INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 17 EAST CENTRAL 14

GIBSON SOUTHERN 31 LAWRENCEBURG 29

SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS

CLASS 6A

MERRILLVILLE                    AT           WESTFIELD

BEN DAVIS                          AT           CENTER GROVE

CLASS 5A

ZIONSVILLE                         AT           MICHIGAN CITY

NEW ALBANY                    AT           INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL

CLASS 4A

NORTHRIDGE                    AT           NEW PRAIRIE

MOUNT VERNON            AT           MEMORIAL

CLASS 3A

BREBEUF JESUIT               AT           MISHAWAKA MARIAN

GIBSON SOUTHERN        AT           TRI-WEST

CLASS 2A

ANDREAN                           AT           EASTSIDE

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT         INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA

CLASS 1A

ADAMS CENTRAL             AT           NORTH JUDSON

TRI                                          AT           INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

ADAMS CENTRAL63FREMONT47
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE68MITCHELL27
BELLMONT56FORT WAYNE NORTH19
BEN DAVIS50BROWNSBURG45
BENTON CENTRAL71CLINTON PRAIRIE37
BLOOMINGTON NORTH67BROWN COUNTY24
BOONE GROVE39WHITING17
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL56PAOLI50
CARMEL52CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)30
CASTON48WINAMAC40
CENTRAL NOBLE36PRAIRIE HEIGHTS34
CHARLESTOWN57NORTH HARRISON32
CHESTERTON58MISHAWAKA40
CHURUBUSCO41WHITKO35
CLOVERDALE34SHAKAMAK29
CONNERSVILLE42SHENANDOAH26
COVENANT CHRISTIAN59TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN15
CULVER ACADEMY50PERU35
DELTA49ELWOOD19
EASTBROOK70SOUTHERN WELLS19
EASTERN (PEKIN)46AUSTIN22
EASTERN GREENE59SHOALS23
EDGEWOOD50LINTON-STOCKTON44
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI79VINCENNES LINCOLN48
FAIRFIELD46GOSHEN38
FLOYD CENTRAL71EVANSVILLE HARRISON28
FOREST PARK55LOOGOOTEE15
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK48LEO39
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY52HAMILTON11
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP78FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA28
FORT WAYNE SNIDER63FORT WAYNE DWENGER38
FRANKTON51MUNCIE CENTRAL29
GRIFFITH42HOBART33
HAGERSTOWN32KNIGHTSTOWN11
HAMILTON HEIGHTS57MADISON-GRANT27
HANOVER CENTRAL50ILLIANA CHRISTIAN12
HERITAGE41LAKEWOOD PARK30
HERITAGE HILLS44JASPER9
HOMESTEAD75FORT WAYNE WAYNE16
INDIAN CREEK64MONROVIA26
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA31BEECH GROVE22
JAC-CEN-DEL57SOUTH RIPLEY31
JEFFERSONVILLE50BLOOMINGTON SOUTH29
KANKAKEE VALLEY65KOUTS38
LACROSSE61TRI-COUNTY46
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC70WESTERN44
LAKE CENTRAL34PENN27
LAPEL47NORTHEASTERN27
LAPORTE41SOUTH BEND CLAY36
LAVILLE49TRINITY GREENLAWN34
LEWIS CASS45TRI-CENTRAL37
LOWELL63EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL17
MACONAQUAH66MANCHESTER28
MARTINSVILLE74TERRE HAUTE NORTH66
MERRILLVILLE65ANDREAN43
MONROE CENTRAL58MUNCIE BURRIS20
MORRISTOWN47SHELBYVILLE38
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)38EVANSVILLE BOSSE30
NEW PALESTINE64SOUTHPORT55OT
NEW WASHINGTON60CHRISTIAN ACADEMY23
NOBLESVILLE79GARRETT57
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)60CLAY CITY24
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)75JAY COUNTY43
NORTH DECATUR52BATESVILLE46
NORTH MIAMI66SOUTHWOOD48
NORTH NEWTON63RIVER FOREST23
NORTHRIDGE71FORT WAYNE SOUTH34
NORTHWESTERN67TIPPECANOE VALLEY36
NORWELL55ANGOLA44
OREGON-DAVIS64LAKELAND CHRISTIAN44
PENDLETON HEIGHTS81HERITAGE CHRISTIAN56
PLYMOUTH48MICHIGAN CITY33
PORTAGE50NORTH JUDSON29
RENSSELAER CENTRAL46KNOX42
RISING SUN53CLARKSVILLE32
ROCHESTER48NORTHWOOD26
RUSHVILLE58SOUTH DEARBORN13
SEYMOUR48GREENWOOD38
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON66LAWRENCE NORTH48
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)66NEW PRAIRIE39
SOUTH SPENCER70SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)39
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)40OLDENBURG ACADEMY20
SULLIVAN60OWEN VALLEY42
SWITZERLAND COUNTY52HENRYVILLE21
TELL CITY56CANNELTON23
TRITON CENTRAL50EASTERN HANCOCK41
TWIN LAKES74DELPHI32
UNION CITY58NEW CASTLE54
VALPARAISO69HAMMOND NOLL28
VINCENNES RIVET49WOOD MEMORIAL18
WABASH59MARION14
WAPAHANI71UNION (MODOC)19
WEST LAFAYETTE63KOKOMO52OT
WEST WASHINGTON36SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)34
WESTFIELD59LAWRENCE CENTRAL52OT
WESTVILLE53CULVER32
ZIONSVILLE50INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI28
BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT
NORTH VERMILLION37SOUTH VERMILLION36
PARKE HERITAGE55RIVERTON PARKE29
COLUMBUS EAST CLASSIC
FISHERS52COLUMBUS EAST43
COLUMBUS EAST57HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN55
CORYDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT
SOUTHRIDGE32CRAWFORD COUNTY26
CORYDON CENTRAL67GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN51
BOONVILLE52EVANSVILLE REITZ50
LANESVILLE48NEW ALBANY29
EVANSVILLE REITZ46CRAWFORD COUNTY45
SOUTHRIDGE44BOONVILLE37
NEW ALBANY57GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN40
CORYDON CENTRAL44LANESVILLE34
COVENANT (DEMOTTE) TOURNAMENT
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)63CALUMET CHRISTIAN15
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)58FAITH CHRISTIAN44
FAITH CHRISTIAN52CALUMET CHRISTIAN15
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)49HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)25

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

NO. 2 ALABAMA 59, NEW MEXICO STATE 3

NO. 13 BAYLOR 27, NO. 8 OKLAHOMA 14

KANSAS STATE 34, WEST VIRGINIA 17

NO. 18 WISCONSIN 35, NORTHWESTERN 7

MISSISSIPPI STATE 43, NO. 17 AUBURN 34

NO. 6 MICHIGAN 21, PENN STATE 17

RUTGERS 38, INDIANA 3

FLORIDA 70, SAMFORD 52

CLEMSON 44, UCONN 7

LOUISVILLE 41, SYRACUSE 3

SMU 55, UCF 28

EAST CAROLINA 30, MEMPHIS 29 (OT)

HOUSTON 37, TEMPLE 8

ARMY 63, BUCKNELL 10

MONMOUTH 44, ROBERT MORRIS 7

HARVARD 23, PENN 7

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 49, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17

LEHIGH 23, GEORGETOWN 9

COLGATE 20, LAFAYETTE 13

SAM HOUSTON 42, EASTERN KENTUCKY 28

HAMPTON 28, CAMPBELL 21

COLUMBIA 23. BROWN 17

DELAWARE STATE 28, NORFOLK STATE 26

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 45, HOWARD 27

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 47, INDIANA STATE 21

HOLY CROSS 52, FORDHAM 24

MARIST 57, PRESBYTERIAN 32

MOREHEAD STATE 36, STETSON 35

ST. THOMAS (MN) 21, DRAKE 14

PRINCETON 35, YALE 20

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 32, GARDNER-WEBB 24 (OT)

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 27, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 17

DARTMOUTH 41, CORNELL 7

WESTERN KENTUCKY 42, RICE 21

NO. 24 UTAH 38, ARIZONA 29

GEORGIA STATE 42, COASTAL CAROLINA 40

ABILENE CHRISTIAN 29, TARLETON STATE 3

SOUTH DAKOTA 23, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 20

MURRAY STATE 28, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 10

THE CITADEL 45, WOFFORD 44

FURMAN 37, VMI 31

EAST TENNESSEE STATE 56, WESTERN CAROLINA 35

APPALACHIAN STATE 31, SOUTH ALABAMA 7

UT MARTIN 42, TENNESSEE TECH 3

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 38, TEXAS STATE 30

MONTANA STATE 20, IDAHO 13

MONTANA 30, NORTHERN ARIZONA 3

KENNESAW STATE 28, NORTH ALABAMA 24

NORTH DAKOTA 14, ILLINOIS STATE 7

MISSOURI STATE 34, UNI 27

AUSTIN PEAY 36, TENNESSEE STATE 7

MERCER 10, CHATTANOOGA 6

MCNEESE 44, HOUSTON BAPTIST 3

FLORIDA A&M 37, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

ALABAMA A&M 52, TEXAS SOUTHERN 49

NO. 1 GEORGIA 41, TENNESSEE 17

NO. 4 OHIO STATE 59, NO. 19 PURDUE 31

USC AT CAL — POSTPONED TO DEC. 4 (COVID-19)

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 50, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 10

LOUISIANA TECH 42, CHARLOTTE 32

OLD DOMINION 30, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 16

UAB 21, MARSHALL 14

FLORIDA STATE 31, MIAMI 28

NO. 23 UTSA 27, SOUTHERN MISS 17

BOSTON COLLEGE 41, GEORGIA TECH 30

VIRGINIA TECH 48, DUKE 17

LOUISIANA 35, TROY 21

TEXAS TECH 41, IOWA STATE 38

NO. 20 IOWA 27, MINNESOTA 22

NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 40, MARYLAND 21

MISSOURI 31, SOUTH CAROLINA 28

NORTH TEXAS 20, UTEP 17

TULSA 20,TULANE 13

UNLV 27, HAWAI’I 13

WEBER STATE 62, SOUTHERN UTAH 0

INCARNATE WORD 27, NICHOLLS 23

ARKANSAS STATE 27, UL MONROE 24

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 27, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 14

JACKSONVILLE STATE 38, LAMAR 7

OREGON STATE 35, STANFORD 14

NO. 15 OLE MISS 29, NO. 11 TEXAS A&M 19

KENTUCKY 34, VANDERBILT 17

ARIZONA STATE 35, WASHINGTON 30

FRESNO STATE 34, NEW MEXICO 7

AIR FORCE 35, COLORADO STATE 21

SE LOUISIANA 56, NORTHWESTERN STATE 28

JACKSON STATE  21, SOUTHERN 17

NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 28, VIRGINIA 3

KANSAS 57, TEXAS 56 (OT)

NO. 12 WAKE FOREST 45, NO. 16 NC STATE 42

NO. 25 ARKANSAS 16,  LSU 13 (OT)

NO. 10 OKLAHOMA STATE 63, TCU 17

EASTERN WASHINGTON 38, UC DAVIS 20

CAL POLY 32, IDAHO STATE 29

UCLA 44, COLORADO 20

DIXIE STATE 62, FORT LEWIS 21

SACRAMENTO STATE 49, PORTLAND STATE 20

NO. 3 OREGON 38 WASHINGTON STATE 24

NO. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE 23 NEVADA 21

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#1 GONZAGA 86 #5 TEXAS 74

#6 MICHIGAN 77 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 49

#9 DUKE 67 CAMPBELL 56

#12 MEMPHIS 90 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 51

#16 ARKANSAS 86 GARDNER WEBB 69

#21 MARYLAND 68 VERMONT 57

#24 CONNECTICUT 89 COPPIN STATE 54

BUTLER 70 TROY 59

RUTGERS 48 MERRIMACK 35

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 74 VALPARAISO 70

BALL STATE 73 OMAHA 69

BELMONT 81 EVANSVILLE 43

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

#11 MICHIGAN 82 ST. FRANCIS NEW YORK 46

WESTERN ILLINOIS 73 BUTLER 46

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 118 PHILADELPHIA 113

MIAMI 111 UTAH 105

NEW ORLEANS 112 MEMPHIS 101

WASHINGTON 104 ORLANDO 92

DETROIT 127 TORONTO 121

CLEVELAND 91 BOSTON 89

LA CLIPPERS 129 MINNESOTA 102

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 5 NEW JERSEY 2

TORONTO 5 BUFFALO 4

OTTAWA 6 PITTSBURGH 3

DETROIT 3 MONTRÉAL 2

TAMPA BAY 3 FLORIDA 2

NY RANGERS 5 COLUMBUS 3

WINNIPEG 3 LOS ANGELES 2

CAROLINA 3 ST. LOUIS 2

NASHVILLE 4 ARIZONA 1

DALLAS 5 PHILADELPHIA 2

COLORADO 6 SAN JOSE 2

VEGAS 7 VANCOUVER 4

MINNESOTA 4 SEATTLE 2

NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS RELEASES

No. 18 Baylor 27-14 win ends No. 4 Oklahoma 17-game streak

WACO, Texas (AP) Gerry Bohanon had a hard time finding the words to describe just how he felt after 18th-ranked Baylor ran over Oklahoma, ending the fourth-ranked Sooners’ nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.

The hard-nosed quarterback does know what it means going forward for the resurgent Bears.

“I know we’ll keep going,” Bohanon said. “I know that was just motivation for what we can do, and we can be as a team.”

Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores in the fourth quarter and Baylor’s defense harassed both Oklahoma quarterbacks in a 27-14 win Saturday that kept the Bears in contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship game, a week after an unexpected loss at struggling TCU.

“It’s controlled confidence. You know, we put in the work and we expected results,” said linebacker Terrel Bernard, who had nine tackles and two sacks for Baylor (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, CFP No. 13). “We didn’t play up to our standard last week. And, we corrected some things on tape. We put in a great game plan and came out here and executed.”

The Sooners (9-1, 6-1, CFP No. 8) were held to 260 total yards, their fewest ever with coach Lincoln Riley in his five seasons as head coach and two seasons as offensive coordinator before that. It was their fewest points in a regular-season game since a 48-14 home loss to Baylor in 2014, which came weeks before they ended that season with a 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Oklahoma lost in November under Riley for the first time.

“Disappointing, no other way to put it,” Riley said. “Still a whole lot left for this football team. That’s the advantage of winning your first nine games, is you do set yourself up to be able to overcome something like this. … We’ll bounce back like we always do and like we fully expect to.”

Abram Smith had 148 yards rushing, including a 75-yard scamper to set up the first of Bohanon’s rushing TDs for a 17-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Bohanon, who threw an interception near midfield with a minute to go in the 30-28 loss at TCU, ran for 107 yards against the Sooners while hitting 12 of 21 passes for 117 yards and an interception.

Baylor fans stormed the field when they thought the game was over, but there had been a timeout, and 3 seconds remained. Pretty much all of Oklahoma’s team had left the field and it took several minutes to clear the field and get 11 Sooners back out for the final snap after officials spoke with an irate Riley.

Isaiah Hankins then kicked a 32-yard field goal for points that could come into play in a Big 12 tiebreaker, and the fans then swarmed the field again.

Baylor coach Dave Aranda said he was thinking about Big 12 tiebreakers that include point differential.

“I know why Dave tried to kick field goal. I don’t agree with it,” Riley said. “I still think above all else, there’s a code of sportsmanship that I believe in, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who had been so dynamic since leading a big comeback against Texas last month, threw two interceptions. Preseason AP All-America quarterback Spencer Rattler, who he had replaced as the starter, took over late in the third quarter.

Williams had a 2-yard TD run early, but finished 10-of-19 passing for 146 yards while getting sacked three times. Rattler was sacked twice as well. Williams returned to complete three passes for 74 yards on a late drive before Kennedy Brooks’ 1-yard TD with 2:26 left.

Bennett, No. 1 Georgia remain perfect, rout Tennessee 41-17

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 and just finished off a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference schedule.

They’re not satisfied yet.

Stetson Bennett ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Georgia routed Tennessee 41-17 Saturday.

The Bulldogs (10-0, 8-0, No. 1 CFP) went unbeaten in the SEC regular season for the first time since the league split into divisions in 1992 and went to an eight-game schedule.

“Nobody thinks they’ve arrived,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “There’s things we can continue to work to get better at, and they’ll continue to do that. But tonight? They went through a tough gauntlet in our league and played well.”

Georgia already had its fourth berth in the SEC championship game in five years locked up coming into this game. The Bulldogs last went undefeated in league play in 1982 with a 6-0 mark, also the last time the Bulldogs started 10-0.

“I mean 39 years, I mean it’s special …” Bennett said.

The Bulldogs actually trailed by their largest margin this season after Tennessee scored a touchdown on the opening drive. Georgia also was down 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, new territory for the Bulldogs, who had only trailed by a field goal each to Auburn and Missouri.

Georgia responded by reeling off 27 straight points, including 17 in a dominating second quarter. Derion Kendrick intercepted a pass by Hendon Hooker, and Channing Tindall stripped Hooker of the ball – Tindall had three of Georgia’s six sacks.

“We didn’t come up here to take shots,” Smart said. “We came up here to throw them.”

Bennett converted the interception into a 9-yard TD run midway through the second, and he capped a 90-yard drive with a 23-yard TD pass to James Cook just before halftime. Cook also ran 10 times and matched his career high with 104 yards and two more TDs. Stetson finished with 213 yards passing and ran for 40 more.

Tennessee (5-5, 3-4) had five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton and WNBA champ Candace Parker on hand along with an announced crowd of 100,074 for a team coming off a win at Kentucky, its first upset of a Top 20 team on the road since 2006.

The Vols’ biggest win in this game came in with 3:38 left before lots of empty seats. Joe Milton hit Cedric Tillman on a 12-yard TD, giving Tennessee the most points scored against Georgia in a game this season.

“Me personally, just knowing how hard I am on myself and how much of a standard I hold for this defense, I’m not happy about that touchdown, Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean said.

Tennessee came in second in the Bowl Subdivision scoring an average of 1.59 points per minute. Georgia and the stingiest scoring defense, which had allowed 6.6 points a game, simply smothered the Vols. The Bulldogs held Tennessee to 9 yards total offense in the second quarter.

“You’ve got to make some plays to give yourself a chance to play it to the end,” first-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said. “Red zone wasn’t good enough. Losing the turnover (battle) 2-0 hurt.”

McNamara, No. 9 Michigan rally past No. 23 Penn State 21-17

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Michigan tight end Erick All woke up on Saturday with a sore ankle, a leftover reminder of the Wolverines’ last painful loss.

Inside a packed, hostile Beaver Stadium, he was able to block out the discomfort enough to help No. 9 Michigan stay in the Big Ten championship chase with a 21-17 win over No. 23 Penn State.

All hauled in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNamara with 3:29 left and outran Penn State defenders to the end zone.

Michigan (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) snapped a two-game skid to the Nittany Lions (6-4, 3-4).

“I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about that ankle,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “He was thinking about the team.”

And what another loss would mean for the Wolverines’ chance to end their 16-year championship drought.

All was hurt when the Wolverines fell to No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 30 and didn’t play last week in a win over Indiana. He knew the Wolverines needed to stay within reach of the Spartans and No. 6 Ohio State in the Big Ten East.

“Adrenaline took care of the rest,” All said.

Michigan visits Maryland next before hosting the No. 6 Buckeyes on Nov. 27.

“It’s going to be tough for sure,” McNamara said. “That game is going to be so big for us and I know when the moment comes, we’ll be ready.”

McNamara completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns and Hassan Haskins ran for 156 yards on 31 carries. Roman Wilson caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Wolverines, who led 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was able to counter.

He withstood seven sacks, completing 23 of 43 for 205 yards and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Warren with 7:35 to go. Clifford then tied it 14 when he connected with Jahan Dotson for a two-point conversion.

The Nittany Lions then got the ball back on a strip-sack of McNamara by defensive end Arnold Ebiketie deep in Michigan territory. Jordan Stout kicked a 31-yard field goal with 5:55 left for a 17-14 lead.

Michigan’s winning drive started with five straight runs by Haskins for 28 yards to move to the Penn State 47, setting up All’s touchdown.

“He just has a quality about him where he wants to and he can put the team on his back,” Harbaugh said.

The Nittany Lions didn’t move on their last chance, and Clifford’s final pass fell incomplete.

“We were able to move the ball, but too many situations where we had to settle for field goals in the red zone,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “We have to find a way to score more touchdowns.”

Penn State tried a pair of trick plays from kick formation in the first quarter, with mixed results.

Extra points for Baylor and fan storming draw Oklahoma ire

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor fans had already swarmed the field and Oklahoma players had already gone to the locker room.

Except the game wasn’t quite over and the 18th-ranked Bears weren’t done scoring, even with no doubt about the outcome Saturday against the fourth-ranked Sooners, whose nation-best 17-game winning streak came to an end in the 27-14 loss.

Baylor coach Dave Aranda said he was thinking about potential tiebreakers and the point differential that could come into play for a spot in the Big 12 championship game in three weeks. So he called timeout, and Isaiah Hankins kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play.

That kick came after several minutes to clear the field, some heated discussions between Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and the officials, and getting 11 of his players back out of the locker room.

“At the end of the day, doing it with class is important to me, and at the end of the day, that’s why we decided to bring 11 guys out, even though deep down I damn sure didn’t want to,” Riley said.

Aranda said coaches had talked about potential tiebreakers for Baylor (7-2, 5-2 Big 12, CFP No. 18) earlier in the week, though that didn’t really come up again until Kennedy Brooks scored on a 1-yard TD run for Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1, CFP No. 8) with 2:26 left to make it 24-14 – the same score of Baylor’s loss at No. 10 Oklahoma State.

“When that happened, we wanted to get back on the scoreboard to help with that differential,” Aranda said, while understanding how that last-play field goal could be interpreted differently by the Sooners.

“I think they’re not happy with it,” he said.

Riley said he was concerned about the safety of his players, since Baylor students were streaming out of the stands from behind the Oklahoma bench. Many of them were still crammed on the sideline for the kick.

“I know why Dave tried to kick field goal. I don’t agree with it,” Riley said. “I still think above all else, there’s a a code of sportsmanship that I believe in, I wouldn’t have done it. But that’s his decision, that’s his football team. How the officials don’t give us, enforce a 15-yard penalty when you’ve probably got 5,000 people on the field is unbelievable to me.”

Riley said he got no explanation on why there was no penalty.

Aranda, who spoke only very briefly with Riley on the field after the game in the mob of people, said he planned to talk again soon with the Oklahoma coach he considers a friend.

Hankins had actually made a 42-yard field goal with 1:27 left, but Baylor took those points off the board after a personal foul penalty for an automatic first down that moved the ball to the Oklahoma 12. Baylor then kneeled twice before calling the last timeout, but not before the gold-clad fans were already storming the field.

They got to do it again after the game was really over.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL: WEEK 11 FOOTBALL RECAPS

MICHIGAN 21, PENN STATE 17: Cade McNamara threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to tight end Erick All with 3:29 left and No. 8 Michigan stayed in the Big Ten championship race, rallying past tricky No. 23 Penn State 21-17 on Saturday. McNamara completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns to boost the Wolverines. Hassan Haskins ran for 156 yards on 31 carries and Roman Wilson caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Wolverines, who led 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter. [FULL RECAP]
 
WISCONSIN 35, NORTHWESTERN 7: Braelon Allen rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 20 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 35-7 for its sixth consecutive victory on Saturday. Graham Mertz threw two touchdown passes, and Wisconsin’s defense recorded four interceptions. Northwestern’s Andrew Marty was picked off three times for a second straight week. [FULL RECAP]
 
RUTGERS 38, INDIANA 3: Isaih Pacecho scored two touchdowns Saturday and Rutgers took advantage of six turnovers to rout Indiana 38-3, putting the Scarlet Knights on the cusp of postseason play. They are one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. Rutgers converted the turnovers into 17 points and finished with its most lopsided conference win since joining the Big Ten — easily surpassing the previous best, 22 points, against Indiana in 2015. [FULL RECAP]
 
IOWA 27, MINNESOTA 22: The 19th-ranked University of Iowa football team downed Minnesota, 27-22, on Saturday afternoon inside a sold-out Kinnick Stadium to retain the traveling trophy Floyd of Rosedale for a seventh straight year. The victory moves Iowa to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play. Minnesota scored a touchdown with 5 1/2 minutes left to close to within 24-22, but the Hawkeye defense got the stop on the two-point conversion attempt when junior Dane Belton batted down Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan’s attempt at the line of scrimmage. [FULL RECAP]
 
OHIO STATE 59, PURDUE 31: Garrett Wilson returned from missing last week with an injury and led an explosive Ohio State offense with four touchdowns in a 59-31 win over Purdue Saturday in front of 101,009 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have now won eight consecutive games to move to 9-1 on the season and 7-0 in Big Ten play. Wilson, who caught three TD passes and ran for another 51-yard score, finished the game with 10 receptions for 126 yards. He led a receiving corps that included Jaxon Smith-Njigba (9-139-TD) and Chris Olave (9-85-TD). Quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 31-of-38 attempts for 361 yards for five touchdowns. [FULL RECAP]
 
MICHIGAN STATE 40, MARYLAND 21: Payton Thorne threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns and Kenneth Walker III ran for 143 yards and two TDs as No. 7 Michigan State topped Maryland, 40-21, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Walker collected a total of 172 all-purpose yards as he also had two catches for 29 yards. It marked Walker’s seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season and it was his sixth game of 150-plus all-purpose yards. Thorne completed 22-of-31 passes and tied his career high with four TDs as the Spartans (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) had 481 yards of total offense. [FULL RECAP].

NFL CAPSULES WEEK 10

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 16-11

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Falcons 39 at Cowboys 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20

QB MATT RYAN passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating & had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. Has 73 games with 300+ pass yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS for 4thmost all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of 4 road starts this season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 catches & season-high 136 scrimmage yards (126 rec., 10 rush) last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 6 games with 5+ catches in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. Has career-high 737 scrimmage yards this season & leads all RBs with 459 rec. yards in 2021. • WR RUSSELL GAGE led team with season-high 7 catches & had 64 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 46 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 4+ receptions. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 62 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies & 3rd among TEs with 546 rec. yards. • LB DEION JONES led team with 10 tackles & had 2 PD last week. Is 1 of 4 players with 6+ games (6) with 10+ tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Had 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 6 tackles & career-high 3 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ tackles.

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 2 TDs last week & aims for his 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts. Passed for 450 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating & had career-high 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Amis for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 13 receptions, 323 scrimmage yards (161.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 447 scrimmage yards (111.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 8 players all-time with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 6 catches for 106 yards in last meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR MALIK TURNER had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had 10 tackles, 3 TFL & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 rookies (KENDRELL BELL & NICK BOSA) with 5+ sacks (5) & 10+ TFL (10) in 1st 8 games since 2000. CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 7 INTs. Has 13 PD & 5 INTs in 11 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with PD.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-15

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jaguars 14 at Colts 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & 0 INTs last week. Has 774 pass yards (258 per game) in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 270+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies in completions (176), pass yards (1,851) & TD passes (8). • RB JAMES ROBINSON has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Had 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (9/13/20). Has 663 scrimmage yards (94.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. division. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for season-high 67 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 67 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (11/21/19 w/ Hou.). • WR MARVIN JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Ind. (11/1/20 w/ Det.) & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 68 yards & career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rec. TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ rec. yards. TE DAN ARNOLD aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN led team with season-high 8 tackles & had sack & 1st-career INT & FR last week, 1st player in 2021 with sack, INT & FR in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT TAVEN BRYAN had career-high 2 sacks in Week 9. S RUDY FORD had 1st-career INT last week.

