NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 111 New York 98

Cleveland 107 Portland 104

Boston 92 Orlando 79

Philadelphia 103 Chicago 98

Toronto 109 Washington 100

Brooklyn 117 Atlanta 108

LA Clippers 126 Minnesota 115

Memphis 108 Denver 106

Golden State 114 Charlotte 92

Sacramento 112 New Orleans 99

NHL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 4 Chicago 3

Edmonton 5 Nashville 2

Columbus 5 Colorado 4

Los Angeles 3 St. Louis 2

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL-COURTESY JOHN HARRELL SITE

Austin45Madison38 
Carroll (Flora)67Frankfort28 
East Central77South Dearborn27 
Edinburgh44Beech Grove31 
Hanover Central65Hammond Morton29 
Indianapolis Attucks59Indianapolis Tech12 
Knox42Munster24 
Kokomo43Blackford32 
Michigan City60Hobart37 
North Harrison65South Central (Elizabeth)17 
Norwell72Oak Hill23 
South Putnam68South Vermillion41 
Taylor51Wabash47 
Triton46John Glenn43 
Union City61Richmond42 
Wawasee58Manchester39

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS-MUNCIE

Class A State Championship | 11 am ET

Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)

Class 2A State Championship, 1:30 pm ET

Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)

Class 3A State Championship, 4 pm ET

Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)

Class 4A State Championship, 6:30 pm ET

McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2) 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

SECTIONAL 1

Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)

SECTIONAL 2

Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)

SECTIONAL 3

Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)

SECTIONAL 6

Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)

SECTIONAL 7

Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)

SECTIONAL 9

Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 14

Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)

SECTIONAL 19

Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)

SECTIONAL 26

Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)

SECTIONAL 27

Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)

SECTIONAL 30

Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.

SECTIONAL 36

Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)

SECTIONAL 41

Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)

SECTIONAL 42

Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)

SECTIONAL 45

Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)

SECTIONAL 48

North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Nov. 6

Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS

Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1

Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC

Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC

Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports

Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS

Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX

Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2

UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE

WEEK 9

Thursday, November 04, 2021

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 08, 2021

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in COVID-19 protocol, out Sunday

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, leaving the NFL’s hottest team without the reigning MVP.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Wednesday that Rodgers was in the protocol, but would not say if Rodgers had tested positive nor if Rodgers has been vaccinated. LaFleur acknowledged that Rodgers won’t be available Sunday when the Packers (7-1) put their seven-game winning streak on the line at Kansas City (4-4).

“It was just crazy, man,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “Got to have that next-man-up mentality. That’s the leader of our team, so yeah, it was just crazy news.”

NFL officials are planning to review how the Packers have handled COVID-19 related protocols.

“The primary responsibility for enforcement of the COVID protocols within club facilities rests with each club,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement. “Failure to properly enforce the protocols has resulted in discipline being assessed against individual clubs in the past. The league is aware of the current situation in Green Bay and will be reviewing with the Packers.”

Before the NFL issued its statement, LaFleur defended the way the Packers have followed health protocols within their facility.

“I watch what these guys do,” LaFleur said. “You know, I can only speak to our football space, but yeah, absolutely. We’ve got cameras everywhere. I think our guys do an outstanding job with it. And it’s just unfortunate. It’s not like this thing can’t happen to anybody. It’s happened to a lot of people outside of this building.”

LaFleur didn’t speculate on how long Rodgers might be out.

Beckham excused from Browns practice, WR’s future in doubt

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was surprised – not hurt – by a video posted by Odell Beckham Jr.’s father that has created a rift with the team and could lead to the wide receiver’s release.

Beckham may be down to his final hours with the Browns, who are meeting with the star’s representatives to work out a resolution.

Beckham was excused from practice Wednesday, a day after Odell Beckham Sr. shared a video on social media – hours before the trade deadline – highlighting times when Mayfield didn’t throw passes to the three-time Pro Bowler when he was open this season.

The Browns may have made up their minds about Beckham, but Mayfield hasn’t ruled out a reconciliation.

“I thought we had a very open line of communication going into it, so we’ll see,” Mayfield said following practice. “I was more surprised than anything (by the video) – as everybody was. We’ll see going forward.

“There’s always room for improvement in any relationship, so we’ll see.”

Mayfield was asked if he could forgive Beckham.

“Yeah,” he said. “I think any sort of conversation could go a long way.”

While it appears Beckham’s release may be imminent, the Browns could be trying to see if things can be fixed.

Mayfield has not spoken with Beckham, but said he would be willing to move forward with him as a teammate.

“I’m prepared to do whatever, and if he’s back, then we’ll work through it and do whatever it takes,” he said. “I can put my ego and pride to the side to win, because that’s all I care about is winning.

“But if not, then we’ll roll with the guys we have out there. And those guys will know that I completely trust them. And they’ll know that I’m always here for them. And that’s the leader and that’s the type of quarterback I am.”

Mayfield said he didn’t take the video too personally, and can appreciate the elder Beckham looking out for his son.

“Obviously, naturally, he wants his son to succeed,” Mayfield said. “I can’t blame him for that. I want Odell to succeed. That’s where we were at, and at least I thought, so that’s all I really have about that one.”

Before practice, coach Kevin Stefanski said Browns general manager Andrew Berry was in talks with Beckham’s representatives about his future. Stefanski gave blanket answers to questions ranging from whether he would be waived or if things could be fixed.

“There’s a lot of conversations that are ongoing between Andrew and his reps and I’m sure there’s substantive talk towards all those things,” Stefanski said. “We’ll see where this goes.”

Stefanski was asked for the reason behind Beckham being excused from practice.

“Just felt that was the right thing to do,” he said.

Saints’ Thomas out for season after setback; Hill practices

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints won’t get record-setting wide receiver Michael Thomas back at all this season, another blow to an offense that just lost starting quarterback Jameis Winston to a major knee injury.

Complications related to ankle surgery last summer will keep Thomas out for the year, the receiver said Wednesday in a lengthy social media post.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Thomas will need an additional procedure, but he also said the setback had nothing to do with the receiver’s approach to his recovery and credited Thomas’ work ethic.

“He’s having complications with the current surgery that was done,” Payton said. “I know he’s working his tail off to get back out there.”

Thomas wrote that “the team and I have worked diligently, day and night to rehab and get me back on the field.

“Unfortunately, there has been another small setback which we will have to address,” the statement continued. “To my displeasure, I will not be able to make it back in time for this season but will do everything in my power to get back to the player I have always been.”

Two seasons ago, Thomas set an NFL single-season record with 149 catches. He finished that season with 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns receiving.

“It’s really disappointing,” said fellow Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith. “I believe we all are hurt by it because we wanted to see him play. He’s a big part of this offense. … We definitely miss him.”

Thomas first hurt his ankle late in Week 1 of the 2020 season when he was rolled up on from behind by then-Saints running back Latavius Murray, who was tackled into Thomas while the receiver was blocking.

Thomas tried to play through the injury but missed nine games in 2020.

Prosecutor: Ruggs drove 156 mph before fatal crash in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was driving at 156 mph with a blood-alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit before his sports car slammed into the rear of a vehicle that burned, killing a 23-year-old woman, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Raiders released Ruggs late Tuesday, just hours after the crash and shortly after he was released from a hospital and booked into a Las Vegas jail.

The 22-year-old former first-round NFL draft pick remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck and jail guards at his elbows during his initial court appearance Wednesday on pending felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving.

The extent of his injuries was not disclosed, although Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said outside court that he believed Ruggs suffered a leg injury.

Ruggs’ girlfriend, identified by police as Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, 22, of Las Vegas, was with him in the car and injured in the crash. She underwent surgery Tuesday for a severe arm injury, authorities said.

Tina O. Tintor of Las Vegas died with her dog in a wrecked and burned Toyota Rav4, police and the Clark County coroner said. Records show she lived several blocks from where the crash occurred.

Three men and a woman, whom Wolfson later identified as family members, attended the hearing but declined to speak with reporters.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure said he was troubled by his initial review of the case against Ruggs, adding that in 16 years on the bench he had never heard of a crash involving a vehicle traveling so fast.

Nevertheless, he rejected prosecutor Eric Bauman’s request to set Ruggs’ bail at $1 million and instead set the amount at $150,000 with strict conditions including home confinement, electronic monitoring, no alcohol, no driving and the surrender of his passport.

Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, had argued that bail is by law meant to ensure their client returns to court, not to punish him.

Court records showed that Ruggs posted the $150,000 bond a short time later. His lawyer said he was released from jail Wednesday evening.

Bonaventure in January 2008 returned former football star O.J. Simpson to jail for violating terms of his pretrial release in the Las Vegas armed robbery case that eventually sent Simpson to prison. The judge warned Ruggs that if he didn’t comply with his release restrictions he faced re-arrest and a return to jail.

Wolfson said outside court that he intends to file a second felony DUI charge against Ruggs related to Kilgo-Washington’s injuries. Bonaventure noted the couple have a 3-year-old daughter together.

The district attorney said he might also file a weapon charge against Ruggs related to possessing a gun while under the influence of alcohol. Police reported finding a loaded gun on the floor of the car after the crash.

Bauman told the judge that air bag computer records showed the Corvette decelerated from 156 mph (251 kph) to 127 mph (204 kph) before it slammed into the Toyota at about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, rupturing the Toyota’s fuel tank and igniting a fire.

1st-place Minnesota gives coach PJ Fleck new 7-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Prominently included in the endless supply of mottos and slogans that Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck uses to guide his players and tout the program is the importance of sustainability.

Fleck and the Gophers took their latest step Wednesday toward perpetuating that value, agreeing to a new seven-year contract that lasts through the 2028 season.

“We get to make a life here, not just make a living, and I think that is very difficult to find in our profession,” said Fleck, who was making $4.65 million this year before incentives.

Minnesota, which leads the Big Ten West Division with four games to go, added two years to Fleck’s deal, gave him a nominal annual raise, bumped up the budget for his assistants and increased the buyout he’d have to pay the university if he were to leave early for another job.

“P.J. is being genuine when he talks about he wants to be here,” athletic director Mark Coyle said. “We have a coach that people are going to pay attention to on a national landscape, and his name comes up a lot, and so we feel like from an institutional perspective, having that high buyout obviously provides the protection.”

The deal, which is pending approval by the university’s board of regents, is as arguably as much about goodwill and symbolism as it is about money and term.

Fleck’s raise for 2022, the first full year of the new contract, is $300,000 – about 6%. Instead of escalating salaries, he now gets a flat $5 million in annual pay. The standard bonuses – $100,000 for winning or tying for the West Division title, for example – remain. There’s an addition of $100,000 each for the Gophers reaching eight and nine regular season wins. The supplementary salary pool for the purpose of attracting, retaining and rewarding assistants also rises to $350,000 next year, up from $200,000 in 2021.

The biggest increases came with the termination fees Fleck would owe Minnesota if he were to hop to another program. The first-year buyout stayed at $10 million, but the next four seasons saw the following jumps: $4.5 million to $7 million in 2023, $3 million to $5 million in 2024, $3 million to $4 million in 2025, and $2 million to $3 million in 2026.

AP Source: Giants C Buster Posey will announce retirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey plans to announce his retirement on Thursday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Posey had yet to make his formal announcement.

The Giants said last month that they would exercise Posey’s $22 million club option for the 2022 season as long as the veteran catcher wanted to keep playing after a stellar year.

Posey hinted during the playoffs he might be done – the seven-time All-Star ready to embrace more family time with four young children at home.

“I’m definitely just going to take some time with my wife, talk with her, be able to be full-time dad of four kids for the first time in a while,” Posey said. “Yeah, just kind of take it slow and see how things progress.”

The 34-year-old Posey opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 campaign to care for prematurely born adopted twin girls. He and wife, Kristen, also have twins Lee and Addison, who just turned 10.

Posey, whose contract includes a $3 million buyout, helped lead the Giants to a franchise-record 107 wins and their first NL West title since 2012 by playing regularly down the stretch as he demonstrated his health and durability during his 12th major league season.

He batted .304 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, showing his surgically repaired right hip had finally regained full strength three years post-op.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, Posey came back from a devastating, season-ending leg injury in 2011 to win NL MVP the following year.

He tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower leg when he was run over by the Marlins’ Scott Cousins on May 25, 2011. Posey responded by winning the 2012 batting crown and MVP honors while leading the Giants to a second World Series championship in a three-year span. In all, he won World Series titles in 2010, `12 and ’14.

He advocated for rules to better protect against home-plate collisions to avoid injuries for both catchers and baserunners alike.

“I try to keep myself out of the conversation as much as I can because I know people are going to connect me to it regardless,” Posey said in January 2014. “I’m just kind of sitting back and letting the higher powers hammer it out. I have my thoughts but I’ll keep them to myself.”

Posey was selected by the Giants fifth overall in the first round of the 2008 draft out of Florida State, where in May 2008 he played all nine fielding positions in the same game.

“Buster Posey hangs ’em up. What an incredible career for a lifelong Giant,” former Oakland Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden wrote on Twitter. “The statue is already being built.”

The Athletic first reported Posey’s pending retirement.

NCAA denies Oklahoma St appeal, Cowboys get postseason ban

(AP) — The NCAA on Wednesday denied an appeal by Oklahoma State in an infractions case, meaning the Cowboys will be banned from the postseason next spring – a decision that prompted a tearful coach Mike Boynton to declare there is no point in cooperating with the the organization.

Last year, an NCAA infractions committee hit the Cowboys with a one-year postseason ban and other penalties after former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 so he could help steer athletes to certain financial advisers. Evans was arrested as part of a federal corruption investigation in 2017, and he pleaded guilty in 2019.

Oklahoma State immediately fired Evans after the arrest, and the school said it has fully cooperated with the NCAA since the beginning. The school felt the NCAA would view Evans as a rogue employee acting on his own.

That’s why Boynton said he was “appalled” by the result of Oklahoma State’s appeal.

“There’s no wonder that nobody trusts them,” an emotional Boynton said slowly at a news conference following the denial. “As they get to hide behind letters … And they don’t have to come do this – answer questions and talk to kids and talk to parents.”

Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg said the penalties don’t make sense because none of the typical issues that warrant such actions – such as lack of institutional control, participation of an ineligible athlete, academic fraud or failures in the areas of monitoring, recruiting and head coach accountability – were found.

The Cowboys were eligible for the postseason last spring while appealing, and they went 21-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with eventual No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham leading the way.

Weiberg said the tournament’s success is being used against NCAA members.

Turner hits 7 3s, has 25 points in Pacers’ win over Knicks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Myles Turner scored 25 points, hitting a career-high 7 of 10 3-pointers, and had 13 rebounds in the Indiana Pacers’ 111-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Turner scored the first eight points of the game – and the Pacers never trailed. Caris LeVert added 21 points for Indiana.

‘Myles was huge for us,” LeVert said. “He had three blocks, guarding different guys on the switch. I don’t know if we play that well or win that game without Myles.”

RJ Barrett led New York with 23 points, and Julius Randle added 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Knicks pulled to 85-83 on Derrick Rose’s basket, but the Pacers scored the next five points to regain control. The Pacers held a 31-23 edge in the third quarter.

“We knew if we made stops on that end, we could get easy stops in transition,” LeVert said. “I think Malcolm Brogdon was preaching that. We held them under 100 points and they couldn’t really score in the fourth quarter.”

Turner left the game in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head from Julius Randle while taking a charge. He returned in the second half and opened with a 3-pointer in the first minute in the third quarter.

Indiana shot 45.3% in the first half to take a 59-50 lead. The Pacers made nine 3-pointers in the opening half, while the Knicks were 4 of 16. The Pacers outrebounded the Knicks 49-46.

“We have to do three things to put ourselves in position to win,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We have to defend, rebound and keep our turnovers down. We did one of three. Our turnovers were down (10 turnovers). Our defense wasn’t there. The rebounding wasn’t there. We have to fix that part.”

Kemba Walker made just 2 of 11 shots to finish with four points as the Knicks shot just 41.4%. The Pacers finished with 46.2%.

Indiana had a 16-5 edge in 3-pointers. Indiana’s largest lead was 15 points.

Embiid, Curry lead short-handed 76ers past DeRozan, Bulls

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in his return to the lineup, and Seth Curry scored 22 points and hit a crucial jumper late to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Chicago Bulls 103-98 on Wednesday night.

Georges Niang added 18 points for the short-handed 76ers, who have won four in a row.

In addition to Ben Simmons (personal reasons), who has missed all eight games, Philadelphia was without starters Tobias Harris (health and safety protocols) and Danny Green (hamstring).

DeMar DeRozan tied a season high with 37 points for Chicago and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 27 for the Bulls, who nearly came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half for the second straight game.

Curry hit a tough elbow jumper with 10.7 seconds left to put the 76ers ahead 102-98.

“Once he gets open with Joel coming (to screen), it’s a tough cover,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s our best shooter.”

“I thought we did a pretty good job,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “Give Curry credit.”

Chicago, which trailed by 15 in the second half, erased its 12-point deficit to start the fourth quarter when DeRozan drained a 16-footer to tie it at 87 with 6:40 to play, as Philadelphia missed nine of 10 shots to begin the final period.

“Their defense got into us,” Rivers said.

But the Bulls went cold from that point, going 0 for 5 with a pair of turnovers until Alex Caruso’s dunk with 2:54 left trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 98-91.

Embiid helped the Sixers build that advantage, scoring on a putback that made it 94-89 with five minutes left. Although he missed the chance to convert a three-point play, Embiid made a pair from the stripe the next time down and the 76ers were comfortably up 98-89 on Tyrese Maxey’s layup with 4:11 left.

The Bulls, who came back from a 19-point second-half margin in Monday’s 128-114 win at Boston, didn’t go away, though. Lonzo Ball’s 3 with a minute left and DeRozan’s baseline jumper pulled them to 100-98 with 29.9 seconds left.

