INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE SCOREBOARD

4A

NOBLESVILLE 62 CROWN POINT 41

FRANKLIN 49 MOORESVILLE 46

3A

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 66 GARRETT 39

SILVER CREEK 64 INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 54

2A

FRANKTON 35 FAIRFIELD 34

FOREST PARK 53 UNIVERSITY 44

1A

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 52 N. WHITE 46

TECUMSEH 54 WALDRON 42

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ADAMS CENTRAL63FREMONT48 
ANTWERP (OHIO)52FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK49 
BARR-REEVE58SOUTHRIDGE43 
BELLMONT58FORT WAYNE LUERS52 
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE65PLEASANT VIEW CHRISTIAN47 
BLOOMINGTON NORTH51FLOYD CENTRAL48 
BORDEN56ORLEANS41 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL81PROVIDENCE68 
CARROLL (FLORA)52TAYLOR43 
CENTER GROVE53WARREN CENTRAL45 
CHESTERTON69BOONE GROVE57 
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL92ATTICA53 
CLAY CITY45WHITE RIVER VALLEY44 
CLINTON CENTRAL57NORTH MONTGOMERY48 
CLOVERDALE65EMINENCE45 
COLUMBIA CITY57NORTHRIDGE52 
CONCORD71LAVILLE49 
CONNERSVILLE52LAWRENCEBURG31 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)42FRONTIER33 
COVENANT CHRISTIAN61ANDREAN47 
COVINGTON68SOUTH VERMILLION55 
COWAN47ELWOOD42 
CRAWFORD COUNTY52LANESVILLE42 
CULVER ACADEMY75MACONAQUAH50 
CULVER58LACROSSE29 
DUGGER UNION51SHAWE MEMORIAL36 
EAST CENTRAL60SHELBYVILLE45 
EASTERN (PEKIN)57SALEM43 
EVANSVILLE DAY80VINCENNES RIVET30 
EVANSVILLE NORTH82BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE762OT
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY59HERITAGE53 
FORT WAYNE DWENGER71NEW HAVEN62 
FRANKFORT57TIPTON54 
FRANKLIN CENTRAL76INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI60 
GARY 21ST CENTURY87CALUMET58 
GIBSON SOUTHERN69VINCENNES LINCOLN44 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL56MARTINSVILLE49 
GREENSBURG61SOUTH RIPLEY41 
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN56SHENANDOAH41 
HAMMOND MORTON68LOWELL33 
HEBRON49NORTH JUDSON48 
HENRYVILLE81CROTHERSVILLE46 
HUNTINGTON NORTH66MARION51 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL78LOUISVILLE MALE (KY.)77 
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN62MONROVIA51 
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER81CASCADE73 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA56SPEEDWAY51 
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY73LAWRENCE CENTRAL58 
JAC-CEN-DEL64MILAN47 
JAY COUNTY37MUNCIE CENTRAL32 
JENNINGS COUNTY53BLOOMINGTON SOUTH46 
KANKAKEE VALLEY55HANOVER CENTRAL53 
KNIGHTSTOWN51HAGERSTOWN46 
KNOX80SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)59 
LAFAYETTE JEFF60MCCUTCHEON55 
LAKE STATION53KOUTS50 
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN64OREGON-DAVIS40 
LAWRENCE NORTH77FORT WAYNE SOUTH51 
LEBANON59WEST LAFAYETTE29 
LEO57DEKALB35 
LOGANSPORT61WINAMAC56 
LYON COUNTY (KY.)72EVANSVILLE REITZ63 
MADISON-GRANT61EASTERN (GREENTOWN)48 
MADISON66TRINITY LUTHERAN54 
MEDORA64WASHINGTON CATHOLIC36 
MERRILLVILLE63HOBART47 
MISSISSINEWA43BLUFFTON34 
MONROE CENTRAL58FORT WAYNE SNIDER50 
MUNSTER54GRIFFITH36 
NEW ALBANY66EVANSVILLE CENTRAL46 
NEW CASTLE51BREBEUF JESUIT44 
NEW PALESTINE66WHITELAND52 
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)61WEST VIGO57 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)70CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)69OT
NORTH DAVIESS55EDINBURGH47 
NORTH KNOX60WOOD MEMORIAL39 
NORTH POSEY64TELL CITY30 
NORTH PUTNAM63RIVERTON PARKE50 
NORTH VERMILLION47SOUTH PUTNAM45 
NORTH WHITE68PIONEER40 
NORTHVIEW70TERRE HAUTE SOUTH65 
NORWELL52FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA50 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY44RUSHVILLE39OT
OWEN VALLEY63GREENCASTLE58 
PAOLI70EASTERN GREENE43 
PARK TUDOR80PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY42 
PIKE CENTRAL66BROWN COUNTY46 
PLYMOUTH46NEW PRAIRIE43 
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN52TRI47 
RICHMOND55FORT WAYNE WAYNE46 
RIVER FOREST46WASHINGTON TWP.43 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY68NEW WASHINGTON60 
ROSSVILLE81FAITH CHRISTIAN67 
SCOTTSBURG73SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)65 
SETON CATHOLIC77CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN73 
SHOALS28PERRY CENTRAL21 
SOUTH ADAMS63SMITH ACADEMY42 
SOUTH BEND RILEY60MISHAWAKA59 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON54NORTHWOOD31 
SOUTH DEARBORN48SWITZERLAND COUNTY37 
SOUTH DECATUR79HAUSER70 
SOUTH SPENCER57BOONVILLE52 
SOUTHERN WELLS66UNION CITY59 
SOUTHWOOD59ROCHESTER52 
SPRINGS VALLEY73SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)47 
SULLIVAN74INDIAN CREEK68 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH67EVANSVILLE HARRISON48 
TIPPECANOE VALLEY55TRITON51 
TRI-WEST52HAMILTON HEIGHTS50 
TRINITY GREENLAWN53LAKEWOOD PARK493OT
TWIN LAKES58DELPHI41 
WABASH72BLACKFORD44 
WAPAHANI44YORKTOWN38 
WEST NOBLE55ANGOLA23 
WEST WASHINGTON55MITCHELL52 
WESTERN BOONE61SHERIDAN53 
WESTFIELD65DECATUR CENTRAL48 
WHITKO70CHURUBUSCO43 
ZIONSVILLE71INDIANAPOLIS TECH56 
HOOSIER CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
NORTHWESTERN58RENSSELAER CENTRAL517TH

INDIANA WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONS

106

JAKE HOCKADAY, BROWNSBURG (46-2) DEF. GAVIN JENDREAS, CROWN POINT (38-5)

113

ASHTON JACKSON, LAPORTE (53-0) DEF. PRESTON HAINES, BROWNSBURG (41-3)

120

KYREL LEAVELL, WARREN CENTRAL (38-1) DEF. TOBY BILLERMAN, PERRY MERIDIAN (38-5)

126

LOGAN FRAZIER, CROWN POINT (37-1) DEF. JOEY BUTTLER, WHITELAND (42-2)

132

ZEKE SELTZER, CATHEDRAL (46-1) DEF. ANTHONY BAHL, CROWN POINT (39-5)

138

JESSE MENDEZ, CROWN POINT (44-0) DEF. COLE SOLOMEY, KANKAKEE VALLEY (46-4)

145

HAYDEN WATSON, CENTER GROVE (46-1) DEF. RIDER SEARCY, EAST CENTRAL (50-3)

152

SAMUEL GOIN, CROWN POINT (43-0) DEF. DELANEY RUHLMAN, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (38-2)

160

J CONWAY (40-0), FLOYD CENTRAL DEF. KADE LAW, COLUMBUS EAST (44-3)

170

BRODY BAUMANN, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (38-0) DEF. BRODIE PORTER, EASTERN-GREENTOWN (47-2)

182

DRAKE BUCHANAN, CENTER GROVE (46-1) DEF. ORLANDO CRUZ, CROWN POINT (42-2)

195

GABE SOLLARS, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (41-2) VS. CONNOR BARKET, WEST LAFAYETTE (57-1)

220

CHRISTIAN CARROLL, NEW PRAIRIE (25-0) DEF. JUAN GRANGE, PENN (32-3)

285

 MARSHALL FISHBACK, ROCHESTER (48-1) DEF. MIHAIL PLATONOV, WESTFIELD (42-8)

FINAL TEAM SCORES

1              Crown Point 178.0

2              Brownsburg 105.0

3              Evansville Mater Dei 93.0

4              Center Grove 65.0

5              Indianapolis Cathedral 58.5

6              Warren Central 43.0

7              Avon 37.0

7              Penn 37.0

9              Chesterton 34.0

10           New Prairie 33.5

11           East Central 33.0

11           Westfield  33.0

13           Perry Meridian 31.5

14           Rochester Community 30.0

14           Roncalli 30.0

16           Castle 26.0

17           Floyd Central 25.0

18           Bloomington South 22.0

18           LaPorte 22.0

20           Bellmont 20.0

20           Columbus East 20.0

22           Eastern (Greentown) 19.0

22           Whiteland Community 19.0

24           Kankakee Valley 18.0

24           West Lafayette 18.0

26           Southport 17.0

27           Peru 15.0

28           Hobart 14.0

29           Adams Central 13.0

29           Evansville Reitz Memorial 13.0

29           Fort Wayne Snider 13.0

29           Franklin Central 13.0

29           Garrett 13.0

34           Charlestown 11.0

34           Cowan 11.0

34           Frankfort 11.0

34           Franklin Community 11.0

34           Lake Central 11.0

34           River Forest 11.0

40           Jimtown 10.0

40           Southridge 10.0

42           Daleville 9.0

42           Delta 9.0

42           East Noble 9.0

45           Elkhart 8.0

45           North Posey 8.0

47           Maconaquah 7.0

48           Lakeland 6.0

48           Manchester 6.0

48           Merrillville 6.0

48           Mishawaka 6.0

48           Oak Hill 6.0

48           Valparaiso 6.0

48           Western  6.0

55           NorthWood 5.0

55           Zionsville 5.0

57           Sullivan 4.5

58           Indian Creek 4.0

58           Jay County 4.0

60           Bluffton 3.0

60           Carroll (Fort Wayne) 3.0

60           Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran 3.0

60           Hamilton Heights 3.0

60           Norwell 3.0

60           Terre Haute North Vigo 3.0

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#1 GONZAGA 81 SANTA CLARA 69

FLORIDA 63 #2 AUBURN 62

#3 ARIZONA 84 OREGON 81

#4 KENTUCKY 90 #25 ALABAMA 81

#6 KANSAS 71 WEST VIRGINIA 58

#7 BAYLOR 72 TCU 62

#9 DUKE 88 FLORIDA STATE 70

#10 VILLANOVA 74 GEORGETOWN 66

#11 TEXAS TECH 61 #20 TEXAS 55

#12 ILLINOIS 79 #19 MICHIGAN STATE 74

#13 UCLA 76 WASHINGTON 50

#23 ARKANSAS 58 #16 TENNESSEE 48

IOWA 75 #18 OHIO STATE 62

#21 MURRAY STATE 62 UT MARTIN 60

#22 WYOMING 75 AIR FORCE 67

#24 UCONN 72 XAVIER 61

SYRACUSE 76 BOSTON COLLEGE 56

TULSA 65 S. FLORIDA 57

MASSACHUSETTS 80 LASALLE 74

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76 INDIANA STATE 72

OLE MISS 85 GEORGIA 68

UTEP 84 SOUTHERN MISS 70

DAYTON 74 ST. JOSEPH’S 62

WAKE FOREST 79 NOTRE DAME 74

VALPARAISO 72 EVANSVILLE 56

BRADLEY 72 ILLINOIS STATE 64

IOWA STATE 75 OKLAHOMA 54

OKLAHOMA STATE 82 KANSAS STATE 79 OT

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 74 IUPUI 61

ORAL ROBERTS 87 NORTH DAKOTA 73

KANSAS CITY 85 NORTH DAKOTA STATE 71

AKRON 67 EASTERN MICHIGAN 48

GEORGIA STATE 58 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 49

LOUISVILLE 70 CLEMSON 61

ARKANSAS STATE 58 UT ARLINGTON 49

DAVIDSON 79 ST. LOUIS 58

MERRIMACK 80 SACRED HEART 79

SOUTH CAROLINA 77 LSU 75

NORTH TEXAS 58 ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 57

BUFFALO 87 WESTERN MICHIGAN 73

BUCKNELL 92 LAFAYETTE 89 OT

TOWSON 80 CHARLESTON 77

UC IRVINE 77 HAWAII 52

DREXEL 71 ELON 60

COASTAL CAROLINA 73 TROY 63

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 87 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 79

STEPHEN F AUSTIN 70 LAMAR 56

MINNESOTA 77 NORTHWESTERN 60

LONG ISLAND 66 MOUNT ST. MARY 61

SEATTLE 67 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 64

GARDNER WEBB 76 PRESBYTERIAN 68

MONTANA STATE 76 SOUTHERN UTAH 71

ST. FRANCIS NY 80 ST. FRANCIS PA 72 OT

TENNESSEE STATE 63 EASTERN ILLINOIS 49

VMI 80 CHATTANOOGA 75

NORTH CAROLINA 65 VIRGINIA TECH 57

DELAWARE 73 WILLIAM AND MARY 69

ALBANY 70 NEW HAMPSHIRE 65

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 92 MOREHEAD STATE 84

ALABAMA A&M 62 BETHUNE COOKMAN 60

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 84 DELAWARE STATE 79 OT

NICHOLLS 84 HOUSTON BAPTIST 70

FLORIDA A&M 86 ALABAMA STATE 83 OT

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 70 MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 63

APPALACHIAN STATE 69 S. ALABAMA 51

CAMPBELL 64 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 63

MIAMI OHIO 78 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 75

WINTHROP 84 UNC ASHEVILLE 79

LIPSCOMB 75 N. ALABAMA 72

TENNESSEE TECH 73 AUSTIN PEAY 69

NORFOLK STATE 89 COPPIN STATE 59

BALL STATE 91 BOWLING GREEN 82

VIRGINIA 74 MIAMI, FLORIDA 71

NORTH FLORIDA 70 FLORIDA GULF COAST 64

TEXAS TECH 68 LITTLE ROCK 50

SOUTH DAKOTA 78 WESTERN ILLINOIS 65

INCARNATE WORD 92 SE. LOUISIANA 84

BINGHAMTON 78 UMASS LOWELL 64

BELMONT 73 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 62

USC UPSTATE 78 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 73, OT

STONY BROOK 88 HARTFORD 82

NEW ORLEANS 88 MCNEESE STATE 75

BOISE STATE 68 UTAH STATE 57

TEXAS SOUTHERN 79 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 59

PENN 89 BROWN 88

UTAH 60 CALIFORNIA 58

GEORGE WASHINGTON 72 RHODE ISLAND 61

DRAKE 83 LOYOLA CHICAGO 76

JACKSONVILLE 59 KENNESAW STATE 56

ST. BONAVENTURE 81 DUQUESNE 55

VANDERBILT 72 TEXAS A&M 67

TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 83 NORTHWESTERN STATE 76

GRAMBLING 61 SOUTHERN 57

IDAHO 83 EASTERN WASHINGTON 80

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 92 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 84

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 80 RICE 78

DARTMOUTH 79 COLUMBIA 50

LIBERTY 88 STETSON 82

HARVARD 77 CORNELL 72 OT

LOUISIANA TECH 95 TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 71

CHARLOTTE 99, MARSHALL 84

NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 78 JAMES MADISON 77 OT

GEORGIA TECH 68 PITTSBURGH 62

TOLEDO 68 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 66

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 96 ROBERT MORRIS 88 OT

WESTERN KENTUCKY 73 OLD DOMINION 64

PRINCETON 81 YALE 75

LONGWOOD 76 HAMPTON 72

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 83 EASTERN KENTUCKY 76

ARIZONA STATE 73 OREGON STATE 53

UC DAVIS 81 BAKERSFIELD 79

NEW MEXICO STATE 82 GRAND CANYON 66

SACRAMENTO 80 IDAHO STATE 75

UNLV 72 COLORADO STATE 51

PORTLAND 77 PEPPERDINE 74

SETON HALL 66 DEPAUL 64

LOUISIANA 79 LOUISIANA MONROE 74

NORTHERN COLORADO 83 WEBER STATE 79 OT

SAM HOUSTON 67 TEXAS RIO GRANDE 61

UC RIVERSIDE 78 CAL POLY 58

DIXIE STATE 80 UTAH VALLEY 75 OT

SAN DIEGO STATE 61 FRESNO STATE 44

CAL STATE FULLERTON 81 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 73

PACIFIC 69 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 68

ST. MARY’S 69 BYU 64

CAL SANTA BARBARA 84 LONG BEACH STATE 61

COLORADO 70 STANFORD 53

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#22 IOWA 96 #5 INDIANA 91

#6 IOWA STATE 89 #15 OKLAHOMA 67

#7 BAYLOR 78 TCU 59

#20 BYU 63 GONZAGA 39

#25 FLORIDA GULF COAST 63 N. FLORIDA 52

HOLY CROSS 63 NAVY 57

NORTH TEXAS 67 ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 60

COLGATE 64 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 61

ARMY 67 AMERICAN 62, OT

OHIO 82 BOWLING GREEN 69

BUFFALO 83 MIAMI OHIO 71

EASTERN MICHIGAN 83 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 70

WAGNER’S 65 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 58

UT ARLINGTON 70 COASTAL CAROLINA 61

IONA 63 ST. PETER’S 44

ALBANY 55 NEW HAMPSHIRE 46

JACKSONVILLE 62 KENNESAW STATE 53

EASTERN ILLINOIS 72 TENNESSEE TECH 61

QUINNIPIAC 76 NIAGARA 57

AKRON 73 KENT STATE 64

JACKSON STATE 65 ALCORN STATE 44

APPALACHIAN STATE 73 TEXAS STATE 55

LITTLE ROCK 73 ARKANSAS STATE 69

ALABAMA A&M 68 BETHUNE COOKMAN 54

GARDNER WEBB 59. CAMPBELL 56

EAST CAROLINA 68 CINCINNATI 57

COPPIN STATE 56 NORFOLK STATE 48

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 59 BRYANT 52

CLEVELAND STATE 74 DETROIT 60

ALABAMA STATE 73 FLORIDA A&M 56

DAYTON 48 FORDHAM 47

BUCKNELL 68 LAFAYETTE 60 OT

STONY BROOK 95 HARTFORD 69

LASALLE 73 ST. LOUIS 65

LEHIGH 73 LOYOLA MARYLAND 49

LIBERTY 65 STETSON 53

LONG ISLAND 60 MOUNT ST. MARY 46

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 70 MOREHEAD STATE 62

MANHATTAN 73 MONMOUTH 63

USC UPSTATE 68 UNC ASHEVILLE 57

HOUSTON BAPTIST 61 NICHOLLS 51

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 73 WESTERN MICHIGAN 55

OAKLAND 58 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 54

OLD DOMINION 75 WESTERN KENTUCKY 55

MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 65 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 57

RIDER 71 CANISIUS 57

ST. FRANCIS NY 57 ST. FRANCIS PA 54 OT

MURRAY STATE 69 UT MARTIN 56

CENTRAL FLORIDA 68 TEMPLE 31

TOLEDO 69 BALL STATE 66

UTEP 86 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 79 OT

SMU 75 TULSA 42

WINTHROP 62 BRADFORD 47

WOFFORD 60 SAMFORD 52

GREEN BAY 71 IUPUI 56

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 83 ST. THOMAS 42

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 73 DELAWARE STATE 49

MAINE 77 NEW JERSEY TECH 43

HIGH POINT 71 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 50

TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 65 NORTHWESTERN STATE 55

BINGHAMTON 71 UMASS LOWELL 54

LIPSCOMB 70 N. ALABAMA 59

AUSTIN PEAY 71 TENNESSEE TECH 61

SACRED HEART 61 MERRIMACK 56

AIR FORCE 67 UTAH STATE 56

VCU 67 GEORGE MASON 56

BELMONT 88 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 50

WICHITA STATE 68 MEMPHIS 61

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 72 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 49

TEXAS SOUTHERN 82 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 77

KANSAS CITY 76 NORTH DAKOTA STATE 67

LOUISIANA 73 LOUISIANA MONROE 53

NEW MEXICO 89 BOISE STATE 62

MCNEESE STATE 75 NEW ORLEANS 64

DRAKE 73 NORTHERN IOWA 68

RICE 73 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 67

ORAL ROBERTS 89 NORTH DAKOTA 73

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 59 LOUISIANA TECH 49

STEPHEN F AUSTIN 57 LAMAR 40

KANSAS 71 TEXAS TECH 68

MILWAUKEE 65 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 57

TARLETON STATE 65 CHICAGO STATE 51

LONGWOOD 76 PRESBYTERIAN 63

INCARNATE WORD 57 SE. LOUISIANA 54

VERMONT 59 MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 47

ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 66 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 61

OMAHA 62 DENVER 50

SOUTHERN 59 GRAMBLING 49

IDAHO 79 EASTERN WASHINGTON 72

MONTANA STATE 65 SOUTHERN UTAH 47

CHARLOTTE 65 MARSHALL 47

NORTH CAROLINA GREENSBORO 50 EASTERN TENNESSEE 46

GRAND CANYON 46 NEW MEXICO STATE 43

UNLV 104 SAN JOSE STATE 63

RHODE ISLAND 69 RICHMOND 66

NORTHERN COLORADO 60 WEBER STATE 65, OT

SAM HOUSTON 69 TEXAS PAN-AMERICAN 49

SAN DIEGO STATE 77 FRESNO STATE 69

GEORGIA STATE 60 S. ALABAMA 57, OT

ST. MARY’S 79 SAN DIEGO 67

BAKERSFIELD 84 UC DAVIS 75

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 83 SEATTLE 73

UTAH VALLEY 99 DIXIE STATE 59

HOWARD 81 MORGAN STATE 63

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 68 HAMPTON 51

UC RIVERSIDE 59 CAL POLY 53

CORNELL 52 HARVARD 49

COLUMBIA 66 DARTMOUTH 42

SAN FRANCISCO 74 PEPPERDINE 66

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 69 PACIFIC 66

IDAHO STATE SACRAMENTO 56

SANTA CLARA 76 PORTLAND 66

SIENA 59 MARIST 45

TROY 82 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 70

MONTANA 76 PORTLAND STATE 55

CHATTANOOGA 63 WESTERN CAROLINA 47

EASTERN KENTUCKY 65 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 59

MERCER 71 FURMAN 64

PENN 67 BROWN 53

PRINCETON 74 YALE 36

LONG BEACH 65 CAL SANTA BARBARA 62

HAWAII 67 UC IRVINE 57

CAL STATE FULLERTON 61 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 53

NHL SCOREBOARD

COLORADO 5 BUFFALO 3

EDMONTON 4 WINNIPEG 2

BOSTON 3 OTTAWA 2

ST. LOUIS 6 TORONTO 3

LOS ANGELES 5 ARIZONA 3

ANAHEIM 7 VANCOUVER 4

CALGARY 2 SEATTLE 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Gonzaga, Auburn lead NCAA men’s committee’s initial rankings

(AP) — The committee that will select the NCAA Tournament sees little gap between Gonzaga and Auburn as the top team.

For now, the Zags are the pick.

Gonzaga was the top overall seed in initial rankings released Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, sitting ahead of Auburn, Arizona and Kansas as the other teams holding No. 1 regional seeds.

Gonzaga, which held the No. 1 seed in last year’s early reveal, and Auburn have held the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the past five weeks, with the Mark Few’s Bulldogs (22-2) currently in their third stint at the top.

“I would tell you Gonzaga and Auburn, in the committee room: very close, razor thin I would even offer in the discussion – an extended discussion between these two teams,” selection committee chairman Tom Burnett said.

Burnett said there was also a slim margin between the the Tigers and the Wildcats as the third No. 1 seed, while Burnett said there was “maybe a little bit more separation” between Arizona and Kansas as the last of the top regional seeds.

Saturday’s nationally televised reveal of the top 16 overall seeds offers a snapshot of where things stand with three weeks remaining until the 68-team field is revealed on Selection Sunday.

Reigning national champion Baylor was the No. 5 overall seed, followed by Kentucky, Purdue and Duke as the regional 2-seeds.

Villanova was the No. 9 overall seed to headline the regional 3-seeds, followed by Texas Tech, Tennessee and Illinois. Wisconsin was the No. 13 overall seed, followed by UCLA, Providence and Texas as the 4-seeds.

Burnett said Alabama, Houston and Ohio State were the top teams discussed for inclusion in the top 16.

That was particularly notable with Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars – who recached the program’s first Final Four since 1984 last season – sitting at No. 4 in the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings ahead of Auburn (No. 8) and Kansas (No. 7). By comparison, Providence is 29th in the NET.

But Burnett’s explanation offered an indication of the committee’s evaluation process and the value it puts on top-tier, or Quadrant 1, wins on a resume. Houston is 0-3 in Quadrant 1 games and 5-1 in Quadrant 2, while Providence is 5-2 in Quadrant 1 and 6-1 in Quadrant 2.

“The NET’s been a great sorting tool for the committee, but it’s not the be-all, end-all for us,” said Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference.

“For me as a committee member, for others independently thinking, I look at the NET as really kind of a first step. I want to see why that NET is that way. … Houston certainly has an issue with the lack of Quad 1 wins this year. Whereas Providence has a lot of Quad 1 opportunities in the Big East Conference, and they’ve taken advantage of that.”

While last year’s tournament was played entirely in Indiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year marks a return to sites around the country and brackets bearing their traditional geographic names.

Gonzaga headlined the West Region, which will go through San Francisco. Duke – which handed Gonzaga one of its two losses – was next, followed by Illinois and Texas.

Auburn topped the Midwest bracket running through Chicago, followed by Purdue, Texas Tech and UCLA.

Arizona was the top seed in the South Region, which will go through San Antonio, ahead of Baylor, Tennessee and Providence. And in the East, Kansas was followed by Kentucky, Villanova and Wisconsin – a grouping that would give Villanova a local edge with Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games there being played in Philadelphia.

Selection Sunday is March 13. The Final Four will be held in New Orleans, with the semifinals set for April 2 and the championship game two days later.

Appleby takes over, Florida rallies past No. 2 Auburn 63-62

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Tyree Appleby found himself swarmed by students, fans and teammates at midcourt. It was the first time a scene like that unfolded at the O’Connell Center in more than 30 years.

Appleby was right in the middle of it, enjoying every second in the spotlight. He probably should have been lifted onto someone’s shoulders, too.

