INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

BARR-REEVE54WASHINGTON41 
BELLMONT70SOUTHERN WELLS44 
BLOOMFIELD80OWEN VALLEY56 
BOONE GROVE64HOBART51 
BREBEUF JESUIT62HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN57OT
BREMEN52ARGOS35 
CENTER GROVE67GREENWOOD35 
CLINTON PRAIRIE58FRANKFORT47 
COLUMBIA CITY69WHITKO46 
CONCORD66PRAIRIE HEIGHTS46 
CONNERSVILLE55UNION COUNTY12 
DALEVILLE60SHENANDOAH57 
EASTERN HANCOCK83CENTERVILLE14 
FOREST PARK58CRAWFORD COUNTY43 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP59DEKALB45 
FRANKTON58TAYLOR47 
HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH46WHITING44 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)53ROSSVILLE41 
HERITAGE42GARRETT41 
HOMESTEAD50HUNTINGTON NORTH38 
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA55IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY44 
JOHN GLENN55PLYMOUTH38 
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC59SEEGER41 
LAWRENCE NORTH56NOBLESVILLE50 
LEBANON65HAMILTON HEIGHTS49 
LEO71FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA67 
LINTON-STOCKTON65INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN56 
MANCHESTER69BLUFFTON58 
MARION82MISSISSINEWA63 
MCCUTCHEON54WEST LAFAYETTE45 
MONROVIA69EMINENCE64 
MUNSTER60HAMMOND NOLL42 
NEW ALBANY48CLARKSVILLE45 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)56BROWNSBURG52 
NORTH KNOX34WHITE RIVER VALLEY28 
NORTHWOOD78LAKELAND31 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS60PIKE CENTRAL50 
NORTHEASTERN67SETON CATHOLIC20 
OAK HILL68WABASH65 
PARK TUDOR73GUERIN CATHOLIC62 
PERRY CENTRAL72TELL CITY63 
PLAINFIELD69AVON64 
PORTAGE50HIGHLAND24 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD89VICTORY COLLEGE PREP50 
RICHMOND60NEW PALESTINE55 
RIVER FOREST45LACROSSE37 
ROCHESTER60CULVER41 
SALEM46WEST WASHINGTON45 
SCOTTSBURG74AUSTIN43 
SHELBYVILLE61RUSHVILLE35 
SILVER CREEK69COLUMBUS EAST57 
SOUTH ADAMS50UNION CITY40 
SOUTH BEND CLAY66SMITH ACADEMY24 
SOUTH SPENCER92TECUMSEH53 
SOUTHMONT55NORTH PUTNAM49 
SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)82MADISON61 
SPEEDWAY52NORTH MONTGOMERY24 
SULLIVAN61SOUTH KNOX59 
TERRE HAUTE NORTH58MOORESVILLE53 
TRITON CENTRAL52MORRISTOWN24 
TRITON78OREGON-DAVIS30 
VALPARAISO78GARY WEST53 
WES-DEL69CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN47 
WOODLAN67NEW HAVEN65 
PARIS (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
MOUNT ZION (ILL.)58SOUTH VERMILLION49 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

BOWMAN ACADEMY43CALUMET27 
CROWN POINT67LAPORTE13 
EAST CENTRAL52GREENSBURG37 
EASTERN (PEKIN)41FLOYD CENTRAL33 
GRIFFITH54ILLIANA CHRISTIAN27 
HARRISON (OHIO)59SOUTH DEARBORN32 
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL57INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD39 
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI59INDIANAPOLIS RITTER23 
KNOX50NORTH JUDSON49 
LAKE CENTRAL60CHESTERTON11 
LAPEL54ALEXANDRIA51 
LAWRENCEBURG56FRANKLIN COUNTY35 
MADISON69SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)28 
MONROVIA46EMINENCE32 
MORGAN TWP.51HEBRON13 
PORTAGE60MICHIGAN CITY36 
SILVER CREEK72NORTH HARRISON44 
SOUTHMONT62NORTH PUTNAM60 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY50NORTH DECATUR45 
TRI54KNIGHTSTOWN12 
TRITON CENTRAL42MORRISTOWN21 
VALPARAISO62MERRILLVILLE28 
VINCENNES RIVET62WASHINGTON CATHOLIC10 
WHITELAND52DECATUR CENTRAL31 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#6 BAYLOR 75 ARIZONA STATE 63

#8 TEXAS 68 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 44

#9 MEMPHIS 69 VIRGINIA TECH 61

#12 HOUSTON 78 OREGON 49

#18 BYU 81 TEXAS SOUTHERN 64

#22 CONNECTICUT 115 #19 AUBURN 109 2OT

#20 MICHIGAN 65 TARLETON STATE 54

#21 SETON HALL 62 CALIFORNIA 59

#23 FLORIDA 71 OHIO STATE 68

IOWA STATE 82 #25 XAVIER 70

TEXAS A&M 73 NOTRE DAME 67

BUTLER 84 CHAMINADE 51

AKRON 69 EVANSVILLE 60

LONG BEACH STATE 85 WRIGHT STATE 76

MICHIGAN STATE 63 LOYOLA CHICAGO 61

SOUTHERN UTAH 87 BOWLING GREEN 73

EASTERN MICHIGAN 72 WESTERN ILLINOIS 68

WISCONSIN 61 ST. MARY’S 55

VALPARAISO 68 TULANE 64

BUFFALO 106 ILLINOIS STATE 90

TOLEDO 79, COASTAL CAROLINA 70

EASTERN TENNESSEE 57 KENT STATE 51

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WESTERN KENTUCKY 83 INDIANA STATE 65

XAVIER 62 WRIGHT STATE 47

EVANSVILLE 84 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 71

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 70 MIAMI OHIO 59

MILWAUKEE 79 WISCONSIN 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA LAKERS 124 INDIANA 116 OT

PHOENIX 120 CLEVELAND 115

CHARLOTTE 106 ORLANDO 99

BROOKLYN 123 BOSTON 104

NEW ORLEANS 127 WASHINGTON 102

HOUSTON 118 CHICAGO 113

MILWAUKEE 114 DETROIT 93

MINNESOTA 113 MIAMI 101

UTAH 110 OKLAHOMA CITY 104

TORONTO 126 MEMPHIS 113

ATLANTA 124 SAN ANTONIO 106

GOLDEN STATE 116 PHILADELPHIA 96

SACRAMENTO 125 PORTLAND 121

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

FRESNO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1

OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

BOISE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS

KANSAS STATE AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 1 P.M. | FS1

IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 1:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

UTEP AT UAB | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CINCINNATI AT EAST CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

SOUTH FLORIDA AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

UNLV AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT UTAH | 4 P.M. | FOX

TCU AT IOWA STATE | 4:30 P.M. | FS1

NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 8 P.M. | FS1

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 12 P.M. | ABC

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX

HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12P.M. | CBSSN

FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

ARMY AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TEXAS TECH AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

MIAMI (OHIO) AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

AKRON AT TOLEDO | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT DUKE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

LOUISIANA TECH AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

UTSA AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS STATE AT ARKANSAS STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

TROY AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3

UMASS AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 3 P.M. | FLOSPORTS

HAWAI’I AT WYOMING | 3 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

ALABAMA AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:45 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:45 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | STADIUM

WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS | 7 P.M. | FS1

OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

PITT AT SYRACUSE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 8 P.M. | FOX

NEVADA AT COLORADO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

BYU AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY NOV. 26

CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

12 PM ET | ADAMS CENTRAL (13-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

3:30 PM ET | BREBEUF JESUIT (12-2) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (13-1)

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | ZIONSVILLE (9-5) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (13-1)

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

12 PM ET | ANDREAN (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12-2)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

3:30 PM ET | NORTHRIDGE (10-4) VS. MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) (13-1)

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

7 PM ET | WESTFIELD (12-1) VS. CENTER GROVE (13-0)

 NFL SCHEDULE: WEEK 12

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021

CHICAGO BEARS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 5 BUFFALO 1

FLORIDA 2 PHILADELPHIA 1

MINNESOTA 3 NEW JERSEY 2

PITTSBURGH 4 VANCOUVER 1

WASHINGTON 6 MONTRÉAL 3

COLUMBUS 3 WINNIPEG 0

DETROIT 4 ST. LOUIS 2

NY RANGERS 4 NY ISLANDERS 1

VEGAS 5 NASHVILLE 2

COLORADO 5 ANAHEIM 2

EDMONTON 5 ARIZONA 3

TORONTO 6 LOS ANGELES 2

SEATTLE 2 CAROLINA 1

SAN JOSE 6 OTTAWA 3

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NFL PREVIEW: WEEK 12

The NFL is thankful for many things.

To name a few, the 22-year-old legs of the league’s leading rusher, JONATHAN TAYLOR, and the living Fountain of Youth TOM BRADY, who leads the NFL in both career touchdown passes (610) and 2021 touchdown passes (29).

The NFC-leading ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-2), who have won two of their last three games without some of their key contributors. And the resurgent NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-4), who own the NFL’s longest winning streak, five. Along with the DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3), these three clubs lead their divisions after missing the 2020 playoffs. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 years.

This season, the NFL is grateful for 23 games decided by a winning score on the final play, the most such games through Week 11 in league annals.

And in Week 12, the NFL is thankful for the number nine.

Nine games in Week 12 feature two teams with .500-or-better records, the most such games in Week 12 or later in NFL history. It’s a recipe for something delicious.

For more information on the Thanksgiving triple-header, click here.

MVP CANDIDATES FACE OFF: The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (7-3) and the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (6-5), who meet Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX), share a lot of DNA. Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DUNGY guided the franchises to a combined 11 playoff appearances — each of his seven seasons at the reins in Indianapolis and four of his six seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay head coach BRUCE ARIANS earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Colts to a remarkable turnaround and playoff berth in 2012 as Indianapolis’ interim head coach.

And in 2021, the teams share something else in common: Each club boasts of a bona fide MVP candidate.

In last week’s win, Colts running back JONATHAN TAYLOR became the first player to record at least 175 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception in a game in NFL history. He finished with 204 scrimmage yards (185 rushing, 19 receiving) and five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving). Also last week, Taylor:

  • Became the third player under age 23 with at least five touchdowns in a game in NFL history, joining CLINTON PORTIS (five on Dec. 7, 2003, at 22 years and 97 days old) and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (six on Dec. 12, 1965, at 22 years and 196 days old). Taylor was 22 years and 306 days old last Sunday.
  • Became the fifth player all-time with four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a game, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (Sept. 29, 2002), ABNER HAYNES (Nov. 26, 1961), DUB JONES (Nov. 25, 1951) and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (Dec. 12, 1965).
  • Became the third player with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006) and LYDELL MITCHELL (1975-76).
  • Became the fourth player since 2000 to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, joining ADRIAN PETERSON (2007-08), CLINTON PORTIS (2002-03) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001-02). Taylor enters Week 12 with 1,122 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns this season after recording 1,169 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as a rookie.

When Tampa Bay has the ball, perennial MVP candidate TOM BRADY presides over the NFL’s top passing attack (314.8 yards per game).

  • Brady in leading teams through the stretch run, in Weeks 12-17 during his career, is a combined 88-24 (.786).
  • Last week, Brady completed 30 of 46 attempts (65.2 percent) for 307 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for an 89.7 rating. In the process, he authored yet another record, surpassing 3,000 yards for the 19th season in his career, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE for most such seasons in NFL history. Brady ranks second in the league with 3,177 passing yards this season.
  • Buccaneers wide receiver MIKE EVANS caught six passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win. His 10 receiving touchdowns this season are tied with the Rams’ COOPER KUPP for most in the league. Evans’ 71 career receiving touchdowns are the most in the NFL since Tampa Bay selected him in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
  • And, Evans now has four seasons with at least 10 receiving touchdowns. Over the past 20 seasons (2002-21), only five players have reached 10 touchdown receptions more often: LARRY FITZGERALDROB GRONKOWSKI and Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISONRANDY MOSS and TERRELL OWENS (each with five).

BELICHICK SEEKS FIRST WIN AGAINST FORMER PUPIL: The TENNESSEE TITANS (8-3) visit the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-4) in a battle of first-place teams on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • Tennessee’s MIKE VRABEL, who signed as a free agent with the Patriots in 2001 and helped the team win three Super Bowls in his eight seasons as a New England player, is 2-0 as a head coach against BILL BELICHICK. Vrabel defeated his former head coach in his first season at the reins of the Titans, 2018, and again in the Wild Card round of the 2019 playoffs. Both wins were in New England.
  • The Patriots, meanwhile, are the hottest team in the NFL, winners of five straight. They’ve built their winning streak largely on the strength of the league’s stingiest defense (16.1 points allowed per game), which enters the game having allowed zero points over opponents’ last 19 possessions.
  • The last NFL team to hold an opponent scoreless over a stretch of at least 19 possessions was the Patriots (24 straight drives) in 2019. That season, San Francisco’s defense also shut out opponents over a stretch of 19 consecutive possessions.
  • The Patriots’ MAC JONES is bidding to become the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to the playoffs since DAK PRESCOTT in 2016. Last week, Jones became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to complete at least 80 percent of his passes in consecutive games (minimum 15 attempts).
  • Jones leads all rookies in completions (245), completion percentage (70.2), passing yards (2,540), touchdown passes (14) and passer rating (94.7).

DON’T SLEEP ON ANYONE: So far this season, a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime has decided 37 contests, the third-most such games through Week 11 all-time. Only 2015 (39) and 2003 (39) had more.

  • Three teams – HOUSTONINDIANAPOLIS and MINNESOTA – entered last week with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began the week in first place or tied for first place in its division. Since Week 9, there have been 11 wins by teams with a .500-or-below winning percentage against division leaders, the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-11 of a single season since 1970.
  • Houston and Minnesota each defeated teams that entered Week 11 with at least four more victories on the season. There have been eight such wins this season – by teams with at least four fewer wins than their opponents entering the game – tied with 1974 (eight) for the most such games through Week 11.

This week, the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-5) travel to face the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-5) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) in a key intraconference game. Each team enters with a two-game winning streak.

  • In last week’s win, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 128.4 rating while wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Cousins has 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season, the fifth-best touchdown-to-interception ratio (10.5) through a player’s first 10 games of a season (minimum 20 touchdown passes) in NFL history.

The players with the best touchdown-to-interception ratio through their first 10 games of a season in NFL history (minimum 20 touchdown passes):

PLAYERTEAMSEASONTDsINTsRATIO
Drew BreesNew Orleans201825125.0
Patrick MahomesKansas City202027213.5
Russell WilsonSeattle201923211.5
Tom BradyNew England201722211.0
Kirk CousinsMinnesota202121210.5
  • Cousins now has 25 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing AARON RODGERS (24) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first 10 seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (26) has more.
  • Jefferson recorded his 11th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (11) and JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (11) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (15) has more.
  • Also, Jefferson joined EARNEST GRAY (1989-90) and LOUIS LIPPS (1984-85) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 150 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a game in each of their first two seasons. He also accomplished the feat as a rookie in Week 6 last season (166 receiving yards, two touchdown receptions).
  • In the 49ers’ win last week, wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL registered 94 scrimmage yards (career-high 79 rushing, 15 receiving) and his third rushing touchdown of the season. Samuel, who has three rushing touchdowns this season and registered three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, became the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era with at least three rushing touchdowns in two of his first three seasons. Samuel also ranks second in the NFL with 994 receiving yards, only 6 shy of his first career 1,000-yard season.
  • San Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE has a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.
  • San Francisco opened last week’s game with a drive that lasted 13 minutes and five seconds, the longest NFL drive since Tennessee held the ball for 13 minutes and 27 seconds on Nov. 27, 1997.

AFC WEST, AFC NORTH ARE ANYONE’S DIVISIONS: Every team in both the AFC West and AFC North is .500 or better.

It’s the first time in five years that any NFL division – not to mention two this season – has entered Week 12 without a team below .500. In 2016, all four NFC East teams – Dallas (9-1), the New York Giants (7-3), Washington (6-3-1) and Philadelphia (5-5) reached that threshold after 11 weeks.