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 134.3 rating last week, his 6th game with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs this season, tiedmost in NFL (AARON RODGERS). Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 286 yards & 3 TDs for 119.6 rating in only career start vs. Jax. (10/28/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 6th start in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 200 scrimmage yards (172 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career 200-yard game. Can become 4th player in SB era with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 7 straight games. Rushed for career-high 253 yards & had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,114 scrimmage yards & ranks 2nd with 821 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 108 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR T.Y. HILTON had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. Jax. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 5 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles & 4th FF of season last week, tied-most in NFL. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 11 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. DT TAYLOR STALLWORTH had 1st 2 sacks of season last week.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: All-time series tied, 12-12

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/27/19: Browns 13 at Patriots 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/19

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 14 of 21 passes (66.7 pct.) for 218 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 132.6 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 109.3 rating since Week 5, 3rd-highest in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 0 INTs. • RB NICK CHUBB had 163 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, his 8th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Rushed for 131 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 721 rush yards in 2021. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 5 catches for 65 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. NE with 5+ catches. Has 65+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TD catch. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE DAVID NJOKU had rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 6th in row with sack. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 12 sacks. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with season-high 14 tackles & had sack last week. CB DENZEL WARD had season high 3 PD & 99-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd-career TD. Had 2 PD in last meeting. S JOHN JOHNSON had INT & FF in Week 9.

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 12 of 18 passes (66.7 pct.) for 139 yards & TD vs. INT last week & became 3rd rookie QB ever to win 1st 4 road starts. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 7 of 9 starts. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.1 rating in his past 3 home starts. Leads all rookies with 204 completions, 68 comp. pct., 2,135 pass yards, 10 TD passes & 89.8 rating this season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 5 straight games, 2ndlongest active streak in NFL. Has 80+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 106 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had season-high 81 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 9. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS is 1 of 4 AFC WRs with 4+ catches in 8 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Had 7 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Cle. (12/3/17 w/ LAC). • CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs, incl. 88-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (XAVIER MCKINNEY) with 2 INTs in 2 games this season. LB MATT JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 1st INT of season last week.

BUFFALO BILLS (5-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 64-56

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/25/20: Bills 18 at Jets 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 264 yards & rushed for 50 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of past 6. Had 619 pass yards (309.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.5 rating in 2 starts vs. NYJ last season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB ZACK MOSS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in last meeting. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 59 scrimmage yards (season-high 43 rec., 16 rush) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 6+ catches in each of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches. Had 11 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 50+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 65 rec. yards in Week 9 & has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 8 games this season. Had 9 catches for 72 yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/7/18 w/ Den.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 6 tackles, PD & 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER has INT in 2 of past 3 & PD in 5 of past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NYJ.

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) has 507 pass yards (253.5 per game) in 2 home starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with 0 INTs. QB MIKE WHITE has 78.6 comp. pct. & 112.8 rating in 2 starts this season. QB JOSH JOHNSON set career highs in completions (27), pass yards (317) & TD passes (3) last week. QB JOE FLACCO has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Buf. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had 86 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 37 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Has 294 scrimmage yards (98 per game) in 3 home games this season. Ranks 4th among rookies with 591 scrimmage yards (328 rush, 263 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (9/13/20). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had season-high 7 catches for 84 yards & 1st 2 career rec. TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • LB C.J. MOSLEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Had INT-TD & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (9/8/19). S ASHTYN DAVIS had 10 tackles & 1st 2 career FFs last week.Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 4th sack of season in Week 9. Had FR in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home.

DETROIT LIONS (0-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Steelers 20 at Lions 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Steelers 37, Lions 27

QB JARED GOFF passed for 222 yards & had 90.6 rating in Week 8. Has 5 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 84.7 rating in 4 road starts in 2021. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 8+ games (8) with 60+ comp. pct. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches & 51 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 8. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Leads all RBs in receptions (47) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (415). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rush yards. Had 135 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 64 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career game vs. Pit. (11/26/17 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team with 10 receptions & 89 rec. yards in Week 8. Has 4 games with 8+ catches this season, most by TE. Is only NFC TE with 40+ catches (48) & 400+ rec. yards (448) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. • LB DERRICK BARNES (rookie) had 7 tackles in Week 8 & has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. LB CHARLES HARRIS has sack in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. LB JULIAN OKWARA has sack in 2 of his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games in 2021. S TRACY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 8. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT.

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 21 of 30 passes (70 pct.) for 205 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.1 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 315+ pass yards. Has 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating in his past 3 at home. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 78 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row with TD, longest active TD streak among rookies. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has TD in 4 of 5 home games this season. Leads rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (830), rush yards (541) & TDs (6) this season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards, 3rdlongest active streak in NFL. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for 43 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 4 rec. TDs this season. • LB T.J. WATT had 7 tackles, PD & tied career high with 3 sacks last week, his 14th-career game with 2+ sacks, most in NFL since 2017. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & 1.5+ sacks & 6th in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Has sack in 7 of his past 8 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2nd-career INT in Week 9. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-3) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 8-6-1

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/22/19: Saints 38 at Titans 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Completed 35 of 51 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.1 rating in his only career start vs. Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 104 scrimmage yards (team-high 54 rec., 50 rush) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has 358 receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Leads NFL with 66 TDs since 2017. Had 110 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. RB MARK INGRAM ranks 2nd among active players in rush yards (7,688) & 3rd in rush TDs (63). • WR MARQUES CALLAWAY had 4th rec. TD of season in Week 9. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had season-high 53 rec. yards last week. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-high 6 receptions & 52 rec. yards in Week 9. WR KENNY STILLS had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 3rd sack of season in Week 9 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 96.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 5th in row on road with 8+ tackles & TFL. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 8 PD in 3 road games this season & aims for his 10th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS aims for his 5th in row on road with 6+ tackles.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 143 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Has 250+ pass yards 95+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 272 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.6 rating in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for TD in season debut last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. NO (10/4/18 w/ Det.). Ranks 5th in NFL history with 14,841 rush yards & 4th with 119 rush TDs. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Is 4th player in franchise history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR JULIO JONES has 75+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NO. Has 1,615 rec. yards (89.7 per game) in 18 career games vs. NO. TE GEOFF SWAIM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD had 24-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & has INT in 4 of past 5. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 INTs. Has 23 INTs since 2017, most among safeties. S AMANI HOOKER led team with career-high 12 tackles last week. LB DAVID LONG had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with PD. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had season-high 6 tackles & career-high 3 sacks last week. DT DENICO AUTRY had 2 PD & 1.5 sacks in Week 9. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had TFL in his last game vs. NO (12/16/19 w/ Ind.).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-2) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 11-10

STREAKS: Washington has won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Washington 16 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/15: Washington 31, Buccaneers 30

QB TOM BRADY passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in Week 8. Has 38 games with 4+ TD passes & 98 games with 3+ TD passes, both most in NFL history. Has 25+ TD passes in 16 seasons, tied-most all-time. Passed for 381 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in 2020 NFC-WC meeting (1/9/21). Aims for his 6th start in row vs. Was. in reg. season with 285+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. Has 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 132 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 & 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • WR MIKE EVANS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 8 & is only player with 8+ rec. TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Incl. playoffs, has 21 catches for 492 yards (164 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games at Was. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 8 catches for 140 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 79 rec. yards & TD catch in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Had 103 rec. yards in last reg. season meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & sack in 2020 NFC-WC at Was. (1/9/21). Aims for his 5th in row in reg. season vs. Was. with 7+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 1+ sack in 4 of his past 5. Has 8 TFL in his past 7 on road. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 12.5 sacks, 17 TFL & 4 FFs in 13 reg. season games vs. Was.

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 306 yards & TD vs. INT & had 46 rush yards & rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 3rd in row with 265+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his 8 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had rush TD in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 8 receptions & 93 scrimmage yards (83 rec. 10 rush) in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 RBs with 2+ games (2) with 8+ catches in 2021. Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (113) & rec. yards (921). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 6 catches for 75 yards in 2020 NFCWC vs. TB (1/9/21). Aims for his 9th in row at home with 4+ catches. WR CAM SIMS had 7 catches for 104 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). WR DEANDRE CARTER had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 8. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches for 74 yards in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Has rec. TD in 2 of his 4 games this season. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. DT DARON PAYNE had 2 sacks & FF in 2020 NFC-WC vs. TB (1/9/21). Had 2nd sack of season in Week 8. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in Week 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 6th in row at home with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 2 PD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. S LANDON COLLINS had 8th-career sack in Week 8. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-1)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Cardinals 21 at Panthers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/19: Panthers 38, Cardinals 20

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards in 2 of 4 road starts this season. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. NFC West. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 106 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 52 rush) in Week 9. Has 20 career games with 50+ rush & 50+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Since 2019, has 1,440 scrimmage yards (130.9 per game) & 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 road games. Has 340 receptions & needs 3 to surpass HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (342) for 3rd-most by RB in 1st 5 seasons. • WR DJ MOORE aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. Had 52-yard rec. TD in last road meeting. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 90+ rec. yards. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Is 1 of 2 (MYLES GARRETT) with 8+ sacks (8.5) & 12+ TFL (12) in 2021. Set career-highs with 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL with Az. in 2020. DE BRIAN BURNS had 22ndcareer sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had sack in last road meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 27th-career INT last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. Az. S JEREMY CHINN led team with season-high 11 tackles & had 3rd-career FF in Week 9. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

QB KYLER MURRAY has 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (TOM BRADY & MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 6 games with 100+ rating in 2021. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. • RB JAMES CONNER had 173 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 77 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with both rush & rec. TD. Is 1 of 2 (COOPER KUPP) with 4 games with 2+ TDs in 2021. Leads NFC in rush TDs (10) & NFL in scrimmage TDs (11). Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Rushed for 65 yards & TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/8/18 w/ Pit.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 5+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 6 catches & 91 rec. yards in Week 9. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had career-high 3 sacks last week & leads NFC with 9 sacks in 2021. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 4. LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks, 2 FF & FR in last home meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 8 tackles & had career-high 2 FRs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 11+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 4th-career FF last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 2nd INT of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

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

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Vikings 39 at Chargers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/19

QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 104.3 rating in Week 9, his 5th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,851 pass yards (308.5 per game) & 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 114 rating in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 122 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 12 rec.) last week, his 18th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Since 2020, has 1,356 scrimmage yards (123.3 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 11 road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 50-yard rec. TD last week & became 2nd-fastest player (ODELL BECKHAM JR. – 21 games) to reach 2,000 rec. yards (24 games) in SB era. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with 65+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 WRs with 35+ rec. TDs (36). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 17 tackles in Week 9. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of his 4 road games this season. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons. LB ANTHONY BARR had 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 1st sacks (1.5) of season last week. Rookie S CAMRYN BYNUM had 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. CB CAMERON DANTZLER had season-high 10 tackles last week.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 32 of 38 passes (career-high 84.2 pct.) for 356 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating & rushed for TD last week, 2nd-highest comp. pct. ever by QB under 24 years old (min. 30 attempts). Has 12 games with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 82 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Had 81 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 19 rush) in last meeting. Has 503 scrimmage yards (125.8 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 home games this season. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rush TDs (5) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with season-high 12 catches for 104 yards last week, his 9th-career game with 12+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, most all-time. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 232 yards (116 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. Min. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 58 rec. yards in Week 9. Had 4 catches for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. TEs STEPHEN ANDERSON & DONALD PARHAM each had TD catch last week. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 9 & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Has 7 TFL in 4 career games vs. NFC North. S DERWIN JAMES is 1 of 2 AFC DBs with 5+ tackles in 8 games this season. Has FF in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. Had 8 tackles in last meeting.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-6) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-4)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

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

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Broncos 23 at Eagles 51

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Broncos 52, Eagles 20

QB JALEN HURTS had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 115.3 rating & 62 rush yards in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 QBs (LAMAR JACKSON & KYLER MURRAY) with TD pass & 60+ rush yards in 6+ games (6) since 2020. Has 30+ rush yards in each of 1st 13 career starts. Has 85+ rating in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 71 rush yards & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. RB BOSTON SCOTT has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 3rd rush TD of season last week. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 5 catches & 116 rec. yards & had his 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 9. Ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (537) & 4th in receptions (38). Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 2+ games (2) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. TE DALLAS GOEDERT aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 4 NFC TEs with 400+ rec. yards (401) in 2021. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks & 4 TFL in 5 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in last meeting. LB T.J. EDWARDS led team with 12 tackles in Week 9, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD in his last game vs. Den (12/22/19 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ tackles. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating & rushed for 1st TD of season last week, his 5th game this season with 0 INTs & 100+ rating, tied-2nd most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Is 7-0 as starter vs. NFC East with 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.9 rating. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 609 scrimmage yards (101.5 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 vs. NFC East. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 111 rush yards in Week 9, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Ranks 3rd among all rookies with 601 scrimmage yards (466 rush, 135 rec.). • WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for team-high 85 rec. yards & 4th TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. WR JERRY JEUDY had 6 catches for 69 yards in Week 9. Has 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 2 PD & TFL last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (QUANDRE DIGGS & J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 9. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 2nd INT of season last week. Tied for lead among rookies with 2 INTs. Rookie LB JONATHON COOPER had 4 tackles & 1st 2 career sacks last week.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-5) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 11-8

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/15/18: Packers 24 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Packers 17, Seahawks 9

QB RUSSELL WILSON is expected to make his 150th career start. Has 277 pass TDs & can become 4th QB with 280+ TD passes in 1st 150 starts. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 130.3 rating in 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 110+ rating. Passed for 225 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had rush TD in last meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. RB ALEX COLLINS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 43 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 8 & joined ODELL BECKHAM JR. & HOFer RANDY MOSS as only WRs since 1990 with 25+ rec. TDs (25) in 1st 40 career games since 1990. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 8 rec. TDs & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 12 catches & 142 rec. yards in Week 8, his 6th-career game with 10+ receptions. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 14 tackles in Week 8. Has 3 games with 14+ tackles in 2021, most in NFL. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles & 7th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS had 10 tackles in Week 8, his 10thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. GB (12/23/18 w/ NYJ). S QUANDRE DIGGS is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Had INT in his last game at GB (12/30/18 w/ Det.).

QB AARON RODGERS has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 124.4 rating in 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 8th in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Passed for 332 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in last meeting. Has 7 TDs vs. INT for 111 rating in 4 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 111 games with 100+ rating & can tie HOFer PEYTON MANNING (112) for 3rdmost in NFL history. QB JORDAN LOVE passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT in his 1st career start last week. • RB AARON JONES has 90+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 29 career home games. Had 103 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 40 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 active players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 40+ rush TDs (40) & 10+ rec. TDs (10) since 2017. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 11 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 6+ receptions. Had 10 receptions for 166 yards in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in rec. TDs (61), ranks 3rd in receptions (516) & 5th in rec. yards (6,425). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 9th-career rec. TD last week & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL is only player with 80+ tackles (82) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 PD in his past 4. S ADRIAN AMOS aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ tackles.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3)

SUNDAY, NOV. 14, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 66-53-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Chiefs 35 at Raiders 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 166 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Completed 34 of 45 passes (75.6 pct.) for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 340+ pass yards. Has 1,882 pass yards (313.7 per game) & 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 105.6 rating in 6 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 95.4 rating in his past 4 vs. division. Has 90+ rating in 8 of 9 career starts on SNF. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for career-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 road games this season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 5 catches for 68 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 432 rec. yards (108 per game) in his past 4 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with TD catch. WR TYREEK HILL has 5+ catches in 6 of past 7. Had 11 catches for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 50+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 with 750+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 6 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Has 4 INTs in his past 3 on SNF. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 71 tackles & ranks 2nd with 9 TFL.

QB DEREK CARR completed 30 of 46 passes (65.2 comp. pct.) for 296 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 30+ completions & 295+ pass yards. Has 315+ pass yards & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 70+ comp. pct., 275+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOSH JACOBS had season-high 95 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with rush TD. Has rush TD in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season-high 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 7 catches for 92 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 7 catches for 49 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in 3 of past 4. DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with TFL. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 vs. division. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 10 tackles & PD last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 91 tackles this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 72-67-3

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 4

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: 49ers 23 at Rams 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: 49ers 24, Rams 16

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is only QB with 250+ pass yards in 9 games in 2021. Passed for 347 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.7 rating in his last start at SF (9/16/18 w/ Det.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Leads NFL in pass yards (2,771) & ranks 2nd in TD passes (23). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON is 1 of 2 NFC RBS (CORDARRELLE PATTERSON) with 8 games with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2021. Rushed for 88 yards in last road meeting. Has 381 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 road games this season & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL in receptions (74), rec. yards (1,019) & rec. TDs (10) & became 2nd player in SB era (JERRY RICE – 1990) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in his team’s 1st 9 games of season. Has 5+ receptions in 13 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. WR ROBERT WOODS had 2nd game in 2021 with 100+ scrimmage yards (104) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. • DL AARON DONALD has 12.5 sacks & 15 TFL in 13 career games vs. SF. Has 6 sacks in 2021 & can become 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of 1st 8 seasons. LB LEONARD FLOYD has team-high 7.5 sacks & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB VON MILLER can make LAR debut. Leads active players with 110.5 career sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 3rd INT of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with PD.

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 100.6 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.3 rating in last home meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC West. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had career-high 5 receptions & 79 scrimmage yards (career-high 43 rec., 36 rush) in Week 9. Is 1 of 3 rookie RBs (MICHAEL CARTER & NAJEE HARRIS) with 4+ games (4) with 75+ scrimmage yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for season-high 101 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & DARREN WALLER) with 10+ games (11) with 100+ rec. yards since 2017. Has 38 catches for 638 yards (106.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 882 rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home in 2021 with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 133 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. LAR with TD. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 89 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last home meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had 4th-career FF last week. Ties for NFL-lead with 12 TFL in 2021. LB FRED WARNER led team with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 6+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had career-high 10 tackles & 2nd sack of season in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.

Titans place 7-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones on IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have placed seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones on injured reserve after he hurt a hamstring in practice.

The Titans (7-2) placed Jones on injured reserve Saturday along with safety Dane Cruikshank. They signed rookie receiver Dez Fitzpatrick off the practice squad and activated starting cornerback Kristian Fulton from injured reserve.

Jones seemingly had healed from the hamstring issue that kept him out of three games this season. He was added back to the injury report Thursday after being seen pulling up after running a route in individual drills.

The 32-year-old receiver did not practice Friday. He has 21 catches for 336 yards, still looking for his first touchdown catch this season. By being placed on injured reserve, Jones will miss Sunday’s game with New Orleans (5-3), a visit from Houston on Nov. 21, and a visit to New England on Nov. 28.

Tennessee has its bye on Dec. 2, giving Jones at least a month to heal.

Fitzpatrick was the Titans’ fourth-round pick out of Louisville last spring. The Titans also elevated linebacker Dylan Cole and defensive lineman Kyle Peko from the practice squad.

Hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff dies at 87

(AP) — Sam Huff, the hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker who helped the New York Giants reach six NFL title games from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and later became a popular player and announcer in Washington, died Saturday. He was 87.

Huff family lawyer Deborah Matthews told The Associated Press that Huff died of natural causes in Winchester, Virginia.

Huff always will be remembered as the furious middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme developed for him by fellow Hall of Famer Tom Landry, his defensive coordinator with New York and later the architect of the Dallas Cowboys’ rise to power.

Raised in West Virginia coal mining country, Huff became a two-time All-Pro in a career that spanned 1956-69, regularly crashing into the likes of Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and other bruising running backs.

“Sam was one of the greatest Giants of all time. He was the heart and soul of our defense in his era. He almost single-handedly influenced the first chants of `Defense, defense’ in Yankee Stadium,” team president John Mara said in a statement.

Huff’s major regret was winning only one of his title games, the championship in his rookie season when the Giants crushed the Chicago Bears 47-7 at Yankee Stadium.

Huff was selected as the NFL’s top linebacker in 1959. He went to five Pro Bowls, four with the Giants and one with Washington.

“Anyone who knew Sam knew what an amazing person he was,” Washington owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said. “He was an iconic player and broadcaster for the franchise for over 40 years and was a great friend to our family. He represented the franchise with honor and respect on the field in the booth and was beloved by our fans.”

The baby-faced Huff became the first NFL player featured on the cover of Time magazine, appearing on Nov. 30, 1959.

“The Twentieth Century,” a documentary television program hosted by Walter Cronkite on CBS that began in the late 1950s, once broadcast a piece on him entitled “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” Huff wore a microphone during practice and an exhibition game for the piece.

Drafted out of West Virginia in the third round in 1956, Huff played for New York from 1956-63. He was traded to Washington before the 1964 season and played there for the next four seasons. He retired after the ’67 season, sat out the following year and returned for a final season in 1969 as a player-coach under Vince Lombardi.

When Huff was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, he said football players can’t be discouraged and will not quit, even if beaten in a game. He believed in fair and hard play.

“He may not be an all-American, but he is an example of the American way,” Huff said in his induction speech. “He is judged not for his race, nor for his social standing, or not for his finances, but by the democratic yardstick of how well he blocks, tackles and sacrifices individual glory for the overall success of his team.”

After his playing days ended, Huff found another career behind the microphone.

Huff spent three seasons working as a color commentator for the Giants on radio before moving over to a similar job with Washington, where he spent 38 years calling games, starting in 1975.

From 1981-2012, his longtime broadcasting partner was a former Washington teammate, quarterback Sonny Jurgensen. They called all three of Washington’s Super Bowl titles.

Huff was an every-down linebacker. He had the determination and strength to take on power running backs of that time and had the speed to cover backs on pass routes. He had 30 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries and five touchdowns.

Coming out of college, Huff didn’t have an easy transition to the NFL. The Giants used him initially as an offensive lineman tackle – hence the No. 70 that he always wore.

Huff didn’t feel comfortable there and shorty after training camp opened in 1956, he got fed up and left. Lombardi, then a Giants assistant coach, caught him on the way to the airport and convinced him to come back, suggesting it would be better than the coal mines of West Virginia.

Landry eventually developed a 4-3 defense, which was a better fit for the mobile Huff and he was switched to middle linebacker behind Ray Beck. Landry used to have the rookie come to his apartment in New York and they would spent nights discussing defenses.

Huff learned and developed an ability to read plays and disrupt them. When Beck was hurt on Oct. 7, 1956, Huff took over and the rest became part of his Hall of Fame story.

Robert Lee “Sam” Huff was born in a mining camp in Edna, West Virginia on Oct. 4, 1934. His father and two of his brothers worked in the coal mines and he lived in a small rowhouse with no running water.

Huff was a two-way lineman in high school and went to West Virginia, where he played guard as a sophomore and tackle in his final two years.

After retiring as a player, Huff coached for a year with Washington in 1970. He soon took a job in marketing with Marriott and worked until 1998.

Rams receivers in flux: Woods tears ACL, Beckham practices

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) A few hours after the Los Angeles Rams added a playmaking receiver, they lost a cornerstone of their NFL-best passing offense.

And they’ve only got two days to figure out how to overcome this upheaval before the next game in their Super Bowl chase.

Receiver Robert Woods is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee during practice, coach Sean McVay confirmed Saturday.

“You’re sick for Robert,” McVay said. “He’s epitomized everything that’s been right about this place. Such a great competitor. Such a tough competitor. It’s so unfortunate.”

McVay said Woods’ noncontact injury occurred when he “put his foot in the ground kind of weird” Friday. Woods felt well enough to finish practice, but a scan revealed a torn ACL – the first significant injury of Woods’ nine-year NFL career.

Earlier Friday, Odell Beckham Jr. reported to the Rams’ training complex and signed his contract after Los Angeles landed him as a free agent. Beckham practiced Saturday on his first full day with the Rams (7-2), and he could play Monday night at San Francisco.

Beckham only spoke obliquely about his midseason decision to leave the Cleveland Browns, not addressing the source of his discontent with that organization. With the Rams all in a somber mood after Woods’ injury, Beckham focused instead on his task in Los Angeles, where he’ll likely have an even bigger role than he might have anticipated.

“It’s been a whirlwind of emotions,” Beckham said. “Sometimes things don’t work out in life, and when you take those leaps of faith, it’s always scary in the moment. … I took a lot of time in the decision-making, and it wasn’t just to build anticipation or nothing. This is my life. I feel like I’ve been through a lot, and I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready to play football. I’ve dedicated and sacrificed a lot to be here, and it just happened that this felt right in my heart and my soul.”

Beckham, who tore his ACL last season, and Woods were just getting to know each other when the new receiver arrived. Woods’ injury cast a pall over Beckham’s excitement.

“Everything felt right about coming here, except that moment,” Beckham said. “This is a guy who called me on FaceTime. We shared words, and just how excited we were to work together and for me to be able to learn from him. I have no words for it. It was disheartening when I got the call. I know he was the heart and soul of this team. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help. Those are big shoes to fill. My heart goes out to him.”

Los Angeles leads the league in yards passing with new quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Woods is a vital component of that success alongside NFL receiving leader Cooper Kupp and fellow starter Van Jefferson. Contributing as a receiver, a blocker and an occasional jet-sweep runner, Woods is second on the roster with 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing eight times for 46 yards and another TD.

A team captain, Woods also has been a model of durability in his NFL career, never missing more than three games in a season due to injury.

McVay joined the Rams in the same offseason as Woods, Kupp and left tackle Andrew Whitworth. All three players have been foundational contributors to the offensive-minded coach’s success.

“Rob Woods is one of the best dudes I’ve met,” said Kupp, who tore the ACL in his left knee one day shy of exactly three years earlier, an injury that kept him out of the Super Bowl that season.

“He plays hard for the people he loves,” Kupp added. “That’s the way he lives his life. On game days, for three hours he’s Bobby Trees. He’s a whole `nother animal. … He’s going to have a great template from me and other people who have been through it, and he’s going to attack it to get back.”

The Rams pursued and signed Beckham earlier this week because they were already thin at receiver behind their three starters. DeSean Jackson demanded to leave Los Angeles last month with disappointment in his lack of playing time, whilel rookies Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris are out for the season with knee injuries.

With Woods also unavailable to an offense that has run three-receiver sets almost exclusively, the Rams’ depth chart at receiver now consists of Kupp, Jefferson and Beckham – followed by rookie Ben Skowronek, who has taken nearly all of his 37 offensive snaps in garbage time this season, or J.J. Koski, who was promoted from the practice squad last week.

That means the Rams will face the 49ers with a third receiver on the field who has little or no game experience with Stafford and this offense.

If the prospect worries McVay, he isn’t saying so.

“You always have to be able to pivot,” McVay said. “You’ve got to have agility and flexibility based on uncertain scenarios. This is certainly one that you didn’t expect, and it happens a little bit later in the week of preparation. Makes it a challenge, but whatever I say is going to be an excuse.”

Woods played four seasons in Buffalo before the Southern California product returned to his hometown with the Rams in 2017. Early last season, Woods agreed to a four-year, $65 million contract extension that begins in 2022.

In 4 1/2 seasons with the Rams, Woods has 367 catches for 4,626 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 485 yards and five scores.

Roethlisberger out for Steelers after going on COVID list

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the COVID-19 list and will miss the Steelers’ game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

The Steelers announced Saturday night that Roethlisberger was ruled out for the game. Roethlisberger is the second prominent quarterback in two weeks to miss a game because of COVID-19, following Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers last week.

Mason Rudolph will likely start for the Steelers, who have won four straight games.

The 39-year-old Roethlisberger has completed 64.5% of his passes this season with 10 touchdowns, four interceptions for a 90 passer rating.

Packers’ Rodgers activated, will play Sunday vs. Seahawks

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, clearing the way for the reigning MVP to make his return Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 last week, preventing him from joining his teammates for a 13-7 loss at Kansas City that snapped the Packers’ seven-game winning streak.

The Packers activated Rodgers and cornerback Isaac Yiadom on Saturday. They also released linebacker La’Darius Hamilton.

Even though Rodgers didn’t practice all week, coach Matt LaFleur has said the 37-year-old quarterback would start if available to play. Rodgers participated virtually in team meetings this week while backup Jordan Love got the first-team reps in practice.

“He’s been in every meeting,” LaFleur said Wednesday. “He’s been engaged. So, it’s just he’s not with his guys out on the field. That’s the dynamic that you never know. But we’re fortunate to have a guy that has got a ton of reps under his belt, has played a ton of ball, so we’re pretty confident that provided he checks out well he can go out there and play at a high level.”

Love, a 2020 first-round pick from Utah State, made his first career start in place of Rodgers at Kansas City. He went 19 of 34 for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Rodgers has completed 67.1% of his passes for 1,894 yards and 17 touchdowns with three interceptions this season. He threw for 17 touchdowns with one interception during the seven-game win streak.

