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MLB talks produce progress, anger as deadline approaches

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball negotiations took several steps forward and overcame a possible breakdown after testy talks Saturday, leaving less than two days until management’s deadline for an agreement to salvage opening day on March 31 and a 162-game schedule.

While the sides moved toward each other on some topics, they remained far apart on the biggest economic issues: luxury tax thresholds and rates, the minimum salary and the new pre-arbitration bonus pool.

Players were angered by the state of negotiations at the end of Saturday’s session and would not commit to extending talks. After internal discussions, they agreed to meet for a seventh staight day Sunday.

MLB says if there is not an agreement by the end of Monday, it would start canceling regular-season games because there will not be enough training time to play a full schedule. Players have not said whether they agree to that as a deadline and could make due with a shorter spring training.

Once Monday passes, the length of the schedule would become yet another issue in the dispute, along with possible lost pay and service time.

The union has told MLB if games are missed and salaries are lost, clubs should not expect players to agree to management proposals to expand the postseason and allow advertisements on uniforms and helmets.

For all the rancor, there was progress that saw the sides align on some issues.

Teams agreed for the first time to credit a full year of major league service to players who finish first or second in Rookie of the Year voting in each league by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, as long as they are among the top 100 prospects and did not spend the full season on the big league roster. This would address the union’s contention that teams are delaying debuts of budding stars such as Kris Bryant to delay their free agency.

The sides also agreed the proposed lottery in the annual amateur draft would be for the first six selections. While the union thought it was on the verge of an agreement on that topic Friday, teams angered the union by linking that to players agreeing to expand the postseason from 10 teams to 14, rather the 12 the union prefers.

The players moved toward MLB on salary arbitration, cutting from 75% to 35% for those who would be eligible from the group with at least two seasons of service but less than three. Management says it will not move from 22%, the cutoff since 2013.

With the move Saturday, the eligibility of only about 15-18 players annually is at issue.

Clubs stayed at a $214 million tax threshold, up from $210 million last season, and increased their 2023 proposal by $1 million to $215 million. They left 2024 at $216 million with $2 million hikes in each of the final two seasons.

Teams cut the tax rate for exceeding the threshold from 50% to 45%, lowered the rate for exceeding by $20 million from 75% to 62% and the proposal for exceeding by $40 million from 100% to 95%.

MLB characterized its tax proposal as intentionally lousy, in response to a union tax proposal teams felt was equally lousy.

Players object to the rates as increases from the current figures of 20% for the first threshold, 32% for the second and 62.5% for the third. Clubs say they in turn are eliminating higher rates for recidivist teams that exceed the initial threshold in consecutive years.

The union would raise the threshold to $245 million this year and increase it to $273 million by 2026. It would keep rates of the expired agreement and eliminate non-financial penalties.

While the sides have agreed to the pre-arbitration bonus pool from central revenue, the union wants $115 million distributed to 150 players and management wants $20 million to be split among 30.

The union withdrew its proposal to cut revenue sharing by $30 million annually but kept its plan to give small-market teams an incentive to grow locally generated revenue. The union would have the incentive money designated from central revenue, which it estimates would cost any club no more than $1 million in a year in revenue sharing.

The union proposed to limit optional assignments to five annually. Teams had tied that to a provision regulating the number of minor league contracts, then withdrew the proposal.

Teams inserted a new obstacle to a deal, proposing on-field rules changes could be made with 45 days’ notice by a committee comprised of six management officials, two union representatives and one umpire. Currently, management can only change rules with union consent or unilaterally with one year notice.

The MLB proposal would likely pave the way for a pitch clock.

Owners still are proposing an international draft, which the union opposes.

The six days of negotiations on central economics this week matched the total from the start of the lockout on Dec. 2 through Feb. 19.

Mets pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Francisco Lindor, Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and free agent reliever Andrew Miller were among the players at the talks. Baseball’s ninth work stoppage, it first since 1995, was in its 87th day.

The sides arrived at noon, an hour earlier than every previous session this year, then caucused for nearly 2 1/2 hours. The union held a Zoom session for its player representatives, about 30, which has been its deliberative method.

No. 1 Gonzaga falls at Saint Mary’s on tough day for Top 10

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Saint Mary’s finally has its first perfect record at home — and a memorable win over top-ranked Gonzaga to go with it.

Tommy Kuhse had 14 points and six rebounds for No. 23 Saint Mary’s, which beat No. 1 Gonzaga 67-57 on Saturday night to prevent the Bulldogs from completing another undefeated run in the West Coast Conference.

“That’s really special,” Gaels coach Randy Bennett said after his squad completed a 16-0 run at McKeon Pavilion. “It’s been hard to get. We lost it one year to Loyola Marymount in our last home game. It’s been something hard to get and we finally got it. Especially when it’s against the No. 1 team in the country, it just makes it . a night you’ll never forget.”

The top six teams in the AP poll all lost Saturday, and seven of the top nine; only No. 7 Duke won.

Saint Mary’s ended Gonzaga’s 17-game winning streak, beating a No. 1 team for the first time since knocking off the Bulldogs in the 2019 conference tournament title game.

“It’s kind of life in late February and early March, especially on the road,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. His team clinched the WCC regular-season title last weekend.

Fans poured onto the court in a wild celebration of the Gaels’ 18th consecutive win at McKeon Pavilion dating to last season.

Matthias Tass added 13 points for the Gaels (24-6, 12-3) and made a pivotal block with 1:15 remaining. Kyle Bowman made a pair of clutch 3-pointers after missing his first seven shots.

“I wanted to go in the middle of the circle and kiss the logo but people were running on the court so it was difficult,” Tass said. “It was definitely a surreal moment.”

Rasir Bolton scored 16 points for Gonzaga (24-3, 13-1). Drew Timme had six points and eight rebounds, but shot 2 of 10.

Saint Mary’s had lost seven straight to its rivals from the Pacific Northwest, including five straight at home, before stunning the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga had beaten the Gaels handily two weeks earlier and had won 34 consecutive conference games, 33 by double-digits. But Saint Mary’s never let Gonzaga get comfortable on Saturday, leading from start to finish while winning their fourth straight since that loss in Spokane.

“They were extremely more aggressive. They got after us and played us really really physical,” Few said of Saint Mary’s. “That was it. When you’re the most aggressive team and most physical team, probably nine times out of 10 you’re going to win.”

Gonzaga trailed by 16 with 13 minutes remaining and got to 57-50 before Bowen buried a 3-pointer. The Bulldogs responded with four points, but Bowen made another 3 and Logan Johnson sank a pair of free throws.

The game drew a packed house at McKeon Pavilion, with scouts from the Warriors, Knicks and Pistons in attendance.

Two nights after thumping San Francisco 89-73, Gonzaga appeared sluggish and out of sync. The Bulldogs shot 31% in the first half and were outscored 17-5 over the final seven minutes before the break.

Timme, who was taunted by Gaels fans before the game as he practiced shooting from midcourt, was smothered by defenders every time he got the ball in the paint. Gonzaga’s leading scorer missed all eight shots he took in the first half, was called for a three-second violation in the key in the second half and nearly got a technical foul after inadvertently tossing the ball near a referee’s head.

“He got his touches but after three or four bounces we had three guys surrounding him and knocking the ball out of his hands in the first half,” Tass said. “That kind of ruined his rhythm. It was hard for him to bounce back from that.”