This week, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-4) make their annual trip to face the DENVER BRONCOS (5-5) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS). Each of the last two games in Denver between the teams has been decided by a field goal or less. Last season, Denver won, 31-30, on a 1-yard touchdown reception by KJ HAMLER with no time remaining. The year before, Denver captured a 23-20 victory on a 53-yard field goal by BRANDON MCMANUS with no time remaining.

  • In Week 11, quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT threw for 382 yards and ran for 90, becoming the first player with at least 375 passing yards and 90 rushing yards in a game in NFL history. He also has 53 career touchdown passes, tied with DEREK CARR (53) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in league annals.
  • In last week’s win, Chargers running back AUSTIN EKELER had 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing) and four touchdowns (two receiving, two rushing). Ekeler, who has seven rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns this season, became just the second player since the merger in 1970 with at least six in each category through his team’s first 10 games, joining KAREEM HUNT (2018).
  • Also last week, Ekeler became the first player in a decade to rush for multiple touchdowns and catch multiple touchdowns in a game, since MAURICE JONES-DREW in 2011 (Week 14).

Meanwhile, all four AFC North clubs face a divisional opponent, with PITTSBURGH (5-4-1) at CINCINNATI (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and CLEVELAND (6-5) at BALTIMORE (7-3) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

The Browns are actually playing consecutive games against the Ravens – Weeks 12 and 14 – sandwiched around their Week 13 bye. It’s the first time in an NFL regular season a team will play consecutive games against the same opponent in 30 years, since Seattle (then a member of the AFC West) met the San Diego Chargers in Weeks 9 and 11 of the 1991 season. Each team had a Week 10 bye that season.

VENERABLE FOES RETURN TO LAMBEAU: Fresh off their bye week, the LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-3) return to Lambeau Field to face the GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), looking to avenge their 2020 Divisional playoff loss. It’s the eighth rematch this season of 2020 playoff teams. So far, the team that lost the playoff game is 5-2 this year, including wins in four straight rematches.

  • Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFL in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,141) and is tied for the league lead in touchdown catches (10). He is the first player with at least 80 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first 10 games of a season all-time.
  • Since taking the reins of the Rams in 2017, head coach SEAN MCVAY is 3-1 after bye weeks.
  • Last week, Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.4 rating. Rodgers has 13 career games with at least four touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (13) for the third-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (15) and TOM BRADY (14) have more.
  • Rodgers also has 112 career games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (112) for the third-most such games all time. Only TOM BRADY (148) and DREW BREES (141) have more.

NO HURTS, NO GAIN: Quarterback JALEN HURTS leads the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-6) up Interstate 95 to MetLife Stadium for a divisional clash with the NEW YORK GIANTS (3-7) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • In last week’s win, making his 15th career start, Hurts rushed for three touchdowns. Hurts, who was 23 years and 106 days old, became the second-youngest quarterback in league annals to register three rushing touchdowns in a single game, trailing only CAM NEWTON (three rushing touchdowns on Dec. 4, 2011, at 22 years, 207 days old). Hurts had 11 rushing touchdowns in his first 15 career starts, tied with JOSH ALLEN (11) and KORDELL STEWART (11) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first 15 career starts in the Super Bowl era. Only Newton (14) had more.
  • Hurts also has four career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, tied with CAM NEWTON (four) for the most such games by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.
  • Teammate DARIUS SLAY recorded a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Eagles’ win last week. The cornerback, who had an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Week 10, is the third player since 2000 with a defensive touchdown of at least 50 yards in consecutive games, joining SHELDON BROWN (Weeks 13-14, 2009) and VINCENT FULLER (Week 3 and Week 5, 2007).

WEEK 12 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, November 25Chicago at DetroitFOX12:30
   (Thanksgiving)Las Vegas at DallasCBS4:30
Buffalo at New OrleansNBC8:20
    
Sunday, November 28Pittsburgh at Cincinnati CBS1:00
New York Jets at HoustonCBS1:00
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis FOX1:00
Atlanta at Jacksonville FOX1:00
Carolina at Miami  FOX1:00
Tennessee at New England  CBS1:00
Philadelphia at New York GiantsFOX1:00
Los Angeles Chargers at DenverCBS4:05
Los Angeles Rams at Green BayFOX4:25
Minnesota at San Francisco FOX4:25
Cleveland at Baltimore  NBC8:20
    
Monday, November 29Seattle at Washington  ESPN8:15
Byes: Arizona, Kansas City

NFL CAPSULES-THURSDAY

CHICAGO BEARS (3-7) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-9-1)

THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 12:30 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 103-75-5

STREAKS: Bears have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 10/3/21: Lions 14 at Bears 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Bears 27, Lions 23

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for 209 yards & 82.7 rating in Week 4 meeting. Has TD pass & 85+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. QB ANDY DALTON passed for 201 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.3 rating last week. Passed for 372 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.9 rating in his only career start at Det. (10/20/13 w/ Cin.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 87 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 12 rec.) & TD catch in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Det. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Det. with 60+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 86 yards & rec. TD in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). WR DARNELL MOONEY had 121 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 5 catches for 125 yards in Week 4 meeting. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had career-high 17 tackles last week. Has 74 tackles (10.6 per game) & 5 sacks in 7 career games vs. Det. Had 16 tackles & 2 sacks in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). LB ROBERT QUINN had career-high 3.5 sacks last week & has 5th-career season with 10+ sacks (10) in 2021. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Det. with sack. DB EDDIE JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. on Thanksgiving with INT.

QB JARED GOFF passed for 299 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105 rating in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs Chi. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. QB TIM BOYLE made his 1st career start in Week 11. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had career-high 136 rush yards last week. Is 1 of 2 RBs (AUSTIN EKELER) with 500+ rush yards (555) & 400+ rec. yards (420). Leads all RBs with 53 catches in 2021. Had rush TD in last home meeting. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 9th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has rush TD in 2 of his 3 home games this season. Has 60+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON leads all NFC TEs in receptions (54) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (499) in 2021. Had 6 catches in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). Had 5 catches for 56 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Has 8+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 2 rec. TDs in Week 4 meeting. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had career-high 4th INT last week. Had 6 tackles & INT in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB CHARLES HARRIS had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB TREY FLOWERS had sack in last meeting on Thanksgiving (11/28/19). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with sack.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (12:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 82 (Chi.), 211 (Det.), 83 (National) | XM: 226 (Chi.), 225 (Det.), 88 (National) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 810 (Det.), 88 (National).

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LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3)

THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 4:30 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Cowboys 20 at Raiders 17 (Oakland)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/28/13: Cowboys 31, Raiders 24

QB DEREK CARR completed 19 of 27 atts. (70.4 pct.) for 215 yards & 90.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 on road. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 295+ pass yards. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 7 career starts on Thursday. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,041 pass yards & is 4th QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 164 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Dal. (10/19/20 w/ Az.). Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with rush TD. • TE DARREN WALLER had 7 catches for season-high 116 yards last week. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards.. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on Thursday. TE FOSTER MOREAU had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. WR HUNTER RENFROW has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack & FF last week & has 5 sacks in his past 4. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Had 3 TFL & 2 sacks in only career game at Dal. (10/14/18 w/ Jax.). DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 12 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 114 tackles.

QB DAK PRESCOTT has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.1 rating in 5 home starts this season & aims for his 6th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Had rush TD in last meeting. Passed for 355 yards & 2 TDs in last Thanksgiving start (11/28/19 vs. Buf.). Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts on Thanksgiving. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 439 scrimmage yards (109.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 games on Thanksgiving. Can join HOFers EMMITT SMITH (8), MICHAEL IRVIN (4) & BARRY SANDERS (4) as only players with 4+ games with 100+ scrimmage yards on Thanksgiving. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 home games in 2021. RB TONY POLLARD had 70 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 20 rec.) last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 home games this season. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team with 6 catches & 53 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in receptions (44) & tied-3rd in rec. yards (491). WR CEEDEE LAMB has 80+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 5 catches last week. • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 8 INTs & ranks 2nd with 13 PD. Has 10 PD & 6 INTs in his past 6 at home. Aims for his 8th in row at home with PD. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks & FF last week. Leads all rookies with 8 sacks in 2021. Has 5 sacks in 5 home games. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF & 4th in row with sack. S JAYRON KEARSE had 2nd-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 10 games in 2021.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (12:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 82 (LV), 83 (Dal.), 88 (National) | XM: 226 (LV), 225 (Dal.), 88 (National) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 808 (Dal.), 88 (National).

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BUFFALO BILLS (6-4) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5)

THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Saints have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Saints 47 at Bills 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Saints 35, Bills 17

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 209 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of past 9. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 on road. Completed 19 of 24 passes (79.2 pct.) for 231 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 120.7 rating in only career start on Thanksgiving (2019 at Dal). • RB MATT BREIDA aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 101 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 38 rec.) & TD catch in only career Thanksgiving game (2019 at Dal.). • WR STEFON DIGGS had season-high 2 rec. TDs last week & aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 17 catches for 212 yards (106 per game) & 3 TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 85+ rec. yards & 10th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 66 yards in only career game on Thanksgiving (2017 at Det., with Min.). Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 120+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 7 catches for 157 yards & TD in his last game vs. NO (12/8/19 w/ SF). Had TD catch in only career Thanksgiving game (2013 at Bal., w/ Pit.). TE DAWSON KNOX had season-high 6 catches for 80 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 7 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had PD in last meeting. Had 2 PD in only career Thanksgiving game (2019 at Dal.). S JORDAN POYER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 5th in row with TFL.

QB TREVOR SIEMIAN had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in each of his 3 starts in 2021. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 89.5 rating in 3 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD pass vs. 0 INTs. QB TAYSOM HILL had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game on Thanksgiving (11/28/19 at Atl). • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 14 TDs (11 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD & 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 138 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 80+ scrimmage yards. RB MARK INGRAM had season-high 113 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 25 rec.) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 131 rush yards & set career-high with 3 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had career-high 6th rec. TD of season in Week 11 & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN is 1 of 5 players with 6+ sacks (6) on Thanksgiving since 1982 & aims for his 3rd in row on holiday with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had sack, FF & FR in last home meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had sack & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (11/2/17 w/ NYJ). Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 vs. Buf. DE MARCUS DAVENPORT aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in his last game on Thanksgiving (11/28/19 at Atl.). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE is 1 of 3 DBs with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Drew Brees, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Bill Rosinski, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 82 (Buf.), 85 (NO), 88 (National) | XM: 226 (Buf.), 227 (NO), 88 (National) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 822 (NO), National (88)

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. PURDUE

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: FS1: Chris Vosters (p-b-p) & Devin Gardner (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; XM 382, SXM App 972: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G East) closes out the season at Purdue (7-4, 5-3 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) on FS1. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 96th Bucket game and the 123rd overall meeting. (more on page 2) • IU won 44-41 in double overtime the last time the two teams met on Nov. 30, 2019, in West Lafayette. • Last year’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools. • The Hoosiers have faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 49-9. • Linebacker Micah McFadden shares second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 15 of the last 16 games. • Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.

THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-31 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16) • Jeff Brohm is 26-29 in his fifth season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark and carries an overall record of 56-39.

NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

VIKINGS RELIEVED EVERSON GRIFFEN CRISIS ENDS ‘PEACEFULLY’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have made mental health support an organizational priority, an investment that only became more important with Everson Griffen’s frightening experience three years ago.

The condition of mental illness never truly goes away, as the Vikings were reminded Wednesday. The team was relieved when Griffen emerged from his home without incident hours after he called 911 in a frenzy believing people were trying to kill him.

“We feel with the situation that we got him the necessary help he needs,” general manager Rick Spielman said. “He’s in the care of medical professionals.”

The Vikings have an emergency action plan they enhanced in 2018 after Griffen needed care in the aftermath of a similarly scary situation and took a five-game leave to recover. The plan came in handy after middle-of-the-night messages Griffen posted on Instagram made public his struggle.

Griffen posted screenshots of urgent text messages to his agent, Brian Murphy, that were pleas for help because he said people were trying to kill him. He also posted a video depicting him with a gun – he said it was purchased legally – as he moved around his house in Minnetrista, a lakeside suburb west of Minneapolis. Those posts were deleted.

“We have the resources necessary that, when there are issues that pop up, we’re able to support each other and we’re able to take care of each other,” Spielman said about two hours after Griffen was taken away by ambulance to a health care facility for treatment.

Minnetrista police, in a news release, said officers responded to a 911 call at 3 a.m. from Griffen at his residence. Griffen said on the 911 call that there were intruders in the home and that he fired a shot but no one was hurt. When police arrived, no intruder was located. Responding officers determined Griffen was alone in the house.

The Vikings sent psychologists to work with police on coaxing him out. The Vikings announced the situation “ended peacefully” with Griffen coming out nearly 11 hours after the 911 call. Spielman was camped outside, facilitating communication and praying for the best.

“I can’t tell you how fortunate we are to have the mental health team we have in place that was there with me and to watch the law enforcement groups and how they handled the situation,” Spielman said. “I was, I don’t want to say floored or surprised, but so impressed with how everybody worked together and handled a very difficult situation.”

The Vikings cited the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnetrista Police Department and the Orono Police Department for their “quick response and dedication” to ensuring Griffen stayed safe.

Griffen, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, missed five games in 2018 as he dealt with his mental health.

According to police at the time, Griffen had made comments about people trying to kill him. He was involved in a disturbance the day before a game at a local hotel, then later showed up shirtless at teammate Trae Waynes’ house. Griffen was taken to a hospital, but he jumped out of the ambulance at one point before police talked him back in.

Griffen was never arrested or suspected of committing any crimes, but he underwent a mental health evaluation. He then went on a team-supported leave, returning later in the season and finishing with 5+ sacks in 11 games. In an interview two years later with the NFL Network, Griffen said he spent the last three months of that 2018 season living in a sober house.

Fresh off two straight wins that put the Vikings in control of a playoff spot, the mood was somber at the team facility. Running back Dalvin Cook and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson both said they’d tried to reach Griffen on his phone, but had not heard back from him when they addressed reporters before practice.

“We’re just trying to make sure he’s OK,” Cook said. “That’s our brother first, and we want to make sure his family is OK and make sure he gets the proper treatment and love that he needs to get through the time that he’s going through right now.”

Said co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson, who has coached Griffen on the defensive line for seven years: “Everson is like a little brother to me. I just want him to be safe.”

Griffen rejoined the Vikings this season after playing for Dallas and Detroit in 2020. He played for Minnesota from 2010-19 after being drafted in the fourth round out of USC. The 33-year-old has five sacks in nine games this season.

Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, have three children. He posted a moving tribute to her on Instagram on Tuesday, in honor of their youngest child’s birthday, 4-year-old Sebastian.

The Vikings were focused on Griffen’s well-being, not about his absence from the lineup, but their defensive line is already depleted. As for whether Griffen would play Sunday when the Vikings face the San Francisco 49ers, coach Mike Zimmer said: “No, that’s really not our concern right now. It’s really about him.”

Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday and will not play the 49ers. Nose tackle Michael Pierce injured his elbow almost two months ago and will miss at least one more game. Defensive end Danielle Hunter is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

PACKERS’ RODGERS SAYS HE’S BEEN PLAYING WITH FRACTURED TOE

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says his toe injury is a fracture and added that he doesn’t expect the situation to cause him to miss any games.

Rodgers has been playing with the toe injury each of the past two games after missing a 13-7 loss at Kansas City because of a positive COVID-19 test. The reigning MVP said the injury occurred while working out at home during his quarantine.

“I’m going to deal with the pain,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “It’s all about pain management. I’m going to deal with the pain as this goes on, and hopefully we get some healing during the weeks with limited practice reps. I’ll try to be on the practice field as much as I can, deal with the pain, and the goal is to play every single week.”

The NFC North-leading Packers (8-3) host the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) on Sunday and then have the next week off.

Rodgers, who has said the injury involves his pinky toe, noted Wednesday there are surgical options that wouldn’t involve him missing any games.

“I’ll definitely look at all options over the bye and decide what would be best to make sure that I get to the finish line,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said after a 34-31 loss Sunday at Minnesota that the toe injury was “very, very painful” and “a little worse than turf toe”, but didn’t go into specifics.

He offered more details Wednesday to dispute a report that he had “COVID toe,” a name that’s been given to a condition causing lesions among some people who test positive for COVID-19.