It looked as though the Bulls would have a chance to get closer when Embiid was called for a foul on DeRozan, but officials reversed it after a replay review.

“It’s huge when your best player really wants to win that bad, and is willing to go up there and sacrifice a knee to the groin or elbow to the face and make a winning play,” Niang said. “That doesn’t happen everywhere, so Joel is special for making the winning play.”

Chicago trailed by 18 in the first half when Embiid hit a 16-foot pull-up jumper with 1:48 left before the break. DeRozan had one of the highlights of the first half with a one-handed dunk with 2:49 remaining.

Durant scores 32, Nets hit 22 3s in 117-108 win over Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets are starting to look like the team that was so potent a season ago.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and led the spurt that broke open the game late in the third quarter, and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-108 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

“We’re finding that rhythm, we’re finding each other and it’s just getting a lot easier,” James Harden said.

Durant had 13 points in a 20-4 run to end the third that turned a tie game into a 16-point Nets lead going to the fourth. He added seven rebounds and five assists overall.

Joe Harris made six 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Harden had 16 points and 11 assists, and the Nets finished 4-2 on their homestand. They begin a six-game road trip Friday.

“We knew it was going to be a process for us. I’m glad we were able to figure some stuff out the last few games and get back on the right page,” Durant said. “We know it’s going to be tougher on the road but we’ve just got to keep grinding.”

De’Andre Hunter made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points for the Hawks. Trae Young had 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but shot just 6 for 22.

After a slow start to the season, the Nets are finding a flow. They shot a franchise-record 65.3% in a 117-91 rout of Detroit on Sunday and followed that by making 22 3-pointers Wednesday, their most since hitting a franchise-best 27 last Feb. 15 at Sacramento.

Durant snapped a 75-all tie with a pair of free throws with 4:40 left in the third, then added another basket and a 3 for a seven-point lead.

Then, leading by four, the Nets scored the final 12 points of the third quarter. Durant finished that with a 3 just before the buzzer to send Brooklyn to the fourth with a 95-79 cushion.

“For me, you’re going to make shots, you’re going to miss shots, but it’s the quality of the looks and I thought we had a great stretch in the second half where we got a lot of quality looks,” coach Steve Nash said. “And whether they go in or not, that makes you happy and when you make them, you do find separation.”

Young thinks the Hawks have mostly played good defense this season.

“I mean, besides that third quarter,” he said. “They really took off in that third.”

The Nets won for the first time this season when being outrebounded. Atlanta finished with a 52-42 advantage behind 16 from Clint Capela and 12 from John Collins. Brooklyn had been 0-3 when losing the battle on the boards.

VanVleet scores 33 as Raptors beat Wizards 109-100

WASHINGTON (AP) Fred VanVleet scored a season-high 33 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 109-100 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

VanVleet hit 13 of 22 shots for the Raptors, who avenged a 15-point opening night loss at home to the Wizards two weeks ago while running their win streak longer than any last season.

“I’m not taking it for granted,” VanVleet said of this team’s start after a 12th-place Eastern Conference finish in 2020-21. “Did you watch us last year? Yeah, I’m not taking none of this for granted. And that’s the beauty of having a young team. You can enjoy these wins and enjoy the growth.”

Svi Mykhailiuk and Gary Trent Jr. each added 15 points for Toronto, which spent the final 34 minutes with a lead that reached 16 in the third quarter.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points to lead Washington, which suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season while shooting 8 of 32 (25%) from 3-point range.

Montrezl Harrell added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost despite leading 23-6 in second-chance points and 40-34 in points in the paint.

“I feel like we didn’t put our 100% in the game,” said Deni Avdija, who scored 11 points off the bench for Washington. “We’re not that good of a team to wait until the fourth quarter to turn it on. And I think we need to start our work earlier. … Teams are going to come at us, and they’re going to come at us fast.”

VanVleet gave Toronto its largest lead when he poured in seven consecutive points on a 3, a driving layup and two free throws to stretch it to 66-50.

With Toronto still up 10 in the fourth, Beal hit a pull-up and Harrell sank a leaner to cut it to 103-97 with 3:53 left. VanVleet answered with a running layup, and the Wizards made only one of their last six shots.

“It always helps when you’ve got a guy like Fred who can control the tempo,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of VanVleet, who also had six assists. “He’s making some good play calls. He’s obviously scoring, but he’s also finding some people, too.”

Jordan Poole takes the pressure off Stephen Curry, scores 31

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Klay Thompson tweets a shoutout, things must be going well.

“I can watch Gary Payton II play defense all night long,” Thompson posted.

“I could watch Klay Thompson shoot the ball all day long,” Payton said with a smile upon hearing his teammate’s compliment.

Payton came off the bench and sparked the defense, Jordan Poole took the pressure off Stephen Curry with a season-best 31 points, and the Golden State Warriors used one of their big third quarters of old to pull away and beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-92 on Wednesday night.

“That’s what I’m here for,” Payton said. “… This is what I do.”

The Warriors needed Payton’s defensive instincts and hustle in the second half.

“He dominated the game while he was out there. Just changed everything with his defense, his activity,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He is just an electric athlete. It’s hard to stand out on an NBA floor athletically ’cause all those guys are the world’s greatest athletes. And he jumps off the page when you see him out there. … His teammates love him, as they should.”

Payton scored 14 points to go with three steals and drew a rousing ovation when he left the game late. He’s the son of Hall of Famer Gary Payton and had been waived by the Warriors after the final preseason game last month only to re-sign ahead of the opener four days later to earn the final roster spot.

He vowed to stay ready and keep working, knowing a call would come from somewhere, “and thank God it came from here.”

“I love it. It’s a funny story, we worked out together during pre-draft … for two, three months,” fellow journeyman Damion Lee said. “I’m so happy for him.”

Now, Kerr plans to play Payton even more.

Poole shot 11 for 21 and hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and had a good feeling a couple of days ago he would find his shooting touch. Curry shook off a slow start and not feeling well to add 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting – 3 of 11 on 3s – nine assists and eight rebounds.

Miles Bridges scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half and finished with five 3-pointers, and Gordon Hayward had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

Curry began 1 for 6 and missed his initial four 3-pointers before hitting from deep 53 seconds before halftime, when Golden State (6-1) led 53-52 and he had just five points.

Poole, who has learned from Curry and Thompson not to let a few tough shooting nights get to him, scored 22 points in the initial two quarters: shooting 8 for 11 and 6 of 9 on 3s. He sensed this kind of performance coming.

“Yeah, definitely. Went to sleep a couple nights ago and I felt it,” said Poole, who also had four steals.

LaMelo Ball had 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds but shot just 5 for 14 and missed all six tries from deep as Charlotte began a five-game West Coast swing.

Lee had 15 points after he missed Saturday’s win against Oklahoma City with a bruised right shoulder. He has scored in double figures every game this season.

The Warriors capitalized on a three-day break during this eight-game homestand that matches a franchise record.

Poole shined on a night the Warriors honored Tim Hardaway as they celebrate a different player each home game during their 75th anniversary season.

Kelly Oubre Jr. didn’t score and missed all four of his shots playing 13 minutes against his former team after spending last season with Golden State.

“Just too many turnovers, careless possessions, we could not get the ball to the rim,” Hornets coach James Borrego said of the third quarter. “You got to give them credit on that.”

There were seven lead changes and seven ties in the first half.

Brown nets 28, Celtics use 3rd-quarter run to beat Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Al Horford wasn’t calling the Boston Celtics’ team meal a “player’s only meeting,” yet he said the squad discussed in detail their expectations for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

The Celtics then went out and backed up their talk with their best defensive effort of the season in a 92-79 rout of the Magic.

Jaylen Brown scored 28 points and the Celtics used an 18-1 run at the start of the second half to break open a close game. Boston, which saw guard Marcus Smart be critical of teammates Jayson Tatum and Brown following a Monday loss to Chicago, limited Orlando to 10 points in the third quarter.

“A gathering, a team dinner – it was just nice to break bread together and hang out,” Horford said of the Tuesday session in which head coach Ime Udoka left players alone for approximately 30 minutes to hash out their differences. “Most importantly, we talked about making sure we came out and had a good outing. Defensively, I felt like we took some steps.”

Jayson Tatum added 14 points as the Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated the Magic for a seventh consecutive time over the last three seasons. Boston made 11 of its first 17 shots of the second half.

“We talked about their 18-point second quarter and we wanted to have some carryover,” Udoka said. “We wanted to lock up the paint and make them beat us with jump shots.”

Horford had 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who won despite shooting 41.8% from the floor. Brown made 12 of 17 shots and had his fifth 20-point game of the season.

Wendell Carter Jr. had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who remained winless at home. The Magic scored 28 points in the opening 12 minutes for their first first-quarter lead of the season. However, they mustered just 33 after halftime.

“In that third quarter, we got frustrated when none of our actions were working,” Carter said. “We were taking the first shot instead of getting to the second side. That’s immaturity.”

Trailing 46-44 after a sluggish first half, Boston came alive offensively in the third quarter, running away from the cold-shooting Magic. By the time Orlando had missed 14 of its first 15 shots of the third period, Boston had built a comfortable 69-50 lead.

Brunson, Doncic spark rally as Mavericks top Spurs, 109-108

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jalen Brunson had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Luka Donic had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 109-108 Wednesday night.

Coming off a 125-110 loss to Miami on Tuesday, Dallas outscored San Antonio 28-25 in the final quarter to avoid its third loss in four games.

“You can always use the excuse that you’re tired,” Brunson said. “It’s back-to-back. You’ve got another game tomorrow or whenever. You’ve got to fight through it. Teams that can win games like this can win games when it counts past April.”

Dallas was able to do so against a young San Antonio roster that is eager to push the pace.

Dejounte Murray scored 23 points and Devin Vassell had a season-high 21 for the Spurs, who have lost six of seven since a season-opening victory.

Dallas turned the momentum against San Antonio, especially in the final quarter.

“Being able to play with pace, getting into the offense a little bit quicker gave us the advantage,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “On a back-to-back, sometimes that’s hard to do, but I thought the guys looked to score after the steal.”

Brunson gave Dallas a 101-96 lead with 3 minutes remaining by scoring five points in 32 seconds, including a three-point play. After the Spurs closed to 103-102, Brunson hit a step-back, 13-foot jumper and two free throws in the final 30 seconds.

“He did amazing,” Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic said. “Seemed I think everybody did a great, great job. We played last night and we were (gasping) like tough game, fighting.”

The lead swelled to 10 points before Brunson rallied the Mavericks. He had seven points, five rebounds and an assist in the third quarter.

“Brunson was a killer again,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “In both games, he was the difference. He plays really smart, is a tough kid, he is skilled, and in the fourth quarter, he got us both times.”

Dallas clinched its three-game set against San Antonio, also defeating the visiting Spurs 104-99 on Oct. 28.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 points for Dallas.

The Mavs were without Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber.

San Antonio was without starting center Jakob Poeltl, who missed the game due to the league’s health and safety protocols. There was no update given on his status.

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NFL CAPSULE: NEW YORK JETS (2-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-5)

THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 42-29

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/27/20: Jets 7 at Colts 36

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/20

JETS NOTES:

QB MIKE WHITE completed 37 of 45 passes (82.5 pct.) for 405 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week, most-ever completions by QB in 1st-career start & joined CAM NEWTON (2011) as only QBs with 400+ pass yards in 1st-career start. Became 1st NYJ QB with 400+ pass yards since 2000 (VINNY TESTAVERDE). • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 172 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 77 rush), 9 catches & rush TD last week, most scrimmage yards by rookie RB in single game this season & 5th-most ever by NYJ rookie. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Ranks 4th among rookies with 505 scrimmage yards (279 rush, 226 rec.) in 2021. RB TY JOHNSON had season-high 86 scrimmage yards (71 rec., 15 rush) & 1st TD catch of season in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JAMISON CROWDER set season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (84) last week. Aims for his 6th in row on Thursday with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 90+ rec. yards. WR COREY DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 65+ rec. yards. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had TD catch in Week 8. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 8. Has 20 tackles (10 per game), 2 TFL, 2 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. DL SHAQ LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had sack last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 2 TFL & sack in Week 8.

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 231 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 189 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. NYJ (10/6/19 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 225+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 108.1 rating in his past 4 starts on TNF. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 122 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 59 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. RB NYHEIM HINES had 61 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 21 rush) & 4 catches in last meeting. RB MARLON MACK rushed for 89 yards in only career game vs. NYJ (10/14/18). • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had career-high 10 catches for 86 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD. TE MO ALIE-COX had 50 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with rec. TD. TE JACK DOYLE had 1st TD catch of season last week. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 8 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Had 10 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 8+ tackles. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 4th in row with sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 INTs, incl. 44-yard INT-TD, in last meeting. Has 6 PD in 3 career games vs. NYJ. CB KENNY MOORE had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting.

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

Myles Turner and the Pacers showed their resolve on Wednesday night. Playing against a tough Knicks squad that has been one of the best teams in the NBA so far this season, Indiana (3-6) jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it, withstanding numerous punches from New York (5-3), but still emerging with a 111-98 victory.

Turner led the way, scoring a game-high 25 points while going 7-for-10 from 3-point range, and also tallying 13 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Blue & Gold to their second straight win to close out a three-game homestand.

“I loved the way we played, loved the way we fought the entire night,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “They made runs at us, but it was a bend but don’t break type of night.”

The Knicks had trimmed Indiana’s lead to 85-83 just two minutes into the final frame, prompting a timeout from Carlisle. Out of the break, the Blue & Gold got some unexpected contributions to stave off the Knicks.

First, Malcolm Brogdon drove and kicked to T.J. McConnell in the right corner. Though not know for his shooting, McConnell confidently rose up and drained the three. Then on the other end, backup center Goga Bitadze stripped Knicks point guard Derrick Rose at the top of the key and drove the length of the court for a layup.

Eventually Carlisle went back to his starting five, and they also delivered. With Indiana up 95-91, LeVert missed a fadeaway jumper on the left baseline, but Domantas Sabonis was there to pull down a strong rebound in traffic and quickly dished across the paint to Turner for a two-hand slam. On the other end, Turner contested RJ Barrett at the rim, triggering a break where Sabonis found Turner on the left wing for his sixth three of the night.

A short while later, Turner added yet another triple to push the Pacers’ lead to 105-93 with 4:34 to play. The Blue & Gold held on the rest of the way for their most impressive win so far this season.

“There’s an old saying, they say the ball finds energy,” Turner said. “I think when you play the game the right way, things usually work out for you. That’s how I’ve been trying to (play) these last few games, assert myself.”

LeVert finished with 21 points and five assists in the victory, while Brogdon added 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

Turner ignited Indiana’s offense at the start of Wednesday’s contest. The 6-11 center connected on his first two 3-point attempts, then put back a LeVert miss to tally eight points in the first 100 seconds of the game. Rookie Chris Duarte added a trey of his own at the 9:55 mark to give the Pacers an 11-0 lead and force an early timeout from Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

“Myles Turner was spectacular really at both ends of the floor, shooting the three tremendously well,” Carlisle said after the win.

New York subsequently went on a 12-6 run to cut into the Pacers’ lead. But Torrey Craig and Indiana’s reserves checked in and made an immediate impact. Craig scored eight points — including a pair of threes — to trigger a 14-4 run for the Blue & Gold.

Duarte once again had some magic in store for the end of the first quarter. After a Derrick Rose layup with 6.2 seconds remaining. Duarte raced down the floor, pulled up from deep, and swished the trey to give the hosts a 36-22 lead entering the second quarter.

New York opened the ensuing frame with a 14-7 surge to trim the deficit to seven, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Goga Bitadze and Turner pushed the lead back to double digits. The Blue & Gold managed to keep the Knicks from seriously threatening the lead the remainder of the half, and took a 59-50 advantage into the break.

The Knicks mounted a rally in the third quarter, however, as Barrett and Julius Randle combined for six straight points to make it a 69-66 game with 6:16 remaining in the frame.

That’s when LeVert took over. Over the next three Pacers possessions, the sixth-year swingman drilled a jumper, drew a foul and hit both free throws, and then hit a step-back 3-pointer to cap a personal 7-0 run.

That stretch was enough to hold New York at bay for a while, but the visitors eventually strung together another seven unanswered points to get within three once more at 78-75 with 1:44 remaining left in the frame. Once again, LeVert responded, this time hitting another tough two in the closing seconds of the quarter to push the lead back to five entering the fourth quarter.

Six Pacers reached double figures in the victory. Craig tallied 12 points and seven boards off the bench, Sabonis added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Duarte scored 10 points and grabbed five boards.

Barrett led the Knicks with 23 points, while Randle added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pacers will now embark on a difficult four-game Western Conference road trip, which begins on Friday night in Portland.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers outscored the Knicks by 33 points from beyond the arc. Indiana went 16-for-41 (39 percent), while New York was just 5-for-24 (20.8 percent).

Turner recorded his third double-double in nine games this season.

Playing together in a game for the first time this season, LeVert and Brogdon combined for 38 points and 12 assists.

Duarte kept his double-digit scoring streak alive and has now tallied at least 10 points in each of the first nine games to start his career.

The Pacers had just 13 turnovers for the game, one more than their season low, set on Oct. 22 at Washington.

You Can Quote Me On That

“New York’s a hard-playing, tough, talented team that just keeps coming at you. The beginning of the third, they made a run. They were making runs really the whole half. I’m really, really proud of the way we kept our poise and our aggression.” -Carlisle

“It was more on the defensive side of the ball. We knew if we got stops on that end, we would get easy baskets in transition. Malcolm was preaching in every huddle that we had just to keep getting stops and lock in on defense. I think we did that. We held them under 100 points and they couldn’t really score in the fourth quarter.” -LeVert on the Pacers’ withstanding the Knicks’ runs

“Today felt like a new beginning. The team got rolling a little bit while I was out (against) San Antonio, but tonight was honestly a better team and was going to present different and way bigger challenge for us. And we dominated it.” -Brogdon

“I absolutely love it. I don’t take none of that personally. I’ve got the green light to shoot it, especially in those situations…That’s not going to be the case night in and night out, but if that’s the case, I’m going to let it fly.” -Turner on the Knicks

Stat of the Night

Turner hit seven 3-pointers on Wednesday night, two more than his previous career high. He had made five threes twice previously, going 5-for-9 at Washington on Oct. 22 and also went 5-for-6 in a win over Toronto on Dec. 23, 2019.

