INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Adams Central 57 Parkway (Ohio) 45
Anderson 61 Pike 43
Angola 48 Fremont 47
Austin 72 Madison 61
Batesville 54 East Central 43
Bedford North Lawrence 72 Silver Creek 60
Ben Davis 49 Brownsburg 46 OT
Bethany Christian 71 Lakeland Christian 37
Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) 55 Bethesda Christian 38
Blackford 52 Eastern Hancock 44
Bloomfield 49 White River Valley 42
Brown County 54 West Vigo 47
Brownstown Central 75 Mitchell 36
Cambridge City Lincoln 64 Randolph Southern 44
Castle 59 Danville (Ill.) 48
Centerville 51 Rushville 24
Central Hardin (Ky.) 74 Evansville Bosse 53
Christel House 74 Providence Cristo Rey 30
Cloverdale 44 Riverton Parke 35
Concord 54 East Noble 41
Connersville Christian 49 GEO Next Generation 34
Culver 46 Trinity Greenlawn 26
Daleville 60 Wes-Del 51
Delta 33 Muncie Central 25
Eastern (Greentown) 70 Cowan 63
Edgewood 39 Sullivan 38
Edinburgh 53 Trinity Lutheran 39
Elkhart Christian 49 Lakewood Park 34
Evansville Central 65 Vincennes Lincoln 42
Evansville Christian 54 Princeton 51
Evansville Memorial 77 Raleigh Egypt (Tenn.) 61
Evansville North 74 Butler County (Ky.) 67
Fairfield 66 Jimtown 51
Floyd Central 64 Bloomington South 58
Forest Park 57 Northeast Dubois 44
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 72 Manchester 42
Fort Wayne North 56 Bowman Academy 50
Fort Wayne Wayne 69 Columbia City 49
Fountain Central 74 Western Boone 57
Frankfort 65 Sheridan 49
Franklin 66 Bloomington North 53
Frontier 68 South Newton 34
Garrett 52 Bluffton 39
Gary West 55 Mishawaka Marian 50
Gibson Southern 48 Mount Vernon (Posey) 42
Greenfield-Central 62 Lawrenceburg 47
Greensburg 46 Franklin County 38
Greenwood Christian 54 Shenandoah 40
Hamilton Heights 75 West Lafayette 72
Hammond Noll 83 Lake Station 45
Hammond Science & Tech 55 Granger Christian 35
Hauser 53 Switzerland County 42
Henderson County (Ky.) 53 Pike Central 46
Heritage Christian 63 Indianapolis Scecina 54
Illiana Christian 66 Chicago Christian (Ill.) 46
Indian Creek 61 North Putnam 43
Indianapolis Cathedral 62 Indianapolis Tech 49
Indianapolis Lutheran 74 Indianapolis Ritter 69
Indianapolis Roncalli 61 Beech Grove 24
Jasper 62 Corydon Central 54
Jeffersonville 49 Evansville Harrison 46
John Glenn 56 LaVille 44
Kokomo 59 Carmel 51
LaPorte 62 Knox 28
Lafayette Central Catholic 52 Rossville 31
Lake Central 49 Hammond Morton 46
Lapel 61 Mississinewa 44
Lawrence North 75 Fort Wayne Northrop 34
Leo 59 Fort Wayne Snider 52
Loogootee 70 Springs Valley 39
Maconaquah 81 Logansport 75
Marion 77 Huntington North 40
Marshall (Ill.) 69 North Central (Farmersburg) 53
Martinsville 67 Monrovia 63
Michigan City 67 South Bend Adams 46
Monroe Central 63 Hagerstown 62
Mooresville 56 University 50 OT
New Palestine 75 Franklin Central 56
New Washington 53 Crothersville 44
North Daviess 39 Evansville Mater Dei 36
North Montgomery 51 Covington 48
North Posey 52 Crawford County 31
Northridge 68 Goshen 62
Oldenburg Academy 81 Rising Sun 55
Pendleton Heights 54 Liberty Christian 38
Peru 63 Lewis Cass 43
Pioneer 49 Argos 46 OT
Richmond 65 Connersville 35
Scottsburg 74 Columbus East 51
Seeger 48 Crawfordsville 24
Seymour 54 Jennings County 46
Shakamak 63 North Vermillion 55
South Bend St. Joseph 58 Fort Wayne Concordia 55
South Central (Union Mills) 48 Demotte Christian 44
South Ripley 75 South Decatur 61
South Vermillion 54 Clay City 52
Southern Wells 61 Smith Academy 30
Southwestern (Hanover) 63 Clarksville 43
Tecumseh 58 Dugger Union 24
Terre Haute South 64 South Knox 55
Tippecanoe Valley 80 Wheeler 29
Tipton 79 Covenant Christian 57
Tri-Central 72 Madison-Grant 64
Tri-County 71 Traders Point Christian 36
Tri-Township 47 Oregon-Davis 46
Tri-West 65 Benton Central 62
Tri 57 Union City 44
Triton Central 52 North Decatur 45
Twin Lakes 79 North White 40
Valparaiso 70 Elkhart 52
Waldron 57 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 40
Wapahani 64 Alexandria 34
Warsaw 86 South Bend Washington 45
Washington 63 Tell City 28
Western Hills (Ohio) 71 Indianapolis Metropolitan 58
Woodlan 54 Churubusco 28
Yorktown 49 Shelbyville 37
Zionsville 71 Harrison (West Lafayette) 59
Ohio Deaf Classic
Indiana Deaf 67 Tennessee Deaf 14
Indiana Deaf 75 Michigan Deaf 25
Washington County Invitational
West Washington 52 Salem 46
Borden 59 Eastern (Pekin) 44


Wayne City (Ill.) Tournament
Linton-Stockton 71 North Clay (Ill.) 41


Westville (Ill.) Classic
Attica 48 Deland-Weldon (Ill.) 20

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Andrean 49 Hobart 22
Batesville 41 East Central 31
Bedford North Lawrence 52 Fort Wayne Northrop 47
Bellmont 68 New Haven 9
Benton Central 56 Kankakee Valley 42
Bethany Christian 50 Lakeland Christian 15
Bluffton 67 Adams Central 54
Borden 52 Madison 43
Brown County 50 West Vigo 35
Center Grove 65 Lawrence North 48
Chesterton 42 Lowell 29
Cloverdale 51 South Vermillion 11
Columbia City 71 East Noble 29
Concord 40 Mishawaka 32
Crawford County 50 North Posey 47
Eastbrook 61 Blue River 24
Eastside 63 Lakeland 28
Evansville Central 78 Tecumseh 61
Evansville Christian 47 North Daviess 27
Evansville Memorial 59 North Central (Indianapolis) 40
Evansville North 60 Terre Haute North 38
Faith Christian 58 Culver Academy 55
Floyd Central 57 Salem 17
Franklin 60 Shelbyville 32
Frankton 39 Oak Hill 27
Georgetown-RidgeFarm (Ill.) 46 North Vermillion 38
Gibson Southern 62 Indianapolis Roncalli 59
Greenfield-Central 54 Delta 36
Hamilton Southeastern 70 Fishers 67 OT
Highland 42 Michigan City 30
Huntington North 47 Leo 23
Indian Creek 84 North Putnam 46
Indianapolis Cathedral 67 Heritage Christian 58
Indianapolis Scecina 42 Bethesda Christian 38
Jasper 38 Southridge 25
Jay County 67 South Adams 39
Jennings County 71 Oldham County (Ky.) 20
Kouts 49 Trinity Greenlawn 27
Lafayette Central Catholic 46 Tri-West 38
Lanesville 67 New Washington 26
Lawrence Central 66 Pendleton Heights 57
Lawrenceburg 40 Rushville 27
Lewis Cass 49 Whitko 48
Linton-Stockton 55 Mitchell 21
Maconaquah 55 Logansport 38
Martinsville 65 Monrovia 56
Mississinewa 62 Madison-Grant 29
Morgan Twp. 49 North White 25
Noblesville 41 Westfield 30
North Knox 48 Jeffersonville 42
NorthWood 58 Plymouth 44
Northeastern 69 New Castle 34
Northfield 55 Wabash 47
Norwell 74 DeKalb 44
Paoli 37 Barr-Reeve 32
Park Tudor 41 Greenwood Christian 28
Penn 38 Goshen 26
Pike 56 Fort Wayne South 22
Plainfield 53 Harrison (West Lafayette) 38
Portage 40 Lafayette Jeff 28
Providence 45 Southwestern (Hanover) 38
Rock Creek Academy 42 Eastern (Pekin) 25
Silver Creek 63 Brownstown Central 42
South Bend Adams 63 LaPorte 43
South Dearborn 42 Milan 34
South Knox 59 Castle 36
Speedway 50 Southport 30
Springs Valley 39 Loogootee 35
Tri-Township 64 Oregon-Davis 35
Tri 70 Union City 41
Triton 41 Pioneer 20
Valparaiso 62 Bowman Academy 44
Waldron 60 Knightstown 40
Warsaw 56 Wawasee 39
Washington 60 Mount Vernon (Posey) 16
West Central 59 Washington Twp. 57
Western Reserve (Ohio) 71 South Bend Washington 61
Westview 37 Sturgis (Mich.) 35
Woodlan 58 Heritage 35
Zionsville 50 Franklin Central 36

Perry-Spencer Tournament
Tell City 37 Perry Central 32
Heritage Hills 55 South Spencer 49
Heritage Hills 41 Tell City 38

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES

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COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Saturday, Dec. 16

Celebration Bowl

New Orleans Bowl

Jacksonville State 34 Louisiana 31

Cure Bowl

Appalachain State 13 Miami OH 9

New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State 37 New Mexico State 10

LA Bowl

UCLA 35 Boise State 22

Independence Bowl

Texas Tech 34 California 14

Mertle Beach Bowl

Ohio 41 Georgia Southern 21

Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)

2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK 15 SCHEDULE AND TV TIMES

SATURDAY SCORES

Cincinnati 27 Minnesota 24 OT

Indianapolis 30 Pittsburgh 13 Detroit 42 Denver 17

Sunday early football games schedule, Dec. 17

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday late football games schedule, Dec. 17

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 2:25 P.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Sunday Night Football schedule, Dec. 17

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 6:20 P.M., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN DEPORTES (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#3 Purdue #1 Arizona 84

#19 Texas 96 LSU 85

#24 Miami Florida 84 LaSalle 77

#2 Kansas 75 Indiana 71

#20 James Madison 88 Hampton 71

#4 Houston 70 Texas A&M 66

Michigan State 88 #6 Baylor 64

Memphis 79 #13 Clemson 77

#15 Florida Atlantic 64 St. Bonaventure 54

#25 Northwestern 56 DePaul 46

#14 Kentucky 87 #9 North Carolina 83

#22 Virginia 56 Northeastern 54

#8 Creighton 85 Alabama 82

#11 Oklahoma 81 Green Bay 47

#12 Tennessee 79 North Carolina State 70

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLLS

#17 Connecticut 86 #18 Louisville 62

#1 South Carolina 99 Presbyterian 29

Seton Hall 84 #23 UNLV 54

#10 Baylor 75 #24 Miami Florida 57

#12 Kansas State 79 N. Florida 53

#4 Iowa 104 Cleveland State 75

#3 North Carolina State 66 S. Florida 54

#11 Utah 96 Southern Utah 60

NBA SCOREBOARD

Milwaukee 146 Detroit 114

Philadelphia 135 Charlotte 182

Cleveland 127 Atlanta 119

Minnesota 127 Indiana 109

Miami 118 Chicago 116

Golden State 124 Brooklyn 120

Oklahoma City 118 Denver 117

Dallas 131 Portland 120

Sacramento 125 Utah 104

LA Clippers 144 New York 122

NHL SCOREBOARD

Minnesota 2 Vancouver 1

Montréal 5 NY Islanders 3

Winnipeg 6 Colorado 2

Philadelphia 1 Detroit 0

Toronto 7 Pittsburgh 0

New Jersey 6 Columbus 3

NY Rangers 2 Boston 1 OT

Nashville 3 Washington 1

Arizona 2 Buffalo 0

St. Louis 4 Dallas 3 OT

Calgary 4 Tampa Bay 2

Los Angeles 3 Seattle 2

Florida 5 Edmonton 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

NFL ROUNDUP: BENGALS RALLY PAST VIKINGS IN OT

Evan McPherson booted a 29-yard field goal with 3:11 left in overtime to rally the Cincinnati Bengals past the visiting Minnesota Vikings 27-24 on Saturday.

Jake Browning connected with Tyler Boyd for 44 yards on third-and-9 to move the ball to the Vikings 13-yard line to set up the game-winning kick for Cincinnati (8-6). Browning finished 29-for-42 passing for 324 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jordan Addison, who finished with six catches for 111 yards, while Ty Chandler set up Minnesota’s go-ahead score in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard rush. Chandler finished with 132 yards and a 1-yard TD run on 23 carries.

Tee Higgins caught a pass at the Minnesota 1 and then extended the ball with his right arm and hand over the goal line as he was being tackled by Akayleb Evans for a 21-yard, game-tying touchdown with 39 seconds left in regulation.

Colts 30, Steelers 13

Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes and Indianapolis rallied from an early 13-point deficit to stop visiting Pittsburgh, taking a big step towards earning an AFC wild-card berth.

Minshew completed 18 of 28 passes for 215 yards as the Colts joined Cincinnati at 8-6 and in the playoff field if the season ended now.

Mitch Trubisky hit 16 of 23 attempts for 169 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Pittsburgh (7-7) sustained a serious hit to its playoff hopes. The Steelers lost their third straight game and again failed to do enough offensively. They have managed only 41 points in that span.

Lions 42, Broncos 17

Jared Goff passed for 278 yards and a career-high-tying five touchdowns, three to Sam LaPorta, as host Detroit rolled past Denver.

Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and also had a receiving touchdown. Amon-Ra St. Brown had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown as the Lions (10-4) moved closer to a playoff berth and division title.

Russell Wilson passed for 223 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown for the Broncos (7-7)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

BOWL ROUNDUP: JACKSONVILLE ST. DISPATCHES LOUISIANA IN OT

Garrison Rippa kicked a 27-yard field goal in overtime as Jacksonville State rallied late to defeat Louisiana 34-31 in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday in the Superdome.

The Gamecocks finished the season 9-4 after winning their first bowl game in their second season as an FBS program. Zion Webb threw a game-tying touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to help JSU overcome three defensive touchdowns by the Ragin’ Cajuns (6-7).

Louisiana’s Kenneth Almendares was wide left on a 43-yard field-goal attempt on the first possession of overtime, setting the stage for the game-winner.

Jalen Clark had fumble and interception returns for first-half touchdowns and Tyree Skipper added a tiebreaking pick-6 for Louisiana, which got 155 passing yards from Chandler Fields.

Webb passed for 156 yards with two interceptions and Ron Wiggins rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown. Webb’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Perry Carter on fourth-and-3 tied the score with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Ohio 41, Georgia Southern 21

Rickey Hunt rushed for four touchdowns and was on the receiving end of another as the Bobcats beat the Eagles in Conway, S.C.

Hunt entered the game with six carries for 19 yards on the season, but he broke out on Saturday with the Bobcats’ top two running backs inactive after entering the transfer portal. His five touchdowns set a single-game program record.

Ohio (10-3) received 133 total yards of offense (115 rushing, 18 receiving) from Hunt against Georgia Southern, which finished 6-7. Davis Brin threw for 350 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions on 32-for-42 passing for the Eagles.

Independence Bowl: Texas Tech 34, California 14

Behren Morton passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns to help the Red Raiders notch a victory over the Golden Bears at Shreveport, La.

Tahj Brooks rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and became the fifth player in Red Raiders history to rush for over 1,500 yards in a season. He finishes the campaign with 1,542 yards. Coy Eakin caught seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown for Texas Tech (7-6), which scored the game’s final 27 points.

Fernando Mendoza completed 22 of 33 passes for 284 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for Cal (6-7). Star Jaydn Ott rushed for a score but had just 42 yards on 15 carries.

Cure Bowl: Appalachian State 13, Miami (Ohio) 9

The Mountaineers relied mostly on defense to defeat the RedHawks in a rainy mess in Orlando, Fla.

Joey Aguilar ran for Appalachian State’s only touchdown and threw for 211 yards with an interception as the Mountaineers (9-5) improved to 7-1 all-time in bowls.

Miami (11-3) moved into Appalachian State territory on its final possession, but Ronald Clarke recovered a fumble with 2:34 left to snuff that threat. The RedHawks were held to 227 yards of total offense.

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State 37, New Mexico State 10

Mikey Keene threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs walloped the Aggies in Albuquerque, N.M.

Keene completed 31 of 39 passes with an interception. He also contributed a rushing touchdown for Fresno State (9-4), which looked more like the team that was ranked in the top 25 earlier in the season instead of the one that limped into the bowl with a three-game losing streak.

New Mexico State (10-5) won 10 games for just the second time in school history but couldn’t compete with its Mountain West Conference foe. Diego Pavia completed only 11 of 25 passes for just 58 yards, although he did rush for 74 yards and the team’s only touchdown.

