career INT last week. Is only player with 50+ tackles & 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. CB BRADLEY ROBY had season-high 2 PD last week.

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 23 of 38 atts. (60.5 pct.) for 226 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Aims for 4th home start in row with 200+ pass yards & 3rd home start in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had season-high 77 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. NO. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 62 rec. yards last week. Had 55 rec. yards in his last game vs. NO (10/8/18 w/ Was.) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 50+ rec. yards. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE led team with 6 catches for 77 yards & TD in Week 13. Has rec. TD in 4 of past 5 & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 5 rec. TDs, most by NYJ rookie since 1996 (KEYSHAWN JOHNSON – 8). TE RYAN GRIFFIN had 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 13. Had 4 catches for 72 yards & TD in only career game vs. NO (11/29/15 w/ Hou.). • LB C.J. MOSLEY tied for team lead with 13 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Has 25 tackles (12.5 per game), 3 TFL & sack in 2 career games vs. NO. Leads team with 101 tackles, his 5th-career season with 100+ tackles. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS tied for team lead with 13 tackles in Week 13. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. S ELIJAH RILEY had career-high 7 tackles & 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-10) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (8-4)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 32-21

STREAKS: Titans have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/10/21: Titans 37 at Jaguars 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20: Titans 33, Jaguars 30

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 16 of 28 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 145 yards with 0 INTs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs. Passed for 273 yards & TD with 92.1 rating in Week 5 meeting. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (247), pass yards (2,514) & TD passes (9) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had career-high 149 rush yards & TD in Week 5 meeting. Has 100+ rush yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 80+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rush TD. Needs 113 scrimmage yards to become 2nd player in franchise history (MAURICE JONES-DREW) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 1st TD of season last week. • WR MARVIN JONES had 10 catches for 112 yards & TD in only career game at Ten. (12/20/20 w/ Det.). Has 110+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 58 rec. yards in Week 5 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. WR LAQUON TREADWELL aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • LB MYLES JACK aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had 7 tackles & PD in Week 5 meeting. DE ROY ROBERTSON-HARRIS has sack in 2 of past 3. DE DAWUANE SMOOT had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 5 meeting. S ANDREW WINGARD led team with 8 tackles in Week 13. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 11 TDs (9 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 140.7 rating in his past 4 starts vs. Jax. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Jax. with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 6 of his past 7 vs. division. Needs 226 pass yards for 6th-career season with 3,000+ pass yards. • RB DONTRELL HILLIARD rushed for career-high 131 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. RB D’ONTA FOREMAN rushed for career high 109 yards in Week 12. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Foreman & Hilliard only pair of teammates to each rush for 100+ yards in same game this season. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 12. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had TD catch in Week 5 meeting. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-high 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season in Week 12. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 11 tackles, 2 PD, INT & FR in Week 5 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 11+ tackles. Has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. division. LB JAYON BROWN had 8 tackles & 1st PD of season in Week 12. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. LB HAROLD LANDRY has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 7 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 5 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division & 3 of his past 4 at home. LB DERICK ROBERSON had 2 TFL & 0.5 sacks in Week 12. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles.

DALLAS COWBOYS (8-4) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-6)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 73-45-2

STREAKS: Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/26/20: Washington 41 at Cowboys 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20: Washington 25, Cowboys 3

QB DAK PRESCOTT had TD vs. INT last week. Has 17 TDs (13 pass, 4 rush) vs. INT for 111.2 rating in 8 career starts vs. Was. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. Ranks 5th in pass yards per game (288.2) in 2021. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 880 scrimmage yards (97.8 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career games vs. Was. Needs 5 scrimmage yards for 6th-straight 1,000-yard season. Is only player with 6+ rush TDs in each of past 6 seasons. RB TONY POLLARD had 2nd rush TD of season last week. Has career high 861 scrimmage yards (602 rush, 259 rec.) in 2021. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 5.6 yards per rush (min. 100 atts.) in 2021. • WR CEEDEE LAMB led team with 7 catches & 89 rec. yards last week. Has 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 5 of his 6 road games this season. WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 112 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 80+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 8 players all-time with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. TE DALTON SCHULTZ ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in receptions (52) & 5th in rec. yards (580). • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with career-high 9 INTs & ranks tied-2nd in PD (14). Had 2 PD in last road meeting. LB MICAH PARSONS leads all rookies with 10 sacks & ranks tied-1st in NFL with 16 TFL. Can become 1st rookie since JEVON KEARSE (1999) with sack in 6 straight games. S JAYRON KEARSE is 1 of 2 (JALEN RAMSEY) with 8+ TFL (8) & 8+ PD (8) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 23 of 30 atts. (76.7 pct) & had 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.5 rating last week. Since Week 10, ranks 3rd among QBs (min. 75 atts.) in comp. pct. (77.3) & rating (110). Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ comp. pct. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 5 catches & 111 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 23 rec.) & 2nd-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 264 scrimmage yards (132 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Dal. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 125+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB J.D. MCKISSIC has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (123) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (986). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 19 receptions for 244 yards (81.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Dal. with rec. TD & 4th in row vs. Dal. overall with 5+ catches. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 10 tackles & had career-high 2 PD last week. Is 1 of 2 (DEION JONES) with 100+ tackles (102) & 5+ PD (5) in 2021. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. Had sack & INT in last home meeting. DT JONATHAN ALLEN has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in 5 career games vs. Dal. Had FR in last meeting. CB KENDALL FULLER has 7 PD in his past 5 at home & aims for his 6th in row at home with PD. S KAMREN CURL has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home.

DETROIT LIONS (1-10-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (6-6)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS: Broncos have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Lions 17 at Broncos 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

QB JARED GOFF passed for 296 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 1,201 pass yards (300.3 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 103.7 rating in 4 career starts vs. AFC West. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT ranks 3rd among RBs in rec. yards (429) & tied-3rd in receptions (56). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 71 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 86 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 27 rec.) in his only career game vs. Den. (9/22/19 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 12th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (61) & ranks 4th in rec. yards (583). Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN set career highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (86) & had 1st-career TD catch last week. Became 3rd rookie since 2000 with 1st career rec. TD coming with no time remaining in 4th Qtr. WR JOSH REYNOLDS aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had TFL last week & ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. LB CHARLES HARRIS had careerhigh 2 sacks & 2nd-career FF last week. Has career-high 6 sacks in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 3rd sack of season & 1st-career FR in Week 13. S TRACY WALKER had season-high 11 tackles last week.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 25 of 35 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 316 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.3 rating in his last start vs. Det. (10/25/15 w/ Min.). Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Det. with 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs. Needs 225 pass yards for 3rd-career 3,000-yard season. • RB MELVIN GORDON has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 & TD in 4 of his past 5. Is only RB in NFL with 750+ scrimmage yards in each of past 7 seasons. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had career-high 178 scrimmage yards (102 rush, career-high 76 rec.) & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 110+ scrimmage yards & TD. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 939 scrimmage yards (670 rush, 269 rec.) this season. • WR JERRY JEUDY led team with season-high 77 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 6+ catches. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for 41 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 5+ catches. WR TIM PATRICK had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS has PD in 5 of past 6. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles & PD. Has 35 PD since 2019, most among safeties. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has PD in 8 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Leads rookies with 12 PD & 4 INTs & can become 1st Den. rookie with 5 INTs in SB era. DE DRE’MONT JONES had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3.

NEW YORK GIANTS (4-8) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-5)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Chargers have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/8/17: Chargers 27 at Giants 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/13: Chargers 37, Giants 14

QB DANIEL JONES has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts & is 1 of 7 NFC QBs with 8+ games (8) with 90+ rating in 2021. QB MIKE GLENNON passed for 187 yards in 1st start of season last week. QB JAKE FROMM can make 1st career start in Week 14. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 6 catches & 74 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in his last game at LAC (11/8/20 w/ LV). • TE EVAN ENGRAM led team with 61 rec. yards last week. Needs 5 catches for 5th-straight 40-catch season. WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 8 catches for 117 yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. LAC (9/15/19 w/ Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD has 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 9 tackles last week. Is 1 of 4 LBs (COLE HOLCOMB, DEION JONES & DARIUS LEONARD) with 85+ tackles (85) & 5+ PD (5) in 2021. Aims for his 11th in row with 6+ tackles. DB LOGAN RYAN aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Is 1 of 2 NFC DBs (HARRISON SMITH) with 7 games with 8+ tackles in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ PD. LB AZEEZ OJULARI had sack last week & ranks 3rd among rookies with 6.5 sacks. CB JAMES BRADBERRY is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. S XAVIER MCKINNEY ranks tied3rd in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. CB JULIAN LOVE aims for his 4th in row with PD.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 35 atts. (74.3 pct.) for 317 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 118.4 rating last week, his 18th-career game with 2+ TD passes & 11th-career game with 3+ TD passes, both 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 at home. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 27 TD passes & is 3rd QB ever with 25+ TD passes in each of 1st 2 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 104 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 6th game with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD this season, 2nd-most among RBs. Aims for 5th in row with TD & 4th in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. Has 115+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 home games this season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 15 TDs (8 rush, 7 rec.). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had season-high 2 rec. TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 2 TDs. Aims for 11th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for 5th in row at home with 75+ rec. yards. Had 67 rec. yards in last meeting. Is only player in NFL with 900+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 5 catches for team-high 110 yards last week. Has 95+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Allen (929) & Williams (854) only pair of teammates each with 850+ rec. yards this season. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU had career-high 2 sacks, FF & 1st FR of season last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB CHRIS HARRIS had 1st INT of season in Week 13.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-6) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-5)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 10-4

STREAKS: 49ers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/15/19: 49ers 41 at Bengals 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 299 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.6 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. Since Week 8, ranks 2nd in NFL with 106 rating (min. 50 atts.). Passed for 296 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 131 rating in last meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had 84 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 18 rec.) & had 5th rush TD of season last week. Leads all rookies with 98.3 scrimmage yards per game & has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 9 career games. RB JEFF WILSON had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had season-highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (181) & had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week, his 3rd-career game with 175+ rec. yards. Has 12 games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-2nd most among TEs since 2017. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Ranks 4th in NFL in scrimmage yards (career-high 1,209) & is 1 of 2 (AUSTIN EKELER) with 5+ rec. TDs (5) & 5+ rush TDs (5) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. • DL NICK BOSA had career-high 12th sack of season & 5thcareer FF last week. Aims for his 5th in row overall & 7th in row on road with sack. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 16 TFL. LB FRED WARNER needs 8 tackles for 4th-straight 100-tackle season. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had career-high 16 tackles in Week 13. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack last week & sack in last meeting.

QB JOE BURROW passed for 300 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week, his 8th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOE MIXON aims for 10th in row with TD, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL. Has 2 TDs & 110+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 14 TDs & can become 1st Cin. RB with 15 TDs in single season since ICKEY WOODS (15 in 1988). Ranks 2nd in NFL with 978 rush yards & can record 3rd-career season with 1,000+ rush yards (2018-19). • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 5 catches for 52 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 home games this season. Leads rookies with 958 rec. yards & 8 rec. TDs & can become 3rd Cin. rookie ever with 1,000+ rec. yards (A.J. GREEN & CRIS COLLINSWORTH). WR TEE HIGGINS set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (138) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches, 110+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches for 85 yards in Week 13. Has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. TE C.J. UZOMAH has career-high 5 rec. TDs this season. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 9th in row with sack, longest active streak in NFL. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MYLES GARRETT & T.J. WATT) with 11+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. S VONN BELL had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Had 12 tackles & sack in last meeting. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE had 2 PD & 2nd INT of season in Week 13.

BUFFALO BILLS (7-5) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-3)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Buccaneers lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/22/17: Buccaneers 27 at Bills 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/13: Buccaneers 27, Bills 6

QB JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 993 pass yards (331 per game) & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 132.5 rating in his past 3 starts vs. NFC. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (JUSTIN HERBERT & PATRICK MAHOMES) with 3,000+ pass yards (3,216) & 25+ TD passes (26) this season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY leads team with 495 rush yards & can become 1st Buf. player with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 3 seasons since TRAVIS HENRY (2001-03). RB MATT BREIDA has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 177 scrimmage yards (88.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. TB. • WR STEFON DIGGS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 173 yards & 2 TDs in only career game vs. TB (9/24/17 w/ Min.). Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. Has 60+ rec. yards in each of 6 road games this season. Needs 102 rec. yards for 4th-straight 1,000-yard season. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has TD catch in each of 3 career games vs. TB. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • S JORDAN POYER led team with 8 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road with INT. Has PD in 5 of 6 road games this season. Had 5 tackles & PD in last meeting. S MICAH HYDE had 4 tackles & TFL in Week 13. Has 3 PD in 2 career games vs. TB. LB MATT MILANO aims for 7th in row with TFL & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Has 6 TFL in 5 road games this season. Had 2 TFL & INT in last meeting.

QB TOM BRADY passed for 368 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 112.2 rating last week. Leads NFL in pass yards (3,771) & TD passes (34) in 2021. Is 32-3 in 35 career starts vs. Buf. with 72 TDs (70 pass, 2 rush) vs. 25 INTs for 97.9 rating. Has 39 TDs vs. 13 INTs for 100.2 rating in 13 career home starts w/ TB. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 7 catches & 92 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 44 rush) & TD catch last week. Has 1,067 scrimmage yards, his 3rd-career 1,000-yard season. Leads all RBs with 58 receptions in 2021. Had 108 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 13 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his only career game vs. Buf. (11/25/18 w/ Jax.). • WR MIKE EVANS had 99 rec. yards last week. Had 7 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN had career-high 15 receptions for 143 yards last week, most catches by player in single game this season. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 20th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs in Week 13, 2nd-most by a TE in NFL history. Brady & Gronkowski have connected on 90 reg. season TDs, 2nd-most reg. season TDs by QB-receiver duo all-time. • LB LAVONTE DAVID has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 at home. Had 2 INTs & sack in last home meeting. LB DEVIN WHITE has 2nd-straight 100-tackle season (100). DT NDAMUKONG SUH & DT VITA VEA each had 2 sacks in Week 13. CB CARLTON DAVIS had 3 PD & 1st FR of season last week.

CHICAGO BEARS (4-8) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-3)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 101-94-6

STREAKS: Packers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/17/21: Packers 24 at Bears 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: Packers 41, Bears 25

QB ANDY DALTON had 2 TD passes last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) had TD vs. INT & 43 rush yards in Week 6 meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 8 catches & season-high 141 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 51 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 14 straight games, longest active streak in NFC. Had 143 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 40 rec.) & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 130+ scrimmage yards & TD. Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT rushed for 97 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting. • WR DARNELL MOONEY had 5 receptions last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 8 catches for 74 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at GB with 7+ catches. WR JAKEEM GRANT had 5 catches & team-high 62 rec. yards with 1st rec. TD of season last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 84th-career rec. TD last week, 4th-most by TE all-time. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 8 tackles & had TFL last week & had 12 tackles in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 6th in row on SNF with 5+ tackles. Has 100+ tackles (121) for 4th-straight season. LB ROBERT QUINN had 2 TFL last week. Has 11 sacks in 2021, 5th-career season with 10+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Has 4.5 sacks in 5 career games on SNF. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack in last meeting.

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs vs 0 INTs for 97.2 rating & had 3rd rush TD of season in Week 12. Ranks 4th in NFL with 105.5 rating in 2021. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 128 rating in Week 6 meeting. Has 32 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.1 rating in 13 career home starts vs. Chi. Has 13 TDs vs. INT for 129.7 rating in his past 4 on SNF & aims for his 5th in row on SNF with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had 110 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 34 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6 meeting. Has 3 rush TDs in 3 career home games vs. Chi. Aims for his 5th in row on SNF with 85+ scrimmage yards. Needs 138 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. RB AJ DILLON had 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 12. Aims for his 5th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS is 1 of 3 (JUSTIN JEFFERSON & COOPER KUPP) with 5+ games (5) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home vs. Chi. Leads NFL with 63 rec. TDs since 2016. Has rec. TD in 10-straight SNF games, longest streak on SNF all-time. WR RANDALL COBB had 5th rec. TD of season in Week 12. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has 5th-straight 90+ tackle season (98). LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 FRs in Week 12. LB RASHAN GARY had sack in Week 12 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. DL KENNY CLARK had sack in Week 12. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB RASUL DOUGLAS had career-high 4 PD & 7th-career INT in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-2)

MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-39-2

STREAKS: Rams have won 8 of past 9

LAST GAME: 10/3/21: Cardinals 37 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20: Rams 38, Cardinals 28

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 295 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.8 rating last week. Ranks 2nd in TD passes (30) & 3rd in pass yards (3,611), his 3rd-career season with 30+ TD passes. Passed for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT in Week 4 meeting. Has 14 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 102.1 rating in 6 road starts this season. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 116 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 27 rec.) in last meeting. Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 6 road games this season. RB SONY MICHEL had season-high 121 rush yards & 2nd rush TD of season last week. • WR COOPER KUPP became 1st player ever with 100+ catches (100) & 10+ rec. TDs (11) in team’s 1st 12 games of season. Can become 3rd player in SB era with 90+ rec. yards in 9 straight games. Leads NFL with 7 games with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 16 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 79 yards vs. Az. in Week 6 w/ Cle. WR VAN JEFFERSON aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 90 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 4 meeting. • DL AARON DONALD had 7th sack of season last week & can become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. Has 9 sacks in his past 5 at Az. Aims for his 6th in row at Az. with sack & 8th in row at Az. with TFL. LB VON MILLER has 4 sacks, 2 FF & FR in 2 career games vs. Az. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 2+ sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 2+ PD.

QB KYLER MURRAY became the 4th-youngest player (24 years, 120 days old) with 10,000 pass yards in NFL history. Became 3rd QB (JOSH ALLEN & CAM NEWTON) with 20+ rush TDs (20) in 1st 3 seasons in SB era. Has 13 games with both pass & rush TD, tied-3rd most by QB in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Leads QBs with 72.7 comp. pct. in 2021. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.3 rating in Week 4 meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER has TD in 6 straight games, 3rd-longest active streak in NFL. Leads NFC with 12 rush TDs & has careerhigh 14 TDs in 2021. Rushed for 2 TDs in Week 4 meeting. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 120 rush yards in Week 4 meeting. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 8th rec. TD of season last week. Had 8 catches & rec. TD in last home meeting. Has 10,527 career rec. yards, 4th-most all-time by player prior to 30th birthday. WR A.J. GREEN had 67 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE ZACH ERTZ had 5 catches in his last game vs. LAR (9/20/20 w/ Phi.). • LB CHANDLER JONES needs 1.5 sacks for 7th-career 10+ sack season. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL in sacks (69.5). LB MARKUS GOLDEN leads team with 10 sacks, his 3rd-career 10-sack season. Had FF in last meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS had seasonhigh 13 tackles & 2 sacks last week. Needs 5 tackles for 3rdstraight 100-tackle season. S BUDDA BAKER had 5th-career INT last week. Had FR in last meeting. CB BYRON MURPHY had 4th INT of season last week. Had INT in Week 4 meeting.