Gonzaga: Timme was a non-factor for most of the game, which put the Bulldogs into a big hole they never got out of. The final score was not indicative of how dominant St. Mary’s was. Gonzaga is 0-3 this season when trailing at the half.

Saint Mary’s: Bennett spent the week telling anyone who would listen that he liked his team’s chances. He was rewarded with the Gaels’ biggest win in more than three years, a victory Bennett called one of the most significant in program history.


Both teams will get an extended break before playing in the WCC tournament in Las Vegas in March. Gonzaga is the top seed and Saint Mary’s is No. 2. Both will get byes and won’t have to play until the semifinals on March 7.

No. 10 Baylor rallies to beat No. 5 Kansas 80-70 in Big 12

WACO, Texas (AP) Jeremy Sochan and his teammates kept encouraging each other after 10th-ranked Baylor got down big early again against No. 5 Kansas, only three weeks after an embarrassing loss to the Jayhawks. The Bears then started making big impact plays.

Sochan had a block that led to a layup by Adam Flagler right after his two-handed slam dunk in a big run before halftime, and the Bears finally took the lead after the break in an 80-70 victory aturday night that kept the Jayhawks from wrapping up a share of their 20th Big 12 title.

“They were the aggressor in the first game and in the first six minutes this time,” Sochan said. “But we matched their mentality and their strength and just beat them.”

The Bears (24-5, 12-4 Big 12) didn’t take a lead until the opening minute after halftime, and went ahead to stay at 65-63 on Flo Thamba’s jumper with 4:07 left. That came after Ochai Agbaji, who had 27 points for Kansas, made a tying 3-pointer. Thamba finished with a career-high 18 points.

Kansas (23-5, 12-3) had their four-game winning streak snapped and missed a chance to lay claim to another Big 12 title. They still have three games left, including a game postponed from Jan. 1.

“Definitely a lost opportunity,” Agbaji said.

“You play a top-10 team on the road, it was a missed opportunity because we had payed so well early” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I didn’t go into the game thinking that this was going to be a great opportunity. I went in the game knowing that you had to play really well in order to win, and we didn’t play well enough.”

Baylor, the defending national and Big 12 champions who lost 83-59 in Lawrence on Feb. 5, began the day tied with No. 9 Texas Tech for second place in the Big 12.

But the Red Raiders (22-7, 11-5), who swept their two games against Baylor and split with Kansas, lost 69-66 at TCU earlier Saturday. The Jayhawks play TCU twice in three days next week.

The Bears took their first lead with a blistering opening minute of the second half, with Kendall Brown blocking a shot and then running the court for a slam dunk after a long bounce pass from James Akinjo that made 33-32 and sent the record crowd of 10,628 into a frenzy.

There was then a technical foul assessed against Self, who was irate that there wasn’t a foul called on a shot by Christian Braun. Self was near midcourt after the non-call, which came after the Jayhawks never went to the free throw line before halftime. James Akinjo made both free throws.

Braun had 17 points and 10 rebounds. David McCormack had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Adam Flagler added 13 points for Baylor, while Akinjo had 12. Matthew Mayer had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Thamba, the big man remaining after Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s season-ending left knee injury two weeks ago, had 12 of Baylor’s first 17 points.

“I felt like our guards early on in the game tried to force some unnecessary shots,” Thamba said. “But once we started getting easies, attacking the lane and offensive rebound opportunities were there, so it was just finishes.”

Baylor was down 28-15, matching its largest deficit, before a layup by Thamba ignited a 10-0 run. The Bears were within 28-25 after Sochan blocked a shot and swatted it to Flager, drove the court and witched the ball from his left to right hand in the air for the layup.


Kansas: The Jayhawks still control their fate in trying to win the Big 12 for he 20th time in the league’s 26 seasons. They won an unprecedented 14 titles in a row from 2005-18, and last won in 2020. … Remy Martin played for the first time after missing seven games because of a bone bruise on his right knee. The super senior transfer guard hadn’t played since Jan. 29 against Kentucky.

Baylor: The Bears are 10-1 vs. top-10 teams over the last two years, the lone loss being at Kansas earlier this season. This is the third consecutive season, and fourth time in five years, Baylor split the regular-season series with the Jayhawks.


Baylor will be ranked in its 54th consecutive poll when the new Top 25 comes out Monday, and will extend its top-10 streak to 46 polls in a row. Both streaks are already school records. Kansas will still be in the top 10. The top six teams in the poll lost Saturday, with Kansas the only one to do so against a top-10 opponent.


Kansas: At TCU on Tuesday night, then home against the Frogs on Thursday night in the makeup of what was supposed to be the Big 12 opener, but postponed because of COVID-19 issues in TCU’s program.

Baylor: At No. 20 Texas on Monday night. The Bears beat the Longhorns 80-63 at home Feb. 12.

Morant scores career-high 46, Grizzlies beat Bulls 116-110

CHICAGO (AP) Ja Morant spun and flipped in an over-the-shoulder layup. He threw down a vicious alley-oop dunk.

Memphis’ All-Star put on quite a display for the Chicago crowd and might have gotten little extra lift seeing highlights of Michael Jordan on the video board.

Morant scored a franchise-record 46 points and the Grizzlies hung on to beat DeMar DeRozan and the Bulls 116-110 on Saturday night.

“I did watch it,” he said. “And then, I did start scoring a lot. It probably played a part in it.”

The Grizzlies let a 17-point lead shrink to one before squeezing it out after losing two in a row. They also stopped Chicago’s six-game winning streak.

Morant surpassed his previous regular-season high of 44 points. He had 47 in a playoff loss to Utah last season.

Morant scored 16 in the first half and 20 in the third quarter. He made 15 of 28 shots, including three 3-pointers, and was 13 for 15 at the foul line.

“I’ve seen too many of them. Kinda boring now,” Steven Adams said in jest. “He’s such an amazing player.”

Adams added 12 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies frustrated DeRozan even though the five-time All-Star scored 31 points.


That gave DeRozan 10 straight 30-point games, the longest such streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan did it in 10 straight from Dec. 25, 1990, to Jan. 14, 1991. But he was 10 of 29 from the field, ending his NBA-record run of eight games of scoring at least 35 while shooting 50% or better, and was ejected in the closing seconds.

“As remarkable as he has been, he did not have a great shooting night,” Donovan said. “I thought early in the game, he got fouled really, really quite a bit and he should have been to the foul line. I have not watched the film. That’s just going from my eyes watching the game on some downhill plays. Who knows what the game’s like for him if he gets four quick free throws or some of those plays are called differently.”

Zach LaVine scored 28 points in his second game back after missing the final three prior to the All-Star break because of his ailing left knee.


Memphis led by 17 in the third, with Morant going off in the quarter. He made 6 of 7 shots, including a 3, and a soaring alley-oop dunk near the end of the period.

It was a 16-point game early in the fourth when the Bulls reeled off a 14-0 run, with DeRozan hitting two free throws to cut it to 101-99 with 4:38 remaining.

Chicago’s Coby White cut it to 106-105 when he nailed a 3 with about 2:30 remaining. Morant then hit two free throws before DeRozan drove for a layup.

Desmond Bane hit a 3 to bump the lead to 111-107. The Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic made a foul shot, and Bane and Morant missed jumpers before LaVine hit two free throws to cut it to 111-110 with 25.5 seconds remaining.