LA Bowl: UCLA 35, Boise State 22

Ethan Garbers came on at quarterback and threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Bruins to 28 unanswered points en route to beating the Broncos in Inglewood, Calif.

Garbers replaced injured starter Collin Schlee, who went down after a 44-yard run on UCLA’s first possession of the second half. UCLA (8-5) scored three plays later when Garbers found Kyle Ford on a 5-yard touchdown strike.

Boise State (8-6) scored its only touchdown of the first half late in the second quarter. George Holani’s goal-line scoring run came after field goals of 33, 23 and 33 yards by Jonah Dalmas.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 3 PURDUE HANDS NO. 1 ARIZONA FIRST LOSS

Purdue guards Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith combined for 53 points to support big man Zach Edey as the No. 3 Boilermakers handed No. 1 Arizona its first loss 92-84 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Loyer tied his career high with 27 points and Smith put in 26 as Purdue (10-1) built a 15-point second-half lead. The Wildcats (8-1) then went to a 2-3 zone that put a chill on the Boilermakers’ outside shooting and climbed within four points.

Edey, last season’s national player of the year, stepped up while his teammates struggled, scoring 10 of 16 Purdue points during a late stretch. Edey finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Caleb Love scored 29 points to lead Arizona, while Keshad Johnson had 24 points and eight rebounds.

Purdue won its first game against a No. 1-ranked team since beating Arizona in Indianapolis in November 2000.

No. 2 Kansas 75, Indiana 71

Kevin McCullar Jr. scored 13 of his team-high 21 points as the Jayhawks came back from a 13-point, second-half deficit to defeat the host Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.

Kansas won for the first time in four attempts in Assembly Hall, which opened in 1971, in this matchup of two of the 10 winningest programs in college basketball history. The Jayhawks (10-1) got 17 points from Hunter Dickinson, 14 from KJ Adams Jr. and 12 from Dajuan Harris Jr. Dickinson also pulled down 14 rebounds.

The Hoosiers (7-3) got a career-high 28 points from Trey Galloway. Mackenzie Mgbako added 14, Malik Reneau had 13 and Kel’el Ware had 12. Ware added 15 rebounds.

No. 4 Houston 70, Texas A&M 66

Emanuel Sharp’s 21 points included a 3-pointer and two key free throws in the final 30 seconds as the Cougars outlasted the gritty Aggies in the Halal Guys Showcase in Houston.

The Cougars (11-0) led by 15 points at halftime and by 21 with 4 1/2 minutes gone in the second half. L.J. Cryer scored 17 points for the Cougars while Shead had 12 and J’Wan Roberts hit for 10 points and took down 11 rebounds.

Wade Taylor IV led all scorers with 34 points, with Coleman grabbing 12 rebounds for Texas A&M (7-4).

Michigan State 88, No. 6 Baylor 64

Tyson Walker scored a game-high 25 points and the Spartans opened a 30-point lead in the first half en route to a stunning rout of the Bears in Detroit.
A.J. Hoggard added 14 points and Tre Holloman contributed 11 off the bench for the Spartans (5-5), who resembled the No. 4 ranked team they were prior to starting 4-5 and falling out of the Top 25. Michigan State sank 63.3 percent of its field goal attempts and earned a 29-20 advantage on the boards.

RayJ Dennis and Yves Missi each scored 11 points for the Bears (9-1), but it wasn’t nearly enough to even attain respectability. Baylor entered the day fourth in scoring average at more than 91 points per game but was overwhelmed at both ends of the court all day long.

No. 8 Creighton 85, Alabama 82

Trey Alexander scored 22 points and Baylor Scheierman added 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help the Bluejays beat the Crimson Tide in Omaha, Neb.

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to fuel Creighton (9-2). He was 9-of-11 shooting and had eight rebounds and three blocked shots despite missing the final 13 minutes of the first half with an ankle injury.

Mark Sears scored 19 points for Alabama (6-4), and he nearly forced overtime, but his last-second, 35-foot 3-pointer went in-and-out and hit the glass before falling off.

No. 14 Kentucky 87, No. 9 North Carolina 83

Rob Dillingham scored 17 points off the bench and the Wildcats led almost the entire game but had a tussle down the stretch to defeat the Tar Heels at Atlanta.

D.J. Wagner had 14 points, Aaron Bradshaw notched 12 points and Reed Sheppard posted 11 points for the Wildcats (8-2), who shot just 41.7 percent from the field.

RJ Davis poured in 27 points and Cormac Ryan tallied 20 points for North Carolina (7-3). Harrison Ingram added 10 points.

No. 11 Oklahoma 81, Green Bay 47

Rivaldo Soares had 13 points to lead the Sooners past the Phoenix in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners (10-0) stayed undefeated to extend their best start since 2016. The Phoenix (5-7) lost for the third time in four games.

David Douglas Jr. led Green Bay with 13 points while Noah Reynolds added 11.

No. 12 Tennessee 79, NC State 70

Josiah-Jordan James notched a season-high 23 points to help the Volunteers top the Wolfpack in a neutral-site nonconference clash at the Hall of Fame Series in San Antonio, Texas.

James shot 6-for-10 from the floor, sank five 3-pointers and went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe as Tennessee (8-3) won its fourth straight game. The Volunteers also got a season-high 20 points from Zakai Zeigler, who also had eight assists and sank four 3-pointers. Jahmai Mashack added 11 points, while Tobe Awaka grabbed 12 rebounds.

NC State (7-3) was powered by 16 points from DJ Horne, and 15 points, five rebounds and five assists from DJ Burns Jr. Jayden Taylor chipped in 11 points for NC State.

Memphis 79, No. 13 Clemson 77

David Jones scored 16 of his 22 points after halftime as host Memphis knocked Clemson from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Jahvon Quinerly scored 17 points as Memphis (8-2) erased a seven-point halftime deficit and overcame missing 22 of 26 3-point tries. Nick Jourdain added 11 and Jaykwon Walton chipped in 10 as Memphis shot 43.3 percent from the floor.

PJ Hall scored 21 for Clemson (9-1) but missed a potential tying 3 in the final seconds. Chauncey Wiggins added a career-high 19 as Clemson was denied its first 10-0 start since winning the first 16 games in 2008-09.

No. 15 Florida Atlantic 64, St. Bonaventure 54

Johnell Davis scored 16 points to lift the Owls past the Bonnies in Springfield, Mass.

Vladislav Goldin added 11 points, including 4 of 4 from the field, and collected seven rebounds for the Owls (9-2).

Moses Flowers scored 12 points while Assa Essamvous and Chad Venning scored 11 points each for St. Bonaventure (7-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

No. 18 BYU 86, Georgia State 54

Richie Saunders netted a career-high 20 points and the Cougars scored more than half of their points from 3-point territory in a win over the Panthers in Provo, Utah.

BYU (10-1), the Division I leader in 3-point makes and attempts per game, hit 15 of 38 (39.5 percent) shots from deep while improving to 7-0 at the Marriott Center. Trevin Knell scored 15 points with the help of three treys, Noah Waterman had 13 points with three 3-pointers and six rebounds and Dallin Hall drained four triples for 12 points.

Dwon Odom scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and Lucas Taylor contributed 10 points for Georgia State (4-6), but the Panthers only shot 37 percent from the field and made just 6 of 21 3-pointers.

No. 19 Texas 96, LSU 85

Max Abmas poured in 20 points and Dylan Disu added 17 in his first action of the season to help the Longhorns to a win over the Tigers in the Halal Guys Showcase in Houston.

Texas (8-2) led by 19 points after a prodigious 56-point first half and by 22 soon after halftime. Tyrese Hunter added a season-high 19 points for Texas, which also got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Dillon Mitchell.

Jordan Wright led the Tigers (6-5) with a career-high 33 points, with all but two coming after halftime.

No. 20 James Madison 88, Hampton 71

Xavier Brown came off the bench to score 17 points and help rally the Dukes to a victory over the host Pirates in Hampton, Va.

Michael Green III supplied 16 points and eight assists, while T.J. Bickerstaff added 12 points and six rebounds as James Madison (10-0) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to continue its best start in program history. Jaylen Carey had his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Noah Freidel added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Kyrese Mullen registered his sixth double-double this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Hampton (4-6). Jerry Deng contributed 18 points for the Pirates and Tedrick Wilcox Jr. added 11 points.

No. 22 Virginia 56, Northeastern 54

Reece Beekman banked a short jump shot off the glass with five seconds left to propel the Cavaliers to a come-from-behind victory over the Huskies.

Beekman finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists as Virginia (9-1) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to capture its fifth straight victory.

Joe Pridgen had 11 points and 13 rebounds while Chris Doherty added 12 points and nine rebounds for Northeastern (4-7), which was gunning for its third win over a ranked team in program history.

No. 24 Miami 84, La Salle 77

Wooga Poplar shook off an injury scare to score a career-high 25 points as the Hurricanes posted a win over the visiting Explorers.

Norchad Omier collected 23 points and eight rebounds — including six on the offensive glass — for the Hurricanes (8-2). Matthew Cleveland added 14 points and nine rebounds and Nijel Pack had 11 points and a team-high seven assists. Poplar injured his left foot with 25 seconds left in the first half. He limped off the court but returned to start the second half.

The game was a matchup between two veteran coaches, and the “younger” guy won as Miami’s Jim Larranaga, 74, defeated Fran Dunphy, 75. Combined, they have more than 1,300 wins. La Salle (8-3) was led by Khalil Brantley, who scored 23 points. Daeshon Shepherd added 15 points and Jhamir Brickus added a game-high eight assists.

No. 25 Northwestern 56, DePaul 46

Nick Martinelli scored 16 points and Ryan Langborg chipped in 14 to boost the Wildcats to a win against the host Blue Demons in Chicago.

Northwestern (8-2) recovered from Wednesday’s upset loss to visiting Chicago State by defeating the Blue Demons for the sixth time in the past seven meetings.

Cold second-half shooting prevented the Blue Demons (2-8) from sticking around after playing the Wildcats evenly in the first half. Jeremiah Oden led DePaul with 12 points, while Chico Carter Jr. followed with 11 before leaving the game after suffering an apparent ankle injury with 2:36 to go.

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WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 17 UCONN CRUISES PAST NO. 18 LOUISVILLE

Aubrey Griffin scored 25 points and Aaliyah Edwards had 22 as No. 17 UConn won its third straight game — and second over a fellow ranked opponent — by beating visiting No. 18 Louisville 86-62 on Saturday afternoon in Hartford, Conn.

UConn (7-3) also got 20 points, five rebounds, five blocks and four assists from Paige Bueckers, 11 points from KK Arnold, and 10 assists from Nika Muhl. Louisville (10-2) was led by 19 points from Kiki Jefferson, while Sydney Taylor added 13 points and Olivia Cochran had 12 points.

The game featured six lead changes and the Huskies were ahead by just four points at halftime. UConn pulled away in the third frame by outscoring the Cardinals 19-9 in the third quarter and 21-11 in the fourth. Key for UConn was its sharp shooting, as it knocked down 59.3 percent of its field goals and made seven 3-pointers. The Huskies were also efficient in transition, outscoring Louisville 24-10 in fast break points.

Seton Hall 84, No. 23 UNLV 54

Azana Baines tallied 23 points and 11 boards to help the Pirates hand the visiting Rebels their first loss of the season in South Orange, N.J.

Seton Hall (8-3) was also boosted by 14 points from Micah Gray, 11 points from Kae Satterfield and 10 points from A’Jah Davis. Alyssa Brown powered UNLV (9-1) with 13 points and six rebounds.

The Pirates led wire-to-wire and built an early advantage by starting the game on a 15-2 run. Seton Hall shot 56.1 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle 44-25.

No. 1 South Carolina 99, Presbyterian 29

Chloe Kitts and Ashlyn Watkins each had double-doubles as the Gamecocks coasted to victory over the visiting Blue Hose in Columbia, S.C.

Kitts had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Watkins added 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Milaysia Fulwiley led South Carolina (10-0) with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks in a stat-stuffing effort in her second start of the season. In all, seven Gamecocks scored in double figures, a group that also includes Kamilla Cardoso, who had 12 points, nine boards and seven blocks.

Tilda Sjokvist led Presbyterian (8-4) with 15 points.

South Carolina never trailed and shot 52.1 percent from the floor while forcing the Blue Hose into 23 turnovers and holding them to 15.6 percent shooting.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: THUNDER SNEAK BY NUGGETS IN FINAL SECOND

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 25 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 0.9 seconds left, as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Denver Nuggets 118-117 on Saturday night.

Chet Holmgren had 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks, Jalen Williams scored 24 points and Luguentz Dort had 13 points for Oklahoma City.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 12 assists and Michael Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets. Aaron Gordon scored 16 points and Jamal Murray added 15.

The Thunder trailed by eight late but rallied to steal a win. Gilgeous-Alexander converted a three-point play, Williams hit a jumper and threw down a dunk and Holmgren also dunked to cut Oklahoma City’s deficit to 113-112 with 1:38 left.

Mavericks 131, Blazers 120

Luka Doncic recorded his 61st career triple-double with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as visiting Dallas beat Portland.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, Dante Exum and Derrick Jones Jr. had 18 apiece and Markieff Morris chipped in 10 for Dallas, which won for the fifth time in its past six games.

Anfernee Simons had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead Portland. Jerami Grant had 27 points, Scoot Henderson added 13 and Duop Reath finished with 11. The Blazers trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter and lost their sixth straight game.

Bucks 146, Pistons 114

Damian Lillard scored 33 points, Bobby Portis recorded a double-double with a season-high 31 points and Milwaukee extended visiting Detroit’s franchise-long losing streak to 23 games.

Milwaukee never trailed, scoring the game’s first seven points. The Bucks then went on first-quarter runs of 15-6 and 14-2 to build an early, insurmountable lead.

Cade Cunningham and Bojan Bogdanovic led Detroit with 25 and 24 points, respectively. Marvin Bagley III scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

76ers 135, Hornets 82

Joel Embiid scored 42 points in just three quarters as Philadelphia blew out host Charlotte.

Embiid went 18-for-23 from the field and 6-for-6 on free throws to go with 15 defensive rebounds and two blocked shots. Tyrese Maxey poured in 21 points to go with seven assists, Tobias Harris racked up 15 points and ex-Hornet Kelly Oubre Jr. came off the bench for 12 points as Philadelphia extended its winning streak to six games.

Brandon Miller had 14 points and Bryce McGowens provided 12 for the Hornets, who’ve lost four in a row. Charlotte shot 7-for-35 (20 percent) from 3-point range and gave up more than 30 points in three different quarters.

Cavaliers 127, Hawks 119

Jarrett Allen had team highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Cleveland to a win over visiting Atlanta.

Donovan Mitchell added 22 points and 13 assists for Cleveland, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Isaac Okoro scored 18 points and Dean Wade supplied 16.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 35 points and 10 assists, while Dejounte Murray tallied 21 points. De’Andre Hunter added 18 points for Atlanta, which lost its sixth game in its past seven contests.

Heat 118, Bulls 116

Jimmy Butler hit a step-back jumper over Coby White at the buzzer, leading host Miami to a victory over Chicago.

Butler finished with a game-high 28 points and Kevin Love added 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting from deep for the Heat.

DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and Patrick Williams added 25 for the Bulls. Williams was benched 92 seconds into the game after getting called for two quick fouls. He was scoreless in the first quarter but got going with a 13-point second.

Timberwolves 127, Pacers 109

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 40 points on 15-for-25 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Minnesota cruised to a win over Indiana in Minneapolis.

Anthony Edwards added 37 points on 14-for-23 shooting, including 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc, to lift Minnesota to its 19th win in 24 games to start the season. Naz Reid finished with 17 points off the bench.

Bruce Brown and Aaron Nesmith scored 17 points apiece to lead Indiana, which lost for the second time in as many nights. Myles Turner and Isaiah Jackson finished with 12 points apiece.

Warriors 124, Nets 120

Stephen Curry saved 16 of his team-high 37 points for the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson buried a pair of late 3-pointers and Golden State held off Brooklyn in San Francisco.

Thompson finished with 24 points and four others scored in double figures for the Warriors, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Cam Thomas had a game-high 41 points for the Nets, who had two shots at either a tie or a lead in the final 1:28 before losing for the third time in four outings on a five-game trip.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: VINCENT TROCHECK, RANGERS TOP BRUINS IN OT

Vincent Trocheck scored both goals as the New York Rangers came from behind for a 2-1 overtime win over the host Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Trocheck slotted home Artemi Panarin’s pass from the low left circle at 2:03 of OT to lift New York to its second win in as many games against Boston this season, its second in as many nights and third in four games.

Trocheck also scored the Rangers’ only goal in regulation. His power-play tally with 9:10 left in regulation forced extra time.

Trent Frederic netted the lone goal for Boston, which was 2-0-1 over its previous three games.

Wild 2, Canucks 1 (SO)

Mats Zuccarello scored the only goal in a shootout to give Minnesota its third straight win, beating visiting Vancouver in Saint Paul, Minn.