WESLEY’S LATE SHOT LIFTS NOTRE DAME OVER NO. 10 KENTUCKY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Freshman and hometown hero Blake Wesley’s driving pull-up jumper in the lane with 11.7 seconds to go put Notre Dame ahead as the Irish stunned No. 10 Kentucky 66-62 on Saturday.

Dane Goodwin added a dunk as time expired and fans stormed the Purcell Pavilion court.

Wesley – the first South Bend public high school student to sign at Notre Dame in 36 years – was among those mobbed after hitting the winner in his first collegiate home start.

“It gave me chills when he was introduced as from South Bend,” Irish coach Mike Brey said.

Those chills grew.

“He’s really special,” Brey said of the 6-foot-5 guard, already averaging 13.0 points to rank second for the Irish. “You start him on a road league (game in ND’s last outing, at Boston College, Wesley’s first career start). I don’t even know if that’s fair. Is that child abuse?

“And then he’s playing against old guys tonight,” Brey said. “He’s a puppy compared to some of the guys he’s playing against, but there’s a special uniqueness about him.”

Notre Dame (4-4) ended a three-game losing skid in its first matchup of the season against a ranked team, while also halting the Wildcats’ (7-2) seven-game winning streak.

Wesley and Goodwin scored 14 points each for the Irish, who erased a 53-48 Kentucky lead at the 8:07 mark with an 11-1 spurt, then scored the game’s final five points over the closing 1:31.

Trey Wertz added 12 points and Paul Atkinson 10 for the Irish.

The Wildcats’ Oscar Tshiebwe led all players with 25 points. He was 11 of 14 from the field to go with seven rebounds and game highs of three steals and two blocks.

Fort Wayne native Keion Brooks added 12 points and seven rebounds in his first game back in his home state.

“Let’s hope it’s a fluke,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said of his team missing 17 of 19 shots outside the arc, while ND was going 7 of 22 from long distance.

Calipari, though, said the loss was more about defensive breakdowns over the final eight minutes, and he rattled off several examples.

“When you’re shooting 2 of 19, you can’t afford to do that, too,” Calipari said, “and that’s what happened.”

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats had feasted on a soft schedule since their season-opening 79-71 loss to No. 3 Duke in New York, and until Saturday, hadn’t played a true road game. It caught up to them and gets tougher now. Next Saturday’s matchup against No. 21 Ohio State will be followed by hosting rival Louisville (6-3).

Notre Dame: ND’s pursuit to regain national relevancy got a boost. The Irish, trying to avoid a third losing season in four years, beat a ranked club for just the second time in their last 30 tries, dating to November 2017.

TORNADO TALK

A somber Calipari opened his postgame press conference by addressing the tornadoes that touched down in parts of Kentucky on Friday night, killing at least 70 and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, according to Saturday evening updates.

“The Commonwealth was really dealt an unbelievable blow,” Calipari said. “It’s going to take decades to fix.”

Wildcat players were tracking updates all day, according to their coach.

“We went to the Grotto this morning before we shot around, and we talked about it after the game,” Calipari said. “We play basketball. This is someone losing their mother, working in the warehouse, working for Amazon, and all of a sudden this happens.”

The Wildcats are organizing a telethon, possibly for Tuesday, according to their coach.

“It’s all hands on deck,” Calipari said.

FRENZIED BY FREEMAN

Marcus Freeman and a few of his Irish football players took the court to a rousing ovation during a first-half timeout in ND’s first home game since he was named head coach Dec. 3.

Freeman expressed gratitude for the reception and said his team has “one objective” right now, to beat Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

“Last but not least,” Freeman declared, “let’s root like crazy for this Irish basketball team to beat Kentucky. Let’s go!”

RINGING SENSATION

Notre Dame inducted LaPhonso Ellis into its Ring of Honor at halftime.

He became the 10th individual from the Notre Dame men’s program to receive that salute, and the Irish improved to 10-0 in games at which those individuals have been honored.

Ellis averaged 15.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and shot 60.7% from the field during his ND career, from 1988-92, and is the lone Irish player in the last 53 years to average a double-double three straight seasons.

UP NEXT

Kentucky: The Wildcats play No. 21 Ohio State on Saturday evening in Las Vegas in their first game against a ranked opponent since the season opener.

Notre Dame: The Irish face Indiana in the 11th annual and final planned Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis next Saturday afternoon. The event also features No. 1 Purdue and Butler.

REGGIE JACKSON HITS WINNING JUMPER, CLIPPERS BEAT MAGIC

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even though the Los Angeles Clippers were missing Paul George, there weren’t any doubts on who they were going to with the game on the line Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

Reggie Jackson hit a step-back jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining to give the Clippers a 106-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

“When Paul isn’t out there, Reggie is going to take that shot,” Clippers guard Terance Mann said.

Jackson had nine of his 25 points points in the final three minutes. He hit the winning 20-footer following a timeout after Orlando tied it at 104 on Cole Anthony’s 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds left.

Jackson said his confidence was waning a bit after he air balled a 3-point attempt with 1:04 remaining, but Luke Kennard said during a timeout that the players and coaching staff made sure to let Jackson know they had his back.

“As soon as I was about to get down on myself, Luke said to stay confident. It was easy to dig deep down and find something else in there,” Jackson said. “I knew where I wanted to get to on the floor (on the final possession) and the shot dropped.”

Orlando’s Terrence Ross missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Clippers held on for their third straight victory. Ross, who had 22 points off the bench and made all 13 of his free-throw attempts, said he had a good look and missed it.

Anthony led the Magic with 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

“You call the timeout, you have 2.2 left on the clock and the one thing you ask for in a game like this on the road is that you get a good look, you get the shot you want. Whether it goes in or doesn’t, you gave yourself an opportunity on the road to win the game,” coach Jamahl Mosley said after Orlando dropped its four straight and 14 of its last 16.

CAREER DAY FOR KENNARD

Kennard had a career high seven 3-pointers. The Clippers guard, who scored a season-high 23 points, hit a 27-footer with 59.3 seconds left to put the Clippers up 103-98.

Kennard was 8 of 16 from the floor, including 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, but coach Tyronn Lue thought the fourth-year guard could have played better.

“He’s still messing up a little bit. Turning down some shots and not coming off the screens when he’s supposed to be coming off the screens. We’ve been working with him, so he’s getting better,” Lue said.

Kennard said he thought there would be some opportunities against the Magic.

“I think I was hunting shots and trying to find the open space,” he said. “Overall, I thought it was a pretty aggressive game. With PG being out and just having that mentality from start to finish.”

GEORGE UPDATE

George, who is 10th in the league in scoring at 25 points per game, has missed two straight games and is questionable going into Monday’s contest against Phoenix. It will be the first time the two teams have met since the Suns won the Western Conference finals in six games.

TIP-INS

Magic: Franz Wagner had 20 points, which is his fourth game this season with at least 20. … Orlando jumped out to a 22-13 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter by making five of its first six from beyond the arc. … Gary Harris had 14 points and Mo Bamba added 11. … Wendell Carter Jr., who had 14 rebounds, reached 1,000 career defensive rebounds.

Clippers: Mann added 16 points. … LA had a 49-44 lead at halftime after it held the Magic to 4 of 18 from the floor and 1 of 10 on 3-pointers. … Rookie Brandon Boston Jr., who scored 25 points in Wednesday’s win over Boston, missed his first six shots and scored seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. … Ivica Zubac had 10 points. … Los Angeles has won 17 of its last 20 meetings with Orlando going back to 2011-12.

UP NEXT

Magic: Conclude five-game trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Clippers: Host Phoenix on Monday.

CAVALIERS SCORE 81 POINTS IN FIRST HALF, BEAT KINGS 117-103

CLEVELAND (AP) Rookie Evan Mobley had 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers matched their team record with 81 first-half points in a 117-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Isaac Okoro scored 20 points, Jarrett Allen had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Darius Garland had 16 points and a career-best 13 assists for the Cavaliers. They held a 29-point lead at intermission and won their third in a row.

“Everyone is happy for everyone else anytime one of our teammates does something good,” said Mobley, the third overall pick. “That just speaks to our chemistry. We’ve learned from the things we’ve gone through already and we’ll keep doing that.”

Cleveland scored 45 points in the second quarter – one shy of its franchise mark – to take an 81-52 lead. Cedi Osman scored 13 points in the period, eight in a 50-second burst, and had 18 in the half. Okoro had 15 points, and Garland and Mobley scored 12 apiece.

“I was just trying to make the right reads and get my teammates good shots,” Garland said. “The sky is the limit because we have so much talent and we’re so young, but we also have some veterans to help lead the way.”

The Cavaliers, who have not trailed in 11 consecutive quarters, shot 61.2% from the field in equaling their first-half record set against Portland on Nov. 23, 2016. Their most in any half is 83 in the second at Indiana on Jan. 15, 1993.

“It was an ugly first half and our transition defense was atrocious,” Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry said. “But, hey, we’re not quitters. We’re going to keep battling our butts off to get through this. I can promise you that.”

Sacramento pulled to 103-96 in the fourth on a pair of 3-pointers by Buddy Hield and a three-point play by Damian Jones, capping an 18-2 run to start the quarter. Cleveland subsequently regained control as Ricky Rubio hit two deep 3-pointers.

Hield had 21 points and Davion Mitchell had 14 points and five assists off the bench. De’Aaron Fox added 13 points and Harrison Barnes had 12 points as the Kings lost their second straight on the road.

“Losing is hard, but it’s going to get better for us,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to do the little things like get loose balls and win 50-50 balls. That hurt us a lot tonight.”

Sacramento fell to 5-5 under Gentry, who replaced Luke Walton on Nov. 21. It was Gentry’s 600th career defeat in 1,115 NBA games.

Both teams were completing a back-to-back set. Cleveland won 123-106 at Minnesota on Friday, while the Kings lost 124-123 in Charlotte when Fox missed two free throws with 2.4 seconds left.

SEXTON UPDATE

Cavaliers G Collin Sexton, who underwent season-ending left knee surgery on Nov. 17, is rehabilitating in Atlanta. Sexton was averaging a team-high 16.0 points when he tore his meniscus at New York on Nov. 7. “The most difficult thing when you’re injured is staying connected to the team, but Collin is following every game closely,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “When he’s comfortable enough to travel, we’ll get him back up here.”

TIP-INS

Kings: C Tristan Thompson spent his first nine seasons with Cleveland, starting on its 2016 NBA championship team, and ranks third in franchise history with 5,393 rebounds. “Tristan has been great for us, a good strong voice in the locker room,” interim coach Alvin Gentry said. “The guys respect him and he’s a good energizer off the bench.” . F Richaun Holmes (right eye injury) missed his second consecutive game.

Cavaliers: G Dylan Windler, who is no longer in the rotation, is averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two G League games for the Cleveland Charge. Windler was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2019 draft, but has been plagued by injuries since. . Cleveland is tied for the second-best road record in the East at 9-5.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Toronto on Monday night.

Cavaliers: Host Miami on Monday night.

ROBINSON SCORES SEASON-HIGH 26 POINTS, HEAT BEAT BULLS

MIAMI (AP) Duncan Robinson scored a season high-26 points and the Miami Heat beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 118-92 on Saturday night.

Playing in his record-tying 174th consecutive game for Miami, Robinson shot 9 of 13 from the field, making 5 of 9 3-pointers.

“I pride myself on being available whenever the team needs me,” Robinson said. “(The streak’s) another milestone, but we have bigger fish to fry.”

Dewayne Dedmon had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points and 14 assists. Tyler Herro had 17 points, and KZ Okpala 10.

After a 15-point loss against Memphis on Monday, the Heat closed their three-game homestand with wins over Milwaukee and Chicago.

“We’re just playing well together and making shots, figuring things out,” Lowry said. “We don’t have time to do too much and we’re all aware what our roles are going to be.”

The Bulls lost two additional players to health and safety protocols hours before the game. Guards Ayo Dosunmu and recently signed Stanley Johnson were ruled out, joining leading scorer DeMar DeRozan as well as Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green and Derrick Jones Jr., who are sidelined because of protocols.

“Everybody is probably a little bit out of sorts right now just because we keep losing players,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “We need more from different guys.”

Miami was without Caleb Martin because of health and safety protocols. Martin scored a career-high 28 points in the victory over defending champion Milwaukee on Wednesday.

The Heat, who never trailed, led 65-52 at halftime. Chicago closed to 65-57 early in the third period before Miami answered with a 13-3 spurt to maintain its double digit advantage.

“This one was a bit of a unique game,’ Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said “It was a little bit strange. We just had to focus on the task at hand. I really liked the competitiveness and how the guys helped each other offensively.”

Zach LaVine scored 31 points for Chicago, and Lonzo Ball added 15. Nikola Vucevic also finished in double figures with 10 points but on 3-of-15 shooting.

“Nothing was falling for me tonight,” Vucevic said. “I don’t really have an explanation on what’s going on with my shot. I just have figure it out.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: G Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain) returned from a two-game absence and scored six points in 27 minutes. … F Alfonzo McKinnie was called up from the G League’s Mexico City Capitanes and signed a 10-day contract. The signing of McKinnie and Johnson during the club’s current roster limits was allowed after the NBA granted hardship exemptions. … The Bulls will have five of their next six games at home. The exception is a stop in Toronto on Thursday.

Heat: After losing their first 16 games against the Bulls in club history, the Heat reached .500 (60-60) with the win. Miami has winning records against 17 opponents. … Robinson was perfect on three free throw attempts, ending a three-game drought of going to the foul line.

JONES BACK IN CHICAGO

Donovan said that Jones has returned to Chicago. Jones went into protocols during the club’s stay in Miami. The seven-year forward played three seasons with the Heat from 2017 to 2020.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.

Heat: At Cleveland on Monday night.

JOKIC, NUGGETS AVENGE LOSS TO SPURS WITH 127-112 VICTORY

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Denver Nuggets responded to their worst loss of the season just as coach Michael Malone had hoped.

Nikola Jokic had 35 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists and the Nuggets avenged an earlier loss to San Antonio, beating the Spurs 127-112 on Saturday night.

“Like (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) said to me after the game, `Hey, that’s the way to respond,'” Malone said. “You got your group to respond from a tough loss and the guys deserve credit for doing so.”

The Nuggets had a balanced effort on both ends two nights after their most lethargic performance of the season. Denver never led and were dominated in the paint and on 3-pointers in falling 123-111 to San Antonio on Thursday.

The Nuggets were 20 for 43 on 3-pointers Saturday and matched their season high for made 3s.

“Denver set a good example of how you react after a loss,” Popovich said. “And we did the opposite. We showed how you do not want to react after a win. “

Denver’s Markus Howard had a season-best 21 points, Monte Morris added 19 points and Bones Hyland and Aaron Gordon had 16 each.

Lonnie Walker IV scored 16 points to lead San Antonio, which had won five of seven. Devin Vassell added 15 points and Bryn Forbes and Keldon Johson each scored 14.

One night after the 25th anniversary of his coaching debut, Popovich opted to sit his starters for much of the final quarter as the Denver built a 32-point lead.

“Tonight, we were just sloppy for the majority of the game and we didn’t want to continue that knowing that we have a game here in less than 24 hours,” Spurs guard Tre Jones said.

San Antonio hosts New Orleans on Sunday night.

The Nuggets got a needed boost from their bench on the final night of a seven-game, 13-day trip.

Reserve guards Howard and Hyland were a combined 8 for 12 on 3-pointers in the first half.

Howard finished 6 for 12 on 3-pointers after only playing the final 42 seconds of Thursday’s loss.

“I think we played how we were supposed to play,” Jokic said. “We were not over aggressive, we were just how we are supposed to be. We need to play like that because we are not really talented, but we need to provide some trade-off, we need to be aggressive and run off their mistakes.”

Jokic received two technical fouls but escaped ejection because officials ruled the second was a non-unsportsmanlike technical for hanging on the rim. Jokic hung on the rim and thrusted after a dunk that put Denver up 83-56 with 9:25 remaining in the third.

“I over-exaggerated (on the dunk),” Jokic said he was told.

The excitement and confusion of the dunk was a fitting punctuation to a frustrating two-game stop in San Antonio for Denver.

NOT OFFICIAL

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is reportedly set to replace Popovich as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. USA Basketball has not confirmed that report and neither would Popovich.

“USA Basketball hasn’t made any kind of announcement yet, so I am not going to get ahead of the game,” Popovich said, “and just see what they come up with.”

Popovich led the U.S. to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics despite the team having a late start due to the NBA season ending later than normal.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver went 4-3 on their longest road trip of the season. . Will Barton was ruled out an hour before the game due to a non-COVID illness. Will Barton averages 2.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Nuggets, scoring 16.3 points while shooting 39.2% from beyond the arc. . G Austin Rivers missed his sixth straight game while in the league’s health and safety protocols. . F JaMychal Green received a technical foul with 8:13 remaining in the first half after continuously griping at official Jenna Schroeder.

Spurs: Johnson returned after missing Thursday’s game due to a sprained right ankle he suffered in the first half Tuesday against New York. Johnson has made at least three 3-pointers in three games this season after doing so just twice last season and once in 2020. . Ten Spurs players have scored at least 125 points this season through 25 games, the first time that has happened since 2010. . The Spurs are 4-12 against the West.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host Washington on Monday.

Spurs: Host New Orleans on Sunday.

NYCFC WINS MLS CUP, BEATING PORTLAND TIMBERS IN SHOOTOUT

PORTLAND. Ore. (AP) After more than a decade in Major League Soccer, goalkeeper Sean Johnson was finally able to lift the championship trophy.

He earned an MLS Cup MVP award, too.

