NFL SCOREBOARD

LA RAMS 30 ARIZONA 23

NBA SCOREBOARD 

GOLDEN STATE 102 INDIANA 100

CLEVELAND 105 MIAMI 94

TORONTO 124 SACRAMENTO 101

HOUSTON 132 ATLANTA 126

BOSTON 117 MILWAUKEE 103

MEMPHIS 126 PHILADELPHIA 91

DALLAS 120 CHARLOTTE 96

DENVER 113 WASHINGTON 107

LA CLIPPERS 111 PHOENIX 95

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

BERRIEN SPRINGS (MICH.)83SOUTH BEND CAREER62 
HILLTOP (OHIO)75HAMILTON64 
NORWELL60ADAMS CENTRAL49 
OLDENBURG ACADEMY44MORRISTOWN27 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA54WES-DEL21 
CARROLL (FLORA)63MACONAQUAH45 
EASTSIDE38EDON (OHIO)34 
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE45INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON41 
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC72SOUTH BEND CAREER24 
MISHAWAKA58SOUTH BEND CLAY37 
MUNCIE BURRIS37LIBERTY CHRISTIAN29 
OWEN VALLEY48SOUTH PUTNAM42 
PENDLETON HEIGHTS50FISHERS42 
PERU42NORTH MIAMI35 
RICHMOND36NORTHMONT (OHIO)30 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)62MORGAN TWP.29 
SOUTH DECATUR45KNIGHTSTOWN32 
SOUTH NEWTON34ATTICA33 
WOOD MEMORIAL51EVANSVILLE BOSSE36 

MEN’S AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

  1. BAYLOR
  2. DUKE
  3. PURDUE
  4. UCLA
  5. GONZAGA
  6. ALABAMA
  7. KANSAS
  8. ARIZONA
  9. VILLANOVA
  10. USC
  11. IOWA STATE
  12. MICHIGAN STATE
  13. AUBURN
  14. HOUSTON
  15. OHIO STATE
  16. SETON HALL
  17. TEXAS
  18. TENNESSEE
  19. LSU
  20. UCONN
  21. KENTUCKY
  22. XAVIER
  23. COLORADO STATE
  24. ARKANSAS
  25. TEXAS TECH

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: WISCONSIN 156, NORTH CAROLINA 85, PROVIDENCE 57, OKLAHOMA 46, SAN FRANCISCO 36, ILLINOIS 31, WEST VIRGINIA 24, LOYOLA CHICAGO 20, MICHIGAN 8, ST. BONAVENTURE 6, BYU 4, MINNESOTA 3, CREIGHTON 1

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

  1. ALABAMA
  2. MICHIGAN STATE
  3. LSU
  4. OHIO STATE
  5. WISCONSIN
  6. USC
  7. ARIZONA
  8. XAVIER
  9. SAN FRANCISCO
  10. KANSAS
  11. DUKE
  12. COLORADO STATE
  13. AUBURN
  14. BYU
  15. PROVIDENCE
  16. MINNESOTA
  17. ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
  18. BAYLOR
  19. BELMONT
  20. UCLA
  21. OAKLAND
  22. NEW MEXICO STATE
  23. VILLANOVA
  24. UC IRVINE
  25. SETON HALL

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP POLL

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA
  2. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  3. STANFORD
  4. ARIZONA
  5. BAYLOR
  6. LOUISVILLE
  7. TENNESSEE
  8. UCONN
  9. MARYLAND
  10. INDIANA
  11. TEXAS
  12. IOWA STATE
  13. MICHIGAN
  14. IOWA
  15. DUKE
  16. SOUTH FLORIDA
  17. GEORGIA
  18. GEORGIA TECH
  19. KENTUCKY
  20. BYU
  21. NOTRE DAME
  22. LSU
  23. TEXAS A&M
  24. OHIO STATE
  25. NORTH CAROLINA

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA
  2. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  3. TENNESSEE
  4. UCONN
  5. MISSOURI STATE
  6. IOWA STATE
  7. LOUISVILLE
  8. SOUTH FLORIDA
  9. OKLAHOMA
  10. CENTRAL FLORIDA
  11. STANFORD
  12. TEXAS ARLINGTON
  13. ARIZONA
  14. LONG BEACH STATE
  15. DUKE
  16. NORTH CAROLINA
  17. BYU
  18. FORDHAM
  19. MICHIGAN
  20. KANSAS
  21. KENT STATE
  22. LSU
  23. WASHINGTON STATE
  24. INDIANA
  25. TOWSON

INDIANA BOYS COACHES ASSOCIATION BASKETBALL POLL

  1. ZIONSVILLE
  2. CATHEDRAL
  3. HOMESTEAD
  4. CARMEL
  5. FISHERS
  6. LAWRENCE NORTH
  7. BREBEUF
  8. VALPARAISO
  9. WESTFIELD
  10. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  11. NORTH CENTRAL
  12. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  14. BEN DAVIS
  15. LEO
  16. LINTON STOCKTON
  17. INDIANAPOLIS TECH
  18. LAWRENCE CENTRAL
  19. CENTRAL NOBLE
  20. CONNERSVILLE

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

STAFFORD, RAMS BEAT CARDINALS THROUGH AIR IN 30-23 VICTORY

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Matthew Stafford threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. each caught a touchdown pass and the Los Angeles Rams held on for a 30-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

The Cardinals (10-3) will have to wait at least one more week before clinching their first playoff spot since 2015. Kyler Murray threw two interceptions that led to Rams touchdowns.

The Rams (9-4), who won their second straight and pulled within one game of the Cardinals in the NFC West, look rejuvenated following a three-game losing streak in November.

Kupp had 13 catches for 123 yards, the eighth 100-yard game this season for the NFL’s receiving leader.

The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after recovering an onside kick. But a holding call wiped out a long Murray run on the first play of the drive and Arizona couldn’t produce a last-second miracle.

Stafford – who had plenty of protection and time to throw most of the night – hit Van Jefferson on a high-arching pass for a 52-yard touchdown to push the Rams ahead 20-13 early in the third quarter. The veteran quarterback dissected a Cardinals defense that had been among the best against the pass in the NFL this season.

A few plays later, Murray was picked off for the second time by Leonard Floyd, who tipped the ball into the air, caught it and then rumbled downfield to the Arizona 19. Seven plays later, Stafford hit a diving Kupp for a 4-yard touchdown and the Rams led 27-13.

James Conner bulldozed through the Rams’ defense for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 27-20.

Murray finished with 383 yards passing as the Cardinals tried to catch up late.

Arizona’s Matt Prater made his second 53-yard field goal of the first half – moments after Murray scrambled for 16 yards and got out of bounds with 1 second left – to tie the game 13-all at halftime. The six-play, 35-second drive ended a back-and-forth first half that saw both teams take the lead and then lose it.

Prater opened the scoring with his first 53-yard kick. Arizona was threatening to score again later in the first quarter, but Murray was picked off by Ernest Jones on second-and-goal from the 4 after Aaron Donald deflected the pass.

Donald – a six-time All-Pro – had a big first quarter that also included a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. He finished with three sacks, bringing his total to 10 this season.

The Rams converted the interception into a touchdown when Stafford found Beckham for a 2-yard score. Stafford completed all seven of his passes on the drive.

It was Beckham’s third touchdown since joining the Rams last month. He did not have a touchdown in six games with Cleveland this season. It was also the first time he’s scored touchdowns in three straight games since 2015.

NOSE FOR THE END ZONE

Arizona’s Conner scored from 1 yard out late in the second quarter to tie the game at 10-all, bursting into the end zone on a second effort after bouncing off a pile. Connor has scored a touchdown in seven straight games, tying a franchise record set by John David Crow in 1960.

COVID-19 PROBLEMS

The Rams played without defensive back Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee, who were both put on the COVID-19 list earlier Monday. It was the first game both players have missed this season.

Ramsey came into Monday leading the team with three interceptions. Higbee has 44 receptions for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

HOME WOES

The Cardinals are 7-0 away from home but 3-3 at State Farm Stadium.

THIS IS 40

LA’s Andrew Whitworth made NFL history by becoming the first player to start a game at left tackle at age 40.

INJURIES

Rams: LA welcomed back linebacker Justin Hollins, who had missed nine games because of injury.

Cardinals: Arizona activated DL Rashard Lawrence (calf) and long snapper Aaron Brewer (broken arm) before the game. Left guard Justin Pugh was also active, though he didn’t start.

UP NEXT

Rams: Host Seattle on Sunday.

Cardinals: At Detroit on Sunday.

ALLEN’S UNCERTAIN STATUS CLOUDS BILLS’ PLAYOFF CHANCES

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The mere sight of Josh Allen limping into the post-game interview room with his left foot in a protective boot cast an ominous cloud over the Bills’ hopes of remaining in the playoff picture in the final four weeks of the season.

A day later on Monday, coach Sean McDermott was unable to shed much light on Allen’s status, announcing the quarterback has a sprained foot and leaving open he’ll have “a chance” to play Sunday, when Buffalo hosts Carolina.

“I talked to the medical team and, you know, he has a chance, we’ll just see where that goes,” McDermott said, noting Allen was still feeling sore. “We’re just going to take it one day at a time here,”

Though Allen shrugged off the injury sustained in a 33-27 overtime loss at Tampa Bay by saying, “I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal,” the very chance of the quarterback’s mobility being hampered – let alone potentially missing a game – is cause for concern.

The Bills might draw inspiration from how they rallied from a 24-3 halftime deficit to nearly beat old nemesis Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions. The trouble is, Buffalo (7-6) still came away with its third loss in four outings while maintaining a slim hold on the AFC’s seventh and final playoff berth.

Then there’s Allen’s uncertain status. If he can’t play, the Bills would turn to Mitchell Trubisky, who signed with Buffalo this offseason after an up-and-down four-year stint with the Chicago Bears.

Though Trubisky might have the pedigree of being selected No. 2 in the 2017 draft, he would have big shoes to fill in replacing Allen in an offense which places an emphasis on the quarterback being a dual threat.

Allen was hurt while being pushed out of bounds following a 22-yard run in the final minute of the second quarter. Playing through the injury, Allen still accounted for 109 of the team’s 173 yards rushing, plus a score, marking the third time this season he’s generated more than 50% of the team’s ground attack.

As a passer, Allen had career highs with both 36 completions and 54 attempts for 308 yards passing and two touchdowns. And he had the Bills in position to win in regulation before failing to connect with a well-covered – and possibly interfered with – Stefon Diggs in the end zone on third-and-2 from Tampa Bay’s 7. Buffalo settled for an overtime-forcing field goal with 22 seconds remaining.

While the Bills focused on the resilience they showed in mounting a second-half comeback, and a belief it can become a springboard to a playoff push, familiar warts remain apparent on both sides of the ball.

Buffalo’s run defense imited the Bucs to 137 yards rushing, and yet still allowed Leonard Fournette to score on a game-opening 47-yard run. It was reminiscent of Damien Harris scoring on a 64-yard run in Buffalo’s 14-10 loss to New England a week earlier.

The Bills are still having trouble overcoming deficits. Buffalo is 1-6 when trailing at any juncture of a game this season as opposed to going 7-3 last year.

McDermott was encouraged despite the loss.

“I’ll reiterate what I said after the game, I was impressed with the way that the guys rallied and played and really stepped up. They played with really one heartbeat, and that was fun to be a part of, fun to watch,” he said. “We had a a chance to win the game, at the end there, multiple chances, in fact, to win the game. So at the end of the day we just came up a little bit short.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The Bills finally electing to run the ball wide rather than up the middle, where they usually get stuffed. Devin Singletary broke off a 29-yard run by following his blockers and beating the Bucs’ defense up the right sideline in the third quarter.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Game management. The Bills flubbed a fake punt attempt with Matt Breida tripped up for a 3-yard loss to end their opening drive of the second half at Buffalo’s 42. McDermott could be second-guessed for not having his offense attempt to convert the fourth down, especially after it succeeded on a fourth-and-1 on Buffalo’s next possession.

STOCK UP

WR Cole Beasley broke out of a slump with nine catches for 64 yards following a four-game stretch in which he combined for 12 catches for 95 yards.

STOCK DOWN

MLB Tremaine Edmunds. Aside from not being in position to stop Fournette scoring a touchdown, Edmunds lost a step in covering Breshad Perriman cutting across the middle for the deciding TD.

INJURED

Aside from Allen, WR Emmanuel Sanders sprained his knee and is expected to not play this week.

KEY NUMBER

5-0 – Bills record when scoring a touchdown on their game-opening possession.

NEXT STEPS

The Bills’ margin for error has grown thin with five teams now at 7-6, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1). Buffalo can’t afford to look beyond the Panthers (5-8) with a rematch against AFC East-leading New England looming on Dec. 26.

RAVENS HOPING INJURED QB LAMAR JACKSON CAN RETURN QUICKLY

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) This was the absence Baltimore could least afford. The Ravens are hopeful it won’t linger.