The NFL fined Rodgers and Packers receiver Allen Lazard $14,650 this week for violating league and players’ union COVID-19 protocols. The Packers were fined $300,000 as a team.

Sunday’s game will feature two star quarterbacks returning to action. Seattle’s Russell Wilson also expects to start Sunday after missing three games with an injury to his right middle finger that required surgery.

Although Rodgers will be playing, the Packers may have to wait a little longer for the return of their 2020 All-Pro left tackle. David Bakhtiari was activated from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday but is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Bakhtiari hasn’t played since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31.

Packers cornerback Eric Stokes, who missed the Chiefs game with a knee injury, is listed as questionable.

Timme scores 37 as No. 1 Gonzaga beats No. 5 Texas 86-74

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Drew Timme scored a career-high 37 points and made it look easy as he sank 15 of 19 shots to lead top-ranked Gonzaga over No. 5 Texas 86-74 on Saturday.

“That’s a great team win, man,” said Timme, a leading candidate for player of the year. “That’s a tough team.”

Timme played nearly 38 minutes and added seven rebounds and three assists while carrying the bulk of the offensive load.

“I always have fun when I play,” the junior forward said. “It’s a joy to play this game.” He added that “being able to be in a pressure situation is a privilege. We are grateful to play high-level games.”

Coach Mark Few said Timme was “arguably the best player in college basketball.”

“He played like it tonight,” said Few, who returned to the sidelines Saturday after serving a three-game suspension for a DUI. He sat out two exhibition games and the season-opening win over Dixie State.

“He’s an off-the-charts competitor” and brings a competitive swagger, Few said of Timme.

Rasir Bolton added 16 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which won a school-record 53rd consecutive home game. The Bulldogs’ last home loss was in 2018.

Timmy Allen scored 18 points for Texas (1-1), which was trying to beat a top-ranked team for the first time in program history. Instead, the Longhorns fell to 0-12 against No. 1 teams.

“I wish we’d played better,” Texas coach Chris Beard said. “It wasn’t for lack of effort.”

Texas fell behind early and was down 20 at halftime. The Longhorns outscored the Zags 47-39 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

Beard noted that he had recruited Timme, a Texas native, while he was at Texas Tech.

“He’s a load,” Beard said. “A true 6-10, strong. He plays his angles really well.”

Timme exceeded his previous high of 30 points. Anton Watson had 10 points for Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs started fast, as Timme had 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting less than five minutes into the game. Gonzaga shot 59% in the first half, while the Longhorns shot just 36% and made nine fewer field goals.

Texas chipped away at the deficit as Gonzaga’s shooting cooled off in the second half. Allen had a pair of baskets during an 8-2 run that cut Gonzaga’s lead to 60-49 with 10 minutes left.

A 3-pointer by Bolton and five straight points by Timme pushed Gonzaga’s lead to 72-53 with 6:47 left. But Texas put together a 13-5 run, including consecutive 3-pointers by Allen and Marcus Carr, to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 77-66.

Gonzaga scored the next seven points for an 84-66 lead with 2:36 left and the Longhorns could not come back.

The Longhorns are the highest-ranked opponent to visit the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004. Gonzaga has a 237-15 all-time record in the building.

Beard said more top teams should schedule early-season games against each other. Gonzaga will play at Texas next year.

“The best teams in the country should play real road games,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing more.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS AND RELEASES

Game Rewind: Pacers 118, 76ers 113

Game Recap

Making a brief pit stop at home between a pair of long road trips, the Pacers handled their business on Saturday night. Despite coming off a four-game West Coast trip, Indiana (6-8) showed no signs of fatigue, building a 20-point first-half lead and holding the Philadelphia 76ers (6-8) at bay in the second half en route to a 118-113 victory.

The Sixers had climbed within five points with 2:57 remaining, but T.J. McConnell took over down the stretch.

After a timeout, Malcolm Brogdon was fouled and hit one of two free throws. Andre Drummond was whistled for an offensive foul on the other end, and then McConnell converted a runner to push the lead back to eight.

Tobias Harris scored on the next possession, but once again McConnell drove left and hit a shot from the baseline. After a Harris miss, McConnell then took it straight to the rack for his third straight bucket, pushing the lead to 10 with 1:16 remaining and effectively sealing the victory.

“Coach (Rick Carlisle) called some good plays and tried to take advantage of their mishaps on defense,” McConnell said of his big buckets down the stretch. “Domas (Sabonis) did a good job of sealing Drummond and I just found a lane. Just credit to my teammates and the coaching staff.”

Six Pacers scored in double figures for the Blue & Gold in the victory. Justin Holiday tallied a team-high 27 points off the bench, going 9-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Myles Turner added 20 points and six blocks, while Domantas Sabonis tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

Brogdon, meanwhile, collected his first triple-double as a Pacer with 13 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists.

Collectively, that was enough for the Blue & Gold to handle a Philadelphia team that was without All-NBA center Joel Embiid due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols and has yet to have fellow All-Star Ben Simmons take the court this season.

Philly got off to a fast start on Saturday night. The Sixers hit six of their first seven shots — including two threes and a layup by Harris — to jump out to an early 14-8 lead.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle took a timeout at that point and Indiana quickly righted the ship. Indiana reeled off an impressive 16-4 run out of the break, getting stops on one end and getting out in transition and sharing the ball on the other. Sabonis scored seven points and Turner had two big blocks during the Blue & Gold’s surge.

After a Sixers timeout, Harris scored another five straight points to pull the visitors within one, but the Pacers closed the opening quarter with another 8-2 surge to take a 32-25 lead into the quarter break.

The Pacers opened the ensuing frame with another outburst. Holiday hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the quarter, then added another on Indiana’s next possession when Torrey Craig drove baseline and kicked across the court to Holiday, who quickly fired off the shot in front of the Pacers’ bench just before the shot clock expired. On the other end, McConnell stole Shake Milton’s pass and dished to Kelan Martin for a fastbreak layup.

That prompted a quick timeout from Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers, but Holiday added another trey out of the break. Furkan Korkmaz’s layup then ended the Pacers’ 11-0 run, but Holiday wasn’t done. The veteran sharpshooter ran off a screen at the other end and swished yet another shot from the top of the key — his fifth three of the night and fourth in the first 2:40 of the quarter.

The Pacers continued their strong play for much of the remainder of the half. The hosts tallied assists on 20 of their first 22 baskets and stretched the lead to 20 at 61-41 when Caris LeVert dished to Turner for a three-point play at the 4:03 mark.

“There were some beautiful possessions in the first half,” Carlisle said. “We’d create a problem, the ball hopped, got it in the basket.”

Philly mounted a strong charge before halftime, however, outscoring Indiana 19-9 from that point to trim the deficit in half entering the intermission.

The Pacers’ offense sputtered somewhat out of the break, as Indiana managed just eight points over the first six minutes of the third quarter. The Blue & Gold finally came to life midway through the frame, as Holiday and Brogdon drained threes on back-to-back possessions, both of them assisted by McConnell.

Baskets by McConnell and Martin then capped a 10-2 Pacers run and pushed the lead back to 88-73. The Blue & Gold maintained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the frame, taking a 94-82 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Sixers opened the final frame with a 7-2 run to get within seven. But Indiana answered, as Martin hit a jumper, Sabonis threw down off an offensive rebound, and then Martin made another shot in 1:11 span to push the lead back to 13.

Philly got back within single digits a couple minutes later, but Martin’s three at the 6:41 mark bumped the margin back to 12. The visitors mounted one last charge, however, cutting the deficit to 107-102 on Tyrese Maxey’s layup with 2:57 remaining.

But McConnell closed out the game, as the Pacers held on for their fifth win in their last seven games.

Martin scored 13 points off the bench for Indiana. LeVert, back after missing the previous two games with a sore lower back, added 12 points in 25 minutes. And McConnell was once again a major catalyst, with eight points and nine assists.

Harris led all scorers with 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Maxey added 24 points for Philadelphia in the loss.

The Pacers hit the road on Monday for a three-game trip that includes stops in New York, Detroit, and Charlotte. They will then return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday to host New Orleans on the second night of a back-to-back.

Inside the Numbers

Brogdon’s triple-double was the second of his career. His first came during his rookie season with Milwaukee in a win at Chicago on Dec. 31, 2016.

Holiday’s 27 points were a season high. He reached double figures in five of the first 13 games, with his previous high being 17 on Nov. 1 against San Antonio.

After scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win, Martin added seven more points in the final frame on Saturday.

The Pacers posted their best 3-point percentage of the season against Philadelphia, going 14-for-28 from beyond the arc.

Turner added six blocks to his league-leading total and matched his season high. He also swatted six shots in Wednesday’s loss in Denver.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We’ve been really doing a good job of trying to look for each other and understanding more and more that we can win games a lot easier when we use everybody…Once you put a lot of pressure on the rim, the defense has to come in and collapse and then guys are open.” -Holiday

“Guys were just willing to share the ball. It made it fun. Everybody was sharing the ball, everybody was knocking down shots.” -Sabonis on the Pacers’ hot start

“The way he plays to his midrange game, the way he plays to kind of the pace and attacking style, he has a style that’s very uniquely him. We need to embrace it…he just does some very unusual things on a consistent basis.” -Carlisle on McConnell

“The thing about Kelan is he’s always been like this. He’s always been very, very aggressive, he’s always been itching to get in and do something and play hard and play aggressive. He’s being rewarded for that. He’s finally getting his chance to show what he can do and he’s always been ready.” -Holiday on Martin

“We’ve got a great homecourt advantage, a great fanbase, a passionate fanbase. When I can, I try to get them involved in the game because when they’re up and rowdy and cheering really loud, this is a really, really tough place to play.” -McConnell on motioning to the crowd in several key moments on Saturday

Stat of the Night

Indiana’s bench outscored the Sixers’ reserves, 48-21. All 48 of the Pacers’ bench points came from the trio of Holiday, Martin, and McConnell.

Noteworthy

  • Rookie guard Chris Duarte finished with seven points, five rebounds, and three assists, just the third time in his first 14 games that he failed to reach double figures. Duarte went to the locker room in the third quarter with a sore right ankle, but returned to the game.
  • Sixers guard Danny Green left the game in the second half and did not return with left hamstring tightness.
  • Pacers center Goga Bitadze was inactive on Saturday due a non-COVID illness.

Up Next

The Pacers tip off a three-game road trip at Madison Square Garden against Julius Randle and the New York Knicks on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 PM ET.

WINGS FLY PAST FUEL IN FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON

KALAMAZOO, MI – In the first of 12 matchups this season, the Indy Fuel visited the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night. The Wings would see seven goals from five different players on their way to a 7-2 win over the Fuel at Wings Event Center. 

The Wings would be the first team on the board when Max Humitz got behind the Fuel defense and beat Tom Aubrun on a breakaway. Giving up an early power play, the Fuel would go down 2-0 when Justin Taylor deflected a shot from the point. The Fuel would get a late power play of their own but wouldn’t be able to score, sending the Wings to the locker room leading 2-0. 

Taking advantage of a power play six minutes into the second period, Jake Slaker snuck behind the Fuel defense and beat Aubrun with a wrist shot over the shoulder. Earning a 5-on-3 power play late in the second period, Jake Slaker fed a wide open Max Humitz and he buried his second goal of the game to take a 4-0 lead. The Fuel would finally break the shutout when Spencer Watson picked up a loose puck and wristed it over the shoulder of Jet Greaves. 

Earning a power play early in the third period, The Wings would take a four-goal lead when Justin Taylor buried a rebound past Aubrun to make the score 5-1. Earning a shorthanded breakaway, Kalamazoo’s Erik Bradford put a puck over the shoulder of Aubrun to make it 6-1 Wings. 

Kalamazoo would score their seventh goal when Jake Slaker fed a streaking Tanner Sorenson and he put the puck over the shoulder of Aubrun. Throwing a puck on net from the point, Seamus Malone had his shot deflected by Chad Yetman for his 4th goal of the season. 

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Indiana Falls to Rutgers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Isaih Pacecho scored two touchdowns Saturday and Rutgers took advantage of six turnovers to rout Indiana 38-3, putting the Scarlet Knights on the cusp of postseason play.

They are one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2014.

Rutgers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) converted the turnovers into 17 points and finished with its most lopsided conference win since joining the Big Ten — easily surpassing the previous best, 22 points, against Indiana in 2015.

The Hoosiers (2-8, 0-7) have lost six straight.

And this one went awry immediately — when quarterback Donoven McCulley botched a handoff on the first play. Rutgers defensive end Mohamed Toure recovered at the Hoosiers 21-yard line and four plays later, Pacheco scored on an 8-yard TD run.

It was just the start.

Pacheco’s 3-yard scoring run late in the first quarter made it 14-0 and Tyreem Powell’s interception led to a 38-yard field goal that gave Rutgers a 17-0 lead less than a minute into the second quarter.

All the Hoosiers could muster was a 47-yard field goal to close the half.

Rutgers sealed it early in the third quarter when Ty Fryfogle fumbled a punt return at the Indiana 10.

Aaron Young’s 10-yard TD run on the next play gave Rutgers a 24-3 lead, and the Scarlet Knights capped the victory with a backward pass from Noah Vedral to tackle Raiqwon O’Neal, who rumbled in from 7 yards for a 31-3 edge.

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana: This was the Hoosiers’ worst game in what has been an awful season. Wherever the blame belongs — a depleted lineup, conservative play-calling, an overworked defense — Indiana’s biggest problem was that it just couldn’t execute on offense or defense.

STAT PACK

Indiana: McCulley was 7 of 20 with 98 yards and lost two fumbles. … Jack Tuttle was 5 of 10 with 26 yards and two interceptions. … The Hoosiers rushed 32 times for 85 yards and finished with 262 total yards. … Indiana has failed to score a touchdown in three games this season. .. The Hoosiers had won the previous five in this series.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Closes its home season next Saturday against Minnesota.

Top 15 Battle Set for Sunday When No. 8/7 Indiana Hosts No. 13/13 Kentucky

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An early season top 15 battle is set for Sunday evening as No. 8/7 Indiana hosts No. 13/13 Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

#8/7 INDIANA (0-0) VS. #13/13 KENTUCKY

Sunday, November 14, 2021 • 5 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

50th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion

Broadcast: ESPN (Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck)

Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)

Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tickets: IUHoosiers.com/Tickets

Promotion: First 1,000 fans will receive an IUWBB t-shirt (south lobby) and postgame autographs with selected players (south lobby)

ABOUT THE WILDCATS

Kentucky is 2-0 after season opening wins over Presbyterian and North Alabama. They are led by All-American forward Rhyne Howard who averaged 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Redshirt junior Dre’Una Edwards also returns for the Wildcats from a season ago who averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll.

SERIES HISTORY

Kentucky leads 14-12

LAST MEETING

12/6/20 – L, 68-72 (Lexington, Ky.)

NOTES

Indiana opened up the regular season Wednesday night on the road in an 86-63 win over Butler. Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary dropped 29 points by going 11-for-12 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the 3-pooint line.

The Hoosiers will celebrate 50 years of Indiana Women’s Basketball history on Sunday when it welcomes back alumnae to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The program played its first intercollegiate season in 1971-72.

The Hoosiers have placed three different players on five watch lists this season. Senior guard Grace Berger is listed on three of them (Cheryl Miller, Wooden Award and Wade Trophy), while Ali Patberg is featured on two (Nancy Lieberman and Wade Trophy) and Holmes is on one (Lisa Leslie).

Returning all five starters from last year’s Elite Eight campaign, the group boasts a wealth of experience. During their time at Indiana combined between the five players – Patberg, Berger, Holmes, senior forward Aleksa Gulbe and graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary – account for 261 career starts, 257 career games played, 4,067 career points and 10,743 minutes played.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will host Norfolk State in action on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Hoosiers Return to Happy Valley for Title Bout

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer (14-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) will try for its 16th Big Ten Tournament title as it visits Penn State (12-6-1, 6-2-0 B1G) in the championship match Sunday (Nov. 14) at noon ET on Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Patrick Doody on the call. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana is appearing in its fifth straight Big Ten Tournament final while aiming for its fourth straight trophy.

• Sunday’s contest is a rematch of the 2020-21 final in which Indiana won via penalty shootout (3-2).

• The two teams met at Jeffrey Field earlier this season on October 17 when IU swiped a 1-0 victory after a defensive battle. The lone goal came when Nyk Sessock’s 75th minute cross was diverted by a Nittany Lion into his own goal.

ABOUT THE NITTANY LIONS

• Penn State is led by fourth-year head coach Jeff Cook. He has compiled a record of 39-21-8 during his time with the Nittany Lions.

• The Nittany Lions captured the Big Ten regular season title, collecting 18 points (6-2-0) to top the table.

• Junior midfielder Andrew Privett leads Penn State with nine goals, and sophomore forward Peter Mangione has scored seven times. Senior midfielder Seth Kuhn has contributed a team-high seven assists, while Senior forward Danny Bloyou has six.

• Kris Shakes has seen the most time in goal for PSU, starting in 16 of 19 matches. Shakes holds an 11-5-0 record and has allowed 15 goals while making 56 saves.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana has seen great success in the all-time series with Penn State, owning a 35-14-5 record against the Nittany Lions.

• Including ties broken by penalty kicks, IU has won the last seven matchups between the two programs dating back to 2016.

• IU owns an 11-4-4 record against Penn State in Big Ten Tournament matches and has won all four penalty shootouts.

• Current Hoosiers Spencer Glass (2) and Victor Bezerra (1) have scored against Penn State in their careers.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

• The Indiana defense has posted 12 total shutouts this season, including a streak of seven straight clean sheets in October, the second-longest single-season shutout streak in program history. During that stretch, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.

• The Hoosiers shut out their first two opponents in the tournament, Rutgers (1-0) and Northwestern (1-0), and have recorded a clean sheet in nine of their last 10 matches. After opening Big Ten Conference play with a 2-1 defeat to Rutgers on September 17, the Hoosiers have conceded just five goals in 13 matches.

• Junior Roman Celentano is the first-ever two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. His career-high 10 shutouts rank No. 2 nationally.

• Junior Daniel Munie is the fourth Hoosier in the last five seasons to earn the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, following Grant Lillard (2017), Andrew Gutman (2018) and Jack Maher (2019).

No. 19 Purdue Drops Road Contest to No. 4 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a top-20 matchup, the No. 19 Purdue football team ran into a buzzsaw away from home Saturday. No. 4 Ohio State’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, racing to a 59-31 victory and preventing the Boilermakers from picking up their third top-five victory of the season.

As a team, the Purdue offense racked up 481 yards. Aidan O’Connell was efficient through the air, going 40-of-52 for 390 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. It was the quarterback’s fourth 300-yard game in B1G play this season along with his second consecutive game with at least 40 completions.

David Bell, the Big Ten’s leader in receptions and receiving yards per game, had another productive day. The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist made 11 catches totaling 103 yards, continuing to build on his school record with his 16th career 100-yard game. Milton Wright added seven receptions for a season-high 98 yards.

Jackson Anthrop entered the contest with two receiving touchdowns and equaled that total on Saturday, matching his career high from 2017 against Louisville. He had receiving touchdowns or 25 yards and nine yards, finishing the day hauling in seven receptions for 66 yards.

For Ohio State, quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 361 yards and five touchdowns. He favored a trio of wide receivers as Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Chris Olave all had at least nine receptions apiece. The three buckeyes combined for 350 of the team’s 361 receiving yards.

After the Buckeyes scored on their opening drive, Purdue countered with a touchdown of its own. O’Connell found Bell for 23 yards to start the drive, getting the Boilermakers near midfield. Six plays later, Anthrop broke wide open on a wheel route down the sideline and into the end zone. The 25-yard hookup knotted the game at 7-7.

Along with a high-powered offense, OSU took advantage of two Boilermaker turnovers to build a large first half advantage. Purdue scored on consecutives drives in the second quarter, starting with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Broc Thompson. The Boilermakers returned to the red zone, and Mitchell Fineran split the uprights from 32 yards out.

Purdue’s offense came out firing to start the second half. The Boilermakers found the end zone on both of their drives in the third quarter thanks to a pair of O’Connell touchdown passes.

BELL MOVES UP THE CAREER CHARTS

Entering the game tied for fifth in school history alongside Greg Orton with 203 career receptions, David Bell moved into fourth by passing Tim Stratton (204). He also produced his 16th career 100-yard receiving game to increase his school record.

O’CONNELL AIRS IT OUT

For the second consecutive game, Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell had at least 40 completions against a top-five opponent. He followed up his 536-yard day (40-of-54) against Michigan State with a 390-yard outing (40-of-52) versus Ohio State.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers remain on the road, traveling north to Chicago. Purdue faces the Northwestern Wildcats from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Kickoff is set for noon on B1G Network.

Boilermakers Make Home Debut Sunday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time in 624 days, the Purdue women’s basketball team will officially play in front of the Boilermaker faithful at Mackey Arena, as head coach Katie Gearlds leads the squad into its home opener Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against Western Michigan.

Matt Schumacker and Meghan McKeown will be on the call for the Big Ten Network, while Tim Newtown and Jane Schott will be on the air for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (1-0) vs. Western Michigan (1-0)

Sunday, Nov. 14

Time: 2:30 PM (ET)

TV: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: PurdueStats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers ushed in the Katie Gearlds Era with a 79-69 win on the road at Western Michigan. Purdue shot 50% from the field in the second half to hold off the host Lady Toppers. Abbey Ellis pacced the Boilermakers with 17 points, while Madison Layden chipped in 13 and freshman Jayla Smith added 11. Five players made their Purdue debut to combine for 42 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

NOTES

• The Boilermakers are a perfect 6-0 all-time against Western Michigan with the last meeting back in 2005.

• The Boilermakers are 43-3 in home openers, winning their last six.

• Madison Layden moved into a tie with Katie Gearlds for the second longest 3-point streak at 22 games. The sophomore sits behind Ashley Morrissette’s record of 25 games in a row.

• Jayla Smith tallied 11 points and four steals in her debut. She was one of nine rookies across the nation to post at least 10 points and four swipes in the opening week.

• Purdue knocked down 22 free throws and nine triples against Western Kentucky, marking just the second time the Boilermakers hit those numbers in the same game in the last 12 years.

• Purdue now has 888 all-time wins, sitting 12 away from the 900-wins club.

• Ten Boilermakers will make their debut in front of a filled Mackey Arena on Sunday. The six newcomers this season will play in Mackey for the first time, while Madison Layden, Rokia Doumbia, Brooke Moore and Ra Shaya Kyle played in front of an empty arena last season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

• Not to be missed, Gearlds welcomed the next generation of Boilermakers on Wednesday during National Signing Day. Ainhoa Holzer, Addison Potts and Lilly Stoddard committed to play at Purdue starting in 2022-23.

#7/7/9 NOTRE DAME ROLLS PAST VIRGINIA IN 28-3 WIN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 7/7/9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-1) went on the road and dominated Virginia (6-4) by a final score of 28-3 to extend its win streak to 23 straight games against ACC opponents.

The Irish defense limited the nation’s top offense to just 278 yards. Notre Dame’s pass rush created havoc all night, recording a season-high seven sacks. Linebacker Bo Bauer led the team in tackles with nine, including 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup.

On offense Jack Coan finished an efficient 15-of-20 passing for three touchdowns and 132 yards. Michael Mayer, Braden Lenzy and Kevin Austin each hauled in a touchdown in the winning effort. Kyren Williams led the way on the ground with 70 yards on 14 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown.

After Notre Dame’s first drive of the game stalled at the Virginia 21-yard line, the Irish defense forced a three-and-out to give the team great field position.

The Irish took over at the Cavaliers’ 43-yard line and cashed in with a touchdown six plays later on a six-yard touchdown pass from Coan to Mayer to put them on top 7-0 with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Notre Dame defense got off the field in just three plays again to give the offense the ball at its own 40-yard line. On the third play of the drive freshman running back Logan Diggs turned in a highlight-reel 26-yard run that featured a hurdle of a Virginia defender along the sideline. Four plays later Coan connected with Lenzy for a touchdown to push the Irish lead to 14-0.

On the next possession, Virginia picked up its first first down of the game in the second quarter but the Irish defense stopped a fourth down run short of the marker to send the offense back on the field.

For the third straight drive the Irish drove the field and scored a touchdown, this one spanning 80 yards in nine plays to make the score 21-0. Williams displayed his incredible athleticism on a 22-yard touchdown run where he broke multiple tackles. The Irish took the 21-0 lead into the half.

The two teams traded possessions for the majority of the third quarter until Notre Dame drove 61 yards over five plays for a touchdown to extend the lead to 28-0. Coan found Kevin Austin Jr. in the endzone for his third touchdown pass of the night for the score.

Notre Dame lost its shutout bid early in the fourth quarter, as Virginia made a 34-yard field goal with 12:16 left in the game to cut the Irish lead 28-3.

Virginia tried to put more points on the board in the final minutes but Notre Dame’s DJ Brown intercepted a pass in the endzone to put an exclamation mark on the 28-3 win.

The Irish return to Notre Dame Stadium for the final home game of the season to take on Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 20. The game will air on NBC.

Both the Butler XCTF Men and Women Earn NCAA Championships At-Large Berths

Butler’s men and women will both make the trip to the NCAA Championships after earning at-large berths to the national meet. The NCAA announced the field Saturday afternoon.

Florida State University will host the championships, Saturday, Nov. 20, at Apalachee Regional Park located in Tallahassee, Fla. The women’s race will begin at 10:20 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 11:10 a.m.

The at-large berths continue an impressive fall for the Bulldogs as Butler will have both teams in the field for the third time in program history (2004, 2005). Butler’s men placed 13rd in the most recent NCAA Championships, held in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is truly special to advance both teams to the NCAA Championships,” said coach Matt Roe. “It is a tall task given the limited number of teams that qualify in comparison to other NCAA sport championships. The elite of the elite will be toeing the line next Saturday for the chance at an NCAA title. We have two high motor groups that thrive on competition. We look forward to the opportunity ahead.”

Butler’s men captured their second consecutive BIG EAST championship Oct. 29 as Simon Bedard raced to the individual BIG EAST title. The women placed second at the BIG EAST Championships with Angelina Ellis leading the way in third individually.

Butler took the top two spots on the men’s side at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional as Bedard and Keane distanced themselves from a stellar field for much of the 10k race Friday afternoon. Bedard won in a time of 29:50.0, as both Bedard and Keane earned All-Region recognition. The Bulldogs finished fifth as a team in the elite region. Bedard’s Regional championship was the first for a Bulldog since Callum Hawkins in 2011.

“We were outstanding up front with Barry and Simon,” said Roe. “They worked together and executed the plan perfectly. The remainder of our squad was solid and allowed us the opportunity to advance out of a difficult region. There’s definitely more in there for them and they are excited to have another chance to put their best foot forward on the highest stage.”

The women also finished fifth at Friday’s Great Lakes Regional. Ellis took ninth individually, crossing the line in a time of 20:11.8. She earned All-Region honors alongside teammates Mia Beckham and Kami Hankins.

“Our women were incredibly tough,” said Roe. “They were unified and everyone raced with purpose. It’s a great feeling when all seven run well in a championship setting and that’s what they did yesterday.”

In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals qualified at their respective NCAA regional championship competitions. Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.

Live coverage of the NCAA Championships will be available on ESPNU and the ESPN App starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 20.

Valparaiso Wins at Butler Football 47-3

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Helmet Trophy will stay with Valparaiso after the Beacons earned a 47-3 victory over Butler on Saturday afternoon. Butler scored the first points of the day on their opening drive, but a stellar performance from Nimz would lead Valpo to victory.

How It Happened

Nimz orchestrated the offense in the first half without star running back Robert Washington. The Beacons still put up 30 points over the opening 20 minutes to secure a 30-3 halftime lead. 17 more points over the final 20 minutes took us to our final score of 47-3.

Nimz completed 19 of his 24 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown to his stat line to end the first half. Orekoya took a majority of the running back reps in the first half and would end the contest with 69 yards on the ground. In the second half, Washington took 14 carries for 102 yards and two scores.