While discussing his health Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM, Rodgers said he “didn’t have any lingering effects other than the COVID toe,” but he was smirking as he made that comment.

When he was asked about it Wednesday, Rodgers revealed his bare left foot during his Zoom session with reporters.

“Oh, there’s no lesions whatsoever,” Rodgers said. “Oh, what a surprise. No, that’s actually called disinformation, when you perpetuate false information about an individual.”

The injury will continue to limit Rodgers’ practice time.

Rodgers practiced only on Friday last week, yet he still went 23 of 33 for 385 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Vikings.

“It looked painful for him, but he looked pretty mobile, pretty special against the Vikings last week, so I don’t put much merit into that,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “He’s a great player and he sure looks every bit as good as he always has.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Rodgers will have a similar practice schedule this week. Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday.

“Certainly we’ll handle it day by day, but a lot of it’s just going to be on how he’s feeling,” LaFleur said.

NOTES: The Packers signed OL Jon Dietzen to the practice squad and placed OLB Jonathan Garvin on the reserve/COVID-19 list. … RB Aaron Jones (knee), OLB Rashan Gary (elbow) and WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) had limited practice participation Wednesday. None of the three played at Minnesota. … CB Kevin King (hip/knee) and WR/KR Malik Taylor (abdomen) didn’t practice Wednesday.

LAMAR JACKSON SAYS HE’S BETTER, EXPECTS TO PLAY THIS WEEKEND

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Lamar Jackson insists this is different than last week’s false start.

Jackson said Wednesday he’s feeling better and fully expects to play Sunday night for the Baltimore Ravens against Cleveland. He was also at practice, three days after missing a victory at Chicago because of an illness.

Jackson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday last week, then seemed OK when he practiced Friday and said he was feeling better. But he was added to the injury report Saturday and wasn’t able to play in the game.

Now Jackson says he thinks he’s back to normal.

“I want to get out there and just go. I don’t want to limit myself or have coach limit me or anything like that,” Jackson said. “I want to grind with my guys, because I haven’t in a whole week.”

Last week, Jackson said his illness may have been a cold, but that was before he took another turn for the worse and missed the game.

“I have no clue. I just got fatigued, had some little chills, was out of it,” Jackson said Wednesday.

Baltimore (7-3) plays only its second AFC North game of the season this weekend. The Ravens lead the division, but are only 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Browns.

The Ravens managed to beat the Bears 16-13 while Jackson was out – with backup Tyler Huntley guiding the team to a dramatic winning touchdown in the final minute.

“When he did that last drive, I felt like I wasn’t sick anymore,” Jackson said.

Huntley went 26 of 36 for 219 yards with an interception. The Ravens were able to control the ball for 38:50, but that was against a Chicago team that is well under .500. And even against the Bears, Baltimore was outgained on the day and averaged only 3.9 yards per play.

This week, Jackson is not only trying to come back from his illness, but he’s also trying to rebound from perhaps Baltimore’s worst performance of the season – a 22-10 loss at Miami on Nov. 11, the most recent game he played in. The Ravens had a hard time dealing with the Dolphins’ blitzing, so that might be a strategy they see from Cleveland this weekend.

In addition to Jackson’s absence, the Ravens were also without their top receiver against Chicago. Marquise Brown was out with a thigh injury. He was back on the practice field Wednesday.

Tight end Nick Boyle has returned as well. He played his first game in more than a year against Chicago after dealing with a number of leg-related problems.

“I had a hamstring, meniscus, PCL, MCL, little fracture,” Boyle said. “And then I had a cleanup late.”

Jackson’s illness may seem mild compared to all that, and it’s noteworthy that he has generally stayed healthy despite the fact that he runs the ball quite a bit for a quarterback. Still, the past couple of seasons haven’t been easy for him.

He missed a game last season when the team was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, and then he tested positive at the start of training camp this year. Coach John Harbaugh made it clear that Jackson’s most recent illness wasn’t COVID-19, but it was bad enough for the star quarterback to miss a game.

“I’ve been healthy all my life. I’ve never had a problem being ill at all until I’m here,” Jackson said. “So I don’t really know what that is, but hopefully that’s done with.”

$790M SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUIT OVER RAMS’ ST. LOUIS DEPARTURE

ST. LOUIS (AP) The NFL and Rams owner Stan Kroenke will pay $790 million to settle a lawsuit filed by St. Louis interests over the team’s relocation to Los Angeles, a joint statement from St. Louis city and county said Wednesday.

No details of the settlement were released, and it wasn’t immediately clear how much would be paid by Kroenke and how much would be covered by owners of the league’s 31 other teams.

“This historic agreement closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process,” read a statement from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.

St. Louis-area officials haven’t determined yet how the settlement funds will be used, the statement said.

An NFL spokesman, in a brief statement, said the league and the St. Louis interests “have been able to fully resolve the dispute.”

The settlement, reached in mediation, ends a 4 1/2-year-old lawsuit filed in the wake of the Rams’ 2016 departure. Kroenke and the NFL had failed in bids to have the lawsuit dismissed or at least moved out of St. Louis, and courts were sympathetic to the St. Louis side’s effort to disclose financial information of team owners – rulings that hastened the push for a settlement.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Jan. 10. The lawsuit sought more than $1 billion. It claimed the team’s move cost the St. Louis region millions of dollars in amusement, ticket and earnings tax revenue.

Then-owner Georgia Frontiere moved the Rams from Los Angeles in 1995 to her hometown of St. Louis, where they stayed for 21 seasons before Kroenke moved them back.

Kroenke, a Missouri real estate developer who is married to an heir of the Walmart fortune, became a minority owner when the team first came to St. Louis. Frontiere died in 2008 and left the team to her children, who sold the Rams to Kroenke in 2010.

It wasn’t long after that that the Rams began pushing for hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements to the downtown domed stadium built with taxpayer money in the early 1990s to attract an NFL team.

St. Louis interests initially proposed a more modest upgrade, then eventually proposed a new $1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River that would be funded jointly by taxpayers, the team and the NFL. The league and the team balked.

Instead, Kroenke purchased land in Inglewood, California. SoFi Stadium opened in September 2020 and is now home to both the Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved from San Diego in 2017.

Beyond losing an NFL team, St. Louis residents were incensed by Kroenke’s 29-page application to relocate ahead of the January 2016 owners meeting where the move was approved. The document was critical of St. Louis for its decline in population, questioned the region’s economic future and called into question whether it could support baseball’s Cardinals and hockey’s Blues as well as an NFL franchise.

The 2017 lawsuit filed on behalf of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority said Kroenke, other team officials and the league knew as early as 2013 that the Rams planned to relocate but lied in denying it. The lawsuit said the league ignored its own relocation guidelines in allowing the move.

The NFL, Rams and Kroenke said the guidelines aren’t iron-clad and the league had the right to approve a move that was clearly in the interest of the NFL and the owners of its 32 teams.

Peter Joy, a professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, said the case should serve as a lesson for owners and the league to keep in mind if other team relocations are considered.

“Play by the rules,” Joy said. “Keep to the contract. Don’t be deceptive.”

The settlement comes after a string of in-court losses for Kroenke and the NFL, America’s most popular and lucrative sports league.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Christopher McGraugh ruled in July that there was sufficient evidence that Kroenke and others engaged in fraud, so he ordered NFL owners to release financial records. The purpose was to allow a jury to consider punitive damages if Kroenke and the NFL lost the lawsuit.

Lawyers for NFL officials called the request for records “invasive,” but the Missouri Supreme Court in September upheld the lower court order.

The NFL and Kroenke had also sought to move the trial out of St. Louis, citing “undue influence” over prospective jurors. But McGraugh denied the request in August, a decision later backed up by a Missouri appeals court.

Kroenke and the NFL also sought unsuccessfully to have the case heard in arbitration rather than in court.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• Entering Week 13, two teams in the East Division and three teams in the West Division remain in contention for berths into the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover. Ohio State clinched at least a share of the East Division title with its win over Michigan State in Week 12. Remaining scenarios for all five teams can be found below:

East Division

Michigan

Clinches a share of the East Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Ohio State

Ohio State

Clinches the East Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Michigan

 West Division

Wisconsin

Clinches at least a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win

Clinches the West Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win AND a loss by Iowa

Clinches a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a loss, AND losses by Iowa AND Purdue

Iowa

Clinches at least a share of the West Division title with a win

Clinches the West Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win AND a loss by Wisconsin

Clinches a share of the West Division title with a loss AND a loss by Wisconsin

Minnesota

Clinches a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win, AND a loss by Iowa AND a win by Purdue

• Purdue has officially been eliminated from contention for a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game, but can still clinch a share of the West Division title with a win over Indiana AND losses by Iowa AND Wisconsin.

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The Big Ten had five teams in the top 17 of last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin, and No. 17 Iowa.

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 17 Iowa, and No. 18 Wisconsin.

• The Big Ten’s five teams in the AP Poll are tied with the Southeastern Conference for the most by any conference in the FBS.

• Four teams in the Big Ten rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 15.5 ppg), Wisconsin (5th, 15.8), Michigan (7th, 16.3), and Iowa (9th, 16.9). In terms of total defense, Wisconsin ranks second in the nation (237.7 ypg), Minnesota is fourth (289.5), and Michigan is ninth (306.6).

• In addition to ranking second in the nation in total defense, Wisconsin boasts the No. 1 rushing defense in the country and is surrendering just 64.3 yards per game on the ground.

• Four Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (4th, 104.32), Wisconsin (5th, 106.00), Penn State (7th, 108.77), and Michigan (9th, 110.12).

• Offensively, Ohio State leads the nation with 559.9 yards per game, while also boasting the country’s highest-scoring offense (47.2 points per game). The Big Ten also has two of the top passing offenses in the country: Ohio State (6th, 362.3 ypg) and Purdue (7th, 345.9).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (5th, 264 at Northwestern). The Big Ten has five additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Illinois’ Chase Brown’s 257 yards vs. Charlotte, Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers, Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen’s 228 vs. Nebraska, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio.

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS receiving-yard performances from Penn State’s Jahan Dotson (4th, 242 at Maryland), Purdue’s David Bell (t-5th, 240 at Iowa), and Ohio State’s Jaxson Smith-Njigba (t-5th, 240 vs. Michigan State).

• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell (2nd, 536 passing yards vs. Michigan State), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (5th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Northwestern’s Chris Bergin (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Minnesota), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Purdue), Iowa’s Jack Campbell (t-5th, 18 tackles vs. Colorado State), Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (t-2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss), and Illinois’ Isaiah Gay (t-2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).

• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.    

 

GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET GAME RETURNS TO SOLD OUT ROSS-ADE STADIUM SATURDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (7-4, 5-3 B1G) returns home for Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium, hosting in-state foe Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G) on Saturday, Nov. 27, for the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

A total of 16 Boilermakers will be recognized on Senior Day on Saturday in a pregame ceremony. Head coach Jeff Brohm allows Purdue student-athletes to have the option of participating in Senior Day ahead of any decision-making process related to eligibility that may occur following the completion of the season.

Saturday’s Purdue-Indiana game is sold out, the second official sellout at Ross-Ade Stadium this season alongside the Wisconsin game (Oct. 23).

With the Indiana game (Nov. 27) sellout, Purdue will finish the 2021 season with an average home attendance of 56,333, which is the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since the 2008 season.

ABOUT THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET

• While Saturday’s game will be the 123rd meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 96th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.

• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-32-3, including 15 wins in the last 23 showdowns.

• Purdue has won two of the three matchups under head coach Jeff Brohm. This year’s game returns following the cancellation of the 2020 game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.

• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.

• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.

• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.

ON THE LINE

• The Boilermakers have the opportunity against Indiana to win their eighth game of the regular season, an accomplishment that has not occurred for the Old Gold & Black since 2006.

• In 2006, former head coach Joe Tiller’s Purdue squad went 8-5 during its regular season schedule before dropping its final game to Maryland in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006).

• Dating back to 2000, Purdue has won eight games in an overall season four times, all during the Tiller era (2000, 2003, 2006, 2007).

• Purdue is also seeking a sixth victory in Big Ten play, which would be the most since Joe Tiller’s 2003 Boilermakers went 6-2 to tie for second in the conference standings.

WINNING NOTES

• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers claimed their fifth league victory with the 32-14 win against Northwestern (Nov. 20), getting to the five-win mark in Big Ten action for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.

• The Boilermakers won their fourth away game of the season with the win at Northwestern, a home game for the Wildcats at Wrigley Field. To find a Purdue squad with more road wins, one must search back to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

BELL TABBED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST

• Junior WR David Bell was named a finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday, Nov. 23, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.

• Any player, regardless of position (WR, TE, SB and RB) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season that Bell is having (87 receptions, 1,207 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.

• Bell joins former Purdue standout WR Taylor Stubblefield (2004) as the only Boilermakers to be a tabbed a finalist for the award.

• Among the fellow Biletnikoff finalists, Bell leads the group in receiving yards vs. Top 25 competitions at 624 yards.

• Bell currently leads the Big Ten in both receiving yards and receptions (120.7 yards and 8.7 catches per game).

• Bell ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game and third in receptions per game.

NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH

• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.

• The following numbers are the most important to remember:

    1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.7.

    2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.

    3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.

    3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.

    5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.

    6: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in six-straight games.

    10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for third in Big Ten for INTs (4).

    13: Past 6 games: 13 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.

    40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.

    624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.

    1,207: Bell has 1,207 rec. yards in 2021, 5th in Purdue history.

BEST RIVALRY PERFORMANCES

• When a rivalry game has been played 122 times since 1891, there is bound to be some big games by Purdue as a team and by individual Boilermakers. Here are some of the top Purdue performances throughout the history of the rivalry with Indiana.

• Most Points (68 – 1892): In just the second meeting between the programs, Purdue rolled to a 68-0 victory which still stands as the largest margin of victory in the rivalry.

• Most Rushing Yards (272 – Otis Armstrong): Seven Boilermakers have rushed for more than 200 yards against the Hoosiers, and Otis Armstrong leads the way. The Purdue running back chalked up 272 yards on the ground in 1972, leading the team to a 42-7 victory.

• Most Passing Yards (522 – Kyle Orton): Heisman Trophy candidate Kyle Orton made his final game at Ross-Ade Stadium a memorable one, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-24 victory over the Hoosiers in 2004. He tallied 401 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, leading the Boilermakers to an easy win.

• Most Receiving Yards (209 – Kyle Ingraham): One of Orton’s favorite targets in the 2004 version of the Old Oaken Bucket Game was Kyle Ingraham, who hauled in 11 catches for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not to be forgotten that day was Taylor Stubblefield’s record-setting performance. His 14 catches for 138 yards gave him 309 career receptions, an NCAA record at the time. 

SINGLE-SEASON RECORD WATCH

• The Boilermakers have completed 354 passes on the season, just 23 shy of the school record (377) set in 1998.

• Purdue is 403 yards away from the school record of passing yards in a single season (4,208-1998)

• Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell is currently on pace to destroy the school record for completion percentage by a Purdue quarterback; the fifth-year senior has completed 72.7 percent of his passes (263-362), well above David Blough’s record of 66.0 percent (305-462) in 2018.

• Junior WR David Bell (1,207) needs 101 yards to set a new Purdue record for receving yards in a single season; John Standeford’s 2002 season (1,307) remains the top mark for now.

BOWL BOUND

• With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue became bowl eligible for first time since 2018.

• The Boilermakers will be bowl bound for the third time in five seasons under Jeff Brohm.

AIR IT OUT, AIDAN

• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.7 percent of his throws (263-362), while averaging 26.3 completions per game. Both marks rank fifth nationally.

• Over his last six games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.752, 197-262). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current six-game span.

• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

• O’Connell passed for 423 yards in the win over Northwestern, Nov. 20, becoming just sixth Purdue quarterback to have multiple 400-yard games in a single season. He joined Drew Brees, who accomplished the feat three times in his historic career (1998-2000), as well as Boilermaker quarterbacks Jim Everett (1985), Curtis Painter (2006), David Blough (2016) and Elijah Sindelar (2019). O’Connell became the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to produce at least five 300-yard games in a season and the first since David Blough (2016). It was the eighth 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Purdue career, moving into a tie with Mark Herrmann for fifth on the all-time list.

• The effort by O’Connell at Northwestern (Nov. 20) was the 24th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.