Lamar Jackson missed most of Sunday’s loss at Cleveland after spraining his ankle, but a day later, coach John Harbaugh said the star quarterback did not have a high ankle sprain. Harbaugh said he’s planning for Jackson to play this week, but it’s too early to tell for sure.

“We’ll see where it goes this week,” Harbaugh said. “If he can go, he’ll go. If not, Tyler (Huntley) will be the quarterback.”

Huntley threw for 270 yards and a touchdown and showed some impressive scrambling ability, but it wasn’t enough as the Ravens fell 24-22 to the Browns. It was Baltimore’s second consecutive loss, but the Ravens (8-5) remained in sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

That’s somewhat remarkable given the unrelenting injury problems the team has faced this season. Baltimore has a daunting task trying to hold onto a playoff spot if Jackson misses more time. The Ravens lead the division by one game over Cincinnati (7-6) and Cleveland (7-6), and even last-place Pittsburgh (6-6-1) isn’t far behind.

Baltimore lost close games to the Steelers and Browns the past two weekends, which is why the division standings are so compressed. The Ravens finish the regular season with games against the Packers, Bengals, Rams and Steelers, all of whom are at .500 or better.

“Everybody’s doing their best, fighting their hardest,” Harbaugh said Monday, reading from prepared remarks. “I’m really extremely proud of every person on the team, coaches and players – and very, very confident. We have four games left. Each one of those four games represents an opportunity for us to get where we want to go.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Nobody can deny the Ravens have fought through a lot this season. At halftime Sunday, it seemed like they’d finally run out of steam. Their quarterback was hurt, they trailed 24-6, and it was fair to wonder how many wins might be left on that tough schedule.

Then Baltimore shut out Cleveland the rest of the way and actually had a chance to win before its last drive fizzled.

“Just makes me proud to be around these guys every day. It’s a joy to coach them,” Harbaugh said. “The bottom line is finding a way to win. That’s what we’re here for, and that’s what we fight for – but these guys do, they fight for that.”

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Slow starts on offense have been a problem. They’ve scored only 30 points in the first quarter this season, and they’ve gone seven straight games without a first-quarter touchdown.

STOCK UP

Rookie Rashod Bateman rebounded from a quiet game against Pittsburgh, catching seven passes for 103 yards against the Browns.

“I’m just continuing to get more comfortable as we play,” Bateman said. “I’m just doing my job, continuing to make plays for the team. Hopefully, I can keep it up.”

STOCK DOWN

The Ravens have been the top team in the NFL in time of possession, but they had the ball for just 26:10 on Sunday. Baltimore went 1 for 12 on third downs, and Cleveland was 6 of 13.

INJURIES

While Jackson’s ankle is the biggest issue, DT Calais Campbell (thigh) and receiver Sammy Watkins (knee) are also working through injury problems.

FB Patrick Ricard (knee) missed Sunday’s game in another blow to the Baltimore offense.

“He just didn’t feel like he could go, the way it felt,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not a serious thing. We got the MRI, we got good news on it this morning. So we’ll see how it progresses during the week. Kind of expecting to have him next week. We’ll see how it goes.”

KEY NUMBER

125 – number of yards on 10 Baltimore penalties Sunday. The secondary, which has also been depleted by injuries, had a rough first half, when the Ravens were hurt by some pass interference calls.

NEXT STEPS

That secondary figures to be tested again Sunday when Baltimore hosts Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. The Packers scored a season-high 45 points in a win over Chicago on Sunday night.

37 POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS ACROSS NFL MARKS NEW SINGLE-DAY HIGH

There were 37 positive COVID-19 test results across the NFL on Monday, the highest number among players since the pandemic began.

Thirty-six players were placed on the COVID-19 reserve Monday and another positive test came in after the transaction wire was released, per Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Tyler Higbee were among the players to test positive, and weren’t available to face the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

Other players who received positive results include Miami Dolphins running back Phillip Lindsay and safety Jevon Holland, Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Josh Gordon, and New York Giants receiver Kadarius Toney.

Additionally, a Tier 3 staff member of the Washington Football Team tested positive for the Omicron variant, marking the first known case of that variant in the league, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

According to NFL guidelines, Tier 3 consists of individuals who perform essential services at the team facility, stadium, or other events. Those individuals don’t require close contact with players and essential football personnel.

As a result, the league announced Monday that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees who’ve been previously vaccinated must receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot by Dec. 27, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Tier 1 includes players and essential football personnel who require direct access to players for more than 10 minutes on a regular basis. Tier 2 consists of other essential football personnel who may need to be in close proximity to Tier 1 individuals periodically.

Last week, the NFL placed 11 players on the COVID-19 reserve Monday as a result of positive tests.

REPORT: LAS VEGAS TO HOST 2024 SUPER BOWL

Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, will be announced as the host of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, pending final approval from the owners, sources told Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

An official announcement is expected to take place at the NFL owners’ meetings Wednesday.

The 2024 Super Bowl was originally set to take place in New Orleans, but the city was forced to relinquish the event due to a conflict with Mardi Gras celebrations.

Las Vegas proved to NFL owners it could accommodate the Super Bowl by crafting a multi-level plan, Bonsignore adds.

Allegiant Stadium holds 65,000 seats, which falls short of the NFL’s requirement of 70,000 for the championship game. However, more seating could possibly be added, or the league could make amendments, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

The Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 campaign. The city is also slated to host the 2022 NFL Draft and Pro Bowl.

EX-OKLAHOMA QB RATTLER COMMITS TO SOUTH CAROLINA, BEAMER

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Highly touted quarterback Spencer Rattler will try to restart his college career with South Carolina in a major acquisition for Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer.

Rattler, who threw for 28 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman for Oklahoma in 2020 before losing his starting job with the Sooners this season, tweeted Monday night that he had committed to the Gamecocks. The post showed Rattler in a South Carolina uniform with the Gamecocks’ logo in the background with the words, “COMMITTED.”

“Excited for the next chapter,” Rattler’s post said.

South Carolina went 6-6 this year, its first season under Beamer, who spent three years at Oklahoma under former coach Lincoln Riley as assistant head coach for offense.

The 6-foot-1 Rattler was considered a candidate for the Heisman Trophy before the 2021 season began. But Caleb Williams supplanted him as the starter, and Rattler said he was leaving the program when the year ended.

Riley left the Sooners, too, taking the coaching job at Southern California.

Rattler played in nine games this season, completing 140 of 187 passes for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw for 3,031 yards in 2020 as the Sooners finished 9-2.

One of Rattler’s targets at Oklahoma, tight end Austin Stogner, also tweeted he was heading to South Carolina. Stogner’s post looked similar to Rattler’s, and added, “Let’s roll.”

Stogner is 6-foot-6 junior from Plano, Texas, who had 14 catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns. His best season with the Sooners was in 2020 when he had 26 receptions for 422 yards and three TDs.

AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM: YOUNG AND TIDE LEAD WITH 3 1ST TEAMERS

(AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young and Alabama teammates Will Anderson Jr. and Jameson Williams have been selected All-Americans by The Associated Press, giving the top-ranked Crimson Tide more players on the first team than any other school.

The AP All-America team presented by Regions Bank, selected by a panel of Top 25 college football poll voters, was released Monday.

Young became the fourth Alabama player, and first Tide quarterback, to win the Heisman on Saturday night. Anderson, who leads the nation in sacks with 15.5, was fifth in the Heisman voting.

Alabama (12-1) will face No. 4 Cincinnati (13-0) in the College Football Playoff semifinals Dec. 31.

The Tide will bring five players who received AP All-American honors into their playoff game. Tackle Evan Neal made the second team and safety Jordan Battle was a third-team selection.

Cincinnati is represented on the first team by cornerback Ahmad Gardner, who was a second-team All-American last season. Fellow Bearcats cornerback Coby Bryant made the second team.

The other playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve, No. 2 Michigan (12-1) against No. 3 Georgia (12-1), will feature four more first-team All-Americans.

Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the Heisman runner-up, and kicker Jake Moody are All-Americans for the Wolverines. Georgia’s top-ranked defense is represented by defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean.

Michigan linebacker David Ojabo was chosen for the second team and running back Hassan Haskins was a third-team selection.

Georgia matched Alabama with five players across the three teams. Defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt and freshman tight end Brock Bowers made the second team and safety Lewis Cine was a third-team choice.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett made the second team and fellow Heisman finalist C.J. Stroud from Ohio State was the third-team QB.

Iowa State running back Breece Hall is the only player to repeat as a first-team AP All-American this season.

Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green each were first-team selections this season after making the second team in 2020.

Kentucky tackle Darian Kinnard and Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux went from third-team in 2020 to first-team in 2021.

The AP added two players, one on each side of the ball, to the teams this year, the first change to the All-America structure since 2006. To reflect a game that features more passing than ever before – plus more schools playing major college football — the offenses now feature three receivers and the defenses include an extra defensive back.

With more receiver spots to fill, Ohio State became the first school to have three wideouts earn All-America honors in the same season. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson made the second team and Jaxon Smith-Njigba was a third-team pick.

Add in Alabama’s Williams, an Ohio State transfer, and four receivers who played for the Buckeyes in 2020 made the AP All-America teams.

The Buckeyes led all schools, placing seven players on the three teams. Joining the three receivers and Stroud were offensive linemen Thayer Munford and Nichola Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett, who all made the second team.

BREAKDOWN

First-teamers by school

Alabama – 3.

Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M – 2.

Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, Utah – 1.

First-teamers by conference

SEC – 9.

Big Ten – 5.

Pac-12 – 3.

ACC – 3.

Big 12 – 3.

American – 2.

Mountain West – 2.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – Bryce Young, sophomore, Alabama.

Running backs – Kenneth Walker III, junior, Michigan State; Breece Hall, junior, Iowa State.

Tackles – Ikem Ekwonu, junior, North Carolina State; Darian Kinnard, senior, Kentucky.

Guards -Kenyon Green, junior, Texas A&M; Zion Johnson, senior, Boston College.

Center – Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa.

Tight end – Trey McBride, senior, Colorado State.

Receivers – Jordan Addison, sophomore, Pittsburgh; David Bell, junior, Purdue; Jameson Williams, junior, Alabama.

All-purpose player – Deuce Vaughn, sophomore, Kansas State.

Kicker – Jake Moody, senior, Michigan.

DEFENSE

Edge rushers – Aidan Hutchinson, senior, Michigan; Kayvon Thibodeaux, junior, Oregon.

Linemen – Jordan Davis, senior, Georgia; DeMarvin Leal, junior, Texas A&M.

Linebackers – Will Anderson, Jr., sophomore, Alabama; Nakobe Dean, junior, Georgia; Devin Lloyd, junior, Utah.

Cornerbacks – Ahmad Gardner, junior, Cincinnati; Roger McCreary, senior, Auburn.

Safeties – Verone McKinley III, sophomore, Oregon; Jalen Pitre, senior, Baylor.

Defensive back – Marcus Jones, senior, Houston.

Punter – Matt Araiza, junior, San Diego State.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – Kenny Pickett, senior, Pittsburgh.

Running backs – Sean Tucker, sophomore, Syracuse; Tyler Badie, senior, Missouri.

Tackles – Evan Neal, junior, Alabama; Nicholas Petit-Frere, junior, Ohio State.

Guards – Thayer Munford, senior, Ohio State; William Dunkle, junior, San Diego State.

Center – Alec Lindstrom, senior, Boston College.

Tight end – Brock Bowers, freshman, Georgia.

Receivers – Chris Olave, senior, Ohio State; Garrett Wilson, junior, Ohio State; Jerreth Sterns, junior, Western Kentucky.

All-purpose player – Jahmyr Gibbs, sophomore, Georgia Tech.

Kicker – Noah Ruggles, senior, Ohio State.

DEFENSE

Edge rushers -Jermaine Johnson, senior, Florida State; Cameron Thomas, junior, San Diego State.

Linemen – Devonte Wyatt, senior, Georgia; Haskell Garrett, senior, Ohio State.

Linebackers – Malcolm Rodriguez, senior, Oklahoma State; Leo Chenal, junior, Wisconsin; David Ojabo, junior, Michigan.

Cornerbacks – Coby Bryant, senior, Cincinnati; Ja’Quan McMillian, junior, East Carolina.

Safeties – Jaquan Brisker, senior, Penn State; Kyle Hamilton, junior, Notre Dame.

Defensive back – JoJo Domann, senior, Nebraska.

Punter – Adam Korsak, senior, Rutgers.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – C.J. Stroud, redshirt freshman, Ohio State.

Running backs – Hassan Haskins, senior, Michigan; Sincere McCormick, junior, UTSA.

Tackles – Connor Galvin, senior, Baylor, Max Mitchell, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette.

Guards -Andrew Vorhees, senior, Southern California; Josh Seltzner, senior, Wisconsin.

Center – Michael Maietti, senior, Missouri.

Tight end – Michael Mayer, sophomore, Notre Dame.