Johnson stopped a pair of Portland penalties and New York City FC won its first MLS Cup title in a shootout after a 1-1 draw with the Timbers on Saturday. Alex Callens converted on his attempt to clinch the shootout, 4-2.

Afterward, a teammate filled the cup with champagne and handed it to Johnson, who took a drink. Johnson has been in MLS since 2010, first with the Chicago Fire. He joined the NYCFC in 2017.

“What a ride so far, this journey was crazy this year. So many up so many downs,” Johnson said. “We talked amongst ourselves before the game and just said it’s a massive opportunity to make it all worth it. And this is what we live for, these moments. To be to be the MVP of the finals, I mean it means the world, but it means so much more to lift the cup for this for this club.”

Golden Boot winner Valentin “Taty” Castellanos scored in the opening half and it appeared that NYCFC was on its way to the league championship in regulation, but Portland’s Felipe Mora scored in stoppage time to give the Timbers hope.

Johnson NYCFC’s captain, stopped PKs from Mora and Diego Valeri in the shootout after the two teams went scoreless in extra time.

“I just wanted to make sure that we stayed level, we’ve been in that position before. I told the guys that we have the experience, not to panic, not to get down on ourselves, because there’s more of an opportunity to go forward and win the game,” he said about guiding the team to the finish.

NYCFC celebrated in front of the goal after Callens converted, while Valeri lay in the middle of the field in disbelief. A group of New York players broke off from the party to salute their fans, grouped in the opposite corner of the stadium.

New York stayed on the field long after the victory. Coach Ronny Delia stripped down to his underwear and lifted the trophy.

“I don’t regret that, it was a big moment,” Delia said. “I will keep on doing that if we keep on winning trophies.”

NYCFC, which joined the league in 2015, had never advanced to the title game.

Castellanos, who had 19 goals in the regular season, was back in the starting lineup after missing the Eastern Conference final against Philadelphia. The Argentine striker was handed a red card in the conference semifinals against the top-seeded New England Revolution, which NYCFC won on a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw.

New York’s 2-1 victory over at Philadelphia secured NYCFC a place in the MLS Cup final. NYCFC was the fourth seed in the East after finishing the regular season 14-9-11.

The Timbers were also seeded fourth after going 17-13-4 in the regular season. Portland downed the top-seeded Colorado Rapids on Thanksgiving Day before beating Real Salt Lake 2-0 at Providence Park to win the Western Conference and secure home field for the final.

The Timbers won an MLS Cup in 2015 and went to the final in 2018 but fell to Atlanta.

“It feels cruel, it feels sour, it feels difficult to accept. Before we learn something from it, we need to feel and understand the emotions that we’re going to have after this match, not to achieve what was our goal, to lift the trophy at home,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We couldn’t have thought about more beautiful situation for us than lifting that trophy. So the first thing is manage our emotions and come to the realization that it happened this way. The game can be cruel.”

The game was chippy at the start, with a brief skirmish breaking out in the 25th minute. Players also had to endure rather nasty weather conditions with temperatures in the 40s, steady rain and gusty winds.

Castellanos scored on a header off a free kick from Maxi Moralez in the 40th minute, giving NYCFC the early lead. The goal celebration was marred when it appeared that New York’s Jesus Medina was struck by an object thrown by a fan.

It was the first set-piece goal that the Timbers had allowed in 20 games.

The Timbers at times looked disorganized. Mora had one of the best chances in the second half, but his shot in the 81st minute fell directly in the hands Johnson. He had another in the 97th but his header sailed well over the net.

Mora finally broke through in the final moments of four-minutes of stoppage time. It was the latest goal ever scored in regulation in an MLS Cup.

But the goal was controversial. NYCFC players argued that it should be disallowed, claiming that Maxime Chanot was fouled by Portland’s Larrys Mabiala in the run-up. In the end,

“The first half was a little bit difficult, because New York tried to control the ball, control the game. They found a way to score on us, and made it more difficult on us,” Portland’s Diego Chara said. “In the second half, we found a way to tie the game. I think after that it was different for us, getting confidence, playing with the ball, and we created a lot of opportunities.”

Valeri came in as a sub in the 89th minute as speculation about the 35-year-old forward’s retirement swirls.

Valeri was with the Timbers when they won the MLS Cup in 2015, scoring in the opening moments of the 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. He was named the league’s MVP in 2017 after racking up 21 goals and 11 assists.

NYCFC joins parent club Manchester City in the Abu Dhabi-funded group in winning a title. The group now partially or completely owns NYCFC and Manchester City, as well as teams in Australia, Belgium, China, France, India, Japan, Spain and Uruguay with a partnership in Bolivia as well.

Owner Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of Manchester City in 2008 that transformed the fortunes of a team with little track record of success into the Premier League’s most successful team over the last decade.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

NOTES: IU RETURNS HOME FOR DATE WITH MERRIMACK

OPENING TIP

Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Merrimack, a member of the Northeast Conference. The Hoosiers are coming off a 64-59 loss at #22/17 Wisconsin on Wednesday, while Merrimack fell at #5/5 Gonzaga, 80-55, on Thursday night. IU is 7-0 against the Northeast Conference with the last meeting against a member of their league coming in the 2019 NIT, when the Hoosiers defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 89-72.

GAME INFORMATION

Sunday, December 12 • Noon ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Chris Vosters and Jess Settles)

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

Series History: First Meeting

Last Meeting: First Meeting

ON THE SIDELINES

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

Merrimack coach Joe Gallo is in his fifth year with the Warriors.

SOME NUMBERS

IU leads the Big Ten in defensive field goal percentage (35.4%), is second in blocked shots (6.0) and fourth in 3-point FG defense (27.2%). The Hoosiers set a school record against Louisiana when they defended 25-straight Louisiana shots without a make. Since the second game of the season, IU is second in the Big Ten shooting 40.8% from 3-point range.

The Hoosiers are a perfect 7-0 at home this season.

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades, averaging 19.7 points (4th in B1G), 8.3 rebounds (6th), shooting 62.2% from the floor (2nd) and contributing 3.1 blocked shots per game (1st; 7th nationally).

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

The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. The Big Ten Player of the Week on 11/15 has had three double-doubles this season and 25 in his career with IU posting a 19-6 record in those games.

Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against St. John’s and now has scored 1,126 points as a Hoosier, rating 41st all-time in IU lore.

ODDS AND TRENDS

IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (68), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (90), Miller Kopp (83), Parker Stewart (32) and Race Thompson (36) have combined for 360 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games.

Stewart leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.0%. In the last six games, he is shooting 55.3% from long distance, making 21-of-38 attempts. Thompson is third in the Big Ten in rebounding at 8.9 per game. In the last four games, he is averaging 10.2 boards per game.  Johnson is fifth in the Big Ten in assists at 4.3 per game. He has had seven or more assists in three of the last four games.

The Hoosiers will take this coming week off due to exams and will resume play Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET in the final game of the Crossroads Classic.

NO. 10 IU SQUARES OFF WITH NO. 20 BUCKEYES IN COLUMBUS SUNDAY EVENING

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana will face its fourth ranked opponent when it travels to No. 20 Ohio State on Sunday night. Tip at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

#10/8 INDIANA (7-2, 0-0 B1G) vs. #20/21 OHIO STATE (7-1, 1-0 B1G)

Sunday, December 12, 2021 • 7 p.m. ET

Schottenstein Center • Columbus, Ohio)

Broadcast: BTN (Matt Schumacker, Christy Winters Scott)

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)

ABOUT THE BUCKEYES

Ohio State is fresh off a 94-50 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night improving to 7-1 overall on the season. Junior guard Jacy Sheldon leads the Buckeyes with 18.6 points per game while senior guard Taylor Mikesell adds 16.3 points along with 14.5 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds per game from junior forward Rebeka Mikulasikova. OSU is averaging 87.8 points per game, currently the Big Ten’s highest scoring offense.

SERIES HISTORY

Ohio State leads 60-22

LAST MEETING

2/27/21 – W, 87-75 (Columbus)

NOTES

Indiana is coming off a 91-58 win over Fairfield in non-conference action on Thursday night. Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 23 points while senior forward Aleksa Gulbe added 21. It tallied a 61.1 field goal percentage, the fifth-highest single game percentage in school history.

Holmes is leading the way for the Hoosiers this season, averaging 17.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. All five starters continue to average double figures with senior guard Grace Berger adding 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. 

The Hoosiers are currently ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring defense this year, allowing just 57.2 points per game. They haven’t allowed any of their nine opponents to score over 70 points and are coming off back-to-back 30-point victories this week.

Last time against the Buckeyes, Indiana broke a decade long streak with an 87-75 victory in Columbus on Feb. 27, 2021. The two teams split the regular season series in 2020-21.

UP NEXT

Indiana will pause action for finals week and resume play on Sunday, December 19 against Western Michigan in a 1 p.m. ET tip at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

CHAPTER CLOSES ON HISTORIC VOLLEYBALL SEASON

PITTSBURGH – A historic season came to a close for the No. 6 seeded Purdue Boilermakers (26-7, 15-5 B1G) in the NCAA Regional Finals as they fell to host No. 3 Pitt in a hard-fought four-set match (20-25, 30-28, 20-25, 15-25).

The match marked the first loss to a top-4 team this season, after owning a 3-0 record throughout the regular season. Meanwhile, Purdue’s 26 victories are the most since 2011.

With one of the toughest Boilermaker squads in program history, Purdue’s Regional Finals battle was led by graduate outside hitter Caitlyn Newton’s 16 kills, senior setter Hayley Bush’s 39 assists and 14 digs and graduate libero Jena Otec’s 25 digs.

As a team, Purdue was held to a .156 efficiency despite just three attack errors and a .478 clip in the first set.

Bush’s double-double was the 16th of the season for the Union, Kentucky native. Meanwhile, freshman Raven Colvin tallied 10 kills, one shy of her career-best, set two days ago in the Regional Semifinals vs. BYU.

Leading the team in efficiency was senior Jael Johnson, who closed her collegiate career with a.545 attack %, which included eight kills and two errors on 11 swings.

NO. 1 PURDUE LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK IN BROOKLYN

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

• [1] Purdue (8-1) vs. North Carolina State (7-2)

• Big Ten Network | 2 p.m. ET | Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz

• Brooklyn, N.Y. | Barclays Center

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• No. 1-ranked Purdue looks to salvage an East Coast split when it faces North Carolina State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

• NC State leads the series with Purdue by a 4-1 margin, but Purdue won the last meeting — 66-61 in the 2014 Big Ten / ACC Challenge.

• The Boilermakers lost in their first game ever as a No. 1 team when Rutgers hit a desparation, half-court shot at the buzzer to hand Purdue a 70-68 setback on Thursday night. Purdue’s 8-0 start was its best since 2015-16 (11-0) and the Boilermakers were one of the last 10 teams to lose a game in the 2021-22 season.

• Purdue’s four wins over KenPom top-40 teams are the most in America. The total matches the combined total of Baylor, Kansas, UCLA and Villanova.

• With a win over North Carolina State on Sunday, Purdue would be 3-0 against ACC teams in 2021-22. The three wins against the ACC would be the most in school history and Purdue has never posted a unbeaten record against ACC opponents (min. 3 games) during the regular-season. Purdue defeated North Carolina (93-84) and Florida State (93-65) earlier this season.

• Starting with Sunday’s game in the Barclays Center (Brooklyn Nets), Purdue will play two straight games in NBA arenas, facing Butler next Saturday at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse — home of the Indiana Pacers.

• Purdue was outscored at the free throw line by Rutgers, 13-11, on Thursday night. Entering the game, Purdue had been +77 in points scored by free throws, the largest margin in the country. Purdue is now second nationally (+75) behind Providence (+78).

• Purdue has eight regular rotation players shooting at least 38.0 percent from 3-point range.

• Purdue outscord Rutgers 38-8 in points off turnovers and second-chance points in the loss on Thursday night. The Boilermakers are 133-15 now when outrebounding and having few turnovers in the same game during the Matt Painter era.

• Purdue and Colorado State are the only schools in America to shoot over 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.

• In the first seven games, Purdue averaged 92.4 points per game and shot 54.5 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from 3-point range. In the last two games, Purdue is averaging just 72.5 points and shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

• In the last two games, Purdue has 24 assists against 28 turnovers.

• In three games away from Mackey Arena, Purdue is averaging 80.3 points per game but allowing 76.0 points per game. Purdue is shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from long range.

• Matt Painter’s next win will tie Bo Ryan and Branch McCracken for sixth on the Big Ten’s career wins list (all games) with 364.

• Purdue has won 24 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.

• Purdue’s big three of Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey and Trevion Williams are averaging a combined 44.3 points between them, shooting a combined 151-of-253 (.597) from the field.

• Trevion Williams (5th) and Zach Edey (6th) both rank in KenPom’s top 10 in the Player of the Year standings. The duo also ranks 6th and 4th, respectively, in offensive rebound percentage. Lastly, Edey is 9th nationally in fouls drawn / 40 minutes.

• Isaiah Thompson is 3rd nationally in offensive rating, via KenPom.com.

• Since the 2009-10 season, just one player has averaged at least 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in under 26.0 minutes per game. Trevion Williams averaged 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 25.1 minutes during the 2020-21 season. He’s even more productive this season, averaging 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 19.6 minutes. Per 40 minutes this season, Williams is averaging 27.2 points, 18.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

• Williams is averaging 17.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists over the last two games, in just 23.5 minutes per game.

• Williams needs 13 points for 1,100 in his career, making him the 12th player in Purdue history with 1,100 points and 700 rebounds.

• Jaden Ivey has scored in double-figures in six straight games, averaging 16.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from 3-point range.

• Purdue has scored at least 1.01 points per possession in all nine games this year. It leads the country in offensive efficiency (120.7).

BOILERS BACK IN MACKEY ON SUNDAY VS. DENVER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is back at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tipoff against Denver on B1G+. The Boilermakers will open a three-game homestand against the Pioneers that will close out the non-conference slate before the holiday break.

Calling the game for the Purdue Sports Network, Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be courtside on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (6-4, 0-2 B1G) vs. Denver (5-5, 0-0 Summit)

Sunday, Dec. 12

Time: 2 PM

TV: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers played No. 8 Maryland tight on the road into the fourth quarter but fell 86-71 to the reigning Big Ten champs. Playing without Madison Layden and Ra Shaya Kyle, Brooke Moore stepped up in their absences to drop a season-high 22 points with a career-best six 3-pointers off the bench. Purdue shot a blistering 64% from the field in the first half and held a four-point lead at the break, the first time Maryland trailed to an unranked team at the half this season. The Terrapins bounced back in the second half, outscoring the Boilermakers 50-31.

NOTES

• Purdue holds a 1-0 all-time series lead against Denver, winning 65-51 in the lone meeting in 2014.

• Purdue has posted two games with 12 made 3-pointer and four games of 30 attempts this season. Prior to 2021-22, the Boilermakers had made 12 or more triples eight times and attempted 30 or more just four times.

• Jeanae Terry is averaging 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists over her last four outings.

• The Boilermakers are 15-0 all-time against the Summit League.

• Ranking 11th in the nation with 89% of her points from behind the arc, Cassidy Hardin set a career high with two 2-point baskets at Maryland on Wednesday night. The senior has 103 career triples out of 116 made field goals.

• Purdue is 37th in the nation with an assist on 64.7% of its made field goals

• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 43.5% of their points coming from behind the arc in league play.

• Purdue wrapped up its stretch against teams ranked or receiving votes with a 2-3 mark, including the first ranked win for the Boilermakers since 2018-19.

• Purdue will welcome back former manager and graduate assistant David Pennewell, the current Denver director of operations.

THOMPSON AND GOLDEN LEAD @BUTLERMBB TO WIN OVER EASTERN ILLINOIS

Veterans Aaron Thompson and Bryce Golden led Butler to a 66-54 win over Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Thompson posted the fourth double-double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both those are season-highs for the graduate student. Golden matched his career-high with 20 points in the win. He went 8-for-10 from the field. With the win, Butler improves to 7-3 on the season.

“The first 10 minutes of each half, I thought we had the energy and attention to detail that we want,” said Butler head coach LaVall Jordan. “But we had a drop-off after that. We let our emotions be tied to missing shots. There are some nights when shots don’t fall, but I’d take those shots every time.”

Butler shot 43 percent from the field, but went only 6-of-22 from behind the arc. The Bulldogs were able to utilize a 32-20 advantage in the paint and committed a season-low eight turnovers.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first half before going scoreless over the next 4:20 as EIU scored 11 straight. Butler led 32-21 at the half.

Butler scored the first seven points of the second half in just 90 seconds, extending the lead to 39-21. The lead grew to 21 (62-41) with 4:04 remaining before EIU closed the gap down the stretch once the contest was out of reach.

Ty Groce had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Bulldogs; Jair Bolden added 10 points.

CJ Lane led Eastern Illinois (2-9) with 12 points.

The Bulldogs have the upcoming week off for finals before meeting Purdue Saturday (Dec. 18) in the Crossroads Classic. The game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis will air on FOX at noon.

WBB BREAKS WORTHEN ARENA 3-POINT RECORD IN 81-55 WIN OVER UTAH STATE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team (6-3) used a balanced offense and a stifling defense to give the Cardinals an 81-55 victory over Utah State (5-4) Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena. 

The Cardinals also broke the program’s 3-point record in Worthen Arena with 16 led by both junior Sydney Freeman and senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir, who each had four from behind the arc. 

It was true freshman Maddie Bischoff who hit the record breaking 3-pointer with 1:25 left in the game. 

Ball State saw seven different players knock down one or more 3-pointers against the Aggies. The old 3-point record was 15 against Central Michigan in 2000.

“It was a heck of win,” Ball State head coach Brady Sallee said. Sallee was very impressed with how the Cardinals shot the ball but also with how well the Cardinals played defensively.” 

How could Sallee not be happy with Ball State’s defense, as the Cardinals were able to score 27 points off Utah State’s 24 turnovers. 

It was Utah State that scored the first basket of the contest but that 2-0 lead certainly did not last long. 

Freshman Ally Becki quickly answered back by knocking down a 3-pointer to give Ball State the lead. After that, the Cardinals never trailed again outscoring the Aggies 23-11 in the first quarter of action with some key baskets from Freeman and few 3-pointers Agustsdottir. 

Ball State continued its dominating performance in the second frame as the Cardinals were consistent with their shot selection behind the arc shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) and in the paint, eventually building a 16-point (45-29) cushion over the Aggies at intermission.