Frederick Gaudreau scored in regulation for Minnesota, which won for the seventh time in nine games since John Hynes took over as coach on Nov. 27. Goaltender Filip Gustavsson made 35 saves, stopping all three Canucks in the shootout.

Teddy Blueger scored for Vancouver, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Vancouver began a hectic road trip that will see it play four games in just six nights. Goaltender Casey DeSmith finished with 30 saves.

Devils 6, Blue Jackets 3

Jack Hughes collected a hat trick to highlight a game filled with career milestones for visiting New Jersey, which beat Columbus.

Hughes’ second goal was the 100th of his career while Nico Hischier registered his 300th career point by scoring early in the third. The win was the 850th regular-season victory for New Jersey head coach Lindy Ruff, snapping a tie with Ken Hitchcock for fourth most all-time.

Kirill Marchenko, Yegor Chinakhov and Alexandre Texier scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost five of eight (3-4-1) this month. Goalie Daniil Tarasov recorded 24 saves.

Canadiens 5, Islanders 3

Josh Anderson scored twice in a four-goal second period as host Montreal surged ahead before holding on to beat New York.

Joel Armia started Montreal’s four-goal outburst in the final 12:15 of the second when the Canadiens had 21 shots on goal. Anderson scored Montreal’s next two goals and Cole Caufield netted the final goal 15 seconds after Anderson’s second goal.

Brock Nelson scored a short-handed goal and an even-strength tally in the first 3:43 of the third. Bo Horvat also scored and Noah Dobson collected three assists as New York saw an eight-game (6-0-2) points streak halted and fell to 9-2-3 in its past 14 games.

Flyers 1, Red Wings 0

Cam York scored the lone goal to lift host Philadelphia over Detroit.

The Flyers extended their points streak to eight, going 6-0-2 during that stretch.

Red Wings goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 14 shots before leaving the game at 6:50 of the second period with an apparent ankle injury. Ville Husso made all 18 saves the rest of the way.

Maple Leafs 7, Penguins 0

Max Domi had a goal and two assists, Martin Jones earned his first shutout of the season and Toronto defeated visiting Pittsburgh.

Jones was making his second start of the season and stopped 38 shots to earn his 29th career shutout.

Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic in the second period. Nedeljkovic made 18 saves.

Blues 4, Stars 3 (OT)

Colton Parayko scored the game-winning goal in overtime as St. Louis defeated visiting Dallas.

Jordan Kyrou had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who are now 2-0 under interim coach Drew Bannister.

Mason Marchment, Ty Dellandrea and Evgenii Dadonov scored for the Stars. Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves.

Jets 6, Avalanche 2

Gabriel Vilardi scored twice as Winnipeg defeated visiting Colorado.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Alex Iafallo and Vladislav Namestnikov each had a goal and an assist, while Josh Morrissey and Mark Scheifele had two assists apiece. Nino Niederreiter also scored for Winnipeg, while Neal Pionk and Mason Appleton added assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Jonathan Drouin and Jack Johnson scored for Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon notched two assists, while Mikko Rantanen and Valeri Nichushkin had one assist each. Ivan Prosvetov stopped 19 shots.

Coyotes 2, Sabres 0

Karel Vejmelka made 28 saves to help Arizona top Buffalo in Tempe, Ariz.

Clayton Keller and Liam O’Brien scored for the Coyotes, who recorded their second straight shutout. Connor Ingram was in goal for a 1-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 20 saves for the Sabres, who have not won consecutive games since Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

Predators 3, Capitals 1

Juuse Saros remained unbeaten this month after making 21 saves for Nashville in a win against visiting Washington.

Saros came in 5-0-0 in December with a 1.57 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. Colton Sissons, Philip Tomasino and Yakov Trenin scored for the Predators, who have won four in a row and seven of eight.

T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal and Charlie Lindgren made 20 saves for the Capitals, who have lost five of seven.

Panthers 5, Oilers 1

Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including one on a penalty shot, and also had an assist while Carter Verhaeghe had two goals and an assist to lead visiting Florida over Edmonton.

It was the 20th two-goal game of Verhaeghe’s career. Sam Bennett had a goal and two assists, Brandon Montour added a goal and an assist and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Oliver Ekman-Larsson added two assists.

Zach Hyman scored for Edmonton. Connor McDavid extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist on Hyman’s goal, his career-high 11th straight game with an assist. Calvin Pickard finished with 34 saves.

Flames 4, Lightning 2

Calgary used a three-goal second period to beat visiting Tampa Bay and end its four-game skid.

A.J. Greer, MacKenzie Weegar, Yegor Sharangovich and Connor Zary scored for the Flames, while Jordan Oesterle collected two assists. Goaltender Dan Vladar made 31 saves.

Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos each added a goal for the Lightning, who have lost three of their last five games. Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league’s scoring race, collected two assists, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots.

Kings 3, Kraken 2 (OT)

Carl Grundstrom scored in the ninth round of a shootout as Los Angeles defeated host Seattle Kraken.

Trevor Moore and Anze Kopitar tallied in regulation for the Kings, who snapped a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and improved to 12-1-1 on the road this season. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 17 saves through overtime before stopping 6 of 9 Seattle shootout attempts.

Adam Larsson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Kraken, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end. Joey Daccord stopped 36 of 38 shots.

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COLTS NEWS

GARDNER MINSHEW FIRES 3 TDS AS COLTS ROLL PAST STEELERS

Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts rallied from an early 13-point deficit to stop the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 30-13, taking a big step towards earning an AFC wild-card berth.

Minshew completed 18 of 28 passes for 215 yards as the Colts joined Cincinnati, a 27-24 overtime winner over Minnesota earlier Saturday, at 8-6 and in the playoff field if the season ended now.

Mitch Trubisky hit 16 of 23 attempts for 169 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Pittsburgh (7-7) sustained a serious hit to its playoff hopes. The Steelers lost their third straight game and again failed to do enough offensively. They have managed only 41 points in that span.

Minshew gave Indianapolis the lead for good when he found D.J. Montgomery for a 14-yard scoring strike with 22 seconds left in the first half, making it 14-13 at the break. Montgomery started the drive by catching a 34-yard pass and Pittsburgh contributed a 26-yard pass interference flag.

The Colts upped the lead to 21-13 less than two minutes into the third quarter when Minshew connected with Mo-Alie Cox for an 18-yard touchdown, one play after Julian Blackmon recovered a fumble by Najee Harris.

Matt Gay padded Indianapolis’ lead with three field goals later in the second half. The Colts outgained the Steelers 372-216.

T.J. Watt recorded two sacks for the Steelers to raise his season count to 16.

Pittsburgh wasted a good start, accomplished in part because its special teams got the job done while Indianapolis’ special teams failed.

After Gay missed a 56-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, the Steelers cashed in a short field with a 54-yard touchdown drive. Trubisky snuck into the end zone on fourth-and-goal for a 1-yard score with 1:12 left.

Pittsburgh increased the lead to 13-0 just over two minutes later. Two plays after blocking a Rigoberto Sanchez punt and recovering at the 1, Trubisky hit Diontae Johnson in the left front corner of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown.

Minshew got the Colts on the board with 11:21 left in the half on a 16-yard scoring strike to Zack Moss.

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, TIMBERWOLVES 127

Playing on the second night of a back-to-back and without their All-Star, the Pacers hung tough on the road for two quarters with the top team in the Western Conference on Saturday night.

But Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and the Timberwolves (19-5) proved to be too much for undermanned Indiana (13-11) in the second half, pulling away over the final two quarters for a 127-109 victory.

The All-Star duo of Towns and Edwards combined for 77 points. Towns finished with 40 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and three steals, going 15-for-25 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Edwards added 37 points, four assists, and three steals, going 14-for-23 from the field and 7-for-10 from 3-point range.

“This is one of the best teams on the planet,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “These guys have really got it going here. The building is alive. The environment is way different than it used to be…This is a different feeling place and they’ve got some real stars.”

Aaron Nesmith and Bruce Brown each tallied 17 points and five rebounds in the loss for Indiana.

All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton missed his second game of the season on Saturday, sitting out after bruising his left knee in Friday’s loss in Washington.

Travel issues also complicated the Pacers’ preparation for Saturday’s contest. The Blue & Gold had to stay in Washington rather than fly to Minnesota on Friday night and did not arrive in Minneapolis until the afternoon, bussing directly from the airport to the arena.

Obi Toppin scored seven quick points as Indiana jumped out to an early 12-6 lead. The Timberwolves promptly answered with 11 unanswered points, six of them coming from Towns and the other five from Mike Conley.

Towns scored 14 points in the first quarter to propel Minnesota to a 23-20 advantage. Indiana scuffled offensively after its quick start, committing seven turnovers in the opening frame.

The Pacers opened the second quarter with an 8-2 spurt to retake the lead. Nesmith scored five points and rookie Jarace Walker drilled a three in that spurt.

Nesmith and the Blue & Gold remained in front for the majority of the quarter, as the 6-6 swingman knocked down two threes and tallied 13 points in the frame.

But Edwards got hot late in the half for the Timberwolves, hitting four threes over the final 3:44. His fourth trey put Minnesota back in front 55-54 with 1:02 remaining.

Myles Turner hit one of two free throws with 42.3 seconds left to tie the game, but Edwards’ up-and-under move just before the buzzer gave the hosts a two-point advantage entering halftime.

The Timberwolves created some separation after the intermission, coming out of the locker room on fire. Minnesota hit 11 of its first 15 shots in the third quarter, including six of its first seven attempts from beyond the arc, outscoring Indiana 30-16 over the first eight minutes of the frame.

Naz Reid and Troy Brown Jr. capped that hot stretch by alternating threes on four straight possessions to push the Timberwolves’ lead to 87-71. Though Minnesota cooled off a little over the rest of the quarter, the hosts still managed to extend their lead, taking a 95-78 lead into the fourth.

The Timberwolves put the game away quickly in the final frame. Reid hit a three on Minnesota’s first possession, Towns converted a three-point play the next trip down the court, then Towns dished to Reid for a dunk to cap an 8-0 run over the first 1:32 of the quarter and push the margin to 25.

“Given the circumstances, I think that we played hard,” Turner said after the loss. “…I think we had a good fight that first half and just ran out of gas that second half. Give credit to them. They made a bunch of shots the third quarter, especially a bunch of a threes, and made it tough on us.”

Isaiah Jackson finished with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, three rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and three steals in 20 minutes off the bench for Indiana, another strong showing from the third-year big man.

Turner finished with 12 points and five rebounds, going just 2-for-7 from the field but 7-for-8 from the free throw line. T.J. McConnell, starting at point guard in place of Haliburton, tallied 10 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

Reid had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench for Minnesota, going 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Fellow reserve Brown Jr. added 11 points and four assists.

After 12 straight days on the road, the Pacers will now return to Indianapolis. Indiana played two games in Las Vegas for the In-Season Tournament Semifinals and Championship before embarking on a four-game trip that zigzagged across the country with stops in Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, and Minnesota.

The Blue & Gold will play three of their next four games at the friendly confines of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, hosting the Clippers on Monday and Charlotte on Wednesday. After traveling to Memphis on Thursday, they will host Orlando on Dec. 23 in their final game before Christmas.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers gave career-high minutes to three rookies on Saturday. First-round picks Ben Sheppard and Jarace Walker were both in the rotation due to injuries to Haliburton and Andrew Nembhard, with Sheppard matching his career high with eight points and setting new career marks with three rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes and Walker tallying five points, three assists, and a career-best two steals in 24 minutes. Two-way center Oscar Tshiebwe played the final 7:20, tallying eight points and four boards (two offensive), both career highs.

Brown’s 17 points were his most since Dec. 2 in Miami. He also made a 3-pointer in the third quarter to snap an 0-for-14 funk from beyond the arc over his last five and a half games (including the In-Season Tournament Championship game against the Lakers).

Towns reached 40 points for the first time this season and the 12th time in his career.

Sharpshooter Buddy Hield went scoreless in 18 minutes on Saturday, going 0-for-4 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3-point range. It was just the eighth time in his career that Hield did not score in a game in which he played and the first since March 9, 2018.

The Pacers’ 20 points in the first quarter were their fewest in an opening frame this season, although Minnesota’s 23 points were also the least by a Pacers opponent in the first quarter.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Ant (Edwards)’s one of the toughest guards in the league, especially if he’s hitting jumpers. They both had great games tonight. We’ve got to be better on the defensive end. But some of them they hit were tough shots, you’ve just got to tip your cap.” -Brown on Edwards and Towns

“This is an epic trip that we’ve been on. We’ve experienced things that no other team has ever experienced. We played a championship game that doesn’t count on our record. We went through really an epic 24 hours getting here to Minnesota. And our guys never complained. They bounced back from a really lousy night last night…It’s the end of the trip and they battled.” -Carlisle on wrapping up 12 days away from home

“Our young guys got some great experience tonight. They’re showing that they are ready to compete and we continue to have a very competitive situation here for minutes.” -Carlisle

“Jarace earned his minutes tonight with how he played last night. He earned the opportunity to play extended minutes in the first and the second half.” -Carlisle on Walker getting his most playing time of his young career

“I’d say everyone was impressed with his defensive presence and his vision. He made a couple passes today where we were just like, ‘Wow.’ I know Jarace has that in his game.” -Sheppard on Walker’s performance

“I think their poise was big tonight. Shepp’s got a couple opportunities. I was really proud. Jarace got his real opportunity tonight. Jarace has a good feel for the game, good point guard instincts. He hit some shots and played some good defense. He’ll get more opportunities.” -Turner on Walker and Sheppard’s play

Stat of the Night

The Timberwolves outscored Indiana by 36 points from 3-point range on Saturday. Minnesota went 18-for-30 (60 percent) from beyond the arc, while Indiana was just 6-for-21 (28.6 percent). Edwards made more threes (seven) than the entire Pacers team.

Noteworthy

The Timberwolves have won five straight games against the Pacers, sweeping the season series in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The two teams will meet once more this season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 7.

Indiana is now 1-3 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

With 12 points on Saturday, Turner surpassed 7,000 career points. Turner now has 7,003 career points over eight-plus seasons in Indiana, which ranks 10th in NBA franchise history.

After signing with the Pacers on Friday, veteran forward James Johnson made his season debut on Saturday, playing the final 3:12 and pulling down two rebounds. The 36-year-old Johnson has now played in 15 NBA seasons.

Up Next

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL COLLECT 5,875 TEDDY BEARS IN FRONT OF SELLOUT CROWD ON SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night for their annual Teddy Bear Toss game. In front of a sold out crowd of 6,319 fans, the Fuel collected 5,875 stuffed animals in a thrilling game that ultimately ended 3-2 in Kalamazoo’s favor.

1ST PERIOD

Kalamazoo’s Justin Taylor got on the score sheet first with a tripping penalty, giving the Fuel the first power play of the game. After killing that off, Indy took their first penalty of the game, a tripping call on Jon Martin.

Just twenty seconds after that, Erik Bradford took a hooking penalty to force almost two minutes of 4-on-4 play.

About twelve minutes into the first period, it appeared the Fuel scored and the lamp was lit allowing over five thousand bears to fly to the ice. Unfortunately, the play was reviewed and it was not a goal. The score remained 0-0.

At the end of the first period, the Fuel were outshooting Kalamazoo 10-7.

2ND PERIOD

3:28 into the second frame, Ayden MacDonald scored, giving Kalamazoo the 1-0 lead. Pilon and Taylor both claimed assists on this goal.

At 11:14, Pilon took a cross-checking penalty giving the Fuel another power play opportunity but they were able to kill it off.

Three minutes later, Tanner Sorenson scored to give the K-Wings a 2-0 lead.

Indy outshot Kalamazoo once again during the second period, however the K-Wings kept the lead headed into the third.

3RD PERIOD

41 seconds into the third period, David Keefer scored to make it 3-0 for Kalamazoo.

At 1:40, Sorenson took a slashing penalty that resulted in a power play goal for the Fuel from the stick of Colin Bilek. Bryan Lemos and Cam Hillis claimed assists on that goal.

After a pause because even more teddy bears made their way to the ice, game play continued.

At 11:36, Kyle Maksimovich scored to make it 3-2 with Kalamazoo still holding a lead. Bilek and Hillis both got their second points of the game with assists.

DJ King took a slashing penalty at 15:28 to give Kalamazoo a late-period power play. Additionally, at 17:03, Fuel captain Seamus Malone took a cross-checking penalty.

After pulling Zach Driscoll from goal, Kalamazoo’s captain Chazz Reddekopp took a delay of game penalty after sitting on the puck along the boards. This gave 33.6 seconds of 6-on-4 for the Fuel, however the K-Wings were able to clear the zone and time expired before Indy could complete the comeback.

Despite outshooting Kalamazoo 26-19, Indy fell 3-2 but sold out Indiana Farmers Coliseum for the second time this season, collected 5,875 teddy bears to donate to WRTV’s Toy Drive and eclipse 40,000 total bears thrown in the Fuel’s ten years at the Coliseum.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on December 27, 2023 for Teacher Appreciation Night against the Wheeling Nailers.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA FALLS LATE TO NO. 2/2 KANSAS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Trey Galloway attacked. Boy, did he attack. Indiana’s senior guard drove the lane as if it was his birthright Saturday afternoon, as if Kansas defenders were a myth, as if he had channeled Isiah Thomas and nothing would stop him except his own hesitancy.