Receivers – Drake London, junior, Southern California; Jaxon Smith-Njigba, sophomore, Ohio State; Jahan Dotson, senior, Penn State.

All-purpose player – Deven Thompkins, senior, Utah State.

Kicker – Caleb Shudak, senior, Iowa.

DEFENSE

Edge rushers – Will McDonald IV, junior, Iowa State; Sam Williams, senior, Mississippi.

Linemen – Calijah Kancey, sophomore, Pittsburgh; George Karlaftis, junior, Purdue.

Linebackers – Chad Muma, senior, Wyoming; Nik Bonitto, junior, Oklahoma; Andre Carter II, junior, Army.

Cornerbacks – Riley Moss, senior, Iowa; Trent McDuffie, junior, Washington.

Safeties – Jordan Battle, junior, Alabama; Lewis Cine, junior, Georgia.

Defensive back – Kolby Harvell-Peel, senior, Oklahoma State.

Punter – Jordan Stout, senior, Penn State.

OHIO STATE, PURDUE AND MICHIGAN STATE EARN WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS

Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell and Purdue’s Trevion Williams named Co-Players of the Week

Co-Player of the Week
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
F – Jr. – 6-7 – Belleville, Ill. – West

  • Averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per game while shooting 14-of-22 from the floor in two Ohio State victories last week, including a 73-55 win over No. 22 Wisconsin
  • Scored 28 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the home victory over Wisconsin
  • Posted 15 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and a block in an 85-74 win over Towson
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Duane Washington Jr (Feb. 22, 2021)

Co-Player of the Week
Trevion Williams, Purdue
F – Sr. – 6-10 – Chicago, Ill. – Henry Ford Academy (Mich.)

  • Averaged 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game and went 19-of-31 from the floor in Purdue’s two games last week
  • Narrowly missed Purdue’s first triple-double since 1977 with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to go along with four blocks and two steals in an 82-72 overtime victory against NC State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational
  • Recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, in addition to an assist and a steal, in a 70-68 road loss to Rutgers
  • Earns the second Player of the Week accolade of the season, and fourth of his career
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Trevion Williams (Nov. 22, 2021)

Freshman of the Week
Max Christie, Michigan State
G – 6-6 – Arlington Heights, Ill. – Rolling Meadows

  • Averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two Michigan State conference victories
  • Scored nine points with five rebounds, three assists and a career-high three blocks while playing a key defensive effort in a 75-67 road win over Minnesota
  • Added seven points and two rebounds in an 80-64 home victory over Penn State
  • Earns his second career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Max Christie (Dec. 6, 2021)

INDIANA AND MICHIGAN STATE EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
Jr. – F – Gorham, Maine – Gorham – Major: Human Development & Family Studies
• Averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and shot 75.9 percent from the floor in a pair of wins over Fairfield and No. 20 Ohio State last week
• Went 9-for-10 from the floor, posted five blocks and five rebounds and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in 24 minutes against the Stags
• Set a new career high with 30 points against the Buckeyes on 68 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds and five blocks
• Earns her third career Big Ten Player of the Week award and second of the season
• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Mackenzie Holmes (Nov. 15, 2021)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Angel Reese, So., F, MD: Averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds last week, including 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes on the floor at No. 1 South Carolina
Naz Hillmon, Sr., F, MICH: Led Michigan to a 2-0 week with a pair of 20-point games, averaging 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two victories
Cassidy Hardin, Sr., G, PUR: Averaged 20.0 points and 3.0 rebounds last week, including a career-high 25 points and seven 3-pointers to beat Denver on Sunday
 
Freshman of the Week
Matilda Ekh, Michigan State
G/F – Västerås, Sweden – Riksbasketgymnasiet Luleå – Major: Undeclared
• Set a new career high with 20 points in a win against Illinois on Dec. 9
• Went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc as she became the first Spartan freshman to tally 20 points in a game since Nia Clouden during the 2018-19 season
• Added three assists and three rebounds in the contest
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: DeeDee Hagemann (Nov. 15, 2021)

TWENTY-FOUR EARN AP ALL-AMERICA HONORS

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Twenty-four Big Ten students have been selected All-Americans by The Associated Press on Monday.
 
The AP added two players, one on each side of the ball, to the teams this year, the first change to the All-America structure since 2006. To reflect a game that features more passing than ever before — plus more schools playing major college football — the offenses now feature three receivers and the defenses include an extra defensive back.
 
With more receiver spots to fill, Ohio State became the first school to have three wideouts earn All-America honors in the same season. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson made the second team and Jaxon Smith-Njigba was a third-team pick.

The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans to date appears below:
 

Tyler Linderbaum, IowaATH1, AP1, CBS1, ESPN, FWAA1, USA1, WC1
Aidan Hutchinson, MichiganATH1, AP1, CBS1, ESPN, FWAA1, USA1, WC1
Kenneth Walker III, Michigan StateATH1, AP1, CBS1, ESPN, FWAA1, USA1, WC1
David Bell, PurdueATH2, AP1, CBS1, ESPN, FWAA1, USA2, WC1
Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio StateATH2, AP2, CBS1, FWAA1, USA2, WC2
George Karlaftis, PurdueATH2, AP3, CBS2, USA2, WC2
Jaquan Brisker, Penn StateATH2, AP2, CBS1, FWAA2, USA2
Leo Chenal, WisconsinATH2, AP2, FWAA2, USA2, WC2
Riley Moss, IowaAP3, CBS1, FWAA2, USA2
Chris Olave, Ohio StateAP2, CBS2, FWAA2, WC2
Noah Ruggles, Ohio StateAP2, CBS2, ESPN, WC2
Caleb Shudak, IowaATH2, AP3, USA1
Jake Moody, MichiganAP1, CBS1, WC1
Garrett Wilson, Ohio StateATH1, AP2, FWAA1
Jordan Stout, Penn StateATH2, CBS2, USA2
Adam Korsak, Rutgers                                  AP2, FWAA2, WC2
Jack Campbell, IowaATH2, FWAA2
David Ojabo, MichiganAP2, CBS2
Thayer Munford, Ohio StateAP2, CBS2
Arnold Ebiketie, Penn StateATH2, FWAA2
Jordan Stout, Penn StateAP3, USA2
Matt Hankins, Iowa                WC2
Hassan Haskins, MichiganAP3
JoJo Domann, NebraskaAP2
Haskell Garrett, Ohio StateAP2
C.J. Stroud, Ohio StateAP3
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio StateAP3
Jahan Dotson, Penn StateAP3
Josh Seltzner, WisconsinAP3

 
Key:
AFCA1/2 – American Football Coaches Association First or Second Team
ATH1/2 – The Athletic First or Second Team
AP1/2/3 – Associated Press First, Second or Third Team
CBS1/2 – CBSSports.com First or Second Team
ESPN – ESPN.com
FWAA1/2 – Football Writers Association of America First or Second Team
SI1/2 – Sports Illustrated First or Second Team
SN1/2 – Sporting News First or Second Team
USA1/2 – USA Today First or Second Team
WC1/2 – Walter Camp First or Second Team

CURRY FALLS SHORT OF RECORD, BUT LEADS WARRIORS PAST PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Stephen Curry came up just short of Ray Allen’s 3-point record Monday night. He still walked away with a win – and a smile.

The 33-year-old sharp-shooting guard made five 3s, scored 26 points and rallied the Golden State Warriors to a 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

He’s two treys short of surpassing Allen, something he’s likely to do Tuesday night on the NBA’s grandest stage, Madison Square Garden. Allen made 2,973 during his 18-year career.

In Indianapolis, the near-sellout crowd was less interested in the final result than seeing history. Fans roared each time Curry lined up a 3, gasped when he drove to the basket and erupted each time he inched closer to Allen’s mark.

For the final 90 seconds, everyone inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse was standing. Some stuck around to give the two-time MVP and three-time NBA champ a proper sendoff after he finished postgame interviews.

But this was not the indomitable Curry everyone expected. He missed his first three beyond the arc, finished 5 of 15 on 3s – and some were badly off the mark. Clearly, he was pressing. Even Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted Curry had been trying too hard over the past several games.

“I’m enjoying the moment, knocking on the doorstep. It’s pretty surreal,” Curry said. “You just keep playing basketball, taking shots you think you can make and enjoy the experience.”

The Pacers defense made it awfully challenging. It constantly tried to run Curry and his teammates off the 3-point line and for most of the night it worked. Indiana, led by Domantas Sabonis’ 30 points and 11 rebounds, just couldn’t do it long enough to close out a fourth consecutive win..

“I know he was trying to get the record tonight and in my mind, I wasn’t going to let him do it on our court,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who had 23 points and eight assists. “When you slow him down, you expect to win the game. We slowed him down.”

But Curry did just enough to win this one.

His final 3 got the Warriors within 100-98, and on the next possession, he decided against a 3 and drove for the tying layup with 48.5 seconds to go. Then, after getting a defensive stop, Curry had a chance at tying the record but it was off the mark and Kevon Looney broke the tie with a putback.

“The play was set up perfectly, the 3 just didn’t go in and Loon did what Loon does, which is go get the offensive board to give us the lead and eventually the win,” said Draymond Green, who had 15 points and nine rebounds.

TIP-INS

Warriors: The Warriors still have not lost back-to-back games this season. … Curry also had six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. … Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points, and Looney had 14 points and eight rebounds. … Golden State was 8 of 30 on 3s and had 17 turnovers. … The Warriors have held 29 straight opponents to less than 50% shooting from the field..

Pacers: Brogdon had six rebounds. … Caris LeVert finished with 19 points and Myles Turner had six points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. … The Pacers were 7 for 30 on 3s. … They led 98-83 with less than three minutes to go.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t the only Indiana Pacer missing on the bench. Guard Justin Holiday missed another game as he continues to work his way into shape.

Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce said he spoke with Carlisle, saying he continues to feel better, but Holiday has not yet returned to action after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Nov. 30.

“Justin called me and said I’m not playing tonight, he said he needed more time and we respect that,” Pierce said.

The Warriors also are concerned about what’s happening around the country and around the league as they spend this week on the road.

“We’ll address the team about that and make sure everybody is doing their best to stay safe,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Makes its third stop on a five-game trip Tuesday at New York.

Pacers: In Milwaukee on Thursday for their first road game in December.

TATUM SCORES 42, CARRIES CELTICS PAST BUCKS 117-103

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 16 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-103 on Monday night.

Jaylen Brown returned to the lineup after missing five games with a tight right hamstring and scored 19 points for Boston. Grant Williams had 17 points, and Robert Williams III and Al Horford each scored 10.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Milwaukee a day after posting his 26th career triple-double in a victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Jrue Holiday also had 20 points for the Bucks, who lost for just the third time in 15 games. Khris Middleton exited with a hyperextended left knee late in the third quarter.

The Celtics were coming off a 1-4 West Coast trip, and coach Ime Udoka showed his team film of opponents going down the lane easily.

“We’ve been talking about who we want to be and just showed them,” he said.

“I had an animated film session of that trip,” Udoka added. “We didn’t like that feeling and got back to who we are.”

The Bucks had sliced Boston’s lead to 95-86 midway through the final quarter before Tatum had a twisting drive for a basket and followed that with a 3-pointer from the right wing, giving the Celtics a 100-86 advantage.

“You have to give credit to those guys and we weren’t at our best,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Whatever the reasons are, we’ve got to be better.”

Tatum put it away with consecutive 3s from the left corner, making it 114-96 with 2:15 to play.

“He had it going,” Holiday said. “He got a couple of wide-open 3s. It was just some rhythm stuff.”

Returning to TD Garden after rough trip, the Celtics started slowly, falling behind by 12 in the first half before turning a one-point halftime lead into a 64-56 advantage with a 13-6 surge to start the second half.

“It wasn’t time to sugarcoat anything,” Tatum said of the film meeting. “He showed us. It was open.”

They pushed their lead to 11 after three quarters and made it 90-76 on Dennis Schroder’s 3-pointer just over a minute into the fourth.

“On that West Coast trip we were out of our identity,” Grant Williams said. “Tonight it was part of us getting back to our identity as the best defensive team in the league.”

TIP-INS

Bucks: Middleton went to the floor awkwardly late in the third period, limped to the locker room and didn’t return. He scored only four points, ending his string of seven straight games with at least 20. . The Bucks were shooting over 60 percent a few minutes into the second quarter but missed 12 of their final 15 shots in the first half. . Antetokounmpo didn’t get his first basket until scoring on a drive early in the second quarter. He had just two baskets in the first half. . Milwaukee is in a stretch of five games in seven days.

Celtics: Brown played 30 minutes in his return. “I’m fine,” he said. “I’m grateful that I was able to do that. It felt good moving out there. I didn’t care if I missed every shot.” … G Josh Richardson (protocol) was out. . Grant Williams’ 3 from the left corner gave Boston a 51-50 halftime edge. . Marcus Smart was listed as probable with an illness earlier in the day and played 30 minutes.

TEMPERS

Grant Williams and Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis got tangled up under the basket and had to be separated late in the third quarter. They each were given a technical.