The Cardinals never let up in the second 40 minutes of play, as they outscored the Aggies 36-26 in the second half. Ball State’s bench got some action as well with 12 different Cardinals seeing playing time for Ball State. The Cardinals bench chipped in 18 points in today’s win over Utah State.

Redshirt junior Anna Clephane and Freeman led the Cardinals in scoring with 16 points apiece. Agustsdottir finished the day with 12, while her teammates freshmen Marie Kiefer and Bischoff scored 11 points each. Defensively, Becki led with seven rebounds. 

After today’s contest, the Cardinals will enjoy a little time off from competition for finals week as Ball State’s 2021 fall semester comes to an end. Ball State returns to the court for its final non-conference game on Dec. 20 versus Bellarmine in Worthen Arena at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game against the Knights will be the second-ever meeting between the two schools. Ball State and Bellarmine first faced off last year in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 14, 2020, resulting in a 98-42 victory for the Cardinals. 

IRISH TAKE DOWN NO. 10/12 KENTUCKY

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (4-4) upset No. 10/12 Kentucky (7-2) 66-62 in a raucous Purcell Pavilion on Saturday night. The Irish made a series of clutch plays in the game’s final minute, including a midrange jumper by South Bend, Indiana, native Blake Wesley with 12 seconds remaining.

The Irish defense then held Kentucky on defense, grabbing a loose ball rebound and eventually getting the ball to Dane Goodwin for a break away dunk at the buzzer.

The victory over the Associated Press No. 10 ranked team is the first for the Irish since a 76-75 win over Boston College on February 21, 2001. It also marks the second-consecutive victory over a ranked team in the Joyce Center after an 83-73 win over No. 11/11 Florida State on March 6, 2021.

The game was a back-and-forth battle, with no team earning more than a five-point lead. With four minutes left in the first period, the Irish and Wildcats were locked at 24 points apiece.

Six Irish points would come from Kentucky turnovers, but the Wildcats used a dunk to propel themselves to a 30-28 lead to end the first half.

The second half would open with the Irish knotting the score at 39-39 before forcing a timeout. Coming out of the timeout a jumper from Nate Laszewski and a three from Wesley would keep the Irish in the fight at 47-46

A three pointer late in the second half from Trey Wertz had the arena erupting as the Irish closed in on the Wildcats. The Irish finally claimed the lead, 55-54, after a big defensive stop, and a layup from Paul Atkinson Jr. A dunk and layup from Wesley and Goodwin would continue to extend the Irish lead 59-56.

The Irish held a 61-59 lead into the game’s final minutes. To cap a great defensive possession, Kentucky’s Kellan Grady tossed in a desperation three pointer at the shot clock buzzer to give Kentucky a lead – and what would be their final points of the contest with 1:50 left.

Goodwin then drew a foul on a drive to the bucket, but only connected on one free throw to tie the game. The Wildcats ran a play to get an open three pointer, but the shot was missed to give the Irish a chance to take the lead. Wesley drove into the Wildcat defense and tried to find Laszewski on the roll but turned the ball over with :51 seconds left.

Kentucky went back to Oscar Tshiebwe, who led all scorers with 25 points in the game, but the Irish defense responded to force a tough shot and grab the rebound. Wesley then took over, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 12 seconds left, then finding Goodwin after the scramble for the game-ending dunk which led into the Notre Dame student body rushing the court in celebration.

GM 11 PREVIEW: PURDUE FORT WAYNE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 22 Notre Dame women’s basketball squad finally returns to the friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 12, after five games and 21 days away. The Fighting Irish (8-2) will play host to the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (4-5), matching up for the first time since 2009. The Irish lead the all-time series 4-0.

Sunday also marks a special day for the program as legendary coach and Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw will be inducted into the Ring of Honor. The pregame ceremony is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Tip is set for 2 p.m on ACCNX.

RING OF HONOR – COACH MCGRAW

A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, a two-time national champion, an empowering voice for women, and to several of her former players – simply the G.O.A.T. Former Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw has earned countless distinctions and accolades over her legendary career; thus, it’s only right that the next women’s basketball Ring of Honor inductee is none other than Coach McGraw.

McGraw becomes the seventh Ring of Honor inductee on the women’s side, joining six of her former proteges: Ruth Riley-Hunter, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Niele Ivey, Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa.

In addition, she becomes just the second head coach, joining Digger Phelps, and the third Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, joining Adrian Dantley and Austin Carr.

McGraw’s Ring of Honor ceremony will take place before Notre Dame’s home matchup against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Dec. 12. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 pm, with the game tipping at 2:02.

ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK X3

For the third time in four weeks, guard Sonia Citron is your ACC Freshman of the Week. Citron is certainly on pace to challenge 2019 alumna Brianna Turner’s record of six ACC freshman weekly awards.

Also important to note – the ACC has ruled fellow freshman Olivia Miles ineligible to win ACC Freshman of the Week/Year due to enrolling early last winter and playing six games.

FRESHMEN DUO SENSATION

Notre Dame doesn’t just have one, but two super freshmen who will be the building blocks for years to come.

A 6-1 guard, Citron has been everywhere on the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the top-4 on the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Thus, not only is Citron making early waves for ACC Freshman of the Year but 6th Woman as well. She’s averaging an impressive 12.1 points off the bench.

Citron is 1-of-3 freshmen in the entire country averaging at least 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal – she’s the only one from a Power-Five school. Breaking it down even further – there are only 2 players in the entire country (of any class) who are putting up those numbers off the bench: Citron and NC State’s Diamond Johnson. She’s also a defensive threat, leading the team in steals with 1.6 per game.

Lastly, Citron has been phenomenal from the charity stripe, shooting 90.3 percent, which leads all players in the ACC. She is 28-for-31 on the year. 

Then there’s Olivia Miles. She’s averaging double-digit points (11.1), leads the NATION in assists (7.7) and just so happens to reel in 7.0 boards/game as a point guard. Those numbers put Miles in an elite club as her and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only two averaging at least 10p/7r/7a.

Miles also just put her name in the ND record book with a triple-double at Valpo on Dec. 8 (11p/13r/13a) – 9th ever in program history – 7th different Irish player to do so. Miles became the 2nd ever Irish freshman, joining Marina Mabrey. 

With that said, Miles has collected 4 double-doubles which is tied for the lead in the ACC with Georgia Tech’s Lorela Cubaj and UNC’s Alyssa Ustby. Her double-doubles also rank as the 2nd most among Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (5).

MORE ON MILES’ ASSIST NUMBERS

If the season ended today, her 7.7 assists/game would rank 3rd all-time in program history and be the highest average since 1988. The top-three spots belong to Lindsay Allen (7.6) and Mary Gavin (7.9 & 8.6).

The most total assists in a season belong to Lindsay Allen at 282 (2016-17).

The highest assist average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85.

Miles boasts three double-digit assist performances on the year. All other players in the ACC have combined for one.

WHO’S HOT

Last three games for Miles:

– an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double at MSU

– a near triple-double at UConn with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

– her first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists at Valpo.

Last three games for Citron:

– career high 29 points in the win at MSU, including 21 in the second half (13 in the 4th quarter).

– lone Irish player in double figures at UConn, finishing with 19 points.

– near double-double at Valpo with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

– all-in-all, in 95 minutes of play, Citron has tallied 57, 20 rebounds and just 4 turnovers.

SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING

The Irish currently have 4 players averaging double-figures, showcasing the depth of this year’s team. Notre Dame has done a great job spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 15th in the nation in assists/game (18.5). They have twice this season dished out 30+.

Notre Dame is also ranked 27th in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.18), 23rd in blocks/game (5.4) and 24th in rebounds/game (43.80).

M&Ms

You’ve heard of the Killer B’s in a baseball lineup but the Irish are rolling with Team M&Ms this season.

Maya – averages 9.8 points and a team best 7.4 rebounds. Her 2.7 blocks/game rank 2nd in the ACC and 13th in the nation. Her 3.6 offensive rebounds/game rank 3rd in the ACC,

Maya was named a Second All-Daytona Beach Invitational Team honoree. Scored in double figures both games averaging 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.

Maddy – leads the Irish in scoring (14.3 ppg), knocking down 51.7 percent of her shots. She’s also tied for 2nd on the team in rebounding with 7.0 boards/game. Maddy just recently notched her first 20-point performance of the season at Valpo on Dec. 8.

Miles – averages double-digit points (11.1), leads the nation in assists (7.7) and just so happens to reel in 7.0 boards as a point guard. Her 4 double-doubles are tied for the lead in the ACC.

Mabrey – averaging the third most points (11.6), second most assists (3.3) and second most steals (1.3) on the team. She ranks in the top-10 in the ACC in 5 categories – best of any Irish player. Her 2.4 threes/game rank 6th in the ACC while her .414 3PT FG% rank 5th.

BACK IN THE RANKINGS WITH 1ST RANKED WIN

After Notre Dame’s 64-62 win over a ranked Oregon State squad, the Irish moved in to the AP top-25 for the first time since a 2020-21 preseason ranking. It also marked Coach Ivey’s first ranked win at the helm.

In the week 5 rankings, the Irish moved up two spots to No. 22.

TSHIMANGA SETS CAREER HIGHS IN ROAD LOSS TO (RV/RV) NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Florence Tshimanga had career highs of seven points and five rebounds Saturday afternoon, but a strong second half propelled (RV/RV) Nebaska past visiting Indiana State, 78-50, inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Del’Janae Williams led the Sycamores with 10 points, nearly all of which came in the fourth quarter. Marie Hunter added eight, while Caitlin Anderson had six. Arianna Smith had a team-high seven rebounds in her first start of the season.

The Sycamores stayed within close range of the Cornhuskers until a 20-2 run that spanned the last half of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter put the home side in control. ISU still gave Nebraska fits throughout the game, however, as the Sycamores forced 24 Cornhusker turnovers in the contest.

First Half

Indiana State’s defense forced turnovers on each of Nebraska’s first two possessions and kept it close throughout the early stages. Anna McKendree kickstarted a five-point swing midway through the opening quarter for the Sycamores with a three-pointer, which was followed by a Tonysha Curry jumper to even the score at 9-all. The home side went on a 9-0 run before Anderson closed the quarter with a jumper.

The Cornhuskers opened the second quarter with an 11-0 run that doubled their lead. Anderson and Natalia Lalic gave the Sycamores a boost late in the half on the offensive end with a 4-0 run, but Nebraska closed with a 10-2 run, including a basket just before the horn to take a 39-17 lead into the locker room.

Second Half

Lalic opened the scoring in the second half with a jumper from the wing, as ISU looked to cut into its deficit and get back into the game. ISU nearly matched its first-half offensive output with 14 points in the third quarter, as six different Sycamores contributed to the scoring in the period. Tshimanga had five in the quarter, connecting on a pair of baskets and a free throw.

Hunter, Williams and Arianna Smith combined to score 17 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana State matched Nebraska with 19 in the quarter. ISU chipped away at the Cornhusker lead, as Williams kickstarted a 7-2 run to give the Trees some late life. Hunter then connected on back-to-back jumpers in the late stages before a Williams 3-pointer closed the scoring for the Sycamores.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State forced Nebraska into its most turnovers this season with 24. The Huskers’ previous high this season was 23 at San Diego, with their previous high at home being 17 against Prairie View A&M.

The Sycamores are one of just two teams to force 20 or more Nebraska turnovers this season, along with San Diego.

All nine players who saw the floor for the Sycamores scored at least two points.

33 of the Sycamores’ 50 points came in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter.

News & Notes

Florence Tshimanga set new career-highs with seven points and five rebounds. Tshimanga entered the game with just two points this season.

Tonysha Curry had just four points in the last two games before scoring five against Nebraska. Curry also grabbed five rebounds for the Sycamores.

Anna McKendree had three points, three rebounds and two assists in her return to the lineup after missing the last four games.

Up Next

Indiana State plays its final home non-conference game of the season Tuesday evening when the UIC Flames visit the Hulman Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

‘DONS NEVER TRAIL IN WIN OVER SEMO

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball led wire-to-wire in a 78-65 victory over SEMO on Saturday (Dec. 11) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. 11 Mastodons saw the court and eight recorded a field goal.

Jarred Godfrey scored 10 points in the first half. His 3-pointer late in the first put him at ninth in school history with 1,281 points. He passed Bryson Scott who totaled 1,278 points in his two-year Mastodon career.

Thanks to Godfrey’s 16 points in the contest, he finished the game with 1,287 career points. 

An 11-0 run that started just after the 10-minute mark of the first half put the ‘Dons up 26-14. The ‘Dons took a 36-30 lead to the break that turned into a 45-34 lead on a Godfrey 3-pointer at the 17:31 mark of the second.

SEMO had a few runs to keep it within single digits but never seriously threatened in the contest. Jalon Pipkins was a big reason for that. He finished with a career high of 24 points thanks to 10-of-14 shooting.

Six ‘Dons scored seven or more points, including Johnathan DeJurnett finishing with a career-high seven points.

The ‘Dons shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the floor. They also hit 15-of-19 from the free throw line.

SEMO shot 44.4 percent (22-of-54) and connected on only five 3-pointers in the game. Phillip Russell led the Redhawks with 17 points.

Both clubs are now 5-5.

The ‘Dons are off next week for finals and return to action on Tuesday (Dec. 21) at Michigan.

10 ACES SCORE IN FESTIVE VICTORY OVER MOREHEAD STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – From start to finish, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team took control early and never relinquished in a 79-49 win over Morehead State on Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Saturday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Ind.

“Our girls did a good job of staying sharp and they made a nice little run on us and they just answered right back and got that back up to a big lead and I’m just really happy with how everyone played today,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells in her postgame interview with ESPN3. “All 14 of our players play so hard day in and day out and there’s not a lot that separates our players. I love the energy that our bench has. Our team, they are all in it together and they all pull for each other, so its really awesome to see a few players come in and have some success that haven’t had a chance to play as much.”

10 of the 13 Aces that saw the floor in the ballgame scored, led by four in double-figures. Both senior Myia Clark and junior Abby Feit finished the contest with a game-high 15 points as many of the Aces starters got much-welcomed rest as both Clark and Feit played 24 minutes on the afternoon. Also in double-digits for the Aces were junior Je’Naiya Davis with 12 points and senior Anna Newman finishing just one shy of a dozen points. For the Eagles, both Terri Smith and Alana Denson led the team with 11 points.

It was a blistering pace early for the Aces as Evansville rushed out to an 11-4 lead, highlighted by a triple from Abby Feit. Morehead State did not let the Aces break away too far in the opening moments, keeping withing single digits despite a difficult shooting performance to begin the game as Evansville held a 19-10 advantage after one quarter.

The second quarter was dominated by the Aces with Evansville opened up its advantage over the Eagles. The Aces shot nearly 50% (14-29) from the field in the first 20 minutes and knocked-down all eight free throws they attempted, along with a stifling defensive effort in the second period that saw Morehead State shoot just 20% (3-15) from the field. As the final seconds ticked away in the first half, freshman Kodie Myszka grabbed a rebound and quickly tapped it in to hand the Aces their largest lead of the half with a 41-19 lead at the break.

Continuing to utilize its depth as a strength, Evansville played 11 players in the third quarter and even held serve with the Eagles for most of the half, provided by terrific efforts of the bench from Elly Morgan, Jossie Hudson, NaTaya Partee, and many others. The Aces lead diminished by just one in the third quarter as Evansville carried a 60-39 lead into the final stanza.

In the fourth, the starters returned to the floor and fueled by the strong performances by their teammates, picked right back up from where they left off. An 11-2 run to open the quarter, created by Newman, Davis, and Clark, helped Evansville lift its advantage over the 30-point mark at 70-39 with 7:35 remaining in the contest. After the starters exited the contest for the final time, the Aces depth showed again as Hudson and junior Sydney Thurwalker both continued Evansville’s strong play. The duo entered the contest and immediately went to work, manufacturing a 6-0 run that was capped-off by a layup from Thurwalker that sent the bench and crowd into a frenzy as Evansville’s lead reached its largest point of the night at 79-44, forcing a Morehead State timeout, as the Aces went on to capture the team-created victory with a 30-point margin.

The win marked the 150th win of the head coaching career of Robyn Scherr-Wells and also marked Evansville’s sixth of the non-conference slate, its most since the 2008-09 campaign.

The Aces will finish up the fall semester with finals this week before returning to competition on Sunday, December 19 at 1 PM at Chicago State in Chicago, Ill.

VOLLEYBALL READY TO HOST NIVC TITLE MATCH SUNDAY

Valparaiso (26-9, 12-6 MVC)

NIVC Championship Match – Valparaiso, Ind.

Sunday, Dec. 12 – UNLV (27-9, 12-6 Mountain West) – 7 p.m.

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: The Valpo volleyball team takes to the court for the championship match of the 2021 NIVC on Sunday evening, facing off against UNLV at the ARC. Valpo is in search of its first postseason championship in the history of Valpo Athletics and would be the first program outside the Power Five to win the NIVC since 1994.

Previously: Buoyed by tremendous fan turnout and support Friday evening at the ARC, Valpo wept three closely-contested sets from UConn (28-26, 27-25, 26-24) in the semifinals of the 2021 NIVC to advance to the tournament championship match. Friday’s victory came in front of a tremendous crowd of 1,267 fans, the highest-attended match in Valpo Volleyball history.

Following the Beacons: Sunday’s match against the Rebels will be broadcast live on ESPN+. There will also be a radio broadcast available on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valpariaso). Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 449 matches (449-216, .675) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 504-240 (.677) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Valpo and UNLV have met on the volleyball court just once before – a 3-1 UNLV win in Gainesville, Fla. back in August 2009. Valpo has faced six current Mountain West programs in program history and is a combined 4-4 in those matchups.

Scouting the Opposition: The Rebels enter Sunday’s championship match with a 27-9 overall record this year and posted a 12-6 mark in Mountain West action. UNLV got to this point of the NIVC by defeating New Mexico State (3-0), Arizona (3-2), Arkansas (3-0) and UTEP (3-1). Mariena Hayden, who leads the NCAA in aces/set (0.65) and paces the Rebels with 3.94 kills/set, repeated as Mountain West Player of the Year this season.