Bret Bushka led Butler with 82 passing yards and 39 rushing yards. The best completion of the day went to Johnny O’Shea on the first possession of the game. The 48-yard gain put BU into field goal range and JJ Wadas would connect on a 27-yarder to get BU on the scoreboard.

Valpo put up 421 yards of total offense and averaged 6.9 yards per play in the victory. They were great on third down, converting on 10 of their 14 chances.

Inside the Box Score

– AJ Deinhart rushed the ball nine times for 34 yards.

– Connor Reid ended the game with a team-best seven tackles

– Reid had a sack and two tackles for loss vs. the Beacons

– O’Shea, Flager and Walker all caught two passes for BU

– Luke Zurak hit a 56-yard punt on Saturday

– Zurak averaged 41.5 yards per punt

Up Next

Butler will end the regular season with a 12 PM kick at Marist on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Harris and Bolden Pace @ButlerMBB to 70-59 Win Over Troy

The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 70-59 win over Troy Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Chuck Harris and Jair Bolden combined for 44 points.

Twenty-eight of the duo’s 46 points came in the second half as Butler turned a tied game at halftime into a win.

“That was a fun one,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “This group continues to fight through challenges and we knew this would be one tonight. Troy is a fast, aggressive, physical team with some old guys. We had to figure it out and we did in the second half.”

Butler was able to overcome 21 turnovers, including 12 in the first 12 minutes. At that point in the contest, Butler trailed 17-7. The Bulldogs continued to trim the lead and Bryce Nze’s 80-foot heave at the end of the first half found the bottom of the net, sending the teams into the locker rooms tied at 23-23.

A Harris three-pointer with 6:44 left to play capped a 9-0 run and gave the Bulldogs a 55-44 lead. At that point, Butler had hit 12 of 16 their attempts from the field in the second half.

Harris had 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including four three-pointers. Bolden had 21 points, making seven of nine of his attempts. Four of those were from three-point range.

Butler went 12-of-25 from behind the arc, one night after going 10-of-22 against Central Arkansas.

Jayden Taylor added 10 points for the Bulldogs, his third consecutive game in double figures to start his Butler career.

The Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the field and had a 35-21 advantage on the boards.

Efe Odigie led Troy with 13 points; Duke Deen added 10.

Up next for the Bulldogs is a Wednesday match-up with Michigan State. The game at Hinkle Fieldhouse is part of the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest, which will air on FS1.

Butler WBB Falls to Western Illinois 73-46

INDIANAPOLIS – The Leathernecks hit 16 3-pointers against the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon to collect a 73-46 victory. BU shot 27 percent from the field and 17 percent from long range to move to 0-2 on the year. With the win, Western Illinois improves to 1-1.

How It Happened

Western Illinois outscored Butler 20-9 in the first quarter and would never look back to record their first win of the season. Elizabeth Lutz scored 13 points, dished out a team-high seven assists, and pulled down five rebounds to lead the Leathernecks to victory. Teammate Danni Nichols led all players with 16 points and two WIU student-athletes would come off the bench to net 12 points.

Butler was led by Emilia Sexton and her 10-point outing. Trinity White came off the bench to add eight.

Alex Richard followed up her 20-point outing against #8 Indiana with seven points, five rebounds and a team-best four steals. Zoe Jackson was also an impact player with seven points, three boards and four assists.

Inside the Box Score

– Western Illinois handed out 19 assists on 26 made field goals.

– The Leathernecks made more 3-pointers than 2-pointers on Saturday

– Emilia Sexton led BU from 3-point land (2-5)

– Tenley Dowell led BU with eight rebounds

Up Next

Butler will host Ball State on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Tip is set for 7 PM.

MAC CHAMPIONS! Volleyball Tops EMU in Five-Set Thriller

YPSILANTI, Mich. – – By rallying to win the final two sets Saturday afternoon, the Ball State women’s volleyball team is bringing a championship back to Muncie as it secured the 2021 Mid-American Conference regular season title with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9) victory at Eastern Michigan.

“This championship means so much to our team,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips exclaimed. “We’ve worked so hard and I’m just so proud of the girls! We know we aren’t done yet, but we are going to enjoy this tonight!

Coupled with a five-set Bowling Green loss at Ohio, the Cardinals (26-3; 16-1 MAC) secured the program’s ninth regular season championship and hosting rights for the 2021 MAC Volleyball Championships, which will be played Nov. 21, 22 & 24 inside Worthen Arena.

Ball State’s ninth MAC regular season title is its first since 2010, with the others coming in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2002.

Ball State’s 16th consecutive victory would not come easy, as the Eagles (9-19; 4-13 MAC) gave it their all on Senior Day trying to upset the Cardinals. EMU won the first set, and after losing the second, rallied from down 23-20 to take the third.

“This group knows how to battle,” Phillips continued. “We’ve been tested a lot this season and it shows a lot of toughness to be able to trust one another, not overly concern yourself with the score and just play one point at a time. I’m super proud of our team.

However, BSU was able to capitalize on another all-around solid effort on offense to secure the win. Five different Cardinals reached double-figure kills in the match, led by 19 from outside attacker Jaclyn Bulmahn.

The MAC leading attacker by percentage, middle Lauren Gilliland paced all players with a .476 (10-0-21) rate of success. Position mate Marie Plitt was not far behind, hitting .357 (14-4-28), while outside Natalie Risi and opposite Natalie Mitchem rounded out BSU’s attackers in double figures with 15 and 11 kills, respectively.

In dishing out a career-high 61 assists to help the Cardinals maintain the most wins among NCAA Division I programs this season, setter Megan Wielonski ran the offense to a .261 (71-23-184) hitting mark. It is the 28th time in 29 matches Ball State has hit over .200 this season. She also collected six digs and a pair of kills.

In addition to tying her season-high with 15 kills, Risi was one of four Cardinals to reach double-digit digs, earning her fourth double-double of the season with 14. She also served up BSU’s only two aces in the contest.

Libero Maggie Huber led the BSU defense with 23 digs, while defensive specialists Havyn Gates and Cathryn Starck were credited with 16 and 14, respectively.

“We continue to learn about ourselves each and every weekend,” Phillips concluded. “We are battling and every single person on our roster is critical for our team’s success. They all want it for each other and for BSU. I’m just so proud of this group.”

Overall, the Ball State defense limited Eastern Michigan to a .191 (61-28-173) attack percentage for the match, with Samantha Basham tying for match-high honors with 19 kills. EMU libero Kamryn Stilwell led all players with 26 digs, while a match high six blocks from Makayla Smith helped slow down the BSU attack.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes the 2021 regular season Wednesday, when it travels to Toledo for a 6 p.m. first serve.

Cardinals Hold Off Surging Mavericks in Worthen

MUNCIE, Ind. – Jalen Windham led the Cardinals with a career-high 14 points on Saturday inside Worthen Arena. The Ball State men’s basketball team (1-1) came away with a 73-69 victory over Omaha (1-1) in the first meeting between the two programs.

The Cardinals are now 8-1 in home openers under Head Coach James Whitford. For the second-straight game, Ball State finished with three players in double-digit points. 

Ball State came out of the gates swinging and scored the game’s first seven points. Demarius Jacobs got the run started with a turnover on the defensive end and took it coast-to-coast for the fast-break layup. Payton Sparks added a layup before Luke Bumbalough drained a 3-pointer.

After Omaha scored its first points of the game with 15:46 left in the half, Ball State went on another big run. The Cardinals outscored the Mavericks 10-4 and extended their lead to 17-6 with 12:34 left in the first half. BSU produced a 10-2 run and extended its lead to 27-8 with 8:47 left in the half.

With the BSU lead at 27-10, the Cardinals started to heat up from behind the arc as Bumbalough, Jacobs, and Windham made three-straight 3-pointers.

The two sides traded baskets and with 2:10 left in the half, Windham hit from behind the arc for the third time and put Ball State on top 44-15. The Cardinals held a 29-point lead, the largest of the game. The Mavericks ended the half on a 6-0 run and cut the Cardinal lead to 44-21.

In the first five minutes of the second half, the Cardinals and Mavericks went shot-for-shot as each team scored nine points.

With 14:36 left in regulation, momentum started to shift in favor of Omaha. UNO went on a 13-2 run, which made the score 58-43 with 9:28 left in the game. Windham hit a corner 3-pointer after a made free throw to end the 13-2 run by UNO. The Mavericks answered with a 21-3 run and pulled within one of the Cardinals.

With just over two minutes left in regulation, Sparks came up huge with two made free throws and put Ball State up, 67-64. Tyler Cochran added two more clutch free throws to extend the BSU lead to 69-64 with 1:40 left in the game. After Omaha hit a 3-pointer, Sparks converted on a layup to put the Cardinals up 71-67.

The Mavericks did not go away quietly and made a layup to cut the lead to just two points. Omaha had a chance to tie the game with three tenths of a second left on the clock. Jacobs was fouled and sent to the free-throw line. Jacobs made both free throws to make the final score 73-69.

Windham posted a career-high 14 points behind a huge 4-for-5 game from 3-point range. His four made 3’s is also a career best. Windham added three rebounds and two assists. Sparks recorded his first double-digit performance with a 13-point effort, which is a career best. He led the team with five free-throws made. Sparks brought down five rebounds and notched the team’s only block of the game. Jacobs finished with 10 points, tied for a game-high six rebounds, added four assists, and one steal. His 10 points is a career high in a Cardinal jersey. Bumbalough facilitated a personal-best eight assists. Cochran tied for the team lead with six boards.

As a team, the Cardinals shot 45.8 percent from behind the arc and 41.8 percent from the field. Ball State held the advantage in rebounds, 39-37. The transition game was effective as the Cardinals tallied 14 fast-break points. BSU held the 11-7 edge in points off turnovers. The Cardinals were stout defensively from long range as they held the Mavericks to just 27.3 percent from 3-point range.

Frankie Fidler led the Mavericks with 13 points, three assists, and two steals. Kyle Luedtke was the only other Omaha player in double digits with 10 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler tied for a team-high six boards. The Mavericks finished the game 90.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Ball State returns to the hardwood for the Jersey Mike’s Classic in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Thursday, Nov. 18. The Cardinals open the classic against FIU with tip scheduled for 8 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“Excited to get our first win.  I’m pleased with two things in the game. I thought the way we started the game was really exciting for me. The way we started on defense, the intensity set the tone. Set the stage for who we can be. I thought the final four minutes we defended right. I thought we got some key stops even though they came all the way back and we felt rattled. I thought those were the real positives. Like I said to the team, the first 15 minutes is who we can be, the last 15 minutes is who we are. Just a young team that hasn’t been together long. We have to turn the 18-20 into 40, and I think that is the challenge. It’s really important. The pressure you feel out there, no one gets it but the players. Staying focused and playing laser-like basketball through all the lights and pressure from fans is difficult. To me, I don’t think a lot of high school players understand it until they get to college. This is as real as real gets. Our pick n roll defense was tested tonight. Every time we get tested on it, we get better. In that way, it made us better.”

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

“It opens up a lot getting the ball in the post. I like to pass the ball to get the guards involved and then if I’m open, I’m taking it. I think it opens up the offense a lot. It’s definitely different from high school and coming here to the Division I level. I think I’m adapting well. I can do a lot better in everything, especially defense. I just have to keep playing hard. I have to keep coming to practice and practicing hard.”

From the Student-Athletes – Junior Guard #24 Jalen Windham

“It’s good for me. My job is to come in and bring energy off the bench. Last year, I kind of struggled, I was in and out. Finally getting the opportunity to be out there and practices are obviously helping me now. It’s big right now for me, confidence wise. At the end of the day, I just want to win. Movement without the ball is very important. You’re not going to get a lot of touches by not moving without the ball. I know I make our team better if I continue to move and do the right things out there. It definitely helps already having a year under my belt. Understanding what I can get better from, especially from last year.”

Drey Jameson Earns 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award

NEW YORK — Minor League Baseball™ and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., today announced the nine recipients of the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence. The announcement was made during Thursday night’s MLB Network broadcast of the 2021 Defensive Awards.

The winners at each position were selected from players in the 11 full-season Minor Leagues. Each player will receive his own Rawlings Gold Glove Award, modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defensive players, during the 2022 season.

“We’d like to welcome the 2021 Minor League recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® to a special class of defensive greats deemed ‘The Finest in the Field’,” said Mike Thompson, chief marketing officer for Rawlings. “Rawlings values our long-standing partnership with Minor League Baseball and our shared focus on growing the game of baseball while emphasizing defensive excellence.”

“These nine players displayed tremendous defensive skills in 2021 and we are pleased to recognize them with Rawlings Gold Glove Awards,” said Peter Woodfork, Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President, Minor League Operations and Development. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and our great partners at Rawlings, I congratulate each of the winners for their outstanding seasons.”

The 2021 Minor League Baseball recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® are as follows:

Position                Player   Minor League Team(s)   Major League Organization

1B           Nick Pratto          Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Kansas City

2B           Michael Massey Quad Cities (High-A)       Kansas City

SS           Jose Tena            Lake County (High-A)     Cleveland

3B           Jared Triolo         Greensboro (High-A)      Pittsburgh

OF          Cristian Pache    Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta

OF          Brenton Doyle   Spokane (High-A)             Colorado

OF          Michael Harris II               Rome (High-A)  Atlanta

C             Adley Rutschman             Bowie (AA), Norfolk (AAA)           Baltimore

P             Drey Jameson    Hillsboro (High-A), Amarillo (AA)               Arizona

Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) first baseman Nick Pratto recorded 879 total chances in 113 games between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, posting 813 putouts and 64 assists. Pratto, 23, was selected by Kansas City in the first round (14th overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California.

High-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals) second baseman Michael Massey handled 284 total chances and helped turn 32 double plays in 81 games. Massey, 23, was selected by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of the University of Illinois.

High-A Lake County Captains (Indians) shortstop Jose Tena handled 256 total chances, had a hand in 34 double plays and finished with 157 assists in 81 games at shortstop. Tena, 20, was signed by the Indians as an international free agent out of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on July 2, 2017.

High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Pirates) third baseman Jared Triolo extends the streak of a Pirates minor leaguer winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base to four years after Ke’Bryan Hayes won three consecutive awards from 2017-19. Triolo had 254 total chances with 163 assists and helped turn 19 double plays. Triolo, 23, was selected by the Pirates in the Competitive Balance Round B (72nd overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston.

Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers (Braves) outfielder Cristian Pache handled 156 total chances and recorded three outfield assists. Pache, 22, was signed by the Braves as an international free agent out of Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic, on July 4, 2015.

High-A Spokane Indians (Rockies) outfielder Brenton Doyle recorded 13 outfield assists and 157 putouts in 83 games. Doyle, 23, was selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

High-A Rome Braves outfielder Michael Harris II recorded 10 outfield assists and had 216 total chances in 92 games. Harris, 20, was selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Stockbridge, High School in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Triple-A Norfolk Tides (Orioles) catcher Adley Rutschman appeared in 82 games behind the plate and handled 887 chances over 701.1 innings. Rutschman, 23, was the first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft out of Oregon State University.

Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles (D-backs) right-hander Drey Jameson recorded 24 total chances in 110.2 innings pitched for Hillsboro and Amarillo. Jameson, 24, was selected by Arizona in Compensation Round 1 (34th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Ball State University.

IRISH CLAIM SEASON-OPENING 68-52 VICTORY OVER CSUN

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team began the 2021-22 season with a 68-52 victory over CSUN (0-2) in Purcell Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the 22nd-straight home opening victory for the Irish under Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey.

Guard Blake Wesley led all scorers with 21 points, becoming just the second freshman of the Brey era to reach 20 points in his debut game with Notre Dame. Chris Thomas scored 24 points in a first-game victory over New Hampshire on November 16, 2001. Senior forward Dane Goodwin connected on a career-best six three-point field goals to score 18 points, while graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr. enjoyed his first game in a Notre Dame uniform with 16 points and six rebounds.

Atkinson started the scoring for the Irish with a spin move to the basket and Wesley connected on his first official career field goal attempt, a three-point shot, to give Notre Dame an early 8-4 lead. Goodwin then helped push the lead to 16-9 by starting three-of-four from behind the arc.

The Irish earned a 32-26 advantage at halftime on the strength of Wesley’s 13 points, while Atin Wright from CSUN kept the visitors in reach with 12 points on four first-half three point shots.

Following a pattern established in two exhibition victories, Notre Dame looked to Atkinson to kick start the second half and he answered the call, scoring five points early in the game’s second 20 minutes – including earning two trips to the free throw line.

Notre Dame’s defense would step up to hold CSUN to 43.8 percent shooting in the contest, force 16 turnovers and shut down Wright to just one field goal attempt in the second half.

The Irish eventually pulled away with a key 7-0 run midway through the second half, highlighted by Cormac Ryan finding in transition Goodwin for a corner three pointer and Notre Dame never relinquished control of the contest.

NOTES: The Irish are now 22-0 in home openers in the Mike Brey era (2000-01 – current) and 20-2 in season openers • Wesley’s double-digit scoring performance marks the sixth time a freshman has reached double-digit points in his debut under Mike Brey • teammates Nate Laszewski (12), Robby Carmody (11) and Dane Goodwin (10) all reached double figures in their debuts against UCF on November 6, 2018 • Luke Harangody scored 12 points against IPFW in 2006 and Chris Thomas recorded 24 points against New Hampshire on November 16, 2001 • Paul Atkinson Jr. scored double-digit points for the 31st consecutive game.

NCAA 1ST ROUND: VS SIUE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Postseason play returns to Alumni Stadium on Sunday when the Notre Dame women’s soccer team hosts SIUE in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish (13-5-1) earned a No. 3 national seed and the right to host its opening bout. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 14, with the match streaming live on ACCNX.

Due to it being an NCAA Tournament event, entry for fans will cost $5. However, entry is free for all Notre Dame students.

NCAA Tournament history

For the 27th time over the last 29 years, Notre Dame women’s soccer will be dancing in the NCAA Tourney. Not only did the Irish earn a berth, but drew a national seed (No. 3) as well.

Notre Dame’s overall postseason record sits at 69-22-3. Amongst those wins are three NCAA championships (1995, 2004, 2010), including 12 appearances at the College Cup.

The Irish are undefeated in their last 31 home NCAA Tournament games (30-0-1), with the last home postseason defeat occurring in 2004. All-in-all, the Irish have hosted a total of 53 NCAA Tournament games.

REVENGE TOUR – SIUE

Now the one blemish on that NCAA Tournament home record was a double OT 0-0 draw in the first round against none other than SIUE. That matchup occurred back in 2016 when the Irish were ranked No. 11 overall. The Cougars upset the Irish by advancing 5-4 on penalty kicks.

A win on Sunday would mean the Irish would advance to the NCAA Second Round for the 24th time in school history.

TOURNAMENT RESUME

The Irish have gone 13-5-1 this season and boast the 16th-best RPI in the country. Notre Dame went 6-4-1 against the RPI top-50. In addition, in the No. 1 rated RPI conference of the ACC, the Irish went 7-3 and earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.

BEST SEASON IN A DECADE

The Irish have won 13 games so no matter how the season ends, it will mark Coach Norman’s best year at the helm. However, the Irish could also achieve its best season in terms of winning percentage since the 2010 season – when that squad simply went 21-2-2 and won a national championship. Below is a win-loss breakdown over the past decade:

2020: 6-7-0

2019: 11-8-1

2018: 8-10-0

2017: 10-7-5

2016:13-3-5

2015: 14-5-1

2014: 14-6-2

2013: 13-8-1

2012: 16-6-2

2011: 10-8-3

OVERTIME GIVETH AND OVERTIME TAKETH

On Oct. 10, the Irish experienced the joy of an overtime win with a beautiful golden-goal diving header from Eva Gaetino off a free kick from Sammi Fisher. The goal delivered a crucial 2-1 win over the visiting Clemson Tigers.

However, overtime reeled its ugly head during the weekend swing in the state of North Carolina. The Irish had chances against two top-10 ranked teams but lost 1-0 to No. 6 Duke in OT on Thursday then lost 2-1 in double OT to No. 7 UNC later on that Sunday.

POSITIVES FROM THE ROAD GAUNTLET

There’s hitting the road for three straight conference games and then there’s hitting the road for three consecutive games against top-7 ranked teams. The Irish battled in all three, and one could argue, could have earned a victory in all three. In fact, all three were late one-goal decisions.

No. 2 Virginia did not get on the board until the 82nd minute. The Cavaliers, unfortunately, tacked on an insurance goal just 37 seconds later, otherwise, Korbin Albert’s golazo in the 85th minute would have sent the match to overtime.

The matchup at No. 6 Duke went scoreless into overtime. In fact, the Irish outshot the Blue Devils 8-6.

At No. 7 North Carolina, the Irish struck first, as Olivia Wingate scored in the 58th minute. Prior to the match, the Irish were 11-0-0 when scoring first this season. Yet, the Tar Heels rallied with goals in the 78th minute and then in double-overtime (101st minute).

SAVED BEST FOR LAST

Sammi Fisher has made the most of her graduate season, for it only took her one month of play to achieve her best year in an Irish uniform. She has now placed her name onto the list of top scorers in the country this season.

She owns 12 goals to her name, topping her previous season high of six set in 2019.

Her 12 goals rank 26th in the country and 2nd in the ACC. In addition, her 0.63 goals per game rank 32nd in the nation and 4th in the league.

Fisher also leads the team in game-winners with four, which ranks 35th in the nation. Fisher scored game-winners against Syracuse, Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green.

Her 29 total points rank 31st nationally and 4th in the ACC.

ON THE FRONT FOOT

Notre Dame has had a tendency to strike early, scoring a total of 11 goals in the first 20 minutes of games this season – spanning nine different games.

In fact, they have done so in seven of the past 12 games.

Wake Forest 19:58 | Clemson 11:51 | Louisville 0:37, 9:28 | NCST 0:58 | BC 4:49 | Syracuse 6:38 | Detroit 1:43, 11:59 | Wisconsin 7:52 | Bowling Green 7:14

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Coach Norman talked about how the freshmen class is his true first class at the helm of the program and they are certainly leaving their mark on this season.

Eight of the last 15 goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with nine. In fact, she has five goals in the last eight games, including an absolute rocket at No. 2 Virginia.

FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE

Notre Dame has scored 45 goals which ranks 4th in the ACC and 23rd in the nation. The 45 goals are already more than seven of the past eight seasons. Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.37 ranks 24th in the nation and 4th in the ACC. In addition, ND’s 122 total points rank 37th in the country.

THREE ALL-ACC SELECTIONS

Sammi Fisher (29 points), Olivia Wingate (15 points) and Korbin Albert (21 points) were all rightfully honored by the league office with All-ACC awards. Fisher picked up First Team honors, while Wingate and Albert both landed on the Third Team. Albert also got the All-Freshman Team nod as well.

Fisher is now a three-time All-ACC selection and certainly playing like it. This weekend she’ll continue what is the best season of her career – ranking 2nd in the ACC with 12 goals, which also ranks 26th in the nation. Fisher has scored in 10-of-19 games.

Fisher has turned up the assist production as of late, registering four assists over the last seven games.

Then there’s Wingate, who boasts five goals and five assists. She scored the game-winner against Purdue, earned her first brace of the season at Miami and most recently scored at No. 7 UNC on Oct. 24.

Wingate notched assist No. 5 in the regular-season finale vs Wake Forest. Her five assists have now tied both Fisher and Kati Druzina for the team lead.

Then there’s the super freshman Korbin Albert, who cracked the Irish starting XI on day one. She boasts the second most goals with nine, along with her three assists.

Albert has been red hot as of late, scoring five goals over the last eight games.

THREAT OFF THE BENCH

If there were a 12th woman award similar to sixth woman in basketball, it would go to junior midfielder Maddie Mercado. The San Diego native boasts the fourth most points on the squad with 14 – comprised of five goals and four assists. Mercado tallied three points at Miami (one goal, one assist all within a five-minute span), then added a penalty-kick goal against Boston College. Prior, Mercado notched the first brace of her career against Detroit Mercy.

Her most impressive and most recent goal was the game-winner against Wake Forest in the regular-season finale when Mercado scored directly off a corner kick. Mercado now has the second most game-winners on the squad with three.

GM 3 PREVIEW: SYRACUSE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Indeed Irish fans, you read the schedule correctly, Notre Dame women’s basketball will be playing a conference game in November. The Irish (2-0), in just their third game of the season, will embark to New York to clash with Syracuse (1-0) inside the Carrier Dome. The matchup will air live on the ACC Network, with tip scheduled for Noon EST.

REVENGE OPPORTUNITY IN SYRACUSE

Notre Dame owns a 35-4 series advantage against Syracuse, with a 15-3 mark in the Carrier Dome. The Irish had won 21 straight in the series before dropping two straight in Syracuse. The Irish lost 74-63 in OT on 1/5/20, and then lost 81-69 on 1/31/21. In between those two games, the Irish edged out the Orange 72-70.

The last contest, the Irish boasted a double-digit lead but didn’t close out down the stretch. Notre Dame built a lead as large as 15 while shooting over 57 percent in the first half. However, the Orange outscored the Irish 33-8 over the last 13 minutes of the game to rally for the 81-69 win. Notre Dame already avenged a loss from last season with the season-opening victory over Ohio.

The Nov. 14 contest between the two will be the earliest conference game in ND history.

OH MY, MAYA

How about a career-high 25 points for grad transfer Maya Dodson in her official Irish debut in Purcell Pavilion. Dodson blew by her previous high of 16 set at Stanford back in December of 2018. Dodson went off in the third quarter for 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting. She ultimately finished 11-of-16 for the game.

Dodson leads the team with 19.5 ppg. Coach Ivey relates Maya’s game to ND great Brianna Turner in the way she can run the floor and attack the rim.

A DOUBLE OF DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Two days after dishing out a career-high 11 assists, freshman Olivia Miles secured career highs in both points (16) and rebounds (11), securing her first double-double in the win over Western Illinois. In fact, she flirted with a triple-double, notching six assists.

However, she wasn’t the only one to record a double-double as Westbeld racked up 15 points and 18 rebounds, as the latter was a career high. It was the first time two Irish had double-doubles in the same game since Jessica Shepard and Brianna Turner in the 2019 NCAA championship game vs Baylor.

WESTBELD TIES PURCELL RECORD

When Westbeld reeled in her career high 18 rebounds against Western Illinois, it tied the Purcell Pavilion single-game rebounding record. Said record has been achieved six times prior, most previously from Devereaux Peters vs USF on Feb. 25, 2012.

For those wondering, the all-time record is 22 set by Jane Politiski vs Goshen on Feb. 13, 1978.

FRESHMEN MAKE IMPACTFUL DEBUTS

Sonia Citron joined a prestigious list of ND freshman who scored in double figures in their freshman debut. The list includes names such as Skylar Diggins-Smith, Lindsay Allen, Brianna Turner and Marina Mabrey. Fellow teammates Sam Brunelle and Anaya Peoples accomplished the feat as well.

Citron not only scored 13 points in her debut but notched a Stat-Sheet-Stuffer (at least 5-5-5) as well. Citron led the team in rebounds with 7 and also dished out 6 assists. She recorded the 2nd most minutes in the game with 30.

Her fellow freshman Olivia Miles made the most of her 21 minutes, dishing out a career high 11 assists. She becomes the first ever Irish rookie to notch double-digit assists in her debut.

BENCH POWER

When the final buzzer sounded vs Ohio, the Irish accumulated a total of 44 bench points. That marked the most in the Ivey Era and the most since at least the 2016-17 season (will need to do more research).

Citron was a major bench contributor, but the biggest one was Sam Brunelle. The junior recorded 20 points in just 17 minutes of play. She shot an efficient 8-of-10 from the field, including an impressive 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

DROPPIN’ DIMES LIKE ITS 2013

In the win over Ohio, the Irish accomplished 31 assists on 41 made baskets. The 31 assists were the most since the Irish dished out 31 and defeated UCLA back on Dec. 7, 2013. All-in-all, it was only the fourth 30+ assist team performance since that UCLA game.

FRESHMAN STARTING AT POINT GUARD

Olivia Miles became the first freshman to start at point guard for the season opener since Lindsay Allen in 2013.

