INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES/REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
East Chicago Central 56 Munster 52
Chesterton
Crown Point 68 Chesterton 36
Mishawaka
Mishawaka 45 South Bend Riley 43 OT
Elkhart
Warsaw 46 Penn 34
East Noble
Fort Wayne North 66 Fort Wayne Snider 57
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne 76 Homestead 66
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo 79 Marion 54
Noblesville
Fishers 49 Noblesville 47
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine 60 Greenfield-Central 48
Lawrence North
Lawrence North 75 Indianapolis Cathedral 61
Southport
Ben Davis 50 Indianapolis Roncalli 32
Terre Haute South
Avon 49 Terre Haute North 41
Bloomington North
Center Grove 71 Martinsville 30
East Central
Franklin 41 East Central 34
Seymour
Jeffersonville 75 New Albany 58
Evansville North
Evansville Harrison 49 Jasper 33


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hammond Noll 44 Hanover Central 42
Tippecanoe Valley
John Glenn 35 Tippecanoe Valley 30
South Bend Washington
South Bend St. Joseph 81 South Bend Clay 47
Lakeland
Fairfield 50 NorthWood 39
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia 62 Leo 58
Frankfort
West Lafayette 45 Twin Lakes 43
Mississinewa
Peru 48 Mississinewa 44
New Castle
Delta 55 Yorktown 44
Lebanon
Danville 57 Tri-West 49
Owen Valley
Northview 60 Edgewood 53
Guerin Catholic
Guerin Catholic 75 Brebeuf Jesuit 74 2OT
Beech Grove
Indianapolis Washington 67 Christel House 48
Greensburg
Batesville 44 Lawrenceburg 36
Scottsburg
Scottsburg 65 Silver Creek 59
Princeton
Southridge 53 Princeton 43
Boonville
Evansville Bosse 72 Evansville Memorial 63


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Gary 21st Century 53 Andrean 44
North Judson
North Judson 59 Hebron 50
Westview
Westview 51 Churubusco 39
Lewis Cass
Wabash 65 Lewis Cass 39
Bluffton
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 58 Fort Wayne Luers 50
Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic 54 Carroll (Flora) 47
Tipton
Tipton 50 Taylor 38
Alexandria
Wapahani 59 Monroe Central 26
Hagerstown
Northeastern 43 Union County 41
Triton Central
Irvington Prep 43 Eastern Hancock 35
Sheridan
Park Tudor 63 University 56
Greencastle
Parke Heritage 49 North Putnam 34
South Ripley
Switzerland County 58 Hauser 57
Southwestern (Hanover)
Brownstown Central 53 Providence 37
Paoli
Sullivan 60 South Knox 50
Forest Park
Forest Park 52 North Posey 46


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Demotte Christian 71 Kouts 68
Triton
Marquette Catholic 57 Westville 44
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian 47 Lakewood Park 45
Caston
Tri-County 47 Caston 40
Southern Wells
Fort Wayne Canterbury 52 Northfield 34
Fountain Central
North Vermillion 52 Rossville 35
Tri-Central
Liberty Christian 63 Cowan 52
Blue River
Seton Catholic 38 Blue River 34
White River Valley
Clay City 50 Bloomfield 30
Bethesda Christian
Bethesda Christian 58 Indianapolis Metropolitan 47
Indianapolis Lutheran
Greenwood Christian 49 Indianapolis Lutheran 46
Edinburgh
Oldenburg Academy 47 Jac-Cen-Del 36
Borden
Christian Academy 53 South Central (Elizabeth) 48
New Washington
Trinity Lutheran 49 New Washington 33
Loogootee
Barr-Reeve 75 Orleans 67 5OT
Tecumseh
Evansville Christian 62 Wood Memorial 45

REGIONAL PAIRINGS
CLASS 4A
MICHIGAN CITY
East Chicago Central [22-4] vs. Mishawaka [19-7]
MICHIGAN CITY
Warsaw [19-5] vs. Crown Point [19-5]
NEW CASTLE
Kokomo [25-3] vs. Fishers [25-1]
LOGANSPORT
Fort Wayne North [19-8] vs. Fort Wayne Wayne [21-3]
GREENFIELD
Avon [15-10] vs. Lawrence North [24-3]
SOUTHPORT
New Palestine [22-5] vs. Ben Davis [20-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
Jeffersonville [18-7] vs. Evansville Harrison [20-4]
SOUTHPORT
Franklin [18-4] vs. Center Grove [20-4]


CLASS 3A
TRITON
Hammond Noll [20-7] vs. Fairfield [19-6]
SB WASHINGTON
John Glenn [13-13] vs. South Bend St. Joseph [17-9]
LOGANSPORT
Peru [15-10] vs. West Lafayette [19-6]
LAPEL
Delta [21-6] vs. Fort Wayne Concordia [14-12]
GREENFIELD
Guerin Catholic [20-7] vs. Indianapolis Washington [14-12]
LEBANON
Northview [14-11] vs. Danville [21-3]
SEYMOUR
Batesville [20-5] vs. Scottsburg [21-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
Southridge [19-6] vs. Evansville Bosse [14-10]


CLASS 2A
TRITON
Wabash [20-5] vs. Westview [20-5]
NORTH JUDSON
North Judson [15-9] vs. Gary 21st Century [20-6]
LAPEL
Wapahani [23-2] vs. Tipton [24-2]
FRANKFORT
Fort Wayne Blackhawk [20-6] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [17-8]
LEBANON
Irvington Prep [16-9] vs. Park Tudor [19-5]
MARTINSVILLE
Parke Heritage [22-5] vs. Northeastern [18-7]
SEYMOUR
Switzerland County [15-10] vs. Forest Park [17-9]
WASHINGTON
Sullivan [21-5] vs. Brownstown Central [24-4]


CLASS 1A
SB WASHINGTON
Marquette Catholic [11-15] vs. Demotte Christian [19-7]
NORTH JUDSON
Tri-County [14-11] vs. Elkhart Christian [16-9]
NEW CASTLE
Seton Catholic [19-7] vs. Liberty Christian [16-9]
FRANKFORT
Fort Wayne Canterbury [15-9] vs. North Vermillion [15-10]
MARTINSVILLE
Oldenburg Academy [13-11] vs. Greenwood Christian [17-7]
WASHINGTON
Bethesda Christian [20-7] vs. Clay City [21-5]
LOOGOOTEE
Christian Academy [22-4] vs. Barr-Reeve [23-2]
LOOGOOTEE
Trinity Lutheran [14-11] vs. Evansville Christian [23-2]

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#18 SOUTH CAROLINA 82 #24 FLORIDA 76

#15 BAYLOR 82 #7 KANSAS 74

#13 ILLINOIS 91 WISCONSIN 83

#16 KENTUCKY 111 ARKANSAS 102

#6 ARIZONA 103 OREGON 83

#12 CREIGHTON 89 #5 MARQUETTE 75

#25 S. FLORIDA 76 CHARLOTTE 61

#11 AUBURN 78 MISSISSIPPI STATE 63

#9 NORTH CAROLINA 79 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 70

#8 IOWA STATE 60 CENTRAL FLORIDA 52

#10 DUKE 73 VIRGINIA 48

#19 WASHINGTON STATE 77 UCLA 65

#2 PURDUE 80 MICHIGAN STATE 74

#4 TENNESSEE 81 #14 ALABAMA 74

#1 HOUSTON 87 OKLAHOMA 85

#23 GONZAGA 70 #17 ST. MARY’S 57

ELSEWHERE:

BUTLER 82 DEPAUL 63

WESTERN MICHIGAN 78 BALL STATE 76 OT

IOWA 87 NORTHWESTERN 80

CLEVELAND STATE 75 IUPUI 66

NOTRE DAME 69 CLEMSON 62

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 70 SOUTHERN INDIANA 66

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#24 WEST VIRGINIA 57 TCU 49

WASHINGTON 62 #18 UTAH 47

#7 USC 70 ARIZONA STATE 55

#11 OREGON STATE 79 CALIFORNIA 58

WASHINGTON STATE 72 #13 COLORADO 63

#15 KANSAS STATE 73 TEXAS TECH 49

#24 UNLV 100 SAN DIEGO STATE 41

#4 STANFORD 76 OREGON 56

KANSAS 83 #20 OKLAHOMA 74

#10 CONNECTICUT 65 PROVIDENCE 42

#8 UCLA 61 ARIZONA 41

#3 TEXAS 71 BYU 46

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 75 EASTERN MICHIGAN 47

IUPUI 92 OAKLAND 71

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 73 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 64

DRAKE 82 VALPARAISO 62

MARQUETTE 74 BUTLER 52

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 114 ATLANTA 102

MIAMI 126 UTAH 120

PORTLAND 107 MEMPHIS 100 OT

DENVER 124 LA LAKERS 114

HOUSTON 118 PHOENIX 109

NHL SCOREBOARD

WINNIPEG 5 CAROLINA 3

FLORIDA 4 DETROIT 0

EDMONTON 2 SEATTLE 1

NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 1

ST. LOUIS 3 MINNESOTA 1

BUFFALO 7 VEGAS 2

TORONTO 4 NY RANGERS 3

PHILADELPHIA 4 OTTAWA 2

TAMPA BAY 4 MONTRÉAL 3

NY ISLANDERS 5 BOSTON 1

DALLAS 3 SAN JOSE 2

COLUMBUS 5 CHICAGO 2

CALGARY 4 PITTSBURGH 3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BOSTON 4 WASHINGTON 2

PITTSBURGH 7 DETROIT 3

PHILADELPHIA 3 MINNESOTA 2

HOUSTON 7 ST. LOUIS 1

BOSTON 3 TAMPA BAY 2

BALTIMORE 7 NY YANKEES 3

ATLANTA 6 TORONTO 2

MIAMI 4 NY METS 1

LA DODGERS 8 CHICAGO CUBS 5

KANSAS CITY 13 CLEVELAND 12

SAN DIEGO 3 SAN FRANCISCO 2

TEXAS 14 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

COLORADO 10 CINCINNATI 4

LA DODGERS 11 MILWAUKEE 3

OAKLAND 12 SEATTLE 8

LA ANGELS 4 ARIZONA 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

MINNESOTA 1 COLUMBUS 1

SALT LAKE 3 LOS ANGELES 0

MIAMI 5 ORLANDO CITY 0

VANCOUVER 1 CHARLOTTE 1

ST. LOUIS 2 NEW YORK CITY 0

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1 PHILADELPHIA 1

NEW YORK 2 HOUSTON 1

MONTRÉAL 2 DALLAS 1

CINCINNATI 2 CHICAGO 1

COLORADO 1 NASHVILLE 1

AUSTIN 0 SEATTLE 0

LOS ANGELES 3 SAN JOSE 1

PORTLAND 2 DC UNITED 2

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

INDIANA 9 DALLAS BAPTIST 7

NOTRE DAME 15 TENNESSEE TECH 11

BALL STATE 10 JACKSONVILLE 9

MOREHEAD STATE 27 BUTLER 15

MICHIGAN STATE 13 WESTERN MICHIGAN 3

NORTHWESTERN 10 BETHUNE COOKMAN 5

NORTHWESTERN 8 BETHUNE COOKMAN 4

FLORIDA STATE 11 MICHIGAN STATE 2

OLE MISS 12 IOWA 5

PURDUE 5 SE. LOUISIANA 0

MINNESOTA 7 SACRAMENTO STATE 4

DAVIDSON 14 PENN STATE 2

MARYLAND 7 BRYANT 0

UC IRVINE 12 MICHIGAN 4

ILLINOIS 8 WESTERN MICHIGAN 6

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 11 RUTGERS 8

RUTGERS 9 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 1

NEBRASKA 5 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4

FLORIDA STATE 13 ILLINOIS 7

PITTSBURGH VS. OHIO STATE CANCELED

VALPO 7 ELON 5

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 11 EVANSVILLE 3

EVANSVILLE 16 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 3

SOUTHERN INDIANA 8 ST. THOMAS 6

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

MISSOURI 10 NEBRASKA 6

KENTUCKY 8 MINNESOTA 0

MICHIGAN 10 FLORIDA 2

VIRGINIA TECH 9 NOTRE DAME 1

VIRGINIA TECH 9 NOTRE DAME 3

PENN STATE 4 HOFSTRA 1

BUTLER 6 PURDUE 5

MINNESOTA 10 FORDHAM 4

INDIANA 8 BOWLING GREEN 0

INDIANA 8 VALPARAISO 6

OREGON 4 MARYLAND 2

MICHIGAN STATE 5 YALE 2

RUTGERS 4 NORTH CAROLINA 0

ILLINOIS 3 MCNEESE 0

PENN STATE 8 TARLETON STATE 7

WICHITA STATE 17 NEBRASKA 4

UTAH 6 WISCONSIN 2

CAMPBELL 3 RUTGERS 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 12 CREIGHTON KNOCKS OFF NO. 5 MARQUETTE

Baylor Scheierman recorded 26 points and 16 rebounds as No. 12 Creighton rolled to an 89-75 victory over No. 5 Marquette on Saturday afternoon in Omaha, Neb.

Scheierman made 8 of 17 shots overall, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range, as the Bluejays (22-8, 13-6 Big East) won for the sixth time in seven games. Ryan Kalkbrenner notched 19 points, while Trey Alexander added 18 to go along with 11 assists.

Kam Jones paced the short-handed Golden Eagles (22-7, 13-5) with 23 points. Marquette played without reigning Big East Player of the Year Tyler Kolek (oblique) and Oso Ighodaro (illness).

David Joplin matched a season high with 21 points and Stevie Mitchell set a season high with 15 for the Golden Eagles, who were outshot 54.1 percent to 46.9 percent overall.

No. 1 Houston 87, Oklahoma 85

Jamal Shead hit a put-back jumper in the final second to lift the Cougars over the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

Just moments after the Sooners had tied it, Shead chased down an offensive rebound off his own miss, turned and hit the shot with 0.4 seconds left. Houston (26-3, 13-3 Big 12) has won seven consecutive games and moved closer to securing a Big 12 regular-season title in its first season in the conference.

LJ Cryer led the Cougars with 23 points, J’Wan Roberts scored 20 and Shead added 14. Sam Godwin led the Sooners (19-10, 7-9) with 17 points, while Rivaldo Soares scored 16 and Le’Tre Darthard 15. Darthard hit five 3-pointers.

No. 2 Purdue 80, Michigan State 74

Zach Edey had 32 points and 11 rebounds and the Boilermakers clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title by defeating the Spartans in West Lafayette, Ind.

Braden Smith had 23 points and nine rebounds for Purdue (26-3, 15-3 Big Ten), while Fletcher Loyer added 15 points.

Tyson Walker had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Michigan State (17-12, 9-9), which has lost three straight. Jaden Akins had 13 points, Malik Hall contributed 12 and Xavier Booker chipped in 11.

No. 4 Tennessee 81, No. 14 Alabama 74

The Volunteers put four scorers in double figures and again stifled the Crimson Tide’s high-scoring attack to win in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and move into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference.

Zakai Zeigler scored 18 points for Tennessee (23-6, 13-3 SEC), which has a one-game lead over Alabama (20-9, 12-4) and No. 18 South Carolina (24-5, 12-4). Tennessee can take another step toward clinching the SEC regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a victory Wednesday night at South Carolina.

Mark Sears scored 22 points to lead Alabama, while Aaron Estrada added 16 and eight rebounds. The Tide made just 23 of 60 field goal tries (38.3 percent) and 9 of 37 3-pointers (24.3 percent).

No. 6 Arizona 103, Oregon 83

Kylan Boswell scored a career-high 19 points, all in the first half, and Caleb Love, Pelle Larsson and Keshad Johnson each reached at least 20 points as the host Wildcats routed the Ducks at Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona (23-6, 14-4 Pac-12) has a half-game lead in the conference standings heading into the last week of the regular season. Love had 22 points while tying his season-high of seven assists.

Oregon (19-10, 11-7) was led by Jermaine Couisnard’s 39 points, including 33 in the second half.

No. 8 Iowa State 60, UCF 52

Tre King poured in 16 points and the Cyclones dominated down the stretch, holding off the host Knights in a hard-fought game in Orlando, Fla.

The Cyclones (23-6, 12-4 Big 12) closed the game on an 11-2 run, holding the Knights (15-13, 6-10) to just two points and no field goals over the final 5:08. King threw down four dunks in the game, going 7-for-11 from the floor, as the Cyclones won their third consecutive game. Milan Momcilovic, Curtis Jones and Keshon Gilbert scored 11 points apiece.

UCF is 3-6 against ranked teams, with all three wins coming at home, but the Knights didn’t have an answer for Iowa State down the stretch despite 13 points from Jaylin Sellers and 11 from Shemarri Allen. Darius Johnson added 10.

No. 15 Baylor 82, No. 7 Kansas 74

RayJ Dennis had 14 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as the host Bears knocked off the Jayhawks in Waco, Texas.

The Bears took sole possession of third place in the Big 12 Conference with two games remaining in the regular season. The early part of the game featured nine ties and 10 lead changes before Baylor seized control.

The Bears (21-8, 10-6 Big 12) got 18 points from Jayden Nunn, 17 from Yves Missi and 11 from Ja’Kobe Walter. Kansas (21-8, 9-7) now has seven conference losses for the first time in head coach Bill Self’s 21-year career there. Hunter Dickinson and Kevin McCullar Jr. scored 20 points apiece for the Jayhawks.

No. 9 North Carolina 79, NC State 70

Harrison Ingram scored a season-high 22 points to help the host Tar Heels hold off the rival Wolfpack in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina (23-6, 15-3 ACC) was also boosted by Elliott Cadeau’s 15 points and seven assists, 14 points from RJ Davis and 13 points from Armando Bacot. Ingram shot 8 of 14 from the floor and also had six rebounds.

NC State (17-12, 9-9) — which is 3-5 since the start of February — squandered a chance to get an elusive Quadrant 1 victory that would have boosted its NCAA Tournament resume. Jayden Taylor had 22 points for the Wolfpack, while DJ Horne scored 20.

No. 10 Duke 73, Virginia 48

Kyle Filipowski scored 21 points and the Blue Devils overwhelmed the visiting Cavaliers in Durham, N.C.

Tyrese Proctor posted 15 points with three 3-point baskets and Mark Mitchell added 10 points as the Blue Devils (23-6, 14-4 ACC) stayed a game behind first-place North Carolina heading to the final week of the regular season.

Reece Beekman’s 18 points and Isaac McKneely’s 12 paced Virginia (21-9, 12-7), which has lost three of its last four games and four of six. In three of those games, the Cavaliers have surrendered at least 73 points.

No. 11 Auburn 78, Mississippi State 63

Johni Broome scored 17 points and the Tigers stifled the visiting Bulldogs in the first half of the Southeastern Conference victory.

Denver Jones added 15 points and Jaylin Williams and Chad Baker-Mazara scored 10 points each for Auburn (22-7, 11-5 SEC), which took the lead for good 21 seconds into the game and allowed just two field goals in the first 11:53 to take command.

Mississippi State (19-10, 8-8) found its offense in the second half, but couldn’t get closer than eight points after halftime. Freshman Josh Hubbard, who had scored season highs of 32 points and 34 points in the Bulldogs’ last two games, scored just three of his 23 points in the first half. Tolu Smith III finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 13 Illinois 91, Wisconsin 83
Marcus Domask had 31 points and Terrence Shannon Jr. added 23 as the Illini pulled away late for a victory over the host Badgers in Madison.
Illinois (22-7, 13-5 Big Ten Conference) extended its winning streak to seven against Wisconsin, after the Badgers had won the previous 15 meetings.
Tyler Wahl had 20 points for Wisconsin (18-11, 10-8), which lost at home for just the third time in 16 games. Max Klesmit added 16 and Chucky Hepburn 15 for the Badgers, who have lost 7 of 9 after a 16-4 start and a No. 6 ranking.

No. 16 Kentucky 111, Arkansas 102

Antonio Reeves scored 22 points and D.J. Wagner added 19 as the host Wildcats notched a high-octane victory over the Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play at Lexington, Ky.

Aaron Bradshaw and Rob Dillingham scored 15 points apiece and Zvonimir Ivisic had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (21-8, 11-5 SEC), who won their third consecutive game. Reed Sheppard and Justin Edwards added 10 points for Kentucky, which topped 100 points for the sixth time this season.

Khalif Battle scored 34 points for Arkansas and has scored 112 over the past three games. Tramon Mark recorded 23 points and four steals, Jeremiah
Davenport added 14 points and Makhi Mitchell scored 13 for the Razorbacks (14-15, 5-11), who lost their second straight game.

No. 23 Gonzaga 70, No. 17 Saint Mary’s 57

Graham Ike recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing victory over the Gaels in Moraga, Calif.

Ryan Nembhard added 20 points and 10 assists as Gonzaga (24-6, 14-2 West Coast Conference) ended Saint Mary’s national-best 16-game winning streak. Ben Gregg had 12 points for Gonzaga, which won its eighth straight game.