THE PRICE IS WRIGHT

• Junior wide receiver Milton Wright had a career day against Northwestern at Wrigley Field (Nov. 20), hauling in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns to earn career highs in all three categories.

• The performance was Wright’s first multi-touchdown game of his career, and he joined David Bell as Boilermaker wide receivers recording a trio of receiving touchdowns in a game this season. In fact, only four other Big Ten receivers have scored at least three touchdowns in a game during the 2021 campaign.

• Wright’s performance also marked the sixth time a Big Ten receiver put together a 200-yard game this season. Three of those were by Boilermakers (Bell-2, Wright-1), the first time in school history that Purdue had three 200-yard games from receivers in a single season.

• Wright eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in the first half (five catches, 101 yards), securing his second 100-yard game as a Boilermaker.

MICHIGAN STATE GIVES MEL TUCKER A $95 MILLION, 10-YEAR DEAL

(AP) — Michigan State is giving Mel Tucker a $95 million, 10-year contract, making an aggressive move to keep a football coach who potentially could have left for LSU or the NFL.

“I am honored to be a part of the Spartan process today, and for years to come,” Tucker wrote Wednesday in a post on Twitter.

The 12th-ranked Spartans (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) close the regular season against Penn State (7-4, 4-4) on Saturday at home.

Tucker’s contract establishes him one of the riches coaches in college football.

Only Alabama’s Nick Saban, one of his mentors, who makes $9,753,221 a year, is paid more on an annual basis, according to the USA Today coaches’ salaries database.

Tucker’s 10-year deal puts him in select company with two coaches with the same term: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Swinney’s contract is worth $92 million and Fisher’s deal will pay him more than $9 plus million a year, starting in 2022.

Tucker’s deal that expires Jan. 15, 2032, will have a $5.9 million base salary, $3.2 million in supplemental compensation for media and personal appearances along with a $400,000 contingent annual bonus.

“We’re excited to have Mel here for the next 10 years,” United Wholesale Mortgage president and CEO Mat Ishbia, one of the donors funding Tucker’s new deal, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “He’s a winner. He represents Michigan State in a fantastic way and we’re excited for the future.

“We got a winner and we’re not letting a winner leave Michigan State. Mel didn’t want to leave, but the reality is he’s the hottest name in football.”

The 49-year-old Tucker is getting a boost in pay as part of a long-term deal because of what he has done so far, and what has happened in the past at Michigan State.

After winning just two games in his debut during the pandemic-shortened season, Tucker has led one of college football’s most surprising teams. The Spartans started the season unranked and overlooked and now have a chance to win 10 games and earn a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

No. 2 Ohio State did show Tucker’s team how far it has to go in last week’s 56-7 win that ended the Spartans’ championship hopes.

Michigan State was very motivated to give Tucker every reason to stay after losing Saban to LSU in November of 1999.

“There was a time Michigan State had the best football and basketball coach with Nick Saban and Tom Izzo,” Ishbia told the AP. “Now, we have a chance to have the best coaching duo again in America and we’re going to pay Mel like he left.”

Tucker was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for Saban during the 1997 and 1978 seasons, when he made $400 a week and slept under a desk hoping the head coach would be impressed by his dedication.

Even before the championship-caliber program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced it was parting ways with Ed Orgeron earlier this season, Tucker was mentioned as a candidate in part because he coached the Tigers’ defensive backs under Saban in 2000 and has an impressive resume with stints on staffs at Ohio State and Georgia.

Tucker’s ties to the NFL also made it likely that teams with coaching openings in the league would try to pry him away this winter. Tucker was 2-3 a decade ago as an interim coach in Jacksonville, where he was defensive coordinator, a role he also had with his hometown Cleveland Browns and Chicago over his 10 seasons on NFL sidelines.

While it is going to cost a lot of money to keep Tucker at Michigan State, the boost in pay is being provided as a gift from Ishbia and Steve St. Andre.

Ishbia was a walk-on guard on Tom Izzo’s 2000 national championship basketball team. Earlier this year, Ishbia made a $32 million donation for Michigan State’s athletics and he is giving $500 a month to the school’s football and men’s basketball players. St. Andre is the founder and CEO of Shift Digital, a marketing company.

Tucker thanked both donors by name in his Twitter post along with former Michigan State football players Brian Mosallam and Jason Strayhorn for their help with finalizing the new contract.

“This is a process to build a championship-winning program,” Tucker said.

After coach Mark Dantonio retired in February 2020, Tucker more than doubled his total compensation by leaving Colorado after only one season with a 5-7 record to sign a six-year deal worth $5.5-plus million per year at Michigan State.

Tucker didn’t have much time with his new team last year before the pandemic pushed players away from campus and it showed with a 2-5 record.

With an influx of transfers, including Heisman Trophy-candidate running back Kenneth Walker, the Spartans won their first eight games this season, including a second straight win over rival Michigan.

“The decision to extend Mel Tucker’s contract is not based on one year of results, but rather it’s an investment in a promising future for Spartan football,” athletic director Alan Haller said.

Whether the season ends with successes or setbacks, the school and its fans should not have to worry about losing their coach.

“Michigan State is not a stepping stone, it’s a destination, and Mel knows that,” Ishbia told the AP. “He didn’t want to leave, but when someone is all in and they’re loyal, you take care of them.”

LIBERTY, FREEZE AGREE TO CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2028

(AP) — Liberty and football coach Hugh Freeze have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the Flames through 2028.

The school announced the extension Wednesday. A person familiar with the deal says Freeze will be paid an average of more than $4 million a year over the life of the contract, making him one of the highest paid coaches at the Group of Five level.

With the early signing period in December, Freeze said it certainly makes the extension more pertinent. He said it takes him out of the conversations about other coaching openings and the potential that schools would target him.

“It’s certainly something our recruiting department would get out prior to me leaving Sunday to go recruit to make sure that everyone that we’re after knows where we stand,” Freeze said. “And so I do think it’s helpful for sure, and I’m excited to get that in our recruits hands.”

Freeze said when his name surfaces in coaching searches, it is a compliment.

“What matters to me is just that I’m being as transparent with our kids and our administration and what we’re trying to do here. So I don’t really think I can ever control that,” he said. “And again, I think it’s a compliment to this place and to our commitment to being successful and to what our kids and staff have done here.”

The Flames (7-4) have compiled a 25-10 record since Freeze took over three years ago. They were 10-1 last season, capping the year with a victory against No. 9 Coastal Carolina in the Cure Bowl and finished No. 17 in the Top 25.

Last season also included a series of firsts for the Flames:

– Their first victories against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent – they beat both Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

– Their first national ranking and their first victory against a team in the Top 25.

– Their bowl victory also was the school’s second in a row, making the Flames just the second team to win back-to-back bowl games in their first two seasons after transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Flames have competed as an independent since making the jump to the FBS in 2018, but will move to Conference USA for the 2023 season.

Freeze, 52, compiled a 39-25 record at Mississippi from 2011-2016, but resigned after an investigation revealed he’d used a state-issued cell phone to make calls to an escort service. The school also was forced to vacate 33 victories – 27 under Freeze – for recruiting and academic violations dating to 2010.

NO. 22 UCONN SURVIVES, BEATS NO. 19 AUBURN 115-109 IN 2OT

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Shot after shot, No. 19 Auburn and No. 22 Connecticut went back and forth at each other seemingly oblivious to pressure from a dwindling clock in an ever-lengthening game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

It may have been an early season tournament, but it felt like a March-esque thriller – right up to the second overtime when Tyler Polley and Adama Sonogo helped the Huskies finally wrestle away a 115-109 double-overtime victory in Wednesday’s first round.

“Pretty good tip for November, right?” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.

Indeed, the first two-overtime game in the event’s 10-year history had plenty: big shots, clutch responses, frenetic sequences, even players diving on the floor for a loose rebound in the final seconds of a two-possession game with the outcome decided.

Exhausting? Chaotic? Thrilling? UConn coach Dan Hurley would choose all of the above.

“Now you have a chance to sit back and think about how many different ways it could’ve went the other way in regulation, or really from the five-minute mark all the way through to the second overtime,” Hurley said. “Just a multitude of things that went on that were mind-boggling, mind-numbing.”

Polley scored a career-high 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:58 left in the second overtime, and had also hit a 3-pointer for the lead with 12.5 seconds left in regulation. He finished 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

Sanogo had a career-best 30 points and stayed on the floor despite playing critical late minutes with four fouls for the Huskies (5-0), who blew a 15-point lead in regulation and squandered a lead late in the first overtime. But the two combined for UConn’s first 14 points of the second overtime as UConn finally pushed ahead for good.

“I definitely thought numerous times we could’ve had the game won,” said R.J. Cole, who had 24 points for UConn. “They weren’t going to go without a fight and we knew that. So we continued to just talk to each other and keep pushing, knowing that it’s not going to be easy and we’re going to have to fight for this one to get the win.”

K.D. Johnson and top freshman Jabari Smith had their own huge performances for the Tigers (3-1). Johnson scored 23 of his career-high 27 points after halftime, including driving baskets in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime to extend the game.

“I was just trying to do anything to get a W,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t really focused on anything, how it was going. I was just trying to get a win.”

NO. 6 BAYLOR BEATS ARIZONA STATE 75-63 AT BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Baylor’s balance is giving coach Scott Drew plenty of options to start the season.

The sixth-ranked Bears had five players score in double figures in their 75-63 win over Arizona State on Wednesday night that wrapped up first-round play at the Battle 4 Atlantis. L.J. Cryer led that group with 15 points, marking the fifth time in as many games that the Bears have had at least four double-figure scorers.

“It’s definitely beautiful,” said Adam Flagler, who had 13 points. “We’re always just trying to play for each other, trying to get the best shot always down the floor, and go 1-0.”

So far, that plan has worked for a team charged with replacing four starters from last year’s national championship squad. That group was led primarily by three lead scorers in Jared Butler (16.7 points), MaCio Teague (15.9) and Davion Mitchell (14.0).

Coming in, Cryer was averaging a team-high 18.5 points while four other players were averaging at least 10.3 points. The Bears (5-0) nearly had a sixth double-figure scorer in James Akinjo, who finished with nine points and seven assists.

“It’s critical because every game is not going to be your night,” Drew said, adding: “On nights that aren’t your shooting night, it’s great to have others you can depend on and go to. That’s the great thing about having a great rotation, a great bench. We go to the bench, and we normally get better.”

D.J. Horne scored 20 points to lead the Sun Devils (2-3), including a jumper and a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 2 1/2 minutes. Arizona State led by six early and was tied with 8 1/2 minutes left in the half, only to see Baylor put together a 19-4 burst – highlighted by 3s from Akinjo, Flagler and freshman Kendall Brown – to take a 42-27 lead.

That lead grew to 22 points, and the Sun Devils never got within single digits again.

While knocking down shots against Baylor’s defense was a challenge, Arizona State didn’t help itself with 15 turnovers. Eleven of those came in the opening half to help Baylor build its lead, leading to a dozen points, after Arizona State had averaged 11 turnovers over its last three games.

“That hurt us,” Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley said. “We knew coming in we couldn’t allow our offense to help them generate points. And we did that a little bit too much.”

APPLEBY’S BUZZER-BEATER SENDS NO. 23 FLORIDA PAST OHIO STATE

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Tyree Appleby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and No. 23 Florida beat Ohio State 71-68 in the Fort Myers Tip-Off championship game on Wednesday night.

The entire Gators bench stormed on the court for a wild celebration after Appleby’s shot went in. Players were dancing at midcourt awaiting the start of the trophy celebration.

“It was like a movie,” Appleby said. “Once I hit the shot, I felt my teammates right there with me. Probably one of the best moments of my college career, really my life.”

Appleby was 1 for 9 shooting before he connected as time expired.

“He’s a gutsy guy,” Florida coach Mike White said. “He’s got a high level of confidence. He’s the type of guy that makes that type of shot.”

Florida (5-0) got 19 points from Phlandrous Fleming Jr. Colin Castleton had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

E.J. Liddell scored 23 points for Ohio State (4-2). Kyle Young picked up his fifth foul midway through the second half and finished with 11 points.

“It was a game we really had to be resilient and respond,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “It was an ugly at times but extremely physical.”

Florida reached the title game after Castleton scored 16 points and Appleby added 15 in an 80-60 win over California Monday night.

Ohio State won its opener at the tourney when Meechie Johnson Jr. made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to beat No. 21 Seton Hall 79-76 on Monday night. Liddell had 28 points in that game.

On Wednesday night, Liddell connected on two free throws and Jamari Wheeler grabbed an offensive rebound that led to Zed Key making one of two free throws to put Ohio State up 68-66.

Anthony Duruji tied it at 68 with a dunk in the final minute, setting up Appleby’s game-ender.

Liddell hit a 3 and then blocked a shot to set up Malaki Branham’s layup as Ohio State took a 63-56 lead with 5 minutes left.

Ohio State grabbed its biggest lead, 47-37, with 13 minutes left when Jimmy Sotos drove into the paint for a loose ball and while on the ground made a pass to Key for a slam.

“Our guys showed a lot of grit,” White said. “A tough-nosed group that just found a way. It wasn’t real pretty in a lot of areas for about 30 minutes. I thought the last 10 we executed at a better rate.”

After Florida scored the next five points, Key blocked Myreon Jones’ layup try, but the Gators got within 51-49 when Holtmann was called for a technical and Fleming made two technical and two regular free throws with 9 minutes remaining.

Holtmann said he was “obviously disappointed” about getting the technical. He also was called for one in Monday’s game.

NO. 20 MICHIGAN SLOPPY IN 65-54 WIN OVER TARLETON STATE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Eli Brooks scored 15 points and No. 20 Michigan overcame a sloppy performance to beat Tarleton State 65-54 on Wednesday.

Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan scored 14 points apiece for Michigan (4-2), which committed 21 turnovers. Hunter Dickinson added nine points and 10 rebounds.

“Tarleton is very good at getting into passing lanes, being active with their hands and feet and their energy,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “Some of the passes we were making, I would say in a respectful way, were mindless.”

Montre Gipson led Tarleton State (1-5) with 17 points and Tahj Small added 12.

“I hope they got something out of it, I know we did,” Texans coach Billy Gillispie said. “Our guys are tough. I don’t think there’s anybody in America that’s tougher than us.”

The Wolverines had 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes but reeled off 10 unanswered points late in the half to gain a 31-22 halftime advantage.

“We’ve got to slow down and not let the other team press us and rush us,” Diabate said. “We can’t give them the chance to put their energy over us.”

Michigan was clinging to a 55-52 lead with under four minutes left, but two free throws by Brooks and dunks by Dickinson and Diabate helped the Wolverines to stave off the Texans. Dickinson set up Diabate’s two late dunks.

“(Diabate) kept cutting to the basket and Hunter did an amazing job of catching it in the post and driving and dunking or catching it in the post, they double and he finds the cutter,” Howard said. “It’s something special watching a young guy like Moussa, who understands how to play and play with Hunter, who’s a willing passer.”

Gillispie was disappointed with the late defensive lapses.

“We came here to win,” he said. “We did a lot of good things but in the most important time, we made three defensive errors and just let them lay it up. You can’t do that on an opponent’s home court.”

BOOKER SCORES 35, SUNS WIN 14TH STRAIGHT, BEAT CAVS 120-115

CLEVELAND (AP) With the Suns’ long winning streak in serious danger, Devin Booker and Chris Paul knew exactly what had to be done.

Phoenix’s season is still rising.

Booker scored 35 points, Paul had 12 assists and made four free throws in the final 8.8 seconds, and the Suns extended their winning streak to 14 games by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 on Wednesday night.

Phoenix’s streak started with a win at home over Cleveland on Oct. 30, which came after a 1-3 opening to the season for the defending Western Conference champions. The surge has also corresponded with allegations of racism and misogyny surfacing against Suns owner Robert Sarver.

“That’s just coincidence,” Paul said of the timing. “Our plan wasn’t to start out 1-3. We’ve got a great group, a great locker room. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

For nearly a month, the Suns have won in a variety of ways and Wednesday they improved the NBA’s best road record to 7-1.

It wasn’t easy.

The young Cavs gave the Suns everything they could handle, and if not for Paul, a couple calls that could have gone either way and Cleveland’s Ricky Rubio missing three free throws in the final seconds, the streak might have ended.