Noteworthy

The Pacers debuted their new Nike City Edition uniforms on Wednesday.

Pacers legends Rik Smits and Derrick McKey were in attendance at the game.

Pacers forward T.J. Warren watched the game from the bench without the walking boot he has been in since training camp. Carlisle said Warren received a positive scan on Tuesday and was cleared to remove the boot and resume some light basketball activity. There is still no timetable for his return to game action.

Up Next

The Pacers tip off a four-game road trip in Portland against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on Friday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDIANAPOLIS – In their second home game of the season, the Indy Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday night. After dominating the opening period, the Fuel would give up four goals in a 4-1 loss at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Through the first half of the opening stanza, the Indy Fuel outshot the Walleye 10-3 but Walleye goaltender Kaden Fulcher held them off. After each team traded chances, Toledo would be the first team to get on the board when Brett McKenzie took advantage of a change and beat Cale Morris with a wrist shot.

Outshooting the Fuel 9-1 through the first 10 mintues of the second period, the Walleye would be unable to beat Cale Morris for a second time. After a boarding penalty on Cedric Lacroix, Toledo’s Brett McKenzie sprung himself on a breakaway and fired a shot past Morris to give Toledo a 2-0 lead.

With nobody scoring through the first eight minutes of the third period, Indy would continue to look for their first goal of the game. Midway through the third, TJ Hensick would get loose behind the Fuel defense and fire a goal through the arm of Morris. Responding immediately with his first goal in a Fuel uniform, Liam Folkes would one-time a shot past Fulcher to cut Toledo’s lead to two goals. TJ Hensick would put home the empty netter late in the third to send home the Walleye with a 4-1 win.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.

INDIANA WBB: Indiana To Start Season Ranked No. 7 In USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball will start the 2021-22 season with its highest ever ranking in a national poll as it came in at No. 7 in the USA Today/WBCA coaches poll, announced on Wednesday.

They jumped three spots from its final ranking of the 2020-21 season where it finished at No. 10. It’s the highest ever ranking in the poll, surpassing the previous record of coming in at No. 9 in Week 16 last season. The Hoosiers have now appeared in the coaches poll for the last 21 weeks and just the third time its appeared in the preseason rankings. In the other national poll, IU came in at No. 8 in the preseason Associated Press top 25.

Off the heels of an NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and its sixth-straight 20-win campaign, the Hoosiers return all five starters for 2021-22. Among those returners includes a pair of All-American honorees in junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (17.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg.) and senior guard Grace Berger (15.4 ppg.) Second team All-Big Ten selection Ali Patberg (14.0 ppg.) also returns for her seventh and final collegiate season along with senior forward Aleksa Gulbe (9.0 ppg., 6.9 rpg.) and senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary (8.5 ppg.).

Indiana was selected to finish second in the annual preseason Big Ten poll by both the coaches and media as Berger and Holmes were selected to the 10 member All-Big Ten team. Eighth year head coach Teri Moren holds a 148-80 overall record in her time in Cream and Crimson. She’s taken the program to three NCAA appearances and are coming off a second-place finish in the Big Ten last season.

Indiana will host UIndy in exhibition play on Nov. 5 and will open the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Butler. Season and single game tickets are now on sale by visiting IUHoosiers.com/tickets, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or visiting the west lobby ticket windows at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

PURDUE WSOCCER: Top-20 Matchup in Big Ten Semis Up Next

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 19-ranked and second-seeded Purdue soccer team faces No. 13-ranked and third-seeded Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on Thursday, November 4, at 4 p.m. ET, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The match will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and on the Fox Sports app, and live stats are available at BigTenStats.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer. Additional information on the Big Ten Tournament is available at BigTen.org/WSOC.

Winners of six of its last seven, with three consecutive shutouts, Purdue is 14-3-2 overall after a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Sunday in the quarterfinal. The team’s 14 wins are tied for second-most in program history and the most since 2007. The Boilermakers placed second in the Big Ten standings with an 8-2-0 mark to tie their best regular-season finish, along with 2005 and 2007.

Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 16 have at least one assist, both tied for second-most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fifth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 34-16 advantage in goal differential, including 23-8 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime.

The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with 107 points, 39 assists, a .860 save percentage and 5.16 saves per game, while they are third with 34 goals.

Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 2 nationally with 2.67 shots on goal per game, No. 3 with 15 goals and 5.00 shots per game, No. 11 with five game-winning goals and No. 14 with 32 points. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 21st in the NCAA with a .853 save percentage and 25th with 1,746.23 minutes, and she leads the Big Ten with 93 saves.

Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway have a team-high-tying seven assists, which is fourth in the Big Ten. Mathews also is second on the team with five goals and 17 points.

The Wolverines are 13-3-3 overall and earned the No. 3 seed with a 6-2-2 Big Ten record. Michigan advanced to the semifinal with a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Penn State on Sunday.

THE BOILERMAKERS IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

This is Purdue’s 12 Big Ten Tournament appearance in program history and its third since 2017, which came after a nine-year hiatus. The semifinal berth is the team’s seventh overall and second in two years, following a 2019 appearance that snapped a 10-year semis drought. The Boilermakers are 9-8-2 all-time in the tournament, 1-4-1 in the semifinal and 4-1-0 as a No. 2 seed. Purdue won the 2007 championship as the second seed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with 3-0 wins over Northwestern and Illinois and a 3-1 triumph over OSU in the championships game. In 2005, the second-seeded Boilermakers lost a 3-0 quarterfinal matchup to Wisconsin.

Thursday is the first time Purdue and Michigan will meet in the postseason, and also the first time the Boilermakers and their opponent are both ranked in the top-25 for a Big Ten Tournament contest.

In 2019, eighth-seeded Purdue upset top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Wisconsin, 1-0 in the quarterfinal in Madison. Current Boilermakers Ally Mussallem and Skylurr Patrick assisted on the game-winning goal in the 45th minute, and Bova made six saves to earn the shutout victory. In the quarterfinal, Purdue lost a 2-0 contest to Penn State in Piscataway, New Jersey, as Bova registered four saves.

NATIONALLY-RANKED BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is No. 19 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the fifth consecutive week, and in the national polls for the first time since 2009. Purdue debuted at No. 25 on October 5, was No. 19 on October 12 and No. 18 the last two weeks. The Old Gold and Black also are at No. 3 in the North Region ranking, and No. 18 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 15 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll and No. 20 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.

RECORD WATCHING

In her career, Bova’s 0.870 goals-against average, .808 save percentage and 20 shutouts are all second-best all-time. She is fourth with 28 wins, 5,176.36 minutes and 55 starts and fifth in school history with 210 saves.

In a single season, Bova is tied for No. 2 with 14 wins, No. 2 with 93 saves and a .853 save percentage, tied for No. 5 with six shutouts and a 0.83 goals-against average, tied for No. 9 with 19 starts and No. 10 with 1,746:39 minutes.

Griffith’s 10 game-winning goals are tied for fifth-most all-time, her 25 goals are sixth and her 58 points are eighth. In 2021, she has a school-record 15 goals, while her five game-winning goals is tied for third and her 32 points are alone at No. 3. Additionally, Griffith’s 90 shots and 48 shots on goal in 2021 are both program records, and her 209 career shots and 109 career shots on goal both rank No. 5 all-time.

Griffith scored a goal in eight of 10 Big Ten games, had a point in all but one conference contest and notched a seven-game goal streak and an eight-game point streak, both school records. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Teagan Jones had a three-game assist streak, one game shy of tying the school record.

Mathews and Dunaway’s seven assists are tied for No. 9 overall in a single season, and Dunaway is No. 2 in the school record books for assists by a freshman.

LAST TIME OUT: TOURNAMENT-OPENING SHUTOUT

Purdue opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 1-0 victory over seventh-seeded Ohio State in the quarterfinal on October 31, as senior forward Sarah Griffith scored her record-breaking 15th goal of the season in the 55th minute.

The Boilermakers had 19 shots, 11 on target, to Ohio State’s nine shots and three on goal. OSU’s keeper made nine saves and the Buckeye defense cleared another ball off the line to prevent Purdue from scoring more than once. The home side also had a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, including 8-1 in the first half. Bova stopped all three shots she faced to notch her 14th win of the season and sixth shutout.

Jones and senior defender Maya Lambert assisted on Griffith’s goal. Griffith had a game-high seven shots, three on goal, while senior forward Sydney Duarte had four shots, two on target.

A complete recap from the match, including box score, highlights and postgame reaction from coach Drew Roff, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. MICHIGAN

Purdue is 4-13-4 all-time against Michigan after a 2-1 defeat earlier in the season. The two teams have never met outside of West Lafayette or Ann Arbor, and Thursday will be the first postseason matchup. Both teams have been ranked once before, in 2002, when the No. 20 Boilermakers topped the No. 9 Wolverines, 1-0 in West Lafayette. When one team is in the top-25, Purdue is 1-2-2 as a ranked team and 1-5-1 when Michigan is in the polls.

On September 30 at Folk Field, Purdue’s six-match win streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to then-No. 17 Michigan. All three goals were scored in a 10-minute span in the first half. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but Griffith answered right back with a goal just 30 seconds later to even the score at 1-1. UM scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 32nd minute to regain a 2-1 advantage. Senior midfielder Grace Walsh assisted on Griffith’s score.

Purdue was out-shot 20-6, and Michigan had a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. Bova made five saves, and UM’s keeper stopped two shots. Griffith and Mathews each had two shots, and Griffith had two of the Boilermakers’ shots on target.

A complete recap from the match can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES

Michigan is 13-3-3 on the season, 4-2-2 on the road and 1-1-0 against top-25 opponents. The Wolverines opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 3-1 triumph over Penn State thanks to a pair of goals in the opening 21 minutes. Winners of three in a row, UM’s streak began with a 2-0 victory against No. 24 Penn State. Michigan, who will be playing its first neutral-site contest on Thursday, also owns a 4-1 loss at No. 8 Rutgers.

The Wolverines are second in the Big Ten with 19.89 shots per game and 8.21 shots on goal per game, third with 103 points and 37 assists and fourth with 33 goals.

UP NEXT: BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

The winner between Purdue and Michigan will advance to the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday, November 7, at 2 p.m. ET, on the Big Ten Network. The opponent will be the winner between No. 4-ranked and top-seeded Rutgers and No. 5-seed Iowa, and the final will be hosted by Rutgers.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Boilermakers Ready for Spartan Visit on Saturday

Purdue Football (5-3, 3-2) heads into the month of November with five victories on its record for the first time since the 2007 season as the Boilermakers play hosts to No. 5/3 Michigan State (8-0, 5-0) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Head coach Jeff Brohm and his squad are on the hunt for a fourth Big Ten Conference victory for this 2021 campaign, a threshold that Brohm has been able to lead Purdue past twice thus far in his tenure (2017, 4-5; 2018, 5-4). Since the 2010 season, Purdue has claimed four or more Big Ten wins just three times.

A NOTEWORTHY NEBRASKA WIN

• The 28-23 win at Nebraska (Oct. 30) stands as Purdue’s third win in the last four matchups against the Cornhuskers. It was also the second-straight win for the Boilermakers in Memorial Stadium.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm improved to 3-2 against Nebraska with the result, and the series record is now knotted up at 5-5-0. 

• The victory was also Purdue’s third road win of 2021. Since the 2000 season, Purdue has won three away contests just five times, with three of those instances by Joe Tiller-led squads (2003, 2004, 2006) and twice now by Brohm-led teams (2018, 2021).

• To find the last Purdue team to win four road games, one must dig back in the record book to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.

PURDUE – MSU SERIES HISTORY

• Purdue and Michigan State cross paths more seldom than most Big Ten Conference colleagues, with just five matchups against each other since 2010. Saturday’s game will be the first Boilermaker-Spartan contest since 2018.

• Purdue trails in the all-time series, 28-36-3, but has the advantage in games played at home (16-14-3).

LAST TIME AGAINST THE SPARTANS

• Purdue’s last contest against Michigan State (Oct. 27, 2018) came after the famous Boiler win over No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018), with Purdue yielding a 23-13 result to the Spartans in East Lansing.

• Then-freshman LB Jaylan Alexander recorded three tackles in that game, and redshirt sophomore WR Jackson Anthrop returned one kickoff for 14 yards.

WELCOME TO THE PURDUE PICK PARTY

• Purdue has now had four interceptions in two of the last three games after not recording a four-INT game since the 2018 season. Prior to the four interceptions by Purdue’s defense at No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and the most recent effort at Nebraska (Oct. 30), the Boilermakers last had four interceptions vs. Boston College on Sept. 22, 2018.

• The Boilermakers have accomplished a four-interception game eight times in the last 21 seasons of football, but 2021 stands as the first season since 1999 with two instances in the same campaign.

DEFENSE IS TRENDING UP

• The Boilermakers have 10 takeaways in the last three games after recording a total of two in the first five games.

• Purdue also stands out as one of just 16 teams nationally to have recorded both a fumble return and interception return for touchdown this season. For Purdue, both types of defensive scores had not occurred since 2011, per Sports Reference.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

• Junior LB Jalen Graham’s second-quarter interception at Nebraska (Oct. 30) was returned 45 yards for a touchdown, becoming the first Purdue pick-six since Cory Trice’s 37-yard return on October 12, 2019, vs. Maryland.

• Graham’s performance at Nebraska, which included two interceptions, helped him earn Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday, Nov. 1

• Junior DE George Karlaftis’ fumble return for a touchdown in the second half vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23) was the first by a Boilermaker since Graham on October 31, 2020, at Illinois.

• With Karlaftis’ play, Purdue has now had a fumble or interception returned for score by its defense for eight consecutive seasons.

    Defensive Touchdowns in the Last EIGHT Years

    2014    Frankie Williams vs. 39 yards vs. Iowa (INT)

    2015    Danny Ezechukwu 90 yards vs. Virginia Tech (FUM)

    2016     Gelen Robinson 78 yards vs. Eastern Kentucky (INT)

    2017     Ja’Whaun Bentley 76 yards vs. Minnesota (INT)

    2018     Markus Bailey 41 yards vs. Ohio State (INT)

    2019     Cory Trice 37 yards vs. Maryland (INT)

    2020    Jalen Graham 0 yards at Illinois (FUM)

    2021    George Karlaftis 56 yards vs. Wisconsin (FUM)

    2021    Jalen Graham 45 yards at Nebraska (INT)

BEDNARIK SEMIFINALIST FOR GEORGE

• Junior DE George Karlaftis was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday, Nov. 1, an honor annually bestowed upon the college football defensive player of the year.

• Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 23 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 25.5 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks.

RING THE BELL

• If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999).

• Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019).

• Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 25 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record previously held  solely by John Standeford.

• Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11).

• Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after the Notre Dame (Sept. 18) game.

• The Boilermaker star ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (112.3), and first in the Big Ten Conference.

• For his career, Bell is averaging 7.7 catches per game and 97.8 yards per game. His 97.8 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.7 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career.

• The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

JAYLAN’S JURISDICTION

• Since the 2000 season, just five Boilermakers have accumulated 15 or more tackles in a game. With his effort against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), senior LB Jaylan Alexander became the latest to accomplish the feat (11 solo, 4 assisted, 1.0 TFL).

• In recent memory, former LBs Ben Holt and Markus Bailey make the list provided by Sports-Reference.com. Holt recorded 17 tackles in 2019 against TCU (Sept. 14, 2019), while Bailey posted 15 stops in 2018 in the win against No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 20, 2018).

• Alexander is tied for 16th in the Big Ten Conference, currently, with his 58 total tackles (7.3 per game).

GOODBYE, NUMBER TWO

• With the win against No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), Purdue improved to 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, and the Boilermakers have won two in a row, including the 49-20 win against second-ranked Ohio State on October 20, 2018

• The Boilermakers have 16 wins over top-five opponents when they are unranked, the most in the country.

• The Iowa win is Purdue’s first against a top-2 foe on the road since a 31-20 victory at Notre Dame on September 28, 1974.

BUTLER MSOCCER: Upsets No. 24 St. John’s in Overtime; Punches Ticket to BIG EAST Tournament

QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler men’s soccer team won its way into the BIG EAST Tournament with a thrilling, 1-0, overtime victory over No. 24 St. John’s. Neither side was able to score in regulation, but Hemi Nasser found the back of the net just five minutes into extra time to walk off with the win. The Bulldogs (7-8-2, 5-4-1 BIG EAST) and Red Storm (10-5-2, 5-3-2 BIG EAST) will face each other for the second time in four days in a quarterfinal match on Saturday, November 6.

Key Moments

1′ | Off a give-and-go, St. John’s hits an open shot from 17 yards that forces Gabriel Gjergji to extend and make an early save.

14′ | Rhys Myers pushes forward from his center back position and takes a shot from 23 yards. The ball goes just wide of the right post.

20′ | Hemi Nasser takes a cross from Perrin Barnes on the right side and drills a shot that forces a St. John’s save.

36′ | Tommy Visser takes a ball to the left goal line and into the box. He finds Nick Okoro who hits a hard shot from 12 yards but misses right.

HALFTIME

49′ | A St. John’s foul leads to a Butler free kick just outside the penalty area. A low line drive from Rico Hollenkamp is saved by the Red Storm keeper.

50′ | Griffin DeBolt hits a 25-yard free kick on frame, forcing a St. John’s save.