About the NIVC: The NIVC originally existed from 1989-95 to help grow the sport among the college ranks. The NIVC resumed in 2017 as a 32-team single elimination event as the growth of the game in recent years warranted a tournament for those who did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo In the Postseason: This year marks Valpo’s eighth appearance in a national postseason tournament:

1994 – NCAA Tournament Play-in Match – at Idaho – L 3-0

1995 – NCAA Tournament Play-in Match – at UNI – L 3-0

1996 – NCAA Tournament Play-in Match – at Southeast Missouri State – L 3-1

2003 – NCAA Tournament First Round – vs. #9 Nebraska – L 3-0

2004 – NCAA Tournament First Round – vs. Notre Dame – L 3-1

2005 – NCAA Tournament First Round – vs. #16 California – L 3-0

2018 – NIVC First Round – vs. Ball State – W 3-1; NIVC Second Round – at Miami (Ohio) – W 3-0; NIVC Quarterfinal – at Tulane – L 3-1

2021 – NIVC First Round – Butler – W 3-0; NIVC Second Round – Toledo – W 3-0; NIVC Quarterfinal – Evansville – W 3-0; NIVC Semifinal – UConn – W 3-0

Playing For the Trophy: The volleyball team will play for a national championship for just the second time in the history of Valpo Athletics. The 2015-16 men’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the NIT. That year’s men’s basketball team is also the only other team in Valpo Athletics history to win four postseason contests in one season.

Representing the Valley: Valpo is searching for the MVC’s first national postseason title since 2015 when Evansville men’s basketball won the CIT and Loyola Chicago men’s basketball won the CBI. The Beacons are also looking for The Valley’s third-ever national postseason crown in a women’s sport. Creighton women’s hoops won the 2004 WNIT title and Missouri State women’s basketball claimed the 2005 WNIT title.

Power Outside the Power Five: With a win, Valpo would be just the third team outside the Power Five conferences to claim the NIVC title and the first since Cal State Northridge in 1994. Houston (1990) was the only other non-Power Five program to win the NIVC. Since the tournament’s resumption in 2017, Ole Miss, Iowa State and Georgia Tech have won the title.

Sweeps Upon Sweeps: Valpo has swept through the first four rounds of the NIVC, taking care of Butler, Toledo, Evansville and UConn in the minimum three sets. Each of Valpo’s last five postseason victories have come via the sweep. Prior to this run, Valpo last won four consecutive matches by 3-0 finals in September 2018.

Extra Points Are Our Time: After finishing the first nine sets of the NIVC at the 25-point mark, Valpo needed extra points to capture all three sets in the semifinal win over UConn. It was the first time Valpo has won a match by going to extra points in each of its three set wins since November 27, 2010 at Western Michigan, and the first time Valpo has won even two sets in extra points in the same match since October 11, 2013 against Youngstown State. The Beacons are now 8-3 this year when a set goes beyond the 25/15 point mark.

25 and Feeling Fine: Monday’s win over Evansville was the 25th of the season for the Beacons. Valpo now has won 25+ matches in a season 12 times in program history, including in 10 of head coach Carin Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm of the program.

Defending the Home Court: Valpo has taken full advantage of getting the opportunity to play at home in postseason tournament play for the first time in program history. With their quartet of NIVC victories, the Beacons now own a 12-1 record at the ARC this year – their lone loss coming in four sets to MVC tournament champion Illinois State. This year’s team currently holds the program’s second-best home record under Coach Avery, trailing only the 2005 NCAA Tournament team which went 13-0 at the ARC.

500 Times a Winner: Head coach Carin Avery reached a coaching milestone with the quarterfinal win over Evansville in the MVC Tournament, as that was the 500th win of her collegiate coaching career. Avery now owns 503 career wins, 448 of which have come at the helm of the Valpo volleyball program. Avery is of just 32 active Division I head coaches with at least 500 collegiate wins.

Clinching the Best Finish: The Beacons’ win at Drake on the final day of the regular season secured the program’s best finish since joining the MVC, as Valpo finished in a tie with Bradley for third place at 12-6. Valpo’s 12-6 record is also its best record in conference play since joining the MVC. After opening conference play 4-4 through the first eight matches, the Beacons closed the MVC slate with an 8-2 record over its last 10 matches.

Outperforming the Preseason Poll: For the fifth time in as many seasons as an MVC member, Valpo outperformed its preseason pick in the coaches poll. This year’s squad finished the regular season tied for third place after being picked to finish seventh. Each of the previous two seasons saw the Brown and Gold finish in fifth place after being projected seventh in the preseason. In 2018, Valpo closed the regular season in fourth position after being picked fifth in the preseason. Valpo was picked seventh in its first season as a conference member in 2017 before finishing in a tie for fifth place.

Another Top Half Finish: The Beacons clinched a finish in the top half of the MVC standings on Nov. 13 with their win over Bradley. Valpo has now finished in fifth place or better in each of its five years in the Valley, joining Illinois State as the other two programs who have finished in the top half each of the last four years. Going back further, Valpo has enjoyed a top-half finish in its league standings in 28 of the last 29 seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Look at the RPI: Valpo came in at #50 in the NCAA’s initial release of the 2021 volleyball RPI on Oct. 4, and the Beacons have maintained a spot in the top-100 ever since. In the most recent RPI release on Nov. 28, Valpo checked in at #65 — tops among all MVC programs.

Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and this year’s team has maintained those standards. The Beacons secured a winning season with their Oct. 23 win against Southern Illinois, the program’s 18th winning season in Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm. The win at UNI on the final weekend of the regular season was Valpo’s 20th of the year, the 16th time in the last 20 years the program has won at least 20 matches.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 13th nationally in digs/set with an MVC-best 17.20 digs/set.

Spreading the Ball Around: How balanced Valpo has been with its offensive distribution during the conference tournament and the NIVC was taken to a new level in the sweep of UConn, as all six attackers took between 21 and 29 swings in the win. Over the last six matches, Valpo’s six attackers have all tallied between 35 and 59 kills. The sextet are all averaging between five and eight swings per set during this recent stretch as well.

All-Conference Recipients: Four Valpo players earned All-MVC accolades at the conclusion of the regular season. Highlighting Valpo’s honorees was Haley Hart, who was named a First Team All-MVC selection. Rylee Cookerly and Peyton McCarthy represented Valpo on the Second Team All-MVC, while Elise Swistek was an All-Freshman Team selection. In addition, four student-athletes were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams as well: Cookerly and Brittany Anderson were First Team Scholar-Athlete honorees, while Hart and Bella Ravotto were Honorable Mention Scholar-Athlete choices.

Players of the Week: Valpo had four different players combine for six weekly awards from the MVC office this season. Both Peyton McCarthy and Haley Hart earned a pair of awards — McCarthy was Player of the Week Sept. 7 and Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 25, while Hart was Player of the Week Oct. 4 and Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 22. Meanwhile, Rylee Cookerly was Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 4 and Elise Swistek was Freshman of the Week Nov. 22.

Cookerly Continues to Dig: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly has checked numerous milestones off her lists of things to chase this season. First, she broke Valpo’s career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. One week later, on Oct. 1 against Indiana State, Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence as the MVC’s career digs record holder. Finally, the next night against Evansville, Cookerly moved past Minnesota’s Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA Division I history in career digs. Most recently, the two-time MVC Libero of the Year reached the 3,000-career dig milestone on Senior Night in the win over Bradley. Cookerly currently ranks 32nd nationally with an MVC-best 4.89 digs/set and tallied 60 digs over the first four NIVC matches, leaving her at 3,165 career digs entering Sunday’s match, just 11 digs shy of the all-time D-I record of 3,176. In the win over Toledo, she surpassed the 600-dig mark for this season, making her the first player in program history with four seasons of 600+ digs.

McCarthy Among the Best: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy has had a standout season on both sides of the ball for Valpo this year to cap a stellar career. Offensively, she is swinging at a .280 clip – eighth in the MVC – with a team-high 2.65 kills/set and has improved her career hitting percentage to .251, among the top-10 in program history. McCarthy now owns 1,206 career kills, good for eighth in program history. Meanwhile, on the block, McCarthy ranks 10th in the Valley with 0.95 blocks/set. With 456 career blocks, McCarthy now ranks second in program history in that category as well. She is one of just three players in program history to hold spots in the top-10 in both career kills and blocks.

Hart Racks Up the Points: Whether it’s been on the attack or on the block, senior middle Haley Hart has been prolific at ending rallies this season for Valpo. After entering this year having led Valpo in kills just five times over her first three seasons, Hart has paced Valpo in kills 10 times and has been in double figures in the category 17 times. She also finds herself leading the Beacons with over a block per set. Hart especially stood out within MVC-only play, as she hit .316 with 3.00 kills/set and 1.09 blocks/set – all team-high marks. She was the only player within Valley play to rank among the top-10 in the conference in both kills and blocks.

Moving On Up: Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson tallied 77 assists over Valpo’s wins in the first four rounds of the NIVC, pushing her career total to 4,602 assists. With one of her last assists in the regular season finale at Drake, Anderson — who ranks third in program history in the category — ascended into 14th place in MVC history in career assists. In the quarterfinal win against Evansville, she recorded the best setting percentage of her Valpo career, as 22 of her 37 sets (.595) were put away for kills. Anderson also cracked Valpo’s all-time top-15 in career digs during the NIVC and now ranks 14th with 1,284 career digs.

MEN’S BASKETBALL EDGED BY CHARLOTTE ON SATURDAY

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team erased an 11-point deficit and held the lead as late as the final minute on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but visiting Charlotte came away with a 68-67 victory. The Beacons were led by 17 points from Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) and 16 from Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]), while Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH]) joined them in double figures with a dozen.

How It Happened

Valpo barreled out to an 8-4 lead behind a pair of made 3-pointers by Edwards, but the 49ers rattled off the next six to go ahead 10-8.

The game fluctuated between a slight Charlotte lead and a tie for much of the first half. With 4:30 remaining in the period, a frantic sequence culminated with an Anderson triple that beat the shot-clock horn. Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) dove on the floor to rip free a loose ball, King saved it from going out of bounds by directing the ball toward Taylor, who tossed to Anderson for the trey. That basket tied the game at 23.

The Beacons went into the break down 30-27 as Charlotte shot 50 percent from the floor and knocked down five of its eight 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.

Charlotte’s Robert Braswell hit a pair of big 3s early in the second half. He converted from distance with 15:41 on the second-half clock to make it 39-31, then did so again at the 15:11 mark to give the 49ers their largest lead at 42-31.

Edwards had a key response by knocking one in from long range with 14:52 on the clock, and later a King layup on an Edwards assist whittled the deficit to four at 44-40. Anderson’s 3 made it 46-43 Charlotte with under 10 minutes to go in the half, but the guests stretched the lead back to eight on another Braswell 3 with 5:40 to go.

Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee / Whitnall [Winona State]) drilled a massive 3 on an assist by Anderson with 3:50 left in regulation, then Edwards connected on the game-tying triple with 2:15 on the clock to make it 62-all. Taylor hit two free throws with 59 seconds left, and Valpo captured its first lead since 8-7 as those freebies capped an 8-0 run.

Charlotte tied the game with 49 seconds to go, then came up with a steal and a fastbreak layup to regain the lead with 20 ticks remaining. Valpo had a chance for a putback layup to tie the game off a missed 3, but the 49ers blocked the second-chance shot and secured the rebound before hitting both portions of a one-and-one to extend the lead to four with three seconds remaining.

King beat the buzzer with a miraculous heave from three-quarters court, but that last-second toss mattered not in the game’s outcome as the 49ers escaped with the one-point win.

Inside the Game

King followed his collegiate career high of 19 on Tuesday vs. East-West with 17, his top output against a Division-I opponent. He went a perfect 6-of-6 at the foul line on Saturday, a career high for made free throws.

Kithier collected seven rebounds, his fourth straight game and seventh time this season with six or more. He paced the team in rebounding for the seventh time this year.

Anderson gave out four assists to co-lead the team, his fourth time this season with four or more helpers. He also scored in double figures for the seventh time in 11 games this season including the fifth time in the last six.

Taylor shared the team lead in assists and equaled a season high with four while also swiping three steals. The three steals represented his highest total of the season and his third multi-steal effort in the last four contests.

Edwards drained four 3s, his second most of the season and fifth time with three or more. His 16 points represented his ninth time in double figures this year in 11 outings. His six made field goals were also his second most of the year, behind the Nov. 24 game vs. Tulane.

The Beacons posted a perfect 14-of-14 effort at the free-throw line, their first flawless performance at the charity stripe since going 5-of-5 on Feb. 7, 2018 at Evansville. This marked the team’s first perfect free-throw shooting day with at least 10 attempts since 14-of-14 on Nov. 17, 2016 at Oregon.

Only five teams in the nation have had a perfect game at the free-throw line with more attempts than Valpo’s 14-of-14 showing on Saturday.

This was Valpo’s first one-point game of the year and the team’s first game decided by the slimmest of margins since winning 66-65 on Feb. 21 of last season at Southern Illinois. This was Valpo’s first loss by a single point since Jan. 29, 2019, 55-54 in overtime vs. Missouri State.

King made his first start in a Valpo uniform, while Edwards returned to the starting five after coming off the bench for each of the last seven games.

Charlotte shot 51.1 percent from the field, the highest shooting clip by a Valpo opponent this season. The 49ers shot 64.7 percent from 3, the highest 3-point percentage by a Valpo opponent since Evansville went 9-of-12 on Nov. 20, 2013.

Jahmir Young had 26 points for Charlotte, the most points scored by an individual Valpo opponent this season.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (5-6) will have the next eight days off from game action as the student-athletes turn their attention to final exams. The Beacons will host Eastern Michigan on Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. in their next contest. For ticket information, visit www.valpoathletics.com/tickets.

RASHEED SELECTED TO 2021 NCAA DII ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Makel Rasheed of the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has been selected to the 2021 NCAA Division II All-Tournament Team, officials announced on Saturday.

Already one of the best defenders the DII this season, Rasheed picks up all-tournament honors after leading the Greyhounds to a second straight Final Four appearance. With Makel on the back line, the Hounds successfully outscored opponents 9-2 through the tournament and posted two clean sheets in the process.

Cal State LA was crowned 2021 champions after defeating Charleston (WV) 1-0 in the title match. A full list of all-tournament selections can be seen below:

Nova Southeastern – Tobias Pellio

UIndy – Makel Rasheed

Charleston (WV) – Emil Rasmussen

Charleston (WV) – Eduardo Iranzo

Charleston (WV) – Adrian Camacho

Charleston (WV) – Alexis Ledoux

Cal State LA – Alvaro Unanua

Cal State LA – Simon Johansen

Cal State LA – Gonzalo Talavera

Cal State LA – Carl Solli

Cal State LA – Gerard Hernando

Offensive Most Outstanding Player – Simon Johansen, Cal State LA

Defensive Most Outstanding Player – Gonzalo Talavera, Cal State LA

MARIAN EARNS THREE DUAL WINS AT LINDSEY WILSON NAIA CHALLENGE

Columbia, Ky. – The Marian wrestling team went 3-2 Saturday afternoon at the Lindsey Wilson NAIA Challenge Duals, as the Knights began the dual portion of their schedule. Facing tough competition, the Knights went 2-2 against teams ranked or receiving votes in the top-20 coaches’ poll, while shutting out unranked West Virginia Tech to end their day. Bailey Moore, Sam Osho, and Jack Servies each went undefeated on the day, sporting perfect 5-0 records.

No. 13 Marian 12-32 No. 2 Life

The Knights got off to a rocky start against the second ranked Running-Eagles, dropping each of their first four matches of the day. Anthony Hughes dropped his bout at 125 by a 12-3 major decision, and Jared Brown lost by a 16-1 tech fall at 133. Aundre Beatty put up a fight at 141 falling to Jordan Mitchell by a 9-7 decision, and Jeffery Nixon lost at 149 to a 15-0 tech fall. Marian got their first win of the day from Bailey Moore at 157 as he took a 9-6 victory, but the Knights were unable to stack wins as Jordan Fulks (Fall 3:41) and Brooks Davis (7-1 decision) fell at 165 and 174, respectively.

Sam Osho and Jack Servies won back to back matches at 184 and 197, with Osho earning a 7-4 over Bryan Canedo and Servies defeated Tony Rogers by fall in 1:57. The two wins were the last for the Knights, as Austin Lane was defeated by fall at 285 to end the first dual match of the day with a 32-12 defeat.

No. 13 Marian 35-12 (RV) Williams Baptist

The Knights scored an easy victory in their second match of the day, taking down former AMC rival Williams Baptist 35-12. The Knights scored wins in each of the first two matches, with Hughes earning a tough 12-11 win by decision at 125, while Brown scored a victory by forfeit. Williams Baptist would come back to tie the match 9-9 after winning at 141 and 149, as Beatty fell 9-7 and Nixon was pinned in the second period.

Moore got the Knights back on track, winning at 157 by tech fall with a 17-1 score at the 5:47 mark, and Fulks scored six points to the team score winning by fall at 165. The Eagles would land one final victory as Davis lost a 5-2 decision at 174, but the Knights closed strong winning each of the final three matches. Osho started the string of wins with a 10-7 victory over Niko Perovic, while Servies and Lane each won by fall, pinning their opponent in under 60 seconds.

No. 13 Marian 31-19 No. 17 Lindsey Wilson

Marian followed their win over the Eagles with one over host Lindsey Wilson, as the Knights downed the No. 17 ranked team 31-19. Hughes and Brown got Marian started strong, as Hughes found his second win of the day in the form of a 17-2 tech fall over Nate Becker, while Brown pinned Obi Smith in the second period to win by fall at 133. Beatty kept the win train going at 141, earning a win by fall at the 3:50 mark over Kaleb Fields to take a 17-0 lead.

The Blue Raiders’ Trent Johnson snapped the win streak as he won by major decision over Nixon, but Moore quickly got another Knight victory at 157 defeating Noah Davis to the tune of a 15-3 major decision. Lindsey Wilson earned back to back wins at 165 and 174 as Fulks was defeated 10-8 and Davis was pinned, bringing the match score to 21-13. Osho snapped the skid and sealed the match with a 14-0 major decision victory over Gabe Smith, and Servies added to his win total by defeating John Sexton in a first period fall. The Blue Raiders would add a win by fall as Lane was pinned in the first period, ending the match with Marian’s 31-19 victory.