Tatum had words with his teammate, Schroder, in the final quarter.

“It’s two passionate players,” Tatum said. “It’s fine. We’ve moved on.”

STICKING AROUND

Boston opened a five-game homestand and plays on the road just twice in its last nine games before New Year’s Day.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host the Pacers on Wednesday. Milwaukee won the first two meetings between the teams this season, both in Indiana.

Celtics: Host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

BROOKS, JACKSON LEAD GRIZZLIES IN 126-91 BLOWOUT OF 76ERS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 22 and the Memphis Grizzlies shot better than 50% to dominate the Philadelphia 76ers for a 126-91 victory Monday night.

De’Anthony Melton finished with 15 points and Tyus Jones scored 13 for Memphis, making all but one of his seven shots. The Grizzlies have won eight of their last nine, which is a change from early in the season, where a good win could be followed by a blowout loss.

“I think our guys just understood: `Gosh, we can play so much better,'” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Sometimes it takes you a minute to get the chemistry and remember all the standards that we talk about. It just doesn’t happen when you wake up Day One.”

Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 23 points, and Charles Bassey added 13 and 10 rebounds. Shake Milton and Tobias Harris ended up with 12 points each.

Philadelphia played without Seth Curry and center Joel Embiid, who was a late scratch with right rib soreness. Both were declared out shortly before game time.

“Obviously, it hurt us,” Harris added. “That’s a big scoring punch. With Joel, he’s been where our offensive game really flows through. For us, it was just a tough adjustment.”

For the Grizzlies, it was another step in a streak that has now resulted in a 8-1 record since leading scorer Ja Morant suffered a left knee injury against Atlanta on Nov. 26.

Memphis has relied on an array of scorers to pick up Morant’s missing 24.1 points a game, and against the Sixers, its reserves had 57 points.

“We just come in and play hard, play together, move the ball really well,” said John Konchar, who finished with 11 points, hitting all four of his shots, including three from beyond the arc. “We had 29 assists tonight. Everybody moves the ball really well and gets open shots.”

Part of Philadelphia’s problems were from 3-point range, where it went 4 for 22. The Sixers’ 15 turnovers led to 18 Memphis points.

Memphis led by 12 points at the half and stretched the advantage to 82-60 with a 14-4 run to open the third quarter. That was only the start: Memphis was up 101-75 entering the fourth, in part because of Jackson’s 13 third-quarter points, and because the Sixers turned the ball over six times in the quarter.

By that point, Rivers let his reserves close out the game. Memphis’ lead got up to as many as 36 in the fourth.

“We couldn’t get stops all night,” Rivers said. “It was just the theme all night. I think they had (101 points) going into the fourth quarter. You’re not supposed to win any games like that.”

TIP-INS

76ers: Andre Drummond started his 10th game of the season in Embiid’s spot. Furkan Korkmaz started his sixth game of the season with Curry out. . Reserve Shake Milton has 10 double-digit scoring games off the bench. . Philadelphia has not won in Memphis since Dec. 26, 2012. .Bassey recorded a career-high with four blocks, part of a season-high 10 blocks for Philadelphia.

Grizzlies: Have won eight straight in the series. . A number of players were listed as questionable through the day but ended up playing – C Steven Adams (left ankle sprain), F Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee soreness) and G Desmond Bane (left foot soreness). .Melton had a pair of 3-pointers, giving him 200 for his career.

THIEVES IN THE NIGHT

Memphis had 12 steals, a continuing theme in recent games as the Grizzlies have increased their defense. “We don’t really talk about it. Like, `Let’s get X amount of steals’ or create steals. We just talk about us being active,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “It’s solid on-ball defense. Not gambling. Not fouling. You’re going to create turnovers because our guys are inherently active on the ball.”

LAST WORD

“This is a burn-it film. Throw it away and move on to the next game.” – Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers.

UP NEXT:

76ers: Host Miami on Wednesday.

Grizzlies: At Portland on Wednesday.

COVID ISSUES PROMPT NBA TO POSTPONE BULLS’ NEXT 2 GAMES

CHICAGO (AP) The NBA postponed the Chicago Bulls’ next two games on Monday, with 10 of the team’s players in the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Bulls were scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and visit the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. No makeup dates were announced. The Bulls’ next game is now scheduled for Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at home.

The team confirmed Monday that backup forward Alize Johnson became the 10th player to enter the protocols, joining a list that includes stars Zach LaVine and DeMar Derozan. Also on it are Troy Brown Jr., Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson.

That left the Bulls with the eight available players, the league minimum to field a team. That list includes two players on two-way contracts in Devon Dotson and Tyler Cook, another signed to a 10-day contract last week in Alfonzo McKinnie, and rookie Marko Simonovic, who has played most of the season in the G League.

Players in the health and safety protocols must be sidelined at least 10 days or record two negative COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour period before they can resume basketball activities.

MCBRIDE NAMED MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Bryce McBride, Eastern Michigan, Guard     
Junior, Jackson, Tenn. (Southside)    

Junior captain Bryce McBride was outstanding for Eastern Michigan in its pair of wins over Niagara, Dec. 8, and Florida International, Dec. 11. With its unblemished week, the Eagles are now in the midst of a season-best three-game win streak. 
 
McBride was critical to EMU’s victories in both contests. The Jackson, Tenn. native began the week with a team-best 19 point performance. That effort, his second-best of the season, saw him convert on 63% of his shots and hit a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. 
 
Even better on Saturday, McBride help lead the Eagles to victory in the program’s first-ever 4OT game, a win which came against one of the nation’s hottest teams, the Florida International Panthers; FIU entered the contest on a seven-game win streak. McBride chipped in 15 in front of a nearly 4,000-member crowd at the newly-named George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti. The special day featured the return of The Iceman to campus and the surprise renaming announcement. McBride played a whopping 49 minutes off the bench, including every second of the four extra periods that culminated with an EMU victory, 92-88.



 
Other Nominee’s

Tyler Cochran, Ball State, Guard        
Junior, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)          
He led BSU averaging 14.5 points per game for the week. He also led the squad with six steals. Cochran tied for the team lead in points with 10 and added a team-high four steals against Xavier. Cochran led the way with 19 points and added a game-high two steals to go along with his two rebounds and two assists against IU Kokomo. Cochran has now scored in double figures in four of the last five games. 
 

Chandler Turner, Bowling Green, Forward   
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance)
Bowling Green Junior Chandler Turner stepped up off the bench for the Falcons in the win against Oakland on Tuesday (Dec. 7), helping BGSU extend their win streak to three while snapping the Golden Grizzlies’ five-game win streak. In the game Turner posted a career-high 23 points, the second-highest scoring game for the Falcons this season. He also added eight rebounds to his stat line, a season-high for him.
 

Josh Mballa, Buffalo, Forward          
Senior Bordeaux, France (Putnum Science Academy)         
Senior Josh Mballa led the Bulls to a pair of wins this past week, including a huge road victory at Western Kentucky on Wednesday night. Mballa led UB with 19 points and nine rebounds in the victory over the Hilltoppers, including going a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. On Saturday, Mballa added 18 points and seven boards against St. John Fisher, despite playing just 23 minutes. Mballa shot .636 from the floor and defensively he recorded five steals.

JT Shumate, Toledo, Forward            
Junior, Newark, Ohio (Newark)
Junior forward JT Shumate averaged a team-high 18.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in Toledo‘s two games last week. Shumate also posted a 57.6 FG% (15-of-26) and 50.0 3PTFG% (6-of-12). Shumate tallied 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds in a 67-65 home win over Bradley. He then capped off his week with an 18-point, seven-rebound effort in a 72-69 loss at Richmond.

HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
Matt Krause (West Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Senior – Krause averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as Franklin claimed a pair of road victories last week, improving to 5-0 away from home. He went off for a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday night in a win over Spalding, going 8-for-12 from the floor and knocking down four three-pointers. Krause added 14 points with four more threes on Saturday afternoon, burying a pair of huge triples late to push Franklin past Manchester.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Senior – Knight notched 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, leading the Ravens in each category as they fought past Earlham 62-56 on Saturday.
  • Kegan Owen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Owen saw his first significant action at Bluffton and got it done with a career-high 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. He added two rebounds, two assists and a block in Bluffton’s 77-66 loss to Transylvania on Saturday.
  • Marell Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Jordan scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists to help guide the Yellow Jackets to a thrilling 74-73 win against Hanover on Saturday. Jordan scored the game-winning basket with one second left to lift Defiance over the Panthers.
  • Tommy Makabu (Champaign, Ill.) Earlham College | Guard | Senior – Makabu paced the Quakers in scoring this week with two double-digit performances. He scored 14 points with four rebounds against Rose-Hulman on Wednesday and followed with 17 points and two rebounds against Anderson on Saturday.
  • Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Munoz charted his second straight double-double against HCAC opponents as he tied a game-high 20 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds against Defiance.
  • Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | First-Year – Columbus continues to have an outstanding freshman season for Manchester. Led MU with 20 points, six assists, and four rebounds against Franklin College. Is averaging 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.1 apg this season.
  • Max Chaplin (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – Chaplin came off the bench to average 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game as Rose-Hulman finished a perfect 2-0 last week. Chaplin scored 15 points on 3-6 from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line in a 64-57 win over Earlham. He then scored 16 points on 4-4 from 3-point range in a 60-56 win over Mount St. Joseph.
  • Hunter Penn (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | First-Year – Penn led the Pioneers to a conference victory in their lone game of the week, a convincing 77-66 win at Bluffton with a team-high 17 points on an efficient 7-for-9 figure from the field. It was the highest field-goal shooting performance of his young career (78 percent). Penn also led all players in rebounds with seven on the day, adding one steal and an assist in 27 minutes of work. 

HCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Dellinger posted averages of 23.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists as the Ravens went 3-0 last week. She converted 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) shots from the perimeter. Dellinger notched 30 points and 12 rebounds during Monday’s 79-71 win against Spalding. She then recorded 22 points during Wednesday’s 76-52 victory against Kalamazoo. Dellinger capped off the week with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists during Saturday’s 91-48 victory against Earlham.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Nysha Speed (Sterling Heights, Mich.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Speed led the Yellow Jackets with 13 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to help lead Defiance over Hanover in an overtime thriller, 71-67.
  • Jessica Nix (Martinsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Senior – Nix scored a career-high 19 points in Saturday’s win over Manchester, going 7-for-9 from the field and 5-for-7 at the free throw line. She grabbed nine rebounds and chipped in with two assists and a pair of steals.
  • Katherine Benter (Brownstown, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | First-Year – Benter charted her second straight double-double against HCAC opponents as she netted a game-high 22 points and pulled in a game-best 11 rebounds against Defiance. She finished the afternoon shooting 9-of-18 from the floor.
  • Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Senior – Miller led Manchester with 13 pts, five rebounds, and two blocks against Franklin College this past weekend. Miller is averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg this season for the Black & Gold and is shooting 51.3 percent on the year.
  • Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | First-Year – Baum averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as Rose-Hulman picked up wins over Earlham and Mount St. Joseph. Baum scored a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds in a 76-63 win over Mount St. Joseph, after scoring six points with a career-high 13 rebounds in a 75-42 win over Earlham.
  • Kennedi Stacy (Salyersville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Stacy led the No. 8 Pioneers to a win in their lone game of the week, a 64-50 win over Bluffton. Stacy shot 9-of-17 from the floor (53 percent) to go with five rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Stacy came up big in the clutch for the Pioneers, holding off a final Bluffton charge in the fourth quarter with a three-point play after the Beavers cut the deficit to four points with 5:44 to go. Stacy had seven of her 20 points in the final quarter, including a steal and an offensive rebound down the stretch.

TOP INDIANA NEWS/RELEASES

CARMEL AND CENTER GROVE VOTED OUT OF MIC

Things are going to be different in the MIC. Carmel and Center Grove were voted out of the conference Monday by the principle’s of the league’s six remaining schools. It was a unanimous vote.

Both Carmel and Center Grove have shown interest in joining the Hoosier Crossroads Conference with Avon, Brownsburg, Fishers, Franklin Central, Hamilton Southeastern, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville. 

The HCC is expected to vote on Carmel and Center Grove soon.

The remaining schools in the MIC are planning to move forward no matter the outcome of the vote held Monday.

The teams remaining in the MIC are Ben Davis, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central, Pike and Warren Central.

In a letter signed by the six MIC principals, the league cited Article V, section 4 of the MIC constitution as grounds to remove Carmel and Center Grove “with a unanimous vote of the remaining schools and just cause.”

“This vote will allow these two schools to seek a conference that aligns with their visions,” the letter stated.

“This past fall it came our attention that for athletic reasons, as well as a desire to ‘culturally align’ (as reported in the media) with surrounding suburban schools, Carmel and Center Grove were seeking placement in a different conference,” the MIC letter stated. “We value the historical relationships with these two communities, and while this news was sad to those of us who understand the rich history, we also understand that these two schools no longer share the vision that we are more than an athletic conference, that athletics should not drive our decisions, and that our unique characteristics are what make us strong.”