Appleby scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, Colin Castleton added 19 and Florida rallied to beat No. 2 Auburn 63-62 Saturday to extend its home dominance in the series. It was Florida’s first home victory against a team ranked that high in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

And the crowd reaction showed.

“Happy for them they got a chance to have that moment postgame, for sure,” said Florida coach Mike White, who improved to 5-0 against Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. “Pretty special.”

The Tigers (24-3, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) lost their second straight on the road – both ending with fans rushing the floor – and dropped their first game in regulation. They previously lost to UConn and Arkansas in overtime.

Appleby had everything to do with this one, which was Florida’s 14th straight over Auburn in Gainesville. The senior made 6 of 9 shots in the second half, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and was perfect from the free-throw line.

Still, the Tigers had a chance in the final seconds. Wendell Green Jr. got the ball with 7.1 seconds to play and was dribbling at the top of the key when he tried to pass to Walker Kessler down low. The Gators (17-10, 7-7) knocked it away, and the clock ran out.

Florida students poured onto the court to celebrate, but police officers quickly moved them back into the stands. They returned and started chanting “Appleby, Appleby.” It was the first court storming in Gainesville since a victory against TCU in the NIT in 1986.

“That’s surprising,” White said.

Appleby, a 6-foot-1 guard who transferred from Cleveland State three years ago, dominated down the stretch, creating open shots for teammates and hitting a huge 3-pointer with about 4 minutes to play and another with 2:16 remaining that push the lead to 61-53.

Projected lottery pick Jabari Smith scored 28 points to lead Auburn. K.D. Johnson chipped in 12, and Walker Kessler added 11.

“We relied too much on Jabari,” said Pearl, who also lamented his team’s 17 turnovers. “We’re best when everybody contributed and that wasn’t the case today.”

The Tigers were hoping to end a 13-game skid in the O’Connell Center, a losing streak that started shortly after former Florida coach Billy Donovan arrived in Gainesville. Auburn’s last win in the O’Dome came in February 1996, one month before the Gators hired Donovan.

Pearl’s team used a solid second half – its opening 20 minutes were close to abysmal – to take control. The Tigers put together a 21-4 run that spanned halftime, turning an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Smith was huge during the spurt, contributing two 3-pointers, a three-point play, a jumper, two free throws and a blocked shot.

The Gators missed all 10 shots during an 8 1/2-minute span in which Auburn was closing the gap and building its lead. But Florida made seven 3s in the second half, including three in the final 5 minutes to eke out a victory.

“It feels good. I won’t lie to you, it feels really good,” Castleton said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Auburn likely will drop a few more spots in the next AP college basketball poll, which will be released Monday.

NBA SIGHTING

Former Florida guard and current Oklahoma City backup Tre Mann sat courtside for the game. Mann averaged 16 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game as a sophomore for the Gators last season. The Thunder selected him 18th overall in last year’s NBA draft.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: Despite losing for the second time in four games – both on the road – the Tigers are still the best team in the SEC and likely will be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They clearly need to get more consistent play from their backcourt, which had 10 of the 17 turnovers.

Florida: The Gators needed a victory like this to improve their chances of making a fifth straight NCAA Tournament. They had lost two in a row.

UP NEXT

Auburn hosts Ole Miss on Wednesday night. The Tigers won the first meeting between the teams, 80-71 in mid-January.

Florida hosts No. 23 Arkansas on Tuesday night. The Razorbacks have won six straight at home entering Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

Cockburn leads No. 12 Illinois past slumping No. 19 Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Kofi Cockburn scored 27 points, Jacob Grandison had a season-high 24 and No. 12 Illinois held off No. 19 Michigan State 79-74 on Saturday.

Illinois (19-7, 12-4 Big Ten) moved ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin and into a first-place tie with No. 5 Purdue in the conference standings.

Tyson Walker scored a season-high 26 points and A.J. Hoggard had 15 for the Spartans (18-9, 9-6), who never led and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half. Michigan State has lost four of five.

The Spartans rallied down the stretch, cutting the lead to two points several times in the final two minutes, before Trent Frazier made a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to put the game out of reach. Frazier finished with 12 points.

Michigan State shot 31% from the floor in the first half and trailed 34-22 at the break but heated up after halftime, finishing the game at 46.8% shooting to Illinois’ 45%.

Cockburn scored in double figures for the 36th straight game, the third-longest such streak in the nation.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini had lost two of their previous three games, falling at Rutgers and at Purdue. Three of their final four regular-season games are at home as they chase a Big Ten title.

Michigan State: The Spartans could fall out of the AP Top 25 after going 0-2 this week.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Hosts No. 18 Ohio State on Thursday.

Michigan State: At Iowa on Tuesday.

Sochan and shorthanded No. 7 Baylor get past TCU 72-62

WACO, Texas (AP) Jeremy Sochan matched his season high with 17 points as five players scored in double figures for seventh-ranked Baylor, which led throughout despite missing two hurting guards in a 72-62 victory over TCU on Saturday.

Baylor (22-5, 10-4 Big 12) played with only six players, except for a two-minute stretch by a seldom-used sophomore in the first half, while bouncing back from a 10-point loss at No. 11 Texas Tech three nights earlier.

Matthew Mayer added 16 points for the Bears, who led by as many as 21 points with five minutes left before a late spurt by TCU. Kendall Brown had 13 points and James Akinjo 11 for the Bears. Flo Thamba had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Emanuel Miller and Micah Peavy had 16 points for TCU (16-8, 5-7). Mike Miles added 13.

Sochan, who missed four games after turning his left ankle at TCU on Jan. 8, had an early assist with a bounce pass that Brown slammed home for an early 14-4 lead after initially bobbling the ball under the basket.

The next made basket for Baylor was a short jumper by Sochan, who did a spin move, stopped, spun again and then knocked down the shot. After the Frogs got within 18-16 on a fastbreak layup by Miles, they never got closer, with freshman Sochan following that with a dunk and a three-point play.

A week after 6-foot-8 post Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua tore multiple ligaments in his left knee, and four days after “Everyday Jon” had surgery, the reigning national champion Bears were also without guards Adam Flagler (knee discomfort) and LJ Cryer (foot discomfort). Cryer had played only one game since missing five in a row.

TCU big man Eddie Lampkin grabbed at his right knee while writhing in pain on the floor after coming down hard when going for an offensive rebound with about 30 seconds left in the first half.

The 6-foot-11 Lampkin wasn’t putting any weight on his knee when helped off the court, and going into the tunnel right past Tchmwa Tchatchou sitting near the Baylor bench. Lampkin had a brace on his right leg when taking part in warmups before the second half, and returned to the game with 13:09 left, but played for only about four minutes after the break.

BIG PICTURE

TCU: The Horned Frogs began a stretch of seven games in 14 days, the first of three in five days. Five of those games are against ranked teams, including back-to-back against sixth-ranked Kansas to open March.

Baylor: The Bears have 10 Big 12 wins for the seventh time over eight seasons. Before that, Baylor had 10 conference wins only eight times over 103 seasons. … Cryer entered as the team’s leading scorer at 13.5 points a game. Flagler, who had scored 60 points over the previous four games, was averaging 13.0 points overall before his second missed game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Baylor will be ranked in its 53rd consecutive poll when the new Top 25 comes out Monday, and should extend its Top 10 streak to 45 polls in a row. Both streaks are already school records.

UP NEXT

TCU: Hosts West Virginia on Monday night in the makeup of a game postponed Jan. 3 because of COVID-19 issues in the TCU program.

Baylor: At Oklahoma State on Monday night. The Bears were still the nation’s No. 1 team when they lost at home to the Cowboys, 61-54, on Jan. 15.

Grady’s 25 spark No. 4 Kentucky’s rally past No. 25 Alabama

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Knowing his team would have to do more with less meant Kellan Grady needed to take his offense up a notch, at the very least.

That urgency resulted in a career day for the Kentucky guard, with his perimeter shooting providing a big spark for the No. 4 Wildcats.

Grady made seven 3s for a season-high 25 points, Oscar Tshiebwe added 21 points with 14 rebounds and Kentucky rallied twice to top No. 25 Alabama 90-81 on Saturday.

Short-handed because of injuries to starting guards TyTy Washington Jr. and Sahvir Wheeler, the Wildcats (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed 46-34 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before halftime before closing with 13 straight points for their first lead.

Grady’s 3-pointer provided the go-ahead points that drew a thunderous roar before 20,374 in Rupp Arena.

The Crimson Tide (17-10, 7-7) erased a 54-48 deficit early in the second with eight points in a row to go up by two before Kentucky responded with a 20-2 surge over 5:47 to seize control at 74-58.

Grady’s trio of 3s in that surge were critical, not to mention another deep ball later that maintained Kentucky’s edge.

“I tried not to think about my opportunity to get 20,” said Grady, who made 7 of 9 from long range and 9 of 16 overall. “Naturally, this was a chance to get more opportunities. I know what I am. My goal was to get ball across the court and get the five of us to play.”

Consecutive 3s by Jaden Shackelford and Keon Ellis, who had a career-high 28 points, sparked a rebound that eventually got the Crimson Tide within 80-73 with 4:53 left. Grady just sank another 3 and Davion Mintz added a jumper for a double-digit cushion.

Keion Brooks Jr. leaped high for a huge putback dunk with 57 seconds left to finish with 18 points and seal the outcome as Kentucky regrouped from Tuesday night’s 76-63 loss at No. 16 Tennessee.

And every contribution mattered in a game the Wildcats sorely needed to stay within sight of first-place Auburn, which lost 63-62 to Florida.

Tshiebwe was 9 of 13 from the field as the Wildcats shot 53% to seize a game of runs. Brooks had eight rebounds, while Jacob Toppin added 13 points and six boards. The Wildcats scored 14 points off turnovers, in addition to controlling other phases including rebounding (39-32), paint points (36-24) and second-chance points (22-15).

Kentucky’s key statistic: All five starters played at least 35 minutes, including Grady (39:07).

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari, who showed his team a video with famed Alabama football coach Nick Saban discussing the next-man-up philosophy.

“I shut down practice and we had 36 hours to figure out who is going to play, how am I going to use timeouts. … The whole locker room happy was happy. Sahvir and TyTy thanked the team.”

Shackelford had 18 points and Noah Gurley 12 for the Crimson Tide, who had won their past three. They seemed in control for the first 16 minutes before letting the lead slip away. Alabama recovered for a stretch after halftime to lead again before Kentucky snatched it away for good.

“We kept telling them through the hot start, our defense wasn’t going to be good enough to win the game,” coach Nate Oats said. “That’s what ended up happening.”

FIRING AWAY

Kentucky made 9 of 14 from behind the 3-point arc. Alabama was 14 of 40 to finish 35%, a jump from its 30% average. The Crimson Tide were just 5 of 18 (28%) after the break. Ellis was 7 of 11 from 3 and 10 of 16 overall.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama jumped on the depleted Wildcats with red-hot shooting from deep before going cold late in the first half to fall behind. The Crimson Tide briefly found their stroke to lead in the second and attempt a rally, but their reliance on the long ball ultimately cost them a chance for a big win.

Kentucky: Missing Washington and Wheeler put the Wildcats at a disadvantage on both ends of the floor. Grady kept them in it before he got hot in the second half, and others chipped in a way few could have imagined.

UP NEXT

Alabama visits Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Kentucky hosts LSU on Wednesday night.

Williams leads No. 11 Texas Tech over No. 20 Texas 61-55

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Tech fans packed into rival Texas’ home arena.

They lustily booed “The Eyes of Texas” song from the rafters. They chanted “De-fense” on every crucial possession. They howled when the Longhorns launched a late air ball.

And then the No. 11 Red Raiders players strutted out of the building with a 61-55 win Saturday, made all the sweeter given how this old rivalry that once sat on a low simmer has boiled over this season.

Bryson Williams scored 17 points and Texas Tech held off a late charge by the No. 20 Longhorns to get the victory and sweep the regular-season series.

The win earned the Red Raiders (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) and their fans another hearty jab against Texas coach Chris Beard, who led Texas Tech for five years and took them to the brink of a national championship in 2019, only to leave for his alma mater this season.

Beard’s bolt from a campus that had embraced him left hard feelings in Lubbock, and the Red Raiders fans in the building loudly booed whenever his face appeared on the arena video board.

“With all the respect I got for them, that was personal,” said Red Raiders guard Clarence Nadolny, who scored 14 points. “You don’t want to lose to the guy that left you.”

Texas Tech led by 10 with just over 3 minutes to play before Texas closed to within 56-55 after a 9-0 run. But Andrew Jones’ long 3-pointer with with 1:10 to play was the last Texas basket of the game, and Texas Tech put it away from the free throw line.

Texas Tech has won nine of the last 11 over the Longhorns and outmuscled one of the best defensive teams in the country to get this one. The Red Raiders outscored the Longhorns 26-10 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 45-36. Texas also shot just 28%.

Jones scored 20 to lead the Longhorns (19-8, 8-6).

“They don’t hand the trophy out in February. They do that in April. It’s a hurt locker room right now, but we’ll be back,” Beard said.

The game was physical from the opening tip as elbows flew, bodies hit the floor and Texas was hit with an early flagrant foul. Longhorns forward Dylan Disu took an elbow to the nose and left the court holding a towel over his face late in the first half but later returned..

Texas Tech twice built the lead to seven early in the second half only to see Texas claw back with 3-pointers from Jones and Jase Febres.

A 3-pointer from Febres had the Longhorns within three before Nodalny answered with one on the other end. Free throws from Williams and Nadolny pushed the Red Raiders’ lead to 56-46 with just over 3 minutes to play before Texas rallied.

“Our teams are very physical, they play tough and it was a war out there,” Tech coach Mark Adams said. “This game was possession by possession.”

LONG HAUL

Texas Tech has its share of fans living in the Austin area, but many surely made the drive, and it’s not one for a Sunday. The Tech campus is 375 miles and a 5-hour, 45-minute drive from Texas’ home arena.

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were able to produce their strong turnout to the chagrin of Texas school officials. Texas stopped ticket sales Thursday after learning a group of Red Raiders fans were reportedly buying as many as possible through the school box office using a specific online code for Longhorns buyers.

“It didn’t feel like a road game, seeing that sea of red,” Adams said.

Texas: The Longhorns played their second game without forward Tre Mitchell, who earlier in the week took what Texas called a leave of absence for personal reasons. Mitchell, a transfer from UMass, started 17 games this season and was averaging 8.7 points and four rebounds. The school has given no indication whether he’s expected to return.

TIP-INS

Texas got next to nothing offensively from some of its most dependable scorers. Forward Timmy Allen had six points and two rebounds. Guard Marcus Carr was scoreless on six shots in 33 minutes, and had just two assists against four turnovers … Texas’ 16 offensive rebounds nearly matched Tech’s 17. But the Longhorns scored just six second-chance points to 15 for the Red Raiders.

FREE THROWS

Texas Tech missed started 3 of 8 from the free throw line, then made 12 in a row and finished 20 of 29. Texas got into the shooting bonus with more than 9 minutes to play. But the Longhorns wouldn’t get to the line again until down by 10 with 2:44 left.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Texas hosts TCU on Thursday.

Ex-Huskies star Bouknight tossed; No. 24 UConn tops Xavier

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Former UConn star James Bouknight of the Charlotte Hornets was tossed from his courtside side by a game official in the second half Saturday as the No. 24 Huskies held off Xavier 72-61.

Bouknight, who played two seasons for Connecticut and is in his NBA rookie season, was sitting in the front row opposite the Xavier bench when he was asked to leave.

Bouknight then moved over to the UConn student section.

“That was not an ideal scenario, because we were playing bad and kind of melting down a bit,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “He got tossed. I didn’t really see what happened. And then I saw him again somewhere near the student section.”

R.J. Cole and Tyler Polley each scored 16 points for UConn (19-7, 10-5 Big East), which has won four of its last five games. Adama Sanogo had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Xavier (17-9, 7-8), which has lost four of five, was led by Adam Kunkel’s 15 points. Zach Freemantle added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Playing before a raucous, sold-out crowd for the second straight game, the Huskies hit 52% of their shots and took a 17-point lead at halftime.

That UConn advantage unraveled quickly at the start of the second half as the Huskies struggled with turnovers under some heavy pressure. UConn turned the ball over 10 times in the opening seven minutes of the second half, watching Xavier pull within 49-43.

“We let our guard down a little bit and just were too casual, too weak,” Hurley said.

Xavier had scored 10 straight points before Cole’s 3-pointer with 12 minutes to play ended the spurt. The Musketeers eventually got within four before Cole scored on a pair of drives to the basket that extended his team’s edge back to 10 with just under two minutes to go.

UConn is 7-0 this season in Gampel Pavilion, its on-campus arena.

Xavier won the first meeting between the teams 74-68 just nine days earlier. In that game, the Musketeers had a 35-31 edge in rebounding.

The Huskies were much better in that category in the rematch, pulling down 42 rebounds to Xavier’s 26. Senior Tyrese Martin led UConn with 11 boards.

“Obviously we were able to outrebound them at our place,” Xavier coach Travis Steele said. “I’m sure they (UConn players) have heard that narrative or that stat several times over the last few days. And they got us on the glass. They’re the No. 2 offensive rebounding team in the country for a reason. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re athletic, they’re physical. I thought they set that tone early.”

UConn missed its first five shots in the game and went scoreless for over three minutes. The Huskies used an 18-5 run to take a 44-27 lead at the break.

HONORING A BARRIER-BREAKER

UConn inducted Harrison “Honey” Fitch into its Huskies of Honor on Saturday, recognizing the first Black basketball player in the program’s history.

Fitch, who played at UConn from 1932-34 when it was known as Connecticut State College, had his jersey join the likes of Ray Allen, Kemba Walker, Jim Calhoun, Rebecca Lobo, and Diana Taurasi on the wall inside Gampel Pavilion during a halftime ceremony.

The Huskies of Honor program, which is the school’s version of a hall of fame, was started in 2006.

Fitch died in 1984 but his son, Harrison “Brooks” Fitch Jr. was on hand Saturday.

“We’re very proud as a family. We’re proud, pleased, honored, and humbled with this honor,” said Brooks Fitch, a 1964 graduate of UConn.

Honey Fitch was forced to deal with a great deal of racism during his college days, perhaps none more significant than when the Coast Guard Academy refused to play against Connecticut State College Jan. 27, 1934, because it featured a Black player.

“Going back to an incident that happened in 1934, racist incident, at that time UConn stepped up in a big way,” Fitch said. “And also that’s what’s happening in 2022. This level of recognition is very, very significant.”

HANGING TOUGH

Xavier played rather well and rallied to make things close, but still has dropped four of its last five games. They’re still in reasonably good shape to make the NCAA Tournament but obviously need more wins to be sure.

“It’s a long season, it’s a marathon. We’ve got to stick together. We’ve got to stay positive. We’re going to get out of this rut,” Steele said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With three wins since Sunday, UConn is likely to move up a few spots from its current perch.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: Guard Nate Johnson, the Musketeers’ fourth-leading scorer, missed the game with a knee injury.

UConn: Forward Akok Akok missed his sixth straight game with a foot injury, though the junior did go through warmups with his teammates Saturday.

UP NEXT

Xavier: Plays at No. 8 Providence on Wednesday.

UConn: Hosts No. 10 Villanova on Tuesday in Hartford.

No. 1 Gonzaga wins 10th straight WCC regular-season title

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) It was senior night for top-ranked Gonzaga, and seniors Andrew Nembhard and Rasir Bolton helped deliver a hard-fought 81-69 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday.

Nembhard scored 21 points, including a pair of late 3-pointers that iced it, and Bolton contributed 18 points.

“It was good for them to step up and make plays like that,” coach Mark Few said, adding that Nembhard was “delivering big time.”

Drew Timme had 23 points and nine rebounds and Gonzaga won its 10th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title.

“It means even more this year,” Few said. “The league is the best it’s been since I’ve been here.”

With the WCC possibly sending four teams to the NCAA Tournament this year, “to be undefeated is quite an accomplishment,” Few said.

Gonzaga (23-2, 12-0) won its 16th consecutive game and its 67th straight home game, a streak that dates to 2018 and is the longest in the nation. The Zags are the current front-runner for the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman Chet Holmgren added 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Gonzaga.

PJ Pipes scored 27 points and Jalen Williams 15 for Santa Clara (18-10, 8-5), which ranks third in the WCC. The team is fighting for Santa Clara’s first postseason tournament berth since 2013.

“Pipes is really, really playing well,” Few said. “He hit a lot of tough shots.”

The 12-point margin of victory was the lowest of the season in a WCC game for Gonzaga.

The games was tied at 18 with 10 minutes left in the first half. But the Zags erupted for a 20-4 run and Santa Clara missed 10 of 11 field-goal attempts. Pipes then scored seven points to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 41-31 by halftime.

Santa Clara got within single digits several times early in the second half, but the Bulldogs led 59-46 with 12 minutes left.

Pipes’ 3-pointer drew Santa Clara to 59-53 with just under 10 minutes left, but a 13-6 run by the Zags made it 72-59.

A pair of 3-pointers by Nembhard lifted Gonzaga to a 78-62 lead with just over two minutes left, and Santa Clara did not threaten again.

“We battled all the way through until the end,” Santa Clara coach Herb Sendek said. “It’s tough playing against a team like Gonzaga but I couldn’t ask for more from my guys.”

This was the final home game of the season for Gonzaga, which honored seniors Bolton, Nembhard, Matthew Lang and Will Graves.

PROS RETURN

Former Gonzaga stars Kelly Olynyk, Killian Tillie and Jalen Suggs, who now play in the NBA, were at the game. “That’s what makes this place so special,” Few said. “It’s great they want to come back.”

SHOOTING WOES

Gonzaga has the highest field goal percentage in the nation, but the Zags managed to shoot only 40% against Santa Clara. The Broncos weren’t much better, hitting 41% of their shots.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Gonzaga should stay at No. 1 next Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Santa Clara: The Broncos have lost 24 straight games to Gonzaga, dating to 2011. … Four Broncos starters average in double figures.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 33 straight conference games dating to a loss at BYU in 2020, the longest such streak in the nation. … Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring (89.9 points per game), field-goal percentage (53.5%) and scoring margin (25.5 ppg). … Since 2017, the Zags have spent 35 weeks ranked No. 1 out of 110 AP polls. Duke is second at 18 weeks in that span.

UP NEXT

Santa Clara: At Pepperdine next Thursday.

Center of attention: Towns wins All-Star 3-Point Contest

CLEVELAND (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns gave big men everywhere something to shoot for.

Minnesota’s 7-footer became the first center to win the 3-Point Shooting Contest, defeating seven guards during the NBA’s All-Star Saturday and providing a memorable moment on a night the dunk contest barely got off the ground.

Towns, who has spent his entire career proving doubters wrong about his range, posted a 29 – the highest total in the competition – during the final round to defeat Atlanta’s Trae Young and Luke Kennard of the Los Angeles Clippers, who tied for second with 26 each.

New York’s Obi Toppin won the four-person dunk contest, scoring a 47 out of 50 in the final round by putting the ball between his legs in the air, touching it off the backboard and re-directing it through the rim.

Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson was second as the dunk contest, once a marquee event that at times trumped the All-Star Game, fell flat.

A trio of Cleveland Cavaliers, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, won the Skills Challenge.

After his surprising 3-point win, Towns accepted his trophy at mid-court and immediately turned toward Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal sitting courtside in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

“I told you Shaq,” Towns said. “Vegas got the odds wrong.”

Towns was considered, well, a long shot among a field of shot makers that included Young, Kennard, New Orleans’ CJ McCollum, Brooklyn’s Patty Mills, Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Memphis’ Desmond Bane.

“I wanted to prove I was the best shooting big man in the world, and now I got the trophy to prove it,” Towns said.

There have been other big men crowned 3-point champions, but Kevin Love (2012) and Dirk Nowitzki (2006) are considered power forwards.

“I think this is a nice little thing to put on that resume,” Towns said. “Big man hasn’t won in 10 years, and, of course, 10 years ago, a decade ago, who won it? The Wolves. It’s coming back home where it belongs.”

The dunk contest started with some promise and fizzled fast.

Orlando’s Cole Anthony caused a stir when he swapped his sneakers for a pair of Timberland boots and then dunked in them with an assist from his father, former NBA guard Greg Anthony.

Toppin said all the participants are great dunkers who wanted to put on a show, and they all were encouraging each other.

“When Cole missed those two first ones with the Timbs on, I was like no those Timbs are heavy,” Toppin said. “I was like, we got to boost his energy up. I was trying to get everybody on their feet.”

It worked, momentarily.

But Anthony couldn’t complete his second dunk in three tries and he was eliminated along with Houston’s Jalen Green, who also struggled while trying to impress a panel of Hall of Fame judges – Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins.

The hometown Cavs added another moment to their impressive season by winning the re-formatted Skills Challenge, which pitted teams and not individual players.

Garland, Mobley and Allen teamed up to outperform Team Antetokounmpo – MVP Giannis and his brothers Thanasis and Alex – and a rookie trio of Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, Toronto’s Scottie Barnes and Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey.

Mobley, a leading candidate for rookie of the year honors, sealed the win by making a half-court shot on his first attempt, allowing the Cavs to close the segment of the contest in 5.5 seconds and defeat Team Rooks.

The Cavs started the shooting competition off target as Allen, hardly known for his outside touch, made just two shots in 30 seconds. However, Garland brought Cleveland back – and brought their crowd to life – scoring 21 points.

However, the Cavs came out of the relay portion tied with Team Antetokounmpo for second place and needed Garland to win a shoot-off with Thanasis to place Cleveland in the final.

After Cunningham drained his 47-footer in 9.9 seconds, Mobley calmly stepped into his winning shot.

“He’s one of a kind,” Allen said of his 20-year-old teammate. “Defense, offense and now half court. The whole league knows Evan by now. If they’ve ever driven to the paint, they definitely know him, so the NBA should know him by now.”

Knicks’ Obi Toppin wins dunk contest as others struggle

CLEVELAND (AP) The latest from All-Star Saturday:

Obi Toppin won the slam dunk contest, earning a 47 on his final dunk when he needed to do little more than put the ball in the basket after Juan Toscano-Anderson couldn’t on his previous try.

In a disappointing finish to All-Star Saturday, the four dunkers occasionally left the judging panel of Hall of Famers with expressionless looks on their faces.

Toppin, the New York Knicks forward, beat Golden State’s Toscano-Anderson in the final round to win the event after finishing second as a rookie.

Houston rookie Jalen Green and Orlando guard Cole Anthony failed to advance. Anthony couldn’t make his second dunk and appeared to hurt his thumb banging it against the rim.