Back in 2013,  it was the first time a Fighting Irish rookie point guard started the season opener since Nov. 26, 1994, when Mollie Peirick cracked the lineup and played 38 minutes (two points, five rebounds, three assists) in a 65-60 overtime loss at No. 25 Seton Hall.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE WINS OF NOVEMBER

Over the past decade, the Irish have found tremendous success in the month of November. In fact, the Irish have gone an impressive 57-6 over the opening month of play.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES

After earning First Team All-ACC honors a season ago and the Coaches nod for Rookie of the Year, Maddy Westbeld was named Preseason All-ACC for the 2021-22 season. In addition, Westbeld was recently named to the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List as well.

The youth movement was on full display with Westbeld the sophomore and Notre Dame’s two freshmen making the ACC Newcomer Watch List.

When it came to the Naismith position awards, junior Sam Brunelle made the Katrina McClain Watch List for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the best power forwards in the country.

MILESTONE UNLOCKED: 700

When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a whole lot of buckets. Queens of three some might say. Marina graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time career made three-pointer leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now boasts 198.

And with Dara’s third trey vs Ohio on Nov. 9, it was career three-pointer No. 700 for the Mabrey sisters. They currently sit at 701.

Points wise, the trio has combined for over 3,000 points, currently sitting at 3,068.

No. 15 Notre Dame Sweeps Wisconsin With 3-0 Shutout

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Nick Leivermann scored a goal and added an assist and Matthew Galajda turned aside all 22 shots he faced as No. 15 Notre Dame posted a 3-0 win over Wisconsin to complete a weekend sweep on Saturday night in the Compton Family Ice Arena (3,977).

Galajda recorded his second shutout of the season and the 21st of his career, which is tied for third all-time in NCAA Men’s Div. I history.

In addition to Leivermann, Grant Silianoff and Hunter Strand also scored for Notre Dame, which evened its Big Ten record at 2-2-0-0-0-0 on the season.

The Fighting Irish (8-3-0 overall) went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Wisconsin (4-8-0, 2-4-0-1-0-0 B1G) was 0-for-6 on the power play as Notre Dame had another impressive outing on the penalty kill.

Cameron Rowe made 22 saves for the Badgers.

How It Happened

Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the first period when Grant Silianoff finished off a nice passing sequence in front, setup by passes from Nick Leivermann and Ryder Rolston. It was Silianoff’s second goal of the year and the first power-play tally of his Notre Dame career.

The Irish then killed off a pair of Wisconsin power plays to keep it a 1-0 lead, including two big right pad stops from Matthew Galajda with just over eight minutes left in the opening period.

Then, while skating four-on-four, Leivermann walked in from the point after an offensive zone faceoff win and beat Rowe gloveside high for his third goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game at 19:13 of the first, a lead Notre Dame would take to the locker room.

Hunter Strand extended the lead to 3-0 with exactly one minute left in the second period when he followed up his own shot in front that hit the post and forced the rebound over the goal line. Following an Adam Karshik blast from the point that deflected off Jack Adams, Landon Slaggert kept the puck alive in front before Strand notched his third of the year, scoring on his birthday.

Midway through the third and still leading 3-0, Leivermann nearly scored his second of the night but his bid hit off both posts after beating Rowe.

Galajda went on to stop all five shots he faced in the third as the Irish posted the 3-0 victory.

Notes

Notre Dame is now 6-1-0 at home this season.

Matthew Galajda posted his second shutout of the season/with the Irish and the 21st of his career to tie for third all-time in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history with Michael Bitzer (Bemidji State 2014-18).

Galajda now has 67 career wins, which is tied for 23rd all-time in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history.

Grant Silianoff scored his first career power-play goal.

With a goal and an assist, Nick Leivermann posted his seventh career multi-point game.  

Mental Miles

On Nov. 4 and 5, Notre Dame wore commemorative jerseys during warmups as they partnered with 2014 hockey alum Stephen Johns, who recently retired from the NHL.

The jerseys are being auctioned off over the next two weeks (https://auctions.und.com/) to benefit Johns’ #MentalMiles initiative to support mental health.

Aach jersey will have “JOHNS” and “28” on the back and is also autographed by Johns.

Next Up

Notre Dame heads back out on the road next weekend to play a two-game series at second-ranked Michigan on Friday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 20 (8 p.m.).

Both games will be streamed on BTN+ (no television broadcasts).

The Irish then return home to play a 5 p.m. matinee against longtime rival Boston College on Black Friday (Nov. 26) at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

The contest versus the Eagles will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago+ and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ and available on the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com. 

Sycamores fall to visiting Salukis on Senior Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State was unable to slow down a high-powered Southern Illinois offensive attack as the Sycamores fell to the visiting #16/15 Salukis in Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 47-21.

Southern Illinois (7-3, 5-2 MVFC) scored on each of their first three offensive possessions and added four touchdown drives midway through the game in securing the conference win. The Sycamores (4-6, 2-5 MVFC) battled through 12 penalties in the contest as Indiana State was unable to sustain momentum through the contest despite another standout performance from Dante Hendrix in the loss.

Hendrix continued to pace the Indiana State offensive efforts with his second double-digit catch performance of the season. The redshirt junior wide receiver hauled in 10 catches for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Indiana State’s final home game of the 2021 season.

Anthony Thompson went 21-of-33 through the air for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Kurtis Wilderman added a fourth-quarter touchdown pass late in the contest. Phazione McClurge added six catches for 51 yards, while Rontrez Morgan added a three-catch, 32-yard game with his first touchdown catch of the season. Peterson Kerlegrand paced the ISU rushing efforts with 56 yards on 18 carries.

SIU quarterback Nic Baker teamed up with Avante Cox for a pair of touchdown passes to highlight his 17-of-26 performance for 233 yards through the air. Cox hauled in four catches for 48 yards, while Izaiah Hartrup 66 yards) and Tyce Daniel (65 yards) added three catches apiece in a balanced Saluki passing attack.

Southern Illinois also had nine players in the rushing column with Javon Williams Jr. pacing the way with a 10-carry, 79-yard effort with a pair of touchdown runs. Overall, SIU posted 282 rushing yards on 48 carries in the win.

Geoffrey Brown led the Sycamores defense with a team-high nine tackles, while Mekhi Ware and JJ Henderson combined for four pass breakups on the defensive side. Brown also paced the Sycamores efforts with 1.5 tackles for loss, while Rylan Cole and Ethan Hoover added seven tackles apiece.

PJ Jules was the Salukis team leader with nine tackles and a tackle for loss. David Miller added a pair of key interceptions for Southern Illinois as SIU won the turnover battle (3-0) in the Missouri Valley Football matchup.

How They Scored

Southern Illinois took advantage of an early Indiana State interception to capitalize with a 23-yard Nico Gualdoni field goal to cap a 13-play, 43-yard drive and give the Salukis the early 3-0 lead.

The Salukis went up 10-0 following the seven-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a Nic Baker 31-yard touchdown pass to Avante Cox with 3:24 remaining in the first quarter.

A Sycamore goal-line stand led to a 25-yard Gualdoni field goal with 11:47 remaining in the second quarter as the Salukis lead extended to 13-0.

Indiana State was on the scoreboard with 3:40 left in the first half as Anthony Thompson found Dante Hendrix on the one-yard, play-action jump pass to cap a 12-play, 50-yard drive and narrow the margin down to 13-7.

Javon Williams, Jr. added to the SIU lead with his six-yard touchdown run coming as time expired in the first half to give the Salukis the 19-7 edge at the halftime break.

Donnavan Spencer put the Salukis on the board in the second half with a two-yard touchdown run at the 11:12 mark in the third quarter to put Southern Illinois ahead 26-7 following the 12-play, 81-yard drive.

Anthony Knighton added to the SIU lead with a 19-yard interception return down the right sideline to put the Salukis ahead 33-7 with 11:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Cox was in the end zone for the second time in the game as he hauled in the back-shoulder touchdown pass from nine yards out to cap a four-play, 71-yard drive with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter as SIU went up 40-7.

Thompson went to Rontrez Morgan on back-to-back plays late in the third quarter with the second target going for a 23-yard touchdown connection as the Sycamores cut into the SIU lead with 2:53 remaining to close out the 13-play, 75-yard drive.

Williams Jr. responded for the Salukis with a 43-yard touchdown run with 14:50 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the score at 47-20.

Kurtis Wilderman found Hendrix for the redshirt junior wide receiver’s second touchdown of the game for a one-yard touchdown pass in the right flat to put the score at 47-21 with 8:41 to play in the contest.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State finished the contest with 291 total offensive yards (98 rushing, 193 passing) in the loss on Saturday afternoon.

The Sycamores posted 20 first downs on the day and averaged 4.3 yards per play in the contest.

Southern Illinois held the 30:15-29:45 edge in time of possession and posted 29 first downs.

The Salukis recorded 515 total offensive yards (282 rushing, 233 passing) and averaged 7.0 yards per play.

Travis Reiner averaged 38.8 yards per punt over his four punts in the game with a 53-yard effort in the third quarter.

The Sycamores had a season-high 125 penalty yards accessed to the team on 12 penalties in the contest.

News & Notes

Dante Hendrix continues his catch streak on Saturday afternoon as the redshirt junior wide receiver hauled in a game-high 10 receptions in the contest. It marked Hendrix’s second double-digit catch effort in the last four games and gave the Florence, Ky. native 32 receptions over the four-game span since returning from injury. He has caught at least one pass in 26 consecutive games.

Hendrix’s two-touchdown game was his first of the season and third of his career after hauling in a pair of one-yard scores on Saturday afternoon. He joins Phazione McClurge (Eastern Kentucky) as the lone Sycamore wide receivers with multi-touchdown receiving games in the 2021 season.

Rontrez Morgan was back on the field for the first time since going down due to injury against Missouri State three weeks ago. Morgan finished the day with three catches for 32 yards and his first touchdown of the season, while extending his receiving streak to 13 consecutive games.

Anthony Thompson posted his second two-touchdown game of the season on Saturday afternoon as he targeted by Hendrix and Morgan for scores in the loss.

Geoffrey Brown’s nine-tackle effort against the Salukis marked a season-high for the freshman linebacker, while his 1.5 tackles for loss continued a six-game streak where’s brought down a ball-carrier behind the line of scrimmage.

The Sycamores welcomed back Mekhi Ware to the field with a vengeance as the redshirt junior defensive back posted a pair of pass breakups in his first action since suffering an injury against Eastern Kentucky.

JJ Henderson added two more pass breakups to run his season total to nine on the year.

The Sycamores recognized 24 seniors in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday’s kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

ISU falls to 28-30 all-time in the series matchup with the Salukis.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the 2021 regular season next weekend in Normal, Ill. as the Sycamores travel to Illinois State for a Saturday afternoon clash at Hancock Stadium. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Redbirds is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Sycamores Set for Quick Turnaround Sunday Against Hanover

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball returns home for a Sunday afternoon matchup with Hanover. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET from Hulman Center. The game will air on ESPN3 as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide free-of-charge.

Fans wishing to purchase tickets can do so by clicking HERE, by calling 877-ISU-TIXS, or by visiting the Hulman Center Ticket Office.

*Indiana State University requires all campus visitors, faculty, staff and students to wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Full Hulman Center Guidelines can be found by clicking HERE.

» For the first time in 12 years, the Indiana State basketball team will open the year under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.

» Schertz announced prior to the opener that senior guard Tyreke Key will miss the 2021-22 season due to season-ending shoulder surgery. Key is a three-time All-MVC award winner and was named First Team All-MVC in the preseason.

» Indiana State is coming off a 92-67 loss at the hands of seventh-ranked Purdue Friday night. Cooper Neese led the Sycamores with 15 points and six rebounds while Cameron Henry tallied his second consecutive double-digit scoring game at ISU.

» Indiana State holds a 19-5 all-time record against Hanover and has won 13-straight in the series. The last regular season meeting with the Panthers came in 1958 when the Sycamores came out on top 57-52.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Volleyball Sends Off Seniors With a Win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Night for its four seniors, Maddi Nell, Kendyll Gebert, Madison Gates and Katie Crowe, by defeating IUPUI 3-1 (25-16, 26-24, 16-25, 25-16) on Friday (Nov. 12) on the Arnie Ball Court.

After Friday’s match, Gates finished her career 10th in program history with 2,158 assists. Crowe will leave the Mastodon program first in sets played, second in matches played, fourth in kills, fourth in digs and 10th in digs.

After starting the opening set down 10-9, the Mastodons rattled off a 12-4 run, which started with a kill from Gebert. Ramei Jackson and Crowe had four kills each.

The second set was the most thrilling of the night. Purdue Fort Wayne down 23-15, but stormed back with an 11-1 run that featured three blocks from the ‘Dons and three kills from Madelyn Wurster. Purdue Fort Wayne pushed off three IUPUI set points en route to the comeback to go up 2-0.

IUPUI took the third set by using a .321 hitting percentage. Crowe had seven of her match-high 16 kills in the third set.

After IUPUI extended the match, the ‘Dons went up 5-0 in the fourth after Gates aced the Jaguars to open the set. Later on, the ‘Dons forced IUPUI into five straight attacking errors, two of which the ‘Dons blocked. This gave the Mastodons the cushion they needed to cruise to the 3-1 win.

Jackson had 12 kills with a .368 hitting percentage. Rachael Crucis was one of three ‘Dons in double-figures for digs, recording 20. Gates dished out 33 assists.

The Mastodons’ season concludes at 8-23, 6-12 Horizon League. IUPUI falls to 5-24, 3-15, with its season also coming to a close.

JAGUARS FACE THE FALCONS ON THE ROAD

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The IUPUI women’s basketball team travels to Bowling Green on Sunday (Nov. 14) to face the Falcons with tip off at 2:00 p.m. The Jags have faced the Falcons three times with the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2005, when IUPUI lost 66-55.

The Lady Jags are coming off a hard-fought overtime loss to #11 ranked Michigan, 67-62. Rachel McLimore led the charge with 21 points, nine of those points coming from behind the arc. Graduate student, Macee Williams followed with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Anna Mortag added a career-high 10 points and five rebounds.

IUPUI down seven with just three minutes to play in the fourth quarter went on a 7-0 run to tie the game and send it to overtime but the Jags ultimately fell as the Wolverines outscored IUPUI 9-4 in OT. Head coach Austin Parkinson’s team showed a lot of promise and hope to bounce back in the Sunday matinee against the Falcons.

Bowling Green enters the game as the defending Mid-American Conference regular-season champions and started the 2021-22 season 1-0 after they defeated East Tennessee State University on Thursday night, 90-58.

Sunday’s game with be aired on ESPN3 with tip off at 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball falls in road contest at Belmont

NASHVILLE – Belmont University held a 20-point lead at the half before adding to it in the final 20 minutes on the way to an 81-43 win over the University of Evansville men’s basketball team on Saturday inside the Curb Event Center.

Shooting 52.5%, the Bruins (1-1) led by as many as 46 in the second half.  Evansville (1-2) finished at 27.5% with Shamar Givance hitting five of his seven attempts before finishing with 17 points.  Jawaun Newton scored 10 points while leading the Purple Aces with six rebounds.

“Belmont is a good team who played very well today,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said.  “We could not match their aggressiveness and their skill.”

Four Belmont players reached double figures with Grayson Murphy hitting six out of seven field goal tries on his way to 16 points.  Will Richard and Ben Sheppard scored 11 apiece while Nick Muszynski finished with 10.

Three of the opening four attempts for Belmont found the bottom of the net, giving them a 6-2 advantage out of the gate.  Jawaun Newton grabbed an offensive rebound before dribbling it into the corner before knocking down a 3-pointer to get UE within one.  Newton struck again with a field goal at the 13:20 mark to cut the gap to three (10-7) before the Bruins took control.

Belmont held the Aces scoreless for a span of 7:05 while scoring the next 12 points to go up 22-7.  The Bruins defense held the Aces to 0-for-6 shooting while forcing four turnovers during the run.  Shamar Givance ended the drought with a triple with 6:15 on the clock.  Another 0-6 shooting stretch saw BU add five more to the lead, opening a 27-10 lead.  With just over a minute on the clock, it was Givance connecting from downtown once again to score the Aces’ 13th point of the game.

On the ensuing two possessions, the Bruins connected from outside and would take a 34-14 lead at the break.  In the second half, it was all Belmont. Over the opening five minutes of the period, the Aces kept the deficit around 20 points, trailing 42-22, but Belmont turned up the pressure.  A 25-5 run made it a 67-27 game with eight minutes remaining before the Bruins took the contest by a final of 81-43.

The final rebounding tally was 41-26 in favor of the Bruins while the Aces turned it over 20 times while forcing 12 Belmont turnovers.

Evansville looks to rebounds on Tuesday when they play host to DePauw.

Women’s Basketball hits midpoint of homestand with Sunday matchup against Oakland City

EVANSVILLE – Following a gritty season-opening win on Tuesday, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday at 1 PM against Oakland City inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

Last Game: Evansville 62, Oakland City 52

Battling back from a late deficit, the University of Evansville women’s basketball showed resilience in a 62-52 season-opening win over Austin Peay on Tuesday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

“That was just a really gritty win. We had a rough stretch, a really rough third quarter, and to see our kids fight back and not fold and not lose their confidence, I’m just so proud of them,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “They worked hard to be at this point and it was great to see them get the win in the first game.”

A roster split equally between new faces and returners saw both make significant impacts. The team’s leading scorer over the past two seasons, junior Abby Feit again topped the scoring for the Aces, finishing with her 12th double-double, recording 21 points and 11 boards. Two other Aces finished with double-figures, both making their debuts in white and purple, as senior Myia Clark poured-in 15 points and freshman Elly Morgan tallied 11 points. Morgan and Clark both made a significant impact on the defensive end with their consistent pressure, combining for six steals. For the Governors, newcomers Yamia Johnson and Karle Pace both led the way with 14 points on the night.

“We had great energy the entire game. We got down a little but we bounced back really well and I think that’s a big improvement from last year,” said Feit after the win. “Like I said, we kept the energy high the entire game and the intensity and we were pressing, turning them over, and we got great shots on offense, so it was overall a well-rounded game.”

After going 243 days between games, Evansville looked in mid-season shape to start the game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the opening stanza. Feit and Clark were the primary catalysts in the Aces early momentum, combining for 13 of the Aces first 21 points. After four-straight Governor points to close the quarter, Morgan knocked-down a triple to return Evansville to a double-digit advantage at 24-14.

In the second quarter, Evansville’s lead ballooned to 14 on three by Clark with 3:44 left in the half, but Austin Peay had a burst in them to close out the opening half. Over the final 3:44, the Governors put together an 8-0 run to cut the Aces lead to just four at 35-29 at the break.

The Governors run to close the opening half spilled over into the third quarter as Austin Peay got within one less than two minutes into the second half. With 3:39 remaining in the third, a three from Nina De Leon Negron handed Austin Peay its first lead of the game at 41-39. Shooting just 20% (3-15) in the third period, Evansville struggled to keep pace with the Governors as the Aces were out-scored 17-6 in the quarter with Austin Peay grabbing a 46-41 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

Austin Peay pushed its lead to seven at 50-43 just minutes into the fourth as had been limited to just eight points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. After a layup from Feit cut the deficit to five, a massive shift in momentum occurred with just over six minutes remaining. Driving to the lane, Clark was fouled and flung the ball towards the rim, hitting the shot and earning a trip to the line, brining Evansville within a possession. As Evansville’s defense turned-up the heat, its offense got going as well. Trailing by three, the Aces got a pair of threes from the left side that flipped the script and handed UE the three-point advantage. A stifling defensive effort over the final eight minutes limited the Governors to just two points in that span, while Evansville scored 19 as the Aces pulled away for the win.

Evansville’s rim protection was key to the win as the Aces recorded nine blocks on the night, the most by Evansville since recording nine against Bradley on March 8, 2018.

Previewing the Matchup: Oakland City

Evansville and Oakland City are meeting for the 27th time in series history with Evansville owning a 21-5 advantage in the all-time series.

The Aces and Mighty Oaks last met on Dec. 16, 2020, as the Aces earned an 84-52 win over Oakland City inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

OCU enters the weekend matchup having already played two regular season games and an exhibition. The Mighty Oaks are 0-2 on the season, following a 67-51 loss to Huntington University and a narrow 71-69 defeat at the hands of Cumberland University.

A win would earn Evansville back-to-back wins to open a season for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Feit against the Mighty Oaks

In a pair of matchups against the Mighty Oaks, junior Abby Feit has put up gaudy numbers. Feit has scored 30 points per game against OCU in her career, averaging just 30 minutes per contest, while averaging 10.5 rebounds.

Last season, Feit recorded a 28 point, 14 rebounds, six steal, and four blocks performance against Oakland City, which is the only such single-game effort in NCAA DI women’s basketball since at least 2014-15.

Football Rolls Past Butler to Keep Hold on Hoosier Helmet

Regardless of the score, winning the Hoosier Helmet is always sweet for the Valparaiso University football team.

But this score? This one made for an even more joyous bus ride north after an unforgettable day in Indianapolis – Valpo 47, Butler 3.

The Beacons outgained the Bulldogs 421-191 en route to the most lopsided league win in program history while also setting a program record for margin of victory against a Division-I opponent. Valpo has now won three straight in the rivalry series, all this calendar year. 

How It Happened

Believe it or not, Butler scored the game’s first points on a nine-play, 69-yard opening drive that resulted in a JJ Wadas 27-yard field goal. A 48-yard connection between quarterback Bret Bushka and Johnny O’Shea put the hosts in the red zone.

It didn’t take long for Valpo to respond, as the Beacons scored on a six-yard pass from Ben Nimz (Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial) to Connor Hebbeler (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Bergen Catholic [Wake Forest]) with 6:19 remaining in the opening quarter to make it 7-3. That drive was highlighted by a 31-yard Nick Orekoya (Billerica, Mass. / Everett [Massachusetts]) run.

Valpo’s next possession also resulted in points, as Brian Bartholomew split the uprights from 24 yards out to extend the lead to seven at 10-3. That drive was highlighted by an Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground) reception from Nimz that covered 43 yards.

After forcing a turnover on downs, Valpo went 50 yards on six plays to score on a Barret Labus (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth) 15-yard TD snag, creating a 17-3 advantage with still 10:50 on the clock. 

Valpo got another fourth-down stop on Butler’s next drive when Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) came up with a key sack on fourth-and-8. Valpo again capitalized as Nimz completed a 38-yard TD pass to Matt Ross (Naperville, Ill. / Montini Catholic [Eastern Illinois]) on a third-and-8 from the Butler 38. That made it a 24-3 rout with 39 seconds left in the half.

Just when it seemed the first half could not go any better, Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) forced a Butler fumble that was recovered by Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson), who returned it 35 yards to the Bulldogs’ 10. That set up a 7-yard Nimz scramble for a score (PAT missed) to make it 30-3 at the break.

The game was over by halftime, but the Beacons kept pouring it on by adding a 63-yard TD drive to open the second half. Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) had a 32-yard run and a 37-yard reception before rushing it across the goal line from a yard out to make it 37-3 with 10:59 to go in the third. 

Bartholomew made a 45-yard field goal with 2:41 left in the third, then Martins recovered the second Butler fumble of the day after Valpo got a stop on fourth-and-1. That resulted in another scoring drive, with Washington running it in from six yards out to boost the lead to 44 at 47-3. That stood as the game’s final score.

Inside the Game

The 44-point margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since beating Missouri Baptist by 48 on Oct. 11, 2014. This was Valpo’s largest margin of victory in league play in program history, and also set the program record for margin of victory against a Division-I opponent. In addition, this was Valpo’s most lopsided win over Butler in the longstanding rivalry. 

Valpo held an opponent to three points or fewer for the first time since beating Butler 17-3 on Nov. 8, 2014.

The Beacons have won five of the last six rivalry matchups, their best stretch in the head-to-head series since prevailing in seven straight from 1994-2000. They are now 3-0 against Butler in the calendar year of 2021.

Nimz passed for a career-high 241 yards on an efficient 19-of-24 through the air. He also passed for three TDs and rushed for one while throwing no interceptions.

Washington rushed for 102 yards, all in the second half, his ninth career 100-yard rushing game in a Valpo uniform in just his 16th appearance. He added 38 receiving yards on four catches.

Washington rushed for two touchdowns, bringing his season total to 13, which is second on the program’s all-time single season list. He needs one to tie or two to break Dave Newnam’s 1977 record of 14 rushing scores. Entering play on Saturday, there were only four players in the FCS nation with 13 or more rushing TDs this season.

Washington’s 102-yard total upped his season mark to 946. He surpassed Brandon Hall (855, 2014) for fourth on Valpo’s all-time single-season rushing list. If he rushes for at least 54 yards in the season finale vs. Morehead State, Washington will become the third player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. If he rushes for more than 63 yards, he’ll finish second on Valpo’s single-season rushing list.

Washington’s career rushing total is up to 1,599. He needs 45 more yards to crack the top 10 in program history.

As a team, Valpo is up to 21 rushing TDs this season, cracking the top five in program history. The 21 ranks fifth, one behind a tie for third.

Reese accrued a team-high 81 receiving yards on two catches. Ross’ TD grab was the first of his career, while Labus’ touchdown was his first career catch of any kind. In addition, Hebbeler became the first Beacon with two receiving scores this year.

Bartholomew’s streak of made PATs ended at 40, nine shy of the program record. His miss came from added distance after a 15-yard penalty. However, with his five made PATs, Bartholomew has 29 for the season, one away from cracking the program’s single-season top five.

Bartholomew went 2-for-2 on field-goal tries, boosting his season total to 11. He now ranks tied for fourth in program history for made field goals in a single season and needs two to tie or three to break Kevin Mackey’s single-season record of 13 next week.

Valpo has cracked the top five in program history in single-season tackles for loss. With three on Saturday, the team has 71 this season, tied with the 1982 team for third in program history. This marks the team’s most TFL in a single season since 2007 (78).

With two sacks in the game, Valpo is up to 30 for the season, tied for the fifth-most in single-season program history with the 2007 squad. One more will allow Valpo to own its highest single-season sack total since 2000.

Annis had his first career fumble recovery, while Martins had his third, all this season. Psota forced a fumble for the second time in his career and first since 2019. Martins moves into a tie for the FCS lead in fumble recoveries. Entering Saturday, only five players in the FCS nation had five fumble recoveries this year.

Valpo owns a 9-0 edge in the turnover category over its last four games. Saturday marked the squad’s fourth consecutive turnover-free performance.

Valpo has earned a fourth win in PFL play for just the third time ever and second straight season (2017, Spring 2021). This marks just the third time since 1968 that Valpo has garnered a fourth league win in any conference.

Valpo has scored 112 points over the last two games, tying with the 2017 squad (vs. Marist, vs. Morehead State) for the program’s most points in consecutive games since 1985.

Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington), Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]) and Annis shared the team lead with five tackles apiece.

Up Next

Valpo (4-6, 4-3 PFL) will attempt to close out a winning PFL season next Saturday on Senior Day at Brown Field. Morehead State will be in town for a 1 p.m. kickoff in a game that will air on ESPN3. For ticket information, visit www.valpoathletics.com/tickets.

UIC Edges Valpo in Overtime

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team outscored UIC 30-25 in the second half to force overtime, but the visiting Flames got the better of the extra session for a 74-70 win on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) provided the biggest bright spot, going off for a 28-point, 11-rebound double-double on an efficient 11-of-16 shooting. The game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes.

How It Happened

The lead seesawed back and forth for much of the early stages with the game reaching ties at seven, 10 and 12. A 3-point play by Kithier at the 10:51 mark helped Valpo vault ahead 17-15, then Kithier’s jumper on the next possession doubled the lead to four.

Fifth-year senior Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) buried a trey to extend the edge to 22-17 with 8:42 left of first-half time, but the game’s next two made baskets were UIC 3s to put the Flames ahead 23-22.

Taylor responded with a five-point burst including a 3-pointer on a kick out from Kithier with 5:57 left in the half to make it 27-23 in favor of the hosts.

Valpo led 29-27 with 2:52 to go in the half, but the Flames closed on a 7-0 run to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.