53′ | In a great opportunity, Quint Breitkreuz takes a throw in and strikes a ball toward the upper left corner, forcing a diving save from the Red Storm

54′ | Gabriel Gjergji is forced off his feet, laying out to his left to save a St. John’s shot.

89′ | Gjergji lays out to save a low shot toward the right post.

FIRST OVERTIME PERIOD

94′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. gets a shot off from the top of the box, but it is saved.

94′ | Rico Hollenkamp hits a ball forward to Cabrera, Jr. who taps it to Hemi Nasser in the penalty area. Nasser sends one-times it to the back of the net, giving the Bulldogs a walkoff, 1-0, victory.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Hemi Nasser

ASSISTS: Jack Streberger, Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.

Bulldog Bits

This was Butler’s third victory over a ranked opponent this season. The Bulldogs also defeated No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1) on September 21 and No. 20 Providence (2-1) on October 16. Butler lost to No. 1 Indiana (0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (0-2).

The Bulldogs’ record in overtime matches this season is 2-0-2.

Butler enters the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3 seed St. John’s. The winner of their quarterfinal match will face No. 1 seed Georgetown.

The winner of No. 4 seed Creighton and No. 5 seed Villanova will play No. 2 seed Providence.

Hemi Nasser’s goal was his second of the season and the fifth of his career.

Jack Streberger leads the Bulldogs in assists this season, notching his fifth tonight.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s assist was his second of the season.

Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (7-8-2) made six saves in the match to earn his fourth shutout of the season.

Each team registered 14 shots in the match. Butler had seven on frame, while St. John’s had six.

The Red Storm produced eight corner kicks compared to three for the Bulldogs.

Up Next

No. 6 seed Butler will remain in Queens, N.Y., and will face the same St. John’s side, which is the No. 3 seed. The match will take place on Saturday, November 6, at 5 pm.

BUTLER WSOCCER: Travels to Cincinnati for Rematch with No. 2 Seed Georgetown in BIG EAST Semifinal

Matchday Information – No. 3 Seed Butler vs. No. 2 Seed Georgetown

DATE:                         Wednesday, November 4 / 7:30 PM

LOCATION:                Cincinnati, Ohio / Corcoran Field

LIVE STATS:              goxavier.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Georgetown leads, 9-1-2

LAST MEETING:        October 7, 2021 – Washington D.C. – Georgetown 1, Butler 0

The Butler women’s soccer team has earned a rematch with Georgetown, this time in the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 pm, in Cincinnati. The No. 3 seed Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime victory over UConn in the tournament quarterfinals, while the No. 2 seed Hoyas were most recently upset, 0-1, by the same Huskies side in their final match of the regular season.

Bulldog Bits

(through games 10/31/2021)

Abigail Isger is 11th nationally with five game-winning goals and finished first in the BIG EAST.

Katie Soderstrom is 34th nationally, with 11 goals, and 23rd with 29 total points. She finished second in the BIG EAST in both categories.

Alli Leonard and Soderstrom finished fifth in the BIG EAST with seven assists each. Isgar, with six, finished eighth.

Emma Martin’s nine shutouts place her 7th nationally, and she finished second in the BIG EAST. Her GAA (.589) ranks 16th overall and ended at third in the conference.

2021 is the seventh consecutive season that Butler women’s soccer has qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs made the championship match in four of the previous six seasons and won the tournament in 2015.

2021 is the ninth season of the past ten in which Butler has produced double-digit wins. Excluding 2014, the Bulldogs have had at least 10 wins every season since 2012.

The Bulldogs have scored 39 goals in 19 matches this season (2.05 goals/match) while giving up 15 goals (0.789 goals allowed/match).

Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 19 matches this season, and twelve have also produced an assist.

The Matchup

In Butler’s 0-1 loss to Georgetown earlier this season: The Hoyas earned a corner kick and scored the only goal of the match off a header in the 89th minute.

Butler outshot Georgetown, 5-3, in the first period, but the Hoyas had an 11-3 edge in the second period, giving them a 14-8 advantage, overall. Both teams had three shots on goal.

Three Bulldogs, Katie Soderstrom, Abigail Isger, and Alli Leonard had a pair of shots. Isger’s were both on target. Freshman Emma Martin made two saves as she suffered her first career loss.

The Hoyas earned eight corner kicks, compared to only one for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs and Hoyas have met four times previously in the BIG EAST Championship, including most recently in this past spring’s title match. Georgetown has won all four previous postseason showdowns with Butler, which included three championship game meetings. They’ve met just once in a postseason match that wasn’t the tournament final, with GU winning 4-0 in the 2016 First Round.

Butler and Georgetown have played twelve times overall, with the Hoyas winning nine.

The Bulldogs’ only win (1-0) came on October 11, 2015.

The teams played to scoreless ties in 2019 and 2017.

The teams have met in the BIG EAST championship match three of the last four seasons, with Georgetown coming out on top each time.

Scouting Georgetown

Previous match: UConn L, 0-1

Georgetown has scored 33 goals this season and allowed eight goals.

Thirteen players have scored a goal for the Hoyas, and twelve have produced an assist.

Current offensive standouts for Georgetown include:

        #10 Gia Vicari (9g, 7a)

        #32 Cyanne Doyle (5g, 5a)

        #11 Maya Fernandez-Powell (2g, 10a)

        #25 Julia Leas (3g, 5a)

        #27 Kelly Ann Livingstone (2g, 4a)

Allie Augur (11-1-6) has started all 18 matches in goal. She has 48 saves (.857) and has allowed 8 goals, producing a 0.42 GAA. She has nine solo, along with two combined, shutouts.

BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Fall in Exhibition to Huskies

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team hosted an NCAA Division II powerhouse in Michigan Tech on Wednesday in an exhibition. The Cardinals fell to the Huskies 70-69.

Last season, the Huskies made it to the Elite 8 and returned four of their starting five. All four of the MTU returners averaged double digits a season ago.

The Cardinals were led by Tyler Cochran with 13 points with seven rebounds, three steals, and a team-high five assists. Luke Bumbalough added 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal. Jaylin Sellers posted a game-high five steals with 10 points and three boards. Payton Sparks notched a double-digit scoring performance with 10 and added two assists, and two rebounds. Miryne Thomas produced a game-high 10 boards and added seven points and two assists.

Trent Bell went for a game-high 17 points and added three steals, and three rebounds for Michigan Tech. Eric Carl chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Owen White was the other Huskie in double digits with 12. He added a team-high eight boards with four assists and one steal.

The Cardinals open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 on the road at Georgia Southern. The game is scheduled for an ESPN+ broadcast and is slated for a 7 p.m. tip.

From the Head Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“I think we got system-whooped for a lot of the game tonight. They’re a very experienced team and they went to the Elite 8 last year. They got the whole team back and what you can really sense is how well they play together and what you can really sense on our end is how new we are and they’re very good at what they do. We played this game for a reason. We played this game because I knew it would really test us and challenge us. I wanted to get through the nerves of playing under the lights. We accomplished two of the three. We just didn’t win the game. We’ll learn from it. This time of year, you get into situations like we did tonight. No one here is panicking, it’s a great lesson for us. We played a really good team and they deserved to win the game.”

From the Student-Athletes – Junior Guard #2 Luke Bumbalough

“It felt good. It’s not the outcome we wanted. It was just good to have fans back in the gym and feel their energy. We need to take this as a learning experience and not looking at it the wrong way, but the right way. Taking the things, we need to work on and take it as a learning experience. We need to be ready for practice tomorrow and move to the next day.”

From the Student-Athletes – Junior Guard #45 Tyler Cochran

“It felt good to finally get out there again and play with these guys that are ready to compete. We always talk about the next play, next play. After this one, we’re going to take it in the chest and move to the next day. We’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Voted to Finish Eighth in MAC Preseason Poll

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its annual men’s basketball preseason coaches poll on Wednesday. Ball State was voted to finish eighth by the MAC coaches.

The Cardinals look to improve on a 10-13 season from the 2020-21 campaign. Ball State brings back eight from last year’s squad along with six fresh faces. Miryne Thomas and Luke Bumbalough are the top returners as they averaged 7.3 points per game each. The combination of returners and newcomers has a lot of potential, but the unfamiliarity of the squad led to the Cardinals being voted to finish eighth by the MAC Coaches.

The Cardinals return to the hardwood on Wednesday for an exhibition against Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. and will give the BSU fans a first look at the 2021-22 squad before the season opener at Georgia Southern on Tuesday Nov. 9.

2021-22 MAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Buffalo – 143 points (11 first place votes)

2. Ohio – 126 points

3. Toledo – 107 points (1)

4. Kent State – 98 points

5. Akron – 95 points

6. Bowling Green – 93 points

7. Miami – 92 points

8. Ball State – 54 points

9. Western Michigan – 44 points

10. Central Michigan – 34 points

11. Eastern Michigan – 29 points

12. Northern Illinois – 21 points

MAC Tournament Champions: Buffalo (8), Bowling Green (1), Kent State (1), Miami (1), Toledo (1)

Preseason All-MAC First Team

Daeqwon Plowden, 5th-Sr., G/F, Bowling Green

Josh Mballa, Sr., F, Buffalo

Jeenathan Williams, Sr., F, Buffalo

Ben Vander Plas, R-Sr., F, Ohio

Ryan Rollins, So., G, Toledo

Preseason All-MAC Second Team

K.J. Walton, Grad., G, Akron

Sincere Carry, R-Jr., G, Kent State

Dae Dae Grant, Jr., G, Miami

Jason Carter 5th-Sr., F, Ohio

B. Artis White, So., G, Western Michigan

BALL STATE WBB: Women’s Basketball Rolls Past Oakland City in Exhibition Play

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s basketball team put on an exciting show for fans inside Worthen Arena Wednesday afternoon, earning a 122-26 victory over Oakland City in exhibition play.

A total of 13 different players saw action for the Cardinals, with 12 of the 13 scoring at least two points. The high scorers for BSU had 23 and 20 points, respectively.

On the glass, all 13 Cardinals who saw action had at least one rebound. BSU also forced the Mighty Oaks into 44 total turnovers, while committing just 11 of their own.

The Ball State women’s basketball team officially opens the 2021-22 season next Tuesday, when it hosts Milwaukee at 11:30 a.m. for Field Trip Day.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MSOCCER: Milwaukee Rallies For 2-1 Win Over Men’s Soccer

MILWAUKEE – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team entered the final day of the regular season in the running for a Horizon League Championship berth. However, the Mastodons’ season came to an end on Wednesday (Nov. 3) following a 2-1 loss at Milwaukee.

The ‘Dons got on the board in the 20th minute. Alejandro Lopez delivered a corner kick to the far post. Ayrton Redmore came running in and at the peak of his jump headed the cross into the goal. It was Redmore’s first goal of the season.

Both teams finished with six shots on goal in the game. Milwaukee’s final two of the contest ended up being the difference. In the 82nd minute Paolo Gratton snuck in a shot inside the far post off a free kick from Logan Farrington to level the match.

At 89:36 Farrington provided the game winner on a header off a cross. Abdu Regassa and Gabe Anguil assisted on the goal.

Six different ‘Dons recorded shots on goal. Luke Benford had a team-high three shots.

Milwaukee finishes the regular season 8-7-1 (6-3-1 Horizon).

Purdue Fort Wayne ends the season 5-9-2 (3-6-1 Horizon League).

IUPUI MBB: SEAY LEADS JAGUARS TO EXHIBITION WIN OVER ANDERSON, 74-60

INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Azariah Seay had a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and B.J. Maxwell tallied 13 points off the IUPUI bench as the Jaguars knocked off Anderson University, 74-60, inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Wednesday morning (Nov. 3). The Jaguars hosted their annual NCAA Readers Become Leaders game and played in front of 2,110 fans, largely from nearby elementary schools.

Maurice Knight finished with 17 points and 11 boards for Anderson and Austin Lyons finished with 16 points, including three threes.

First-year head coach Matt Crenshaw’s team overpowered its Division III opponent, outrebounding the Ravens by a 40-34 margin and holding the opponents to just 41 percent from the floor and 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from three-point range. He also strategically spread minutes amongst 11 players in the rotation while methodically pulling away to a 14-point win. The Jags led by as many as 22 in the closing minutes and shot 58 percent from the field after halftime, keyed by Seay and Maxwell. The duo combined to hit 14-of-20 field goal attempts and five treys on Wednesday.

“I really liked how we shared the ball and looked to make the extra pass. We had guys turning down good shots in an effort to get great shots for their teammates,” Crenshaw said. “I thought we competed well on the defensive end.

“We going to continue to improve defensively, but I really liked how we competed today.”

After a slow start, Maxwell put IUPUI ahead 14-6 after draining a wing three after Nathan McClure tracked down an offensive rebound. The lead finally hit double-digits at the 6:27 mark of the first half when Seay deposited a triple off a Bakari LaStrap find. Later, Seay pushed the lead to 19 with another trey before Anderson scored the final six points of the half to make it 34-21 at the break.

The Ravens clawed within seven early in the second half when Lyons splashed a transition three from the right wing, but IUPUI countered with a Maxwell pull-up to quell any momentum. Each time Anderson threatened, Seay and Maxwell answered as they combined to hit 9-of-10 shots after halftime.

Freshman Boston Stanton III piloted the offense for much of the second half, delivering five of his game-high seven assists after intermission. Collectively, IUPUI finished with 16 assists against just nine turnovers. LaStrap added four assists in just over 17 minutes

IUPUI was well balanced behind Seay and Maxwell as KJ Pruitt finished with nine points and two steals and Chuks Isitua added seven points and five boards. Mike DePersia closed with six points and Dimitar Pandev had four points and seven rebounds off the bench.

The Jaguars will officially open the regular season next Tuesday (Nov. 11) when they face Butler at 6:45 p.m. inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast on FS1.

EVANSVILLE MBB: UE men host Kentucky Wesleyan in final exhibition

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In its final tune-up before the start of the 2021-22 regular season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be back at the Ford Center on Thursday evening to face Kentucky Wesleyan.   The exhibition contest is set for a 6 p.m. start time.

Last Time Out

– On Saturday, the Purple Aces pulled away for a 74-45 victory over Mount St. Joseph in the first preseason contest

– Shamar Givance and Emmette Page led the way with 14 points apiece while Antoine Smith Jr. added 13

– A back-and-forth battle early on saw the Lions wrestle away an 11-10 lead just over seven minutes into the game before Evansville retook control with a 10-0 run in the final two minutes of the first half to lead by a 40-22 tally at the break

– Preston Phillips tied Givance for the top rebound tally with five while fellow newcomer Blaise Beauchamp added nine points in his first on-court action at UE

Scouting the Opponent

– Kentucky Wesleyan is coming off of a 10-6 campaign that saw them win 9 of their 14 Great Midwest conference games before falling in the first round of the league tournament in March

– The Panthers lose top scorers Tre Cobbs and Zach Hopewell, who combined to average 30.3 points per game but will look to Wyatt Battaile and Jamil Wilson to pick up the slack

– Battaile recorded 12.1 PPG a season ago while Wilson finished with 8.8 points

A Brief History Lesson

– Thursday’s exhibition game will mark the next chapter in a rivalry that has been going since 1948

– While Thursday’s game does not officially count towards the all-time records, the teams have met on 58 occasions with Evansville taking 36 wins

– The teams have met just once in the regular season since 1986 with that game coming in 2018

New Guys Chipping In

– Exhibition games provide the opportunity to try out multiple different lineups while newcomers are able to work their way onto the floor

– Antoine Smith Jr. was in the starting lineup and finished with 13 points and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes of action

– While technically not a newcomer as he played two games last season, Emmette Page was 5-of-6 from the field on his way to 14 points…he led the team with three steals while adding a rebound and an assist

– Blaise Beauchamp was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line on his way to a 9-point game while Preston Phillips tied for the UE lead with five boards while dishing out two assists

– Blake Sisley scored three points in 13 minutes of work while Grant Tichenor recorded a helper in the final minute.

VALPO FB: Returns Home to Host Presbyterian

Presbyterian (2-6, 0-5 PFL)

at Valparaiso (2-6, 2-3 PFL)

Game #9 Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. CT

Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will be back at Brown Field on Saturday afternoon as Presbyterian comes to town for the season’s penultimate home game. The Beacons have either won or been within a touchdown in all five Pioneer Football League games, and the difference in the majority of the contests has been razor thin during a PFL season that has featured no shortage of intrigue with four of the five games hanging in the balance in the final two minutes. Now, Valpo will host a Presbyterian team that features a unique style of play by frequently going for it on fourth down, rarely punting, often attempting on-side kicks and regularly trying two-point conversions.

Previously: Valpo led for the bulk of this past week’s game at San Diego, but the host Toreros flipped the script on last year’s meeting at Brown Field by scoring a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 remaining to prevail 21-14. Valpo clung to a 14-13 halftime lead, a score that held until the final 1:15. The Beacons started fast on a 28-yard touchdown run by Robert Washington early in the first quarter, then an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jamauri Jackson with 6:39 left in the first doubled the lead to 14-0. Austin Martins had a career-high 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks, including a strip sack. Despite San Diego running 77 offensive snaps to Valpo’s 46, the 21 points were the fewest allowed by the Valpo defense in the program’s last nine trips to San Diego. It marked Valpo’s best defensive performance as far as points permitted in a game since Oct. 28, 2000, a 32-10 victory.

Series Notes: This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Tom Byrne (analyst) on the call. Garrett Willis (play-by-play) and Noah Godsell (analyst) will have the radio call on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (7-19) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

Block Party Continues: Valpo tied a Pioneer Football League record with three blocked kicks in a single game on Oct. 30 at San Diego. The Beacons became the first PFL squad to achieve that feat since Morehead State vs. San Diego in 2018. With seven blocked kicks on the season, Valpo leads all of Division-I college football (FBS and FCS). Delaware State is second in FCS with six and no FBS program has more than five. This marks the third time in program history that Valpo has blocked seven or more kicks in a single season. This year’s number is tied with the 2002 season for second behind the 1991 campaign, when Valpo turned away 14 kicks.