The big man was the big winner in the 3-point contest.

Minnesota All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns showed off his long-range shooting skills and was a surprising winner of the event, scoring 29 points in his final round.

Towns beat Luke Kennard of the Clippers and Atlanta’s Trae Young in the final round.

Towns has long considered himself the best-shooting big man in the game and vowed he was going to back up his boasts with a victory.

“I needed this trophy to prove it,” Towns said.

Brooklyn’s Patty Mills, Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Memphis’ Desmond Bane, and New Orleans’ CJ McCollum failed to advance.

The host Cleveland Cavaliers were the first winners of the revamped Skills Challenge.

Rookie Evan Mobley gave his team a victory by nailing a halfcourt shot on his first attempt, allowing the Cavs to close out the final portion of the contest in 5.5 seconds.

All-Stars Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland were the other members of the winning team to kick off All-Star Saturday.

The rookie squad of No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham of Detroit, Scottie Barnes of Toronto and Josh Giddey of Oklahoma City was the runner-up in the contest combining shooting, passing and dribbling.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers Thanasis and Alex finished third.

The Antetokounmpo brothers clearly enjoyed competing together as a team. There were engaged and all smiles from the outset of the challenge. They were asking the referees for a video review of the end of the passing portion of the event.

Still to come is the 3-point shooting and dunk competitions.

Steelers hire Brian Flores as senior defensive assistant

PITTSBURGH (AP) Brian Flores is back in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers hired the former Miami Dolphins coach on Saturday to serve as a senior defensive assistant. Flores will specialize in working with Pittsburgh’s linebackers, a group that includes NFL Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt.

The hiring comes less than three weeks after Flores, who is Black, sued the NFL and three teams over alleged racist hiring practices following his dismissal by Miami. Flores led the Dolphins to consecutive winning seasons before he was fired in January.

Flores has maintained his lawsuit would continue even if he found another coaching job. He joins a restructured defensive staff in Pittsburgh after longtime coordinator Keith Butler retired. Teryl Austin was promoted to take Butler’s place earlier this month.

“I am excited about Brian Flores joining our coaching staff given his history of developing and teaching defensive players during his time in the NFL,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “Brian’s resume speaks for itself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”

Tomlin is the NFL’s longest-tenured Black head coach and one of three Black men to lead teams last season. The other two, Flores and Houston’s David Culley, were fired. Houston subsequently hired Lovie Smith, who is Black, and Miami hired Mike McDaniel, who is biracial.

Flores’ lawsuit alleges the league has discriminated against Flores and other Black coaches for racial reasons, denying them positions as head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches, as well as general managers. Flores also maintains Miami offered him $100,000 per loss during his first season with the team in 2019 in an effort to receive a top draft pick.

The NFL has maintained the lawsuit is “without merit,” although commissioner Roger Goodell said before the Super Bowl that “all of the allegations, whether they were based on racism or discrimination or the integrity of our game, all of those to me were very disturbing.”

The lawsuit has also sparked the league to review the “Rooney Rule,” a policy named after former Steelers owner Dan Rooney. Introduced in 2003, the policy has expanded to require NFL teams to interview multiple minority candidates for high-profile job vacancies, including head coach and general manager.

Current Steelers president Art Rooney II acknowledged recently the league has “not seen progress in the ranks of head coaches,” although he pointed out strides in the hiring of women and minorities in various leadership roles.

Flores’ lawsuit specifically names Austin as an example of a coach affected by racism in hiring. Austin, who is Black, told The Associated Press he is 0 for 11 when interviewing for head coaching jobs during his nearly 20 years in the NFL.

Now Flores will work under Austin as they try to help Pittsburgh’s defense bounce back from a subpar 2022. The Steelers made the playoffs at 9-7-1 but finished 20th in points allowed and 24th in yards allowed, the unit’s worst season in more than 30 years.

Flores won four Super Bowl rings as part of the New England Patriots’ coaching staff from 2004-18. He spent his final season with New England as the linebackers coach and defensive play-caller as the Patriots shut down the Los Angeles Rams to win the franchise’s seventh Super Bowl.

Panel denies US skaters’ appeal to get Olympic silver medals

BEIJING (AP) Arbitrators have rejected a last-ditch request by American figure skaters to have their silver medals awarded before the end of the Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said early Sunday in Beijing that it dismissed the appeal by the nine skaters, who finished second in the team event marred by a doping positive from 15-year-old Russian Kamila Valieva.

It did not elaborate on its decision, and said it would release details in upcoming days. The panel, with arbitrators from Denmark, France and China, met for 2 1/2 hours Saturday evening.

In an earlier decision, CAS had allowed Valieva to compete in the women’s event after her doping positive went public following the Russians’ victory in the team event. The International Olympic Committee responded by saying that no medals would be awarded in any event in which Valieva finished in the top three.

Losing the case means the U.S. skaters will receive their medals months, maybe even years, from now, after Valieva’s case winds its way through hearings and appeals. She led the Russians to a convincing victory in the team event. If that result is overturned, the U.S. would get gold medals.

The skaters had argued, without success, that they should at least receive the silvers before Sunday night’s closing ceremony. In a letter sent to IOC President Thomas Bach that was obtained by The Associated Press, the skaters’ attorney argued that the IOC’s “own rules mandate that a victory ceremony `to present medals to the athletes shall follow the conclusion of each sports event.'”

“We’re disappointed in the decision. It’s unfortunate that these deserving athletes will leave Beijing without their medals,” said Ramsey Baker, executive director of US Figure Skating. “We are proud of the historic accomplishments of our team and we look forward to joining them, their families and friends, and the entire United States in celebrating their achievements from these Olympic Games.”

A few hours before the decision, the U.S. team of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier finished sixth in the pairs event. They are among the skaters who would receive the medals from the team event. After they skated Saturday, Frazier said “they should have a ceremony for the clean athletes that delivered. They deserve that.”

In the letter to Bach, attorney Paul Greene wrote “a dignified medal ceremony from our clients’ vantage point is one in the Medals Plaza as originally planned and afforded to all other medalists.”

Instead, the skaters could end up with Olympic torches. In a meeting with the skaters earlier this week, Bach offered the torches as keepsakes while the doping case plays out. He later said at a news conference that they were not meant to replace the medals.

Valieva might never get anything. She finished fourth in the women’s event – crying as she left the ice, then criticized by her coach after a mistake-filled long program.

After her test became public, Russia’s anti-doping agency at first put her on provisional suspension, then lifted the suspension. That triggered the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency to lead an appeal to CAS, which acted swiftly and said Valieva could still compete. This time, CAS ruled in favor of the IOC.

Neither decision, however, resolves the larger question about the result from the team competition.

Because she is 15, Valieva is considered a “protected person” under anti-doping rules, and is not expected to receive a harsh penalty. Her coaches and doctors are being investigated by Russian and world anti-doping authorities.

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INDIANA ATHLETICS

No. 22 Iowa quells No. 5 Indiana’s rally, wins 96-91

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Monika Czinano scored 22 points, Caitlin Clark added 16 of her 18 points in the second half and No. 5 Indiana’s fourth quarter rally fell short in a 96-91 loss to No. 22 Iowa on Saturday.

Indiana (19-5, 11-3 Big Ten) scored a program-record 42 points in the fourth quarter to close a 22-point deficit, but missed its last three shots. Iowa (17-7, 11-4) had 25 points in the quarter and made nine of 14 free throws to close the game.

The teams combined to miss 11 of their first 12 shots. Iowa then made nine of its next 11, jumping out to a 23-8 lead. Iowa never trailed and led by as much as 24. The Hawkeyes were up 22 heading into the final quarter before Indiana rallied.

Aleksa Gulbe scored 22 points to lead Indiana. Grace Berger scored 21 and Ali Patberg scored 18.

The Hoosiers focused most of their defensive efforts on Clark in the first half. Clark, who only had two points in the half, still had seven assists, including four to Czanano. Clark shot better in the second half, making 6 of 10 shots. She finished the game with 12 assists for a double-double.

Iowa, which came into the game averaging 84 points, scored the most points that the Indiana defense has allowed all season. Indiana gave up 72 to Nebraska on Monday. Indiana’s 91 points were tied for a season-high offensively.

The Hawkeyes finished the game shooting 56.7% and 10 of 19 from beyond the arc. Indiana shot 42.5% and made 6 of 21 3-pointers. Both teams shot over 57% in the fourth quarter.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes spread out the Hoosiers on defense, with six different Iowa players hitting a 3-pointer. Four different Iowa players scored at least 10 points.

Indiana: The Hoosiers lost their second Big Ten game of the week after falling to Nebraska on Monday and dropped to second in the conference behind Maryland. Indiana and Maryland play Friday.

UP NEXT

Indiana and Iowa will rematch Monday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The game is rescheduled from Jan. 23.

Baseball Drops Second Game at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – An early lead for the Indiana baseball program was whittled away by Clemson on Saturday (Feb. 19) afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers erased a 4-0 deficit on the way to a 19-4 series-clinching victory.

In his first start as a Hoosier, redshirt-junior Jack Perkins threw a career-high 3 2/3 innings and struck out a career-best eight batters in a no decision. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and walked two batters.

Offensively, graduate student Tyler Doanes and redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis each hit their first home run in a Hoosier uniform. For Doanes, it was his first hit in the cream and crimson and his first home run since May 11, 2019 – then at West Virginia. He added an RBI single in the second inning for his 24th career multi-RBI game.

Freshmen Carter Mathison and Brock Tibbitts collected their first collegiate hits in back-to-back at-bats. Mathison started the second inning with a double and Tibbitts traded places his classmate and plated his first career RBI.

For Clemson, the 19 runs came via 13 hits, 16 walks and six hit-by-pitch. In all, 15 Tigers reached base safely in the game. After the CU starting pitching was solid on night one, it was the bullpen with 7 1/3 scoreless innings of work in the series finale.

Scoring Recap

Top First

A pair of solo home runs got Indiana on the scoreboard early, as Tyler Doanes took the first pitch of the game to straight-away centerfield for his first home run of the season. Two batters later, Matt Ellis took one down the right field line for his first home run in the cream and crimson.

Indiana 2, Clemson 0

Top Second

Back-to-back doubles started the inning, as Carter Mathison and Brock Tibbitts delivered their first collegiate hits to plate the first run of the frame. Doanes plated the second run of the inning with a two-out single.

Indiana 4, Clemson 0

Bottom Third

Clemson got on the board with a two-out RBI double from Bryar Hawkins to plate Benjamin Blackwell, who was hit-by-pitch to start the inning.

Indiana 4, Clemson 1

Bottom Fourth

The first two Tiger hitters were retired, but the next five reached base and three came around to score to knot things up. After a walk and a single, Jackson Perkins was relieved by Ty Bothwell. Dylan Brewer singled to plate the first two runs and Cooper Ingle scored Brewer after a wild pitch.

Indiana 4, Clemson 4

Bottom Fifth

Clemson took its first lead of the game on a Blackwell RBI fielder’s choice and Ingle plated the second run of the inning with a bases loaded hit-by-pitch.

Clemson 6, Indiana 4

Bottom Sixth

After the first batter of the inning was retired, the next 10 Tigers reached base with seven crossing the plate. Two hits, six walks and two hit-by-pitch accounted for the offense in the inning.

Clemson 13, Indiana 4

Bottom Seventh

Max Wagner led off the inning with a solo home run, and RBI walks from Camden Troyer and Caden Grice added the final two runs of the frame.

Clemson 16, Indiana 4

Bottom Eighth

Grice’s bases loaded walk scored the first run of the inning and Gavin Abrams delivered a two-RBI single to cap the scoring.

Clemson 19, Indiana 4

Up Next

The series finale between the two teams is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday, February 19.

Men’s DMR Sets New Program Record At Alex Wilson Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – Indiana Track & Field wrapped its final meet of the regular season on Saturday. The men’s distance medley relay highlighted the Alex Wilson Invitational as they set a new program record.

KEY MOMENTS

• Camden Marshall, Kenny Benton, Parker Raymond, and Ben Veatch set a new program record in the men’s DMR with a time of 9:22.78. The quartet raced to third overall.

• The women’s distance medley relay squad consisting of Bailey Hertenstein, Morgan Snow, Kelly Mindak, and Hannah Stoffel combined for a season best time of 11:02.64 to place fifth.

• Jake Gebhardt won the men’s mile in a personal best time of 4:03.97 while Dustin Horter crossed fourth and captured a time of 4:05.99.

• On the women’s side, Maddie Dalton secured a season best time of 4:45.51 to place fourth. Mikaela Ramirez saw a sixth place finish and a time of 4:56.07.

• Maria Anderson led the way in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:07.70 and placed fourth overall. Shynae Deas clocked a time of 2:09.72 and finished in sixth. Jenna Barker and Elizabeth Stanhope finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth, respectively. Barker saw a time of 2:10.19 and Stanhope notched a time of 2:10.71.

• Maddy Pollard and Jayden Ulrich went 1-2 in the shot put. Pollard put a heave of 17.07m (56′ 0″) and Ulrich had a mark of 16.42m (53′ 10.5″).

• Sean Mockler won his third weight throw competition as he notched a mark of 21.26m (69′ 9″).

• Makayla Hunter took third in the weight throw with a mark of 17.77m (58′ 3.75″). Hunter picked up fourth in the shot put with a mark of 14.48m (47′ 6.25″).

• Adam Strouf saw a mark of 17.14m (56′ 3″) and placed fifth overall.

NOTABLES

• Camden Marshall, Kenny Benton, Parker Raymond, and Ben Veatch’s time of 9:22.78 is a Big Ten record and is No. 10 all-time in the NCAA. As far as this season, the Hoosiers have the sixth fastest time in the NCAA.

• The women’s distance medley relay squad clocked a time of 11:02.64 which is the fifth best time in IU history.

• Jake Gebhardt recorded a personal best in the mile on Saturday afternoon with his time of 4:03.97.

• Sean Mockler’s throw of 21.26m (69′ 9″) in the weight throw is now the second best in program history and was a personal record.

• Maria Anderson and Shynae Deas both picked up personal best in the 800m. Anderson recorded a time of 2:07.70 while Deas picked up a time of 2:09.72.

• On the men’s side, Nick Couyoumjian saw a season best time of 1:50.27.

UP NEXT

Next, the Hoosiers will begin their postseason journey with the 2022 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will commence on Friday, February 25 and will wrap up on Saturday, February 26. Big Ten Championships will stream live on Big Ten Plus.

PURDUE ATHLETICS

Wrestling Falls at Northwestern 20-15

EVANSTON, Ill. – The 15th-ranked Purdue wrestling team concluded its regular season with a 20-15 loss at No. 23 Northwestern on Saturday, splitting the matches with five wins, but surrendering bonus points at two weights to decide the dual. The Boilermakers finish the Big Ten schedule at 10-5 overall and 4-4 in conference contests.

Purdue’s five wins came at 125, 133, 165, 184 and 197 pounds, all coming by decision. Northwestern picked up key wins at 141 and 174 pounds, picked up a decision at 149 pounds and earned bonus points at 157 and 285 pounds. The Wildcats finish 7-4 in duals on the season with a 4-4 Big Ten dual record.

Senior Devin Schroder opened the dual with an important win at 125 pounds, posting a 5-0 win over No. 13 Michael DeAugustino. Schroder hit a four-point move in the third period, catching a Peterson out of a scramble and holding DeAugustino on his back for two swipes. Ranked eighth in the country via InterMat, Schroder improved to 17-3 on the year and 13-2 in dual competition, recording his 11th shutout of the season and 42nd of his career. His 94th career win earns him a spot on Purdue’s all-time win list, moving into a tie for 20th with Eric Douglas.

Freshman Matt Ramos followed up with a 9-5 decision at 133 pounds, scoring four takedowns in his win over Matt Vinci. Ramos moved to 15-6 overall in his rookie season, including a 12-3 mark in duals. Northwestern won three straight at 141, 149 and 157 pounds, building a 12-6 advantage, but sophomore Hayden Lohrey cut into the least at 165 pounds with a 12-10 decision over David Ferrante. Lohrey reeled off five takedowns over the first two periods to build his lead and avoided going to his back on a throw by Ferrante late. The win is his third straight, building his record to 10-6 overall and gives him 15 Division I matches for the season to earn a chance at an RPI ranking in next week’s final NCAA polls.

Both 174 and 184 pounds went to sudden victory, but both matches did not go the Boilermakers’ way. The Wildcats took a 3-1 decision at 174, but senior Max Lyon answered for Purdue at 184, scoring a 3-1 win over Jack Jessen. After trading escapes over the first seven minutes, Lyon wasted no time in the overtime. Lyon got to a single leg attack and finished quickly to secure his 11th win of the season.

Junior Thomas Penola knotted the team score at 15-15 at 197 pounds, overcoming an early takedown from Northwestern’s Andrew Davison on his way to a 5-3 decision. Penola responded to the first takedown with one of his own late in the first and finished on top for a 3-2 lead. Davison tied the score with an escape in the second, but Penola took the lead for good in the third as Davison was hit for locked hands and then Penola escaped for the final difference. Northwestern finished the match at heavyweight with a technical fall win to account for the final margin in the team score.

Purdue heads into the postseason in two weeks, traveling to Nebraska for the 2022 Big Ten Championships. NCAA conference allocations will be revealed this week, and seeding information for the conference tournament will be released the week of the championships.

Match Results

No. 15 Purdue 15, No. 23 Northwestern 20

125: No. 9 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. No. 13 Michael DeAugustino (NU), D 5-0

133: No. 25 Matt Ramos (PUR) def. Matt Vinci (NU), D 9-5

141: Frankie Tal-Shahar (NU) def. No. 29 Parker Filius (PUR), D 10-4

149: No. 11 Yahya Thomas (NU) def. Alec White (PUR), D 8-3

157: No. 2 Ryan Deakin (NU) def. No. 11 Kendall Coleman (PUR), Fall 2:37

165: Hayden Lohrey (PUR) def. David Ferrante (NU), D 12-10

174: Troy Fisher (NU) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), SV 3-1

184: No. 28 Max Lyon (PUR) def. Jack Jessen (NU), SV 3-1

197: No. 14 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. No. 28 Andrew Davison (NU), D 5-3

285: No. 10 Lucas Davison (NU) def. Michael Woulfe (PUR), TF 15-0 (5:07)

Women’s Basketball Heads to Rutgers Looking for Road Win

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Women’s Basketball (15-11, 6-9 B1G) is up next on the road at Rutgers (9-17, 2-12 B1G) on Sunday, Feb. 20, with a 1 p.m. ET tipoff from Jersey Mike’s Arena on Big Ten Network. 

Tim Newton will be on the call from Piscataway for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (15-11, 6-9) at Rutgers (9-17, 2-12)

Sunday, Feb. 20

Time: 1 PM (ET)

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

STARTING FIVE

1. Purdue will be aiming to win back-to-back games over the Scarlet Knights for the third time in program history.

2. The Purdue-Rutgers matchup is a tradition-rich meeting of storied women’s basketball programs, making up two of the eight Big Ten Conference teams who have advanced to an NCAA Final Four in their respective program histories.

3. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1994, 1999 and 2001 (winning the 1999 NCAA Championship), while Rutgers made appearances in the NCAA Final Four in 2000 and 2006.

4. Jeanae Terry has back-to-back games of 17 boards — with her nine offensive rebounds at Wisconsin ranking tied for 3rd-most in school history.

5. Off the bench in her familiar sixth-woman role, Brooke Moore led Purdue in scoring for the sixth time this season with 14 points to help the Boilermakers to their 70-54 win over Illinois (Feb. 17).

LAST TIME OUT

• Purdue dominated the final three quarters to soar past Illinois 70-54 on Feb. 17 at Mackey Arena.

• Facing her former team, junior Jeanae Terry led Purdue on both ends of the floor. She crashed the boards and hauled in 17 rebounds for the second consecutive game, matching her career high, while adding 11 points for her fourth double-double of the season.

• The duo of Brooke Moore and Ava Learn combined for 26 points off the bench. Moore’s 14 led all Boilermakers, and Learn scored a career-high 12 points.

LET’S MAKE IT TWO

• Purdue has the opportunity to claim back-to-back victories over Rutgers for just the third time in program history on Sunday, Feb. 20, at Jersey Mike’s Arena.

• To start off the series between the two programs, Purdue claimed the opening two contests of the series (Feb. 22, 1999; March 29, 2009), both non-conference matchups.

• The Boilers claimed back-to-back wins during B1G action with wins on Feb. 25, 2016 (home, 74-68 OT), and on Feb. 15, 2017 (away, 55-42).

SAYING GOODKNIGHT

• Prior to Purdue winning its first matchup against Rutgers earlier this season (60-58, Jan. 2, 2022) on a last-second, buzzer-beating layup from junior guard Jeanae Terry, the Scarlet Knights had claimed five-straight wins dating back to the 2017-18 season.

• The Boilermakers built a stout 21-point advantage coming out of halftime, but Rutgers quieted the train whistles to an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter in the eventual Purdue win. Rutgers then tightened the game down the stretch with a 15-4 run to tie the contest at 58-58 with 47 seconds remaining.

• Terry took over, and the game-winner was her second of the year, after a jumper in the lane against now-ranked No. 16 Georgia Tech went in for a 53-52 win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

• The win over Rutgers was also significant for head coach Katie Gearlds, as it was her first career Big Ten Conference victory.

NO FIGHT FROM THE ILLINI

• Purdue completed the season sweep of Illinois with a 70-54 victory over the Fighting Illini on Feb. 17, with the sweep standing as the fifth such instance in the last six years.

• The win improved the Boilermakers all-time record against the conference foe to 64-18.

• Purdue held Illinois to 1-of-13 from beyond the arc, the fourth time this season limiting an opponent to one three-pointer or less.

• Against her former team, junior guard Jeanae Terry recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 17 rebounds.

• Freshman forward Ava Learn reached double figures for the first time as a Boilermaker, scoring a career high 12 points.

• Senior guard Brooke Moore’s team-high 14 points marked her 14th double-digit game this season, all coming off the bench.

TERRY MAKING TROUBLE

• Jeanae Terry is stuffing the stat sheet with 7.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season.

• She is 12th in the country with 147 assists (3rd B1G) and 18th with 5.7 dimes per game (4th B1G).

• Terry has tallied five points, five assists and five rebounds in 13 games this season, good for fourth in the nation.

• Terry is one of five players nationally to average seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

• The Detroit native has four games with at least eight assists and five rebounds, tied for fourth in the nation.

• Terry has led the Boilermakers in assists 15 times this year.

• In back-to-back games, she set and matched a new career-high of 17 rebounds at Wisconsin (Feb. 13) and against Illinois (Feb. 17). Her nine offensive boards against the Badgers were the most by a Boilermaker since Natasha Bogdanova pulled down nine against Mississippi State (Dec. 20, 2005).

• Coach Gearlds moved Terry to the point ahead of the West Virginia game, as one of the better players on the roster to handle a press.

LAYDEN LEADERSHIP

• Madison Layden has stepped into her expanded role as the go-to player on offense with 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

• Layden leads Purdue in points, steals and minutes played this season.

• Layden has recorded a steal in all but three games in her career.

• The Kokomo, Ind., native has hit double figures in 20 of 25 outings.

• Layden was the first Boilermaker to score 10 points in 13 straight games since the 2018-19 campaign (Karissa McLaughlin – 17).

• She already topped her career high with 20 points vs. Western Michigan, and then matched that total in the win vs. Penn State (Feb. 9).

• She is the first sophomore captain since FahKara Malone in 2007-08.

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

• Abbey Ellis has made an instant impact on both ends of the floor to start her Purdue career, quickly becoming a fan favorite in West Lafayette.

• Ellis is averaging 10.9 points and 3.2 assists per game.

• The Aussie is shooting 46.7% from the floor and 87.1% at the line, with 16 games in double figures.

• Following 818 points in two years at Cal Poly, Ellis joined the 1,000-point club with an electrifying 19-point performance against Indiana.

• The junior recorded 11 assists and five steals against Western Michigan. It was just the ninth time by a player in the Big Ten sine 2009-10 and believed to be* the second Boilermaker to ever hit that line, joining Sharon Versyp (12 ast, 7 stls vs. San Diego State – 12/4/87).

• Ellis’s 11-assist outing was the 28th time in program history a player topped 11 dimes in a game.

RESURGENT RICKIE

• Rickie Woltman has flourished under Gearlds to start the season, recording career highs in points (18), rebounds (11, twice), blocks (4) and minutes played (33).

• Since joining the starting lineup against Maryland, Woltman is averaging 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 20.0 minutes per game.

• A breakout game for the junior from St. Louis came in league play against Penn State, as Woltman secured her second double-double of the season and her career with an 18-point (career-best), 11-rebound performance.

• The junior snagged her first career double-double against North Alabama with 14 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs.

• Woltman made her first career start at No. 8 Maryland on Dec. 8 when Ra Shaya Kyle went down due to injury.

• At Illinois State, she blocked four shots in the win, Purdue’s first four-block outing since 2019-20.

• With Woltman as the highest ranked recruit by ESPNW in program history, No. 25 player in the class of 2019, Gearlds has sought to put Woltman in positions that benefit her skill set.

LETTING IT FLY

• Seven different Boilermakers have made a 3-pointer, led by Cassidy Hardin’s 67, Madison Layden’s 53 and Brooke Moore’s 32. Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue are the only teams in the Big Ten Conference with three different players with 30 made three-pointers on the season.

• Currently 199-of-612, the Boilermakers are on pace to break the single-season record for team 3-pointers made (209) and attempted (592).

• The Boilermakers are 11-5 when making seven or more triples.

• The Old Gold and Black has made 12 3-pointers in four games this season and attempted 30 or more triples in six games.

• Prior to this season, Purdue had made 12 or more triples just eight times before and attempted 30 or more 3-pointers just four times.

• The Boilermakers let it loose from distance with 27 made triples through the first three games, the most to start a season at Purdue.

• Hardly surprising for a Katie Gearlds squad to shoot with confidence from distance. While at Marian, her team averaged seven 3-pointers a game and 20 attempts.

• As a player, Gearlds originally set the mark and now ranks tied for third in Purdue history with 238 triples made in a career and second in attempts. She is tied for the record with 88 makes in a season from 2006-07.

DEFENDING THE ARC

• While still implementing her defensive philosophy after the 47-day prep period ahead of the season, Purdue has developed one of the best 3-point defenses in the Big Ten.

• Purdue is second in the Big Ten with opponents making 27.6% of their 3-point shots and just 4.8 triples per game allowed.