Aidan Mahaney scored 16 points for the Gaels (24-7, 15-1), which had clinched the outright WCC title with Thursday’s victory over Pepperdine. The Gaels will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, and Gonzaga will be the No. 2 seed.

No. 18 South Carolina 82, No. 24 Florida 76

Meechie Johnson scored 25 points to help the Gamecocks rally to a victory over the Gators in a Southeastern Conference game in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (24-5, 12-4 SEC) trailed by 10 points twice in the second half but took its first lead since midway through the first on Johnson’s layup with 5:05 remaining. The Gamecocks held on the rest of the way, outscoring the Gators 8-3 in the final minute.

Jacobi Wright scored 16 points, Collin Murray-Boyles collected 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ta’Lon Cooper added 11 points for South Carolina. Walter Clayton Jr. and Zyon Pullin led Florida (20-9, 10-6) with 20 and 18 points, respectively.

No. 19 Washington State 77, UCLA 65

Jaylen Wells scored 27 points to lead the Cougars to a victory over the Bruins at Pullman, Wash.

Washington State (23-7, 14-5 Pac-12) remains a half-game behind Arizona (23-6, 14-4) heading into the last week of the regular season. Washington State’s 14 conference wins are its most since the 1982-83 season. Myles Rice added 18 points and four assists for the Cougars, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Dylan Andrews led UCLA (14-15, 9-9) with 21 points. Sebastian Mack and Lazar Stefanovic each had 11 points.

No. 25 South Florida 76, Charlotte 61

Chris Youngblood racked up 17 points and Kasean Pryor scored 16 points as the Bulls, who entered the Top 25 for the first time in program history earlier this week, defeated the host 49ers to clinch the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Selton Miguel added 13 points off the bench and Kobe Knox had 12 as the Bulls stretched their winning streak to 14 games. South Florida (22-5, 15-1 AAC) shot 48.2 percent from the floor and pulled in 15 offensive rebounds. This marks the first time the Bulls have captured a regular-season league title.

Lu’Cye Patterson’s 17 points led Charlotte (17-11, 11-5), while Nik Graves had 12 and Dean Reiber 11. The 49ers couldn’t overcome their 40.4 percent shooting from the floor. They made just 5 of 18 shots from 3-point range.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 24 WEST VIRGINIA GETS PAST TEXAS CHRISTIAN

JJ Quinerly and Jordan Harrison scored 14 points apiece and the host Mountaineers (23-6, 12-6 Big 12) snapped a season-worst three-game losing streak by defeating TCU 57-49 in Morgantown, W.Va.

Madison Conner posted 18 points and Sedona Prince scored 15 points for TCU (19-10, 6-12), which had a four-game losing streak snapped. The Horned Frogs’ most-recent previous loss also came against West Virginia, which posted a 77-52 rout of TCU on Feb. 13.

West Virginia built a 37-17 halftime lead. But when TCU posted the first eight points of the fourth quarter, the gap was down to 48-38. It took the Mountaineers nearly six minutes to post their first points of the fourth quarter. TCU shot 3-for-14 on 3-pointers.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: LEBRON JAMES HITS MILESTONE, BUT NUGGETS WIN

Nikola Jokic scored 35 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 25 as the visiting Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to six games with a 124-114 victory Saturday over the Los Angeles Lakers, spoiling the latest milestone for LeBron James.

While James had the spotlight early, becoming the first player in NBA history to pass the 40,000-point mark, the Nuggets owned the game by getting 24 points and 11 assists from Jamal Murray and 18 points from Aaron Gordon. Porter was 10 of 10 from the floor, while Porter and Jokic each had 10 rebounds.

James scored 26 points with nine assists on his historic night, while Rui Hachimura added 23 points. Anthony Davis scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who entered 9-3 since Feb. 1.

With all eyes on James, who needed nine points for 40,000, the Lakers’ star hit the milestone on a spinning drive and left-handed layup with 10:39 remaining before halftime.

Rockets 118, Suns 109

Jalen Green recorded 34 points and nine rebounds and the Houston Rockets broke a nine-game road losing streak with a 118-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

Fred VanVleet added 24 points and 11 assists and Alperen Sengun had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Houston. Green and VanVleet each made six 3-pointers for the Rockets, who split a two-game set in Phoenix and went 2-1 against the Suns over the past nine days.

Kevin Durant had 30 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had a nine-game home winning streak ended. Devin Booker scored 24 points but sprained his right ankle with 1:15 left. Booker immediately limped off to the locker room. Jusuf Nurkic (sprained neck) left late in the second quarter after taking an accidental blow from teammate Josh Okogie.

Heat 126, Jazz 120

Jimmy Butler’s season-high 37 points led six Miami scorers in double figures and the Heat held off visiting Utah.

Butler scored 25 points in the second half, and Miami needed every bit of his effort in a game with 11 ties and 21 lead changes. Bam Adebayo scored 23 points in the win and grabbed seven rebounds and Terry Rozier had 14 points and a game-high eight assists,

Keyonte George fueled Utah, finishing with 31 points to fall two shy of matching the career high he set on Feb. 15. George shot 6 of 14 from 3-point range to lead the Jazz to a 14-of-35 effort from beyond the arc. Lauri Markkanen shot 4 of 9 from distance and made 11 of 12 at the free-throw line en route to 25 points.

Nets 114, Hawks 102

Mikal Bridges scored 38 points as host Brooklyn overcame a sluggish start to beat Atlanta in New York.

Cameron Johnson added 23 points as the Nets shot 46.6 percent. Dennis Schroder added 14 and eight assists while Nic Claxton contributed 12 points and 13 boards as the Nets withstood the absences of Cam Thomas (ankle) and Ben Simmons (leg).

Saddiq Bey scored 23 as the Hawks fell to 2-2 since losing Trae Young to an injured left pinky that required surgery and will keep the star out for four weeks. Dejounte Murray added 20 and 11 assists as the Hawks shot 42.5 percent.

Trail Blazers 107, Grizzlies 100 (OT)

Anfernee Simons scored 18 of his 30 points after the third quarter as visiting Portland overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis.

Jabari Walker added 18 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Blazers post their second win over the Grizzlies in as many nights after snapping a nine-game losing streak with Friday’s 122-92 victory at Memphis.

Delano Banton scored eight of his 10 points in overtime for Portland. Toumani Camara finished with 15 points, Ashton Hagans recorded career highs with 13 points and eight assists and Duop Reath chipped in 12 points.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: PREDS ROUT AVS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

Cody Glass recorded his first career hat trick, and the Nashville Predators extended their season-high winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 home victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Glass, a light-scoring forward, entered the contest with two goals in 33 games this season but doubled that total by securing his first career multi-goal game through the two periods. He then added an empty-netter for his first hat trick in his five-year career.

Tommy Novak had a goal and an assist, Ryan O’Reilly scored his 22nd of the season and Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the Predators. Nashville has outscored its opponents 37-13 — and tallied at least four goals in every game — while matching the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Meanwhile, Colorado was held mostly in check after scoring five goals apiece to win its previous two games. However, star Nathan MacKinnon continued a stellar season by recording his 37th goal and 101st point to extend a point streak that has reached nine games.

Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

Max Domi scored the decisive goal in a shootout and Toronto defeated visiting New York.

John Tavares, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander scored for Toronto. Ilya Samsonov made 32 saves. Toronto defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, did not appear in the third period after taking a hard check in the second period.

Vincent Trocheck scored twice and Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and two assists for the Rangers. Artemi Panarin added two assists. Igor Shesterkin stopped 31 shots for the Rangers. He had allowed only one goal in each of his past four starts. He had won his seven previous games.

Lightning 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)

Victor Hedman scored the deciding goal in the top of the sixth round of the shootout as Tampa Bay edged visiting Montreal.

Brayden Point scored to extend his season-long point streak to nine games (seven goals, four assists), and Anthony Cirelli and Tyler Motte each added a goal as the Lightning moved to 7-2-1 when tied after two periods.

Joel Armia, Jake Evans and Josh Anderson scored for the Canadiens. Juraj Slafkovsky, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft, skated in his 100th NHL game, posted two shots and was minus-2.

Stars 3, Sharks 2 (SO)

Radek Faksa and Jason Robertson scored in regulation and Dallas won in a shootout against visiting San Jose.

Jake Oettinger made 21 saves in regulation and stopped four of seven attempts in the shootout for the Stars, who had lost six of their previous eight (2-3-3). Matt Duchene and Jamie Benn scored in the shootout for Dallas, which moved two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division.

William Eklund and Filip Zadina scored, Luke Kunin had two assists and Magnus Chrona made 36 saves in his second NHL start for the Sharks, who have lost six straight.

Oilers 2, Kraken 1

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist as Edmonton defeated host Seattle.

Brett Kulak also tallied and goaltender Stuart Skinner made 24 saves for the Oilers, who won their third in a row. Skinner came up big in the final minute as the Kraken had a power play for the final 53 seconds, with the goalie pulled and a six-on-four advantage.

Eeli Tolvanen scored for Seattle, which went 3-2-1 on its six-game homestand as it chases a Western Conference wild-card berth. Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 of 24 shots but suffered his first loss in five starts since missing more than two months with a lower-body injury.

Islanders 5, Bruins 1

Kyle Palmieri’s natural hat trick in the first period lifted New York to a lead that it would never relinquish in a win over Boston in Elmont, N.Y.

Palmieri scored all three of his goals in the first 12:19 of the game and added an assist for the third hat trick and second four-point game of his career. His hat trick was the Islanders’ first since April 2022. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist while Brock Nelson also scored for New York, which has won three straight.

Marc McLaughlin lit the lamp in his first NHL game this season and Linus Ullmark made 21 saves for the Bruins, who had a seven-game points streak (3-0-4) snapped. Boston is two points back of the first-place Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division.

Jets 5, Hurricanes 3

Sean Monahan’s goal with 3:13 remaining was the go-ahead tally in what became a five-goal third-period outburst for Winnipeg as it rallied to beat host Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

Nino Niederreiter had two goals, including an empty-netter, and Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele scored in the first six minutes of the third period, which began with Carolina up 3-0. Josh Morrissey provided three assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.

Martin Necas, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho had Carolina’s goals, and Andrei Svechnikov supplied two assists. Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 27 shots. The Hurricanes, who had won two games in a row, were without a point for just the second time in nine games.

Panthers 4, Red Wings 0

Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves to lead Florida to a resounding road win over Detroit.

Brandon Montour, Sam Reinhart, Evan Rodrigues and Carter Verhaeghe each scored for the Panthers, who have won four straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

The Red Wings have lost two straight games after winning its previous six.

Flames 4, Penguins 3

Yegor Sharangovich’s second goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in regulation completed the comeback as host Calgary claimed a victory over Pittsburgh.

Nazem Kadri and Blake Coleman scored goals 32 seconds apart and Mikael Backlund collected two assists as the Flames erased a 3-1 third-period deficit to earn their first five-game winning streak of the season.

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves on a night the Flames retired No. 34 in honor of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, the franchise record holder in nearly every netminding category. For the Penguins, Jonathan Gruden tallied his first NHL goal and Lars Eller and Jeff Carter also scored. Goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped 16 shots.

Flyers 4, Senators 2

Tyson Foerster scored twice in the final minute of the second period to lead host Philadelphia to a victory over Ottawa.

Joel Farabee and Cam York also scored for the Flyers, who hold the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Felix Sandstrom made 24 saves to collect the win in his first NHL action of the season.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Thomas Chabot scored for the Senators, who are on a four-game skid. Goalie Mads Sogaard, recalled from the minors due to issues involving Ottawa’s top two goaltenders, stopped 36 shots.

Blues 3, Wild 1

Torey Krug scored a goal and earned an assist to lead St. Louis past visiting Minnesota.

Alexey Toropchenko and Jake Neighbours also scored for the Blues, who snapped their three-game winless streak. Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for his 138th career win, which moved him into third on the Blues’ all-time list behind Mike Liut and Jake Allen.

Jon Merrill scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for the Wild, who lost their third straight game. Minnesota lost forward Marcus Johansson to a first-period injury after playing just 2:47.

Sabres 7, Golden Knights 2

Dylan Cozens scored two short-handed goals and Jeff Skinner and Owen Power each had a goal and two assists as Buffalo cruised past visiting Vegas.

Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist, Eric Robinson had two assists and Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo also scored for Buffalo, which won for the fifth time in its last six games.

William Karlsson and Brendan Brisson scored goals and Paul Cotter had two assists for Vegas, which lost for the sixth time in its last nine games (2-6-1). Logan Thompson made 28 saves.

Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 2

Mathieu Olivier scored the game-winner as Columbus avoided a third straight loss with a victory over host Chicago.

Alexandre Texier, Boone Jenner, Cole Sillinger and Johnny Gaudreau scored the other Columbus goals.

Elvis Merzlikins made 26 saves for the Blue Jackets, who completed the sweep of the season series against the Blackhawks.

GOLF NEWS

TRIO TIED ATOP LEADERBOARD AT COGNIZANT CLASSIC

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and England’s David Skinns posted matching 66s and Austin Eckroat carded a 68 to ascend to the top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the Cognizant Classic on Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The trio sits at 13 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of another five golfers tied for fourth. Among that group at 10 under is Jacob Bridgeman, who fired a low round of 65 to vault 32 spots up the leaderboard on moving day.

Bud Cauley, who took a lead into the clubhouse on Friday before the second round was suspended by darkness, shot a 74 on Saturday and dropped into a tie for 11th at 8 under.

Lowry opened fast, carding birdies on three of his first four holes. He would finish with six against one bogey as he attempts to become the event’s first winner from Ireland since Padraig Harrington (2015).

“I started off like really well and got myself right into it and kept going. Hit some great shots when I needed to,” Lowry said. “You know when you go out on this golf course and this tournament that you’re going to face a bit of adversity somewhere, and I did a little bit (Saturday), and I felt like I dealt with it quite well.”

Skinns turned in another clean card and has just two bogeys for the tournament. He’s trying to become the tourney’s first winner from England since Luke Donald in 2006. It’s the first time he’s held a 54-hole co-lead in his career on the PGA Tour.

“I wouldn’t say nerves, I’ve just been waiting a long time to be in this spot,” Skinns said. “It’s more I’m excited to be here. I’m trying to make every moment as good as it can be. I’m just really excited.”

Bridgeman, in his first season on tour, fired his career-best round to play his way into contention. He played bogey-free golf with six birdies.

“I hit it really well,” he said. “I didn’t really take too many risks. Felt like I just played solid and conservative all day and then made some putts towards the end. Pretty pleased with 6 under. The wind is blowing a little bit, so I think it was a good one.”

Russell Henley matched Bridgeman’s 65 for low round of the day, rising 42 spots up the leaderboard to T11 at 8 under.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shot a 72 to fall to T26 at 7 under.

JOAQUIN NIEMANN SHOOTS 64, MOVES INTO LEAD AT JEDDAH

Joaquin Niemann shot a 6-under-par 64 on Saturday to take the lead at the LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

Niemann, who won the LIV season opener at Mayakoba in February, started the round with seven pars before adding six birdies over the final 11 holes.

The Chilean enters the final round at 13-under 127 after his opening round 63 at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. He stands two strokes ahead of Charl Schwartzel (66 on Saturday) of South Africa and three ahead Jason Kokrak (62) and South African Louis Oosthuizen (66).

The first-round leaders — Jon Rahm of Spain and Adrian Meronk of Poland — followed their opening rounds of 62 with 69s on Saturday to fall into a tie for fifth at 9-under 131 with Abraham Ancer of Mexico (63) and Australia’s Lucas Herbert (66).

Anthony Kim, playing in his first pro tournament after a 12-year hiatus, shot his second consecutive 6-over 76.

While Kim is working through the rust after the long layoff, Niemann appears to be rounding into midseason form — even if the birdies didn’t pile up immediately on Saturday.

“It was just being patient. Everything I was doing, I was hitting it great, I was putting great. I just didn’t make birdies,” he said.

“Like on No. 4 I had a good chance and didn’t make birdie there. The wind was playing a little bit more into than normally, so I think it was playing a little bit longer. Then I hit a great shot on No. 8 to make birdie there, and I made a great putt on No. 9, too, kind of gave me a lot of confidence and momentum for the round.”

Also gaining confidence and momentum was Kokrak, who was paired with Ancer. The two were a combined 15-under on the round, and Kokrak said the competition between the two gave him a kick.

“We were definitely feeding off each other. He was making putts. I was making putts. Seemed to birdie a lot of same holes,” Kokrak said.

“When you see a good quality shot into a hole, it kind of gives you the confidence to go do the same thing. I was just happy that I hit some quality shots, committed to the lines and targets, and had a good round.”

Schwartzel also was pleased with his performance, for the most part.

“Yeah, 80 percent of my round was really good. There was a few scraps in there, but I managed to save — made good saves,” he said. “I kept my round going. But overall it feels like I’m playing better than I have been.

“It’s just nice to be in contention and have a chance tomorrow.”

Niemann hopes to shut down any chances for his competitors.

“My goal is to win this week,” Niemann said. “I know there’s a lot of golf to play tomorrow. There’s a lot of shots that I’ve got to hit tomorrow, and I’ve got to be confident doing those.”

In the team competition, Stinger GC moved to 29-under, giving the team anchored by Schwartzel and Oosthuizen a commanding 7-shot lead over Smash GC, which is captained by Brooks Koepka, and Rahm’s Legion XIII.

AYAKA FURUE TAKES 2-STROKE LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND IN SINGAPORE

Ayaka Furue recorded birdies on her first two holes to take the lead Saturday at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and never relinquished it, shooting a 4-under-par 68 to grab first place after 54 holes in Singapore.

Furue’s 68 moved her to 10-under 206 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Australia’s Hannah Green (67 on Saturday).

The leader heading into the third round, Celine Boutier of France shot a 72 and stands tied for third with Andrea Lee (67) at 7-under, three shots off the pace at The Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

Furue, seeking her second LPGA Tour win, recorded four birdies on the front nine and played the back nine at even par.

“I just kind of keep my momentum going. So that’s really good for me,” Furue said of her front nine. “I just feel excited to be part of the top of the leaderboard. I was just thinking about catching up with Celine today and making birdies. I just feel good.”

Furue is projected to move to No. 1 on the Race to CME Globe points list with a victory.

Green vaulted from ninth place to second after her round of six birdies and a bogey on a day that reached the high 80s with winds upward of 20 mph.

“I didn’t really hit many greens again today or fairways, but I managed to miss it in the right areas to give myself the best chance to make par. That was important today, as not sure how the weather will be tomorrow,” said Green, who is seeking her fourth LPGA Tour victory.

“I knew I needed to make pars on certain holes and not be as aggressive and when I have wedge in my hand, try to go for the pin. My caddie and I do a good job of that. It can be tough. Even though I shot 5-under, it still felt like a lot of work compared to yesterday. Put myself in good position for tomorrow.”

Four players enter play Sunday tied for fifth place, four shots off the lead at 6-under: defending champion Jin Young Ko (66) and Hye-Jin Choi (67) of South Korea, Taiwan’s Peiyun Chien (70) and Nasa Hataoka (70) of Japan.

Chien, seeking her first LPGA Tour, is hoping for a strong finish on Sunday.

“I really want to win with my first win as soon as possible because I took care of every shot, every swing, everything I need to do,” she said. “Very happy to be here and I played well yesterday. If I can do it, I do it. If not, still have a lot of chance, I can go for it.”

NFL NEWS

TEXAS WR XAVIER WORTHY RUNS FASTEST 40 EVER AT COMBINE

Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy broke the NFL Scouting Combine record in the 40-yard dash, running 4.21 seconds on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Worthy broke the record set by Washington Huskies WR John Ross (4.22) in 2017.

“I just broke the record. It still doesn’t feel real,” Worthy said. “Man, just a blessing to be able to do this in front of all these fans, with all these peers I’m with.”

Worthy ran a 4.25 in his first attempt.

Worthy caught 75 passes for 1,014 yards and five touchdowns in 2023. He has 26 career receiving touchdowns in three seasons at Texas. He finished fourth all time in school history in yards receiving (2,755) and eighth in punt return yards (564).

ESPN projects Worthy to be selected No. 32 overall by the Kansas Chiefs in April’s NFL draft.

Ross was selected No. 9 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 draft. He retired in July 2023 after 62 career receptions for 957 yards and 11 TDs in 37 games (21 starts).

JERRY JONES: ‘WE DON’T NEED TO’ EXTEND PRESCOTT

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t believe his team has to extend quarterback Dak Prescott this offseason.

“We don’t need to, but we can if everybody wants to solve it,” Jones said Friday at the NFL combine, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. “If you can’t, what we have in place works. And so obviously, if you do it one way, then that gives you, you’ll be working through some of the other areas on the team in a different way.”

He added: “But you can’t really plan on that until you see where you are there. That’s what we’re doing.”