The gap extended to seven when UIC scored the first points of the second half, but the Beacons orchestrated an 11-0 run to go up 40-36. Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) made a key 3 on a possession extended by a Taylor offensive board, and Edwards contributed four points to the burst.

Freshman Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City) nailed a go-ahead triple with 12:51 on the clock to make it 44-41, but the lead continued to go back and forth.

Valpo was held without a point from the 7:06 mark to the 4:10 mark, a stretch that saw UIC build up a seven-point edge. The Beacons responded by keeping the Flames from scoring over the final 4:24 of regulation while putting together a 7-0 run.

Neither team could find the hole over the final 2:03 of regulation, and a 59-all deadlock sent the game to overtime.

UIC scored the first four points of OT and never trailed in the extra session. The Beacons got to within two at 70-68 with 1:20 to go and again at 72-70 with 30 seconds remaining, but a pair of free throws iced the game for the guests with 18 seconds on the clock.

Inside the Game

Kithier’s 28 points were the most by a Valpo player in a single game since Javon Freeman-Liberty scored 29 on March 7, 2020 vs. Missouri State. It was the highest single-game output by a Valpo individual other than Javon since Bakari Evelyn scored 30 on Nov. 25, 2017 vs. UNCW.

Kithier’s 28 points were the most scored by a Valpo player in a double-double since Freeman-Liberty had 30&13 on Nov. 12, 2019 at SIUE.

Kithier had career highs in both points and rebounds. His previous scoring career high was this year’s season opener vs. Toledo (16), while his previous watermark on the glass was seven on four occasions.

Kithier became the fourth player in The Valley with a performance of 28+ points this season, joining Antonio Reeves of Illinois State (twice), Sy Chatman of Illinois State and Gaige Prim of Missouri State.

Sixth-year Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) squeezed seven rebounds, while Taylor had six to go along with his 16 points and team-high four assists. 

Sophomore Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) was Valpo’s third double-figure scorer with 13 while also blocking a career-high four shots. A Valpo player blocked more than three shots in a single game just once last season, when Donovan Clay had five against Purdue Northwest. Edwards’ four rejections were the most by a Valpo individual against a D1 team since Jaume Sorolla on Feb. 16, 2019 at Drake.

This marked Valpo’s first overtime game since a double-OT affair on Jan. 28, 2021 vs. Bradley, a 91-85 victory. This was Valpo’s first OT defeat since Feb. 19, 2020 at Drake (77-75) and the team’s first OT loss at home since Feb. 13, 2019 vs. Indiana State (87-72).

The last time Valpo opened the season 0-2 with both setbacks coming at home was 1997-1998, a year where the program eventually reached the Sweet 16. 

Redshirt junior Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) made his Valpo debut on Saturday.

Hounds Best Bulldogs in Regular Season Finale

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The UIndy football team capped its 2021 regular season in exciting fashion Saturday, engineering a 13-10 comeback win at Truman State University. The Greyhounds scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning 40-yard field goal from Paul Buisman with 19 seconds left.

INS & OUTS

UIndy got things going following intermission, especially in the fourth quarter. Trailing 10-3, the Greyhound defense forced and recovered a Truman fumble on the very first play of the final period, giving a short field to the offense.

The latter group responded with a quick scoring drive, featuring a 23-yard reception by Jon Eineman and a nine-yard rushing touchdown by JaQuan Buchanan to tie it up.

With the score still knotted at 10 with under four minutes to play, Truman got off a booming 65-yard punt to pin the Hounds at the nine-yard line. They were up to the task, however, methodically marching down the field to position themselves for the win.

The drive ultimately spanned 14 plays and consumed nearly all of the remaining time. Snap No. 14 started on the left hash of the 23-yard line and ended with Buisman splitting the uprights for what proved the game-winning score.

UIndy possessed the ball for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, racking up 141 yards in the period while limiting Truman to just 33.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The UIndy defense combined for seven tackles for a loss and three sacks. Linebacker Gavin Bane accounted for three TFLs himself, including a six-yard sack in the first quarter.

– Buchanan was a workhorse in the offensive backfield, garnering a career-high 34 carries on the way to 94 yards rushing.

– Luke Lacey hauled in his first collegiate reception Saturday, finishing with a team-high six grabs for 69 yards. Fellow-wideouts Eineman and Jeremiah Lee and combined for eight catches for 146 yards.

– Safety Michael Brown set a career high with 10 total tackles, while linebacker Benjamin Hunnius followed closely with nine stops while adding a forced fumble and a pass break-up.

MORE NOTES

UIndy is now 8-1 all-time versus Truman since their first meeting in 2013 … The Greyhounds finished the season with a 5-1 road record … Star running back Toriano Clinton, the nation’s leading rusher in yards per game, did not play to due to injury … The game featured the Hounds’ first scoreless first half since October of 2010—a rare 6-5 win in the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan.

Greyhounds Drop Game to #8 Ashland

ASHLAND, Ohio – The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team fell to the No. 8 Ranked Ashland Eagles, 59-45 on Saturday afternoon.

Sadie Hill led the Hounds with 11 points, six rebounds, and an assist.  She was followed by Mickey Sasson with 10 points, six rebounds, and a steal, Sasson shot 100 percent from field goal range. 

An Ilani Williams-Harris jumper and a Knobloch layup back-to-back would put the Greyhounds up 17-to-13 over the Eagles to end the first quarter.

An Eagles 20-point second quarter would put Ashland up and half. Despite a furious fourth quarter run by the Greyhounds, putting the Hounds within 10 of the Eagles, they were unable to stop the nationally ranked Ashland.

The Eagles were led by Hallie Heidemann who posted 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds scored 10 points off of turnovers, while Ashland scored 26.

-UIndy scored 18 points off the bench.

-The Greyhounds scored 26 points in the paint, while Ashland had 28.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will host Northwood in their first home game of the season on Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. ET

WILDCATS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN OVER NO. 19 CLARKE

MARION, Ind. No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan defeated No. 19 Clarke University 84-51 in day one of the Leah Whittaker classic. Both teams ended their 2020-21 seasons in Sioux City to eventual national champion, Westmont. This is the second meeting of the two teams in the history of the program with Wildcats victorious in both matchups.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Wildcats came out on fire in the first quarter of play connecting 4-8 from behind the arc and ended the quarter with a seven point lead.

Second quarter saw the Wildcats take a commanding 23-7 quarter starting off by Madison Davis’ four-point play. IWU led 43-20 at halftime.

Wildcats grew their lead to 27 points into the second half and continued to ride their momentum the rest of the way.

INSIDE THE BOX

Four Wildcats posted double-digits in scoring. Maddie Lawrence poured in a career-high 19 points tonight going 4-7 from the arc. Lilli Frasure added 13 points, Davis had 11 points, and Adrianna Trexler chipped in 10 points.

IWU won the battle on the boards 42-31 and added in 16 offensive rebounds.

Jordan Reid led the offense with five of the team’s 16 assists.

NEXT TIME OUT

Leah Whittaker Classic continues tomorrow, November 13 as IWU hosts Missouri Baptist at 3pm.

MIDWAY 3, IU EAST 0

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball season ended one step short of a return to the national tournament after a close three-set loss against Midway University on Nov. 13 in a River States Conference Championship semifinal.

Final score from the second morning semifinal from IU Kokomo’s Student Activities and Events Center, with a spot in the RSC Championship title match and a berth in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship on the line: 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 in favor of the Eagles.

IU East, the RSC Championship’s No. 1 seed from the East Division, concludes its season with a 20-12 mark. Midway (24-3), the No. 2 seed from the West Division, qualified for the national tournament for the first time in its history.

“This season had a lot of ups and downs,” said Red Wolf senior Hallie Holbrook. “Even though we didn’t end the way we hoped, I’m proud of this team. We have a lot to learn, and I know the growth will be exponential over the next year.”

Just as all three sets were close in IU East’s three-set home win against Midway in early October, all three sets in the conference tournament rematch could have gone either way.

IU East held a 15-6 lead in the first set, but Midway stormed back to seize the set and the early momentum.

The Red Wolves nearly flipped the script in Set 2. IU East came back from a 17-10 deficit and held a set point at 24-23, but Midway claimed the next three points to take a two-set lead.

Neither team led by more than two points in the third set until the Eagles closed with an 8-5 surge to wrap up the match.

IU East (.150 hitting average) lost for just the second time this season when it posted a hitting average of .145 or better.

Jessica Swimm (14 kills, 10 digs) finished her season with her 11th kills-digs double-double of the season.

A young IU East roster concluded the season with the program’s 11th 20-win season and the Red Wolves’ fourth RSC East Division title in the last five years.

“I hope the team takes this loss and uses it as fire for the spring season,” Holbrook said. “I can’t wait to come back and watch this team succeed in the future.”

WBB out-paced by Muskies

RICHMOND — The Earlham College women’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive home game with a 100-67 loss to Muskingum University on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers fell to 0-2 while the Muskies improved to 3-0.

Three Quakers tallied double-digit points. Janaiya Bright and Alexis Gibson led the way with 16 points each while Amari Bradford recorded 14.

Amy Stewart led the rebounding effort with seven total. She was followed by Bradford with five.

Earlham exchanged the lead with Muskingum twice in the first quarter, but the Muskies held control over the match after that point.

The Quakers struggled offensively in the high-scoring game, averaging a 37.5 field goal percentage for the entirety of the game. This number was lowered by a particularly difficult second quarter where the Quakers shot just 17%.

Earlham rotated through its players in the final frame of play. Every active player on the roster saw action in some capacity during the fourth quarter.

Earlham continues its season on Thursday at UC Clermont. Tip-off is slated for 6 pm in Batavia, Ohio.

Grit and “Monon Bell Magic” Bring The Bell Home

The Wabash College football team fought back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit and outscored DePauw University 42-7 over the next 46 minutes to win the 127th Monon Bell Classic 42-35 in front of a sold-out Little Giant Stadium crowd of 8,400.

DePauw came into the game with an eight-game winning streak and conference championship and appeared to be cruising to another win with three touchdowns in the first 13 minutes, which silenced the homestanding Wabash crowd – starved for a Bell Game after last year’s game was canceled.

But with the fans chanting “Wabash Always Fights,” it was game on in a thrilling Little Giant victory.

“This was just a great example of the toughness and the grit that our players and our student body have – it’s what we teach here,” said Head Football Coach Don Morel, who rallied the students in Chapel on Thursday, calling for “some Monon Bell Magic.”

Sophomore quarterback Liam Thompson dialed up some of that magic when he hit tight end Jackson Clayborne for 18 yards to set up a one-yard quarterback sneak to cap a 75-play drive that got Wabash on the scoreboard and the crowd into the game.

Leading 21-7, the Tigers marched straight down the field on the Little Giants, but senior Kamron Ferguson intercepted a Chase Andries pass at the Wabash seven yard-line to kill the drive.

Two drives later, Thompson again had Wabash on the move, hitting Derek Allen for gains of five and 26 yards and Clayborne for nine more. With 8,400 fans expecting Thompson to sneak it in from the one-yard line with 47 seconds left in the half, he faked it and handed off to Heisman Skeens for a jet sweep touchdown run, and Wabash was within seven, 21-14.

Thompson said the team made very few adjustments at halftime. “We had a little momentum coming into halftime, it was 21-14, so energy was really high,” he said. “We just tried to stay even keel the whole game, chop into the lead, and figured eventually they’d make a mistake and we’d capitalize, which we did.”

Still, Andries and DePauw fired up the visiting crowd when they took the opening kickoff of the second half 72 yards to go up 28-14. Andries completed seven passes on the drive, including a high-flying, acrobatic catch by Jaylon Smith at the one yard-line, and Gus Baumgartner ran it in from there.

The rest of the third quarter belonged to Wabash. The defense tightened up and the running game got rolling.

“We just had to stop shooting ourselves in the foot,” Thompson said. “We knew that if we came in and played our game, we could hang with anybody.”

Wabash answered the Tigers with a nifty 75-yard drive that ended when Thompson found Skeens streaking across the field at the 14 yard-line and the speedster took it in for a 20-yard touchdown and Wabash was within seven 28-21.

The defense forced a quick three-and-out on the next series, and Thompson wasted no time pulling Wabash even at 28-all. He hit sophomore Derek Allen for a 31-yard bomb, picked up another 15 yards on a DePauw roughing the passer penalty, and bought time with his feet to allow Clayborne to get open for a 10-yard touchdown grab.

The Wabash defense got physical and forced the Tigers into a three-and-out on their next two possessions. Four plays later, Wabash had its first lead of the game when sophomore Donovan Snyder ripped off a 37-yard touchdown run. Jake Handley missed the extra point, his only miscue of the day, and Wabash led 34-28 with 12:19 to play.

DePauw got one first down on its next drive before punting, and Wabash took over at their own 13 yard-line with 10:13 to play and a six-point lead. Coach Morel stuck to his game plan – run the ball and pass when necessary. The Wabash crowd roared with every first down as the clock ticked, ticked, ticked down.

When sophomore Cade Campbell made three cutback moves for a 29-yard gain to get Wabash to the Tigers’ eight, it looked like the game was in the bag. But DePauw’s defense stiffened and Coach Morel faced a huge call with fourth down at the DePauw one yard-line. A field goal would have put Wabash up by two scores, but always the gambler, and believing in Monon Bell Magic, Coach Morel went for it. Thompson faked the run and lifted a soft jump pass to Clayborne in the endzone and the victory celebration had begun.

That game-cinching drive was classic Wabash: 14 plays, 87 yards, and over eight minutes of clock.

Andries and DePauw raced down the field for a late touchdown, but Wabash covered two onside kicks to seal the game and Wabash’s 15th Monon Bell victory since 2001. Wabash now leads the all-time series 63-55 with nine ties.

Thompson overcame an early interception to hit 14-of-24 passes for 163 yards, while rushing for 44 yards. Snyder jump-started the Little Giants’ second-half comeback, finishing with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown. Wabash rushed 53 times for 232 yards, which helped the Little Giants gain a six-minute edge in time of possession.

Allen, Cooper Sullivan, and Clayborne each caught four passes.

Senior Josh Myers played the game of his life in his last Bell-ringer, making a dozen tackles, while the big guys up front – Dave Marsh, Will Olive, Steven Thomas, and Seth Buresh—combined for nine tackles and two sacks. In addition to his game-changing interception that ended a would-be Tiger touchdown, Ferguson added another pick at the end of the first half.

Thompson credited his teammates on defense for keeping Wabash in the game. “All year the defense has been doubted, but they kept us in the game when the offense was struggling,” he said. “It was awesome to see those guys come up with the stops when we needed them.”

Wabash finished the season 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

“At Wabash it’s weird because you can win every game and lose the Bell and it’s not a perfect season or you can lose every game and win the Bell and there’s something to cheer about,” Thompson added. “It’s a rare opportunity we have here. No matter what the records are at the end of the year, we get to play in this game, so we’re just really blessed to get the win.”

RECAP | Franklin Dominates Hanover in Second Half, Takes Back Victory Bell

HANOVER, Ind. – Thanks to a dominant second half on both sides of the ball, the coveted Victory Bell is coming back to Franklin after the Grizzlies’ 27-16 win over arch-rival Hanover on Saturday (Nov. 13) afternoon.

After being shut out in the first half, Franklin (6-4, 4-3 HCAC) shook off a double-digit deficit with a 17-point third quarter. The Franklin defense buckled down in the second half, allowing just one Hanover (5-5, 4-3 HCAC) score over the final 30 minutes of action to capture their first Victory Bell win since the 2017 regular season finale.

How it Happened

The two defenses dictated play in the opening half, but the Panthers’ league-leading scoring defense held serve when the teams broke for halftime with the home side leading 10-0.

With the Panthers set to receive the opening kickoff of the second half, Franklin’s defense set the tone for the final 30 minutes by forcing a three-and-out that gave the ball back to the offense in Hanover territory. The Grizzlies got on the board with a four-play, 41-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Kai Ross to Dylan McKinney that made it 10-7.

After forcing another Hanover punt, the Grizzlies took their first lead of the day with 7:03 to go in the third when Ross connected with Jarrett Gibson on a 14-yard pass that made it 14-10. The Panthers responded with a touchdown right away to re-take the lead, but Franklin responded with a third straight scoring drive, ending with a 38-yard field goal from Derek Baldin that made it 17-16 heading into the fourth quarter.

Carter Brown added to the lead early in the fourth with a 28-yard field goal and the Grizzly defense followed it up with their two biggest stops of the day, resulting in two Hanover punts that gave Franklin the ball back deep in their own zone with five minutes to play.

Facing third-and-13 from their own 13, Ross and McKinney connected for the play of the day. Ross launched a pass down the sideline that McKinney hauled in against tough coverage before speeding into the end zone for a career-long 87-yard touchdown catch.

Inside the Box Score

-Franklin’s defense held one of the league’s top offenses to just 298 yards on the day. Hanover finished the game with just 70 net yards rushing after averaging more than 200 per game entering the day.

-Senior linebacker Jason Pigg was all over the field in his final career game, finishing with a game-high 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

-Ross finished the day 15-for-28 with career highs in yards (264) and touchdown passes (three). McKinney hauled in five passes for a career-high 164 yards and recorded his second career multi-touchdown game.

-Sophomore Jireh Ojata recorded a sack for the ninth straight game, giving him 14 for the year and moving him into a tie for first place in the country.

-It was a sweet end to the career for Franklin’s 18 graduating members. Fifth-year defenders Evan Stambaugh and Noah Ryan earned their second career Bell victory while the rest of the Grizzly seniors all closed their careers with their first win in the Victory Bell Game.

Women’s Basketball: Ohio Northern Earns Win against Anderson

Ohio Northern University (1-0) earned a 67-55 win against the Anderson University women’s basketball team (0-2) on Saturday in Ada, Ohio.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Polar Bears outrebounded the Ravens by a 61-42 margin.

Ohio Northern held a 20-10 advantage on the offensive rebounds and outscored Anderson 12-2 on second-chance points.

The Polar Bears converted 25-of-74 (33.8 percent) shots from the field while the Ravens made 19-of-68 (27.9 percent) attempts from the floor.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Lexi Dellinger – 10 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Payton Moore – 12 points, 2 blocks

Makynlee Taylor – 8 points

Brynn Beard – 6 points

Jade Shipley – 6 points

Reece Colclesser – 6 points

Allison Shaffer – 4 points

Cassie Pallett – 3 points

UP NEXT

Anderson takes on Wittenberg University (1-0) in the Wittenberg Tip-Off on Friday at 7 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio.

Football: Spartans Outlast Ravens for The Bronze Ball

Manchester University (3-7, 3-4) outlast the Anderson University football team (1-9, 1-7) with a 3-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) win for The Bronze Ball on Saturday in North Manchester.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson held a 258-182 advantage in total offense.

The Ravens turned the ball over five times, while the Spartans committed one turnover.

Zac Tallent – 7 receptions, 104 receiving yards

Tyson Harley – 202 passing yards

Caden Robinson – 57 rushing yards

Jawan Coney – 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for losses

Cayden Sotelo – 11 tackles

Ross Watson – 6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for losses

Brandon Goodman – 5 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, 2 pass breakups

Javonte Malone – 6 tackles

Collin McCaffrey – 6 tackles

Tristan Chambers – 5 tackles

Caden McClain – 5 tackles

Sam Feola – 1 blocked kick, 1 sack

Connor Huffman – 1 sack

Men’s Basketball: Anderson Sinks Kalamazoo’s Hopes Late, Goes 2-0 on Road Trip

The Anderson University men’s basketball team (2-0) sunk Kalamazoo College’s (1-2) hopes late with a 74-71 victory on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich. Anderson went 2-0 on the road for the weekend after battling to a 75-65 win against Adrian College (1-1) on Friday in Adrian, Mich.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Austin Lyons scored the first eight points of the contest with a layup and two 3-pointers.

Trailing the Ravens 14-5, Kalamazoo went on an 8-0 run to cut Anderson’s lead to 14-13 with 10 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.

The Ravens led the Hornets 30-28 at halftime.

Kalamazoo never led during the contest. Anderson led the first 18:33 of the first half.

Phil Bessick knocked down a 3-pointer with 15:28 left in the contest. Anderson took a 42-34 lead, its biggest lead of the half.

Josh Decker drained a 3-pointer with 1:27 to go for Kalamazoo to tie the game at 67-all.

Fred Shropshire responded by knocking down a 3-pointer on the following possession to give the Ravens a 70-67 lead. The Hornets did not score on the next possession,

Maurice Knight made a free throw to put Anderson ahead by four. Ty Horky scored a layup for the Hornets to make the score 71-69.

Knight sank another a free throw to put Anderson ahead by three. Bobby Samples missed the game-tying three for Kalamazoo with 10 seconds remaining. Tate Cooper drained a pair of free throws to go ahead 74-69.

Horky was fouled on a 3-point attempt with three seconds remaining. He then made his first two free-throw attempts. Horky intentionally missed the third free-throw attempt to provide an opportunity for an offensive rebound and a game-tying 3-pointer, but Jordan Gadis recorded the game-clinching rebound.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Anderson converted 25-of-47 (53.2 percent) shots from the field while Kalamazoo hit 24-of-56 (42.9 percent) attempts from the floor.

The Ravens drained 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) attempts from 3-point range while the Hornets made 9-of-25 (36 percent) shots from behind the arc.

Maurice Knight notched 25 points and nine rebounds for the Ravens.

Austin Lyons contributed 15 points.

Tate Cooper turned in 10 points.

COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS

First of all, my hat is off to Kalamazoo. They have a really good team. They are mentally tough, execute with precision and play with a ton of confidence. I’m glad we got to play them early in the year because they are just going to keep getting better.

In the second half, we started to look more like we needed to on offense. The ball was moving, and whether we ran stuff through Maurice Knight or Francis Uzorh, we had a number of different guys finishing plays: Tate Cooper, Cade Gentry and obviously Fred Shropshire hit a really big shot.

It goes without saying that Maurice Knight is a tremendous basketball player. He made a lot of scoring plays down the stretch, but also showed a great willingness to move the ball, trust his teammates, and take what the defense offered him.

UP NEXT

The Ravens host Illinois College (3-1) in their home opener on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Wrap Season at Siena Heights

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Taylor football team closed its 2021 campaign on Saturday with a defeat at Siena Heights. The hosts posted 17 points in the first quarter and never looked back in the 51-23 contest.

Taylor struck first with a 32-yard field goal off the foot of Zane Shilts, but SHU (5-5, 4-3 MSFA) scored the game’s next 17 points and eventually 41 of the next 48 to take control.

The Trojans ended with points in each of their four trips inside the red zone, coming away with three touchdowns and the field goal. TU also eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the ninth time in 10 games this season, but was once again hindered by costly miscues, losing five fumbles in the affair

Stephen Ellis led the offense with 74 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry, with Jacob Cleaver backing him up with 54 yards, one score and 4.9 yards a pop.

Aven Jones paced the defense with 10 tackles, Josh Saltzgaber added nine and Hojun Yun posted eight. Braxton Green registered TU’s lone sack and Collin Woolford secured the squad’s only turnover with a forced fumble and recovery.

Taylor closes its 2021 season at 2-8 overall and 1-6 within the MSFA. TU is set to graduate 20 seniors from the squad, while looking to return 12 starters.

Football Headed to NCAA Playoffs After Convincing HCAC Title Game Win

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team is headed to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in school history after a convincing 58-21 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day at Cook Stadium.

Rose-Hulman led 42-7 at the half and cruised to its seventh straight win to complete a perfect 7-0 season in conference play.  The Fightin’ Engineers won their 13th conference championship in football program history and will return to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Rose-Hulman will learn its NCAA Division III Playoff destination in a selection show streamed live on ncaa.com on Sunday Nov. 14 at 5:30 pm.  The first round playoff game will kick off noon local time at the site of the game.

Andrew Dion finished 19-of-30 for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.  Shane Welshans rushed for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 carries to balance the attack.

Two receivers had huge days to help Rose-Hulman engineer a 541-yard offensive attack.  Daniel Huery gained 164 yards on 5 catches, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown reception.  Noah Thomas became the career school record holder for touchdown receptions with 36 by hauling in eight catches for 123 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Rose-Hulman had three interceptions on the day as part of a solid performance.  Riley Roberts returned an interception 39 yards inside the 10-yard line to set up a late second quarter score.  Rashard Brown added a 15-yard interception return and Cameron Dorsey had three pass breakups to go along with an interception.

Kyzer Bowen, Chaikou Sow and Michael Stevens had six tackles each to pace the Rose-Hulman defense.

Josh Taylor led the Mount St. Joseph offense with a 13-of-31 performance for 210 yards and three touchdowns.  Joey Newton had a team-high 120 receiving yards and two scores.

Rose-Hulman opened the scoring with a pair of 1-yard first quarter touchdowns by Welshans.  Rose-Hulman pushed its lead to 21-0 on a 17-yard touchdown catch wrestled away from a defender by Thomas.  The lead hit 28-0 on the career touchdown receiving record breaking score by Thomas, a 4-yard catch with 11:36 in the second quarter.

Mount St. Joseph closed within 28-7, before Roberts snagged his interception to set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Welshans.  Huery made a catch and two darting moves to score an 80-yard touchdown with 2:20 left in the first half to make the score 42-7 at the break.

Jonathan Oliger added a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter to push the lead to 45-14.  Grant Ripperda later scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, and Alonzo Johnson capped the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Rose-Hulman also honored its 21 seniors prior to their final home game at Cook Stadium.  Seniors included Winston Amankwah, Jonathan Anstett, Caleb Brown, Andrew Dion, Desmond Dunson, Tristen Foisy, Charlie Hahm, Sam Hedrick, Thomas Hostetler, John Hruska, Jacob Jagger, Alonzo Johnson, Daniel Morford, Riley Roberts, Max Sage, Justin Sands, Connor Schulte, Michael Stevens, Noah Thomas (graduate student status), Brett Tuttle and Shane Welshans.

Rose-Hulman will head to the NCAA Division III Playoffs with an 8-2 overall record after a perfect 7-0 season in HCAC play.  The Fightin’ Engineers crossed the 50-point mark for the fourth time in seven HCAC games this season in the win.

RHIT Women’s Basketball – Berea 65, RHIT 61

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball narrowly fell to Berea College in their season opener 65-61.

The Fightin’ Engineers battled Berea to only a one-point deficit at the halftime break. Berea opened the half and took an eight-point lead, but Jordan Barlow and Ashley Black scored eight combined points to knot the game 35-35.

After that, neither team led by more than six points. Berea ended the game on a 9-2 run to secure the eventual four-point victory.

Barlow led the offensive attack with 20 points, which ties her career-high, shooting 7-12 from the floor and 6-6 from the foul stripe.  She also added eight rebounds and three blocks.  Jamie Baum recorded a double-double in her first collegiate contest with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including shooting 6-13 from the field. 

Kahlan Jester recorded a game-high five assists.  Rose Burnham added nine points and eight rebounds for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Despite Rose-Hulman dominating in the paint in rebounds (43-34) and scoring in the paint (38-14), it was free throws by Berea that proved the difference in the game.  The Mountaineers finished 22-24 from the line, with 10 coming from Aaliyah Hampton.  Berea was led in scoring by Hampton with 26 points.  Destiny Combs recorded a double-double of her own, adding 10 rebounds to her 24 points.

The Engineers hit the road for nearly one month, beginning with the North Park Classic in Chicago, Ill. on November 19-20. The women’s hoops team will return to Hulbert Arena on December 11 to battle the Lions of Mount St. Joseph.

Women’s Soccer Drops Thriller with Nationally-Ranked Carnegie Mellon

WESTMINSTER, Md. — The Trine University women’s soccer team made their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championship and gave their nationally-ranked opponents all they could, but ultimately came up just short in double overtime by the score of 2-1.

The Thunder played defensively in the contest against Carnegie Mellon University, who was ranked 15th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III Poll, and mostly succeeded by holding the Tartans to just one goal during regulation. That goal came in the 26th minute of play and gave the team a 1-0 lead.

Trine finally applied their own pressure in the 69th minute of play with freshman phenomenon Teresa Ashbrook (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) once again showing her offensive skill with a goal that knotted the game at one.

The Thunder defense held under fire through the rest of regulation, with freshman Sophie Aschemeier (Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton) holding strong in net. She finished the contest with nine saves.