Tyus Jones then hit a pair for Memphis to make it a three-point game with 14.9 seconds remaining. The Bulls then opted to attack the rim rather than try a 3, with a timeout in their pocket. But DeRozan missed in the lane, argued a no-call and picked up his second technical after getting one earlier in the game, earning an ejection.

Morant, who got fouled by LaVine in the scramble, then made the technical free throw and two more foul shots to bump the lead to 116-110 with 5.3 seconds remaining.


Grizzlies: The Grizzlies have won four straight against Chicago. … Coach Taylor Jenkins said Morant was feeling “really good” following treatments, after his hip tightened Thursday night in a loss at Minnesota. “

Bulls: Jordan holds the franchise record of 11 straight games with 30 points or more, from Feb. 13-March 4, 1987. … The Bulls hope to have G Alex Caruso (broken right wrist) resume basketball activities during the upcoming week, coach Billy Donovan said. Caruso was injured Jan. 21 when Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen took him down, and had surgery.


Grizzlies: Host San Antonio on Monday night.

Bulls: At Miami on Monday night.

Brown, Tatum lead Celtics to revenge win over Pistons

DETROIT (AP) This time, the surging Boston Celtics topped the Detroit Pistons.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum led the way.

Brown scored 27 points and Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds, leading Boston to a 113-104 victory over Detroit on Saturday.

The Celtics won for the 11th time in 12 games. The lone blemish in their recent surge was a 112-111 home loss to Detroit on Feb. 16.

“Those guys always give us their best shot,” Brown said. “We know we have to give them credit, but we felt like we could play better than that, and we did that in the third and fourth quarters tonight.”

On Saturday, Boston was able to take advantage of Cade Cunningham’s foul trouble.

“That’s a young man right out of college, and we’re already having to blitz him to get the ball out of his hands,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “He has already learned so much at this level that you want to make someone else beat you.”

Cunningham led Detroit with 25 points in 27 minutes, but no one else approached 20 points.

“Cade’s a young guy, and he will learn that we need him on the floor,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We need his offense and we need his playmaking. We don’t need him sitting on the bench with the coaches.”

Payton Pritchard led Boston’s second unit with 19 points and Grant Williams added 13.

“I really feel good about finding a role where I’m helping this team win,” Pritchard said. “It has been a frustrating season at times, but things are going well now.”

The Pistons lost guard Hamadou Diallo with 6:29 left in the second quarter after he was ejected for pushing official Suyash Mehta when they nearly collided in transition. Diallo was averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last eight games.

“The official said they thought Hami was upset about the previous play and gave him a bump,” Casey said. “I’m not a mind reader, but I thought he was just playing at 100 miles an hour and they got tangled up.”

With Diallo gone, Casey had to stay with Cunningham after he picked up his fourth foul early in the third.

Cunningham, who played only nine minutes in the first half, had eight points in 11 third-quarter minutes without picking up his fifth foul. That was enough to put Detroit up 82-78 going into the fourth, but the Celtics quickly regained the lead with Cunningham on the bench.

“We knew we hadn’t played our best game for the first three quarters, and we knew this team can play well enough to beat us,” Udoka said. “We had 12 minutes to suck it up and win the game, and I thought we played one of our best defensive quarters of the season.”

After Cunningham’s fifth foul, Brown hit two 3-pointers to put Boston up 100-90 and force Casey into a timeout with 5:10 to play.

“When he got the fifth, he was really rolling, and we wanted to gamble and leave him out there,” Casey said. “But there were eight minutes left, and we didn’t want to lose him that early. They just opened it up before we could get him back out there.”

The Pistons couldn’t put together enough stops down the stretch to get back into the game.

“We knew we could win the game, but I thought I hurt us by having to come out of the game so many times,” Cunningham said.


Celtics: Williams talked Udoka into reviewing a third-quarter foul and it was overturned by a replay review. … Boston outscored Detroit 35-22 in the fourth quarter.

Pistons: The game started at noon so the Little Caesars Arena crew would have time to convert the arena for a Detroit Red Wings game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. … Marvin Bagley III left the game in the fourth quarter with an unknown injury.


Celtics: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Pistons: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.

Marner’s 4-goal game lifts Maple Leafs over Red Wings 10-7

DETROIT (AP) Mitchell Marner had four goals and two assists, including a natural hat trick during the first 9:19 of the second period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs withstood a third-period rally to down the Detroit Red Wings 10-7 on Saturday night.

Marner scored on two shots from the right circle and one from the left during a one-man barrage to open the middle period that pushed Toronto ahead 6-1. The 24-year-old added his fourth goal late in the third period. He had 14 two-goal games in his career before Saturday but no hat tricks.

“It was pretty cool, I won’t lie,” he said. “I had a couple in juniors and stuff like that. To have my first (in the NHL), it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 37th goal and had three assists. Michael Bunting contributed his fifth goal in three games against Detroit this season along with four assists.

“That line was pretty much unstoppable tonight,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “It was great to see Mitch get some goals there again and start heating back up.”

Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell was replaced by Petr Mrazek in the final period after allowing five goals. Campbell had 20 saves and Mrazek made six.

Lucas Raymond had two goals and an assist, and Filip Hronek had a goal and three assists for Detroit. Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic was pulled after allowing three goals in the fist 11:06 but returned at the start of the third period, allowing six goals on 25 shots. Backup Thomas Greiss stopped 10 of 14 shots.

Toronto’s William Nylander scored his 20th goal less than four minutes into the game. Toronto made it 2-0 at 6:18 of the period on Bunting’s backhand.

Raymond scored his first goal of the game on a rebound midway through the period, and the Maple Leafs answered 33 seconds later when David Kampf redirected Ilya Mikheyev’s shot from the point.

Toronto led 7-2 entering the third, but Hronek, Carter Rowney, Joe Veleno and Michael Rasmussen scored during the first 5:21 of the period to make it a one-goal game. Mikheyev scored at 7:04 of the period, but Raymond answered 41 seconds later.

“It was just crazy,” Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal said. “Obviously, you are shocked and surprised to be back in a game after the way we played in the first two periods. At that point, though, we were pushing so hard to tie the game that we gave up too many chances.”

Ondrej Kase gave the Leafs some breathing room at 10:33 on a short-handed tally. Marner’s fourth goal of the game followed at 15:41.

“We played great in the first two periods. Our start was one of our best of the year,” Bunting said. “We were hounding them, creating chances and we were able to get a lead but hockey is a funny game like that. You kind of step off the pedal a little bit there and they get momentum, the crowd gets into it and they start rolling.”

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill wasn’t particularly impressed by his team’s comeback.

“The third period was exciting for the fans and the building was electric, but for a coach, this is fool’s gold,” he said. “What happened out there wasn’t good enough, and it wasn’t close to being good enough. I think our guys know that.”


Marner is the first Toronto player with three goals in a period since Andreas Johnsson on Nov. 24, 2018 against Philadelphia. … Toronto has defeated Detroit six consecutive times and is 9-0-2 in its last 11 games against the Red Wings. Detroit’s last regulation victory over Toronto came on Dec. 15, 2017. … Rowney’s third-period goal was his first since Nov. 27. … Raymond’s three-point game gave him an NHL-rookie best 42 points. Bunting’s five-point game moved him into second at 40.


Maple Leafs: Visit Washington on Monday.

Red Wings: Host Carolina on Tuesday.