Prescott is entering the final season of a four-year, $160-million deal signed in 2021 that includes no-trade and tag clauses. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2025 if the sides can’t agree on a new contract.

Dallas is currently $4 million over the cap, according to Spotrac. Signing Prescott to an extension could give the club financial relief, as he’ll carry a $59.4-million cap hit in 2024.

The 30-year-old is coming off arguably his best season as a pro, setting career highs in completion percentage and touchdown passes. He totaled 4,516 passing yards and finished second in MVP voting.

However, the Cowboys have compiled just a 2-5 postseason record with Prescott as their starter, most recently losing 48-32 to the Green Bay Packers in January.

Dallas hasn’t reached the NFC Championship Game since the 1995 season.

“I’m very pleased with how Dak progressed,” Jones said. “I am not to the stage of saying, ‘Well, I’ve had it. I’m fed up in any way with Dak.’ What I’m encouraged by is that by all accounts and everybody around him, including him, believe that he’s going to be better and is getting better.”

Prescott has started 114 regular-season contests since Dallas drafted him in the fourth round in 2016.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT PELICANS

After splitting a home-and-home set with New Orleans, the Pacers (34-27) head to San Antonio on Sunday for their second and final meeting of the season with Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs (12-48).

After the Pacers prevailed 123-114 on Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the Pelicans got their revenge on Friday night in New Orleans, dominating the Blue & Gold from start to finish in a 129-102 rout. The Pelicans tied a franchise record with a 48-point first quarter in which they went an eye-popping 20-for-22 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range, outscoring Indiana by 22 in the frame. New Orleans got offensive rebounds on both of its misses, meaning the Pacers failed to record a defensive rebound in the quarter.

The Pelicans maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the night, stretching the margin to as many as 36 points.

One bright spot for the Pacers in Friday’s loss was rookie forward Jarace Walker. The eighth overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft got extended run in New Orleans and impressed with both his playmaking and his defense. Walker stuffed the stat sheet in his 27 minutes, tallying six points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks. The Pacers outscored New Orleans by 15 points when Walker was on the floor, the best plus/minus of any player on the team.

While the Spurs have the worst record in the Western Conference, they’ve still garnered plenty of attention this season thanks to Wembanyama. The 7-foot-4 Frenchman had one of the most anticipated debuts in league history, but he has somehow managed to live up to the hype.

Wembanyama is averaging 20.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals through his first 54 games. He leads the entire NBA in blocks by a significant margin and leads the Spurs in points, rebounds, blocks, and steals. He made history earlier this month by recording a triple-double with blocks in a 27-point, 14-rebound, 10-block performance in Toronto. He has blocked at least three shots in seven straight games and swatted five shots in four of his past five contests.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Spurs: G – Tre Jones, G – Devin Vassell, F – Keldon Johnson, F – Jeremy Sochan, C – VictoR Wembanyama

Injury Report

Pacers: Ben Sheppard – questionable (illness) Doug McDermott – out (right calf strain)

Spurs: Charles Bassey – out (left ACL tear), Julian Champagnie – out (right ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

Nov. 6, 2023: Rick Carlisle got his 900th career win in style, as Indiana tied its NBA franchise record for points scored in a game in a 152-111 rout of the Spurs at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Blue & Gold dropped 44 points in the opening frame, then followed that up by going 9-for-12 from 3-point range in a 42-point second quarter, tying the franchise record for points in a half. The lead only grew after halftime, as Carlisle rested all of his starters and emptied his bench in the fourth quarter.

Six Pacers scored in double figures on the night, with Tyrese Haliburton leading the way with 23 points and eight assists in 27 minutes.

Buddy Hield added 19 off the bench, going 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Obi Toppin scored 19, while Myles Turner recorded a double-double in just 21 minutes, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Doug McDermott led San Antonio with 17 points and four assists off the bench, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Keldon Johnson added 16 points, while Zach Collins had 14 and five rebounds.

Wembanyama struggled from the field, going just 3-for-12, but still managed to record a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The number one pick in the 2023 NBA Draft also had two blocks and a steal in 21 minutes.

Noteworthy

  • With a win on Sunday, the Pacers would sweep the season series with the Spurs for the second time in the last three years.
  • Starting forward Aaron Nesmith returned to the Pacers lineup on Friday after missing the previous four games with a sprained ankle.
  • The Pacers acquired sharpshooting forward Doug McDermott from San Antonio in a three-team trade on Feb. 8. McDermott signed with the Spurs in 2021 after three seasons in Indiana. He has missed the past two games after straining his right calf in the first half of Monday’s game against Toronto.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL FALL 4-1 IN CINCINNATI ON SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel headed to Cincinnati for their second of three games in a row this weekend. After battling through the first period, the Fuel fell 4-1 to the Cyclones.

1ST PERIOD

Zack Andrusiak opened the scoring at 6:02 for Cincinnati with a goal to put them up 1-0.

Jordan Martin took the game’s first penalty at 11:05. While he sat for interference, the Fuel killed off the penalty before Lemos took another for high sticking at 16:34.

Less than a minute later, Jalen Smereck took an interference penalty forcing some 4-on-4 hockey, however both penalties were killed off.

2ND PERIOD

Cole Fraser took a roughing penalty along with a misconduct call for continuing the altercation at 2:25, giving the Fuel a power play opportunity. At 3:45, Fraser was given a game misconduct for abuse of officials.

At 10:34, Mike Ferraro added to Cincinnti’s lead with a goal assisted by Andrusiak who then got his third point of the game with another goal at 12:25, to make it 3-0 for Cincinnati.

Andrew Bellant got on the board first for the Fuel at 15:10, making it 3-1. That goal was assisted by Ross McDougall and Matus Spodniak.

At 18:21, Spodniak and Zach Berzolla took offsetting roughing penalties. Santino Centorame took an interference penalty at 18:39 to give the Cyclones a brief power play.

Time expired soon after and by the end of the second frame, the Fuel were outshooting Cincinnati 20-17.

3RD PERIOD

Just fourteen seconds in the third period, while still on the power play, Sahil Panwar scored to put the Cyclones up 4-1.

At 13:15, Fuel captain Seamus Malone took a holding call, giving Cincinnati another power play opportunity but the Fuel were able to kill off the penalty.

Despite some chances as the clock winded down, the Fuel could not make a comeback and fell to Cincinnati despite outshooting them 33-27.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday, March 15 for Faith & Family / USAC Racing and All You Can Eat Night against the Tulsa Oilers.

INDIANA MEN’S SWIMMING

INDIANA CAPTURES THIRD CONSECUTIVE BIG TEN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana men’s swimming and diving won its third consecutive Big Ten Championship Saturday (March 2). It is IU’s 30th men’s conference title as well as its sixth in eight years.

The Hoosiers won the 2024 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships by a margin of 296 points, outscoring second place Ohio State 1,520-1,226. Indiana led the team standings at the end of each of the four days of competition.

“What an amazing last two days from our men,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “After a rocky Thursday, this team turned it around with two of the better days that I have ever been part of with this program and then just ran away with it by almost 300 points. It’s hard to do that in sports, when things don’t go your way, and it shows the character of these guys.

“This way a tricky meet for us because we’re trying to be even better at the NCAA Championships four weeks from now, and everyone gives you their best shot here in this conference. We took all the blows and ended up with an enjoyable last day. I want to give all the credit to the staff, to the administrators, all the athletes, everybody that’s part of this. It’s humbling to get another title, and we know it’s going to be difficult to keep going, but we’re going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.”

“I am so proud of this team,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “Like every team, there are untold stories of struggles and hardship. These men overcame them all!”

Combining with the women’s conference championship a week ago, Indiana completed the swimming and diving program’s second Big Ten Championship Double and first since 2019. Michigan is the only other Big Ten program to win both the men’s and women’s trophies in a single season.

IU totaled 10 Big Ten Championships at the meet between swimming, diving and relays, including four during the final day of competition. For the second-straight season, Indiana won four of the five relays and medaled in all five.

In his fifth and final Big Ten Championships, senior Brendan Burns won his fourth-straight 200-yard backstroke – IU’s eighth in as many years. Burns out-touched sophomore teammate and Dutch Olympic-qualifier Kai van Westering by 24 hundredths in 1:39.50. He’ll finish his collegiate career with 22 Big Ten Championships from 11 individual and 11 relay titles.

Indiana asserted its dominance in breaststroke Saturday, finishing first, second, third and fourth in the 200-yard event. Senior Jassen Yep won his first-career Big Ten Championship with an NCAA A cut 1:50.40, the third-fastest time in the country this season. Junior Josh Matheny (1:51.50) took silver, and freshman Toby Barnett earned his second medal of his first conference championships, having won silver in the 400 IM on Friday. Senior Maxwell Reich rounded out the quartet, finishing fourth in 1:52.07. This result came after IU took the second, third, fourth and fifth-place positions in the 100-yard breaststroke event on Friday.

Junior Carson Tyler won his second conference title in two days, compounding Friday’s 3-meter championship with his second-straight Big Ten platform diving title on Saturday. Tyler’s final three dives tallied scores of 93.50, 89.10 and 73.80, building to a 462.60 final tally. The highest-scoring diver throughout the meet, Tyler repeated as the Big Ten Diver of the Championships.

“For Carson to win again after the excitement of last night is so difficult to do,” Johansen said. “I had a feeling the meet was going to come down to who did the better back and reverse optionals. So, I promised him a slice of pumpkin pie if he hit his 207 and 307 tonight. It lightened his mood enough, and he delivered.

Sophomore Maxwell Weinrich earned his first-career Big Ten medal, finishing third on platform with a 360.95. Junior Quinn Henninger took seventh with a score of 360.95, and sophomore Dash Glasberg scored out of the consolation final with a career-best 289.80.

“Max really showed up, moving all the way to third. He is gaining confidence with every dive he does. Quinn and Dash delivered so many valuable points in every event. The focus for the meet was team, and they never lost focus.”

Indiana put an exclamation mark on the meet, winning its eighth 400-yard freestyle relay championship in nine years. The Hoosiers, represented by senior Tomer Frankel and Gavin Wight, junior Rafael Miroslaw and freshman Mikkel Lee, finished in an NCAA A cut 2:48.19, 26 hundredths in front of Michigan. The Wolverines led by one hundredth at the third exchange as Lee leaped into the water. He posted the quickest anchor split in 41.76 to give IU the victory. Moments later, confetti burst on top of the Hoosiers as they celebrated their team title.

TEAM SCORES

1. Indiana – 1,520

2. Ohio State – 1,226

3. Michigan – 1,153.5

4. Wisconsin – 1,044.5

5. Minnesota – 849.5

6. Northwestern – 725

7. Penn State – 683

8. Purdue – 651.5

BIG TEN AWARDS

Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships: Gal Cohen Groumi, Michigan

Big Ten Diver of the Championships: Carson Tyler, Indiana

Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Colin Geer, Michigan

First-Team All-Big Ten (Indiana): Finn Brooks, Brendan Burns, Tomer Frankel, Mikkel Lee, Josh Matheny, Rafael Miroslaw, Carson Tyler, Kai van Westering, Gavin Wight, Jassen Yep

Second-Team All-Big Ten (Indiana): Toby Barnett, Quinn Henninger

RESULTS

1,650 FREESTYLE

8. Warren Briggs – 15:01.96 (NCAA B Cut)

14. Mason Carlton – 15:12.24 (NCAA B Cut)

X. Tristan DeWitt – 14:54.92 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

X. Elliot Weisel – 15:21.79 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

200 BACKSTROKE

1. Brendan Burns – 1:39.50 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA B Cut)

2. Kai van Westering – 1:39.74 (Silver, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

100 FREESTYLE

6. Mikkel Lee – 42.51 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

8. Gavin Wight – 43.01 (NCAA B Cut)

9. Rafael Miroslaw – 42.78 (NCAA B Cut)

200 BREASTSTROKE

1. Jassen Yep – 1:50.40 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA A Cut, Career Best)

2. Josh Matheny – 1:51.50 (Silver, NCAA B Cut)

3. Toby Barnett – 1:51.95 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

4. Maxwell Reich – 1:52.07 (NCAA B Cut)

16. Collin McKenzie – 1:59.23

18. Luke Barr – 1:56.64 (NCAA B Cut)

200 BUTTERFLY

2. Tomer Frankel – 1:39.80 (Silver, NCAA A Cut, Career Best)

3. Brendan Burns – 1:40.24 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut)

PLATFORM DIVING

1. Carson Tyler – 462.60 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

3. Maxwell Weinrich – 433.65 (Bronze, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

7. Quinn Henninger – 360.95 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

12. Dash Glasberg – 289.80 (Career Best)

400 FREESTYLE RELAY

1. Tomer Frankel, Gavin Wight, Rafael Miroslaw, Mikkel Lee – 2:48.19 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA A Cut)

UP NEXT

Indiana men’s diving will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for NCAA Zone Diving Championships March 14-16, looking to qualify for the 2024 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships two weeks later.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA GOES 2-0 ON SECOND DAY OF HOOSIER CLASSIC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Indiana tallied another two wins on the day as it defeated Bowling Green, 8-0 in six innings, and Valparaiso, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon at Andy Mohr Field.

With the two wins, Indiana improves their record to 14-4.

GAME 1: INDIANA 8, BOWLING GREEN 0

KEY MOMENTS (vs. Bowling Green)

• Indiana opened the scoring with three runs in the second inning. Senior Brooke Benson had an RBI double through the left side to score Aly VanBrandt. Then, the Hoosiers added two more runs from a bases loaded walk and Benson scoring on a wild pitch to put Indiana up 3-0.

• Junior Brianna Copeland held the Falcons hitless through 4.2 innings.

• Indiana exploded to add another four innings in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Avery Parker and Benson each hit a home run to get Indiana up to a 6-0 lead.

• Redshirt senior Cora Bassett and sophomore Cassidy Kettleman both scored on the game’s final play with Bassett and Kettleman each stealing a base and then both scoring on an error.

GAME 2: INDIANA 8, VALPARAISO 6

KEY MOMENTS

• Valparaiso started the game off up 2-0 from a two-run home run in the top of the first inning.

• Indiana responded in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double from Avery Parker and Parker later scoring on an error to make it a 2-2 game.

• In the third inning, Valparaiso hit another home run, but Indiana followed with a two-run home from junior Taylor Minnick to put Indiana up 4-3.

• Benson followed with a two-run home run of her own in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-3. This was Benson’s second home run of the day.

• Valparaiso would score three runs in the top of the fifth to make it a tied game at 6-6.

• In the bottom of the sixth inning, Copeland doubled to left center field and brought in Freshman Alex Cooper to take the lead, 7-6. In the next at-bat, Minnick singled to right field and scored Copeland to put the score at 8-6.

• Copeland threw three-straight strikeouts to end the game and secure the win in the top of the seventh.

NOTABLES

• Copeland recorded a career high 11 strikeouts against Bowling Green.

• Indiana hit a combined four home runs in both games with Parker, Minnick and Benson all going yard. Benson hit two home runs.

• Indiana posted their fifth shutout of the season in the win over Bowling Green.

• Bassett had two stolen bases against Bowling Green.

• For the weekend, Parker is hitting for a .625 batting average.

UP NEXT

Indiana looks to finish the Indiana Classic tomorrow as they take on Valparaiso at 1:30 p.m. EST on Big Ten Plus.

INDIANA BASEBALL

TIBBITTS LEADS OFFENSE IN COMEBACK VICTORY

FRISCO, Texas – Junior catcher Brock Tibbitts provided four RBIs, including a massive bases-clearing triple in the top of seventh, as the Indiana Baseball team (7-3) mounted a five-run comeback to beat No. 25 Dallas Baptist 9-7 on Saturday (March 2) afternoon at Riders Field.

Fellow junior Nick Mitchell had his first three-hit game in an IU uniform as the Hoosiers compiled 15 total hits and nine runs. Down 6-1 through five innings, IU chipped away at the lead in the sixth with a pair of runs to make it 6-3. An RBI single from sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor brought IU within two runs in the seventh before Tibbitts cleared them all on a three bagger.

Sixth-year senior Ty Bothwell (W, 2-0) was fantastic in relief, throwing 72 pitches across 4.2 innings of work while striking out five. Dallas Baptist threatened in the ninth but freshman infielder Hayden Carlson and sophomore shortstop Tyler Cerny combined on a 4-6-3 double play to end the ballgame.

The win put to bed a pair of back-to-back losses and handed the Hoosiers their second top-25 win of the season. It also ended the Patriots’ perfect start to the season. IU will close out the Frisco Classic tomorrow afternoon (1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT against Arizona.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Brock Tibbitts shook off the poor performance from Friday night and added an early tally to the board, doubling to left field to drive in Nick Mitchell.

Indiana 1, Dallas Baptist 0

Bottom Fourth

After holding the Patriots scoreless for the first three innings, starting pitcher Connor Foley left a fast ball over the plate that Chayton Krauss took over the left field wall for a two-run home run.

Dallas Baptist 2, Indiana 1

Bottom Fifth

Dallas Baptist opened up the lead in the fifth with a four spot. Nathan Humphreys, Luke Heefner and Krauss each had RBI singles while Michael Dattalo tallied a sacrifice fly as the Patriots took a five-run lead through five complete innings.

Dallas Baptist 6, Indiana 1

Top Sixth

The Hoosiers started to piece the offense together in the sixth inning. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Carter Mathison scored Devin Taylor while a bloop single from Tyler Cerny scored Tibbitts to bring IU within three.

Dallas Baptist 6, Indiana 3

Top Seventh

Taylor led off the scoring in the seventh with an RBI single through the right side. After that, Tibbitts provided the biggest at-bat of the season to this point. With the bases loaded, Tibbitts took a two-strike fastball off the wall in left field. The ball bounced awkwardly off the wall, allowing all three runners to score and for Tibbitts to slide into third without a throw.

Indiana 7, Dallas Baptist 6

Top Eighth

IU added insurance runs in the eighth. Sam Murrison replaced Austin Bode, who finished the day with two hits, as a pinch runner and came around to score after a single and a wild pitch. Josh Pyne, hitless on the day before the ninth, singled to right field to score Mitchell and the team’s ninth run.

Indiana 9, Dallas Baptist 6

Bottom Ninth

Things got tense in the ninth after a solo home run from Miguel Santos. Dallas Baptist followed that with a pair of singles before Ty Bothwell forced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to preserve the victory.

Indiana 9, Dallas Baptist 7

Notes to Know

• IU tallied 15 hits on the afternoon, the most in a single game since recording 16 in a win over Purdue on May 13th, 2023. The Hoosiers have finished with 10+ hits in seven contests this season.

• Connor Foley and Ty Bothwell have combined to pitch all 27 innings this season on Saturdays. Bothwell recorded victories in the contests against No. 18 Coastal Carolina and No. 25 Dallas Baptist. Foley was awarded the win over Baylor.

• Josh Pyne (164) and Brock Tibbitts (156) continue to inch closer to the 200-hit threshold in their careers. Tibbitts is up to 122 RBIs in his career with Pyne slightly behind at 118.

• The Hoosiers’ nine runs were the most scored in a game without hitting a home run since putting 11 on the board in a game at Northwestern (May 7) last season.

• Devin Taylor has a hit in nine of 10 games this season. He’s had at least two hits in seven different games this campaign.

• Nick Mitchell, hitting in the leadoff role, scored three runs and recorded three hits. He reached base four times as he continues his return to full health after missing the first six games of the season.

Top Hoosier Performers

#20 Mitchell, Nick

3-4, 3 R, 1 BB

#9 Tibbitts, Brock

3-5, 1 R, 4 RBI

#41 Bothwell, Ty

4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 K

Quotable

Catcher Brock Tibbitts

On getting back out there and getting the bats going…

“Yeah, I mean baseball is just such an up and down game you. Some days everything’s fine and some days you’re hitting it right at people. Just being able to grind out a win like this and the fifth inning on be able to string a few hits together to come out on top is awesome.

On caching [Connor] Foley and [Ty] Bothwell….

“I mean, both of them. They just have they got really good stuff. They know how to be able to complement their stuff, kind of what their other pitches and you know just being able to go out there and attack the strike zone and be able to compete every at-bat.”

Head coach Jeff Mercer

On the resiliency of the team after the fifth inning…

“Yeah, it was ugly. We were ugly for about five or six innings in the middle especially right at the beginning where we played soccer in the fifth inning. We were trying to play as bad as baseball as we could play. We were successful at that. And then we were able to kind of turn the tide a little bit and so I went out and we brought Bothwell in and told the team we’re going for this game, whether you like it or not. We are going for this game. We’re going to Bothwell and we’re going to go for it so I don’t care what the score is and I don’t care you know, our feelings essentially at this point, but we’re going to go for the win. And so find a way to take your shot right now. Because obviously Bothwell was probably our best arm after Foley. And so we’re going to take our shot and those guys responded and credit to those guys for responding, credit to Bothwell for responding and jumping back and making the game.