Block                          Type                Opponent        Date

Brett Bittner                punt                 Dartmouth      9-18-21

Austin Martins            field goal         Drake              9-25-21

Tre’ Purty                   field goal         Marist             10-2-21

Brett Bittner                punt                 Marist             10-2-21

Diego Del Castillo      punt                 at San Diego   10-30-21

Brett Bittner                punt                 at San Diego   10-30-21

Nathan Orlandini        field goal         at San Diego   10-30-21

The Lead Blocker: Brett Bittner has been at the forefront of Valpo’s kick-blocking prowess, rejecting three punts this season. He is one of three players in all of Division-I college football – all FCS players – who have three blocked kicks this season. Kevin Deshields of Delaware State and Anthony Knighton of Southern Illinois are tied with Bittner for the national lead. In addition, Bittner has cracked the program record book for kicks blocked in a season. He is now tied with Adam Rundh (2008) for fifth in program history. Steve Moseley (1991) holds the program record with eight, while three others are tied for second with four.

More Martins Mastery: Austin Martins continued his strong season with a career-high 12 tackles on the Valpo defensive line in the Oct. 30 game at San Diego. His tackle output doubled his previous career watermark of six. Martins accrued 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, one of which was a strip sack that led to a Valpo fumble recovery. His 4.5 TFL against the Toreros tied for the eighth most in the FCS nation this season. The 4.5 TFL marked the most by a Valpo player in a single game in over 20 years.

Twice is Nice: When freshman Jamauri Jackson pulled off a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown to cap the scoring in the Oct. 23 victory over Dayton, it marked the first pick six by a Valpo player since Drew Snouffer’s 40 yarder in 2018. Remarkably, Jackson started the scoring in Valpo’s next game – Oct. 30 at San Diego – in the same fashion, this time returning his interception 83 yards to find paydirt. That 83-yard return was the 11th longest in the FCS nation this season. It was Valpo’s longest interception return since Mark Kaiser’s 94 yarder during the 2000 season.  

New Niesner Notes: For the second time this season and the fourth time in his collegiate career, Valpo punter Ben Niesner earned Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week accolades following his Oct. 30 performance at San Diego, which featured an average of 48.7 yards per punt over seven attempts. He bookended his day with boots that traveled over 60 yards, booming one 63 yards in the first quarter before unleashing a 62-yard punt in the fourth. Two of the longest punts of his accomplished Beacon career came in the game, with the 63 yarder matching a season long set in the Oct. 9 game at St. Thomas and also tying for his second-longest punt in a Valpo uniform. Niesner’s season average is up to 43.3 yards per punt, a mark that leads the PFL and ranks 13th nationally. Last season, he tied the program and league record with 46.3 yards per punt. Furthermore, Niesner ranks seventh among all active FCS punters with 8,457 career punting yards.

Turnover Tidbits: Valpo owned a 3-0 edge in the turnover battle in the Oct. 23 game against Dayton. This marked Valpo’s first turnover-free game since a 10-7 win at Drake on April 3, 2021. The three forced turnovers also represented a season high and plus three was Valpo’s best single-game turnover margin since committing one to Stetson’s four in a 19-10 victory on Oct. 26, 2019. The Dayton performance was followed with an Oct. 30 contest where Valpo won the turnover battle 2-0, giving the Beacons a combined 5-0 edge in the turnover department over a two-game span.

Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,263 career yards in just 14 games in a Valpo uniform. He recently surpassed Kyle Cartales (1,140 yards; 38 games) and Brandon Hall (1,196 yards; 23 games) on Valpo’s career rushing list. He will likely get by Jarrett Morgan (1,267 yards; 39 games) this week vs. Presbyterian and could also usurp Jake Hutson (1,296 yards, 26 games) for Valpo’s highest career rushing total since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. In order to crack the top 10 in program history in career rushing yards, Washington would need to get to 1,644. The reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for 610 yards this season and needs to get to 824 to crack the top 5 in program history for single-season rushing yards. Washington is currently at 138 carries this season and needs 179 to crack the program’s single-season top five, and he owns eight TDs on the year, two away from earning a place in the single-season program record book.

Noteworthy Rankings: Valpo has the second best third-down defense in the PFL, holding opponents to a 35.7 percent conversion rate… The Beacons lead all of Division-I college football in blocked kicks with seven… Brett Bittner is one of three players in the FCS nation with a trio of blocked kicks this season and the only player in the PFL who has accomplished that feat. He is tied atop the national leaderboard alongside Delaware State’s Kevin Deshields and Southern Illinois’ Anthony Knighton, who have blocked three kicks apiece… Robert Washington ranks 52nd nationally and fifth in the PFL in all-purpose yards per game at 101.50. He ranks 16th in FCS and second in the PFL in rushing TDs with eight while ranking second in the league with 610 rushing yards (39th nationally) and third at 76.4 rushing yards per game (46th nationally)… Chuck Maxwell ranks second in the PFL with 24.1 yards per kickoff return, a mark that sits 26th nationally… Ben Niesner ranks 13th nationally and leads the PFL at 43.3 yards per punt.

Scouting the Opponent: Presbyterian has dropped six straight games and is 0-5 in league play. The first-year Pioneer Football League member is located in Clinton, S.C. and previously competed in scholarship football in the Big South Conference before transitioning to the PFL. Although this marks Presbyterian’s first official season as a PFL member, the Blue Hose played against six PFL teams during the Spring 2021 season and went 4-2. The program is under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Kelley, who spent the last 18 seasons as the head coach of Pulaski Academy, a successful high school program in Little Rock, Ark. The Blue Hose are coming off a 56-14 loss to Stetson last week. Expect a high-scoring affair as Presbyterian is allowing 51.4 points per game, the most in the FCS nation, while scoring 37.5 points per game, a number that ranks sixth nationally.

Strength of Schedule: Valpo’s three nonconference opponents currently hold a combined 21-2 record. North Dakota State is a flawless 8-0 and is ranked second nationally in the STATS FCS Top 25 and the FCS Coaches’ Poll. Dartmouth owns a 6-1 mark and is receiving votes in both polls. Indiana Wesleyan checks in at 7-1 and is ranked seventh nationally in NAIA.

Downing Dayton: Valpo’s 45-28 victory over Dayton on Oct. 23 was significant in more ways than one. Valpo head coach Landon Fox earned his first victory against his former team, where he spent 11 years as defensive coordinator and secondary coach prior to earning Valpo’s top job. The win marked a considerable turnaround from Fox’s first matchup with his ex-employer, a defeat on Oct. 12, 2019 by a similar score of 41-28. The win was Valpo’s fourth in 30 all-time meetings with Dayton and first since 2017. The 45 points were the program’s most in any of the 30 matchups with the Flyers. The 17 points also represented Valpo’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series. Valpo has defeated Drake and Dayton – traditionally strong programs and fellow founding members of the PFL – in the same season for the first time since 2003 and the second time ever.

VALPO VB: Hosts Loyola Friday Night

Valparaiso (17-7, 8-5 MVC)

Friday, Nov. 5 – Loyola (16-4, 6-3 MVC) – 6 p.m.

This Week in Valpo Volleyball: Just one match is on the docket for the Valpo volleyball team this week, but it’s a big one, as conference-leading Loyola comes to town. The Beacons look to remain perfect on their home court at the ARC this season with just three home matches remaining.

Previously: Playing three matches in four days, Valpo came away with a 2-1 record last weekend. The weekend opened with a 3-1 victory at Evansville on Friday before the Beacons fell 3-1 to Indiana State on Saturday. Returning home to the ARC, Valpo took down UNI by a 3-1 final Monday evening.

Looking Ahead: The penultimate weekend of the regular season features Valpo’s final two home matches next weekend, as the Beacons host Illinois State on Friday, Nov. 12 and Bradley on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Following the Beacons: Friday’s match against the Ramblers can be seen live on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 440 matches (440-214, .673) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 495-238 (.675) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: The second-most common opponent in program history, Valpo and Loyola will meet on the volleyball court for the 52nd time on Friday evening. The Ramblers hold a 31-20 advantage in the all-time series, but Valpo leads the series 17-9 under Coach Avery and is 5-4 since joining the MVC. In the first meeting of the season last month in Rogers Park, Loyola prevailed in straight sets. Peyton McCarthy led Valpo with 11 kills on .360 hitting in that contest, while Haley Hart posted six blocks.

Scouting the Opposition: The Ramblers enter Friday night’s match atop the MVC standings with a 12-1 record in conference play and are 19-6 overall, most recently earning a trio of wins over Indiana State (3-0), Evansville (3-2) and Drake (3-0) last weekend. Loyola’s lone loss in conference came in a 3-1 defeat at Illinois State. Taylor Venuto leads the conference in hitting percentage (.370) and ranks second in blocks/set (1.24), while Grace Hinchman sits fourth in digs/set (4.45).

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 28th nationally in digs/set this season with 16.68/set and leads the MVC in the category.

Next Up, 20 Wins: With a 17-7 record, the 2021 Valpo squad has clinched a winning record, something which has been a standard for this program. This marks the program’s 18th winning season in head coach Carin Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm. Next up would be another run at the 20-win milestone, something Avery’s teams have accomplished 15 times.

Open the Record Book: Valpo’s win at Evansville last Friday evening was notable on multiple fronts. As a team, Valpo hit at a .261 clip, allowing it to overcome the Purple Aces’ .339 hitting percentage – the highest known hitting percentage by the opposition in a Valpo victory in program history. Individually, Peyton McCarthy needed just 17 swings to tally 14 kills and finished the night hitting .706 – a career-best clip. The .706 mark was the best single-match percentage by an MVC player this season, and is second-best in Valpo history for a four-set match, surpassed by only Morgan Beil’s .737 clip against Cleveland State in 2014. It is the first time an MVC player has hit better than .700 in a four-set match since Illinois State’s Emily Schneider did so in 2014.

Glance at the Standings: With just five matches remaining in the regular season, the chase for the six postseason tournament berths and tournament seeding is heating up. Valpo currently sits in fourth place in the MVC standings at 8-5, three games clear of seventh place. The Beacons are currently one game back of Bradley in third place and are a half-game up on fifth-place Evansville.

Chasing .300: Only four players in program history have posted a hitting percentage of .300 or better for a full season, and only two of those efforts have come in the rally-scoring era. But both of Valpo’s middles this year are currently on pace to better that mark. Propelled by her big performance against Evansville, Peyton McCarthy is currently hitting .314 on the season, while Haley Hart enters Friday’s match with Loyola hitting .305 this season.

Cookerly Continues to Dig: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly has checked numerous milestones off her lists of things to chase this season. First, she broke Valpo’s career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. One week later, on Oct. 1 against Indiana State, Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence as the MVC’s career digs record holder. Finally, the next night against Evansville, Cookerly moved past Minnesota’s Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA history in career digs. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year next has her sights on the 3,000 career dig milestone, a mark which she enters this weekend 35 digs shy of after totaling 51 digs in the three matches last weekend. Cookerly currently ranks 34th nationally with an MVC-best 4.85 digs/set.

McCarthy Stands Out: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy had standout performances both offensively and defensively over Valpo’s three matches last weekend. In addition to the aforementioned performance against Evansville, she hit .448 with a match-best 16 kills in the win over UNI. Thanks in large part to those two efforts, McCarthy not only boosted her season hitting percentage to .314, she improved her career hitting percentage to .254, among the top-10 in program history. Meanwhile, McCarthy continued her strong effort on the block, highlighted by an eight-block night at Indiana State to match her season best. McCarthy pushed her career total to 418 rejections and moved into fourth in program history in the category, just three blocks shy of third.

Hart Racks Up the Kills: Perhaps overshadowed a bit by McCarthy’s historic night on the attack against Evansville was fellow middle Haley Hart, who had a strong night of her own, tallying a team-best 15 kills on .385 hitting. She followed with a team-high 11 kills the next night against Indiana State, and was right there with McCarthy on Monday, totaling 14 kills on .444 hitting. Since the start of MVC play, Hart is hitting .318 and registering a team-best 3.00 kills/set. She has boosted her career hitting percentage to .263, currently tied for fourth place in program history.

Moving On Up: Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson tallied 61 assists over Valpo’s three matches last weekend, pushing her career total to 4,365 helpers. Anderson moved up three more spots on the MVC’s career assists chart, cracking the top-15 in conference history in Monday’s win over UNI. She also currently ranks 11th among active D-I players in career assists.

All the Honors: Seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments this season. Juniors Bella Ravotto (MVP) and Gretchen Kuckkan picked up awards for their play at the SIUE Cougar Classic. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Hounds Hold Six Seed in NCAA Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team has been ranked number six in the most recent edition of the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Rankings according to the official announcement on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds are topped by only one GLVC team, McKendree, who holds just two more wins than the Hounds and holds the five spot while other DII powerhouses such as Grand Valley and Ashland hold the top four seeds.

Fifty-six teams will qualify for this year’s championship, with the top eight team from the Midwest Region earning a berth. Postseason action is set to begin with the first round kicking off on Nov. 18 and No. 19 at the higher-seed’s respective campus.

INDIANAPOLIS MSOCCER: Greyhounds at #2 in Second Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has fallen to No. 2 in the recent edition of the NCAA DII Regional Rankings, officials announced on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds (12-1-2) make the drop out of last week’s No. 1 spot in the Super Region 3 and have been replaced by Maryville, who took down the Hounds 3-2 this past Sunday in a Great Lakes Valley Conference clash.

In total, there are four Super Regions with each having 12 teams that earn a ranking. Ten teams are set to advance to postseason play from each region, while the top six seeds from that region will earn a “bye” to the second round.

NCAA tournament action is slated to begin with the first round opening up on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19.

MARIAN SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL: GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN TO HOST THREE CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS

INDIANAPOLIS – On Saturday November 6, Marian University will host the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals for women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and volleyball, marking the first time in department history Marian has hosted all three games on the same day. Below is a complete guide for the tripleheader, which begins at 1 PM.

GAME SCHEDULE

The first two legs of Saturday’s quarterfinal action at Marian begin at St. Vincent Field, with the soccer teams playing a back to back doubleheader at 1 PM and 4 PM. The women’s soccer team will start the afternoon as the third seeded Knights host the sixth seed Bethel. Marian won their regular season meeting with the Pilots on October 2 7-3, as the offense was paced by three Erin Oleksak goals.

The men’s soccer team will take the second act at St. Vincent Field, hosting Mount Vernon Nazarene at 4 PM in the battle between the fourth and fifth seeds. Marian won their regular season meeting against Mount Vernon on October 13, defeating the Cougars in come-from-behind style with a 2-1 result. Nate Van Keulen scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, capping a 10-minute window that saw Marian tie and take the lead.

The final game of the day will take place in the PE Center, with the Crossroads League Regular Season Champion Marian volleyball team hosting No. 8 seed Huntington at 7:30 PM. Marian swept both matches during the regular season, and got strong offense from Skyler Van Note, Michaela Hoffa, and Sarah Spangler in the wins as the three seniors averaged three kills per set.

EARLHAM MBB: Men’s basketball preps for 2021-22 season

RICHMOND — The Earlham College men’s basketball team preps for its 2021-22 season in Druley Performance Gym. The Quakers will once again be led by head coach Joe Scheuers in his third season at the helm.

THE SCHEDULE

The Quakers have two home and two away games in November to prepare for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action beginning with Manchester on December 4th at home. After Manchester, the Quakers travel to Anderson and Rose-Hulman before conference games take a break for the holidays.

Earlham will have three games during the holiday break and be back in action on New Years Day at Franklin College. The remainder of the season will be exclusively HCAC rivals with games on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

THE PROTOCOLS

Gameplay remains unaffected but there are important guidelines for fans. All entrants to the Athletics and Wellness Center at Earlham will be required to properly wear a face mask while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.

SEASON OUTLOOK

Tommy Makabu and Josh Ozanne were labeled as HCAC Players to Watch for the upcoming season. Makabu transferred to the Quakers last season and was the second leading scorer on the team with 126 points. He logged 326 minutes on the court and shot 47% field goal accuracy and 35% from 3-point range.

Ozanne was just behind on the points tally with 83 in the truncated season. The senior made 43% of his shots from the field and recorded 44 rebounds.

WABASH MSOCCER: Soccer Season Ends In Semifinal Loss At Kenyon

The Wabash College soccer team saw its 2021 season end Wednesday in the semifinal round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with an 8-0 loss to the 14th-ranked Kenyon College Lords in Gambier, Ohio.

Wabash (11-6-2) faced a barrage of shots from the top-seeded Lords (15-1-1) throughout the match. Kenyon fired 18 shots on goal in the contest. The Little Giants finished with three total shots and one shot on goal. Wabash goalkeeper Michael Bertram made seven saves in 63 minutes. Andrew Dever finished the match at goalkeeper and recorded a pair of saves.

Kenyon scored four-and-a-half minutes into the match and added two more goals for a 3-0 lead at the half before scoring five more times in the final 45 minutes.

Wabash was playing in the NCAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season after earning the fourth seed with a 4-3-2 conference record. The Little Giants’ 11 victories mark the seventh consecutive full season with at least 10 wins.

Coledon Johnson led the team with 12 goals this season. Johnson and Bruno Zamora tied for the team lead with five assists apiece. Alexis Delgado’s three game-winning goals were the most by a Little Giant player this season. Bertram finished the year with seven wins and a .704 save percentage in 15 appearances in goal for Wabash.

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: NEWS | Franklin, Rose-Hulman Set to Meet in Indiana SRN Game of the Week

FRANKLIN, Ind. – This Saturday’s (Nov. 6) home football contest featuring Franklin hosting Rose-Hulman will be featured as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Game of the Week.