The win was also the 100th with the Suns for coach Monty Williams, who is in his third season with the club.

“We know we can win ugly games,” Williams said. “We know we can win slug outs. I wish we could win by 30 every night. But they have a really good team. We’re just finding ways to win.”

Jarrett Allen had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Cedi Osman added 23 points for Cleveland, which dropped its fifth straight. Darius Garland scored 19 before fouling out late.

Paul finished with 17 points and JaVale McGee added 13 points and 12 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.

Williams pointed to a key sequence down the stretch when Mikal Bridges blocked Osman and Paul got Garland to bite on a rip-through move for his sixth personal.

“The biggest thing was just to get him out of the game because he’s so shifty,” Paul said. “When I’m at home he’s one of the guys I Iove to watch.”

The Cavs were still within 117-114 when the Suns fouled Rubio with 6.5 seconds left. The veteran point guard, getting more time with leading scorer Collin Sexton out for the year, split the pair and Cleveland was forced to foul Booker.

The Suns’ star also made just one of two and Phoenix put Rubio back on the line. He missed two more, the second one on purpose before Paul sealed it by making two free throws with 3.8 seconds left.

“Stay in the moment,” Paul said of his ability to stay calm in pressure moments at the line. “I’ve missed a ton of them in my career, too.”

Phoenix’s winning streak is the third-longest in club history, matching a 14-gamer by the club in 1992. The Suns won 17 straight during the 2006-07 season.

Leading by just one point after three, the Suns outscored the Cavs 13-4 to start the fourth and open a 100-90 lead with 6:56 left.

However, Phoenix couldn’t pull away as Osman kept Cleveland close by scoring nine consecutive points in one stretch and then burying a 3-pointer to pull the Cavs within 105-104 with 3:49 remaining.

“For 48 minutes, we were right there,” Osman said. “That’s what we do. We compete.”

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: Pacers 116, Lakers 124 (OT)

Game Recap

The Pacers went blow for blow with the Lakers on Wednesday night in a thrilling game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. But as he has so many times over the years, LeBron James dashed the Pacers’ hopes with his shotmaking in crunch time, lifting Los Angeles (10-10) to a 124-116 win over Indiana (8-12).

The loss prevented the Pacers from putting together their first three-game win streak of the season and spoiled some serious heroics from rookie Chris Duarte.

Duarte’s miraculous three sent the game into overtime, but the extra session belonged to James. The Lakers took a 117-114 lead on James’ 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining in the extra session, then he hit another 30-footer to double the lead with 1:52 to play.

That proved to be enough to seal the win, as Indiana went just 2-for-11 in overtime.

James finished with a game-high 39 points, going 13-for-29 from the field, 5-for-12 from 3-point range, and 8-for-9 from the free throw line, while also tallying five rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. It was his first game back after serving the first suspension of his 19-year career on Tuesday in New York.

“He’s one of the greatest players of all time,” Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “He’s been in that situation a thousand times. So he’s not going to shy from the moment. I think that’s what we experienced tonight. He hit some tough shots.”

Brogdon had a team-high 28 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, going 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, while Duarte added 17 off the bench.

The Pacers led most of the night, but the Lakers took their first lead on Malik Monk’s 3-pointer with 4:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the other end, however, Russell Westbrook clotheslined Domantas Sabonis and was assessed a flagrant-1 foul. Sabonis hit both free throws to put the Pacers back in front at 102-101.

Two Monk free throws at the 3:00 mark allowed the Lakers to retake the lead. Just under a minute later, Brogdon missed a potential go-ahead layup. While fighting for the rebound, Sabonis inadvertently hit James across the face. A subsequent review declared that, too, to be a flagrant-1 and James made both free throws to extend the Lakers lead.

Then after a Duarte turnover, the Lakers got out on the break, with James’ layup pushing their lead to 107-102 with 1:42 to play.

After a timeout, T.J. McConnell hit two free throws with 1:37 left to make it a one-possession game. James ran down the shot clock, then drained a deep three over Myles Turner to push the lead back to six.

Brogdon hit two free throws with 1:09 remaining and this time James missed on the other end. Justin Holiday then hit a fallaway three with 26.3 seconds left to make it a one-point game.

The Pacers elected to foul Westbrook with 22.6 seconds remaining, and he hit both foul shots. After a timeout, Brogdon drove baseline, then kicked to Duarte in the corner. Avery Bradley was right in his face, but somehow the rookie was able to get off and swished the game-tying three while falling down.

The play was originally designed to set up a shot for Holiday, but the Lakers switched on a screen and denied him the ball. Brogdon then audibled, eventually finding Duarte.

“Justin wasn’t open so I then had to go one-on-one and try to create,” Brogdon said. “I got caught in the air and Chris was open in the corner just for a second and then he made a tough shot.”

Duarte and some of his teammates, including Holiday, said they thought he drew a foul on Bradley, but the refs swallowed their whistles.

“I thought I was going to get fouled,” Duarte said of his mindset when he let the shot fly. “…Once I felt that contact on top of me, I threw it up. I thought I was going to get a foul, but they don’t call fouls on rookies, I guess.”

James then missed a deep three on the other end to send the game to overtime, but he dominated the extra session.

Seven Pacers scored in double figures in the loss. Holiday had 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Sabonis stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Turner added 12 points, six boards, and two blocks, McConnell had 10 points and eight assists, and Caris LeVert also scored 10.

Turner scored five early points to help Indiana jump out to an early 9-4 lead. The Lakers rallied to tie the game at 11, but Caris LeVert and Duarte combined for six straight points from there to give the Blue & Gold a lead they would maintain for the remainder of the opening quarter.

The hosts continued to extend their lead, with Duarte leading the way. The rookie hit two more jumpers — a long two and a three — as part of a 16-7 Pacers run to open up a nine-point lead. Indiana led 31-26 at the quarter break.

The Pacers pushed the lead to double digits for the first time in the the opening minute of the second quarter. McConnell converted a high-arcing layup off the glass on the first possession of the quarter, Brogdon dished to Sabonis for another bucket the next time down, and then Sabonis intercepted a Westbrook pass and then scored again to cap a 6-0 spurt over the first 65 seconds of the frame.

James did his best to keep the Lakers within striking distance, scoring seven points during a 16-9 run that trimmed the deficit to 48-44 with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter. That was the closest Los Angeles got until the final minutes of the half.

James’ layup with 1:58 remaining made it a 57-54 Pacers lead. Carmelo Anthony then drew a foul and hit both foul shots to make it a one-point game with 1:16 to play. Brogdon answered with a deep three over Westbrook on the left wing, but James raced right back down the court, hitting a tough shot while being fouled, then made the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play.

Once again, Brogdon pulled up from the wing, this time draining a trey over Anthony on the right wing. Anthony drew a foul and hit one of two free throws before the Pacers got a wide-open look for Justin Holiday in the right corner to close the half and push the lead back to 66-60 entering the break.

Indiana opened up its lead once more at the start of the third quarter, as Holiday and Brogdon both made threes during an early 8-0 run that pushed the margin back to 12 and forced a quick timeout from Lakers coach Frank Vogel.

The Blue & Gold maintained a somewhat comfortable lead for much of the frame, but the visitors eventually mounted a rally. Indiana led 83-73 when Monk hit a jumper with 2:19 remaining in the quarter. Westbrook added a layup at 1:30, then Monk drilled a step-back three at 1:00, and suddenly it was a one-possession game.

Out of a timeout, McConnell missed a layup and Westbrook was fouled during the ensuing fastbreak. The former MVP hit both free throws, trimming the Pacers’ lead to one. Torrey Craig was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the quarter to give the hosts a 84-82 advantage entering the fourth.

The Pacers created some breathing room once again with another strong start to a quarter. Craig scored on a layup, Brogdon hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night, and then LeVert added a bucket as Indiana opened the final frame with seven unanswered.

The Lakers quickly answered, however. Monk and Ellington hit back-to-back threes to force an Indiana timeout, then Ellington’s trey from the left corner tied the game at 93 with 7:54 remaining.

Brogdon then took the ball into the defense, drawing a foul on James and hitting both free throws and Holiday added a corner three a minute later to give the hosts a five-point lead with 6:26 to play. The Lakers took the lead less than two minutes later, however, on Monk’s trey with 4:35 remaining. On the other end, Westbrook committed a hard foul on Sabonis, the start of a wild end to regulation.

The back-and-forth game made for an entertaining finish, and with a number of Lakers fans in attendance, there were loud cheers after every bucket regardless of who scored. James relished the moment, playing to the crowd after each shot he hit down the stretch.

“Superstar players put you up against it in so many different ways,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said of James’ performance. “But as a team and the way we’re structured, we’ve just got to be completely on point with every single thing we’re doing on both ends of the floor to beat a guy like that, and we didn’t do it.”

Westbrook finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Lakers. Monk added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Anthony and Ellington each scored 14.

The Pacers continue a three-game homestand against the last three NBA champions when they host Toronto on Friday and Milwaukee on Sunday.

Inside the Numbers

James’ 39 points were his season high. An abdominal injury and Tuesday’s suspension have limited the 17-time All-Star to just nine games so far this season.

Brogdon entered the night shooting just 32.9 percent from 3-point range, but went 5-for-10 on Wednesday. His five threes were his most in a game this season.

After scoring in double figures in nine straight games to open his NBA career, Duarte had failed to reach double figures in four straight and six of his last eight contests. His 17 points on Wednesday were his most since scoring 18 in a win over San Antonio on Nov. 1.

The two teams tied the battle of the boards, each pulling down 52 rebounds, though Indiana had a 14-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

Turner added two blocks to his league-leading total and has now blocked a shot in each of the first 20 games to start the season.

You Can Quote Me On That

“James is a great player. He got hot. We needed to do a couple of things to limit touches in the overtime. We did not and so we paid a price. Simple as that.” -Carlisle on the difference in overtime

“Chris is confident in his ability. It shows on the court and it shows by the shots he takes and makes. We need his shot-making ability. He was great tonight.” -Brogdon on Duarte

“Chris is going to come out and play that way and not be afraid. The kid’s from the (Dominican Republic). If you know many people from there, they’re not afraid of anything. He represents his country in that way, for sure, when he comes out and plays the way he does. There’s a reason why he’s here. There’s a reason why he was drafted where he was.” -Holiday on Duarte

“LeBron, he’s one of the best, maybe the best guy in the league right now. It’s unbelievable what he does. I was just talking about that with Myles, how he took over like he did. He’s (36)…that’s crazy.” -Duarte on sharing the court with LeBron for the first time in his career

Stat of the Night

The Lakers hit just two more threes than the Pacers, but shot a significantly better percent from beyond the arc. Los Angeles went 15-for-37 (40.5 percent) from 3-point range, while the Pacers were 13-for-46 (28.3 percent).

Noteworthy

The Lakers have now won their last two visits to Gainbridge Fieldhouse after dropping seven straight in Indianapolis.

The Lakers were without All-NBA big man Anthony Davis on Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness.

LeVert was listed as questionable with a sore lower back, but was able to play.

A number of Colts players were in attendance on Wednesday, including the NFL’s leading rusher, Jonathan Taylor, as well as defensive linemen Kwity Paye, Al-Quadin Muhammad, and Ben Banogu, wide receiver Zach Pascal, and punter Rigoberto Sanchez.

Up Next

The Pacers continue a three-game homestand at Gainbridge Fieldhouse when they host Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Nov. 26 at 8:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL: INDY FALLS TO WHEELING IN THIRD MATCHUP OF THE SEASON

WHEELING, WV – Playing their first game of the week, the Fuel visited the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. Despite five power play chances and outshooting Wheeling 35 to 23, the Fuel fell to the Nailers 5-1 in the pair’s third matchup of the season.

The first period remained quiet up until Indy’s Riley McKay took the first goal of the game at six and a half minutes in. The Fuel’s joy was short lived however with Wheeling’s Patrick Watling coming back with an equal strength goal of his own just under one minute later. The Fuel were awarded back-to-back power play opportunities but couldn’t get the puck past Nailers’ goaltender Alex D’Orio.

D’Orio showed his resilience in the 2nd period, stopping all of Indy’s 14 shots. Wheeling’s Dylan MacPherson gave them the lead early into the period, making it 2-1 Nailers. The Fuel found themselves with two more power play chances after Wheeling was called for their third and fourth straight stick infractions but weren’t able to capitalize on the one-man advantages.

The Fuel began the third period on a power play, but the Nailers’ Nick Hutchison took it to the other end of the ice to make it 3-1 Wheeling. The Nailers continued their roll, with Chris Ortiz scoring an equal strength goal and Hutchison gaining his second of the night on a power play goal following a cross-checking minor from the Fuel’s Cliff Watson. The night wrapped up with a final tally of 5-1, Wheeling.

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES 2021 SEASON ON THE ROAD

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – To conclude the regular season Indiana Volleyball (10-20, 4-14 Big Ten) enters the Big Ten gauntlet with matches at No. 6 Purdue and No. 5 Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will first face the Boilermakers on Friday, November 26 at 6 p.m. and will conclude the weekend against the Badgers on Saturday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Indiana at No. 6 Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. | Holloway Gym

Friday, November 26 • 6:00 p.m.

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Indiana at No. 5 Wisconsin

Madison, Wisc. | UW Field House

Saturday, November 27 • 8:00 p.m. ET

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers are coming off a two-match weekend that closed out the home schedule. Indiana faced No. 24 Illinois this past Friday where they dropped the match 3-0. They then bounced back against Iowa and earned the senior day sweep, 3-0.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth currently sits at No. 5 in the Big Ten Conference in aces with 40. She put up a career-high six against Iowa this past Sunday.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg returned to the top-10 in hitting percentage with .352. She is currently No. 8 in the conference.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame has recorded 464 digs so far in 2021 which is No 9 in the Big Ten.

All-Time Series

• The Boilermakers hold a 73-34 record in the all-time series. The two programs have already met in 2021 where the Hoosiers fell in three sets, 3-0 (17-25, 14-25, 20-25). The last time Indiana got the victory over the Boilermakers was in 2012 where the Hoosiers overcame Purdue, 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21).

• Wisconsin currently has a 54-24 advantage in the all-time series. They two teams have yet to meet this season, but previously met for a pair of matches in the spring of 2021 where the Badgers took both matches in straight sets. The last time the Hoosiers won was in 2012 as Indiana took the road match, 4-0 (19-25, 25-17, 30-28, 25-21).

Checking Out the Competition

• PURDUE: Dave Shondell is in his 19th season at the helm of the Purdue volleyball program and has coached them to No. 5 in the country. The Boilermakers are 22-5 overall and 14-4 in the Big Ten and are on an eight-game winning streak. In their last eight matches they have won 24 of their 31 sets played. Fifth year outside hitter Caitlin Newton leads the Purdue attacked with 393 kills and a hitting percentage of .215. She is currently third in points (455) and fourth in kills (393) among the Big Ten. She has served up 31 aces which is No. 10 in the conference and leads the Purdue squad. Redshirt senior Hayley Bush does the setting as she has raked in 1024 assists and is averaging 10.24 per set. Bush is sixth in the Big Ten in assists. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Tremmell has tallied 93 blocks and is averaging 1.33 per set. She is No. 3 in blocks among the conference. Grace Cleveland has a team-high 116 blocks. As a team, the Boilermakers are hitting .255 while they are allowing their opponents to hit just .175. Purdue leads the conference in opponent blocks, allowing them just 1.61 per set.

• WISCONSIN: Kelly Sheffield is the head coach of the Wisconsin volleyball program and is in his ninth season. He has coached them to No. 5 in the country with a record of 23-3 overall and 15-3 in the Big Ten. The Badgers are on a three-game winning streak with wins over Minnesota, Michigan State, and Northwestern. Dana Rettke leads Wisconsin on the attack with 318 kills and a hitting percentage .447. She has the best hitting percentage among the conference. Rettke also the team leader in blocks with 126 and an average of 1.38 per set. Sydney Hilley is their main setter, collecting 1121 assists so far this season. Her assist total leads the Big Ten. Izzy Ashburn is No. 3 in the Big Ten is aces, tallying 40. The Badgers are currently hitting .290 while their opponents are hitting just .165.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers kicked off a two-game home stand this past Friday by hosting No. 24 Illinois. The Illini were too much for Indiana as they dropped the match, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-11). Breana Edwards led the team kills with seven. Kaley Rammelsberg, Brooke Westbeld, and Kari Zumach all tallied a block. Camryn Haworth had 16 assists while Paula Cerame led the way in digs with 14.