Up Next

The Hoosiers get a chance for another win in Frisco in the weekend finale against Arizona. The game will be available via ESPN+ and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE WINS BACK-TO-BACK BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH VICTORY OVER MICHIGAN STATE

No. 2 Purdue 80, Michigan State 74 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 26-3 overall and 15-3 in the Big Ten Conference with an 80-74 win over Michigan State in Mackey Arena.

The win clinched a share of the Big Ten title for the second straight year and Purdue still holds a two-game lead with two games to play.

Purdue has now won consecutive Big Ten titles for the first time since the “threepeat” in 1994, 1995 and 1996. The Boilermakers have won four Big Ten regular-season titles in the last eight years (2017, 2019, 2023, 2024).

Matt Painter has now won five Big Ten regular-season titles, tied for the seventh most in Big Ten history. In the last 50 years, only Bob Knight (11), Tom Izzo (10) and Gene Keady (6) have won more league titles.

The win was the 57th Big Ten win for the senior class (last four years), tying a school record for most wins by a class in league play.

Purdue has won at least 15 games in Big Ten play for the second straight year, the first time since 1995 and 1996 it has won 15 or more league games in consecutive seasons. Purdue has now won 15 or more league games in four of the last seven seasons.

The victory over Michigan State was Purdue’s nation-leading 10th quad-1 win of the season.

The win was Matt Painter’s 17th win against Tom Izzo, the most for a coach against the Hall of Famer. Painter is now 17-16 against Izzo during his career.

Purdue has won eight of the last nine games against Michigan State, including four straight wins. The Boilermakers have won seven in a row at home against the Spartans.

The win was Purdue’s 16th straight at home, now tied for the seventh-longest streak in America. Purdue will look for its third unbeaten season in Mackey Arena next Sunday against Wisconsin (2011, 2019).

Purdue’s 84 wins over the last three seasons are now the most in school history.

Purdue needs just one more regular-season win to tie the school record for most regular-season victories in school history.

Purdue is 89-3 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring at least 80 points.

Purdue is 66-6 since the start of the 2017-18 season when making at least 10, 3-pointers.

Purdue has won 46 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its foe.

Zach Edey recorded his 60th career double-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Edey moved into 12th on Purdue’s single-season scoring list (696 points).

Edey surpassed 2,200 career points in the win and moved into 10th place on the Big Ten’s all-time career scoring list (2,229 points).

Edey moved into fourth place on Purdue’s career blocked shots list (211).

Edey and Navy’s David Robinson (1984-87) are the only players in NCAA history with at least 2,200 points, 1,100 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field.

Edey recorded his 15th career 30-10 game. No other current active player has more than four.

In Zach Edey’s last three games against Michigan State, he has averaged 34.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game after going for 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

Braden Smith scored 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. Smith surpassed 700 career points in the win.

For the season, Smith now has 379 points, 206 assists, 172 rebounds and 50 steals. Smith and Michigan State’s Magic Johnson (1979) are the only players in Big Ten history with 375 points, 200 assists, 170 rebounds and 50 steals in a season.

Fletcher Loyer tallied 15 points and three assists, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey had 32 points and 11 rebounds, Braden Smith added 23 points and nine boards, and No. 2 Purdue beat Michigan State 80-74 on Saturday night to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.

Gold confetti fell from the Mackey Arena rafters as Purdue celebrated its conference-best 26th title. With a win in either of their final two games, the Boilermakers (26-3, 15-3) would claim their second straight outright regular-season crown.

The last Big Ten team to win back-to-back outright regular-season titles was Ohio State in 2006 and 2007.

Michigan State (17-12, 9-9) shot just 39% and lost its third straight. Tyson Walker had 14 points and seven rebounds, Jaden Akins scored 13, Malik Hall added 12 and Xavier Booker 11.

Fletcher Loyer finished with 15 points for Purdue, which won for the 16th consecutive time at home.

The Boilermakers ran out to a 15-point lead on Edey’s three-point play with 14:26 to go. Michigan State had an answer. A.J. Hoggard drained an open 3-pointer from the left wing to trim the deficit to 58-55, prompting a timeout by Purdue coach Matt Painter with 9:13 remaining.

Out of the break, Smith knocked down a 3 and Purdue held steady from there. Michigan State never got closer than five in the final three minutes. Mason Gillis’ 3 with 56.3 seconds remaining extended Purdue’s cushion to 77-69.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called a timeout with 1:46 left in the first half after Edey scored eight points in just more than two minutes to turn a 28-27 deficit into a 35-30 Purdue lead.

Smith then drained a 3 on the other end for a 38-30 advantage, Purdue’s largest to that point after it had trailed by eight early. Walker knocked down a 3 as time expired in the first half to send the Spartans to the locker room down 38-35.

PURDUE BASEBALL

WAGNER, DANNELLEY TEAM UP FOR 2-HIT SHUTOUT

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Luke Wagner and Jackson Dannelley teamed up for a two-hitter on the mound as Purdue Baseball won in shutout fashion for the second time in 10 games, defeating Southeastern Louisiana 5-0 on Saturday at ECU’s Keith LeClair Classic.

The Boilermakers (7-3) ended SELA’s five-game win streak, shutting out a team that had scored 59 runs over the last five games. Purdue has two shutout wins in its first 10 games of a season for the first time since 2003.

Wagner pitched into the seventh inning, striking out five while extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10. Dannelley induced an inning-ending double play to erase an inherited runner and worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning vs. the 2-3-4 portion of the Lions’ lineup. He has surrendered just one hit over 9 2/3 scoreless innings this season, recording three saves of at least nine outs in the process.

Purdue retired the leadoff man with one pitch in the second, third, fifth and ninth innings Saturday. Those quick outs helped Wagner (2-0) and Dannelley team up for the combined shutout with just 114 pitches. Wagner worked four 1-2-3 innings. The lefty retired 17 of 18 batters faced to set the stage for the shutout. Southern Louisiana (7-4) only had five base runners, just one reaching second base.

Keenan Spence and Mike Bolton Jr. both connected for a solo home run to right field. Spence hit an opposite-field blast off the scoreboard to open the scoring in the second inning, his team-leading third of the season. Bolton went deep in the bottom of the fifth for his seventh career long ball. Spence has homered in each of the first three weekends.

Bolton also stole his 75th career base Saturday and it led to a run after the catcher threw the ball into center field and Couper Cornblum followed with an RBI ground out.

Brody Chrisman delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, extending Purdue’s lead to 5-0.

Luke Gaffney doubled for the seventh time this season in his final at-bat to extend his hit streak to nine consecutive games to begin his college career. Logan Sutter was held hitless for the first time as a Boilermaker, but a leadoff walk in the sixth inning gave him a 10-game on-base streak to begin the season. Camden Gasser (8 games) also extended his on-base streak and has been aboard safely in every game he’s played.

Purdue takes on first-time opponent Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at 9 a.m. to close out the four-team tournament. The Boilermakers are the designated road team Sunday.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL FALLS IN PAIR OF 5-6 DECISIONS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Purdue Boilermakers (8-8) fell in a doubleheader to Butler, 5-6, in 10 innings and Radford, 5-6, on Day 2 of the Thundering Herd Invitational.

On the day, the Boilermakers totaled four doubles (three vs. Butler and one vs. Radford). Additionally, the team added a triple vs. Butler and a home run vs. Radford.

Khloe Banks led the team in both games totaling two runs in each. Versus Radford she registered two hits, including a two RBI homer to right field, which put Purdue within one of the Highlanders in the third inning. Her home run was the second of her career and first of the season.The sophomore’s second run came on a wild pitch, which she dove to beat the tag out at home.

Junior Madi Elish (0-3) received the loss vs. Butler after tossing the final 1.1 innings in which Butler earned the walk-off. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Emma Bailey (0-2) started in the circle vs. Radford and pitched the first two innings.

Eleven Boilermakers were left stranded vs. Radford compared to the opponents’ five. Against Butler, the Boilermaker eight runners were left on-base to Butler’s seven.

Purdue will close out the Thundering Herd Invitational tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, when they take on host Marshall for the second time in three days.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT MICHIGAN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will close out the regular season on the road Sunday night with a 7 p.m. tip against Michigan. Mike Hall and Nick Bahe will have the call on FS1.

Tim Newton will have the game on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (12-16, 5-12) at Michigan (17-12, 8-9)

Sunday, March 3

Time: 7 PM

TV/Stream: FS1

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers scored 20 or more points in all four quarters but could not hold off a late run in a 93-88 loss to Penn State on Wednesday night. Caitlyn Harper led the way offensively with 29 points, her Purdue career high. Abbey Ellis added 18 points, while Madison Layden chipped in 16. Jeanae Terry posted a seven-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist outing against the Lady Lions. The Boilermakers knocked down 10 3-pointers and posted 23 second chance points off 17 offensive rebounds, both season highs. 

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan 53-24.

• Sixth-year senior Caitlyn Harper announced a knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter against Penn State brought her career to a close. The Hartland, Wis., native tallied 29 points in her final game, taking her over 1,900 points for her career. Harper finished with the sixth-best field goal percentage in program history at 54.9% over the last two years.

• Purdue’s freshman class heads into the final game of the regular season with the highest scoring average among Big Ten freshmen at 22.8 points per game this season and 22.9 points per league outing.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson sits second among Big Ten freshman scoring (10.4) and rebounding (4.5) in league games. The rookie from New York City is second in the Big Ten with a 91.1% free throw mark over conference play.

• Jeanae Terry heads into her homecoming game one point shy of 1,000 for her career. The Detroit native and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only players in the country to average over seven rebounds, six assists and one steal per game.

• Terry’s 7-point, 15-rebound, 7-assist game against Penn State marked her 17th 7-7-7 performance, second most nationally to Caitlin Clark since Terry’s arrival in West Lafayette in 2021-22.

• With 16 points and four 3-pointer, Madison Layden became the fifth player in Purdue history to join the 1,000-point club, as its 37th member, and make 200 3-pointer in a career. Layden ranks second in the Big Ten this season with a 42.4% 3-point mark, good for ninth in Purdue single-season history.

• After her fifth straight game with 14 or more points, Abbey Ellis is up to 13.9 points per game this season, which would be Purdue’s highest scoring average in the Katie Gearlds era. The Australian’s 87.1% free throw mark during her career at Purdue is second in program history.

• Sophie Swanson tallied 10.7 points over the last six games, including the three straight in double figures. Swanson is fifth in Big Ten freshman scoring with 6.9 points per league game.

• Since donning a protective face mask against Nebraska in January, Mary Ashley Stevenson has averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game with a 55.6% shooting clip, while making 95% of her free throws.

• Purdue’s seniors combined for 70 points, 29 rebounds, 18 assists, nine triples, four steals and two blocks against Penn State.

• Purdue freshmen have posted a Big Ten-best 28 double-digit scoring performances,  including two in the same game nine times.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of 13 major conference rookies averaging more than 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

RED-HOT IRISH CLAIM 69-62 WIN OVER CLEMSON

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team is playing its best basketball in March. The Fighting Irish (12-17, 7-11) claimed its fifth victory in its last six games by taking down an NCAA Tournament-bound team in Clemson, via the score 69-62. The Irish trailed 31-34 at the half before outscoring the Tigers (20-9, 10-8) 38-28 in the second half where they shot 46.2 percent.

Markus Burton continues to work on that ACC Rookie of the Year resume with 21 points tonight on 8-of-16 shooting. Burton tied his season high of six rebounds, plus four assists and one steal. Burton has now scored 80 points over the last three games. Furthermore, he notched his 8th game with 20+ points.

Another star of the match was Tae Davis, who scored all 18 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the final 7:30. Davis was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Carey Booth rounded out the Irish in double figures with 11 points. He knocked down three treys, which brings his threes total for the week to six.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was an absolute duel between Markus Burton and Clemson’s PJ Hall in the first half as they tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.

At 10:33 the game was tied at 17-all as only two Irish had scored at that point with Burton at 11 points and Booth at six with two treys. Then the Tigers produced a 7-0 run to garner their largest lead of the half up 17-24.

Next, the Irish fired off a 12-2 run to claim a 29-26 lead and here’s how: Burton had two buckets, Shrewsberry with a pull-up jumper, then threes from Konieczny and Zona. The Irish converted 5-of-6 from the field during this stretch.

Fast forward to 2:03 remaining in the half and Burton hit the spin button and converted a #SCTop10 play to keep the Irish up front at 31-30. Yet, the Tigers would surge down the final stretch to claim a 31-34 lead at the break.

At halftime, Burton had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting with the next highest Irish scorer being Booth at six points. PJ Hall had his 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with the next highest being Chauncey Wiggins with eight points.

The second half was a heavyweight boxing match with each side having response after response. It started with Shrewsberry and Booth each draining one from beyond the arc early to reclaim the lead at 37-36. Then three ND turnovers over a two-minute span allowed the Tigers to push back out front at 37-41.

Fast forward to 10:57 on the clock and Konieczny earned a big steal and converted the breakaway layup to give the Irish a 45-44 lead. Then it was Zona’s turn for a big moment, converting a corner three for the 50-48 lead with 8:25 left.

Next, it was Davis’ time to shine as he threw down a monstrous dunk. Then down on the defensive end, Davis collected a steal, was later fouled on the breakaway and converted both free throws. Next offensive possession, it was Davis again driving and being fouled – plus two more free throws – thus a 6-0 Davis run to go up 56-50.

Fast forward to 4:40 on the clock and Burton drained a momentous three (his first bucket of the second half), sending the Irish into the final media timeout up 59-51.

On the other side of the timeout Clemson converted on back-to-back possessions to cut the ND lead in half. Davis answered the call once more with another incredible drive to the basket to keep the Tigers at bay.

When Clemson converted again to pull within four, Shrewsberry drained the biggest three of the game with 1:29 remaining to push the Irish lead to 64-57.

The Irish and Tigers exchanged free throws to make it a 66-60 ballgame. In a must foul situation, Clemson fouled Davis and Burton who sank 3 of the 4 and put the Irish up 69-60.

The Tigers had one last drive to the bucket, but Notre Dame would go to secure the 69-62 win.

UP NEXT

The Irish hit the road for the final two games of the regular season, starting with North Carolina on Tuesday, March 5. That match will tip at 7 p.m. ET on the ACC Network. The Irish then make the trek to Blacksburg for a showdown with Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

MORENO BLASTS IRISH PAST TENNESSEE TECH 15-11

The University of Notre Dame baseball team (7-2) rallied three times from multiple-run deficits to win the second game of its three-game series at Tennessee Tech (6-4) 15-11 Saturday afternoon in Cookeville, Tennessee. Sophomore second baseman Estevan Moreno tied the school record for home runs in a single game with three and batted in six runs to power the Irish offense. Jack Penney had three hits for the Irish with a two-run home run while Tito Flores also notched three hits.

Rory Fox picked up the pitching victory in relief and Ricky Reeth delivered four solid innings from the fifth to the eighth, giving up just two hits and striking out four. Nate Hardman pitched a one-hit ninth to close out the win.

The Irish will look to sweep the series with the Golden Eagles at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Tennessee Tech starting pitcher Peyton Calitri sat the Irish down in order in the top of the first inning and was provided a quick lead by the Golden Eagle lineup. A lead-off single was followed by two outs before Nicoh Jordan homered down the left field line for the first two runs of the game. A single, double and two more singles drove in two more runs before a strike out ended the six-hit, four-run first inning for the home team.

The Irish responded quickly to cut into the lead back to one run in the top of the second. Simon Baumgardt started the inning with a single up the middle and Carson Tinney beat out an infield hit at third base. After Brady Gumpf fouled out on the first pitch, DM Jefferson reached on a fielding error by the Golden Eagle first baseman. Baumgardt scored on the play and Tinney moved to third, from where he scored just two pitches later on a ground ball back to the mound.

Jefferson was on third after the play back to the pitcher and he then scored on a well-executed bunt single from T.J. Williams – back to the pitcher again – and the Irish had almost erased the Tennessee Tech lead in the second inning.

Unfortunately for Notre Dame, that one-run lead for the home team would balloon to six runs by the end of the second inning. A one-out infield single was followed by a walk and a single back to the pitcher to load the bases. Yet another infield single, this one to shortstop, scored one run and the throw to first was wide, allowing two more runs to score. Theo Bryant then homered down the right field line to drive in three runs and chase Irish starter Jackson Dennies from the game. Rory Fox entered in relief and ended the inning with a ground out, walk and strike out.

The third inning was quiet for both teams, then the Irish put together a rally in the top of the fourth. Jefferson led off with a four-pitch walk, then Estevan Moreno blasted a home run to center field to cut the lead to 9-5. Williams was then struck by the first pitch after the home run to bring up Jack Penney. Working the count to 2-0, Penney drove a two-run homer to left field and the Golden Eagle lead was cut down to just two runs.

The back-and-forth slugfest continued in the bottom of the fourth. A seven-pitch walk opened the inning, then Tech’s Preston Steele homered to right field and the Irish found themselves trailing by four runs once again.

The Irish offense answered the call yet again. With one out, Gumpf singled through the left side which led to the first Golden Eagle pitching change of the game. Jack Erdman entered for Calitri, who would finish the day with 4 ⅓ innings, seven hits and eight runs (five earned). Working the first count with Erdman to 2-2, Jefferson tripled down the right field line to drive in Gumpf, then he would trot home on Moreno’s second home run of the day – this one down the left field line.

Williams reached back on a hit by pitch and stole second and moved to third on a double to center field from Penney. The second Tennessee Tech pitching change of the inning followed, as Jaxson Pease came on to face Flores with runners at second and third. A ground ball to shortstop was thrown wide of first, however, which allowed Penney and Williams to both score and give the Irish their first lead of the game 12-11.

Entering the fifth inning, Ricky Reeth came on in relief of Fox, who would finish with 2 ⅔ innings, one hit, three walks, four strikeouts and two runs given up. The Golden Eagles posted a single up the middle on Reeth’s first pitch, but the Irish reliever settled down to get two fly outs and a ground ball to hold Tennessee Tech off the scoreboard for just the second half-inning of the contest.

A quiet sixth inning from both teams led to more fireworks from Moreno to lead off the seventh inning. He hammered a 1-1 pitch to left field for his third home run of the game to tie the Notre Dame school record for homers in a single game for the second time in his career.

After the Moreno bomb, Williams drew a walk and Penney doubled to move Williams to third base. Flores then drove the first pitch he saw into centerfield to drive in the final two runs of the game for both teams.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

IRISH DROP DOUBLEHEADER AT #23/20 VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped both ends of a twinbill at #23/20 Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish drop to 8-7 on the season, and are 0-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Virginia Tech Hokies improve to 14-3-1 on the season, and 2-0 in league play.

Sophomore Micaela Kastor got the start in game one. She threw 4-plus innings, allowing seven hits, seven earned runs to go with a strikeout. Shannon Becker came on in relief, throwing an inning plus, allowing two hits, two runs, one earned to go with a strikeout.

The Fighting Irish offense went for just three hits in the first contest. Rachel Allen Cassidy Grimm and Anna Holloway each recorded a single in the loss. Karina Gaskins finished 0-for-2, and drew a pair of walks.

Alexis Laudenslager got the ball to start the second game. The graduate transfer threw 3.1 innings, allowing nine hits, eight earned runs and struck out three before giving way to Becker. Becker threw the final 2.2 innings, scattering a pair of hits to go with an earned run and a strikeout.

The Irish offense totaled three hits in the nightcap. Addison Amaral led the charge with a three-run homer. Gaskins and Winchell each added base hits in the loss, with Gaskins drawing three more free passes.

How It Happened – Game 1

The Irish struck first in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Grimm got the rally going with a single up the middle. Holloway followed suit with a base knock to right and Grimm went first to third. Notre Dame manufactured a run as Holloway executed a delayed steal, and the throw to the infield was wild to score Grimm and put the Irish up 1-0.

The Hokies took the lead in the bottom of the third, using a two-out rally of their own. A fielder’s choice and a stolen base put Emma Ritter into scoring position. Addi Greene connected on a triple to center field to score the run and tie it up. A walk to Cameron Fagan put runners on the corners for Cori McMillan who doubled to right field to score both and put Virginia Tech up 3-1.

Virginia Tech utilized the long ball in the fifth to open up the lead. A lead off double and a walk put two on for a three-run homer, followed by a solo shot to extend the lead to 7-1.

The Hokies put the game away in the sixth, scoring two runs. A lead off single and an error put two on for McMillan who doubled, bringing in both as the Hokies earned a 9-1 win.

How It Happened – Game 2

The Hokies stormed out of the game in the nightcap, scoring five runs. A single and a walk started the frame. A single back up the middle scored a run before back-to-back home runs put Virginia Tech up 5-0.

A two-run homer in the bottom of the second extended the lead to 7-0. After a scoreless third, the Hokies added an unearned run in the fourth. With runners on the corners, Virginia Tech executed a double steal, allowing the eighth run to score.