• Those marks are at 29.0% (2nd) and 4.6 against Big Ten opponents

• Purdue has kept 18 opponents to six 3-pointers or fewer.

• The Boilermakers are one of 17 teams to not allow a 3-pointer in multiple games this year (Rutgers, Iowa).

•  Purdue has blanked an opponent behind the arc just five times since the 2009-10 season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

• The Boilermakers have made it a habit of making an extra pass to find open shooters this season with 15.7 assists per game (41st NCAA, 6th B1G), the most by a Purdue team since 2009-10 and 7.8 3-pointers per game (41st NCAA, 4th B1G).

• Purdue has had 28 different five-assist performances by players.

Boilermakers Score 25, Post 15 Zeros in Twinbill Sweep

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Purdue’s pitching staff posted 15 zeros on the scoreboard over 18 error-free innings, leading the way in a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State on day 2 of the series Saturday at Constellation Field.

The Boilermakers (3-0) scored 25 runs over the course of the day, winning 11-1 and 14-3. Paul Toetz, Ty Gill and Cam Thompson all hit home runs. Thompson’s towering three-run blast to left field highlighted an eight-run seventh inning in the nightcap.

Jackson Smeltz (4 IP, 2 H, R, 3 BB, 7 K) and Ricky Castro (5 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) teamed up on a three-hitter in game 1. Purdue kept SDSU from scoring for 11 consecutive innings during one stretch, which featured the final six innings of game 1 and the first five innings of the nightcap. Meanwhile, the bullpen began the season with a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings until the Jackrabbits (0-3) scored with two outs in the sixth inning of game 2.

SATURDAY NOTABLES

• Purdue swept a traditional doubleheader against a single opponent for the first time since March 2018 at Penn State.

• Mike Bolton Jr. reached base safely six times (2-for-2, 3 BB, HBP) in the nightcap, becoming the first Boilermaker to accomplish the feat since Brandon Krieg did it in a 10-inning win vs. Butler in April 2014 at Alexander Field. As Purdue’s leadoff man, Bolton has reached base safely in 10 of his first 14 plate appearances in the series.

• Ty Gill homered in his first collegiate at-bat, going deep as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of game 1. He joined Paul Toetz as newcomers to go deep in their first at-bats as a Boilermaker this season.

• A freshman has now hit a pinch-hit home run each of the last two seasons for Purdue. From 2013 to 2020, the Boilermakers had just one pinch-hit home run.

• Toetz is the first Boilermaker to homer in each of the first two games of a season since Jacson McGowan in 2018.

• The eight-run inning was Purdue’s most prolific since a nine-run outburst in a March 2019 win at Jacksonville State.

• Jake Stadler reached base safely twice in the big inning, recording his first collegiate hit in his second at-bat.

• Jackson Smeltz struck out a career-high seven vs. 16 batters faced.

• Troy Wansing fanned five of the 10 batters he faced over three innings of two-hit ball, making his collegiate debut as the game 2 starter. CJ Backer kept the momentum in the Boilermakers’ favor by retiring the first eight batters he faced in relief of Wansing.

Eric Hildebrand and Cam Thompson teamed up for the biggest out of the day. With Purdue leading 4-1 in sixth inning of the nightcap, Hildebrand was called upon to take the mound with two outs and the bases loaded. He came back from a 3-0 count to induce a ground ball off the bat of No. 5 hitter Jess Bellows. As the first baseman, Thompson made a diving stop in the hole on the right side and flipped to Hildebrand covering to strand the bases loaded. The Boilermakers went on to score 10 times over in the subsequent two innings to blow the game open.

Troy Viola made a number of strong defensive plays at third base as he continued to impressive with his glove at the hot corner early this season. He also joined in on the offensive onslaught in the nightcap with a pair of RBI doubles.

Mike Bolton Jr. and Curtis Washington Jr. each connected for a two-run double. Bolton also led off the nightcap with a triple into the right field corner.

Sunday’s series finale is slated for a 2 p.m. ET first pitch. Jett Jackson has been tabbed as Purdue’s starting pitcher. He’ll make a start on the mound during the season-opening weekend for the third year in a row.

Softball Splits Day Two at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The Purdue softball team (6-3) split the second day at the Red & Black Showcase taking down Delaware, 3-2 after falling to No. 13 Georgia 13-1 (5 IN).

Seniors pitcher Brenna Smith and right fielder Rylee Platusic led the Boilermakers to victory in Game 2 vs. Delaware. Smith (1-0) recorded her first complete game of her career where she allowed no hits until the fourth inning with two outs. Meanwhile, Platusic had a hand in two of the three Boilermaker runs, both of which came in the sixth inning, thanks to a triple up center field.

The game winner was recorded by Platusic, thanks to freshman Ryen Ross’s RBI.

Purdue’s fielding efforts came in clutch during the sixth inning, when the Blue Hens had the game-tying runners on-base when Smith caught a hard line drive and threw to first for the double play, silencing Delaware’s momentum.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Delaware’s last ditch effort included a run, but the Boilermaker defense held steady, securing the game with two runners left on base.

Tomorrow, the Boilermakers will close out the weekend for one more showdown at No. 13 Georgia, which is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.

Game 1 vs. #13 Georgia

In the Boilermakers first ranked opponent of the season, Purdue faced a tough draw when the Bulldogs came out hot and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and did not look back.

Platusic highlighted the day with a home run, the second of the season. Meanwhile, Kiara Dillon notched the second of Purdue’s hits on a bunt in the fifth inning.

Three Boilermakers saw time in the circle, with Alexa Pinarski (0-2) who started and came in to close the game recording the loss. In total, Pinarski saw 2.2 innings pitched, while Mo Wimpee and Gabby Sprang each took a turn in the circle.

Defensively, Purdue recorded one error, marking the eighth time this season the Boilermaker defense has committed one or fewer errors.

BUTLER ATHLETICS

Quick Turnaround has Butler MBB Hosting No. 8 Providence Sunday at Hinkle

Butler (13-14, 6-10 BIG EAST) vs. #8/9 Providence (21-3, 11-2 BIG EAST)

Sunday, Feb. 20;  1PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV:  FS1 – Lisa Byington & Brian Butch

Radio:  1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

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Full Notes (PDF) (PDF)

The Bulldogs conclude a three-game week with a Sunday tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse with No. 8 Providence.

THE SERIES: Providence owns a 14-5 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs, one that has been played exclusively since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Three of Butler’s five wins in the series have come at Hinkle Fieldhouse, including one last season.

Providence Leads, 14-5

Streak: Providence, W2

At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Providence Leads, 5-3

LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. PC: 3-7

First Meeting: PC, 65-56; 1/21/14 (at PC)

Last Meeting: Providence, 69-62, 1/23/22 (at PC)

• According to KenPom, Butler has played the 18th-toughest schedule in the nation so far this season.

• Chuck Harris had a game-high 21 points in the Jan. 23 game at Providence.

• Jayden Taylor scored a team-high 19 points in Friday’s loss to St. John’s; the 19 points were two shy of his career-high.

• In Friday’s game at St. John’s, Taylor became the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring (19), rebounds (6) and assists (4) in the same game.

• Simas Lukosius scored a career-high 19 points in Tuesday’s win at DePaul.

• All six of Lukosius’s double-digit scoring games have come against BIG EAST opponents and the Bulldogs are 5-1 in those games.

• Chuck Harris’s 18 points at DePaul came on only seven shots from the field.

• After eight first-half turnovers, the Bulldogs committed only two miscues over the second 20 minutes at DePaul.

• The Bulldogs shot 50 percent at DePaul, the sixth game this season that Butler has shot 50 percent or better from the field.

• Bryce Nze (knee) returned to action Friday at St. John’s after missing the DePaul game; Bo Hodges (muscle strain) missed his second game in a row.

• Aaron Thompson is now Butler’s leader in career assists; he broke Thomas Jackson’s record (540) Feb. 12 vs. Marquette.

• Butler had five players in double figures vs. Marquette, the first time that has happened since Dec. 23, 2020 vs. Providence.

• Butler’s 85 points vs. Marquette tied for the team’s season-high.

• The Bulldogs’ 13 three-pointers were a season-high and the most since hitting 13 at DePaul Jan. 16, 2019.

• Bryce Golden scored a career-best 22 points Feb. 12 vs. Marquette; it marked the third 20-point game of his career.

• Butler is 9-2 this season when winning the rebounding margin.

• Thompson (151) is now tenth on Butler’s career steals list.

• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season.

• Lukosius has made 34 of his last 36 free throw attempts and is shooting 89 percent from the charity stripe on the season.

FIRST TIME AROUND: No. 21 Providence came away with a 69-62 win over Butler Jan. 23 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

Nate Watson led the Friars with 18 points, including a personal 9-4 run that turned a 58-56 Providence advantage into a 67-60 lead with 1:07 to play.

Providence shot 51 percent for the game and went 10-of-14 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the field, but only 5-of-20 from behind the three-point line and only attempted four free throws on the afternoon.

Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 21 points; Bo Hodges added 17 points and eight rebounds.

Butler opened the second half by scoring the first eight points to erase a Providence halftime lead and take a 41-39 advantage, which was the team’s first lead since 14-12 with 12:55 remaining in the first half.

LAST TIME OUT: St. John’s took control of the game with a late first-half run and then pulled away over the final 20 minutes in taking a 91-57 win over Butler Friday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.

Julian Champagnie led the Red Storm with 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting. He hit four three-pointers.

St. John’s ended the first half by hitting 12 of their final 14 attempts to take a 46-30 halftime advantage after Posh Alexander banked in a three-pointer at the horn. A 17-3 St. John’s run turned a one-point Butler advantage into a 36-23 lead with 3:06 remaining in the opening stanza.

The St. John’s momentum would continue in the second half as the lead climbed above 30. St. John’s shot 61 percent for the game, including an 11-for-22 mark from behind the arc.

Freshman Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 19 points, just two shy of his career-high. He went 4-of-6 from three-point range and 6-for-14 overall.

TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs challenged themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule.

Butler’s non-conference opponents include three of the top 20 teams in this week’s AP poll (No. 5 Purdue — Crossroads Classic, No. 19 Michigan State — Gavitt Games, and No. 14 Houston — Maui Invitational in Las Vegas).

TWO TIMES FOR THE FIRST YEAR: Simas Lukosius was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 following an impressive 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. This is the second weekly conference honor for the Lithuanian, who also was recognized on Jan. 3.

Lukosius averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the team’s two contests. In the Jan. 26 win over Creighton, Lukosius scored 14 points and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He was the team’s leading scorer in the Jan. 29 win over Georgetown, recording 13 points. He shot 45 percent from three-point range in the team’s two games.

Butler WBB To Host Xavier Sunday Night at 7 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs and Xavier Musketeers will face-off on Sunday night at 7 PM. The late start is due to the men’s team hosting Providence at 1 PM the same day.

Bulldog Bits

– Celena Taborn leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (68.1). She is shooting 65.7% in BIG EAST action.

– Tenley Dowell, Emilia Sexton, and Sydney Jaynes are the only Bulldogs to play in all 23 games this year.

– Sexton hit five 3-pointers in the first meeting against Xavier (5-11). She led BU with 15 points.

– BU made a season-high 11 3-pointers at Xavier.

Scouting Xavier                                                                                     

The Musketeers are 8-16 this year with a 3-12 mark against conference competition. They will host #10 UConn on Friday night before traveling to Indianapolis for a Sunday night contest. The trip to Indy will be the final road test of the year for Xavier as the Musketeers close down the regular season with home tilts vs. Georgetown, Villanova and Seton Hall. Xavier recorded their third conference win of the year last week on FS1 by defeating Providence in Rhode Island 62-60. The all-access game was a wild one with Xavier outscoring Providence 22-14 in the fourth quarter to pick up the victory. Mackayla Scarlett scored a career-high 18 points to pace the Musketeer offense. Scarlett hit her third 3-pointer of the game with just 43 seconds left to break at 55-55 tie. Xavier closed out the game going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to seal the win.

All-Time Series vs. Xavier                                                                                   

Butler leads the all-time series against Xavier 29-20. The first-ever meeting went down as a 71-64 Bulldog victory during the 1982-83 season. Since joining the BIG EAST at the start of the 2013-14 season, BU has gone 12-6 against their Midwest foe.

Last Meeting vs. Xavier                                                                       

Kae Satterfield scored a career-high 18 points, Mackayla Scarlett dropped a career-best 16 points, Megan Harkey notched her first double-double with career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Shaila Beeler dished a career-best 11 assists as Xavier downed Butler in BIG EAST women’s basketball action. The Musketeers shot .423 on the afternoon to combat 11 made triples by the Bulldogs, including five by Emilia Sexton who led Butler with her 15 points. The Bulldogs narrowed a double-digit halftime deficit down to four, 43-39, midway through the third quarter, but the Musketeers closed the frame on a 16-4 run to pull away. Butler’s 11 made triples were a season best. Xavier’s win snapped a five-game win streak by Butler in the all-time series.

BIG EAST Tournament                                                                         

The Bulldogs will compete in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 4. Action in Uncasville, Conn. will unfold at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse                                                                

Butler is 5-3 against Xavier inside Hinkle Fieldhouse since each program joined the BIG EAST in 2013-14. The Bulldogs won the first two meetings and have come out on top in the last three. Over the last eight games in Hinkle, Butler has averaged 61.8 points per game and has limited Xavier to just 57.6.

Taborn for Two!                                                                                                  

Celena Taborn is on pace to break the Butler single-season field goal percentage record. The Furman transfer has made 109 of her 160 attempts (68.1%) and has scored in double figures in each of Butler’s last four games. The current record is 65.5% held by Liesl Schultz. Schultz has her name listed three total times in the top ten. She shot 65.5 percent (55-84) in the 1991-92 season. She shot 60.4% (142-235) in the 1993-94 campaign and 59.6% (165-227) in 1994-95.

Sexton for 3!                                                                                          

Emilia Sexton leads Butler with 38 made 3-pointers this season. The senior from Louisville made five triples early in the year vs. SIUE, matched that total with five more at Xavier, and also sank five vs. DePaul on Jan. 21. 38 of her 50 made field goals this season have been from behind the arc. Those numbers mirror her career stats with Sexton making 81 of her 107 field goals at BU from long distance.

Get the Board                                                                                        

Tenley Dowell or Celena Taborn have led BU in the rebound column in 19 of the team’s 23 games this year. Dowell has led BU 10 times; Taborn has led nine times.

Run the Point                                                                                        

Zoe Jackson has twice as many assists this season than any other player on the roster. The true freshman has dished out 64 assists this year to average 2.9 per contest. She has led Butler in assists 11 times this year.

Lucky #7                                                                                                                 

Zoe Jackson has scored seven points in four-straight games. She averages 7.4 points per game heading into Sunday and has scored seven points seven times this season.

Starting Five Shuffle                                                                             

Butler has used 14 different starting lineups over 23 games this season. The combination of Celena Taborn, Trinity White, Zoe Jackson, Alex Richard and Kendall Wingler have been used the most this year (five times). Butler rolled out Taborn, Jaynes, Jackson, Dowell and Sexton against the Friars. Taborn has started in 18 consecutive games. Dowell has the second longest streak on the team with 11-straight starts.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                              

Butler freshmen have scored 741 of the 1,324 Bulldog points this season (55.9%). BU first-year players scored 21 of the team’s 41 points against Providence. A freshman has led BU in scoring nine times this year, including last Sunday with Kendall Wingler scoring 14 points at Creighton.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler’s final road game of the regular season will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The Bulldogs will fly to South Orange N.J. to face the Seton Hall Pirates at 2 PM.

NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

#4 IRISH OUTLAST HATTERS, 5-3

DELAND, Fla. — In front of a sold out crowd Saturday afternoon at Melching Field, the fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team used a big fourth inning to defeat Stetson 5-3. The Irish scored four runs in the inning to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

John Michael Bertrand picked up his first win of the season after six innings of work against the Hatters. At the plate David LaManna led the way, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run. He had a two-RBI single in the four-run fourth inning for the Irish.

How It Happened

Stetson jumped out to an early lead after putting a run on the board in the bottom of the first. Nick DiPonzio singled to right to score Cameron Hill for the first run of the game.

The Irish got the score level in the top of the third inning. Zack Prajzner led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on an error. David LaManna singled through the left side to bring Prajzner over to third with no outs. Spencer Myers executed the sacrifice bunt down the first base line to score Prajzner and tie the game at 1-1.

Notre Dame took the lead in the fourth inning after putting four runs on the board. Brooks Coetzee III broke the tie as he scored from third on an error from the third baseman. With runners on second and third, LaManna cleared the bases with a two-RBI single. The final run of the inning came courtesy of Ryan Cole after he singled to center field and scored LaManna from second. After the top of the fourth concluded, the Irish held a 5-1 lead.

Bertrand did not miss a beat in his first start of 2022. After allowing an unearned run in the first inning, he settled in and did not allow the Hatters to gain any momentum at the plate. He pitched six innings of work with eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter in his outing.

Ryan McLinskey came on in relief of Bertrand in the seventh and set the Hatters down in order with two strikeouts in the inning. McLinskey tallied four more strikeouts in the eighth and ninth to pick up the save in his Irish debut.

Up Next

The Irish will conclude the Hatter Classic Sunday morning against Delaware. The Irish and Blue Hens are set to square off at 9 a.m. ET from Melching Field and the game will be broadcast on the Hatter Vision Youtube Channel.

IRISH FALL TO VANDERBILT

The #12 Fighting Irish traveled to Vanderbilt in a weekend matchup where the Irish fell to the Commodores 14-12.

Madison Ahern and Madison Mote both led the team with three goals each.

Kelly Denes led the team with 10 draw controls while the team as a whole won 17.

Diana Kelly caused four turnovers and the Irish caused 12 throughout the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish opened the contest with back to back goals from Madison Ahern, putting the Irish up 2-0 within the first three minutes of the game. A third Irish goal came from Madison Mote to give the Irish a 3-0. Cailin Field and Kasey Choma would each find the back of the net to give the Irish a 5-2 lead. With the clock winding down in the first quarter Mote scored again to increase the Irish lead 6-3.

The second quarter had Vanderbilt fighting back for the lead as they put three more goals on the board to tie things up. The Irish responded with a goal from Ahern at the last minute of the half to give them a one goal lead, 7-6.

The third quarter saw the Commodores tally the first goals to take the lead 8-7. Notre Dame responded with the equalizer from Mote before Vanderbilt tallied their ninth goal. Hannah Dorney found the ninth goal for the Irish. The Commodores took the lead again to end out the quarter 10-9.

In the final quarter, Jackie Wolak put the Irish on the board on a free position attempt making the score 11-10, Vanderbilt. The Commodores kept their lead at 12-10 with just over eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Both Wolak and Dorney scored in the final minutes to give the Irish an offensive burst bringing Notre Dame within one 13-12. The Commodores responded to make the eventual final score 14-12.

The Irish return to action on February 23 when they host Northwestern. Live stats will be available and the contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

IRISH BATTLE TO FINAL MOMENTS, FALL AT WAKE FOREST

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (19-8, 12-4) battled back and forth with Wake Forest (21-7, 11-6) at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, eventually falling for the first time in five games 79-74. The game featured 12 lead changes and four ties as two of the best teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference went at each other with scoring runs, defense and shot making.

Freshman Blake Wesely led the Irish with 24 points, connecting on a career-best six three-point field goals. He led four Irish players in double figures, while Jake LaRavia (20 points) and Aldones Williams (23) paced the Wake Forest scoring.

HOW IT HAPPENED

LaRavia scored the first seven points of the game for Wake Forest and also drew two early fouls on Paul Atkinson Jr. to send the Irish big man to the bench before the first media timeout.

The Deacon earned a 12-6 lead at that first break, but Irish answered with four consecutive three point field goals from Cormac Ryan, Trey Wertz, Nate Laszewski and Prentiss Hubb to force a Wake Forest timeout and take 18-16 lead with 12:24 left.

The run grew to 12-0 for the Irish with more three pointers from Wesley and a second from Laszewski, but Wake Forest came right back with their own 9-0 run to earn a 25-24 lead with 7:59 remaining.

Wesley then stepped up for his own personal 8-0 run, hitting a three in transition off a great find from Hubb, stepping back for one in the offensive set then getting a steal run out and lay up to push the Irish up 32-25 with 6:21 left.

The rookie wasn’t done, either. He picked off another pass at the top of the defense and found Hubb streaking for a reverse lay up, then hit yet another deep three pointer to push the Irish up 39-29 with 3:29 left.

The lead inched up to 41-29 until the Irish hit foul trouble late in the half. Laszewski was whistled for his second, then Atkinson Jr. was called for his third – and might not have even committed one real infraction in the first 20 minutes.

Wake Forest was able to end the half on a 6-0 run, four of those points coming from the free throw line to cut the ND lead to 41-35 at the break.

The home team hit its first three three-point field goals of the second half to cut into the Irish lead, but each time Notre Dame had an answer to maintain a slim lead. Free throws from Ryan and Goodwin, a transition three from Hubb and a lay up from Atkinson Jr. off a great feed from Hubb kept the Irish up 53-50 with 14:30 left.

The Deacons moved up by one point with 13:30 left but again the Irish had an immediate answer. Hubb drove and connected on a baseline jumper, then drove into the lane again, turned around and found Wesley open for his career-best sixth three pointer of the game to push the Irish back up two at 58-56.

It was Wake Forest’s turn to answer. A 6-0 run put the home team up 62-61 with 7:29 left. A 1-for-7 stretch from the field for Notre Dame allowed the Deacons to get the lead back.

After a Notre Dame timeout, Atkinson Jr. put back his own miss to give the Irish the lead right back. The Irish defense then earned the stops they needed for a few possessions but could not answer on their offensive end until Laszewski drilled a three pointer at the top of the key to put the Irish up one with 4:30 left.

Yet again, Wake Forest answered with one-on-one plays from Willams and Khadi Sy to push the home team lead back to three points. Wesley drove and earned two free throws, but Williams came back to put Wake Forest up three with 1:50 left.

After two more free throws from Notre Dame, Williams was fed the ball in the post and the Irish defense double teamed him. He tossed it out to Isaiah Mucius who connected on a three pointer for what turned out to be the decisive points advantage in the game.

Wesley drove and found Ryan in the corner for a three pointer to cut the lead to two and on the next possession Ryan also had a clean look to tie the game, but the shot rimmed out and Wake Forest secured their victory from the free throw line.

NOTES

The six three-point field goals for Wesley are the most of his young career and mark the most since Laszewski hit seven against North Carolina last season • it also marked the seventh 20-point game of his career.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame heads back to Purcell Pavilion to face Syracuse on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNews.

IRISH BATTLE BACK TO DEFEAT #21 LSU

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Payton Tidd led a gutsy 8-6 victory over the LSU Tigers Saturday at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. The Irish saw an early lead evaporate, but rebounded to shut the Tigers out over the final five innings and scored two in the seventh to earn the win.

The win snaps a three-game losing skid for the Irish. Notre Dame was previously winless against LSU, falling in the previous four games in program history. The win is the first over a ranked opponent this season, and Notre Dame is now 1-1 against top 25 teams.

Tidd started in the circle, throwing the full 7.0 innings. After giving up six runs, five earned in the first two innings, she went on to retire 15 of the next 17 to close out the contest.

Tidd led the offense as well, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and scored a run. Abby Sweet finished 1-for-2 with a home run, an RBI and scored twice, and reached base in three of her four plate appearances. Miranda Johnson added a 2-for-4 performance and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning. Emma Clark, Karina Gaskins and Quinn Biggio all added a hit in the contest.

The Irish struck first in the visitor half of the first inning. Sweet was hit by the very first pitch of the day and moved up with an infield single from Clark. After a walk loaded the bases, Tidd helped herself out, delivering a two-RBI single through the left side. Biggio brought in a run with a ground out and the Irish took the early 3-0 lead.

LSU took advantage of some free passes in the bottom of the frame, scoring a run with a bases loaded walk before hitting a grand slam to take the lead at 5-3.

Notre Dame got a run back in the top of the second on a two-out solo home run from Sweet, her third of the season.

Tigers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second to regain their two-run cushion.

The lead was trimmed back down to one in the top of the third. Gaskins connected on a one-out double off the wall in center and was pinch ran for by Emily Tran. A base hit through the left side from Biggio put runners on the corners for Johnson who delivered. She knocked a single past an outstretched first baseman that allowed Tran to score and cut the lead to 6-5, LSU.

Tidd tied the game up in the top of the fifth as she led off with a solo home run down the left field line.

The Irish rallied in the seventh. Leea Hanks drew a walk to start the frame, and after a pair of foul outs, Biggio drew a walk. Johnson connected on a 1-1 pitch and drove it to right field where it was misplayed, allowing Hanks and Biggio to score.

Tidd sit the Tigers down in order in the seventh, striking out the final hitter of the afternoon to earn the win.

Up Next

Notre Dame returns to the diamond Sunday morning as they take on No. 8 Texas in the final game of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, presented by Wilson.

#5/4 IRISH BLOW BY DETROIT MERCY IN SEASON OPENER, 24-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 5/4 Fighting Irish opened the 2022 season with a lopsided win in the Loftus Sports Center, putting on a clinic in all facets of the game in a 24-2 victory over Detroit Mercy.

The Kavanagh brothers stole the show on the offensive side of the field, combining for 14 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Pat Kavanagh, the 2021 Tewaaraton Finalist, picked up right where he left off last year, scoring four goals and adding four assists to lead the way with eight points. Chris Kavanagh made his collegiate debut and scored four goals and added two assists in the win.

In total 14 players found the back of the net for the Irish and 16 registered at least one point.

The Irish defense put the clamps on the Titans’ attack, allowing just two goals on the evening. The two goals mark the fewest the Irish have allowed in a game since shutting out Ohio State in a 9-0 win during the 2015 season. Notre Dame’s goalkeeping trio of Liam Entenmann, Chris Nelson and Grant Petracca combined for 18 saves, giving the team a save percentage of 90 percent.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish wasted no time getting going on the offensive end, scoring seven goals in the opening 15 minutes to build an early 7-0 advantage.

Notre Dame quickly expanded the lead to 13 goals, outscoring the visitors 8-2 in the second quarter to take a 15-2 lead into the halftime break. The Kavanagh brothers had four goals apiece with 9:42 remaining in the second quarter while Wheaton Jackoboice also found the back of the net twice to help build the lead.