Two Walk-Off Victories Keep Purdue Unbeaten in 2022

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – There was no lack of excitement at Ting Park on Saturday, as walk-off hits by CJ Valdez and Cam Thompson kept Purdue Baseball undefeated on the 2022 campaign. Valdez smacked a ninth-inning RBI double in game one, a 4-3 victory for Purdue, and Thompson followed with a game-winning RBI single in the nightcap as the Boilermakers (8-0) won 5-4 to complete the four-game sweep of the feisty Princeton Tigers.

With eight victories to start the season, Purdue is off to its best start since 1910. The Boilermakers have won nine straight games dating back to last season, the longest winning streak since rattling off 13 in-a-row during the 2018 campaign that resulted in an NCAA Regional berth.

Purdue captured two walk-off wins on the same day for the first time since 2015 when the Boilermakers beat Sam Houston State in the Corpus Christi Tournament.

The Boilermakers remain in North Carolina, but have a few days off before returning to the diamond. Purdue makes the trip to Charlotte for its first true road game of the season Wednesday, March 2. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Game 1: Purdue 4, Princeton 3

Full count, two outs, bottom of the ninth, tie game – the scenario that a baseball player dreams of as a kid. That became reality for CJ Valdez, and the Boilermaker delivered with a double to left field that lifted Purdue to a 4-3 walk-off victory in game one.

Along with scoring the game-winning run, Curtis Washington Jr. went 3-for-4 at the plate and had a RBI of his own. Evan Albrecht recorded three hits for the third straight game this weekend, providing a spark at the bottom of the lineup. While the duo of Washington and Albrecht combined for six hits, five other Boilermakers recorded a hit throughout the nine-inning affair.

Princeton plated the game’s first run in the third before the Boilermakers scored in the fifth to even the contest at 1-1. Albrecht legged out an infield single to start the inning, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Bolton Jr. Stepping up with a runner in scoring position, Washington found a hole through the left side to bring Albrecht home and tie the game.

The sixth inning was all about opportunities. The Tigers loaded the bases, looking to build a big inning and grab the lead back. However, Landon Weins came up with a huge strikeout to end the frame and prevent any damage. The momentum carried into the bottom of the inning, as Purdue scored a pair of runs to make it 3-1. In his Boilermaker debut, Pablo Lanzarote drove in Cam Thompson on a sacrifice fly to right field before Albrecht’s third hit of the game scored Troy Viola to give Purdue a two-run advantage.

Princeton loaded the bases in the seventh, but this time, head coach Greg Goff made a pitching change. Griffin Lohman came out of the bullpen with the bases full of Tigers, and the Purdue relieve got the job done with a strikeout to end the threat.

After going 0-for-11 with runners on base through the first eight innings, the Tigers got things going in their last at-bats. Princeton stayed alive with two runs in the ninth, tying the game at 3-3. Despite the momentum switching to the opposing dugout, Purdue remained focused with the top of the lineup coming to the dish. Washington singled up the middle to represent the winning run on base. Facing a full count with two outs, Valdez roped a double to the left field wall. The speedy Washington flew around the bases, sliding head first into home to give Purdue the walk-off win.

Game 2: Purdue 5, Princeton 4

Just like in game one, Purdue produced some ninth-inning magic to capture another walk-off victory. This time, it was Cam Thompson bringing in Curtis Washington Jr. for the winning run as the Boilermakers captured the contest 5-4.

Thompson led the way throughout the game, knocking in the first two runs to go along with the game-winner in the ninth for a 3-RBI evening. Washington scored two of the three times he reached base, both courtesy of Thompson hits.

Freshman Khal Stephen (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two of the four batters he faced, to earn his first victory as a Boilermaker. Starting pitcher CJ Backer was in line for the win after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing only one run on five hits.

The Boilermakers wasted no time jumping on the board with a pair of runs in the first. Thompson ripped a double right field that scored two of his teammates. The good piece of 2-out hitting put Purdue up early.

Purdue doubled its lead in the fourth. Troy Viola led off the inning by tucking a solo homer inside the left field foul pole. A Princeton error gave the Boilermakers an extra life in the inning, which paid off courtesy of a Mike Bolton Jr. sacrifice fly that made it 4-0 in favor of the Old Gold and Black.

The Tigers continued to fight, battling back to tie the game with four unanswered runs. One run in and the fifth and two in the sixth sliced the Purdue lead to one, and Princeton had a chance to flip the game on its head in the seventh. With the bases loaded full of Tigers, Nolan Daniel came out of the bullpen and recorded a vital strikeout to keep the Boilermakers in front. However, the Tigers finally got the tying run they were looking for in the eighth inning as they roared back to make it a whole new ballgame at 4-4.

After Stephen kept Princeton off the board in the top of the ninth, Washington drew a one-out walk to once again become the winning run on base. He eventually stole second and third base to get 90 feet from home. Since CJ Valdez delivered the game-winning hit in the first contest, Princeton elected to walk the Purdue designated hitter to get to Thompson. The move did not pay off, as Thompson lifted a ball into left field for an RBI single that led to the Boilermakers sprinting out of the dugout to celebrate another walk-off victory. The unbeaten season remained alive and a four-game sweep was completed for the second straight weekend.

No. 4 Purdue Falls on Michigan State Buzzer-Beater

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tom Izzo was choked up as he walked off the court, and the emotional display had nothing to do with matching Bob Knight’s record for the most wins by a men’s basketball coach at a Big Ten school.

Tyson Walker made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, helping Michigan State beat No. 4 Purdue 68-65 on Saturday and triggering tears from its Hall of Fame coach.

“We needed to win a game, and we needed to win a game the way we won,” Izzo said.

The slumping Spartans (19-9, 10-7) had lost three straight and five of six. The dramatic victory over the Boilermakers was win No. 662 for Izzo, equaling Knight’s total with the Hoosiers from 1972 to 2000.

Izzo took over Michigan State’s program in 1995 and, after struggling early, he won the national championship in 2000 during one of eight Final Four appearances. He chose to stay at the school after having chances to coach elsewhere in college and the NBA.

“He could’ve went a lot of places, and he didn’t,” Purdue coach Matt Painter. “A lot people around here forget his first two seasons, but they stuck by him and he took off from there.”

The Boilermakers (24-5, 13-5) had won three straight and nine of 10 overall.

“I still think they’re the best team in the league, but we earned the win,” Izzo said.

Purdue’s Zach Edey scored a career-high 25 points. Jaden Ivey had 16 points, and Trevion Williams added 11 points.

Michigan State’s Gabe Brown had 13 points. Julius Marble scored 12 while Max Christie and A.J. Hoggard each finished with 11 points.

Purdue rallied from an 11-point deficit midway through the second half and pulled into a tie twice in the last minute.

The Boilermakers had two chances to extend the game after Walker’s 3-pointer just beat the shot clock.

On the first attempt, Williams’ pass from the far baseline went through Ivey’s hands just past half court. After Michigan State failed to get the ball in play, there were .4 seconds put on the clock and Purdue could not take advantage with a pass in the frontcourt that was broken up by Malik Hall.

Michigan State made 6 of 10 3-pointers on its way to a 35-33 lead at the break.

The Spartans started strong in the second half, and led 57-46 with 9:36 left.

Julius Marble’s two foul shots gave Michigan State a 65-63 lead with 51 seconds remaining, but Williams scored in the post with 30 seconds left.

Izzo called a timeout with 16 seconds left and Walker made the winning 3-pointer from deep on the left wing that he ranked as the best of his career.