Amaral kept the game alive in the fifth inning. Emily Tran reached on an error to start the rally, and Gaskins drew her 20th walk of the season to put two on. The freshman turned on an up and in 0-2 pitch for her fourth home run of the season to cut the lead down to 8-3.

Virginia Tech got a run back in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer.

After a scoreless sixth inning, the Irish got a two-out walk from Gaskins, but that was all the offense could manage.

Up Next

The series with the Hokies concludes tomorrow at noon as the Irish look to salvage a win in the finale.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL DEFEATS PURDUE, SPLITS ON THE DAY

HUNTINGTON, W.V. – The Butler softball team defeated Purdue for the first time since 2010, a 6-5, 10-inning victory at the Thundering Herd Invitational. The Boilermakers (8-7, 0-0 Big Ten) scored three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game, and it took three extra innings before the Bulldogs (9-9, 0-0 BIG EAST) could gain an advantage. In its second game of the day, Butler dropped one to Marshall (10-8, 0-0 Sun Belt) in five innings.

Game 3: Butler- 6, Purdue- 5 (10 innings)

Purdue scored the first run of the game, in the top of the first, on a walk, two stolen bases, and an error. In the bottom half, Butler used a Hailey Conger single and a two-run home run from Ella White to take the lead back, 2-1.

In the fourth, Teagan O’Rilley drew a walk and Monique Hoosen sent a second ball over the fence, giving the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead that held through five.

In the sixth, the Boilermakers plated three, tying the score, 4-4.

After a scoreless seventh, Purdue put one across in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, a White sacrifice fly to center tied the game again, 5-5.

In the tenth, Conger used a sacrifice bunt to advance the placed runner, Olivia Moxley, to third. Cate Lehner then put the ball in play, and a Boilermaker error allowed Moxley to step on home and end the game.

Katie Petran (8.0 IP, 5R, 2ER, 7H, 2BB, 8K) started in the circle for Butler and lasted through the eighth inning. Sydney Cammon (3-5) entered in the top of the ninth and secured the win. In 2.0 innings, she gave up only one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

Game 4: Marshall- 11, Butler- 3 (5 innings)

Marshall scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Butler answered with back-to-back home runs – from Teagan O’Rilley and Makena Alexander – in the top of the second. By the end of two complete, the Thundering Herd had added two more runs and held a 4-2 lead.

In the top of the third, Ella White connected on a single. Paige Dorsett followed up with a double to left-center field, pushing White home. In the bottom half, Marshall drew a bases-loaded walk and increased its lead to 5-3 lead after three complete.

The Thundering Herd added a pair of runs in the fourth, and then a four-run fifth inning ended the game.

Sydney Cammon (3-6) started for the Bulldogs in the circle and took the loss, lasting into the third inning. She allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out two over 2.1 innings. Kayla Noerr (1.2 IP, 6R, 1ER, 3H, 3BB, K) provided relief and finished the game.

Bulldog Bits

Ella White’s home run vs. Purdue was her third of the season and the 15th of her career.

Monique Hoosen’s home run vs. Purdue was her third of the season and 30th of her career.

Teagan O’Rilley’s home run vs. Marshall was her third of the season and the 11th of her career.

Makena Alexander’s home run vs. Marshall was her second of the season.

Paige Dorsett’s double vs. Marshall was her second of the season and 14th of her career.

Sydney Cammon’s win in the circle vs. Purdue was her third victory of the season.

Butler’s win over Purdue was its first victory vs. the Boilermakers since 2010.

Up Next

Butler remains in Huntington, West Virginia, for a final day at the Thundering Herd Invitational at Marshall on Sunday, March 3. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Radford with a 10:30 am first pitch.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER USES THREE-POINT SHOT TO TOP DEPAUL ON THE ROAD, 82-63

DJ Davis and Pierre Brooks II combined for nine three-pointers as Butler defeated DePaul, 82-63, Saturday afternoon at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

With the result, the Bulldogs improve to 17-13 on the season and 8-11 in BIG EAST play. DePaul is now 3-26 (0-18).

THE FLOW OF THE GAME:

Seventeen straight Butler points turned a 19-15 deficit into 32-19 advantage with 7:56 remaining in the first half. That coincided with a DePaul scoreless stretch of more than six minutes.

Butler’s run would eventually extend to 27-2 and a 42-21 lead with 4:02 remaining.

Despite missing their final six shots of the first half, Butler shot 55 percent in the first half for a 45-27 lead.

DePaul cut the lead to 11 in the second half, but never trimmed the advantage to single digits over the final 20 minutes.

OF NOTE:

Davis led the Bulldogs with 24 points, which included nine makes on 13 attempts and 5-for-8 from three-point range. Sixteen of his 24 came in the second half.

All 16 of Pierre Brooks II’s points came in the first half. His total was his highest since scoring 20 points against Georgetown Jan. 23, a stretch of 10 games.

Brooks went 4-for-6 from three-point range.

Butler shot 50 percent from the field in the game. Butler is now 9-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field this season.

Butler had 24 assists, led by nine from Posh Alexander; Jahmyl Telfort added six. The 24 assists were one shy of Butler’s season-high.

Jalen Thomas scored 15 points for the Bulldogs.

Andre Screen finished with 13 points, the most he has scored in a BIG EAST game this season.

The Bulldogs committed only six turnovers, the team’s 15th game this season with 10 or less.

Butler had 14 assists against a single turnover in the first half; the 14 turnovers were the most in a half for the Bulldogs this season.

Jaden Henley led DePaul with 15 points; the Blue Demons shot 44 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs sweep the season series with DePaul after also taking the first meeting between the teams Jan. 20 at Hinkle Fieldhouse (74-60).

The Butler win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Bulldogs.

Butler has won nine straight games against DePaul and is now 20-2 against the Blue Demons since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs close out the regular season portion of the schedule at home Wednesday night, welcoming Xavier to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 7:30 p.m. tip will double as Senior Night with Jalen Thomas and John-Michael Mulloy being recognized in a pregame ceremony. A limited number of tickets remain available for the contest, which will also air on CBS Sports Network.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARQUETTE TOPS BUTLER 74-52

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team took a 74-52 loss to Marquette in their final game of the regular season. The BIG EAST Tournament is up next for the Bulldogs. They will play Providence at 11 AM on March 8.

Liza Karlen was the best player on the floor Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. She battled foul trouble early in this one but ended the contest with a game-high 20 points in 18 minutes of action. Jordan King supplemented the Eagles with 17 points and Skylar Forbes was in the box scored with 13.

Butler had a balanced scoring attack with 10 players coming up with points. Karsyn Norman led the ‘Dawgs with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Norman and Jordan Meulemans each hit two 3-pointers to give BU four of their five on the day.

Lilly Stoddard and Rachel Kent each grabbed five rebounds for BU. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Golden Eagles 32-29 but were hurt by 20 turnovers compared to Marquette’s seven.

Marquette led by four after the first quarter and would extend their lead to 28-17 by opening up the second on a 7-0 scoring run. Butler didn’t go away and would close the first half with a 10-0 run to get back within two points at 35-33.

The third quarter the difference in this outcome as Marquette outscored Butler 19-8 to take a 54-41 lead into the fourth. The Golden Eagles added 20 more points to the scoreboard over the final 10 minutes to earn a 74-52 win.

Inside the Box Score

– Saturday was Senior Day for Rosemarie Dumont, Rachel Kent, Anna Mortag, Abby Stoddard, and Kendall Wingler

– Marquette shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range (9-22)

– Ari Wiggins had eight points, four rebounds and two steals

– Rachel Kent added six points and two blocked shots to her team-best five rebounds

– Jordan Meulemans had eight points and two assists

– Kendall Wingler had two points, one assist and one steal

– Lilly Stoddard had four points and five boards

– Caroline Strande picked up her fourth foul midway through the third and was limited to six points

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGS EFFICIENT OFFENSE NOT ENOUGH TO TAKE DOWN VIKINGS

CLEVELAND – In the final game of the 2023-24 regular season, the IUPUI men’s basketball team shot 50 percent from the floor and made 16-of-17 free throws but was unable to keep up with Cleveland State, falling 75-66 Saturday (Mar. 2) night.

The Jaguars were balanced and efficient offensively, with six players scoring eight or more points, led by Jlynn Counter with 15. Abdou Samb tallied 12 on 6-of-7 shooting while adding two blocks.

The Vikings looked to get inside the paint from the tip, registering 40 points from in close, paired with 21 points from the charity stripe that created a sizable discrepancy. The hosts also capitalized on the 17 Jaguar turnovers, recording 20 points off turnovers, compared to just 10 for the Jags.

IUPUI’s (6-25, 2-18 HL) Samb and Cleveland State’s (18-13, 11-9 HL) Dylan Arnett tallied the game’s first eight points (four each) before the hosts went on a 10-0 run capped by a Tristan Enaruna three pointer to force head coach Matt Crenshaw to call an early timeout.

The Jags scored the first six points out of the timeout, with Qwanzi Samuels collecting four to cut the deficit to four. The game of runs continued, as the Vikings earned its second double-digit advantage of the contest after notching seven straight points.

After trading baskets for the next few minutes of play, a Tevin Smith three gave Cleveland State its largest lead at 12 points, 26-14. IUPUI, however, continued to attack the basket and get to the free throw line where the team knocked down 6-of-7 in the first 15 minutes.

An Ives Nkomba layup cut the deficit to seven before back-to-back Jaguar turnovers led to five quick points for the Vikings that forced a second first-half timeout by Crenshaw. The team again responded out of the break, scoring on three straight offensive possessions. Both teams cooled off in the final two minutes of play, leading to a 37-29 score at the half.

Like the first half, the opening minutes of the second were dominated by Arnett and Samb, who both had powerful slams. After a Counter pull-up jumper from just inside the three-point line cut the Cleveland State advantage to five, the hosts rattled off six straight to regain a double-digit advantage.

A Bryce Monroe layup at the 13:00 minute mark ended a four-plus minute scoring drought from the field. The next time down the floor he found Vincent Brady in the corner for the team’s second triple of the contest. The Vikings, however, continued to counter, making it difficult for the Jags to chip away at the advantage.

Back-to-back fast break baskets by Tae Williams gave Cleveland State a 15-point lead—its largest of the game. IUPUI picked up the intensity on the defensive end, forcing three straight turnovers that led to two layups and a trip to the free throw line. DJ Jackson converted both attempts out of the under-eight media timeout to cut the deficit to single digits with just over seven minutes remaining.

Blocker and Jackson scored on two straight offensive possessions to make it a six-point game with just under six minutes left on the clock, but the Vikings again bounced back, going on a 5-0 run. Jackson ended the run with a pull-up jumper before the media timeout. Following the break, a difficult floater from the baseline by Counter made it a seven-point contest. The sophomore forced a turnover and drew a foul just seconds later and his two free throws cut the Viking advantage to five with just over two and a half minutes left.

Cleveland State held IUPUI to just two points in the final 2:32 to hold onto its lead and secure the victory. Enaruna led the Vikings, scoring a game-high 20 points for the eleventh straight contest. Arnett and Williams added 14 apiece, while Smith registered 12 to round out the double-digit scorers.

The two teams will clash again on Tuesday in Cleveland in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament. The contest will be streamed on ESPN+ with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SHARPSHOOTING JAGS SECURE ROAD WIN OVER OAKLAND, 92-71

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team concluded the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a massive win over Oakland, 92-71. The Jags shot 60.8 percent from the floor to secure the 21-point win.

IUPUI was led by two 20-point performances. Jazmyn Turner led all scorers with 23 points while Katie Davidson added 21 points. Oakland had three in double-figures with Markyia McCormick leading the Golden Grizzlies with 17 points.

Despite Oakland sinking the first basket, the Jags wasted little time taking a 17-6 lead after a 10-0 run. IUPUI shot 100 percent from three, going 4-for-4 from behind the arc to extend their lead to 26-15 at the end of the first quarter.

The Jags kept their shooting hot, doubling their total with 26 points in the second quarter. IUPUI shot 41.7 percent in the second quarter while holding the Golden Grizzlies to just 25 percent to take a 20-point lead over Oakland at 52-32.

Coming out after the half, Oakland cut the deficit to 15, outscoring the Jags 18-13 in the third quarter but it didn’t make a difference as IUPUI secured the win in the fourth quarter. The Jags once again shot 100 percent from three, going 3-for-3 to put the game away at 92-71.

Overall, the Jags shot 60.8 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from behind the arc while holding the Golden Grizzlies to just 32.5 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from three.

Turner led the Jags with 23 points and six rebounds while Davidson added 21 points and a team-high three steals. Jaela Johnson also added 15 points and five assists while Tahlia Walton totaled 12 points.

The Jags finished the regular season in tenth in the Horizon League and will next face the number seven seed on Tuesday, March 5.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

HALLQUIST’S SCORCHING-HOT BAT LEADS CARDINALS IN JACKSONVILLE DOUBLEHEADER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Michael Hallquist homered in both games of a doubleheader, Saturday, at John Sessions Stadium, as Ball State approached a two-game sweep before rain forced the suspension of Game 2 shortly past 9:00 p.m.

Ball State won Game 1, 9-2, and holds a 10-9 lead in the nightcap. The suspended game will resume with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, prior to Game 3 of the series.

Hallquist hit a two-run home run in the third inning of Game 1, then drilled a solo shot to open the scoring in the top of the first in Game 2. Among his seven RBI on the day, he hit a bases-clearing double to highlight a six-run seventh in Game 2, then scored the tying run as Ball State erased a 7-1 deficit. The junior third baseman from Fargo, N.D., batted 5-of-10 on the day, prior to suspension.

The Cardinals built an 8-0 lead in Game 1, then needed to counter Jacksonville’s six-run lead in Game 2.

In the nightcap, Hallquist started the scoring with his early four-bagger, but the Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh. The Dolphins got to Ball State starter Logan Schulfer and eventually put up seven runs over the third and fourth innings to build a lead reminiscent of the Cards’ advantage in Game 1.

After posting a seven-run seventh inning at Southern Indiana on Tuesday, the Cardinals posted a six-run seventh against the Dolphins. Ball State marched 10 batters to the plate and got back-to-back doubles from Hallquist and Hunter Dobbins to knot the score.

The Cardinals added three more in the eighth to command a 10-7 lead, with Hallquist collecting his fifth hit of the day on a single that drove in Matthew Kamins with what turned out to be the game’s decisive run.

Jacksonville didn’t lie down, though, striking for two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Josh Steidl, pulling the Dolphins within 10-9 before the rains came.

In the opening game which was rescheduled after rain on Friday, Cardinal starter Jacob Hartlaub scattered four hits over 4.2 innings, and Ball State capitalized on Jacksonville’s quiet bats for a 9-2 road victory.

Hartlaub didn’t reach a decision and only struck out a pair of batters while allowing three walks, but he shut out the Dolphins through four-and-a-half innings while the Cardinals built an 8-0 advantage.

Ball State put runners on base in every inning but the second, sixth and ninth, and used a four-run third to take command. Centerfielder Nick Gregory homered to lead off the top of the third for a 2-0 Ball State lead, then after Decker Scheffler singled, Hallquist hit his first homer of the day for a 4-0 lead. Scheffler, batting in the leadoff spot, also scored the game’s first run when he was hit by pitch to open the game, then stole second and scored on a fielder’s choice.

The Cardinals scored three more in the fifth inning, keyed by Gregory’s two-run double. Jacksonville scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings before Ball State made it 9-2, with Blake Bevis scoring from third on a sacrifice fly from Houston King.

Gregory and shortstop Dylan Grego each had three hits for the Cardinals. Ball State batters rapped 13 hits compared to just seven for the Dolphins. Owen Quinn was credited with the win while allowing one run over two innings pitched in relief of Hartlaub. Nate Blain allowed just one hit with three strikeouts over the game’s final 2.1 innings.

The Jacksonville series opens a five-game Florida road trip for Ball State over spring break. The Cardinals visit Florida A&M for another pair of games (March 5-6) before returning to Muncie to open Mid-American Conference play on March 8 vs. Eastern Michigan.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS OVERTIME SETBACK TO WESTERN MICHIGAN ON BUZZER BEATER

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team fought back from a late 12-point deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell 78-76 to Western Michigan on a buzzer beater on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (14-15, 6-10 Mid-American Conference) dug back from a 60-48 hole with 8:21 to go to force the extra period with the Broncos (11-18, 8-8 MAC), but Western Michigan’s Anthony Crump hit a layup on a full length of the court pass as time on the game clock expired to clinch the win for the visitors.

Ball State got 25 points, six assists and three rebounds from Jalin Anderson, including career highs 10 makes and 11 attempts at the free throw line, but the Broncos used advantages on the glass (48-33) and points in the paint (46-20) to pull through.

Basheer Jihad (16 points, seven rebounds), Davion Bailey (14 points, seven rebounds) and Mickey Pearson Jr. (14 points, three rebounds) also scored in double figures for the hosts, who had chances at the end of regulation and overtime to take a last-second lead. Bailey scored 10 points in the final seven minutes of regulation to help the Cardinals tie the game.

The Broncos got 17 points out of JaVaughn Hannah and 14 and six rebounds from Titus Wright, as WMU controlled the interior to the tune of 26 second chance on 19 offensive rebounds.

Ball State shot 36.1 percent (22-61) from the field, including 26.9 percent (7-26) from distance while draining 89.3 percent (25-28) of its free throws. Western Michigan went 45.2 percent (33-73) from the floor, 35.3 percent (6-17) on 3-pointers and 66.7 percent (6-9) at the line.

The Cardinals are scheduled to host Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the home finale for the 2023-24 season.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL PICKS UP PAIR OF SATURDAY WINS

RICHMOND, Ky. – – Led by Francys King’s second complete game shutout of the season, the Ball State softball team picked up a pair of Saturday wins in the EKU Colonel Classic hosted by Eastern Kentucky.

King dominated for the Cardinals (8-10) in Saturday’s opener, limiting in-state rival Purdue Fort Wayne to just four hits, while striking out three, in a 6-0 victory. It was King’s second complete game shutout in as many weeks, as she also picked up the shutout victory last Friday at Kennesaw State.

Redshirt sophomore designated player Jessica Hoffman would provide all the run support King would need in the opener, following a double from senior second baseman / catcher Jazmyne Armendariz and a single from redshirt junior catcher / first baseman McKayla Timmons with a sac fly to right field.

In Saturday’s nightcap, Ball State was able to avenge Friday’s loss to Canisius with a 7-3 victory. The Cardinals capitalized on a Golden Griffins’ (3-6) error to score three runs in the fifth inning, including a two-run double from freshman shortstop Maia Pietrzak.

After Canisius got two of the runs back in the sixth, a two-run blast from Timmons put the game out of reach. It was Timmons’ ninth home run of the season and helped her finish the two games a combined 3-for-7 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Sophomore Bridie Murphy was credited with the pitching win in the nightcap, limiting the Golden Griffins to six hits and three runs over 7.0 innings, striking out six.

GAME 1 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 6 – Purdue Fort Wayne 0)

T1 | A sac fly from Hoffman drove in Armendariz for what proved to be the game-winning run (1-0)

T1 | Senior left fielder Kaitlyn Mathews smashes an RBI single into right field to plate Timmons (2-0)

T6 | A two-run single up the middle from sophomore center fielder Ashlee Lovett brings home Pietrzak and Timmons (4-0)

T6 | A sac fly from junior pinch hitter Kaitlyn Gibson plates Mathews (5-0)

T6 | Junior right fielder Maddie Weaver caps the scoring with an RBI double down the left field line (6-0)

GAME 2 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 7 – Canisius 3)

B1 | With bases loaded, Mathews singles through the right side to plate Armendariz for the game’s first run (1-0)

T3 | Canisius evens the score with an RBI groundout from Gianna Fazzolari (1-1)

B3 | A bases loaded sac fly from Pietrzak helps Ball State reclaim the one-run lead (2-1)

B5 | A two-out double to left field from Pietrzak brings home Mathews who reached on an error and Lovett who singles (4-1)

B5 | Redshirt sophomore second baseman McKenna Mulholland drives an RBI single into left field, bringing home Pietrzak (5-1)

T6 | Fazzolari smashes a two-run home run to left-center field (5-3)

B6 | Timmons follows a single from Armendariz with a two-run blast of her own (7-3)

UP NEXT:

The Ball State softball team closes play in the EKU Colonel Classic Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch versus the host Colonels.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES UNABLE TO CONTAIN EARLY SOUTHERN MISS OFFENSE IN SATURDAY SETBACK

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss jumped ahead early in the second game of the weekend series and Indiana State was unable to fully complete the comeback as the Sycamores fell to the host Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon, 6-2, at Pete Taylor Park.

Indiana State (7-3) fell for the second time in as many days to Southern Miss (8-3) in the early season nonconference matchup. The Golden Eagles plated four early runs in the game to seize control early in support of a strong pitching performance from Billy Oldham (2-0) to claim the series win.