Carmel and Center Grove released a joint statement.

“Center Grove High School and Carmel High School have submitted a formal petition to join the Hoosier Crossroads Conference,” the statement read. “We respect the coaches, faculty, administrators and student-athletes of the MIC conference. We have long-standing and positive  relationships with the MIC conference and appreciate the 26 years of collaboration and competition with the MIC schools. The decision to request to change conferences is rooted in the belief that this move would provide our schools with the collaboration, competition and support necessary to grow our programs over the next 20 years.”

The MIC stated it would engage in discussion with other school systems “who value the diversity our conference offers, who want to engage in a strong community of educators who believe the conference should be more than athletics, but who also, as we have said in the MIC for years, ‘play the best in order to be the best.’”

The MIC letter stated: “We believe Indianapolis, Indiana and the country needs unification, not separation. The MIC is built on understanding our differences and learning from each other. Our goals, as outlined by the founders of the MIC, are that the conference: 1) provides an environment in which sportsmanship is valued and displayed. 2) recognizes student achievement in a variety of endeavors. 3) raises the level of expectations and competition; 4) provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, programs and people. Should we find other schools who share our vision and will affirm these goals, we will entertain expansion.”

INDIANA PACERS: GAME REWIND: PACERS 100, WARRIORS 102

Game Recap

The Pacers delayed history, but came up one play short of pulling off their best win of the season on Monday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Indiana (12-17) denied Stephen Curry’s latest bid to break the NBA 3-point record, playing stout defense most of the night, but a late five-point flurry from Curry tied the game at 100 and Kevon Looney’s putback of a Curry miss lifted Golden State (22-5) to a 102-100 win, snapping Indiana’s three-game win streak.

The Pacers led for most of the fourth quarter, but Andrew Wiggins’ runner with 3:02 to play made it 96-93, but he then fouled Malcolm Brogdon on the other end and the Pacers’ point guard hit both free throws. Domantas Sabonis’ layup gave Indiana a 100-95 lead with 1:33 to play, but Curry wasn’t done yet.

The former Davidson All-American hit his fifth three with 1:24 remaining and then, after a Myles Turner miss, drove to the basket and tied the game at 100 with 48.5 seconds to play.

After a timeout, Brogdon missed a jumper and the Warriors corralled the rebound. They ran a play for Curry, who missed what would have been the record-tying three from the right wing, but Looney secured the offensive rebound and put it up and in to give Golden State the lead with 13.4 seconds left.

The Pacers put the ball in Caris LeVert’s hands, but he slipped and lost the ball out of bounds as he drove the lane.

Curry finished with 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists, going 5-for-15 from 3-point range. He now has 2,972 career 3-pointers, one shy of Ray Allen’s NBA record.

The loss spoiled another stellar performance from Sabonis. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week had 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Brogdon added 23 points, six boards, and eight assists, while LeVert tallied 19 points and five boards in the loss.

Neither team was able to create much separation early on Monday, as the first eight minutes of the contest featured six ties and four lead changes. All eyes were on Curry, but he missed his only two looks from beyond the arc in his first stint on the floor.

The Pacers were the first team to put together a significant run, reeling off seven unanswered points on four free throws and an Oshae Brissett 3-pointer to open up a 23-17 lead. Otto Porter Jr. broke the run with a jumper with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter, but Brissett hit another trey on the other end from in front of Indiana’s bench to push the Pacers’ lead to seven.

Indiana took a 29-25 lead into the second quarter, then opened the frame with a 7-2 spurt, forcing a timeout from Warriors head coach Steve Kerr with 9:15 remaining in the first half. Golden State came charging back shortly thereafter, as Curry hit his first three of the night and also scored on a drive, the latter of which tied the game at 36 with 6:36 remaining in the half. Jordan Poole added a triple of his own a little over a minute later to cap a 12-0 Warriors run.

The Pacers retook the lead on a pair of Turner free throws at the 2:46 mark, then added to it on Sabonis’ one-handed slam on the break on the next possession. The big man added two more free throws before Curry came off a curl and hit his second trey with 1:13 remaining in the half. Brogdon answered, however, scoring the final five points of the half to give the hosts an eight-point lead at halftime.

Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to climb back within two, forcing a quick timeout from Pacers coach Lloyd Pierce. The Pacers fended the visitors off temporarily thanks to a LeVert 3-pointer and a three-point play from Sabonis.

Curry hit his first 3-point attempt of the second half with 7:06 remaining in the third and Wiggins’ jumper on the next possession tied the game at 67. But once again LeVert answered, this time banking in a three to put the Blue & Gold back in front.

LeVert later swished a step-back three to cap an 8-0 Pacers run, but the Warriors answered with eight unanswered of their own, capped by back-to-back treys from Nemanja Bjelica and Gary Payton II. Turner’s layup with 2:02 remaining gave Indiana a two-point lead, but Curry pulled up from just beyond halfcourt and swished his fourth three of the night on the other end to give Golden State the lead.

The Pacers had yet another answer, closing the frame with a 7-2 run to take an 84-80 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Indiana led by as many as seven points early in the final frame. The Warriors trimmed their deficit to 93-91 following Looney’s layup with 4:53 remaining, but Brogdon’s three-point play off an offensive rebound on the other end pushed the cushion back to five.

Draymond Green had 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Golden State. Wiggins added 15, while Looney tallied 14 and eight rebounds.

Curry’s record pursuit show will head to the next city as the Warriors play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Pacers now hit the road for a quick one-game trip to Milwaukee on Wednesday, before returning to host Detroit on Thursday.

Inside the Numbers

Sabonis recorded his seventh straight double-double and his 22nd this season, tied with New Orleans’ Jonas Valanciunas for the most in the NBA.

The Pacers forced Golden State into 18 turnovers (seven by Curry), which they converted into 19 points on the other end. The Warriors scored just six points off 10 Indiana giveaways.

Turner had six points, 10 rebounds, and added four blocks to his league-leading total.

The Warriors outscored Indiana by 17 points when Curry was on the floor, the highest plus-minus of any player in Monday’s game.

The Pacers shot 17 more free throws than Golden State, but missed eight of their 31 attempts, shooting 74.2 percent from the charity stripe.

Stat of the Night

The Warriors won despite leading for just 36 seconds of game time in the second half.

Noteworthy

Pacers forward Justin Holiday missed Monday’s game. Holiday had missed the last five games in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He practiced Sunday, but did not feel his conditioning was ready for him to return to game action.

Pierce acted as head coach for the second straight game after Carlisle tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Courtney Kirkland, one of the referees scheduled to work Monday’s game, went into health and safety protocols, so the game proceeded with just two officials: Michael Smith and Jenna Reneau.

Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 151 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NBA history. He is chasing his own record of 157, set over three seasons between 2014 and 2016.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Milwaukee to face off against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 PM ET.

PURDUE QUARTERBACK AIDAN O’CONNELL SET TO RETURN FOR 2022 SEASON

Aidan O’Connell announced Monday he’ll return to the program for a sixth year to finish out his eligibility.

“Being able to live out my dream at Purdue has been an unspeakable blessing,” O’Connell said in a press release issued by the athletic department. “God has been gracious to me far beyond what I deserve. Through unending support from many, I have had experiences that I will cherish forever. I am eternally grateful for those who have helped me to this point.”

O’Connell was named second-team All-Big 10 this season.

ALSO: Bryce Hampton, who played cornerback at Adams State University in Colorado, announced his commitment to the Boilermakers on social media after entering the portal. 

Pike safety Joseph Jefferson announced his commitment to the Boilermakers. Jefferson took an official visit to Purdue this weekend. 

Jefferson had offers from Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State Tennessee State and UT Martin.

Iowa WR Tyrone Tracy Jr. announced he’s received a scholarship offer from Purdue. Tracy put his name into the transfer portal following the season.

Tracy (Decatur Central), caught 15 passes for 106 yards this season.

Florida International WR Tyrese Chambers says Purdue has made his top five transfer destinations. Chambers is also considering Mississippi State, Nebraska, Arizona State and Maryland.

MACKENZIE HOLMES NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ROSEMONT, Ill.  – Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by the league on Monday.

Holmes averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and shot 75.9 percent from the floor in a pair of wins over Fairfield and No. 20 Ohio State last week where she also shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent at the free throw line. This marks her second player of the week award for the season and third of her career.

Against the Stags, she went 9-for-10 from the floor, posted five blocks and five rebounds and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in 24 minutes of work. In the win over No. 20 Ohio State, the Gorham, Maine native set a new career-high 30 points on 68 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds and five blocks. Her 13 made field goals ties a career-high and became the first IU player to score 30 points since Amanda Cahill in 2018. In the win, Holmes became IU’s 30th career player to reach 1,000 points.

Up next for Holmes and the No. 10 Hoosiers will resume play on Sunday, Dec. 19 against Western Michigan.

INDIANA FEVER’S 2022 SCHEDULE INCLUDES FOUR GAMES AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever announced today the 2022 regular season will tip off on the road on Friday, May 6 against the Washington Mystics. On Sunday, May 8, the Fever returns for its first regular season home game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse with a 3 p.m. tip against the Los Angeles Sparks.

The WNBA’s regular-season schedule will increase to an all-time high 36 games per team in 2022, with each team playing 18 home games and 18 road games.

With ongoing construction as part of the ‘Fieldhouse of the Future’ renovations, the Fever’s first five regular season home games will be played at the Fieldhouse. The next nine home games will be played at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and the final four regular season home games played at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Ticket information for all Fever home games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Hinkle Fieldhouse will be announced at a later date.

“We are excited to return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, which is unequivocally the greatest arena in the WNBA, while also looking forward to fans traveling with us throughout Indianapolis for games this season. Playing again at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse will only enhance Fever fandom in Marion County,” Fever President Dr. Allison Barber said. “Through our streaming capabilities, we remain committed to growing Fever fans in all 92 counties in Indiana.”

The Fever will continue to livestream games at no cost for fans statewide at FeverBasketball.com and on the Indiana Fever’s Facebook page. This year’s streaming services will continue in Ohio and Kentucky for the second straight year.

BUTLER WTENNIS FINALIZES SPRING 2022 SCHEDULE

Head coach Mat Iandolo and the Butler women’s tennis team have put the finishing touches on their Spring 2022 schedule, which includes dual matches with six in-state rivals and three BIG EAST foes.

January

The Bulldogs begin the season at the Wildcat Invite in Evanston, Ill., where they will compete against Northwestern, Wisconsin and UIC from Jan. 15-17. A midweek match at Indiana on Jan. 19 will be followed by the home opener on Jan. 21 vs. Miami (OH) at the Butler Bubble. Weekend matches at home vs. Cincinnati on Jan. 29 and on the road at Ball State on Jan. 30 wrap up the month’s slate of matches.

February

Butler is scheduled for seven matches in February, beginning with home contests against UIndy and Milwaukee on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5, respectively. Butler will then travel to Dayton on Feb. 6 before taking a couple of weeks off. The Bulldogs return to action with a match at home on Feb. 18 vs. conference rival DePaul and a date with Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on Feb. 19. A home match against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 25 and one at Purdue on Feb. 27 in West Lafayette, Ind., concludes the February portion of the schedule.

March

March begins with back-to-back home matches against Cleveland State (March 4) and Valparaiso (March 5). The Bulldogs then plan on travelling south for their Spring Break trip to take on Florida Atlantic and Florida International on March 8 and 10, respectively. Butler finishes the month with a trio of home matches, facing Western Kentucky (March 25), UIC (March 27) and IUPUI (March 30).

April

St. Louis comes to Indy on April 2 for the first match of the month before contests at Xavier (April 10) and Marquette (April 16) wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in the BIG EAST Tournament beginning on April 21 in Cayce, S.C.

Full Schedule

Jan. 15-17        at Wildcat Invite

Jan. 19             at Indiana

Jan. 21             Miami (OH)

Jan. 29             Cincinnati

Jan. 30             at Ball State

Feb. 2              Indianapolis

Feb. 5              Milwaukee

Feb. 6              at Dayton

Feb. 18            DePaul

Feb. 19            at Western Michigan

Feb. 25            Eastern Michigan

Feb. 27            at Purdue

March 4           Cleveland State

March 5           Valparaiso

March 8           at Florida Atlantic

March 10         at Florida International

March 25         Western Kentucky

March 27         UIC

March 30         IUPUI

April 2             St. Louis

April 10           at Xavier

April 16           at Marquette

April 21-24     BIG EAST Tournament

INDIANA PREP PHENOM LUKE BROWN GRANTED WAIVER

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach James Whitford and the Ball State men’s basketball program received some good news regarding Indiana Prep phenom Luke Brown on Monday. Brown was granted a waiver by the NCAA and can begin participating in team activities beginning December 18.