No. 13 Marian 15-22 No. 8 University of the Cumberlands

After a short break, the Knights took on their second top-10 opponent of the day, and got themsevles in a hole as the University of the Cumberlands won the first four duals of the match. Both Hughes and Brown fell to identical 12-6 scores, and at 141 Beatty was bested 10-4 by sixth ranked Bryce Nickel. The Patriots added to their win total at 149, as Nixon fell by an 8-0 major decision.

Bailey Moore and Ismael Cornejo helped turn Marian’s misfortune, as the pair won back to back at 157 and 165. Moore earned a 5-4 win by decision over Turner Black at 157, and Cornejo won 8-5 over Harrison Brooks at 165 in his first action of the day. The streak snapped as Jarod Swank gave the Patriots a win by fall over Davis at 174, but Osho answered with a win by fall of his own. The fifth-ranked Osho earned a win by fall in 86 seconds over CJ Figueroa-Orduno,

Jack Servies stacked the wins together as he earned a 3-0 win by decision over Gabe Jacobs at 197, downing the 10th ranked wrestler in the class to bring Marian within four points on the team score. Trailing 19-15 Marian needed a major decision to tie, but Austin Lane was unsuccessful at 285 as the NAIA’s second best heavyweight Aaron Johnson took a 5-2 decision to clinch the match.

No. 13 Marian 57-0 West Virginia Tech

The Knights ended their day strong, blasting West Virginia Tech 57-0 to earn their first dual shutout win of the season. Marian won by forfeit at four differnet weight classes, with Hughes, Seth Johnson, Osho, and Servies scoring 24 combined points. Trey McCartney took down Steven Slack at 133 to earn a 10-7 decision, and Beatty won by fall at 141 over Judson McCray in 74 seconds. Moore also won by fall, pinning Logan Allen with 34 seconds remaining in the first period at the 157 class.

Fulks and Davis also earned wins by fall, with Fulks claiming a second period win over Nick DaSilva at 165, and Davis earing a 51 second fall over Ryan Turney at 174. Alex Hernandez rounded out the victory making his Marian wrestling debut, as the rugby player now grappler won by fall in 4:04 at 285.

Marian will finish their first semester of the season next weekend, traveling to Concordia (Neb.) to compete in the Bulldog Duals on Decemeber 18.

MARIAN BLOWS OUT MIAMI-MIDDLETOWN TO OPEN WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 24 Marian men’s basketball team scored more than 100 points for the second time this season, blasting past Miami-Middletown 101-41 on Saturday afternoon. The Knights are now 8-2 on the season after taking their fourth-straight victory.

Hayden Langkabel nailed a three-pointer to begin the game and the Knights raced away from Miami-Middletown. Christian Stewart added the next shot with a euro-step layup, and Malek Edmonds converted a three-point play to give Marian an 8-2 lead three minutes in. Edmonds put an exclamation point on the Knights’ start with a slam after a Miami-Middletown turnover, putting Marian ahead 10-2 at the first media timeout. The Knights added eight-straight points in a couple of minutes, capped off by an alley-oop that was slammed by Jacob Wiley and assisted by Stewart. Miami-Middletown took a timeout to regroup, trailing 18-2 six minutes in. The ThunderHawks managed to score three-straight after a free throw and layup as Marian took their first timeout with just over 12 minutes left in the first half. Miami-Middletown forced a couple of turnovers and scored two more baskets, getting the score to 20-7 with 11:30 left. Brody Whitaker restarted Marian’s offense with a put back, and Nolan Foster scored his first points with another bucket after an offensive board as the Knights led 24-7 with 10:23 left in the first half.

Miami-Middletown went on a 7-0 run in the middle of the half, erasing a 22-point deficit and setting the score at 29-14 with 7:20 left before halftime. It would be the closest the ThunderHawks would get in the half as Marian pulled away with 14-straight points. Sean Jenkins nailed another three-pointer that started the run, and Foster followed that with a layup. Edmonds, Stewart, and Langkabel combined for eight points on the run. Miami-Middletown ended a five-minute scoreless drought with a bucket in the paint, setting the score at 43-16 with 2:32 remaining before halftime. Christian Harvey took over in the final minute, slamming a vicious dunk before banking in a three-pointer from just inside half-court. The Knights led 53-21 at the break, shooting over 65 percent from the floor and holding Miami-Middletown to just 29 percent shooting after 20 minutes.

Marian maintained their tremendous lead into the second half with strong defense and stellar shooting. Stewart got the scoring started with a layup on the Knights’ first possession. Stewart added a three-pointer a few moments later, and Edmonds added his own trifecta a few possessions later. Marian took their first 40-point lead of the game with a Langkabel layup through a foul, making the score 70-30 with 13:55 left in the contest. The Knights continued to pull away, leading by 47 points after back-to-back layups by Jenkins with 10 minutes remaining.

The Knights outscored Miami-Middletown 35-10 over the final 11 minutes with plenty of contributions from Jenkins, Wiley, Harvey, and Maximus Gizzi. Marian went past the century mark after a Jenkins layup with 35 seconds left. Marian held Miami-Middletown to just two made baskets in the final 10 minutes on their way to their 101-41 win.

Marian shot 58.6 percent from the floor and held Miami-Middletown to just 26.8 percent shooting. A total of 10 Knights reached the scorers column with five reaching double figures. Edmonds totaled 16 points on five-of-six shooting. Wiley added 14 points and nine rebounds. Stewart finished with 13 points and six assists, while Harvey and Jenkins finished with 12 points.

Marian is set to host Saint Ambrose tomorrow on John Grimes Court with a 4 PM tipoff.

PIERCEFIELD LEADS MEN’S BASKETBALL IN BOUNCE BACK WIN

CHICAGO, Illi. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball bounced back Saturday on the road at Roosevelt University, downing the Lakers 76-63. 

THE ESSENTIALS

Location: Goodman Center | Chicago, Illi. |

Records: IWU – 11-2, 4-0 | RU – 8-5, 5-2 CCAC

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – #7 | RU – Unranked

KEY WILDCATS 

Spencer Piercefield – 22 points, 6 assists

Tim Adetukasi – 15 points, 11 rebounds, good for his third double-double of the season

Seth Maxwell – 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, good for his fourth double-double of the season

NOTABLE NUMBERS

7 – total number of IWU blocks, good for second most in a game this season

16 – how many offensive rebounds IWU grabbed

17 – how many more rebounds IWU grabbed than RU

40 – total number of points IWU scored in the paint

LOOKING FORWARD     

IWU heads to Florida, facing No. 23 William Jessup at 7 p.m. on December 18.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 77, RIO GRANDE 69

The Indiana University East men’s basketball team won their third straight conference game 77-69 over the University of Rio Grande  on Lingle Court on Saturday Dec. 11.

Garrett Silcott came up with a big three pointer, only the second of the game for the Red Wolves, to seal the victory and stop a late comeback effort by the Red Storm.

With the win, IU East improves to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Rio Grande falls to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in conference.

Both teams in the first half exchanged leads four times and were tied seven times. IU East went on an 8-0 run that turned a 25-22 deficit into a 30-25 lead which was the largest lead by either team. Gabe McNary highlighted the run with a thundering dunk over Miki Tadic from the Red Storm.

Similar to the first half IU East used a late 10-2 run late in the second half which separated a 55-55 tie to a 67-57 lead, which was the largest of the game. Dionte Raines was big in the run scoring five points including a three from the corner. 

The Red Storm did not go quietly and cut the lead down to three before Silcott buried the three deep in the corner.

“We know coming into these games we have to win especially with it being conference. Game plan was to rebound the ball today, and that showed in second half with extra possessions and effort. That is what won us the basketball game today,” Silcott said.

IU East returns to action with another home conference game against Ohio Christian University. This will be the second game of a men’s and women’s double header with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: RIO GRANDE 98, IU EAST 81

The Indiana University East women’s basketball team dropped its first River States Conference game of the year to the NAIA No. 19 ranked University of Rio Grande 98-81 on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The Red Wolves hung tough with the undefeated RedStorm in the first half, but are now 9-3 overall and 2-1 in conference, while Rio Grande improves to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in conference.

The Red Wolves came out in the first half very competitive and capitalized 17 points off of Rio Grande turnovers which gave the hosts a first quarter lead 23-21. The RedStorm however, went on an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter to build a 36-27 lead at the time. 

The second half was all RedStorm who pushed the tempo and tired out the Red Wolves.

Bethany Mackin and Addie Brown led the offensive attack for the Red Wolves with 18 and 16 points respectively, while Kaylee Darnell led Rio Grande with a game high 23 points.

“We knew Rio was tough and they were undefeated coming into today,” Brown said. “We knew we had to rebound the ball and keep them on the left side, and it hurt our defense losing Paige Gregory in the first half. Alyssa Neal came in though and gave us a spark, but we need to know how to play better defense moving forward.”

The Red Wolves with return to action against Ohio Christian University on Lingle Court on Tuesday Dec. 14 with tipoff at 5:30 p.m.

THREE QUAKERS SCORE DOUBLE-DIGITS IN LOSS

ANDERSON – The Earlham College women’s basketball team fell to the Ravens of Anderson University 91-48 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday.

The Quakers fell to 0-8 (0-3 HCAC) and the Ravens improved to 4-5 (1-1 HCAC).

Alexis Gibson, Willow Runyon and Amari Bradford all hit double-digit points in the road loss.

Midway through the first quarter the score was tied thanks to some accurate shooting from Gibson and Runyon at the start.

A 9-1 run over the next three minutes for the Ravens gave them a lead which they only extended as the contest progressed.

The Quakers will be on the road next Saturday as they travel to Spalding University for a 2 pm contest in Ky.

YOUNTS SCORES DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST ANDERSON

ANDERSON – The Earlham College men’s basketball team continued its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference slate with a 62-56 loss to Anderson University on Saturday.

The Quakers fell to 1-6 (0-3 HCAC) while the Ravens improved to 5-2 ( 1-1 HCAC).

Chase Younts recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds on the afternoon. His seven offensive boards was a game-high and helped contribute to the squad’s 18 second chance points.

Tommy Makabu led the scoresheet with a game-high 17 points. The senior made 7-of-16 field goals and added one 3-pointer for the Quakers.

The first half score stayed at a less than five-point gap until Anderson started a 6-0 run with a steal and a dunk by Alex Hunt at the seven minute mark.

Trailing 25-17 with five minutes remaining, the Quakers worked on a recovery run in the closing minutes of the half. Six points from Younts and four from Kolden Vanlandingham helped work the score to 32-29 in favor of Anderson by the halftime break.

After seven minutes of play in the second half, Earlham had tied the score at 41 with a layup by Zachariah Andre. The teams were again held close together on the scoreboard and were tied at 46 with 9:19 remaining in regulation.

Anderson then went on a 12-2 run over the next eight minutes. The Quakers found luck with scoring points in the final minute but struggled to close the points deficit.

The HCAC will take a three week break for the holidays and return to action on New Year’s Day where the Quakers will travel to Franklin University. Earlham will contest non-conference games during the break, starting with Berea College on Wednesday in Druley Performance Gym.

SIX LITTLE GIANTS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN LOPSIDED WIN OVER WITTENBERG

Wabash nearly shot the lights out of Chadwick Court Saturday afternoon when the Little Giants played the Wittenberg Tigers. Wabash outscored the visitors 59-35 in the second half to claim a 101-73 victory in the North Coast Athletic Conference contest.

Wabash (6-3, 3-1 NCAC) shot 36-of-57 from the field for 63.2 percent, the ninth-best single-game shooting performance in program history. 

Wabash and Wittenberg (3-4, 3-1 NCAC) both split five first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll with the Tigers earning the top pick as the favorite to win the NCAC title. The game appeared to be a showdown of two conference heavyweights in the first half. The Little Giants took an eight-point lead in the first three minutes and would never trail again. Wittenberg kept the score close, trimming the advantage to two points at 15-13 seven minutes into the opening period.

The Little Giants connected on 17-of-27 shots (63 percent) in the first half and built a 17-point lead with 6:26 left in the first half. But a 19-6 run by Wittenberg cut that lead to four points at 42-38 at halftime.

Wabash built onto its lead at the start of the second half. Jesse Hall hit a pair of three-point baskets and Tyler Watson grabbed a Wittenberg turnover forced by Jack Davidson and raced the length of the floor to score two of his 13 points. Hall’s second triple put the Little Giants up by 10 in the first 90 seconds of the final period.

The lead stayed at 10 points for Wabash until the Little Giants produced a 10-2 run over a two-minute span midway through the period to go in front 78-58. Wittenberg would never get closer than 19 points the rest of the way as Wabash poured on the offense and shot 19-of-30 from the field (63.3 percent) and eventually led by as many as 30 points before taking the 28-point victory.

Davidson led Wabash with 24 points along with six rebounds and five assists. Kellen Schreiber and Ahmoni Jones each scored 16 points. Jones also snared seven rebounds, one of three Little Giants to grab seven boards in the game. Watson closed in on a triple-double for the day, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and handing out eight assists. Hall also finished with seven rebounds and scored 12 points. Edreece Redmond scored a career-best 12 points as well for Wabash.

Landon Martin led Wittenberg with 21 points. James Johnson finished with 16 for the Tigers.

The 101 points are the most scored by Wabash in a game against Wittenberg and are the most points scored versus the Tigers since a 96-83 win at home in 2019. It is also the most points scored in an NCAC game by the Little Giants since putting up 110- in an overtime loss at DePauw in 2016.

Wabash will take the week to prepare for final exams before traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, December 19 for a 3 p.m. game against Mount St. Joseph University.

RECAP | LATE PUSH SENDS GRIZZLIES PAST MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team faced off with the Manchester Spartans on Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon, putting their unbeaten road record on the line in a pivotal conference matchup.

The Grizzlies (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) had four players finish the game in double figures and used a late push to down the Spartans (2-7, 1-2 HCAC) 76-65 and move to 5-0 in contests away from home.

How it Happened

Franklin turned to the long ball to take an early 9-0 lead, with Matt Krause, Ryan Wiggins and Ty Wright all knocking downs early triples. Franklin’s lead grew to as many as 11 in the opening half before a furious Manchester rally late in the opening period cut into Franklin’s lead and made it 33-28 at the break.

The Spartans stayed in an offensive rhythm coming out of the break, taking their first lead of the day at the 15:54 mark with a three that made it 38-37. Manchester held their largest lead of the day at 47-41 with 12 minutes to play, but the Grizzlies would dig in and fight back shortly after with a 15-2 run capped by a three from Wiggins at the 7:52 mark.

Franklin had a counter for each Manchester comeback attempt before closing out the game at the free throw line in the final seconds.

Inside the Box Score

-Wright topped all Grizzlies with 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field with three triples. With the sophomore forward on the floor, Franklin was a plus-23 in scoring margin.

-Wiggins set a new career high with 18 points, connecting on 8-of-13 field goals.

-Krause added 14 points with four three-pointers and Cody Samples had a career-high 12 points, all coming on a perfect 12-for-12 performance at the free throw line. Samples also led the team with four assists.

-Carter Crowe reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in his career, pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Franklin finished the game with a 41-34 edge in the rebounding battle.

-Freshman Reggie McDonald made his first career start on Saturday, finishing with four points, six rebounds and three assists in almost 26 minutes of action.

-Freshman Trey Flatt played a season-high 23:42 in a reserve role.

Up Next

The Grizzlies step out of conference play for each of their next three games, the first coming next Friday (Dec. 17) night at home against Berea College. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 5:00 p.m.

RECAP | GRIZZLIES DOMINATE GAME INSIDE, NOTCH SECOND STRAIGHT WIN ON SATURDAY

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team had a big opportunity to move over .500 in league play on Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon, when they faced off against a red-hot Manchester team that had won five in a row.

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-1 HCAC) feasted on the Spartans (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) down low, out-scoring Manchester 44-18 in the paint on their way to a 76-54 win. Senior Jessica Nix had a career-high 19 points to lead Franklin offensively, netting Franklin their second straight win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies wasted no time breaking things open, opening the game on a 15-5 run that spanned the first six minutes. Franklin went 10-for-15 from the field and scored 18 points in the paint in the opening quarter and led by as many as 11 before taking a 23-14 edge into the second. The visitor’s lead grew to as many as 13 in before the halftime horn, with Franklin leading 35-26 at the break.

The third quarter saw Franklin put the game well out of reach, with an 11-4 run stretching the lead to 17 points at 51-34 with four minutes to go in the period. That lead would continue to grow in the final frame, with Franklin’s defense holding Manchester to 4-for-16 in the fourth.

Inside the Box Score

-Franklin shot a season-best 51.9% (27-for-52) from the field and knocked down 21-of-28 free throws.

-The Griz defense clamped down on Manchester’s offense, holding the Spartans to 26.7% (16-for-60) from the field.

-Destinee Cross added 16 points and five boards while Sarah O’Day netted career highs with 11 points, seven assists and three blocks.

-Franklin put on a master class in rebounding, grabbing 52 boards to Manchester’s 24. Sophomore CiCi Bailey pulled down 15 rebounds, giving her double-digit board totals in four games this year.

-Bench points were 23-14 in Franklin’s favor. Bailey and Maddie Barnes had eight points each to tie for the lead among FC reserves.

-Two Grizzlies made their career debuts on Saturday, with freshman guard Addi Charles and forward Averi Phelps seeing their first action in the blue and gold.

Up Next

Franklin is back in action on Monday, Dec. 20, traveling north to take on the Albion Britons in non-conference play. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.

SIX LITTLE GIANTS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN LOPSIDED WIN OVER WITTENBERG

Wabash nearly shot the lights out of Chadwick Court Saturday afternoon when the Little Giants played the Wittenberg Tigers. Wabash outscored the visitors 59-35 in the second half to claim a 101-73 victory in the North Coast Athletic Conference contest.

Wabash (6-3, 3-1 NCAC) shot 36-of-57 from the field for 63.2 percent, the ninth-best single-game shooting performance in program history. 

Wabash and Wittenberg (3-4, 3-1 NCAC) both split five first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll with the Tigers earning the top pick as the favorite to win the NCAC title. The game appeared to be a showdown of two conference heavyweights in the first half. The Little Giants took an eight-point lead in the first three minutes and would never trail again. Wittenberg kept the score close, trimming the advantage to two points at 15-13 seven minutes into the opening period.

The Little Giants connected on 17-of-27 shots (63 percent) in the first half and built a 17-point lead with 6:26 left in the first half. But a 19-6 run by Wittenberg cut that lead to four points at 42-38 at halftime.