Southern Miss took the early lead courtesy of a two-run Slade Wilks double and added runs on a fielder’s choice and a balk to go ahead early in a series that has seen pitching dominate the hitting. ISU starter Luke Hayden (1-1) bounced back from the early start to go 3.1 innings striking out five before turning the ball over to the Sycamore bullpen.

Cameron Holycross went 3.2 innings in an extended relief outing. The redshirt senior struck out five and retired seven batters in a row at one point to keep the game within striking distance.

The Sycamores plated two runs against Oldham (2-0) in the top of the fourth with Connor Hicks driving home Dominic Listi, while Adam Pottinger connected on an RBI single through the middle scoring Luis Hernandez to cut into the lead.

Indiana State had a chance to close the gap in the eighth inning against USM reliever Colby Allen as the Listi and Randal Diaz connected on leadoff singles to put two on, none out in the frame. However, ISU hit into a double play to limit the scoring chance and Southern Miss plated two late runs to provide the final 6-2 margin.

Listi went 2-for-4 to pace the Indiana State offense on the day, while Luis Hernandez added his first stolen base of the season. Dom Krupinski also added his first single of the year in his 2024 debut on the field.

Hayden took his first loss on the mound surrendering six hits and four runs while walking three and striking out five. Holycross allowed the final two runs while surrendering four hits with five strikeouts, while Simon Gregersen pitched the Sycamores out of a jam to record a scoreless eighth inning.

Carson Paetow homered among his team-high three hits on the day as the Southern Miss lineup connected on 10 hits overall in the contest. Dalton McIntyre and Slade Wilks also had multi-hit games in the win.

Oldham went the first five innings on the mound for USM allowing three hits and two runs while striking out seven in his second win of the season. Allen went 3.0 scoreless innings in relief, while JB Middleton worked a perfect ninth inning to close out the contest.

How They Scored

Southern Miss plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game early. Slade Wilks provided the big hit with a two-run double to right, while Seth Smith brought home Wilks on a fielder’s choice and Carson Paetow scored on a balk to give USM the early 4-0 lead.

The Sycamores took two back in the top of the fourth inning to cut the lead in half. Connor Hicks brought home Dominic Listi with a fielder’s choice in the frame, while Adam Pottinger singled home Luis Hernandez to make it a 4-2 ballgame.

Southern Miss added to the lead in the seventh on Carson Paetow’s solo home run to put the score at 5-2.

The Golden Eagles plated the final run in the bottom of the eighth on Nick Minstere’s RBI double to left field scoring Seth Smith to provide the final 6-2 margin.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the weekend series on Sunday afternoon as the Sycamores and Golden Eagles continue in Hattiesburg, Miss. First pitch between the Sycamores and USM at Pete Taylor Park is set for 2 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORES DEFEAT OHIO, FALL TO AUSTIN PEAY ON DAY 2 OF GOVERNORS CLASSIC

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Indiana State Softball went 1-1 in Saturday’s games where they defeated Ohio and fell to Austin Peay. The Sycamores are 2-2 in the Governors Classic and will play one more game tomorrow morning against Ohio.

Game one: Indiana State 5, Ohio 2

Indiana State won their first game on Saturday against Ohio with a score of 5-2.

Ohio took the lead early in the second inning where they scored one run.

The Sycamores struck back in the fourth inning where they took the lead over the Bobcats 2-1. Isabella Henning led off the Sycamores with a double followed by a single by Lauren Marsicek who advanced to second on the throw and Hannah Welch scored. Kenzie Cornwell kept the hitting streak going when she recorded a single which advanced Marsicek to third. Marsicek scored on a throwing error by the catcher to advance the Sycamores lead to 2-1.

Indiana State scored two more runs in the fifth inning to further the Sycamores lead to 4-1. Abi Chipps led off with a single and an RBI single by Isabella Henning scored Chipps. Kennedy Shade kept the bats going when she recorded a double advancing Isabella Henning to third. Morgan Goodrich drove in the second run when she singled to left field and scored Isabella Henning.

Livi Colip added the final run in the victory in the sixth inning when she recorded her first home run of the 2024 season, advancing the Sycamores lead to 5-1 over the Bobcats.

The Bobcats added a run in the seventh inning with an RBI triple by Emma Hoffner cutting the Sycamores lead to 5-2, but Indiana State got the final out to take the win.

Hailey Griffin (2-0) took the win in the circle for the Sycamores, throwing a complete game, where she allowed five hits and two runs scored in the victory. 

Game two: Austin Peay 8, Indiana State 0 (5inn.)

The Sycamores fell to Austin Peay 8-0 in a five inning run-rule in game two on Saturday.

Indiana State struggled to get their bats going in game two, where Abi Chipps recorded the solo hit for the Sycamores in the first inning.

The Governors started the lead early in the first inning, scoring two runs when Kylie Cambell recorded an RBI triple to put the first run on the board. Austin Peay continued their lead when they scored three runs in the fourth inning and closed out the game with three more runs in the fifth inning when Mea Clark connected on an RBI single to drive in the final two runs in the run-rule win over the Sycamores.

Lauren Sackett (5-4) took the loss in the circle for the Sycamores where she went 4.0 innings with two strikeouts, allowing six hits and five runs scored in the loss. Megan Asher took over the ball in the fifth inning where she recorded one strikeout for Indiana State and allowed three hits and three runs scored.

Up Next:

The Sycamores will play their final game of the weekend tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET. with a matchup against Ohio.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

ACES COMPLETE SECOND DAY IN CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Day two of the Low Country Classic saw the University of Evansville softball team put up a pair of late inning rallies before dropping contests to Wofford and the College of Charleston.

Game 1 – Wofford 4, UE 3

In a battle that went down to the wire, Wofford scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th and overcame a late Purple Aces rally to take the 4-3 win.

Marah Wood reached on an error and Brooke Voss walked to put runners on in the first but it was Wofford striking first with a run in the bottom half of the 2nd.  Evansville looked to bounce right back as Zoe Frossard and Kaylee Lawson picked up UE’s first two hits of the game but could not get on the board.

Looking to tie the game in the 5th, the Aces put two runners on once again including a single by Wood before the Terriers escaped unscathed.  They broke through in the bottom of the frame when the second run of the game scored on a fielder’s choice.

Jess Willsey led off the top of the 6th with a double as the Aces would finally be able to cash in.  Jenna Nink scored Willsey on a 1-out single through the right side before a double by Niki Bode brought in Nink to knot the score at 2-2.

Just as fast as UE tied the game, Wofford stormed back with two runs to retake the lead.  After loading the bases with no outs, the Terriers plated the go-ahead scores.  Down to their final three outs, the Aces rallied in the 7th when Abby Bode led off with a single before scoring on a RBI knock from Frossard.  Unfortunately, the Aces stranded the tying run and fell by the 4-3 final.

Mikayla Jolly had another nice start, allowing two runs in five innings.  Elle Jarrett took the loss, giving up two runs in the 6th.  Evansville mustered eight hits with Frossard recording a pair.

Game 2 – Charleston 11, UE 4

The offense for the College of Charleston scored in all six of its innings and finished with an 11-4 victory on Saturday evening.

Evansville wasted little time getting in the second game, plating the first run in the top of the first.  Marah Wood and Zoe Frossard picked up early walks before a Jess Willsey single loaded the bases.  Wood crossed the plate on a wild pitch to open the scoring before two runners were left stranded.

Charleston countered with a pair of scores in the bottom of the first with both crossing the plate on a Shealyn Starks double.  They tacked on three more runs in the second and two in the third to open a 7-1 advantage.  UE got closer in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs crossing the plate.  Dori Brown notched an RBI single in the frame while Abby Bode would late score on a wild pitch to make it a 7-3 game.  Bode added a sacrifice fly in the fifth for the Aces’ fourth run of the game.

Despite Evansville’s best efforts, the Cougars continued to rack up the runs, completing the sixth inning with an 11-4 lead.  UE made one last attempt to come back with Jenna Nink and Niki Bode opening the 7th with walks, but a double play quickly halted the threat with Charleston winning by the 11-4 final.

UE’s offense outhit its counterpart by a 10-8 margin, but three Aces errors turned into runs on the other side.  Willsey, Hood and Abby Bode notched two hits apiece.  Elle Jarrett made the start, allowing five runs in just over an inning of work.

The weekend tournament comes to a close with a 10 a.m. CT game versus Buffalo on Sunday morning.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

OFFENSE ERUPTS IN SATURDAY DH SPLIT AGAINST PURDUE FORT WAYNE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  After dropping the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, the University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 16 runs in the nightcap and freshman left-hander Kenton Deverman continued to dazzle on the mound, as the Purple Aces split a doubleheader with the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“The first game really got away from us, but I really liked the way that we bounced back in game two,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Throughout the course of a series and a season, momentum can be stopped or created by the guy in the center of the diamond, and I thought that Kenton Deverman really did a great job of getting the momentum back in our dugout in game two.

“Overall, a great effort both offensively and on the mound in game two.  We need to carry that momentum over to Sunday, as it is a big game for us.”

Deverman set the tone early for UE in game two, as he allowed just a walk through the first two innings.  Evansville then took advantage of a Mastodon error to plate three runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a two-out, three-run home run to right field by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey.

UE would double the lead to 6-0 in the third inning after another scoreless frame from Deverman, as junior second baseman Cal McGinnis capped a string of three-straight UE base hits with an RBI single to score the inning’s first run.  Then, junior outfielder Harrison Taubert laced a two-run double two batters leader to extend the lead to 6-0.

Evansville blew things open in the fifth inning, as the Purple Aces plated eight runs on eight hits while sending 13 men to the plate.  Graduate third baseman Brent Widder delivered the big blow of the inning with a titanic three-run home run to left-field into the netting that protects the Lloyd Expressway for his fourth home run of the year.  UE would add a single run in the sixth inning on a Ben Stuart pinch-hit double and a Purdue Fort Wayne error to move the lead to 15-0.

The Mastodons would finally get to Deverman for three runs in the seventh inning to end his outing, but the freshman yielded just three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work.  Of the eight hits, he allowed only four through the first six innings, with three of them being infield singles.  In fact, Deverman allowed just four balls total to leave the infield against him through the first six innings of work.

Taubert capped the scoring for UE in the seventh inning with his second RBI double of the night, as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI to lead the Purple Aces’ offense.  McGinnis and graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger also had three-hit nights, and all nine UE starters collected hits, as Evansville pounded out 20 base hits.

The game two win was needed for UE after Purdue Fort Wayne took the opener on Saturday, 11-3.  Freshman second baseman Brodie Peart was a bright spot in game one, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.  Evansville actually led 3-2 after four innings, but a five-run fifth inning broke things open for the Mastodons in the opener.

The two teams will conclude the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with a single contest.  Freshman left-hander Kevin Reed (1-0, 5.00 ERA) will get the start for the Purple Aces.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI LOSES ON SENIOR NIGHT, 70-66

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball lost a hard-fought battle with Southeast Missouri State University, 70-66, Saturday evening at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles drop to 8-23 overall and 5-13 in OVC play, while the Redhawks are 9-22 overall, 4-14 OVC.

Prior to the game, USI earned the eighth seed in the OVC Championship following the loss by Tennessee Tech University to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock this afternoon. USI will play fifth-seeded Tennessee State University Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The OVC post-season will run March 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville.

USI struggled offensively throughout most of the first half, shooting only 19.4 percent from the field (6-31), but trailed by four game the break due to connecting on 14-of-18 from the stripe. The first when back-and-forth throughout the opening 20 minutes with five lead changes and four ties until SEMO put together a run to lead 32-23 with 1:58 before halftime.

The Eagles got the final five points of the opening half and went into the locker trailing by four, 32-28.

The second half saw the Eagles eliminate the first half deficit, taking the lead, 37-36, on a dunk by sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) with 16:22 left. After trading leads, SEMO regained control, boosting the lead to back to as many as eight points, 67-59, before closing out the 70-66 decision.

USI was led by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois), who had 21 points, while Smith followed with 19 points for the only Eagles in double-digits.

Before the game tonight, the Eagles honored senior forward Nolan Causwell (Duluth Georgia). Causwell is a senior transfer, who is averaging 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI PICKS UP SENIOR NIGHT WIN OVER SEMO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball captured a gritty 70-59 Senior Night win over Southeast Missouri State University at Screaming Eagles Arena on Saturday night to conclude the 2023-24 Ohio Valley Conference regular season.

Saturday’s victory was Southern Indiana’s eighth win in a row, as the Screaming Eagles head into next week’s OVC Championship Tournament and the semifinal round as the No. 1 seed with a 22-6 overall record and a 17-1 conference record. In extending its second-longest winning streak of the season, USI became only the fifth team in OVC history to reach at least 17 conference wins.

On Saturday evening, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) jumpstarted Southern Indiana’s offense with three consecutive triples early in the first quarter. USI went on a 13-0 run while holding Southeast Missouri scoreless for over five minutes, producing a 13-3 lead for the Screaming Eagles. The Redhawks made a small push toward the end of the opening period, but USI maintained its 10-point lead, 20-10, going to the second quarter.

In the second period, both sides had some trouble finding quality chances against the defenses. However, freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) found open spots for USI. Gannon scored multiple layups in the post, including a three-point play. Gannon’s effort helped increase Southern Indiana’s lead to 32-12 four minutes into the second frame. Scrappy play caused both offenses to stall in the late minutes of the first half, as USI took a 38-25 advantage into halftime.

Southern Indiana started the second half with a quick five points by Shafford that pushed USI’s lead to 18, 43-25. Southeast Missouri responded by chipping away, cutting the Screaming Eagles’ lead down to 11, 45-34, by the four-minute mark of the third quarter. Later in the third, Shafford drained her fifth three-pointer, but the Redhawks answered to stay within 11 points of USI. In the final seconds of the third quarter, senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) answered a SEMO three with a last-second layup to give Southern Indiana a 51-41 advantage through 30 minutes of action.

The slugfest continued into the early minutes of the fourth quarter. Each side had only one field goal in the first four minutes of the fourth. Gannon dropped a floater from the middle of the lane to give USI a 53-44 lead three and a half minutes into the period. Southern Indiana extended its lead back to double figures on Shafford’s sixth trey, giving Shafford 20-plus points for the game. Following a series of exchanged baskets, Southeast Missouri came back to within eight points with under a minute remaining. Southern Indiana closed out the game at the foul line.

Southern Indiana was 20-41 for 49 percent from the floor with eight three-pointers. USI converted 22 of 30 free-throw attempts for 73 percent. Shafford ended the night tying her career high with 26 points on 8-11 shooting with six makes from three. Gannon totaled 16 points in the contest.

Southeast Missouri was held to 26 percent shooting (19-73) with eight triples. The Redhawks were 13-19 for 68 percent at the charity stripe. SEMO outrebounded USI 45-37, including 25 offensive rebounds for the Redhawks. Junior guard Jaliyah Green led three Redhawks in double digits scoring with 17 points.

Following Saturday’s home win, USI Women’s Basketball recognized senior guards Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) and Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) as well as team manager Mason Auker on Senior Night for their contributions and dedication to the program.

The Screaming Eagles turn their attention to the OVC Championship Tournament next week at Ford Center in downtown Evansville, Indiana. Southern Indiana will have to wait to find out its opponent following Thursday’s action in the quarterfinals. The Screaming Eagles are on the top side of the bracket where the winner of No. 8 Tennessee State University and No. 5 Morehead State University in the first round will face No. 4 Eastern Illinois University in the quarterfinals with the winner from that matchup taking on USI.

All games from the OVC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+. 95.7 FM The Spin and 97.7 FM WREF will have radio coverage of USI contests. Tickets for the OVC Tournament are on sale through the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI HOLDS OFF ST. THOMAS, 8-6

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball held off the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), 8-6, Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 4-6 to start the season, while St. Thomas goes 4-6.

USI jumped out in the bottom of the second when the Screaming Eagles took advantage of three walks and a pair of singles to score twice with two outs. Junior catcher Joe Ricchio (Pleasant Prairie, Illinois) singled in junior first baseman Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri), who had walked and stole second, while senior leftfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) singled in junior second baseman Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri), who walked and advanced to second on Ricchio’s base hit.

After St. Thomas narrowed the gap to 2-1 with a tally in the top of the third, USI exploded for three more runs to boost the lead to 5-1. Freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky) scored on a wild pitch before Ricchio, who was two-for-three with three RBI, struck again with a two-run double to close out the scoring in the third.

The Tommies cut the Eagles margin to 5-3 after a un in the top sixth, USI rebound with a run in the bottom half of the frame to re-extend the margin to 6-3. Crowden scored his third run of the game on a sacrifice fly by junior centerfielder Terrick Thompson-Allen (Sioux City, Iowa).

USI sealed the victory in the bottom of the seven to lead 8-3. Emerich started the scoring with a RBI-single through the left side, while Crowden pushed the eighth run across with a single to center.

The Tommies would sliced the USI lead to 8-6 with a pair of runs in the eighth and one in the ninth before the Eagles closed the door on the 8-6 victory.

On the mound, junior right-hander Gavin Seebold (Jeffersonville, Indiana) went five innings in his first start of the year. Seebold (1-1) allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out four in frames.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles and the Tommies conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. for Family Day at the USI Baseball Field.

Following the three-game set with St. Thomas, USI will be on the road for the next nine games. The Eagles will visit the University of Tennessee (March 6), Bellarmine University (March 8-10); Middle Tennessee State University (March 12); the University of Illinois (March 15-17); and Western Kentucky University (March 19).

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

USI SUFFERS PAIR OF SETBACKS TO OPEN THE SPRING GAMES

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – University of Southern Indiana Softball suffered a pair of setbacks on Saturday to open its trip at The Spring Games, falling 7-1 to Quinnipiac University and 3-0 to Western Michigan University.

In Saturday’s first game, Quinnipiac (4-1) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Quinnipiac quickly grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a bases-clearing double.

Down 4-0 going into the third frame, USI (3-9) scored a run on an infield RBI hit by senior outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana). However, Quinnipiac answered with two runs in the bottom half of the third to take a 6-1 advantage and did not look back the rest of the game.

USI scored one run on three hits, while Quinnipiac tallied seven runs off six hits.

In the circle, sophomore pitcher Raegan Gibson (Louisville, Kentucky) was charged with the loss and dropped to 0-2 this season. The right-hander allowed five runs in two innings pitched. Quinnipiac freshman pitcher Lauren Hilliard picked up her second win this season, tossing the last four innings scoreless.

In the afternoon contest against Western Michigan (5-5), it took a couple of innings for a run to score. Western Michigan threatened in the second inning with runners at second and third, but Southern Indiana got out of the jam.

The Broncos broke through in the third inning with a pair of runs off a two-out RBI single and a two-out RBI double. In the bottom of the third inning, USI had a chance to respond with runners at second and third and only one out, but the Screaming Eagles could not scratch across a run.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, USI had another opportunity with the bases loaded but stranded the runners. Southern Indiana could not muster any momentum from that point.

USI was held scoreless with six hits, and Western Michigan posted three runs on nine hits. At the plate, junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) went 3-3 for the Screaming Eagles.

Newman also pitched all seven innings for USI, falling to 3-4 this season with the loss. Western Michigan’s junior pitcher Kailey O’Connor moved to 2-1 following the shutout effort.

USI takes the field again at The Spring Games on Sunday morning. The Screaming Eagles square off against Monmouth University at 9 a.m. CT and Sacred Heart University shortly after at 11:30 a.m. CT.

All games at The Spring Games can be seen with a subscription to FloSoftball. Live stats and coverage links can be found on the USI Softball schedule page on usiscreamingeagles.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL TAKES DOWN BOWLING GREEN, GIVES HOOSIERS ALL THEY CAN HANDLE

The Valpo softball team enjoyed a strong opening day at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday. In their tournament opener, the Beacons were tied with host Indiana into the bottom of the sixth before the Hoosiers earned an 8-6 victory. Unfazed, Valpo bounced back immediately, taking down Bowling Green by a 5-3 final.

How It Happened – Indiana

The Beacons wasted no time getting things going against the hosts on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) led off the game with an infield single, and two batters later, sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) launched a two-run homer to left to give Valpo a 2-0 lead.

Indiana scored two of its own in the bottom of the second to even the score, but Valpo reclaimed the lead in its next time at the plate. Senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) got on base with a one-out single, used her speed to get to third base and then came home when the Hoosier defense misplayed a squeeze bunt by Rodas.

The Hoosiers connected on a pair of two-run homers over the next two innings to lead 6-3 at the end of four complete.

Valpo wasn’t done battling its in-state rival, however, as the top of the fifth saw the Beacons tie things up yet again. Rodas delivered an RBI single, Johnson scored on a Hoosier error and senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) drove in a run with a bunt single to tie the game at 6-6.

After delivering an RBI in the top of the inning, Hecker helped keep the score tied in the bottom of the frame, throwing out an IU runner trying to score at the plate.