“This is No. 1 — easily,” the Northeastern transfer said.


Purdue: Edey had one of the best performances of his career, and the timing was good for his team because some of his teammates struggled offensively. He had not scored 20 points in nearly a month and he surpassed his previous career high of 24 points that he had Jan. 3 in a loss against Wisconsin.

Izzo said Edey, who was 10 of 15 from the field, was allowed to take a lot of shots by design.

“The game plan was to not give up the 3, and they went 1 for 9 from the 3,” Izzo said.

Michigan State: Brown bounced back from a five-game slump. Brown averaged 3.9 points and was held scoreless twice while shooting 19% in the previous five games. He made a 3-pointer on the opening possession and finished 3 of 5 beyond the arc.

“Why did he need to hit those against us?” Painter said. “He was feeling good about himself.”

Hoosier Men Win Big Ten Title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Hoosiers are back on top of the Big Ten.

After a two-year gap, the Indiana men’s swimming and diving team is again the Big Ten Champion for the fourth time in six years and the 28th time in program history.

The Hoosiers used a strong final night to stretch their lead and secure first place at the 2022 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (Feb. 26) inside Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, finishing with 1499.5 points and ahead of runner-up Ohio State’s 1406.5.

Senior Andrew Capobianco repeated as the Big Ten Diver of the Championships after becoming the first Big Ten diver to sweep the three conference diving titles since Purdue’s David Boudia in 2011. He completed the triad Saturday, winning gold in the Platform dive.

Like Capobianco, junior Brendan Burns won three individual events and, for it, was selected the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships for the second consecutive year. After setting a meet record to win the 100 Backstroke Friday night, Burns came back Saturday evening to capture gold in both the 200 Backstroke and 200 Butterfly.

“This was truly a team effort,” IU swimming head coach Ray Looze said. “I’m so proud of our fantastic swimmers and divers, and I am grateful for our staff of coaches, director of operations, and administrators who made this possible.”

“It exemplifies a team effort. From every swimmer, diver, coach, manager, media, everyone at IU shares in this victory,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “We saw it on the diving side, [Lenin Hibler] stepping up on the platform in the prelim to steal a point from the Buckeyes, to then Andrew [Capobianco] and Carson [Henninger] in the final tonight just tearing it up. Andrew’s sweep was something that hasn’t been done in a long time, and it was pretty amazing.”


1. Indiana – 1499.5

2. Ohio State – 1406.5

3. Michigan – 1056.5

4. Wisconsin – 869.5

5. Purdue – 821

6. Northwestern – 796

7. Minnesota – 637

8. Penn State – 626


• Indiana men’s swimming and diving won its 28th Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship. The Hoosier men have won five conference titles during the Ray Looze era and four since Drew Johansen became head diving coach. IU boasts 69 relay titles, 372 individual champions, 263 swimming champions and 53 diving champions.

• Indiana’s 2:47.96 silver-medal performance in the 400 Freestyle Relay ranks third in program history but was IU’s top time in a Big Ten meet.

• IU totaled six medals over three diving events. Capobianco won gold in all three, freshman Quinn Henninger collected silver and bronze in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, respectively, and freshman Carson Tyler earned bronze in the platform.

• Capobianco won Indiana’s first Big Ten Platform diving gold since James Connor in 2015.

• All three Indiana divers that competed in the Platform dive final set personal bests in the event.

• Burns captured IU’s sixth straight victories in both the 200 Backstroke and 200 Butterfly on Saturday. The junior has won three consecutive 200 fly titles and back-to-back 200 back titles.

• In the 200 Breaststroke, freshman Josh Matheny dropped 2.5 seconds from his preliminary time, 1:53.16, bringing it down to 1:50.65 to secure an NCAA A Cut and a silver medal.



4. Michael Brinegar – 14:46.53 (NCAA B Cut)

6. Warren Briggs – 14:58.03 (NCAA B Cut)

Jackson Carlile – 15:02.87 (Exhibition, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

Mikey Calvillo – 15:07.27 (Exhibition, NCAA B Cut)

Mason Carlton – 15:23.75 (Exhibition, NCAA B Cut)


1. Brendan Burns – 1:39.34 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

3. Gabriel Fantoni – 1:40.26 (NCAA B Cut)

6. Jacob Steele – 1:42.03 (NCAA B Cut)

20. Tristan DeWitt – 1:46.28


4. Rafael Miroslaw – 42.24 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

7. Bruno Blaskovic – 42.58 (NCAA B Cut)

10. Jack Franzman – 43.33 (NCAA B Cut)

13. Gavin Wight – 43.47 (NCAA B Cut)


2. Josh Matheny – 1:50.65 (NCAA A Cut, Career Best)

5. Maxwell Reich – 1:54.18 (NCAA B Cut)

8. Luke Barr – 1:56.05 (NCAA B Cut)


1. Brendan Burns – 1:39.81 (Pool Record, NCAA A Cut)

5. Corey Gambardella – 1:42.12 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

8. Tomer Frankel – 1:43.06 (NCAA B Cut)

9. Van Mathias – 1:44.23 (NCAA B Cut)


1. Andrew Capobianco – 469.90 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA Zone Qualifier, Career Best)

3. Carson Tyler – 440.90 (NCAA Zone Qualifier, Career Best)

10. Quinn Henninger – 382.35 (NCAA Zone Qualifier, Career Best)


2. Rafael Miroslaw, Tomer Frankel, Bruno Blaskovic, Van Mathias – 2:47.96 (NCAA A Cut)


Swimmer of the Championships

Brendan Burns, Indiana

Diver of the Championships

Andrew Capobianco, Indiana

Freshman of the Year

Alex Quach, Ohio State

All-Big Ten First Team

Brendan Burns, Indiana

Andrew Capobianco, Indiana

Tomer Frankel, Indiana

Josh Matheny, Indiana

Van Mathias, Indiana

Rafael Miroslaw, Indiana

Jared Daigle, Michigan

Gal Cohen Groumi, Michigan

Maxwell McHugh, Minnesota

Joseph Armstrong, Ohio State

Charles Clark, Ohio State

Hudson McDaniel, Ohio State

Alex Quach, Ohio State

Sem Andreis, Ohio State

Ruslan Gaziev, Ohio State

Jacob Newmark, Wisconsin

All-Big Ten Second Team

Bruno Blaskovic, Indiana

Gabriel Fantoni, Indiana

Jack Franzman, Indiana

Quinn Henninger, Indiana

Kevin Callan, Michigan

Jacob Mitchell, Michigan

Bora Unalmis, Michigan

Kevin Houseman, Northwestern

Jordan Rzepka, Purdue


The Big Ten Champions move on to the next phase of championship season. IU divers will head to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, March 7-9 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before the squad comes together again for the NCAA Swimming Diving Championships, March 23-26, in Atlanta.

Marquette Downs Butler MBB, 64-56

Marquette used a strong second half to take a 64-56 win over Butler Saturday afternoon at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

The eight-point final margin was also the Golden Eagles’ largest of the day as Marquette was able to convert 16 Butler turnovers into 22 points. Marquette had a 22-4 advantage in that statistic.

A 14-4 run evaporated Butler’s final lead of the afternoon and gave Marquette a 57-51 lead with 4:55 remaining in the contest. The Golden Eagles’ 48-47 advantage during that stretch was the team’s first lead since 3-2.