Wabash built onto its lead at the start of the second half. Jesse Hall hit a pair of three-point baskets and Tyler Watson grabbed a Wittenberg turnover forced by Jack Davidson and raced the length of the floor to score two of his 13 points. Hall’s second triple put the Little Giants up by 10 in the first 90 seconds of the final period.

The lead stayed at 10 points for Wabash until the Little Giants produced a 10-2 run over a two-minute span midway through the period to go in front 78-58. Wittenberg would never get closer than 19 points the rest of the way as Wabash poured on the offense and shot 19-of-30 from the field (63.3 percent) and eventually led by as many as 30 points before taking the 28-point victory.

Davidson led Wabash with 24 points along with six rebounds and five assists. Kellen Schreiber and Ahmoni Jones each scored 16 points. Jones also snared seven rebounds, one of three Little Giants to grab seven boards in the game. Watson closed in on a triple-double for the day, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and handing out eight assists. Hall also finished with seven rebounds and scored 12 points. Edreece Redmond scored a career-best 12 points as well for Wabash.

Landon Martin led Wittenberg with 21 points. James Johnson finished with 16 for the Tigers.

The 101 points are the most scored by Wabash in a game against Wittenberg and are the most points scored versus the Tigers since a 96-83 win at home in 2019. It is also the most points scored in an NCAC game by the Little Giants since putting up 110- in an overtime loss at DePauw in 2016.

Wabash will take the week to prepare for final exams before traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, December 19 for a 3 p.m. game against Mount St. Joseph University.

RECAP | LATE PUSH SENDS GRIZZLIES PAST MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team faced off with the Manchester Spartans on Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon, putting their unbeaten road record on the line in a pivotal conference matchup.

The Grizzlies (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) had four players finish the game in double figures and used a late push to down the Spartans (2-7, 1-2 HCAC) 76-65 and move to 5-0 in contests away from home.

How it Happened

Franklin turned to the long ball to take an early 9-0 lead, with Matt Krause, Ryan Wiggins and Ty Wright all knocking downs early triples. Franklin’s lead grew to as many as 11 in the opening half before a furious Manchester rally late in the opening period cut into Franklin’s lead and made it 33-28 at the break.

The Spartans stayed in an offensive rhythm coming out of the break, taking their first lead of the day at the 15:54 mark with a three that made it 38-37. Manchester held their largest lead of the day at 47-41 with 12 minutes to play, but the Grizzlies would dig in and fight back shortly after with a 15-2 run capped by a three from Wiggins at the 7:52 mark.

Franklin had a counter for each Manchester comeback attempt before closing out the game at the free throw line in the final seconds.

Inside the Box Score

-Wright topped all Grizzlies with 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field with three triples. With the sophomore forward on the floor, Franklin was a plus-23 in scoring margin.

-Wiggins set a new career high with 18 points, connecting on 8-of-13 field goals.

-Krause added 14 points with four three-pointers and Cody Samples had a career-high 12 points, all coming on a perfect 12-for-12 performance at the free throw line. Samples also led the team with four assists.

-Carter Crowe reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in his career, pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Franklin finished the game with a 41-34 edge in the rebounding battle.

-Freshman Reggie McDonald made his first career start on Saturday, finishing with four points, six rebounds and three assists in almost 26 minutes of action.

-Freshman Trey Flatt played a season-high 23:42 in a reserve role.

Up Next

The Grizzlies step out of conference play for each of their next three games, the first coming next Friday (Dec. 17) night at home against Berea College. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 5:00 p.m.

RECAP | GRIZZLIES DOMINATE GAME INSIDE, NOTCH SECOND STRAIGHT WIN ON SATURDAY

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team had a big opportunity to move over .500 in league play on Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon, when they faced off against a red-hot Manchester team that had won five in a row.

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-1 HCAC) feasted on the Spartans (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) down low, out-scoring Manchester 44-18 in the paint on their way to a 76-54 win. Senior Jessica Nix had a career-high 19 points to lead Franklin offensively, netting Franklin their second straight win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies wasted no time breaking things open, opening the game on a 15-5 run that spanned the first six minutes. Franklin went 10-for-15 from the field and scored 18 points in the paint in the opening quarter and led by as many as 11 before taking a 23-14 edge into the second. The visitor’s lead grew to as many as 13 in before the halftime horn, with Franklin leading 35-26 at the break.

The third quarter saw Franklin put the game well out of reach, with an 11-4 run stretching the lead to 17 points at 51-34 with four minutes to go in the period. That lead would continue to grow in the final frame, with Franklin’s defense holding Manchester to 4-for-16 in the fourth.

Inside the Box Score

-Franklin shot a season-best 51.9% (27-for-52) from the field and knocked down 21-of-28 free throws.

-The Griz defense clamped down on Manchester’s offense, holding the Spartans to 26.7% (16-for-60) from the field.

-Destinee Cross added 16 points and five boards while Sarah O’Day netted career highs with 11 points, seven assists and three blocks.

-Franklin put on a master class in rebounding, grabbing 52 boards to Manchester’s 24. Sophomore CiCi Bailey pulled down 15 rebounds, giving her double-digit board totals in four games this year.

-Bench points were 23-14 in Franklin’s favor. Bailey and Maddie Barnes had eight points each to tie for the lead among FC reserves.

-Two Grizzlies made their career debuts on Saturday, with freshman guard Addi Charles and forward Averi Phelps seeing their first action in the blue and gold.

Up Next

Franklin is back in action on Monday, Dec. 20, traveling north to take on the Albion Britons in non-conference play. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.

MEN’S HOOPS MOVES TO 3-0 IN HCAC WITH WIN OVER MSJ

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball defeated Mount St. Joseph on Saturday 60-56 to improve to 3-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

MSJ held a nine-point lead in the first half before Rose-Hulman used a 10-3 run in the final five minutes to cut the deficit to 30-29 at the break.  The Engineers then used another 10-3 run to open the second half and never fell behind, building a lead to as many as 15 points.

The Lions roared back late in the second half, bringing the RHIT lead to only three points.  Trey Wurtz and Jackson Kabrick knocked down three free throws in the final 16 seconds to secure the four-point victory.

Max Chaplin led the offensive attack for the Fightin’ Engineers with 16 points off the bench, including shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the three point line.  He also grabbed four rebounds.

Dillon Duff finished with 10 points in the effort, adding five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.  Wurtz grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds while adding 9 points and 3 assists.

Other performances include a combination of Samvit Ram, Bradley Harden, Miles McGowen, and Kabrick each scoring four points.  Harden finished with a team-high four assists.

The Fightin’ Engineers as a team shot 44.9% from the field and MSJ finished with a 37.3% shooting percentage.

Devin Young finished with a double-double for the Lions, a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Evan Wiehe finished with 14 points.

Rose-Hulman returns to HCAC action on Wednesday, December 15 against Hanover College. Tipoff from Hulbert Arena is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in HCAC play, while MSJ fell to 3-4 and 0-2 in the HCAC.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOPS LIONS AT HOME ON SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball picked up its second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win against the Mount St. Joseph Lions 76-63.

Jamie Baum led Rose-Hulman with a career-high 23 points, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor.  Rowan Hein contributed all around the court, finishing with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.

Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman include Allie Fults with a career-high 12 points off the bench, Rose Burnham with eight points and seven rebounds, and Ashley Black with eight points.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a quick start and led by as many as 12 points in the first half.  The Fightin’ Engineers led 42-32 at the halftime buzzer, which is the second-most points scored by Rose-Hulman in a half this season (47 points in the second half against Elmhurst).

Maddie Haberthy paced the offense for the Lions.  The HCAC’s second-leading scorer (23.2 ppg) finished with 16 points in this afternoon’s contest.

Rose-Hulman shot 47.5% from the field and added a 14-for-17 effort from the foul line.  The Lions finished shooting 40.8% and 10-for-27 from the line.

Mount St. Joseph trimmed a comfortable Engineer lead to 65-54 with 7:58 left in the game, before a 7-2 run gave Rose-Hulman the margin needed to secure the victory.  Hein hit two free throws, Nola Wilson scored a field goal and Baum capped the run with a 3-pointer to put Rose-Hulman up 72-56 at the 6:08 mark.

The Fightin’ Engineers improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC.  MSJ fell to 3-4 and 1-2 in the HCAC.  Rose-Hulman returns to action on Wednesday, December 15 at Hanover College.

RAVENS CRUISE PAST QUAKERS, MAKE SEVERAL RECORD BOOK ENTRIES

The Anderson University women’s basketball team (4-5, 1-1) cruised past Earlham College (0-8, 0-3) by a score of 91-48, making several entries in the Anderson record book in the process, during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

ANDERSON RECORD BOOK ENTRIES

Payton Moore racked up 19 rebounds, which tied for fourth for most rebounds in a single game in Anderson school history. The senior forward from Spiceland was one rebound shy of tying the school record of 20.

Anderson scored 91 points, which ties for 10th for most points in a game in school history. The Ravens scored the most points in a single game since Dec. 30, 2005.

The Ravens tallied 58 rebounds, which ranks 10th for most rebounds in a single game.

Anderson drained 11 3-pointers. The Ravens have knocked down at least 11 3-pointers in four games this season, accounting for four of the top eight spots in school history.

COACH JON GIN’S COMMENTS

We came out focused and were ready to play. We’re tough when we share the ball and play together. I thought we did a really good job of getting everyone involved. It’s a great way to end a long week full of games.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Ravens held the Quakers to single digits in both the second and fourth quarters. Anderson score at least 20 points in each quarter.

Anderson put together a 23-0 run that started in the first quarter and ended in the second. The Ravens kept the Quakers off the board for 8 minutes, 20 seconds.

The Ravens outrebounded the Quakers by a 58-32 margin.

Anderson converted 32-of-68 (47.1 percent) shots from the field while Earlham made 16-of-65 (24.6 percent) attempts from the floor.

The Ravens drained 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Quakers hit 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Payton Moore – 26 points, 19 rebounds, 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) from the field

Jade Shipley – 21 points, 4-of-8 (50 percent) from 3-point range, 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the floor

Lexi Dellinger – 18 points, 4 assists, 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc

Carly Holley – 9 points, 9 rebounds

Makynlee Taylor – 6 points

Allison Shaffer – 5 points

Cassie Pallett – 3 points, 3 steals

Reece Colclesser – 3 points

UP NEXT

The Ravens face off with Hanover College (4-3, 1-1) in HCAC action next Saturday at 2 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

ANDERSON FIGHTS PAST EARLHAM

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (6-2, 2-1) fought past Earlham College (1-6, 0-3) by a score of 62-56 during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams stayed within two points for the first 5 minutes, 56 seconds. Austin Lyons then hit a 3-pointer to give the Ravens an 11-8 lead with 14:03 to go in the first half.

Anderson took its biggest lead of the half with 5:19 remaining. A dunk from Alex Hunt and a pair of layups from Francis Uzorh put the Ravens ahead 25-17.

The Quakers chipped away to cut the deficit to 32-29 before halftime as Chase Younts made a jumper with 7 seconds remaining.

Anderson went up by seven to start the second half after receiving buckets from Tate Ivanyo and Camden Smith.

During the next 5:24, Earlham recorded a 12-5 run to even the game at 41-all with 13:00 remaining. Zachariah Andre scored six points during the run.

Both teams were tied two more times, at 44-44 and 46-46.

After a missed Anderson 3-pointer, Hunt collected an offensive rebound and completed a critical bucket-and-1 situation to give the Ravens a 49-46 lead with 8:00 to go.

As the Ravens steadily built their lead, they kept Earlham from scoring a field goal for 8:52. Earlham’s next field goal was a bucket-and-1 from Kolden Vanlandingham with 27 seconds to go, cutting Anderson’s lead to 61-54.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson converted 22-of-53 (41.5 percent) shots from the field and 6-of-15 (40 percent) attempts from 3-point range. The Quakers made 22-of-61 (36.1 percent) attempts from the floor and 2-of-10 (20 percent) shots from behind the arc.

Anderson committed 11 turnovers while Earlham turned the ball over eight times. The Quakers held an 11-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

Maurice Knight notched 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, leading the Ravens in each category.

Austin Lyons and Camden Smith each provided nine points.

Francis Uzorh recorded eight points and four blocks for the Ravens.

COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

This is a tough Earlham team that plays well together and puts a lot of pressure on defensively. Our turnover number says we handled that pressure pretty well, but I do think that they were able to force us out of some of what we wanted to do. But I was pleased with our composure against their pressure.

Our minutes have been a little unsettled this year, as we’ve had guys in and out with injuries and freshmen who are learning and growing as players. On the whole we’ve had guys who have done a great job of being ready when called upon, and finding ways to contribute regardless of their role on a given day.

I chewed on Alex Hunt pretty hard at the half, and he responded with great energy and intensity in the second half. His offensive rebound and put back in the second half came at a big moment and gave us the lead for good.

UP NEXT

Anderson challenges Trine University (5-3) next Saturday at 4 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Trine is ranked No. 16 in the latest D3hoops.com poll.

THUNDER CLAMP COMETS IN 78-20 VICTORY

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s basketball team battled Olivet College on Saturday afternoon in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play and came away with a 78-20 victory.

The Thunder (8-1, 3-0 MIAA) put together their best defensive game of the year by holding the Comets (2-8, 0-3 MIAA) to just five points in each quarter. It is the lowest total Trine has held an opponent to since February 13, 2016 when the Thunder defeated Illinois Tech, 64-16.

Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] gave the Thunder the lead on the first possession of the game with an offensive rebound and putback and the number three team in NCAA DIII would not look back from there. Taylor and Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] each had four points in the midst of a 10-0 run to start the game.

The first Olivet points came with 3:39 left in the first quarter and Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] wrapped up the period at 12-5 with a lay-up.

Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] hit three-point field goals on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead, and Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] collected three points on a shot from beyond the arc in a 9-0 scoring spurt. Wildman hit a three on the next possession for four in the quarter.

After four scoreless minutes for Trine, Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] made a jump shot to send the teams into their locker rooms with the score 26-10.

A high-scoring third quarter started with field goals on the first six Trine offensive possessions, including a couple of three’s by Bieniewicz and three lay-ups from Taylor. Another string of scores came at the end of the third with baskets on the final six possessions to go up 60-15.

Defense turned into offense was key to the 34-point quarter for the Thunder. Trine forced eight Comet turnovers in the 10-minute window and forwards Taylor and Underhill led the way with eight and seven points each. Alyssa Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] had five points, four assists and two rebounds in the third alone.

The onslaught did not stop in the third as the Thunder went on a 16-2 run to begin the fourth quarter. Sidney Wagner [Warsaw, Ind. / Tippecanoe Valley], Natalee Kunse [Clare, Mich. / Clare], Chelsi Giesige [Paulding, Ohio / Paulding], and Macayla McGowan [New Castle, Ind. / New Castle] all scored in the 78-20 win.

Trine won the turnover battle 22-5 in the game and held Olivet scoreless from three-point range (0-for-15). The Thunder defense forcing the Comets to shoot 19.5% (8-for-41) is the lowest in a game in 2021-22. Taylor was the scoring leader with 12 points, with Underhill collecting 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Up next for Trine is a home game against the number one team in NCAA DIII, Hope College, on Saturday, December 18. That matchup will tip-off at 3 pm at MTI Center.

BIG SECOND HALF NOT ENOUGH AS #16 TRINE IS DEFEATED BY #13 WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team fell short in a comeback effort against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday afternoon 68-61. The Thunder were in a 21-point halftime hole, but fought back in the closing minutes to give themselves a chance down the stretch.

It is the second straight loss for Trine (5-3) and La Crosse (8-2) bounces back from a pair of conference losses one week ago.

The number 13 team in NCAA DIII La Crosse Eagles forced Thunder head coach Brooks Miller into a timeout just over two minutes in following scores on three of the first four possessions for the opponents went unanswered.

A steal and dunk by Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] sparked some life into the MTI crowd, but excellent interior passing by the Eagles thwarted Trine attempts to take the lead.

La Crosse went into halftime holding a 40-19 lead. The Eagles shot 65.4% (17-for-26) from the field in the first and buried 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc. 11 of the 17 made baskets were assisted. On the other side, Trine struggled to find an answer, going just 8-for-25 (32.0%) overall and came up empty on all seven shots from deep.

The second half would be a much different story. Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford] scored the first four points of the second and Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville] made it six unanswered to start the period.

A three by the Eagles gave the opponents their largest lead of the game at 53-30 with 12 minutes left in the game. From there, the Thunder pushed the pace and got into rhythm offensively and defensively. Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] got three the old fashion way on the next possession to cut into the Eagle advantage.

Bowman and Warzecha continued the scoring in bunches trend and rattled off six in a row and Trine called time to keep fresh legs facing a 13-point deficit still, 56-43. Warzecha and Connor Jones made it a 10-0 scoring spurt.

Down 12 with three minutes left on the clock, Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold] knocked down the first Thunder three-point field goal of the game to bring the deficit to single digits. He connected again with just under two minutes left to make the score 63-55. A timeout once again gave the home team a chance to regroup for a final push.

A Warzecha three with 34 ticks left got it to 67-61, the closest the score had been since the opening minutes, but there just was not enough time to complete the comeback as Trine ultimately fell 68-61.

The Thunder outscored the opposition 42-28 over the final 20 minutes and forced La Crosse into nine turnovers. Warzecha scored 14 points in the second stanza and finished the game with 16 points, a career-high. Bowman was the scoring leader with 17 points. Connor Jones led the team by bringing in eight boards.

Trine will attempt to snap the losing streak on Saturday, December 18 when the Thunder travel to Anderson University. That game tips off at 4 pm.

PILOTS CLOSE OUT GRACE CHRISTIAN

WYOMING, Mich. – Bethel Women’s Basketball withstood a second half charge by Grace Christian on Saturday and opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point game to an 11-point advantage in the first 80 seconds of the final stanza. The Pilots extended their advantage to 16 points in the quarter to record a 88-73 win. Jazmen Watts led the Pilots in scoring and rebounding for the second straight game with 20 and 8 on the day, while the Pilots’ starting five combined for 17 steals.

GAME VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Grace Christian 88-73

Records: Bethel (7-7) | Grace Christian (5-3)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR

Location: Aldrich Athletic Center | Grace Christian University | Wyoming, Mich.