The broadcast will be produced by local media group Indiana SRN and is the sixth of seven weekly featured games from around the HCAC. It will also be the first of two Franklin games shown by Indiana SRN, with the second coming next Saturday (Nov. 13) in the 91st Victory Bell Game in Hanover, Ind.

The telecast gets underway at 1:15 p.m. eastern time and the link to watch can be found at the top of the page. At halftime, Franklin College President Kerry Prather and Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks will join the broadcasts as guests.

ANDERSON VB: Ravens Fall to Panthers in HCAC Tournament

The Anderson University volleyball team competed in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday in Hanover against the Hanover College Panthers. Anderson, which came in as the No. 5 seed, fell to the fourth-seeded Panthers 3-0 (15-25, 25-27, 11-25). The loss concluded the Ravens’ season, who ended the 2021-22 season with an 11-13, 4-5 record.

The first set saw the Panthers go on a 5-0 run before Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind. / Fairfield) put the Ravens on the board with a kill. Hanover (17-9) would then follow with another run, this time picking up four points to make it a 9-1 game. Both teams would then start to exchange points, but the Panthers consistently held a 10-point lead over the Ravens. At the end of the set Hanover secured a 25-15 victory.

Anderson picked up the first two points of Set 2. Hanover then tied it 2-2 before the two teams went back and forth to a 6-6 tie. The Ravens then picked up three points, with the last coming off a kill from Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky. / West Jessamine) for a 9-6 lead. Although Hanover was applying the offensive pressure, Anderson was able to stay ahead, at one point leading after a kill by Jimena Montano (Algonquin, Ill. / Harvest Christian Academy) and two service aces from Erin Roach (Selma, Ind. / Wapahani). Both teams were then tied up 14-14, then 15-15. The Ravens once again went on another run, building a 20-15 lead. Hanover then went on a run of its own, tying the game up at 20 apiece. The Ravens and Panthers then would exchange points, last being tied at 25-25 before the Panthers secured the final two points to take the set.

The third set saw a dominating offense from Hanover. Anderson would take the first point before the Panthers took a 4-1 lead. A kill by Felicity Bontrager brought the Ravens within two but the Panthers would then take two points of their own. Then a kill by Jimena Montano made it a three-point game. The set would sit at 7-4 in favor of Hanover before the Panthers went on a five-point run. The Ravens would pick up one point before another Panther five-point run ensued. Anderson took a couple points to make it a 10-19 game. A kill by Felicity Bontrager would be the Ravens last point of the match as the Panthers closed out the set with a 25-11 victory.

Inside the box score, Felicity Bontrager led the Ravens with seven kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Jimena Montano had six kills and two blocks. Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial) picked up 16 digs to end the night.

As the 2021-2022 season comes to the end, the Ravens will be graduating five seniors: Felicity Bontrager, Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind. / Castle), Melanie Marchena (Destin, Fla. / Rocky Bayou Christian School), Alexis Sorrell (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian), and Brooke Troyer. Congratulations to these five seniors and their accomplishments as a Raven on and off the court!

Coach Tami Miller had this to say after the match: “I am disappointed that we did not come out ready to compete. I give Hanover a lot of credit in that they were prepared to take out our offense and they did just that. I am sad for our seniors who had to finish their season [on Wednesday]. They deserved more out of us [on Wednesday] than what we gave them as a team. They have a lot to be proud of this season and in their careers. They had a great season this year, one that is even better than the final score reflects. We will miss every single one of these young ladies!”

ANDERSON MBB: Anderson Hangs Tough with IUPUI in Exhibition

The Anderson University men’s basketball team opened up the 2021-2022 season on Wednesday, taking on NCAA Division I’s IUPUI in an exhibition at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Anderson put up a tough fight, but ultimately fell to IUPUI Jaguars 74-60.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

The game started off back and forth, with the Ravens holding two separate leads. The Jaguars then took a 5-4 lead with 16:54 on the clock before pulling away.

Anderson was never able to catch up to IUPUI in the first half.

With 3:52 remaining in the half, the Jaguars held a 19-point lead over the Ravens.

At halftime the Ravens trailed 34-21.

Austin Lyons brought the Ravens within eight to start the second half, hitting a 3-pointer and a jumper to make it 34-26.

Lyons then went on another run with 16:51 remaining in the game. Austin hit a jumper before being fouled. Lyons made the free throw then at 16:26 made another three to put the Ravens within seven as they trailed 41-34.

IUPUI then took off with the lead. With 3:00 remaining in the game, the Jaguars held a 22-point lead, the largest of the game, over the Ravens.

In the end, the Ravens were able to bring the game within 14 as Josh Durham made a free throw with nine seconds on the clock to make it a 74-60 game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Maurice Knight – 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 blocks

Austin Lyons – 16 points, 3-for-6 (50%) from three-point range.

Fred Shropshire – 5 rebounds

Camden Smith – 5 points, 3-for-4 (75%) free throws, 4 rebounds

Jordan Gadis – 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 block

HEAD COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS:

 I’m relatively pleased with how we played. We kept our turnovers down against a team that put some pressure on us defensively, we did a nice job on the glass and I thought we competed hard.

There were some specific areas of improvement, even since our scrimmage on Saturday.

We clearly have work to do between now and the season to keep growing into the team we are capable of being, but the things we need to get better at are all within our grasp as a group.

UP NEXT:

The Ravens now get a little over a week break before getting back in action. Anderson will hit the road for back to back road games in Michigan. On November 12, the Ravens head to Adrian, Michigan to take on the Bulldogs of Adrian College (0-1) at 7:30PM. Then, on November 13, they take on the Kalamazoo Hornets (0-0) in Kalamazoo, Michigan at 5:30PM.

TRINE MSOCCER: Golden Goal Sends Thunder to Second Straight MIAA Tournament Final

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sophomore Tyler Murphy (Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central) netted the lone goal of the match in the final minute of the first overtime sending the Trine University men’s soccer team to their second straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men’s Soccer Tournament Final.

The opening half of the contest saw both teams have even success offensively. Despite no goals being scored the Thunder tallied five shots while the Knights came up with seven. Both keepers would make a lone save in the period.

In the second half the nationally ranked team from Calvin appeared to be set to overpower Trine, outshooting them 10-6, but more importantly they started to put those shots on goal. Sophomore Troy Saylor (Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia) was up to the task in net, as he would turn aside all four shots on goal including a penalty kick opportunity.

Regulation ended scoreless and the teams headed to overtime, where both sides would again have offensive opportunities, but this time it was the Thunder who posted an edge.  In the fifth minute of the period, Murphy recorded the first shot of overtime forcing a save from the opposition’s keeper.

Then in the final minute of the first overtime period sophomore Francesco Mazzei (Dearborn, Mich. / Dearborn) came up with the ball at midfield and fired a pass into the penalty area and past the final line of Calvin defense. Murphy beat his man to the ball and fired a shot by the diving keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net.

The Thunder advance to their second straight MIAA Tournament Final following the victory. Last spring the team faced off with Hope College coming up just short of a win by the score of 2-1 in overtime.

This season they will travel to face Kalamazoo College. The match will be played On Saturday, Nov. 6. The time of kickoff is yet to be determined.

BETHEL WBB: PILOTS GO COLD IN LOSS TO GSU

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – Bethel Women’s Basketball dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday evening, falling on the road to Governor’s State 83-71. The Pilots shot just 31.6-percent from the field and just 6-of-30 from the three-point line in the loss.

GAME VITALS

Score: Governor’s State def. Bethel 83-71

Records: Bethel (3-1) | Governor’s State (1-1)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Governor’s State – NR

Location: Athletic & Recreation Center | Governor’s State University | University Park, Ill.

STAT TRACKER

Maiah Shelton: 13 pts, 3 reb, 1 sl

Nyla Asad: 10 pts, 6 reb, 2 stl

Kallie McElroy: 9 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots’ first line combined to shoot just 1-16 from the three.

The Pilots pulled down 24 offensive rebounds and outscored the Jaguars 17-6 in second chance points.

The Pilots forced fewer than 30 turnovers for the first time this season.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots travel to Grand Rapids to take on Cornerstone on Saturday at 11:00 am.

BETHEL MBB: PILOTS OUTLAST TENACIOUS NO. 25 TITANS

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball earned a tough win over No. 25 IU South Bend in the Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday evening, taking down the Titans 95-87 inside the Wiekamp Athletic Center. Drew Greene led the Pilots with 24 points on 7-of-15 from the field.

GAME VITALS

Score: Bethel def. IU South Bend 95-87

Records: Bethel (3-1) | IU South Bend (2-1)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | IU South Bend – No. 25

Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Drew Greene: 25 pts, 5-6 3-pt, 2 ast

Zac Owens: 22 pts, 5 ast, 4-5 3-pt

Nathan Aerts: 16 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast

Brandon Hunt: 15 pts, 4 reb, 3 blk

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots improve to 63-6 all-time against IU South Bend, including winning 39 of their last 41 since December 11, 1993.

The Pilots used a 10-0 run to turn a one-point deficit into a nine-point lead with 7:39 remaining and never gave up the lead for the remainder of the contest.

Drew Greene, Zac Owens, Wesley Burse, and Brandon Hunt combined to shoot 14-of-19 from the three-point line.

Brandon Hunt has recorded the second-most blocks thru the first four games of the season since 1993-94 with 10. David Keister recorded 12 in the first four games in 2003-04.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH DRABYN

“After another tough start defensively, I am proud of our players’ effort to come back against a really good offensive team. They have experience, are a tough matchup playing small, and their guards are really good scoring the ball. Allen is a really tough guard with his quickness and abilities and made things go for them early. We changed our ball screen coverage and settled down defensively. We had a second half stretch where we got 12 out of 13 stops that won us the game. I thought Drew Greene came into his own tonight and played with toughness and grit on both ends; Brandon Hunt continues to get better and show more versatility, and Nathan Aerts made some big plays down the stretch There is plenty of stuff for us to work on, but proud of our effort against a team that is going to win a lot of games.”

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host another crosstown rival on Saturday at noon, inviting Holy Cross into the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: Six DePauw Alumni Join the Athletics Hall of Fame on November 6

Greencastle, Ind. – Six DePauw alumni will be inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 6. The ceremony for the 2020 induction class is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium in DePauw’s Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Inductees include Sara Sabin Alger ’98 (women’s soccer), David Blackburn II ’04 (football), Katie Reis Bonomo ’03 (women’s swimming and diving), Jay Pettigrew ’97 (football), Steve Ray ’79 (baseball) and Megan Soultz ’10 (softball).

This group joins the more than 200 student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have earned induction since 1986. Links to video interview are available here and the complete bios on each inductee are listed below.

Sara Sabin Alger (Women’s Soccer)

Sara Sabin Alger ’98 earned four varsity letters as a member of the women’s soccer team while playing in all 73 games and starting 67. She earned all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior and helped lead the Tigers to three ICAC titles and an 11-0 conference record. As a senior, Alger was the team and conference MVP and named the team’s most valuable defender. During her junior season she was recognized with the Tiger Award selected by the coaches. A third team all-Great Lakes Region choice in 1996, Alger was a first team honoree in 1997. During her senior season, the Tigers earned the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. In her four seasons DePauw recorded a 50-20-3 record.

Alger has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, predominantly in healthcare. Since late 2020, Alger has served as President of University Health Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, which supports University Health – South Texas’ only public health system. In her short tenure, she has worked with her team to raise significant dollars, reaching first-time ever milestones for the 35-year foundation. Previously, Alger served as the Vice President of Development for Advocate Aurora Health (Wisconsin), American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Second Harvest Food Bank of Wisconsin (now Feeding America). Alger and her husband Jay reside in Boerne, Texas, and are parents to three daughters including twins Abigail and Avery, and Cassidy.

David Blackburn (Football)

David Blackburn II ’04 was a four-year starter in the defensive secondary for the Tigers. A four-time All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, Blackburn earned first-team honors in 2001 and 2003 and was a second-team choice in 2000 and 2002. He still holds the program’s career record for passes defended (interceptions and breakups) with 50 and is tied for 11th in school history with 11 career interceptions. In 2005, he was named to the SCAC’s 15th Anniversary Football Team.

Blackburn attended graduate school at Butler University where he was a graduate assistant football coach for the Bulldogs. He joined the Baltimore Ravens staff in 2007 where he served in various player personnel roles and is now a national scout in the college scouting department. The 2018 DePauw Young Alumni Award recipient, Blackburn has served on both the DePauw Alumni Association Board of Directors and the DePauw Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Kishia, are parents to David III, Aubree and Khyris.

Katie Reis Bonomo (Women’s Swimming and Diving)

Katie Reis Bonomo ’03 competed four seasons on the women’s swimming and diving team where she was a five-time All-American (top eight finish) in individual events and one honorable mention (9th -16th  finish). In the 100-yard backstroke, Reis finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Division III Championships, seventh in 2002 and 10th in 2003. She also was seventh in 2003 in the 200 back and eighth in 2001 and 2002. Reis was also part of two honorable mention All-America 200 medley relays. She still holds Erdmann Natatorium records in the 50 and 100 back which remain two of the three oldest facility records. Reis was a four-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in the 100 back and won one title each in the 200 back and 200 individual medley and led the Tigers to the SCAC team title as a senior. She later was named to the SCAC’s 15th Anniversary Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. Reis graduated with school records in three individual events and as part of two relays. She was the team MVP as a senior and earned the program’s Tiger Award as a sophomore for her work ethic. The 2003 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America® honoree as a senior.

Bonomo earned a master’s in mathematics from John Carroll University and has worked as a mathematics teacher at Western Reserve Academy in Cleveland, Ohio for 19 years. She also has been in charge of the dormitories, the swim team and assisted with the varsity volleyball team. Bonomo and her husband, Michael, are parents to Ryan and Molly.

Jay Pettigrew (Football)

Jay Pettigrew ’97 was a four-year starter at tight end for the football team and earned first team all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honors all four years. He finished his career with a then NCAA Division III record 38 consecutive games with at least one reception. His 156 career receptions still rank eighth in school history and are the most by a Tiger tight end, while his 1,757 receiving yards are 11th in school history and also tops among tight ends. As a senior he was a captain and led DePauw to a 9-1 record which tied the school record for wins in a season. He was a consensus all-America selection in 1996, earning first team honors from the American Football Coaches Association and third team on both the Hewlett-Packard and Football Gazette squads. The 1993 Edwin C. Boswell Freshman of the Year Award recipient, Pettigrew was the team’s co-MVP of the 1994 Monon Bell Game. He signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and was in their preseason camp in the spring of 1997.

Pettigrew held positions in retail management before serving as executive enrollment advisor at University of Phoenix from where he earned an MBA in 2009. He then was assistant director of admissions at The Art Institutes before serving in managerial positions with Orbis Education and most recently as an account executive with OneCause. Pettigrew and his wife of 20 years, Nataki ’96, are parents to Ashley, Deja and Jason, Jr. Pettigrew continues to stay connected to the sports community in his area through coaching and volunteering in youth soccer and boys and girls basketball.

Steve Ray (Baseball)

Steve Ray ’79 earned two varsity letters as a pitcher for the Tigers baseball team after transferring to DePauw in 1977. In those two seasons he posted a 12-5 career record including a 9-2 mark in 1979 with a 1.99 earned run average and 65 strikeouts in 68 innings. At the plate that year, Ray had a batting average of .321 and led the team in doubles with 6. As a senior, he earned DePauw’s first baseball All-American honor when he was a third team selection by the American Association of Baseball College Coaches. Earlier that season Ray garnered first team All-Region accolades and team MVP honors. His .706 winning percentage still ranks in a tie for 11th in school history, while his 2.37 earned run average is third. Ray’s nine wins in 1979 remain the third-highest single-season total in program history, while his 65 strikeouts are tied for 11th and the 1.99 ERA is 15th. As a senior, he tossed two no-hitters including the program’s only perfect game after a five-inning, rain-shortened win against Franklin with 11 strikeouts. A month earlier he hurled a no-hitter against Rose-Hulman with 11 strikeouts in the seven-inning contest.

Ray has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry in sales and marketing including 33 years with LPI Corporation (a HEICO Company) as vice president of sales and marketing. He also has worked in a consulting role with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association 2004-2005 as well as scouting for the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Team 1982-1984. Ray and his wife, Karen, reside in Cape Coral, Florida, are the parents of two adult children and have four grandchildren.

Megan Soultz (Softball)

Megan Soultz ’10, the 2010 Amy Hasbrook Award co-recipient and three-time All-American selection, led the Tigers to the first four NCAA postseason appearances in softball program history. As a pitcher she posted a 113-25 career record and a 1.22 earned run average. Soultz, a 2010 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship honoree, still holds top 10 NCAA Division III rankings with 113 wins (tie-sixth), 48 shutouts (tie-ninth), 115 complete games (tie-sixth), 898 innings pitched (fourth), 148 pitching starts (second) and151 games pitched (fourth).

Soultz was a four-time all-Central Region and all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and three-time SCAC Pitcher of the Year. A first team All-America choice in 2008, she earned third team accolades in 2007 and 2010. During the 2008 season, she finished with a Division III-best 36 wins against just four losses including 32 consecutive wins which ranks fourth in Division III history. During that season she pitched 52 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. She posted a 17-9 record in NCAA postseason play and helped the Tigers to regional championships and fifth-place Division III ties in 2007 and 2010. In her four seasons, DePauw had a 149-29 overall record.

Soultz earned a master’s degree in biology from IUPUI-Purdue School of Science. She has served as a paramedic for Indianapolis EMS and EMS Educator for Eskenazi Hospital/IU School of Medicine before joining the Carmel (Ind.) Police Department as an officer and later as a SWAT Team member and field training officer. Soultz was a volunteer EMT for Putnam County Operation Life while a DePauw student and, while on a Winter Term internship with the New York City Fire Department was part of the rescue effort of US Airways Flight 1549 that safely landed in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff on Jan. 15, 2009.