Butler jumped out to a 23-14 lead over the first 7:36 of the game, hitting 10 of their first 15 attempts from the field. The Bulldogs would go only 11-for-40 the rest of the way, finishing at 38-percent shooting. Included in that was a 4-for-23 performance from behind the arc (Butler hit three of their first four attempts from long distance Saturday). In Butler’s 85-79 win over Marquette Feb. 12, the Bulldogs made a season-high 13 three-pointers.

Darryl Morsell led Marquette (18-10, 10-7 BIG EAST) with 16 points. Justin Lewis added 11, all in the second half as Marquette overcame a three-point halftime lead by Butler.

Bryce Nze posted his second consecutive double-double (and his third of the season) with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He added five assists, which tied his career-high. Bryce Golden led Butler with 14 points. Aaron Thompson registered 12 points and six assists as Butler had 17 assists on 21 made field goals.

With the result, Butler falls to 13-17 (6-13).

The Bulldogs have the week off before hosting Villanova Saturday in the regular season finale that will also be Senior Day at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The tip is scheduled for noon.

Sparks Collected 10th Double-Double, Cardinals Soared Over Eagles

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team was back in action on Saturday for Mid-American Conference play against Eastern Michigan. Payton Sparks led the Cardinals with his 10th double-double of the season, as BSU (13-15, 8-9 MAC) defeated EMU (10-19, 5-13 MAC) 75-64.

Sparks led the Cardinals with 17 points and finished with a game-high 10 rebounds. He added two assists, a steal, and a block. Demarius Jacobs posted a 14-point performance with six rebounds, one steal, and an assist. Miryne Thomas and Jaylin Sellers each finished with 12 points. Thomas added six rebounds and three assists. Sellers tied for the team lead in blocks with one to go along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Ball State started fast and went on a 12-4 run in the game’s first 5:09. Eastern Michigan responded with a 13-5 run and tied the game at 17-17 with 7:39 left in the first half. It was a back-and-forth battle the remainder of the first stanza as the game went to intermission tied at 32-32.

The Cardinals came out of the break on a 12-3 run and gained a 44-35 lead. During the run, all three of EMU’s points came from free throws. After the Eagles scored five unanswered points, Sellers notched the next eight points for the Cardinals as BSU went on an 8-5 run. The Cardinals held a 52-45 lead with 12:25 left on the clock.

The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 17-12 and were within two points, 64-62, with just under five minutes left in regulation. Ball State was unfazed and held Eastern Michigan to just two points for the final 4:18. BSU ended the game on an 11-2 run to secure a 75-64 victory.

Ball State led for 80.3 percent of the game. The Cardinals outrebounded the Eagles 42-38. BSU dominated the paint outscoring EMU 32-16 down low. The Ball State bench went for 19 points opposed to the 13 from Eastern Michigan.

Noah Farrakhan produced a game-high 27 points to go along with his six rebounds and two assists. Monty Scott was the only other Eagle in double figures with 15 points. Nate Scott paced Eastern Michigan with eight rebounds. Darion Spottsville posted a game-high three steals and added a team-high three assists.

Ball State returns to Worthen Arena on Tuesday, March 1, for the home finale against Akron. Prior to the game, the Cardinals will recognize this season’s senior class for Senior Day. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. jump.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“It was a really good win. I didn’t think we played our best in the first half. I thought the second half might have been one of the best halves all year. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but the shots that we took were great ones. We’re locking in on ourselves right now. We’re trying to get better and go in [to the conference tournament] with a ton of momentum. This is a great step in the right direction. I was glad we had the poise down the stretch. There was one moment where we got called for five fouls. It was one of the moments where you could lose it if you’re not careful. We didn’t, we kept our composure. I thought we played well.”

From the Student-Athlete – Freshman Center #5 Payton Sparks

“When they were coming, I was looking for my teammates first. I feel like I had my shots too. I thought we played defense well as a team. I’m not perfect and I’m going to keep getting better. We all are going to keep working. I’m proud of him, Jaylin works hard. He’s a heck of a player and he’s going to keep growing. He’s going to keep getting better, I can’t wait for the future for him.”

From the Student-Athlete – Freshman Guard #12 Jaylin Sellers

“Coach Khristian Smith challenged me to stop Noah Farrakhan down the stretch. I feel like I held my own. Respect goes out to him (Farrakhan). I feel like my teammates flared for me a couple times. After I hit one, they said okay get one more. Coach Whitford called out the play, so I came around, I already knew the play. I just ran through and got the steal.”


SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – The No. 8/9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish opened the final series of the regular season with a resounding 4-1 victory over the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines on Friday night inside Compton Family Ice Arena (4,775).

With the win, the Irish clinched the third seed in the Big Ten standings with one regular-season game remaining and improved to 24-9-0 on the year.

Notre Dame improved to 3-0-0 against the Wolverines this season and handed Michigan its first regulation loss since Dec. 11, 2021.

Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 28 saves on the night, while Graham Slaggert, Jesse Lansdell, Jack Adams and Spencer Stastney scored for the Irish. Trevor Janicke and Nick Leivermann each added a pair of assists.

Special teams proved pivotal, with Lansdell scoring on a five-minute power-play chance. Notre Dame also held  Michigan to a 0-for-4 mark on the advantage.

Erik Portillo recorded 24 saves in goal for Michigan (25-8-1).

How It Happened

Cam Burke had an attempt down low two minutes into the first period but Wolverine goaltender Erik Portillo made the stop. Then Michigan struck first 24 seconds later when Johnny Beecher won an offensive zone face-off to Mackie Samoskevich, who found Nick Blankenburg across the slot for a one-timer.

Graham Slaggert tied it up at 8:45 of the first when he put a rebound back into an open net after Trevor Janicke forced Portillo into an awkward save with a tip of a Nick Leivermann point shot.

The Irish nearly took the lead with 21.4 second left in the first when Landon Slaggert finished off a nice passing sequence from Graham Slaggert and Trevor Janicke but his shot clanged off the post after getting by Portillo’s blocker.

Notre Dame opened the second period on a five-minute power play after the referees assessed Beecher with a five minute major and a game misconduct stemming from the final faceoff of the first period.

The Irish then generated a lot of chances on that ensuing chance, with Jesse Lansdell finally forcing one over the goal line at the three minute mark after a Trevor Janicke forecheck caused some turmoil behind the Michigan net. Cam Burke had the second assist on the power-play goal. Landon Slaggert and Max Ellis also had great looks on the following power-play chance but were denied by Portillo.

Jack Adams pushed the lead to 3-1 with 5:04 left in the second, knocking home a rebound in front after Leivermann made a nice move into the slot and forced Portillo into a save. Chase Blackmun had the second assist, his 13th of the season.

Spencer Stastney was whistled for interference at 16:19 of the second, but the Irish killed the penalty.

After Max Ellis was denied on the breakaway, Graham Slaggert was handed a two-minute minor at 19:11 and Notre Dam also killed off that chance to end the second and start the third.

Notre Dame controlled play for much of the third, highlighted by another Ellis chance midway through the third when he was again all alone versus Portillo.

Galajda made one of his best stops with 8:35 remaining, getting his pad on Nick Blankenburg’s attempt from in close.

The Wolverines threatened down the stretch with both Ellis and Landon Slaggert in the box and Portillo pulled for the extra attacker but then Spencer Stastney sealed the win when he was pulled down on a breakaway and awarded a goal – his seventh of the season.


Spencer Stastney blocked a game-high six shots.