The defense continued through the first overtime period, but in the 104th minute Carnegie Mellon’s offense received three successive corner kick opportunities. The third would be successful breaking the tie and giving the Tartan the 2-1 victory.

Trine finishes their record-breaking season 15-5-2 overall, with multiple team and individual offensive program records. This marks the first time the team has reached either the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament final or the NCAA championship tournament.

NO. 4 WILLIAM PENN RACES PAST THE PILOTS

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball dug themselves into a deep hole against No. 4 William Penn on Saturday and lost 102-84. The Pilots trailed by as many as 26 points but cut the deficit to eight points multiple times in the second half. Nathan Aerts led the Pilots with 19 points.

GAME VITALS

Score: William Penn def. Bethel 102-84

Records: Bethel (3-3) | William Penn (5-0)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | William Penn – No. 4

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

STAT TRACKER

Nathan Aerts: 19 pts, 4 reb, 5-10 fg

Jared DeHart: 18 pts, 4-7 3-pt, 3 stl

Wesley Burse: 14 pts, 3 reb

Brandon Hunt: 13 pts, 9 reb, 3 blk

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots trailed by as many as 26 points in the game.

Brandon Hunt made the first start of his career with team-highs of 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Pilots were outrebounded 51-41 but held the Statesmen to just 11 second chance points.

The Statesmen shot 14-of-28 from the three-point line, including 9-14 by Karmari Newman on his way to a game-high 35 points.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Lincoln on Monday in the Wiekamp Athletic Center at 7:00 pm.

PILOTS FALTER IN SECOND HALF TO NO. 19 CLARKE

MARION, Ind. – Bethel Women’s Basketball took No. 19 Clarke to halftime tied at 47 but were outscored 67-46 in the second half to fall 114-93 to the Pride. Jazmen Watts led the Pilots for the second straight game with a team-high 19 points and 7 rebounds.

GAME VITALS

Score: Clarke def. Bethel 114-93

Records: Bethel (4-4) | Clarke (4-2)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Clarke – No. 19

Location: Luckey Arena | Indiana Wesleyan University | Marion, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Jazmen Watts: 19 pts, 7 reb, 9-16 fg

Maiah Shelton: 13 pts, 2 stl

Alba Garcia: 12 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl

Kallie McElroy: 11 pts, 6 ast, 5 stl

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots forced at least 30 turnovers for the fourth straight game and seventh time in eight games this season.

The Pilots were again outrebounded, allowing 54 total rebounds and 22 on the offensive end.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots open up Crossroads League play with a trip to Spring Arbor next Saturday the 20th at 1:00 pm.

#19 DePauw Finishes Weekend Sweep

Wilmington, Ohio – The 19th-ranked DePauw women’s basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season following a 58-55 win over Calvin at Wilmington College’s Fred Raizk Memorial Classic. The Knights dropped to 2-2 with the loss.

Calvin jumped out to a 5-0 start and held a 17-14 edge after the opening quarter. The Knights expanded the lead back to five at 21-16 before the Tigers went on a 13-0 run to grab a 29-21 advantage with 1:39 left in the half. Calvin hit a three in the closing minute as the teams went to the intermission with DePauw leading, 29-24.

DePauw extended its lead back to nine in the first three minutes of the third before the Knights chipped away and closed to within two at 37-35 with four minutes left in the third. Maddie Howe, Lydia Stullken and Mya Shannon each hit buckets as DePauw headed to the fourth with a 43-35 advantage.

Moira McGinley’s basket in the opening minute of the fourth pushed the DePauw lead to double digits at 45-35.  The Tigers went scoreless over their next four possessions and Calvin cut the lead to 45-41 with 6:40 remaining.

Campbell Montgomery ended the run with a bucket before Stullken hit one of two free throws. Calvin evened the count at 50-50 and the teams traded 3-pointers before Mya Shannon knocked in a pair of free throws to give the Tigers a 55-53 lead with 1:12 left.

Gabby Timmer knotted the score at 55-55 with a second-chance layup, but Maeve Summerville’s bucket with 16 seconds left put the Tigers in front for good. The Knights missed on their next possession before Stullken hit a free throw to make it 58-55. A Calvin 3-point attempt near the buzzer was off the mark.

Summerville led the Tigers with 14 points and Shannon, who was named to the all-Classic Team, added 13. Four Tigers grabbed five rebounds each, while Maura Fitzgerald had four assists and four steals and Grace Kinsey chipped in four assists.

Timmer paced Calvin with 23 points and 11 rebounds with Stephanie Coors adding 12 points.

DePauw hosts Millikin on Tuesday, November 16, in a 7 p.m. contest.

Men’s Soccer advances in the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion

EMORY, Ga. – The Hanover men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Championship after rallying to defeat Lynchburg in extra time, 2-1.

The Panthers were paced in the contest by freshman Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) and senior Fernando Martin (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) with one goal apiece. Hanover pelted the net with a game-high 21 shots, six of which landed on frame.

Head coach, Matt Wilkerson added this following the win ” It’s fun. I think we are playing at our best, it’s fun to watch our guys get better every game and enjoy the postseason.”

Lynchburg netted the game’s first goal in the 57th minute as they were able to beat the Panther backline for the nerve racking 1-0 lead.

However, Hanover continued on the attack as they were finally able to break the drought in the 86th minute as Domenici played a ball from junior Keegan Marx (Evansville, Ind.) to force extra time, 1-1.

Extra time saw the Panthers deliver as a corner kick to the 18-yard box set the stage for senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.). Eppler provided a back pass that Martin fired past the keeper en route to the exciting 2-1 Tournament advancing win.

Hanover will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3:00 PM when they take on NCAA Tournament host Emory.

Hanover bows out of the NCAA Tournament following outstanding season

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Hanover Panthers bowed out of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon after dropping the heartbreaking opening round match-up with Dominican (Ill.), 2-1.

The Blue and Red conclude the outstanding season at 13-2-4 overall, 7-1-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Panthers also posted a record setting 24 straight game unbeaten streak.

For their outstanding effort, Hanover also saw two members claim top HCAC honors in senior Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) who was named the Defensive Player of the Year and senior Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) who was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Hanover finished the afternoon with eight shots, five of which landed on frame.

The Panthers would strike first in the contest as senior Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) delt the blow. The senior played a header from teammate senior Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) in the 15th minute that she was able to hammer home for the 1-0 advantage.

Hanover was able to take the 1-0 lead into the half before Dominican responded. The Stars found the equalizer late into the second frame as a battered Panther defense surrendered their first goal in the 76-minute, 1-1.

The game-winning goal came with just over two and a half minutes remaining in the contest as the Stars secured the NCAA Tournament advancing victory in regulation.

With the win, Dominican advances to the NCAA opening round championship taking on host Wash. U.

Hanover wraps up the season with the playing of the 91st Victory Bell Game

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers welcomed Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Franklin to Alumni Stadium for the playing of the 91st Victory Bell Game. Hanover also celebrated senior day, falling in the contest 27-16.

The Blue and Red conclude the season at 5-5 overall, 4-3 HCAC while the Grizzlies improved to 5-4 overall, 4-3 HCAC.

Hanover finished the contest with 308 total yards of offense led by senior, quarterback, Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) with 195-yards through the air and one touchdown. The Panthers added one score on the ground for a combined 70-yards rushing.

The Hanover football team dominated play in the first half as they were able to find the first strike at the 3:46 minute mark in the opening quarter. The Panthers traveled 52-yards on seven plays led by a 12-yard rush and score by senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.), 7-0.

Franklin looked to find an equalizer early in the second quarter as they traveled to the Hanover 41-yard line before freshman Jayleem Santos (Warner Robins, Ga.) was able to recover a fumble that set-up Hanover for the final score of the first half. Sophomore Blake Simpson (Allen, Texas) came through in the clutch as he hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give HC the 10-0 advantage.

However, the second half saw a scoring frenzy as the Grizzlies punched in back-to-back touchdowns en route to their first lead of the contest, 14-10.

The excitement wouldn’t last long as senior Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) went to work with just 3:55 to play in the third stanza. The senior capped off a 64-yard seven play drive with a 17-yard run and score, 16-14. The endzone visit marked the second of the afternoon for the Panthers.

The back-an-forth battle continued as the 91st Victory Bell Game heated up seeing a change in momentum with a pair of Franklin field goals. The first came at the 1:12 mark in the third quarter before the second split the uprights in the fourth quarter at the 10:21 minute mark for the 20-16 advantage.

Franklin tacked on the final score with just 4:10 to play as they traveled 84-yards on three plays for the game securing touchdown.

The Bronze Ball Comes Home! Spartans Shutout Anderson for Senior Day Win

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University Spartans won back the coveted Bronze Ball Trophy after shutting out rival Anderson University 3-0 at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A lone field goal by senior kicker Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) was all the difference in Saturday’s score. Kibler connected on a 39-yard try early in the 4th quarter.

The Black & Gold defense stood tall when it mattered most in Saturday’s heated rivalry game as Spartans came away with 5 takeaways. Manchester intercepted Anderson quarterback Tyson Harley 4 times, while also forcing a key fumble.

Playing in his final collegiate game, senior defensive back Michael Cross (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) provided 2 of Manchester’s 4 interceptions on the day. Cross finished with 6 tackles, recovered a fumble, and also broke up a pass. Senior defensive end Jabari Webb (Villa Rica, Ga./Villa Rica) had an interception in Saturday’s game while also providing 7 total tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss. Senior linebacker Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) led the Black & Gold with 11 total tackles.

The Spartans were able to seal the Senior Day victory late in the 4th quarter after junior defensive back Josue Castro (Miami, Fla./Westland Hialeah) intercepted Tyson Harley with 1:16 left on the clock.

For the game, the Manchester defense racked up 8 tackles-for-loss for 28 yards. MU also had 4.0 sacks.

The Spartans ended the 2021 season with a record of 3-7, 3-4 HCAC. Manchester won back the coveted Bronze Ball Trophy and has won 10 of the last 11 matchups in the series.

Anderson ended its season 1-9, 1-6 HCAC.

Second Half Surge by Adrian Sinks Spartans

ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College used a strong second half to rally past visiting Manchester University in men’s basketball action on Saturday November 13.

The Spartans built a 38-34 lead at the intermission; however, the Bulldogs were able to outscore the Black & Gold 58-42 in the 2nd half to secure a 92-80 victory.

Host Adrian shot a blistering 64.5 percent (20-31) in the 2nd half. The Bulldogs finished Saturday’s game with 54 points in the paint, 34 bench points, and 26 points in transition.

Manchester was able to score 42 of its points in the paint on Saturday.

First-year point guard Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind./Adams) led Manchester with 18 points. Columbus finished 7-10 shooting for the game. First-year guard Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Snelling shot 7-9 from the floor and went 2-2 from three-point territory. Sophomore forward Mitch Mendenhall (New Haven, Ind./Woodlan) chipped in 16 points and 5 boards.

5 Bulldogs scored in double figures on Saturday and were led by Connor Pelham’s double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The Spartans (0-3) will look to get their first win on Tuesday night when Ohio Northern pays a visit to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. Game time on November 16 is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Adrian (1-1) will travel to Earlham College on Wednesday November 17 for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Quakers.

IU SOUTHEAST SLIPS PAST FORESTERS

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington women’s basketball team took one on the chin again to suffer a 74-69 loss to IU Southeast Friday night at Platt Arena. The loss is HU’s third straight as they drop to 2-4 on the season. 

While the Grenadiers enjoyed the lead more often than not, the Foresters never let their guests get too far out of sight. Each time HU threatened; however, IUSE came up with a big play whether that be a timely three, a trip to the free throw line or forcing a turnover.

The guests finished with 11 triples which accounted for half their field goals and got to the line 28 times to HU’s seven. They also caused 15 HU TOs, nine of which were steals.

The fourth proved the only quarter Huntington outscored their visitors. Most encouraging about the final ten minutes was HU’s grit. Down 60-49 early in the stanza, , the Foresters’ never-say-die attitude gave them a chance at the win. Alli Vaughn and Emily Seboe took turns trading buckets to account for eight straight points to pull their team within three at 60-57 with eight minutes remaining.

IUSE countered with a pair of threes that sandwiched two freebies by Vaughn to make for a seven-point spread. After that Seboe tag-teamed with Maddy Robrock to once again trim it to a single possession. This time around Robrock scored twice down low on either end of two long balls by Seboe. It made for a 72-69 ball game with 90 seconds remaining.

While the Foresters came up with a big defensive stop for a chance to knot things up, IUSE thwarted any sort of heroic comeback with a quick steal and layup to seal the deal.

Seboe finished with a season-best 27 points. She also tracked down ten rebounds for a double double, the first of her Huntington career. Dazia Drake added 11 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. 

Lauren Lambdin went off for 36 points to top all scorers. Karly Sweeney tossed in 13 points as IUSE’s other double-digit scorer.

The Foresters have a quick turnaround as they host IU South Bend tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

WVU HANDS HUNTINGTON FIRST LOSS

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Forester men’s basketball team came up short for the first time this season in an 80-70 contest that favored #RV West Virginia Tech on day one of the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Classic hosted by Grace College.

It was a battle for any sort of advantage through the opening 20 minutes with defense proving king. With the exception a brief five-point difference, no more than two possessions separated the two squads with the Bears getting the final say by scoring twice in the minute leading up to halftime to take a 33-30 advantage into the locker room.

It looked like defense would continue to dominate as two minutes came and went to start the second frame without a score. By the 14:43 mark, it was still slow going for both teams with WVU holding a 40-36 advantage. The Bears’ offense finally came to life by scoring 12 of the game’s next 14 points to balloon their lead to 52-38 with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Four minutes later, Mitchell Wilson’s three cut it to nine, 60-51, after which Zach Goodline scored six of his team’s next eight points to dwindle HU’s deficit down to five at 64-58 with just over four minutes remaining. Unfortunately, that’s as close as it would get the rest of the way as Tech slowly pulled away to eventually win by ten.

Goodline poured in 17 points to pace Alford’s crew. Ben Humrichous finished with 16 points and ten rebounds for his first collegiate double double. The 6-8 sophomore also swiped three steals and dished out two assists. Peyton West tossed in 14 points while Lane Sparks added 11 off the bench.

Tamon Scruggs dropped in 21 points for the Bears while teammates Andrew Work (12), Gunner Short (12), Ashton Parker (10) and Andreas Jonsson (10) also posted double figures.

HU (4-1) is back at it tomorrow at noon to take on Grace Christian.

No. 2 Cougars Storm Back to Defeat No. 1 Shawnee State in Rio Grande Finale

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (8-0) competed in the final day of the Rio Grande – Bevo Francis Tournament when they faced the No. 1 Shawnee State University Bears (4-1) and the Cougars stayed hungry as they defeated the defending NAIA champs 102-74.

The game didn’t start on a promising note though. The Bears stormed out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, but then the Cougars found some momentum and took advantage.

A jump shot by sophomore forward David Ejah got the scoring started for Saint Francis and it took them less than four minutes to rally and tie the Bears at 13-13. Then trailing 18-16, the Cougars stormed ahead with three consecutive jump shots and a three to go ahead 24-18.

Now in command of the game, the Cougars played the game their way, forcing a couple turnovers on defense and getting the defensive rebounds when they needed to. The remainder of the first half saw the Cougars build upon their lead and carry all of the momentum into halftime as they held a 57-39 lead after the game’s first 20 minutes.

A layup in the first minute of the second half by junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry got the scoring started and both teams went back-and-forth through the first several minutes.

Then a couple good free throws by David Ejah extended the lead to 20 points less than three minutes into the frame. Through the next 10 minutes the lead grew to 25 points and the Cougars defense stepped up as big as they have all year, allowing just 35 points to the number one team in the second half.

In the final minute, a three-pointer by sophomore forward Garrott Ott-Large put the Cougars in triple-digits as they earned their biggest victory of the year to this point.

“What a tremendous effort defensively by our players,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “We were really locked in this weekend and got better. Shawnee State is a great team and I just felt we were playing with a chip on our shoulder. David Ejah was a monster on both ends the past week and definitely earned the MVP of the Bevo-Francis Tournament.”

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 48 percent from the floor, 58 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 76 percent from the free throw line. David Ejah led the team in scoring with 30 points and also had a team-leading 12 rebounds. Junior guard Dan McKeeman followed suit with 22 points and five rebounds of his own.

The Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Goshen, Indiana to begin Crossroads League play against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (2-3) beginning at 3:00 pm.

Lady Cougars Go 2-0 at Huntington Classic by Defeating Grenadiers 93-59

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (3-3) competed in the final day of the Huntington University Classic Saturday afternoon against the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers (2-3) and had a dominating performance winning 93-59.

The Lady Cougars set the tone right from the start jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the game’s first couple miuntes. They had a nine-point lead just five minutes into the game but the Grenadiers clawed their way back to close the margin to four points by the end of the first quarter, with Saint Francis leading 21-17.

More relentless offense came in the second quarter for the Lady Cougars. Both teams went back-and-forth in the early minutes, but a layup followed by an and-one by freshman guard Emily Parrett put the Lady Cougars ahead by 10 midway through the frame.

However, the Grenadiers spent the next three minutes of the frame playing catch up and scored 10 unanswered points to tie Saint Francis. But with just under three minutes to go in the half, the Lady Cougars went back to work and scored 12 of the next 14 points to outscore the Grenadiers 23-17 in the frame and take a 44-34 lead at halftime.

Heading into the second half the Lady Cougars picked up where they left off.

Saint Francis was able to maintain their distance from the Grenadiers, and with a couple defensive stops added to their lead to go ahead by 20 late in the frame. They went on to score 26 points in the third quarter and led 70-49 heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter was even better for the Lady Cougars as their defense allowed just 10 points to the Grenadiers in the game’s final 10 minutes. Meanwhile, 23 points on offense paved the way to a 34-point victory by the Lady Cougars as they go 2-0 at the Huntington University Classic.

“I thought we got better at two things this weekend,” Head Coach Jason Ridge said. “First, I thought we took some steps forward with our defense. I think it was helpful to remind themwe are a program that cares about defending. To our players’ credit, they responded and we did a much better job on the defensive end. I also thought that we did a nice job this weekend sharing the ball. Today we got everybody in the scoring column and it was a fun weekend where we got better.”

Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 44 percent from the floor, 43 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 70 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Reganne Pate led the team in scoring with 21 points, Emily Parrett led the team in assists with eight, and she along with Cassidy Crawford and Meleah Kunkel combined for 34 points.

The Lady Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Goshen, Indiana to begin Crossroads League play against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (3-2) beginning at 1:00 pm.

Cougars Celebrate Senior Day, but Fall to No. 9 Concordia Cardinals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-6; 1-5 MSFA) played host to the No. 9 Concordia University Cardinals (8-1; 6-1 MSFA) but couldn’t overcome the formidable Cardinals falling 37-7.

Before the game, the Cougars celebrated Senior Day to honor those who’s efforts have contributed positively to the cause of the program: Damon Hunter, Devin Senerius, Andrew McCormick, Cole Harmon, Jackson Rhoades, Brandon Lockwood, Will Homan, Zach Nihart, Solomon Asiedu, Jay Segal, Ethan Theurer, and Matthew Jackson.

As the game got started, the Cardinals started with the ball and produced a successful drive resulting in an eight-yard touchdown rush after an eight-play drive to go ahead 7-0.

After an interception by junior quarterback Heath Simmons, the Cougars defense stepped up and forced a three and out from the relentless Cardinals offense. Both the Cougars and Cardinals would go three-and-out for their next drives, and Saint Francis got the ball back on their own 12-yard line.

Then the Cougars’ offense produced a successful scoring drive themselves.

Simmons guided the team down field with six consecutive completions, and with junior running back Cameron Peterson taking a couple carries to within the 10-yard line, Saint Francis was set up. What followed was a two-yard touchdown run by Will Homan as the Cougars tied the score, and it stayed 7-7 through the end of the first quarter.

Heading into the second quarter, the Cougars defense made their third succesive stop on the Cardinals, but once Concordia forced a three-and-out, a muffed punt attempt went into the endzone though the Cougars recovered it, it went as a safety with Concordia now leading 9-7.

Through the majority of the first half both defenses stole the show, but as the game neared halftime, the Cardinals broke out with an 80-yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 16-7 heading into halftime.

Opening the second half the Cougars started out with the ball, but to no avail as they were forced to punt. After another stop by the Cougars defense gave Saint Francis the ball back, but a three-and-out forced another punt.

What followed was a blocked punt that went back into the Cougars endzone and was recovered by Concordia as a special teams touchdown put the Cougars in an even bigger hole, now trailing 23-7.

Another passing touchdown was made with five minutes remaining in the third quarter by Concordia as they outscored the Cougars 14-0 in the frame. The game went to the fourth quarter with the Cougars trailing now 30-7.

One more rushing touchdown by the Cardinals sealed the deal as the Cougars suffered the loss bringing their season to an end.

Throughout the game, Heath Simmons threw for 171 yards, while the Cougars managed 83 rushing yards and 173 receiving yards. On defense, Alfred Moore made a sack for a loss of 10 yards and made four tackles for a total loss of 18 yards.

GRENADIERS FALL TO IU KOKOMO IN RSC SEMIFINAL

KOKOMO, Ind. – The IU Southeast volleyball team fell 25-19, 25-23, 25-11 to IU Kokomo in the semifinals of the 2021 River States Conference Volleyball Championship on Saturday.

Emilee Organ had nine kills to lead the Grenadiers and Maggie Purichia, Macy Graves and Delaney Nichols each added four.

The Grenadiers (18-12) took a 4-1 lead to open the match behind kills from Lexie Fisher, Maggie Purichia and Emilee Organ and an ace from Hannah Brown but the Cougars came back to tie the set.

 IU Southeast used a 6-2 run to take a comfortable 16-12 lead later in the period. Two kills from Organ and a kill by Macy Graves sparked the rally.

But the Cougars responded with a 9-1 run to take a 21-17 lead. Three attack errors and two IU Kokomo aces stalled the Grenadier attack.

An attack error only briefly stopped the run and four kills, including three-straight, from Erinn Adam won the first set for IU Kokomo.

In the second set, the Grenadiers fell behind 6-1 but slowly chipped away to get back in the set. A pair of kills by Audrey LaMaster, one from Organ and an ace from Brown cut the lead to 7-5 and a couple of Cougar errors then cut the deficit to 10-7.

But IU Kokomo pulled away once again as a quick 5-0 run forced an IU Southeast timeout at 15-7.

IU Southeast rallied to cut the lead to 20-17. After the Grenadiers got within striking distance, the Cougars answered again with a pair of Adam kills.

A kill from Organ, a block by LaMaster and Graves and two Adam attack errors cut the lead to 22-21 as the Grenadiers got back in the match.

After a Cougar timeout and a kill, Delaney Nichols cut the lead to one once again. But an attack error forced set point, and after a Graves kill prolonged the set, Sidney Gerig ended it with a kill.

IU Kokomo jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the third set and did not look back as the Grenadier offense could not get on track in the final period.

Lexie Fisher had 15 digs to lead the Grenadiers and Organ added 10. Cate Murphy and Hannah Brown each had 11 assists and Brown added two of the Grenadiers’ four aces in the match.

Cougars defeat Goshen 76-68, Earn First Win of the Season

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team knocked off Goshen 76-68 to earn their first win on the season. With the victory, IU Kokomo improves to 1-3 on the season. The Cougars begin River States Conference play this week.

Saturday’s win over Goshen is first-year head coach John Kenger’s first win as head coach of the Cougars.

The Maple Leafs struck first, taking a quick 2-0 lead before Gabrielle Joyner knocked down a triple to hand the Cougars the lead. Freshman Anya Friend came out of the gates hot for the Cougars, scoring 13 of IU Kokomo’s 20 first quarter points. The Cougars and Leafs were tied at 20 after the opening quarter.

Goshen opened the second quarter with a 5-0 spurt, taking a 25-20 lead. Trailing 29-24, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run, taking a 33-24 lead. The Cougars led 40-37 at halftime and did not trail for the remainder of the game.

The third quarter was a bit of a defensive slugfest, but IU Kokomo found a way to outscore the Leafs in the period. Jadah Anderson had six in the quarter to help the Cougars grow their lead to six by the end of the quarter.

IU Kokomo outscored Goshen 8-4 in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 63-53. IU Kokomo did well to keep the lead at five as the Leafs were pressuring full-court for much of the fourth quarter.

Anya Friend, the freshman from Bloomington, Indiana, had a career day against Goshen. Friend had 22 points to lead all scorers. Gabrielle Joyner had 17 points while Tia Chambers added 13.

The Cougars will be back-in-action Tuesday evening as they travel to Owensboro, Kentucky to take on the Brescia Bearcats in the RSC opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball Earns Seven All-Conference Selections: Adam Earns Second Straight Player of the Year Honor

KOKOMO, Ind. — The 2021 All-River States Conference Volleyball Teams & Awards were announced Friday at the RSC Awards Ceremony at the RSC Volleyball Championship being held at Indiana University Kokomo.

The awards were voted on by the 13 RSC volleyball head coaches. Unveiled at the ceremony were the All-RSC First & Second Teams with 14 players each in addition to the RSC individual awards for student-athletes and coaches as well as the RSC Champions of Character Team.

The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball program garnered seven All-Conference selections, five First Team, one Second Team, and one Champion of Character.

IU Kokomo senior middle hitter Erinn Adam highlighted the All-RSC First Team selections as the RSC Player of the Year. It is her second year in a row as Player of the Year. Adam leads the RSC with a .365 attack percentage and 1.20 blocks per set. She ranked fourth in the league with 332 kills.

Joining Adam on the First Team was sophomore Alyvia Smith, sophomore Kaley Lyons, sophomore Lorelei Porter, and junior Sidney Gerig. Audrey Strawsma earned a Second Team nod while Kendal Williams was the Cougars’ Champion of Character representative.

Smith, the defensive specialist out of Muncie, Indiana, leads IU Kokomo on the season with 529 digs. Smith’s 529 digs are good for second in the RSC this season and her 4.56 digs per set are good for third in the conference.

Lyons leads the Cougars in assists with 672 assists on the season. Lyons is averaging 5.89 assists per set, seventh best in the RSC.

Porter has contributed 206 kills so far this season. Porter’s 206 kills are good for third most by any Cougar this year.

Gerig has hit for 237 kills to this point in the season. Gerig is hitting .271, good for fourth best in the River States Conference.

Strawsma, the Cougars RSC Second Team pick, has contributed 167 kills this season and is hitting .213.

IU Kokomo’s Champions of Character representative, senior Kendal Williams, has 547 assists on the year for the Cougars.

Scruggs and Hoopingarner Highlight Women’s Soccer Postseason Awards

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2021 All-River States Conference Women’s Soccer Teams & Awards have been unveiled at RiverStatesConference.com. The awards were selected after a vote of the 12 RSC women’s soccer head coaches.

The All-RSC First & Second Teams feature 14 players each with four forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and two goalkeepers. Also selected were the individual awards for student-athletes and coaches and the RSC Women’s Soccer Champions of Character Team.

Keely Hoopingarner and Morgan Scruggs represented the Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer program on the First Team.

Hoopingarner had a breakout junior season, scoring a team-high seven goals. The Noblesville, Indiana native started 16 games for the Cougars, helping them to a 6-9-2 overall mark with a 6-4-1 RSC record. The six conference wins were the most in program history.

Scruggs, started and played in 15 matches and finished the year with three goals and one assist.

Andi Williams was the Champions of Character representative for the Cougars.

WATKINS LEADS MEN’S BASKETBALL PAST JUDSON FOR 1ST CCAC WIN OF YEAR

GARY, Ind. — Senior Marshaud Watkins led all scorers with 23 points which helped the Indiana University Northwest men’s basketball team win their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest of the season against Judson Saturday. In all, the RedHawks had four players reach double figures in the victory.