Notre Dame managed to extend its lead in the third period, outscoring Detroit Mercy 4-0 to move the score to 19-2 through 45 minutes of action. The Irish then tacked on five more goals in the final frame while holding the Titans scoreless to make the final score 24-2.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Pat Kavanagh has made it a tradition to post a monster game in season openers, leading the Irish with eight points off four goals and four assists. He now has 24 combined points over his three season openers in his career, totaling seven (3G, 4A) against Cleveland State as a freshman in 2020 and nine (2G, 7A) in his sophomore season against Robert Morris in 2021. Kavanagh now has four games in his career with eight or more points.

STAT OF THE GAME

The 24 goals scored are the most the Irish have ever recorded in a season opener and the two goals allowed are the fewest the program has ever given up in a season opener.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

The Irish improve to 5-0 against Detroit Mercy in the all-time series.

With the win, the Irish are now 35-7 in season openers, including a 29-5 record under Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan.

Notre Dame improves to 38-4 in home openers in program history and 31-3 under Corrigan.

The 24 goals are the most the Irish have scored in a game against a DI opponent in program history.

The 22 goal margin represents the largest win over a DI opponent in program history.

Chris Kavanagh’s six point effort is the most recorded by an Irish freshmen in their debut since Pat posted seven during the 2019 season.

Jason Reynolds and Chris Kavanagh made their first career starts for the Irish.

Chris Kavanagh, Jeffery Ricciardelli, Emmett Barger, Mark McGinley, Casey Doyle and Davis Allen each scored their first career goals at the collegiate level while Mike Hawkins scored his first as a member of the Irish.

Up Next

The Irish host a top-5 showdown against No. 3 Georgetown at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 26. Admission is free and the game will air on ACCNX.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS

Mastodons Go Toe-to-Toe With Oakland, Fall 58-54

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team went down to the wire with Oakland on Saturday (Feb. 19), but ultimately fell to the Golden Grizzlies 58-54 in the O’Rena.

Fresh off her 33-point performance on Thursday, Sylare Starks led the Mastodons in scoring again on Saturday with 16 points. She went 6-for-11 from the floor. For the week, she averaged 24.5 points with 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) shooting. She was also 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.

The Mastodons jumped out to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, getting five points from Starks, Shayla Sellers and RyinOtt. The quarter ended on a 5-0 Sellers run, as she buried a triple with 2:37 left and a layup with 1:00 to go in the frame. The ‘Dons held Oakland scoreless for the last 4:14 of the opening period.

Purdue Fort Wayne weathered the Oakland scoring storm to end the half, still taking a four-point lead into the locker room. The Golden Grizzlies took the lead for the first time in the second half, rattling off a 20-3 run over the last 6:45.

Using a 9-3 spurt in the fourth quarter, the Mastodons closed the gap down to just two points at 54-52. Starks scored seven of those points. Despite being at arm’s reach of the Golden Grizzlies, Oakland managed to hold the lead for the remainder of the contest.

Behind Starks’ game-high 16 points, Sellers had 12. Aubrey Stupp had a solid outing of 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists. As a team, the ‘Dons shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the floor compared to Oakland’s 35.5 percent (22-of-62). Oakland’s 42-27 rebounding advantage came by way of 19 offensive boards.

The Mastodons continue their record-breaking free throw success, going 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) from the charity stripe. On the year, they are shooting a program-best 80.5 percent.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 9-18, 7-12 Horizon League while Oakland improves to 12-13, 10-8. The Mastodons will be back in action next week for their final weekend of regular season league play. They will host Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Milwaukee on Saturday (Feb. 26). The Milwaukee game will serve as Senior Day for Valerie Clark.

Purdue Fort Wayne Never Trails in 4-2 Win Against Radford

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball coach Amber Bowman picked up her first win as the head coach of the Mastodons on Saturday (Feb. 19), as the ‘Dons topped Radford 4-2 after falling to Northwestern State 3-0 in the morning.

GAME 1
Senior Jadelyn Johnson (0-2) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (0-8). The right-hander went three innings, giving up one run on three hits, allowing two walks and striking out two. 

Sophomore Alyson Quinlan threw two innings, surrendering one run on one hit, while walking none and striking out three.

Senior Camryn Mosher led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 1-for-3 in the ballgame with a triple.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Purdue Fort Wayne managed one chance with runners on third in the shutout, going a total of 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The Mastodons last got a runner on third in the fourth, when Mosher made it 60 feet away from scoring with one out.

GAME NOTES
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Northwestern State to just 2-for-10 (.200) with runners in scoring position.
» Mosher led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a triple.
» Northwestern State was led offensively by sophomore Laney Roos, who went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
» Maggie Darr led the Lady Demons pitching staff, throwing seven shutout innings.

GAME 2
The ‘Dons took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed from there on the way to a 4-2 win against the Radford Highlanders.

Gracie Brinkerhoff (1-2) started in the circle and picked up the win for Purdue Fort Wayne (1-8). The freshman went all seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits.

Brayden Lickey led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 1-for-3 in the ballgame with a double and two RBIs. Alise Hale compiled a noteworthy day at the plate as well with a double and an RBI. Taryn Jenkins also chipped in a 2-for-3 effort with a double.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Mastodons got on the board immediately, scoring all four in the bottom of the first inning. Purdue Fort Wayne’s offense started clicking and put up four runs, including a two-run double off the bat of Lickey. 

Radford put two runs on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Mastodons still held on for the 4-2 win.

GAME NOTES
» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the first, when it pushed four runs across.
» Purdue Fort Wayne took a 4-0 lead in the bottom half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
» Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-for-11 (.455) with runners in scoring position.
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Radford to just 1-for-7 (.143) with runners in scoring position.
» Lickey led the Mastodons at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
» Radford was led offensively by freshman Cori McMillan, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.
» Sophomore Emily Spingarn led the Highlanders pitching staff, throwing six innings of four-run ball

UP NEXT
The Mastodons will finish up the Chattanooga Challenge with a game on Sunday (Feb. 20) against the host Mocs at 1:30 PM.

Mastodon MBB Heads to Milwaukee Looking For Seventh Straight Win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons are the hottest team in the league and take their six-game win streak to Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 20). 


Game Day Information
Who: 
Purdue Fort Wayne (17-10, 12-6 Horizon) at Milwaukee (9-19, 7-12 Horizon)
When: Sunday, February 20 | 2 p.m. ET
Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | UWM Panther Arena
Listen: 1380 The Fan
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Milwaukee

KNOW YOUR FOE

// Head coach: Pat Baldwin

// The Panthers defeated Wright State and Green Bay before falling to Cleveland State 78-61 on Friday night. Highly touted freshman Pat Baldwin Jr. did not play in the game for the Panthers. He last played against Northern Kentucky on Feb. 9.

// The Panthers are scoring 64.6 points per game while giving up 70.6

// The ‘Dons lead the all-time series with the Panthers 4-0. Sunday will be the first time the ‘Dons play at UWM Panther Arena. The venue once known as Milwaukee Arena was the original home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. The Beatles and Elvis also played at the venue.

ON THE SIX-GAME WIN STREAK:

// The last time the ‘Dons won six straight league games was in January and February of 2015 when they won seven in a row.

// The ‘Dons are giving up only 61.2 points per game in regulation in the six wins.

// The ‘Dons are shooting 40.1 percent (57-of-142) from three.

// Four ‘Dons are averaging in double-digits: Jalon Pipkins (16.3), Jarred Godfrey (13.2), Damian Chong Qui (12.8) and Deonte Billups (10.7).

// The ‘Dons are forcing 17.7 turnovers per game and recording 11.0 steals a game.

// The ‘Dons are out-rebounding opponents 34.0 to 30.8.

‘DONS AND ENDS:

// The ‘Dons finished the regular season 13-2 at home this season. The last time the ‘Dons won 13 games at home in a season was 2017-18 when they went 13-3 in the Summit City. A year prior in 2016-17, the ‘Dons were 14-3 at home.

// Cameron Benford set a new program record for games played when he entered the game on Feb. 10 against IUPUI. Benford has now played in 137 games. The previous record holder was current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar at 133.

// When Cameron Benford started on Senior Night on Monday, it broke a streak of the same starting five for 25 straight games. The ‘Dons entered the contest as one of seven teams in the nation to make it that far in the season with the same starting five.

// Johnathan DeJurnett, who scored 12 total points last season in his freshman season, has 64 this season. He has a field goal in 13 straight games. He played a season-high 19 minutes on Feb. 18 at Green Bay.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for at least five minutes in every game this season except for losses at SIUE and at Wright State.

// Seven different players have led the team in scoring for a game this season. That ties a single-season high for a Mastodon team under head coach Jon Coffman. The 2019-20 team also had seven scoring leaders.

// When Jalon Pipkins shoots better than 50 percent from the floor, the ‘Dons are 8-0 this season.

// Per KenPom, the ‘Dons are the 20th most experienced team in the nation.

// The Mastodons rank 21st in the nation in 3-pointers per game (9.6).

// The ‘Dons are the only team in the league with three players in the top 10 in made 3-pointers: Jarred Godfrey (2nd, 60), Deonte Billups (57, 3rd) and Bobby Planutis (9th, 49).

// Per KenPom, the Mastodons recorded the highest Effective field goal percentage in program history (77 percent) in the home win over Robert Morris (Jan. 21).

A FEW NOTES ON THE CLEVELAND STATE WIN ON MONDAY:

// KenPom’s excitement ranking is “a measure of how much the win probability changed over the course of a game.” The Cleveland State victory had a value of 4.01, the third highest of every game played in the nation this season.

// Jalon Pipkins played a career-high 51 minutes in the game, making him the 12th player in NCAA Division I this year to play 51 or more minutes in a game.

// The ‘Dons forced a season-high 24 turnovers against a Division I opponent.

// The ‘Dons recorded 15 steals. The last time the ‘Dons recorded 15 steals against a Division I program was Jan. 10, 2019 at home against Oral Roberts.

DO GET DEFENSIVE:

// In league play only, the ‘Dons own a 97.1 defensive efficiency according to KenPom, the best in the Horizon League.

// The ‘Dons have 13 games of double-digit steals this season, including nine in the last 11 games.

// The ‘Dons have given up 70 points in only three of the last 11 games.

// The Mastodons allowed 74.0 points per game through the first 11 contests of the season. Over the last 16 the ‘Dons are giving up 65.6 per game.

// The ‘Dons are giving up 69.0 points per game on the season. Only nine times in program history have the ‘Dons finished a season giving up less than 70.0 points per game. They’ve done it only five times as a Division I program.

// The 55 points the Mastodons allowed to Green Bay on Feb. 6 and Feb. 18 stand as their best defensive performance of the season against a Division I team.

// The ‘Dons are 17th in the nation in steals per game (9.1) and 7th in total steals (247).

FROM THE LINE:

// The ‘Dons are 23rd in the nation and 3rd in the Horizon League in free throw shooting (77.0 percent). The program record for single-season free throw percentage came in 2010-11 at 77.2 percent.

// Free throw shooting in league play: Jarred Godfrey (41-of-48), Jalon Pipkins (48-of-54), Bobby Planutis (20-of-20), Damian Chong Qui (38-of-43) and Deonte Billups (17-of-24).

// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It stands as the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts.

TURN, TURN, TURN:

// The ‘Dons have five single-digit turnover games this season.

// The Mastodons are forcing 16.21 turnovers per game, 24th best in the nation and first in the league.

// The Mastodons’ 2.3 turnover margin ranks 63rd in the nation

JALON PIPKINS… :

// … is 38th in the nation in free throw percentage (86.7 percent).

// … recorded a career-high 27 points with 10 field goals against Cleveland State (Feb. 14). He tied the game with a layup in regulation with six seconds left.

// … has seven games of 18 or more points this season.

// … owns 864 career points with NCAA Division I stops at CSUN and Loyola-Chicago prior to his two seasons in Fort Wayne.

// … recorded a career-high five steals on Jan. 28 at NKU.

BOBBY PLANUTIS… :

// … is 26-of-26 from the free throw line this season. Only twice since 1992-93 (per sports-reference.com) has a player finished a season shooting 100 percent from the free throw line while making at-least 26. Matt Frierson made 44-of-44 for The Citadel in 2018-19. Conner Frankamp from Wichita State made 35-of-35 in 2017-18.

// … has been at his best in league play, averaging 9.9 points in Horizon League play compared to his 7.0 in non-league games.

// … has 15 games of two or more 3-pointers this season.

// … recorded a career-high 18 points on Jan. 28 at Northern Kentucky. He tied a season high with four 3-pointers.

// … has scored 824 career points in NCAA Division I when his time at Purdue Fort Wayne, St. Bonaventure and Mount St. Mary’s are combined.

JARRED GODFREY… :

// … has started every game since the start of his sophomore year for 86 starts in a Mastodon uniform.

// … is second in the league in made 3-pointers (60).

// … owns 1,520 career points, 5th place in program history. In 4th place is Mo Evans with 1,522 points from 2013-17.

// … is 5th in program history in made field goals (541). In 4th place is Sean Gibson with 588 field goals from 1989-93.

// … is 7th in program history in assists (339). In 6th place is Zach Plackemeier (362) from 2007-11.

// … is 5th in program history in steals (153). In 4th place is Bruce Roland with 210 steals from 1986-89.

// … scored 35 points against Western Michigan (Nov. 27) on 13-of-18 shooting. His 13 field goals tied a career high.

// … made seven 3-pointers at home against Oakland, tied for the second most 3-pointers made by a Horizon League student-athlete this season.

RA KPEDI… :

// … is having the best season of his career, averaging 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

// … is 55th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (2.89).

// … has 10 games of seven or more rebounds.

// … has six games of five or more offensive rebounds.

// … picked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Florida Gulf Coast.

// … leads the Horizon League in two-point field goal percentage at 64.9 percent.

DEONTE BILLUPS… :

// … is looking like the leader for Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, he leads the league in scoring among players without a start this season thanks to his 8.9 points per game.

// … has 17 games of two or more 3-pointers in a game this season and has made four or more six times this season.

// … is third in the Horizon League with 57.

// … owns a defensive rating of 95.9 from sports-reference.com, third best in the Horizon League.

DAMIAN CHONG QUI… :

// … raced down the court with just seconds left to make a 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to force overtime with Cleveland State on Feb. 14. The ‘Dons would win in triple overtime 102-98.

// … has nine double-digit points games in the last 11 games. Prior to this span he had six in the entire season.

// … joined the Mastodons this season. He helped Mount St. Mary’s to an NCAA Tournament berth last season. He averaged 15.1 points per game for The Mount last year on his way to All-NEC First Team honors.

// …. is the second Mastodon to join the ‘Dons after playing at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Bobby Planutis spent his freshman season of 2017-18 at The Mount.

// … has a pair of 20-point games.

// … scored 14 points against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 28) and went over 1,000 career points. He scored 950 points at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Purdue Fort Wayne this season.

DUNKS FROM MASTODONS THIS SEASON:

// Ra Kpedi 24, Jalon Pipkins 16, Johnathan DeJurnett 13, Bobby Planutis 6, Deonte Billups 4, RJ Ogom 3, Jarred Godfrey 3, JoJo Peterson 3

Women’s Track Finishes Second at ISU Open

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s track & field team finished second out of seven teams with 112 points at the ISU Open on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Indiana State won the meet with 176 points.

Jordan Yanders won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.76 seconds. Yanders was 0.02 seconds away from breaking Lexi O’Connell’s record of 8.74 seconds. Jesseca Hudson-Turpin was second at 8.84 seconds.

Jai Reed (7.78 seconds) and Haley Pandazis (8.09 seconds) were second and fifth in the 60-meter dash. Reed (26.56 seconds) and Pandazis (26.80 seconds) also finished third and fifth in the 200-meter dash.

Selena Johnson (11.47 meters), Louiza Kruiswijk (11.35 meters), and Mariah Oberhaus (10.70 meters) were first, second and fourth in the triple jump.

In distance events, Brooke Neal finished second in the mile and (5:16.85) and 3,000-meter run (10:52.13). Kathy Potter was fourth in both the mile (5:21.60) and the 800-meter run (2:25.35).  Madison Langdon was fourth in the 3,000 meter run (11:11.63).

In field events, Nakia Harris-Campbell was fourth in the shot put (12.27 meters) and fifth in the weight throw (13.62 meters). Miranda Haney (1.60 meters) and Allyssa Hennessey (1.50 meters) were fourth and fifth in the high jump. Selena Johnson was fifth in the long jump (5.21 meters).

The Mastodons travel to Youngstown, Ohio for the Horizon League Championships on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 26 and 27.

Donaldson Breaks Program Record in 60-Meter Hurdles at ISU Open

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s track & field athlete Brent Donaldson broke the program record in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the ISU Open.

Donaldson broke the record in the 60-meter hurdle prelims at 8.39 seconds. He breaks Dona Fagnon’s previous record of 8.40 seconds, which was set on Feb. 26, 2021.

In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Donaldson finished tied for third (8.40 seconds) and Fagnon was sixth (8.51 seconds).

In addition, Fagnon won the 200-meter dash at 22.99 seconds while Donaldson finished in second at 23.14 seconds.

Braxton Trittipo (50.62 seconds) was second and Joe Cartwright (50.68 seconds) tied for third in the 400-meter dash. JT Hodges was second in the 3,000-meter run (8:46.54). Kobe Milledge was third in the 800-meter run (1:57.46). Hodges (4:26.23) and Draven Thompson (4:26.44) were third and fourth in the mile. Austin Dove took fifth in the high jump (1.90 meters).

As a team, the Mastodons finished second out of seven teams with 75 points. Indiana State won the meet with 194 points.

The Mastodons travel to Youngstown, Ohio for the Horizon League Championships on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 26 and 27.

INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS

Sycamores Defeat SIUE and Tennessee Tech to Extend Win Streak to Six

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Indiana State swept a Saturday doubleheader at the Chattanooga Challenge with wins over SIUE and Tennessee Tech to extend their winning streak to six games.

Game One

The Sycamores began their day with a come from behind victory over SIUE, scoring four in the fifth inning to help secure a 7-5 victory.

Indiana State had the offense going early, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Annie Tokarek drove in Olivia Patton and Bella Peterson with a double into left center to put ISU up 2-0. Isabella Henning would score after a throw trickled away from the SIUE catcher to make it 3-0 after one.

The Cougars wasted no time battling back, scoring twice in the top of the second on a Lauren Yslava two-run home run. Yslava’s blast over the left field wall trimmed the Sycamore lead to one.

SIUE would tie it up in the third after a Sycamore throwing error with two outs in the inning.

Entering the fourth inning, the game remained tied at three. Indiana State replaced starter Cassi Newbanks with Lyndsi Adamson to begin the frame.

Indiana State would surrender two runs in the inning, putting SIUE up 5-3 after a fielding error and a hit by pitch. Adamson would leave the bases loaded and limit the Cougar damage to just two.

The Sycamores went hitless for three straight innings until the bottom of the fifth where the offense exploded for four runs on five hits to take a 7-5 lead. Lexie Siwek drove in a run with a single to begin the scoring which was followed by a Kennedy Shade RBI single. Next to the plate was Danielle Henning who gave ISU the lead with an RBI single of her own. Abi Chipps put a run across with an RBI groundout to cap the scoring in the inning.

Adamson struck out the side in the side in the sixth and after the ISU defense erased a base runner with a double play in the seventh, she struck out the game’s final batter to secure her first Indiana State victory.

Game Two

Indiana State battled Tennessee Tech to a 3-2 victory in the afternoon portion of their Saturday doubleheader.

The Sycamores jumped out in front again in first inning, with Amanda Guercio and Lexie Siwek delivering back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the inning. Bella Peterson and Cassie Thomerson came around to score for a 2-0 ISU lead.

Danielle Henning led the second inning off with a double and would later come around to score after a Golden Eagle throwing error which put ISU up 3-0.

Tennessee Tech answered quickly with two runs on four hits in the top of the third. Lexi Benko fanned a Golden Eagle batter to strand runners on second and third to keep the Sycamore lead intact.

Benko set down nine consecutive batters through the sixth inning as Indiana State still led 3-2 heading into the final frame.

After hitting the leadoff batter, Benko set down Tennessee Tech’s next three batters to secure her third win of the season.

Around the Horn

– Indiana State’s six game winning streak is their longest since 2018 when the Sycamores won seven in a row. 

– The Henning twins are off to a hot start, batting a combined .353 (12-34) with five doubles and five RBI’s.

– This is Indiana State’s best start to a season since they began the 2019 season 7-2.

– Bella Peterson and Lexie Siwek have hit safely in seven out of eight games to begin the season.

– Lexi Benko has now thrown three complete games this season, which matches her total from all of 2021.

Up Next

Indiana State will finish their trip to Chattanooga with an 11 a.m. ET matchup against Northwestern State on Sunday morning.

Sycamores Unable to Contain Second Half Surge by Southern Illinois

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State basketball went into the locker room up five points at halftime, but Southern Illinois outscored the Sycamores 44-35 in the final 20 minutes to claim a 76-72 victory Saturday afternoon at Hulman Center.

The Salukis (15-13, 8-8 MVC) were able to take advantage of 13 ISU turnovers, turning the miscues into 18 points. Tied at 61 with five minutes remaining, the Sycamores turned the ball over twice as the Salukis were able to capitalize each time as Southern ended the game on a 17-9 run.

Lance Jones, Ben Coupet Jr., and Troy D’Amico each buried 3-pointers during the stretch as SIU finished 12-for-28 from behind the arc.

The Sycamores (11-16, 4-11 MVC) picked up a career high scoring effort from Kailex Stephens who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and an assist in the loss while Cooper Neese surpassed 1,000 career points after scoring 19 on 7-of-12 shooting, including three of ISU’s six shots from distance.

Cameron Henry and Xavier Bledson also scored in double-figures for the Sycamores. Henry earned his third double-double of the season with a 10-point, 11 rebound and five assist effort while Bledson put up 10 points four assists and four rebounds.

The Salukis had three double-digit scorers led by Jones with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Marcus Domask added 21 points while Ben Coupet Jr. scored 16 for SIU.

Indiana State led for more than 26 minutes in the game as both teams went back-and-forth with 11 lead changes and 10 ties. Julian Larry extended the ISU lead to seven with a transition dunk two minutes into the second half before the Salukis clawed their way back, eventually tying the game at 44 at the 12-minute mark.

Bledson pushed the Sycamore lead back out to four at 51-47 with a score from the post to go along with a foul. Stephens continued to work from the post in the second half, scoring seven points in the final 20 minutes.

During a four-minute stretch in the second half, SIU erased their deficit and tied the game with 5:16 on the clock. The Salukis scored on three offensive rebounds after ISU was unable to corral a rebound from their 2-3-zone. Jones put SIU ahead for the first time in the second half with a 3-pointer with under four minutes to play before Neese answered with a shot from deep of his own.

Coupet Jr. knocked in his 12th point with a 3-pointer with 2:42 left to play and the Salukis did not give up the lead again.

Indiana State won the turnover battle 33-27 but SIU was able to force 13 turnovers while only committing six of their own. ISU shot 52.9 percent (27-51) from the field and 6-for-12 from deep while SIU finished 45 percent (27-60) from the field.

UP NEXT

In the midst of four games over seven days, Indiana State will travel to Des Moines Sunday before facing off with Drake Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The team returns home for the final game at Hulman Center Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET when Northern Iowa comes to town. Both games will air on ESPN Plus and 105.5 The Legend.

Sycamores unable to slow Ohio State’s quick start

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Indiana State was unable to keep pace with a quick Ohio State start on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores fell to the Buckeyes at Centennial Park, 9-3.

The Sycamores (1-1) jumped ahead early on a Miguel Rivera RBI single in the top of the first, but the Buckeyes (2-0) responded with a three-run first inning highlighted by a two-run Hank Thomas triple in taking control of the ball game. ISU battled back with runs in both the second and fifth innings, but a trio of two-run frames by Ohio State put the game away in favor of the Buckeyes.

Josue Urdaneta paced the Sycamores with his first three-hit campaign of the season as the redshirt sophomore connected on singles in the first, fifth, and ninth innings. Jordan Schaffer added a double and two runs scored, while Mike Sears added his first double of the season in the loss.

Jack Parisi (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for the Sycamores after going the first 4.2 innings and allowing eight hits and seven runs (six earned). Parisi struck out six in the game, but a bout of wildness led to three hits-batsmen in the game.

Raine Richter added 1.2 innings out of the bullpen, while Jose Cabrera and Matt Gauer combined to go the final 1.2 innings in shutout relief in the game.

Four Ohio State hitters put together multi-hit efforts paced by Thomas’ 2-for-4 outing with a pair of RBI. Marcus Ernst added a triple among his two hits and drove in two RBI, while Trey Lipsey scored three times for the Buckeyes.

Ethan Hammerberg (1-0) was effective over his 1.2 innings in relief in picking up his first win of the season. Hammerberg faced two batters over the minimum and struck out three over the middle innings. Nate Haberthier took the no-decision in the start surrendering five hits and three runs (two earned) over 4.2 innings. Nate Karaffa went the final 2.0 innings to close out the contest.

How They Scored

Indiana State struck in the top of the first inning as Miguel Rivera singled through the right side scoring Jordan Schaeffer with one out in the frame to put the Sycamores ahead 1-0.

The Buckeyes responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Thomas brought home Ernst and Zach Dezenzo with a one-out triple to right field, before scoring on an error on Blanye Robinson’s grounder to put OSU ahead 3-1.

Mike Sears cut the Ohio State lead down to 3-2 in the top of the second as the redshirt junior led off the inning with a double, before coming around to score on a wild pitch.

OSU’s lead stretched to 5-2 in the fourth as Ernst tripled home Lipsey, while Kern’s infield single brought home Ernst in the inning.

The Sycamores plated their final run in the top of the fifth as the Sycamores took advantage of an Ohio State errant throw allowing Schaffer to score on Urdaneta’s single to cut the lead to 5-3.

The Buckeyes added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Drew Reckhart scored on a passed ball and Lipsey crossed the plate on Mitchell Okuley’s single to put the score at 7-3.

Ohio State’s final two runs of the game came in the bottom of the seventh with Okuley singling home Reckhart, while Lipsey scored on Ernst’s sacrifice fly to provide the final margin.

News & Notes

Saturday’s loss marks the second time Indiana State has fallen in the all-time series against the Buckeyes since the teams started playing in 2014. ISU took the first three games of the series, while OSU has won the last two including their 10-6 (10 inn.) win in 2020.

It’s back-to-back days with multi-hit games for Josue Urdaneta as the redshirt sophomore put together his fourth career three-hit game with the Sycamores. He has 15 career multi-hit games and leads the team with a .556 batting average (5-for-9) through two games.