HANOVER VB: Volleyball advances to the Semifinal of the HCAC Tournament with win over Anderson

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament as they defeated the no. 5 seed Anderson in straight sets (25-15, 27-25, 25-11) on Wednesday evening.

With the win, Hanover will advance to play the no. 1 seed Earlham on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The first set saw domination by the Panthers as they tallied 12 total kills with a .355 hitting percentage. Pacing the set was senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) who led a five point surge that saw HC claim the 5-0 advantage. The Panthers domination continued late into the set as sophomore Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) displayed success from behind the service line to propel HC to the 25-15 win.

Set two developed into a very back-an-forth battle when Anderson rattled off four straight points to claim the 9-6 advantage. However, HC was able to knot the score at 11-11 following a Raven miscue but the excitement wouldn’t last long as they soared to the 20-15 lead. The Panthers refused to say die as junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) connected for back-to-back kills that helped send HC to the 27-25 victory. Hanover finished with a set best 16 kills.

The final set of the evening saw HC dominate as they used a 10-1 rally led by junior Meredith Deckard (Bedford, Ind.) to blow past the Ravens 17-5. The rest was history as a senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) kill sealed the straight set win. 

HANOVER MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer runs past Bluffton to HCAC Tournament Championship

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship after defeating no. 6 seed Bluffton on Wednesday afternoon 4-2.

Hanover will move on to play the winner of no. 1 seed Rose-Hulman and no. 5 seed Defiance, a contest to be played tonight at 7:00 PM.

The Panthers wasted little time capturing the early lead as senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) took a pass from senior Fernando Martin (Sao Jose Rio Preto, Brazil) in the 2nd minute for the 1-0 advantage.

Freshman Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) made his way into the scores column as he found the back of the net in the 38th minute following an assist by teammate sophomore Scott Zehnder (Louuisville, Ky.), 2-0.

At the intermission, HC led the attack with seven first half shots to Bluffton’s two attempts.

The second half saw senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) net what would become the game-winner as he beat the Beaver defense en route to the 3-0 difference.

Bluffton responded in the 59th minute before Hanover’s Domenici provided his second goal from the pitch to give the Panthers an insurance goal, 4-1.

Bluffton netted the final strike with just under 20 minutes remaining but were unable to navigate the Panther back line any further as they claimed the HCAC Tournament advancing victory.

HANOVER WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer advances to the HCAC Tournament Championship with victory over Rose-Hulman

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s soccer team advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship after knocking off no. 3 seed Rose-Hulman 2-1.

With the win, Hanover advances to the HCAC Championship taking on the winner of no. 5 Transylvania and no. 1 Mt. St. Joseph, a contest set to kick-off at 7:00 PM this evening.

The Panthers were paced by senior Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) and senior Kenzie DeLong (Fishers, Ind.) with one goal apiece.

Boothby provided the first strike as she played a fantastic cross from senior Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) that beat the Rose-Hulman keeper in the 9th minute for the 1-0 lead.

The Panthers provided what would become the game-winner moments later as DeLong played a through ball from junior Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) that propelled HC to the 2-0 advantage.

Hanover finished the opening frame with a slight disadvantage in shots at eight but all eight landed on frame.

The Fightin’ Engineers got down and gritty in the second half as they controlled play for much of the late stages when Hicks took a pass from Lawrence to cut the deficit to 1-0.

However, Hanover was able to stifle the attack and capture the Tournament advancing 2-1 victory.

MANCHESTER VB: Spartans Fall to Pioneers in HCAC Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Manchester University volleyball team fell at Transylvania University in straight sets in the Opening Round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Pioneers, the no. 3 seed in this year’s tournament, topped the no. 6 seeded Spartans by set scores of 25-20, 25-20, and 25-12.

Manchester was led by junior Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa), who finished the match with a team-high 12 kills on the strength of a .286 swinging percentage. Planck added 2 block assists. Sophomore Joy Maze (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood Community) added 7 kills. Playing in her final match for Manchester, senior Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) chipped in 5 kills.

Manchester came into the HCAC Tournament as the conference leader in total blocks on the season; the Spartans had another strong performance at the net, finishing the match with 15 total blocks. Both Maze and Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) had 4 block assists.

Sophomore setter Jordan Holland (Osceola, Ind./Mishawaka) paced Manchester with 26 assists.

Transylvania’s high-powered offense proved difficult to slow as the Pioneers hit .311 on Wednesday night – including .364 in the third set.

Leading the way for Transylvania was HCAC Newcomer of the Year, Cate Scheper, who finished Wednesday’s game with 17 kills after swinging a blistering .438.

The Pioneers (21-12) will advance to the HCAC Semifinals on Saturday afternoon where they will take on no. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph University. The HCAC Semifinals and Championship will be held at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Manchester concludes its season with an overall record of 11-16.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Narrowly Falls 2-1 in HCAC Semifinal

HANOVER, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team put on a second half charge before narrowly falling 2-1 to Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal round on Wednesday.

Hanover scored two goals in the first 16 minutes to take a 2-0 lead, but Rose-Hulman stormed back to control most of the rest of the game.

Autumn Boothby scored in the 9th minute and Kenzie DeLong scored in the 16th minute to give the Panthers the early lead and apparent control of the match.

Rose-Hulman would not go down without a battle, however, closing within 2-1 on a goal by Kyra Hicks in the 65th minute.  Lane Lawrence provided the assist on the Hicks score.

Rose-Hulman outshot Hanover 16-11 for the match by controlling most of the contest.  The Fightin’ Engineers also outshot Hanover 10-4 in terms of shots on goal.

Lawrence led Rose-Hulman with five shots.  Sarah Shoemaker, Caroline and Elle Vuotto had three shots each.

Hanover improved to 13-1-3 and will advance to the HCAC Tournament Championship Game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.  Rose-Hulman completes an outstanding season with a 12-3-2 record, a 7-1-1 mark in conference play, and an NCAA Division III Region VIII ranking from the national committee.

RHIT Men’s Soccer Falls in HCAC Tournament Semifinal 1-0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A magical Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer season came to an end with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Defiance College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinal Round on Wednesday at the Rose-Hulman Soccer Field.

The Fightin’ Engineers outshot Defiance 23-3 in the contest, but the visiting Yellow Jackets scored the lone goal of the contest.  Armando Campos-Ortiz scored the goal in the 64th minute off a corner kick that was deflected by the Engineer defense. 

Orry Killam was the defensive hero for Defiance with 10 saves in the shutout victory.

Rose-Hulman won the HCAC regular season championship with a perfect 9-0 record as part of an overall 12-5-1 season.  The Fightin’ Engineers earned HCAC regular season honors for the third consecutive year in the memorable campaign before suffering the upset in semifinal action.

Takezo Kelly led Rose-Hulman with five shots and all five were on goal.  AJ Yilmaz added four shots for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Defiance advanced to the HCAC championship round with its 11th win of the season.  The Fightin’ Engineers have won nine HCAC men’s soccer regular season championships under head coach Sean Helliwell since 2008 and have a conference mark of 103-9-12 in that time span.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Set to Play No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan in Crossroads League Quarterfinals

UPLAND, Ind. – On Saturday evening, November 6th, the Taylor women’s soccer team will take on cross-county rival No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan (13-3, 8-1 CL) in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals. Earlier in the season, the Trojans lost to the Wildcats in overtime as Taylor allowed the game-winning goal just moments after a Claire Massey shot struck the crossbar.

Taylor enters the Crossroads League tournament with an overall record of 11-6, while posting a 3-6 record in league play.

The Trojans started the season on fire, recording a program-record seven-consecutive shutouts. Taylor outscored the competition 32-0 in that stretch, a stretch in which goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, was honored as the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week.

By the end of the regular season, Brackenbury had secured 54 saves while maintaining a Crossroads League fourth-best goals-against average of 0.74. Even more, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, native collected nine shutouts throughout the season, a number that placed her tied for second in the nation.

Not to be forgotten, however, is the stellar defensive play from the Taylor backline, which contributed significantly to Brackenbury’s nine shutouts. Team captains, Riley Massey and Hannah Dempsey, were rock solid throughout the season, while freshman, Rachel Landis, started 16 of 17 matches in her first collegiate campaign. Sophomore, Claire Massey, excelled on both ends of the field, scoring four goals and dishing out a team-leading five assists, all the while stifling the opponent attack.

Meanwhile, senior, Erin Teevans, energized the Trojan effort on offense, scoring a team-leading 10 goals, her best mark since scoring 12 during her freshman season. Teevans’ 10-goal collection left her tied for the sixth-most in the league, while she ranked second with 71 shots taken.

Not far behind was Linli Tu, who ripped 62 shots throughout the season, five of which found the back of the net. Along with her five goals, Tu executed three assists, granting her a total of 13 points, tied with Massey for the team’s second-most.

Senior, Ali Vander Kolk, and freshman, Audrey Grimm, were also significant contributors to the Taylor offense, scoring five and four goals, respectively.

No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan is led by Jackie Norris, Sarah Foulk, and Sydney Brown, who have combined for a total of 95 points on the season. Brown leads the league with 13 assists, while Norris and Foulk sit second and third in the league with 14 and 13 goals apiece.

You can follow the links at the top of the page to tune-in to the match live, or make the trip to Marion to watch the Trojans in-person as they take on No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, November 6th, at 5:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Scheduled to Play RV Grace in Crossroads League Quarterfinals

UPLAND, Ind. – With the league standings having been finalized, the Taylor men’s soccer team is set to travel to Winona Lake, where they will take on RV Grace (9-9, 6-3 CL) in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals on Saturday, November 6th, at 5:30 pm. In mid-October, the Trojans lost 2-0 to Grace on the road, a match in which Taylor only managed two shots on goal.

Taylor enters the league tournament with an overall record of 9-6-1 with a record of 4-4-1 in league play, a significant turnaround of the team’s 2-10 record from 2020.

Early in the season, head coach Gary Ross exercised a rotation in goal, as both junior, Jacob Susud, and freshman, Sam Spiegel, played significant minutes. By the fifth match, however, the freshman earned the starting spot in goal.

Spiegel secured 45 saves throughout the season, while maintaining the league’s third-best save percentage of 0.821 and the second-best goals-against average of 0.94.

The Trojan defense, led by sophomore, Jackson Hoosier, held the competition to 13.9 shots per game. The Colorado native started all 16 games, embodying a strong presence in the Trojan backline while also finding moments to streak up-field en route to the team’s third-best three goals.

Seniors, Quinn Partain and Luke Holwerda, led the way on the offensive end, scoring five and four goals, respectively. Holwarda also ripped the league’s second-most shots throughout the season, taking a total of 45, while Partain took 31 himself and sophomore, Brian Matipa, contributed 27 more.

RV Grace is led by Martim Cardoso, who leads the league with 11 goals, and Ze Maria Goncalves, who sits tied for the league-lead with eight assists.

You can follow the links at the top of the page to tune-in to the match live, or make the trip to Winona Lake to watch the Trojans in-person as they take on RV Grace on Saturday, November 6th, at 5:30 pm

ST. FRANCIS MBB: No. 2 Cougars Upend RV Warriors in Wednesday Night Thriller at Hutzell

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-0) played host to the Indiana Tech Warriors (0-2) Wednesday evening in Hutzell Athletic Center and won a thrilling game 84-78.

As the game got underway both teams battled each other back-and-forth exchanging blows and leads. Then just about five minutes into the game it was the Warriors that began to find consistent momentum on offense.

The Cougars found themselves trailing 19-12 early but then the veteran leaders stepped up.

Sophomore forward David Ejah made a couple steals and a couple dunks to spark the team, and consecutive makes by junior guard Jalan Mull got the Cougars back in the game.

Then halfway through the frame senior guard Dan McKeeman sank a three to give Saint Francis the lead 27-24, and Saint Francis spent the last six minutes of the first half building on that lead before going to the locker room leading 49-39 at halftime.

But as the second half got underway, the Warriors chipped away at the lead and fought back.

Indiana Tech spent the first 10 minutes of the frame playing catch up and after forcing a couple turnovers by the Cougars, closed the gap to within one point as Saint Francis had to call a timeout though they still trailed 60-59.

The Cougars never lost their composure despite a resilient comeback by the Warriors. Indiana Tech went on to tie the game on a couple occasions late but nothing beyond that.

With the score tied at 67 and less than six minutes to play, Mull and junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry each made back-to-back layups to put Saint Francis back ahead by four and they held the lead from there.

A couple key stops on defense including a steal from senior guard Tyler Smith sealed the deal as the Cougars improve to 4-0 on the season.

“I thought they protected the rim pretty well against us tonight and limited our drive and kick threes, but I was really impressed with the way Jalen finished inside, and I don’t think we get the win without Tyler Smith,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said after the win. “I’m very proud of the improvement that Tyler has made over the past year. We also need David (Ejah) to be really good night in and night out and early on this season he’s shown that.”

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 54 percent from the floor, 40 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 74 percent from the free throw line. Ejah was the team-leader in points with 24 and in rebounds with six, while Mull followed suit with 20 points, five assists and five rebounds of his own with Cushingberry finishing third with 18.

The Cougars resume play on Friday evening when they travel to Palos Heights, Illinois to face the Trinity Christian College Trolls (1-0) beginning at 8:30 pm.

IU SOUTHEAST MBB: GRENADIERS FALL TO UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS 75-68

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast men’s basketball team dropped a close game 75-68 to the University of the Cumberlands on Wednesday.

Glenn Hill led the Grenadiers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Tamaje Blackwell added 15 points off the bench in the contest. Anthony Wales Jr had 12 points and six rebounds, and Jared Osborne added 12 points as well. 

The Grenadiers (1-1) opened with a quick 5-4 advantage, but saw the lead quickly pulled away from them after a 7-0 Cumberlands run. Trailing 23-17 in the first half, IU Southeast used a layup from Richard Lang and a jumper and layup from Osborne to tie the game. A Lang layup with 19 seconds left in the half gave the Grenadiers a 36-34 lead at halftime.

Hill and Osborne drove the Grenadier offense in the first half, scoring 26 of the team’s 36 points. They were a combined 10-17 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from three-point range. Lang provided a spark off the bench in the first half, providing the Grenadiers with eight points and four rebounds in his eight minutes of action.

Cumberlands (4-0) took their first lead of the second half with 14:13 left after a Jahi Hinson layup. The two teams would continue to trade the lead until an Isaiah Payton three pointer with 2:28 left put Cumberlands up for good.

In the second half, Cumberlands shot just 31.4 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from three, but they hit 16 of their 17 second half free throws to seal the deal. Jahi Hinson added 16 of his 21 points in the second half, including going a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.

Tamaje Blackwell led the Grenadiers with 13 second half points on 5-6 shooting.

IU Southeast shot 43.1 percent from the field in the game, but were bested at the free throw line, making and attempting 10 less free throws than Cumberlands. The Grenadiers held the Patriots to just 19.4 percent shooting from behind-the-arc (6-31) and 36.5 percent from the field (23-63).

The Grenadiers travel to Hanover College on Friday.

IU SOUTHEAST WBB: GRENADIERS FALL TO NO. 16 LINDSEY WILSON 83-67

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – No. 16 Lindsey Wilson defeated IU Southeast 83-67 on Wednesday.

A sluggish third quarter was the difference in the contest as the Grenadiers hung with the Blue Raiders for much of the first half.

Emmy Ralph had a game-high 22 points and Lauren Lambdin added 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

A balanced attack from Lindsey Wilson resulted in four players scoring in double-figures, led by Bree Glover’s 18 points.

The Grenadiers (1-1) opened the game by shooting 50 percent from the field in the first quarter. Emmy Ralph (7) and Alex Maher (4) scored 11 of the Grenadiers’ 17 points in the opening period. IU Southeast trailed 19-17 after the first quarter.

Emmy Ralph took over in the second quarter for the Grenadiers. She tied the game on a jumper and gave the Grenadiers a lead on the next possession when she connected on a three-pointer. Another three extended the lead to 25-21 as she outscored the Blue Raiders 8-2 to open the period.

With the score tied at 27, Lauren Lambdin scored, Ralph hit a three-pointer and Karly Sweeney hit two free-throws to give the Grenadiers a 34-27 lead with five minutes left in the half.

But the Blue Raiders answered with a 12-2 run to take a 39-36 lead at halftime.

IU Southeast was outscored 23-13 in the third quarter and Lindsey Wilson led by as many as 13 points. The Grenadiers were 0-of-7 from three-point range and shot 31 percent from the field.

The Blue Raiders (1-0) opened the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run to put the game away. Bree Glover had all 18 of her points in the second half to provide an offensive spark for Lindsey Wilson.

The Blue Raiders capitalized at the free-throw line, hitting 17-of-23 attempts. They also outrebounded IU Southeast 50-36.

IU Southeast travels to IU East for a tournament on Friday and Saturday. They will open the weekend slate by taking on Michigan-Dearborn at 4 p.m. on Friday.

IU KOKOMO WBB: Women’s Basketball Falls to Grace College 69-58

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team fell to Grace College Wednesday evening 69-58. The Cougars are now 0-2 to begin the season.

A Vanessa Mullins layup got the Cougars on the board a minute and a half into the game, knotting the score at two. Trailing 5-4, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to take a 13-5 lead. IU Kokomo forced seven Grace turnovers in the first quarter, with 11 of the Cougars 17 first quarter points coming off turnovers. The Cougars led by as many as eight in the period and led 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.

With the game tied at 24 in the second quarter, an Aniya Washington three-pointer and Gabrielle Joyner jumper on consecutive possessions gave the Cougars a 29-24 lead. However, Grace College ended the first half on a 9-0 run, fueled by two longballs. The Lancers were 5-8 from behind-the-arc in the second quarter, leading them to a 33-29 lead over the Cougars into halftime.