He didn’t hesitate.

It was almost enough.

On Saturday afternoon, amid a rocking, sold-out Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Galloway led a Hoosier onslaught that pushed No. 2 Kansas to the limit, but not beyond.

A 13-point second-half lead became a painful 75-71 defeat that fueled thoughts of what might have been.

“Kansas is a great team with a lot of experienced guys, a lot of championship DNA,” Galloway said. “We’ll learn from this.

“It hurts and stings, but there are a lot of good things to take away.”

A victory would have blasted away any lingering doubts from earlier Connecticut and Auburn disappointments, and demonstrated this was a team to be reckoned with on the Big Ten and national stages.

The Hoosiers (7-3) might still get there, but work remains.

“We didn’t make the plays defensively we needed to make in a game like this,” coach Mike Woodson said, “but this is a game we can build on.

“After the Auburn game, I didn’t know which way we’d go. Kansas did everything it needed to do down the stretch to win. We just didn’t get it done.”

For most of the game, IU did. It attacked, attacked and attacked some more. It scored by layup, dunk, free throw and, yes, 3-pointer (it made six of them, double its season average).

Galloway was the catalyst with 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting. That was basically the same number of points he’d scored in his previous three games combined.

“He had a good game,” Woodson said. “That was good to see. He’s had his ups and downs this season. I hope he can build on this.”

Galloway took advantage of the extra defensive attention Kansas put on IU inside players Kel’el Ware, Malik Reneau and Mackenzie Mgbako.

“The big thing was for our guards to be aggressive,” Galloway said. “We saw what they did to our bigs. We had to step up. I got downhill.

“Overall, there were many things I could improve on.”

Woodson said he didn’t tell Galloway to be more aggressive for this game.

“I encourage him to play hard and do the things he’s capable of doing. He finally displayed that. Nobody is holding him back.”

Kansas (10-1) never led until the closing few minutes. In the end, it made two more free throws and one more basket, and made the key down-the-stretch plays while holding the Hoosiers to 33% second-half shooting. Center Hunter Dickinson, the former Michigan standout, bounced back from a 3-point airball to total 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Fatigue might have played a part.

Woodson shortened the rotation, basically going with seven players. All the starters played at least 24 minutes. Galloway and freshman guard Gabe Cupps played the entire second half.

“I thought fatigued set in,” Woodson said, pointing to Galloways three second-half turnovers. “That’s normally not him. I think (playing the starters so many minutes) hurt us a little bit.”

Galloway didn’t want to use that as an excuse.

“You can say that, but you can’t focus on that,” he said. “Their starting five played a lot of minutes, and played through foul trouble.”

Heavy starter minutes is typical for Kansas (four of its five starters played at least 36 minutes). Woodson entering the game planning on matching that.

“We knew it would be our starting five against their starting five,” he said. “Their starting five won out.”

Kansas came in as the nation’s best passing team. IU negated that with defensive ferocity that squeezed off the passing lanes and contested everything but breathing. It forced 11 turnovers that helped it have a 14-9 edge in points off turnovers.

It was almost enough.

“We rebounded (from the Auburn loss), but didn’t win,” Woodson said. “We’ll go back to work and get ready for our next two games.”

That would be Tuesday against Morehead State and Thursday against North Alabama, both at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

“We’ll watch the film and learn,” Galloway said. “The great thing is we have another opportunity on Tuesday to bounce back.”

Mgbako finally missed a free throw. He opened his career with 23 straight, including his first two against Kansas, before missing. He finished with 14 points.

Ware had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Reneau had 13 points.

For the first time in a decade, IU coordinated a “stripe out” to boost a crowd that lacked its typical student numbers because of semester break.

Before the game, IU honored Hoosier legend George McGinnis (a former ABA and NBA superstar), who passed away last week.

Multiple ex-Hoosiers attended, including Christian Watford, Race Thompson, and Rob Phinesee.

At the start, IU unleashed its full-throttle attack — can you say slashing Galloway? — for an 8-2 lead to force an early Kansas timeout.

The Hoosiers continued to attack with Ware, Reneau and Mgbako boosting them to an 18-11 advantage after eight minutes.

Kansas closed to 24-21. IU responded with an 8-0 run and a 32-21 lead.

By halftime, the Hoosiers led 40-32 with Galloway and Mgbako combining for 24 points. They led in shooting (54 to 34%), rebounding (22-17), points in the paint (22-18), and fast-break points (11-4).

A frantic four minutes to open the second half included Reneau and Mgbako each picking up his third foul, and Mgbako and Galloway hitting 3-pointers, followed by a Galloway layup.

The result — a 50-37 Hoosier lead.

Kansas cut it to 56-50, drawing Mgbako’s fourth foul in the process. Ten minutes remained. Two minutes later, the lead was three. Two minutes after that, it was 59-58.

A Dickinson hook shot over Ware gave the Jayhawks their first lead, at 62-61with 4:45 left. Fifteen seconds later, Reneau got IU back in front with his own inside basket.

A 3-pointer pushed Kansas ahead 69-64 as the clock ticked under three minutes.

A layup and a 3-pointer from Galloway made it a two-point game at 71-69 with 55 seconds left.

The Hoosiers couldn’t get any closer.

“I don’t think our defensive intensity was there in the second half like it was in the first half and the start of the second half,” Woodson said. “They picked up their defensive intensity.

“We played a solid game, but they made the solid plays down the stretch. That was the difference.”

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 3 PURDUE DEFEATS NO. 1 ARIZONA IN INDIANAPOLIS; 3RD WIN EVER OVER NO. 1 RANKED TEAM

No. 3 Purdue 92, No. 1 Arizona 84 (Postgame Notes)

The No. 3-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team improved to 10-1 overall with a 92-84 win over No. 1-ranked Arizona at the Indy Classic in Indianapolis. The win was Purdue’s third straight victory.

Purdue won for the first time since Nov. 2000 (also against Arizona in Indianapolis), against a No. 1-ranked team and is now 3-19 against No. 1-ranked team in school history.

Purdue’s 92 points against the No. 1-ranked Wildcats were its most in school history against a No. 1-ranked team. In its last five meetings against No. 1, Purdue didn’t surpass 64 points.

With the win today, Purdue has now defeated teams ranked No. 4, 6, 7, 9, 19, 41 and 52 in the latest KenPom rankings.

The win was Purdue’s nation-leading fifth quad-1 win and ninth quad-1, 2 and 3 wins combined. No other team has more than seven quad-1, 2 and 3 wins combined.

The win was Purdue’s 33rd straight regular-season, non-conference victory and is now just wins over Jacksonville (Thursday) and Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 29) from its third straight unbeaten record in the regular season against non-conference teams.

During the 33-game stretch, Purdue has wins over Notre Dame, North Carolina, Villanova, Florida State (2x), North Carolina State, Butler, Marquette (2x), West Virginia, Gonzaga (2x), Duke, Davidson, Xavier, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona.

Including today, there have been nine games involving top-11 teams in the country. Purdue has been involved in four of them and has won all four (Gonzaga, Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona).

Purdue entered the year having never won a top-5 vs. top-5 matchup. It has now won two straight this year (Marquette, Arizona).

Purdue snapped Arizona’s 19-game regular-season, non-conference winning streak – which ranked second behind Purdue (now 33).

Purdue has faced five top-5 ranked offenses this year at the time of the game. It has held all five opponents under their pregame scoring average.

Purdue has now won 115 straight games when scoring 90 or more points.

Purdue is now 13-5 against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2021-22 season.

Purdue has won 32 straight games when making 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.

Matt Painter tied Lou Henson for fourth place on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list with 423.

Purdue had three players score 20 or more points for the first time since Nov. 20, 2021, vs. North Carolina and for just the seventh time since the 1979-80 season.

Fletcher Loyer tied his career high with 27 points and set a new career high with four steals. He also added three assists. Loyer surpassed 500 career points in the victory.

Braden Smith was one of his career high with 26 points and he added four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Zach Edey tallied 22 points with nine rebounds, a career-high five assists with two steals and one block. Edey surpassed 1,800 career points and moved into second place on the school’s career rebounds list with 964. He also moved into fifth place on the school’s career blocked shots list with 175.

INDIANAPOLIS — Fletcher Loyer tied a career high with 27 points, Braden Smith added 26 and No. 3 Purdue beat No. 1 Arizona 92-84 on Saturday.

Loyer was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers, and Smith was 4 of 7 while falling one point shy of his career high.

Zach Edey added 22 points and nine rebounds, with the 7-foot-4 All-American handling the middle while Smith and Loyer supplied the outside spark in the Indy Classic.

The Boilermakers (10-1) handed the Wildcats their first loss while defeating a No. 1-ranked team for the first time since beating Arizona 72-69 on Nov. 25, 2000, which also was played in Indianapolis.

Caleb Love scored 29 points, and Keshad Johnson added 24 for the Wildcats (8-1). Oumar Ballo added 13 points.

The Boilermakers shot 54% while the Wildcats shot 52%. Purdue held a 32-26 rebounding edge. Each team had 13 turnovers.

The Boilermakers led 67-52 before the Wildcats answered with an 11-0 run to close the deficit to 67-63.

Loyer scored 18 and Smith 14 in the first half to help the Boilermakers take a 49-38 halftime lead. Each team shot 57% in the first half.

With the game tied at 30-all, Loyer sank two consecutive 3-pointers to start a 9-0 run.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE RENEWS RIVALRY AT NOTRE DAME ON SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The rivalry is back. The Purdue women’s basketball team will travel to South Bend to face No. 14/12 Notre Dame for the first time in the regular season since 2012-13. Tipoff from Purcell Pavilion is set for noon.

Roy Philpott and Purdue legend Stephanie White will have the call for the ACC Network.

The Voice of Purdue Women’s Basketball Tim Newton will call his 999th game for the Boilermakers alongside his longtime partner Jane Schott on 95.3 BOB FM for the Purdue Radio Network.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (6-4) at No. 14/12 Notre Dame (7-1)

Sunday, Dec. 17

Time: Noon

TV/Stream: ACC Network

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers dropped their opening Big Ten game of the season at Minnesota 60-58. Purdue held a four-point lead with a little over a minute to play, before the Golden Gophers closed on a 7-1 run, capped by a late Purdue turnover and foul. Jeanae Terry nearly recorded another non-point double-double with 15 rebounds and nine assists. Madison Layden led the way offensively with 17 points, 16 of which came during a 6-of-6 third quarter.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 14-13.

• The two clubs last met in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, when Purdue fell in overtime 92-88.

• With her 200th career steal on Sunday at Minnesota, Jeanae Terry joined Iowa’s Samanatha Logic as the only players in Big Ten history to reach the 800-rebound, 600-assist and 200-steal club.

• Purdue’s freshman class ranks second in the Big Ten with a combined 21.9 points per game.

• Purdue will look for its fourth ranked win under head coach Katie Gearlds. Purdue defeated No. 17 Florida State in 2021-22, before back-to-back wins over No. 22 Illinois and No. 2 Ohio State last year, the latter being the first true road win over an AP Top-5 team in program history.

• Sunday will be a homecoming for a trio of first-year Boilermakers as Rashunda Jones, Mila and Amiyah Reynolds return to South Bend where they created a dynasty at South Bend Washington rewriting the record books and taking the Panthers to the 2022 IHSAA 3A State Championship. The trio went 68-17 over three seasons on the same team under head coach Steven Reynolds Jr., Mila and Amiyah’s father.

• Jeanae Terry recorded the only non-point double-double in the nation against SEMO. Entering Sunday with 7.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, she is one of four players nationally (Caitlin Clark – Iowa, Kiki Rice – UCLA, Jenna Annecchiarico – Charleston) averaging over six rebounds and assists per game.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson took over the top spot in Big Ten rookie rebounding at 5.5 rebounds per game with a career-high 11 boards against Minnesota. The New York City native and fellow freshman Rashunda Jones are two of the five Big Ten freshmen averaging over nine points and three rebounds per game.

• Purdue has held eight opponents to 60 or fewer points this year, tied for fifth most in the nation this year.

• Madison Layden has found her shooting touch behind the arc with 21 triples over the last six games. Layden is shooting 49.1% from distance to lead the Big Ten and rank 21st nationally. Her 26 triples on the year sits fourth in the league. Layden has five games this season with four or more 3-pointers, tied for fifth most in the nation among major conferences.

• Abbey Ellis scored in double figures in all 10 games this season. The Australian international is fifth in the Big Ten at an 87.2 free throw clip. Her 88.1% clip for her career in West Lafayette ranks second in program history behind Courtney Moses.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH DROP OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER TO GEORGETOWN, 72-68

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It was a rollercoaster of emotions inside Purcell Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame men’s basketball rallied down nine against Georgetown in the second half to take a lead with eight seconds remaining. However, the Hoyas got the tying basket with 1.2 seconds left and then won in overtime by the score of 72-68. As a result, the Fighting Irish drop to 4-6 on the season while the Hoyas improved to 7-4.

Four Irish finished in double figures, led by 17 points from Markus Burton. The freshman point guard had 12 points in the second half plus overtime. Julian Roper II and J.R. Konieczny produced 13 points each, as the latter flirted with a double-double with eight rebounds. Braeden Shrewsberry also secured double-digit points with 10.

Notre Dame shot 39.4 percent from the field and went 8-of-32 from deep. Georgetown won the battle of the boards 39-36.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Georgetown utilized an early 7-0 scoring run to jump out to an 18-13 lead, going 8-of-13 from the field. Notre Dame rode behind great starts from Konieczny and Roper II then took back the lead at 23-22 after a driving layup from Shrewsberry.

Speaking of Roper II, he later had a #SCTop-10 moment when he drove the length of the court then had a circus backwards layup. Moments later, Matt Zona recorded an offensive board and putback, bringing the home crowd to its feet and forcing a Georgetown timeout with the Irish up 27-24.

Defensively, the Irish held the Hoyas to without a field goal for nearly an eight-minute stretch the first half. Offensively, the Irish rode the wave of momentum to a 12-2 run and 35-26 lead. However, the Hoyas fired back with a 7-0 scoring spree in 90 seconds to cut it to a one-possession game at the half, with ND up 35-33.

At the halfway point, all eight Irish players who saw playing time had points in a very balanced attack.

The Hoyas, who finished the first half strong, started the second half that way as well with a 15-4 start to go up 48-39. Out of the media timeout the offense picked up a little steam with a Booth three-pointer and four points from Burton which cut the deficit to five points.

With 7:45 remaining, a five-point flurry from Shrewsberry, plus a free throw from Roper II, made it a one-possession game with the Irish down 55-52. Fast forward to the 3:31 media timeout and Konieczny earned a steal and breakaway dunk to keep the Irish within striking distance at 58-54.

Later, four straight points from Roper II had the Irish knocking at the door down two, then stout defensive play led to a Davis slam to tie the game at 60-all with 1:25 on the clock. Fast forward again to 27.8 seconds left, the game still tied at 60, and the Irish had the ball coming out of a timeout. Burton drove the lane and secured the go-ahead layup.

Yet, with only eight seconds remaining, Georgetown drove the length of the floor and answered with a layup of their own. With 1.2 now left, Burton’s full-court heave nearly went in so Notre Dame and Georgetown settled for overtime.

Buton had all six of Notre Dame’s points in overtime. Notre Dame was up 68-67 with 1:38 left but Georgetown’s Massoud hit a digger three to gain a lead they would never surrender. The Irish did get an opportunity down two to either tie or take the lead, but Njie’s three was blocked.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue the lengthy homestand with Citadel on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT TO LINDENWOOD, 73-67

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team nearly overcame a 13-point second half deficit before ultimately falling short to Lindenwood on Saturday inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 73-67. Junior Jlynn Counter tallied a season-high 23 points, including hitting 13-of-14 at the charity stripe, and DJ Jackson added 14 points in his first start of the season.

Keenon Cole hit 11-of-19 shots for Lindenwood (5-6) en route to a game-high 26 points for the victors.

After a slow start, IUPUI (3-9) shot 56 percent in the opening half and ultimately took a 37-35 lead into the half. However, Lindenwood opened the second half with the first nine points to build a seven-point lead.

The Jaguars were forced to play uphill as the Lions built a double-digit lead, peaking at 60-47 with 8:14 to play.

However, IUPUI rallied furiously, eventually tying the score at 62 all with 3:43 left on Vincent Brady II’s twisting left-handed layup. Lindenwood countered with a Colin Ruffin jumper on its next possession and never relinquished the lead. The Jags had a chance to make it a one possession game after Counter blocked a shot to force a defensive stop with 44 seconds left. However, Bryce Monroe misfired on a drive and Lindenwood took possession on a jump ball situation to essentially seal the victory.

Lindenwood finished the game shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 22-of-27 (81.5 percent) from the charity stripe. IUPUI closed at 43.1 percent overall and hit 84 percent from the free throw line.