Jordan Schaffer became the first Sycamore to be hit by three pitches since Dominic Cusumano was plunked three times against Dallas Baptist back on May 30, 2021. Schaffer was hit in the first, second, and seventh innings in the loss.

Schaffer’s leadoff HBP extended his on-base streak to 14 consecutive games, while his leadoff double in the top of the fifth extended his hitting streak to 14 as well following the contest.

Miguel Rivera’s RBI single in the first inning extended his on-base streak to 14 consecutive games.

Grant Magill saw his 12-game on-base streak snap after failing to reach base on Saturday afternoon.

Isaiah Thompson and Jackson Taylor both made their Sycamore debuts for the season on Saturday afternoon as the duo both entered the game as pinch-runners.

Both pitching staffs struggled to control the baseball on Saturday with the teams combining for eight HBPs with each starting pitcher responsible for three apiece.

The Sycamores and Buckeyes will faceoff one final time in Port Charlotte as the teams are scheduled to play tomorrow afternoon with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.

Up Next

Indiana State is back in Port Charlotte, Fla. tomorrow morning as the Sycamores are scheduled to be the home team against Marshall University on Field C9 at Centennial Park with first pitch set for 11:30 a.m. ET. The Sycamores will then take on Ohio State on field C10 with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Both games are scheduled to be streamed live via FloBaseball ($). Live stats will also be provided via GoSycamores.com.

IUPUI ATHLETICS

MOORE’S SCHOOL RECORD HIGHLIGHTS JAGS’ EFFORTS AT ISU

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s track and field team put their final touches on the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 19) as the squad notched a new school record and four personal bests at the ISU Open. Freshman Katie Moore reset the program’s 60m hurdles record, clocking a time of 9.44 in the finals. She had broken the record in the prelims with a time of 9.49 before taking five-hundredths of a second off her time in the finals.

Marie Terry also locked in a new personal best in the event, running 9.59 in the finals to take nearly a tenth of a second off her prior best.

“Today’s goal was to get the school record in the hurdles. In order to do that, I just had to do what Coach (Seward) always tells me do to, ‘just run’. That’s all I had to do was run – nothing different and nothing special,” Moore said. “I’m so thankful to be able to run for such a great school and track program.

“I’m so thankful to run with such great teammates and for such great coaches. And I’m so thankful to have that school record. I’m going into conference happy, but never satisfied.”

In the mile, Kara Krol won her heat and placed ninth overall with a time of 5:32.46, taking 12 seconds off her prior best. Jayda Obluck was second in the heat and 11th overall with a time of 5:35.31. In the 800, Sabrina Elder paced IUPUI’s two entries with a time of 2:19.17 and freshman Laci Provenzano clocked a personal best 3,000m time of 10:58.18, shaving nine seconds off her personal best.

The Jaguars capped the day with a winning effort in the 4×400 relay as the quartet of Terry, Moore, Sophia Taylor and Elder finished at 4:11.72.

On the infield, Lauren Palmer was the team’s lone entrant in the long jump with a jump of 4.84m (15′ 10.5”) and Kelly Zehnder posted a mark of 10.30m (33′ 9.5”) in the triple jump. Mikayla Miller had a best high jump of 1.45m (4′ 9”) on Saturday.

The Jaguars will now turn attention to the Horizon League Indoor Championships in Youngstown, Ohio, on Feb. 26-27.

COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE ON SATURDAY

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After trailing by 17 at halftime, the IUPUI basketball team put up a strong second half before falling short at Youngstown State on Saturday (Feb. 19), 74-61. The Jaguars cut YSU’s lead back to three with 8:01 to play before the Penguins outscored the guests 17-7 from there.

Freshman Chuks Isitua had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds and graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell also added 14 points in the loss. Senior Nathan McClure had 13 points in a full 40 minutes of work and Bakari LaStrap finished with 10 points and five assists. Michael Akuchie paced YSU (18-11, 12-7 HL) with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Dwayne Cohill had 19 points and four assists.

YSU shot a blistering 58.7 percent from the floor while holding IUPUI to just 40.7 percent overall.

Youngstown State shot 60 percent in the opening half to build a 43-26 break at the half. After a Maxwell at the 1:43 mark, YSU closed the half with the final eight to extend the lead to 17. Largely behind the play of Isitua in the frontcourt, IUPUI opened the second half strong, outscoring the Penguins 28-14 over the opening 12 minutes to get within three. At one point, Isitua scored eight of IUPUI’s 10 points and blocked a shot at the other end to help bring the Jags back. However, the Jags were unable to get all the way back as Akuchie got loose for a dunk to make it a two-possession game with 6:58 left.

The road weary Jags got back within five when McClure swished a pair of free throws with 5:43 left, but YSU answered with nine straight points to seal the game. Cohill dialed up a pair of jumpers during the run as part of a 7-of-9 shooting night. YSU missed just 19 field goal attempts and grabbed eight offensive boards, leading to 13 second chance points.

Isitua was 6-of-9 from the floor and also dished out a pair of assists. Maxwell hit for double-digits for an eighth straight game. 

IUPUI will return home to cap the regular season with back-to-back home games. The homestand will begin against Milwaukee on Thursday night (Feb. 24) at 8:00 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The season finale will be against Green Bay inside the Jungle on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4:45 p.m..

JAGUARS’ 14-GAME STREAK ENDS AFTER LOSS AT GREEN BAY, 71-56

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI Jaguars feel to Green Bay on Saturday afternoon, 71-56, on the road, snapping their 14-game win streak. Sophomore transfer Rachel Kent scored a season-high 21 points with five rebounds while Macee Williams added 18 points and nine rebounds.

“Sometimes it’s just not your night. You have to give Green Bay credit because they shot the ball really well and forced us into a very low percentage offensively,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “I thought Rachel Kent was very aggressive today and shot the ball really well.”

IUPUI and Green Bay we’re evenly matched after the first quarter with 19 points each, but the Phoenix turned up their offense to outscore the Jags in the second quarter 13-6. Despite efforts from the Jaguars, Green Bay capitalized on their lead with 21 points in the fourth quarter compared to IUPUI’s 15.

The Phoenix defense held the Jaguar offense to 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the floor and just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) behind the arc while Green Bay shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the floor. The Jags outrebounded the Phoenix 38 to 33.

Destiny Perkins added six points with two rebounds and two assists while Rachel McLimore totaled five points with four rebounds and two assists. Madison Wise, Anna Mortag and Morgan Allen added two points each.

“I’m proud of our players as we won 14 straight games and really only have two losses in conference play. Now we have to go home and learn from it so we can be better down the stretch.”

The Jaguars will return home for the last two games of the regular season. The first on Thursday, Feb. 24 against Youngstown State at 6:00 pm. IUPUI then faces Robert Morris on Saturday, Feb. 26 for senior night with tip off at 2:00 pm.

EVANSVILLE ATHLETICS

UE men drop contest against Valparaiso

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Shamar Givance tied for the game high with 21 points on Saturday when the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fell to Valparaiso by a final of 72-56 at the Ford Center.

Givance was the only double-digit scorer for the Purple Aces (6-10, 2-13 MVC), hitting 8 of his 13 attempts on his way to the 21-point game.  Evan Kuhlman scored nine points while leading the team in rebounds (7) and steals (4).  Kobe King was one of four double figure scorers for the Beacons (12-15, 5-10 MVC), tying Givance for the game’s top scoring tally with 21.  Kevion Taylor added 16 while Ben Krikke and Sheldon Edwards scored 12 and 11, respectively.

“Today was frustrating more than anything.  We got some pretty good looks but did not have enough consistency.  We want to win and there is no question but there are things that we encounter that make that hard,” head coach Todd Lickliter said.  “We got some good production from some of our guys while we have been shorthanded.  Blaise (Beauchamp) has stepped up over the last few games and Emmette (Page) played some good minutes today.”

Valparaiso started the game 3-for-3 from the field to take the early edge.  The Beacons opened the game with four in a row before Evan Kuhlman took a feed from Shamar Givance and connected from downtown.  Valpo extended the lead to 8-5 before the Aces took their first lead at 9-8 on a pair of Blake Sisley free throws at the 13:08 mark.

On the ensuing Valpo possession, a triple put the lead right back in their hands and they would lead by as many as 19 in the first half.  After a Preston Ruedinger triple gave the Beacons a 21-14 lead, the second 3-point play of the day by Givance made it a 21-17 game.  That is when the tides turned with Valparaiso going on an 18-3 run to take their largest lead at 39-20 with 2:34 left in the opening half.  Emmette Page came in to hit a triple and cut the deficit to 39-23 at the break.

Evansville chipped away at the Valparaiso lead in the second half.  With 11:08 left in the contest, Noah Frederking hit his first triple to get the game back within 10 points at 47-37.  Two minutes later, the Aces got even closer when a basket from Givance cut the VU lead to single figures (50-41) for the first time in the final half.  While UE would get back within nine on another occasion, Valpo kept the lead between ten and 15 points for the remainder of the game to finish with the 72-56 win.

Hitting 13 out of 19 second-half attempts, Valpo finished the game shooting 60.0% with UE completing the day at 42.0%.  The Beacons also finished with a 34-19 edge on the boards.  The teams will meet again on Monday for a 7 p.m. game in Valparaiso.

BALL STATE ATHLETICS

Ball State Completes Season Sweep of Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – For the third time this season, the Ball State men’s basketball team finished a game with five players in double-digit points. The Cardinals (12-14, 7-8 MAC) knocked off the Bowling Green Falcons (12-15, 5-11 MAC) on Saturday in the Stroh Center 91-82.

Miryne Thomas produced a game-high 18 points to go along with his game-high two blocks, three rebounds, and two assists. Tyler Cochran recorded 16 points with a game-high seven steals, which is a new career best, six rebounds and four assists. Payton Sparks tallied his ninth double-double behind 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Mickey Pearson Jr. compiled a career-high 13 points with five rebounds, one steal, and one block. Luke Bumbalough finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and one assist.

The game started as a back-and-forth battle that saw a tie game with just 8:35 left in the first half. During the opening stretch, neither team saw more than a three-point lead. With the score tied at 22-22, the Falcons went on a 10-2 run and gained a 32-24 lead. The Cardinals were unfazed by the run and responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32-32. The two sides continued to battle until the half, which saw Ball State hold a 46-44 lead.

Bowling Green came out of the break swinging and started the second on an 8-3 run to gain a 52-49 lead early in the stanza. Like most of the game, the second half continued to be a slugfest. BGSU held an 80-79 lead with just under three minutes left in regulation. A layup by Cochran, followed by a 3-pointer by Bumbalough caused a shift in the momentum in favor of the Cardinals. Ball State ended the game on a 12-2 run to secure a 91-82 victory.

As a team, BSU outrebounded BGSU 42-37. The Cardinal bench outscored the Falcon bench 26-24. Ball State produced 10 second-chance points, which was a slight advantage over Bowling Green’s nine.

Samari Curtis led the Falcons and tied for a game-high 18 points. Curtis also dished out a game-high six assists. Matiss Kulackovskis and Daeqwon Plowden ended the game with 17 points each. Cam Young closed out the double-digit scoring with 10. Trey Diggs led BGSU with seven rebounds.

Ball State stays on the road for a matchup on Tuesday at Kent State. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. jump.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“It’s big! It’s a results world. It was a really big win. It was great to see us make our free throws down the stretch. It was something that we struggled with in the close losses. We finished 25-31 from the line. We got some key stops down the stretch. They challenged us defensively. We made some winning plays. We kept our poise and composure under pressure to come out with the win.”

From the Student-Athlete – Redshirt Junior Forward #0 Miryne Thomas

“We went through a stretch where we were winning the games by a possession. The past four games we lost three. We have to learn as a team and stay together. That way when we get to the MAC Tournament everybody’s firing on all cylinders.”

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

“Sticking together was key. We needed this win. It was a big win. We came together as a team. Confidence is there. We know our ceiling is high. We just have to stay together. It helps when guys pick each other up and we stay aggressive.”

Cardinals Drop Two on Day Two of Swig & Swine

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Ball State baseball team was back on the diamond on Saturday for day two of the Swig & Swine Collegiate Classic at The Shipyard Park. The Cardinals fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the morning contest, 11-1, followed by a 9-0 loss to Air Force.

The Cardinals fell to 1-2 on the season, while Iowa improved to 2-0 and Air Force improved to 1-1.

Amir Wright has been a solid lead-off hitter and has led off all three games this season with a base hit. The Cardinals tallied six hits across both games today. Wright finished the day 2-for-7 and was the only player to record multiple hits. Trenton Quartermaine, Ryan Peltier, Zach Cole, and Zach Lane produced the other hits for BSU.

Iowa 11, Ball State 1

The Hawkeyes got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second. The Cardinals were able to cut into the lead on an RBI single by Lane that scored Cole.

Iowa extended its lead to 6-1 after a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. The Hawkeyes added a run in the bottom of the seventh to go up 7-1 after seven innings of play. Iowa tacked on four runs in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win the game 11-1.

Tyler Schweitzer picked up the loss behind 4 1/3 innings of work with five earned runs with four strikeouts and four walks. Tyler Ruetschle went 1 2/3 innings in relief with three strikeouts and gave up one earned run. Tanner Knapp went one inning with two strikeouts and surrendered one earned run. Jacob Hartlaub notched a 1/3 of an inning and gave up four earned runs with one strikeout. Mac Ayers closed out the pitching for the Cardinals with 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout.

Connor Shultz started on the mound for Iowa and tallied nine strikeouts and one earned run in four innings of work. Brody Brecht picked up the win with four innings in relief and seven strikeouts. Will Christophersen added an inning and struck out four batters.

Air Force 9, Ball State 0

The Falcons got on the board in the first inning on a sac fly. In the second, Air Force used two home runs to extend its lead to 5-0. The Falcons tacked on another run in the fifth off a double to left center. Air Force tallied two runs in the top of the seventh and one more in the top of the eighth to win the game 9-0.

Nate Dohm got the loss in his first collegiate start. He went two innings, struck out three and gave up five runs, four of which were earned. Luke Shafer went 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and surrendered one earned run. Ty Weatherly added 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and gave up two runs, none earned. Maxwell McKee collected three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of work and gave up one unearned run. Casey Bargo pitched a shutout inning with two strikeouts.

Seungmin Shim picked up the victory behind six innings on the mound with two strikeouts and scattered just two hits. Sawyer Hawks went three innings with four strikeouts.

Ball State finishes the Swig & Swine with a matchup against Army on Sunday at 10 a.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Today we were outplayed in all facets. We will regroup and be ready to go tomorrow.”

VALPO ATHLETICS

Women’s Basketball Faces Key Matchup Sunday at Indiana State

Valparaiso (9-16, 7-7 MVC)

Game #26 – February 20, 2022 – noon CT

at Indiana State (10-14, 5-8 MVC)

Hulman Center (9,000) – Terre Haute, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: One key game follows another, as the Valpo women’s basketball team plays its final road game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Indiana State. Coming off a victory on Friday at Evansville, a win over the Sycamores would go a long way to securing a top-six finish in the regular season standings and avoiding a Thursday game at Hoops in the Heartland.

Previously: Maybe it was only appropriate, given that the normal five-hour bus trip the day before had taken nearly 12 hours to complete, that Friday’s game at Evansville would take a little longer than normal to decide a victor. After 40 minutes proved to not be enough, the Beacons’ defense locked down in overtime, holding the Purple Aces scoreless over the last three and a half minutes as Valpo claimed a key 75-70 victory.

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 46-65. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: Indiana State owns a 9-5 advantage in the all-time series. Valpo had won the last three meetings in the series, dating back to 2019, before the Sycamores came to the ARC last month and picked up an 85-65 victory. The Beacons had four players in double figures in that contest, led by 15 points from Leah Earnest, and hit 12-for-30 from 3-point range, but could not overcome 50.7% shooting by the Sycamores, who turned 18 offensive rebounds into 26 second-chance points.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.

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

– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.

– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.

– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.

– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.

– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…at Evansville

– Valpo opened the game on a 12-4 run and led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.

– The Purple Aces led for most of the second period, but the Beacons scored on each of their final four trips of the first half to pull ahead, 30-28, at the break.

– Valpo scored the first nine of the second half to extend its run spanning halftime to 13-0, scoring baskets on eight straight possessions and leading 39-28.

– Later in the third, Evansville reclaimed the lead with an 11-0 run, but Valpo would edge back in front at the end of the quarter, 50-48.

– The Aces led for nearly the entire fourth quarter before a clutch 3-pointer from Shay Frederick with 23.2 seconds to play in regulation tied the game at 68-68. Evansville missed its attempt at the game-winner in the final seconds, sending the game to overtime.

– It was a ragged start to overtime for both teams. Evansville got to the free throw line on each of its first two possessions, splitting a pair both times, and the Beacons had a split at the line with 3:20 remaining to make it a 70-69 game.

– Valpo switched to a zone defense on the ensuing Purple Aces possession, and the defensive switch worked to perfection, as Evansville ended up running the shot clock nearly all the way down on each of its next three trips and missed shots on all three.

– Meanwhile, while that was happening, the Beacons took the lead for good with 2:04 to play on a pair of free throws from Frederick. On the next trip, Frederick hit Grace White with a perfect pass on a great basket cut for an easy layup to make it 73-70 with 1:07 remaining.

– The Purple Aces gave the ball back on a travel on their trip down the floor, and Frederick hit two free throws with 27.4 seconds to play to put away the game.

– Friday marked the first time this season that Valpo has played an overtime game, one season after playing four extra sessions.

– Frederick paced the Beacons on Friday and was one point shy of her season high with 18 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the foul line. The senior also tied for game-high honors with seven assists.

– Weinman delivered 16 points off the bench and came up with three steals as well.

– Brown rounded out the trio of Valpo players in double figures with an efficient 14 points, going 4-for-5 from the floor, 2-for-3 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the foul line.

…versus Illinois State

– The Redbirds hit their first seven shots from the floor and led by as many as 12 in the first quarter before Valpo rallied to make it 20-16 at the end of the period.

– Illinois State led for the entire second quarter and took a 45-40 lead into halftime.

– Illinois State scored on eight of its first nine possessions of the second half and was 7-for-7 from the floor over the first six minutes of the third quarter to pull away to a 65-47 advantage with under four minutes to play in the period.

– A 10-0 run cut the deficit back to single digits for Valpo, and it was a 69-63 game at the end of the third.

– A fast-break layup from Shay Frederick with 3:32 to play brought Valpo within 77-75 — the closest it had been since the game’s opening minutes.

– Valpo actually had a shot to take the lead on its next trip, but it was off the mark, and back-to-back turnovers helped the Redbirds extend their lead back out to six points.

– Valpo shot a season-best 55.8% from the floor on Saturday. The Beacons went 10-for-23 (43.5%) from deep — the seventh time in conference play they have hit at least 10 triples — and were 19-for-29 from inside the arc.

– Leading the way for Valpo was Carie Weinman, who was nearly perfect in a 22-point effort which was one off her season best. Weinman hit all four of her 3-point attempts and was 9-for-10 from the field — tying for the fifth-best shooting performance in a game in program history (minimum eight attempts) and the best since December 2015.

– White followed up a 20-point performance on Thursday with 19 points on Saturday, including a perfect 7-for-7 mark from the foul line. White also led all players with eight rebounds and blocked three shots as well.

…looking ahead

– Valpo returns home for the final three games of the regular season, starting on Friday, Feb. 25 against Loyola.

…on the road

– Friday marks the final true road game for Valpo this season. The Beacons are 4-11 on the road so far this season and 3-5 on the road in MVC play.

– With a win on Sunday, Valpo would earn its third sweep of a road weekend since joining the MVC – the Beacons won back-to-back games at SIU last season, and took both ends of the INS/UE road swing two seasons ago.

– Valpo had finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.

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– Indiana State enters Sunday’s game at 10-14 overall this year and in seventh place in the MVC standings at 5-8 in conference action.

– The Sycamores have dropped each of their last five contests, most recently a 61-59 loss on Friday at home to Loyola.

– Del’Janae Williams averages a team-best 13.5 points/game, while Marie Hunter adds an even 10 points/game.

The Race For the Top Six

– Valpo is currently engaged in a tight battle to finish in the top six – a vital tussle for positioning given seventh place will have to play on Thursday at Hoops in the Heartland.

– Valpo enters Sunday tied for fifth place with Loyola at 7-7 in MVC play, with Indiana State 1 1/2 games back at 5-8.

– The Beacons’ next two games are against the teams they are closest to in the standings, as after facing Indiana State Sunday, Valpo returns home to take on Loyola Friday.

– Drake is lurking on the periphery as well, in eighth place at 4-9 pending their result Saturday, but the Beacons not only have a three-win lead on the Bulldogs, they also own the tiebreaker by virtue of the season sweep of the series.

High-Scoring Affairs

– Last Thursday’s game at the ARC was jam-packed with action en route to an 86-84 victory over Bradley.

– Valpo’s 86 points were a season high and the most the team has scored since an 88-83 win over Xavier in December 2020.

– The Beacons hit 31 shots from the floor, their first time hitting 30+ field goals since an 88-66 win at Evansville in January 2020.

– Meanwhile, the 84 points Valpo surrendered in the winning effort are the most the program has given up in a regulation victory since a 92-89 win over Western Illinois in January 1997.

– Then, last Saturday resulted in an 85-80 loss to Illinois State. The 80 points marked Valpo’s highest scoring output in a regulation loss since falling 101-80 at Wright State in March 2014.

– Combined with the 86-point effort versus Bradley, it is the first time Valpo has scored 80+ points in back-to-back regulation games since March 2014 as well.

– After scoring a season high of 74 points through the first 22 games of the season, the Beacons have now scored 75+ in each of their last three games.

Ups and Downs

– Valley play over the last month for the Beacons has been a yo-yo in terms of results, a string Valpo will attempt to snap on Sunday.

– Starting with the Jan. 9 victory over Drake, Valpo has alternated wins and losses in each of its last 11 games – most recently beating Evansville on Friday evening.

– This is a new program record for the longest stretch of alternating results.

– Previously, the 1998-99 team oscillated between losses and victories for nine consecutive games to open the campaign, while the 1982-83 squad alternated between wins and defeats for a nine-game stretch as well.

Rally Pros

– Four of Valpo’s seven MVC victories have seen the Beacons overcome double-digit deficits at some point during the game to earn the win.

– Valpo has now rallied from down 10 or more to win 14 times in head coach Mary Evans’ four-year tenure at the helm of the program.

– Most recently, Valpo overcame a 12-point deficit in the second quarter to earn the win over Bradley last Thursday.

– The previous weekend at Drake, the Beacons trailed by 10 in the first half before coming back for the victory.

– Valpo’s home win over UNI featured a comeback from down 13 in the fourth quarter, tying the program’s largest comeback in the final period since the move to quarters — Valpo previously rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a 66-64 win over Loyola on Jan. 24, 2020.

– Against Evansville, the Beacons trailed by as many as 14 points before picking up the win – it was Valpo’s largest comeback overall since the aforementioned Loyola game, which featured a 14-point deficit at one point.

Accomplishing Firsts

– Valpo has recorded a number of firsts in program history during conference play this year.

– The Beacons have registered their first road win over two MVC teams this season, winning for the first time both at Drake and at Bradley.

– Both Drake and Bradley were previously 6-0 at home versus Valpo before this season.

– The win at the Knapp Center completed Valpo’s first season sweep of Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.

– Prior to the Beacons’ win at the ARC over Drake earlier this season, the Bulldogs held a 13-0 advantage in the all-time series.

– The win over Drake in January also gave Valpo its first sweep of the UNI/Drake weekend in MVC play.

– It is Valpo’s fourth sweep of a weekend set since joining the Valley. Valpo previously swept both the home and road Indiana State/Evansville weekends in 2019-20, and took down Southern Illinois twice on back-to-back days last season.

– Valpo completed its first season sweep of Bradley last time out with the home win over the Braves.

Reaching Milestones

– Valpo has had two players reach the 1,000-point milestone for their collegiate career already this season, with a third being within striking distance of doing so as well by season’s end.

– Last month, Carie Weinman reached the milestone at UNI.

– Earlier this season, Shay Frederick surpassed 1,000 career points in Valpo’s game at South Dakota.

– Meanwhile, Grace White comes into the Indiana State game with 987 career points, putting her on track to potentially reach the milestone against the Sycamores.

– White scored 277 points in her two years at Denver and is at 702 points in her time at Valpo.

Top 100 Wins

– Valpo has made a habit of knocking off top-100 opponents in MVC play over the last few seasons and has done so three times this year.

– The home win over UNI came over a team which entered the night ranked #46 in NET, and the home victory came over a Drake squad which was #65.

– Most recently, the road win at Drake came over a Bulldogs squad which entered the day at #84.

– Valpo now has eight top-100 NET/RPI wins in Valley action over the last three seasons.

– Prior to its Feb. 16, 2020 win at Illinois State – its first top-100 win in conference play since joining the Valley – Valpo had gone nearly seven years without a top-100 victory.

White Does It All

– Senior Grace White has continued to stuff the stat sheet in her final season in the Brown and Gold, and did so again last time out in the win at Evansville.

– White matched her career highs for both rebounds (11) and assists (7) in the victory over the Purple Aces while scoring eight points as well.

– On the season, White leads the team in rebounding and steals, ranks second in assists and blocked shots, and ranks third in scoring – just 0.2 points/game behind the top spot.

– White leads the Valley in steals (2.3/game), and ranks eighth in rebounding (6.2/game), fifth in free throw pct. (.816), sixth in 3-pointers/game (1.6) and tied for 10th in 3-point pct. (.345).

Frederick Moves On Up

– One season after leading the Valley in assists, Frederick again tops the chart this season as she’s averaging 4.8 assists/game – among the top-50 nationally in the category.

– Frederick is trying to become the first MVC player to lead the conference in assists in consecutive seasons since Caitlin Ingle of Drake did so three straight seasons (2014-15 through 2016-17).

– Last weekend, Frederick surpassed Katie Boone for second place in program history in career assists and now has 470 career helpers – which ranks among the top-30 among active players.

– One of 17 players in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career, Frederick moved into 11th all-time at Valpo last time out with 1,200 career points – just 17 points from the top-10.

– Frederick is one of just two players in program history with at least 1,000 career points and 400 career assists, and just one of three active MVC players above those marks (Brice Calip, MSU and Karli Rucker, UNI).

– Frederick also cracked Valpo’s all-time top-five for career 3-pointers made last weekend as well.