Grace College came out of halftime strong, extending their lead to nine less than three minutes into the half. Gabrielle Joyner knocked down a triple for the Cougars to cut the Lancer lead to six, but the Lancers lead failed to fall below seven for the remainder of the third quarter.

The Lancers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-4 spurt, taking their largest lead of the night at 60-45 on a Kensie Ryman three-pointer, forcing the Cougars to take a timeout with 5:28 remaining in the game. IU Kokomo was not done yet as they went on an 8-0 run, fueled by four Tia Chambers points, to cut the Grace lead to seven. The Lancers were able to build their lead back up to 11, knocking off the Cougars 69-58.

IU Kokomo senior Tia Chambers came into tonight’s game needing seven points to reach 1,000 for her collegiate career. Chambers eclipsed the 1,000-point mark at the free throw line, knocking down the first of two foul shots with 3:54 remaining in the game.

IU Kokomo was led by Sierra Peete with 11 points, five assists, and four steals. Gabrielle Joyner and Tia Chambers each added eight points. Vanessa Mullins led the Cougars in rebounds, bringing down nine.

The Cougars will be back in action Tuesday, November 9, as they host Bethel College inside the Student Activities and Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

IU NORTHWEST MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL USES TEAM EFFORT TO RUN PAST IU KOKOMO; FOUR PLAYERS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s basketball team used a balanced team effort as the RedHawks had four players reach double figures to lead the way in defeating Indiana University Kokomo, 71-62, at the Student Activities and Events Center, Wednesday.

RECORDS

IU Northwest (2-0) | IU Kokomo (1-1)

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS

Points: Brian Hernandez (20)

Rebounds: Jared Johnson (9), Tromon Weston (8)

Assists: Marshaud Watkins (4)

Blocks: Tromon Weston (2)

Steals: Damond Crosby (4)

HALF BREAKDOWN

1st Half: IU Northwest 30, IU Kokomo 22

2nd Half: IU Kokomo 42, IU Northwest 42

Final Score: IU Northwest 72, IU Kokomo 64

GAME RECAP

It was close to start out the game with IU Northwest leading 9-8 before Damond Crosby made a layup and Jerron Tatum nailed a three to make it 14-8.

IUK was able to keep it close at the 5:40 mark after making it a three-point deficit (20-17). Brian Hernandez converted a huge and-one for the RedHawks on their next possession to make it back up to six.

Moments later, Tatum gave the RedHawks their biggest lead of the half after hitting a three-pointer which made it 28-17 with 3:44 left in the half. The Cougars scored a basket as time was expiring in the first half to make it an eight-point game (30-22) at the break.

That basket to end the half for the Cougars carried momentum into the second as IUK went on a 9-2 run to start out to pull within one. Tromon Weston and Hernandez responded for the RedHawks to give them a 36-32 lead with 14:02 left in the game.

IU Kokomo bounced back to make a basket and made a three-pointer to grab their first lead (37-36) since the Cougars led 6-4. Hernandez responded yet again for the RedHawks with another three to make it 40-39 with 11:24 left.

It was tied at 53-all with 5:10 left in the game.  Larry Lynch and Jared Johnson made back-to-back layups to make it a 57-53 lead for IU Northwest.

Hernandez pretty much sealed it for the RedHawks after making a three which made it 60-53 at the 3:55 mark. The Cougars looked to come back but IU Northwest was one step ahead, holding onto their lead.

The Cougars made it as close as seven but Johnson and Hernandez made layups to make it back up to nine. IU Northwest came out on top 72-64.

UP NEXT

IU Northwest returns to action Saturday, November 6 as the RedHawks travel to Indiana Tech for a non-conference contest starting at 4 p.m. CT.

INDIANA TECH HOCKEY: Warriors Ranked Twelfth in ACHA Rankings

UNION LAKE, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s ice hockey team was ranked twelfth in the ACHA Division I National Rankings announced on Wednesday.

Tech has now been ranked in 30 straight polls.

The seventh edition of the ACHA National Rankings will be released on November 10.

INDIANA TECH MSOCCER: Warriors Fall to 10th in NAIA Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech men’s soccer team was ranked 10th in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the national office released the latest rankings Wednesday.

Tech received 370 points in the ninth regular season edition of the rankings and fell two spots as rising to number eight last week. The Warriors have now been ranked for 20 straight polls.

The 10th regular season edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be released on November 10.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1935       NFL standout Cal Hubbard becomes an American League umpire. The former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle will become the only person enshrined at both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1957       With a new rule, an option now includes keeping the ball in play after a balk call. If a player gets a hit, a team can accept the batted ball’s outcome, instead of being only limited to the advance of the baserunner(s).

1959       Ernie Banks (.304, 45, 143) becomes the first National Leaguer to win consecutive MVP awards. ‘Mr. Cub,’ playing for a fifth-place team, garners 10 of the writers’ 21 first-place votes, with Eddie Mathews (5) and Hank Aaron (2) of the Braves and Dodger Wally Moon (4) found on top of the remaining ballots.

1963       The Cardinals trade outfielder George Altman and pitcher Bill Wakefield to the Mets for veteran right-hander Roger Craig. Next season, the hard-luck hurler, who has lost 20 games the last two years, will win Game 4 of the Fall Classic, beating the Yankees for the World Champion Redbirds.

1965       Al Lopez resigns as the manager of the White Sox. The future Hall of Fame skipper will briefly return to the Chicago dugout to manage 47 games in 1968 and 17 games the following season before retiring for good.

1975       Orioles hurler Jim Palmer, garnering 15 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers, wins the second of his three Cy Young awards, easily outpointing runners up Yankees’ right-hander Catfish Hunter and A’s reliever Rollie Fingers. The 30 year-old Baltimore ace, who first copped the prestigious pitching prize in 1973, posted a 23-11 record along with a league-leading 2.40 ERA for the second-place team.

1980       Japan’s all-time home run hitter, Sadaharu Oh, retires from professional baseball. The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants’ first baseman hit a record 868 home runs in his 22-year playing career.

1997       Phillies infielder Scott Rolen, who led all freshman players in the National League in batting average (.283), home runs (21), and RBIs (92), is the unanimous choice for the circuit’s Rookie of the Year Award. The third baseman, who did not qualify as a rookie last season by one at-bat after having his wrist broken when hit by a pitch, becomes the first Philadelphia player to win the award since Dick Allen copped the honor in 1964.

2001       For the first time since 1985, two twenty-game winners start Game 7 of the World Series when Yankee right-hander Roger Clemens (20-3) faces Curt Schilling (22-6) of the Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark in Arizona. Sixteen years ago, Bret Saberhagen (20-6) of the Royals squared off against Cardinal hurler John Tudor (21-8) in the Fall Classic finale at Kauffman Stadium.

2001       In Game 7 of a classic World Series, Arizona rallies for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, defeating the Yankees and their usually unbeatable closer, Mariano Rivera, 3-2. The four-year-old Diamondbacks, the youngest franchise to win a Fall Classic, end New York’s string of three consecutive World Championships.

2001       Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling are named co-MVPs of the World Series. The Diamondback hurlers are the first multiple winners since a trio of Dodgers (Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager) shared the award in 1981.

2002       Eric Hinske (.279, 24, 84) wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The 25-year-old Blue Jays third baseman receives 19 of 28 first-place votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, with Oriole starter Rodrigo Lopez getting the other nine first-place nods.

2002       Colorado Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings (16-6, 4.52) becomes the first member of the Rockies to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old right-hander receives 27 first-place votes from the 32 writers participating in the balloting.

2003       Former Yankee captain Don Mattingly is named the Bronx Bombers’ hitting coach, replacing Rick Down. The 42 year-old, who retired due to back problems, will be a top candidate to replace Joe Torre as manager in 2005.

2003       Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a plan committing $73 million in tax money toward a new major league ballpark for the Marlins. The World Champions, who have agreed to change their name to the Miami Marlins if the city builds the ballpark, want to begin playing in the $325 million new park in 2007 but still don’t have a plan for raising $137 million needed as part of their commitment.

2004       Philadelphia names Charlie Manuel as the team’s new manager, replacing Larry Bowa, who was fired at the end of the season after the much-favored Phillies failed to make the postseason. The former Cleveland skipper compiled a 220-190 (.537) record and won a division during his three years with the Tribe.

2004       The Mets introduced Willie Randolph as the franchise’s 18th manager. The long-time Yankee second baseman and third base coach becomes the first black to manage in New York.

2005       The Yankees continue to makeover their coaching staff when Ron Guidry, a former three-time 20-game winner, is named to replace Mel Stottlemyre as the team’s pitching coach, and former Red Sox skipper Joe Kerrigan joins the team as its bullpen coach. Earlier in the week, former big league managers Larry Bowa (third-base coach), Lee Mazzilli (bench coach), and Tony Pena (first-base coach) also are added to Joe Torre’s staff.

2008       Barack Obama, a long-time White Sox fan, is elected as the 44th president of the United States. The junior senator from Illinois, the first African-American to become the nation’s Commander-in-Chief, is friendly with the team’s general manager Kenny Williams, a prominent member of Chicago’s black community.

2009       In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Yankees captured their 27th World Championship and first since 2000, with a 7-3 decision over the Phillies, the defending champs. Hideki Matsui, New York’s designated hitter, collects six RBIs, tying a World Series mark, and Andy Pettitte became the second pitcher to get the victory in all three postseason-clinching games, joining Derek Lowe, who accomplished the feat with Boston in 2004.

2009       Ryan Howard breaks KC outfielder Willie Wilson’s record, established in the 1980 Fall Classic against Philadelphia, for the most strikeouts in a World Series. The Phillies’ slugging first baseman, who was the NLCS MVP against LA, earns the dubious distinction when he whiffs in the eighth inning of Game 6, making it the 13th time he returned to the bench without putting the ball in play.

2010       Instead of negotiating a new multiyear contract with their designated hitter, the Red Sox decide to exercise their $12.5 million option on 34 year-old David Ortiz for the upcoming season. ‘Big Papi,’ who would have preferred a long-term contract, led Boston with 32 homers along with 102 RBIs.

2010       “Jump on board, boys. I’m going to carry us tonight. Don’t even worry about it. Just back me up a little, and I’ll take us to game seven.” – KIRBY PUCKETT, 1991 World Series speech before Game used as an inscription. The unveiling of a 7½-foot bronze statue depicting Kirby Puckett’s pumping his fist as he rounds second base following his 11th-inning, walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series takes place at Target Field. Sculptor Bill Mack, who also created the ballpark’s likenesses of Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew, attended the Metrodome game the night Puck hit the most iconic home run in Twins history.

2011       Jim Thome, 41, returns to the Phillies, inking a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the team as a free agent. The slugger, who hit 15 homers with the Twins and the Indians last season, completed three seasons of his six-year $85 million deal with the club before his 2005 trade to the White Sox for Aaron Rowand and two southpaw prospects, Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood.

2013       The Mets and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announce the launch of a five-year multimedia marketing partnership. WOR (710 AM) will become the team’s flagship radio station, replacing WFAN (660 AM), which will now be broadcasting Yankee games after carrying the Amazins’ for the past 26 years.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills520.7140.02291093-1-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
New England Patriots440.5001.52061641-4-03-0-04-1-02-1-02 W
New York Jets250.2863.01142062-1-00-4-02-3-00-2-01 W
Miami Dolphins170.1254.51382330-3-01-4-01-5-01-2-07 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01721772-2-02-1-03-2-02-0-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs440.5001.52082202-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos440.5001.51571372-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals530.6250.52201622-1-03-2-03-1-02-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.01321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns440.5001.51831803-2-01-2-02-3-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans620.7500.02271953-1-03-1-05-1-03-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts350.3753.02001831-3-02-2-02-3-01-2-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars160.1434.51232031-3-00-3-01-4-00-2-01 L
Houston Texans170.1255.01192411-3-00-4-01-4-01-1-07 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys610.8570.02251623-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Philadelphia Eagles350.3753.52031910-3-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.51562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
New York Giants260.2504.51562001-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams710.8750.02451683-1-04-0-05-1-01-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4293.51681710-3-03-1-03-3-00-2-01 W
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.01811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings340.4293.51631572-2-01-2-03-2-01-0-01 L
Chicago Bears350.3754.01231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0007.01342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints520.7140.51761282-1-03-1-04-2-01-1-03 W
Carolina Panthers440.5002.01651592-2-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons340.4292.51481951-3-02-1-01-4-00-2-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia62.7504-12-10-23-26-24 W
Toronto63.6670.52-34-02-06-26-35 W
Brooklyn53.6251.04-21-11-05-35-33 W
New York53.6251.02-23-12-14-35-32 L
Boston35.3753.00-33-20-22-53-51 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago62.7503-13-12-04-26-21 L
Cleveland54.5561.52-13-32-15-42 W
Milwaukee44.5002.01-33-12-03-14-41 W
Indiana36.3333.53-20-40-12-63-62 W
Detroit16.1434.51-20-40-31-61-62 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami61.8573-03-12-04-16-15 W
Washington53.6251.53-12-21-15-35-32 L
Charlotte54.5562.02-23-21-14-35-42 L
Atlanta44.5002.53-01-41-12-44-41 L
Orlando27.2225.00-32-40-21-62-71 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah61.8573-03-12-05-06-12 W
Denver44.5002.52-12-31-14-34-42 L
Minnesota34.4293.02-41-00-12-33-43 L
Portland35.3753.53-10-43-23-53 L
Oklahoma City16.1435.01-20-40-11-51-62 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State61.8573-13-03-05-16-12 W
LA Lakers53.6251.54-21-10-24-35-33 W
Sacramento44.5002.51-23-21-14-44-41 W
Phoenix33.5002.52-21-11-12-33-32 W
LA Clippers34.4293.02-21-20-13-33-42 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas53.6253-12-23-04-15-31 W
Memphis53.6253-12-24-25-32 W
San Antonio26.2503.01-31-30-20-42-62 L
Houston16.1433.51-20-40-11-51-65 L
New Orleans18.1114.50-41-41-41-85 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes990018937155-0-04-0-09-0-0
Florida Panthers980117836185-0-03-0-18-0-1
New York Rangers1062214624221-1-15-1-16-2-2
Washington Capitals951313532223-0-32-1-05-1-3
Toronto Maple Leafs1054111525294-1-11-3-05-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning953111529302-2-13-1-05-3-1
Columbus Blue Jackets963012528264-1-02-2-06-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers852111528213-1-12-1-05-2-1
Buffalo Sabres953111428224-1-01-2-15-3-1
10 Detroit Red Wings1044210429342-1-22-3-04-4-2
11 New Jersey Devils84319421253-2-11-1-04-3-1
12 New York Islanders73228317183-2-23-2-2
13 Boston Bruins74308318203-0-01-3-04-3-0
14 Pittsburgh Penguins83328326252-3-11-0-13-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators93517324302-3-01-2-13-5-1
16 Montreal Canadiens113806322342-3-01-5-03-7-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers981016739235-1-03-0-08-1-0
St. Louis Blues861113631183-1-03-0-16-1-1
Calgary Flames961214631181-0-25-1-06-1-2
San Jose Sharks963012627223-1-03-2-06-3-0
Winnipeg Jets952212432293-0-02-2-25-2-2
Minnesota Wild963012627303-1-03-2-06-3-0
Anaheim Ducks1144311435353-2-11-2-23-4-3
Nashville Predators1055010428293-3-02-2-05-5-0
Colorado Avalanche94419328322-2-12-2-04-4-1
10 Los Angeles Kings104519327294-2-00-3-14-5-1
11 Vancouver Canucks104519325271-3-03-2-14-5-1
12 Vegas Golden Knights94508321302-3-02-2-04-5-0
13 Dallas Stars93428218261-1-12-3-13-4-2
14 Seattle Kraken103617325332-2-01-4-13-6-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks111824125421-4-10-4-11-7-2
16 Arizona Coyotes100911013420-3-00-6-10-9-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes990018937155-0-04-0-09-0-0
Florida Panthers980117836185-0-03-0-18-0-1
New York Rangers1062214624221-1-15-1-16-2-2
Washington Capitals951313532223-0-32-1-05-1-3
Toronto Maple Leafs1054111525294-1-11-3-05-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning953111529302-2-13-1-05-3-1
Columbus Blue Jackets963012528264-1-02-2-06-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers852111528213-1-12-1-05-2-1
Buffalo Sabres953111428224-1-01-2-15-3-1
10 Detroit Red Wings1044210429342-1-22-3-04-4-2
11 New Jersey Devils84319421253-2-11-1-04-3-1
12 New York Islanders73228317183-2-23-2-2
13 Boston Bruins74308318203-0-01-3-04-3-0
14 Pittsburgh Penguins83328326252-3-11-0-13-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators93517324302-3-01-2-13-5-1
16 Montreal Canadiens113806322342-3-01-5-03-7-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers981016739235-1-03-0-08-1-0
St. Louis Blues861113631183-1-03-0-16-1-1
Calgary Flames961214631181-0-25-1-06-1-2
San Jose Sharks963012627223-1-03-2-06-3-0
Winnipeg Jets952212432293-0-02-2-25-2-2
Minnesota Wild963012627303-1-03-2-06-3-0
Anaheim Ducks1144311435353-2-11-2-23-4-3
Nashville Predators1055010428293-3-02-2-05-5-0
Colorado Avalanche94419328322-2-12-2-04-4-1
10 Los Angeles Kings104519327294-2-00-3-14-5-1
11 Vancouver Canucks104519325271-3-03-2-14-5-1
12 Vegas Golden Knights94508321302-3-02-2-04-5-0
13 Dallas Stars93428218261-1-12-3-13-4-2
14 Seattle Kraken103617325332-2-01-4-13-6-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks111824125421-4-10-4-11-7-2
16 Arizona Coyotes100911013420-3-00-6-10-9-1