Jackson scored his 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and also collected three steals. Monroe and Brady each scored seven points and Qwanzi Samuels contributed six points and a game-high nine rebounds.

IUPUI forced 17 Lindenwood turnovers and outscored the Lions 18-11 in points off turnovers.

The Jaguars will continue their four-game homestand on Thursday (Dec. 21) when they host Defiance College at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

FURIOUS SECOND HALF RALLY FALLS SHORT FOR CARDINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Ball State men’s basketball team rallied from a 23-point deficit midway through the second half to get within four points (76-72) at the 1:35 mark, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 83-72 to Indiana State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon in the Indy Classic Powered by Gainbridge.

The Cardinals (8-3) started strong with early 7-1 and 14-8 leads, but the Sycamores (10-1) closed the half on a 32-15 scoring run to go into the break up 40-29. Trent Middleton Jr. hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second of which coming at the 5:40 mark, to tie the score at 25-25.

Indiana State closed the first period strong and opened the second half on a 21-9 run to increase its edge to 61-38 with 13:20 to play. The Cardinals steadily cut into the Sycamore’s advantage, culminating with a Jalin Anderson 3-pointer at the top of the key with a minute-and-a-half to play to get within striking distance. Indiana State’s leading scorer Isaiah Swope hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to clinch the win.

Anderson went for 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, hitting multiple jumpers early and late in the game to provide an offensive spark for the Cardinals, who shot 43.3 percent (26 of 60) from the field, including 45.8 percent (11 of 24) from beyond the arc.

True freshman Mason Jones scored seven straight points for Ball State late in the game to get the Cardinals within striking distance and scored 10 of his career-best 12 points in the second half. Junior guard Davion Bailey came back for his first game in three weeks (injury) to score 12 points in 23 minutes, adding back-to-back 3-pointers of his own in the middle of the second period to aid in the comeback effort.

Basheer Jihad (10 points, six rebounds) and Mickey Pearson Jr. (seven points, five rebounds) both recorded their 500th career points during the game, which represented Ball State’s first neutral site contest on the calendar. Middleton Jr. finished with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.

Indiana State’s Ryan Conwell went for a game-high 27 points to lead the Sycamores to victory. Indiana State, who led NCAA Division I in effective field goal percentage entering Saturday, shot 51.9 percent (28-54) for the game, but 37.5 percent (9-24) from distance. The Sycamores doubled up the Cardinals at the free throw line (18-23 compared to 9-12).

Ball State is scheduled to play at Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on Thursday in the Cardinals final nonconference game and final game before the calendar turns to 2024.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU TOPS CARDINALS IN GAINBRIDGE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State jumped out to a 23-point lead early in the second half and held off a late Ball State rally as the Sycamores topped the Cardinals inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the first game of the Indy Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Conwell scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting as the Indianapolis native utilized a variety of driving layups and three-pointers on his way to a career-night in front of his hometown fans. The sophomore scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half including going 4-for-6 from behind the arc to propel the Sycamores (10-1) to the win against their in-state rivals.

Overall, four Sycamores scored double-digits in the game with Isaiah Swope (18), Robbie Avila (14), and Julian Larry (11) all hitting the mark on Saturday afternoon. Avila added a game-high seven assists as ISU continued to show off its trademark offense assisting on 17 of the 28 made baskets in the game.

Ball State opened the game with a quick 7-1 lead in the first 90 seconds of the game and held the lead throughout the first 10 minutes of play. The Sycamores took the lead for the first time from a tough Ryan Conwell and-one under the basket with 10:43 remaining in the half, 18-17.

After a short stint when BSU regained the lead, Indiana State jumped out to an 11-point lead from an 11-0 run, now leading 36-25. Conwell and Avila each knocked down a pair of baskets in the spurt, leading to the Sycamores taking the 11-point lead into the halftime break, 40-29.

Indiana State started hot to begin the second half, jumping to a 20-point lead after Conwell drained two threes, and ISU led by as many as 23 with 13:20 remaining, 61-38.

Ball State battled back towards the end of the second half, cutting the deficit to six points with 3:18 on the clock, 73-67. Avila converted on a triple to extend the lead back to nine, but five-straight points from the Cardinals cut the lead down to four points, 76-72.

Swope made a three-pointer with 1:13 remaining to put the game out of reach, and Larry made a pair of free throws with 39 seconds remaining to seal the victory, 83-72.

News & Notes

Indiana State improved to 10-1 as the Sycamores became the second team in the MVC to hit double-digit wins on the season.

The Sycamores’ nine-game winning streak marks the longest win streak since ISU won 33 in a row during the 1978-79 season.

ISU’s 10-1 start marks the best start in the Coach Schertz era surpassing the 9-1 start last season.

It marks ISU’s best start with a loss since the Sycamores started 16-1 in the 1976-77 season under Coach Bob King.

Ryan Conwell’s 27-point performance marked a season-high for the Sycamore guard and the second time he hit the 20-point mark in 2023-24. His first (25) came in the season opener against St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Sycamores’ nine three-pointers in the contest marked just the third time in the 2023-24 season ISU has not hit double-digits from behind the arc. It snapped a two-game streak where ISU hit 14 against Bradley and 11 against Northern Illinois.

Saturday afternoon’s game marked ISU’s first neutral site win over Ball State in the first competition not in either Terre Haute or Muncie since the 2019 season when the teams played in what was then known as Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ISU was 0-2 against BSU in neutral site games prior to Saturday’s win.

ISU’s 83 points in the win marked the fourth consecutive game the Sycamores have scored 80-plus points and ninth overall on the season.

The Sycamores move to 8-1 in non-conference play with two games to play in the non-MVC slate on the year.

Saturday afternoon marked the first time Jayson Kent has not scored double-digits as the junior forward finished the game with nine points. He increased his dunking totals by two on Saturday with dunks in both the first and second halves against the Cardinals.

ISU improves to 76-62 all-time with Saturday’s win over Ball State dating to the inaugural meeting in 1919.

Junior Aaron Gray made his 2023-24 debut on the court for Indiana State after being declared eligible for the contest. The Providence, R.I. native played five minutes finishing with a rebound and an assist off the bench.

FIVE-GAME ROAD SWING BEGINS SUNDAY FOR SYCAMORES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins a stretch of five straight games away from home Sunday evening when it takes on Ohio.

Tipoff from the Convocation Center in Athens is set for 6 p.m., with the game being carried on ESPN+

Last Time Out

Mya Glanton led a quartet of Indiana State players in double-figures with 20 points Sunday afternoon, helping the Sycamores to a 65-57 win over Southeast Missouri State inside Hulman Center.

Kiley Bess added 16 for the Blue and White, while Asia Donald came off the bench to score 13 for the Sycamores. Chelsea Cain finished with 11 points for the Sycamores, who led by as many as 18 in the game. Glanton, Cain and Bella Finnegan grabbed five rebounds each, while Cain also dished out five assists.

Indiana State shot the ball well across the game, opening up a double-digit lead in the first quarter thanks to a strong paint presence. The Sycamore offense clicked in the third quarter, with Glanton exploiting SEMO’s zone on multiple occasions for easy baskets down low. Indiana State built its lead to as many as 18 following three straight layups from Glanton, but the visiting Redhawks battled back. SEMO cut it to a two-possession game late, but Indiana State’s defense held strong and the Sycamores sealed out their second straight win from the line.

Lockdown

Indiana State’s defense was a major factor in the Sycamores’ 65-57 win over Southeast Missouri State. The Sycamores limited SEMO to a 19-for-51 performance from the field (37.5 percent), while the Redhawks hit just one 3-pointer against the Sycamores.

Indiana State also forced 19 Southeast Missouri State turnovers and was plus-seven (33-26) in rebound margin against the Redhawks.

Spread the Wealth

Indiana State has found balance in its offense in recent weeks, with the Sycamores having four double-digit scorers in four of the last five games. Kiley Bess (12.6 ppg), Bella Finnegan (11.3 ppg), Chelsea Cain (11.1 ppg) and Mya Glanton (10.5 ppg) are all averaging double-figure scoring for the season, while Asia Donald has averaged 10.5 points per game over the last four games.

The balanced scoring effort for the Sycamores has also coincided with Indiana State going 3-1 over its last four games with wins over Radford, Central Michigan and Southeast Missouri State.

Return to the MAC

Sunday’s game is Indiana State’s third against a Mid-American Conference opponent this season, as the Sycamores are 1-1 against MAC foes in the 2023-24 campaign.

Indiana State is 2-4 against MAC foes under head coach Chad Killinger and 52-35 all-time against MAC foes. Ball State is the most common MAC opponent for the Sycamores, with 32 all-time meetings in the series. Buffalo is the only MAC opponent that Indiana State has not previously faced.

Newcomer Making Noise

Indiana State guard Kiley Bess picked up her second MVC Newcomer of the Week honor this week after helping the Sycamores earn their first home win of the season.

Bess finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in the 65-57 win over Southeast Missouri State, and did not have a turnover in her 33 minutes of playing time.

Bess leads Indiana State in scoring at 12.6 points per game, and also ranks among the Sycamores leaders in rebounds (third, 4.8), assists (second, 2.6) and steals (second, 1.4).

Magic Numbers

Indiana State has been tough to beat when scoring 70 or more points under Chad Killinger. The Sycamores have scored 70-plus points 18 times under Killinger and are 15-3 in those games, including a 2-0 mark this season. Included in that mark is an 8-0 record when scoring 80 or more points. Indiana State has won those eight games by an average of 19 points.

The Sycamores have also been hard to beat when their opponents fail to put up high point totals. Indiana State is 14-4 over the last two seasons when allowing fewer than 60 points, including a 4-0 mark in games where the Trees allowed less than 50 points and a 2-0 mark this season. All of Indiana State’s wins when allowing less than 50 points have come by double-digits.

Ohio at a Glance

Ohio enters Sunday’s game at 2-5 and has lost each of its last three games. The Bobcats’ wins this year have come over Dayton and IUPUI, while their current losing streak includes setbacks against Power Five opponents Ohio State and Syracuse.

Jaya McClure leads the Bobcats in scoring at 13.7 points per game, while seven different players average at least five points per game for Ohio. Madi Mace averages a team-leading 4.6 rebounds per game, while McClure has dished out more than four assists per game.

Bob Boldon is in his 11th season as the head coach at Ohio and his 187 wins at the helm of the Bobcats are the most in program history. Boldon has led Ohio to five postseason appearances in his tenure, including a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2015.

Series History Against Ohio

Indiana State and Ohio have split the two meetings in the all-time series, with Sunday’s game being the first between the two schools in Athens.

Ohio won last year’s meeting between the teams in Terre Haute, while Indiana State won the first-ever meeting between the teams in the 1973-74 MAIAW Tournament.

Last Meeting Against Ohio (Nov. 26, 2022)

Bella Finnegan led Indiana State with 10 points, but four Ohio players in double-figures paced the Bobcats to a 74-62 win over the Sycamores inside Hulman Center.

Ella Sawyer had nine points off the bench, while Chelsea Cain and Anna McKendree had eight apiece with Natalia Lalic and Mya Glanton each adding seven. McKendree also had eight rebounds and five assists.

After a high-octane opening quarter, Indiana State struggled to get in a rhythm as Ohio State led for the entirety of the last 30 minutes. The Sycamores got within one early in the third quarter following a McKendree 3-pointer, but an efficient second half from the visitors gave the Sycamores their second straight loss.

Up Next

Indiana State closes the non-conference portion of its schedule Wednesday at Purdue, with tipoff from Mackey Arena slated for 11 a.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE FORT WAYNE CRUISES TO 86-63 VICTORY OVER BETHUNE-COOKMAN

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Five Mastodons scored in double-figures in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball’s 86-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday (Dec. 16). The ‘Dons limited the Wildcats to just six field goals in the second half.

Jalen Jackson led the ‘Dons with 17 points. Anthony Roberts and Quinton Morton-Robertson each added 15 while Rasheed Bello and Eric Mulder each had 12. The Mastodons shot 51.9 percent from the field and hit 12 threes in the win. The ‘Dons held Bethune-Cookman to just three triples including just one three in the second half.

The Wildcats led for most of the first half, but Roberts led the ‘Dons on a 10-0 run to close out the half and let Purdue Fort Wayne take a 45-39 lead into the locker room.

The Mastodons never trailed in the second half and outscored Bethune-Cookman 41-24. The ‘Dons limited B-CU to 6-of-23 in the second half (26.1 percent). Jackson led the ‘Dons with nine in the half and Roberts added eight, including an emphatic steal and slam dunk that helped set the tone early in the half.

The home team’s defense also played a part in their 23-point victory. The ‘Dons totaled 13 steals and turned those into 23 points while only surrendering four steals and six points off turnovers to their opponent. Roberts led the team with five steals while Mulder (3) and Bello (2) also added multiple steals.

Mulder had eight rebounds with Roberts and Maximus Nelson each pulling down seven boards. Roberts also finished with five assists. Mulder is 11-of-11 over his last two games.

Bethune-Cookman’s Dhashon Dyson led all scorers with 22 points.

The win is the Mastodons’ 20th consecutive home non-league victory.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 11-1 and Bethune-Cookman falls to 5-5. It’s the first time Purdue Fort Wayne has reached 11-1 since the 1988-89 season. The Mastodons travel to face Pittsburgh on Wednesday (Dec. 20) for their final non-league matchup of the regular season.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS FIRST HOME WIN AGAINST LINDENWOOD

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A second chance layup and two free throws sealed the win for the University of Evansville women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon.

With coaches donned in festive apparel for the holiday season, the Aces beat the Lindenwood Lions 70-68 on Saturday. It was UE’s first home win of the 2023-24 season after three close attempts over the past month. Four players scored in double-figures while freshman forward Maggie Hartwig had her third double-double of the year.

“I’m really really proud of our resiliency,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the win. “I wish we would stop digging ourselves such a big hole. But we’ve shown that we have the ability to get back in the game so we don’t quit. Finally, we came out on the winning side of one of those close games. I’m proud of our girls and I’m proud of our fourth-quarter play to get the win,”.

Evansville started Saturday’s contest with a bang as guard Alana Striverson sunk a wide-open three for the early lead. The Lions matched the three seconds later, establishing the back-and-forth pace of the first quarter. A seven-point run midway through the first put UE down by six. But guard Madlena Gerke started to heat up, getting the offense going to only trail by four when the quarter ended.

The Aces retook the lead in the second quarter on a guard Julia Palomo’s first three of the day. But with 5:07 left in the first half, Evansville hit a cold shooting streak. UE didn’t make a basket for the next five minutes for a 12-point hole. A last-second layup from guard Kynidi Mason Striverson broke the Aces scoreless run to make it a 10-point game going into the second half.

It was another hot start to the second half for Evansville with five points in the first minute of play. The teams traded shots after the first 60 seconds as UE got back within five thanks to a three from guard Lexie Sinclair and free throws from Hartwig and Gerke. But the Aces’ shooting woes returned as Lindenwood broke out on a 10-point run for another double-digit deficit. With just under two minutes in the third Evansville trailed by 18 for its largest hole of the game. UE headed into the final frame with 16 points to make up in 10 minutes.

Momentum swung back in the Aces favor in the fourth quarter as Gerke hit a three to start a seven-point run. The Lions cut into the run with an attempt at the line but it didn’t slow down Evansville’s pace with two back-to-back field goals. Midway through the quarter layups were traded but a trey from Hartwig with five minutes on the clock began a 12-2 run.

Center Barbora Tomancova got the game within one for UE with an and-one opportunity at the line. While she missed the free throw, Hartwig fought two Lindenwood players for the offensive rebound to make the second chance layup to take the lead. The Lions tied the game back up with a free throw, but an identical opportunity came for Palomo with two seconds left. Palomo hit both shots from the charity stripe with ease, giving the Aces the 70-68 win.

Hartwig, Mason Striverson, Gerke, and Tomancova all had double-digit performances for Evansville on Saturday. Hartwig also led the team on defense with 12 rebounds and a steal. Tomancova was UE’s block leader with two while Gerke added her fifth of the season. The Aces also benefited from 17 assists and more second-chance points down the stretch.

It will be a quick turnaround for Evansville as they head up to Bloomington on Monday, Dec. 18. UE will face the no. 15 team in the nation in the Hoosiers on Monday night. Tip-off from Assembly Hall is set for 6 p.m. with the game to be broadcast on Big Ten+.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES GRIND OUT 70-61 ROAD VICTORY OVER BELLARMINE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a game that featured 11 lead changes, Chuck Bailey III converted a 4-point play to put the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in front for good, leading to a 70-61 win over Bellarmine inside Freedom Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Bailey was one of four players to finish in double figures, recording 12 points.  Yacine Toumi had a team-high 14 points while Ben Humrichous added 12 and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. completed the game with 10.  Antonio Thomas put forth an efficient all-around performance with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.  Humrichous had a team-high 9 caroms.  Leading the way for Bellarmine was Langdon Hatton.  He recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds.