Valpo had a prime opportunity to take the lead in the top of the sixth, putting runners on second and third with one out. IU called upon All-American pitcher Brianna Copeland in relief, and while Rodas made sharp contact off her, it was tough-luck contact, as the hard one-hopper went right at the IU third baseman, who was able to tag the Beacons’ lead runner and turn the double play.

Indiana drove in a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring, as Valpo went down in order in its final time at the plate.

How It Happened – Bowling Green

The Falcons, batting as the visiting team, jumped on top with a two-run homer in the top of the first.

The Beacons had an immediate response, as Hecker connected on a two-run, two-out single in the bottom half of the opening inning to tie things up.

BGSU retook the lead in the top of the second, as a triple and a Valpo error allowed the Falcons to take a 3-2 lead.

Once again, Valpo’s response came right away in its next time at the plate. A trio of singles loaded the bases with nobody out, and Skapyak drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. BGSU was able to turn two on the Beacons’ next batter, but sophomore Lyna Vasquez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Valley View) came across the plate to give the Beacons a 4-3 lead.

From there, freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) took care of business in the circle. McDermott retired the side in order in each of the next four innings, part of a stretch of 15 consecutive batters set down by the rookie

McDermott did almost all of that with just the one-run cushion, but Johnson gave her some insurance to work with thank to a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, pushing Valpo’s lead to 5-3.

After retiring the first two batters in order in the seventh, McDermott surrendered her first baserunner since the second inning on a two-out single. But the freshman came right back, getting a fly ball to center to close out the complete-game win.

Inside the Games

The six runs Valpo scored against Indiana marked the program’s highest output against a Power Five foe since 12 years to the day, March 2, 2012 — a 16-7 win over Iowa State.

Rodas went 2-for-3 with a career-best four RBIs against the Hoosiers.

Rodas’ home run against IU was the second of her collegiate career.

Johnson was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the opener, the first three-hit game of her career. She also stole a pair of bases in that contest as well.

Skapyak matched her career high by scoring a pair of runs against the Hoosiers.

Freshman Kayden Krug (Milford, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) reached base twice with a base hit and a walk against IU.

Freshman Anna Wilming (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) took the loss in relief versus IU, throwing the final two innings.

Sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) reached base in all three of her plate appearances in the win over BGSU, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.

Johnson and Hecker drove in a pair of runs apiece against the Falcons.

Vasquez crossed the plate twice in the same game for the first time in her collegiate career.

Coming off a pair of stellar starts last weekend, McDermott was strong in the circle yet again on Saturday, throwing a three-hitter and allowing just one earned run to improve to 3-5 on the season.

Next Up

Valpo (4-12) closes out the Hoosier Classic on Sunday with two more games against Saturday’s opponents. The Beacons start off at 10 a.m. CT against Bowling Green before closing action against Indiana at 12:30 p.m. CT. Both games can be seen live on BTN+.

VALPO BASEBALL

VALPO VICTORIOUS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY AT ELON

A day after defeating Elon ace and reigning Freshman All-American Justin Mitrovich on Friday, the Valparaiso University baseball team repeated its success against the Phoenix on Saturday, prevailing 7-5. Rain at Wake Forest led to a schedule change for this weekend’s event, and the Beacons took full advantage of the opportunity to once again face the Phoenix by finalizing a two-game sweep in Elon, N.C. against a team that won 33 games last season.

How It Happened

It didn’t take long for Valpo to start the scoring as the Beacons struck first when Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) ripped a solo shot to left in the opening inning. Later in the frame, Chase Maifield (Fox Lake, Ill. / Grant [Augustana]) grounded out to drive in a run and make it 2-0.

Valpo added to the lead in the top of the fifth, when Kevin Denty (Tinley Park, Ill. / Marian Catholic) lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central).

Valpo starting pitcher Josh Cottrill (Pewaukee, Wis. / Pewaukee) cruised through the first four innings without yielding a run. The only time the Phoenix did damage against him was in the bottom of the fifth, when a solo homer scored one and a ball that got by the catcher produced another to make it 3-2.

The Beacons scored twice in the sixth, first as Maifield touched the dish when a throw to third on a stolen-base attempt got away, then as Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) stroked a single to make it 5-2.

The guests extended the edge to 7-2 in the seventh when Maifield lashed an RBI single that brought home a pair. 

Elon got three back in the bottom of the inning on a three-run jack to cut the lead to two at 7-5.

After two innings of relief from Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka), the Beacons went with Adam Guazzo (Huntley, Ill. / Huntley) to start the eighth inning. He flipped a flawless frame to keep the two-run lead intact. Denty doubled with one away in the top of the ninth, but a deep fly ball to center was eventually hauled in to end the inning and it stayed a two-run game.

Guazzo got the first two outs of the bottom of the ninth but exited with two down and runners at the corners with the Beacons clinging to a 7-5 lead as Jake Jakubowski (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley [Heartland]) came on to try to nail down the 27th out. He induced a foul out to secure his first save of the season.

Inside the Game

Schmack’s home run was the 21st of his collegiate career, moving him into a tie for ninth in program history. He joins Dan Schrum (1999-2002), Dale Polonus (1986-1988), Marc Boggio (1999-2003) and Sam Shaikin (2016-2019) in that deadlock. 

Schmack enjoyed a multi-hit game, while Connor Giusti (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Fremd [Wisconsin Oshkosh]) reached base three times with two hits and a walk.

Cottrill yielded just two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out three. He earned his second win of the season to improve to 2-1.

Each team had eight hits, but Valpo batters worked seven walks while the pitching staff yielded only three.

Denty continued to make an impact at the plate as the freshman doubled, walked twice and lifted a sacrifice fly while scoring two runs in the victory.

Up Next

Valpo (4-5) will play Binghamton on Sunday at 9 a.m. CT in Winston-Salem, N.C. to close out this weekend’s event hosted by Wake Forest.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS DROP REGULAR SEASON ROAD FINALE

Despite a season-high 19 points from freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) leading all players, the Valpo women’s basketball team was unable to overcome MVC regular season champion Drake on Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, falling to the Bulldogs by an 82-62 final.

How It Happened

While Valpo never led, it did keep the game within one possession for a good part of the opening quarter. A triple by freshman Layla Gold (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) just shy of four minutes into the game had the Beacons within one at 7-6.

Later in the quarter, Jackson came up with a steal at the top of the 3-point arc and went coast to coast for a fast-break layup, cutting the deficit to 13-11 in the late stages of the first quarter. Drake scored the final four points of the period in the final minute of action, however, to lead 17-11 at the end of the first.

A pair of 3-pointers from fifth-year Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) within 80 seconds midway through the second quarter had the deficit still just six points at 27-21 at the media timeout of the period.

Senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) converted a pair of inside baskets in the final minute of the second quarter to get the Beacons within five before the Bulldogs got a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the half to lead 36-28 at intermission.

Jackson drilled a 3-pointer on Valpo’s first possession of the second half to make it a five-point game, and another triple by the freshman just over three minutes into the quarter had Valpo within 40-34.

Drake came back with 12 points on its next five possessions for a 12-2 run which pushed the Bulldogs’ advantage out to 52-36.

Valpo trailed 62-49 at the end of the third quarter and was unable to get any closer in the final period.

Inside the Game

Jackson led all players with her career-high effort of 19 points, going 7-of-10 from the field — including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Jackson has scored in double figures in seven of Valpo’s last eight games and 15 times overall this year.

Brown came off the bench to hit her first five 3-point attempts, ending the game 5-of-7 from 3-point range and finishing the afternoon with 17 points.

Earnest added 13 points, extending her double-digit scoring streak to 13 consecutive games.

Senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) matched her season high with a team-best three steals, while Gold tied her second-best effort of the year with four blocked shots.

Gold has tallied 24 rejections in 18 conference games in her rookie season.

The Beacons shot 41.5% (22-of-53) from the field Saturday, but Drake connected at a 54.5% (30-of-55) clip.

Valpo did excel from behind the arc, going 11-of-20 from 3-point range. The 55% clip was the Beacons’ best from deep since hitting 55.6% of their 3-point attempts last February at Evansville.

Drake held a substantial 41-21 advantage on the glass and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds to Valpo’s five. The Bulldogs finished with a 20-6 edge in second-chance points and a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint.

Next Up

Valpo (5-22, 4-14 MVC) closes out the regular season next week with a pair of games at the ARC, starting with a critical battle in the standings with Southern Illinois Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

UINDY BASEBALL

BASEBALL HANDS LAKERS FIRST LOSS IN DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team handed the Grand Valley State Lakers their first loss of the young season, splitting a pair of nine inning contests on Saturday afternoon.

After a rough first game, the Hounds, behind a pair of homers by Luis Vergara and Dom Brown, took the second contest with a 8-6 mark.

GAME 1 | Grand Valley State 5, UIndy 3

The Greyhounds jumped out early on the Lakers in game one of the doubleheader, etching across two in the first frame of action. The first came off the bat of Cole Hampton with the Missouri S&T-transfer lifting a ball to deep left field, allowing former and current teammate Dakota Sill a chance to sprint home from third. Later that same inning, Easton Good cracked one through the right side, scoring the speedy Caleb Vaughn from third and putting the Hounds putting the Hounds up by a pair.

A pair of runs in the second and sixth by the Lakers made it a 4-2 ballgame heading into the eighth where an Armen Torosian single to center brought the Hounds within one. However, a Laker bomb in the ninth iced the game and left it 5-3.

Carter Nowak, coming in relief of Jackson Kirkpatrick, went five innings of work, snagging four Ks on only four walks, saving the bullpen for the Hounds.

GAME 2 | UIndy 8, Grand Valley State 6

With Dawson Gabe toeing the slab in game two, he was recipient of some early run support with a perfect bunt by Vaughn eliciting a throwing error by the Lakers and a Sill single grabbed an early 2-0 lead for the good guys.

Laker homers in both the second and fourth, the latter with a runner on, evaporated the Greyhound lead going into the bottom of the fourth. But much like in nature, that evaporation turned into rain as the Hounds let it pour in the fourth, scoring three off of a Drew Donaldson single, a Laker error and a Hampton single.

Going blow-for-blow, the Lakers responded in force with a run of their own in the fifth to bring it back to 5-4 in favor of the Hounds. But that is when the door was shut on the Lakers as Brown and Vergara used back-to-back bombs to put the hounds up by three.

Brown followed up his day with another RBI in the eighth. The Lakers manufactured runs in the eighth and the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Hounds handed the visitors their first loss of the season.

Austin Bestul and E.J. White were quality out of the pen for the Hounds in the victory, with White, the 2023 saves leader for the Hounds, picking up his first of the season as the craft sidearmer closed out the contest for the Hounds.

UP NEXT

The Hounds wrap up the series against the Lakers on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Greyhound Park.

UINDY WRESTLING

FIVE GREYHOUNDS ADVANCE TO NATIONALS AFTER SUPER REGIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS – With ten teams descending upon Nicoson Hall for the NCAA Super Regional IV tournament, the University of Indianapolis wrestling team walked away with five Greyhounds punching their tickets to Witchita, Kan. Those wrestlers were headlined by reigning GLVC Wrestler of the Year Derek Blubaugh’s No. 2 finish at 197. He was joined in the Nationals crew by a quartet of third-place finishers in Jackson Hoover at 149, Owen Zablocki at 157, Trey Sizemore at 174 and Owen Butler at 184.

On the day the Greyhounds finished in fifth place in the region, with Central Oklahoma once again capturing the Super Region IV crown. The Hounds in total earned 85 team points with seven of the ten Greyhounds scoring points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Blubaugh, with a first-round bye, was aggressive early, dominating Erik Tomanek of Newman with a 17-2 tech fall in just a minute and a half. That fire kept rolling as a semifinal victory saw him take downs Jeramiah Larson of Maryville for the second time in two weeks, having beat him at the GLVC duals.

That win set up the eventual matchup with reigning NCAA Champ Dalton Abney of Central Oklahoma. However, it was Blubaugh’s day as Abney captured the 5-0 decision, handing Blubaugh his first loss against DII opposition this season.

Hoover also went straight into the quarters, where he captured some revenge over Dillion Nichols of Drury, avenging a loss from early this season with a 12-7 victory. A late fall loss in the semis set up a wrestle-back for Hoover as he demolished a Quincy Hawk in his first consolation match. Wrestling for a spot at Nationals, Hoover captured a 7-6 win. With the win, Hoover earned his first career trip to the big dance.

Zablocki, the elder statesman of the group, started his day downing Drury’s Will Kuster 10-8 to earn a spot in the semis. A tough battle with Central Missouri’s’ Anthony Erikson sent Z to the consolation bracket where he kept forcing out gritty ones, first over Josh Laubach of McKendree, his second time handing Laubach a loss. His second nailbiter win came over Ouachita’s Jaylon Otero, where the pair battled to a 1-1 overtime. A shot on the edge of the mat by Zablocki was eventually the decider as he clinched his first trip to nationals.

Sizemore, with expectations high, proved them right, adding two falls to his already team leading number to bring him to 12 on the season and a spot in the semis against McKendree’s Matt Ortiz. Having already beaten Ortiz twice, it was a tough battle as overtime was needed to seal the deal with it falling in the Bearcats favor. A win over Central Missouri’s Nolan Saale and his third pin of the day in the third-place match was what was needed for Sizemore to etch himself a spot in Kansas.

Butler, the only other national qualifier from 2023 to return to the Greyhounds lineup outside of Blubaugh, was also fortunate to start his journey in the quarters. The high-paced offense of Butler was too much for the Quincy Hawk Judah Yates to handle was Butler showed out with a 3:44 tech in the first round. After dropping his semifinal bout, Butler added to his team leading tech fall total with another in the consolation semifinal. Facing Zeke Waltz from McKendree for a spot in the big one, Butler replaced his performance from earlier this season, winning 11-6 to make it five qualifiers for the Hounds.

Blake Mulkey captured victory in his first two rounds of action, but a pair of losses in the semi’s and the consolation semis ended his day and his run with the Greyhounds. Mulkey ends his year with the Hounds with an 20-11 record and a All-GLVC third-team and while placing sixth at this year’s regional.

Nathan Smith, as the Greyhounds primary starter at 125, wrapped up his day at sixth after winning his first match of the day. Much like Mulkey, losses in the semis and conso semis ended his run.

Both Noah Cantu and Jay Thompson wrapped up their career as Greyhounds at this year’s regional.

HOUND BYTES

Head Coach Jason Warthan on his guys pushing through to Nationals…

“I’m proud of the effort, especially after a tough semifinal round. After the semifinals we had one guy in the finals and ended up with four guys working their way through the wrestle backs. A couple heartbreakers in there, but as a wise man once told me ‘you seldom get everything you want in sports.’ That certainly holds true today.”

Warthan on the five who are heading to Kansas…

“All in all, five guys to nationals, five guys that can do damage at nationals, I think they’re battle tested, I think coming through tough competition in some high-pressure situations, I think they’ll be ready to make a push to stand on the podium in a couple weeks.”

UP NEXT

The big one, the final showdown, the last dance, whatever you may call it, it’s time for NCAA Nationals in Wichita, Kan. The group of five Hounds will make the trip west for the tournament that is set to begin March 15th  and conclude the next day on the 16th.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S HOOPS TAME BEARCATS TO CAP REGULAR SEASON

LEBANON, Ill. – The UIndy men’s basketball team defeated McKendree, 91-69, to close the 2023-24 regular season. The GLVC Regular Season Champions finish the season 20-7 overall and 16-3 in GLVC action. The Greyhounds are also currently ranked No. 1 in the region heading into the conference tournament.

Jesse Bingham was dominant on the court, scoring a season-high 26 points. Bingham was 11-for-15 from the field and 3-3 from beyond the arc. The senior’s skills during the game also created new season highs in field goals and 3-pointers made.

INS & OUTS

The Hounds came out with energy at halftime after leading,45-34, at the brake. Josiah Tynes and Jesse Bingham led UIndy on a 19-5 run to open the second half, extending the Greyhound lead to 24. The run ended with 3-pointers made by Sean Craig, Tynes, and Bingham.

Later in the half, the Hounds created a, 13-4, run. The run featured another three made baskets from downtown, two from Zac Szul and one from David Ejah. After the run, UIndy held their largest lead of the game of 28 points with less than six minutes remaining.

McKendree attempted to come back with an 11-3 run of their own. The 28-point lead and strong defense from the Greyhounds was too much for the Bearcats to handle.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jarvis Walker finished with 20 points. Walker also led the team om assists and steals with four and two, respectively.

– Tchoua (10), Tynes (11), and Szul (10) also ended the night in double figures for the Hounds.

– On the court, the Greyhounds were 32-of-56 from the field and 12-25 from downtown.

– UIndy grabbed 35 boards during the contest and held McKendree to 29 rebounds. Ejah and Tchoua both grabbed eight rebounds, a team high.

MORE NOTES

The leading scorer for the Bearcats was Carson Parker. Parker scored 17 points and led the team in rebounds (seven) and assists (four). Two more Bearcats also finished in double figures. … The Greyhounds swept the Bearcats, 2-0, in the season series. With the added wins, UIndy continues to lead McKendree 17-4 in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

With the Greyhounds winning the GLVC regular season title they are guaranteed the first seed in the conference tournament. The Hounds will wait for the official bracket to see who they will face. The GLVC Championship Tournament will take place on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. from Thursday, Mar. 7 through the 10th.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UINDY DROP REGULAR SEASON FINALE TO MCKENDREE

LEBANON, Ill. – The UIndy women’s basketball team closed the 2023-24 with a, 58-84, loss to McKendree on the road. The Greyhounds finished the season 13-15 and 10-12 in conference play. The Greyhound season ended despite just missing the qualifications for the GLVC tournament.

Elana Wells finished with 18 points, a team-high. Wells also led the team in assists with five and three blocks.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds enter the second half down, 29-32, to the Bearcats. Ilani Williams-Harris started the third quarter with a layup and a 3-pointer to take the lead by two points. McKendree responded with five points of their own to retake the lead. Another 3-pointer by Williams-Harris at 6:29 tied the game at 37. For the rest of the quarter, the two teams were neck-and-neck, continuing to tie and exchange the lead.

The Bearcats turned on the jets in the final 10 minutes, holding the Greyhounds to only nine points. A 22-5 run in the final seven minutes cemented the Hounds’ defeat.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Williams-Harris was the second Greyhound to finish in double figures. The senior had 13 points and was 3-for-6 from downtown.

– Patricia Chikamba was the rebound leader for the team, accumulating six during the contest. As a team, UIndy finished with 28.

– The Greyhounds struggled from beyond the arc shooting 8-of-12.

– The Hounds were able to keep control of the ball, turning it over only 14 times. McKendree struggled compared to UIndy, finishing with 20 turnovers.

MORE NOTES

The highest scorer for the Bearcats was Naomi McDaniel. McDaniel finished with a double-double, she had 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also led McKendree in steals (five) and blocks (four). … Despite the loss, UIndy continues to lead the all-time series, 10-7.

UINDY MEN’S LAX

GREYHOUNDS CAPTURE OVERTIME THRILLER AT KEY

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 8 UIndy men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 11 Seton Hill, 10-9, in overtime on Saturday. The Greyhounds improve to 6-1 on the season and tack on their second win against a ranked team.

Sam Puzevic had the game-winning goal just over one minute into overtime securing the win for the Hounds.

INS & OUTS

From the very beginning, both teams were fighting for the lead trading goals. After three unanswered Greyhound goals in the third, the Griffins scored two goals in the first 3 minutes of the game. With Seton Hill up 8-7, the Hounds turned up the jets and started fighting back harder.

Nathan Lam sent the ball into the goal with help from Owain Braddock at the 9:49 mark. The Griffins didn’t allow UIndy to run away with the win, answering with a goal to lead, 9-8, with less than six minutes left. As the clock ticked down, Triston Schaffer found the back of the net to tie the game and send it into overtime.

UIndy started overtime prepared to take home the win. With 2:56 left, Owain Braddock found Puzevic who sent the ball passed the goalie to defeat the Griffins.

INSIDE THE BOX

-In goal for the Hounds was KC Carlson. Carson never left the field, he finished with nine saves and earning his fifth win of the season.

– UIndy was dominant on faceoffs, winning 20-of-23. Caleb Parker was the one to make this happen, participating in all 23 faceoffs.

– Justin Williams led the team in shots with 14, four on goal. As a team, the Greyhounds attempted 58 shots with 25 on goal. The Hounds were able to hold the Griffins to only 33 shots, 18 on goal.

– UIndy also took advantage of the ground balls. The Greyhounds picked up 34, holding the Griffins to only 19.

ON ANOTHER NOTE

The Hounds are now on a three-game win streak against the Griffins. In the four times the squads have faced each other, UIndy leads the all-time series 3-1.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Newberry, S.C. for a match-up against Newberry. The game is slated for Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. This will be only the second game the Wolves will face the Hounds. The last time they played each other was on Feb. 18, 2022, were the Greyhounds won, 15-8.