• On Sunday, Indiana hosted senior day that honored Breana Edwards, Brooke Westbeld, and Kari Zumach. The Hoosiers squared off against Iowa where they earned the dominate 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-17) sweep of the Hawkeyes.  Camryn Haworth tallied a career high six aces while Ashley Zulauf saw a career-matching three aces. Kari Zumach led the way on the attack with eight kills and hitting percentage of .471. She also led the squad in blocks with four.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leads the Indiana attack with 352 kills and has tallied 40 blocks. Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career on September 10 at Georgia Tech.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg bounced back this past weekend and now has a hitting percentage of .352 on 203 kills. She has also tallied 73 blocks.

• Coming off the bench, graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld has recorded 511 assists and is the squad leader. 

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede leads the team in blocking with 89 blocks. She also has put down 151 kills.

• As the Hoosiers starting libero, junior Paula Cerame is the squad leader in digs with 464.

• The Hoosiers matched their season high of 10 aces in the match against Iowa.

• In the match against the Hawkeyes, Indiana saw their best hitting percentage (.304) since September 16 when they hit 345 against Alabama A&M.

• When it comes to solo blocks the Hoosiers have recorded 96 compared to their opponents 56.

Freshman Coming in Hot

• Setter Camryn Haworth has had a strong first campaign with the Hoosiers as she is No. 5 in the conference in aces with 40 which is a squad high. She also does most of the setting for Indiana, recording 478 assists so far this season.

• Outside hitter Mady Saris has tallied 257 kills and 39 blocks. She also has recorded three double-double in her career.

NO. 3 PURDUE HOSTS OMAHA IN BLACK FRIDAY MATINEE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Boilermakers return home to begin a three-game homestand as Omaha visits Mackey Arena for a 2 p.m. Black Friday tipoff.  The Boilermakers are coming off a Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament title and begin a homestand that features contests against Omaha, Florida State in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge and Iowa in the Big Ten opener.

The Boilermakers are 5-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season, while Omaha enters the contest with a 1-4 record.

The contest will be televised on B1G+ (final time this season) with Matt Menzl and Jay Wilson on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue is 5-0 for the sixth time under head coach Matt Painter. A win over Omaha would give Purdue just its third 6-0 start under Painter, joining the 2009-10 team (14-0) and 2015-16 squad (11-0).

2) The Boilermakers will play its first game before Christmas as a top-3 ranked team since the 1987-88 season. All other seasons that Purdue reached the top 3, it did so after the holidays.

3) Purdue has won 10 straight non-conference home games by a combined 300 points (30.0 PPG). Just two games decided by less than 25 points.

4) Purdue ranks No. 2 nationally in offensive efficiency behind Gonzaga. In addition, Purdue ranks in the top 10 in scoring offense (4th), field goal percentage (8th) and rebound margin (8th).

5) Purdue and Gonzaga each have two players ranked in the top 10 of the KenPom POY standings. Zach Edey ranks sixth, while Trevion Williams is 9th, owning two of the five Big Ten players ranked (Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson).

6) Sasha Stefanovic (157) needs four 3-pointers to tie P.J. Thompson (161) for 15th on Purdue’s career 3-pointers made list.

7) Purdue is one-of-four teams nationally to shoot at least 52.0 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from 3-point range and 74.0 percent from the free throw line (Santa Clara, Lipscomb, Colorado State).

8) Matt Painter (360) needs four wins to tie Branch McCracken for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (364). Since 1980, just two Purdue coaches have won 872 games (Gene Keady – 512; Matt Painter – 360).

NO. 6 VOLLEYBALL SLATED TO CLOSE REGULAR SEASON IN HOLLOWAY

Friday, November 26 | 6 p.m. ET

Indiana at No. 6 Purdue

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | B1G+

Saturday, November 27 | 9 p.m. ET

#3 Wisconsin at #12 Purdue

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | BTN

Sunday, November 28 | 8:30 p.m. ET

NCAA Selection Show | ESPNU

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its final two matches of the regular season, the No. 6 Purdue volleyball team (22-5, 14-4 B1G) will host Indiana on Friday for Senior Night before closing the regular season vs. No. 11 Nebraska (20-6, 15-3 B1G) on Saturday.

The match vs. Indiana will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be streamed on B1G+. Meanwhile, Saturday’s match will air live on Big Ten Network at 9 p.m. ET.

IN THE HUNT FOR THE BIG TEN TITLE

• Purdue has a path to the title of Big Ten Co-Champions (sharing with Nebraska) if the following occurs: Purdue wins its final two remaining matches AND Nebraska defeats Wisconsin on Friday night (OR Wisconsin loses once this weekend).

• HC Dave Shondell is looking for the first Big Ten title of his career, and the first for Purdue in 35 years. • The Boilermakers have won the Big Ten title four times, which came in a seven-year span: 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985.

A TEAM FOR THE AGES

• Purdue’s seven wins over ranked opponents are the most in program history during the regular season.

• Under Shondell’s guidance, Purdue’s highest Big Ten finish was a tie for second-place in 2011 (29-5, 16-4 B1G).

• The Boilermakers have finished fifth in the Big Ten standings in three of the last four seasons.

• It is the fifth time in program history Purdue has reached 14 Big Ten wins: joins 1985 (17-1), 2011 (16-4), 2020 (14-6) and 1987 (14-4). Purdue will have a chance to tie for the second-most wins in a Big Ten season with a pair of victories this weekend.

• With two matches remaining, Purdue’s 14 Big Ten wins are the most since 2011 (16-4).

• Purdue owns 507 block assists this season, 10th most in program history (most since 2019’s 561, second all-time).

• Meanwhile, the team’s .255 attack % currently ranks 10th (best since 2017’s program-record .301).

BUTLER MBB FINISHES OFF MAUI INVITATIONAL WITH 84-51 WIN OVER CHAMINADE

Butler ran past Chaminade, 84-51, Wednesday night in their final game of the Maui Invitational, which has been played in Las Vegas over the past three days.

Freshman Jayden Taylor led four Bulldogs in double figures with a career-best 21 points. He made six of his nine attempts from the field and went 8-for-9 at the free throw line.

Ty Groce scored 18 points (8-for-9 from the field) to post a new Butler-high for the graduate transfer. Bryce Golden had a season-high 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jair Bolden added 12.

Butler shot 63 percent from the field, including a 9-of-18 mark from behind the arc. The Bulldogs had 19 assists on 29 made field goals and hit 17 of their 19 free throw attempts. Bolden had six assists.

The Bulldogs shot 64 percent in the first half to take a 45-29 lead after the first 20 minutes. Butler made eight of its first 10 attempts from the field in starting out the game with an 18-2 spurt. The 33-point final margin was the largest of the game.

Aaron Thompson moved into fourth place on Butler’s career assists list, passing Roosevelt Jones, in the contest. He now has 465 career assists.

Butler’s defense limited Chaminade to 30-percent shooting from the field.

The Bulldogs were without Chuck Harris, who missed Wednesday’s game with a foot injury. Bryce Nze, Bo Hodges and Myles Tate remained unavailable.

Butler is now 4-3 on the season.

Butler returns to action Tuesday, hosting Saginaw Valley State at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

NCAA BOUND! BALL STATE TOPS BOWLING GREEN IN MAC CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the second time in the last three years, the Ball State women’s volleyball team is heading to the NCAA Division I Championship.

With a 3-2 (25-23, 29-31, 25-16, 21-25, 15-7) victory over Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon in the title match of the 2021 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championships, the Cardinals (29-3) clinched their eighth tournament title (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2019 and 2021).

“It’s such a great feeling,” Ball State head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “You’re just working day in and day out and you can taste it. It’s so close. To be able to play in the NCAA Tournament again is going to be an awesome feeling.

“This group has worked really, really hard to put themselves in that position. We’re excited and we’re ready for it. We’re not done yet.”

Natalie Risi led the way with a season-best 19 kills and added 13 digs to complete her fourth double-double of the season. She was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was a member of the All-Tournament Team.

“I want to thank my teammates,” the junior from Clarkston, Mich. said after the match. “They’re the ones who push me every day in practice and set me up for success. It’s a team effort, and they’re the reason why I got it.”

Joining Risi with a double-double was Megan Wielonski, who contributed a career-best 64 assists and 20 digs for her 16th double-double in her first season with the Cardinals.

Jaclyn Bulmahn and Marie Plitt added 17 and 16 kills, respectively. Plitt led the charge at the net defensively with one solo block and six block assists.

Natalie Mitchem rounded out the Ball State’s quartet of double-digit kills with 11. She also contributed three block assists.

In addition to Risi, Plitt and Wielonski were tabbed to the All-Tournament Team.

Ball State extended its winning streak to 19 matches and will enter the NCAA Championship as one of the nation’s winningest programs.

As of Wednesday night, the Cardinals’ 29 overall wins were the most of any NCAA Division I women’s volleyball program, while its 19-match winning streak is tied as the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.

Ball State returns to the NCAA Championship for the second time under Phillips, as she also led the Cardinals to the tournament in 2019 with a 3-2 win at Bowling Green in the title match of the MAC Volleyball Championship. It will be Ball State’s 10th all-time NCAA appearance, with the Cardinals owning a 2-9 all-time record in NCAA tournament action.

Ball State will learn its NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship destination Sunday, Nov. 28 during the NCAA Selection Show, which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

DON SHONDELL, VOLLEYBALL PIONEER, HALL OF FAME COACH, AND FOUNDER OF BALL STATE MEN’S PROGRAM, PASSES AWAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – Dr. Don Shondell, an iconic figure in the sport of volleyball who founded the men’s program at Ball State University, passed away Tuesday night. He was 92.

“Don Shondell was a friend to Ball State, an icon in our Muncie community, and a pioneer in the sport of volleyball,” Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “Through his extraordinary contributions to our university and the sport, his unmatched legacy lives on in so many of our current and past student athletes. We are deeply indebted to Dr. Shondell for the impact he made on so many lives – as a coach, teacher, and friend to us all.”

Dr. Shondell, a 1952 and 1956 Ball State graduate, had an illustrious career that was long and varied as a coach, professor, and author. He formed the first men’s club volleyball team at Ball State in 1960, and would spend the next four years working tirelessly to make men’s volleyball a varsity sport. The team earned varsity status in 1964, and over his 34 seasons at the helm of the program, Dr. Shondell accumulated a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), affording him the second-most wins by a head coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history. His 769 career wins are the most by a Ball State coach in any sport.

From 1964 through 1998, Dr. Shondell received Coach of the Year honors eight times from the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), the conference of which he was a co-founder and first president. Dr. Shondell led Ball State to 19 regular season MIVA titles, 12 MIVA Tournament championships, and 13 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship tournament berths.

Dr. Shondell served as the president of the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) from 1979-80, was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983, and was the first recipient of the Mikasa Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. The USVBA awarded Shondell with the William G. Morgan Award in 1989 and the Dr. Harold T. Friermood Award in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Shondell was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.

On July 20, 2018, Ball State officially opened the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center—a practice gymnasium containing two regulation-size courts designed specifically for the volleyball and basketball programs, in addition to a training room for taping and treatment, two team meeting rooms, and a video room.

“Dr. Shondell’s impact on the Ball State Athletics Department was transformational in every role he served,” said Beth Goetz, director of athletics at Ball State University. “His amazing legacy will never be forgotten, and we are forever grateful that current student-athletes, alumni and future Cardinals will experience that impact every time they walk into the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center for generations to come.”

Dr. Shondell is survived by his three sons and one daughter: Steve, a former women’s volleyball coach at Ball State and girl’s volleyball coach at Burris Laboratory School; Dave, the head women’s volleyball head coach at Purdue University; John, who is Dave’s assistant at Purdue; and Kim.

RESERVE BATTERIES… TEXAS A&M USES BENCH TO DOWN NOTRE DAME

LAS VEGAS (AP) Backup guard Quenton Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Texas A&M ran past Notre Dame 73-67 in the final game at the Maui Invitational on Wednesday night.

Hassan Diarra and Wade Taylor IV, also in reserve, scored 17 and 14 points respectively for the Aggies (6-1).

Despite Texas A&M’s deep-bench advantage, the Aggies missed 15 of 29-foul shot attempts allowing the Irish to stay close. Notre Dame (3-2) couldn’t capitalize as it failed to score a field goal in almost nine minutes at the end.

Tyrece Radford’s layup at 8:18 before halftime brought the Aggies within 15-13 but Notre Dame went on to outscore Texas A&M 17-9 before intermission and built a 32-22 lead.

Blake Wesley’s 3-pointer gave Notre Dame a 41-27 lead three minutes into the second half before the Aggies applied defensive pressure, turned the Irish over and proceeded to outscore them 27-13 over the next nine minutes.

Diarra made two foul shots, Jackson made a layup with 7:20 left for a 57-54 lead and the Aggies never trailed again.

Twelve players hit the floor for the Aggies and Notre Dame used seven in its rotation. The Irish committed 18 turnovers.

Dane Goodwin scored 18 for Notre Dame.

BALANCED EFFORT NOT ENOUGH FOR SYCAMORES IN WEDNESDAY LOSS TO WESTERN KENTUCKY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Indiana State was unable to keep up with the outside shooting of host Western Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon as the Sycamores fell on the road at E.A. Diddle Arena, 83-65.

The Sycamores (1-3) held the 40-36 halftime lead thanks to a frenetic second quarter that saw Indiana State score 24 points in the 10-minute span led by Del’Janae Williams’ nine-point quarter. However, the Hilltoppers (3-3) utilized a 19-4 stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters and were aided by a trio of Alexis Mead three-pointers in the non-conference win.

Indiana State had nine players in both the scoring and rebounding column in suffering their third loss in the 2021-22 season. Freshman forward Arianna Smith paced the Sycamores with a career-high 11 points, while Williams added nine points and five rebounds. Marie Hunter and Essy Latu added eight points apiece for ISU in the loss.

Western Kentucky was led by Alexis Mead’s 25 point performance, while Meral Abdelgawad added 21 points to highlight three Hilltoppers in double-digits in the WKU win. Overall, WKU shot 13-of-28 from the three-point line and converted 8-of-13 from behind the arc in the second half in the matchup.

First Half

The first half was played at a frenetic pace as the Sycamores turned on the pressure midway through the first quarter. The Hilltoppers took advantage of an early 7-0 run spurred on by a Meral Abdelgawad three-pointer on their way to going up 13-5 early. The WKU advantage reached double-digits at 23-13 following a pair of Hope Silvori free throws at the 0:54 mark in the first quarter, but the Sycamores scored three of the final four points of the quarter to trail 24-16.

The second quarter belonged to Del’Janae Williams as the Sycamores’ junior guard was all over the court in the 24-point explosion. Williams recorded back-to-back steals and layups in a 10-second span to narrow the WKU lead down to 28-22, while her three-pointer at the 4:55 mark cut the gap down to 31-27.

The Sycamores continued to battle aggressively downlow hitting six free throws on their way to making it a 36-35 contest, before Natalia Lalic drilled a three-pointer from the right wing to give ISU the 38-36 lead with 29 seconds left in the half. Tonysha Curry cleaned up the glass on the final play of the half with her put-back before the buzzer giving Indiana State the 40-36 edge heading into the break.

Second Half

The Hilltoppers took advantage of key outside shooting in the third quarter on their way to retaking the lead. Abdelgawad scored five straight to answer an early Essy Latu three-pointer and tied the game up at 47-47. Alexis Mead also converted a pair of three-pointers in the frame as WKU went on an 8-0 stretch late in the quarter before Mya Glanton’s short-corner jumper ended the run and sent the teams into the fourth quarter with ISU trailing 62-54.

WKU scored 11 of the first 13 points in the final quarter to extend their lead to 17 with a Mead three-pointer putting the score at 73-56. The Sycamores battled the rest of the way with Marie Hunter scoring the final six points in the loss.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State shot 40.3% from the floor, 33.3% from the three-point line, and 83.3% from the free throw line in the loss.