STAT TRACKER

Jazmen Watts: 20 pts, 8 reb, 4 stl

Maiah Shelton: 15 pts, 4 stl, 3 reb

Abby Williams: 10 pts, 6 stl, 4 blk

Jesette Ezernack: 5 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots outscored the Tigers 34-19 in points off turnovers and recorded at least 20 steals for the sixth time this season.

The Pilots tied a season high with 27 offensive rebounds.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots travel to Florida for a pair of games in the Warner Classic next week, taking on Warner on Thursday at 4:00 pm and Webber International on Friday at 12:00 pm.

PILOTS JUMP ON JUDSON EARLY, CRUISE TO BIG WIN

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball got off to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes of the game in a 106-79 victory over Judson on Saturday in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. The Pilots made nine of their first 12 shots from the field and shot north of 57-percent for the game. Zac Owens led with a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 from the field.

GAME VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Judson 106-79

Records: Bethel (7-5) | Judson (5-8)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Judson – NR.

Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Zac Owens: 29 pts, 11-15 fg, 4-5 3-pt

Jared DeHart: 22 pts, 6 ast, 4-6 3-pt

Brandon Hunt: 11 pts, 4 reb, 5-5 fg

Garrett Suedekum: 5 pts, 3 reb, 4 stl

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots improved to 45-5 all-time against Judson and have topped the century mark in six of their last 10 meetings since the most recent Judson win in November 2001.

Jared DeHart is now just 19 points away from becoming the 62nd player in program history with 1,000 career points. With his 22 today, DeHart has 981 for his career.

The Pilots had 21 assists on 38 field goals and hit season-highs in field goal percentage, three-pointers made and three-point field goal percentage and tied their season-high in points scored.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots hit the road for a trio of games next week, with a trip to Union (Ky.) on Monday at 4:00 pm, Reinhardt (Ga.) on Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and an exhibition against Belmont (Tenn.) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

SIXTH-RANKED DEPAUW TAKES SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST IN THE NCAC WITH WIN OVER YEOWOMEN

Greencastle, Ind. – Maura Fitzgerald’s two free throws with six seconds left secured DePauw’s 55-50 North Coast Athletic Conference win over visiting Oberlin in a battle of two unbeaten teams. DePauw, ranked sixth in the latest coaches’ poll and 10th by D3hoops.com, improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC, while the Yeomen dropped to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

In a game that featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes, Oberlin held its largest leads of the contest in the opening quarter at 13-9 and 15-11. The Yeowomen led, 15-13, at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second, DePauw scored eight straight with the final four coming from Isabella Ogliore to give the Tigers  a 23-17 lead with 4:40 left in the half. Oberlin returned the favor by closing the second with an 8-0 run to take a 25-23 lead into the halftime intermission.

Grace Kinsey, Campbell Montgomery and Maeve Summerville each hit baskets in the opening 2:05 of the third to give DePauw a 29-25 advantage. Oberlin regained the lead at 35-33 on Gina Lombard’s 3-pointer with 4:07 remaining in the third, but DePauw put together a 9-2 stretch to go back out in front, 42-37. Sammy Spanier’s trey with 11 seconds left in the third trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 45-42.

Oberlin briefly took the lead in the fourth on Bryana Woodard’s layup in the opening minute, but Summerville came right back with a three to put the Tigers ahead by two. After the Yeowomen knotted the contest at 45-45, Summerville knocked down another three with 6:44 left before Lombard hit a trey to even the count at 48-48.

Kinsey hit two buckets which sandwiched an Oberlin shot clock violation to give DePauw a 52-48 lead with 2:45 remaining. Lombard countered with a layup with 2:27 left which would be the final field goal of the contest.

Neither team scored until 19 seconds remained as the Tigers kept a possession alive with two offensive rebounds before Mya Shannon was fouled and hit one of two free throws to make it 53-50. Lombard missed on a shot from beyond the arc with 11 seconds remaining, Shannon rebounded it and got it in the hands of Fitzgerald who was fouled and drained the two charity tosses.

Summerville scored a career-high 16 points and shared DePauw’s rebounding honors with Montgomery as each grabbed seven. Kinsey added 12 points and three assists in the win. Alyson Jefferson paced Oberlin with 17 points with Lombard adding 10. Camille Zinaich grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Tigers shot 31.7 percent from the floor to Oberlin’s 34.5 percent, but had a 46-38 rebounding edge which resulted in a 9-4 advantage in second-chance points.

DePauw returns to action on Sunday, December 19, with a 5 p.m. game against Messiah at the St. Pete Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

TIGERS BEAT YEOMEN 63-52 AT HOME

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw men’s basketball team end a three-game skid after beating Oberlin College 63-52 at home.

In the first half, the Tigers and the Yeomen traded baskets, with neither team able to put distance on the scoreboard. Both DePauw and Oberlin shot 12-28 from the field in the first half; however, the Tigers six made three-pointers gave them the edge heading into halftime up 32-30.

The second half between the Yeomen and the Tigers started similarly to the first half; fortunately for DePauw, some timely back-to-back baskets in the key by Camden Brown put the Tigers up 43-37 with over 13 minutes left in regulation.

The Tigers’ offense continued to push the game’s pace, getting crucial baskets from Brown, Elijah Hales, and Nolan Niego to stretch DePauw’s lead to as much as 11.

On the defensive end, the last five minutes of the game, the Tigers shut down the Yeomen’s offense, going on an 8 to 3 run to close out the game.

Hales, Grant Niego, and Nolan Niego finished the night in double digits, with Nick Wissel leading the team in total rebounds (8).

The Tigers move to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in NCAC play. The men’s basketball team travels to Daytona, Fla., to play in the Daytona Beach Shootout on Monday, December 20, where the Tigers face Augsburg at 8 pm EST.

MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS HEARTBREAKER AT THE BUZZER

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on Saturday afternoon falling to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Defiance on a last second layup 74-73.

The Panthers move to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in HCAC action.

Hanover was paced in the contest by sophomore Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a double-double netting 20 points with 10 rebounds. Senior Noah Williams (Jeffersonville, Ind.) added 18 points, while sophomore Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) netted 16 points.

After entering the half trailing the Yellow Jackets 42-36 the Panthers looked to claw their way back. They opened the second half with a Greenamoyer three-pointer followed by a Williams deep ball at the 15:46 mark that pulled HC within 52-45.

They continued to chip at the lead as an 8-0 run paced by Munoz saw the Panthers pull within 62-59 with just over seven minutes remaining. Hanover tied the game minutes later before taking the lead off a Munoz free-throw with just 10 seconds remaining connecting on back-to-back blows, 73-72.

However, Defiance had other things in mind as they were able to go the length of the floor for the last second layup and score en route to the win.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 15 when they travel to Rose-Hulman. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 PM.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN OVERTIME THRILLER AT DEFIANCE

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover women’s basketball team traveled north taking on Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Defiance Saturday afternoon, dropping the road contest in overtime 71-67.

Hanover moves to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in HCAC play.

The Panthers were paced by freshman Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) with a double-double netting 21 points with 10 rebounds. Freshman Taylor Heath (Fairland, Ind.) added 13 points with three assists.

The opening half saw the Yellow Jackets claim the advantage as they used efficient shooting to capture the 16-14 lead when a sophomore Skylar Sahatjian (Prospect, Ky.) layup at the end of the quarter halted the charge and put HC on top, 18-17.

However, Defiance continued to swarm as they were able to reclaim the 25-19 lead midway through the second frame before using a 9-0 run to close out the half for the 34-31 halftime advantage.

The second half would see Hanover come alive as back-to-back blows by Benter sent HC in front 39-36. The back-and-forth battle continued with DC pushing the difference to as many as seven points.

But the Panthers defense played a key role down the stretch as they were able to hold Defiance scoreless for nearly five minutes cutting the deficit to 49-48 when sophomore Maddi Sears (Carmel, Ind.) hit a jumper that pushed HC back on top.

Hanover remained poise in the final minutes stringing together an 8-0 run, capped off by a senior Liz Tynan (Columbus, Ind.) last second buzz beater to send the contest to overtime.

However, the Yellow Jackets deemed to much as they were able to seal the 71-67 victory from the free throw line.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 15 when they welcome Rose-Hulman to Collier Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.

LATE PUSH SENDS GRIZZLIES PAST SPARTANS

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – A late 8-2 run by Franklin College sent the Grizzlies past Manchester University in men’s basketball action on Saturday December 11. A tip-in by FC’s Ty Wright and back-to-back triples by Matt Krause paved the way for a 76-65 victory by the Grizzlies.

Franklin College shot 44.1 percent (26-59) in Saturday’s game. The Grizzlies finished 9-21 (42.9 percent) from three-point territory, including a 5-9 mark in the 2nd half. Franklin College also came up clutch at the free throw line, sinking 15-of-18 attempts.

The Spartans were limited to 39.1 percent (25-64) shooting. The Black & Gold went 12-36 from three-point territory.

Ty Wright led Franklin with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Ryan Wiggins added 18 points. Matt Krause scored 14 points for FC while Cody Samples finished a perfect 12-12 at the free throw line for 12 points.

Manchester was led by first-year Quentez Columbus’ (South Bend, Ind./Adams) 20 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind./Griffith) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) and Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored 10 points against Franklin. Coy Hampton (Park Forest, Ill./Crete Monee) added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a pair of blocked shots.

The Spartans (2-7, 1-2 HCAC) will host nationally-ranked Elmhurst in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Tuesday December 21 with tip-off coming at 7 p.m.

Franklin College (5-3, 2-1 HCAC) will host Berea on Friday December 17.

GRIZZLIES SNAP SPARTANS WIN STREAK ON SATURDAY

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University women’s basketball team had its five-game win streak snapped on Saturday afternoon by the visiting Franklin College Grizzlies. Franklin ran past the Spartans by a final score of 76-54 as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play continued for both schools.

Franklin led the entire contest and built as large as a 23-point lead. The Grizzlies shot 51.9 percent (27-52) from the field and converted 21-of-28 free throw attempts.

Franklin’s length and size was able to disrupt the Manchester offense in Saturday’s game. The Spartans were limited to 26.7 percent (16-60) shooting from the field. Manchester also shot just 28.6 percent (4-14) from three-point territory.

Franklin outrebounded Manchester 52-24.

Jessica Nix led Franklin with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Destinee Cross added 16 points, while Sarah O’Day scored 11.

Manchester was led by Macy Miller’s (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield, Ind./South Putnam) went 4-6 from three-point territory for 12 points. Bieghler added 4 steals. As a team, the Spartans finished 18-24 from the free throw line.

Manchester (5-2, 2-1 HCAC) will now prepare for a three-game West Coast trip over the holiday break. The Spartans are scheduled to play at La Verne in California on Dec. 19 before contests against Whittier (Dec. 21) and Caltech (Dec. 22).

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-1 HCAC) will travel to Albion on Monday Dec. 20.

FORESTERS NAB 79-76 ROAD WIN OVER TECH

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In an intense non-conference neighborly rivalry, the Huntington men’s basketball team stretched their win streak to five with a 79-76 road win over Indiana Tech Thursday night to move to 10-3 on the year. Until last year, the two squads hadn’t faced off for over a decade. HU eked out a one-point victory last year and had won the two previous meetings to make tonight’s outing the fourth straight Huntington win.

The loss drops Tech to 10-5 with three of those losses against Crossroads League foes.

“I’m extremely proud of our effort tonight,” said Coach Kory Alford. “Indiana Tech does a great job playing a physical style of play and attacking the rim. We made tough plays throughout and were able to get enough stops down the stretch to get the road win.”

Zach Goodline got his team off to a great start by scoring seven points in the first four minutes of the game for an 11-4 HU advantage. He would go on to double his point total by recess to send his team into the locker room with a slim 39-38 lead. While the guests found themselves on top more often than the Warriors throughout the opening 20 minutes, the task was anything but easy as the first period featured four lead changes and six ties.

The Foresters’ first nine points after intermission came from downtown. It made for a 48-41 tilt by the 17:35 mark and was the first of several seven-point gaps created by HU with the last at 57-50 when Ben Humrichous drained his team’s ninth long ball of the night with 13 minutes to go.

Huntington would go on to hold Tech at bay for the next six minutes until a Steve Helm layup put the hosts up 64-63. It was the Warriors’ first lead since the seven-minute mark of the first half.

Goodline, who had been quiet most of the frame, came back to life to squelch any intention Tech had of holding the lead for any length of time. The 6-1 playmaker converted two free throws and found the bottom of the net on a floater from the elbow to give his team the go ahead, 67-66, with just over five minutes remaining.

Goodline would go on to assist Caleb Middlesworth’s third triple of the night and then scored four of his team’s next seven points for a 77-72 advantage with a minute to go. Peyton West netted a pair of freebies with :30 ticks remaining to wrap up Huntington’s scoring and it proved enough as the Warriors couldn’t get either of their contested looks in the waning seconds to drop.

As a team, the Foresters shot 49.2 percent from the field (31-for-63) which included draining ten threes at a clip of 41.7 percent. They also made good on seven of their eight free throw attempts. Tech finished 29-for-64 from the floor (45.3 percent) which included connecting on four of their 13 three-pointers. The hosts collected another 14 points from the charity stripe. 

Goodline finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. The junior point guard has scored 20+ points in five of the last seven games. Humrichous added 16 points which included a critical traditional three-point play with under two minutes remaining while Middlesworth posted 11 points.

Grant Smith, an IWU transfer, poured in 21 points to pace the Warriors. Rog Stein and Helm tossed in another 15 and 12 points respectively.

Huntington is off until December 18 when they travel to IU East for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off with the Red Wolves.

NO. 1 COUGARS SUFFER FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS AS OFFENSE STRUGGLES

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars (10-4; 2-2 Crossroads) wrapped up their Florida trip in Lakeland when they played the RV Southeastern University Fire (9-2) and lost a heartbreaker 74-72 as offensive struggles continue.

After three straight losses, the Cougars were hopeful for a reversal of fortune against the Fire, and through the first several minutes both defenses stepped up as the Cougars had allowed just two points through the game’s first five minutes despite scoring just six points themselves.

The Cougars maintained their lead through the game’s first 10 minutes, ahead 19-18. But what followed was a three-pointer for the Fire which sparked them through the final minutes of the frame.

The Fire scored 13 unanswered points through the next seven minutes to take a 34-21 lead, and although the Cougars chipped away late in the frame still trailed 39-30 heading into halftime.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars came back to life.

Saint Francis spent the first several minutes of the frame chipping away and eventually tying and taking the lead back. Both teams exchanged blows through the next several minutes before the Fire regained the momentum to go back ahead by eight points.

Now trailing 55-47, the Cougars regained their composure and went back to work scoring eight unanswered to tie the game at 55 all with 10 minutes to play.

A back-and-forth battle ensued through the remainder of the game with neither team able to gain more than a four-point lead.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, things took a turn for the worse in the game’s final minute.

The Fire rallied back to tie the score with a layup with 58 seconds left and the Cougars couldn’t break through on offense. Then with four seconds left, a costly foul by the Cougars sent the Fire to the free throw line and both shots were made to give the Fire the win and deal the Cougars another heartbreaking loss.

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 40 percent from the floor, 30 percent from the three-point line, and 71 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore forward David Ejah led the Cougars in scoring with 20 points, in rebounds with eight, and in blocks with two.

The Cougars will now have a couple weeks off for the holidays before returning to play on Tuesday, December 28 when they play host to the Holy Cross College Saints (7-5) in another non-conference game beginning at 2:00 pm.

GRENADIERS FALL TO IU KOKOMO SATURDAY

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – A quick start by the IU Kokomo women’s basketball team’s offense was the difference in an 87-62 win over IU Southeast on Saturday.

The Grenadiers fell behind 27-6 in the first quarter as the Cougars were led by Anya Friend’s 17 points in the first period. She was 6-for-6 from the field and had five three-pointers, leading to a 29-10 IU Kokomo lead after one.

Friend had 22 of her 24 points in the first half. IU Southeast trailed 47-22 at halftime.

The Grenadier offense began to find some rhythm in the third quarter as they shot 50 percent from the field in the period. Leah Miller (8) and Lauren Lambdin (5) had 13 of the 17 points in the frame.

The IU Southeast offense perimeter offense began to click in the fourth quarter. The Grenadiers hit five three-pointers in the final 10 minutes of play. Lauren Lambdin had eight points and two three-pointers in the period and Miller had seven points and one trey.

Leah Miller led the Grenadiers with 23 points and Lambdin added 18.

A key in the contest was three-point shooting. The Cougars shot 42 percent from behind-the-arc in the game (10-of-24) to the Grenadiers’ 33 percent. IU Kokomo also scored 19 points off of 12 Grenadier turnovers.

The Grenadiers host Oakland City Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  

IU SOUTHEAST FALLS TO IU KOKOMO 80-70

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast men’s basketball team fell 80-70 to IU Kokomo in a hard-fought contest on Saturday.

Glenn Hill scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Grenadiers, both team highs. Gabriel Casillas Cruz had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the contest. Jared Osborne and Caleb Brown each scored 10 points apiece.

IU Southeast (3-11, 2-3 RSC) held the lead for the majority of the first half. A Jathan Ritter three-pointer gave the Grenadiers their biggest lead in the first half at 22-15. A 4-0 run gave IU Kokomo a 29-27 lead later in the half, but IU Southeast responded with a 5-0 run to go back up by three. A Caleb Brown three-pointer gave the Grenadiers a 35-31 lead at the half.

Caleb Brown led the Grenadiers in scoring in the first half with 10. IU Southeast went 7-15 from behind the arc, hitting five more first half threes than IU Kokomo. Glenn Hill, Jared Osborne and Jathan Ritter each finished the half with six points.

Glenn Hill opened the second half scoring five of the Grenadiers first seven points to give IU Southeast a 42-38 lead. IU Kokomo answered with a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the second half.

The back-and-forth scoring continued with IU Southeast taking a 49-47 lead. IU Kokomo responded by taking a 52-49 lead with 13:15 remaining in the game, a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the contest.

IU Kokomo led by 12 with a minute to go, but back-to-back layups from Gabriel Casillas Cruz brought the lead to single digits once again. IU Kokomo sank a pair of free throws on the next possession and went on to win 80-70.

The Grenadiers shot 37.5 percent from the field and went 9-26 from behind the arc. IU Southeast hit 13 of their 14 free throw attempts, all coming in the second half.

IU Southeast hosts Oakland City on Tuesday.