With the goal, Stastney now has 16 points (5-11-16) in Notre Dame’s 16 games since Jan. 1.

The win was the 74th of Matthew Galajda’s career to move into sole possession of  13th-place on the all-time career wins list (NCAA DI men).

Notre Dame is now 21-1-0 when scoring at least three goals this season.

Trevor Janicke posted two assists for his eighth multipoint game of the season and 10th of his career.

Nick Leivermann had a pair of assists for his seventh multipoint game this season and the 12th of his career.

Next Up

Notre Dame closes out the regular season against the Wolverines at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

Saturday’s Irish Wear Green game will feature a postgame ceremony to honor the program’s graduating seniors/graduate students.

The game will be available on Peacock.

Redbirds Blowout Indiana State to Close Regular Season

NORMAL, Ill. — Indiana State leading scorers Cooper Neese and Cameron Henry combined for just eight points as Illinois State picked up an 86-66 victory on their Senior Day Saturday at Redbird Arena. The two teams will now turn their sights to Arch Madness next Thursday in St. Louis as they will rematch in the opening round of the State Farm MVC Tournament.

Three Sycamores scored in double-figures led by Zach Hobbs who put in 15 points on 5-for-11 from 3-point range while Julian Larry went 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points. Forward Kailex Stephens finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds in the loss.

It was back-and-forth for the first 15 minutes of action as neither team was able to push their leads to more than four points. Stephens scored his ninth point of the game with just over five minutes left in the half on a dunk on a Neese dime to tie the game at 30.

Indiana State (11-19, 4-14 MVC) turned the ball over 14 times in the game but did so 10 times in the first half which helped fuel a 14-6 Redbird run to close out the first half, giving ILS a 44-36 lead heading into the locker room.

Antonio Reeves scored 16 of his game high 28 points in the opening half but the Redbirds (12-19, 5-13 MVC) picked up 20 points from Howard Fleming Jr. who entered the game averaging five points.

After each team shot 50 percent in the first half it was Illinois State that turned up the defensive pressure in the final 20 minutes as the Sycamores finished the game 39 percent, including 31 percent in the second half.

Illinois State extended their lead to 53-36 before the first media break in the second half after reeling off a 9-0 run. The Redbirds led by as many as 25 points midway through the half before both teams emptied the benches.

Reeves shot 10-for-16 from the field en route to his 28 points while Mark Freeman also added 17 points for ILS off the bench. Overall Illinois State had seven players enter the scoring column as they finished the game shooting 54 percent (34-63) from the field and 40 percent from deep (9-22).


The Sycamores head to St. Louis next week for the start of the State Farm MVC Tournament. No. 9 seed Indiana State will face No. 8 seed Illinois State in the opening round on Thursday at Enterprise Center with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET. For complete information on Arch Madness, visit the Championship Central page.

Mastodons Earn 2022 Horizon League Regular Season Title

DETROIT – 2022 Horizon League Regular Season Champions. That has a ring to it. Purdue Fort Wayne defeated Detroit Mercy 81-78 in the regular season finale on Saturday (Feb. 26) and combined with a Cleveland State loss to Oakland, the ‘Dons earned a share of the 2022 regular season title with Cleveland State

The win on Saturday was the Mastodons’ ninth straight victory and their 20th win of the season. Purdue Fort Wayne will enter the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship with the No. 2 seed. The Mastodons will host a quarterfinal contest on Thursday (March 3) in a 7 p.m. start at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 10 a.m.

The ‘Dons had a great finish to the day and a great start. They shot a blistering 75.0 percent in the first half (18-of-24) and 6-of-9 from three. Jarred Godfrey had 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the first half alone.

While the ‘Dons never trailed in the game, a hard charging Detroit Mercy team didn’t make it easy in the second half. The Titans cut the deficit to one at 64-63 with 8:06 left. Deonte Billups responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession. It was the first of four times the Titans made it a one-point game before Detroit Mercy tied it at 71 with 4:50 remaining. Ra Kpedi put the ‘Dons back up with a layup and then Billups completed a four-point play to give the ‘Dons the lead at 77-71 with 3:17 left.

The win snapped Detroit Mercy’s 15-game home win streak dating back to last season.

Billups had several key baskets in the second half and finished with 16 of his 18 points in the final frame.

Godfrey added 16. Jalon Pipkins totaled 12 points, Bobby Planutis had 11 and Ra Kpedi finished with 10 points and six boards.

The ‘Dons finished the game shooting 58.0 (29-of-50) and 50.0 percent from three (11-of-22).

Detroit Mercy shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51). Antoine Davis had a game-high 26 points on his Senior Day.

The ‘Dons improve to 20-10 (15-6 Horizon). Detroit Mercy falls to 13-14 (10-7 Horizon).

Purdue Fort Wayne won’t know their opponent on Thursday until after Tuesday’s opening around. 


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team defeated Robert Morris, 73-40 on Saturday afternoon, to earn the Horizon League regular season champion title and clinch the No. 1 seed in the #HLWBB tournament. The Jags also celebrated their four seniors Morgan Allen, Taylor Ramey, Macee Williams and Madison Wise.

“I am so proud of our team’s resiliency throughout the year, overcoming the forfiets that were placed on our team’s shoulders back in November,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “To only lose two actual games during the conference season shows how special this group was all year long.”

Rachel McLimore led the Jaguars with 15 points and four assists while Williams followed with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Anna Mortag added 11 points and four rebounds.

The Jags took the early lead in the first quarter 17-6 and never let up taking their largest lead of 45 points in the beginning of the fourth quarter. IUPUI held the Colonials to just 27.9 percent (17-of-61) from the floor and outrebounded Robert Morris 40-34. 

“The team was very focused defensively out of the gates and offensively we moved the ball really well,” said Parkinson.

Rachel Kent and Natalie Andersen each added six points while Destiny Perkins followed with five points and four rebounds. Graduate students Allen and Wise each totaled four points while Logan Lewis (4 points), Ali Berg (3) and Jacquel Bronaugh (1) each added points off the bench.

The Jags shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from behind the arc. They totaled 17 assists, five steals and four blocks.

“We definitely need to enjoy this one today and then it’s time to get focused for the tournament come Monday,” said Parkinson.

Since IUPUI clinched the No. 1 seed in the #HLWBB tournament, the Jags will host their quarterfinal game at the Jungle on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Frederking and Givance reach 1,000 points in home finale

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Noah Frederking and Shamar Givance both reached the 1,000-point mark in their careers in the regular season finale on Saturday at the Ford Center.  Battling down to the wire, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team came up short in an 88-79 contest against Missouri State.

Box Score (PDF)

Givance was the top scorer for the Purple Aces (6-23, 2-16 MVC), recording 20.  He was 4-of-5 from outside and all of his points came in the second half.  Blaise Beauchamp also finished with four triples on his way to 18.  Frederking registered 17 points while draining four of his six outside attempts while Blake Sisley finished with 14.

Pacing the Bears (22-9, 13-5 MVC) was Gaige Prim, who had 28.  Isiaih Mosley finished with 20 while hauling in a game-high 11 boards.

Evansville hit one of its opening 10 field goal attempts on the day, but rebounded to finish the game by knocking down 23 of its final 45 tries (51.1%).  Frederking, who needed just eight points to reach the milestone, scored UE’s opening eight tallies before reaching 1K with a 3-pointer at the 13:28 mark that made it a 12-8 Missouri State lead.  The Bears came back with a 9-3 run to take their first double figure lead of the game at 21-11.