RECORDS

Indiana Northwest (3-2, 1-1 CCAC) | Judson 2-3 (1-2 CCAC)

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Marshaud Watkins (23), Jerron Tatum (16), Brian Hernandez (10), Larry Lynch (10)

Rebounds: Tromon Weston (8)

Assists: Tyler Houston (5)

Blocks: Tromon Weston (3)

Steals: Jerron Tatum (2)

HALF BREAKDOWN

1st Half: IU Northwest 35, Judson 27

2nd Half: Judson 37, IU Northwest 37

Final Score: IU Northwest 72, Judson 64

GAME RECAP

Judson opened up the game with a 10-2 advantage.  Back-to-back threes by Damond Crosby and Jerron Tatum got the RedHawks right back in the contest.

The Eagles responded right away to go back up 17-10. IU Northwest would not back down as Watkins hit a three-pointer and Brian Hernandez made a layup to make it 17-15 Judson.

Watkins and Jerron Tatum made back-to-back threes to give the RedHawks a 25-19 lead with 7:05 left in the half. Larry Lynch and Watkins hit back-to-back baskets for a 32-23 advantage.

Judson responded with four straight points. Watkins bounced back and made a three-pointer from downtown to give the RedHawks a 35-27 lead at the break.

Hernadez nailed a three-pointer to make it 44-34 at the 16:32 mark. Judson went on a 13-0 run the next three minutes to go up 47-44.

Tatum ended the RedHawks drought after making a basket. Moments later, IU Northwest made a run after Tatum made it 60-53 with 7:16 left in the game.

The Eagles looked to come back but Hernandez responded with another three to pull ahead 63-56. The RedHawks held onto the advantage the rest of the way and won 72-64.

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, November 17 for their third straight home CCAC game as the RedHawks host Lincoln starting at 7:30 p.m. CT inside the Savannah Center.

HALFACRE LEADS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST JUDSON SATURDAY BEHIND TEAM HIGH 16 POINTS

GARY, Ind. — Freshman Katelyn Halfacre made her season debut on Saturday as she led the IU Northwest women’s basketball team with a 78-38 victory against Judson Saturday. Halfacre led all scorers with 16 points and four three-pointers in the victory.

TEAM RECORDS

IU Northwest (3-3, 1-1 CCAC) | Judson (0-6, 0-3 CCAC)

QUARTER BREAKDOWN

1st Quarter: IU Northwest 16, Judson 13

2nd Quarter: IU Northwest 23, Judson 7

Halftime Score: IU Northwest 39, Judson 20

3rd Quarter: IU Northwest 19, Judson 10

4th Quarter: IU Northwest 20, Judson 8

Final Score: IU Northwest 78, Judson 38

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Katelyn Halfacre (16), Samantha Martin (14)

Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (8)

Assists: Meghan Long (9)

Blocks: Tiara Jackson (1)

Steals: Meghan Long, Samantha Martin (2)

GAME RECAP

Judson went up 5-0 early in the contest.  IU Northwest was able to respond with a 7-2 run capped off with layups by Meghan Long and Sarah Martin.

Both teams traded the next two baskets before the RedHawks got a three-pointer from Halfacre and a layup by Long.  IU Northwest led 16-13 after the first quarter.

The Eagles opened up the second period with a three-pointer to tie the game at 16-all. Alyna Santiago responded right away with a three of her own to regain the lead.

After a basket by JU, IU Northwest scored the next 19 unanswered capped off with a basket by Tiara Jackson and a three-pointer by Sarah Martin.  The RedHawks went into the halftime break ahead 39-20.

IUN started the second half with three straight layups by Michaela Schmidt, Karli Miller and Lauren Smolen to grab a 45-20 lead with 8:14 left in the third quarter. Jackson capped off the 10-0 run to start the second half for IU Northwest to give the RedHawks a 49-20 lead.

Judson responded with back-to-back buckets. Halfacre nailed another three-pointer and Long made a basket to extend the lead to 56-27.

The RedHawks led 58-30 after the third quarter.

Halfacre made a three-pointer and made a basket to score five straight for the RedHawks to give them a 63-30 advantage. IU Northwest put the game out of reach after three straight three-pointers by Halfacre, Madison Wirey and Santiago for a 76-34 advantage their biggest lead of the night.

Samantha Martin picked up the final basket for the RedHawks. IU Northwest ended up winning the contest 78-38.

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, November 17 for another CCAC game as the RedHawks host Lincoln starting at 5:30 p.m. CT inside the Savannah Center.

Warriors Season Comes to a Close in WHAC Semifinals

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s volleyball team fell to Cornerstone University, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-21) in the semifinals of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament Friday night inside the Alliance Catholic Credit Union Arena on the campus of Madonna University.

Emma Westra had a team-best nine kills to go along with two blocks and two digs while Taylor Paul added seven kills and three digs. Andrea Schriver had 22 assists while Kelsey Schladenbrand dished out 12 and both setters notched five digs each. Jacey Blust had 19 digs while Olivia Gessner had 11. Havilyn Cummings made six blocks.

The two teams were even in the early going of the first set, which featured eight ties and two lead changes in all. Tech held an 13-11 lead until a 5-0 run from Cornerstone put them ahead 16-13 and forced a timeout from the Warriors bench. A double block from Cummings and Paul stopped the run, but the Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 22-16. Following their second timeout of the set, the Warriors found some momentum following a block from Westra and Cummings to rattle off six straight points and forcing the Golden Eagles to use both of their timeouts after the score got knotted up at 22. A service error gave Cornerstone the momentum back though as they ended the set on a 3-0 run to go up 1-0 in the match.

The Golden Eagles got out to a 6-4 lead in the second, but Tech was able to battle back and go up 9-8. The two teams continued to trade points and leads until a 6-3 spurt from Cornerstone made it a 19-15 game. The Warriors were unable to recover and fell behind 2-0 after the Golden Eagles took the second set 25-19.

Cornerstone controlled the action early in the third with an 8-3 run to force a timeout from the Warriors. The Golden Eagles continued to push their advantage with a steady attack and held a 19-10 lead following the second timeout of the set from Tech. The Warriors managed to string together a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 21-17, but faced an incredible climb after CU took the next two points. A service error followed by two straight kills from Westra through, made it a 23-20 game to put the pressure on the second-seeded Golden Eagles, but they prevailed with two of the next three points to complete the sweep.

Tech ends the 2021 season with a 24-13 record, the sixth time over the last 10 seasons they’ve won 20 or more matches.

Grace Cross Country sweeps NCCAA national titles

JOPLIN, Mo. – The historic season for the Grace College’s cross country teams continued at the NCCAA National Championships, with both the men’s and women’s teams bringing home national titles.

The championships are the first for Grace in cross country, and mark the fifth and sixth NCCAA titles for Lancer athletics in the past three years. Overall, the school has claimed eight national titles.

Competing at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Joplin, Mo., the Grace women not only won the title, but did it in impressive fashion by claiming the top three individual positions.

Mallory Hiatt took the individual championship in a time of 18:16, edging out teammates Kylie Sauder, who ran 18:17, and Heather Plastow, who finished in 18:18. Each of the three earned NCCAA All-American recognition.

Anna Hulstedt finished 15th and Caroline Kolb 18th to complete the top five for the Lancers with times of 19:23 and 19:37 respectively. Elizabeth Moore came in 22nd in 19:45, and Katie Acker was 24th in 19:51.

Five of the seven runners set personal-best times as the group shattered their own team-time record. The top five finishers for the Lancers totaled a time of 1:33:51, topping the school record set earlier this season.

Grace ended with 37 points, ahead of Campbellsville (Ky.) with 80, Bethel (Ind.) with 101 and Ozarks (Mo.) with 102.

The men’s squad displayed an even more dominating performance.

Six Lancers crossed the line among the top-10 overall runners; each earned NCCAA All-American honors.

Bryan Hernandez-Rios claimed the individual championship, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 25:36. Logan Rufenacht was second in 25:51. Freshmen Justin Van Prooyen (26:19) and Brandon Kleeber (26:21) were fifth and sixth overall, posting personal-best times.

Macallister Cheek also ran a personal-best time and ended up ninth in 26:28. Isaac Beatty finished 10th in 26:45. Nathan Woolery, a last-minute substitution, crossed the line in 19th with a time of 27:15.

Woolery replaced number two runner Dimitri Margaritidis, who sat out the race with injury and will prepare to run in next week’s NAIA National Championships.

Grace finished with 23 points to easily outdistance Bethel with 63, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) with 70 and Judson (Ill.) with 121.

Poyner was named the NCCAA Coach of the Year on both the men and women’s sides.

“We’re proud of these men and women for coming out and executing the game plan,” said Grace head coach Jake Poyner. “All glory to God. We are grateful for the gift of safe travels and great competition. I’d also like to thank our assistant coaches (Alexandria Sanchez, Drew Jones) for all their hard work with the teams.”

Both teams will travel to the Pacific Northwest next week to compete in the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. It will be just the second-ever appearance for the Grace men’s program at the NAIA meet, and the first-ever appearance for the women’s program.

Lancers remain perfect with win over Golden Bears

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s men’s basketball team improved its record to 6-0 with a hard-fought 74-61 victory over West Virginia Tech.

Saturday’s game was the conclusion of Grace’s Hoops for Hope, an annual tournament which raises funds for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund.

The contest was also a rematch from their canceled 2020 NAIA tournament game. This year, both squads were receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The Lancers fell behind by 10 points early in the first half before Elijah Malone and Frankie Davidson helped the Lancers storm back for the convincing win.

The Golden Bears (3-2) came out of the gate energized. Behind lethal 3-point shooting, WVU built a quick nine-point lead which prompted a timeout from Grace.

The stoppage seemed to settle the Lancers (6-0) offensively, but the Golden Bears hot shooting continued as they earned an 18-8 lead over Grace six minutes into the half.

Malone answered with a pair of thunderous dunks that sparked an 18-2 run for the Lancers. Grace’s scoring run included a highlight reel play from Carter Stoltzfus and Ian Scott which sent the Lancer faithful into a frenzy at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

West Virginia Tech again relied on 3-point shooting to claw back into the game, scoring late to tie the score 32-32 at halftime.

The Lancers shot 56 percent from the field and hit 1 of 3 attempted 3-point field goals.

West Virginia Tech shot 41 percent from the field in the first half and went 6 of 13 from beyond the arc. The Golden Bears did not attempt a free throw in the first half.

Both teams traded buckets early in the second half before Stoltzfus drained a deep shot to put a five-point cushion between Grace and West Virginia Tech.

Eddie Gill IV was ferocious on defense and made a pair of stellar plays that helped the Lancers extend their lead to 51-42.

The Golden Bears refused to fade and followed up the Lancer run with a pair of 3-point possessions to eat into Grace’s lead.

West Virginia Tech pulled within one possession when Grace took control of the game for the final time.

Scott hit a jump shot to push Grace’s lead to five. On the ensuing possession Stoltzfus started a fastbreak with a steal and dished a pass to Jake Wadding to swing momentum back in the Lancers’ favor.

The Golden Bears tried to muster one last comeback, but a clutch 3-pointer from Frankie Davidson at the end of the shot clock swished through the net and with it seemed to go the spirits of the West Virginia squad.

Grace iced the game at the free throw line, besting the Golden Bears 74-61.

The Lancers shot a sizzling 66 percent from the field in the second half and 60 percent for the game. They hit three of their seven 3-point shots and were a solid 15 of 21 from the charity stripe.

The Golden Bears shot 40 percent from the field and, after a hot first half, went 2 of 11 from beyond the arc in the second half. WVU made its only free throw of the game.

Malone led all players with 20 points and double-doubled for the third time this season with 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots and added one steal. Davidson closely followed Malone with 19 points and five rebounds.

Wadding had a solid outing with 11 points and nine rebounds. Gill added 10 points and four steals.

Malone was named to the All-Tournament Team, and Davidson was the Tournament MVP.

Grace’s Brett Sickafoose earned the Charles Hollar Mental Attitude Award.

The Lancers will play at Judson at 8 p.m. on Tuesday before traveling to Ohio on Saturday to open up Crossroads League play at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Five score in double figures in Goshen’s overtime loss

GOSHEN, Ind. – Five players scored in double figures for the Maple Leafs men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to get past Madonna. The Crusaders won in overtime, 83-81.

“I’m proud of our effort today,” head coach Jon Tropf said. “We never folded. We battled. Give credit to Madonna as well – they did a great job putting pressure on us defensively and got to the free-throw line more than us.”

Goshen started strong, scoring the first five points of the game and building up a seven-point lead multiple times in the first half. The lead had slipped a bit by halftime, but the Leafs still held a 34-31 edge.

A quick basket by Michael Johnson to start the second half was the beginning of an 11-4 run for Goshen. The Leafs led 52-42 with under 14 minutes to go. Things changed when Madonna’s Mark Mettie came alive. Goshen held the 6-10 senior to just three points in the first half. He is averaging 19.0 points per game this season. Mettie woke up in the second half and exploded with 20 points. With just under five minutes to go, the Crusaders led 63-62, their first lead since it was 6-5.

A bucket by Goshen’s Austin Branagan with 1:35 to go tied the game at 68. With 25 seconds left, Mettie scored and gave Madonna a three point lead. Another Branagan basket with 13 seconds to go was crucial, and Greg Johnson added two more pivotal points with 2.9 seconds left. That tied the game 73-73, Madonna’s last-second effort was just a bit off the mark, and it went to overtime.

Goshen scored first in the extra period with a couple of free throws, but Madonna was back for more and built a three point lead. Goshen retook the lead with 1:38 to go from a basket by Ryan Mansbarger, but the Crusaders charged on from there and won 83-81 in overtime.

“We need to get better at defending without fouling,” reflected Tropf, “and getting the big rebound when we need it.”

Elias Ramirez, Ryan Mansbarger, Clayton MacLagan, Michael Johnson, and Austin Branagan all scored in double figures. In Mansbarger’s 40 minutes of playing time, he added five steals, five assists, and eight rebounds. Goshen made ten three-pointers and had 15 points off of Madonna’s turnovers. Mark Mettie finished the night with 28 points for the Crusaders.

Madonna advances their record to 4-1 this season and 2-0 on the road. They have consistently been over .500% each of the last four years.

Goshen falls to 2-4 as they play in Chicago on Tuesday against Roosevelt. That game will be at 7:00 pm EST. The next home match for Goshen is on Saturday, November 20 at 3:00 pm. That game is against Saint Francis (Ind.) and begins Crossroads League play. It will begin after the same teams on the women’s side conclude their 1:00 game.

Cougars dismiss early Leafs lead and win 76-68

KOKOMO, Ind. – TaNiece Chapman was a rebound away from a double-double and ten players scored for the Maple Leafs women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Kokomo. In a tight battle, the IU-Kokomo Cougars slid by 76-68.

The teams were tied after the first quarter, but the Cougars slowly built up a lead. They led by three at the half and then were ahead by six after three quarters.

Goshen started strong, with a 15-7 lead early on. Then a 13-5 run from IU-Kokomo negated the Maple Leaf momentum. Goshen still had a couple of five-point leads in the second quarter, but they weren’t able to take a lead in the second half of the game.

“We learned from today that we can’t be who we want to be until we find a way to relax in-game,” head coach Stephanie Miller said afterward. “We are very tense right now and we are playing stressed out and worried about making mistakes. We are playing ‘not to lose’ instead of intending to win.”

Chapman scored 17 and brought down nine rebounds. Graysen Cockerham had 14 points – eight of them were in the second quarter. Sa’Drea Rougeau also scored in double figures with 11 and shot 5-9 from the field.

Miller pointed out that the team has been making some controllable errors like missed block out and defensive assignments. If they can control those mistakes, they can be in a better position. “We are working hard, but not smart,” said Miller. “If we can stop thinking too much, we will play both harder and smarter. That’s the combination we are looking for.”

The Cougars only shot 40% from the free-throw line, but they were able to outrebound Goshen 46-32. They scored 16 second-chance points compared to nine for the Maple Leafs.

IU-Kokomo (1-3) avoided going 0-3 against Crossroads League opponents in their non-conference schedule. They had lost to Grace and Bethel, also at home, but didn’t let it happen a third time.

Goshen falls to 3-3 and is on the road on Tuesday, November 16. The Leafs will take on Aquinas (Mich.) at 7:00 pm on the road. The next home game for Goshen will be on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 pm against Saint Francis (Ind.). That match will be the first conference matchup of the season and will be followed by the same two teams on the men’s side at 3:00 pm.

Lady Blazers fall twice to Top-25 opponents at Lady Raider Classic

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers suffered their first two losses of the season over the weekend, falling to No. 6-ranked Three Rivers Community College 82-67 Friday night and 84-71 to No. 21-ranked Moberly Area Community College Saturday afternoon.

The Trailblazers began the Lady Raider Classic by taking on host and No. 6-ranked Three Rivers Community College Friday night.

Vincennes held tough and hung with the Raiders in the first half, leading midway through the second quarter, before Three Rivers closed out the half strong to take a 43-35 into the locker room.

Three Rivers continued to ride this momentum, beginning the second half on an 11-2 scoring run to take a 17-point lead.

The Lady Raider lead would grow to as many as 23 before the VU shooters found some open space in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Blazers won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 19-11, but were not able to fully erase the Three Rivers lead as Vincennes fell for the first time this season 82-67.

Vincennes was led by freshmen guards Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kylee Shelton (Bloomfield, Ind.) who finished with 13 points each. Shelton also led the Blazers with five rebounds and dished out three assists on the game.

Sophomore Macy Michels (Teutopolis, Ill.) also reached double-digits in the points column, ending the game with 11 points while grabbing five rebounds and adding three assists.

The Trailblazer scorers came away with 11 made three-pointers in the game with Newsom, Shelton and sophomore Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) all hitting three each.

Laila Grant ended her game with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and a pair steals for the Blue and Gold.

Vincennes got off to a slow start Saturday against the Lady Greyhounds of Moberly Area, falling behind by double-digits early, before two late baskets cut the deficit to eight points at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Trailblazers gained momentum throughout the second quarter, starting the quarter on a 12-5 scoring run to come within a point of Moberly Area.

Freshman guard Chanice Willis (Champaign, Ill.) drove to the basket on a fast break at the buzzer to hit a layup and give Vincennes their first lead of the game at halftime 35-34.

Moberly Area took their game to another level in the third quarter and regained the lead from the Blazers to head into the fourth quarter leading 59-47.

VU attempted another comeback in the fourth quarter but were not able to cut into the Greyhounds’ lead as Moberly Area came away with the 84-71 victory.

Laila Grant led the Vincennes offense all game, ending with a team-leading 22 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

Freshman Trinitee Harris (Elkhart, Ind.) reached double figures in the scoring column for the first time this season, ending with 10 points on a perfect eight for eight shooting from the free throw line. Harris also led the Blazers with three steals.

Kylee Shelton came off the bench to score 10 points for the Lady Blazers as well, while also adding a team-high four assists.

Sophomore Nina Blade (Milwaukee, Wis.) jumped back into the starting lineup and finished with five points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The Lady Trailblazers will hit the road this Tuesday, Nov. 16, when the travel to take on Lindsey Wilson JV in Columbia, Ky. Tip-off time is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will return to the P.E. Complex next weekend when the Blazers host the VU Classic Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday 20.

VU will face off against Indiana Tech JV Friday and Highland Saturday. Tip-off both days is 5 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes falls to No. 18 Northeast Mississippi on final day of McDonald’s Classic

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers fell for the second game in as many days as VU hosted No. 18 Northeast Mississippi Community College on the final day of the McDonald’s Classic 73-59.

Northeast Mississippi got off to a fast start from the jump, opening the game on a 13-2 scoring run.

Vincennes would battle tough, but after an 8-0 run by the Tigers midway through the opening period put the Blazers down by 19, VU could only manage to play even for the rest of the first half.

The Trailblazers went into the locker room playing from behind for the fifth time in six games, trailing Northeast Mississippi 43-24 at the break.

Vincennes looked to mount a comeback in the second half but struggled to get started early. The Tigers built on their lead and held a 22-point advantage before VU went on a 7-0 scoring run.

The Blazers fought throughout the second half and ended the game on an 8-3 scoring run but ran out of time as Northeast Mississippi came away with the 73-59 victory.

“First of all, Northeast Mississippi is better than we are right now. They’re better, more advanced, older, stronger, they’ve played together more,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “They played in their District Championship game last year, with guys that were playing tonight. So, they’re back, their old and we’re not there yet. We’re in the process.”

“We let them get away early and part of that is that we don’t have a guy who says ‘I’m going to go get a bucket right here and stop this’. So, when you’re searching for who is going to score the ball like we are and you get a team in here like Northeast Mississippi, these things happen,” Franklin added. “We’re young, we don’t value talking on transitions, we don’t know to box out. We work on it in drills but until you get into the game the natural reaction for these guys is to just stand there and watch it and it’s over.”

“Those are young things and unfortunately we’re playing all young and when you’re playing against a team that’s old and experienced, they will take advantage of those things and that becomes the difference in the game,” Franklin said. “80-plus percent of this game we played right with Northeast. That would have been the case last night, but tonight it was competitive with a purpose. Our turnovers were down, our shot selection was better and I thought we got more solid minutes from people. We’ve got a million miles still to improve, but I thought it was a better effort tonight.”

Vincennes was led offensively by freshman guard Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) who finished with a game-high 16 points, while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists.

Freshman forward Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) scored 14 points on the night and also managed to grab four rebounds, three of which coming on the offensive end of the floor.

Freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) nearly completed another double-double in his young collegiate career, falling just one point short with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman guard Grant Brown (Fairmount, Ind.) got his first collegiate start against the Tigers and had a solid all-around game of six points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Sophomore Deatrick Pashell (Orlando, Fla.) came off the bench in the second half to end his night with eight points and a pair of rebounds.

“We’re still trying to get guys to compete,” Franklin said. “Shilo is still hesitant. He and Thow got a little more aggressive tonight and got more shots up but they were 10 for 33. It’s not necessarily that any of those shots were bad but they’re young. If they work harder, train harder, then 10 for 33 will turn into 16 for 33 at least and that changes the game completely.”

“I think that tonight was not something that we like or want but I thought we were better,” Franklin added. “I thought we looked more like a basketball team and we found some people. Grant Brown played 38 minutes and he only had one turnover, four assists and gave us five defensive rebounds. These are positives. He’s still not generating a ton, but he hit a shot behind the three-point line, made one good drive in the lane for a layup and didn’t force many plays. But if you’re evaluating Grant Brown last week and evaluating him tonight, you would have two completely different evaluations on who or what he can be.”

“We’re not going to know what these freshmen are going to be for another couple of months. We might see glimpses of it here and there but the problem is with our schedule, who knows how many games we will lose during that time. But all I can do is take it day-by-day, keep working and practicing and getting these guys ready for the next opponent and hopefully the wins start to add up. But today, I thought we did get better as a team.”

VU will hope to improve next time out when the Trailblazers play host to Danville Area Community College from Danville, Ill. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern.

“We’ll see what we can do by Wednesday, with guys getting in the gym and really work. I told them guys being solid, guys understanding what they’re doing, guys playing hard, those are things that we can control, but they have to really get in here and work on their skills,” Franklin said. “They’ve got to get better at shooting the basketball, they’ve got to get better at shooting free throws. We’re struggling to score points and we don’t make free throws. That’s not a good idea. Danville and Parkland both this week are really good teams, Danville just went down and beat Wabash Valley. They’re older and being older is a big deal.”

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS530.6250.02351183-1-02-2-04-3-02-0-01 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS540.5560.52301701-4-04-0-04-1-02-1-03 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS370.3003.01772522-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-02 W
NEW YORK JETS260.2503.01442512-1-00-5-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS530.6250.01992012-2-03-1-03-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS530.6250.01961893-1-02-2-04-1-01-1-01 L
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS540.5560.52212273-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-02 W
DENVER BRONCOS540.5560.51871532-2-03-2-02-4-00-1-02 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS630.6670.02312174-1-02-2-04-3-00-1-01 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS530.6250.51611693-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-04 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS540.5561.02241963-2-02-2-03-3-01-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS540.5561.02362032-2-03-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS720.7780.02552113-1-04-1-05-1-03-0-05 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS450.4443.02452132-3-02-2-03-3-01-2-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS260.2504.51322092-3-00-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS180.1116.01282581-3-00-5-01-5-01-1-08 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS620.7500.02411923-1-03-1-04-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES360.3333.52272180-4-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 L
NEW YORK GIANTS360.3333.51792162-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM260.2504.01562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS810.8890.02771553-1-05-0-04-1-03-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS720.7781.02611963-2-04-0-05-1-01-1-01 L
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS350.3754.51811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS350.3754.51852020-4-03-1-03-4-00-3-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS720.7780.01991803-0-04-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS350.3753.51941912-2-01-3-03-2-01-0-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS360.3334.01502242-2-01-4-01-4-01-1-04 L
DETROIT LIONS080.0006.51342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS530.6251.02011552-2-03-1-04-3-01-2-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS440.5002.01752201-3-03-1-02-4-01-2-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS450.4442.51711832-3-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN94.6924-25-22-08-48-22 W
PHILADELPHIA86.5711.54-44-20-45-66-44 L
NEW YORK76.5382.02-45-23-16-65-52 L
TORONTO77.5002.52-65-13-27-66-41 L
BOSTON67.4623.02-34-41-25-65-51 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO84.6675-23-22-05-36-41 L
CLEVELAND95.6434-25-31-06-27-32 W
MILWAUKEE67.4622.51-45-32-05-44-61 L
INDIANA68.4293.04-22-60-13-65-52 W
DETROIT39.2505.01-42-50-42-93-71 W
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON93.7505-14-22-18-37-34 W
MIAMI85.6151.54-14-42-04-26-41 W
CHARLOTTE77.5003.03-24-51-15-34-62 W
ATLANTA49.3085.53-11-81-12-42-86 L
ORLANDO310.2316.51-62-40-31-82-82 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DENVER84.6676-12-31-15-36-44 W
UTAH85.6150.54-24-32-05-05-52 L
PORTLAND67.4622.55-11-65-45-51 W
OKLAHOMA CITY56.4552.53-22-40-15-55-54 W
MINNESOTA48.3334.02-52-30-13-72-81 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE111.9178-13-03-08-19-17 W
PHOENIX83.7272.55-23-12-16-38-27 W
LA CLIPPERS84.6673.06-22-20-16-38-27 W
LA LAKERS76.5384.56-41-20-24-66-41 L
SACRAMENTO58.3856.52-43-41-24-74-64 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS84.6675-13-35-06-17-31 W
MEMPHIS67.4622.54-32-40-15-44-63 L
SAN ANTONIO48.3334.02-42-40-31-63-71 L
NEW ORLEANS212.1437.01-61-61-12-71-91 W
HOUSTON111.0837.01-40-70-11-90-1010 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS151023231056417-0-03-2-35-2-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS161051211043427-2-13-3-08-2-0
DETROIT RED WINGS1686218846505-2-23-4-05-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING1373317739393-2-24-1-15-2-3
BOSTON BRUINS1275014636355-1-02-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES1466214543435-2-11-4-13-5-2
MONTREAL CANADIENS16410210434533-5-11-5-13-5-2
OTTAWA SENATORS144919436483-6-01-3-12-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES131120221145256-1-05-1-08-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS1482420848354-1-34-1-15-2-3
NEW YORK RANGERS1483319838402-1-16-2-26-2-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1374216736343-2-14-2-15-4-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1374216639385-3-12-1-15-3-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS1275014638375-3-02-2-05-5-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1354414441434-3-21-1-23-4-3
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1154212527295-4-25-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD14104020948434-1-06-3-06-4-0
WINNIPEG JETS1483319746386-1-12-2-27-1-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS1595119844394-3-05-2-18-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES1383218745343-1-15-2-15-3-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE1265113543394-2-12-3-05-4-1
DALLAS STARS1356212432412-2-13-4-14-4-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS1549210333514-4-10-5-14-5-1
ARIZONA COYOTES1511313123601-4-00-9-11-9-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
EDMONTON OILERS13103020954386-1-04-2-07-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS1584319852435-2-13-2-26-1-3
CALGARY FLAMES1473418744322-1-35-2-15-2-3
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS1596018847465-3-04-3-08-2-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS1585218742375-2-03-3-27-2-1
SAN JOSE SHARKS1476115739413-2-14-4-03-6-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS1558212440502-4-13-4-13-6-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN1541019442553-4-01-6-13-7-0