“This was a big road win for us.  To be down double digits in the first half and rally to take a lead at the break was huge,” UE head coach David Ragland exclaimed.  “This is one of those games that really builds your culture.  We had contributions from so many guys and it helps their confidence.”

It was Toumi providing the offense in the early moments.  After the Knights posted the first basket of the day, Toumi connected on his first three attempts to give UE a 6-2 lead.  Bellarmine began the game hitting one of their first nine attempts.

Following the tough start, BU countered with 11 in a row to take 13-6 edge.  The Aces uncharacteristically had five turnovers in the opening eight minutes and the Knights took full advantage, turning those into nine points.  With 8:08 remaining in the opening stanza, Bellarmine opened its largest advantage at 24-13.

Evansville got back to business over the final segment of the half, outscoring Bellarmine by a 16-4 margin to hold the lead heading into the break.  Chuck Bailey III took it coast-to-coast as UE registered four in a row.  Bailey converted once again, hitting a 3-pointer at the 3:21 mark to make it a 1-possession game at 26-23.  The Knights pushed the lead to 28-23, but the Aces would score the final six of the half to take a 29-28 advantage.  Joshua Hughes took a feed from Kenny Strawbridge Jr. for the final basket of the half.

An exciting second half saw the squads swap the lead in the opening minutes before Bellarmine went up 46-40 at the 13:39 mark.  Tanner Cuff had a 3-point play and Bailey would hit his second triple of the afternoon to tie the game at 48-48 as the game entered the final 10 minutes.  Bellarmine posted the next four points while the Aces came back to go up 57-55 inside of the 7-minute mark thanks to an excellent move by Tanner Cuff.

With 3:47 remaining and the game knotted at 59-59, it was Bailey with the game-changing play.  The freshman was fouled on a 3-point make and the 4-point play gave UE the lead for good.  With just over a minute remaining, a putback by Toumi proved to be the dagger as it pushed the lead to 68-61.  Evansville would go on to win the game by a 70-61 final.

UE shot 47.4% in the road triumph while holding the Knights to 34.3%.  The Aces wrapped up the game with a 39-38 edge on the boards.

Next up in a busy stretch is a home game on Monday against UT Martin.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Ford Center.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI SET TO HOST CINCINNATI ON SUNDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns to action with another major conference test on Sunday when the Screaming Eagles host the University of Cincinnati from the Big 12 Conference. Game time is set for 2 p.m. from Screaming Eagles Arena.

For Sunday’s contest, USI Athletics and USI Women’s Basketball have teamed up with Toys for Tots. Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game on Sunday, and you could receive a coupon for a free popcorn or a ticket voucher for a future game. All toys will be collected and donated to the local Toys for Tots. All fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to Screaming Eagles Arena. At halftime of the game, fans will be prompted to throw their stuffed animals onto the court. All items collected will be donated to Toys for Tots.

It is also Family Day on Sunday, featuring face painting, a coloring contest, prizes, and other special activities. Tickets for Sunday’s game are buy-one, get-one-free and can be purchased online at usiscreamingeagles.com or through the USI Athletics ticket office.

Sunday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ with radio coverage available on 95.7 FM The Spin and 97.7 FM WREF.

Sunday is the middle game of a three-game homestand for USI, who enters the contest with a 4-4 record. Cincinnati, who is 6-3 on the season, will not only be the first-ever opponent from the Big 12 Conference for USI, but the Bearcats will also be the first-ever major conference foe to play at Screaming Eagles Arena.

Following a four-game skid, the Screaming Eagles got back on track with a win last time out on December 9, capturing a 72-51 home win against Eastern Michigan University. USI played well on both ends of the court in the victory, holding Eastern Michigan to below 30 percent shooting on the defensive side while making a season-high 10 triples on offense. USI also had a season-best 18 makes and 25 attempts at the free-throw line.

In the win against Eastern Michigan, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) led USI with 21 points, tying a season-high, with five treys and six rebounds. Senior forwards Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) and Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) also poured in season highs with 15 points apiece. The two each grabbed five rebounds as well.

Sophomore guard

Ali Saunders

Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) also had a solid performance in the last outing for USI. Saunders, who transferred to USI this year from Valparaiso, has settled into a rhythm in USI’s last three contests. Saunders has scored eight or more points, tallied three or more assists, and averaged three rebounds in the last three games. Saunders has also shot 47.4 percent (9-19) overall and 70 percent (7-10) from three while playing just over 16 minutes per game off the bench during that span.

Through eight games this season, USI averages 67 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting, both of which are good for top-five marks in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southern Indiana also sits top five in the league on the glass with 38.9 rebounds per contest.

Individually, Shafford paces USI in multiple categories, including 14 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing. Shafford is top 10 in the OVC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage (47.4 percent), and steals (1.9). Shafford has scored 10 or more points in the Eagles’ last six games. Shafford has also shot over 40 percent in five of the last six contests. Last season, Shafford had a streak of 10 consecutive games scoring 10-plus points.

Following season highs of 15 points each last time out, Raley and Webb are averaging nearly 10 points per game.

Cincinnati will be playing its final non-conference road test when the Bearcats visit USI on Sunday. The Bearcats are a combined 2-2 between road and neutral-site games this season. Cincinnati is currently enjoying a four-game winning streak, dating back to late November. With an 87-62 win against Howard University last time out on Wednesday, the Bearcats tied their longest win streak since the 2020-21 season.

The Bearcats are averaging 68.1 points and 39.7 rebounds per game this season while shooting at a clip of 38.1 percent. Senior forward Jillian Hayes leads Cincinnati with 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Hayes surpassed 1,000 career points with a 20-point outing against Howard on Wednesday. Senior forward Malea Williams and graduate guard Mya Jackson are averaging 10 points per game on the campaign. Williams had a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards against Howard.

The two programs will be meeting for the second time ever on Sunday. The two teams met for the first time last season in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the Bearcats claimed a 99-57 victory over the Screaming Eagles.

Sunday is the penultimate non-conference game for Southern Indiana, as USI will conclude the out-of-conference slate next Friday at 1 p.m. against Brescia University (KY) at Screaming Eagles Arena.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

CHICAGO STATE RALLIES LATE TO EDGE VALPO

Both teams erased double-figure deficits on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but it was visiting Chicago State who enjoyed the game’s final run in a 63-62 victory over the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, which return to the court after a six-day layoff for final exams. The Beacons received a big-time boost from Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy), who poured in 20 points after missing the previous two games due to an illness.

How It Happened

Chicago State carried over the momentum it generated in Wednesday’s upset of No. 25 Northwestern in the early stages of this one, recording the game’s first 10 points to force the hosts to battle back from an early deficit.

After facing the 10-0 hole four minutes into the contest, the Beacons rebounded, thanks in large part to an early lift from Williamson. He made three jumpers including a pair of 3s within his first four minutes of entering the game. His second triple helped Valpo fight to within four at 14-10 with 11:23 left in the first half.

The Chicago State lead got back to double figures at 26-16 with 5:26 to go in the first half, but Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) drilled a triple and added a tip-in dunk to slice the gap to three at 28-25 with 2:53 left in the first half.

Sophomore Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) helped Valpo grab its first lead of the game with six seconds left in the first half thanks to a traditional 3-point play. However, a quick Chicago State bucket before the halftime horn put the Cougars ahead 33-32 at the break.

The Beacons scored the first five points of the second half and built the lead to six when Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) connected from long range with 17:02 on the clock.

The Valpo advantage fluctuated between two and six and eventually ballooned to eight at 50-42 with 11:29 to go.

A 6-0 Beacon burst with Darius DeAVeiro (Kanata,  Ottawa / Canada / Orangeville) accounting for a pair of quick baskets increased the lead to 10 with 5:13 on the clock at 60-50, Valpo’s largest edge of the game.

Valpo led by nine at the under-4 media timeout after a hoop by Stafford with 4:21 on the clock. That proved to be Valpo’s final points of the game as Chicago State closed the game the same way they started it – on a 10-0 run. The final basket by Wesley Cardet came with two ticks on the clock and accounted for the final score.

Inside the Game

Williamson drilled four of his six 3-point attempts and went 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 at the free-throw line en route to a team-high 20 points. He outdid his previous personal best of 16 scored in the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian. The point guard’s 20-point outburst came after he had been held to six or fewer in six of his previous seven.

Speaking of point guards, DeAveiro tallied six points and six assists, his seventh straight game with five or more helpers. He also swiped three steals.

Ajiboye went 3-for-3 shooting and tallied seven points.

Chicago State had 22 free-throw attempts (17 made) to Valpo’s 11 (eight made). 

Edwards grabbed nine rebounds, his second highest total of the season, and squeezed a personal-best six offensive boards.

Valpo’s bench outscored Chicago State’s bench 33-5, thanks in large part to Williamson’s performance.

Chicago State picked up its first-ever win at the ARC in 17 chances, but it’s important to note that this is not the Chicago State team of yesteryear, when Valpo dominated the matchup in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Cougars, who beat Valpo 87-74 last season, snapped a 38-game losing streak to Top-25 teams by knocking off No. 25 Northwestern on Wednesday in Evanston.

This was Valpo’s first game decided by the slimmest of margins since Feb. 26 of last season, a 77-76 overtime defeat at Murray State.

If you take out the first four minutes and the last four minutes of the game, Valpo outscored Chicago State 62-43 in the middle 32 minutes.

Up Next

The Beacons (4-7) will host Samford in a Tuesday matinee that tips off at 1 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The final game before the Christmas holiday will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Valpo’s campus. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS LOOK TO RADIATE IN SUNSHINE STATE NEXT WEEK

Valparaiso (1-6, 0-0 MVC)

Game #8 – December 19, 2023 – noon CT vs. Bethune-Cookman (7-3, 0-0 SWAC)

Game #9 – December 20, 2023 – 10 a.m. CT at Stetson (2-8, 0-0 ASUN)

Edmunds Center (4,000) – DeLand, Fla.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Following a break for final exams, the Valpo women’s basketball team faces its final two tests of the nonconference slate in DeLand, Fla. on back-to-back days at the Holiday Hoops Classic. The Beacons open up with a neutral-site contest against Bethune-Cookman Tuesday at noon CT before turning around to face host Stetson at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

Previously: Valpo had plenty of early gifts for fans in attendance at the ARC for last Saturday’s Christmas party, as the Beacons started out hitting their first seven shots from the field as they never trailed in an 83-64 victory over Chicago State. Olivia Brown was one point off her career high, finishing with 23 points, while Leah Earnest was right behind her with 21 points.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+ (Stetson game only)

Valpo Radio: None

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 56-97. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: Valpo and Bethune-Cookman will match up for the first time in program history Tuesday. In fact, Valpo has played just one game all-time against a current SWAC member – a 76-39 Valpo victory over Prairie View A&M in Saint Louis on Nov. 28, 1998.

Valpo and Stetson have faced off twice, once on each team’s respective home court. Stetson has won both matchups, most recently earning an 87-75 win in DeLand on Nov. 12, 2016. Five Hatters scored in double figures in that game to help offset a 34-point performance from Valpo’s Dani Franklin – the fifth-highest scoring game in program history and the highest since 1992.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 162 points, coming in ahead of Evansville and Bradley.

– Valpo is in its seventh season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked 13th in conference NET last season. The MVC ranked 10th in conference NET in 2021-22, seventh in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished last season with a 7-23 overall record and finished at 5-15 in MVC play, good for 11th in the Valley standings.

– The Beacons earned their first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State.

– Valpo also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

– Ali Saunders was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team.

…versus Chicago State

– Valpo connected on its first seven shots from the floor over its first seven possessions, jumping out to a 14-4 lead just 3:51 into the game.

– The Beacons led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter and were up 25-14 at the end of one.

– Valpo’s lead fluctuated between eight and 14 points in the second quarter, with it eventually settling at nine points at 36-27 heading into halftime.

– Much like the first quarter, the Beacons scored on their first seven possessions of the third quarter — albeit with some free throws and missed shots with offensive rebounds mixed in. It was an 18-6 start to the second half over the first 5:02 to push the lead to 54-33.

– Valpo’s lead reached its apex at 26 points with 1:42 remaining in the third quarter. The Beacons led 64-41 with 10 minutes to play, and CSU got no closer than 18 points in the final period.

– The 83 points Valpo scored was the program’s highest scoring output since an 86-84 win over Bradley Feb. 10, 2022.

– Leading the way in the scoring column was Olivia Brown, who finished one point shy of her career best with 23 points — including four 3-pointers.

– Leah Earnest nearly matched Brown’s output, finishing with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting — her third 20-point effort of the season. The senior also set a career high with six assists.

– Saniya Jackson was perfect from the field, connecting on all six of her field goal attempts in a 14-point afternoon — her season high and the third time she has been in double figures in her young collegiate career.

– The Beacons recorded a season-best 11 3-pointers and had a season-best shooting performance inside the arc, going 18-for-26 (.692) on 2-point attempts.

– Valpo forced 22 Chicago State turnovers, converting those into 30 points as the Beacons held a 30-16 advantage in points off turnovers.

…at Purdue

– Valpo held Purdue to 34.6% shooting in the first half and forced 13 Boilermaker turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

– Purdue led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter and scored the final five points of the second quarter to go up 33-25 at halftime.

– Leah Earnest scored the first basket of the second half to pull the Beacons back within six, but Purdue went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to gain separation.

– Purdue’s lead was 54-38 at the end of the third period, and the Beacons were unable to get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.

– Olivia Sims came off the bench to surpass her previous career high of 12 points with a 14-point afternoon. She also tied her career best with five field goals made.

– Sims shared team-high scoring honors with Earnest, who tallied 14 points of her own, including a 3-for-4 game from the 3-point line.

– For the fourth time this year, the Beacons reached double figures as a team in steals, racking up 13 thefts. Raeven Raye-Redmond led the way with a game-high four steals, while Ava Interrante posted a season-best three steals.

– Valpo shot just 34.5% (19-of-55) from the field, while the Boilermakers hit at a 49.1% (28-of-57) clip. Both teams connected on eight 3-pointers.

…looking ahead

– Valpo returns to action following Christmas, opening up the MVC slate Saturday, Dec. 30 at Murray State.

– The Beacons’ first three Valley games are all on the road, as they’ll make the Missouri State/Southern Illinois road trip the following weekend.

…on the road

– Valpo will play 17 games away from home in the 2023-24 regular season, 16 of which will be true road games.

– The Beacons are 0-5 away from home so far this year and posted a 4-10 record in true road games last season.

– The game against Bethune-Cookman is Valpo’s first regular season neutral-site game since taking on Ohio State in Springfield, Ohio Nov. 10, 2019.

@BCUWBB

– Bethune-Cookman comes into Tuesday’s game with a 7-3 record this season, most recently defeating Trinity Baptist 114-37 on Friday.

– Among the Wildcats’ victories is a 64-57 win over Bradley.

– Chanel Wilson is the only Wildcat averaging in double figures, posting 14.3 points/game, but four other BCU players are averaging between eight and 10 points per game.

@StetsonWBB

– Stetson sits at 2-8 on the season as of Dec. 15, with games Sunday versus Morgan State and Tuesday versus North Carolina A&T prior to the matchup with the Beacons on Wednesday.

– Jamiya Turner is the only Hatter scoring in double figures, averaging 12.2 points/game.

Another Leap Forward

– Senior Leah Earnest took a jump forward in her production last season, and seven games into the 2023-24 campaign, she has taken another leap.

– Earnest enters this week averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, marks which sit fifth and eighth, respectively, among MVC players.

– She also ranks sixth in the Valley in field goal percentage and fourth in 3-point percentage, while also averaging a career best in assists.

– Earnest has been consistent, scoring in double figures in each of the season’s first seven games after opening last season with eight straight double-digit outputs.

– Prior to last year, you’d have to go back to 2009-10 to find the last time a Valpo player opened the year scoring 10+ in the season’s first seven games (Lauren Kenney-8; Betsy Adams-7).

– Earnest entered this season with a career high of 20 in the scoring column, but has outdone that in three of Valpo’s last four games.

– Earnest set a new career best with 26 points at UAB, followed the next game with 22 points at Western Michigan and most recently dropped 21 points on Chicago State last time out.

– It is the first time a Valpo player has scored 20+ in three of the season’s first seven games since Dani Franklin did so four times to open the 2016-17 season.

Approaching a Milestone

– Fifth-year guard Olivia Brown gave it her all last time out to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her collegiate career at home against Chicago State.

– Brown scored a game-high 23 points – one off her career high – but ultimately came up one point short, finishing the game against the Cougars with 999 collegiate points.

– In her third season at Valpo, Brown has scored 633 of those points in the Valpo uniform.

– Brown’s .394 career 3-point percentage at Valpo ranks third in program history.

Double-Digit Quarters

– Both Earnest and Brown had big single-quarter efforts against Chicago State en route to their respective 20+ point games.

– 14 of Brown’s 23 points came in the third quarter, the highest-scoring quarter by a Valpo player since Shay Frederick dropped 17 points on Southern Illinois in the second quarter Feb. 27, 2021.

– It was the eighth double-digit quarter of Brown’s Valpo career.