MARIAN TRACK

THREE ALL-AMERICAN HONORS AND BENJAMIN’S SECOND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD MARIAN TO 8TH PLACE FINISH AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Brookings, S.D. – For the second consecutive day Marian women’s track and field senior Arriana Benjamin headlined the ladies efforts at the NAIA National Championships, as the senior earned her second national championship in as many days by winning the shot put on Saturday. In addition to Benjamin’s championship, Gina Butz and Taylor Thomas also earned NAIA All-American honors, helping Marian to a top-10 finish in 2024.

Arriana Benjamin returned to center stage on Saturday for Marian, hitting the throwing pit for the second consecutive day after winning her NAIA Championship in the weight throw on Friday. Benjamin pushed through to the finals with the ninth-best distance in the field with a distance of 13.87m, and through her first two attempts in the finals held on to ninth place entering the final throw. On the last attempt, Benjamin gave her career-best effort with a mark of 14.97m, leaping the field to jump into first place.

Benjamin’s new Marian record distance gave her the third NAIA Championship in her career, and the second in as many days. Benjamin’s national championship is also the second in her career in the shot put event.

In the 600m finals, Taylor Thomas clocked a time of 1:36.43 to earn an individual All-American honor, placing eighth in the finals to earn her second podium finish of the weekend.

Marian’s final event of the weekend would be the high jump, where Gina Butz led Marian by tying the school indoor high jump record in her third place All-American finish. Butz cleared a height of 1.74m to tie herself with Erin Oleksak for the all-time indoor record, hitting the height on her third attempt to place third in the nation. Butz attempted to pass the bar at 1.77m, but was unsuccessful in her attempt to continue the event, closing in third place to score six points for the team. Brooke Coffman also competed in the high jump, finishing 16th overall clearing 1.60m.

Benjamin’s 20 points led Marian, with Butz and Thomas combining for seven points to the team score on Saturday. Marian had an additional four points from the 4x800m relay team’s efforts on Friday, ending the meet with a total of 31 which placed Marian eighth overall in the nation. Marian scored the most points in the meet out of any Crossroads League team at the championships with their eighth place finish.

Marian will now set their sights on outdoor track season, which will begin on March 16.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN’S WINNING STREAK ENDS AS SHARP-SHOOTING GRACE ELIMINATES KNIGHTS FROM CL TOURNAMENT

Winona Lake, Ind. – The Marian men’s basketball team saw their season-long nine-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Knights were defeated in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals by Grace College, losing 94-73. Marian is now 23-7 overall on the season.

Grace’s strong shooting performance started from the opening tip, as the Lancers put the Knights in a 10-2 hole just over three minutes into the game. After an early timeout Marian was slowly able to get their bearings, as Brody Whitaker and Gus Etchison were able to bring the score within seven at the first media stoppage of the afternoon. Grace pushed their lead back to double figures at the 12 minute mark of the opening half, where they would carry their advantage for much of the half.

The Knights continued to play from behind as Grace led 28-15 at the second media timeout, and trailed by as many as 17 in the half as the host Lancers held their shooting percentage at a 68 percent clip. The Knights trailed 40-23 with 5:40 to play in the first half, and hit a groove that made the difference eight points as Nolan Foster scored inside to end a Grace run. Etchison and Maximus Gizzi played key roles in getting Marian back within three scores at the half, as the Knights trailed 36-44 at the half.

Opening the second half, Marian scored four quick points behind the right-hand of Etchison to cut their deficit to six points, but that would be the closest the Knights would get, as the Lancers pulled back in front by 10. Marian would rock their score within nine and 11 points for a four minute stretch as the Lancers continued to stay in control. A 6-2 run paced by Elijah Malone increased Grace’s lead to 15 points, and prompted a timeout for Marian trailing 64-59 with 11:54 to play.

Marian was able to settle after the timeout and bring the score within 11 points, but were unable to close the gap from there as Malone and Jake Wadding increased the Lancers’ lead to 18 points. Grace continued to knock down shots to answer Marian’s offense, taking a lead of 22 points in the final minutes of the game as the Knights were unable to make a comeback, falling 94-73.

Etchison led the team in scoring with 23 points, and Whitaker finished the game with 18 points. Foster and Ben Henderson combined for 15 points, and Gizzi finished the game with seven as well. Jackson Ames led the team in rebounding with six in the loss.

Marian will learn their selection for the NAIA National Tournament on Thursday, March 7. The NAIA Selection Show will be shown on the NAIA YouTube channel, and will air at 7:00 p.m. ET.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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

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

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

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BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBA STANDINGS

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NHL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

March 3, 1950 – National-American Football League reverts back to calling itself the NFL after 3 months. According to Wikipedia when the NFL absorbed the All American Football Conference (AAFC) on December 9, 1949 the 13 teams were realigned into the American and National conferences, which lasted for three seasons. The merged league briefly flirted with the name “National-American Football League”, but restored the name “National Football League” a few months later on March 3, 1950. This was the second time the NFL changed its name, the first was in 1922 when the American Professional Football Association (APFA), a mere two years after its founding, did a switcharoo to become the National Football League.

March 3, 1960 – At a special AFL meeting in Oakland, The “allocation” draft was formulated to stock Oakland clubaccording to the Raiders.com. The issue at hand was that oakland was a late replacement franchise for the Twin Cities franchise that resigned after the initial AFL draft due to the NFL announcing a new Vikings franchise in the metro area of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In that round of AFL meetings kicked off at the Leamington Hotel in Oakland. It was determined that 14 players who were originally selected by Minneapolis-St. Paul in the AFL draft, and were “signed by fellow AFL clubs for Oakland,” would transfer to the newly-minted franchise per the Raiders Exposure website. 

HOF Birthdays

March 3, 1890 – South Orange, New Jersey – The brilliant Yale Quarterback from 1909 to 1911, Art Howe arrived into the world. Click his name for more info including a photo.

March 3, 1917 – Hendersonville, Tennessee – Vanderbilt University’s stud Center from 1935 through the 1937 season, Carl Hinkle was born. More on this anchor of the Vandy line is found by clicking his name.

March 3, 1952 – Warren, Ohio – Randy Gradishar the great Ohio State Buckeye linebacker from 1971 to 1973 was born. The Football Foundation’s website bio on Gradishar claims he was All-America in 1972 and held the unanimous distinction in 1973 of the honor. Gradishar was Academic All-America in 1973 and was elected to the GTE Academic Hall of Fame in 1992. The NFF chose the collegiate gridiron achievements worthy of archiving with legends when in 1998 they inducted Randy Gradishar into the College Football Hall of Fame. After school he made the Denver Broncos team and played 10 years with the franchise making the Pro Bowl seven times. 

March 3, 1962 – Wrightsville, Georgia – The outstanding running back from the University of Georgia Bulldogs of the early 1980’s, Herschel Walker celebrates his day of birth. In Herschel’s three years at Georgia and was unanimous All-America every year per the NFF. When he left after his junior year, he owned 41 school records, 16 Southeastern Conference records, and 11 NCAA records. As a freshman in 1980, he led Georgia to a 12-0 record and the national championship. In 33 regular-season games he scored 55 touchdowns, and rushed for 5,259 yards (an average of 159 a game. In his this and final year of 1982, Walker finally won the Heisman Trophy.  The College Football Hall of Fame threw its doors wide open to accept the college football legacy of Herschel Walker into its fold in 1999.

March 3, 1967 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Clarkston Hines the nifty wide receiver of 1986 through 1989 from Duke University celebrated his entrance into this life. The NFF says Clarkston was a two time All-American and is the only player in ACC history to lead the league in receiving yards three consecutive seasons. When he ended his collegiate career Hines held the ACC record for career touchdown receptions with 38. Clarkston Hines was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the year 2010.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1953      Braves owner Lou Perini, citing territorial privilege due to their minor league club’s location, blocks the Browns’ attempt to move to Milwaukee from St. Louis. Fifteen days later, he will move his major league club from Boston to the Midwestern city.

1959      The winning entry in the Giants’ Name-the-Park contest is Candlestick Park, reflecting the shape of the rocks in the area known as Candlestick Point. Initially called Bay View Stadium, the ballpark will be the first stadium built entirely of reinforced concrete.

1967      The American League permits the White Sox to use a partially designated hitter in spring training. With the home club’s permission, each team will use a designated pinch-hitter twice in the same game.

1969      The Washington Post reports the Global League still needs to reach an agreement with a television network. The lack of a TV deal has derailed the reality of the proposed third major league.

1984      Peter Ueberroth is elected baseball’s sixth commissioner, replacing Bowie Kuhn as the major league’s top executive. The former L.A. Olympic president will take office on October 1 and will receive compensation of $450,000, an amount that is nearly double his predecessor’s salary.

1987      Danny Kaye, who helped lead an investment group that bought the Mariners in 1976, dies of heart failure. The 74-year-old entertainer was a lifelong fan of the Dodgers, recording a hit tune entitled The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song, which detailed a fictitious encounter with the rivals Giants during the actual 1962 pennant race.

1988      Upset by a practical joke played by teammate Jesse Orosco, Dodger slugger Kirk Gibson walks out of camp for a day. The southpaw reliever had put eyeblack on Gibson’s cap.

1997      In a controversial deal, the Yankees sign a ten-year contract with Adidas. The licensing agreement with the popular sportswear company puts team owner George Steinbrenner at odds with the baseball establishment.

2006      Jae-Weong Seo and Chan Ho Park combine to blank Taiwan in the inaugural World Baseball Classic opening game, 2-0. The first game of the 16-nation tournament, featuring the duel between the two South Korean hurlers, is played before a disappointing crowd of only 5,193 fans at Tokyo Dome.

2008      Noah Lowry throws 24 pitches before a batter takes a swing in the Giants’ 6-4 Cactus League exhibition loss to Texas. The 28-year-old right-hander, who issues nine bases-on-balls to the first 12 Rangers he faces, goes through the entire once without recording an official at-bat, thanks to a combination of walks and sacrifice flies.

2012      The Padres sign Cameron Maybin to a five-year contract extension. The new undisclosed deal for the 24-year-old outfielder is reportedly worth $25 million for five years, with another $7 million possible during an option year in 2017.

2015      Major League Baseball introduces its new pace of play initiatives, designed to make the games shorter in duration, during five exhibition contests played in Arizona and Florida. The new rules planned to be slowly introduced before the implementation of penalties include having batters keep one foot in the batter’s box after taking a pitch and using a clock to make innings start more punctually.

2016      Experts announce they have verified the legitimacy of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911, bringing the total number known to exist to 22. The treasure, which features a picture of the ‘Georgia Peach’ on the front, with the words ‘Ty Cobb – King of the Smoking Tobacco World’ on the back, was found in a paper bag mixed in with trash by relatives, who were cleaning the dilapidated house that belonged to their great-grandfather.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1928 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

On June 18th, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean during a historic flight that lasted twenty-four hours and forty-nine minutes. The first woman to obtain pilot’s certification from the National Aeronautic Association, Earhart flew as a passenger aboard a Fokker F.VIIb-3m flown by Wilmer Stultz and Slim Gordon. She later made the first solo flight by a woman from Hawaii to California in 1935, but her plane was later lost somewhere in the Pacific in 1937 as she was attempting to circumnavigate the globe. The exact circumstances of her (presumed) crash are still unknown today.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was developed as an international effort to outlaw war. The declaration originally started as a bilateral French-American accord, but fourteen nations registered immediately, and sixty-two nations eventually signed. Although unsuccessful, the treaty marked the high point of idealism in the pursuit of peace. The proclamation stated “Whereas a Treaty between the President of the United States Of America, the President of the German Reich, His Majesty the King of the Belgians, the President of the French Republic, His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, His Majesty the King of Italy, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the President of the Republic of Poland, and the President of the Czechoslovak Republic, providing for the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy.”

In the American League…

On May 1st, the Cleveland Indians outfield tied a Major League record with five assists in a game against the St. Louis Browns. Rookie Sam Langford also tied another Major League mark after posting four of them himself. It was the tenth time (once in extra innings) that the record was equaled in the major leagues, and the last time the century. Although the “Tribe” was out-hit 12-10, they managed to hold on for the 4-3 victory.

Forty-one year-old Detroit Tiger veteran Ty Cobb stole home on June 15th against the Cleveland Indians for the fiftieth (and final time) in his twenty-four year career to extend another one of his ninety Major League records.

Washington Senators pitcher Milt Gaston set another unusual American League record after surrendering fourteen hits en route to a 9-0 shutout over the Cleveland Indians on July 10th.

In the National League…

The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals combined on June 2nd to set a Major League record with a 2-1 effort that was the result of three pinch-hit home runs.

Following a Labor Day doubleheader rainout, the Boston Braves went on to play a record nine consecutive doubleheaders between September 4th and the 15th: First, the Brooklyn Dodgers on the 4th and 5th; then Philadelphia Phillies on the 7th and 8th; followed by the New York Giants on the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th; and finally the Chicago Cubs on the 15th. Starting with Philadelphia, the Braves also went on to set an unwanted record by dropping five consecutive games including all four against the Giants.

On September 18th, the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs combined to set a National League record with eight double plays between them.

Around the League…

After voters in Massachusetts finally approved Sunday baseball in Boston (provided that the ballpark is more than 1,000 feet from a church), Pennsylvania was left as the only state in the major leagues with no Sunday baseball.

Alfred J. Reach, founder of A.J. Reach Sporting Goods, died on January 14th at the tender age of eighty-seven. Reach had become the first ballplayer ever to receive a regular salary after signing as a catcher with the Philadelphia Athletics at $25 a week (for expenses) in 1865.

On December 11th, National League President John Heydler first proposed (see newspaper story at bottom of page) the concept of a designated hitter (also known as the tenth regular). Heydler contended that the fans were tired of seeing weak hitting pitchers come up to bat and the incorporation of a designated hitter would improve the quality of play and speed up the game.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

March 3, 1985

Kevin McHale of the Celtics connected on 22-of-28 field goal attempts and scored a team-record 56 points in a 138-129 victory over Detroit at Boston Garden. Nine days later against Atlanta, Larry Bird set a new Celtics single-game scoring record by hitting for 60 points.

March 3, 1986

Mark Aguirre of the Mavericks scored 42 points, giving him back-to-back games of 40-plus points, as he led Dallas to a 139-138 double-overtime win over Phoenix.

March 3, 1995

Phoenix forward A.C. Green moved past former NBA great Dolph Schayes and into third place on the all-time consecutive games played list, with 707, after playing 38 minutes and scoring 13 points in the Suns’ 122-118 overtime win over visiting Seattle.

March 3, 1999

Milwaukee’s Dell Curry reached 1,000 3-pointers made in a 106-78 win over the Golden State Warriors.

March 3, 2014

LeBron James of the Miami Heat scores 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. He had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.

March 3, 2020

San Antonio Spurs legend and Hall of Famer Tim Duncan makes his debut as an NBA coach, serving as the Spurs’ acting head coach in a 104-103 road win against the Charlotte Hornets. Duncan was filling in for coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game due to personal reasons.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

20 – 26 – 27 – 22

March 3, 1951 – Bill Mikvy, Number 20 of the Temple University Owls scored an NCAA basketball record of 73 pts on one game

March 3, 1953 – Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee

March 3, 1968 – Jean Béliveau, Number 26 of the Montreal Canadians becomes 2nd NHL skater to score 1,000 points in his pro career.

March 3, 1968 – In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Number 27Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

March 3, 1981 – The New York Islander’s Mike Bossy, Number 22 scored his 9th & final hat trick of season when he posted 4 goals

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1920 — The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record for most goals in a game with a 16-3 rout of the Quebec Bulldogs.

1951 — Temple’s Bill Mlkvy scores an NCAA-record 73 points in a 99-69 rout over Wilkes.

1966 — Buckpasser, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, wins the Flamingo Stakes by a nose. The colt is such a prohibitive favorite among the field of nine the race is declared a non-wagering contest. The race is known as “The Chicken Flamingo.”

1968 — Montreal’s Jean Beliveau becomes the second NHL player to score 1,000 career points with a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

1984 — Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of baseball by major league team owners.

1985 — Bill Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win $100 million in career purses after riding Lord at War to victory at the Santa Anita Handicap in Arcadia, Calif.

1985 — Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics scores a team-record 56 points, making 22 of 28 shots in a 138-129 home victory over Detroit.

1987 — Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavyweight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith in Las Vegas.

2000 — Edward Fryatt ties a PGA Tour record with eight consecutive birdies in the second round of the Doral-Ryder Open. Fuzzy Zoeller did it in the 1976 Quad Cities Open, and Bob Goalby in the 1961 St. Petersburg Open.

2001 — A bloodied John Ruiz becomes the first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking down Evander Holyfield in the 11th round and earning a unanimous decision for the WBA title.

2012 — Wladimir Klitschko stops France’s Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fourth round to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Klitschko is credited with the 50th KO of his career as he improves to 57-3.

2012 — No. 2 Syracuse beats No. 19 Louisville 58-49 to tie the Big East record for victories. The Orange (30-1, 17-1) match Connecticut’s 17 conference wins in 1995-96 and finishes the regular season with 30 wins for the first time in Jim Boeheim’s 36 years as coach.

2014 — LeBron James scores a career-high 61 points, breaking Glen Rice’s franchise record, and the Miami Heat defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.

2017 — Kyrie Irving scores 43 points, LeBron James has 38 and the Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA regular-season record with 25 3-pointers in holding off the Atlanta Hawks 135-130.

2018 — Deontay Wilder survives a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocks out the challenger in the 10th round to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

TV SPORTS SUNDAY

AUTO RACING

3:30 p.m.

FOX — NASCAR Cup Series: The Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

1 a.m. (Sunday)

CNBC — AMA Supercross Series: Round 8, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Taped)

BOWLING

12 p.m.

FS1 — PBA: The Delaware Classic, Middletown, Del.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

CBS — Seton Hall at UConn

2 p.m.

CBS — Indiana at Maryland

3:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Bradley at Drake

4 p.m.

CBS — Michigan at Ohio St.

5:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — UAB at Memphis

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Rutgers at Nebraska

9 p.m.

FS1 — Stanford at Colorado

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Boston College at Pittsburgh

ESPN — Tennessee at South Carolina

ESPN2 — Oklahoma St. at Baylor

SECN — Auburn at Florida

1 p.m.

FOX — Ohio St. at Iowa

2 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Miami

BTN — Michigan St. at Wisconsin

ESPN — Louisville at Notre Dame

SECN — Kentucky at LSU

3 p.m.

FS1 — Creighton at Seton Hall

PEACOCK — Maryland at Indiana

4 p.m.

ACCN — Clemson at Florida St.

BTN — Nebraska at Illinois

ESPN — Duke at North Carolina

SECN — Arkansas at Mississippi

5 p.m.

FS1 — DePaul at Villanova

6 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at Virginia

7 p.m.

FS1 — Purdue at Michigan

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — Florida at Kentucky

6 p.m.

SECN — Arkansas at Missouri

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

ESPNU — Maryland at Notre Dame

COLLEGE LACROSSE (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Oregon at Rutgers

FISHING

8 a.m.

FS1 — Bassmaster Elite Series: The 2024 AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork, Yantis, Texas

GOLF

1 p.m.

CW — LIV Golf League: Final Round, Royal Greens Golf & CC, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Taped)

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Cognizant Classic, Final Round, PGA National Members Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The Cognizant Classic, Final Round, PGA National Members Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

HORSE RACING

2 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Detroit vs. NY Yankees, Tampa, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

1 p.m.

ABC — Philadelphia at Dallas

3:30 p.m.

ABC — Golden State at Boston

7:10 p.m.

ESPN — New York at Cleveland

9:35 p.m.

ESPN — Oklahoma City at Phoenix

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

2 p.m.

NBATV — G-League Ignite at College Park

4 p.m.

NBATV — Delaware at Osceola

NFL FOOTBALL

1 p.m.

NFLN — NFL Scouting Combine: Offensive Linemen, Indianapolis

NHL HOCKEY

1 p.m.

NHLN — Arizona at Washington

3:30 p.m.

TNT — New Jersey at Los Angeles

7 p.m.

NHLN — Winnipeg at Buffalo

RODEO

2 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 2 and Championship Round, Indianapolis

SKIING

11 a.m.

CNBC — U.S. FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Aspen, Colo.

1:30 p.m.

NBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Aspen, Colo.

SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:55 a.m.

CBSSN — SPFL: Celtic at Hearts

8 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Bournemouth at Burnley

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

5 p.m.

CBSSN — CONCACAF Gold Cup: Mexico vs. Paraguay, Quarterfinal, Los Angeles

TENNIS

5 p.m.

TENNIS — Santiago-ATP, San Diego-WTA Finals

TRACK AND FIELD

8 a.m.

CNBC — World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024: Day 2, Glasgow, Scotland (Taped)

2 p.m. CNBC — World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024: Day 3, Glasgow, Scotland