Brown is scheduled to make his Cardinal Worthen Arena debut on Tuesday, Dec. 21, against Eastern Illinois. Brown was an Indiana All-Star selection after his senior season, and he joins Luke Bumbalough and Jalen Windham as the current members on the Ball State roster that were all-stars.

Brown is a very well-known name for those familiar with Indiana high school basketball. He is the No. 4 all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history. During his career at Blackford High School in Hartford City, he amassed 3,011 points. Brown led the Bruins to the 2020-21 Indiana High School Athletic Association 2A State Semifinals. While at Blackford, he helped the squad post an overall record of 77-24 and went 25-5 last season.

Brown is known for being a prolific scorer as he led the IHSAA during his sophomore and junior seasons. During his sophomore year, he averaged 35.0 points per game and 32.3 points as a junior. As a senior, Brown compiled 950 points, which was the most in the state and was tied for second in the nation. He averaged 31.7 points per game, which was tied for 13th in the country.

Ball State’s game vs. Eastern Illinois (7 p.m. tipoff) will feature the “Take a Kid to a Game” promotion. Two kids 13 and under will receive free admission with one paid adult ticket. That deal can be purchased by calling 888-BSU-TICKET / 765-285-1474 or at the arena ticket windows on game night.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“I am really excited for Luke, and our team, about his immediate eligibility. Luke’s competitive nature and elite skill level will be a big addition for our program. Obviously, with him missing the fall practices, it will take some time for Luke to adjust to the college game, but once he does, I am confident he will make a big impact on our team.”

BLAKE WESLEY NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

niversity of Notre Dame men’s basketball freshman Blake Wesley has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for Monday, December 12, 2021. He shares the weekly award with NC State’s Terquavion Smith.

The South Bend, Indiana, native hit the game-winning free throw line jumper with :12 seconds remaining in Notre Dame’s 66-62 victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky on Saturday, December 11. It was the first home game start of Wesley’s career with the Irish.

Wesley eventually finished with 14 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field with two three point field goals, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

The ACC Rookie of the Week award for Wesley is the second in program history. Steve Vasturia earned the nod back on January 6, 2014. It is the 15th ACC weekly honor for the program and the first since John Mooney was named player of the week on February 6, 2020.

SYCAMORES CLOSE HOME NON-CONFERENCE SLATE AGAINST UIC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State plays its final home non-conference game of the season Tuesday evening when it welcomes UIC to the Hulman Center. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Flames is set for 6 p.m., with the game being carried on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Game Day Sponsor

Wabash Capital will be the game day sponsor for Tuesday’s contest. Wabash Capital is headquartered in Terre Haute and is dedicated to maintaining and growing the financial resources of its individual, institutional and retirement plan clients.

Last Time Out

Florence Tshimanga had career highs of seven points and five rebounds Saturday afternoon, but a strong second half propelled (RV/RV) Nebaska past visiting Indiana State, 78-50, inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Del’Janae Williams led the Sycamores with 10 points, nearly all of which came in the fourth quarter. Marie Hunter added eight, while Caitlin Anderson had six. Arianna Smith had a team-high seven rebounds in her first start since the opening week of the season.

The Sycamores stayed within close range of the Cornhuskers until a 20-2 run that spanned the last half of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter put the home side in control. ISU still gave Nebraska fits throughout the game, however, as the Sycamores forced 24 Cornhusker turnovers in the contest.

A Closer Look at UIC

UIC enters Tuesday’s game at 2-5 overall and 1-3 in Horizon League play. The Flames won their first conference game of the season in their last contest, a 68-64 overtime win over Detroit Mercy.

Jaida McCloud had a career-high 30 points for UIC in the Flames’ win over Detroit Mercy, while Kristian Young had 11 off the bench. Justice Gee had a team-leading seven rebounds for the Flames.

McCloud leads the Flames in scoring at 19.7 points per game and rebounding at 6.6 boards per contest, and is one of two UIC players to average double-figure scoring. Young averages 11.0 points per game along with a team-best 4.4 assists per game.

Series History Against UIC

Indiana State and UIC have previously met 15 times, with the Sycamores holding a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series. ISU has won each of the last two meetings between the schools and is a perfect 6-0 in games played in Terre Haute.

Del’Janae Williams led all scorers with 23 points the last time the Sycamores and Flames met, a 61-40 Indiana State win in Chicago during the 2019-20 season. Williams also had five rebounds and three assists, while setting her career high of seven steals, a feat that she has matched twice this season.

Twenty-Point Scorers

Indiana State had a stretch of three consecutive games with a 20-point scorer earlier this season.

Del’Janae Williams had back-to-back 20-point performances earlier this season, notching a career-best 26 points in a win over Georgia Southern and scoring 24 in a win over Chicago State. Mya Glanton had a career-high 22 points, along with 16 rebounds, against Western Michigan in ISU’s last game at the Hulman Center.

Williams leads all active Sycamore players with three 20-point games in her career, while Caitlin Anderson and Adrian Folks have each posted two in their career. Glanton and Essy Latu each have one 20-point outing.

Indiana State Active 20-Point Scorers

Del’Janae Williams – 3

Caitlin Anderson – 2

Adrian Folks – 2

Mya Glanton – 1

Essy Latu – 1

Thievery

Indiana State’s defense continues to remain among the nation’s best at forcing turnovers, as the Sycamores enter Tuesday’s contest sitting in the top 25 in a pair of separate team defensive categories. The Sycamores are 22nd overall in turnovers forced per game (22.56) and 25th in steals per game (11.9).  ISU is also 34th in total steals (107) and leads the Missouri Valley Conference in all three categories.

Indiana State made its mark early in the season with a 21-steal contest against Stephens (Mo.) to open the year. Since then, ISU has recorded at least 10 steals in six of the last eight contests, including 13 in back-to-back games against Georgia Southern and Chicago State. Overall, it’s been a team effort by Indiana State with four players posting double-digit steals on the year and 10 players overall recording multiple steals.

In addition to getting their hands on the ball, ISU has been constantly harassing the opposition and has posted five games with at least 20 forced turnovers on defense. The Sycamores forced a season-high 36 turnovers against Stephens (Mo.) and carried on with 26 forced turnovers against Saint Louis, 21 against Georgia Southern, 21 against Chicago State and 24 in back-to-back games against Western Michigan and (RV/RV) Nebraska.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s contest against Georgia Southern marked the second time in the 2021-22 season that the Sycamores held an opponent scoreless from behind the arc. ISU limited the Eagles to a 0-for-14 performance behind the three-point line to shut down Georgia Southern in the 71-67 win.

The Sycamores previously limited Stephens (Mo.) to a 0-for-12 mark behind the arc to open the year and have held opponents under .300 from the three-point line on five separate occasions this year. ISU has also held opponents to just a .276 three-point percentage on the year.

Banner Year

The 2021-22 season has already seen multiple Indiana State players set career highs in the scoring column. Overall, five different returning Sycamores have set new career bests in scoring this season, with a pair of newcomers also posting double-digit efforts this season.

Del’Janae Williams had a career-high 26 in Indiana State’s road win over Georgia Southern in one of her two 20-point games this season, while Adrian Folks had a career-best 24 in a double-double at Saint Louis. Mya Glanton set career-high marks of 22 points and 16 rebounds in ISU’s last home game against Western Michigan.

Marie Hunter (19 vs. Jacksonville State) and Natalia Lalic (13 at Georgia Southern) have also set their career highs in scoring this season. In addition, Anna McKendree (13 vs. Stephens (Mo.)) and Arianna Smith (11 at Western Kentucky) have hit double-figures in scoring during their first seasons in the Blue and White.

JE’NAIYA DAVIS GRABS HER SECOND MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOR

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – After another impressive week, University of Evansville women’s basketball junior Je’Naiya Davis has been named Missouri Valley Conference newcomer of the week, it was announced in a release from the Conference office on Monday afternoon.

Becoming a trend, Davis again put in an impressive scoring performance this week. In an 89-83 road victory over Bellarmine, Davis became one of 13 players this season with two performances of 29 points-or-more, dropping 29 against the Knights, including a 12-14 effort at the charity stripe. Following up the performances, Davis scored in double-digits again with 12 points in just 21 minutes, adding six rebounds in the 30-point victory over Morehead State. On the season, Davis has scored in double-figures in all six contests, averaging a team-best 20 points per game.

The honor is the second of the season for Davis, who previously earned the honor on November 29, and the third-straight MVC newcomer honor that an Aces player has received after Davis’ on Nov. 29 and senior Myia Clark received the recognition last week.

Evansville returns to the court on Sunday at Chicago State for a 1 PM matchup in Chicago, Ill.

NIESNER EARNS SPECIAL TEAMS MVP AT FCS BOWL

While all of his teammates were on campus celebrating their 2021 accomplishments at the annual Valparaiso University football banquet, fifth-year senior punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) was busy racking up one more accolade at the FCS Bowl by Spiral on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Niesner was named the Special Teams Most Valuable Player for the bowl, an annual postseason all-star game consisting of the top players from college football Division-I FCS schools. Niesner booted six punts for 301 yards, averaging 50.2 yards per punt for the National Team, which fell 67-16 to the American team.

The Black Diamond, Wash. native’s first punt of the day covered 63 yards. Five of his six attempts went for 47 yards or more and three of them traveled at least 50 yards.

A two-time All-PFL First Team honoree, Niesner posted a punting average of 43.2 this season, a mark that ranked third in program history. He tied program and PFL records for single-season punting average during the Spring 2021 campaign at 43.6, earning him PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year recognition for the spring season. Niesner finished this season with the league’s top punting average, a mark that ranked 16th nationally.

In addition, Niesner was recognized as an Academic All-PFL First Team honoree for the second straight season. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week twice this fall and four times in the calendar year of 2021.

MEN’S LAX TRIO NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

INDIANAPOLIS – With the new campaign right around the corner, the awards have started for UIndy men’s lacrosse after USA Lacrosse Magazine’s Division II Men’s Preseason All-Americans were announced on Monday.  Kyle Basch, Drew Billig and Dougie Crawford represented the Greyhounds among the nation’s best.

Basch earned First Team honors after being named a Second Team All-American last season.  The GLVC Specialist of the Year picked up 37 ground balls while causing 15 turnovers.  As a junior, he led the nation in caused turnovers per game at three while ranking 15th in ground balls per game, also at three.

Billig picked up Second Team honors after ranking sixth in the nation in points per game last season.  The First Team All-GLVC selection tallied 42 points on the year with 19 goals and 23 assists.  A native of Brighton, MI, Billig eclipsed 100 career points last season, currently sitting at 109 points.  He is the fifth player in program history to reach the mark.

Crawford was named to the Third Team after a standout freshman campaign.  The defenseman caused 16 turnovers while corralling 25 ground balls.  The Hounds defense ranked in the Top 10 last season with a mark of 10.77 caused turnovers per game.

UIndy paced the Great Lakes Valley Conference with three preseason All-America selections.  Rockhurst’s attackman Sam Lindahl was named to the Third Team.

The Hounds were one of ten institutions to have multiple selections.  2021 National Champion LeMoyne tabbed a nations-best six honorees.

The 2021 campaign begins on Saturday, February 5 at Lenoir-Rhyne who picked up four honors.  UIndy’s home opener comes on Saturday, February 26 against Seton Hill.

JOHNNY WILLIAM NAMED AFCA NAIA ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

Waco, Texas – Arizona Christian wide receiver Jon Cole and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) linebacker Jason Freeman headline the 2021 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Representing Marian University on the 2021 AFCA All-American list is senior wide receiver Johnny William, who was voted to the AFCA NAIA All-American First Team list. The All-American honor is the first for William in his career, with the senior becoming the first Marian receiver to earn All-American honors since Krishawn Hogan’s honor in 2016.

William ended a decorated career in 2021 as the Knights leader in receptions (48) and touchdowns (11), while hauling in the second most receiving yards (982) on the team. William ranked amongst the NAIA leaders throughout the season in several different receiving categories, ranking 16th in yards, 14th in touchdowns, and fourth in yards per catch (20.5). The senior had four-multi touchdown games, including a three-touchdown performance against Missouri Baptist, and scored the game-winning touchdown against Southwestern to help Marian advance in the NAIA FCS Playoffs. William was named the MSFA Mideast Co-Offensive Player of the Year, earning his fifth MSFA All-Conference honor.

One of the most decorated Knights in the Marian football program history, William finished his career as the program leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and is third all-time in all-purpose yards. William ended with 4517 receiving yards on 247 receptions, and 55 touchdowns, passing Hogan for the program record in yards this season, while breaking Hogan’s touchdown record in the spring. William is also the all-time leader in receiving yards in the MSFA, breaking that mark during the 2021 postseason.

Marian finished their 2021 season with a 9-3 record, earning out-right MSFA Mideast Champion honors for the fourth consecutive season. The Knights advanced to the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals, recording a program record four-straight NAIA postseason berths.

JOHNSON AND SMITH GATHER NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

WACO, Tx. – No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan football gathered two NAIA All-American honors.  Justin Johnson headlines with NAIA All-American first team honors and Brayden Smith received honorable mention honors.