Western Kentucky was 51.1% from the floor, 46.4% from the three-point line, and 75.9% from the free throw line in the win.

The Sycamores won the rebounding battle, 34-31, and posted 18 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second-chance points.

The Sycamores also outscored the Hilltoppers 34-20 on points in the paint and 32-15 in bench scoring.

The Hilltoppers converted 22 of 29 free throws in the win.

News & Notes

Arianna Smith recorded her first collegiate double-digit scoring game with a team-high 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The freshman forward made her mark with seven points in the first quarter and added four rebounds and two steals in a career-high 24:00 minutes.

Wednesday marked the second game this season Indiana State had at least nine players score and record a rebound in the same game,  joining the season-opener against Stephens (Mo.).

Adrian Folks’ double-digit scoring streak to start the season was snapped as the junior forward finished with six points and four rebounds.

Essy Latu’s eight points were a season-high for the senior, while her two three-pointers also marked a 2021-22 high.

Indiana State’s 18 offensive rebounds were a season-high.

The Sycamores fall to 1-4 all-time in the series against Western Kentucky.

Up Next

Indiana State remains on the road for the start of the GATA Turkey Throwdown held on November 26-27 at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Ga. The Sycamores will take on Jacksonville State on Friday afternoon with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s game against host Georgia Southern will also start at 3:30 p.m. ET and is slated to be carried on ESPN+.

SYCAMORES TRAVEL TO NORMAL FOR MVC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State travels to Normal, Illinois for the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship Thursday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Nov. 27. The Sycamores will matchup with No. 3 seed Bradley Thursday at 7 p.m. and would face No. 2 seed, and host, Illinois State Friday at 7 p.m. The title match is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. All matches throughout the tournament will stream on ESPN Plus.

TICKET INFORMATION

To purchase tickets for the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship, click HERE.

CLEAR BAG POLICY

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite guest entry into the stadium, Illinois State will utilize a clear bag policy for all ticketed events at Hancock Stadium (football) and Redbird Arena (volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball) that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venue. For complete information, click HERE.

COVID-19 ARENA PROTOCOLS

Per the state of Illinois, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings inside Redbird Arena. Fans may remove masks while eating or drinking but should mask at all other times while in the Redbird Arena. Athletes and coaches may remove masks while they are in the bench area.

» Loyola locked up the outright MVC regular season title with Saturday’s 3-1 win at UNI.  The title is the Ramblers first as a member of The Valley and first since a 2002 Horizon League championship. Loyola is looking for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005 when it captured an automatic bid by winning the Horizon League Championship. The Ramblers have made five trips to the NCAA Tournament in program history – 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005.

» The latest edition of the NCAA RPI report (Nov. 22) has been released and the Valley has three teams featured in the top-100. Valparaiso leads the league at No. 70, while Loyola Chicago (No. 71) and Illinois State (No. 78) are also among the nation’s top-100.  Five other teams rank in the Top 136 (Bradley, Evansville, Missouri State, Indiana State, and UNI).   The Valley ranks 8th as a league in RPI.

» Indiana State volleyball has put together one of its best seasons in some time currently with a 17-11 mark, securing a winning record for the first time since 2015 when the team finished 17-16. It’s 9-9 finish in league play ties its best finish in program history — a mark also set in 2014.

» Melina Tedrow continues to climb the Indiana State record book — now in fifth place in program history with 1,672 career digs. Tedrow sits behind Stephanie Bindernagel (1,677), Kiya James (1,706) and Cheryl Berg (1,713). Kristy Cox (2005-08) sits as the all-time leader in digs with 1,841 over her career.

» Melina Tedrow was named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention by the MVC Tuesday. Tedrow owns a 3.60 GPA while majoring in marketing. It marks the third time of her career that she has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete and being named to the First Team in 2019 and 2020.

» Indiana State continues to hold strong in digs per set nationally — ranking 40th overall and second in the MVC with 16.44 digs per set.  Tedrow ranks third in the MVC with 4.58 digs per set which puts her at 69th nationally.

SYLARE STARKS SCORES CAREER-HIGH 23 IN SETBACK TO EVANSVILLE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite a career-high from Fort Wayne native Sylare Starks on Wednesday (Nov. 24), the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team fell to Evansville 84-71 in the Gates Sports Center.

The difference came from Evansville’s Je’Naiya Davis, who scored 35 points off the bench behind 13-of-17 from the floor. This was just her second game as a Purple Ace.

Starks paired her 23 points by tying her career-high with seven boards. Shayla Sellers had her second consecutive double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She played all 40 minutes for the first time in her career. In her first significant action against a Division I foe, Jazzlyn Linbo scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes.

There were four ties and eight lead changes in Wednesday’s game. The ‘Dons led for 15:13. Their best scoring run came early in the second quarter, a 9-0 stretch that saw four different ‘Dons score. Ryin Ott hit a jumper in the paint to start things off, Riley Ott knocked in a pair of free throws, Sellers drained a triple, and Starks buried a mid-range jumper.

For the contest, the ‘Dons shot 48.1 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point land. This included a 72.7 percent (8-of-11) second quarter and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) third. Following up her second Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor, Ryin Ott scored 13 points and grabbed three boards. Audra Emmerson had five points and five assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne is 3-1, still 2-0 in Horizon League play. Evansville improves to 4-1. The Mastodons will continue their non-league stretch with their first road game of the season: a 3 PM ET game at SIUE on Sunday (Nov. 28). That game will be on ESPN+.

THREE GAMES SET FOR THIS WEEKEND IN FLORIDA

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team (2-1) will play three games this weekend in Florida Gulf Coast’s tournament at Alico Arena.

GM 1 – Southeastern Louisiana

When: Friday, November 26 | 4:30 p.m.

Listen: 1380 The Fan

KNOW YOUR FOE:

– Mastodons defeated the Lions 67-63 last season in overtime in the only previous meeting.

– The Lions are 3-2 with losses to Tulane and SMU and wins over Southeastern Baptist College, Paul Quinn College and Ecclesia College.

– Leading scorer: Gus Okafor (13.8 ppg)

GM 2 – Western Michigan

When: Saturday, November 27 | 4:30 p.m.

Listen: 1380 The Fan

KNOW YOUR FOE:

– Series tied 1-1 with the ‘Dons winning 89-86 in overtime on Dec. 22, 2015 in the last meeting.

– Western Michigan is 1-3 with a win over Hope College and losses to Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State and Iowa.

– Leading scorer: Lamar Norman Jr. (18.0 ppg)

GM 3 – Florida Gulf Coast

When: Sunday, November 28 | 6:00 p.m.

Watch: ESPN+

Listen: 1380 The Fan

Live Stats: Link

KNOW YOUR FOE:

– FGCU leads 1-0 with the only game being a 61-58 decision over the Mastodons on Feb. 17, 2004 in Fort Wayne.

– The Eagles are 3-2 with wins over Florida National, Eckerd and Rhode Island. They have losses to Loyola Chicago and USC.

– Leading scorer: Tavian Dunn-Martin (20.5 ppg)

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Southeastern Louisiana

BACK IN FLORIDA:

// The last time the ‘Dons played in Florida was Dec. 18, 2016 in a 93-74 win at Stetson.

SO FAR ON THE SEASON:

// Ra Kpedi entered the season with one game of double-digit points in 62 career games (16 points on Nov. 14, 2018 against Lydon State while at Vermont). He is now averaging double-digits (11.0 points) through three games.

// Ra Kpedi is shooting a team-best 90.0 percent (9-of-10) from the free throw line. He entered the season shooting 57.9 percent from the line in his career.

// Seven different Mastodons have made a 3-pointer.

// Jalon Pipkins is shooting 17-of-29 (58.6 percent) from the floor. He has proven to be highly efficient in his time with the Mastodons. Last season he was fourth in the Horizon League from the floor (52.7 percent).

// The ‘Dons have played at-least 10 players in each of the three games.

ON GAME THREE VS. MINNESOTA:

// The ‘Dons led up until the 6:32 mark of the first half. This included a 9-0 start to the game.

// Jalon Pipkins had a team-high 19 points with six rebounds.

// Freshman JoJo Peterson recorded his first collegiate field goal.

ON GAME TWO VS. AUSTIN PEAY:

// Ra Kpedi finished with a career-high 17 points.

// 10 Mastodons saw the court and eight played double-digit minutes.

// Deonte Billups had a career-high four steals.

// The Mastodons held a 17-of-21 to 2-of-5 edge at the free throw line.

// The contest featured nine ties and eight lead changes.

// All 12 of Austin Peay’s points in the paint came in the second half.

ON GAME ONE VS. EARLHAM:

// All 11 Mastodons that played scored a point.

// Six Mastodons finished in double-digits.

// Jarvis Walker set career highs in points (11) and rebounds (5).

// The ‘Dons shot 63.8 percent from the floor, tied for sixth best in a single game in program history.

// The ‘Dons shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from three.

// Purdue Fort Wayne finished with 44 bench points, most since recording 47 against Siena Heights on Dec. 20, 2018.

JE’NAIYA DAVIS’ CAREER DAY FUELS ACES SECOND-HALF PUSH PAST MASTODONS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Behind one of the best scoring performances in program history, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team fired on all cylinders in a second-half surge in an 84-71 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In just her second game as an Ace, junior Je’Naiya Davis turned-in an historic scoring performance. Davis tallied 35 points in just 22 minutes on the court, setting the program record for most points scored by an Ace in a regulation game. Davis did so with a 16-point third quarter outburst, followed by another double-digit quarter in the fourth, tallying 10 points. Three other Aces finished in double-figures with junior Abby Feit recording her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 boards, senior Myia Clark with 11 points and seven rebounds, and junior A’Niah Griffin finishing with 10 points. The Mastodons were led by Sylare Starks with 23 points on the afternoon.

Despite an evenly played opening 20 minutes, the first half was a story of runs. After an early 5-5 tie, Purdue Fort Wayne scored eight of the next 10 points to take a 13-7 lead. The Aces would respond though, battling back with a 7-2 run to close the period with just a one-point deficit for Evansville.

It was a similar story in the second quarter as the ‘dons jumped-out to a 28-17 lead, what would be its largest of the game, forcing an Evansville timeout with 6:45 left in the half. Challenged by Purdue Fort Wayne early in the second period, the Aces responded out of the timeout. Keyed by five points from Clark and four from freshman Elly Morgan, Evansville sprinted back into the contest and out in front, using a 16-0 run over the next 3:46 to turn the tables and secure a 33-28 lead and force a timeout from the Mastodons. An evenly played contest throughout the opening two stanzas, Purdue Fort Wayne battled back, taking a one-point, 36-35 lead to the break.

In the third quarter, the closely contested game continued with neither team able to open up larger than a five-point advantage. That was until the Je’Naiya Davis Show began with a little over five minutes left in the period. Over the final 5:35, Davis scored 16 points, keying a resurgence from Evansville that handed the Aces a lead as large as six at one point before grabbing a 61-57 lead heading into the fourth as part of UE’s 26-point third period.

Fueled by Davis’ offensive surge, the Aces built their lead to double-digits at 72-59 less than two minutes into the fourth quarter with Davis scoring the first five of the period to kick-off an 11-2 run. The Mastodons would close no nearer than seven points over the final eight minutes as Evansville’s second-half offensive explosion powered UE to the 84-71 win.

Following a 29.4% shooting performance in the opening quarter, Evansville locked-in, shooting 25-51 (49.0%) over the next 30 minutes. Continuing the strong offensive outing, on the day, the Aces hit 13 three-pointers, their most in a game since March 14, 2019 and most in a true road game since Jan. 26, 2018.

The Aces now get a six-day break before returning home to face Murray State on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

VALPO RALLIES FROM 12 DOWN, TOPS TULANE TO CLOSE NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP

A career night from sophomore Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) and a gutsy team performance down the stretch made a 12-point second-half deficit no match for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team on Wednesday night in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Less than 24 hours removed from a heartbreaking defeat to Coastal Carolina, Valpo responded in positive fashion by rallying past Tulane 68-64 in the third-place game of the Nassau Championship. The team faced adversity in more ways than one, including having to play the final 3:46 without leading returning scorer Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place]), who was tagged with his fifth foul. But head coach Matt Lottich’s team battled through it all to best the Green Wave and secure a winning week at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

How It Happened

Valpo drained a pair of early triples, with Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) and Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) both converting from behind the arc in the first four minutes. Anderson hit his second 3 at the 14:55 mark of the first half to put Valpo in front 11-8.

The Green Wave owned a slight edge throughout the middle part of the first half, but a Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach Lakes, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) blocked shot on one end of the court led to an Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) triple on the other that helped Valpo tie the game at 19 with 7:12 remaining.

The Beacons continued to get good looks from 3 when Anderson hit his third of the game with 5:12 remaining in the opening half to vault the team back in front 22-21. On the next possession, Anderson assisted on an Edwards triple that made it 25-21 Valpo.

Edwards connected from distance again at the 3:19 mark, and the Valpo lead stood at five. However, the Beacons didn’t score over the next 3:18 and the Green Wave embarked on a 10-0 run. Half of the Tulane points during that stretch came on free throws by Jaylen Forbes, who made five straight with five seconds on the clock. He was fouled shooting a 3, and a technical foul was whistled against the Valpo bench.

Edwards got to the rim and laid one in to beat the halftime horn, helping Valpo pull back to within three at the break.

Valpo hit a rough patch offensively early in the second half, missing its first seven 3-point attempts after halftime. The Beacons also turned it over seven times in the first 10 minutes of the half. The Tulane lead built all the way up to 12 at 52-40 midway through the period.

Edwards knocked down a 3 with 8:11 remaining to trim the deficit to nine, then he swished a fastbreak triple at the 7:03 mark to decrease the deficit to five. The Green Wave got it back up to seven at 58-51 with 6:30 to play, but freshman Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City) – who received 12 minutes of run on Wednesday after logging just four total seconds in the event’s first two games – made a massive 3 on a Gordon assist to slim the Tulane lead to four at 58-54 with 5:31 on the clock.

Young came through again at the 3:58 mark, this time on an Anderson find as he converted a triple while being fouled, and eventually polished off a four-point play that shrunk a six-point lead to two at 60-58.

Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) scored despite being fouled with 2:33 remaining to trim the deficit back down to three, then Valpo finally got back to even when Edwards drained a fastbreak 3 that was set up by Anderson with 2:04 to go, creating a 63-all deadlock.

Edwards split a pair of free throws with 1:37 on the clock to tie the game, and Valpo continued to get stops defensively. With the game even at 64 and 29 seconds left, Gordon made a challenging layup in traffic that he banked high off the glass and in, putting Valpo ahead 66-64.

Edwards swiped a steal with 19 seconds on the clock, then peeled into the left corner of the frontcourt as he gained the handle on the ball and zig-zagged around Tulane defenders to run time off the clock. The sophomore was fouled with eight ticks remaining, and hit both free throws on a huge 1-and-1 to put Valpo ahead 68-64, which stood as the game’s final score.

Inside the Game

Edwards finished with a career-high 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 5-of-12 from 3. His previous personal best of 20 came on two occasions last season (vs. SIUE, vs. Drake). He also established a career watermark in made 3s after previously having drained four on three occasions.

Edwards stuffed the stat sheet with five rebounds, three steals, three blocks and four fouls drawn to go along with his scoring outburst. The three steals equaled a career high (third time), while the three blocks were behind only his four-rejection performance against UIC on Nov. 13.

By erasing a 12-point hole, Valpo secured its largest comeback victory since Jan. 28, 2021, when the Beacons caused a 14-point deficit to vanish in a win over Bradley. This was the 17th time during the Matt Lottich Era (sixth season) that Valpo has come from double figures down for a victory.

The 34 3-point attempts were Valpo’s most in a game since Jan. 28, 2021 vs. Bradley (also 34), and that game went to double overtime. This was Valpo’s most 3-point attempts in a regulation game since firing off 35 in last year’s season opener at Vanderbilt.

Kithier gobbled up eight rebounds including three on the offensive glass while accruing eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. The 6-foot-8 forward also gave out a team-high five assists, the highest total of his collegiate career. His previous personal best was three on five occasions. 

Anderson posted a well-rounded line of 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He drained three first-half 3s, his first game this season with multiple made triples.