– Earnest scored 12 points in the game’s opening 10 minutes, her highest-scoring quarter in the Valpo uniform and the third time she has scored 10 or more in a quarter.

– Brown and Earnest are the first Valpo duo to both have double-digit quarters in the same game since Grace White scored 10 third-quarter points and Carie Weinman scored 13 fourth-quarter points Feb. 10, 2022 versus Bradley.

What a Quick Start

– Hopefully fans were on time to the start of Valpo’s win over Chicago State last time out, because if they were late, they missed out on a bunch of scoring.

– The Beacons were a perfect 7-for-7 from the field on their first seven possessions of the game, scoring 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game.

– It was the quickest Valpo has reached 14 points since doing so in exactly 3:51 at Drake Jan. 31, 2020.

– It was the first time Valpo has scored on each of its first seven possessions of a game since Feb. 26, 2014 at Detroit.

– It was the first time Valpo has hit its first seven field goal attempts since Nov. 30, 2006 at Loyola.

Thievery Abounds

– Valpo has gotten back to its stealing ways on the defensive end in the early portion of this season.

– The Beacons rank 14th nationally with 12.3 steals/game, and per HerHoopStats.com, their steal rate of 14.4% is good for 10th nationally.

– Valpo has been in double figures in steals in each of the last four games and five times in all this season, highlighted by an 18-steal effort against Western Illinois Nov. 18.

– The 18 steals was the program’s best single-game mark since tallying 21 steals at Evansville on Jan. 12, 2020, and is tied for the second-highest output in Evans’ tenure as head coach.

– Twice already this year, the Beacons have had a player tally eight steals in a game – Saniya Jackson did so Nov. 25 at UAB and Raeven Raye-Redmond did so in her collegiate debut in the aforementioned Western Illinois game.

– Jackson and Raye-Redmond are two of just 18 D-I players nationally to record eight or more steals in a single game so far this season.

– The duo are now tied for second on Valpo’s single-game steals chart, just one off the program single-game record.

– Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to tally eight steals in a game was Jeanette Gray against Houston in the 2002 WNIT.

– Raye-Redmond was the first MVC player to record eight steals in a game since UNI’s Ellie Herzberg did so against Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2017.

A Challenging Early Schedule

– Valpo’s early-season schedule has been deceptively strong.

– Five of the six teams the Beacons have lost to sit at or above .500 on the season.

– Included among that group is a 7-1 Southern Miss team which defeated then-#19 Ole Miss, as well as Western Illinois (8-2) and UAB (8-2) with winning percentages of .800 as well.

Right Back to the Road

– Valpo’s game against Chicago State was its lone regular season home game in a span of 55 days.

– The Beacons are in the middle of a stretch where they play nine out of 10 games away from home.

– Prior to beating the Cougars, Valpo played four consecutive true road games.

– This week’s tournament games are the first two of a stretch of five straight games away from home, as the Beacons will open MVC play with three consecutive road games.

– Valpo will go 34 days between home games at the ARC (Chicago State Dec. 9-Drake Jan. 12), the program’s longest stretch between home games since the 1999-2000 team went 35 days between home contests.

An Early Tip

– That chicken for pregame meal at 7:30 a.m. ET Wednesday morning is sure to hit different.

– Valpo will tip off its second game of the back-to-back on Wednesday against host Stetson at 11 a.m. local time.

– It is the first time the program has had a morning start time since playing a Field Trip Day game which tipped at 11 a.m. at Detroit Mercy Dec. 5, 2019.

– This will be the third time in head coach Mary Evans’ tenure that Valpo will tip off before noon.

Prolific in the Paint

– For those in tune with Valpo’s offensive scheme, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that most of the Beacons’ 2-point field goals come from inside the paint.

– So far this season, however, it has been even more pronounced.

– Through seven games, Valpo has made 103 2-point field goals – 101 of which have been registered as field goals in the paint.

– The only exceptions are a Leah Earnest shot at Eastern Illinois which was input as being shot from the block on the edge of the lane line, and an Ava Interrante runner to beat the shot clock at Purdue.

– Against Chicago State, the Beacons enjoyed their most prolific game inside the arc to date this season, as they went 18-for-26 (.692) on 2-point attempts.

Returning Production

– The Beacons return the majority of production from last year’s squad.

– Three of Valpo’s top four scorers from the 2022-23 season are back for the 2023-24 campaign.

– In all, Valpo returns 64.7% of its minutes played, 66.4% of its scoring and 72.1% of its rebounding from the 2022-23 team.

Who’s Back

– This year’s squad features seven returnees from last year’s team.

– Headlining Valpo’s returnees is fifth-year guard Olivia Brown. The Beacons’ leading scorer last year at 12.0 points/game, Brown was one of the Valley’s top shooters, ranking third in the conference in 3-point percentage and sixth in 3-pointers/game.

– Brown enters the 2023-24 campaign just 75 points away from hitting 1,000 points for her collegiate career.

– Senior forward Leah Earnest took a leap forward last season, averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game — the latter mark good for sixth in the Valley. Earnest was especially proficient on the defensive glass, with a defensive rebounding rate of 28.3% — 13th-best nationally among players with at least 100 defensive boards.

– Junior Olivia Sims was Valpo’s fourth-leading scorer last year, averaging 5.0 points/game.

– Senior Ava Interrante (4.1 ppg, 29 steals),, redshirt senior Emma Tecca (3.0 ppg), junior Katie Beyer (2.0 ppg) and redshirt sophomore Ella Van Weelden (1.6 ppg) all return as well for the 2023-24 season.

Who’s New

– Nearly half the Valpo roster is new to the program this season, with the vast majority of those newcomers true freshmen.

– The lone incoming transfer was fifth-year point guard Jill Harris. Harris most recently played one season at Johnson C. Smith. She was a SoCon All-Freshman Team selection as a rookie at Mercer in 2019-20 and helped the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in 2020-21.

– Valpo welcomes its first Indiana All-Star to the program since 2017, as Indianapolis native Layla Gold earned the prestigious honor last season.

– Gold is one of four All-State high school players new to the roster this season. Twins Nevaeh and Saniya Jackson, out of Northrop [Ind.] H.S., were both First Team All-State selections as seniors, while Raeven Raye-Redmond earned Second Team All-State honors out of Trotwood Madison [Ohio] H.S.

– Kayla Preston joins the Beacons as a true freshman as well after helping lead Millard North [Neb.] H.S. to a state semifinal appearance as a senior.

UINDY WRESTLING

SIX GREYHOUNDS STILL WRESTLING AFTER DAY ONE OF MIDWEST CLASSIC

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 3-ranked University of Indianapolis wrestling team will live to fight another day at the 44th Annual Midwest Classic. After day one of competition across eights mats spanning the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center and Nicoson Hall, the field has been reduced from 468 wrestlers to just 120. Among those are Blake Mulkey (141), Jackson Hoover (149), Owen Zablocki (165), Trey Sizemore (174), Aidan Petersen (184) and Derek Blubaugh (197).

Blubaugh remains the only one still in the champ bracket, going 4-0 on day one on the way to his semifinal’s appearance.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Blubaugh started his day out hot, grabbing a major decision over Brayden Dillow of Central Missouri. The redshirt junior kept his hot streak going with a pair of falls, both versus GLVC opponents. First was over Maxim Ryner of Quincy in 2:16, the second was over Cameron Lopez of Upper Iowa in 2:08. Finally, to cap off his perfect day one, Blubaugh outlasted Grand Valley’s Wyatt Miller, winning via riding time for a 2-1 decision.

At 141, Mulkey started his day with a bye, taking full advantage of the extra rest, starting with an 8-4 decision and then a pin in his first two matches at the Midwest Classic. Matched up with No. 3 Dylan Lucas of Central Oklahoma, Mulkey would fall victim to an overtime takedown, ending his run on the winner’s side of the bracket.

Hoover, much like Mulkey, also received a bye to start his day at 149. It would be Junior Downing of No. 1-ranked Lander as the first test for Hoover, one he passed majorly, winning 17-4. He followed that up with another foe from a top-five squad, downing Dylan Brown of No. 4 Central Oklahoma 7-0. But it would be the No. 7-ranked Jacob Ealy of Pitt-Johnstown to end his run, winning 13-1 over Hoover.

Zablocki, coming in as the No. 11-ranked 165-pound wrestler, picked up a fall over Montevallo’s Derek Hussey in the second round, leading him to a familiar opponent in the third round. Lined up against Cole Ritter of Maryville, Zablocki simply dominated, grabbing a major victory 20-11. Zablocki kept his fight going into the night in the quarterfinals but fell just a takedown short of Nicholas Coreno of Gannon, sending him to the consolation bracket.

Sizemore, a DI-transfer from Illinois, looked to make a splash at the Midwest Classic and he did that, picking up a pin and two majors within his first three matches at the annual tournament. However, a controversial call in the quarterfinals ended his run at the 174-title.

At the 184-pound class, Petersen, spotting a new No. 12 rankings, started his day with a major over Drury’s Jeremiah Halter in the second round. Another decision (9-5) lifted Petersen to the quarterfinals, where some early aggression by the No. 3-ranked Matt Weinberg of Kutztown resulted in a pin over Petersen.

Nathan Smith, a true freshman, was ever so close to advancing to day two of competition. After dropping his first match of the day at 125, Smith battled through five rounds of consolation matches, picking up two tech falls along the way. But to end his run was Jaden Verhagen of UMary who pinned Smith in 3:15.

Noah Cantu, wrestling at 133, picked up an early win in the first round. But a tightly fought match in the second round caused an injury to Cantu, ending his tournament.

Jay Thompson, filling in for No. 1-ranked Cale Gray, battled but bowed out after two matches of action.

UP NEXT

Champions will be crowned in Nicoson Hall tomorrow for the 44th Midwest Classic. Action is set to kick off at 10 a.m.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TRIO PROPELS HOUNDS TO DOMINATE VICTORY OVER UPJ

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team capped off 2023 with an authoritative victory over the University of Pitt-Johnstown in the two squad’s first meeting. The Hounds captured their fifth straight victory with another 90-point offensive performance, cruising to a 92-67 win behind stellar play in the paint.

Kendrick Tchoua, David Ejah and Jesse Bingham were brilliant on both sides of the ball, with all three players notching double-doubles in the win. Bingham led the Hounds in scoring with 20, earning his first 20-point double-double of his career, alongside his first double digit rebound game of the season and his first since the 2020-21 season. Ejah’s double-double marks the first of this Greyhounds tenure, with his 17 points also becoming his new career high while donning the Crimson and Grey.

The Hounds set a new single-game high for the season in rebounding, tallying 54 in the contest, with their 26 offensive boards out totaling UPJ’s entire rebounding effort. It marks the highest single-game rebounding effort by a Greyhounds squad since their 55 rebound mark set on Feb. 10, 2000 versus Quincy.

INS & OUTS

After fighting off the Mountain Cats late first-half assault, the Hounds held to a two-point advantage heading into the break.  UIndy came out with a new fire in the second, lighting up nine straight to grab their first double-digit lead of the game. The Cats responded with a layup to bring it within nine, marking the final time the Greyhounds lead would be within 10.

A Jarvis Walker in-your-face three ball, a steal by Tchoua and a Paul Zilinskas smooth layup accelerated the lead to 20, forcing a UPJ timeout to calm the storm that was the Hounds.

The trio of Tchoua, Ejah and Bingham kept their foot on the gas in the final twelve, with them combining for 19 of the Hounds 32 points within that time frame. In the end, the Hounds out rebounded the Mountain Cats 30-12 in the second half of play, shooting 46 percent from the floor with 29 second chance points.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Bingham’s 20-point night marks his second straight with 20, falling two short of his season-best total he recorded versus Lewis.

– Walker was lethal offensively, scoring 13 on 4-9 shooting.

– Julian Steinfeld, despite recording just four points, was monumental in the rebounding game, tallying eight boards off the bench.

– Tchoua and Zac Szul led the Hounds in steals with three each.

– The Greyhounds have no held their opponents to 64 or less seven times this season.

UP NEXT

At the midpoint of the season and the fall semester over, the Hounds will have a short hiatus from action for the Holidays, returning to the hardwood on Jan. 3 in Kirksville, Mo. against the Truman State Bulldogs. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Last season against the Bulldogs the Hounds went 2-0 with their trip to Kirksville, Mo. resulting in a 80-57 victory where Tchoua led the team in scoring. 

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

WHITAKER’S 28-POINT OUTING LEADS MARIAN TO VICTORY OVER PROVIDENCE

Chandler, Ariz. – The Marian men’s basketball team won their fourth consecutive game Saturday afternoon as they played their first game at the Cactus Classic, earning a wire-to-wire 80-70 victory over the University of Providence. Marian’s win improves their overall mark on the year to 9-2.

The Knights wasted little time grabbing the lead Saturday, going to Brody Whitaker on the game’s first possession as the junior sparked a 6-0 run in the early moments of the afternoon with an open jumper. The combination of Whitaker, Nolan Foster, who made his first start of the season, and Gus Etchison paced the offense after the run, establishing a three-possession lead. A three from Josh Bryan gave Marian a 22-10 advantage through eight minutes, while the offense continued to run through Whitaker as he helped keep the double-digit lead through 10 minutes of play.

The Argos offense made a surge over the final 10 minutes of the first half, trimming Marian’s lead to an even score with 4:06 to play following a Marian turnover and ensuing three-point shot. The Knights collected themselves and went directly back to Whitaker to push the visitors on the scoreboard in the lead, helping Marian hold momentum for the remainder of the half. A Gavin Foe score in the final minute moved Marian in front 41-35, which would stand as a the score with the game moving to break.

Marian continued to go through Whitaker as the junior scored the first bucket of the second half, but Providence was able to match as they whittled their deficit to a single point six minutes into the half. A fastbreak three from Whitaker kept Marian on top moments later as they jumped back in control 53-48. The teams matched shot for shot for much of the second half after Marian went ahead by five, with Providence able to hang around and get within a single point on five different occasions.

Leading 68-67 with 4:48 to play in the game, Marian’s offense effectively ended their possessions with points, chewing clock while knocking down a handful of free throws. A knockdown three from Whitaker with 1:24 remaining helped the Knights put the game out of reach, as their seven-point advantage seemed almost too much to overcome with Marian’s defense holding the Argos scoreless for over three minutes. Maximus Gizzi and Brody Whitaker iced the game in the final 84 seconds making six free throws, as the Knights allowed just three points in the final 4:48 of the game to claim the 80-70 win.

Whitaker led all-scorers with 28 points in the win, while also leading Marian in rebounding with nine. Etchison finished with 20 points. Gizzi dished out a team-best seven assists, and Josh Bryan led the bench scoring with nine points.

Marian will play against No. 15 Rocky Mountain on Sunday afternoon, as the Knights tip their penultimate non-conference game of the season.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 6 MARIAN WINS PHYSICAL BATTLE OVER NO. 9 GEORGETOWN

INDIANAPOLIS – After falling behind by double-digits in the first quarter, the Marian women’s basketball team rallied and won each of the final three quarters on Saturday to earn an 84-64 win over No. 9 Georgetown. Marian’s second consecutive top-15 win over a Mid-South Conference foe gives them a record of 10-1 on the season.

Georgetown set the tone early and controlled the pace in the first four minutes of the game, blitzing Marian from inside and out with 14 points from three different scorers. The offense for Marian failed to match the high tempo, coming out flat shooting just 1-for-five from the field. The Tigers would lead by as many as 13 in the first quarter, but were unable to hold a double-digit lead after one period as two Kinnidy Garrard free throws in the final 30 seconds made it an eight-point contest.

After trailing 23-15 through 10 minutes, Marian turned it around in the second quarter, as the offense began firing on all cylinders. The Knights out-scored Georgetown 26-14 in the quarter, using multiple runs led by Garrard, Allison Bosse, and Josie Trabel to take the lead. Marian tied the game at 27-27 with 5:55 to play in the contest, and after a back and forth stretch took the lead for good on a three from Taylor Double. Double’s trifecta with 1:36 remaining in the half put Marian on top 38-34, and helped the Knights go into halftime with a 41-37 lead.

A three from Ella Collier helped set the tone in the third quarter, as Marian opened the half on a 7-0 run to go in front by 11 points. Work at the foul line, along with open jump shots from Bosse and Abbey McNally allowed Marian to control the tempo, as the Knights again won a quarter holding a 22-15 advantage in the third period. The Tigers would attempt to establish momentum toward the end of the quarter as they got Marian in foul trouble, but were unable to get back within double-figures as the home team lead 63-52 going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter Marian out-played the Tigers and got to the foul line early, putting the visitors lineup in rotation problems. The Knights led by double figures throughout the entire quarter, and led by as many as 24 as they closed the game out at the foul line. Collier and McNalley did the majority of Marian’s scoring in the quarter with it primarily coming at the charity stripe, as the 21-12 advantage in the final period led to Marian’s 84-64 win over No. 9 Georgetown.

Collier led all players with 19 points and had five rebounds, while Garrard finished with 16 and a team-best nine rebounds. McNally scored 18 points and had eight rebounds, and Bosse scored 12 while adding two blocked shots. Marian’s bench combined for 19 points in the win, with Trabel leading with eight off the pine.