Justin becomes the third Wildcat football player to collect NAIA All-American honors.  Johnson posted 52 tackles, three sacks, forced three fumbles, and snagged two interceptions. He ranks in the Top 25 with forced fumbles on the year.

“I am extremely proud of Justin and all the work he has done to earn this accomplishment” said Head Coach Jordan Langs. “He has made an impact on this program from the very beginning and we are so grateful for all he has done for his community and teammates.”

Brayden collected his third straight NAIA All-American nod becoming the most decorated Wildcat in program history.  Smith recorded nine touchdowns and 677 yards receiving, ranking both in the Top 25.

“A large amount of this young program’s quick success is a result of Brayden Smith being a Wildcat.” said Head Coach Jordan Langs.  “He has been a consistent force on and off the field from the first year of this program’s existence.  We are thankful for all he had done for this program and university.”

FRASURE NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics is pleased to announce Lilli Frasure (Winamac, Ind.) was named Crossroads League Player of the Week. Frasure led the Wildcats to two road wins over RV Georgetown and RV Lindsey Wilson averaging 22.5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2.5 assists.

Frasure posted a new career-high 27 points in the win over Georgetown along with seven steals and seven boards. During her freshmen campaign, she has recorded her ninth-straight double digit scoring game and eleventh on the season.

“I am proud of Lilli and the growth she’s shown in just a few months of college basketball” said Head Coach Ethan Whaley. “Her desire to uplift the people around her has played a big part in our team’s success.  I am excited to see her continue to blossom here at IWU.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL: OHIO CHRISTIAN AT IU EAST PREVIEW

The Indiana University East men’s basketball team looks to stay perfect in the month of December when it hosts Ohio Christian University on Dec. 14.

Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference basketball doubleheader on Lingle Court.

IU East (7-6, 3-0 RSC) has won three in a row. Ohio Christian is 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.

FOLLOW THE GAME

General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available. Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has won three in a row to rise above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Jamisen Smith scored a season-high 21 points as the Red Wolves held off the University of Rio Grande on Dec. 11 in IU East’s most recent game.

* IU East is one of three RSC teams without a league loss. WVU Tech and Alice Lloyd College are the other two.

* IU East is 5-0 when it limits the opponent to a .429 shooting percentage or lower.

* IU East is 11-3 in NAIA meetings against Ohio Christian. The Red Wolves have won the last nine meetings.

* IU East is seventh in the nation with 5.5 team blocks per game.

* Justin Williams (15.0 points per game), Jehu Lafeuillee (6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game along with 8.7 points per game) and Jamisen Smith (2.9 assists and 1.6 steals along with 9.2 points per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: OHIO CHRISTIAN AT IU EAST PREVIEW

The Indiana University East women’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it hosts Ohio Christian University on Dec. 14.

Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. in the first game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference basketball doubleheader on Lingle Court.

IU East is 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the RSC. Ohio Christian is 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.

FOLLOW THE GAME

General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available. Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East looks to bounce back from a 98-81 home setback against No. 19 University of Rio Grande on Dec. 11. IU East’s three losses are against teams with a combined 31-6 record.

* IU East is 6-0 when it makes 30 or more field goals.

* IU East ranks in the national top 25 in free throws per game (13th with 16.5), defensive 3-point field goal percentage (18th at .243), points scored per game (21st with 80.3) and assists per game (23rd with 17.0).

* IU East is 4-1 at home this season.

* IU East is 9-1 in NAIA meetings against Ohio Christian. The teams won on their home courts in the two meetings in 2019-20.

* Addie Brown (14.5 points per game), Bethany Mackin (13.8), Kennedy Griffin (12.8) and Kami McEldowney (11.5) all average double digits in scoring for IU East.

* Tia Tolbert (5.8 rebounds per game), Bethany Mackin (3.2 assists per game), Marissa Quiroz (0.8 blocks per game) and Kami McEldowney (2.3 steals per game) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

REED, HAYES EARN NCAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS

Wabash College track and field runners Blake Reed and Drake Hayes have been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Sprints/Hurdles and Distance/Mid-Distance Athletes of the Week.

Reed, a junior, received the sprints/hurdles honor after producing two top-eight finishes in the 200-meter and 60-meter dashes at the Horace Turner Invitational held at at home Friday evening. He placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23:53, tied for the third-quickest time in the early portion of the season for the conference. Reed advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash with a prelim time of 7.27 for the fastest time of his college career. He finished in seventh place in the finals with a time of 7.31.

Hayes won the 3,000-meter run at Friday evening’s meet. He finished the event with a collegiate-best time of 9:19.28 to finish first out of nine runners competing in the race.

NEWS | MATT KRAUSE EARNS SECOND CAREER HCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

CARMEL, Ind. – With two strong performances that helped lead to a pair of road wins, Franklin College senior forward Matt Krause was named the HCAC’s Player of the Week on Monday (Dec. 13) afternoon.

The West Lafayette, Ind.-native averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, knocking down 65% (13-for-20) of his field goals and 75% (8-for-12) of his three-pointers as Franklin claimed wins over Spalding and Manchester. In the week’s opening contest, Krause had a season-high 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as part of the Grizzlies’ 64-55 win over Spalding.

Three days later in North Manchester, Krause had 14 points and four three-pointers, burying two key triples as part of a 15-2 run that put the game out of reach and led to a 76-65 victory for the Grizzlies. Krause is averaging 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game through seven contests this year and is shooting 50.6% from the field, 47.4% from behind the three-point line and 75% from the free throw line.

It marks the second time in his career that Krause has been named the league’s player of the week, with the first honor coming back on Nov. 18, 2019. He is the second Grizzly to capture the league’s weekly award this season, joining teammate Ty Wright.

Krause and the Grizzly men will be back in action on Friday (Dec. 17) night, hosting Berea College in their final home contest of the calendar year. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 5:00 p.m.

DELLINGER GARNERS HCAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Anderson University women’s basketball senior Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind. / South Adams) garnered the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Athlete of the Week, which was announced on Monday.

Dellinger earned her third career HCAC Athlete-of-the-Week selection, including her second of the season.

Anderson (4-5, 1-1) went 3-0 on the week, earning three wins in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The Ravens pulled out a 79-71 victory against Spalding University (3-5) on Monday. Anderson then coasted past Kalamazoo College (2-6) with a 76-52 victory. The Ravens then cruised past Earlham College (0-8, 0-3) in HCAC action with a 91-48 victory on Saturday.

For the week, Dellinger averaged 23.3 points, seven rebounds and 3.33 assists. She also knocked down 12-of-23 (52.8 percent) shots from 3-point range and made each of her 12 free-throw attempts. Dellinger racked up 30 points and 12 rebounds against Spalding. She then notched 22 points against Kalamazoo. Dellinger followed up with 18 points and four assists against Earlham. The senior guard from Berne is currently averaging 24 points per game, which ranks third in the nation.

Anderson challenges Hanover College (4-3, 1-1) in HCAC action on Saturday at 2 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

JAKE GLADIEUX SELECTED AS MIAA MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

FREELAND, Mich. – The Trine University men’s track and field team had Jake Gladieux [Oregon, Ohio / Whitmer] win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men’s Track Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Indiana Tech Strive for Greatness Indoor Meet last Friday.

Gladieux improved upon his personal best and school record time in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.24 seconds. He took .02 off his previous time and came in fourth to lead the Thunder.

The junior sprinter was the top finisher for Trine in the 400-meter run (50.35 seconds) and helped the 4×400-meter relay team of Ryan Smith [Peru, Ind. / Peru], Kyran Pearson [Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Central] and Ty Hoover [Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes] to a third-place finish (3:32.26).

The next event for the Thunder is the Sean Brady Alumni Open at home on Saturday, January 15.

BULTEMEYER AND LIVINGSTON WIN MIAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

FREELAND, Mich. – Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] and Haley Livingston [Fort Worth, Texas / Everman] of the Trine University women’s track and field team have been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Athletes of the Week. Bultemeyer takes home the Women’s Track award while Livingston, who won the track honors last week, has been selected as the Women’s Field award winner.

Bultemeyer set a new personal best time in the 3000-meter run at the Indiana Tech Strive for Greatness Indoor Meet and broke her own school record with a time of 9:43.13. Her previous mark was set at 10:00.81. In the race, she won by 23 seconds over second place.

Livingston set a school record as well at the event in the triple jump. On her sixth and final attempt, the sophomore recorded a jump of 11.23 meters (36′ 10.25″) to place fifth at the Indiana Tech Strive for Greatness Indoor Meet. The previous school record was held by Abigail Kuhlman at 10.49 meters (34′ 5″).

The Thunder are off until Saturday, January 15 when Trine hosts the Sean Brady Alumni Open.

MEN’S HOCKEY STILL RECEIVING VOTES AFTER STRONG WEEKEND SPLIT

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s hockey team quadrupled their votes in the USCHO.com NCAA Division III national poll after a weekend split with nationally ranked Aurora University.

All told fifteen teams are ranked in the poll, which is based on votes of members comprised of coaches, scouts and media members. Three members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) are currently ranked. Adrian College currently moved up to the first spot in this week’s poll with 14 first place votes. Aurora dropped to tenth and St. Norbert College moved up a spot to 12th.

Trine is the only other member to receive votes. The full poll can be found on the USCHO website.

This past weekend the Thunder scored a big win against Aurora on Saturday, their first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. After a Friday comeback fell short at 7-4, the team came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday taking a 4-1 lead in the second period before ultimately winning 6-3.

Freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) and senior Hunter Payment (Monroe, Mich.) finished the contest with four points, tying for a new program single-game record. Price becomes just the second skater in program history to record a hat trick ending the game with three goals and one assist. Payment finished the game with two goals and two assists.

The team also finds itself 12th in the USCHO.com PairWise Ranking a statistical tool designed to approximate the process by which the NCAA selection committee decides which teams get at-large bids to the NCAA tournament. Although the NCAA selection committee does not use these rankings as presented by USCHO.com, the PairWise Rankings have been accurate in predicting which teams will make the tournament field.

The 12th-place seat is second highest of Northern Collegiate Hockey Association members, behind only top ranked Adrian. The Thunder have yet to play St. Norbert who is currently 14th in the rankings. The full PairWise Rankings as complied by the USCHO can be found on their website.

Trine is off for the rest of 2021, but will return to the ice when they travel to face Chatham University on Sunday, Jan. 2. The contest is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

DEHART HITS MILESTONE BUT PILOTS SLUGGISH IN LOSS AT UNION

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Bethel Men’s Basketball could not get going in the second half of a loss to Union on Monday, falling 92-79. Jared DeHart recorded his 1,000th point in the game on a team-high 27 points, but the Pilots lost their fourth non-conference game of the season.

GAME VITALS

Score: Union def. Bethel 92-79

Records: Bethel (7-6) | Union (8-6)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Union – NR

Location: Robsion Center | Union College | Barbourville, Ky.

STAT TRACKER

Jared DeHart: 27 pts, 10-15 fg, 6 reb, 5 ast

Zac Owens:11 pts, 3 ast

Brandon Hunt: 16 pts, 6 reb, 10-11 ft

Jani Griffith: 7 pts, 6 reb

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots committed 19 turnovers and Union scored 31 points off those turnovers.

Jared DeHart became the 62nd Pilot in program history to score 1,000 career points. With his team-high 27 points, DeHart is tied with Gary Knowles for 60th in program history with 1,008 points.

After shooting 48-percent in the first half, the Pilots struggled from the field in the second half, shooting just 33-percent, while allowing Union to shoot 15-27 from the field (56-percent) in the final stanza.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots continue their southern road trip with a game at Reinhardt (Ga.) on Wednesday at 5:00 pm and an exhibition against Belmont (Tenn.) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

SUMMERVILLE NAMED NCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw forward Maeve Summerville (Sr., Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) has been selected as the North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week following her performance in the Tigers’ wins over Wittenberg and Oberlin.

For the week, Summerville averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. In Wednesday’s 83-57 victory over Wittenberg, she matched a career high with nine rebounds while also scoring 12. She netted a career-high 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a career-best four shots in Saturday’s 55-50 victory over previously unbeaten Oberlin. Summerville connected on 4-of-5 3-point field goals in the win including two in the fourth quarter. Her four 3-pointers matched her combined total in the Tigers’ first eight contests combined.

DePauw, which entered last week’s games ranked sixth in the coaches’ poll and 10th by D3hoops.com, is 9-0 and returns to action on Sunday, December 19, with a 5 p.m. game against Messiah in the St. Pete Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.

STUTZMAN EARNS FIRST CL INDOOR T&F WEEKLY HONOR

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Junior Haile Stutzman earned the league’s first Indoor T&F Track Athlete of the Week honor of the season as announced by the national office earlier this afternoon.

Stutzman qualified for NAIA Nationals in the 3,000 meters Friday afternoon at Indiana Tech’s Strive for Greatness meet by clocking in at 8:24. His time is tops in the nation among his NAIA peers. His winning time also broke the school record by four seconds.