Young had seven points, nearly doubling his season total of eight over the first five games. Gordon finished with seven points and five boards on a night that included the key shot to give Valpo the late lead.

Valpo’s bench outscored Tulane’s 30-11 in a game Valpo won despite trailing for 24 minutes and leading for eight.

In all three Valpo games in Nassau this week, the team trailing at halftime rallied to prevail.

After holding Coastal Carolina to just 4-of-19 (21.1%) from 3 on Tuesday, Valpo limited Tulane to 5-of-19 (26.3%). The Green Wave shot just 37 percent overall on Wednesday, the lowest total by a Beacon opponent this season.

Up Next

Valpo (2-4) will travel back to the States on Thursday in advance of Saturday’s home date with Trinity Christian at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.

HOUNDS TAME STORM, EARN FIRST WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – Sadie Hill scored 25 points and had nine rebounds in the Greyhounds first win of the season against Lake Erie. The Hounds shot their best game of the season thus far with  57 percent from the field in the 85-54 win.

With energy surging through the Hounds bench, five players took the energy and turned it into double digits in points. Including freshman, Elana Wells whose back-to-back three’s caused Nicoson Hall to erupt. Shira Sasson also made a major impact with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists.

Defensively, the Greyhounds forced 14 turnovers, and held the Storm to only 36 percent from the field, and 28 percent from behind the arc. Three Greyhound’s earned two steals.

The Storm was led by Breanna Bauer who had 16 points and five rebounds.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds had 31 bench points, while the Storm had seven.

-UIndy had it’s lowest turnovers of the season with 16.

-Hitting 17 out of 21 shots from three, the Hounds shot 55.6 percent.

UP NEXT

UIndy will head into conference play against its rival on Monday night at Evansville, Ind., where they face Southern Indiana at 5 p.m. ET.

HOT SHOOTING HOUNDS EDGE NORTHWOOD

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball posted a hard fought 91-85 win over Midwest region foe Northwood University on Wednesday afternoon.  For the first time this season, five players recorded double figures in scoring.  The last time that happened was last year’s regular season finale, a 77-74 victory at home against Lindenwood.

With the 2-0 week, the Hounds improve to 3-2 on the year and are taking a two-game win streak into conference play next week.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Timberwolves led by as much as eight in the first half but hot shooting from both teams kept it a one-point game at the break.  With five minutes left in the first, the Hounds utilized a 10-0 run over 1:42 of play to take their first lead of the game.  Dee Montgomery converted on a three-point play while Jakobie Robinson capped off the run with a corner-three.

UIndy closed the first frame shooting 7 of 8 from the floor including 3-for-4 from three-point range.  Northwood shot 55.6% in the first half to UIndy’s 56.7%.

The Hounds offense kept rolling in the second half, outscoring the Timberwolves 45 to 38.  The two teams traded the lead nine times in the final frame.  Josiah Tynes knocked back a three at the 4:41 mark to give the Hounds the lead for good.

Jesse Bingham paced the Hounds with 19 points followed by Jakobie Robinson (18), Cory Miller Jr. (16) Kendrick Tchoua (13) and Dee Montgomery (11).  Tchoua posted his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Montgomery flirted with a double-double of his own, tallying 11 points and dishing out nine assists

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Hounds posted a season-best 55.0% shooting.  UIndy is 2-0 this year when shooting above 50%.

– UIndy was strong on defense in the second half, forcing Northwood into seven turnovers while committing just two themselves.

– The hounds committed a season-low of 11 fouls while tying their season-low of 11 turnovers.

UP NEXT

The Hounds open GLVC play next week with three games in a six day span.  The Hounds travel south to Evansville to take on Southern Indiana on Monday followed by Lewis on Thursday.  UIndy returns home on Saturday to host Illinois Springfield.

GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN TO TRAVEL TO NORTHWESTERN FOR NAIA QUARTERFINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team is back in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals for the second time in the last three seasons, and will travel to No. 4 Northwestern (Iowa) on Saturday November 27. The Knights are coming off a thrilling 21-17 come-from-behind win over No. 9 Southwestern, while Northwestern defeated No. 13 Central Methodist 24-7 in Saturday’s First Round.

THE SERIES

Marian and Northwestern are meeting for the second time in program history, with this marking the second ever meeting in the postseason. Marian is 1-0 all-time, winning 42-32 in the FCS First Round in 2012. Quarterback Adam Wiese threw for a then-school record 479 yards in the win, torching the previous school record by 100 yards. Marian’s win in 2012 propelled the Knights on a run to winning the school’s first NAIA National Championship.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Knights are trying to advance to the NAIA FCS Semifinals for the second time in three seasons. Marian is 5-2 all-time in the quarterfinals, winning their last second round game in 2019 against the University of the Cumberlands 30-0. The shutout is the least amount of points Marian has allowed in a quarterfinal game in school history.

WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG

For fans unable to make the trip to northwest Iowa, live video for the game can be found here. Live stats can be located here for the game. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter and Instagram pages @MUKnights.

TICKETS

All tickets for Saturday’s game will be sold at the gate. Gates will open 1.5 hours prior to kickoff. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through college. All college students must show ID to get tickets at the $5 rate.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO ILL. WESLEYAN FOR MIDWEST CHALLENGE WEEKEND

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team travels to Illinois Wesleyan for the 2021 Midwest Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Sat. Nov. 27 – Rose-Hulman at Illinois Wesleyan – 3 pm CT

Sun. Nov. 28 – Rose-Hulman vs. DePauw or WashU – 1 or 3 pm CT (depending on Saturday result)

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman stands 1-2 on the season, highlighted by an 87-51 win over Elmhurst on Nov. 20.

* Jordan Barlow has two 20-point games so far this season, including a career-high 21 points in the Nov. 20 win over Elmhurst.  She currently leads the team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

* Jamie Baum opened her Rose-Hulman career with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Berea.  She currently ranks second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (8.3 rpg).

* Mira Randolph came off the bench with a career-high 16-point scoring effort in the Nov. 20 win over Elmhurst.

* Jon Prevo crossed the 200-win mark with the Nov. 20 victory over Elmhurst.  Prevo is the winningest coach in Rose-Hulman women’s basketball history and also has the highest career winning percentage in program history.

* Rose-Hulman has one victory in its three seasons competing in the Midwest Challenge.  The Fightin’ Engineers defeated then No. 9 ranked DePauw 49-47 at Hulbert Arena in 2018-19.

THE OPPOSITION:

* Illinois Wesleyan is 1-2 on the season.

* DePauw is 4-0 and ranked #10 nationally in the latest WBCA top 25 coaches poll.

* WashU is 0-3 on the season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS DEPAUW ON SUNDAY AT 3 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team puts a 3-0 record on the line at home against DePauw on Sunday at 3 pm.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman puts its perfect 3-0 mark on the line at home against DePauw.  Rose-Hulman finished 10-2 during the shortened 2021-22 season for a mark of 13-2 in the past two years. 

* Rose-Hulman won the Marymount Invitational last weekend, defeating Washington & Lee 69-64 and Marymount 65-60.  The Fightin’ Engineers also have a 72-58 victory over Albion so far this year.

* Terry Hicks was named Marymount Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 15.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.  Hicks was also named HCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts.  Max Chaplin also earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 15.0 points per game.

* Rose-Hulman is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2011-12 season.

* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters this contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 108-68.  Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season HCAC title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.

DEPAUW GAME NOTES:

* DePauw stands 2-2 this season, after finishing with a 12-1 record in 2020-21.

* Head coach Bill Fenlon has announced his retirement following the 2021-22 season.  Fenlon enters today’s game with a record of 471-284 at DePauw.  He was also the head coach at Rose-Hulman for three years from 1989-91 with a record of 53-26, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1989.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Overall Record: DePauw leads 58-45

* Current Streak: DePauw won 3

* Last Meeting: DPU 66, RHIT 61 on 11/15/2019

* Last RHIT Win: RHIT 76, DPU 67 on 11/29/2015

FIVE TRIATHLETES NAMED ALL-AMERICAN BY CTCA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) has released its list of collegiate triathlon All-Americans and the national champion Trine University women’s triathlon team was recognized five times.

Seven athletes were chosen across three All-American teams for each division – first team, second team and honorable mention. The award recognizes women’s varsity student-athletes and teams that excelled on the race course during the 2021 season.

The Thunder’s five student-athletes was tied for highest number recognized from one institution at the Division III level. North Central College also had five student-athletes earn the honor, but Trine place more athletes on first and second teams.

A pair of Thunder came in as first team selections. Junior Amira Faulkner (Bellbrook, Ohio / Bellbrook) led the team to their national title, finishing runner up at the final championship event to be named first team. Alexandria Smith (Temperance, Mich. / Bedford) was the other team member to take home first team honors, she finished the championship event sixth with a time of 1:16:28.

Three more members of the team were named to the second team. Senior Kyra Warren (Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble) was the final member of the team to finish in the top-ten at the championships with a time of 1:17:57. Junior Samantha Weaver (Stevensville, Mich. / Lakeshore) and freshman Kathryn Berlew (Fremont, Ind. / Fremont) came in just outside the top-ten finishing 13th and 14th respectively and earning second team honors.

The 2021 women’s varsity collegiate season saw athletes compete in three qualifying races, with the Thunder attending two, beginning in September, before lining up for the National Championship event that took place Nov. 11 in Tempe, Arizona. Trine returned home from the event with the programs first national championship.

ON TO WISCONSIN FOR DEPAUW FOOTBALL AS TIGERS BATTLE WARHAWKS IN NCAA SECOND ROUND

Greencastle, Ind. – Coming off last Saturday’s 26-21 first-round win over Rose-Hulman in the NCAA Division III Football Championship, 9-2 DePauw faces third-ranked and 11-0 Wisconsin-Whitewater in a second-round contest. Kickoff from Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, Wis., is set for Noon CST on Saturday, November 27. In addition to the live stats and video coverage, DePauw’s WGRE (91.5) will broadcast live.

After jumping out to leads of 13-0 and 20-7 against the Engineers, DePauw held on in the closing minute for the win. Wis.-Whitewater also opened postseason play at home and defeated Greenville, 69-7.

The Tigers earned a spot in the 32-team field after winning the North Coast Athletic Conference title, while the Warhawks earned the automatic qualification by winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.

Saturday’s matchup will be the first-ever between the two programs on the football field. DePauw is making its third appearance in the NCAA Championship and last Saturday was the Tigers’ first win in the postseason.

The Warhawks are a mainstay in the Division III football postseason with six national championships (topped only by Mount Union’s 13) and four runner-up finishes. Whitewater is appearing in the Championship for the 18th time overall and for the 14th time in the last 16. The Warhawks were the runners-up the last time a Championship was held after losing to North Central (Ill.) by a 41-14 score in 2019.

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS740.6360.03001772-4-05-0-05-1-02-1-05 W
BUFFALO BILLS640.6000.52951763-2-03-2-05-4-03-0-01 L
MIAMI DOLPHINS470.3643.02012692-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-03 W
NEW YORK JETS280.2004.51783202-3-00-5-02-6-00-4-03 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS740.6360.02812504-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-04 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS640.6000.52602653-3-03-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS550.5001.52232623-3-02-2-04-3-01-2-03 L
DENVER BRONCOS550.5001.52001832-3-03-2-02-4-00-1-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS730.7000.02472304-1-03-2-04-3-00-1-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS640.6001.02682162-2-04-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS541.5501.52142263-2-12-2-03-3-01-1-01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS650.5451.52442514-2-02-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS830.7270.02912544-2-04-1-05-2-03-1-01 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS650.5452.03092453-3-03-2-05-3-02-2-03 W
HOUSTON TEXANS280.2005.51502711-3-01-5-02-5-02-1-01 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS280.2005.51592622-4-00-4-02-5-00-3-02 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
DALLAS COWBOYS730.7000.02932144-1-03-2-05-1-02-0-01 L
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES560.4552.52972601-4-04-2-04-3-00-1-02 W
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM460.4003.02122672-3-02-3-04-2-01-0-02 W
NEW YORK GIANTS370.3004.01892462-3-01-4-02-5-00-2-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
ARIZONA CARDINALS920.8180.03102023-2-06-0-05-2-04-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS730.7001.52712273-2-04-1-05-2-01-2-02 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS550.5003.52462221-4-04-1-04-4-01-3-02 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS370.3005.51942091-4-02-3-01-5-01-2-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS830.7270.02472144-0-04-3-06-2-02-1-01 L
MINNESOTA VIKINGS550.5002.52552423-2-02-3-04-2-02-0-02 W
CHICAGO BEARS370.3004.51632402-3-01-4-01-4-01-1-05 L
DETROIT LIONS091.0507.01602730-4-00-5-10-6-00-3-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS730.7000.03092225-0-02-3-05-3-01-1-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS550.5002.02512182-2-03-3-04-4-01-2-03 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS560.4552.52262202-4-03-2-03-5-02-0-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS460.4003.01782881-4-03-2-02-5-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN145.7376-38-23-012-48-24 W
NEW YORK108.5563.55-55-33-17-85-51 W
PHILADELPHIA109.5264.04-46-50-45-63-71 L
BOSTON109.5264.05-45-51-36-86-41 L
TORONTO910.4745.02-67-43-27-63-71 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO127.6326-36-42-16-46-42 L
MILWAUKEE118.5791.06-45-43-08-57-35 W
CLEVELAND910.4743.04-65-41-06-54-65 L
INDIANA812.4004.55-33-91-24-95-51 L
DETROIT414.2227.52-82-61-53-113-74 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI127.6326-16-63-16-35-51 L
WASHINGTON117.6110.57-24-53-49-66-42 L
CHARLOTTE128.6000.56-26-64-29-47-32 W
ATLANTA109.5262.08-12-83-16-46-46 W
ORLANDO415.2118.01-73-80-52-132-84 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH126.6676-36-33-07-15-51 W
PORTLAND109.5262.59-11-81-16-66-41 L
MINNESOTA99.5003.06-63-30-17-86-45 W
DENVER99.5003.07-32-62-26-65-55 L
OKLAHOMA CITY612.3336.04-52-70-26-64-64 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE162.88910-16-13-08-19-15 W
PHOENIX153.8331.08-27-12-112-310-014 W
LA CLIPPERS108.5566.08-42-40-18-66-41 L
LA LAKERS1010.5007.07-53-50-25-65-51 W
SACRAMENTO712.3689.53-74-51-25-92-81 W
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS107.5886-14-65-08-46-41 W
MEMPHIS99.5001.56-43-51-18-54-61 L
SAN ANTONIO413.2356.02-62-70-31-102-86 L
NEW ORLEANS416.2007.53-71-91-13-83-71 W
HOUSTON216.1118.52-50-110-21-121-91 W

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS1914233114734811-0-03-2-36-2-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS211461291457479-3-15-3-08-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING18114325959526-3-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2199321958696-2-23-7-15-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS16106020951446-2-04-4-07-3-0
BUFFALO SABRES19710216654665-5-12-5-12-7-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS21514212547764-6-11-8-12-6-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1741219444653-7-01-5-11-8-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES181431291458366-1-08-2-16-3-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS201235291270476-1-36-2-27-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS191243271155525-1-17-3-26-2-2
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1996422858535-4-24-2-25-3-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS17116022960517-3-04-3-07-3-0
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1886420844504-3-24-3-23-4-3
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1785420750525-3-23-2-24-3-3
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1659212532510-3-05-6-22-7-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD191261251067615-2-07-4-16-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES19107222963535-3-15-4-13-6-1
WINNIPEG JETS1996422855517-2-12-4-34-4-2
COLORADO AVALANCHE16105121966516-2-14-3-08-1-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS19108121952555-4-05-4-15-4-1
DALLAS STARS1787218747525-2-13-5-15-4-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS19611214542634-4-12-7-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES20414210437742-5-12-9-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CALGARY FLAMES201235291268383-1-39-2-26-2-2
EDMONTON OILERS191450281274578-1-06-4-06-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS201280241164617-4-05-4-07-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS201073231065567-3-13-4-27-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS191081211052545-3-15-5-04-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS1988319749525-5-13-3-25-3-2
VANCOUVER CANUCKS20612214547663-6-13-6-12-7-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN19612113654695-6-01-6-13-7-0