Marian will travel to Oakland City on Tuesday before taking a holiday break, tipping off at 6 p.m. against the Mighty Oaks.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

2023-24 NBA CONFERENCE STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCEW-LPCTGBPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVL10STRK
1Timberwolves19-5.792113.6105.811-18-413-34-08-2W2
2Thunder16-8.6673.0120.4113.68-48-410-73-26-4W1
3Mavericks16-9.6403.5119.9117.17-59-411-75-26-4W1
4Nuggets17-10.6303.5114.7110.810-27-812-82-26-4L1
5Kings15-9.6254.0117.1116.69-36-613-94-47-3W2
6Clippers15-10.6004.5115.6110.011-34-713-84-28-2W7
7Rockets13-9.5915.0109.5105.111-12-812-85-27-3W5
8Lakers15-11.5775.0114.0113.510-25-912-84-26-4L1
9Pelicans15-11.5775.0114.8114.09-46-710-93-26-4W3
10Suns13-12.5206.5115.4114.26-87-410-83-44-6L2
11Warriors11-14.4408.5115.8115.76-65-89-123-64-6W1
12Jazz9-17.34611.0111.7120.07-52-128-143-54-6L1
13Grizzlies6-18.25013.0106.0112.31-115-75-152-63-7L4
14Trail Blazers6-18.25013.0107.4114.42-84-102-141-43-7L6
15Spurs4-20.16715.0110.6121.22-112-94-141-41-9W1

NFL STANDINGS

2023 NFL DIVISION STANDINGS

AFC NORTHW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1Ravens10-3.7693612185-25-16-33-2W3
2Browns8-5.6152892726-12-46-33-2W1
3Bengals8-6.5713073115-33-33-60-4W3
4Steelers7-7.5002232804-43-35-53-1L3
AFC WESTW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1Chiefs8-5.6152922284-34-26-23-1L2
2Broncos7-7.5003043514-33-44-52-2L1
3Raiders6-8.4292652805-31-54-52-2W1
4Chargers5-9.3573033452-53-43-61-3L2
NFC NORTHW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
1Lions10-4.7143823315-25-26-32-2W1
2Vikings7-7.5002902692-45-36-32-1L1
3Packers6-7.4622802674-22-54-42-2L1
4Bears5-8.3852703093-32-54-52-3W2
NFC WESTW-L-TPCTPFPAHOMEAWAYCONFDIVSTRK
149ersX10-3.7693802055-15-28-14-0W5
2Rams6-7.4622992903-33-44-44-1L1
3Seahawks6-7.4622803184-22-55-51-4L4
4Cardinals3-10.2312303312-41-62-60-4W1

NHL STANDINGS

2023-24 NHL CONFERENCE STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCEW-L-OTLPTSGPROWSOWSOLGFGAGDL10STRK
1Golden Knights20-6-54531164110778296-1-3L1
2Canucks20-9-24231200111676406-3-1L1
3Kings17-6-4382716129767306-3-1W1
4Jets18-9-2382918019776216-4-0W2
5Stars17-8-43829152110392115-3-2L1
6Avalanche18-10-23830171110794134-4-2L1
7Predators18-13-036311710999457-3-0W4
8Coyotes15-13-232301320938676-4-0W2
9Blues15-14-1313014118899-114-6-0W2
10Flames12-14-52931120493109-164-4-2W1
11Wild12-12-428289328691-57-3-0W3
12Kraken10-14-8283291487105-182-5-3L1
13Oilers13-14-127281210979708-2-0L2
14Sharks9-18-3213090364118-546-3-1L1
15Ducks10-19-0202991075101-261-9-0L5
16Blackhawks9-19-1192990167105-383-6-1L3

FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 17, 1933 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – The First National Football League Championship Title Game that the League scheduled before the season started is played per ESPN.com.  A Title game was played in 1932 but it was thrown together in a week at the end of the season. The Football History Headlines for December 18 will go into detail about the 1932 contest.  In the closing minutes, with the ball on the Giants’ 33-yard line, Bronko Nagurski throws a jump pass to end Bill Hewitt, who reaches the 19, when he makes a long lateral to the other end, Billy Karr. Eluding two Giant defenders, Karr races into the end zone for his second touchdown, giving the Bears the lead. The pass play was extremely controversial as to where Nagurski was when he threw the ball. At the time of this contest one rule that constituted a legal forward pass was that the person throwing the ball had to be at least five yards or more behind the line of scrimmage when they released the ball forward.  At the League Meetings later in 1933 the “Bronko Nagurski Rule” was created in which a forward pass is legal anywhere from behind the line of scrimmage like it is currently in all levels of football.  Anyhow back to the end of the 1933 Championship game. In the final seconds, The Galloping Ghost, Red Grange preserved Chicago’s 23-21 victory with a touchdown-saving tackle. The Chicago Bears defeated the New York Football Giants, 23-21. This game also helped other rules at the 1933 meetings to be instituted. The NFL divided into two divisions and these top two teams in each would meet for the title. The hash marks were moved and so were the goal posts to open the game up a little bit to provide more action, similar to what the ever popular collegiate game was doing at the time. The game set an NFL record of six lead changes in a championship game which still stands at the time of this writing in 2020. The champs each received $210.34 and the Giants pocketed a cool $170 each for participating in the game.

December 17, 1944 – Polo Grounds, New York City – The NFL Championship game had the Green Bay Packers visiting the New York Football Giants. The website GoldenRankings.com has a superb write up on the game. According to the article World War II stripped many fine players from the rosters of all NFL teams as they went to serve their country. Retired players that were not involved with the military were recruited by all teams just to be able to put enough to field a team. It was the Packers won  this tightly contested game 14-7 for 6th and final championship title under their legendary coach Curly Lambeau.

December 17, 1972  –  Denver Broncos Quarterback Charley Johnson tosses three touchdown passes to help the Broncos more than double up the New England Patriots 45-21. The story complete with video can be found at denverbroncos.com.

December 17, 2000 – Terrell Owens of the 49ers caught a single game receiving record of 20 receptions for 283 yards against the Chicago Bears per an ESPN.com story.  Owens broke the previous record of 18 set by Tom Fears in 1950 with the Rams. 

December 17, 2017 – It was the scheduled matchup that most NFL fans were licking their chops for all season long. The 11-3 New England Patriots invaded Heinz Field to take on the 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams had little fondness for each other and the game did not disappoint its billing as it gave a game that came right down to the wire and added to its legacy by having a controversial play being at its pinnacle according to a NY Times article written the day after the game. With 56 seconds remaining in the game the Patriots took the lead on an 8 yard run by Dion Lewis. Tom Brady connected on a pass with Rob Gronkowski to convert the two point attempt and the Pats were up 3. The Steelers started their drive after the kickoff from their own 21 yard line. Ben Roethlisberger connected with Rookie Receiver Ju-Ju Smith Schuster on a crossing route who with some crazy moves took the ball deep into New England territory. New excitement filled the stadium after the 69 yard pass play! On the very next play Big Ben found Tight End Jesse James for an apparent score. However after review the official overturned the touchdown declaring the pass incomplete and an interception of a tipped pass a few plays later gave the Patriots the victory. Tony Corrente, the game’s referee, when asked later why the TD did not stand said a lack of contact by a defender on James was irrelevant. ”As he hit the ground, the ball began to roll and rotate and the ball hit the ground,” Corrente said, “that’s the end at that point.” The NFL rule has since been modified and if the exact play occurred now, it would have been a touchdown.

December 17, 2021 – The new strains of COVID-19, the Delta as well as the Omicron Variants, effected many thing in life around the world and this time it postponed three NFL regular season games.

The Las Vegas Raiders versus Cleveland Browns tilt that had been scheduled for Saturday December 18 in the 4:30 PM EST slot was moved to Monday at 5PM as the Browns had over 20 players in the COVID protocol which prevented them to participate in any in person team activities.

The Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles NFC East matchup was also rescheduled to be played a few days later than first expected. On Tuesday December 21 the two will face off, also delayed because of a pandemic outbreak with the players and coaching staffs.

The Seattle Seahawks and LA Rams NFC West contest is also a schedule delay casualty of COVID-19 as their game too was postponed until Tuesday December 21, 2021 from its originally scheduled day of December 19.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 56 – 9 – 7 – 1 – 11 – 31 – 5 – 99 – 77 – 34 – 8 – 10 – 22

December 17, 1924 – The Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Senators battle out the first scoreless game in NHL history. Goaltenders Jake Forbes of Hamilton and Alex Connell of Ottawa each recorded shutouts

December 17, 1933 – National Football League Championship – 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; “Bronko Nagurski Rule” that stated that a forward pass would then be legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage. Prviously one had to be five or more yards behind it. Nagurski wore the Number 3 jersey for the Bears in the Title game when in the closing minutes, with the ball on the Giants’ 33-yard line, Bronko throws a jump pass to end Number 56, Bill Hewitt, who reaches the 19, when he makes a long lateral to the other end, Billy Karr. Eluding two Giant defenders, Karr races into the end zone for his second touchdown, giving the Bears the lead. The pass play was extremely controversial as to where Nagurski was when he threw the ball.

December 17, 1957 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Number 9, Alfredo Di Stéfano won award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards

December 17, 1958 – Chicago Black Hawks Number 7, Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In the Black Hawks’ 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

December 17, 1963 – Ballon d’Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Number 1, Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beating out Milan midfielder Number 11, Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves. Yashin became the first Russian national to win trophy

December 17, 1975 – 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0. It was goal tender, Number 31, Billy Smith’s 5th career shutout at that point. Smith in his overall career provided 22 goose egg games by opponents.

December 17, 1977 – Rookie Rockies defenseman Number 5, Barry Beck scored his first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies’ 5-1 win versus Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game

December 17, 1983 – In his 352nd NHL game, Number 99, Wayne Gretzky scored a goal & 5 assists in 8-1 in a rout of the Quebec Nordiques to record his 800th point and 500th assist; averages 2.27 points, 1.42 assists, 0.85 goals per game to start career

December 17, 1986 – Edmonton’s Number 99, Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the 1st period and also records an assist as the Oilers win 5-3 over the visiting Quebec Nordiques; his 41st NHL career hat trick

December 17, 1999 – Ray Bourque, Bruins Number 77, became just the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and goaltender Number 34, Byron Dafoe recorded his 100th NHL victory in Boston Bruin’s 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta

December 17, 2014 – 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one

December 17, 2017 – Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retired, The legend wore Number 8, Number 10, and Number 22 each for long periods of his career.

TV SUNDAY

NFL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Atlanta at Carolina1:00pmFOX
Chicago at Cleveland1:00pmFOX
Kansas City at New England1:00pmFOX
Tampa Bay at Green Bay1:00pmCBS
NY Jets at Miami1:00pmCBS
NY Giants at New Orleans1:00pmFOX
Houston at Tennessee1:00pmCBS
San Francisco at Arizona4:05pmCBS
Washington at LA Rams4:05pmCBS
Dallas at Buffalo4:25pmFOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville8:20pmNBC
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Orlando at Boston3:00pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
New Orleans at San Antonio3:30pmBally Sports
Houston at Milwaukee7:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
Washington at Phoenix8:00pmMNMT
AFSN
Golden State at Portland9:00pmNBCS-BAY
Root Sports
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Vancouver at Chicago3:00pmNBCS-CHI
Sportsnet
Washington at Carolina6:00pmBally Sports
MNMT
Anaheim at New Jersey7:00pmBally Sports
MSGSN
San Jose at Colorado8:00pmNBCS-CA
ALT
Ottawa at Vegas8:00pmScripps
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
USC at Auburn1:00pmESPN
Colgate at Illinois1:00pmBTN
Oregon vs. Syracuse1:00pmCBSSN
Stony Brook at Army West Point1:00pmESPN+
Washington (MD) at Navy1:00pmESPN+
Pepperdine at Louisville2:00pmACCN
Cal State Fullerton at Boise State2:00pmESPN+
Hartford at Stonehill2:00pmNEC Front Row
Kentucky Christian at Wofford2:00pmESPN+
Saint Vincent at Robert Morris2:00pmESPN+
Wagner at Fairfield2:00pmESPN+
Alcorn State at UNI2:00pmESPN+
VMI at Longwood2:00pmESPN+
Stetson at Omaha2:00pmSummit
UTSA at Oregon State3:00pmPAC12N
Nebraska at Kansas State3:00pmESPN+
Blackburn at Eastern Illinois3:00pmESPN+
Montevallo at UAB3:00pmESPN+
UTEP at Abilene Christian4:00pmESPN+
North Dakota State at Illinois State4:00pmESPN+
Louisiana at McNeese4:00pmESPN+
Northern Kentucky at Eastern Kentucky4:00pmESPN+
Lindsey Wilson at Southeast Missouri4:00pmESPN+
Seton Hall vs. Missouri5:00pmESPN2
Idaho at Stanford5:00pmPAC12N
Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State5:00pmESPN+
Texas Southern vs. Howard6:00pmESPNU
Adams State at Colorado State6:00pmMWN
Florida A&M at Iowa State6:00pmESPN+
Washington at Seattle U8:00pmESPN+
Jackson State vs. North Carolina A&T8:30pmESPNU
CSU Pueblo at Colorado State9:00pmMWN
Nevada at Hawai’i10:00pmESPN+
Montana at San Jose State10:00pmMWN
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
Vermont vs Long Island University2:00pmESPN+
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Tour: PNC Championship1:30pmNBC
SKIINGTIME ETTV
FIS: Freeski World Cup4:30pmNBC
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
Serie A: Milan vs Monza6:30amParamount+
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Brest7:00ambeIN Sports
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EPL: Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion9:00amPeacock
EPL: Brentford vs Aston Villa9:00amPeacock
EPL: West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers9:00amPeacock
Serie A: Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona9:00amParamount+
Ligue 1: Toulouse vs Rennes9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lorient vs Strasbourg9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Metz vs Montpellier9:00ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Köln9:30amESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Real Betis10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Clermont11:05ambeIN Sports
EPL: Liverpool vs Manchester United11:30amNBC
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt11:30amESPN+
Serie A: Bologna vs Roma12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Las Palmas vs Cádiz12:30pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayern München vs Stuttgart1:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Lazio vs Internazionale2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Lille vs PSG2:45pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Real Madrid vs Villarreal3:00pmESPN+
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Ohio Dominican vs Dayton12:00pmESPN+
Purdue vs Notre Dame12:00pmACCN
Morgan State vs Stetson12:05pmESPN+
Troy vs Iowa State1:00pmESPN+
Marshall vs Elon1:00pmFloSports
Little Rock vs Arkansas State1:00pmESPN+
St. Francis (Pa.) vs Penn State1:00pmB1G+
Old Dominion vs VCU1:00pmESPN+
Temple vs La Salle1:00pmESPN+
UL Monroe vs Alabama1:00pmSECN+
Furman vs Kentucky1:00pmSECN+
James Madison vs Maine1:00pmESPN+
Longwood vs William & Mary1:00pmFloSports
Central Michigan vs Michigan State2:00pmB1G+
Merrimack vs Bucknell2:00pmESPN+
Florida State vs Drexel2:00pmFloSports
Purdue Fort Wayne vs Western Michigan2:00pmESPN+
Northeastern vs Holy Cross2:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb vs Vanderbilt2:00pmSECN+
Campbell vs East Tennessee State2:00pmESPN+
Wake Forest vs Georgetown2:00pmFloSports
Coppin State vs Binghamton2:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville vs Mercer2:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Oklahoma State2:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Oklahoma State2:00pmESPN+
Belmont vs Kennesaw State2:00pmESPN+
Queens (NC) vs Radford2:00pmESPN+
Campbell vs ETSU2:00pm
Women’s College Basketball2:00pmESPN+
Wyoming vs Montana State2:00pmESPN+
Creighton vs Drake3:00pmESPN+
Creighton vs Drake3:00pm
Mississippi State vs Memphis3:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State vs LSU3:00pmSECN+
Lamar vs TCU3:00pmESPN+
Southern vs Nebraska3:00pmB1G+
Florida vs Gardner-Webb3:00pmESPN+
Alabama State vs DePaul3:00pmFloSports
Stephen F. Austin vs MTSU3:00pmESPN+
Stephen F. Austin vs Middle Tennessee3:00pmESPN+
Appalachian State vs Marquette3:00pmFloSports
Cincinnati vs Southern Indiana3:00pmESPN+
Bradley vs Northwestern3:00pmB1G+
Missouri vs Illinois4:00pmBTN
North Texas vs Louisiana5:00pmESPN+
Houston vs Washington State5:00pmPAC12N
South Dakota State vs Gonzaga5:00pmESPN+
Virginia Tech vs Rutgers5:30pmB1G+
Grand Canyon vs Idaho5:30pmESPN+
Indiana State vs Ohio6:00pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs Chattanooga6:00pmESPN+
Loyola Marymount vs UC Santa Barbara7:00pmESPN+
Arizona vs Arizona State7:00pmPAC12N
Toledo vs Oakland7:00pmESPN+