It’s the second event Stutzman has earned an automatic bid to Nationals with his first coming last weekend in the 5K at the Mastodon Open. His time of 14:31.77 not only set a new HU record by 13 seconds but proves the fastest 5,000 meters in the NAIA.

Stutzman and crew are off until January 15 when they compete in the Sean Brady Conditioner hosted by Trine University.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Reportranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

ORLOWSKI STEPS DOWN AS TECH TENNIS COACH

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Brock Orlowski has resigned from his position as head coach of the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s tennis programs, effective December 29.

“I am extremely grateful for my time at Indiana Tech,” Orlowski said. “I will miss the amazing coaches and staff I worked alongside and I will always cherish the memories and history we made together at Tech. Above all else, I will miss our student-athletes; my life was made better by knowing our players, and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m thrilled for the next chapter in my life. I know the Warrior Tennis program will continue to improve and reach new heights and I am excited to cheer for the Warriors for years to come.”

“We thank Coach Orlowski for his time here at Indiana Tech,” Director of Athletics Jessie Biggs said. “Our tennis program has made positive strides under his leadership and guidance.”

Orlowski, in his fourth year at the helm, had led the program to new heights as the women’s team swept the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) regular season and tournament titles during the 2020-21 season to earn the programs first berth to the NAIA National Championship while the men’s team was one win away from the national tournament as they fell in the WHAC Tournament Championship. Both teams were also ranked in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll at numerous points and had several individuals garner spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings.

The men’s team had their first NAIA All-American (Juan Avellaneda) and WHAC Newcomer of the Year (Agustin Cortes Flores) last season while Vero Jimenez and Marianna Murcia were named the WHAC Player and Newcomer of the Year in 2021, also a first for Warrior tennis.

He sports a combined record of 73-39 with a 38-20 mark on the women’s side and a 35-19 record for the men and is all-time winningest coach in program history. He was named the WHAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2021.

A search for his replacement is currently underway.

CELLARD, NICHOLS SWEEP WEEKLY WHAC HONORS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech graduate student Loanie Cellard and senior Kylin Nichols were named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Cellard won the women’s portion of the 3,000 meter race walk Friday at the Strive for Greatness Indoor Meet with an NAIA “A” standard time of 14:09.32, finishing third in the combined gender race.

Nichols, competing for the first time since February 13, 2021, set a new personal best in the high jump by clearing 1.68m/5-6 to win the event and hit the automatic qualifying standard for the NAIA National Championships.

It’s the first career honor for Cellard while it’s the second time that Nichols has won the weekly conference award.

LINCOLN NAMED WHAC INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech junior Zayquan Lincoln was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Lincoln hit a pair of NAIA automatic qualifying standards and won a pair of events in his season debut this past weekend at the Strive for Greatness Indoor Meet. The Norfolk, Virginia native ran a personal-best 6.79 in the 60 meters to win the event while clocking in a 21.55 to claim the 200m title. He ranks second in the NAIA in both disciplines.

It’s the first time this season, and second time in his career, that he was won the weekly conference award.

VERMILLION NAMED WHAC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech senior Eric Vermillion was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Men’s Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Vermillion went 5-0 at the NAIA Challenge Duals this past weekend, recording two pins and two tech falls. Both of his pins came in the first period while his two tech falls were in the second.

It’s the first time in his career that he has won the weekly conference award. He earned Wrestler of the Week honors from the Sooner Athletic Conference as a freshman back on November 14, 2018 and also garnered NAIA National Wrestler of the Week honors that same time as well.

TWO LANCERS NAMED ALL-AMERICAN BY NAIA, NCCAA

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – To wrap up strong seasons, a pair of Grace men’s soccer players were named All-American.

Ze Maria Goncalves was honorable mention for NAIA All-American, and Martim Cardoso was voted NCCAA Second Team All-American.

Goncalves led Grace’s team with 10 assists, and he added six goals. He had three goals and two assists during postseason play.

Cardoso was the squad’s leading goal scorer with 15 goals in 23 games played. He also tallied three assists. Seven of Cardoso’s goals were game winners.

The Lancers played one of the toughest schedules in the NAIA this year, posting a 12-11-1 record overall. Grace was the runner-up in the Crossroads League (6-3 record).

Additionally, Grace had five members receive NCCAA Scholar-Athlete status. Josh Angel-Craven, Tyler Brueckman, Korry Hamlin, Jordan Jayapuram and David Koch were all Scholar-Athletes (minimum GPA of 3.40).

THORNTON’S 22 POINTS LEAD LADY BLAZERS TO SIX STRAIGHT WIN

VINCENNES, Ind. – The VU Lady Trailblazers extended their winning streak to six games after defeating Wayne County Community College from Detroit, Mich. Monday night at the P.E. Complex 69-63.

Vincennes closed out their third win in three consecutive days with the help of VU freshmen Day’Lynn Thornton (Lafayette, Ind.) and Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) as Thornton led the Lady Blazers with a game-high 22 points and Newsom came through in clutch situations to end with 15 points.

The Lady Trailblazers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, playing without two starters Trinitee Harris (Elkhart, Ind.) and Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) who are serving two game suspensions after being ejected from yesterday’s win over Lewis & Clark.

Vincennes would battle throughout the first period and managed to even the score at 13-all at the end of the first 10 minutes of play.

VU rode a 12-2 scoring run to take a four point lead early in the second quarter, before continuing to grow their largest lead of the half at 10 points and ending the first half with a 36-28 advantage.

The Lady Blazers kept adding to their lead early in the third quarter before the Wildcats answered back with an 8-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to seven points.

Wayne County continued to attack the basket and found easy layups late in the third period as the Wildcats entered the fourth quarter only trailing by three points.

Wayne County battled tough in the fourth quarter as it looked like VU was beginning to feel the effects of playing three games in three days.

The Wildcats quickly erased any lead Vincennes was able to build, coming within one point of match the Blazers late in the fourth.

Wayne County then found themselves in foul trouble and with only six players in uniform that meant the Wildcats had to finish the game with four players on the floor.

Vincennes closed out the game at the free throw line as VU finished off their six straight win 69-63.

“I thought the three games in three days started to ware on us in the second half,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Meeks said. “We weren’t quite as quick to the ball. We didn’t shoot the ball really well during the last 10 minutes and we had a 15 points lead and we let it gradually get melted away.”

“I thought our young ladies did a good job of hanging on,” Meeks added. “We were able to get to the free throw line and do the things you need to do to win close games. Wayne County is a formidable team. They execute well, they play hard and they are well-coached. I thought they were well-coached and a well-disciplined basketball team.”

The Lady Blazers were led by Day’Lynn Thornton who finished with a career-high 22 points in her first start of the season, while also adding six rebounds and three assists on the night.

Cherrelle Newsom came through in clutch moments for Vincennes to finish with 15 points and a pair of steals.

Freshman Kylee Shelton (Bloomfield, Ind.) also got her first start of her collegiate career and led VU with 12 rebounds and four assists on the night. Shelton also added six points.

Freshman Candela Lascorz (Huesca, Spain) just missed a double-double off the bench, finishing her night with eight points and nine rebounds.

Sophomore Macy Michels (Teutopolis, Ill.) and Nina Blade (Milwaukee, Wi.) anchored the low post for the Lady Blazers, with Michels finishing with eight points and seven rebounds, including five offensive rebounds and Blade finished with seven points and seven rebounds on the night.

“We had some young ladies really step up and help us tonight,” Meeks said. “I thought Candela did a really nice job, especially rebounding. She made some critical baskets for us and overall did a really good job.”

“Day’Lynn Thornton came in and ran as the point guard and I thought she did a really good job,” Meeks added. “It had been some time since she had last played point guard. She has strong ball-handling ability and she can score the ball. She’s been more confident in her shooting and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate her and the hard work she does for this team. She is not only a vocal leader, but she leads by example on the floor as well.”

Vincennes will get some time to rest and recover before hosting No. 12-ranked Wabash Valley at the P.E. Complex, Saturday, Dec. 18 to close out the first half of the season. Tip-off time Saturday will be 5 p.m. eastern.

“I don’t know, right now, how we are going to play Wabash Valley,” Meeks said. “We’re missing two valuable parts to our basketball team and that is really going to hurt our offense and our defense because those two (Harris and Grant) are a big part of our team.”

“We just have to deal with it one day at a time,” Meeks added. “We might change some strategy with our point guard and our three not being able to play. There will be some changes made and maybe a little change in our style of play Saturday.”

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 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS1030.7690.03282726-0-04-3-08-2-03-1-02 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS670.4624.03443334-2-02-5-04-4-02-1-01 W
CHICAGO BEARS490.3086.02313322-4-02-5-02-6-02-2-02 L
DETROIT LIONS1111.1158.52133541-5-00-6-11-7-01-4-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS1030.7690.04102976-0-04-3-06-3-02-1-04 W
ATLANTA FALCONS670.4624.02453531-5-05-2-03-6-02-3-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS670.4624.03042852-4-04-3-04-5-01-2-01 W
CAROLINA PANTHERS580.3855.02572822-5-03-3-03-6-02-1-03 L

NBA DIVISION STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN198.7048-511-34-015-57-32 W
PHILADELPHIA1513.5364.56-69-70-59-75-51 L
BOSTON1414.5005.57-47-103-39-84-61 W
TORONTO1314.4816.06-97-54-310-85-52 W
NEW YORK1215.4447.05-97-63-38-133-73 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO1710.6308-49-62-210-75-52 L
MILWAUKEE1811.6219-49-75-013-87-31 L
CLEVELAND1712.5861.08-79-52-111-68-24 W
INDIANA1217.4146.09-73-101-37-124-61 L
DETROIT422.15412.52-112-111-53-130-1012 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI1612.5718-48-83-110-64-61 L
WASHINGTON1513.5361.08-47-93-410-94-62 L
CHARLOTTE1514.5171.58-47-105-210-84-61 L
ATLANTA1314.4812.58-65-83-27-85-52 L
ORLANDO523.17911.02-83-150-52-161-95 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH197.7319-410-35-010-28-27 W
DENVER1413.5195.58-46-92-28-75-52 W
MINNESOTA1215.4447.57-95-61-28-94-61 W
PORTLAND1116.4078.510-51-111-36-122-85 L
OKLAHOMA CITY818.30811.04-94-90-26-112-82 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX214.84012-29-23-214-49-12 W
GOLDEN STATE225.81514-28-35-112-37-31 W
LA CLIPPERS1512.5567.011-74-51-410-105-53 W
LA LAKERS1513.5367.510-75-61-47-96-42 W
SACRAMENTO1117.39311.55-86-94-38-115-53 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS1711.60711-66-53-213-68-23 W
DALLAS1413.5192.57-67-77-211-64-62 W
SAN ANTONIO1016.3856.06-84-81-35-126-41 W
HOUSTON918.3337.57-62-121-34-138-21 W
NEW ORLEANS821.2769.54-94-122-46-135-51 L

NHL DIVISION STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS2919824019937512-4-17-4-17-2-1
FLORIDA PANTHERS27185440171017514-1-04-4-46-3-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING271764381589748-3-29-3-27-2-1
BOSTON BRUINS241482301369627-4-17-4-15-3-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2813123291278969-3-24-9-15-4-1
BUFFALO SABRES27815420773976-8-22-7-21-7-2
OTTAWA SENATORS25816117767935-9-03-7-14-6-0
MONTREAL CANADIENS296203156621024-10-12-10-22-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
WASHINGTON CAPITALS281756401597719-2-48-3-26-3-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES271971391985587-3-012-4-15-5-0
NEW YORK RANGERS271863391779688-3-110-3-28-2-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS271485331380706-5-28-3-37-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS2614111291286869-3-15-8-04-5-1
NEW JERSEY DEVILS261011525974867-5-33-6-22-6-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS2610124241065884-6-26-6-22-7-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS23711519750701-5-26-6-32-5-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD28198139161068210-2-09-6-18-2-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS2817101351681758-5-09-5-17-3-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES2815853513967910-3-25-5-35-2-3
COLORADO AVALANCHE2516723415109849-2-17-5-17-2-1
WINNIPEG JETS271395311282769-4-14-5-44-5-1
DALLAS STARS2513102281269709-2-14-8-17-3-0
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS271015222762865-6-15-9-15-5-0
ARIZONA COYOTES275202125481012-9-13-11-13-7-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
ANAHEIM DUCKS301695371494829-4-27-5-36-2-2
CALGARY FLAMES281576361387624-3-411-4-25-4-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS27161103215958510-6-06-5-06-4-0
EDMONTON OILERS2616100321490809-5-07-5-04-6-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS2815121311575777-5-18-7-06-4-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS2612104281170688-6-24-4-24-4-2
VANCOUVER CANUCKS291215226972857-7-15-8-16-4-0
SEATTLE KRAKEN27915321977986-8-13-7-25-3-2