INDIANAPOLIS ATHLETICS

Hounds Outlast Panthers in Home Finale

INDIANAPOLIS – In their final home game of the regular season the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team posted an 80-53 win over Drury University in GLVC action.  The Hounds finish the season with an 11-5 record inside Nicoson Hall, their best home record under head coach Paul Corsaro.

UIndy finishes their final home stand of the season with a pair of wins.  The Hounds outscored their opponents 160-103 in the victories.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Panthers scored the first basket of the game but it was all Hounds from there as they never relinquished the lead.  Midway through the first half Kendrick Tchoua notched a lay up to give UIndy their first double digit lead of the night.  Tchoua finished with 14 points in the first half alone on five-of-six shooting.

The second half opened with an 11-3 run from the Hounds to give them a 52-31 lead.  Aaron Etherington capped off the run with a fast break three on the assist from Josiah Tynes.

UIndy’s defense clamped down in the second half, holding Drury to just eight made field goals while shooting 25.8%.  Etherington knocked back another three in the final five minutes to put the Hounds ahead by 27 for their largest lead of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Kendrick Tchoua led the Hounds with 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for his fifth double double of the season.

– Three other Hounds finished in double figures in Cory Miller Jr. (15), Dee Montgomery (14) and Jesse Bingham (13).

– Jakobie Robinson posted a season-best four steals.

UP NEXT

The Hounds close out the regular season on the road next week, traveling to Lindenwood on Thursday and Maryville on Saturday.

UIndy Takes Down Newberry on the Road

NEWBERRY, SC – The University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team picked up their third straight win to open the season on Saturday, downing Newberry 15-8 in South Region action.

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the first time this season the Hounds (3-0) trailed as Newberry (2-1) got on the board first.  The Hounds responded with two goals in a two minute span to take the lead with Brian Robb and Wyatt Auyer finding the net.  Both teams scored in the final 90 seconds of the frame to give the Hounds a 3-2 lead after one.

UIndy outscored Newberry 5-3 in the second to take an 8-5 lead to halftime.  Owain Braddock, James Whiteford and Brian Rob combined for three goals in four minutes.

The Hounds pulled away with a 7-0 run in the second half with Wyatt Auyer netting a trio of goals.  Robb, Braddock, Andrew Simonich and Sam Artsten each netted one in the run.  A strong UIndy defense held the Wolves to just three goals in the second half to hand Newberry their first loss of the season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Austin Barnett earned his third win of the season in between the pipes, making a season-high 12 saves.

– Auyer led the hounds with five points on five goals.  Robb finished with three goals while Braddock and Simonich scored two.

– UIndy was 12-14 on clear opportunities while winning 14 faceoffs.

UP NEXT

After three weeks on the road the Hounds have their home opener on tap next Saturday.  They’ll host Seton Hill, who is currently ranked 13th in the nation, on February 26 at 1 pm ET at Key Stadium.

Hounds Honor Seniors in Final Regular Season Home Game

INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy women’s basketball team hosted the No. 4-ranked Drury Lady Panthers Saturday afternoon at Nicoson Hall. After a special Senior Day presentation, the Greyhounds fell to the top-five opponent, 84-56.

Prior to the game, Liz Alsot, Paige Barrett, Taylor Drury and Mickey and Shira Sasson were each recognized for their hard work and dedication to the program. The quintet has put in countless hours as key members of the program, helping the Hounds to 58 wins and counting in the last five years combined.

INS & OUTS

A perennial power in Division II, Drury proved too much for the shorthanded Hounds. Led by the inside presence of Alana Findley and the all-around contributions from Paige Robinson, the Lady Panthers shot 44 percent from the field and forced 24 turnovers.

Nevertheless, UIndy outscored the Panthers in the fourth quarter, 16-14, including scoring the game’s final seven points. Taylor Drury led the way with 15 points as the only Greyhound in double figures. Ilani Williams-Harris and Liv Becker each finished with nine points while Marissa Knobloch chipped in eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Drury hit her 194th career 3-pointer Saturday, good for fourth in the UIndy all-time rankings. She is one of only 14 players in program history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

– Alsot added five points, a rebound and a steal in 13 minutes played.

– Williams-Harris and Mya Scheidt each tallied five assists.

– UIndy combined to sink 17 of 22 free throws shots, its second-highest number of FT attempts all season.

MORE NOTES

Just nine Greyhounds were in uniform Saturday, with all nine getting playing time … With just two games left to play, UIndy is battling for a top-eight spot in final GLVC standings, as seeds two through eight will host an opening-round conference tournament game on Monday, February 28. Follow @GLVCsports on Twitter for updated standings later today … With her first triple of the game late in the first quarter, Robinson became Drury’s all-time career leader in the category.

UP NEXT

UIndy embarks on its final road trip of the regular season next week, traveling to Lindenwood University on Thursday, Feb. 24 and then across town to Maryville University two days later.

MARIAN ATHLETICS

DOWNARD SETS CAREER STEALS RECORD AS KNIGHTS SHUT DOWN SPRING ARBOR

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 4 Marian women’s basketball team celebrated their three seniors with a dominating defensive performance, forcing 28 turnovers in a 59-35 victory over Spring Arbor on Saturday afternoon. Senior Abby Downard nabbed six steals to pass Joana Soeiro (2012-16) on the Marian career steals list. The Knights wrap up the regular season with a 25-3 record, winning the regular season Crossroads League crown at 17-1 in the conference.

Abby Downard got Senior Day started by hitting Marian’s first two shots of the game in the opening two minutes. The Knights played lockdown defense, forcing six Cougar turnovers in the first part of the opening quarter. Leading 5-0, Ella Collier hit her first triple of the afternoon midway through the quarter. Shanyce Makuei and Downard scored a couple more buckets to make it 12-0 Marian before Spring Arbor scored their first point on a free throw with 3:16 left. Kinnidy Garrard bookended the first chapter with a layup, giving the Knights a 16-6 advantage after one quarter.

Marian scored the first six points to start the second quarter. Downard made a steal and breakaway layup on the other end to make it 19-6, then Collier added on with her second three-pointer. The Cougars battled back, going on a short 5-0 run to reach and get past the 10-point mark. Makuei snapped their streak with a layup on a fast break, but the Cougars converted the final basket of the half. Leading 24-14 at the break, Marian forced 16 turnovers in the first half defensively, coming away with nine steals. Downard led all scorers with 10 points into the break, while Collier had seven.

The Knights and Cougars traded baskets to open the second half, with Allison Bosse and Collier teaming up for back-to-back three-pointers. The Knights went cold from the floor in the middle of the third quarter, allowing Spring Arbor to erase their deficit to 10 points. Downard grabbed her third steal in the quarter which moved her to the top of the career steals list at 267. Another Collier trifecta snapped Marian’s scoreless skid with 3:55 left in the third quarter, making it 33-20 in favor of the Knights. Spring Arbor again found a few more scores, but Makuei closed out the third quarter with a layup to make it 37-25 Marian.

The game remained relatively close to open the fourth quarter, but the Knights pulled away late. After two-straight baskets by Spring Arbor, Collier drilled a three to make it 40-29. Aliyah Evans made a layup to get into the score column, then scores by Downard and Garrard put Marian up 15 with 5:02 left. Downard grabbed another steal which led to a layup, giving Marian their largest lead at 17 points with 2:36 left. Marian closed the game on an 8-0 run, with scores from Makuei, Downard, and Collier to put the final score at 59-35 in favor of the Knights.

Collier and Downard each finished with 18 points to lead the team. Garrard also added 10 points and nine rebounds in the win. Marian shot 38.3 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, the Knights held Spring Arbor to 30.2 percent shooting. Marian also came away with 19 steals, with Downard grabbing six and Makuei taking three.

Marian will host their game of the Crossroads League Tournament quarterfinals, taking the top seed after winning the regular season. The Knights will welcome No. 8 seed Bethel at 7 PM in the PE Center on Tuesday night.

KNIGHTS OPEN SPRING WITH LOSS AT NCAA DI VALPARAISO

Valparaiso, Ind. – The Marian women’s tennis team suffered their first defeat of the spring season, losing at Valparaiso 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. The match was the first for Marian since the conclusion of their fall season, dropping to 9-3 overall this season.

The Beacons claimed the doubles point winning each of the three matches, earning a 6-0 sweep at No. 1 as Betija Dusele and Laura Kuebler fell, while at No. 2 Dana Savarino and Sarah Wittenbaum dropped 6-1. Teodora Simion and Payton Haygood went down fighting at No. 3, falling in the closest match of the day, 6-4.

In singles the Knights dropped each of the six matches, with Savarino putting put Marian’s toughest test at No. 4 falling 6-4, 7-5. Dusele fell 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, and Katelyn Conley dropped at No. 5, joining Savarino as the only other Knights to claim a set win. At No. 2 Kuebler was swept 6-0, 6-0, and at No. 3 Simion dropped 6-1, 6-0. Joelle Leibacher ended the efforts falling 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6.

Marian will play next on back to back days in the Indianapolis area playing Arizona Christian and Holy Cross College on February 26 and 27.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS

Taylor Drops its Final Game of the Regular Season against St. Francis

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After establishing a 13-2 lead with under three minutes to play in the first quarter, the Taylor women’s basketball team was outscored 61-43 throughout the remainder of the game, losing its final game of the regular season to St. Francis (17-8, 11-5) by a score of 63-56.

Senior, Kayla Kirtley, was lights out from the field to start the game, scoring 13 points in the first quarter, including 10 as a part of an early 13-0 Taylor run.

Kirtley shot 5-6 from the field and 3-3 from deep in the opening frame, yet the rest of the Trojan offense went just 1-11 from the floor. This tough stretch of shooting then continued into the second quarter, when St. Francis cut the Trojan lead to three points at half as Taylor shot just 5-18 from the floor.

The second half proved troublesome in its own right for the Trojans, this time mostly due to foul-trouble as three Trojan starters picked up two fouls a piece in the third quarter alone. The fourth quarter, then, ushered in a flurry of more fouls, sending the Cougars to the line 13 times in the game’s final ten minutes.

At the end of the day, St. Francis capitalized on 18 trips to the free-throw line in comparison to just two made free-throws by Taylor. That imbalance in tandem with 18 second-chance points scored by the Cougars made it tough for the Trojans to maintain its early lead.

Kirtley finished the game with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while Claycee West was the sole Trojan to join Kirtley in double-digits with 11 points of her own.

With today’s loss, Taylor (14-12, 8-6) has secured the fourth seed in the Crossroads League Tournament, which signifies a home game for the Trojans against fifth-place Mount Vernon Nazarene (14-15, 8-9) in the tournament’s quarterfinals game set to take place Tuesday evening, February 22nd, at 7:00 pm inside Odle Arena.

Taylor Men Wrap Regular Season at No. 15 USF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A 17-point halftime lead melted away for Taylor at No. 15 Saint Francis on Saturday, as the Cougars stormed back to rebuff TU’s upset bid in a 71-67 tilt.

Taylor controlled the opening 20 minutes, beating Saint Francis (23-7, 13-5 CL) on the glass by eight and shooting 50.0 percent from the field en route to a 41-24 lead at the break.

TU bolted to a 19-10 lead and countered a short USF burst with eight-straight points at the start of an eventual 20-4 run that opened a 19-point cushion for the Trojans deep into the opening stanza.

Saint Francis scored the final hoop of the half to close the gap to 17 and blitzed Taylor out of the intermission with a 39-12 start to take the game away from the Trojans. USF opened the half with a 13-2 rally and needed just 10:22 to completely erase the 17-point halftime deficit. After drawing even, the hosts kept rolling with the game’s next 10 points and finished off the 71-67 victory.

Jason Hubbard paced Taylor with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Jackson Lewis posted a career-high 16 points and Kaden Fuhrmann also scored 16. Aaron Hahn grabbed 10 rebounds and Grant Niehaus added seven boards.

Taylor (9-20, 5-13 CL) will enter the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament as the eighth-seeded team and will begin play at No. 3 and top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan (25-5, 16-2) on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm.

Taylor Downs RV Rio Grande, Falls to No. 22 Cumberlands

ONEIDA, Tenn. – Taylor wrapped its season-opening weekend at the Bear Creek Tournament with a pair of games against foes receiving votes or ranked in the NAIA Top-25 Poll, scoring a 10-6 win over RV Rio Grande, before falling by an 11-4 margin to No. 22 University of the Cumberlands.

One day after pushing 10 runs across in a season-opening win, the Taylor bats stayed hot with 13 hits and 10 more runs to overpower Rio Grande (2-1). The Trojans scored in five of their six frames at the dish, scoring four times in the third and three in the fifth to go in front to stay.

Ashton Whitman’s two-run dinger in the third helped open a 5-1 lead, before run-scoring hits off the bats of Emma West, Alexi Clay and Kristin Mihalic accounted for the three runs in the bottom of the fifth that gave TU a 9-3 cushion.

Whitman, West, Clay, Mihalic and Aleyah Ratstetter all had multi-hit games, helping the top-six hitters in the Taylor lineup combine for 12 hits in 21 at bats. Meg Stanley delivered the other highlight with a pinch-hit home run for the first long ball of her young collegiate career.

Maddi Evans (1-0) took full advantage of the run support, going the distance in the circle and piling up 11 whiffs in her first victory of the season.

In the weekend finale, No. 22 Cumberlands (6-2) jumped Taylor for seven runs in the first and picked up five unearned scores off four Taylor errors in the 11-4 outcome.

Evans slashed TU’s only extra-base hit in the game with a three-run home run in the third that momentarily cut the Trojan deficit to 8-4.

RV Taylor (2-1) is set to continue its challenging early-season slate when it competes in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia on February 25 and 26. TU is scheduled to face three opponents currently garnering attention in the NAIA Top-25 Poll.

Trojans Split with Saints on Second Day of Weekend Series in Alabama

HOOVER, Ala. – On day two of Taylor’s weekend series with Siena Heights (1-3), the Trojan baseball team split with the Saints, winning game one by a score of 4-3 before dropping the day’s second game 9-3.

In game one, Taylor combined a strong outing from its starting pitcher, a clutch effort out of the bullpen, and a four-run fifth inning on offense to earn the one-run win.

Sophomore, Matt Dutkowski (2-0), tossed an effective five innings of work off the bump, navigating seven hits-allowed with six strikeouts to limit the Saints to three runs, each of which came in the fifth inning.

While the Saints posted three on the scoreboard in the top-half of the inning, Taylor responded with four of its own in the bottom half. A pair of walks sparked the Trojan response, the first drawn by Jacob Morris before senior, Conner Crawford, followed with a walk of his own.

The rally stalled with back-to-back strikeouts, before senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, enlivened the vulnerable, two-out rally with an RBI-single. Then, with runners on first and second, the league’s leader in runs-batted-in, TJ Bass, drove in three more with a clutch, two-out, three-run double.

Now up 4-3, Taylor turned to the pen. Freshman, Jared Crandall, recorded a strikeout alongside two walks, before Jack Ross took over and recorded the inning’s final two outs as ice filled his veins.

Kaleb Kolpien, then, who is tied for the team-lead with 18 hits on the season, took his turn on the mound, retiring three Saint batters in consecutive fashion: groundout, fly out, strikeout – ballgame.

In game one, Dutkowski snagged his second win of the season while Kolpien picked up his first-career save, as the Trojans won 4-3.

Game two went to the Saints, though, as Siena Heights scored six runs in the game’s final inning to secure a 9-3 victory.

Along the way, Taylor threw five pitchers, including Drake Gongwer (0-1) who received the start and lasted three innings, and senior, Drew Kindy, who was the lone Trojan to keep the Saints off the board.

Kindy made his third appearance of the season, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing just a single baserunner. The senior from Lexington, Kentucky, has a flawless 0.00 earned-run average in the 2022 campaign, navigating five innings of scoreless work with three strikeouts and one walk.

On the offensive end, first baseman, Kade Vander Molen, was the sole Trojan to record multiple hits, each of which went for two bases, the first two doubles of the season for Vander Molen.

Jacob Morris accompanied Vander Molen with a double in the sixth, while freshman, Mason David, knocked his first-collegiate triple in the fifth. Then, junior, Norbie Fernandez, put an exclamation mark on his first-collegiate hit with a home run in the seventh and final inning of the game.

Taylor’s five extra-base hits in the final three innings were too little too late, though, as the Trojans dropped their only game of the four-game series with Siena Heights by a score of 9-3.

Taylor (6-5) is set to return to the diamond on Friday, February 25th, when the Trojans are slated to begin a four-game series at 12:00 pm against Indiana Tech (1-2) at Winterholter Field. Stayed tuned to taylortrojans.com for any updates regarding game location and coverage links.

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS

No. 12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DEFENDS LUCKEY ON SENIOR DAY

MARION, Ind. – No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball finished out the regular season with a 67-51 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Wildcats finished the regular season 25-4 and 14-3 in the Crossroads League.

IWU used a 15-0 run in the first half to build a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter. Wildcats defense held MVNU scoreless for 12-minutes and 20-seconds in the first half, with MVNU scoring just five points in the second quarter.

Cougars came within nine early in the second half but after a Kelli Damman jumper and fast break from Jordan Reid, Wildcats maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the game ultimately coming away with 67-51 win.

12 – minutes Cougars were held scoreless

0 – difference in battle on the boards

51 – Cougars second lowest output on the scoreboard this season

37 – Wildcat bench points

36 – IWU points in the paint

Kelli Damman – 16 points

Maddie Lawrence – 13 points, 6 rebounds

Jordan Reid – 7 points, 5 rebounds

Lilli Frasure – 7 points, 5 rebounds

Jade Nutley – 7 points

Wildcats host Goshen on Tuesday, February 22 at 7pm in Luckey Arena for the Crossroads League Quarterfinals.

WABASH ATHLETICS

Wabash Dominates Final Three Periods In Home Lacrosse Win Over Mount St. Joseph

Wabash scored seven goals in the third period while holding Mount St. Joseph scoreless in Saturday’s home opener for the Little Giant lacrosse team. Wabash outscored the visiting Lions 16-2 in the final 37 minutes of the game to claim a 19-6 victory and open the season with a spotless 2-0 record.

Both teams scored three goals in the opening period. Mount St. Joseph (0-2) took a 4-3 lead in the first three minutes of the second period before the Wabash offensive onslaught began. Tanner Simmons took a pass from Ethan Stonis and scored to even the contest at 4-4. Stonis added his own goal in the final two minutes of the first half to put the Little Giants in front 5-6. Anthony Nguyen added the first of his three goals in the final minute of the half to put Wabash in front 6-4 at the break.

Nguyen scored twice in the seven-goal third period for Wabash. Artie Rogers, Jeremiah Eaton, Joseph Plencner, Caulin Fitzgerald each added goals to give the Little Giants a 13-4 lead heading into the final period of play.

Simmons opened up the scoring for Wabash in the fourth period with his second goal. Stonis scored three more times to give him a team-high five goals on the day. Josh Taylor and Fitzgerald also scored in the fourth to provide the final tally for the Little Giants.

Plencner and Nguyen each scored three goals in addition to the five by Stonis. Rogers, Simmons, and Fitzgerald each picked up two goals. Eaton and Taylor finished with one goal apiece. Rogers handed out five assists to lead the Little Giants in that category.

AJ Miller caused five turnovers for Wabash. Luka DiFilippo won 19 of his 25 appearances and led the Little Giants with 13 ground balls. Matthew Hendrick made three saves on the day.

Wabash will play Alma College on Wednesday, February 23 at 4 p.m. at Fisher Field.

TRINE ATHLETICS

Career-High 20 Points by Connor Jones Ices 82-65 Win

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Trine University men’s basketball team used an excellent second half to down Adrian College 82-65 and complete the season sweep of their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) rival.

The Thunder (17-8, 10-4 MIAA) will be no lower than the three seed and await the result of Albion College at Calvin University to see if they can move up to second. The Bulldogs (5-20, 4-10 MIAA) wrap up their regular season and look ahead to the expanded postseason tournament.

Trine took an 8-4 lead behind four points by Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] and a made three by Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford]. Adrian scored four points to tie the game up, but Warzecha was able to secure an and-one inside and Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold] knocked down a three to give the Thunder momentum.

At the halfway point in the first half, the score was tied at 15, but a Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] offensive rebound allowed Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] to find Grant Pahl [Sylvania, Ohio / Southview] in the corner for three. Williams hit another shot from long range, and then it was Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville] who contributed to the three-point play party with an and-one to go up 24-22.

Emmanuel Megnanglo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] made a jump shot near the free throw line for two that knotted the game up at 29, however the Bulldogs scored 11 of the next 13 total points in the game and took a 42-34 lead into the locker room. Megnanglo also rocked the rim with a two-handed dunk on an offensive rebound near the end of the period.

Adrian wasted no time in taking a double-digit lead at 46-36 just over two minutes into the second half, but from there, Trine scored 14 in a row and 18 of the next 20 to power their way back into the lead. Connor Jones had six points in the run and four by Warzecha to stake a 54-48 claim on the lead.

Adrian was able to erase the deficit and tie the game up at 55 with less than nine minutes to play. Once again, a huge scoring run for the visitors would put them ahead. Williams started things with a three-point field goal, his third of the game. Bowman secured an offensive rebound two possessions later for an easy lay-up to make it a five-point game.

From there, it was the defense of Megnanglo with a pair of soul-sucking blocks took all the energy out of the Adrian faithful and Trine turned both blocks into offense on the other end. When it was all said and done, the Thunder held a 69-55 lead, bookended by a Bowman and-one.

Already up double figures, Connor Jones was sent to the free throw line 12 times and knocked down 11 en route to a new career-high of 20 points. Nate Carbaugh [Fort Wayne, Ind. / North Side] also saw time and hit a jumper to make it 82-65.

Along with the 20 by Connor Jones, Bowman netted 18 points and Williams chipped in with 14 points. Megnanglo was credited with nine boards and five blocked shots.

The Thunder outrebounded the Bulldogs 43-33 and Trine won the turnover battle 19-11.

By virtue of their success this season, Trine men’s basketball will host a MIAA Quarterfinal game on Tuesday, February 22.

Women’s Basketball Clinches a Share of the MIAA Regular Season Title in Victory at Adrian

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Trine University women’s basketball team used a 34-point second quarter with eight three-point field goals to pull away from Adrian College for a 70-34 regular season finale win.

The Thunder finished with a record of 22-2 overall and 15-1 record in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action. That was enough to clinch a share of the regular season crown and Trine will have home court advantage in the MIAA Tournament. It is the first MIAA Championship for Trine women’s basketball since the 2018-19 season when the Thunder were 16-0 in league play. The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season at 8-16 and 5-11 in conference play.

It was a slow start offensively for the Thunder, with a three by Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] the only Trine points for over five minutes. Luckily, the defense held tough and they only trailed by one point before a Sophie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] made lay-up allowed Trine to reclaim the lead.

Sidney Wagner [Warsaw, Ind. / Tippecanoe Valley] drove the length of the floor with time expiring in the period and found Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] in the corner for three to take a 12-7 lead after one.

From there, the Thunder would launch from beyond the arc. Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] got things started with a made three and scored 10 points in the first four minutes and change that led to an Adrian timeout. Bieniewicz made three shots from deep of her own coming out of the break to go up 37-13.

Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] and Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] each hit three-point shots down the stretch and as time expired in the second, it was Kaylee Argyle finding Katie Sloneker for a three on the wing to seize a 46-14 lead going into the break.

In the second, Trine outscored the Bulldogs 34-7 and shot 70.6% (12-of-17) from the field and 80.0% (8-of-10) from three.

Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] scored the first five points for the visitors and Alyssa Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] connected on a three to make it 54-20 halfway through the third. Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] got her name in the scoring column late in the third with a made jump shot as the Thunder coasted to a 59-27 edge through three.

The trio of Taylor, Ardis and Underhill all made their marks offensively in the midst of a 5-0 scoring run in the fourth, while freshmen Brooke Brauher [Big Rapids, Mich. / Morley Stanwood] and Tiana Maat [Victoria, BC, Canada / Belmont Secondary] knocked down the 12th and 13th three-point field goals of the game for Trine to get to the 70-34 final.

The Thunder forced 28 turnovers and averaged one point per miscue on offense. The Trine bench outscored Adrian 32-6 in the game and defensively, the Bulldogs were held to 27.5% (14-of-51) overall and 14.3% (3-of-21) from deep.

Bieniewicz was the leading scorer with 12 points, all coming on three-point field goals, and Wildman had 10 points. Nine points were accumulated by Taylor while bringing in a team-high eight rebounds. Wagner and Sophie Sloneker tied with three assists each and Wagner contributed three steals as well.

Up next, Trine will host the Quarterfinal Round of the MIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, February 23.

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS

Cougars Drop Final Two Against Pikeville Bears

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-4) wrapped up their four-game series against the University of Pikeville Bears (7-9) but couldn’t carry their momentum over from Friday dropping both games by scores of 8-7 and 7-5.

In the opener, sophomore Casey Henry took the mound to start for the Cougars and surrendered a first-inning run, but held steady from there.

The Cougars tied and took the lead in the top of the second off of a single, walk, and a fielding error by the Bears, and they kept their 2-1 lead through the next two innings.

But come the bottom of the fourth, the Bears hit consecutive doubles off Henry to tie the score and took the lead as the Cougars made a fielding error of their own as Pikeville went ahead 3-2.

Come the fifth, the Cougars answered back. Second baseman Jose Valdes-Sandoval ledoff with a walk, and Saint Francis proceeded to load the bases with two out. Then first baseman Tyler Prince delivered with a hit down the left field line that emptied the bases as the Cougars surged back ahead 5-3.

In the top of the sixth, the Cougars added a couple insurance runs to lead 7-3, but then the Bears came to life. In the bottom of the frame, they got to Henry, loading the bases with nobody out. What followed was a bases-clearing double to pull Pikeville to within one run, driving Henry from the game.

Later in the inning with two outs and the tying run on third, the Bears came through with a clutch hit to tie the score at seven.

After the Cougars failed to score in the top of the seventh, a hit batsman followed by a walk started the bottom of the frame for the Bears setting the table for a walkoff win. With two outs, a single through the shortstop hole gave Pikeville the win as the Cougars’ four-game winning streak was snapped.

Then in the first inning of the second game, both teams picked up where they left off with the bats. The Cougars plated a couple runs in the top thanks to an RBI-groundout by designated hitter David Miller and a fielding error by the Bears to lead 2-0.

But in the bottom of the first, the Bears answered back. The first five batters reached base and plated four runs on three hits and two errors to surge ahead 4-2.

Saint Francis got a run back in the second, but the Bears doubled the lead back in the bottom of the third. A two-run home run off Cougars starter Cory Wolter put Pikeville ahead 6-3, but the Cougars didn’t go quietly.