Over the final minutes of the opening half, the Aces got within six points before heading to the break trailing the Bears by a 37-29 score.  Beauchamp got the team going in the second half, turning a Sisley steal into a 3-pointer in the first UE possession to make it a 5-point game.  His shot was a good omen for UE, who shot 57.1% in the final stanza.  MSU went back up by seven and held a 43-37 lead with 16:07 remaining in the game.

That is when Evansville stormed back with a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the day.  Givance drove for a basket to get it started before Gage Bobe knocked in two free throws.  After forcing a miss on the defensive end, Frederking came right down and drained a triple to give UE a 44-43 lead at the 14:08 mark.  The Bears responded with a triple on the other end to jump right back in front and embarked on an 11-2 stretch to go up by a 54-46 score over the next four minutes.

Frederking answered with another trey before a floater by Beauchamp made it a single possession game once again.  At the 8:21 mark, Beauchamp came through with a triple to give UE a 57-56 lead.  A technical foul on Evansville proved to be a turning point with the Bears scoring three points on the possession as part of a 14-4 run that gave them a 70-61 advantage entering the final five minutes.

A tenacious Aces team never backed down.  Trailing by as many as 12 in the final three minutes, UE continued to knock down its triple and another from Givance made it an 80-75 game with 56 ticks showing on the clock.  As a team, the Aces hit a season-high 16 triples on the day.  MSU was able to answer on the other end and would finish with the 88-79 victory.

UE is set to square off against Valparaiso for the third time in two weeks in the Arch Madness opener on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Valpo Drops Regular-Season Finale at Bradley

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team incurred a 79-55 setback to host Bradley on Saturday night at Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill. Valpo had three players finish in double figures, led by Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) and Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) with 16 points apiece. Valpo shot a much-improved 51.6 percent in the second half, but a tough offensive opening half against a stout Bradley defense that leads the league in field-goal percentage defense dictated the game’s outcome. Valpo closed the regular-season with a busy stretch as this marked the team’s fifth game in 11 days.

How It Happened

The Beacons played good defense in the game’s early stages, but struggled to score points from the outset. Bradley built up a 12-4 advantage by the 12:34 mark of the first half.

After a Taylor basket with 10:05 remaining in the opening half to cut the lead to seven at 15-8, Bradley reeled off eight straight points. That widened the gap to 15 at 23-8 with 3:54 to play in the first half.

The Braves scored the final six points of the half, and by the time the period came to an end, the lead for the hosts was 34-13.

Fifth-year senior Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) made a fastbreak 3 for the first points of the second half, then Taylor had a pair of baskets. Bradley followed by scoring the next seven including a dunk by Ari Boya and a 3 by Ville Tahvanainen to make it 44-20.

Valpo shot 51.6 percent after halftime, but the Braves knocked down shots at a 56.3 percent clip after the break. Bradley outscored Valpo 45-42 in the second stanza to hold on to the sizable halftime advantage. 

Inside the Game

Taylor finished with 16 points, his fourth straight game with 16 or more. He has scored in double figures 18 times this season and 99 times in his collegiate career.

King’s 16 points represented his 11th double-figure output in his last 12 games. He has reached the double-figure threshold in 18 of his 21 games this season and has scored 15 points or more on nine occasions. His 16 points on Saturday came on 8-of-12 shooting.

Gordon contributed eight points and six rebounds, while Krikke had 10 points and a team-high seven boards.

Krikke scored in double figures for the 21st time in 27 games this season, extending his double-figure scoring streak to 11 consecutive games. He pulled down five or more rebounds for the 10th time in his last 11 contests and sixth straight outing. 

Freshman Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) returned after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, but fellow rookie point guard Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada  / Orangeville Prep) played only 12 minutes before departing with a thumb injury. Valpo continued to play without Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) due to a back injury. The team’s shorthanded nature was evident as the Braves outscored the Beacons 37-5 on bench points.

Valpo was held to 1-of-10 from 3 in the opening half and finished 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) for the game. Valpo shot 100 percent at the foul line, but had just six attempts.

Bradley pulled down 13 offensive rebounds to Valpo’s nine, but the Beacons actually outscored the Braves 12-9 on second-chance points.

Up Next

Valpo (13-17, 6-12 MVC) will open up Arch Madness, the State Farm MVC Tournament, on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. vs. Evansville at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. The winner of that game will advance to face second-seeded Missouri State on Friday at 6 p.m. in the event’s quarterfinal round.

RECAP | Grizzlies Stun Top-Seeded Hanover, Claim Second Straight HCAC Tournament Championship

HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time since 2008, the Franklin College men’s basketball team will be taking part in the NCAA Tournament after the sixth-seeded Grizzlies upset top-seeded Hanover 91-84 to capture their second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament championship.

Franklin (14-14) continued their Cinderella run that saw them knock off the top three seeds in the HCAC tournament. The final hurdle proved to be their stiffest test, as Franklin bested a Hanover (21-5) team that had only lost once on their home floor all year in a venue that the Grizzlies hadn’t won in since December 2013.

Led by a career-high 34 points from freshman and tournament MVP Cody Samples along with a dominant late-game stretch from senior Matt Krause, the Grizzlies completed their storybook run to earn its sixth league tournament championship, running it back for the first time since 1999-2000.

“We’re so happy with our group and they earned this the hard way,” Head coach Brian Lebowitz said afterwards. “This has been a great run and to make it to the national tournament with this group is really special. We’ve had our share of ups and downs this year and the last few weeks, we’ve found a steadiness to the way we play and all of these guys saw their hard work rewarded. We’re really excited to have the opportunity to keep playing.”

How it Happened

Hanover held on to an early lead, keeping the Grizzlies at bay until a 12-0 Franklin run turned a seven-point deficit into a 24-19 FC lead with 8:57 to go in the opening half. A triple from Samples with 7:04 to play gave Franklin a 29-25 lead, but Hanover would close out the opening half strong and take a 45-40 lead into the locker room.

The Panthers extended their lead to seven early in the second half, but couldn’t land the knock-out blow as the Grizzlies stayed within striking distance until the 6:12 mark, when a Trey Flatt layup made gave the Griz their first lead of the second half at 69-68.

From there, Krause took the game over, with the Grizzlies’ lone senior putting on a clinic to close the game out. The West Lafayette, Ind.-native scored 11 straight points for Franklin, knocking down a dagger corner three with 59 seconds to go that put the Grizzlies up 84-76. The final minute saw Krause, Samples and Lynn King add to the lead at the free throw line to complete the upset.

Inside the Box Score

-Samples played the game of his life, going 10-for-12 from the floor, 7-for-8 from three and 7-for-8 from the line. It marked the first time in the Versailles, Ind.-native’s career that he recorded more than 20 points in a game.

-Krause’s dominant performance down the stretch earned him a spot on the all-tournament team, as he finished with 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

-The Grizzlies put together their best shooting performance of the season, knocking down 60.4% (29-for-48) of their field goals, burying 12 threes and connecting on 21-of-23 free throws.

-Freshman Trey Flatt added 12 points and Carter Crowe had 11.

-Samples, Krause and Crowe were the iron men for FC, with all three playing all 40 minutes of action.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will find out their first round opponent in the NCAA Tournament on Monday (Feb. 28), when the brackets are announced at 12:30 p.m.