A couple hit batsmen to leadoff the top of the fifth pulled the Cougars to within two runs, and a two-out RBI-triple by left fielder Alec Brunson pulled them to within one, now trailing just 6-5.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the Bears added an insurance run, and the Cougars could not produce any more offense as they had to settle for a series split.

The Cougars resume play on Friday when they travel to Kokomo, Indiana for a road doubleheader against the IU Kokomo Cougars (3-4) beginning at 11:00 am.

No. 15 Cougars Celebrate Senior Day with Dominant Second Half & Win Over Taylor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the No. 15 University of Saint Francis Cougars (23-7; 13-5 Crossroads) played host to the Taylor University Trojans (9-20; 5-13 Crossroads) at Hutzell Athletic Center in the regular season finale, and propelled by a dominant second half, won 71-67.

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As the game got underway, the Trojans could do no wrong on offense. They jumped out to a 19-12 lead over the Cougars in the first five minutes before Saint Francis had to call a timeout. After that, the Cougars got the momentum on their side and chipped away to trail by just three.

10 minutes into the game the Trojans still led though, and then went on to score eight unanswered points to extend their lead to 11 with over six minutes in the first half.

But matters didn’t get any better. Taylor was firing on all cylinders, forcing several turnovers from the Cougars and answering with a make. The deficit grew to 19 points late in the frame, but a late make by junior guard Antwaan pulled Saint Francis to within 17, but the score stood at 41-24 going into the half.

During the first half, the Cougars went just 2-for-14 from beyond the three-point line for a shooting percentage of just 14, while the Trojans got five offensive rebounds.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars came out strong.

The defense for Saint Francis kept pressing the Trojans and got three consecutive steals and turned each of them into a score as they fought right back to trail by just eight four minutes into the frame.

The Cougars were now in full sync, and they kept the momentum going despite the Trojans’ resilience. The first 10 minutes of the second half is all it took for them to tie and take the lead.

A couple made free throws by sophomore forward David Ejah tied the score at 53, and then Antwaan Cushingberry got the ball and sank the go-ahead three-pointer as the Cougars took their first lead since the opening minutes.

From there, the Cougars built upon their lead, and kept getting key steals on defense. Now with only five minutes remaining in the game, it was Saint Francis that now had the double-digit lead, now ahead 66-56.

The final minutes saw the Trojans stick around, but the Cougars defense held steady and answered the call with a stop once Taylor threatened. One last surge for the Trojans fell short as the Cougars outscored them 47-26 in the second half to complete the win.

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 44 percent from the floor, 30 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 63 percent from the free throw line. Antwaan Cushingberry led the team in scoring once again with 24 points, in rebounds with eight, and in assists with five.

The Cougars will now await their opponent in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament. Stay updated by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com.

Lady Cougars Earn Sixth Straight Win in Regular Season Finale Against Taylor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (17-8; 11-5 Crossroads) played host to the Taylor University Trojans (14-12; 8-6 Crossroads) at Hutzell Athletic Center in the regular season finale and celebrated their Senior Day by winning their sixth straight game 63-56.

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As the game got started, both teams missed their first couple of shots as the first minute saw no scoring. Then the Lady Cougars scored the first basket of the game, but then the Trojans went on to score 10 unanswered points to go ahead 10-2 before Saint Francis had to call a timeout.

The deficit grew to 11 points, but then the Lady Cougars got back in the game scoring six unanswered points to now trail by just five, and after the first quarter were down 16-9 after going just 1-for-6 from beyond the three-point line.

But then in the second half, the Lady Cougars caught back up, making key stops and getting steals on defense, while creating one scoring drive after another throughout the frame.

With under three minutes to play in the first half, a jump shot by freshman guard Emily Parrett put the Lady Cougars ahead 22-21, and both teams exchanged blows through the last few minutes. By the time the game reached halftime, Saint Francis still trailed but only 27-24.

During the first half, the Lady Cougars shot just 16 percent from beyond the arc but held the Trojans to a shooting percentage of just 31 themselves.

Heading into the second half, both teams continued their back-and-forth battle with neither side able to gain an edge.

Then with the Lady Cougars trailing 34-29, they went on a 6-0 run to surge back ahead 35-34 capped by a jumper by junior guard Cassidy Crawford. For the remainder of the third quarter, Saint Francis held on to their lead, and had a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Despite the Trojans staying strong and keeping up with Saint Francis, the Lady Cougars answered them each time. Down to the final minute, the score was 58-54 in favor of the Lady Cougars, and they forced consecutive stops for the Trojans on defense, made the free throws they needed to make, and held on for the win.

Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 38 percent from the floor, 24 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 62 percent from the free throw line. Emily Parrett led the team in scoring with 16 points and in rebounds with 13 for her first double-double of the season. Chloe McKnight followed with 15 points and four rebounds of her own.

The Lady Cougars will now await their opponent and start time of the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament. Stay updated through Saintfranciscougars.com.

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS

Titans claim Senior Day win over St. Ambrose

SOUTH BEND, Ind. ­– Following the Senior Day festivities on Saturday afternoon, IU South Bend secured the No. 3 spot in next week’s CCAC Tournament, with a 71-65 victory over St. Ambrose in the regular season finale.

Katie Gard led the way for the Titans (24-6, 17-5), scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a 5-for-6 performance from the free throw line. Rachel Robards tallied 15 points off the bench, while Maddie Gard scored 11 on 4-of-7 shooting.

A closely contested first quarter saw six lead changes, but a three-pointer from Katie Gard at the 1:23 mark pushed IUSB ahead, and Amaya Rufus’ free throw made it a 19-16 score through ten minutes of play.

The Bees (24-5, 17-5 CCAC) tied the game with a three to open the second quarter, but IU South Bend would go on an 11-0 run behind three three-pointers by Robards to claim a 30-19 advantage. The Titans would hold the lead the rest of the way to secure the win.

A pair of three-pointers for St. Ambrose to start the fourth quarter closed the gap to just two points, 55-53 with 8:10 left to play. Two quick scores in response by Maddie and Katie Gard, along with a Courtney Haynes free throw put the Titans back up by seven, 60-53 midway through the fourth.

The visitors made one last push, going on an 8-2 run over a 90- second stretch, capped with a layup to make it a 66-65 lead for the Titans with 53 seconds left in regulation. Maddie Schumacher would put the game away however, knocking down a three on the Titans’ next possession to make it a two-possession game and secure the win.

As the No. 3 seed, the Titans will now host their quarterfinal round matchup in the CCAC Tournament with No. 6 IU Northwest. IUSB can earn a spot in the 2022 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a CCAC Tournament title, or they earn the league’s third automatic bid if either of the top two seeds go on to claim the conference tournament championship.

Tipoff with the Redhawks is set for 7:00 p.m. from the Student Activities Center, on Tuesday, February 22.

GRACE ATHLETICS

Lancers end regular season in defeat

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team was unable to defeat Huntington on Senior Day, falling 74-63 on Saturday to end the regular season.

As a result of the loss, the Lancers slipped to fifth in the Crossroads League and will have to travel to Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the quarterfinals of the CL Tournament.

The quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday next week at 7 p.m.

Grace’s offense largely struggled in the defeat. The Lancers shot 40 percent as a team for the game and just 4 of 22 (18 percent) on 3-pointers.

Grace also turned the ball over 20 times compared to just eight for the Foresters (21-9, 10-8 CL).

The Foresters began the game sharply, scoring the first seven points of the contest. Grace responded calmly, scoring eight straight points to surge ahead.

Huntington had the next five points to regain the lead and stayed in front for most of the half.

The Foresters pulled ahead by eight as Grace’s offense sputtered through the middle portions of the half.

Grace began to find success on the break, beating the Foresters down the court on a few possessions to rally back. Jakob Gibbs had a game-high 13 points in the half, providing over half of Grace’s scoring before halftime.

The Lancers (22-8, 11-7 CL) had a chance to tie the game with the score 26-24, but Grace missed a fastbreak dunk.

Huntington promptly raced down the court and scored to stop Grace’s momentum. The Lancers surrendered an 8-1 run to end the first half and went into halftime down 34-25.

Grace shot just 35 percent overall from the floor, 10 percent on 3-pointers (1 of 10) and 57 percent on free throws (4 of 7). The Lancers turned the ball over eight times in the first half compared to just three turnovers by HU.

Just like the first half, the Lancers were sluggish to start the second half. It took Grace over three minutes to get on the scoreboard, and the Foresters pulled away by 17.

Grace went to its bench for a spark, and the subs came through. Cade Gibbs scored five quick points, and Brycen Graber buried a 3-pointer to slice HU’s lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining.

Not long afterwards Cade Gibbs hit a triple, and Jakob Gibbs connected on an and-1 to pull the team within 58-53 with 5:10 remaining.

But Grace did not make another field goal for the next two minutes, and Huntington took advantage to grab a 12-point edge at 68-56.

The Lancers were unable to generate a miraculous late comeback, missing its final four 3s to allow Huntington to run out the clock.

Jakob Gibbs led Grace in scoring with 20 points, shooting 8 of 15 from the floor. Cade Gibbs posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Ian Scott tallied 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks and 2 assists, and Graber added 9 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Jake Wadding had 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Frankie Davidson tallied five points and four boards.

SOUTHERN INDIANA ATHLETICS

Henry leads 2nd-half charge in Eagles’ win

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball sophomore guard Tyler Henry (Brooklyn, New York) led a second half Screaming Eagles’ charge to a victory over Missouri University of Science & Technology, 72-65, Saturday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI goes to 16-6 overall and 11-5 in the GLVC, while Missouri S&T is 10-15 overall, 6-12 in the league.

The Eagles and Miners went back-and-forth in the first half with eight lead changes. USI tried to break away with five minutes to play in the first half, posting its largest lead of the half, 31-25, before Missouri S&T surged with a 12-2 run to take a 37-33 lead in to the break.

USI started the second half with a 20-8 rally to regain the lead, 53-48, after Missouri S&T had extend its lead to seven points in the opening minutes of the final half. Henry led the charge with 11 of the 20-point rush as the Eagles hit eight-of-14 from the field as a team during the run.

The lead would expand to nine points, 67-58, with 3:13 to play in the contest when junior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) scored off of one of his career-high tying and game-high 19 rebounds. The Miners closed the gap to four points, 67-63, before junior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) notched five of his 15 points in the final 30 seconds to seal the 72-65 victory.

Henry would lead all USI scorers with a USI career-high tying 24 points, scoring 17 points in the second half, and posting his first career double-double with 11 rebounds. The sophomore was nine-of-18 from the field, including a pair from long range, and four-of-five from the stripe in 38 minutes of action.

COMING UP FOR USI:

USI finishes the 2021-22 regular season with a split away home schedule. The Eagles starts the week with a visit to the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. tip and hosts Lindenwood University for Senior Day February 26 at 3:15 p.m.

UMSL moved to 18-6 overall and 12-5 in the GLVC after posting a 92-75 win over Lindenwood this afternoon at home. The Tritons, second in the GLVC Central Division, have been on a roll the last three week, winning four-straight and seven of the last nine games. 

USI holds a 39-14 all-time series lead over UMSL, 32-4 in GLVC action. The Eagles and the Tritons did not play last season due to COVID. UMSL has had USI’s number the last five games, taking three of five and two of three in 2019-20.

Lindenwood is 11-14 overall and 7-10 in the GLVC after its matchup with UMSL. The Lions, who host the University of Indianapolis Thursday before traveling to USI, have lost five of the last seven, including a loss to the Eagles, 70-56, at home.

USI sophomore guard Tyler Henry and junior guard Jelani Simmons  paced the Eagles with 18 points and 17 points, respectively, in the January win at Lindenwood. Junior forward Jacob Polakovich also had a big game in the victory with a double-double of 12 points and 19 rebounds. 

Eagles pull out 13-win over S&T

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball scored 10 unanswered points Saturday afternoon to hold on for a 63-50 Great Lakes Valley Conference home win over visiting Missouri University of Science & Technology at Screaming Eagles Arena.

The Screaming Eagles (20-4, 14-2 GLVC), which had seen a seven-point fourth-quarter lead trimmed to just three points with less than four minutes to play, held the Miners scoreless for the final 3:30 of the contest as they held on for their third straight win.

USI forced two Missouri S&T turnovers and held the Miners to 0-of-6 shooting during the final 3:30 to seal the victory.

Sophomore forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) recorded her first-career double-double as she finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles, who held a 20-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

USI had seven different players score at least six points, with freshman guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) following Raley in the scoring column with nine points.

Shafford paced USI’s bench, which outscored Missouri S&T’s reserves 25-13. Junior forward Hannah Haithcock (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) had seven points and eight rebounds, while fifth-year senior guard Ashley Hunter (Flossmoor, Illinois) joined Haithcock with seven points off the bench.

Missouri S&T (10-14, 7-11 GLVC) was led by senior guard Laura Rodriquez, who had 14 points. Senior center Alex Kerr added 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

USI returns to action Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when it visits the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a game that could determine the No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament.

VINCENNES ATHLETICS

Lady Blazers hit 15 three’s in sophomore night win over Olney Central

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers celebrated the VU careers of six sophomores Saturday night in style, hitting 15 of 29 three-point shots in the Lady Blazers 101-58 win over Olney Central.

The Lady Blazers started four sophomores Saturday against the Blue Knights and early on the new lineup had trouble getting on the same page which allowed Olney Central to jump out to a quick five-point midway through the first quarter.

VU responded to go on a 13-1 scoring run to take a 19-12 lead. Vincennes closed out the first quarter with a six-point advantage.

The Lady Trailblazers got a few shooters into the game in the second quarter and the shots immediately began to fall.

Sophomore Anete Bluma (Saldus, Latvia) and freshman Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) entered the game and each hit three three-pointers in the quarter, as Vincennes held a 55-33 lead at the break.

The Lady Blazers continued to grow their lead in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 14-4 scoring run.

Sophomore center Macy Michels (Teutopolis, Ill.) got in on the three-point action to hit a pair of long-range shots in the quarter.

Vincennes would also get a corner three from freshman center Candela Lascorz (Huesca, Spain) and a late three from freshman Cristina Requejo (Gijon, Spain).

Requejo played a majority of the fourth quarter and posted a career-high seven points for VU.

Vincennes ended the game strong to pick up the 101-58 win over Olney Central, VU’s seventh win in their last eight games.

“I thought we played really well both offensively and defensively,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Meeks said. “We were able to do the things that we wanted to do. We were able to push the ball down the floor and run our fastbreak offense. I thought we did a really good job of that.”

“I thought we shot the ball really well,” Meeks added. “We were right at 50-percent for the game and if you can do that, you are usually going to be successful. I understand where we are and what we are all about and tonight was a really fun game to coach. Everybody played in the game, we got the sophomores to start the game and I made sure they got plenty of playing time tonight and I think they all enjoyed that.”

“We tried to shorten the game toward the end and tried to only take one shot but throughout the game I really thought we ran our offense with very efficiently. We had people in the right spots and doing the right things. If we can do that, then maybe we will compete better than we did our last game.”

The Lady Blazers were led offensively by Anete Bluma who came off the bench to score 16 points, grab five rebounds and dish out three assists.

Cherrelle Newsom also reached double figures off the bench, ending her night with 14 points, four assists and a team-high four steals.

Macy Michels came away with 13 points on the night, with four rebounds and a pair of assists.

Sophomore Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) was the fourth VU scorer to reach double figures, ending with 11 points, six rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Sophomore Nina Blade (Milwaukee, Wis.) nearly collected her second double-double of the season, ending with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

“Macy Michels really stood out to me with her two three’s,” Meeks said. “She asked me before the game if she could shoot one and I said yes. She made that one and then took on herself to shoot the second one. I would have never shot the second one, I would have just kept my perfect shooting percentage, but she turned around and made the second one too. She looked like a champ out there.”

“My goal is to always spread out the scoring,” Meeks said. “I don’t want one player scoring 25 points per game, I like when you can spread the scoring around and everybody has a chance to score. That’s the way we play and I really like that and I hope we continue to pass the ball and look for the open player.”

VU will close out the 2021-22 regular season Tuesday night when Vincennes hosts Rend Lake College at the P.E. Complex, Feb. 22. Tip-off time for this game will be 7 p.m. eastern.

“I think a win like tonight can really boost your confidence,” Meeks said. “That’s exactly what we needed after our game at Wabash Valley. We need a little confidence to get our game back into shape. I really liked how we shot the ball tonight. I liked the way we played extremely hard. We started off the first quarter a little slow, but we rebounded from that. I thought the girls that came into the game did a really good job of raising their level of play and make it really hard for Olney Central to run their offense. I thought we did a really good job of rebounding the ball as well. I just hope that we can continue to do that and maybe have a little fun along the way.”

VU finishes Region 24 schedule with overtime defensive win over Olney Central

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers finished off their Region 24 schedule and a stretch of seven games in 12 days for the VU men’s team with a big 56-53 overtime win over the Blue Knights of Olney Central College.

This game Saturday night was going to be an offensive struggle from the tip, with the Blazers holding a narrow one-point lead midway through the first half.

Vincennes gained an advantage late in the first half with a big 16-3 scoring run that gave the Blazers a 12-point, 23-11 lead.

Olney Central would close out the first half with a response of an 8-0 scoring run of their own as the Trailblazers headed into the locker room at the break leading 23-19.

The Blue Knights looked to continue to ride this momentum in the second half, but neither team could seem to score.

Olney Central took the lead back just after the midway point in the second half on an 11-0 scoring run to take a seven-point lead.

Vincennes rallied back on their home floor to take the lead back at 42-41 with 1:22 remaining on the clock.

After a pair of free throws by freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) VU held a three-point lead.

The Blue Knights raced down the floor and found open space to hit a three with under five seconds to play to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The defensive battle held strong in the overtime period, with the Trailblazers taking a one-point lead with 32.9 seconds remaining.

Vincennes would close out the game with a pair of Jefferson free throws with 6.7 seconds on the clock, as Jefferson scored nine of the Trailblazers 12 points in the overtime period.

The Blue Knights last second shot came up short as freshman Devawn White (Montreal, Quebec) grabbed the rebound and sealed the Trailblazer win with the final score 56-53.

“I thought defensively, obviously, we were good,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “We held them around 28-percent shooting. I thought we did a good job. When you can’t score, any mistake you make defensively is magnified. But when you hold a team to 28-percent shooting, you are not going to do much better than that.”

“Defensively we were fine. We gave us 12 offensive rebounds and had 29 defensive, so the percentage is not perfect,” Franklin added. “But it’s not awful. It was still winnable given the situation. We didn’t turn the ball over but we just couldn’t get anybody who would or could make a play. We were telling them to go and we were setting up actions and screens, but I can’t explain why that happens. Our message certainly was not that going into the game and coming off a pretty good performance on Thursday and really we had a pretty good performance on Monday, plus we were pretty good for 30 minutes at Wabash, we just didn’t finish with any toughness.”

“We knew Olney was going to use a zone defense. We were prepared for that. But at some point you have to have somebody get into a gap off of those screens and you need someone who can draw in the defense, kick it out and somebody hit a shot. They were undersized in the post and we really felt like we had situations where we could pin them and score and we just didn’t have anybody to do it. I don’t know why because I know they could. I told them after the game that it’s not me telling them that they can’t do something, it’s them telling everybody that they can’t do this. At some point that has to change or you are not going to have a chance, but that’s where it is. We just have to go and make plays.”

“We’re not going to win many games shooting 19 for 63, but they have got to get outside of themselves if we are going to make a run in the tournament. I think we can win and I think we can compete with everyone in the tournament if we just take what we did Thursday night and move that up a little bit. If we play two halves against Logan, we’re right there. What we did against Shawnee. What we did for 30 minutes against Wabash. These are the best teams we are going to have to beat, so we can do that, we just need to take our game up and not slide back. Tonight, we didn’t slide back in terms of turnovers. We didn’t slide back defensively. We really didn’t slide back in terms of rebounding. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t a collapse there. So, with some confidence, intensity and snap on offense, anybody wanting to step up and do that and there was really no where to go tonight. We were trying to get Shilo to post up. We were trying to get Brevin to attack and it would be nice if we could find anybody who could hit one out of the corners but that’s just where we are.”

Brevin Jefferson was the only Vincennes scorer to reach double figures, ending with 17 points, all coming in the second half and overtime periods. Jefferson also added three rebounds and three assists.

Devawn White led the Blazers with 12 rebounds on the night, including 10 defensive rebounds, while also adding five points.

Freshman Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) controlled the glass early in the game, grabbing eight rebounds in the first half on his way to 11 on the game, including six offensive rebounds. Davis would score five points and dish out a pair of assists.

Freshman Ketaan Wyatt ended his game with nine points and found the open man well on offense on his way to a team-high five assists on the night.

“We just kept imploring Brevin to get aggressive and hit the gaps, hit the seems and come off the screen hard and look for the shot,” Franklin said. “You have to have some aggression there and when he finally got some aggression, it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t going in all the time, but he hit a couple of big shots. But he was also drawing fouls and hitting his shots from the foul line. There is just a point where you have to be more aggressive from your main players. Your main players, still inside of what they do, still have to go out and make plays. We’re imploring him to be more aggressive all the time. He was more aggressive against Southwestern and hit some shots.”

“I thought Devawn was aggressive and fought and battled and was good on the boards for us,” Franklin added. “Which was key. Defensively we were okay. We were pretty good except for a few mental errors where we would give up an open shot, that we have to clean up but I thought we were fine there. We’ve just got to find some confident guys that want to go out and make a play on offense. I think they can do it. I think they can do far better at that, but they have got to believe that they can.”

Vincennes will finally have a few days to rest and recover before they close out their 2021-22 season at home against NJCAA Division II No. 19-ranked Henry Ford College.

VU will take on the Hawks Thursday, Feb. 24 at the P.E. Complex. Tip-off time is set for 7 p.m. eastern.

“I just hope that we take from tonight that I don’t want to go out like that offensively,” Franklin said. “Hopefully we will be able to get our legs back. We will be off tomorrow and we will get three days of practice and that’s not something we’ve had a ton of here lately.”

“Sometimes we just come out a little flat here I guess,” Franklin added. “Hopefully we can get all of ourselves underneath us. A night like tonight can sometimes be good because you can sometimes get into that mode of ‘I’m not going out like that’ and they just need to come out and clinch those jaws and say, ‘I’m taking it’. I’m going to go take a shot like a mean it and attack like I mean it. Hopefully that’s what will happen this week and we will work on somethings that will give us the opportunity to do it. Hopefully we will be sharp against a really, really good team Thursday and send us into the tournament ready to play.”

“I have not given up on the idea of winning the Region tournament. I never have and I won’t. I still think that if I can get them to play with some confidence, sharpness and toughness, I think right now we can make a run to do it and I won’t believe we can’t until it’s over. That’s my message and that’s what I want to see and if these young men really want that then they will have every opportunity because that’s what I’m selling.”

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NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI3821.64419-719-1411-224-126-41 W
CHICAGO3821.64423-815-137-323-137-35 W
PHILADELPHIA3523.6032.516-1319-104-720-146-41 W
CLEVELAND3523.6032.518-917-147-320-136-42 L
MILWAUKEE3624.6002.520-1116-138-322-176-41 L
BOSTON3426.5674.520-1114-157-624-159-11 L
TORONTO3225.5615.016-1316-125-521-148-21 W
BROOKLYN3128.5257.013-1518-137-221-132-81 L
CHARLOTTE2931.4839.514-1415-175-719-181-93 L
10 ATLANTA2830.4839.517-1311-177-517-185-52 W
11 WASHINGTON2731.46610.515-1512-166-620-194-61 W
12 NEW YORK2534.42413.013-1712-174-714-222-83 L
13 INDIANA2040.33318.514-176-232-119-292-81 W
14 DETROIT1345.22424.58-205-253-79-232-81 W
15 ORLANDO1347.21725.55-218-262-118-313-74 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4810.82826-522-56-428-79-17 W
GOLDEN STATE4217.7126.526-616-119-225-116-42 L
MEMPHIS4119.6838.020-1021-96-428-128-21 L
UTAH3622.62112.021-1015-1211-122-126-41 L
DALLAS3524.59313.520-1115-1311-224-147-32 W
DENVER3325.56915.016-1017-154-818-176-43 W
MINNESOTA3128.52517.517-1114-177-420-187-31 L
LA CLIPPERS3031.49219.518-1312-185-617-235-51 W
LA LAKERS2731.46621.018-139-182-815-193-71 W
10 PORTLAND2534.42423.516-169-181-811-244-64 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2336.39025.511-1812-184-614-205-51 W
12 NEW ORLEANS2336.39025.513-1710-194-714-205-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2238.36727.015-177-215-715-224-62 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1840.31030.09-199-213-513-244-61 L
15 HOUSTON1543.25933.08-187-252-87-281-97 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS4934105733220314323-3-011-7-58-2-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES4833114703216811517-4-216-7-26-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING4932116703016913916-4-416-7-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5131128702917013614-6-517-6-35-2-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS4832133673017413218-5-114-8-27-3-0
NEW YORK RANGERS4931135672714912616-4-315-9-26-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5228159652617114512-10-516-5-45-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS4928174602714013815-10-113-7-34-4-2
DETROIT RED WINGS5123226522014717615-9-38-13-35-5-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS4824231492115617712-10-112-13-06-4-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS4418206421710912310-10-38-10-34-6-0
12 OTTAWA SENATORS481825541171291549-14-29-11-35-4-1
13 BUFFALO SABRES501626840141351758-14-48-12-44-5-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS491525939151251728-12-47-13-52-7-1
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5017285391614618210-13-37-15-22-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS4993372581091936-17-13-16-61-8-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE493694763319813821-3-215-6-28-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES4829136642716611313-4-416-9-29-1-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES4929146642717513718-6-211-8-46-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD4630133632617614016-4-114-9-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5028184602416514914-11-314-7-15-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS4928183592516515414-10-014-8-37-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5028184602715314314-9-014-9-44-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS5026177592414714113-11-213-6-56-2-2
ANAHEIM DUCKS5224199572115615813-8-411-11-55-3-2
10 DALLAS STARS4827192562414214217-7-110-12-17-3-0
11 WINNIPEG JETS4922198522114414713-10-19-9-75-4-1
12 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5123226522013514610-10-313-12-35-3-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS4822215492113015011-10-311-11-22-4-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS511825844151241718-12-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN511631436151331809-16-27-15-23-7-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES491233428111111855-18-17-15-32-8-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE